Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
This week's picks:
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
"A sweeping Gothic thriller based on the spine-chilling "Bluebeard" fairytale.
Sophia Petheram has been sheltered by her doting family all her life,
until the day her father dies. It's 1855, and with no money and few
options, she goes to live with her guardian, the mysterious Bernard de
Cressac, at the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey in Mississippi.
has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both
attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her
overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery
of his past, it's as if thread by thread, a silken net is woven around
her. And when she begins glimpsing the ghosts of his former wives (all
with hair as red as her own) in the forgotten corners and dark hallways
of the Abbey, Sophie knows she's in de Cressac's trap.
enchanting romance, chilling suspense, and dashes of the supernatural,
Strands of Bronze and Gold is a compulsively-readable debut."
It's Gothic! And it's a fairy tale retelling! Okay, Bluebeard is certainly not my favourite fairy tale (um, is it anybody's???) but I don't think it's been retold yet in YA. It's one of the more overtly disturbing fairy tales, but I'm hoping this retelling might give the story depth and appeal that the original doesn't have. *crosses fingers*
The Hallowed Ones by Laura Bickle
"If your home was the last safe place on earth, would you let a stranger in?
In this captivating thriller, an Amish settlement is the last safe haven in a world plagued by an unspeakable horror…
is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when
teenagers are free to experience non-Amish culture before officially
joining the church. But before Rumspringa arrives, Katie’s safe world
starts to crumble. It begins with a fiery helicopter crash in the
cornfields, followed by rumors of massive unrest and the disappearance
of huge numbers of people all over the world. Something is out
there...and it is making a killing.
Unsure why they haven’t yet
been attacked, the Amish Elders make a decree: No one goes outside their
community, and no one is allowed in. But when Katie finds a gravely
injured young man lying just outside the boundary of their land, she
can’t leave him to die. She refuses to submit to the Elder’s rule and
secretly brings the stranger into her community—but what else is she
bringing in with him?"
Apparently I'm going for theme of creepy in my WoW picks this week! I'm interested to see how the Amish culture is incorporated into what sounds like some kind of apocalyptic YA.
What books are you waiting for?