THE DREAM THIEVES (The Raven Cycle, #2) by Maggie Stiefvater
Release Date: September 17, 2013
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Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…
I got hooked on Stiefvater’s novels when a friend told me how she had bawled herself to sleep after reading a book called Shiver. Anyone that knows me, knows I love a good emotional book. But one about a boy who turns into a wolf every winter? …eh. At this point I was all Twilight‘ed out and another supernatural love story about werewolves wasn’t a high priority. But after reading the first chapter online, I decided I liked the way Maggie wrote and gave it a shot. Boy did I fall hard for that book. Three novels later, Stiefvater released The Raven Boys. Again, I wasn’t sure about the subject of the book (ancient Scottish kings, witches — although I do love a good witchy novel — rich boys who speak Latin, and a girl named Blue) but I gave it a shot. Maggie’s writing has a way of hooking you in and then taking you on a wonderful ride and it only gets better with each novel. Look for it this fall.
Also check out: The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1) (Goodreads) (Amazon)
HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW by Natalie Whipple
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.
Speaking of witchy novels…this next one is actually being compared between Maggie and the TV show Charmed. I’m really curious to find out what, exactly, this book is about. How can the Curse save everyone if it killed everyone she loved in the first place? I stumbled upon this when I was looking for upcoming releases. This is so far in advance that I’m almost afraid I ‘ll forget about it by the time it’s released (and totally bummed I can’t buy it now)!
Also check out: Transparent (Goodreads) (Amazon)
“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.