Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Waiting on Wednesdays: Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

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Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund

Publish Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

Cheating a bit here - I've already read this book. I loved it so much that I want to emphasize its release for everyone. Such an incredible book. It's a companion to For Darkness Shows the Stars and based off of The Scarlet Pimpernel!

Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction—the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars—is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.

Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can’t risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he’s hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country’s revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he’s pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she’s not only risking her heart, she’s risking the world she’s sworn to protect.

In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.


  1. There's a companion novel!? *adds to GR* Thanks for sharing, it looks amazing! So OK, I haven't read the first one, but I will lol!

    Shaheen @ Speculating on SpecFic
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  2. I have an eARC of this one, but have yet to read it :) I'm definitely curious about it and I love the cover.

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  3. I just love the look of the cover, it's beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I absolutely love the cover! I'm adding this book to my to-read list :)

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    Jackie @Jackie's Book World

  5. i like Peterfruend and you give the book a good view, i will have to check it out.

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  6. I've seen this one before and I really like the sound of it. I'm glad you enjoyed reading it.
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  7. I got ARC, but i don't know. I doesn't looks like something I might like.

    Glass @ Way Too Hot Books

  8. I have had For Darkness in my possession for way over a year and have yet to read it. I really have heard great things but I keep holding off for some reason.

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  9. *gasp* Cheater! Now, I didn't get this one at BEA (too long a line, too lazy) but I did get an eARC of it and definitely can't wait to read it. Sick day? *cough, cough*

  10. YES ALISON!!!! I can't wait to read this. So glad to know you loved it, I'm hoping to start it next week. I'm ready for more of Diana's brilliant characters:)

  11. I did a happy dance when I snagged an ARC of this at ALA. I'm going to have to read The Scarlet Pimpernel too which I'm kinda excited about because I've never read it/heard of it before.

  12. I still need to read the first book, but the covers are stunning and I love the sound of the blurbs :)


  13. I'm totally torn about this book. Dystopians and futuristic genres aren't things I generally like (they freak me out so much!), but The Scarlet Pimpernel is a FAVORITE story of mine. Plus, I keep hearing how wonderful Darkness and this one are. Ahhh! Would you say that I should read Darkness first?

    Have you seen the Anthony Andrews/Ian McKellen/Jane Seymour The Scarlet Pimpernel?? It's amazing.

  14. This one sounds so good. I love the cover for this book. Hoping to read this one soon. Come visit me as well.

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  15. Wonderful book cover! It sounds really good. I can't wait to read this one myself! Thanks for sharing.

    Ann@Blogging E-books

  16. I just got the first book from the library! I love the covers for these books!

  17. OOoh nice! Haven't read this series but love the cover!

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  18. I love the cover although I think the first one is more beautiful in some ways. Haven't yet read For Darkness Shows the Stars. Thanks for sharing!

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    Zareena @ Books and Books

  19. I'm so looking forward to this one!

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  20. I'm glad you enjoyed this (who cares about cheating? ;)). I'm looking forward to reading this soon, I'm just about to start For Darkness Shows the Stars. :)

    Lindsay | Me on Books

  21. I am so eager to compare this to The Scarlet Pimpernel, which I read specifically in preparation for this read.


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