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 January 21st:

Young Adult Fiction

  • Boundless by Cynthia Hand (1/22/2013) — The finale to the Unearthly series. As the battle against the Black Wings and their minions looms on the horizon, part-angel Clara Gardner is finally ready to fulfill her destiny, even though she knows she may have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
  • The Last Apprentice: Slither (Book 11) by Joseph Delaney (1/22/2013) — Slither lurks in woods and towns, hunting for human blood, but before he can feast on three lovely sisters, their dying father binds the monster to a bargain.
  • Everbound: An Everneath Novel by Brodi Ashton (1/22/2013) — Now that Nikki Beckett’s boyfriend has been sucked into the tunnels of the Everneath, Nikki must journey down to the underworld to bring him back before he is lost forever.  “Intense, intriguing and highly addictive.” — Kirkus Reviews
  • Black Ice by Andrew Lane (01/22/2013) — In 1868, teenaged Sherlock Holmes faces danger in a train station for the dead, a museum of curiousities, and downtown Moscow as he helps his brother, Mycroft, who has been framed for murder. “Sherlock Holmes fans will enjoy the electrifying adventure and value the insights into the character traits that make the adult Holmes so fascinating.” — Kirkus Reviews
  • The Archived by Victoria Schwab (01/22/2013) — When an otherworldly library called the Archive is compromised from within, sixteen-year-old Mackenzie Bishop must prevent violent, ghost-like Histories from escaping into the world.  “It isn’t often that lines from Dante’s Inferno make their way into supernatural thrillers for teens, but they do here — and to good effect.” — Horn Book
  • Nobody by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (01/22/2013) — Fifteen-year-old Claire Ryan has always felt invisible, always lived beyond people’s notice, which causes trouble when she instantly connects with seventeen-year-old Nix, who really can become invisible and has been sent to assassinate her. “Gripping, with a dramatic climax and just enough room for a sequel.” — Kirkus Reviews
  • Kiki Strike : The Darkness Dwellers by Kirsten Miller (01/22/2013) — While Kiki Strike is in Paris trying to stop her evil cousin, the princess Sidonia, from all sorts of terrible deeds, it is up to Ananka and the other Irregulars to help Kiki find the cure for baldness, foil the evil plans of Oona’s twin, and keep Ananka herself from falling in love with the wrong young man. “Crushes, tragic love lost, and real danger make for a strong third entry in the Kiki Strike series.”
  • Ravage : A Deviants Novel by Jeff Sampson (01/22/2013) — Sick of being at the mercy of adult conspiracies, Emily Webb forms a plan with the Deviants: They will destroy BioZenith.

General Fiction

  • Ever After (Rachel Morgan Series #11) by Kim Harrison (1/22/2013) — The ever-after, the demonic realm that parallels our own, is shrinking, and if it disappears, so does all magic. It’s up to witch-turned-daywalking-demon Rachel Morgan to fix the ever-after before the fragile balance between magic users and humans falls apart.
  • Private Berlin by James Patterson and Mark Sullivan (1/21/2013) — Chris Schneider is a superstar agent at Private Berlin, Germany headquarters for the world’s most powerful investigation firm. He keeps his methods secret as he tackles Private’s most high-profile cases-and when Chris suddenly disappears, he becomes Private Berlin’s most dangerous investigation yet.
  • Suspect by Robert Crais (1/22/2013) — LAPD cop Scott James is not doing so well. Eight months ago, a shocking nighttime assault by unidentified men killed his partner Stephanie, nearly killed him, and left him enraged, ashamed, and ready to explode. He is unfit for duty—until he meets his new partner.
  • Imager’s Battalion by L. E. Modesitt Jr. (1/22/2013) — The sequel to the New York Times bestselling Princeps follows magical hero Quaeryt as he leads history’s first Imager fighting force into war. Given the rank of subcommander by his wife’s brother, Lord Bhayar, the ruler of Telaryn, Quaeryt joins an invading army into the hostile land of Bovaria, in retaliation for Bovaria’s attempted annexation of Telaryn.
  • The Riptide Ultra-Glide: A Novel by Tim Dorsey (1/22/2013) — Freshly laid-off Wisconsinites Patrick and Barbara McDougall are going to sunny Florida for a modest romantic vacation. But the motel they picked isn’t quite a pastel paradise, and they have to be midwesterners and make the best of a bad situation. Except bad goes to worse, and a string of misfortunes renders them unable to leave the state.
  • The Sixth Station by Linda Stasi (1/22/2013) — Some say Demiel ben Yusef is the world’s most dangerous terrorist, personally responsible for bombings and riots that have claimed the lives of thousands. Others insist he is a man of peace, a miracle worker, and possibly even the Son of God. His trial in New York City for crimes against humanity attracts scores of protestors, as well as media and religious leaders from around the world.
  • The Lost Art of Mixing by Erica Bauermeister (1/24/2013) — National bestselling author Erica Bauermeister returns to the enchanting world of The School of Essential Ingredients in this luminous sequel.
  • The Last Girlfriend on Earth: And Other Love Stories by Simon Rich (1/22/2013) — The stories in Simon Rich’s new book are bizarre, funny, and yet…relatable. Rich explores love’s many complications-losing it, finding it, breaking it, and making it-and turns the ordinary into the absurd. With razor-sharp humor and illustrations, and just in time for Valentine’s Day, Rich takes readers for an exhilarating, hilarious ride on the rollercoaster of love.



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