Meg’s Wish List

This is a feature for upcoming books that I have heard of from various blogs, through my job at the bookshop, or from Goodreads, inspired by On the Smuggler’s Radar over at The Book Smugglers. My to-read list is ever-growing, and these are just a few that I’m hanging out for!

The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett

I LOVE the sound of this, and it certainly helps that the cover is all kinds of gorgeous!

16-year-old Dusty Everhart breaks into houses late at night, but not because she’s a criminal. No, she’s a Nightmare. Literally. Dusty is a magical being who feeds on human dreams.

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. The setting is Arkwell.

And then it comes true.

Now the 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.

Splintered by A. G. Howard

I have to confess that I’m not a huge fan of any of the Alice in Wonderland movies, but I re-read the books in my first year of uni and was very impressed by how fantastically weird the stories are. While I’m wary of spin-offs/based ons/retellings of as a general rule, this sounds pretty awesome!

This stunning debut captures the grotesque madness of a mystical under-land, as well as a girl’s pangs of first love and independence. Alyssa Gardner hears the whispers of bugs and flowers—precisely the affliction that landed her mother in a mental hospital years before. This family curse stretches back to her ancestor Alice Liddell, the real-life inspiration for Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa might be crazy, but she manages to keep it together. For now.

When her mother’s mental health takes a turn for the worse, Alyssa learns that what she thought was fiction is based in terrifying reality. The real Wonderland is a place far darker and more twisted than Lewis Carroll ever let on. There, Alyssa must pass a series of tests, including draining an ocean of Alice’s tears, waking the slumbering tea party, and subduing a vicious bandersnatch, to fix Alice’s mistakes and save her family. She must also decide whom to trust: Jeb, her gorgeous best friend and secret crush, or the sexy but suspicious Morpheus, her guide through Wonderland, who may have dark motives of his own.

Who Done It? Edited by Jon Scieszka.

I’ll admit it. I might have hyperventilated just a little after I first saw this title. With big YA names like Libba Bray, John Green and Lemony Snicket contributing to this quirky collection of stories, I really don’t feel like I overreacted! The proceeds are going towards the fantastic nonprofit literacy organization, 826NYC – so the only problem with this one is that we have to wait until February to read it.

When the world’s most horrible editor turns up dead, investigator Jon Scieszka has his work cut out for him. The suspect list is long. Very long. Think 83-famous-YA-authors long, including Libba Bray, David Levithan, John Green, Lemony Snicket, Lauren Myracle…you get the picture. They’ve all got alibis, collected in this very anthology. But the question is…Who done it?

Fire Spell by Laura Amy Schlitz

Marionettes? Evil magicians? 19th century London? What’s not to love in this gorgeous intermediate (or middle grade) fantasy title? Schlitz is a Newbery Award winner, so it will be interesting to see how her latest title turns out. This was published as Splendors and Glooms in the USA.

It begins with a girl in London, 1860. Her family is exceptionally wealthy and she is exceptionally lonely. The closest thing to friendship Clara has experienced was a brief encounter with the two ragged children who work with the puppeteer in the park. For her birthday she asks to see them perform in the drawing room, and her father, to her surprise, allows it. The puppeteer, Grisini, kidnaps Clara and uses his sinister powers to imprison her body and mind in the form of a marionette to add to his theatre. His two young assistants realise what has happened, and all three children find themselves caught up in a terrible struggle for supernatural eminence between Grisini and a dying witch of extraordinary power.

Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

I’ve had my eye on this one for MONTHS, and with its release date just around the corner (the ninth), I’m more excited than ever!

The end of their world begins with a story.

This one.
In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn’t most fairy tales.
Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being — called the Nybbas — imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true — not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas’s triumph . . . or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.
 
Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other. It is a story of the last dragon in existence, deathly afraid of its own reflection. Above all, it is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them, and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.
So this Wish List ended up being mostly Intermediate or Middle Grade – I promise more YA next time!
What are you wishing for?
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