Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (4) Across a Star-Swept Sea

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 10:16 AM with 43 comments
Waiting on Wednesday  is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.

This week I'm waiting on:

Across a Star-Swept Sea (For Darkness Shows the Stars, #2) 
Title: Across a Star-Swept Sea
Author: Diana Peterfreund
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release Date: October 15, 2013

Synopsis 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.
 


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Why I'm excited:

Spies disguised as socialites, thrilling adventure, secrets, love...that cover!! This book sounds amazing. Diane Peterfreund seems to have a knack from putting a unique spin on source material. This is a retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel and her last book, For Darkness Shows the Stars was a retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion. From what I've gathered the book, although billed as For Darkness Shows the Stars #2, isn't really a sequel. I've heard the two are loosely linked, but that you will not have to have read the "first" book in order to follow Across a Star-Swept Sea. And, for real, that cover. Gah!

So what are you anxiously waiting for on this first Wednesday in May? Sound off below.
 
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43 comments:

  1. I haven't read anything by Peterfreund, but I have a lot of bookish friends who love her Secret Society Girl series, so that's probably where I'll start.

    I love that this one is inspired by the Scarlet Pimpernel, though.

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  2. ohhhh this one sounds so good!

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  3. I feel bad that i haven't read the first book cos i love the covers and the description. And i hear good things about the story.

    Great pick!

    follower

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  4. Yup - I'm definitely sold on this one. I love her writing style, and I'm really hoping this is no exception! Great pick :)

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  5. Oh gosh, Across a Star-Swept Sea looks amazing. I haven't read For Darkness Shows the Stars yet, but have it on my TBR list. Great pick Natalie:)

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  6. I've not heard of this book or series before - but it has a GORGEOUS cover! I'm adding the first book to my TBR list right away, because it looks like it's going to be a great book! :)
    Thanks for spotlighting this and for stopping by my WoW. ^.^
    Happy Reading! :D

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    Tiffa @ The British Book Nerd

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  7. I am excited for this, as well!! I loved For Darkness Shows The Stars

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  8. Wow sounds so interesting! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  9. Yes please! I have the first on sitting on my shelves waiting to be read!

    My WoW

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  10. I really want to start this series! It looks amazing! I hope you enjoy this one when it comes out! :D
    Great pick!

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  11. Haven't come across this one but the idea of a socialite by day and spy by night kind of girl sounds good. Great pick! Thanks for stopping by my WoW :)

    Ayana @ My Book Memoirs

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  12. I saw this the other day and the cover is beautiful! Good pick Natalie! :)

    Sheri @ Perks of Being a Bookworm

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  13. I did this one for my WOW a little while ago. I can't wait to read it! Great pick! Thanks for stopping by my WOW!

    Tressa @ Tressa's Wishful Endings

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  14. Well, since you've commented on my WOW -- for which I thank you! -- you know just how much I LOOOOVVVEE the color blue. So the first thing I want to say about this book is that it has a GORGEOUS cover!! Next, the plot. It sounds dystopian, but added to the mix is the fact that spies abound. AND, I also love the twist on the classic novel, "The Scarlet Pimpernel", which happens to be one of my favorites. So I HAVE to get this book! Most definitely!!

    Thanks for featuring this one, and Happy Reading!! :)

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  15. I'm looking forward to this one too. I love the Scarlet Pimpernel, and I enjoyed the first book. I can't wait to see how this one turns out. Thanks for visiting my WoW.

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  16. The first book was so amazing and the premise of the second book sounds EPIC! Great pick!
    Here's my WoW

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  17. Thanks for stopping by my WOW. I love the cover of this one. Plus I really like the sound of this one. Great pick!

    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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  18. ACK! Can't wait to read this one! I love For Darkness Shows the Stars. Hope we both get to read it early! :D

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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  19. I haven't heard of this one before :) Adore the cover, love anything with espionage and suspense, awesome pick!

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  20. I've been hearing so many good things about this book. I think I'm going to have to check it out when it's released.

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  21. I've been meaning to read For Darkness Shows the Stars for a while now and was worried I'd have to get to it right away. Good to know it's not exactly a sequel, though, because I'm excited for this one :)
    Thanks for stopping by my WoW today!

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  22. Oooh Natalie- this cover is so pretty! I haven't yet read the first book, but it's definitely on my TBR! Great choice!

    Thanks for stopping by my WOW!

    Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

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  23. Oh I love spy stories. I have not heard about this one but I will be checking into it now.

    My WoW

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  24. Good one! This cover is gorgeous! In fact, the cover of both books are! I haven't read the first book yet but it's been in my TBR pile for ages!

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  25. I haven't heard of this book before, but it sounds great!
    Definitely one to be added to my TBR list.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)
    New Follower via GFC

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  26. I almost picked this as my book for the day, but thought it really was a sequel and I haven't read the first book. Now I can't wait to read them both!

    - Jessica @ Book Sake

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  27. This one sounds really good. I've never read anything by Diana Peterfreund so maybe this will be my first. Great pick!

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  28. Oh, I badly want this one. The title, the cover, the synopsis... I'm sure I'll have it on my own WOW soon. :)

    Thanks for visiting!
    Stephanie (Go Flash Go) @ Read, Rinse, Repeat

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  29. I have yet to read For Darkness Shows the Stars and I'm still not sure if I will, but I have to admit the covers are gorgeous! I hope you enjoy this one when it does come out, Natalie! :D

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  30. This sounds really good. I still haven't the first book! Thanks for sharing. Thanks for stopping by.
    My WoW

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  31. That is one B.E.A.utiful cover! I love it! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog.

    Kelley Lee from Reading to Stay Alive

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  32. This one sounds really good! Thanks for stopping by my WoW. :)

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  33. I adore that cover. I hope when it's released it lives up to your expectations!

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  34. I still haven't read the first book, but I love the author (and the cover)! Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  35. So glad to hear you don't have to read the first to enjoy the second. I secretly love series like that. :) This cover is seriously gorgeous.

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  36. This cover is so pretty! Haven't heard of it before but I hope you love it :)
    Thanks for stopping by!

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  37. That is such a GORGEOUS cover! I took a look at the first one (normal reaction when I see a #2 on Goodreads, lol) and placed both on my TBR! Such pretty covers with quite the interesting story!

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  38. I am so excited for this one as well. I LOVED For Darkness Shows the Stars and I love The Scarlet Pimpernel. I absolutely can not wait to see what she does with it.

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  39. I haven't read For Darkness Shows the Stars yet, but I'm planning to, and this one looks just as good! <3

    Thanks for dropping by my WoW! :D

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

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  40. I haven't seen this book around before, but its synopsis sounds exciting. And what a beautiful cover!

    Thanks for stopping by our blog this week.

    Diana @ BookVenturers

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  41. I'm sooo obsessed with this cover! Love it! I really enjoyed For Darkness Shows the Stars, so I can't wait to read this!
    Thanks for stopping by my WoW :)

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  42. Oh, the cover! I would wait for the cover alone! It's so beautiful! And the premise is really intriguing. I've hear a lot of good things about For Darkness Shows the Stars, so I'm looking forward to read them both!

    Thanks for stopping by my WOW
    Kar @ Pause Time

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