Summaries from Edelweiss. Happy anticipating!
Title: Half Bad
Author: Sally Green
Publisher & Release Date: Viking Juvenile, March 4
The Hook: “In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and fifteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his sixteenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?”
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher & Release Date: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, March 4
The Hook: “As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.”
Author: Jane Nickerson
Publisher & Release Date: Knopf Books for Young Readers, March 11
The Hook: “Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war – a war that has already claimed her twin brother.
“When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy – one of the men who might have killed her own brother – and yet she’s drawn to him. But Violet isn’t Thomas’s only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds – keeping him alive – and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn’t been out of compassion.
“Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves.
“… based on the ancient fairy tale of ‘Tam Lin.'”
Title: Side Effects May Vary
Author: Julie Murphy
Publisher & Release Date: Balzer + Bray, March 18
The Hook: “What if you’d been living your life as if you were dying – only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?
“When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs-however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, who she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her archnemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.
“Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?”
Author: Shannon Hale
Publisher & Release Date: Bloomsbury, March 4
The Hook: “Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit and see something new. She never intended to fall in love with a boy at space camp. And she certainly never intended to stumble into a frightening plot that just might destroy everything and everyone she cares about. But now there’s no going back—Maisie’s the only thing standing between danger and annihilation. She must become the hero the world needs, before she loses her heart . . . and her life.”