Every Monday, I give a run down of the books that have made their way into my mailbox and inbox. Some weeks there are only a few selections to discuss, but other weeks, I’m slightly overwhelmed by not only the quantity, but also the quality of the new books that I get to read. Today is one of the latter, in case you were wondering, so I’m really excited to talk about them – and possibly you’ll walk away pretty excited as well.
While each of the books that I’m going to talk about today definitely have my attention, the one that I’ve been looking forward to read since I first heard of it back in March or April is C.J. Omololu‘s February 2010 release, Dirty Little Secrets. I have a soft spot, as you might already know, for contemporary fiction, especially when the novel deals with issues that some, if not all, teens face, and this book really fits the bill. While most young adults have secrets that they keep from either their parents or their friends, Lucy has one that is bigger and dirtier than anyone she knows (and maybe anyone you know too). You see, Lucy’s mother is a compulsive hoarder, so while the outside of her house looks pretty normal, one step through the front door brings you to piles and piles of old newspapers, magazines, random junk and the repulsive smell of something rotting. Now, just as her life seems somewhat normal, the unexpected happens. How far will Lucy go to keep her secrets hidden from the rest of the world? While hoarding has gotten more attention over the years from various media, this is one of the first fictional explorations of this phenomenon and I, for one, can’t wait to read it.
Faeries, guardian angels and soul catchers are a similar bunch…or at least I think the are, aren’t they? In Jenna Black‘s novel, Glimmerglass: A Faeriewalker Novel is the first book in a series featuring Dana Hathaway, a girl who learns that she isn’t an ordinary teen, but rather, is a Faeriewalker, a rare individual who can travel between the human and faerie worlds. Soon she’s entangled in Fae politics and romance. Will her world be normal ever again? I don’t know, but I’m looking forward to finding out. Just as Dana learns she’s more than she seems, Riley Bloom – the younger sister of Ever from Alyson Noël‘s Immortals series – has passed in the afterlife, but soon learns that it won’t be an eternity of leisure. In Radiance, she’s a Soul Catcher, and her and her teacher, Bodhi, return to Earth to get Radiant Boy to cross into the afterlife too. Others have tried and failed, but that was before he met Riley. While it’s actually a middle grade series, there is something really enchanting about this book. Do you agree? To complete the stories with otherworldly beings, Jennifer Laurens first novel in the Heavenly series, called Heavenly – surprise, surprise – is a novel about Zoe. Her autistic sister runs in front of cars, and her brother is a pothead, but when a guardian angel named Matthias comes to watch over her sister, it is Zoe who does the one thing any other girl would do – she falls in love with him. Okay, so I’ve got impossible love coming at me from every direction, but what else is up my sleeve?
Let’s find out…. These two books found their way into my inbox, rather than my mailbox, which is great because I love taking out my eReader and playing with it for a few days or so. However, what’s even better is the fact that these two tales are something special. First up is Cheryl Kaye Tardif‘s book of ghostly tales, called Skeletons In The Closet And Other Creepy Stories. While this one might be a bit more on the adult side, I think that teens and adults who like to get scared will find something worth checking out here. Finally, if you’re looking for something in the teen fantasy genre that you haven’t had the chance to peruse yet, then K.H. Koehler‘s Raiju: A Kaiju Hunter Novel might be of interest. In the vein of the Japanese kaiju, or giant monster, stories, you’ll meet Kevin Takahashi, a Japanese teen who immigrates to the US when kaiju destroy his home, only to find that a new one has been unleashed in New York City. Can this teen wizard stop a monster, the military and the US president from turning the country in to a nuclear wasteland? Can he do it without killing the girl he loves as well? If you have some reluctant male readers, then this story might very well grab their attention.
Have you heard of or read any of these novels yet? Are you waiting for one of them with anticipation? Let me know whether these books have sparked a new addition to your TBR piles just like they did when I first heard of them!