HAPPY New Year, Figlets! And HAPPY Birthday, Books! So much HAPPY! I’m HAPPY that there’s so much HAPPINESS going around! Are you HAPPY? Well, your being HAPPY is maybe just a little too much HAPPINESS for my liking. Would you mind toning it down a bit, Fig? Sheesh.
Cinder by Marissa Meyer (01/03/12)
Elevator pitch: Cinderella meets the future! It’s time to trade in those glass slippers that never quite stay on for an artificial foot that, well, never quite stays on either. On an earth far, far away, humans and androids cohabitate in New Beijing, where a plague ravages the population. When the stepsister of our protagonist, Cinder, becomes infected, it launches Cinder on an adventure that involves her in an intergalactic struggle. The first of a quartet, it’ll be quite some time before we reach our happily ever after . . .
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi (01/03/12)
Nothing like a good the-world-is-ending novel to kick off the new year! If you were hunting for an apartment and you had to choose between an enclosed, safe city called Reverie or a wasteland known as The Death Shop where you’d be prey to cannibals, it’s kind of a no-brainer, right? Unfortunately for Aria, she’s not given a choice–she’s exiled from Reverie and isn’t having much luck in the survival department. That is, until she stumbles into an outsider named Perry, and realizes he might be the key to getting her back into Reverie.
The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith (01/02/12)
Prepare for the cutest romance you’re going to read all year, Figs. Yup, that’s a bold statement so (super) early in the year, but I stand by it. Hadley misses her flight to London where her father is getting married to some chick she hasn’t met. It’s not all bad, though, since Hadley gets to meet this really cool brit, Oliver, and it’s not long before they are K-I-S-S-I-N-G and F-I-G-H-T-I-N-G and maybe K-I-S-S-I-N-G again.
The Queen of Kentucky by Alecia Whitaker (01/02/12)
Ricki Jo Winstead is tired of being a farmer’s daughter–and why wouldn’t she be? She’s out to reinvent herself. First, she’ll trade in her Bible for Seventeen magazine. Then maybe she’ll ditch her cowgirl boots for stilettos. After that, she’ll turn her back on farm chores and go see what’s going on with the hottest guy in school. Of course, it’ll end happily ever after as soon as she achieves these goals, right? (My shallowness and ignorance are why excellent books such as this debut are written.)
Pretty Little Liars: Pretty Little Secrets by Sara Shepard (01/02/12)
With a group of girls who lie as much as their ongoing saga suggests, you’re never going to get the full story–which is why this bit is being leaked now! Taking place between Unbelievable and Wicked, Pretty Little Secrets is the dish from the new stalker in town on what went down during that lost winter break. But if you have to know everything that goes on in the lives of your characters, you should probably let that little balloon of hope float away now. You’ll have to settle for what the liars choose to tell you . . . or what their enemies choose to maliciously reveal.