Waiting On Wednesday – 9

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by book blogger Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I’m waiting for The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse (Expected publication: July 10th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers). It is a 2012 debut, a YA dystopian novel and it sounds awesome!

From Goodreads:

“As an obedient orphan of the U.N.A. (the super-country that was once Mexico, the U.S., and Canada), Alenna learned at an early age to blend in and be quiet—having your parents taken by the police will do that to a girl. But Alenna can’t help but stand out when she fails a test that all sixteen-year-olds have to take: The test says she has a high capacity for brutal violence, and so she is sent to The Wheel, an island where all would-be criminals end up.

The life expectancy of prisoners on The Wheel is just two years, but with dirty, violent, and chaotic conditions, the time seems a lot longer as Alenna is forced to deal with civil wars for land ownership and machines that snatch kids out of their makeshift homes. Desperate, she and the other prisoners concoct a potentially fatal plan to flee the island. Survival may seem impossible, but Alenna is determined to achieve it anyway.”

What are you waiting on this week?

Waiting On Wednesday – 7

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by book blogger Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Today I have chosen Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard (Expected publication: July 24th 2012 by HarperTeen). It is a 2012 debut and a YA/historical/steampunk novel with zombies. Doesn’t it sound awesome?

From Goodreads:

“The years is 1876, and there’s something strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…

Eleanor Fitt has a lot to worry about. Her brother has gone missing, her family has fallen on hard times, and her mother is determined to marry her off to any rich young man who walks by. But this is nothing compared to what she’s just read in the newspaper—

The Dead are rising in Philadelphia.

And then, in a frightening attack, a zombie delivers a letter to Eleanor…from her brother.

Whoever is controlling the Dead army has taken her brother as well. If Eleanor is going to find him, she’ll have to venture into the lab of the notorious Spirit-Hunters, who protect the city from supernatural forces. But as Eleanor spends more time with the Spirit-Hunters, including their maddeningly stubborn yet handsome inventor, Daniel, the situation becomes dire. And now, not only is her reputation on the line, but her very life may hang in the balance.”

Visit Susan’s website here.

What are you waiting for this week?

Book of the Week – 6

This week I’m reading Struck by Jennifer Bosworth. It has just come out and I had to buy (and read) it as soon as I could! It is a Young Adult Dystopian novel with a paranormal twist, and it sounds great…

From Goodreads:

“Mia Price is a lightning addict. She’s survived countless strikes, but her craving to connect to the energy in storms endangers her life and the lives of those around her.

Los Angeles, where lightning rarely strikes, is one of the few places Mia feels safe from her addiction. But when an earthquake devastates the city, her haven is transformed into a minefield of chaos and danger. The beaches become massive tent cities. Downtown is a crumbling wasteland, where a traveling party moves to a different empty building each night, the revelers drawn to the destruction by a force they cannot deny. Two warring cults rise to power, and both see Mia as the key to their opposing doomsday prophecies. They believe she has a connection to the freak electrical storm that caused the quake, and to the far more devastating storm that is yet to come.

Mia wants to trust the enigmatic and alluring Jeremy when he promises to protect her, but she fears he isn’t who he claims to be. In the end, the passion and power that brought them together could be their downfall. When the final disaster strikes, Mia must risk unleashing the full horror of her strength to save the people she loves, or lose everything.”

Check out Jennifer’s website here: http://www.jenniferbosworth.com/

What are you reading this week?


The Apocalypsies

Today I wanted to mention The Apocalypsies.

What are The Apocalypsies?

The Apocalypsies is a group of  authors whose Middle Grade/YA books are all 2012 debut. 2012 being the year of a supposed apocalypse, they came up with that witty name to promote their books.

Who are The Apocalypsies?

So far, around a hundred 2012 debut authors have joined the group.

Where can I find out more about The Apocalypsies?

You can check out their blog: http://apocalypsies.blogspot.com/

Any favorites among those Apocalypsies?

I have to say I’m eagerly awaiting the release of:

THE CAVENDISH HOME FOR BOYS AND GIRLS by Claire Legrand (Simon & Schuster)

BLACK CITY by Elizabeth Richards (Putnam)

WHEN THE SEA IS RISING RED by Cat Hellison (Farrar, Straus, Giroux)

… and I shall stop there.

Which book from The Apocalypsies are you waiting for?