Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. The weekly event is meant to showcase eagerly anticipated upcoming releases…and to spread the word! This week I’m excited about:
Author: Cherie Priest
Genre: YA, CONTEMPORARY
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Anticipated Publication Date: May 26, 2015
Best friends, big fans, a mysterious webcomic, and a long-lost girl collide in this riveting novel, perfect for fans of both Cory Doctorow and Sarah Dessen, & illustrated throughout with comics.
Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure.
Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her.
Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window.
When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There’s an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby’s story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon—her best friend, Libby, who lives.
Cherie Priest’s I AM PRINCESS X sounds seriously cool – experimental and fun. Priest is one of those authors that I’ve heard a ton of good things about but haven’t read actually read anything by her. I have no excuse. Le sigh. But I AM PRINCESS X is my chance to get aboard the Cherie Priest train, and I will not miss my stop! How great is that concept?It sounds like this one’s going to be a bit of a genre bender: elements of contemporary, fantasy, and thriller combine to make something totally unique. Actually, conceptually I AM PRINCESS X reminds me of A.S. King’s books – the highest of compliments, in my opinion.
I’ve been getting really into comics and graphic novels lately so I feel like it’s the perfect time to read a novel about them! Plus I’ve always had a bit of a soft spot for metafiction. But if I’m really being honest about how I choose my Waiting on Wednesday titles, it’s all about that cover art. What can I say, I think artwork is an integral part of marketing books! Might as well appreciate all that work, right? I’m also a sucker for illustrated novels, and if the cover art is any indication then the art’s gonna be amazing! How badass is that sword? Cute sneakers, too.