This week’s upcoming books include a reluctant book club; what seems like a really bad idea; the conclusion to a dystopian thrill ride; and a collection of spooky faeries.
Faery Tales and Nightmares, Melissa Marr – fans of Melissa Marr in general and the Wicked Lovely series in particular will be interested in this collection of stories. There are twelve stories, described rather poetically by her website like so: “Dangerous promises and beguiling threats swirl together in a dozen stories of enchantments, dark and light, by New York Times bestselling author Melissa Marr. Uncanny and unexpected creatures appear from behind bushes, rise from under the seas, or manifest from seasonal storms to pursue the objects of their attention – with amorous or sinister intent – relentlessly. From the gentle tones of a story-teller’s cadences to the terror of a blood sacrifice, tales of favorite characters from Marr’s Wicked Lovely novels mix with accounts of new characters for readers to fall in love with… or to fear. Lush, seductive, and chilling, Melissa Marr’s stories revel in the unseen magic that infuses the world as we know it.” (author’s website)
Golly. Featured Wicked Lovely characters include Devlin and Ani (from Radiant Shadows), Niall, Irial and Leslie (from Ink Exchange), plus Seth, Keenan and Donia.
The Unbearable Book Club For Unsinkable Girls, Julie Schumacher – “I’m Adrienne Haus, survivor of a mother-daughter book club. Most of us didn’t want to join. My mother signed me up because I was stuck at home all summer, with my knee in a brace. CeeCee’s parents forced her to join after cancelling her Paris trip because she bashed up their car. The members of “The Unbearable Book Club,” CeeCee, Jill, Wallis, and I, were all going into eleventh grade A.P. English. But we weren’t friends. We were literary prisoners, sweating, reading classics, and hanging out at the pool. If you want to find out how membership in a book club can end up with a person being dead, you can probably look us up under mother-daughter literary catastrophe. Or open this book and read my essay, which I’ll turn in when I go back to school.” (goodreads.com)
Reached, Ally Condie – will be published towards the end of the year, but you can order it now! Reached is the conclusion to the best-selling Matched trilogy. “After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising—and each other—Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again.” (goodreads.com)
You can read more about the Matched trilogy in this interview with Entertainment Weekly.
Dying to Know You, Aidan Chambers – the new book by the author of Postcards from Noman’s Land. “In this contemporary love story, a teenage boy named Karl enlists a famous writer to help him impress his girlfriend, Fiorella. She has asked him to write her a letter in which he reveals his true self. But Karl isn’t convinced he’s good enough with words, so he tracks down Fiorella’s favorite author and begs him to take up the task. The writer reluctantly assents, on the condition that Karl agree to a series of interviews, so that the letter will be based on an authentic portrait of Karl. The letter, though effective, has unexpected consequences for Karl, Fiorella, and the writer.” (goodreads.com)