Friday Five: Bookish 5

It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post that wasn’t related to #SpringKazNo. Before we move onto today’s Friday Five, I should apologise for not putting up the check-in on Wednesday for KazNo. Honestly? I didn’t forget or get overworked or whatever lame excuse I usually come up with. I just realised that two check-ins per week isn’t working. Say I had managed it on Wednesday… there would only be two full days before the next one on Saturday (tomorrow!). It’s too much, imho. Worth a try, but I think we’ll stick with Saturday check-ins for the month. Okay? Okay. 🙂

Busy times over here. I’m usually much better at keeping up with this blog. Even if I only post a couple of times a week, at least it used to be regular.

Anyway. I will now stop rambling and give you a look at five forthcoming ‘dark’ YA books I’m looking forward to getting my grubby hands on (click on all covers to embiggen):

1. VELVETEEN by Daniel Marks

Check out that cover. Go on, take another look. I’ll wait.

Isn’t it gorgeous? I love it. Now read the synopsis:

Velveteen Monroe is dead. At 16, she was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that’s not the problem. The problem is she landed in purgatory. And while it’s not a fiery inferno, it’s certainly no heaven. It’s gray, ashen, and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do. Which doesn’t leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.


Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment her killer deserves. And she’s figured out just how to do it. She’ll haunt him for the rest of his days.

It’ll be brutal . . . and awesome.

But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting cracks the foundations of purgatory and jeopardizes her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker. Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

You like? I’m definitely buying this when it comes out in October.

2. DARK STAR by Bethany Frenette

Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human—something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers—livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape. And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person’s memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. But Leon, her mother’s bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won’t let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything—and everyone—she loves.

This one’s also out in October 2012. I love the cover, but I love the premise even more: superheroes!

3. DARK KISS by Michelle Rowen

I don’t do dangerous.

Smart, über-careful, ordinary Samantha-that’s me. But I just couldn’t pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me…something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It’s like part of me is missing-and I don’t know if I can get it back.

Then there’s Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he’s keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he’s what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me…

I fell in love with the Rebel-Without-A-Cause-kinda cover the minute I first saw it, but now I’ve read the synopsis it sounds very cool. Definitely worth checking out and published next month, so not long to wait!

4. FALLING KINGDOMS by Morgan Rhodes

Sixteen-year-old Cleo has grown up in luxury, the royal heiress to a prosperous kingdom. But beneath her nation’s seemingly peaceful surface lies dangerous unrest. Whispers of war are growing ever louder–intensified by a murderous incident for which Cleo’s betrothed, Aron, is accused.

Amidst the ongoing intrigue, Cleo has a more desperate mission. She defies her father’s orders and sets off on a secret and perilous journey into a neighboring country, seeking a magic long thought to be mythical. If it’s real, it could be the cure that heals her ailing sister. If it’s only legend, Cleo will be stranded in a kingdom that has just declared war on her own.

This is being talked about as Game of Thrones for teens. I want to read it!! Also, I’ll tell you a secret about it: Morgan Rhodes is actually Michelle Rowen.* I know, right?! Two YA books by the talented Ms. Rowen that I’m looking forward to this year. Not due until December 2012, so I’ll have to be patient…

*It’s not really a secret.

5. TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES edited by Georgia McBride & Michelle Zink

Nursery rhymes sung sweetly can take us back to childhood. But deep inside many of those childhood favorites is… a hint of something dark. TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES: Dark Retellings of Mother Goose Rhymes imagines dark and sinister things amuck in Mother Goose-land. From familiar rhymes, to some of the more obscure, TWO AND TWENTY DARK TALES is a must read for anyone who enjoyed Mother Goose rhymes as a child, but has come to love the darkest of tales.

How did that one slip in here? 😉 This is the charity anthology that I have a story in (‘One for Sorrow’), and there are so many great authors taking part. I’m very proud to be involved in the project. More info can be found at The Story Siren’s blog post where she did the official ‘cover reveal’ – and there’s a swag giveaway still going on. Publication is set for October.

What YA books are you looking forward to in the second half of 2012?

And… I’ll be back tomorrow with the second #SpringKazNo check-in!

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2 Responses to Friday Five: Bookish 5

  1. OMG…I finally can read blogs again! *Mwah* You will not be disappointed in Mark’’s VELVETEEN, I assure you!! It’s the bomb!

  2. Isabel says:

    I hope you like the books! I’m currently reading Fever by Lauren DeStefano but I’m not enjoying it at all, unfortunately. It’s taking me forever to get through. But there are a lot of really good books coming out soon that I can’t wait to get my hands on!

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