These patriotic book babies share a birthday week with the good ol’ U-S-of-A! They spent last weekend bbq-ing and setting off sparklers, and now they’re beginning life in a bookstore near you. Here are five titles out this week that we’re looking forward to holding, cuddling, and singing to sleep using The Star Spangled Banner as a lullaby:
A Scary Scene in a Scary Movie by Matt Blackstone (7/5/11)
There are a couple of interesting books about mental illness coming out this summer, and I think this is one looks especially good. It’s about a 14 year old OCD sufferer who lives a life defined by rituals he feels he must perform to avoid his loved ones being harmed like the unfortunates in horror movies. Imagine living in that brain…
Original Sin (A Personal Demons Novel) by Lisa Desrochers (7/5/11)
The angel/demon dichotomy usually doesn’t do a whole lot for me, but I really liked Personal Demons. Possibly because the petite, blonde, supernaturally talented protagonist reminds me of Sookie Stackhouse – a character I love so much I named my dog after her.
Paradise by Jill S. Alexander (7/5/11)
This is a book about country music, following your dreams, and falling in love in Texas, so I don’t see how it could possibly be bad. At the very least, it’s sure to be better than that Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana movie about country music, following your dreams, and falling in love in Tennessee.
Lost Voices by Sarah Porter (7/4/11)
Mermaids are so in this summer. These ones sound a little more badass than Ariel and friends – rather than collect gizmos and gadgets, they commit mass murder. But tomato, tomahto, mermaid fans. They all have tails.
Falling for Hamlet by Michelle Ray (7/5/11)
I LOVE Shakespeare updates! Hamlet isn’t one of my favorites, but I’m still looking forward to this – at least Ophelia and Hamlet will be more fun than boring, too perfect, overly sane Will and Kate.