Waiting on Wednesday – Firefight

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Firefight
Firefight
Reckoners #2

Written by: Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Delacorte
Release Date: January 6th 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
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Also by this author: Legion, The Rithmatist, Steelheart, Mistborn

Spoilers if you haven't read Steelheart!!!

They told David it was impossible—that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart—invincible, immortal, unconquerable—is dead. And he died by David's hand.

Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David's willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic—Firefight. And he's willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

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So, this is a Sanderson book.

…that’s the only excuse I need for it to be my WoW pick, right? Do you seriously want to hear how awesome book 1 was? Or how I’m re-listening to the audiobook right now and the voice actor is blowing my mind and giving me feels I didn’t even feel the first time I read it?! Or or or… no but seriously, I just neeeeeed Firefight–and more of David’s horrible metaphors–in my life. It’s a requirement for continued happiness. (I’m being totally serious.)

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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Top Ten New (etc) Series I Want to Start

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
and features weekly top-ten lists! This week it’s…

Top Ten New, New(ish), & Upcoming
Series I Want To Start

This was HARD, GUYS. I’ve read (or at least tried to read) a lot of “first-books” the past couple years… So I stretched the topic a little, and my list will include new, new-ish (past 3-4 years), and 2 upcoming series I’m really looking forward to starting. :D

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Waiting on Wednesday – MARK OF THE THIEF

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – MARK OF THE THIEF
Mark of the Thief
Mark of the Thief #1

Written by: Jennifer A. Nielsen
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: February 24th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, Middle Grade
Pages: 352
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When Nic, a slave in the mines outside of Rome, is forced to enter a sealed cavern containing the lost treasures of Julius Caesar, he finds much more than gold and gemstones: He discovers an ancient bulla, an amulet that belonged to the great Caesar and is filled with a magic once reserved for the Gods -- magic some Romans would kill for.

Now, with the deadly power of the bulla pulsing through his veins, Nic is determined to become free. But instead, he finds himself at the center of a ruthless conspiracy to overthrow the emperor and spark the Praetor War, a battle to destroy Rome from within. Traitors and spies lurk at every turn, each more desperate than the next to use Nic's newfound powers for their own dark purposes.

In a quest to stop the rebellion, save Rome, and secure his own freedom, Nic must harness the magic within himself and defeat the empire's most powerful and savage leaders.

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If you checked out the “genres” above, you might be thinking, “Middle grade?! Since when does Nikki read middle grade?!” Welllll, I don’t. Not often. Notable exceptions are Percy Jackson (never getting over Blood of Olympus nope nope nope)… and Jennifer A. Nielsen’s Ascendance trilogy. Okay, okay… I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t actually finished the Ascendance trilogy (shhhh), but still. I loved the first two books and can’t wait to snag the third when it’s out in paperback. ANYWAY. All this to say – Jennifer Nielsen, writing a book about ROME? And there’s MAGIC involved?

I’m sorry, was there any doubt I’d be all over this series, or—

;D

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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Review Q&A: BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. Parker

I received this book for free from HarperTeen. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Review Q&A: BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. Parker
Beware the Wild

Written by: Nataline C. Parker
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: October 21st 2014
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: Edelweiss
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
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There’s something about the swamp in Sticks, Louisiana. Something different, something haunting . . . something alive. Everyone knows this, and everyone avoids going near it. And even the Mardi Gras-bead-decorated fence that surrounds it keeps people away.

Until one morning when Sterling Saucier’s older brother Phineas runs into the swamp . . .

And doesn’t return.

Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out in his place, and all of a sudden, no one in Sticks remembers Phin at all. They treat Lenora May as if she’s been Sterling’s sister forever.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp’s done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance—but first she’s got to find someone who believes her.

Heath Durham might be that someone. A loner shrouded behind rumors of drug addiction, Heath has had his own strange experience with the swamp. He and Sterling will have to piece together enough bits of memory and ancient swamp lore to get to the truth. But as the wild swamp encroaches on their town, Sterling and Heath may find a lot more than they expected . . . and Phin may be lost to them forever.

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Beware the swampy places, child,
Beware the dark and wild,
Many a soul has wandered there,
And many a soul has died.

~ Beware the Wild, eARC, 2%

What are three words you’d use to describe this book?

Creepy. Atmospheric. Refreshing. (I know “refreshing” is an odd one, but I’ll explain soon…)

How was the plot?

Really good. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, but yeah – the plot is super creepy and unsettling. And it’s the kind of thing that starts out creepy, and then the more you find out, the more disturbing it gets… It was great. XP And I don’t say this often, being a character-driven reader, but it was the kind of plot that would’ve kept me interested in the book even if I hadn’t enjoyed the characters as much as I did – I wanted to know what the heck was going on! – though the atmosphere also had something to do with my being glued to the pages, as well… which I’ll get to in a minute.

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ARC Review: EVERY BREATH by Ellie Marney

I received this book for free from Tundra Books. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

ARC Review: EVERY BREATH by Ellie Marney
Every Breath
Every #1

Written by: Ellie Marney
Publisher: Tundra Books
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Mystery, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley
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When James Mycroft drags Rachel Watts off on a night mission to the Melbourne Zoo, the last thing she expects to find is the mutilated body of Homeless Dave, one of Mycroft's numerous eccentric friends. But Mycroft's passion for forensics leads him to realize that something about the scene isn't right--and he wants Watts to help him investigate the murder.

While Watts battles her attraction to bad-boy Mycroft, he's busy getting himself expelled and clashing with the police, becoming murder suspect number one. When Watts and Mycroft unknowingly reveal too much to the cold-blooded killer, they find themselves in the lion's den--literally. A trip to the zoo will never have quite the same meaning to Rachel Watts again...

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Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat — I freaking loved this book.

I love Sherlock Holmes in general, so that blurb on the cover? What if Sherlock Holmes was the boy next door? YES PLEASE. A contemporary take on Sherlock/Watson, set in Australia? I AM SO THERE. Watson (Rachel Watts) is a girl, you say? DOUBLY THERE. Sherlock (James Mycroft) is a lanky British boy-genius-troublemaker with a tragic past? YES. A THOUSAND TIMES YES.

…Why are you still here and not running off to order Every Breath?!

Oh, you want to read an actual review? …Fair point. So let’s get down to business.

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Waiting on Wednesday – An Ember in the Ashes

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!

 

Waiting on Wednesday – An Ember in the Ashes
An Ember in the Ashes

Written by: Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: April 28th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 464
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Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Vow your blood and body to the empire.
Keep your heart for yourself.

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  1. Hello, gorgeous cover.
  2. “Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like worl–” You said Rome. I’m there.
  3. As if that weren’t enough, we’ve got Laia, who sounds like a seriously awesome female protagonist. A scholar who goes undercover as a slave at a military academy?? Girl’s got guts. I LIKE HER ALREADY.
  4. And then there’s Elias. Awesome soldier, apparently totally not into the whole “evil empire” thing and wants to desert. I LIKE HIM ALREADY.
  5. Vow your blood and body to the empire. Keep your heart for yourself.”
  6. Except can I possibly sell my heart to get this book early because April?!?!!? Noooooooo. ;_;
  7. (But it comes out on my birthday! This is too perfect! BUT ALSO, AS I SAID, TOO FAR AWAY.)
What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

Link me to your WoW post and I’ll be sure to stop by! :)