Wednesday, June 5, 2013

BEA 2013 Treasure Trove

This is my last post about BEA, I promise. Between all the tweets last week and the various posts around the 'net this week, you all are probably fully sick of BEA/NYC news. But this is the fun post, the one about all the pretty books I toted back home with me!

Since I don't bother to watch vlogs, I'm not going to make one of my own. Instead, listed below are the books I brought back. They're separated by category (MG, YA, or adult) with notes on whether a book was signed, what it's about (based only off the back cover), my general level of excitement, etc.


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  • Cain's Blood by Geoffrey Girard. 
    • ARC. Part of the two-pack (see YOUNG ADULT titles). A former black ops soldier must work with the teenage clone of Jeffrey Dahmer to stop other clones from murdering innocent people. 
    • First sentence: It started with peas.
  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab. 
    • ARC. Signed. Supervillains! 
    • First sentence: Victor readjusted the shovels on his shoulder and stepped gingerly over an old, half-sunken grave.

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. 
    • ARC. Signed. Nerdy fangirl wants to disappear into fanfiction to escape college, roommates, and life. 
    • First sentence: There was a boy in her room.


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  • The 100 by Kass Morgan. 
    • ARC. 100 juvenile delinquents are sent to recolonize Earth. 
    • First sentence: N/A [Book being shipped.]
  • Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund. 
    • ARC. Signed. Gender-swapped sci-fi retelling of The Scarlet Pimpernel
    • First sentence: If the Wild Poppy dared return to Galatea, Citizen Cutler was ready.
  • All the Truth That's In Me by Julie Berry. 
    • ARC. A girl returns home, unable to speak, two years after being kidnapped. 
    • First sentence: We came here by ship, you and I
  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider. 
    • ARC. Boy is in a car accident and his life falls apart; then he meets a girl. 
    • First sentence: Sometimes I think that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them, that the people buying milk in their pajamas or picking their noses at stoplightscould be only moments away from disaster.
  • Blaze (or Love in the Time of Supervillains) by Laurie Boyle Crompton. 
    • Finished copy. Signed. Geeky girl who draws comics gets revenge on a playboy. 
    • First sentence: I am soaring free.
  • The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon. 
    • Possibly NA or adult instead? ARC. Signed. A clairvoyant dreamwalker must save a near-future paranormal England. 
    • First sentence: I like to imagine there were more of us in the beginning
  • Broken by Elizabeth Pulford. 
    • ARC. A girl tries to escape from her brother's comic books by drawing and erasing her way out, but she's really trapped in a coma. 
    • First sentence: My head is full of bubbles.
  • The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black. 
    • ARC. Massacre in a quarantined town filled with humans and monsters, and one girl has to save everyone else. 
    • First sentence: Tana woke lying in a bathtub.
  • Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas. 
    • ARC. Sequel to Throne of Glass
    • First sentence: The shutters swinging in the storm winds were the only sign of her entry.
  • Curtsies & Conspiracies by Gail Carriger. 
    • ARC. Sequel to Etiquette & Espionage
    • First sentence: "Miss Temminick. Miss Plumleigh-Teignmott. With me, please, ladies."
  • Dead Ends by Erin Jade Lange. 
    • ARC. A bully and a boy with Down's Syndrome team up to find the latter's father. 
    • First sentence: I had a foot on some guy's throat and a hand in my pocket the first time I saw Billy D.
  • The Extra by Kathryn Lasky. 
    • ARC. A gypsy girl captured by Nazis is forced to act in a German propaganda film. 
    • First sentence: "Disappeared?"
  • Fallout by Todd Strasser. 
    • ARC. A boy, his family, and his neighbors huddle in a bomb shelter to avoid nuclear fallout. 
    • First sentence: I wake to a hand on my shoulder
  • Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnston. 
    • ARC. Girl in post-apocalyptic New Vegas dodges evil to escape to rumored safe haven called the Blue. 
    • First sentence: They were coming for her.
  • Hostage Three by Nick Lake. 
    • ARC. A girl and her family's yacht is taken hostage by pirates. 
    • First sentence: N/A [Book being shipped.]
  • The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal. 
    • ARC. Seamstress and mute nursemaid battle evil in a fantasy Scandinavian castle. 
    • First sentence: There once was a family of princesses who were locked in a castle.
  • The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer. 
    • ARC. Sequel to The House of the Scorpion. There are maps! 
    • First sentence: Matt woke in darkness to the sound of something moving past him.
  • Marie Antoinette, Serial Killer by Katie Alender. 
    • ARC. The ghost of Marie Antoinette hunts down and murders the descendants of those who killed her. 
    • First sentence: N/A [Book being shipped.]
  • A Most Dangerous Deception by Sarah Zettel. 
    • ARC. A simple girl turned spy disguises herself as a lady-in-waiting in the courts of King George I. 
    • First sentence: I must begin with a frank confession.
  • Pretenders by Lisi Harrison. 
    • ARC. An anonymous student leaks the private journals of the five most popular kids in school, the kids he/she dubs "the pretenders." 
    • First sentence: N/A [Book being shipped.]
  • Project Cain by Geoffrey Girard. 
    • ARC. Part of the two-pack (see ADULT titles). Boy is a clone of infamous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and must stop other clones from killing innocent people. 
    • First sentence: Jeffrey Dahmer.
  • Reboot by Amy Tintera. 
    • Finished copy. Signed. Read my review here
    • First sentence: They always screamed.
  • Relic by Heather Terrell. 
    • ARC. A girl, the first female Testor in 150 years, must survive the Testing must gather relics and save her world. 
    • First sentence: N/A [Book being shipped.]
  • Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein. 
    • ARC. Signed. Companion to Code Name Verity. A female American pilot is captured by the Nazis and sent to Ravensbruck prison. I will probably cry buckets. 
    • First sentence: I just got back from Celia Forester's funeral.
  • Skin by Donna Jo Napoli. 
    • ARC. Girl starts losing pigment in her skin, questions her identity.
    •  First sentence: My lips are white.
  • Somebody Up There Hates You by Hollis Seamon. 
    • ARC. Signed. Two teens meet and fall in love while in hospice for terminal cancer. 
    • First sentence: I shit you not. [Sorry, Mom!]
  • Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson. 
    • ARC. Signed. A young man thirsty for revenge hunts down a superhero dictator named Steelheart who killed his father. 
    • First sentence: I've seen Steelheart bleed
  • Tumble & Fall by Alexandra Coutts. 
    • ARC. Three teens decide what to do with the time left to them as a killer asteroid rockets toward Earth. 
    • The first sentence: The day she gets out, it feels like the end


  • Constable & Toop by Gareth P. Jones. 
    • ARC. An undertaker's son tries to save ghosts from obliteration. 
    • First sentence: In her last few moments of life, as the blood gushed from the knife wound in her neck, Emily Wilkins found her thoughts drifting to her mother's death
  • Counting by 7s by Holly Goldnerg Sloan. 
    • ARC. A young genius who counts by 7s to control her world is sent reeling when her parents die suddenly. 
    • The first sentence: We sit together outside the Fosters Freeze at a sea-green, metal picnic table
  • The Creature Department by Robert Paul Weston. 
    • ARC. Two kids fight to keep an electronics factory run by fantastical beasts from being shut down. 
    • First sentence: "Elliot von Doppler, you come down here right now or I swear, I'll boil you in soup and serve you to your father!"
  • Dark Lord: A Fiend in Need by Jamie Thomson. 
    • ARC. Sequel to Dark Lord: The Teenage Years
    • First sentence: N/A [Book being shipped.]
  • The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward. 
    • ARC. A boy in a family of record-holders fights to save his family's records and possibly worse from sinister clowns (!) 
    • First sentence: N/A [Book being shipped.]
  • How To Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks. 
    • ARC. An orphan in Victorian London goes monster-hunting as orphans start to disappear. 
    • First sentence: N/A [Book being shipped.]
  • The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani. 
    • Finished copy. Signed. Two girls are sent to School where one will train to be a villain and the other a princess.
    •  First sentence: Sophie had waited all her life to be kidnapped
  • The Time Fetch by Amy Herrick. 
    • ARC. Signed. Time is being gobbled up. Quantum physics + the winter solstice. 
    • First sentence: First there was the doorway.
  • The Twistrose Key by Tone Almhjell. 
    • ARC. A girl enters a magical winter world and must rescue a prince.
    • First sentence: N/A [Book being shipped.]

  • The Blessing Cup by Patricia Polacco. 
    • Finished copy. Signed. The story of a young Russian Jew's journey to America with her family and a cup that bestows blessings to any who drink from it. 
    • First sentence: When my great-grandmother Anna was a little girl, long before she came to America, she lived in a small shetl with her mother, papa, and baby sister, Magda, near Tver in Russia.

Whew. That's a LOT of books. Forty-one, if you were counting along at home, and that number does not include the gifts I picked up for others. I'm still trying to figure out where to put them all. My next project is to list all my new books in order of release date to figure out what to read next. If I don't, I'll just start reading indiscriminately and never get around to, y'know, writing reviews.

To read my previous BEA/NYC posts, go here, here, and here. And please leave me links to your own BEA treasure troves! I want to see!