Sunday, October 23, 2011

Off the Shelf (2)

"Off the Shelf" is a post dedicated to sharing which books I have chosen to add to my To-Be-Read list that will hopefully be read and reviewed over the coming week. Occasionally I will also feature books that I won't be reviewing, but will be reading anyway. All summaries are from Goodreads.

For Review:
THE NAME OF THE STAR (Shades of London, #1), by Maureen Johnson. 
Purchased | Borrowed | Received 
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago. 
Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities. 

 ULTRAVIOLET, by R.J Anderson 
Purchased | Borrowed | Received   
Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.  
This is not her story. 
Unless you count the part where I killed her.  
Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?
Not For Review:

THE RADLEYS, by Matt Haig 
Purchased | Borrowed | Received 
Meet the Radleys  
Peter, Helen and their teenage children, Clara and Rowan, live in an English town. They are an everyday family, averagely dysfunctional, averagely content. But as their children have yet to find out, the Radleys have a devastating secret From one of Britain’s finest young novelists comes a razor-sharp unpicking of adulthood and family life.  
In this moving, thrilling and extraordinary portrait of one unusual family, The Radleys asks what we grow into when we grow up, and explores what we gain – and lose – when we deny our appetites.

FEED (Newsflesh Series, #1), by Mira Grant. 
Purchased | Borrowed | Received   
In 2014, two experimental viruses—a genetically engineered flu strain designed by Dr. Alexander Kellis, intended to act as a cure for the common cold, and a cancer-killing strain of Marburg, known as "Marburg Amberlee"—escaped the lab and combined to form a single airborne pathogen that swept around the world in a matter of days. It cured cancer. It stopped a thousand cold and flu viruses in their tracks. 
It raised the dead.  
Millions died in the chaos that followed. The summer of 2014 was dubbed "The Rising," and only the lessons learned from a thousand zombie movies allowed mankind to survive. Even then, the world was changed forever. The mainstream media fell, Internet news acquired an undeniable new legitimacy, and the CDC rose to a new level of power. Set twenty years after the Rising, the Newsflesh trilogy follows a team of bloggers, led by Georgia and Shaun Mason, as they search for the brutal truths behind the infection. Danger, deceit, and betrayal lurk around every corner, as does the hardest question of them all: When will you rise?

NOTE: Had a super busy week, so reviews of the books mentioned in last weeks "Off the Shelf" will be posted within the next couple of days. 


  1. Hi, Kayla! :)

    Not sure if you're joining the readathon. But you can always check out everything good that's happening about it on twitter. Just key in the hash tags #readathon and/or #cheergolden. :)

  2. This is a really cool feature! :) I haven't read any of these books, so I'll be looking forward to your reviews of The Name of the Star and Ultraviolet.

    I've been wanting to get my hands on The Name of the Star for a while now. I haven't read any of Maureen Johnson's book yet, but she's one of those authors that it's just, like, universally acknowledged that she's amazing. Plus, it's about Jack the Ripper, and who doesn't love a good murder mystery with a dash of romance? I know I do! :))

    Yet another murder mystery with Ultraviolet. This one sounds a bit creepy, but I've never heard of it before now. I'll definitely be on the lookout for your review to see if it's any good.

    The other two sound great as well, especially Feed. I love a good zombie story! Feed sounds a bit "I Am Legend"-esque, and I loved I Am Legend. I think I'll have to pick up Feed for myself! :)

    Lovely blog, I'm a new follower!

  3. The Feed book looks interesting. It's funny MT Anderson has a book with the same title. Although, I am sure they are totally different.

  4. Great post!

    I'm very taken by the cover for FEED. Great design =)

  5. I've got The Name of the Star and Ultraviolet in my reading pile, too! They both look so good. I will look out for your reviews on them, to see what you thought :0)