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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Friday Finds: Friday, September 4th 2009

Friday Finds was formed over at Should Be Reading -

"The idea is to share, every Friday, about books that you’ve recently discovered (never heard of before) that sound really good!"

Forgive my Fins by Tera Lyn Childs
Publication Date: May 2010 (Katherine Tegen Books)

Lily Sanderson has a secret, and it’s not that she has a huge crush on gorgeous swimming god Brody Bennett, who makes her heart beat flipper-fast. Unrequited love is hard enough when you’re a normal teenage girl, but when you’re half human, half mermaid like Lily, there’s no such thing as a simple crush.

Lily’s mermaid identity is a secret that can’t get out, since she’s not just any mermaid – she’s a Thalassinian princess. When Lily found out three years ago that her mother was actually a human, she finally realized why she didn’t feel quite at home in Thalassinia, and she’s been living on land and going to Seaview high school ever since, hoping to find where she truly belongs. Sure, land has its problems – like her obnoxious, biker boy neighbor Quince Fletcher – but it has that one major perk – Brody. The problem is, mermaids aren’t really the casual dating type – when they “bond,” it’s for life.

When Lily’s attempt to win Brody’s love leads to a tsunami-sized case of mistaken identity, she is in for a tidal wave of relationship drama, and she finds out, quick as a tailfin flick, that happily-ever-after never sails quite as smoothly as you planned.

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green, David Levithan
Publication Date: April 6th 2010 (Dutton Juvenile)

Two superstar authors join forces on a collaborative novel of awesome proportions One cold night, in a most unlikely corner of Chicago, two teens—both named Will Grayson—are about to cross paths. As their worlds collide and intertwine, the Will Graysons find their lives going in new and unexpected directions, building toward romantic turns-of-heart and the epic production of history’s most fabulous high school musical. Hilarious, poignant, and deeply insightful, John Green and David Levithan’s collaborative novel is brimming with a double helping of the heart and humor that have won both them legions of faithful fans.

Sing me to Sleep by Angela Morrisson
Publication Date: March 4th 2010 (Razorbill)


BETH HAS ALWAYS BEEN “THE BEAST”--That’s what everyone at school calls her because of her awkward height, facial scars, and thick glases. Who could love a beast? Beth’s only friend is geeky, golden-haired Scott. That is until she’s selected to be her choir’s soprano soloist and receives the makeover of a lifetime. Suddenly, everyone wants a piece of Beth.

Things only get better when her choir travels to Switzerland and Beth meets the mysterious Derek. They have an incredible whirlwind romance that makes Beth realize, for the first time, she too can find love. She’s no longer The Beast. In Derek’s eyes, she’s a beauty. But then Scott makes a heartbreaking confession to Beth that leaves her completely torn. Should she stand by sweet, steady Scott or follow the dangerous passionate feelings she has for Derek?

And there’s an even bigger problem: Derek’s got a secret . . . one that could shatter everything.

Savy by Ingrid Law
Publication Date: May 1st 2008 (Dial)

For generations, the Beaumont family has harbored a magical secret. They each possess a "savvy"--a special supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen. Grandpa Bomba moves mountains, her older brothers create hurricanes and spark electricity . . . and now it's the eve of Mibs's big day. As if waiting weren't hard enough, the family gets scary news two days before Mibs's birthday: Poppa has been in a terrible accident. Mibs develops the singular mission to get to the hospital and prove that her new power can save her dad. So she sneaks onto a salesman's bus . . . only to find the bus heading in the opposite direction. Suddenly Mibs finds herself on an unforgettable odyssey that will force her to make sense of growing up--and of other people, who might also have a few secrets hidden just beneath the skin.

A Match Made in High School by Kristin Walker
Publication Date: February 4th 2010 (Razorbill)

When the principal announces that every senior must participate in a mandatory year-long Marriage Education program, Fiona Sheehan believes that her life can’t get any worse. Then she marries her “husband”: Jerky jock Todd, whose cheerleader girlfriend, Amanda, has had it in for Fiona since day one of second grade. Even worse? Amanda is paired with Fiona’s long-term crush, Gabe. At least Fiona is doing better than her best friend, Marcie, who is paired up with the very quiet, very mysterious Johnny Mercer. Pranks, fights, misunderstandings, and reconciliations ensue in an almost Shakespearean comedy of errors about mistaken first impressions, convoluted coupling, and hidden crushes.

Ana and The Boy Masterpiece by Stephanie Perkins
Publication Date: Fall 2010

It's about a girl. It's about a boy. It's about Parisian boarding school, almond-scented macarons, famous cemeteries, and cinemaphiles. It's about heartache. And it's about true love.

For anyone that hasn't seen the cover revealed for Jekel Loves Hyde, Beth Fantaskey's 2010 upcoming novel, here it is!


Zombie Girrrl said...

Pardon My Fins sounds cool, and I'm totally looking up Jekel Loves Hyde. I'm intrigued. :}
BTW, you've been BITTEN! Happy Zombie Appreciation Week!

Zombie Girrrl said...

FYI: "BITTEN" is a live link, be sure to sure to click it. ;)

Krista said...

Forgive my Fins looks so good! I really want to try that one! Thanks!

Casey said...

Great finds. Forgive my Fins looks really good. And I just love the cover too.

Sara said...

I'm definitely going to look into Sing Me To Sleep and Ana and the Boy Masterpiece...

Sassy Brit said...

JEKEL LOVES HYDE looks brilliant to me! Thanks for sharing. :)

I've got some new Friday Finds today. Check them out here if you fancy it.


Ceri said...

Ooh, mermaid story! Must check that out :-D And I can't wait for Will Grayson - I love John Green on Vlogbrothers but they don't sell his books here in the UK :-( .

I love the cover for Jekel loves Hyde.

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

I love the Savvy cover and I can't wait to read Forgive My Fins.

Fantastic Book Review said...

Great Picks! I have all except one on my TBR list.

Petty Witter said...

Hi, just visiting from sharons garden of book reviews - what a colourful blog you have, I love the buttrfly girl icon.

Froggy said...

oh so many of those look good!! and the covers rock too!! my TBR pile is going to cry its getting sooooo big!

I left you an award on my blog hun!
Enjoy it! :)

The Book Hour said...

'Ana and The Boy Masterpiece' and 'Savvy' both look really good! Thanks! x