This week, I want to discuss (in some detail) four September 2009 titles that I am especially excited about: Liar by Justine Larbalestier, The Everafter by Amy Huntley, Candor by Pam Bachorz and The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner.
We already know that September is going to rock - HARD. There's Catching Fire, Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games follow-up on the 1st (my most coveted book of the year, but then you know that), The Miles Between by Mary E. Pearson also on the 1st, Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted on the 7th, The Splendor Falls by Rosemary Clement Moore on the 8th, Give up the Ghost by Megan Crewe on the 15th, The Long Wait for Tomorrow by Joaquin Dorfman on the 22nd and Going Bovine by Libba Bray also on the 22nd. And so many more.
And there are even more to be excited about! Read on...
The Silver Blade by Sally Gardner. Penguin. September 17, 2009.
Why I want to read it: This is the follow-up to The Red Necklace which I really enjoyed. (Read my Red Necklace review).
Summary from amazon:
A mysterious boy is the focus of a novel that takes us from the September Massacres of 1792 to the death of Robespierre four years later. After rescuing Sido, the young daughter of an aristocrat, Yann flees to England, making secret journeys back to France to smuggle out refugees. He and Sido fall in love - but then she is kidnapped, and he needs all his courage and skill to rescue her a second time. Even then the young lovers are not safe, for our hero learns who he really is, and how can Sido marry him?
Candor by Pam Bachorz. EgmontUSA. September 22, 2009.
Why I want to read it: Just the kind of high concept I love. First caught my attention at this post on Shooting Stars Mag.
Oscar Banks has everything under control. In a town where his father brainwashes everyone, he's found a way to secretly fight the subliminal Messages. He's got them all fooled: Oscar's the top student and the best-behaved teen in town. Nobody knows he's made his own Messages to deprogram his brain. Oscar has even found a way to get rich. For a hefty price, he helps new kids escape Candor, Florida before they're transformed into cookie-cutter teens. But then Nia Silva moves to Candor, and Oscar's carefully-controlled world crumbles.
Liar by Justine Larbalestier. BloomsburyUSA. September 29, 2009.
Why I want to read it: Sounds like a very cool spin on the unreliable narrator technique. And it has an awesome cover.
Couldn't find a summary anywhere except for this little tease from Jenn H.'s early review at Oops... Wrong Cookie:
Micah is different. She has always been a loner and freely admits to being a liar, but when her secret boyfriend dies mysteriously, her whole life comes under scrutiny. Now she plans to tell you the truth, the whole truth......or so she says.
The Everafter by Amy Huntley. HarperTeen. September 29, 2009.
Why I want to read it: I am always fascinated by novels set in the afterlife. Though this one looks something straight out of my nightmares. First caught my attention at Lauren's Crammed Bookshelf.
Madison Stanton doesn't know where she is or how she got there. But she does know this--she is dead. And alone, in a vast, dark space. The only company she has in this place are luminescent objects that turn out to be all the things Maddy lost while she was alive. And soon she discovers that with these artifacts, she can re-experience--and sometimes even change--moments from her life: Her first kiss. A trip to Disney World. Her sister's wedding. A disastrous sleepover.In reliving these moments, Maddy learns illuminating and sometimes frightening truths about her life--and death.
So - do you agree that September is going to be awesome? Which book are you MOST excited about? Did I miss anything?
As always, Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.