Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #157 - The Eterna Files

"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!

It's finals week and Rachel is swamped with grading so you only get me this week! 

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

Author: Leanna Renee Hieber
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Published by: Tor Books

London, 1882: Queen Victoria appoints Harold Spire of the Metropolitan Police to Special Branch Division Omega. Omega is to secretly investigate paranormal and supernatural events and persons. Spire, a skeptic driven to protect the helpless and see justice done, is the perfect man to lead the department, which employs scholars and scientists, assassins and con men, and a traveling circus. Spire's chief researcher is Rose Everhart, who believes fervently that there is more to the world than can be seen by mortal eyes.

Their first mission: find the Eterna Compound, which grants immortality. Catastrophe destroyed the hidden laboratory in New York City where Eterna was developed, but the Queen is convinced someone escaped--and has a sample of Eterna.

Also searching for Eterna is an American, Clara Templeton, who helped start the project after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln nearly destroyed her nation. Haunted by the ghost of her beloved, she is determined that the Eterna Compound--and the immortality it will convey--will be controlled by the United States, not Great Britain. (Summary from Goodreads)

I ADORED the Magic Most Foul series by Hieber! It's full of danger, adventure, intrigue and so much more! I cannot wait to try this new series. 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #156 - We Can Work It Out & Dove Arising

"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: Elizabeth Eulberg 
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Published by: Point

When Penny Lane started The Lonely Hearts Club, the goal was simple: to show that girls didn't need to define themselves by how guys looked at them, and didn't have to value boyfriends over everything else. Penny thought she'd be an outcast for life...but then the club became far more popular than she ever imagined it would be.

But what happens when the girl who never thought she'd date a good guy suddenly finds herself dating a great one? She doesn't need a boyfriend...but she wants it to work out with this particular boyfriend. And he wants it to work out with her.

Only, things keep getting in the way. Feelings keep getting hurt. Words keep getting misunderstood.

Penny Lane worked hard to declare her independence. Now she needs to figure out what to do with it -- and how to balance what she wants with what everyone else wants. (Summary from Goodreads)

I read The Lonely Hearts Club and it was cute and quirky and fun, so I'm adding this one to my list for those times when that's the type of quick read I want. I suggest it to anyone for that reason. 

Author: Karen Bao
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Published by: Viking Juvenile

Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She's barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government's radar.

Then her mother is arrested.

The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Earth-dwellers. Training is brutal, but it's where Phaet forms an easy but meaningful alliance with the preternaturally accomplished Wes, a fellow outsider.

Rank high, save her siblings, free her mom: that's the plan. Until Phaet's logically ordered world begins to crumble... (Summary from Goodreads)

After reading Burn Out, I've been looking for the next space adventure to read. Maybe this is it!? So...I'm in!

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Review: The Dream Thieves & Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves
Series: The Raven Cycle, Book 2
Author: Maggie Stiefvater
Release date: September 17, 2013
Published by: Scholastic Press
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

With the ley lines now awake, Ronan's dreams have become more powerful then ever before. They have even started to interfere in his daytime life. On top of things there are some very creepy people out there that are also after the Graywaren. What will The Raven Boys find along their journey to find Glendower. 

My thoughts: First of all, this is truly Ronan's story in this book. Ronan is a very dark, sad and rather tightly wound character who we know very little about at the beginning of this book. As we read get farther into this book we begin to learn more and more about Ronan and the members about his family. His story is not a happy one I'm sad to tell you. 

One thing I thought was really interesting was that Adam began to become quite a jerk in this one. I was not impressed. Even he and Blue begin to have issues, so I guess I'm not the only one who notices he's a jerk. Plus, Noah and Blue become closer friends and they even begin to share secrets which is rather sweet. I did keep hoping for Gansey and Blue moments but they didn't seem to happen as often as I wanted them to. :( I guess I have to wait for more books...sooo on to book 3! 

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Series: The Raven Cycle, Book 3
Release date: October 21, 2014
Published by: Scholastic Press
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Will Blue be able to hang onto everything she has surrounded herself with? Her family? Her friends? Or will she lose it all?

My thoughts: This one was hard for me to get through for some reason. This 3rd book is really about the literal search for the King in different caves, using visions, etc. There's also more Gansey and Blue in this one...but just not enough! I want more, more, more!!! 

Maggie's writing is excellent as usual too, and I really like where things went with some characters like Greenmantle and Piper in the end. I just had such a hard time getting through it when I should have been flying through the pages instead. Perhaps I'll do that with book 4! 

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Have you read these? What did you think so far? 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #155 - Playlist for the Dead & The Sin Eater's Daughter

"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: Michelle Falkoff
Release Date: January 27, 2015
Published by: HarperTeen 

Here's what Same knows: There was a party. There was a fight. The next morning, his best friend, Hayden, was dead. And all he left Sam was a playlist of songs, and a suicide note: For Sam--listen and you'll understand.

As he listens to song after song, Same tries to face up to what happened the night Hayden killed himself. But it's only by taking out his earbuds and opening his eyes to the people around him that he will finally be able to piece together his best friend's story. And maybe have a chance to change his own. (Summary from Goodreads)

I was fascinated by Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher and this summary sounds like Playlist for the Dead might have the same unique feel. I'll be curious to see how that element of guilt and realization moves through Sam's story.

Author: Melinda Salisbury 
Release Date: February 24, 2015
Published by: Scholastic Press

16-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she's engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn't a member of the court. She's the executioner.

As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she's taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he's able to look past Twylla's executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla's problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon he duty in favor of a doomed love? (Summary from Goodreads)

Sounds like Shatter Me meets Graceling!! I CAN'T WAIT!!! 

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #154 - Perfect Couple & The Glass Arrow

"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: Jennifer Echols
Release Date: January 13, 2015
Published by: Simon Pulse

 As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parent's bitter divorce left her wondering what a loving relationship looks like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody; Perfect Couple That Never Was; her friends have been pushing her to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn't lack female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He's confused about the match too. Yet they find themselves drawn together first by curiosity about why the class paired them, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're attracted to each other, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating well. If they're the perfect couple, this shouldn't be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But they feel so changed from making the effort, they can't forget each other. What if this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all? (Summary from Goodreads)

I love anything by Echols. She always has an insightful twist that helps her characters learn and grow. 

Author: Kristen Simmons
Release Date: February 10, 2015
Published by: Tor Teen

The Handmaid's Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year-old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya's luck runs out and she's caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning. (Summary from Goodreads)

This reminds me of Orleans by Sherri L. Smith which I ADORED!! It was so hard core and raw! Plus, The Handmaid's Tale left me thinking for months later. If this book can touch either of these at all like this, then WOW...I'm in! 

What are you waiting on this week?