Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (38)

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.

But before I gush about the books I'm waiting on, I need to gush a little about my upcoming January event and Ruby from Ruby's Reads's sister event that you, yes YOU, can help with!

As part of the events, we need your blogging-related questions!

Are you a newbie blogger wondering things like how to gain followers, set up a new background on your blog, receive ARCs, etc?

Or are you an established blogger, feeling a bit of a blogger slump coming on, wondering how to manage your review pile, bust the blogging blues, etc?

Regardless of whether you're a new or established blogger, we want your questions!

Please help us help you by clicking HERE and filling out our completely anonymous form!

If you want, you can also help us spread the word by grabbing one or both of our buttons! This event goes live in January, but we don't mind if you post our buttons early :)

This electrifying new trilogy blends the best of paranormal and dystopian storytelling in a world where the war is over. And the vampires won.

Humans huddle in their walled cities, supplying blood in exchange for safety. But not even that is guaranteed. Dawn has lost her entire family and now reluctantly serves as the delegate to Lord Valentine, the most powerful vampire for miles. It isn’t until she meets Victor, Valentine’s son, that she realizes not all vampires are monsters....

Why I want to read it:

I've always wanted to read one of the books from Lauren Kate's Fallen series! Oh, wait, this book isn't from that series. Coulda fooled me with that cover. I'd bet money that's a Fernanda Brussi photo.

But, ok, I actually do want to read this book for more than just the pretty cover. I know we're supposed to be SO over vampires, but, shhh, I'm not. I like the almost dystopian sounding set up the vampires have going on here, too.

I might normally be a little wary about the sound of that romance, but I loved the romance in To Catch a Pirate (written by this author under the name Jade Parker), so I'm hoping for more of the same type of swoon.

It's Rome, 61 BC. Recruited as a gladiator, young Marcus Cornelius Primus faces a new life of brutal training, governed by strict rules, as he learns the skills of an elite warrior. But Marcus cannot simply forget his past. His father lies murdered by soldiers and his mother has been kidnapped and forced into slavery.

Marcus is determined to find his father's old commander, Pompeius the Great, to seek justice for his family and set his mother free. Yet, unbeknown to him, Marcus is hiding a life-threatening secret. And if the Romans discover it, there will be no escape...

Why I want to read it:

Roman history! My fiance reads the Roman history series Simon Scarrow writes for adults, but of course my interest is piqued by the YA series. I've taken a peek into the adult books and they seem fun and fast-paced, and I assume the same will hold true for his YA series.

The author is British and doesn't seem to make much effort to emulate the language customs of the ancient Romans, so it is common to see the characters call one another "wankers" and "right bastards." A little out of place, but funny. I wonder if that happens in this series.

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


  1. I'm gonna go put the buttons now, :) I loved the Busting the Newbie Blues event last year!!

    Let me know if you need help with anything! I'll be happy to help out with whatever! :D

  2. Alex, Thanks so much!! I will definitely ask you for help (in fact, I was already planning on it!) :D Thank you for adding out buttons to your sidebars, too. I see one of them is really big and hangs over your sidebars, so I've adjusted the code if you want to re-grab it. :)

  3. The first one looks SO good!!! :) And I agree, if you need any help, don't hesitate to ask me! :)

    stop by my WOW? I've read the book, but lots of people are excited for it, so I also posted my review!! :)

  4. Your WoW looks great this week. Both of these books sound really good.

    I'm not sure how much I'd enjoy Gladiator because based on the summary and on your comments, I'm not sure how much attention the author payed to historical accuracy. I enjoy historically accurate books far more than those that simply take place in a historical setting. For example, in the summary it says, "Marcus is determined to find his father's old commander, Pompeius the Great, to seek justice for his family and set his mother free." For one thing, gladiators were slaves. You weren't allowed to stop whenever you wanted, nor could you run away. Also, "Pompeius the Great" likely couldn't care less about setting Marcus's mother free. But now I'm ranting... :)

    In any case, I'd love to hear what you think of these books when, if you get around to reading them. Also, Busting the Newbie Blues/Busting the Big Blogger Blues sounds great! I'm so excited for another wonderful Small/Ruby event. Hopefully you can retain your princess title for this event as well.

  5. I'm really curious to see how Darkness turns out. It's cover seems similar to that of Lauren Kate's Fallen series, no?

    My pick this week:

    A Cupcake and a Latte: Young Adult Reviews!

  6. Darkness Before Dawn sounds very interesting. I like the cover, like a lot!!! It's beautiful and haunting! Great choices! Thank you for sharing!

    Books For All Seasons

  7. I agree with you. Darkness Before Dawn is definitely one of the books that I'm looking forward to! It's intriguing. And the cover is just so gorgeous.

    Here's my Waiting on Wednesday post.

  8. Yesssss. The one thing I've realized is that I do not own nearly enough dramatic black ballgowns. I'm serious. Based on the immediate swoony feeling that I get whenever I see a book cover like this, it's clear that I need more ballgowns in my life. I'm gonna start wearing those things all over, on any occasion, shopping, going to work, running errands, cleaning the house, etc.

  9. This is such a great idea! I don't have any questions to ask but i will definitely share it around ^^

  10. Ohh awesome books you got here! definitely checking them out.

    Awesome pick!
    See my WoW picks here

    Jay @ We Fancy Books

  11. Great picks. I agree with Mocha Latte, the cover for Darkness does remind me of Fallen.
    My WOW at FABR: Once

  12. I'm so excited about your blogger series. I'll definitely have to think up some questions. I think you should spend some time dealing with how to adjust to the upcoming GFC changes.

  13. I just found out that Rachel Hawthorne, one of my favorite authors a few years back, and her son are co-writing this one so I'm excited for that alone. But I'm notso secretly over vampires either, then throw in the dystopian setting and I'm so there.

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  14. So I love the cover to it as well for Darkness. Another to add to my list.

  15. Wow Darkness Before Dawn is such a beautiful cover. That alone is why I would pick it up. Add to the fact that it's about Vampires? HELL YES!
    Giselle @
    Waiting on Wednesday

  16. Oooh, yay, I was wondering about the Busting the Newbie Blues event just the other day. I'm glad to see its return + expansion! :D

  17. Your first pick looks really good. Thanks for sharing!

    My WoW:

  18. I'm glad to see that Busting the Newbie Blues will be back next year! And a sister event for established bloggers sounds awesome as well. Definitely interested in participating again! :)


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