Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #90 - Across a Star-Swept Sea & Rags and Bones

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Be sure to post a link to your Waiting on Wednesday below!

This week's pre-publication "We can't wait to read it!" selections are...

Release Date: October 5, 2013
Published by: Balzer + Bray

Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction--the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars--is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries' weapon is a drug that damages their enemies' brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.
On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen her most dangerous mission ever.
Though Persis is falling for Justen, she can't risk showing him her true self, especially once she learns he's hiding far more than simply his disenchantment with his country's revolution and his undeniable attraction to the silly socialite he's pretending to love. His darkest secret could plunge both islands into a new dark age, and Persis realizes that when it comes to Justen Helo, she's not only risking her heart, she's risking the world she's sworn to protect. (Summary from Goodreads)

I loved For the Darkness Shows the Stars with Peterfreund's elegant writing style and hints of classic references, so I'm excited to give her new tale a try!

Illustrator: Charles Vess
Release Date: October 22, 2013
Published by: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The best writers of our generation retell the classics.

Literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them; ones that have become ingrained in modern culture; and ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and then reassemble them for a new generation of readers.

Today's most acclaimed authors use their own unique styles to rebuild these twelve timeless stories:
Sir Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene - Saladin Ahmed
W.W. Jacob's The Monkey's Paw - Kelley Armstrong
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla - Holly Black
Sleeping Beauty - Neil Gaiman
The Brothers Grimm's Rumpelstiltskin - Kami Garcia
Kate Chopin's The Awakening - Melissa Marr
Rudyard Kipling's The Man Who Would Be King - Garth Nix
Henry James's The Jolly Corner - Tim Pratt
E.M. Forster's The Machine Stops - Carrie Ryan
Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto - Margaret Stohl
William Seabrook's The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban - Gene Wolfe
Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Birth-Mark - Rick Yancey
6 Illustrations by Charles Vess
(Summary from Goodreads)

Short story collection + classics + retellings + fantastic authors = PERFECTION! I can't wait! :)

What are you waiting on this week?


  1. I have to read For the Darkness Shows the Stars first but I'm looking forward to Across a Star-Swept Sea too.