Waiting on Wednesday: The Young Elites by Marie Lu and Lizzy & Jane by Katherine Reay

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Here are my WOW picks for this week:

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)The Young Elites
(The Young Elites #1)
by Marie Lu
YA Dystopian
October 7th 2014 by Putnam Books for Young Readers


I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside.

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites.

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all.

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen.

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her.

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

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Lizzy and JaneLizzy & Jane
by Katherine Reay
Christian Contemporary
October 2014 by Thomas Nelson


Lizzy and Jane never saw eye to eye. But when illness brings them together, they discover they may be more like Austen’s famous sisters after all.

Lizzy was only a teenager when her mother died of cancer. Shortly after, Lizzy fled from her home, her family, and her cherished nickname. After working tirelessly to hone her gift of creating magic in the kitchen, Elizabeth has climbed the culinary ladder to become the head chef of her own New York restaurant, Feast. But as her magic begins to elude her, Paul, Feast’s financial backer, brings in someone to share her responsibilities and her kitchen. So Elizabeth flees again.

In a desperate attempt to reconnect with her gift, Elizabeth returns home. But her plans are derailed when she learns that her estranged sister, Jane, is battling cancer. Elizabeth surprises everyone—including herself—when she decides to stay in Seattle and work to prepare healthy, sustaining meals for Jane as she undergoes chemotherapy. She also meets Nick and his winsome son, Matt, who, like Elizabeth, are trying to heal from the wounds of the past.

As she tends to Jane's needs, Elizabeth's powers begin to return to her, along with the family she left behind so long ago. Then Paul tries to entice her back to New York, and she is faced with a hard decision: stay and become Lizzy to her sister’s Jane, or return to New York and the life she worked so hard to create?

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Why can't I wait for these books? Well, I loved, loved, loved Marie Lu's Legend series and this new series sounds really intriguing and fabulous! Then I absolutely fell in love with Katherine Reay's debut book, Dear Mr. Knightly, and I can't wait for this sophomore release! I think it will be just as endearing.

What do you think? Are either of these on your can't-wait-to-read list or will be?


  1. Three cheers for 'Lizzy & Jane,' I've heard it's possibly BETTER than DMK, so it's a must on that fall TBR. ;)

  2. I can't wait for The Young Elites…I loved her Legend series!! ~Pam

  3. I really loved that series, so yes, you should read it! :)

  4. I just got an eARC and I can't wait to get to it on my list!! I loved how in DMK I got so caught up in the story that I completely forgot I was reading letters.

  5. Good grief, how excited I am for The Young Elites is crazy. Cannot wait! Lizzy and Jane I had not heard of, but it actually..... sounds really good! I am surprised, but I am starting to want to read more books like this!

  6. Both should be fabulous! I wish I had an ARC of The Young Elites, but no luck there. :(


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