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Thursday, July 12, 2012

Desperately Wanting Wednesday

Desperately Wanting Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee to highlight not only books we are waiting for, but also books that have already been released that we might not have acquired yet. It could also include books on the shelf to read.

Now, where to start? Well, let me tell you, there are far too many books on my shelf and on my eReader to even begin to contemplate listing my TBRs. My short list of must reads is still frightening large. So, I'll just list some books I haven't gotten yet.

Books not released yet:
Wicked Jealous: A Love Story [Paperback] by Robin Palmer
Book Description
Publication Date: July 19, 2012
A fresh and funny twist on Snow White from the author of Cindy Ella and Geek Charming!

Simone never saw herself as the "cute girl"--she was always the chunky smartmouth. But after a year of avoiding her wicked almost-stepmonster through Zumba class, Simone's now sporting a whole new retro style. And people keep acting oddly. One thing: her stepmonster seems to be trying to accidentally kill her, or at least fatten her back up. And so when Simone's brother offers to let her move in with him and his six roommates for the summer, Simone jumps at the chance for some normalcy. Only living with seven very different college boys isn't exactly going to help her land her very own happily ever after . . .

All her stories are fairy tale themed.  I've enjoyed them all, so this is at the top of my wait list.

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling: A Novel [Paperback] by Michael Boccacino
Book Description
Publication Date: July 24, 2012
When the nanny to the young Darrow boys is found murdered on the outskirts of Blackfield, Charlotte Markham, the recently hired governess, steps in to take over their care. During an outing in the forest, they find themselves crossing over into The Ending, the place for the Things That Cannot Die, where Lily Darrow, the late mistress of Everton, has been waiting. She invites them into the ominous House of Darkling, a wondrous, dangerous place filled with enchantment, mystery and strange creatures that appear to be, but are not quite, human.

However, everything comes with a price, and as Charlotte begins to understand the unspeakable bargain Mrs. Darrow has made for a second chance at motherhood, she uncovers a connection to the sinister occurrences in Blackfield and enters into a deadly game with the master of Darkling, one whose outcome will determine not just the fate of the Darrows, but of the world itself.

Charlotte Markham and the House of Darkling is a Victorian gothic tale about family ties, the realm beyond the living, and the price you pay to save those you love.

Actually, Terri (over at Alexia's Books and Such) met him at the HaperCollins party during BEA. He talked about this book and it really sounded intriguing. Besides, he's a huge Neil Gaiman and Dr. Who fan, so he's got that going for him.

As for past books I've missed:

When You Were Mine [Hardcover] by Rebecca Serle
Book Description
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
In this intensely romantic, modern recounting of the greatest love story ever told, Romeo’s original intended—Juliet’s cousin Rosaline—tells her side of the tale.
What’s in a name, Shakespeare? I’ll tell you: Everything.

Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her—and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose’s best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy...and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn’t even stand a chance.

Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. This is not how the story was supposed to go. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet’s instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob’s heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends….

Love Shakespeare. Nuff said.

Snow in Summer: Fairest of Them All [Hardcover] by Jane Yolen
Book Description
Publication Date: November 10, 2011 | Age Level: 10 and up | Grade Level: 5 and up
With her black hair, red lips, and lily-white skin, Summer is as beautiful as her father's garden. And her life in the mountains of West Virginia seems like a fairy tale; her parents sing and dance with her, Cousin Nancy dotes on her, and she is about to get a new baby brother. But when the baby dies soon after he's born, taking Summer's mama with him, Summer's fairy-tale life turns grim. Things get even worse when her father marries a woman who brings poisons and magical mirrors into Summer's world. Stepmama puts up a pretty face, but Summer suspects she's up to no good - and is afraid she's powerless to stop her.

This Snow White tale filled with magic and intrigue during the early twentieth century in Appalachia will be hard to forget.

How can I pass up a fairy tale retelling? I'm such a sucker for them.

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