And on with the Kristi and Alea show, aka IMM...
The Pact - Jodi Picoult
Until the phone calls came at 3:00 A.M. on a November morning, the Golds and their neighbors, the Hartes, had been inseparable. It was no surprise to anyone when their teenage children, Chris and Emily, began showing signs that their relationship was moving beyond that of lifelong friends. But now seventeen-year-old Emily has been shot to death by her beloved and devoted Chris as part of an apparent suicide pact -- leaving two devastated families stranded in the dark and dense predawn, desperate for answers about an unthinkable act and the children they never really knew.
I proudly announce that I have never wanted to read a Picoult novel. I get that she's astoundingly successful, a writing machine if you will but none of her stories interested me enough to pick up a copy. To be painfully honest, if I wanted to read a book about teens killing one another (without supernatural forces at play) I would prefer to get my hands on Hate List.
Zombie Blondes - Brian James
From the moment Hannah Sanders arrived in town, she felt there was something wrong.
A lot of houses were for sale, and the town seemed infected by an unearthly quiet. And then, on Hannah’s first day of classes, she ran into a group of cheerleaders—the most popular girls in school.
The odd thing was that they were nearly identical in appearance: blonde, beautiful, and deathly pale.
But Hannah wants desperately to fit in—regardless of what her friend Lukas is telling her: if she doesn’t watch her back, she’s going to be blonde and popular and dead—just like all the other zombies in this town. . . .
Not really interested...I think the anime style cover annoyed me from the beginning and the concept didn't really grab me.
The Genius Wars - Catherine Jinks
In a thrilling conclusion to the Genius trilogy, Cadel must think like a criminal mastermind.
After abandoning a life of lies and mistrust, fifteen-year-old Cadel has finally found his niche. He has a proper home, good friends and loving parents. He's even studying at university.
But he's still not safe from Prosper English, who's now a fugitive from justice and determined to smash everything that Cadel has struggled to build. When Cadel's nearest and dearest are threatened, he must launch an all-out attack on the man he once viewed as his father.
Can he track down Prosper before it's too late? And what rules will they both have to break in the process?
I haven't read the titles that predated this one so I am not sure how much I will follow.
Betrayals - Lili St. Crow
Poor Dru Anderson. Her parents are long gone, her best friend is a werewolf, and she's just learned that the blood flowing through her veins isn't entirely human. (So what else is new?)
Now Dru is stuck at a secret New England Schola for other teens like her, and there's a big problem - she's the only girl in the place. A school full of cute boys wouldn't be so bad, but Dru's killer instinct says that one of them wants her dead. And with all eyes on her, discovering a traitor within the Order could mean a lot more than social suicide. . .
Can Dru survive long enough to find out who has betrayed her trust - and maybe even her heart?
Note to publishers...do not make the protagonist a pity-fest in the first line of your blurb. It angers me, especially having read the first title and not really empathising with Dru all that much. I will read it just to find out if Christophe is really as delightful as glimpses show him to be - fingers crossed he's an evil, arrogant son of a gun.
Leviathan - Scott Westerfeld
In an alternate 1914 Europe, fifteen-year-old Austrian Prince Alek, on the run from the Clanker Powers who are attempting to take over the globe using mechanical machinery, forms an uneasy alliance with Deryn who, disguised as a boy to join the British Air Service, is learning to fly genetically-engineered beasts.
I have been offered the chance to interview the author some time this month and I am so glad that I will be able to do so AFTER reading the book. I am really excited to see Westerfeld's take on steampunk and the first world war. Yay...the illustrations are great.
Two more days (and +$70) until I get my hands on HC copies of Willow and 20 Boy Summer...very excited.