Monday, April 30, 2012

New Release Round-Up: April 30-May 6, 2012

Young Adult

by Veronica Roth

Release date: May 1, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 525
Publisher: HarperTeen
Suggested tags: young adult, dystopia

Second in the Divergent series. From Goodreads:
"One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

The Vicious Deep
by Zoraida Córdova

Release date: May 1, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 384
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Suggested tags: young adult, paranormal, mermaids

First in The Vicious Deep series. From Goodreads:
"For Tristan Hart, everything changes with one crashing wave.

He was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.

His best friend Layla is convinced something is wrong. But how can he explain he can sense emotion like never before? How can he explain he’s heir to a kingdom he never knew existed? That he’s suddenly a pawn in a battle as ancient as the gods.

Something happened to him in those three days. He was claimed by the sea…and now it wants him back.

Wentworth Hall
by Abby Grahame

Release date: May 1, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 276
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Suggested tags: young adult, historical fiction, romance

From Goodreads:
"The prettiest people often have the ugliest secrets...

Eighteen-year-old Maggie Darlington has turned into an entirely different person. The once spirited teen is now passive and reserved. A change Lord and Lady Darlington can’t help but be grateful for.

It’s 1912, and the Darlingtons of Wentworth Hall have more than just the extensive grounds to maintain. As one of Britain’s most elite families, they need to keep up appearances that things are as they have always been… even as their carefully constructed façade rapidly comes undone.

Maggie has a secret. And she’s not the only one… the handsome groom Michael, the beautiful new French nanny Therese, the Darlingtons’ teenage houseguests Teddy and Jessica, and even Maggie’s younger sister Lila are all hiding something. Passion, betrayal, heartache, and whispered declarations of love take place under the Darlingtons’ massive roof. And one of these secrets has the power to ruin the Darlingtons forever.

When scandalous satires start appearing in the newspaper with details that closely mirror the lives of the Darlingtons, everyone is looking over their shoulder, worrying their scandal will be next. Because at Wentworth Hall, nothing stays secret for long.

Other YA new releases for this week:

Middle Grade

Partners in Crime
by Kim Harrington

Release date: May 1, 2012
Available as: paperback
Pages: 192
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Suggested tags: middle grade, mystery

First in the Sleuth or Dare series. From Goodreads:

When best friends Darcy and Norah have to create a fake business for a school assignment, they come up with a great idea: a detective agency! Darcy loves mysteries, and Norah likes helping people, so it's a perfect fit.

But then their pretend agency gets a real case. Someone is missing, and it's up to Darcy and Norah to take on the search. Unfortunately, there's someone else out there who doesn't want the two detectives stirring up any trouble. . . .

With the help of hidden clues, spy gadgets, and trusted friends, can Darcy and Norah crack the case in time?

Real Mermaids Don't Hold Their Breath
by Helene Boudreau

Release date: May 1, 2012
Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 240
Publisher: Sourcebooks Jabberwocky
Suggested tags: middle grade, paranormal, mermaids

Second in the Real Mermaids series. From Goodreads:
"Jade begins her summer confused. Yes, there's that whole "will this be a leg-day or a tail-day" kind of confusion, but Jade's got even bigger problems: It's been three weeks since Mom returned to the ocean with no news of her whereabouts. Plus, it's been twenty-one days since Jade first kissed her mer-boy Luke and now-nothing. Will Mom find the enchanted tidal pool that will allow her to become human? And why is Luke acting so weird?"

Other Middle Grade new releases for this week:


  1. Sounds like a great list of books. Thanks for listing them.

    1. I'm excited for a lot of the releases this week! Thank you for visiting! :)