Friday, April 2, 2010

Friday Finds! (9)

Friday Finds are books I've heard about during the past week. Credit goes to MizB from Should Be Reading. Some how or another it ended up being a Young Adult Friday Finds!

Found this @ I Heart Monster

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub, Date: September 21, 2010
Reading Level: Young Adult
320 pages

Sixteen-year-old Evie's job is bagging and tagging paranormals. Possessing the strange ability to see through their glamours, she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency. But when someone--or something--starts taking out the vamps, werewolves, and other odd beasties she's worked hard to help become productive members of society, she's got to figure it out before they all disappear and the world becomes utterly normal.
Normal is so overrated. (From author's website)

Found this @ Reading Extensively

Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler
Publisher: Graphia
Pub, Date: October 18, 2010
Reading Level: Young Adult
180 pages

Lisabeth Lewis has a black steed, a set of scales, and a new job: she’s been appointed Famine. How will an anorexic seventeen-year-old girl from the suburbs fare as one of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse?
Traveling the world on her steed gives Lisa freedom from her troubles at home—her constant battle with hunger, and her struggle to hide it from the people who care about her. But being Famine forces her to go places where hunger is a painful part of everyday life, and to face the horrifying effects of her phenomenal power. Can Lisa find a way to harness that power—and the courage to fight her own inner demons?
A wildly original approach to the issue of eating disorders, Hunger is about the struggle to find balance in a world of extremes, and uses fantastic tropes to explore a difficult topic that touches the lives of many teens. (From amazon)

Found this @ Reading Extensively

Deception: Haunting Emma by Lee Nichols
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's Books
Pub, Date: June 8, 2010
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
336 pages

When Emma Vaile's parents go missing while away on a mysterious business trip, she's left all alone in her creepy old house. But her brother's very cute best friend, Bennett Stern - Emma's knight in J. Crew armor - arrives unexpectedly to whisk her away to New England. There, Emma settles into his family's museum-like mansion and enrolls at an old-fashioned private school. She quickly finds friends in the popular legacy crowd at Thatcher and spends her free time crushing on Bennett. But the eerie visions she's been hiding from everyone have gotten worse. Emma has memories of Thatcher that she can't explain - it's as if she's returning home to a place she's never been. Finally, Emma confides in Bennett and learns she is a ghostkeeper, a person who can communicate with ghosts. Bennett brought Emma to Thatcher to protect her, but now he needs her help tracking an other-worldly murderer. (From Fantastic Fiction)

Found this @ Vampira 2468 Reads

Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pub, Date: May 4, 2010
Reading level: Young Adult
256 pages

A descendant of legendary vampire hunter Abraham Van Helsing, fourteen-year-old Alex is stuck at boarding school near Lake Geneva, Switzerland, when he finds himself drawn into a web of paranormal intrigue. It turns out that Lake Geneva is also home to a secret school for vampires called the Scholomance—and now to a dangerous vampire clan lord known only as Icemaker, who’s using the Scholomance for his own dangerous endgame. With the help of his friends and of special agent Sangster, it’s up to Alex to fulfill his family destiny and stop Icemaker’s frightening plans once and for all.

Alex Van Helsing is a showstopping hero set to leap off the page—stake, naturally, in hand. Drawing from centuries of actual vampire lore and literature (and with a nod to zombies, too!), Jason Henderson delivers a breathlessly paced thriller that will captivate vampire fans as well as readers who loved Alex Rider. (From Goodreads)


Missy B. said...

Good finds!

Happy Easter! :)

Christina T said...

Paranormalcy is on my TBR list and Alex Van Helsing sounds really good. I like that it is a different type of vampire book with a male protagonist. So many of the YA vampire books today are romances with female protagonists.

Amanda Leigh said...

@Missy B- Thanks & Happy Easter to you as well!

@Christina T- Yeah, I'm loving the looks of Paranormalcy, and Alex Van Helsing does have such a different appeal, and I always appreciate a different kind of story.

Athira said...

Hunger sounds good to me! Have to check it out! Thanks for suggesting it!

Amanda Leigh said...

@Aths- Your welcome. I think Hunger will be a great book. An entertaining read that deals with major issues.