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"Waiting On" Wednesday (#77) Dark Shimmer by Donna Jo Napoli


“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I'm picking:

Dark Shimmer by
Expected publication: September 8th 2015 by Wendy Lamb Books

From Goodreads: 

Set in medieval Venice, this captivating fairy tale retelling by award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli explores belonging, beauty, and the transformative power of love through the eyes of a teenage girl. Dolce has grown up hidden away on an island in a lagoon. She is a giant, a freak, tormented by everyone but her loving mother. She spends her time learning the valuable secret of making mirrors. Following a tragedy, Dolce swims away and lands on an island where people see her as normal, even beautiful. Marin, a kind widower, and his little daughter bring Dolce to live with them in their grand palazzo. Eventually, Dolce and Marin marry. She secretly continues to make mirrors, not realizing that quicksilver endangers her . . . and so evil begins in innocence.

Why I'm Waiting:

I do love a good retelling and this one looks terrific.  I've somehow never read anything by Donna Jo Napoli, but I hope to make this the first book by her that I read.


  1. This sounds like a good read so thanks for sharing! I hope to see you around my blog


  2. Love the cover on this one. Nice pick. I haven't gotten into retellings yet but they sound really interesting.

  3. I got an egalley of this one a week or so ago. I think it looks really good! Great choice!
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  4. I love the sound of this! I have such a weakness for retellings, and I can't wait to read this one! Hope you love it, thanks for sharing :)

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  5. Sounds spooky! I love retellings, so I'm going to have to read this one. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Oh, this sounds good, and the cover is awesome.!