“Waiting On” Wednesdays: The Long Game

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


The Long Game (The Fixer, #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication Date: Jun. 7th, 2016
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
ISBN: 9781619635968
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

 

Tess Kendrick, teen fixer extraordinaire, returns in a pulse-pounding thriller about a deadly conspiracy at the heart of Washington.

For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate’s campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.

Meanwhile, Tess’s guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can–and cannot–be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in D.C., but she’s about to discover first-hand that power always comes with a price.

Perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and Ally Carter, the second book in this thrilling series will leave readers breathless.

I think the first book (The Fixer) seemed to come out of nowhere in how amazing it was, but I’d read Barnes’s Naturals series so I was aware of the twisty mind games she’s capable of playing on her audience. That being said, I was still blown away by how much I really enjoyed book 1. This one, I feel is going to up the stakes even more. Now that we know how tricksy some of these characters can be, I feel like things are just going to get deeper in their development and plot-wise Barnes can up the danger factor to bring on the thrills. AND I CAN’T WAIT! I love the way she builds suspense, and from the description (high school election, terrorist attacks, and power that comes with a price) there’s no way this book is going to disappoint. I say Bring. It. On! Sooner rather than later, lol!

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What are you waiting for this week?

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“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Fall With Me

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Fall With Me (Wait for You, #4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Paperback, 384 pages
Publication Date: Mar. 31st, 2015
Publisher: Avon Books
ISBN: 9780062362742
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

 

Eleven months ago, bartender and weird-shirt-wearing extraordinaire Roxy and Officer Reece Anders had a one night stand. Well, kind of. She’s been in love with him since she was fifteen, and he wishes that night they shared never happened. She’s sworn him off forever, but the past and future collide, forcing her to rely on the one man who broke her heart not once, but twice.

Her best friend since birth has been in a long-term care facility since he became a victim of a hate crime years ago, and the person who put him in there is out of prison and wanting to make amends with him and Roxy. She’s not sure she has room for forgiveness in her and when she begins to receive frightening messages and is on the receiving end of escalating violence, she thinks she knows who is to blame. The man who already destroyed one life already.

But Reece isn’t convinced. The threats are too personal, and even if Roxy doesn’t believe him, he’s not willing to let anyone hurt her. Including himself. He’s already messed up more than once when it comes to Roxy and he’s not going to let history repeat itself.

I can’t really remember when or why I started reading the Wait for You series, but I really liked it. I’m not really that into a lot of the “New Adult” stuff, because I don’t think I’ve found a lot that was all that well written (at least, not yet) but J. Lynn’s series is one of the fun exceptions to that. Her romances always feel realistic, as well as incredibly sexy. I especially liked the third book in this series, taking things out of college and into a more “real world” atmosphere, which I enjoyed. I’m glad to see that this book is going to focus on Roxy and Reece! I found their somewhat antagonistic relationship to be quite interesting and I’m curious to see where this book will take them!

 

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What are you waiting for this week?

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“Waiting On” Wednesdays: Liars, Inc.

Waiting on Wednesdays

Waiting on Wednesdays is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine. The purpose is to spotlight upcoming book releases that we are excited for.


Liars, Inc. by Paula Stokes

Hardcover, 368 pages
Publication Date: Mar. 24th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 9780062323286
Add it: To your TBR Pile or your “Want to Read” list on Goodreads.

 

For fans of Gone Girl, I Hunt Killers, and TV’s How to Get Away with Murder.

Max Cantrell has never been a big fan of the truth, so when the opportunity arises to sell forged permission slips and cover stories to his classmates, it sounds like a good way to make a little money and liven up a boring senior year. With the help of his friends Preston and Parvati, Max starts Liars, Inc. Suddenly everybody needs something and the cash starts pouring in. Who knew lying could be so lucrative?

When Preston wants his own cover story to go visit a girl he met online, Max doesn’t think twice about hooking him up. Until Preston never comes home. Then the evidence starts to pile up—terrifying clues that lead the cops to Preston’s body. Terrifying clues that point to Max as the murderer.

Can Max find the real killer before he goes to prison for a crime he didn’t commit? In a story that Kirkus Reviews called “Captivating to the very end,” Paula Stokes starts with one single white lie and weaves a twisted tale that will have readers guessing until the explosive final chapters.

I defy you to read this premise and not feel the tension. When I first discovered this book, it made my hair stand on end. Now, every time I read it, I get both excited and nervous for Max. Normally this is not my kind of story, I like the lighter, fluffier contemporary fiction most of the time, but this is definitely drawing me in. Plus, I LOVED I Hunt Killers, so I’m definitely excited and curious to see if this book can be as good in it’s own way.

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What are you waiting for this week?

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Harry Potter Moment of the Week #20

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This is a meme started by Uncorked Thoughts which aims to share with fellow bloggers a weekly slice of HP awesomeness. It is an awesomeness that only increases with time and number of reads. Once a week we will share a character, spell, chapter, object, quote etc. from the books/films/J. K. Rowling (or anything Potter related)! Each topic will be posted on Uncorked Thoughts HERE. There will also be  free weeks where everyone can share whatever topic they want! Be sure to share your link on the main site for all other HP MOTW fans to enjoy!

This Week’s Theme: Biggest betrayal in the series?

For this week, I’m going to take the word “betrayal” and use it as it applies to the characters and the plot (and not as it applies to the author betraying her audience and killing off beloved characters, grrr).

wormtail betrayalWhat immediately jumps into my head with this idea is Wormtail’s betrayal of James and Lily which inevitably results in their deaths. I think I jump to this moment because it is the singular event that sets off the chain reaction of Harry’s whole life (for the most part). Wormtail’s choice is what enables Voldemort to find his parents, to go after him, and that’s what gives him his scar and shapes his future. Had Wormtail been a better/stronger friend, none of the books would be possible.

From Prisoner of Azkaban:

“You sold Lily and James to Voldemort,” said Black, who was shaking too. “Do you deny it?”

Pettigrew burst into tears. It was horrible to watch, like an oversized, balding baby, cowering on the floor.

“Sirius, Sirius, what could I have done? The Dark Lord … you have no idea … he has weapons you can’t imagine. … I was scared, Sirius, I was never brave like you and Remus and James. I never meant it to happen. … He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named forced me–” (374)

“You don’t understand!” whined Pettigrew. “He would have killed me, Sirius!”

“THAN YOU SHOULD HAVE DIED!” roared Black. “DIED RATHER THAN BETRAY YOUR FRIENDS, AS WE WOULD HAVE DONE FOR YOU!” (375)

wormtail escapesAlso when you see him escape from Harry, Ron, and Hermione on their way back to Hogwarts, in both the book and the film, you really see just how NOT sorry he is. For all his sniveling and crying in the Shrieking Shack, he doesn’t care. He has no empathy for what he did to Harry’s parents or to Harry himself. He’s out to save his own skin but is completely remorseless otherwise.

Pettigrew dived for Lupin’s dropped wand. Ron, unsteady on his bandaged leg, fell. There was a bang, a burst of light — and Ron lay motionless on the ground. …

Too late. Pettigrew had transformed. Harry saw his bald tail whip through the manacle on Ron’s outstretched arm and heard a scurrying through the grass. (381)

Well, that’s really all I’ve got for ya! Just a small moment of sweet HP goodness! I hope you enjoyed it, and please, feel free to share your own thoughts on what you think the biggest betrayal was in the comments below!