No IMM this week because I'm new book-less and still working my way through that giant pile of library books. But there is new Waiting on Wednesday, brought to us by Jill at Breaking the Spine, because my to-read list is almost 350 books deep.
Since it's December, the obvious holiday month (as well as my birthday), I'm doing more than one book. :) Also because of the cover love. So pretty. :D
Title: Blood Magic
Author: Tessa Gratton
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368 (Hardcover)
For Nick Pardee and Silla Kennicot, the cemetery is the center of everything.
Nick is a city boy angry at being forced to move back to the nowhere town of Yaleylah, Missouri where he grew up. He can’t help remembering his mom and the blood magic she practiced – memories he’s tried for five years to escape. Silla, though, doesn’t want to forget; her parents’ apparent murder-suicide left her numb and needing answers. When a book of magic spells in her dad’s handwriting appears on her doorstep, she sees her chance to unravel the mystery of their deaths.
Together they plunge into the world of dark magic, but when a hundred-year-old blood witch comes hunting for the bones of Silla’s parents and the spell book, Nick and Silla will have to let go of everything they believe about who they are, the nature of life and death, and the deadly secrets that hide in blood.
Sounds spooky, doesn't it?? Well, good. I love this kind of secret mystery magic stuff. :)
Author: Lauren Oliver
Release Date: February 1, 2011
Pages: 440 (Hardcover)
Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -the deliria- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the governments demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.
But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
This book's gotten a lot of early buzz and positive reviews. It does have an interesting concept, that love is a disease, because it is, in a way, depending on who you are and how you've lived your life. This is another one of those books that I'm avoiding reviews of so it isn't spoiled for me (like with Nightshade and Crescendo, and also Matched)
Title: Imaginary Girls
Author: Nova Ren Suma
Release Date: June 14, 2011
Chloe’s older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can’t be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby’s friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.
But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns home two years later, a precarious and deadly balance waits. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.
Imaginary Girls is a masterfully distorted vision of family reminiscent of Shirley Jackson, laced with twists that beg for their secrets to be kept.
Another contemporary YA I'm looking forward to reading. I think it's the relationship between the sisters and the circumstances for their separation that interest me the most.