Waiting on Wednesday – The Glass Arrow

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 Glass Arrow
The Glass Arrow

Written by: Kristen Simmons
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release Date: February 10th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
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The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.

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Firstly, LOOK AT THE PRETTY COVER! Secondly, read that synopsis. Did you read it? Yeah. It sounds GOOD. But mostly, I want to read this because, of the few people I know who have read it already, they’ve all LOVED it. And I’m not sure really whether this is supposed to be dystopian, or fantasy, or post-apocalyptic… BUT I DON’T CARE. Kristen Simmons also wrote the Article 5 series, which I haven’t read either (ugh I know), but I heard great things about THAT series, as well, which gives me really high hopes for this one. :D

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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PS: If you’re a fan of The Darkest Minds trilogy, OR if you haven’t read it yet, I’ve got a prize pack giveaway going on right now, including the full trilogy, a tote, and awesome camera-phone accessories! :D

I’ve only read one book by these authors but I NEED MORE.

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
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I’ve only read 1 book by these authors but I NEED MORE.

This was HARD! Omg. I thought it’d be easy to find 10 great authors for this list, but apparently most of the authors I love, I’ve read more than one of their books! So, some of these authors I’ve chosen only have one book out (as of now), but most of them have more, and most of them have upcoming books to look forward to!

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ARC Review: THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu

ARC Review: THE YOUNG ELITES by Marie Lu
The Young Elites
The Young Elites #1

Written by: Marie Lu
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: October 7th 2014
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 336
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

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I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

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You know those books (YA or not, you pick) that have the main protagonist move from a not-great environment, rise above their situation, take up with a group who makes them feel worth something again, and then that group goes on to do great, heroic things, like saving a kingdom, or overthrowing an evil ruler, or what-have-you? They’re uplifting tales filled with hope, and the assurance that the good guys always win. And there are so many books like this out there, I can’t even begin to count them.

Well, The Young Elites is – and most definitely is not – one of those books.

I will rise above everything you’ve ever taught me. I will become a force that this world has never known. I will come into such power that none will dare hurt me again.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Forbidden

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 – Forbidden
Forbidden

Written by: Kimberley Griffiths Little
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release Date: November 4th 2014
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 397
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
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In the unforgiving Mesopotamian desert where Jayden’s tribe lives, betrothal celebrations abound, and tonight it is Jayden’s turn to be honored. But while this union with Horeb, the son of her tribe’s leader, will bring a life of riches and restore her family’s position within the tribe, it will come at the price of Jayden’s heart.

Then a shadowy boy from the Southern Lands appears. Handsome and mysterious, Kadesh fills Jayden’s heart with a passion she never knew possible. But with Horeb’s increasingly violent threats haunting Jayden’s every move, she knows she must find a way to escape—or die trying.

With a forbidden romance blossoming in her heart and her family’s survival on the line, Jayden must embark on a deadly journey to save the ones she loves—and find a true love for herself.

Set against the brilliant backdrop of the sprawling desert, the story of Jayden and Kadesh will leave readers absolutely breathless as they defy the odds and risk it all to be together.

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This book sounds (and looks! Hello, gorgeous cover) like a lush, sweeping romance — pretty different than most of the books I gravitate towards, considering it’s straight-up historical, and not fantasy of any sort. But something about the synopsis is calling to me, and gosh darn it, I’M A SHIPPER. Give me a great ship and I will sail it to the ends of the earth. Fingers crossed that Jayden and Kadesh’s story is as great as it sounds!

I do already have this one from Edelweiss, so the fact that I have to wait to read it is really my own fault. NEXT MONTH. I’m excited. XD

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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Book Review: JACKABY by William Ritter

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

Book Review: JACKABY by William Ritter
Jackaby

Written by: William Ritter
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Release Date: September 16th 2014
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Source: BookExpo America 2014
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“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion—and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinaryincluding the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the policewith the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Canedeny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.

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Jackaby has been described in many places as Doctor Who meets Sherlock – a fairly apt description when one’s talking about Jackaby himself and the fact that the book is, first and foremost, a mystery.

I can absolutely see how Jackaby was styled after Sherlock Holmes. The narrator was Abigail Rook, the Watson to Jackaby’s Sherlock, whose story starts off as she’s just arrived in New Fiddleham, New England. Looking for work, she answers an ad she sees pinned up along the street, and gets dragged into Jackaby’s latest adventure; and, much like Watson, she finds lodging at Jackaby’s home/headquarters, as well.

But where the writing Sherlock Holmes is often somewhat dense, Jackaby definitely falls on the younger side of the YA spectrum. I don’t think it’s quite middle-grade, because of some of the more gruesome descriptions; but it’s definitely not a super-complex story, nor does it include terribly complex characters or themes. It’s a pretty straight-up mystery with some paranormal elements thrown in. I didn’t find myself absolutely glued to the pages, but it was a fun diversion.

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How do you write your reviews?

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…My review-writing process is weird.

 

I have a question for the book blogging/reviewing community in general:  How do you write your reviews? …I don’t mean like, “Omg, your reviews are so good, how do you write them?! Tell me your secrets!!!” lol :P But I’ve recently realized that there’s a pattern to my review-writing that should’ve been obvious to me, but that I hadn’t consciously realized — and thus, started adapting to — until pretty recently.

The Conundrum . . .

On the day I start writing any review, I’ll maybe get a few short paragraphs written – probably about 400 words or so. If I don’t start out writing paragraphs, I make a list of things I want to talk about, which then inevitably morphs into many tiny little paragraphs as I go.

But after getting those initial incomplete thoughts down… I have to stop.

The review isn’t done, not nearly, but I have to leave it, come back the next day, or a couple days later, and only then will all my other thoughts come  to me. Only after letting the incomplete review sit for a while, am I able to figure out exactly how I want the review structured and what I want to include (or not). I cannot, for the life of me, get a review written and completed in one sitting.

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Waiting on Wednesday – A Thousand Pieces of You

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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 Thousand Pieces of You
A Thousand Pieces of You
Firebird #1

Written by: Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: November 4th 2014
Genres: Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Buy at: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
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Every Day meets Cloud Atlas in this heart-racing, space- and time-bending, epic new trilogy from New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can’t let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul’s guilt—and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores a reality where we witness the countless other lives we might lead in an amazingly intricate multiverse, and ask whether, amid infinite possibilities, one love can endure.

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If you’re not already waiting on this book, I would very much like to know what rock you’ve been hiding under (no seriously, I need to stop finding good books to look forward to because my TBR pile is INSANE). I’m pretty sure most people have heard of this book by now, thanks to its amazing synopsis and HELLO GORGEOUS cover, but who knows? If you haven’t heard of it – YOU’RE WELCOME. This book promises to be amazing. Parallel universes? Space- and time-bending? Romance? Murder? Adventure?

I’ll take two, please.

What book are YOU anxiously awaiting today?

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PS: If you’re a fan of The Darkest Minds trilogy, or even if you haven’t read it yet, I’ve got a prize pack giveaway going on right now! :D

My Lunch Table: Fangirls, Misfits, and Book Nerds Welcome

Top Ten Tuesday

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

Ten Characters Who Would Sit At My Lunch Table

I saw this topic forever ago and have been planning my table for weeks. A lot of thought and consideration and selfishness went into choosing the people for my lunch table. And now all I can think about is, WHY AREN’T FICTIONAL CHARACTERS REAL??? ;_;

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