Waiting On Wednesday: Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius

Waiting on Wednesday: hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, this weekly meme highlights upcoming releases we’re looking forward to reading.

From the Author’s Website:

Anne
Wild, brazen, mischievous, bewitching

Henry
Driven, haunted, charming, magnetic

Apart, they are bound to destroy themselves. Together, they are bound to destroy each other.

Henry Tudor’s life has been mapped out since the day he was born: student president, valedictorian, Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s. But ever since the death of Henry’s brother—perfect, high-achieving Arthur—his family has been twice as demanding. And now Henry’s trapped: forbidden from pursuing a life as an artist or dating any girl who’s not Tudor approved.

Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life.

Anne is wild, brash and outspoken. She is everything Henry is not allowed to be—or to want. But soon Anne is all he can think about. His mother, his friends, and even his girlfriend warn him away, yet his desire for Anne consumes him. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her. But once he has her, their romance could destroy them both.

Inspired by the true story of Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII, Anne & Henry reimagines the intensity, love, and betrayal between one of the most infamous couples of all time.


AHEM.

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This is going to be a weird mashup, isn’t it?

I don’t even know why this is so appealing to me. I’m a fan of books that feature Tudor history and anything remotely related to people wearing big dresses, kings chopping their wives heads off, and political intrigues of the past. I didn’t read Young Adult as a teen. I read history and epic fantasy, and most of those history books were nonfiction. So…a contemporary YA featuring one of the most controversial couples in history? It intrigues me. I don’t understand how it’s going to work, but it’s got my attention.

Waiting On Wednesday: A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

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Feyre’s survival rests upon her ability to hunt and kill – the forest where she lives is a cold, bleak place in the long winter months. So when she spots a deer in the forest being pursued by a wolf, she cannot resist fighting it for the flesh. But to do so, she must kill the predator and killing something so precious comes at a price …

Dragged to a magical kingdom for the murder of a faerie, Feyre discovers that her captor, his face obscured by a jewelled mask, is hiding far more than his piercing green eyes would suggest. Feyre’s presence at the court is closely guarded, and as she begins to learn why, her feelings for him turn from hostility to passion and the faerie lands become an even more dangerous place. Feyre must fight to break an ancient curse, or she will lose him forever.

A Court of Thorns and Roses is the start of a sensational romantic fantasy trilogy by the bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series.


I’m really interested in reading this book for several reasons.

1. It has faeries and anyone who knows me knows that I love books with faeries; particularly evil ones. I’m picky.

2. The blurb has that feel to it. You know the one that says “there will be folklore and possible symptoms of exploding heads.”

3. Masks. I am a sucker for masks. All twitter is nowadays is people in masks. This is what the book blogging community has come to and I’m liking it.

4. The blurb reminds me of an old Celtic ballad called Tam Lin.

5. The Main Character is a hunter. Killing of animals is involved.

I’m so much more interested in this novel, than Throne of Glass. Assassins are all good and fine, but it gets old. It’s an old trope in fantasy and doesn’t interest me as much. I’ve been there, done that. I think this series will be different. I believe Maas will show her skills here. I think she’ll prove her worth in this book. She’s grown as an author and I want to see what she can do now.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine highlighting upcoming releases we’re looking forward to.



Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.

She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.

She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.

She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others.

Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.


I get very giddy about high fantasy Young Adult novels. It’s like being able to snap your fingers and have a triple espresso. There are infinite possibilities here and I can’t sit here make them all up.  It’s just a magical feeling.

That name is so historical and victorian, it’s hilarious. I love hysterical names in Young Adult. This will be a great read for sure.

That is a very interesting concept: a world where magic isn’t permitted. How Meadows will tackle this is beyond me. I just imagine her wrestling with an elephant of a story. Oh yeah. It’s on big badass animals. Meadows’s claws will come out, dear creatures of today. A world like that? That takes some serious wording.

My only worry is that the “Princess” will turn into a Special Snowflake. I don’t like a main character that tries to get the reader to sympathize with her by slut shaming, being the poor rich girl, or even GASP have the love interest save her. I’m a demon when writing reviews and it will show, if this happens. Please don’t let this happen. I beg of you.

IT’S NO JOKE HOW MUCH I’M CAPTIVATED BY THIS PREMISE. A DRAGON COULD  SHIT GLITTER AND I WOULDN’T GLANCE THE OTHER WAY.


Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the forthcoming ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen). Visit her at http://www.jodimeadows.com

Waiting On Wednesday: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine highlighting the upcoming releases we’re most looking forward to.


My name is Lady Aileana Kameron.
First the fae murdered my mother. Then they destroyed my world.
Now I’m fighting for more than revenge.

Aileana took a stand against the Wild Hunt, and she lost everything: her home, her family and her friends. Held captive by her enemy, and tormenting herself over her failure, escape seems like only the faintest possibility. But when she gets her chance, she seizes it . . . to rejoin a world devastated by war.

The future is bleak. Hunted by the fae, running for her life, Aileana has only a few options left. Trying to become part of a society scarred by – and hiding from – the Wild Hunt; trusting that a fragile alliance with the fae will save her; or walking the most dangerous path at all: coming into her own powers as the last of the Falconers . . .


That cover is so Buffy. BUFFY ALL THE WAY. 

Cover is badass and therefore I must have it. It says a hell of a lot that I’m featuring this book as my Waiting On Wednesday when I haven’t even finished with the first book yet. It is so good. It’s one of those books that I don’t want to stop reading but I have to because, you know, LIFE.



ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Elizabeth May was born in California, where she lived during her formative years before moving to Scotland. She is currently working on her PhD at the University of St Andrews. When she isn’t writing or doing academics, she can be found hiking through the Scottish heather with a camera in hand.
She currently resides in Edinburgh, Scotland, with her husband. THE FALCONER is her début novel. For more information, follow her on Twitter @_ElizabethMay or visit her website http://www.elizabethmaywrites.com

Waiting on Wednesday: The Wrath & The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine highlighting upcoming releases we’re looking forward to.




THE WRATH AND THE DAWN (PENGUIN/PUTNAM, MAY 12, 2015):

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by A Thousand and One Nights

Every dawn brings horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and break the cycle once and for all.


The cover…..woah.

Again: WHOA.

Some more amaze: WHOOOOOA.

Silence. Ouch. Okay I got a little to close too the computer screen.

Seriously Guys. I love that cover. I love love love illustrated covers. Forget all that gossip magazine crap. THIS. This is how you put out a beautiful Young Adult cover. I love how there’s a painting of a girl behind the screen.  Forgive my western innocence, but I don’t know much about India or the middle east. I want to know more about that girl and her secrets.

IT’S SO BEAUUTTTTIFUL.

*enter into the insanity of my mind*

By the by: I have the Arabian Nights. I should read that. It looks fun.

*GIVE. GIVE. GIVE ME THE PRETTEH*

Brides.

Executions.

Revenge.

A boy-king.

I want to get my hands on this sucker.

Yes to more Diversity in YA.

I don’t know about you guys, but this is my number one anticipated read for 2015.

Waiting on Wednesday: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine showcasing upcoming releases we’re excited about.


From V.E. Schwab, the critically acclaimed author of Vicious, comes a new universe of daring adventure, thrilling power, and parallel Londons, beginning with A Darker Shade of Magic.

Kell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands.

There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George.

Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire.

White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones.

And once upon a time, there was Black London…but no one speaks of that now.

Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.

But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.


YES TO WIZARD BOOKS! This sounds so wonderfully magical. That is the only word to use here, since you know…wizards. I love the idea that he’s able to transport to different worlds and that they are called Red London or Grey London. I also like that he’s a smuggler, which means he isn’t a goody two shoes. I love it when the MC (main character) is rebellious. And that cover is one of the best illustrated covers I’ve seen in a long time. Nice job artists.

If you aren’t aware V.E. Schwab is Victoria Schwab. She’s known for writing these books:

Waiting on Wednesday: An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine highlighting upcoming releases we’re most looking forward to.



LAIA is a Scholar living under the brutal rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who vow to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they will find that their destinies are more intertwined that either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Vow your blood and body to the empire.
Keep your heart for yourself.


How could I not want this book? IT’S GOT REBEL SCHOLARS and a military academy. I have a thing for books with smart badasses. ‘Cause who wants a brainless idiot trying figure shit out? No. Librarians and scholars are the kickass people of the world. For sure. And that cover is kind of cool. Even though I don’t really understand what the hell is going on there.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West

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When Gia Montgomery’s boyfriend, Bradley, dumps her in the parking lot of her high school prom, she has to think fast. After all, she’d been telling her friends about him for months now. This was supposed to be the night she proved he existed. So when she sees a cute guy waiting to pick up his sister, she enlists his help. The task is simple: be her fill-in boyfriend— two hours, zero commitment, a few white lies. After that, she can win back the real Bradley.

The problem is that days after prom, it’s not the real Bradley she’s thinking about, but the stand-in. The one whose name she doesn’t even know. But tracking him down doesn’t mean they’re done faking a relationship. Gia owes him a favor and his sister intends to see that he collects: his ex-girlfriend’s graduation party — three hours, zero commitment, a few white lies.

Just when Gia begins to wonder if she could turn her fake boyfriend into a real one, Bradley comes waltzing back into her life, exposing her lie, and threatening to destroy her friendships and her new-found relationship.


It’s so cute, I could vomit from the horrid cuteness. I’m not one to like the cute-factor, but Oh gosh this makes me feel all sorts of gross cuddly feelings inside.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH…..want it. Sitting patiently like the good little reviewer that I am.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury

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Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?


This book looks so eerie and creepy. I’m just imagining it’s going to be one of those reads where I don’t have to worry about exams, general life suckery, and I have a big fat cup of coffee.

But…

then she see’s the release date: February 24th 2015 by Scholastic Press

You monsters.

Waiting on Wednesday: Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly

The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one.

Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch.

Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose–and into Devon, the cute new boy at school.

Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra. Her friends are getting zombiefied. Their dragon is tired of hiding in the RV garage. For being a shy boy-band boy, Devon is sure kissing a bunch of girls. And a phoenix hidden in the school is going to explode on the night of the Halloween Dance.

To stop the demon before he destroys Devon’s soul, Cam might have to try a spell of her own. But if she’s willing to work spells like the witch…will that mean she’s wicked too?