Thursday, June 9, 2011

Bookanistas: TEXAS GOTHIC by Rosemary Clement-Moore...and a VIDEO

First, let there be squealing. Because all of us Bookanistas went pretty whack-a-ding-hoy when we learned that another of our members hit the NYT bestseller list. And there was much jumping off trains in ninja cowls and rescuing kitties from tall buildings and swimming with sharks and playing...chess?

Luckily, we have video evidence.

Huge congrats, Veronica! DIVERGENT is one of the coolest reads I've picked up this year; if you haven't read it, you need to.

Anyway. Let's go on to another awesome upcoming read, TEXAS GOTHIC by Rosemary Clement-Moore. I'm so proud to be a debut twin with Rosemary--both of our books hit the shelves on July 12th. And seriously? Her book is the BEST.

Not convinced? LET ME CONVINCE YOU. Here's the info from Goodreads:
Amy Goodnight's family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.

So, here's my thing. This book is so DIFFERENT from what's on the YA shelves now. I'm not sure what made Rosemary say, "I think I'm going to mash together ranching and ghosts and forensic anthropology." But it's just plain brilliant. The result is a fast-paced, witty, exciting read that feels really distinct--I'm used to YA protagonists worriedly chasing down assorted bogeys. But I'm not used to seeing them do that while also juggling a bunch of tree climbing goats, generations-long ranching feuds, and a visiting cadre of anthropology types who stir up the pot...and a few dead bodies.

In short, this book is more than just a beautiful cover. Come July 12th, you need to pick it up, and I sure as heck hope to see more Goodnight books in the future.

While you're at it, why not check out what the rest of the Bookanistas are up to!

Elana Johnson and Stasia Ward Kehoe savor Bad Taste in Boys

LiLa Roecker celebrates The Summer of the Bear

Christine Fonseca has got a surprise for a Bookanista buddy (ooh—curious?)

Beth Revis interviews Blood Magic author Teresa Gratton

Carolina Valdez Miller enjoys a special celebration

Jessi Kirby and Megan Miranda gush about Imaginary Girls

Bethany Wiggins is crazy about Delirium

Shana Silver sings praises for Starcrossed

Jen Hayley applauds Possession

Veronica Rossi hails Hereafter


Anonymous said...

That book sounds AWESOME! YA fantasy + a cool cover = my attention has been captured! :) Oh boy... there are too many books I want to read! ;)

Carolina M. Valdez Schneider said...

"I'm not sure what made Rosemary say, 'I think I'm going to mash together ranching and ghosts and forensic anthropology.'"

Ha! It IS brilliant! If I didn't already have the ARC in hand, this would've sold me. Can't wait to read it.

Also, so glad you survived the jump off the train. You are truly dauntless, Carrie! *applauds* Bravo!! Hehe. That was awesome. The dancing too ;)

JenWriter said...

Um, yes please? I don't know how I've managed to miss out hearing about this book until now, but I HAVE to read this. It sounds awesome. *runs to store*

Vikki said...

That book sounds like it's full of AWESOME! I totally fangirl Ms. her Maggie Quinn books.

P.S. Sweet ninja moves!

Karen said...

Seriously, that video made me snarf - in a good way. I haven't read Divergent yet, but now I'm determined to do it. Good call on your Bookanista pick. I love Rosemary Clement-Moore and I've been waiting for Texas Gothic since I first heard about it on Goodreads. Actually, that's true for Bad Taste in Boys, too. Two books I've been dying to read in one week. I CANNOT wait.