WAITING ON WEDNESDAY: A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

My Waiting On Wednesday choice for this week is V.E. Schwab‘s upcoming release A Darker Shade of Magic hitting bookshelves on February 24th 2015 through Tor Books! Since Schwab’s Vicious has become one of my favourite books ever with its super-villains and their super-vendettas this November (I read it in one sitting and fell deeply, deeply in love with the story and characters and basically even the paper it was printed on, it’s THAT GOOD!), it’s no surprise that Schwab’s next book has already enthralled me with its synopsis and beautiful, beautiful cover! If you haven’t yet read a Schwab book, I beg of you, do so, because without this writer in your life, you’re definitely missing something as a reader! Also don’t forget to check out ADSOM and to add it to your TBR piles if you fancy!

A Darker Shade final for IreneKell is one of the last Travelers—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel universes—as such, he can choose where he lands. There’s Grey London, dirty and boring, without any magic, ruled by a mad King George. Then there’s Red London, where life and magic are revered, and the Maresh Dynasty presides over a flourishing empire. White London, ruled by whoever has murdered their way to the throne—a place where people fight to control magic, and the magic fights back, draining the city to its very bones. And once upon a time, there was Black London…but no one speaks of that now. Officially, Kell is the Red Traveler, personal ambassador and adopted Prince of Red London, carrying the monthly correspondences between the royals of each London. Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see—a dangerous hobby, and one that has set him up for accidental treason. Fleeing into Grey London, Kell runs afoul of Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations, who first robs him, then saves him from a dangerous enemy, and then forces him to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure. But perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, Kell and Lila will first need to stay alive—and that is proving trickier than they hoped.

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TEASER TUESDAY: The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading, and this week’s pick is from Marie Rutkoski‘s upcoming The Winner’s Crime, second book of her The Winner’s Curse trilogy to be released March 3rd 2015 through Farrar Straus Giroux. This book has completely captured my feels, and I can’t wait to post my review once we’re closer to release! I hope you enjoy this little teaser until then!

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two “teaser” sentences from that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS!
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR lists!

11265077He was waiting in the reception hall. A lone figure lost in the vast, vaulted chamber.

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HAPPY RELEASE DAY: Breaking The Rules by Katie McGarry

BreakingTheRulesThe first time I read Katie McGarry‘s novel Pushing The Limits, I instantly fell in love not just with the story, but with the characters and their turmoils and delights and all in-betweens. Her two leads, Noah and Echo, became my favourite characters (and ultimate OTP) in such a short span of time that reading them felt like they became a part of me, and saying goodbye to them was heartbreaking. I have reread Pushing The Limits many times over the years whenever life became too overwhelming, and it has always managed to pull me out of the deep ends I found myself in. Noah and Echo have helped me so much, and I always wished that, in spite of the great sequels that McGarry released in the meantime, someday, we would get to enjoy a sequel just for Noah and Echo, and alas, it is here! Katie McGarry has answered all her readers wishes and Breaking The Rules, published by Harlequin Teen, is finally out, so excuse me while I go snuggle up in bed with my two favourites and enjoy their love story some more! Happy release day, Katie!

For new high school graduate Echo Emerson, a summer road trip out west with her boyfriend means getting away and forgetting what makes her so . . . different. It means seeing cool sights while selling her art at galleries along the way. And most of all, it means almost three months alone with Noah Hutchins, the hot, smart, soul-battered guy who’s never judged her. Echo and Noah share everything–except the one thing Echo’s just not ready for. But when the source of Echo’s constant nightmares comes back into her life, she has to make some tough decisions about what she really wants–even as foster kid Noah’s search for his last remaining relatives forces them both to confront some serious truths about life, love, and themselves. Now, with one week left before college orientation, jobs and real life, Echo must decide if Noah’s more than the bad-boy fling everyone warned her he’d be. And the last leg of an amazing road trip will turn . . . seriously epic.

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Enjoy a great teaser from the story below!

FROM NOAH’S POV
“Did you fall into some paint, Echo?” Isaiah asks, changing the subject.
Echo’s shoulder slumps as she pivots toward the mirror. She groans as she touches her cheek and forehead that are more red and pink than skin. “Dang it. Why am I such a mess?”
“I think it’s sexy as hell,” I say.
“I think I’m going to barf,” Beth mocks my tone.
Death radiates from the look I send her way. Enough that it should melt her. “Ever sleep in a tent, Beth?”
Beth focuses on the screen while raising her middle finger in my direction.
“Screw it.” Echo turns away from the mirror. “I need a shower.”
I smile, Echo blushes, then I laugh. Damn me for inviting Isaiah and Beth to share our room.
“Anyhow.” An excited glint strikes Echo’s eyes. “Are you ready? I hope you like it. It’s sort of…for you. But it’s not done, okay? I mean, something like this would actually take a while to perfect, so I guess I’m saying—”
“Echo.”
“Yeah?”
“It’s all good.”
“Okay.” Her fingers drum nervously over the top of the canvas before she repeats, “Okay.”
“I’m assuming that’s not the constellation Aires?”
“No. I’ll have to start on that tomorrow.” With a deep inhale, Echo pulls out a chair from the table and rests the painting on the arms and leans it against the back so it will stay upright.
Air rushes out of my body, and I sink onto our bed. It’s the same damned shock as when she drew my parents this past spring. There’s awe and joy and this ache that hits deep in my gut. I bend forward and rest my joint hands on my knees and stare at the sight in front of me.
Fuck me, my eyes burn. I shut them, attempting to get my shit together. It’s a painting. Only a painting. I reopen them, and it’s the same disorientation as a right hook to the head. It’s more than a painting, and that’s the reason my throat swells.
Last night meant as much to me as it did to her and she painted it, capturing it in a way unique to Echo. She’s right, it’s not done. It’s a skeleton compared to her other work, but I see enough to know what she desires, what she plans to design. Up close all those colors would look like chaos, but when viewed as a whole it creates this beautiful picture. In the end, that’s the best way to describe me and Echo, our relationship. Our love.
The bed dips as Echo eases onto it, settles behind me and props her chin on my shoulder. Her signature scent that reminds me of walking into a bakery becomes an invisible blanket surrounding me. “What do you think?”
“It’s us,” I whisper, and knots form in my stomach. Echo always finds a way to blow my mind. She tenses behind me and I continue, “It’s where we spent last night.”
“It is.” Echo relaxes, and her fingers curl around my biceps. “Do you like it?”
Struggling for composure, I place my hand over hers and pause. “It’s…”
I’m not Echo. I don’t have words for what happens inside me. If I did, I’d fail at describing this. I shift to rest my forehead against hers. “I don’t deserve you.”
“That’s my statement,” she says so only I can hear. “I wish we were alone again.”
I press my lips to hers, slide my hand through her hair and watch as the curls bounce back into place. “Me, too.”

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan. Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

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Be sure to check out all of the books in the series on McGarry’s Goodreads profile above, you do not want to miss these amazing young adult contemporaries in your library! Happy book birthday, Katie, and thank you for all your words that have encouraged so many!  Here’s to Noah and Echo and how it all began!

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LAUNCH WEEK: The Sun’s Rival by Danielle E. Shipley

Well, if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ve probably already encountered my love for everything Danielle E. Shipley, who has quickly become one of my very favourite writers with her The Wilderhark Tales series and Inspired standalone. On December 2nd, the fifth book set in the Wilderhark universe, The Sun’s Rival, was released, and because Danielle’s books continue to inspire me, I’m spreading the Wilderhark cheer this gloomy Monday afternoon with this launch week post! Check out the series, its newest novella with a little excerpt, Danielle the author, and a gorgeous giveaway! Danielle retells fairy tales, and her stories are sweet, short and imbued with lots of magic, soul and words that capture it all so perfectly, you can’t help but feel entirely happy, content and at home in her setting! Reading her books is most definitely worth it!

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Also don’t forget to check out Danielle in the wild:

  Website / Blog / Facebook / Twitter / Goodreads

 

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You can also check out Danielle’s Goodreads Author page here and directly find her books at Amazon and Barnes & Noble for purchase here and here! Alas, I hope you guys fall as enchanted as I have with this series, and look forward to my upcoming reviews!