A bonanza of review books arrived early this week:
Fitz by Mick Cochrane. 175 p. Alfred A. Knopf/ Random House, November 13, 2012. 9780375956836.
Publisher synopsis: Sometimes Fitz would look at himself in the mirror, an expression of pathetic eagerness on his face. He was a dog in the pound, wanting to be adopted. He'd smile. What father wouldn't want this boy?
Fifteen-year-old Fitzgerald—Fitz, to his friends—has just learned that his father, whom he's never met, who supports him but is not a part of his life, is living nearby. Fitz begins to follow him, watch him, study him, and on an otherwise ordinary May morning, he executes a plan to force his father, at gunpoint, to be with him.
Over the course of one spring day, Fitz and his father become real to one another. Fitz learns about his father, why he's chosen to remain distant and what really happened between him and Fitz's mother. And his father learns what sort of boy his son has grown up to become.
I really enjoyed the author's earlier, The Girl Who Threw Butterflies and jumped at the chance to review this for abookandahug.com.
Lemonade Mouth Puckers Up by Mark Peter Hughes. 291 p. Delacorte Press/ Random House Children's Books, November 13, 2012. 9780385737128.
Publisher synopsis: Olivia, Wen, Stella, Charlie, and Mo—the members of the legendary band Lemonade Mouth—have been labeled many things. But just how did this little group of misunderstood outcasts end up rocketing from high school nobodies to household names?
In their own words, the band tells the story of the momentous summer when an overworked music promoter, an unwanted visitor from India, and an unexpected reappearance by a figure from Olivia’s past shook their world and launched them on their roller-coaster ride to destiny. There are plenty of false rumors out there, but this is the real story, the continuation of the official history of Rhode Island’s most influential band. Lemonade Mouth is going worldwide and taking no prisoners. The outcome will be nothing short of revolutionary.
Cleopatra Queen of Egypt by Clint Twist. Historical Notebook Series. 30 p. Candlewick Press, October, 2012. 9780763660956.
I've read and enjoyed a title from this series, Charles Darwin and another in the same format, Charles Dickens. I like the concept and design of the books and look forward to reading this as well as the other titles in the series that I missed.
Altered by Jennifer Rush. 323 p. Little, Brown and Company, January, 2013. 9780316197083.
Publisher synopsis: They were made to forget. But they'll never forgive.
Everything about Anna's life is a secret. Her father works for the Branch, at the helm of its latest project: monitoring and administering treatments to the four genetically altered boys in the lab below their farmhouse. There's Nick, solemn and brooding; Cas, light-hearted and playful; Trev, smart and caring; and Sam . . . who's stolen Anna's heart.
When the Branch decides it's time to take the boys, Sam stages an escape. Anna's father pushes her to go with them, making Sam promise to keep her away from the Branch, at all costs.
On the run, with her father's warning in her head, Anna begins to doubt everything she thought she knew about herself. She soon discovers that she and Sam are connected in more ways than either of them expected. And if they're both going to survive, they must piece together the clues of their past before the Branch catches up to them and steals it all away.
This debut looks red hot and sure to please my teen fans of dystopian fiction.
I busted the budget a bit and bought:
A Rock is Lively by Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long. unpgd. Chronicle Books, LLC, August, 2012. 9781452106458.
I just adored their three earlier collaborations, An Egg is Quiet, A Seed is Sleepy and A Butterfly is Patient.
Perry's Killer Playlist by Joe Schreiber. 209 p. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, November, 2012. 9780547601175.
Publisher synopsis: When Perry ends up in Venice on a European tour with his band Inchworm, he can’t resist a visit to Harry’s Bar, where Gobi told him she’d meet him someday. The last time he saw Gobi, five people were assassinated one crazy night in New York City. Well . . . Gobi shows up, and once again Perry is roped into a wild, nonstop thrill ride with a body count. Double crossings, kidnappings, CIA agents, arms dealers, boat chases in Venetian canals, and a shootout in the middle of a Santa Claus convention ensue.
And finally, ta-da!
Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor. Unabridged audiobook on 12 compact discs, 15 hours. Read by Khristine Hvam. Hachette Audio. 9781619691988.
Publisher synopsis: In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.
I finally got to Daughter of Smoke and Bone this summer and was totally drawn into Karou's world.
I have quite the full plate now. What's new with you? Happy reading!