It's kind of crazy for me to be highlighting reviews that made me want the book when I just came back from ALA with a stunning number of books. And yet, these reviews deserve my attention, and deserve for me to add the books to my list. (And actually, I already have copies of three of these titles, so I'm only adding two new titles to my TBR list).
Jill T. got my attention at The Well-Read Child by titling her review "The next JK Rowling?". She says: "Nineteen year old Catherine Banner’s debut novel, The Eyes of a King, the first in a trilogy was just released. I ... stayed up way too late last night finishing the book. And all I have to say is “WOW WOW WOW.” I don’t remember feeling this excited about a book and such anticipation for the next in the series since, well, Harry Potter." OK, Jill, good enough for me. And actually, I have a copy on my shelf - so it's just a matter of moving it up in the queue.
Jill also reviewed The Crossroads by Chris Grabenstein. I've read and enjoyed a couple of Grabenstein's adult mysteries, and had already suspected that his writing would transfer well to writing for kids. Jill confirmed this, saying: "A great new summer read that boys and girls alike will enjoy. Chris Grabenstein's first children's novel, The Crossroads will keep you on the edge of your seat the entire time you're reading the book." This one is in my pile, too (it seems that Jill and I received the same box from Random House).
Here is as far as I read into Monica Edinger's review at Educating Alice of this title: "After reading that review of Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go I requested an ARC from the publisher. I casually started reading it and then was unable to stop till I was done. Boy oh boy; it is one hell of a read. The Knife of Never Letting Go is a dystopic novel involving settlers who created a New World because they wanted a simpler life (a la those Mayflower passengers of our yore)." And that, from Monica, is enough for me. Plus I was able to score an ARC of this title at ALA.
This one has no full review, but Emmaco from There's Always Time for a Book recommended a series as part of my The Adoration of Jenna Fox give-away that caught my attention. She said: "I can offer some Aussie futuristic/apocalyptic SF type books: Isobelle Carmody's Obernewtyn series that are set in a post-nuclear disaster world and feature characters with a host of psychic powers (I loved these as a child but warn readers that although I'm hitting my late 20s the series hasn't been finished yet! But there are firm plans for them to be wrapped up soon I believe)." Sounds fun to me!
And speaking of fun, Darla D. from Books & other thoughts reviewed The Door to Time (the first book in the Ulysses Moore series), by Pierdomenico Baccalario. It was really Darla's whole description of the book that caught my attention, but I was sure after reading her conclusion: "This first installment in the series sets the stage nicely, raising all kinds of intriguing questions, full of danger and excitement, and ends with a scene that is sure to have readers clamoring for the next book in the series. I enjoyed listening to the audio version of this very much - it was a gripping, well-told story with evocative music at key moments. I'm looking forward to the next book in this series."
And that's all for now - but I'm sure I'll add some more books to my wish list once other people start reviewing their ALA conference finds. Happy reading!