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Waiting on Wednesday [#41] — Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

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Flame in the Mist
by Renee Ahdieh

Releases May 16th, 2017 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR

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Synopsis:

The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place—she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor’s favorite consort—a political marriage that will elevate her family’s standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace.

Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back. But she’s quickly captured and taken to the Black Clan’s secret hideout, where she meets their leader, the rebel ronin Takeda Ranmaru, and his second-in-command, his best friend Okami. Still believing her to be a boy, Ranmaru and Okami eventually warm to Mariko, impressed by her intellect and ingenuity. As Mariko gets closer to the Black Clan, she uncovers a dark history of secrets, of betrayal and murder, which will force her to question everything she’s ever known.


Asian setting! Specifically Japan. Which means samurai. And there’s a girl pretending to be a boy. Which will definitely confuse the heck out of her two love interests — I’m assuming it’ll be a love triangle, since both boys were mentioned in the blurb. I’m okay with that, if it’s done well. But the best part of all… apparently this is a Mulan retelling???!!!!! Except… Mulan is a Chinese legend, and this story is set in Japan??? Like, why? Why can’t you set a Mulan retelling in China? Well, apparently this is ALSO a 47 Ronin retelling, so a mash-up of two stories, and 47 Ronin is set in Japan. So I guess that’s why Renee Ahdieh chose to set her story in Japan, perhaps the 47 Ronin elements are more prevalent than the Mulan elements. But still… as a Chinese American always looking for protagonists who are of Chinese heritage, this disappoints me a bit. Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to Flame in the Mist. I’ve never read a Mulan retelling of any kind, so this should be interesting.


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Waiting on Wednesday [#40] — Want by Cindy Pon

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Want
by Cindy Pon

Releases June 13th, 2017 from Simon Pulse

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Synopsis:

From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city.

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?


I loved Cindy Pon’s Silver Phoenix, though I never got around to reading the sequel, or the start of her second series Serpentine. Still, I always look out for books based on Asian culture with Asian characters by Asian authors, so I was uber-excited to learn of Cindy’s newest novel. Want is set in a futuristic Taipei, Taiwan, and from the synopsis, it sounds like an intense plot to reveal the greed and corruption Jin Corp and the wealthy are bought into. Can’t wait!


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Waiting on Wednesday [#39] — Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee

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Outrun the Moon
by Stacey Lee

Releases May 24th 2016 from G.P. Putnam’s Sons BFYR

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Synopsis:

San Francisco, 1906: Fifteen-year-old Mercy Wong is determined to break from the poverty in Chinatown, and an education at St. Clare’s School for Girls is her best hope. Although St. Clare’s is off-limits to all but the wealthiest white girls, Mercy gains admittance through a mix of cunning and a little bribery, only to discover that getting in was the easiest part. Not to be undone by a bunch of spoiled heiresses, Mercy stands strong—until disaster strikes.

On April 18, an historic earthquake rocks San Francisco, destroying Mercy’s home and school. With martial law in effect, she is forced to wait with her classmates for their families in a temporary park encampment. Mercy can’t sit by while they wait for the Army to bring help. Fires might rage, and the city may be in shambles, yet Mercy still has the ‘bossy’ cheeks that mark her as someone who gets things done. But what can one teenaged girl do to heal so many suffering in her broken city?


One: Asian protagonist, Mercy Wong. (Who actually has the same name as a character in one of my unfinished books… Dammit, Stacey!) I’m always looking for books featuring Asian heroines and heroes.

Two: Historical fiction. Specifically, 1906 San Francisco. I love historical fiction and keep wanting to read more of it. Perfect excuse.

Three: Natural disasters. An earthquake. We don’t have enough books about natural disasters, usually they’re man-made disasters. The only other natural disaster book I can think of right now is Life As We Knew It (which you should totally check out), so I’m excited to read about one of the most devastating earthquakes to ever hit the United States. (Well, not excited, since it was a tragedy, but you know what I mean.)


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Waiting on Wednesday [#38] — The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle by Rick Riordan

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The Trials of Apollo: The Hidden Oracle
by Rick Riordan

Releases May 3rd, 2016 from Disney-Hyperion

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Synopsis:

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies – gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go . . . an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.


Bad haikus.

On a more serious note — do we really need another new series from Rick? We already have Magnus Chase going on, and this will now be the third series of Greek/Roman mythology. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely adore everything Rick writes, but this seems a little excessive.

Still… I’m featuring this on a Waiting on Wednesday — because I absolutely can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! I can’t wait for the returning characters we know and love, more Greek myths to explore, and more completely insane quests.


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Waiting on Wednesday [#37] — The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

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The Star-Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi

Releases April 26th, 2016 from St. Martin’s Griffin

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Synopsis:

Fate and fortune. Power and passion. What does it take to be the queen of a kingdom when you’re only seventeen?

Maya is cursed. With a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, she has earned only the scorn and fear of her father’s kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her whole world is torn apart when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. Soon Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Neither roles are what she expected: As Akaran’s queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar’s wife, she finds something else entirely: Compassion. Protection. Desire…

But Akaran has its own secrets — thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Soon, Maya suspects her life is in danger. Yet who, besides her husband, can she trust? With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most. . .including herself.

A lush and vivid story that is steeped in Indian folklore and mythology. The Star-Touched Queen is a novel that no reader will soon forget.


Indian folklore and mythology! And an arranged marriage that actually works?! Sign me up! Also, this part of the blurb has me sold: “With the fate of the human and Otherworldly realms hanging in the balance, Maya must unravel an ancient mystery that spans reincarnated lives to save those she loves the most… including herself.” This book sounds awesome, a terrific fantasy I hope is full of magic, mystery, mythology, adventure, and romance. Not to mention I hope the setting is vivid and gorgeous and Maya herself is an awesome heroine. So far, the reviews have been extremely positive, so I am thoroughly excited to get my hands on this beauty!


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Waiting on Wednesday [#36] — A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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A Court of Mist and Fury
by Sarah J. Maas

Releases May 3rd, 2016 from Bloomsbury USA Children’s.

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Synopsis:

Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.

Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


A Court of Thorns and Roses was my favorite book of 2015. A Beauty and the Beast meets Tam Lin retelling, it ripped me to pieces. I was a sobbing wreck during the crazy climax scene, holy ravioli. Sarah knows how to write some epic high fantasy and some incredibly hot romance. I am dying over here waiting to get my hands on ACOMAF. (Hmm, that doesn’t have the same ring to it as ACOTAR does.) BUT ANYWAY — this is a Hades and Persephone retelling and… that means that Rhysand is going to be Feyre’s love interest in this book, I am 100% sure. I think the only thing I am not looking forward to in ACOMAF is the almost guaranteed love triangle about to happen. I ship Feyre and Tamlin. Like, I loved Tamlin in ACOTAR, and “Beauty” got her “Beast”. (Because that’s how the fairy tale goes. It’s not a spoiler.) So I’m not happy at the thought of Feyre falling in love with someone else. She belongs with Tamlin. They love each other, done, end of story. But besides the oncoming love triangle, I absolutely cannot wait to jump back into this fantasy world with faeries and magic and awesome characters and even awesomer kisses.


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Waiting on Wednesday [#35] — Let the Wind Rise by Shannon Messenger

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Let the Wind Rise
by Shannon Messenger

Releases April 26th, 2016 from Simon Pulse.

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Synopsis:

The breathtaking action and whirlwind adventure build to a climax in this thrilling conclusion to the “remarkably unpredictable” (BCCB) Sky Fall trilogy from the bestselling author of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.

Vane Weston is ready for battle. Against Raiden’s army. Against the slowly corrupting Gale Force. Even against his own peaceful nature as a Westerly. He’ll do whatever it takes, including storming Raiden’s icy fortress with the three people he trusts the least. Anything to bring Audra home safely.

But Audra won’t wait for someone to rescue her. She has Gus—the guardian she was captured with. And she has a strange “guide” left behind by the one prisoner who managed to escape Raiden. The wind is also rising to her side, rallying against their common enemy. When the forces align, Audra makes her play—but Raiden is ready.

Freedom has never held such an impossible price, and both groups know the sacrifices will be great. But Vane and Audra started this fight together. They’ll end it the same way.


Shannon Messenger’s Let the Sky Fall series is such an underrated fantasy trilogy! I absolutely love Vane and Audra, their romance, and their fight for power and control of the winds. I haven’t met many readers who are a fan of these books, and my reviews of Let the Sky Fall and Let the Storm Break have received very little attention. Please, guys — check out Shannon’s YA books. They are whimsical, romantic, funny, and just so different from the usual fantasy out there. I am eagerly awaiting the third and final book. I hope it’s an epic conclusion!


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Waiting on Wednesday [#34] — The Raven King by Maggie Stiefvater

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The Raven King
by Maggie Stiefvater

Releases April 26th, 2016 from Scholastic Press.

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Synopsis:

The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.

All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.

In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: “Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close.”


Because it is Maggie Freaking Stiefvater, that’s why.

Also, because The Raven Boys is an amazing paranormal/supernatural book that just blew me away. I actually haven’t yet read The Dream Thieves or Blue Lily, Lily Blue — but I am ecstatic nonetheless for the conclusion to The Raven Cycle. I’ll be able to marathon the rest of the series very soon, and that’s my plan! (Also, the cover is amazing. Say it’s amazing!)


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Waiting on Wednesday [#33] — The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski

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The Winner’s Kiss
by Marie Rutkoski
Book #3 in The Winner’s Trilogy

Releases March 29th 2016 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

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Synopsis:

War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it with untrustworthy new allies and the empire as his enemy. Though he has convinced himself that he no longer loves Kestrel, Arin hasn’t forgotten her, or how she became exactly the kind of person he has always despised. She cared more for the empire than she did for the lives of innocent people—and certainly more than she did for him.

At least, that’s what he thinks.

In the frozen north, Kestrel is a prisoner in a brutal work camp. As she searches desperately for a way to escape, she wishes Arin could know what she sacrificed for him. She wishes she could make the empire pay for what they’ve done to her.

But no one gets what they want just by wishing.

As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover that the world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and they are caught in between. With so much to lose, can anybody really win?


I liked The Winner’s Curse. I really liked The Winner’s Crime. I finally got on board the Kestrel and Arin ship in book 2, and really bought into the overall series plot. I am expecting to love The Winner’s Kiss. I hope it will be an epic conclusion with some great kisses. Also, I’ll be able to finish a series! And that feels like great progress, since it feels like I start 10x more series than I finish/can keep up with!


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Waiting on Wednesday [#32] — Riders by Veronica Rossi

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Riders
by Veronica Rossi

Releases February 16th, 2016 from Tor Teen.

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Synopsis:

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him?


“A beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl” — haha. But the four horsemen of the apocalypse better be an awesome group of characters. I want bromance! I do fear a love triangle, though. (Please no.) And this sounds like a pretty cool meld of fantasy/paranormal and, what, dystopia? Those unbelieving authorities… SMH. (P.S. I like the name Gideon a lot. Now what’s the name of the beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl?)


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