Thought I’d have a look at what’s coming out this year in the way of sequels and nexts in series and all that: it’s an interesting collection. I will let you know when the selectors place orders for these titles (so new they’re not even in the catalogue!) so you can reserve the ones you’re eager to read.
Fire by Kristin Cashore (if you like the books by Cassandra Clare you should have a look at Graceling (and reserve Fire when you can)). Kristin Cashore was getting rave reviews for Graceling pretty much before the book was even published. We at the library thought it was a pretty good fantasy, although the villain could have been made more of: he had the potential to be a lot more menacing. The book covers are gorgeous (exhibit A to the right).
Daniel X: Watch the Skies – did you like The Dangerous Days of Daniel X? Well, this year he’s back in a second book. James Patterson’s website is frankly unforthcoming with info about what’s going to happen, but Amazon thinks it knows: an evil villain has ridden into the town of Holliswood and there’s only one person who can sort him out (but can he be sorted out at all?).
Then from the prolific Robert Muchamore stable there’s Eagle Day (Henderson’s Boys) and Brigands M.C. (CHERUB). Eagle Day finds Henderson’s Boys embroiled in the Battle of Britain, and the M.C. in Brigands M.C. stands for Motorcycle Club, as in the gang that killed Dante’s family.
Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me? (Confessions of Georgia Nicolson). She’s back. If you want to know what she’s up to in her tenth book the best place to go is the, fittingly, hideously pink website for a synopsis.
Of course, I’m anticipating with interest Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. Will there be enough romance to keep the Twilight fans happy and for it to be the next big thing?
And for next year: if you’re into Cassandra Clare and you’re a bit miffed that the Mortal Instruments trilogy is only a trilogy and it’s all been published (with the concluding book City of Glass), you’ll be interested to know that she’s currently writing another trilogy (The Infernal Devices) about the Downworlders and set in Victorian England. Her titles are very Philip Reeve.
For people wanting another gut-wrenching reading experience, look no further than the third book in the “Moon Crash Trilogy” by Susan Beth Pfeffer, titled This World We Live In (check out this interview), also due to be published next year.
In the Who Knows? category we have Book 4 of the Inheritance Cycle (Christopher Paolini) and Book 4 in the Queen’s Thief series (Megan Whalen Turner – supposedly 2010 but still called blightingly “Title Unknown”). Hurry up people.