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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

TBR Tuesday: Banished

I have a lot of books I've bought or received in a fury of excitement, only to have them languish on the shelves.  This is one of those books.

Banished (Banished, #1)
by Sophie Littlefield

There isn’t much worth living for in Gypsum, Missouri—or Trashtown, as the rich kids call the run-down neighborhood where sixteen-year-old Hailey Tarbell lives. Hailey figures she’ll never belong—not with the popular kids at school, not with the rejects, not even with her cruel, sickly grandmother, who deals drugs out of their basement. Hailey never knew her dead mother, and she has no idea who her father was, but at least she has her four-year-old foster brother, Chub. Once she turns eighteen, Hailey plans to take Chub far from Gypsum and start a new life where no one can find them.
But when a classmate is injured in gym class, Hailey discovers a gift for healing that she never knew she possessed—and that she cannot ignore. Not only can she heal, she can bring the dying back to life. Confused by her powers, Hailey searches for answers but finds only more questions, until a mysterious visitor shows up at Gram’s house, claiming to be Hailey’s aunt Prairie.
There are people who will stop at nothing to keep Hailey in Trashtown, living out a legacy of despair and suffering. But when Prairie saves both Hailey and Chub from armed attackers who invade Gram’s house in the middle of the night, Hailey must decide where to place her trust. Will Prairie’s past, and the long-buried secret that caused her to leave Gypsum years earlier, ruin them all? Because as Hailey will soon find out, their power to heal is just the beginning.

Can you say cover love?  Swoon, that is gorgeous.  I was so excited when I got this at ALA that I thought about reading it in the hotel while we were still in DC.  And now here we are, 1/2 a year later and I haven't picked it up once.  I think it was just the result of coming home to an event, with another to prepare for, so it just got shelved in the shuffle.  I do want to pick it up sooner rather than later, though.
So, what do you guys think?  Anyone read this?  What's on your tbr pile?


  1. Heck yeah...this was as mucho cover love. I heart it and because I've been away from checking out what books are out there...I haven't heard of this one. But I SOOOOOO want it : )

    woot woot...thanks for bringing it to my attention : )

    HAPPY readings!

  2. Every time I buy a book, or get an ARC or whatever, it seems to sit on my shelf even longer. I think there's no rush on it, so I wait and wait and wait...

  3. YES! I hate to say it, but that's why I've been going to the library less. I had gotten into a bad habit of buying books and then picking some up from the library, and because the library books had to go back, I would read those instead, and never get to the ones I bought. It was getting out of hand.
    But now I feel like I've been away from the library too long, and it's making me sad. I need to find a balance.

  4. Amber and Misty...that is my problem too. I read the library ones first and then my owned books sit and sit. I'm trying to find that balance this year of library and owned ones. I've been doing great so far.

    This book looks fabulous. Just added to my goodreads pile!


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