Mar 3, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday #8

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine

Like Mandarin, by Kirsten Hubbard
Delacorte, Spring 2011

I want to be beautiful like you, I thought, as if Mandarin were listening.

I want apricot skin and Pocahontas hair and eyes the color of tea. I want to be confident and detached and effortlessly sensual, and if promiscuity is part of the package, I will gladly follow your lead. All I know is I'm so tired of being inside my body.

I would give
anything to be like Mandarin.
It's hard to find beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming. Fourteen-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it's not her mother's pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances and pickup trucks adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild girl Mandarin Ramey: seventeen, shameless and utterly carefree.

Grace would give ANYTHING to be like Mandarin.

When the misfits are united for a project, they embark on an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town's animal-head trophies, and constantly searching for someplace magic. Grace even plays along when Mandarin suggests they make a pact to run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds that plague their badlands town.

But all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin's unique beauty hides a girl who's troubled, broken and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, even the best friendships can't withstand betrayal.

Firelight, by Sophie Jordan
July 2010, HarperCollins
With her rare ability to breathe fire, Jacinda is special even among the draki—the descendants of dragons who can shift between human and dragon forms. But when Jacinda’s rebelliousness leads her family to flee into the human world, she struggles to adapt, even as her draki spirit fades. The one thing that revives it is Will, whose family hunts her kind. Jacinda can’t resist getting closer to him, even though she knows she’s risking not only her life but the draki’s most closely guarded secret.

This YA debut by bestselling romance writer Sophie Jordan is a unique and fresh offering for paranormal fans. Between the main characters' fiery, instant connection, the dire consequences at stake, the pressures of fitting in at a regular high school, and the threat of the draki community tracking them down, Firelight is sure to make your skin tingle and your heart race.

What are your choices for this week's WoW?

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5 monkey thought (s):

Juju at Tales of said...

Interesting. This title is new to me :)

Lori said...

They look very appealing, beautiful covers. Here's mine.

Shweta said...

I saw the Like Mandarin cover yesterday. Looks really good. :)

Allison said...

OOh LIKE MANDARIN sounds pretty good. Just goes to show, the "perfect" person isn't always who they appear to be!

Nina said...

Those books sound so interesting. I love the sound of the first one, that beauty isn't everything in the world.

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