Category: Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

New WoWHappy Wednesday! This week I’m highlighting an upcoming release for March. It’s a book by one of my favorite authors: Lauren Oliver.

You may be familiar with Before I Fall or the Delirium trilogy. Lauren Oliver’s books are unique, gripping, and I’m very excited about her upcoming YA release for this year. Thankfully, March is just around the corner. It’s interesting that this book is about two sisters–I just finished reading an ARC of Trisha Leaver’s The Secrets We Keep, which is about twin sisters and is another YA contemporary.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

Pages: 368

Publication Date: March 10th

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, Mystery, Thriller

Vanishing Girls

From GoodReads:

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.

Are you looking forward to Vanishing Girls? What book are you waiting on this Wednesday for? Click the Waiting on Wednesday button above to find out more!


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Waiting on Wednesday for Dorothy Must Die

I’m waiting to get back to Oz. Where Dorothy Must Die.

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Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly meme that highlights our most anticipated upcoming releases. It’s hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine.


What I’m Waiting For:  Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige. I’ve got to be honest—ever since I found out about this book, I have been counting the days and keeping my eyes peeled for red heels, black dogs, and blue gingham. Dorothy is on the move.

Here’s what GoodReads has to say about the book:

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I’m the other girl from Kansas.
I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I’ve been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman’s heart.
Steal the Scarecrow’s brain.
Take the Lion’s courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

Why I’m Waiting: I snatched up the prequel, No Place Like Oz, available as an ebook, when that was released. I’m reading it now, in anticipation for Dorothy Must Die, which is out on April 1st. Of course, I’ve preordered my copy, and I hope you have too! I am really enjoying the novella so far and will also extend my “waiting” by re-reading The Wizard of Oz.

I just picked this excerpt up at Barnes and Noble. You can also read the first twelve chapters over at Epic Reads.


I love all things Oz related! I’m so excited for an Oz young adult novel—and am even more happy that this will be a series. Thank you, Danielle Paige, for writing this!

Here’s my childhood copy of The Wizard of Oz:

childhood book photo

I recently found this illustrated version in color, at Powell’s books in Portland:

powells photo

I have a third copy I picked up at a used bookstore when my other copy was nowhere to be found:

used book photo

I love all things related to Oz. As a girl, I read many of the Oz books, and I memorized the songs from the film, so that I could create my own “doll movie” of The Wizard of Oz, complete with musical score. Could anyone figure out that I was doing the speaking and singing parts for the dolls? I don’t think so.

One birthday, one of my dearest friends gave me a fabulous t-shirt.


I love this shirt, and may have to wear it on release day for the book, in order to celebrate.

What’s my cake of choice on release day?

Right now, I’m thinking a red velvet cake with a cream cheese icing, decorated with something red and glittery (that’s edible).

My waiting will soon be over!

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