Waiting on Wednesday: January Releases

The January releases edition is coming a bit early! I’ve got posts lined up the following week so there’s no space on the last Wednesday of the month!

Irises by Francisco X. Stork

Two sisters discover what’s truly worth living for in the new novel by the author of MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD.

TWO SISTERS: Kate is bound for Stanford and an M.D. — if her family will let her go. Mary wants only to stay home and paint. When their loving but repressive father dies, they must figure out how to support themselves and their mother, who is in a permanent vegetative state, and how to get along in all their uneasy sisterhood.

THREE YOUNG MEN: Then three men sway their lives: Kate’s boyfriend Simon offers to marry her, providing much-needed stability. Mary is drawn to Marcos, though she fears his violent past. And Andy tempts Kate with more than romance, recognizing her ambition because it matches his own.

ONE AGONIZING CHOICE: Kate and Mary each find new possibilities and darknesses in their sudden freedom. But it’s Mama’s life that might divide them for good — the question of *if* she lives, and what’s worth living for.

IRISES is Francisco X. Stork’s most provocative and courageous novel yet.

Expected Publication Date: January 1st 2012 by Arthur A. Levine

I’ve been wanting to read Francisco X. Stork for a while. I heard Stork is a phenomenal author. I haven’t gotten around to reading MARCELO IN THE REAL WORLD but hopefully I’ll get to that one and IRISES soon.

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. She’s stuck at JFK, late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley’s never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s British, and he’s in seat 18B. Hadley’s in 18A.

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver’s story will make you believe that true love finds you when you’re least expecting it.

Expected Publication Date: January 2nd 2012 by Poppy

This is one of the best titles I’ve ever encountered. This sounds like insta-love (well obviously, love at first sight?! Duh.) but every review I’ve read says that this one was done quite well. I can’t wait. :)

The International Kissing Club by Ivy Adams

Piper, Cassidy, Mei, and Izzy have been best friends their whole lives. And they’ve always agreed on one goal: to get out of tiny Paris, Texas, and see the world. The school’s foreign exchange program seems like the perfect escape: Piper will go to the original Paris; Mei will go to China; Cassidy will go to Australia; and Izzy, unable to afford the program, will stay at home. To add spice to their semester away, and to stay connected to their best friends, the girls start The International Kissing Club, a Facebook page where they can anonymously update one another and brag about all the amazing guys they’re meeting. After all, these girls are traveling abroad: amazing guys abound at every turn! But sometimes fun, flirty vacation flings turn into more serious romances, and sometimes you don’t return from abroad the same person you were. Will the girls’ relationships-and their friendships-be able to survive?

Expected Publication Date: January 3rd 2012 by Walker & Company

I’m a sucker for a cute title.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 12, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs… for now.

Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault.

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.

Expected Publication Date: January 10th 2012 by Dutton Juvenile

Do I really need to explain this one?

Drowning Instinct by Ilsa J Bick

here are stories where the girl gets her prince, and they live happily ever after. (This is not one of those stories.)

Jenna Lord’s first sixteen years were not exactly a fairytale. Her father is a controlling psycho and her mother is a drunk. She used to count on her older brother—until he shipped off to Afghanistan. And then, of course, there was the time she almost died in a fire.

There are stories where the monster gets the girl, and we all shed tears for his innocent victim. (This is not one of those stories either.)

Mitch Anderson is many things: A dedicated teacher and coach. A caring husband. A man with a certain…magnetism.

And there are stories where it’s hard to be sure who’s a prince and who’s a monster, who is a victim and who should live happily ever after. (These are the most interesting stories of all.)

Drowning Instinct is a novel of pain, deception, desperation, and love against the odds—and the rules.

Expected Publication Date: January 28th 2012 by Lerner Publishing Group

I’m a huge fan of Ilsa J Bick’s ASHES so I just have to pick this one up.

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  1. I love those books you choose out! x) I haven;t seen any of them except for “Irises” but “The statistical probability of love at first sight” and “the international kissing club” sounds good! :bleh: But I absolutely can’t wait for “The fault in our stars” it sounds really good from the description and I probably will cry if they have any sad scenes in it :eek:

  2. I love ALL your picks!! I’m especially excited about The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight and The Fault In Our Stars. These are contemps so I’m definitely waiting on them too. Btw, thanks for stopping by our blog. I love yours!

  3. Ehh, I didn’t love Marcelo in the Real World, but I hope you do, it definitely has potential. Ashes‘s cliffhanger has made me completely wary of any other Ilsa J Bick books… so you’ll have to tell me how it reads. :P

    1. MARCELO is probably one of those books that could go either way for me, but it’s been on my TBR for such a long time. I’ve heard great things about it, but like I said, I could love it or hate it. I guess we’ll see the same thing with IRISES.

      LOL, I didn’t find the cliffhanger to be that problematic at all so I think I’ll be fine when it comes to more of Bick’s work.

  4. I really want to read STATISTICAL PROBABILITY–it sounds so cute!

    As for TFIOS, the only John Green book I’ve read is LOOKING FOR ALASKA, but I LOVED It, so I’m excited to read more by him. Great list!

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