Monday, January 28, 2013

New Release Round-Up: January 28-February 3, 2013

Young Adult

The Madman's Daughter
by Megan Shepherd

Release date: January 29, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 432
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Suggested tags: young adult, historical fiction, retellings

First in The Madman's Daughter series. From Goodreads:
"In the darkest places, even love is deadly.

Sixteen-year-old Juliet Moreau has built a life for herself in London—working as a maid, attending church on Sundays, and trying not to think about the scandal that ruined her life. After all, no one ever proved the rumors about her father's gruesome experiments. But when she learns he is alive and continuing his work on a remote tropical island, she is determined to find out if the accusations are true.

Accompanied by her father's handsome young assistant, Montgomery, and an enigmatic castaway, Edward—both of whom she is deeply drawn to—Juliet travels to the island, only to discover the depths of her father's madness: He has experimented on animals so that they resemble, speak, and behave as humans. And worse, one of the creatures has turned violent and is killing the island's inhabitants. Torn between horror and scientific curiosity, Juliet knows she must end her father's dangerous experiments and escape her jungle prison before it's too late. Yet as the island falls into chaos, she discovers the extent of her father's genius—and madness—in her own blood.

Inspired by H. G. Wells's classic The Island of Dr. Moreau, The Madman's Daughter is a dark and breathless Gothic thriller about the secrets we'll do anything to know and the truths we'll go to any lengths to protect.

Nobody But Us
by Kristin Halbrook

Release date: January 29, 2013
Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 272
Publisher: HarperTeen
Suggested tags: young adult, romance, contemporary

From Goodreads:
"Bonnie and Clyde meets IF I STAY in this addictively heart-wrenching story of two desperate teenagers on the run from their pasts.

They’re young. They’re in love. They’re on the run.

Zoe wants to save Will as much as Will wants to save Zoe. When Will turns eighteen, they decide to run away together. But they never expected their escape to be so fraught with danger....

When the whole world is after you, sometimes it seems like you can’t run fast enough.

Nobody But Us, told in alternating perspectives from Will and Zoe, is an unflinching novel, in turns heartbreaking and hopeful, about survival, choices, and love...and how having love doesn’t always mean that you get a happy ending. Described as “beautiful, heartbreaking, and exhilarating” by Kody Keplinger, author of The DUFF, Nobody But Us will prove irresistible to fans of Nina Lacour, Jenny Han, and Sara Zarr.

Other YA new releases for this week:

Middle Grade

Never Say Die
by Will Hobbs

Release date: January 29, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 192
Publisher: HarperCollins
Suggested tags: middle grade, adventure

From Goodreads:
"When the motto of your village is "never say die," you have a lot to live up to. . . .

At home in Canada's Arctic, Nick Thrasher is an accomplished Inuit hunter at fifteen. About to bring home a caribou for his ailing grandfather, Nick loses the meat to a fearsome creature never before seen in the wild. It's half grizzly, half polar bear. Experts will soon be calling it a "grolar bear."

Returning to his village, Nick receives a letter from the half brother he's never met. A former Grand Canyon river guide, Ryan Powers is now a famous wildlife photographer. He'll soon be coming to Nick's part of the world to raft the remote Firth River in search of huge herds of migrating caribou. Ryan also wants to learn what Inuit hunters are saying about climate change in the Arctic. He invites Nick to come along and help him find the caribou.

Barely down the river, disaster strikes. Nick and Ryan are both thrown into the freezing river and find themselves under a ceiling of solid ice. With nothing but the clothes on his back and the knife on his hip, Nick is up against it in a world of wolves, caribou, and grizzlies. All the while, the monstrous grolar bear stalks the land.

Other Middle Grade new releases for this week:


  1. There are so many great books coming out! I got Blaze recently so I'm excited to read about that. Hooked, A Shimmer of Angels, and Nobody But Us I'm anticipating reading as well. The middle grade books look a little disappointing. I love middle grade books but eh.

    1. Lots of good releases this week!! Blaze sounds good, I'll be interested to see what you think. I really have a hard time finding middle grade new releases - maybe I'm not looking in the right places...?