Monday, 3 January 2011
11 Books for 2011
When privileged 17-year-old Jasmine gets kicked out of her house, she takes what is left of her savings and flees to Santa Cruz to pursue her dream of becoming a musician. Jasmine finds the ideal room in an oceanfront house, but needs to convince the three guys living there that she’s the perfect roommate and lead guitarist for their industrial rock band, C-Side. Too bad she has major stage fright, and the cute bassist doesn’t think a spoiled girl from over the hill can hack it.(from Goodreads)
The Demon’s Surrender by Sarah Rees Brennan (June 14th 2011)
Because it’s the final book in the trilogy AND it has Alan on the cover!!! I can’t wait!
Thea Galehouse has always known how to take care of herself. With a flighty club-owner mom and a standoffish, recovering-alcoholic dad, Thea has made her own way in her hometown of New York, attending the prestigious and competitive Stuyvesant High School. But one chat with Will, a handsome and witty senior, and she’s a goner—completely hooked on him and unable to concentrate on anything else.
Because it not only sounds amazing, Courtney Summers says it is amazing. I think this is my most anticipated book of the eleven. Also I think I’d buy it for the cover alone.
But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns home two years later, a precarious and deadly balance waits. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.
Imaginary Girls is a masterfully distorted vision of family reminiscent of Shirley Jackson, laced with twists that beg for their secrets to be kept.
Like Mandarin by Kristen Hubbard
Because it’s been blurbed by Melina Marchetta – “A beautifully crafted, bittersweet story about an unlikely friendship that sets two very different people free.”. Plus it’s about friendship and some of the best books I read in 2010 were about friends.
It’s hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it’s not her mother’s pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild-girl Mandarin Ramey: 17, shameless and utterly carefree. Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin.
When they’re united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town’s animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic. Grace plays along when Mandarin suggests they run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds plaguing their badlands town.
Because all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin’s unique beauty hides a girl who’s troubled, broken, and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, no friendship can withstand betrayal. (from Goodreads)
Untitled ( Kingdom of Cello #1) by Jaclyn Moriarty
Because her books are now on my pre-order list, and because this sounds so intriguing and quite Philip Pullman like – “A series set partly in a Kingdom, and partly in the real world. I want a character to walk out free and clear, I want him to be tossing a ball, a red ball, and his hat is woollen and dark grey, and he’s walking across snowy fields. Across white, white, white, white fields.” (From Goodreads). I’m really hoping they don’t mean a 2011 release just in Australia though!
Lola and the boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
because it’s a companion novel to my beloved Anna and the French Kiss and it has FOUR hot boys in it, and the main character is called Lola, and I love that name.