"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 picks for this week:
All These Things I’ve Done
By: Gabrielle Zevin
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
Release Date: September 6, 2011
In 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal, paper is hard to find, water is carefully rationed, and New York City is rife with crime and poverty. And yet, for Anya Balanchine, the sisteen-year-old daughter of the city’s most notorious (and dead) crime boss, life is fairly routine. It consists of going to school, taking care of her siblings and her dying grandmother, trying to avoid falling in love with the new assistant D.A.’s son, and avoiding her loser ex-boyfriend. That is, until her ex is accidently poisoned by the chocolate her family manufactures and the police think she’s to blame. Suddenly, Anya finds herself thrust unwillingly into the spotlight – at school, in the news, and most importantly, within her mafia family.
I know, I know, yet another dystopian novel, but this one has so many awesome things in it that I’m just dying for it. Chocolate and coffee being illegal, for one thing, how cool will THAT be to read about? I can’t imagine life without either of those things. Also, daughter of a crime boss? Mafia family? Falling for the D.A.’s son while she’s suspected of poisoning her ex-boyfriend? How can you go wrong? September is seriously going to be the BEST book month ever.
By: Jennifer L. Armentrout
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release Date: September 2012
Dying sucks – and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember touches dies. And that, well, really blows.
Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things – including boys. When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss Hayden. Who wouldn’t?
But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not’ve been an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her heart, but her life. For real this time.
This sounds SO GOOD. I love the idea of not being able to touch anything (although how much would that suck in real life?) and I’m imagining lots of sizzling sexual tension between Ember and Hayden. Whoooo. And although having a fatal touch is a similar premise as Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me, otherwise the plots look different enough that I think I’ll be able to thoroughly enjoy each one individually.
And this one is a September release too, although if you noticed, it’s not coming out until September 2012. :( Why do I torture myself like this?
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?