As I have had the pleasure of reviewing books for Random House for about a year and a half now, I was lucky enough to read a couple of books that have yet to be released. The first one, set to be released on February 28th by Random House Canada, is written by a Canadian author. Web of Angels by Lilian Nattel was a book that kept me interested from the moment I read the back to see what I was getting myself into.
Instead of writing my own little summary of what this book is about, I borrowed the one that Random House used (that had me convinced this would be good from the moment I read it.)
"On the surface of things, Sharon Lewis is a lot like any other happily married mother of 3: she is the beating heart of a house full of kids, cooking and chaos, the one who always knows the after-school practice schedule, where her husband put the car keys and who needs a little extra TLC. Her kids and husband think she's a little spooky, actually, the way she can anticipate the tensions of any situation--and maybe they love her all the more for the extra care she gives them.
Life is definitely good until the morning Heather Edwards, a pregnant teenaged friend of the family, kills herself. The reverberations of that act, and the ugly secrets that sparked it, prove deeply unsettling to the whole family, and stir up Sharon's own troubling secret: she has DID, or dissociative identity disorder. And the multiples inside the woman the world knows as Sharon seem to know what happened to Heather, and what may be happening to Heather's surviving sister. Will Sharon's need to protect the innocent cause her to finally come clean about her true nature with her family and friends, and not just in the anonymous chat rooms on the web where she's connected to others like herself? Will a woman with DID be able to persuade her quiet and respectable community that evil things can happen even in the nicest homes?"
DID is something that we have heard and learned more about in recent years, so I thought it was great that Nattel decided to use this as her subject matter. I found it absolutely fascinating to read about and I could not wait to figure out where the book was going. I absolutely loved it and had a really hard time putting it down. I ABSOLUTELY recommend this book, but it is not for the weak of heart. The subject matter can be a bit intense in parts and sensitive readers should probably steer clear. I hope you love this book as much as I did!
Check out these links to learn more about the author and her book (she has a lot of extras on her website):
The next book is by an author most people have at least heard of: Philip Pullman. He has written a new book that is set to come out May 8th, again published by Random House Canada, and it is entitled Two Crafty Criminals! And how they were captured by the Daring Detectives of the New Cut Gang. Again, I have included the synopsis from Random House so you can get an idea of what this one is about.
"Benny Kaminsky and Thunderbolt Dobney lead a rag-tag gang of neighborhood rowdies. Their territory is the New Cut on London's South Bank—a place bristling with swindlers, bookies, pickpockets, and the occasional policeman. And their aim is to solve crimes.
When counterfeit coins start showing up in their neighborhood, Thunderbolt fears his own father may be behind the crime. But his friends devise a way to trap the real culprit. Then the gang takes on the case of some stolen silver. They have just two clues—a blob of wax, and an unusually long match. But even this slippery thief is unmasked by the determined kids of the New Cut.
Filled with silly sleuthing, improbable disguises, crazy ruses, and merry mayhem, these stories are action-packed romps from one of the best storytellers ever—Philip Pullman."
This book is not as serious as His Dark Materials, and it is fun fun fun! What kid doesn't love a book (two stories) about a gang of child detectives?!?!?! It was much different from his other work I have read, but he is still a great writer. Some really goofy and silly stuff happens in these two stories and the characters have some tough issues to deal with. If you know a child in the 9-12 age range (or an adult of any age who loves kids books) then you should definitely get them to read this when it is released!
To find out more about Two Crafty Criminals! or Philip Pullman:
As always, thank you for reading! I hope to continue to bring you books that have yet to be released so you can add them to your list and get them as soon as they come out! Happy Reading!