Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.
These are books for the week of January 21st-January 27th that I have pre-ordered.
Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 432 pages.
I love the sci-fi trend in YA as it’s allowed me to try different types of reads that I might have been hesitant to try in the past. Books like AVALON, which I decided to pre-order after I heard such amazing things about it.
While this is not my typical genre and space is not a typical setting in books I usually gravitate toward, the idea of mercenaries, corruption and a conspiracy piqued my interest. I can’t wait to meet Jeth Seagrave and learn more about what life is like for those in the star systems in the Confederation.
I am curious as to just what information he finds that is worth killing for. And I’m hopeful he will be able to gain his freedom.
AVALON now lives happily on my Kindle and I am hopeful of diving into this first book in the duology some time next month.
A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett.
Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of light-years from First Earth-and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the devices that allow people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.
Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they’re damn good at it. Jeth doesn’t care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parents’ ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and getting himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he’ll go to get the freedom he’s wanted for so long.
Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space-and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon’s cult hit show Firefly.
Published by Balzer + Bray, the print edition is 368 pages.
EVERTRUE is the third and final full-length book in Brodi Ashton’s Everneath series.
I already read EVERTRUE, but I’ve had it pre-ordered since long before then. And regardless of the fact that I have read it, have discovered how everything ends, I still had to add this final book in the series to my collection.
As I have read it and have very definite opinions on just how things ended, I don’t want to ramble on here for very long. Because I will let some key piece of information slip and that would not be at all good.
I loved the characters and world the author created in this series. Throughout the entire series there were many tears, angst-filled moments, and quite a few swoon-worthy ones, too. But the fact that this series had to come to an end after just only three books was the thing that devastated me the most.
While I won’t be reading EVERTRUE in the next few weeks, I do plan on reading the entire series again some day. I already miss Cole and Nikki… and Jack. So I’m thinking that “someday” will be someday soon.
Now that Nikki has rescued Jack, all she wants is to be with him and graduate high school. But Cole tricked Nikki into feeding off him, and she’s begun the process of turning into an Everliving herself… which means she must feed on a Forfeit soon — or die.
Terrified for her survival, Nikki and Jack begin a desperate attempt to reverse the process using any means possible. Even Cole, who they expected to fight them at every turn, has become an unlikely ally — but how long can it last? Nikki needs to feed on Cole to survive, Cole needs Nikki to gain the throne in the Everneath, Jack needs Nikki because she is everything to him — and together, they must travel back to the Underworld to undo Nikki’s fate and make her mortal once more. But Cole isn’t the only one with plans for Nikki: the Queen has not forgotten Nikki’s treachery, and she wants her destroyed for good. Will Nikki be forced to spend eternity in the Underworld, or does she have what it takes to bring down the Everneath once and for all?
In this stunning conclusion to the Everneath trilogy, Brodi Ashton evokes the resiliency of the human spirit and the indomitable power of true love.
Published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), the print edition is 416 pages.
When I first took a peek at the description for THE RULE OF THREE I immediately added it to my list of pre-orders. It sounded kind of awesome. Absolutely chaotic, but definitely awesome.
I am just so curious as to how having a police captain as a parent and having a spy living next door will help Adam survive. I can’t wait to get submerged into this world where a viral catastrophe has taken out most, or all, electronics. And I am dying to find out just what happened to make everything shut down.
While I know I won’t get the chance to read THE RULE OF THREE this month, I am hopeful that at some point in early February I’ll get to add it to the pile.
One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon—as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends—he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.
FRAGILE SPIRITS by Mary Lindsey will be released in the U.S. on January 23, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.
Published by Philomel, the print edition is 320 pages.
FRAGILE SPIRITS is the second book in Author Mary Lindsey’s Souls series.
I am so excited for the upcoming release of Mary Lindsey’s FRAGILE SPIRITS. I’ve been just dying to get back to this world the author created what feels like forever ago.
As I already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post the other week and talked about quite a few of the reasons why I can’t wait for this book, I am going to try to keep things short.
But I can say that I am so glad the wait is just about over. And I will say that while this second book in the series isn’t about Lenzi and Alden, I am just as thrilled for its release and for the chance to meet Paul and Vivienne. This sequel sounds every bit as amazing as the first.
And if all goes as planned I’ll be able to devour it this weekend.
Paul has always known he was a Protector, fated to serve a Speaker who could hear the voices of spirits lingering after death and help those souls find peace.
Vivienne ignores the voices of the dead.
Paul has always followed the Protector’s rule book, preparing diligently for the day when he’d be matched with his Speaker and fulfill his destiny.
Vivienne never does what she’s told.
So when Paul is matched with Vivienne, they both find the pairing less than satisfactory. But a kidnapping, a malevolent spirit and power stronger than both of them may just prove that they are two halves of the same whole.
In a stunning story about the beauty of fate and the power of secrets, Mary Lindsey returns to the world of Shattered Souls with a breathtaking thrill-ride of a novel.
**Note from author: This book begins one month after Shattered Souls leaves off. Lenzi and Alden are featured in this book, but reading Shattered Souls is not a prerequisite.
THE WITCH IS BACK by Brittany Geragotelis was released in the U.S. on January 21, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 352 pages.
THE WITCH IS BACK is the third and final book in Author Brittany Geragotelis’ Life’s a Witch series.
I am a little bit behind on this series but I just had to pre-order THE WITCH IS BACK, the third and final installment. I loved the first book, I own the second and now can’t wait to read these final two back-to-back. As both the second and the third books are from Hadley’s POV, it will be the perfect two-book read.
I did end up taking a peek at the spoiler-y description, but even with spoilers I can’t wait to read both books. I’m excited that this final story will have Hadley and Brooklyn clash and I’m super curious if it is because of Asher. But what I am most curious about is the price Hadley is going to have to pay for love.
As my reading schedule is a bit crowded at the moment, I am hoping to be able to dive into this series-ending book in mid-February for my Don’t Let It End Reading Challenge. But I plan on reading LIFE’S A WITCH just a few days sooner than that.
When two gorgeous, popular witches clash over a man, it’s magical mayhem in this conclusion to the Life’s a Witch trilogy!
It’s been a trying year for teen witch Hadley Bishop—she led her coven into battle against the Parrishables and lost her mother in a surprise attack. Now that the Parrishables and their leader, Samuel Parris, have been defeated, Hadley is looking forward to a relaxing, love-filled summer with boyfriend Asher Astley.
Hadley’s summer plans take an unexpected turn though when she and her coven head off to a witchy summer intensive. Once there, Hadley immediately finds herself in a power struggle with Brooklyn Sparks. Like Hadley, Brooklyn is gorgeous and popular, but she’s also…Asher’s ex-girlfriend?!
As if this news isn’t enough to rattle Hadley, there are rumors of a rogue witch in the woods, and someone is playing dangerous pranks around camp. Hadley suspects that Brooklyn is behind the pranks, but is she willing to risk losing her friends and Asher to prove it? In this electrifying conclusion to the Life’s a Witch series, Hadley will discover that love is more powerful than any spell—but it comes with a price.
A LITTLE TOO HOT by Lisa Desrochers was released in the U.S. on January 21, 2014 in eBook format. A paperback edition will be released on February 25, 2014 and an audiobook will be releasing on March 11th. It is currently available to order online at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.
Published by William Morrow Impulse, the print edition is 416 pages.
A LITTLE TOO HOT is the third book in Author Lisa Desrochers A Little Too Far series.
I am so excited that A LITTLE TOO HOT released this week. I got the chance to read it early and it is my favorite book in the series. It was the perfect mix of sexy, nerve-wracking, heartbreaking and exciting and I’m so glad that the finished version has joined the previous two books in my Kindle collection.
As I have read it there is nothing to guess about. It’s awesome. And revealing anything more than what the description mentions is dangerous. But I am so glad that Sam got her own story/love story. I love, love, loved meeting the super sexy Harrison. I absolutely adored Sam’s friends, especially Jonathan.
And I will just say that I did not see that coming. What “that” is, however, I shall not reveal.
As I have already read and loved A LITTLE TOO HOT I will not be adding it to the reading pile in the coming weeks. But I definitely think this one deserves a re-read, so hopefully I’ll get a chance to do that some time this spring.
This book is a stand-alone A LITTLE TOO FAR novel.
If you play with fire…
Tossed out of college and cut off by her parents, Samantha West is in pretty dire straits. So when her rocker best friend hooks her up with a job dancing at a gentlemen’s club, who is she to turn it down? Plus, there are rules to dancing at Benny’s: No touching, keep your clothes on at all times, and never get closer than three feet. Unfortunately for Sam, her first private client makes her want to break every single one of them.
Harrison Yates is scorching hot, but he’s got a past that involves being left at the altar not too long ago. Sam is determined to make him forget about his ex, but when she makes her move, it flings her life into a spiral of chaos she never saw coming.
Because Harrison Yates isn’t who he seems to be. And his secret will probably get her killed.
Other Books of Note
Pub. Date: January 23, 2014
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909, where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?
***This is an ADULT title and not a YA title***
Pub. Date: January 20, 2014
Publisher: Pocket Star
Are you ready to play?
Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest – and most forbidden – fantasies can come true…
FAKE ID by Lamar Giles
THE GOSPEL OF WINTER by Brendan Kiely
HIDDEN GIRL: The True Story of a Modern-Day Child Slave by Shyima Hall and Lisa Wysocky
THE SCAR BOYS by Len Vlahos
I can’t believe I forgot to list the first episode’s release of THE IMMORTAL CIRCUS: FINAL ACT last week. I was so caught up with its tour that it seems I did not include it on my list of books I’d pre-ordered. Since I did miss posting about it and as it is releasing in serial format first, I think I’ll wait until it’s released in full before giving it my full ramble.
But I don’t think I missed anything else last week, and I don’t think I missed anything else releasing this week. Though, because I’m posting this a bit later than usual, I do have the benefit of having most of my pre-orders downloaded for confirmation.
Anyway… I can’t wait to check out AVALON, which will be a completely different sort of read for me. I’m excited by the fact that I have read two of the books I have on order so that I don’t have too many new additions to the TBR pile. And I am still anxiously awaiting the release of FRAGILE SPIRITS because I love Mary Lindsey’s writing and her Souls series.
But enough about me and what I’m excited about. I hope that there are a few titles you’re excited about that are releasing this week. And if there are, or if I have missed one or two “must adds” then leave a comment and let me know!
As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!
And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!