My pick this week is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater due out October 18, 2011 by Scholastic.
There is very little advance information on what this book is about. This is the crumb thrown at me from goodreads.com: With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff--with more than just their lives at stake should they lose.
And from Maggie Stiefvater's website I got this: A standalone paranormal young adult novel involving blood, beaches and kissing (but no mermaids or kraken). Details to be revealed closer to the release date.
[UPDATE 8/11/11: synopsis now posted on goodreads.com]
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.
At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
Oh, Maggie Stiefvater, how I loved your Wolves of Mercy Falls series (alas, I'm still waiting to read, uh, ahem, listen to, the last book of the trilogy). Your book trailers are so pretty to my eyes and your words are so lovely to my ears (because, in my case, I've only listened to her books). And now you have a book coming up that may possibly have it's roots buried in mythology and folklore? Be still my heart! Oh, the awful, terrible waiting game begins.