Saturday, July 30, 2011

July 2011


FOREVER by Maggie Stiefvater (Supernatural Romance)
In SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER --- the conclusion to the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy --- the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

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THE HIDDEN CORONET: Relic Master, Book Three by Catherine Fisher (Fantasy)
Anara is in trouble; its climate has become unstable, and its seven moons are slowly falling out of orbit. A golden coronet is rumored to be the only thing that can stop the destruction that's occurring in Anara. But the coronet is the stuff of legends, lost for centuries. Raffi and Galen must find it before the Watch does, if it exists at all. Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.
THE SUMMER I LEARNED TO FLY by Dana Reinhardt (Fiction)
Drew is a bit of a loner. She has a pet rat, her dead dad's Book of Lists, an encyclopedic knowledge of cheese, and a crush on Nick, the surf bum who works behind the counter. It's the summer before eighth grade, and Drew's days seem ordinary. Until one night after closing time, when she meets a strange boy in the alley. Reviewed by Norah Piehl and excerpted.
WITHERING TIGHTS by Louise Rennison(Fiction)
Tallulah Casey is ready to find her inner artist. And some new mates. And maybe a boy or two or three. The ticket to achieving these lofty goals? Enrolling in a summer performing arts program, of course! Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.
LOST VOICES by Sarah Porter (Urban Fantasy)
Fourteen-year-old Luce has had a tough life. She expects to die when she tumbles into the icy waves, but instead undergoes an astonishing transformation and becomes a mermaid. A tribe of mermaids finds her and welcomes her in. All of them lost girls like her, they surrendered their humanity in the darkest moments of their lives. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez and excerpted.
WELCOME TO BORDERTOWN edited by Holly Black and Ellen Kushner (Urban Fantasy)
Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists' studios of Soho. In this volume of all-new work, the original writers of the Bordertown series are joined by a new generation. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez.
THE DEAD by Charlie Higson (Horror)
THE DEAD is the second book in Charlie Higson's terrifying and action-packed horror series, in which everyone over the age of 16 has been infected with a disease that turns them into flesh-eating monsters. Set one year before the events that occur in THE ENEMY, it fulfills the promise Higson made in his interview with last year: "More zombies! More blood! More flesh-eating!" Reviewed by Sarah A. Wood.
THE DAUGHTERS TAKE THE STAGE by Joanna Philbin (Fiction)
The daughter of chart-topping pop star Holla Jones, stylish and sensitive Hudson Jones is on the brink of her own musical debut. She has inherited her mother's talent, but hasn't yet embraced Holla's love of the megawatt spotlight. Can Hudson find a way to perform that reflects her own low-key style? Or will Holla see to it that her only daughter becomes a pop music sensation? Reviewed by Joy Held.
IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma(Mystery)
Chloe's adored older sister, Ruby, retrieves Chloe from Chloe's father's house, where she went to live after discovering a dead girl at the town reservoir. Back in her hometown two years later, Chloe is stunned to see that very same girl --- the one whose dead body once floated in the reservoir --- attending parties, dating boys, and hanging out with Ruby. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.
MERCY by Rebecca Lim (Supernatural Mystery/Romance)
Mercy is a fallen angel haunted by her past. With skin "pale like milk," she never gets sunburned or feels cold, no matter whose body she occupies. When she wakes up in the body of 16-year-old Carmen, a talented singer unsure of her gift, Mercy must discover why she's been dispatched to her new host. Reviewed by Donna Volkenannt.
ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre (Dystopian Fantasy)
Deuce has achieved her dream of becoming a huntress for her enclave, which exists deep underground. This includes finding food and fighting horrible creatures called Freaks. When Deuce is partnered with the mysterious hunter Fade, she soon learns that the safety of the enclave may be in jeopardy. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche and excerpted.
PAPER COVERS ROCK by Jenny Hubbard(Fiction)
At the beginning of his junior year at a boys' boarding school, 16-year-old Alex is devastated when he fails to save a drowning friend. When questioned, he and his friend Glenn, who was also at the river, begin weaving a web of lies. Plagued by guilt, Alex takes refuge in the library, telling his tale in a journal he hides. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
SPOILED by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan (Fiction)
Sixteen-year-old Molly Dix has just discovered that her biological father is a world-famous movie star and red-carpet regular. Intrigued (and a little terrified) by her Hollywood lineage, Molly moves to Los Angeles and plunges headfirst into Beverly Hills celebrity life. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
BELLADONNA by Mary Finn (Historical Fiction)
Ling enchants a boy named Thomas with her wild spirit and tales of a circus, where she danced atop her beloved horse, Belladonna. But the horse has been sold, and Ling must fetch her back. Now, Thomas's life as a clever but unschooled wheelwright's son is about to change. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.

BALTIMORE, Volume 1: THE PLAGUE SHIPS written by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden, illustrated by Ben Stenbeck
After a devastating plague ends World War I, Europe is suddenly flooded with vampires. Lord Henry Baltimore, a soldier determined to wipe out the monsters, fights his way through bloody battlefields, ruined plague ships, exploding zeppelins, and submarine graveyards on the hunt for the creature who's become his obsession. Reviewed by Michael Hicks.
GENKAKU PICASSO, Volumes 1-3 written and illustrated by Usamaru Furuya
Hikari Hamura, nicknamed Picasso because of his natural artistic abilities, survived a horrible accident, but his friend Chiaki wasn't so lucky. Suddenly, Chiaki appears in front of him and tells him in order to keep living he must help the people around him. Can Hikari save people with his sketchbook and a 2B pencil? Reviewed by Casey Brienza.
TALE OF A WHITE NIGHT written and illustrated by Tooko Miyagi
In this collection of horror vignettes, living spirits called "oni" use corpses to make dolls, a girl wanders into the realm of the gods without realizing how she got there, and a curse causes people to kill. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.
SISTER by Rosamund Lupton (Psychological Thriller)
When Bee learns that her sister, Tess, is missing, she expects to have to give her the usual bossy big sister lecture. But then Tess is found dead, apparently by her own hand. Bee is certain that Tess didn't commit suicide. As she gives her statement to the lead investigator, her story reveals a predator who got away with murder --- and an obsession that may cost Bee her life. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.
ONE SUMMER by David Baldacci (Fiction)
The tables are turned when a man with a terminal illness loses his healthy wife just days before entering hospice himself. On death's doorstep, Jack says his goodbyes, but then something happens to bring him back. He sees a spark of life and spirit in his defiant teenage daughter, a girl who has just lost everything but lets down her guard long enough to let her dad really see her and to show that she still needs him --- and always will. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.
DON'T BREATHE A WORD by Jennifer McMahon (Paranormal/Psychological Thriller)
Jennifer McMahon, the New York Timesbestselling author of ISLAND OF LOST GIRLS and PROMISE NOT TO TELL, returns with a dark and twisty tale in which a couple finds themselves in a seemingly supernatural web that ties them to a young girl's disappearance 15 years ago. Reviewed by Sarah Rachel Egelman.
NOBODY'S PERFECT: Two Men, One Call, and a Game for Baseball History, by Armando Galarraga and Jim Joyce, with Daniel Paisner (Sports)
The perfect game is one of the rarest accomplishments in sports. No hits, no walks, no men reaching base. In more than 130 years of Major League Baseball, it has only happened 20 times. On June 2, 2010, Armando Galarraga threw baseball's 21st perfect game. Except that's not how it entered the record books. Reviewed by Ron Kaplan.
UNTIL TUESDAY: A Wounded Warrior and the Golden Retriever Who Saved Him, by Luis Carlos Montalvan with Bret Witter (Memoir)
A veteran returning from Iraq feels such despair that he begins to welcome death --- until he finds a miracle in a Golden Retriever who needs the man as much as the man needs him. In this stunning memoir, retired Army Capt. Luis Montalvan describes an incredible journey of healing and friendship. Reviewed by Kate Ayers.


Win a Copy of THE EMPIRE OF GUT AND BONE by M.T. Anderson
To celebrate the release of THE EMPIRE OF GUT AND BONE, is giving 75 readers the chance to win a copy of this third book in The Norumbegan Quartet by M.T. Anderson. The deadline for entries is Thursday, August 18th at noon ET.

THE EMPIRE OF GUT AND BONE by M.T. Anderson (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
The land of New Norumbega is an unusual one --- an empire of gut and bone, a kingdom of blood and mucus. At its dark, dry heart is a ruling class that doesn't care about much besides itself...and a ruler who is (literally) a one-eyed stump of flesh.

Brian and Gregory have come to New Norumbega for a reason --- to get the Norumbegans to help them thwart an alien attack back home on earth. But instead, the two boys find themselves caught up in both a robot rebellion and a murder mystery after one of the Norumbegan leaders is sent to sleep...permanently.

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Win a Copy of ASHES, ASHES by Jo Treggiari
To celebrate the release of ASHES, ASHES, is giving 20 readers the chance to win a copy of Jo Treggiari's young adult debut novel. The deadline for entries is Thursday, August 18th at noon ET.

ASHES, ASHES by Jo Treggiari (Post-Apocalyptic Fiction)
Epidemics, floods, droughts --- for 16-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.

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Grab Bag of Books Giveaway
Every month in our Grab Bag of Books contest, five readers are awarded a signature tote bag filled with some of the hottest books --- and may even include a sneak peek at titles that haven’t been released yet!

This contest period's winners will each receive a copy of BEAUTY QUEENS by Libba Bray; CLARITY by Kim Harrington; DOUBLE TAKE by Melody Carlson; THE SEER AND THE SCRIBE: SPEAR OF DESTINY: A Medieval Murder Mystery, by G.M. Dyrek; and SUMMER SANCTUARY by Laurie Gray. The deadline for entries is Tuesday, July 19th at noon ET.

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Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2

Many of you have grown up alongside Harry, Ron, Hermione and even Draco --- even if you can't wave a wand quite like they can --- and so this year marks the end of an era. But shed no tears. You can keep reading the books and watching the movies to your heart's content!

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Beyond Harry Potter

While Harry Potter fever is still at an all-time high, several other movies based on books are landing in theaters in July. Beyond the magical wizarding world, multicultural films such as Sarah's Keyand Life, Above All can transport you to unknown places and time periods. But if you're on the hunt for another action-packed, fantastical adventure where good must prevail, Captain America: The First Avenger is for you.

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The Help

On August 10th, one of the most talked-about books in years will grace the big screen. THE HELP is a deeply moving novel filled with poignancy, humor and hope, and the film version will surely bring this widely-read tale to even more people. The story takes place at the dawn of the Civil Rights Movement, when three Mississippi women are about to take one extraordinary step.

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July's roundup of Cool New Books includes FOREVER, the conclusion to Maggie Stiefvater's Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy, where love is even harder to hold onto as death comes closing in; THE HIDDEN CORONET, the next-to-last installment in Catherine Fisher's Relic Master series (which wraps up with the August 9th release of THE MARGRAVE); THE SUMMER I LEARNED TO FLY, Dana Reinhardt's novel about a loner who meets a strange boy in an alley and enters into her first true friendship and adventure; TWISTED, the ninth book in Sara Shepard'sPretty Little Liars series, which finds the four girls desperate to forget one fateful night when they did something utterly unforgivable; and LOST VOICES by Sarah Porter, a wildly original tale about a tribe of mermaids that marks the beginning of a captivating trilogy. » Click here


July's roundup of New in Paperback titles includes MISGUIDED ANGEL, the fifth book in Melissa de la Cruz's Blue Bloods series, which finds Schuyler Van Alen nearing a terrible choice that will ultimately map the destiny of her heart; HERO by Mike Lupica, an action-packed tale of a 14-year-old who discovers that his dad was a superhero --- and that he has some pretty incredible powers of his own; TOKEN OF DARKNESS, a stand-alone addition to Amelia Atwater-Rhodes's The Den of Shadows, wherein a young man wakes from a car accident with his football career in ruins and a mysterious, attractive girl by his side; and THE GRIMM LEGACY by Polly Shulman, a contemporary fantasy about a room of magical items straight from the Grimm Brothers' fairy tales, which leads an ordinary girl on an exciting but dangerous magical adventure. » Click here


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