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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Book Bellwether (4)

This is the fourth edition of the Book Bellwether here at Uniquely Moi Books! So just what is it? The Book Bellwether is my collection of, simply put, highly anticipated books that are to be released! I want to share them with you along with their information. I hope that you find them as appealing as I do! I hope you enjoy this new feature. And would love to hear all feedback. 

All These Lives
by Sarah Wylie
Published by Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Released on June 5th

I have this one but haven't been able to get to it just yet but I can't wait! I'm nearly positive that it will leave me in tears.

Sixteen-year-old Dani is convinced she has nine lives. As a child she twice walked away from situations where she should have died. But Dani’s twin, Jena, isn’t so lucky. She has cancer and might not even be able to keep her one life. Dani’s father is in denial. Her mother is trying to hold it together and prove everything’s normal. And Jena is wasting away.

To cope, Dani sets out to rid herself of all her extra lives. Maybe they’ll be released into the universe and someone who wants to live more than she does will get one. Someone like Jena. But just when Dani finds herself at the breaking point, she’s faced with a startling realization. Maybe she doesn’t have nine lives after all. Maybe she really only ever had one.

Shadow and Bone
by Leigh Bardugo
Published by Henry Holt
Released on June 5th

I just received this one this week! Another I can't wait to read. I seriously need super fast reading abilities. I have heard nothing but good things about it.

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee. 
Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling. 
Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha…and the secrets of her heart.

Fade Out
by Nova Ren Suma
Published by Simon Pulse
Released on June 5th

Fade Out is getting republished from its former title Dani Noir. I just loved Imaginary Girls and have had this one on my list since forever. A new cover makes it that more enticing!

Dani Callanzano is thirteen going on miserable. It’s the summer before eighth grade in her sleepy small town, and her cheating father has left, her mom is broken-hearted, and her best friend has moved away. The only salve to her lonely solitude is the Little Art movie theater, where she soaks in old black-and-white noir films…and where the suspicious appearance of a girl in polka-dot tights marks the beginning of a noir mystery of her very own. Armed with a vivid imagination, a flair for the dramatic, and her extensive knowledge of film and all things Rita Hayworth, Dani sets out to solve the mystery of the Girl in the Polka-Dot Tights—and learns more about herself than she ever thought she could.

A Midsummer's Nightmare
by Kody Keplinger
Published by Poppy
Released on June 5th

As if I don't have enough being released on June 5th, I have fallen for another. As soon as I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read it!

Whitley Johnson's dream summer with her divorced dad has turned into a nightmare. She's just met his new fiancée and her kids. The fiancée's son? Whitley's one-night stand from graduation night. Just freakin' great. Worse, she totally doesn't fit in with her dad's perfect new country-club family. So Whitley acts out. She parties. Hard. So hard she doesn't even notice the good things right under her nose: a sweet little future stepsister who is just about the only person she's ever liked, a best friend (even though Whitley swears she doesn't "do" friends), and a smoking-hot guy who isn't her least, not yet. It will take all three of them to help Whitley get through her anger and begin to put the pieces of her family together.

The Golden Lily
by Richelle Mead
Published by Razorbill
Released on June 12th

Seriously, who isn't waiting for this one?! Enough said.

The second thrilling installment in Richelle Mead's Vampire Academy spinoff series

Tough, brainy alchemist Sydney Sage and doe-eyed Moroi princess Jill Dragomir are in hiding at a human boarding school in the sunny, glamorous world of Palm Springs, California. The students--children of the wealthy and powerful--carry on with their lives in blissful ignorance, while Sydney, Jill, Eddie, and Adrian must do everything in their power to keep their secret safe. But with forbidden romances, unexpected spirit bonds, and the threat of Strigoi moving ever closer, hiding the truth is harder than anyone thought.

Populated with new faces as well as familiar ones, Richelle Mead's breathtaking Bloodlines series explores all the friendship, romance, battles, and betrayals that made the #1 New York Times bestselling Vampire Academy series so addictive. In this second book, the drama is hotter, the romances are steamier, and the stakes are even higher.

My Life Next Door
by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Published by Dial
Released on June 14th

I need this one bad! I really need to find someone to do a trade with so I can read it!!! OMG, I can't wait....

A gorgeous debut about family, friendship, first romance, and how to be true to one person you love without betraying another

“One thing my mother never knew, and would disapprove of most of all, was that I watched the Garretts. All the time.”

The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, numerous, messy, affectionate. And every day from her balcony perch, seventeen-year-old Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs her terrace and changes everything. As the two fall fiercely in love, Jase's family makes Samantha one of their own. Then in an instant, the bottom drops out of her world and she is suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

A dreamy summer read, full of characters who stay with you long after the story is over.

This is Not a Test
By Courtney Summers
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Released on June 19th

I have noticed a trend lately with the zombie/hoarding theme and I am loving it!

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to kill a person and bring them back as a monstrous version of their former self. To Sloane Price, that doesn’t sound so bad. Six months ago, her world collapsed and since then, she’s failed to find a reason to keep going. Now seems like the perfect time to give up. As Sloane eagerly waits for the barricades to fall, she’s forced to witness the apocalypse through the eyes of five people who actually wantto live. But as the days crawl by, the motivations for survival change in startling ways and soon the group’s fate is determined less and less by what’s happening outside and more and more by the unpredictable and violent bids for life—and death—inside. When everything is gone, what do you hold on to.

Zoe Letting Go
by Nora Price
Published by Razorbill
Released on June 28th

I fell in love with Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson and have been looking for similar reads ever since. I can only hope that this one will satisfy my search for a while.

While at a clinic receiving treatment for anorexia, Zoe is instructed to write letters. Through letters, she tells her mother and brother about the clinic; the doctors, the food, her struggle to get better. But she tells her best friend Elise about the strange goings on around her, the shady relationships, the dark mysteries. When the lights go out, the place turns into someplace else.

While her mother and brother write back, their letters filled with cheerful encouragement—Zoe’s letters to Elise remain unanswered. As Zoe struggles to understand why her best friend would cut her off, she must unravel the secrets that surround her in the clinic.


  1. Great list! This Is Not A Test is one of my most highly anticipated books!! I really want to read A Midsummer's Nightmare too.

  2. I've got The Golden Lily & This is Not a Test on my TBR. I'm going look up the other ones you have listed! :-)


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