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: 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.

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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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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is an awesome topic: the Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist. I spend a lot of time thinking about what I’d like to see in book form, so I had to jump in and participate.

01: Historical YA for unpopular time periods:

Some time periods, such as Tudor England, are really popular, and dare I say, almost overrepresented, in both adult and YA fiction. One of my degrees is in history, so it’s safe to say I like it a lot, and I like using historical fiction as a way to gauge my interest in different time periods. I’d like to see Argentina under the Peróns, England in the Dark Ages, France before the Sun King, Ancient Egypt in the time of Hatshepshut, etc.

02: Alternate history:

This kind of goes along with my first wish, but I love me some alternate history. Examples: What would have happened if Cleopatra lived? What would have happened if Katharine of Aragon bore Henry VIII a son?

03: A wider range for New Adult:

I like the idea of New Adult as a genre, and I do think it’s important. I just wish more authors tried branching into paranormal, fantasy, historical, etc., rather than just sticking with contemporary.

04: More standalones/duologies:

I understand the appeal of a trilogy, but … not every series is meant to be a trilogy. Some books should really just be one book, not the beginning of a trilogy.

05: Celebrate the geeks!

I want to see more books where girls love coding, programming, science, math, whatever. Trekkies, Whovians, whatever. Let that geek flag fly — don’t make geekiness something that needs to be fixed.

06: Adventures on other planets:

I haven’t read a lot of YA set in space, so maybe I’ve missed this, but I really would love something along the lines of John Varley’s Eight Worlds.

07: Different mythical/supernatural creatures:

Where are the selkies, unicorns, banshees, centaurs, etc?

08: Real dystopian books:

I want the nitty and gritty and dirty details of dystopian life, not a thin veneer so the romance takes center stage.

09: Ballet:

SO many “ballet” books aren’t ballet books at all! I’m lookin’ at you, THE BROKENHEARTED. I loved, loved BUNHEADS by Sophie Flack, and I’d adore more books in that vein.

10: Lesbians in YA:

Slowly, more LGBT is trickling into YA, but it’s the guys who are getting represented. That’s great, but I want to see girls crushing on girls and more, in a variety of genres, and without coming out angst.

*Two of my favorite indie authors, Jenn and Sarah Diemer, have set out to change this, but I’m greedy and want more.

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Almost Girl by Amalie Howard

the almost girl by amalie howardThe Almost Girl by Amalie Howard
Release Date: January 7, 2014

Seventeen-year-old Riven is as tough as they come. Coming from a world ravaged by a devastating android war, she has to be. There’s no room for softness, no room for emotion, no room for mistakes. A Legion General, she is the right hand of the young Prince of Neospes, a parallel universe to Earth. In Neospes, she has everything: rank, responsibility and respect. But when Prince Cale sends her away to find his long-lost brother, Caden, who has been spirited back to modern day Earth, Riven finds herself in uncharted territory.

Thrown out of her comfort zone but with the mindset of a soldier, Riven has to learn how to be a girl in a realm that is the opposite of what she knows. Riven isn’t prepared for the beauty of a world that is unlike her own in so many ways. Nor is she prepared to feel something more than indifference for the very target she seeks. Caden is nothing like Cale, but he makes something in her come alive, igniting a spark deep down that goes against every cell in her body. For the first time in her life, Riven isn’t sure about her purpose, about her calling. Torn between duty and desire, she must decide whether Caden is simply a target or whether he is something more.

Faced with hideous reanimated Vector soldiers from her own world with agendas of their own, as well as an unexpected reunion with a sister who despises her, it is a race against time to bring Caden back to Neospes. But things aren’t always as they seem, and Riven will have to search for truth. Family betrayals and royal coups are only the tip of the iceberg. Will Riven be able to find the strength to defy her very nature? Or will she become the monstrous soldier she was designed to be? (summary from goodreads)

Okay, ya’ll. How can I not want to read THE ALMOST GIRL Right. This. Very. Minute?? First, the cover is grabbing at my geeky side AND it’s pretty. I really like the shades of blue against the white. And if I could … I’d get a half mohawk and weld Google Glasses to my face. I WOULD.

Second, Riven sounds like she is going to kick some butt, take lots of names, and just be all around awesome. RAWR!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Star Wars: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells

razor's edgeStar Wars: Razor’s Edge by Martha Wells
Release Date: September 24, 2013

Times are desperate for the Rebel Alliance. Harassment by the Empire and a shortage of vital supplies are hindering completion of a new secret base on the ice planet Hoth. So when Mid Rim merchants offer much-needed materials for sale, Princess Leia Organa and Han Solo lead an Alliance delegation to negotiate a deal.

But when treachery forces the rebel ship to flee into territory controlled by pirates, Leia makes a shocking discovery: the fierce marauders come from Leia’s homeworld of Alderaan, recently destroyed by the Death Star. These refugees have turned to pillaging and plundering to survive—and they are in debt to a pirate armada, which will gladly ransom the princess to the vengeful Empire . . . if they find out her true identity.

Struggling with intense feelings of guilt, loyalty, and betrayal, Leia is determined to help her wayward kinspeople, even as Imperial forces are closing in on her own crippled ship. Trapped between lethal cutthroats and brutal oppressors, Leia and Han, along with Luke, Chewbacca, and a battle-ready crew, must defy death—or embrace it—to keep the rebellion alive. (summary from goodreads)

The Star Wars Expanded Universe was probably one of my first book series loves. I still remember the first one I bought — HEIR TO THE EMPIRE by Timothy Zahn. I have an entire bookcase full of Star Wars EU, arranged chronologically, and I have read many of them multiple times. I will admit that more recent offerings, such as the New Jedi Order, and the dive into zombie horror, weren’t my cup of tea. But the summary for RAZOR’S EDGE has me excited because it’s a return to the good old days, and even though I know nothing bad will happen to Leia or Han, I’m looking forward to reading a fun adventure!

I’m lucky enough to have a review copy. I can’t wait to dive into it. Hopefully this weekend!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Inheritance by Malinda Lo

inheritanceInheritance (Adaptation #2) by Malinda Lo
Release Date: September 24, 2013

The triangular spaceship hovered motionless in the sky above Reese Holloway’s house, as inscrutable as a black hole. It had seemed like a good idea when they were inside: to tell the truth about what happened to them at Area 51. It didn’t seem like such a good idea now.

Reese and David are not normal teens—not since they were adapted with alien DNA by the Imria, an extraterrestrial race that has been secretly visiting Earth for decades. Now everyone is trying to get to them: the government, the Imria, and a mysterious corporation that would do anything for the upper hand against the aliens.

Beyond the web of conspiracies, Reese can’t reconcile her love for David with her feelings for her ex-girlfriend Amber, an Imrian. But her choice between two worlds will play a critical role in determining the future of humanity, the Imria’s place in it, and the inheritance she and David will bring to the universe. (summary from goodreads)

ADAPTATION was one of my most anticipated books last year. Malinda Lo is definitely one of my favorite authors, and I couldn’t wait to read something new by her.

Fast forward to 2013, and for some reason unknown to me, I haven’t yet read ADAPTATION. I have this bad habit where I cannot read books that I’m really excited about. My craziness aside, I’m still super excited about its sequel, INHERITANCE! I’ve tried hard to avoid spoilers, so I’ve barely even looked at the summary for it. Because INHERITANCE is coming out in September, I think I’ll wait and read both together. Bring on the aliens!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

cruel beautyCruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge
Release Date: January 28, 2014

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love. (summary from goodreads)

Another Beauty and the Beast retelling this week! It’s sort of odd, actually, since I couldn’t stand the Disney movie, but I like the original version of the fairy tale. I feel the need to reread a lot of the Brothers Grim fairy tales. I remember checking a monster 1,000 page version out of the library when I was a kid.

Anywho! CRUEL BEAUTY sounds quite interesting. A combo of Beauty and the Beast and Greek mythology? Mmm. Plus I like the main character’s name — I’ve always wanted to use “Nyx” myself. I hope it’s as good as it sounds.

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Waiting on Wednesday: Infinite by Jodi Meadows

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Infinite by Jodi Meadows
Release Date: January 28, 2014

DESTRUCTION
The Year of Souls begins with an earthquake—an alarming rumble from deep within the earth—and it’s only the first of greater dangers to come. The Range caldera is preparing to erupt. Ana knows that as Soul Night approaches, everything near Heart will be at risk.

FLIGHT
Ana’s exile is frightening, but it may also be fortuitous, especially if she can convince her friends to flee Heart and Range with her. They’ll go north, seeking answers and allies to stop Janan’s ascension. And with any luck, the newsouls will be safe from harm’s reach.

CHOICE
The oldsouls might have forgotten the choice they made to give themselves limitless lifetimes, but Ana knows the true cost of reincarnation. What she doesn’t know is whether she’ll have the chance to finish this one sweet life with Sam, especially if she returns to Heart to stop Janan once and for all. (summary from goodreads)

This is what I get for getting behind in reading blogs (and boy am I behind). I missed the cover/title/summary reveal for INFINITE! Considering the love I have for the New Soul trilogy, I had to put this up as a book I’m looking forward to. Thank Merlin 2014 is only six months away, because I need to get my hands on this NOW.

I have to admit, I was a bit uncertain of the cover at first, just because it’s different colors than INCARNATE and ASUNDER — green and blue instead of purple and pink, but it’s really grown on me. Now it’s to the “I could look at this all day” stage. Looooove!

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