Friday Fun: Touch, Titles, and Technology

First and foremost, huge CONGRATULATIONS to my fantastically talented CP Jus Accardo, who now has a cover for her amazing debut YA novel, Touch (available November, 2011). Observe the awesomeness:

A fine example of perfectly capturing the mood of a book...

And of course, the official blurb: When a strange boy tumbles down a river embankment and lands at her feet, seventeen-year-old adrenaline junkie Deznee Cross snatches the opportunity to piss off her father by bringing the mysterious hottie with ice blue eyes home. Except there’s something off with Kale. He wears her shoes in the shower, is overly fascinated with things like DVDs and vases, and acts like she’ll turn to dust if he touches her. It’s not until Dez’s father shows up, wielding a gun and knowing more about Kale than he should, that Dez realizes there’s more to this boy—and her father’s “law firm”—than she realized. Kale has been a prisoner of Denazen Corporation—an organization devoted to collecting “special” kids known as Sixes and using them as weapons—his entire life. And, oh yeah, his touch? It kills. The two team up with a group of rogue Sixes hellbent on taking down Denazen before they’re caught and her father discovers the biggest secret of all. A secret Dez has spent her life keeping safe. A secret Kale will kill to protect.

Guys. I have read this book. It is INCREDIBLE. Add it on Goodreads HERE. And, if you’re so inclined, pre-order it from Amazon HERE.

And a Friday Five, hosted by Paper Hangover, a fantastic group blog offering writing tips and advice, book reviews, weekly blog topics, and teen interviews. Here’s today’s prompt:

I love titles that are catchy, intriguing, and image-inducing. I love titles that make me ask a question or wonder about a character. The below titles stole my attention and I’ve added them to my Goodreads To-Read queue based (originally) on title and title alone. I’ve yet to read them, but I’m hoping the stories behind these fantastic titles will live up:

1) Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

2) The Cavendish Home For Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand

3) The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer Smith

4) Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

5) Raw Blue by Kirsty Eager

And, I chose to read the following books based solely on their fabulous titles. I can honestly and happily confirm that each one is equal to (or better than!) the splendor printed on its cover:

1) The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting

2) The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

3) The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

4) Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

5) The Face on the Milk Carton by Caroline B. Cooney

What book titles do you love? Are there any you’re not a fan of?

And a fun Would You Rather…?

Would you rather live a month without the ability to talk on the phone or the freedom to check your email? 

(This one’s easy for me! I’d MUCH rather check my email than talk on the phone… you?)

Have a wonderful weekend! 🙂


20 thoughts on “Friday Fun: Touch, Titles, and Technology

  1. Gilly says:

    First, congrats to your CP. Touch looks great! I’ll hop on over to say so myself.

    Second, I am dying to read What We Keep is Not Always What Will Stay and The Catastrophic History of You & Me solely based on the titles!

    I’m currently listening to Blood Red Road (a title that definitely piqued my interest) on audio book and LOVING it!

    I won’t say I’m not a fan of the title Beauty Queens, but I don’t think it does the book justice. The book is fabulous, sort of a modern day Gulliver’s Travels, but I resisted reading it for a long time, in part because of the title.

    • katyupperman says:

      Those ARE all excellent titles! I’ve been intrigued by BLOOD RED ROAD for awhile now, mostly because of the eerie title. And I liked BEAUTY QUEENS too–lots of fun!

  2. Rebecca B says:

    Yes! THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON! I loved that book.
    “The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight” is awesome. I think I have title envy now. 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      THE FACE ON THE MILK CARTON… I recently reread it and it was just as good as I recalled. Such an enduring book. How can you NOT love the simplicity and intrigue of that title?

  3. Alison Miller says:

    WOW! That is some cover! And what a blurb! Sounds awesome.

    And love the titles. I forgot about Forest of Hands and Teeth. That’s a pretty fabulous one.

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Carla EssenCarla says:

    Pardon the ignorance but you’ve got a non-author here. What’s a CP?

    I think we are twins separated at birth. I’m so not a phone person… but I would die without my internet, email, iphone and MacBook. 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      Yes! Give me my iPhone, my laptop, and WiFi, and I’m a happy girl.

      CP stands for critique partner, someone you trade work with. They give you all kinds of feedback on you manuscript (the good, bad, and ugly!) and might help you brainstorm, vent, celebrate, or whatever. 🙂

  5. Carrie says:

    That is a really great cover. #4 on the first list of books looks really good. Someone else recommended it to me so I may have to check it out.

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