Waiting on Fire & Flood

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can’t wait to read. This week I’m excited for…

Fire & Flood by Victoria Scott

Tella Holloway is losing it. Her brother is sick, and when a dozen doctors can’t determine what’s wrong, her parents decide to move to Montana for the fresh air. She’s lost her friends, her parents are driving her crazy, her brother is dying—and she’s helpless to change anything.

Until she receives mysterious instructions on how to become a Contender in the Brimstone Bleed. It’s an epic race across jungle, desert, ocean, and mountain that could win her the prize she desperately desires: the Cure for her brother’s illness. But all the Contenders are after the Cure for people they love, and there’s no guarantee that Tella (or any of them) will survive the race.

The jungle is terrifying, the clock is ticking, and Tella knows she can’t trust the allies she makes. And one big question emerges: Why have so many fallen sick in the first place?

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Note to NetGalley: this is yet another title that will cause bleeding from all orifices in the event I am not granted access to it. Just so ya know.

But really, who isn’t excited about this book? There are so many things that intrigue me about it: the mysterious illness, the even more elusive Cure, the Brimstone Bleed, and just…just…EVERYTHING. This story sounds totally epic in the true sense of the word, full of adventure, mystery, and all the awesome things.

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Waiting on Grasshopper Jungle

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can’t wait to read. This week I’m excited for…

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin’s hormones are totally oblivious; they don’t care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He’s stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it’s up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

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This book sounds bizarre and hilarious, a perfect combination. I loved Andrew Smith’s The Marbury Lens and expect great things from him in Grasshopper Jungle. Praying mantises, teenage hormones, and saving the world? How could it NOT be good?

Waiting on Insanity

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can’t wait to read. This week I’m excited for…

Insanity by Susan Vaught

Never, Kentucky is not your average scenic small town. It is a crossways, a place where the dead and the living can find no peace. Not that Forest, an 18-year-old foster kid who works the graveyard shift at Lincoln Hospital, knew this when she applied for the job. Lincoln is a huge state mental institution, a good place for Forest to make some money to pay for college. But along with hundreds of very unstable patients, it also has underground tunnels, bell towers that ring unexpectedly, and a closet that holds more than just donated clothing….When the dead husband of one of Forest’s patients makes an appearance late one night, seemingly accompanied by an agent of the Devil, Forest loses all sense of reality and all sense of time. Terrified, she knows she has a part to play, and when she does so, she finds a heritage that she never expected.

With her deep knowledge of mental illness and mental institutions, Susan Vaught brings readers a fascinating and completely creepy new book intertwining the stories of three young people who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of Lincoln Hospital.

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I really liked Susan Vaught’s Freaks Like Us, so I think I would’ve added her next book no matter what it was about, but this sounds even better than Freaks. I thought Vaught handled the issue of mental illness incredibly well in her last book, so I know I don’t have to worry about being offended by her writing about the subject like I have been by certain other authors (looking at you, Claire Merle). Plus, this book sounds like it’s going to be a bit more on the horror/paranormal side of things, so I’ll also get to feed my growing love of YA horror. I’m really hoping to get this one from NetGalley, but if I don’t, at least it comes out in February so I won’t have to worry about my own sanity (yay, bad puns).

Waiting on We Were Liars

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can’t wait to read. This week I’m excited for…

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

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Oh. My. God. Words cannot express how much I want this book. It just became available on NetGalley, and I NEED it. I honestly think if I’m not accepted for it, I’ll cry tears of blood. Delacorte, hear my cry, and don’t make me sob tears of blood.

Truth be told, the summary above doesn’t really say a whole lot about the book. I don’t care. I can already tell I’ll love it. It sounds dark and twisty, the perfect combination for me.

People are already raving about it on Goodreads, including one of my favorite bloggers, Jamie at The Perpetual Page Turner, and saying how amazing it is. It doesn’t even come out until May, so it must be good. Its ratings are all super high, and seeing all the positive reviews is making me salivate for it even more.

Please, please, PLEASE, NetGalley, I’ll never ask for anything else. I just want this book.

*end slightly embarrassing and unprofessional groveling*

Waiting on Wednesday: Don’t Look Back

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can’t wait to read. This week I’m excited for…

Don’t Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.

Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it’s one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took “mean girl” to a whole new level, and it’s clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She’s getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she’s falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.

But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn’t just buried deep inside of Sam’s memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?

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I love books about amnesia, mean girls, and murder mysteries, so this book is an obvious pick for me. I do have to confess I have yet to read a book by Jennifer L. Armentrout, but I hear good things about her all the time so I’m pretty confident I’ll love this book. I’m hoping to get to Obsidian over winter break, which has been sitting on my Kindle unread since the summer to prepare myself for the awesomeness I know this book will be.

p. s. NetGalley, please accept my request to read this! I promise to actually read it on time!

Waiting on Wednesday: Christmas Wish List

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can’t wait to read. This week I’m excited for…

…sharing my bookish Christmas wish list with anyone who cares to know…

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1. Where the Stars Still Shine – Trish Doller
I can’t believe I haven’t read this book yet. Something Like Normal was probably the best surprise of 2012. I really wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did, and I’m wicked stoked about Where the Stars Still Shine, which I’ve read is even better.

2. Not a Drop to Drink – Mindy McGinnis
I’ve read a lot about this stand alone dystopian and it sounds quirky and cool.

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3. Wanderlove – Kristen Hubbard
This is a repeat from last year’s TTT Christmas list. I adore books about travel, and this one would be a very timely gift as I plan to travel abroad next fall.

4. Audition – Stasia Ward Kehoe
Another repeat from last Christmas. It’s a novel about dance written in verse, and I am determined to own it at some point because I think I’d really enjoy it.

Waiting on Me Since You

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can’t wait to read. This week I’m excited for…

Me Since You by Laura Wiess

Sixteen-year-old Rowan is still reeling from her father’s suicide four months ago, after he failed to stop a man from leaping off an overpass to his death. The only witness is Eli, a teenaged boy wrapped deep in mourning for his own father, killed in action in Afghanistan. When Rowan and Eli meet, they recognize kindred spirits, and begin to navigate grief and its aftermath together.

Rowan can’t understand how her father could choose to leave her, and acts out, pushing away friends and taking risks with her safety. Rowan’s mother, wracked with her own guilt and sorrow over failing to save her husband, stops going to work and collects stray cats for comfort. Grief, fractured and unpredictable, rules their lives now. Rowan is lost—and sinking. But Eli represents a lifeline for Rowan, and as they struggle to make sense of what’s gone and what is left behind, they begin to fall in love. 

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I need to break hiatus again and write about how much I want this book (I’m really bad at this hiatus thing. Maybe I should just give up. Yeah, that sounds like a good choice). I loved Laura Wiess’s first novel, Such A Pretty Girl it was extremely compelling and beautifully written and has left a lasting impression on me over the years. I tried to read one of her other novels, Leftovers, and hated it, and have been a bit wary of her books since then, but this one sounds right up my alley and I’m really excited about it. Cats, grief, and romance? Perfect.