Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (106)

Prized (Birthmarked, Book 2) by Caragh O'Brien

Note: there may be spoilers for the first book, Birthmarked.
In the thrilling follow up to Birthmarked, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone has fled from the Enclave and now must fight for her baby sister’s survival in the matriarchal society of Sylum.

Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, 16-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code, but how can she deny her sense of justice, her curiosity, and everything in her heart that makes her whole?
So Birthmarked was one of the most impressive books I read last year, and I've been waiting and waiting and waiting for the sequel. And it sounds like it will be just as good, if not better, than the first book. Escaping a dystopian society, only to be thrown into another dystopian society! Women ruling men! (But this being dystopic?) I can't wait to read more about Gaia, and wonder if a certain hot gentleman will make a reappearance...


Prized will be published in hardcover by Roaring Brook Press on November 8, 2011.

On a related note, they changed the paperback cover of Birthmarked. Check the hardcover vs. paperback covers below. What do you think? I think I like the change. The hardcover was a bit too...random, in my opinion. I like that the paperback moves away from a model's face and instead focuses on a significant artifact in the story.

Hardcover     ||     Paperback


  1. Birthmarked has been on my TBR for a while -- I really need to get caught up on the series! Great pick!

  2. I love the cover! You always have the coolest and most interesting WoW picks!

    I'll have to check out the series :)

  3. What an amazing cover, I love it. I haven't read Birthmarked yet but I do want to, it sounds so good.

  4. Birthmarked has always caught my interest but never enough to actually add it to my TBR but now its got a pretty cover that I might read it now even though I'm still not sure if I'll like the story. I wonder if that's bad hmm.

    And speaking of the cover change I actually featured these covers last week because these covers don't have any people on them :)

    My WoW

  5. Definitely digging the paperback cover more!

  6. loved Birthmarked, was very glad to have taken you up on your recommendation way back then. Was thrilled to see the sequel in the offing. Look forward to reading this one, and hearing your thoughts on it.

    ~L (omphaloskepsis)

  7. I agree with you--Birthmarked was really good and I had no idea there was going to be a sequel. Thank you for sharing this with us! Great pick!

  8. I'm REALLY excited to read this one too!!! I loved Birthmarked and I agree the new cover design for the paperback is way better than the original. LOVE IT. :)

  9. that paperback cover is amazing! and i love love love that the designer has OBVS read the book.....I still have a kind of thing going with the UK cover though, that totally blew me away!

    looking forward to reading this one and yes...YES! I hope a certain someone comes back too.

  10. Hmm, I'm not keen on the paperback cover. I do like how the second hardback will still kind of match the first one though. It irks me when my books don't match!

  11. I'm so excited for this book!

  12. I'm so excited for this one too! I read Birthmarked based on your glowing recommendation and loved it :)


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