Waiting on Wednesday: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Dread Nation
by Justina Ireland
Coming April 3, 2018
Balzer & Bray

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Jane McKeene was born two days before the dead began to walk the battlefields of Gettysburg and Chancellorsville—derailing the War Between the States and changing America forever. In this new nation, safety for all depends on the work of a few, and laws like the Native and Negro Reeducation Act require certain children attend combat schools to learn to put down the dead. But there are also opportunities—and Jane is studying to become an Attendant, trained in both weaponry and etiquette to protect the well-to-do. It’s a chance for a better life for Negro girls like Jane. After all, not even being the daughter of a wealthy white Southern woman could save her from society’s expectations.

But that’s not a life Jane wants. Almost finished with her education at Miss Preston’s School of Combat in Baltimore, Jane is set on returning to her Kentucky home and doesn’t pay much mind to the politics of the eastern cities, with their talk of returning America to the glory of its days before the dead rose. But when families around Baltimore County begin to go missing, Jane is caught in the middle of a conspiracy, one that finds her in a desperate fight for her life against some powerful enemies. And the restless dead, it would seem, are the least of her problems.

Why I Want It:

Why I think you should want it:
See above! Seriously, that summary is killer, if you'll excuse the pun.

Waiting on Wednesday: Puddin' by Julie Murphy

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Dumplin' #2
by Julie Murphy
Coming May 8, 2018
Balzer & Bray

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Millie Michalchuk has gone to fat camp every year since she was a girl. Not this year. This year she has new plans to chase her secret dream—and to kiss her crush. Callie Reyes is the pretty girl who is next in line for dance team captain and has the popular boyfriend. But when it comes to other girls, she’s more frenemy than friend. When circumstances bring the girls together over the course of a semester, they will surprise everyone (especially themselves) by realizing they might have more in common than they ever imagined.

Filled with heart-stirring romance, friendship, and serious Texas-size girl power—this is another winner from Julie Murphy.

Why I Want It:
Julie is another of my auto-read, auto-buy authors so I'll always read everything she publishes, but I'm specifically looking forward to Puddin' because Dumplin' was one of the most meaningful books I've ever read. 

Why I think you should want it:
Julie is a powerhouse, and she writes powerhouse girls, but she writes them in different ways. I love that Julie is writing about so many different experiences. Everyone talks about Dumplin' being a great representation of a fat girl, and it absolutely is. But there's more than one fat girl in the world so there should be more than one story featuring fat girls, and from what we can see of Millie in Dumplin', her experience is vastly different than Willowdean's. So I'm excited to discover Millie's story. And Callie, who was pretty bratty in Dumplin', kind of reminds me of Alice from Julie's first novel Side Effects May Vary. Julie gives a voice to so many different girls, and I know Puddin' will keep that glorious tradition going. Also, Dumplin' movie is releasing this year so who wouldn't be super excited to have another story in that world??

Listmania Monday: Books with Maps

One of my favorite design features in any book is a map of the world those characters live in. I think it's really cool to have that extra visual aspect to help me really immerse in a fictional world. I don't know about you, but when I discover a book has a map, I absolutely scour that bad boy until I know all the features. Even then, I like to flip back and forth between the story and the map so I can see where the characters are and where they're going. It's gotten to the point that reading with one finger marking the map has become naturally comfortable for my hands, and I even emulate that position when I'm reading a book that doesn't have a map. Also, it's one reason I still prefer physical books to ebooks (because I don't like flipping pages in an ebook; it's so awkward. And the graphics don't look great digitally).

Thanks to the popularity and power of bookstagram, bookish maps are having their very best day ever. #mapmonday is one of the biggest features bookstagrammers take part in, and it's not an uncommon sight for one's IG feed to be completely consumed by posts about book maps on Monday and some of Tuesday. So to help out all you current or aspiring bookstagrammers, I have compiled a list of all the books I can think of with maps. Because it can be hard to find inspiration, I'm including non-YA books as well.

Abhorsen series - Garth Nix
Across the Universe - Beth Revis (dust jacket of ACU only)
Alias Hook - Lisa Jensen

The Belgariad series - David Eddings
The Belles - Dhonielle Clayton (it's PINK!!!)
The Bettencourt Affair - Tom Sancton
The Bone Season series - Samantha Shannon
The Books of Bayern - Shannon Hale
Brighid's Quest - P.C. Cast
Boomtown - Nowen N. Particular
Burning Glass - Kathryn Purdie

Caraval - Stephanie Garber
Carry On - Rainbow Rowell
Carve the Mark - Veronica Roth
Chaos Walking series - Patrick Ness
The Chronicles of Ixia (Poison Study series) - Maria V. Snyder
The Chronicles of Narnia - C.S. Lewis
City of a Thousand Dolls - Miriam Forster
City of Bones - Cassandra Clare (10 year anniversary)
--more maps of the series locations can be found in various editions
The City of Brass - S.A. Chakraborty
A Court of Thorns & Roses series - Sarah J. Maas
Crossed - Ally Condie
A Crown for Cold Silver - Alex Marshall
The Cruel Prince - Holly Black

A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish
The Dark Tower - Stephen King
Daughter of the Pirate King - Tricia Levenseller
Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy - Laini Taylor (not in book one)
Demon Cycle series - Peter V. Brett
Discworld series - Terry Pratchett
Dune - Frank Herbert

Earthsea Cycle - Ursula K. Le Guin
The Elementals series - Jennifer Kelly
An Ember in the Ashes series - Sabaa Tahir
Empress of a Thousand Skies - Rhoda Belleza
The Eternal Sky series - Elizabeth Bear
Ever the Hunted - Erin Summerill
Exquisite Captive - Heather Demetrios

Falling Kingdoms series - Morgan Rhodes
The Farseer Trilogy - Robin Hobb
Four Legendary Kingdoms - Matthew Reilly
Frostblood - Elly Blake (UK version)
Furyborn - Claire Legrand

The Gentleman Bastard series - Scott Lynch
The Girl From Everywhere - Heidi Heilig
Girls Made of Snow and Glass - Melissa Barshadoust
Gold Seer trilogy - Rae Carson
Graceling series - Kristin Cashore
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

Harry Potter - J.K. Rowling (UK versions)
Healer tilogy - Maria V. Snyder
The Heroes of Olympus - Rick Riordan
The Hobbit - J.R.R. Tolkien
Hunting Prince Dracula - Kerri Maniscalco
Huntress - Malinda Lo

Ice Wolves - Amie Kaufman
The Illuminae Files - Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
The Inheritance Cycle - Christopher Paolini
Inkworld - Cornelia Funke
It - Stephen King

Jane Unlimited - Kristin Cashore
The Jewel - Amy Ewing
Jurassic Park: The Lost World - Michael Crichton

The Kingkiller Chronicles - Patrick Rothfuss

The Last Magician - Lisa Maxwell
The Last True Love Story - Brendan Kieley (NOT SFF!)
Legend trilogy - Marie Lu
The Licanius trilogy - James Islington
Liveship Traders - Robin Hobb
The Looking Glass Wars - Frank Beddor
The Lord of the Rings trilogy - J.R.R. Tolkien (basically any Tolkien will have a map)
The Lumatere Chronicles - Melina Marchetta

The Magicians series - Lev Grossman
Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy - Tad Williams
Mistborn - Brandon Sanderson
Monument 14 series - Emmy Laybourne

The Nethergrim series - Matthew Jobin
The Nevernight Chronicles - Jay Kristoff

Of Fire and Stars - Audrey Coulthurst
Orphan Queen duology - Jodi Meadows

The Passage series - Justin Cronin
The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster
The Princess Bride - William Goldman

The Queens of Renthia series - Sarah Beth Durst
The Queen's Rising - Rebecca Ross

The Ravenspire series (The Shadow Queen) - C.J. Redwine
The Red Queen series - Victoria Aveyard
Red Rising series - Pierce Brown
Reign the Earth - A.C. Gaughen
The Remnant Chronicles trilogy - Mary E. Pearson
The Rithmatist series - Brandon Sanderson
Roar - Cora Carmack
Rosemarked - Livia Blackburne
Royal Bastards - Andrew Shvarts
Royal Wedding Disaster - Meg Cabot (also not sff!)

Sanctum - Sarah Fine
The School for Good and Evil - Soman Chainani
The Seven Realms - Cinda Williams Chima
Shades of Magic - V.E. Schwab
Shadow and Bone trilogy - Leigh Bardugo
--different maps in the books
--The Language of Thorns - Leigh Bardugo
The Silk Map - Chris Willrich
Six of Crows duology - Leigh Bardugo
--different maps in both books
Skin - Ilke Tampke
Smiler's Fair - Rebecca Levene
Snow Like Ashes series - Sara Raasch
A Song of Ice and Fire - George R.R. Martin
Song of the Current - Sarah Tolcser
Song of the Lioness series - Tamora Pierce
Spellbound - Blake Charlton
Stardust - Neil Gaiman
Storm Siren series - Mary Weber
Strange Fire - Tommy Wallach

Tales from Ivy Hill - Julia Klassen
Throne of Glass series - Sarah J. Maas
--Tower of Dawn - Sarah J. Maas
These Shallow Graves - Jennifer Donnelly
Three Dark Crowns series - Kendare Blake
Timekeeper - Tara Sim
Traitor to the Throne - Alwyn Hamilton
Traitor's Kiss - Erin Beaty
Tyme series - Megan Morrison
--different maps in each book

Under the Dome - Stephen King

Wake of Vultures - Lila Bowen
Warriors - Erin Hunter
We Were Liars - E. Lockhart (a THIRD non-sff?? madness!)
The Wheel of Time - Robert Jordan & Brandon Sanderson
Wildwood Chronicles - Colin Meloy
The Wicked Years series - Gregory Maguire
The Winner's Trilogy - Marie Rutkoski
Winnie the Pooh - A.A. Milne
The Witch Hunter duology - Virginia Boecker
--two different maps
The Witchlands series - Susan Dennard
The Wrath and the Dawn duology - Renee Ahdieh

The Young Elites trilogy - Marie Lu

What's your favorite book map? Did I leave any off the list? Let me know in the comments!

Blog Tour: Say You'll Remember Me by Katie McGarry

Release Date: January 30, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Genre: young adult contemporary romance
Format/Source: DRC, from the publisher
Status: standalone
Links: Walk the Edge review, Crash Into You review

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When Drix was convicted of a crime--one he didn't commit--he thought his life was over. But opportunity came with the new Second Chance Program, the governor's newest pet project to get delinquents off the streets, rehabilitated and back into society. Drix knows this is his chance to get his life back on track, even if it means being paraded in front of reporters for a while.

Elle knows she lives a life of privilege. As the governor's daughter, she can open doors with her name alone. But the expectations and pressure to be someone she isn't may be too much to handle. She wants to follow her own path, whatever that means.

When Drix and Elle meet, their connection is immediate, but so are their problems. Drix is not the type of boy Elle's parents have in mind for her, and Elle is not the kind of girl who can understand Drix's messy life.

But sometimes love can breach all barriers.

Fighting against a society that can't imagine them together, Drix and Elle must push themselves--Drix to confront the truth of the robbery, and Elle to assert her independence--and each other to finally get what they deserve. 

Waiting on Wednesday: Allied by Amy Tintera

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

Ruined #3
by Amy Tintera
Coming May 1, 2018

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In the final book in the New York Times bestselling Ruined series, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.

Emelina Flores and her sister, Olivia, were determined to bring peace to the people of Ruina. But as the war for liberation raged on, what triumph and freedom meant to Em and Olivia slowly changed. As Olivia’s violence and thirst for vengeance became her only ambition, Em was left to pick up the pieces.

But it’s not only Em who is upset by Olivia’s increased violence. Other members of the Ruined army are beginning to see the cracks, and soon a small group of them defects from Olivia’s army and joins Em instead. The two sisters are soon pitted against each other in an epic battle for the kingdom and the future, and only one will win.

Why I want it:
So Avenged really destroyed my feels, and I need the final book immediately, please and thank you.

Why I think you should want it:
Since this is the last book in a series, I'll say why I think you should read the Ruined trilogy as a whole. First of all, Ruined is filled with all these really powerful women. Powerful queens (as in plural) and badass princesses (as in plural) literally rule this series. Sure, there's kings and princes, but DANG, the girls are boss. Secondly, along that vein, Amy created a world where sexual assault is just not a thing! Sure, people might try to behead you, but there's no sexual violence, and I love that. Third, tons of amazing action and lots of cool magic. Fourth, KISSING. Fifth, political twisty-ness! And it's easy to see how the action changes the political landscape. Each move the main characters makes directly affects the world of Ruined, the story isn't removed from each country's history and culture, which I like. Finally, the series is just really face-paced and fun. You'll get sucked in super fast, and you won't be able to catch your breath until you finish each book, and even then, you'll only catch it long enough to yell, "WHYYYYYYY" before diving into the next installment.

Event Recap + Giveaway: Unearthed by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Rating: 4 stars
Release Date: January 9, 2018
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Genre: young adult sci-fi
Format/Source: ARC, from the publisher
Status: book 1 of the Unearthed duology

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When Earth intercepts a message from a long-extinct alien race, it seems like the solution the planet has been waiting for. The Undying's advanced technology has the potential to undo environmental damage and turn lives around, and Gaia, their former home planet, is a treasure trove waiting to be uncovered.

For Jules Addison and his fellow scholars, the discovery of an alien culture offers unprecedented opportunity for study... as long as scavengers like Amelia Radcliffe don't loot everything first. Mia and Jules' different reasons for smuggling themselves onto Gaia put them immediately at odds, but after escaping a dangerous confrontation with other scavvers, they form a fragile alliance.

In order to penetrate the Undying temple and reach the tech and information hidden within, the two must decode the ancient race's secrets and survive their traps. But the more they learn about the Undying, the more their presence in the temple seems to be part of a grand design that could spell the end of the human race...

Waiting on Wednesday: The Pros of Cons by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar, & Michelle Schusterman

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases.

The Pros of Cons
by Alison Cherry, Lindsay Ribar,
& Michelle Schusterman
Coming March 27, 2018

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Drummer Phoebe Byrd prides herself on being one of the guys, and she's ready to prove it by kicking all their butts in the snare solo competition at the Indoor Percussion Association Convention.

Writer Vanessa Montoya-O'Callaghan has been looking forward to the WTFcon for months. Not just because of the panels and fanfiction readings but because WTFcon is where she'll finally meet Soleil, her internet girlfriend, for the first time.

Taxidermy assistant Callie Buchannan might be good at scooping brains out of deer skulls, but that doesn't mean it's her passion. Since her parents' divorce, her taxidermist father only cares about his work, and assisting him at the World Taxidermy and Fish-Carving Championships is the only way Callie knows to connect with him.

When a crazy mix-up in the hotel lobby brings the three girls together, they form an unlikely friendship against a chaotic background of cosplay, competition, and carcasses!

Why I want it:
Any book set at a con immediately gets my attention because I am HERE for the nerd stuff. But I also really loved Alison Cherry's For Real so I want to read ALL the books. Plus, I was in the marching band in high school, and my senior year, I joined the indoor percussion line. 

Why I think you should want it:
Honestly, this book just seems like a lot of fun! Writing duos are old-hat in YA at this point, but the Lady Janies proved that three is just as good as if not better than two. Also, the taxidermy thing is odd, but unique to YA so that's going to be interesting. And anytime the words "crazy mix-up" are included in a book's summary, you KNOW the book is going to be full of some exciting shenanigans!