Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #93 - Cold Spell & This Wicked Game

"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: Jackson Pearce
Release Date: November 5, 2014
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Kai and Ginny grew up together--best friends since they could toddle around their building's rooftop rose garden. Now they're seventeen, and their relationship has developed into something sweeter, complete with stolen kisses and plans to someday run away together.
But one night, Kai disappears with a mysterious stranger named Mora - beautiful daughter girl with a dark past and a heat of ice. Refusing to be cast aside, Ginny goes after them and is thrust into a world she never imagined, one filled with monsters and thieves and the idea that love is not enough.
If Ginny and Kai survive the journey, will she will be the girl he loved--and moreover, will she still be the girl who loved him? (Summary from Goodreads)

I love The Snow Queen.It's so dark and harsh--an ice queen who steals boys from their true loves; I think I've also always loved the fact that it's the male who is in distress and the female who must save the day. I can't wait to see how Pearce revamps this classic tale!

Author: Michelle Zink
Release Date: November 14, 2013
Published by: Dial (Penguin)

Claire Kincaid's family has been in business for over fifty years.
The voodoo business.
Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses , a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid's run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and others bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.
She doesn't believe.
Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can't wait to escape New Orleans - and voodoo - when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild's powerful founding family.
But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there's more to voodoo - and the families that make up the Guild - than meets the eye.
Including her own.
As she bands together with other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy - and the disbelief that may very well kill her. (Summary from Goodreads)

This book is intriguing...and I cannot wait to unravel it!

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

The Naturals 
Author: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release date: November 5, 2013
Published by: Disney/Hyperion
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cassie is one of the most observant people...she's a Natural at reading people. She can tell you details about your life, and what you want, or will do next just after a look at them. Of course, it's just something that her mother always pushed her to do when they were making their mark back in the day...it certainly wasn't something she ever took seriously until the FBI came knocking. They want her to join their classified program of exceptional teenagers who crack cold cases with their Natural abilities. Except, pretty soon it becomes clear that they have become the hunted instead of the hunters when a serial killer starts closing in!

My thoughts: This was quite a different read then I normally have been reading and it was perfection in what I was hoping for. This was a great adventure full of twists and turns that had interesting new "abilities" I've never thought of before. Cassie, Michael, Dean, Lia and Sloane are fantastic characters richly told, or richly withheld depending on the one in question. The love triangle between Dean, Cassie and Michael is perfectly delicious. Sometimes I find love triangles perfectly hideous, but this time it works. Plus, just so you know I'm completely Team Dean! :)

Our main character of Cassie is a formidable force who has had to find her way through life since her mother was brutally murdered. I loved that in this book there was more than just her on her own though...she had her ginormous family watching over her in the beginning, then her team of Naturals, and then the adults who watch over her team at the FBI Naturals house. It was wonderful to have lots of adults alone with the teens for once in a novel.

Final thoughts: It would be so cool if this was the start of a series for this team of Naturals. I would LOVE another book with these characters!

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Review: Imaginable by J. Meyers

Author:  J. Meyers
Series: Intangible, Book 2
Release date: April 16, 2013
Published by: Self Pub
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sera and Luke are still trying to learn everything they can about their powers, but there are others who are still out there who are willing to do anything to use their powers. And their powers are changing...growing...

My thoughts: This was AMAZING! I adored book 1 and book 2 was just as good! There was adventure, mystery, drama, and so much more.

ALL the characters from book 1 were there...Sera, Luke, Fey, Marc, Quinn, Raquel, Brandan and more...but there were also new characters as well. We meet The Good Mother Keren, Fey's father, and many others including some pretty wicked bad guys! :(

I found the fact that even though Sera thinks she's doing the right thing by healing vampires who come to her to be healed...it truly turns out to be a very bad thing which is SO sad. It's always hard when you find that something you think is right turns out to be wrong.

Final thoughts: I highly recommend this series! If you haven't given it a try, you should! It's X-Men meets Twilight and I LOVE IT SO HARD!!! Plus, it's a fantastic deal as an eBook @$3.99! Now I just CANNOT WAIT FOR BOOK 3!!!!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Libby Bits Review: Amelia Dead and Gone

Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone 
Author: Kat Rosenfield
Release date: July 5, 2012
Published by: Dutton Juvenile
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Beautifully constructed prose about life and loss. The death of Amelia Anne is only a framework that allows the main character, Becca, to explore her feelings about leaving her small hometown for college and a different life.

Throughout the novel, passages touched my heart as Becca thinks through what it means to leave everything and everyone behind...especially those who plan to never leave her hometown, the ones she sees as stuck until she starts picturing herself never leaving.

A disturbing yet poignant picture of a young woman on the cusp of growing up and exploring life beyond that which she has always know. I highly recommend it.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #92 - Fault Line & Ignite Me

"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: Christa Desir
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Published by: SimonPulse

Ben could date anyone he wants, but he only has eyes for the new girl -- sarcastic free-spirit, Ani. Luckily for Ben, Ani wants him too. She's everything Ben could ever imagine. Everything he could ever want.
But that all changes after the party. The one Ben misses. The one Ani goes to alone.
Now Ani isn't the girl she used to be, and Ben can't sort out the truth from the lies. What really happened, and who is to blame?
Ben wants to help her, but she refuses to be helped. The more she pushes Ben away, the more he wonders if there's anything he can do to save the girl he loves. (Summary from Goodreads)

Clearly something bad happens in this story and a boy will try to fix the broken girl. Should be interesting. 

(Shatter Me, Book 3)
Author: Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: February 4, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

Juliette no knows she may be the only one who can stop the Reestablishment. But to take them down, she'll need the help of the one person she never thought she could trust: Warner. And as they work together, Juliette will discover that everything she thought she knew - about Warner, her abilities, and even Adam - was wrong. (Summary from Goodreads)

I cannot wait to for this! This series is AMAZING!!! If you haven't read Shatter Me, you have got to try it ASAP! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron

A Spark Unseen 
Author: Sharon Cameron
Series: The Dark Unwinding, Book 2
Release date: September 24, 2013
Published by: Scholastic Press
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After Katharine's uncle is almost kidnapped right out from under her nose, she decides that their home is no longer safe and comes up with a crazy plan to hide him away in Paris. Of course Paris just happens to be the last place that Lane was seen. Will she be able to keep the ones she loves safe? Will she be able to find Lane and convince everyone else along the way that he's not actually dead? There are so many, many mysteries to unravel in this one...

My thoughts: This second edition of The Dark Unwinding series was just as amazing as the 1st one. I loved all the of the twists and turns that Cameron instilled in her novels so far. I have no idea how she kept track of all of the details of her twists and turns! It was just plain amazing.

This one was a bit dark. I wasn't prepared for the darkness and I don't want to ruin anything by talking too specifically about it, but if you've read this one then you'll know the bit I mean I think. I was very surprise by this and SO SAD! :(

The gadgets and inventiveness was just as amazing and fantastic in this one as in the first one. I loved it! Very cool stuff. Plus, I love how she mixes together the truth of the historical times with the imagination from her own mind. Check out the details on her website! 

I can't wait to see what Cameron comes up with next in this series! This is one I will definitely be adding to my bookshelves!

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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Review: Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers

Dark Triumph 
Author: R.L. LaFevers
Series: His Fair Assassin, Book 2
Release date: April 2, 2013
Published by: Houghton Mifflin Books for Children
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Sometimes it's hard to see who someone really is when you look at them and see their shiny outside and judge them by only all those around them. Except, what if that person was really one of Death's daughters sent in among them all as the perfect and most dangerous weapon of all the convent has ever had. Sybella will have to use every single skill she's acquired at the Convent if she's going to make it alive on this assignment...

My thoughts: Holy crap was this INCREDIBLE!!!! I ADORED book 1 and LaFevers did not disappoint with book 2! I have been waiting for awhile to read this after hearing LaFevers speak at Anderson's Bookshop last spring about her Fair Assassin series. Grave Mercy is one of my favorite books EVER and Dark Triumph was just as amazing but in a dark way.

LaFevers wrote an amazing character in Sybella. She is amazing and resilient like no other I've ever seen before in a way that was heartbreaking. Plus, there's The Beast who has an incredible heart like no one I've ever read. No matter what's done to him he just keeps pushing forward and believing in the best in people.

Final thought: I cannot wait for the last installment of this series next year! Mortal Heart should be AMAZING! 

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Our Week in Books: Anderson's YA Conference Wrap Up!

This is our week in books at Libby Blog! 
This feature is not our own original idea and is inspired by so many others that are out there (esp. IMM by The Story Siren and Stacking the Shelves by Tynga's Review) with the goal of sharing our new books and getting to know one another a bit better in the book blogging world. If you have a similar post for the week, please share it in the comments so we can comment back...

All the pretties we bought & got signed...
A Tale Dark & Grimm by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton Juvenile)
In a Glass Grimmly by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton Juvenile)
The Grimm Conclusion by Adam Gidwitz (Dutton Juvenile)
Inhuman by Kat Falls (Scholastic)
To Be Perfectly Honest by Sonya Sones (Simon & Schuster)
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill (Disney Hyperion)
Proxy by Alex London (Philomel)
Infinityglass by Myra McEntire (EgmontUSA)
On Little Wings by Regina Sirois (Viking Juvenile)
Manhunt: the 12-day chase for Lincon's killer by James L. Swanson (William Morrow)
Second Impact by David Klass & Perri Klass (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
Just One Day by Gayle Forman (Dutton Juvenile)

Plus, here's some pictures from the day...
The Dystopian Panel
(Left to right: Demitria Lunetta, Michael Grant, Kat Falls, Alex London, Beth Revis, Joelle Charbonneau & D.J. MacHale)

The panel who discussed How Dark Is Too Dark? Is there such a thing?
(Left to right: David Lubar, Adam Gidwitz, Antony John, Cristin Terrill & (not in the picture because I couldn't quite get her from where I was sitting sadly) Christa Desir)

The Digging Up the Dead panel: James Swanson telling us all about his life growing up sharing Abraham Lincoln's birthday, becoming a Washington Man and getting to know just about anyone who's anybody. Just sitting and listening to his stories was FASCINATING  He knows everyone! Plus, he has an amazing collection of Lincoln artifacts. The next book he's planning is going to be on MLK. Very cool. 

The Digging Up the Dead panel: Sally Walker teaching us what it's like to tag along with forensic scientists, anthropologists, & archeologists, or to sit and research in a library in Nova Scotia and write while crying for months writing Blizzard of Glass because you wish you could keep the ships from crashing into one another. She was just AMAZING!

Adam Gidwitz doing what he does best...scaring us with a brillantly told, classic fairy tale of old! What a storyteller! WOW! If you are in the New York City area, you have GOT TO get him to come to your school, or public, library! WOW! What a great guy!

What did you get for your libby this week?

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #91 - Just One Year & Enders

"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: Gayle Forman
Release Date: October 10, 2013 (Nov. 7, 2013 - Paperback)
Published by: Dutton Juvenile

After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem's story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson's own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like a good companion novel to the first as we follow Lulu and Willem on their adventure.

Author: Lissa Price
Release Date: January 7, 2014
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

With the Prime Destinations body bank destroyed, Callie no longer has to rent herself out to creepy Enders. But Enders can still get inside her mind and make her do things she doesn't want to do. Like hurt someone she loves. Having the chip removed could save Callie's life - but it could also silence the voice in her head that might belong to her father. Callie has flashes of her ex-renter Helena's memories, too...and the Old Man is back, filling her with fear. Who is real and who is masquerading in a teen body? This is the thrilling sequel to "Starters". (Summary from Goodreads)

I LOVED Starters and feel like I've been waiting and waiting to find out what happens to Callie et all. Oh how I cannot wait to figure it all out.

What are you waiting on this week?

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday #77 - The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kahaney

Book Trailer Thursday is a feature inspired by Once Upon a TwilightWe are hoping to promote not only new books that are out or are soon to be out on the shelves, but to also promote the creation of book trailers themselves! Make sure to post a comment below and let us know what you've found out there this week!

Release Date: October 8, 2013
Published by: HarperTeen

Prima ballerina Anthem Fleet is closely guarded by her parents in their penthouse apartment. But when she meets the handsome Gavin at a party on the wrong side of town, she is immediately drawn into his dangerous world. Then, in a tragic accident, Anthem falls to her death. She wakes in an underground lab, with a bionic heart ticking in her chest. As she navigates her new life, she uncovers the sinister truth behind those she trusted the most, and the chilling secret of her family lineage...and her duty to uphold it.
The Dark Knight meets Cinder in this gripping and cinematic story of heartbreak and revenge.  (Summary from Goodreads)

Holy crap! This not only sounds good, but it LOOKS AWESOME! What a great book trailer! I even look the end of dropping the book onto the concrete. Has anyone read it yet? I really want this one! I think I'll have to get it for the library! :)

What did you find out there this week?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #90 - Across a Star-Swept Sea & Rags and Bones

"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...

Release Date: October 5, 2013
Published by: Balzer + Bray

Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction--the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars--is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries' weapon is a drug that damages their enemies' brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.
On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo...is her most dangerous mission ever.
Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can't risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he's hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country's revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he's pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she's not only risking her heart, she's risking the world she's sworn to protect. (Summary from Goodreads)

I loved For the Darkness Shows the Stars with Peterfreund's elegant writing style and hints of classic references, so I'm excited to give her new tale a try!

Illustrator: Charles Vess
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The best writers of our generation retell the classics.

Literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them; ones that have become ingrained in modern culture; and ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and then reassemble them for a new generation of readers.

Today's most acclaimed authors use their own unique styles to rebuild these twelve timeless stories:
Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene - Saladin Ahmed
W.W. Jacob's The Monkey's Paw - Kelley Armstrong
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla - Holly Black
Sleeping Beauty - Neil Gaiman
The Brothers Grimm's Rumpelstiltskin - Kami Garcia
Kate Chopin's The Awakening - Melissa Marr
Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King - Garth Nix
Henry James's The Jolly Corner - Tim Pratt
E.M. Forster's The Machine Stops - Carrie Ryan
Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto - Margaret Stohl
William Seabrook's The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban - Gene Wolfe
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birth-Mark - Rick Yancey
6 Illustrations by Charles Vess
(Summary from Goodreads)

Short story collection + classics + retellings + fantastic authors = PERFECTION! I can't wait! :)

What are you waiting on this week?

Friday, October 4, 2013

Review: All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

All Our Yesterdays 
Author: Cristin Terrill
Series: All Our Yesterdays, Book 1
Release date: September 1, 2013
Published by: Disney Hyperion
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Em has had her world ripped away from her...from her family to her friends to her home to her very existence where she finds herself within four concrete walls imprisoned and being tortured on a daily basis. Of course things used to be very, very different...things used to be perfection when she was at the top of the food chain and her best friend James, the dreamy science smarty, was the one she was hanging around with as often as possible. Well, whenever his annoying pal, Finn, isn't around that is.
How did things become so different so quickly? Could they have been different somehow?

My thoughts: EARTH-SHATTERINGLY AMAZING! WHOA! I seriously am not quite sure where to start with this one because it was such a mind trip, but also such a broken girl and boy story of brilliance! I loved it SO HARD! I was so very lucky to be able to get to meet Cristin this last weekend and got to fangirl drool all over her about how much I loved her book while also getting the copy I had just purchased at Anderson's Annual YA Literature Conference signed. Woot! Woot!

Ok, on to the book...I don't want to ruin any of the amazingness of the twists and turns for you, so I'll just say that I'm always extremely hesitant about time travel books for some reason when I hear about them, or when I even think about trying them for some reason. BUT, each one I've tried has been just fantastic! This one was no different, except this one was even more of a adventure then any of the others I've read before it. Em begins in a cell and has been in the cell for quite some time, which reminded me of V for Vendetta, except for the fact that Em had the voice of love on the other side of the wall from her.

Then there was Marina who just wants to tell James how she really feels. She adores James and Nate; in every way.

The good news for may of you out there...this is a STANDALONE! :)

Final thought: The details in this were just SO amazing! I am still completely astounded by the mystery that is - how in the world Cristin was able to keep track on the linear details of the plot between past and present?? :/ BRILLIANT! Just a BRILLIANT butt-kicking, saving the world adventure every single second of the way! :D

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Book Trailer Thursday #76 - BZRK Reloaded by Michael Grant

Book Trailer Thursday is a feature inspired by Once Upon a TwilightWe are hoping to promote not only new books that are out or are soon to be out on the shelves, but to also promote the creation of book trailers themselves! Make sure to post a comment below and let us know what you've found out there this week!

BZRK Reloaded 
(BZRK, Book 2)
Author: Michael Grant
Release Date: October 8, 2013 
Published by: EgmontUSA

The entire BZRK cell--including Noah and Sadie--has been left in pieces after the last round of battle with the Armstrong Twins, conjoined brother who plot to rob mankind of its free will. Vincent's mind is shattered, and his memories hold dangerous secrets--secrets that Lear, BZRK's mysterious leader, will stop at nothing to protect.
Meanwhile, Bug Man has taken control of the President's brain, but playing with sanity is a dangerous game. The consequences can spiral way out of control, and the Armstrong Twins are not people Bug Man can afford to disappoint.
The nano is as terrifying, exhilarating, and unpredictable as ever. But the wall of secrets that surrounds it is cracking. What will it reveal? And once the dust has settled, who will be sane enough to find out? (Summary from Goodreads)

THIS SOUNDS AND LOOKS EPIC!!!! I'm SOO IN! The kiddos have been eating up book 1, which I cannot wait to try if they ever let me get my hands on it long enough in the the library.

Plus, I got to meet Michael at Anderson's Annual YA Literature Conference this past weekend and he was seriously cool and hilarious! I don't think I've laughed that hard in a long time! (Or heard the f-bomb that many times in a long time...unless it was from me! ;P But, shh don't tell! Librarians NEVER swear!)

What did you find out there this week?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #89 - Tandem & Allegient

"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: Anna Jarzab 
Release Date: October 8, 2013
Published by: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.
Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real--until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.
To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love--one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she's someone she's not.(Summary from Goodreads)

Parallel universe story! An ordinary girl in one world, a princess who needs to save the world in another. Which life would you rather lead?

(Divergent, Book 3)
Author: Veronica Roth
Release Date: Katherine Tegen Books
Published by: October 22, 2013

One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation-like a single choice-changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered-fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she's known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris's new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature-and of herself-while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love. (Summary from Goodreads)

I cannot wait to find out what happens next in this series! Plus this cover is gorgeous! I think what I love most about this is not only the epic action and adventure that go along with the way this world is set up, but the fact that this takes place right down the road from us in Chicago! 

What are you waiting on this week?