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May 2012 Releases

Done with April 2012 Releases? Here are May 2012 Release. For future titles, check Reading Wishlist.

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[REVIEW] Struck – Jennifer Bosworth

Jennifer Bosworth
Struck
Random House Doubleday (UK: 26th April 2012; AU: 1st June 2012); Macmillan Farrar, Straus and Giroux (US: 8th May 2012)
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I’m having trouble deciding where I stand with this book. When I love it, I love it to bits. When it pisses me off, I almost forget that I love the non-pissing-off parts. (And for the record, I was not PMSing whilst reading or reviewing this novel, so my anger is genuine and not hormonally-driven.)

What I love about Struck: Electricity, and lots of it! The idea of cults. Post-disaster setting. Buying medicine on the black market. Danger, danger – high-voltage!

What pisses me off about Struck: Insta-lust that quickly develops into insta-love. Mia finding her stalker hot. SPOILER ALERT! Mia awakens in the night to find someone standing over her with a knife. She dubs him Nightmare Boy. But this is not a dream. And she fancies him, loves him, and in the epilogue roots him. Oh yeah, then there’s the whole “I’ve been dreaming about you for ages, before I met you” element. *headdesk*

Then there’s the matter of brainwashing, which in this novel is some kind of paranormal ability. I would’ve been more interested to read about the regular, non-paranormal craft of brainwashing, the kind you read about in psychology texts. Suddenly Mia likes the Prophet, then is “reawakened” by a kiss to bring her back to her previous way of thinking.

Struck‘s premise is astoundingly awesome, the big White Tent climax is genuinely creepy, and I’m so looking forward to whatever Jennifer Bosworth writes next. Hopefully it’ll have less romance, and more awesome. Meanwhile, I want to read up on the connection between electricity and humans – can you recommend a good text, please?

April 2012 Releases

Done with March 2012 Releases? Here are April 2012 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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6 New Covers (Bosworth, Jones, O’Brien, Smibert, Turner, Vincent)

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Jennifer Bosworth, Cole Gibsen, Tara Hudson, Carrie Jones & Steven Wedel, Bethany Wiggins, Cherry Cheva

Here’re some things I’ve added to my wishlist recently. Perhaps you’ll add them to yours, too 😉

Jennifer Bosworth’s debut YA, Struck, to Janine O’Malley at Farrar, Straus & Giroux (World English). After Los Angeles is devastated by an earthquake, Mia finds herself in the middle of a power struggle between 2 fanatical doomsday cults: 1 that wants to save the world & another that wants to destroy it.

Cole Gibsen‘s debut Katana to Brian Farrey at Flux, in a 2-book deal (NA). The captain of the pom squad learns she is a reincarnated samurai, meets a boy claiming to be her soul mate from another life, & must chose between continuing as the girl she’s always been & embracing the warrior inside her.

Tara Hudson‘s Hereafter trilogy to Barbara Lalicki at Harper Children’s for publication in 2011. 18-year-old Amelia’s afterlife is forever altered the night she saves a boy from drowning & suddenly finds herself haunting the all-too-willing boy, who not only sees her but is determined to reintroduce her to the world of the living.

Carrie Jones & Steven Wedel‘s Ghost Sickness (tentatively titled) to Michelle Nagler at Bloomsbury (World English) for publication in 2011. In the book, Aimee turns to the new kid in town (and romantic interest), Alan, for help in battling the evils of an ancient spirit.

Bethany Wiggins‘s The Hunted to Emily Easton at Walker, for publication in 2011 (World). A 17-year-old shapeshifter is being hunted by supernatural creatures, & her only hope for survival is found in Navajo legend.

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FILM/TV

From Variety: Fox 2000 has optioned Cherry Cheva‘s (a.k.a. Cherry Chevapravatdumrong) 2nd young adult novel, DupliKate, for Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstein and Bob Levy to produce. In the story, Kate Larson creates an avatar named Rina for a computer game, only Rina springs to life & demands equal time in the real world.