Book Watch: Releasing This Week #156


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 December 24th-December 30th that I have pre-ordered.




ROOMIES by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando releases in the U.S. today, December 24, 2013, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 288 pages.


I first learned about ROOMIES through NetGalley when I saw the newsletter email. And after having read the description I had to add it to my list of pre-orders. It sounded like a lot of fun and as I love Sara Zarr’s writing I definitely wanted a copy for my collection.

While I wasn’t able to read it early, I can’t wait to read the finished copy on my Kindle and meet Elizabeth and Lauren and see what they have to say in their emails to each other in the summer prior to their first year at college.

I’m curious as to why two girls who are so very different are paired up as roommates and whether they become friends before ever meeting one another or realize that being roomies will never work out. The description mentions that their email exchange impacts both their summers and I’m intrigued as to why that is.

While I didn’t receive an email with my roommates details, I can very clearly remember just how interesting it was meeting both my roommate and my suitemates that first day at college. Being surprised was definitely better than meeting them in advance. I might have been way too nervous to head off to college if I had. Which makes me that much more curious about Lauren and Elizabeth’s story.


It’s time to meet your new roomie.

When East Coast native Elizabeth receives her freshman-year roommate assignment, she shoots off an e-mail to coordinate the basics: television, microwave, mini-fridge. That first note to San Franciscan Lauren sparks a series of e-mails that alters the landscape of each girl’s summer — and raises questions about how two girls who are so different will ever share a dorm room.

As the countdown to college begins, life at home becomes increasingly complex. With family relationships and childhood friendships strained by change, it suddenly seems that the only people Elizabeth and Lauren can rely on are the complicated new boys in their lives . . . and each other. Even though they’ve never met.

National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr and acclaimed author Tara Altebrando join forces for a novel about growing up, leaving home, and getting that one fateful e-mail that assigns your college roommate.




CONTROL by Lydia Kang will be released in the U.S. on December 26, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Dial, the print edition is 400 pages.

CONTROL is the first book in author Lydia Kang’s series of the same name. The second book in the series, CATALYST, is slated for release in 2014.


I am so excited for CONTROL’s release this week. While I haven’t been waiting for this book for ages, it feels like I’ve been waiting for a long, long time. And the wait is almost over. Just two more days until it downloads to my Kindle. I’m totally stoked.

I can’t wait to meet Zel and Dyl and discover the futuristic world that Author Lydia Kang created. I am super curious to see what life is like in a world in which there are those with “peculiar” gifts and humans who are considered genetic “mistakes.”

I rambled on and on about my excitement for CONTROL just a few weeks ago in my Book Watch post, so I won’t go on and on again here. But this is a highly anticipated read for me and I can’t wait to discover it for myself later this week.

While I might not get the chance to read it in its entirety due to family stuffs, I will definitely be taking a peek at it the moment it downloads on Thursday.


An un-putdownable thriller for fans of Uglies

When a crash kills their father and leaves them orphaned, Zel knows she needs to protect her sister, Dyl. But before Zel has a plan, Dyl is taken by strangers using bizarre sensory weapons, and Zel finds herself in a safe house for teens who aren’t like any she’s ever seen before—teens who shouldn’t even exist. Using broken-down technology, her new friends’ peculiar gifts, and her own grit, Zel must find a way to get her sister back from the kidnappers who think a powerful secret is encoded in Dyl’s DNA.

A spiraling, intense, romantic story set in 2150—in a world of automatic cars, nightclubs with auditory ecstasy drugs, and guys with four arms—this is about the human genetic “mistakes” that society wants to forget, and the way that outcasts can turn out to be heroes.


Due to the holiday week, it’s a super quiet week for releases and there are only two books that I’ve got pre-ordered and no other books that I’m aware of that are releasing this week. Of course it is possible there are a few other releases, some of which I might discover when they download during the week, but as of this post I only have the two releases above on my radar.

I don’t think I missed any books last week, which, aside from quite a few novellas, was also a fairly quiet release week. But I am pretty sure that there are quite a few new titles coming out next week. Which makes me really, really excited.

As it is a holiday week this week, I hope that those of you who celebrate get the chance to do so with an amazing book or a few. And I hope that a few awesome books get added to your collection this week, whether newly released or long-anticipated wish list books.

Happy holidays. And, as ever, happy reading!


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!

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