Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly.
A Fiendish Arrangement by Alexandra Bracken
Series: The Dreadful Tale of Prosper Redding #1
Published by Disney Hyperion on September 5th 2017
Genres: Middle Grade, Fantasy
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"I would say it's a pleasure to meet thee, Prosperity Oceanus Redding, but truly, I only anticipate the delights of destroying thy happiness."
Prosper is the only unexceptional Redding in his old and storied family history — that is, until he discovers the demon living inside him. Turns out Prosper's great-great-great-great-great-something grandfather made — and then broke — a contract with a malefactor, a demon who exchanges fortune for eternal servitude. And, weirdly enough, four-thousand-year-old Alastor isn't exactly the forgiving type.
The fiend has reawakened with one purpose — to destroy the family whose success he ensured and who then betrayed him. With only days to break the curse and banish Alastor back to the demon realm, Prosper is playing unwilling host to the fiend, who delights in tormenting him with nasty insults and constant attempts trick him into a contract. Yeah, Prosper will take his future without a side of eternal servitude, thanks.
Little does Prosper know, the malefactor's control over his body grows stronger with each passing night, and there's a lot Alastor isn't telling his dim-witted (but admittedly strong-willed) human host.
From #1 New York Times best-selling author Alexandra Bracken comes a tale of betrayal and revenge, of old hurts passed down from generation to generation. Can you ever fully right a wrong, ever truly escape your history? Or will Prosper and Alastor be doomed to repeat it?
First off, did you know Alexandra Bracken was writing this?! I didn’t! It sounds AMAZING! I’m a massive middle grade fan, every summer I always get the urge to read a fun adventure story and this pick sounds like an awesome cross between a western fantasy and I want it. The narration style is totally different than any other Bracken book too, it sounds really witty! I’m curious how the entire tone will sound since this is her first middle grade. Either way, two Bracken books in one year? Yes please!
And now…over to you: what book are you waiting to release? Link me up and I’ll try my best to drop by! 🙂
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
Series: Passenger #1
on January 5th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Time Travel, Historical, Romance
Format: Hardcover, Audiobook
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passage, n.i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.ii. A journey by water; a voyage.iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.
In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.
Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them— whether she wants to or not.
Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home . . . forever
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It is so hard to put my thoughts into words with this book. It was beautiful. The story was beautiful, the writing was beautiful. Honestly, this entire book was beautiful and I really don’t think that there is much for me to say other than I really loved this book. This was my first Alexandra Bracken novel and it definitely won’t be the last. I am even more excited to read her Darkest Minds trilogy after reading this book because the writing was just splendid!
I really enjoyed the Time Travel aspect within this novel. I was super hesitant about reading it because even though I love time travel (I mean, come on, DOCTOR WHO is my love <3) but there are times where I get super confused with timelines and whatnot. There were times where I got a little confused, but not like I was expecting. I really loved how Alexandra did the time travel. I also really enjoyed the historical scenes within the novel. It was so interesting to be transported in time to see the history of our world.
I really liked the the romance between Etta and Nicholas! It was breathtakingly beautiful. I really enjoyed watching their relationship grow and I really enjoyed watching them complement each other. And it’s so great that it’s not an insta-love, it’s a slow burn romance.
I definitely recommend this book. It’s such a great reading experience and you really get thrown into all of the amazing adventures. The only thing is that if you can’t handle cliffhangers, don’t read this until after Wayfarer comes out, because I am kicking myself for that. I’m usually okay with cliffhangers, but this one is just… ugh brutal. But, even with the cliffhanger, it is an amazingly, beautiful book and you should pick it up!