Waiting on Wednesday: Replica by Lauren Oliver

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

28448287Title: Replica (Replica #1)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Genre: Sci – Fi / Dystopian
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: October 4th, 2016

From Goodreads:

Gemma has been in and out of hospitals since she was born. ‘A sickly child’, her lonely life to date has revolved around her home, school and one best friend, Alice. But when she discovers her father’s connection to the top secret Haven research facility, currently hitting the headlines and under siege by religious fanatics, Gemma decides to leave the sanctuary she’s always known to find the institute and determine what is going on there and why her father’s name seems inextricably linked to it.

Amidst the frenzy outside the institute’s walls, Lyra – or number 24 as she is known as at Haven – and a fellow experimental subject known only as 72, manage to escape. Encountering a world they never knew existed outside the walls of their secluded upbringing , they meet Gemma and, as they try to understand Haven’s purpose together, they uncover some earth-shattering secrets that will change the lives of both girls forever…

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The Potter Paradox: A Discussion of Harry Potter and The Cursed Child

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Join Caitlin and Cynthia in welcoming Geek Tank Radio’s Joe Thordarson to Shelfie for a Harry Potter Extravaganza! Tune in to hear them rave about The Cursed Child, Fantastic Beasts, and Pottermore!

WARNING: This is not a spoiler free review. If you haven’t read the book or hate spoilers you should check back with us once you have read Lotus and Thorn.

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Thank you so much for tuning in! We hope you enjoyed our Harry Potter extravaganza! We wish this episode could have been much longer, but we wouldn’t want to bore you to death with our love of the fandom. That said, we are Potter heads and we can talk about it for hours. Are you a Ravenclaw? Can’t get enough Puckwudgie? Hate Snape? Love Snape? Please share your opinions in the comments! We’d love to continue the discussion.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the books mentioned in this episode!

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Hyping a Hidden Gem: A Dicsussion of Lotus and Thorn by Sarah Wilson Etienne

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Welcome back! Tune in to the fourth episode of Shelfie, where Caitlin and Cynthia discuss book news, Sci-Fi, and Lotus and Thorn by Sarah Wilson Etienne!

WARNING: This is not a spoiler free review. If you haven’t read the book or hate spoilers you should check back with us once you have read Lotus and Thorn.

Thank you so much for tuning in!This book really is a hidden gem. It’s not getting nearly enough press. We really hope you’ll read it and enjoy it as much as we did! If you have already read Lotus and Thorn we would love to hear your opinions. Share them below in the comments! We love hearing what you thought! Even if you disagree.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the books mentioned in this episode!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge

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

28448239Title: Bright Smoke, Cold Fire (Untitled #1)
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Genre: Fantasy / Retellings
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: September 27th, 2016

From Goodreads:

When the mysterious fog of the Ruining crept over the world, the living died and the dead rose. Only the walled city of Viyara was left untouched.

The heirs of the city’s most powerful—and warring—families, Mahyanai Romeo and Juliet Catresou share a love deeper than duty, honor, even life itself. But the magic laid on Juliet at birth compels her to punish the enemies of her clan—and Romeo has just killed her cousin Tybalt. Which means he must die.

Paris Catresou has always wanted to serve his family by guarding Juliet. But when his ward tries to escape her fate, magic goes terribly wrong—killing her and leaving Paris bound to Romeo. If he wants to discover the truth of what happened, Paris must delve deep into the city, ally with his worst enemy . . . and perhaps turn against his own clan.

Mahyanai Runajo just wants to protect her city—but she’s the only one who believes it’s in peril. In her desperate hunt for information, she accidentally pulls Juliet from the mouth of death—and finds herself bound to the bitter, angry girl. Runajo quickly discovers Juliet might be the one person who can help her recover the secret to saving Viyara.

Both pairs will find friendship where they least expect it. Both will find that Viyara holds more secrets and dangers than anyone ever expected. And outside the walls, death is waiting. . . .

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Waiting on Wednesday: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

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

23207027Title: Three Dark Crowns (Untitled #1)
Author: Kendare Blake
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: September 20th, 2016

From Goodreads:

Every generation on the island of Fennbirn, a set of triplets is born: three queens, all equal heirs to the crown and each possessor of a coveted magic. Mirabella is a fierce elemental, able to spark hungry flames or vicious storms at the snap of her fingers. Katharine is a poisoner, one who can ingest the deadliest poisons without so much as a stomachache. Arsinoe, a naturalist, is said to have the ability to bloom the reddest rose and control the fiercest of lions.

But becoming the Queen Crowned isn’t solely a matter of royal birth. Each sister has to fight for it. And it’s not just a game of win or lose…it’s life or death. The night the sisters turn sixteen, the battle begins. The last queen standing gets the crown.

If only it was that simple. Katharine is unable to tolerate the weakest poison, and Arsinoe, no matter how hard she tries, can’t make even a weed grow. The two queens have been shamefully faking their powers, taking care to keep each other, the island, and their powerful sister Mirabella none the wiser. But with alliances being formed, betrayals taking shape, and ruthless revenge haunting the queens’ every move, one thing is certain: the last queen standing might not be the strongest…but she may be the darkest.

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Conquering Dracula: A Discussion of And I Darken by Kiersten White

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And our third podcast is up! Isn’t that exciting? Tune in for our discussion of And I Darken by Kiersten White, where we gush about Vampires, Anti-Heroines, and Vlad the Impaler. What could be more fun than that?

WARNING: This is not a spoiler free review. If you haven’t read the book or hate spoilers you should check back with us once you have read And I Darken.

Thank you so much for tuning in! Remember that we would love to hear your opinions on And I Darken, so you should share them below in the comments! We love hearing what you thought! Even if you disagree.

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the books mentioned in this episode!

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Waiting on Wednesday: Empire of Storms by Sarah J. Maas

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

28260587Title: Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass #5)
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children
Publication Date: September 6th, 2016

From Goodreads:

The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those don’t.

As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.

Aelin’s journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down?

Why we are waiting:

 

I need this book today. Sadly, we will all have to wait until September, which really isn’t all that far off, right? It’s just two months until we can continue on with the story of Aelin Galathynius, Queen of Terrassen. I can’t tell you how excited I am for this.

I know some people were disappointed with Queen of Shadows, but I think this series just gets better with each book. I can only hope that trend continues!

How about you? Are you waiting on Empire of Storms? Is there something better on your radar? Share it with us below in the comments.

 

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Waiting on Wednesday: Harry Potter and The Cursed Child by JK Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne

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

29056083Title: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Author: J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorne
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Publication Date: July 31st, 2016

From Goodreads:

Based on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

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A Horse by Any Other Name: A Discussion of My Lady Jane

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And we have another podcast under our belt! Tune in and listen to us rant about Historical Fiction, Horses, My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows.

WARNING: This is not a spoiler free review. If you haven’t read the book or hate spoilers you should check back with us once you have read My Lady Jane.

Don’t forget to let us know how you feel about My Lady Jane! We’d love to hear your opinions, even if you don’t agree with us! Especially if you don’t agree with us! Let us know what you thought in the comments!

Oh and don’t forget to check out the other books mentioned in our podcast!

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Waiting on Wednesday: This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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

23299512Title: This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity #1)
Author: Victoria Schwab
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: July 5th, 2016

From Goodreads:

There’s no such thing as safe in a city at war, a city overrun with monsters. In this dark urban fantasy from author Victoria Schwab, a young woman and a young man must choose whether to become heroes or villains—and friends or enemies—with the future of their home at stake. The first of two books.

Kate Harker and August Flynn are the heirs to a divided city—a city where the violence has begun to breed actual monsters. All Kate wants is to be as ruthless as her father, who lets the monsters roam free and makes the humans pay for his protection. All August wants is to be human, as good-hearted as his own father, to play a bigger role in protecting the innocent—but he’s one of the monsters. One who can steal a soul with a simple strain of music. When the chance arises to keep an eye on Kate, who’s just been kicked out of her sixth boarding school and returned home, August jumps at it. But Kate discovers August’s secret, and after a failed assassination attempt the pair must flee for their lives.

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