Thursday, August 1, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday on Thursday


Waiting on Wednesday is a book meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine 
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're all eagerly anticipating.
Please follow the link to visit her site!

I was going to publish this yesterday, but I forgot. So, Waiting on Wednesday is on Thursday. Rather than just doing one book for this, I'm going to do several, because there are a whole bunch of books that I'm really, really excited for. All of them except for one are  interestingly enough, YA. They are listed in order of when they're coming out, from soonest to latest.  

Jane Austen's EnglandTitle: Jane Austen's England
Authors: Lesley Adkins and Roy Adkins
Genre: history/nonfiction
Release Date: August 15, 2013
Publisher: Viking 
Pages: 448
Plot Summary: "Jane Austen, arguably the greatest novelist of the English language, wrote brilliantly about the gentry and aristocracy of two centuries ago in her accounts of young women looking for love. Jane Austen’s Englandexplores the customs and culture of the real England of her everyday existence depicted in her classic novels as well as those by Byron, Keats, and Shelley. Drawing upon a rich array of contemporary sources, including many previously unpublished manuscripts, diaries, and personal letters, Roy and Lesley Adkins vividly portray the daily lives of ordinary people, discussing topics as diverse as birth, marriage,  religion, sexual practices, hygiene, highwaymen, and superstitions.

From chores like fetching water to healing with  medicinal leeches, from selling wives in the marketplace to buying smuggled gin, from the hardships faced by young boys and girls in the mines to the familiar sight of corpses swinging on gibbets, Jane Austen’s England offers an authoritative and gripping account that is sometimes humorous, often shocking, but always entertaining." 

I really want to learn more about Jane Austen's time period, so this book looks perfect. Plus, it's beautiful looking; the cover looks stitched. Hopefully it'll be entertaining and informative. I won the Goodreads giveaway, and I hope that the book will be there when I get back from my trip.

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)
Title: Crown of Midnight
Author: Sarah Maas
Genre: YA fantasy
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Pages: 432

Plot Summary: "After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king's bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. "

I loved Throne of Glass, and I'm so, so excited for the sequel. This is kind of a guilty pleasure series for me; it's entertainment. I sadly didn't win the Goodreads giveaway, and I've looked at a bunch of other giveaways for it on other sites that are all...CLOSED. So frustrating!!! August 27 isn't that far away, but I would like to get it sooner if I can.

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)Title: The Bitter Kingdom
Author: Rae Carson
Genre: YA fantasy
Release Date: August 27, 2013
Publisher: Greenwillow Books (HarperCollins)
Pages: 433 

"The epic and deeply satisfying conclusion to Rae Carson's Fire and Thorns trilogy. The seventeen-year-old sorcerer-queen will travel into the unknown realm of the enemy to win back her true love, save her country, and uncover the final secrets of her destiny. 

Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she's never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most. Riveting, surprising, and achingly romantic, Rae Carson has spun a bold and powerful conclusion to her extraordinary trilogy."

I loved the first book, and really enjoyed the second, so I am super excited for the concluding book in the trilogy. Although I'll probably get it from the library since I don't own the first two books. 

Rose Under Fire
Title: Rose Under Fire
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Genre: Historical fiction (YA)
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 368

Plot summary: "While flying an Allied fighter plane from Paris to England, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious women's concentration camp. Trapped in horrific circumstances, Rose finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery and friendship of her fellow prisoners. But will that be enough to endure the fate that’s in store for her?

Elizabeth Wein, author of the critically-acclaimed and best-selling Code Name Verity, delivers another stunning WWII thriller. The unforgettable story of Rose Justice is forged from heart-wrenching courage, resolve, and the slim, bright chance of survival."

Code Name Verity was so good; this book's set eight months after it, and it looks amazing....If you got an ARC, I am envious; any idea how to get a physical galley? I can't find an email address for Hyperion.

The Chaos of StarsTitle: The Chaos of Stars
Author: Kiersten White
Genre: Fantasy/Mythology (YA)
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 288

"Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.

Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.

Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all."

I'll admit that part of the reason I want to read this novel is that the cover is gorgeous (I love the combination of blue and gold!) and it doesn't feature an annoying teenage model. It's so beautiful, and the story sounds pretty good too.

Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2)Title: Across a Star-Swept Sea
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Genre: YA dystopian/science fiction
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Pages: 464 pages

"Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine." 

I'll probably check this one out of the library since I don't own For Darkness Shows the Stars, but it will hopefully be pretty good. 

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)                                                       
Title: Allegiant
Author: Veronica Roth!!!!
Genre: YA dystopia/science fiction
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (HarperCollins)
Pages: 544

"What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth’s #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent."

The final book in the trilogy is sure to be awesome. I need to reread Divergent and Insurgent in preparation. 

So that's the roundup: seven great looking books coming out this summer and fall. I'm looking forward to them all. 

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