Waiting on Wednesday: “For Darkness Shows The Stars” by Diana Peterfreund

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we as readers are excited about.

    For Darkness Shows The Stars

    by Diana Peterfreund

Release Date: June 12th, 2012

From Goodreads:

Generations ago, a genetic experiment gone wrong—the Reduction—decimated humanity, giving rise to a Luddite nobility who outlawed most technology.

Eighteen-year-old Luddite Elliot North has always known her place in this caste system. Four years ago Elliot refused to run away with her childhood sweetheart, the servant Kai, choosing duty to her family’s estate over love. But now the world has changed: a new class of Post-Reductionists is jumpstarting the wheel of progress and threatening Luddite control; Elliot’s estate is floundering; and she’s forced to rent land to the mysterious Cloud Fleet, a group of shipbuilders that includes renowned explorer Captain Malakai Wentforth—an almost unrecognizable Kai. And while Elliott wonders if this could be their second chance, Kai seems determined to show Elliot exactly what she gave up when she abandoned him.

But Elliot soon discovers her childhood friend carries a secret—-one that could change the society in which they live…or bring it to its knees.

As soon as I saw that this was inspired by Jane Austen’s Persuasion, I knew I was going to have to read it. Aside from that, I am intrigued by the tech-less sci-fi world and the lovely cover.

ETA: There’s a contest going on for an ARC here at The Secret Adventures of Writergirl! Check it out!

What book are YOU waiting on this week? Feel free to drop me a line in the comments or link me back to your own WoW post!

Waiting On Wednesday: TEAM HUMAN by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier

 

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine that showcases books that we are eagerly awaiting.

Team Human by Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier

Publication Date: July 3rd, 2012

When a vampire shows up at Mel’s high school, it’s up to Mel to keep her best friend from falling in love with him. Add a mysterious disappearance, a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and poignant.

I’m pretty sure y’all know that I am… well, not the biggest Twilight fan. In fact, I kind of hate it. The writing is sub-par. Bella is about as interesting as a piece of cardboard. There’s some truly creepy and disturbing messages about sexuality threaded throughout the series– and this is coming from someone who used to read SLASH FICTION on the internet, guys. That can get pretty squicky, but still not as squicky as Jacob imprinting on Bella’s kid.

Anyway, I am not a Twilight fan.  And when I saw that Sarah Rees Brennan was going to be co-writing a Twilight/vampire fiction spoof with Justine Larbalestier, I was freaking ecstatic. The title makes me snicker, the cover is just perfect, and the tagline? AWESOME~!

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Let me know in the comments or link back to your WoW post!

Waiting On Wednesday: Black Heart by Holly Black

Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.

But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love.

 

Holly Black? Check. Crime and crime families? Check. Magic? Check. Tons of romance, adventure, and angst? Check, check, and check.

I’ve always had a sentimental attachment to this series–I purchased the first book during my first Alpha and had it signed and doodled in by Ms. Black herself. On the way home, I ended up stranded in an airport for a few hours due to weather and devoured the entire book while I was waiting. I pre-ordered Red Glove and read it during spring 2011, while in the midst of some serious life changes, and it was my solace during that time. This book, which I’m assuming is the final installment, comes out exactly one day after my 19th birthday, and I simply can’t wait to go back to Cassel’s world of curses and crimes one last time.

What books are you waiting on? Feel free to comment below or link back to your own blog and let me know!

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