Monday, April 27, 2009

Wishing All Week or My Own "Pine For" Books

Wishing All Week

Instead of having a Wish-List Wednesday this week, I decided to post this today and it will probably remind you a lot of Kristi's (http://www.thestorysiren.com/) "Books To Pine For" posts. I love hers and she does them all the time which is just mind-blowing. How does she find them all?! I'm sure I'm not the only one who has asked this before.

Anyway, today is my version of that, but it's Wishing All Week because there are 7 (seven days in a week, people!) books that I would love to have.

Before we get started, I just want to say now: Leave your thoughts in the comments!
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Dani Noir by Nova Ren Suma


Out from Aladdin on Sept. 22, 2009


Dani Noir, by Nova Ren Suma is a tween novel inspired by big lies, big secrets, and old Hollywood glamour!

This is all I know but doesn't it sound adorable? Such a pretty cover. It does make me think of old Hollywood.


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Consequences...Don't call me baby by Laurie Depp


Out from Hodder & Stoughton on Sept 1 2009


17-year-old Katie is overwhelmed when she lands a job as a nanny for Premier League soccer player Brett Ballentine and his wife Kassie’s kids. Arriving at the Ballentine mansion in London, Katie feels as though she’s living in a magazine. She’s got a whole floor of the house to herself, her own car, and the inside scoop on Britain’s most notorious celebrity couple.

But there is a downside. Katie has to learn to keep her mouth shut when it comes to some of Kassie’s strange and desperate behavior. And Brett is like the ice man—he barely acknowledges her. As time goes on the "happy couple" reveal their true colors, and the true state of their volatile marriage. Kassie has a twisted secret, and Brett’s getting too fond of "playing away." Katie feels like she and the kids are caught in the middle of a war zone, culminating in a shocking revelation about Brett. But while Katie struggles with her predicament, a budding young photographer snaps the picture the tabloids have been waiting for and catapults herself into the limelight.

I love this cover and it sounds like a fun read. I'm excited it's set in London!
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The Waking: Dreams of the Dead by Thomas Randall


Out from Bloomsbury USA children's books on Oct 27, 2009


Kara’s afraid to go to sleep—until the nightmares come when she’s awake . . . .

Sixteen-year-old Kara Foster is an outsider in Japan, but is doing her best to fit at the private school where her father is teaching English for the year. Fortunately she’s befriended by Sakura, a fellow outsider struggling to make sense of her sister’s unsolved murder some months ago. No one seems to care about the beautiful girl who was so brutally murdered, and the other students go on as if nothing has happened.


Unfortunately, the calm doesn’t last for long. Kara begins to have nightmares, and soon other students in the school turn up dead, viciously attacked by someone . . . or something. Is Sakura getting back at those she thinks are responsible for her sister’s death? Or has her dead sister come back to take revenge for herself?



This first book in a frightening new trilogy will have teens glued the page and scared to go to sleep.

This sounds amazing. It reminds me of author Laurie Faria Stolarz' books. Anyone else think so? And the cover is amazing. The girl looks really old-fashioned in a way.


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Solace of the Road by Siobhan Dowd


Out from David Fickling books on October 13 2009


Holly’s story will leave a lasting impression on all who travel with her.


Memories of mum are the only thing that make Holly Hogan happy. She hates her foster family with their too-nice ways and their false sympathy. And she hates her life, her stupid school, and the way everyone is always on at her. Then she finds the wig, and everything changes. Wearing the long, flowing blond locks she feels transformed.


She’s not Holly anymore, she’s Solace: the girl with the slinkster walk and the supersharp talk. She’s older, more confident—the kind of girl who can walk right out of her humdrum life, hitch to Ireland, and find her mum. The kind of girl who can face theworld head-on. So begins a bittersweet and sometimes hilarious journey as Solace swaggers and Holly tiptoes across England and through memory, discovering her true self and unlocking the secrets of her past.

There have been a lot of journey books, but I'm really excited to read this one. I think it's a fun idea and makes some coming-of-age stories unique. And it's set in England, I love "foreign" novels.


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Go Ahead, Ask Me by Nico Medina and Billy Merrell


Out from Simon Pulse on October 6 2009


Go Ahead, Ask Me. is full of 500 questions that are sure to spark convos, truths, laughs, and buried secrets.

I don't know the exact set up of this book, and it's not an actual fiction book, but I think it sounds like a lot of fun. I'm always a fan of those "Would You Rather...?" questions, so it kind of reminds me of that but on a larger scale.


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Rock and Roll Soldier: A Memoir by Dean Ellis Kohler with Susan Vanhecke


Out from HarperCollins in September 2009


In 1966, teen guitar prodigy Dean Kohler landed a record deal and his draft notice the same week. Rather than give up his rock star dreams, Dean improvised some instruments and equipment, taught a few fellow soldiers to play, and formed his own touring rock band right there in the combat zone – all without missing a single patrol. What started as a lark ultimately became a lifeline for Dean and the band, as well as the hundreds of combat-weary troops they played for.


Rock 'N' Roll Soldier (former working title Flak Jacket Rock) is the true story of Dean Kohler's wartime experience. One moment Dean and the band are patrolling and going toe to toe with the VC. The next they're commandeering a Jeep to drive to Pleiku, traversing the deadly An Khe Pass, to play "We Gotta Get Outta This Place" for a throng of cheering GIs. Unbelievably, Dean and his group even cut a record there in the jungle, crafting a makeshift sound studio on a war-zone mountainside. Dean and the other members of the Electrical Banana (a name inspired by a Donovan song) create their own bit of order out of chaos, bringing a sense of normalcy to the surreal hell of jungle war. Co-written with Dean Kohler.

I love memoirs and with the war going on now, I think this one is very appropriate. It's nice, also, that it focuses on a lighter topic as well-music-which I love reading about in books. Win-win for me!


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So Punk Rock (and Other Ways to Disappoint Your Mother) by Micol Ostow and David Ostow


Out from Flux in July 2009


Despite his dreams of hipster rock glory, Ari Abramson's first-ever band, the Tribe, is more white bread than indie-cred. Comprised of four suburban teens from a wealthy Jewish day school, their Mötley Crüe is about as hardcore as SAT prep and scripture studies.
But after a one-song gig at a friend's Bar Mitzvah -- a ska cover of Hava Nagila -- the Tribe's popularity erupts overnight. Now, Ari is forced to navigate a minefield of inflated egos, overbearing parents, misplaced romance, and the shallowness of indie-rock elitism. It's a hard lesson in the complex art of playing it cool.



Loaded with sarcasm and delicious pop culture condescension (not to mention David Ostow's too-cool-for-school cartooning work), So Punk Rock is the E! Behind the Music story of an epic Jewish band that never was. If it got any more kosher, it'd be totally traif.

Doesn't it sound amazing? Not only does the story look good, I'm extra stoked to see David's pictures inside. The cover, by the way, is just another one that I love. :)



Well, that's my list. Seven books I'd LOVE to read. So authors out there, if you see this: I'd be happy to help promote somehow if you think we could.

9 comments:

Steph Su said...

There's a lot of good books there! I also can't wait to read Dreams of the Dead. And Siobhan Dowd has a new book coming out?? I have her first two books on my TBR shelf. Will get around to it this summer, grrrr...

Mitzy said...

ooo I'm definitely going to keep my eye out for "Consequences." It kind of sounds like a David/Victoria Beckham sorta deal haha - looks interesting!

Shalonda said...

Those all sound fab, and I hadn't heard of any of them except So Punk Rock. Thanks for giving me some new titles to add to my own wishlist!

Bookworm said...

Dani Noir sounds SO GOOD. I love that cover and that amazing summary!

*Adds to massive wishlist*

cupcakewitch said...

these all look awesome! Dani Noir looks sooo good!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Cupcakewitch: I know, doesn't it? I think 2009 is going to be a great year for new books!

Bookworm: I love the TITLE too you know? It's so catchy. And my wishlist is quite massive as well. haha

Shalonda: You are quite welcome. I was hoping some of them would be new titles for you all. I know I just heard about practically all of them just recently.

Mitzy: Yay. I love the title, you know? And I suppose it does in a way sound like it could be them!

Steph Su: Ah, so many books. It never ends, I know! But it's great. :)

Micol Ostow said...

Thanks for including me in your round up! Nova is a good friend of mine and I just want to say that I am SO excited for DANI NOIR. Lucky you for the advance read. :)

David Ostow said...

Yes, thanks so much for your enthusiasm. I hope the drawings don't disappoint!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Micol: No problem at all. I'm quite excited to read it. Yay, that's amazing, and I don't have an advanced copy (so sad) but I definitely plan on reading it when it comes out.

David: You're quite welcome. I'm sure they won't. :)

-Lauren