Below are the YA books coming out this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.
Not a holiday week here in the U.S., we have a pretty good selection of books releasing. Here are the books I’ve got on pre-order that I can’t wait to own.
First up we have the very highly anticipated The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa, the third full-length book in the Iron Fey series.
It will be released on January 25, 2011 in the U.S. and is currently available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in paperback and eBook formats. Published by Harlequin TEEN, the print version is 368 pages.
I had the good fortune to read an ARC of this book, but I have to know what changes were made to the final copy, so of course will re-read. If you’d like to check out my early review, click here.
If you haven’t yet read this series, you will want to start with the first book and not skip ahead to this one or you will miss a lot of good stuff. Each book gets better and better, and the short story/novella is also a fun addition to the series.
An excerpt is available on Harlequin’s blog.
Next up is The False Princess by debut author Eilis O’Neal. It will also be released on January 25, 2011 in the U.S. and is currently available for pre-order from Amazon and Barnes & Noble in hardcover and eBook formats. Published by Egmont, the hardcover is 336 pages.
The False Princess is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.
I haven’t heard much about the book, but I did pre-order it as it seems different from what I might normally read. The cover is pretty and it gives me a chance to support a new author, so why not? And a sort of reverse-Cinderella story sounds like fun. I did not choose this as one of my twelve books for the DAC, but look forward to the read.
Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith will also be released in the U.S. on January 25, 2011 as a hardcover. It is available for pre-order as a hardcover only from Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Published by Candlewick Press, the hardcover is 480 pages.
I am planning on buying this on release day in hardcover if the eBook isn’t made available. (Sadly it’s not available for eBook pre-order.)
This looks to be a very exciting combination of characters from two of her earlier works, Eternal and Tantalize. Vampires, werewolves and guardian angels are a combination that cannot be missed.
Vesper is one of the books that can be chosen for the 2011 Debut Author Challenge hosted by Kristi at TheStorySiren.com.
I ordered this book solely based on the synopsis and the fact that I’d like to see a male author’s take on a female character in this genre. The only other YA author who has written for female characters that I’ve read is Scott Westerfeld so it will be interesting to see another author’s p.o.v.
I did not choose Vesper as one of my twelve DAC books, but it sounded too good to pass up. I probably won’t get a chance to read it this week, but check back in early February for my review.
Vesper is the first book in a planned three book series. The second book, currently titled Havoc, will be available in 2012.
Famous by Todd Strasser is also releasing on January 25, 2011 in the U.S. It will be available in hardcover and eBook formats.
Another book I haven’t heard much about, but saw it on the Simon & Schuster website so I thought I’d check it out. Looks like it might be a quick, fun, flirty kind of story about a young member of the paparazzi.