“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:
The Alchemy of Forever (Incarnation #1)
By: Avery Williams
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 3, 2012
Seraphina’s first love made her immortal… her second might get her killed.
After spending six hundred years on earth, Seraphina Ames has seen it all. Eternal life provides her with the world’s riches, but at a very high price: innocent lives. Centuries ago, her boyfriend, Cyrus, discovered a method of alchemy that allows them to swap bodies with other humans, jumping from one vessel to the next, taking the human’s life in the process. No longer able to bear the guilt of what she’s done, Sera escapes from Cyrus and vows to never kill again.
Then sixteen-year-old Kailey Morgan gets into a horrific car accident right in front of her, and Sera accidentally takes over her body. For the first time, Sera finds herself enjoying the life of the person she’s inhabiting – and falls for the human boy who lives next door. But Cyrus will stop at nothing until she’s his again, and every moment she stays, she’s putting herself and the people she’s grown to care for in great danger. Will Sera have to give up the one thing that’s eluded her for centuries: true love?
Why I’m Waiting: This one sounds SO GOOD. Immortal body-swapping humans? I love that they’re actually humans and not some supernatural creatures or aliens or something. And I’m really intrigued to see how Sera deals with the guilt of what she’s done. Looks awesome!
Getting Over Garrett Delaney
By: Abby McDonald
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Seventeen-year-old Sadie is in love: epic, heartfelt, and utterly one-sided. The object of her obsession – ahem, affection – is her best friend, Garrett Delaney, who has been oblivious to Sadie’s feelings ever since he sauntered into her life and wowed her with his passion for Proust (not to mention his deep blue eyes).
For two long, painful years, Sadie has been Garrett’s constant companion, sharing his taste in everything from tragic Russian literature to art films to ‘80s indie rock – all to no avail. But when Garrett leaves for a summer literary retreat, Sadie is sure that the absence will make his heart grow fonder – until he calls to say he’s fallen in love. With some other girl! A heartbroken Sadie realizes that she’s finally had enough. It’s time for a total Garrett detox!
Aided by a barista job, an eclectic crew of new friends (including the hunky chef, Josh), and a customized self-help guide, Sadie embarks on a summer of personal reinvention full of laughter, mortifying meltdowns, and a double shot of love.
Why I’m Waiting: Who doesn’t love a good unrequited-crush-on-the-best-friend story? This looks so angsty and heartwarming and lovely. And I love the cover; it's the perfect expression of teenage frustration and longing. I can’t wait.
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?