Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Waiting on Wednesday (174)

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm excited for Tiger Queen by Annie Sullivan and Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan!

Tiger Queen is a retelling of the short story "The Lady, or the Tiger?". I remember reading it back in middle school, and it's a really compelling topic. The story is a metaphor for an unsolvable problem. Basically, this kingdom has a justice system where the accused can pick between two doors. One door has a lady behind it that the accused marries if chosen. The second door has a tiger that will eat the accused. The princess of the land has figured out what is behind each door, and indicates to her lover, the accused, which one to pick. The question is, does she point him at the door to the woman, who he will marry and thus she will lose him but he's alive, or does she point him at the tiger, so no other woman can have him. Tiger Queen takes both the actual aspect of the two doors, as well as the metaphorical aspect. For the main character Kateri, she has to choose between the door that leads to freedom and the one that leads to death.


In the mythical desert kingdom of Achra, an old law forces sixteen-year-old Princess Kateri to fight in the arena against twelve suitors to prove her right to rule. For Kateri, losing is not an option because in order to fulfil her promise to her late mother, she must win to keep her crown and lead her people. The situation outside the palace is uneasy. The harsh desert is unforgiving, water is scarce, and Kateri’s people are thirsty. To make matters worse, the gang of thieving Desert Boys, the same group that killed Kateri’s mother and her new baby, frequently raids the city wells and steals water, forcing the king to ration what little water is left. The punishment for stealing water is the choice between two doors. Behind one door lies freedom and behind the other is a tiger.

The people of Achra are growing restless and distrustful of the monarchy, and when Kateri’s final opponent is announced, she knows she cannot win. In her desperation, Kateri turns to the desert and the one person she never thought she’d side with. Her future now, too, is behind two doors—only she’s not sure which holds the key to keeping her kingdom and which will release the tiger.

Release: September 10, 2019

I am so freaking excited for Unpregnant by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan!!!! I feel that abortion isn't written about very often in YA compared to how often it occurs in real life. In Unpregnant, the main character Veronica gets pregnant after her boyfriend sabotages the condoms he's using. Her luck continues to go downhill with the fact that the closest place to get an abortion is over 900 miles away. Veronica is ashamed to ask friends or family for help and instead asks her ex-best friend. Their road trip is filled with surprises, and ultimately truths are revealed. This looks to be a great story that deals with a tough topic. It combines road trip adventures, best friend stories, and the realities of teenage pregnancy. The bright pink cover also hints that it might be a lightish take on the topic, which will be interesting to see. Basically, I can't wait to read this book and I hope everyone else is too!


Seventeen-year-old Veronica Clarke never thought she’d want to fail a test – until she finds herself holding a thick piece of plastic and staring at two solid pink lines. How her boyfriend managed to get her pregnant, even with the most consistent use of condoms, is a mystery–but with a college-bound future now disappearing before her eyes, Veronica considers a decision she never imagined she’d have to make: an abortion.

Except the closest place to legally get one is nine hundred miles away in New Mexico–and Veronica doesn’t have a car. Desperate, she turns to the only person who won’t judge her: Bailey Butler, Jefferson High’s own little black cloud of anger and snark–and Veronica’s ex-best friend.

The plan is straightforward: a thirty-hour drive to the clinic and back. What could go wrong? Not much, apart from stolen cars, a crazed ex-boyfriend, truck stop strippers with pro-life agendas, ferret kidnapping, and aliens. Plus, the pain of a broken friendship that can’t be outrun, even when speeding down a highway. Soon, Veronica must risk everything to repair the hurt she’s caused. Under the starlit skies of the Southwest, Veronica and Bailey discover the road to adulthood isn’t easy–but it’s better with a friend by your side.

Release: September 10, 2019

What books are you excited for this week?

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