Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (23) + Giveaways

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we all feature upcoming books we're eagerly anticipating.

I've altered things a little to include one book that hasn't come out yet and one that has already been published but I still haven't gotten around to reading yet.

Half-Blood by Jennifer L. Armentrout
We Hear the Dead by Dianne Salerni

Goodreads description of Half-Blood (September 15, 2011):

The Hematoi descend from the unions of gods and mortals, and the children of two Hematoi pure-bloods have godlike powers. Children of Hematoi and mortals well, not so much. Half-bloods only have two options: become trained Sentinels who hunt and kill daimons or become servants in the homes of the pures.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandria would rather risk her life fighting than waste it scrubbing toilets, but she may end up slumming it anyway. There are several rules that students at the Covenant must follow. Alex has problems with them all, but especially rule #1:

Relationships between pures and halfs are forbidden.

Why I want to read it:

I read the free download of Daimon and was hooked! After downloading the file, I opened it up to make sure everything downloaded properly and I ended up reading the whole thing! Daimon is billed as a prequel, but really it seems more to read like the opening of Half-Blood. The events of Daimon end on a huge cliffhanger that is immediately picked up in the beginning of Half-Blood. How do I know this? The first chapter of Half-Blood is included in the free prequel. Of course that chapter also ends on a cliffhanger, and so now I'm dying to find out what happens next!

Sound good? Want to win a copy? Click over to Jennifer's site to enter to win a signed ARC.

Goodreads description of We Hear the Dead (May 1, 2010):

It started out as a harmless prank. But soon enough, spiritualism was the fastest growing movement of the nineteenth century, and Maggie Fox was trapped in a life of deceit.

Meticulously researched by the author, We Hear the Dead reveals the secret of how the Fox sisters faked their rapping sounds and their motives for inventing the séance and founding spiritualism.

Why I want to read it:

I love reading about spiritualism in historical fiction! Apparently the Fox sisters were real people and the story here, while fiction, does deal with a good bit of truth as well. I had no idea about any of this, so I'm now really looking forward to finding out all about this slice of history. Plus, look at that cover!

Have any of you read either of these books? Would you recommend them? 

Don't forget to check out my Adele Griffin giveaways if you haven't already entered! 

Click HERE and scroll to the bottom.


  1. I've got Half-Blood on my wishlist too :) I didn't know about Daimon so thanks for adding the link to it.

  2. Oh, Small, I can always count on you to keep me informed about YA Historical Fantasy. Thanks!

  3. I like the sound of Half-Blood too. I have read a few good reviews for it as well. Thanks for letting us know about the giveaway for a signed copy :)

  4. Half Blood sound good. Great pick!

  5. I am extremely interested in Spiritualism and know a bunch about it! We Hear the Dead is definitely going on my TBR list.

    Lah @ Lazy Girl Reads

  6. I've been getting wary about the flux of god/goddess YA books, so I've been holding out on Half-Blood. Your mini review of Daimon has me thinking I should give it a shot. Do you think reading that should be a requirement before reading Half-Blood?

    That historical looks intriguing...

  7. Oooh, these both sound so good and they both have such awesome covers! I've got Half Blood in my TBR, I'm excited to read it :)

    p.s. I love your blog, and I'm your newest follower

    -Kate the Book Buff
    The Book Buff: Book Reviews for Regular People

  8. Yes, yes, "Half Blood" is one I'm certainly excited about. The other book, well, you already know how I feel about historical fiction - lol!

  9. I love the cover of Half Blood and the Dead people one sounds cool.

    Lovely picks, dear Small! :)

  10. Great picks! I've been wanting to read We Hear the Dead!

  11. I never heard of HALF-BLOOD, then today I heard about it TWICE! Thanks for mentioning the prequel, too *runs to snag*

    Oh, I want this!

  12. Thanks everyone for stopping by!

    Lah, Oooh really?? I didn’t know that! I love reading about Spiritualism too. Do you have any YA recommendations?

    Logan, There really have been a ton of god/goddess books lately. Some I’ve loved though (like Starcrossed), so I’m still riding the high. Just so long as I don’t get another wimpy Hades like in The Goddess Test. I did enjoy Daimon, but it was more like reading the first few chapters of a book than an actual prequel story. I don’t know if you’d have to read it first because I haven’t read Half-Blood yet, but from what I did read it seems like it would be a good idea to read Daimon first.
    Kate, Thank you for following! I hope you enjoy your time here. :)

    Gina, LOL yeah, I know :)

  13. I just got an ARC of Half-Blood! It sounds fantastic and I can't wait to read it. :)


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