Waiting on Wednesday (#6): Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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Title: Vicious
Author: V.E. Schwab
Release Date: September 2013

A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.

Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

In Vicious, V. E. Schwab brings to life a gritty comic-book-style world in vivid prose: a world where gaining superpowers doesn’t automatically lead to heroism, and a time when allegiances are called into question.

Victoria Schwab is an AMAZING writer. I loved her YA novel, The Archived – which has a sequel coming in 2014. She does a great job of bringing her world and her characters to life, making the reader feel as though they are living the adventure with the characters rather than simply reading about it.

I’ve heard amazing things about Vicious. I’m dying to get my hands on it. For you bloggers and reviewers out there, there IS a short sampler on NetGalley, but I hear it cuts off just as the book gets AMAZING, and you should only check it out at your own risk – Reading this short sample may cause you to scream in frustration and demand that Vicious release NOW! I’m still considering checking it out…

We still have 7 weeks until this fabulous book releases. To pre-order it, click here.

Waiting on Wednesday (#5): Teardrop by Lauren Kate

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Title: Teardrop (Teardrop #1)
Author: Lauren Kate
Release Date: October 2013

The first in a new series by Lauren Kate, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Fallen series, TEARDROP is an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.

Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux’s mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn’t, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn’t know Eureka’s darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined.

I really enjoyed Lauren Kate’s Fallen series. It was one of the first series’ I read with Fallen Angels, so I’m really excited to see how this new series is. Teardrop releases October 22, 2013. To pre-order your copy of Teardrop, click here.

Waiting on Wednesday (#4): These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

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These Broken Stars

Title: These Broken Stars (Starbound #1)
Author(s): Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
Release Date: December 2013

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

The first in a sweeping science fiction trilogy, These Broken Stars is a timeless love story about hope and survival in the face of unthinkable odds.

Everything about this book just looks amazing. The cover is gorgeous, first of all. And the plot sounds intriguing! A massive luxury spaceliner crashing on an unknown planet? I’m sold!

These Broken Stars releases in December of this year, and I can’t wait! To pre-order your copy of These Broken Stars, click here

Waiting on Wednesday (#3): Perfect Lies by Kiersten White

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Title: Perfect Lies (Mind Games #2)
Author: Kiersten White
Release Date: February 2014

The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.

But Annie’s visions of the future can’t show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia’s first love, Fia knows he’s hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other – but that may not be enough to save them.

I’m a big Kiersten White fan, have been since the beginning. I read the Paranormalcy Trilogy when it first came out, and I completely loved Mind Games. I thought it was raw and emotional. How can you not like a book about supernatural espionage? I felt so bad for Fia and Annie, but even more so for Fia. The ending blew my mind, so I’m really excited to read this thrilling conclusion to the duology. I just don’t know how I’m going to make it to February…

Waiting on Wednesday (#2): Frozen by Melissa de La Cruz

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Title: Frozen
Author: Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston
Release Date: September 2013

Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.

First of all, I’m a huge Melissa de la Cruz fan. I enjoyed the Blue Bloods series so much, I’m looking forward to the Blue Bloods spin-off, and I absolutely can’t get enough of the Witches of East End. So, it goes without saying that I’m excited for this new series!

I really enjoy books and movies with severe climate changes and catastrophic geological events. Frozen kind of reminds me of The Day After Tomorrow (a movie with Jake Gyllenhaal, for those who don’t remember). At the end of the movie, over half of the United States (the Northern States, to be specific) is covered in ice and snow, with temperatures so far below freezing, a person (or animal) would freeze to death the second they went outside.

Also, it’s Las Vegas (Or, as it’s called in Frozen, New Vegas). There’s something exciting and dangerous about Las Vegas. Having the City of Sin as the backdrop for this book sets the reader up for a wild ride with high expectations – at least, in my opinion.

Frozen releases in September, and I’m counting the days!

Waiting on Wednesday (#1): The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

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Title: The Fiery Heart (Bloodlines #4)
Author: Richelle Mead
Release Date: November 2013

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 Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her….

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure—and re-education—looms larger than ever.

Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.

I mean, really, who doesn’t want to see what happens next with Sydney and Adrian?!? Getting part of the story in Adrian’s perspective is just a bonus! I’m also a little biased here, because I’ve followed Richelle Mead through every single one of her series so far. I love the Georgina Kincaid books and, of course, the Vampire Academy books. And am I the only one who has swooned over Kiyo and Dorian from the Dark Swan series??

November feels very far away right now!