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Waitin’, Anticipatin’ (Fall)

There are a lot of works to look forward to this fall! With Grad School classes, work at the brewery, Practicum, and wedding planning, I’m not confident that I’ll get to these in a timely manner, but one can always hope, right? Some of these are for me (shout out to Foer, Blake, and Corey), while others have promise for speaking to students. So excited!

Publication Date: 8/9/16 by Thomas Dunne Books

As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible “adult” around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father’s thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.

Publication Date: 9/6/16 by Farrar, Straus, & Giroux

Unfolding over four tumultuous weeks, in present-day Washington, D.C., Here I Am is the story of a fracturing family in a moment of crisis. As Jacob and Julia and their three sons are forced to confront the distances between the lives they think they want and the lives they are living, a catastrophic earthquake sets in motion a quickly escalating conflict in the Middle East. At stake is the very meaning of home–and the fundamental question of how much life one can bear.

Publication Date: 9/20/16 by HarperTeen

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

Publication Date: 11/1/16 by Orbit

The Free Navy – a violent group of Belters in black-market military ships – has crippled the Earth and begun a campaign of piracy and violence among the outer planets. The colony ships heading for the thousand new worlds on the far side of the alien ring gates are easy prey, and no single navy remains strong enough to protect them.

James Holden and his crew know the strengths and weaknesses of this new force better than anyone. Outnumbered and outgunned, the embattled remnants of the old political powers call on the Rocinante for a desperate mission to reach Medina Station at the heart of the gate network.

But the new alliances are as flawed as the old, and the struggle for power has only just begun. As the chaos grows, an alien mystery deepens. Pirate fleets, mutiny, and betrayal may be the least of the Rocinante’s problems. And in the uncanny spaces past the ring gates, the choices of a few damaged and desperate people may determine the fate of more than just humanity.

Publication Date: 11/8/16 by Feiwel and Friends

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

Publication Date: 11/8/16 by Delacorte Press

Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.

When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she might win some real money.

But the Society isn’t all it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.

What works are you anticipating?! As always, we love to hear from you!


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Waitin’, Anticipatin’: Spring/Summer 2016

SCREW my TBR list. I will forsake all others when these books become available to me!


Quick Teaser:

A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand. (…)

This one sounds so good!! It reminds me a bit of Roald Dahl’s BFG just from the teaser, which equals fantastic. The publication date is April 26, 2016. YAY!!!

Check out Goodreads for the full teaser.


companytownQuick Teaser:

Meet Hwa. One of the few in her community to forego bio-engineered enhancements, she’s the last truly organic person left on the rig. But she’s an expert in the arts of self-defense, and she’s been charged with training the Family’s youngest, who has been receiving death threats – seemingly from another timeline. (…)

Publication date for this one is May 17, 2016. Lots of potential here.


You get the full teaser for this one:

No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwyla likes it that way.

Ever since she and her brother were abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman sultan’s courts, Lada has known that ruthlessness is the key to survival. For the lineage that makes her and her brother special also makes them targets.

Lada hones her skills as a warrior as she nurtures plans to wreak revenge on the empire that holds her captive. Then she and Radu meet the sultan’s son, Mehmed, and everything changes. Now Mehmed unwittingly stands between Lada and Radu as they transform from siblings to rivals, and the ties of love and loyalty that bind them together are stretched to breaking point.

The first of an epic new trilogy starring the ultimate anti-princess who does not have a gentle heart. Lada knows how to wield a sword, and she’ll stop at nothing to keep herself and her brother alive.

I am so jazzed about this one!! I first heard about it at when a publisher (I think Random House??) came to Educators Night at my local bookstore. I immediately put it at the tippy-top of my TBR when the publisher said it was a female Dracula… I’M IN!! Seriously, cannot wait. Publication date is July 7, 2016.

hpLast but incredibly NOT least:

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

I reserved my copy ages ago. PLEASE hurry up, summer!! Publication date is July 31, 2016. Click here for the Goodreads page.

What books are at the top of your CAN’T WAIT list??



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Waitin’, Anticipatin’: “Menagerie”

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I think I’m just about ready for a good, old fashioned freak show! Last time I tried a circus story, it didn’t go well, but I’m hopeful that Rachel Vincent will turn this frown upside down. Check out this Goodreads teaser and look forward to it with me!

When Delilah Marlow visits a famous traveling carnival, Metzger’s Menagerie, she is an ordinary woman in a not-quite-ordinary world. But under the macabre circus black-top, she discovers a fierce, sharp-clawed creature lurking just beneath her human veneer. Captured and put on exhibition, Delilah in her black swan burlesque costume is stripped of her worldly possessions, including her own name, as she’s forced to “perform” in town after town.

But there is breathtaking beauty behind the seamy and grotesque reality of the carnival. Gallagher, her handler, is as kind as he is cryptic and strong. The other “attractions”—mermaids, minotaurs, gryphons and kelpies—are strange, yes, but they share a bond forged by the brutal realities of captivity. And as Delilah struggles for her freedom, and for her fellow menagerie, she’ll discover a strength and a purpose she never knew existed.

Renowned author Rachel Vincent weaves an intoxicating blend of carnival magic and startling humanity in this intricately woven and powerful tale.

Publisher: MIRA
Publication Date: Sept. 29, 2015

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Waitin’, Anticipatin’: “Go Set a Watchman”

Tomorrow is the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, the highly anticipated prequel to her only other novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.

Photo from Goodreads.com

Photo from Goodreads.com

Of course, everyone freaked out when the release of this novel was announced, mostly because Mockingbird was a literary work of art and we’ve all been waiting decades to see what else she has to say, but also because Lee is a known recluse and no mention of this prequel has ever been made. Unfortunately, as evidenced by our world today, people will latch onto anything as an excuse to take a stand and get mad about something, so of course there are people attacking the release saying it was a marketing ploy and the decision to release it was made by Lee’s manager, not by Lee. Until Lee chimes in on the subject, we cannot know whether these accusations are correct, so how about we all just calm down and read the book? That’s my plan. My pre-ordered copy will grace my mailbox with its presence in a matter of days and I can’t wait! I’m going to give it the benefit of the doubt and assume it is innocent of corrupt origins, assume that it is a gift instead of a ploy. Let’s all do that.

Publisher: Harper
Publication Date: July 14, 2015

Maycomb, here I come!

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Waitin’, Anticipatin’: “The Dinosaur Lords”

This has been on my “To Read” Goodreads shelf almost as long as The Winds of Winter, but the good news is that this one has a light at the end of the tunnel, and that tunnel ends next month, people!!​ By the end of July, we should all be so lucky as to own a copy of Victor Milan’s The Dinosaur Lords, which sounds to me like a colossal combination of so many of my favorite things.

The Dinosaur Lords

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Check it out on Goodreads.com for the full synopsis, but it pretty much had me at, “dynastic rivalries, religious wars, and byzantine politics… except the weapons of choice are dinosaurs.” It sounds as though it will have the political and martial intrigue of the A Song of Ice and Fire Series, with the unknown, threatening power of Jurassic Park, and do I detect a hint of the omnipotent control of Greek mythology? Dare I hope? I’m still reeling from my immersion in all things Jurassic Park lately, so I think this will be a welcome revisit to the exciting subject matter while still promising an entirely new experience. And this cover art. I mean, please.

Publisher: Tor Books
Publication Date: July 28, 2015

Anyway, I’m looking forward to this newcomer and I’d love to hear what you all think. Would you read it? What books have you counting down the days? Did anyone get my 38 Special reference? Let me know!


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