June 13, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday

Don't forget, the "Be Here Now" Critique Auction opens today!

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GIRL OF NIGHTMARES
by Kendare Blake

It's been months since the ghost of Anna Korlov opened a door to Hell in her basement and disappeared into it, but ghost-hunter Cas Lowood can't move on.

His friends remind him that Anna sacrificed herself so that Cas could live—not walk around half dead. He knows they're right, but in Cas's eyes, no living girl he meets can compare to the dead girl he fell in love with.

Now he's seeing Anna everywhere: sometimes when he's asleep and sometimes in waking nightmares. But something is very wrong...these aren't just daydreams. Anna seems tortured, torn apart in new and ever more gruesome ways every time she appears.

Cas doesn't know what happened to Anna when she disappeared into Hell, but he knows she doesn't deserve whatever is happening to her now. Anna saved Cas more than once, and it's time for him to return the favor.

Available August 7, 2012

I read an ARC of this, and OMG GUYS IT'S SOOOO GOOD! And so creepy @__@ There was a Weeping Angels moment that legit freaked me out. I'll post a review and giveaway soon! If you haven't read the first book Anna Dressed in Blood, WHY ON EARTH NOT? You can see my review of it here. I can't wait to get the hardcover for this.

Also, after borrowing the ARC from my super duper awesome CP, an ARC of my own arrived in my mail! SQUEE!!! Which means GIVEAWAY! Coming soon :D

DEFIANCE
by C.J. Redwine

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

Available August 28, 2012

Look at that cover. It is FIERCE.

STORMDANCER
by Jay Kristoff

A DYING LAND
The Shima Imperium is verging on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshippers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.

AN IMPOSSIBLE QUEST
The hunters of the imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger—a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL
Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima's last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he'd rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

Available September 18, 2012

Steampunk fantasy set in a world inspired by Japan. Holy cats, I want this book like BUUURNINNGGGGG. Plus, the cover is THE MOST GORGEOUS THING EVER, and it was drawn by Jason Chan, one of my art idols *___* You can read about the cover process on Tor.com.

Also, Jay Kristoff provided a Wallpaper version of the cover. HOW AWESOME IS THAT?


*swoon*

CREWEL
by Gennifer Albin

Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That's what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she's exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn't interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they're coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom's overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister's academy gossip and laugh at her Dad's stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything's okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there's no turning back.

Available October 16, 2012

I am so ridiculously excited for this book. There's been a ton of buzz around this debut, and I know it'll be hugely successful. Plus, Genn is a huge sweetheart ♥

Also, I just got an ARC of this one too, so once I finish reading it, REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY! mwuahaha

DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT
by Laini Taylor

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed "Daughter of Smoke and Bone," Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.

Available November 16, 2012

After the way Daughter of Smoke and Bone ended, I am anxiously waiting for this book. MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT URGHHHHH. You can read my review of DoSaB here. Basically, Laini Taylor's writing is like unicorns and rainbows.

SPLINTERED
by A.G. Howard

For sixteen years, Alyssa Gardner has lived with the stigma of being descended from Alice Liddell -- the real life inspiration for Lewis Carroll's famed novel, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. But cruel jokes about dormice and tea parties can't compare to the fact that Alyssa hears the whispers of bugs and flowers ... the same quirk which sent her mother to a mental institution years before.

When her mother takes a turn for the worse and the whispers grow too strong for Alyssa to bear, she seeks the origins of their family curse. A set of heirlooms and a moth tied to an unusual website lead Alyssa and her gorgeous best friend/secret crush, Jeb, down the rabbit hole into the real Wonderland, a place more twisted and eerie than Lewis Carroll ever let on.

There, creepy counterparts of the original fairytale crew reveal the purpose for Alyssa’s journey, and unless she fixes the things her great-great-great grandmother Alice put wrong, Wonderland will have her head.

Available January, 2013

Anita is one of my favorite online people ever, because she's just so ridiculously nice ♥ I can't wait for this Alice in Wonderland sequel. Plus, she says Alyssa's guide Morpheus is dark and beautiful and partially inspired by The Crow. Yes, please!

And just look at that cover. I mean, COME ON ♥

PRODIGY
by Marie Lu

The Elector Primo of the Republic has died, with his son assuming power over what’s left of the USA's West Coast as it teeters on full-blown chaos. June and Day join up with Patriot rebels so they can rescue Day's brother and head east for the Colonies. In order to help, though, the rebels want June and Day to kill the new Elector, who may pose an even greater threat than his father.

Available January 29, 2013

I loved Day and June, and I'm looking forward to reading about them again. You can see my review of the first book Legend here. Day and June, two prodigies, working together. I can't wait!

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These books don't have covers yet, but they sound fantastic! Cover reveals should be coming soon, so look out for them!

SCARLET by Marissa Meyer
Scarlet doesn't have an official blurb yet, but Marissa has said this about Scarlet: "Book two, Scarlet, is based on Little Red Riding Hood. It continues Cinder's story as she attempts to escape Queen Levana's vengeance and learn more about her past. The story also introduces readers to Scarlet, a girl living in southern France whose grandmother has mysteriously disappeared. In order to find her, Scarlet seeks the help of Wolf, a street fighter with more than a few mysteries of his own."

Available February 5, 2013
The end of Cinder left me flailing and tugging at my hair and going 'WHAT THE SHIT?' But in the good way! =P I reviewed Cinder here.

While I'm super anxious to find out what happens to Cinder and Prince Kai, I'm also excited to meet Scarlet and Wolf :)


INK by Amanda Sun
I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.


On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn't know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there's gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school's kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn't prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there's no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.

Available February 2013
Sounds like a manga in book form. YES PLEASE! Plus, Amanda is a cosplayer. We might have geekily exchanged cosplay photos on twitter *cough* FELLOW WRITER GEEKS, YAY!!!


PROPHECY by Ellen Oh
The greatest warrior in all of the Seven Kingdoms... is a girl with yellow eyes.

Kira's the only female in the king's army, and the prince's bodyguard. She's a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she's their only hope...

Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

Available 2013
More Asian-inspired fantasies! *eee* This one sounds a bit like Graceling, but I'm sure it'll stand on its own once it's released. Sounds epic!


THE NIGHTMARE AFFAIR by Mindee Arnett
16-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she's a criminal. No, she's a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother's infamy is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker's house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He's hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. The setting is Arkwell.

And then it comes true.

Now the Dusty has to follow the clues--both within Eli's dreams and out of them--to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she's up to and marks her as the next target.

Available March 2013
This one is by my FANTABULOUS critique partner and agent sister. Guys, this book is fantastic. You will adore Dusty. She's funny and spunky and she's a NIGHTMARE! Instant stamp of awesome, despite how awkward feeding on dreams is. I can't wait for this book to be shared with the world.

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So there you have it. A list of the books I'm most excited about. For now. This list is constantly growing! :D

What are some books you're looking forward to?

 

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