Friday, January 15, 2010

Friday Finds!

**Thanks to MizB from Should Be Reading for hosting Friday Finds!**


Epitaph Road
Written by David Patneaude
Release Date: March 23, 2010
Published by Egmont USA
Category: Juvenile Fiction- Action and Adventure 

Epitaph RoadAbout this Book (taken from Egmont USA website)

2097 is a transformed world. Thirty years earlier, a mysterious plague wiped out 97 percent of the male population, devastating every world system from governments to sports teams, and causing both universal and unimaginable grief. In the face of such massive despair, women were forced to take over control of the planet--and in doing so they eliminated all of Earth's most pressing issues. Poverty, crime, warfare, hunger . . . all gone.

But there's a price to pay for this new "utopia," which fourteen-year-old Kellen is all too familiar with. Every day, he deals with life as part of a tiny minority that is purposefully kept subservient and small in numbers. His career choices and relationship options are severely limited and controlled. He also lives under the threat of scattered recurrences of the plague, which seem to pop up wherever small pockets of men begin to regroup and grow in numbers.

And then one day, his mother's boss, an iconic political figure, shows up at his home. Kellen overhears something he shouldn't--another outbreak seems to be headed for Afterlight, the rural community where his father and a small group of men live separately from the female-dominated society. Along with a few other suspicious events, like the mysterious disappearances of Kellen's progressive teacher and his Aunt Paige, Kellen is starting to wonder whether the plague recurrences are even accidental. No matter what the truth is, Kellen cares only about one thing--he has to save his father.

 White Cat
Written by Holly Black
Release Date: May 2010
Published by Simon and Schuster

White Cat

About This Book (taken from Simon and Schuster website)

Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago.
Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a façade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his façade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love -- or death -- and your dreams might be more real than your memories.

Both of these books sound really interesting!  I just hate that we have to wait so long to get them!!! 


  1. re Epitaph Road - wow, women as the oppressors. I wonder....

  2. God. I've seen WHITE CAT 2 times today on Friday Finds' posts. I'm very much curious about this one. Sounds interesting indeed! :)

  3. On my curious list as well. BTW, you have an award on my blog!

  4. Jennifer,

    I saw your blog on the Saturday Network and headed on over to check it out. I am a Grade 8 English teacher and I love the idea of your blog! I am always looking for new books to read and then pas on to my students and this looks like a great place to find some new material. Epitaph Road sounds amazing...I might head out today to look for it. Do you think it's appropriate for Grade 8's?

  5. English teacher,
    Unfortunately "Epitaph Road" doesn't release until March 23rd. I hope to get it when it comes out and I will let you know! Thanks for following!!

  6. I came over from the Saturday Network as well. Great blog. These books sound great. I'll be keeping my eyes out for them.