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The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney
Release date: November 2nd 2010 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Synopsis:

Some schools have honor codes.
Others have handbooks.
Themis Academy has the Mockingbirds.

Themis Academy is a quiet boarding school with an exceptional student body that the administration trusts to always behave the honorable way–the Themis Way. So when Alex is date raped during her junior year, she has two options: stay silent and hope someone helps her, or enlist the Mockingbirds–a secret society of students dedicated to righting the wrongs of their fellow peers.

In this honest, page-turning account of a teen girl’s struggle to stand up for herself, debut author Daisy Whitney reminds readers that if you love something or someone–especially yourself–you fight for it.

At first glance, they book may seem like a paranormal mystery book but it’s not! The Mockingbirds is a novel about a girl getting raped and what happens after that. Daisy Whitney is a very nice author, boy am I excited to read her debut novel! How I wish it is November already!

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I will be WoWing two books today! Both of them are on my most anticipated reads of 2010 (the new version, not the one I did back in 2009)! 🙂

Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
Release date: October 19th 2010 by Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing
Synopsis:

The sequel to the New York Times Best selling phenomenon, Hush, Hush!
Nora should have know her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can’t figure out if it’s for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The farther Nora delves into the mystery of her father’s death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim blood line has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn’t answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine.

Practically everyone has heard of Hush Hush (my review), if you haven’t, I highly recommend it if you like YA paranormal books like Evermore by Alyson Noel, The Dark Divine by Bree Despain, Vampire Academy etc etc.

Matched by Ally Condie
Release date: November 30th 2010 by Dutton Juvenile
Synopsis:

In the Society, Officials decide. Who you love. Where you work. When you die.

Cassia has always trusted their choices. It’s barely any price to pay for a long life, the perfect job, the ideal mate. So when her best friend appears on the Matching screen, Cassia knows with complete certainty that he is the one . . . until she sees another face flash for an instant before the screen fades to black. Now Cassia is faced with impossible choices: between Xander and Ky, between the only life she’s known and a path no one else has ever dared follow—between perfection and passion.

Matched is a story for right now and storytelling with the resonance of a classic.

Some people who have the ARC of Matched said that the cover is sparkly! A cover that glitters? Now that is something you don’t see everyday. I cannot wait to see the hardcover in real life… November is too far away.

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I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
Release date: August 3rd 2010 by HarperCollins
Synopsis:

Nine of us came here. We look like you. We talk like you. We live among you. But we are not you. We can do things you dream of doing. We have powers you dream of having. We are stronger and faster than anything you have ever seen. We are the superheroes you worship in movies and comic books—but we are real.

Our plan was to grow, and train, and become strong, and become one, and fight them. But they found us and started hunting us first. Now all of us are running. Spending our lives in shadows, in places where no one would look, blending in. we have lived among you without you knowing.

But they know.

They caught Number One in Malaysia.
Number Two in England.
And Number Three in Kenya.
They killed them all.

I am Number Four.

I am next.

I Am Number Four has not even been published yet and the movie production is already underway. My curiosity about this novel sparked when it was taunted to be The Next Twilight. Of course nothing will be the next Twilight, that would be ridiculous. Every book will shine in it’s own way. Moving on, I went to do a little research about the characters in the movie and guess what? Alex Pettyfer will be playing the lead! Awesome. And Jake Abel from Percy Jackson and Dianna Agron from Glee will be in the film as well!

I am very excited for the release of this novel and I hope it will live up to all the hype about it! 🙂 It will be in stores less than 3 weeks away. Bored? Check out www.iamnumberfourfans.com.

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Girl Saves Boy by Steph Bowe
Release date: August 30th 2010 by Text Publishing
Synopsis:

The first time we met, Jewel Valentine saved my life.

Isn’t it enough having your very own terminal disease, without your mother dying? Or your father dating your Art teacher?

No wonder Sacha Thomas ends up in the lake that Saturday evening…

But the real question is: how does he end up in love with Jewel Valentine?

With the help of quirky teenage prodigies Little Al and True Grisham, Sacha and Jewel have a crazy adventure, with a little lobster emancipation along the way.

But Sacha’s running out of time, and Jewel has secrets of her own.

Girl Saves Boy is a hugely talented debut novel, funny and sad, silly and wise. It’s a story of life, death, love… and garden gnomes.

Did you know that Girl Saves Boy is written by a well known book blogger, Steph Bowe who owns the blog Hey Teenager! and is very dedicated in maintaining her blog and not to mention she’s friendly and sweet! She is only sixteen and I foresee many great novels from her.

The wait is almost over, I cannot wait to read Steph’s novel! Support her and buy it when it’s out. She deserves it. 🙂

Girl Saves Boy, will be published by Text Publishing this September in Australia & New Zealand and by Egmont USA in America in 2011.

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Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
Release date: October 19th 2010 by Philomel
Synopsis:

While other teenage girls daydream about boys, Calla Tor imagines ripping out her enemies’ throats. And she wouldn’t have it any other way. Calla was born a warrior and on her eighteenth-birthday she’ll become the alpha female of the next generation of Guardian wolves. But Calla’s predestined path veers off course the moment she saves the life of a wayward hiker, a boy her own age. This human boy’s secret will turn the young pack’s world upside down and forever alter the outcome of the centuries-old Witches’ War that surrounds them all.

I want to read Nightshade so bad! Insanely jealous of everyone who managed to get their hands on the ARC! I think my next few Waiting on Wednesday will involve books that were available at BEA but I wasn’t there to attend, unfortunately.

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Raised by Wolves by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
Release date: June 8th 2010 by EgmontUSA
Synopsis:

Adopted by the Alpha of a werewolf pack after a rogue wolf brutally killed her parents right before her eyes, fifteen-year-old Bryn knows only pack life, and the rigid social hierarchy that controls it. That doesn’t mean that she’s averse to breaking a rule or two.

But when her curiosity gets the better of her and she discovers Chase, a new teen locked in a cage in her guardian’s basement, and witnesses him turn into a wolf before her eyes, the horrific memories of her parents’ murders return. Bryn becomes obsessed with getting her questions answered, and Chase is the only one who can provide the information she needs.

But in her drive to find the truth, will Bryn push too far beyond the constraints of the pack, forcing her to leave behind her friends, her family, and the identity that she’s shaped?

How cute, just realised last week’s pick was for an author who has the same name as this week’s author! Last week’s WoW pick was Jennifer Echols. Actually I just realised last week’s pick was Cassandra Clare’s book. This week’s choice has a very stunning cover, it’s all mysterious and screams supernatural! Not that it’s a bad thing. 😉

Are you excited for Raised by Wolves as well?


Just a quick blog update, I know I have been a bad blogger! I did an impromptu review hiatus but I’ll be back with my reviews soon, probably in June. I had a post scheduled to explain my absence but did not have the chance to put it up. Will put it up soon!

But don’t forget about me! Just a heads-up, 24th May is The Tension of Opposites week at Read This Book! Mark your calendars! There will also be a Twitter chat with the author!

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I’m embarrass to admit that I have not read any of Cassandra Clare’s books. I picked up City of Bones at the bookstore once but put it back because the book didn’t really hold my interest for long. I might need to give it a second try though! I am excited for her upcoming release and she actually TWEETED a reply to me once when I asked whether I can read Clockwork Angel w/o reading the Mortal Instruments series.

Clare said “Yes. You can read the books in any order. @readingthisbook.“. Umm, squee! I love it when famous people tweet to me and follow me on Twitter. Some celebs that follow me on Twitter are *cough, Justin Bieber, Sean Kingston and Meg Cabot, cough* 😀

And the great Sarah Rees Brennan once mentioned that she’d like to see Clockwork Angel to be made into a movie.


The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
Release date: August 31st 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry
Synopsis:

Magic is dangerous—but love is more dangerous still.

When sixteen-year-old Tessa Gray crosses the ocean to find her brother, her destination is England, the time is the reign of Queen Victoria, and something terrifying is waiting for her in London’s Downworld, where vampires, warlocks and other supernatural folk stalk the gaslit streets. Only the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the world of demons, keep order amidst the chaos.

Kidnapped by the mysterious Dark Sisters, members of a secret organization called The Pandemonium Club, Tessa soon learns that she herself is a Downworlder with a rare ability: the power to transform, at will, into another person. What’s more, the Magister, the shadowy figure who runs the Club, will stop at nothing to claim Tessa’s power for his own.

Friendless and hunted, Tessa takes refuge with the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, who swear to find her brother if she will use her power to help them. She soon finds herself fascinated by—and torn between—two best friends: Jem, whose fragile beauty hides a deadly secret, and blue-eyed Will, whose caustic wit and volatile moods keep everyone in his life at arm’s length…everyone, that is, but Tessa. As their search draws them deep into the heart of an arcane plot that threatens to destroy the Shadowhunters, Tessa realizes that she may need to choose between saving her brother and helping her new friends save the world…and that love may be the most dangerous magic of all.

Have you read the Mortal Instruments series? Thoughts? Are you v. excited for Clockwork Angel too? Let me know, I love to hear from you!