Thursday, March 05, 2009

Choose My Next Book....

Choose my next book by voting in the comments...

a) The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry
b) Amberville by Tim Davys
c) A Finder's Magic by Philippa Pearce
d) Fade by Lisa McMann

First sentences:

a) I was sweeping the shop when a glimmer between two floorboards caught my eye. A penny? I knelt for a closer look. With a fingernail I pried out a grimy length of delicate chain. I rubbed it between my fingers. Gold! I tugged until it popped loose, then moved to the window for better light. My heart beat faster.

b) Early one morning at the end of April there was pounding on the door to Eric Bear and Emma Rabbit's apartment on brick-red Uxbridge Street.

c) There was a boy who went to bed in despair. All night he dreamed his despair, and he woke to desperation. Then he slept again and dreamed, this time a short, strange dream. He dreamed of a garden gate and someone waiting there.

d) Janie sprints through the snowy yards from two streets away and slips quietly through the front door of her house. And then. Everything goes black.

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prophecygirl 5:53 PM  

My vote goes to D - Fade.

Shooting Stars Mag 6:00 PM  

Fade as well. I LOVED it. Never heard of Amberville though....looks good.


Ana S. 6:07 PM  

C! Pretty cover, I like the opening like, and I've heard great things about the author.

Unknown 6:29 PM  

I vote for Fade as well...I haven't been able to get a copy yet, so after reading your review I'll know how quickly to run to get one!

BookHounds 6:36 PM  

Fade was a page turner! I just finished it and loved it.

Donna (Bites) 6:40 PM  

I'm going to have to go with Amberville. That has the best start, I think!

Angela 7:01 PM  

THE AMARANTH ENCHANTMENT!! Seriously, read it! I think you'll love it!

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Anonymous,  7:22 PM  


Erika Powell 10:16 PM  

I vote for Fade by Lisa McMann. I wish I had that for an option for my next book!

Lenore Appelhans 1:56 AM  

I can't wait to read Amberville myself!

Anonymous,  2:26 AM  

D sounds interesting

Ms. Yingling 5:07 AM  

c) A Finder's Magic by Philippa Pearce. I love this author, but can't circulate her work, so if you read it, I'll have a better idea of its popularity.

Anonymous,  5:48 AM  

Either A or C. L.

Serena 8:24 AM  

I would start with Fade! The first lines caught my attention right away!

Kristi 8:53 AM  

I'm torn between A and D! - But I will say A!

Anonymous,  9:37 AM  

B! Amberville is awesome.

Anonymous,  1:30 PM  

FADE! It's because I'm reading it this!

Becky 8:20 PM  

Thanks for everyone for voting! Fade has been read. Review will be coming soon. I hope to get to the other three in the next week or so.

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