December 19, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday: Plague in the Mirror and If He Had Been With Me

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!

It's been a while since I participated in this meme, so I am happy to be back at it!

This week's WoW picks:

Plague in the Mirror by Deborah Noyes

Goodreads' description:

"In a sensual paranormal romance, a teen girl’s doppelgänger from 1348 Florence lures her into the past in hopes of exacting a deadly trade.

It was meant to be a diversion — a summer in Florence with her best friend, Liam, and his travel-writer mom, doing historical research between breaks for gelato. A chance to forget that back in Vermont, May’s parents, and all semblance of safety, were breaking up. But when May wakes one night sensing someone in her room, only to find her ghostly twin staring back at her, normalcy becomes a distant memory. And when later she follows the menacing Cristofana through a portale to fourteenth-century Florence, May never expects to find safety in the eyes of Marco, a soulful painter who awakens in her a burning desire and makes her feel truly seen. The wily Cristofana wants nothing less of May than to inhabit each other’s lives, but with the Black Death ravaging Old Florence, can May’s longing for Marco’s touch be anything but madness? Lush with atmosphere both passionate and eerie, this evocative tale follows a girl on the brink of womanhood as she dares to transcend the familiar — and discovers her sensual power."

Doesn't this one sound cool? A creepy doppelganger AND 14th-century Florence AND the Black Death AND a can you go wrong?

If He Had Been With Me by Laura Nowlin

Description from the publisher's website:

"If he had been with me, he wouldn't have died.

Throughout their whole childhood, Finn and Autumn were inseparable—they finished each other's sentences, they knew just what to say when the other person was hurting. But one incident in middle school puts them in separate social worlds come high school, and Autumn has been happily dating James for the last 2 years. But she's always wondered what if...

The night she's about to get the answer is also one of terrible tragedy."

I was totally right about this trend of car accidents in contemp YA. That said, I think the title of this one is pretty much perfect in conveying the emotional tone that I suspect will pervade the story. Sounds like it features a good dose of regret, longing and painful irony.
What books are you waiting for?



  1. I hadn't heard of Plague in the Mirror before, but it sounds great! It's not only set in Florence, but 14th-century Florence which is even better to read about :)
    My WoW

  2. If He Had Been With Me both looks and sounds amazing! The cover is haunting, especially with the all lower case letters and the font. Just added it to my ever growing TBR list.

  3. Both sound good but I think If He had been with Me is on my TBR list. I'm excited and think it sounds lovely, sad, and interesting all at the same time.
    The Brunette Librarian's Waiting on Wednesday Blog

  4. I haven't heard about If He had been with me, but sounds interesting.
    Hope you get to read it soon!
    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  5. If He Had Been With Me isn't really the kind of book I'd ordinarily seek (preferring lighter stories) but something about the way the synopsis is written really struck a chord with me-I want to check it out!

  6. Plague in the Mirror sounds nice and creepy! If He Had Been With Me sounds like and interesting premise, I'll be looking out for both of these books!


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