Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (3/23/11)

Waiting on Wednesdays is an event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.

When I have nothing to post and it is a Wednesday, WoW's tend to take over for the day. It's all good though because there are some seriously awesome books that I'm uber excited for.

Future Imperfect by K. Ryer Breese
April 26, 2011

Ade Patience can see the future and it's destroying his life. When the seventeen-year-old Mantlo High School student knocks himself unconscious, he can see days and decades into his own future. Ade's the best of Denver's "divination" underground and eager to join the heralded Mantlo Diviners, a group of similarly enabled teens. Yet, unlike the Diviners, Ade Patience doesn't see the future out of curiosity or good will; Ade gives himself concussions because he's addicted to the high, the Buzz, he gets when he breaks the laws of physics. And while there have been visions he's wanted to change, Ade knows the Rule: You can't change the future, no matter how hard you try.

His memory is failing, his grades are in a death spiral, and both Ade's best friend and his shrink are begging him to stop before he kills himself. Ade knows he needs to straighten-out. Luckily, the stunning Vauxhall Rodolfo has just transferred to Mantlo and, as Ade has seen her in a vision two years previously, they're going to fall in love. It's just the motivation Ade needs to kick his habit. Only things are a bit more complicated. Vauxhall has an addiction of her own, and, after a a vision in which he sees Vauxhall's close friend, Jimmy, drown while he looks on seemingly too wasted to move, Ade realizes that he must break the one rule he's been told he can't.

The pair must overcome their addictions and embrace their love for each other in order to do the impossible: change the future.

Hourglass by Myra McEntire
May 24, 2011

One hour to rewrite the past . . .

For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past.

Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

Full of atmosphere, mystery, and romance, Hourglass merges the very best of the paranormal and science-fiction genres in a seductive, remarkable young adult debut.

Alice Bliss by Laura Harrington
June 2, 2011

A profoundly moving, uplifting novel about those who are left at home during wartime and a teenage girl bravely facing the future.

When Alice learns that he father is being deployed to Iraq, she's heartbroken. Matt Bliss is leaving just as his daughter blossoms into a full-blown teenager. She will learn to drive, shop for a dress for her first dance, and fall in love all while trying to be strong for her mother and take care of her younger sister. Alice wears her dad's shirt every day, even though the scent of him is fading and his phone calls are never long enough. Life continues without him, but nothing can prepare Alice for the day two uniformed officers arrive at their door with news.

Alice Bliss is a gorgeous, transforming novel about the support of a small town looking after its own in times of loss; the love between an absent father and his daughter; the complicated love between Alice and her mother, Angie; and first love between Alice and the boy next door. It's a universal story and yet it touches on something very personal: these characters' struggles amid uncertain times echo our own, lending Alice Bliss an immediacy and poignancy that are both relevant and real.


Elodie said...

OMG !! Great choices Nikki !! I really can't wait to read Future Imperfect and Hourglass !! I'm sure I'll love these two ;)

BrittLit said...

Oh wow, great fantastic picks this week. HOURGLASS! Yeah.

~The Book Pixie said...

I have and need to read Hourglass. Future Imperfect is on my wishlist though I gotta say, I hate that they changed the cover. I loved the other one. XD


Khadija said...

I can't wait for Future Imperfect and Hourglass either! They both sound like they'll be awesome debuts :)

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Everyone seems very excited for Hourglass and Future Imperfect (I'm still jealous you have it, Briana), but I hope everyone has the chance to check out Alice Bliss as well.

The book is technically considered adult, but it has a 15 year old protagonist, so I think it has momentous crossover appeal and sounds very emotional.

Bere said...

All three of these sound fantastic, Nikki. I'm actually really looking forward to reading Hourglass. Alice Bliss sounds like a wonderful read. I will definitely be adding this one to my reading list. Fabulous choices this week, Nikki =D.

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