Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (10): Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

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

Today, because there's two amazing books I've been dying to read coming out next Tuesday, and I simply couldn't choose between them, I feel like I want to show them both off today!

Title: Perfect Scoundrels
Author: Ally Carter
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Katarina Bishop and W.W. Hale the fifth were born to lead completely different lives: Kat comes from a long, proud line of loveable criminal masterminds, while Hale is the scion of one of the most seemingly perfect dynasties in the world. If their families have one thing in common, it’s that they both know how to stay under the radar while getting—or stealing—whatever they want.

No matter the risk, the Bishops can always be counted on, but in Hale’s family, all bets are off when money is on the line. When Hale unexpectedly inherits his grandmother’s billion dollar corporation, he quickly learns that there’s no place for Kat and their old heists in his new role. But Kat won’t let him go that easily, especially after she gets tipped off that his grandmother’s will might have been altered in an elaborate con to steal the company’s fortune. So instead of being the heir—this time, Hale might be the mark.

Forced to keep a level head as she and her crew fight for one of their own, Kat comes up with an ambitious and far-reaching plan that only the Bishop family would dare attempt. To pull it off, Kat is prepared to do the impossible, but first, she has to decide if she’s willing to save her boyfriend’s company if it means losing the boy.
And so we come to this. (Ally Carter, please tell me there's going to be a sequel!) In every one of the Heist Society books, there's always a beautifully orchestrated plot in which a few kids, clearly the underdogs in this case, manage to outsmart the most experienced of criminal masterminds. And Ally Carter doesn't drop off with cliffhangers to sell the next story. Which is just pure amazing. Three cheers for Ally Carter!
Another cool thing about Heist Society? The cover scheme. They're all immediately recognizable, and it didn't change mid-series. The same font, title/author placement, dark glasses, girl with sassy, defiant look in her eyes. They've got me sold.

Title: Scarlet
Author: Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release Date: February 5, 2013
Cinder returns in the second thrilling installment of the New York Times-bestselling Lunar Chronicles. She’s trying to break out of prison—even though if she succeeds, she’ll be the Commonwealth’s most wanted fugitive.

Halfway around the world, Scarlet Benoit’s grandmother is missing. It turns out there are many things Scarlet doesn’t know about her grandmother and the grave danger she has lived in her whole life. When Scarlet encounters Wolf, a street fighter who may have information as to her grandmother’s whereabouts, she has no choice but to trust him, though he clearly has a few dark secrets of his own.

As Scarlet and Wolf work to unravel one mystery, they find another when they cross paths with Cinder. Together, they must stay one step ahead of the vicious Lunar Queen who will do anything to make Prince Kai her husband, her king, her prisoner.
Ahh, the long-awaited, highly-anticipated followup to Marissa Meyer's Cinder. She, so far, has put together extraterrestrial life, steampunk, dystopia, sci-fi, and fairytale but didn't let the massive amount of genres overwhelm her readers. I'm dying to know what Cinder does next!
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