“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by the fantastic people over at Breaking The Spine that highlights upcoming releases that we are excited about.
For this week my pre-publication selection that I can’t wait for is:
Gasp (Visions #3) by Lisa McMann
Set For Release On: June 3rd, 2014
Summary From Goodreads:
After narrowly surviving two harrowing tragedies, Jules now fully understands the importance of the visions that she and people around her are experiencing. She’s convinced that if the visions passed from her to Sawyer after she saved him, then they must now have passed from Sawyer to one of the people he saved.
That means it’s up to Jules to figure out which of the school shooting survivors is now suffering from visions of another crisis. And once she realizes who it is, she has to convince that survivor that this isn’t all crazy—that the images are of something real. Something imminent.
As the danger escalates more than ever before in the conclusion to the Visions series, Jules wonders if she’ll finally find out why and how this is happening—before it’s too late to prevent disaster.
This is a series with stories that leave you exhausted and exhilarated at the same time. The style of writing is engaging and easy to enjoy, the humor is almost always spot on, and the characters are (for the most part of course) lovable goofballs. I read Crash last year, and earlier this year I read and enjoyed Bang (my review here), and I’m sure Gasp will be just as good. Also, the spines are going to look awesome on my shelf. >.>
Does Gasp sound like a book you would enjoy? Have you read the other books in the series, and did you enjoy them if you have? What book are you “Waiting On”? Let me know in the comments and/or leave a link to your own WoW post and I will make sure to stop by! Thanks for checking out my Waiting On Wednesday! ^.^
Book of the Week
Every Saturday I will talk about my favorite book that I read during the week, whether it be a review or a spotlight, or maybe having the author over to talk about it. Who doesn’t want more happy bookish goodness? ^.^
This week I’m gushing about: Bang by Lisa McMann
Released On: October 8th, 2013
Summary From Goodreads:
Jules should be happy. She saved a lot of people’s lives and she’s finally with Sawyer, pretty much the guy of her dreams. But the nightmare’s not over, because she somehow managed to pass the psycho vision stuff to Sawyer. Excellent.
Feeling responsible for what he’s going through and knowing that people’s lives are at stake, Jules is determined to help him figure it all out. But Sawyer’s vision is so awful he can barely describe it, much less make sense of it. All he can tell her is there’s a gun, and eleven ear-splitting shots. Bang.
Jules and Sawyer have to work out the details fast, because the visions are getting worse and that means only one thing: time is running out. But every clue they see takes them down the wrong path. If they can’t prevent the vision from happening, lives will be lost. And they may be among the casualties…
I’m officially in love with this series and Lisa McMann’s writing style. I’m already pining for Gasp, book three in the series, as I type this.
The banter between the family members (Jules – MC, Rowan – lil sis, Trey – older brother) and the love interest (Sawyer) is some of the best I’ve seen and I laughed almost to the point of tears throughout the book. The closeness that the siblings share is so touching and while it is explained quite clearly how they stay that way it still feels surreal at times.
Rowan is the best secondary character I’ve experienced in quite some time. She’s got attitude, she’s a darling little sister when she knows Jules needs it but uses it to her advantage when it suits her, and her witty remarks slay me every time. Trey manages to not be a cookie cutter older brother while still being there for Sawyer during the crap she has to go through. He’s her rock, but that doesn’t stop him from questioning some of the decisions she makes and calling her out when he thinks it’s necessary. He’s just a cool guy, someone you’d love to have as your best friend.
Then there is the romance between Jules and Sawyer and holy freaking crap if it isn’t the sweetest thing aaaaaaah.
They are so torn between having to deal with their family BS and wanting to be together and when Sawyer is dealing with the worst of the visions and all that goes with it…I melted into a puddle of happy goo by the way they helped each other. They both struggled so much, going through all kinds of ordeals, and even fights between themselves, but cared enough to talk it out and stay strong for each other. It wasn’t a “perfect” romance where everything just falls into place and that’s what made it so special and so REAL.
Oh and the STORY! There is action, and creepy vision-y things with a lot of mystery/amateur sleuthing going on which was so fun to read even during the rough parts (in the plot not the level of writing – to be clear). Plus SO MUCH DRAMA but like…the good kind, if that makes any sense at all. It all worked so well together and there was the perfect amount of tension and aaaaah so GOOD.
Well, now you know how I feel about Bang, and also this is a pretty good idea of what this feature will be like every week assuming I get at least one really good book/week which I think is highly likely. Thank you so much for reading and check out the Visions series if you haven’t already! ^.^
Summary From Goodreads:
Jules lives with her family above their restaurant, which means she smells like pizza most of the time and drives their double-meatball-shaped food truck to school. It’s not a recipe for popularity, but she can handle that.
What she can’t handle is the recurring vision that haunts her. Over and over, Jules sees a careening truck hit a building and explode…and nine body bags in the snow.
The vision is everywhere—on billboards, television screens, windows—and she’s the only one who sees it. And the more she sees it, the more she sees. The vision is giving her clues, and soon Jules knows what she has to do. Because now she can see the face in one of the body bags, and it’s someone she knows. Someone she has been in love with for as long as she can remember.
In this riveting start to a gripping series from New York Times bestselling author Lisa McMann, Jules has to act—and act fast—to keep her vision from becoming reality.
Intense. Cliff hanger. Romeo and Juliet. These are the things that come to mind immediately after reading Crash. I know one thing is certain, I can’t wait to read Bang!
Let’s start with Romeo and Juliet. The parallels here are obvious from the beginning, though for whatever reason I kept thinking of West Side Story instead. Sure, I don’t remember visions being a part of either of the two stories, but the families feuding keeping two young love-struck people apart sure does ring a bunch of bells. In this particular case it isn’t gangs or some birth right induced hatred, but rival family pizza places that separate the two families. There are other, deeper reasons for their mutual dislike for one another, but I won’t spoil it for you. The similarities between Romeo and Juliet and Crash did not cause the story to lessen in any way, though I do hope the ending to the series will not be the same. Happy ending pretty please? ^.^
On to intensity. Visions every so often would be one thing, especially if you can limit or control them, but if they start to become constant and interfere with your regular life to as high of a degree as they do here, that would be quite annoying indeed. The bond between Jules and Sawyer is also very deep, even if they can’t show it. You can feel that close friendship and caring throughout the book which makes what Jules has to go through all the more difficult. The vehement feelings between the older generations of the two families is also accurately described by the word intense, it is inescapable.
Finally, cliff hanger. The ending clearly sets up the next book in the four part series, Bang. It showed where the story was going to go next, who it would focus on, and it gave some insight as to how life is going to be like for Jules from that point forward. There were, however, some really important questions that I am dying to know the answer too, and sadly it isn’t expected to be released until October 8th. Until then, we wait.
To summarize the usual elements I will say the following. The characters were excellent, I connected with all of them and felt like each was hashed out enough as to feel real, they made the reader care about them. The pacing was slightly erratic but overall kept me engaged and I didn’t feel tempted to skim no matter how much I wanted to know what would happen next. As for the writing itself, there were some interesting quirks (you’ll notice them right away if you read Crash) but I liked it quite a bit. This was my first Lisa McMann book but after reading it I’ll have to look into some of her other works. I quite enjoyed Crash, it wasn’t perfect, but it felt right that way. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 20!