New Books from ALA

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 While I was at ALA last weekend, I acquired a stack of shiny new books to read over the next few months.  Most of them are ARCs of books coming out later this summer.  Here’s a bit about each of them, going in order from top to bottom:

The Weirdness by Jeremy Bushnell – I saw the cover on this book and was intrigued.  It’s about the devil and a magical cat statue.

Expiration Day by William Campbell Powell – This is the story of a human teenager in a world where most children are robots.

The Art of Falling by Kathryn Craft – A ballerina is recovers from an accident that ruins her dancing career.

Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore – YA zombie story set in an alternate 1920s/30s.  There’s also a lesbian romance component.

Take Back the Skies by Lucy Saxon – Your typical girl-runs-away-from-confining-life-by-pretending-to-be-a-boy story, but in space.

Firstborn by Lorie Ann Grover – Firstborn girls are left to die, but Tiadone’s father saves her by disguising her as a boy.

The Falconer by Elizabeth May – Aileana’s mother was killed by a faery.  Seeking revenge, Aileana balances her life in Society with illicit faery-killing adventures.

My Real Children by Jo Walton – An elderly woman looks back on her life through two conflicting memories.

The Sea Garden by Deborah Lawrenson – A follow-up to The Lantern that explores the life of a blind perfume maker during World War II.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare – Popular YA novel about demon hunters.  I’ve heard a lot about it over the past few years, and now I have the opportunity to read it for myself.

Season of Wonder by Lisa Tawn Bergren – Post-apocalyptic story where gifted teens are trained as warriors.

The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell – A story about two typists in Prohibition-era NYC.

The River of No Return by Bee Ridgeway – Novel about a secret Guild of time travelers.

Which of these look most interesting?  Any suggestions for which to read first?



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  1. Lots of good looking books there! I am excited about the Jo Walton. I have it pre-ordered… Most of these sound like something I would like, too, so I better prepare for some books added to my wish list (or TBR…). 🙂

    1. Thanks! I’m excited to read them. I was pretty good about saying no to books I wasn’t interested in, so all of the ones that I ended up with are ones that sounded awesome. I’ll let you know how they are. 🙂