Wednesday, August 25, 2010

New Material for Procrastination

Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles: Caleb Becker left Paradise eight months ago, taking with him the secret he promised to take to his grave. If the truth got out, it would ruin everything.

Maggie Armstrong tried to be strong after Caleb broke her heart and disappeared. Somehow, she managed to move on. She’s determined to make a new life for herself.

But then Caleb and Maggie are forced together on a summer trip. They try ignoring their passion for each other, but buried feelings resurface. Caleb must face the truth about the night of Maggie’s accident, or the secret that destroyed their relationship will forever stand between them.

I'll admit, I never even read Leaving Paradise but that's because it's impossible to find in my city and I just do not order things off the internet (I LIVE IN THE DARK AGES). I'm hoping bookstores might stock up on the first novel in the series when this one comes out.

First thing is...I really dislike the cover. I feel like I'm spying on a couple that's making out in the woods. I'm in their personal space and they're in mine. Not cool, dude. And it just feels a little too different from the cover for 'Leaving Paradise'.

Still interested in reading it though. I really enjoyed both 'Perfect Chemistry' and 'Rules of Attraction' so with this novel it's no different.

Release Date: September 1, 2010.

Across the Universe by Beth Revis: Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone—one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship—tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

Now, Amy must race to unlock Godspeed’s hidden secrets. But out of her list of murder suspects, there’s only one who matters: Elder, the future leader of the ship and the love she could never have seen coming.

I think the only novels that I have ever read that involved the future and space are the original novels for Doctor Who. So as you can assume I am extremely desperate for futuristic YA fiction. The book cover is beautiful and the description has my attention. Can't wait to get my hands on it.

There's two release dates for this novel. Amazon says one thing and the author herself says quite another. I'll post both until one of them becomes official. January 11, 2011 and March 22, 2011.

So Shelly by Ty Roth: Until now, high school junior, John Keats, has only tiptoed near the edges of the vortex that is schoolmate and literary prodigy, Gordon Byron. That is, until their mutual friend, Shelly, drowns in a sailing accident.

After stealing Shelly's ashes from her wake at Trinity Catholic High School, the boys set a course for the small Lake Erie island where Shelly's body had washed ashore and to where she wished to be returned. It would be one last "so Shelly" romantic quest. At least that's what they think. As they navigate around the obstacles and resist temptations during their odyssey, Keats and Gordon glue together the shattered pieces of Shelly's and their own pasts while attempting to make sense of her tragic and premature end.

John Keats and Gordon Byron? I must confess that I am mainly looking forward to this book for the sole purpose of seeing some of literature's finest authors reborn as imaginary characters. I'm a tad excited about it.

Release Date: February 8, 2011.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Changing Seasons, New Books

A continuation of the other post. Just a tiny disclaimer though before I start, release dates are all subject to change but I will definitely update them whenever I find out that they have, in fact changed. Without much more delay, let's rock this thing!

Girl, Stolen by April Henry: Cheyenne Wilder is dozing in the backseat of the family car while her stepmom fills her prescription at the pharmacy. She wakes up from her nap to realize that the car isn't being driven by her stepmom but by a stranger who has stolen the car.

All Griffin wanted was the car. He didn't mean to take Cheyenne. Things only get worse when Griffin's father realizes that there's money to be made from Cheyenne since she's from a wealthy family.

How will Cheyenne get through it when she's both sick with pneumonia and blind?

So I haven't read the novel like this since Ellen Whittlinger's 'The Long Night of Leo and Bree' and I suppose it's been long overdue. It's going to be an interesting novel, morally questionable characters and all.

Release Date: September 28, 2010.

The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney: Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way--the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds--a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

I really love love love the cover art. The blue, yellow and black really compliment each other. I also enjoy its simplicity. The idea of a group of teenagers doling out justice when it's needed intrigues me and I can admire the author for writing a book that deals with a tough subject. I look forward to checking it out.

Release Date: November 2, 2010.

Prom and Prejudice
by Elizabeth Eulberg: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single guy in his spring semester at Pemberly Academy must be in want of a prom date.

After winter break, the girls at very prestigious, very wealthy, girls-only Longbourn Academy are suddenly obsessed with the prom, which they share with the nearby, equally elitist, all-boys Pemberly school. Lizzie Bennett, who attends Longbourn on scholarship, isn't exactly interested in designer dresses and expensive shoes, but her best friend, Jane, might be - especially now that Charles Bingley is back from a semester in London.

Lizzie is happy about her friend's burgeoning romance, but less than impressed by Will Darcy, Charles's friend, who's as snobby and pretentious as his friend is nice. He doesn't seem to like Lizzie either, but she assumes it's because her family doesn't have money. It doesn't help that Charles doesn't seem to be asking Jane to be his prom date, or that Lizzie meets George Wickham, who tells her that Will Darcy sabotaged his scholarship at Pemberly. Clearly Will Darcy is a pompous jerk who looks down on the middle class--so imagine Lizzie's surprise when he asks her to the prom!

Will Lizzie's prejudice and Will's pride keep them apart? Or are they a prom couple in the making?

Enthusiasm by Polly Shulman has to be the only retelling of Jane Austen's 'Pride and Prejudice' that I actually enjoyed. The others I've read haven't really impressed me so I'm hoping this one will be good and do right what the others did wrong.

Release Date: January 1, 2011.

Playing Hurt by Holly Schindler: Star basketball player Chelsea "Nitro" Keyes had a full ride to college—and everyone's admiration back home. Then she took a horrible fall during senior year. Now a metal plate holds her together and she feels like a stranger in her own family.

That summer, Chelsea's dad hires Clint, a nineteen-year-old ex-hockey player and "boot camp" trainer, to work with her at a northern Minnesota lake resort. As they grow close, Chelsea finds that Clint's haunted by his own tragedy. Will their romance end up hurting them all over again—or finally heal their heartbreak?

I'm usually not one for books that involve sports because...well, I hate sports. Watching a game whatever it may be drives me nuts. DID YOU KNOW THAT ONE FOOTBALL GAME IS 4 HOURS LONG? 4 HOURS OF YOUR LIFE THAT YOU CAN'T GET BACK.

Anyway...what I'm interested in here is the injury and the whole healing process the main character will have to deal with. I also can't wait to see how the supporting characters will affect the progression of the story.

Release Date: March 1, 2011.

Stay by Deb Caletti: Clara’s relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she’s ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it’s almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is--and what he’s willing to do to make her stay.

Now Clara has left the city—and Christian—behind. No one back home has any idea where she is, but she still struggles to shake off her fear. She knows Christian won’t let her go that easily, and that no matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough....

I have adored Deb Caletti since her novel 'The Nature of Jade' because her books are always about struggle and hard truths. And this new novel sounds like it could really be good. I feel like more and more young adult fiction authors are tackling those hard issues that no one wants to tell their children about and I think the youth of today (That made me sound extremely old. I'm not.) will benefit from it.

Release Date: April 19, 2011.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Alex Flinn is going to kill me.

I know I just posted about 10 minutes ago but searching through and staring longingly at all the books I want to read yielded a huge discovery. HUGE. LIKE TONY DINOZZO'S EGO HUGE.

So there's this author that I really enjoy called Alex Flinn and she wrote a little book called Beastly which has been made into a movie with Vanessa Anne Hudgens and Alex Pettyfer BLAH BLAH BLAH. The movie doesn't matter right now. That is for another post. My point is she has one new fairy tale retelling coming out in 2011. I am bouncing off the walls with joy over this and it's partially due to the mix of the chocolate chip muffin I devoured earlier and the Scott Pilgrim soundtrack.

Anyway, let me hit you with the covers, descriptions, and release dates.

Cloaked: Johnny’s not your average hero. But a little magic changes everything. There isn’t a fairy godmother or any of that. It all starts with a curse. And a frognapping. And one hot-looking princess. And before Johnny knows it, he is on a mission in the Everglades, with only a flock of swans and a talking fox named Joe to help guide him against the forces of an evil witch.

Apparently, it's supposed to be a mash-up of several well known fairy tales including: The Frog Prince, The Shoemaker and the Elves, and The Six Swans. I am really looking forward to this and I hope that it somehow ties into Beastly.

Release Date: February 8, 2010

Along with the new release, another of Flinn's novels will be given a paperback doppelganger.

A Kiss in Time: Jack is on a European tour mandated by his parents ("What they don't tell you about Europe is how completely lame it is") when he breaks an ancient curse by kissing the slumbering Princess Talia. Instead of rejoicing, she and other awakened members of their magical kingdom are confused and perturbed to find themselves in the 21st century.

In order to escape the wrath of her father, who blames her for causing the curse, Talia flees with Jack to his home in Florida. While acclimating to the modern world-cell phones, television, Jell-o shots-the princess manages to charm everyone she meets and help Jack sort out his life. Alternating between the teenagers' distinctive points of view, Flinn skillfully delineates how their upbringings set them apart while drawing parallels between their family conflicts.

Release Date: April 27, 2010.

My parting words are: if you have never read one of Alex Flinn's novels, you should probably start now because you've been missing out and deprived of some truly fun reading.