This is a YA story about Lois Lane. Honestly, that's all the info I needed to know this was going on my desperate-to-acquire list. But then I read the synopsis (!!!). I'm going to paste it here for you because OMG.
Lois Lane is starting a new life in Metropolis. An Army brat, Lois has lived all over—and seen all kinds of things. (Some of them defy explanation, like the near-disaster she witnessed in Kansas in the middle of one night.) But now her family is putting down roots in the big city, and Lois is determined to fit in. Stay quiet. Fly straight. As soon as she steps into her new high school, though, she can see it won’t be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is making life miserable for another girl at school. They’re messing with her mind, somehow, via the high-tech immersive videogame they all play. Not cool. Armed with her wit and her new snazzy job as a reporter, Lois has her sights set on solving this mystery. But sometimes it’s all a bit much. Thank goodness for her maybe-more-than-a friend, a guy she knows only by his screenname, SmallvilleGuy.
And then there's the cover. I don't normally allow myself fall for a pretty cover but this one is quite the head turner. This one is totally framable.
I have no idea what this book is about but I'm dying to read it. Because I've read GRAFFITI MOON and A LITTLE WANTING SONG twice and it's not enough. IT'S NEVER ENOUGH!
I need HOWLING BOY!!
STAND OFF (WINGER #2) by Andrew Smith
WINGER was my first Andrew Smith read. It was a favorite for 2014—and will probably go on my all-time favorite list when I get around to making one. I absolutely love this character and was thrilled to find that I will get to spend more time with him next year!
I loved UNEARTHLY. This author and this beautifully written story will always have a special place in my heart because I learned so much about writing from reading (and re-reading) this book.
(And because Tucker!!)
So yeah, Cynthia Hand and a contemporary-realistic? That's a definite insta-buy for me.
I can't even... Just... Aaaaaahhhh!!!
PIECES OF SKY by Trinity Doyle
This is my absolute most anticipated book ever because I ALREADY LOVE IT!!
I met this lovely author when we were both participants in one of Brenda Drake's fabulous online contests and we became friends and critique buddies—and I'm telling you folks, whatever that mysterious and wonderful thing is that makes Australian authors so freaking awesome, this young lady has plenty of it. You're going to be hearing a lot of squee coming out of me in the next few months over this one. Okay? So let's start now with the beautiful blurb:
Lucy's life was going as smoothly as any teenager's could. She was in the local swimming club, and loved it; she lived with her parents and her brother, Cam, in the small coastal town she'd known all her life. She had friends, she had goals - she had a life. Now Cam is dead, her parents might as well be - and Lucy can't bear to get back in the pool. All she has to look forward to now is a big pile of going-nowhere.
Drawn to Steffi, her wild ex-best-friend who reminds Lucy of her mysterious, unpredictable brother, and the quiet, music-obsessed Evan, the new boy in town, Lucy starts asking questions. Why did Cam die? Was it an accident or suicide? But as Lucy hunts for answers she discovers much more than she expects. About Cam. About her family. About herself.
Oh, the voice! The swoon. <3
And speaking of Australian authors we love, I just found out TODAY that the incredible Melina Marchetta is coming out with a new book called SHAMING THE DEVIL. I'm not 100 % sure that it's YA but really, who cares? I'd read the news paper if MM wrote it.