Waiting on Wednesday: Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

28962906Title: Stalking Jack the Ripper

Author: Kerri Maniscalco

Genre: Historial Fiction

Pages: Hardcover, 336

Publication: September 20, 2016

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Audrey Rose Wadsworth was born a lord’s daughter, with a life of wealth and privilege stretched out before her. But between the social teas and silk dress fittings, she leads a forbidden secret life.

Against her stern father’s wishes and society’s expectations, Audrey often slips away to her uncle’s laboratory to study the gruesome practice of forensic medicine. When her work on a string of savagely killed corpses drags Audrey into the investigation of a serial murderer, her search for answers brings her close to her own sheltered world.

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I’M SO READY FOR THIS BOOK OMG. I’ve heard so many good things about this book from my Goodreads friends, and it’s gotten me so hype. Also, I’ve recently really gotten into historical fiction thanks to And I Darken.

I think that, if it’s done well, it could really prove to be a fascinating and exciting book.

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What are you waiting for?

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Waiting on Wednesday: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

28686840Title: Holding Up the Universe

Author: Jennifer Niven

Genre: Contemporary

Pages: Hardcover, 400

Publication: October 4, 2016

Synopsis:

From the author of the New York Times bestseller All the Bright Places comes a heart-wrenching story about what it means to see someone—and love someone—for who they truly are.

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for EVERY POSSIBILITY LIFE HAS TO OFFER. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything in new and bad-ass ways, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. . . . Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

Jennifer Niven delivers another poignant, exhilarating love story about finding that person who sees you for who you are—and seeing them right back.

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I’ve heard a lot of good things about Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places. While I haven’t read that novel, I’ve wanted to for a long time. According to a lot of people, she has the ability to tackle difficult issues in an eloquent and delicate way.

This book seems to be addressing a few hard issues that I feel like I can relate to. I’m hoping that when I pick up this book, I’ll be moved.

Waiting on Wednesday: Caraval by Stephanie Garber

caravalTitle: Caraval

Author: Stephanie Garber

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: Hardcover, 416

Publication: January 31, 2017

Synopsis:

Before you enter the world of Caraval, you must remember that it’s all a game . . .

Scarlett has never left the tiny island where she and her beloved sister, Tella, live with their ruthless father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval, the legendary, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show, are over.

Then, Scarlett’s long-dreamt of invitation to Caraval finally arrives. So, Tella enlists a mysterious sailor’s help to whisk Scarlett away to this year’s show. But as soon as the trio arrives, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. But she nonetheless soon becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic with her sister, with Legend, and with the other players in the game. And whether Caraval is real or not, she must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over, a dangerous domino effect of consequences is set off, and her sister disappears forever.

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Oh my god guys, I’m so excited for this book. While it doesn’t come out for a while, all of the reviews that I’ve read for it so far have been so incredibly positive. The plot sounds mysterious and intriguing, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Waiting on Wednesday: A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess

23203252Title: A Shadow Bright and Burning

Author: Jessica Cluess

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: Hardcover, 416

Publication: September 20, 2016 by Random House

Synopsis:

I am Henrietta Howel.
The first female sorcerer in hundreds of years.
The prophesied one.
Or am I?

Henrietta Howel can burst into flames.
Forced to reveal her power to save a friend, she’s shocked when instead of being executed, she’s invited to train as one of Her Majesty’s royal sorcerers.

Thrust into the glamour of Victorian London, Henrietta is declared the chosen one, the girl who will defeat the Ancients, bloodthirsty demons terrorizing humanity. She also meets her fellow sorcerer trainees, handsome young men eager to test her power and her heart. One will challenge her. One will fight for her. One will betray her.

But Henrietta Howel is not the chosen one. 
As she plays a dangerous game of deception, she discovers that the sorcerers have their own secrets to protect. With battle looming, what does it mean to not be the one? And how much will she risk to save the city—and the one she loves?

Exhilarating and gripping, Jessica Cluess’s spellbinding fantasy introduces a powerful, unforgettably heroine, and a world filled with magic, romance, and betrayal. Hand to fans of Libba Bray, Sarah J. Maas, and Cassandra Clare.

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I want to take this cover, frame it, and hang it on my wall. IT’S SO BEAUTIFUL.

Not only is the book gorgeous, it sounds absolutely AMAZING. Fantasy + Victorian England? SIGN ME UP. The plot sounds like a perfect mix of Red Queen, Throne of Glass, and Clockwork Angel, all of which, are among my favorite fantasy novels.

So many good books are coming out in September! I’m going to be so broke.

What are you waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

28260587Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass, #5)

Author: Sarah J. Maas

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: Hardcover, 704

Publication: September 6, 2016

Synopsis:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

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First of all, look at that GORGEOUS cover. I didn’t think the covers for the Throne of Glass books could get even prettier, but Empire of Storms completely baffled me when it came out.

About two weeks ago, I started my journey to catch up on the Throne of Glass series because it is one of my all time favorite fantasy series. I found an audiobook of Heir of Fire on my Audible account (that I had somehow just forgotten was there??), and I listened to that in about a week. Currently, I’m listening to the audiobook of Queen of Shadows, and it’s just as phenomenal as its predecessor.

I can’t wait to get my hands on this extremely, but probably rightfully, long book.

Waiting on Wednesday: King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard

Raise your hand if your dying to get your hand on Victoria Aveyard’s next book!

****raises hand aggressively****

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Publication: February 7, 2017

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I know February is a long way away. But I just don’t care.

I’m dying to get my hands on this beautiful and amazing and insert-excessively-positive-adjective-here book.

Recently, Victoria Aveyard revealed the beautiful cover of the third book in the Red Queen series, King’s Cage. The cover is completely to die for, and I really miss Maven, so I can’t wait to read this.

What are you waiting for this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh

23308084Title: The Rose and the Dagger

Author: Renee Ahdieh

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: Hardcover, 432

Publication: April 26, 2016 via G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Synopsis:

The much anticipated sequel to the breathtaking The Wrath and the Dawn, lauded by Publishers Weekly as “a potent page-turner of intrigue and romance.”

I am surrounded on all sides by a desert. A guest, in a prison of sand and sun. My family is here. And I do not know whom I can trust.

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad has been torn from the love of her husband Khalid, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once believed him a monster, but his secrets revealed a man tormented by guilt and a powerful curse—one that might keep them apart forever. Reunited with her family, who have taken refuge with enemies of Khalid, and Tariq, her childhood sweetheart, she should be happy. But Tariq now commands forces set on destroying Khalid’s empire. Shahrzad is almost a prisoner caught between loyalties to people she loves. But she refuses to be a pawn and devises a plan.

While her father, Jahandar, continues to play with magical forces he doesn’t yet understand, Shahrzad tries to uncover powers that may lie dormant within her. With the help of a tattered old carpet and a tempestuous but sage young man, Shahrzad will attempt to break the curse and reunite with her one true love.

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So, I finished The Wrath and the Dawn last Friday, and I completely fell in love with this story. The characters are freaking amazing (seriously, Khalid is legit the best/hottest/articulate character), and the story is written so well. Plus, the covers are absolutely gorgeous. The end of April seems so far away.

Waiting on Wednesday: When We Collided by Emery Lord

25663637Title: When We Collided

Author: Emery Lord

Genre: Contemporary

Pages: Hardcover, 352

Publication: April 5, 2016

Synopsis:

Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power save or destroy them.

Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.

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I’ve heard so much about this book, and I think it’s going to be absolutely amazing. I follow Emery Lord on Twitter, and she honestly has some of the best/funniest tweets ever. Plus, this cover is gorgeous, and that tagline has me hooked. I can’t wait to read this book.

What are you waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

26156203Title: The Crown’s Game

Author: Evelyn Skye

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: Hardcover, 416

Publication: May 17, 2016

Synopsis:

Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love… or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear… the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

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So, the book trailer just recently came out, and it looked amazing. The book trailer is so unique and cool, so it really caught my eye. I’ve been on a fantasy kick for a while (thanks Victoria Aveyard), so I can’t wait to get my hands on this. The plot/setting kind of reminds of Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, which I loved, with the mystery and intrigue of The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. It looks so good, and I’m very excited.

What are y’all waiting for?

 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead


Title: The Glittering Court
Author: Richelle Mead
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: Harcover, 416
Publication: April 5, 2016

Synopsis:
A dazzling new fantasy series set in a mix of Elizabethan and frontier worlds that’s dripping with romance from Richelle Mead, #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy.

Big and sweeping, spanning the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Courttells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court. 

Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies capable of arranging powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.

When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together, they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first, as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and later, when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.

But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands.

I’ve read the majority of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy series, and I looooovvvveeed it. So, take Richelle Mead’s writing, Elizabethan fashion, and fantasy, and I’m alllllll over this. I’m so excited to read this book; it looks amazing.