Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Juliet Immortal

'Waiting On' Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Publisher: Delacorte Press for young readers (Random Imprint)
Release Date: 13th September 2011

Summary (Amazon):

"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The most tragic love story in history . . .

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.
I'm not usually a fan of new takes on Shakespeare, but something about the synopsis on this book has won me over. And the cover is so beautiful too.

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Waiting on Wednesday: Hooked

'Waiting On' Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.
Hooked by Catherine Greenman

Publisher: Delacorte Press for young readers (Random Imprint)
Release Date: 9th August 2011

Summary (Amazon):

Thea Galehouse has always known how to take care of herself. With a flighty club-owner mom and a standoffish, recovering-alcoholic dad, Thea has made her own way in her hometown of New York, attending the prestigious and competitive Stuyvesant High School. But one chat with Will, a handsome and witty senior, and she's a goner—completely hooked on him and unable to concentrate on anything else.

Always worried that she loves Will more than he loves her, Thea is pleasantly surprised when their romance weathers his move to college and Will goes out of his way to involve her in his life. But then, Thea misses a period. And that starts Thea and Will on a wild ride that neither of them could have possibly prepared for. When they decide to keep the baby, their concerned parents chip in what they can to keep Will in school and give both teenagers a comfortable place to raise their child. But when a freak accident leaves Thea shaken and threatens to upend their little family altogether, Thea is forced to turn to the last place she would have chosen for comfort: her stiff, uncompromising father.

This smart, touching first novel brims with realistic, beautifully drawn characters, and reminds us that love is never as easy or predictable as we might like it to be.
 I'm addicted to MTV's Teen Mom and when I saw the cover, I was sold on the story before I'd read the synopsis. I couldn't even begin to imagine raising a child now in my 20's with so much not done, never mind if I was still a teen and in school.