Waiting On Wednesday #4

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Jill @Breaking The Spine, where we talk about upcoming releases we just-can’t-wait for.

This week I’m waiting for,

Hanging By A Thread
by Sophie Littlefield
Expected Publication – 11th Sepetember, 2012

From Goodreads:
Summer is the best part of the year in Winston, California, and the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. But the perfect town Clare remembers has changed, and everyone is praying that this summer will be different from the last two—that this year’s Fourth of July festival won’t see one of their own vanish without a trace, leaving no leads and no suspects. The media are in a frenzy predicting a third disappearance, but the town depends on tourist dollars, so the residents of Winston are trying desperately to pretend nothing’s wrong. 
And they’re not the only ones hiding something. 
Clare, a seamstress who redesigns vintage clothing, has been blessed—or perhaps cursed—with a gift: she can see people’s pasts when she touches their clothes. When she stumbles across a denim jacket that once belonged to Amanda Stavros, last year’s Fourth of July victim, Clare sees her perfect town begin to come apart at the seams. 
In a town where appearance means everything, how deep beneath the surface will Clare dig to uncover a murderer?

Why I’m waiting for this:
Lets be honest – it’s the cover that pulled me in for this one. Initially. I mean, WOW, LOOK AT THAT! Instant. Cover. Lust. And then the title. Oooh, prettiness.
But yeah, pretty covers are plenty. What really has my attention is the fact that the main character is a seamstress. Rolling your eyes, are we now? See, while the whole keeping-up-appearances and digging-beneath-the-surface is not a very uncommon theme – especially if you add a few murders alongside – vintage clothes definitely make things interesting. So, yes, I’m shallow, but how can I help it? Pretty things are so awesome. And dude, VINTAGE!
Of course, the murder and the town’s secrets make things more exciting. Who doesn’t love secrets? And here’s a town-full of them. This one’s got plenty to draw me in right now.
I mean, seriously, LOOK AT THAT – *drools over cover*
so, uh, what’s making YOU drool this week?

PS. Also, I went for a second watch of The Hunger Games. Go, Team Seneca Crane’s beard!

Waiting On Wednesday (#3)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Jill @Breaking The Spine, where we talk about upcoming releases we just-can’t-wait for.

This week’s wait is for,

Breaking Beautiful
by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
Expected Publication – 24th April, 2012

From Goodreads:Allie lost everything the night her boyfriend, Trip, died in a horrible car accident—including her memory of the event. As their small town mourns his death, Allie is afraid to remember because doing so means delving into what she’s kept hidden for so long: the horrible reality of their abusive relationship.When the police reopen the investigation, it casts suspicion on Allie and her best friend, Blake, especially as their budding romance raises eyebrows around town. Allie knows she must tell the truth. Can she reach deep enough to remember that night so she can finally break free? Debut writer Jennifer Shaw Wolf takes readers on an emotional ride through the murky waters of love, shame, and, ultimately, forgiveness. 

Why I’m waiting for this:

First off: Even without reading the book summary, there’s something about the book title that is achingly sad. And the kind of masochistic reader that I am, I’m inevitably attracted to books that break my heart, and yeah, the name says. it. all.

Then, the summary. The whole death of a boy/girl you love hits really close to home and makes it an automatic must-get read. Add to that a secret that can’t come out, it becomes a must-get-NOW read.

And I can be called biased for this but JENNIFER SHAW WOLF IS A DEBUT AUTHOR! And I lurrrve first novels and first-time authors. The whole discovering-a-new-voice thing is right up there on my list of Things That Give Me A Personal High. So, that.

I don’t know how or when I’m gonna get a copy of this in my hands – considering I live under a rock and as usual I’m pretty much broke at the moment and April’s not that far off – but I sure hope someone benevolent sees this and oh, I don’t know, maybe surprises me with this as an April Gift (gifts are all year round, right?).

Oh well, a girl can hope.
And a broke one can hope some more.

What are you reading or waiting for right now?

Waiting On Wednesday (#2)

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme started by Jill @Breaking The Spine, where we talk about upcoming releases we just-can’t-wait for.

This week I’m waiting for – oh, screw it – this I MUST INSANELY ACQUIRE –

This Is Not A Test
by Courtney Summers
Expected Publication – 19th June, 2012

From Goodreads:
It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually wantto live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to?

Why I’m waiting for this:

Dude, it’s COURTNEY SUMMERS! Need I say more?

And okay, lets be honest, I’m not particularly fond of zombies, but HAVE YOU READ THE EXCERPT SHE SHARED? No? Go. Read. It. Now.

Her writing is so haunting, and well…it reads like an edgy contemporary – more focus on the characters, less focus on the zombies. Which totally makes it my kinda read.

Also, this is about a girl who wants to die. And if you’ve read any Courtney Summers, you’d know that she specialises in troubled characters. And she does them brilliantly.

And that cover? All that hair matted with blood and those sprinkled drops up there and all that blue? This is possibly the best cover of the year yet.

That’s a book I desperately want to hold in my hands.

What are you waiting for?

Waiting On Wednesday (#1)

So, I’ve decided to join the bandwagon and do a weekly meme.
I like the concept of Waiting On Wednesday (started by Jill from Breaking the Spine) because:

  • featuring books that I so-can’t-wait-for seems like fun.
  • I get to talk about more books!
  • you get to hear about more books!
  • and…well, I’ll have a weekly something to look forward to posting. Without fail 🙂

…and therefore, you see, this is the perfect thing to do every week. Hope you’ll stick around.

    This week I’m waiting for –

    Pilgrims Don’t Wear Pink
    by Stephanie Kate Strohm
    Expected publication – May, 2012

    From the author’s website:
    Libby Kelting had always felt herself born out of time. No wonder the historical romance-reading, Jane Austen-adaptation-watching, all-around history nerd jumped at the chance to intern at Camden Harbor, Maine’s Oldest Living History Museum. But at Camden Harbor Libby’s just plain out of place, no matter how cute she looks in a corset. Her cat-loving coworker wants her dead, the too-smart-for-his-own-good local reporter keeps pushing her buttons, her gorgeous sailor may be more shipwreck than dreamboat — plus Camden Harbor’s haunted. Over the course of one unforgettable summer, Libby learns that boys, like ghosts, aren’t always what they seem.

    Why I’m waiting for this:

    Firstly, I was sold at ‘Jane Austen-adaptation-watching’. I mean, I like Ms. Austen’s books a lot, but I think I like the screen adaptations even more. I don’t give a damn about how the critics rate them, they function like pick-me-ups and are hugely entertaining. Plus, the men are swoony.


    Secondly, there’s a museum and CAMDEN HARBOR IS HAUNTED! So ghosts. I love ghosts! Especially in contemporaries where they make a guest appearance. I mean, seriously, what’s not to love?

    Thirdly, see those other characters mentioned? I *want* to read about them. I want to read about the hostile coworker, the supersmart reporter and the pretty sailor. Wait…what?! A sailor? Where did he come from? WHY AREN’T THERE MORE BOOKS WITH SAILORS? Authors, are you listening?

    The moment I came across this book on one of my lurk-sprees, I almost sang out. This book is for me, me, me. It sounds fun and quirky and there’s Jane Austen and ghosts and – oh damn, I need this right away.

    What are you waiting for?