Waiting on Wednesday: Black City by Elizabeth Richards

Black City by Elizabeth Richards
Release Date: November 13, 2012

A dark and tender post-apocalyptic love story set in the aftermath of a bloody war. In a city where humans and Darklings are now separated by a high wall and tensions between the two races still simmer after a terrible war, sixteen-year-olds Ash Fisher, a half-blood Darkling, and Natalie Buchanan, a human and the daughter of the Emissary, meet and do the unthinkable–they fall in love. Bonded by a mysterious connection that causes Ash’s long-dormant heart to beat, Ash and Natalie first deny and then struggle to fight their forbidden feelings for each other, knowing if they’re caught, they’ll be executed–but their feelings are too strong. When Ash and Natalie then find themselves at the center of a deadly conspiracy that threatens to pull the humans and Darklings back into war, they must make hard choices that could result in both their deaths. (summary from goodreads)

Okay, my lust for Black City started with the cover. It’s so different than the usual YA cover! I could look at it all day. But I’m a little worried that the relationship between Ash and Natalie will be insta-love.

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– leeanna

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #30

Last Week’s Reads:
Nothing :(

This Week’s Reads:
Bunheads by Sophie Flack

Not much to say this week. I’ve mostly been reading fanfic on my phone before going to sleep or when I have a few spare minutes, because fanfic doesn’t require a lot of concentration. Plus I can read a whole story in 10k words or less, and that’s nice right now.

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– leeanna

Waiting on Wednesday: Venom by Fiona Paul

venomVenom by Fiona Paul
Release Date: October 30th 2012

Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin… and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself. (summary from goodreads)

I like historical fiction, but often, it’s hard to find good historical fiction. I’m hoping there isn’t too much focus on the love triangle. And with that cover, I really hope there’s a masquerade!

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– leeanna

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #29

Last Week’s Reads:
Nothing! :(

This Week’s Reads:
Bunheads by Sophie Flack

I read Bunheads earlier this year, and my paperback arrived just before I left, so I brought it with me. It’s been nice to sit by the pool and read it. 80 degree weather in October is going to spoil me!

Other than an hour or two, I barely read at all this week. I always feel so weird when I don’t read, and it’s left me feeling off. Hopefully I’ll fit in some more reading this week — I can read on my phone while on the treadmill.

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– leeanna

Waiting on Wednesday: Ask the Passengers by A.S. King

ask the passengersAsk the Passengers by A.S. King
Release Date: October 23rd 2012

Astrid Jones copes with her small town’s gossip and narrow-mindedness by staring at the sky and imagining that she’s sending love to the passengers in the airplanes flying high over her backyard. Maybe they’ll know what to do with it. Maybe it’ll make them happy. Maybe they’ll need it. Her mother doesn’t want it, her father’s always stoned, her perfect sister’s too busy trying to fit in, and the people in her small town would never allow her to love the person she really wants to: another girl named Dee. There’s no one Astrid feels she can talk to about this deep secret or the profound questions that she’s trying to answer. But little does she know just how much sending her love–and asking the right questions–will affect the passengers’ lives, and her own, for the better. (summary from goodreads)

I’m not a huge fan of contemporary, but I do have a strong interest in LGBT literature, especially YA lit. Basically, I think there needs to be more of it! :D

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– leeanna

Release Day: Violet Midnight by Lynn Rush

Info:
Title: Violet Midnight
Author: Lynn Rush
Release Date: October 16, 2012
Series? Violet Night #1
Genre: New Adult Paranormal Romance

Summary:

Let the Hunt begin…

Blending in with her college co-eds proves difficult for vampire Hunter, Emma Martin, considering the mystical tattoo on her wrist glows whenever Vamps are near. And after three months of silence, the glow is back with a vengeance.

Jake Cunningham witnesses Emma, a violet-eyed beauty, using unimaginable powers to fight off a fanged creature. Finally, after two years of searching, he may have found out what he’s become—a Hunter, like Emma.

Thankful for an ally in the fight against the Vamps, Emma finds hope and comfort in Jake’s arms. As she learns more about her new love’s family and its dark heritage, she may be forced not only to hunt them but to sacrifice her life to save Jake’s soul.

I’ve been looking forward to this one since I first heard about it a few months ago. One, I really like the cover, and two, new adult! I’m always excited to see more books in the new adult genre. It needs to take off. Plus, I’m still a fan of vampire books, no matter how many there are, as I like reading what each author does differently.

I’m just sorry I didn’t get this post up in time to advertise the Twitter party, or take part.

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– leeanna

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #28

Last Week’s Reads:
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
Escape by Carolyn Jessop

This Week’s Reads:
No clue!

I am still in massive catch up mode. I am now settled in Texas (as of TODAY!) and am trying to finish unpacking. I start my new job tomorrow, so I’m sure the rest of this week will be like the last few — incredibly chaotic.

I read all of Escape last night. I couldn’t sleep, so I ended up reading straight through. It’s been a while since I’ve been able to do that, and I miss it! I have my mum reading it as well; I’m curious to see what she thinks of it. I seem to be on a kick with that type of book lately.

No clue what I will start this week. I brought a few books with me, and I hope to fit in a post on those books and why I chose them. It was sort of like playing, If you could take 5 things to a desert island

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– leeanna

Waiting on Wednesday: Crewel by Gennifer Albin

crewelCrewel by Gennifer Albin
Release Date: October 16th 2012

Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back. (summary from goodreads)

I actually got to read Crewel early, and while I didn’t like it as much as I’d hoped, I still enjoyed reading it. My review should be up later this week.

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– leeanna

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? #27

Last Week’s Reads:
The Dark Wife by Sarah Diemer

This Week’s Reads:
The Heretic Queen by Michelle Moran
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Hah. I am so funny, thinking I would read books while travelling. I am playing catchup on all fronts, and until I settle in my new apartment next week, I don’t anticipate getting a lot of reading done. Possibly even for a bit after that, as I think it’s going to be a big adjustment.

Even so, I have to have at least one book going. I’m in the middle of both of this week’s reads: The Heretic Queen and The Good Earth. I have tentative plans to do a vlog for The Dark Wife, since I think it would be cool, but we’ll see if I have time.

The Good Earth is probably my favorite classic. I read it every other year or so. I’m pondering replacing my copy, as it fell in the bath a few years ago and it somewhat crinkled.

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– leeanna

Waiting on Wednesday: Beta by Rachel Cohn

betaBeta by Rachel Cohn
Release Date: October 16th 2012

Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist.

Elysia’s purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth. Everything about Demesne is bioengineered for perfection. Even the air induces a strange, euphoric high, which only the island’s workers–soulless clones like Elysia–are immune to.

At first, Elysia’s life is idyllic and pampered. But she soon sees that Demesne’s human residents, who should want for nothing, yearn. But for what, exactly? She also comes to realize that beneath the island’s flawless exterior, there is an under-current of discontent among Demesne’s worker clones. She knows she is soulless and cannot feel and should not care–so why are overpowering sensations cloud-ing Elysia’s mind?
If anyone discovers that Elysia isn’t the unfeeling clone she must pretend to be, she will suffer a fate too terrible to imagine. When her one chance at happi-ness is ripped away with breathtaking cruelty, emotions she’s always had but never understood are unleashed. As rage, terror, and desire threaten to overwhelm her, Elysia must find the will to survive.

The first in a dazzlingly original science fiction series from best-selling author Rachel Cohn, “Beta “is a haunting, unforgettable story of courage and love in a cor-rupted world. (summary from goodreads)

I’ve been craving some YA science fiction, and I think this will hit the mark! I am very intrigued.

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– leeanna