Monday, December 31, 2007
The Redheaded Princess by Ann Rinaldi
Release Date: January 29, 2008
Ann Rinaldi's historical novels are famous for their accuracy and for being engaging. Recently she's branched out from American history, and into Britain in Nine Days A Queen and The Redheaded Princess, which is sure to be a hit.
A Curse Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce
Release Date: March 1, 2oo8
A fairy tale re-telling of Rumpelstiltskin! I haven't read once since Donna Jo Napoli's Spinner. If the cover is any indication, it's bound to be good!
Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen
Release Date: April 22, 2008
Though I have only just started getting into Dessen's books, I think I am as excited about this one as any long time reader of hers. Her entrancing and thought provoking style could make a fan out of anyone.
Nobody's Prize by Esther Friesner
Release Date: April 22, 2008
Though I have not read Nobody's Prize's prequel, Nobody's Princess, it is on my to read list, and the sequel looks as excellent as the first one. I am definitely going to make time to read them both.
Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson
Release Date: May 1, 2008
Ah, yet another novel from the fabulously talented Maureen Johnson. Her first book set in New York City--at an Art Deco hotel, no less! This will be the start to what I believe will be a very entertaining and humorous series.
Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock
Release Date: May 5, 2008
I have had the opportunity to read this one already, and it is delightful! Click here for my review.
Airhead by Meg Cabot
Release Date: June 1, 2008
Though the summary on this one is vague at best, I cannot wait to read it. The less information, the greater my curiosity! Reading Jinx and rereading The Mediator series over and over are no substitutes for another supernatural by Meg Cabot. Thanks goodness for amazon.com's Pre-Order button.
Stop in the Name of Pants! The Confessions of Georgia Nicolson by Louise Rennison
Release Date: July 1, 2008
Yet another one of those crazily hilarious installments of the Georgia Nicolson series. Pure fun and laughter, I can't wait to see what crazy escapades Georgia will get into next.
Cybele's Secret by Juliet Marillier
Release Date: September 9, 2008
Sequel to Wildwood Dancing, which although I have not read (yet), I am sure will be very good. I read The Daughter of the Forest and its sequels which were excellent, so I have great faith in Juliet Marillier.
Bloodhound: Book Two in the Beka Cooper Legend by Tamora Pierce
Release Date: December 24, 2007 (finally, a book out BEFORE Christmas)
A continuation in the tale of Beka Cooper, a Provost's Dog, or policewoman in the fantastical city of Corus, Tortall 200 years before Pierce's unforgettable The Song of the Lioness Quartet. Pierce is truly a queen on the fantasy genre, and her writing just gets better and better.
Kitty, Kitty by Michele Jaffe
Sequel to Jaffe's hilarious first YA novel, Bad Kitty, which followed the misadventures of Jasmine and her friends as they tried to solve a mystery in Las Vegas without Jas's father finding out. Hopefully this one will be as packed full of fun, footnotes, and crazy stalkings.
That's it for now, although I'm sure there will be many, many more. Thanks for riding it out with me this year, guys, and I hope to see you in 2008! I have many cool ideas for next year, so keep reading for their unveiling!
Sunday, December 30, 2007
Happy New Years Eve eve! In honor of tomorrow, I've come up with the Top Ten list of the best books I've encountered in 2007...maybe you'll agree with me.
Hattie leaves her comfortable life with her distant relatives to live and work on her deceased uncle's farm in the West. Harsh winters, back-breaking work, and conniving neighbors are what she finds once she arrives. But she'll also find true friends, joy, hope, and ultimately herself.
In this breathtaking sequel to Beddor's retelling of Alice's Adventures of Wonderland, The Looking Glass Wars, Queen Alyss must find a way to pull her struggling nation together. Meanwhile, mysterious threats are coming from every direction, all hinting at the one thing everyone dreads: has Redd returned?
Liesel's mother abandoned her, and left her to live with an undeniably German family. But many people would question how German her adoptive family is if they knew of the Jewish man in her basement. Death is embodied in this book as the narrator as he tells of Liesel's struggles, and what led her become a thief of the written word.
No. 6: FOREVER IN BLUE by ANN BRASHARES
Carmen, Tibby, Lena, and Bridget have just completed their first year in college in this final installment of the wildly popular The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series. Can Carmen step out of her new friend's shadow? Will Bee revert back to old habits? Can Tibby face her fears when it comes to Brian? And will Lena ever get over Kostos? More importantly, will these four friends learn that they don't need a pair of pants in order to stay friends?
No. 6: GIRL AT SEA by MAUREEN JOHNSON
Clio Ford has lived an interesting life. She became famous at age 12. Her parents are divorced. And she has a tattoo, just to name a few. Now, forced to spend a summer with her insane father and his research team on a boat on the Mediterranean Sea, she just might go mad. Especially since she knows they're looking for something...something they refuse to tell Clio anything about.
Third in the highly acclaimed Twilight Saga, Bella is finding it harder and harder to spend time with both Edward and Jacob. But she will have to be the mediator between the vampire and werewolf races, because in order to survive the impending attack from a mysterious source, the two kinds will have to work together.
No. 3: THE SWEET FAR THING by LIBBA BRAY
The conclusion to the trilogy that started with the New York Times Bestseller A Great and Terrible Beauty, The Sweet Far Thing finds Gemma a year after her mother was murdered by Circe. Powers from every direction are grappling for power over the Realms, and suddenly the East Wing at Spence Academy is being rebuilt. What is happening?
No. 2: EXTRAS by SCOTT WESTERFELD
What a delight this novel was, especially seeing as it was not supposed to have existed! The fourth novel in the Uglies 'Trilogy' finds Earth two years after Tally set off for the Wilderness with David in tow to watch after the cities. Now, the cities are dominated by fame. If you're popular, you matter. But Aya Fuse is so unpopular, she's just an Extra. She would do anything to become popular...even if it means compromising earth's chance to survive.
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J.K. ROWLING
It seems like it's been quite a year for conclusions. But no worries...keep reading tomorrow for a sneak peak at what's to come in 2008!
Friday, December 28, 2007
This was such a fun read. Ben's dilemmas, while set in rather mystical settings, are such that you can relate to. Never dull, she is an engaging narrator who weaves a subtle enchantment on the reader. Princess Ben is adventurous, romantic, entertaining, and most of all, a humorous story about growing up that anyone of any age will not help but love.
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The Princess Diaries is one series that I have been reading for years, and the thought that this will be the second to last book (say it isn't so!) is very heartbreaking. I feel as if I've grown up reading about Mia. Although oftentimes her escapades frusrtate me, she always comes out with her dignity intact, and after Princess on the Brink's cliffhanger ending, I will be eager to see what the outcome of Vol. IX will be.
So grab yourself a copy and email me with your thoughts, because we'll be featuring an interview with Meg Cabot herself on this blog very soon! You know where to find me: firstname.lastname@example.org, or just leave a comment. Happy Reading!
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Two Moon Princess, written by Carmen Ferreiro-Esteban, tells the story of Princess Andrea, who lives in a parallel world called Xaren. Discontent with her life, she wants to learn to fight with the other squires, not become a lady and as her distant parents demand. But even when her Tio Ramiro fails to convince her father, she is forced to learn to become a lady, and learn the finer arts of royal behavior with her elder sisters. Until she finds a portal that takes her to modern day California. Here, Andrea flourishes. She is convinced that this is where she is meant to be, and intends to stay forever. But when circumstances beyond her control force her to return to Xaren, along with a John, a boy who is not supposed to know her secret. Soon John is involved in a war that will surely tear her country apart--unless Andrea has the courage and strength of mind to put a stop to it all.
Headstrong, clever, and sometimes a little foolish, Princess Andrea is a character I fell in love with immediately. Fast paced, enchanting, and humorous, Two Moon Princess is definitely a book that you will not want to miss. Don't be fooled by the demure cover, this one headstrong princess's journey will make you wish that Andrea's story would never end as she learns that she can be a lady and still follow her heart.
Also check out HarperTeen's The Best of 2007 Sweepstakes. Enter at http://www.harperteen.com/features/bestof2007/index.asp. Good luck!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
The conclusion to Bray's New York Times Bestselling series, which include A Great and Terrible Beauty and Rebel Angels, The Sweet Far Thing is sure to fly off shelves this Christmas season. Set a year after Gemma Doyle's rather eventful arrival at the Spence Academy, The Order is struggling for control of the mysterious realm that Gemma and her friends have access to. Pippa is deeply changed, and suddenly Spence's East Wing is being rebuilt. As the girls' debuts rapidly approach, they will push the bonds of their friendships to their limits as they try to make sense of the roles they are to assume.
I am rather excited for this conclusion, guys. Although it will be the end of Gemma, Felicity, and Ann (sob), I am dying to know what the deal is with these realms. And, ahem, whether or not Kartik and Gemma ever get together. This one's sure to be a winner.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's featured title!
Monday, December 17, 2007
Kritstin Stewart has been cast as Bella. I don't know about this one...she always seems to look angry to me. I think a better choise would have been Alexis Bledel. Oh well, maybe Kristin will surprise us.
What books are you asking for for Christmas? Or do you spare your parents nerves and go straight for the cash/gift card route? My parents never want to give me just money, so I usually just ask for the books themselves.
This year, I requested The Sweet Far Thing (of course!), Princess Mia (this series really is an addiction, so be warned), Murder on Lenox Hill (the seventh in the phenomonal Gaslight Mysteries seris), Big Boned (one of Meg Cabot's better series, did you know she decided to write a 4th book?), and The High King's Tomb (third in The Green Riders Trilogy).
The countdown has begun. We'll see whether or not I get all of what I asked for. Comment or email me to tell what books you asked for, and keep reading this blog every day until Christmas for highlights on the hottest books coming out this Christmas season!
Friday, December 14, 2007
Where did you come up with the idea for Paraworld Zero?
Magic, I guess. The idea sprang forth from my mind in full detail. That happens sometimes. The ideas come like a flood and I can hardly write them down fast enough. One part of the book came to me from a very simple event in a video game from the late 1980's called Black Tiger. There was a part where you jump from pillar to pillar. Down below was hot lava. Anyway, the thing that I’ll never forget was the tiny spider web on one or two of the pillars. It was so small, but it stuck out at me. I, of course, had to put something of that nature in my book.
How many books will be in the series?
There will probably be six books in the series with one additional stand-alone book dealing with one of the main characters. The problem I have is that I have too many ideas and only a limited amount of pages to use.
Have you written any other books besides the Paraworlds series?
I started Paraworld Zero in 1990, when I was fourteen years old. That’s the same year J. K. Rowling started writing Harry Potter, so there must have been something in the water at that time. My book is like a “Harry Potter meets Star Wars” for those of you who haven’t read it. But before Parallel Worlds (that’s the original name and is now the name of the series), I starting writing a book called (and I kid you not) The Sorcerer’s Wand. Yes, there was definitely something in the water. The Sorcerer’s Wand was similar to Paraworld Zero, in that a boy learns that he has magic and goes to a school, but it’s set in medieval times, instead of modern times like Paraworld Zero. I got about six chapters finished on both books before my computer died on me. I didn’t pick up Paraworld Zero again until 12 years later... after I read Harry Potter and realized how similar it was to my book. In the “Bits And Pieces” section of my website http://www.paraworlds.com/ I put some “before and after” shots of my book.
What are you working on now?
I am slowly working on the second book, which will probably be called The School of Magical Learning or Magical Learning. Actually, let me rephrase that... I should be working on the second book. What I’m doing right now is finishing up on the video trailer, audiobook, and promotions. I am spearheading a $100,000+ marketing campaign, and it’s sooooo time consuming. I also have a publicist who is doing radio and newspaper promotions. She just told me today, actually, that she booked me for an interview on USA Radio Network, which will go out to 275 affiliates nationwide. Yippee! Oh, I do write short stories as well. “Yearning To Jump” will come out on teen-age-magazine.com in the next week or two.
Well, that’s about it. Thanks for having me. Keep your eye out for Paraworld Zero in January. You can pre-order from BN.com (cheapest price right now) and Amazon.com.
Monday, December 10, 2007
In this delightful book from Taylor Morris, Sara Thurman, age 13, is humiliated when the whole school finds out that she has officially become a woman. To top it all off, her best friend seems to want to spend less and less time with her, while the new girl is hinting at betrayal. What's a girl to do but win the hearts of everyone on the school? Predictable but totally lovable, Class Favorite will have you reminiscing of those awkward middle school days. Sara reminds us that we are all human, and we all have our embarrassing moments, but there is a way to come out on top.
I enjoyed this very much, and it was a fun, quick read that really made me smile. Therefore, I've decided to give away a copy of this book. Just send me your name, mailing address, and email via email to email@example.com and I'll throw your name into the drawing. All entries must be in by December 24, 2007 at 11:59 PM Eastern. Please only one entry per person.
Sunday, December 9, 2007
Author Matthew Peterson will be a guest blogger sometime later this week, so leave your questions/comments in either a comment or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with them. Stay tuned to see what he has to say!
This book will be available in January 1, 2008.
Friday, December 7, 2007
Well, since the movie comes out today, I thought that this would be the perfect book to discuss today. I read the Golden Compass last week when a friend finally lent it to me, mainly because I wanted to see the movie. But I will only see a movie after I've read the book--that's my rule.
It wasn't until I was a few chapter into it that I heard of all the controversy around the book. A couple chapters later, I started to receive comments on the fact that I was reading it, and I am a Christian. I was shocked. First of all, there is hardly anything in The Golden Compass that is atheistic. And second of all, no one has the right to judge me because of what I read.
I also find it ironic that these books have been out for about 12 years, and no one's put up much of a fuss before now. I think ti's just getting hype because of the fact that the movie is coming out.
So what do you guys think? Have you read the books? If so, what are your thoughts about the controversy over them? I've read only up til about the third chapter in The Subtle Knife, but my opinion on them--they are just fantasy. Very, very good fantasy.