Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig

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Written by: Heidi Heilig
Release Date: February 16, 2016
Pages: 464, Hardcover
Series: The Girl From Everywhere, #1
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Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.

Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.

In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.

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Guuuuyyyysssss. If you haven’t heard of this book you’re probably one of the last few. But this book it looks so amazing! Who doesn’t want time travel right?? I love the idea of traveling on a ship through time, all using old maps. I mean, for me I’d probably rather use a TARDIS than have to maintain an actual ship. But hey, if it meant time travel I think I’d be up for just about anything.

I’m just saying the first place I would go is the opening of Disney World in Florida. Then I’d probably try and go into the future and just buy all of the books (Including this one) and get all of the season sets of my favorite shows to bring back home and then just read and binge to my hearts content. What about you all? Where would you want to go?

Sondra

Waiting on Wednesday: Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Written by: Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Pages: 464, Hardcover
Series: Passenger #1
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passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and181 the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are play­ing, treacherous forces threaten to sep­arate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever

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The Darkest Minds was an amazing series and seeing it end last year was very emotional for me, so I’m excited to have more Alexandra Bracken words (and Alexandra Bracken pain) in my life in the form of this time travel adventure! The cover is gorgeous, and I can tell from the excerpts I’ve read that I will absolutely love the dynamic between the two main characters. Alexandra Bracken is just brilliant at characters and relationships that develop naturally and beautifully and break my heart and put it back together again.

Polina

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Waiting on Wednesday: The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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Written by: Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: April 2016
Pages: 400, Paperback
Series: The Raven Cycle, #4
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The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.”

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IS THERE REALLY ANYTHING I NEED TO SAY HERE?

Actually, yes. There is one thing. None of my children are allowed to die permanently. I realize one of them is already dead, so I’ll make an allowance for nothing bad happening to him ever again instead. Are we clear, Maggie Stiefvater?

(I’m joking, I’m joking. Maggie Stiefvater’s ability to cause me pain is one of the many reasons I adore her.)

Also, kissing. All the kissing. Adam and Ronan kissing. Blue and Gansey kissing. This is non-negotiable.

PS: While making this, I actually looked up the date, and WHAT DO YOU MEAN APRIL? It was supposed to come out February! [vibrates with irritation]

Polina

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Waiting on Wednesday: Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira

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Written by: Isabel Bandeira
Release Date: January 12, 2016
Pages: 350, Paperback
Series: Standalone 
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In a perfect world, sixteen-year-old Phoebe Martin’s life would be a book. Preferably a YA novel with magic and a hot paranormal love interest. Unfortunately, her life probably wouldn’t even qualify for a quiet contemporary. But when Phoebe finds out that Dev, the hottest guy in the clarinet section, might actually have a crush on her, she turns to her favorite books for advice. Phoebe overhauls her personality to become as awesome as her favorite heroines and win Dev’s heart. But if her plan fails, can she go back to her happy world of fictional boys after falling for the real thing?

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This just sounds so relatable and fun and cute! As much as I love to read books about fellow readers, I do feel like in some books, loving to read is sort of an informed character trait, you know? The character says they love books, and there are several scenes of the character sitting around reading, but we don’t really see the character get excited about books, or how the books the character reads affect that character’s life and thoughts. (I know being a reader has affected my life and thoughts immeasurably). On top of this, Phoebe is a YA reader, so obviously this book will be quite a bit meta and very relevant to my interests. I also read an excerpt that Isabel Bandeira posted on her website a while ago and it was adorable and I smiled a lot.

Polina

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Waiting on Wednesday: This Monstrous Thing by Mackenzi Lee

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Written by: Mackenzi Lee
Release Date: September 22, 2015
Pages: 384, Hardcover
Series: Standalone 
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In 1818 Geneva, men built with clockwork parts live hidden away from society, cared for only by illegal mechanics called Shadow Boys. Two years ago, Shadow Boy Alasdair Finch’s life shattered to bits.

His brother, Oliver—dead.

His sweetheart, Mary—gone.

His chance to break free of Geneva—lost.

Heart-broken and desperate, Alasdair does the unthinkable: He brings Oliver back from the dead.

But putting back together a broken life is more difficult than mending bones and adding clockwork pieces. Oliver returns more monster than man, and Alasdair’s horror further damages the already troubled relationship.

Then comes the publication of Frankenstein and the city intensifies its search for Shadow Boys, aiming to discover the real life doctor and his monster. Alasdair finds refuge with his idol, the brilliant Dr. Geisler, who may offer him a way to escape the dangerous present and his guilt-ridden past, but at a horrible price only Oliver can pay…

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Mackenzi is probably one of the sweetest people, and I adore her, I can’t wait for this book to be out in the wild. I’ve already read an arc of this one and I can’t wait to get my hands on a finished copy, that’s what I’m really waiting on, a gorgeous hardcover! Because this half alternate universe, half retelling, really deserves a wonderful fanfair! And if this book isn’t on your radar then you really need to put it there! I think that this one’s got some pretty great storytelling in it that’s really quite exciting to see.

Sondra

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Waiting on Wednesday: Tell the Wind and Fire by Sarah Rees Brennan

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Written by: Sarah Rees Brennan
Release Date: April 5, 2016
Pages: HOPEFULLY A LOT
Series: Standalone 
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Tell the Wind & Fire is about a young girl called Lucie who lives in a New York very different from the New York we know: the city is torn between two very different kinds of magic, and Lucie’s own family was torn apart years ago by that conflict. Lucie wears magic rings and carries a burden of guilt she can’t share with anyone.

The light in her life is her sweetheart boyfriend Ethan, but it turns out Ethan has a secret too: a soulless doppelganger created by dark magic, who has to conceal the face identical to Ethan’s with a hood fastened by a collar nobody but a Light magician with magical rings can take off… and who introduces himself to both of them by, for reasons nobody can understand, saving Ethan’s life…

WIWLet’s be honest–anyone who know how much I love Sarah Rees Brennan (a topic I have discussed at length) will probably not be surprised to see that I made this Waiting on Wednesday as soon as the cover was revealed.

This is actually a retelling of A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. I read A Tale of Two Cities in my freshman year of high school and have been in love with Sydney Carton ever since. (“…think now and then that there is a man who would give his life, to keep a life you love beside you!” *dreamy sighs*). So obviously, I cannot wait to be introduced to the dark-doppelganger version of him in this book.

And…yeah. It’s Sarah Rees Brennan. She’s already talked on Tumblr about her plans for the world (light and dark and magic rings) and the heroine (how she wants to make Lucie Manette a driving force in the story instead of the passive character she was in the original) and everything she’s revealed so far sounds absolutely intriguing.

This book will ruin my life. Again. And I welcome it.

Polina

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Waiting on Wednesday – Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray

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Written by: Libba Bray
Release Date: August 25, 2015
Pages: 702, Hardcover
Series: The Diviners, #2
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After a supernatural showdown with a serial killer, Evie O’Neill has outed herself as a Diviner. Now that the world knows of her ability to “read” objects, and therefore, read the past, she has become a media darling, earning the title, “America’s Sweetheart Seer.” But not everyone is so accepting of the Diviners’ abilities…

Meanwhile, mysterious deaths have been turning up in the city, victims of an unknown sleeping sickness. Can the Diviners descend into the dreamworld and catch a killer?

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Why am I waiting? Maybe because the first book came out in 2013 and now it’s 2015 and this book just keeps getting pushed further and further back because publishing companies everywhere are trying to kill me. (See also: The Raven King, Tell the Wind and Fire). It doesn’t help that a couple of weeks ago, I was this close to getting an e-arc at NetGalley and I was literally two minutes late.

I don’t actually remember the events of The Diviners all that well–I’m planning to reread it this summer in preparation–but what I do remember is excellent: a dynamic cast of characters (featuring quite a few awesome ladies!), a vivid historical setting, and a delightfully creepy atmosphere. It’s been nearly two years, and I am quite ready for more.

I’m also ready for the old cover design to come back, because the new covers are not even remotely as good.

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Waiting on Wednesday – Through the Dark by Alexandra Bracken

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Written by: Alexandra Bracken
Release Date: October 6, 2015
Pages: 500, Hardcover
Series: The Darkest Minds 1.5, 2.5, 3.5
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Don’t miss this breathtaking collection of stories set in the world of the New York Times best-selling Darkest Minds trilogy. Featuring ebook original novellas In Time and Sparks Rise, available in print for the first time, and a gripping, brand-new novella, Through the Dark is a must-have for fans of the Darkest Minds. This collection contains three novellas: In Time, Sparks Rise, and Beyond the Night, as well as a sneak peek at the first novel in Alexandra Bracken’s new series, Passenger.

IN TIME

Gabe’s life has been devastated in the wake of the economic crash. The only option left for someone like him to escape his tragic past is to leave his small town behind and to attempt to become a skip tracer. This already almost-impossible task is made all the more difficult by his first “score,”a young girl who won’t speak, but who changes his life in ways he could never imagine.

SPARKS RISE

Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmond rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood.

Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk everything to save her.

BEYOND THE NIGHT

The government-run “rehabilitation camps” have been shut down, but kids with Psi powers are anything but free. Sam would rather be on her own than put in the care of a foster family and given the “cure”–a dangerous procedure that unclaimed kids across the country are being forced to undergo. But there’s more at stake than just her own safety. Sam once made someone a promise, and the time has come to fulfill it.

Now that she’s out of her camp, Mia only has one thought in her head: finding Lucas, her beloved older brother. She hasn’t seen him since they were separated and taken to different camps years ago, before Mia even became Psi. When Sam, Lucas’s childhood best friend, rescues Mia from the government’s inept care, Mia learns that nothing is as simple as she thought–and the past that she’s so desperate to salvage may not be possible to recover..

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Guys. GUYS. You all know how I feel about the Darkest Minds trilogy. You all know that Alexandra Bracken’s characters feel unique and real and I love all of them. You all know that she is one of the only few authors whose bonus novellas, In Time and Sparks Rise, made me cry nearly as much as the series themselves. And those of you more familiar with the series know that Sparks Rise, the last novella, did not end happily for the main characters.

Alexandra Bracken mentioned on her tumblr that she was planning to write a third novella which wrapped up the storylines of the characters in Sparks Rise and hopefully gave them a happier ending, so I spent the last couple of months eagerly awaiting her announcement, and now I get this. Not only is there going to be a third novella, but it’s going to be LONG (around 50k words), and it’s going to be released in a bind-up with the two other novellas, both of which I’ve already mentioned I loved. I’m looking forward to seeing the characters I love one last time and saying goodbye to one of my favorite series that I’ve read in the past year.

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Novice by Taran Matharu

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Written by: Taran Maharu
Release Date: May 5, 2015
Pages: 398, Hardcover
Series: Summoner, #1
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When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training alongside children of powerful nobles. The power hungry, those seeking alliances, and the fear of betrayal surround him. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.

As the pieces on the board maneuver for supremacy, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of an empire is in his hands. The Novice is the first in a trilogy about Fletcher, his demon Ignatius, and the war against the Orcs.

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I just heard about this book last week at TXLA, I can’t wait to sink my teeth into the arc I got. Besides read that synopsis! How great does this sound? At  minimum it sounds different from other things that I’ve been reading lately and that alone makes it sound absolutely amazing. Not to even mention the really great looking cover!

Sondra

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Waiting on Wednesday – Winter by Marissa Meyer

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Written by: Marissa Meyer
Release Date: November 10, 2015
Pages: 800, Hardcover
Series: The Lunar Chronicles, #4
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Here is the stunning conclusion to the national bestselling Lunar Chronicles, inspired by Snow White.

When Princess Winter was thirteen, the rumor around the Lunar court was that her glamour would soon be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana. In a fit of jealousy, Levana disfigured Winter. Four years later, Winter has sworn off the use of her glamour altogether. Despite her scars, Winter’s natural beauty, her grace, and her gentleness are winning admiration from the Lunar people that no amount of mind-control could achieve.

Winter despises her stepmother, but has never dreamed of standing up to her. That is, until she realizes that she may be the only one with the power to confront the queen.

Can Cinder, Prince Kai, Scarlet, Wolf, Cress, Thorne, Princess Winter, and the palace guard Jacin find their happily ever afters? Fans will LOVE this amazing conclusion to the series

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Okay fine, yes, this book is a million and one years off but we just got the cover last Thursday and I’m freaking out! Look at it! Just look at the cover you guys! Oh and if that isn’t enough go take a jaunty stroll over here and read a quick excerpt that will shatter your soul. Or at least it did mine because Scarlet is my girl. I just need to know what’s going to happen to all of these characters. I need this book.

I’ve got very few book series that mean a lot to me, one of which is Harry Potter, and that one is less about the books and more about the world, and the acceptance I gained through that fandom. The Lunar Chronicles however truly mean something to me in the world and the characters and I’m not even afraid to admit most days I would choose these books over Harry Potter. The Lunar Chronicles is like a warm cup of tea on a cold morning. You just get to wrap up in them and be happy. Which really means if you haven’t read this series yet you’ve got time before Winter comes out, so get thyself to a bookstore or library and get your hands on Cinder now! You won’t regret it.

Alright I’m getting mushy and dying of want for this book. So I’m going to wrap this up by asking: Does anyone have a TARDIS I can borrow? Promise I won’t scratch it up.

Sondra

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