Well color me excited, because I’m made some discoveries today

After doing a little perusing on Amazon, I was extremely excited to see Insurgent by Veronica Roth pop up on my Recommended List (get your pre-orders in NOW, people!) along with a few other goodies.

On March 20, 2012, the third book in the Riders of the Apocalypse series by Jackie Morse Kessler will be released. Kessler’s series follows teens who have been recruited by Death to be the Four Horsemen (or women) of the Apocalypse. Loss, the sequel to Hunger and Rage, will follow Billy who was chosen to spread disease in the name of Pestilence. Until he was approached by Death, Billy was plagued (no pun intended… ok, maybe it was) by bullies, who he strikes back at with his new Horseman abilities.

May 1, 2012 will be a big day for YA lovers. Not only will Insurgent be released on May 1, but Bitterblue, the long-awaited companion to Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore, will also be released on the same day.  Kieran Scott’s newest title in the He’s So/She’s So series, titled This Is So Not Happening will hit shelves on the 1st. Lastly, fans of Richelle Mead’s Bloodlines series will be stoked to get book 2, The Golden Lily. I’ve made sure to block out vacation time during that week so that I can do some reading. *evil grin*

We can also look forward to a new one by Lauren Barnholdt called The Thing About the Truth, which will be available July 10, 2012.

Heads up: New YA’s for the week of July 24

Monday, July 25

        

Beautiful Beings – Kailin Gow
Broken Bones – Gina McMurchy-Barber

Tuesday, July 26

                                                                               

Addie on the Inside – James Howe
And Then Things Fall Apart – Arlaina Tibensky
The Babysitter Murders – Janet Ruth Young
Boyfriend Season – Kelli London
Daniel X: The Manga, Vol. 2 – James Patterson
The Evolution of Ethan Poe – Robin Reardon
Love and Other Things I’m Bad At –  Catherine Clark
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy – Bil Wright
Secrets Untold (The Lip Gloss Chronicles) –  Shelia M. Goss
Summer Storm – Kristina Dunker
Supernaturally – Kiersten White
Tilt – Alan Cumyn
Touch of Frost – Jennifer Estep
Alex van Helsing: Voice of the Undead – Jason Henderson
Wildefire – Karsten Knight
Wolfsbane (Nightshade, Book 2) – Andrea Cremer

Wednesday, July 27

       

87 Ways to Throw a Killer Party – Melissa Daly
Dan Eldon: Safari As a Way of Life – Jennifer New

Second Look: Twisted by Sara Shepard

A is back, bitches...

PLOT:
The four pretty little liars are at it again. After the horrible events in the Poconos last year, Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily became closer than ever, and the BFF’s took some much needed time off in Jamaica over spring break. Except something not so fabulous happened in Jamaica. Something horrible that will drive them apart, and something that will most definitely come back to haunt them. Because the past eight books have taught us that secrets never stay buried in Rosewood.

CHARACTERS:
The usual suspects:
Spencer. Things are about to change in Spencer’s life when she learns that her mother has been dating… and mommy’s new boyfriend has a very hot son. Our little plaid wearing Signorina Smarty Pants also got herself into Princeton. Hooray! But what makes me think she did something very unsavory to get that acceptance letter?
Emily. When Chloe and her family move into the Cavanaugh’s house, Em finally has someone she can share her secrets with. But Chloe’s father has some secrets of his own that could ruin his family… and Emily. And OH HOLY SHIZZLE. Emily drops a big bomb that I, for one, was not expecting. I can’t say much more without dropping hints, and I’m not one for spoilers. But I am fairly certain this is one secret that will come back to bite her in future installments.
Hanna.  Hanna Banana is finally able to one-up her dad’s faux daughter, Kate (aka Hanna’s stepsister), by securing a photo shoot with a photographer who will hook her up with modeling agents. Except something’s not kosher with this dude… and it’s going to cost Hanna, and maybe her daddy’s entire Senate campaign.
Aria. Aria and Noel Kahn have been together for one blissful(ish) year. At least until Klaudia, the Kahn’s beautiful, Finnish, snow bunny exchange student, comes to stay with the family. I think there could be trouble in paradise, kids.

EXTRA GOODIES:

  • More lies! More scandals! More debauchery! More ridiculous behavior that is completely unheard of in today’s youth and is extremely dramatized for literary value! YAY!
  • Sara Shepard keeps dishing on pop culture references to clothes/fashion, music, and local hotspots (especially if you’re from Philly) that we all love, and maybe even wish we had access to (or is that just me?)
  • With the purchase of this book, you can help Sara Shepard put a down payment on that penthouse made of gold she’s always wanted.*

OPINION:
I know, I know, I know. ANOTHER Pretty Little Liars installment?! Haven’t we had enough of these already?? I have to admit, the storyline is a bit tired. However, these books are just as fun the 9th time around. Admit it: we love these girls. Mostly because they make us want to jam the stiletto of a Minolo Blahnik heel through their heads while screaming, “CAN’T YOU SEE THIS WON’T END WELL?!” But I love a good scandal and, personally, I also love reading about what kind of trouble these posh princesses would get into next. Shepard’s writing is well paced and her well-crafted (albeit overused) mystery always leaves me wanting more. Though I find myself wondering if it’s a brand spankin’ new mystery, or the same one wrapped up in a new package. Nevertheless, I still enjoyed it and, as usual, there was a nice little note from “A” at the end telling us what we can expect in Book #10 (Ruthless, set for release December 6, 2011).

OFFICIAL RATING: 7/10

*Seriously, the woman has 10 novels out (soon to be 13) for teens in two different series. And, by the way, both of those series have been made into TV shows. She also published an adult novel (The Visibles) in 2009 and founded the PBS Kids network. I swear, I’m in the wrong line of work…

Heads Up: New YA releases for the week of July 17

I’ve done my homework, and here’s what we have to look forward to this week…

Tuesday, July 19

                                                                   

Love Story by Jennifer Echols
Pearl by Jo Knowles
The Girl is Murder by Kathryn Miller Haines
Small Town Sinners by Melissa Walker
Return to Daemon Hall by Andrew Nance
Clean by Amy Reed
Defiance (Resistance, Book 2) by Carla Jablonski
The Final Hour (Homelanders series) by Andrew Klavan
The Lake of Souls (Cirque du Freak: The Manga, Vol. 10) by Darren Shan
Lunch Box Dream by Tony Abbott
Mayhem (Kimani Tru) by Artist Arthur
Silhouetted by the Blue by Traci L. Jones

Thursday, July 21

            

Ripple by Mandy Hubbard
The Robot by Paul Watson*

*Note to self: I HAVE to read this book. How can a book that looks like this, with a tagline of: “These guys know how to turn a girl on” NOT be entertaining? Plus, someone tries to take a shot at Dr. Phil. I’ll jump on that bandwagon, fer sher.

So which ones do YOU want to read?