â€œWaiting Onâ€ Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that weâ€™re eagerly anticipating.
Sometimes, I really wonder how people can think of awesome premises to stories. Case in point: Plain Kate by Erin Bow.
Plain Kate by Erin Bow
Release date: September 20, 2010
Plain Kate lives in a world of superstitions and curses, where a song can heal a wound and a shadow can work deep magic. As the wood-carver’s daughter, Kate held a carving knife before a spoon, and her wooden talismans are so fine that some even call her â€œwitch-bladeâ€: a dangerous nickname in a country where witches are hunted and burned in the square.
For Kate and her village have fallen on hard times. Kateâ€™s father has died, leaving her alone in the world. And a mysterious fog now covers the countryside, ruining crops and spreading fear of hunger and sickness. The townspeople are looking for someone to blame, and their eyes have fallen on Kate.
Enter Linay, a stranger with a proposition: In exchange for her shadow, heâ€™ll give Kate the means to escape the angry town, and whatâ€™s more, heâ€™ll grant her heartâ€™s wish. Itâ€™s a chance for her to start over, to find a home, a family, a place to belong. But Kate soon realizes she can’t live shadowless forever — and that Linay’s designs are darker than she ever dreamed.
Anyway, I’ve been looking through Amazon lately and been seeing all these awesome books. Then I realized: I hardly look at fluff anymore. I seem to be more interested in YA fantasy. Hrm, think I’m changing?