February 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Instructions for a Broken Heart and The Girl in the Steel Corset

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!

This week's picks:

Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson

Goodreads' description:

"Three days before her drama club's trip to Italy, Jessa Gardner discovers her boyfriend in the costume barn with another girl. Jessa is left with a care package from her best friend titled "Top Twenty Reasons He's a Slimy Jerk Bastard," instructing her to do one un-Jessa-like thing each day of the trip. At turns hilarious and heartwrenching, Instructions for a Broken Heart paints a magical Italy in which Jessa learns she must figure out life-and romance-for herself."

I really like the premise of this one, sounds like it could make for some embarrassing or funny moments! Also love that it's set in Italy, such a nice break from ones that are normally set in an American or British city. And the cover is so colourful and eye-catching.

The Girl in the Steel Corset by Kady Cross

"She thought there was something wrong with her. She was right. 

Finley Jayne has known for quite some time that she isn’t ‘normal,’ but when she beats up the son of her employer and is forced to flee, she stumbles into a world where there are bigger freaks than her. They take her in, treat her like family and demand her trust. How can Finley trust them when she can’t trust herself? And why is she drawn to the powerful Griffin as well as the dangerous Jack? She has to get herself under control before she gets into trouble she can’t get out of.

Griffin King is one of the most powerful men in Britain but he couldn’t save his best friend from almost dying. He is determined to save Finley and help her become the person he knows she can be, but there’s evil afoot in London. Machines have attacked humans under the orders of a nefarious criminal called The Machinist. He has sworn to protect his country against such a threat, but he’s never faced any foe like this. However, when he discovers The Machinist’s connection to his past, Griffin vows to end the villain once and for all — but he’ll need the help of all his friends, including the beautiful Finley Jayne – the girl in the steel corset."

I haven't read much steampunk yet, and I'm not altogether sure it's really my kind of genre, but I think I should give it more of a try. This one sounds like it's got action and romance all set against the backdrop of Victorian England (and possibly magic? I can't tell...what exactly is 'wrong' with Finley?) Also, the cover is just breathtaking...I so totally want that gown (minus the steel corset, of course). 

What books are you waiting on?


  1. It's cool to look at a book and know your feedback helped produce an awesome cover :) The Harlequin Teen Panel is really cool! Great picks!

    New post for Debut Author Incites is up :)


  2. I love the Italian setting of the first book. I went there as a teenager and I'd love to read this and go back in time...Both books sound like cool choices. On the old TBR list!

  3. These two sound great and like something I would enjoy. I'll add them to my list and keep an eye out for them. :)

  4. I've read a couple of steampunk booka and have a couple of more in my TBR pile. So far I like it. This one sounds like one I would like to get, thanks for the intro to it!

  5. Both of these look like good reads. I am adding them to my TBR list.

    Reading Lark's WOW

  6. Awesome WoW picks Danya!! I love how Instructions for a Broken Heart is set in Italy as well... and the cover for The Girl in the Steel Corset is absolutely gorgeous! There's not too many steampunk novels to be found in YA and this one sounds pretty cool! ^_^

  7. I'm waiting to for both of them too, especially Instructions for a Broken Heart. Great picks!

  8. Both of those books sound great! The first one reminds me a little of "Anna and the French Kiss" and I hope it's just as good as that one. I just started looking into the steampunk genre so the second book looks like a great fit. Thanks for bringing these titles to our attention!

  9. I'm not really sure if steampunk is my genre either, but I agree that cover is gorgeous!

  10. Wow, I absolutely want both of these! Thanks Danya, both of these books are new to me and they sound amazing, definitely adding them to the list! And that cover for the steel corset book is gorgeous!

  11. Both of these sound great. Good luck on your publishing career. If you become an agent can i query you? LOL.

    I'm sticking around to follow.

  12. I love the cover for The Girl in the Steel Corset. It is just so beautiful. Seems like a good book


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