Its time for Waiting on Wednesday! This is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine where we share books we can't wait to get our hands on.
As you might have guessed already, I have a pretty serious thing going with NPR's book page (and don't get me started on the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. I want to go to there). The review for Tim Powers's Hide me Among the Graves hooked me. See Not Your Typical Teen Vampire Tale (PS this not YA. GASP.) The gist is a vampiric ghost haunts 1862 London. The vamp is Polidori, the onetime physician of the mad, bad and dangerous Romantic poet Lord Byron and the supernatural muse to his niece and nephew, a poet and artist. He is after the life and soul of an innocent young girl, the daughter of a veterinarian and a reformed prostitute he once haunted. The girl's parents join forces with said poets/artists to track Polidori through London's supernatural underworld.
Here is what NPR had to say:"It's an unapologetically fantastic plot, the kind that sometimes gets books derided (quite unfairly) as "genre fiction" — entertaining, maybe, but hardly "real literature." But it would be a serious mistake to dismiss Hide Me Among the Graves as something less than art....Above all, though, Hide Me Among the Graves is just pure fun....It's a smart, exciting and perfectly constructed novel, and it's hard as hell to put down. Let the kids have their overwrought, sullen romances — Hide Me Among the Graves is a vampire novel for readers who still believe in the power, and the joy, of great literature."
And for those out there who need a little less adult and a little more YA: Airel, by Aaron Patterson and Chris White (dudes! writing YA paranormal romance! whhhaaaatttt). This book is a about an angel who falls so deeply in love with a woman that he chooses her over heaven, and they have a daughter together-- in Arabia, 1250BC, where the girl is pursued relentlessly by enemies and darkness. Skip forward a few millenia, and Airel is a high-schooler in Idaho (whhaaaatt again!!). She uncovers her heritage, and past and present collide--I hope in an epic good versus evil angel battle.
I must give credit where credit is due- Goosie Mama found Airel, called, and said "get involved." Taaadaaaaaa.