Waiting on Wednesday: Blood Magic and Wither

Waiting on Wednesday

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

Jenny's pick:

Blood Magic #1
Author: Tessa Gratton
Pages: 368 pgs
Reading Level: YA
Release Date: April 26th 2011
Random House Books for Young Readers

Summary: (from goodreads) For Nick Pardee and Silla Kennicot, the cemetery is the center of everything. 

Nick is a city boy angry at being forced to move back to the nowhere town of Yaleylah, Missouri where he grew up. He can’t help remembering his mom and the blood magic she practiced – memories he’s tried for five years to escape. Silla, though, doesn’t want to forget; her parents’ apparent murder-suicide left her numb and needing answers. When a book of magic spells in her dad’s handwriting appears on her doorstep, she sees her chance to unravel the mystery of their deaths. 

Together they plunge into the world of dark magic, but when a hundred-year-old blood witch comes hunting for the bones of Silla’s parents and the spell book, Nick and Silla will have to let go of everything they believe about who they are, the nature of life and death, and the deadly secrets that hide in blood.

Yara's Pick:

The Chemical Garden Trilogy #1
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Pages: 356 pgs
Reading Level: YA
Release Date: March 22nd 2011
Simon & Schuster 

Summary: (from goodreads) What if you knew exactly when you would die? 

Thanks to modern science, every human being has become a ticking genetic time bomb—males only live to age twenty-five, and females only live to age twenty. In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. 

When sixteen-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by the Gatherers to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Despite her husband Linden's genuine love for her, and a tenuous trust among her sister wives, Rhine has one purpose: to escape—to find her twin brother and go home. 

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden's eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant Rhine is growing dangerously attracted to, Rhine attempts to break free, in the limited time she has left.

How great is that cover? Im excited about reading this Debut Author's book. The storyline sounds like its right up my alley. 


  1. I can't wait to read both of these!!

  2. I'm looking forward to both books too - I need to read them for my 2011 Debut Author Challenge. I'm sooo excited about Wither! And look at those covers...<3

    My WoW" Wtiher would have been next on my list, too...


  3. Awesome picks, ladies!! I have both of these on my wishlist!!

    Here is my WoW :)

  4. Great choices! They are definitely both on my list. Ashley is reading Wither right now and she seems to be enjoying it very much. -Christie


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