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: Teen Fiction, General Fiction and Nonfiction. On-sale dates are indicated in parentheses.

Notable New Releases for the week of February 11th:

Teen Fiction

  • The Indigo Spell by Richelle Mead (2/12/2013) — Young alchemist Sydney Sage tracks down fugitive alchemist Marcus Finch, who urges her to rebel against those who raised her, telling Sydney they have more power over her than she thinks. Then, when an evil magic user starts targeting powerful young witches, Sydney is forced to embrace her magical blood and help them to avoid being a victim herself.
  • Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys (2/12/2013) — Josie, the seventeen-year-old daughter of a French Quarter prostitute, is striving to escape 1950 New Orleans and enroll at prestigious Smith College when she becomes entangled in a murder investigation. “Readers will find Josie irresistible from the get-go and will devour the sultry mix of mystery, historical detail, and romance.” — Publishers Weekly
  • Breaking Point by Kristen Simmons (2/12/2013) — The sequel to Article 5. After escaping prison, Ember Miller and Chase Jennings are taken in by the Resistance, but when Ember tops the government’s most-wanted list, Chase urges her to run and Ember must decide whether to hide again or fight back.
  • Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson (02/12/2013) — The sequel to Hattie Big Sky. In 1919, seventeen-year-old Hattie leaves the Montana prairie–and her sweetheart Charlie–to become a female reporter in San Francisco. “Historical fiction with heart.” — Kirkus starred review
  • Arcadia Burns by Kai Meyer (02/12/2013 ) — When Rosa Alcantara becomes the head of a Sicilian Mafia family, she must contend with her family’s sordid past and the secrets that keep haunting the present.
  • Dance of Shadows by Yelena Black (02/12/2013) — Fifteen-year-old Vanessa follows her sister Margaret to an elite Manhattan ballet school, not only gaining admission but also earning the lead in a production of the Firebird, while trying to uncover why and how Margaret and other lead dancers have disappeared.
  • Feral Nights by Cynthia Leitich Smith (02/12/2013) — While trying to find his sister, who is a suspect in a murder investigation, werecat Yoshi encounters werepossum Clyde and human Aimee, and all three of them get caught in an underground kidnapping ring where they must fight to stay alive. “The story’s sharp banter and edgy plot make for an entertaining and clever story about loyalty and reconciling differences.” — Publishers Weekly
  • Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner, illustrated by Julian Crouch (02/12/2013) — In in a ruthless regime, an unlikely teenager risks all to expose the truth about a heralded moon landing. “This is alt-history second; first, it is an eerie, commanding drama.” — Booklist starred review
  • Mistle Child by Ari Berk (02/12/2013) — As the only living resident of Arvale Manor, Silas must seek to understand the past and put an ancient wrong to right, as he discovers that even a house of ghosts can be haunted by its past. “Fine bedtime fare for readers looking to cut down on their sleep.” — Kirkus Reviews
  • Sever (Chemical Garden Series #3) by Lauren DeStefano (02/12/2013) — After modern science turns every human into a genetic time bomb with men dying at age twenty-five and women dying at age twenty, teenaged Rhine finds hope for a brighter future from a surprising source. “A satisfying ending that balances out and even recasts the rather brutal medical experiments seen in the previous books.” — Booklist
  • The Gathering Dark by Christine Johnson (02/12/2013) — A gifted pianist discovers that she and the mysterious boy she’s falling for are part of an alternate world made from dark matter, and in a race of love against fear, she must somehow save her life without losing herself.

General Fiction

  • Hit Me by Lawrence Block (2/12/2013)
  • Airtight by David Rosenfelt (2/12/2013)



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