Waiting on Wednesday (87)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we’re eagerly anticipating.

Once again, Usagi is not here for comment/WoW pick, so it’s just little old Ashleigh. YA contemporary is one of my very favorite things in the whole wide world and this one caught my eye from the moment I saw it in the Macmillan catalog. Dead people! Letters! If it’s in epistolary the whole way through (I looooooove epistolary novels), I might just die. Since I have an ARC, I hope to start it soon and see if it lives up to my expectations.

Love Letters to the Dead - Ava DellairaTitle: Love Letters to the Dead
Author: Ava Dellaria
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Jacket Copy: It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating new friendships, falling in love for the first time, learning to live with her splintering family. And, finally, about the abuse she suffered while May was supposed to be looking out for her. Only then, once Laurel has written down the truth about what happened to herself, can she truly begin to accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was; lovely and amazing and deeply flawed; can she begin to discover her own path.
Ashleigh
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Waiting on Wednesday: Week 86


New WoW“Waiting  On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Here’s what we’re waiting on this Wednesday:

USAGI:

13206828♡ Title: “Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)”

♡ Author: Melissa Meyer

♡ Release Date: February 4, 2014 (North America)

♡ Publisher: Macmillan

♡ Synopsis: 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.

♡ Why?: IT’S MORE OF THE LUNAR CHRONICLES. DO YOU HAVE TO ASK? I WANT IT NOW IN MY GRUBBY LITTLE HANDS. NOOOWWW.

ASHLEIGH:

Cruel Beauty♡ Title: Cruel Beauty

♡ Author: Rosamund hedge

♡ Release Date: January 21, 2014

♡ Publisher: Balzer + Bray

♡ Synopsis: Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom—all because of a reckless bargain her father struck. And since birth, she has been training to kill him.

Betrayed by her family yet bound to obey, Nyx rails against her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, she abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, disarm him, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her. As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. But even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, could she refuse her duty to kill him?

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

♡ Why?: Because this appeals to my crackish sensibilities (I love sexual chemistry between a bad guy and a good guy, aka Foe Yay) and Nyx sounds like she’s going to be a serious badass. Also, ARCS OF IT EXIST. I will do any and all favors to get one. Call me~! (Er, email me. You know what I mean.)

Waiting on Wednesday: Week 85


New WoW“Waiting  On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Here’s what we’re waiting on this Wednesday:

USAGI:

10123237♡ Title: “The Inventor’s Secret”

♡ Author: Andrea Cremer

♡ Release Date: April 22, 2014 (North America)

♡ Publisher: Penguin

♡ Synopsis: 16-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape from the coastal cities or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.

♡ Why?: It’s no secret that I’m a huge Cremer fan, and I love steampunk/alternate history stories, so I’m hoping that this is going to be as awesome as the blurb says it’ll be. I am definitely loving that cover though. ❤

RoomiesASHLEIGH:

♡ Title: Roomies

♡ Author: Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando

♡ Release Date: December 24, 2013

♡ Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

♡ Synopsis: It’s time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they’ve never met.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.

♡ Why?: Because it sounds like fun and it might wash the memory of my not-so-great roommates (one much worse than the other) from my brain. I could use that right about now. Actually, I could have used it when I moved out, but it’s better late than never!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday: Week 84


New WoW“Waiting  On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Here’s what we’re waiting on this Wednesday:

USAGI:

16175040♡ Title: “Endless Knight (The Arcana Chronicles #2)”

♡ Author: Kresley Cole

♡ Release Date: October 1, 2014 (North America)

♡ Publisher: S&SFYR

♡ Synopsis: In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed.

Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history – one that Evie can’t remember, but Death can’t forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she’s been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

♡ Why?: I absolutely LOVED book one – it was ballsy and unafraid and just plain awesome so I can’t wait to see what happens in book two. Will Evie continue to be an unreliable narrator? I can’t wait to see and find out! This one’s definitely in my top ten wants for the fall release season so I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

After EdenASHLEIGH:

♡ Title: After Eden

♡ Author: Helen Douglas

♡ Release Date: November 5, 2013

♡ Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s

♡ Synopsis: The day Eden met Ryan changed her world forever. Actually, not just her world. Ryan has time traveled from the future to save the world. In a few weeks, Eden’s best friend Connor will discover a new planet—one where human life is possible. The discovery will make him famous. It will also ruin the world as we know it. When Ryan asks Eden for help, she must choose between saving the world and saving her best friend’s greatest achievement. And a crush on Ryan complicates things more than she could have imagined. Because Connor is due to make the discovery after the girl he loves breaks his heart. That girl is Eden.

Grounded in a realistic teen world with fascinating sci-fi elements, After Eden is a heart-pounding love triangle that’s perfect for dystopian fans looking for something new to devour.

♡ Why?: Despite the cringeworthy cover, it sounds like it could be a lot of fun. Time travel and space travel and all sorts of fun stuff! -looks at cover again- Yep, this is one I’ll get as an ebook.

What are you waiting on this Wednesday (one day late)?

Waiting on Wednesday: Week 83


New WoW“Waiting  On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Here’s what we’re waiting on this Wednesday:

USAGI:

17449197♡ Title: “Unhinged (Splintered #2)”

♡ Author: AG Howard

♡ Release Date: January 7, 2014 (North America)

♡ Publisher: Abrams/Amulet

♡ Synopsis: Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

♡ Why?: I absolutely LOVED “Splintered” (seriously one of my favorite debuts of the year!) so I’m so, so happy there’s a sequel coming out. I can’t wait to meet these characters and this world all over again, and I’d probably give my firstborn for an ARC. Wink wink.

 

ASHLEIGH:

The Twice Lost♡ Title: The Twice Lost

♡ Author: Sarah Porter

♡ Release Date: July 2, 2013

♡ Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

♡ Synopsis: Mermaids have been sinking ships and drowning humans for centuries, and now the government is determined to put an end to the mermaid problem—by slaughtering all of them. Luce, a mermaid with exceptionally threatening abilities, becomes their number-one target, hunted as she flees down the coast toward San Francisco.

There she finds hundreds of mermaids living in exile under the docks of the bay. These are the Twice Lost: once-human girls lost first when a trauma turned them into mermaids, and lost a second time when they broke mermaid law and were rejected by their tribes. Luce is stunned when they elect her as their leader. But she won’t be their queen. She’ll be their general. And they will become the Twice Lost Army—because this is war.

♡ Why?: The first two books in Porter’s Lost Voices trilogy really surprised me with how creative and girl-centric they are! Waking Storms in particular took me by surprise with its brutal ending and I’m dying to see how it turns out.

 

What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday: Week 82


New WoW

“Waiting  On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Here’s what we’re waiting on this Wednesday:

USAGI:

13574417♡ Title: “Alienated”

♡ Author: Melissa Landers

♡ Release Date: February 4, 2014 (North America)

♡ Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

♡ Synopsis: Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.

♡ Why?: This one should be interesting – I love the resurgence the of space opera/omg aliens genre within YA, so hopefully this one will be as fun as it sounds. I’m definitely willing to give it a shot. But 2014? Seriously?

ASHLEIGH:

Famous Last Words♡ Title: Famous Last Words

♡ Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski

♡ Release Date: July 2, 2013

♡ Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. BFYR

♡ Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Samantha D’Angelo has death on the brain. Her summer internship at the local newspaper has her writing obituaries instead of soaking up the sun at the beach. Between Shelby, Sam’s boy-crazy best friend; her boss Harry, a true-blue newspaper man; and AJ, her fellow “intern scum” (aka the cute drummer for a band called Love Gas), Sam has her hands full. But once she figures out what—or who—is the best part of her summer, will she mess it all up?

As Sam learns her way around both the news room and the real world, she starts to make some momentous realizations about politics, ethics, her family, romance, and most important—herself.

♡ Why?: Because I was the newspaper geek in high school and when I see journalist-minded main characters, it’s almost an instant yes. I’m a little worried there will be slut-shaming, though. One of my friends read Doktorski’s other novel How My Summer Went Up in Flames and there was a good bit of it. Please none? Please?

Waiting on Wednesday: Week 81


New WoW

“Waiting  On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Here’s what we’re waiting on this Wednesday:

USAGI:

15850937♡ Title: “Frozen”

♡ Author: Melissa de la Cruz, Michael Johnston

♡ Release Date: September 17, 2013 (North America)

♡ Publisher: Penguin

♡ Synopsis:Set in 111 C.D., one hundred and eleven years after a Catastrophic Disaster has wiped out 99% of humanity and left the earth covered in ice, this new series introduces readers to a ragtag group of friends and the dawning of a new time. The world of reason, of mathematics and science, is ending, and a new civilization is being born from the ice: a world of magic and mayhem, sorcerers and spellcraft.

♡ Why?: I’m pretty much a sucker for anything de la Cruz writes (well, at least since the “Blue Bloods” series) and this looks pretty awesome. I can’t wait for my ARC to get here! I really can’t wait to dig into this one, guys.

ASHLEIGH:

The Infinite Moment of Us♡ Title: The Infinite Moment of Us

♡ Author: Lauren Myracle

♡ Release Date: August 20, 2013

♡ Publisher: Amulet Books

♡ Synopsis: For as long as she can remember, Wren Gray’s goal has been to please her parents. But as high school graduation nears, so does an uncomfortable realization: Pleasing her parents once overlapped with pleasing herself, but now . . . not so much. Wren needs to honor her own desires, but how can she if she doesn’t even know what they are?

Charlie Parker, on the other hand, is painfully aware of his heart’s desire. A gentle boy with a troubled past, Charlie has loved Wren since the day he first saw her. But a girl like Wren would never fall for a guy like Charlie—at least not the sort of guy Charlie believes himself to be.

And yet certain things are written in the stars. And in the summer after high school, Wren and Charlie’s souls will collide. But souls are complicated, as are the bodies that house them . . .

Sexy, romantic, and oh-so-true to life, this is an unforgettable look at first love from one of young adult fiction’s greatest writers.

♡ Why?: Because it’s Lauren Myracle, that’s why! There’s a lot of room for error with this novel (it sounds like about five other novels I can recall and the “A has loved B from afar for a long time” trope creeps me out most of the time), but because she’s the badass who wrote Shine, I’ll trust her and give it a shot.