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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Debut YA Book Birthdays ~ Week of July 9th

So, I'm back from vacation, but not feeling particularly rested.  It was loads of driving, quite a bit of rain, and 2 kids.  Not that the gulf coast beaches weren't great - because they were - but you know that expression about needing a vacation from your vacation?

Now that I'm back into the swing of things though (lunches packed for camp, etc.) I'm looking forward to seeing what debut YA book birthdays are coming up this week.  Care to join me?

STILL STAR-CROSSED by Melinda Taub

Romeo and Juliet are gone. Will love live on? Despite the glooming peace that's settled on Verona after the recent tragedy, Montagues and Capulets are brawling in the streets. Faced with more bloody battles, Prince Escalus concludes that the only way to truly marry the fortunes of these two families is to literally marry them together. Everyone is skeptical, but none more so than the pair selected, for the most eligible Montague bachelor is Benvolio, Romeo's best friend, still anguished by the loss of his companions, and the chosen Capulet maid is Juliet's older cousin Rosaline, the girl Romeo first loved and whose refusal of Romeo's affection paved the way for bloodshed. Contrary to their late cousins, there's no love lost between Benvolio and Rosaline, yet they forge a bond to end the renewed feud not only to escape their forced betrothal, but to save their lives and the city of Verona itself. 


SMOKESCREEN by Nancy Hartry

Nothing in Kerry’s life prepares her for her first summer job. Stationed as far north from Toronto as Florida is south, unqualified and inexperienced, she perceives hazards around every tree. What does she know about fieldwork? Or black bears? Or men? Absolutely nothing—all she’s done with her life so far is competitive dance. If her mother only knew what this job required!

Kerry’s new partner, Yvette, is unlike anyone she’s ever met and something about her doesn’t add up. Her boss is a chauvinist pig and out to get them. When forest fires break out, Kerry and Yvette are drafted for fire duty and sent deeper into the bush—even closer to the fire. As all of northwestern Ontario goes up in flames, Kerry vows to find out what is really going on and uncovers a crime of international scope and scale that will threaten her life.
 
Smokescreen is an adrenalin pumping adventure, pitting two resourceful young women against nature and man at their most greedy.  Truth and lies.  Fire and darkness.  Who will triumph when nothing is what it seems?


THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING by Kari Luna

One part Libba Bray's GOING BOVINE, two parts String Theory, and three parts love story equals a whimsical novel that will change the way you think about the world.
Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad.

Guided by Walt, her shaman panda, and her new (human) friend named Finny, Sophie is determined to find her father and figure out her visions, once and for all. So she travels back to where it began—New York City and NYU’s physics department. As she discovers more about her dad’s research on M-theory and her father himself, Sophie opens her eyes to the world’s infinite possibilities—and her heart to love.

Perfect for fans of Going Bovine, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Probability of Miracles.


45 POUNDS (MORE OR LESS) by Kelly Barson

Here are the numbers of Ann Galardi's life:

She is 16.
And a size 17.
Her perfect mother is a size 6.
Her Aunt Jackie is getting married in 2 months, and wants Ann to be a bridesmaid.
So Ann makes up her mind: Time to lose 45 pounds (more or less).

Welcome to the world of informercial diet plans, wedding dance lessons, endless run-ins with the cutest guy Ann's ever seen—and some surprises about her not-so-perfect mother.

And there's one more thing—it's all about feeling comfortable in your own skin—no matter how you add it up!

K.A. Barson's sparkling debut is "deliciously relatable, with a lot of laughter on the side." -- Rita Williams-Garcia, New York Times best-selling author 


SOME QUIET PLACE by Kelsey Sutton

I can’t weep. I can’t fear. I’ve grown talented at pretending.

Elizabeth Caldwell doesn’t feel emotions . . . she sees them. Longing, Shame, and Courage materialize around her classmates. Fury and Resentment appear in her dysfunctional home. They’ve all given up on Elizabeth because she doesn’t succumb to their touch. All, that is, save one—Fear. He’s intrigued by her, as desperate to understand the accident that changed Elizabeth’s life as she is herself.

Elizabeth and Fear both sense that the key to her past is hidden in the dream paintings she hides in the family barn. But a shadowy menace has begun to stalk her, and try as she might, Elizabeth can barely avoid the brutality of her life long enough to uncover the truth about herself. When it matters most, will she be able to rely on Fear to save her?


So, what do you think about the debuts this week?  I hadn't heard of Still Star-Crossed yet, but it sounds pretty good.  I like the sound of Some Quiet Place too.

4 comments:

Jen Daiker said...

I just read about 45 Days (more or less) and I am such a fan of that one!!!

The others are intriguing as well! Love me some good cover art!

Maji Bookshelf said...

Still Star Crossed sounds interesting, though I'm not a fan of any Romeo and Juliet retelling, but this seems different. I just got some Quiet Place for review and I am going to read it today.

- Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

Natasha Hanova said...

Some great covers here! They all sound so different and interesting. Congrats to the authors!

Beth said...

Still Starcrossed sounds awesome. I tried to get a galley of 45 pounds more or less but was rejected. So sad.

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