Waiting On Wednesday – To Come and Go Like Magic by Katie Pickard Fawcett

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

To Come and Go Like Magic by Katie Pickard Fawcett
Young Adult – February 9th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (Goodreads)

Twelve-year-old Chili Sue Mahoney has never been outside of her small Appalachian town. Momma says Mercy Hill, Kentucky, is her “true home,” but Chili longs to see the world—to have the freedom to leave and to explore.

So when Miss Matlock is brought in as the 7th grade substitute teacher, Chili and her classmate Willie Bright are thrilled. Everyone knows Miss Matlock has traveled around the globe. Why she’s come back to her childhood home after all this time is a mystery, but Chili and Willie are eager to befriend her despite the rumors. As the three spend time together, Chili learns about the jungles and deserts and cities of the world. But she also discovers that there’s more to Mercy Hill than she thought: beauty, in the people and places she’s known all her life, and secrets, sometimes where they’re least expected.

Told in vignettes and set in 1970s Appalachia, To Come and Go Like Magic is a heartwarming and hopeful debut novel about family, friendship, and the meaning of home.

This book sounds absolutely magical, but for some reason I have not seen it posted about on any of the blogs I frequent! I think it deserves a space on your wishlist and I actually plan on pre-ordering it (which is a pretty big step for me!). Also, if you are participating in Kristi’s 2010 Debut Author Challenge – this book qualifies as one of your 12. ♥

Waiting on Wednesday: Dark Life by Kat Falls

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

Dark Life by Kat FallsDark Life by Kat Falls
Young Adult – May 1st 2010 by Scholastic Press

Set in an apocalyptic future where rising oceans have swallowed up entire regions and people live packed like sardines on the dry land left, DARK LIFE is the harrowing tale of underwater pioneers who have carved out a life for themselves in the harsh deep-sea environment, farming the seafloor in exchange for the land deed.

The story follows Ty, who has lived his whole life on his family’s homestead and has dreams of claiming his own stake when he turns eighteen. But when outlaws’ attacks on government supply ships and settlements…

… threaten to destroy the underwater territory, Ty finds himself in a fight to stop the outlaws and save the only home he has ever known.

Joined by a girl from the Topside who has come subsea to look for her prospector brother, Ty ventures into the frontier’s rough underworld and begins to discover some dark secrets to Dark Life.

As Ty gets closer to the truth, he discovers that the outlaws may not be the bloodthirsty criminals the government has portrayed them as. And that the government abandoning the territory might be the best thing for everyone, especially for someone like Ty, someone with a Dark Gift.

I am not usually a fan of post-apocalyptic books – but this one looks amazing! I used to watch a show called Ocean Girl where they characters lived on an underwater station. It was an amazing idea, and I can’t wait to read it in a novel!

Waiting on Wednesday – Anxious Hearts by Tucker Shaw

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

Anxious Hearts by Tucker Shaw
Young Adult – May 1st 2010 by Amulet Books

“Evangeline,” he repeated, calling at a whisper. “Evangeline.” He was not calling that she may hear, he was calling that somehow her soul might know that he was devoted entirely to her, only to her. “Evangeline, I will find you.”

Eva and Gabe explore the golden forest of their seaside Maine town, unknowingly tracing the footsteps of two teens, Evangeline and Gabriel, who once lived in the idyllic wooded village of Acadia more than one hundred years ago. On the day that Evangeline and Gabriel were be wed, their village was attacked and the two were separated. And now in the present, Gabe has mysteriously disappeared from Eva.

A dreamlike, loose retelling of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s famous love poem “Evangeline,” Anxious Hearts tells an epic tale of unrequited love and the hope that true love can be reunited.

To be honest, I only want this for the cover! Isn’t it just gorgeous??

Waiting on Wednesday – Vegan Cookie Invade Your Cookie Jar

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

Taking a break from fiction to highlight a… cookbook!  I LOVE the Post Punk Kitchen and can’t wait for this book!  Also check out Vegan Cupcakes Take Over The WORLD – an awesome and yummy book by the same authors.

To Be Released: November 9th 2009

Going vegan doesn’t mean giving up dessert. In this revolutionary cookbook, Isa Chandra Moskowitz and Terry Hope Romero’s vegan world-domination mission continues with dairy-free, egg-free batches of everyone’s favorite treat—cookies!

From classic favorites to fancy delights, Vegan Cookies Invade Your Cookie Jar features 100 original recipes alongside beautiful color photographs. Chapters include mix n’ drop cookies, biscotti and bars, pipe-out cookies, copycat cookies (veganized versions of name-brands), frostings and fillings, and more. The book is armed with the authors’ signature advice on baking, decorating, even choosing which cookies to eat for dinner. When vegan cookies are invading your cookie jar, resistance is futile.

The lineup includes: Classy Classic Chocolate Chip • City Girl Snickerdoodles • Key Lime Shortbread • Butterscotch Blondies • Gingerpunks • Noreos • Nuttin’ Butterfingers • Pecan Dandies • Black & Whites • Cranberry-Walnut Thumbprints • Stained Glass Candy Cookies • Pumpkin Pie Brownies

Can I just reiterate the awesome that is this book??

Waiting on Wednesday: The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

Maybe I am just going through Darkest Powers withdrawal, but I absolutely love the idea behind this book.  A girl with an affinity with dead bodies?   Awesome.  Add a little romance, and I have a feeling I am going to love this book!

The Body Finder (The Body Finder #1) by Kimberly DertingThe Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

March 16th, 2010 (I am so jealous of everyone who already has an ARC!)  
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world . . . and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
I have been looking for more YA reads to add to my TBR list, and have found quite a few that will be blogging about in the weeks to come.  It seems to me that YA has been getting a lot of attention from publishers as of late – especially books with a paranormal aspect.  While we all know it is the result of the “Twilight Effect” – I can’t help but be grateful!  I was reading Cassandra Clare and Sara Rees Brennan years ago when they were writing fanfiction – and even though they are brilliant writers, I don’t think they would have had as easy a time getting published had it not been for Twilight.  Same thing for a number of YA writers out there at the moment.
Anyways, my point is that Twilight – love it or hate it – has brought new life to the YA section of the bookstore.  Hell, I didn’t use to read YA when I was a YA – but Twilight brought me over with its’ sparkly addictiveness.