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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Simon & Schuster Summer 2012 Catalog

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine in which an upcoming, eagerly anticipated release is highlighted on the blog.

This week, I've chosen to feature a few picks from the Simon & Schuster Summer 2012 Catalog:

The Unnaturalists
Date: August 14, 2012
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In an alternate London where magical creatures are preserved in a museum, two teens find themselves caught in a web of intrigue, deception, and danger.
Vespa Nyx wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life cataloging Unnatural creatures in her father’s museum, but as she gets older, the requirement to become a lady and find a husband is looming large. Syrus Reed’s Tinker family has always served and revered the Unnaturals from afar, but when his family is captured to be refinery slaves, he finds that his fate may be bound up with Vespa’s—and with the Unnaturals.
As the danger grows, Vespa and Syrus find themselves in a tightening web of deception and intrigue. At stake may be the fate of New London—and the world.

Steampunk is one of those genres that gets books automatically on to my TBR. I find that I just love the concept of steampunk so much that it often translates into a good, entertaining read and I expect The Unnaturalists will be no exception.


The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand
Date: August 28, 2012
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Victoria hates nonsense. There is no need for it when your life is perfect. The only smudge on her pristine life is her best friend Lawrence. He is a disaster—lazy and dreamy, shirt always untucked, obsessed with his silly piano. Victoria often wonders why she ever bothered being his friend. (Lawrence does, too.)
But then Lawrence goes missing. And he’s not the only one. Victoria soon discovers that Mrs. Cavendish’s children’s home is not what it appears to be. Kids go in but come out . . . different, or they don’t come out at all.
If anyone can sort this out, it’s Victoria, even if it means getting a little messy.

The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls sounds exactly like the kind of middle grade reads that I love: whimsical and fantastical, with a cute title and a good mystery. I am very excited for this one!


Vessel by Sarah Beth Durst
Date: September 11, 2012
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In a desert land where serpents made of unbreakable glass fly through the sky and wolves made of only sand hunt within storms, Liyana is destined to be a vessel, to sacrifice herself so that her clan’s goddess can inhabit her body... but her goddess never comes.

The synopsis for Vessel is - at the moment, anyway - quite short and cryptic, but that doesn't mean it isn't one of the most intriguing blurbs I've ever read for a book. Flying glass serpents and wolves made out of sand? Vessel is High Fantasy at its utmost.



Burn For Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
Date: September 18, 2012
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BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY...
THEY GET EVEN.
Lillia has never had any problems dealing with boys who like her. Not until this summer, when one went too far. No way will she let the same thing happen to her little sister.
Kat is tired of the rumours, the insults, the cruel jokes. It all goes back to one person– her ex-best friend– and she's ready to make her pay.
Four years ago, May left Jar Island because of a boy. But she's not the same girl anymore. And she's ready to prove it to him.
Three very different girls who want the same thing: sweet, sweet revenge. And they won't stop until they each had a taste.

Okay, so I'm not always such a fan of these catty, mean girl novels, but I have to say that Burn For Burn sounds like it would be quite engrossing. Plus, I always hear great things about Jenny Han's Summer Trilogy.


How about you? Are you waiting on any of these Simon & Schuster Summer 2012 reads? Are there any upcoming books from the Simon & Schuster Summer 2012 Catalog that I didn't include here that you feel I should add to my list?

39 comments :

  1. Of the books you featured from Simon & Schuster, I'm most excited for Burn for Burn! I loved Jenny Han's Summer trilogy and also really enjoyed Siobhan Vivian's Not That Kind of Girl too. Why is September so far away?

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    1. Oh, good to know that you are such big fans of both! I am not familiar with either of their work, to be honest.

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  2. Great picks! I'm most excited for Vessel! Supposed to be a sacrifice and have a goddess take your body?! Sounds crazy!
    My WOW

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  3. Great choices. Dying to read Burn for Burn. Thanks for sharing :)


    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

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  4. These all sound great! I love the cover for Vessel especially. Great picks this week :)

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  5. Love how you pick things off the catalog. I'm really interested in the Unnaturalists.

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    1. Thanks, it seems like a very obvious idea when it comes to WOW, really.

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  7. All of those look great, but Burn for Burn in particular. I've met and read works by both Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian, and they are serious power houses on their own, so I am completely STOKED for this work they're doing together!

    Besides, have you read The List? Siobhan has a good head on her shoulders as far as writing about mean girls, so I think this one will be different/better than your run of the mill Gossip Girl. (Fingers crossed!)

    Happy WoW!

    (P.S. Sorry for deleting the last comment. It's nearly 4 am and I'm kind of delirious, and I posted a link to pictures of Adriana Lima that I was telling another blogger I thought looked like the girl on the cover of A Midsummer's Nightmare). ANYWAYS. lol. It's my first time by here, and I adore your blog! New follower!

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    1. ahaha!! Too funny.

      It's so nice to hear your take on Burn for Burn. Sounds like I won't have to worry after all!

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  8. I agree with you on Vessel. I can't wait to read it. And The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls sounds really great. Great picks! ;D

    My WoW

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  9. I want Burn for Burn so bad!! I saw it on Netgalley btw.
    Happy Wednesday and new email follower :)

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    1. Ooh, okay, thanks for letting me know!

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  10. These all look so good. Why are there so many books that I want to read???

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  11. All beautiful covers. Burn for Burn is def on my list. Great picks, thanks for sharing. Here's my WoW

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  12. WOW great choices! They all look and sound great!

    Mary
    http://sweepingme.com/2012/05/waiting-on-wednesday-9/

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  13. Aylee, I've always wondered what site you get publisher catalogues from. I've googled and googled and all I ever found was a pdf file that you certainly couldn't filter by genre. How do you find all these amazing books by publisher? I always find the best books from your WOW posts :)

    The Unnatrualists looks so amazing!

    Jessica @ Books: A true story

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    1. Yeah, it's not laid out in the easiest, most simple way. Part of it is just adding books to Goodreads and then filtering them into categories by publisher as I go. But I do take the time to look through the pdfs of publishers too and it takes a while to go through them all (you need to know what imprints will have the YA books so you don't need to page through all the children and adult books), but it's always nice and rewarding when you come across one that you've never heard of before and yet sounds right up your alley.

      Thank you! :)

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  14. The Unnaturalists looks SOOO good! I really want to get my hands on that one! Here's our Waiting on Wednesday this week. Happy reading.

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  15. So very excited for Vessel and Burn for Burn! CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on those. The other two are new to me, but are definitely going on the list as well. Love these publisher catalog WOWs Aylee!

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  16. I adore the Vessel cover.
    And The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls sounds goood.

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  17. Great picks! I admit I really want to read Burn for Burn too, :) And I love that cover.

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  18. I'm really curious about Unnaturalist it sounds awesome! I read Burn for Burn last week it's pretty good I liked it! Great picks!!

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  19. So excited for all of these - especially Vessel (such an awesome cover). The Unnaturalist sounds great too,

    Great WOW choices :)

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  20. Lots of great choices, enjoy!

    http://citygirlwholovestoread.blogspot.com/2012/05/waiting-on-wednesday.html

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  21. I'm still waiting for Vessel! That cover is gorgeous :D

    http://thedailyprophecy.blogspot.com/2012/05/waiting-on-wednesday-13-adrienne-stoltz.html

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  22. All of them sound awesome. I'm most excited for the middle grade story, but the book Vessel does catch my attention. Great WoW!

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  24. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls sounds awesome! I'm most excited about it and Burn for Burn. Btw, I see that you're currently reading Insurgent. I'm anxious to start that one and I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts about it.

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  25. The Unnaturalists is on my wishlist. The other books are new to me, but The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls sounds very intriguing. Great picks!

    Take a look at my WOW post.

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  26. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls sounds interesting! Great WoW!

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  27. Ooooo! Burn for Burn! Didn't know about it before, but now I can't wait to check it out.

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  28. oh dear, I thought I already commented on this post! Eesh. CAAAAVENDISH AND BURN FOR BURN!!! I'm nutso about those books, I really want to read them. Especially Cavendish because it sounds exactly like the middle grade reads I like too. :) Vessel also sounds very intriguing!

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    1. Yes, it seems like Cavendish and Burn for Burn are the most popular books on this list from the commenters on here!

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