Waiting On Wednesday: The Silent Hours by Cesca Major

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine and is a weekly event to showcase upcoming, yet to published books we can’t wait to read. 

The Silent Hours by Cesca Major 


An epic, sweeping tale of love and loss inspired by heartrending true events in the Unoccupied Zone of wartime France. 

The Silent Hours follows three people whose lives are bound together, before war tears them apart:

Adeline, a mute who takes refuge in a convent, haunted by memories of her past;

Sebastian, a young Jewish banker whose love for the beautiful Isabelle will change the course of his life dramatically;

Tristin, a nine-year-old boy, whose family moves from Paris to settle in a village that is seemingly untouched by war.

Beautifully wrought, utterly compelling and with a shocking true story at its core, The Silent Hours is an unforgettable portrayal of love and loss. 

Praise for The Silent Hours: 

‘Absorbing and – ultimately – horrifying. A gripping, fictional account of a real event in war-time France, told with a sensuous clarity. A haunting and illuminating debut novel’ Wendy Wallace 

Published by Corvus in June 2015 

After seeing Kirsty Greenwood tweet that this book “was the most amazing novel I’ve read in a long time” I quickly checked it out and added it straight to my wishlist. With a recomendation like that, how could I not? 

Waiting On Wednesday: We Are All Made Of Stars by Rowan Coleman

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We Are All Made Of Stars by Rowan Coleman


Do not miss me, because I will always be with you…I am the air, the moon, the stars. For we are all made of stars, my beloved… Wherever you look, I will be there.


Stella Carey exists in a world of night. Married to a soldier who has returned from Afghanistan injured in body and mind, she leaves the house every evening as Vincent locks himself away, along with the secrets he brought home from the war.

During her nursing shifts, Stella writes letters for her patients to their loved ones – some full of humour, love and practical advice, others steeped in regret or pain – and promises to post these messages after their deaths.

Until one night Stella writes the letter that could give her patient one last chance at redemption, if she delivers it in time… 

We Are all Made of Stars is an uplifting and heartfelt novel about life, loss and what happens in between from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book.  

Published May 2015 by Ebury Press, UK 

I loved The Memory Book by Rowan Coleman. It was all at once beautiful, touching, heartbreaking and inspiring. I’m really looking forward to this one. 

Waiting On Wednesday: The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking The Spine, and is a weekly event to spotlight upcoming releases we can’t wait to get our hands on.  
The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan  
A lyrical and moving debut in the tradition of Angela Carter and Margaret Atwood, introducing an original and commanding new voice in fiction

As a Gracekeeper, Callanish administers shoreside burials, sending the dead to their final resting place deep in the depths of the ocean. Alone on her island, she has exiled herself to a life of tending watery graves as penance for a long-ago mistake that still haunts her. Meanwhile, North works as a circus performer with the Excalibur, a floating troupe of acrobats, clowns, dancers, and trainers who sail from one archipelago to the next, entertaining in exchange for sustenance.

In a world divided between those inhabiting the mainland (“landlockers”) and those who float on the sea (“damplings”), loneliness has become a way of life for North and Callanish, until a sudden storm offshore brings change to both their lives–offering them a new understanding of the world they live in and the consequences of the past, while restoring hope in an unexpected future.  

Inspired in part by Scottish myths and fairytales, The Gracekeepers tells a modern story of an irreparably changed world: one that harbors the same isolation and sadness, but also joys and marvels of our own age. 
Published May 7th 2015 by Harvill Secker (UK) 
SOOOOO… This sounds good! It reminds me a bit of The Night Circus from the blurb, and then I read an early review that compared it to it in atmosphere and magical-ness (!?!) As The Night Circus is one of my favourite books of all time, this is firmly on my waiting for wishlist. 

Waiting On Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine and is a chance to spotlight upcoming books you can’t wait to read.
The Girl In The Red Coat by Kate Hamer
The Girl in the Red Coat

Kate Hamer’s stand-out debut thriller is the hugely moving story of an abduction that will keep you guessing until the very last page. Carmel has always been different. Carmel’s mother, Beth, newly single, worries about her daughter’s strangeness, especially as she is trying to rebuild a life for the two of them on her own. When she takes eight year-old Carmel to a local children’s festival, her worst fear is realised: Carmel disappears. Unable to accept the possibility that her daughter might be gone for good, Beth embarks on a mission to find her. Meanwhile, Carmel begins an extraordinary and terrifying journey of her own, with a man who believes she is a saviour. 
Published March 5th 2015 by Faber & Faber (UK)

Waiting On Wednesday by Cat Patrick

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Revived by Cat Patrick

As a little girl, Daisy Appleby was killed in a school bus crash. Moments after the accident, she was brought back to life. 

A secret government agency has developed a drug called Revive that can bring people back from the dead, and Daisy Appleby, a test subject, has been Revived five times in fifteen years. Daisy takes extraordinary risks, knowing that she can beat death, but each new death also means a new name, a new city, and a new life. When she meets Matt McKean, Daisy begins to question the moral implications of Revive, and as she discovers the agency’s true goals, she realizes she’s at the center of something much larger — and more sinister — than she ever imagined.  

Love, Love, LOVED Cat Patrick’s debut last year, Forgotten, and really looking forward to this one. 

This is the US cover, published in May 2012, the UK doesn’t get it until July and I can’t find the cover art for it yet. I’m hoping it’s better than this as I’m not all that keen. but it’s what’s inside that counts. Right?

Waiting On Wednesday: Fingerprints Of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia

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Fingerprints of You by Kristen-Paige Madonia

I spotted this over at Kristi’s (The Story Siren) IMM blog on Sunday and fell in love with the cover IMMEDIATELY. Then I read the synopsis and it sounds pretty awesome!
Lemon grew up with Stella, a single mom who wasn’t exactly maternal. Stella always had a drink in her hand and a new boyfriend every few months, and when things got out of hand, she would whisk Lemon off to a new town for a fresh beginning. Now, just as they are moving yet again, Lemon discovers that she is pregnant from a reckless encounter—with a guy Stella had been flirting with. 

On the verge of revisiting her mother’s mistakes, Lemon struggles to cope with the idea of herself as a young unmarried mother, as well as the fact that she’s never met her own father. Determined to have at least one big adventure before she has the baby, Lemon sets off on a cross-country road trip, intending not only to meet her father, but to figure out who she wants to be. 

Lyrical and moving prose from an original voice whose writing Judy Blume calls “luminous” deftly depicts the nuanced conflicts of early motherhood and the search for identity.

Published August 2012 by Simon and Schuster (US)

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Waiting on Wednesday: Crossed

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Crossed by Ally Condie

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky — taken by the Society to his certain death — only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander — who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart — change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Released: 1st November (US)

The first book in this series, Matched, blew me away and I instantly wanted the sequel. I can’t wait to see what happens to Cassia!

Waiting On Wednesday: Velvet by Mary Hooper

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Velvet by Mary Hooper

Rose is a laundress in a Victorian steam laundry. With both her mother and father dead, she is an orphan and has to rely upon her own wits to make a living. The laundry is scalding, back-breaking work and Rose is desperate to create a better life for herself. Then Rose is noticed by Madame X, a famed medium, who asks Rose to come to work for her. Rose is dazzled at first by the young yet beautifully dressed and bejewelled Madame. But soon Rose realises that Madame X is not all that she says she is, and Rose’s very life is in danger …A romantic and thrillingly exciting new novel from an acclaimed and much-loved historical writer for teens. 

Published in the UK by Bloomsbury 5th September 2011

I really enjoyed Mary hoopers previous novel, Fallen Grace. I also just read and loved Alyxandra Harvey’s new book, Haunting Violet, which is also set in the world of the Victorian Medium,, so am looking forward to reading more about this fascinating time.

Waiting On Wednesday: Sweet Valley Confidential

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This weeks choice:


One of the most successful series of all time is back, and this time it’s for adults

It’s been ten years since the Wakefield twins graduated from Sweet Valley High, and a lot has happened.

For a start, Elizabeth and Jessica have had a falling out of epic proportions, after Jessica committed the ultimate betrayal, and this time it looks like Elizabeth will never be able to forgive her.

Suddenly Sweet Valley isn’t big enough for the two of them, so Elizabeth has fled to New York to immerse herself in her lifelong dream of becoming a serious reporter, leaving a guilt-stricken Jessica contemplating the unthinkable: life without her sister.

Despite the distance between them, the sisters are never far from each other’s thoughts. Jessica longs for forgiveness, but Elizabeth can’t forget her twin’s duplicity. Uncharacteristically, she decides the only way to heal her broken heart is to get revenge. Always the ‘good’ twin, the one getting her headstrong sister out of trouble, Elizabeth is now about to turn the tables…

*****

So this released in the US yesterday I believe but not until 14th April in the UK (by Arrow publishing). When I first heard about it last year I was excited..I grew up on Sweet Valley books! Then I read the first chapter online, and to be honest it was terrible, but a OMG I can’t wait to read more terrible. Anyway, I forgot about it until I was reminded yesterday and got all excited again. Also, I love the fact the UK publishers have gone with the retro, original style covers. This is definitely guilty pleasure reading I feel with a good old dose of nostalgia, and I can’t wait!

Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Jill @ Breaking The Spine and allows us to spotlight upcoming books we are eagerly anticipating.
Divergent by Veronica Roth
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

UK Release: 28th April (Harper Collins Children’s Books)