"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. It lets us all gush about what soon-to-be released books we are jumping-up-and-down excited for.
by Heather Dixon
release date: March 29th, 2011 by Greenwillow Books (Harper Collins)
description: Azalea and her younger sisters dance in the mysterious silver forest every night, escaping from the sadness of the palace and their father’s grief. ...more Azalea and her younger sisters dance in the mysterious silver forest every night, escaping from the sadness of the palace and their father’s grief. What they don’t understand—although as time passes they begin to get an inkling of the danger they are in—is that the mysterious and dashing Keeper is tightening his snare with deadly purpose. Luckily, Azalea is brave and steadfast. Luckily, a handsome young army captain also has his eye on Azalea. . . . Lush, romantic, and compelling, this debut novel by Heather Dixon will thrill fans of Shannon Hale, Robin McKinley, and Edith Pattou.
My thoughts: Okay, I am the first to admit, that even though the story sounds intriguing and magical, and I don't intent to skip anything that claims to "thrill fans of Robin McKinley"---the number one reason I am in love with this book is that gorgeous cover! I mean, really...can I please have that castle and that dress? Pretty please?? And I can only hope that those swirly vines are going to be embossed and shimmery so that I want to run my hands over it a hundred times a day. :) Furthermore, this is a 2011 debut, so it will be at the top of my Debut Authors Challenge list next year!