Sunday, February 14

10 for '10: February

Time for another 10 for '10! If you didn't see the previous post, 10 for '10 is a new year-long meme where each month I'll feature 10 fantastic books that are releasing in 2010!
So here are February's picks!
(and, always and forever, in no particular order)

1.  The DUFF
by Kody Keplinger


Synopsis (From the Tenners site):
Seventeen-year-old Bianca knows she’s the Duff (the designated ugly, fat friend). So when Wesley, a notorious womanizer, approaches her at a party she knows he wants to score with one—or both—of her hot friends. God, the man-whore’s arrogance really pisses her off! But Bianca needs to escape from some personal drama, like her mom’s abandonment and her dad’s denial, and a steamy fling with Wesley seems like the perfect distraction. Bianca makes it clear she’s only using Wesley, as if he cares. He’ll sleep with anything that moves after all. Unfortunately, the enemies-with-benefits plan totally backfires.

When her mom files for divorce and her father stumbles into a downward spiral of drinking and depression, Wesley proves to be a surprisingly good listener, and Bianca finds out that his family is pretty screwed up, too. As sickening as it sounds, she has to admit that she and Wesley are a lot alike. Soon she becomes jealous of the pretty girls he flirts with and his cocky grin begins to grow on her. Suddenly Bianca realizes—with absolute horror—that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated.

Okay, doesn't that sound amazing? Look out for the The Duff in Fall 2010
2. Gaurdian of the Dead
By Karen Healy
Guardian of the Dead
In this innovative urban fantasy, teen-aged Ellie’s main concerns at
her New Zealand boarding school are hanging out with her best friend
Kevin, her crush on the mysterious Mark, and her paper deadlines.
That is, until she is thrown into the world of Maori lore, and finds
herself in an all-out war with a mist-dwelling Maori fairy people called
the patupaiarehe who need human lives to gain immortality.
Debut author Karen Healey introduces a savvy and spirited heroine
with a strong, fresh voice. Full of deliciously creepy details, this
unique, incredible adventure is a deftly crafted story of Maori mythology,
romance, betrayal, and an epic battle.

This book isn't my usual cup of tea, but it sounds fascinating! Catch Healy's debut novel April 1st, 2010!

3. Reality Check
By Jen Calonita


Sixteen-year-olds Charlie, Keiran, Brooke, and Hallie have just been signed up for their own reality television show. They can't even believe it. "You'll be The Hills meets iCarly," the Armani-suited executive tells them, "and the hottest thing on our network." How could they say no? But soon enough, cameras following them everywhere and interfering producers surreptitiously scripting their lives start to affect the four best friends' relationships. Brooke seems to want all the screen time. Keiran is abruptly written out of the show - and consequently the group's friendship - when she doesn't rate well. And as soon as Charlie realizes what's going on, she daringly figures out the perfect way to give the studio and her home audience a much-needed reality check.

Sounds really fun! Coming out just in time for summer, catch Reality Check on June 14!

4. Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto

By Eric Luper

Seth Baumgartner just had the worst day of his life: His girlfriend dumped him (at Applebee’s), he spied his father on a date with a woman who is not his mother (also at Applebee’s!), and he lost his fourth job of the year. It’s like every relationship he cares about is imploding, and he can’t figure out what’s going on.

To find answers, Seth decides to start an anonymous podcast called The Love Manifesto, exploring “what love is, why love is, and why we’re stupid enough to keep going back for more.” Things start looking up when Seth gets a job at a golf club with his hilarious and smut-minded best friend, Dimitri, and Dimitri’s sister, Audrey. With their help, Seth tracks down his father’s mystery date, hits the most infamous bogey in the history of golf, and discovers that sometimes love means eating the worst chicken-salad sandwich you can ever imagine.

Love the synopsis- hilarious and original! Plus, could the cover be more awesome? Catch Seth Baumgartner's Love Manifesto June 10, 2010

5.Swoon At Your Own Risk
by Sydney Salter

You’d think Polly Martin would have all the answers when it comes to love—after all, her grandmother is the famous syndicated advice columnist Miss Swoon. But after a junior year full of dating disasters, Polly has sworn off boys. This summer, she’s going to focus on herself for once. So Polly is happy when she finds out Grandma is moving in—think of all the great advice she’ll get.

            But Miss Swoon turns out to be a man-crazy sexagenarian! How can Polly stop herself from falling for Xander Cooper, the suddenly-hot skateboarder who keeps showing up while she’s working at Wild Waves water park, when Grandma is picking up guys at the bookstore and flirting with the dishwasher repairman?           
No advice column can prepare Polly for what happens when she goes on a group camping trip with three too many ex-boyfriends and the tempting Xander. Polly is forced to face her feelings and figure out if she can be in love—and still be herself.

So I've actually already fallen in love with this book- check out the review here. Trust me, be sure to catch this one on April 5!

6. Sleepless
By Cyn Balog
Eron De Marchelle isn't supposed to feel a connection. He is a Sandman, a supernatural being whose purpose is to seduce human charges to sleep. While he can communicate with his charges in their dreams, he isn't encouraged to--after all, getting too involved in one human's life would prevent him helping his other charges get their needed rest.
But he can't deny that he feels something for Julia. Julia, with her fiery red hair and her sad dreams. Just weeks ago, her boyfriend died in a car accident, and Eron can tell that she feels more alone than ever. Eron was human once too, many years ago, and he remembers how it felt to lose the one he loved. Eron has always felt protective of Julia . . . but now, when she seems to need him more than ever, he can't seem to reach her . . .
Sandmen are forbidden from communicating with humans outside their dreams. But will Eron be willing to risk everything for a chance to be with the person he loves?

Wow. This book sounds like it could go really deep. I'm interested to see how Eron and Julia's relationship unfolds. Catch Sleepless July 13! Love the cover, btw!

7. The Karma Club
By Jessica Brody
The Karma Club
Madison Kasparkova always thought she understood how Karma works. It’s that mysterious, powerful force that brings harmony to the universe. You know—do good things and you will be rewarded, do something bad and Karma will make sure you get what’s coming to you. A sort of cosmic balancing act.

But when Mason Brooks, Maddy’s boyfriend of two years, gets caught tongue-wrestling with Miss Perfect Body Heather Campbell, and absolutely nothing happens to either of them—except that they wind up the hot new couple of Colonial High School, it seems like Karma has officially left Maddy in the lurch. That’s why Maddy and her best friends, Angie and Jade, decide to start the Karma Club—a secret, members-only organization whose sole purpose is to clean up the messes that the universe has been leaving behind. Whether they’re modifying Heather Campbell’s acne cream as part of “Operation Butterface,” or righting a few wrongs when it comes to Angie and Jade’s own slimy exes, they know they’re just doing what Karma should have done in the first place. They’re taking care of one another.

Sometimes, though, it isn’t wise to meddle with the universe. Because it turns out, when you mess with Karma, Karma messes back. Now Maddy must find a way to balance her life for good, even as everything around her seems to be toppling to the ground.

FYI: This book is actually written by one of the hosts of Free Books For Teens! If anyone knows a good book, it has to be her :) 
Definitely look out for this book on April 27!

8. Forget You 
By Jennifer Echols
Forget You
Zoey’s life in her Florida beach resort town is happy and organized. She’s the captain of her high school swim team, and she works for her dad at his popular water park. Then her dad has an affair with one of his employees, and her mother has a breakdown. But Zoey begins a committed relationship with a hot lifeguard, which makes her feel stable, even if things aren’t perfect at home. Everything is still under control.

Until she has a car accident that she can’t remember. She should have been with her boyfriend that night, but he doesn’t seem to know anything about the accident—and he doesn’t seem to care. The person who does care, and knows more than he’s telling, is Doug, Zoey’s darkly handsome arch-enemy who saved her from the wreckage. As Zoey begins to piece together what happened that night, she finds her sense of control over her life was only an illusion. And she inches closer to discovering the darkest secret of all: why Doug has fallen in love with her.

So this will definitely be in my beach bag this summer! I'm just as anxious to fill in the pieces of the puzzle as Zoey is! Grab this intriguing novel July 20!

9. Kiss It 
By Erin Downing
Kiss It

Chastity Bryan has never been shy about going after what she wants. And when sexy, mysterious, so-not-from-this-town Sebastian walks into Chaz’s life, she knows in an instant that what she wants next is him. Chaz has no intention of playing for keeps—but she most definitely has intentions. Who needs true love when you’ve got true lust?
Sebastian has no idea what he’s in for—but maybe neither does Chaz...
I've never read any of Downing's books, but with a daring character like Chastity- not to mention an adorable cover- how can I resist? Make sure you Kiss It on June 15th!
10. The Alpha Bet 
By Stephanie Hale
The Alpha Bet
I was prepared to do just about anything to go from geek to Greek.
Some teenagers use drugs or sex to escape overbearing parents. I used books. All my life my mother has been hovering over me, afraid to let me experience ANYTHING. So I got really good grades, graduated from high school when I was sixteen, and escaped to a new life—my own life—at college.
To jump-start my social life, I decided to rush the Alphas, the most exclusive sorority on campus. And that's when things started to get complicated.
One of the Alphas invoked the Alpha Bet, a super-secret set of alphabetical tasks that have to be completed for a sister's bid to become active. Now, completing the tasks of the Alpha Bet has taken over my life. And one of the tasks involves deceiving my roommate and only real friend, Jentry.
Can you spell B-E-T-R-A-Y-A-L?

Sounds like a good read.  I'm interested to see the narrator's (couldn't find a name) personality. Catch this fun read on April 1!

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