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          Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

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Title: Insignia
Author: S.J. Kincaid
Date: July 10th, 2012

     More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

     Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test, and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War Three. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?

     Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid’s futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology.

     I recently picked this book up, and I know it probably shouldn't be on this list since technically IT IS out currently. However, it's one of those books that when I read the synopsis and started thinking about the possibilities, the twists, possible romance and action; this book already had me hooked.

     I have this feeling it sounds a bit like BZRK by Michael Grant, I am not sure if that's a good thing or bad just yet. I did pick BZRK up, it's sitting on my shelf still and I will get around to it eventually; I just wasn't all that interested in it from what the synopsis told me. So I am not sure if this hype from Insignia's synopsis is a good thing or bad yet, I just hope everyone has a good time with this book, it sounds amazing!

Title: Girl of Nightmares
Author: Kendare Blake
Date: August 7th, 2012

     It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.

     His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live--not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

     Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

     Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.

     Anna, the story of her ghostly horrors and the romance she had with Cas was perfect in Anna Dressed in Blood. Anna has got to be one of my more favorite female characters, even if she is a ghost and all. There is something about her personality that just intrigues me and Kendare Blake does a great job pulling you into the story, that I can't believe this book would be anything less than exceptional. This is probably my more looked forward too book of the year, I can't wait on it and even still I have to.
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