Waiting on Wednesday: The Queen of Bright & Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

The Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann AguirreThe Queen of Bright & Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre

Goodreads – Contemp. YA – April 7th 2015 by Feiwel & Friends

Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. If she manages it, people won’t peer beyond the surface, or ask hard questions about her past. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted.

Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He’s got heartbreak and loneliness in his rearview mirror, and this new school represents his last chance. He doesn’t expect to be happy; he only wants to graduate and move on. He never counted on a girl like Sage.

But love doesn’t mend all broken things, and sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…

Ann Aguirre is one of my auto-buy authors. She never disappoints! So, while this book would not ordinarily be up my alley (a bit too “teenagers find themselves tragically” for my taste), I am still looking forward to it. What can I say? It’s a magical power of Aguirre’s.

Monday Reading (Jan. 5th, 2015)

monday readingIn this weekly event hosted by One Persons Journey Through a World Of Books where we discuss what we’ve been reading this week (and, occasionally, what we haven’t).

I used to take part in this meme all the time and have really quite missed it! Shall be returning to this meme regularly over 2015.

All fall down by ally carter Emissary by JM Dillard

Currently Reading:

All Fall Down by Ally Carter – I am really, really loving this book! As someone who has read absolutely every Ally Carter book this was no surprise. 😉

Currently Listening to:

Emissary by J. M. Dillard – This is narrated by the fantastic Nana Visitor who played Kira on the show. It is pretty similar to the first episode of the show, but there are some interesting and entertaining differences.

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder

Up next from my TBR:

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner – AT LAST. I have been DYING for this book and FINALLY it is in my hands!!! I adored These Broken Stars and highly recommend it.

Shadow Study by Maria V Snyder – I loved Poison Study series (though not the last book, I’m afraid) and am really excited that Snyder has decided to continue with Yelena’s story. Hoping that I won’t be at a disadvantage not having kept up with her other series in the same universe.

queenDeal Me In! update

I’m taking part in the Deal Me In challenge this year, reading a story a week during 2015 as chosen by a deck of cards. See my full list of stories to be read here. My first card of the year was a queen of hearts which gave me an Ally Carter story as well – Huzzah! I read her “A Gallagher Wedding” and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Waiting on Wednesday: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerThis Shattered World (Starbound #2) by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Goodreads – December 23rd 2014 by Disney-Hyperion


The second installment in the epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.


Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

WORDS cannot EXPRESS how DESPERATELY I want this book. I practically start hyperventilating just thinking about it. *hand flails* Anyhow, This Shattered World is the follow-up to the amazing These Broken Stars which I read and adored last year. (That’s right, a whole YEAR ago. Why must I be tortured so??) The book completely changed my mind about YA Science Fiction and made me a die-hard fan of the authors.

In short, go pick up These Broken Stars so that you can join me in the agony that is waiting for This Shattered World!

Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

Ten Authors 2

This week on Top Ten Tuesday, we’ve been asked to list a very specific group of talents: authors we’ve read, loved, but have not read more than one book from! It was disturbingly easy for me to put this list together – there are a lot of books I still need to read!

1 & 2 Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

A two-for-one! As the authors of the glorious These Broken Stars, they absolutely wowed me. I mean, WOW. I absolutely cannot wait for the next book in the trilogy… but, in the meantime, there are their individual novels!

3 Douglas Adams

As  proud towel-carrying fan of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, you’d think I’d have read all the books in the series. Well… not as such. *ahem* Now that I own the omnibus, I guess I should get to work on that…

4 Livia Blackburn

Debut 2014 author, Livia Blackburn, is on my to-watch list. I loved her prequel novella Poison Dance (reviewed on goodreads) and really want to get to her actual book!

5 Sarah Dessen

A classic YA author, if there ever was one. Eeeeeverybody loves her. I’ve only read her book Last Chance, but I own quite a few!

Ten Authors6 George R. R. Martin

Oh, George. I loved Game of Thrones, but I had a lot of trouble getting into A Clash of Kings. He is certainly an author I need to revisit, but I don’t know when I’ll have the strength to sit through his deathly sagas!

7 Jennifer L. Armentrout

This is another one of those authors that everybody loves but I? I am late to the party! I read her White Hot Kiss (much more UF than romance, despite the title/cover) and loved it. I even got to meet her at BEA this year! But alas, I am still behind on her books. Sigh.

8 Alan Brennert

I adored Alan’s Moloka’i. I laughed, cried – the whole nine yards. I wrote a glowing review for it and then immediately went out to get his other set-in-Hawaii novel Honolulu… and never got to it.

9 Julianna Baggott

Baggott’s novel Pure made my Top Ten list of 2011 and yet… I haven’t read the sequel! *shame face*

10 Anne Osterlund

OMG ANNE OSTERLUND. Her novel Academy 7 is one of those so-under-rated-it-should-be-criminal books that I highly recommend. Go out and get a copy, already. Why haven’t I read more of her books? I DON’T KNOW. *panics*

Waiting on Wednesday: Ann Aguirre’s new trilogy

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

Ann Aguirre New Adult Trilogy

2B Trilogy by Ann Aguirre

I Want It That Way (Book #1) – Goodreads – August 26th 2014 by Harlequin HQN

Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true—for her parents’ sake as well as her own. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, she barely has time to think, let alone date. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, a social life is out of the question. The last thing he wants is for four noisy students to move into the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

As Long As You Love Me (Book #2) – Goodreads – September 30th 2014

The Shape of My Heart (Book #3) – Goodreads – November 2014

As my recent review of Horde will attest, I am a massive fan of Ann Aguirre. So much so that, despite NOT being a New Adult fan, I immediately added this trilogy to my wishlist. This is Aguirre we are talking about! She named every book after bloody Backstreet Boys songs, for goodness sakes. If there’s ever going to be a New Adult trilogy I love, it is going to be this one.

I was super lucky and managed to meet Ann at BEA this year (such a fangirl moment) and also picked up a copy of I Want It That Way. I hope to get to it soon!

Waiting on Wednesday: the new Mercy Thompson Anthology!

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

Shifting Shadows- Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia BriggsShifting Shadows: Stories from the World of Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs

goodreads – September 2nd 2014 by Ace

Mercy Thompson’s world just got a whole lot bigger…

A collection of all-new and previously published short stories featuring Mercy Thompson, “one of the best heroines in the urban fantasy genre today” (Fiction Vixen Book Reviews), and the characters she calls friends…

Includes the new stories…
“Roses in Winter”

…and reader favorites
“Fairy Gifts”
“Alpha and Omega”
“Seeing Eye”
“The Star of David”
“In Red, with Pearls”

First off: love the shout-out to Fiction Vixen! Nice to see a blogger in a summary – especially one as awesome as FV. 🙂

So, is anyone else CRAZY excited about this anthology? I genuinely tagged this cover #OMG when I spotted it on Pinterest. Any Patricia Briggs announcement is an exciting one, but the Mercy ones are best of all.

Also: I totally ADORE the cover of this anthology. I have never been the biggest fan of the US covers, mainly because of all the bare mid-drifts. But it seems as though the talented Dan Dos Santos (and the publishers) is finally moving away from that trend. The recent Alpha & Omega and Mercy covers (this one especially) have been totally up my alley! LOVE LOVE LOVE.