BOOKS OF INTEREST – influenced so kindly from the TV show Person of Interest – will showcase what books I’m interested in that are coming out in the month ahead. Many blogs post what books are coming out each week, and those particular posts can get pretty time-consuming. And it’s highly unlikely that someone will purchase every single book those posts show. But they’re also fantastic because they promote books that may not get the attention they deserve or as much as other hyped books or sequels coming out in the same week and are therefore are on the same playing field.
This post will make it easier on me and allow me to share what books I’m looking forward to being released as well as introducing me and also you to books you may have not even heard or know about. A negative, however, is that this post we’ll be quite Braiden-centric [I just typed 'brain' instead of my name...], but I’ll endeavour to vary in what looks interesting.
Title: Fall of Five, The Lorien Legacies #4
Author: Pittacus Lore
Publication: August 27th, 2013 from HarperTeen; August 29th, 2013 from Penguin UK/Australia
Age Group: Young Adult
The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?
John Smith—Number Four—thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.
But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they’re hiding out in Nine’s Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.
The six of them are powerful, but they’re not strong enough yet to take on an entire army—even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More importantly, they’ll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors.
And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five—a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol—they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it’s too late.
The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war.
Lorien will rise again.
I’ll flip over every table and chair in excitement when I finally have a copy of The Fall of Five in my hands.
Title: The Sound
Author: Sarah Alderson
Publication: August 1st, 2013 from Simon & Schuster UK/Australia
Age Group: Young Adult
When aspiring music journalist Ren Kingston takes a job nannying for a wealthy family on the exclusive island of Nantucket, playground for Boston’s elite, she’s hoping for a low-key summer reading books and blogging about bands. Boys are firmly off the agenda.
What she doesn’t count on is falling in with a bunch of party-loving private school kids who are hiding some dark secrets, falling (possibly) in love with the local bad boy, and falling out with a dangerous serial killer…
The gripping new stand-alone novel from the author of Hunting Lila.
Why The Sound? Because… I AM IN IT, even if a pea-puree-torpedoing-puking toddler… And also because it’s SARAH ALDERSON! That is all that needs to be said.
Title: Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Author: Matthew Quick
Publication: August 15th, 2013 from Headline; August 13th, 2013 from Little Brown US
Age Group: Adult, Young Adult
How would you spend your birthday if you knew it would be your last?
Eighteen-year-old Leonard Peacock knows exactly what he’ll do. He’ll say goodbye.
Not to his mum – who he calls Linda because it annoys her – who’s moved out and left him to fend for himself. Nor to his former best friend, whose torments have driven him to consider committing the unthinkable. But to his four friends: a Humphrey-Bogart-obsessed neighbour, a teenage violin virtuoso, a pastor’s daughter and a teacher.
Most of the time, Leonard believes he’s weird and sad but these friends have made him think that maybe he’s not. He wants to thank them, and say goodbye.
I haven’t yet read this, but I’ve made it my book of the month for August at work so… yeah, I’m definitely looking forward to reading it. Have heard positive things about Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock that I’m interested very much, and since I like reading books dealing with mental illness it surely, hopefully, will be one that I will be highly invested in.
Title: The Bone Season
Author: Samantha Shannon
Publication: August 20th, 2013 from Bloomsbury
Age Group: Adult, Young Adult
It is the year 2059. Several major world cities are under the control of a security force called Scion. Paige Mahoney works in the criminal underworld of Scion London, part of a secret cell known as the Seven Seals. The work she does is unusual: scouting for information by breaking into others’ minds. Paige is a dreamwalker, a rare kind of clairvoyant, and in this world, the voyants commit treason simply by breathing.
But when Paige is captured and arrested, she encounters a power more sinister even than Scion. The voyant prison is a separate city—Oxford, erased from the map two centuries ago and now controlled by a powerful, otherworldly race. These creatures, the Rephaim, value the voyants highly—as soldiers in their army.
Paige is assigned to a Rephaite keeper, Warden, who will be in charge of her care and training. He is her master. Her natural enemy. But if she wants to regain her freedom, Paige will have to learn something of his mind and his own mysterious motives.
The Bone Season introduces a compelling heroine—a young woman learning to harness her powers in a world where everything has been taken from her. It also introduces an extraordinary young writer, with huge ambition and a teeming imagination. Samantha Shannon has created a bold new reality in this riveting debut.
Because it sounds awesome, looks awesome, and Samantha Shannon IS awesome!
What are you looking forward to the most this month in August?