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Waiting on Wednesday #25: The Taking by Kimberly Derting April 9, 2014


Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine. It showcases upcoming releases we’re anticipating!



My pick of the week is:

The Taking (The Taking #1)


By: Kimberly Derting


Coming: 29 April 2014


Publisher: HarperCollins, HarperTeen



A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?



Why I’m excited:

Oooh conspiracies! (: This is a difficult book to explain why exactly I’m excited about it. It’s just…. fascinating. How does someone disappear for five years and come back exactly the same age but with no memory? 

Why I need you to be excited:

By now you should know that I’m a serial series reader. A new series full of conspiracies and mystery is exciting to me, and I hope you’ll join me in exploring a new world!


Waiting on Wednesday #14: The Offering November 13, 2013

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“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event hosted by Jill at the Breaking The Spine. It showcases upcoming releases we’re anticipating!


My pick of the week is:

The Offering (The Pledge #3)


 by Kimberly Derting


 Coming: 31 December 2013


 Publisher:  Margaret K. McElderry (Simon & Schuster)



True love—and world war—is at stake in the conclusion to The Pledge trilogy, a dark and romantic blend of dystopia and fantasy.
Charlie, otherwise known as Queen Charlaina of Ludania, has become comfortable as a leader and a ruler. She’s done admirable work to restore Ludania’s broken communications systems with other Queendoms, and she’s mastered the art of ignoring Sabara, the evil former queen whose Essence is alive within Charlie. Or so she thinks.

When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queendom of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens Ludania, and it seems her only option is to sacrifice herself in exchange for Ludanian freedom.

But things aren’t always as they seem. Charlie is walking into a trap—one set by Sabara, who is determined to reclaim the Queendoms at any cost.

Why I’m excited:


I came across Kimberly Derting during the YASH this fall. I was immediately intrigued by her books. I can’t wait to check them all out!


Why I need you to be excited:


Because I am and excitement is catching! (:


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