Happy Birthday, Books! This week, we have some new authors on our Honorary Guest List alongside some old friends. (And one of them even won a Pulitzer Prize!)
A Beautiful Dark by Jocelyn Davies (9/27/11)
What did you get for your 17th birthday? Oh, new clothes and an iPod? How nice. Well, the main character of this novel, Skye, got not one, but two angels! In this paranormal trilogy’s debut, Skye’s heart will be torn between bad-boy Rebel angel Asher and goody-two shoes Guardian Devlin–who happen to be cousins. Will Skye take to the night with the white-wings or the black-wings?
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (9/29/11)
Maureen Johnson debuts a new series that explores supernatural elements while maintaining a style familiar from her previous books (13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Last Blue Envelope). Someone is recreating the Jack the Ripper murders just as American student Rory transfers to a school in the United Kingdom. Are the murders being recreated, or has the Ripper actually returned to haunt the streets of London?
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins (9/27/11)
Mara Dyer is a 17-year-old who survived a car crash in which her best friends died. (Actually, “Mara Dyer” is the character’s pseudonym–as she says in the first chapter, her lawyers recommended that she not use her real name.) How did she survive? Does it have anything to do with the paranormal element the author, publishers, and reviewers have been so tight-lipped about? I have no idea, but I really want to take this sexy, haunting ride with Mara Dyer to find out–and hopefully I don’t turn out dead like those friends of hers!
True Blue by Jane Smiley (9/27/11)
We’re always talking about orphan kids here at Figment–how about an orphan horse?! True Blue’s owner has been killed in a car crash, and he’s adopted by young Abby and her family. What starts out as a sweet tale for middle-grade readers quickly turns haunting when True Blue seems spooked, possibly seeing things Abby can’t. And then one night, Abby hears a whisper, “He’s still my horse . . .”
The Blood Lie: A Novel by Shirley Reva Vernick (9/30/11)
Rosh Hashanah is being celebrated this week–and so is the release of this novel. The “blood lie” is the false myth that Jews need Christian blood for their High Holiday meals. In Vernick’s novel, 16-year-old Jack can’t leave town for the musician’s life he daydreams of because his family has been accused of murdering a young Gentile girl. This book is inspired by a real-life case from the ’20s, in which a young girl from the small town of Massena, New York went missing and a Jewish family was blamed for her disappearance.