Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday {11}

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

Publication Date: October 7th, 2014

Though I've heard quite a lot of good things about Marie Lu's Legend trilogy, I haven't actually gotten around to reading it. I have no experience with her writing and I'm usually not one to get super excited about a book that doesn't even have a synopsis yet (unless, of course, it's written by an author I absolutely love). The Young Elites is an exception. As soon as I read that this book was described by the author herself as a cross between X-Men, Assassins Creed 2, and Game of Thrones, I had to have this book. My brain cannot even imagine how epic this book can potentially be.

Note: I don't think this is the official cover, just a temporary one until the official one is released.

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Where Have I Been?

My last post was April 8th. Three whole months ago. I have completely neglected my blog in the last few months and there is absolutely no denying that. The truth is, I had a lot going on in my life that took time away from blogging and, most importantly, reading. The biggest of these said things was the MCAT. Yes, I am taking the MCAT this Saturday and hopefully I will get into medical school (fingers crossed) but in order to focus on studying for this major test I had to give up reading time.

 Trust me, it wasn't easy. I can barely believe that I made it this far. Well, actually that's not totally true. I read a few books since my last review but I just never reviewed them. I read six books in that time, mostly in April and none in May and June, and looking back at them I think I should have probably posted something because they're all pretty popular books.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters.
Eleanor and Park.
Point of Retreat.
Shatter Me.

Yup, that happened.

But guys! That was honestly one tough test of self-restraint because it took all my will power to not pick up one of the books off my bookshelf that have been waiting to be read for so long. These are really hyped, popular, well-liked books too. Top-of-my-to-read-list books. Good news is that I just have to make it to noon on Saturday. Stay focused on the test until then and as soon as I get home afterwards I will be getting back to my books. I kind of sort of started Anna and the French Kiss already so I might just finish that first or I might not be able to keep myself away from The Fault in Our Stars any longer. I guess I'll find out in two days.

Anyway, that's a little update on what has been happening in my life that has been keeping me away from Brain on Pause. I will be back to blogging ASAP. I promise.