Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: Across A Star-Swept Sea

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine and is a fun way to see what books other bloggers just can't wait to get their hands on!



Diana Peterfreund
Young Adult
Releases October 15th
Balzer + Bray

THE STORY (from Goodreads)
Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by
The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.

For Darkness Shows the Stars was one of my absolute favorite reads last year, so I'm beyond excited for this book even though it's entirely its own and unrelated character/plot-wise. I haven't read The Scarlet Pimpernel, but I hadn't read Persuasion either when I read For Darkness Shows the Stars, so I know my lack of knowledge of the original will have no effect on my love for this book. 

In a happy turn of events, when I was verifying the release date for this book on Amazon, I made a Discovery of Awesome. It turns out Diana Peterfreund has written a novella prequel to For Darkness Shows the Stars called Among the Nameless Stars (how am I just now learning of this?!) and it's FREE for the Kindle. *spastic flailing* If you don't have a Kindle, it's also available as a PDF on Diana's website, you can grab it here.



Four years before the events of FOR DARKNESS SHOWS THE STARS, the servant Kai left the North Estate, the only home he’d ever known, and Elliot North, the only girl he ever loved, in search of a better life. But the journey was not an easy one.

Featuring narrow escapes, thrilling boat races and at least one deadly volcanic wasteland.

62 comments:

  1. Ok so... somehow I missed out on the first book right?? I haven't read it but it seems like I need to.
    Plus.. this cover is incredibly beautiful and .. one more thing: She's going to be at BEA and I think they'll have a copy:)

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    1. You do! I really, really liked it! It was one of the most romantic stories I've read, and yet there was hardly any kissing or touching. LOVED.

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  2. I love retellings so this is already on my list to read. Didn't know about the novella but now I'm heading over to download the PDF :)

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    1. I didn't know about it either! I did a happy dance when I stumbled across it:)

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  3. Ohh cool :D I read book 2 earlier this year

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    1. This is book 2? Well sort of. It's a different story and characters, but it's part of her retelling of classics series.

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  4. Jenny, I'm so mad at myself for not having picked up For Darkness Shows the Stars yet! If it's one of your favorite reads from last year, then I seriously need to read it. I myself haven't read either original classic, so hopefully I'll be fine as well. Thanks for letting us know about the prequel!! Awesome pick this week, Jenny! :)

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    1. I love, love, LOVED it Jen. It's a slower, quiet read, but Elliot and Kai were awesome characters:)

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  5. OOh nice! I haven't heard of this series!!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Glad I could put it on your radar!

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  6. From Darkess Shows the Stars was unfortunately never a favorite of mine as I felt it didn't do justice to the novel it was based upon. While I haven't read The Scarlet Pimpernel, I generally avoid re-tellings unless I've read the original novel, so I'll have to wait to read this. I do love what this author is able to do with classics and futuristic novels combined together and the covers are so beautiful! I hope you wind up loving this one, Jenny!(:

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    1. I've never read Persuasion, so that was never an issue for me:) It was it's own book free of any comparisons. I hope I wind up loving it too!

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  7. I have Nameless Among the Stars AND For Darkness Shows the Stars, though I haven't made a start on this series yet! It sounds like something I would like though, so I hope I can soon. Also, these covers? Stunning! And you know I can't turn down a pretty cover. ;)

    I hope you enjoy this one when you get to read it!

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    1. Aren't they? I love the covers, particularly the one for Star-Swept Sea. So pretty.

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  8. Do I have to tell you that I still haven't read the first book. Ahhh it's just getting old. I hope to get some time to read all the books I planed but simply didn't have time to read it :D I shall stop time or something :) Great pick and I love the cover :)

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    1. I know, I feel like I'm saying that all the time too! You get working on stopping time okay? That would really help me out ;-)

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  9. I loved For Darkness Shows The Stars too, Jenny! :)
    So, I'm pretty excited for the release of this book. I adore the cover. It's so gorgeous! Lovely pick, Jenny!

    Here's mine : http://nicksbookblog93.blogspot.com/2013/04/waiting-on-wednesday-38-isla-and.html

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  10. YES, JENNY!! For Darkness Shows the Stars was one of my absolute favourite reads of last year, too, and even though it'll be a different story, I'm confident Diana will bring the goodness. I have not read The Scarlet Pimpernel or Persuasion either, but that reminds me that I had planned to watch the Persuasion movie after I read For Darkness Shows the Stars, but never got around to it. I also have Among the Nameless Stars, but haven't got around to that one either! Bad me.

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    1. *HAPPY DANCE AYLEE* I just adored that book:) I'm confident Diana will bring the goodness with this one too and I can't wait.

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  11. The covers for this series are just stunning. I mean, they're all beautiful and ethereal and magical. I adore them.

    But I read For Darkness Shows the Stars last year and just wasn't impressed by it. Maybe it was just me. Maybe it was just my headspace at the time. I thought it was good, but nothing I LOVED, you know?

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    1. If it didn't work for you, it didn't work right? I always used to feel guilty when I didn't like a book everyone else seemed to, or when I didn't like it and the couple people whose opinions almost always match mine loved it, but now I just accept that sometimes a book just isn't for me:)

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  12. Great choices and I love the covers! I haven't read the first book, maybe I should pick up the novella to see if I would like the series?

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    1. I haven't read the novella yet, but it sounds like it would be a good introduction to Kai and to her writing, and then if you enjoy it, you can pick up For Darkness Shows the Stars. I loved it:)

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  13. YES! YES! YES!!!! I so loved the other one with the really long title so I'm happy she decided to continue in this vein, with another "inspired by" novel. Her writing is SO GORGEOUS, isn't it? *happy sigh*

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    1. IT IS! I'm so excited she's going to be at BEA this year. I will be in that line:)

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  14. I actually just got For Darkness Shows the Stars from the library- I can't wait to read it, especially after hearing how much you liked it. I love the cover of Across the Star Swept Sea....great pick, Jenny!

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    1. YAY! I really hope you like it Christina!

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  15. Across is gorgeous! And doesn't she look a bit like Kaley Cuoco from The Big Bang Theory?

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    1. She does a little! Now that will be who I'm picturing when I read:)

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  16. What a stunning cover. I remember you really liked the first book, Darkness Shows the Stars last spring. I really do want to check out this series!

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  17. AAH I am so excited for this sequel! I loved For Darkness Shows the Stars and everything I've read about this one makes me SO pumped to read it. Thanks for the shoutout about the freebie too! Now I have a goodie to read tonight. :-)

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  18. The cover is absolutely gorgeous and this is another series I have heard wonderful things about *sighs* Great pick Jenny! My WoW

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  19. *flails with you* Snagged the freebie. SO need this one!!!!!!! (I think I need more !) :D

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  20. I didn't LOVE the other book so I'm not sure I'll read this, but it's quite possible reviews will convince me. I do love the cover though!

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  21. Well I thought they were connected. I've had this one on my TBR for awhile. Aren't the covers for these gorgeous? I have no idea who or what the Scarlet Pimpernel is but I'm sure it won't hurt my enjoyment of this novel either. I can't wait to read it. Great Pick!

    heather

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  22. I love it when you "spastically flail" Jenny! I'm going to get a copy of the novella and spastically flail with you. :) I wanted to read For Darkness Shows the Stars because I love the story of Persuasion. I haven't read the book but I've seen many TV/film adaptations. Such a swoony love story! Her new book sounds fabulous with that high society, nitwit façade that's covering for a stealthy spy underneath! Great pick! :)

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  23. I loved For Darkness Shows the Stars so I'm eagerly waiting for this one too, Jenny. Plus, that cover is very pretty.

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  24. This cover is sooo pretty. Great pick! Can't believe I haven't read For Darkness Shows the Stars yet..

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  25. I just read Life After Theft which is also based on The Scarlet Pimpernel and am excited to see another twist on the story. It seems very versatile.

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    “Saya yakin kami bisa, rekan dan seluruh rakyat Portugal percaya. Kami harus berpikir positif bahwa pada hari Minggu nanti akan menjadi raihan juara untuk pertama kalinya,” tandas pemain 31 tahun tersebut.

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  44. Wenger Dikabarkan Incar Morata dan Lacazette


    Agen Bola Melaporkan Berita Olahraga Terkini dan terbaru Indo11.com - Manajer Arsenal, Arsene Wenger, disebut masih amat ingin mendatangkan striker baru di musim panas, setelah klub disebut terlibat negosiasi dengan Alexandre Lacazette dan Alvaro Morata.
    Wenger disebut amat kecewa ketika Jamie Vardy menolak kesempatan bergabung dengan The Gunners, setelah klausulnya aktif, namun sejak saat itu sang manajer memusatkan perhatian pada striker Lyon, Lacazette, dan bintang Real Madrid, Morata, menurut Goal International.
    Olivier Giroud, yang sempat berbicara pada Wenger mengenai masa depannya sebelum Euro 2016, akan bermain sebagai striker utama tim musim depan, dan manajer Prancis ingin menutup bursa musim panas dengan mencari pemain baru yang bisa bersaing dengan sosok berusia 29 tahun.
    Morata sendiri baru bergabung dengan Real Madrid dari Juventus bulan lalu dan ia diperkirakan akan dijual lagi untuk memberi keuntungan pada timnya. Chelsea juga tertarik dengan pemain yang sama, namun Arsenal juga tidak akan menyerah begitu saja.
    Sementara itu, Wenger juga diklaim akan mengincar bek Wolfsburg, Ricardo Rodriguez, untuk membenahi lini belakang The Gunners, yang sudah mulai dimakan usia.

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  45. Pemain Portugal Mengaku Tegang Jelang Final Euro 2016


    Agen Bola Melaporkan Berita Olahraga Terkini dan terbaru Indo11.com - Blaise Matuidi berkeras ia akan coba untuk melakukan semua persiapan dengan normal, jelang pertandingan final Euro 2016 antara Prancis dan Portugal di Stade de France akhir pekan ini.
    Namun sosok berusia 29 tahun mengatakan bahwa nuansa ketegangan memang mulai menjalar di dalam tim.
    “Saya tidak pernah mengalami situasi seperti ini sebelumnya, final Euro. Terkait persiapan pertandingan, tidak ada yang berubah, semuanya tetap sama,” tutur Matuidi pada Goal International.
    “Saya terus berlatih, dan juga memakan makanan yang sama, tidur, itu semua hanya ada dalam pikiran anda. Saya mencoba untuk seminimal mungkin mengalami stress.”
    “Memang ada ketegangan yang saya rasakan. Namun begitu kami ada di stadion nanti, kami akan melupakan semuanya dan kami akan bermain dengan cara terbaik dan juga meraih hasil yang kami inginkan.”
    “Kami akan siap karena Minggu nanti akan menjadi pertandingan terpenting dalam hidup kami. Kami akan memberikan segalanya.”

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  46. Ronaldo Ingin Rasakan Gelar Juara Bersama Timnas Portugal


    Agen Bola Melaporkan Berita Olahraga Terkini dan terbaru Indo11.com - Tak ada yang meragukan kemampuan Ronaldo saat dirinya berseragam klub. Bersama Manchester United, Ronaldo seakan membuat pendukung MU melupakan David Beckham. Bahkan beberapa titel juara juga telah berhasil ia genggam saat menjadi bagian dari Real Madrid.
    Namun untuk urusan timnas Portugal, Ronaldo belum pernah menggapai trofi untuk negaranya. Beberapa edisi Euro dan Piala Dunia, Portugal harus pulang sebelum mencapai partai puncak.
    Pada tahun 2004, Portugal pernah masuk kefinal tapi kalah dengan Yunani dengan skor 1-0. Tahun ini, Ronaldo cs punya kesempatan lagi main di partai final setelah mengalahkan Wales di semi final. Mereka akan bertemu dengan tuan rumah Prancis yang akan digelar pada akhir pekan ini.
    “Laga final ini akan sangat berarti yang selalu saya impikan, menang bersama timnas,” kata Ronaldo pada UEFA.com.
    “Saya sudah pernah menjadi juara di berbagai kompetisi di klub dan di level individual, juara bersama Portugal akan menjadi pencapaian luar biasa.
    “Saya yakin kami bisa, rekan dan seluruh rakyat Portugal percaya. Kami harus berpikir positif bahwa pada hari Minggu nanti akan menjadi raihan juara untuk pertama kalinya,” tandas pemain 31 tahun tersebut.

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