“Waiting On” Wednesday

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a meme created at Breaking the Spine to spotlight upcoming releases that we can’t wait to read.

This week I’m looking forward to Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade.

Here’s the summary, taken from Goodreads:

After being sent back from the light, Alona Dare – former homecoming queen,

Queen of the Dead by Stacey Kade hardback edition

current Queen of the Dead – finds herself doing something she never expected: working. Instead of spending days perfecting her tan by the pool (her typical summer routine when she was, you know, alive), Alona must now cater to the needs of other lost spirits. By her side for all of this – ugh – “helping of others” is Will Killian: social outcast, seer of the dead, and someone Alona cares about more than she’d like.

Before Alona can make a final ruling on Will’s “friend” or “more” status, though, she discovers trouble at home. Her mom is tossing out Alona’s most valuable possessions, and her dad is expecting a new daughter with his wicked wife. Is it possible her family is already moving on? Hello! She’s only been dead for two months! Thankfully, Alona knows just the guy who can put a stop to this mess.

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Unfortunately for Alona, Will has other stuff on his mind, and Mina, a young (and beautiful) seer, is at the top of the list. She’s the first ghost-talker Will’s ever met—aside from his father—and she may hold answers to Will’s troubled past. But can she be trusted? Alona immediately puts a check mark in the “clearly not” column. But Will is – ahem – willing to find out, even if it means leaving a hurt and angry Alona to her own devices, which is never a good idea.

Packed with romance, lovable characters, and a killer cliffhanger, Queen of the Dead is the out-of-this-world sequel to The Ghost and the Goth.

While this title has been out for quite a while now, I’ve been waiting for the release of the paperback. Since the cover has changed from the original hardback, I feel justified in including this as its own release. I have to say, I like the paperback cover better; Will looks more exasperated and less bored out of his mind.

The paperback will be released on May 8, 2012.

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Review: The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade

Initially, I had steered clear of this book. I’m not a fan of cutesy titles (especially those that evoke Hot Topic), and I was actually more reluctant to be seen with this cover in public than with many of the bodice rippers I have been known to tote around. Yet after reading numerous reviews touting it as not the typical teen paranormal, I reluctantly decided to add it to my wish list.

Ultimately, The Ghost and the Goth is exactly what it is marketed to be: a cute story rife with spooks and high school stereotypes. Yet the writing is engaging, and I found myself liking Alona more than I ought to have, since her character growth is decidedly minimal in this installment. The author employs a rather tired device to warn us off judging people based on their appearances (much as I had this novel). Still, the characters are likeable enough to pull the reader through the story, and while none of the characters were really fleshed out except for Alona and Will, I am looking forward to the next in the series, Queen of the Dead. Hopefully, Kade will give us readers more actual growth for Alona and Will, and further explore the rules of the spirit world.

In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox is a meme created by Kristi over at The Story Siren to share new book acquisitions, whether bought, gifted, received for review, borrowed, or won.

This month’s post is a roundup for the past month’s book influx (it’s been a very good month).

Bought

  • Shadow Bound by Erin Kellison
  • Shadow Fall by Erin Kellison
  • Huntress Anthology
  • Blue-Eyed Devil by Lisa Kleypas
  • Heaven, Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James
  • Too Much Temptation by Lori Foster
  • Major Crush by Jennifer Echols
  • Princess in Waiting by Meg Cabot
  • Cold Magic by Kate Elliott
  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
  • The Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott
  • Are We There Yet? by David Levithan
  • The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
  • Mia Tells It Like It Is (PD I & II) by Meg Cabot
  • Princess in Love by Meg Cabot
Gifted

  • Blood Challenge by Eileen Wilks
  • Wages of Sin by Jenna Maclaine
  • Grave Sins by Jenna Maclaine
  • Bound by Sin by Jenna Maclaine
  • Bitter Night by Diana Pharaoh Francis
  • Crimson Wind by Diana Pharaoh Francis
  • Reunion by Meg Cabot
  • The Proposition by Judith Ivory
  • Simple Jess by Pamela Morsi
  • A Summer to Remember by Mary Balogh
  • Simply Love by Mary Balogh

  • Fire by Kristin Cashore
  • Fragile Eternity by Melissa Marr
  • The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade
  • Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • River Marked by Patricia Briggs
  • Lover Unleashed by J.R. Ward
Won