Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (62): Once, The Storyteller and Monstrous Beauty

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine where you can post about upcoming books you're looking forward to. This is a wonderful chance for blogger to show off what's coming out soon that they are excited about! Every week my wishlist balloons thanks to this awesome meme.

Once (Eve #2) by Anna Carey

Sixteen years have passed since a deadly virus wiped out most of the Earth’s population. After learning of the terrifying part she and her classmates were fated to play in the rebuilding of New America, eighteen-year-old Eve fled to the wilds and Califia, a haven for women determined to live outside the oppressive rule of the king of New America. However, her freedom came at a price: she was forced to leave Caleb, the boy she loves, wounded and alone at the city gates. Eve quickly learns that Califia may not be as safe as it seems and soon finds herself in the City of Sand and the palace of the king. There she uncovers the real reason he was so intent on her capture, and the unbelievable role he intends her to fill. When she is finally reunited with Caleb, they will enact a plan as daring as it is dangerous. But will Eve once again risk everything—her freedom, her life—for love? 
Brimming with danger and star-crossed romance, and featuring a vivid dystopian landscape, this electrifying follow-up to Eve, which bestselling author Lauren Kate called “a gripping, unforgettable adventure—and a fresh look at what it means to love” is sure to appeal to fans who crave the high-stakes adventure of The Hunger Games and the irresistible love story of Romeo and Juliet.
Why I need this: I really enjoyed the first novel and the ending absolutely broke my heart. I can't wait to find out more about Eve's world and her role in it. Plus I thought Eve and Caleb were so sweet together.

Once is out July 3, 2012  from HarperTeen.

The Storyteller by Antonia Michaelis

Anna and Abel couldn’t be more different. They are both seventeen and in their last year of school, but while Anna lives in a nice old town house and comes from a well-to-do family, Abel, the school drug dealer, lives in a big, prisonlike tower block at the edge of town. Anna is afraid of him until she realizes that he is caring for his six-year-old sister on his own. Fascinated, Anna follows the two and listens as Abel tells little Micha the story of a tiny queen assailed by dark forces. It’s a beautiful fairy tale that Anna comes to see has a basis in reality. Abel is in real danger of losing Micha to their abusive father and to his own inability to make ends meet. Anna gradually falls in love with Abel, but when his “enemies” begin to turn up dead, she fears she has fallen for a murderer. Has she? 
Award-winning author Antonia Michaelis moves in a bold new direction with her latest novel: a dark, haunting, contemporary story that is part mystery, part romance, and part melodrama.
Why I need this: I love novels about people who aren't write for each other at first glance but underneath they are perfect. Plus I love a guy who is sweet to his little sister. 

The Storyteller is out January 1, 2012 by Amulet.

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

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.
Why I need this: I love this concept of one person's choice effecting their entire line. I'm also really into all the mermaid stuff coming out lately.

Monstrous Beauty comes out August 21, 2012 from Farrar Straus Giroux.

What are you waiting on this week?


  1. All of these look wonderful and I love the covers! Awesome picks!

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  2. I've heard mixed things about The Storyteller, but want to read it as well. Great Choices!

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  3. All of the books sound pretty interesting! I like the cover of Once. It looks like something mysterious is going to happen. Great choices! Thank you for sharing!

    Books For All Seasons

  4. Totally adding Montrous Beauty to my to-read list immediately! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

    Fictional Distraction

  5. Definitely looking forward to all of these, too! I really enjoyed what I read of Eve--I had it on netgalley and it expired before I could finish! :( Will have to get a copy soon!

  6. The title and the synopsis sounds really gooood! definitely waiting for all of them!

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    Jay @ We Fancy Books

  7. Once! Though I don't really like the cover, I NEED to find out what happens. Great picks!

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  8. The Storyteller looks interesting!!!

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    Krazyyme @ Young Readers

  9. These are all great picks, I love the concept of the mermaid tale and can't wait for Once to come out. I'm a new follower, please check out my WoW post.

    Anna @ Wandering Librarians

  10. loved eve! excited for book 2

    I'm hosting an exclusive cover reveal for TOUCHING THE SURFACE, by Kimberly Sabatini. Releases in 2012 from Simon Pulse! Come by and check it out and comment your thoughts!!!

  11. I loved Eve so much and I can't hardly wait for Once. Plus, I just love the font on that cover. So beautiful.

    Great Pick
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  12. I haven't read Eve yet but I just won it from a giveaway! I can't wait to read it.

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  13. Ohhh I have yet to read EVE, but I'm very excited to do so. I didn't know there was going to be a second one. I love how the cover matches the first.

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  14. Wow!! Monstrous Beauty looks amazing!! The storyteller looks really good too! I'm adding them to my list!

  15. Great picks! I think everyone will be trying to get their hands on ONCE. The Storyteller and MONSTROUS BEAUTY sound good, too. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I'm planning to read Eve this month, so hopefully I'll soon be properly excited for the sequel. And I love anything remotely to do with mermaids, so Monstrous Beauty seems to fall under that category thereby making it a must-read.

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)


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