Saturday, December 25, 2010

Book of the Week 12/28

Here is the YA book you should be paying attention to, due in book stores on Tuesday...

Sapphique (Catherine Fisher)- The highly-anticipated sequel to the international best-selling fantasy Incarceron.

Other Noteworthy Releases

The Lost Saint (A Dark Divine novel) (Bree Despain)
Bloody Valentine (A Blue Bloods novella) (Melissa De la Cruz)
Deadly Little Games (A Touch novel) (Laurie Faria Stolarz)
Real Live Boyfriends (E. Lockhart)
Maine Squeeze (Catherine Clark)
Dark Times (Emily the Strange series) (Rob Reger)
Keep Me In Your Heart (Lurlene McDaniel)
Once In a Full Moon (Ellen Schreiber)
The Edge (Star Trek: Starfleet Academy series) (Rudy Josephs)
The Mediator: Shadowland/Ninth Key (Meg Cabot)
Rage: A Love Story (Julie Anne Peters)
See What I See (Gloria Whelan)
Bitter Melon (Cara Chow)
Teenie (Christopher Grant)
Vampire Crush (A.M. Robinson)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Book of the Week 12/21

Here is the YA book you should be paying attention to, due in stores on Tuesday...

Tempestuous (Lesley Livingston) - This is the final book in Livingston's trilogy that includes Wondrous Strange and Darklight, telling an urban faerie tale.

Other Noteworthy Releases

Cherub (Mission 2): The Dealer (Robert Muchamore)
Solitary (Alexander Gordon Smith)
The Book of Spells: A Private Prequel (Kate Brian)
Roses and Bones (Francesca Lia Black)
Falling In Love with English Boys (Melissa Jensen)
Out For Blood (Alyxandra Harvey)
The Secret Year (Jennifer Hubbard)
The Devil's In the Diva (Paul Ruditis)
Fall For Anything (Courtney Summers)
Rhymes With Cupid (Anna Humphrey)
All You Get Is Me (Yvonne Prinz)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Book of the Week 12/14

Here is the YA book you should be paying attention to, due in stores on Tuesday...

Vixen (Jillian Larkin) - The first book in new author Jillian Larkin's The Flappers series follows two teenaged girls seduced by the sexy lifestyle of flappers during the Roaring Twenties.

Other Noteworthy Releases

The Gift (Witch and Wizard Series #2) (James Patterson & Ned Rust) - In stores Monday.
Tutored (Allison Whittenberg)
Surface Tension (Brent Runyon)

Sunday, December 5, 2010


Cynthia Hand

Unearthly is the first book in a trilogy from debut author Cynthia Hand.  And it's pretty amazing.  This supernatural romance follows Clara Gardner, who's part angel, and is learning about her powers as she grows into them, including her "purpose," which is a calling that comes to her in dreams, letting her know the mission that she must complete on Earth.  When Clara uncovers a clue that lets her know exactly where the burning forest in her visions take place, her mother immediately uproots her and her brother to move from Sunny California to small-town Wyoming, a jarring transition, especially as Clara isn't exactly welcomed with open arms.  But the boy she's meant to rescue, Christian, is in her sights as she slowly builds a life for herself, a life that takes her to some unexpected places, making friends along the way.  The angel mythology that Hand builds for this novel is pretty grand and mysterious, and thoughtfully created.  It's a lot of fun watching as Clara slowly comes to learn about the angel world, and just how magical it is.  But of course danger comes with the territory as well, as Clara encounters first-hand.  But it seems that Clara's biggest battle is of the heart, as she wages a war of emotions between the man she's come to Wyoming to save, and the boy whom she's come to really enjoy spending time with.  All of the relationships in this book come off as very authentic, growing organically from the story and the circumstances they find themselves in.  The characters are very fully-formed, with plenty of secrets and emotions roiling just beneath the surface.  While Hand certainly does the supernatural/action-y stuff really, really well, it's the characters that really drive the story and make it so exceptional.  Themes of responsibility, love and, above all, destiny, are at the heart of this story that is insightful, engrossing and perfectly paced to keep readers on the edge of their seats.  I'm definitely hungry for more from this new author.

Unearthly will be in stores 1/4/2011.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Book of the Week 12/7

Here is the YA book you should be paying attention to, due in stores on Tuesday...

They Lying Game (Sara Shepard) - The first book in a new series by Pretty Little Liars author Sara Shepard, sees a girl stepping into the shoes of her twin sister after she discovers her sister was murdered.  Can she be convincing to her friends?  Will she uncover who the murderer is?

Other Noteworthy Releases

Last Sacrifice (Vampie Academy #6) (Richelle Mead)
Blood Ninja II: The Revenge of Lord Oda (Nick Lake)
Entice (Carrie Jones)
Nicholas Dane (Melvin Burgess)
Rosebush (Michele Jaffe)
Edges (Lena Roy)