Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: The Essence by Kimberly Derting

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

The Essence (The Pledge, #2)Goodreads Book Description: “Danger, dread, mystery, and romance” (Booklist) continue in the second book of The Pledge trilogy, as Charlie’s reign is under siege from the most unusual of enemies.

At the luminous conclusion of The Pledge, Charlaina defeated the tyrant Sabara and took her place as Queen of Ludania. But Charlie knows that Sabara has not disappeared: The evil queen’s Essence is fused to Charlie’s psyche, ready to arise at the first sign of weakness.

Charlie is not weak, but she’s being pushed to the brink. In addition to suppressing the ever-present influence of Sabara, she’s busy being queen—and battling a growing resistance determined to return Ludania to its discriminatory caste system. Charlie wants to be the same girl Max loves, who Brook trusts, but she’s Your Majesty now, and she feels torn in two.

As Charlie journeys to an annual summit to meet with leaders of nearby Queendoms—an event where her ability to understand all languages will be the utmost asset—she is faced with the ultimate betrayal. And the only person she can turn to for help is the evil soul residing within.

Expected publication: Jan 1, 2013

Why I Am Excited: I just recently finished The Pledge, which I thought was a great book with some terrific twists. Now that Charlie is the queen, but the previous evil Queen's Essence is not totally banished, it's going to be interesting to see how that plays out. Not to mention how Xander and Max play into her life.

Why I am Worried: Second books are tough. We are going to see Charlie's world expand way bigger than it ever has been before and she is going to have to deal with other monarchs from other Queendoms. To keep us grounded in the characters and yet widen the scope will be a good challenge for Derting.

What are you waiting for?

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1. Interview and Giveaway with Tracy Rozzlynn, author of the Fast-Tracked and Verita trilogies, Two Sets of Fast-tracked (first two books), Two sets of Verita Trilogies (first two books) OR $25 Amazon GC
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2. Interview with Eric Gale and giveaway of signed ARC of The Bully Book (INT)
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3. Interview and Giveaway of dystopian YA novel, There Comes A Prophet by David Litwack, US/Canada giveaway of paperback of his book
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  1. I am so excited this is finally coming out! I've been waiting for the sequel for ages.

  2. Ooh nice! I can't decide if I want to read this one! It sounds interesting and I liked the first one, just didn't love it.

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  3. I wasn't thrilled with the first book so I probably won't pick this one up. I hope you enjoy it though.

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  4. Great pick! I haven't read The Pledge yet, but I heard it was really good, so I look forward to it. Here is my WoW!

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