Waiting on Wednesday: Heir of Fire by Sarah J Maas

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Heir of Fire
Sarah J Maas

Bloomsbury USA Children
Releases on September 2, 2014
565 pages

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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.

While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

First of all, this is a gorgeous cover. Second of all, I keep wanting to call this book Heir on Fire, which would mean something totally different. And finally, CHAOL! While I didn't feel my fellow bloggers obsession with Throne of Glass, the second book in the series beat me over the head repeatedly until I admitted that I kind of loved it and want to spend as much time in this world as possible. Also, CHAOL!

Waiting on Wednesday: Lock In by John Scalzi

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Lock In
John Scalzi

Tor Books
Releases August 26, 2014
320 pages

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A novel of our near future, from one of the most popular authors in modern SF

Fifteen years from now, a new virus sweeps the globe. 95% of those afflicted experience nothing worse than fever and headaches. Four percent suffer acute meningitis, creating the largest medical crisis in history. And one percent find themselvs “locked in”—fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus.

One per cent doesn't seem like a lot. But in the United States, that's 1.7 million people “locked in”...including the President's wife and daughter.

Spurred by grief and the sheer magnitude of the suffering, America undertakes a massive scientific initiative. Nothing can restore the ability to control their own bodies to the locked in. But then two new technologies emerge. One is a virtual-reality environment, “The Agora,” in which the locked-in can interact with other humans, both locked-in and not. The other is the discovery that a few rare individuals have brains that are receptive to being controlled by others, meaning that from time to time, those who are locked in can “ride” these people and use their bodies as if they were their own.

This skill is quickly regulated, licensed, bonded, and controlled. Nothing can go wrong. Certainly nobody would be tempted to misuse it, for murder, for political power, or worse....

I haven't read anything by John Scalzi before, but I've always heard great things about his work. This was on io9's list of genre books they were most looking forward to this summer and it sounds fascinating. It has the sci-fi element and tons of ethical dilemmas that make for great drama. I normally avoid a lot of sci-fi involving plagues or vast sickness because it makes me paranoid, but it sounds like this will focus more on the results rather than the illness.

Waiting on Wednesday: Divided by Elsie Chapman

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Divided (Dualed #2)
Elsie Chapman

Random House Books for Young Readers
Releases May 27, 2014
320 pages

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The hunter becomes the hunted. . . .

West Grayer is done killing. She defeated her Alternate, a twin raised by another family, and proved she’s worthy of a future. She’s ready to move on with her life.

The Board has other plans. They want her to kill one last time, and offer her a deal worth killing for. But when West recognizes her target as a ghost from her past, she realizes she’s in over her head. The Board is lying, and West will have to uncover the truth of the past to secure her future.

How far will the Board go to keep their secrets safe? And how far will West go to save those she loves? With nonstop action and surprising twists, Elsie Chapman’s intoxicating sequel to Dualed reveals everything.

I was pleasantly surprised by Dualed though I felt that the world building was a little lacking and the small glimpses into the world around West proved that a plethora of stories could potentially be found outside the dual standoffs that made up the first book. Based on the blurb, it sounds like we'll get a larger glimpse into how West's world works with more involvment from The Board. Hopefully the fast-paced, action-packed nature of the first book will be carried over into its sequel. Lots of potential for this one.

Waiting on Wednesday: The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

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The Inventor's Secret
Andrea Cremer

Philomel
Releases April 22, 2014
336 pages

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Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape from the coastal cities or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.

GADGETS! I'm judging this book on its cover because nothing much about the description screams steampunk except that it's called steampunk towards the end. Alt-history is always fun, especially when it's an alternate version of something other than the Civil War or one of the World Wars. I want this to have lots of gadgets and gizmos and snarky banter. That's what I want in all my books though...

Waiting on Wednesday: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

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The Infinite Sea
Rick Yancey

Putnam Juvenile
Releases September 16, 2014
480 pages

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The riveting follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The 5th Wave, hailed by Justin Cronin as “wildly entertaining.”

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

My book club is actually reading The 5th Wave this month and it's just reminded me how much I loved that book. It was surprising, caused me to beat up my couch and made my pulse pound a time or two. I'm really excited to see where Yancey takes his cast of characters after the explosive conclusion to The 5th Wave.

Waiting on Wednesday: Ruins by Dan Wells

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Ruins
Dan Wells

Balzer + Bray
Releases March 11, 2014
464 pages

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Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.

There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost. 

I was shocked to see that I hadn't used this one for a WOW post already. This book has been taking up a precious spot on my library hold list for weeks already. I read Partials in a night, staying up until 4AM because I couldn't let go of Samm and Kira. I am so anxious to see how their adventure ends and if they're able to same both the Partials and the human race.

Waiting on Wednesday: Alienated by Melissa Landers

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One day Random Tuesday will return, but so far in 2014, I've had epically bad Tuesdays and so I'm not really in the mood for randomness by the time blogging time comes around. But sometime soon! On a Random Tuesday! There will be RANDOM THINGS! Until then, here is what I'm making grabby hands at this week:

Alienated
Melissa Landers

Disney Hyperion
Releases February 4, 2014
352 pages

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Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them. 

Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.

Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.

But when Cara's classmates get swept up by anti-L'eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn't safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara's locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class. 

Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she's fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet 

A few weeks back we watched a movie called Upside Down. The next day I saw this cover for the first time and thought they must be related somehow. Then I read the description and saw that it involved aliens. I immediately new this would be SO MUCH BETTER than that movie about two worlds hovering over one another. Alien romances are fun. This cover is extremely intriguing.