Waiting on Wednesday 03/30/16
“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that lets us feature upcoming releases that we can’t wait to get our hands on!
The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May (Expected publication: June 7th 2016 by Chronicle Books (first published November 19th 2015))
I can’t remember how I stumbled upon The Falconer last year, but I’m so glad it did. It ended up being one of my favourite reads of 2015. Normally, I’m late to the party when it comes to great series, which means I don’t have to wait for the sequel, but this time, I’ve been chomping at the bit thanks to a cliffhanger ending
Aileana Kameron, the Falconer, disappeared through the portal that she was trying to close forever. Now she wakes up in the fae world, trapped and tortured by the evil Lonnrach. With the help of an unexpected ally, Aileana re-enters the human world, only to find everything irrevocably changed. Edinburgh has been destroyed, and the few human survivors are living in an uneasy truce with the fae, while both worlds are in danger of disappearing altogether. Aileana holds the key to saving both worlds, but in order to do so she must awaken her latent Falconer powers. And the price of doing that might be her life. Rich with imaginative detail, action, fae lore, and romance, The Vanishing Throne is a thrilling sequel to The Falconer.
Blood for Blood by Ryan Graudin (November 1, 2016 by Little Brown Books for Young Readers)
I freakin’ loved Wolf by Wolf, the first book of a series set in an alternate history where the Axis powers won World War II and rule the world. Yael, a teenage skinshifter escapes the horrors of the concentration camp and ends up using her abilities to help the Resistance, competing in a motorcycle race from Berlin to Tokyo in order to assassinate Hitler. Funny how Wendy mentions a cliffhanger, because Wolf by Wolf finished on a pretty open ending too, leaving me antsy to find out what will happen in the sequel, Blood for Blood.
For the resistance in 1950s Germany, the war may be over, but the fight has just begun.
Death camp survivor Yael, who has the power to skinshift, is on the run: the world has just seen her shoot and kill Hitler. But the truth of what happened is far more complicated, and its consequences are deadly. Yael and her unlikely comrades dive into enemy territory to try to turn the tide against the New Order, and there is no alternative but to see their mission through to the end, whatever the cost.
But dark secrets reveal dark truths, and one question hangs over them all: how far can you go for the ones you love?
This gripping, thought-provoking sequel to Wolf by Wolf will grab readers by the throat with its cinematic writing, fast-paced action, and relentless twists.”