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A few new books and a few new magazines

That’s right; only a few books. But there were an awful lot the other day, so we can’t be too sad.

Addicted to Her, by Janet Nichols Lynch (220 pages) – Rafael falls obsessively in love with Monique, whose attentions require that he must choose between her, and his family and his responsibilities.

First lines: ‘Monique! She’s everything I could ever want.

The Sigh of Haruhi Suzumiya, by Nagaru Tanigawa (201 pages) – this is the sequel to The Melancholy of Hurahi Suzimiya. Which I can only recommend! Hurahi Suzimiya is the creator of the SOS club, and now she wants to create a film. She is also a goddess who can destroy the world (she doesn’t know this).

First line: ‘The sole worry of Haruhi, who looked like she didn’t have a worry in the world, could be summed up with the words “the world was too normal.”

Halo, by Alexandra Adornetto (484 pages) – The first in a series, I think. It is about angels – check the cover! One of them, Bethany, falls in love with the ‘handsome school captain,’ Xavier, in a wee town they – the angels – are protecting from the forces of evil led by a suave demon named Jake.

First lines: ‘Our arrival didn’t exactly go as planned. I remember it was almost dawn when we landed because the streetlights were still on.

And here are the magazines. They’ve built up! I have been on holiday.

Teen Vogue September 2010 – Get perfect skin | Read Lady Gaga’s self-confidence secrets | See the latest fashions | Flick past ads for those weird ‘shaping’ shoes
Simpsons Comics #164 – quite funny!
Entertainment Weekly #1113 – ‘The secrets of Inception‘ 
Entertainment Weekly #1114 – Eat Pray Love
White Dwarf
August 2010 – DAEMONS
Australian Mad Magazine #458
Dolly August 2010 – ‘Dating mini dramas sorted!’ | Bigorexia | “I have the most Youtube subscribers in Australia”

Calling all supernatural creatures

Are there any more out there? The teen blog new books posts have been inundated by angels recently (see this, for example), and we’re told that they’re the new vampire. We were told previously that zombies were the new vampire, but it’s tough being a romantic love interest when you’ve got no brain (or is it?). Last year I thought maybe fairies would do the trick.

So, if you’re getting picky about your supernatural creatures (fair enough), then here’s a tip on how to search for them in the library catalogue: in the classic catalogue, choose a keyword search and then type, for example, zombies young adult fiction (or zombies fiction if you want to broaden your search). You’ll end up with a list that looks a little something like this. So, they’re all here: zombies, fairies, angels, vampires.

If you want to do some more in-depth browsing then Fiction Connection in MyGateway would be an excellent place to start.

Getting back to angels, here are a few novels that feature angels, but not necessarily in the dark, brooding, fallen romantic sense that you might be interested in:

Meridian, Amber Kizer (2010). While, yes, this does appear to be romantic, the angel is a girl angel, so worth noting.

Going Bovine, Libba Bray (2009). Going Bovine contains a bizarre collection of characters, including Dulcie, who is, I’m pretty sure, an angel, with pink hair and white wings even.

Skellig, David Almond (1999). Michael moves into his family’s garage as his premature baby sister fights for her life and his home becomes an anxious place. In the garage is Skellig, a creature that appears to be part owl, part angel, who is not doing too well, so Michael and his neighbour Mina nurse him back to health.

Dark Angel, L J Smith (1998). Once again, L J Smith is so cutting edge that she’s got in at least 10 years before others (the first Vampire Diaries book was published in 1991), and she’s already done angels. Angel saves Gillian’s life and becomes like her guardian angel, who only she can see. Gillian’s star is on the rise, thanks to Angel’s influence, and her crush starts to notice her, but then her life becomes increasingly dark and dangerous…

Yet More New Books

Another large load from the new book factory.

Meridian, Amber Kizer (305 pages) – “dark, lovely and lushly romantic” says the cover. Meridian is half human, half angel and she’s packed off to her great aunt’s to come to terms with this fact. Here she must learn how to be who she is, work out how to use her gifts, and deal with the ever-present dark danger of the Aternocti. If you like books like Hush, Hush you might be interested?

First sentence: The first creatures to see me were the insects; my parents cleaned the bassinet free of dead ants the morning after they brought me home from the hospital.

The Mark, Jen Nadol (228 pages) – Cassandra can tell when people are about to die (there’s a glow like candlelight that only she can see). After coming to terms with this fact she sets about working out what this means, and whether she can influence fate.

First sentence: There is nothing like the gut-hollowing experience of watching someone die, especially when you know it’s coming.

The Orange Houses, Paul Griffin (147 pages) – Three outsiders – Mik, who is hearing impared; Jimmi, a street poet; and Fatima, a refugee – form a tight friendship and “set off an explosive chain of events that will alter the course of each of their lives.”

First sentence: Everybody’s eyes were like, Say what?

The Lonely Hearts Club, Elizabeth Fulberg (285 pages) – Penny swears off boys and forms The Lonely Hearts Club which becomes super popular, which is only bad when the founding member of said club finds a boy she kind of likes…

First sentence: I, Penny Lane Bloom, do solemnly swear to never date another boy for as long as I shall live.

Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials, Rosalind Wiseman (279 pages) – Charlie is trying to lay low in high school, since middle school ended up getting a bit ugly, but then her old best friend, Will, arrives back in town and he’s super popular on account of being hot, and Charlie ends up in the thick of things again, which turns “near deadly”. A story of friendship and what happens when you try too hard to fit in.

First sentence: Here’s the deal.

Hold Still, Nina LaCour (229 pages) – Caitlin’s friend Ingrid committed suicide, leaving behind her journal of writings and illustrations, which Caitlin reads and processes in the subsequent year.

First sentence: I watch drops of water fall from the ends of my hair.

The Vinyl Princess, Yvonne Prinz (313 pages) – Allie’s into vinyl and works at a record shop – bliss if you’re really into music. In this environment she works on her Vinyl Princess persona, publishing her first zine, blogging, and finding the true music geeks she knows must be out there. A story riding the Zeitgeist.

First sentence: I sense him in my midst.

The Life of Glass, Jillian Cantor (340 pages) – Melissa is coming to terms with the loss of her much-loved father, and with what it means to be beautiful, on the inside and the outside.

First sentence: The last thing my father ever told me was that it takes glass a million years to decay.

Last Night I Sang to the Monster, Benjamin Alire Saenz (239 pages) – Zach is eighteen and in rehab, suffering from amnesia induced by alcohol and depression. With help he can (we hope!) work through it all toward a better life.

First sentence: I want to gather up all the words in the world and write them down on little pieces of paper – then throw them in the air.

Lockdown, Walter Dean Myers (247 pages) – Reese is in juvy and wants to get out as soon as possible, but his friend Toon is getting a hard time and it’s hard being squeaky clean when people want to push you around.

First sentence: “I hope you mess this up!”

Undead Much?, Stacey Jay (306 pages) – zombies running amok again at school, with Megan Berry having to sort out the undead mess, which is hard when one of the undead might be even hotter than your hot boyfriend (and psychic too – how can you be psychic though if you don’t have a brain?).

First sentence: Okay, this was it.

A Voice of Her Own, Barbara Dana (343 pages) – subtitled “Becoming Emily Dickinson”. Emily Dickinson is one of America’s pre-eminent 19th Century poets, an unusual character known for her poems about death (‘Because I would not stop for death he kindly stopped for me’ etc), and who wore only white and refused to conform to society’s expectations. A Voice of Her Own brings to life her childhood and her unique voice.

First sentence: It was too dreary, the last of our family’s possessions piled by the side of the road as if Gypsies had relinquished squatter’s rights and were moving on to points unknown.

A Banquet for Hungry Ghosts, Ying Chang Compestine (176 pages) – the cover says “A collection of deliciously frightening tales”. Chinese ghosts, apparently, are a bit of a nightmare unless you offer them some tempting food. Lucky, then, that this collection of short stories also contains recipes.

First sentence (from ‘Steamed Dumplings’): Long ago, in 200 B.C.E., there was a small village called Bright Stars situated in the northern mountains of China, along the midsection of the Great Wall.

Nothing, Janne Teller (227 pages) – translated from the Danish and described as ‘A Lord of the Flies for the twenty-first century’. Pierre Anthon climbs a plum tree and doesn’t come down because life is worth nothing. His friends are, unsurprisingly, concerned for him, so set about proving there is meaning in life by creating a “pile of meaning” in a sawmill, an exercise which sounds pretty cool on face value, but becomes sinister as the friends push each other beyond the limit.

First sentence: Nothing matters.

The Billionaire’s Curse, Richard Newsome (355 pages) – Gerald is a billionaire at thirteen, which sounds pretty cool, but his new status as a billionaire means he must solve a murder, with the help of his friends, because his life is in imminent danger.

First sentence: The clock on the wall chimed twice.

Drama Girl, Carmen Reid (Secrets at St Jude’s, 287 pages) – Gina, Niffy and Amy discover that mixing their home friends and their school friends can be problematic. Drama ensues.

First sentence: ‘Mom!’ Gina Peterson exclaimed, holding her arms wide for a hug.

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