Something to (maybe) look forward to

Whoa: I've been wading through the descriptions of the "favorite fall teen reads" from a panel of big-name YA editors at the BookExpo of America. Their picks include:
Infinite Days, by debut author Rebecca Maizel (more vampire stuff, galley copies to be given out at screenings of Eclipse—that's probably all you need to know, right?)

Matched, by debut author Ally Condie (sci-fi about girl who rejects her futuristic arranged marriage in favor of a dude with "dangerous secrets")

Plain Kate, by Erin Bow (fantasy about a girl accused of witchcraft; most promising-sounding of the bunch)

The DUFF, by Kody Keplinger ("DUFF", for those of you who don't know, stands for "Designated Ugly Fat Friend". Looks depressing.)

Firelight, by Sophie Jordan (apparently similar to The Last Unicorn, but, like, set in high school)
Sounds... interesting?
Posted by: Julianka


16 Jun, 2010 06:44 PM @ version 0

Matched is better than I hoped; sort of like The Giver with a romantic plot. Not quite that good, but passable.

Firelight bears no resemblance to the Last Unicorn. I read the ARC: it's exactly what you'd expect from a dragon-girl falls for dragon-hunter book -- it's terrible.

But Plain Kate is the Last Unicorn reborn -- exactly that tone of melancholy hopeful beauty. You've got to read it. I cried and cried and promptly read it again. Twice. A new classic. If it doesn't make the award lists it will be a crime.

Jenn H.

17 Jun, 2010 12:17 AM @ version 0

Wow--I haven't seen any of these ARCs, but I'm going to have to see if any of them have turned up on our "To Be Read" shelf. But I'm glad to hear my gut instinct for which title sounded the best seconded!

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