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Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge, Day 1: Great Debuts

Today, December 21, is the first day of Persnickety Snark’s FIVE Challenge, and today’s particular challenge is…Great Debuts!

Adele’s list may be YA only, but I’m including all age brackets. I read quite a few debuts, but not all of them were published this year, as I tend to read things by availability and my ordered lists. There are probably many awesome books published this year that I may not read until 2011 or beyond.

Anyhoo, here we are, counting down from 5 to 1 – yes, I do play favourites:

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[REVIEW] Hunger – Jackie Morse Kessler

Jackie Morse Kessler
Hunger (Horsemen of the Apocalypse, Book 1)
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Graphia (US: 18th October 2010)
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Knowing the novel tackles the issue of eating disorders, you’d expect to be in tears within the first three chapters. Instead, Jackie Morse Kessler thankfully makes her heroine sassy rather than emo. Lisabeth Lewis is still very much damaged goods who doesn’t know her own strength, but when she accepts her power, she uses it for good instead of evil. But before she seeks help to become a healthier, happier person, she must face Death, Pestilence, and War.

It’s not an easy read at times, and it must’ve hurt a lot to write, but this could be the book that saves readers from themselves. Lisa’s denial and bitchy treatment toward those who care for her are bloody annoying, but they’re necessary for her character arc – and all too frequently an unfortunate part of addiction and other disorders.

But with Lisa’s trusty steed by her side, she can’t fail. We all could do with a Midnight of our own.

I read this in one sitting via NetGalley on my computer, and I rarely make the effort to do that. Hunger is worth it, and is one of 2010’s finest releases. Not just for teens and those with food issues, it’s a story with depth I won’t soon forget. Though I am craving pralines.

October 2010 Releases

Done with September 2010 Releases? Here are the October 2010 Releases. To check release dates further into the future, check Reading Wishlist.

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YA Releases – 2010 & Beyond

C. A. Moulton called out for a list of 2010 & 2011 YA fantasy fiction, but my list here contains other YA subgenres, too πŸ˜‰ These are only the ones with known release dates – those without are on my Reading Wishlist. Release dates can and probably will change in the lead-up to the books’ publication. Some are re-releases, international editions, etc. Of course, I don’t list every single book – only the ones that I’ve heard of and am interested in.

ANN AGUIRRE – Razorland – Dec 2010
KELLEY ARMSTRONG – The Reckoning – 27 Apr 2010/6 May 2010
JENNIFER LYNN BARNES – Raised by Wolves – 8 Jun 2010
HOLLY BLACK – White Cat – 4 May 2010/17 Jun 2010/1 May 2011
S. A. BODEEN – The Gardener – 25 May 2010
RACHEL CAINE – Kiss of Death – 3 May 2010/4 May 2010
KRISTIN CAST et al – Kisses from Hell – 8 Aug 2010
CASSANDRA CLARE – The Clockwork Angel – 1 Sep 2010/14 Sep 2010
ANDREA CREMER – Nightshade – 14 Oct 2010
HEATHER DAVIS – The Clearing – 15 Mar 2010/12 Apr 2010
KAT FALLS – Dark Life – 29 Apr 2010/1 May 2010
CATHERINE FISHER – Incarceron – 26 Jan 2010
BECCA FITZPATRICK – Crescendo – 2010
AMY GARVEY – Cold Kiss – 2011
TERI HALL – The Line – 4 Mar 2010/9 Mar 2010
STACEY JAY – Undead Much? – 21 Jan 2010/26 Jan 2010
STACEY JAY – My So-Called Death – 1 Mar 2010/1 Apr 2010
CARRIE JONES – Captivate – 5 Jan 2010/5 Apr 2010
KELLY KEATON – Darkness Becomes Her – 2011
JACKIE MORSE KESSLER – Hunger – 11 Aug 2010
JACKIE MORSE KESSLER – Rage – 2011
KAREN KINCY – Other – 1 Jul 2010
GEMMA MALLEY – The Returners – 1 Feb 2010/2 Mar 2010
RICHELLE MEAD – Spirit Bound – 18 May 2010
JACKSON PEARCE – Sisters Red – 3 Jun 2010/7 Jun 2010
SUSAN BETH PFEFFER – This World We Live In – 4 Mar 2010/1 Apr 2010/3 May 2010
CARRIE RYAN – The Dead-Tossed Waves – 9 Mar 2010/8 Apr 2010/1 Mar 2011
JERI SMITH-READY – Shade – 4 May 2010/18 May 2010
MARIA V. SNYDER – Inside Out – 1 Apr 2010
LILI ST. CROW – Jealousy – 29 Jul 2010/3 Aug 2010
MAGGIE STIEFVATER – Linger – 20 Jul 2010
JESSICA VERDAY – The Haunted – 31 Aug 2010
ROBIN WASSERMAN – Wired – 14 Sep 2010

Mead in Melbourne

I think I should’ve been posing on the other side of the table. Oops. Thanks to Penguin staff member Felicity for photographing – you’re a gem πŸ™‚ Yes, kids, I am wearing hobo gloves, but these are from Germany, which makes me Euro hobo-chic πŸ˜‰ Even covered in lint balls and cat fur. Please excuse my lack of make-up, and lack of product in my hair – my ‘do looks much better today.

Monday 14th September 2009: Knox Civic Centre hosted Richelle Mead’s first official Australian readers event, and I proved why I am not fit for public consumption πŸ˜‰ I offered my copy of Eternal Lover up for signing – the same book that I’d won in a contest and was already personalised by the lovely Jackie Kessler. (Richelle contributed to that anthology, so she didn’t just sign another author’s book. That would be weird. Even by my standards πŸ˜‰ )

I’m not good at small talk (I’m good at rambling blog posts, but that’s the power of gobshite passed down to me via Irish ancestors), and I think I mentioned that Jackie is awesome. And that I’m looking forward to reading Hunger (to be published under the name Jackie Morse Kessler). And the thank-you note I left was written on a Jackie Kessler sticky-note. Written with a Jackie Kessler pen.

So I probably came across as a mega-weird Jackie Kessler fangirl. Let’s clear things up: Jackie is indeed awesome. Awesome enough to allow internationals like me to enter her contests to win books and post them out here. Along with the finest author swag I’ve come across. Seriously, this The Road to Hell pen is fabulous. And the sticky-notes came in handy at ARRC09, because I thought it would be decent etiquette to pass out thank-you notes to some authors for attending. Thus why I also gave Richelle a thank-you note.

And I’ve only read one of Jackie’s novels, plus a novella that was in an anthology (A Red Hot Valentine’s Day – I haven’t read Eternal Lover yet). While they are good reads, and Jackie is a darl, I wouldn’t say I’m a fangirl. It’s not nice to weird-out internationals πŸ˜‰

For the record, of Richelle’s books I’ve read Succubus Blues and Vampire Academy, with the others waiting on my shelf to be read. Why I didn’t bring them to be signed? Authors can’t be expected to remember all their readers, so I figured no one else had a copy of Eternal Lover already signed by one of the contributors.

lolcatz photographed Richelle and I whilst Felicity did, so that photo may emerge on the Internets. I don’t think he photographed every reader. Anyway, as I was packing up to go I asked him if this was his first visit to Australia. It was. I said “have a good one”, whilst giving a thumbs-up. Don’t ask me why. I’m not one to draw attention to my fingers. And I’m not usually one to talk to strangers, either.

Thanks to Richelle, Felicity and lolcatz for being polite creatures, and tolerating dear Tezzy.

As far as I know, the next author event I plan to attend is WorldCon 2010, which will take place in Melbourne. Have heard that Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant and Laura Anne Gilman will be attending, and my copy of Staying Dead needs signing and personalising… πŸ˜‰

P.S. Woke up this morning to hear Richelle on Nova 100, chatting with Hughesy, Kate & Ed. The whole interview is available in audio, if you look below the “From the Show” heading. And there’s a 1-minute video excerpt. The caption refers to female vampires “flowering” every 28 days, but I really think Kate’s question referred to vampires ingesting menstrual blood, as well as regular blood from people’s necks. I don’t think vampires themselves actually menstruate. But maybe I misunderstood. Australians generally aren’t good at subtlety (we’re straight-talking, like Family Guy‘s Ollie the weatherman), so when we try it, things get weird…even weirder than our straight-talking πŸ˜‰ Bless Kate and her chutzpah for asking! πŸ™‚