Wednesday, January 26, 2011

My Selection for Waiting on Wednesday: Dark Parties by Sara Grant

Hey guys! Wednesday has rolled around again and you know what that means. It's time to find out what book lovers are anxious to get their shaky little hands on. Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine--smart girl! This Wednesday, I'm back in the YA fold.

Last week, I met Alvina Ling, editor at Little, Brown. You know, that publishing house that published an interesting series called the Twilight saga. She was kind enough to critique the first chapter of my manuscript and my writing certainly has improved, I'm happy to say. She had some books to give away and one of them caught my eye right away: Dark Parties. Gosh. I love that title. What does it mean? I snatched it up immediately. Check out the blurb on the back of the book:

Sixteen-year-old Neva keeps a list of The Missing. She secretly records each one in a tattered journal hidden in her mattress. Written records are forbidden, but Neva wants to remember each person, each face. And she will never forget her first entry--her grandmother. But where do they go? There's no way out of the Protectosphere, the shield that separates Homeland from the rest of the world, and the government insists that everything beyond is an unlivable wasteland. But as Homelands population and resources dwindle, Neva suspects that the government is lying: about the outside world, about The Missing, about everything.

Neva and her best friend, Sanna, take action and stage a "dark party" to recruit members for their underground rebellion. They begin to uncover horrifying truths, but can they succeed in opening the Protectosphere? Or will they, too, become part of The Missing?

This sounds like a nice, edgy dystopian story. I'd never heard of it before. Have you? I can't wait to get some time to dig into it.

DARK PARTIES releases Aug 3, 2011



  1. I agree the cover is amazing, I have had my eye on this one myself since seeing it around the blogosphere.

    My WOW

  2. There seems to be a ton of dystopia being released this year, and this sounds like another great one!

    My WoW

  3. I think a lot of people have Dark Parties on their WoWs, like me. I seriously love dystopian books now, and this one sounds really good. :) Great pick!

    Here's my WoW picks for this week.

  4. YAY for your manuscript. ;)

    Another new book for me and another dystopian novel. Unfortunately, the synopsis does not give a clear word for me. I have no idea what kind of world where those girls live

  5. Sounds like a very intriguing book. The cover is dark and angsty but nevertheless quite appealing! Here's my WoW.

  6. Looks like an interesting book and I'll have to check it out when it's released. You can find my WOW at The Bookish Snob

  7. Wow sounds very dark and a bit creepy too. Great pick!

  8. Awesome! I didnt know that this is a dystopian! Okay, I'm so requesting this on Netgalley!

    here's my WOW post:

  9. I love dystopians, this one is deinitely on my list. =)

  10. A superb pick! It looks really intereasting. Happy Reading :)
    Check out what I'm Waiting On Wednesday

    Mia @GrippedintoBooks

  11. This one sounds SO good! I love dystopian and I think this one is gonna rate right up there...thanks for the excellent WoW pick!

    And congrats on the positive feedback!

  12. Wow, this book sounds incredible haha. I'm definitely intrigued by it and I think I NEED to check it out. I have yet to stumble across a Waiting on Wednesday pick that doesn't sound interesting. This one sounds really interesting though. Thanks for posting and GREAT pick.

    My Waiting on Wednesday:

  13. This book sounds a lot like some of the other dystopians I've recently read. I had no idea how much I'd end up loving that genre! Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I'm a new follower. :)

    Tevya @ Reading Lark

  14. here's mine

  15. Sounds like a very interesting concept :) Might have to read that at some point!

    Enjoy when you get to read it.

    Mostly Reading YA

  16. Since I am one of the last people in blogland to hear about this one thanks for picking it today June and bringing it to my attention! My YA authors list and books that I wish to read is growing!

    Thanks for stopping by my post earlier today, have been gone to doctor with my Mom and then waiting on meds to be filled so not home much to make my rounds until 30 minutes ago...

  17. I found your blog over at Grab a Pen! It's great to meet you!!!!

    OMG I have to gush, the cat widget is the best ever!!! And it meows, CUTE!!! And Purrs (just clicked it again, lol)

    I am a fan of dystopians so I'll definitely be giving this a try!

  18. Congrats on the good critique. How exciting is that? I agree about Dark Parties: Great title, great cover. Sounds like an interesting premise too.

  19. Of course it looks amazing...and tantalizing and another preorder for my Kindle...

  20. This looks interesting.

    I saw Alvina in passing at a conference last year. I enjoyed many books she's edited.


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