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.

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