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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Waiting On Wednesday: HarperCollins Summer 2013 Catalog

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

This week, I've chosen to feature a few picks from the HarperCollins Summer 2013 Catalog:

Asylum by Madeleine Roux
Date: August 27, 2013
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For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, New Hampshire College Prep is more than a summer program--it's a lifeline. An outcast at his high school, Dan is excited to finally make some friends in his last summer before college. But when he arrives at the program, Dan learns that his dorm for the summer used to be a sanatorium, more commonly known as an asylum. And not just any asylum--a last resort for the criminally insane.
As Dan and his new friends, Abby and Jordan, explore the hidden recesses of their creepy summer home, they soon discover it's no coincidence that the three of them ended up here. Because the asylum holds the key to a terrifying past. And there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.
Featuring found photos of unsettling history and real abandoned asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Madeleine Roux's teen debut, Asylum, is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity.

Asylum is a creepy photo-novel much in the same vein as Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I loved the integration of the freaky photos into the plot of Miss Peregrine's, so I'm thinking I'll also love - and be sufficiently freaked out by - the inclusion of images of abandoned asylums in Asylum.


The Chaos of Stars by Kiersten White
Date: September 10, 2013
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Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up.
Of course, as the human daughter of Egyptian gods, that pretty much comes with the territory. She’s also stuck with parents who barely notice her, and a house full of relatives who can’t be bothered to remember her name. After all, they are going to be around forever—and she’s a mere mortal.
Isadora’s sick of living a life where she’s only worthy of a passing glance, and when she has the chance to move to San Diego with her brother, she jumps on it. But Isadora’s quickly finding that a “normal” life comes with plenty of its own epic complications—and that there’s no such thing as a clean break when it comes to family. Much as she wants to leave her past behind, she can’t shake the ominous dreams that foretell destruction for her entire family. When it turns out there may be truth in her nightmares, Isadora has to decide whether she can abandon her divine heritage after all.

Admittedly, I have only read one of Kiersten White's books - Mind Games - and I was not in love with it. But when I heard that The Chaos of Stars would be about Egyptian gods and when I saw that GORGEOUS cover, I knew I would be willing to give her a second chance.


Magic Marks the Spot by Caroline Carlson
Date: Septmber 10, 2013
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Hilary Westfield has always dreamed of being a pirate. She can tread water for thirty-seven minutes. She can tie a knot faster than a fleet of sailors. She particularly enjoys defying authority, especially if that authority orders her to wear a petticoat. She wouldn’t be caught dead eating tiny, crustless sandwiches, and she already owns a rather pointy sword. There’s only one problem: The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates refuses to let any girl join their ranks of scourges and scallywags.
Girls belong at Miss Pimm’s Finishing School for Delicate Ladies, learning to waltz, faint, and curtsy. But Hilary and her dearest friend, the gargoyle, have no use for such frivolous lessons— they are pirates! (Or very nearly.)
To escape from a life of petticoats and politeness, Hilary answers a curious advertisement for a pirate crew and suddenly finds herself swept up in a seafaring adventure that may or may not involve a map without an “X,” a magical treasure that likely doesn’t exist, a rogue governess who insists on propriety, a crew of misfit scallywags, and the most treacherous—and unexpected—villain on the High Seas.
Will Hilary find the treasure in time? Will she become a true pirate after all? And what will become of the gargoyle?

You know I love me some cute new Middle Grade reads. But when you add pirates into the mix? Well, that's just perfect. I have a good feeling about Magic Marks the Spot, the first book in The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series.


The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas
Date: September 17, 2013
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It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…
Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she's being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.
Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he's also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to revenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.
But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

Look at that cover! J'ADORE!! I just can't seem to get enough of these high fantasy novels that seem to be trending in books these days, with all their magic and prophecies and evil tyrants. The Burning Sky sounds exactly like my kind of book!


How about you? Are you waiting on any of these HarperCollins Summer 2013 reads? Are there any upcoming books from the HarperCollins Summer 2013 Catalog that I didn't include here that you feel I should add to my list?

52 comments :

  1. Ooo I'm super excited about THE BURNING SKY, as well! I snagged this one off Edelweiss and I can't WAIT to read it!!!

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  2. Chaos of Stars sounds fabulous. You really must read Paranormalcy. I haven't read Mind Games yet, but Paranormalcy is something special.

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  3. Great picks and amazing covers. These are new to me. Thanks so much for sharing!

    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

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  4. Oh, I so want to read The Chaos of Stars! I love Kiersten White!!
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    I love all your picks, actually

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  5. The Chaos of Gods sounds really interesting, though I'm not sure whether I want to read it or not. I'm more of a greek myth kind of person, but I really really just love mythology in genereal :)
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    1. I have never read any Egyptian mythology stories myself, so that is the main reason why I am interested.

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  6. I'm excited for the Chaos of Stars book! I wanna see some of the early reviews come in first though! But definitely sounds like my type of book!

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    1. Yes, me too because I have been burned already...

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  7. Asylum sounds perfect! So deliciously creepy. Aside from it being a photo novel, it sounds a bit like How to Lead a Life of Crime, the book I just finsihed. Perhaps I'm wrong, but that thought makes me want to read it as soon as possible.

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    1. Interesting. Well you would know better having just read that book!

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  8. The Chaos of Stars cover is beautiful! And looks awesome, will have to keep an eye out for that :)

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  9. Definitely looking forward to all of these - especially The Burning Sky. HarperCollins really has the best cover designers in the publishing world. The Chaos of Stars' cover is perhaps the most stunning! Eh, I've been hearing pretty mixed reviews about Kiersten White's books as well, but I hope I'll enjoy this one.

    Great picks, Aylee!

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    1. Pretty sure Harper has some of the - if not THE best - covers. It's amazing how beautiful a cover can be and it's only a pretty font! I like the simplicity of that. Though Mind Games wasn't the best experience for me, I will be approaching The Chaos of Stars with an open mind.

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  10. They all look amazing. I am especially excited for The Chaos of Stars :)

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  11. I'm excited for The Burning Sky as well. Great picks!

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    Sabina @ Delirious About Books

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  12. Asylum & The chaos of stars look amazing! Magic marks the spot sounds sweet and I love the cover from The burning sky :)

    WoW Mel@thedailyprophecy.

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  13. As a fantasy fan I am really looking forward to The Burning Sky! Asylum sounds really cool, too. Great picks!

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  14. The magic spot looks great :) I'm adding that to my to read list. They all look pretty good :)
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  15. I'm thinking I'll wait and read Asylum around halloween time next year. It sounds super creepy and those pictures always freak me out. The Burning Sky is already on my highly anticipating list too. Great picks!
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    1. That's a great idea!! I might steal that from you :)

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  16. I want to read "The Chaos of the Stars" this summer for sure....not sure about the others though

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    1. Cool, I appreciate your honesty :)

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  17. Asylum sounds awesome that will definitely be heading to the TBR. I always think of the 10th Kingdom whenever I see The Burning Sky cover.

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    1. I'm not familiar with the 10th Kingdom, to be honest!

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  18. Wow, awesome picks. Love the sound of them and I hope you enjoy reading them when they come out.
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  19. HarperCollins never fails to have the most amazing catalogs. I open one up and I'm all "YES TO ALL THE BOOKS!" I'm particularly excited for The Chaos of Stars and The Burning Sky though, both sound amazing and I'm counting the days until I can have them in my hands:)

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    1. I KNOW! It's always so difficult narrowing it down to my top four most anticipated books from their catalogs.

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  20. I'm really excited for The Chaos of Stars! And this is the first I've seen of The Burning Sky - it's definitely going on my wish list. Great picks!

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  21. I'm curious about The Chaos of Stars now too; thanks for sharing. Love the cover!! I haven't read anything by her yet, so we'll see!!

    I REALLY want to read Asylum. OMG! I have not seen that around yet, so thank you thank you thank you. Love the idea of the photos included.

    -Lauren

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  22. The Burning Sky sounds fantastic and that cover is amazing. Can't wait for that one either! That MG book Magic Marks the Spot is a new one to me but I might have to check it out. I'm such a sucker for cute MG books. Great picks!
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  23. The Asylum sounds intriguing.

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  24. Eeeek!! The Chaos of Stars, The Burning Sky & The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates are all ones I'm waiting on too!! Chaos of Stars for Egyptians AND that cover, Burning Sky for the high-fantasy AND that cover LOL oh and ditto on MG+Pirates :D Amazing picks Aylee, Asylum was a new one for me but...maybe too creepy for my wuss-ness, so I'll wait on a few reviews first heh

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    1. Heh, but surely you agree that it would be a good one to read over Halloween! :)

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  25. Cannot wait for The Chaos of Stars!! And just added Asylum to my list, I like the idea of photos in books like Miss Peregrine's. Great picks!

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  26. Wonderful WoW picks! I am especially keen to read The Chaos of Stars, it sounds so amazing..

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  27. Aylee, I'm on board with you! Those Harper titles look absolutely amazing :) I need to get into some more Middle Grade, and Magic Marks the Spot looks adorable. I'm so excited for The Chaos of Stars and Burning Sky! Thanks so much for sharing these awesome titles with us, Aylee! :)

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    1. Yup, they pretty much always do look amazing!!

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  28. Burning Sky looks good!
    Hope you get to read it soon!
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  29. Harper has some great titles coming out the rest of the year! I am totally looking forward to reading more form Kiersten White.

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  30. Wow! HarperCollins seems to always publish books I want to read NOW! The middle grade book about pirates looks adorable and all of the others are exactly the type of books I swoon over. Nice WOW. I hope you are able to get a few to review!

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  31. So I am DROOLING over these! I can't wait to read Burning Sky and Asylum especially. I completely missed that there were photographs in that one. Now I want it even more. :)

    Great picks, Aylee!

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    1. Yup, I'm such a sucker for these photograph gimmick books.

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  32. Where do you find all these upcoming reads, Aylee?! I love your WoWs because they usually involve books I haven't heard about. I'm looking forward to The Chaos of Stars and will be adding the others to my wishlist.

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    1. Thank you! I look through the actual catalogs and pick out the books I'm most interested in.

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  33. The Chaos of Stars sounds really good and I just love its cover:)

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