WoW #48 - Reconstructing Amelia & The Sweetest Dark

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine,
that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Title: Reconstructing Amelia
Author: Kimberly McCreight

Language: English
Publisher: Harper Luxe/Collins
Format: Paperback/Hardcover
Expected Publication: April 2, 2013

Summary:

Litigation lawyer and harried single mother Kate Baron is stunned when her daughter's exclusive private school in Park Slope, Brooklyn, calls with disturbing news: her intelligent, high-achieving fifteen-year-old daughter, Amelia, has been caught cheating.
Kate can't believe that Amelia, an ambitious, levelheaded girl who's never been in trouble would do something like that. But by the time she arrives at Grace Hall, Kate's faced with far more devastating news. Amelia is dead.
Seemingly unable to cope with what she'd done, a despondent Amelia has jumped from the school's roof in an act of "spontaneous" suicide. At least that's the story Grace Hall and the police tell Kate. And overwhelmed as she is by her own guilt and shattered by grief, it is the story that Kate believes until she gets the anonymous text:
She didn't jump.
Sifting through Amelia's emails, text messages, social media postings, and cell phone logs, Kate is determined to learn the heartbreaking truth about why Amelia was on Grace Hall's roof that day-and why she died.
Told in alternating voices, Reconstructing Amelia is a story of secrets and lies, of love and betrayal, of trusted friends and vicious bullies. It's about how well a parent ever really knows a child and how far one mother will go to vindicate the memory of a daughter whose life she could not save.

Why I am lurking on this: This isn't something you find every day. I'm usually not reading this kind of story, but I think it could make up a good side trip. =)

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Title: The Sweetest Dark
Series: The Sweetest Dark 1
Author: Shana Abé

Language: English
Publisher: Bantham
Format: Hardcover
Expected Publication: April 9, 2013

Summary:

“With every fiber of my being, I yearned to be normal. To glide through my days at Iverson without incident. But I’d have to face the fact that my life was about to unfold in a very, very different way than I’d ever envisioned. Normal would become forever out of reach.”
Lora Jones has always known that she’s different. On the outside, she appears to be an ordinary sixteen-year-old girl. Yet Lora’s been keeping a heartful of secrets: She hears songs that no one else can hear, dreams vividly of smoke and flight, and lives with a mysterious voice inside her that insists she’s far more than what she seems.
England, 1915. Raised in an orphanage in a rough corner of London, Lora quickly learns to hide her unique abilities and avoid attention. Then, much to her surprise, she is selected as the new charity student at Iverson, an elite boarding school on England’s southern coast. Iverson’s eerie, gothic castle is like nothing Lora has ever seen. And the two boys she meets there will open her eyes and forever change her destiny.
Jesse is the school’s groundskeeper—a beautiful boy who recognizes Lora for who and what she truly is. Armand is a darkly handsome and arrogant aristocrat who harbors a few closely guarded secrets of his own. Both hold the answers to her past. One is the key to her future. And both will aim to win her heart. As danger descends upon Iverson, Lora must harness the powers she’s only just begun to understand, or else lose everything she dearly loves.
Filled with lush atmosphere, thrilling romance, and ancient magic, The Sweetest Dark brilliantly captures a rich historical era while unfolding an enchanting love story that defies time.

Why I am lurking on this: A love triangle, secrets, a little historical and a gothic castle... plus, two boys that couldn't be more different. I know, it sounds rather cliche, but I'm looking forward to it. =)

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13 comments to this article

  1. Jennifer @ Some Like It Paranormal

    on March 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm - Reply

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    Reconstructing Amelia does sound different but intriguing. Curious as to what happened and how she died?! The Sweetest Dark has such a gorgeous cover! I've wanted to read it since I saw it. LOL Thanks for stopping by!
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    • Caro

      on March 14, 2013 at 9:02 am -

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      Haha, glad I reminded you, then. Did you know that the sequel is available on NetGalley?

  2. Ashley Knapp (@Nookobooks)

    on March 14, 2013 at 5:32 am - Reply

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    I just read and LOVED The Sweetest Dark! It is so good! I am hopefully getting the second one from Netgalley soon! I highly recommend this book!
    New follower via rss!
    ~Ashley
    My WoW

  3. Annabelle

    on March 14, 2013 at 7:42 am - Reply

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    Ooh, I love both of these covers. The first one is creepy and the second one is absolutely gorgeous. Both excellent choices and I love that they're completely different genres! Thanks for sharing! xx
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  4. Carmen B.

    on March 14, 2013 at 6:12 pm - Reply

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    I've got Reconstructing Amelia on my list too! The plot sounds very unusual and the mystery of what really happened has me intrigued!
    Not completely sold on The Sweetest Dark yet. I love historical and gothic buildings, but I'm less fond of love triangles and it's all a little vague. Curious for the reviews though!
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