Week of October 14 Pull List: Potential Palate Cleansers for Too Much Paranormal YA Lit

Anyone with a fondness for books knows how quickly a To Be Read pile can get out of control.  It seems the more I read, the more books end up on that pile.  These are the books that hit my radar and got added to that list over the past week.

I’m in disparate need of something different, something new, something that doesn’t involve teenagers.  Or at least something that doesn’t involve a love triangle with teenage supernatural beings.  I’m beginning to mix all the book I’ve been reading together into one giant annoying high school full of vampires, zombies, faeries and annoying teenage female protagonists with whom I’m supposed to identify.  I’m on the verge of declaring November “Read Whatever the Hell I Want Month Without Feeling Obligated” or “Clean Out My Bookshelves Month” or maybe even just “STEAMPUNK MONTH!” but whatever it is, I think November will be a time for palate cleansing from all the paranormal/urban fantasy YA I’ve been reading lately.  Perhaps one of these will be part of the palate cleansing (I imagine not the one with vampires)…

The Revisionists by Thomas Mullen
Little, Brown & Company (09/28/11)

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Would you kill to make the world a peaceful place?

Zed is an agent from the future. A place where all of the world's problems have been solved. No hunger. No war. No despair. 

His mission is to keep that way. Even if it means ensuring every cataclysm throughout history runs its course, especially one just on the horizon.

Zed's mission will ensnare the lives of a disgraced former spy named Leo; a young lawyer, Tasha, grieving over the loss of her brother; Sari, the oppressed employee of a foreign diplomat; and countless others. But will he finish his final mission before the present takes precedence over a perfect future? One that may have more cracks than he realizes?

The Revisionists is a literary tale of action and intrigue that puts a fresh spin on today's global crises, asking questions about the nature of history and the future, and our own roles in shaping them.

Time travel sounds nice.  It sounds like adventure and shenanigans and mystery and hard choices that don’t involve love.  It sounds like it won’t involve teenage angst or overly attractive supernatural males that captivate the main character so much she has to obsess over his hair.  This sounds perfect.


The Greyfriar by Clay & Susan Griffin (Vampire Empire #1)
Pyr Books (11/10/10)

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Vampire predators run wild in this exciting steampunk adventure, the first in an alternate history trilogy that is already attracting attention. In 1870, monsters rise up and conquer the northern lands. As great cities are swallowed up by carnage and disease, landowners and other elite flee south to escape their blood-thirsty wrath. One hundred fifty years later, the great divide still exists; fangs on one side of the border, worried defenders on the other. This fragile equilibrium is threatened, then crumbles after a single young princess becomes almost hopelessly lost in the hostile territory. At first, she has only one defender: a mysterious Greyfriar who roams freely in dangerous vampire regions.

There are those pesky vampires again and yet another plucky young heroine that finds herself in supernatural danger.  But this book gets points for:  A) having the vampires be bad guys, B) the whole steampunk thing, and C) STEAMPUNK VAMPIRES!  I think I could make an exception in my purge for steampunk vampires… as long as this Greyfriar guy isn’t some secret vampire with a conscience that falls madly in love with previously mentioned plucky young heroine, who obsessively describes the color of his hair.  I don’t know if I can handle that right now, even with the steampunk elements.

I can’t decide what I think of that cover.  What do you think?  Cheesy or kind of awesome?