Waiting on Wednesday – Goliath by Scott Westerfeld


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we discuss the books we’re anxiously awaiting for release.

Book: Goliath
Author: Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: September 20, 2011
Series: Leviathan #3

Summary from Goodreads: Alek and Deryn are on the last leg of their round-the-world quest to end World War I, reclaim Alekâ??s throne as prince of Austria, and finally fall in love. The first two objectives are complicated by the fact that their ship, the Leviathan, continues to detour farther away from the heart of the war (and crown). And the love thing would be a lot easier if Alek knew Deryn was a girl. (She has to pose as a boy in order to serve in the British Air Service.) And if they werenâ??t technically enemies.

The tension thickens as the Leviathan steams toward New York City with a homicidal lunatic on board: secrets suddenly unravel, characters reappear, and nothing is at it seems in this thunderous conclusion to Scott Westerfeldâ??s brilliant trilogy.

I fell absolutely in love with book one in this series, and you can read my five star review of Leviathan to see why. Well, Monday night I stayed up late finishing book two, Behemoth, and it likewise blew me away with its originality and incredible setting (look for my review on Monday!). I can say without hesitation that this is my favorite series this year and I am so anxious to read what is sure to be an epic conclusion to Alek and Deryn’s story. It’s a good thing Galley Grab came through last month and that I can dive in right away!

Have you read this series yet? (If not, WHY NOT?!?!) What books are you waiting on?


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Waiting on Wednesday – Tempest by Julie Cross


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we discuss the books we’re anxiously awaiting for release.

Book: Tempest
Author: Julie Cross
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: January 3, 2012

Summary from Goodreads: The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy. . . heâ??s in college, has a girlfriend. . . and he can travel back through time. But itâ??s not like the movies â?? nothing changes in the present after his jumps, thereâ??s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors â?? itâ??s just harmless fun.

That is. . . until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now heâ??s stuck in 2007 and canâ??t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But itâ??s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these â??Enemies of Timeâ? will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit. . . or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far heâ??s willing to go to save Hollyâ?¦ and possibly the entire world.

After seeing the Gone with the Words review and giveaway of this one, I knew I had to read it. It has everything I love – time travel, a love story, danger, sacrifice. I’m also excited that it has a male POV, since I read so few of those. It kind of seems like it could be The Time Traveler’s Wife for the younger set. With that summary, though, I’m sold.

What do you think of this one? What books are you waiting on?


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Waiting on Wednesday – Dearly, Departed by Lia Habel


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we discuss the books we’re anxiously awaiting for release.

Book: Dearly, Departed
Author: Lia Habel
Publisher: Del Rey Books
Release date: October 18, 2011

Summary from Goodreads: Love can never die.

Love conquers all, so they say. But can Cupidâ??s arrow pierce the hearts of the living and the deadâ??or rather, the undead? Can a proper young Victorian lady find true love in the arms of a dashing zombie?

The year is 2195. The place is New Victoriaâ??a high-tech nation modeled on the manners, mores, and fashions of an antique era. A teenager in high society, Nora Dearly is far more interested in military history and her countryâ??s political unrest than in tea parties and debutante balls. But after her beloved parents die, Nora is left at the mercy of her domineering aunt, a social-climbing spendthrift who has squandered the family fortune, and now plans to marry her niece off for money. For Nora, no fate could be more horribleâ??until sheâ??s nearly kidnapped by an army of walking corpses.

But fate is just getting started with Nora. Catapulted from her world of drawing-room civility, sheâ??s suddenly gunning down ravenous zombies alongside mysterious black-clad commandos and confronting â??The Laz,â? a fatal virus that raises the deadâ??and hell along with them. Hardly ideal circumstances. Then Nora meets Bram Griswold, a young soldier who is brave, handsome, noble . . . and dead. But as is the case with the rest of his special undead unit, luck and modern science have enabled Bram to hold on to his mind, his manners, and his body parts. And when his bond of trust with Nora turns to tenderness, thereâ??s no turning back. Eventually, they know, the disease will win, separating the star-crossed lovers forever. But until then, beating or not, their hearts will have what they desire.

In Dearly, Departed, steampunk meets romance meets walking-dead thriller, spawning a madly imaginative novel of rip-roaring adventure, spine-tingling suspense, and macabre comedy that forever redefines the concept of undying love.

I have been excited about this book since December, when I saw an interview with Lia Habel on Badass Bookie’s blog. She is seriously the coolest up-and-coming writer (in my humble opinion) and to top it off, she is seriously nice and talks to people on Twitter. I heart her, and I desperately want to read this book. Is it October yet?

And seriously? That cover makes me swoon. I love the color scheme, the font, the parasol. Someone buy me a parasol! I need one. STAT.

What do you think of the cover? The summary? What books are you waiting on?


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Waiting on Wednesday – Daughter of Smoke and Bone


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we discuss the books we’re anxiously awaiting for release.

Book: Daughter of Smoke and Bone
Author: Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Release Date: September 27, 2011

Summary from Goodreads: Around the world, black handprints are appearing on doorways, scorched there by winged strangers who have crept through a slit in the sky.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil’s supply of human teeth grown dangerously low.

And in the tangled lanes of Prague, a young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherworldly war.

Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real; she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands;” she speaks many languages â?? not all of them human; and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.

When one of the strangersâ??beautiful, haunted Akivaâ??fixes his fire-colored eyes on her in an alley in Marrakesh, the result is blood and starlight, secrets unveiled, and a star-crossed love whose roots drink deep of a violent past. But will Karou live to regret learning the truth about herself?

This book was featured at the BEA YA Buzz panel, and the publisher compared the heroine to Lisbeth Salander in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. That, combined with the early rave reviews coming in, and I’m sold. Plus, I’m a sucker for masquerade masks, so this cover totally draws me in.

What do you think of the cover? The summary? What books are you waiting on?


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Waiting on Wednesday – Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe

Iâ??m still a bit scatterbrained from the end of school, so Iâ??m keeping it simple this week. I meant to have some different posts ready, but with graduation and family I was kept more busy than I expected! I should be back to regular posts next week.


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we discuss the books we’re anxiously awaiting for release.

Book: Audition
Author: Stasia Ward Kehoe
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release Date: October 13, 2011

Summary from Goodreads: Once you’ve been chosen, what step can you take?

Seventeen-year-old Sara’s dream of becoming a star ballerina is challenged when she falls for Remington, an older choreographer. Instead of success onstage, she becomes Rem’s muse, which is a future she never considered–and one that threatens to break her heart.

STAGE DRAMA!!! As a former dancer and actor, Iâ??m a sucker for stories about the stage. The title alone had me clamoring to get my greedy paws on this one. Audition = immediate buy. That tells me itâ??s going to be about an audition, presumably for a prestigious art program, and therefore I want it. Now.

The cover is a bit boring to me, but the bun gave me all the information I needed. BALLET! YES! Then I read the summary as â??17â?¦star ballerinaâ?¦love.â? And then I stopped reading. I donâ??t need to know anything else. They could have saved themselves the copy room and just written â??A 17 year old ballerina falls in love with her choreographer. Hard decisions follow.â?

I still would have snatched the book from the shelf and run to the coffee shop to start reading. Or done that awkward slow crumple to the ground right in front of the shelf while devouring the first pages before purchase. You know, where you start reading, but your feet get tired, so you decide to sit, but without really looking for a chair, so you eventually find yourself cross-legged on the ground halfway through the book and your butt has gone numb?

Thatâ??s me with this book. Or at least, it will be.

If you love audition/performing arts stories as much as I do, author Stasia Ward Kehoe is running a blog called A Year of Auditions where bloggers and authors are sharing their audition stories. Itâ??s a lot of fun and I recommend you check it out.

What do you think of the cover? The summary? Are you as excited about this book as I am?

Waiting on Wednesday – Crossed by Ally Condie


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme run by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we discuss the books we’re anxiously awaiting for release.

I am too swamped for finals week to write anything coherent, so this week I’m skipping my usual Writing Wednesday to gush about the cover and synopsis reveal for Ally Condie’s second book in the Matched Trilogy, Crossed.

Summary from Goodreads: In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky â?? taken by the Society to his certain death â?? only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassiaâ??s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander â?? who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassiaâ??s heart â?? change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

I was such a huge fan of Matched and so I was UNBELIEVABLY EXCITED to see this cover and synopsis reveal last week. I’m not super psyched about the idea that most of the book will keep Cassia separate from Ky, but I am curious about seeing Xander again. I mean, Xander as key to the uprising? Ky to his certain death? An unexpected betrayal? I cannot wait for this book!

I also think that cover is gorgeous. I love that it is a progression from the last cover, with Cassia breaking through the globe that kept her so beautifully contained on the cover of Matched. Ally Condie also confirmed that the green and blue color themes have to do with the pills, so I assume the third (still untitled) book will feature red. Love the simplicity, love the images, and love that they relate back to the books. Gorgeous!

What do you think of the cover? Are you as excited about this book as I am?