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Thursday, October 07, 2010

The Bookanistas: Paranormal Preview!

The Bookanistas have received a lot of wonderful ARCS lately and wanted to talk about them.

We haven't had a chance to read all of the ARCs yet because - to be frank - the Bookanistas are happily drowning in them. We plan to read all of them; it will just take some time. We are not complaining! We are so thankful! We just want everyone who is sending books to keep sending them but to give us some time to get through them all.

So I thought I'd give you a preview of some of the books we've received that will be coming out in 2011 (most seem to be coming in from Harper right now) that looks soooo good. That way, you can mark your book calendars.

AngelFire (debut author Courtney Allison Moulton), HarperTeen, Feb 2011
When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers, she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul. A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember. First of a planned series.

A Touch Mortal (debut author Leah Clifford), GreenWillow, Feb 2011
Eden didn’t expect Az. Not his saunter down the beach toward her. Not his unbelievable pick up line. Not the instant, undeniable connection. And not his wings. Now trapped between life and death, cursed to spread chaos with her every touch, Eden could be the key in the eternal struggle between heaven and hell. All because she gave her heart to one of the Fallen, an angel cast out of heaven. She may lose everything she ever had. She may be betrayed by those she loves most. But Eden will not be a pawn in anyone else’s game. Her heart is her own. And that’s only the beginning of the end. First of a planned trilogy.

Fallen Angel (Heather Terrell), HarperTeen, Jan 2011
The first book in a dark, edgy new angel series about a girl who finds herself forced to choose sides in the battle between fallen angels, even if that means going against the boy she loves.
When Ellie Faneuil first sees Michael Chase she feels an instantaneous connection. But she does not realize how much they have in common, including the ability fly and to see what others are thinking - not to mention a taste for blood. Reveling in their new powers and their growing feelings for each other, Ellie and Michael are determined to uncover what they are, and how they got this way ... together. But the truth has repercussions neither could have imagined. Soon they find themselves center stage in an ancient conflict between fallen angels that threatens to destroy everything they love. And it is no longer clear whether Ellie and Michael will choose the same side.

Once in a Full Moon (Ellen Schreiber), Jan 2011, Harperteen
Celeste Parker is used to hearing scary stories about werewolves—Legend’s Run is famous for them. But when, after an unnerving visit with a psychic, she encounters a pack of wolves and gorgeous, enigmatic Brandon, she must discover whether his transformation is more than legend or just a trick of the shadows in the moonlight. Brandon may be Celeste’s hero, or he may be the most dangerous creature she could encounter in the woods of Legend’s Run.

Steel (Carrie Vaughn) Mar 2011, HarperTeen
When Jill, a competitive high school fencer, goes with her family on vacation to the Bahamas, she is magically transported to an early eighteenth century pirate ship in the middle of the ocean.

Teeth (Neil Gaiman, Melissa Marr, Cassandra Clare and Holly black), Mar 2011, HarperTeen
A collection of bite-sized tales exploring the intersections among the living, dead, and undead. The vampires in these stories range from romantic to chilling to gleeful—and touch on nearly every emotion in between. The one thing they have in common? Their desire for blood..

Tempestuous Book #3 (Lesley Livingston), Jan 2011 Harper Teen

Evidently this is #3 in a series. (Book 1 - Wonderous Strange, Book 2 - Darklight/Nov 2010
This is an urban fantasy that weaves elements of A Midsummer Night's Dream together with teen romance and chilling adventure that erupts when dangerous faeries invade the human world through a gate in Central Park.

Through Her Eyes (Jennifer Archer), April 2011 HarperTeen
Tansy soon finds that through the lens of her camera, she can become part of a surreal black-and-white world where her life is intertwined with that of mysterious, troubled Henry, who lived in the same house and died decades earlier. It seems their lives are linked by fate and the artifacts she found, but as Tansy begins spending more and more time in the past, her present world starts to fade away. Tansy must untangle herself from Henry's dangerous reality-- before she loses touch with her own life forever. When Tansy is forced to move, she moved into an old town and is immediately drawn to the turret of their rickety old house, a place she soon learns has a disturbing history. But its the strange artifacts she finds in the cellar--a pocket watch, a journal of poetry, and a tiny crystal--that have the most chilling impact on her.

UnEarthly (Cynthia Hand), Jan 2011 HarperTeen
Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Her visions of a raging forest fire and an alluring stranger lead her to a new school in a new town. When she meets Christian and everything seems to fall into place. But there's also another guy, Tucker, who appeals to Clara's less angelic side. As Clara tries to find her way in a world she no longer understands, she encounters unseen dangers and choices she never thought she'd have to make--between honesty and deceit, love and duty, good and evil. When the fire from her vision finally ignites, will Clara be ready to face her destiny?

Vampire Crush (A.M. Robinson), HarperTeen, Jan 2011
First, six mysteriously pale new students show up at Sophie McGee’s high school. Then, Sophie’s childhood nemesis James reappears, still displaying a knack for making Sophie’s blood boil. When Sophie finds out that James has a connection to the new students, she decides to investigate...never expecting her life will quickly begin to resemble a campy horror movie, complete with budding crushes and bloodthirsty villains.

Some other paranormal titles to look for in 2011:
  • A Need So Beautiful by Susanne Young
  • Delirium by Lauren Oliver
  • Possession by Elana Johnson
  • Banished by Gretchen McNeil
  • Across the Universe (not paranormal but had to mention it! :)
  • Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2) by Kimberly Derting
  • Hex Hall 2 (Demonglass) by Rachel Hawkins
  • Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
  • L.A. Weatherly's ANGEL
  • Kathleen Peacock's debut HEMLOCK
  • Tara Hudson's HEREAFTER
Don't forget to visit the other Bookanistas for some great book love:

Michelle Hodkin gives props to LIKE MANDARIN
Kirsten Hubbard gives props to Between Shades of Gray
Shannon Messenger brings us Cover Love and a Teaser for Desires of the Dead
Elana Johnson is a fan of HER AND ME AND YOU
Lisa and Laura Roecker love XVI
Christine Fonseca is enthralled by GIRL, STOLEN
Myra McEntire shares some Trailer Love
Carolina Valdez Miller adores NIGHTSHADE CITY
Jamie Harrington is awed by ACROSS THE UNIVERSE


Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

Such an amazing lineup of books to come! Can't wait to read every one of them....

Writer Tessa said...

All these books sound awesome!!!

Suzanne Young said...

Oh, yay! Thanks for the mention :-)

Tere Kirkland said...

Yeah, Leah! Can't wait to read A Touch Mortal.

Thanks for reminding me of all these sweet books to put on my tbr list!

Christine Fonseca said...


Susan R. Mills said...

So many great books on their way! I can't wait.

Stephanie Faris said...

Paranormal city. Are any teen books being published by HarperTeen NOT paranormal?

Natalie Aguirre said...

Wow, there are a lot of good books coming out I haven't heard of. No wonder you're drowning. That's a lot of books to add to my list to read.

Sara {Rhapsody and Chaos} said...

You guys are soooo lucky! I am dying to read those books!! Definitely looking forward to the bookanista reviews :)

Shannon Messenger said...

Ahhhh--so many amazing books to read! Need. More. Hours. In. The. Day. :)

Sara B. Larson said...

So many amazing books coming out soon! I can't wait to read them all. It's hard to find the time though...

and P.S. Isn't Elana'a book called Possession? not Possessed? ;)

Sara B. Larson said...

That should have said "Elana's"

MH said...

AWESOME roundup. Love seeing so many 2011 publishing buddies up there :D

lotusgirl said...

Holy cow! So many books to read; so little time. How am I ever going to get any writing done?

Anonymous said...

I'm looking forward to every single one of these!! yay!!

Anonymous said...

Such a great list! I can't wait to read Carrie Vaughn's. She spoke about moving into YA when she was in Australia for WorldCon, and it sounds fantastic.

Paula said...

Oooh! Lots to put on my Christmas list here. Thanks.