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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!

This time on Planning to Pillage I’m going to feature the four books that I requested in May. I’ve been trying to keep myself to only requesting four books a month to keep my review pile under control, so therefore I’ve had to become pretty stringent in what I seek out to review. These are the four that made the cut!

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

Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8)

Magic Shifts (Expected publication: August 4th 2015 by Ace) I’ve loved the Kate Daniels series for a long time and religiously read each book as soon as I can get my hands on it, so I of course had to request the latest from the lovely publicists at Ace! This is an urban fantasy series not to miss and I haven’t been disappointed with any of the later books. The early books aren’t the strongest in the series, so I recommend getting past three before deciding ;-).

In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…



(Expected publication: June 2nd 2015 by DAW) When I got an email about NOVA I wasn’t sure at first, and then I saw that Amie Kaufman blurbed it and the description is ridiculously intriguing so I had to go for it! I’m thinking it’ll be a great workout book :D.


The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.

Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.

Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.



(Expected publication: July 21st 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers) I really enjoyed book one, Dissonance, so when I saw that Resonance was up on Edelweiss, I instantly requested it. I’m now patiently waiting for the right time in my workout reading schedule to jump in and it’s gonna be soon!

As a Walker between worlds, Del is responsible for the love of her life—and the fate of millions—in this thrilling sequel to Dissonance.

Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him.

She’s back at the Consort—training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon.

In agreeing, Del might be endangering her family. But if she doesn’t, innocent people will die, and Simon will be lost to her forever. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice…

A Nearer Moon

A Nearer Moon

(Expected publication: September 8th 2015 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers) How could anyone resist that cover??!?!? There is some creature coming out of the water and pulling their boat down and they’re just standing there like complete badasses! This one is also up on Edelweiss for request so go go go go!

In a small river village where the water is cursed, a girl’s bravery—and the existence of magic—could mean the difference between life and death in this elegant, luminous tale from the author of Parched and Audacity.

Along a lively river, in a village raised on stilts, lives a girl named Luna. All her life she has heard tales of the time before the dam appeared, when sprites danced in the currents and no one got the mysterious wasting illness from a mouthful of river water. These are just stories, though—no sensible person would believe in such things.

Beneath the waves is someone who might disagree. Perdita is a young water sprite, delighting in the wet splash and sparkle, and sad about the day her people will finally finish building their door to another world, in search of a place that humans have not yet discovered.

But when Luna’s little sister falls ill with the river sickness, everyone knows she has only three weeks to live. Luna is determined to find a cure for her beloved sister, no matter what it takes. Even if that means believing in magic…

What are you excited about reading lately? Are you thinking about reading any of these?

Anya from On Starships and Dragonwings -Anya

© 2015, Anya. All rights reserved.


  1. I’m also really excited for Resonance. I met Erica O’Rourke at RT and she was so nice and that only improved my desire to read Resonance. I requested it on Edelweiss but was pretty much instantly declined:( Going to add a few more reviews and request again because I really want it… Though I do wish they hadn’t changed the covers – I own the original cover and like it much better.
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    • Aww, that’s so great to hear when authors with great books are nice too! One thing I did on EW was add in reviews for books I hadn’t requested through there since you can add them for any published book.

  2. Nearer to the Moon looks so pretty, and I really hope it is a great novel!
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  3. I’m excited to read Resonance. I liked but didn’t love Dissonance, but I actually really enjoyed Harmonic, so I can’t wait to see how everything is wrapped up.

    Wow, the cover for A Near Moon is GORGEOUS.

    • Oo, I still really need to read Harmonic, gah, novellas kill me!

      • I know, they’re such a pain. Fortunately my OverDrive request at the library went through, so I didn’t have to pay for it. Otherwise I would have skipped it, most likely.

        • Oo, I didn’t realize that libraries ever had novellas, I’ll have to check if mine does, since I hate paying so much for such short stories!

          • Yeah, you should look into it. Even if your library doesn’t have the novellas already, you can click “Additional Titles To Recommend” and then request the books you want!

          • I love recommending titles to my library though they never seem to listen haha

  4. Oh A Nearer Moon’s cover is gorgeous. I really need to go through Edelweiss more often. These all look great.
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  5. Thanks for sharing! Nova sounds really good! I saw a Nearer Moon on Edelweiss but I wasn’t sure about it. I think I’ll wait for your review. :)

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