Waiting on Wednesday (#12)


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine,
which spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating!


Waiting on Wednesday (#12)
A Wounded Name

Written by: Dot Hutchison
Release date: September 1st 2013
Genres: Paranormal, Retelling, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: select
Buy: B&N, Amazon, Book Depository
Add on: Goodreads

Sixteen-year-old Ophelia Castellan will never be just another girl at Elsinore Academy. Seeing ghosts is not a skill prized in future society wives. Even when she takes her pills, the bean sidhe beckon, reminding her of a promise to her dead mother.

Now, in the wake of the Headmaster's sudden death, the whole academy is in turmoil, and Ophelia can no longer ignore the fae. Especially once she starts seeing the Headmaster's ghosts - two of them - on the school grounds.

At the center of her crumbling world is Dane, the Headmaster's grieving son. He, too, understands the power of a promise to a parent - even a dead one. To him, Ophelia is the only person not tainted by deceit and hypocrisy, a mirror of his own broken soul. And to Ophelia, Dane quickly becomes everything. Yet even as she gives more of herself to him, Dane slips away. Consumed by suspicion, rage, and madness, he spirals towards his tragic fate - dragging Ophelia, and the rest of Elsinore, with him.


Yet even in the face of certain death, Ophelia has a choice to make - and a promise to keep. She is not the girl others want her to be. But in Dot Hutchison's dark and sensuous debut novel, the name "Ophelia" is as deeply, painfully, tragically real as "Hamlet".


I don’t know how many of you know this, but I love Shakespeare. I took at least 4 Shakespeare-centric classes in college, including one Shakespeare-oriented summer quarter in London that focused on Shakespeare in the theater. I also made sure my senior capstone course was Shakespeare-focused. Guys, I love Shakespeare. And when I read the blurb for A Wounded Name, I knew I had to have this book. Hamlet is my faaaaavorite, and this sounds like an incredibly unique and haunting retelling combining the classic tragedy with a dark YA twist.

In case I haven’t made myself completely clear: I need this book only slightly less than I need oxygen.

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14 thoughts on “Waiting on Wednesday (#12)

    • Yep, it was on NetGalley…….. but I was rejected for it. *cries* It does look amazing. So I’ll definitely be buying it when it comes out. ;)

  1. OHHH, pretty cover! And I’m on a YA Shakespeare streak, too. Or at least, I’m beginning one. I love Shakespeare, too, and am reading Still Star-Crossed, which takes place after the events of Romeo and Juliet with Rosaline and Benvolio and everyone, and it’s really, really fun. This sounds like it’ll be…less fun, but awesome nonetheless.

    • Ooooooh, Still Star-Crossed sounds really good!! I can’t wait to hear what you think after you finish it. And lol, yeah, A Wounded Name definitely will be less fun and more dark, but hopefully it’s able to pull it off. *fingers crossed*

      Thanks for stopping by!

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