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Out of My Pocket #16 – I am an embarrassment to all booksellers

Due to my book buying addiction I started this  feature on my blog where I post about the book(s) I bought that week. Not something I plan on having every week – though it seems to be turning out that way.  So here’s what I bought this week!

Previous OoMP posts can be found here!

I really suck at not buying books. It’s not even funny.

Dark Visions: The Strange Power; The Possessed; The Passion
by L.J. Smith

Kaitlyn Fairchild has always felt like an outsider in her small hometown. Her haunting eyes and prophetic drawings have earned her a reputation as a witch. But Kait’s not a witch: She’s a psychic. Tired of being shunned, Kait accepts an invitation to attend the Zetes Institute, where she can have a fresh start and study with other psychic teens.

Learning to hone her abilities with four other gifted students, Kait discovers the intensity of her power — and the joy of having true friends. But those friendships quickly become complicated when Kait finds herself torn between two irresistible guys. Rob is kind and athletic, and heals people with his good energy. Gabriel is aggressive and mysterious, a telepath concealing his true nature as a psychic vampire, feeding off of others’ life energy. Together, Rob and Gabriel’s opposing forces threaten the group’s stability.

Then one of the experiments traps the five teens in a psychic link. A link that threatens their sanity and their lives. And Kaitlyn must decide whom to trust…and whom to love.

I didn’t even know this series existed! Once I saw it was coming out I had to get it. I am really hoping that it is better than Night World, which I didn’t like, and more like the Secret Circle trilogy which I worship.

Prophecy of the Sisters
by Michelle Zink

An ancient prophecy divides two sisters-

One good…

One evil…

Who will prevail?

Twin sisters Lia and Alice Milthorpe have just become orphans. They have also become enemies. As they discover their roles in a prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other, the girls find themselves entangled in a mystery that involves a tattoo-like mark, their parents’ deaths, a boy, a book, and a lifetime of secrets.

Lia and Alice don’t know whom they can trust.

They just know they can’t trust each other.

I broke my Just say NO! To Hard Covers rule for this one since it was only a dollar more than the trade pb I bought last week by C.E. Murphy. I mean, really, what was the big difference?

by Kim Harrison (*swoon*), Vicki Pettersson, Melissa Marr, Jeaniene Frost, Jocelyn Drake

Not all hunters are bound by human laws . . .

Revisiting the paranormal realms they’ve made famous in their wildly popular fiction, New York Times bestselling authors Kim Harrison, Jeaniene Frost, Vicki Pettersson, and Jocelynn Drake—plus New York Times bestselling YA author Melissa Marr with her first adult supernatural thriller—unleash their full arsenal of dark talents, plunging us into the shadows where the supernatural stalk the unsuspecting . . . and every soul is a target.

Get ready for the ride of your life—because the wildest magic has just been unleashed . . . and evil is about to have its day.

Not only does this have a ?Kim Harrison? story in it – these are all authors that are coveted for my bookshelves! I collect each of their books like I need them to breathe. How could I NOT get this the second my store got it in stock?

And finally, I have a confession to make. One that shames me to no end and it’s the first time this has ever happened to me. I can hardly bring myself to admit it outloud, but it’s such an epic fail on my part and makes me a disgrace to all former booksellers out there that I have to.

When I finished Karen Marie Moning’s Faefever I was desperate for the next book because of the extreme cliff-hangery way it ended. Trouble was, Dreamfever was coming out in hard cover. I don’t BUY $36 hard covers (unless they happen to be written by ?Kim Harrison?) and because it wouldn’t match my 3 mass market books already on my shelf. But I NEEDED to know what happens. And then Kristi (The Story Siren) was posting her reactions on Twitter as she read it and my suspense just doubled. So when I was in the store on Monday picking up my L.J. Smith book I saw that there was ONE hard cover on the shelf next to the rest of the Fever series. I picked it up, looked at the cover flap and was happy to note that it was *only* $28. So I skipped to the cash (yes, I actually did that) and bought it with my other finds.

I bought the WRONG book!

What I actually purchased was the second book in the series, Bloodfever, which has been in paperback for almost 2 years (I think). And when did I notice this? When I was sitting down to enter my books into LibraryThing and it said “Duplicate ISBN in inventory”. I didn’t see how that would be possible and that’s when I looked at the cover of the book and noticed… oh, crap!

I was so mad at myself! I have never returned a book that *I* have bought in my life. And after 10 years of bookstore experience, I am pretty darn good at books. OH MY GOD! I had to walk back into that store the next day and sheepishly return it. Sadly, they did not yet receive their order of Dreamfever, and sadly it’s $32 but now I have to buy it just to save face. I let my bookstore friends laugh at me and make fun of me as I hid my head in shame while being refunded.

I can’t believe I did that.

True story.


  • Joana

    I definitely have to add “Unbound” to my wishlist. Or rather, I’ll look for it tomorrow when I’m in town. XD

    I’m almost tempted to add a similar feature to your OoMP to my blog but I don’t want to encourage myself in buying more books! 😆 So I’ll have to add any I buy on Saturday to my IMM on Sunday. XD

    Ooh, I didn’t realize the Dark Visions Trilogy had been reprinted in one nice set like they were doing with the N.W. books. Makes me kind of jealous really, I have the trilogy in the original out of print books (as well as the N.W. ones too). Ah, believe me, you’re gonna enjoy D.V. – they’re awesome!

    Eh, don’t feel bad about getting the wrong book. I haven’t done that myself (yet!) but I have had folks get me the wrong ones and I have gotten the wrong book (as a gift) for friends and family. 🙂 It happens to everyone!

    • Cat

      I just went and looked the original books up on LibraryThing and the covers don’t ring any bells for me at all. I guess I just never saw these ones in the stores! I was still browsing the “teen” section in 1995 even though I was 19 and I felt like I was too old to be there (and now? ha!). I do remember the Vampire Diaries books though because there were so many of them and I was all put out that there were ONLY 3 Secret Circle books. heh. I still read those almost every summer.

      I only differentiated my purchases from my IMM posts because I’m OCD enough to feel that if it didn’t actually arrive IN my mailbox it shouldn’t count. :mrgreen: Ah, compulsiveness!

  • pattepoilue

    Oh i’m so waiting for Unbound to hit my mailbox, i thought i’d get it today but i guess i’ll have to wait ’til Monday *sigh*

    I’m thinking about reading Karen Marie Moning’s books i keep hearing good stuff about them. My reading list is bigger than ever.

    • Cat

      Read the Moning books!! They are so worth it. Each book gets better and better! I hope you get Unbound soon!

  • Mya

    Awww, *pat pat* happens to the best of us! Still, great buys this week!

    Thanks for pointing out the Thirteen Treasures review! Definitely moving it up my wishlist now! =)

    • Cat

      There is still not much news on a North American release date, though I do know the cover will be different when it’s released here. However I’m partial to the original UK cover. 😉

  • the story siren

    ha! no really, i’m sorry you did that. i’m sure it was mortifying. i do stupid things like that all the time, honestly. i’m just glad to hear i’m not the only one. you still need to get DREAMFEVER though! ah, so good. look for a orangeish-red cover this time. okay

    • Cat

      Oh, I WILL be getting it. I didn’t get it this week after that because a) the store I was buying from (that I am loyal too) had not yet had their stock shipped from head office so I am waiting for them to get it and b) I needed to wait until payday by that time and that’s Monday. But I will read this and we will TALK. 😈

      Oh, and Bloodfever IS orangeish-red! That is what threw me. Boo!

  • darla d

    At least you didn’t yell at them for selling you the wrong book! Sometimes I put books on hold for people at my library, and then they get all angry with me when it comes in and it’s not the one they wanted. I just puts the holds on ’em, ma’am/sir! Yikes.

    I have been listening to Darkfever on my ipod, and I am really having issues with it. The main character just doesn’t seem to have many redeeming qualities, and I keep wanting to shake her. Hard. Did you have trouble with the first one? What made you keep reading? Maybe it’s just me. 😕

    • Cat

      Why the heck would I yell at them? The employee (and friend) doesn’t know that I don’t have that book! Heh. I hate people like that, blame others for their mistakes! Argh! Kick them, I say!

      And if you look at my reviews of the books I really did not like the first one that much, I mean, I liked the plot but found the writing miserable. I liked book 2 much, MUCH more!

  • Steph Su

    LOL, I think the abbreviation for this–OOMP!–is so funny. I totally know about the whole “I won’t buy hardcovers cuz they’re more expensive” feeling. Problem is, now I have this desire to own most of my books in hardcover, and so I’ve been trying to find as many places as possible where I can buy them for less than list price!

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