Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Title: Prisoner of Night and Fog
Genre: Young Adult, Historical Fiction
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: April 22nd 2014 (woot woot few more days)

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Title: In the Shadows by Kiersten White
Illustrated by: Jim Di Bartolo
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release Date: April 29th 2014 (soon, yay!)

From the remarkable imagination of acclaimed artist Jim Di Bartolo and the exquisite pen of bestselling author Kiersten White comes a spellbinding story of love, mystery, and dark conspiracy, told in an alternating narrative of words and pictures.

Cora and Minnie are sisters living in a small, stifling town where strange and mysterious things occur. Their mother runs the local boarding house. Their father is gone. The woman up the hill may or may not be a witch.

Thomas and Charles are brothers who've been exiled to the boarding house so Thomas can tame his ways and Charles can fight an illness that is killing him with increasing speed. Their family history is one of sorrow and guilt. They think they can escape from it . . . but they can't.

Arthur is also new to the boarding house. His fate is tied to that of Cora, Minnie, Thomas, and Charles. He knows what darkness circles them, but can't say why, and doesn't even know if they can be saved.

Sinister forces are working in the shadows, manipulating fates and crafting conspiracies. The closer Cora, Minnie, Arthur, Thomas, and Charles get to the truth, the closer they get to harm. But the threat is much bigger than they can see. It is strangling the world.

Until one of the boys decides he wants to save it.

Told in an astonishing mix of art and words, IN THE SHADOWS collides past against future, love against evil, and hope against fear. The result is both a mystery and a masterpiece.
Why am I waiting on this?!
  • Sounds very promising
  • I have not yet read a book that has a mixture of writing and illustrations
  • and my goodness, look at that cover!

Title: 16 Things I Thought Were True by Janet Gurtler
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Details: 283 pages, Released March 4th
Source: Gift from author for blog tour
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Heart attacks happen to other people #thingsIthoughtweretrue

When Morgan's mom gets sick, it's hard not to panic. Without her mother, she would have no one—until she finds out the dad who walked out on her as a baby isn't as far away as she thought...

Adam is a stuck-up, uptight jerk #thingsIthoughtweretrue

Now that they have a summer job together, Morgan's getting to know the real Adam, and he's actually pretty sweet...in a nerdy-hot kind of way. He even offers to go with her to find her dad. Road trip, anyone?

5000 Twitter followers are all the friends I need #thingsIthoughtweretrue

With Adam in the back seat, a hyper chatterbox named Amy behind the wheel, and plenty of Cheetos to fuel their trip, Morgan feels ready for anything. She's not expecting a flat tire, a missed ferry, a fake girlfriend...and that these two people she barely knew before the summer started will become the people she can't imagine living without.


Janet Gurtler has done it again, she has written a novel that breaks your heart, makes you angry, makes you sad, but in the end teaches you multiple lessons about life.

16 Things I Thought Were True follows Morgan, who starts off as a character hard to like. A video of her dancing around in her underwear has gone viral, and she has now been shunned by everyone she knows and once called friend. Morgan doesn’t care too much though, all she needs is her 4,000+ twitter followers, and her internet friends right? But when Morgan’s mother gets sick, and she goes on a road trip with two people from work to meet her dad for the first time, Morgan will learn that maybe living in real life is better than living on the internet.

Janet’s new novel teaches some amazing lessons that I myself should start following. 16 Things I Thought Were True teaches the readers the importance of human interaction, and the importance of living and enjoying your life and not getting caught up in the technology and social media of things. 16 Things also teaches the importance of surrounding yourself with true, good friends instead of putting up with people who treat you badly. Those were just a few of the messages/lessons this novel personally taught me, but there were even a few more messages than that.

Now that I have read 2 books by Ms. Gurtler I can easily say that she writes some of the most realistic characters I have ever read. The characters in her novels are never perfect, they’re never overly brave, or confident, they have insecurities and they break down. I wish I could go back to when I was in my teens and read books by Ms. Gurtler, I think they would’ve comforted me, reading a character that was so similar to me, a character that wasn’t perfect, that broke down sometimes, compared to reading about characters that were fearless and almost perfect.

16 Things I Thought Were True is a YA novel, but I would recommend this to adults just as much, I believe any adult could read this novel and take something from it that will stick with them. This novel not only taught great life lessons, but it also had beautiful friendships, a sweet romance, family drama, amazing character growth, and so much more. Janet Gurtler is an amazing contemporary author, and anyone that enjoys works by Sarah Dessen or authors similar should check out her work.


  • Realistic characters
  • Cute, sweet romance that wasn't the main focus though
  • Amazing, strong friendships
  • Great life lessons
  • Ending felt a little rush
  • Tear jerker ): 

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Title: Welcome to the Dark House
Author: Laurie Faria Solarz
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Thriller
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: July 22nd 2014

What’s your worst nightmare? For Ivy Jensen, it’s the eyes of a killer that haunt her nights. For Parker Bradley, it’s bloodthirsty sea serpents that slither in his dreams. And for seven essay contestants, it’s their worst nightmares that win them an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at director Justin Blake’s latest, confidential project. Ivy doesn’t even like scary movies, but she’s ready to face her real-world fears. Parker’s sympathetic words and perfect smile help keep her spirits up. . . at least for now. Not everyone is so charming, though. Horror-film fanatic Garth Vader wants to stir up trouble. It’s bad enough he has to stay in the middle of nowhere with this group—the girl who locks herself in her room; the know-it-all roommate; “Mister Sensitive”; and the one who’s too cheery for her own good. Someone has to make things interesting. Except, things are already a little weird. The hostess is a serial-killer look-alike, the dream-stealing Nightmare Elf is lurking about, and the seventh member of the group is missing. By the time Ivy and Parker realize what’s really at stake, it’s too late to wake up and run.
Why am I waiting on this?
  • To be honest, I'm a little confused as to how this book is suppose to play out...but it's by Laurie Faria Stolarz sooo I'm on board! 

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