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Waiting on Wednesday (33) — The Shade of the Moon

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I can’t wait for…

The Shade of the Moon by Susan Beth Pfeffer

The Shade of the Moon (The Last Survivors, #4)

It’s been more than two years since Jon Evans and his family left Pennsylvania, hoping to find a safe place to live, yet Jon remains haunted by the deaths of those he loved. His prowess on a soccer field has guaranteed him a home in a well-protected enclave. But Jon is painfully aware that a missed goal, a careless word, even falling in love, can put his life and the lives of his mother, his sister Miranda, and her husband, Alex, in jeopardy. Can Jon risk doing what is right in a world gone so terribly wrong? (Goodreads summary)

The Last Survivors series is a popular post-apocalyptic series in my classroom, and I know I will be adding book 4 to my classroom library. I read the first book (Life As We Knew It) last summer, and it was checked out quite a bit this year. Many of my students didn’t want to read Ashfall because it was “too big,” but many wanted more post-apocalyptic journeys and moved on to that after reading this series. I don’t have the 3rd book, so I’ll have to pick that one up too!

Releases: August 13, 2013

Books 1, 2, and 3 in the series:

Life As We Knew It (Last Survivors, #1)  The Dead and the Gone (Last Survivors, #2)  This World We Live In (Last Survivors, #3)

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Waiting on Wednesday (32) — Crown of Midnight

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I can’t wait for…

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2)

An assassin’s loyalties are always in doubt.
But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king’s contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown – a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes.

Keeping up the deadly charade—while pretending to do the king’s bidding—will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she’s given a task that could jeopardize everything she’s come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon — forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice.

Where do the assassin’s loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for? (Goodreads summary)

I absolutely LOVED Throne of Glass when I read it earlier this year, and I have been waiting (ok, ok, impatiently waiting) for the second book ever since! I love how the covers have gone kinda anime/graphic novelish. I hate to get into the whole “girly” cover debate, but I think this cover will entice a lot more of my boys to read the series rather than having a cover more similar to the original Throne of Glass cover.

I’m so excited to see where the story goes from here. I’m anxious to see how Dorian matures, if Chaol continues to be a rock, and how Calaena responds to the king and his tasks. Agggh!!! Luckily, a friend picked up a copy for me while at a conference, so I’ll get to find out pretty soon (like…hopefully this weekend soon)!

Releases: August 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (31) – Wild Awake

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I can’t wait for…

Wild Awake by Hilary T. Smith

Wild Awake

Things you earnestly believe will happen while your parents are away:

1. You will remember to water the azaleas.
2. You will take detailed, accurate messages.
3. You will call your older brother, Denny, if even the slightest thing goes wrong.
4. You and your best friend/bandmate Lukas will win Battle of the Bands.
5. Amid the thrill of victory, Lukas will finally realize you are the girl of his dreams.

Things that actually happen:

1. A stranger calls who says he knew your sister.
2. He says he has her stuff.
3. What stuff? Her stuff.
4. You tell him your parents won’t be able to—
5. Sukey died five years ago; can’t he—
6. You pick up a pen.
7. You scribble down the address.
8. You get on your bike and go.
9. Things . . . get a little crazy after that.*
*also, you fall in love, but not with Lukas.

Both exhilarating and wrenching, Hilary T. Smith’s debut novel captures the messy glory of being alive, as seventeen-year-old Kiri Byrd discovers love, loss, chaos, and murder woven into a summer of music, madness, piercing heartbreak, and intoxicating joy. (Goodreads summary)

This has been on my radar foreverrrrr, and I’m so excited that it’s finally almost here! All of the bookish friends that I trust that were lucky enough to read a preview have been raving about how fabulous it is. This is one that I will be picking up ASAP!

Releases: May 28, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (30) – The Uprising

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

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The Uprising by Lisa M. Stasse

The Uprising (The Forsaken, #2)

In this dystopian sequel to The Forsaken, Alenna has survived the brutality of life on the wheel—and now she’s going back for more.

Alenna escaped. It was expected that she would die on the wheel, the island where would-be criminals are sent as directed by the UNA—the totalitarian supercountry that was once the United States, Mexico, and Canada. But Alenna and her boyfriend, Liam, made it to safety. Except safety, they will soon learn, is relative.

In order to bring down the UNA, they must first gain control of the wheel. If the mission succeeds, the wheel will become a base of revolution. But between betrayals, a new Monk leading a more organized army of Drones, and the discovery of a previously unknown contingent, Alenna, Liam, and their allies might be in over their heads. One thing Alenna knows for sure: There will be a reckoning. And not everyone she loves will make it out alive. (Goodreads summary)

While I had issues with The Forsaken (insta-love!!), I really enjoyed the story overall. I’m looking forward to reading The Uprising, and I’m hoping that we’ll get more background into the relationship between Alenna and Liam. Plus, are you kidding?! These covers are gor.geous!!

Releases: August 6, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (29) – The Bitter Kingdom

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I can’t wait for…

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson

The Bitter Kingdom (Fire and Thorns, #3)

Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she’s never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most. Riveting, surprising, and achingly romantic, Rae Carson has spun a bold and powerful conclusion to her extraordinary trilogy. (Goodreads summary)

I absolutely adorrrrre this series and Rae Carson. I’ve already pre-ordered The Bitter Kingdom on Amazon, but I’m hoping that I can score an ARC (or have a friend loan one they get) from IRA or ALA! I can’t wait to see what happens with Hector, how Elisa grows, and what happens with some of the secondary characters. LOOOOVVVVE!!

Releases: August 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (28) – Isla and the Happily Ever After

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I can’t wait for…

Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Isla and the Happily Ever After

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new. (Goodreads summary)

 

This is one of my favorite contemporary series, and  I can’t wait to see how the series wraps up! I also love how we will get to see couples and stories from the previous two books come together once again.

Releases: September 27, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (27) – Pretty Girl-13

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Waiting on Wednesday in a weekly meme, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that lets us gush over books we just can’t WAIT to get our hands on!

I can’t wait for…

Pretty Girl-13 by Liz Coley

Pretty Girl-13

Reminiscent of the Elizabeth Smart case, Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing and powerful psychological mystery about a girl who must piece together the story of her kidnapping and captivity.

Angie Chapman was thirteen years old when she ventured into the woods alone on a Girl Scouts camping trip. Now she’s returned home…only to find that it’s three years later and she’s sixteen-or at least that’s what everyone tells her.

What happened to the past three years of her life?

Angie doesn’t know.

But there are people who do—people who could tell Angie every detail of her forgotten time, if only they weren’t locked inside her mind. With a tremendous amount of courage, Angie embarks on a journey to discover the fragments of her personality, otherwise known as her “alters.” As she unearths more and more about her past, she discovers a terrifying secret and must decide: When you remember things you wish you could forget, do you destroy the parts of yourself that are responsible?

Liz Coley’s alarming and fascinating psychological mystery is a disturbing-and ultimately empowering-page-turner about accepting our whole selves, and the healing power of courage, hope, and love. (Goodreads summary)

I have a lot of students who love Living Dead Girl, and I think this title will be a great ladder book for them. It sounds so perfectly creepy…I know that it’s going to end up leaving me scared to death to let my children out of my sight!

Releases: March 19, 2013