Book Watch: Releasing This Week #159


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 14th-January 20th that I have pre-ordered.




VITRO by Jessica Khoury will be released in the U.S. on January 14, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by Razorbill, the print edition is 384 pages.


I only recently learned about VITRO’s release but the second I read its description I pre-ordered a copy for my Kindle. This book sounds awesome and a little bit scary-creepy.

I am both intrigued and repelled by the idea of scientific experimentation. So the fact that this story is about experimentation that has potentially disturbing and devastating consequences makes me morbidly curious.

I can’t wait to find out what flaw the Vitros have. I can’t wait to meet Sophie and her Vitro twin Lux. I can’t wait to discover just how far science has gone.

VITRO sounds fascinating and chilling and I can’t wait to dive in, hopefully next week. Though I’m definitely going to take a peek when it downloads on Monday Midnight.


On Skin Island, even the laws of creation can be broken.

On a remote island in the Pacific, Corpus scientists have taken test tube embryos and given them life. These beings—the Vitros—have knowledge and abilities most humans can only dream of. But they also have one enormous flaw.

Sophie Crue is determined to get to Skin Island and find her mother, a scientist who left Sophie behind years ago. With the help of Jim Julien, a young charter pilot, she arrives–and discovers a terrifying secret she never imagined: she has a Vitro twin, Lux, who is the culmination of Corpus’s dangerous research.

Now Sophie is torn between reuniting with the mother who betrayed her and protecting the genetically enhanced twin she never knew existed. But untangling the twisted strands of these relationships will have to wait, for Sophie and Jim are about to find out what happens when science stretches too far beyond its reach.


The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant


THE UNSEEMLY EDUCATION OF ANNE MERCHANT by Joanna Wiebe will be released in the U.S. on January 14, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by BenBella Books, the print edition is 272 pages.

THE UNSEEMLY EDUCATION OF ANNE MERCHANT is the first book in Joanna Wiebe’s The V Trilogy.


THE UNSEEMLY EDUCATION OF ANNE MERCHANT is another book I only recently learned about. And when I read its description I immediately pre-ordered it and can’t wait for it to download to my Kindle.

As I mentioned in my Book Watch post just the other week I love stories that take place in boarding schools. I love that this story is full of secrets. And I am so very curious about this competition and its rewards.

The title of this book makes me curious about just what’s “unseemly” about Anne’s education. The description makes me wonder what are the “hushed truths” in this “cloak-and-dagger world.” The mystery makes me want to read this book right now.

Though I’ll have to wait at least until it releases on Tuesday or more likely until next week when I have a bit more time for an off-pile read.


So many secrets for such a small island. From the moment Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy, a boarding school for the world’s wealthiest teens, the hushed truths of this strange, unfamiliar land begin calling to her—sometimes as lulling drumbeats in the night, sometimes as piercing shrieks.

One by one, unanswered questions rise. No one will tell her why a line is painted across the island or why she is forbidden to cross it. Her every move—even her performance at the school dance—is graded as part of a competition to become valedictorian, a title that brings rewards no one will talk about. And Anne discovers that the parents of her peers surrender million-dollar possessions to enroll their kids in Cania Christy, leaving her to wonder what her lowly funeral director father could have paid to get her in… and why.

As a beautiful senior struggles to help Anne make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world without breaking the rules that bind him, she must summon the courage to face the impossible truth—and change it—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.




STORMBRINGER by Shannon Delany will be released in the U.S. on January 14, 2014 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by St. Martin’s Griffin, the print edition is 320 pages.

STORMBRINGER is the second book in Shannon Delany’s Weather Witch series. The third book in the series, THUNDERSTRUCK, is slated for release on May 20, 2014.


I have yet to finish the first book in this series, but I started it, own the finished copy and just had to pre-order the sequel, STORMBRINGER. I love reading this author’s stories and meeting her characters and what from I’ve read so far, this series is no exception. So I’m super excited that this next book in the series is releasing this week and that it will be a part of my collection tomorrow.

I have no idea what’s in store for Jordan in book two, as I refuse to read the description in case of any spoilers. But I’m hoping that whatever happens will be every bit as exciting as I imagine it could be. And, actually, I’m just hoping that Jordan will be in this next book as I don’t know for sure that she will.

As I haven’t yet finished the first book, I won’t be able to catch up and read STORMBRINGER in the next couple of weeks. But hopefully I’ll have a bit more room on my reading pile in early February so that I can get both books on the pile then.


The second book in the Weather Witch series in which Jordan Astrea learns of her true powers

In the intrigue-filled follow up to Weather Witch, Jordan Astraea, once a young Philadelphia lady of good social standing, is now in the final stages of her brutal training to become a Conductor—the Weather Witch who serves as a living battery to keep the massive airliner Artemesia aloft. Meanwhile, Rowen, determined to rescue her after losing his only other true friend and being wanted for murder, has found himself forced aboard a much different air vessel, this one manned by a dangerous crew and carrying a cargo so treasonous, that, if finding its destination, will herald a storm of revolution for the still young United States.

With a spirit for adventure, romance, fantastic world building and cunning imagination, Shannon Delany delivers the sensational follow up to Weather Witch in the second book of the trilogy.


Other Books of Note


Going RogueGOING ROGUE (Also Known As #2) by Robin Benway

Pub. Date: January 14, 2014

Publisher: Walker Childrens



Being permanently based in a local New York City high school as an undercover operative has its moments, good and bad, for 16-year-old safecracker Maggie Silver.

Pros: More quality time with her former mark-turned-boyfriend Jesse Oliver and insanely cool best friend, Roux. Getting to spend quality time with her semi-retired and international spy honorary uncle, Angelo. Cons: High school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations.

But when Maggie’s parents are falsely accused of stealing priceless gold coins, Maggie uses her safecracking skills to try and clear their names. Too bad it only serves to put her and everyone she loves in danger. Maggie and her “new team” flee to Paris where they must come up with a plan to defeat their former allies.


Hollow CityHOLLOW CITY (Miss Peregrine #2) by Ransom Riggs

Pub. Date: January 14, 2014

Publisher: Quirk Books



Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children was the surprise best seller of 2011—an unprecedented mix of YA fantasy and vintage photography that enthralled readers and critics alike. Publishers Weekly called it “an enjoyable, eccentric read, distinguished by well-developed characters, a believable Welsh setting, and some very creepy monsters.”

This second novel begins in 1940, immediately after the first book ended. Having escaped Miss Peregrine’s island by the skin of their teeth, Jacob and his new friends must journey to London, the peculiar capital of the world. Along the way, they encounter new allies, a menagerie of peculiar animals, and other unexpected surprises.

Complete with dozens of newly discovered (and thoroughly mesmerizing) vintage photographs, this new adventure will delight readers of all ages.


The Moment BeforeTHE MOMENT BEFORE by Suzy Vitello

Pub. Date: January 14, 2014

Publisher: Diversion Books



“Don’t get me wrong. I loved my sister. I never, not once, wished her dead.”

Brady and Sabine Wilson are sisters born eleven months apart, but they couldn’t be more different. Popular Sabine, the head cheerleader dating the high school hunk, seems to have all the luck, while her younger, artsy sister “Brady Brooder” is a loner who prefers the sidelines to the limelight.

After Sabine dies in a horrific cheerleading accident, grief unravels Brady and her family. Once recognized for her artistic talent, 17-year-old Brady finds herself questioning the value of everything she once held dear. Her best friend betrays her. Her parents’ marriage is crumbling. And the boy everyone blames for the accident seems to be her only ally in the search for answers in the wake of her sister’s death. As an unlikely friendship emerges, Brady learns more about Sabine – and love – than she bargained for.


Other Releases

HOW I DISCOVERED POETRY by Marilyn Nelson and Hadley Hooper



I am so glad that this week is quite a bit quieter than last week. And while I plan to grab a copy of GOING ROGUE when it releases, at the moment I am happy to have only three books (that I know of) pre-ordered.

If I had a set book budget I’d have blown it ten times over last week, so getting a bit of a respite for my wallet and my TBR pile is a good thing. Though I did not read any of the three books I have on order this week which means three new books for the TBR pile, two of which I want to read right away.

I don’t think I missed any new releases this week in YA, but it’s always possible there are a few that I just didn’t see. If that’s the case, please let me know, as I don’t want to miss out on any potentially amazing new books.

And if my Kindle surprises me on Monday Midnight with a few titles that I hadn’t mentioned above but have on order, I’ll include those missed books in next week’s post. But I’m really hoping it’s just three additions.

Anyway… I hope that you have a very happy bookish acquiring and reading week ahead. And if there are any titles you are most excited about, 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!

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