The Compulsive Reader: Awesome New Releases

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Awesome New Releases

May 3rd is an awesome day for new books! There are four especially awesome books that hit shelves today...enjoy!

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Beatrice Prior lives in a city divided into factions, and which faction you belong to determines every aspect of your life. She's never felt at home in Abnegation, which values selflessness above all. At sixteen, she undergoes aptitude tests and is given the chance to remain in Abnegation, or move to either Erudite, Candor, Amity, or Dauntless. Then the tests come back inconclusive, labeling Beatrice as a Divergent--something she doesn't fully understand. Re-christening herself Tris, she boldly chooses Dauntless, where she is put through a battery of tests to determine her worth and where she meets her mysterious new instructor, Four. Together, they probe into the dangerous forces at play in their city that threaten to tear their world apart.

Veronica Roth has an incredible talent for creating a complex and impeccably described world that will completely suck readers in. This dystopian version of Chicago is unsettling and fascinating in... Click here to read more!

The Summer of Firsts and Lasts by Terra Elan McVoy

Sisters Calla, Violet, and Daisy have been coming to Camp Callanwolde for years. It's one of their favorite places in the world, and this summer it’s the last one they'll be able to spend there together before fall comes and Calla heads off to college. But the future is the furthest thing from each girl's mind. Daisy is focused on her running, but distractions in the form of mean girls and cute, confusing Joel keep getting in the way. Violet's best friend isn't at camp with her this summer, she instead she makes friends with Brynn, who is a lot wilder than her. Before she knows it, she's doing things she's never done before and sneaking out to meet cute counselor James after lights-out. Calla loves camp, and even though she's not a camper this year, but the assistant office worker, she's determined to make this last summer the best one. And it will be...if she can find the courage to finally tell her long-time friend Duncan how she feels. The girls know that being at this summer camp is special, they they'll never imagine how important this summer of firsts and lasts may be.

The Summer of Firsts and Lasts is a sweet, fun, and poignant book. The summer camp setting is so much fun and so well described, and McVoy has captured the timeless feel of those moments where one point in time seems... Click here to read more!

So Much Closer by Susan Colasanti

Brooke has had a crush on Scott Abrams forever, but he barely knows she exists. When she finally gets up the courage to tell him how she feels, she's shocked to discover that his family is moving from their New Jersey suburb to New York City. Brooke is devastated--until she comes up with the perfect solution. She'll move in with her dad, who lives in the city, for senior year and track Scott down. And her plan works perfectly—she's practically Scott's neighbor in New York—until she discovers that Scott has wasted no time in getting himself a girlfriend in their new neighborhood. But luckily for Brooke, the city is packed with opportunities and she's not about to give up on having the year of her life.

So Much Closer is a fun, romantic, and endearing novel with a terrific setting. Colasanti describes New York vividly, with an eye for the unexpected details that... Click here to read more!

Moonglass by Jessi Kirby

Anna is not at all happy when her father's job forces him to transfer to a new beach town. She loves the beach she grew up on, where her memories of her mother are, with her friends and her grandmother living nearby. Her new home also has a lot of history with it—this is the beach where her parents first met, and once Anna arrives, she realizes that there is a lot about their past that she doesn't know about. In between making unexpected new friends and late-night meetings with cute lifeguard Tyler, Anna is forced to finally confront her past and open up about the night that her mother drowned.

Moonglass is a beautifully written novel, full of excellent imagery and perfect beach settings. Kirby has a talent for putting words together to create... Click here to read more!


Selina @ Fragments of Fiction said...

Looks good! Divergent is on the top of my list. I read so many raving reviews. Can't wait to finally get my hands on it!

kay - Infinite Shelf said...

The Summer of Firsts and Lasts, as a yummy cover!
Lots of good books coming out; personally I can't wait to read Divergent!

Lauren said...

Don't forget Illusions by Aprilyne Pike and Bite Club of the Morganville Vampires!!