Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, where we feature a book we are looking forward to being released!
Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices #3) by Cassandra Clare
19 March 2013
Danger intensifies for the Shadowhunters as the New York Times bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy comes to a close.
If the only way to save the world was to destroy what you loved most, would you do it?
The clock is ticking. Everyone must choose.
Passion. Power. Secrets. Enchantment.
Danger closes in around the Shadowhunters in the final installment of the bestselling Infernal Devices trilogy.
In my opinion, The Infernal Devices is by far the superior Shadowhunters-set series. It’s got a great love triangle, a fantastic setting, a really spooky villain and much more likable characters than The Mortal Instruments series. The plot is also more interesting and actually with all the loose threads that Clare left off the last book, it’s going to be interesting to how all the loose ends tie up together!
And yes, I hate to admit it but I am intrigued to see who Tessa ends up with. I think I must like Jem and Will equally. Bring on the finale!
I’m extremely excited to be part of the Dance of Shadows blog tour! Ever since Bloomsbury previewed the title and that amazing cover, I knew I had to read it. We’re featuring a guest post from the author, Yelena Black, on her pop culture inspiration.
About DANCE OF SHADOWS
Release: 12 February 2013
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Vanessa doesn’t believe that her sister is a runaway. She wouldn’t leave her family behind without saying a word. The only way Vanessa can discover the truth behind her mysterious disappearance is to follow in Margaret’s footsteps, but to do so she risks her sanity and maybe even her life . . .
Vanessa Adler is one of the talented few to get a place at the acclaimed New York Ballet Academy. Between backbreaking rehearsals for the school’s production of The Firebird she desperately tries to find out what happened to her sister before she vanished. There are rumors that the pressure of performing the lead role, the same role Vanessa is now rehearsing for, drove her mad. Other girls have gone missing too. Can the role be cursed? Vanessa’s new relationship with leading-man Zep only seems to complicate things further. What is he hiding from her and can she really trust him?
Guest Post from YELENA
Yelena’s pop culture and style inspirations
There are many things that inspired me to write my debut novel, Dance of Shadows, which is a high-stakes thriller set in an elite ballet academy.
The first thing that comes to mind is my training as a ballet dancer. I studied dance for many years as a young girl, and I am familiar with the very intense life of a ballerina. Although it is an incredibly rewarding career, it is also a difficult one, with many restrictions and expectations. I knew that world was one that I wanted explore, which is why I chose to write about ballet.
My favorite dancers and choreographers certainly inspired the story. The Firebird by Stravinsky plays a meaty role in the book, and this is piece of music that has inspired many ballets and one that I respond to immensely. The work of legends such as George Balanchine, Margot Fonteyn, Anna Pavlova, and Rudolf Nureyev has inspired me for years.
Also, on a lighter side, I absolutely loved the movie Center Stage and, of course, Black Swan. Recently I’ve become a huge Bunheads fan, and I think Sutton Foster is amazing—both as an actress and a dancer. I’ve also been inspired by the literary works of amazing mystery writers like Gillian Flynn, Tana French, and Stephen King.
As a bonus, we also have a mini-interview with the author:
A conversation with YELENA
The world of ballet is a fascinating one that few people really get to see firsthand. What drew you to write about this world?
For me, the world of ballet is this old, ancient place tucked away in the modern world. Every time I went to the ballet, I felt like I was stepping back in time. It’s so regimented and rooted in tradition: the positions, the costumes, the mastery of the human body. I loved how elite and mysterious it was. I think this book was a way for me to explore that.
The music played a huge role for me. I still remember the first time I listened to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. It was so bizarre and unnerving and chaotic. Later, when I heard the story about its premier in Paris, and how the audience erupted in a mad rage when the music began and the dancers came on stage, I knew I had to write about it.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
This book was fun to research because it mostly involved watching old recordings of ballets and wandering around New York. I also listened to the scores that Vanessa dances to in the book every day while I wrote, and did a lot of reading about ballet and its history. I also spent a fair amount of time snooping around Lincoln Center.
Have you ever tried ballet?
Yes, though I’m almost ashamed to even talk about it. I was a disaster. I couldn’t even put my hair in a bun. It was just a floppy mess of bobby pins. Very embarrassing. I was so bad that in our winter performance of the Nutcracker, they had me and a few other less graceful dancers just walk on stage with horns and then walk off. I eventually quit when they told us we had to learn to do the splits by New Years.
Do you see yourself, or anyone you know, in any of your characters?
Definitely. All of the characters have a little bit of myself in them, and TJ, Blaine, Steffie, and Justin all share similarities with my friends. When I took ballet lessons, I had a male teacher who was charming but firm, like Josef, and who shares a lot of his physical characteristics. Though ultimately, all of the characters are singular.
What were your favorite books when you were Vanessa’s age?
I read a lot of Kurt Vonnegut, and a lot of horror stories. Poe, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King. I also really enjoyed 19th century novels. Jane Austen, the Bronte sisters. Jane Eyre was one of my favorites because it had equal parts romance and mystery, just like Dance of Shadows.
If you were directing the film version of Dance of Shadows, who would you cast in a few of the main roles?
I’d love to see Emma Stone as Vanessa. Zep is hard . . . maybe Taylor Kitsch? And Chace Crawford as Justin?
I’m working on the sequel to Dance of Shadows, which I’m really excited about. I actually think it’s even better than the first. It has a lot of surprises, and an amazing scene at the end that I cannot wait to write.
About YELENA BLACK:
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Yelena Black holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia University. Dance of Shadows was inspired by her love of ballet. As a child, she studied dance and fell in love with the art form despite not having much in the way of innate dance talent. Her talents lay elsewhere—with words and books and storytelling. Though she never pursued ballet professionally, her interests in dance and performing—and in all things dark and spooky—have blended together in her paranormal debut, where she is able to do pirouettes vicariously through her characters. She lives in New York with an aloof black cat.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, where we feature a book we are looking forward to being released!
The Archived by Victoria Schwab
22 January 2013
Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive.
Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was, a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.
Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous-it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now her little brother is gone too. Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.
A little bit late as it was technically out yesterday, but I still don’t have it and I’m giddy with anticipation! There was a little sneak peek that was released on Netgalley late last year, and ever since I read it, I was hooked and couldn’t wait to have the finished book in my hands.
The premise is so original, I mean, the dead as books? The inner geek in me loves stories that heavily feature libraries so immediately I was grabbed by the tagline. The writing from what I read so far was pretty and lyrical and made me want to read more. It’s a shame the book doesn’t seem to have a UK publisher yet, but thank goodness for the internet so I can get my copy soon!
I’m so excited to come back from hiatus and bring you this fantastic cover reveal! I reviewed the first book in the series, Inbetween and absolutely loved it, so I can’t wait to be back in this wonderful world of reapers. First though, a little bit about our author:
About TARA FULLER:
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Tara Fuller writes novels. Some about grim reapers. Some about witches. All of course are delightfully full of teen angst and kissing. Tara grew up in a one stop light town in Oklahoma where once upon a time she stayed up with a flash light reading RL Stine novels and only dreamed of becoming a writer. She has a slight obsession with music and a shameless addiction for zombie fiction, Mystery Science Theater, and black and white mochas. Tara no longer lives in a one stop light town. Now she lives with her family in a slightly larger town in North Carolina where they have at least three stoplights.
Publication Date: 2 July 2013
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Cash is haunted by things. Hungry, hollow things. They only leave him alone when Anaya, Heaven’s beautiful reaper, is around. Cash has always been good with girls, but Anaya isn’t like the others. She’s dead. And with his deteriorating health, Cash might soon be as well.
Anaya never breaks the rules, but the night of the fire she recognized part of Cash’s soul—and doomed him to something worse than death. Cash’s soul now resides in an expired body, making him a shadow walker—a rare, coveted being that can walk between worlds. A being creatures of the underworld would do anything to get their hands on.
The lines between life and death are blurring, and Anaya and Cash find themselves falling helplessly over the edge. Trapped in a world where the living don’t belong, can Cash make it out alive?
And now the cover:
I think this cover is simply stunning. I love the consistency of the typography with Inbetween, so you know straight away it’s part of a series. But while Inbetween was light, this is a bit darker, perhaps to reflect the slightly darker story? Anaya looks gorgeous in her flowy white dress, very appropriate. Cash also looks damn cool as the bad boy he is. Love the dark swirls behind the text as well. I just love it and I can’t wait for this book! What you you all think?
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Author: Kiersten White
Series: Paranormalcy #2
Publisher: Harper Teen
Date: July 2011
Evie finally has the normal life she’s always longed for. But she’s shocked to discover that being ordinary can be...kind of boring. Just when Evie starts to long for her days at the International Paranormal Containment Agency, she’s given a chance to work for them again. Desperate for a break from all the normalcy, she agrees.
But as one disastrous mission leads to another, Evie starts to wonder if she made the right choice. And when Evie’s faerie ex-boyfriend Reth appears with devastating revelations about her past, she discovers that there’s a battle brewing between the faerie courts that could throw the whole supernatural world into chaos. The prize in question? Evie herself.
So much for normal.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first in the series, Paranormalcy and I was looking forward to finding out more about Evie, Lend and the gang. Unfortunately, this book suffered from second book syndrome, where it struggles to find a balance between an interesting premise and great characters in the first book, and the eventual climax of the third. Supernaturally had some of the things I enjoyed about the first book, but just not enough.
Evie has left the IPCA and now attends high school like a normal girl (as normal as you can be living with a vampire). Lend has just started going to college, so Evie now finds it all a bit boring and when she gets called back by Raquel to do some ‘freelance work’ she jumps at the chance.
Enter Jack. Slightly too happy, very flirty, Jack is also employed by the IPCA due to his unique ability to be able to create fairy paths even though he’s human. He gains Evie’s friendship and they soon go on missions together and Jack starts getting a little close.
Of course Evie keeps this all from Lend, which puts a damper on their relationship. Sadly, Lend is a fantastic character and he wasn’t present through most of the book, which is probably why I didn’t enjoy it as much. Reth was sadly missing in spades as well.
Evie was her bubbly self, but she lacked a bit of the feistiness she showed when she was kicking ass and tagging paranormal creatures. It was also uncharacteristic of her not to confide in Lend, when he was the one person in her life she always felt would understand the situation, no matter how strange or weird.
The story, plot wise, was good and it kept me reading—I enjoyed spending more time in the fairy realm and I thought the plot went out with a bang. There was also a little bit more about Evie and her origins but I still felt like there was a lot left unexplained at the end of this book. All in all, it was disappointing because the series started off so great, but I’m still looking forward to a fantastic finale!