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Waiting on Wednesday: Gods and Monsters

Hiya!

It’s time for another Waiting on Wednesday.

I have no idea how this series has snuck up on me. I wasn’t a big fan of the first book (Daughter of Smoke & Bone) but only listened to the second book (Days of Blood & Starlight) because I needed an audiobook. It turns out I really, really, really liked book two, so now I’m officially waiting on Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylor.

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on Dreams of Gods & Monsters by Laini Taylorsteering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love. But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy. At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

I admit, the cover kinda freaks me out, but I need to know what happens next in Karou’s story!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Secret Hum of a Daisy

Hello!

It’s time to share a soon-to-be-released title that I’m excited about! We call this meme, which is hosted by Breaking the Spine, Waiting on Wednesday.

This middle grades title does sound like it has potential to make me want to cry (and we all know how I feel about that), but I think The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer also sounds like it could be a very sweet read.

Twelve-year-old Grace and her mother have always been their own family, traveling from place to place The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczerlike gypsies. But Grace wants to finally have a home all their own. Just when she thinks she’s found it her mother says it’s time to move again. Grace summons the courage to tell her mother how she really feels and will always regret that her last words to her were angry ones.

After her mother’s sudden death, Grace is forced to live with a grandmother she’s never met. She can’t imagine her mother would want her to stay with this stranger. Then Grace finds clues in a mysterious treasure hunt, just like the ones her mother used to send her on. Maybe it is her mother, showing her the way to her true home.

This summary reminds me a little of Wild Things by Clay Carmichael, which was another sweet little middle grades read about a teen who looses a mother and is forced to live with family they’d never previously met. Also, this cover is just so lovely!

So, what are you waiting on today?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Most Unique YA

Hola everyone!

Let’s talk about the “most unique” YA books I’ve read. This was a difficult theme for me and I’m not sure why. Whatever the reason may be, I only have seven titles on this week’s Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by the Broke and Bookish).

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

Incarceron by Catherine Fisher Such a strange and enchanting mix of steampunk/sci-fi/fantasy.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Steifvater One of the most interesting takes on the supernatural/paranormal genre I’ve read.

Fever Crumb by Philip Reeve This was just such a weird book; a strange mix of steampunk/dystopian/fantasy.

A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray I will forever compare all fantasy to this one.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater Such a hauntingly beautiful take on the fantasy genre.

Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly A cool contemporary turned historical fiction.

A Tale of Two Castles by Gail Carson Levine A blend of middle grade fantasy retelling plus murder mystery wrapped into one.

Apparently, I only think that fantasy and supernatural books are unique! haha That’s pretty much all that is on this list!

What about you? What are the most unique YA books you’ve read?

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Waiting on Wednesday: All Four Stars

Welcome back friends!

I am a middle school librarian, but reading YA is my fave.  So, sometimes I have to remind myself to read some middle grades books. It’s not that I don’t enjoy middle grades fiction, I do, I’m just naturally drawn to YA more. Well, when I heard about Tara Dairman’s All Four Stars I didn’t have to remind myself to read middle grades, I really wanted to read it! All Four Stars by Tara Dairman

Gladys Gatsby has dreamed of becoming a restaurant critic for New York’s biggest newspaper–she just didn’t expect to be assigned her first review at age 11. Now, if she wants to meet her deadline and hang on to her dream job, she’ll have to defy her fast-food-loving parents, cook her way into the heart of her sixth-grade archenemy, and battle Manhattan’s meanest maitre d’.

Isn’t that the most adorable cover?! I love it! All Four Stars sounds like such a unique middle grade read too, I mean it’s not often you see a middle grade’s character writing foodie reviews. I have some foodie students who would totally be into this one!

All Four Stars will be released on July 10!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Falconer

Hello!

It’s time for another Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine) and today I’m showcasing The Falconer by Elizabeth May.

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844. Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother. Now it’s the 1844 The Falconer by Elizabeth Maywinter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

I’m always in the mood for a fantasy read and The Falconer sounds like it could be a good one! I love the fact that this one takes place in 19th century Scotland because you know, I just don’t think there are enough books that take place in Scotland! Haha

Is anyone else excited for The Falconer?  If so, you’ll have to wait until May 6 to read this one…May is soon right?!

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Boy Problem

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Last year I read and loved Kami Kinard’s The Boy Project and now it’s almost time for the sequel The Boy Problem: Notes and Predictions of Tabitha Reddy. I can’t wait, thus this read is my focus for today’s Waiting on Wednesday!

Twelve-year-old Tabitha “Tabbi” Reddy believes in signs. Like fortune cookies. Magic 8-Balls. Shooting stars. And this year, she hopes, looking for the right signs will lead her to the right boy! Inspired by her BFF, Kara The Boy Problem by Kami Kinard(star of THE BOY PROJECT), Tabbi starts her own “project” in the hopes of finding a cute crush. With the help of a math lesson on probability, Tabbi tries to predict who the right boy for her might be! Where is she most likely to meet him? What is he most likely to look like? Full of fun illustrations, hilarious equations, and lessons in cupcake-baking, life, love, and friendship, this book has a 100% probability of awesomeness. A perfect “next step” for fans of DORK DIARIES.

Kinard’s first book was so fun and The Boy Problem sounds like it’s going to be just as cute of a read! I’m pretty excited because I don’t have to wait until it’s released on April 29, I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Scholastic so I’ll definitely post my review when I’m finished!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Prisoner of Night and Fog

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Are you in the mood for some historical fiction?! Well, I am which is why today’s Waiting on Wednesday features Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman.

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Priosner of Night and Fog by Anne BlankmanGretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her “uncle” Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf’s, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet. Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler. And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can’t stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can’t help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she’s been taught to believe about Jews. As Gretchen investigates the very people she’s always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed? From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she’s ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.

Aren’t you intrigued?! I mean the whole idea of your uncle being Hitler…THE Hitler is crazy. I’ve always wondered about those related to Hitler and what they thought of his choices and how they must have felt after his demise. Prisoner of Night and Fog will probably be an intense read, but we have to wait until April 22 to get our hands on it.

What books are you waiting for today?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Wish You Were Italian

Well we’re a few weeks into our extra six weeks of winter thanks to that little cutie Punxsutawney Phil, but I’m already starting to think about spring and summer.  The book I’d like to share with you for Waiting on Wednesday, Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae, sounds like it’s going to be a fun summerish read.

Pippa is in Italy for the summer and, despite her parents’ wishes, she has no intention of just studying the Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Raelocal art! She has a list of things of her own to do: from swimming in the Mediterranean Sea to getting a makeover – and falling for an Italian boy! As Pippa explores the dramatic ruins of Rome and Pompeii, she is swept into her own drama with two guys: an irresistible local she knows is nothing but trouble and a cute American archaeology student . . . Will she find her true love?

Okay so I admit, this one has potential to be a really cute or a really silly read. I hope it’s a really cute one because I love books about traveling in Europe and when Wish You Were Italian is released in May this year, I’ll probably be in the mood for a light summer romance.  :)

So, what books are you waiting for this week?

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Break-Up Artist

Hi everyone!

For today’s Waiting on Wednesday I wanted to showcase The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegel.

Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the Gap. Becca Williamson breaks up couples. 

After watching her sister get left at the altar, Becca knows the true damage that comes when people utter the The Break-Up Artist by Philip Siegeldreaded L-word. For just $100 via paypal, she can trick and manipulate any couple into smithereens. With relationship zombies overrunning her school, and treating single girls like second class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even her best friend Val has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.

One night, she receives a mysterious offer to break up the homecoming king and queen, the one zombie couple to rule them all: Steve and Huxley. They are a JFK and Jackie O in training, masters of sweeping faux-mantic gestures, but if Becca can split them up, then school will be safe again for singletons. To succeed, she’ll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date and wiggle her way back into her former BFF Huxley’s life – not to mention start a few rumors, sabotage some cell phones, break into a car, and fend off the inappropriate feelings she’s having about Val’s new boyfriend. All while avoiding a past victim out to expose her true identity. No one said being the Break-Up Artist was easy.

Doesn’t this sound like an really interesting contemporary read? I’m so intrigued by the idea of being paid to break people up…I mean I wouldn’t want the job, but it does sound like it could pay pretty well! haha Also, that is a pretty cool cover…its so different from what we normally see in YA today that it will really stand out on the shelf!

The Break-Up Artist is scheduled for release on April 29.

What do you think? Are you excited about this one too?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Camelot Burning

Happy Wednesday!

For today’s Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine) I’m highlighting a fantasy (as usual haha) debut that sounds like it has potential to be fun, Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rose.

By day, Vivienne is Guinevere’s lady-in-waiting. By night, she’s Merlin’s secret apprentice, indulging in Camelot Burning by Kathryn Rosethe new mechanical arts and science of alchemy. It’s a preferred distraction from Camelot’s gossipy nobility, roguish knights, and Lancelot’s athletic new squire, Marcus, who will follow in all knights’ footsteps by taking a rather inconvenient vow of chastity.

More than anything, Vivienne longs to escape Camelot for a future that wouldn’t include needlework or marriage to a boorish lord or dandy. But when King Arthur’s sorceress sister, Morgan le Fay, threatens Camelot, Vivienne must stay to help Merlin build a steam-powered weapon to defeat the dark magic machine Morgan will set upon the castle. Because if Camelot falls, Morgan would be that much closer to finding the elusive Holy Grail. Time is running out and Morgan draws near, and if Vivienne doesn’t have Merlin’s weapon ready soon, lives would pay the price, including that of Marcus, the only one fast enough to activate it on the battlefield.

I’m not a huge fan of the cover, although I do like the girl’s (Vivienne?!) gown and cape. I’m intrigued by the idea of a secret apprentice learning spells and potions! Also, I like that this seems to be a kind of retelling of the King Arthur/Camelot story since I’m into fairy tale retellings.

Camelot Burning is a 2014 debut and is scheduled for release on May 8, so I’ll have to brush up on my King Arthur knowledge before then! What titles are you waiting on this week?