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Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman | Waiting on Wednesday

Posted December 2, 2015 by Samantha in waiting on wednesday / 3 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday bannerWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases.

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Title: Blackhearts
Author: Nicole Castroman
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Genre: Young Adult – Fairytale Retelling
Release Date: February 9, 2016

synopsis (From goodreads):

Blackbeard the pirate was known for striking fear in the hearts of the bravest of sailors. But once he was just a young man who dreamed of leaving his rigid life behind to chase adventure in faraway lands. Nothing could stop him—until he met the one girl who would change everything. This is their story.

Edward “Teach” Drummond, son of one of Bristol’s richest merchants, has just returned from a year-long journey on the high seas to find his life in shambles. Betrothed to a girl he doesn’t love and sick of the high society he was born into, Teach dreams only of returning to the vast ocean he’d begun to call home. There’s just one problem: convincing his father to let him leave and never come back.

Following her parents’ deaths, Anne Barrett is left penniless and soon to be homeless. Though she’s barely worked a day in her life, Anne is forced to take a job as a maid in the home of Master Drummond. Lonely days stretch into weeks, and Anne longs for escape. How will she ever realize her dream of sailing to Curaçao—where her mother was born—when she’s stuck in England?

From the moment Teach and Anne meet, they set the world ablaze. Drawn to each other, they’re trapped by society and their own circumstances. Faced with an impossible choice, they must decide to chase their dreams and go, or follow their hearts and stay.

my thoughts:

A Blackbeard origin story?! With star-crossed lovers?!?

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Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys | Waiting on Wednesday

Posted November 25, 2015 by Samantha in waiting on wednesday / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday bannerWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases.

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Title: Salt to the Sea
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Publisher: Philomel Books
Genre: Historical Fiction
Release Date: February 2, 2016

synopsis (From goodreads):

In 1945, World War II is drawing to a close in East Prussia, and thousands of refugees are on a desperate trek toward freedom, almost all of them with something to hide. Among them are Joana, Emilia, and Florian, whose paths converge en route to the ship that promises salvation, the Wilhelm Gustloff. Forced by circumstance to unite, the three find their strength, courage, and trust in each other tested with each step closer toward safety.

Just when it seems freedom is within their grasp, tragedy strikes. Not country, nor culture, nor status matter as all ten thousand people aboard must fight for the same thing: survival.

my thoughts:

I love historical fiction, especially World War II and especially the lesser known stories of the time period. I’ve heard wonderful things about Ruta Sepetys, and cannot wait for this one.

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Revenge and the Wild by Michelle Modesto | Waiting on Wednesday

Posted November 18, 2015 by Samantha in waiting on wednesday / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday bannerWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases.

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Title: Revenge and the Wild
Author: Michelle Modesto
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult- Steampunk/Fantasy
Release Date: February 2, 2016

synopsis (From goodreads):

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 comes 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.

my thoughts:

STEAMPUNK. WESTERN. KICKASS HEROINE! I need it like I need air.

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Passenger by Alexandra Bracken | Waiting on Wednesday

Posted November 11, 2015 by Samantha in waiting on wednesday / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday bannerWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases.

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Title: Passenger
Author: Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult- SciFi
Release Date: January 5, 2016

synopsis (From goodreads):

passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever.

my thoughts:

This has been one of the most talked about upcoming releases since the stampede at BEA. All I need to know is parallel universes and pirates, and I’m sold.

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Truthwitch by Susan Dennard | Waiting on Wednesday

Posted November 4, 2015 by Samantha in waiting on wednesday / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday bannerWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases.

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Title: Truthwitch
Author: Susan Dennard
Publisher: Tor Teen
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy
Release Date: January 5, 2016

synopsis (From goodreads):

On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

my thoughts:

I have a copy of this that I got at BEA, but haven’t read yet because I know I’m going to love it and I didn’t want to wait over a year to get the sequel. This synopsis speaks to my soul. An interesting magic system. A friendship between two kickass ladies. A hot-headed protagonist. A CUNNING PRINCE WHO IS A SHIP CAPTAIN. This book was made for me.

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Frozen Tides by Morgan Rhodes | Waiting on Wednesday

Posted October 28, 2015 by Samantha in waiting on wednesday / 2 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday bannerWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases.

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Title: Frozen Tides
Author: Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy
Release Date: December 15, 2015

synopsis (from Goodreads):

WARNING! SPOILERS FOR EARLIER BOOKS IN SERIES!

Rebels, royals, and monsters wage war over the Mytican throne in the shocking fourth book of the Falling Kingdoms series, from New York Times bestselling author Morgan Rhodes.

CLEO: Reeling after a bloody showdown in Limeros ending with Amara’s abduction of the water crystal, and a vacancy in the Mytican throne, Princess Cleo must cast aside her feelings and look toward her kingdom with the eyes of a Queen.

MAGNUS: With the kingdom in chaos, Princess Lucia still missing and quite possibly in danger, and a shocking realization about Cleo, the steely prince is once again torn between love and duty, leaving him wondering whether he’s strong enough to rule his people.

LUCIA: The young sorcercess has had her vengeance after the cruel death of her first and only love. Heartbroken and unable to trust anyone, she allies with the awoken Fire god, who also seeks revenge.

JONAS: After escaping death by the skin of his teeth, the defeated rebel—along with a mysterious stranger–leader reunites with Princess Cleo, only to find himself a mere pawn in a dangerous hunt for the elusive Kindred.

KING GAIUS: Abandoned by Melenia and betrayed by his own children, Gaius flees Mytica and sails to Kraeshia, where he attempts to ally with the famously brutal emperor across the Silver Sea.

my thoughts:

Everyone probably knows my obsession with the series by now. It’s been far too long since I’ve seen my Falling Kingdoms babies and I cannot wait to get back to them.

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Just Visiting by Dahlia Adler | Waiting on Wednesday

Posted October 21, 2015 by Samantha in waiting on wednesday / 0 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday bannerWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases.

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Title: Just Visiting
Author: Dahlia Adler
Publisher: Spencer Hill Contemporary
Genre: Young Adult- Contemporary
Release Date: November 17, 2015

synopsis (from Goodreads):

Reagan Forrester wants out—out of her trailer park, out of reach of her freeloading mother, and out of the shadow of the relationship that made her the pariah of Charytan, Kansas.

Victoria Reyes wants in—in to a fashion design program, in to the arms of a cute guy who doesn’t go to Charytan High, and in to a city where she won’t stand out for being Mexican.

One thing the polar-opposite best friends do agree on is that wherever they go, they’re staying together. But when they set off on a series of college visits at the start of their senior year, they quickly see that the future doesn’t look quite like they expected. After two years of near-solitude following the betrayal of the ex-boyfriend who broke her heart, Reagan falls hard and fast for a Battlestar Galactica-loving, brilliant smile-sporting pre-med prospective… only to learn she’s set herself up for heartbreak all over again. Meanwhile, Victoria runs full-speed toward all the things she thinks she wants… only to realize everything she’s looking for might be in the very place they’ve sworn to leave.

As both Reagan and Victoria struggle to learn who they are and what they want in the present, they discover just how much they don’t know about each other’s pasts. And when each learns what the other’s been hiding, they’ll have to decide whether their friendship has a future.

my thoughts:

I follow Dahlia on twitter and absolutely adore her. She is so outspoken about diversity in books, and is sure to include diverse characters in her books. I also love books that focus on female friendships, and this looks like it will fit the bill!

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Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray | Waiting on Wednesday

Posted October 14, 2015 by Samantha in waiting on wednesday / 5 Comments

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Title: Ten Thousand Skies Above You
Author: Claudia Gray
Publisher: Harper Teen
Genre: Young Adult- SciFi
Release Date: November 3, 2015

synopsis (From goodreads):

WARNING: SPOILERS! This is the second book in the series.

Ever since she used the Firebird, her parents’ invention, to cross into alternate dimensions, Marguerite has caught the attention of enemies who will do anything to force her into helping them dominate the multiverse—even hurting the people she loves. She resists until her boyfriend, Paul, is attacked and his consciousness scattered across multiple dimensions.

Marguerite has no choice but to search for each splinter of Paul’s soul. The hunt sends her racing through a war-torn San Francisco, the criminal underworld of New York City, and a glittering Paris where another Marguerite hides a shocking secret. Each world brings Marguerite one step closer to rescuing Paul. But with each trial she faces, she begins to question the destiny she thought they shared.

The second book in the Firebird trilogy, Ten Thousand Skies Above You features Claudia Gray’s lush, romantic language and smart, exciting action, and will have readers clamoring for the next book.

my thoughts:

I highly enjoyed the first book in the series, A Thousand Pieces of You, when it was released last year. The science fiction was easy enough to follow, it involved parallel worlds, and the romance was full of angst. I really can’t ask for anything more. And this synopsis promises more of the same.

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Ice Like Fire by Sara Raash | Waiting on Wednesday

Posted July 29, 2015 by Samantha in waiting on wednesday / 10 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday bannerWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases.

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Title: Ice Like Fire
Author: Sara Raash
Publisher: Balzar + Bray
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy
Release Date: October 13, 2015

synopsis (From goodreads):

WARNING: SPOILERS! This is the second book in the series.

It’s been three months since the Winterians were freed and Spring’s king, Angra, disappeared—thanks largely to the help of Cordell.

Meira just wants her people to be safe. When Cordellan debt forces the Winterians to dig their mines for payment, they unearth something powerful and possibly dangerous: Primoria’s lost chasm of magic. Theron sees this find as an opportunity—with this much magic, the world can finally stand against threats like Angra. But Meira fears the danger the chasm poses—the last time the world had access to so much magic, it spawned the Decay. So when the king of Cordell orders the two on a mission across the kingdoms of Primoria to discover the chasm’s secrets, Meira plans to use the trip to garner support to keep the chasm shut and Winter safe—even if it means clashing with Theron. But can she do so without endangering the people she loves?

Mather just wants to be free. The horrors inflicted on the Winterians hang fresh and raw in Januari—leaving Winter vulnerable to Cordell’s growing oppression. When Meira leaves to search for allies, he decides to take Winter’s security into his own hands. Can he rebuild his broken kingdom and protect them from new threats?

As the web of power and deception weaves tighter, Theron fights for magic, Mather fights for freedom—and Meira starts to wonder if she should be fighting not just for Winter, but for the world.

my thoughts:

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Snow Like Ashes, and I’m excited to get back to this world! This book sounds like it’s really going to blow open the scope of the story, and I cannot wait.

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Madly by Amy Alward | Waiting on Wednesday

Posted July 22, 2015 by Samantha in waiting on wednesday / 8 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday bannerWaiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine in which we discuss our most anticipated upcoming releases.

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Title: Madly
Author: Amy Alward
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy
Release Date: September 29, 2015

synopsis (From goodreads)

When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in love with her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors traveling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn.

Enter Samantha Kemi – an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam’s family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they’ve fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime?

And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news.

No big deal, then.

my thoughts

I’m so intrigued by this premise. At first it sounds like a medieval fantasy setting, and then it mentions social media and the world news?! What? It sounds like this could be a really fun and original story.

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