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Waiting on Wednesday #35: “Dark Star” by Bethany Frenette

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:

Dark Star

Hardcover, 1st Edition, 368 pages
Expected publication: October 23rd 2012 by Hyperion
Description from Goodreads:
Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human—something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers—livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person’s memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. But Leon, her mother’s bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won’t let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything—and everyone—she loves.

Add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.
Why I picked “Dark Star”: In all honesty, I hadn’t heard of this one until I went on a pre-order spree on Amazon. This ended up in my recommendations, and after seeing the cover, and then reading the description – I decided this needed to be added to my TBR list.
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Waiting on Wednesday #34 (+ Cover Reveal): “The Darkest Minds” by Alexandra Bracken

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

This week’s pick is also a bit of a cover reveal (seriously, how can you not love that cover?!):

The Darkest Minds

by Alexandra Bracken

Hardcover, 496 pages
Expected publication: December 18th 2012 by Disney-Hyperion
Description from Goodreads:
When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have been cursed with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.Now sixteen, Ruby has spent nearly half her life desperately trying to hide the fact that she’s outwitted the camp’s sorting system—that she isn’t powerless, or safe. She’s one of the dangerous ones… and everyone knows what happens to them.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of teens who escaped their own camp, pursued along the way by terrifying bounty hunters. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close to him. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Before the end, Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

Add it to your to-read shelf on Goodreads.
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Waiting on Wednesday #33: Embers and Echoes (Wildefire #2) by Karsten Knight

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’ve picked:

Embers and Echoes (Wildefire #2)

by Karsten Knight

Expected publication: August 28th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing

Description from Goodreads:

Ashline Wilde is about to discover that when you’re the reincarnation of a Polynesian volcano goddess, “new beginnings” are just a myth.

Leaving the fiery ruins of her sophomore year behind her, Ash travels to the sizzling beaches of Miami, hot on the trail of the little sister she’s only seen in visions. But her happy family reunion isn’t all palm trees and paradise. A cult of evil gods-on-earth, known as the Four Seasons, has kidnapped her sister to use in its terrifying new religion. Soon, the streets of Miami erupt in chaos and violence…and Ash gets caught right in the tropical crossfire

Ash isn’t without help, however. Unexpected romance arrives in the form of Wes, an Aztec god of night with his own vendetta against the Four Seasons. As memories of Ash’s previous life begin to flicker into her dreams, the boundaries between ally and enemy, life and death, and love and hate all bleed together. And when a mysterious trickster from her past reappears to derail her new quest, Ash must choose between the echoes of a once-forgotten yesterday and the embers of an uncertain future.

Because when old flames return from the dead, even a volcano goddess can get burned.

What book are you waiting on?

Waiting on Wednesday #32: “Zoe Letting Go” by Nora Price

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’ve picked:

Zoe Letting Go

Expected publication: June 2012 by Razorbill

Description from Goodreads:

While at a clinic receiving treatment for anorexia, Zoe is instructed to write letters. Through letters, she tells her mother and brother about the clinic; the doctors, the food, her struggle to get better. But she tells her best friend Elise about the strange goings on around her, the shady relationships, the dark mysteries. When the lights go out, the place turns into someplace else.

While her mother and brother write back, their letters filled with cheerful encouragement—Zoe’s letters to Elise remain unanswered. As Zoe struggles to understand why her best friend would cut her off, she must unravel the secrets that surround her in the clinic.

What book are you waiting on?

Waiting on Wednesday #31: Breathe by Melanie McCullough

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’ve picked:

Breathe

 

Expected publication: February 29th 2012

Description from Goodreads:

Life’s hard. People make it harder. They tether you to them. Make it difficult to breathe, and damn-near impossible to leave…

Seventeen year-old Abby Rhoades knows this all too well. Born to a mother who could never love her and who vacillates between a sloppy drunk and a suicidal maniac, Abby’s never had it easy. But Abby can swim. And Abby has a plan–win the state championship, earn a free ride to Penn State, and leave her small town and suffocating mother behind.

But then the body of Tom Ford, her mother’s latest boyfriend and a man Abby adored, washes up along the shore of the Susquehanna River. His injuries suggest murder and suspicion quickly falls on Abby then on her best friend Garrett Scott, both of whom saw Tom the night he died.

They both know what happened that night, but neither one is talking. There’s too much at stake and the truth could tear them apart.

The cover is fantastic, and while that is what ultimately drew me to this book, it’s the description that makes me want to read it. It sounds as though it’ll be a thrilling read.

Waiting on Wednesday #30: Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles #1) by Suzanne Lazear

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’ve picked Innocent Darkness (The Aether Chronicles #1) by Suzanne Lazear :

 

Paperback
Expected publication: August 8th 2012 by Flux
Description from Goodreads:
Wish. Love. Desire. Live.

Sixteen-year-old Noli Braddock’s hoyden ways land her in an abusive reform school far from home. On mid-summer’s eve she wishes to be anyplace but that dreadful school. A mysterious man from the Realm of Faerie rescues her and brings her to the Otherworld, only to reveal that she must be sacrificed, otherwise, the entire Otherworld civilization will perish.

Honestly, I don’t know what to say other than this book sounds amazing. The cover is fantastic, it’s definitely what drew me to this book, but that description has managed to leave me wanting to read more. Cannot wait until August for this one!

Waiting on Wednesday #29: “The Hunt” by Andrew Fukuda

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’ve picked The Hunt by Andrew Fukuda:

Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 8th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin

Description From Goodreads:

Seventeen-year-old Gene struggles to survive in a society where humans have been eaten to near extinction by the general population. When Gene is chosen to participate in the government-sponsored hunt for the remaining humans, he must learn the art of the hunt but also elude his fellow hunters whose suspicions about his true human nature are growing.
 
“The Hunt” sounds as those it’s something I’ll enjoy. The description makes me eager to learn more about Gene and what it is that has nearly wiped out the human race. It seems unique and as though it’ll be an addictive thriller. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

Waiting on Wednesday #28: “Torn (Trylle Trilogy #2)” & “Ascend (Trylle Trilogy #3)” by Amanda Hocking

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

After reading (and enjoying) Switched – book one in the Trylle trilogy – I can’t wait to get my hands on the rest of the series. Since, unlike most, I hadn’t read the books back when she self published them, I’m eager to see where the story goes after Switched. It’s for that reason that I’m picking both Torn and Ascend for my WoW picks this week!

Torn (Trylle Trilogy #2) by Amanda Hocking

Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: February 28th 2012 by St. Martin’s Press
 
Description (from Goodreads):
Torn – the second book in the Trylle Trilogy…

Wendy thought she finally understood who she was and what she wanted, but everything changes when the rival Vittra come after her.

She’s caught between two worlds, torn between love and duty, and she must decide what life she is going to lead.

 
Ascend (Trylle Trilogy #3) by Amanda Hocking
Paperback, 288 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by St. Martin’s Griffin
 
Description (from Goodreads):
Ascend… The final chapter in the Trylle Trilogy.

With a war looming on the horizon, Wendy’s fate seems sealed. But everything she sacrificed might be in vain if she can’t save the ones she loves. Her whole life has been leading up to this, and it’s all coming to an end.

 
Read what I thought about Switched (book one) here!

Waiting on Wednesday #27: So Close to You by Rachel Carter

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

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday picks  is:

So Close to You

 
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: July 10th 2012 by HarperTeen
 
Description From Goodreads:

So Close to You brims with the compelling “what if” mysteries surrounding The Time Traveler’s Wife and all of the action and creepy government experiments of The Maze Runner—and, in a new twist, presents a piercing look at a dark period in history and imagines what changes could have produced an utterly different world…and what one girl would do to stop it.

Lydia Bentley has heard stories about the Montauk Project all her life: stories about the experiments that took place at the abandoned military base near her home and the people who’ve disappeared over the years. When she stumbles into a vessel that transports her to a dangerous and strange new reality, Lydia realizes that all the stories she’s ever heard about the Montauk Project are true—and that she’s in the middle of one of the most dangerous experiments in history.

Alongside Wes, a darkly mysterious boy whom she is wary to trust, Lydia begins to unravel the secrets surrounding the project. But the truths behind these secrets force her to question all her choices. And if Lydia chooses wrong, she might not save her family but destroy them…and herself.

First off, I’d like to take a moment to gush over how amazing that cover is. Honestly, my favorite cover of 2012 already (so far). Okay, now that I got that out-of-the-way, I picked So Close to You as my WoW pick this week because the description sounds fascinating. I’m all for secret experiments and mystery. I can’t wait until July to read this one!

Waiting on Wednesday #26: Masque of the Red Death by Bethany Griffin

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

This week’s Waiting on Wednesday picks  is:

Masque of the Red Death

by Bethany Griffin

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: April 24th 2012 by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Description From Goodreads:

Everything is in ruins.

A devastating plague has decimated the population. And those who are left live in fear of catching it as the city crumbles to pieces around them.

So what does Araby Worth have to live for?

Nights in the Debauchery Club, beautiful dresses, glittery make-up . . . and tantalizing ways to forget it all.

But in the depths of the club—in the depths of her own despair—Araby will find more than oblivion. She will find Will, the terribly handsome proprietor of the club. And Elliott, the wickedly smart aristocrat. Neither boy is what he seems. Both have secrets. Everyone does.

And Araby may find something not just to live for, but to fight for—no matter what it costs her.

It’s safe to say I’ve been drooling over this one ever since the cover was revealed. I really cannot wait to read this one. Simple as that.