Josh Malerman infuses his apocalyptic tale, Bird Box, with an element of the "thrilling dread of yesteryear;" the menacing "monster" in his tale is never fully revealed to the reader.
Told in alternating chapters from the perspective of Malorie, her present and more recent past unfold, and we discover just why her two four-year-old children—Boy and Girl—have never been outside of their own home. There's something roaming the world, and it drives whoever sees it violently and irreparably mad, even with a single glimpse.
Malerman's creation of a menace that can never be fully perceived—by his characters or his readers—makes this a blood-curdling and incredibly thrilling read unlike anything in recent memory.
If you're feeling brave, then watch the spooky trailer below:
What do you think, readers? Are you interested in picking up a copy of Bird Box?
The first in an anticipated seven book series, The Bone Season is a fast-paced, suspenseful novel set in a divergent future where the struggles of one teen could affect the survival of her world.
It's 2059, and the major British cities are under the control of the Scion. Paige Mahoney works in Scion London, and because she is a clairvoyant, also known as a voyeur, her every breath is an act of treason. Paige is captured and imprisoned by an otherworldly race which abuses the power of voyeurs for their army. In a world unlike our own, Paige will have to learn to control her powers in order to escape.
Be sure to read our full review here and check out the book trailer below from Bloomsbury.
Will you be reading The Bone Season?
In his debut novel, Kevin Maher offers a story of challenges faced head-on with humor and the strength of family. The Fields depicts the struggles of 14-year-old Jim Finnegan as he navigates family, friends and girls while growing up in Dublin during the 1980s. Coming across situations he never imagined, Jim looks to his family for solutions as he faces the realities of becoming a man.
Dublin native Kevin Maher brings truth to his characters as Jim travels from Dublin to London in search of redemption. To learn more about Kevin Maher and his writing of The Fields, watch the book trailer below from Hachette Book Group and be sure to read our full review.
What do you think, readers? Will you be reading The Fields?
Spanning world wars and two continents, Letters from Skye introduces Elspeth Dunn, a published poet who receives her first letter of fan mail from an American student named Davey. During the resulting correspondence, love slowly builds, long-distance love during WWI is not easy. Thirty years later, Elspeth disappears after a nightly air raid during WWII, and the newly discovered letters become her daughter’s only clue to finding her.
As summer quickly comes to an end, Jessica Brockmole's beautiful debut novel is a perfect way to slow down and enjoy the final days of summer. Be sure to read the full review of Letters from Skye and check out the book trailer below from Random House.
Will you be spending your last days of summer slowing down with Letters from Skye?
Throughout her murder trial, Noa P. Singleton never spoke a single word in her own defense. Ten years later, Noa is six months away from her execution when she is visited by her victim's mother, who offers to change Noa's sentence to life in prison in exchange for only one thing, but that is the one thing that Noa will never do: tell her story.
In her debut novel, Elizabeth Silver has created an emotionally striking story that will cause readers to reflect on their own decisions. An engrossing rumination on the search for truth, The Execution of Noa P. Singleton will leave readers looking deep within at their own truths and deceptions.
For more about the literary psychological thriller, check out our full review and watch the book trailer below from Headline Books.
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Anton DiSclafani's debut novel, The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, is the story of a 15-year-old Thea Atwell who, following a scandal, is sent to a year-round camp for girls in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains. This lush, sensual story moves back and forth between Thea's lives in North Carolina and back home in Florida, slowly building to reveal the secret at the heart of her banishment. As our reviewer writes, this "is a story to savor in the heat of summer."
For a sweet little preview of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, check out the book trailer via Headline Books:
Will you check this one out?
Astrid Krieger is not your typical little rich girl. She lives in a rocket ship prototype in the backyard of her parent's estate and believes "forgiveness is for those who are too weak to hold a grudge." After being kicked out of her private school, The Elite Bristol Academy, she is now facing the worst punishment possible: public school. Astrid is in for some fast lessons on the ins and outs of public school as her normal firecracker personality is no match for the public school student body.
With trademark humor—he's known to television audiences as a writer for FOX's "New Girl" and NBC's "Up All Night"—author David Iserson has created a uniquely witty story with Firecracker. Be sure to read our full review and watch the book trailer below created by the author and featuring some special guests.
Could public school be that bad? Will you read Firecracker to find out?
Grace McCleen's debut novel, The Land of Decoration, looks at the world through a unique set of eyes—those of a 10-year-old girl who has created a model of the Promised Land in her bedroom. It's one of our most buzzed-about debuts of 2012 and one of our 30 most anticipated books of 2012.
In our interview with the author, McCleen touches on childhood, everyday miracles and spirituality:
"And there are people these days who believe that miracles still happen. I’m not sure. . . . I could see how something could appear to be a miracle, but also make scientific sense. Now I’m open to many things which I wasn’t when I believed in a single God.”
The Land of Decoration is out now! Fans of Emma Donoghue's Room should check it out – will you?
Eskimos might have 1,000 words for snow (they don't, but bear with me), but debut novelist Eowyn Ivey holds her own with The Snow Child. It's a spectacular tale of a post-WWI Alaskan couple whose wish for a child is answered when a wild little girl seems to appear from the snow.
According to our reviewer, even better than the whimsical plot is Ivey's ability to conjure the feeling of winter (she's an Alaska native):
"You feel the snow and cold in your lungs, as if you’ve inhaled the place’s icy air, or spent time crunching through pure white blinding snow that comes up to the knees. Very rarely has the beauty and unyieldingness of nature been described so sensuously."
It sounds so magical. Do you enjoy snowy stories when it's cold outside?
I love stories of writers coming out of nowhere—and I mean nowhere—like the author of Pigeon English (HMH). Englishman Stephen Kelman worked jobs from house-cleaner to warehouse operative until he was inspired by news stories about British youth violence to write his debut.
Combining street inspiration with stories from his own childhood, Kelman crafted the tale of Hari Opuku, the narrator of Pigeon English, whose life changes when he and his friend Dean decide to solve a crime.
Our reviewer found the 11-year-old narrator compelling and believable, and this trailer from Bloomsbury gives a glimpse of his voice:
For more on the child narrator, check out our interview with Kelman.
Pigeon English is not only one of our favorite debuts of the season, but it's also on the longlist for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. Who's grabbing a copy of Kelman's debut?