Breaking the Spine and features books that we just can't wait to get our hands on!
I haven't done a Waiting on Wednesday post since... June! It has been far too long. Which is why I am joining in today and bringing you THREE books I'm looking forward to.
A Girl Called Fearless by Catherine Linka
"Avie Reveare has the
normal life of a privileged teen growing up in L.A., at least as normal
as any girl's life is these days. After a synthetic hormone in beef
killed 50 million American women ten years ago, only young girls, old
women, men and boys are left to pick up the pieces. The death threat is
past, but fathers still fear for their daughters’ safety, and the
Paternalist Movement, which was begun to “protect” young women, is
taking over all the choices they make.
Like all her
friends, Avie still mourns the loss of her mother, but she's also
dreaming about college and love and what she'll make of her life. But
when her dad contracts her to marry a rich, older man to raise the money
to save his struggling company, her life suddenly narrows to two
choices: be trapped in a marriage with a controlling politician, or
run. Her lifelong friend, student revolutionary Yates, urges her to run
to freedom over the border to Canada. He's always believed she's
fearless and will help her escape if she's willing. As their friendship
turns to passion, the decision to leave becomes harder and harder.
Running away is incredibly dangerous and it's possible she'll never see
Yates again. But staying could mean death.
thought-provoking, and frighteningly real, A GIRL CALLED FEARLESS is a
speculative thriller about fighting for the most important things in
life--freedom and love."
Not sure how scientifically viable this world is — I hope the author's done her research — but it sounds different from most of the dystopian YA offerings out there! Also, props to the author for bringing Canada into it. Apparently we are the country everyone wants to flee to :D
A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
"Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909,
where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means
everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and
mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who
wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her
French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to
marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has
other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal
College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her
growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be
the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high
society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just
how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?"
I'm still waiting for a Downton Abbey-esque YA read to wow me (I didn't manage to get through Wentworth Hall — the writing really needed some more work, and at least another round of editing would have been helpful). Maybe this'll be the one!
The Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno
"A mysterious and
visceral page-turner about a seventeen-year-old girl who unravels the
secrets of her alternate personality, reminiscent of the film Memento.
You live and you remember.
Me, I live and I forget.
But now-now I am remembering.
all of her seventeen years, Molly feels like she's missed bits and
pieces of her life. Molly suffers from dissociative identity disorder,
and since she was a little girl, she's played host to Mabel, a
completely separate and individual personality. When Mabel is in
control, Molly experiences the blackouts she's been so scared of. But
now Mabel is letting Molly in on her secrets; she's letting Molly
remember. And in doing so, Molly uncovers the separate life she seems to
have led...and the love that she can't let go.
The Half Life of Molly Pierce
is a suspenseful, evocative psychological mystery about uncovering the
secrets of our pasts, facing the unknowns of our futures, and accepting
our whole selves."
I have high hopes for this one — dissociative identity disorder isn't touched upon all that much in YA (at least in comparison with other mental health issues like depression). DID is quite rare but it's also one of the most fascinating psychological disorders, at least in my opinion. I'm interested to see how the author presents it here. *crosses fingers that the psychological information is accurate*
What books are you waiting for?
Also, if you have a chance, please stop by my Help Me Get Back in the Loop post and share with me your bookish recommendations! :)