Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday #1




Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine.  This meme is where we get to showcase the book(s) that we just can't wait to get our hands on.  Leave me a link to your your WOW and I'll be sure to stop by and say hi!

Since this is only my second day book blogging I hope to "meet" a bunch of new book blogger friends and I want to thank everyone who stops by in advance.  I hear book blogging is a tough but rewarding hobby so I appreciate all your comment love :)

Here is my picks for this week are:

The Eighty Dollar Champion: Snowman, The Horse That Inspired A Nation

November 1958: the National Horse Show at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Into the rarefied atmosphere of wealth and tradition comes the most unlikely of horses—a drab white former plow horse named Snowman—and his rider, Harry de Leyer. They were the longest of all longshots—and their win was the stuff of legend.
 
Harry de Leyer first saw the horse he would name Snowman on a bleak winter afternoon between the slats of a rickety truck bound for the slaughterhouse. He recognized the spark in the eye of the beaten-up horse and bought him for eighty dollars. On Harry’s modest farm on Long Island, the horse thrived. But the recent Dutch immigrant and his growing family needed money, and Harry was always on the lookout for the perfect thoroughbred to train for the show-jumping circuit—so he reluctantly sold Snowman to a farm a few miles down the road.


But Snowman had other ideas about what Harry needed. When he turned up back at Harry’s barn, dragging an old tire and a broken fence board, Harry knew that he had misjudged the horse. And so he set about teaching this shaggy, easygoing horse how to fly. One show at a time, against extraordinary odds and some of the most expensive thoroughbreds alive, the pair climbed to the very top of the sport of show jumping.


Here is the dramatic and inspiring rise to stardom of an unlikely duo, based on the insight and recollections of “the Flying Dutchman” himself. Their story captured the heart of Cold War–era America—a story of unstoppable hope, inconceivable dreams, and the chance to have it all. Elizabeth Letts’s message is simple: Never give up, even when the obstacles seem sky-high. There is something extraordinary in all of us.
Released August 23, 2011

Partials (Partials, #1)

 
The human race is all but extinct after a war with Partials—engineered organic beings identical to humans—has decimated the population. Reduced to tens of thousands by RM, a weaponized virus to which only a fraction of humanity is immune, the survivors in North America have huddled together on Long Island while the Partials have mysteriously retreated. The threat of the Partials is still imminent, but worse, no baby has been born immune to RM in more than a decade. Our time is running out.

Kira, a sixteen-year-old medic in training, is on the front lines of this battle, seeing RM ravage the community while mandatory pregnancy laws threaten to launch what’s left of humanity into civil war, and she’s not content to stand by and watch. But as she makes a desperate decision to save the last of her race, she will discover that the survival of humans and Partials alike rests in her attempts to uncover the connections between them—connections that humanity has forgotten, or perhaps never even knew were there.

Dan Wells, acclaimed author of I Am Not a Serial Killer, takes readers on a pulse-pounding journey into a world where the very concept of what it means to be human is in question—one where our humanity is both our greatest liability and our only hope for survival.
Releases February 28, 2012

Insignia


IT'S WORLD WAR III.
THE ENEMY IS WINNING.
WHAT IF THE GOVERNMENT'S SECRET WEAPON IS YOU?

More than anything, Tom Raines wants to be important, though his shadowy life is anything but that. For years, Tom’s drifted from casino to casino with his unlucky gambler of a dad, gaming for their survival. Keeping a roof over their heads depends on a careful combination of skill, luck, con artistry, and staying invisible.

Then one day, Tom stops being invisible. Someone’s been watching his virtual-reality prowess, and he’s offered the incredible—a place at the Pentagonal Spire, an elite military academy. There, Tom’s instincts for combat will be put to the test, and if he passes, he’ll become a member of the Intrasolar Forces, helping to lead his country to victory in World War Three. Finally, he’ll be someone important: a superhuman war machine with the tech skills that every virtual-reality warrior dreams of. Life at the Spire holds everything that Tom’s always wanted—friends, the possibility of a girlfriend, and a life where his every action matters—but what will it cost him?

Gripping and provocative, S. J. Kincaid’s futuristic thrill ride of a debut crackles with memorable characters, tremendous wit, and a vision of the future that asks startling, timely questions about the melding of humanity and technology.
Releases July 10, 2012

What are you waiting on this week?
 
 

20 comments:

  1. I am also really excited for Partials :D All books seems great ;) Awesome picks :) Hope you will enjoy them all. <3
    Thank you for commenting on my WoW. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you for stopping by today! I'm thinking about pre-ordering Partials along with Fever. Have a great day!

      Delete
  2. Great picks. This is my first time hearing about The Eighty Dollar Champion.
    Welcome to the blogosphere. New follower.
    You are welcome to add your button to my blog list.

    -FABR Steph@FiveAlarmBookReviews
    My WOW...

    ReplyDelete
  3. Oh, Partials and Insignia sure looks great. First time I'm hearing about Insignia and The Eighty Dollar Champion. Welcome to the Blogosphere! You've got a really interesting blog name. New follower. My WoW is here http://fictionflaire.blogspot.com/2012/01/waiting-on-wednesday.html

    ReplyDelete
  4. Partials and Insignia look great! First time I've heard of either book. Congrats on your new hobby:) I'm following you now

    Here is my Wow: http://tinyurl.com/7whwv3q

    ReplyDelete
  5. I'm exctied for partials also ^.^

    My WOW: http://thelittlebluepig.blogspot.com/2012/01/waiting-on-wednesday-wow-3.html

    Angela @ The Little Blue Pig
    New Follower

    ReplyDelete
  6. WELCOME! to the book blogging community! and WOW. :DD I hope you find blogging about books fun and entertaining!!

    DUDE. I have Partials sitting on my nightstand AND I AM SO EXCITED FOR IT. I have a stack of review books to read before it, but ohmygod, I CAN'T WAIT to read it. AND Insignia sounds ah-may-zing. Love the cover for it.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Nice picks! All 3 of them sound great. I'm looking forward to Partials too. Thanks for stopping by!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Great picks! I definitely can't wait for Partials, and Insignia sounds awesome.

    I'm a new follower! :)
    Andie
    From A to Z

    ReplyDelete
  9. First welcome to book blogging and waiting on wednesday! :)
    Great choices this week! I am especially excited for Partials. Insignia also sounds really good and I am adding it to my list now!

    Thanks for stopping by my post and my review of Cinder! I am so excited for book 2 also, I am dying to know what will happen next. I am a new follower as well.
    Traci @ The Reading Geek

    ReplyDelete
  10. Hey new blogger, welcome and I hope you love!!
    I can't wait for Partials either, it sounds so good and has a wicked awesome cover!!
    Tristan @ Reads With Wreckless Abandon

    ReplyDelete
  11. OMIGOSH I am so excited for Partials. It looks like such a great dystopian/post-apocalyptic read. And it comes out next month!!!

    Awesome pick, love your blog, following now:)

    Fran
    BookChowDown

    ReplyDelete
  12. Oh I can't wait to read Partials! Great picks!

    Giselle
    Xpresso Reads

    ReplyDelete
  13. Cool picks, they all look interesting. Welcome to the wonderful world of book blogging, by the way! Hope you have as much fun doing it as I do.

    My WoW is at YA Yeah Yeah if you'd like to take a look.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Great choices! I think the horse one looks really interesting, but I do love me some horses after all :) Thanks for stopping by!

    ReplyDelete
  15. PARTIAAALS! Definitely one that I want in my hands like, right now! It sounds fantastic and I've already seen soo many good reviews of it! Great picks and thanks for stopping by :)

    Kim @ The Paper Planes

    ReplyDelete
  16. Partials and Insignia sound so good. Great picks.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I can't wait for Partials and Insignia!

    MY WoW

    ReplyDelete
  18. Really looking forward to Partials and love the sound of Insignia. Great choices!

    Safari Poet

    ReplyDelete

Talk to me Goose.....

Thank you for your comments. I really appreciate them and will do my best to respond to your comments in a timely fashion.