The Compulsive Reader: HarperTeen Spring 2010 Sneak Peek

Sunday, December 27, 2009

HarperTeen Spring 2010 Sneak Peek

Earlier this week, I shared with you all some books I am looking forward to getting to from Simon and Schuster. It was quite a list, but I'm prepared to do it all again with HarperTeen. Get comfy, and get a pen and paper, you may want to write some of these down!

First up is a book that I actually have an ARC to at the moment, biding its time on my special 2010 shelf (yes, I have a whole 2010 shelf, remind me to post a picture one of these days). It's pretty, pink, feminine and floral, appropriately titled Forget-Her-Nots. I think that it is definitely unique enough (a combination of matchmakers, magic, and Victorian flower power) that I can ignore that it's set at a boarding school, which kinda turns me off of a book. Can't wait!

Okay, forgive my fangirl moment, but oh my word, a fantasy, a fantasy! Mistwood by Leah Cypess will also be making its way into the world, which is fantastic because all of these supernatural books are taking up too much room and pushing away good fantasy books. I've been dying for a great new YA fantasy read since I finished Fire this past summer, and a girl ca only reread Tamora Pierce's books so many times. So, Leah Cypess: welcome. And THANK YOU. It's about time!

Tera Lyn Childs is the author of the cute and funny Oh. My. Gods. which I quite enjoyed, so I am very excited to see her latest book will be coming out soon, and even more excited and pleased to see it will be about MERMAIDS! Kathryn Lasky's first book in the Daughter of the Sea series, Hannah, got me into a very mermaid-y mood, and seeing as there really isn't much out there in mermaid besides Debbie Viguie's Midnight Pearl, I've been pining for some marine adventures. And knowing Tera's work, Forgive My Fins will not only satisfy my yearning, but it will also be very funny too!

(On a side note, how cool would it be for a YA book to come out with mermaids and a human girl involved in marine research, a la Ice by Sarah Beth Durst? You catching my drift there authors?) (Also, no pun intended.)

Okay, is it bad of me that all I could think of was, "So, she's crazy?" when I saw the title of Carie Vaughn's Voices of Dragons? Okay, sorry. But this does sound good, a nice little blend of modern day and myth. I am always curious to see how books like that play out and how realistic they are, so this should be a good one.

This next one wins the Coolest Title Award: The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. It's a historical fiction. About children raised by wolves. And the nanny who tries to tame them. (The nanny graduated from the Swanburne Academy for Poor Bright Females!) I can just feel the greatness. I love it. Want. Now. (Plus, it's written by Maryrose Wood, who is pretty awesome to begin with!)

Also, Maryrose has been quite busy lately because a few months after Incorrigible Children comes out, Balzer + Bray will be releasing The Poison Diaries as well. I've not been able to learn much of anything about the book, other than it is based off of a real Poison Garden at Alnwick Castle, which you Harry Potter enthusiasts will recognize is the castle used as Hogwarts in the movies. Suffice to say this has to be one of the most appealing books to me, and I can't wait to learn more. I shall be keeping an eye out for this book!

The Thirteenth Princess looks to be another fantasy, a re-told fairy tale (um, YAY!) with a little twist. This one looks to be a little younger, more middle grade than YA, but I'll take it! I do love fairy tale retellings!

Okay, so this next book I've actually already read, and oh my word, it is AMAZING! It's been described as a "Groundhog Day meets Mean Girls", which is a good way of describing it. What it you had to re-live the day you died, over and over, until you got it right? That's what Sam has to do in Before I Fall, and believe me, this hefty book (about 450 pages), will have you tearing through it.

The sequel to Wondrous Strange (which came out in paperback and you should pick up because not only is it amazing and cheap, but I'm quoted on the inside flap!), Darklight, comes out next month, and I am loving how they used another photo with the same model! Gorgeous! I have this one on my 2010 shelf as well, so I am hoping to get to it ASAP. I loved the fairies of Central Park premise!

New from Carolyn Mackler in January is Tangled (another one on my shelf!), in which she explores how tangled four teens' lives can become when on vacation. Very fun cover, and I am eager to get to this one as well. (Confession time: I haven't read a Carolyn Mackler book yet. I am really excited!)

My mother has already read my ARC of this book, but I am excited to get to it. A Golden Web by Barbara Quick is a historical fiction about Alessandra Giliani, the first female anatomist. I love books about kick-butt, convention-defying females (who doesn't?), and I am always hungry for historical fiction, so this should be another great read. Also, the girl on the cover looks a bit miserable to me (don't blame her, life wasn't nice to women back then), so it just seems like one of those books where the girl will actually fight back and take charge.

The Life of Glass is Jillian Cantor's second novel, and it looks pretty good as well. I enjoyed her debut. The September Sisters (and I did a trailer for it).

Also, if you enjoyed Aprilynne Pike's debut, Wings, be sure to look for the second book, Spells! You won't be able to miss it what with the huge flowers on the cover!

Speaking of flowers, The Body Finder will also be coming out this spring and it has a huge flower on its cover. It's release was pushed backed from last fall, so I'm sure many will be glad to finally have it out, and I know a lot of bloggers have read it already. I have an ARC (I'm telling you, a 2010 SHELF) that I am eager to read!

All right, that's all I have, folks. Thanks for sticking with me! Stay tuned for a few more lists!


Dani. said...

Great List! Thanks for that!

P.S.- You said Darklight was the sequel to Wicked Lovely, not Wondrous Strange ;)

Sara said...

Great list! Some of these books are on my wish list already :)

Chioma said...

Nice bunch. The Body Finder I hear is beyond awesome!!! Hope you enjoy it and and rest of you books!!!

Amy Brecount White said...

Thanks for including FORGET-HER-NOTS! (And my next novel doesn't take place at a boarding school :-) I can't wait to read the others either. Happy 2010!

Bookworm said...

I can't wait for Forgive My Fins, it looks awesome! Great lisy!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I'm excited for Forget-Her-Nots and I actually LOVE books set in boarding schools so this is kind of cool.

Maryrose Wood has some amazing books coming out. I'm stoked!


in which a girl reads said...

Awesome list! I can't wait to read Forget-Her-Nots and Before I Fall :)

Sharli said...

Very cool list! There are some I hadn't heard of.

Anonymous said...

Great list! I've been looking forward to many of these!

Beth F said...

super looking books.

Unknown said...

ooooo i love fairy tale retellings too!!!! What a great list. I added a bunch to my to read list.

Kimberly Derting said...

Thanks for mentioning The Body Finder! I hope you have a Happy New Year!!! :)

Rebecca Herman said...

Great list. I have Mistwood in my reading pile and I agree, it is so refreshing to see a traditional fantasy amongst all the modern day supernatural creature books.