“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:
♡ Title: “Alienated”
♡ Author: Melissa Landers
♡ Release Date: February 4, 2014 (North America)
♡ Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
♡ Synopsis: Two years ago, the aliens made contact. Now Cara Sweeney is going to be sharing a bathroom with one of them.
Handpicked to host the first-ever L’eihr exchange student, Cara thinks her future is set. Not only does she get a free ride to her dream college, she’ll have inside information about the mysterious L’eihrs that every journalist would kill for. Cara’s blog following is about to skyrocket.
Still, Cara isn’t sure what to think when she meets Aelyx. Humans and L’eihrs have nearly identical DNA, but cold, infuriatingly brilliant Aelyx couldn’t seem more alien. She’s certain about one thing, though: no human boy is this good-looking.
But when Cara’s classmates get swept up by anti-L’eihr paranoia, Midtown High School suddenly isn’t safe anymore. Threatening notes appear in Cara’s locker, and a police officer has to escort her and Aelyx to class.
Cara finds support in the last person she expected. She realizes that Aelyx isn’t just her only friend; she’s fallen hard for him. But Aelyx has been hiding the truth about the purpose of his exchange, and its potentially deadly consequences. Soon Cara will be in for the fight of her life—not just for herself and the boy she loves, but for the future of her planet.
♡ Why?: This one should be interesting – I love the resurgence the of space opera/omg aliens genre within YA, so hopefully this one will be as fun as it sounds. I’m definitely willing to give it a shot. But 2014? Seriously?
♡ Title: Famous Last Words
♡ Author: Jennifer Salvato Doktorski
♡ Release Date: July 2, 2013
♡ Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. BFYR
♡ Synopsis: Sixteen-year-old Samantha D’Angelo has death on the brain. Her summer internship at the local newspaper has her writing obituaries instead of soaking up the sun at the beach. Between Shelby, Sam’s boy-crazy best friend; her boss Harry, a true-blue newspaper man; and AJ, her fellow “intern scum” (aka the cute drummer for a band called Love Gas), Sam has her hands full. But once she figures out what—or who—is the best part of her summer, will she mess it all up?
As Sam learns her way around both the news room and the real world, she starts to make some momentous realizations about politics, ethics, her family, romance, and most important—herself.
♡ Why?: Because I was the newspaper geek in high school and when I see journalist-minded main characters, it’s almost an instant yes. I’m a little worried there will be slut-shaming, though. One of my friends read Doktorski’s other novel How My Summer Went Up in Flames and there was a good bit of it. Please none? Please?