Monday Morning Book Buzz

Welcome to the Monday Morning Book Buzz, a preview of notable books being released this week. Some of them will be added to the Academy Library collection; if you read about a title that you would like added to the collection, let me know by either commenting on this post or by contacting me directly at the Library.

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This week’s releases are listed by category: Young Adult Fiction, General Fiction and Nonfiction. On-sale dates are indicated in parentheses.

Notable New Releases for the week of April 16th:

Young Adult Fiction

  • The Last Echo (Body Finder Series #3) by Kimberly Derting (4/17/2012) — Violet, having only told her family and boyfriend that she can sense dead bodies and agreed to join forensic psychologist Sara Priest’s team of eclectic investigators after Sara learned about her ability, works on a case involving the murder of a college girl by a serial killer dubbed “the girlfriend collector” and runs the risk of becoming his next victim. “With another sequel set up, this intriguing series continues to provide great entertainment for suspense fans.” — Kirkus Reviews
  • Grimalkin, the Witch Assassin (Last Apprentice Series) by Joseph Delaney (4/17/2012) — The 9th book the Last Apprentice series provides insights into the life of Grimalkin, one of the deadliest witches in the country, if not the world, whose uneasy truce with the Spook’s apprentice, Tom, unites them against the ultimate evil of the Fiend. “While [Grimalkin’s] voice differs greatly from the familiar Tom’s, the closer look makes her all the more intriguing.” — Kirkus Reviews
  • Snow White and the Huntsman by Evan Daugherty et al (4/17/2012) — In this new vision of a legendary tale, Snow White is the only person in the land fairer than the evil queen who is out to destroy her. But what the wicked ruler never imagined is that the young woman threatening her reign has been training in the art of war with a huntsman who was dispatched to kill her.
  • Mister Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls by Mary Downing Hahn (4/17/2012) — Told from several different perspectives, this is the story of the 1956 murder of two teenaged girls in suburban Baltimore, Maryland. “An engrossing exploration of how a murder affects a community.” — Kirkus Reviews
  • The Chaos by Nalo Hopkinson (4/17/2012) — Toronto teenager Scotch may have to acknowledge her own limitations and come to terms with her mixed Jamaican, white, and black heritage if she is to stop the Chaos that has claimed her brother and made much of the world crazy. “Hopkinson’s use of language and imagery is almost magical, and her characters add much-appreciated diversity to the genre.” — Publishers Weekly
  • Liberator by Richard Harland (4/17/2012) — Equality remains elusive in this stunning steampunk sequel to Worldshaker. After the Filthies seize control of the massive juggernaut Worldshaker, now called Liberator, members of the former elite, Swanks, remain to teach them, but class differences continue to cause strife and even Col and Riff may be unable to bring unity. “The climactic fomenting of revolution aboard the Russian juggernaut is a win that leaves open the possibility of another volume.” — Kirkus Reviews
  • Gone, Gone, Gone by Hannah Moskowitz (4/17/2012) — In the wake of the post-9/11 sniper shootings, fragile love finds a stronghold in this intense, romantic novel from the author of Break and Invincible Summer. “Alternating between Craig and Lio’s perspectives, the novel does an excellent job of showing the collective hurt from the 9/11 attacks and how those in both New York and D.C. dealt with the aftermath.” — Publishers Weekly
  • Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis (4/17/2012) — Told in their separate voices, two teenagers wake up in bed together with total amnesia and must work together to try to recover their memories about themselves and the eerie Colorado town in which they find themselves. “The decidedly sci-fi feel of this supernatural suspense story will appeal to a broad range of readers.” — Booklist

General Fiction

  • The Innocent by David Baldacci (4/17/2012) — When hit man Will Robie refuses to kill his target he has to go on the run from his own people, and, along the way, he meets up with a fourteen-year-old runaway who is in danger after her parents were murdered.
  • The Witness by Nora Roberts (4/17/2012) — Elizabeth, usually obedient and studious, relaxes her guard and goes out to a nightclub and as a result finds her life forever changed and mystery and security fundamental to everything she does. “[Roberts’] latest addictively readable novel is guaranteed to jangle readers’ nerves and keep them enthralled long past bedtime.” — Booklist starred review
  • Unnatural Acts (Stone Barrington Series #23) by Stuart Woods (4/17/2012) — One of Stone Barrington’s old cases comes back to haunt him when he is hired to talk some sense into the wayward son of a hedgefund billionaire. “It’s all familiar territory for Woods, but that doesn’t stop the pages from flying by fast and furious as the novel builds toward several exciting and dangerous confrontations.” — Booklist
  • What Doesn’t Kill You by Iris Johansen (4/17/2012) — CIA operative Catherine Ling finds herself up against a villainous group when her old trainer Hu Chang, a skilled assassin and master poisoner, creates a much sought after untraceable poisonous formula. “The prolific Johansen’s latest thriller will satisfy eager fans who have been clamoring for a Ling-Gallo rematch.” — Booklist
  • An Accidental Affair by Eric Jerome Dickey (4/17/2012) — James Thicke goes to violent lengths to preserve his marriage to his actress wife when allegations of her infidelity are posted online. “With a well-paced plot, well-developed characters, and Dickey’s love of travel on full display, this…will leave readers hungry for the next Dickey installment.” — Library Journal
  • Twisted (Tracers Series #5) by Laura Griffin (4/17/2012) — Motive, opportunity, and no alibi — rookie detective Allison Doyle knows it’s as close to a slam dunk as most investigations get. But even though her small-town Texas police department has identified a prime suspect in a young woman’s vicious murder, she can’t rest easy. “Griffin excels at detailing the mystery and the chase, and forensic science junkies will love the in-depth look at intricate technology.” — Publishers Weekly


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