Thursday, July 07, 2011

What New Releases Are YOU Dying to Get Your Hands On?

Here's my 'can't wait until they come out' list:

I was lucky enough to get a ARC of Wildefire by Karsten Knight from Simon & Schuster. This book is AWESOME. And although I've already read it once, I can not wait to pick this book up on July 26th! 

From Goodreads:
Every flame begins with a spark. 

Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.

I have to say, I want to read Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey based on the gorgeousness of the cover alone. But the blurb on goodreads makes me want to read it even more!

From Goodreads:
Lenzi hears voices and has visions - gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can't help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she's a reincarnated Speaker - someone who can talk to and help lost souls - and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn't make a decision soon.

Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey.  

From Goodreads: Braden was born with witch eyes: the ability to see the world as it truly is: a blinding explosion of memories, darkness, and magic. The power enables Braden to see through spells and lies, but at the cost of horrible pain. 

After a terrifying vision reveals imminent danger for the uncle who raised and instructed him, Braden retreats to Belle Dam, an old city divided by two feuding witch dynasties. As rival family heads Catherine Lansing and Jason Thorpe desperately try to use Braden's powers to unlock Belle Dam's secrets, Braden vows never to become their sacrificial pawn. But everything changes when Braden learns that Jason is his father--and Trey, the enigmatic guy he's falling for, is Catherine's son.

To stop an insidious dark magic from consuming the town, Braden must master his gift—and risk losing the one he loves

I've been on the lookout for another good post-apocalyptic book.  So I was thrilled when I found out about Divergent by Veronica Roth, I knew I had to add it to my TBR list. 

From Goodreads: In Beatrice Prior's dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can't have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself. 

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she's chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she's kept hidden from everyone because she's been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her. 

Debut author Veronica Roth bursts onto the literary scene with the first book in the Divergent series—dystopian thrillers filled with electrifying decisions, heartbreaking betrayals, stunning consequences, and unexpected romance.

And finally, Ashes by Ilsa J Bick. Like I said, I LOVE post-apocalyptics. Ashes sounds like it'll be a great read.

From Goodreads: nIt could happen tomorrow... 

A cataclysmic event. An army of "The Changed." 
Can one teen really survive on her own? 

An electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. For those spared, it's a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human... 

Desperate to find out what happened and to avoid the Changed, Alex meets up with Tom---a young army veteran---and Ellie, a young girl whose grandfather was killed by the electromagnetic pulse. 

This improvised family will have to use every ounce of courage they have just to survive.

So those are just a few of the books on my TBR list. What about you? What 2011 releases are you just dying to get your hands on?


Shelley Watters writes romance for young adults and adults. She lives in Arizona with her husband, two kids and two dogs. She loves listening to music, reading good books and letting her imagination go wild as she creates new worlds and torments her characters in delicious ways. She is an active member of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She is represented by Mark McVeigh of the McVeigh Agency.


  1. Ooo, I LOVED Divergent. I've been waiting for Witch Eyes and Wildefire too! Can't wait!! Um, I'm eagerly awaiting Insurgent. I'm also awaiting Spell Bound the third in the Hex Hall series!!! Great post!!

  2. Divergent is definitely one of the Top 5 of 2011 so far. I cannot WAIT for Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Bad Taste in Boys, Lola and the Boy Next Door, and The Pledge. And that's just scraping the top of the pile.

    Great choice in books - Shattered Souls sounds really intriguing!

  3. Some really cool-sounding books in this list! Thanks for the references!

  4. I'm drooling over the next book in the Dresden Files, by Jim Butcher. It's out any day now!

  5. Okay, I want all of those books. :D

  6. All the above are amazing books that I would love to read. Wow.:)