Waiting on Wednesday (98) – Silver Shadow by Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows (Bloodlines, #5)

Silver Shadows
(Bloodlines #5)
Richelle Mead
Publisher: Razorbill
To be released: July 29, 2014

Summary (from Goodreads):

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

Now in the aftermath of an event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But first, they have to survive.

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

I had to do this as my WoW. I’ve been dying to read this since Fiery Heart, because hello, that cliffhanger! This book comes out this month, thank goodness! This is by far my most anticipated book coming out this month, and I’m sure it is for a bunch of other people as well. I need more Sydney Sage and Adrian in my life pronto.

What book are you Waiting on Wednesday for? Let me know! I’m always on the lookout for great new books to read.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event highlighting exciting upcoming releases. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

Waiting on Wednesday (89) – Falling Kingdoms

Falling Kingdoms

Morgan Rhodes
Publisher: Razorbill
To be released: December 11, 2012

Summary (from Goodreads):

In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:

Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.

Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.

Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword…
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

This book sounds awesome. I’m big into fantasy right now and this sounds right up my alley. I cannot wait to read this! Too bad it comes out in December.

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event highlighting exciting upcoming releases. It is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

The Future of Us

Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: November 21, 2011
Series or Standalone:  Standalone
ISBN: 9781595144911
Format: ARC
Pages: 309
Source: BEA
Jay Asher – Website/Blog 
Carolyn Mackler – Website 
Jay Asher – Twitter
Carolyn Mackler – Twitter

Rating: 4 Stars
I was super excited to read The Future of Us and it did not disappoint me. The Future of Us is a fun read that really makes you question what you would do if you could see what your life would be like in the future.
This book is told from alternating points of view of Josh and Emma. I really liked both of these characters. They were different from each other but I still really liked them. Emma and Josh are both effected by seeing their future on Facebook differently. Emma, I think, went a bit overboard with seeing her future. For Emma, she was constantly worried about being unhappy, about having a bad future. She got a bit obsessed with creating her own perfect future, that she ended up making decisions that made her future even worse. Emma was so obsessed with getting her perfect future, she seemed to neglect living in the present.
Josh, on the other hand, was the boy next door (literally). The disc that brings them both to Facebook brings them back together. I loved Josh. He was a sweet guy and you really could see that. Emma and Josh have a history, one that involves some heart-ache. I really liked that Emma and Josh had a past relationship that was not perfect, but that this weird fluke of seeing the future could bring them back together as friends. Josh was the more level-headed one of the pair. Josh, unlike Emma, realized that seeing his future was not the best thing and that maybe they should just let it be.
I really like how Josh and Emma’s relationship grew over the course of the book. There were ups and there were downs for Emma and Josh, mostly because of what Emma was learning in her future, but their relationship was perfect. I loved the ending and how their relationship was building to that point the entire book.
While I was reading this book, I felt like I was thrust back into my childhood. I grew up in the 90s and this book just reminded me of everything from it with dial-up internet that used the phone lines, walk-man, CD-roms for free internet, and a world without Facebook. I loved it. I also really liked how Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler incorporated Facebook into the story. Facebook is a completely foreign concept in 1996 and I loved Emma and Josh’s reactions to the website. Who would have imagined that through Facebook we would be sharing our life’s details with the world. I liked how Facebook was integral to the plot, but the story did not focus solely on Facebook. This book was very character driven and what they learned on Facebook influenced the characters. 
The Future of Us is an enjoyable read that makes you question if you had the chance to see your future would you and would you try to change it? With friendship, romance, and the future, The Future of Us is an interesting new story that is fun to read. 

Review: The Replacement

The Replacement

Brenna Yovanoff
Publisher: Razorbill
Release Date: September 21, 2010
Pages: 352
Ratings: 4 Stars
Summary (from Goodreads):
Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.
Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.
The Replacements was a creepy and eerie book, everything that I expected from this book. In a unique debut novel, Brenna Yovanoff has put a creepy twist on creatures that have become glamorized in many YA novels.
I read this book in one sitting and was really intrigued by the plot. I was very intrigued to learn more about these creatures who lived in Mackie’s town and why they would kidnap people. I loved the creepiness of the creatures, who are by most people’s definition are fairies, and the eeriness that was woven throughout the plot. There were plenty of twists and turns in this book that I did not see coming, something I love in books.
I was also interested in the progression of Mackie as a character through the action that occurred. He starts out as fragile, slowly dying and living a lie, to learning who he truly is and becoming stronger and willing to fight for those he loves and to protect other people. Mackie was definitely an intriguing character. I also really loved Mackie’s sister, Emma, and her devotion to her brother, even if she knows he is not truly her brother. She is willing to do anything for Mackie, and her love has been essential to Mackie’s survival. My one wish while I was reading was that I wanted to learn more about Tate. From the summary of the book, it seemed like we would know a lot more about her, but I felt like we knew little about her except that she loves her sister and wants her back. I would have really liked to see more about her and learn more about her because she was an interesting character.
This book was one of the most unique I have read in a long time. I loved the twist on a classic story, and I loved that Brenna Yovanoff was able to make this story her own. If you want a book that is bound to give you chills, in a good way, The Replacement would be that book.