Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #5- Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier & Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Be sure to post a link to your Waiting on Wednesday in the comments!

This week's pre-publication "I can't wait to read it!" selection is:

Release Date: October 30, 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean. At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out. (Summary from Goodreads.)

I JUST read the 1st book and it was AMAZING! I can't wait for the next one.

Release date: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Dial

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past. Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart. (Summary from Goodreads)

Fire was literally my ALL TIME FAVORITE BOOK EVER until Kady Cross's book recently knocked it off of its podium! Cashore is an AMAZING writer and Fire is just plain B-R-I-L-L-I-A-N-T!! I have been foaming at the mouth reading the reviews that have been coming out in the last couple of weeks since people picked this ARC up at ALA...*pouts and once again looks for magic wand to speed up time*


  1. These both look awesome...especially Bitter Blue. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. :-) Love your enthusiasm!! :-)

    Two "blue" books - and great choices!! Love both covers... and I totally love Cashore, too!

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  3. I haven't actually read either of those series, but I must do! I would really like to read Graceling, so I'll have to push that up my to-read list! I love the covers of both, nice blue theme!

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  4. You gals seem to be on the same wave length this week, well with regards to color anyway! Great picks, thanks for stopping by!

  5. Wow I have to hurry and read Fire! I read Graceling but never got to book 2 for some reason.

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  6. OMG! Can't wait for sapphire blue to come out!! Love ruby red (the first book).

  7. The other reason why I loved Bitterblue was because it is a mind-bender. It's like reading a Sherlock Holmes novel in some ways, because little hints and clues from the very first chapter carry over throughout the remainder of the novel. Bitterblue faces betrayal in the present and specters of her family's past, and Cashore does not shy away from these touchy subjects, even though it would certainly have been easy to do so. Yes, there are certainly moments in the novel which most readers will find uncomfortable, but Cashore is willing to take her readers into the dark recesses of the human spirit in order to shed light and prove that tragic histories are not prophecies of future doom. I think that many teens with troubled pasts will find Bitterblue's struggles validating and reassuring because the novel promises that there can be peace after terror.