(ARC/Released March 2010/Knopf)
Sixteen-Year-Old Jace Witherspoon arrives at the doorstep of his estranged brother Christian with a re-landscaped face (courtesy of his father’s fist), $3.84, and a secret.
He tries to move on, going for new friends, a new school, and a new job, but all his changes can’t make him forget what he left behind—his mother, who is still trapped with his dad, and his ex-girlfriend, who is keeping his secret. At least so far.
Worst of all, Jace realizes that if he really wants to move forward, he may first have to do what scares him most: He may have to go back. First-time novelist Swati Avasthi has created a riveting and remarkably nuanced portrait of what happens after. After you’ve said enough, after you’ve run, after you’ve made the split — how do you begin to live again? Readers won’t be able to put this intense page-turner down.
I just finished reading this, and I loved it. Stunning book. I received this from Around The World Tours. Review to come.
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
(ARC/Released April 2010/Philomel)
In Caitlin’s world, everything is black or white. Things are good or bad. Anything in between is confusing. That’s the stuff Caitlin’s older brother, Devon, has always explained. But now Devon’s dead and Dad is no help at all. Caitlin wants to get over it, but as an eleven-year-old girl with Asperger’s, she doesn’t know how. When she reads the definition of closure, she realizes that is what she needs. In her search for it, Caitlin discovers that not everything is black and white—the world is full of colors—messy and beautiful.
I've finished this one as well, and it was great. It reminded me of House on Mango Street with its vignette-like short chapters. I received this from Around The World Tours. Review to come.
(ARC/Released April 2010/McElderry Books)
Heathers meets Bring It On in The Exile of Gigi Lane, where a high school queen bee's rise to glory is nothing compared to her fall from it.
I received this for review from Around The World Tours.
My Double Life by Janette Rallison
(ARC/Released May 2010/Putnam)
Her whole life, Alexia Garcia has been told that she looks just like pop star Kari Kingsley, and one day when Alexia’s photo filters through the Internet, she’s offered a job to be Kari’s double. This would seem like the opportunity of a lifetime, but Alexia’s mother has always warned her against celebrities.
Rebelliously, Alexia flies off to L.A. and gets immersed in a celebrity life. Not only does she have to get used to getting anything she wants, she romances the hottest lead singer on the charts, and finds out that her own father is a singing legend. Through it all, Alexia must stay true to herself, which is hard to do when you are pretending to be somebody else!
I received this for review from Around The World Tours. This is what I'll be reading next. Hope I like it.
(ARC/Releases August 2010/Kimani Press)
Krystal Bentley is an outsider at her new high school, having just moved to a small Connecticut town. Lately she's been hearing the voice of a teenage boy in her head, and he has become her friend and confidant. The only problem is, he's dead...
Ricky Watson was killed a year ago in the alley behind Krystal's new school. The rumor mill is filled with stories of Ricky and his untimely death. Unfortunately, as a ghost, Ricky is unable to investigate his own murder, so Ricky needs Krystal to find the truth and she needs someone to listen. When Krystal befriends Sasha and Jake, both outcasts at her high school, the threesome soon discover that they have more in common than their outsider status. Each has a unique paranormal ability and an unusual birthmark in the shape of an "M." Jake announces that the M must stand for misfits, and so the three form an unusual clique. They soon realize that solving Ricky's murder can help them understand the mystery behind their powers and may reveal whether there are others like them.
This sounds really good! I can't wait to read it. Thanks to Lisa for sending this to me!
The Blind Contessa's New Machine by Carey Wallace (What a beautiful cover in person!)
Freshwater Boys by Adam Schuitema
The Homecoming by Dan Walsh
All are from the Goodreads First Reads program.
Tension of Opposites swag from Kelsey (Thanks!)
The Red Priest's Annina swag from Sarah, the author (Thanks!)
The Deadly Sister by Eliot Schrefer (ARC)
Dying to read this! No pun intended.
Soulless by Christopher Golden
Impossible by Nancy Werlin
Troy by Adele Geras
Powell's is awesome! I got all of those, including a signed edition, for just over 25 dollars. Plus, free shipping.
Needless to say, I had an amazing last couple of weeks!! How about you?