September 25 New Releases

26 Sep

Egads, only my second week doing new releases and already I’m running behind! I had all these intentions of writing not just this post, but the review of Kat Zhang‘s What’s Left of Me, but instead I sat out in the late September sun and finished reading John Corey Whaley‘s Where Things Come Back. I’ll give you a hint: I really liked one of the books, the other one was rather underwhelming. I’ll let you try to figure out which one’s which before I write up the reviews. Now, without further adieu, WHAT THE HECK IS NEW THIS WEEK????!!! (Or at least: what are SOME of the new books this week??)

NEW FOR THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 25

Title: Dodger
Author: Terry Pratchett
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: historic fantasy
Blurb: A storm. Rain-lashed city streets. A flash of lightning. A scruffy lad sees a girl leap desperately from a horse-drawn carriage in a vain attempt to escape her captors. Can the lad stand by and let her be caught again? Of course not, because he’s . . . Dodger.
Seventeen-year-old Dodger may be a street urchin, but he gleans a living from London’s sewers, and he knows a jewel when he sees one. He’s not about to let anything happen to the unknown girl—not even if her fate impacts some of the most powerful people in England. From Dodger’s encounter with the mad barber Sweeney Todd to his meetings with the great writer Charles Dickens and the calculating politician Benjamin Disraeli, history and fantasy intertwine in a breathtaking account of adventure and mystery.
Excitement Factor: OMG.

Title: The Blessed
Author: Tonya Hurley
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Genre: supernatural thriller
Blurb:  What if martyrs and saints lived among us? And what if you were told you were one of them? Meet Agnes, Cecilia, and Lucy. Three lost girls, each searching for something. But what they find is Beyond Belief.
Excitement factor: Maybe, if I’ve got nothing else on my bookshelf.

 

Title: The Infects
Author: Sean Beaudoin
Publisher: Candlewick
Genre: horror, (black) humor
Blurb: Seventeen-year-old Nero is stuck in the wilderness with a bunch of other juvenile delinquents on an “Inward Trek.” As if that weren’t bad enough, his counselors have turned into flesh-eating maniacs overnight and are now chowing down on his fellow miscreants. As in any classic monster flick worth its salted popcorn, plentiful carnage sends survivors rabbiting into the woods while the mindless horde of “infects” shambles, moans, and drools behind. Of course, these kids have seen zombie movies. They generate “Zombie Rules” almost as quickly as cheeky remarks, but attitude alone can’t keep the biters back. Serving up a cast of irreverent, slightly twisted characters, an unexpected villain, and an ending you won’t see coming, here is a savvy tale that that’s a delight to read — whether you’re a rabid zombie fan or freshly bitten — and an incisive commentary on the evil that lurks within each of us.
Excitement factor: Maybe, if I’ve got nothing else on my bookshelf. (I should clarify: this actually looks good, but I have a hard time with zombies.)

Title: The Other Normals
Author: Ned Vizzini
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: …fantasy? I think?
Blurb: Given the chance, fifteen-year-old Peregrine “Perry” Eckert would dedicate every waking moment to Creatures & Caverns, an epic role-playing game rich with magical creatures, spell casting, and deadly weapons. The world of C&C is where he feels most comfortable in his own skin. But that isn’t happening—not if his parents have anything to do with it. Concerned their son lacks social skills, they ship him off to summer camp to become a man. They want him to be outdoors playing with kids his own age and meeting girls—rather than indoors alone, with only his gaming alter ego for company. Perry knows he’s in for the worst summer of his life. Everything changes, however, when Perry gets to camp and stumbles into the World of the Other Normals. There he meets Mortin Enaw, one of the creators of C&C, and other mythical creatures from the game, including the alluring Ada Ember, whom Perry finds more beautiful than any human girl he’s ever met. Perry’s new otherworldly friends need his help to save their princess and prevent mass violence. As they embark on their quest, Perry realizes that his nerdy childhood has uniquely prepared him to be a great warrior in this world, and maybe even a hero. But to save the princess, Perry will have to learn how to make real connections in the human world as well.
Excitement factor: Yes, please!

Title: The Paladin Prophecy
Author: Mark Frost
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Genre: fantasy/thriller
Blurb: Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents’ insistence, he’s made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam. Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he’s capable of–physical and mental feats that should be impossible–and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.
Excitement factor: Maybe, if I’ve got nothing else on my bookshelf.

Title: The Turning
Author: Francine Prose
Publisher: HarperTeen
Genre: Horror
Blurb: Jack is spending the summer on a private island far from modern conveniences. No Wi-Fi, no cell service, no one else on the island but a housekeeper and the two very peculiar children in his care. The first time Jack sees the huge black mansion atop a windswept hill, he senses something cold, something more sinister than even the dark house itself.
Soon, he feels terribly isolated and alone. Yet he is not alone. The house has visitors—peering in the windows, staring from across the shore. But why doesn’t anyone else see them . . . and what do they want? As secrets are revealed and darker truths surface, Jack desperately struggles to maintain a grip on reality. He knows what he sees, and he isn’t crazy. . . . Or is he?
Excitement factor: Maybe, if I’ve got nothing else on my bookshelf.

Title: Darkwater
Author: Catherine Fisher
Publisher: Dial
Genre: horror fantasy
Blurb: Sixteen-year-old Sarah Trevelyan would give anything to regain the power and wealth her family has lost, so she makes a bargain with Azrael, Lord of Darkwater Hall. He gives her one hundred years and the means to accomplish her objective–in exchange for her soul. Fast-forward a hundred years to Tom, a fifteen-year-old boy who dreams of attending Darkwater Hall School but doesn’t believe he has the talent. Until he meets a professor named Azrael, who offers him a bargain. Will Sarah be able to stop Tom from making the same mistake she did a century ago?
Excitement factor: Maybe, if I’ve got nothing else on my bookshelf.

 

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