Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip M. Hoose. Named one of the best teen books of 2009 by multiple listers, I can't help but be intrigued by this (nonfiction) book. A fifteen-year-old girl taking a stand against segregation years before Rosa Parks, denounced even by civil rights activists as emotional and wrong-headed? What better metaphor for not only civil rights history but universal teen angst? It sounds like there's a whole slew of things to admire about Claudette Colvin, and it's about time that she emerged from the realms of forgotten history.Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater. Three words: Teen werewolf romance. And, like Beautiful Creatures, also reportedly better than Twilight. I believe that enough has been said, but I'll give you a plot synopsis anyway: Grace has always been fascinated by the yellow-eyed wolf that saved her from its pack when she was a small child. When he turns out to be a werewolf, they predictably fall in love. (Teen werewolf romance, remember?) Only this time, there's no happy ending, and some actual character conflict: Take note, a certain vampire novelist who shall remain unnamed. For a few blissful months of summer, werewolf Sam can remain a human with Grace. But once the cold of winter comes, he must fight his wolf nature before it takes him away from the people (read that person) he loves...forever.
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund. They're vicious, violent creatures who can only be killed by virgin girls descended from Alexander the Great. Interesting twist, Ms. Peterfreund. I am intrigued. And when our 16-year-old protagonist Astrid Llewellyn finds out that they were not, in fact, hunted to extinction centuries ago, her ambitious mother pressures her to train for battle against the latest wave of deadly unicorn attacks...and so the adventures begin.
Liar by Justine Larbalestier. A darkly thrilling, first person narrative about a compulsive liar who's the primary suspect in the murder of her boyfriend...sounds a lot like Hate List (link to my review), which I loved. And I love this kind of story anyway. Offbeat and creepy. Yeah. There's a reason I get nightmares.
The Hunger Games: Book 3 (title not yet released) might just kill me. Seriously. I have not had a wait this tortuous since the one for the next Harry Potter book. I have gotten to the point of dreaming about it, and there's still eight months to go! So if you haven't read this series yet, please do. It may not be original, it may not be high literary fiction, but the series is one of the most thrilling, entertaining and down to the nitty-gritty that I have read all year. So treat yourself to them now and agonize over the wait with me!
See you next week for my final Christmas Wishlist of the year!