Saturday, August 29, 2009

Fall Fantasy Book Preview

Looking for a break from the sudden introduction of homework into your schedule? Then mark your calendar for some of these awesome-looking fall releases!

Rampant by Diana Peterfreund (August 25)
Okay, technically this one's an end-of-summer release that's already out, but how could I not include a book about (wait for it...) killer unicorns?!?!! Awesome.

Catching Fire by Suzannne Collins (September 1)
The sequel to The Hunger Games (which, if you have not read, stop reading this blog entry and start reading it. RIGHT NOW), this one finds Katniss and Peeta beginning their 12-District tour under the eye of an angry, vengeful Capitol. What will happen when the pair unexpectedly find themselves the faces of a rebellion-in-the-making? I've heard this one has more twists than the Labyrinth, and I absolutely cannot wait to find out what's in store for Katniss, Peeta and Gale.

Forest Born by Shannon Hale (September 15)
Next in the Books of Bayern series, read this one after Goose Girl, Enna Burning, and River Secrets. Shannon Hale's one of my fave authors, bringing fairy tale worlds to life so beautifully you don't notice you've left the real world.

Pretty Dead by Francesca Lia Block (September 22)
Life gets lonely when you're undead. Charlotte Emerson, 99-year-old vampire (but forever 17), has everything... except companionship. When she meets her best friend's boyfriend, though, she may be given a new chance at life- until her maker shows up.

Ballad: A Gathering of Faerie by Maggie Stiefvater (October 1)
If you were a fan of Deirdre's best friend, James, in the first of this series, Lament, then be sure to check this one out! Looks like he falls for a faerie muse who feeds on the creativity of talented humans. Take a peak at a teaser page here!

Fire by Kristin Cashore (October 5)
I've been waiting for this one since I turned the last page of Graceling last fall! A prequel, this tells the story of Fire, the last of her kind and named for her flame-colored hair, and just might clue us in on King Leck's origins. Read the prologue and the first 2 chapters here.

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld (October 6)
The Uglies author does WWI steampunk-style! Deryn Sharp, girl who disguises herself as a boy to join the British Air Service joins forces with Alek Ferdinand, the son of Archduke Franz Ferdinand who escapes death when his parents are assasinated. Throw in some bioengineered airships, and you've got something that promises to be made of awesome!

(who just finished Radiant Darkness by Emily Whitman - expect a blog post on this great Greek myth retelling in the next couple of days!)

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