The Story Siren calls it Books to Pine for. There’s a whole bunch of other people who call it Waiting on Wednesday and post their links at Breaking the Spine. In any case, these are the books I would love to read, and am looking forward to have in hand.
This Waiting on Wednesday appears to be devoted to (what else) Fantasy. These are three books discussed at the blog Poetry to Prose, which I just discovered yesterday and already feel like I need to subscribe, or at least add her to my blog roll. If you haven’t read her stuff, you should really check her out.
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi November 15, 2011
Stephanie at Poetry to Prose got an advanced copy from Comic Con (so jealous) and has already reviewed it. I will have to wait just like everyone else. Does it sound like Graceling a little bit to anyone besides me? Things aren’t what they seem with a teenage girl who kills? Maybe it’s just me. The cover is intriguing, although I’m not sure I’d want to get stuck in that big poofy, oversized dress.
Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days. The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old-girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.
The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war- and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.
Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.
In this electrifying debut, Tahereh Mafi presents a world as riveting as The Hunger Games and a superhero story as thrilling as The X-Men. Full of pulse-pounding romance, intoxicating villainy, and high-stakes choices, Shatter Me is a fresh and original dystopian novel—with a paranormal twist—that will leave readers anxiously awaiting its sequel.
Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver March 6, 2012
Delirium has a sequel coming out!? This warrants jumping up and down clapping my hands! I knew with that kind of ending there had to be more to the story. It doesn’t come out till March 2012?! :( to the wait, but I’m still super excited. And I agree with a lot of people, the cover is riveting upon first look, but I’m having a hard time identifying what’s around her neck… plants?
Lauren Oliver captivated readers with Delirium, the first book in a thrilling dystopian trilogy in which Lena Haloway dared to fall in love with Alex and escape the cure, the government-mandated procedure that renders a person immune to the disease of love. Lena and Alex staked their lives on leaving their oppressive society, but only Lena broke free.
Pandemonium continues Lena’s gripping story. After escaping from Portland, Maine, Lena makes it to the Wilds and becomes part of an Invalid community, where she transforms herself into a warrior for the resistance. A future without Alex is unimaginable, but Lena pushes forward and fights, both for him and for a world in which love is no longer considered a disease. Swept up in a volatile mix of revolutionaries and counterinsurgents, Lena struggles to survive—and wonders if she may be falling in love again.
Full of danger, forbidden romance, and exquisite writing, Lauren Oliver’s sequel to Delirium races forward at a breathtaking pace and is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes action of The Hunger Games and the bittersweet love story of Romeo & Juliet.
Tempest by Julie Cross January 3, 2012
This looks good! This sounds good! Time traveler meets love story? YES. Stephanie makes it sound like a perfect read in her review. I’m a little leery about the inclusion of the “Enemies of Time” group… which might make it more paranormal than psychological, more Inception rather than Time Traveler’s Wife. I liked both of those plots though, so I think I’m just going to have to read it and see where it leads. Does the cover remind anyone else of the cover of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick?
The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.
That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.
Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.
But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.
Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.
So what are you waiting on this Wednesday?