Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Bookanista Look Ahead

So it’s no secret…things are insane right now for pretty much everyone. I know it’s been nuts for me as I try to finish up some projects while also trying to shop for the holidays and prepare for a party. On top of all that, I’ve been reading five books. Yeah, at the same time. Hopefully, I’ll have a pile of books to review soon. But this week, I thought I’d highlight a few books coming soon.

Make sure you stop and check out what some of the other Bookanistas are recommending today:


Kirsten Hubbard celebrates JOHN BELUSHI IS DEAD and THE MOCKINBIRDS

Elana Johnson gives a little love to JOEY FLY 2: PRIVATE EYE

Beth Revis chimes in on CHIME

Lisa and Laura Roecker rave about BOOKS THEY’RE DYING TO READ

Carolina Valdez Miller looks ahead to JANUARY RELEASES

Bethany Wiggins fawns over FIRELIGHT


And now, here are some of the January releases that I’m REALLY hoping to get my hands on soon. Click on the titles or book covers to go to their Goodreads pages. (None of the quick summaries were written by me—all were found either on the books’ Goodreads profiles or on the publisher’s website.)



XVI_CVR by Julia Karr

Release date: January 6, 2011

Publisher: Puffin/Speak

Quick summary: Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world -- even the most predatory of men -- that she is ready for sex.



A boy and his bot by Daniel H. Wilson

Release date: January 4, 2011

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

(Middle Grade)

Quick Summary: From the popular author of How to Survive a Robot Uprising comes a novel bursting with robotic twists and turn.



Unearthly by Cynthia Hand

Release date: January 4, 2011

Publisher: HarperTeen

Quick summary: Clara Gardner has recently learned that she's part angel. Having angel blood run through her veins not only makes her smarter, stronger, and faster than humans (a word, she realizes, that no longer applies to her), but it means she has a purpose, something she was put on this earth to do. Figuring out what it is, though, isn't easy.



Taking Offjpg by Jenny Moss

Release date: January 4, 2011

Publisher: Walker Books

Quick Summary: A compelling novel woven around the 1986 Challenger tragedy, in time for the 25th anniversary




Across the Universe by Beth Revis

Release date: January 11, 2011

Publisher: Razorbill

Quick summary: Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.



Timeless by Alexandra Monir

Release date: January 11, 2011

Publisher: Delacorte Books

Quick summary: When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist.



warped by Maurissa Guibord

Release date: January 11, 2011

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Quick summary: Tessa doesn't believe in magic. Or Fate. But there's something weird about the dusty unicorn tapestry she discovers in a box of old books.




TheFalsePrincess by Ellis O’Neal

Release date: January 25, 2011

Publisher: Egmont USA

Quick summary: Princess and heir to the throne of Thorvaldor, Nalia's led a privileged life at court.  But everything changes when it's revealed, just after her sixteenth birthday, that she is a false princess, a stand-in for the real Nalia, who has been hidden away for her protection.  Cast out with little more than the clothes on her back, the girl now called Sinda must leave behind the city of Vivaskari, her best friend, Keirnan, and the only life she's ever known.


This next one isn’t out for a while, but I’ve been dying to read it and IT JUST ARRIVED!!!



Like Mandarin by Kirsten Hubbard

Release date: March 8, 2011

Publisher: Delacorte Press





I’m so excited to read this one too—and not just because Kirsten is a Bookanista. But also because it sounds amazing, and I’ve heard such great things about it. It doesn’t come out until March, though. But all the others? January!

Ya got any books you’re absolutely loving right now? Anything you’re really looking forward to?


Contest ALERT:

Just to let you know, Sara B. Larson  is giving away two query critiques. She knows her stuff, guys. So if your query needs some polishing, get in there and ENTER HERE.


  1. I'm dying to read RIVAL, by Sarah Bennett Wealer. Alas, it doesn't come out until mid-February. Sigh.

  2. Oh! Also, Across the Universe is soooo good. You're gonna love it!

  3. These look incredible, though I am most excited for XVI!!!

  4. Unearthly has a stunning cover! Can't wait to read it.

  5. Oh, that is an amazing line-up, Carol! I found myself thinking, Yep! I want that one...and that one...oh! and that one, too... :-)

  6. So much amazingness. My head might explode. :)

  7. Holy crap that's a long list. Good luck!

    I'm not reading anything right now because I'm running around like a headless chicken. Can't keep things straight.


  8. So many good books coming out! And wow, 5 books at once? You are amazing!

  9. It's amazing how many great books are coming out in January. Across the Universe and XVI are on the top of my list!!

  10. They all look awesome! I LOVED AtU, So so so good. And thank you so much for the shout out for my contest. There aren't too many entrants yet, so it's pretty good odds! ;) Hope you are able to get all of your stuff done. Hugs!

  11. That's an awesome list of books.

    I can't wait to read Christopher Grant's Teenie, which should arrive in a few weeks.

  12. OMG - It's like you've just served up an ultimate literary feast Cee! There is something here for everyone and more. The Bot book and Across the Universe are definites for me.

    You are too much - my head might just explode too (Scanners style).

  13. Actually "Taking Off" - oh my god!!!! I've just added this to the top of my list for my next read.

    I remember exactly where I was when the Challenger Tragedy happened. It was like two days before I was to start Junior High. It was a stinking hot January day down under and my brother and I were playing cricket in the yard when the news broke over the radio. I can remember time slowing to a stop. I was such a NASA geek (I think Space Camp was my favorite film from around that time).

    Here's a bit of trivia for ya - the term "Cowabunga" - made famous by the original Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles - was uttered first by Christina McCauliffe as she passed the media pack on her way up to the ship.

    Man I soooo wanted to be like her even after it happened.

    86' - man what a time huh?

  14. Those coming books all look sooo good! And thanks for letting us know about the query contest - I'm heading right over!

  15. January already?!?! Noooooo!LOL!!

    Oh but look at all these yummy titles to look forward too! I must admit - I absolutely love the title "A Boy and his Bot!"

    Take care

  16. I didn't know all of these wonderful titles release in January! Whoo! I'm so excited!

  17. All of these books sound amazing!! Can we invent some extra time for just reading somehow???

  18. A lot of the ones you have I've got on my wishlist too. You don't have Shadowspell on your list though but I'm looking forward to it :)

  19. Wow, how do you manage to read 5 books at once? I'm a one-at-a-time kind of girl.

    I'm looking forward to reading Like Mandarin. :D

  20. I'm dying to read most of these, but I'll take reviews from you as a close second! Have a great time over Christmas :)

  21. Oh dear, maybe I don't need to eat all that much. I hate buying textbooks cuz at the back of my head I'm always thinking about how many books I could buy with the money I'm spending on them. Hee. But yes, I think all of these are already on my To Read List over at Goodreads. Have fun reading.


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