I am beyond excited for this post - beyond excited! Over the weekend I received my very first galleys! I received PDF-format galleys or ARCs of 5 new Young Adult contemporary, paranormal, or fantasy releases coming up in 2011, as well as a PDF copy of one book published last year (the sequel’s coming out in April!)
I’ve made an IMM to be posted on YouTube sometime this week (I’ll link it in this blog, too). Unfortunately, as the galleys aren’t hard copies, I couldn’t show you the absolutely stunning covers! If you’re as much of a cover lover as I am, you know this is a total drag. Natural solution? Make a blog post.
Here are the covers and publisher’s blurbs, as well as the release dates, for the ARCs I talked about in my video! I’m very excited about the opportunity to receive these via NetGalley, and my sincere thanks go out to both NG and the publishers/authors of these books. Summaries were taken from the publishers’ official blurbs, via the GoodReads website.
On to the ARCs!
Mercy by Rebecca Lim
“Mercy doesn’t realise it yet, but as she journeys into the darkest places of the human soul, she discovers that she is one of the celestial host exiled with fallen angel, Lucifer. Now she must atone for taking his side. To find her own way back to heaven, Mercy must help a series of humans in crisis and keep the unwary from getting caught up in the games that angels play. Ultimately she must choose between her immortal companion, Lucifer, and a human boy who risks everything for her love.”
Released October 19 2010 by HarperCollins
(Is it just me, or is this cover stunning? Also, the sequel, Exile, comes out April 28).
This Girl is Different by J. J. Johnson
“This girl is different… That’s what Evie has always told herself—and it’s true. Home-schooled by her counter culture mom, she’s decided to see what high school is like for the first time—for her senior year. And what a year it is.
As it turns out, it’s not just Evie who’s Different. Lots of people are. Many of her assumptions about others are turned on their heads as she makes friends with kids her own age for the first time, discovers what’s good and what’s bad about high school, and learns lessons about power and its abuse—both by the administration and by Evie herself.”
Releases April 1 from Peachtree Publishers
(Next up in my TBR pile, because of it’s looming release date! I’ll hopefully have a review of this up soon - however I’ll remind you guys I reserve the right not to review a book I don’t like. This one sounds interesting, though!)
Sharks & Boys by Kristen Tracy
“When 15-year-old Enid Calhoun follows her boyfriend Wick to Maryland for a party, fearful that he might be intending to cheat on her, she finds herself sneaking on board a houseboat where Wick and his friends plan to have a wild night. But before the boys discover their stowaway, a hurricane strikes, and the teenagers are carried miles from the shore and shipwrecked. What follows is a harrowing, yet heartwarming, story of survival, as the teens battle hypothermia, dehydration, man-eating sharks—and along the way, confront their own deepest secrets, including their catalytic roles in the disaster.”
Releases July 5 from Hyperion
Putting Makeup on Dead People by Jen Violi
“It’s been four years since Donna Parisi’s father passed away, but it might as well have been four days. Donna makes conversation and goes through the motion, but she hasn’t really gotten on with life. She’s not close with anyone, she doesn’t have a boyfriend and she’s going to college at the local university with a major that her mother picked. But one day Donna has an epiphany. She wants to work with dead people. She wants to help people say goodbye and she wants to learn to love a whole person—body and soul. She wants to live her life and be exceptional…at loving, at grieving and at embalming and cremating,too. Even as she makes the decision, things start to change. Donna makes friends with the charismatic new student, Liz. She notices the boy, Charlie, at her table and realizes that maybe he’s been noticing her, too. And she begins to forgive the rest of her family for living their lives while she’s been busy moping.
Jennifer Violi’s gentle, moving story of a girl who finds a life in the midst of death will appeal to any reader who’s felt stuck and found inspiration in an unexpected place.”
Releases July 26 from Hyperion
(I’m crazy about this cover! Beyond stoked).
The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
“The Near Witch is only an old story told to frighten children. If the wind calls at night, you must not listen. The wind is lonely, and always looking for company. And there are no strangers in the town of Near.
These are the truths that Lexi has heard all her life. But when an actual stranger—a boy who seems to fade like smoke—appears outside her home on the moor at night, she knows that at least one of these sayings is no longer true. The next night, the children of Near start disappearing from their beds, and the mysterious boy falls under suspicion. Still, he insists on helping Lexi search for them. Something tells her she can trust him.
As the hunt for the children intensifies, so does Lexi’s need to know—about the witch that just might be more than a bedtime story, about the wind that seems to speak through the walls at night, and about the history of this nameless boy. Part fairy tale, part love story, Victoria Schwab’s debut novel is entirely original yet achingly familiar: a song you heard long ago, a whisper carried by the wind, and a dream you won’t soon forget.”
Releases August 2 from Hyperion
(Another gorgeous cover!)
The Gray Wolf Throne by Cinda Williams Chima
“Han Alister thought he had already lost everyone he loved. But when he finds his friend Rebecca Morley near death in the Spirit Mountains, Han knows that nothing matters more than saving her. The costs of his efforts are steep, but nothing can prepare him for what he soon discovers: the beautiful, mysterious girl he knew as Rebecca is none other than Raisaana’Marianna, heir to the Queendom of the Fells. Han is hurt and betrayed. He knows he has no future with a blueblood. And, as far as he’s concerned, the princess’s family killed his own mother and sister. But if Han is to fulfill his end of an old bargain, he must do everything in his power to see Raisa crowned queen.
Meanwhile, some people will stop at nothing to prevent Raisa from ascending. With each attempt on her life, she wonders how long it will be before her enemies succeed. Her heart tells her that the thief-turned-wizard Han Alister can be trusted. She wants to believe it—he’s saved her life more than once. But with danger coming at her from every direction, Raisa can only rely on her wits and her iron-hard will to survive—and even that might not be enough.
The Gray Wolf Throne is an epic tale of fierce loyalty, unbearable sacrifice, and the heartless hand of fate.”
Releases September 20 from Hyperion
(Gotta go check out the others in the series… haha :)
The summaries above were taken from the GoodReads website. Thanks to the publishers and to NetGalley for providing the PDF copies of these galleys!