Thursday, December 16, 2010

Bookanistas: Books we're dying to get our grubby little paws on

Anna and the French Kiss

Anna was looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. So she's less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Etienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Etienne has it all . . . including a serious girlfriend.


But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

This is right up our alley.


Divergent

One choice


One choice decides your friends, defines your beliefs, and determines your loyalties . . . forever.

Or, one choice can transform you.

A little birdie told us this was better than Hunger Games. Yup.


Like Mandarin

It's hard finding beauty in the badlands of Washokey, Wyoming, but 14-year-old Grace Carpenter knows it's not her mother's pageant obsessions, or the cowboy dances adored by her small-town classmates. True beauty is wild-girl Mandarin Ramey: 17, shameless and utterly carefree. Grace would give anything to be like Mandarin.


When they're united for a project, they form an unlikely, explosive friendship, packed with nights spent skinny-dipping in the canal, liberating the town's animal-head trophies, and searching for someplace magic. Grace plays along when Mandarin suggests they run away together. Blame it on the crazy-making wildwinds plaguing their badlands town.

Because all too soon, Grace discovers Mandarin's unique beauty hides a girl who's troubled, broken, and even dangerous. And no matter how hard Grace fights to keep the magic, no friendship can withstand betrayal.

We will forever remember this Bookinista review by Michelle Hodkin. Success! We so want to read this book now and are waiting patiently for it to show up in our mailbox.

The Pull of Gravity

While Nick Gardner’s family is falling apart, his best friend, Scooter, is dying from a freak disease. The Scoot’s final wish is that Nick and their quirky classmate, Jaycee Amato, deliver a prized first-edition copy of Of Mice and Men to the Scoot’s father. There’s just one problem: the Scoot’s father walked out years ago and hasn’t been heard from since. So, guided by Steinbeck’s life lessons, and with only the vaguest of plans, Nick and Jaycee set off to find him.

Love the title, love the premise, want the book.


Clearly we've got a raging case of booklust. Hopefully Santa is taking notes!

P.S. Don't forget to check out what the other Bookanistas are up to this week...


Kirsten Hubbard celebrates JOHN BELUSHI IS DEAD and THE MOCKINGBIRDS
Elana Johnson gives a little love to JOEY FLY 2: PRIVATE EYE
Beth Revis chimes in on CHIME
Lisa and Laura Roecker rave about BOOKS THEY’RE DYING TO READ
Carolina Valdez Miller looks ahead to JANUARY RELEASES

14 comments:

Adventures in Children's Publishing said...

I seriously can't keep up! Too many good books. Divergent, huh? Haven't heard of this. Better than Hunger Games? Now you've got my attention. Thanks, girls!

Marissa

Loretta Nyhan said...

Anna and the French Kiss is on its way to me as I type this. I'm totally jumping every UPS guy that barrels down my street. I want this book!

K. M. Walton said...

They ALL sound good! And when you throw in the grownup books I want on top of all the YA, I seriously need to take out a second mortgage.

Renae said...

That's it! I'm taking a leave of absence at work to read all of these amazing books!

Thanks for the great review girls!

Jemi Fraser said...

These all sound like amazing books - there are so many ones I'm waiting to read - I need more time!!!

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

Oh, haven't heard of The Pull of Gravity! Very cool! I wants them all.

Lisa_Gibson said...

Ooo, all sound awesome! The Pull of Gravity is a new one that I haven't heard of. Sounds fabulous though.
Lisa ~ YA Literature Lover

Elana Johnson said...

I loved ANNA--and LIKE MANDARIN. And I can't wait for DIVERGENT!

Sara B. Larson said...

I can't wait to read Anna and Mandarin and I am dying to get my hands on Divergent! So many great books!

!!!

Ha ha, I'm so the queen of exclamation points. Yep. I admit I have a problem. But only in commenting. Not my writing. I hope.

Jill Kemerer said...

These sound great! And I just noticed your incredible book cover! Cool fonts, great colors--do you love it or what??

Dangerous With a Pen said...

I hadn't heard of Divergent before, but... better than The Hunger Games? It just jumped to the top of my wish list! :)

ChristaCarol said...

I heard great things about Anna and the French Kiss as well! My next on the TBR is Torment, the sequel to Fallen. These all sound great!!

Matthew Rush said...

Wow. Lots to look forward to. Lucky you!

gae polisner said...

Oh my goodness. Wish I had seen this sooner.

Thanks for passing the name of my book on. SO grateful! And so much great YA reading for 2011!

xo

Gae
The Pull of Gravity, May 2011.

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