Top 5 Books I Can't Wait to Read in 2012
I did good this time! I did not sneak in a 6th book (even though I wanted to). Many covers to books I want to read have not yet been released, so my anticipation is nutso. 2012 promises a TON of YA fiction from both new and established authors, so let's get started with my crazy list.
5. Partials by Dan Wells
I can't remember how I discovered Dan Wells, but I have been working my way through the first in an Adult Fiction trilogy that starts with I Am Not a Serial Killer. Yeah, I won't go into details here, but it is disturbing (you guys know I love the weird stuff) and something I would recommend to any adults reading this who enjoy the Dexter books. That being said, I think it will be interesting to see what Mr. Wells does with Teen fiction.
4. Bad Hair Day by Carrie Harris
I had so much fun reading Carrie Harris's first book, Bad Taste in Boys, that just the thought of another book by her makes me very, very happy. In Bad Taste in Boys, main character Kate takes on schoolwork, a secret crush, and a zombie infestation at her school. You know. The usual. This was a quick, fun read (okay, a little gross from time to time, but I love that kind of thing) and I have high hopes that the sequel will be just as fun.
Here is a short description of Bad Hair Day from GoodReads.com: Kate Grable takes on werewolves, nanotechnology, blueberry flavored astronauts, and killer coconuts in her next adventure.
3. Unwholly by Neal Shusterman
When I interviewed for my job here at the Arlington Public Library, I had to choose one teen fiction novel to booktalk in my interview. That book was Unwind by Neal Shusterman, so you can imagine that that book means a lot to me. I was totally surprised when I found out just the other day that there is a sequel in the works! Back in March, Neal wrote a massive update on his blog in which he mentioned that he is not only writing the script for an Unwind movie, but that he is working on the sequel to Unwind, which will be called Unwholly.
While I believe Unwind stands perfectly on its own, this is Neal Shusterman we're talking about here! So, I can do nothing but be excited and antsy (ha - get it? okay, bad joke...). One member of Goodreads.com mentioned that she went to a talk that Neal gave and that he mentioned the new book will deal with organ printing, which is both totally freaky and incredibly fascinating.
2. Black Heart by Holly Black
Again, people. If you haven't read Holly Black...well, then I just don't know what to do with you. You are missing out and making me sad. Black Heart will complete the trilogy about Cassel Sharpe and his con-artist, curse-working family. I have said it before and I will say it again: Holly Black pulls no punches. She is always gritty, in-your-face, and as real as you can be when you are writing about people who can alter memories and transform objects. This trilogy begins with White Cat, but if you are new to Holly Black, I suggest trying her short story collection, The Poison Eaters and Other Stories.
1. Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger
O.M.G. Gail Carriger...okay, I am mentally stuttering right now because this woman is a blast to read and I am beyond ecstatic that she has written something for teens. Ms. Carriger's adult series, The Parasol Protectorate, is a crazy blend of supernatural steampunk set in the Victorian era. The main character of the series is hilarious, kicks butt, and is a smart and sassy lady (in the first few pages the woman fends off a vampire attack with an parasol).
On her blog, Ms. Carriger says this about the new YA series:
The Finishing School Series is set in the same world as The Parasol Protectorate series, only 25 years earlier, and features a finishing academy located in a giant caterpillar-like dirigible floating over Dartmoor in which young ladies are taught to . . . finish . . . everything . . . and everyone . . . as needed. There will be steampunk etiquette! There will be well-dressed espionage! There will be Victorian fake food. There will be flying mechanical sausage dogs named Bumbersnoot. I am excited. The first book will come out in 2012. And I am writing it . . . next.