Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
This week's picks:
A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton
"Anna Winterson doesn't know she's a witch and would probably mock you for believing in magic, but after moving to the small town of Winter with her father, she learns more than she ever wanted to about power. When Anna meets Seth, she is smitten, but when she enchants him to love her, she unwittingly amplifies a deadly conflict between two witch clans and splits her own heart in two. She wants to love Seth, to let him love her – but if it is her magic that's controlling his passion, then she is as monstrous as the witch clan who are trying to use her amazing powers for their own gain."
Witch stories seem to be coming back into vogue in YA! I like that there's this 'love enchantment' spin on the romance in this one. Apparently the author's done research into witchcraft legends, too, so I'm interested to see how that informs the magical side of things.
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
"Taylor's family might not be the closest-knit – everyone is a little too busy and overscheduled – but for the most part, they get along fine. Then they get news that changes everything: Her father has pancreatic cancer, and it's stage four – meaning that there is basically nothing to be done. Her parents decide that the family will spend his last months together at their old summerhouse in the Pocono Mountains.
Crammed into a place much smaller and more rustic than they are used to, they begin to get to know each other again. And Taylor discovers that the people she thought she had left behind haven't actually gone anywhere. Her former summer best friend is suddenly around, as is her first boyfriend. . . and he's much cuter at seventeen than he was at twelve.
As the summer progresses, the Edwards become more of a family, and closer than they've ever been before. But all of them very aware that they're battling a ticking clock. Sometimes, though, there is just enough time to get a second chance – with family, with friends, and with love."
I'm getting the feeling that Morgan Matson likes to write books about summer! I enjoyed Amy & Roger's Epic Detour and this next book of hers also sounds like it blends together a nice balance of light and dark emotion. Really pretty cover, too, with the scripted font and sunrise (or sunset?) reflection going on.
What books are you waiting for?