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Planning to Pillage – ALA Part 2

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!

Somehow my plan to pimp ALA books every other week is not turning out, but I’m back with another ALA edition of Planning to Pillage highlighting books I spotted that should definitely be on your radar :D

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

The Weight of Feathers

The Weight of Feathers
(Expected publication: September 15th 2015 by Thomas Dunne) I have it on good authority that despite this cover seeming quite contemporary, The Weight of Feathers is magical realism! I am still getting my head around magical realism, but I like what I’ve read so far and performing feuding families sounds awesome!

For twenty years, the Palomas and the Corbeaus have been rivals and enemies, locked in an escalating feud for over a generation. Both families make their living as traveling performers in competing shows—the Palomas swimming in mermaid exhibitions, the Corbeaus, former tightrope walkers, performing in the tallest trees they can find.

Lace Paloma may be new to her family’s show, but she knows as well as anyone that the Corbeaus are pure magia negra, black magic from the devil himself. Simply touching one could mean death, and she’s been taught from birth to keep away. But when disaster strikes the small town where both families are performing, it’s a Corbeau boy, Cluck, who saves Lace’s life. And his touch immerses her in the world of the Corbeaus, where falling for him could turn his own family against him, and one misstep can be just as dangerous on the ground as it is in the trees.


(Expected publication: September 1st 2015 by Clarion Books) Hoodoo sounds like southern gothic creepy magic middle grade to me and I’m so freaking pumped! I was a little worried I’d be too scared, but the nice publicist assured me it wasn’t too scary ;-).

Twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher was born into a family with a rich tradition of practicing folk magic: hoodoo, as most people call it. But even though his name is Hoodoo, he can’t seem to cast a simple spell. Then a mysterious man called the Stranger comes to town, and Hoodoo starts dreaming of the dead rising from their graves. Even worse, he soon learns the Stranger is looking for a boy. Not just any boy. A boy named Hoodoo. The entire town is at risk from the Stranger’s black magic, and only Hoodoo can defeat him. He’ll just need to learn how to conjure first. Set amid the swamps, red soil, and sweltering heat of small town Alabama in the 1930s, Hoodoo is infused with a big dose of creepiness leavened with gentle humor.


(Published April 8th 2015 by Flux) Zeroboxer is already out, but I got to talk to Fonda for a while at ALA and she was so great! We geeked out about a lot of fandoms and she signed my copy for me :D. This is a sci-fi you can’t miss!

A Sci-Fi Thrill Ride Set in the Action-Packed Sports Arena of the Future

A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.

As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.


(Expected publication: October 6th 2015 by Roaring Brook Press) I’m still wrapping my head around the idea behind Dreamstrider, but it sounds fascinating and I’ve seen a couple of reviewers really liking it, so I’m excited :D.

A high-concept, fantastical espionage novel set in a world where dreams are the ultimate form of political intelligence.

Livia is a dreamstrider. She can inhabit a subject’s body while they are sleeping and, for a short time, move around in their skin. She uses her talent to work as a spy for the Barstadt Empire. But her partner, Brandt, has lately become distant, and when Marez comes to join their team from a neighborhing kingdom, he offers Livia the option of a life she had never dared to imagine. Livia knows of no other dreamstriders who have survived the pull of Nightmare. So only she understands the stakes when a plot against the Empire emerges that threatens to consume both the dreaming world and the waking one with misery and rage.

A richly conceived world full of political intrigue and fantastical dream sequences, at its heart Dreamstrider is about a girl who is struggling to live up to the potential before her.

What are you excited about reading lately? 

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

© 2015, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. Zeroboxer sounds amazing, I must have it! Also loving the look of Dreamstrider, both cover and blurb!
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  2. These are all totally new to me but WOW, I love the cover of Zeroboxer!
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  3. Dreamstrider grabbed my attention when I saw the cover art debut a few months ago. Glad to see it’s on your wishlist, too! :)
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  4. Dreamstrider and Hoodoo sound fascinating. Enjoy!
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  5. I’m SUPER excited for Weight of Feathers and I keep checking my mailbox to see if it’s shown up yet (I suppose I should just really hope that St. Martin’s got my request; I never trust Google forms all that much). I need more magical realism in my life since I liked the concept of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, but not the execution.

    I just added Dreamstrider – I’ve seen SO much hype about it, but I didn’t fully read the synopsis till now. Sounds pretty intriguing!
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    • If I hadn’t grabbed a copy at ALA I probably wouldn’t have thought to request it, but I’m so glad I did!

      Yey, happy to add more books to your TBR ;-)

  6. Hmm, Weight of Feathers sounds a bit like Girl on a Wire, though maybe with a bit more magic? And I just finished Dreamstrider last week. I didn’t connect with the MC as much as I’d like, but the concept is definitely interesting. :)
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  7. I got an ARC of Hoodoo I am so excited to read it. :)
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