Waiting on Wednesday: Darker Still and Arcadia Awakens

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.

First up is:
Darker Still by Leanna Renee Hieber

Why the book lust?

The blurb describes it as The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Pride and Prejudice. Um, yes please. I've always been a fascinated with the concept of The Picture of Dorian Gray and reading the book description has definitely piqued my interest. I'd be interested to see how this novel pans out.  Plus, have you seen the magnificent book cover?

Am definitely in cover and book love.

More about the book

New York City, 1880. Seventeen-year-old Natalie Stewart's latest obsession is a painting of the handsome British Lord Denbury.

Something in his striking blue eyes calls to her.

As his incredibly life-like gaze seems to follow her, Natalie gets the uneasy feeling that details of the painting keep changing...

Jonathan Denbury's soul is trapped in the gilded painting by dark magic while his possessed body commits unspeakable crimes in the city slums. 

He must lure Natalie into the painting, for only together can they reverse the curse and free his damaged soul.

Publishing date: November 1, 2011 by Sourcebooks Fire  (I know, still a long wait for this one)

My next pick is:
Arcadia Awakens by Kai Meyer

Why the book lust?
Actually, the summary and the exotic cover speaks for itself, so I'm just going to shut up and let the book do the talking, even though it must be said that I really, really can't wait to read this - it sounds so intriguingly different, don't you think?

More about the book

To Rosa Alcantara, the exotic world of Sicily, with its network of Mafia families and its reputation for murder and intrigue, is just that—exotic and wholly unknown.

But when her life in Brooklyn begins to fall apart, she must travel there, to her family’s ancestral home, where centuries of family secrets await her.

Once there, Rosa falls head over heels for Alessandro Carnevare, the son of a Sicilian Mafia family, whose handsome looks and savage grace both fascinate and unsettle her.

But their families are sworn enemies, and her aunt and sister believe Alessandro is only using Rosa to infiltrate the Alcantara clan.

And when Rosa encounters a tiger one night—a tiger with very familiar eyes—she can no longer deny that neither the Carnevares nor the Alcantaras are what they seem.

Hidden caves, dangerous beasts roaming the hills, and a history of familial bloodlust mean that Rosa can’t trust anyone.

Torn between loyalty to her family and love for their mortal enemy, Rosa must make the hardest decision of her life: stay in Sicily with her new love…or run as far and as fast as she can.

Publishing date: Apparently this book was first published back in November 2009, but is set to be released in February, 14 2012 by Balzer + Bray.

That's me for this week. What books are you looking forward to? Feel free to share below.


Aisle B said…
I love coming back to see what lies ahead in the reads. I love Meyer's cover with the green snake wrapped around her neck. Daring but different.

PS Hope all is well in your little corner of the world my dearest Pixie girl :)

Riobah said…
Arcadia is my favourite book ever since it came out in 2009 (in Germany) and Kai is my favourite German author. The whole Mafia/Romeo&Juliet/Fantasy-story is so amazing and fast-paced (and quite shocking considering a certain key event in Rosa's past) that I couldn't put put it aside!

Actually Rosa is blonde so I dunno why the girl on the cover has dark hair.

You'll love it!

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