Monday, August 6, 2012

New Release Round-Up: August 6-12, 2012

Young Adult


Glitch
by Heather Anastasiu

Release date: August 7, 2012
Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 371
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Suggested tags: young adult, dystopia, romance



First in the Glitch series. From Goodreads:
"In the Community, there is no more pain or war. Implanted computer chips have wiped humanity clean of destructive emotions, and thoughts are replaced by a feed from the Link network.

When Zoe starts to malfunction (or “glitch”), she suddenly begins having her own thoughts, feelings, and identity. Any anomalies must be immediately reported and repaired, but Zoe has a secret so dark it will mean certain deactivation if she is caught: her glitches have given her uncontrollable telekinetic powers.

As Zoe struggles to control her abilities and stay hidden, she meets other glitchers including Max, who can disguise his appearance, and Adrien, who has visions of the future. Both boys introduce Zoe to feelings that are entirely new. Together, this growing band of glitchers must find a way to free themselves from the controlling hands of the Community before they’re caught and deactivated, or worse.

In this action-packed debut,
Glitch begins an exciting new young adult trilogy."


Throne of Glass
by Sarah J. Maas

Release date: August 7, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 416
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children's
Suggested tags: young adult, fantasy



First in the Throne of Glass series. From Goodreads:
"After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

Her opponents are men—thieves and assassins and warriors from across the empire, each sponsored by a member of the kings council. If she beats her opponents in a series of eliminations, she’ll serve the kingdom for three years and then be granted her freedom.

Celaena finds her training sessions with the captain of the guard, Westfall, challenging and exhilirating. But she’s bored stiff by court life. Things get a little more interesting when the prince starts to show interest in her... but it’s the gruff Captain Westfall who seems to understand her best.

Then one of the other contestants turns up dead... quickly followed by another. Can Celaena figure out who the killer is before she becomes a victim? As the young assassin investigates, her search leads her to discover a greater destiny than she could possibly have imagined.
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Other YA new releases for this week:



Middle Grade


Aldo's Fantastical Movie Palace
by Jonathan Friesen

Release date: August 7, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 272
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Suggested tags: middle grade, fantasy



From Goodreads:
"In the Darkness of this Theater, Anything Can Happen

The family's broken-down theater has always been a safe place for Chloe. There, no one can see the scars that line her face---scars her inventor father accidentally caused, leaving even deeper wounds between them. In the darkness she meets Nick, a boy with his own hurts. While Nick isn't the most pleasant companion, a rocky friendship is formed over their love of films. Soon the two are working on a movie script about a fantastical world---one that suddenly comes alive on the screen. Chloe and Nick are transported into an adventure beyond what they ever imagined, filled with dragons, magical pools, and a sinister vapor that threatens to destroy everyone. But when tragedy strikes, Chloe must find the courage to step out of the shadows and find what she's always longed for.
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Liar & Spy
by Rebecca Stead

Release date: August 7, 2012
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 192
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction



From Goodreads:
"When seventh grader Georges (the S is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?

Liar & Spy is an inspired, often-funny story about destiny, goofy brilliance, and courage. Like Stead's Newbery Medal-winning When You Reach Me, it will keep readers guessing until the end."

Other Middle Grade new releases for this week: