Books We Covet: Intriguing Plot Lines

Why we covet these books: The plot of our picks this week are very intriguing. They are unlike anything we have read before which makes both really exciting.

Our first pick this week is All These Things I've Done, set in 2083 where chocolate and coffee are illegal, there's a water shortage and paper is hard to come by. You would think it's some sort of dystopian novel but it's not. It's about a girl who is the daughter of the mafia and is blamed by the police for poisoning someone.

faerieringAll These Things I've Done by Gabrielle Zevin (out September 2011)
From the author of the critically acclaimed Elsewhere comes this brilliant novel about an impossible romance, a family living outside of the law, and the ties that forever bind us.

Chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is increasingly scarce, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sixteen-year-old daughter of the city’s most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine—going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.'s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is until someone in her inner circle ends up poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she’s to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight—at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.

Engrossing and suspenseful, All These Things I’ve Done is an utterly unique, unputdownable read that blends both the familiar and fantastic.

For more info about All These Things I've Done, visit the author's website. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.

Our other pick this week is Anna Dressed In Blood, the first in a new series. We are hearing a lot of buzz about this one, especially on Twitter. It sort of reminds us of Supernatural the television show but we haven't read anything of the like. We are so curious about Anna and why she didn't kill Cas.

secretAnna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake (out August 2011)
Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead.

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father's mysterious and deadly athama, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn't expect anything outside of the ordinary: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he's never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

But she, for whatever reason, spares Cas's life.

For more info about Anna Dressed In Blood, visit the author's website. Clicking on the cover will take you to the book's Goodreads page.

What book(s) do you "covet" this week?
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"Books I Covet" is a weekly or bi-weekly blog post series I am going to be doing here.
It will feature books I am very excited about reading and plan on buying/borrowing in the near future. It is similar to the "Waiting On" meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine. However, some of the books may already be published and others may still be in pre-order. I will include the books' blurb, cover art, and/or release date if they're available. Click on the WoW image on the left to join in!


  1. Ooo, we haven't heard of either of these, but they sound awesome. The title of ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD is so chilling but lovely!

  2. I really loved Zevin's Elsewhere, so I really want to read her new book. How could coffee and chocolate be illegal!?

  3. Great picks!
    I want to read all of these.


  4. You've got a couple of very intriguing titles here. I'm going to have to take a look at them more later.

    Here's mine:

  5. I've only started hearing about All These Things I've Done this week and it sounds so good.

  6. Anna Dressed in Blood is on my TBR list but I have not heard of All These Things I've Done Before and it sounds really good! Adding it to my list!
    Truly Bookish

  7. All These Things I've Done sounds like a really good book. A very different kind of story line.

  8. I did ATID a couple of weeks ago. I adore Gabrielle Zevin! Anna Dressed in Blood is also on my TBR!

    Great choices!


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