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So, this will be just the highlights of the books I’ve acquired over the last few months.

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THE BOOKS:

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan

Wool, Shift and Dust by Hugh Howey

A Sword of Ice and Fire series by George R.R. Martin

Red Rising by Pierce Brown

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Half Bad by Sally Green

Daughter of Smoke and Bone/Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

The Diviners by Libba Bray

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

City of Glass, City of  Fallen Angels, and City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare

This haul is super exciting! I’ve been dying to get my hands on Words of Radiance and The Crimson Campaign. And I finally, FINALLY got myself a copy of The Fault in Our Stars!! I’m re-reading it right now (I’m also reading A Storm of Swords. Great combo.)

I plan on marathon-ing the Wool trilogy and posting a review, and I really want to get to Brandon Sanderson! I also plan on reading the entire Mortal Instruments series soon too.

Just wanted to give everyone a look at what’s to come. See you soon!


Time for the obligatory “Most Anticipated” post. I originally thought this would be a smaller list, but as I looked a publishing dates, I realized it was going to be big. Very big. So I’m breaking it up into two parts: books that are going to be the first in a planned series, and sequels in ongoing series.

I am super excited, so let’s dive right in. I’ll start with the first books in new series, and these will be in no particular order. Onwards!

The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemisin
Release Date: August 5

I love N.K Jemisin. I’ve read all her other books, and loved them. She’s kept this book pretty much secret, so I’ll give you all the official teaser blurb from her blog:

“The Fifth Season is set in a world which has suffered frequent, repeated Extinction Level Events for millions of years, and all life (and magic) in this world has adapted to it. Hundreds of years might pass between these events—easy, plentiful years in which great cities rise, and people have the leisure for art and science and rapid advancement—but then, again and again, the cities fall. The world is littered with the detritus of these times of plenty, and this cover hints at them: past ages of decadence, now decaying; stone that endures beneath flaking gilt.”

So you can see why I am dying to get this book. Magic and apocalyptic events, what more could you want?

The Prince of Fools by Mark Lawrence
Release Date: June 3

From the author of Prince of Thorns, comes an entirely new story. I really want to see how he develops a whole new character. I wonder if this book will be as graphic as his previous trilogy, but we shall see. This book sounds very interesting and I am definitely looking forward to it!

The Emperor’s Blades by Brian Staveley
Release Date:  January 14

I know this book is already out, and I’ve heard some amazing reviews. It was really hyped last year as one of the biggest publications, and so far I think it has lived up to the hype. I haven’t managed to get a copy yet, and I am absolutely dying to read it. This is one of my most anticipated of the year, and it’s only January!

The Path to Power by Karen Miller
Release Date:  July 8

So, I know very little about this books, but I’ve read her past books and liked them. I’m not so sure about the blood and dead bodies on the cover though. They’re a little disconcerting.

The Lascar’s Dagger by Glenda Larke.
Release Date:  March 18

“Saker looks like a simple priest, but in truth he’s a spy for the head of his faith. It’s a dangerous job, and more lives than merely his own depend on his secrecy.When Saker is injured by a foreigner’s strange blade, the weapon seems to follow him home. Unable to discard it, nor the sense of responsibility that comes with it, Saker can only follow its lead. It will put Saker on a path that reveals terrible secrets about the empire, about the people he serves, and likely lead to his own destruction. The Lascar’s dagger demands a price, and that price will be paid in blood.”

I really liked Larke’s other series, the Watergivers trilogy. I haven’t finished it yet, but I mean to before this book comes out. I like her style of writing and I will definitely pick this book up when it is released.

Twelve Kings of Sharakhai by Bradley Beaulieu
(This is not the cover art)
Release Date:  September 2

I love it when fantasy novels are set in unusual places, for example, the desert. All I know about this book is that it is about a female pit fighter who somehow rises to the top and challenges the twelve magical kings that have ruled the desert for centuries. Something like that. I am so excited for this book, I can’t wait.

The Revolutions by Felix Gilman
Release Date:  April 1

Again I know very little about this book, save that it is set in London. I absolutely loved The Half Made World as well as The Rise of Ransom City. The language and style of writing Gilman uses is amazing. I could not put either of his books down, and I hope this new story will be just as thrilling.

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie
Release Date: July 8

I haven’t finished Abercrombie’s last trilogy, but I like that he has branched out into young adult. I think with his talents he’ll do incredibly well. I am excited to meet a whole new bunch of his characters.

The Waking Engine by David Edison
Release Date: February 11

I got a galley of this book on my Kindle from NetGalley, and I’ve started it already. So far, it’s very good. I can’t wait to finish it. Say tuned for a possible review!

The Leopard by K. V. Johansen
Release Date:  June 10

I had found this book right before I started this post and I just got very excited. I’ll give you all the blurb and let you see why I am so excited for this book:

“In the days of the first kings in the North, there were seven devils…

Ahjvar, the assassin known as the Leopard, wants only to die, to end the curse that binds him to a life of horror. Although he has no reason to trust the goddess Catairanach or her messenger Deyandara, fugitive heir to a murdered tribal queen, desperation leads him to accept her bargain: if he kills the mad prophet known as the Voice of Marakand, Catairanach will free him of his curse. Accompanying him on his mission is the one person he has let close to him in a lifetime of death, a runaway slave named Ghu. Ahj knows Ghu is far from the half-wit others think him, but in Marakand, the great city where the caravan roads of east and west meet, both will need to face the deepest secrets of their souls, if either is to survive the undying enemies who hunt them and find a way through the darkness that damns the Leopard.

To Marakand, too, come a Northron wanderer and her demon verrbjarn lover, carrying the obsidian sword Lakkariss, a weapon forged by the Old Great Gods to bring their justice to the seven devils who escaped the cold hells so long before.”

So that’s all for the first books in new series. Let’s move onto the sequels. Some of these are my most anticipated for the year. I can’t wait for all of them to finally be released. The wait is killing me.

Anyway, onto the books!

The Broken Eye by Brent Weeks
Release Date: August 26

I absolutely loved the first two books in this trilogy, The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife. The magic system is one of the most original I have ever seen. I loved the main characters and I am dying to know how their story ends. The second book left on a pretty nasty cliffhanger, and I really want to know happens.

The Crimson Campaign by Brian McClellan
Release Date: May 6

The first book, The Promise of Blood, was one of my favorite books of last year. I managed to find a signed copy too, which was amazing. I read it in two days, I physically could not put it down. The complexity of the government and the characters, all their stories and histories, it was all deftly woven together to create a superb novel. And the magic, oh my goodness, I cannot get over how amazing the different types of magic were, the powder mages, Privileged, Marked, Magebreakers and so on. I simply loved the whole story, and I can only imagine the sequel will be just as epic.

The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
Release Date:  September 16

I know this isn’t a fantasy book, but the first in the trilogy, The Fifth Wave, was another of my favorites for 2013. I loved the heroine, Cassie, and the world she lived in and how realistic she was. I’ve been dying to read this book for a while, and I cannot wait until September.

The Thorn of Emberlain by Scott Lynch
(This is not the cover art. But it is beautiful)
Release Date:  Fall 2014

This book is only tentatively set for release this year. The first three books were all amazing and I loved all of them. Locke and Jean are one of my favorite duos in fantasy right now. I love their chemistry and how much they understand each other. I am dying to go with them on a another adventure.

The Bastards and the Knives by Scott Lynch
Release Date: March 3

Another Scott Lynch book, this one is a prequel to the first book, The Lies of Locke Lamora. I am looking forward to hearing from characters that have been gone for a long time. I can’t wait to see the whole group back together and doing crime again.

The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler
Release Date: July 1

I have a soft spot for military fantasy, and I completely fell in love with this book and all the characters in it. All the details were perfect and I was engrossed in the story from page one. The sequel is shaping up to be just as amazing and I can’t wait to read it.

Sworn in Steel by Douglas Hulick
Release Date: May 6

I confess…I haven’t actually read the first book yet, but it is at the top of my TBR pile. I just haven’t found the time to get to it. I’ve heard amazing things about it, and I do plan on reading it in the next few weeks. Maybe I’ll wait and marathon both of them. Stay tuned.

Sword of the North by Luke Scull
Release Date: June 1

I really like the first book in this planned trilogy. I loved all the different characters and how they all interacted with each other. I am looking forward to finding out more about their story, and where the trilogy is heading.

Tower Lord by Anthony Ryan
Release Date: July 1

This is one of my most anticipated books of the year. I loved the first book. I really like coming of age books, and the book managed to take that basic premise to a whole new level. I really enjoyed read the first book, Blood Song, and I am dying to see where all the characters go. I also really like the cover. The colors are interesting. I am so excited about this book!

The final book on the list, and easily my most anticipated of the year is…

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson
Release Date: March 6

Oh my goodness, I can not begin to describe how excited I am for this book. Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors, and The Way of Kings is one of my favorite books of all time. I devoured the first book in a few days. This is the second in a planned ten book series, and I’m glad I’m around to see each publication. The cover art is as beautiful as the first. I cannot wait to get my hands on a copy of this book. I think that will be a highlight of my year.

So, those are 20 of my most anticipated books of 2014. This year looks like it is shaping up to be pretty spectacular. Tell me what books you are excited about in the comments below, I’d love to hear from you!

Hope you all enjoy your winter!


Yesterday I went to my first author event. It was held in New York City, at the 92Y, on 92 Street and Lexington.

I am a huge book fan, but I live in an area that few authors ever visit on their tours. However, NYC is not all that far away, so sometimes I can make it to an event there. I’ve never been to any sort of book event before, beyond local book fairs, so I was a big ball of excitement leading up to Saturday. You’re probably wondering who it was that I met, right?

I saw Brandon Sanderson, James Dashner, and Christopher Paolini. Mr. Sanderson was on tour for his new YA book Steelheart (Which I have already read and loved. Stay tuned for a review), Mr. Dashner was touring for the first book in his newest series, The Eye of Minds, and Mr. Paolini was on tour to promote the release of the 10th anniversary edition of his first book, Eragon.

It was incredible to meet these authors, people I’ve admired for such a long time. I love their work and it was surreal to meet them in real life.

So, anyway, onto the actual event.

I hadn’t bought a VIP ticket, so all of the other people who bought regular tickets, like me, waited in line to be seated. After that, we met all the authors. The moderator, Alex Zalben, was great. He asked good questions that led to good discussions, and he let them talk for a while about each one. It was nice to hear complete answers from all three of them, and not feel rushed at all.

James Dashner was hilarious. He made lots of jokes and seemed very comfortable in front of a crowd. He was very cool, and I liked his goatee. He also dropped a few hints about the movie, Maze Runner (which is set to be released September 19, 2014). I am super excited to see that because I loved the book.

Brandon Sanderson and Christopher Paolini were both very informative. Their explanations and answers to the questions were thoughtful and helpful.

My favorite part of the whole event (besides actually meeting them face-to-face) was when they did their readings. To make things interesting, they switched books with each other. So, Mr. Sanderson read Eragon (the scene where Eragon blesses the child Elva), Mr.Dashner read the prologue to Steelheart, and Mr. Paolini read the first few pages of The Eye of Minds. It was fun and interesting hearing them read one another’s work. Of course, Brandon Sanderson had to read some of the ancient language found in Eragon. For all of you who haven’t read the book, it is very difficult to pronounce, so Mr. Paolini helped him a bit. But it was nice to see that even authors make up their own pronunciations for words they don’t understand in fantasy books.

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On the left is Brandon Sanderson, in the middle is Christopher Paolini, and hiding in the back is James Dashner.

After that, we moved into an adjacent room where our books were signed. Sadly, I don’t own a copy of The Maze Runner, which I really enjoyed, so I could not get James Dashner’s signature. But I did wait in line for Christopher Paolini and Brandon Sanderson. I got my personal copy of Eragon signed, as well as my favorite Sanderson novel, The Way of Kings. I was a complete idiot, and I really didn’t say anything. I was so overwhelmed.

Afterwards, I went to the top of the Empire State Building. It was stunning. The trek up there was not fun at all, with two separate elevator rides and several rooms with twisting queues, which were all empty because it was seven o’clock at night. But we still had to walk through most of them.

Once you got to the top, though, it was beautiful. I took so many pictures. I wanted to stay up there all night, but it was freezing, so I couldn’t. It was so romantic and I saw so many couples. Everyone talked softly and I had the opportunity to truely appreciate the beauty of the city skyline.

NYC Skyline

What a way to end the night

All in all, it was a fantastic day. I met some authors that I really admire and who really inspire me to continue my writing.


Originally created by The Perpetual Page Turner, and picked up by several other bloggers, this A to Z list is a funny questionaire regarding books and your book related habits. I thought it would be a nice break from reviewing. Here it goes:

A: Author you’ve read the most books from

As a kid, I read the entire Redwall series by Brian Jacques. There are 22 books in this series. I loved the talking animals and the Abbey in the forest. As of today, the author I read the most of is Brandon Sanderson. I read everything this man writes.

B: Best Sequel Ever

Red Seas Under Red Skies by Scott Lynch. Just as amazing as the first book.

C: Currently Reading

The Passage by Justin Cronin, Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut, Looking for Alaska by John Green, Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnson, and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. I’m a multiple-books-at-a-time kind of person.

D: Drink of Choice while reading

Chocolate Milk. If I get too absorbed in a book (which is likely to happen) it gets warm and disgusting. But while it’s cold, it reminds me of my childhood, and besides, it’s chocolate.

E: E-reader or Physical Copies?

Tough choice. I love both. I love physical books. I love finding them in a store, I love holding them, and I like the smell of their pages. But they are expensive to buy and heavy to carry. So I like my e-reader when I travel so I can have 100 choices, instead of the four books I can squeeze into my carry-on.

F: Fictional Character I would date in High School

Wow. I would have to say Jace, from City of Bones, because he is so funny and sarcastic, and he has a good heart. I’d also have to say Locke Lamora, from The Lies of Locke Lamora. He is eccentric, eloquent, and entertaining. I would love to spend time with him.

G: Glad you gave this book a chance

World War Z by Max Brooks

H: Hidden Gem Book

Isn’t this similar to the last question? I’m going to interpret it as physically hard to come by. For this would have to be, Prophecy by Elizabeth Haydon. I looked all over for this book after I finished the first one, but I couldn’t find it anywhere. Finally, I came across both it and the third book and was thrilled. I still haven’t gotten around to the third one yet.

I: Important Moment in Your reading Life

Finding The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss. I had pretty much abandoned fantasy when I found this book. I thought that there just wasn’t anything left in the genre. I was so wrong. Yay!

J: Just Finished

Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling, The Thousand Names by Django Wexler, The Fault in our Stars by John Green and The Magicians’ Guild by Trudi Canavan

K: Kind of Books you won’t Read

Erotica. It just makes me uncomfortable. I also won’t read hardcore science fiction. Most times all the computer-technical-robot stuff just goes over my head.

L: Longest Book you’ve read

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson (1001 pages)

M: Major Book Hangover because of…

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare. I couldn’t stop thinking there were people I couldn’t see fighting demons. Every time I saw a boy with odd colored eyes I thought he was a shadowhunter.

N: Number of Bookcases you own

5 bookcases. IKEA. Is. The. Best. Four are narrow, but one is huge. I also have two shelves above my desk, full of books and my desk is home to a few piles of books.

O: One book you’ve read multiple time

Divergent. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve read it. I love it so much.

P: Preferred place to read

My armchair. It’s comfy faux-leather and it has a soft blanket, squishy pillow and window view.

Q: Quote from a book you read that inspires you

I don’t really remember quotes from books. At the time I think they’re awesome, and I want to keep them forever but I never write them down. I’m terrible that way. The only one I can think of is one my mom read to me when I was little. She told me that you could live a good life if you could remember this quote:

“Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”
-A.A Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

And I just thought of another one that really got me,

“There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
-John Green, The Fault in our Stars

R: Reading Regret

My very tiny budget

S: Series you’ve started but need to finish

Maze Runner by James Dashner

T: Three All Time Favorite Books

This is incredibly hard for anyone who has read more than three books in their entire life. I think I can get it to around five, which is like pulling teeth for me. In no particular order: The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss, Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Fault in our Stars by John Green, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson, and The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. This list is constantly changing, there are so many more that I love, but all of these have really stuck with me.

U: Unapologetic Fangirl for…

The Vlogbrothers, John and Hank Green. I tell everyone about them. I am also a huge fangirl for books in general. I talk about them all the time. As for authors: Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, Brent Weeks, Veronica Roth, and Cassandra Clare. I love to have conversations about different authors and styles of writing.

V: Very Excited for this release (more than anything else)

Words of Radiance by Brandon Sanderson

W: Worst Bookish Habit

Reading when I should be socializing

X: X marks the spot. Count twenty-seven books from the top left corner of your bookcase.

Wool by Hugh Howey

Y: Your latest book purchase

Three books from Amazon- Shade’s Children by Garth Nix, Enclave by Ann Aguire, and Blood Song by Anthony Ryan

Z: Zzz snatcher (book that kept you up late)

The Half-Made World by Felix Gilman

So those are my answers to the A to Z Bookish Survey. Feel free to comment, or do it yourself, just link me!


Face it, everyone buys books based on their covers.

I am a huge fan of books, but if the cover isn’t appealing, chances are I’ll pass it over for something else. For me, if I’m looking for a new book that I haven’t already read or heard about, I look at a few things. The title and spine design, the cover, the blurbs, and reviews.

I DO sometimes buy books solely based on their title, or if an author I love gave the book a great review, but I mostly choose my books based on their cover and blurb.

The cover of a book serves the purpose of drawing potential readers in. It’s supposed to represent the story, or an aspect of the story, in a single image. Everything is important when there is so little space to work with. The font, placement, and most of all, the art. Obviously, what appeals to one person won’t necessarily appeal to someone else. Certain colors, fonts, or setups could perk someones interest, or make them put the book down. I know I like books whose cover doesn’t give any details of the story away. I like symbols, things that represent the story or a character. I like a little mystery when I pick up my books, I don’t always want to know everything about the book.

This applies to both the cover and the blurb on the back cover or inside flap. I want to know what the main point of the book is, but I never want to know how it ends. There are certain covers out there that instantly draw me to a book. Every time I see these covers I say to myself, “I need to read that”, even if I’ve read it already.

Here is a list of book covers that I absolutely love:

I can’t get over how much I love these covers.

Wool by Hugh Howey– I like this one because it gives nothing away. I know it had nothing to do with the book, but I like the simplicity and colors. The paperback copy I have is also the perfect size. It’s between mass-market and trade. The blurb is what really got me. I could not possibly read anything else until I read this. You can read it HERE, as well as my review.

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien– I already had a copy but I bought one with this cover because I liked it way better. Again, it’s simple, but the colors are so vibrant. I already have a beautiful set of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but I wanted this edition as well. May I also add, that the Hobbit is the perfect thickness. Every time I stack my books, there is always a dead space, where nothing will fit, but the Hobbit always fills the empty space.

The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson– This cover basically sums up the entire book in one picture (which is it’s job). The two figures are characters (who I will leave nameless), and the clouds and landscape actually play a huge roll in the plot. The bright colors really drew me in and besides, I love Sanderson so much, so I was going to buy it regardless.

Divergent by Veronica Roth– This is the cover that inspired this post. Every single time I look at this book I want to read it all over again. The cover is a symbol for one of the factions in the book (I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t read the book yet). The colors are absolutely gorgeous and the font isn’t too big. The single line at the top is amazing too, “One choice can transform you.” I’m getting goosebumps. If you don’t know already, Divergent is going to be movie, starring Shailene Woodley. It comes out on March 21, 2014. I’m so excited.

The Unremembered by Peter Orullian– When I first saw this book, I said to myself, “What a beautiful cover.” Then I read the excerpt, and I said, “I NEED this book.” So I bought it and I haven’t read it yet. I’m a terrible person. The overall story-line basically steals everything from Robert Jordan’s The Eye of the World. So I stopped reading it, but I still think it has a gorgeous cover.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch– The copy I own actually has a different cover, but the only reason I picked it up is because I saw this cover on Goodreads and thought that the style of art was very good. So I picked up my copy and read it. I loved it and you can read my review HERE. Both this book and its sequel have absolutely amazing covers. I can’t wait for the third one!

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare– This cover is the movie-tie in edition, and it’s beautiful, isn’t it? I almost bought a second copy just so I could have it. I love the reflection of the city and how different runes are included in the design. I also, for some reason, am very drawn to the lighting. I love the soft sun in the back round and how it makes the city look.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas– I love this cover so much. It’s killing me that it’s not out yet. I love, again, the reflection and how different the opposite sides are. I love how realistic the water is and the faint outline of a castle. I want this book so bad!

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey– This is one of my all time favorite covers. It really symbolizes how alone the main character (Cassie) really is. I like how dark it is, and the sunlight really stands out. I also really like how the title is in the center of the cover, and is not too big. This cover just feels real to me, like it’s a picture of a real girl. The book is absolutely amazing, and you can read what I thought of it HERE.

There must be hundreds of other covers I’ve missed. Tell me your favorite covers in the comments, I’d love to hear from you!


The cover has been released for the second book in The Stormlight Archive epic series by Brandon Sanderson.

And here it is….

Isn’t it beautiful?

Brandon Sanderson is one of my favorite authors in the genre. I love the worlds he builds and the characters he creates. His stories have a depth and realistic quality that isn’t found in every fantasy novel. 

He has written many books, spanning several genres. He is well known for finishing the mammoth Wheel of Time series after Robert Jordan’s death. I haven’t finished the series yet, I’m still on book two, but I’m getting there. He’s also written the Mistborn trilogy, The Rithmatist, a few novellas, Warbreaker and Elantris. These are just the one I’ve read. 

The Stormlight Archive series is projected to be ten books. Each book centers around one or two characters, with a host of other viewpoints. Words of Radiance is said to be centered around Shallan and Kaladin.

The Way of Kings (the first book in the Stormlight Archive) was epic. I loved it. The cover was stunning (if not a little similar) and I loved each page. Once again, Sanderson introduced us to a new set of characters, time, and setting that we fell in love with.

In my opinion, this cover looks a little old-fashioned. Most covers nowadays are darker, with hooded figures and gleaming swords. Not that there are anything wrong with these, they are beautiful, but common. 

Did I mention that this is a wrap around cover? The back has another person on it!

Cool, huh?

I love the clouds. If you’ve read the first book, then you know how much of a role the clouds and storms play.

It seems a little cliche to me. Ominous bad guy and mysterious good guy. Again, if you’ve read the books, than you can guess who the men are. 

Sadly, with all good news comes bad. The publication date has been moved. If you’ve been following Brandon Sanderson, you know that he is a bit of a perfectionist and he wants this book to be as close to perfect as possible. So he has moved the publication date a few times to allow extra time for revisions.

The new release date is March 4, 2014. 

The book is advertised as being 600 pages, which is significantly less than the first book. I don’t know what t think about this. I just hope it doesn’t feel rushed.  

Regardless of the delays, I am super, SUPER excited for this book. I love him and this is my favorite series by him to date. 

I’m also eagerly awaiting his newest young adult book, Steelheart, out September 24.  If you haven’t already heard, this one is set in a post-apocalyptic world where superhumans rule. They dominate each other and the rest of the human race suffers. The main character is a young boy who believes himself to be the only one who knows the most powerful “Epic’s” weakness. He hopes to join the rebels and fight back against the evil that killed his father. Sounds awesome, right?

He posted on his blog, www.brandonsanderson.com, his schedule of books, mostly sequels, he hopes to work on (Beware, this may change):

1. Rithmatist Book 2

2. Shadows of Self- Wax and Wayne Book 2

3. Stormlight Archive Book 3 (Woohoo!)

4.  Calamity- Steelheart Book 3 (He’s already working on Book 2)

5. Elantris sequel (He’s been talking about this one for a long time.)

That’s a lot of books. I can’t wait. He has more up his sleeve, but you’ll have to go to his blog to find out what!

I’m so excited for all of his books!

 


 

(Just mouse over the cover to see the author!)

August is a slow month in publishing, so I’m going to jump ahead to September and October. There are some very exciting books coming out then and I can’t wait. Most of the books I picked would qualify as Young Adult and many are Dystopian novels (post- apocalyptic) as well. Anyway, onto the books…..

Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

“Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills. Nobody fights the Epics… nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience. 
He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.”

I have been excited for this book since I found out it was being written. I absolutely love Brandon Sanderson. I like how he has spread from strictly fantasy, out to Young Adult. His style of writing is interesting to see in settings that aren’t common in “epic fantasy”.  Steelheart looks like it’s going to be fast paced and intense, and full of action.  If you haven’t read the excerpt yet, I suggest you do. It’s a very good introduction to the world and characters, without giving away too much. This is one of my most anticipated books of the fall!

 

The Elites by Natasha Ngan

“‘There is a rumour that the Elites don’t bleed.’

Hundreds of years into the future, wars, riots, resource crises and rising sea-levels have destroyed the old civilisations. Only one city has survived: Neo-Babel, a city full of cultures – and racial tension. Fifteen-year-old Silver is an Elite, a citizen of Neo-Babel chosen to guard the city due to her superior DNA. She’d never dream of leaving – but then she fails to prevent the assassination of Neo Babel’s president, setting off a chain of events more shocking and devastating than she could ever have imagined. Forced to flee the city with her best friend Butterfly (a boy with genetically-enhanced wings), Silver will have to fight to find her family, uncover the truth about Neo-Babel and come to terms with her complicated feelings for Butterfly.
Packed full of adventure, romance, exoticism and the power of friendship, The Elites is a highly compelling and beautifully written novel from a supremely talented debut author.”

This books looks interesting, from the unusual setting all the way to the main character being a superhuman. I have the feeling this book will blow my socks off when I finish it. I like the dystopian-futuristic feel of this book and I can’t wait to read it!

 

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

“Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and it’s addictive. Thanks to technology, anyone with enough money can experience fantasy worlds, risk their life without the chance of death, or just hang around with Virt-friends. And the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And recent reports claim that one gamer is going beyond what any gamer has done before: he’s holding players hostage inside the VirtNet. The effects are horrific—the hostages have all been declared brain-dead. Yet the gamer’s motives are a mystery.
The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker.And they’ve been watching Michael. They want him on their team.
But the risk is enormous. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid. There are back alleys and corners in the system human eyes have never seen and predators he can’t even fathom—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever.”

I read The Maze Runner not so long ago (in anticipation of the movie!) and I was really drawn into to the twisted world the characters found themselves in. I liked seeing how they adapted to situations and how they reacted to change. I really enjoyed that book and I still need to finish the series. His new novel looks like it will be told from a similar perspective as Maze Runner, but most definitely will be more science fiction.

 

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

“It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.
Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to revenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.
But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.”

I’ve been excited for this book for a long time. The cover is absolutely amazing! This book is more fantasy, which is great. The characters look good and Iolanthe is shaping up to be a fine heroine. I can’t wait to get my hands on this one.

 

Allegiant by Veronica Roth

“One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.”

I love, love, LOVE this series so much! The characters, the setting, everything is amazing! I fell in love with the first book, Divergent, and was hooked. Insurgent was stunning and I know that this book will be an explosive and stunning conclusion to this trilogy. I will be sad to see it finish, but I can’t wait to see what Veronica Roth does next. I am SO excited for this book!!!

 

Inhuman by Kat Falls

“In a world ravaged by mutation, a teenage girl must travel into the forbidden Savage Zone to recover lost artifacts or her father’s life is forfeit.

America has been ravaged by a war that has left the eastern half of the country riddled with mutation. Many of the people there exhibit varying degrees of animal traits. Even the plantlife has gone feral. Crossing from west to east is supposed to be forbidden, but sometimes it’s necessary. Some enter the Savage Zone to provide humanitarian relief. Sixteen-year-old Lane’s father goes there to retrieve lost artifacts—he is a Fetch. It’s a dangerous life, but rewarding—until he’s caught.Desperate to save her father, Lane agrees to complete his latest job. That means leaving behind her life of comfort and risking life and limb—and her very DNA—in the Savage Zone. But she’s not alone. In order to complete her objective, Lane strikes a deal with handsome, roguish Rafe. In exchange for his help as a guide, Lane is supposed to sneak him back west. But though Rafe doesn’t exhibit any signs of “manimal” mutation, he’s hardly civilized . . . and he may not be trustworthy.”

This book looks like a post-apocalyptic quest. I’m hooked already. I like the idea of a “Forbidden Zone” and having people crossing back over, legally and illegally. I really want to see how the author portrays this new futuristic world and the way she describes and explains the mutations.

 

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston

 “Welcome to New Vegas, a city once covered in bling, now blanketed in ice. Like much of the destroyed planet, the place knows only one temperature—freezing. But some things never change. The diamond in the ice desert is still a 24-hour hedonistic playground and nothing keeps the crowds away from the casino floors, never mind the rumors about sinister sorcery in its shadows.

At the heart of this city is Natasha Kestal, a young blackjack dealer looking for a way out. Like many, she’s heard of a mythical land simply called “the Blue.” They say it’s a paradise, where the sun still shines and the waters are turquoise. More importantly, it’s a place where Nat won’t be persecuted, even if her darkest secret comes to light.

But passage to the Blue is treacherous, if not impossible, and her only shot is to bet on a ragtag crew of mercenaries led by a cocky runner named Ryan Wesson to take her there. Danger and deceit await on every corner, even as Nat and Wes find themselves inexorably drawn to each other. But can true love survive the lies? Fiery hearts collide in this fantastic tale of the evil men do and the awesome power within us all.”

Written by the author of the Blue Bloods series, this new book looks like it’s going to be great. Set in a future Las Vegas during an apparent Ice Age, where there is magic? Sign me up! The young female protagonist seems to follow in the footsteps of the Hunger Games and Divergent, and that’s fine. I find the idea of her trying to safely get to “paradise” interesting and I can’t wait to read it.

 

Vicious by Victoria E. Schwab

“Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. 

Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?”

This book looks like it’s going to be different. I am dying to know what happened, what went wrong, and why one of them ended up in prison. I like the idea of older characters, and I hope they aren’t arrogant anymore. I find it hard to read a book with an obnoxious main character, let alone two! I really can’t wait to discover this book!

 

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside. 
Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.”

This book looks absolutely amazing! The blurb hints at so much and tells us very little. I want to know more. This book really seems to be aiming at young readers, which is fine, and I wonder if the characters will be easy or difficult to relate to. I like how the stories are connected and I can’t wait to see how it all plays out!

So, that’s all for now. I’ll make another list for the winter (November and December). If there are any that I left off that you can’t wait to read, leave a comment below. Let me know!