Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking The Spine where you can spotlight a book you're giddy with excitement to read so other people can be giddy with excitement too :)
Release Date: August 21st 2012
Publisher: Farrar Straus Girroux
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Monstrous mermaids, ghosts, and a century-old curse feature in this beautifully crafted, compulsively readable thriller.
In 1872, mermaid Syrenka falls in love with a young naturalist. When she abandons her life underwater for a chance at happiness on land, she is unaware that this decision comes with horrific and deadly consequences.
One hundred thirty years later, seventeen-year-old Hester meets a mysterious stranger and feels drawn to him in a way she can't explain or resist. For generations, love and death have been inextricably linked for the women in her family. Is it an undiagnosed genetic defect...or a curse? Hester's investigation of her family's strange, sad history leads her to the graveyard, the crypt, and the bottom of the ocean--but powerful forces will do anything to keep her from uncovering her connection to Syrenka and to the tragedy of long ago.
Release Date: July 24th 2012
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
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Sara Jane Rispoli is just a normal sixteen-year-old girl coping with school and a developing crush— until her parents and younger brother are kidnapped, and she discovers her family has been a key figure of Chicago’s Outfit (aka the mob) for decades. Her father, grandfather and great grandfather all used their special ability, cold fury, to settle disputes between the two mob factions—the muscle and the money. And unless Sara wants the mob to think her now missing family has turned state’s evidence, she will have to fill her father’s shoes as the mob’s peacemaker, using her own cold fury.
Monstrous Beauty: The title alone captures your attention, doesn't it? Then you look at the gorgeous cover. Then discover it's about MERMAIDS. GHOSTS. CURSES. 1800's. I AM SO EXCITED. What a ridiculously awesome combination of elements, I cannot flipping wait.
Cold Fury: THE MOB. Okay, so I find something crazy fascinating reading about that in a YA novel. Especially when it involves a 16 year old girl. Becoming the mob's peacemaker. Oh yeah, I sense plenty of action, danger and high-stakes ahead. July, please hurry.
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?