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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday (75)

Waiting on Wednesday is, of course, brought to us by the lovely Jill at Breaking the Spine.

I have a theme this week! I've been seeing a lot of upcoming mermaid/siren books. Mermaids/sirens are the new vampires/werewolves/angels? So since I had like 5 books that fit this, I figured I'd do them all in one post, and since it was the 75th WoW I've done, it seemed right.

(But, hey, did you know that traditionally sirens were bird-women, not fish-women? Like seagulls. Thanks @AmaliaTD for clearing that up.)

Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs - To be released May 10th, 2011

Tempest Maguire wants nothing more than to surf the killer waves near her California home; continue her steady relationship with her boyfriend, Mark; and take care of her brothers and surfer dad. But Tempest is half mermaid, and as her seventeenth birthday approaches, she will have to decide whether to remain on land or give herself to the ocean like her mother. The pull of the water becomes as insistent as her attraction to Kai, a gorgeous surfer whose uncanny abilities hint at an otherworldly identity as well. And when Tempest does finally give in to the water's temptation and enters a fantastical underwater world, she finds that a larger destiny awaits her — and that the entire ocean's future hangs in the balance.

(Summary from goodreads.)

Why I want to read this: It looks really, really good, the cover is gorgeous (like, seriously, the back tattoo!), and I'm so saying mermaids/sirens are the new vampires.

Between the Sea & Sky by Jaclyn Dolamore - To be released June 7th, 2011

For as long as Esmerine can remember, she has longed to join her older sister, Dosinia, as a siren--the highest calling a mermaid can have. Then Dosinia runs away to the mainland, and Esmerine is sent to retrieve her. Using magic to transform her tail into legs, she makes her way unsteadily to the capital city. There she comes upon a friend she hasn't seen since childhood--a dashing young man named Alandare, who belongs to a winged race of people. As Esmerine and Alandare band together to search for Dosinia, they rekindle a friendship . . . and ignite the emotions for a love so great it cannot be bound by sea, land, or air.

(Summary from goodreads.)

Why I want this: The names are really interesting, which suggests to me that this is more fantasy than paranormal. Gorgeous cover, too!!

Lost Voices by Sarah Porter - To be released July 4th, 2011

What happens to the girls nobody sees—the ones who are ignored, mistreated, hidden away? The girls nobody hears when they cry for help?

Fourteen-year-old Luce is one of those lost girls. After her father vanishes in a storm at sea, she is stuck in a grim, gray Alaskan fishing village with her alcoholic uncle. When her uncle crosses an unspeakable line, Luce reaches the depths of despair. Abandoned on the cliffs near her home, she expects to die when she tumbles to the icy, churning waves below. Instead, she undergoes an astonishing transformation.

(Summary from goodreads, more there.)

Why I want this: It sounds haunting, gorgeous. Side note: The cover above this is a lot difference, but doesn't it kinda look like they were shot in the same photoshoot?

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard - To be released July 21st, 2011

Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren - a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi's curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she’s ever had to make: the life she's always longed for - or the love she can't live without?

(Summary from goodreads.)

Why I want this: Mandy Hubbard is one of the nicest people I've ever met and I can't wait to get my hands on this one. I can't wait to find out what the terrible tragedy turns out to be. Also, gorgeous cover!

Siren's Storm by Lisa Papademetriou - To be released August 9th, 2011

Nothing has been the same for Will ever since what happened last summer. One day, on an ordinary sailing trip with his brother, there is a strange accident. When Will wakes up, he learns his brother has disappeared, presumed drowned. Worst of all, Will can't remember what happened—his family finds him unconscious, with no memory of the accident.

Now Will and his best friend and neighbor, Gretchen, are starting a new summer. Gretchen seems troubled—her sleepwalking habit is getting worse, and she keeps waking up closer and closer to the water. Will is drawn to Asia, the exotic new girl in town. Nobody knows where she's from—all Will knows is that her beauty and her mesmerizing voice have a powerful effect on people.

Then there is another mysterious drowning, and Will and Gretchen begin to wonder: Is Asia just another beautiful, wealthy summer resident? Or is she something entirely more sinister . . . and inhuman?

(Summary from goodreads.)

Why I want this: I really like books with from boy's POVs, and I feel like there aren't as many of those in paranormal. (Not fantasy.) (And I could be wrong.) Plus, hello, gorgeous cover.

So what do you guys think of this trend?

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  1. all of them have gorgeous covers. I really want between sea and sky and ripple.

  2. Wow, the cover on those are beautiful! Thanks for sharing-- I haven't heard of most of them before!

    Here is my WOW pick if you're interested!

  3. Ashe: There's something about blueish covers that I just really like.

    Eli: Thanks for the comment!! I agree :)


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