Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #5

Hosted by Breaking the Spine
A while ago, I showcased several Disney-Hyperion titles that I am extremely excited to get my hands on this year. This week, I thought I'd put the spotlight on Harper. Spoiler alert: 2014 is going to rock.

Title: Snow Like Ashes
Author: Sara Raasch
Publication date: October 14, 2014
Imprint: Balzer + Bray
Series: First in trilogy

A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

Why? Magic, a girl warrior, wars, kingdoms, and in love with her best friend...I AM FLAILING.

Title: The Jewel
Author: Amy Ewing
Publication date: September 2, 2014
Imprint: HarperTeen

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty––because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence . . . and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

Why? Trained as a surrogate for the royalty? I want this. I want this SO MUCH.

Title: Don't Touch
Author: Rachel M. Wilson
Publication date: September 2, 2014
Imprint: HarperTeen

A powerful story of a girl who is afraid to touch another person’s skin, until the boy auditioning for Hamlet opposite her Ophelia gives her a reason to overcome her fears.

Step on a crack, break your mother’s back. Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good.

Caddie can’t stop thinking that if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, her parents might get back together…which is why she wears full-length gloves to school and covers every inch of her skin.

It seems harmless at first, but Caddie’s obsession soon threatens her ambitions as an actress. She desperately wants to play Ophelia in her school’s production of Hamlet. But that would mean touching Peter, who’s auditioning for the title role—and kissing him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn't sure she's brave enough to let herself fall.

Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson, this debut novel from Rachel M. Wilson is a moving story of a talented girl who's fighting an increasingly severe anxiety disorder, and the friends and family who stand by her.

Why? I seem to be drawn into books involving disorders. They fascinate me. 

Title: Kiss Kill Vanish
Author: Jessica Martinez
Publication date: October 7, 2014
Imprint: Katherine Tegan Books

Valentina Cruz no longer exists.

One moment, she was wrapped in Emilio’s arms, melting into his kiss. The next, she was witnessing the unthinkable: a murder in cold blood, ordered by her father and carried out by her boyfriend. When Emilio pulled the trigger, Valentina disappeared. She made a split-second decision to shed her identity and flee her life of privilege, leaving the glittering parties and sultry nightlife of Miami far behind.

She doesn’t know how to explain to herself what she saw. All she knows now is that nothing she believed about her family, her heart, or Emilio’s love, was real.

She can change her name and deny her past, but Valentina can’t run from the truth. The lines between right and wrong, and trust and betrayal, will be blurred beyond recognition as she untangles the deceptions of the two men she once loved and races to find her own truth.

Why? The two men in her life committed a crime and now she basically makes me her own witness protection program. Sounds good? YES.

Title: The Swap
Author: Megan Shull
Publication date: August 26, 2014
Imprint: Katherine Tegan Books


ELLIE spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. JACK spent it training in “The Cage” with his tough-as-nails brothers and hard-to-please dad. By the time middle school starts, they’re both ready for a change. And just as Jack’s thinking girls have it so easy, Ellie’s wishing she could be anyone but herself.

Then, BAM! They swap lives—and bodies!

Now Jack’s fending off mean girls at sleepover parties while Ellie’s reigning as the Prince of Thatcher Middle School. As their crazy weekend races on—and their feelings for each other grow—Ellie and Jack begin to realize that maybe the best way to learn how to be yourself is to spend a little time being someone else.

Why? I haven't read a MG book in YEARS, but I've always wondered about this scenario and I can't help associate this with Freaky Friday, which I adore. Book, come to me.

What Harper books are you waiting for?

Note: All titles, that I know of, except for The Jewel are now available on Edelweiss as of yesterday! 


  1. Oh, golly, this is going to be a long list, but... Snow Like Ashes, Don't Touch, The Jewel (only because I'm mildly interested; it bothers me how much the cover resembles The Selection trilogy), Illusions of Fate, Falling into Place, Stray, Even in Paradise, A Thousand Pieces of You, No Place to Fall, and Top Ten Clues You're Clueless. Basically, HarperTeen/Greenwillow/Katherine Tegan/B+B have a monopoly on my fall TBR list.

  2. Wow, the first three sound AMAZING and I hadn't heard of any of them so yay more books for the TBR shelf :-) You're right 2014 is going to rock!

    S.Huston @ Head In The Clouds

    1. Yay, I'm glad I could help expand your TBR ;)

  3. I so want the jewel. That book looks fantastic. The rest of your books look good too. Don't worry, the rest of the books will be out shortly.

    Books of Love

    1. It really does, although the cover reminds me of The Selection.

  4. Don't Touch, snow Like Ashes, and The swap all look amazing! And the covers of all of these books are very pretty! :) What Harper books am I looking forward to? I think the list is a little too long to mention them all here! :)

  5. Snow like Ashes sounds so interesting! I love a good fairy tale retelling :)

  6. These sound pretty great and have some pretty great covers. I hope the hype machine doesn't get out of control! I would love to read them pretty soon (:

  7. I need Kiss Kill Vanish right now - you know I'm a big Jessica Martinez fan! The Jewel also sounds amazing, and that cover is gorgeous, even if it does look a bit like the cover for The Selection. (Has anyone else noticed this? They both feature a reflection effect, pretty dresses, and similar title treatments.) Anyway, I hope you enjoy all the books you featured today. :)

    1. I do! I thought of you when I saw it actually ;) YES. I was going to mention that, but decided I wouldn't dampen my enjoyment on it by vocalizing the parallel. Thanks, Emily!

  8. All of your choices have captured my interest recently. The Jewel really interests me. I have Kiss Kill Vanish as my WoW today. You're right- 2014 IS going to rock!
    My WoW

  9. These all look good and are all new to me. I guess I will be adding to my list!
    My WoW

  10. Nice WoW picks! I cannot wait for Snow Like Ashes!