"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Visit Breaking The Spine to see more entries!
This week, I am eagerly waiting on:
Publisher: Simon & Schuster books for Young Readers
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Mythology
Publication Date: 7.26.2011
Every flame begins with a spark.
Ashline Wilde is having a rough sophomore year. She’s struggling to find her place as the only Polynesian girl in school, her boyfriend just cheated on her, and now her runaway sister, Eve, has decided to barge back into her life. When Eve’s violent behavior escalates and she does the unthinkable, Ash transfers to a remote private school nestled in California’s redwoods, hoping to put the tragedy behind her. But her fresh start at Blackwood Academy doesn’t go as planned. Just as Ash is beginning to enjoy the perks of her new school—being captain of the tennis team, a steamy romance with a hot, local park ranger—Ash discovers that a group of gods and goddesses have mysteriously enrolled at Blackwood…and she’s one of them. To make matters worse, Eve has resurfaced to haunt Ash, and she’s got some strange abilities of her own. With a war between the gods looming over campus, Ash must master the new fire smoldering within before she clashes with her sister one more time… And when warm and cold fronts collide, there’s guaranteed to be a storm.
So this is one of those you had me at "hello" books, because the moment I read that the main character is a Polynesian girl, I knew I would be reading it as soon as it comes out. Also notable, is the fact that the book is released in my birthday month, making it seem like fate that I should happen across the title while searching for a different book. From the description, it seems to have everything I love: romance, danger, teen angst, and even gods and goddesses! And then there's the shining red cherry on top, that is the nationality of the main character matching my own. This is definitely fate. I can't wait to get my hands on this book!!
P.S. I know I always talk about the covers, but I can't help it...I'm cover-obsessed! This one is particularly striking, with the gorgeous black calla lilies, and smoke coming out of the lavender one in the center, leading up to the title....