Friday, February 8, 2013

It's Friday! Have You Turned Into A Book Yet? [6]

Okay, this is going up later than usual, because the Book News section is really really really long and I didn't want to do it. (I know, bad me)


"It's Friday! Have You Turned Into A Book Yet?" is inspired by the #fridayreads Twitter meme, Book Journey's "It's Monday! What Are You Reading?", Should Be Reading's "WWW Wednesdays", Tynga's Reviews "Stacking the Shelves" and the various other book haul memes, and probably a few others I can't remember right now.

All covers/book title links lead to Goodreads.

Uggh! This book!! Almost every page hits me right in the feels. And I LOVE it (most of the time)!

I started this a day before Unravel Me came out and I started that, so I'm not very far yet, but oh my goodness I so badly want Bosque to go away. (Also, I love the book so far.)

I just got an ARC, and I am using all the willpower I have to not start this while I'm in the middle of two other books. So. Hard.

I was kinda meh about this book until I saw the trailer for it (released Tuesday, and included in Book News), and now I'm like, MUST. READ. NOW.

I re-read this for yet another time, and loved it just as much as the first time around! I can't recommend it enough, it's so AMAZING.

(Books/Stuff that came in the mail.)
That's me, trying to look excited for the picture.
Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers (signed ARC)

Dark Triumph came from Robin herself, because I won a trivia contest she held on twitter. (And she's holding another DT contest on her blog, ends Saturday, so go enter!)

(Books I bought.)
Once in a Full Moon by Ellen Schreiber
Torn by Erica O'Rourke
Chime by Franny Billingsley
Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
City of a Thousand Dolls by Miriam Forster
The Friday Society by Adrienne Kress
Witch World by Christopher Pike

Not Pictured
Salvation by Anna Osterlund

So my local indie was closing one of their stores, and having a big sale to get rid of stock, so I picked up The Friday Society, Witch World, Chime, and Once in a Full Moon at that store. Then I went to another of their stores so I could get Unravel Me and City of a Thousand Dolls, and while I was there I, of course, browsed the used books section and found Torn (which I bought because Susan Dennard rec'd it, and I have the third book sitting on my shelf), and Princess Academy. Then I got Salvation two days later at B&N.

Prepare yourselves, this week brought a bucket and a half of book news. And I put it under a cut, because WOW this section made the post long. (←And it's even longer than when I said that last!)

Okay, we're going to start off with the exclusive stuff that premiered today that I can't show you because it's exclusive.

#1 Mundie Moms revealed the cover to Thornhill (Hemlock #2) by Kathleen Peacock. There's also a giveaway for a signed copy of Hemlock and an ARC of Thornhill, so go ↑ check it out!

#2 USA Today's Happy Ever After revealed the cover + and excerpt to Tandem by Anna Jarzab. And Anna is giving away an ARC of Tandem on her blog to celebrate! Now while I can't show you the (awesome!) cover, I can give you the synopsis.
Everything repeats.
You. Your best friend. Every person you know.
Many worlds. Many lives--infinite possibilities.
Welcome to the multiverse.

Sixteen-year-old Sasha Lawson has only ever known one small, ordinary life. When she was young, she loved her grandfather's stories of parallel worlds inhabited by girls who looked like her but led totally different lives. Sasha never believed such worlds were real--until now, when she finds herself thrust into one against her will.

To prevent imminent war, Sasha must slip into the life of an alternate version of herself, a princess who has vanished on the eve of her arranged marriage. If Sasha succeeds in fooling everyone, she will be returned home; if she fails, she'll be trapped in another girl's life forever. As time runs out, Sasha finds herself torn between two worlds, two lives, and two young men vying for her love--one who knows her secret, and one who thinks she's someone she's not.

The first book in the Many-Worlds Trilogy, Tandem is a riveting saga of love and betrayal set in parallel universes in which nothing--and no one--is what it seems.

USA Today's Happy Ever After revealed that Lauren DeStefano is to write The Internment Chronicles, a utopian (Yes, UTOPIAN) series, starting with Perfect Ruin on February 11, 2014.
On Internment, the floating island in the clouds where 15-year-old Morgan Stockhour lives, getting too close to the edge can lead to madness. Even though Morgan's older brother, Lex, was a Jumper, Morgan vows never to end up like him. She tries her best not to mind that her life is orderly and boring, and if she ever wonders about the ground, and why it is forbidden, she takes solace in best friend Pen and her betrothed, Basil.

Then a murder, the first in a generation, rocks the city. With whispers swirling and fear on the wind, Morgan can no longer stop herself from investigating, especially when she meets Judas. He is the boy being blamed for the murder — betrothed to the victim — but Morgan is convinced of his innocence. Secrets lay at the heart of Internment, but nothing can prepare Morgan for what she will find — or who she will lose.

Hypable revealed the title to book 2 of The Darkest Minds trilogy by Alexandra Bracken. It is:
Never Fade
And head over to Hypable ↖ to see how it fits in with the book 1's title.

EW's Shelf Life revealed the trailer to Robin LaFever's upcoming Dark Triumph.

Harper Teen released the trailer for Miriam Forster's City of a Thousand Dolls on Tuesday. And if you read the Future Reads section of this post you know that this trailer is the reason I picked up the book.

MTV's Hollywood Crush revealed the trailer to Lauren Destefano's final book in The Chemical Garden trilogy, Sever.

Hollywood Crush also revealed the last (at least, I think) Unravel Me video. This one an interview Tahereh Mafi does with Ransom Riggs.

Amanda Grace revealed the cover to her upcoming novel, The Truth About You and Me. No set release date or official synopsis yet, so here's the cover and blurb from the author's website:

A girl enrolls in an accelerated college program and  has an affair with her professor—who has no idea she's only sixteen. Stylistically similar to STOLEN by Lucy Christopher, the story unravels via a letter to her professor.

No official reveal, other than Aprilynne Pike tweeting that the cover was on Amazon, and Epic Reads tweeting that the synopsis was on their website. Release date is April 2, 2013, and here's the synopsis:

This captivating and poignant 50-page digital original short story is a prequel to New York Times bestselling author Aprilynne Pike's Life After Theft—a haunting novel about the true cost of paying for one's mistakes.

Most teenagers would do anything to have Kimberlee Schaffer's life. But beneath the beauty, the wealth, and the popularity, Kimberlee has a terrible problem: an uncontrollable, insatiable need to steal. Over the years, she's learned to hide her secret from those closest to her, but now it's completely consuming her life—and Kimberlee is afraid that if she doesn't find a way to put an end to her compulsion, she may see her perfect world come crumbling down.

As far as I can tell the cover for this just appeared. No synopsis yet, but the release date is October 8, 2013.

Holly Black revealed the cover and synopsis to her upcoming The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. It releases September 17, 2013, and I couldn't be more excited for it!


Tana lived in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.

Jennifer Lynn Barnes revealed the cover and synopsis to The Naturals, her upcoming novel about teen profilers for the FBI. No releases date yet.

Seventeen-year-old Cassie is a natural at reading people. Piecing together the tiniest details, she can tell you who you are and what you want. But it’s not a skill that she’s ever taken seriously. That is, until the FBI come knocking: they’ve begun a classified program that uses exceptional teenagers to crack infamous cold cases, and they need Cassie.

What Cassie doesn’t realize is that there’s more at risk than a few unsolved homicides— especially when she’s sent to live with a group of teens whose gifts are as unusual as her own.

Sarcastic, privileged Michael has a knack for reading emotions, which he uses to get inside Cassie’s head—and under her skin. Brooding Dean shares Cassie’s gift for profiling, but keeps her at arm’s length.

Soon, it becomes clear that no one in the Naturals program is what they seem. And when a new killer strikes, danger looms closer than Cassie could ever have imagined. Caught in a lethal game of cat and mouse with a killer, the Naturals are going to have to use all of their gifts just to survive.

Michelle Zink revealed the cover and a synopsis (not the official one) to her November 2013 novel, This Wicked Game.

Claire Kincaid’s family has been in business for over fifty years.

The voodoo business.

Part of the International Guild of High Priests and Priestesses, a secret society that have practiced voodoo for generations, the Kincaid’s run an underground supply house for authentic voodoo supplies. Claire plays along, filling orders for powders, oils and other bizarre ingredients in the family store, but she has a secret.

She doesn’t believe.

Struggling to reconcile her modern sensibilities with a completely unscientific craft based on suspicion, Claire can’t wait to escape New Orleans – and voodoo – when she goes to college, a desire that creates almost constant conflict in her secret affair with Xander Toussaint, son of the Guild’s powerful founding family.

But when a mysterious customer places an order for a deadly ingredient, Claire begins to realize that there’s more to voodoo – and the families that make up the Guild – than meets the eye.

Including her own.

As she bands together with the other firstborns of the Guild, she comes face to face with a deadly enemy – and the disbelief that may very well kill her.

MTV's Hollywood Crush revealed the cover to The Shadowhunter's Codex by Cassandra Clare and Joshua Lewis. The synopsis has been revealed for a while, and the release date is October 2013. I am also beyond excited for this book!

The Clave is pleased to announce the newest edition of the Nephilim’s oldest and most famous training manual: the Shadowhunter’s Codex. Since the thirteenth century, the Codex has been the young Shadowhunter’s best friend. When you’re being swarmed by demons it can be easy to forget the finer points of obscure demon languages or the fastest way to stop an attack of Raum demons. With the Codex by your side, you never have to worry.

Now in its twenty-seventh edition, the Codex covers it all: the history and the laws of our world; how to identify, interact with, and if necessary, kill that world’s many colorful denizens; which end of the stele is the end you write with. No more will your attempt to fight off rogue vampires and warlocks be slowed by the need to answer endless questions from your new recruits: What is a Pyxis? Why don’t we use guns? If I can’t see a warlock’s mark, is there a polite way to ask him where it is? Where do we get all our holy water? Geography, History, Magic, and Zoology textbook all rolled into one, the Codex is here to help new Shadowhunters navigate the beautiful, often brutal world that we inhabit.

Do not let it be said that the Clave is outdated or, as the younger Shadowhunters say, “uncool”: this new edition of the Codex will be available not only in the usual magically-sealed demonskin binding, but also in a smart, modern edition using all of today’s most exciting printing techniques, including such new features as a sturdy clothbound cover, a protective dust jacket, and information about title, author, publisher, and so on conveniently available right on the cover. You’ll be pleased to know that it fits neatly into most satchels, and unlike previous editions, it rarely sets off alarm wards.

The old woodcuts and engravings have been replaced as well: instead, you’ll find lavish modern illustrations by some of the brightest luminaries of the fantastic. Creatures, weapons, people, and places have been carefully and accurately rendered by the likes of Rebecca Guay, Charles Vess, Jim Nelson, Theo Black, Elisabeth Alba, and Cassandra Jean. Chapters are beautifully introduced by the drawings of Michael Kaluta, and along with our condensation of the classic 2,450-page tome, A History of the Nephilim, you will find a selection of the best of the lovely illustrations of that volume by John Dollar.

This edition of the Codex will be available in Institute libraries and what mundanes sometimes call “book stores” in [SEPTEMBER], 2013.

YA Bliss revealed the cover to Romily Bernard's Find Me. The book releases September 24, 2013, and here's the synopsis:

"Find Me." These are the words written on Tessa Waye's diary. The diary that ends up with Wick Tate. But Tessa's just been found...dead.

Wick has the right computer-hacking skills for the job, but little interest in this perverse game of hide-and-seek. Until her sister Lily is the next target. Then Griff, trailer-park boy next door and fellow hacker, shows up, intent on helping Wick.

Is a happy ending possible with the threat of Wick's deadbeat dad returning, the detective hunting him sniffing around Wick instead, and a killer taunting her at every step?

Foster child. Daughter of a felon. Loner hacker girl. Wick has a bad attitude and sarcasm to spare.

But she's going to find this killer no matter what.

Because it just got personal.

C. C. Hunter revealed the news (and cover and synopsis) of another Shadow Falls novella titled Saved at Sunrise. The novella comes out April 2, 2013, and is about Della and the events after book 4, Whispers at Moonrise.

Nestled deep in the woods, Shadow Falls is a secret camp where teens with supernatural powers learn to harness their abilities and live in the normal world.  But Shadow Falls is facing a problem that could finally expose them to the rest of the world.  Humans are showing up dead, and rogue vampires may be to blame.

Camp resident Della Tsang, who’s still coming into her own vampire powers, is assigned to help find those responsible. If she succeeds, maybe she’ll even land her dream job: working for the F.R.U., the enforcers of the supernatural world.  But when she sees that her new partner is a hunky shapeshifter, things get complicated.  Steve, too gorgeous to be trusted and capable of seeing through her tough-as-nails exterior, knows just how to get under her skin.  And only hours into the mission, Della realizes rogue vampires aren’t the only threat she’s facing. If she’s ever going to complete her assignment, she’ll need his help…but learning to trust him will be her hardest challenge yet.

Alright, I'm FINALLY done! Can you see now why I didn't want to tackle that monstrosity of a section?

1 comment:

  1. I experienced the exact same thing with City of a Thousand Dolls. I never really thought I'd actually head out, buy it and read it - and then I saw the trailer! It's just awesome!