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Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

goneExpected Publication: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end. 

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother’s job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her. 

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn’t figure it all out soon—she’ll be next.

I have seen this cover floating around, but today was the first day that I really paid attention to the synopsis. It sounds like just the right amount of thrill and creep, so it practically has my name written all over it. 

What books are you guys looking to add to your shelves?

 

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

WeWereLiarsExpected Publication: May 13, 2014 

Publisher: Delacorte Press 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
 
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart. 
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

— E. Lockart’s The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks was one of the most witty books I have ever read and has earned her a spot on my must-read shelf. I don’t even know what the book is about, but it sounds really intriguing. Reviewers everywhere have been loving this book, so I am really looking forward to reading it too. 

Are you waiting to read We Were Liars? What other books can you not wait to read? Let me know!


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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Expected Publication: January 7, 2014  knife

Publisher: Viking Juvenile

Synopsis from Goodreads:

For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own. 

 

 

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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

Expected Publication: March 25, 2014  Lavender 

Synopsis from Goodreads: 

Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga. 

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human.

I know I say this every time, but look at DAT COVER! It is absolutely gorgeous. The title itself is very intriguing, but the its brilliant use of typography makes this book high on my most anticipated list. I’m not sure that I quite understand the synopsis, but it sounds interesting nonetheless. I will certainly be looking forward to this one in 2014. 

What books are you waiting to read? Does this one sound interesting to you? Let me know!


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To All the Boy’s I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

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Expected Publication: April 22, 2014 

Synopsis from Goodreads:

 To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

 

I really just want to read this one for that cover alone. The synopsis does sound entertaining and fun. I have liked all of Jenny Han’s work before, so I expect nothing less from this one too. 

Do you plan on reading To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before? What books are you waiting for?


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World After (Penryn & the End of Days #2) by Susan Ee

Expected Publication: November 19, 2013 world after

Summary from Goodreads: 

In this sequel to the bestselling fantasy thriller, Angelfall, the survivors of the angel apocalypse begin to scrape back together what’s left of the modern world. 

When a group of people capture Penryn’s sister Paige, thinking she’s a monster, the situation ends in a massacre. Paige disappears. Humans are terrified. Mom is heartbroken. 

Penryn drives through the streets of San Francisco looking for Paige. Why are the streets so empty? Where is everybody? Her search leads her into the heart of the angels’ secret plans where she catches a glimpse of their motivations, and learns the horrifying extent to which the angels are willing to go. 

Meanwhile, Raffe hunts for his wings. Without them, he can’t rejoin the angels, can’t take his rightful place as one of their leaders. When faced with recapturing his wings or helping Penryn survive, which will he choose?

I really enjoyed Angelfallthough the ending shocked me. I need to know what happens next. Thankfully, the release date is almost here and the waiting is practically over.

Has anyone else read Angelfall? What did you think of it? Are you waiting for World After?


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Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge 

Expected Publication: January 28, 2014 CruelBeauty 

Summary:

Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl’s journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart. 

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she’s ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex’s secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.

Do I expect there to be some cliches in this book? Yes. Do I really mind? No. I enjoy the fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast, so I am always up for novel retellings. Plus, the cover is just interesting enough to have caught my eye.

Does Cruel Beauty sound like a book you might enjoy? What other books are you eagerly awaiting the release of? 


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No One Else Can Have You by Kathleen Hale

Expected Publication: January 7, 2014

Summary from Goodreads: NoOneElse 

Small towns are nothing if not friendly. Friendship, Wisconsin (population: 688) is no different. Around here, everyone wears a smile. And no one ever locks their doors. Until, that is, high school sweetheart Ruth Fried is found murdered. Strung up like a scarecrow in the middle of a cornfield. 

Unfortunately, Friendship’s police are more adept at looking for lost pets than catching killers. So Ruth’s best friend, Kippy Bushman, armed with only her tenacious Midwestern spirit and Ruth’s secret diary (which Ruth’s mother had asked her to read in order to redact any, you know, sex parts), sets out to find the murderer. But in a quiet town like Friendship—where no one is a suspect—anyone could be the killer.

Doesn’t that cover have you in stitches? I think that cover is so funny, and it makes me feel like this book will be full of witty, dry humor. Reading about murders in small towns just seems like an excellent winter read, doesn’t it?

What do you think of this cover? What books are you waiting to read? 

 

 


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Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales

Expected Publication: October 22, 2013  Rags&Bones 

Summary (from Goodreads)

The best writers of our generation retell the classics.The best writers of our generation retell the classics.

Literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them; ones that have become ingrained in modern culture; and ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and then reassemble them for a new generation of readers.

Today’s most acclaimed authors use their own unique styles to rebuild these twelve timeless stories:

Sir Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene – Saladin Ahmed

W. W. Jacobs’s “The Monkey’s Paw” – Kelley Armstrong

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” – Holly Black

“Sleeping Beauty” – Neil Gaiman

The Brothers Grimm’s “Rumpelstiltskin” – Kami Garcia

Kate Chopin’s The Awakening – Melissa Marr

Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” – Garth Nix

Henry James’s “The Jolly Corner” – Tim Pratt

E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” – Carrie Ryan

Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto – Margaret Stohl

William Seabrook’s “The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban” – Gene Wolfe

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark” – Rick Yancey

And six illustrations by Charles Vess

Fairy tale retellings are some of my favorites, and these are some of my most adored authors. What is not to love about this combination? I am intrigued to see how these retellings will turn out. 

Have you read any of these authors or original tales? Which tale do you want to see retold? 


Only part 1, you ask? Why, yes. I had so much fun at ATBF that I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one post.

The day started off great. There were multiple exhibitors and publishers showing off their new releases. I got some samples of upcoming books, and there are some really great ones I can’t wait for!photo-1 

From Penguin Teen, I can’t wait for What I Thought Was True and also The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson. The Penguin rep seemed to be really looking forward to The Impossible Knife of Memory, too.

Next I stopped by the Fierce Reads (Macmillan) table and saw some of the new goodies they were publishing soon. I had a nice chat with one of their reps and was very fortunate to receive an ARC of The F-It List by Julie Halpern. I can’t wait to start reading it, and I will have a review up closer to the publication date.

I went on to buy lots of books from BookPeople. You can check out my haul here.

Then it was time for the opening speech by Maggie Stiefvater! I really love her writing, and she was one of the authors I was looking forward to meeting. Her speech was about fear and imagination, and how we are all dream thieves (a reference to her latest novel). She had some funny anecdotes to share and seemed genuinely excited to kick off the start of the festival.

I headed off to a panel titled “Into Hearts of Darkness”. Basically, all of the authors discussed how they were evil and loved to reflect it in their writing. It was pretty great. I snapped pictures of all the authors. Please excuse the quality; the iPhone did the best it could.

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All of these lovely authors were hilarious. I think this was my favorite panel of the day. Victoria Scott brought devil horns, so that every time someone said something particularly evil they had to wear the horns. It just kept the panel fun and exciting. Later, the authors played a game of Truth or Dare with the audience, which led to April Tucholke writing a haiku about “Cold, cold Holly Black” and Holly Black stealing the devil horns right off Victoria Scott’s head. I couldn’t think of a better way to have started my Saturday morning.

I have more to share tomorrow! Check back for more author discussions, a light saber battle, and author signings.



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