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.
This week we have a running theme with ghosts and the word ‘ghost’ in the book title. We also have gorgeous covers. These were both floating around on Goodreads this week so you may have seen them but I also have not seen them elsewhere and I just couldn’t resist posting about them. I couldn’t NOT post about them because they both look UHHHmazing.
Description from Goodreads: In a 1920s seaside town, Clare discovers a mysterious glass house in the backyard of her new summer home. There she falls in love with Jack, the ghost of a boy who can’t remember who he was before he died. Their romance is a haven for her from the cruel pranks of her society friends, especially her best friend, Bridget, who can’t wait to grow up and embark on romances of her own. As Clare begins to suspect an affair between her mother and Bridget’s father, she retreats to the glass house. But that haven begins to crack when she realizes that Jack has lied to her about his name . . . From a dazzling and fearless new voice comes a shimmering story full of wonder and mystery, in a world where every character is haunted by lingering ghosts of love.
I think this is middle grade. And I love the cover to death. I’m not sure if this is the type of book I would normally enjoy, but I have to try because it sounds absolutely wonderful What do you guys think? Does this sound like something you would want to read?
Description from Goodreads: Though ruled by industrial-age British overlords, the Chinese of colonial Malaysia continue to adhere to ancient customs. In the sleepy port city of Malacca, ghosts and superstitions abound.
The daughter of a respectable family that has lost its fortune, Li Lan has few suitors. But fate intervenes when she receives an unusual proposal from the Lim family, the city’s wealthiest clan. They want her to become a “ghost bride” for the family’s son, who recently died under mysterious circumstances. A rare historic custom among Malaysian Chinese, a ghost marriage is used to placate a restless spirit. Such a union would guarantee Li Lan a home for the rest of her days, but at what cost?
Invited to meet the Lims at their opulent mansion, Li Lan is drawn to the nephew of the family, the attractive new heir. But then she begins to receive sinister nightly visits in her dreams from the deceased son. To save herself, Li Lan must plunge into a shadowy parallel world of the Chinese afterlife, with its hungry ghosts, haunted mansions, and not-quite-human denizens-including the mysterious Er Lang, a handsome guardian spirit.
With Er Lang’s help, Li Lan will uncover the Lim family’s darkest secrets, and the truth about her own family’s history. But will she be able to return to the world of the living? And will she be content with life in the human world again?
Brimming with mystery, romance, and the supernatural, and featuring a smart, winning heroine, The Ghost Bride heralds the arrival of a masterful new talent.
Gorgeous cover, isn’t it? And it has an Asian setting so you know this is one I have to get my grabby hands on. It’s up for request on Edelweiss if anyone is interested in reading it early. I didn’t request it because I am so behind right now but I am definitely wishlisting this one. The cultural folklore in this one sounds amazing. What do you you think?