Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WWW (32) and Waiting On Wednesday (May 30th, 2012): UnWholly by Neal Shusterman

W. W. W. Wednesday is hosted by Should Be Reading a great blog that I subscribe to. Here's how it works... Each Wednesday I will answer the following questions:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you'll read next?

I'm excited to be back to my weekly memes and I couldn't have picked a better week since I have six books going at the moment...

What are you currently reading?

Arise by Tara Hudson~  This is the sequel to Tara's 2011 debut, Hereafter, which I loved (read my review HERE).  I'm only about a third of the way in, but I'm really enjoying it so far. Look for my review later this week.
Fated by Alyson Noel~  I've been looking forward to this book.  I love her Riley Bloom series, but not so much her Immortals series. So far, this book is shaping up to be a good one.  Stay tuned.
Immortal City by Scott Speer~  I'm buddy reading this one with my oldest daughter, and so far it is excellent.  It's quite original, and I'm having a difficult time controlling my urge to read ahead of her....
On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder~  My younger daughter and I are still plugging away on the Little House series.  Our goal is to finish by the end of summer.  I love this series, and this is one of my favorites!
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien~  I'm reading this to my son so that we can go to see the movie when it comes out (squee!).  This is one of my favorite books of all time and he is LOVING it!
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James~ I had to see for myself what all the hype is about.  Honestly, I'm having an extremely difficult time getting through it.  The writing is just so bad...

What did you recently finish reading?

The Difference Between You and Me by Madeline George~  This book was a decent LGBT coming of age story.  It wasn't my favorite, and I'm certainly glad I got it from the library, but I liked it well enough.  Full review to come...
Dreamless by Josephine Angelini~  This book is the sequel to her 2011 debut, Starcrossed (read my review HERE).  It was one of my my most anticipated 2012 releases, and I was not disappointed!  It was great!  Read my review HERE.
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood~  An extremely good 2012 debut.  I love stories about witches, and although I'm not a big fan of Historical Fiction, I quite enjoyed this book.  Full review coming soon.
Thumped by Megan McCafferty~ This is the follow-up to last year's phenomenal Bumped (read my review HERE).  It was just as good, and much different than I expected it to be.  It was one of those read-in-a-day books.  Full review coming soon.
Insurgent by Veronica Roth~ Another sequel to a beloved 2011 debut; I loved Divergent (read my review HERE), and I loved Insurgent just as much.  The next year is going to be painful, waiting for the final installment!

What do you think you'll read next?

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo~ This book releases next week and since I have heard such wonderful things, it has been moved to the top of my TBR.  Look for a review sometime this weekend.
Timepiece by Myra McEntire~ I am so excited to read this! Its predecessor, 2011 debut, Hourglass, was one of my favorite books last year (read my review HERE), and I've been waiting a long time to read this!  It releases on June 12th, so look my my review in the days before.

Underworld by Meg Cabot~  I loved the first book in this series, Abandon (read my review HERE), and have been looking forward to this. I just picked up my copy the other day, and am looking forward to digging in!

"Waiting On" Wednesday is another fun blog event. Hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, this event gives us a chance to talk about the books we anxiously await the release of. Since there is ALWAYS a looooooong list of books I'm waiting on (I actually keep a spreadsheet), I figured this is one that I MUST do.

I have been waiting for the cover of this week's book to be revealed for ages so that I could highlight it.  Now that it has been, I can...

Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa — and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp — people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.

Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.

Rife with action and suspense, this riveting companion to the perennially popular Unwind challenges assumptions about where life begins and ends—and what it means to live.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Unwind is one of my all-time favorite books and Neal Shusterman is probably my favorite YA author- he is brilliant! When I heard that he was writing UnWholly way, way back when, I was so excited I could barely contain myself. As he wrote the book, he sporadically tweeted his progress, and it made me that much more eager to get my hands on a copy! Now its release date is only a few months away, and I am beside myself with anticipation! This is, hands down, my most "Waited On" book of 2012 and August 28th can't come soon enough!

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: August 28th, 2012
My Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★+++++

What are YOU Waiting On this week?


  1. I really need to read Neal Shusterman, I have heard such great things about his books!

  2. I'm ashamed to say I've never actually read anything by him... I should probably pick up his books at some point!! Great pick :)

    Anna @ Literary Exploration
    My WoW

  3. I love The Hobbit as well, but am worried about the movie. My WWW:

  4. I unfortunately have not yet read any Neal Shusterman, but Unwholly definitely has me very intrigued! I can't wait for it to come out!

    Here’s my WoW

  5. Oh such cool book choices! :)

  6. I just read Unwind a few weeks ago and I really liked it. I'm so happy there's going to be a sequel. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. I haven't heard of Unwholly yet, but it looks a little bit spooky! Great pick =)

    My WOW

  8. I'm reading Thumped right now, and Immortal City looks so good! I've actually gone into the book store a couple times for a specific book and have seen Immortal City on the shelf, picked it up, and had to remind myself that I don't have the money for it =(. I cannot wait to see what you have to say about it!

    Here's my WoW.

  9. Absolutely love that your reading The Hobbit to your son. Such a fantastic book; Tolkien is my favourite author. I cannot wait for the film too! So excited! Some great books here :)

    Here's my WWW:

  10. Wow, that's a huge list! I've heard a lot about Fated, Insurgent and 50 Shades of Grey lately. I'll probably look into Fated and Insurgent, but I'll take your advice on 50 Shades of Grey and avoid it. Here's my link:

  11. Great pick! I haven't heard of this yet or read anything by Shusterman but I definitely need to check out Unwind.

    Thanks for stopping by my post!
    Traci @ The Reading Geek

  12. Fab WoW!! This one sounds really interesting...

    * New follower

    Best wishes


  13. I have not heard of Unwind before, but it sounds amazing! It sounds completely unique from anything else I have read, so I am putting it on my TBR list! Great Pick! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog!

  14. I've had Unwind on my TBR for a long time. Sounds like such an interesting and scary concept. Unwinding kids to use their organs and parts on other people. Really crazy! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. ooh Underworld looks like a good read to start next XD I love Meg Cabot. She is an amazing writer and author.

    Thanks for stopping by my Blog =D

    Maura @ Monster of Books

  16. Nice pick. I haven't heard of this one before. That cover is super creepy. Thanks for sharing!

  17. LOL, yeah, I've heard the writing in Fifty Shades of Grey is awful.

  18. Wow...I though I was reading a lot of books at once. But you definitely trump me! I'm also jealous of the number of books you read last week. I really wish I read faster.

    I also highly recommend Timepiece! was shattering. but oh so good.

    My WWW Wednesday is here.

  19. I need to read this AND more of Neal Shusterman. This one sounds so good! Thanks for sharing :)

    Chapter by Chapter

  20. Sounds like an interesting read. Will have to add it to the list.

    Thanks for stopping by,
    @ Livin' Life Through Books

  21. Creepy cover! but really interesting. I haven't read the first one though, I guess I'm going to have to start on that first.

    Thanks for stopping by my Wow.

    Janus @ The Blair Book Project

  22. I think, at this point, everyone is excited about the sequel to Unwind. I liked Unwind a lot and I think Shusterman will deliver another great book.
    Thanks for stopping by!

  23. I have yet to read any of Neal Shusterman's books (though I already own a couple). But thanks for sharing this anyway. I'm pretty sure if I start to get sucked into the story, I'd be most looking forward to the next books in the series.

    And thanks for visiting my WoW! :)

    - Mauie (The Traveling Reader)

  24. This is my first time seeing UnWholly. I will have to check out the first book in the series. Thanks for stopping by my wow:)

  25. Arise is awesome :D Enjoy ;) And Shadow and Bone is so so so good. <3 hope you love them all. :) Also! Great WoW pick :D Seems like an great book. :)
    Thank you for commenting on my WoW. <3
    Love, Carina @ Carina's Books

  26. I cannot wait for UnWholly! I just love Unwind so much! :)

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Sarah @ Smitten over Books

  27. I LOVE Neal Shusterman and canNOT wait for this one either!


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