October 19, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind and All These Lives

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!

The Girl Who Could Silence the Wind by Meg Medina

From Goodreads:

"Sixteen-year-old Sonia Ocampa was born on the night of the worst storm Tres Montes had ever seen. And when the winds mercifully stopped, an unshakable belief in the girl's protective powers began. All her life, Sonia has been asked to pray for sick mothers or missing sons, as worried parents and friends press silver milagros in her hands. Sonia knows she has no special powers, but how can she disappoint those who look to her for solace? Still, her conscience is heavy, so when she gets a chance to travel to the city and work in the home of a wealthy woman, she seizes it. At first, Sonia feels freedom in being treated like all the other girls. But when news arrives that her beloved brother has disappeared while looking for work, she learns to her sorrow that she can never truly leave past or family behind. With deeply realized characters, a keen sense of place, a hint of magical realism, and a flush of young romance, Meg Medina tells the tale of a strong-willed, warmhearted girl who dares to face life's harsh truths as she finds her real power."

Magical realism in a YA? Sign me up! I love the premise of this one — the superstitions of others causing Sonia guilt, and spurring her to move to the city. And the cover is simple but beautiful!

All These Lives by Sarah Wylie

From Goodreads:

"Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away. To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one."

I'm not sure if there's any element of fantasy/paranormal to this one, or if it's all psychology...but either way I'm interested! The "nine lives" premise makes it stand out from other "issue books," and yet it sounds just as dark and intense.

What books are you waiting for?


  1. Ooh I'm always up for some magic! And I'm interested to see how the twin's relationship is handled in All These Lives, sounds like it'll be intense to say the least.

  2. All these lives sounds interesting and different. I like covers with water on them. Makes them look ethereal. New follower. Come check out what I picked for WOW this week.

  3. these both sound super cool!
    I follow you here, and love the blog! I hope you'll stop by mine and see my WOW pick?! You can also enter my author group's latest giveaway for some signed books, and let me know a book you've tread and loved recently! :)


  4. Both sound just lovely, and I can't wait for All These Lives! I've been waiting on it forever! :)


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