Happy Birthday to Books 9/5 to 9/11

Alright, Figaronis, it’s that time again – time to celebrate book birthdays! And the best gift you can give is buying the book, reading the book, loving the book, and promoting the book globally…Did I lose you with that last one? Well, do the best you can!

All These Things I’ve Done by Gabrielle Zevin (9/6/11)

Do you love chocolate and coffee? You and many others, Figlet. For me, nothing beats those white chocolate Kit-Kat bars or downing a Starbucks caramel macchiato. In Zevin’s new novel, set in the year 2083, chocolate and coffee are illegal. And while that’s a big issue in and of itself (no more Kit-Kats?!) it’s the least of  future New Yorkers’ worries, as they’re living in a city polluted with crime and poverty and short on water.

 

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick (9/6/11)

If the world as you know it were to end today, would you be prepared? Here’s a quick test: 1) Can you ration your food appropriately? No? 2) Can you put up a tent? No again? Well, unless you read Ashes and brush up on your survival skills, chances are you’re not going to make it very far before the zombies devour your delicious, delicious brain. Oh, I forgot to mention the zombies, didn’t I? Yeah…

For an expert’s critique, check out The Figment Review for Ashes, written by a Figsoldier, Frankie, who I nominate “Most Likely to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse.”

The Beginning of After by Jennifer Castle

Here at Figment, we enjoy poking a little fun at YA novels with dead parents, and we’re always wondering WHY, OH WHY they had to die. But in The Beginning of After, Laurel’s deceased parents aren’t just a cheap plot device to get authority figures out of the picture. This novel is a great example of putting a fresh spin on the old a-car-crashed-and-killed-my-parents idea.

 

Dear Bully: Seventy Authors Tell Their Stories by Megan Kelley Hall, Carries Jones (9/6/11)

Anthologies = awesome. Who doesn’t love a collection of stories that features not only your current favorite authors, but new ones that you’ll quickly fall in love with? Dear Bully is in a league of its own. The authors reach out to the readers by sharing their own experiences in a non-preachy fashion; authors enlighten the bullies, bullied, and in betweens as to how their experiences with bullies shaped them into the celebrated writers they are today.

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

In the sizzling sequel to Firelight, spunky Jacinda betrays her dragon-kind in order to protect the one she loves. Isn’t that sweet? Who doesn’t enjoy a story where the hunter and the hunted see past the bitter rivalries of their respective races for the sake of their own burning love?

 

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