Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Today is the official release day of IMAGINARY GIRLS by Nova Ren Suma.

Goodreads summary: Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

I read this book a few months ago, and I've been gushing about it ever since. It is in many ways the exact opposite of Divergent-- more atmosphere than action, richer prose, etc. I found the focus on a sister-sister relationship instead of any romantic relationship really refreshing, and the characters were complex. I loved them; I couldn't stand them; they felt like real people. It was creepy and moving at the same time. I cried a little at the end.

I don't think any summary can really do it justice-- it's like nothing I've read before, and all I can say about it is you just have to try it and see, preferably when you're not feeling like an impatient reader, because it's not a fast-paced book. But it is a beautiful book, and it's definitely worth reading.

Today is also the release day of HOURGLASS by Myra McEntire...

Goodreads summary: For seventeen-year-old Emerson Cole, life is about seeing what isn’t there: swooning Southern Belles; soldiers long forgotten; a haunting jazz trio that vanishes in an instant. Plagued by phantoms since her parents’ death, she just wants the apparitions to stop so she can be normal. She’s tried everything, but the visions keep coming back.

So when her well-meaning brother brings in a consultant from a secretive organization called the Hourglass, Emerson’s willing to try one last cure. But meeting Michael Weaver may not only change her future, it may change her past. Who is this dark, mysterious, sympathetic guy, barely older than Emerson herself, who seems to believe every crazy word she says? Why does an electric charge seem to run through the room whenever he’s around? And why is he so insistent that he needs her help to prevent a death that never should have happened?

I wasn't fortunate enough to get an ARC of this, so I haven't read it yet, but I've heard good things. Also, Myra McEntire is a lovely human being. So I'm off to buy it today!

Happy release days, Nova and Myra!


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