Hola, amigos! It’s that time of the week again, where we *SQUEE* over upcoming books that look amazing! (Personally, I’m thinking this is my favorite day of the week. Of course, it could just be that it’s Friday as well. But you’ve got to admit these are awesome books.) Without further ado, let’s get this party started!
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler and Maira Kalman
Release Date: December 27, 2011
Summary (from Goodreads): I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.
Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.
What’s To Like: A new trend in YA books is to have illustrations occasionally in the story. (P.S., I’m loving this.) My roommate actually got her hands on a very early ARC and said it was a really good read, but she didn’t have the pictures to go along with it, so she felt she was missing parts. Anyway, I’m super excited. It reminds me, in some respects, of Thirteen Reasons Why. For some reason, I just get that vibe from it.
My review of Why We Broke Up.
Everneath (Everneath, #1) by Brodi Ashton
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Summary (from Goodreads): Last spring, Nikki Beckett vanished, sucked into an underworld known as the Everneath, where immortals Feed on the emotions of despairing humans. Now she’s returned- to her old life, her family, her friends- before being banished back to the underworld… this time forever.
She has six months before the Everneath comes to claim her, six months for good-byes she can’t find the words for, six months to find redemption, if it exists.
Nikki longs to spend these months reconnecting with her boyfriend, Jack, the one person she loves more than anything. But there’s a problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who first enticed her to the Everneath, has followed Nikki to the mortal world. And he’ll do whatever it takes to bring her back- this time as his queen.
As Nikki’s time grows short and her relationships begin slipping from her grasp, she’s forced to make the hardest decision of her life: find a way to cheat fate and remain on the Surface with Jack or return to the Everneath and become Cole’s…
What’s To Like: Hello, look at this thing! It’s basically another Persephone-Hades story, which I adore, but are getting a little old now. However, I’m still pumped to read this because I’m hoping to see something new in this that I haven’t seen in the others. Plus, I just love the “what if” question that comes with this: What if you only had six months left to “live”? What would you do? Who would you see? Would you say goodbye? I’m excited to see how Nikki handles this.
My review of Everneath.
Fracture by Megan Miranda
Release Date: January 17, 2012
Summary (from Goodreads): Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine
-despite the scans that showed significant brain damage. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she’s far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can’t control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she’s reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy’s motives aren’t quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?
For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.
What’s To Like: I know the description says it’s like Before I Fall and If I Stay, but I’m thinking parts of it sound like The Body Finder. Either way, I’m totally excited to read this book. The dead coming back to life is my cup of tea. I’m just interested to see how this story plays out.
My review of Fracture.