Waiting on Wednesday: Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

waitingonwednesday“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights one book that we are super excited about being released! (click the cover to head over to goodreads!)

 glory obriens history of the futureGlory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Expected October 14, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

WOULD YOU TRY TO CHANGE THE WORLD
IF YOU THOUGHT YOU HAD NO FUTURE?

Graduating from high school is a time of limitless possibilities—but not for Glory, who has no plan for what’s next. Her mother committed suicide when Glory was only four years old, and she’s never stopped wondering if she will eventually go the same way…until a transformative night when she begins to experience an astonishing new power to see a person’s infinite past and future. From ancient ancestors to many generations forward, Glory is bombarded with visions—and what she sees ahead of her is terrifying.

A tyrannical new leader raises an army. Women’s rights disappear. A violent second civil war breaks out. And young girls vanish daily, sold off or interned in camps. Glory makes it her mission to record everything she sees, hoping her notes will somehow make a difference. She may not see a future for herself, but she’ll do everything in her power to make sure this one doesn’t come to pass.

In this masterpiece about freedom, feminism, and destiny, Printz Honor author A.S. King tells the epic story of a girl coping with devastating loss at long last—a girl who has no idea that the future needs her, and that the present needs her even more.

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Wow. Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future sounds amazing! I have no idea what I would do if I started seeing visions of an inconceivable future for women of the world, but Glory seems to have a pretty good plan. I’m interested to see how King’s execution of this novel is, or if it is a premise that only sounds good as a little blurb about it. I really really hope that it has turned out well though, because it sounds like something I’ll really love! I mean, we can always use some more feminism in life, right??

Are you looking forward to reading Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future? Have you read any of A.S. King’s other work? What book are YOU waiting for this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

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the perfectionistsThe Perfectionists by Sara Shepard

HarperCollins
Expected October 7, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

In Beacon Heights, Washington, five girls—Ava, Caitlin, Mackenzie, Julie, and Parker—know that you don’t have to be good to be perfect. At first the girls think they have nothing in common, until they realize that they all hate Nolan Hotchkiss, who’s done terrible things to each of them. They come up with the perfect way to kill him—a hypothetical murder, of course. It’s just a joke…until Nolan turns up dead, in exactly the way they planned. Only, they didn’t do it. And unless they find the real killer, their perfect lives will come crashing down around them.

From Sara Shepard, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series, comes another story of dark secrets, shocking twists, and what happens when five beautiful girls will do anything to hide the ugly truth.

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I’m all about mystery books, especially murder mysteries! Sara Shepard’s latest book, The Perfectionists, seems like it will be the book to fill the mystery story void that has occurred on my bookshelves as of late. The premise sounds quite interesting, with these five girls who plan out the perfect murder – with no intent to act on their plans – as a joke, or just a way to get their hateful feelings out. Then the murder happens, and they have to find out who did it. If this book is anything at all like the Pretty Little Liars series, I’m prepared for anything and everything that could possible happen. I can’t wait to read this edge-of-your-seat story!

P.S. I’m loving the typography on the cover!

Are you looking forward to reading The Perfectionists? Have you read any of Sara Shepard’s other work? How do you feel about mystery books? What book are YOU waiting for this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfield

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 afterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfield

Simon Pulse
Expected September 23, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…

Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

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I remember reading Scott Westerfield’s Uglies series way back when I was in elementary school, and I really liked it! He always comes up with interesting ideas that get you hooked, and the cover art on his novels is always simple, yet really draws you in. It looks like Afterworlds is going to be no exception to the rules!

The thing that is most interesting to me about this book is how there is going to be a story within a story – literally! I’m excited to see how that plays out; if the two stories may end up tying together in some way. But even if they don’t, both sound interesting enough to stand on their own. Darcy’s life story will be no doubt interesting to all of us aspiring authors who haven’t taken a leap quite as drastic as her character has, and getting to read the story about a place between the living and the dead that she put everything else aside for sounds fantastic.

Are you looking forward to reading Afterworlds? Have you read any of Scott Westerfield’s other work? What book are YOU waiting for this Wednesday?

Waiting on Wednesday: The Here and Now by Ann Brashares

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the here and nowThe Here and Now by Ann Brashares

Delacorte Press
Expected April 8, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

Follow the rules. Remember what happened. Never fall in love.

Thrilling, exhilarating, haunting, and heartbreaking, The Here and Now is a twenty-first-century take on an impossible romance. Ann Brashares’ first novel for teens since The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants is about a girl from the future who might be able to save the world . . . if she lets go of the one thing she’s found to hold on to.

Meet seventeen-year-old Prenna James, who immigrated to New York when she was twelve. Except Prenna didn’t come from a different country. She came from a different time—a future where a mosquito-borne illness has mutated into a pandemic, killing millions and leaving the world in ruins.

Prenna and the others who escaped to the present day must follow a strict set of rules: never reveal where they’re from, never interfere with history, and never, ever be intimate with anyone outside their community. Prenna does as she’s told, believing she can help prevent the plague that will one day ravage the earth. But everything changes when she falls for Ethan Jarves.

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I’ve been a huge Ann Brashares fan ever since the days of The Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants, so when I heard that she was having a new YA book published I was really excited! I loved her adult novel about time travel, My Name is Memory, and I can’t wait to read this one!!! Having to emigrate to a new time to live in, but having to live with the pressure of not messing up anything in history sounds like a very interesting and stressful way to live. I’m excited to read about Prenna’s new life in present day NYC and to read about her old life in the future!

Waiting on Wednesday: To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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to all the boys ive loved beforeTo All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Expected April 22, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.

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Ohhhhhhh boy. What happens to Lara is this book sounds like any girl’s worst nightmare!!! Imagine if all the feelings and thoughts you’ve ever had about the boys you crushed on but were always too afraid to tell them were suddenly being told to each an every one of them! I know I would be freaking out, to say the least. I’m really excited to read this one – I can’t wait to see how Lara deals with what happens, and what the “something good” is that may come out of everything that happened. Also, how cute is the cover?!?! Love it!

Waiting on Wednesday: Side Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

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side effects may varySide Effects May Vary by Julie Murphy

HarperCollins/ Balzer + Bray
Expected March 18, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

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A dying girl who wants to cross off everything on her revenge filled bucket list – who it turns out isn’t dying anymore?? Count me in! Side Effect May Vary sounds like it is going to be a very emotional book that will spur on a lot of my own thinks about things. Also, cute typography on the cover, I’m a goner!!!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

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the half life of molly pierceThe Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno

HarperTeen
Expected July 8, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

A mysterious and visceral page-turner about a seventeen-year-old girl who unravels the secrets of her alternate personality, reminiscent of the film Memento.

You live and you remember.
Me, I live and I forget.
But now-now I am remembering.

For all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she’s missed bits and pieces of her life. Molly suffers from dissociative identity disorder, and since she was a little girl, she’s played host to Mabel, a completely separate and individual personality. When Mabel is in control, Molly experiences the blackouts she’s been so scared of. But now Mabel is letting Molly in on her secrets; she’s letting Molly remember. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to have led…and the love that she can’t let go.

The Half Life of Molly Pierce is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting our whole selves.

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As soon as I read that this book was about dissociative identity disorder I was hooked. I know that this is one I’m going to have to read ASAP. I’ve been interested in dissociative identity books ever since I read and adored Pretty Girl-13. It is just such an interesting and unusual concept to think and write about. I can’t wait to read about what Molly Pierce remembers about the other half of her life!

Waiting on Wednesday: The Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

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the dollhouse asylumThe Dollhouse Asylum by Mary Gray

Spencer Hill Press
Expected October 22, 2013

Summary from Goodreads:

A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields–a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus–she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.

At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne’s heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.

The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now “Persephone,” and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.

If they play it right, then they’ll be safe.

But if they play it wrong, they’ll die.

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This synopsis sounds so interesting! I’m intrigued by the dystopian element, but even more so because it really sounds like Mary Gray has taken the typical dystopian story and made it her own.  The perfect subdivision Elysian Fields sounds extremely creepy, as well as the guy who made it.  I’m interested to see what happens to all of the people who are placed in it, and why they suddenly all have names that reflect the most tragic romances in history! Can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

Waiting on Wednesday: Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

waitingonwednesday“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights one book that we are super excited about being released!

elusionElusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam

Katherine Tegen Books
Expected March 18, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

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I first saw Elusion on Debby’s blog a few weeks back and it immediately caught my eye. First of all, can we all just admire the cover together?! It’s sooooo pretty!!!!!! Secondly, that description is amazing! The concept behind this book sounds incredibly intriguing, and I can’t wait to read about Regan and how Elusion affects her. The only problem with this book is that we have to wait until March to read it! :(

Waiting on Wednesday: Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

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across a starswwept seaDear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Katherine Tegen Books
Expected April 1, 2014

Summary from Goodreads:

Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Katherine’s Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.

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Okay, okay! I know this book doesn’t come out for another 8 months…. but I just can’t stop thinking about it! The synopsis sounds fan-flippin-tastic!!! I am a huge fan of psychological thrillers, and this one even sounds like its going to be a little deep and cause some thought too! I’ve read that the author is only 18 too, and that boggles my mind!!! I hope that Dear Killer is as great as I anticipate it will be!