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Waiting on Wednesday #44: Every Day by David Levithan

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting the release of:

Every Day

by David Levithan

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Description from Goodreads:

Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.

Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.

Add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.
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Waiting on Wednesday #43: Lovely, Dark and Deep by Amy McNamara

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting the release of:

Lovely, Dark and Deep

Hardcover, 256 pages
Expected publication: November 13th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Description from Goodreads:

About a high-school senior, who, in the aftermath of a car accident that kills her boyfriend and throws her carefully planned future into complete upheaval, retreats to the deep woods of Maine to live with the artist father she barely knows and meets a boy who threatens to pull her from her safe, hard-won exile.

Add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.
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Waiting on Wednesday #42: The Turning by Francine Prose

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting the release of:

The Turning

Hardcover, 144 pages
Expected publication: September 25th 2012 by HarperTeen

 

Description from Goodreads:
Jack is babysitting for the summer on an isolated island with no Wi-Fi, no cell service, and no one else around but a housekeeper and two very peculiar children. He immediately senses something sinister-and it’s not just the creepy black house he’s living in. Soon he is feeling terribly isolated and alone, but then he discovers there are others. The problem is, he’s the only who can see them. As secrets are revealed and darker truths surface, Jack desperately struggles to maintain a grip on reality. He knows what he sees, and he isn’t crazy…Or is he?

Where does reality end and insanity begin? The Turn of the Screw reinvented for modern-day teens, by National Book Award finalist Francine Prose.

Add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday #41: Precinct 13 by Tate Hallaway

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting the release of:

Precinct 13

 

Paperback, 320 pages
Expected publication: August 7th 2012 by Berkley Trade
Description from Goodreads:
Recent college grad Alex Conner is thrilled to have landed a job as the Hughes County coroner/medical examiner in Pierre, South Dakota. But when her first day on the job ends with a missing corpse, Alex starts to wonder if she would have been better off collecting unemployment…

When the cops made some cryptic comments about being careful with the body they brought in, Alex just thought the boys in blue were messing with her. That is, until something freaky happens that no amount of med school could have prepared her for. By the time Alex gets herself together, the body has disappeared and the other residents of the morgue start talking her ear off.

After working up the courage to report the missing body, Alex is transferred to the mysterious Precinct 13 where she discovers that her new co-workers—including a cute technomage named Jack—are paranormals just like her. Now, Alex is being encouraged to use her ability to speak to the dead to solve crimes. And despite being in the middle of nowhere, Hughes County sure does have a lot of paranormal activity…

Add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.

As someone who is studying forensic science, this is right up my alley. It sounds like it’ll be an awesome read and I can’t wait to get my hands on it. 🙂

What book are you waiting on?

Waiting on Wednesday #40: “Origin” by Jessica Khoury

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting the release of:

Origin

by Jessica Khoury

Expected publication: September 4th 2012 by Razorbill

Description from Goodreads:
An electrifying action-romance that’s as thoughtful as it is tragicPia has grown up in a secret laboratory hidden deep in the Amazon rain forest. She was raised by a team of scientists who have created her to be the start of a new immortal race. But on the night of her seventeenth birthday, Pia discovers a hole in the electric fence that surrounds her sterile home–and sneaks outside the compound for the first time in her life.Free in the jungle, Pia meets Eio, a boy from a nearby village. Together, they embark on a race against time to discover the truth about Pia’s origin–a truth with deadly consequences that will change their lives forever.

Origin is a beautifully told, shocking new way to look at an age-old desire: to live forever, no matter the cost. This is a supremely compelling debut novel that blends the awakening romance of Matched with the mystery and jungle conspiracy of Lost.

Add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.

I’ve had my eye on this one for a while now. It seems as though it’ll be a great read. I did enjoy Matched (I haven’t read Crossed yet, so I haven’t yet dealt with the, what appears to be, frustrating sequel); hearing that this is being pitched as Matched with the mystery/conspiracy of Lost makes me incredibly interested.

What book are you waiting on?

Teaser Tuesday #35: “This Is Not a Test” by Courtney Summers

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

    • Grab your current read
    • Open to a random page
    • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This Is Not a Test

by Courtney Summers

Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: June 19th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
Taken from page 19 (eARC):

“This place always felt like death. Now it’s going to keep us alive.”

I’ll be reviewing this title, as well as “Ascend” (review on 4/24) and “The Hunt”, next week. I’m really, really enjoying this one. It isn’t what I was expecting. At all. But I think that’s what makes it so awesome to read. You expect a traditional zombie novel, but this isn’t your typical zombie novel. It’s so much more than that.

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Waiting on Wednesday #39: “Such a Rush” by Jennifer Echols

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m eagerly awaiting the release of:

Such a Rush

by Jennifer Echols

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: July 10th 2012 by MTV Books
Description from Goodreads:
A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business — until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers — and the consequences could be deadly.

Add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.

I love Jennifer’s writing (I’ve just finished The One That I Want, which I loved!) and I can’t wait to get my hands on this one! If you’ve yet to read a Jennifer Echols book, you should fix that. She’s a fantastic writer, and my go-to contemporary author.

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Teaser Tuesday #34: Return to Eden (The Soulkeepers #3) by G.P. Ching

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading.Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

    • Grab your current read
    • Open to a random page
    • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
    • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
    • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

Published 2012 by DarkSide Publishing

Teaser from page 7 (Paperback):

“We had an agreement.”

“I’ve never had a problem breaking an agreement.” Lucifer rolled his eyes and spread his hands.

My review will be posted here on April 13th as part of the blog tour.
I’m not big into books with religious tones as most of them push it down the readers throats, but G.P. Ching’s Soulkeepers series doesn’t. It’s a good series full of interesting characters.
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Book Review: Dark Eyes by William Richter

Dark EyesDark Eyes by William Richter

Hardcover, 383 pages
Published March 15th 2012 by Razorbill
Review Copy: ARC
Purchase: Amazon Barnes & Noble
Description from Goodreads:
Wally was adopted from a Russian orphanage as a child and grew up in a wealthy New York City family. At fifteen, her obsessive need to rebel led her to life on the streets.Now the sixteen-year-old is beautiful and hardened, and she’s just stumbled across the possibility of discovering who she really is. She’ll stop at nothing to find her birth mother before Klesko – her darkeyed father – finds her. Because Klesko will stop at nothing to reclaim the fortune Wally’s mother stole from him long ago. Even if that means murdering his own blood. But Wally’s had her own killer training, and she’s hungry for justice.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens, this debut thriller introduces our next big series heroine!

My Review:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My actual rating: 4.5 Stars

While reading “Dark Eyes”, which I really enjoyed, I kept thinking back to Criminal Minds. If you watch Criminal Minds, you know about Emily Prentiss and Ian Doyle, and how she does everything she can to remain hidden from him. The way that Wally’s mother takes off to protect her, it reminds me of Prentiss and Doyle; which isn’t a bad thing, as I’m a huge Criminal Minds fan.

The story is about a sixteen year old girl named Wally. She was born in Russia, and adopted by an American couple when she was five years old. She doesn’t remember much from her life in Russia, having forgotten most of it only a few months after moving to the states. But when Wally loses her fake ID and goes to a recommended shop for a replacement, her life completely changes. The man at the shop hands her documents from her mother, causing Wally to take off in search of her. But her journey to find her mother will be dangerous.

There are so many twists in this story. It definitely helped to keep my interest because I didn’t know what would happen next. I like to be left surprised, and well, Richter managed to surprise me quite a bit. And then there is the awesome heroine…I love Wally. She’s tough, and she’s determined, and she doesn’t give up. She’s an incredibly strong, and stubborn, heroine. It’s hard not to like her.

“Dark Eyes” is a fast paced, thrilling novel that I enjoyed immensely. Would I recommend this book to everyone? In all honesty, no. But that is only because this isn’t a book that everyone will enjoy. It is action packed. It is gritty. It’s just an incredibly awesome novel.

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Book Review: The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci

The Year of the BeastsThe Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci

Hardcover, 192 pages
Expected publication: May 22nd 2012 by Roaring Brook Press
Review Copy: NetGalley
Pre-Order: Amazon Barnes & Noble
Description from Goodreads:
Every summer the trucks roll in, bringing the carnival and its infinite possibilities to town. This year Tessa and her younger sister Lulu are un-chaperoned and want to be first in line to experience the rides, the food . . . and the boys. Except this summer, jealousy will invade their relationship for the first time, setting in motion a course of events that can only end in tragedy, putting everyone’s love and friendship to the test.  Alternating chapters of prose and comics are interwoven in this extraordinary novel that will break your heart and crack it wide open at the same time.
My Review:

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

“Year of the Beasts” was not what I expected. At all. However, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

Let me start by saying this: Did you happen to catch that little bit in the description that says that this book “will break your heart and crack it wide open at the same time”? ‘Cause it will. It most definitely will.

“Year of the Beasts” is a book that alternates between traditional prose and fantastic illustrations. What I liked most about this novel is that there isn’t a big plot twist near the end. In fact, Castellucci lays out the ending early on in the story. It’s right there, staring you in the face. But even though you know what is coming, it doesn’t lessen the emotional punch of what happens between Lulu and Tessa. Watching their relationship fall apart and then watching as Tessa begins to drown in her sorrow…it’ll definitely break your heart. My only complaint is that I think it could’ve been developed a bit more.

If you’re looking for a quick and truly unique read, then definitely make it a point to check out “Year of the Beasts”.

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