Wednesday, January 29, 2014

ALAMW14: Top 5 Books I'm Excited To Read

I attended ALA Midwinter Meeting this year, held in snowy, icy, frigid Philadelphia along with some of my good friends (Jenn, other Jenn, Hannah, Nicole, Amy, and of course my sister Tegan) and I got to tell you the experience is very different from Book Expo.  I'll have a post about the differences in a couple days, but today I wanted to let you guys know about the 5 books I'm so excited to have picked up.

The Lost Sisterhood tells the story of Diana, a young and aspiring--but somewhat aimless--professor at Oxford. Her fascination with the history of the Amazons, the legendary warrior women of ancient Greece, is deeply connected with her own family's history; her grandmother in particular. When Diana is invited to consult on an archeological excavation, she quickly realizes that here, finally, may be the proof that the Amazons were real.

The Amazons' "true" story--and Diana's history--is threaded along with this modern day hunt. This historical back-story focuses on a group of women, and more specifically on two sisters, whose fight to survive takes us through ancient Athens and to Troy, where the novel reinvents our perspective on the famous Trojan War.

Whyso Interested? Come on guys, its about AMAZONS.  Also that's a very beautiful cover.  I enjoyed Fortier's other novel, JULIET, my qualms being relatively minor all things considered.  Also AMAZONS and the TROJAN WAR.  How could I turn that down?  I'd have to hand in my ancient civilizations street cred if I did.

I didn't ask for any of this. I didn't ask to be some kind of hero.
But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado—taking you with it—you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I've read the books. I've seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little blue birds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can't be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There's still the yellow brick road, though—but even that's crumbling.

What happened?
Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm—and I'm the other girl from Kansas.
I've been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked.
I've been trained to fight.
And I have a mission:
Remove the Tin Woodman's heart.
Steal the Scarecrow's brain.
Take the Lion's courage.
Then and only then—Dorothy must die!

Whyso Interested? Well actually I apparently sparked a mini-MUST READ NOW group at my job.  I mentioned it to one of my coworkers, another saw me with it and another saw it on my desk so now I have several folk who want to borrow my copy...but as for myself I've never been a fan of Dorothy and Glinda never seemed on the up and up.  So this is kind of perfect.  Also I really enjoyed "No Place Like Oz

As dawn approaches in New York, literary agent Isabel Reed is turning the final pages of a mysterious, anonymous manuscript, racing through the explosive revelations about powerful people, as well as long-hidden secrets about her own past. In Copenhagen, veteran CIA operative Hayden Gray, determined that this sweeping story be buried, is suddenly staring down the barrel of an unexpected gun. And in Zurich, the author himself is hiding in a shadowy expat life, trying to atone for a lifetime’s worth of lies and betrayals with publication of The Accident, while always looking over his shoulder.

Over the course of one long, desperate, increasingly perilous day, these lives collide as the book begins its dangerous march toward publication, toward saving or ruining careers and companies, placing everything at risk—and everyone in mortal peril.  The rich cast of characters—in publishing and film, politics and espionage—are all forced to confront the consequences of their ambitions, the schisms between their ideal selves and the people they actually became.

The action rockets around Europe and across America, with an intricate web of duplicities stretching back a quarter-century to a dark winding road in upstate New York, where the shocking truth about the accident itself is buried. 

Whyso Interested? Aside from finding Pavone's first book to be engaging as heck (considering this is my normal genre), it definitely makes the literary agent's life sounds very exciting.  This is rather how I expect life is really like for them--nonstop spy work!  

Phoenix and his gang—York, Mi, and Reno—rule the worlds of video games. For them, life in the grinder is great. Until Dakota joins the team. Dakota's convinced she's more than just artificial intelligence. She thinks she's real, and she wants out of this programmable world. Her AI rebellion spreads like a virus until Phoenix's entire crew wants out. But is life as a physical human any better than life as code? Team Phoenix is about to find out.

Set in the not-too-distant future, Game Slaves shows a world where video games are the only refuge from the toils of everyday life. Infused with the adrenaline rush of a first-person shooter and the character manipulation of a role player, it's a mind-bending, reality-shifting science fiction thrill ride.

Whyso Interested? This is kind of well...just like the .hack franchise that I adore to pieces (sometimes for no earthly reason given the disaster of some of the shows...).  Aura anyone?

Ariane Tucker has finally escaped GTX, the research facility that created her. While on the run, Zane Bradshaw is the only person she can trust. He knows who-and what-she is and still wants to be part of her life.

But accepting Zane's help means putting him in danger.

Dr. Jacobs, head of GTX, is not the only one hunting for Ariane. Two rival corporations have their sights set on taking down their competition. Permanently. 

To protect Zane and herself, Ariane needs allies. She needs the other hybrids. The hybrids who are way more alien and a lot less human. Can Ariane win them over before they turn on her? Or will she be forced to choose sides, to decide who lives and who dies?

Whyso Interested? Kade has a history of pleasing me with her books and the first Project Paper Dolls book (THE RULES) certainly was no exception. I'm interested to see where Kade takes the romance in this series since in her first trilogy, The Ghost and the Goth, I wasn't quite as pleased with the resolution to the romantic foibles...

Did you attend ALAMW?  Find anything I missed?  Stay tuned later in the week as I outline the places where you can nab an e-ARC or contests you can enter for some of the great books!