Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I am so excited about this one:
Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
September 9, 2014
“Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.
“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”
Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.
Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.”
Kiersten White is a writing machine and she has yet to disappoint me!
As we approach the midpoint of 2014, The Broke and the Bookish are asking for a best of 2014…so far list. One things is clear to me: making an end of the year favorites list is going to be painful! After a little more than five months of reading I had to make two lists to accommodate all of my favorites. I made a best of YA and a best of Non-YA. It is obviously time for some cheating…
Favorite reads so far:
1. Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg. I loved this cute YA romance!
2. Shadow and Bone & Seige and Storm by Leigh Bardugo. I am late to the Grisha party, but I am so happy that I finally listened to this series. The final book comes out soon and I can’t wait to find out how it all ends.
3. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys. This author is officially on my automatically-read-whatever-they-put-their-name-on list.
4. Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers. Two questions. 1. Why did I wait so long to read this book? and 2. Why have I not read the second book yet? Seriously. Excellent stuff.
5. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart. This book was so unlike all of her other books. So unexpected and awesome.
6. Cress by Marissa Meyer. Why do have to wait so long for more? Love, love, love.
7. Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. This dark debut sucked me in, kept me guessing, and left me desperate for more.
8. Far From You by Tess Sharpe. This is another intense debut novel. A little mystery, a little heartbreak. Certainly a solid first novel.
9. Tease by Amanda Maciel. I just finished this debut novel and I am still trying to wrap my head around it. The content is so upsetting, but I think it is a powerful and important book. It is not often that we get the bully’s side of the story.
10. The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence. This is such a special book. It has all the feels.
I also LOVED these Non-YA books:
Posted in Book Lists, Book Reviews, Top Ten Tuesdays, Uncategorized
Tagged 2014 Debut, Amanda Maciel, Danielle Paige, E. Lockhart, Elizabeth Eulberg, favorites, Leigh Bardugo, Marissa Meyer, Robin LaFevers, Ruta Sepetys, Tess Sharpe, Top Ten Tuesday
Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
April 22, 2014
Balzer + Bray
Hardcover, 401 pages.
What it’s about:
It has been eight years since Adolf Hitler’s failed Munich Putsch. It has been eight years since Gretchen Muller’s father was killed while protecting Hitler during his failed coup. Since than Gretchen has grown up under the protective wing of Uncle Dolf, as a valued young member of the National Socialist Party. Gretchen’s world is turned upside down when she catches wind of a rumor saying that her father was actually murdered by own of his own comrades. She desperately wants to dismiss this rumor, especially since the source is a young Jewish reporter. Everything she has been taught about the Jews demands that she be suspicious, but Daniel is persuasive and she reluctantly agrees to assist him in an investigation of the very people who are supposed to be her friends. As she and Daniel dig into Hitler’s past, the secret truths that they uncover not only horrify them, but them both in mortal danger.
Why you might like it:
Do you ever wonder how Hitler managed to convince so many people to blindly follow him? This well-researched book offers readers a glimpse into the mindset of members of the Nazi Party, and it is fascinating. Are you looking for a strong heroine who makes bold decisions? Gretchen, though seemingly naive, evolves into a brave and strong-willed heroine. Are you a sucker for forbidden love? Though not the center-stage of the story, the romance in the book is sweet and perfect. Are you fan of mystery, secrets, and heart-pounding danger? You’ll find all of that here. This beautifully written debut, which is the first in a planned trilogy, will satisfy history and mystery lovers alike!
Want more like this?
For more stunning historical fiction try In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters, Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. For books set in the early/mid 1930s try The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I am so excited about this one:
Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography by Neil Patrick Harris
October 14, 2014
“Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?
Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.
Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a guest stint on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, but make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!”
So, this is happening and I can’t wait! I love me some NPH.
What are you waiting on?
This week The Broke and The Bookish are looking for beach reads! My beach bag will mostly likely not see a single grain of sand this summer because I will be too busy doing grass/patio/porch reading. Sand makes me twitchy. So, my lazy summer days reading will hopefully consist of the following books:
1. The One by Kiera Cass. Honestly, I do not even like this series. But I *must* know how it ends.
2. City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. True story: this book is too big for me to commit to right now! Have you seen it? It’s a monster. I will be reaching for this one when I have a few days off!
3. After the End by Amy Plum. I plan to read this new post-apocalyptic suspense this summer. I have it at home now, so possibly sooner than later.
4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell. I can’t wait for this new book to come out on July 8th.
5. What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick. The ultimate beach read! Look at the cover; they are on the beach!
6. Fool Moon by Jim Butcher. I just started this series and I can already tell that these books will be my go-tos when I am struggling to choose a book. I suspect that Harry Dresden is dependable. I will be able to count on him to be entertaining.
7. The Chapel Wars by Lindsey Leavitt. I can always count on Lindsey Leavitt to deliver a fun, cute read. Perfect for summer.
8. Pointe by Brandy Colbert. I almost didn’t add this to my TBR list because of ballet. Eh. But people keep raving about it and it’s a mystery/thriller. Also, I remembered that I have no interest in high school football but I still I LOVED Friday Night Lights, so Pointe gets a chance this summer! *NOTE* I accidentally forgot to bring a book to work for my dinner break so I grabbed this one off the shelf and read the first chapter. I definitely want to read this book now!
9. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. I have enjoyed Zevin’s YA books, but have never read any of her adult works. This one sounds fantastic and I can’t wait to read or listen to it this summer.
10. The Summer of Letting Go by Gae Polisner. I think I need a touching/moving/crying type summer book. From what I hear, this one will do the trick.
What books are on your summer reading list?
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Tagged Amy Plum, Beach Reads, Brandy Colbert, Cassandra Clare, Gabrielle Zevin, Gae Polisner, Huntley Fitzpatrick, Jim Butcher, Kiera Cass, Lindsey Leavitt, Rainbow Rowell, summer reading, Top Ten Tuesday
Happy June! I for one, am so happy to see May end. It was a tough month for me and I am ready to put some things behind me and move on. I spent this past gorgeous weekend doing all sorts of outdoorsy things. I also took a little time to get myself organized. I am looking forward to a new month! Because I was not so organized in May, I did not manage to prepare a Memorial Day post, so how about two weeks worth of reading?!
It’s time to check in with Book Journey and Teach Mentor Texts for another It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?
- This is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper. I found out this hilarious and touching family drama is being turned into a movie AFTER I started listening to the book. The all-star cast looks awesome!
- I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. This was a reread for my high school book club. I am so happy that they loved this book as much as I do!
- Buzz Kill by Beth Fantaskey. This was a cute, romancey mystery full of Nancy Drew references AND a cool librarian!
- Article 5 by Kristen Simmons. I know I have mentioned before that I am very forgiving of audiobooks. I listened to this teen dystopian novel and it was just fine. It did not stand out in any way, good or bad. I may even see how the story ends, but I won’t lose sleep if I don’t.
- The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder. This was not what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it very much.
- Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman. I loved this stunning historical fiction debut! I tend to stay away from Holocaust and WWII books, but this one introduces readers to Hitler before he rose to power. It was fascinating.