Laurie Halse Anderson - Chains (4th, Bloomsbury, pb)
R J Anderson - Rebel (7th, Orchard, pb)
Tim Bowler - Blade: Mixing It (7th, OUP, pb)
Linda Buckley-Archer - Timequake (7th, Simon & Schuster Children's, pb)
Jen Calonita - Secrets of my Hollywood Life (7th, Poppy; Reprint edition, pb)
Anne Cassidy - Guilt Trip (4th, Scholastic, pb)
P C Cast (ed) - Immortal: Love Stories with Bite (7th, Ben Bella, pb)
Lucy Christopher - Flyaway (4th, Chicken House, pb)
Rosemary Clement-Moore - The Splendour Falls (28th, Corgi Childrens, pb)
Keren David - When I Was Joe (7th, Frances Lincoln Children's Books, pb) UK Debut
John Dickinson - WE (7th, David Fickling Books, pb)
Paul Dowswell - Auslander (4th, Bloomsbury, pb) review
Anna Godbersen - Luxe: Splendour (7th, Puffin, pb)
Michael Grant - Hunger (4th, Egmont, HB)
Michelle Harrison - The 13 Curses (7th, Simon & Schuster Children's, pb)
Alyxandra Harvey - My Love Lies Bleeding (4th, Bloomsbury, pb)
Ben Horton - Monster Republic (1st, Corgi Childrens, pb) UK Debut
J A Jarman - Inside (7th, Andersen Press Ltd, pb)
Tony Johnston - Bone by Bone by Bone (14th, Frances Lincoln Children's Books, pb)
Andrew Klavan - Homelander: The Long Way Home (7th, Headline, pb)
Suzanne LaFleur - Love, Aubrey (7th, Puffin, pb)
Saci Lloyd - The Carbon Diaries 2017 (7th, Hodder Children's Books, pb) review
Gabrielle Lord - Conspiracy 365: January (7th, Hodder Children's Books, pb) review
Sophie McKenzie - The Medusa Project: The Hostage (7th, Simon & Schuster Children's, pb)
Keith Mansfield - Johnny Mackintosh: Star Blaze (7th, Quercus, pb)
Jen Nadol - The Mark (1st, Bloomsbury, HB)
Sally Nichols - Season of Secrets (4th, Marion Lloyd Books, pb)
Sam Osman - QuickSilver (4th, Marion Lloyd Books, pb) UK Debut
Carmen Reid - Secrets at St Jude's: Drama Girl (28th, Corgi Childrens, pb)
Ellen Renner - Castle of Shadows (7th, Orchard, pb) UK Debut
L J Smith - Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive (1) (7th, Hodder Children's Books, pb)
Paul Stewart & Chris Riddell - The Immortals (28th, Corgi Childrens, pb)
Laura Summers - Desperate Measures (1st, Picadilly, pb) UK Debut
Pat Walsh - The Crowfield Curse (4th, Chicken House, pb) UK Debut
Marcus Zusak - Fighting Ruben Wolfe (28th, Definitions, pb)
Thursday, December 31, 2009
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Tuesday, December 29, 2009
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Moonlight by Rachel Hawthorne
I see him and know what this turmoil inside of me means: He's the one. My forever.
kayla is the nature lover, the all-American beauty who can't understand why she's so drawn to distant, brooding Lucas. Adopted as a young child, she has no way of knowing that she's inherited a terrifying—and thrilling—gene that will change her life forever.
lucas is dangerous, gorgeous . . . and a werewolf. As leader of the Dark Guardians, shape-shifters who gather deep within the state park, he has sworn to protect his pack. But when Lucas finds his true soul mate, his love could put them all in harm's way.As Lucas and Kayla struggle with their feelings for each other, a greater danger lurks: Humans have discovered the Dark Guardians and are planning their destruction. Kayla must choose between the life she knows and the love she feels certain is her destiny.
Wake by Lisa McMann
For seventeen-year-old Janie, getting sucked into other people's dreams at any given moment is getting tired. Especially the falling dreams, and the standing-in-front-of-the-class-naked ones. But then there are the nightmares, the ones that chill her to the bone...like the one where she is in a strange house...in a dirty kitchen...and a sinister monster that edges ever closer. This is the nightmare that she keeps falling into, the one where, for the first time, Janie is more than a witness to someone else's twisted psyche. She is a participant...
Thursday, December 24, 2009
The clock is ticking for Sam Temple and the kids of Perdido Beach but it's not the big one-five that they face now; it's starvation that threatens the FAYZ. In an abandoned mine shaft a faceless animal lurks, pulling the strings, toying with human and mutant alike. And he's hungry - hungry in the darkness. An uneasy calm has settled over Perdido Beach. But soon, fear explodes into desperation as starvation sets in and the mob look to place blame. For the 'normals' the buck must stop somewhere: with the 'freaks'. More and more kids are developing strange powers and, just as frighteningly, so are the animals in the FAYZ: talking coyotes, swimming bats and deadly worms with razor-sharp teeth are just the beginning. For Sam Temple the strain of leadership is beginning to show and he's got more than just dwindling rations and in-fighting to worry about - Caine is back with the psychotic whiphand, Drake, by his side. And in the background lies the greatest danger of all - and he too needs to be fed.
Watch the trailer below:
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Ty has lived under the ocean for his entire life. Following global warming and the rise of the seas, his family joined an underwater community in hopes of living in the new frontier of the ocean floor. But When Ty meets Gemma, a girl from "topside", who is searching the seas for her brother, she quickly makes his life very complicated. Together Ty and Gemma face dangerous sea creatures and venture into the frontier town's rough underworld as they search for her missing brother. But the deeper they dig, the more attention they attract, and soon Ty and Gemma find themselves being hunted by a gang of outlaws who roam the underwater territories causing havoc, and who seem to have eerie abilities. But Ty has a secret of his own, living underwater for his entire life has meant he has also developed a "special" power. Can he keep it a secret from Gemma and his family or is it time for him to finally tell everyone the truth?
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Monday, December 21, 2009
Since the dawn of time, the Faerie have taken. . . .
For seventeen-year-old actress Kelley Winslow, faeries are just something from childhood stories. Then she meets Sonny Flannery, whose steel-gray eyes mask an equally steely determination to protect her.
Sonny guards the Samhain Gate, which connects the mortal realm with the Faerie's enchanted, dangerous Otherworld. Usually kept shut by order of icy King Auberon, the Gate stands open but once a year.
This year, as the time approaches when the Samhain Gate will swing wide and nightmarish Fae will fight their way into an unsuspecting human world, something different is happening . . . something wondrous and strange. And Kelley's eyes are opening not just to the Faerie that surround her but to the heritage that awaits her.
Now Kelley must navigate deadly Faerie treachery—and her growing feelings for Sonny—in this dazzling page-turner filled with luminous romance.
Wondrous Strange is a richly layered tale of love between faerie and mortal, betrayal between kings and queens, and magic . . . between author and reader.
There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.
Notes: The Graveyard Book has won several awards including The Newbery Medal 2009 and the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2009. In addition Neil Gaiman was awarded the "Audiobook of the Year" Audie Award for his narration of The Graveyard Book.
Review: The story begins with the "man Jack" entering a house and killing all its occupants except for the toddler whom he misses as the toddler is a curious boy who has wandered off through the open front door and up to the old graveyard on the hill. Fortunately for the boy, the ghosts that live in the graveyard take him in and protect him from the man Jack. Unable to settle on a name, the boy, who is to be looked after by Mr and Mrs Owens, becomes Nobody Owens aka Bod.
Bod grows up in the graveyard with his new family and friends and a mysterious guardian, Silas, who tells him it's not safe for him to leave the graveyard as they cannot protect him in the wide world. The story of Bod growing up is told in a series of episodes which occur every two years until danger reappears in his life and Bod's destiny is revealed.
I absolutely adored The Graveyard Book. I didn't want it to end and saved the last few minutes until I was ready to let it go. It's a charming story, dotted with humour and lovable characters. It's a mix of the fantastical and the mundane. Bod deals with ghosts and ghouls but also with bullies at school. I'm sure I would have had much enjoyment reading the book but I think the pleasure was doubled by having the author read it and read it so well with such a variety of accents; plus you get the pacing and emphasis that the author wanted you to have.
You can listen to an extract on the The Independent's website - in their feature on the 20 best audiobooks.
Cover: The audiobook and paperback editions have the same beautiful cover showing Silas and Bod in the graveyard.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Rachel Ward - Numbers
Since her mother's death, fifteen-year-old Jem has kept a secret. When her eyes meet someone else's, a number pops into her head - the date on which they will die. Knowing that nothing lasts forever, Jem avoids relationships, but when she meets a boy called Spider, and they plan a day out together.
(It appears there's a sequel out in June.)
Celine Kiernan - The Poison Throne (April 2010 (UK))
This is this year's most exciting crossover title. A Friend. A Father. A Kingdom. Which one would you sacrifice? This compelling trilogy of court intrigue, adventure and romance is a winning combination of imagination, powerful storytelling and magnificent characters. Fifteen-year-old Wynter Moorehawke returns home after a five-year sojourn in the bleak Northlands. All has changed in her absence. Wynter is forced to make a terrible choice: stay and bow to the King's will, or abandon her ailing father and join her friend Razi and the mysterious Christopher Garron in their efforts to restore the fragile kingdom to its former stability. But this changed kingdom is a dangerous place, where all resistance is brutally suppressed and the trio constantly risk assassination, torture or imprisonment. Atmospheric and intriguing, it evokes an enchanting and convincing other world - love, treachery, jealousy, tenderness, war, wisdom and court life are all vividly depicted. Set in a fantastical medieval Europe, "The Poison Throne" is a gothic tale of intrigue, adventure and romance which draws the reader in from the very first sentence and doesn't loosen its grip until the last.
(Synopses taken from amazon.co.uk)
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Well, apparently I live here now—my mom just bought the place. And named it after me, Ashleigh, which was nice. But did she know how cold it is here??
Um, it's a tiny island with not much to do, unless you really like sleigh rides. But I gotta say there are quite a few hot guys on this cold island . . .
The weather outside is frightful, but these stories are delightful! When a huge blizzard (that doesn't show signs of stopping) hits, Gracetown is completely snowed in. But even though it's cold outside, things are heating up inside, proving that the holiday season is magical when it comes to love.
In three wonderfully (and hilariously!) interconnected tales, YA stars John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson create a must-have collection that captures all the spirit of the holiday season.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Lili St Crow
Nancy A Collins
Melissa de la Cruz
Cynthia Leititch Smith
Puffin has acquired a début young adult (YA) title by Simon & Schuster children's sales director Phil Earle.
Puffin will publish Earle's YA title, Being Billy, in early 2011 under Fiction Puffin Loves, an initiative that focuses on strong new talent.
Earle said he was inspired to try his hand at writing after reading books such as Skellig (David Almond), Holes (Louis Sachar) and You Don't Know Me (David Klass) while working as a bookseller for Ottakar's. "I was never into reading as a child but when I started reading these YA titles as a bookseller, they really fired my imagination," he said.
Being Billy, about a 14-year-old boy who has been in care since he was six, draws on Earle's experiences as a care worker in a local authority home, his first job after leaving university. He said: "I became very interested in how children in difficult situations confront the challenges and manage to overcome them."
Earle is writing a sequel to Being Billy and plans to write for children of other ages.
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Something strange is stalking the small town of Junction…
When junior Jess Gillmansen gets called out of class by Guidance, she can only presume it’s for one of two reasons. Either they’ve finally figured out who wrote the scathing anti-jock editorial in the school newspaper or they’re hosting yet another intervention for her about her mom. Although far from expecting it, she’s relieved to discover Guidance just wants her to show a new student around—but he comes with issues of his own including a police escort.
The newest member of Junction High, Pietr Rusakova has secrets to hide--secrets that will bring big trouble to the small town of Junction—secrets including dramatic changes he’s undergoing that will surely end his life early.
Watch the trailer below:
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Wade Jackson has always felt split, his love for playing and writing music competing with his ambition to do well in school. But when his mother dies, this need for order competes with his desire to leave it all behind. What follows is a split in his consciousness that takes him to two very different worlds.
Told in alternating chapters that together form one cohesive story, Split follows both Wades as they pursue what they think is the correct path. One Wade continues working hard in school, pulling all-nighters to write a computer code he believes will save the world. The other Wade pursues the dream of being a dive-bar singer, pulling all-nighters to party, gamble, and live on the edge. But when these two worlds begin to collide, each Wade will need to find a balance between control and abandon, order and chaos, life missed and life lost, in order to save himself.
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
The actor and director Dominic West and his production company White Soup have announced the acquisition of the film and television rights to THE RED NECKLACE by Sally Gardner.
Dominic West is celebrated for his portrayal of 'Jimmy McNulty' in THE WIRE, on which he was also a director in its award winning final season. The deal secures first options over the further books in the series, including THE SILVER BLADE, first published in the UK by Orion Children's Books. Development will take place in the UK.
Dominic West said: "I am delighted to be developing Sally's wonderful book for film. My daughter and all her friends who raved about Harry Potter, now rave about "The Red Necklace". The book has a great spirit of adventure, which I believe will translate to make this a hugely popular family film."
THE RED NECKLACE and THE SILVER BLADE are both currently available, and will be reissued with a striking new cover design in Spring 2010.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Review: Sixteen-year-old Aphra Benn Connolly lives with her dad on an unnamed tropical island where they run an exclusive get-away retreat. Aphra's life is very different to that of girls her own age with no mall, tv and no real friends. She doesn't get to know guests - as they leave or let you down. Her life is disrupted by the mysterious arrival of a family - two adults and a boy. When the man whispers in Aphra's dad's ear his attitude changes towards them and so does his behaviour with Aphra. He orders her to have nothing to do with them, and then a body is found. Is there a connection between the two events? Aphra refuses to obey her father and her defences are breached by the new arrival, Seth. When a nasty storm cuts off the island, Aphra decides to save not only her family from danger but the mysterious newcomers as well, and a tense cat and mouse game is played out before all is revealed.
This is one of the shorter YA books I've read at just 225 pages and there's plenty of action, perhaps at the expense of character development for anyone but Aphra. Her unusual lifestyle and intriguing family arrangement becomes more explicable through the book and though already a capable individual she becomes more assertive and willing to take chances by the end. Seth is rather adorable and their romance is really sweet. There is one scene where Aphra and Seth have to use near lethal force on an attacker to defend themselves which made me a bit uncomfortable. That aside, Death by Bikini is a clean, exciting mystery and it should have lots of appeal to its target audience. Being a coffee addict I look forward to reading the next in the series, Death by Latte.
Cover: Nice cheerful cover, with a cut out bikini outfit.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
This week I've finished The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (audio book) and for Euro Crime: Close Quarters by Eugenio Fuentes. Ongoing is Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink and I still have to choose new audio and crime books!
Activity on the blog in the last week:
Monday - review of The Mediator (3): Mean Spirits by Meg Cabot (audio book); plus publishing deal news for Tricia Rayburn.
Wednesday - 'Waiting on Wednesday' post for I Was Jane Austen's Best Friend by Cora Harrison.
Thursday - trailer for Dream Life by Lauren Mechling; plus news about a (mega) publishing deal for Ally Condie.
Friday - more new publishing deals.
Saturday - my newly acquired library loot and review copies.
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Here's an example of the different styles, taken from the first chapter, drawings of the "man Jack" (click on the photo for a better look):
The Truth About Leo - David Yelland (April UK)
No blurb available but, taken from an article in The Guardian: "The Truth About Leo tells the story of 10-year-old Leo, who tries to hide the fact that his father is an alcoholic from the world."
this world we live in - Susan Beth Pfeffer (April US, May UK) obtained from Net Galley
It's been a year since a meteor collided with the moon, catastrophically altering the earth's climate. For Miranda Evans life as she knew it no longer exists. Her friends and neighbors are dead, the landscape is frozen, and food is increasingly scarce.
The struggle to survive intensifies when Miranda's father and stepmother arrive with a baby and three strangers in tow. One of the newcomers is Alex Morales, and as Miranda's complicated feelings for him turn to love, his plans for his future thwart their relationship. Then a devastating tornado hits the town of Howell, and Miranda makes a decision that will change their lives forever.
Friday, December 11, 2009
Lia Habel's DEARLY, DEPARTED, a maximalist, post-apocalyptic, neo-Victorian steampunk zombie novel in which a girl, whose blood is impervious to the "Z-virus," searches for her missing dad, is kidnapped by (good) zombies, falls improbably in love with a rather sweet zombie boy, and sets out to save the world from a zombie plague beyond imagining, to Ballantine.
R.L. Stine, ed.'s FEAR: 13 Stories of Mystery and Suspense, including original stories by Meg Cabot, James Rollins and Heather Graham, among others; a minimum of 50 percent of all profits from ITW will be donated to Reading Is Fundamental, a nonprofit organization dedicated to preparing and motivating children to read by delivering free books and literacy resources to those children and families who need them most, to Dutton Children's.
and from Publishers Weekly:
Feiwel and Friends preempted North American rights in a six-figure deal for 17-year-old Alexandra Adornetto's YA angel trilogy. In the three books, called Halo, Hades, and Heaven, angels are sent to Earth and one of them, a teenage girl, falls in love with a mortal boy. Halo will pub in fall 2010. This is the author's second trilogy; her Shadow Thief trilogy was published by HarperCollins Australia when she was 14.
In an auction for a two-book deal, Poppy/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers acquired Flynn Meaney's debut novel Bloodthirsty, a coming-of-age tale starring Finbar Frame, a skinny, moody, super-pale teenage guy who decides to become a vampire. Or at least fake it… to get a date.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Last week the Penguin Young Readers Group imprint laid down a seven-figure advance for three books from debut* novelist Ally Condie, in a heated auction featuring seven other houses.
Her first book, Matched, is a dystopian novel that Dutton [Children’s Books] likens to Brave New World and The Handmaid’s Tale. In the novel, a 17-year-old girl, who has waited her entire life to be told by a group known as “the Society” who her soul mate is, has her world upended when she discovers she’s in love with someone other than the group’s pick.
*NB. Ally Condie has published several books already but this may be her debut for Penguin.
Claire Voyante's first semester at Henry Hudson High School was eventful, to say the least. As she heads into her second semester, things are calming down a bit. But Claire has a few secrets that are getting harder to keep. Her biggest secret of all? The onyx and ivory cameo necklace her grandmother gave her for her 15th birthday. Ever since she started wearing it, her dreams have been coming to her in black and white and turning out to be oddly prophetic.
Becca's been hanging out with her old prep school friends and never seems to have time for Claire anymore. And soon, Claire discovers why - there's a secret group of society girls with a mysterious identity. And, turns out, a mysterious enemy who's out to get them. The second she sniffs out trouble, Claire jumps on the case. But is it someone close to Claire who's in danger again - or could it be Claire herself whose life is at stake?
Watch the trailer below:
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
When shy Jenny Cooper goes to stay with her cousin Jane Austen she knows nothing of the world of beautiful dresses, dances, secrets, gossip and romance that Jane inhabits. But Jane is already a sharp observer of the customs of courtship, and when Jenny falls utterly in love with the dashing Captain Thomas Williams, who better than Jane to help her win the heart of this most eligible of men?
(Find out more in the press release which came out before I started this blog.)
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Monday, December 7, 2009
The series currently comprises three titles, the first of which is called Siren. The book follows the story of Vanessa, whose elder sister has just died. She investigates a string of water-related-fatalities where the victims are all found eerily grinning from ear to ear. The UK publication date for Siren is yet to be confirmed.
"Now this," Gina said, "is the life".
Notes: Mean Spirits is the third in the six-book Mediator series and was first published in 2001 as The Mediator: Reunion by Jenny Carroll.
Review: Mean Spirits is set a few weeks after High Stakes and Suze is joined in her Carmel home by her school friend from New York, Gina, who is on her spring break. Gina's not been there long before Suze has another ghostly problem to deal with. This time a group of four teenagers from the exclusive Robert Louis Stevenson school have been killed in a car crash on the dangerous coastal road. The driver of the other car, Michael Meducci, escaped unhurt. The RLS Angels as they are dubbed in the press want revenge on Michael and it's Suze's job to protect him and send the Angels on their way to their unearthly destination. Reluctantly Suze has to go out with Michael to try and keep him safe and is ribbed mercilessly by Gina and Suze is appalled to find that Gina has attracted the attentions of both Suze's older step-brothers, Jake and Brad.
All is not what it first seems though and soon Suze's life is in danger, both from the dead and the living.
Mean Spirits is an enjoyable third entry in the series. Suze still uses her fists to try and get her way but it is proving a less successful technique in California than in New York and she has to rely on help from fellow Mediator Father Dom and her ghostly room-mate Jesse. Suze also gets some support from Gina who gets to know more about her friend's Mediator role. Suze is falling for Jesse, but a psychic has predicted that she will only have one true love and that it will last an eternity. What does that mean? How can she and Jesse ever be together? This problem is part of what keeps me glued to the series. I also like the characters, the setting is brought to life and the plots are intriguing.
As before, Johanna Parker's narration is enjoyable to listen to and her voices are consistent with those she used in the earlier books.
Cover: The cover's quite appropriate this time as there's quite a lot of beach activity.
Sunday, December 6, 2009
This week I've finished Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber and the audio book of Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter by Simon Brett (euro crime) (reviews of both to follow on the respective blogs) plus Tony Curtis's Some Like it Hot: Me, Marilyn and the Movie. Ongoing are Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink and The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (audio book) and for Euro Crime I'm reading Close Quarters by Eugenio Fuentes.
Activity on the blog in the last week:
Monday - review of Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough.
Wednesday - UK publishing deal for Cassandra Clare plus 'Waiting on Wednesday' post for the UK edition of Exposed by Susan Vaught.
Thursday - trailer for Green by Laura Peyton Roberts; plus news about Hunger Games 3.
Friday - the shortlist for the 2010 William C Morris YA Debut Award.
Saturday - my newly acquired library loot and electronic review copies.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Auslander by Paul Dowswell (audio book)
When Peter's parents are killed, he is sent to an orphanage in Warsaw. Then German soldiers take him away to be measured and assessed. They decide that Peter is racially valuable. He is Volksdeutscher: of German blood. With his blond hair, blue eyes, and acceptably proportioned head, he looks just like the boy on the Hitler-Jugend poster. Someone important will want to adopt Peter. They do. Professor Kaltenbach is very pleased to welcome such a fine Aryan specimen to his household. People will be envious. But Peter is not quite the specimen they think. He is forming his own ideas about what he is seeing, what he is told. Peter doesn't want to be a Nazi, and so he is going to take a very dangerous risk. The most dangerous risk he could possibly choose to take in Berlin in 1942.
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman (audio book)
When a baby escapes a murderer intent on killing the entire family, who would have thought it would find safety and security in the local graveyard? Brought up by the resident ghosts, ghouls and spectres, Bod has an eccentric childhood learning about life from the dead. But for Bod there is also the danger of the murderer still looking for him - after all, he is the last remaining member of the family. A stunningly original novel deftly constructed over eight chapters, featuring every second year of Bod's life, from babyhood to adolescence. Will Bod survive to be a man?
Bad Faith by Gillian Philip
MURDEROUSLY SINISTER DYSTOPIAN SATIRE. Life's easy for Cassandra. The privileged daughter of a cleric, she's been protected from the extremist gangs who enfore the One Church's will. Her boyfriend Ming is a bad influence, fo course, with infadel parents who are constantly in trouble with the religious authorities. But Cass has no intention of letting their different backgrounds drive them apart. Then they stumble across a corpse. Who killed him? How did his body end up in their secret childhood haunt? And is this man's death connected to other, older murders? As the political atmosphere grows feverish, Cass realises she and Ming face extreme danger.
I've also requested several e-books to review from NetGalley:
Freefall by Ariela Anhalt (Jan. 2010)
Luke was not eager to accompany his best friend, Hayden, and the cocky new kid, Russell, up to the cliff that night. The plan was to watch Russell jump off the cliff into the lake--his initiation to the Briar Academy fencing team. But instead, after an angry confrontation with Hayden, Russell falls to his death.
Now Hayden is in jail and the pressure is on Luke to report what he saw. But what did he see? An accident--or a murder? Luke has always followed Hayden's lead, but this is one decision he'll be forced to make on his own. And to do it, he must face the truth about his friendship with Hayden and his own painful past.
This suspenseful and scandalous tale of rivalry, peer pressure, and finding the courage to take responsibility will have an impact on readers long after the last page.
Front and Center by Catherine Gilbert Murdock (Oct. 09)
After five months of sheer absolute craziness I was going back to being plain old background D.J. In photographs of course I'm always in the background . . .
But it turns out other folks have big plans for D.J. Like her coach. College scouts. All the town hoops fans. A certain Red Bend High School junior who's keen for romance and karaoke. Not to mention Brian Nelson, who she should not be thinking about! Who she is done with, thank you very much. But who keeps showing up anyway . . .
Tagged by Mara Purnhagen (Mar. 2010)
Kate Morgan is just as confused as the rest of her classmates when she arrives at Cleary High to find six life-size gorillas spray painted on the side of a building. Could the culprit be one of her friends or classmates? And is the kind-of-amazing creation really vandalism, or a work of art? She's tempted to stay out of it, mostly because, as the police chief’s daughter, she's always accused of being a snitch. But when gorillas start appearing throughout the state, her investigative instincts kick in.
Now Eli, Kate’s favorite co-worker at the local coffee shop, is MIA. With her best friend, Lan, preoccupied with her own boy troubles, Kate needs to figure out some things on her own. Like why she can’t stop thinking about Eli. And what she will do when all clues about the graffiti point to someone she knows...
Friday, December 4, 2009
The shortlist is:
Ash - Malinda Lo
Beautiful Creatures- Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
The Everafter - Amy Huntley
Flash Burnout - L K Madigan
hold still - Nina LaCour
Read more about each title and the award itself here.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Hunger Games fans have just eight more months to wait: the as yet untitled third and final book in Suzanne Collins’s dystopian fantasy trilogy will be released in English worldwide on August 24, 2010. An audio version from Scholastic Audio will be released simultaneously.
The title for book three will be announced early next year.
Read the whole article, here
Turning thirteen starts off with a bang for Lily. Literally. A birthday present explodes on her porch . . . and soon after a trio of leprechauns (yes, leprechauns) appears in her bedroom. They whisk her away to a land of clover, piskies, a new friend, a cute boy, and lots of glimmering, glittering gold. A world of Green.
It turns out that Lily, like her grandmother before her, is next in line to be keeper for the Clan of Green, and in charge of all their gold. That is, if she passes three tests. And she has to pass them. Because if she doesn’t she may never get to go home again. She’ll be stuck with the Greens.
Watch the trailer below:
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
Chan Shealy is an all American girl, a baton-twirler, straight-A student. But when she looks for a boyfriend online, sure that she's following the rules and staying safe, she finds herself the victim of a paedophile whose interests are worse than she ever imagines... it is almost too late when she realizes what she must do to stop him.
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Gill Evans, Fiction Publisher and Editorial Director at Walker Books, has acquired City of Fallen Angels, the fourth book in Cassandra Clare's bestselling urban fantasy series, The Mortal Instruments.
The story follows Simon, a character from the first three Mortal Instruments novels, City of Bones, City of Ashes and City of Glass, as he adjusts to life as a vampire. The English language edition of City of Fallen Angels will publish globally in spring 2011.
"Simon has always been one of my favourite characters to write about, and I'm excited to get the chance to tell his story while revisiting some of the other characters that I love from the Mortal Instruments series," said Cassandra Clare.
Evans has also acquired a prequel trilogy to The Mortal Instruments series, The Infernal Devices. The first title, The Infernal Devices: The Clockwork Angel, will publish globally in the English language in September 2010, and will have particular appeal to UK fans, as it will be the first of Clare's books to be set in London.
Monday, November 30, 2009
Notes: Received as an e-book via NetGalley.
Review: When Tamsin Greene was born her grandmother said that she would be one of the most powerful witches in the family. Seventeen years later her special gift, her 'Talent' has not materialised. She thinks she's a disappointment and longs to get away from her huge and multi-Talented family.
During the summer holidays she is working in her grandmother's book shop when a handsome stranger appears, asking if she can find something for him. Those in the know, know that Tamsin's family are good at that sort of thing. Tamsin, wanting to prove herself though she has no Talent, accepts the assignment and arranges to meet the stranger, a professor, when they are both back in New York City, she to learn, he to teach.
The engagement party for her perfect sister, Rowena, brings Gabriel back into Tamsin's life. He has been away for many years and they had lost touch, however their childhood friendship is soon rekindled and could be easily developed into something more.
Tamsin's task, to find a certain clock is made easier as Gabriel can find anything. Their search takes them back in time and their action unleashes a power that could upset and possibly destroy their family's future.
I very much enjoyed Once a Witch. Tamsin is a likeable and sympathetic character who feels very real; her actions are understandable and consistent with her character. I found this a quick read but it does take a while for the action to begin. I didn't find this a problem as I was enjoying spending time with Tamsin's family and friends but my slight disappointment with the book is this: the story implies that there will be a big conflict and that Tamsin will have to make a huge sacrifice - but none of that happens in this book. There're some fireworks, but it seems that the big struggle is only just starting. I kept looking at the page numbers going down and wondering if I'd only got half the file. I've subsequently found out that there is to be a sequel: Always a Witch which I look forward to and hope will resolve the plot threads.
Cover: I love the cover. It represents Tamsin as both a student and as a witch (if you look closely at the book).
Sunday, November 29, 2009
This week I've finished Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough (ebook) and the audio book of Mean Spirits by Meg Cabot (reviews of both to follow). Ongoing are Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink and Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber and for Euro Crime I'm reading Close Quarters by Eugenio Fuentes and Blotto, Twinks and the Ex-King's Daughter by Simon Brett (audio).
Activity on the blog in the last week:
Monday - review of Beautiful Dead (2): Arizona by Eden Maguire.
Tuesday - some teenage titles being published in January; plus the Costa Children's Award Shortlist.
Wednesday - 'Waiting on Wednesday' post for Beautiful Dead (3): Summer by Eden Maguire.
Thursday - trailer for Sources of Light by Margaret McMullen; plus publishing deal news for Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell.
Friday - publishing deal news for Melissa de la Cruz.
Saturday - my newly acquired library loot.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Mark Cotta Vaz - New Moon: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion
Academy Award-nominated director Chris Weitz and his creative team have brought the second book in Stephenie Meyer's riveting vampire romance saga to the big screen. Inside this deluxe visual companion, get an intimate look at the creation of the film. With lavish, never-before-seen full-colour photographs, exclusive interviews with the cast and crew, and answers to questions about costume and set design, bestselling author Mark Cotta Vaz gives a special behind-the-scenes tour of the film millions have devoured. Inside you'll get a glimpse into the director's aesthetic inspiration, learn the secrets behind some of the film's most intense stunts, and learn just how a person can become a werewolf.
Stella Lennon - Invisible I
Amanda Valentino is the most mysterious, the most magnetic girl you'll never meet. But if you join THE AMANDA PROJECT you just might find out what happened to her! Who is Amanda? And why did she vanish? When Amanda Valentino started at Endeavor High on Halloween, she changed everything. A fabulous mix of the weird and the wonderful, Amanda was the most extraordinary student ever. Amanda herself was drawn to only three other students: Callie, Hal and Nia -- the popular girl, the loner and the intellectual misfit. Without Amanda they would never had been friends, but now Amanda has disappeared and it's up to them to find out what happened. Reluctantly, and with only the most cryptic of clues and the fragments of her life that Amanda let slip, this unlikely trio must find out where she's gone, and why...The mystery begins in THE AMANDA PROJECT, Invisible i and continues online at www.theamandaproject.com
Friday, November 27, 2009
NYT and USA Today bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz's WITCHES OF EAST END, following the lives of the Beauchamp girls, as they struggle to stop an arch nemesis and restore the delicate balance between good and evil, for publication in spring 2011, and a second adult fantasy novel;
plus two books in the new WOLF PACT series for publication beginning in winter 2010;
and three more Blue Bloods books, BLUE BLOODS: KEYS TO THE REPOSITORY, BLUE BLOODS: BLOODY VALENTINE, a romantic novella;
and BLUE BLOODS: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
Random House Children’s Books will publish a new series by bestselling duo Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell whose Edge Chronicles ended earlier this year.
The Wyrmeweald trilogy, launching in May 2010, is set in a Wild West world where dragon-like beasts roam supreme and pioneering fortune-hunters clash with brutal bandits. The series is also expected to attract adult fantasy readers.
It's 1962, a year after the death of Sam's father--he was a war hero--and Sam and her mother must move, along with their very liberal views, to Jackson, Mississippi, her father's conservative hometown. Needless to say, they don't quite fit in.
People like the McLemores fear that Sam, her mother, and her mother's artist friend, Perry, are in the South to "agitate" and to shake up the dividing lines between black and white and blur it all to grey. As racial injustices ensue--sit-ins and run-ins with secret white supremacists--Sam learns to focus with her camera lens to bring forth the social injustice out of the darkness and into the light.
Watch the trailer below:
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Six months have passed sine the last Ellerton teenager died, but Darina is still traumatized by the stabbing of her own beloved Phoenix. But there's work to be done as Darina must now turn her attention to the shooting of Summer Madison -- the beautiful and gifted, singer-song-writer with a heart of gold. It's been nearly a year since the random shooting in a shopping mall caused Summer's meaningless death. Summer left behind recordings of her wonderful songs and a deep sadness amongst high school friends. Now Darina must act as Summer's agent to track down the psychotic killer in a clear search for justice. With the sound of Summer's music constantly playing inside Darina's head, recalling the wonderful months when she was alive and performing her first gigs, Darina, Phoenix and the Beautiful Dead are determined to catch the crazed killer. And all the while Darina's love for Phoenix continues to beat ...
Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Solace of the Road - by Siobhan Dowd
Troubadour - Mary Hoffman
The Ask and the Answer - Patrick Ness
Guantanamo Boy - Anna Perera
More information on each book can be found on the Costa Book Awards website.
Laurie Halse Anderson - Chains
Anne Cassidy - Guilt Trip
Paul Dowswell - Auslander (paperback edition)
Anna Godbersen - Luxe: Splendour
Michael Grant - Hunger
Michelle Harrison - The 13 Curses
Alyxandra Harvey - My Love Lies Bleeding
Ben Horton - Monster Republic
Suzanne LaFleur - Love, Aubrey (paperback edition)
Gabrielle Lloyd - Conspiracy 365: January
Saci Lloyd - The Carbon Diaries 2017
Sophie McKenzie - The Medusa Project: The Hostage
L J Smith - The Secret Circle: Initiation & the Captive
Links are to my Waiting On Wednesday posts.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Review: Arizona is the second part in a four-book series which began earlier this year with Jonas. Four teenagers have died in mysterious circumstances: Jonas, Arizona, Summer and Phoenix and they have become the Beautiful Dead. They have been sent back to the 'far side' ie the land of the living to resolve what happened to them so that they can successfully pass to the other side. They have a year from the day of their death, to resolve their issues but must remain in hiding. When the year's coming to an end and they are getting nowhere, they call in Darina, Phoenix's girlfriend who'll do anything to spend time with her (dead) boyfriend.
It's Arizona's turn this time. She drowned in a lake but cannot believe she committed suicide and she cannot remember why she would have been at the lake at all, especially in the winter. Arizona appears to be the typical stuck-up fashion plate with few close friends but she is hiding some big secrets. Darina is called in to investigate and her nosing around Arizona's family and boyfriend gets her into plenty of trouble and not a little danger. Meanwhile keeping secrets from her own family and friends makes her life more difficult and stressful.
I enjoyed Jonas very much and was eager for Arizona and I wasn't disappointed. It's a very smooth read which holds the interest completely; the who or what is behind Arizona's death keeps changing as more information is revealed. The author gives more of a reason for the strong bond between Phoenix and Darina, even though they had only been together for a short while before his death. Darina's current situation puts a great strain on her which is reflected in the off-hand way she treats those around her, with the exception of Phoenix. Her relationship with him, though completely understandable, is not in her best interests really - I do wonder how it will be resolved. The setting is well evoked and I can really visualise the town and especially the open country where much of the action takes place.
Arizona follows a similar format to Jonas and if you enjoyed Jonas then you'll enjoy Arizona. This series has a pleasing combination of crime, romance and the supernatural.
Cover: The cover is a very accurate depiction of a scene in the book and I love the look this series has. Very spooky.
My review of Jonas is here.
Win a copy of Arizona, here (ends 30 November 2009, UK only)
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This week I've finished Beautiful Dead: Arizona by Eden Maguire (review to follow) and the audio book of The Draining Lake by Arnaldur Indridason (reviewed here, euro crime). I'm currently part-way through Once a Witch by Carolyn MacCullough (ebook) and Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink and have just begun the audio book of Mean Spirits by Meg Cabot.
Activity on the blog in the last week:
Monday - review of Never Bite a Boy on the First Date by Tamara Summers
Tuesday - news of a publishing deal for Cate Tiernan
Wednesday - details of a publishing deal for L A Weatherly; plus 'Waiting on Wednesday' post for My Love Lies Bleeding by Alyxandra Harvey and more publishing deal news, this time for - Michelle Harrison.
Thursday - a link to the Film 2009, Jonathan Ross review of New Moon.
Friday - how you can read The Amanda Project: Invisible I by Stella Lennon, online for free; plus a new publishing deal for a teenage series from Kathy Reichs.
Saturday - my newly acquired library loot and review copy.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Summaries are from amazon.co.uk:
Ice by Sarah Beth Durst
When Cassie was little her grandmother would tell her stories about the Arctic...stories about snow and ice, about a beautiful castle made of ice, and about her mother, who made a deal with the Polar Bear King and was swept away to the ends of the earth to become a prisoner of the trolls. Cassie is older now and has no time for fairytales and talking animals, or lies about her dead mother. Living with her father at the Arctic research centre, she is determined to become a leading scientist and researcher. But when Cassie comes face to face with a mysterious polar bear, one that defies all scientific fact or knowledge, she begins realise that the fairytales could actually be true. Armed with the knowledge that her mother might be alive, Cassie makes a deal with the Polar Bear King, and embarks on a dangerous journey against time to save her. But her agreement with the Polar Bear King comes with consequences she never bargained for, and before her journey's end Cassie will discover the true meaning of love and family, and loss. A compelling romantic fantasy set in the beautiful frozen Arctic.
Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber
Aphra Behn Connolly has the type of life most teenage girls envy. She lives on a remote tropical island and spends most of her time eavesdropping on the rich and famous. The problem is that her family's resort allows few opportunities for her to make friends - much less to meet cute boys. When smoldering Seth Mulo arrives with his parents, Aphra's immediately drawn to him. Sure, he's a little bit guarded, and sure his parents are rather cold, and okay he won't say a word about his past, but their chemistry is undeniable. Then a famous rock star's girlfriend turns up dead on the beach - strangled by her own bikini top - and alarm bells sound. Is it too great a coincidence that Seth's family turned up just one day before a murder? As the plot thickens, Aphra finds that danger lurks behind even the most unexpected of faces .....
Special Powers by Mary Hoffman
Emily feels that everything about her is boring, her name, her looks, her life. The only interesting bit is the fantasy world she creates in her head, the desert kingdom of Krin, where she rules as Queen K'sendra. But Emily is transformed into Emma Leigh when the glamorous Power family come to town and with a change of name comes a whole new life. When the local library is threatened with closure, Emma Leigh and her new friends lead the campaign against the closure. It is very exciting but Emma Leigh begins to suspect that the Power family are not quite who they claim to be. An adventure story of life between two worlds that will carry the reader along with enthusiasm.
Evermore by Alyson Noel
Seventeen-year-old Ever is the sole survivor of a car crash that killed her entire family. Living with her aunt in Southern California, she's plagued by the ability to hear the thoughts of those around her, and haunted by the ghost of her little sister. She tries to tune everyone out, shunning her old lifestyle as the pretty, popular cheerleader, but somehow she can't hide from Damen, the new guy at school. Stunningly handsome, clever and not a little bit intimidating, there's something about him that doesn't quite add up. Ever realises he's hiding something, but nothing could prepare her for the truth - especially when the truth involves past lives, murderous enemies, everlasting love and the secret of eternal youth . . .
Betrayals by Lili St Crow
Legend - John Brindley
Seventeen-year-old Blake used to be a star runner. Now he's a has-been. On a school trip, he has the opportunity to secure the answer to his prayers - a specially created serum that will restore him to physical supremacy. But does he steal it or not? Before he - and the reader - knows, Blake is transported into another dimension where evolution has run wild and where he is perceived as a hero by the beautiful, enigmatic mermaid creature, Chimera. He escapes and returns to his own world - our world - to face the consequences of his alleged theft. Can he prove his innocence? Not without returning to that strange new world and the even stranger but alluring Chimera ... LEGEND is a gripping and thought-provoking thriller about the blurring of physical and emotional boundaries in the quest for the truth.
(the invite was tied on with the ribbon)
Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz (March 2010)
They're Young, Fabulous and Fanged...And they rule Manhattan from the trendy uptown clubs to the downtown boutiques. Fifteen-year-old Schuyler Van Alen has never quite fit in at her exclusive prep school - she's more of a vintage than a Versace girl - but all that's about to change...Because Schuyler has just found out she's a Blue Blood. The Blue Bloods are the city's glamorous - and secret - vampire elite. They're young, beautiful and powerful. But now they're being murdered. And Schuyler must find out who - or what - is behind it before she's next.
March also sees the UK release of Masquerade and April sees Revelations and The Van Alen Legacy.