Waiting on Falls the Shadow

Waiting on WednesdayHosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

 

 

 

My Pick:

 

 

Falls the Shadow

Falls the Shadow
By Stefanie Gaither

Publication Date: September 16

 

When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister, Violet, died. Two hours after the funeral, Cate’s family picked up Violet’s replacement. Like nothing had happened. Because Cate’s parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality—by cloning them at birth—which means this new Violet has the same smile. The same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all of the same memories as the girl she replaced.

She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school.

At least, that’s what the paparazzi and the anti-cloning protestors want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that. She’s used to defending her sister, too. But Violet has vanished, and when Cate sets out to find her, she ends up in the line of fire instead. Because Cate is getting dangerously close to secrets that will rock the foundation of everything she thought was true.

 

 

 

With cold weather rolling in and fall just around the corner I’m getting ready to bunker down with a nice thriller to prepare me for Halloween-time, and this book right here sounds like a perfect start;)

 

 

What book are you waiting for?

 

 

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Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

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I haven’t participated in Top Ten in what feels like FOREVER, but here I am! And I am totally stoked for this one because there are countless books I have yet to own that I am DESPERATE to get my hands on. 

 

In no particular order, let’s check out these bad boys!

 

 

 

Midnight Thief

 

Growing up on Forge’s streets has taught Kyra how to stretch a coin. And when that’s not enough, her uncanny ability to scale walls and bypass guards helps her take what she needs.

But when the leader of the Assassins Guild offers Kyra a lucrative job, she hesitates. She knows how to get by on her own, and she’s not sure she wants to play by his rules. But he’s persistent—and darkly attractive—and Kyra can’t quite resist his pull.

Tristam of Brancel is a young Palace knight on a mission. After his best friend is brutally murdered by Demon Riders, a clan of vicious warriors who ride bloodthirsty wildcats, Tristam vows to take them down. But as his investigation deepens, he finds his efforts thwarted by a talented thief, one who sneaks past Palace defenses with uncanny ease.

When a fateful raid throws Kyra and Tristam together, the two enemies realize that their best chance at survival—and vengeance—might be to join forces. And as their loyalties are tested to the breaking point, they learn a startling secret about Kyra’s past that threatens to reshape both their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Kick

 

Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Winner's Curse

 

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love 

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rebel

 

Wren Connolly thought she’d left her human side behind when she does five years ago and came back 178 minutes later as a Reboot. With her new abilities of strength, speed, and healing—along with a lack of emotions—Wren 178 became the perfect soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation). Then Callum 22 came along and changed everything.

Now that they’ve both escaped, they’re ready to start a new life in peace on the Reboot reservation. But Micah 163, the Reboot running the reservation, has darker plans in mind: to wipe out the humans. All of them. Micah has been building a Reboot army for years and is now ready to launch his attack on the cities. Callum wants to stick around and protect the humans. Wren wants nothing more than to leave all the fighting behind them.

With Micah on one side, HARC on the other, and Wren and Callum at odds in the middle, there’s only one option left…

It’s time for Reboots to become rebels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kiss of Deception

 

A princess must find her place in a reborn world.

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia flees to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snow Like Ashes

 

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Murder Complex

 

Meadow Woodson, a fifteen-year-old girl who has been trained by her father to fight, to kill, and to survive in any situation, lives with her family on a houseboat in Florida. The state is controlled by The Murder Complex, an organization that tracks the population with precision.

The plot starts to thicken when Meadow meets Zephyr James, who is—although he doesn’t know it—one of the MC’s programmed assassins. Is their meeting a coincidence? Destiny? Or part of a terrifying strategy? And will Zephyr keep Meadow from discovering the haunting truth about her family?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Talon

 

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they’re positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon’s newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember’s bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be willing to give up to find the truth about dragons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Truth About Alice

 

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Golden Son

 

With shades of The Hunger Games, Ender’s Game, and Game of Thrones, debut author Pierce Brown’s genre-defying epic Red Rising hit the ground running and wasted no time becoming a sensation. Golden Soncontinues the stunning saga of Darrow, a rebel forged by tragedy, battling to lead his oppressed people to freedom from the overlords of a brutal elitist future built on lies. Now fully embedded among the Gold ruling class, Darrow continues his work to bring down Society from within. A life-or-death tale of vengeance with an unforgettable hero at its heart,Golden Son guarantees Pierce Brown’s continuing status as one of fiction’s most exciting new voices.

 

 

 

Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi

Into the Still Blue

 

The race to the Still Blue has reached a stalemate. Aria and Perry are determined to find this last safe haven from the Aether storms before Sable and Hess do—and they are just as determined to stay together.

Within the confines of a cave they’re using as a makeshift refuge, they struggle to reconcile their people, Dwellers and Outsiders, who are united only in their hatred of their desperate situation. Meanwhile, time is running out to rescue Cinder, who was abducted by Hess and Sable for his unique abilities. Then Roar arrives in a grief-stricken fury, endangering all with his need for revenge.

Out of options, Perry and Aria assemble an unlikely team for an impossible rescue mission. Cinder isn’t just the key to unlocking the Still Blue and their only hope for survival–he’s also their friend. And in a dying world, the bonds between people are what matter most.

 

 

 

 

 

My Thoughts

 

**WARNING: SPOILER ALERT**

 

THE FEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELSSS

 

Skies, I felt this so hard.

 

Let me tell you something, I’ve been in love with Perry and Aria’s love from the moment I read Under the Never Sky. This is one young adult series that proves that there doesn’t have to be a love triangle–Perry and Aria were it for each other, always! 

 

I absolutely love them.

 

And yeah, there is a third member that sort of creates a triangle, but it’s not even close to that kind of a love triangle. Roar and Perry are like brothers, more so than Perry and his actual brother Vale were. As far as Roar and Aria–there’s a male and female platonic relationship done right! Their friendship is pure and true friendship and it is SO FREAKING ADORABLE.

 

Their relationships are strained in this book, which made me sad . . . but really, there’s no way things could have happened differently considering everything that happened in Through the Ever Night. Some things you can’t come out of without hardships and struggles, and the death of Liv coupled with Aria/Roar’s disappearing on Perry happen to be situations that have to be worked through. Point is, this story didn’t start with sunshine and daisies.

 

There were Aether storms and bloodshed and brooding.

 

And it was fantastic.

 

And this book kept me on my toes! Every time I thought Perry, Aria, Roar, and Soren were finally getting somewhere–finally, freedom!–my hopes were dashed as they were continually set back. 

 

Over and over and over and over again.

 

And the feels? Yeah, I was a bawling mess. An absolute, complete mess! Skies, the losses! Things were looking pretty grim and depressing as the story was coming to a close, and you can be sure that I felt it. 

 

Deep.

 

Now once it came down to the final moment between Sable and Perry, I have to admit I thought it was over too soon, that it came too easily. Which seems silly because of all the struggles you can tally against Sable throughout the series, but the moment itself was over in the blink of an eye. Then again, the satisfaction of precisely how things came to a close was magnificent. After all the cruelty Sable imposed as Blood Lord of the Horns, to see him strangled by his own title raised a twisted satisfaction in me.

 

Veronica Rossi, you have done right by your readers! Though I’m morose at the thought of never hearing from Perry and Roar and Aria again, I am overjoyed by the time I’ve had with them, and that you’ve shared their stories with us. 

 

 

 

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Rating: 5

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Opposition

Waiting on Wednesday

Hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

 

 

 

 My Pick:

 

Opposition

Opposition (Lux  #5)
By Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publication Date: August 5

 

 Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came.

She can’t believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy her—could destroy them all.

Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal.

They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything— even what they cherish most—to ensure the survival of their friends…and mankind.

War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same for those left standing.

 

 

 

Sweet glory ONE MOOOOOONTH!!!!

 

Okay, so it’s a little more than a month away. But it’s SO CLOSE!!! This is it people. This is the grand finale! You better believe I can’t contain my abounding impatience joy for this book!

 

 

What book are you waiting for?

 

Top Ten Books On My Summer TBR

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

 

Oh TBR, how very long you are! Attempting to narrow down all the books I want to read this summer into a Top Ten is a bit of a challenge, but one that I’m up to tackle;) Let’s not waste any time–here’s my Top Ten Summer TBR!

 

 

 

Ruin and Rising

This is such an imaginative and strong series.

 

 

 

 

Heir of Fire

Speaking of strong–Celaena Sardothien.

 

 

 

 

Silver Shadows

After the perilous cliffhanger in The Fiery Heart.

 

 

 

 

I need everything Huntley Fitzpatrick.

 

 

 

 

Strange and Ever After

Creepy and cool, need I say more?

 

 

 

 

Opposition

Daemon and Katy.

 

 

 

 

Isla and the Happily Ever After

MORE STEPHANIE PERKINS.

 

 

 

 

Just Like the Movies

Adorable. And if you pre-order, you can win prize packs from the author!

 

 

 

 

The Kiss of Deception

This only looks fantastically intense.

 

 

 

 

Fan Art

And this looks real.

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Strange and Ever After

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My Pick:

 

Strange and Ever After

Strange and Ever After (Something Strange and Deadly #3)
By Susan Dennard
Publication Date: July 22

 

It has been a tumultuous time for Eleanor Fitt since life as she knew it in Philadelphia came abruptly to an end. While the Spirit-Hunters—Joseph, Jie, and Daniel—have helped her survive her brother’s violent death and an invasion of Hungry Dead, Eleanor has lost just about everything.

And now, Jie is missing—taken by the evil necromancer Marcus. Eleanor is determined not only to get her back but to finally end this nightmare. But to do so, she must navigate the hot desert streets of nineteenth-century Egypt amid the rising Dead, her unresolved feelings for Daniel, and her volatile relationships with Joseph and Oliver, her demon. And it won’t be easy. Because Allison, her friend from Philadelphia, has tagged along, becoming strangely entangled in Eleanor’s mission.

It will take all of Eleanor’s powers of black magic, and all of Daniel’s and Joseph’s trust, to succeed. But there will be a price. People will have to suffer the consequences of what Marcus has done, and what Eleanor, Oliver, and the Spirit-Hunters will do to stop all this deadly chaos.

 

I know I was a bit late on starting this series, but man if I don’t end it with everyone else this summer I think I’ll DIE! This series reminds me of The Infernal Devices, and we aaaaall know how much I love Cassandra Clare;) If you haven’t gotten into this series yet, there’s still time!

 

There’s ALWAYS time;)

 

 

What book are you waiting for?

 

Altered by Jennifer Rush

Altered

 

When you can’t trust yourself, who can you believe?

Everything about Anna’s life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There’s Nick, Cas, Trev . . . and Sam, who’s stolen Anna’s heart. When the Branch decides it’s time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape, killing the agents sent to retrieve them. 

Anna is torn between following Sam or staying behind in the safety of her everyday life. But her father pushes her to flee, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs. There’s just one problem. Sam and the boys don’t remember anything before living in the lab—not even their true identities.

Now on the run, Anna soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they’re both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.

 

 

 

My Thoughts

First of all, I think it’s been ENTIRELY too long since I last posted a review. As for how I feel about this book?

LOVE.

Each of the four boys in this story have such diverse personalities that I can’t help but fall in love with. There’s Cas with his abounding hilarity and wormhole of a stomach; Trev the deep thinker who’s the best friend you can ask for; Sam’s leadership and quiet constancy; but then there’s Nick with his inexplicable hostility toward Anna.

And who is Anna really?

And to answer your unspoken question, I can’t pick which of the guys is my favorite–that’s WAY too hard. Personally it’s a toss-up between Sam and Cas. Throughout the entire book you know Sam is the one the author is pairing Anna up with (it’s the most obvious fact in the book) and I’m a complete sucker for the author’s intended romance. But while I was reading, I couldn’t help but fall in love with Cas, because he is hilarious and who doesn’t love a funny guy? And he’s always eating which I can relate to, being that my stomach is never satisfied;) But then Trev is this thoughtful guy who is Anna’s best friend, and we all know how hard it is to not fall in love with the best friend. And even Nick, who happens to be a complete jerk most of the time, ends up taking a little piece of my heart with his protectiveness over Anna (albeit a really little piece . . . just a sliver).

There were SO many times while reading this that my mouth just dropped because I was completely floored by plot twists that sprang up like BAM! Everything I thought I knew for fact is shaken as more and more layers are unveiled. The story is overflowing with suspense and action, AND let’s not forget those swoony boys;)

I was a little restless at being out of the loop with all that Branch business, though–I mean, it felt like forever before I really learned about the nefarious organization. BUT I do understand that was kind of the point–Anna and even the boys are in the dark about the Branch and what exactly their purpose is. That’s a huge part of the plot, and . . . I don’t know what my problem is, I guess I wish I wouldn’t have been confused about what the Branch was for as long as I was.

All in all, I am a fan of this series and I can NOT WAIT to read the next installment!

 

4.75/5 stars;)