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Planning to Pillage

Planning to Pillage

Planning to Pillage is my way of showcasing books that I’m excited about for one reason or another. They may have recently shown up in my mail, they may have just gotten a cover, I may have recently requested them. No matter the case, they are books I think you should have on your radar too!

Time for another edition of Planning to Pillage where we can all drool over upcoming titles that look awesome :D. A couple of these I’ve requested or been pitched and a couple I’ve added to my wishlist recently!

(Covers link to Goodreads so you can add these too!)

Wake of Vultures

Wake of Vultures by Lila Bowen
(Expected publication: October 27th 2015 by Orbit) The description of this one doesn’t give you a lot to go on, but it sounds like a combination of spooky and cool power and an atmospherically bleak setting. I have high expectations from Orbit ;-).

A rich, dark fantasy of destiny, death, and the supernatural world hiding beneath the surface.

Nettie Lonesome lives in a land of hard people and hard ground dusted with sand. She’s a half-breed who dresses like a boy, raised by folks who don’t call her a slave but use her like one. She knows of nothing else. That is, until the day a stranger attacks her. When nothing, not even a sickle to the eye can stop him, Nettie stabs him through the heart with a chunk of wood, and he turns into black sand.

And just like that, Nettie can see.

But her newfound sight is a blessing and a curse. Even if she doesn’t understand what’s under her own skin, she can sense what everyone else is hiding — at least physically. The world is full of evil, and now she knows the source of all the sand in the desert. Haunted by the spirits, Nettie has no choice but to set out on a quest that might lead to her true kin… if the monsters along the way don’t kill her first.

Supervillains Anonymous

Supervillains Anonymous
(Expected publication: June 30th 2015 by Harper Voyager Impulse) I really enjoyed the first book, Superheroes Anonymous, for a fun spin on typical comic superheroes, but that cliffhanger KILLED ME so I need to know what happens next!

New superhero Gail Godwin, the one and only Hostage Girl, is in big trouble: her nemesis Chelsea is loose, someone close to her is dead, and everybody thinks Gail did it. To make matters worse, Davenport Industries has thrown her into a prison that just happens to be full of the very same supervillains who used to kidnap her on an almost daily basis.

Outside, things aren’t going all that great either. There’s a conspiracy that runs all the way to the bedrock of the superhero community, and it’s affecting everybody Gail loves. With her friends in the crosshairs, it’s up to her to escape and get to the bottom of things. Subterfuge, crime-fighting, and running away from everybody you know should be a cinch, right?

Wrong. Gail faces off against hero and villain alike just to stay alive, and you know what they say about supervillains. If you can’t beat them…join them.

The Fold

The Fold by Peter Clines
(Published: June 2nd 2015 by Crown) I’m a bit behind on hearing about this one, but I just received it for review so I’m really excited all the same :D. If you’re looking for an awesome sci-fi that grips you and doesn’t let go, definitely check out The Fold!


The folks in Mike Erikson’s small New England town would say he’s just your average, everyday guy. And that’s exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he’s chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.

That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step.

The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe.

Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything.

A cunningly inventive mystery featuring a hero worthy of Sherlock Holmes and a terrifying final twist you’ll never see coming, The Fold is that rarest of things: a genuinely page-turning science-fiction thriller. Step inside its pages and learn why author Peter Clines has already won legions of loyal fans.


Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
(Expected publication: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers) This book is apparently crack on paper according to early reviewers ;-). It is told very non-traditionally with text messages and things and so the book is giant but apparently a very fast read. I’m so excited that Kaufman is bringing another kickass sci-fi to the scene :D.

This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.

Ink and Bone

Ink and Bone by Rachel Caine
(Expected publication: July 7th 2015 by NAL) Library of Alexandria!!!!! Do I really need to say more? I thought not :D

In an exhilarating new series, New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine rewrites history, creating a dangerous world where the Great Library of Alexandria has survived the test of time.…

Ruthless and supremely powerful, the Great Library is now a presence in every major city, governing the flow of knowledge to the masses. Alchemy allows the Library to deliver the content of the greatest works of history instantly—but the personal ownership of books is expressly forbidden.

Jess Brightwell believes in the value of the Library, but the majority of his knowledge comes from illegal books obtained by his family, who are involved in the thriving black market. Jess has been sent to be his family’s spy, but his loyalties are tested in the final months of his training to enter the Library’s service.

When he inadvertently commits heresy by creating a device that could change the world, Jess discovers that those who control the Great Library believe that knowledge is more valuable than any human life—and soon both heretics and books will burn.…

What are you excited about reading lately? 

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

© 2015, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. I want to read Ink and Bone so bad…. it looks amazing. These all look great tho!
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  2. I really enjoyed Ink and Bone! And am looking forward to seeing what more people think of it :)
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  3. I’m excited for Ink & Bone also and the Supervillains book looks good too. You’ve got a lot that I hadn’t heard of yet.
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  4. I recently read a review of Ink and Bone and now I’m really curious about it! I didn’t really pay much attention to it before today, but I hearing that the supporting characters are great and the world building is amazing has made me want to read it. I’m excited for Illuminae! I looked through my e-arc to see what the pages looked like and was exciting to see the neat texts, articles, etc.

    This is my first hearing of Wake of Vultures and now I’m really happy I checked out this post. It sounds interesting!
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    • Ink and Bone sounds so great and I keep seeing awesome reviews of it :D I hope you really enjoy Illuminae, it definitely has interesting text!

  5. I started Illuminae last night and so far, yes, it’s addicting! I’m loving the style which actually surprised me. I was afraid I’d have trouble connecting to the story and characters but so far so good! I am really curious about Ink and bone too.

    • Gah, so I just finished Illuminae and had such a hard time connecting because of the dossier style. By the end I like Kady a lot, but wow it took me a while!

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