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 October 22nd-October 28th that I have pre-ordered.
TEARDROP by Lauren Kate will be released in the U.S. on October 22, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.
Published by Delacorte Press, the print edition is 464 pages.
TEARDROP is the first book in a new series of the same name by Author Lauren Kate. An eBook novella, LAST DAY OF LOVE, set after book one is slated for release on December 10, 2013.
I feel like I’ve been waiting forever for the release of TEARDROP by Lauren Kate. I’ve had it pre-ordered since March and I cannot wait for it to download to my Kindle this week.
I absolutely love the cover, but it’s the description that has me dying to read it. I want to know what powers Eureka has. I want to know what Ander knows that he shouldn’t. And I want to know why Eureka is in “grave danger.”
I also cannot wait to find out more about this ancient tale that might be “more than a story.”
The description calls this an “epic saga” – I love epic sagas – and it also promises romance and dark magic. And while this is just the first book in this new series, I don’t think I’ll be able to wait for the sequel’s release to read it.
Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux’s mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn’t, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.
But Ander doesn’t know Eureka’s darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance—a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined.
From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.
ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth will be released in the U.S. on October 22, 2013 in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.
Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 544 pages.
ALLEGIANT is the third and final full-length book in Author Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy.
I am anxiously awaiting the release of ALLEGIANT this week. I’ve had this pre-ordered even longer – since February of 2013 – and I will be watching my Kindle for its arrival when it releases on Monday Midnight.
As I’ve already spotlighted this for my Book Watch post and rambled about it just yesterday when I added it to My Reading Pile, I will only just say that I hope that there aren’t too many tears when I have to say goodbye to Tris and Tobias. I hope that the story is every bit as exciting as I think it will be.
And I hope that whatever “explosive new truths” are revealed don’t change too many of the hearts of those Tris loves.
I love the fact that there is a dual POV in this final book and while I haven’t read all of the novellas, I cannot wait to dive into this series-ending book. Even if saying goodbye will be devastating.
One choice will define you.
What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM by Mary Gray will be released in the U.S. on October 22, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.
Published by Spencer Hill Press, the print edition is 296 pages.
I may have only just pre-ordered THE DOLLHOUSE ASYLUM for my Kindle but I am super thrilled it’s releasing this week. I thought that when I first heard about this book this past August I immediately clicked to pre-order it, but it seems I didn’t. Maybe it wasn’t available for the Kindle then?!? I’m just glad that I discovered this now and that it will be added to my collection on its release date.
I love the idea that there’s some twisted game these character couples must play in order to stay in Elysian Fields. I’m curious as to why they have to be renamed and pass this unusual test. And I want to find out just who this Teo Richardson really is.
The cover totally freaks me out and I wonder if the story will do the same. It does sound very much like it’s a game of living dolls, which is more than a little bit creepy. And I really want to know if that’s the case and just what playing this game means.
Hopefully I’ll be able to sneak this book onto the pile before the end of the month.
A virus that had once been contained has returned, and soon no place will be left untouched by its destruction. But when Cheyenne wakes up in Elysian Fields–a subdivision cut off from the world and its monster-creating virus–she is thrilled to have a chance at survival.
At first, Elysian Fields,with its beautiful houses and manicured lawns, is perfect. Teo Richardson, the older man who stole Cheyenne’s heart, built it so they could be together. But when Teo tells Cheyenne there are tests that she and seven other couples must pass to be worthy of salvation, Cheyenne begins to question the perfection of his world.
The people they were before are gone. Cheyenne is now “Persephone,” and each couple has been re-named to reflect the most tragic romances ever told. Everyone is fighting to pass the test, to remain in Elysian Fields. Teo dresses them up, tells them when to move and how to act, and in order to pass the test, they must play along.
If they play it right, then they’ll be safe.
But if they play it wrong, they’ll die.
RAGS & BONES: New Twists on Timeless Tales by Melissa Marr, Tim Pratt et al will be released in the U.S. on October 22, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.
Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, the print edition is 368 pages.
As soon as I saw the name Melissa Marr I immediately pre-ordered RAGS & BONES. When I then learned that it’s a collection of fairytale retellings I was even more excited for its release. Though I am a little wary about the retelling of “The Monkey’s Paw,” as that story still gives me the heebie-jeebies.
I have read most, if not all, of these stories that are being retold so I cannot wait to see what these talented authors do with them. It will be so interesting to compare and contrast and to see whether or not I love the modern-day versions more than the originals.
The description certainly paints a picture with the statement that these stories will be “boil[ed] down to their bones.” And I cannot wait to read at least a few of them when they release this week. They sound like the perfect reads for this time of year.
The best writers of our generation retell the classics.
Literature is filled with sexy, deadly, and downright twisted tales. In this collection, award-winning and bestselling authors reimagine their favorite classic stories, ones that have inspired, awed, and enraged them; ones that have become ingrained in modern culture; and ones that have been too long overlooked. They take these stories and boil them down to their bones, and then reassemble them for a new generation of readers.
Today’s most acclaimed authors use their own unique styles to rebuild these twelve timeless stories:
Sir Edmund Spenser’s The Faerie Queene – Saladin Ahmed; W. W. Jacobs’s “The Monkey’s Paw” – Kelley Armstrong; Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu’s “Carmilla” – Holly Black; “Sleeping Beauty” – Neil Gaiman; The Brothers Grimm’s “Rumpelstiltskin” – Kami Garcia; Kate Chopin’s The Awakening – Melissa Marr; Rudyard Kipling’s “The Man Who Would Be King” – Garth Nix; Henry James’s “The Jolly Corner” – Tim Pratt; E. M. Forster’s “The Machine Stops” – Carrie Ryan; Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto – Margaret Stohl; William Seabrook’s “The Caged White Werewolf of the Saraban” – Gene Wolfe; Nathaniel Hawthorne’s “The Birth-Mark” – Rick Yancey; And six illustrations by Charles Vess.
Published by Samhain Publishing, the book is 234 pages.
BLOOD OF AN ANCIENT is the second book in Rinda Elliott’s Beri O’Dell series.
While I received an early copy of BLOOD OF AN ANCIENT to read and review, I just had to pre-order a finished copy when I noticed it on Amazon this past August. I love this series and its characters and I can’t wait for its release this week so I can add it to my collection.
And while it isn’t a YA title, as I am ordering it – and have been anxiously awaiting its release – I didn’t just want to include it in the “books of note” section of this post. Because it’s definitely more than that.
But as my plan is to write and post my review on one of my blogs this week, I don’t want to share any of my thoughts just yet… okay, maybe just the one…. This sequel is even more awesome than the first book in the series. Darker. More exciting. More action-packed. Sexier.
And even though I have already read it, I may just have to take a peek at the finished version when it lands on my Kindle on Tuesday. I may even have to do a full re-read.
Saving the love of her life could mean letting her inner darkness out to play.
Beri O’Dell is on a mission. She has to rip back into a hell dimension fast, but needs two things first—the blood of an ancient and a fix for her friend Blythe’s magic, which careened out of control after the battle with the Dweller.
Finding ancient blood isn’t easy when the old ones are rare and unwilling to donate. She needs to find Blythe’s former mentor…except the woman has lost her mind and joined a traveling band of singing witches.
That’s not the only magical monkey on her back. Nikolos is imprisoned, and after a screwed-up spell lets her witness the horror that has become his life, her fear for him grows by the day. Now there’s another problem—a powerful being unleashed during the battle with the Dweller likes her gluttonous new existence, and will kill anyone who threatens it.
But Beri has a few tricks up her costumed sleeve, even if it means mining the darkness of her soul to set everything right…and get Nikolos back in her arms.
Warning: Sleazy ancients. Random fires. Nosy teenage hackers. Hints of off-screen torture. Battles with…Beri doesn’t know what. And one scary boyfriend who keeps inching toward insanity.
Other Books of Note
Pub. Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
From the outside, Brendan Chase seems to have it pretty easy. He’s a star wrestler, a video game aficionado, and a loving boyfriend to his seemingly perfect match, Vanessa. But on the inside, Brendan struggles to understand why his body feels so wrong—why he sometimes fantasizes having long hair, soft skin, and gentle curves. Is there even a name for guys like him? Guys who sometimes want to be girls? Or is Brendan just a freak?
In Freakboy’s razor-sharp verse, Kristin Clark folds three narratives into one powerful story: Brendan trying to understand his sexual identity, Vanessa fighting to keep her and Brendan’s relationship alive, and Angel struggling to confront her demons.
Pub. Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Gerald Faust knows exactly when he started feeling angry: the day his mother invited a reality television crew into his five-year-old life. Twelve years later, he’s still haunted by his rage-filled youth—which the entire world got to watch from every imaginable angle—and his anger issues have resulted in violent outbursts, zero friends, and clueless adults dumping him in the special education room at school.
Nothing is ever going to change. No one cares that he’s tried to learn to control himself, and the girl he likes has no idea who he really is. Everyone’s just waiting for him to snap…and he’s starting to feel dangerously close to doing just that.
In this fearless portrayal of a boy on the edge, highly acclaimed Printz Honor author A.S. King explores the desperate reality of a former child “star” who finally breaks free of his anger by creating possibilities he never knew he deserved.
Pub. Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
A moment that changes everything. . . .
Caught in an unexpected spring squall, Corrine’s first instinct is to protect her little sister Sophie after a nasty fall. But when Corrine reaches out to comfort her sister, the exact opposite occurs. Her touch–charged with an otherworldly force and bursting with blinding indigo color–surges violently from Corrine to her sister. In an instant, Sophie is dead. From that moment on, Corrine convinces herself that everyone would be better off if she simply withdrew from life.
When her family abruptly moves to New Orleans, Corrine’s withdrawal is made all the easier. No friends. No connections. No chance of hurting anyone. But strange things continue to happen around her in this haunting, mystical city. And she realizes that her power cannot be ignored, especially when Rennick, a talented local artist with a bad-boy past, suggests another possibility: Corrine might have the touch. An ability to heal those around her. But knowing what happened to her sister, can Corrine trust her gift?
THE GHOST PRISON by Joseph Delaney
***MISSED LAST WEEK***
Pub. Date: October 15, 2013
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
The spellbinding eleventh and penultimate installment in the #1 New York Times bestselling vampyre series
Drastically altered after her fall at the end of Hidden, Neferet is now more dangerous than ever—and her quest for vengeance will wreak havoc on humans, as well as Zoey and her friends. Chaos is loosed in Tulsa and the House of Night is blamed. Can Zoey stop Neferet in time to keep her anger from escalating to full-on war? Or will someone else have to step in to take the fall?
The House of Night series is an international phenomenon, reaching #1 on U.S., German, and UK bestseller lists, and remaining a fixture on The New York Times Children’s Series bestseller list for nearly 150 weeks and counting. With more than 12 million copies in print, rights sold in thirty–eight countries to date, and relatable, addictive characters, this series is unstoppable. Now, in the eleventh and penultimate installment of the series, the action is more intense and the stakes even higher as Zoey and her friends battle to protect their school and home from devastating evil—all while balancing romances, precarious friendships and the daily drama of the House of Night’s halls.
I am happy that this week isn’t jam-packed with new releases. I’m also happy that one of the five books releasing this week is one I’ve already read. This means there won’t be too many books getting added to a pile I’m now calling the “I hope to read in it this lifetime” reading pile.
And as I definitely will be reading ALLEGIANT before the ending is completely ruined for me, there will only be two novels and one collection of stories still TBR. As I’m so totally intrigued by both novels and short stories I don’t think they’ll be “to read” books for very long.
While things may be a little quiet on the blog for the next six weeks I still plan on reading whenever I have a free moment. I can’t spend all my time locked up in my head with my own stories and I just know I’ll be dying to read stories by some of my favorite authors when they release.
But I hope that I didn’t miss any “must read” books that are releasing this week. And I hope that you’re able to get your hands on some of those titles you’ve been dying to read.
And… I really, really, hope the ending for ALLEGIANT isn’t spoiled for you before you get the chance to devour it when it releases this week.
Happy bookish buying!
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!