2011 Releases I'm Looking Forward To

Across the Universe

by Beth Revis


January 11, 2011
 

When I heard the talk that this book had the best first chapter ever written, I read it and was pretty impressed (it was a nice chapter). This book has had quite a bit of momentum lately in the blogosphere and I've already got my copy reserved at the library! Looking forward to seeing if the book makes good on its first chapter.

Amy is a cryogenically frozen passenger aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed. She expects to wake up on a new planet, 300 years in the future. But fifty years before Godspeed's scheduled landing, Amy's cryo chamber is unplugged, and she is nearly killed. Now, Amy is caught inside an enclosed world where nothing makes sense. Godspeed's passengers have forfeited all control to Eldest, a tyrannical and frightening leader, and Elder, his rebellious and brilliant teenage heir. Amy desperately wants to trust Elder. But should she? All she knows is that she must race to unlock Godspeed's hidden secrets before whoever woke her tries to kill again. 


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The FitzOsbornes in Exile
by Michelle Cooper 

April 5, 2011

I recently read and enjoyed A Brief History of Montmaray, a quiet little historical re-imagining set on a fictional island kingdom between France and Britain just before World War II. I'm excited to read the next book in the series.

Sequel to A Brief History of Montmaray. Sophia FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home when the Germans attacked, and now find themselves in the lap of luxury. Sophie's journal fills us in on the social whirl of London's 1937 season, but even a princess in lovely new gowns finds it hard to fit in. Is there no other debutante who reads? And while the balls and house parties go on, newspaper headlines scream of war in Spain and threats from Germany. No one wants a second world war. Especially not the Montmaravians—with all Europe under attack, who will care about the fate of their tiny island kingdom?

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Beauty Queens
by Libba Bray 

May 24, 2011

I love Libba Bray--I think she's always innovative and exciting. Based on the description of this book, it's the perfect subject for her to tackle. It sounds funny with lots of room for unique characters and bizarre events. I think this is the book I'm looking forward to most for 2011.

Teen beauty queens. A "Lost"-like island. Mysteries and dangers. No access to emall. And the spirit of fierce, feral competition that lives underground in girls, a savage brutality that can only be revealed by a journey into the heart of non-exfoliated darkness. Oh, the horror, the horror! Only funnier. With evening gowns. And a body count.

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Texas Gothic
by Rosemary Clement-Moore 

July 12, 2011

I normally try not to allow a cover to affect my feelings toward a book, since it has no bearing on whether the writing will be any good, but this cover is beautiful. It's incredibly atmospheric and it makes me excited to read the book. The description doesn't sell me entirely, but I'll definitely be checking it out from the library in July.

Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.
 
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Bitterblue

By Kristin Cashore

2011 (?)

I was so impressed with both Graceling and Fire, and it seems like I've been anticipating Bittlerblue for years. I follow Kristin Cashore's wonderful blog and she occasionally gives Bitterblue updates--just often enough that I'm driven crazy with anticipation. Goodreads says it is set for a 2011 release, though there's no official publication date yet. I had thought Kristin was still working on Bitterblue and I didn't expect to see it published till 2012 at least, but it would be incredible to get it in 2011! 

From Kristin Cashore: Book 3, tentatively titled Bitterblue and currently in progress, is a companion book to both Graceling and Fire and takes place in the seven kingdoms six years after Graceling. As you may have gathered, the protagonist is Bitterblue. Yes, Katsa, Po, and others from Graceling whom I'm not yet willing to name do appear in the book.