After BEA, I was lucky enough to come home with several books from the HarperTeen fall lineup. I’ve been snacking on them between edits, and I’m finally prepared to share my thoughts on them with you. With my handy new rating system*, you should be able to figure out which books are the right ones for you. The first three on the pile are below, and I should hopefully have more for you soon! Enjoi!
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
Release Date: November 15, 2011. If you want to ignore your family on Thanksgiving, this is a good alternative to football.
The general idea: No touchy! No touch! Ohohohwait! Do you want to die? No? Then NO TOUCH!
Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: Cover Art and I are playing a game of hide and seek. Cover Art is winning. (It should be coming out in July.)
It made me feel: Claustrophobic.
Romance: Steamy semi-orphan love. Very steamy. And very semi-orphan.
Highlight: Crossed out sentences.
Read it if you like: The X-Men, saying “Don’t taze me, bro!”, Twilight.
Rating: A heaping handful of Skittles.
Cold Kiss by Amy Garvey
Release Date: September 20, 2011. Which is great because you should be having cold kisses by then. Get it… GET IT? It’s the fall, people…
The general idea: *sings* My boyfriend’s back and you’re gonna be in trouble… um, because he’s dead.
Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: Smurfette? Girl, you look good!
It made me feel: Glad to be normal.
Romance: Both slightly creepy necro-style and adorable breathing-people type.
Highlight: It makes you feel like you too could write spells!
Read it if you like: Bakeries, The Osbournes, Swoon.
Rating: 6 double-stuff Oreos with milk.
The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
Release Date: October 4, 2011. Just in time for trick-or-treaters! *sits pile by door with a sign that says “Please take one”*
The general idea: There’s something on my neck, and that boy is hot, but, seriously, what’s up with— *magic explosion!*
Thoughts upon seeing the cover art: Oh no! She’s snagged her dress on something! Oh wait…
It made me feel: American.
Romance: Angsty, Floaty, Arranged, Awkward, Sleepy, Bashful, and Doc.
Highlight: Weird Irish names!
Read it if you like: yelling out “I’m on a boat!”, Wicked Lovely, Sudoku.
Rating: 7 Reese’s peanut butter cups.
*Any book that gets a candy or dessert reference is doing pretty good, and you should probably check it out, but a book with something like alfalfa sprouts next to it? RUN! If, at any point, you see a book get rated with Raisinetes or red velvet cake, then we’ve found literary magic, people! Steal a car** to get to the bookstore if that’s what it takes.
**Don’t steal cars.