Waiting on Wednesday 9/15/10

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I am eagerly anticipating this week is The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.

Mackie Doyle seems like everyone else in the perfect little town of Gentry, but he is living with a fatal secret – he is a Replacement, left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now the creatures under the hill want him back, and Mackie must decide where he really belongs and what he really wants.

A month ago, Mackie might have told them to buzz off. But now, with a budding relationship with tough, wounded, beautiful Tate, Mackie has too much to lose. Will love finally make him worthy of the human world?

I think it actually is released tomorrow, so I don’t really have long to wait. :)  It sounds really good, though.

Waiting on Wednesday 9/8/10

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I am eagerly anticipating this week is The Kid Table by Andrea Seigel.

It’s there at every family event. A little smaller, collapsible, and decked out with paper napkins because you can’t be trusted with the good ones. But you’re stuck there. At the Kid Table. Because to them- to the adults- you’re still a kid.

Ingrid Bell and her five teenage cousins are in exactly this situation. Never mind the fact that high school is almost over. They’re still eating mac and cheese with a toddler. But what happens when the rules change? When Brianne, the oldest cousin, lands a seat at the Adult Table, the others are in shock. What does it take to graduate from the Kid Table?

Over the course of five family events, Ingrid and her cousins attempt to finish childhood and send the infamous table into retirement. But as Ingrid turns on the charm in order to manipulate her situation, the family starts questioning her motives. And when her first love comes in the form of first betrayal (he’s Brianne’s boyfriend), Ingrid is forced to consider how she fits into this family and what it means to grow up.

This book sounds so good!  We still have a “kid table” at my grandmother’s house, even though my generation is college age to early 30s.  We say that we are at the kid table by choice. :)

Waiting on Wednesday 8/18/10

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I am eagerly anticipating this week is John Belushi is Dead by Kathy Charles.

IN THE END WE ALL FADE TO BLACK.

Pink-haired Hilda and oddball loner Benji are not your typical teenagers. Instead of going to parties or hanging out at the mall, they comb the city streets and suburban culs-de-sac of Los Angeles for sites of celebrity murder and suicide. Bound by their interest in the macabre, Hilda and Benji neglect their schoolwork and their social lives in favor of prowling the most notorious crime scenes in Hollywood history and collecting odd mementos of celebrity death.

Hilda and Benji’s morbid pastime takes an unexpected turn when they meet Hank, the elderly, reclusive tenant of a dilapidated Echo Park apartment where a silent movie star once stabbed himself to death with a pair of scissors. Hilda feels a strange connection with Hank and comes to care deeply for her paranoid new friend as they watch old movies together and chat the sweltering afternoons away. But when Hank’s downstairs neighbor Jake, a handsome screenwriter, inserts himself into the equation and begins to hint at Hank’s terrible secrets, Hilda must decide what it is she’s come to Echo Park searching for . . . and whether her fascination with death is worth missing out on life.

You probably thought I was going to say Mockingjay again, didn’t you?  I am still ridiculously excited about it, but this is another book coming out next week that looks really interesting!  I love the cover, too.

Waiting on Wednesday 8/11/10

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I am eagerly anticipating this week is… well, anyone that knows me knows what book I can’t wait for this month!  I just finished listening to The Hunger Games audiobook.  I have to make myself wait until closer to the 24th to read Catching Fire.  I can’t get too excited yet or I’ll go crazy!

Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive, she’s still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss’s family, not her friends, not the people of District 12. Powerful and haunting, this thrilling final installment of Suzanne Collins’s groundbreaking The Hunger Games trilogy promises to be one of the most talked about books of the year.

Waiting on Wednesday 7/14/10

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I am eagerly anticipating this week is Forget You by Jennifer Echols.

WHY CAN’T YOU CHOOSE WHAT YOU FORGET . . .  AND WHAT YOU REMEMBER?  There’s a lot Zoey would like to forget. Like how her father has knocked up his twenty-four- year old girlfriend. Like Zoey’s fear that the whole town will find out about her mom’s nervous breakdown. Like darkly handsome bad boy Doug taunting her at school. Feeling like her life is about to become a complete mess, Zoey fights back the only way she knows how, using her famous attention to detail to make sure she’s the perfect daughter, the perfect student, and the perfect girlfriend to ultra-popular football player Brandon.  But then Zoey is in a car crash, and the next day there’s one thing she can’t remember at all—the entire night before. Did she go parking with Brandon, like she planned? And if so, why does it seem like Brandon is avoiding her? And why is Doug—of all people— suddenly acting as if something significant happened between the two of them? Zoey dimly remembers Doug pulling her from the wreck, but he keeps referring to what happened that night as if it was more, and it terrifies Zoey to admit how much is a blank to her. Controlled, meticulous Zoey is quickly losing her grip on the all-important details of her life—a life that seems strangely empty of Brandon, and strangely full of Doug.

I LOVE Jennifer Echols’ books.  Going Too Far was one of my favorite books of 2009.  I made the mistake of reading the first chapter of the book on Echols’ website and now I am dying to have my hands on the rest of the book!

Waiting on Wednesday 5/19/10

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I am eagerly anticipating this week is The Tension of Opposites by Kristina McBride.

It’s been two years since Noelle disappeared. Two years since her bike was discovered, sprawled on a sidewalk. Two years of silence, of worry, of fear.

For those two long years, her best friend Tessa has waited, living her own life in a state of suspended animation. Because how can she allow herself to enjoy a normal high school life if Noelle can’t? How dare she have other friends, go to dances, date boys, without knowing what happened to the girl she thought she would share everything with?

And then one day, someone calls Noelle’s house. She’s alive.

A haunting psychological thriller taken straight from the headlines, The Tension of Opposites is a striking debut that explores the emotional aftermath of a kidnapping on the victim, and on the people she left behind.

It sounds really interesting to me, plus it has received good reviews from friends that have already read it.

Waiting on Wednesday 4/21/10

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I am eagerly anticipating this week is Rules of Attraction by Simone Elkeles.

When Carlos Fuentes returns to America after living in Mexico for a year, he doesn’t want any part of the life his older brother, Alex, has laid out for him at a high school in Colorado . Carlos likes living his life on the edge and wants to carve his own path—just like Alex did. Then he meets Kiara Westford. She doesn’t talk much and is completely intimidated by Carlos’ wild ways. As they get to know one another, Carlos assumes Kiara thinks she’s too good for him, and refuses to admit that she might be getting to him. But he soon realizes that being himself is exactly what Kiara needs right now.

I really like Simone Elkeles’ writing and loved Perfect Chemistry, so I am really excited for Rules of Attraction.  I love the book trailer, too.

Waiting on Wednesday 3/17/10

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I am eagerly anticipating this week is The Heart Is Not a Size by Beth Kephart.

Georgia knows what it means to keep secrets. She knows how to ignore things. She knows that some things are better left unsaid. . . . Or are they?

When Georgia and her best friend, Riley, travel along with nine other suburban Pennsylvania kids to Anapra, a squatters’ village in the heat-flattened border city of Juarez, Mexico, secrets seem to percolate and threaten both a friendship and a life. Certainties unravel. Reality changes. And Georgia is left to figure out who she is outside the world she’s always known.

Beth Kephart paints a world filled with emotion, longing, and the hot Mexican sun.

This book has been getting very good reviews!

Waiting on Wednesday 3/3/10

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I am eagerly anticipating this week is Chicks Dig Time Lords: A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It by Lynne M. Thomas (Editor) and Tara O’Shea (Editor).

In Chicks Digs Time Lords, a host of award-winning female novelists, academics and actresses come together to celebrate the phenomenon that is Doctor Who, discuss their inventive involvement with the show’s fandom and examine why they adore the series. These essays will delight male and female readers alike by delving into the extraordinary aspects of being a female Doctor Who enthusiast. Essays include Carole Barrowman discussing what it was like to grow up with her brother John (including the fact that he’s still afraid of shop-window dummies), columnist Jackie Jenkins providing a Bridget Jones’ Diary-style memoir of working on Doctor Who Magazine, novelist Lloyd Rose analyzing Rose’s changes between the ninth and tenth Doctors and much more. Other contributors include Elizabeth Bear (Jenny Casey), Lisa Bowerman (Bernice Summerfield), Mary Robinette Kowal (Shades of Milk and Honey), Jody Lynn Nye (Mythology series), Kate Orman (Seeing I), and Catherynne M. Valente (The Orphan’s Tales). Also featured is a comic from the Torchwood Babiez creators, plus interviews with Doctor Who companions India Fisher (Charley) and Sophie Aldred (Ace).

Doctor Who is my new favorite thing.  Since the beginning of the year, I’ve basically watched all 4.5 seasons.  I’m still getting to know the DW fandom and this book looks like it will be a very fun and interesting immersion into it.

Plus I love that the title is a play on my favorite commercial ever.  I love Tommy and Greg!

Waiting on Wednesday 1/27/10

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

The book I am eagerly anticipating this week is Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson.

Ever since Mrs. Amberson, the former-aspiring-actress-turned-agent, entered Scarlett Martin’s life, nothing has been the same.

She’s still in charge of the Empire Suite in her family’s hotel, but she’s now also Mrs. Amberson’s assistant, running around town for her star client, Chelsea – a Broadway star Scarlett’s age with a knack for making her feel insignificant.

Scarlett’s also trying to juggle sophomore year classes, her lab partner who is being just a little TOO nice, and getting over the boy who broke her heart.

In the midst of all this, her parents drop a bombshell that threatens to change her New York life forever…

This is the sequel to Suite Scarlett, which I thought was very cute and fun!  It comes out 2/1.