Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday: The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost

WoW logo“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. 

The Beautiful Ashes
Series: Broken Destiny #1
Author: 
Jeaniene Frost
Release Date: 
August 26th 2014
Publisher:
Harlequin
Genre(s):
Paranormal Romance, YA
Pre-order: 
Kobo

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who’s bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn’t mean he can change his fate…no matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn’t: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between…

Ever since reading the first Night Huntress book I have loved Jeaniene Frost’s work! She is a fabulous author with amazing characters who have interesting, complex motivations driving them! And her worlds are a wonderful backdrop to watching the plot unfold! Pretty much I adore her and when I heard about this book I was so excited! I’m interested to see what, if much at all, changes with her working in YA. (Well, obviously there won’t be scandalous scenes like in some of her other books!) But I imagine that it will be fantastic! I have high hopes for this one!

Waiting On Wednesday: Atlantia by Ally Condie

WoW logo“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. 

Atlantia
Author: Ally Condie
Release Date:  
October 28th, 2014
Publisher: 
Dutton Children’s
Genre(s): 
YA, Sci-fi/Fantasy, Dystopia
Pre-order: 
Amazon

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

Okay, seriously October what is going on with you? This is the third October release I’m fawning over in the past month! I’m going to get absolutely nothing done that month besides reading! Which isn’t the worst way to spend your time. 🙂

I was drawn in by the cover on this one; I love the ocean and anything sea related has me instantly interested. And then that tag line above the title? I had the brief flicker of some Lovecraftian YA but the synopsis, even lacking eldritch horrors or mermaids, was so exciting! Twins? Dystopian? Under the sea? Twins separated with one stuck in a place that reminds me of Rapture (Bioshock is one of my favorite games!) and another in the wasteland above?

I need this in my life! I am stoked! October can’t come soon enough!

Waiting On Wednesday: Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis

WoW logo“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. 


Stitching Snow

Author: R.C. Lewis
Release Date: 
October 14th 2014
Publisher:
Disney Hyperion
Genre(s):
 Sci-fi, Dystopia, Fairy Tales, YA
Pre-order:
Amazon

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back-but that’s assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane’s arrival was far from accidental, and she’s pulled into the heart of a war she’s risked everything to avoid.

In her enthralling debut, R.C. Lewis weaves the tale of a princess on the run from painful secrets . . . and a poisonous queen. With the galaxy’s future-and her own-in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.

Aliens? Fairy tale retellings? Dystopia? It’s like R.C. Lewis knew just how to entice me into reading her debut novel! And what an amazing sounding debut it is! I am a huge fan of fairy tales retold and I’ve never read one set in space! As soon as I laid eyes on the synopsis I was sold.

And then I read the release date.

Why is everything I want in my life coming out in October?! It’s going to be literary Christmas. And I might just die of happiness at the end.

Waiting On Wednesday: Talon by Julie Kagawa

WoW logo“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. 

Talon
Series: Talon
Author:
Julie Kagawa
Release Date: 
October 28th 2014
Publisher:
Harlequin Teen
Genre(s):
Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, YA
Pre-order:
Amazon, B&N

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Julie Kagawa’s work was immediately added to my ‘auto buy’ list after reading The Iron Fey books. A masterful storyteller, Ms. Kagawa creates vibrant worlds with engaging, dynamic characters that leave you thinking about them even when the books are over. In The Iron Fey she wove an urban fantasy story with fey lore in it that was nothing short of amazing. And as much as I love fey, an urban fantasy with dragons?

I just about had a heart attack when I read they synopsis and then another fit when I saw it comes out in October. How am I supposed to live to October without this book in my  life?! It’s going to be a rough wait and if I trade my kidney for an ARC, well, it was worth it.

Waiting On Wednesday: Clariel

WoW logo Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine. This week I’ll be featuring a book I’ve been waiting on for quite some time by one of my favorite authors, Garth Nix.

clarielClariel: The Lost Abhorsen
Series: Abhorsen
Author:
Garth Nix
Release Date:
October 14th, 2014
Publisher:
Harper Collins
Genre(s):
Fantasy/ Young Adult
Pre-order: 
Amazon ($14.20 Hardcover Edition)

The long-awaited fourth book in the New York Times bestselling Old Kingdom series by Garth Nix

Award-winning author Garth Nix returns to the Old Kingdom with a thrilling prequel complete with dark magic, royalty, dangerous action, a strong heroine, and flawless world-building. This epic fantasy adventure is destined to be a classic, and is perfect for fans of Game of Thrones.

Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most important, to the King. She dreams of living a simple life but discovers this is hard to achieve when a dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she finds hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?

I have long been a fan of the Abhorsen series and this newest edition has me counting the days till October! The world he first built in Sabriel is beloved to me and the magic and mystery of it something I adore. Nix’s fascinating world of the Old Kingdom is an amazing backdrop for his always engaging dialogue and characters so lively they threaten to leap off the page. Clariel is certain to be as pleasing as the volumes that came before it as Nix rarely disappoints! (Though with how long his fans have been waiting for this book that might be a point to be argued!)

Is it October yet?