Waiting on Wednesday: Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4)

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

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Queen of Shadows

Throne of Glass #4

by Sarah J. Maas

09 . 01 . 2015

 

From Goodreads: 

Sarah J. Maas’s New York Times bestselling Throne of Glass series reaches new heights in this sweeping fourth volume.

Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her once-glorious kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past . . .

She will fight for her cousin, a warrior prepared to die just to see her again. She will fight for her friend, a young man trapped in an unspeakable prison. And she will fight for her people, enslaved to a brutal king and awaiting their lost queen’s triumphant return.

Celaena’s epic journey has captured the hearts and imaginations of millions across the globe. This fourth volume will hold readers rapt as Celaena’s story builds to a passionate, agonizing crescendo that might just shatter her world.

 

Why I am waiting…

I have been craving a new book like this.  I haven’t found any new ones recently that I have enjoyed as much as this series.  I wanted to read a good fantasy like this enough that I reread all of the Tamora Pierce novels, the Graceling books, and Cadet of Tildor.  I was holding off rereading this series until #4 was closer to being released.  It still is not quite close enough.  Seriously though.  I am super excited for this book!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Daring Exploits of a Runaway Heiress (Millworth Manor #5)

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

This weeks can’t-wait-to-read is:

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Millworth Manor #5

by Victoria Alexander

04 . 28 . 2015

 

From GoodReads:

To Do:
Swim naked in the moonlight
Play in a high stakes card game
Ride an elephant
Be painted sans clothing.
Take a lover…

Lucy Merryweather has inherited a fortune—and her great-aunt’s list of unfulfilled wishes. What better way to honor her memory than by accomplishing as many of them as possible? And with Lucy’s family an ocean away in New York, nothing stands in her way—if one ignores the private investigator hired to spy on her.

Yet Cameron Effington is infuriatingly difficult to ignore…

As a reporter, Cameron is always looking for a good story. An American heiress running rampant between Millworth Manor and Mayfair is the perfect subject. Not to mention captivating. And extremely kissable. And if Lucy believes he’s a detective? Well, the truth should never get in the way of a good story—or hinder delicious, impetuous passion…

 

Why I am waiting…

Victoria Alexander is perhaps one of the quirkiest writers I have ever head the pleasure of reading.  Her novels bring to mind the screwball comedies of the 1930’s.  The plots can be a bit silly, and the situations just get more complicated as the novels progress.  I have to remind myself not to read them in public–I make people nervous when I crack up over a book.

Really, they are simply mahvelous dahling!  This one seems rather intriguing.  Especially the list! Some of those actually sound rather run–mostly riding an elephant.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Ruby Circle (A Bloodlines Novel)

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

The Ruby Circle (Bloodlines, #6)

 

This week’s can’t-wait-to-read is:

The Ruby Circle 

A Bloodlines Novel

by Richelle Mead

02 . 10 . 15 

 

From GoodReads: 

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here…
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

 

Why I am waiting…

I am not going to lie — I am both ecstatic that this will being coming out soon and terribly sad.  I have really enjoyed this Bloodlines series, much more than I had anticipated.  I read Mead’s Georgina Kincaid Novels first and they were phenomenal — though a bit more adult / graphic in their content than Vampire Academy Series which I also thoroughly enjoyed (I really wish that they had done a better job with the movie on that one though).

So, though I really want to know how the series is going to end — especially after the cliff hanger at the end of the last book, I simply don’t want the series to actually end.

Perhaps I will have to check out her Game Board of the Gods series after this.  I have heard some good things!

Waiting on Wednesday: Mortal Heart and By Winter’s Light

 

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week, I could not decide between two pre-publication “can’t-wait-to reads”–so I figured, “Why not both?”

 

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His Fair Assassins

by Robin LeFevers

11 . 04 . 2014

From Goodreads:

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind doesn’t mean she has…

Why I am waiting:

I stumbled upon the first book in this series, Grave Mercy several years ago, and I was just amazed by the concept.  So many books focused on the supernatural from the usualy perspective of vampire, witches and magic.  I thought the story behind this series was amazingly refreshing.  This takes place in historical France, and the fantastical part of this story comes from pre-Christian Gods and pagan practices and beliefs.  Also, I happen to be a huge Francophile, so anything that takes place in France is sure to catch my eye.

Its been a bit of a wait for this book, and we finally get to hear Annith’s story.  The second book of the series dragged a bit, but I am still excited for this next installment.  The intrigue in the French court has been building, as the precarious situation of the young ruler has become more and more tenuous.  I have a feeling that they saved the best for last!

 

And the BONUS “can’t-wait-to-read” pick is:

BY WINTER”S LIGHTBy Winter's Light

Cynster #21

by Stephanie Laurens

11 . 02 . 14

From GoodReads.com

#1 New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Laurens returns to romantic Scotland to usher in a new generation of Cynsters in an enchanting tale of mistletoe, magic, and love.

It’s December 1837, and the young adults of the Cynster clan have succeeded in having the family Christmas celebration held at snow-bound Casphairn Manor, Richard and Catriona Cynster’s home. Led by Sebastian, Marquess of Earith, and by Lucilla, future Lady of the Vale, and her twin brother, Marcus, the upcoming generation has their own plans for the holiday season.

Yet where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind—the festive occasion brings together Daniel Crosbie, tutor to Lucifer Cynster’s sons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster’s daughter. Daniel and Claire have met before and the embers of an unexpected passion smolder between them, but once bitten, twice shy, Claire believes a second marriage is not in her stars. Daniel, however, is determined to press his suit. He’s seen the love the Cynsters share, and Claire is the lady with whom he dreams of sharing his life. Assisted by a bevy of Cynsters—innate matchmakers every one—Daniel strives to persuade Claire that trusting him with her hand and her heart is her right path to happiness.

Meanwhile, out riding on Christmas Eve, the young adults of the Cynster clan respond to a plea for help. Summoned to a humble dwelling in ruggedly forested mountains, Lucilla is called on to help with the difficult birth of a child, while the others rise to the challenge of helping her. With a violent storm closing in and severely limited options, the next generation of Cynsters face their first collective test—can they save this mother and child? And themselves, too?

Back at the manor, Claire is increasingly drawn to Daniel and despite her misgivings, against the backdrop of the ongoing festivities their relationship deepens. Yet she remains torn—until catastrophe strikes, and by winter’s light, she learns that love—true love—is worth any risk, any price.

A tale brimming with all the magical delights of a Scottish festive season.

 

Why I am waiting:

It feels like it has been FOREVER since there has been a new Cynster novel… As you can see above, there are A LOT of them.  And while the original 6 were definitely my favorites in the series, the following books were fun as well.  I love that Laurens keeps bringing the original characters back.  These books are always, quick, fun, emotional, and sweet reads.  I am ridiculously excited for one about Christmas in Scotland. It will be the perfect start to the Winter season!

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Ruin and Rising

 

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The weeks pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” is:

 

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Ruin and Rising

The Grisha Trilogy; Book 3

by Leigh Bardugo

06 . 17 . 14

 

From Amazom: 

The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.
Now the nation’s fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.
Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.
Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova’s amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling’s secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing that stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.
Ruin and Rising is the thrilling final installment in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy.
Why I am waiting…
The first time that I read Leigh Bardugo, I was killing some time between appointments in a Barnes and Noble. I picked up Shadow and Bone, and instantly, I was enthralled in Bardugo’s story–so much so that even after the appointment I was waiting on cancelled, I stayed in the cafe to finish the book. Then I bought it because I knew I would want to read it again later.  Its not surprising that this series has become so popular, or that Leigh Bardugo is now a New York Times Bestselling Author.
I think that this is a very interesting series.  (Once again, I am bemoaning that fact that I was born too early–I love all the fantasy, especially the YA Fantasy novels, that have come out in the last few years.  Its so much more popular now! ) Anyways…the characters were engaging, the plot is an original twist on the standard fantasy plots, and I really enjoyed the writing.  To top it off, the cover art is fantastic–it is spot on for the style of the novel.  I cannot wait until this next installment comes out!!
Hope you enjoy the recommendation!
What are you waiting on…? 

Waiting on Wednesday: A City of Heavenly Fire

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

The weeks pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” is:

 

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The Mortal Instruments: Book Six

by Cassandra Clare

05 . 27 . 14

 

From Amazon: 

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Shadowhunters and demons square off for the final showdown in the spellbinding, seductive conclusion to the #1 New York Timesbestselling Mortal Instruments series.

Darkness has descended on the Shadowhunter world. Chaos and destruction overwhelm the Nephilim as Clary, Jace, Simon, and their friends band together to fight the greatest evil they have ever faced: Clary’s own brother. Nothing in this world can defeat Sebastian—but if they journey to the realm of demons, they just might have a chance…

Lives will be lost, love sacrificed, and the whole world will change. Who will survive the explosive sixth and final installment of the Mortal Instruments series?

 

Why I am waiting: 

I started this series after watching the movie that came out.  I thought the movie was okay, and figured that since the book is usually better, I should give it a try.  It took me a little bit of time to get into Clare’s writing style,but once I did, I really enjoyed the book.  I thought that the premise for the novels was really interesting, and I kinda liked that Clary was a little nerdy.  I tore through the series, and simply want to see how it is going to end.

 

What are you waiting on….? 

 

Ps. This is a super short post for 2 reasons: 1) I had work from 5AM until 2PM and then read Murder of Crows by Anne Bishop (which was awesome, so being super tired is well worth it), and 2) One of my cats, Hazy, has decided that he can climb my wall to wall book shelves and is currently hanging off of them pulling books off one by one, because sometimes he likes to be a jerk.

Waiting on Wednesday: Mortal Heart


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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

The weeks pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” is:

 

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His Fair Assassins Book 3

by Robin LaFevers

11 . 04 . 14

 

From Amazon: 

In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever’s New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn’t mean she has.
Also in this series:
   grave mercy      Dark Triumph

 

Why I am waiting: 
This series is a really fantastic combination of history, magic, and powerful heroines.  What more could you need?  It takes place around the 1400 in what is now France.  LaFevers writes beautifully, and the plots in the first two books were marvelous.  Not too simple, not overly complicated.  Well thought out, well executed and SUCH a GREAT read.  I really cannot wait all the way till  November!
What are you waiting on….?

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Victories

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

The weeks pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” is:

 

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Shadow Grail #4

by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edgehill

04 . 22 . 2014

 

Why I am waiting:

I picked up this series because I really enjoy Mercedes Lackey as a writer.  I have read more than 50 of her books and enjoyed them all!  Unlike most of her other books, this is a YA series.  To get an idea of the series you would have to picture Mists of Avalon meets Harry Potter and Kelley Armstrong’s Darkest Powers series.  So, if you like the King Author mythos and enjoy stories about schools for magically gifted teens you will really enjoy this one!  I thought that this series was incredibly original (though it did remind me a little bit of Avalon High).  I love the characters and cannot wait to see how the story ends.  I just finished reading Sacrifices, Shadow Grail #3–it had been sitting on my shelf for so long,but I just kept putting it off because I knew once I finished it I would be anxious for the next book in the series.

Again, I didn’t post the synopsis because there are some serious spoilers. So,  here is the synopsis from Legacies, Shadow Grail #1.  

 

From GoodReads: 

Legacies  Who—or what—is stalking the students at Oakhurst Academy?

In the wake of the accident that killed her family, Spirit White is spirited away to Oakhurst Academy, a combination school and orphanage in the middle of Montana. There she learns she is a legacy—not only to the school, which her parents also attended, but to magic.

All the students at Oakhurst have magical powers, and although Spirit’s hasn’t manifested itself yet, the administrators insist she has one. Spirit isn’t sure she cares. Devastated by the loss of her family, she finds comfort with a group of friends: Burke Hallows, Lachlann Spears, Muirin Shae, and Adelaide Lake.

But something strange is going on at Oakhurst. Students start disappearing under mysterious circumstances, and the school seems to be trying to cover it up. Spirit and her friends must find out what’s happening—before one of them becomes the next victim…

The Shadow Grail Series

(Click on the link for the GoodReads page and synopsis)

Legacies

Conspiracies

Sacrifices

Victories

What are you waiting on….?

Flashback Friday: Alanna: The First Adventure

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Flashback Fridays is a weekly event, hosted by BookShelfFantasies.Com , that highlights important books from our reading pasts.

 

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 Alanna: The First Adventure

Book 1 of the Song of the Lioness Quartet

By Tamora Pierce

1983

I can still remember exactly which book it was that sparked my love of reading.  I was in the fifth grade, it was Christmas morning, and I was opening my presents by the tree.  I ripped the paper off my last gift and looked down incredulously at a book.  I remember reading the cover of Alanna the First Adventure by Tamora Pierce and telling my poor mother and father that it was the worst present ever.  My parents begged me to give it a try– and I promised I would, if only to show them how much I was NOT going to like that book.  I made a great show of sitting in bed that night and grimacing as I read the first pages…and that was the first night I stayed up all night to finish a book.  How could I NOT love a book about a young, magically gifted girl who disguises her self as a boy to become a knight.  She defeats bullies, her own shortcomings, and ancient beings to protect her friend and her county. It was to me, what Harry Potter was to so many others.  My parents were thrilled I love the book…until I made them go out the next day to buy In the Hand of the Goddess, the next book in the Song of the Lioness Quartet.  Hundreds of books, thousands of dollars, and one English Major later, I wonder if they ever regret the monster they created that Christmas.

Every year, I reread that series– and all the other books by Tamora Pierce, who has been one of my favorite authors ever since.

Waiting on Wednesday: Silver Shadows

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.com, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

 

The weeks pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” is:

 

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Bloodlines Novel #5

By Richelle Mead

07 . 29 . 14

 

From Amazon: 

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in theNew York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

 

Why I Am Waiting: 

The Fiery Heart had an awesome cliff hanger ending, and I NEED to find out what happens.  I am super excited about this next part of the series; I wish it were not more than 5 months away!  For those of you who have read and loved the Vampire Academy series or Mead’s lesser-known,  Georgia Kincaid  series, I am sure that you understand.

I usually try to focus on books that are coming out in the next month or two.  However, I made an exception for this one because 1) I am so excited and 2) the Vampire Academy film is going to be released in 2 days.  It took some convincing, but my husband has agreed to make it part of our Valentine’s Day outing–because he is awesome.  Anyways: you can find the trailer below!

 

 

What are you waiting on…?