Fall 2007/Winter 2008 ARC Roundup
Book of a Thousand Days
Publication Date: October 2007
Blurb: When Dashti, a maid, and her mistress, Lady Saren, are shut in a tower for seven years after Saren refuses to marry a man she despises, the two prepare for a very long and dark time. As food runs low and the days go from broiling hot to freezing cold, it is all Dashti can do to keep them fed and semi-comfortable. But the arrive outside the tower of Saren's two suitors--one welcome, the other decidedly less so--brings the girls both hope and great danger.
Rating: 4 stars
Publication Date: November 20, 2007
Blurb: Anna Godbersen's delicious first novel follows five compelling teens in 1899 Manhattan, where appearance matters over everything and breaking the social code means running the risk of being ostracized forever. From star-crossed lovers and backstabbing best friends to a bad girl doing things bad girls do and a good girl doing things bad girls do, this trip to the age of innocence is anything but. Gossip Girl meets the Gilded Age in this season's most sensational debut.
Rating: 2 1/2 stars
Heaven Looks a Lot Like the Mall
Publication Date: September 2007
Blurb: Written in witty, accessible verse, Wendy Mass's novel tells the story of sixteen-year-old Tessa and what happens in the moments after a shocking gym class accident. Tessa finds herself in heaven, which bears a striking resemblence to her hometown mall, and in the tradition of It's a Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol, she stars reliving her life up until that moment. Tessa sees some things she's rather forget, learns some things about herself she'd rather not know, and ultimately she must find the answer to one burning question--if only she knew what the question was.
Rating: 3 1/2 stars
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Publication Date: September 18, 2007
Blurb: If Naomi had picked tails, she would have won the coin toss. She wouldn't have had to go back for the yearbook camera, and she wouldn't have hit her head on the steps. She wouldn't have woken up in an ambulance with amnesia.
Rating: 4 1/2 stars