Wednesday, September 9, 2009

*Shelf Grazing*

Every day, usually, I do a walk through of my favourite YA and teens shelves in the store just to see what we have. It's always so exciting, kid-in-a-candy-store-like. So I thought I would share that excitement with you.
Today I found three books that I personally did not order into the store, but found their way onto "my" shelves anyway. My eye hones in on an unfamiliar spine and I mumble ohhhh and persue this creature. Today I found these books:

How It Ends, by Laura Wiess (from the back cover):

All Hanna's wanted since sophomore year is Seth. She's gone out with other guys, even gained a rep for being a flirt, all the while hoping cool, guitar-playing Seth will choose her. Then she gets him – but their relationship is hurtful, stormy and critical, not at all what Hanna thinks a perfect love should be.
Bewildered by Seth's treatment of her and in need of understanding, Hanna decides to fulfill her school's community service requirement by spending time with Helen, her terminally ill neighbor, who she's turned to for comfort and wisdom throughout her life. But illness has changed Helen into someone Hanna hardly knows, and her home is not the refuge it once was.
Feeling more alone than ever, Hanna gets drawn into an audio book the older woman is listening to, a fierce, unsettling love story of passion, sacrifice and devotion. Hanna's fascinated by the idea that such all-encompassing love can truly exist, and without even realizing it, the story begins to change her.Until the day when the story becomes all too real...and Hanna's world is spun off its axis by its shattering irrevocable conclusion.

The Monstrumologist, by Rick Yancey

I will just leave you with this book trailer because it is SO well done. Spooky business! Kind of perfect for an Autumn read. The title is a little clunky, though, and takes the scare out of the cover a bit. Maybe "Monsterologist" while tripping more off the tongue would be too juvenile?Actually I'm putting together my YA Teen spooky, scaring-pants-off list of books to read for Hallowe'en, if anybody has recommendations. My pants (or my knick-knacks, as Georgia would say) must be removed by their fright.

Gravity Brings Me Down, by Natale Ghent (from the back cover):

Sioux Smith is sharp, funny, and wry, and is pretty certain that she sees the world of high school differently from everyone else — a belief that is cemented when she makes an uneasy discovery about one of her school’s “popular” teachers. And while she feels alone at her high school and in her unique slant on small-town life, Sioux finds a kindred spirit in the most unlikely of people: an elderly stranger, who has more insight despite her progressing dementia than anyone else in Sioux’s life. What Sioux and “Miss Marple” learn about each other over tea, illicitly secreted wine, and Coronation Street, makes for a novel with heart and grit in equal measure.

I am pretty inrigued by Monstrumologist, I have to say, although How It Ends really has my attention. It has a neat premise and I kind of don't know what I'd be getting into with this one.

I love just finding books I have NEVER HEARD of! Thanks co-workers.



Marie said...

All of these look really good! I haven't read any of them!

Mandy said...

Marie: Me neither. They are cool finds.

Tales of Whimsy said...

O awesome trailer. Very scary. Sounds like it would make an amazing film.

Unknown said...

*attempts secret handshake while jumping up and down and falls over*

Can I just say that I love the term "shelf grazing" and will now attempt to use it in everyday conversation as much as possible? Thank you.

Mandy said...

Juju: Yeah the trailer is awesome. I was so impressed.

Kiirstin: Shelf Grazing = the attempt to sample small tufts of books in a meadow of spines. Also some sort of cow connection, maybe. :) :) *secret handshake returned with equal aplomb*

Rick Yancey said...

Hey thanks for posting the trailer of my book. I thought they did a great job. Hope you like the book!


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