Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine
In a few minutes, I will be getting on the train to head to BEA. I'm super excited to go this year. Last year I was very unprepared for the craziness and scale of BEA, so I didn't enjoy going as much as I could have. It was fun and I did get some good ARCS (Shiver, Fire and Catching Fire were my favorites of last year's batch), but I had no idea how many people would be there and I always forget just how big the Javits Center is, which means lots of walking. So this year, I planned on being organized and prepared. I have a map of the exhibition floor, labeled with all of the publisher booths I want to visit, a schedule of the panels and autographing sessions, and a list of ARCs to look out for.
Of course there are tons of ARCs I would love to get and authors to meet, but I'll only be going for one day and want to set reasonable goals. So I figure if I can come home with 8 to 10 ARCs, a few of them being signed, I will be happy. So these are the top 3 ARCs on my BEA wishlist. If I manage to get copies of these ARCs, I will consider BEA to be a success.
Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
To be published on: October 12, 2010
Summary from Goodreads: Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena's family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.
Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan's eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there's no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town's tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.
Published by Dutton Juvenile
To be published on: November 30, 2010
Summary from Author's Blog: In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.
Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one . . . until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.
Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.
Published by Poppy (Little, Brown)
To be published on: September 7, 2010
Summary from Goodreads: Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn't think she's the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She's also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her "Duffy," she throws her Coke in his face.
But things aren't so great at home right now. Desperate for a distraction, Bianca ends up kissing Wesley. And likes it. Eager for escape, she throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with Wesley.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out that Wesley isn't such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she's falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone
Of course, I'm also "waiting on" all three of these as well. What are you "waiting on" this Wednesday?