Friday, May 3, 2013

NetGalley Notables (2 YA/ 2 Adult)

NetGalley Notables by Lauren

I don't currently have any type of e-reader, so I don't often read e-books. It's difficult to find enough time to read on my computer and it just starts to drive me nuts...however, I think NetGalley is still an awesome place to find new and upcoming titles that I hadn't heard of before.

Now, here is a brief list of some titles that I would love to read at some point, plus a link to their NetGalley pages in case you do request e-books for review.

Believe by Sarah Aronson
Out: Sept. 1, 2013
Book Level: YA

Summary: When Janine Collins was six years old, she was the only survivor of a suicide bombing that killed her parents and dozens of others. Media coverage instantly turned her into a symbol of hope, peace, faith—of whatever anyone wanted her to be. Now, on the ten-year anniversary of the bombing, reporters are camped outside her house, eager to revisit the story of the "Soul Survivor."

Janine doesn't want the fame—or the pressure—of being a walking miracle. But the news cycle isn't the only thing standing between her and a normal life. Everyone wants something from her, expects something of her. Even her closest friends are urging her to use her name-recognition for a "worthy cause." But that's nothing compared to the hopes of Dave Armstrong—the man who, a decade ago, pulled Janine from the rubble. Now he's a religious leader whose followers believe Janine has healing powers.

The scariest part? They might be right.

If she's the Soul Survivor, what does she owe the people who believe in her? If she's not the Soul Survivor, who is she?

Lola Bensky by Lily Brett
Out: Sept. 10, 2013
Level: Adult

Summary: Lola Bensky is a nineteen-year-old rock journalist who irons her hair straight and asks a lot of questions. A high-school dropout, she's not sure how she got the job – but she's been sent by her Australian newspaper right to the heart of the London music scene at the most exciting time in music history: 1967.

Lola spends her days planning diets and interviewing rock stars. In London, Mick Jagger makes her a cup of tea, Jimi Hendrix (possibly) propositions her and Cher borrows her false eyelashes. At the Monterey International Pop Festival, Lola props up Brian Jones and talks to Janis Joplin about sex. In Los Angeles, she discusses being overweight with Mama Cass and tries to pluck up the courage to ask Cher to return those false eyelashes.

Lola has an irrepressible curiosity, but she begins to wonder whether the questions she asks these extraordinary young musicians are really a substitute for questions about her parents' calamitous past that can't be asked or answered. As Lola moves on through marriage, motherhood, psychoanalysis and a close relationship with an unexpected pair of detectives, she discovers the question of what it means to be human is the hardest one for anyone—including herself—to answer.

Creeps by Darren Hynes
Out: July 30, 2013
Level: YA

Summary: Fifteen-year-old Wayne Pumphrey wishes he were courageous enough to actually send the heartfelt letters he writes to friends and family. He also wishes his father would drive on the right side of the street, his mother would stop packing her suitcase to leave, and his sister would stop listening to Nickelback. But most of all, he wishes that Pete “The Meat” would let him walk to school in peace. After all, how many times can one person eat yellow snow?

Then one morning, while facing Pete and his posse, Wayne is rescued by Marjorie, the girl with a dead father and a mother who might as well be. Together, the two of them escape Pete’s relentless bullying by rehearsing for the school play, and an unlikely friendship is formed. As they grow ever closer to one another, they begin to dream of escape from their small town and restricted lives. But Pete now has plans for both of them—and after a moment of sudden violence, nothing will ever be the same again for Wayne, Marjorie, or Pete himself.

The Boy Who Could See Demons by Carolyn Jess-Cooke
Out: Aug. 13, 2013
Level: Adult

Summary: The Boy Who Could See Demons follows a child psychologist who comes up against a career-defining case—one that threatens to unravel her own painful past and jeopardizes the life of a boy who can see the impossible.

Dr. Anya Molokova, a child psychiatrist, is called in to work at MacNeice House, an adolescent mental health treatment center. There she is told to observe and assess Alex Connolly, a keenly intelligent, sensitive ten-year-old coping with his mother’s latest suicide attempt. Alex is in need of serious counseling: He has been harming himself and others, often during blackouts. At the root of his destructive behavior, Alex claims, is his imaginary “friend” Ruen, a cunning demon who urges Alex to bend to his often violent will.

But Anya has seen this kind of behavior before—with her own daughter, Poppy, who suffered from early-onset schizophrenia. Determined to help Alex out of his darkness, Anya begins to treat the child. But soon strange and alarming coincidences compel Anya to wonder: Is Alex’s condition a cruel trick of the mind? Or is Ruen not so make-believe after all? The reality, it turns out, is more terrifying than anything she has ever encountered.


Candace said...

I stay away from NetGalley just cause I request books I'm dying to read and then don't read them cause I hate reading on my ereader. I do have to say that it's a great way to keep up on new releases though and these are books I hadn't heard of yet and they sound great! Thanks for bringing them to my attention!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I've noticed all of these, especially Believe, but I really am making an effort to request as few books as possible on Edelweiss and Netgalley. I'll patiently wait to read a few reviews and then I'll make a final decision. :)
Thanks for sharing!

Medeia Sharif said...

These look amazing.

I'm always behind in my NetGalley reading. I might post four reviews next week if I read fast enough. I always request more books after I've fulfilled a few reviews.

Vegan YA Nerds said...

I like the sound of Lola and Creeps - both have me really interested just from the blurbs

....Petty Witter said...

Not a fan of e-books either, its so frustrating when you see a novel you really like the sound of only to discover its only available in digital format.

Bookworm1858 said...

Thanks for the awesome recommendations-I just requested Believe!

Erika said...

Lola Bensky sounds AWESOME - a bit like Almost Famous. I must check it out! :)

L-Diggitty said...

Ok, I need to read all of these... but I think I'll start with "Lola Bensky."