Waiting on Wednesday #10

Posted January 16, 2013 by Kara in Waiting on Wednesday / 31 Comments

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This is where we post upcoming releases we are looking forward to.
Another week, another attempt to find books you haven’t heard of yet. I’ve decided this is my goal with this meme. I see so many participants in Waiting on Wednesday that feature the same books over and over. This is fine and everyone has their own methods, but my goal is to try to give some attention to books that aren’t as hyped or well known as others. 
Publisher: Arther A. Levine
Release Date: June 1st, 2013

Description from GoodreadsA funny, honest novel about being out, being proud . . . and being ready for something else.

Rafe is a normal teenager from Boulder, Colorado. He plays soccer. He’s won skiing prizes. He likes to write.

And, oh yeah, he’s gay. He’s been out since 8th grade, and he isn’t teased, and he goes to other high schools and talks about tolerance and stuff. And while that’s important, all Rafe really wants is to just be a regular guy. Not that GAY guy. To have it be a part of who he is, but not the headline, every single time.

So when he transfers to an all-boys’ boarding school in New England, he decides to keep his sexuality a secret — not so much going back in the closet as starting over with a clean slate. But then he sees a classmate breaking down. He meets a teacher who challenges him to write his story. And most of all, he falls in love with Ben . . . who doesn’t even know that love is possible.

This witty, smart, coming-out-again story will appeal to gay and straight kids alike as they watch Rafe navigate being different, fitting in, and what it means to be himself.

I’m always looking for glbt books I might be interested in. The blurb on this one really works for me and I have high hopes that this book will be special. What do you guys think?

Publisher: Harper
Release Date: June 18th, 2013

Description from GoodreadsThe first book in an outstanding new trilogy of thrillers featuring Carabiniere Captain Kat Tapo, set in two Venices-the modern physical world and its virtual counterpart-a propulsive tale combining murder, corruption, international intrigue, and a dark conspiracy linking the American CIA and the Catholic Church.

When the clock strikes midnight on the feast day of La Befana, Venice is aglow as a cascade of glittering fireworks bursts above the city. Masked figures crowd the vaporettos, the trattorias are humming with grappa-soaked gossip, and the possibility for random passion heats the frosty winter air.

Across the Grand Canal, beneath the stunning white dome of one of Venice’s grandest landmarks, Santa Maria della Salute, a body with two slugs in the back of the head has been pulled from the icy waters. The victim is a woman. To the dismay of the police, she is dressed in the sacred robes of a Catholic priest-a desecration known as the Abomination.

Working her first murder case, newly promoted Captain Kat Tapo of the Carabinieri embarks on a labyrinthine trail that soon proves as elusive and confusing as the city’s twisting backstreets. Her investigation leads from a crumbling asylum on a deserted island to the impenetrable complex of American military bases ringing the medieval city-and deeper, into an eerie virtual Venice that is both alien and familiar.

The influential and highly secretive simulated world of Carnivia.com holds the city’s secrets, dark knowledge that reaches into the highest levels of government and the church, involving its most influential figures. The site’s founder is a notorious hacker and the scion of one of Venice’s oldest families-a man already convicted of cybercrimes whose life is threatened by an anonymous group determined to silence him and destroy his virtual city.

Just when every lead seems to send a frustrated Kat in a new direction, the various trails go cold, evidence goes missing, and the case is officially shut down. What follows is the unraveling of a dark conspiracy whose roots go back seventy years, revelations that will test Kat’s loyalties and remind the dedicated cop of a simple truth: that unless old crimes are punished, corrupt forces will continue to repeat their mortal sins. . . .

Long blurb, but this book sounds bad-ass and I will probably buy it the day it comes out. I only hope it’s as good as it sounds.

What do you think of my picks? Have you seen them elsewhere? Leave me a comment and I will come visit your posts. Until next week, happy reading!

31 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday #10

  1. Openly Straight has been on my watch list and I totes approve of the cover. The blurb for the second one is so long that I can’t. It’s funny how I can read such long books, but make blurb more than a couple paragraphs and I’m all tl;dr.

  2. Amy

    Openly Straight sounds really good. I think I will definitely be reading that one. The Abomination sounds interesting, but the mention of church kind of puts me off. I will have to wait to read some reviews on it I think.

    I totally agree with trying to find books that haven’t been featured over and over again around the blogosphere. I try to use ones that I haven’t seen too. It’s a hard thing to do lol!!

    • Me too, definitely. I don’t think The Abomination will be preachy at all. Sounds like a church scandal book to me. Like the DaVinci Code.

      It’s really hard. But looking for books that haven’t been featured everywhere is a lot of fun. I love doing this meme now.

  3. I can see myself really enjoying Openly Straight. And I plan to pass it along to my best friend a.s.a.p 🙂 So thanks a lot for spotlighting it and bringing it to my attention. I hope you’ll LOVE both of these when they come out!

  4. Sam

    Both of these are new to me, so thanks for spotlighting them! The Abomination sounds interesting, but I think I’m more drawn to Openly Straight at the moment. Great picks, Kara!

  5. Ooo, The Abomination sounds good! For some reason I tend to be wary of books set in Italy (maybe because I’m unconvinced it would be done well), but the two realities and plot sounds really interesting.

    I hadn’t heard of that, so thank you! PS, I am the second person to add it to my TBR after you on GoodReads, heh.

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