Sunday, May 1, 2011

Upcoming Books This Year

Hi all. Sorry there isn't a review up this Sunday but I was having some trouble. You probably don't need, or want, all the details (because it might be confusing if I tried to explain it) but I should have a review up on Tuesday. Until then, read this post about books coming out this year that I would like to read eventually. You might find something interesting yourself.

So, I was on this author's blog (it might have been his website) for a book of his that I heard about through an author I like and he was asking for help in advertising his book that is coming about this year. I thought, "I can do that." I am interested in his book so I thought I could share what the book was about. But then I thought that there are other books coming out this year that I am excited about so I should share those too. All the books below are books I am interested in reading and will try to get my hands on at some point but don't know when (there is one that I don't know when, what it looks like, or too much about so I can't share too much today. I will keep you updated though). Let me know what you think of them as you take a look.

First up, we have The Quest for the Truth: Taken by Brock Eastman. I heard about this book through the Miller Brothers back when it was self-published and had thought about getting it at the time but for some reason never did. It is now being republished by P & R Publishing on July 1 and I found out the author works for the company Focus on the Family which I really like. So here is the cover (got it off of the author's site) and what it is about (had to get this off lulu.com [the original self-publishing site] because I couldn't find it anywhere else. I'm also pretty sure the content hasn't changed).
What would you do if men broke into your house in the middle of the night and took your parents? Oliver Wikk has just returned home from his first year at the Academy. He was expecting to go on a summer long archeological dig with his parents, sister and two twin brothers. Instead he is thrust into the role of protector and rescuer. He must now lead his siblings on a mission to rescue his parents from a powerful but little known society called the Übel. As they unravel clues about their parents' recent discovery, they begin to understand that the Übel are up to much more than finding some ancient artifacts for money. Join Oliver, Tiffany, Mason, and Austin as they trek from place to place hoping to find the clues to a secret covered up long ago and rescue their parents from a dark organization that threatens to ruin their lives forever.
I heard about this book through Family Fiction and it sounded really interesting. It is out now but I don't have the money to get it and I have to see if my library does. It is called How Huge the Night by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn. Got the picture off amazon (can you tell?).
Fifteen-year-old Julien Losier just wants to fit in. But after his family moves to a small village in central France in hopes of outrunning the Nazis, he is suddenly faced with bigger challenges than the taunting of local teens.
Nina Krenkel left her country to obey her father's dying command: Take your brother and leave Austria. Burn your papers. Tell no one you are Jews. Alone and on the run, she arrives in Tanieux, France, dangerously ill and in despair. Thrown together by the chaos of war, Julien begins to feel the terrible weight of the looming conflict and Nina fights to survive. As France falls to the Nazis, Julien struggles with doing what is right, even if it is not enough-and wonders whether or not he really can save Nina from almost certain death. Based on the true story of the town of Le Chambon-the only French town honored by Israel for rescuing Jews from the Holocaust-How Huge the Night is a compelling, coming-of-age drama that will keep teens turning the pages as it teaches them about a fascinating period of history and inspires them to think more deeply about their everyday choices.
(Got this info from amazon.com)
Well, I was on amazon (where I also go this picture) and I saw that John Grisham has a new book for Theodore Boone coming out. I wrote a review on his last book about this kid last year (you can take a look at that review here ) and thought it might be fun to read this one. It is coming out June 6. 

 Theodore Boone is back in a new adventure, and the stakes are higher than ever. When his best friend, April, disappears from her bedroom in the middle of the night, no one, not even Theo Boone-who knows April better than anyone-has answers. As fear ripples through his small hometown and the police hit dead ends, it's up to Theo to use his legal knowledge and investigative skills to chase down the truth and save April. Filled with the page-turning suspense that made John Grisham a #1 international bestseller and the undisputed master of the legal thriller, Theodore Boone's trials and triumphs will keep readers guessing until the very end.
(Got this info from amazon.com)

When I signed up for goodreads, I saw book 2 in there giveaway section and thought it sounded very interesting. Now, I haven't read book 1, Knightley Academy by Violet Habadasher, and my library does have it so I will be making an effort to borrow it. Book 1 is out (which is shown below) but book 2, Knightley Academy: The Secret Prince, will be coming out June 28.
From Booklist
Henry Grim is an orphaned servant who studies in secret, hoping to rise above his station. He gets his chance when he is allowed to sit for the Knightley Academy entrance exam and becomes the first commoner admitted. This prestigious school once trained knights for combat, but combat was outlawed when the Longsword Treaty brought peace to the Britonian Isles. If Henry excels, Knightley could open its doors to commoners for good, but vicious sabotage threatens his triumph. On the hunt to identify his saboteurs, Henry discovers a plot to break the treaty and start a war. Haberdasher embraces the Harry Potter comparison with in-jokes, but this series debut doesn’t rise above the comparison. Knightley Academy has disappointingly little to do with actual knights-in-training; it is more like an elite boarding school, and what knights do in this alternate history is unclear. Yet Henry and his outcast friends are an appealing group with great chemistry, and it’s easy to enjoy their fast-paced adventures as they navigate classes and thwart bullies. Grades 4-8. --Krista Hutley --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
(Got this info from amazon.com)

Another one I am excited about is the last book in a series I have been reading for the last couple of years. It is called The Final Hour in the Homelander Series by Andrew Klavan (you can read the review of the other books in the series on this blog). It is do out on July 26.

The Homelanders are attacking-and it's Charlie's last chance to stop them. Charlie West was an ordinary high school kid who went to bed one night and woke up in the clutches of terrorists and wanted by the police for murder. He also woke up with no memory of the events of the last year. His memory is returning now and has brought the terrible realization that he knows when the terrorists are going to strike next. Whatever it takes, Charlie knows he can't give in or give up until they're stopped . . . even when the final hour is ticking away. (Got this info on amazon.com)

I read the first book of this series below a while ago and was beginning to wonder if book two was going to ever come out. But, then, the other day, I decided to look it up and found out that book two was going to be published this year (in the UK. Bummer. I will have to find out when it will release in the US). I should re-read book one and write a review but here is the info for Max Cassidy: Jaws of Death releasing in August (in the UK).
 Max continues his search for his missing father. This takes him to Sweden and the jungles of Borneo, where his life is once again put in jeopardy. He must summon all his courage and skill to escape....
(Got this info from the author's web page).

So, a couple months ago I put up a review for the books in the Dragons of Starlight Series and here is book 3 coming out on August 30. I will have to update that post when I read this book.
The Mysteries Unfold As a Starlighter, Koren knows her destiny is to save her fellow human slaves from the dragons' bondage---but by following the orders of the smooth-talking dragon king, Taushin, has she in fact doomed her people and herself? As Koren struggles over her choices, Elyssa discovers a new aspect to her Diviner gifts when her pendant begins to unlock mysteries surrounding the stardrops from the Exodus star. Soon Elyssa, along with Jason and his father, also discover new truths behind the dragons' prophecy and learn that Randall has teamed with Magnar and Arxad to wage battle against Taushin's followers. With a major war imminent and talk of a new Starlighter in the air, confusion and uncertainty reigns---something Taushin may have planned for all along.
(Got this info from amazon.com)

Lastly, (I think) is the next book by Melanie Dickerson, The Merchant's Daughter. This will be coming out November 29 (man, I have a ways to wait). I am following the author's blog and she hasn't shown what the cover is yet but I found the same cover on goodreads and amazon but, if it is different, I will let you know.
An unthinkable danger. An unexpected choice. Annabel, once the daughter of a wealthy merchant, is trapped in indentured servitude to Lord Ranulf, a recluse who is rumored to be both terrifying and beastly. Her circumstances are made even worse by the proximity of Lord Ranulf's bailiff---a revolting man who has made unwelcome advances on Annabel in the past. Believing that life in a nunnery is the best way to escape the escalation of the bailiff's vile behavior and to preserve the faith that sustains her, Annabel is surprised to discover a sense of security and joy in her encounters with Lord Ranulf. As Annabel struggles to confront her feelings, she is involved in a situation that could place Ranulf in grave danger. Ranulf's future, and possibly his heart, may rest in her hands, and Annabel must decide whether to follow the plans she has cherished or the calling God has placed on her heart.
(Got this info from amazon.com)

Well, this is most of the books I would like to read but are not out yet (if I added what I do want to read but are available, this post could go on for a long time). I don't know when I will be able to get some of these because several things need to happen before I can read them. 1. Some become available through some of the programs that I review for, 2. Some become available at my library, 3. I get a job and can afford to buy some, or 4. I get some as a gift. Also, where ever I said "got this info from" I also got the cover image from. Enjoy and drool with me over these books that are yet to be released.

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