Thursday, October 11, 2012

Book News Night #3: October New Releases! Pt. 2 and J.K. Rowling Live Webcast

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

We are at the third Book News Night, and I'm continuing the list for October New Releases! There are just so many good reads this October!
And stay tune till the end of this post, because there's news on the one and only 
J.K. Rowling, and also a surprise for you guys!

1. Crewel (Crewel World, #1) by Gennifer Albin: October 16th, 2012

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Incapable. Awkward. Artless.

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: she wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen as a Spinster is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to embroider the very fabric of life. But if controlling what people eat, where they live and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and wove a moment at testing, and they’re coming for her—tonight.

Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her Dad’s stupid jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because once you become a Spinster, there’s no turning back.

I was so lucky to receive a review copy of this book, and can't wait to start reading! The synopsis and the anticipated world-building sounds amazing. But I'll try to not let my hopes up too high just in case.

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2.  Passenger (The Marbury Lens, #2) by Andrew Smith: October 2nd, 2012

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Best friends Jack and Conner can’t stay away from Marbury. It’s partly because of their obsession with this alternate world and the unresolved war that still wages there. But it’s also because forces in Marbury—including the darkest of the dark, who were not revealed in
The Marbury Lens—are beckoning the boys back in order to save their friends . . . and themselves.

The boys try to destroy the lens that transports them to Marbury. But that dark world is not so easily reckoned with. Reality and fantasy, good and evil—Andrew Smith’s masterpiece closes the loop that began with
The Marbury Lens. But is it really closed? Can it ever be?
I've never heard of The Marbury Lens series before, but the premises seem pretty good. Not to mention that I absolutely loves the cover of this book.

Get this book on Amazon | Book DepositoryBarnes and Noble Nook

Also check out the first installment of The Marbury Lens!

3. Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh: October 9th, 2012

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Is it written in the stars from the moment we are born?
Or is it a bendable thing that we can shape with our own hands?

Jepp of Astraveld needs to know. 

He left his countryside home on the empty promise of a stranger, only to become a captive in a luxurious prison: Coudenberg Palace, the royal court of the Spanish Infanta. Nobody warned Jepp that as a court dwarf, daily injustices would become his seemingly unshakable fate. If the humiliations were his alone, perhaps he could endure them; but it breaks Jepp's heart to see his friend Lia suffer. 

After Jepp and Lia attempt a daring escape from the palace, Jepp is imprisoned again, alone in a cage. Now, spirited across Europe in a kidnapper's carriage, Jepp fears where his unfortunate stars may lead him. But he can't even begin to imagine the brilliant and eccentric new master--a man devoted to uncovering the secrets of the stars--who awaits him. Or the girl who will help him mend his heart and unearth the long-buried secrets of his past. 

Masterfully written, grippingly paced, and inspired by real historical characters,
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars is the tale of an extraordinary hero and his inspiring quest to become the master of his own destiny.
I'm looking forward to seeing what this book add to this common theme. Katherine Marsh must have done something right, though, because of the rave reviews for it!

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4. Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) by Kresley Cole: October 2nd, 2012.

Synopsis via Goodreads:

#1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole introduces The Arcana Chronicles, post-apocalyptic tales filled with riveting action, the dark mysticism of Tarot cards, and breathtaking romance.

She could save the world—or destroy it.

Sixteen year old Evangeline “Evie” Greene leads a charmed life, until she begins experiencing horrifying hallucinations. When an apocalyptic event decimates her Louisiana hometown, Evie realizes her hallucinations were actually visions of the future—and they’re still happening. Fighting for her life and desperate for answers, she must turn to her wrong-side-of-the-bayou classmate: Jack Deveaux.
But she can’t do either alone.

With his mile-long rap sheet, wicked grin, and bad attitude, Jack is like no boy Evie has ever known. Even though he once scorned her and everything she represented, he agrees to protect Evie on her quest. She knows she can’t totally depend on Jack. If he ever cast that wicked grin her way, could she possibly resist him?
Who can Evie trust?
As Jack and Evie race to find the source of her visions, they meet others who have gotten the same call. An ancient prophesy is being played out, and Evie is not the only one with special powers. A group of twenty-two teens has been chosen to reenact the ultimate battle between good and evil. But it’s not always clear who is on which side….

First thought: Tarot cards? Yes! I'm so ready to love this one.
5. Chasing the Skip by Janci Patterson: October 2nd, 2012.

Synopsis via Goodreads:

Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a bounty hunter who spends his time chasing parole evaders—also known as “skips”—all over the country. But now since Ricki’s mom ran off, Ricki finds herself an unwilling passenger in a front-row seat to her father’s dangerous lifestyle.

Ricki’s feelings get even more confused when her dad starts chasing seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham. She finds herself unavoidably attracted to the dark-eyed felon who seems eager to get acquainted. But Ricki thinks she’s ever in control—the perfect manipulator. Little does she know that Ian isn’t playing their game by her rules.

Here's hoping for some great emotional scenes and general heart-tugging!

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J.K. Rowling LIVE Webchat!

Yes, guys, the elusive Harry Potter author is doing a webchat. And I didn't squeal and ran all around my room when I first found out about this. No, I didn't.
Anyway, the webchat will begin Thursday, October 11th, at 12p.m. ET/9a.m. PT/5p.m. GMT (that's only 4 hours away, folks!) Go here to sign-up (I'm not sure if you need to join the webcast, though.)
I'm super excited just thinking about this. Maybe I'll get to meet some new Potter friends! The only inconvenience is that the time of the webcast means midnight here, but for JKR, I'll do anything.

Now, here's a surprise I have for you all: In celebration of Banned Book Week, The Hairpin has this amazing post about Things to Ban Instead of Commonly Banned Books


And that concludes this week's Book News Night! Don't forget some comment love! And I hope to see you at JKR's webchat!

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