Waiting on Wednesday #31

Posted July 10, 2013 by Kara in Kara, Lyn, Waiting on Wednesday / 21 Comments

Welcome to this week’s Waiting on Wednesday. Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we showcase upcoming releases we are looking forward to.

I’m back! I want to thank Lyn for taking over Waiting on Wednesday last week, first of all, and then let you all know I have returned from my vacation and I will be around a lot more. It’s going to be getting pretty busy for me shortly with editing, but I am going to try to balance it all and hopefully it will work out. 
I have a great pick this week. I’ve been perusing catalogs again, and I have a lot of material for upcoming posts. I haven’t seen this one anywhere else yet, so…

Kara’s Pick:
Title: NIL
Author: Lynne Matson
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release Date: March 4th, 2014

Description from GoodreadsOn the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days. To escape–or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing Charley remembers is blacking out in an Atlanta parking lot, and when she wakes up, she’s lying naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley hunts for a way out. She discovers desolate beaches and human remains, but no sign of civilization–until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought, and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him. And on an island rife with hidden dangers, their greatest threat is time.
They can’t stop the clock. They can only hope to beat it.

Lyn’s Pick
Aww, Kara is so sweet and caring.  I do miss her – I have no one else to pick on. 
This week, I have a book chosen that has a comic-style, superhero flavor.  I saw this one pop up on Netgalley, and I was in love from the cover.  The description was right up my alley, as well.

Title: Chasing Shadows
Author: Swati Avasthi, Craig Phillips (Illustrations)
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release Date: September 24, 2013

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Summary from Goodreads: Chasing Shadows is a searing look at the impact of one random act of violence.
Before: Corey, Holly, and Savitri are one unit—fast, strong, inseparable. Together they turn Chicago concrete and asphalt into a freerunner’s jungle gym, ricocheting off walls, scaling buildings, leaping from rooftop to rooftop.

But acting like a superhero doesn’t make you bulletproof…

After: Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. Holly says she’s chasing Corey’s killer, chasing revenge. Savitri fears Holly’s just running wild—and leaving her behind. Friends should stand by each other in times of crissi. But can you hold on too tight? Too long?

In this intense novel, told in two voices, and incorporating comic-style art sections, Swati Avasthi creates a gripping portrait of two girls teetering on the edge of grief and insanity. Two girls who will find out just how many ways there are to lose a friend . . . and how many ways to be lost.

21 responses to “Waiting on Wednesday #31

  1. Amy

    I hadn’t heard of Nil, but it sounds awesome. I almost requested Chasing Shadows from NG, but I have too many review books for September as it is.

  2. Chasing Shadows has a comic book style? That’s interesting! Nil sounds good but sounds like a story that could do without the romance, but I’m intrigued nonetheless. Great picks! 🙂
    Bonnie @ Sweet Tidbits

  3. I think the only thing that concerns me about NIL is the emphasis on meeting Thad. I reallllly hope that’s not insta!love there, ’cause the premise sounds exciting. The plot, the time limit, the island rife with dangers… And you’re right: I haven’t seen this anywhere else!

    What?? Haven’t seen this one on NG. I’m going to look again ’cause that sounds awesome – also, Savitri. A non-white protagonist, methinks, and that, with superheroes and grief and insanity and two determined girls, makes it seem like a winner :).

  4. Ooh, I’d seen the Chasing Shadow’s cover but never read what it was about. Sounds really interesting! I think I’d like the friendship aspect. I’ll be looking forward to your review!

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