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 April 29th:

Teen Fiction

  • The Eternity Cure (Blood of Eden Series #2) by Julie Kagawa (4/30/2013) — Cast out of Eden and separated from the boy she dared to love, Allie will follow the call of blood to save her creator, Kanin, from the psychotic vampire Sarren. But when the trail leads to Allie’s birthplace in New Covington, what Allie finds there will change the world forever–and possibly end human and vampire existence.
  • Nobody’s Secret by Michaela MacColl (04/30/2013) — When fifteen-year-old Emily Dickinson meets a charming, enigmatic young man who playfully refuses to tell her his name, she is intrigued–so when he is found dead in her family’s pond in Amherst she is determined to discover his secret, no matter how dangerous it may prove to be. “MacColl once again brings a strong female protagonist to life, revealing pertinent and interesting information about a literary figure.” — School Library Journal
  • The Last Academy by Anne Applegate (04/30/2013) — Camden Fisher arrives at boarding school haunted by a falling-out with her best friend back home. But the manicured grounds of Lethe Academy are like nothing Cam has ever known.
  • Gorgeous by Paul Rudnick (04/30/2013) — When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, Becky is whisked away from a trailer park to New York City, where fashion designer Tom Kelly offers to transform her into a glamorous Rebecca, a girl fit for a prince–but soon she begins to fear that she will lose touch with her real self. “A feel-good story about getting what you want without letting beauty blind you to what’s real.” — Publishers Weekly
  • The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise (04/30/2013) — Computer whiz Audrey McCarthy feels most at home in a tech lab, surrounded by her fellow geeks. When Public Corporation, a giant tech company, announces a contest for the best app developed by a high schooler—with $200,000 in prize money—Audrey is spurred into action. She comes up with an idea so simple, yet so brilliant, she can’t believe it hasn’t been done: the Boyfriend App.
  • Sketchy (Bea Catcher Chronicles Series #1) by Olivia Samms (04/30/2013) — High school student Bea Washington realizes that she has the power to draw what is going on in people’s minds and tries to help cheerleader Willa Pressman find the serial rapist and murderer who left her for dead. “Urgently paced, this teen murder mystery weaves in elements of the supernatural to draw a vivid tale of suspense.” — Kirkus Reviews
  • The Program by Suzanne Young (04/30/2013) — When suicide becomes a worldwide epidemic, the only known cure is The Program, a treatment in which painful memories are erased, a fate worse than death to seventeen-year-old Sloane who knows that The Program will steal memories of her dead brother and boyfriend. “Young has created strong characters that readers will fall in love with and has developed a captivating world that will not soon be forgotten.” — School Library Journal

General Fiction

  • 12th of Never by James Patterson (4/29/2013) — San Francisco homicide detective, Lindsay Boxer, is forced to return to work after just a week with her newborn baby when the chief of police calls her desperate for help with some baffling and terrifying murders.
  • Best Kept Secret by Jeffrey Archer (4/30/2013) — Jeffrey Archer’s mesmerizing saga of the Clifton and Barrington families continues.
  • The Woman Upstairs by Claire Messud (4/30/2013) — From the New York Times best-selling author of The Emperor’s Children, this is the the riveting confession of a woman awakened, transformed, and betrayed by passion and desire for a world beyond her own.
  • The Blossom Sisters by Fern Michaels (4/30/2013) — Gus, blinded by his infatuation with Elaine, refused to listen, and now he is locked out of his house. Heartsick and remorseful, Gus returns to his grandmother’s farmhouse seeking shelter. But it won’t be easy to make amends with Rose and her sisters.
  • Someday, Someday, Maybe by Lauren Graham (4/30/2013) — From Lauren Graham, the beloved star of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood, comes a witty, charming, and hilariously relatable debut novel about a struggling young actress trying to get ahead―and keep it together―in New York City.
  • The Apple Orchard by Susan Wiggs (4/30/2013) — New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs brings readers to the lush abundance of Sonoma County in a novel of sisters, friendship and how memories are woven like a spell around us.
  • NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (4/30/2013) — Victoria McQueen has a secret gift for finding missing things. Vic, now an adult, was the only kid to ever escape evil child kidnapper Charles Talent Manx, and Charles intends on getting his revenge by kidnapping Vic’s son.
  • The Tooth Tattoo (Peter Diamond Series #13) by Peter Lovesey (4/30/2013) — Peter Diamond is investigating the murder of a young woman whose body has been found in the canal, with the only clue to her identity being a music note tattooed on one of her teeth. Meanwhile, concert violist Mel Farran finds himself scouted by an elite classical quartet, whose previous violist disappeared without a trace.
  • A Bat in the Belfry (Home Repair Is Homicide Series #16) by Sarah Graves (4/30/2013) — When a local teen beauty-pageant winner from a troubled family is found murdered in the beloved 200-year-old Seaman’s Church steeple, Jacobia Tiptree, while preparing for an epic nor-nor’easter, must wade through the rising waters of gossip and suspicion to find the truth.


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