Waiting on Wednesday: Salvation by Anne Osterlund

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

 Salvation by Anne Osterlund

Salvation by Anne Osterlund
Contemp YA – January 10th 2013 by Penguin Young Readers Group – Goodreads
A smart, unexpected romance from an award-winning author.

Salvador Resendez–Salva to his friends–appears to have it all. His Mexican immigrant family has high expectations, and Salva intends to fulfill them. He’s student body president, quarterback of the football team, and has a near-perfect GPA. Everyone loves him.

Especially Beth Courant, AKA the walking disaster area. Dreamy and shy, Beth is used to blending into the background. But she’s also smart, and she has serious plans for her future.

Popular guy and bookish girl–the two have almost nothing in common. Until fate throws them together and the attraction is irresistible. Soon Beth is pushing Salva to set his sights higher than ever–because she knows he has more to offer, more than even he realizes.

Then tragedy strikes–and threatens to destroy everything that Salva has worked for. Will Beth’s love be enough to save him?

Thoughtful and romantic, this is a beautifully written story about following your heart and fulfilling your potential.

Anne’s description of this book is pretty brilliant, take a look:

If I wanted to be cheesy, I could pitch it as “Perfect Chemistry meets Romeo & Juliet;” but then you’d assume you know the end. And you don’t.

Seeing as how I loved the Perfect Chemistry trilogy and I LOVED Anne’s Academy 7, I am pretty sure that Salvation is going to be a treat.

WoW: Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

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

Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs

Frost Burned (Mercy Thompson #7) by Patricia Briggs
Urban Fantasy – March 5th 2013 by Orbit – Goodreads

Shapeshifter Mercy Thompson’s life is calming down, at least enough that she can focus on mundane matters like Black Friday sales. But on her return, Mercy is unable to contact her mate, Alpha Adam Hauptman, or the other members of their pack. All she knows is that Adam is angry and in pain. With the werewolves fighting a political battle to gain acceptance from the public, Mercy fears Adam’s disappearance may be related – and that he and the pack are in serious danger. Outclassed and on her own, Mercy may be forced to seek assistance from the most unlikely of allies: the vampire seethe.

Meep! This summary is so, so scary. What is she doing with my pairing?! GAH!

In case you haven’t noticed, I am a HUGE fan of adore Briggs’ writing. Her books never fail to deliver – I think the lowest rating I’ve ever given one was 4 stars… she’s just that good. I am currently reading the sixth book in this series, River Marked, and can firmly state that Briggs’ writing was good enough to get my blogging-mojo running again. Considering how deep my funk was, that’s the best compliment I can give!

WoW: Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

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

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFeversGrave Mercy: His Fair Assassin by Robin LaFevers
Fantasy (YA) – March 7th 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt – Goodreads

Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?

I can’t even begin to describe how excited I am about this book. There is just something about the idea of a supernatural historical novel that makes me shiver. Also, it it staring a girl who is – basically – an assassin. How brilliant does that sound? I have a feeling this book could be the new Poison Study.

Oh, and I love the cover. Yes, it is a big red dress – but look at that crossbow! I wouldn’t mess with her!

WoW: Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla

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

Shaedes of Gray by Amanda Bonilla
Urban Fantasy – 2011 Debut Author – Goodreads – December 6th 2011 by Signet

In the shadows of the night, Darian has lived alone for almost a century. Made and abandoned by her former love, Darian is the last of her kind – an immortal Shaede who can slip into darkness as easily as breathing. With no one else to rely on, she has taught herself how to survive, using her unique skills to become a deadly assassin.

When Darian’s next mark turns out to be Xander Peck, King of the Shaede Nation, her whole worldview is thrown into question. Darian begins to wonder if she’s taken on more than her conscience will allow. But a good assassin never leaves a job unfinished…

I really have no idea how I heard about this book (probably through Goodreads), but wow am I ever glad I did! I love the concept of an assassin heroine – reminds me rather of Jaye Wells’ Sabina Kane! Writing characters that straddle the line between good and evil is a very very good way to get me to read your book. Add to that the fact that the novel is set in Seattle. and I’m totally in. (Unless, of course, the Space Needle on the cover was just added as a dramatic flair…)

Add debut novelist Amanda Bonilla to your wishlist!

WoW: Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar

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

Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar
YA – Goodreads – February 2012 by Penguin Books Australia

For Abbie, the ocean is a refuge and the only place she feels in touch with her wilder, truer self. But when her step-cousin Kane returns from a surf trip with something to conceal, she learns that what the sea wants, the sea shall have … A page-turning gothic thriller from award-winning author Kirsty Eagar.

From the author: “It’s about art, the ocean, and the very dark things that feed the creative process … There’s surfing in there, and a look at the idea of ownership. But mainly it’s about a girl called Abbie and a guy called Kane.”

I’ve heard fantastic things about Kirsty Eagar’s other novels, so when I saw the summary (and cover) to Night Beach on Goodreads I knew I had to get a copy. This book just sounds so very dark and gothic – all while keeping focus on the treacherous ocean waters… I really can’t wait to read it!

Kirsty is an Australian novelist and I’m afraid none of her novels have been published outside Oz. But with fabulous Aussie/NZ sites like Fishpond, those of us across the seas can get ahold of her books!