August 17, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: A Witch in Winter and Second Chance Summer

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:

A Witch in Winter by Ruth Warburton

From Goodreads:

"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

From Goodreads:

"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?


  1. Both of those look so awesome! I love the covers. Great picks!!

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  2. I'm waiting on both of these too - I love witch books, and Second Chance Summer sounds great! Nice picks :).

  3. Sounds good! I also love the resurgence of witch stories. In 2008, I took a YA lit class for library school, and chose to do my big class paper/project on YA witch lit. The professor was skeptical that I'd find much, but thought it would be interesting to see. Guess I was just finding a new trend!

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  4. Last Chance Summer sounds so good! I heard about it just last night, but I want it so badly now. Great pick!

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  5. Both of these look quite good. I too am interested in the resurgence of witches in YA fantasy, and that second book sounds so tragic and yet absolutely wonderful... in other words, GREAT WoW PICKS!

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  6. Second Chance Summer sounds so sad! I haven't read Amy & Roger's Epic Detour yet but my sister has it so I'm sure I will borrow it from her one day to read! Great picks, Danya! :)

  7. I am really excited to read A Witch In Winter! I love witches! And the romance sounds like it's going to be wonderfully confusing. I discovered Second Chance Summer today - first time hearing about it. I loved Epic Detour, so I'm definitely interested in more of Morgan's books.

  8. haven't heard of witch winter, looks awesome!~! here's my WOW post w/2012 books! hope you'll stop by and let me know what you are looking forward to reading from my list!

  9. We need more Witch stories. Adding A Witch in Winter to my wishlist! 1st time i heard about it, great find!

  10. I LOVE witch stories like burning! So I am alllll over Witch in Winter!! I always find new books to pine for when I check out your WOW posts.


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