Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday #5: Spark and Defiance

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

Spark (Elementals #2) by Brigid Kemmerer.
Release Date: August 28th, 2012

Gabriel Merrick plays with fire. Literally.

Sometimes he can even control it. And sometimes he can’t. Like the fire that killed his parents.

Gabriel has always had his brothers to rely on, especially his twin, Nick. But when an arsonist starts wreaking havoc on their town, all the signs point to Gabriel. Only he’s not doing it.

More than Gabriel’s pride is at stake -- this could cost him his family, maybe his life. And no one seems to hear him. Except a shy sophomore named Layne, a brainiac who dresses in turtlenecks and jeans and keeps him totally off balance. Layne understands family problems, and she understands secrets. She has a few of her own.

Gabriel can’t let her guess about his brothers, about his abilities, about the danger that’s right at his heels. But there are some risks he can’t help taking.

The fuse is lit…
Even though I feel as if it had its faults, I enjoyed Storm (you can find my review here). And who just happened to be my favourite character in that book? Gabriel. Merrick. Obviously, as soon as I found out he was the main character in this one, I was super excited. Cannot wait.

Defiance by C.J. Redwine
Release Date: August 28, 2012

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.
You just can't read that synopsis and think it doesn't sound fantastic & I'm loving this fantasy trend that seems to be going on in YA fiction at the moment! I hope it's as epic as I think it's going to be.


  1. Great choices! I can't wait to read Defiance. It sounds so good and I'm so excited for it! I've heard a few reviews already and they were all positive!

  2. Defiance! :D & mmhm I should really read the first book in the elemental series.. :P
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  3. I've been waiting for Defiance for a while. I haven't read the first in the Elemental Series, but I've been hearing about it a lot.

    Great picks.

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  4. I like this cover from Spark, but the other is pretty as well. And I'm really looking forward to Defiance :)

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