Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Equal dark, equal light

Damage by Anya Parrish: When Dani was eight years old, there was an accident. She fell from a building and no one believed her when she told them that Rachel, her imaginary friend, had been the one to push her over the edge.

7 years of therapy later and Dani no longer believes in Rachel. Now fifteen, Dani has dreams of being a dancer but a fatal accident leads to a startling realization: Rachel is real. And Dani knows that Rachel won't stop playing games until she's dead.

I've always loved the idea of the imaginary friend but I find they've always been sort of positive figures. Yes, they cause a bit of mischief but they don't do it with the intention to hurt (ex. Drop Dead Fred). That's why this novel interests me. The imaginary friend is a dark force in the story that only Dani can see so the question Rachel actually real or is Dani completely bonkers? And if Rachel is real, what is Dani going to do to combat someone only she can see? I'm excited to find out.

Release Date: September 8th, 2011 in paperback.

by Marianna Baer: It's going to be a strange year at Frost House for Leena Thomas. First, she's assigned a new roommate she didn't expect - strange and odd Celeste Lazar. Then weird things start happening inside the boarding school - picture frames falling, doors locking unexpectedly, and furniture tipping over.

Celeste blames the other girls in the house, thinking they're behind the strange events because they want to make her leave. While Leena strives to keep the peace in the house, she begins to feel increasingly unsafe and uncertain. Is Celeste to blame or is it all in Leena's head?

This book sounds so creepy. You got your big ol' house, weird roommate (possibly from hell) and odd things happening inside the aforementioned house. It sounds like a recipe for something entertaining. I also really love the cover art for this book. I think it really hammers home Leena emotional struggle as well as the idea that she's imagining it all.

Release Date: September 13th, 2011 in hardcover.

Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey: When Wren's boyfriend dies in a car accident, she decides that she will not live without him. Using the powers she was born with, she tries to bring him back but what comes back isn't her boyfriend. He's only a cold shell of the person she remembers.

So Wren hides him away but the situation becomes more complicated when the new boy at school, Gabriel DeMarnes, guesses her secret and makes Wren feel things she thought she could only feel for Danny. Wren made her choice and now she has to figure out a way to put things to right even if it costs her own heart.

I have high hopes for this book and not just because it involves a zombie boyfriend but because it's about decision making and consequences and about doing the right thing even if it hurts. Really a cool idea. I don't know why I keep thinking about Ed chained up in a shed with a ps2 like in Shaun of the Dead.

Release Date: September 20th, 2011 in hardcover.

Shifting by Bethany Wiggins: Magdalene Mae has a secret. She's a shape shifter. After being bounced from one foster home to another, at eighteen she's determined to make this last one stick. She wants things to be different this time around. The plan is to act normal and stay out of trouble.

But there's something lurking in the shadows of her new home and they're not going to leave Magdalene Mae alone.

Shape shifters! I don't think I've ever dealt with these creatures in a novel outside the Harry Potter series so this is going to be new for me. I wonder if Bethany Wiggins will allude to the folklore behind shape shifters at all in her story. I wonder if she'll build upon the ideas in folklore stories and create something entirely her own.

Release Date: September 27th, 2011 in hardcover.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: There's a crack in the sky and winged creatures are slipping through. The only sign of their visit being handprints burned into doors.

In Prague, an art student with natural blue hair named Karou fills her sketchbooks with drawings of monsters. She can speak many languages including those that aren't human. But Karou has no idea who she is.

When she runs into one of the winged creatures in an alley, she becomes embroiled in an old and harsh war that will reveal the answers she seeks but will she regret knowing the truth?

Out of all the books I've listed here, I think this is the one I'm most looking forward to. Early reviews for it have been consistently good, which surprised me. I thought it would be one of those books that sounded perfect but ultimately fell flat so I'm happy to see my worries about it dashed. I also think this book probably took a lot of world building and there's nothing I find better than an author who can create their own tiny universe within a book.

Release Date: September 27th, 2011 in hardcover.

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