Antici…..pation – February 2015

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The Book: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
The Lay Down: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR), Feb. 3
Publisher Summary: “Skylar is a trailer-park girl with big dreams. Josh is the combat veteran she never expected to fall for.
“If Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing separating straightedge Skylar from art school is three months of summer… until Skylar’s mother loses her job, and Skylar realizes her dreams may be slipping out of reach.
“Josh had a different escape route: the Marines. But after losing his leg in Afghanistan, he returned home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be.
“What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into a friendship and soon, something deeper.”

The Book: Seeker by Arwen Elys Dayton
The Lay Down: Delacorte Books for Young Readers, Feb. 10
Publisher Summary: “The night Quin Kincaid takes her Oath, she will become what she has trained to be her entire life. She will become a Seeker. This is her legacy, and it is an honor.
“As a Seeker, Quin will fight beside her two closest companions, Shinobu and John, to protect the weak and the wronged. Together they will stand for light in a shadowy world.
“And she’ll be with the boy she loves—who’s also her best friend.
“But the night Quin takes her Oath, everything changes.
“Being a Seeker is not what she thought. Her family is not what she thought. Even the boy she loves is not who she thought.
“And now it’s too late to walk away.”

The Book: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
The Lay Down: HarperTeen, Feb. 10
Publisher Summary: “Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. Before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.
“To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays, the only certainty is betrayal.”

The Book:  Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale
The Lay Down: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Feb. 24
Publisher Summary: “After a year at the king’s palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher!
“Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses.
“As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen’s interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home.”

The Book: Dove Arising by Karen Bao
The Lay Down: Viking Books for Young Readers, Feb. 24
Publisher Summary: “Shy but brilliant Phaet (“Fate”) Theta has spent fifteen years living a quiet existence in a lunar colony founded by scientists generations before. But when her mother is imprisoned and accused of treason, Phaet must save her sibilings from a grim orphan’s future by joining the Militia, a league of faceless enforcers. To survive Militia training, Phaet must rely on her wits, resilience, and fierce ambition—and on Wes, with whom she feels kinship if not exactly trust. But the higher Phaet climbs through the ranks, the more she discovers the world she’s known is a lie.”

The Book: Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
The Lay Down: Scholastic Press, Feb. 24
Publisher Summary: “Lost and alone in a forbidden forest, Otto meets three mysterious sisters and suddenly finds himself entwined in a puzzling quest involving a prophecy, a promise, and a harmonica.
“Decades later, Friedrich in Germany, Mike in Pennsylvania, and Ivy in California each, in turn, become interwoven when the very same harmonica lands in their lives. All the children face daunting challenges: rescuing a father, protecting a brother, holding a family together. And ultimately, pulled by the invisible thread of destiny, their suspenseful solo stories converge in an orchestral crescendo.”

The Book: Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci
The Lay Down: Roaring Brook Press, Feb. 24
Publisher Summary: “In this thrilling follow-up to Tin Star, Tula will need to rely on more than just her wits to save her only home in the sky.
“After escaping death a second time, Tula Bane is now even thirstier for revenge. She spends much of her time in the Tin Star Café on the Yertina Feray—the space station she calls home. But when it’s discovered that the desolate and abandoned planet near the station has high quantities of a precious resource, the once sleepy space station becomes a major player in intergalactic politics. In the spirit of the Gold Rush, aliens from all over the galaxy race to cash in—including Tula’s worst enemy.”

The Book: The Sin Eater’s Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
The Lay Down: Scholastic Press, Feb. 24
Publisher Summary: “Sixteen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, no one speaks to her. No one even looks at her. Because Twylla isn’t a member of the court. She’s the executioner.
“As the goddess-embodied, Twylla kills with a single touch. So each week, she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love her. Who could care for a girl with murder in her veins? Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to her touch, avoids her.
“But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose playful smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the goddess. Yet a treasonous romance is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies-a plan that requires an unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?”

The Book: Princess Academy: The Forgotten Sisters by Shannon Hale
The Lay Down: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Feb. 24
Publisher Summary: “After a year at the king’s palace, Miri has learned all about being a proper princess. But the tables turn when the student must become the teacher!
“Instead of returning to her beloved Mount Eskel, Miri is ordered to journey to a distant swamp and start a princess academy for three sisters, cousins of the royal family. Unfortunately, Astrid, Felissa, and Sus are more interested in hunting and fishing than becoming princesses.
“As Miri spends more time with the sisters, she realizes the king and queen’s interest in them hides a long-buried secret. She must rely on her own strength and intelligence to unravel the mystery, protect the girls, complete her assignment, and finally make her way home.”

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Antici….pation – December 2014

Well, December is often a quieter month in terms of the books coming out, so this list will include some genres that usually don’t appear, including a fascinating sounding history about books and World War II. (So want!) As usual, publisher summaries come from Edelweiss.

 

The book:  Ticker by Lisa Mantchev

Publisher & date:  Skyscape, Dec. 1

Publisher description: “When Penny Farthing nearly died, the brilliant surgeon Calvin Warwick managed to implant a brass “Ticker,” transforming her into “the first of the Augmented!” But soon it was discovered that Warwick kidnapped and killed dozens of people striving to perfect another Ticker for Penny.

“The last day of Warwick’s trial, the Farthing factory is bombed, Warwick disappears, and Penny and her brother, Nic, receive a ransom demand for all of their Augmentation notes if they want to see their parents again. Who is trying to stop their work? Or to control it? Or is the motive more sinister?

“Determined to solve the mystery and reunite their family, the Farthings recruit their closest friends: fiery baker Violet Nesselrode and gentleman-about-town Sebastian Stirling. Unexpectedly leading the charge is Marcus Kingsley, the young army general who has his own reasons for wanting to lift the veil between this world and the next. Wagers are placed, friends are lost, romance stages an ambush, and time is running out for the girl with the clockwork heart.”

 

The book:  When Books Went to War: The Stories That Helped Us Win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning

Publisher & date:  Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dec. 2

Publisher description: “While the Nazis were burning hundreds of millions of books across Europe, America printed and shipped 140 million books to its troops. The story of how the books were received, how they connected soldiers with authors, and how an army of librarians and publishers lifted spirits and built a new democratic audience of readers is as inspiring today as it was then.

“When America entered World War II in 1941, we faced an enemy that had banned and burned over 100 million books and caused fearful citizens to hide or destroy many more. Outraged librarians launched a campaign to send free books to American troops and gathered 20 million hardcover donations. In 1943, the War Department and the publishing industry stepped in with an extraordinary program: 120 million small, lightweight paperbacks, for troops to carry in their pockets and their rucksacks, in every theater of war.

“Comprising 1,200 different titles of every imaginable type, these paperbacks were beloved by the troops and are still fondly remembered today. Soldiers read them while waiting to land at Normandy; in hellish trenches in the midst of battles in the Pacific; in field hospitals; and on long bombing flights. They wrote to the authors, many of whom responded to every letter. They helped rescue The Great Gatsby from obscurity. They made Betty Smith, author of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, into a national icon. When Books Went to War is an inspiring story for history buffs and book lovers alike.”

 

The book:  Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream by Joshua Davis

Publisher & date:  FSG Originals, Dec. 2

Publisher description: “In 2004, four Latino teenagers arrived at the Marine Advanced Technology Education Robotics Competition at the University of California, Santa Barbara. They were born in Mexico but raised in Phoenix, Arizona, where they attended an underfunded public high school. No one had ever suggested to Oscar, Cristian, Luis, or Lorenzo that they might amount to much—but two inspiring science teachers had convinced these impoverished, undocumented kids from the desert who had never even seen the ocean that they should try to build an underwater robot.

“And build a robot they did. Their robot wasn’t pretty, especially compared to those of the competition. They were going up against some of the best collegiate engineers in the country, including a team from MIT backed by a $10,000 grant from ExxonMobil. The Phoenix teenagers had scraped together less than $1,000 and built their robot out of scavenged parts. This was never a level competition—and yet, against all odds . . . they won!

“But this is just the beginning for these four, whose story—which became a key inspiration to the DREAMers movement—will go on to include first-generation college graduations, deportation, bean-picking in Mexico, and service in Afghanistan.”

 

The book:  This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner

Publisher & date:  Disney-Hyperion, Dec. 23

Publisher description: “Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

“Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet’s rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

“Rebellion is in Flynn’s blood. His sister died in the original uprising against the powerful corporate conglomerate that rules Avon with an iron fist. These corporations make their fortune by terraforming uninhabitable planets across the universe and recruiting colonists to make the planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

“Desperate for any advantage against the military occupying his home, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape base together, caught between two sides in a senseless war.”

Antici…..pation – November 2014

November, cooler temperatures, shorter days (so much shorter) – it means evenings spent reading. Summaries come from edelweiss.

Cover artwork for Mortal Heart The book:  Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers
Publisher & date:  HMH Books for Young Readers, Nov. 4
Publisher description: “In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever’s New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

“She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn’t mean she has.”

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Cover artwork for The Walled CityThe book:  The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Publisher & date:  Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Nov. 4
Publisher description: The Maze Runner meets Legend in this realistic race against the clock to escape a lawless labyrinth

730. That’s how many days I’ve been trapped.

18. That’s how many days I have left to find a way out.

“DAI, trying to escape a haunting past, traffics drugs for the most ruthless kingpin in the Walled City. But in order to find the key to his freedom, he needs help from someone with the power to be invisible….
“JIN hides under the radar, afraid the wild street gangs will discover her biggest secret: Jin passes as a boy to stay safe. Still, every chance she gets, she searches for her lost sister….
“MEI YEE has been trapped in a brothel for the past two years, dreaming of getting out while watching the girls who try fail one by one. She’s about to give up, when one day she sees an unexpected face at her window…..
“In this innovative and adrenaline-fueled novel, they all come together in a desperate attempt to escape a lawless labyrinth before the clock runs out.”
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The book:  Tainted Blood: A Generation V Novel by M. L. Brennan
Publisher & date:  Roc, Nov. 4
Publisher description: “When the leader of a powerful shifter group is murdered, it’s up to Fortitude Scott to navigate dangerous rivalries, longtime grudges, and hidden agendas to track down a killer. And even with the help of his foxy kitsune sidekick, Suzume, he’ll need to pull out all the stops to find the paranormal assassin…”
(Me: Thoroughly enjoyed books 1 & 2 of this urban fantasy – will be reading 3 shortly!)
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The book:  Superheroes Anonymous by Lexie Dunne
Publisher & date:  Harper Voyager Impulse, November
Publisher description: “Everybody in Chicago has a “superhero sighting” story. So when a villain attacks editorial assistant Gail Godwin and she’s rescued by superhero Blaze, it’s a great story, and nothing more. Until it happens again. And again. Now the media has dubbed her Hostage Girl, nobody remembers her real name, and people are convinced that Blaze is just her boyfriend, Jeremy, in disguise.

“Gail’s not so sure. All she knows is that when both Jeremy and Blaze leave town in the same week, she’s probably doomed. Who will save her now?

“Yet, miraculously, the villains lose interest. Gail is able to return to her life … until she wakes up strapped to a metal table by a mad scientist who hasn’t read the news. After escaping—now more than human herself—she’s drawn into a secret underground world of superheroes. She’ll have to come to terms with her powers (and weaknesses) to make it in the new society, and it’s not easy. After all, there’s a new villain on the rise, and she has her sights set on the one and only Hostage Girl.”

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The book: Like Water on Stone by Dana Walrathlike water on stone
Publisher & date: Delacorte Press, Nov. 11
Publisher description: “It is 1914, and the Ottoman Empire is crumbling into violence.
“Beyond Anatolia, in the Armenian Highlands, Shahen Donabedian dreams of going to New York. Sosi, his twin sister, never wants to leave her home, especially now that she is in love. At first, only Papa, who counts Turks and Kurds among his closest friends, stands in Shahen’s way. But when the Ottoman pashas set in motion their plans to eliminate all Armenians, neither twin has a choice.
“After a horrifying attack leaves them orphaned, they flee into the mountains, carrying their little sister, Mariam. But the children are not alone. An eagle watches over them as they run at night and hide each day, making their way across mountain ridges and rivers red with blood.”
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citizen simThe book:  Citizen Sim: Cradle of the Stars by Michael Solana
Publisher & date:  Prospecta Press, November
Publisher description: “Johnny Clark is an ordinary, teenaged slacker from an ordinary family in an ordinary town. But when he wakes up on his fifteenth birthday with memories and abilities that don’t belong to him, he’s strangely compelled to build a machine that turns him invisible and erases his entire life. Now, with the help of Layla Storm, a rambunctious, teenaged girl with a taste for trouble and a secret that could end the world, he must escape demonic creatures and a lethal band of interstellar assassins as he races to uncover the extraordinary truth about his past.

“The duo’s only hope for survival lies in the mysterious clues left by the enigmatic Citizen Sim, a rogue hacker who will either save Johnny’s life or be his end, but not before pushing him head first into a kaleidoscopic future world that is as dazzling as it is dangerous.”

Antici…..pation for October 2014

October has an abundance of book riches! This post could probably have been twice as long… Summaries, as usual, come from Edelweiss.

The book: The Young Elites by Marie Lu
Publisher & date: Putnam Juvenile, Oct. 7
Publisher description: “Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood plague: marked by a jagged scar, snow-white hair and lashes. Cast out by her family, Adelina has finally found a place to belong within the secret society of Young Elites. To some, the Elites are heroes, here to save innocents in desperate situations. But to the Inquisition Axis, the white-robed soldiers of Kenettra, they are monsters with demonic powers who must be brought to justice. As Adelina learns more about this perilous world where politics and magic clash, she soon realizes that her own powers may be in danger of bringing on an era of panic such as the world has never seen.”

The book: Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan
Publisher & date: Algonquin Young Readers, Oct. 7
Publisher description: Leila has made it most of the way through Armstead Academy without having a crush on anyone, which is something of a relief. As an Iranian American, she’s different enough; if word got out that she liked girls, life would be twice as hard. But when beautiful new girl Saskia shows up, Leila starts to take risks she never thought she would, especially when it looks as if the attraction between them is mutual.
“Struggling to sort out her growing feelings and Saskia’s confusing signals, Leila confides in her old friend, Lisa, and grows closer to her fellow drama tech-crew members, especially Tomas, whose comments about his own sexuality are frank, funny, wise, and sometimes painful. Gradually, Leila begins to see that almost all her classmates are more complicated than they first appear to be, and many are keeping fascinating secrets of their own.”

The book: My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories” by Stephanie Perkins, Rainbow Rowell, David Levithan, Holly Black, Kelly Link, Gayle Forman, Myra McEntire, Kiersten White, Mathew de la Pena, Jenny Han, Ally Carter
Publisher & date: St. Martin’s Griffin, Oct. 14
Publisher description: “Twelve romantic holiday stories by twelve bestselling young adult authors edited by Stephanie Perkins.”

The book: The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters
Publisher & date: Amulet Books, Oct. 14
Publisher description: “Olivia Mead is a headstrong, independent girl-a suffragist-in an age that prefers its girls to be docile. It’s 1900 in Oregon, and Olivia’s father, concerned that she’s headed for trouble, convinces a stage mesmerist to try to hypnotize the rebellion out of her. But the hypnotist, an intriguing young man named Henri Reverie, gives her a terrible gift instead: she’s able to see people’s true natures, manifesting as visions of darkness and goodness, while also unable to speak her true thoughts out loud. These supernatural challenges only make Olivia more determined to speak her mind, and so she’s drawn into a dangerous relationship with the hypnotist and his mysterious motives, all while secretly fighting for the rights of women. Winters breathes new life into history once again with an atmospheric, vividly real story, including archival photos and art from the period throughout.”

The book: The Fire Artist by Daisy Whitney
Publisher & date: Bloomsbury USA Childrens, Oct. 14
Publisher description: “Aria is an elemental artist—she creates fire from her hands. But her power is not natural. She steals it from lightning. It’s dangerous and illegal in her world. When she’s recruited to perform, she seizes the chance to get away from her family. But her power is fading too fast to keep stealing from the sky. She has no choice but to turn to a Granter—a modern day genie. She gets one wish at an extremely high price. Aria’s willing to take a chance, but then she falls in love with the Granter . . . and he wants his freedom. Aria must decide what she’s willing to bargain and how much her own heart, body, and soul are worth.
“In a world where the sport of elemental powers is the most popular form of entertainment, readers will be swept away by a romance with stakes higher than life and death.”

The book: Clariel: The Lost Abhorsen by Garth Nix
Publisher & date: HarperCollins, Oct. 14
Publisher description: “Clariel is the daughter of one of the most notable families in the Old Kingdom, with blood relations to the Abhorsen and, most importantly, to the King. When her family moves to the city of Belisaere, there are rumors that her mother is next in line for the throne. But Clariel wants no part of it—a natural hunter, all she ever thinks about is escaping the city’s confining walls and journeying back to the quiet, green world of the Great Forest.
“But many forces conspire against Clariel’s dream. A dangerous Free Magic creature is loose in the city, her parents want to marry her off to a killer, and there is a plot brewing against the old and withdrawn King Orrikan. When Clariel is drawn into the efforts to find and capture the creature, she finds hidden sorcery within herself, yet it is magic that carries great dangers. Can she rise above the temptation of power, escape the unwanted marriage, and save the King?”

The book: Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
Publisher & date: Balzer + Bray, Oct. 14
Publisher description: “A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.
“Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild their kingdom ever since.
“Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Secretly training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, Winter’s future king, Mather—she would do anything to help Winter regain its source of magic and rise to power again.
“So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers and fighting enemy soldiers just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics—and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, and never has been, her own.”

The book: Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher & date: Scholastic Press, Oct. 21
Publisher description: Book 3 of the Raven Cycle!! (Okay, this part is me)
“Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
“The trick with found things, though, is how easily they can be lost.
“Friends can betray.
“Mothers can disappear.
“Visions can mislead.
“Certainties can unravel.”

The book: The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci & Nate Powell
Publisher & date: Square Fish, Oct. 28
Publisher description: “Two sisters struggle to control their jealousy as their relationship spirals downward over the course of one surreal summer.
“There’s a beast in all of us.
“Every summer the trucks roll in, bringing the carnival and its infinite possibilities to town. This year Tessa and her younger sister Lulu are un-chaperoned and want to be first in line to experience the rides, the food . . . and the boys. Except this summer, jealousy will invade their relationship for the first time, setting in motion a course of events that can only end in tragedy, putting everyone’s love and friendship to the test.”

Antici……pation: September 2014

September promises a plethora of amazing sounding books – we may have gone a bit overboard in our list this time! (And possibly we will add more as the month goes on…) Summaries are primarily from (or adapted from) publisher descriptions on Edelweiss.

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Title: Half a World Away (middle grades)

Author: Cynthia Kadohata

Publisher & Release Date: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, Sept 2

The Hook: An angry adopted boy who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when his parents decide to adopt another child.

The Hook: An angry adopted boy who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when his parents decide to adopt another child.

Title: Monstrous Affections: An Anthology of Beastly Tales

Author: Edited by KellyLink and Gavin J. Grant.

Publisher & Release Date: Candlewick, Sept. 9

The Hook: “Predatory kraken that sing with -and for- their kin; band members and betrayed friends who happen to be demonic; harpies as likely to attract as repel. Welcome to a world where humans live side by side with monsters, from vampires both nostalgic and bumbling to an eight-legged alien who makes tea. Here you’ll find mercurial forms that burrow into warm fat, spectral boy toys, a landform that claims lives, and an architect of hell on earth. Through these and a few monsters that defy categorization, some of today’s top young-adult authors explore ambition and sacrifice, loneliness and rage, love requited and avenged, and the boundless potential for connection, even across extreme borders.

Title: The Iron Trial (middle grades)

Author: Holly Black & Cassandra Clare

Publisher & Release Date: Scholastic Press, Sept 9

The Hook: Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial and enter the Magisterium. But Callum Hunt has been warned by his father to stay away from magic, so he does his best to fail. And fails at that.

Now he’ll enter the strange magic school whether he wants to or not, slowly make friends, and discover secrets he didn’t know existed, about his father, about magic history and about himself.

Title: Blood of My Blood

Author: Barry Lyga

Publisher & Release Date: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Sept. 9

The Hook: The conclusion to the I Hunt Killers trilogy! Where we left off–  “Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz’s serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s own home is tiny Lobo’s Nod.”

Title: Afterworlds

Author: Scott Westerfeld

Publisher & Release Date: Simon Pulse, Sept 23

The Hook: “Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finished her book, faces, critique, and falls in love.

“Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips in the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved – and terrifying – stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about.”

Title: The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place (middle grades)

Author: Julie Berry

Publisher & Release Date: Roaring Brook Press, Sept 23

The Hook: “The students of St. Ethelreda’s School for girls face a bothersome dilemma. Their irascible headmistress, Mrs. Plackett, and her surly brother, Mr. Godding, have been most inconveniently poisoned at Sunday dinner. Now the school will almost certainly be closed and the girls sent home – unless these seven very proper young ladies can hide the murders and convince their neighbors that nothing is wrong.”

Title: Firebug

Author: Lish McBride

Publisher & Release Date: Henry Holt & Co., Sept. 23

The Hook: “Ava is a firebug – she can start fires with her mind. Which would all be well and good if she weren’t caught in a deadly contract with the Coterie, a magical mafia. She’s one of their main hit men … and she doesn’t like it one bit. Not least because her mother’s death was ordered by Venus – who is now her boss.

“When Venus asks Ava to kill a family friend, Ava rebels. She knows very well that you can’t say no to the Coterie and expect to get away with it, though, so she and her friends hit the road, trying desperately to think of a way out of the mess they find themselves in. Preferably while keeping the murder to a minimum.”

Title: Unmade

Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Publisher & Release Date: Random House Books for Young Readers, Sept 23

The Hook: The conclusion to the Lynburn Legacy! “Kami has lost the boy she loves, is tied to a boy she does not, and faces an enemy more powerful than ever before. With Jared missing for months and presumed dead, Kami must rely on her new magical link with Ash for the strength to face the evil spreading through her town.

“Rob Lynburn is now the master of Sorry-in-the-Vale, and he demands a death. Kami will use every tool at her disposal to stop him. Together with Rusty, Angela, and Holly, she uncovers a secret that might be the key to saving the town. But with knowledge comes responsibility – and a painful choice. A choice that will risk not only Kami’s life, but also the lives of those she loves the most.”

Title: Love is the Drug

Author: Alaya Dawn Johnson

Publisher & Release Date: Arthur A. Levine Books, Sept. 30

The Hook: “Emily Bird was raised not to ask questions. She has perfect hair, the perfect boyfriend, and a perfect Ivy-League future. But a chance meeting with Roosevelt David, a homeland security agent, at a party for Washington DC’s elite leads to Bird waking up in a hospital, days later, with no memory of the end of the night.

“Meanwhile, the world has fallen apart. A deadly flu virus is sweeping the nation, forcing quarantines, curfews, even martial law. And Roosevelt is certain that Bird knows something. Something about the virus – something about her parents’ top secret scientific work – something she shouldn’t know…”

Antici…..pation: August 2014

Our apologies. We went absent without comment last month, but we’re re-focusing this month. And what better way to do so than to start with our August anticipation?

Cover artwork for I Love I Hate I Miss My SisterTitle: I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister

Author: Amelie Sarn, translated by Y. Maudet

Publisher & Release Date: Delacorte Press, Aug. 5

The Hook: “Eighteen-year-old Sohane loves no one more than her beautiful, carefree younger sister, Djelila. And she hates no one as much. The two have always shared everything. But now, Djelila is embracing her life as a secular teen, and Sohane is becoming more religious.

“Every choice has a price.

“When Sohane starts wearing a head scarf, her school insists that she remove it or she’ll be expelled. Meanwhile, Djelila is repeatedly harassed by neighborhood bullies for not following Muslim customs. Sohane can’t help thinking that Djelila deserves what she gets. She never could have imagined just how far things would go.

“I love I hate I miss my sister.

“In the year following Djelila’s tragic death, Sohane struggles with her feelings of loss and guilt, revealing a complex relationship between two sisters, each girl’s path to self-discovery, and the consequences they face for being true to themselves.”

Cover artwork for Some BoysTitle: Some Boys

Author: Patty Blount

Publisher & Release Date: Sourcebooks Fire, Aug. 5

The Hook: “When Grace meets Ian she’s afraid. Afraid he’ll reject her like the rest of the school, like her own family. After accusing the town golden boy of rape, everyone turned against Grace. They call her a slut and a liar. But…Ian doesn’t. He’s funny and kind with secrets of his own.

“But how do you trust the best friend of the boy who raped you? How do you believe in love?”

Cover artwork for Of Metal and WishesTitle: Of Metal and Wishes

Author: Sarah Fine

Publisher & Release Date: Margaret K. McElderry Books, Aug, 5

The Hook: “Sixteen-year-old Wen assists her father in his medical clinic, housed in a slaughterhouse staffed by the Noor, men hired as cheap factory labor. Wen often hears the whisper of a ghost in the slaughterhouse, a ghost who grants wishes to those who need them most. And after one of the Noor humiliates Wen, the ghost grants an impulsive wish of hers—brutally.

Guilt-ridden, Wen befriends the Noor, including the outspoken leader, a young man named Melik. At the same time, she is lured by the mystery of the ghost. As deadly accidents fuel tensions within the factory, Wen is torn between her growing feelings for Melik, who is enraged at the sadistic factory bosses and the prejudice faced by his people at the hand of Wen’s, and her need to appease the ghost, who is determined to protect her against any threat—real or imagined. Will she determine whom to trust before the factory explodes, taking her down with it?”

Cover artwork for The Unfinished Life of Addison StoneTitle: The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone: A Novel

Author: Adele Griffin

Publisher & Release Date: Soho Teen, Aug. 12

The Hook: “For fans of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Girl, Interrupted, and A.S. King, National Book Award-finalist Adele Griffin tells the fully illustrated story of a brilliant young artist, her mysterious death, and the fandom that won’t let her go.

“From the moment she stepped foot in NYC, Addison Stone’s subversive street art made her someone to watch, and her violent drowning left her fans and critics craving to know more. I conducted interviews with those who knew her best—including close friends, family, teachers, mentors, art dealers, boyfriends, and critics—and retraced the tumultuous path of Addison’s life. I hope I can shed new light on what really happened the night of July 28.
—Adele Griffin”

Cove artwork for Greenglass HouseTitle: Greenglass House

Author: Kate Milford, illustrated by Jaime Zollars

Publisher & Release Date: Clarion Books, Aug. 26

The Hook: “A rambling old inn, a strange map, an attic packed with treasures, squabbling guests, theft, friendship, and an unusual haunting mark this smart middle grade mystery in the tradition of the Mysterious Benedict Society books and The Westing Game.

“It’s wintertime at Greenglass House. The creaky smuggler’s inn is always quiet during this season, and twelve-year-old Milo, the innkeepers’ adopted son, plans to spend his holidays relaxing. But on the first icy night of vacation, out of nowhere, the guest bell rings. Then rings again. And again. Soon Milo’s home is bursting with odd, secretive guests, each one bearing a strange story that is somehow connected to the rambling old house. As objects go missing and tempers flare, Milo and Meddy, the cook’s daughter, must decipher clues and untangle the web of deepening mysteries to discover the truth about Greenglass House-and themselves.”

Cover artwork for Six Feet Over ItTitle: Six Feet Over It

Author: Jennifer Longo

Publisher & Release Date: Random House Books for Young Readers, Aug. 26

The Hook:”Leigh sells graves for her family-owned cemetery because her father is too lazy to look farther than the dinner table when searching for employees. Working the literal graveyard shift, she meets two kinds of customers:

“Pre-Need: They know what’s up. They bought their graves a long time ago, before they needed them.

“At Need: They are in shock, mourning a loved one’s unexpected death. Leigh avoids sponging their agony by focusing on things like guessing the headstone choice (mostly granite).

“Sarcastic and smart, Leigh should be able to stand up to her family and quit. But her world’s been turned upside down by the sudden loss of her best friend and the appearance of Dario, the slightly-too-old-for-her grave digger. Surrounded by death, can Leigh move on, if moving on means it’s time to get a life?”

Antici…pation July 2014

Happy July! We’ve a smattering of titles that excite us this month. Some are YA, some are not, and we anticipate awesomeness. (Just picture us doing a little Rainbow Rowell happy dance.) As usual, summaries come from Edelweiss, site of far too many delectable forthcoming books.

Title: LandlineCover art for Landline

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher & Release Date: St. Martin’s Press, July 8

The Hook: “Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply — but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point.

“Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset her — Neal is always a little upset with George — but she doesn’t expect him to pack up the kids and go without her.

“When her husband and kids leave the airport, George wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything.

“That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts…

“Is that what she’s supposed to do?”

Title: Demon DerbyCover art for Demon Derby

Author: Carrie Harris

Publisher & Release Date: Delacorte Press, July 8

The Hook: “Casey kicked cancer’s ass. Now a demon wants to kick hers….

“Casey hates being known as the girl who survived cancer. She wants people to treat her like her old self, fearless and strong. And after a creepy encounter with a crazy guy in an alley, Casey is all about reclaiming her power.

“So when she has a chance to try out for the Apocalypsies roller derby team, she jumps on it. Being a derby girl would prove that she doesn’t need anybody’s pity. It doesn’t hurt that Michael, the team manager, is almost unnaturally hot. Which makes sense when Casey finds out that he’s not human.

“Michael’s got a secret: he trains demon hunters. That crazy guy in the alley? Demon. And the fact that Casey went head to head with evil and lived makes her a threat to demonkind. Casey thought she’d already fought and won the battle of her lifetime. But it’s only beginning….”

Title: The Fire WishCover art for The Fire Wish

Author: Amber Lough

Publisher & Release Date: Random House Books for Young Readers, July 22

The Hook: “In this romantic and evocative fantasy, Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad-which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form-as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered-enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.”

Title: Magic Breaks

Author: Ilona AndrewsCover art for Magic Breaks

Publisher & Release Date: Ace Books, July 29

The Hook: “As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

“As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear…”

Antici….pation – June 2014

(And we are running a  week behind  this month. Apologies!)

Summer! Time to grab a blanket and some popsicles and read outside. Here’s a few of the titles coming out this month that we think sound intriguing. (Summaries are from Edelweiss.)

Title:  The Truth About Alice

Author: Jennifer Mathieu

Publisher & Release Date: Roaring Brook Press, June 3

The Hook: anybody.

“Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the “slut stall” in the girls’ bathroom: “Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers” and “Alice got an abortion last semester.” After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they “know” about Alice–and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.”

Title: Say What You Will

Author: Cammie McGovern

Publisher & Release Date: HarperTeen, June 3

The Hook: “Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions.

“Plagued by an obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, obsessive rituals, and crippling fear.

“Both are in desperate need of a friend to help them reach out to the world. When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her at school, Amy and Matthew are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.”

Title: Fan Art

Author: Sarah Tregay, illustrated by Melissa DeJesus

Publisher & Release Date: Katherine Tegen Books, June 17

The Hook: “Senior year is almost over, and Jamie Peterson has a big problem. Not college—that’s all set. Not prom—he’ll find a date somehow. No, it’s the worst problem of all: he’s fallen for his best friend.

“As much as Jamie tries to keep it under wraps, everyone seems to know where his affections lie, and the giggling girls in art class are determined to help Jamie get together with Mason. But Jamie isn’t sure if that’s what he wants—because as much as Jamie would like to come clean to Mason, what if the truth ruins everything? What if there are no more road trips, taco dinners, or movie nights? Does he dare risk a childhood friendship for romance?”

Title: Otherbound

Author: Corinne Duyvis

Publisher & Release Date: Amulet Books, June 17

The Hook: “Nolan doesn’t see darkness when he closes his eyes. Instead, he’s transported into the mind of Amara, a girl living in a different world. Nolan’s life in his small Arizona town is full of history tests, family tension, and laundry; his parents think he has epilepsy, judging from his frequent blackouts. Amara’s world is full of magic and danger–she’s a mute servant girl who’s tasked with protecting a renegade princess. Nolan is only an observer in Amara’s world–until he learns to control her. At first, Amara is terrified. Then, she’s furious. But to keep the princess–and themselves–alive, they’ll have to work together and discover the truth behind their connection.”Cover art for four books

 

Antici….pation May 2014

Confession: Julie just wants to plaster “We Were Liars” all over this post because of her deep love for E. Lockhart’s books. But believe it or not, other awesome-sounding books come out this month as well! (In fact, several come out tomorrow.) So here’s a select handful of books we’re looking forward to this month…

As usual, publication dates and summaries are courtesy of Edelweiss.

Title: A Time to Dance Cover artwork for A Time to Dance

Author: Padma Venkatraman

Publisher & Release Date: Nancy Paulsen Books, May 1

The Hook: “Veda lives for dance, so her dreams are shattered when she’s injured in an accident. For a girl who’s used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is humbling. But Veda refuses to give up her dreams, and she starts over with the youngest dancers. Then she meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda rediscovers the world around her, allowing herself time for friendship and romance. She begins to discover who she is, what dance truly means to her, and to see herself and the world with compassion.”

Cover artwork from A Creature of MoonlightTitle: A Creature of Moonlight

Author: Rebecca Hahn

Publisher & Release Date: HMH Books for Young Readers, May 6

The Hook: “As the only heir to the throne, Marni should have been surrounded by wealth and privilege, not living in exile-but now the time has come when she must choose between claiming her birthright as princess of a realm whose king wants her dead, and life with the father she has never known: a wild dragon who is sending his magical woods to capture her.”

Title: Since You’ve Been Gone

Cover artwork for Since You've Been GoneAuthor: Morgan Matson

Publisher & Release Date: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, May 6

The Hook: “Before Sloane, Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, and she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—someone who yanks you out of your shell.

But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list with thirteen bizarre tasks that Emily would never try. But what if they can lead her to Sloane?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Wait…what?

Getting through Sloane’s list will mean a lot of firsts, and with a whole summer ahead of her—and with the unexpected help of the handsome Frank Porter—who knows what she’ll find.

Go Skinny Dipping? Um… ”

Title: We Were Liars Cover artwork for We Were Liars

Author: E. Lockhart

Publisher & Release Date: Delacorte Press, May 13

The Hook: “A beautiful and distinguished family.

“A private island.

“A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.

“A group of four friends-the Liars-whose friendship turns destructive.

“A revolution. An accident. A secret.

“Lies upon lies.

“True love.

“The truth.

“We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

“Read it.

“And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.”

Antici….pation for April 2014

Cover for Going Over

Image linked from the author’s blog. Link goes to the Edelweiss description.

Our monthly round-up of intriguing titles – and really, we feel showered in them this month. (Given that April started on a Tuesday, some of these books are already in the hands of readers – huzzah!) Summaries come from Edelweiss.

Title: Going Over

Author: Beth Kephart

Publisher & Release Date: Chronicle Books, April 1

The Hook: “It is February 1983, and Berlin is a divided city with a miles-long barricade separating east from west. But the city isn’t the only thing that is divided. Ada lives among the rebels, punkers, and immigrants of Kreuzberg in West Berlin. Stefan lives in East Berlin, in a faceless apartment bunker of Friedrichshain. Bound by love and separated by circumstance, their only chance for a life together lies in a high-risk escape. But will Stefan find the courage to leap? Or will forces beyond his control stand in his way? National Book Award finalist Beth Kephart presents a story of daring and sacrifice, and love that will not wait.”

Cover art from Stolen Songbird

Cover art linked from author’s website.

Title: Stolen Songbird

Author: Danielle L. Jensen

Publisher & Release Date: Strange Chemistry, April 1

The Hook: “For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.”

Title: Dreams of Gods & Monsters

Author: Laini Taylor

Publisher & Release Date: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, April 8

The Hook: “In this thrilling conclusion to the Daughter of Smoke & Bone trilogy, Karou is still not ready to forgive Akiva for killing the only family she’s ever known. When a brutal angel army trespasses into the human world, Karou and Akiva must ally their enemy armies against the threat–and against larger dangers that loom on the horizon. They begin to hope that it might forge a way forward for their people. And, perhaps, for themselves–maybe even toward love. From the streets of Rome to the caves of the Kirin and beyond, humans, chimaera, and seraphim will fight, strive, love, and die in an epic theater that transcends good and evil, right and wrong, friend and enemy.”

Title: Noggin

Author: John Corey Whaley

Publisher & Release Date: Athenum, April 8

The Hook: “Travis Coates has a good head…on someone else’s shoulders. At some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to another guy’s body, and well, here he is. He’s still sixteen, but everything and everyone around him changed. If the new Travis and the old Travis find a way to exist together, there are going to be a few more scars.”

Title: Earth Star

Author: Janet Edwards

Publisher & Release Date: Pyr, April 15

The Hook: “Eighteen-year-old Jarra has a lot to prove. After being awarded one of the military’s highest honors for her role in a daring rescue attempt, she finds herself-and her Ape status-in the spotlight. Jarra is one of the unlucky few born with an immune system that cannot survive on other planets. Derided as an “ape”-a “throwback”-by the rest of the universe, she is on a mission to prove that Earth Girls are just as good as anyone else.

Except now the planet she loves is under threat by what could be humanity’s first ever alien contact. Jarra’s bravery-and specialist knowledge-will once again be at the center of the maelstrom, but will the rest of the universe consider Earth worth fighting for?”

Title: She Is Not Invisible

Author: Marcus Sedgwick

Publisher & Release Date: Roaring Brook Press, April 22

The Hook: “Laureth Peak’s father has taught her to look for recurring events, patterns, and numbers–a skill at which she’s remarkably talented. Her secret: She is blind. But when her father goes missing, Laureth and her 7-year-old brother Benjamin are thrust into a mystery that takes them to New York City where surviving will take all her skill at spotting the amazing, shocking, and sometimes dangerous connections in a world full of darkness.”

Title: The Taking

Author: Kimberly Derting

Publisher & Release Date: HarperTeen, April 29

The Hook: “When sixteen-year-old Kyra wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ‘n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day. Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. She turns to Tyler, her former boyfriend’s kid brother, now seventeen and undeniably attractive. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover.. there are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned.”