Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A Waiting on Wednesday Double Header!

Waiting on Wednesday is the fantastic meme started by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It's a great way to learn about new books coming out and what people are anxious to read. For the first time, I'm posting about two books. The first, The Pledge by Kimberly Derling is a dystopian-fantasy that I'm not waiting on, but YOU should be. It's absolutely awesome. Honestly. When I read the announcement about this book in Publisher's Weekly, back in February, it didn't particularly intrigue me. Boy did I underestimate it. This story captured my imagination from the first page. It's so well written. Derling can really write! I haven't read her first series, The Body Finder, but it's on my shelf and The Pledge has made me excited to get time to dig into it. Let's look at the description of The Pledge...

In the violent country of Ludania, the language you speak determines what class you are, and there are harsh punishments if you forget your place—looking a member of a higher class in the eye can result in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina (Charlie for short) can understand all languages, a dangerous ability she’s been hiding her whole life. Her only place of release is the drug-filled underground club scene, where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. There, she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy who speaks a language she’s never heard, and her secret is almost exposed. Through a series of violent upheavals, it becomes clear that Charlie herself is the key to forcing out the oppressive power structure of her kingdom. 


The Pledge is a series not to be missed. It's that good. And now, on to the second selection...


UK cover. Book Two
The second book that I am waiting for is Until I Die by Amy Plum. It's the second book in the Die for Me trilogy. Remember that one? The one with Vincent, the revenant (or handsome zombiesque fellow) and Kate his love interest, the American girl living in Paris? Check out the Die for Me description to refresh your memory...

Book One
In the City of Lights, two star-crossed lovers battle a fate that is destined to tear them apart again and again for eternity.
When Kate Mercier's parents die in a tragic car accident, she leaves her life--and memories--behind to live with her grandparents in Paris. For Kate, the only way to survive her pain is escaping into the world of books and Parisian art. Until she meets Vincent.

Mysterious, charming, and devastatingly handsome, Vincent threatens to melt the ice around Kate's guarded heart with just his smile. As she begins to fall in love with Vincent, Kate discovers that he's a revenant--an undead being whose fate forces him to sacrifice himself over and over again to save the lives of others. Vincent and those like him are bound in a centuries-old war against a group of evil revenants who exist only to murder and betray. Kate soon realizes that if she follows her heart, she may never be safe again
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The whole revenant mythology is pretty original and I can't wait to see how the story continues. Isn't the cover gorgeous? I'm totally taken with the colors. This is the UK version. We're still waiting to see what the US is going to come up with.

The Pledge releases November 15, 2011by Simon and Schuster

Until I Die releases May 8, 2012 by HarperCollins

Toodles, ya'll!

15 comments:

  1. Excellent picks! They both look wonderful =)

    MY W.O.W:http://mochalattereads.blogspot.com/2011/10/waiting-on-wednesday29_26.html

    -Wendy from A Cupcake and a Latte: YA Reviews

    PS. I have a giveaway for a copy of Destined by PC and Kristin Cast over at the blog, check it out! =)

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  2. The Pledge is everywhere. It was one of the first WoW books to capture my attention. It looks intersting and who doesn't love a good dystopian ?

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  3. Both of those are my TBR list. Good choices.

    My WoW

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  4. I have had The Pledge pre-ordered for a while and cannot wait to read it Great pick!

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  5. I can't wait for either of these, here's mine http://headstuckinabook.blogspot.com/2011/10/waiting-on-wednesday-2.html

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  6. I really need Until I Die NOW! I loved Die For Me soooo much and I can't wait to find out how the story will continue. :)

    Great picks,
    Carina @ Fictional Distraction

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  7. Both of these are great choices! I love the covers. I really want to read Die For Me soon.

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  8. WOW!! What great choices!! It's hard to decide which one I want to read the most :)

    Paranormal Wastelands' WoW:
    http://paranormalwastelands.blogspot.com/2011/10/waiting-on-wednesday_26.html

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  9. I've just finished Derting's Body Finder series and really like her writing, so I'll definitely hunt down her The Pledge once it's out. *high fives* Yay for Until I Die! So many people have a problem with the first book, but I personally adored it. I can't wait for what's next!

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

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  10. Ohh yeah I'm really excited for The Pledge! It sounds awesome! It was this month's Galley Grab, but I don't have a great ereader right now :( SO SAD. Great pick!

    My WoW

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  11. I totally can't wait for both of these! I love Kimberly Derting. I just got Die For Me this week but it looks fantastic! The Until I Die cover is beautiful!

    -Sky
    My WoW

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  12. They both look awesome. I'll check if they're on my wish list.

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

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  13. Thanks for following me back! Both of these books sound great. I am really looking forward to reading The Pledge! I still have Die for Me on my TBR list. :)

    ~Jess

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