WoW: NEMESIS

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at BREAKING THE SPINE in which participants share their anticipated reads with the blogging community.

THIS WEEK:

This is one of my favorite anticipated reads for fall. A rivalry, high stakes, epic fantasy? YES PLEASE. Not to mention that it’s written by Anna Banks- and I will read ANYTHING she writes, hands down. And the cover. THE COVER! SO much pretty. Coming October 4, 2016, here’s

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SUMMARY:

Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

WHY I’M EXCITED

Like I said- I’ll read anything that Anna Banks writes. She’s absolutely AWESOME. This new, epic fantasy comes straight from my dreams, with the promise of a slow-burn romance, some political intrigue, and an ethics dilemma too good to pass up. And a Quiet Plague? I HAVE TO KNOW WHAT THAT IS. So yeah, I’m really excited for this one. And I LOVE the cover. I think it totally escalates the claim of ‘fantasy’ novel to a higher degree. So many books say they’re fantasy, but only change a few things to make it that way, usually that someone somewhere has a magical power. But this? Silver skin (or war paint, either way), someone who can CREATE ENERGY, and fighting kingdoms are absolutely what I want. So kudos to Anna for making this happen, because I’m so psyched!

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WoW: THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine! This week, I’ve chosen a beautiful book with a beautiful author. Emily Henry is funny, imaginative, and one of the kindest people you could hope to meet. January 26th, 2016, welcome the debut novel from the girl with amazing hair:

 

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(And, I mean, that cover is my absolute fav)

SUMMARY:

Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.

WHY I’M WAITING

Gosh. I wish I didn’t have to wait for this lovely thing to come my way. It’s romance and time travel, two of may favorite things. It’s a molasses drawl in the tune of Bone Gap, one of my favorites this year (or so I’ve heard) and that kind of slow-burn book is just my type. I like to read fast, but I can’t wait to just sit down and savor every word of this genre mix. It takes a special breed of writer to write something so thoroughly genre-bending, and to write it in a way that makes you ache for more, but I believe this will be one of them. Along with a few other 2016 releases I’ll be featuring later on, The Love That Split the World definitely deserves the hype that few books receive.

Need I say more? Because you all know that you want it, too.

 

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WoW: TRAITOR ANGELS

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Oh, this is one of my top 2016 releases. I CANNOT wait. Anne Blankman has written two stunning historical novels already- Prisoner of Night and Fog and Conspiracy of Blood and Smoke (those names! those covers!) So, without further ado, here’s her upcoming book, coming to us May 3rd, 2016 from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins, here’s:

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(Have you ever seen a more beautifully simple cover? I DIE. The summary is just as good)

SUMMARY: 

Six years have passed since England’s King Charles II returned from exile to reclaim the throne, ushering in a new era of stability for his subjects.

Except for Elizabeth Milton. The daughter of notorious poet John Milton, Elizabeth has never known her place in this shifting world—except by her father’s side. By day she helps transcribe his latest masterpiece, the epic poem Paradise Lost, and by night she learns languages and sword fighting. Although she does not dare object, she suspects that he’s training her for a mission whose purpose she cannot fathom.

Until one night the reason becomes clear: the king’s man arrive at her family’s country home to arrest her father. Determined to save him, Elizabeth follows his one cryptic clue and journeys to Oxford, accompanied by her father’s mysterious young houseguest, Antonio Vivani, a darkly handsome Italian scientist who surprises her at every turn. Funny, brilliant, and passionate, Antonio seems just as determined to protect her father as she is—but can she trust him with her heart?

When the two discover that Milton has planted an explosive secret in the half-finished Paradise Lost—a secret the king and his aristocratic supporters are desperate to conceal—Elizabeth is faced with a devastating choice: cling to the shelter of her old life or risk cracking the code, unleashing a secret that could save her father…and tear apart the very fabric of society.

WHY I’M WAITING

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Look, I can’t gush enough about how amazing Anne’s books are. She took a time period I don’t enjoy reading about (WWII) and made me ONLY want to read more about the lives of Gretchen and Daniel. If someone at my job at the library asks me for a rec, I send them straight to YA BLANKMAN. I know that Traitor Angels will be no exception. Danger? Check. Intrepid, intelligent, independent heroine? CHECK. Super-hot Italian scientist? CHECK CHECK CHECK.

All I’m saying here is that there are NO complaints when it comes to an Anne Blankman novel, and I have every confidence that this newest book will fill the void in my heart where the daughter of an epic classic literature writer and an Italian scientist will live. I’ll save the rest of my gushing for my review when I finally get my hands on this one (no matter how long it takes) but PREPARE YOURSELVES for the epic storm of love.

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WoW: IVORY AND BONE

     Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

I’ve been so busy, I haven’t even been thinking about Waiting on Wednesday, but I really want to get back to promoting my favorites from my TBR. This week involves some EXTREME cover-love, and I can’t wait to share it. With a release date of June 14th, 2016, from HarperCollins, and written by the lovely and talented Julie Eshbaugh, here’s:

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SUMMARY:

The only life seventeen-year-old Kol knows is hunting at the foot of the Great Ice with his brothers. But food is becoming scarce, and without another clan to align with, Kol, his family, and their entire group are facing an uncertain future.

Traveling from the south, Mya and her family arrive at Kol’s camp with a trail of hurt and loss behind them, and hope for a new beginning. When Kol meets Mya, her strength, independence, and beauty instantly captivate him, igniting a desire for much more than survival.

Then on a hunt, Kol makes a grave mistake that jeopardizes the relationship that he and Mya have only just started to build. Mya was guarded to begin with—and for good reason—but no apology or gesture is enough for her to forgive him. Soon after, another clan arrives on their shores. And when Mya spots Lo, a daughter of this new clan, her anger intensifies, adding to the already simmering tension between families. After befriending Lo, Kol learns of a dark history between Lo and Mya that is rooted in the tangle of their pasts.

When violence erupts, Kol is forced to choose between fighting alongside Mya or trusting Lo’s claims. And when things quickly turn deadly, it becomes clear that this was a war that one of them had been planning all along.

WHY I’M WAITING:

Ooh, I just can’t wait for this! A new flavor of historical fiction with a twist, and such a compelling summary! AND THERE MIGHT BE……*drumroll*…..MAMMOTHS. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE?  A YA WITH A MAMMOTH HUNT? Watch this totally be after mammoths, and this will all be absolutely wrong. A GIRL CAN DREAM. Even if there’s not, this whole idea is just…so unique to YA, and a very different sort of literature than what we usually see. I simply cannot emphasize enough how excited I am for this, and honestly, a lot of it is from the cover alone. I know this is a pretty short WHY, but I think it’s enough. These books are really going to hit a specific audience, and obviously I’m one of those people!

 

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WoW: PASSENGER

WEDNESDAY IS HERE

I’ve been awful about my blog these past two months, and I have to apologize again. I’m going to do my best to get going with it again, and hopefully the creative juices will flow! Anyway, Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, and you all know that it’s for books we can’t wait for. This week’s selection will kick off our 2016 reading year, with a release date of January 5, 2016. Without further ado, here’s

SUMMARY: (goodreads.com)

Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn’t even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.

Etta wakes, confused and terrified, in 1776, in the midst a fierce sea battle. Nicholas Carter, the handsome young prize master of a privateering ship, has been hired to retrieve Etta and deliver her unharmed to the Ironwoods, a powerful family in the Colonies–the very same one that orchestrated her jump back, and one Nicholas himself has ties to. But discovering she can time travel is nothing compared to the shock of discovering the true reason the Ironwoods have ensnared her in their web.

Another traveler has stolen an object of untold value from them, and, if Etta can find it, they will return her to her own time. Out of options, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the mysterious traveler. But as they draw closer to each other and the end of their search, the true nature of the object, and the dangerous game the Ironwoods are playing, comes to light — threatening to separate her not only from Nicholas, but her path home… forever.

WHY SHOULD YOU BE EXCITED?

Personally, I’m pumped! Even though I haven’t read A.B.’s Darkest Minds series, I’ve heard a lot of good things about her writing and storytelling. And when you combine music, pirates, and time travel, you’ve got an automatic fan! I’m really excited to see how this one plays out- there’s a lot of possibilities, and I’m trying not to let my expectations get too high, but I’ve got my eye on this one and can’t wait to read it when it comes out in January.

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What’s your Waiting On Wednesday? Are you looking forward to Passenger?

WoW: WINTER

I SIT….AND WAIT…..AND WAIT….

Can I just do Illuminae again? Because really, that’s the only book I can see in my future. Until I get to November, and I realize why I’m just desperate for fall to be here. Not only will we be getting our hands on the gorgeous Illuminae, we will also FINALLY be getting our hands on

Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.

Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.

Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?

Everytime I think about it being so close I get

Sorry. I’ll calm down.

NOT.

SO WHY AM I SO EXCITED?

The Lunar Chronicles is only one of my favorite series ever. I mean, no big deal. Winter is only the 800 page conclusion to this amazingness. EIGHT HUNDRED PAGES. Nothing could make me more excited. Nothing. Unless maybe there being another book, but that won’t happen.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to getting to know Jacin a whole lot better, and also (SPOILER) Wolf and Scarlet being together again because WHERE WAS THAT IN THE ENTIRETY OF CRESS, HMMMM?! (END SPOILER). But as you’ve seen from this “Secret Life” post from Monday, I love Jacin with wholly unrepentant adoration that burns like the fire of 1000 suns. What can I say? I like blondes.

But even more than that, I’ve never been disappointed by an LC book. Terrified, yes. Heartbroken, yes. Stabbed in the heart with 10,000 feels, yes. But never disappointed.

So here’s to Marissa Meyer for consistency- I really hope Winter lives up to my expectations.

What are you looking forward to this week? Are you as excited as I am for Winter? Post a comment!

WoW: THE ANATOMICAL SHAPE OF A HEART

THRILLS, CHILLS, AND DESPERATION. 

It’s Wednesday again, and that means another book I’m excited for! Hooray! This week we’re changing it up a little bit. I’ve been doing a lot of fantasy/sci-fi lately, so here’s a contemporary with an amazing cover to give us some spicy variety:

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That’s right: The Anatomical Shape of a Heart comes to us November 20, 2015, and that cover is seriously just perfection, don’t you think? Simplicity has never looked so attractive. Neat fact: It will be published under the title Night Owls  in the UK in August (jealous!!)

SUMMARY (GOODREADS)

Artist Beatrix Adams knows exactly how she’s spending the summer before her senior year. Determined to follow in Da Vinci’s footsteps, she’s ready to tackle the one thing that will give her an advantage in a museum-sponsored scholarship contest: drawing actual cadavers. But when she tries to sneak her way into the hospital’s Willed Body program and misses the last metro train home, she meets a boy who turns her summer plans upside down.

Jack is charming, wildly attractive . . . and possibly one of San Francisco’s most notorious graffiti artists. On midnight buses and city rooftops, Beatrix begins to see who Jack really is—and tries to uncover what he’s hiding that leaves him so wounded. But will these secrets come back to haunt him? Or will the skeletons in Beatrix’s own family’s closet tear them apart?

WHY I WANT IT

Because who wouldn’t?! Every sentence of this summary made me ever more excited to get my hands on TASOAH. (Except man, even that acronym is long!). I love graffiti, I love art, I love night expeditions, and the flavor to me was that of The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison (without all the murder and such) which I absolutely loved. But anyway- street art to me is fascinating, and I love little clues into their way of living. Of course, a romantic, angsty fall read is always something to look forward to, as well, and I can’t wait for this one.

Questions? Comments? Books you’d like me to review? Post a comment below and I’ll be sure to check it out!

WoW: THEIR FRACTURED LIGHT

THIS ONE IS SPECIAL

It’s July! That means summer is half over, fall is coming, an WINTER WILL BE HERE SOON!!!!

Our Waiting on Wednesday, a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, is the conclusion to a series that tops my list of sci-fi. And YA. And every kind of book there is. The Starbound novels are an exquisite set of books that are completely and totally out of the range of anything I have ever read in terms of their intensity, their amazing plots that intertwine worlds with space and just- I can’t even express how much I love them. This December, the trilogy will conclude with this beautiful book with this beautiful cover: 

SUMMARY (GOODREADS) 

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the planet of Corinth, all four are about to collide with two new players, who will bring the fight against LaRoux Industries to a head. Gideon Marchant is an eighteen-year-old computer hacker—a whiz kid and an urban warrior. He’ll climb, abseil and worm his way past the best security measures to pull off onsite hacks that others don’t dare touch.

Sofia Quinn has a killer smile, and by the time you’re done noticing it, she’s got you offering up your wallet, your car, and anything else she desires. She holds LaRoux Industries responsible for the mysterious death of her father and is out for revenge at any cost.

When a LaRoux Industries security breach interrupts Gideon and Sofia’s separate attempts to infiltrate their headquarters, they’re forced to work together to escape. Each of them has their own reason for wanting to take down LaRoux Industries, and neither trusts the other. But working together might be the best chance they have to expose the secrets LRI is so desperate to hide.

WHY I WANT IT: 

Okay, here’s the deal: I LOVE science fiction. I. LOVE. IT. And to YA, science fiction with the kind of world-building and twists that Amie and Meagan offer, as well as the AMAZING characters, is very, very difficult to find. These books are so good that I sort of hope they never make movies out of them, because they could never be as good as the books. And the covers- the covers! Be still, my heart. The gown for TFL is completely and utterly gorgeous, and they did an absolutely amazing job cultivating that sci-fi elegance that their books usually incorporate. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one, and congratulations to Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner for writing a series that I will never stop loving. Never.

What’s YOUR WoW?

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WoW: THE WINNER’S KISS

WE’VE GOT ANOTHER ONE

This is a pretty lonely WoW, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Lonely because we won’t see it until MARCH 1ST OF 2016.

It kills me to think about. A thrilling series conclusion coming on the heels of a devastating cliffhanger, THE WINNER’S KISS is one of my most anticipated books for next year. And I mean, look at this cover:

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I’M DYING

HERE’S OUR SUMMARY SO FAR (GOODREADS) 

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, with the East as his ally and the empire as his enemy. He’s finally managed to dismiss the memory of Kestrel, even if he can’t quite forget her. Kestrel turned into someone he could no longer recognize: someone who cared more for the empire than for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she cared for him. At least, that’s what he thinks.

But far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?

WHY I’M EXCITED

Look, The Winner’s Curse is quite simply one of the best books I have ever read. Ever. So to be left without a conclusion, alone and helpless, while I wait to know the fates of Arin and Kestrel? MY GOD I CANNOT.

So, yeah. I really want this book, and if you aren’t waiting for it, too, you need to go read the first two.

RIGHT NOW.

Love you all.

What’s YOUR WoW?

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WoW: ILLUMINAE

GET READY FOR SOME SCI-FI

This is a novel that I seriously CANNOT wait for. The story of warring intergalactic mega-corporations and the two people who have to bring everything to light, this book has been on my TBR list for like, 800 years. Well, as soon as I saw it on goodreads, anyway. Let me show you the beautiful cover of this one, coming to us October 20, 2015 from Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff:

 

 IS THIS COOL OR WHAT?

HERE’S YOUR SUMMARY (GOODREADS)

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

CAN YOU SEE WHY I’M EXCITED?

Amie Kaufman is one half of a duo (with Megan Spooner) that write my absolute FAVORITE YA science fiction- These Broken Stars and This Shattered World- and book three, coming in December, will be on my WoW list, you can be sure. Her books are so well-written and the worlds so immaculately detailed that you can’t help but imagine living on them yourself. And the twists! The twists, oh my, they’re so amazing and heartstopping and everything else you want in a twist.

So you can see, as a science fiction lover, how I would be super pumped about this newest series, coming to us from two sides, coming from an established sci-fi presence in the YA world. However, I am a little worried, because on Jay Kristoff’s goodreads profile it states that he does not believe in happy endings. Well, I do. There are very few unhappy endings that I approve of- killing your MC off is a lazy way to end a book, people!

Anyway, I’m really excited to see this new series (NetGalley is killing me, making me wait) and tell you guys all about it, and I hope you;ll take a look now that it’s been brought to your attention!

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