This is a blog meme hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming books. This week we're featuring picks chosen by SQT and Jim.
SQT's can't wait to read selection is:
Velveteen by Daniel Marks
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Date: October 9, 2012
Pages: 304 pages
A delightfully dark fantasy of justice and the afterlife.
Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem.
The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.
Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.
It’ll be brutal…and awesome.
But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.
Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules…or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.
The main reason I've got "Velveteen" on my WoW list is because it's written by Mark Henry (under the pseudonym Daniel Marks). Henry's Amanda Feral series is off center, funny and more than slightly demented. It doesn't surprise me that he'd choose to write a teen revenge fantasy and I expect it'll be incredibly entertaining. I am really looking forward to this one.
Jim's can't wait to read selection is:
Hush by James Maxey
Date: June 26, 2012
The invulnerable, super-strong warrior Infidel has a secret: she’s lost her magical powers right at the moment when she needs them most. To keep a promise to a fallen friend, she must journey to the frozen wastelands of the north. Her quest leads her through the abstract realms of the Sea of Wine, where she uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all life. Hush, the primal dragon of cold, has formed an alliance with the ghost of a vengeful witch to murder Glorious, the dragon of the sun, plunging the world into an unending winter night. Without her magical strength, can Infidel possibly survive her battle with Hush? If she fails to save Glorious, will the world see another morning?
It wasn't all that long ago that I was putting the first book in this Dragon Apocalypse series (Greatshadow) up as my Waiting on Wednesday book - which I actually think is wise of the publisher, by putting out the series in short order I think it tends to keep the attention of readers better. I love the cover of this one, that dragon looks great perched as it is with it's tail wrapped around the rock and it's tattered wings outstretched.