We get so many books at Booklist that a bulldozer simply comes by every afternoon to dump them through a retractable football-stadium skylight into our mail room. Going Postal is where I pull a few things from the newest batch that catch my jaded eye.
⇒ After the Woods by Kim Savage (Feb. 2016). This is the aptly-named Savage’s first book, which has as its backstory a teen being viciously hunted for two days in the woods. I wrote about something similar once, but that’s not what got my attention. It’s the cover, an appealing dark-fairy mix of scary and sweet.
⇒ What’s Up with This Chicken? (Sept. 2015). Because I want to know. What is up with that chicken? She definitely looks way more smug than any chicken ought to look.
⇒ The Boy with Two Heads by Andy Mulligan (Oct. 2015). That isn’t a metaphor. The protagonist literally wakes up with two heads. (Did John Corey Whaley start a trend?) Another fantastic cover.
⇒ Dark Energy by Robison Wells (Mar. 2016). Once I was very sick and stuck on a passenger bus and to this day I credit Wells’ Variant (2011) for getting me through it. So when Wells shows up on a cart, I get emotional. (Incidentally, 2016 looks to be the Year of UFOs, with a whole bunch of unusual-looking YA books coming on the topic.)
⇒ Harmony House by Nic Sheff (Mar. 2016). Sheff is known for his gritty memoirs (or related fiction) involving drug addiction, recovery, and relapse, so seeing his name on a haunted-house book is a real wha-what? moment. But I love it when authors do a 180 into a new genre; there’s always the chance they’ll bring new perspective to it.