Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
This week's picks:
The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
"Margo McKenna has a
plan of attack for everything, from landing the part she wants in her
high school musical to dealing with her increasingly absent parents.
But when she finds herself in possession of a genie’s ring and the
opportunity to make three wishes, she doesn’t know what to do.
Especially since Oliver – not blue-skinned, not bottle-dwelling, but a
genie nonetheless – can see more than what she’s willing to show him.
With one peek into her mind, he can see the wishes that even Margo
herself doesn’t know she wants.
But Oliver comes with more than
just mind-reading abilities, a flair for magic, and the prettiest eyes
Margo’s ever seen. Someone from his past is hunting him – someone bent
on killing him, along with all the other genies in the world, for the
sake of honor. And as Margo soon discovers, it will take more than
three wishes to save him.
A whole lot more."
The description of this one reminds me a bit of Jackson Pearce's As You Wish. It looks like a fairly light, entertaining read, and genies, thankfully, have not yet been overdone in YA. Love the cloudy, star-studded sky backdrop — and now I'm wondering, who plays the electric guitar?
Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller
"A cruise ship. A beautiful island. Two sexy guys. What could possibly go wrong?
In the Bermuda Triangle—a lot.
to leave behind the reminders of her crappy life--her father's death
years ago, her mother's medical problems, and the loser who’s
practically stalking her--seventeen-year-old Autumn Taylor hops on a
ship with her sister for a little distraction. When she wakes up in the
Bermuda Triangle, she fears she's gone nuts for more than one reason:
that loser’s suddenly claiming they're a happy couple... a hot guy is
wrapping his arms around her and saying "Happy Anniversary"... and
suddenly, she’s full of bruises, losing her hair, and getting IV
medication. Autumn visits the ship's doctor, hoping for a pill or a shot
to make the craziness go away. Instead, she's warned that these
"alternate realities" could become permanent.
She just has to ask herself one question—how the hell is she going to get out of this mess?"
I'm starting to see more stories of alternate realities or parallel lives pop up in YA — perhaps these are the seeds of a new trend? I hope so, because I think there's some creative territory in these kinds of concepts that YA has yet to explore. This one really sounds kind of trippy, but also like there's a good deal of potential here for some great comedy.
What books are you waiting for?