Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday

This is a blog meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine to highlight upcoming books. This week we're featuring picks chosen by SQT and Jim.

SQT's can't wait to read selection is:

Above by Leah Bobet
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 4/1/2012
Pages: 368

Matthew has loved Ariel from the moment he found her in the tunnels, her bee's wings falling away. They live in Safe, an underground refuge for those fleeing the city Above--like Whisper, who speaks to ghosts, and Jack Flash, who can shoot lightning from his fingers.

But one terrifying night, an old enemy invades Safe with an army of shadows, and only Matthew, Ariel, and a few friends escape Above. As Matthew unravels the mystery of Safe's history and the shadows' attack, he realizes he must find a way to remake his home--not just for himself, but for Ariel, who needs him more than ever before.

This one has been making the WoW rounds, but after reading that description and looking at the cover, I can see why. I'm ambivalent about another YA title- they frequently don't match my particular sensibilities-  but I think I'm going to go ahead and request this one.

  Jim's pick:

  Star Wars - X-Wing: Mercy Kill 
by Aaron Allston
 Publisher: Del Rey
 Pages: 272
Publication Date: August 7, 2012

  Founded decades ago, Wraith Squadron was Wedge Antilles’s boldest creation: a covert-action unit of X-Wing fighters, its pilots drawn from the dregs of other units, castoffs and rejects that were once outcasts and misfits, spies and warriors, pilots and troublemakers given one last chance. After thrilling adventures during and after the Rebellion that destroyed the Empire, this elite intelligence unit was disbanded at the end of a catastrophic galactic civil war. Now, reunited by former leader Garik “Face” Loran, Wraith Squadron must find out whether one of the galaxy’s most powerful military officers is a traitor… and whether anyone can stop him if he is. To succeed in their mission, the Wraiths must become thieves, pirates, imposters, forgers, and liars, staying just one step ahead of their enemies and the law!

While I have read almost every Star Wars book that's been released, it's actually a very rare occurance for me to RE-read any of them. Off the top of my head I can only think of two instances - Tim Zahn's Thrawn Trilogy, and Aaron Allston's Wraith Squadron Trilogy. Allston is undoubtedly one of the best Star Wars writers and this return to some of his best characters is most welcome. This is easily one of my most anticipated books of next year, and since the cover was just revealed I figured I'd share it here.


Mocha ღ Latte(Cupcake and a Latte) said...

I can't wait to read Above! It's Toronto setting intrigues me!

My pick this week: http://mochalattereads.blogspot.com/2011/12/waiting-on-wednesday36.html

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Petra @ Safari Poet said...

The cover for Above is beautiful and I like the fact it's set in Canada.


Books For All Seasons said...

I like the sounds of Above! The cover looks stunning! Great choices! Thank you for sharing!

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Kim said...

Above sounds really good. I can't wait to get it when it's released! Thanks for sharing :)

Kim @ The Paper Planes

We Fancy Books said...

Above is very intriguing, adding this one on my TBR list ;)

Awesome pick!
See my WoW picks here

Jay @ We Fancy Books

Grace Fonseca said...

Like the cover to this one. Great pick.

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FABR Steph said...

I can't wait to read Above either. Great pick.
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Charles Gramlich said...

That cover to "above" is very neat.

Tribute Books Mama said...

Above sounds interesting, good pick.


A. Knight said...

I'm super super SUPER excited for Above. Honestly, it was the cover that did me in. But I'm also intrigued by the telling being in the voice of a guy. I love those!

Have an amazing reading week!

- Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

Giselle San Miguel said...

What caught my eye about Above was that they used the CN Tower! Yay city of Toronto <3 lol but yes I'm a total sucker for dystopian novels. I love that you included Star Wars books. I read one and to my surprise it wasn't so bad!

Giselle @ booknerd.ca
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Anna said...

Ohhhhh I'm so excited about ABOVE!! It looks soooooo good :)) I definitely can't wait to get my hands on a copy!!

Anna @ Literary Exploration

Giselle said...

I'm so excited for Above it sounds awesome!!

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Wilson said...

Sins of the Demon = I've seen enough hentai to know where this is going >_<

Also - no space opera this time?