Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Desperately Wanting Wednesday (3)

Desperatly Wanting Wednesday, hosted by Parajunkee's View
Desperately Wanting Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Rachel at Parajunkee's View. It is based off of the meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, Waiting on Wednesday. Since the "On My Wishlist" meme is no longer active, Ed and I have decided to switch to this meme so we can talk about books (and movies) that we want - both released and to-be-released.

This week's theme is:
Books I Would Like to Read For The Second Time

Our Released Pick:
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: November 15, 2011
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
323 Pages

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It's there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she's never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can't be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country's only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

I really, really enjoyed this book! It was one of the best books I read in 2011. Plus Kimberly Derting is on of my favorite authors. I have to reread this one before book two, The Essence comes out in January.

Our To-Be-Released Pick:
The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: September 18, 2012 
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books 
336 Pages

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; an island nation once rich in tradition and myth, now decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, the land is choked with toxic pollution, and the great spirit animals that once roamed its wilds have departed forever. 

The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary creature, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows the beasts have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death. 

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a talent that if discovered, would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her. 

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire.

I just finished this book last night and I already need to reread it. Stormdancer is one of the best books that I've ever read. Ever. It's so freaking good and even though I just spent time with the characters last night, I miss them. Is that weird?


  1. I've wanted to read The Pledge for awhile, and Stormdancer just sounds and looks amazing. Awesome picks!

    New follower :)

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  2. Stormdancer looks awesome. It's on Netgalley, but trying to stay away from there... Good WOW picks.


  3. Hi, great blog! I am a new follower from Waiting on Wednesday. I would love a follow back!



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