Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday: Warcross & Hunting Prince Dracula

My TBR list is always growing and I thought it would be fun to share my anticipation for those books with all of you. This is not my own original meme; it belongs to Breaking the Spine. It specifically spotlights upcoming releases. As it implies in the title, I'll be posting this meme on Wednesdays. Please feel free to comment and let me know what books you guys are waiting on as well!



Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: October 3rd, 2017
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.
The last gaming book that I loved was The Leveller by Julia Durango (very underrated book and I highly suggest that you guys check it out). Since then, I haven't found one that really spoke to me or jumped out at me. That all changes now thanks to Warcross by Marie Lu.

Also, more Asian main characters! 


I could not be more excited for this book. I hope this one is on all of your TBRs because it's going to be fantastic!

I write young adult novels, and have a special love for dystopian books. Ironically, I was born in 1984. Before becoming a full-time writer, I was an Art Director at a video game company. Now I shuffle around at home and talk to myself a lot. :)

I graduated from the University of Southern California in '06 and currently live in LA, where I spend my time stuck on the freeways.
Connect with Marie: Tumblr | Twitter | Instagram | Pinterest | Facebook



Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Pub. Date: September 19th 2017
In this hotly anticipated sequel to the haunting #1 bestseller Stalking Jack the Ripper, bizarre murders are discovered in the castle of Prince Vlad the Impaler, otherwise known as Dracula. Could it be a copycat killer...or has the depraved prince been brought back to life?

Following the grief and horror of her discovery of Jack the Ripper's true identity, Audrey Rose Wadsworth has no choice but to flee London and its memories. Together with the arrogant yet charming Thomas Cresswell, she journeys to the dark heart of Romania, home to one of Europe's best schools of forensic medicine...and to another notorious killer, Vlad the Impaler, whose thirst for blood became legend.

But her life's dream is soon tainted by blood-soaked discoveries in the halls of the school's forbidding castle, and Audrey Rose is compelled to investigate the strangely familiar murders. What she finds brings all her terrifying fears to life once again.

You guys know how much I love Stalking Jack the Ripper (and if you don't, check out my flailing mess of a review here)! It was one of my favorites last year, I reviewed it, had Kerri on the blog, and have continued to fangirl about it at every chance I get.


I'm dying for more of Audrey and Thomas. I want them to crack more mysteries and to have more swoony moments. Basically, I need this book like I need air.

Kerri Maniscalco grew up in a semi-haunted house outside NYC where her fascination with gothic settings began. In her spare time she reads everything she can get her hands on, cooks all kinds of food with her family and friends, and drinks entirely too much tea while discussing life’s finer points with her cats.

Her first novel in this series, Stalking Jack the Ripper, debuted at #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. It incorporates her love of forensic science and unsolved history.
Connect with Kerri: Website | Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | Tumblr | Pinterest

Are these books on your TBR? Is this the first time you're hearing about them? Let me know! 

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  1. Oooh, these both sound fantastic (even though I need to read all the other books from both of these authors shhhhhhh). I adore the covers for Keri's books! So pretty!

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    1. I know, right?! I NEED BOTH OF THESE ASAP! And yesss, Kerri's covers are perfect <3

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  2. I want to read both of these, although I'm especially excited about Hunting Prince Dracula. I absolutely loved Stalking Jack the Ripper, and I need more of Audrey Rose's sass. :)

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    1. YAASSSS, I adored SJTR and I cannot wait to read more about Audrey Rose--she's so amazing :)

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  3. I haven't read Stalking Jack The Ripper yet, but Hunting Prince Dracula is definitely on my TBR!! It looks BEYOND AMAZING and the cover is ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE <3
    Awesome picks!
    Here's my WoW

    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

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    1. SJTR is absolutely incredible. It was one of my top favorites of 2016, and I highly recommend reading it asap! :D

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  4. YASSS!! To both of these!!! Though I really ought to finish Marie's Young Elites trilogy, a new rule for myself I must finish an author's previous series before I start another! Unless, there's two running at the same time! LOL, but sadly that is not the case here! Hope you enjoy both of these as well once they release!!

    Here's my WoW

    Have a GREAT day!

    Old Follower :)

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    1. Well then... *whispers* I should probably finish the Legend trilogy...... *hides*

      Haha XD But aside from that, TYE was a fantastic trilogy so I hope you finish it soon :D

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  5. Hahah...Brittany I am going use these two, especially Hunting Prince Dracula! You have become my source of inspiration for new books! :)
    Great pick!

    Aneesa @ A Crave For Books

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    1. Oh my gosh, it means so much to me to know that someone read my blog and was inspired to read the books I talked about! Thank you so much for saying that <3

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  6. I want both of these books! I still have to buy and read Stalking Jack the Ripper but still... And the cover for Warcross is SO interesting. I feel like there's so much to look at. I love it!

    My WOW

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    1. Yessss, you must definitely read SJTR asap! It's such a wonderful book--one of my top favorite of 2016! :D And I agree, the Warcross cover is super interesting to look at! :)

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  7. I really want to read Marie Lu's books - they all sound so wonderful! *_*

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    1. Oh my gosh, you must! I especially adore her The Young Elites trilogy, and I highly recommend it :D She is a fantastic writer <3

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  8. Hunting Prince Dracula sounds like my cup of tea! However, I have to admit I'm very curious about Warcross as well . . . Thanks for pointing these two beauties my way, and also for stopping by my blog earlier! :D

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  9. OMG, you've made me SO excited for "Warcross"!!! YAAAAAY!!! I seriously LOVE that plot!! I have yet to read a book about gaming, but I definitely MUST do something about that!! And, since Marie Lu is such a TERRIFIC author, I might very well start with this book!!

    I must confess that the other book, "Hunting Prince Dracula", is not my thing at all...:( I'm just too much of a chicken to read such books. Ironically, I do love vampires....but only the romantic kind, like Edward Cullen from the Twilight books! Lol. (I know this book is about the historical figure, but, of course, this person became the basis of all the vampire stories that came after.)

    I'm adding "Warcross" to my Goodreads shelves right away!! Thanks for bringing it to my attention!! Also, thanks for commenting on my "Can't Wait Wednesday" post!! Have a GREAT day!! HUGS!!! <3 <3 :) :)

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    1. Yesss, Marie Lu is amazing and I'm also thrilled to see a gaming book!

      And trust me, there's no bigger scaredy-cat than myself, and I still loved SJTR, so I highly recommend giving it try! :D *hugs* (I also love Edward Cullen though, haha)

      Thank you so much for stopping by! :)

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  10. Oooh, Warcross sounds really interesting! I've never read any books by Marie Lu, so this sounds like it could be a neat introduction. That cover is pretty enticing, also. :)
    And I am so excited for Hunting Prince Dracula! The cover is so gorgeous and I loved SJTR so much, I can't wait to see what's next. Great picks! I hope you enjoy them both. :)

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    1. In my mind, Marie Lu is one of those rare authors that can do no wrong. Literally whatever genre you give her, her gorgeous writing will make an amazing book out of it so I highly recommend checking out any of her books :D

      I hope we both love Hunting Prince Dracula :)

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  11. I'm soooo excited for both of these books. First of all, Audrey is one of my fave YA historical characters so I can't wait to get back to her world. And Warcross sounds absolutely full of fun. Marie Lu's fantastic writing + Asian characters + gaming world? Sign me up!

    - Aila @ One Way Or An Author

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    1. Agreed, Audrey is one of my all-time favorites and I excited to read more about her. And of course, for more Thomas, because *drools* XD

      Warcross sounds absolutely perfect! I can't wait :)

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  12. I saw Warcross and OMG I neeeeeeed!!! I haven't read SJTR but this second book looks really good! I love that cover!
    Genesis @ Latte Nights Reviews

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    1. Girl, you need to read SJTR asap--it's seriously AMAZING :D

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  13. I'm not sure how I feel about Warcross... it sounds interesting but my verdict is still out until I see some great reviews for it.

    Now Hunting Prince Dracula, that's a book I can definitely see myself reading once I finally get around to reading Stalking Jack the Ripper.

    Lauren @ bookslaying.com

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    1. My expectations for Warcross are ridiculously high because.. Marie Lu is amazing, haha. So I'm expecting greatness :)

      You should definitely read SJTR asap! It was one of my favorite books of last year :D

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  14. I CANNOT WAIT FOR HUNTING PRINCE DRACULA EEP WHY DIDN'T I ADD IT TO MY WOW??? hahaha great choices, Brittany! Also excited for WARCROSS!

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  15. I admit I am not sold on Watercross yet. I dunno, it doesn't wound like a "me" book. Also, I should probs finish Stalking Jack the Ripper.

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    1. I don't read a lot of gaming books, so I can't really say if it's my type of book or not. I just know that Marie Lu is amazing, and she could probably make me fall in love with a book about paint drying XD haha. Also, you should definitely finish SJTR :D

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  16. I saw that Warcross finally has a cover. It sounds fun. I still need to read Stalking Jack the Ripper. It's been sitting on my TBR for a while now. Great picks!

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    1. Yesss, definitely don't wait! Read SJTR, it's amazing :D

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  17. Marie Lu has always been a major hit and miss for me, so I'm hoping that this will be a book that I enjoy :-) I also still haven't read Stalking Jack the Ripper! But it is high in my tbr and hopefully I'll be able to grab a copy soon :-)

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    1. SJTR is fantastic, so I hope you read it soon and love it like I did :D I hope you enjoy Warcross as well! I can't wait to read it :)

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  18. Um, yup. Just added Warcross. Never read Marie Lu but I'll start right there lol. Video game hacking books can be hit or miss but I'll definitely take a chance on this one. Plus Tokyo!

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    1. I love anything Japan-related, so Tokyo = a plus for me :) I hope we both love it!

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  19. Oh nice. I think Warcross is on my list and I do want Stalking Jack the Ripper. Thanks for putting these books on my radar!

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    1. Eeep, definitely read SJTR! It's a wonderful book ;D

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  20. I have several of Lu's books on my TBR list, but this looks like the best of all of them. I may have to start with this one. Great pick! Thanks for stopping by my WoW :)

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    1. I think they're all fantastic, so there's no bad place to start with Marie Lu :D

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  21. I am in LOVE with the Warcross cover and I am dying to read it! I really enjoyed the Game Series by Eve Silver and this one reminds me of that one. I have yet to read the SJTR series and I should really get on that because it sounds fantastic. Awesome recs! :)

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    1. Definitely read SJTR when you can! It was one of my top favorites of 2016 :D I'm also dying to read Warcross!! <3

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  22. I really need to read "Stalking Jack the Riper". It's sequel sounds so good.

    Happy readings! ;)

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  23. OMG Warcross has been on my list for some time, pretty much since hearing about it but to see the cover....OMG how did I miss this! Amazing! My WoW

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  24. Oh, I want Warcross, too! And Hunting Prince Dracula looks so awesome! I'm going to have to check out the series! Great picks! Thanks for stopping by! Happy reading!

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    1. I really hope you read SJTR, I think you'll really enjoy it! :D Thank you!

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  25. How have I managed to not read anything by Marie Lu yet? I really need to remedy that asap. Warcross does sound fabulous, doesn't it? I still need to read Stalking Jack the Ripper too, although I do have it on reserve at the library so it will hopefully happen soon. Great picks this week!

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    1. You definitely should remedy that asap, because Marie Lu is one of my few auto-buy authors--she's so incredibly talented :D And I definitely hope you get SJTR soon :)

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  26. Excellent choices (as usual)! I haven't read a gaming book in a looooooong time. But I'm excited to read Warcross. I may binge-read the Stalking Jack the Ripper books when the series is finished. I hope you enjoy these books when you get the chance to read them!

    Have a great week, Brittany. =)

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

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    1. Aww, thank you <3 ;D And nooooo, you should just read SJTR now so that you could suffer with me while we wait for books 2 and 3 together :D Doesn't that sound like way more fun than waiting? XD

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  27. Marie Lu's cover is SO beautiful! I hope you enjoy it when you get your hands on it!

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  28. I've never read any of Marie Lu's books, but this book sounds amazing!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Eeep, you must remedy that situation asap! Marie Lu is fantastic :)

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  29. How stunning is that War Cross cover? Wowza! I hope you enjoy these books when you get a chance to read them!

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  30. I've never read anything by Marie Lu before. I'll have to check her out. I seriously need to read Stalking Jack the Ripper, and I have plenty of time since Hunting Prince Dracula doesn't come out until September. I hope you enjoy reading both of your picks, Brittany!
    Thanks for stopping by My WoW earlier.

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  31. Both are great picks. I just came across the cover for Marie Lu's latest - definitely sounds interesting. I still haven't read Jack Ripper, but I know everyone really enjoyed it. I will have to add her second novel to my TBR list. I love your blog's header, by the way!

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  32. Stalking Jack the Ripper was disappointing to me so I'm a little unsure if I'll get to the sequel, but I really like the cover! And I'm definitely excited for Warcross too!!

    Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads

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  33. Ah, stunning picks Brittany :D They both look so so awesome. I cannot wait to read Warcross :D I hope you will love them both sweet girl. <3 Happy reading :)

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  34. The first one is on my TBR. I still need to read Stalking Jack the Ripper, but this sequel makes me need to read it quicker! Great picks! Thanks for stopping by my Wednesday post earlier!

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  35. I neeed to read Stalking Jack the Ripper. WHY HAVEN'T I YET. WHAT IS MY LIFE. WHAT ARE MY CHOICES.😂😂 And like I'm kind of curious about Warcross? I thought it was going to be a fantasy though not a gaming book hahah, so I'll wait and see what the reviews are like!

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  36. Warcross gives me Ready Player One feels... just might have to check that one out! Thanks for stopping by. :)

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  37. Holy moley, I was totally clueless about this book and such a different direction for this author! Thanks for the heads up.

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