New Books: September 2014

Here are releases in September that has interested me, in no particular order.  It could be concept, reviews, or something simple as book cover which drew my interest.  There are many more being released this month than what I have on here.  Share your September must haves below!

AfterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Darcy Patel has put college and everything else on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. Arriving in New York with no apartment or friends she wonders whether she’s made the right decision until she falls in with a crowd of other seasoned and fledgling writers who take her under their wings…  Told in alternating chapters is Darcy’s novel, a suspenseful thriller about Lizzie, a teen who slips into the ‘Afterworld’ to survive a terrorist attack. But the Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead and as Lizzie drifts between our world and that of the Afterworld, she discovers that many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. And when a new threat resurfaces, Lizzie learns her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she loves and cares about most.

Reason of Interest:  Scott Westerfeld.  I’ve greatly enjoyed his books.

AtlantiaAtlantia by Allie Condie

For as long as she can remember, Rio has dreamt of the sand and sky Above—of life beyond her underwater city of Atlantia. But in a single moment, all her plans for the future are thwarted when her twin sister, Bay, makes an unexpected decision, stranding Rio Below. Alone, ripped away from the last person who knew Rio’s true self—and the powerful siren voice she has long hidden—she has nothing left to lose.  Guided by a dangerous and unlikely mentor, Rio formulates a plan that leads to increasingly treacherous questions about her mother’s death, her own destiny, and the complex system constructed to govern the divide between land and sea. Her life and her city depend on Rio to listen to the voices of the past and to speak long-hidden truths.

Reason of Interest:  I have to say, I may shoot myself here… as Allie Condie’s books have all been misses for me, but I’ve read an excerpt and the premise seems interesting and I do say I quite enjoy the cover.  Always willing to give an author another chance on their new series (or I try…). 

I'll Give You the SunI’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

Reason of Interest:  I don’t read much in Contemporary.   I’m trying to remedy that.  If I do read contemporary, I lean towards more literary or books with heavy character emphasis (that’s usually not in the romance area).  This book seems to fit the bill.  Red flags about the “broken, beautiful boy” though. 

Share your new books must have.

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