Sunday, 1 July 2012

Keeping An Eye #3

Keeping An Eye is a feature I would post on my blog every 1st and 15th of each month.
Hopefully I wouldn't miss any again :P
To recap, I would be showing readers the new releases of the month which I'm looking forward to.
Except that instead of one, I would now be posting two as a comparison.
Okay, mostly it's just because I can't decided between the two but shh let's not say it out xP
For this week's Keeping An Eye, I have two books to be published in the first half of the month of July 2012.

Title: Team Human
Author: Justine Larbalestier & Sarah Rees Brennan
Genre: Paranormal YA
Release Date: 1st July 2012 (paperback) / 3rd July 2012 (Hardcover)
Goodreads Description: Just because Mel lives in New Whitby, a city founded by vampires, doesn't mean she knows any of the blood-drinking undead personally. They stay in their part of town; she says in hers. Until the day a vampire shows up at her high school. Worse yet, her best friend, Cathy, seems to be falling in love with him. It's up to Mel to save Cathy from a mistake she might regret for all eternity.

On top of trying to help Cathy (whether she wants it or not), Mel is investigating a mysterious disappearance for another friend and discovering the attractions of a certain vampire wannabe. Combine all this with a cranky vampire cop, a number of unlikely romantic entanglements, and the occasional zombie, and soon Mel is hip-deep in an adventure that is equal parts hilarious and touching.

Title: Dark Companion
Author: Marta Acosta
Genre: Paranormal YA
Release Date: 3rd July 2012 (Hardcover)
Goodreads Description: Orphaned at the age of six, Jane Williams has grown up in a series of foster homes, learning to survive in the shadows of life. Through hard work and determination, she manages to win a scholarship to the exclusive Birch Grove Academy. There, for the first time, Jane finds herself accepted by a group of friends. She even starts tutoring the headmistress’s gorgeous son, Lucien. Things seem too good to be true.
They are.

The more she learns about Birch Grove’s recent past, the more Jane comes to suspect that there is something sinister going on. Why did the wife of a popular teacher kill herself? What happened to the former scholarship student, whose place Jane took? Why does Lucien’s brother, Jack, seem to dislike her so much?

As Jane begins to piece together the answers to the puzzle, she must find out why she was brought to Birch Grove—and what she would risk to stay there…

A story between humans and vampires may be getting cliched and I'm really hopping to see how the two authors are going to play it so it doesn't end up like another screwed version of Twilight. That said, the plot looks appealing enough as is the title.
Dark Companion. The cover alone would win hands-down. Plus the mysterious factors into the story, it seemed hard not to get attracted and pick up the book. The more I read the blurb, the more I'm leaning towards this story than the other one.
Both are young adult books with aspects of paranormalcy, with equally rather high ratings attained on Goodreads.
What would be your pick?

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