The Compulsive Reader: BEA '11: Buzz from Simon and Schuster

Monday, May 30, 2011

BEA '11: Buzz from Simon and Schuster

Props to the fantastic publicity department at Simon and Schuster last Monday for the spectacular blogger event they put on for us. In addition to feeding us lunch (thanks, guys! It was yummy), they also brought in Elizabeth Miles, author of the upcoming novel Fury, and Ellen Hopkins to give us readings, took us to the top of the Rock, and then the best part, gave us a special preview of some great books coming out later this year and early next year! And, since that information is just too exciting to NOT share, here is a recap!

First up, our lovely first presenter at the event was Elizabeth Miles. Her book Fury comes out on August 30th, and is about what happens when the three Furies decide to exact vengeance in a small Maine town. The reading that Elizabeth did gave me shivers, and I'm super excited to begin reading this one! I definitely think that Fury is a book that you will be hearing a LOT more about in the coming months.

Another book that sounds absolutely fascinating is This Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, written by Kenneth Oppel. First off, I love the title, and the way the cover is designed, where you can see through the keyhole. You just know that this is bound to be so, so interesting. It comes out August 23rd!

Some other popular books that are probably already on your radar are Perfect by Ellen Hopkins and Goliath by Scott Westerfeld. I saw Ellen for the second time at Simon and Schuster, where she gave a very interesting  and thought provoking talk and read some passages from Perfect. She is such an excellent speaker--I love her books as much as one can love poetry about some of the darkest aspects of life. I also saw Scott Westerfeld briefly on Wednesday at his signing at BEA! I got my copy signed, and am reading it now! Let me tell you--it's seriously amazing! I don't want it to ever, ever end! Yet, I also need to find out what happens...you know what that's like, right?

Okay, so we all know that dystopian novels are like, THE thing right now in YA. and that's totally awesome. I love reading about post-apocalyptic worlds. But the thing is, there needs to be an apocalypse in order for these stories to be possible, right? So how come there aren't any books about the apocalypse? Well, Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts is that sort of book. Four teens barely surviving the world falling apart? Yes, please! My only sorrow is that this one doesn't come out until November 1st!

Virtuosity, which has like, the coolest cover ever, is another book coming this October that everyone was really excited about. Written by Jessica Martinez, this one is about a girl whose drive to become one of the best teen violin players in the world puts her under a crippling amount of stress. And her anxiety isn't alleviated any when she falls for her competition. Sound intriguing? And isn't the cover amazing?

This next one seems especially enticing to me! Still Waters by Emma Carlson Berne is about what happens when Hannah goes on a romantic getaway with her boyfriend...only to have him not act the way she expects him too. And in a deserted area, it's especially hard to get away from someone. Tell me you're not interested. Because I just lugged home countless of books, and somehow it seems that when I see this cover, it's the only one I can think about. Of course it wouldn't come out until December 20th. The cruelty.

I'm also super excited for Kimberly Derting's next book, The Pledge, especially since I study a lot of languages in college (I've got a minor in Spanish, working on one in French, and have taken Ancient Greek). This one is about a world where your class is determined by your language, and to speak another language is a crime punishable by death. So, naturally the heroine can speak every language and the mysterious new guy speaks one she's never heard of before. I want it, now. Of course, this one doesn't come out until November.

We also learned the title of Lisa McMann's next YA book, Dead to You, which comes out early next year. Definitely stay posted for more info on that! (I actually met Lisa on Friday--she is the sweetest!!) The sequel to Darkness Becomes Her (which I really enjoyed) is called A Beautiful Evil, and we caught a glimpse of the cover, which a pretty awesome (will post it once I can find it online). Also, are you a fan of Lauren DeStefano's Wither? (I adored it!) The second book will be called Fever, and unfortunately, that's about all we found out! The cover reveal will happen in July, piece by piece, and there will be limited ARCs, so you can bet that I'll be reading it when the rest of you do! I'm super excited for it!

That's about all I remember...except, I wrote down Where it Began by Ann Redisch Stampler...and now I can't remember a single thing about it, except it comes out earlier next year, and I thought it sounded awesome! Memory fail.

Which book do you think you are looking forward to the most? Let me know your thoughts!


Lynsey Newton said...

The Pledge! Also love the sound of Virtuosity so I will be looking out for that one.

Bethany said...

The Pledge and Still Waters covers look amazing!

Audrey (Bibliosaurus Text) said...

I'm totally jealous you got to go to this. What fun! And I just added Dark Inside to my "to read" list, based on you promoting it here, so thanks!

Beth S. said...

Awesome post! Dark Inside and This Dark Endeavor sounds soooo good!

Anonymous said...

awesome covers
and I so have Virtuosity on my Order as soon as it's out list.


Lovely post

Wrighty said...

So many terrific books!! The wait will make me crazy though! :) Thanks for a great post!

Unknown said...

Loved this post! Will keep my eye out for these books, I love your reviews

Unknown said...

Such great books - I like the sound of all of them :D