March 28, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Unspoken and Stormdancer

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!

This week's picks:

Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan

Goodreads' description: 

"Kami Glass loves someone she’s never met . . . a boy she’s talked to in her head ever since she was born. She wasn’t silent about her imaginary friend during her childhood, and is thus a bit of an outsider in her sleepy English town of Sorry-in-the-Vale. Still, Kami hasn’t suffered too much from not fitting in. She has a best friend, runs the school newspaper, and is only occasionally caught talking to herself. Her life is in order, just the way she likes it, despite the voice in her head.

But all that changes when the Lynburns return.

The Lynburn family has owned the spectacular and sinister manor that overlooks Sorry-in-the-Vale for centuries. The mysterious twin sisters who abandoned their ancestral home a generation ago are back, along with their teenage sons, Jared and Ash, one of whom is eerily familiar to Kami. Kami is not one to shy away from the unknown—in fact, she’s determined to find answers for all the questions Sorry-in-the- Vale is suddenly posing. Who is responsible for the bloody deeds in the depths of the woods? What is her own mother hiding? And now that her imaginary friend has become a real boy, does she still love him? Does she hate him? Can she trust him?"

This one sounds like it could be a lot of fun. The name of her town is fantastic and mysterious manors are, of course, inherently awesome. I'm interested in how the whole imaginary-friend-turned-real thing is going to be explained.
Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Goodreads' description:

The Shima Imperium verges on the brink of environmental collapse; decimated by clockwork industrialization and the machine-worshipers of the Lotus Guild. The skies are red as blood, land choked with toxic pollution, wildlife ravaged by mass extinctions.

The hunters of Shima's imperial court are charged by their Shōgun to capture a thunder tiger – a legendary beast, half-eagle, half-tiger. But any fool knows thunder tigers have been extinct for more than a century, and the price of failing the Shōgun is death.

Yukiko is a child of the Fox clan, possessed of a hidden gift that would see her executed by the Lotus Guild. Accompanying her father on the Shōgun’s hunt, she finds herself stranded: a young woman alone in Shima’s last wilderness, with only a furious, crippled thunder tiger for company. Even though she can hear his thoughts, even though she saved his life, all she knows for certain is he’d rather see her dead than help her.

But together, the pair will form an indomitable friendship, and rise to challenge the might of an empire."

Japan + steampunk + fantasy = majorly different from everything else out there! Plus, the girl on the cover is not swinging a sword while dressed in a pretty gown, which makes it seem so much more realistic. Love the crimson blossoms!

What books are you waiting for?


  1. Unspoken sounds awesome! Never heard of it before but it's added to my reading list now :)

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  2. Both of these look great. I read a book similar to Unspoken when I was in middle school and loved it.

  3. Great Pick!! Unspoken look great ,,, thank you for sharing :)

  4. GAH!!! Both of these books sound unfairly awesome. I hadn't heard of Stormdancer at all, and it sounds epically amazing. GREAT picks!

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  5. I love both of your picks but Stormdancer is by far my favorite. As you said, fantasy, steampunk, and Japan just make the BEST STORY EVER. I just added it to my tbr list. Gosh, I can't wait for the release of this book.

  6. Wowza! Unspoken looks AWESOME! :) Writing that one down as a TBR. :)

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  7. I'm really intrigued by Unspoken! I've never read anything by Brennan, but have heard so many fabulous things. Great choices this week!

    Jennifer @ Feminist Fairy Tale Reviews

  8. You picked 2 books that sound interesting and I quite like their covers too!


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