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, Graphic Novels, General Fiction and Nonfiction. On-sale dates are indicated in parentheses.

Notable New Releases for the week of January 14th:

Young Adult Fiction

  • Gates of Paradise (Blue Bloods Series) by Melissa de la Cruz (1/15/2013) — In the final installment of the Blue Bloods series, the young vampires of Manhattan must make terrible sacrifices in order to triumph over Lucifer and the Silver Bloods.
  • Shades of Earth (Across the Universe Series #3) by Beth Revis (1/15/2013) — Leaving the walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind, Amy and Elder are ready to build a home on Centauri-Earth, but they must race to discover who–or what–else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. “Throughout the series, Revis has brought real and immediate emotions to sci-fi scenarios…and here she invests that skill in making readers feel, along with her protagonists, the awe and wonder facing humanity as the characters step out onto an alien planet for the first time.” — Horn Book
  • Vortex (Tempest Trilogy Series #2) by Julie Cross (1/15/2013) — Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, after an accidental run in with Holly—the girl he altered history to save—Jackson is once again reminded of what he’s lost.
  • Uses for Boys by Erica Lorraine Scheidt (01/15/2013) — Anna remembers a time before boys, when she was little and everything made sense. But now her mom is gone most of the time, chasing the next marriage, brining home the next stepfather. Anna is left on her own—until she discovers that she can make boys her family. “This is a story about where we come from and how, sometimes, we have to break free from the past in order to shape our own future.” — Booklist starred review
  • Return to Me by Justina Chen (01/15/2013) — Always following her parents’ wishes and ignoring her psychic inner voice takes eighteen-year-old Rebecca Muir from her beloved cottage and boyfriend on Puget Sound to New York City, where revelations about herself and her family help her find a path to becoming the architect she wants to be.
  • Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans (01/15/2013) — Seventeen-year-old Felicia Ward is dead and spending her time in the hive reliving her happy memories–but when Julian, a dark memory from her past, breaks into the hive and demands that she come with him, she discovers that even the afterlife is more complicated and dangerous than she dreamed. “An absorbing, sensitive read.” — Kirkus Reviews

Graphic Novels

  • Dark Tower: The Gunslinger: The Man in Black by Stephen King (1/15/2013) — In the final chapter in the Dark Tower: Gunslinger saga, Roland continues his journey towards the Dark Tower in his search for the Man in Black – but when young Jake faces peril in the tunnels, will Roland be able to save him? As the Man in Black’s treacheries thicken, Roland and Jake must stave off an attack by vicious, cave-dwelling mutants … little knowing that an even more sinister evil awaits them further inside the cave.
  • Blue Bloods: The Graphic Novel by Melissa de la Cruz (1/15/2013) — The sexy and secretive world of the Blue Bloods comes to life in this stunning graphic novel adaptation of Book One of Melissa de la Cruz’s best-selling series.

General Fiction

  • The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer (1/15/2013) — From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, there have been more than two dozen assassination attempts on the President of the United States. Four have been successful. But now, Beecher White—the hero of the #1 New York Times bestseller The Inner Circle—discovers a killer in Washington, D.C., who’s meticulously re-creating the crimes of these four men.
  • Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini (1/15/2013) — New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini illuminates the extraordinary friendship between Mary Todd Lincoln and Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who won her freedom by the skill of her needle, and the friendship of the First Lady by her devotion.
  • The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin (1/15/2013) — In the spirit of Loving Frank and The Paris Wife, acclaimed novelist Melanie Benjamin pulls back the curtain on the marriage of one of America’s most extraordinary couples: Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
  • Habits of the House by Fay Weldon (1/15/2013) — From the award-winning novelist and writer of Upstairs Downstairs, the launch of a brilliant new trilogy about what life was really like for masters and servants before the world of Downton Abbey.
  • Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus (1/15/2013) — Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus is a tremendous new contemporary mystery series and huge international bestseller—with more than 2.5 million copies in print!
  • The Good House by Ann Leary (1/15/2013) — A riveting novel in which an engaging and wildly irreverent woman is in complete denial—about herself, her drinking, and her love for a man she’s known all her life.
  • Enemy of Mine (Pike Logan Series #3) by Brad Taylor (1/15/2013) — Retired Delta Force officer Brad Taylor returns with the third explosive installment in the Pike Logan thrillers.
  • Love Saves the Day by Gwen Cooper (1/15/2013) — From the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir Homer’s Odyssey comes a tender, joyful, utterly unforgettable novel, primarily told through the eyes of the most observant member of any human family: the cat.



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