Wednesday, December 2, 2009

More in the Endless Parade of New Books...

Our last straggler in the list of 2009 National Book Award Nominees (for us young'uns) has arrived! Hooray!

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor!

Looks to be romance (surprised, right?) with a smattering of paranormal--except these are three separate stories, not one big novel. Plus there's a graphic section. It looks interesting--I'll let you know.

Once Was Lost by Sara Zarr,

The chronicles of a second pastor's daughter, this novel counters the chick-lit feel of Donut Days with a more grim picture of life as a PK. It, however, is also startlingly accurate. Trust me.

Beautifully written, your heart will break with Sam as she struggles with her mother's absence, her father's demanding job, the disappearance of a girl from her youth group, and Sam's own growing depression.

This is another excellent novel by Sara Zarr, author of Sweethearts and Story of a Girl.

Hold Still by Nina LaCour, which I just finished.

I loved this book. Loved, loved, loved.

Caitlin's friend Ingrid's sudden suicide leaves her reeling. She can't understand why Ingrid would kill herself. When she finds Ingrid's journal, Caitlin begins to see her friend in a way she'd never been able to before.

LaCour's writing made Caitlin's grief and loss real, heartbreakingly so. I strongly recommend this book!

The novel I'm reading right now:

Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd.

Holly Hogan ditches school, her latest foster home, England, and her name as she sets off on a road trip to find her mother in Ireland. Calling herself Solace and donning a blonde wig, she's off.

This is a fantastic road trip novel, Holly's humor offsets her often-dangerous surroundings, making her a realistic and like able character. Even if I'm reading it at Culver's and forcing myself not to shout at the book, "CALL HOME, HOLLY! DON'T GET ON THE FERRY!"

I know. Try not getting that involved.

The newest from Ellen Hopkins, Tricks...

And I finally broke down and got Identical in hardcover, because I know you were all tired of waiting. So was I. Over a year in hardcover--and counting!

Sorry guys, I'm not a poetry girl. So no reviews on these.

But, if you love them, hate them, or just plain liked them, let me know what you think in the comments!

Oh--and the new novel The Maze Runner by James Dashner.

Fantastic writing--It's next on my reading list. Thomas wakes up in a lift (elevator) with no memory (never a good sign) and is brought into the Glade by other boys his age. They all know the routine: every 30 days a new boy shows up with no memory of why he's been sent there, and nobody wants to get caught hanging around after dark...

But the next day, Thomas and the other Gladers are shocked to see a girl has arrived in the lift--and she has message for them.

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen...

A thriller of the post-apocalyptic variety, Eli and his family live in an underground bomb-shelter-y compound (and have for the last six years). Only their family: Eli, his parents, and his two sisters. Imagine the cabin fever.

Problems start to plague them, not to mention the constant struggle for...sanity?...and Eli begins to wonder if his father maybe isn't so concerned about what might get in. Now all he cares about is keeping the rest of them from getting out.

And our final offering: Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron.

It looks fantastic; I'll give you more when I've read it...

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