Waiting on Wednesday is, of course, brought to us by the lovely Jill at Breaking the Spine.
The first book I'm waiting on this week is
Owl Keeper by Christine Brodien-Jones - Release date April 13th, 2010
Maxwell Unger has always loved the night. He used to do brave things like go tramping through the forest with his gran after dark. He loved the stories she told him about the world before the Destruction—about nature, and books, and the silver owls. His favorite story, though, was about the Owl Keeper.
According to Max’s gran, in times of darkness the Owl Keeper would appear to unite owls and sages against the powers of the dark. Gran is gone now, and so are her stories of how the world used to be. Max is no longer brave. The forest is dangerous, the books Gran had saved have been destroyed, and the silver owls are extinct. At least that’s what the High Echelon says. But Max knows better.
Maxwell Unger has a secret. And when a mysterious girl comes to town, he might just have to start being brave again.
The time of the Owl Keeper, Gran would say, is coming soon.
(Summary from goodreads.)
Why I want this: Multiple reasons. First of all, I love male narrators. I think they're pretty rare in YA and reading in a boy's head is fun. :D Second, I absolutely adore owls. Blame Harry Potter. Third, the role reversal of mysterious girl instead of mysterious boy is intriguing. And last, the owl on the cover is gorgeous.
I'm cheating a little bit now. This one is already out, and has been for a while now, but I want to talk about it and it fits so well in with the bird theme I've got going here.
Light Beneath Ferns by Anne Spollen - Released February 1st, 2010
Elizah Rayne is nothing like other fourteen-year-old girls. More interested in bird bones than people, she wraps herself in silence. Trying to escape the shadow of her gambler father, Elizah and her mother move into an old house that borders a cemetery. All her mother wants is for them to have "normal" lives. But that becomes impossible for Elizah when she finds a human jawbone by the river and meets Nathaniel, a strangely hypnotic and mysterious boy who draws Elizah into his world.
Only by forgetting everything she knows can Elizah understand the truth about Nathaniel—and discover an unimaginable secret.
(Summary from goodreads.)
Why I want this: It sounds really good. I love smart girls in books, and Nathaniel sounds fun. :P Plus the cover is beautiful to me.
So there you have what I'm waiting on this week, with a little bit of cheating. What are you guys waiting for?
Peace and cookies,