Waiting on Wednesday: The Raven King

17378527 Title: The Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4)

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Publication Date: March 29th, 2016

Summary: 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.

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After waiting forever, only to have this book pushed back again and again, it’s finally almost here. In a few months, I’ll have it in my hands. I think that frightens me more than the thought of waiting even longer.

The thing is, I know this book is going to break my heart; I’ve already accepted that. The question is, after it’s done stomping on it and crushing it into a bloody pulp, will there be some sort of light at the end of the tunnel? I’m just going to say it, I’m pretty certain that Gansey is going to die. It lines up with things that have happened in the previous books and it lines up with Blue kissing her true love then him dying. But what really matters is if he’s going to come back somehow. And the fact that I really don’t know makes me almost not want to read this book because I’m not sure if I can handle it if he doesn’t. If he or Ronan dies, this book is going straight into the fire.

But of course I am going to read it. Maggie Stiefvater is an artist with words and these books are too beautiful and intriguing to not read. The relationships she creates between these four boys, and now Blue, just makes you want to go out and find friends like them. These books make you want to go on a quest, to find some sort of adventure and share it with your friends. It makes you believe in magic.

Then there’s also the small matter of THAT COVER! HOW DO THEY KEEP GETTING MORE AND MORE BEAUTIFUL? HOW?!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Shadow Queen

Title: The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) 23299513

Author: C.J. Redwine

Publisher: Blazer+Bray

Publication Date: February 23rd, 2016

Summary: Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

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Just in case anyone hasn’t noticed already, I absolutely love a good fairy-tale retelling and this book definitely seems to be playing around with a few Snow White aspects. Except Snow White is now a bad ass magic wielder/lost princess/savior of the people instead of a cutesy animal loving maid. Is anyone actually going to have a problem with these changes? Yeah, I didn’t think so. On top of that though, we also have potential for some steamy forbidden romance and buckets of angsty goodness. I love reading books about royals trying to save their kingdom because you know at some point it’s going to come down to them getting all conflicted and emotional about picking love or their people. I’m sure Kol is in for a great time. Also, I’m assuming this book is going to bounce between Kol and Lorelai’s POVs which I’m already super excited for and hopefully it means we get tons of character growth from both of them. The main thing I’m really hoping for is that the evil queen actually has some back story instead of just being evil for the sake of being evil, and maybe we can actually get a well developed villain for once. Fingers crossed. Overall though, this book looks super promising and exciting and that cover is just giving me a serious case of the grabby hands. I want it now *grabby hands*

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl From Everywhere

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Title: The Girl From Everywhere (The Girl From Everywhere #1) The Girl from Everywhere (The Girl from Everywhere, #1)

Author: Heidi Heilig

Publisher: Greenwillow Books

Publication Date: February 16th, 2016

Summary: 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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Everything about this book is drawing me in and I’m absolutely giddy with excitement to get my hands on it. To start with, there is no way that I could resist the idea of a ship that can sail anywhere, any time, even places that don’t actually exist; I’m already going crazy from all the possibilities. Think of all the places you could go, the people you could meet, the adventures you’d have! I really hope we get a bit of traveling throughout the book, instead of mostly just focusing on Honolulu because this idea is too great to not explore. And I just have this feeling in my gut that I’m going to really like Nix. A girl growing up surrounded by that much adventure has to be pretty cool, right? Then of course there’s Kash, the Persian thief that I just know I’m going to end up falling for. I’m more than content with being predictable as long as I can make googly eyes at every rakish scoundrel of a man I read about. My main question about this story right away is whether or not Nix’s father would actually essentially kill her to get her mother back… But I guess we will find out. The more I think about this book, the more I want it and chances are, I’m going to pre-order it the second I’m done with this post. No shame.

Waiting on Wednesday: Reign of Shadows

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Title: Reign of Shadows

Author: Sophie Jordan

Publisher: Harper Teen

Publication Date: February 9th, 2016

Summary: Seventeen years ago, an eclipse cloaked the kingdom of Relhok in perpetual darkness. In the chaos, an evil chancellor murdered the king and queen and seized their throne. Luna, Relhok’s lost princess, has been hiding in a tower ever since. Luna’s survival depends on the world believing she is dead.

But that doesn’t stop Luna from wanting more. When she meets Fowler, a mysterious archer braving the woods outside her tower, Luna is drawn to him despite the risk. When the tower is attacked, Luna and Fowler escape together. But this world of darkness is more treacherous than Luna ever realized.

With every threat stacked against them, Luna and Fowler find solace in each other. But with secrets still unspoken between them, falling in love might be their most dangerous journey yet.

With lush writing and a star–crossed romance, Reign of Shadows is Sophie Jordan at her best.

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I’ve never read any of Sophie Jordan’s other books but I’ve consistently heard good things about them. This book in specific drew me in more than any of her other ones, mostly because I’m intrigued by the idea of a fantasy land takes shrouded in constant darkness. It sounds so spooky and mysterious, I love it. I also absolutely love the Rapunzel-esque premise with Luna being the lost princess stuck up in a tower. I hope that Luna is similar to Cress from The Lunar Chronicles, that sort of adorable sheltered girl with a heart of gold and a desire to see the world. I want her to have loads of spunk and bravery, but still cute and quirky. I have a feeling that Fowler is going to be a spy of some sort for the evil queen, and while I hope that it’s not actually that predictable, if it is, I still want it to be well done. I think this is going to be a really fun YA fantasy book with memorable characters and a swoon-worthy romance. Oh and did I mention that gorgeous cover? I might be suffering from a tiny case of cover lust too.

Waiting on Wednesday: Silver in the Blood

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Title: Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood #1) 22929540

Author: Jessica Day George

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Publication Date: July 7, 2015

Summary: Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely knew. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and—most terrifyingly—learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate . . . or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might.

With a gorgeous Romanian setting, stunning Parisian gowns, and dark brooding young men, readers will be swept up by this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives.

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Surprisingly, I don’t think that I’ve ever read any of Jessica Day George’s other books, but I like that fairy tale retelling seems to be a theme with her. After hearing about this one though, I knew there was no way that I wasn’t going to pick it up. I love the time period, I love the setting, and I love the idea of shape-shifters in both. I hope that Dacia and Lou have a really close relationship and maintain that through the book, not even letting “dark brooding young men” come between them. I am a little nervous that there might be a dreaded love triangle, but I’m going to give this book the benefit of the doubt. I’m assuming that Dacia and Lou are going to have to deal with shape-shifting and how it affects them and their lives, and I hope that it actually feels like they are struggling with it. But on top of the supernatural struggle, I also want there to be turmoil between the family members, no doubt those who view it as a curse and those who view it as a power. Anyone that’s read paranormal or supernatural fantasy books, myself included, have thought at one time that it would be super cool to be a werewolf. But we all know that shape-shifting comes with a huge price and that’s something I want the girls to feel conflicted about. Overall, I think Silver in the Blood will be dark and enchanting, hopefully a little spooky, with a well written romance and two girls fighting for their humanity and freedom.

Waiting on Wednesday: Every Last Breath

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Title: Every Last Breath (The Dark Elements #3)17455817

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Publisher: Harlequin Teen

Publication Date: July 28th, 2015

Summary: Every choice has consequences—but seventeen-year-old Layla faces tougher choices than most. Light or darkness. Wickedly sexy demon prince Roth, or Zayne, the gorgeous, protective Warden she never thought could be hers. Hardest of all, Layla has to decide which side of herself to trust.

Layla has a new problem, too. A Lilin—the deadliest of demons—has been unleashed, wreaking havoc on those around her…including her best friend. To keep Sam from a fate much, much worse than death, Layla must strike a deal with the enemy while saving her city—and her race—from destruction.

Torn between two worlds and two different boys, Layla has no certainties, least of all survival, especially when an old bargain comes back to haunt them all. But sometimes, when secrets are everywhere and the truth seems unknowable, you have to listen to your heart, pick a side—and then fight like hell…

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This series is totally a guilty pleasure read and I absolutely love it. This is the last book in the series and I’ve been itching to get my hands on it, probably for the same reason as every other person out there; to make sure that Layla picks Roth. But seriously, I’ve been just nervous enough thinking that maybe she won’t, that I’m literally loosing sleep over it. I can’t imagine that everything that happened in the previous two books was just for Jennifer L. Armentrout to have Layla pick Zayne, but that little seed of doubt is driving me crazy. As far as the plot goes, I basically hope that all the Wardens that betrayed Layla get their souls sucked out of them and get sent to hell where Roth can keep them in a constant state of suffering. And I want more of angry demon  form Roth kicking some serious ass. I mean, who doesn’t swoon over that? Seriously, is anyone out there even on Zayne’s side? If you are, you need to rethink some of your decisions in life.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Heart of Betrayal

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Title: The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) 21569527

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.

Publication Date: July 7th, 2015

Summary: Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia’s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there’s Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.

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The first book in this series, The Kiss of Deception, was an adventure and a half. After the huge plot twist at the end and the toe-curling cliffhanger, I’ve been itching to get my hands on the sequel. I can’t wait to see how Lia adjusts in this new land and how the people react to her and what exactly they want to use her gift for. One of my favorite parts of the first book was Lia and I can’t wait to see how much she grows in this one, especially being placed in such a difficult situation. As far as Rafe and Kaden go, now that I know which boy is which, that should make things much more interesting. The only thing I’m really nervous about it seeing how the author handles this love triangle, it could either make or break this book.

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Trutchwitch

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21414439Title: Truthwitch (The Witchlands #1)

Author: Susan Dennard

Publisher: Tor Teen

Publication Date: January 5th, 2016

Summary: On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.

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Ever since Susan Dennard started writing The Starkillers Cycle with Sarah J. Maas, I’ve been crossing my fingers in hopes that she would write a new fantasy or sci-fi book soon and it looks like I got my wish. This book sounds absolutely awesome and like something I would have a great time with. It sounds a little bit like Graceling with people being born some sort of skill that gives them extra powers, but that seems to be where the similarities end. One of the things that sounds most appealing to me is that this book seems to heavily focus on the friendship between Safi and Iseult. Too many books today focus on romance or the friend that’s just there to make the main character look better, and I’m more than ready to read an amazing fantasy book about two girls that want to fight and travel together for freedom. I’m really excited and I hope that Susan Dennard delivers a story full of adventure, a well developed fantasy land, maybe a smidgen of swoon-worthy romance, and an unbreakable friendship between two women.

Waiting on Wednesday: Six of Crows

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Title: Six of Crows (The Dregs #1)    22294935

Author: Leigh Bardugo

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company

Release Date: September 29th, 2015

Summary: Game of Thrones meets Ocean’s Eleven in this brand-book in the world of the Grisha by New York Times-bestselling author Leigh Bardugo.

Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…

A convict with a thirst for revenge.

A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager.

A runaway with a privileged past.

A spy known as the Wraith.

A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums.

A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes.

Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.

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For any of you that have read The Grisha series, you know that Leigh Bardugo can seriously deliver an interesting world full of complex characters and a plot to keep you on your toes. So if that wasn’t enough, this book also like something I would absolutely adore; a heist being pulled off by a group of misfits. How could that possibly get any better? Oh wait, how about we put it in the same world as The Grisha series and include a bunch of other awesome stuff, like revenge, spies, horrible boys (or maybe just one in particular), and no doubt tons of witty banter between this cast of characters. If you still aren’t sold, just scroll up a little more and take a good long look at that cover again. That’s what I thought.