After finding so many great new titles on my recent book exploration I decided I didn't want to squeeze them into just one post. So hopefully you guys enjoy finding new reads as much as I do, because here are a few I came across and wanted to share.
Pick #1: The Predicteds by Christine Seifert (9/1/11)
Your future is not your own...
"We wanted to know what makes a good kid good and a bad kid bad. Can you blame us for that? We found an astoundingly, marvelously simple answer: The brain isn't so much a complicated machine as it is a crystal ball. If you look into it, you will see everything you want to know."
-Dr. Mark Miliken, senior researcher at Utopia Laboratories
Who will it be?
Will the head cheerleader get pregnant?
Is the student council president a secret drug addict?
The whole school is freaking out about PROFILE, an experimental program that can predict students' future behavior.
The only question Daphne wants answered is whether Jesse will ask her out...but he's a Predicted, and there's something about his future he's not telling her.
Yet another attempt at Utopia and the big brother government leading the charge as usual. This spin on utopia is a little different. The idea that someone would be able to run a test and lay out your future for you is quite tempting. And while I do like the element of surprise in my life, it's an intriguing concept. One I'm not sure I could resist...could you?
Pick #2: Isle of Night (The Watchers, #1) by Veronica Wolf (9/6/11)
Is life offering fewer and fewer options? Then join the dead.
When Annelise meets dark and seductive Ronan, he promises her a new life-if she has the courage to chance the unknown. Now, she's whisked away to a mysterious island and pitted against other female recruits to become a Watcher-girls who are partnered with vampires and assist them in their missions. To survive and become a Watcher, Annelise has to beat out every other girl, but she's determined to do so, because to fail doesn't mean dishonor-it means death.
Count me in! It's survivor meets vampires with danger and drama all mixed together. I'm curious to see what kind of missions Wolf has her vampires going on and what the weeding out process for Watchers will entail. The cover pulls you in and I'm hoping Wolf's writing and creativity has my flying through the pages.
Pick #3: A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (8/9/11)
It should have been a short suspended-animation sleep. But this time Rose wakes up to find her past is long gone— and her future full of peril.
Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for sixty-two years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten subbasement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long gone, and Rose— hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire— is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes— or be left without any future at all.
Sleeping Beauty was my favorite Disney movie when I was growing up and the little girl in me kind of drooled over this one when I came across it. Adding to the fairy tale a post apocalyptic twist sounds awesome to me. Everything about it sounds fun and I'm not one to turn down a good, fun read very often. Bring it on Sheehan and I'm crossing my fingers for making a new favorite out of an old one.
Pick #4: Witchlanders by Lena Coakley (8/30/11)
High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.
It’s all a fake.
At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated?
But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village and the coven, Ryder must confront the beautiful and silent witch who holds all the secrets. Everything he’s ever believed about witches, the Baen, magic and about himself will change, when he discovers that the prophecies he’s always scorned—
Are about him.
Witches seem to be drawing me in lately and this title was no exception. The idea of a small town paying tribute to witches for protection is captivating enough, but with the added prophecies and danger heading for these characters ensured I was a goner. I'm anxious to check this one out and eager to read from a male's point of view. Those books are few and far between for me, but hopefully this male's voice will be a nice change of pace.
Pick #5: Dark Angel (Dark Angel, #1) by Eden Maguire (/8/4/11)
Tania's heart belongs to Orlando. Nothing can rip them apart. Until the seduction begins in a flurry of glamour and magic, music and parties all orchestrated by the mysterious and mesmerising Zoran, an iconic rock star who has retired to a remote ranch in the nearby mountains. And there Tania meets the dark side. Can she resist temptation?
Although I read the book's description I'm still not quite sure what this one's all about. The hint at a love triangle is always compelling but it also sounds like this one goes deeper still. Maybe it's the beautiful cover, maybe it's the mystery, but my curiosity has most definitely gotten the best of me and I've added this title to my TBR pile.