Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #17- Shadow and Bone and Defiance

"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 below!

This week's pre-publication "We can't wait to read it!" selections are...

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Release Date: June 15, 2012
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.

Surrounded by enemies, the once- great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life-a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha...and the secrets of her heart. (Summary from Goodreads)

This one looks good. I wonder her power will be? And I always love a kick-butt main character who is a girl :) The whole Grisha thing seems mysterious and dangerous, too! 
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Published by: Balzer + Bray

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city's brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father's apprentice, Logan - the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father's survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.
At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city's top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor's impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.
As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can't be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like it's right up my alley! Adventure, defying tyranny, romance, battles, assassins...ahhhh...how delightful! :)

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?


  1. I have heard a lot of good things about Shadow and Bone, I really wanna check it out! Great Picks!

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  2. Two excellent picks - lots of promise with Shadow and Bone and I think Defiance may be a good fit for my wife's TBR list

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  3. Shadow and Bone! I'm so excited to read that one. Defiance sounds fantastic and something I'd read. Great picks, ladies! :D

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  4. This are both amazing picks :D They are both on my TBR pile! Defiance has such a gorgeous cover as well! Thanks for sharing :)

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  5. I want these two as well. So many good books. Great picks.

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  6. Defiance has my attention for sure aww..

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  7. Both of these are on my wishlist..awesome picks! Here is My WoW

  8. Two great choices, enjoy!


  9. I am all for a novel with assassins! Count me in for Defiance! Great picks, thanks for featuring.

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