Looking ahead to 2009
Categorized again, but not alphabetically.
For someone who claims not to care for vampire books, there seem to be a lot of them on this list
Nightfall (The Vampire Diaries) by L. J. Smith is probably the book I’m most looking forward to. In my interview with L. J. Smith, she described it this way:
A pair of twin fox spirits, who have long black hair tipped with red at the ends like flames licking upward, who spread a possession not unlike that which gripped the victims of Salem in 1692, but modernized to the twenty-first century. (One victim pierces every part of her body—at home.) Damon turning from hunter to hunted as he cheats the twins and tries to steal Elena away alone. Damon, possessed, the apotheosis of evil, who wants Elena more than ever, and who will humiliate or kill her friends to get her. Elena’s blood an elixir that can supercharge any vampire who drinks it—making her a magnet for every vampire in the world. Glimpses of another world where evil reigns supreme. . . and where Stefan has gone, determined to get rid of the curse of his vampirism. Elena finding that she actually likes Damon when he’s not possessed, and having a crisis of the heart. Meredith, Alaric and the Field of Punished Virgins. Bonnie’s anguished choice between good old Matt Honeycutt, and bad old Damon Salvatore. Each well-loved character dealing with the change and challenges of growing up. And don’t forget, someone will die in the end of the trilogy—and is not coming back.
Lords of Misrule and Carpe Corpus (The Morganville Vampires) by Rachel Caine. Especially after Steph’s interview with Caine, since 1) I now know everything will be tied up with these two books; and 2) the Claire and Shane news.
Blood Promise (Vampire Academy) by Richelle Mead. Especially after the way Shadow Kiss ended. (It’s true. I cheated on my Cybils reading to read all 400+ pages of Shadow Kiss instead of a book nominated in my category.)
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey.
But they say faeries are the new vampires…
Bones of Faerie by Janni Lee Simner.
Fairy Lust by Cyn Balog.
Wings by Aprilynne Pike. The book sounds cool and the cover image on her website features a blurb by Stephanie Meyer, so I’m thinking a lot of Meyer’s readers are going to pick it up like they did The Hunger Games. Plus, Aprilynne Pike is a doula. How cool is that?
…and that zombies are the new faeries
You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay.
The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.
You might not be able to tell from what I’ve reviewed, but I LOVE me a good paranormal thriller/suspense (though I suppose all the Christopher Pike and L. J. Smith mentions recently have been a clue?)
The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting.
I’ve actually read this and it was awesome but I’m sticking it on this list anyway so more people will know about it
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith.
I read the description and I still have no idea what it’s about
Raven by Allison van Diepen. But I liked Street Pharm and Snitch, so I want to read this one, too. Although, I am rather surprised that it’s in hardcover.
I don’t watch soap operas but maybe I should
Red Carpet Riot by David van Etten. I haven’t had the chance to read the second book in this series yet, but assuming it’s as addictive as the first? Book #3 makes the list.
Call me shallow, but have you seen these covers?
Silver Phoenix: Beyond the Kingdom of Xia by Cindy Pon
The Reluctant Heiress by Eva Ibbotson
Just because of the title
Psych Major Syndrome by Alicia Thompson.
Between the fabulous historical novels published this year and Flygirl, I’m looking forward to next year’s historical fiction offerings
An Unclaimed Heart by Kim Wilkins just sounds so luscious. I’m assuming it’s set in Australia, and the description makes me think of my favorite Candice Proctor romances (September Moon and Whispers of Heaven, in case anyone was wondering), so I want to read this even more.
An illicit love—an oppressive father—a quest for truth.
The rules for a young English woman in 1799 are simple: Do what you’re told; stay out of the way; and don’t, under any circumstances, ask questions.
But Constance Blackchurch is insatiable, headstrong,and complex; and the quest to find her missing mother is too much to resist…
…as is Alexandre Sans-Nom, the pearl diver who steals her heart, uproots all of her social expectations, and can either ruin or save the family she loves.
Shelter Me by Alex McAulay.
The Season by Sarah McLean. I’m just hoping it’s better than Bewitching Season and La Petite Four. It got a good review at Kidliterate, though. On the other hand…oh, I’m just going to say it: the fact that she signed with Avon for (what I assume to be) three adult romances makes me kind of wary.
Sequels, sequels, and more sequels
Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce, because I’ve been anxious to read it ever Terrier came out.
Guardian of the Darkness by Nahoko Uehashi, because I want to know what happens to Balsa.
Fade by Lisa McMann.
I enjoyed their previous books
Something Maybe by Elizabeth Scott.
Brutal by Michael Harmon.
Geek Charming by Robin Palmer.
A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn (read Jolene’s review). Okay, it’s more accurate to say that I really liked Beastly, and this sounds like it’s along the lines of Beastly, not Flinn’s contemporary realistic fiction.
Sounds a bit cliched, but oh my god, I’ve got to read this
A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker. Keeping in mind that I freaking loved Simone Elkeles’ Perfect Chemistry.
Until Detention Do Us Part
When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can’t get any worse. Then she marries her “husband”: jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona’s long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer.
Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.
It’s by Sarah Dessen. I’m reading it.
Along for the Ride. I think the heading says it all.
I haven’t read the manga yet, but I heard the novel is better
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya by Nagaru Tanigawa.
Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration by Ann Bausum, the author of the fabulous With Courage and Cloth: Winning the Fight for a Woman’s Right to Vote.
Stick It!: 99 DIY Duct Tape Projects by T. L. Bonaddio so I can do something besides wallets as a teen craft with duct tape.
CosmoGIRL! Cool Room: 40 Make-It-Yourself Projects by Mark Montano. Because 1) when I reviewed CosmoGIRL! Make It Yourself: 50 Fun and Funky Projects, I said, “While it’s nice to see clothing, accessories, and bath/beauty project all in one book, I do wish that there was also a section on crafts you could make for your room or as gifts” (not that I think they’re coming out with this book because of me, though that would be nice); and 2) I liked Montano’s Big Ass Book of Crafts.
It’s on the bottom of this list for a reason
because a part of me wants to read it, and a part of me wants to avoid it as much as possible: Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty. So I kinda want to read it because it’s partly from Marcus’s perspective. But I also don’t want to read it because I couldn’t even finish Charmed Thirds, I was so determined not to let it ruin my love of Sloppy Firsts and Second Helpings. Maybe I’ll just read the Marcus sections, because Steph’s interview with McCafferty halfway convinced me to give it a try, like how I ended up only reading the Charmed Thirds parts about Bridget and Percy. (Hey, whatever happened to them in book #4? I skipped it, so can anyone fill me in?) Maybe I’ll have Gayle read it first and tell me what happens. I don’t know! What should I do?