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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: Penguin Fall 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 Fall 2014 Catalog:

I'll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
Date: September 16, 2014
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Jude and her brother, Noah, are incredibly close twins. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude surfs and cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and divisive ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as an unpredictable new mentor. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

I'll Give You The Sun is not my usual kind of read at all, but people have been buzzing about this one since BEA and about author Jandy Nelson for quite a few years now so I feel like I just HAVE to see what all the fuss is about. Jandy Nelson sounds like a very talented lady!


Schizo by Nic Sheff
Date: September 30, 2014
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Miles is the ultimate unreliable narrator—a teen recovering from a schizophrenic breakdown who believes he is getting better . . . when in reality he is growing worse.

Driven to the point of obsession to find his missing younger brother, Teddy, and wrapped up in a romance that may or may not be the real thing, Miles is forever chasing shadows. As Miles feels his world closing around him, he struggles to keep it open, but what you think you know about his world is actually a blur of gray, and the sharp focus of reality proves startling.

I loved the cover for Schizo as soon as I saw it and when I read that it was the story of a teen's downward spiral into mental illness making said teen an unreliable narrator, I was definitely intrigued. My hope is that this one is enigmatic, trippy, and interesting!


The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Date: October 7, 2014
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Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.
Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.
Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.
Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

So I haven't actually read anything by Marie Lu yet (I know, I know!), but after consistently hearing great things about her Legend Trilogy, she has been on my radar for a long while now. The Young Elites sounds like a promising start to a new dystopian series from her and I'm curious to find out what all the buzz is about!


Atlantia by Ally Condie
Date: October 28, 2014
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For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.

Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

I remember I adored Matched by Ally Condie when it was first released years ago and I was completely swept up in Ally's beautiful poetic writing. Well now, I wasn't a huge fan of the Matched sequels, but that doesn't mean that I'm not still very interested in this new book from Ally, Atlantia. And this one is about Atlantis, which is cool!


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

28 comments :

  1. I'm SO SO excited for I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN too! It's about twins, I'm a twin, so I obvi need to read it!! I haven't heard of Schizo until now, but it looks so cool and trippy! THE COVER THOUGH. Eeep! Seems really dark and intense. And no worries, I haven't read the LEGEND trilogy, either! But I'm excited for THEY YOUNG ELITES as well. I wasn't the biggest fan of MATCHED, but I'm still looking forward to ATLANTIA. I'm in love with that cover!

    I hope you get to read these Penguin titles soon, Aylee! Fabulous picks!

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    1. I'm not sure I knew that about you, Jen! Well, maybe I did know at one point and then I forgot... but anyways, I'm pretty keen on that one too! And yeahhh isn't the cover of Schizo rad?! I just love it. I wonder if I had 3D glasses on me, would the cover image actually pop out? That would be so cool :)

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  2. I haven't read Matched, but I think I'll read Atlantia, because it's a stand-alone and it's about Atlantis (how cool is that?)!
    I'm on the fence about reading I'll Give You The Sun. It's about twins. I love books about twins. But there's something that puts me off of it and I can't quite put my fingers on it right now. We'll see.
    My WoW

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    1. Whoop, yeah I'm super excited to read a book about Atlantis! Never have before. Nor have I ever really read a book where the main characters are twins (though I have read one about clones...), so that's pretty cool too!

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  3. SO excited for I'll Give You the Sun even though I don't read such books either and Schizo has me so intrigued!

    I do want to read The Young Elites but I want to read her Legend trilogy first.

    Not sure about Atlantia...

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    1. I think I want to read Legend first, as well. I realize they're separate series and everything, but don't know, I've been wanting to read Legend for a long while now.

      As for Atlantia, I will of course wait for reviews to come in before deciding whether I want to read it. I'm still hopeful though!

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  4. I'll give you the sun is also on my radar because of the BEA attention. The Young Elites sounds very good (still not in love with the cover) and I liked her writing-style in Legend.

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    1. I was kind of assuming that The Young Elites cover was just a place holder. If that's not in fact the case, then I'm not really a fan of it either because it's quite bland.

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  5. I adored Matched too (not sure if I would now, though, I think my reading tastes are different), but like you I wasn't too keen on the other two books. Still, Atlantia does sound good and I'm more than willing to give it a go! :)

    The Young Elites sounds like it should be up my street, what with it being a fantasy book, but I don't know...I'm not too sure about it. Think I'll wait for more reviews to come in.

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    1. *Nods* Yes, I suspect I might not be so enamoured with Matched now. But I think I will always love Ally's poetic writing so I would like to try out Atlantia even still!

      Yeah, of course I always wait for early reviews to come in before deciding whether I want to read something... I truly hope The Young Elites gets lots of positive reviews though because it sure sounds good!

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  6. I can't wait for The Young Elites and Atlantia- I've read Matched and enjoyed that, though I couldn't get into the second book. :(

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

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    1. Pretty sure you're not alone! I think quite a few people didn't really love Crossed and Reached.

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  7. Who doesn't want these awesome books. I really, really want The Young Elites so much. Great picks.

    Grace @ Books of Love

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  8. I've been waiting to read I'll Give You The Sun, The Young Elites, and Atlantia as well (though I wasn't very fond of Ally's Matched series). I've never heard of Schizo before, but after reading the synopsis I'm adding it to my TBR 'cause it sounds so cool! And ohmygosh yes that cover!

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  9. SO many amazing sounding books listed! I had "I'll Give You the Sun" on my TBR list already but I'm going to add the rest! Thanks!

    Here is my WoW post!

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  10. I'll Give you the Sun has been on my TBR list for so long now! I cannot wait until this book comes out. Such a great list I will have to check a few of these out. :)

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  11. These all sound really good, especially I'll Give You the Sun! I hadn't heard of the others before reading this post, but I'm definitely intrigued! Great post :D

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  12. The Young Elites and Atlantia sure have my attention. I don't remember if I saw those while browsing the catalogue. They have many pages. Anyway, I'm personally waiting on Trial by Fire. It.Looks.Amazing. :)

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  13. So many cool books releasing this year, but somehow many of them haven't been living up to my expectations. :( Still, I'm really looking forward to all of these! I adore the cover for I'll Give You the Sun, and even though contemporaries aren't really my thing, this one sounds remarkably different. I only hope the hype isn't lying...

    I haven't heard of Schizo, but holy moly, that cover is GORGEOUS. I love the whole 3D-effect thing going on, it really suits the title. I'm really interested to see how the narration of this book plays out, I don't think I've ever read or heard of a narrator quite like Miles before. Yay for originality!

    Marie Lu -- eh. I didn't really like Legend when I read it, because there was instalove and the characters were so bland. Plus, the world building sucked. Apparently the series gets better, so who knows, I might read on. The Young Elites sound really good, but I'm afraid it might turn out like Legend: good premise, plot, but failure in delivery. I have to admit that Marie comes up with the most badass ideas, though!

    Soooo I haven't had the best of luck with siren books (the last one I read was absolutely horrible), but this one sounds pretty good, I guess? xD And the cover is pretty, too. I haven't read anything by Ally Condie, so I wouldn't know, but fingers crossed that you'll love it just as much as you enjoyed Matched!

    Awesome picks, Aylee! <3

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    1. Aww, I'm sorry to hear you haven't had the best reading year so far, Meg! Hopefully things will pick up for you soon... there are some upcoming releases that should hopefully give you lots to be excited about!

      Agreed, I do really hope I'm not let down by the hype monster for this book. Because it really does sound SO good (even though contemps aren't my thing either)!

      Right?? Looove the 3D effect. I wonder if the image would actually work and pop out at you if you used 3D glasses on it!

      Eek, okay that's definitely NOT what I want to hear about Legend! Humm, I have sort of been on the fence about the trilogy and it's certainly not a priority of mine. I'll have to think it over and maybe just commit to reading Legend and see what I think. I'll drop it if I dislike it. Thanks for your input!

      I'm pretty sure I've yet to read a siren book? I only just read my first mermaid book recently, so I'm pretty sure I haven't read any sirens books yet. I'll wait and see what early reviews say!

      Thanks for the epic comment, Meg!

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  14. Schizo sounds kind of awesome. I love books that deal with mental illness, so I'm definitely curious about this one. I'll Give You the Sun also sounds good!

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  15. gimme gimme shizo . pluheeze

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  16. Gosh, I heard of Atlantia ages ago- I thought it was at least a year- and thought it would've well been out by now! After being disappointed in the Matched series (like you I really liked the first instalment but it just went steeply downhill for me after that) I don't know that I'm ready for another one of her books, though- especially not this one that doesn't really capture my attention. Schizo and I'll Give you the Sun, on the other hand, both sound very very interesting and I am definitely marking them to read: hadn't heard of either before, but I'm so keen to read them now! Thank you, Aylee!

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  17. Like you, I had really enjoyed Matched (and Crossed tbh) when I first read them. I was seriously let down by Reached...but still loved Ally Condie's writing style enough to want to check out other books by her. So I'm quite curious about Atlantia - Atlantis and under-water adventures? YES PLEASE. I was hoping to snag a copy at BEA this year but they were only doing teasers so I skipped out. Same goes for The Young Elites. Dying to check that one out, even though it'll be my first Marie Lu read too (YES Legend is still on my TBR shelf LOL) They were also only doing teasers for this one at BEA this year - womp womp!

    Anyways I've heard WONDERFUL things for I'll Give You the Sun so I'm curious to see how you'll do with it. Schizo is definitely not my cup of tea but I am drawn to the unreliable narrator bit...so we'll see ;) Awesome picks all around, as usual Aylee xxx

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  18. I'm so incredibly excited for these, especially I'll Give You The Sun (loved her debut, and am glad to see she finally has a new novel coming out). Very curious about Atlantia, too! I'm kind of a sucker for stories set in interesting places, and an underwater city definitely intrigues me.

    Great WOW choices :)

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  19. Awesome picks, Eilidh! The Young Elites and Atlantia are two that I can't wait to read, too!!! :D

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