Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Viking Juvenile

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine 
that spotlights upcoming releases we can't wait to read.

This week I can't wait for: 

Viking Juvenile
(Imprint of Penguin)

 I'm still trying to learn all the publisher and their imprints, something I was completely oblivious to before I was a blogger. To help me out with this process (and you too, if you're anything like me), I wanted to start using my WoW posts to highlight upcoming books from specific publishers that I'm excited about reading.


I actually just finished reading this one (review to come), and thought it was fantastic. One of my favorite things about it is that the story is written in second person. 

by Julie Berry 
September 26, 2013

Four years ago, Judith and her best friend disappeared from their small town of Roswell Station. Two years ago, only Judith returned, permanently mutilated, reviled and ignored by those who were once her friends and family. Unable to speak, Judith lives like a ghost in her own home, silently pouring out her thoughts to the boy who’s owned her heart as long as she can remember—even if he doesn’t know it—her childhood friend, Lucas. But when Roswell Station is attacked, long-buried secrets come to light, and Judith is forced to choose: continue to live in silence, or recover her voice, even if it means changing her world, and the lives around her, forever. This startlingly original novel will shock and disturb you; it will fill you with Judith’s passion and longing; and its mysteries will keep you feverishly turning the pages until the very last.


I don't know a lot about this book, except that I've seen it referred to as "YA magical mystery," but I'm excited to find out what that means. 

by Carol Goodman 
October 8, 2013

At seventeen, Avaline Hall has already buried her mother, survived a horrific factory fire, and escaped from an insane asylum. Now she’s on her way to Blythewood Academy, the elite boarding school in New York’s mist-shrouded Hudson Valley that her mother attended—and was expelled from. Though she’s afraid her high society classmates won’t accept a factory girl in their midst, Ava is desperate to unravel her family’s murky past, discover the identity of the father she’s never known, and perhaps finally understand her mother’s abrupt suicide. She’s also on the hunt for the identity of the mysterious boy who rescued her from the fire. And she suspects the answers she seeks lie at Blythewood.    

But nothing could have prepared her for the dark secret of what Blythewood is, and what its students are being trained to do. Haunted by dreams of a winged boy and pursued by visions of a sinister man who breathes smoke, Ava isn’t sure if she’s losing her mind or getting closer to the truth. And the more rigorously Ava digs into the past, the more dangerous her present becomes.

Vivid and atmospheric, full of mystery and magic, this romantic page-turner by bestselling author Carol Goodman tells the story of a world on the brink of change and the girl who is the catalyst for it all.


My friend Heather @ The Flyleaf Review highlighted this book a few weeks ago, and since then, I've been dying to get my hands on a copy!

by Sharon Biggs Waller 
January 23, 2014 

Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?


Finally, a book without a cover or release date, but it's written by the author of Eon, and sounds like delicious fun:

by Alison Goodman
Spring? 2014

The first in a trilogy featuring Regency demon hunter Lady Helen Wrexhall. (P.S.The Regency period is early 1800s - Jane Austen's time) 

According to PW's Spring 2014 Sneak Preview Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club is being published in the US by Penguin Viking (Although it's listed under Harper Collins in Australia). 

What books are you waiting on this week? 

Are you waiting on anything specific from this publisher?


  1. I am dying for A Mad, Wicked Folly, ever since I saw Heather's post. It just looks exactly like something I'd enjoy. And now I want that Lady Helen book as Jane Austen-esque books are one of my (many) book weaknesses.

  2. I'm a HUGE fan of Alison Goodman, so I'm excited for her new book to be released, and, of course, I'm looking forward to A Mad, Wicked Folly. I've heard of the other two titles you mentioned, though not enough to pique my interest, but I'll be looking out for your thoughts regarding them. Great picks, Lauren!

  3. Love how you've grouped these by publisher. With so many imprints, it's hard to find what you're looking for sometimes. But I want ALL OF THESE! *runs to to-read list*

  4. All the Truth That's in Me sounds really good. I hadn't heard of that one before, thanks for the suggestion. Please check out my WoW!

  5. I love Carol Goodman so I will definitely be reading this one. And the fact that All the Truth That's in Me is in second person intrigues me. I've only read one book that was written in the second person (Bright Lights, Big City) and I loved it. Great picks! ~Pam

  6. I like how you've been breaking it down! I'm not yet sure if I'm going to read The Truth That's In Me, but I am looking forward to reading lots of reviews.

  7. I love that you have these organized by publisher--it warms my tidy little heart. :)

    I am really excited to compare notes on the Julia Berry book, I thought it was amazing, too! Excited to also start BLYTHEWOOD...and super super excited about the new Alison Goodman! SO MUCH EXCITEMENT.

    And my goodness, FOLLY sounds enticing! I'm adding it to my TBR right this minute.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  8. I love that you did this by publisher! I've been blogging 5 years now and it's funny, when talking to non bloggy friends and family I'm always mentioning publishers and this means nothing to them. But to me it means a lot. In my opinion some publishers just put out books that are better then others.

    I have The Truth That's In Me and it's probably my next read, or close to it. So I'm very happy to see it here!
    Blythewood sounds great but A Mad, Wicked Folly sounds AMAZING!!! Thanks for bringing these to my attention! (And making my WL grow...)

  9. So happy to hear you enjoyed All the Truth That's In Me. I LOVED the 2nd narrative. Can't wait to see your review, Lauren. :)

  10. I really can't wait to read All the Truth That's in Me, Rachel also loved it and the premise sounds amazing! A Mad, Wicked Folly also sounds like such a fun book, I'd never heard of it before, so thanks for putting it on my radar Lauren! :)

  11. " I'm still trying to learn all the publisher and their imprints, something I was completely oblivious to before I was a blogger. To help me out with this process (and you too, if you're anything like me), I wanted to start using my WoW posts to highlight upcoming books from specific publishers that I'm excited about reading." <-- BEST IDEA EVER. I'm still unfamiliar with the imprints... but also just unfamiliar with the types of titles they seem to accept. Like I get the feeling that with Penguin's Dial, it's more of a literary feel in the book. Putnam is the science, action-y type. Is that true? I don't know. I'm still looking to characterize 'em too.

    Woo! Looking forward to your review on All the Truth That's in Me. I'd heard about the second POV from Wendy Darling and startled a bit since I'd only ever seen that in Stolen, but hey, sounds like it worked out quite well :).

    ""YA magical mystery," but I'm excited to find out what that means." <-- If you do find out, will you let me know? Sort of reminds me of how you could describe Maggie Stiefvater's Raven Boys, but I don't think that's quite right...

    A Mad, Wicked Folly ... Looks so pretty and I like that it's in a different time period than usual. And well, if you and Heather are waiting on it, that must say something :).

    Ooh Allison Goodman. I tried reading Eon awhile back but I just wasn't in the mood for high fantasy? I don't know. I ended up giving away the book. But the synopsis, as you said, looks like delicious fun. I'm a huge fan of the historical and paranormal mixing, especially in Regency/Victorian period novels.

    I hope all of these live up to your expectations :).

  12. Second person is not my favorite -- it's a little weird, honestly, but I think anything can work in the hands of a good writer, so I'm excited to give this a try. And of course Mad Wicked Folly :)

    Jen @ YA Romantics

  13. This is a great idea for a WoW post, L! Did Blythewood recently get a cover revamp??Thought it used to be different. Regardless it sounds VERY cool:) As does Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club! Can't wait for that one to get a cover:)

    And having just finished A Mad, Wicked Folly, it definitely was a good as I had hoped:)

  14. What?!? A new book from Alison Goodman? I loved Eon and Eona, but this is the first I'm hearing of anything new from the author. How exciting!


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