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Planning to Pillage – ALA 2015 #1

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!

Welcome to the start of my fangirling over ALA books series :D. Instead of doing one post with a crazy book haul, I decided that I want to spend more time showcasing books that I found at ALA that I hadn’t heard of previously and that I’m freaking pumped to read. So over the next several months (year??), I’ll be pulling out a few and telling you more about them and why I think you should put them on your TBR asap!

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

My Diary From the Edge of the World

My Diary From the Edge of the World
(Expected publication: November 3rd 2015 by Aladdin) All right first off, there is a dragon in the moon, so that’s clearly a win! Second, I love how the description says that it combines science with myth and magic since that is my favorite kind of fantasy. Finally, it’s told in diary form :D.

Told in diary form by an irresistible heroine, this playful and perceptive novel from the New York Times bestselling author of the May Bird trilogy sparkles with science, myth, magic, and the strange beauty of the everyday marvels we sometimes forget to notice.

Spirited, restless Gracie Lockwood has lived in Cliffden, Maine, her whole life. She’s a typical girl in an atypical world: one where sasquatches helped to win the Civil War, where dragons glide over Route 1 on their way south for the winter (sometimes burning down a T.J. Maxx or an Applebee’s along the way), where giants hide in caves near LA and mermaids hunt along the beaches, and where Dark Clouds come for people when they die.

To Gracie it’s all pretty ho-hum…until a Cloud comes looking for her little brother Sam, turning her small-town life upside down. Determined to protect Sam against all odds, her parents pack the family into a used Winnebago and set out on an epic search for a safe place that most people say doesn’t exist: The Extraordinary World. It’s rumored to lie at the ends of the earth, and no one has ever made it there and lived to tell the tale. To reach it, the Lockwoods will have to learn to believe in each other—and to trust that the world holds more possibilities than they’ve ever imagined.

The Beast of Cretacea

The Beast of Cretacea
(Expected publication: October 13th 2015 by Candlewick Press) It’s Moby Dick retold as a sci-fi on a planet where there are giant manta rays!!!! Also that cover is freaking gorgeous and I am shallow >.>.

Master storyteller Todd Strasser reimagines the classic tale of Moby Dick as set in the future—and takes readers on an epic sci-fi adventure.

When seventeen-year-old Ishmael wakes up from stasis aboard the Pequod, he is amazed by how different this planet is from the dirty, dying, Shroud-covered Earth he left behind. But Ishmael isn’t on Cretacea to marvel at the fresh air, sunshine, and endless blue ocean. He’s here to work, risking his life to hunt down great ocean-dwelling beasts to harvest and send back to the resource-depleted Earth. Even though easy prey abounds, time and again the chase boat crews are ordered to ignore it in order to pursue the elusive Great Terrafin. It’s rumored that the ship’s captain, Ahab, lost his leg to the beast years ago, and that he’s now consumed by revenge. But there may be more to Captain Ahab’s obsession. Dark secrets and dangerous exploits swirl around the pursuit of the beast, and Ishmael must do his best to survive—if he can.

The Night Parade

The Night Parade
(Expected publication: January 2016 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky) LOOK AT THAT GORGEOUSNESS!!! Seriously, how are we all not freaking out about this yet?? A girl in Japan accidentally triggers a death curse and needs the help of spirit guides to undo it *flails*.

The last thing Saki Yamamoto wants to do for her summer vacation is trade in exciting Tokyo for the antiquated rituals and bad cell reception of her grandmother’s village. Preparing for the Obon ceremony is boring. Then the local kids take an interest in Saki and she sees an opportunity for some fun, even if it means disrespecting her family’s ancestral shrine on a malicious dare.

But as Saki rings the sacred bell, the darkness shifts. A death curse has been invoked… and Saki has three nights to undo it. With the help of three spirit guides and some unexpected friends, Saki must prove her worth – or say good-bye to the world of the living forever.

The Peddler’s Road

The Peddler's Road
(Expected publication: October 27th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers) *bounces around singing “Pied Piper retelling!” over and over again*

It is said that in the thirteenth century, in a village called Hamelin, a piper lured all of the children away with his magical flute, and none of them were ever seen again.

Today tough, pink-haired Max and her little brother, Carter, are stuck in modern-day Hamelin with their father . . . until they are also led away by the Piper to a place called the Summer Isle. There they meet the original stolen children, who haven’t aged a day and who have formed their own village, vigilantly guarded from the many nightmarish beings that roam the land.

No one knows why the Piper stole them, but Max and Carter’s appearance may be the key to returning the lost children of Hamelin—and to going home themselves. But to discover the secrets of the Piper, Max and Carter will have to set out on a mysterious quest down the dangerous Peddler’s Road.

Art in the Blood

Art in the Blood
(Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by Collins Crime Club) A new Sherlock Holmes story :D with Mycroft!!!!

London. A snowy December, 1888. Sherlock Holmes, 34, is languishing and back on cocaine after a disastrous Ripper investigation. Watson can neither comfort nor rouse his friend – until a strangely encoded letter arrives from Paris.

Mlle La Victoire, a beautiful French cabaret star writes that her young son has vanished, and she has been attacked in the streets of Montmartre.

Racing to Paris with Watson at his side, Holmes discovers the missing child is only the tip of the iceberg of a much larger problem. The most valuable statue since the Winged Victory has been violently stolen in Marseilles, and several children from a silk mill in Lancashire have been found murdered. The clues in all three cases point to a single, untouchable man, an art collector seemingly beyond reach of the law.

Will Holmes recover in time to find the missing boy and stop a rising tide of murders? To do so he must stay one step ahead of a dangerous French rival and the threatening interference of his own brother, Mycroft.

This latest adventure, in the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, sends the iconic duo from London to Paris and the icy wilds of Lancashire in a case which tests Watson’s friendship and the fragility and gifts of Sherlock Holmes’ own artistic nature to the limits.

The Door by the Staircase

The Door by the Staircase
(Expected publication: January 5th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion) All I need in life are the words “Russian fairytales in this darkly funny middle-grade fantasy” and illustrations. That is all!

Twelve-year-old Mary Hayes can’t stand her orphanage for another night. But when an attempted escape through the stove pipe doesn’t go quite as well as she’d hoped, Mary fears she’ll be stuck in the Buffalo Asylum for Young Ladies forever.

The very next day, a mysterious woman named Madame Z appears at the orphanage requesting to adopt Mary, and the matron’s all too happy to get the girl off her hands. Soon, Mary is fed a hearty meal, dressed in a clean, new nightgown and shown to a soft bed with blankets piled high. She can hardly believe she isn’t dreaming!

But when Mary begins to explore the strange nearby town with the help of her new friend, Jacob, she learns a terrifying secret about Madame Z’s true identity. If Mary’s not careful, her new home might just turn into a nightmare.

Award-winning author Katherine Marsh draws from Russian fairytales in this darkly funny middle-grade fantasy novel

What are you excited about reading lately?  Any of these catch your eye??

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

© 2015, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. The Night Parade and Peddler’s Road sound amazing! Great picks!
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  2. Um the cover for The Night Parade wins so much, love it!
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  3. The Peddler’s Road and my Diary at the Edge of the World both look really good. Did you have fun at ALA?
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    • Yes so much fun! Pretty exhausting, but it was great to be able to chat with the publicists and just geek out about books :D

  4. The covers on ALL of these are so fantastic!! Art in the Blood jumps out to me the most, but pretty much all of them will be added to my TBR :)
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  5. I haven’t heard of a single one of these, and at least three are headed onto my TBR list… after I swore I wouldn’t be adding anything (well much) for a while. You book pusher, you! ;-)
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  6. The Door by the Staircase sounds awesome! That’s totally going on my to read list. The Night Parade and The Peddler’s Road sound good too.
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  7. I got the Night Parade form netgalley and it sounds so amazing! And that cover is just so beautifull and what got my attention in the first place. I also love the cover for My Diary at the Edge of the World, although I am not sure if I would enjoy diary story telling. So many good sounding books!
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    • Oo it’s on NetGalley?? It got lost in the mail and I’m still trying to recover it, so requesting on NetGalley would be such a relief!

  8. Holy balls, I’ve never heard of ANY of these^^ They ALL look wonderful though so I’m looking forward to reading your thoughts on all of them but in the meantime, I’m off to look them up on Goodreads XD Happy reading! xx
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