Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: When the Stars Go Blue

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme created and hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine

This week I'm waiting on...

When the Stars Go Blue by Caridad Ferrer

Release Date: November 23, 2010

Dance is Soledad Reyes's life. About to graduate from Miami's Biscayne High School for the Performing Arts, Soledad plans on spending her last summer at home working in a dance studio, saving up money, and eventually auditioning for dance companies. That is, until fate intervenes in the form of fellow student Jonathan Crandall with what sounds like an outrageous proposition. Forget teaching. Why not actually dance, in front of an audience, in the intense environment of competitive drum and bugle corps? The corps is going to be performing Carmen, and the role of the sultry gypsy is Soledad's dream role. She joins the troupe and she and Jonathan grow closer. But a competitor for her affections soon makes himself known: Taz, a member of an all-star Spanish soccer team. One explosive encounter later and Soledad finds not only her relationship with Jonathan threatened, but her future as a professional dancer.

-Look at that cover. It is fantastic! I love the rose in the hair and the petals falling down around her. Seriously I love it, reminds me of a flamenco dancer. The book is based off of Carmen, which I've never seen but I know the story well and I'm excited to see the story take place in a drums corps with a dancer as the main character. I don't know anything about bands so it should be quite intriguing. And of course the romance sounds like it's going to be hot ;) I wish it was coming out this summer, it seems like a perfect summer read. *sigh*

Summary from

What books are you waiting on this week? Any POC releases?


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  2. I also love the cover and the summary too! Great pick!

    Here is mine (as different as chalk and cheese): but still a wish

  3. I love that cover!! It is so elegant!

  4. Ooh, thanks for putting this one on my radar, Ari! The cover is beautiful and the summary really piques my interest. I'll definitely keep an eye out for this one.

  5. I'm not sure I know the story of Carmen.

    I like the cover of this book, and it does sound very interesting. I love to dance also.

  6. I'm looking forward to this release, too! Weirdly enough, every time I read the title I am reminded of the country song by the same name. It does not go at all with the theme of this book! I want to think "sexy" but instead I have images of cowboys in my head...

  7. @anachronist-Ooo a nonfiction pick, very different!

    @campbele-I concur!

    @Abby-I really liked this author's previous book, Adios to My Old Life so I was following her blog posts and she started mentioning this book as her WiP and I was so eager for her to finish!

    @Mardel-Look it up, it's a haunting and addictive story. Basically Carmen is this temptress who has two men interested in her. I love dancing, always wished I knew how to dance flamenco.

    @Kris-Didn't know this was a country song (not much of a surprise so I rarely listen to the genre) but that is problematic! I guess cowboys could be sexy....heehee.

  8. Okay, can I just say how tickled I am, Ari, that you're so excited for STARS? (Almost as excited as I am!)

    As far as the title goes, there's actually an interesting story about that-- the book actually had a different title for a good while, but it just wasn't working for any of us, so we started looking around and yes, I did take the title from the song of the same name, however-- the version I love is by the Irish group, The Corrs featuring U2's Bono. Definitely not country sounding at all and in fact, the lyrics really do fit very well with the theme of the book:

    Dancin' where the stars go blue
    Dancin' where the evening fell
    Dancin' in your wooden shoes
    In a wedding gown

    Dancin' out on 7th street
    Dancin' through the underground
    Dancin' little marionette
    Are you happy now?

    Where do you go when you're lonely
    Where do you go when you're blue
    Where do you go when you're lonely
    I'll follow you
    When the stars go blue

    Laughing with your pretty mouth
    Laughing with your broken eyes
    Laughing with your lover's tongue
    In a lullaby

    Where do you go when you're lonely
    Where do you go when you're blue
    Where do you go when you're lonely
    I'll follow you
    When the stars go blue
    The stars go blue, stars go blue

    (copyright Ryan Adams)

    The chorus and the second and third versus in particular I find to be very poignant and very much in line with the book's themes which made it a great choice for the book and luckily, everyone at St. Martin's seemed to love it as well.

    So there's the story of the book's title, where it came from and why it stuck. :-)

    Why is November SO far away!

  9. Oh, and that's supposed to be "verses." URK. Vacation brain is still on vacation!


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