Thursday, April 7, 2011

Some Books I'm Looking Forward To....

There are a lot of really exciting books coming out over the next several months, and I can't wait to get my hands on them!  Check out the ones that I am most excited about for April, May, and June and what I think I will rate them after I read them...

City of Fallen Angels (Mortal Instruments, Book 4)City of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments, #4) by Cassandra Clare
Having read the first three books in the series, as well as Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices, #1), I am really, REALLY excited about this book!  Cassandra Clare is great and her tales are riveting.   I can't wait to know more of this story!  Being book number four of six, I am not expecting all the answers, but I know Clare will keep us on the edge of our seats, teasing us into a frenzy for book #5 (which doesn't come out until May 1st, 2012)...
Release Date:  It's Out!!!  (April 4th, 2011)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster
Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Where She WentWhere She Went by Gayle Foreman
This is the sequel to one of my favorite books.  I can't say that I enjoyed If I Stay, because it was one of those books that is so gut-wrenching that you can't possibly "enjoy" it, but I did LOVE it.  It was so eloquently written and so very real.  It really made me feel strongly and intimately for the characters in the story.  I can't wait to see where Mia and Adam's fateful experience three years prior takes them.  If you haven't read the first book, you MUST.  Just make sure you have a few hours straight to do so...
Release Date:  It's Out!!!  (April 4th, 2011)
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Red Glove (Curse Workers, Book 2)Red Glove (The Curse Workers, #2) by Holly Black
I really liked the first book in this series, White Cat (4 stars).  I thought it was genius of Holly Black to combine a mafioso-like crime family with magic.  Put those two elements together with a sexy male protagonist, a murder mystery, a dash of amnesia, and a potential romance, and you have a hit that appeals to readers of both genders, and across genres.  Since reading the first book, I have been anxiously awaiting the release of this sequel.  This book sits on my night table as I write this, so look for a review soon!
Release Date:  It's Out!!!  (April 4th, 2011)
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry/Simon & Schuster
Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

The Gathering (Darkness Rising, Book 1)The Gathering (Darkness Rising, #1) by Kelly Armstrong
If you liked the Darkest Powers trilogy by the same author, than you are sure to like this book, which is the first in a new series up the same alley.  Thesynopsis is intriguing, and I am excited to read this book.   The first nine chapters are published on the book's website if you want to try-before-you-buy.  That alone tells me the book is going to be good.  An author/publisher only does that if they know you will be sucked in by reading that far...
Release Date:  April 12th, 2011
Publisher: HarperCollinsjavascript:void(0)
Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

BumpedBumped by MeganMcCafferty
This book is by far and away one of my most anticipated to-read books of 2011.  Dystopia is my absolute favorite genre of book, and this one looks freaking AWESOME!!!  The storyline is one that just blows me away.  So original and terrifyingly realistic...  The cover is one that will catch your eye, even if you know nothing of the book.  I seriously can't wait to read and review this book!
Release Date:  April 26th, 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Divergent (Divergent Trilogy)Divergent by Veronica Roth
Yes, another Dystopia.  What can I say?  I love them.  It appears that YA readers love them too, so I guess I'm not alone (Helloooo? The Hunger Games?)  Anyway, this book looks awesome.  I've kind of been following the author's blog during the process of writing and releasing this book, and I'm pretty excited.  Following the trend of a lot of other authors/publishers, you can read the first 100 pages for a try-before-you-buy.  It looks GOOD!  Another indicator that  this book is sure to be a hit is that Summit Entertainment (Twilight Saga, The Hurt Locker, Source Code) has purchased the film rights to this book.  While that doesn't mean the book is any good, it DOES mean that it's action packed and has an interesting storyline...  Look for a review on this book very soon.  It's near the top of my to-read list.
Release Date:  May 3rd, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins
Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

Everfound (The Skinjacker Trilogy)Everfound (Skinjackers Trilogy, #3) by Neal Shusterman
Neal Shusterman is one of my favorite authors.  His unrelated book, Unwind, is in my top-ten favorite books of  all time (That means it's up there with To Kill a MockingbirdGone With the WindThe Hunger Games Trilogy, andHarry Potter).  His writing is flawless and his stories original and engaging.  The YA book world is truly very lucky to have him writing there.  So...
Hands down, my most highly anticipated release of 2011!!!  This is the 3rd book in Shusterman's Skinjacker Trilogy, and I am chomping at the bit to get it!  I loved, loved, LOVED the first two installments, Everlost and Everwild.  I couldn't put either down, and they were at the very top of list of recommendations for my 6th graders (and all that wisely listened to me thoroughly enjoyed them).  I love Neal Shusterman's writing with all my heart and I just KNOW this book is not going to disappoint.  I know that out of a 5-star rating system, the max number of stars you can give is five, but I am asbolutely sure that I will want to give this book AT LEAST 25!  I am just THAT excited!  If you haven't read the first two books, you need to drop everything, and run right out and buy them!  You won't be disappointed.
Release Date:  May 3rd, 2011
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
(I know, I know.  Technically, I can't give it that many stars, but it is MY blog, so I am!)

Blood Magic (The Blood Journals)Blood Magic by Tessa Gratton
Okay.  I admit it.  The cover of this book is what initially grabbed my attention.  It is FABULOUS!!  The title?  Not so much.  All I was thinking was, "Ugh.  Seriously? Another Paranormal Romance between a vampire and a human? SO yesterday!".  BUT, after reading the synopsis (Gratton can thank her publisher for the fantastic cover!), I found that vampires are not what this story is about, and I'm getting excited.  Dark magic?  Murder-suicide? Kissing in cemeteries?  I'm in!  Also, this is Gratton's debut novel, and well, I always like to give new authors a chance (especially when the book looks as good as this one).  It gives me a chance to brag to people that I "found" this great new author that they didn't know about!  :)
Release Date: May 24th, 2011
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

HourglassHourglass by Myra McEntire
Another debut author, another gorgeous cover.  I'm a total sucker, I know, but in my defense, the ARC buzz on this book is wonderful!  I can't wait for it's release.  Visions from long before she was born?  A hot guy that can help her figure out what the hell is going on?  The possibility of being able to change the past, righting wrongs?  Awesome!
Release Date:  May 24th, 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Beauty QueensBeauty Queens by Libba Bray
Libba Bray's books are hit or miss for me, but the ones that were a "hit"? Absolutely LOVED them.   That said, I'm always on the lookout for new books by Ms. Bray.  When I saw that this book was coming out, I has to find out more... After reading the synopsis and the limited number of reviews out there, I knew that I just had to read this!  It is going to be laugh-out-loud, pee-in-your-pants funny!  How can it not be?  An airplane full of teen beauty queens crashes on a desert island?  Come on!  How can this not be hilarious?  Publishers Weekly calls it "Lord of the Flies with an evening gown competition"... Anyway, this is another one near the top of my to-read list, so I will keep you posted!
Release Date:  May 24th, 2011
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A Need So BeautifulA Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
Any book that gets rave reviews from Carrie Ryan (one of my absolute favorite newish authors) and Kimberly Derting, is definitely a book to take notice of!  This book looks fantabulous!  All the ARC reviews I have read have been great, and it seems that just about everyone wants to shower this book with praise.  On top of all of that, the cover is so pretty and ethereal.  Since I'm a sucker for covers, I figure it must be good...  Right?
Release Date: June 21st, 2011
Publisher: Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins
Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
**I am basing this expected rating solely on the fact that Carrie Ryan loved this book and the fact that I love her.  Seriously.  Check out her blog.  Not only are her books some of the best Dystopian/Paranormal/Romantic fiction I have ever read, but she is really funny and interesting.  Okay, enough of my borderline-lesbian crush on Carrie Ryan, my point is, I totally respect her opinion!

Dead RulesDead Rules by Randy Russell
Another fantastic cover that made me look into the actual story... I have to say, this story really sounds hilarious in a dark and twisted way.  I will definitely read it as soon as it drops!  The ARC reviews are rave, and the premise intriguing!  I have a feeling I am going to love this one and be clamoring for more...
On a side note... Randy Russell is a big-time advocate for teen reading, and is running a bunch of promotions on his blog to promote it.  That is something that I can stand behind, even if the book totally sucks (which I'm positive it won't)!
Release date: June 21st, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen/HarperCollins
Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Uncommon Criminals (A Heist Society Novel)Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society, #2) by Ally Carter
I wasn't going to post this one here because I haven't actually read the first book, Heist Society, but my daughter absolutely insisted that I do (she has read Heist Society and loved it).  I really liked Carter's Gallagher Girls series, so I decided that I would bump Heist Society up my list of to-reads (it's one of those that's been there forever, but I just never got to), and read it so that I will be ready to read this next installment.  So, based on my daughter's insistence, I am looking forward to this one.  I'll let you know if my anticipation is as great as hers...
Release Date:  June 21st, 2011
Publisher: Disney/Hyperion Books
Expected Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★

1 comment:

  1. I'm looking forward to a bunch of these too - especially Uncommon Criminals and Divergent. I still need to read some Shusterman - I hear that series is great - and apparently you're highly anticipating the next one!


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