"Waiting on" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted at Breaking the Spine that spotlights an upcoming release (or releases) that we're eagerly anticipating.
My WoW picks for this week:
Don’t Expect Magic
By: Kathy McCullough
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: November 8, 2011
Delaney Collins doesn’t believe in fairy tales. And why should she? Her mom is dead, her best friend is across the country, and she’s stuck in California with “Dr. Hank,” her famous life-coach father – a man she barely knows. Happily ever after? Yeah, right.
Then Dr. Hank tells her an outrageous secret: he’s a fairy godmother – an f.g. – and he can prove it. And by the way? The f.g. gene is hereditary. Meaning there’s a good chance that New Jersey tough girl Delaney is someone’s fairy godmother.
But what happens when a fairy godmother needs a wish of her own?
This one looks so interesting! Other than Ella Enchanted I haven’t really read many books that involve fairy godmothers – the type of fairies I’ve been reading about lately have been the much darker ones found in urban fantasy novels. I’m really looking forward to checking this one out.
Also can you imagine finding out that your dad is a fairy godmother? Haha, that’d just be so weird.
My Beating Teenage Heart
By: CK Kelly Martin
Publisher: Random House
Release Date: September 27, 2011
Ashlyn Baptiste is falling. One moment she was nothing – no memories, no self – and then suddenly, she’s plummeting through a sea of stars. Is she in a coma? She doesn’t remember dying, and she has no memories of the life she left behind. All she knows is that she’s trapped in a consciousness without a body and she’s spending every moment watching a stranger.
Breckon Cody’s on the edge. He’s being ripped apart by grief so intense it literally hurts to breathe. On the surface, Breckon is trying to hold it together for his family and his girlfriend, but underneath he’s barely hanging on.
Even though she didn’t know him in life, Ashlyn sees Breckon’s pain, and she’s determined to find a way to help him. As her own distressing memories emerge from the darkness, she struggles to communicate with the boy who can’t see her, but whose life is suddenly intertwined with hers. In alternating voices of the main characters, My Beating Teenage Heart paints a devastatingly vivid picture of both the heartbreak and the promise of teenage life – a life Ashlyn would do anything to recover and Breckon seems desperate to destroy – and will appeal to fans of Sarah Dessen, John Green, and David Levithan.
I absolutely cannot wait to read this. I really like that we pretty much have no idea what the heck is going on in terms of plot, but it has so much potential! The only thing I’m worried about is that it will be unnecessarily dramatic and over-the-top. But I know that the author doesn’t write the blurb, so my fears could be totally unfounded and I’m definitely willing to give it a shot. I’m also not really a fan of the title or the cover, but again, those aren’t necessarily a reflection of the actual content. :)
What is everyone else waiting on this Wednesday? Help me add to my wishlist! :P