"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that shines a spotlight on upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating. As a self-diagnosed book-a-holic, I obviously adore this MEME, so I'm here today to salivate over books in my 'to-read' account over at Goodreads.
This week, my first "can't-wait-to-read" pre-publication selection that comes out in January is:
Paige Harbison, January 31st, Harlequin Teen
They call me 'New Girl'...
Ever since I arrived at exclusive, prestigious Manderly Academy, that’s who I am. New girl. Unknown. But not unnoticed—because of her.
Becca Normandy—that’s the name on everyone’s lips. The girl whose picture I see everywhere. The girl I can’t compare to. I mean, her going missing is the only reason a spot opened up for me at the academy. And everyone stares at me like it’s my fault.
Except for Max Holloway—the boy whose name shouldn’t be spoken. At least, not by me. Everyone thinks of him as Becca’s boyfriend but she’s gone, and here I am, replacing her. I wish it were that easy. Sometimes, when I think of Max, I can imagine how Becca’s life was so much better than mine could ever be.
And maybe she’s still out there, waiting to take it back.
That cover completely got me. Then I read the blurb and fell in love with the mysterious feel and wondering how it ties into the haunting cover. Then finally, I discovered the author just turned 22, and this isn't even her debut (next on my to read list is her actual debut, Here Lies Bridget, which also looks fabulous). I am in awe . . . .and yeah, this is a must read for me :-)
- Next up, I have a a later-in-2012 "can't-wait-to-read" pre-publication selection:
Eve Marie Mont, April 1st 2012, Kensington Publishing
Emma Townsend has always believed in stories—the ones she reads voraciously, and the ones she creates in her head. Perhaps it’s because she feels like an outsider at her exclusive prep school, or because her stepmother doesn’t come close to filling the void left by her mother’s death. And her only romantic prospect—apart from a crush on her English teacher—is Gray Newman, a long-time friend who just adds to Emma’s confusion. But escape soon arrives in an old leather-bound copy of Jane Eyre…
Reading of Jane’s isolation sparks a deep sense of kinship. Then fate takes things a leap further when a lightning storm catapults Emma right into Jane’s body and her nineteenth-century world. As governess at Thornfield, Emma has a sense of belonging she’s never known—and an attraction to the brooding Mr. Rochester. Now, moving between her two realities and uncovering secrets in both, Emma must decide whether her destiny lies in the pages of Jane’s story, or in the unwritten chapters of her own . . .
Oh my goodness, April can't come soon enough! I freaking love Jane Eyre, and I have loved every retelling I've come across, and this sounds like it will be no different. I love the blend of classic and magical realism and historical and romance and . . . . yep, A Breath of Eyre is so my thing.
- And last, but certainly not least, I have an adult romance. I normally focus on YA books since my upcoming debut is YA, but I love me some adult romances, too. And since I do have two secret adult manuscripts I'm having fun with on the side, I thought I'd occasionally spotlight one of the adult titles I'm drooling over. This month we have:
Vicky Dreiling, APril 1st 2012, Forever
SCANDALOUS DESIRES . . .
Amy Hardwick has one last Season to shake off her wallflower image and make a love match. If she can't, she'll set aside her dreams of romance and return home to a suitor who can provide security-if little else. What she doesn't count on is the inappropriate-and irresistible-attention lavished on her in a darkened library by rake extraordinaire Will "The Devil" Darcett . . .
When Will is caught in a tryst with the ton's shyest miss, he knows he must offer for her hand. Yet Amy is not the shrinking violet she seems to be. Passion lies beneath her prim exterior and Will is eager to release it. But winning Amy isn't simply a matter of seduction; first, Will must convince her that he's mended his wicked ways . . .
I freaking love Vicky Dreiling's books. She has an amazing way of blending history with the modern, and romance with comedy. I devoured How to Marry a Duke, then tapped my foot impatiently until How to Seduce a Scoundrel was released, which I then devoured, too. Love her books, love her writing, and I know I will love this book!
YOUR TURN: I know you have books you're dying to read. Maybe they've already been released but you haven't gotten to them yet. Maybe they're coming out later this month, or early next year . . . or maybe they aren't coming out for months but you're still DYING to talk about it. PLEASE, let me know! I'm always looking for books to add to my to-read shelf :-)