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I just love the selection of books I got this week. They're each quite different but one of them is an old favourite, and I've been wanting to read the other two for a while now.
The Gardener - S. A Bodeen
From publishers' website: Mason has never known his father, but longs to. All he has of him is a DVD of a man whose face is never seen, reading a children’s book. One day, on a whim, he plays the DVD for a group of comatose teens at the nursing home where his mother works. One of them, a beautiful girl, responds. Mason learns she is part of a horrible experiment intended to render teenagers into autotrophs—genetically engineered, self-sustaining life-forms who don’t need food or water to survive. And before he knows it, Mason is on the run with the girl, and wanted, dead or alive, by the mysterious mastermind of this gruesome plan, who is simply called the Gardener.
Will Mason be forced to destroy the thing he’s longed for most?
I featured this one recently in a Waiting On Wednesday post, so I was incredibly thrilled to be offered a proof copy for review a few weeks back. I'm a major fan of S.A. Bodeen's first novel, The Compound, and I absolutely love the sound of this premise.
Thanks to Feiwel and Friends / Macmillan for this one.
The Midnight Club - Christopher Pike
From book cover: They went to Rotterham Hospice to die. They formed The Midnight Club to try to deal with their pain and anger. They told stories of love, life and the after-life. Then the stories became reality. Terminal illness doesn't have to mean the end. They were victims of life. Victors of death...
There was a time when I read a lot of Christopher Pike, including this novel about a group of teenagers who all have a short time left to live. I remember it being a bold read, but way more sensitive that the summary suggests. I couldn't find a photo of the cover my copy has online, but in any case I like the retro appeal of the one pictured. I'll be rereading this for a Time Travel Tuesday post soon.
Kissing Kate - Lauren Myracle
From book cover: It was just a kiss. Kate and Lissa were best friends. Then one night last summer at a drunken party, Kate leaned in to kiss Lissa, and Lissa kissed her back. Now Kate is pretending Lissa doesn't exist. Confused and alone, Lissa's left questioning everything she thought she knew about herself, and about life. But with the help of a new friend, Lissa is beginning to realize that sometimes falling in love with the wrong person is the only way to find your footing.
I keep hearing that Lauren Myracle is made of awesome, so I figured I should read one of her books for myself. This was her first novel, and it's been out for several years already, but I just love the summary.
So, what did everyone else get?