Tuesday, May 22, 2012

New Releases Tuesday (In which pretty girls ride on boats.)

It's time for another round of New Releases Tuesday. This week brings us psychological intrigue and girls riding on boats--a perfect summer combination.

Shift, by Em Bailey--Egmont USA
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I know what you're thinking: "This girl isn't on a boat!" No, she's not, but hold your horses (horses really shouldn't be on boats, either). This is the story of Olive Corbett, a once "crazy" girl who got back on her meds and stopped being "crazy" right around the time that "creepy" Miranda Vail rolls into town. Miranda takes over the popular crowd, despite being somewhat mousy and kinda icky and gets a little Single White Female on the queen bee of the high school.

Can Olive break her normalcy-enduced silence to bring Miranda's deceit to light? Will Miranda go after Olive next? Will anyone in this book's intended audience get my Single White Female reference? I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

Alice on Board, by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor--Atheneum Books
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Now THIS girl is on a boat! And she's feeling pretty nautical in her J.Crew sweater standing next to her l.l. bean tote bag. This is an Alice McKinley book--the 24th in the series, actually. (If you want to see something hilarious, go here and look at the evolution of YA book covers. We've come so far, and yet...) The book follows the popular character for the summer between high school and college when she gets a job on, you guessed it, a BOAT. There's drama, there are friends and enemies and that other word that combines those two words, there's T-Pain.* How can you go wrong, really? Summer reading funtime go!

*There is no T-Pain.

Unbreak My Heart, by Melissa Walker--Bloomsbury USA
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More boats! More hair blowing in wind! Let me be alone with my sadness and the sea! Ok, no but seriously. This is all I can think of. I can't write. I can't get it out of my head.

Something about a girl who has her heart broken in sophomore year and then goes sailing with her parents, alternating chapters, blah blah blah Toni Braxton. I'll never be able to read this without breaking into song and no one wants to hear that.

Of Poseidon, by Anna Banks--Feiwel & Friends
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Ok, so she's not on a boat, but she can talk to fish, so that's something, right? Of Poseidon is the story of Galen, a Syrena prince and someone who really needs to talk to fish but can't, and Emma, a girl who can talk to fish.

The description doesn't give you much of an idea why Galen needs to talk to fish in order to save his kingdom, but it doesn't really matter because mermaids.

And just in case it wasn't already in your head, here you go:


  1. "I'll never be able to read this without breaking into song and no one wants to hear that." YES. The book itself sounds pretty cool, but I'm a little afraid that Toni is going to be in my head the whole time.

    1. I know! I felt like I should have given the book a little more attention, but then I just couldn't stop thinking about Tyrese on his ill-fated motorcycle journey. These are the moments when I realize that I am *not* the target audience, and the kids these days have no idea who Toni Braxton is, other than a crazy lady on a reality show. Sad times.