Waiting on Wednesday (aka: WoW) is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine, spotlighting releases we are waiting for eagerly.
Cold Summer by Gwen Cole
Published by Sky Pony Press on May 2nd 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Sci-Fi, Time Travel
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Today, he’s a high school dropout with no future. Tomorrow, he’s a soldier in World War II.
Kale Jackson has spent years trying to control his time-traveling ability but hasn’t had much luck. One day he lives in 1945, fighting in the war as a sharpshooter and helplessly watching soldiers—friends—die. Then the next day, he’s back in the present, where WWII has bled into his modern life in the form of PTSD, straining his relationship with his father and the few friends he has left. Every day it becomes harder to hide his battle wounds, both physical and mental, from the past.
When the ex-girl-next-door, Harper, moves back to town, thoughts of what could be if only he had a normal life begin to haunt him. Harper reminds him of the person he was before the PTSD, which helps anchor him to the present. With practice, maybe Kale could remain in the present permanently and never step foot on a battlefield again. Maybe he can have the normal life he craves.
But then Harper finds Kale’s name in a historical article—and he’s listed as a casualty of the war. Kale knows now that he must learn to control his time-traveling ability to save himself and his chance at a life with Harper. Otherwise, he’ll be killed in a time where he doesn’t belong by a bullet that was never meant for him.
This sounds so interesting! Very rarely do we find a book about time travel that isn’t a form of travel the user does for fun. I love the idea of it being uncontrollable, especially to such a complex time period. Seems like we are going to get a classic love story tucked into there as well, and I’m a sucker for a good love story. Into historical fiction/sci-fi? Go add this on Goodreads! Either way, this pick is out in the Spring and if I were you I might be thinking about that preorder….
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!