Waiting on Wednesday #17

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

Super excited for these three books I’m going to be sharing to you. Two are fantastical in nature while the other tackles family drama. Hope you include these in your wishlists for 2013 (I know it sounds too far off into the future..hehe) 🙂

The Art of Wishing
By Lindsay Ribar
Format: Hardcover
No. of Pages: 314
Release Date: March 21st 2013
Publisher: Dial Books For Young Readers

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

SUMMARY: Margo McKenna has a plan of attack for everything, from landing the part she wants in her high school musical to dealing with her increasingly absent parents. But when she finds herself in possession of a genie’s ring and the opportunity to make three wishes, she doesn’t know what to do. Especially since Oliver – not blue-skinned, not bottle-dwelling, but a genie nonetheless – can see more than what she’s willing to show him. With one peek into her mind, he can see the wishes that even Margo herself doesn’t know she wants.

But Oliver comes with more than just mind-reading abilities, a flair for magic, and the prettiest eyes Margo’s ever seen. Someone from his past is hunting him – someone bent on killing him, along with all the other genies in the world, for the sake of honor. And as Margo soon discovers, it will take more than three wishes to save him.

A whole lot more.

Genies are like super cool. I miss Aladdin’s gang so this will surely make up for it. Did I mention that I luuuuvvvee that effin’ cool cover? 😀

The Nightmare Affair
By Mindee Arnett
Format: Hardcover
No. of Pages: 352
Release Date: March 5th 2013
Publisher: Tor Teen

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

SUMMARY: 16-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder. The setting is Arkwell.

And then it comes true.

Now the Dusty has to follow the clues–both within Eli’s dreams and out of them–to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

So can’t wait for this one. The cover + blurb got me when I first saw this on Natalia’s Dazzling Reads blog; and then I knew I would have this on my WoW. Plus, that girl’s just got great taste in books so. 😀

The Reece Malcolm List
By Amy Spalding
Format: Paperback
Release Date: February 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen

The Reece Malcolm List by Amy Spalding

SUMMARY: Things I know about Reece Malcolm:

  1. She graduated from New York University.
  2. She lives in or near Los Angeles.
  3. Since her first novel was released, she’s been on the New York Times bestseller list every week.
  4. She likes strong coffee and bourbon.
  5. She’s my mother.

Devan knows very little about Reece Malcolm, until the day her father dies and she’s shipped off to live with the mother she’s never met. All she has is a list of notebook entries that doesn’t add up to much.

L.A. offers a whole new world to Devan—a performing arts school allows her to pursue her passion for show choir and musicals, a new circle of friends helps to draw her out of her shell, and an intriguing boy opens up possibilities for her first love.

But then the Reece Malcolm list gets a surprising new entry. Now that Devan is so close to having it all, can she handle the possibility of losing everything?

I don’t usually go for drama as I like reading books to escape (hence my penchant for fantasy, adventure, magic, etc.). But I think I’m going to like this one a lot lot lot. 😀

Seriously, why did these books have to be published in 2013? Can’t they manage to get these released this year? Agh. Would really love to read these. I mean the world might end anytime now so wouldn’t it be cool to have one last reading extravaganza before that? 😀

Oops. Where are my manners? I forgot to ask you what you’re waiting for this Wednesday. Leave me some comments so I can visit your blog. 😉

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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.

Insignia
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? 🙂

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Waiting on Wednesday #15

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

Kick-ass and unforgettable characters can always make or break a book. And I’m looking forward to how these protagonists make for some epic reading. 🙂

The Forsaken
By Lisa M. Stasse
No. in a Series: #1 in The Forsaken Series
Format: Hardcover
No. of Pages: 384
Release Date: July 10th 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

The Forsaken by Lisa M. Stasse

SUMMARY: A thought-provoking and exciting start to a riveting new dystopian trilogy.

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.

Falling Kingdoms
By Morgan Rhodes / Michelle Rowen
No. in a Series: #1 in the Falling Kingdoms Series
Format: Hardcover
No. of Pages: 412
Release Date: December 11th 2012
Publisher: Razorbill

Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes/Michelle Rowen

SUMMARY: In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.
Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.
Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

There’s no denying I’m a Hunger Games fan so The Forsaken is so up there in my wishlist. It sounds really cool with an artsy cover to boot. As for Falling Kingdoms, well, my circle is quite obsessed with the Game of Thrones right now hence, the influence. 😀

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Waiting on Wednesday #14

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

I’m back with a dystopian YA novel on my wishlist. 😀

Eve and Adam
By Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
Format: Hardcover
No. of Pages: 304
Release Date: October 2nd 2012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

SUMMARY: Sixteen-year-old Evening Spiker lives an affluent life in San Francisco with her mother, EmmaRose, a successful geneticist and owner of Spiker Biotech. Sure, Evening misses her father who died mysteriously, but she’s never really questioned it. Much like how she’s never stopped to think how off it is that she’s never been sick. That is, until she’s struck by a car and is exposed to extensive injuries. Injuries that seem to be healing faster than physically possible.

While recuperating in Spiker Biotech’s lush facilities, she meets Solo Plissken, a very attractive, if off-putting boy her age who spent his life at Spiker Biotech. Like Evening, he’s never questioned anything… until now. Solo drops hints to Evening that something isn’t right, and Emma-Rose may be behind it. Evening puts this out of her mind and begins her summer internship project: To simulate the creation of the perfect boy. With the help of Solo, Evening uncovers secrets so big they could change the world completely.

It was the cover that drew me in. But it was the premise that held me fast. Oh, I wish I could get my hands on this book already. Hopefully, my family and friends would be extra generous as to get me this book for Christmas. What about you? What book/s are you eagerly waiting for? 🙂

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Waiting on Wednesday #13

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

Having read Juliet Blackwell’s Witchcraft Mystery Series (Secondhand Spirits and A Cast-off Coven), has cultivated my love for things vintage. It made me think I would make a fab 20’s girl in a very becoming flapper dress. Hence, my pick for this week.

The Diviners (The Diviners #1)
By Libba Bray
Release Date: November 1st 2012
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The Diviners by Libba Bray

SUMMARY: A supernatural series set in Manhattan during the 1920s that follows a teen heroine reminiscent of two of the era’s most famous literary women—Zelda Fitzgerald and Dorothy Parker. The story will be a wild new ride full of dames and dapper dons, jazz babies and Prohibition-defying parties, conspiracy and prophecy—and all manner of things that go bump in the neon-drenched night.

I think The Diviners is one of those books that would be hard to categorize because of the complexity of the plot and the vibrancy of the material. But I’m betting it’s gonna be epic. It’s by Libba Bray, after all. And I just can’t wait for it. 😀

What about you? Waiting on anything terrific this Wednesday? 😉

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Waiting on Wednesday #12

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

Aah. This is what I miss most doing every week – my WoW post. Hehe
I have no excuse that will suffice my absence for 2 weeks or more. I have just been utterly busy and found no time to prepare my WoWs. Busy doing what you ask. Hmm. Eating and spending time with family. 😀

So for today, I’m going to be featuring something us foodies and chef-wannabes can all relate to.

Pizza, Love, and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous
By Kathryn Williams
Release Date: August 21st 2012
Format: Hardcover
No. of Pages: 240 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Pizza, Love and Other Stuff That Made Me Famous by Kathryn Williams

SUMMARY: Can a spot on a teen reality show really lead to a scholarship at an elite cooking school AND a summer romance?

Sixteen-year-old Sophie Nicolaides was practically raised in the kitchen of her family’s Italian-Greek restaurant, Taverna Ristorante. When her best friend, Alex, tries to convince her to audition for a new reality show, Teen Test Kitchen, Sophie is reluctant. But the prize includes a full scholarship to one of America’s finest culinary schools and a summer in Napa, California, not to mention fame.

Once on-set, Sophie immediately finds herself in the thick of the drama—including a secret burn book, cutthroat celebrity judges, and a very cute French chef. Sophie must figure out a way to survive all the heat and still stay true to herself. A terrific YA offering–fresh, fun, and sprinkled with romance.

I love cooking shows and I’m currently following the kitchen trials and travails of young chef-hopefuls in the Junior Master Chef Pinoy Edition. Hope you liked what I picked. And mucho thanks for the warm welcome week after week despite, yes, my previous absences. 😉


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Waiting on Wednesday #11

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

If in my Mouth-Watering Monday post this week, I mentioned about how the new year brings with it hope, and then that hope translates to the chance of improving or making over of one’s life. That’s why I picked two books today that feature characters who, with luck and courage, beautifully come into their own.

Rock On: A story of guitars, gigs, girls, and a brother (not necessarily in that order)
By Denise Vega
Release Date: March 5th 2012
Format: Hardcover
No. of Pages: 304 pages
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Rock On by Denise Vega

SUMMARY: Ori Taylor is the lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the Band To Be Named Later, a garage band he started with his friends. After years of being known as the mini version of his sports-star brother, Del, Ori is looking forward to stepping out of his older brother’s shadow, learning to perform in public, and rocking the Battle of the Bands contest. Oh, and maybe finally working up the nerve to talk to a girl in person instead of just over e-mail. But when Del suddenly returns from college, he expects Ori to step back into his role of little brother, just when Ori is starting to come into his own.

With his confidence wavering, will Ori be able to overcome his stage fright and lead the band to rock glory? Will the Band To Be Named Later ever get a real name? Will their best performances remain in the garage?

Denise Vega’s deft exploration of brothers, bands, friends, and crushes promises to have readers tuning in page after page, because among all the ups and downs of being a teen, one thing’s for sure: It’s hard to rock out in high school.

The Boy on Cinnamon Street
By Phoebe Stone
Release Date: February 1st 2012
Format: Hardcover
No. of Pages: 240 pages
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

The Boy on Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone

SUMMARY: A story about a wounded girl and the boy who won’t give up on her.

7th grader Louise should be the captain of her school’s gymnastics team – but she isn’t. She’s fun and cute and should have lots of friends – but she doesn’t. And there’s a dreamy boy who has a crush on her – but somehow they never connect. Louise has everything going for her – so what is it that’s holding her back?

Phoebe Stone tells the winning story of the spring when 7th grader Louise Terrace wakes up, finds the courage to confront the painful family secret she’s hiding from – and finally get the boy.

Sigh. Aren’t they divine? What about you? What are you waiting on Wednesday? 😉

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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. 🙂