Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that everyone’s excited about!

Suspicion

Mysterious. Magnificent. Creepy. Welcome to Rockford Manor.

“There’s something hidden in the Maze.” Seventeen-year-old Imogen has never forgotten the last words her father said to her seven years ago, before the blazing fire that consumed him, her mother, and the gardens of her family’s English country manor.

Haunted by her parents’ deaths, Imogen moves to New York City with her new guardians. But when a letter arrives with the news of her cousin’s untimely death, revealing that Imogen is now the only heir left to run the estate, she returns to England and warily accepts her role as duchess.

All is not as it seems at Rockford, and Imogen quickly learns that dark secrets lurk behind the mansion’s aristocratic exterior, hinting that the spate of deaths in her family were no accident. And at the center of the mystery is Imogen herself–and Sebastian, the childhood friend she has secretly loved for years. Just what has Imogen walked into?

Combining a spine-tingling mystery, powerful romance, and unforgettable characters, SUSPICION is an action-packed thrill ride.

Suspicion releases on December 9th, 2014 from Random House.

I love, love, LOVE this cover. And I’m very curious about this maze and the whole synopsis has me tingling! What are you waiting on this Wednesday?

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Hitting Shelves Today is just what it’s name calls for – a post featuring books that just hit shelves.

Don't Look Back 

Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell
April 22nd, 2014
Goodreads – Amazon – BN

Don’t Call Me Baby 

Don’t Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley
April 22nd, 2014
GoodreadsAmazonBN

Talker 25 

Talker 25 by Joshua McCune
April 22nd, 2014
Goodreads – Amazon – BN

Deception’s Princess 

Deception’s Princess by Esther Friesner
April 22nd, 2014
GoodreadsAmazonBN

She Is Not Invisible 

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick
April 22nd, 2014
Goodreads – Amazon – BN

The Hunt 

The Hunt by Stacey Kade
April 22nd, 2014
GoodreadsAmazonBN

The Inventor’s Secret 

The Inventor’s Secret by Andrea Cremer
April 22nd, 2014
Goodreads – Amazon – BN

Prisoner of Night and Fog 

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
April 22nd, 2014
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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish,
featuring unique topics every week. It’s loads of fun!

Daughter of Smoke and Bone 

AKIVA from DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
Who wouldn’t want Akiva to be real? Even with the wings. Yes. And those burning amber eyes. And that soft heart and amazing smile. Yes, yes. *sigh*

Shadow and Bone 

THE DARKLING from SHADOW AND BONE
*ahem* Really? He’s the Darkling. Hailer of all things dark and deadly. And beautiful. So yes, one Darkling in real life please. ASAP.

Siege and Storm 

STURMHOUND from SIEGE AND STORM
I fell in love with this guy from the start, he’s humorous and smart and awesome. How can you not like him? He has some of the best lines, too.

Rebel Springs 

MAGNUS from REBEL SPRINGS
Note that I’m listing the second book not the first one. I liked Magnus way better in this one, and would definitely want him as a friend in real life. Or maybe more than that ;)

HOOK from ONCE UPON A TIME 

HOOK from ONCE UPON A TIME
While Colin O’Donoghue might be real, I’d love to see Hook and his sass and ‘devilishly handsome’ (as Hook himself has said) pirate-ness in real life.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone 

BRIMSTONE from DAUGHTER OF SMOKE AND BONE
In case you haven’t noticed – most of my favorite characters are in the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy. And Brimstone is an amazing, fatherly character, which you don’t see much of in YA. I loved him.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters 

LIRAZ from DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS
Liraz is awesome. And she’d make an awesome friend. Of course, you wouldn’t want her as your enemy.

Scarlet 

SCARLET from SCARLET
How can you not like Scarlet’s fiery-ness? Remember Little Red in Shrek? She’s like her, only SO MUCH COOLER.

Jack Sparrow 

JACK SPARROW from PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN
There should be a captain in there somewhere. How can you not want a pirate like Captain Jack Sparrow in your life?

Cruel Beauty 

IGNIFEX from CRUEL BEAUTY
What can I say? From the start, his humor and easy going-ness were easy to fall for. Plus, he’s one of those broken characters that you can’t help but love.

Although I have way more characters that I would like to see alive, these would be my Top Ten. Who would you like to see alive? (We could really use Karou’s resurrection skills here).
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DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS 
DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS
Laini Taylor
613 pages
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: April 8th, 2014
Source: Purchased
Rating: LOVED

By way of a staggering deception, Karou has taken control of the chimaera rebellion and is intent on steering its course away from dead-end vengeance. The future rests on her, if there can even be a future for the chimaera in war-ravaged Eretz.

Common enemy, common cause.

When Jael’s brutal seraph army trespasses into the human world, the unthinkable becomes essential, and Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat. It is a twisted version of their long-ago dream, and they begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people.

And, perhaps, for themselves. Toward a new way of living, and maybe even love.

But there are bigger threats than Jael in the offing. A vicious queen is hunting Akiva, and, in the skies of Eretz … something is happening. Massive stains are spreading like bruises from horizon to horizon; the great winged stormhunters are gathering as if summoned, ceaselessly circling, and a deep sense of wrong pervades the world.

What power can bruise the sky?

From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.

At the very barriers of space and time, what do gods and monsters dream of? And does anything else matter?

If DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS were a chocolate, it would be, as Zuzana might say, the most decadent and delicious chocolate in all the world.

You wouldn’t eat it up at once, no. You would savor it. Every little bite, every little whiff of rich cocoa, the melt-in-your-mouth sensation. And long after the chocolate has been consumed, you would find yourself unraveling that wrapper for the lingering of that chocolate that no one else can ever replicate.

Oh, yes. DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS was the most decadent story I have ever consumed. Or, perhaps I should say, the most decadent story to ever consume me.

Because it did. The words ached through my bones and trembled in my heart and evoked every nerve-ending in my being to come alive. I was fully immersed in the conclusion to Laini Taylor’s amazing, amazing trilogy. And it was a wonderful thing.

Beautiful was what I first thought. But no. Beautiful cannot even begin to describe the achingly gorgeous writing that flows between the letters, words, sentences, paragraphs.

Love lost, love found. Hope renewed, hope shattered. Worlds at stake, races at war, and hunger and pain and humiliation and there’s just no way out of this mess.

I felt an intimate understanding with every character in the DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS. Not just Karou. But Akiva, Liraz, Scarab, Kiri, Zuzana, Mik. I felt every instance of gaping grief, pain, happiness, and fear. I was living it.

I was originally daunted by the length. But when I read one chapter, I remembered what I had forgotten: that I need every word in this book. And I relished every single one. A review can never do justice in explaining the depth of perfection in this book, this series, this stunning conclusion.

Once upon a time, a story began a blue-haired girl with a bird-like stare and now it has ended. And yes, it was most decadent. Most delicious.

About the Author

Hi there! I’m a writer of fantasy books for young people, but my books can be enjoyed by adults as well. My ‘Dreamdark’ books, Blackbringer (2007) and Silksinger (2009) are about faeries — not dainty little flowery things, but warrior-faeries who battle devils. My first young adult book, Lips Touch, is a finalist for the 2009 National Book Award! It’s creepy, sensual supernatural romance. . . about kissing. I am also an artist with a licensed gift product line called “Laini’s Ladies.”

Find Laini on Twitter | Website | Goodreads

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Welcome back! Here’s what happened this week – in books and posts:

STRANGE AND EVER AFTER by Susan Dennard — thank you HarperTeen! I am SO very excited to read the conclusion to Susan’s epic debut trilogy.

Here’s what you missed last week:

Monday:
Asma reviewed DON’T LOOK BACK by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Tuesday:
Asma posted the releases of 4/15
I did a post on our top ten bookish things that aren’t books.

Wednesday:
Waiting on Wednesday – CHASING POWER

Thursday:
What’s Next?- PRISONER OF NIGHT AND FOG won!
Impromptu Giveaway for DON’T LOOK BACK and WELCOME TO THE DARK HOUSE

Friday:
I reviewed DOROTHY MUST DIE by Danielle Paige, which has suffered because of book packaging

Saturday:
Once upon a GIF: A review of Laini Tailor’s DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT

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Once Upon A Time a girl used to live a slightly normal life.

This is not that girl.

Once again, Laini Taylor has managed to ruin me. From the very first page to the last. The book, DAYS OF BLOOD AND STARLIGHT, literally killed me.

Basically the entire book, I just wanted to hug Akiva—

And, I don’t know, punch some sense into Karou?

(I think she was, random dude, I think she was)

I loved all the new characters and the development of some of the older ones. They were all perfectly written and amazing. As usual the writing was absolutely awesome.

And now I shall throw a mini tantrum for the little amount of Akiva and Karou togetherness.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a third book to read.
And did I mention that that ending killed me?
Yes, yes I did.

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DOROTHY MUST DIE 
DOROTHY MUST DIE
Danielle Paige
431 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: April 1st, 2014
Source: Publisher
Rating: SORT OF LIKED

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

I’m not entirely sure where to begin with this book. I have three main points worth mentioning:

1. I loved the plot.
2. The writing was mediocre, it really could have been better.
3. DOROTHY MUST DIE is a product of Full Fathom Five.

I knew about the whole book packaging dilemma, but until I read this post, I had no idea how sickening James Frey and Full Fathom Five were. Worst of all, I read this while reading DOROTHY MUST DIE, which knocked the book down a notch in my conscious. Paying authors a measly $250 advance? Charging obscene penalties?

After reading that post, I debated setting the book aside. I debated reviewing it, because why share a place on my blog with their products? But in the end, I decided to review Danielle Paige’s debut, because it IS her debut. Not James Frey’s, despite it all.

DOROTHY MUST DIE has an amazing plot. Good is Wicked and Wicked is Good, or so we think. Dorothy is evil, Glinda is bad, and Toto is just plain horrible. And Amy, our main character, is a ‘trailer trash’ girl with an anger problem.

That said, DOROTHY MUST DIE had its issues. When I first heard about it, my expectations reached the very top. And when a publisher promotes and markets a book so highly, my expectations turn demanding and I expect the very best.

Maybe that’s why DOROTHY MUST DIE fell flat for me. The writing irked me more than anything. It needed fine-tuning. The execution wasn’t good enough.

I felt nothing for the descriptions of the amazing Oz. I felt nothing for Amy and her anger (which bordered annoying for me). I felt nothing for the romance (which is a very minor, very side thing, mind you). And I felt nothing when horrible tragedies befell our characters. Which was saddening.

Because the writing, at many times, reminded me of my own writing when I penned my first novel. It just wasn’t good enough.

But I kept on going because of the amazing plot and the fact that everyone was enjoying it. I needed to see if Dorothy does indeed die at the end, or if she’ll live for another book. (We’re definitely getting another book after that ending, but does Dorothy die? Maybe. Maybe not.)

If someone were to ask me if I liked DOROTHY MUST DIE, my answer would be I don’t know. Because I don’t. The richly-imagined plot combined the mediocre writing that could use a heaping of work has me placing this at a 3, 3.5 or 4 on a scale of 5. See how torn I am?

But will I be reading the sequel? Hell yes. Would I read DOROTHY MUST DIE again, given the chance? Definitely.

But I sorely wish it was given more time for fixing up. If Danielle Paige had the chance to write DOROTHY MUST DIE and shop it for an agent, I doubt she would have received one right away. I’m guessing the only reason it got published was because of Full Fathom Five. Which I sorely wish wasn’t true. Because ew.

About the Author

Danielle lives in NY. Before turning to YA, she worked in television & was nominated for several Daytime Emmy’s. Dorothy Must Die is her first novel.

Find Danielle on Twitter | IMDb

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