The Compulsive Reader: Simon and Schuster Spring 2010 Sneak Peek

Monday, December 21, 2009

Simon and Schuster Spring 2010 Sneak Peek

As 2009 is winding down, it's always nice to look back at favorites from the past year, but it's also very exciting to look towards new 2010 releases. By scouring the web and keeping my eyes peeled, I've compiled a massive list of books I'll be looking forward to that come out in 2010, sorted by publisher.

First up, Simon and Schuster. Here's what they have to tantalize us with for the first half of the coming year:

Mercury by Hope Larson first intrigued me by its unusual and bold cover, and then by its promise of a combination of "romance, history, and magical realism". Plus, I am a total sucker for historical fiction, and I like the idea that this book takes place in both the past and present.

Next up is Nothing by Janne Teller. I don't know much about this one, except for it's described as "Lord of the Flies for the 21st century" and that it is already published somewhere in Europe. I know I'm intrigued, how about you? Also, this cover is beautiful and a bit mystic, which makes me shiver a little bit when I recall the whole bit about it being like Lord of the Flies...

This next one I've known about for a little while thanks to Kay Cassidy, who knows the author. The Unladylike Adventures of Kat Stephenson: A Most Improper Magick is written by Stephanie Burgis, and takes place in Regency England. Looks cute, huh? I am also very excited to read it as Kay has informed me she and Stephanie will be swinging by Michigan this Spring on tour for both of their books! Hurray!

Teen pregnancy seems to be cropping up in a lot of books lately, and Every Little Thing in the World by Nina de Gramont is one of those books, but with a twist. Sydney Briggs finds out she's pregnant, but before she can make up her mind about what to do, she's sent to wilderness camp in Canada. Come on, you KNOW you want to find out how that plays out. This is definitely one I have my eye on!

I read my first Deb Caletti book not too long ago, and lucky for me I have two more of her books on my shelf (MUST get to the over Christmas break!), but that doesn't stop me from pining for her next release, The Six Rules of Maybe. This one has one of those titles that makes you go, "Huh?" and want to know more about the book. Hopefully this title will bear a little relevance to the story than The Secret Life of Prince Charming, because I really am digging it. Also, isn't the cover neat?

And speaking of covers, it looks like all of Deb Caletti's books are getting a face lift. Cool, huh? I liked the old ones as well, but these are nice and fun too. I remember seeing the image on The Queen of Everything on the original cover at my library back when the book first came out, and that was more than a couple of years ago.

I am loving the cover of Jason Myers' novel The Mission--very cool. Also, the whole concept of revealing long hidden family secrets never ceases to catch my attention (I'm predictable like that). I also like that this is one with a male protagonist--I don't read enough books with those. This looks to be a good one.

The Year I Turned Sixteen is said to be a reprint edition of three or four books in one, much like L.J. Smith's Night World books, with each book focusing on a different sister. I've not found a synopsis, but by my masterful powers of deduction, I'm guessing it has to be about sixteenth birthdays. I don't have a sister, though despite the warnings of some of my friends I have always wanted one, so I'll definitely want to pick this one up. And at a massive 720 pages and a cost of only $10, I'm sure it'll be money well spent.

So, I enjoyed the somewhat unique outlook of Eileen Cook's first protagonist in her debut What Would Emma Do?, and the part of me with a twisted sense of humor can't help but adore the cover of her latest book, Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood. Priceless. Want. Now. "This time the mean girl is going down." Yes, yes, and yes.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know what a spaz I am when it comes to fairy tale retellings--I simply flip out over them. They're lovely and wonderful, and Simon Pulse is lovely and wonderful for their Once Upon a Time Series, a series of 17 some fairy tale retellings. I have been talking FOREVER about how cool it would be for an author to write a retelling of The Princess and the Pea, and finally it has happened! Violet Eyes by Debbie Viguie! Happy dance!

Also, another addition to the series is The World Above by Cameron Dokey (the most prolific writer in this series). This appears to be a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk, and I am most intrigued to see how this one will play out. I've only read a retelling of this once, and it was a short story by Louise Hawes told from the point of view of the stolen harp.

This next book reminds me of The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams just from its description alone. Keep Sweet by Michele Green is the story of Alva, who lives within a polygamist community, and what happens when she's forced to marry a man over thirty years to her senior. I don't really seem how the title Keep Sweet fits in with this, but seeing as I've not read the book, I'll keep my mouth shut.

Raven Speak by Diane Lee Wilson is a cover lookalike (someone tell Alea of Pop Culture Junkie!) to Keep Sweet! It's got Vikings and a strong heroine and Vikings, so I really don't see a reason NOT to get this book. Want.

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves resembles the cover of The Dark Divine by Bree Despain! It's about a crazy girl in a crazy town, and I can't wait! Also, Dia is a cool person to follow on Twitter.

The Unwritten Rule by the super prolific rockstar of a writer Elizabeth Scott has one pretty cover as well. This is the third book of hers involving a shot of feet. Elizabeth, however, doesn't write much about feet, so don't worry. This one comes out in April and involves a girl liking her best friend's boyfriend, which you know is going to cause drama. Can't wait. Thankfully, I have an ARC of this one patiently waiting on my shelf, biding its time until the Cybils shortlist has been decided and I can go back to my normal reading schedule.

And of course, we're all dying to know how LJ Smith's epically long Night World series ends! Strange Fate, the tenth and final book in the series, is one that many readers have been waiting over ten years for. I'm guessing it's going to be good. This one hits stores in April, and I cannot wait!

I was quite a fan of Pure by Tera Elan McVoy, so I am very excited to see that her second book, After the Kiss, will be out in May! And isn't that cover just the cutest? I liked the way that McVoy handled some serious issues but still managed to keep her book romantic and light where appropriate, so this will be a fun read!

That pretty much wraps up my list of new books, though Pure got a cover makeover (Thank. Goodness.) that I adore. Much better than the cherry, no?

Thanks a lot, S&S. Let the yearning commence!


Becca said...

This post was seriously damaging to my TBR list. Egads! So many I want to read!


Deb Caletti (never read her)

The Year I Turn Sixteen (720 pgs is scary, but $10 rocks. And be careful about wishing for things you know nothing about. ha!)

Once Upon a Time Series (Seriously, how do I not know about this? I skip way to many posts on my reader.)

Keep Sweet (I am going to be reading The Chosen One this year. Woot!)

I mean, seriously, who adds an entire series to my list? This is an achievement.

library lass said...

To "keep sweet" is to be perfectly obedient to the will of God and God's representatives. In fundamentalist polygamist parlance it usually means to refrain from showing displeasure about anything, especially your husband or sister wives.

Jessica Love said...

Great blog! I'm drooling over here at all of these books!

Anonymous said...

WOW! So many books!!!

Some of those are very intriguing.


The Compulsive Reader said...

Library Lass: Thanks for the info! That's a term I had never heard before. Definitely makes me even more intrigued about this book!

Anonymous said...

Must. Have. Strange. Fate.

Sara said...

THANK GOD the Pure cover changed. I shuddered every time I saw that cherry on the cover.

Anonymous said...

rebecca; the once upon a time series is fantastic I recommend reading them ALL, try your library!

t. fisk

Arianne said...

Interesting about the pregnant girl stories. You're right. After, Jumping Off Swings, that one book by Holly Cupala, and I know I've read about another one coming out soon. I think it's great, teen pregnancy is so horrid, teens should know about it.

I can't wait for Every Little Thing in the World.

Beth F said...

Wow -- dome great ones coming up. Thanks for getting me dreaming.

Donna Gambale said...

This list looks beautiful! Such eye candy. Thanks!

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Jen said...

So many books that sound good -- it's going to be hard to wait!!

Lauren said...

Thank you so much for the previews. My TBR list just exploded with new titles

Elle said...

This post has made me so excited! ;) I can't wait to see Elizabeth Scott's The Unwritten Rule in my bookstore. So stoked!

D. Williams said...

I have read all of Diane Lee Wilson's books, and they are excellent.
I am anxious for the release of "Raven Speak."