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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Waiting On Wednesday: Macmillan Winter 2013 Catalog

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill of Breaking The Spine in which an upcoming, eagerly anticipated release is highlighted on the blog.

This week, I've chosen to feature a few picks from the Macmillan Winter 2013 Catalog:

Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick
Imprint: Roaring Book Press
Date: February 5, 2013
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Seven stories of passion and love separated by centuries but mysteriously intertwined—this is a tale of horror and beauty, tenderness and sacrifice.
An archaeologist who unearths a mysterious artifact, an airman who finds himself far from home, a painter, a ghost, a vampire, and a Viking: the seven stories in this compelling novel all take place on the remote Scandinavian island of Blessed where a curiously powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows. What binds these stories together? What secrets lurk beneath the surface of this idyllic countryside? And what might be powerful enough to break the cycle of midwinterblood? This is a book about passion and preservation and ultimately an exploration of the bounds of love.

I absolutely love books like this one that take place over centuries, telling different stories that are somehow intertwined. Midwinterblood sounds unique and intriguing!

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Imprint: St. Martin's Press
Date: March 5, 2013
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"Bono met his wife in high school," Park says.
"So did Jerry Lee Lewis," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be," she says, "we’re sixteen."
"What about Romeo and Juliet?"
"Shallow, confused, then dead."
''I love you," Park says.
"Wherefore art thou," Eleanor answers.
"I’m not kidding," he says.
"You should be."
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, ELEANOR AND PARK is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

Okay, first off: this cover is awesome. I love how their headphones form part of the text. Second off: Rainbow is an interesting name. And third off: The dialogue in Eleanor & Park seems fun and I can't wait to read it!

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett
Imprint: Tor Teen
Date: March 5, 2013
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Sixteen-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare.
Being the only Nightmare at Arkwell Academy, a boarding school for magickind, and living in the shadow of her mother’s infamy, is hard enough. But when Dusty sneaks into Eli Booker’s house, things get a whole lot more complicated. He’s hot, which means sitting on his chest and invading his dreams couldn’t get much more embarrassing. But it does. Eli is dreaming of a murder.
Then Eli's dream comes true.
Now Dusty has to follow the clues—both within Eli’s dreams and out of them—to stop the killer before more people turn up dead. And before the killer learns what she’s up to and marks her as the next target.

As if the prospect of a magical boarding school weren't enough to entice me, the fact that the protagonist is a Nightmare is really intriguing and a definite motivation for me to read The Nightmare Affair. That, and this cover is gorgeous!

Unremembered by Jessica Brody
Imprint: Farrar, Straus, & Giroux (BYR)
Date: March 5, 2013
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The only thing worse than forgetting her past... is remembering it.
When Freedom Airlines flight 121 went down over the Pacific Ocean, no one ever expected to find survivors. Which is why the sixteen-year-old girl discovered floating among the wreckage—alive—is making headlines across the globe.
Even more strange is that her body is miraculously unharmed and she has no memories of boarding the plane. She has no memories of her life before the crash. She has no memories period. No one knows how she survived. No one knows why she wasn’t on the passenger manifest. And no one can explain why her DNA and fingerprints can’t be found in a single database in the world.
Crippled by a world she doesn’t know, plagued by abilities she doesn’t understand, and haunted by a looming threat she can’t remember, Seraphina struggles to piece together her forgotten past and discover who she really is. But with every clue only comes more questions. And she’s running out of time to answer them.
Her only hope is a strangely alluring boy who claims to know her from before the crash. Who claims they were in love. But can she really trust him? And will he be able to protect her from the people who have been making her forget?

LOST is one of my favourite TV shows so of course I am curious and excited to read Unremembered, as there is an obvious similarity between the two. Moreover, I really enjoy psychological mysteries and this one sounds like a good one!

How about you? Are you waiting on any of these Macmillan Winter 2013 reads? Are there any upcoming books from the Macmillan Winter 2013 Catalog that I didn't include here that you feel I should add to my list?


  1. I am really intrigued by Midwinter Blood and so excited for The Nightmare Affair. I hadn't heard of the other two but I will definitely check them out

  2. I am dying to read the Nightmare Affair!! It looks amazing and I love the concept. Unremembered and MidwinterBlood are definitely on my to-read list, too!

  3. How cute is that Eleanor and Park cover?? I have the Unremembered for review. It sounds so good.

  4. I don't know how I feel about the MidWinterBlood girls expression, I feel like when I look at it she is judging me. *hides* I really want to read Unremembered, I love a good memory loss story. Great picks, Aylee.

  5. These all sounds sooo good!! I already have most on my list except Eleanor & Park, I love books like that. Just added it to my never ending list. Can't wait!

  6. Yes! Unremembered! That one looks AWESOME! As does The Nightmare Affair ... that one just sounds so unique!

    Awesome pick, Ayelee!

  7. Oh my gosh how adorable does Eleanor & Park sound? That one is new to me but going on my list for sure! I'm DYING to read The Nightmare Affair and Unremembered, both of those sound amazing. I love when you do these publisher-themed WoWs Aylee!

  8. I'm super excited for The Nightmare Affair! I'm also excited for Midwinterblood, since I was lucky enough to get an ARC which is sitting on my shelf waiting for me to finish exams!

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  9. That's quite a mix you have there. I hope you enjoy them all.

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  10. Enjoy! all of them.


  11. I am so excited for the Nightmare Affair!!!! I can't even express how excited I am
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  12. I'm so excited for The Nightmare Affair and Unremembered! A friend told me about Eleanor & Park last night and after looking it up, I think it's definitely something I'd enjoy. I agree, the dialogue sounds great!

  13. I love your picks!! Eleanor and Park sounds like it could be very, very awesome and I think I got a sampler of UnRemembered somewhere... I'll look for i :D

    Thanks for sharing our picks :D

  14. I have all the books but the first one on my to-read list and I'm really excited about them. I'm looking forward to reading the books when they come out. Great picks! I hope you enjoy reading them too.
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  15. I so so so badly want Eleanor and Park. It sounds like the perfect book for me. It's been on my wish list for awhile now too. The Nightmare Affair also looks fab!

  16. I LIKE THIS LIST! The Nightmare Affair looks sooo good & pretty, I am excited for it!

  17. The Nightmare Affair sound AWESOME to me. I love boarding school stories. :-)

  18. excited for The Nightmare Affair