Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (17)

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases we're eagerly anticipating.
To make up for a lack of consistency, my post this week is a double feature! Two books I'm looking forward to and was lucky enough to get ARCs of today. The first is the sequel to a book I won early last year and enjoyed with reservations. I see potential with Zora's storyline and want to see where she can go. (Plus, have you seen that cover? I love bright, simple covers. Absolutely beautiful.)
The Springsweet (The Vespertine, #2)The Springsweet
by Saundra Mitchell
April 17, 2012
288 pages (hardcover)

It’s a long way from Baltimore to Oklahoma Territory. But Zora Stewart will go any distance to put the tragic events of her sixteenth summer behind her. So this city girl heads to the tiny frontier town of West Glory to help her young widowed aunt keep her homestead going.

When another Baltimorean shows up in West Glory, Zora couldn’t be more surprised. Theo de la Croix made the long trip out west hoping to court Zora, whom he has long admired from afar.
But Zora has developed an attraction to a rather less respectable fellow: Emerson Birch, a rough-mannered young "sooner" whose fertile land is coveted.

As Zora begins to suspect that there may be more than luck behind Emerson’s good land, she discovers an extraordinary, astonishing power of her own: the ability to sense water under the parched earth. When her aunt hires her out as a "springsweet" to advise other settlers where to dig their wells, Zora feels the burden of holding the key to something so essential to survival in this unforgiving land.

Even more, she finds herself longing for love the way the prairie thirsts for water. Maybe, in the wildness of the territories, Zora can finally move beyond simply surviving and start living.


This second book was one that didn't hop onto my radar until very recently, but it sounds like the makings of a fun story. Yet another instance of cover love; something about the way this girl is posed with her scythe incites another round of cover love. Here's hoping Croak lives up to m expectations or exceeds them beyond my wildest imagination.

Croak (Croak, #1)Croak
by Gina Damico
March 20, 2012
320 pages (hardcover)

Sixteen-year-old Lex Bartleby has sucker-punched her last classmate. Fed up with her punkish, wild behavior, her parents ship her off to upstate New York to live with her Uncle Mort for the summer, hoping that a few months of dirty farm work will whip her back into shape. But Uncle Mort’s true occupation is much dirtier than that of shoveling manure. 

He’s a Grim Reaper. And he’s going to teach her the family business.

Lex quickly assimilates into the peculiar world of Croak, a town populated entirely by reapers who deliver souls from this life to the next. Along with her infuriating yet intriguing partner Driggs and a rockstar crew of fellow Grim apprentices, Lex is soon zapping her Targets like a natural born Killer.

Yet her innate ability morphs into an unchecked desire for justice—or is it vengeance?—whenever she’s forced to Kill a murder victim, craving to stop the attackers before they can strike again. So when people start to die—that is, people who aren’t supposed to be dying, people who have committed grievous crimes against the innocent—Lex’s curiosity is piqued. Her obsession grows as the bodies pile up, and a troubling question begins to swirl through her mind: if she succeeds in tracking down the murderer, will she stop the carnage—or will she ditch Croak and join in?


  1. I am really looking forward to The Springsweet. Is it fair for me to be jealous of your ARCs when I already have a towering pile of my own that I brought back from ALA?

    I don't think I'll read Croak - sounds too scary for me, but I love her hoodie on the cover!

  2. These both sound great I'M especially curious about the Springsweet! Great picks!

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