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28 January 2010 @ 12:53 am
[books] Waiting on Wednesday  

(For some reason, though this was scheduled, it didn’t post. I’m trying again.)

Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey out 1 April 2010.

(Full disclaimer: Karen is a friend of mine and one of my critique partners. Having read an early draft of this makes me even more excited to read the published version.)

In less than a day I had been harassed, enchanted, shouted at, cried on, and clawed. I’d been cold, scared, dirty, exhausted, hungry, and miserable. And up until now, I’d been mildly impressed with my ability to cope.

At her boarding school in New Zealand, Ellie Spencer is like any ordinary teen: she hangs out with her best friend, Kevin; obsesses over her crush on a mysterious boy; and her biggest worry is her paper deadline. Then everything changes: In the foggy woods near the school, something ancient and deadly is waiting.

(Karen’s writing is always amazing, smart and sharp, and with a wicked sense of humor running through it.)

The Naughty List by Suzanne Young out 4 February 2010

As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn’t enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson’s the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad–turned–spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn’t be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!

When Tessa’s own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa’s sneaky ways end in catastrophe?

The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?

(I’m a little leery about this, but I really want to give it a try. Cheerleaders turned spies can be a fantastically fun concept and I love high school stories. I hope this one is just as frothy and hilarious as it sounds.)

Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins out 2 March 2010

Three years ago, Sophie Mercer discovered that she was a witch. It’s gotten her into a few scrapes. Her non-gifted mother has been as supportive as possible, consulting Sophie’s estranged father–an elusive European warlock–only when necessary. But when Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, it’s her dad who decides her punishment: exile to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

By the end of her first day among fellow freak-teens, Sophie has quite a scorecard: three powerful enemies who look like supermodels, a futile crush on a gorgeous warlock, a creepy tagalong ghost, and a new roommate who happens to be the most hated person and only vampire on campus. Worse, Sophie soon learns that a mysterious predator has been attacking students, and her only friend is the number-one suspect.

As a series of blood-curdling mysteries starts to converge, Sophie prepares for the biggest threat of all: an ancient secret society determined to destroy all Prodigium, especially her.

(Okay, I find the word “prodigium” absolutely hilarious for some reason, and could do without the “especially her” in that final line of the blurb, but basically, this sounds like fun.)

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Thunderstudthndrstd on January 28th, 2010 06:14 am (UTC)
Are you on Goodreads.com? I like it and it's a great way to promote writers (especially when they're friends).

Your icon pic is hot. Thank you. :)
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on January 28th, 2010 06:05 pm (UTC)
I am, though I don't use it as much as I think I should. There's some competition to get an arc of Karen's book over there right now. (Or maybe just completed. I wasn't clear on the end date.)

I know it is! A friend of mine gave me Daybreakers for Christmas and said everyone needed a little Taye Diggs (or whoever the actual lead is) in their lives. I'd been wanting it for awhile, but not for him; I wanted to watch it for Victoria Pratt, the woman in the icon, who is gorgeous and frequently hilarious. (Or maybe that's cause she mostly does cheesy, cheesy shows, but still. Much awesomeness.)
doNUT!donutgirl on January 28th, 2010 07:07 am (UTC)
Hey, Suzanne Young is a friend of mine! And I promise, her book is as much frothy fun as you could hope for. :)
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on January 28th, 2010 06:06 pm (UTC)
Dude, small, small world. (Though, having read that, I think maybe I already knew this.) AWESOME! I really do love frothy fun books about cheerleaders and can't wait to read this.
doNUT!donutgirl on January 28th, 2010 07:00 pm (UTC)
haha yeah, after I posted I was like... have we had this convo before?
Carla M. Leecarlamlee on January 28th, 2010 08:04 pm (UTC)
I totally think we have. I was all excited about the new information and then I stopped and went, wait, we've said this before, haven't we. Hee. Brain is melted, I guess. Or rather, frozen, considering the weather.