Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday: The Waking Dark, by Robin Wasserman

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine to spotlight upcoming book releases that we're excited about.

This week's pick:
Release date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover, 464 pages

Goodreads description:
They called it the killing day. Twelve people dead, all in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand . . . except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn't even know why she killed—or whether she'll do it again.

Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander's, Kansas—something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of upstanding citizens. As the town begins its descent into blood and madness, five survivors of the killing day are the only ones who can stop Oleander from destroying itself. Jule, the outsider at war with the world; West, the golden boy at war with himself; Daniel, desperate for a different life; Cass, who's not sure she deserves a life at all; and Ellie, who believes in sacrifice, fate, and in evil. Ellie, who always goes too far. They have nothing in common. They have nothing left to lose. And they have no way out. Which means they have no choice but to stand and fight, to face the darkness in their town—and in themselves. 

I read Robin Wasserman's Book of Blood and Shadows a little over a week ago and I was hooked! It was amazing and I was really impressed with the writing. The Waiting Dark sounds equally atmospheric - creepy, violent, intriguing, with a cast of very different characters. The 'awful things happening in a sleepy town' thing also reminds me of Stephen King novels. I really hope this one is as great as it sounds!
What do you think of the description? Is this your kind of read? And what book are you highlighting this week?


  1. This sounds like a great book! I've never heard of this before, but I definitely want to look more into it :)

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  2. Oh, I just scored an E-ARC of this--super excited too:)

    my WoW

  3. Wow- I can't believe I have never heard of this author or these books. Suspense, thrillers, mysteries are my favorite genre and I obsessively keep track of them :) Thanks for giving me a new title to wait for!

  4. Oh I love this cover! It looks so dark and mysterious :) Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I grabbed an ARC of this at BEA and I still need to get to it, but it sounds fantastic!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  6. I have The Book of Blood and Shadow on my shelf but I still haven't read it. I really like the sound of it I just need to check will I enjoy author's writing. Great pick! :)
    Thanks for stopping by :)

  7. I have heard SO many good things about Robin Wasserman, it sort of boggles my mind that I haven't read anything by her yet o.O The Book of Blood and Shadow is definitely on my reading list though - hope you can get your hands on this one a.s.a.p and I hope you LOVE it!!

  8. Okay, I've been hearing tons of things about Robin Wasserman lately and I guess I should check his/her books out huh? Thanks for introducing this book to me Carmen! :D

  9. I've been hearing that this one is super dark and creepy! I hope you enjoy it! Sounds great!

  10. YES! I loved Book of Blood and Shadow, as well, and I *just* got a galley of this one. Can't wait to start it!

  11. Woah, what is this?! Totally adding it to my TBR right now. Love the sound of it. :)

  12. I loved her other book, The Book of Blood and Shadow, so Im totally reading this one.