Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Book News Night #2: October New Releases!

Every week, on a random night, I will report the latest newsworthy items in the world of books with some thoughts from myself.

It's the second Book News Night! To tell you the truth, I never expected to return to this feature so soon, but with October coming, book releases are getting me so excited and I can't wait to share with you the most anticipated on my list!

1. Skinny by Donna Cooner: October 1st, 2012.

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Find your voice.

Hopeless. Freak. Elephant. Pitiful. These are the words of Skinny, the vicious voice that lives inside fifteen-year-old Ever Davies’s head. Skinny tells Ever all the dark thoughts her classmates have about her. Ever knows she weighs over three hundred pounds, knows she’ll probably never be loved, and Skinny makes sure she never forgets it.

But there is another voice: Ever’s singing voice, which is beautiful but has been silenced by Skinny. Partly in the hopes of trying out for the school musical—and partly to try and save her own life—Ever decides to undergo a risky surgery that may help her lose weight and start over.

With the support of her best friend, Ever begins the uphill battle toward change. But demons, she finds, are not so easy to shake, not even as she sheds pounds. Because Skinny is still around. And Ever will have to confront that voice before she can truly find her own.

I sense some potential for this book to be inspirational!

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Also, if you think the odds are in your favor, enter to win a free signed copy of Skinny on Free Book Friday!

2.  Magisterium by Jeff Hirsch: October 1st, 2012.

Synopsis via Goodreads:

On one side of the Rift is a technological paradise without famine or want. On the other side is a mystery.

Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea of what might be on the other side of it. Glenn's only friend, Kevin, insists the fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn't for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality: Glenn's mother disappeared when she was six, and soon after, she lost her scientist father to his all-consuming work on the mysterious Project. Glenn buries herself in her studies and dreams about the day she can escape. But when her father's work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that will send Glenn and Kevin on the run---with only one place to go.
Authors love dystopians these days, don't they?

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3. Son (The Giver Quartet #4) by Lois Lowry: October 2nd, 2012.
Synopsis via Goodreads:

They called her Water Claire. When she washed up on their shore, no one knew that she came from a society where emotions and colors didn’t exist. That she had become a Vessel at age thirteen. That she had carried a Product at age fourteen. That it had been stolen from her body. Claire had a son. But what became of him she never knew. What was his name? Was he even alive? She was supposed to forget him, but that was impossible. Now Claire will stop at nothing to find her child, even if it means making an unimaginable sacrifice. 

I myself love The Giver (though I have only read the first book), so this one is the much needed incentive for me to start reading Gathering Blue (#2) and Messenger (#3) too!

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Also check out the other books from The Giver Quartet: The GiverGathering Blue, and Messenger!

4. Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt: October 2nd, 2012.

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Mia is always looking for signs. A sign that she should get serious with her soccer-captain boyfriend. A sign that she’ll get the grades to make it into an Ivy-league school. One sign she didn’t expect to look for was: “Will I survive cancer?” It’s a question her friends would never understand, prompting Mia to keep her illness a secret. The only one who knows is her lifelong best friend, Gyver, who is poised to be so much more. Mia is determined to survive, but when you have so much going your way, there is so much more to lose. From debut author Tiffany Schmidt comes a heart-wrenching and ultimately uplifting story of one girl’s search for signs of life in the face of death.

This book has me at the cover. Beautiful typography, and the dandelion! (I just had the weirdest feeling that Tiffany Schmidt is a Hunger Games fan.)

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5. Breathe by Sarah Crossan: October 2nd, 2012.

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Inhale. Exhale.
Breathe . . .
The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen-rich air.


has been stealing for a long time. She's a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she's never been caught before. If she's careful, it'll be easy. If she's careful.


should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it's also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn't every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.


wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they'd planned a trip together, the two of them, and she'd hoped he'd discover her out here, not another girl.

And as they walk into the Outlands with two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?

Dystopian bliss! The plot sounds so original, I can't wait to check it out!

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