Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday: Red Queen and An Ember in the Ashes


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.


Here are my WoW picks this week (click on the title for the Goodreads page):

Red Queen
Release date: March 26th, 2015
Publisher: Orion
Pre-Order: The Book Depository | B&N | Amazon
Mare Barrow's world is divided by blood—those with red and those with silver. Mare and her family are lowly Reds, destined to serve the Silver elite whose supernatural abilities make them nearly gods. Mare steals what she can to help her family survive, but when her best friend is conscripted into the army she gambles everything to win his freedom. A twist of fate leads her to the royal palace itself, where, in front of the king and all his nobles, she discovers a power of her own—an ability she didn't know she had. Except . . . her blood is Red.

To hide this impossibility, the king forces her into the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks her new position to aid the Scarlet Guard—the leaders of a Red rebellion. Her actions put into motion a deadly and violent dance, pitting prince against prince—and Mare against her own heart.

From debut author Victoria Aveyard comes a lush, vivid fantasy series where loyalty and desire can tear you apart and the only certainty is betrayal.

This sounds so bloody awesome and I love the simple but eye-catching cover. It's officially one of my most anticipated 2015 debuts.



An Ember in the Ashes
Release date: April 28th, 2014
Publisher: Razorbill
Pre-Order: The Book Depository | Amazon
Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.

LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.

ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier— and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.

When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

Vow your blood and body to the empire.

Keep your heart for yourself.
The early reactions for this book are overwhelmingly positive and I can totally see why. With a summary that promises action and adventure, who wouldn't like this? And did you know that Paramount already bought the rights to it?


What are you waiting on this week? Leave a comment with your WoW link and I'll make sure to stop by your blog!



40 comments:

  1. Oh my. Red Queen. That cover is just…flawless. I hope you'll enjoy!

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    1. Gorgeous, isn't it? Thank you, Joy!

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  2. Both look amazing and are on my to read list. Here is my pick.

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  3. Both of these are on my tbr list for 2015!! Sigh, 2015 feels so far away. Great picks :)

    My WoW

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    1. I know! Sometimes I see these awesome upcoming titles and I wish we could fast-forward to next year.

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  4. I love both covers, but especially the one for Red Queen manages to awe me every single time I see it.
    Thanks for sharing these - I'm definitely adding An Ember in the Ashes to my Goodreads :)

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    1. I always stare at the cover whenever I see it on other blogs. It's too entrancing.

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  5. I am dying to get my hands on the Red Queen! I just recently saw An Ember in the Ashes but it definitely lured me in with its synopsis and cover so it's not really a surprise that the right for this novel is already sold. :) Great picks, Dea!

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    1. Me too! That news was what actually introduced me to it, and then I read the blurb and I understand why.

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  6. Both are great picks and sound very interesting. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Wednesday!

    Shane @ Itching for Books

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  7. I just got Red Queen this week and I'm beyond excited to read it. It looks amazing.
    I'm also really looking forward to An Ember in the Ashes. It's going to be a fantastic read.
    Lovely picks!

    Nick - My WoW

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  8. Oh man, seriously cannot wait for Red Queen, 2015 better hurry up! Such a gorgeous cover too. Looking forward to An Amber in the Ashes too, just not as much as Red Queen. ;)

    Here's mine

    Kirsty @ StudioReads

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  9. I want An Ember in the Ashes very badly as well. That book sounds amazing. Red Queen has such an interesting synopsis.

    Grace
    Books of Love
    http://gracebooksoflove.com

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    1. Oh, God me too. 8 months to go. :3

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  10. Red Queen! I cannot wait to read that book. It needs to hurry up and get released already! 2015 seems so far away. Awesome picks!

    Alma @ Journey Through Fiction

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  11. Yes!!! These are some great picks. I saw Red Queen on Edelweiss and I can't wait to read it. An Ember in the Ash sound sooo good too.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's WoW

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    1. Oh, I hope you requested it. Thank you!

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  12. Great picks! I have a copy of Red Queens and can't wait to read it. An Ember in the Ashes sounds really good too.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever's WoW

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  13. I actually know the writer of Red Queen!! Well not fully - she is good (high school) friends with one of my best friends from college. Pretty cool though! Can't wait for that one to come out. I'm hoping to snag an ARC but I'm not sure yet.

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    1. Still, that is so cool! I hope you do and I'd def. read your review for it.

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  14. Awesome pick! I haven't heard of these yet. I have to go check it out!

    Come check out my blog and maybe even hit the follow button? It'd be greatly appreciated! http://bundles-of-books.blogspot.com

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  15. These both look great! I love Queen Red the other day and thought it looked really good.

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    1. Thanks for dropping by Kindlemom!

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  16. Both of these look like they're going to be really good but im extra excited for the Red Queen because that cover is unforgettable! :)

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    1. I'm equally excited for both of them but I agree, that is one unforgettable cover. :)

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  17. red queen!!! i'm soooo excited to read it. it's available on edelweiss--i downloaded it the first chance i got. :)

    hope you can stop by my WoW Post.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

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    1. Yay! I hope you enjoy it. I'll have to wait for a physical copy to enjoy it.

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  18. RED QUEEN!!! This is one that sounds SO GOOD!!! I cannot wait to get my hands on that one. And that cover...SERIOUSLY!! Happy reading.
    Waiting on Weds @Libby Blog

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    1. It has a great premise AND a stunning cover. Double win, right? Thank you.

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  19. I had heard of the Red Queen previously, and it sounds SOOOO good! But I hadn't heard about An Ember in the Ashes before, and that sounds just as intriguing! I'm such a sucker for fantasy and both of these sound really vivid and rich in their respective world-building. Thanks for sharing!!
    My WoW.

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    1. That makes two of us. I love fantasy but I'm extremely picky. These two drew me in immediately because the premise sounds creative and epic. Glad to introduce An Ember in the Ashes to you :)

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  20. Oh wow the cover for An Ember in the Ashes is fantastic! I don't read epic fantasy very often but I still kinda want this one for my shelves! haha. And I just stumbled on Red Queen for the first time 2-3 days ago and I'm definitely looking forward to that one!

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    1. It's one of the reasons I want these books--they'd look fantastic in a shelf! haha Thanks for stopping by, Giselle!

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  21. I would totally read Red Queen!

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  22. I had An Ember In The Ashes as my WOW a few weeks ago. Just need to have that one :D

    My WoW

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  23. I'm really looking forward to Red Queen! The cover reminds me of a show on Starz called The White Queen. LOL. Anways hope you enjoy it if you get to read it! :)

    Marianne @ Boricuan Bookworms.

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