"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's WoW is . . .
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandana
Eva's life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination - an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her 'other', if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it's like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.
But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.
Now she must abandon everything she's ever known - the guardians who raised her, the boy she's forbidden to love - to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.
I featured this one in a cover reveal a few weeks ago, and I tried to express my excitement as well as possible; unfortunately, I don't think I managed to show you just how ridiculously excited I am about this book.
The cover is, of course, a part of it. I must say, it's one of my favorites of 2012. It's so . . . haunting. This one doesn't try to pull you in with lovely dresses and glitter and blown-up faces with deep, speculative looks. It doesn't need to. The dark, hollow feeling of the cover, the shadows and the clouds and her empty, image-filled face, are beyond stunning. And even better? That seems completely and utterly perfect for this book.
I love this idea. I love it, I love it, I love it. I love the insane originality and incredible possibility. I love the idea of a girl who has been made for nothing but to mimic another. I love that it's set in India. I love that there will be romance, but it does not seem to be the main plot. I love that it could be both creepy and absolutely beautiful. There are so many fantastic things that can be done with this idea, and I suspect it'll be even better than I've imagined.
What are you waiting on this Wednesday? Leave a link in the comments and I'll be sure to check it out!