Sunday, March 30, 2014

Review ~ Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Series: Throne of Glass #1
Genre: YA fantasy
Pages: 404
Publication date: August 2nd, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury Children's
Goodreads Description: 
Meet Celaena Sardothien.
Beautiful. Deadly. Destined for greatness.


In the dark, filthy salt mines of Endovier, an eighteen-year-old girl is serving a life sentence. She is a trained assassin, the best of her kind, but she made a fatal mistake: she got caught.

Young Captain Westfall offers her a deal: her freedom in return for one huge sacrifice. Celaena must represent the prince in a to-the-death tournament—fighting the most gifted thieves and assassins in the land. Live or die, Celaena will be free. Win or lose, she is about to discover her true destiny. But will her assassin’s heart be melted?
Source: purchased

How does one write a review of a book with a ton of hype? Hmm . . . Well, I'll give it a try.

Throne of Glass was such a good fantasy. It didn't turn out to befantastic but I think it deserves the hype it's received. 

From what I've heard of this series, I went into Throne of Glass expecting a) a seriously kickass heroine with a name I can't spell or pronounce, b) fantastic world building, and c) Chaol (and another guy in the love triangle, but Chaol was name I had recognized). What did I get? All three of those things and even more! 

CELAENA SARDOTHIEN

Celaena surprised me, actually. I knew she was supposed to be awesome, but I didn't expect her to be so FUNNY. I can't count how many times she made me laugh throughout the entire book. She was incredibly cocky, strong, arrogant, and vain. She loved clothes and books (when does a tough heroine ever love both of those things?) and could play the pinaforte. At the same time, though, the assassin had this really soft and caring side that made her character even better and more likable. Celaena was probably . . . one of the best heroines I've read about in awhile.

THE WORLD

I loved this world. I usually like the worlds in fantasy novels because they oftentimes have rich descriptions, a royalty system, some historical elements, weird names, cool clothes, and some sort of unique twist. Oh, and great romance (I love a fantasy with good romance). There's usually some conspiracies, secrets, and drama mixed in too. The world of Throne of Glasshad all of those, so it definitely disappoint. One of the things that stood out to me the most, though, was the fae/magic elements. Sure, there wasn't a ton of them (considering how magic had disappeared in the world), but I really liked what was there (like the Wyrd marks and Elena). 

The world building was pretty nice--it did leave me with quite a few questions, though. However, I have a feeling that much more of it will occur in Crown of Midnight, so it wasn't a bad thing that I had questions.

OTHER CHARACTERS

I haven't decided on which guy I want Celaena to be with more, yet: Dorian or Chaol. I'm leaning more towards Dorian, but there are qualities of Chaol that make me wish that he and Celaena will form a romantic relationship. Both are really good characters, though they're far from my favorite heroes. 

The most stand out characters of this book are the female ones, though. Sorry, guys . . . you haven't quite proved how amazing the two of you are yet. Celaena was an amazing heroine, and her best friend was pretty darn cool too. Nehemia was one of my favorite characters--she's a very strong and very loyal princess. I was so, so glad to see her and Celaena form a really good bond with one another. It was nice to see a great female friendship in this book.

OVERALL

I'm definitely glad I started this series! It was a really well written fantasy novel with a super awesome heroine. The biggest drawback was that it moved pretty slow for me--because of that, the book wasn't as good as it could've been. Other than that, though, the book lived up to the hype, and I can't wait to read the sequel and the novellas!



My question for you:

What makes a fantasy great?
What are a few of your favorite fantasies?

Early Review ~ Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

Series: Prisoner of Night and Fog #1
Genre: YA historical fiction
Pages: 416
Publication date: April 22nd, 2014
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (HarperCollins)
Goodreads Description: 
In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen 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. 
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review. 

Prisoner of Night and Fog was a very well researched and written historical fiction novel set in Nazi Germany—one of the time periods and settings that I find the most fascinating to read about. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was different from most other World War II/Holocaust books that I've read in the past. It was actually set in the early 1930s, which was before either of those events took place. Instead, the story was set right before Hitler even became president of Germany and featured him and other real-life people as characters, so the book proved to be quite a new experience for me.

THE WRITING, RESEARCH, AND THEMES

One of my first impressions of this book was that it felt like a good book. I didn't have any issues with it. It felt really well done, which is a big reason why I enjoyed reading the book.

The research was also a big reason why this book went well for me. I love a good historical fiction, and this one had a lot of basis in truth. It was apparent that the author knew her subject, and I really liked how she dealt with the facts and created a fictional story based on real events and real people. It was also nice that she didn't focus on something that most authors focus on—a German girl who was close enough to Hitler to call him "Uncle Dolf" but discovers the truth about him and his intentions as she looks into her father's murder. The different idea and the research behind it made the book so refreshing and new. 

As for the themes, I found a few that I loved! Ultimately, though, the book was about finding truth that had previously been unclear or hidden under (because I want to use the title) "night and fog." It was also about how finding that truth can change everything. That was the biggest point I saw put across.

THE CHARACTERS

I loved the characters! Gretchen was a great heroine. I really liked how determined she was and she wouldn't just let people walk all over her. Daniel stood out less to me, but he was still a good match for Gretchen. They're relationship was definitely forbidden (one I tend to enjoy the most), and I liked how he helped her find the truth about her father's murder and about Hitler. Reinhard was despicable, but he stood out. He kept a lot of things interesting, but also made me worried about Gretchen and Daniel quite a bit. As for Hitler . . . the author did really well with him. His character was probably the most developed out of all of them, which was most likely due to the fact that he was a real person.

Other than those four, most of the other characters just blurred together for me. No one side character stood out very much, except in certain moments. But that wasn't that big of a negative—it was just something that I noticed while reading. 

THE STORY

The story itself was the weakest area of the book for me. The rest of the book felt really, really good, but the story line and events moved a bit slow. I wasn't fully invested in all the things that were happening, like the search for the truth behind Gretchen's father's murder. Maybe that was because I made a guess early on about who the murderer was, so the mystery of it was lost on me. Maybe it was the bit of politics involved that made me feel slightly bored. I'm not sure. There were quite a few events that made me cry a little, glare at the characters, or feel terribly anxious, but as for the story in its entirety wasn't for me. 

OVERALL

While the progress of the story itself didn't make the book outstanding, the rest of it—the characters, setting, writing, themes, and research—made reading Prisoner of Night and Fog well worthwhile for me. It was definitely a well done book, and I highly recommend it to fans of historical fiction and those looking for something new and different to read.


My questions for you:

Do you like reading books set in or around the time of Nazi Germany?
Which cover do you prefer? The one above or the one below?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Review ~ Panic by Lauren Oliver

Series: standalone
Genre: YA contemporary/thriller
Pages: 416
Publication date: March 4th, 2014
Publisher: HarperCollins
Goodreads Description: 
Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most. 
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review. 

Panic was a thrilling and tense book filled with high stakes and danger. It was a bit like Fear Factor, but with life-or-death tasks and much more at stake than just money. 

THE THEMES

Desperation, greed, and courage were what the biggest themes revolved around. In order to play Panic, the characters had to dig deep for every bit of courage they could spare--they needed it to not just get through the challenges but to forward in life. In the meantime, they all had to deal with the greed they felt for the prize for winning the game (money, a better future, etc.). They all did things out of desperation to win the game or get further in life. There were many other focuses and themes in Panic, but those were the ones that stood out the most to me.

THE GAME OF PANIC

I simply loved the game! I've never seen one like it. At first, I was puzzled over what the point of it was and how it worked, but once I figured it out, the game proved to be very dangerous and exciting. It kept me on my toes--the challenges the characters felt were pretty scary, so I was constantly worried over what would happen to them. The game and its progression from one dangerous task the next, even more dangerous one was the best part of the book for me. It added a lot of excitement to the story, as well as some different twists than I was expecting.

HEATHER

She definitely changed over the course of the story, and since character growth is one of my favorite things to see in a book, that stood out to me. Through pushing determinedly through the high risk tasks, she had to muster up much more courage than she ever had. She had to strip away her weakness and start seeing things in a new light in order to win Panic. The main reason for her competing in the game was to give her chance to grow. I loved how the game helped her do that.

OVERALL

The minute I discovered this book, I knew it would be a good read for me. And I was right. Panic was my type of book. It was a contemporary/thriller with great themes, exciting events, and character growth--some of my favorite things. The game, too, was something that I absolutely love to find in books: a level of freshness. The tasks each player were given made the book feel quite different. Panic was a great read that I already know that I want to reread sometime. 

If you are looking for an exciting contemporary and haven't given this one a try yet, I suggest doing so. You may enjoy it as much as I did!

Panic has been shelved as dystopia and science fiction by a lot of members on Goodreads, though it is actually a contemporary thriller without a single supernatural/futuristic element. That said, here are my questions for you:

Why do you think Panic has been shelved that way?
How much do you think the expectation for Panic to be a dystopia/science affects the enjoyment level of a reader that wasn't expecting to read a contemporary?

Stacking the Shelves (16) ~ Used Bookstore Trips & Edelweiss Downloads

This is a weekly meme hosted by Tynga's Reviews where we share what books we have recently added to our physical or virtual shelves.

My last Stacking the Shelves was from March 14th, so here are all the books I've added to my bookshelves since then.
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Once upon a time (well, last Saturday), I thought "I'm may finally have a small haul for my STS post next week." I thought too soon, as you'll be able to tell from this post. I had a very bookish two weeks . . .
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Free on Amazon
Counting to D by Kate Scott
Silence by Natasha Preston
The Subtle Beauty by Ann Hunter

I got Counting to D because someone tweeted about it. I'm not sure why I got the other two . . . they were free, so it didn't hurt to get them!

Bought for Kindle
Spark by Brigid Kemmerer
Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer
See Me by Wendy Higgins

Yes. Finally. Ever since I read Storm last year, I've been wanting to get my hands on the sequel. Now I have my hands on two sequels! They were both on sale. :) As for See Me, I couldn't not get it. I needed it.

New Print Books
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver (I've read this one! I just didn't have a copy until now.)
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (I've read this one too! It's a favorite of mine.)
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Vanishing Acts by Jodi Picoult
Emma by Jane Austen
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Some Quiet Place by Kelsey Sutton
Unhinged by A.G. Howard (signed copy!)

Let me explain the big pile of books. My mom and I went to a few local (ish) used bookstores to check them out, and as you can tell . . . they were really good stores. The top three cost $9.50 altogether and were from the second store we stopped by. The rest were $1 a piece ($8 total) and were from this little used bookstore/thrift shop called "Olive the Above." (The funny thing about that store is that we expected it to be local, but ended up driving all the way to the next county to get to it. It was so worth it, though!)

Yes, I bought two copies of A Thousand Splendid Suns. I bought one to donate to my library because both hardcovers look barely read at all. And did I mention that they were only $1 each? There's no way I wasn't going to get both!

For Review
In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo
My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal (I made it on the blog tour!!)
A sneak peek of What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (not shown)
In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis 
Rites of Passage Joy N. Hensley
The Dolls by Kiki Sullivan
Kiss of Broken Glass Madeleine Kuderick
Feral by Holly Schindler
Don't Touch by Rachel M. Wilson

Yep. That's almost all the YA books Harper added to Edelweiss on Thursday. I know, I have zero self control . . . but I know I can read all of them. :)

Thank you to Scholastic Press, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Penguin Young Readers Group (Dial), Netgalley, HarperTeen, Balzer + Bray, Katherine Tegen Books, Greenwillow Books, and Edelweiss for the e-arcs!
Won
The Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

Thank you to Hafsah from IceyBooks! I'm so excited to read this one!

Library
Nothing

So much for that small haul, huh?

What did you get this week? 

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Mini-Reviews ~ Elusion, Ask Again Later, & Maybe One Day


Elusion by Claudia Gabel & Cheryl Klam
Genre: YA science fiction
Pages: 400
Publication date: March 18th, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Goodreads Description: 
Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions. 
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review. 

Oh, Elusion. What do I say about you? 

Sadly, not much stood out to me about this book. It was by no means bad. It just wasn't . . . great. I'm not really disappointed, but I'm not jumping to recommend it either. The concept of Elusion® made the story a good one, as did the mystery aspect. Those were what held my interest throughout the entire book. Also, the last ten percent of the book was so bizarre, but in a good way--it was cool and different, and it made me interested in reading the sequel someday. There wasn't much about the characters, plot, or world that jumped out to me, though. 

Nevertheless, I enjoyed reading the book. Overall, Elusion was actually a pretty nice read. It just didn't hold much memorability or stand out very much.

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Ask Again Later by Liz Czukas
Series: standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Pages: 336
Publication date: March 11th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Goodreads Description: 
Despite what her name might suggest, Heart has zero interest in complicated romance. So when her brilliant plan to go to prom with a group of friends is disrupted by two surprise invites, Heart knows there's only one drama-free solution: flip a coin.

Heads: The jock. He might spend all night staring at his ex or throw up in the limo, but how bad can her brother's best friend really be?

Tails: The theater geek...with a secret. What could be better than a guy who shares all Heart's interests--even if he wants to share all his feelings?

Heart's simple coin flip has somehow given her the chance to live out both dates. But where her prom night ends up might be the most surprising thing of all... 
Source: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher through Edelweiss in return for an honest review. 

Ask Again Later was a cute, fun, and creative read--ultimately, it was a book I was glad I got the opportunity to read. I don't have a lot to say about it, but I'll briefly tell you why I enjoyed it.

First of all, it's as cute as its cover! It's not at all a heavy read. Instead, it was really lighthearted. I initially thought the book would be too light for me, but thankfully, other parts balanced the lightness out. There was a super sweet romance that I think many readers would enjoy (no insta-love, no love triangle). Most of the romance wasn't until the end, though, but it was led up to really nicely. Many fun and creative events were spread throughout the book (the trunk scene is a personal favorite), which kept me interested the entire way. The way the story was set up--alternating between two versions of prom night--was really creative as well. Lastly, the prom was relatable. I could imagine, and remember in some cases, some of the things in the book's prom happening at my own in junior year. That just made the book all the more enjoyable and memorable.

Overall, Ask Again Later is so worth reading! It's lighthearted and fun, but because it was creative and relatable, the book was a memorable one.


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Series: standalone
Genre: YA contemporary
Pages: 382 (for ARC)
Publication date: February 18th, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Goodreads Description: 
Critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend's life-threatening illness.

Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had big plans for the future, none of which included Olivia getting sick. Still, Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her friend.

Even when she isn't sure what to say.

Even when Olivia misses months of school.

Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia's crush.

The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.

In this incandescent page-turner, which follows in the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, Melissa Kantor artfully explores the idea that the worst thing to happen to you might not be something that is actually happening to you. Raw, irreverent, and honest, Zoe's unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.
Source: I read an ARC copy I received through ARCycling.

I loved every moment of Maybe One Day. It was such an amazing story of friendship and love. It made me cry (a lot), but not every one of my tears were out of sadness. There were happy tears, too. Everything from the romance to the characters to the story itself worked for me. There was a very negative main character that saw a lot of character growth. There was a great friendship between Olivia and Zoe. There were many small details from early on in the story that became much more important and meaningful later (like the hair). There was even an amazing ending that tied up the book really well.

Overall, Maybe One Day was a heartbreaking book that left me with a book hangover. I know I didn't do a very good job explaining the book in this review, but I absolutely loved reading this book and I think many more readers will love reading it too.

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My questions for you:

Do you ever feel at a complete loss of what to say about a book?
What makes a lighthearted book memorable for you?

Thursday Thoughts ~ Uh-Oh, It's Insta-Love!

Thursday Thoughts is a new feature that Ashley at Ok, Let's Read has created. It's basically a weekly discussion feature on certain topics. You may find more details and a list of future topics here.)
"Each week I will post a new, conversational post talking about a specific, book-related topic. Anyone and everyone is encouraged to join! The whole point of Thursday Thoughts is to hear different points of view and opinions, otherwise I would have just kept it for myself! All I ask is that you put a link to Ok, Let's Read somewhere on your post so that other's can join in if they would like. In addition to that, each week my post will have a Linky widget on the bottom so that we can all link up, read each other's posts and hopefully spark some quality conversation!"
This week's topic:
March 27: Insta-Love - Does insta-love kill a book for you? Are there instances where insta-love is okay? Have you read a book with insta-love in it? Did you like or dislike that book?
This topic is actually pretty tough for me to decide on. I'm conflicted with where I stand on insta-love. I've become a lot less tolerant of it after I started blogging, but it's still not as big of a deal to me as it is for most readers.

Does insta-love kill a book for you?

It's rare for one thing to kill a book for me. There's so many things that go into a story--world building, character development, plot, themes--and if one thing doesn't work for me very much, I usually focus on something else that I really like. So, there's almost always something that makes up for that part that didn't work for me.

That said, insta-love almost never kills a book for me. Like I said before and as I'll explain below, I'm way more tolerant of insta-love than most people. I don't run from it and I don't heavily criticize it.

Are there instances where insta-love is okay?

To me, insta-love is when two characters meet, feel an instant connection, and fall in love really quickly. The kind that doesn't work for is this one: sees each other, instant attraction, one or two conversations (not deep ones, though), kissing, some talking, more kissing, the I-love-yous. Oh, and there has to be little to no chemistry between the characters. The bad insta-love, the kind that annoys me, is the kind where the two barely even speak to each other before they realize they're in love. They have to develop a connection with one another and do something (dates, deep talk, question games--you know, getting to really know one another) besides kissing or things like that. 

Insta-love works for me if I can see where the love is coming from and why it's there. I have to feel the connection between the characters to believe that they've fallen for each other so quickly. I also need to see the two characters talking or signs that they are falling for one another. 

Most of the time, insta-love does work for me. Of course, there are times where I can't stand it, times where the I-love-you's are said and I throw my hands up and say, "why the heck are they saying I love you already?!" It takes a lot (or little, really) for me to reach that point, though.

Have you read a book with insta-love in it?

Yes, definitely. YA books usually have at least some romance in it, so insta-love does pop up quite often. 

The first book with insta-love (well, mostly) that comes to mind is Cruel Beauty. The romance in that book was actually what I had in mind when I was writing out what insta-love is for me. The romance didn't really have that instant attraction or as much talking, but when Nyx had her first thoughts/feelings of love for one of the characters (pretty early in the book, too), I just didn't see why she was feeling that way or where the love was coming from. So, it felt like a really annoying insta-love. 

Did you like or dislike that book?

I both loved and hated it! Basically, the parts I loved made Cruel Beauty feel like a five-star read and the parts I hated (mainly the romance, which was an important part of the book) made it feel like a one-star read. I had so many conflicting feelings about the book, which you can read more about in my review if you're curious about them.

That's all for this week's Thursday Thoughts! Next week's post is on Books to Movies, so be sure to come back and see what my thoughts on that topic.

Before you go, I have a question: what do you think of insta-love?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Cover Reveal ~ The Wild Hunt by Ron C. Nieto



I have a cover reveal today! The Wild Hunt by Ron C. Nieto sounds interesting, so I decided to share it with you. Let me know what you think of the cover (designed by Mathia Arkoniel) and synopsis in the comments!

The Wild Hunt by Ron C. Nieto 
(Faerie Sworn #1) 
Publication date: June 2014
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

Synopsis:
Magic still lingers in the mist-covered corners of the world, wherever the Old Ways are remembered. However, as civilization and reason scoff at the Fair Folk, the paths to power have been forgotten by all but a few.

Lily Boyd was meant to become a faerie doctor, a warden of humans and a keeper of balance, until disbelief and pragmatism led her away from the hidden world and into a mundane life. But truth has a way to be Heard and she will be forced to face it if she wants to save her family.

Armed with nothing but her childhood memories and protected by a debt of gratitude she doesn’t understand, Lily must decide who to trust while she navigates a world that is darker and more twisted than she is prepared for.

And should she make the wrong choice, should she mistake friend and foe… the eternal balance between the Faerie Courts may shatter, and then there will be more than Lily’s life on the line.

Ron C. Nieto is a fantasy and romance author who has been writing in her secluded fortress for the longest time. Recently, she had a talk with her cat and decided that she should share her creations, because it was selfish to hoard them all for herself.
If you would like to know more about her, please visit her website.

Author links: Twitter / Facebook / Goodreads / Website

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (14) ~ Julie Kagawa's Newest One

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

What am I waiting on?

The Forever Song by Julie Kagawa
Releasing April 15th, 2014 by Harlequin Teen

***Warning***
The description may be spoiler-y if you haven't read The Eternity Cure.
Goodreads description:
VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS 

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster? 

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer. 

MONSTER 

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie. 

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone. 
 Why am I waiting on it?

The Blood of Eden is such a good series, so of course I'm looking forward to reading this book! The Eternity Cure left off on a brutal cliffhanger, and I need to know what happens! 

If you have not read the Blood of Eden series, I highly suggest you do. Here's my review for The Immortal Rules if you want to know why I liked the book.

Previous books in series:

That's my WoW this week! What's yours?