Waiting on Wednesday feat. Lies Beneath

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown
Delacorte/Random House/6.12.2012
Description (from Goodreads):
Calder White lives in the cold, clear waters of Lake Superior, the only brother in a family of murderous mermaids. To survive, Calder and his sisters prey on humans, killing them to absorb their energy. But this summer the underwater clan targets Jason Hancock out of pure revenge. They blame Hancock for their mother’s death and have been waiting a long time for him to return to his family’s homestead on the lake. Hancock has a fear of water, so to lure him in, Calder sets out to seduce Hancock’s daughter, Lily. Easy enough—especially as Calder has lots of practice using his irresistible good looks and charm on unsuspecting girls. Only this time Calder screws everything up: he falls for Lily—just as Lily starts to suspect that there’s more to the monsters-in-the-lake legends than she ever imagined. And just as his sisters are losing patience with him.

The only brother of murderous mermaids…? Seduction and murder… and accidentally falling in love? Count me in! Plus, that cover is soooo pretty!

ADD it on Goodreads.

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He’s So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott
Simon & Schuster/6.7.2011
Description (from Goodreads):

Ally Ryan, come on down to the Jersey Shore and forget your troubles!
Have you recently been humiliated in front of your friends and family at your former best friend’s birthday party? Was your almost boyfriend partly responsible for that humiliation by withholding some vital information about where your estranged father is? Did you come home to find said estranged father sitting on your stoop?
If so, then it sounds like you could use a vacation! The Jersey Shore is the place to be. Your mother may be living with her boyfriend of only a few months, but at least the stunt Shannen pulled has put some of your friends back in your court. Even so, you’re still angry and what better way to get over Jake than to blow off some steam with local guy, Cooper? People will hardly recognize your new attitude, but the old one wasn’t getting you anywhere, so who cares!

Jake Graydon, an exciting opportunity is waiting for you in the service industry!
Are your grades so low your parents have grounded you for the summer? Did you the girl you really like unceremoniously leave you behind? Would you rather eat dirt than see your friends again? Then a job at the local coffee shop is just the ticket! Surprisingly, Ally’s father is the new manager so you get to be reminded of her nearly every day. Maybe it’s time to start flirting with your best friend’s ex or even taking school a bit more seriously. Especially when you finally see Ally and she’s hanging around with some loser and it’s couldn’t be more clear that she is over you.

Have a great summer!

I love, love, loved SHE’S SO DEAD TO US, the first Ally Ryan book, and was so pumped when this popped up on my Goodreads feed. The cover is adorable and the description… well I think it’s obvious how great the description is. Of course, after reading, my eyes went directly to the release date… June! How will I ever make it that long?

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This Girl is Different by JJ Johnson
Peachtree Publishers/5.1.2011
Description (from Goodreads):
This girl is different… That’s what Evie has always told herself—and it’s true. Home-schooled by her counter culture mom, she’s decided to see what high school is like for the first time—for her senior year. And what a year it is.

As it turns out, it’s not just Evie who’s Different. Lots of people are. Many of her assumptions about others are turned on their heads as she makes friends with kids her own age for the first time, discovers what’s good and what’s bad about high school, and learns lessons about power and its abuse—both by the administration and by Evie herself.

It was this cover that caught my eye, but the description sounds interesting as well… abuse of power in a high school? Who would’ve guessed…? :/

Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi
Description (from Goodreads):

It’s been four years since Donna Parisi’s father passed away, but it might as well have been four days. Donna makes conversation and goes through the motion, but she hasn’t really gotten on with life. She’s not close with anyone, she doesn’t have a boyfriend and she’s going to college at the local university with a major that her mother picked. But one day Donna has an epiphany. She wants to work with dead people. She wants to help people say goodbye and she wants to learn to love a whole person—body and soul. She wants to live her life and be exceptional…at loving, at grieving and at embalming and cremating,too. Even as she makes the decision, things start to change. Donna makes friends with the charismatic new student, Liz. She notices the boy, Charlie, at her table and realizes that maybe he’s been noticing her, too. And she begins to forgive the rest of her family for living their lives while she’s been busy moping.
Jennifer Violi’s gentle, moving story of a girl who finds a life in the midst of death will appeal to any reader who’s felt stuck and found inspiration in an unexpected place.

I’ve always been drawn to novel about grief and moving on and this looks like an entirely new take on the subject… and I feel like it has the potential to be something really, really moving.

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Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade
Description (from GoodReads):
After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare – former homecoming queen, current Queen of the Dead – finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this – ugh – “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.

Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.

Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is – ahem – willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.

Packed with romance, lovable characters, and a killer cliffhanger, Queen of the Dead is the out-of-this-world sequel to The Ghost and the Goth.

Is it June yet?? I read THE GHOST AND THE GOTH a week ago and I already miss Alona and Will… and this description is not helping! 

I’m totally rooting for Alona and Will to be more than just friends and I’m wondering how Alona’s going to react to this new, pretty seer vying for Will’s attention. 

I feel like I’m going to get my hands on this book, devour it, then sit around dreaming of book three… I mean, a killer cliffhanger? Good grief!

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Memento Nora by Angie Smibert
Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books/July 2011
Description (from GoodReads):
Nora, the popular girl and happy consumer, witnesses a horrific bombing on a shopping trip with her mother. In Nora’s near-future world, terrorism is so commonplace that she can pop one little white pill to forget and go on like nothing ever happened. However, when Nora makes her first trip to a Therapeutic Forgetting Clinic, she learns what her mother, a frequent forgetter, has been frequently forgetting. Nora secretly spits out the pill and holds on to her memories. The memory of the bombing as well as her mother’s secret and her budding awareness of the world outside her little clique make it increasingly difficult for Nora to cope. She turns to two new friends, each with their own reasons to remember, and together they share their experiences with their classmates through an underground comic. They soon learn, though, they can’t get away with remembering.
Whoa. Just… whoa. This description caught my attention and the cover cemented it in my mind. Whoa.

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Fall for Anything by Courtney Summers
St. Martin’s Griffin/12.21.10
Description (from GoodReads):
When Eddie Reeves’s father commits suicide her life is consumed by the nagging question of why? Why when he was a legendary photographer and a brilliant teacher? Why when he had a daughter who loved him more than anyone else in the world? When she meets Culler Evans, a former student of her father’s and a photographer himself, an instant and dangerous attraction begins. He seems to know more about her father than she does and could possibly hold the key to the mystery surrounding his death. But Eddie’s vulnerability has weakened her and Culler Evans is getting too close. Her need for the truth keeps her hanging on… but some questions should be left unanswered.

I like WoW picks that have cover images (hey, they’re shiny and eyecatching!), but I just couldn’t wait until FALL FOR ANYTHING to be cover-ized. After weeks of checking the GoodReads page (and Courtney’s website) with no luck, I decided to give in and feature it for WoW… because I am so waiting on Summers’ upcoming release. Even before the description was released I was daydreaming about it… I have no doubts that I’ll love this book. None.
Summers’ books have all been released in December/January, which is great because they make fabulous holiday (and birthday *cough*December 16th*cough*) gifts.

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Ripple by Mandy Hubbard
Description (from GoodReads):
Eighteen year old Lexi Wentworth is cursed. For as long as she can remember, she’s spent every night swimming. If she doesn’t, she’ll regret it—simply walking will be agony, as if she’s stepping on shattered glass. Her body craves the water, demands the water, until she can’t say no.

But it’s not the swimming that troubles Lexi. It’s the singing that goes with it.When she turned sixteen, her siren song killed the only boy she’s ever loved. Now, she avoids the popular shores of the Pacific in favor of a long forgotten lake up in the mountains, where she can swim and sing in peace, far from the population of her oceanside home.

Until, that is, Troy Mills discovers her lake. He’s new to Lincoln City High, and he doesn’t know about Lexi’s reputation as an ice queen—a reputation she’s carefully cultivated to keep everyone around her safe. He pushes her, talks to her, forces her to dream of what life could be like if she weren’t a siren.

Lexi can’t stop herself from warming to him, from falling for him. Soon, he’s demanding answers, following her to the lake, unknowingly risking his life. How can she keep him safe when the one thing she wants most–to hold him close– will endanger his life?

I enjoyed Mandy Hubbard’s PRADA AND PREJUDICE, which was extremely cute, and I’m curious about RIPPLE. It seems a bit darker than her previous novels, so I’m interested to see how this story compares to P&P and YOU WISH.

I’ll be watching for it in 2011!