Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Waiting On Wednesday [@penguinteen @stephanieeoakes]

Waiting On Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine

My pick for this week:

THE ARSONIST by Stephanie Oakes

Code Name Verity meets I Am the Messenger in this riveting YA novel from Morris Award finalist Stephanie Oakes, in which three points of view are woven together in a story that's part Cold War mystery, part contemporary coming-of-age, and completely unputdownable.

Molly Mavity is not a normal teenage girl. For one thing, her father is a convicted murderer, and his execution date is fast approaching. For another, Molly refuses to believe that her mother is dead, and she waits for the day when they ll be reunited . . . despite all evidence that this will never happen.

Pepper Al-Yusef is not your average teenage boy. A Kuwaiti immigrant with epilepsy, serious girl problems, and the most useless seizure dog in existence, he has to write a series of essays over the summer . . . or fail out of school.

And Ava Dreyman the brave and beautiful East German resistance fighter whose murder at seventeen led to the destruction of the Berlin Wall is unlike anyone you ve met before.

When Molly gets a package leading her to Pepper, they re tasked with solving a decades-old mystery: find out who killed Ava, back in 1989. Using Ava s diary for clues, Molly and Pepper realize there s more to her life and death than meets the eye. Someone is lying to them. And someone out there is guiding them along, desperate for answers.

At turns heart-racing, hilarious, and heartbreaking, The Arsonist is an intricate tapestry of love, loss, and the mysterious connections between us all.

published August 22nd by Dial Books

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After reading Stephanie Oakes' first book The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly in 2015, I have been looking forward to finding out what she would publish next. I loved that book and that its characters, story were so unlike anything else.

The Arsonist is a book that I would be interested in even without knowing the author based on those character descriptions, that there's a crime to solve and a diary involved. All are things I often really like in books. I do know who the author is, though, and that has me anticipating the August release of The Arsonist even more!

That's my pick for this week, what's yours? Tell me in the comments and/or link me to your own post!

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