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[Waiting on Wednesday] - #91

     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: Golden Son
   Author: Pierce Brown
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: January 6th, 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.

My Stance:

     The sequel to Red Rising just makes me wonder about reading that book. I need to get around to it and the cover looks pretty good. The one line just stands in my head, "... continuing status as one of fiction's most exciting new voices." I want to read the book after a statement like that. I would love to say I didn't read the synopsis on this book, but I did and there's not much to learn or spoil in this book. Franky it's synopsis like this that give nothing about the first book away, but actually create more intrigue to read the first. I love it, but as well with so much high statements about the author, I am afraid it'll fall short.

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #90

     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: Frostfire
   Author: Amanda Hocking
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: January 6th, 2015

     Bryn Aven is an outcast among the Kanin, the most powerful of the troll tribes.

     Set apart by her heritage and her past, Bryn is a tracker who's determined to become a respected part of her world. She has just one goal: become a member of the elite King’s Guard to protect the royal family. She's not going to let anything stand in her way, not even a forbidden romance with her boss Ridley Dresden.

     But all her plans for the future are put on hold when Konstantin– a fallen hero she once loved – begins kidnapping changelings. Bryn is sent in to help stop him, but will she lose her heart in the process

My Stance:

     Frostfire, another book by Amanda Hocking that I've not read. I need to just stop being on the internet and binge read one weekend or month. I would love to go on vacation (when I am not sick or have work to attend to), but I would love to do it while I have an array of things to post and comment on. Either way, this book is just so Wintery and Christmasy that I just had to add it. The cover is just too gorgeous to do without.

     Bryn is a different sort of girl than when I read the synopsis first. I am not sure if I am really going to enjoy this as much as I think, but its worth a shot. I enjoy how this has a sort of love interest that's gone crazy or is just evil, not sure which. However, at the same time, you get the idea that she is falling for her boss (which I'm not sure if that's gross or okay, I am picturing an old wrinkly boss). I just am not sure how this fantasy will tell out, the whole love triangle that's a bit twisted and seems pretty good (I know, I said it sounds good).

[Waiting on Wednesday] - #89

     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: Firefight
   Author: Brandon Sanderson
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: January 6th, 2015

     From the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of Words of Radiance coauthor of Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series, and creator of the internationally bestselling Mistborn Trilogy, Brandon Sanderson presents the second book in the Reckoners series: Firefight, the sequel to the #1 bestseller Steelheart.

     They told David it was impossible--that even the Reckoners had never killed a High Epic. Yet, Steelheart--invincible, immortal, unconquerable--is dead. And he died by David's hand.

     Eliminating Steelheart was supposed to make life more simple. Instead, it only made David realize he has questions. Big ones. And there's no one in Newcago who can give him the answers he needs.

     Babylon Restored, the old borough of Manhattan, has possibilities, though. Ruled by the mysterious High Epic, Regalia, David is sure Babylon Restored will lead him to what he needs to find. And while entering another city oppressed by a High Epic despot is a gamble, David's willing to risk it. Because killing Steelheart left a hole in David's heart. A hole where his thirst for vengeance once lived. Somehow, he filled that hole with another Epic--Firefight. And he's willing to go on a quest darker, and more dangerous even, than the fight against Steelheart to find her, and to get his answers.

My Stance:

     This book is a great way to start the year out. I loved Steelheart. While it's not one of my highest ranking books, there was this big or originality that just caught my attention in the whole bit. The bit with Firefight at the end was just so great in leading to the next book. Brandon Sanderson was never really on my radar and while he's spoken highly in the whole fantasy realm, I had never heard of him. While as a first book to read by him, it just brought me in and hist style was so good.

     David while being a plain boy in a world in which nearly every teenager or young adult is an Epic (has some sort of super power). The band of Reckoners who are as nearly plain as David are bent on trying to bring the Epics who abuse their power to justice, and one of the High Epics are dead because of them. It makes the story great knowing they are putting their lives on the line to try to make the cities better, and the people in them better. I just love the premise and the general idea, it's a great intro into Brandon's style and what he does.

[Teaser Tuesday] - #39

Hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.
  1. Take your Current Read.
  2. Grab 2 Teaser sentences from the book (please be sure to avoid spoilers)
  3. Post it on your blog with the title and author, so other Teasing Tuesday participants can add it to their To Be Read list.
  4. When visiting other Teasing Tuesday participants, leave a link with your current TT in their comments.

Title: The Truth About Alice
   Author: Jennifer Mathieu
   Release Date: January 2nd, 2012

     Quote: "I think Alice is the only student at Healy High who didn't come to the funeral. Even Kurt Morelli was there with his grandma. I guess it makes sense since he lived next door to Brandon ever since we were all in kindergartern."

--- Page 69

[Stacking the Shelves] - #83

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga’s Reviews and is all about sharing the books you are adding to your bookshelf, be it the physical one or your digital one!

In the Afterlife
Chain Reaction
Sapphire Blue

Shelf Additions:

Title: Winterspell
   Author: Claire Legrand
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: September 30th, 2014

     The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.

     New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor's ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother's murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

     Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

     Her home is destroyed, her father abducted--by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they're to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets--and a need she can't define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won't leave Cane unscathed--if she leaves at all.

     Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

Title:  In The Afterlight
   Author: Alexandra Bracken
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: October 28th, 2014

     Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. With them is a prisoner: Clancy Gray, son of the president, and one of the few people Ruby has encountered with abilities like hers. Only Ruby has any power over him, and just one slip could lead to Clancy wreaking havoc on their minds.

     They are armed only with a volatile secret: proof of a government conspiracy to cover up the real cause of IAAN, the disease that has killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others like her with powers the government will kill to keep contained. But internal strife may destroy their only chance to free the "rehabilitation camps" housing thousands of other Psi kids.

     Meanwhile, reunited with Liam, the boy she would-and did-sacrifice everything for to keep alive, Ruby must face the painful repercussions of having tampered with his memories of her. She turns to Cole, his older brother, to provide the intense training she knows she will need to take down Gray and the government. But Cole has demons of his own, and one fatal mistake may be the spark that sets the world on fire.

Title: Defy
   Author: Sara B. Larson
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: January 7th, 2014

     A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart-racing romance.

     Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

     The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?

Title: Astray
   Author: Amy Christine Parker
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: August 26th, 2014

     Lyla is caught between two worlds. The isolated Community that she grew up in and the outside world that she’s navigating for the very first time. The outsiders call the Community a cult, but Pioneer miraculously survived a shooting that should have killed him. Are the faithful members right to stay true to his message? Is this just a test of faith? One thing is for sure: the Community will do anything to bring Lyla back to the fold. Trapped in a spider’s web of deception, will Lyla detect the sticky threads tightening around her before it’s too late? She’ll have to unravel the mystery of what Pioneer and the Community are truly up to if she wants to survive.

     Suspenseful and chilling, Astray is Amy Christine Parker’s nerve-fraying sequel to Gated. This fast-paced psychological thriller is masterfully plotted and sure to leave goose bumps. Perfect for fans of creepy YA thrillers and contemporary fiction alike.

Title: Balthazar
   Author: Claudia Gray
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: March 6th, 2012

     For hundreds of years, the vampire Balthazar has been alone-without allies, without love.

     When Balthazar agrees to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, he has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye's newfound psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the cruel, seductive master vampire responsible for murdering Balthazar and his family four centuries ago. Now Redgrave plans to use Skye's powers for his own evil purposes.

     Balthazar will do whatever it takes to stop Redgrave and exact his long-awaited revenge against his killer. As Skye and Balthazar stand together to fight him, they grow closer-first unwillingly, then undeniably. Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by her. . . .

Title: Chain Reaction
   Author: Simone Elkeles
   Format: Paperback
   Release Date: August 16th, 2011

     Like his brothers, Luis Fuentes is a risk taker; whether he's scaling the Rocky Mountains or dreaming of a future as an astronaut, Luis is always looking for the next thrill.

     Nikki Cruz lives her life by certain rules ― don't trust a boy who says "I love you", boys lie to get their own way and never date a boy from the south side of Fairfield. Then she meets Luis at his brother Alex's wedding and suddenly she's tempted to break all her rules.

     Getting Nikki to give him a chance is Luis's biggest challenge, until he finds himself targeted by the head of the gang that nearly destroyed his brothers' lives. Will Luis's feelings for Nikki be enough to stop him from entering a dark and violent world that could prove to be the ultimate risk?

Title: Sapphire Blue
   Author: Kerstin Gier
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: October 30th, 2012

     Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.

     At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.

Title: Prized
   Author: Caragh M. O'Brien
   Format: Hardcover
   Release Date: November 8th, 2011

     Striking out into the wasteland with nothing but her baby sister, a handful of supplies, and a rumor to guide her, sixteen-year-old midwife Gaia Stone survives, only to be captured by the people of Sylum, a dystopian society where women rule the men who drastically outnumber them, and a kiss is a crime. In order to see her sister again, Gaia must submit to their strict social code and the oppressive rules of Matrarc Olivia. Meanwhile, two brothers claim her attention as they attempt to understand the environmental trap that keeps the people of Sylum captive, and suddenly Gaia must contend with the exciting, uncomfortable, and altogether new feeling of being desired.

     But when someone from her past shows up, Gaia discovers that survival alone is not enough and that justice requires sacrifice.
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