Waiting On Wednesday #10: ‘A Wounded Name’ by Dot Hutchison

Waiting on Wednesday

“Waiting On Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, to spotlight upcoming releases that make me clap in bookish glee.

This week’s selection:

13576618A Wounded Name by Dot Hutchison

Release date:  September 1, 2013

Publisher:  Carolrhoda Lab

Why?  I really enjoy retellings, and Ophelia is an interesting figure to revisit.  It sounds beautifully done.  Plus, the cover is gorgeous!

From the jacket:

There’s a girl who could throw herself head first into life and forge an unbreakable name, an identity that stands on its own without fathers or brothers or lovers who devour and shatter.

I’VE NEVER BEEN THAT GIRL.

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.

YOU KNOW HOW THIS STORY ENDS.

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”.

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