April 6, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: The Probability of Miracles and Extraordinary

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!

This week's picks:

The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder

Goodreads' description:

"Cameron Cooper, a cynical teenage girl dying of cancer, is told by her doctors she needs a miracle to survive. In a last-ditch effort to save her daughter’s life, her mother takes her to a small town in Maine rumored to be magical. If there’s a shot for Cameron, her mom believes, it’s here. But for Cameron, believing in miracles would mean believing she has another chance at life ... and that’s dangerous for someone who knows better than to get her hopes up. As the girls settle into Promise, amazing things start happening: it snows in August; there’s a rainbow when it doesn’t rain; a flock of flamingos takes residence in the pond behind the high school, even though they’re not supposed to live this far north. Cameron, a scientist at heart, searches for explanations for these bizarre occurrences, refusing to believe they’re miracles. 

But soon, the magic of the town—and her feelings for Asher, a local boy who seems to know Cam better than she knows herself—become impossible to deny. Over the course of the coming months, Cameron lets go of her cynicism and opens herself up to life and the world. In the end, Promise is a magical place, but for Cameron becoming a believer might just be the biggest miracle of all."

Okay, to start off, I love this cover. It's so vibrant and the feather outline works so well. And the premise sounds promising (pun intended) as well. It sounds a little like magical realism? The only thing I'm leery about is how much religion plays a part in this, and if it plays a large part, how it's handled. 

Extraordinary: The True Story of My Fairygodparent, Who Almost Killed Me, and Certainly Never Made Me a Princess by Adam Selzer

Goodreads' description:

"Jennifer Van Der Berg would like you to know that the book ostensibly written about her—Born to Be Extraordinary by Eileen Codlin—is a bunch of bunk. Yes, she had a fairy godparent mess with her life, but no, she was not made into a princess or given the gift of self-confidence, and she sure as hell didn't get a hot boyfriend out of it.
Here's the REAL scoop . . ."

This one has the potential to be totally over-the-top cheesy, but the cover and description just radiate sheer fun. Plus whenever I see the cover I think of the movie "Enchanted" which I adore (good marketing there...) 

What books are you waiting on?


  1. hi danya! i really like that first one--sounds like an intense read. that second one's cover looks like a movie poster to me--looks great though. hope you get both soon and enjoy :)

    check out our WoW if you can.

    happy reading,

  2. Interesting picks!

    I'm not sure they are for me but they do sound intriguing.


  3. This is my first time hearing about the Probability of Miracles. Thanks for putting it on my book radar! It seems super interesting!

    The second book, while it may not be for me, has one of the best titles ever!

  4. I think this is the first WoW for Extraordinary. It might get a bit over-the-top (it IS the kind of book with a lot of unicorn poop in it), but it's mostly making fun of cheesy stuff.

  5. The Probability of Miracles sounds like it will be a heartwarming read...

    Once again, you're WoW picks are books I haven't heard of before Danya! :)

  6. The Probability of Miracles sounds really good. It's new to me.
    My Twilight WOW

  7. oh ~ the probablility of miracles sounds different. i hadn't heard of it before ~ i'm adding it to my list :)

  8. I love the sound of Extraordinary! It sounds so campy and fun.


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