“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 this week:
Wander Dust (The Seraphina Parrish Trilogy 1)
By: Michelle Warren
Release Date: November 2011
Ever since her sixteenth birthday, strange things keep happening to Seraphina Parrish.
The Lady in Black… burns Sera’s memories.
Unexplainable Premonitions… catapult her to other cities.
The Grungy Gang… wants to kill her.
And a beautiful, mysterious boy… stalks her.
But when Sera moves to Chicago and her aunt reveals their family connection to a centuries old, secret society, she is immediately thrust into an unbelievable fantasy world, leading her on a quest to unravel the mysteries that plague her. In the end, their meanings crash into an epic struggle of loyalty and betrayal, and she’ll be forced to choose between the boy who has stolen her heart and the thing she desires most.
Wander Dust is the breathtaking fantasy that will catapult you through a story of time and love.
I got to meet Michelle Warren at the National Book Festival last weekend and it made me even MORE excited to read Wander Dust. It just sounds so cool and mysterious, and I love the time-travel element. And how gorgeous is the cover?? So eager for this one!
By: Alethea Kontis
Publisher: Harcourt Children’s Books
Release Date: May 8, 2012
It isn’t easy being the rather overlooked and unhappy youngest sibling to sisters named for the other six days of the week. Sunday’s only comfort is writing stories, although what she writes has a terrible tendency to come true.
When Sunday meets an enchanted frog who asks about her stories, the two become friends. Soon that friendship deepens into something magical. One night Sunday kisses her frog goodbye and leaves, not realizing that her love has transformed him back into Rumbold, the crown prince of Arilland – and a man Sunday’s family despises.
The prince returns to his castle, intent on making Sunday fall in love with him as the man he is, not the frog he was. But Sunday is not so easy to woo. How can she feel such a strange, strong attraction for this prince she barely knows? And what twisted secrets lie hidden in his past – and hers?
This looks like such a fun twist on the princess and the frog fairy tale! I can’t wait to see what she does with it.
By: Trisha Wolfe
Publisher: Omnific Publishing
Release Date: early 2012
Description (no cover yet):
Sixteen- year-old Dex Harkly is one of the last of her kind – a part of a nearly extinct race of Kythan descended from ancient guardians who protected the pharaohs of Egypt. As Shythe, they must keep their shape-shifting ability and electric power hidden from the humans of their steam-powered world.
It’s the year 2040 and the Shythe Council has lowered their barrier, allowing the Narcolym – the dominant race of Kythan whose Flame ushered in the steam era – to enter their haven. As the Narcolym airships get closer, Dez secretly trains for an attack that her best friend Jace believes is coming despite the Treaty Act. Not only is Dez wary of war, and her growing affection for Jace, but she fears the change her fast-approaching birthday will bring.
When her power rockets out of control, Dez knows she’ll never attend the Shythe Academy with her friends, and worse, her mother’s planning to run. But a Narco named Reese could change her fate… if she can trust him. After Dez discovers why the Narcos have really come to Haven Falls, her guarded world crumbles. She’s forced to choose between the race who’s raised her and the enemy she’s feared her whole life.
Destiny’s Fire is an emotional journey of Dez’s struggle to overcome her fear and embrace her power – her destiny.
SO COOL! Futuristic steampunk combined with ancient Egyptian era? This sounds awesome.
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?