Hello my lovelies! Oh, it is most definitely that time of year again, where kids (myself included) head back to school, parents rejoice at the solitude, and teachers begin flexing their intellectual muscles. It is oh so definitely time to look at some new books and see what new treasures we can unearth.
Bang (Visions, #2) by Lisa McMann
Release Date: October 8, 2013
*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*
Summary (from Goodreads): Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.
Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.
Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…
What’s To Like: I really have a thing for books about visions, probably because I really have no idea what I would do if I had them. I probably wouldn’t be as driven as Jules is to try to do something about them. I’d be too freaked out. I’ve read 4 of McMann’s books now, and there’s a simplicity to them you really don’t find anywhere else, even when they cover really heavy topics.
Across the Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2) by Diana Peterfreund
Release Date: October 15, 2013
Summary (from Goodreads): Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.
On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.
Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.
What’s To Like: I was really pulled into this world with the first book. I’m really interested to see what happens here, with new characters and a new place. It should be interesting to say the least. I’m really excited to meet this Persis because she sounds like an awesome spy. I hear tell this is based off The Scarlet Pimpernel, which I really know nothing about. But maybe you do.
Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth
Release Date: October 22, 2013
*Potential Series Spoilers Ahead*
Summary (from Goodreads): What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
What’s To Like: This is the part of the post where we *SQUEE* and run around like the excited fangirls/fanboys that we are. Because guess what, this release date is only 2 months away! Then we will binge ourselves on this final installment and suffer a horrible book hangover afterward. But it will so be worth it.