Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (34)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. WOW spotlights forthcoming titles that we absolutely can't wait to read.

It's been a REALLY long time since I've done one of these. But I'm in a bit of a review funk and haven't been able to write any for some reason. And since there's SO many delicious-looking (I mean...I'm not going to ACTUALLY eat them...) books coming out this year, I figured I'd post about some!

Beauty Queens
Libba Bray
Scholastic Press
[May 24, 2011]

From bestselling, Printz Award-winning author Libba Bray, the story of a plane of beauty pageant contestants that crashes on a desert island.
Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to email. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

 I LOVE Libba Bray, which I've mentioned several times. So I quite obviously NEED my hero's next book!

Starcrossed
Josephine Angelini
HarperTeen
[May 31, 2011]

How do you defy destiny?

Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.

As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

 This book just sounds amazing and the cover is breathtaking.

Hourglass
Myra McEntire
EgmontUSA
[May 24, 2011]

Since the age of fourteen, Emerson Cole has seen strange things – dead things – swooning Southern Belles, soldiers, and other eerie apparitions of the past. She’s tried everything to get rid of the visions: medication, counseling, asylums. Nothing’s worked.

So when Emerson's well-meaning brother calls in yet another consultant from a mysterious organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to give it one last try.

Michael Weaver is no ordinary consultant. He's barely older than she is; he listens like no one she's ever met before; and he doesn't make her feel the least bit crazy. As Emerson ventures deeper into the world of the Hourglass, she begins to learn the truth about her past, her future--and her very life.

A seductive time-slip novel that merges the very best of the paranormal and science fiction genres, Myra McEntire’s Hourglass is a stunning debut from an author to watch.

 I love Myra and I love this cover and I love this summary and just...SO MUCH LOVE AND NEED.

What Happened to Goodbye
Sarah Dessen
Penguin Young Readers Group
[May 10, 2011]

Another town. Another school. Another Mclean. Ever since her parents' bitter divorce, Mclean and her father have been fleeing their unhappy past. And Mclean's become a pro at reinventing herself with each move. But in Lakeview, Mclean finds herself putting down roots and making friends—in part, thanks to Dave, the most real person Mclean's ever met. Dave just may be falling in love with her, but can he see the person she really is? Does Mclean herself know?


It's Sarah freaking Dessen. Does anything else need to be said? 

Shift
Jeri Smith-Ready
Simon Pulse
[May 3, 2011]

Aura’s life is anything but easy. Her boyfriend, Logan, died, and his slides between ghost and shade have left her reeling. Aura knows he needs her now more than ever. She loves Logan, but she can’t deny her connection with the totally supportive, totally gorgeous Zachary. And she’s not sure that she wants to.
Logan and Zachary will fight to be the one by her side, but Aura needs them both to uncover the mystery of her past—the mystery of the Shift.

As Aura’s search uncovers new truths, she must decide whom to trust with her secrets…and her heart.

I LOVED Shade, so I'm REALLY excited for the next book!

Think I'll leave it here for now. But apparently while every else is at BEA, I'll be on a book shopping spree. Since I'll have just finished AP hell, I'll totally deserve it too.

What do YOU think of these books?

--Julie

6 comments:

  1. What great picks! They all sound amazing!

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  2. I'm waiting on ALL of these! Seriously.

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  3. Got to agree on the whole Dessen thing. And that cover for Hourglass? A-MAZING. It hits me every time.

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  4. These all sound amazing :) Great picks!

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  5. I want Starcrossed !! The cover is just gorgeous !! Great choices ;)

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  6. Wonderful picks this week! I've added a couple of these titles to my wishlist.

    I've never read any of Dessen's novels by the way but I think I might have to. She seems to have a huge group of faithful fans :)

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