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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Penguin Winter 2013 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 Winter 2013 Catalog:

Just One Day by Gayle Forman
Date: January 8, 2013
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When sheltered American good girl Allyson "LuLu" Healey first meets laid-back Dutch actor Willem De Ruiter at an underground performance of Twelfth Night in England, there’s an undeniable spark. After just one day together, that spark bursts into a flame, or so it seems to Allyson, until the following morning, when she wakes up after a whirlwind day in Paris to discover that Willem has left. Over the next year, Allyson embarks on a journey to come to terms with the narrow confines of her life, and through Shakespeare, travel, and a quest for her almost-true-love, to break free of those confines.

Admittedly, I've never read any of Gayle Forman's books myself, so my anticipation of Just One Day is based purely on what I know from what other people have said about her books: that they're beautiful and emotional and real. And for that reason, I am very interested in reading Just One Day (as well as her previous books, obviously).

The Cadet of Tildor by Alex Lidell
Date: January 10, 2013
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There is a new king on the throne of Tildor. Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, angling to exploit the young Crown's inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, the training ground for elite soldiers, Cadet Renee de Winter struggles to keep up with her male peers. But when her mentor, a notorious commander recalled from active duty to teach at the Academy, is kidnapped to fight in illegal gladiator games, Renee and her best friend Alec find themselves thrust into a world rife with crime, sorting through a maze of political intrigue, and struggling to resolve what they want, what is legal, and what is right.

The Cadet of Tildor is touted as "Tamora Pierce meets George R.R. Martin" and if that isn't enough to get people excited about this one, then I don't know what is. I love political medieval-era high fantasies, so I'm thinking I'm really going to love The Cadet of Tildor.

Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
Date: January 15, 2013
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Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceshipGodspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.
But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.
Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing.

CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS! The previous two books in the Across the Universe series have been fast-paced and intriguing as heck, and I really can't wait for any new surprises Beth Revis is going to cook up for us in the final book, Shades of Earth.

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
Date: February 13, 2013
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It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.
Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

Just as with Just One Day by Gayle Forman, I have not read Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, but based on all the raving reviews for that one, I know that Out of the Easy is going to be a book that I need to read (again, along with Between Shades of Gray). And I love that Out of the Easy takes place in 1950's New Orleans!

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


  1. Great Choices. I really want to read Just One Day by Gayle Foreman. I really loved her other books!
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  2. Nice books you've got there^ :) Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Just One Day sounds like such an awesome read! And I'm still waiting to read Across the Universe, I've heard amazing things about it.

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  4. Great picks Alyee. I'm also excited for Shades of Earth.

  5. I am so excited for Just One Day. I absolutely loved If I Stay and Where She Went. Gayle's writing is gorgeous and I love how she does the one book from the girls perspective and the other from the guys, it works out so well. Great picks, Aylee!

  6. How sad is it that I've still never read anything by Gayle Forman? I KNOW! I'm going to start with Just One Day, and then when I fall madly in love with it, I'm going to read her entire backlist:) I can't wait for Out of the Easy too, that one sounds amazing Aylee!

  7. You must read Between Shades of Gray! I'm super excited for Ruta and Gayle's new books.

  8. Excellent choices! I can't wait for the new Gayle Forman book, but I still need to read A Million Suns before Shades of Earth. I'm so behind!

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  9. I was interested in Out of the Easy I think I will still consider reading it, the others I only learned about recently. They all look good :) awesome selection

  10. I'm really excited for The Cadet of Tildor. High fantasy is my favourite! I'm also intrigued by Out of the Easy. I haven't read Between Shades of Grey (yet) but I've heard nothing but amazing things

  11. Oh, I saw the Cadet of Tildor in NG the other day!! Too bad about my band... and I prolly wouldn't get approved anyway *sigh* but I'll add it to my shopping list.

    And I can't wait to read Just One Day either!! :D

    Great picks !

  12. I was lucky enough to be sent a copy of Just One Day so I'm excited to check it out. I recommend anything by Gayle Forman...seriously love her. I read Sisters In Sanity and then If I Stay (still need to read Where She Went, though).

  13. Nice selections! I seriously need to read the first book in the Across the Universe series...pronto! And I'd never heard of The Cadet of Tildor but I'm instantly interested! Thanks so much for sharing :)

  14. Great picks! I'm dying to read Shades of Earth. 2013 is going to be an awesome year for books. :)

  15. I've not heard of many of these but I did read Between Shades of Gray and recognize how Ruby S. is able to create beautiful very moving prose. I bet her second book will be a big hit. I really need to read Across the Universe! The sequel looks awesome.

  16. The only one not on my list is Shades of Earth as I just couldn't get into Across the Universe. I love fantasy and Tamora Pierce's books so of course I'm going to be reading The Cadet of Tildor. Similarly, I love Gayle Forman's books so I can't wait for Just One Day. You've got to read If I Stay and Where She Went, Aylee!

  17. AWESOME books, Aylee! I'm so looking forward to Just One Day and Shades of Earth ... ESPECIALLY Shades of Earth!! I can't wait!

  18. I have yet to read Across the Universe...not sure if it's my type of book. And I need to read some Gayle Forman asap! I mean, I even own If I Stay. There's no excuse :P

  19. So many enticing books! I haven't read any Gayle Foreman, either, even after all these years of reading rave reviews on other people's blogs. The Cadet of Tildor sounds right up my alley, 'cause I love high-medieval fantasy like Game of Thrones, too. Out of Easy sounds like a unique premise-- one I definitely want to check out. Great round-up of books. :)

  20. I am also looking forward to Shades of Earth - althought I haven't gotten to Million Suns yet.... I LOVED Across the Universe!!