Must read NOW…

There are several new releases in the coming weeks that have me VERY excited. Hopefully this dreary Washington weather turns summery soon because I want to be outside under the sun with my beach towel and an icy drink, devouring these books*…

June 21, 2011 Charlotte’s best friend thinks Charlotte might be psychic. Her boyfriend thinks she’s cheating on him. But Charlotte knows what’s really wrong: She is one of the Forgotten, a kind of angel on earth, who feels the Need—a powerful, uncontrollable draw to help someone, usually a stranger. But Charlotte never wanted this responsibility. What she wants is to help her best friend, whose life is spiraling out of control. She wants to lie in her boyfriend’s arms forever. But as the Need grows stronger, it begins to take a dangerous toll on Charlotte. And who she was, is, and will become–her mark on this earth, her very existence–is in jeopardy of disappearing completely. Charlotte will be forced to choose: Should she embrace her fate as a Forgotten, a fate that promises to rip her from the lives of those she loves forever? Or is she willing to fight against her destiny–no matter how dark the consequences. A gorgeous cover, an interesting spin on angels, and apparently ethereal and intensely romantic… yes, please!

July 19, 2011 For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions–it’s her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family’s racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin’s college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter . . . so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment? Then, on the day she’s sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He’s joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin’s heart with longing. Now she’s not just imagining what might have been. She’s writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter . . . except this story could come true. Jennifer Echol’s Forget You is one of my favorite YA contemporaries. Fingers crossed that Love Story is just as fabulous!

July 12, 2011 In Maggie Stiefvater’s SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in. While I loved Shiver, I was slightly underwhelmed by Linger. Still, I’m super curious to see how this trilogy concludes.

July 12, 2011 Someone’s been a very bad zombie. Kate Grable is horrified to find out that the football coach has given the team steroids. Worse yet, the steroids are having an unexpected effect, turning hot gridiron hunks into mindless flesh-eating zombies. No one is safe–not her cute crush Aaron, not her dorky brother, Jonah . . . not even Kate! She’s got to find an antidote–before her entire high school ends up eating each other. So Kate, her best girlfriend, Rocky, and Aaron stage a frantic battle to save their town. . . and stay hormonally human. I am seriously in LOVE with this cover, and the story sounds like a fun, cheeky take on the zombie phenom… very cool.

July 21, 2011 Lexi is cursed with a dark secret. Each day she goes to school like a normal teenager, and each night she must swim, or the pain will be unbearable. She is a siren – a deadly mermaid destined to lure men to their watery deaths. After a terrible tragedy, Lexi shut herself off from the world, vowing to protect the ones she loves. But she soon finds herself caught between a new boy at school who may have the power to melt her icy exterior, and a handsome water spirit who says he can break Lexi’s curse if she gives up everything else. Lexi is faced with the hardest decision she’s ever had to make: the life she’s always longed for – or the love she can’t live without? I’ve yet to read a really great mermaid book, but I’m hoping Ripple will change that. Love the dark, brooding cover and the sort of tragic feel of the blurb. 

August 1, 2011 Abby and Luke chat online. They’ve never met. But they are going to. Soon. Abby is starting high school—it should be exciting, so why doesn’t she care? Everyone tells her to “make an effort,” but why can’t she just be herself? Abby quickly feels like she’s losing a grip on her once-happy life. The only thing she cares about anymore is talking to Luke, a guy she met online, who understands. It feels dangerous and yet good to chat with Luke—he is her secret, and she’s his. Then Luke asks her to meet him, and she does. But Luke isn’t who he says he is. When Abby goes missing, everyone is left to put together the pieces. If they don’t, they’ll never see Abby again. Eek. Talk about a parent’s worst nightmare. Still, there’s nothing quite like a creepy disappearance story.

*All blurbs and publication dates courtesy of GoodReads.

I’m dying to know… what are the summer releases you can’t wait to read?


11 thoughts on “Must read NOW…

  1. Jessica Love says:

    I’ve read Forever and Love Story and loved them both. I’m not super into zombies, but there is something about Bad Taste For Boys that makes me want to read it! And I have heard nothing but good things about A Need So Beautiful!

  2. Tracey Neithercott says:

    I can’t wait for A Need So Beautiful. And, like you, I wasn’t crazy about Linger, but I’ll still read Forever to see what happens. I’ve heard great things about Bad Taste In Boys, namely that it’s so funny you’re likely to spit milk out of your notes while reading it.

    I’ve never heard of Want to Go Private, but holy creep factor. It sounds really good!

  3. Pam Harrris says:

    Oooh, thanks for sharing. Bad Taste in Boys sounds awesome! I had a chance to read an ARC of A Need So Beautiful…and it was quite lovely. 🙂

  4. kat owens says:

    I have my head so deep in my MS I didn’t realize these were just about to come out. I’ve liked everything I’ve read by Mandy Hubbard so far, I felt the same as you describe about Linger, but I’ll still read Forever, and THANK YOU for putting these others on my radar.

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