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Books on My Radar

March 19th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

It’s been awhile since I put together a post on books that I’ve stumbled across in the blogosphere.  Here are just some of the great looking ones I’ve found.  I notice the list is dominated by HarperTeen books this time around.  What do you think?

Breathing Under Water by Alex Finn (HarperTeen, came out in 2002 but now has a much better cover)

Summary from Nick is one of the chosen few at his high school: intelligent, popular, and wealthy. People think his life is pretty easy. Except for one thing. Nick has never told anyone about his father’s violent temper. When Nick meets Caitlin, he thinks she is the answer to all his problems. Caitlin is everything Nick has ever wanted—beautiful, talented, and in love with him. But then everything changes, and Nick must face the fact that he has gotten more from his father than green eyes and money.

Eve by Anna Carey (HarperTeen due out October 2011)

Summary from The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. The night before eighteen-year-old Eve’s graduation from her all-girls school she discovers what really happens to new graduates, and the horrifying fate that awaits her. Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Separated from men her whole life, Eve has been taught to fear them, but Caleb slowly wins her trust…and her heart. He promises to protect her, but when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.

Dark Inside by Jeyn Roberts (Simon and Schuster due out November 2011)

Summary from Since mankind began, civilizations have always fallen: the Romans, the Greeks, the Aztecs…Now it’s our turn. Huge earthquakes rock the world. Cities are destroyed. But something even more awful is happening. An ancient evil has been unleashed, turning everday people into hunters, killers, crazies. Mason’s mother is dying after a terrible car accident. As he endures a last vigil at her hospital bed, his school is bombed and razed to the ground, and everyone he knows is killed. Aries survives an earthquake aftershock on a bus, and thinks the worst is over when a mysterious stranger pulls her out of the wreckage, but she’s about to discover a world changed forever. Clementine, the only survivor of an emergency town hall meeting that descends into murderous chaos, is on the run from savage strangers who used to be her friends and neighbors. And Michael witnesses a brutal road rage incident that is made much worse by the arrival of the police–who gun down the guilty party and then turn on the bystanding crowd. Where do you go for justice when even the lawmakers have turned bad? These four teens are on the same road in a world gone mad. Struggling to survive, clinging on to love and meaning wherever it can be found, this is a journey into the heart of darkness – but also a journey to find each other and a place of safety.

A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies (HarperTeen, due out September 2011)

Summary from Skye never questioned the story of her life. Her Aunt Jo adopted her after the death of her parents when she was just a child, and together they flip through memories the way some people flip through photo albums.

She never questioned if the stories were true.

Until the night of her 17th birthday, when the arrival of two strangers intrudes on her cozy life. Polar opposites, like fire and ice, Asher is dark and wild, while Devin is fair, cold, and aloof. Skye has no idea what they want—only that their presence coincides with the beginning of some shockingly strange events. Events that Skye, if she dares to think it, might be responsible for causing.

High up in the mountains of Boulder, Colorado, Skye finds herself caught in the middle of an ancient battle, one that began untold millennia ago. Torn between unpredictable Asher, whom she loves, and the infuriating Devin, who she can’t stay away from, her fate is murky as a starless night. And as the secrets of her true identity are revealed, Skye realizes that her destiny may reside in the Heavens—or somewhere darker.

The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle (HarperTeen, due out September 2011)

Summary from Sixteen-year-old Laurel’s world changes instantly when her parents and brother are killed in a terrible car accident. Behind the wheel is the father of her bad-boy neighbor, David Kaufman, whose mother is also killed. In the aftermath of the tragedy, Laurel navigates a new reality in which she and her best friend grow apart, boys may or may not be approaching her out of pity, overpowering memories lurk everywhere, and Mr. Kaufman is comatose but still very much alive. Through it all, there is David, who swoops in and out of Laurel’s life and to whom she finds herself attracted against her better judgment. She will forever be connected to him by their mutual loss, a connection that will change them both in unexpected ways.

Misfit by Jon Skovron (Amulet, due out August 2011)

Summary from author’s website: Are some girls just born to cause trouble?

What if people told you your whole life that you were evil? How would you prove them wrong? Keep your head down, follow the rules, blend in? Jael Thompson would like to do that, but since her mother was a demon, that’s a little hard. Especially after her sixteenth birthday, when her father gives her a present that unlocks her powers and brings her face to face with her past and her parentage. Can she rise above her demonic nature and protect her loved ones from the forces of Hell? Or are some kids just born to cause trouble?

No Place to Run by Maya Banks (Berkley, out now)

Summary from Sam Kelly was her first love.

The last person Sam Kelly expected to pull wounded from the lake was Sophie Lundgren. Once they shared a brief, intense affair while Sam was undercover and then she vanished. She’s spent the last months on the run, knowing that any mistake would cost her life and that of her unborn child—Sam’s child. Now she’s resurfaced with a warning for Sam: this time, he’s the one in danger.

Now he’s her last chance.

Sam has too many questions to let her slip away again—like why she disappeared in the first place. This time he vows not to be seduced. But one look in her eyes, and the passion burns again, and Sam knows he’ll do anything to keep her and his child safe. However, Sophie’s dark past is more dangerous than he imagines, and the only way for either to survive it is to outrun it.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy (Knops, out now)

Summary from Fantastic Fiction: A searing, postapocalyptic novel destined to become Cormac McCarthy’s masterpiece.

A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. They sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearting, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

The Drowned World & The Wind From Nowhere by J.G. Ballard (this is an oldie from back in the 1960s)

Summary from; The Wind from Nowhere, 1st published in ’61 is the debut novel by English author J.G. Ballard. Prior to this, his published work had consisted solely of short stories. The novel was the 1st of a series of Ballard novels dealing with scenarios of natural disaster, in this case seeing civilization reduced to ruins by prolonged worldwide hurricane force winds. As an added dimension he explores the ways in which disaster & tragedy can bond people together in ways that no normal experiences ever could. This, too, is a recurring theme in his works, making one of its 1st appearances here. Written in ten days, Ballard later dismissed this novel as a “piece of hackwork”, referring instead to The Drowned World as his 1st novel.
The Drowned World is a ’62 science fiction novel by Ballard. In contrast to much post-apocalyptic fiction, the novel features a central character who, rather than being disturbed by the end of the old world, is enraptured by the chaotic reality that has come to replace it. The novel is an expansion of a novella with the same title published in Science Fiction Adventures magazine of 1/62, Vol. 4 No. 24 (Nova Publications).

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8 Responses

  1. Kailana

    I read The Road and thought it was very good, if a bit depressing… Hope you get a chance to get to them!

  2. Lenore

    So excited about these – especially the dystopians!

  3. Suzanne

    So many wonderful books in one place! I agree about the cover for Breathing Under Water! And I am feverishly writing down both Eve and Dark Inside because they both sound like great dystopian reads! Thanks for sharing those and all the rest!

  4. Sheila DeChantal

    Drooling over so many of these books! Eve looks fantastic!

  5. Debbie's World of Books

    Kailana-I’ve heard really good things about The Road so eager to check it out.
    Lenore-so many interesting sounding dystopians coming out.
    Suzanne-no problem!
    Sheila-I know! Doesn’t Eve look awesome?

  6. Pam

    Oooh that Alex Flynn sounds hot! Also very excited about all of those.

  7. Michelle

    Loads of books just added to my TBR, thanks for that! LOL

  8. Debbie's World of Books

    lol. Always glad to help.

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