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:

 

Victories

Victories

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

Flashback Friday

 

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.