Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

 

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

Release Date: March 7, 2017

When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural.

Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a “mainstream” school in the suburbs, where she’s treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up.

Out in the ’burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off—and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war.

 

 

Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

 

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

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Release Date: March 28, 2017

Sixteen-year-old Anna Arden is barred from society by a defect of blood. Though her family is part of the Luminate, powerful users of magic, she is Barren, unable to perform the simplest spells. Anna would do anything to belong. But her fate takes another course when, after inadvertently breaking her sister’s debutante spell—an important chance for a highborn young woman to show her prowess with magic—Anna finds herself exiled to her family’s once powerful but now crumbling native Hungary.

Her life might well be over.

In Hungary, Anna discovers that nothing is quite as it seems. Not the people around her, from her aloof cousin Noémi to the fierce and handsome gypsy Gábor. Not the society she’s known all her life, for discontent with the Luminate is sweeping the land. And not her lack of magic. Isolated from the only world she cares about, Anna still can’t seem to stop herself from breaking spells.

As rebellion spreads across the region, Anna’s unique ability becomes the catalyst everyone is seeking. In the company of nobles, revolutionaries, and gypsies, Anna must choose: deny her unique power and cling to the life she’s always wanted, or embrace her ability and change that world forever.

 

Waiting on Wednesday

waiting on wednesday

Every week Breaking the Spine hosts the bookish meme for book bloggers to share what books they are waiting on to be released!  This week I’m waiting on:

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Release date: October 4, 2016

Addison Sullivan has been in an accident. In its aftermath, she has memory lapses and starts talking to a boy that no one else can see. It gets so bad that she’s worried she’s going crazy.

Addie takes drastic measures to fill in the blanks and visits a shadowy medical facility that promises to “help with your memory.” But at the clinic, Addie unwittingly discovers it is not her first visit. And when she presses, she finds out that she had certain memories erased. She had a boy erased.

But why? Who was that boy, and what happened that was too devastating to live with? And even if she gets the answers she’s looking for, will she ever be able to feel like a whole person again?

Book Review: Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people’s senses.

It’s a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it’s a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned–crime pays.

Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders, and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding–though from what or whom?

Worse, Julia suspects that there’s a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city.

The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she’d ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price. 

Release Date: June 7, 2016

I will be the first to tell you that the first novel I read after the absolutely amazing second installment of Sarah J Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses series was going to have a hard time catching my attention. However, Catherine Egan’s Julia Vanishes was up to the task.

The novel is set in some time period/fantasy world amalgamation of the Gaslight era with a bit of magical Steampunk thrown in.  It’s still a world where there is the clear proletariat/working class and a bourgeois that suppress the continued existence of magic and magical beings.  In fact, within the first third, the main character discusses and witnesses the murder of women who are accused of witchcraft.

Narratively speaking, the plot starts as a very slow burn and advances in a very natural way toward the climax and the culmination of the story.  I really enjoy Julia (also known as Ella) as a character and I found her no-nonsense, straight-forward first person narration to be rather indicative of her personality and it made me like her and connect with her much more on a personal level.

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, I really love when an author acknowledges and puts sexually active teens into their stories.  It is realistic and befitting of characters, like Julia and Wyn, who are in love to be sexual with one another.  It isn’t blatant and it isn’t smutty, but it is respectful scenes that indicate the act, rather than show it.  Which is still the common practice in YA, but it still gets the point across.  It is okay to be sexually active and safe.  I mean, Wyn isn’t exactly the best of male characters and I’d caution anyone to selecting him as a book boyfriend, but he really is relegated to the background.

This story is Julia’s story of knowledge and coming to find out who she is and what she is willing to do for money versus those she cares about.

I think this is a good first installment, and I have high hopes for the next installment, as this one is billed as Witch’s Child, #1.

The book is already available for pre-order and you can click on the links below my Bard selection!

I’m giving Julia Vanishes a solid 3.5 Bard rating.

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