Crossing by Andrew Xia Fukuda
A loner in his all-white high school, Chinese-born Xing (pronounced “Shing”) is a wallflower longing for acceptance. His isolation is intensified by his increasingly awkward and undeniable crush on his only friend, the beautiful and brilliant Naomi Lee. Xing’s quiet adolescent existence is rattled when a series of disappearances rock his high school and fear ripples through the blue collar community in which he lives. Amidst the chaos surrounding him, only Xing, alone on the sidelines of life, takes notice of some peculiar sightings around town. He begins to investigate with the hope that if he can help put an end to the disappearances, he will finally win the acceptance for which he has longed. However, as Xing draws closer to unveiling the identity of the abductor, he senses a noose of suspicion tightening around his own neck. While Xing races to solve the mystery and clear his name, Crossing hurtles readers towards a chilling climax.
A most excellent debut novel. Go order it now. I have plans to hold a sort of release party for this novel on this book by hosting a giveaway and whatnot this week, so stay tuned for that, and a review and possibly some other special, related posts for this novel. (Actually the review was supposed to be up today, but due to time constraints from work and whatnot I don't think I'll be able to post it up until tomorrow. =X)
The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
In The Demon's Lexicon Nick must find a way to save his brother from the demon's mark that means certain death.
+ Yay TDL is out with the new shiny cover!
It's Not Summer Without you by Jenny Han
Last year, all of Belly's dreams came true and the thought of missing a summer in Cousins Beach was inconceivable. But like the rise and fall of the ocean tide, things can change-just like that. Suddenly the time she's always looked forward to most is something she dreads. And when Jeremiah calls to say Conrad has disappeared, Belly must decide how she will spend this summer: chasing after the boy she loves, or finally letting go
lol I am an eternal fan of Jenny Han ever since I laid my eyes on Shug, so I had to give this a shoutout even if I'm pretty ambivalent about the direction of the storyline for this trilogy. Wrote up a review for it, if anyone's interested
In other news, damn it's harder to get back into the groove of book blogging than I expected. My review backlog intimidates me, lol. *coughs* Anyone, any new releases today people feel like sharing? 8D