Waiting on Wednesday: Half a War by Joe Abercrombie

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half a way by joe abercrombieHalf a War (Shattered Sea #3) by Joe Abercrombie
Release Date: July 16, 2015

Words are weapons

Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright.

Only half a war is fought with swords

The deep-cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king’s minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put Bright Yilling at its head – a man who worships no god but Death.

Sometimes one must fight evil with evil

Some – like Thorn Bathu and the sword-bearer Raith – are born to fight, perhaps to die. Others – like Brand the smith and Koll the wood-carver – would rather stand in the light. But when Mother War spreads her iron wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness

Yay, July is close! Because I can’t wait to read the last book of Joe Abercrombie’s awesomely epic fantasy series. Each book is from a new character’s POV, so this is a series you don’t need to read in order, which is always a plus. I do recommend reading HALF A KING and HALF THE WORLD because they’re amazing. I recommend this series if you like gritty fantasy.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine

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ink and bone by rachel caineInk and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine
Release Date: July 7, 2015

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

INK AND BONE just sounds fantastic, doesn’t it? A world where great texts have survived to to present times because of the Great Library. But then once you factor in that personal ownership of books is forbidden, and the Library approves everything… then INK AND BONE becomes creepy. Fantastic, but creepy.

So let me “cheat” a little and say I have already gotten to read this pick of mine — and I can ensure you, it is fantastic. I should have a review up in a week or so, so remember to check back if you want to find out what I thought!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Aeronaut’s Windlass by Jim Butcher

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the aeronaut's windlass by jim butcherThe Aeronaut’s Windlass (The Cinder Spires #1) by Jim Butcher
Release Date: September 29, 2015

Jim Butcher, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors…

Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls, aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship, Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion—to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake…

September is a bit far away, but I just read the sample Roc sent me for THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS. The sampler only has the Prologue and Chapter One, but I’m hooked. I think this series is going to be full of steamship battles, cool technology, and magic. I haven’t yet read a Jim Butcher book (shame on me!) but THE AERONAUT’S WINDLASS looks like it’ll be a good start to his work!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Tiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton

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tiny pretty things by sona charaipotra and dhonielle claytonTiny Pretty Things by Sona Charaipotra & Dhonielle Clayton
Release Date: May 26, 2015

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette’s desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

TINY PRETTY THINGS doesn’t quite sound like a Leeanna book, does it? But I have a confession to make: I’m a sucker for ballet books. A book even mentions ballet? I’ve gotta read it. Now, I got a copy of TINY PRETTY THINGS for review, and I can say it is one unputdownable book. If you like ballet, drama, sabotage, or anything of the sort, I highly recommend adding this to your TBR. Even better — two out of the three narrators are diverse, and the book talks about diversity in the ballet world.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Knight’s Shadow by Sebastien de Castell

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knight's shadow by sebastien de castellKnight’s Shadow (Greatcoats #2) by Sebastien de Castell
Release Date: June 2, 2015

Falcio val Mond is the first Cantor of the Greatcoats. Trained in the fighting arts and the laws of Tristia, the Greatcoats are travelling Magisters upholding King’s Law. They are heroes. Or at least they were, until they stood aside while the Dukes took the kingdom and then began fighting among themselves.

The horrifying murder of a duke and his family sends Falcio in a deadly pursuit to capture the killer. But Falcio soon discovers his own life is in mortal danger from a poison administered as a final act of revenge by one of his deadliest enemies. As chaos and civil war begin to overtake the country, Falcio has precious little time left to stop those determined to destroy his homeland.

Last year I raved over the first book in the Greatcoats series, TRAITOR’S BLADE. I even picked it as one of my favorites of 2014. So to say I’ve been looking forward to more of this series is an understatement! KNIGHT’S SHADOW is already out in the UK, but I’m being good and avoiding spoilers or any information about it. This cover is actually the UK version, but I haven’t found a good size of the US version, but you can click here to see it.

I’m even more excited today because I was just approved to review KNIGHT’S SHADOW, so there will be some squeeing soon on Twitter. I can’t wait for more of the author’s writing style, which is a great combination of dark humor and swashbuckling fantasy.

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Waiting on Wednesday: A School for Unusual Girls by Kathleen Baldwin

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a school for unusual girls by kathleen baldwinA School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House #1) by Kathleen Baldwin
Release Date: May 19, 2015

It’s 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.

After accidentally setting her father’s stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible—until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads—or their hearts…

A SCHOOL FOR UNUSUAL GIRLS sounds like just my kind of book! Girls stepping outside of their expected roles. A boarding school where girls learn espionage and diplomacy. I also like the time period it’s set in — I’ve read a couple of biographies and historical fictions based on Napoleon’s wives, and it’ll be interesting to see another side.

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Waiting on Wednesday: A Royal Romance by Jenny Frame

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a royal romance by jenny frameA Royal Romance by Jenny Frame
Release Date: May 12, 2015

Georgina, Princess of Wales, has always known her destiny, but she never expected duty to call so soon. When her father dies suddenly, she is called back from her Royal Navy post to assume the crown. While the people acclaim their new Queen, Great Britain’s first openly gay monarch, all George feels is the isolation of her station.

Beatrice Elliot’s staunch anti-monarchist views have always been a point of gentle contention with her working class, royalty-loving parents. When Bea—director of a hospice charity—must spend six months working with Queen Georgina, her charity’s new patron, sparks fly and passion blooms. But is love enough to bridge the gap between Bethnal Green and Buckingham Palace?

If you’ve been to my blog before, you might wonder who stole me and replaced me with someone who likes romance! Normally I’m less than keen on it, but I was browsing NetGalley today and saw A ROYAL ROMANCE. Now this probably has something to do with my love for E’s totally crazy show The Royals, but I gotta check this book out! Coincidentally enough, the other day I was wondering what impact a gay monarch would have. Maybe I’ll get to find out.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Star Wars: Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp

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star wars: lords of the sith by paul s. kempStar Wars: Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp
Release Date: April 28, 2015

On Ryloth, a planet crucial to the growing Empire as a source of slave labor and the narcotic known as “spice,” an aggressive resistance movement has arisen, led by Cham Syndulla, an idealistic freedom fighter, and Isval, a vengeful former slave. But Emperor Palpatine means to control the embattled world and its precious resources—by political power or firepower—and he will be neither intimidated nor denied. Accompanied by his merciless disciple, Darth Vader, he sets out on a rare personal mission to ensure his will is done.

For Syndulla and Isval, it’s the opportunity to strike at the very heart of the ruthless dictatorship sweeping the galaxy. And for the Emperor and Darth Vader, Ryloth becomes more than just a matter of putting down an insurrection: When an ambush sends them crashing to the planet’s surface, where inhospitable terrain and an army of resistance fighters await them, they will find their relationship tested as never before. With only their lightsabers, the dark side of the Force, and each other to depend on, the two Sith must decide if the brutal bond they share will make them victorious allies or lethal adversaries.

I’ve been a Paul S. Kemp fan for a long time, since his Forgotten Realms days. He wrote one of my favorite characters ever, Erevis Cale. I’ve also liked Kemp’s original sword and sorcery and his Star Wars books. So I was super excited to see he has a new Star Wars book coming out: LORDS OF HTE SITH.

LORDS OF THE SITH has me excited for three reasons: it’s a Paul S. Kemp book, it sounds like there’s going to be a lot of Imperial action, and there’s a lesbian Moff. Diverse characters in Star Wars has been a long time coming… I mean, Admiral Daala had to be pretty bored in the Maw, and I can’t see her getting it on with a random male solider after she was with Tarkin. :D

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Waiting on Wednesday: Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin

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wolf by wolf by ryan graudinWolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin
Release Date: October 6, 2015

Code Name Verity meets Inglourious Basterds in this fast-paced novel from the author of The Walled City.

The year is 1956, and the Axis powers of the Third Reich and Imperial Japan rule the world. To commemorate their Great Victory over Britain and Russia, Hitler and Emperor Hirohito host the Axis Tour: an annual motorcycle race across their conjoined continents. The victor is awarded an audience with the highly reclusive Adolf Hitler at the Victor’s ball.

Yael, who escaped from a death camp, has one goal: Win the race and kill Hitler. A survivor of painful human experimentation, Yael has the power to skinshift and must complete her mission by impersonating last year’s only female victor, Adele Wolfe. This deception becomes more difficult when Felix, Adele twin’s brother, and Luka, her former love interest, enter the race and watch Yael’s every move. But as Yael begins to get closer to the other competitors, can she bring herself to be as ruthless as she needs to be to avoid discovery and complete her mission?

Usually I don’t like to pick books so far from their publication date, but I’m in a mood for historical fiction, especially alternate historical fiction, so here’s WOLF BY WOLF. I really enjoy alternate historical fiction, since I love seeing how other people think history could have gone. In this case, what could have happened if the Allies didn’t win the war. Also, Yael’s quest sounds awesome, and medical experimentation leading to skinshifting? Okay, I’m also curious as to what skinshifting is! I’m guessing something wolfish…

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Waiting on Wednesday: Black Iris by Leah Raeder

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black iris by leah raederBlack Iris by Leah Raeder
Release Date: April 28, 2015

The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable.

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She’s going to show them all.

Okay. I am a huge Leah Raeder fangirl. I’ve been looking forward to BLACK IRIS for what seems like fooooooorever. I almost had a heart attack yesterday when Atria approved me for the eARC. I’m frantically trying to finish everything else I have started so I can sit down and consume this. I’m pretty sure BLACK IRIS is going to wreck me.

Leah also did a fantastic interview with Dahlia Adler. She talks about a lot of stuff that’s near and dear to me, including sex in NA, queerness, and F/F in fiction. Read it if you’re interested in any of those topics… and even if you’re not. :D

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