Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #64 + WWW Wednesday #34

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
It's a weekly meme about upcoming books we're excited about!

(Talon #1)
by Julie Kagawa
Publication Date: October 28, 2014

From Goodreads:

Long ago, dragons were hunted to near extinction by the Order of St. George, a legendary society of dragon slayers. Hiding in human form and growing their numbers in secret, the dragons of Talon have become strong and cunning, and they're positioned to take over the world with humans none the wiser.

Ember and Dante Hill are the only sister and brother known to dragonkind. Trained to infiltrate society, Ember wants to live the teen experience and enjoy a summer of freedom before taking her destined place in Talon. But destiny is a matter of perspective, and a rogue dragon will soon challenge everything Ember has been taught. As Ember struggles to accept her future, she and her brother are hunted by the Order of St. George.

Soldier Garret Xavier Sebastian has a mission to seek and destroy all dragons, and Talon's newest recruits in particular. But he cannot kill unless he is certain he has found his prey: and nothing is certain about Ember Hill. Faced with Ember's bravery, confidence and all-too-human desires, Garret begins to question everything that the Order has ingrained in him: and what he might be will to give up to find the truth about dragons.

Why I'm Excited

- The cover is gorgeous!
- This will be my first (and hopefully not last) Julie Kagawa book. I have heard amazing things about her stories!
- Dragons! I love dragon novels.

(Heirs of Watson Island #1)
by Martina Boone
Publication Date: October 28, 2014

From Goodreads:

Three plantations. Two wishes. One ancient curse.

All her life, Barrie Watson has been a virtual prisoner in the house where she lives with her shut-in mother. When her mother dies, Barrie promises to put some mileage on her stiletto heels. But she finds a new kind of prison at her aunt's South Carolina plantation instead - a prison guarded by an ancient spirit who long ago cursed one of the three founding families of Watson Island and gave the others magical gifts that became compulsions.

Stuck with the ghosts of a generations-old feud and hunted by forces she cannot see, Barrie must find a way to break free of the family legacy. With the help of sun-kissed Eight Beaufort, who knows what Barrie wants before she knows herself, the last Watson heir starts to unravel her family's twisted secrets. What she finds is dangerous: a love she never expected, a river that turns to fire at midnight, a gorgeous cousin who isn't what she seems, and very real enemies who want both Eight and Barrie dead.

Why I'm Excited

- Family curses. I love those.
- People who they don't seem to be. Love that, too.
- Mystery with a dash of magic!

WWW Wednesday is hosted by Should Be Reading
What are you currently reading?

For the teens at Haven Hospital and Halls, the outside world, just beyond the towering stone wall that surrounds the premises, is a dangerous unknown. It has always been this way, ever since the hospital was established in the year 2020. But the Haven is more than just a hospital; it is their home. It is all they know. Everything is strictly monitored: education, exercise, food, and rest. The rules must be followed to keep the children healthy, to help control the Disease that has cast them as Terminals, the Disease that claims limbs and lungs - and memories.

But Shiloh is different; she remembers everything. Gideon is different, too. He dreams of a cure, of rebellion against the status quo. What if everything they've been told is a lie? What if the Haven is not the safe place it claims to be? And what will happen if Shiloh starts asking dangerous questions?

Halfway through and loving it! I'm pretty sure I already know the twist - I would put money on it. But I still really, really like this book so far.

What have you recently read?
It's been decades since anyone set foot on the moon. Now three ordinary teenagers, the winners of NASA's unprecedented, worldwide lottery, are about to become the first young people in space - and change their lives forever. Mia, from Norway, hopes this will be her punk band's ticket to fame and fortune. Midori believes it's her way out of her restrained life in Japan. Antoine, from France, just wants to get as far away from his ex-girlfriend as possible.

It's the opportunity of a lifetime, but little do the teenagers know that something sinister is waiting for them on the desolate surface of the moon. And in the black vacuum of space. . . .no one is coming to save them.

I gave this chilling, totally creepy book 4/5 strawberries. Yeah, the writing wasn't fantastic and I didn't really become attached to anyone. But the plot! It was soooooooo creepy. I don't want to go to the moon. I just don't.

What do you plan on reading next?

Just one boy. . . .

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In six months, Jack is going to die.

Just one mission. . . .

After Jack collapses in the middle of a busy street, he's whisked off to a strange hospital in a strange place. There are armed guards and weird kids and fantastic creatures, not to mention no parents, no phones, and no possibility of escape. The place is run by an odd professor named Bhegad, who tells Jack that what's killing him is a genetic trait inherited from the prince of a long-lost civilization. It's destroying Jack by making him too strong too fast. He'll need to stay strong, though - because it's up to him to save the world.

Just one problem. . . .

That long-lost civilization sank when seven magic Loculi were stolen and hidden around the world. Now Jack and his friends must find the Loculi before they fall into the wrong hands. If they don't, they'll never be cured, that lost world will rise, oceans will be displaced, and life as we know it will pretty much end.

I have been wanting to read this series long enough; it's time to begin.


  1. I can't wait for talon! I am buzzing for it! Great picks!
    My WoW

    1. I can't wait, either, Naomi! It'll be my first (but not my last) Julie Kagawa book!

  2. Oh, nice choices! I want to read TALON because DRAGONS, and I like the sound of COMPULSION and the setting. Thanks for stopping by!

    Rachel @ Beauty and the Bookshelf

    1. I know, right? If it has dragons, please give it to me now! ;) COMPULSION should be interesting.

      Thanks for stopping by, too! :)

  3. I like dragons and I like secrets, so I think both of these could be right up my alley! Cool picks!!

    Here's My WoW.


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