This week's choice is Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey. First off, I just really like that name! The cover intrigued me too- somewhat theatrical. I don't think this is the final cover but I do believe it is what will be on the ARCs (Oh how I want one) and even if it isn't the final- I really like this one. This one is slated to hit stores April 1, 2010.
Summary (From Karen's website):
At her boarding school in New Zealand, Ellie Spencer is like any ordinary teen: she hangs out with her best friend, Kevin; obsesses over her crush on a mysterious boy; and her biggest worry is her paper deadline. Then everything changes: In the foggy woods near the school, something ancient and deadly is waiting.
Debut author Karen Healey introduces a savvy and spirited heroine with a strong, fresh voice. Full of deliciously creepy details, this unique, incredible adventure is a deftly crafted story of Māori mythology, romance, betrayal, and war.
Who else thinks this one sounds awesome? It's on my 2010 Debut Author Challenge reading list and definitely one I will be getting right around when it is finally published and released.