Tuesday, October 1, 2013

October 2013

Monthly Wish List and what I've read and seen the past month.

*synopses may be spoiler-y if you have not read previous books in the series.
*Also... there's a lot wants for this month... heh.

Name: Just One Year (Book #2 in the Just One Day novels)
Author: Gayle Forman
Released Date: October 10th

Synopsis (as found on Goodreads):

The heartrending conclusion—from Willem’s POV—to the romantic duet of novels that began with Allyson’s story in Just One Day.

After spending an amazing day and night together in Paris, Just One Year is Willem’s story, picking up where Just One Day ended. His story of their year of quiet longing and near misses is a perfect counterpoint to Allyson’s own as Willem undergoes a transformative journey, questioning his path, finding love, and ultimately, redefining himself.


Name: Allegiant (Book #3 in the Divergent series)
Author: Veronica Roth
Released Date: Can't come fast enough. October 22nd.

Synopsis (as found on Goodreads):

One choice will define you.

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.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.


Name: Across a Star-Swept Sea (Book #2 in the For the Darkness Shows the Stars series)
Author: Diana Peterfund
Release Date: October 15th

Synopsis (as found on 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.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

Name: Endless Knight (Book #2 in the Arcana Chronicles)
Author: Kresley Cole
Released Date: October 1st

Synopsis (as found on Goodreads):

In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed. 

Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history - one that Evie can't remember, but Death can't forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she's been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

Side Note from Carmen: I kinda hate the cover... but who really cares I just want to know what happens next. :P

Name: The Iron Traitor (Book #2 in the The Iron Fey: Call of the Forgotten series)
Author: Julie Kagawa
Released Date: October 23rd

Synopsis (as found on Goodreads): 

In the real world, when you vanish into thin air for a week, people tend to notice. 

After his unexpected journey into the lands of the fey, Ethan Chase just wants to get back to normal. Well, as "normal" as you can be when you see faeries every day of your life. Suddenly the former loner with the bad reputation has someone to try for-his girlfriend, Kenzie. Never mind that he's forbidden to see her again. 

But when your name is Ethan Chase and your sister is one of the most powerful faeries in the Nevernever, "normal" simply isn't to be. For Ethan's nephew, Keirran, is missing, and may be on the verge of doing something unthinkable in the name of saving his own love. Something that will fracture the human and faery worlds forever, and give rise to the dangerous fey known as the Forgotten. As Ethan's and Keirran's fates entwine and Keirran slips further into darkness, Ethan's next choice may decide the fate of them all.

Name: Wild Cards (Book #1 in the Wild Cards series)
Author: Simone Elkeles
Released Date: October 1st

Synopsis(as found on Goodreads):

After getting kicked out of boarding school, bad boy Derek Fitzpatrick has no choice but to live with his ditzy stepmother while his military dad is deployed. Things quickly go from bad to worse when he finds out she plans to move them back to her childhood home in Illinois. Derek’s counting the days before he can be on his own, and the last thing he needs is to get involved with someone else’s family drama.

Ashtyn Parker knows one thing for certain--people you care about leave without a backward glance. A football scholarship would finally give her the chance to leave. So she pours everything into winning a state championship, until her boyfriend and star quarterback betrays them all by joining their rival team. Ashtyn needs a new game plan, but it requires trusting Derek—someone she barely knows, someone born to break the rules. Is she willing to put her heart on the line to try and win it all?

Side Note from Carmen: SIMONE ELKELES. FREAKING AWESOMENESS RIGHT THERE. I absolutely ADORE her books. Her Perfect Chemistry series is PERFECT. (No pun intended)

Name: Hero (Book #2 in the Woodcutter Sisters Series)
Author: Alethea Kontis
Released Date: October 1st

Synopsis(as found on Goodreads):

Rough and tumble Saturday Woodcutter thinks she's the only one of her sisters without any magic—until the day she accidentally conjures an ocean in the backyard. With her sword in tow, Saturday sets sail on a pirate ship, only to find herself kidnapped and whisked off to the top of the world. Is Saturday powerful enough to kill the mountain witch who holds her captive and save the world from sure destruction? And, as she wonders grumpily, "Did romance have to be part of the adventure?" As in Enchanted, readers will revel in the fragments of fairy tales that embellish this action-packed story of adventure and, yes, romance.

Other Stuff I'm Excited for in October:
Heirs (Kdrama- Well technically THE Heirs. Whatever.)

September Obsessions:

Vampire Academy series (OH. MY. HOLY. GOODNESS. GAH. SEE MY REVIEW.)

Other Stuff:
Scones. (ohmygod, my local bakery makes the most amazing scones ahhh)
Sword Art Online (anime) (ohemgee.)

Things I Read/Saw in September That I Didn't Review:
A Midsummer Tights Dream (Book #2 in the Misadventures of Tallulah Casey)
Pushing the Limits (Book #1 in the Pushing the Limits novels)
Perks of Being a Wallflower
United We Spy (Book #6 in the Gallagher Girl series) (So beautiful...)
The Program (Book #1 in The Program series)

When it Counts (Web Series)


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