Waiting on Wednesday – Sacrifice

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

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Sacrifice
Sacrifice
Elemental #5

Written by: Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: K Teen
Release Date: September 30th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 432
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: Spirit, Secret

One misstep and they lose it all. For the last time.

Michael Merrick is used to pressure.

He’s the only parent his three brothers have had for years. His power to control Earth could kill someone if he miscalculates. Now an Elemental Guide has it out for his family, and he’s all that stands in the way.

His girlfriend, Hannah, gets that. She’s got a kid of her own, and a job as a firefighter that could end her life without a moment’s notice.

But there are people who have had enough of Michael’s defiance, his family’s “bad luck.” Before he knows it, Michael’s enemies have turned into the Merricks’ enemies, and they’re armed for war.

They’re not interested in surrender. But Michael isn’t the white flag type anyway. There will be blood on the ground tonight…

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Guys. Guysssssss. GUYSSSSSSSSSS. Guys, I can’t flipping wait to read this book. If you haven’t read this series, you won’t understand, so first of all: Go read this series. Seriously, it’s some of the best contemporary paranormal YA out there. There are 4 books out so far, and each book consistently gets better and better. And more and more full of feels. Anyway, yeah. I can’t cope with this series, and I’ve been looking forward to Michael’s story since I read the prequel to book 1. I am just… dying… omg.

PS. In all honesty, the reason I chose it today was because I just got approved for the eARC on NetGalley but I can’t read it yet. How cruel is that?! It’s my own fault, really, but I actually do have to wait quite a while to read this one and I’m just so upsettttt. ;_;

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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15 books (or 5 series) I’m Finally Going To Read Soon

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

A Bunch of Series I’m Finally Going To Read Soon!!

This was seriously the easiest TTT I’ve ever put together. There are so many books/series that have been out for a while, that people have been absolutely yelling at me to hurry up and read already, and I really really really want to! So this November/December, once I crawl out from under the crushing weight of my ARC pile, I’m going to try to tackle a BUNCH of the books I’ve listed below. I have been yelled at about these series way too much, and I want to read them so badly, so… it’s time.

Also, PSA: There are 15 books on this list, if you’re counting individually; but these are also all series, and there’s only 5 if you count series. I figure this sort of events out to 10 in some weird and completely illogical way. :P

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DNF Q&A: STORM SIREN by Mary Weber

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

DNF Q&A: STORM SIREN by Mary Weber
Storm Siren
Storm Siren #1

Written by: Mary Weber
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: August 19th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

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“I raise my chin as the buyers stare. Yes. Look. You don’t want me. Because, eventually, accidentally, I will destroy you.”

In a world at war, a slave girl’s lethal curse could become one kingdom’s weapon of salvation. If the curse—and the girl—can be controlled.

As a slave in the war-weary kingdom of Faelen, seventeen-year-old Nym isn’t merely devoid of rights, her Elemental kind are only born male and always killed at birth — meaning, she shouldn’t even exist.

Standing on the auction block beneath smoke-drenched mountains, Nym faces her fifteenth sell. But when her hood is removed and her storm-summoning killing curse revealed, Nym is snatched up by a court advisor and given a choice: be trained as the weapon Faelen needs to win the war, or be killed.

Choosing the former, Nym is unleashed into a world of politics, bizarre parties, and rumors of an evil more sinister than she’s being prepared to fight . . . not to mention the handsome trainer whose dark secrets lie behind a mysterious ability to calm every lightning strike she summons.

But what if she doesn’t want to be the weapon they’ve all been waiting for?

Set in a beautifully eclectic world of suspicion, super abilities, and monsters, Storm Siren is a story of power. And whoever controls that power will win.

DNF Q&A

The DNF Q&A is an infrequent feature here at TWBI — instead of reviewing DNF’d books, I will post answers to a few pertinent questions in order to explain what made me ultimately set the book aside. Feel free to comment and suggest additional questions for future Q&A posts (may they be few and far between!), or just ask some questions specifically about this book!

 

Did you really give Storm Siren a chance?

I read about 35% of Storm Siren, yes. I wanted desperately like it, but as much as I liked the main character and a couple of the secondary ones, I kept having to put the book down again and again, for a few reasons…

Have you enjoyed other books of the same genre?

Yes please give me all the YA fantasy.

Had you been looking forward to this book in particular? Why?

Yes – the synopsis won me over pretty much immediately, and I love the cover. For some reason, I was a little wary of it despite my excitement, but I set that aside because of how good it sounded. *sigh*

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Waiting on Wednesday – Blue Lily, Lily Blue

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

 

Waiting on Wednesday – Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
The Raven Cycle #3

Written by: Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: October 21st 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 416
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: The Scorpio Races, The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves

There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.

Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.

The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.

Friends can betray.
Mothers can disappear.
Visions can mislead.
Certainties can unravel.

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One question: Who ISN’T waiting for this book?! Or, maybe a better question, if you aren’t waiting, why have you not read this series yet because OMG. I can’t even explain how amazing The Raven Boys was, and if I’m speechless over that book, then I don’t even know how I feel about The Dream Thieves anymore because that book blew TRB out of the water. NOAH. GANSEY. ADAM!! RONANNNNNN!!!!! Ugh. I can’t handle any of those boys but especially Ronan anyyyyy of them. I really can’t. And though Blue isn’t exactly my favorite of the bunch, I am so excited about this book that is named after her because I NEED MY BOYS BACK.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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ARC Review: A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall

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

ARC Review: A LITTLE SOMETHING DIFFERENT by Sandy Hall
A Little Something Different

Written by: Sandy Hall
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Release Date: August 26th 2014
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Pages: 272
Source: BookExpo America 2014
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

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The creative writing teacher, the delivery guy, the local Starbucks baristas, his best friend, her roommate, and the squirrel in the park all have one thing in common—they believe that Gabe and Lea should get together. Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.  But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. Their creative writing teacher pushes them together. The baristas at Starbucks watch their relationship like a TV show. Their bus driver tells his wife about them. The waitress at the diner automatically seats them together. Even the squirrel who lives on the college green believes in their relationship.

Surely Gabe and Lea will figure out that they are ment to be together....

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I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to explain how wonderful this book is, except to say that, for almost the entire time I was reading it, I had the biggest, silliest grin on my face. Look at me, I’m smiling right now just thinking about it!! …And now a happy sigh. This is getting out of hand. So let’s get down to business.

A Little Something Different was so flipping adorably wonderfully good. Which is really saying something, considering how… well, different this book is. But it’s all good-different.

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ARC Review: GATES OF THREAD AND STONE by Lori M. Lee

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

ARC Review: GATES OF THREAD AND STONE by Lori M. Lee
Gates of Thread and Stone
Gates of Thread and Stone #1

Written by: Lori M. Lee
Publisher: Skyscape
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 335
Source: Publisher
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

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In the Labyrinth, we had a saying: keep silent, keep still, keep safe.

In a city of walls and secrets, where only one man is supposed to possess magic, seventeen-year-old Kai struggles to keep hidden her own secret—she can manipulate the threads of time. When Kai was eight, she was found by Reev on the riverbank, and her “brother” has taken care of her ever since. Kai doesn’t know where her ability comes from—or where she came from. All that matters is that she and Reev stay together, and maybe one day move out of the freight container they call home, away from the metal walls of the Labyrinth. Kai’s only friend is Avan, the shopkeeper’s son with the scandalous reputation that both frightens and intrigues her.

Then Reev disappears. When keeping silent and safe means losing him forever, Kai vows to do whatever it takes to find him. She will leave the only home she’s ever known and risk getting caught up in a revolution centuries in the making. But to save Reev, Kai must unravel the threads of her past and face shocking truths about her brother, her friendship with Avan, and her unique power.

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Full disclosure: I only finished this book a few days ago, as I’m sitting down to write this review, but already the details are kind of slipping away. This book didn’t impact me that much, and I was neither terribly disappointed with it, nor overly impressed, so I’m left feeling kind of vaguely Meh. I definitely enjoyed some aspects – mainly the characters and the main relationships – but most of the story was just okay for me.

The characters were probably the best thing about this book. I found Kai and her adopted brother, Reeve, to be immediately engaging and compelling. They’re that great sort of brother/sister pair who’s always looking out for one another, and it’s so obvious that they care deeply for one another. Kai is a great character herself, strong and fierce and determined, and I liked her potential in the beginning of the book. Plus her ability to manipulate time (which pretty much just amounts to slowing it down, except for a couple notable exceptions) was super cool and I wanted to know all the things (!!) about it, lol.

I think my main issue with Gates is that it didn’t quite fulfill any of the potential I saw in the beginning. Once Reeve disappears, Kai teams up with her friend (and, coincidentally, love-interest) Avan. Avan was another character I really liked, and I enjoyed the build-up of Kai and Avan’s relationship. But once the action starts picking up, I sort of lost that attachment I felt in the beginning.

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ARC Review: OF METAL AND WISHES by Sarah Fine

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

ARC Review: OF METAL AND WISHES by Sarah Fine
Of Metal and Wishes
Of Metal and Wishes #1

Written by: Sarah Fine
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Genres: Gothic, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: Fractured


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There are whispers of a ghost in the slaughterhouse where sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic—a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. When one of the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor, humiliates Wen, she makes an impulsive wish of her own, and the Ghost grants it. Brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including their outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the Ghost and learns he has been watching her… for a very long time.

As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen must confront her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the Ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. She must decide whom she can trust, because as her heart is torn, the factory is exploding around her… and she might go down with it.

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I’ve been reading a lot of retellings lately, and to be honest, the last few have been less than stellar. So I was kind of wary upon starting this book. Of Metal and Wishes is a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera – which I’ve never read, but I adore the musical. A YA retelling of this story sounded awesome – like it could be dark and gritty and romantic and fraught with feels. And Of Metal and Wishes totally delivered.

Of Metal and Wishes is the kind of book that you just experience. This book is beautiful – the writing pulled me in so easily to the dark setting, got me immediately invested in the characters, and effortlessly pulled me along with the plot and these characters’ struggles.

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Waiting on Wednesday – A Wicked Thing

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

 

Waiting on Wednesday – A Wicked Thing
A Wicked Thing

Written by: Rhiannon Thomas
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 24th 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

A spinning wheel. A prick of a finger. A terrible curse.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairytale.

Her family is long dead. Her “true love” is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept. Everyone expects Aurora to marry her betrothed and restore magic and peace to the kingdom before revolution tears it apart. But after a lifetime spent locked in a tower for her own safety, Aurora longs for the freedom to make her own choices. When she meets a handsome rebel, he tempts her to abandon everything for a different kind of life.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her.

With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

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I’m definitely on a retelling kick. I can’t help it. And I know that my last Waiting on Wednesday pick was a Sleeping Beauty retelling too, but IT’S NOT MY FAULT THEY ALL SOUND SO GOOD, OKAY? Gosh.

But seriously – A Wicked Thing sounds amazing. “What happens after Happily Ever After”? Aurora’s rescuer, the prince, is just a kind stranger? A broken curse that apparently isn’t done with her, and a broken kingdom on the brink of revolution? Handsome rebels?! Absolutely yes, count me innnnnn.

TL;DR: Just give me all the fairy tale retellings. Give them to me. I needs them.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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