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.
Due to a family gathering last night and more family today, we’re a day late and my reasonings are a bit shorter than usual. Here are the books I came across this week that caught my interest.
Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson
Once upon a time there was a girl who was special.
This is not her story.
Unless you count the part where I killed her.
Sixteen-year-old Alison has been sectioned in a mental institute for teens, having murdered the most perfect and popular girl at school. But the case is a mystery: no body has been found, and Alison's condition is proving difficult to diagnose. Alison herself can't explain what happened: one minute she was fighting with Tori -- the next she disintegrated. Into nothing. But that's impossible. Right?
Anything titled “Ultraviolet” automatically makes me think of vampires, so I’m glad this doesn’t really sound like it has to do with those fanged creatures. The potential for supernatural powers seems to be the most obvious, but perhaps there could be other explanations to someone disintegrating into nothing. Aliens, perhaps? I don’t know, but this sounds like an interesting story concept.
XVI by Julia Karr
Nina Oberon's life is pretty normal: she hangs out with her best friend, Sandy, and their crew, goes to school, plays with her little sister, Dee. But Nina is 15. And like all girls she'll receive a Governing Council-ordered tattoo on her 16th birthday. XVI. Those three letters will be branded on her wrist, announcing to all the world-even the most predatory of men-that she is ready for sex. Considered easy prey by some, portrayed by the Media as sluts who ask for attacks, becoming a "sex-teen" is Nina's worst fear. That is, until right before her birthday, when Nina's mom is brutally attacked. With her dying breaths, she reveals to Nina a shocking truth about her past-one that destroys everything Nina thought she knew. Now, alone but for her sister, Nina must try to discover who she really is, all the while staying one step ahead of her mother's killer.
If I ever stumble upon a sort-of dystopian world and not automatically show interest, I have been replaced by an alien version of myself. This could also have an undercurrent of sexual politics involved, depending on how 16-year-old males are treated, and those sorts of books can both infuriate and intrigue me at the same time. With the “shocking truth” being reveal, it could also be a book not necessarily set in our natural universe.
One Day by David Nicholls
Knopf Doubleday (4/13/11)
It’s 1988 and Dexter Mayhew and Emma Morley have only just met. But after only one day together, they cannot stop thinking about one another. Over twenty years, snapshots of that relationship are revealed on the same day—July 15th—of each year. Dex and Em face squabbles and fights, hopes and missed opportunities, laughter and tears. And as the true meaning of this one crucial day is revealed, they must come to grips with the nature of love and life itself.
I actually first heard of this book a while back when the movie rights were sold, but it didn’t really strike my interest until I started seeing the trailers for the movie. This isn’t my usual reading fair, what with their being no zombies or time travel or spaceships, but it sounds like an unique take on the romance genre so one day when I feel like more of a chicklit type of read, I think I will have to check this one out. Or perhaps this will be a suitable choice for me to suggest to my at-work bookclub. They don't seem to take to my more "interesting" genre selections.
Graveminder by Melissa Marr
William Morrow & Company (5/17/11)
Melissa Marr is known to young adult readers as the author of the popular faery series Wicked Lovely. Her debut leap into adult fiction lands her in the small community of Claysville, a town where the dead walk free unless their graves are not properly tended. Into this eerie maelstrom, Rebekkah Barrow descends as she returns to a place that she once believed she knew. Kelley Armstrong justly described Graveminder as "a deliciously creepy tale that is as skillfully wrought as it is spellbindingly imagined." A new genre author to watch.
I haven’t read any of the Wicked Lovely series though I’ve wanted to. Zombies are always welcome in my reading universe, and this could potentially be a different sort of zombie. It doesn’t sound like the walking dead are extreme predators or the town would be better more conscientious of taking care of all graves. I want to know the story behind this town – magical involvement, curses, Indian burial ground? What is causing the dead to get back up and what does “properly tended” mean?
All book blurbs pulled from the wonderful Goodreads.com