Waiting on Wednesday – The Orphan Queen

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 – The Orphan Queen
The Orphan Queen
The Orphan Queen #1

Written by: Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: March 10th, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.

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I’m gonna be completely honest: I wasn’t falling all over myself for this book the second I heard about it, like a lot of people were. I haven’t read anything by Jodi Meadows yet (and before you jump all over me, yes, her Newsoul series is on my TBR!), so I’m not looking forward this one just because I’m an established fan, like I think a lot of people are. The synopsis does sound great, but on the basis of that alone, I wasn’t omgdying for this one.

You know what made me insanely excited for The Orphan Queen? The fact that Angie (Disquietus Reads) read it recently and is now completely obsessed. She was flailing about the ship from like, 25% in, and ended up giving the book “100,000 gazillion stars” (her words!).

Yeah, now I neeeeeeed it.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

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 Books On My Winter TBR

I love these Top-Ten-TBR lists. They’re always the easiest for me to put together. :P Here are the top ten books I’m looking forward to reading this winter, along with their release dates. (I know I squeezed a couple of spring titles in there, but in those cases I’m just being realistic — I know I’m gonna cave and read my ARC’s of those earlier than I probably should. :P )

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Book Nerds Unite: A Sharing is Caring Giveaway

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It’s that time of year again! Thanksgiving is coming up, which means Christmas is coming… And we all know what that means… PRESENTS!!! XD I mean, buying presents. For other people. (Jeez, guys.) Unless you’re one of those people who waits till the last minute to do your Christmas shopping, you’ve probably at least started thinking about what you’re gonna be getting for all the special people in your life.

Well, in this spirit of giving, I and 19 other bloggers wanted to give all our followers the chance to win a pretty awesome prize, while inviting you to follow this amazing group of bloggers — so we all pooled our resources and are giving away two awesome giftcard prizes!

Two winners will receive $150 (1st prize) or $50 (2nd prize)
to spend at Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

To enter, just use the Rafflecopter below! It looks a bit intimidating because it’s inviting you to follow all 20 giveaway hosts, but trust me — you definitely want to follow them! And not just for the giveaway; these bloggers are amazing! ;)

Book Nerds Unite, a Sharing is Caring giveaway!

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Novella Review: HALF LIES by Sally Green

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

Novella Review: HALF LIES by Sally Green
Half Lies
Half Bad #0.5

Written by: Sally Green
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Date: November 13th 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 61
Source: Publisher
Buy at: B&N, Amazon
Add on: Goodreads
Also by this author: Half Bad

Set in the months before Half Bad, Half Lies takes the form of a diary written by Michele, the sister of Gabriel, Nathan’s Black witch friend. Having fled Europe for Florida, Michele falls in love with a local White witch boy. There, she finds that the divide between the Black and White witch communities is just as dangerous as it was in the life she's left behind.

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This is a prequel novella, and a very short one, at that, so I’m gonna keep this review pretty short — and hopefully sweet. ;)

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Waiting on Wednesday – Rook

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 – Rook
Rook

Written by: Sharon Cameron
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: April 28th 2015
Genres: Post-Apocalyptic, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

Who needs a wedding ring when you can pick up a sword? A remarkable and utterly inventive novel from Sharon Cameron, author of THE DARK UNWINDING, which USA TODAY called "spellbindingly imaginative."

History has a way of repeating itself. In the Sunken City that was once Paris, all who oppose the new revolution are being put to the blade. Except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?

Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy's arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.

As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.

Daring intrigue, delicious romance, and spine-tingling suspense fill the pages of this extraordinary tale from award-winning author Sharon Cameron.

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According to Publisher’s Weekly, “Rook is a retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel set in the future; it follows ‘a Sunken City gone mad, an unwanted betrothal, and 13 innocents who will die unless a legend can save them.'”

Intrigue and romance in a futuristic retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel. I mean, HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO RESIST THAT? Okay, the last Pimpernel retelling I read didn’t turn out amazingly, but I have supremely high hopes for this one. I’m not 100% sure why. It’s just a feeling. This book sounds amazing. *_*

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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Book Review: THE NATURALS by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Book Review: THE NATURALS by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Naturals
The Naturals #1

Written by: Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release Date: November 5th 2013
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Pages: 308
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

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Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides—especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own. Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

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Wow. It’s really amazing to jump out of your comfort zone every once in a while, is it? I mean, I guess this book isn’t strictly outside my “comfort zone” … maybe just outside my norm. But still, it’s good to mix things up. I have to be in a very specific mood to pick up a modern thriller, and luckily, that mood finally struck, because I’ve been wanting to pick up this book for a long time. And it didn’t disappoint.

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