Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish.
Today's is an awesome one, picking the ten books bloggers are most looking forward to in the upcoming year. I found it insanely difficult to narrow it down to 10, and have left out a few which I'm doing Waiting on Wednesdays on over the next couple of months, just to try and spread the word about as many of the fabulous-looking upcoming releases as possible!
Links go to Goodreads as there's very little on Amazon about a few of them.
Ditched: A Love Story by Robin Mellom - YA contemporary about a girl who gets ditched at prom by her best friend, and spends the next morning trying to figure out how she ended up dateless. Sounds fun and frothy, a perfect light read.
Night School by C. J. Daugherty - After her brother runs away from home and she gets arrested, Allie gets sent to the mysterious Cimmeria Academy. No computers or phones allowed, and then there's the secretive Night School... - I'm intrigued by the 'no computers or phones' thing and it has me wanting to find out more - can any teen today cope without them?! Oh yeah, there's a murder, apparently...
Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan - YA ghost story which involves an overweight boy with his depressed dad at a holiday complex. He meets a mysterious girl whose bruises keep getting worse, and whose watch seems to be ticking backwards... Not usually that keen on ghost stories, but this sounds super atmospheric and generally amazing.
So Far Away by Meg Mitchell Moore - Set in Boston, a bullied 13 year old whose parents are getting divorced finds the diary of a long dead maid. With the help of a library archivist, widowed and estranged from her only daughter, she sets out to find out more about the woman who the diary belonged to. I love 'historical detective work' type books, where the main characters are digging into the past, so this sounds great!
The Book of Blood and Shadow by Robin Wasserman - Nora is desperate to prove that her perfect boyfriend couldn't have murdered her best friend. The quest to find him innocent leads to Prague, secret societies, and a shadowy conspiracy involving the Lumen Dei. This sounds very DaVinci Code-ish, and I'm intrigued to see how well it works in a YA novel.
Welcome Caller This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell - Lonely, former popular, girl ends up hosting struggling school radio station's call-in show, with a bunch of misfits as a supporting cast. Sounds fun and funky.
What's Up With Jody Barton? by Hayley Long - Identical twins are both interested in the same guy. Main character Jody has a lot less experience flirting than Jolene - and a BIG secret. Looks like a fun plot - and beside, it's Hayley Long, it's a must read, obviously.
The Unquiet by Jeannine Garsee - Sixteen-year-old Rinn Jacobs has secrets: One, she’s bipolar. Two, she killed her grandmother. Okay, that synopsis is the only one so far I've lifted from Goodreads, but is there any way anybody honestly thinks I could improve on it? I'm not even summarising the rest, that line has me absolutely and completely hooked.
Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry - Two teens in court imposed therapy work together to learn about their case files, but fall in love as they find out shattering truths about their families. A couple of advance reviews on Goodreads have me pretty pumped for this one.
If I Lie by Corrine Jackson - Quinn's boyfriend is a hero in his town, since he's serving in Afghanistan. So when she's caught kissing someone else, everyone immediately hates her. She could clear her name, but only by revealing some secrets she said she'd never tell. When her boyfriend goes MIA, she's faced with a difficult decision... This is perhaps the one I'm most excited about - the summary sounds fabulous, a really current and interesting story.