“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Here’s what we’re waiting on this Wednesday:
♡ Author: AG Howard
♡ Release Date: January 7, 2014 (North America)
♡ Publisher: Abrams/Amulet
♡ Synopsis: Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.
That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.
As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.
If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.
♡ Why?: I absolutely LOVED “Splintered” (seriously one of my favorite debuts of the year!) so I’m so, so happy there’s a sequel coming out. I can’t wait to meet these characters and this world all over again, and I’d probably give my firstborn for an ARC. Wink wink.
♡ Author: Sarah Porter
♡ Release Date: July 2, 2013
♡ Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
♡ Synopsis: Mermaids have been sinking ships and drowning humans for centuries, and now the government is determined to put an end to the mermaid problem—by slaughtering all of them. Luce, a mermaid with exceptionally threatening abilities, becomes their number-one target, hunted as she flees down the coast toward San Francisco.
There she finds hundreds of mermaids living in exile under the docks of the bay. These are the Twice Lost: once-human girls lost first when a trauma turned them into mermaids, and lost a second time when they broke mermaid law and were rejected by their tribes. Luce is stunned when they elect her as their leader. But she won’t be their queen. She’ll be their general. And they will become the Twice Lost Army—because this is war.
♡ Why?: The first two books in Porter’s Lost Voices trilogy really surprised me with how creative and girl-centric they are! Waking Storms in particular took me by surprise with its brutal ending and I’m dying to see how it turns out.
What are you waiting on this Wednesday?