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

Title: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: February 10th 2015
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/15750874-the-glass-arrow
The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning.
Title: The Assassins Curse by Cassandra Rose Clarke
Series: #1 in the Assassins Curse duology
Genre: YA, Fantasy
Details: 298 pages, released October 2nd 2012
Source: Bought

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Ananna of the Tanarau abandons ship when her parents try to marry her off to another pirate clan. But that only prompts the scorned clan to send an assassin after her. When Ananna faces him down one night, armed with magic she doesn't really know how to use, she accidentally activates a curse binding them together.

To break the spell, Ananna and the assassin must complete three impossible tasks--all while grappling with evil wizards, floating islands, haughty manticores, runaway nobility, strange magic...and the growing romantic tension between them.
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The Assassins Curse was such an exciting read! Right from the start of the book you are picked up and thrown into a fast paced novel. Ananna is a pirate, not just any pirate though, she is the daughter of the captain of the Tanarau. Ananna is supposed to be married off to Tarrin of the Hariri to better her family in the Pirates Confederation. But she doesn’t want to marry a man she hardly knows, so when the first chance arrives, she takes off and runs away on a camel. By running away Ananna has disrespected the Hariri, and in return they send an assassin after her.

When Ananna runs into the assassin Naji and saves his life by killing a snake, she finds out he is cursed. She also finds out that she is now involved in this curse and Naji must protect her or die. A curse to break, pirates and otherworlds to run from, and a little romantic tension made The Assassins Curse a great adventure.

The entire book is from Ananna’s point of view and she made for a great main character. She was independent, strong, outspoken, resourceful, and witty. But while she was strong she was also very insecure and stubborn at times, this to me just made her more relatable, she wasn’t perfect, and no character ever should be.

Then you have Naji who throughout the novel is just a big mystery. He doesn’t tell Ananna much, he keeps quiet about the curse, and himself. Readers do get glimpses of him though, every once and while he will show his caring side, or his brutal side. While there is some very small romantic tension between himself and Ananna, it doesn’t really start showing till the end of the novel.

The writing itself was good, while something’s did seem repetitive, it was still an enjoyable adventure that flowed perfectly. The world building was good, it was very easy to picture everyone going on around Ananna, the magic, the sea, the desert, the fights, everything. The dialogue between Ananna and Naji was occasionally humorous. Just overall this was a well written adventure.

If you are someone that wants to read a fun young adult adventure, with pirates and assassins, then look no further. The Assassins Curse was a great start to what seems like is going to be an epic series adventure!

  •  Pros: Strong realistic main character, good scenery and description, fast pace
  • Cons: Repetitive thoughts, conversation and actions, small amount of romantic tension 

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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: Until You Find Me by Amber Hart
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: Flirt
Release Date: November 11th 2014
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22747258-until-you-find-me
Raven Moore, a twenty-year-old college student from Michigan, feels out of place in the beautiful, treacherous jungles of Cameroon, staying in the habitat where her father gave his life to help protect endangered gorillas. He left home years ago; now Raven refuses to return home until she unravels the truth about his last days.

Raven certainly doesn’t count on crossing paths with a handsome young hunter—especially one as charismatic and intense as Jospin Tondjii. Instantly, she’s hooked. But Jospin is hiding a dark truth: He is the heir to a powerful poaching empire, part of a ruthless black market that is responsible for the dwindling gorilla population.

Their fathers may have been enemies, but Raven and Jospin forge a bond that goes beyond blood, a relationship that is tested as Raven draws closer to the source of her father’s death. Can she and Jospin bear the weight of the secrets of the wild—and the secrets of their pasts? Or will the rain forest destroy them both?


Title: How my Summer went up in Flames
Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Details: 307 pages, released May 7th 2013
Source: Bought

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First she lost her heart. Then she lost her mind. And now she’s on a road trip to win back her ex. This debut novel’s packed with drama and romance!

Rosie’s always been impulsive. She didn’t intend to set her cheating ex-boyfriend’s car on fire. And she never thought her attempts to make amends could be considered stalking. So when she’s served with a temporary restraining order on the first day of summer vacation, she’s heartbroken—and furious.

To put distance between Rosie and her ex, Rosie’s parents send her on a cross-country road trip with responsible, reliable neighbor Matty and his two friends. Forget freedom of the road, Rosie wants to hitchhike home and win back her ex. But her determination starts to dwindle with each passing mile. Because Rosie’s spark of anger? It may have just ignited a romance with someone new…
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Rosie had been with her boyfriend Joey for a year before she found out he cheated on her. To show Joey how upset she was over it, she took a box of mementos from their relationship, and set it on fire in his driveway. The only problem with Rosie’s little plan? Joey’s car ended up catching on fire! A few days later and she is being served with a temporary restraining order, and is getting the word stalker stamped on her forehead. Her parents don’t know what to do with her, and Rosie has completely gone off the deep end. Even though Joey cheated on her, and set the restraining order she still believes they can work it out and be together.

To get Rosie away from Joey and keep her from getting in more trouble with the law, her parents force her to go on a road trip with Matty, the next door neighbor who is like family. Rosie is dreading going from her loved New Jersey to Arizona with Matty and his friend Spencer, and Spencer’s brother Logan. But as they get miles and miles from New Jersey and Joey, Rosie is making new friends, maybe a new romance, and realizing that sometimes your first love, isn’t meant to be your only love.

I thoroughly enjoyed How my Summer went up in Flames! It was exactly what I was looking for to get myself out of the reading slump I have been in as of late. This was a read that was funny, light hearted, a little crazy, and a lot sweet. With a great cast of characters, hilarious banter, and a main character who starts out unlikable and develops into a main character you love, this is a read that was hard not to at least rate 3.5/out of 5 stars!

Like I said above, Rosie at first was not a likable character, and not very relatable for that matter. She was absolutely crazy over Joey, even though he had cheated on her, and filed for a restraining order. She still had it in her head, that they could just talk and work things out and be a happy couple. It was absolutely absurd! Everyone around Rosie knew she had lost her mind, but her. As the road trip goes on though, Rosie changes into a character that is stronger, more independent, and in all honesty a little more sane.

Besides Rosie you have Matty and Spencer who are geeks to the max, and so lovable because of it. You have Logan who is brutally honest, yet secretly so caring, and then Avery who is so quirky and out there you can’t help, but lover her too. Overall, How my Summer went up in Flames was the perfect summer read! I recommend this to any readers that love YA contemporary and are looking for something light, funny, and has a touch of romance!
  •  Pros: Sweet, light read, good character development, funny dialogue
  • Cons: were some unpredictable/unnecessary 'love' interests the author put in that felt odd, main character starts out unlikable

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