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Book Watch: Releasing This Week #3

Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

I know I do not have four books to list this week, but due to the potential release of The Iron Witch in eBook format I don’t want Kindle readers to miss out on the potential earlier release date, so have opted to list the two books releasing this week that I think are worthy of a shout out.

The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney will hopefully be released on January 20, 2011 in Kindle format. According to Amazon they currently list the Kindle version available almost two weeks earlier than the print version. Both versions are available for pre-order.

It will be released as a paperback on February 8, 2011 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other booksellers online or in stores. The print edition, published by Flux, is 312 pages.

It is the first book in the Iron Witch saga. The second book, The Wood Queen, is slated for release in 2012 and the third book, The Stone Demon, will be released in 2013.

The first couple chapters can be read online at Flux.

The Iron Witch is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com. It is one of my original twelve picks and I’ve been dying to read it. I hope that Amazon delivers on its 1/20/11 release date promise.

How can you not want to read a book that Richelle Mead calls, “Dark and beautiful, sensual and dangerous, utterly enthralling. . . You’ll fall under this book’s spell.”

Goodreads description:

Freak. That’s what her classmates call seventeen-year-old Donna Underwood. When she was seven, a horrific fey attack killed her father and drove her mother mad. Donna’s own nearly fatal injuries from the assault were fixed by magic—the iron tattoos branding her hands and arms. The child of alchemists, Donna feels cursed by the magical heritage that destroyed her parents and any chance she had for a normal life. The only thing that keeps her sane and grounded is her relationship with her best friend, Navin Sharma.

When the darkest outcasts of Faerie—the vicious wood elves—abduct Navin, Donna finally has to accept her role in the centuries old war between the humans and the fey. Assisted by Xan, a gorgeous half-fey dropout with secrets of his own, Donna races to save her friend—even if it means betraying everything her parents and the alchemist community fought to the death to protect.


Subject Seven by James A. Moore will be released on January 20, 2011 in paperback and eBook formats. Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 336 pages. Both versions are available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Subject Seven is James A. Moore’s debut YA novel. Labeled by the publisher as a “grisly mix of conspiracy novel and body horror fiction.” It’s appropriate for ages 12 and up.

Sleeper assassins and genetic testing, this book isn’t typically a genre I’d pick for a read, and it seems more geared toward MG than YA, but the author’s adult novels are fascinating so I thought I’d give it a peek.

Goodreads description:

Years ago, scientists began developing the ultimate military weapon: deadly sleeper assassins housed within the bodies of teenagers. Now, Subject Seven, the dangerous alter-ego living inside a 16-year-old boy, has escaped the lab and is on a mission. His objective? To seek out others like him and build an army capable of destroying their creators.

Hunter, Cody, Gene, Tina, and Kylie: five teenagers leading typical lives, until the day they each receive a call from a mysterious strangerÑand learn that their destinies are intertwined. Subject Seven holds the key that connects them all. And a vicious, bloody battle for their lives is just beginning.

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