Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we post upcoming releases we're highly anticipating. My pre-publication selection for this week's Waiting on Wednesday is Unwept by Tracy and Laura Hickman.
Tracy Hickman and Laura Hickman
Series: The Nightbirds, #1
Released: July 1st, 2014
Publisher: Tor Books
Waited on by: Ellis
Gamin, Maine, is a remote seaside town where everyone seems to know Ellis Harkington better than she knows herself—but she doesn’t remember any of them.
Unknown events have robbed Ellis of her memory. Concerned individuals, who purport to be her friends and loved ones, insist that she simply needs to recuperate, that her memories may return in time, but refuse to divulge what has brought her to this state. For her own sake, so they say.
Ellis finds herself adrift in a town of ominous mysteries, cryptic hints, and disturbingly familiar strangers. The Nightbirds, a clique of fashionable young men and women, claim her as one of their own, but who among them can she truly trust? And what of the phantom suitor who visits her in her dreams? Is he a memory, a figment of her imagination, or a living nightmare beyond rational explanation?
Only her lost past hold the answers she seeks—if she can uncover its secrets before she fall prey to an unearthly killer.
Ellis. Psssst, Ellis. HEY ELLIS. Oh good, I have your attention.
Dearest Ellis, let me explain you a thing.
I have always known that my first name is a name I probably won't find often in fiction. In recent years, however, it has become clear that authors seem to like it for a certain stock character: The Evil Male Ellis. Pics or it didn't happen, you say? Email me and I'll show you my Pinterest board.
So, Ellis, I would like you to know that I'm putting my faith in you. Who knows when the next time will be that an author decides to use my name for their female lead? (Laini, Melina, if you want to, you have my full permission.) I'm not going to lie. This synopsis has me scared because this could either go very right or completely wrong.
Please, Ellis, keep your priorities in check. Don't be TSTL. Don't trust too easily. Be sassy. Lie if you have to (or want to, I'm cool with both). Look out for number one, because it seems like you don't have any family, which, again, makes me nervous. And for the love of all that is dear to me, if you turn out to have special powers - which, let's be real here, you're the lead in a new fantasy series and you have a mysterious past you only partly remember at best, so you most definitely will - please accept them immediately and be eager to become the baddest bitch on this planet. The Ellises of the world are rooting for you. We are all rooting for you.
Until we meet again.
Ellis Henrika, Sharer of Your Name and Co-Blogger Extraordinaire