Waiting on Wednesday: Of pretty titles, songs & magic and classic influences

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine. The idea behind this meme is to highlight up and coming releases that we just can't wait to read.

This week I’ve stumbled across three books that really have me excited.  I reckon 2013 is going to be one amazing year for YA fiction, and the books I’ve highlighted below are but a small taste of what we can expect.

I, for one, am particularly excited about the following books: 

All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry

Publication date: July 30th 2013 by St. Martin's Griffin

first book in an exciting YA trilogy, this is the story of two best friends on the verge of a terrifying divide when they begin to encounter a cast of strange and mythical characters.

Set against the lush, magical backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, two inseparable best friends who have grown up like sisters—the charismatic, mercurial, and beautiful Aurora and the devoted, soulful, watchful narrator — find their bond challenged for the first time ever when a mysterious and gifted musician named Jack comes between them.

Suddenly, each girl must decide what matters most: friendship, or love.

What both girls don’t know is that the stakes are even higher than either of them could have imagined.

They’re not the only ones who have noticed Jack’s gift; his music has awakened an ancient evil—and a world both above and below which may not be mythical at all. The real and the mystical; the romantic and the heartbreaking all begin to swirl together, carrying the two on journey that is both enthralling and terrifying.

And it’s up to the narrator to protect the people she loves—if she can.

Mythical creatures + musically inclined boy = win. Also, I’ve always been a sucker for a pretty book title and this one, paired with its equally gorgeous cover, just screams “please read me now!”

The second book on my WoW list is: 

Thorn Abbey by Nancy Ohlin

Publication date: May 7th 2013 by Simon Pulse

Nothing is as it seems in this darkly romantic tale of infatuation and possession, inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Becca was the perfect girlfriend: smart, gorgeous, and loved by everyone at New England’s premier boarding school, Thorn Abbey. But Becca’s dead. And her boyfriend, Max, can’t get over his loss.

Then Tess transfers to Thorn Abbey. She’s shy, insecure, and ordinary—everything that Becca wasn’t. And despite her roommate’s warnings, she falls for brooding Max.

Now Max finally has a reason to move on. Except it won’t be easy. Because Becca may be gone, but she’s not quite ready to let him go…

Um… inspired by the classic gothic romance novel, Rebecca?… how could I NOT want to read this? I can barely contain my excitement. May 7th better come soon. I’m in book swoons over this novel.

Finally, we have: 

Chantress by Amy Butler Greenfield

Publication date: May 7th 2013 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

Lucy’s Chantress magic will make her the most powerful—and most hunted—girl in England.“Sing, and the darkness will find you.”

This warning has haunted fifteen-year-old Lucy ever since she was eight and shipwrecked on a lonely island.

Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever.

Now it is 1667, Lucy is fifteen, and on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing—and she is swept into darkness.

When she awakes in England, Lucy hears powerful men discussing Chantresses—women who can sing magic into the world. They are hunting her, but she escapes and finds sanctuary with the Invisible College, an organization plotting to overthrow the nefarious Lord Protector.

The only person powerful enough to bring about his downfall is a Chantress. And Lucy is the last one in England.

Lucy struggles to master the song-spells and harness her power, but the Lord Protector is moving quickly. And her feelings for Nat, an Invisible College apprentice and scientist who deeply distrusts her magic, only add to her confusion…

Time is running out, and the fate of England hangs in the balance in this entrancing novel that is atmospheric and lyrical, dangerous and romantic.

Music, song & magic? I’d NEVER pass this one up. Luckily, May is not so far away in the grand scheme of things… right?

That's it from me for this week. What's on your Wow list? Feel free to share your list of links below.


Sophia Lin said…
Awesome picks! Looks like I need to add 3 more books to my towering TBR list, lol.

Here's my pick: http://bookwyrming-thoughts.blogspot.com/2013/01/waiting-on-wednesday-cinders-sapphires.html

~Sophia @Bookwyrming Thoughts
All of these look awesome, I'm especially excited to read Chantress!
Fara Nani said…
OMG! I LOVE EVERY book you picked for your WoW. They're on my TOP to-read list. fabulous picks! :D

Here's my WoW
Jade said…
Chantress and All Our Pretty Songs both look amazing. All Our Pretty Songs especially makes me really excited and intrigues me so much!

New follower :)

My WOW this week
These are awesome picks. All Our Pretty Songs was a WoW pick for me a few weeks ago. I can't wait for all of these to be out.

Jenea @ Books Live Forever's WoW
Thorn Abbey & Chantress are both on my wish list! :) They sound great and the covers are pretty.

WoW at Mel@thedailyprophecy.
Danica Page said…
All of these look incredible. Chantress was on my TBR list already, but now the rest are on there as well.

Thanks for sharing.

Here's mine

~Danica Page
Taking It One Page at a Time
Dani Chapman said…

My goodness that sounds like a good book. Great pick and Happy Reading! Here is my WoW for this week!
Jenny said…
Oooo yes Tammy!!! I'm so excited for all three of these as well, but All Our Pretty Songs and Chantress especially. This year has so many amazing books coming out, I cannot wait!
Krystianna said…
I'm really excited for all of these! They sound really amazing and I'll definitely try to buy them when they come out. Thanks for sharing. :)

I'm a new GFC follower.

Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian
Martina Koleva said…
Love the sound of Chantress. And this is the first time I hear of All Our Pretty Songs and I really like the sound if. Great picks. I hope you enjoy reading your picks.
Come check out my WOW post.
Dazzling Mage said…
I'm really excited and curious about Thorn Abbey! Great picks!
Kezia D said…
Wow, great picks! Chantress sounds awesome :)

I'm a new follower on GFC :)
-Kezia @ Pansycake Reader
Wendy Darling said…
For some reason I didn't have the first one on my radar---thanks for the heads up, Tammy! Sounds intriguing.

Wendy @ The Midnight Garden
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