Book Watch: Imaginary Girls

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma will be released in the U.S. on June 14, 2011 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available online to pre-order in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by Dutton Juvenile, a division of the Penguin Group, the print edition is 352 pages.

Imaginary Girls is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at


There are so many great books releasing on June 14th, like Hourglass by Myra McEntire or Passion by Lauren Kate. Both of which I’m dying to read. And others, like The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan or The Revenant by Sonia Gensler, that have been taunting me for ages.

But there was no question in my mind that I’d choose this debut book by author Nova Ren Suma for this week’s Book Watch post as it really piqued my interest the second I heard about it.

The cover is stunning and vivid but also haunting and eerie, which completely fits with this story’s description. I’m dying to find out what these hidden dark secrets might be about and what exactly is going on in this story that so many reviewers have been praising.

Call it morbid curiosity, as there is at the very least one death in this book, but from the moment I saw that quote on Amazon from author Nancy Werlin where she called this “[a] surreal little nightmare in book form,” I was hooked. Surreal. Nightmare. Utterly enticing? You bet. Like the siren’s call, this book reached out to me.

I have not yet read the excerpt on Scribd, but I have taken a little peek at the eARC I received from NetGalley and from just those few pages I read, I could barely walk away.

So, for that very reason, plus the description, cover and the book trailer that was recently released, I say that in this super crowded week of releases, this is one to watch for.

To read an excerpt of Imaginary Girls on Scribd, CLICK HERE.

Goodreads description:

Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.


Book trailer for Imaginary Girls:

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