Some new books. Not too many, but not too few; it’s just about the right number of books. I lie – loads more have come in.
Impulse, by Ellen Hopkins (666 pages) – A truly ominous number of pages, you might think. But it’s a story told in poetry, so you’ll read this book quickly. It’s about three young people whose failed suicide attempts bring them all to a hospital, where they meet and heal one another.
Sister Wife, by Shelley Hrdlitschka (269 pages) – Fifteen-year-old Celeste was born and raised in a religious cult called The Movement; women are expected to marry young and obey their husbands, and everyone dresses like Anne of Green Gables. Celeste wants to do something for herself, but breaking away would bring shame to her family.
First sentence: ‘I am consumed with impure thoughts.‘
Pretty Monsters : Stories, by Kelly Link (389 pages) – This collection of nine short stories are all ‘weirdly wonderful and a touch macabre’, featuring aliens, dueling librarians (yes!), pirates, an undead babysitter, and Tennessee Fainting Goats.
First sentence: ‘All of this happened because a boy I once knew named Miles Sperry decided to go into the resurrectionist business and dig up the grave of his girlfriend, Bethany Baldwin, who had been dead not quite a year.’
Teen Inc., by Stefan Petrucha (244 pages) – Jaiden Beale’s folks were killed by some faulty equipment when he was younger. He was adopted by NECorp, the makers of the faulty equipment, and he’s been raised by committee ever since. However! He begins to rebel, uncovers scandal concerning NECorp, and may need to choose to bring the company down.
First sentence: ‘Ever wondered what’d happen if everyone just stopped believing in money?’
The Faerie Queen’s Deception, by Maggie Stiefwater (325 pages) – Shy and introverted Deirdre discovers that she can see faeries, and is soon drawn into their dangerous worlds. The old Faerie Queen herself is at the centre of the intrique involving Deirdre and her pal, James.
First sentence: ‘”You’ll be fine once you throw up,” Mom said from the front seat.’
Vidalia in Paris, by Sasha Watson (282 pages) – Vidalia wins a scholarship to study art in Paris for the summer. While is Paris she meet two guys who fancy her; Julien, who works in a bookstore, and Marco, who turns out to be a bit of a criminal. Is it too late for Vidalia? I shan’t tell you.
First sentence: ‘”Um, that’s my seat.“‘
The Vampire Diaries - The Return : Nightfall, by L. J. Smith (586 pages) – This is the first in a long-awaited new Vampire Diaries trilogy. It will be very popular, no doubt; the Vampire Diaries are still being read, and the Twilight series has proven that vampires are more popular than ever. Zombies will be big in ‘09, I reckon.
First sentences: ‘Ste-fan? Elena was frustrated. She couldn’t make the mind-word come out the way she wanted.’
Jet Set, by Cassie Karasyov and Kill Kargman (243 pages) – The Van Pelt academy in Switzerland has the richest girls, cliques, royals, and Lucy Peterson, an average American teen with a scholarship.
First sentence: ‘Imagine a school with endless gilded hallways that rival Versailles.‘
Cycler, by Lauren McLaughlin (250 pages) – Jill McTeague is a normal smart senior who just happens to turn into a boy, Jack, for four days every month. It’s just a secret at this stage, but Jack’s getting restless, and he’s beginning to appear more often …
First sentence: ‘”I am all girl.”‘
The Lady Grace Mysteries : Keys, by Grace Cavendish (196 pages) – Young Grace Cavendish, Lady Pursuivant to Queen Elizabeth I, once again is determined to solve a most heinous crime. The Queen’s clockmaker has been found murdered, clasping a key. What can it all mean?
First sentence: ‘We arrived at Hampton Court Palace just this morning and already something terrible has happened.‘
Shadow Kiss : A Vampire Academy Novel, by Richelle Mead (444 pages) – This is the third book in an ongoing series. St. Vladimir’s Academy for young vampires is attacked by the Strigoi, Rose starts having dark thoughts and seeing ghosts, all the while determined to testify against the nasty Victor Dashkov.
Numbers, by Rachel Ward (285 pages) – Jem can look into someone’s eyes and will see the date that they will die. Her life isn’t a walk in the park, but she meets someone who makes life brighter – until she ‘forsees a chain of events that will shatter their lives for ever …’
First sentences: ‘There are places where kids like me go. Sad kids, bad kids, bored kids and lonely kids, kids that are different.‘
Exposed, by Susan Vaught (330 pages)
Girl Next Door, by Alyssa Brugman (280 pages)
Love Ya, Babe, by Chris Higgins (291 pages)
Busted : Confessions of an Accidental Player, by Antony John (253 pages)
The Bad Tuesdays : Twisted Symmetry, by Benjamin J. Myers (329 pages)
Just Jealous, by Anne Cassidy (281 pages)
Fearless, by T. E. Berry Hart (391 pages)