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Waiting on Wednesday July 11th: The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly me hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine (gotta love the name!). The idea is that it spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. So, here is my pick for the week:

The Mark of Athena
by Rick Riordan
Publication Date: October 2, 2012

From Amazon: Annabeth is terrified. Just when she’s about to be reunited with Percy—after six months of being apart, thanks to Hera—it looks like Camp Jupiter is preparing for war. As Annabeth and her friends Jason, Piper, and Leo fly in on the Argo II, she can’t blame the Roman demigods for thinking the ship is a Greek weapon. With its steaming bronze dragon masthead, Leo’s fantastical creation doesn’t appear friendly. Annabeth hopes that the sight of their praetor Jason on deck will reassure the Romans that the visitors from Camp Half-Blood are coming in peace.

And that’s only one of her worries. In her pocket Annabeth carries a gift from her mother that came with an unnerving demand: Follow the Mark of Athena. Avenge me. Annabeth already feels weighed down by the prophecy that will send seven demigods on a quest to find—and close— the Doors of Death. What more does Athena want from her?

Annabeth’s biggest fear, though, is that Percy might have changed. What if he’s now attached to Roman ways? Does he still need his old friends? As the daughter of the goddess of war and wisdom, Annabeth knows she was born to be a leader, but never again does she want to be without Seaweed Brain by her side.

Why I’m Waiting: It’s no secret that I love Rick Riordan’s books with the passion of a young fangirl. They are high on my list of MG fantasy, surpassed by only the first few Harry Potter books. And with The Heroes of OlympusI’m able to reconnect with my favorite people from Percy Jackson and be introduced to new, cool characters! Plus, Rome! There are togas people, the kids actually wear togas. And there’s an elephant. WHat’s not to love about that?

I can’t wait to continue on the adventure of Percy, Annabeth, Jason, Piper, Leo and the others. And  they’ll be in for quite a wild ride, if there previous adventures are anything to go by! If you’re still not onboard with the adventure you can read the first chapter here.

What is everyone else eating on this week? I look forward to WoW posts to help discover new books to watch out for! It’s one of my favorite days of the week!

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: July 4th Throne of Glass by Sarah Maas

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly me hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine (gotta love the name!). The idea is that it spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. So, here is my pick for the week:

Throne of Glass
by Sarah Maas
Publication Date: August 9, 2012

From Amazon: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

 Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the king’s council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.
 
Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her… but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.
 
Then one of the other contestants turns up dead… quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.


Why I’m Waiting: Sarah Maas’ debut YA novel has popped up on a lot of Waiting on Wednesday posts and it only takes one look t that summary to see why! I mean, what’s not to love about a girl assassin, destiny and a race against her own death? I’m always excited to see another strong, kick butt, take no prisioners female grace the pages of YA literature and I’m sure Celaena won’t let me down!

I’m a bit iffy on the love triangle but hopefully it will simply provide a side of romance to complement the main show, where we watch Celaena fight!

What are you waiting on this week? Let me know in the comments! As always, I love to find something to add to my TBR pile 😉

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: June 27, 2012: Winter White by Jen Calonita

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly me hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine (gotta love the name!). The idea is that it spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. So, here is my pick for the week:

Winter White (Belles #2)
by Jen Calonita
Publication Date: October 9th, 2012

From Amazon:
Isabelle Scott and Mirabelle Monroe are still reeling from the revelation that they share more than just the roof over their heads. The media has pounced on their story and the girls are caught up in a flurry of talk-show appearances and newspaper interviews. They’ve put on a happy public face, but someone is leaking their true feelings to the press, and while it seems like the world is watching their every move, at least they have each other.

 
But with cotillion season right around the corner, Izzie and Mira have barely had time to process their newfound sisterhood. Mira has dreamed of making her debut in a gorgeous white gown forever-now, if only she could find an escort. Izzie, meanwhile, is still struggling to find her place in Emerald Cove and it’s seeming ever more impossible with EC mean-girls, young and old, doing their best to keep her down. As cotillion preparations heat up, though, there are dance steps to learn, manners to perfect… and secret initiations to complete? As if sophomore year wasn’t hard enough!
 
It’s time for the gowns to go on and the gloves to come off.

Why I’m Waiting: I picked up Belles at The Little Shop of Stories in preparation for Jen Calonita’s signing. Sadly, I didn’t make it to the signing but I’m certainly glad I picked up a copy of her book! Belles was an delicious YA contemporary book with the perfect mix of southern charm, rumors and backstabbing. However, it wasn’t until this week that I found out there was a second book in the series! I can’t wait to dive back into Izzie and Mira’s world, especially after the events of Belles left everything so upside down! And Winter White looks to be intriguing and fascinating , as we step back into the world of Emerald Cove.

If you haven’t had a chance to read Belles yet, check out my review and grab a copy before Winter White comes out this fall!

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: June 20, 2012: Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly me hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine (gotta love the name!). The idea is that it spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. So, here is my pick for the week:

Fathomless
by Jackson Pearce
Publication Date: September 4, 2012

From Amazon:
Celia Reynolds is the youngest in a set of triplets and the one with the least valuable power. Anne can see the future, and Jane can see the present, but all Celia can see is the past. And the past seems so insignificant — until Celia meets Lo.

Lo doesn’t know who she is. Or who she was. Once a human, she is now almost entirely a creature of the sea — a nymph, an ocean girl, a mermaid — all terms too pretty for the soulless monster she knows she’s becoming. Lo clings to shreds of her former self, fighting to remember her past, even as she’s tempted to embrace her dark immortality.

When a handsome boy named Jude falls off a pier and into the ocean, Celia and Lo work together to rescue him from the waves. The two form a friendship, but soon they find themselves competing for Jude’s affection. Lo wants more than that, though. According to the ocean girls, there’s only one way for Lo to earn back her humanity. She must persuade a mortal to love her . . . and steal his soul.

This is the last book in Jackson Pearce’s fairy tale retelling series, the others are Sisters Red and Sweetly, and the series is simply amazing. The series is rather loosely centered around some of the Reynolds children, but you can read them in any order or pick and choose which one interests you the most.

Pearce puts an interesting spin on the fairly tales that we all gew up with as children. She puts a paranormal spin on the traditional stories while still staying rather grounded in modern society. I know it sounds difficult to do, but she manages it and she does it WELL. If you’re into paranormal fantasy or just really love fairy tales this is definitely a series worth looking into.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: June 13, 2012: The Crown of Embers by Rae Carson

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly me hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine (gotta love the name!). The idea is that it spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. So, here is my pick for the week:

The Crown of Embers
by Rae Carson
Publication Date: September 18, 2012

From Amazon:
She does not know what awaits her at the enemy’s gate.

Elisa is a hero. She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous army. Her place as the country’s ruler should be secure. But it isn’t.

Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from both foreign realms and within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled.

To conquer the power she bears once and for all, Elisa must follow the trail of long-forgotten–and forbidden–clues from the deep, undiscovered catacombs of her own city to the treacherous seas. With her goes a one-eyed spy, a traitor, and the man who–despite everything–she is falling in love with.

If she’s lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.

This is the followup to Rae Carson’s debut novel The Girl of Fire and Thorns, an epic fantasy that details Elisa’s journey to becoming the Queen regent her new country deserves. I can’t wait to read the followup and see what is happening to Elisa once she’s taking on the role of regent and how this entwines with the destiny she is expected to fulfill.

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up The Girl of Fire and Thorns (check out my review if you still aren’t convinced you should read it) you really should. I doubt you’ll regret it when you do!

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: June 6, 2012: “The Crimson Crown” by Cinda Williams Chima

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly me hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine (gotta love the name!). The idea is that it spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. So, here is my pick for the week:

The Crimson Crown
by Cinda Williams Chima
Publication Date: October 23, 2012

From Amazon:
A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed—Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love.

Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she’s falling in love.

Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?

A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.

Ya’ll, I can’t even tell you how upset I was a few weeks ago when i learned that The Gray Wolf Throne was NOT the last book in the Seven Realms series. I had been waiting to read the books until they were all released and someone I managed to convince myself that it was only a trilogy and I could go ahead and read them all.

I only discovered I was wrong when I was halfway through the third book…and now I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for the fourth (and final book for real) to come out in October. Cinda Williams Chima is an expert at high fantasy and she does not disappoint in this series. If you’re a fan of Robin McKinley or Tamora Pierce you should really check this series out.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: May 30, 2012: Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly me hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine (gotta love the name!). The idea is that it spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating. So, here is my pick for the week:

Princess Academy: Palace of Stone
by Shannon Hale
Publication Date: August 21, 2012

From Amazon:
Coming down from the mountain to a new life in the city seems a thrill beyond imagining. When Miri and her friends from Mount Eskel set off to help the future princess Britta prepare for her royal wedding, she is happy about her chance to attend school in the capital city. There, Miri befriends students who seem so sophisticated and exciting . . . until she learns that they have some frightening plans. They think that Miri will help them, that she should help them. Soon Miri finds herself torn between loyalty to the princess and her new friends’ ideas, between an old love and a new crush, and between her small mountain home and the bustling city.

I read Princess Academy as a selection for a class assignment in grad school and I adored it. Miri is a fantastic lead character, the story was exciting and the setting reminded me of Heidi (which i read over and over again as a girl). I can’t wait to read this sequel and see where all of the characters are now! Plus I’m excited to get a glimpse of the world beyond Mount Eskel, as Shannon Hale’s world building is always fantastic.

I know fairytales aren’t for everyone, but if you enjoy them I’d recommend picking up Princess Academy and waiting with me for it’s sequel!

 

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