Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #68 + WWW Wednesday #38

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

Scorpion Mountain
by John Flanagan
(Brotherband Chronicles #5)
Publication Date: December 2, 2014

From Goodreads:

Fresh off of victory over their longtime nemesis, Tursgud, Hal and the Herons, summoned by King Duncan, set sail for Castle Araluen. Thrust into the dangerous world of Araluen, the Herons learn of a threat to Queen Evanlyn and whispers of a deadly sect known as the Scorpion Cult. Rumors say that Iqbal, who previously tried to assassinate Evanlyn at her at her wedding to Horace, might be planning another attempt. Not waiting to see if the knife will strike true, the Herons join forces with Gilan and his fellow Rangers to track down the would-be assassins.

Why I'm Excited

- It's the fifth Brotherband Chronicles book!
- I love John Flanagan's books.

by Carol Goodman
(Blythewood #2)
Publication Date: December 2, 2014

From Goodreads:

Avaline Hall is no ordinary girl.

She's a student at Blythewood Academy, an elite boarding school that trains young women to defend human society from the shadowy forces that live among us. After the devastating events of her first year at Blythewood, Ava is eager to reunite with her friends - and the Raven, the compelling but elusive winged boy who makes her pulse race. She soon discovers, though, that the sinister Judicus van Drood hasn't finished wreaking havoc on Blythewoode - and wants to use Ava and her classmates to attack a much bigger target.

Ava's the only one with any hope of stopping van Drood. But to scuttle his plans, she must reveal her deepest secret to everyone at Blythewood. What's she willing to sacrifice to do what's right - her school? Her love? Or her life?

Why I'm Excited

- Um, I'm actually not sure why.

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

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Some riders live.
Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man if few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn't given her much of a choice. So she enters the competition - the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

This is a re-read (yay!), and I'm loving it as much as I did the first time through. Fabulous characters, fabulous writing, fabulous story - fabulous! (Yes, fabulous is my new favorite word.)

What did you recently read?

Cast out of her family three years ago, Mara turned to the only place that would take her - a school where students train to protect others. But Mara is stunned when guarding a noble girl in the Empire's capital turns out to be more dangerous than she could've imagined. More shocking still, she finds the boy she thought she had lost forever outside the gates of her new home.

Mara knew her life in the dizzying Imperial city would hold dangers. How could she have known that her heart, as well as her life, would be at stake?

Gave this sequel to City of a Thousand Dolls a 3 out of 5 strawberries. It took me forever to read this book, but it wasn't because it was bad. It was good! I liked and enjoyed it, and really loved the protagonists. I just happened to pick it up during a really busy few weeks.

What do you plan on reading next?

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many guests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen - all of them - and they're stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood - the blood of Olympus - in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it "might" be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea's army of powerful giant? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

I've waited long enough. It's time to tackle this book. . . .


  1. I LOVED Blood of Olympus, so I hope you enjoy it when you pick it up, and I'm really curious about the Blythewood/Ravencliffe series. I haven't read it, but it looks really intriguing. Cool pick, thanks for sharing!!

    Here's my WoW: Zodiac

    1. Everyone who has read it has said that I have nothing to fear, but I'm still going into THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS with my eyes half closed. ;)


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