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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: Penguin Summer 2014 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 Penguin Summer 2014 Catalog:

Conversion by Katherine Howe
Date: July 1, 2014
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It’s senior year at St. Joan’s Academy, and school is a pressure cooker. College applications, the battle for valedictorian, deciphering boys’ texts: Through it all, Colleen Rowley and her friends are expected to keep it together. Until they can’t.
First it’s the school’s queen bee, Clara Rutherford, who suddenly falls into uncontrollable tics in the middle of class. Her mystery illness quickly spreads to her closest clique of friends, then more students and symptoms follow: seizures, hair loss, violent coughing fits. St. Joan’s buzzes with rumor; rumor blossoms into full-blown panic.
Soon the media descends on Danvers, Massachusetts, as everyone scrambles to find something, or someone, to blame. Pollution? Stress? Or are the girls faking? Only Colleen—who’s been reading The Crucible for extra credit—comes to realize what nobody else has: Danvers was once Salem Village, where another group of girls suffered from a similarly bizarre epidemic three centuries ago . . .
Inspired by true events—from seventeenth-century colonial life to the halls of a modern-day high school—Conversion casts a spell. With her signature wit and passion, New York Times bestselling author Katherine Howe delivers an exciting and suspenseful novel, a chilling mystery that raises the question, what’s really happening to the girls at St. Joan’s?

I'm very intrigued by the premise of Conversion. The mystery seems to revolve around a modern day Salem witch epidemic and that's pretty cool as I've always loved learning about that time in history. I really hope this one is as good as it sounds!

Dove Arising by Karen Bao
Date: August 1, 2014
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Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. She’s barely spoken since her father died in an accident nine years ago. She cultivates the plants in Greenhouse 22, lets her best friend talk for her, and stays off the government’s radar.
Then her mother is arrested.
The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Earth-dwellers. Training is brutal, but it’s where Phaet forms an uneasy but meaningful alliance with the preternaturally accomplished Wes, a fellow outsider.
Rank high, save her siblings, free her mom:  that’s the plan. Until Phaet’s logically ordered world begins to crumble...

I'm always keen on new sci fi reads, but when I saw the cover for Dove Arising, I was completely captivated! That, and this one has one intense premise so it should be good!

Fiendish by Brenna Yovanoff
Date: August 14, 2014
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Clementine DeVore spent ten years trapped in a cellar, pinned down by willow roots, silenced and forgotten.
Now she’s out and determined to uncover who put her in that cellar and why.
When Clementine was a child, dangerous and inexplicable things started happening in New South Bend. The townsfolk blamed the fiendish people out in the Willows and burned their homes to the ground. But magic kept Clementine alive, walled up in the cellar for ten years, until a boy named Fisher sets her free. Back in the world, Clementine sets out to discover what happened all those years ago. But the truth gets muddled in her dangerous attraction to Fisher, the politics of New South Bend, and the Hollow, a fickle and terrifying place that seems increasingly temperamental ever since Clementine reemerged.

I have yet to read any of Brenna Yovanoff's books, but they always sound and look so exquisitely creepy that I'm thinking I need to try out her stuff. Fiendish sounds most eerie so maybe I'll start there!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
Date: September 2, 2014
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Lost and broken, Celaena Sardothien’s only thought is to avenge the savage death of her dearest friend: as the King of Adarlan’s Assassin, she is bound to serve this tyrant, but he will pay for what he did. Any hope Celaena has of destroying the king lies in answers to be found in Wendlyn. Sacrificing his future, Chaol, the Captain of the King’s Guard, has sent Celaena there to protect her, but her darkest demons lay in that same place. If she can overcome them, she will be Adarlan’s biggest threat – and his own toughest enemy.
While Celaena learns of her true destiny, and the eyes of Erilea are on Wendlyn, a brutal and beastly force is preparing to take to the skies. Will Celaena find the strength not only to win her own battles, but to fight a war that could pit her loyalties to her own people against those she has grown to love?

Want. BADLY! I really need more Celaena and Chaol PLEASE! And now some early reviews for Heir of Fire are coming out and it sounds like the best thing ever. Can't wait for September!! (Note: in Canada, Bloomsbury books are distributed by Penguin Canada).

How about you? Are you waiting on any of these Penguin Summer 2014 reads? Are there any upcoming books from the Penguin Summer 2014 Catalog that I didn't include here that you feel I should add to my list?


  1. I'm super excited for Fiendish and Heir of Fire as well! Great picks :)

    Sharon - Obsession with Books

  2. Not really the genres that I read, but I hope that you get to read these soon! :)
    Waiting on Wednesday
    One Broke Girl

  3. Heir Of Fire!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I needs it in my life! Awesome picks!


    I wasn't a fan of the first book I read from Yovanoff, but I'm willing to give this one a try. It sounds good. I'm also very interested in Conversion, although I'm not a fan of the cover.

  5. I hadn't heard of Fiendish, but that looks great! And that cover is really interesting. Great choices!

  6. These all sound brilliant, especially Conversion - I am not a big fan of the cover, but I've always liked books set in academies/private schools, so that kind of caught my interest.
    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful reads :)

  7. I'm most excited for Conversion and Fiendish. Dove Rising sounds good but I'm not in any hurry to get to it. Great picks though.

  8. All new and interesting books. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Wednesday!

    Shane @ Itching for Books

  9. Fiendish and Conversion, I've loved Brenna Yovanoff's previous books (except for The Replacement, which I haven't read yet) so seriously can't wait for it, and it looks/sounds creepy anyway, so I'd read it. Is it also bad I'd read Conversion just because of the cover? Preeeeeety creepy too.

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    Kirsty @ StudioReads

  10. I haven't read any of Yovanoff's books either but she seriously has the best covers! I think I only have Conversion on my list but it sounds super creepy. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that it lives up to our expectations :)

  11. OOooo that Fiendish cover is creeep-y!

  12. YES. HEIR OF FIRE. So far the buzz has been suuuuper positive and since it's double the size of books 1 & 2, it's safe to assume it'll bring double the feels XD I so need this book in my life! September can NOT get here fast enough.

    The rest of these are ALL new to me though but Dove Rising? Colonies on the Moon?! OMG gimme gimme gimme. I'll be adding that to the reading list for sure! I still need to read Yovanoff myself but I have a few of her books on my tbr...and I do believe Fiendish will join the pack. It sounds deliciously creepy as you say and the bit about the Willows really has my attention. Oh and I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for Conversion. Witches and Salem is a winning combination for me :-) Excellent picks as usual Aylee ^^ ♥

  13. I haven't read anything by Brenna yet either, but she does have some great sounding books. I think Fiendish sounds great- and LOVE the cover.

    I think Conversion sounds great too. I've been fascinated by the Salem Witch Trials for a long time!

  14. I'm so behind! I apparently need to cover up under the rock and read the Throne of Glass series. I've heard nothing but great things about it.

  15. ooooooo Conversion sounds interesting! That's definitely a unique premise. I love reading about that time in history too, and I just might have to read this one. Lovely picks, Aylee! :D

  16. Heir of Fire is definitely my top wish from the list but they all sound awesome! I've been hearing great early praise for Conversion, so that's definitely on my list. I need to add Fiendish and Dove Arising too. Great WoW choices!

  17. FIENDISH!!!! I absolutely CANNOT wait to read that one!!! :D It sounds so good, and looks so deliciously creepy...seriously CANNOT WAIT!!! :D

    Great picks, Eilidh!! I'll have to check out the ones other than Fiendish! They also look great!