Waiting on Wednesday: Half the World by Joe Abercrombie

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half the world by joe abercrombieHalf the World (Shattered Sea #2) by Joe Abercombie
Release Date: February 17, 2015

Sometimes a girl is touched by Mother War.

Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named a murderer by the very man who trained her to kill.

Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior.

She finds herself caught up in the schemes of Father Yarvi, Gettland’s deeply cunning minister. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit.

Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon.

Beside her on the journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill, a failure in his eyes and hers, but with one chance at redemption.

And weapons are made for one purpose.

Will Thorn forever be a pawn in the hands of the powerful, or can she carve her own path?

Okay, so I’m cheating just a bit here, as I’ve already read HALF THE WORLD, but I want every fantasy fan to read this book! It’s earned a place on my future Favorites of 2015 list, just like HALF A KING, the first book in the Shattered Sea trilogy, made my Favorites of 2014 list.

Anyway. If you like fantasy (YA or adult), check out HALF THE WORLD. I mean, what’s better than a strong, bad-ass female main character (we know I love those!), a world that’s Viking inspired, and a fantasy series that feels epic without being 800 pages?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear


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karen memory by elizabeth bearKaren Memory by Elizabeth Bear
Release Date: February 3, 2015

“You ain’t gonna like what I have to tell you, but I’m gonna tell you anyway. See, my name is Karen Memery, like memory only spelt with an e, and I’m one of the girls what works in the Hôtel Mon Cherie on Amity Street. Hôtel has a little hat over the o like that. It’s French, so Beatrice tells me.”

Hugo-Award winning author Elizabeth Bear offers something new in Karen Memory, an absolutely entrancing steampunk novel set in Seattle in the late 19th century—an era when the town was called Rapid City, when the parts we now call Seattle Underground were the whole town (and still on the surface), when airships plied the trade routes bringing would-be miners heading up to the gold fields of Alaska, and steam-powered mechanicals stalked the waterfront. Karen is a “soiled dove,” a young woman on her own who is making the best of her orphaned state by working in Madame Damnable’s high-quality bordello. Through Karen’s eyes we get to know the other girls in the house—a resourceful group—and the poor and the powerful of the town. Trouble erupts into her world one night when a badly injured girl arrives at their door, seeking sanctuary, followed by the man who holds her indenture, who has a machine that can take over anyone’s mind and control their actions. And as if that wasn’t bad enough, the next night brings a body dumped in their rubbish heap—a streetwalker who has been brutally murdered.

Bear brings alive this Jack-the-Ripper-type story of the old west with the light touch of Karen’s own memorable voice, and a mesmerizing evocation of classic steam-powered science.

I first saw KAREN MEMORY on someone else’s Waiting on Wednesday post — sorry, I can’t remember who! I’m in the middle of watching Penny Dreadful right now, and this book sounds like a perfect fit to my mood from that show. Just the feel of it, y’know?

Anyway, I’ve wanted to read something of Elizabeth Bear’s for a long time, but I just haven’t. So KAREN MEMORY will hopefully be the first, because this seems like a perfect book for me. Steampunk? Check. A bordello? Check. Historical AU? Check. Tons of awesome things? Check.

Bring on February!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Atlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig

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atlanta burns by chuck wendigAtlanta Burns by Chuck Wendig
Release Date: January 27, 2015

You don’t mess with Atlanta Burns.

Everyone knows that. And that’s kinda how she likes it—until the day Atlanta is drawn into a battle against two groups of bullies and saves a pair of new, unexpected friends. But actions have consequences, and when another teen turns up dead—by an apparent suicide—Atlanta knows foul play is involved. And worse: she knows it’s her fault.

You go poking rattlesnakes, maybe you get bit.

Afraid of stirring up the snakes further by investigating, Atlanta turns her focus to the killing of a neighborhood dog. All paths lead to a rural dogfighting ring, and once more Atlanta finds herself face-to-face with bullies of the worst sort. Atlanta cannot abide letting bad men do awful things to those who don’t deserve it. So she sets out to unleash her own brand of teenage justice.

Will Atlanta triumph? Or is fighting back just asking for a face full of bad news?

I’ve wanted to read something of Chuck Wendig’s for a while. His blog is awesome and I’ve heard his books are fantastic. So ATLANTA BURNS is coming along at a perfect time. This sentence in the summary is the one that did it for me: Atlanta cannot abide letting bad men do awful things to those who don’t deserve it. That’s all I need to know!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Golden Son by Pierce Brown

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golden son by pierce brownGolden Son (Red Rising #2) by Pierce Brown
Release Date: January 13, 2015

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Son continues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart, Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

AHHHH! I am SO bloody damn excited that I was approved for an ARC of GOLDEN SON. I absolutely loved RED RISING, and having to wait a year for the sequel was harder than usual. I’ve been in a reading slump, but I’m thinking GOLDEN SON might shatter it.

I cannot wait to dive back into Pierce Brown’s work and see what he’s come up with this time. If you haven’t heard of RED RISING yet, now’s the time to check it out if you like any of the books mentioned in the summary, or if you’re looking for some crazy cool fantasy/science fiction.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Star Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno

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star wars: tarkin by james lucenoStar Wars: Tarkin by James Luceno
Release Date: November 4, 2014

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…

Bestselling Star Wars veteran James Luceno gives Grand Moff Tarkin the Star Wars: Darth Plagueis treatment, bringing a legendary character from A New Hope to full, fascinating life.

He’s the scion of an honorable and revered family. A dedicated soldier and distinguished legislator. Loyal proponent of the Republic and trusted ally of the Jedi Order. Groomed by the ruthless politician and Sith Lord who would be Emperor, Governor Wilhuff Tarkin rises through the Imperial ranks, enforcing his authority ever more mercilessly . . . and zealously pursuing his destiny as the architect of absolute dominion.

Rule through the fear of force rather than force itself, he advises his Emperor. Under Tarkin’s guidance, an ultimate weapon of unparalleled destruction moves ever closer to becoming a terrifying reality. When the so-called Death Star is completed, Tarkin is confident that the galaxy’s lingering pockets of Separatist rebellion will be brought to heel—by intimidation . . . or annihilation.

Until then, however, insurgency remains a genuine threat. Escalating guerrilla attacks by resistance forces and newfound evidence of a growing Separatist conspiracy are an immediate danger the Empire must meet with swift and brutal action. And to bring down a band of elusive freedom fighters, the Emperor turns to his most formidable agents: Darth Vader, the fearsome new Sith enforcer as remorseless as he is mysterious; and Tarkin—whose tactical cunning and cold-blooded efficiency will pave the way for the Empire’s supremacy . . . and its enemies’ extinction. (summary from goodreads)

In case you didn’t know, I am a HUGE Star Wars fan.

Evidence:
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That’s most of my Star Wars books. I haven’t liked every experiment the Expanded Universe has undergone, but books about classic villains? Yes please. I’ve always been intrigued by Grand Moff Tarkin, and so I’m super excited that he’s getting his own book. Fingers crossed that this returns the EU to a good place, like Luceno’s STAR WARS: DARTH PLAGUEIS did for me.

On a related tangent, I’ve been thinking of doing super short videos, on my favorite characters in books. Instagram length videos, so 15 seconds. Usually I don’t like to watch videos, but 15 seconds isn’t too bad. Any opinions? Cool idea, or silly?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Fairest by Marissa Meyer

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fairest by marissa meyerFAIREST (The Lunar Chronicles #3.5) by Marissa Meyer
Release date: January 27, 2015

In this stunning bridge book between Cress and Winter in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles, Queen Levana’s story is finally told.

Mirror, mirror on the wall,
Who is the fairest of them all?

Fans of the Lunar Chronicles know Queen Levana as a ruler who uses her “glamour” to gain power. But long before she crossed paths with Cinder, Scarlet, and Cress, Levana lived a very different story – a story that has never been told . . . until now.

Marissa Meyer spins yet another unforgettable tale about love and war, deceit and death. This extraordinary book includes full-color art and an excerpt from Winter, the next book in the Lunar Chronicles series. (summary from goodreads)

So I might have actually squeed when I saw the announcement for FAIREST. The Lunar Chronicles is one of my favorite series I’ve discovered while blogging, and while I haven’t read CRESS yet — I couldn’t deal with another long wait in between books! — I know I will love it, and the rest of the series. And I’m sure I’ll love just about anything Marissa Meyer writes.

Why FAIREST? Queen Levana is one of my favorite characters in the series. So to find out she would have her own book, hundreds of pages just about her, YES YES YES!!! Evil characters are usually the ones I like the most, but they get the least amount of attention. And Queen Levana? I’m sure there’s a great story there.

Give me this book now, please. If anyone I know gets an ARC, I might hunt you down. :)

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Waiting on Wednesday: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

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mortal heart by robin lafeversMORTAL HEART (His Fair Assassin #3) by Robin LaFevers
Release date: November 4, 2014

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has.

But across Brittany, the tides of war are drawing ever nearer, with France pressuring the beleaguered duchess from all sides. Annith’s search for answers threatens to rip open an intricate web of lies and deceit that sit at the heart of the convent she serves. Yet to expose them threatens the very fabric of her existence and risks an unforeseen chance at love, one that she can no longer deny. Annith must carefully pick a path and, gods willing, effect a miracle that will see her country—and her heart—to safety.

I haven’t done a Waiting on Wednesday post in months! :( . It’s one of the better ways to find out about upcoming books, so I’m going to try and be more active, and do at least one post a month.

Anywho… I love Robin LaFevers’ His Fair Assassin series. Really, really love. So I am super excited (and maybe a little sad) for the last book. One yay — it’s almost 500 pages. Woohoo! I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for Annith’s story. And that cover. That cover! I will be even more excited if Annith uses a bow.

If you like historical fiction, creativity, and/or some kickbutt characters, I highly recommend this series. Each book is about a different one of Death’s Assassins, but they all tie together.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Wizard’s Promise by Cassandra Rose Clarke

the wizard's promise by cassandra rose clarkeThe Wizard’s Promise (The Hannah Duology #1) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Release Date: May 6, 2014

All Hanna Euli wants is to become a proper witch – but unfortunately, she’s stuck as an apprentice to a grumpy fisherman. When their boat gets caught up in a mysterious storm and blown wildly off course, Hanna finds herself further away from home than she’s ever been before.

As she tries to get back, she learns there may be more to her apprentice master than she realized, especially when a mysterious, beautiful, and very non-human boy begins following her through the ocean, claiming that he needs Hanna’s help. (summary from goodreads)

Continuing my love of Strange Chemistry and my adoration of Cassandra Rose Clarke’s writing, this week I’m waiting on THE WIZARD’S PROMISE. In the author’s first series, The Assassin’s Curse (THE ASSASSIN’S CURSE, THE PIRATE’S WISH), I liked her worldbuilding, strong characters, and quirky stories. The summary for her new book tells me I’m going to get a lot more of everything I enjoyed in her previous books.

Plus, that cover! Can I have some antlers like the scarecrow-ish dude? I would rock a pair of antlers.

Okay, aside from the antlers, I just love how this cover is so different from a lot of what you see in YA books.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

stolen songbird by danielle l. jensenStolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
Release Date: April 1, 2014

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever. (summary from goodreads)

Okay, I’m cheating a bit here as I’ve already read STOLEN SONGBIRD, but I LOVED the book. So I want to see more people excited about it! It’s such a great fantasy book, one that’s on my list for my 2014 favorites. IT HAS TROLLS. Sorry. I have a thing for trolls.

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A big, big thing. So Tristan and all the other trolls in STOLEN SONGBIRD had parts of my heart, even the bad trolls.

I want to post my review now, but I’m holding off until closer to the book’s release date.

I am hoping to do an interview with the author, so if anyone has questions… please leave them in the comments!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Deep End of the Sea by Heather Lyons

the deep end of the seaThe Deep End of the Sea
Release Date: February 13, 2014

What if all the legends you’ve learned were wrong?

Brutally attacked by one god and unfairly cursed by another she faithfully served, Medusa has spent the last two thousand years living out her punishment on an enchanted isle in the Aegean Sea. A far cry from the monster legends depict, she’s spent her time educating herself, gardening, and desperately trying to frighten away adventure seekers who occasionally end up, much to her dismay, as statues when they manage to catch her off guard. As time marches on without her, Medusa wishes for nothing more than to be given a second chance at a life stolen away at far too young an age.

But then comes a day when Hermes, one of the few friends she still has and the only deity she trusts, petitions the rest of the gods and goddesses to reverse the curse. Thus begins a journey toward healing and redemption, of reclaiming a life after tragedy, and of just how powerful friendship and love can be—because sometimes, you have to sink in the deep end of the sea before you can rise back up again. (summary from goodreads)

Amazing cover? Check. Awesome sounding story? Check.

I have some serious cover lust for THE DEEP END OF THE SEA. But aside from that, I’m intrigued by the story. I’m always interested in books inspired by Greek mythology, and I think Medusa is rather underrepresented.

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