These are a few of my Favorite Things

I am looking forward to Autumn. It’s my favorite season and this summer has not necessarily been a kind or easy one. Among my favorite Autumnal accoutrement:

ankle boots
leafy smells
chestnut brown. mustard yellow. navy.
barley wine
crunching sounds
school supplies (fresh notebooks, sharpie fine-tip pens, AHHHH the smell of new BOOKS!
that moment where decide to play Sentimental Mood (Duke Ellington) on repeat because I worry that incessant summer-ness (and consequent sexual metaphors regarding the heat and the melting of one’s “popsicle”) of Katy Perry has actually made me dumber.
pumpkin. spice. lattes.
the mood to bake (not the actual baking)

And finally – these upcoming releases I’m looking forward to checking. I’m conentrating on YA and MG stand-alones, but will definitely throw a mention to the sequals I’m excited for!  In no Particular order …

1.) The Peculiar – September 18th 2012 by Greenwillow Books

Seriously. Freaking. LOSING IT. This has all the magic, fantasy, weirdness, that I want in a good Autumn park read.

check the copy: “THE GRAVEYARD BOOK meets JONATHAN STRANGE & MR. NORRELL in this gothic steampunk page-turner for readers of all ages.
Bartholomew Kettle won’t live long. Changelings never do. The child of a human mother and a faery father, Bartholomew is a secret, despised by both his races. If the English don’t hang him for witchcraft, the faerys will do something worse. So his mother keeps him locked away, hidden from the world in the faery slums of Bath.
But one day Bartholomew witnesses a mysterious lady kidnap another changeling through a shadowy portal, and he realizes the danger is closer than ever before. Changelings are surfacing in the rivers, their bodies empty of blood and bone and their skin covered in red markings. A powerful figure sits in the shadows, pushing the pieces in place for some terrible victory. When a sinister faery in a top-hat begins to stalk Bartholomew’s steps, he knows it’s his turn. Something is coming for him. Something needs him. But when you’re a changeling there’s no where to run..” – from goodreads.

Also, I’ve already pre-ordered this one and you can see why with this excerpt

2.) The Amber House – October 1st 2012 by Arthur A. Levine Books

“‘ I was sixteen the first time my grandmother died . . .”
Sarah Parsons has never seen Amber House, the grand Maryland estate that’s been in her family for three centuries. She’s never walked its hedge maze nor found its secret chambers; she’s never glimpsed the shades that haunt it, nor hunted for lost diamonds in its walls.
But all of that is about to change. After her grandmother passes away, Sarah and her friend Jackson decide to search for the diamonds–and the house comes alive. She discovers that she can see visions of the house’s past, like the eighteenth-century sea captain who hid the jewels, or the glamorous great-grandmother driven mad by grief. She grows closer to both Jackson and a young man named Richard Hathaway, whose family histories are each deeply entwined with her own. But when the visions start to threaten the person she holds most dear, Sarah must do everything she can to get to the bottom of the house’s secrets, and stop the course of history before it is cemented forever”

3.) Alice in Zombieland – September 25th 2012 by Harlequin Teen

I mean, it’s Gena Showalter. I think that’s enough.

“She won’t rest until she’s sent every walking corpse back to its grave. Forever.
Had anyone told Alice Bell that her entire life would change course between one heartbeat and the next, she would have laughed. From blissful to tragic, innocent to ruined? Please. But that’s all it took. One heartbeat. A blink, a breath, a second, and everything she knew and loved was gone.
Her father was right. The monsters are real….
To avenge her family, Ali must learn to fight the undead. To survive, she must learn to trust the baddest of the bad boys, Cole Holland. But Cole has secrets of his own, and if Ali isn’t careful, those secrets might just prove to be more dangerous than the zombies….
I wish I could go back and do a thousand things differently.
I’d tell my sister no.
I’d never beg my mother to talk to my dad.
I’d zip my lips and swallow those hateful words.
Or, barring all of that, I’d hug my sister, my mom and my dad one last time.
I’d tell them I love them.
I wish… Yeah, I wish.”

4.) Butter – September 18th 2012 by Bloomsbury

I think this is just the most terrifying, fascinating premise and I’m so thrilled to see how Erin Lange managed it. I expect with grace and skill.

“A lonely obese boy everyone calls “Butter” is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet-and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn’t go through with his plans?”

5.) The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls – August 28th 2012 by Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers

Loving the cover desperately, and having spoken with the author briefly – she was so darn effusive – I’m pumped to get my hands on this.

“At the Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, you will definitely learn your lesson. A dark, timeless, and heartfelt novel for fans of Coraline and The Mysterious Benedict Society.Victoria hates nonsense. There is no need for it when your life is perfect. The only smudge on her pristine life is her best friend Lawrence. He is a disaster—lazy and dreamy, shirt always untucked, obsessed with his silly piano. Victoria often wonders why she ever bothered being his friend. (Lawrence does too.)
But then Lawrence goes missing. And he’s not the only one. Victoria soon discovers that The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is not what it appears to be. Kids go in but come out…different. Or they don’t’ come out at all.
If anyone can sort this out, it’s Victoria—even if it means getting a little messy”

6.) Ten – September 18th 2012 by Balzer + Bray

I am a sucker for thrillers. Straight-up, Agatha Christie meets Lois Duncan style Thrillers and this could not fit the bill more succinctly. Also, I remembered this book since I first the tag line “Ten Teen. Three Days. One Killer.” Bravo to Gretchen and her editor and copy-writer, cause this book has been in my brain for ages.

It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives—an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school’s most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.
But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.
Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn’t scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?”

7. Colin Fischer – November 8th 2012 by Razorbill

This is one I had the pleasure of reading. It was a BEA buzz book and I read it in one sitting, fell in love, and wrote the editor the next day to tell her as much. It’s truly a DELIGHT of a book. I recommend to everyone – YA, MG, Adult, Sherlock Holmes fans… Whoever. Read it.

“Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions. But Colin is Wayne Connelly’s best–and only–hope of proving his innocence after Wayne is accused of blowing up a birthday cake in the school cafeteria. Colin and Wayne quickly set off on a journey to prove Wayne’s innocence, but neither realizes just how far their investigation will take them or that it will force Colin to consider the greatest mystery of all: what other people are thinking and feeling.
Colin Fischer is a modern-day Sherlock Holmes. He’s a boy with Asperger’s syndrome who sees clues in the unlikeliest of places, and whom readers will root for right up until the case is solved . . . and beyond.”

8.) Blind Spot –  October 23rd 2012 by Harcourt Children’s Books

This cover. This premise.Gah!

“Seventeen-year-old Tricia Farni’s body floated to the surface of Alaska’s Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can’t remember. Roz, who struggles with macular degeneration, is used to assembling fragments to make sense of the world around her. But this time it’s her memory that needs piecing together—to clear her name … to find a murderer. “

9. What Happens Next– October 9th 2012 by Poppy (Little Brown Books for Young Readers) Checking out the goodreads advance praise for this, I was totally convinced.

“Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old Cassidy “Sid” Murphy was a cheerleader (at the bottom of the pyramid, but still…), a straight-A student, and a member of a solid trio of best friends. When she ends up on a ski lift next to handsome local college boy, Dax Windsor, she’s thrilled; but Dax takes everything from Sid—including a lock of her perfect red curls—and she can’t remember any of it.
Back home and unable to relate to her old friends, Sid drops her college prep classes and takes up residence in the A/V room with only Corey “The Living Stoner” Livingston for company. But as she gets to know Corey (slacker, baker, total dreamboat), Sid finds someone who truly makes her happy. Now, if she can just shake the nightmares and those few extra pounds, everything will be perfect… or so she thinks.
witty and poignant, Colleen Clayton’s stunning debut is a story about moving on after the unthinkable happens.”

10. ) Mira’s Diary: Lost in Paris – September 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky

Mira's Diary: Lost in Paris

I’m a longtime fan of Marissa Moss who has published something like a bajillion (50 or so) books for kids. This is no exception.

“Mira is shocked when she receives a postcard from her missing mother from Paris Her father decides it’s time for a trip to France to search for her. While visiting Notre Dame, Mira touches a gargoyle and is whirled into the past. There she meets the famous painter Degas and catches a brief, shocking glimpse of her mother. Mira begins to suspect that her mom didn’t run out on them but is a prisoner of the past. Can one family on an incredible worldwide adventure stop a plot in time?”

11.) Starry River of the Sky– October 2nd 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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‘The moon is missing from the remote Village of Clear Sky, but only a young boy named Rendi seems to notice! Rendi has run away from home and is now working as a chore boy at the village inn. He can’t help but notice the village’s peculiar inhabitants and their problems-where has the innkeeper’s son gone? Why are Master Chao and Widow Yan always arguing? What is the crying sound Rendi keeps hearing? And how can crazy, old Mr. Shan not know if his pet is a toad or a rabbit?
But one day, a mysterious lady arrives at the Inn with the gift of storytelling, and slowly transforms the villagers and Rendi himself. As she tells more stories and the days pass in the Village of Clear Sky, Rendi begins to realize that perhaps it is his own story that holds the answers to all those questions.”

12.) Crewel – October 16th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

So, you know how I knew this was going to be good? Fiance grabbed my ARC just to “check it out” and didn’t stop “checking it out” until he was finished. At home, on the way to work, on the  train. Then I read it, and I understood.

“Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.
Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.
Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.
Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.
Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.”
13.) Out of Reach – October 16th 2012 by Simon Pulse
Out of Reach
“How do you find someone who doesn’t want to be found? A girl searches for her missing addict brother while confronting her own secrets in this darkly lyrical novel.Rachel has always idolized her older brother Micah. He struggles with addiction, but she tells herself that he’s in control. And she almost believes it. Until the night that Micah doesn’t come home.
Rachel’s terrified—and she can’t help but feel responsible. She should have listened when Micah tried to confide in her. And she only feels more guilt when she receives an anonymous note telling her that Micah is nearby and in danger.
With nothing more to go on than hope and a slim lead, Rachel and Micah’s best friend, Tyler, begin the search. Along the way, Rachel will be forced to confront her own dark secrets, her growing attraction to Tyler…and the possibility that Micah may never come home.”
And then finall, and of course, the next pieces in two of my favorite trilogies:

Days of Blood and Starlight

The Evolution of Mara Dyer


2 responses to “These are a few of my Favorite Things

  1. Thanks for all those awesome recommendations! The last two were already on my list. Now I need to add about seven more!

  2. There is no Autumn in Texas, only a second slightly cooler summer. But I’m looking forward to it!
    And I want to read every single one of those books. I would like to have written more than one too.ha Great concepts. Waiting for The Evolution of Mara Dyer is killing me.

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