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 July 30th:

Young Adult

  • Hide and Seek (Lying Game Series #4) by Sara Shepard (7/31/2012) — Sutton Mercer watches as her long-lost twin, Emma Paxton, takes over her identity to solve the mystery of her murder, and they end up discovering secrets about Sutton’s family.
  • No Boyz Allowed by Ni-Ni Simone (07/31/2012) — Gem and her little brother are sent to live with a foster family, and her romantic interest in Ny’eem may threaten her relationship with her new friends at school. “Street-smart, heartwarming and hopeful without being preachy.” — Kirkus Reviews
  • Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (07/31/2012) — Rendered a subject of gossip after a traumatic night that left her with terrible scars on her arms, Echo is dumped by her boyfriend and bonds with bad-boy Noah, whose tough attitude hides an understanding nature and difficult secrets. “[The] suspenseful plot, dramatic conflicts, and tragic characters will keep readers engrossed.” — Publishers Weekly
  • Destiny (Immortal Series #4) by Gillian Shields (07/31/2012) — With Miss Scratton gone, life at Wyldcliffe Abbey School takes a dark turn, leaving Helen, Evie, and Sarah to overcome Wyldcliffe’s darkness and make the necessary sacrifices to fulfill their destinies.

General Fiction

  • The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman (7/31/2012) — A novel set on a remote Australian island, where a childless couple live quietly running a lighthouse, until a boat carrying a baby washes ashore. “Stedman draws the reader into her emotionally complex story right from the beginning, with lush descriptions of this savage and beautiful landscape, and vivid characters with whom we can readily empathize. Hers is a stunning and memorable debut.” — Booklist starred review
  • Odd Apocalypse (Odd Thomas Series #5) by Dean Koontz (7/31/2012) — Odd Thomas and his traveling companion, Annamaria, think they have found a haven in Roseland, a magnificent West Coast property, but the manor has deep secrets and mysteries that make it more hell than haven. “With this offering Odd’s fanbase with fantasy-horror devotees is certain to grow, while previous admirers of his quirky charms will not be disappointed.” — Library Journal
  • Haven (Bishop/Special Crimes Unit Series #13) by Kay Hooper (7/31/2012) — Psychic investigator Jessie Rayburn returns to her childhood home of Baron Hallow, North Carolina and her estranged sister Emma and must face her past, buried secrets, and the conspiracy of silence that haunts the sisters. “A paranormal thriller that’s sure to please both Hooper’s fans and those who like the genre.” — Kirkus Reviews
  • Off the Grid (Monkeewrench Series #6) by P. J. Tracy (8/2/2012) — Minneapolis homicide detectives Leo Magozzi and Gino Rolseth struggle to link crime scenes from the Florida Keys and Minnesota. “For newcomers, this could be read as a stand-alone, but the history behind all the main characters really makes it a top-notch title for series followers.” — Library Journal
  • Bagpipes, Brides and Homicides (Liss MacCrimmon Series #6) by Kaitlyn Dunnett (7/31/2012) — Despite her wish for a simple white wedding, Liss MacCrimmon’s mother plans a traditional Scottish wedding, complete with kilts. The murder of a college professor and a list of suspects that includes Liss’  father, Donald “Mac” MacCrimmon, complicates matters, and Liss dives into the investigation to save both her father and her wedding.
  • Dare Me by Megan Abbott (7/31/2012) — After a suspicious suicide, the members of a high school cheerleading squad, along with their new, perfectly cool coach, Colette French, are drawn into the investigation.



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