Tuesday, May 8, 2012

In The Mail: Monument 14 & 2 More

Macmillan's Teen imprint Feiwel and Friends has been publishing some very good teen SF&F for the last couple years and aggressively marketing it via social networking.  Their latest promotion is for their spring 2012 "Fierce Reads."  Booksellers and bloggers (myself included) have been getting shiny red packages with intriguing ARC's for the last month or so.

The latest to arrive (this morning) is Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne. Synopsis:"Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart."

This one just jumped to the top of my to-read list.

Also in the mail today: An ARC of Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey arrived from G. P.  Putnam's Sons. This is a grade 3+ novel at nearly 300 pages which looks like it's going to be a fun read.  One of my children may get to this one before I do though.  Synopsis: "It's tough to be thirteen, especially when somebody's trying to kill you.

Not that Egg's life was ever easy, growing up on sweaty, pirate-infested Deadweather Island with no company except an incompetent tutor and a pair of unusually violent siblings who hate his guts.

But when Egg's father hustles their family off on a mysterious errand to fabulously wealthy Sunrise Island, then disappears with the siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest at the mansion of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter Millicent. Finally, life seems perfect.

Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff."

Finally, I received an ARC and event kit for Exiled by J. R. Wagner.  - a teen fantasy from a small press receiving mixed reviews.  Early reviewers seem to either love or hate this one.  Stay tuned for my take.  Synopsis: "James has never known an ordinary life. As long as he can remember, he and his family have been on the run—moving from place to place, never settling down, never growing roots. Now, just when he’s on the brink of manhood, the very thing his family has been trying to prevent tears him from all he has ever known and thrusts him into a place where he is powerless and alone.

Bent on finding a way back, James must brave a place reserved for the worst of his kind. He quickly learns that the land itself poses a greater threat than its inhabitants and if he is to have any chance of returning, he must work with the very people he’s been raised to fear.

James has known magic since just after he was born. As a sorcerer, his skills are exceptional yet when he wakes in The Never, his abilities are gone. Armed with nothing but determination and the will to survive, he braves a land wrought with dangers, mysteries and temptations meant to ensnare both body and mind and prevent escape forever."

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