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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Penguin Fall 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 Penguin Fall 2012 Catalog:

Lucid by Adrienne Stoltz and Ron Bass
Date: October 2, 2012
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What if you could dream your way into a different life? What if you could choose to live that life forever?
Sloane and Maggie have never met. Sloane is a straight-A student with a big and loving family. Maggie lives a glamorously independent life as an up-and-coming actress in New York. The two girls couldn't be more different--except for one thing. They share a secret that they can't tell a soul. At night, they dream that they're each other.
The deeper they're pulled into the promise of their own lives, the more their worlds begin to blur dangerously together. Before long, Sloane and Maggie can no longer tell which life is real and which is just a dream. They realize that eventually they will have to choose one life to wake up to, or risk spiraling into insanity. But that means giving up one world, one love, and one self, forever.

Ooh okay, how trippy does Lucid sound? I love these kind of psychological thrillers that mess with your mind and leave you reeling and confused. And the cover perfectly matches the trippy-ness of the premise.


Reached by Ally Condie
Date: November 13, 2012
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Cassia faces the ultimate choices in the long-anticipated conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Matched Trilogy
After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.

Though I have yet to read Crossed due to some mixed reviews, I do still plan on reading it and am interested to find out how the Matched Trilogy is wrapped up. I hope Reached is everything a good conclusion should be.


Elemental by Antony John
Date: November 21, 2012
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In the near future, most of the population of the United States has been destroyed by the plague. The few remaining survivors live in colonies on the barrier islands off the East Coast. In one colony near Cape Hatteras, almost all the members have elemental powers and can control wind, water, earth, and fire. All but sixteen-year-old Thomas. When the Guardians, the powerful adult leaders, are kidnapped by pirates seeking to take over their colony, it is up to Thomas and a small group of teens to save them and preserve the mysteries of the island.

I'm loving the new inflow of books into the niche Post-Apocalyptic Fantasy genre. What could be better than combining my two favourite genres? Elemental definitely sounds like my kind of read. And it has pirates!


Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Date: December 11, 2012
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In a land where magic has been forgotten but peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering. Three kingdoms grapple for power—brutally transforming their subjects’ lives in the process. Amidst betrayals, bargains, and battles, four young people find their fates forever intertwined:
Cleo: A princess raised in luxury must embark on a rough and treacherous journey into enemy territory in search of a magic long thought extinct.
Jonas: Enraged at injustice, a rebel lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.
Lucia: A girl adopted at birth into a royal family discovers the truth about her past—and the supernatural legacy she is destined to wield.
Magnus: Bred for aggression and trained to conquer, a firstborn son begins to realize that the heart can be more lethal than the sword...
The only outcome that’s certain is that kingdoms will fall. Who will emerge triumphant when all they know has collapsed?

It seems as though there has been a great influx of books in the Historical High Fantasy genre these days - presumably due to the popularity of Game of Thrones - and I'm loving it (I'm thinking of course of Grave Mercy and Throne of Glass). Falling Kingdoms sounds like an excellent addition to the genre.


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

52 comments :

  1. I am super excited for Falling Kingdoms. It's one of the books I got at BEA and I can't wait to read it.

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  2. I'm loving the influx of fantasy, too, so I'm really looking forward to Falling Kingdoms. I'm so glad you loved Throne of Glass, btw! You should definitely read Shadow and Bone when you get the chance.

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  3. I just finished Crossed recently and enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to Reached too!

    My WoW is called Ironskin.

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  4. I also noticed the increase in historical high fantasy books but like you, I'm definitely not complaining ;) I loved Grave Mercy and I'm hoping Falling Kingdoms will be something similar, if not better. And the dream idea behind Lucid just sounds so unique! Fantastic picks :-)

    Kim @ The Paper Planes

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    1. Yeah, I'm kind of hoping this genre will replace dystopians in popularity because I've been loving them so much. Though it wouldn't do to become overexposed to it either. I'm hoping Lucid is really as good as it sounds!

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  5. I'm dying for Lucid and Falling Kingdoms. I featured them both as WOWs in the past. I love books about dreams and Lucid has such an interesting dream world. Choosing which life to live.
    My WOW

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  6. I saw that Lucid has been compared to Lauren Oliver's style, which makes me beyond excited to read it! I'm also really looking forward to reading Falling Kingdoms and Elemental (pirates!)!

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    1. Oh really? I hadn't heard that, but now I'm even more excited to read it!

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  7. Lucid sounds really good and I am also impatiently waiting for Reached. Great choices.

    My WoW

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives - new follower

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  8. Almost all of these are on Edelweiss.. and all of them sound AWESOME!!

    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

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    1. Oh really? I didn't know that... kind of wish I didn't because I already have so many review books to read from there, haha

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  9. I definitely need to catch up on some of Condie's books!

    Our WoW is at Book Sake. –Jessica

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  10. Great picks! Lucid sounds amazing as does the Falling Kingdoms. I hated Crossed so much, i don't know whether i will read Reached!

    My WoW!

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  11. I would dream my way to Existence by Abbi Glines!
    I like the sound of that books

    Here's mine: http://www.fiktishuhs.blogspot.com/

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  12. I want to read all of these apart from Reached because I haven't read the others in the series yet. Love the blog and followed on GFC.

    My WOW and international giveaway

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  13. I really want to read Lucid. It sounds like an interesting story with the characters dreaming they are each other.

    My WOW: http://breathofbooks.blogspot.com/

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  14. O some seriously fantastic sounding stuff.

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  15. I agree the cover for Lucid is awesome. It sounds so different and I totally want to read it. And Reached!! I need to find out what happens :)

    Jessica @ Books: A true story

    My WoW

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  16. Those books look awesome!
    Lucid does sound trippy, but awesomely so!!

    And is the author of Elemental the same of 5 Flavors of Dumb?
    'cause I love that book.

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    1. Why yes, it is, though I only just realized it when you mentioned it. I'm even more excited for it now!

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  17. Oh, I still have to read Crossed! Won it months ago but never got my copy, so.. XD But I'm still excited for Reached to be released anyway. ROFL

    Patricia // My WOW

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  18. Fantastic picks this week Aylee!(: I'm looking forward to Elemental and Falling Kingdoms myself, so I can't wait till they finally release! :D

    ~Keertana
    Ivy Book Bindings

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    1. Thanks! I'm super excited for them too!

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  19. Lucid sounds great! Nice WoW. I was also on the fench with the second Crossed trilogy, but I am totally going to find out how it all ends.

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  20. YAY!!!!!! All of these are great choices that I am looking forward to especially Lucid and Reached!!!! It's too bad all the release dates are so far away! I had no idea there are so many awesome fall releases! Falling Kingdoms sounds like a good one too! It's sounds so mysterious...I am looking forward to reading these!!!! Great choices :-)


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  21. I have to say that of all the wonderful offerings I am really looking forward to "Lucid".
    Thanks for the great post!
    WTF Are You Reading?: Just Sittin' Here...Waitin' On Wednesday #19

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  22. Wow! I'm going to add them all to my reading list asap. PS I've read Crossed. It was good, just different, much different than Matched. My review will post soon.

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    1. PS: Lucid reminds me just a titch of Witchlanders because those guys had a connection in their dreams, too.

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    2. Okay, good to hear that about Crossed. I'm thinking I should read it before Ally Condie visits my city in September :) And yeah, that's a great connection!

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  23. CanNOT wait for Reached!!! I also just added Lucid to my TBR, I'd never heard of it before. Thanks!

    Mind checking out my WoW?
    -Danie

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  24. Elemental and Falling Kingdoms sound amazing!! I can't wait to read them.

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  25. Well, I'm not dying to get it or anything, but I'm curious about Reached. I just wasn't very impressed with Crossed, but I've come this far, so I might as well see how it ends.

    And Antony John... and a dystpian type book? Wow! Very different from Five Flavors. Very cool.

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  26. SO MUCH GOOD STUFF UP THERE AYLEE! I'm super excited for Falling Kingdoms, I'm not usually a big fantasy person, but it just sounds too good to pass up. Even though I didn't love Crossed, I still really want to know what happens to Cassia and Ky, so I'll be reading Reached for sure:) Brilliant picks!

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    1. I know, I'm still curious about the ending and what'll happen to Cassia and Ky and Xander, too.

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  27. WOW great picks. I'm really interested in Falling Kingdoms and Elemental. The covers are totally awesome.

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  28. Lucid sounds really fascinating and Elemental reminds me a bit of Avatar so I am TOTALLY IN. Love the rise of high fantasy too!

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  29. I cannot wait for Falling Kingdoms! I have super gigantic high hopes for it. If I get even more psyched about it, I think I might get to scared to read it. :P I didn't think about the Games of Thrones connection, but that makes sense. Whatever the reason, I'm VERY happy to see the genre get some much needed attention!

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    1. I'm happy too... hopefully I won't get too overexposed to the genre, like I have with dystopians!

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  31. I don't know what else is on the list from Penguin, but I really can't wait to read Lucid. It sounds awesome!!

    -Lauren

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  32. As soon as I read this post I had to go recommend these books to a bunch of my friends! Falling Kingdoms is perfect for my friend who loves fantasy and political intrigue and multiple characters. And then I had a friend trying to write a post-apocalyptic fantasy! So she has to read Elementals. Yay!

    Lauren @ Hughes Reviews

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    1. Ha, neat! I need more book-loving friends...

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