Book Watch: Releasing This Week #164


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 February 18th-February 24th that I have pre-ordered.


Perfect Lies


PERFECT LIES by Kiersten White will be released in the U.S. on February 18, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 240 pages.

PERFECT LIES is the second full-length book in Author Kiersten White’s Mind Games series.


I have not yet started this series by Kiersten White, but I have every intention of doing so fairly soon after PERFECT LIES downloads to my Kindle on Monday Midnight. While I haven’t read the first book I just had to pre-order the sequel, because it’s Kiersten White. And because this series sounds seriously awesome.

I can’t wait to meet Annie and Fia and learn more about the Keane Foundation. I can’t wait to find out just what James is hiding from Fia – yes I peeked at this book’s description. And I cannot wait to discover who is trustworthy and who isn’t.

I don’t know if there are three books planned in this series, but I think there must be as the description doesn’t say “conclusion.” So I’m sort of debating on whether or not to hold off for just a bit before I dive in so the wait for the next book will be shorter.

Of course if my resistance crumbles – and I know it will – I will likely be reading both books back to back early next month.


Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.

The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.

But Annie’s visions of the future can’t show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia’s first love, Fia knows he’s hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other – but that may not be enough to save them.


Maybe One Day


MAYBE ONE DAY by Melissa Kantor will be released in the U.S. on February 18, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

Published by HarperTeen, the print edition is 400 pages.


I am so excited that MAYBE ONE DAY is releasing this week and that my copy will download to my Kindle on Tuesday. This book sounds so amazing and heartbreaking and beautiful and I can’t wait to read it.

I chose to spotlight this book for my Book Watch post the other week so I won’t ramble on for quite as long. But I can’t help but ramble just a little bit. Because it sounds just so heartrending.

And I can’t wait to meet Zoe and Olivia. I can’t wait to see just how Zoe copes with Olivia’s illness. I can’t wait to find out whether this story ends on a happy note or ends tragically.

The potential loss of a best friend at such a young age is such a terrible thing. While I’d known the loss of friends and acquaintances when I was a teen, it was never a best friend. So I can’t even imagine what both Zoe and Olivia are going through. But I very much look forward to connecting with them in MAYBE ONE DAY. And I hope to be able to do so next week.


Critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend’s life-threatening illness.

Zoe and her best friend, Olivia, have always had big plans for the future, none of which included Olivia getting sick. Still, Zoe is determined to put on a brave face and be positive for her friend.

Even when she isn’t sure what to say.

Even when Olivia misses months of school.

Even when Zoe starts falling for Calvin, Olivia’s crush.

The one thing that keeps Zoe moving forward is knowing that Olivia will beat this, and everything will go back to the way it was before. It has to. Because the alternative is too terrifying for her to even imagine.

In this incandescent page-turner, which follows in the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, Melissa Kantor artfully explores the idea that the worst thing to happen to you might not be something that is actually happening to you. Raw, irreverent, and honest, Zoe’s unforgettable voice and story will stay with readers long after the last page is turned.


Other Books of Note

Third StrikeTHIRD STRIKE (The Slayer Chronicles #3) by Megan Crewe

Pub. Date: February 20, 2014

Publisher: Dial



Heather Brewer, the New York Times bestselling author of THE CHRONICLES OF VLADIMIR TOD, brings this spin-off series to a thrilling conclusion.

All secrets will be revealed as Slayer Joss McMillan tracks a murderous vampire terrorizing his hometown of Santa Clara. During his investigation, Joss comes head to head with old enemies seeking revenge and faces the truth about his sister Cecile’s murder. Joss must use all of his skill to protect his loved ones, even if it means paying the ultimate price.


Bright Before SunriseBRIGHT BEFORE SUNRISE by Tiffany Schmidt

Pub. Date: February 18, 2014

Publisher: Walker Childrens



When Jonah is forced to move from Hamilton to Cross Pointe for the second half of his senior year, “miserable” doesn’t even begin to cover it. He feels like the doggy-bag from his mother’s first marriage and everything else about her new life—with a new husband, new home and a new baby—is an upgrade. The people at Cross Pointe High School are pretentious and privileged—and worst of all is Brighton Waterford, the embodiment of all things superficial and popular. Jonah’s girlfriend, Carly, is his last tie to what feels real… until she breaks up with him.

For Brighton, every day is a gauntlet of demands and expectations. Since her father died, she’s relied on one coping method: smile big and pretend to be fine. It may have kept her family together, but she has no clue how to handle how she’s really feeling. Today is the anniversary of his death and cracks are beginning to show. The last thing she needs is the new kid telling her how much he dislikes her for no reason she can understand. She’s determined to change his mind, and when they’re stuck together for the night, she finally gets her chance.

Jonah hates her at 3p.m., but how will he feel at 3 a.m.?

One night can change how you see the world. One night can change how you see yourself.

InsanityINSANITY by Susan Vaught

Pub. Date: February 18, 2014

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens



Never, Kentucky is not your average scenic small town. It is a crossways, a place where the dead and the living can find no peace. Not that Forest, an 18-year-old foster kid who works the graveyard shift at Lincoln Hospital, knew this when she applied for the job. Lincoln is a huge state mental institution, a good place for Forest to make some money to pay for college. But along with hundreds of very unstable patients, it also has underground tunnels, bell towers that ring unexpectedly, and a closet that holds more than just donated clothing….When the dead husband of one of Forest’s patients makes an appearance late one night, seemingly accompanied by an agent of the Devil, Forest loses all sense of reality and all sense of time. Terrified, she knows she has a part to play, and when she does so, she finds a heritage that she never expected.

With her deep knowledge of mental illness and mental institutions, Susan Vaught brings readers a fascinating and completely creepy new book intertwining the stories of three young people who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of Lincoln Hospital.

The Divergent CompanionTHE DIVERGENT COMPANION: The Unauthorized Guide to the Series by Lois H. Gresh

Pub. Date: February 18, 2014

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin



The first companion guide to the blockbuster bestselling Divergenttrilogy—soon to be a major motion picture

Written by the New York Times bestselling author of The Twilight Companion and The Hunger Games Companion, the book takes fans deeper into the post-apocalyptic world created by Veronica Roth—a dystopian Chicago in which humanity has organized itself into five factions, each with its own core value to uphold. At the age of sixteen, Beatrice Prior must choose to which one she will devote her life.

The Divergent Companion includes fascinating background facts about the action in all three books—the third book, Allegiant, publishes in October 2013—a revealing biography of the author, and amazing insights into the trilogy’s major themes and features. It’s everything fans have been hungering for since the very first book! This book is not authorized by Veronica Roth, Katherine Tegen Books, or anyone involved in theDivergent movie.The Divergent Companion is a must-read and a terrific gift for the millions of fans both young and old—especially with the Summit Entertainment film version of Divergent, the first book in the trilogy, hitting theaters in March 2014.


I am so glad that this is a quiet release week. I’m guessing it’s quiet because of the fact that it’s holiday week in the U.S. But I don’t care. My bank account is so very, very thankful. Though I am going to be clicking to buy INSANITY – I just know it – it still means only three new books this week.

Okay… so I lied. I’m pretty sure I’ll be adding Heather Brewer’s latest to my collection, too. I own all the other books in this series and the Vladimir Tod series, so I can’t imagine not adding this one. So that’s four. A bit worse than the two I have pre-ordered. But it’s not nearly as insane as the last few weeks.

And with next week’s releases numbering in the double digits, I’m just glad to have a mini break.

I hope that with the fact that this is a quieter release week it will be easier to find a new release to add to your collection. When there are umpteen books releasing, it is so difficult choose which book or books to add to your toppling reading piles. With just a handful of new YA releases this week, it will hopefully be a lot easier to spot the gems.

But if, for some reason, I’ve missed an amazing book’s release, please let me know. I couldn’t bear the thought of missing out on a must read!


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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