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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday (138): Love and Other Foreign Words + Sekret

Ahhhhh, the holidays. I am so busy shopping for presents, helping my mom come up with a menu for Christmas and preparing for things for 2014 that I can barely give my blog time. I hope you're all doing well! (Send some snow here while you're reading this, okay?)

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

Title: Love and Other Foreign Words by Erin McCahan
Release Date: May 1st 2014
Published by: Dial
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Summary (from Goodreads):

Can anyone be truly herself--or truly in love--in a language that's not her own?

Sixteen-year-old Josie lives her life in translation. She speaks High School, College, Friends, Boyfriends, Break-ups, and even the language of Beautiful Girls. But none of these is her native tongue--the only people who speak that are her best friend Stu and her sister Kate. So when Kate gets engaged to an epically insufferable guy, how can Josie see it as anything but the mistake of a lifetime? Kate is determined to bend Josie to her will for the wedding; Josie is determined to break Kate and her fiancé up. As battles are waged over secrets and semantics, Josie is forced to examine her feelings for the boyfriend who says he loves her, the sister she loves but doesn't always like, and the best friend who hasn't said a word--at least not in a language Josie understands.

Why I'm waiting for Love and Other Foreign Words:

The summary mentioned John Green and Rainbow Rowell in one sentence, so I'm definitely curious about this book. I need a YA Contemporary novel so bad and this one just called out to me. I love how simple the summary sounds, and a little bit vague on speaking of the languages, and yet it still managed to make me compelled to know more about it. This sounds like a fun and smart read, definitely with a potential, so I am keeping my eye on it!

Title: Sekret (Sekret #1) by Lindsay Smith
Release Date: April 1st 2014
Published by: Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Children's
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Summary (from Goodreads):

From debut author Lindsay Smith comes an espionage thriller with a dash of both history and dystopia.

Yulia’s father always taught her that an empty mind is a safe mind. She has to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive in Communist Russia, especially because she seems to be able to read the minds of the people she touches. When she’s captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she’s thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power where she can trust no one.

She certainly can’t trust Rostov, the cruel KGB operative running the psychic program. Or handsome Sergei who encourages her to cooperate with the KGB. Or brooding Valentin who tells her to rebel against them. And not the CIA, who have a psychic so powerful he can erase a person’s mind with his own thoughts. Yulia quickly learns she must rely on her own wits and power to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.

Why I'm waiting for Sekret:

Interesting. How do you mix history and dystopia? This book might have the answers. Spies. Espionage. I love it! It's a thriller with an old feel to it. I've watched this documentary about children in Russia being trained to be spies in the US, and that just reminded me of Sekret. Definitely more than curious about this one now. A psychich who can erase a person's mind with his own thoughts? Okay, I think I need this book now.


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  1. Sekret is amazing! One of the best books I've read this year. I loved it especially because I've studied Russian history and I loved making connections. Hope you love this as much as I did!
    Thanks for stopping by :)

  2. Wow so many new books to look forward to.
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  3. Ooh Sekret sounds so interesting, will have to check it out!
    Thanks for visiting my WoW!
    Rachel @ The NerdHerd Reads

  4. i LOVED erin mccahan's debut i now pronounce you someone else. i was dying to read more by her and now i can!! soooo excited for Love and Other Foreign Words!!

    hope you can stop by my WoW post.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

  5. I loved McCahan's I Now Pronounce You Someone Else and Sekret sounds so interesting so I've got both of these on my wishlist!

  6. Great picks. I just got Sekret actually (arc) :) super excited for that one.,

    -Diamond @ Dee's Reads My WoW

  7. I'm excited for Love and other Foreign Words, it definitely sounds cute! Awesome picks!
    Thanks for sharing & stopping by Bookmunchies (:

  8. I've never heard of Love and Other Foreign Words before, but "perfect for fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell"? Yes, please! And ah, Sekret. It's also in my TBR list <3

    Thanks for dropping by my WoW! :D

    - Kazhy @ My Library in the Making

    1. IKR? When I saw that on the GR page, I'm like "wow!". O_O So I have to read it!

  9. I am so intrigued by Sekret! It sounds like a really cool mix of historical fiction and scifi, I'm definitely going to have to check it out!

  10. Two very interesting – and different! – selections today. Both are on my TBR now. :)

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