Waiting on Wednesday: The Art of Lainey by Paula Strokes

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Goodreads Summary:

Soccer star Lainey Mitchell is gearing up to spend an epic summer with her amazing boyfriend, Jason, when he suddenly breaks up with her—no reasons, no warning, and in public no less! Lainey is more than crushed, but with help from her friend Bianca, she resolves to do whatever it takes to get Jason back.

And that’s when the girls stumble across a copy of The Art of War. With just one glance, they’re sure they can use the book to lure Jason back into Lainey’s arms. So Lainey channels her inner warlord, recruiting spies to gather intel and persuading her coworker Micah to pose as her new boyfriend to make Jason jealous. After a few “dates”, it looks like her plan is going to work! But now her relationship with Micah is starting to feel like more than just a game.

What’s a girl to do when what she wants is totally different from what she needs? How do you figure out the person you’re meant to be with, if you’re still figuring out the person you’re meant to be?

Sometimes, a girl just wants a nice, fluffy contemporary novel to curl up in, and this one looks especially unique. I’m interested in The Art of War reference, and I wonder how Strokes will add that element in without getting confusing. All the reviews have been fabulous, and I can’t wait to read it!

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Page

DorothyMustDie_CoverOnly1.inddGoodreads Summary:

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

On April 1, 2014 we’ll get to see the aftermath of Dorothy’s trip to Oz. I’m in love with all things Wizard of Oz, I must have read the original at least three times, and now a perfect and different Young Adult spin-off has made it into the world!

The cover, first of all, is amazing. The premise is super interesting. How can you not want to know how Dorothy became corrupted?! The first three chapters were available on EpicReads, but I didn’t want to spoil anything for myself before I’m able to read the whole thing!

Everything about this book screams perfection, and I can’t wait until it comes out!

Waiting on Wednesday: Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer

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One year ago, almost to this date, I knew nothing about the beauty of the Lunar Chronicles or the fantastic way Marissa Meyer ties in fairy tales with dystopias. I wish I could have found Cinder sooner, but alas, I procrastinated to read the book until I “just happened” to see it on the way out of the library (destiny, I’d like to call it).

In a way, it was a good thing I read Cinder late, because I didn’t have to wait for Scarlet. Now, I’ve been wandering aimlessly around this bleak world craving lunar-people and my favorite fairy tale characters. Thankfully, the wait is almost over. When everyone else was receiving ARCs of this book, I cringed and looked away in jealousy. I didn’t want to spoil my appetite. Oh no, I want to plunge into Meyer’s world without finding out one thing about the plot. And now my greedy hands can almost feel the crackling of Cress‘s new spine. That moment will be the end of my starvation for the next addition of the Lunar Chronicles. That is, until I finish Cress and have to wait another YEAR for Winter.

Okay, I’ll admit that I did read the first chapter. But only the first! How could I not!? This is by far on my list of favorite series. 

  1. Harry Potter (duh)
  2. Percy Jackson/ Heroes of Olympus
  3. Lunar Chronicles

I’ve found some series usually get progressively worse. So far, this hasn’t happened in the Lunar Chronicles, and I hope it never will.

Not to mention the gorgeous covers of all three books.

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How amazing do these look!? I’ll be the first to admit it: I judge a book by its cover. Not solely on its cover, but that is a major reason for picking it up.

EEPP!! I’m so excited for this book!!

The Goodreads summary:

Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. 

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army. 

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. 

When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.

Doesn’t it sound amazing? I actually don’t physically own the other two, but I’m planning on buying and rereading both before starting Cress.

It should be out on February 4th, and I’ve already marked the date!

I. Can. Not. Wait!

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