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 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.”

Antici…..pation! March 2014

Summaries from Edelweiss. Happy anticipating!

Title: Half Bad

cover art for 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?”

Title: The Winner’s Cursewinner

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.”

Title: The Mirk and Midnight HourMirk

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

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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?”

Title: Dangerous dangerous_cover

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.”

Antici….pation for February 2014

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Editor: Christine Johnson

Publisher & Release Date: HarlequinTEEN, Feb. 25, 2014

The Hook: “Inspired by classic fairy tales, but with a dark and sinister twist, Grim contains short stories from some of the best voices in young adult literature today: Ellen Hopkins, Amanda Hocking, Julie Kagawa, Claudia Gray, Rachel Hawkins, Kimberly Derting, Myra McEntire, Malinda Lo, Sarah Rees-Brennan, Jackson Pearce, Christine Johnson, Jeri Smith Ready, Shaun David Hutchinson, Saundra Mitchell, Sonia Gensler, Tessa Gratton, (and) Jon Skrovan.”

Title: Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Outbeyond_magenta

Author: Susan Kuklin

Publisher & Release Date: Candlewick, Feb. 11, 2014

The Hook: “Author and photographer Susan Kuklin met and interviewed six transgender or gender-neutral young adults and used her considerable skills to represent them thoughtfully and respectfully before, during, and after their personal acknowledgment of gender preference. Portraits, family photographs, and candid images grace the pages, augmenting the emotional and physical journey each youth has taken. Each honest discussion and disclosure, whether joyful or heartbreaking, is completely different from the other because of family dynamics, living situations, gender, and the transition these teens make in recognition of their true selves.”

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AuthorCecil Castallucci

Publisher & Release Date: Roaring Brook Press, Feb. 25, 2014

The Hook: “On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist’s leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.

“When three humans crash land onto the station, Tula’s desire for escape becomes irresistible, and her desire for companionship becomes unavoidable. But just as Tula begins to concoct a plan to get off the space station and kill Brother Blue, everything goes awry, and suddenly romance is the farthest thing from her mind.”

Title: Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3)

Author: Marissa Meyer

Publisher & Release Date: Feiwel and Friends, Feb. 4th, 2014

The Hook: Rapunzel’s tower is a satellite. She can’t let down her hair—or her guard. “

“In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and her army.”

“Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker—unfortunately, she’s just received orders from Levana to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice. ”

“When a daring rescue goes awry, the group is separated. Cress finally has her freedom, but it comes at a high price. Meanwhile, Queen Levana will let nothing stop her marriage to Emperor Kai. Cress, Scarlet, and Cinder may not have signed up to save the world, but they may be the only ones who can.”

Title: The Prince of Shadows: A Novel of Romeo and Julietprince_of_shadows

Author: Rachel Caine

Publisher & Release Date: NAL, Feb.4, 2014

The Hook: “In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. Their fates are written on the day they are born.

Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona—and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona… And will rewrite all their fates, forever.”

October 2013 Antici….pation!

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Title: Hideous Love: The Story of the Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein

Author: Stephanie Hemphill

Publisher & Release Date: Balzer + Bray, Oct. 1

The Hook: “Hideous Love is the fascinating story of Gothic novelist Mary Shelley, who as a teen girl fled her restrictive home only to find herself in the shadow of a brilliant but moody boyfriend, famed poet Percy Shelley. It is the story of the mastermind behind one of the most iconic figures in all of literature: a monster constructed out of dead bodies and brought to life by the tragic Dr. Frankenstein.

“Mary wrote Frankenstein at the age of nineteen, but inspiration for the monster came from her life-the atmospheric European settings she visited, the dramas swirling around her, and the stimulating philosophical discussions with the greatest minds of the period, like her close friend, Lord Byron.”


Title: Man Made Boy

Author: Jon Skovron

Publisher & Release Date: Viking Juvenile, Oct. 3

The Hook: “Sixteen-year-old Boy’s father is Frankenstein’s monster and his mother is the Bride. A hacker and tech geek, Boy has lived his whole life in a secret enclave of monsters hidden beneath a Broadway theater, until he runs away from home. Now, the boy who’s never set foot outside embarks on a madcap road trip with the granddaughters of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde that takes him deep into the heart of America. Along the way, Boy falls in love, comes to terms with his unusual family, and learns what it really means to be a monster—and a man.”


Title: Constable & Toop

Author: Gareth P.  Jones

Publisher & Release Date: Amulet Books, Oct. 8

The Hook: “Something mysterious and terrible is happening throughout Victorian London: Ghosts are disappearing. When this reaches the attention of the Ghost Bureau, the diligent but clueless Mr. Lapsewood, a paranormal paper-pusher, is sent to investigate, and what he discovers is grave. The Black Rot has arrived-a voracious spiritual infestation whereby empty haunted houses suck in unsuspecting ghosts and imprison them. Lapsewood’s investigation weaves through the plotlines of several other memorable characters-both living and dead-including an undertaker’s son who can see ghosts, a serial throat-slasher reminiscent of Jack the Ripper, an evangelical exorcist, and many more. The living and dead must work together if they hope to destroy the Black Rot-before it destroys both the ghost and human worlds.”


Title: Reality Boy

Author: A. S. King

Publisher & Release Date: Little, Brown Books, Oct. 22

The Hook: “Gerald Faust started feeling angry even before his mother invited a reality TV crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth–which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle–and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school. No one cares that Gerald has tried to learn to control himself; they’re all just waiting for him to snap. And he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that…until he chooses to create possibilities for himself that he never knew he deserved.”


Title: Across a Star-Swept Sea

Author: Diana Peterfreund

Publisher & Release Date: Balzar + Bray, Oct. 15

The Hook: “Centuries after wars nearly destroyed civilization, the two islands of New Pacifica stand alone, a terraformed paradise where even the Reduction–the devastating brain disorder that sparked the wars–is a distant memory. Yet on the isle of Galatea, an uprising against the ruling aristocrats has turned deadly. The revolutionaries’ weapon is a drug that damages their enemies’ brains, and the only hope is rescue by a mysterious spy known as the Wild Poppy.

On the neighboring island of Albion, no one suspects that the Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo… is her most dangerous mission ever.In this thrilling adventure inspired by The Scarlet Pimpernel, Diana Peterfreund creates an exquisitely rendered world where nothing is as it seems and two teens with very different pasts fight for a future only they dare to imagine.”

Antici……pation – September 2013

September is such an exciting month for books! Picking just a handful to highlight was extremely difficult; clearly, we failed – but we’re okay with that. Happy reading!

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Title: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

Author: Holly Black

Publisher & Release Date: Little, Brown; September 3

The Hook: After the vampire epidemic has overwhelmed the country, the infected and the turned are quarantined in ColdTowns (now a hit show on YouTube!). Tana wakes up with an epic hangover, an infected boyfriend, a house full of corpses, and a vampire, Her solution: dare the trip to ColdTown in search of a cure, infection be damned. Black’s curse-workers series was amazing, and we can’t wait to see what she has in store in this new world.

Title: The Final Descent (The Monstrumologist #4)

Author: Rick Yancey

Publisher & Release Date: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, September 10

The Hook: I do not read usually read horror. Except for this series, which is set in the 1800s. Will Henry has assisted Dr. Pellinor Walthrop in facing many terrifying monsters and survived gruesome adventures. The two have gradually shifted from distant scientist and orphaned young assistant/dogsbody to a father-son relationship. But now Dr. Walthrop fears Will Henry’s loyalties are shifting and turns on him, leaving Will Henry on his own to face what may be the most fearsome creature yet. The writing, characters and the slow-building horror in these books are amazing and I am so excited to read this final book in the series!

Title: The Waking Dark

Author: Robin Wasserman

Publisher & Release Date: Knopf Books for Young Readers, September 10

The Hook: “They called it the killing day. Twelve people dead, all in the space of a few hours. Five murderers: neighbors, relatives, friends. All of them so normal. All of them seemingly harmless. All of them now dead by their own hand…except one. And that one has no answers to offer the shattered town. She doesn’t even know why she killed – or whether she’ll do it again. Something is waking in the sleepy town of Oleander, Kansas – something dark and hungry that lives in the flat earth and the open sky, in the vengeful hearts of upstanding citizens. As the town begins its descent into blood and madness, five survivors of the killing day are the only ones who can stop Oleander from destroying itself.”

Title:  Fangirl

Author: Rainbow Rowell

Publisher & Release Date: St. Martin’s Griffin, September 10

The Hook: Cath is starting her first year of college without the the constant presence and support of her twin, Wren.  Struggling with anxiety and compulsion, she escapes into the fan fiction she writes about a Harry-Potter-like character.  In her digital world, she is confident and popular.  When the real world comes knocking, though, Cath will have to decide what is most important to her.  Anything Rainbow Rowell writes is gold, and I can’t wait for this latest release!

Title: The Chaos of Stars

Author: Kiersten White

Publisher & Release Date: Harper Teen, September 10

The Hook: “Isadora’s family is seriously screwed up—which comes with the territory when you’re the human daughter of the ancient Egyptian gods Isis and Osiris. Isadora is tired of living with crazy relatives who think she’s only worthy of a passing glance—so when she gets the chance to move to California with her brother, she jumps on it. But her new life comes with plenty of its own dramatic—and dangerous—complications . . . and Isadora quickly learns there’s no such thing as a clean break from family.”

Title: Killer of Enemies

Author: Joseph Bruchac

Publisher & Release Date: Tu Books, September 17

The Hook: “In the barren desert of the Southwest, 16-year-old Lozen must fight the monsters – human and animal – that threaten her family in this post-apocalyptic retelling of the Apache Killer-of-Enemies legend.” (For a really interesting look at the behind-the-scenes of the cover design, check out Lee and Low’s blog.)

Title: The Dream Thieves

Author: Maggie Stiefvater

Publisher & Release Date: Scholastic, September 17

The Hook: The sequel to “Raven Boys”, “The Dream Thieves” promises more magic, more peril, and more troubled prep school boys searching for a dead Welsh king. What’s not to love?

Title: Chasing Shadows

Author: Swati Avasthi, illustrated by Craig Phillips

Publisher & Release Date: Knopf Books for Young Readers, September 24

The Hook: Corey, Holly and Savitri are a tight-knit trio of freerunners, turning Chicago into their personal jungle gym. Then Corey is killed – victim of a random act of violence. “Holly and Savitri are coming unglued. Holly says she’s chasing Corey’s killer, chasing revenge. Savitri fears Holly’s just running wild-and leaving her behind. Friends should stand by each other in times of crisis. But can you hold on too tight? Too long?” Avasthi’s fantastic first book, Split, was a hard and thought-provoking story that explored abuse within a family, and the ties that makes and the ties that breaks, so I’m interested to read her next book.

Title: Untold (Lynburn Legacy #2)

Author: Sarah Rees Brennan

Publisher & Release Date: Random House Books for Young Readers, September 24

The Hook: In Unspoken, Kami and her imaginary friend Jared met and discovered someone knowing all your secrets is not the most comfortable thing in the world, a team of intrepid teen investigators discovered a sorcerous plot, and a sleepy village’s secrets began to come to light. In the second book, people are choosing sides, and readers are no doubt in for more excitement, tension and heartbreak. Yay!

Title: Slimed! An Oral History of Nickolodeon’s Golden Age

Author: Matthew Klickstein

Publisher & Release Date: Plume, September 24

The Hook: Frankly, I was in when I saw the title.