Waiting on Wednesday #16

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

Edgier stories have found their way into YA and I’m happy to be sharing two today with you.

By S.J. Kincaid
No. in a Series: #1 in the Insignia Series
Format: Hardcover
No. of Pages: 444
Release Date: July 10th 2012
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Insignia by S.J. Kincaid

SUMMARY: More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test, and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War Three. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?

Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid’s futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology.

Lost Girls
By Ann Kelley
Format: Hardcover
No. of Pages: 336
Release Date: July 10th 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Lost Girls by Ann Kelley

SUMMARY: No parents. No rules. No way home.

Fourteen-year-old Bonnie MacDonald couldn’t be more excited for a camping trip on an island off the coast of Thailand with her fellow Amelia Earhart Cadets-the daughters of the men and women stationed there during the Vietnam War. But when a strong current deposits the girls on what their boatman calls the “forbidden island,” things take a turn for the worse: A powerful storm comes to destroy their campsite, the smallest of the junior cadets is found dead, and their boatman never returns. What once seemed like a vacation in paradise has become a battle against the elements.

Peppered with short, frantic entries from Bonnie’s journal, Lost Girls is a page-turning, heart-pounding adventure story about a group of teen girls fighting for their lives.

Can we say ‘kick-ass’? July 10th can’t get here fast enough for this fan. 😀

What about you? What are you waiting for this Wednesday? 🙂

For this week, I’m visiting the following blogs:

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NOTE: NEW BOOK/S featured means my first time to see/meet/hear of the titles being featured. 🙂

14 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday #16

    • Yeah, male POVs are kinda rare in MG/YA or even in other fiction genres. Plus Insignia got such positive advance reviews that’s why it helped capture my interest. I can say the same for Lost Girls, too.

      Thanks for stopping by. 😉

    • You picked something cool this week, too. It’s not not something I’d normally get excited for (I’m a huge adventure/magic fan) but the blurb sounds really cool. 🙂

    • Hehe. Yeah, the covers are not that pretty but I think they are able to evoke the essence of their respective stories. Thanks for reading my WoW, Lizzy. 🙂

    • Haha. I think there are already 2 of you who mentioned about not liking the cover for Insignia. I have my doubts over it, too, but the story sounds like so much fun hence I’m throwing caution to the wind and just be excited for it. 😀

      And you’re welcome. I love finding new blogs to stalk (as my time would allow..hehe).

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