Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #209 - Rebel of the Sands

"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: Alwyn Hamilton 
Release Date: March 8, 2016
Published by: Penguin

She's more gunpowder than girl--and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.

Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.

Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani's counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he's the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him...or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds fantastic! Another Wild West-type story but this one has a completely different twist to it! Very cool! Plus, I won an ARC from Penguin on Goodreads! Woot! Woot! I just started it and it is non-stop ADVENTURE so far! I can't wait to see what happens next. 

What are you waiting on this week?

Review: Passenger

Author: Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger, Book 1
Release date: January 5, 2016
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Etta Spencer has been practicing and planning for her next performance which will lead to her debut as a violinist in the near future for so darn long. She has set aside everything else in life including friends and a boyfriend to get to these next steps. When she is suddenly and literally pushed into the past and into a ongoing war between time traveling families she is completely unprepared for the adventures she is about to go on. Then she meets Nicholas Carter and his life at sea and is thrown into another set of decisions that she never imagined before meeting him. Will they be able to get through this adventure alive and together? Or will everything they never knew they wanted be destroyed before they can have it?

My thoughts: THIS. WAS. GORGEOUS. It has taken me a while to write this because I am overwhelmed by all of the gushing thoughts in my head about this book. It makes you feel SO much! The pressure, the adventure, the nerves, the love....SO MUCH! 

I was completely sucked into Etta's world, and then Carter's as if I were right there next to them as things happened to them over and over again. The idea of time traveling is so overwhelming for me to even think about writing that I CANNOT even begin to figure out how in the world Bracken kept track of everything! WOW!! THEN, she threw in the fact that Carter is an African American living in a time when we (America) are fighting the British (1776) - which means he's lucky he isn't a slave - which means there are SO many things that he cannot do, places he cannot go, people he cannot touch/look at/consider = BRILLIANT!! This creates SO much drama and story! I was hooked I tell you! 

Not only is Bracken's main character instantly someone you can feel for with her stress of being a brilliant violinist and all that she has had to do, and not do, to get there, BUT then she is literally pushed through a door into another time and WOW do things get fun fast! (I told you I wasn't going to be able to write this well! I warned you!) Oh, and Carter! He is such a great character that is full of so much determination and has had to claw for every tiny thing that he has gotten. I was instantly in love with him! He was adorable and a true hero in my opinion. 

There were also other secondary characters who were fantastically evil in their villainy! The head of the Ironwood family was the worst of the worst, BUT there was also the scheming cousin obsessed with climbing ladders as well as a whole group of people determined to stop them at every turn. And when I say that there was drama in the time traveling...I mean that there was DRAMA! The very idea of having your very existence or your whole ancestry line completely erased by one carefully undone bit in history is horrifying to me! How evil can you get!? 

In the end this story is so full of adventure, romance, and drama that I cannot stop gushing about it to all who come near. PLUS, there's going to be more since it is a series! AHHH!!! I might not be able to contain myself. Seriously!!! How can I wait for this!? First, I MUST make sure to get it at my libraries, and THEN I MUST get this pretty for my shelves at home because IT IS GORGEOUS in every way from outside to inside!!! 

Check out this great interview of the author with Goodreads from December...

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #208 - The Sisters of Salt and Iron & Revenge and the Wild

"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: Kady Cross 
Release Date: March 30, 2016 
Published by: Harlequin TEEN 

As Halloween approaches, twin sisters Lark, who is alive, and Wren, a tethered spirit, find themselves drifting apart. While Lark is happy with new boyfriend Ben, Wren is still hurting over her own still-alive-and-kicking love-interest, Kevin, who may or may not have kissed another girl. Spending more time on the Other Side, and less time with her sister in the land of the living, Lark becomes close with the spirit of a young man, Noah, who was killed years ago. But Noah is not as nice as he seems, and his thirst for vengeance has a dark and sudden influence on Wren. With the veil between the worlds thinning for Halloween, the spirits are getting stronger and it will be up to Lark and her friends to stop Noah and save Wren from becoming a monster. But the only way to do that could be to kill the boy that Wren is falling in love with. (Summary from Goodreads)

I LOVED the fist book in this series and seriously CANNOT wait for the next one! I'm pretty sure I'm going to have to sleep with the light on again but it's worth it! 

Author: Michelle Modesto 
Release Date: February 2, 2016
Published by: Balzer + Bray 

The two-bit town of Rogue City is a lawless place, full of dark magic and saloon brawls, monsters and six-shooters. But it's perfect for seventeen-year-old Westie, the notorious adopted daughter of local inventor Nigel Butler.

Westie was only a child when she lost her arm and her family to cannibals on the wagon trail. Nine years later, Westie may seem fearsome with her foul-mouthed tough exterior and the powerful mechanical arm built for her by Nigel, but the memory of her past still haunts her. She's determined to make the killers pay for their crimes--and there's nothing to stop her except her own reckless ways.

But Westie's search ceases when a wealthy family come to town looking to invest in Nigel's latest invention, a machine that can harvest magic from gold--which Rogue City desperately needs as the magic wards that surround the city start to fail. There's only one problem: the investors look exactly like the family who murdered Westie's kin. With the help of Nigel's handsome but scarred young assistant, Alistair, Westie sets out to prove their guilt. But if she's not careful, her desire for revenge could cost her the family she has now. (Summary from Goodreads)

This sounds like a crazy mix of genres that I cannot wait to try! Plus there's a kick-butt female MC which I am always looking for. I'm in.

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Waiting on Wednesday #206 - Bookishly Ever After & The Raven King

"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: Isabel Bandeira 
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Published by: Spencer Hill Contemporary 

In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martin's life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel  with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn't even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite heroines to win Dev's heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing? (Summary from Goodreads)

Ha! That sounds sweet and funny. I'm in!

Author: Maggie Stiefvater 
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Published by: Scholastic

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore. (Summary from Goodreads)

I adore this series and the characters in it. Getting back to their world will be completely enjoyable!
Check out my reviews here:
Book 1 - The Raven Boys
Book 2 - The Dream Thieves
Book 3 - Blue Lily, Lily Blue 

What are you waiting on this week?