The Compulsive Reader: Oh, 2009...

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Oh, 2009...

As the year is winding down, I've found that there are many reasons I would rather not have 2008 come to a close. Christmas, for one. I would like Christmas to last as looooong as possible. And there are other reasons too, of course, but somehow they seem to fade to the background when I think of all of the FANTASTIC looking books coming out in 2009.

Shelter Me by Alex McAulay (January 6th, 2009)

Maggie Leigh just wants to be a normal teenager, but when German bombs tear apart London during World War II, her ultra-religious mother sees the destruction as divine punishment. She sends Maggie to a remote boarding school in coastal Wales, supposedly to keep her safe, but also to keep her in line. The school is creepy, the headmistress is a lunatic, and the students range from spoiled rich girls to speechless trauma victims. But when a tragic accident happens on the beach, Maggie and three friends are forced to flee the school, plunging into the nightmarish world of Europe during wartime. Now every decision Maggie makes is fraught with danger, and living to see another day depends on how quickly she can think and act...and how far she's willing to go.

(Okay, so not only is the cover AMAZING, it sounds spectacular! I am such a historical fiction nut! I cannot wait to read this one!)

Being Nikki by Meg Cabot (May 1st, 2009)

Things aren't pretty for Emerson Watts.

Em was sure there couldn't be anything worse than being a brainiac the body of a teenaged supermodel.

But it turned out she was wrong. Because that supermodel could turn out to have a mother who's gone mysteriously missing, a brother who's shown up on her doorstep demanding answers, a former best friend who's intent on destroying Stark Enterprises to avenge the death of his lost love, and a British heartthrob who's written a song about her that's topping the charts.

How can Em balance all that with school, runway shows, and weekend jaunts to St. Johns - especially when she's got ex-boyfriends crawling out of the woodwork who want more than just a photo op; a sister who is headed to the high school cheerleading championships; a company she represents that seems to be turning to the dark side...

Not to mention trying to convince the love of her life that models aren't really airheads after all...especially one model in particular.

But then, nobody said it was going to be easy being Nikki.

(I loved Airhead. I have to admit, I was wary at first, but I can't deny that Meg Cabot is awesome, Em is awesome, this whole series is made of awesomeness.)

Beka Cooper 2: Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce (April 28th, 2009)

Beka Cooper is finally a Dog—a full-fledged member of the Provost’s Guard, dedicated to keeping peace in Corus’s streets. But there’s unrest in Tortall’s capital. Counterfeit coins are turning up in shops all over the city, and merchants are raising prices to cover their losses. The Dogs discover that gamblers are bringing the counterfeit money from Port Caynn. In Port Caynn, Beka delves deep into the gambling world, where she meets a charming banking clerk named Dale Rowan. Beka thinks she may be falling for Rowan, but she won’t let anything—or anyone—jeopardize her mission. As she heads north to an abandoned silver mine, it won’t be enough for Beka be her usual “terrier” self. She’ll have to learn from Achoo to sniff out the criminals—to be a Bloodhound. . . .

(Finally! Finally, finally, finally! I'll have to reread Terrier before April...like it'll be that hard to force myself to to!)

The Princess and the Bear by Mette Ivie Harrison (April 28th, 2009)

No synopsis on this one yet, but it is a companion novel to The Princess and the Hound, and accoriding to Mette Ivie Harrison, there will be one more book!

Alis by Naomi Rich
At fourteen, Alis has never been outside her strict religious community. But when her parents arrange for her to marry a forty-year-old man, she flees desperately to the dangerous, unfamiliar city. She learns quickly that the only way to survive there is to become a thief—or worse. Facing an impossible choice between a forced marriage or life on the streets, Alis seizes control of her own fate. But the path she chooses sets off a disastrous chain of events that leave her accused of murder. Steadfastly loyal, Alis must decide: will she betray a loved one or sacrifice herself?

(I have cover lust. This one sounds fantastic!)

Something, Maybe and Love You Hate You Miss You by Elizabeth Scott

Some of you may know about Something, Maybe already: there was an excerpt of it in the back of Perfect You under the title Live! Nude! Mom. It will be out March 24th, 2009.

And here's what I found on Love You Hate You Miss You, which will be out in June:

You know, I always thought I told you everything, but there are some things I should have said but never did. I should have told you about the time I lost your new sunglasses. I know you really liked them. I should have apologized the time I ruined your brand-new skirt, the one with the beading. I should have apologized for a lot of stuff.

I’m sorry. I’m sorry for everything.

The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry (March 3rd, 2009)

When Lucinda Chapdelaine was a small child, her parents left for the royal ball and never returned. Ever since, Lucinda has been stuck in perpetual servitude at her evil aunt’s jewelry store. Then, on the very same day, a mysterious visitor and an even more bizarre piece of jewelry both enter the shop, setting in motion a string of twists and turns that will forever alter Lucinda’s path. In this magical story filled with delightful surprises, Lucinda will dance at the royal ball, fall under the Amaranth Witch’s spell, avenge her parents’ death, and maybe—just maybe—capture the heart of a prince.

(Okay, I admit, the cover totally drew me in at first, but I love the sound of this one!)

And the following are without covers yet (at least, as far as I could find), but sound excellent nontheless, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of each!

The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting (September 2nd, 2009)
Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her “power” to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes the dead leave behind in the world...and the imprints that attach to their killers.

Violet has never considered her strange talent to be a gift; it mostly just led her to find dead birds her cat had tired of playing with. But now that a serial killer has begun terrorizing her small town, and the echoes of the local girls he’s claimed haunt her daily, she realizes she might be the only person who can stop him. Despite his fierce protectiveness over her, Jay reluctantly agrees to help Violet on her quest to find the murderer—and Violet is unnerved to find herself hoping that Jay’s intentions are much more than friendly. But even as she’s falling intensely in love, Violet is getting closer and closer to discovering a killer . . . and becoming his prey herself.
(This one sounds outstanding...nicely creepy with a bit of romace. I'm looking forward to getting my hands on a copy, and to seeing the cover!)

Prophecy of the Sisters by Michelle Zink (August 2009)

Sixteen-year-old Lia Milthorpe and her twin sister Alice have just become orphans and, as Lia discovers, they have also become enemies. The twins are part of an ancient prophecy that has turned generations of sisters against each other. To escape from a dark fate and to remain in the arms of her beloved boyfriend James, Lia must end the prophecy before her sister does. Only then will she understand the mysterious circumstances of her parents' deaths, the true meaning of the strange mark branded on her wrist, and the lengths to which her sister will go to defeat her. Debut novelist Michelle Zink takes readers on an unforgettable journey where one sister's fateful decision could have an impact of Biblical proportion.

(Okay, I am jumping up and down in my seat, I am so excited now. Sounds so good!)

As you can see, it'll be quite a good year! And that's not even the majority of all the good books that are coming out. Bring on '09!

What books are you looking forward to in '09? Any authors out there who have books coming out next year? Tell me about them!


Alea said...

I used the cover of Shelter Me for a lookalikes post awhile ago, can't remember who suggested it now... anyways, when i was digging around I found the stock photo too. I got a kick out of it :P

BookChic said...

Wow, great list. I've got Alis in my reading pile- it looks fantastic and I can't wait to read it!

MySharonAnne said...

I just picked up a copy of Shelter Me. The ARC didn't have the nice cover but I can live without it because the book sounds awesome.

Michelle Zink said...

I'm so honored that you've included my book, Prophecy of the Sisters, in your list of anticipated 2009 books!

Thank you so much!

You have a lot of other amazing books on your list, and I'm sure I'm not very objective, but 2009 DOES seem to be shaping up to be an awesome book year...

Michelle Zink

Kimberly Derting said...

I was so excited to see that you listed The Body Finder here! Seriously, like a little girl excited!

Thank you!!! :)

Em said...

I'm excited for Being Nikki. And I really love the cover of the new Harrison book.