Waiting on Wednesday: Cress by Marissa Meyer

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

Cress by Marissa MeyerCress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

Goodreads – Science Fiction YA – February 4th 2014 by Feiwel & Friends

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard.

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

First things first: I WANT THIS BOOK SO MUCH IT HURTS.

But, er, yeah… that’s not really news. I think my review of Scarlet has rather given away my thoughts on this series.

However, I am somewhat confounded by one part of the description: “Cinder and her handsome accomplice”. Who are they referring to? A few lines earlier they mention Scarlet and Wolf, but these two are neither singular nor “handsome”. Any thoughts??

Waiting on Wednesday: Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong

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

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1) by Kelley Armstrong
Goodreads – High Fantasy YA – April 8th 2014 by HarperCollins

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.

Kelley Armstrong is one of those authors I have on  default “add to wishlist” settings for. That said, this series sounds extra good. For starters, it is High Fantasy! From Kelley! AM I THE ONLY ONE EXCITED?!

… ahem.

Otherwise: I am assuming this is a YA novel because of the whole “girls” mention, but I am not sure. Can anyone confirm that?

Waiting on Wednesday: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

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

The 5th Wave by Rick YanceyThe 5th Wave (The Fifth Wave #1) by Rick Yancey

Goodreads – Dystopian/Sci-Fi YA – May 7th 2013 by Penguin

The Passage meets Ender’s Game in an epic new series from award-winning author Rick Yancey.

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

If you haven’t heard about The 5th Wave yet, you’ve been missing out. This novel has generated a tonne of buzz, and for good reason. By the author of the acclaimed Monstrumologist series, The 5th Wave ties together all the dystopian goodness with a healthy dose of Sci-Fi. A lot of people have compared it to The Hunger Games but – while I see what they mean – I am getting Walking Dead feelings from it. (If there is one thing I love more than The Hunger Games, it’s The Walking Dead!)

If you’re looking for more to sink your teeth into than just the blurb, check out the official sampler of the novel on the book’s site – it will have you hooked!

Waiting on Wednesday: Inhuman by Kat Falls

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

Inhuman by Kat FallsInhuman (Fetch #1) by Kat Falls
Goodreads – Sci-Fi YA – October 1st 2013 by Scholastic

In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral.

Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.

Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.

Thoughts: I absolutely loved Kat Falls’ Dark Life and was always rather sad that she didn’t get more attention. Seriously, people: it was a pretty great book. I’d been saving the follow-up to Dark Life for a rainy day, as I wasn’t sure when we’d hear from Kat again. Now I get to read it!

Inhuman is giving me lots of Pure (Julianna Baggott) vibes – which I totally love. Also, the idea of mutated human beings was a topic she explored really well in Dark Life, so I am sure she can pull it off again.

Not in love with the cover though!

Waiting on Wednesday: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

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

Fortunately, the Milk by Neil GaimanFortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman
Goodreads – MG – September 2013 by Bloomsbury

Fortunately, the Milk will be a time-travelling adventure for young readers featuring aliens, dinosaurs, volcano gods and a pint of milk that saves the universe! The book will be illustrated throughout by Chris Riddell, and will be the third Neil Gaiman project that Chris Riddell has worked on. Chris has previously illustrated the tenth anniversary edition of Coraline and The Graveyard Book, for which he was Kate Greenaway Medal shortlisted.

Thoughts: Ok, first off, who isn’t a Neil Gaiman fan? Seriously, who? If you’ve ever meet one, make sure they report to hospital for brain damage – because that ain’t normal.

Fortunately, the Milk sounds like the wackiest, most brilliant thing ever. Reminds of something Douglas Adams would come up with (and, no, I don’t have a higher compliment than that one). If you still aren’t sold, let Neil pitch it himself:

The Alphabet on My Shelf [TSS]

AZ TBR PileYou know when you see a post on someone’s blog and think “I’ve got to do that”? Well, that’s what happened to me last week, when I spotted C.B.’s A-Z post of books. His idea? Go through the alphabet only using books from your TBR pile. It was inspiration for the Double Dog Dare “challenge” to read only TBR books until 1 April – and it worked, at least for me.

I had an absolute ball putting this list together. As I went through my shelves I remembered a bunch of books that I had genuinely forgotten about… I had been so excited to buy some of them, but promptly forgot about them as soon as I got home! For example, my copy of Heist Society? It’s signed. How could I have forgotten that?

Anyhow, I’m rather proud of my list – I only had to cheat a wee bit!

  • Angel’s Blood by Nalini Singh
  • Blue Diablo by Ann Aguirre
  • Chime by Franny Billingsley
  • Die for Me by Amy Plum
  • Entice by Carrie Jones
  • Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
  • Gone by Lisa McMann
  • Heist Society by Ally Carter
  • Impossible by Nancy Werlin
  • The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara: Isle Witch by Terry Brooks
  • Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
  • Lament by Maggie Stiefvater
  • The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint
  • North Child by Edith Pattou
  • Once Bitten, Twice Shy by Jennifer Radin
  • Pegasus by Robin McKinley
  • Thorn Queen by Richelle Mead
  • Rampant by Diane Peterfund
  • Split by Stefan Petrucha
  • Trading in Danger by Elizabeth Moon
  • Unearthly by Cynthia Hand
  • Vampire Empire: The Rift Walker by Clay Griffith and Susan Griffith
  • Wicked Game by Jeri Smith-Ready
  • HeX Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  • The Seven RaYs by JessicaBendinger
  • Zombies Don’t Cry by Rusty Fischer

Do you think you can do this with books from your TBR pile? Give it a go and find out!

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