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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Waiting On Wednesday: HarperCollins Spring 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 HarperCollins Spring 2014 Catalog:

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
Date: April 1, 2014
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I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?
Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.
What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.
My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

I'm curious, what can I say? I love fractured fairy tales and I think Dorothy Must Die is an intriguing take on The Wizard of Oz.

Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
Date: April 8, 2014
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In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.
Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.
Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.

Ooh Kelley Armstrong! How does she always seem to come up with the most creative and intriguing premises? Sea of Shadows sounds like a gooder!

Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Date: April 22, 2014
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In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.
Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.
And Gretchen follows his every command.
Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.
As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

The Book Thief was one of my most favourite books I read last year. It was a side of the events of World War II I had never seen before, and that is also what draws me to Prisoner of Night and Fog.

After the End by Amy Plum
Date: May 6, 2014
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World War III has left the world ravaged by nuclear radiation. A lucky few escaped to the Alaskan wilderness. They've survived for the last thirty years by living off the land, being one with nature, and hiding from whoever else might still be out there.
At least, this is what Juneau has been told her entire life.
When Juneau returns from a hunting trip to discover that everyone in her clan has vanished, she sets off to find them. Leaving the boundaries of their land for the very first time, she learns something horrifying: There never was a war. Cities were never destroyed. The world is intact. Everything was a lie.
Now Juneau is adrift in a modern-day world she never knew existed. But while she's trying to find a way to rescue her friends and family, someone else is looking for her. Someone who knows the extraordinary truth about the secrets of her past.

In After the End, a seemingly post-apocalyptic future actually turns out to be just the modern-day world. Now that's an interesting hook.

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


  1. Cannot wait for some of these. Btw love the name of your blog!

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    Leydy @ OUaT & Redcarpetendings

  2. Definitely waiting for After the End and Sea of Shadows. Great picks!

    Check out my WoW picks!

  3. SO much great stuff coming from Harper this year. Dorothy Must Die is one of my top wishlist books!

  4. I'm seriously looking forward to Dorothy Must Die. It sounds so epic- I mean, evil Dorothy? HECK YES. After the End sounds quite good too- and having enjoyed Amy Plum's other series, hopefully this one is just as good :)

  5. Every single one of these I cannot wait to read. Seriously good stuff coming from Harper this year.
    my WoW

  6. The premise for Dorothy Must Die sounds so cool. I really enjoyed Prisoner of Night and Fog!

  7. Ooh ... Dorothy Must Die looks very interesting! I love how twisted it all sounds! After the End sounds really good, too, though I'm kind of burnt out on dystopians. Still ... might have to add it to the wishlist!

  8. I'm so conflicted about Dorothy Must Die. It looks good but then I'm not a big fan of villain pity/romance....so conflicted! I'll have to wait for your review I guess before I commit.

    My WoW

  9. They all look good. Especially the last one.

  10. I LOVE the premise for Sea of Shadows. I really hope it delivers! I'm definitely looking forward to Prisoner of Night and Fog too. I've heard some good things about that one already. Dorothy Must Die is one that I'm still a little unsure about, but I do like the premise, so I hope some good reviews will be able to fully convince me. Great picks, Aylee! :)

  11. I'd so missed your WoW roundup posts, you always feature such awesome-sounding reads! I'm definitely waiting for After the End right along with you! It sounds brilliant and I haven't read a good dystopian a while! I'd never heard of Dorothy Must Die but man that premise got me hooked :D Thanks so much for bringing it to my attention!! Sea of Shadows is already on my wishlist but I completely agree with you: Kelley Armstrong consistently has THE most imaginative ideas! I hope you can get your hands on all of these soon hun xx

  12. I cannot wait to get my hands on Dorothy Must Die. It looks so amazing. I'm excited for the other 3, too, but that one especially. HarperTeen is amazing. I love pretty much everything they put out. Great picks!

  13. I can't wait to read all of these either, Aylee, particularly Dorothy Must Die and Prisoner of Night and Fog. I love retellings and historical fiction!

  14. I think the Sea of Shadows sounds SO cool! I didn't know what Prisoner of Night and Fog was about until now, I'd just seen the cover around, but it's definitely going on my TBR wish list now. Dorothy Must Die looks like it could be fun too. Can't wait to hear what you think of these when you do read them!

  15. After the End is my WoW too! I think it looks terribly clever and has good trilogy potential (in my imagination, of course, having not read much more than this about it). The rest of the spring line-up looks delicious. I can't wait to get my hands on them--Dorothy Must Die in particular. Here's my WoW, too. :)

  16. UM, can I just say that all of these books are on my wishlist!?! They all sound SO amazing, but I'm especially excited for Prisoner of Night and Fog!!! Awesome picks!! And Dorothy Must Die!! AH! So excited for that retelling!!! :)

    My WoW

  17. Wow, so many great books coming out. I have Sea of Shadows from Netgalley. I'm also excited about Dorothy Must Die and After the End!

  18. Ohhh Harper Collins always has the best titles! Really enjoyed Amy Plum's After The End:)

  19. Oh wow, Prisoner of Night and Fog sounds amazing!!! The title sounds familiar but I had no idea what it was about, so thanks for sharing. I do really want to read Dorothy Must Die as well.

  20. YES TO ALL OF THESE!!! :D I'm especially excited for Sea of Shadows because I seriously love Kelley Armstrong! :D And After the End sounds so freaking intense...I love it! :D

    Great picks, Eilidh...I'm definitely eagerly waiting for these ones, too! :D

  21. After The End sounds really good and so do the rest. Fabulous picks, Aylee!

    Sarika @ The Readdicts

  22. Sea of Shadows sounds incredible! So many books to look forward to :D

  23. I'm not sure about Sea of Shadows, as my coblogger says there was a lot of infodumping. I'll still be reading it, but I'm hesitant! I'm very excited for After the End, though! I love a good post-apocalyptic story.