Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.
by Elizabeth Byrne

hitting shelves September 12th, 2017
from HarperTeen
Two teenage sisters must deal with the world outside their insular family in this imaginative coming-of-age novel set in a society obsessed with grave keeping, from debut author Elizabeth Byrne.

Lately, sixteen-year-old Athena Windham has been spending all her spare time in her grave.
Her parents—owners of a cemetery in Upstate New York—are proud of her devoutness, but her thirteen-year-old sister, Laurel, can’t understand it. Laurel would rather spend her time exploring the acres and acres of state forest that surround the Windhams’s property.

The Windham girls lead pretty secluded lives—their older sister died in a tragic accident the year before Laurel was born, and their parents’ protectiveness has made the family semi-infamous in their small town.

As the new school year begins, the outside world comes creeping in. Athena—a professional high school loner—grapples with a newfound enemy and, even more surprising, her first best friend. And home-schooled Laurel, sheltered and shy, finds herself face-to-face with a runaway boy who’s hiding out in an abandoned grave.

All the while, a ghost hangs around the Windham house and cemetery—the only grave keeper never to cross over, as far as she knows—messing with people’s graves, turning the Windhams’s lights off and on, spying on the sisters, and plotting how to keep the girls close to home and close to her . . . forever.

My thoughts:  I don't think this sysnopsis could be any more perfectly "my cup of tea". A perfect blend of a contemporary story of sisterhood with the macabre of  a graveyard and even a ghost spying on their lives. YES PLEASE to all of that. And that cover? Love it. 

What book are you eagerly anticipating this week?


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