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Waiting on Wednesday – Week 5

Has it really only been 5 weeks? I feel like I’ve WoW-ed the whole world. I may even lay off the triple WoW-ing soon (LE GASP!) But not just yet 😉 As always, this was Jill‘s idea!

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The Body Finder – Kimberly Derting

Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world…and the imprints that attach to their killers.
Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him.
Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer…and becoming his prey herself.

The cover came out last week, so I pushed this up my WoW list – because, seriously, WOW! (Also, there’s a strange number of MCs named Violet in the Tenner books. Okay, two, but it’s still bizarre)

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The Snowball Effect – Holly Nicole Hoxter

18-year-old Lainey Pike can tell you everything you need to know about the people in her family just by telling you how they died. Her reckless stepfather drove his motorcycle off the highway and caused the biggest traffic jam in years. Her long-suffering grandmother lived through cancer and a heart attack before finally succumbing to a stroke. And Lainey’s mother, still devastated over her husband’s death, hung herself in the basement just days after Lainey’s high school graduation. Now Lainey’s five-year-old brother is an orphan and her estranged older sister moves back home to act as his guardian. Dealing with her brother has always been a struggle, but sharing the responsibility with her sister is proving to be just as challenging.

Lainey knows that this is all her mother’s fault, but she also knows that she eventually has to move out of the “anger” phase of the grieving process. What she can’t figure out, though, is how to make peace with a dead woman.

Okay I’ve had my eyes on the ARC for quite a while now, but either way, I’m loving the synopsis, and this is definitely on my to-read list! (Have I WoW-ed this before? I really don’t think I have… but it seems so deja vu!)

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(no cover yet)

The Red Umbrella – Christina Diaz Gonzalez

Two years after the communist revolution, fourteen year old Lucia still leads a carefree life in Cuba thinking only of parties and boys. But this all changes on the day the soldiers arrive in her small town and she is forced to face certain truths about her family, friends and country. As the weeks pass and the effects of the revolution are felt all around, Lucia’s parents make the heart-wrenching decision to send her and her little brother to the United States… alone. In a new country, away from her parents, what will Lucia do with her newfound freedom? Will she ever see her parents or her home again? And if she does, will she still be the same girl?

I wanted to wait till there was a cover for this one… but I couldn’t. How amazing does this sound? It’s a story that hits home, just a little bit, and I have a feeling I won’t come out of it with dry eyes. Can’t wait to hear more! Due out in May ’10!

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That’s it for this week’s edition. Any book fairies out there want to help me with acquiring this awesomeness? (Or any of the previous/future. I’m not picky!) =D

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