Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
The theme of this week's WoW picks appears to be books with illustrated covers (a rare breed in YA!):
The Symptoms of My Insanity by Mindy Raf
"A laugh-out-loud, bittersweet debut full of wit, wisdom, heart, and a hilarious, unforgettable heroine.
When you’re a hypochondriac, there are a million different things that could be wrong with you, but for Izzy, focusing on what could be wrong might be keeping her from dealing with what’s really wrong.
I almost raised my hand, but what would I say? “Mr. Bayer, may I please be excused? I’m not totally positive, but I think I might have cancer.” No
way. Then everyone at school would know, and they would treat me
differently, and I would be known as “Izzy, that poor girl who diagnosed
herself with breast cancer during biology.”
sense of humor can only get her so far when suddenly her best friend
appears to have undergone a personality transplant, her mother’s health
takes a turn for the worse, and her beautiful maybe-boyfriend is going
all hot and cold. Izzy thinks she’s preparing for the worst-case
scenario, but when the worst-case scenario actually hits, it’s a
different story altogether—and there’s no tidy list of symptoms to help
her through the insanity."
I have the feeling Izzy and I would get along awesomely, just from this description! Her sense of humour sounds like just my style :)
Ink by Amanda Sun
"I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.
Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.
A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.
And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.
the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do
is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka,
Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can
barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of
taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did
he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer.
But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying
the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being
near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the
wrong people notice, they'll both be targets.
Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive."
I suspect this one will bring back many memories of Japan (both fond and not-so-fond!) for me. And I'm interested to see how the Japanese mythology is incorporated into the story.
What books are you waiting for?