"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
1) CONTROL by Lydia Kang
Blurb from Goodreads: After the violent death of her father, 17 year-old Zelia loses her younger sister, Dylia, during an abduction at a foster care agency. It turns out her sister Dylia isn’t just pretty and sweet – she’s illegal. In the year 2150, DNA must be pure by law, and anyone with enhanced genes face death. Zelia’s only allies are the freak-show inhabitants of her new, underground foster home. Along with the unexpected love of a very strange boy, she will need her flaws and their illicit traits to save the only family she has left.
We adore Lydia around here, and since we heard about her book deal, we've been excited to see a cover. That cover was finally revealed on Monday, so we can finally put it in a WoW post. We love the glow!
2) BETWEEN THE DEVIL AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA by April Genevieve Tucholke
Blurb from Goodreads: You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand...
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town…until River West comes along. River rents the guesthouse behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard. Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more? Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery...who makes you want to kiss back. Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it.
This book sank its hooks into us since we read the blurb for it sometime mid-2012. The cover reveal only made the waiting worse! It's gothic and moody, a visually perfect fit for the story the jacket copy implies. I love the ornate font that dominates the image.
3) THE NIGHT ITSELF by Zoë Marriott
Cover copy: When fifteen year old Mio steals the katana - her grandfather's priceless sword - she just wants to liven up a fancy dress costume. But the katana is more than some dusty heirloom, and her actions unleash an ancient evil onto the streets of modern-day London. Mio is soon stalked by the terrors of mythical Japan, and it is only the appearance of a mysterious warrior that saves her life. If Mio cannot learn to control the sword's legendary powers she will lose not only her own life... but the love of a lifetime.
We were so impressed by Zoe's book Shadows on the Moon that we were eager to see what she came up with next. And it's certainly something else - an apparent mix of ancient magic and modern chic, the story is wonderfully complemented by the book's recently revealed cover. I'm so in love with the bold and unusual design that I had to post the entire jacket. Just look at this thematically subtle but eye-catching piece of art!
What are some books you're looking forward to in 2013?