Waiting on Wednesday (54)

Posted June 18, 2014 by Jess in books, Features, jess, loren, loren & jess, Waiting on Wednesday / 5 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming-releases that bloggers are most excited about.  This week’s I-can’t-wait books are: This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner and Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen.

Why We’re Waiting

Jess

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This Shattered World By: Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner Pages: 400 Pub: Disney-Hyperion Pub Date: 12.23.14 Genre: YA, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Romance

Synopsis: The second installment in our epic Starbound trilogy introduces a new pair of star-crossed lovers on two sides of a bloody war.

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. Terraforming corporations make their fortune by recruiting colonists to make the inhospitable planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage in a bloody and unrelentingly war, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape the rebel base together, caught between two sides of a senseless war.

The stunning second novel in the Starbound trilogy is an unforgettable story of love and forgiveness in a world torn apart by war.

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Why I’m Waiting

Since the very moment I saw the cover for These Broken Stars, I began coveting the book. I am a space junkie, especially stars (see this blog and its very header for proof).  If your book has stars on the cover I’m 99% likely to pick it up and want it, even if I have no idea what it is about and/or  called.  But then when I finally got around to reading the synopsis (yes, it did take awhile), I knew this was going to be my most anticipated debut of the year. And so, when Disney-Hyperion loaded it on to Netgalley, I got a little giddy. And when I saw my approval e-mail (actually my first DH approval), I got a little weak in the knees. I don’t know exactly how long I owned it before I started reading, but I’m willing to bet it was less than 48 hours. And of course, the love at first sight was only matched by the beautiful words in the book. It remains my favorite book of 2013 and in my top five favorite books. A snippet of my review was even on the book’s website!

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So, obviously the moment I finished the book, I started stalking book two. I joined newsletters and checked Goodreads constantly.  So finally, when the day came to see the cover, I knew… I just knew I was going to be blown away.  And as my punny tweet said, it shattered my expectations.  It’s gorgeous and edgy, a hard punch to the lightness of the first book.  They pair together so wonderfully that it will be a parade-worthy day when the two books finally meet on my shelf.

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I personally love the dynamic of Jubilee and Flynn Cormac (seriously though, Flynn Cormac is the coolest name ever).  I love that once again the two protagonists seem to be from two different worlds (maybe quite literally in this futuristic space world), but they are hopefully able to come together and find love and so much more. Seriously though, I cannot wait for the joy that will come the first time reading this new storyline.

I know, I know, Lilac and Tarver aren’t the protagonists in this book. I was sad at first when I heard that as well, but then again I trust Amie and Meagan.  They never once steered me wrong in These Broken Stars (even when I actually, literally threw my book across the room in a haze of tears and rage), and I am quite confident I will love where they take us in this book. I kind of hope we will see Lilac and Tarver somehow in the world even if they aren’t the focus of the book. So, really, it is just a waiting game now.  I think once I hold this book in my hands, I’ll probably need one of those Victorian era fainting couches. Yes, I would definitely use the heck out of that, because getting books you pine for is much more swoon-worthy than swooning for anything else.

Loren

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Alias Hook By: Lisa Jensen Pages: 368 Pub: Thomas Dunne Books Pub Date: 7.8.14 Genre: Fantasy, Retelling

Synopsis: “Every child knows how the story ends. The wicked pirate captain is flung overboard, caught in the jaws of the monster crocodile who drags him down to a watery grave. But it was not yet my time to die. It’s my fate to be trapped here forever, in a nightmare of childhood fancy, with that infernal, eternal boy.”

Meet Captain James Benjamin Hook, a witty, educated Restoration-era privateer cursed to play villain to a pack of malicious little boys in a pointless war that never ends.

But everything changes when Stella Parrish, a forbidden grown woman, dreams her way to the Neverland in defiance of Pan’s rules. From the glamour of the Fairy Revels, to the secret ceremonies of the First Tribes, to the mysterious underwater temple beneath the Mermaid Lagoon, the magical forces of the Neverland open up for Stella as they never have for Hook. And in the pirate captain himself, she begins to see someone far more complex than the storybook villain. 

With Stella’s knowledge of folk and fairy tales, she might be Hook’s last chance for redemption and release if they can break his curse before Pan and his warrior boys hunt her down and drag Hook back to their neverending game. Alias Hook by Lisa Jensen is a beautifully and romantically written adult fairy tale.

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Why I’m Waiting

I think the universe is trying to tell me something—something important and worth paying attention too—and it is in the form of FAIRY TALE RETELLINGS! Sorry, for the zeal…actually, no, I am not sorry for that. I freaking love retellings, the universe and the entire population knows this (maybe that is a stretch, but makes me feel important). On top of loving retellings, I love, love, love Captain Hook—seriously, I don’t think I can convey how much I love Captain Hook.

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Umm…my husband/boyfriend/swoon-worthy swashbuckler/devilishly handsome villain

There is something about Hook that has always appealed to me—even in the Disney version—I had always seen him as misunderstood and lost. For me, Hook was—is—a lost boy just as much as Pan is give or take a few years. I’ve always known there was more to Hook than meets the eye and I have always wondered what it was—what was his story that compelled me to fancy him the way I did—do. There is just something about him that always grabs me.

Like I said, there is nothing I love more than a fairy tale retelling and Captain Hook, so of course I am giddy with excitement and waiting for that little touch of pixie dust to sweep me off to Neverland in hopes of finding my Hook.

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So, what book are YOU waiting for this week?

jess and loren


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5 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday (54)

  1. I’ve never been a big fan of Peter Pan, but Alias Hook does look good! I like the idea that an adult woman dreams herself to Neverland, and it sounds like there are some fantastical adventures involved. Since it’s an adult novel, I’m interested to see how dark it gets…

  2. Ooh, This Shattered World is definitely on my wishlist! I loved These Broken Stars so much, and the covers are so gorgeous! I’ve never heard of the Captain Hook retelling, but I’m hooked by that synopsis. Adding it to my ever-growing to-read pile. 🙂

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