Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.
As is the case each week, these are all books I have on pre-order or plan on buying when released.
Cryer’s Cross by Lisa McMann will be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available for pre-order online in all formats from Amazon and in hardcover and audio formats from Barnes & Noble.
Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 240 pages.
I had a chance to read this book as part of Simon & Schuster’s Galley Grab program. But I have the eBook on pre-order and I may pick up a copy in hardcover when the author, Lisa McMann, comes to town for her book signings at Barnes & Noble. (So excited.)
This book is eerie, haunting and disturbing in so many really good ways. And you will definitely want to read on to find out if Kendall can figure out just what happened to her best friend Nico and fellow high school student Tiffany Quinn.
This is such an amazing book and is a really quick read so there is no reason for it to remain at the bottom of the TBR pile!
If you’d like to take a look at my review, to read the description from Goodreads or watch the trailer, either click here or scroll down to my post from Sunday, February 6.
To read an excerpt from Scribd, click here.
Published by HarperTeen, the print version is 352 pages.
I’ve read and re-read Alex Flinn’s book Beastly which has been made into film and will be released soon. So, of course I have to check out this book by the author.
I’m not totally clear on the whole story behind Cloaked, but per Goodreads it’s a “modern fairy-tale mashup.” Apparently there’s a curse, a frog, a talking fox and some swans. So it sounds like a cute and fun read and I can’t wait to get a chance to do so later this month.
Click here to read an excerpt from the author’s website.
Pink by Lili Wilkinson will also be released in the U.S. on February 8, 2011. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats. (Note: This book was originally published on August 1st 2009 by Allen & Unwin.)
Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 320 pages.
Pink was a book recommended to me by a friend which is why I’m buying it knowing little about it or the author.
It isn’t necessarily a book I’d typically read, but it looks to be an interesting book about self-discovery, as the main character Ava changes schools and tries to recreate herself with a completely new identity. And, as I’m sure is the case, things do not go as planned!
I’m not certain just how “Americanized” the U.S. edition will be, if at all, from the original release, but I would like to get my hands on the original for comparison. And although I think the U.S. cover is pretty, I kind of like the Australian cover a bit more.
Published by HarperTeen, the hardcover is 256 pages.
I’m looking forward to reading this book even though I’ve had to order the hardcover since it’s not available as an eBook just yet.
Set during the Salem witch trials, the book is a fictitious story of one girl’s experience during that frightening time. It reminds me a little bit of the book Johnny Tremain, which was a boys perspective of life in revolutionary America, which I really enjoyed. Although in this story, the girl has some sort of special abilities that make life even more complicated and possibly life-threatening.
This is another book that seems to offer up something just a bit different from the norm so I can’t wait to take a peek.
Published by HarperTeen, the paperback is 304 pages.
Where I Belong is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.
This is another type of story I really enjoy. A girl who is living the privileged life loses everything and is forced to move to Texas to live with her grandparents, attend public school and take a rather unpleasant job. And as is promised from the summary she realizes things may not have been as perfect as they once seemed and her desperate attempts to return to her old life may no longer be what she really wants.
It looks sweet, fun and I bet there is a whole bunch of sad thrown in for good measure and I can’t wait to start reading this one!
To read an excerpt from the author’s website, click here and click the tab marked “excerpt.”
Where I Belong promotional book trailer: (Included because it’s cute and fun!)
So Shelly by Ty Roth will also be released on February 8, 2011 in the U.S. and is the last book I’m spotlighting this week. It is available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover eBook formats.
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 336 pages.
So Shelly is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.
What first drew me to this book was the beautiful cover. I learned about this book from my participation in the DAC and decided that this might be an interesting and different sort of book for me to read.
The characters are based on poets John Keats, Lord Byron and Percy Shelley in a story set in modern times. Many of their real-life experiences are brought into this story which starts off with the mysterious drowning of Keats and Byron’s friend Shelly.
Of course any sort of book where there is a “tragic” and “untimely end” would grab my attention. There is just something appealing about books that already start with an ending or a death and the pieces get filled in as you read on. Add to this a story involving a fictionalization of some of the greatest romantic poets makes this a very different type of story that I am most curious about.
I hope to get a chance to read this right away, but it may not move to the top of my pile until early March as February 15 is a huge release day for a number of books I’ve been waiting on for ages and ages.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to grab any of these books it’s still not too late. Happy reading!