Waiting on Wednesday (11): Allegiant by Veronica Roth

New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Guess what! It’s coming out…next week!!


Expected publication: October 22nd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young adult dystopian
544 pages


One choice will define you.

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.

Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

As much as I really can’t wait to read this, I think I’d like to read the short stories from Four’s perspective first, just to get completely caught up.

What are you waiting for?


Top Ten Books on My Fall 2013 TBR List


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish.

This week is the Top Ten Books on My Fall 2013 TBR List. I’ve already said a bit of the books that I plan to read in September, but considering that I’ve finished one of those books already (Vicious was amazing!) and that doesn’t equal 10, here’s my list!

So, in no particular order:


1. Tumble & Fall

My focus this Fall is to read all those books I couldn’t stop myself from picking up at the Book Expo America this year. I’ve read mixed reviews about this book but I’m curious to see how I will feel.

2. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

I have actually nominated this book for my book club’s October pick. Holly Black almost never disappoints me so I’m looking forward to it.


3. Projection by Risa Green

Another case of the cover enticing me too much and me having no self-control.

4. The Case of the Time-Capsule Bandit by Octavia Spencer

Ms. Spencer was an amazing speaker at BEA. I’m curious to read this children’s book.


5. Relic by Heather Terrell

High fantasy and dystopia? I’m in!

6. The Land of Dreams by Vidar Sundstol

I was told that this author is a huge thing internationally. It’s a translated story, so we’ll see how it turns out.


7. One Summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

I read Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods last year and I was super happy to find the line for him at BEA. This book I have been saving because I just feel, rather know, I’m going to love it.

8. If You Were Here by Alafair Burke

The author is so cool. She loves Boston Terriers.


9. Solstice by P.J. Hoover

I think it’ll be nice to read about a hot world when it’s cooling down.

10. September Girls by Bennett Madison

I don’t think I’ll have time to read this in September, but perhaps it’ll work out that way.

What other books should I be on the lookout for this fall?

Waiting on Wednesday (10): Unchained and The Burning Sky

New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Two books have my attention this week, and because I feel more confident with the dent I’m making in my to-read list, I feel better about looking forward to these books,

12081652Unchained by J. Lynn

Expected publication: September 17th 2013 by Entangled: Edges
Genre: Paranormal romance
400 pages


Between the pissed off creatures that want demon-hunter Lily Marks dead and the fallen angel who just…wants her, Lily is about ready to trade in forever for a comfy job in a cubicle farm.

The fact that she and Julian are civil to one another is enough to have her thrown out of the Sanctuary, but she can’t shake her not-so-angelic stalker or how he brings her dangerously close to ecstasy.

Her forbidden relationship with Julian provides the perfect fuel for suspicion when a traitor is discovered to be working within the Sanctuary. Lily quickly finds herself hunted by well, everyone.

Her only hope is to discover the real traitor before she loses everything–and she’ll need Julian’s help. That is, if Julian is really there to help her…and not destroy her.

Yeah, being a Nephilim isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be.

So I’m one of the few people these days who hasn’t read anything by this author yet. I know that it’s practically blasphemy to some of her fans, but this one is the start of a new series and it does sound interesting.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas17332556

Expected Publication: September 17th 2013 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult fantasy
Pages: 464 pages


It all began with a ruined elixir and an accidental bolt of lightning…

Iolanthe Seabourne is the greatest elemental mage of her generation—or so she’s being told. The one prophesied for years to be the savior of The Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the greatest mage tyrant the world has ever known. A suicide task for anyone let alone a sixteen-year-old girl with no training, facing a prophecy that foretells a fiery clash to the death.

Prince Titus of Elberon has sworn to protect Iolanthe at all costs but he’s also a powerful mage committed to obliterating the Bane to avenge the death of his family—even if he must sacrifice both Iolanthe and himself to achieve his goal.

But Titus makes the terrifying mistake of falling in love with the girl who should have been only a means to an end. Now, with the servants of the Bane closing in, he must choose between his mission and her life.

I almost always play as a mage in my video games, so this one seems like it’d be right up my alley.

What are you waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday (9): Three Books Worthy of Spotlighting

New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I can’t decide between three books that are coming out soon. So I figured I’d just include all of them!

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black

Expected publication: September 3rd 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal12813630
432 pages


Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown’s gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black

I have the ARC of this book from the Book Expo America this year but still, I can’t wait until I have an opportunity to read it! Everything from Holly Black generally enthuses me.

All of Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Expected Publication: September 3rd 2013 by Disney Hyperion
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction13514612
Pages: 368 pages


“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

A lot of my fellow bloggers have been posting about this book and there is even a release party near me next week (that I can’t go to!). At this time, I definitely plan on reading this one.

The Transfer by Veronica Roth

Expected Publication: September 3rd 2013 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia18080920
Pages: 50 pages


More Four! Fans of the Divergent series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth will be thrilled by “The Transfer,” the first of four new short stories told from Four’s perspective. Each brief story explores the world of the Divergent series through the eyes of the mysterious but charismatic Tobias Eaton, revealing previously unknown facets of his personality, backstory, and relationships.

Does this one even need an explanation? Despite some of the issues with the Divergent series, I will continue to devour anything about it. I’m definitely very curious about this and the other short stories being released. So excited!

What are you waiting for?

Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by Broke and Bookish.

This week is the Top Ten Most Memorable Secondary Characters. The sad thing is, that my list isn’t necessarily the best secondary characters, but definitely the most memorable if I can actually remember who they are after having read the book. I generally have a hard time remembering anything about books after a little bit of time has passed (one of the reasons why I have a hard time finishing series–what happened before this book again?).

So, in no particular order:

1. Eric Northman from the Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris

Okay, maybe the show True Blood has something to do with me being able to remember him, but geez, who wouldn’t be able to remember a hot Viking Vampire?

2. Valek from the Study series by Maria V. Snyder

Again, if I have actually read a series, the likliehood of me remembering any of the characters grows exponentially. Valek, despite being creepy older than his love interest, was definitely memorable and disturbingly cool.

3. Elvis from the Odd Thomas series by Dean Koontz

Elvis is definitely a secondary if not tertiary character, but his ghost provides Odd Thomas with some support throughout his crazy adventures. I enjoyed the first two books better than the third and haven’t gotten around to reading any more of the series, but I think I’ll eventually get to them.

4. Four from the Divergent series by Veronica Roth

I thought it’d be appropriate to add Four for number four. He may be more of a main character, but I figured he counts as a secondary character. He’s pretty cool, a more complicated character with real history than what you might typically find as the male interest in young adult (not bashing the genre, just my observation from what I’ve read…and can remember).

5. Tyrion from A Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin

Does he even need an explanation? Though again, is he a main character? I figured they are all secondary and main characters in this series.

6. Catherine Howard from Gilt by Katherine Longshore

Gilt was a book that definitely surprised me in how much I liked it. Cat was an awesome character and while it may or may not be true, it makes me think of her spot in history a little differently.

7. Kaidan Rowe from Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

The son of the Duke of Lust…okay clearly there is a theme with those characters that I can actually remember, but I swear these are just genuinely memorable characters!

8. Barrow Hess from Rift by Andrea Cremer

Like Varek, his age difference and role as a teacher to the main character ruins any kind of swooning the author might have intended with some of the romance elements, but there was definitely something about Rift that stands out more in my memory. Clearly I need to make sure I read the sequel that’s already out.

9. Jamie Fraser from the Outlander series by Diane Gabaldon

Okay, my last romantic-type of memorable secondary character.

10. Syrenka from Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

She’s definitely a multidimensional character and she plays a pretty pivotal role in the story. Perhaps I pretended to be her when I was in the ocean this weekend, maybe I didn’t.

Do any of these characters make your list?

Feature and Follow (1): How I Handle Books I Don’t Like

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Feature & Follow is a meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read. Each week they pick a blog to feature and the rest of us follow and participate.

Today’s question: How do you handle a book you don’t like? Do you DNF or do you power through?

It really depends on how I’ve received it. If it is a book that I picked up myself, I might abandon, or ‘did not finish’ (DNF). I generally don’t like doing that because I want to make sure that I know the whole story when I inevitably write a review. I particularly power through if I received it as a review copy. While I love it when I actually enjoy a review copy, sometimes I don’t. And I entered into an agreement with the publisher, publicist, author, or whoever that I would read this book that I received for free and I want to make sure it’s as complete of a review as possible. That sometimes leads to some time that could be better spent, but if I didn’t like that obligation, I wouldn’t accept review copies. I wish I was daring enough to abandon any book that I don’t enjoy like some people. It’d probably be a lot more enjoyable. I’m just one of those people who can set rigid rules for myself.

How do you follow Playing Jokers?

Any way you want. I prefer following blogs through Bloglovin, but everyone’s different. I have a quick way to ‘like’ my blog through Facebook on the side bar, as well as a few of the other places you could choose from. 🙂

Today’s featured blogger: The Mile Long Bookshelf

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Waiting on Wednesday (8): The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

Expected publication: August 6th 2013 by William Morrow
Genre: Historical FictionThe Ghost Bride
368 pages


“One evening, my father asked me if I would like to become a ghost bride…”

Though ruled by British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaya still cling to ancient customs. And in the sleepy port town of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.

Li Lan, the daughter of a genteel but bankrupt family, has few prospects. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the wealthy and powerful Lim family. They want her to become a ghost bride for the family’s only son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. Rarely practiced, a traditional ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at a terrible price.

After an ominous visit to the opulent Lim mansion, Li Lan finds herself haunted not only by her ghostly would-be suitor, but also by her desire for the Lim’s handsome new heir, Tian Bai. Night after night, she is drawn into the shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its ghost cities, paper funeral offerings, vengeful spirits and monstrous bureaucracy–including the mysterious Er Lang, a charming but unpredictable guardian spirit. Li Lan must uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets–and the truth about her own family–before she is trapped in this ghostly world forever.

In case you haven’t realized, I have a soft spot for historical fiction. This book covers an area in history that I very rarely dip my toes in. I would love to see what I think of this time and the mystery is definitely intriguing!

What are you waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday (7): Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Earthbound by Aprilynne Pike

Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by Razorbill
Genre: Young adult fantasy
352 pages

Earthbound (Earthbound, #1)Synopsis:

Tavia Michaels is the sole survivor of the plane crash that killed her parents. When she starts to see strange visions of a boy she’s never spoken with in real life, she begins to suspect that there’s much about her past that she isn’t being told.

Tavia immediately searches for answers, desperate to determine why she feels so drawn to a boy she hardly knows. But when Tavia discovers that the aunt and uncle who took her in after her parents’ death may have actually been responsible for the plane crash that killed them–and that she may have been the true intended victim–she flees for the safety of Camden, Maine, where the boy she sees in her visions instructs her to go.

Now, Tavia is on the run with no one to trust. No one, that is, except for her best friend and longtime crush, Benson.

Tavia feels torn between the boy who mysteriously comes to her at night and the boy who has been by her side every step of the way. But what Tavia doesn’t know is that the world is literally falling apart and that to save it she will have to unite with the boy in her visions. Only problem? To do so would mean rejecting Benson’s love. And that’s the one thing Tavia Michaels swore she’d never do.

I’m looking forward to this book because I have seen quite a few of early reviews of this book and they seem to really like it. It’s actually a little bit surprising that it isn’t exactly published yet.

What are you waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday (6): Indelible by Dawn Metcalf

New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Indelible by Dawn Metcalf

Expected publication: July 30th 2013 by Harlequin Teen
Genre: Paranormal Romance
384 pages

Indelible (The Twixt, #1)Synopsis:

Some things are permanent.


And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room—right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world—a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink’s chosen one—his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future…and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies…


I LOVE the cover of this book. I imagine the hardcover having grooves so it’d be nice to touch. (I explore through my hands.) Beyond that, I think I’d enjoy paranormal aspects of this book.

What are you waiting for?

Waiting on Wednesday (5): Blood and Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant

New WoW“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Blood and Beauty: The Borgias by Sarah Dunant

Expected publication: July 16th 2013 by Random House
Genre: Historical fictionBlood & Beauty: The Borgias
576 pages


Is there a family in history more dazzling, dangerous and notorious than the Borgias?

A powerhouse of the Italian Renaissance, their very name epitomizes the ruthless politics and sexual corruption of the Papacy.

The father, Pope Alexander VI, a consummate politician and a man with a voracious appetite both as Cardinal and Pope.

The younger Juan, womanizer and thug, and their lovely sister, Lucretia, whose very name has become a byword for poison, incest and intrigue.

But how much of the history about this remarkable family is actually true, and how much distorted, filtered through the age old mechanisms of political spin, propaganda and gossip?

What if the truth, the real history, is even more challenging?

“Blood & Beauty: The Borgias” is an epic novel which sets out to capture the scope, the detail, the depth, the colour and the complexity of this utterly fascinating family.

I am waiting for another historical fiction novel this week…and another one that takes place in Italy. It seems to be my theme these past two weeks. 🙂 As much as there is so much about the Borgias out there and while I tried to read another novel about them last year and failed, this one looks promising.

What are you waiting for?