I'm also going to try actually putting the descriptions for books... sometimes I just impress myself with how I don't put the obvious things in blogs. Bare with me, guys; this is still a major work in progress!
Champion: A Legend Novel by Marie Lu (Hardcover or Kindle)
The explosive finale to Marie Lu’s New York Times bestselling LEGEND trilogy—perfect for fans of THE HUNGER GAMES and DIVERGENT!
He is a Legend.
She is a Prodigy.
Who will be Champion?
June and Day have sacrificed so much for the people of the Republic—and each other—and now their country is on the brink of a new existence. June is back in the good graces of the Republic, working within the government’s elite circles as Princeps Elect while Day has been assigned a high level military position. But neither could have predicted the circumstances that will reunite them once again. Just when a peace treaty is imminent, a plague outbreak causes panic in the Colonies, and war threatens the Republic’s border cities. This new strain of plague is deadlier than ever, and June is the only one who knows the key to her country’s defense. But saving the lives of thousands will mean asking the one she loves to give up everything he has. With heart-pounding action and suspense, Marie Lu’s bestselling trilogy draws to a stunning conclusion
Why am I so excited?: It's the finale of a series I have really enjoyed (I gave the first book four stars, and the second book three stars), and I have to finish it. I'm hoping it ends well.
Release Date: November 5th, 2013
The Walking Dead, Volume 19: March to War by Robert Kirkman (Paperback)
Rick. Ezekiel. Gregory. Negan. Each man holds the fate of their community in their hands... and WAR is on the horizon!
This volume collects THE WALKING DEAD #109-114, the prelude to ALL OUT WAR-the epic battle that will change the world of THE WALKING DEAD for years to come.
Why am I so excited?: I am a HUGE fan of The Walking Dead, both the comics and the television show. I'm a little behind, so I won't be getting this right away, but I'm happy to have the reminder to pick back up the books and read a bit!
Release Date: November 13th, 2013
Takedown Twenty (Stephanie Plum #20) by Janet Evanovich (Hardcover and Kindle)
Stephanie Plum has her sights set on catching a notorious mob boss. If she doesn’t take him down, he may take her out.
New Jersey bounty hunter Stephanie Plum knows better than to mess with family. But when powerful mobster Salvatore “Uncle Sunny” Sunucchi goes on the lam in Trenton, it’s up to Stephanie to find him. Uncle Sunny is charged with murder for running over a guy (twice), and nobody wants to turn him in—not his poker buddies, not his bimbo girlfriend, not his two right-hand men, Shorty and Moe. Even Trenton’s hottest cop, Joe Morelli, has skin in the game, because—just Stephanie’s luck—the godfather is his actual godfather. And while Morelli understands that the law is the law, his old-world grandmother, Bella, is doing everything she can to throw Stephanie off the trail.
It’s not just Uncle Sunny giving Stephanie the run-around. Security specialist Ranger needs her help to solve the bizarre death of a top client’s mother, a woman who happened to play bingo with Stephanie’s Grandma Mazur. Before Stephanie knows it, she’s working side by side with Ranger and Grandma at the senior center, trying to catch a killer on the loose—and the bingo balls are not rolling in their favor.
With bullet holes in her car, henchmen on her tail, and a giraffe named Kevin running wild in the streets of Trenton, Stephanie will have to up her game for the ultimate takedown.
Why am I so excited?: I LOVE the Stephanie Plum novels. Are they great literature? No, not at all. But they are fun, and I love Stephanie. I do hope eventually, when the series ends, she settles down (I like Joe, but I secretly hope Ranger at times), but for now I am just enjoying the ride!
Release Date: November 19th, 2013
Extreme Bricks: Spectacular, Record-Breaking, and Astounding Lego Projects from Around the World by Sarah Herman (Hardcover)
From the Great Pyramid of Giza and Stonehenge to the Colosseumand the Taj Mahal, man has never shied away from an extreme building challenge, and the LEGO builders of the twenty-first century are no different. Whetherthey re re-creating the works of ancient masters in brick form, buildinglife-size superheroes, breaking world records with skyscraping towers, orfirmly adjusting their thinking caps to program plastic robots, some LEGO fansare taking their passion for plastic to the extreme.
Sarah Herman, the author of A Million Little Bricks: The Unofficial Illustrated History of the LEGO Phenomenon, has broughttogether some of the world s most ambitious builders in a fact-filled showcaseof truly mind-blowing models for this exciting illustrated book. Extreme Bricks chronicles the firstattempts at large-scale models embarked on by the LEGO Group as well as theearly work of LEGOLAND artists and builders and contemporary LEGO CertifiedProfessionals who build big for a living. It charts the rise of AFOLS (adultfans of LEGO) and their increasingly spectacular models and gargantuancollections. Packed with two hundred color photographs to shock and surprise, the book also explores the popular building competitions and includes a closerlook at the shockingly smart LEGO MINDSTORMS robots that can do everything fromsolving a Rubik s Cube to building their own LEGO models.
Why am I so excited?: This seems like it would be a really fun coffee table book! I really like Legos (I don't play with them so much myself, but I love seeing what people make with them), and so does my husband, so this would be a perfect book for us!
Release Date: November 25th, 2013
Pawn (The Blackcoat Rebillion #1) by Aimee Carter (Hardcover or Kindle)
YOU CAN BE A VII. IF YOU GIVE UP EVERYTHING.
For Kitty Doe, it seems like an easy choice. She can either spend her life as a III in misery, looked down upon by the higher ranks and forced to leave the people she loves, or she can become a VII and join the most powerful family in the country.
If she says yes, Kitty will be Masked—surgically transformed into Lila Hart, the Prime Minister's niece, who died under mysterious circumstances. As a member of the Hart family, she will be famous. She will be adored. And for the first time, she will matter.
There's only one catch. She must also stop the rebellion that Lila secretly fostered, the same one that got her killed and one Kitty believes in. Faced with threats, conspiracies and a life that's not her own, she must decide which path to choose—and learn how to become more than a pawn in a twisted game she's only beginning to understand.
Why am I so excited?: It sounds super interesting, and I am a huge fan of series novels! The premise seems unique to me, and it's getting great reviews on Goodreads!
Release Date: November 26th, 2013
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