Monday, February 11, 2013

New Release Round-Up: February 11-17, 2013

Young Adult

Out of The Easy
by Ruta Sepetys

Release date: February 12, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 348
Publisher: Philomel Books
Suggested tags: young adult, historical fiction, mystery

From Goodreads:
"It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.

Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.

With characters as captivating as those in her internationally bestselling novel Between Shades of Gray, Ruta Sepetys skillfully creates a rich story of secrets, lies, and the haunting reminder that decisions can shape our destiny.

Pivot Point
by Kasie West

Release date: February 12, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 352
Publisher: HarperTeen
Suggested tags: young adult, paranormal, time travel

First in the Pivot Point series. From Goodreads:
"Knowing the outcome doesn’t always make a choice easier . . .

Addison Coleman’s life is one big “What if?” As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It’s the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie’s parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the “Norms,” or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it’s not.

In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback’s girlfriend. When Addie’s father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she’s unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she’s willing to live through . . . and who she can’t live without.

Other YA new releases for this week:

Middle Grade

Beholding Bee
by Kimberly Newton Fusco

Release date: February 12, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 336
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Suggested tags: middle grade, historical fiction

From Goodreads:
"Bee is an orphan who lives with a carnival and sleeps in the back of a tractor trailer. Every day she endures taunts for the birthmark on her face—though her beloved Pauline, the only person who has ever cared for her, tells her it is a precious diamond. When Pauline is sent to work for another carnival, Bee is lost.

Then a scruffy dog shows up, as unwanted as she, and Bee realizes that she must find a home for them both. She runs off to a house with gingerbread trim that reminds her of frosting. There two mysterious women, Mrs. Swift and Mrs. Potter, take her in. They clothe her, though their clothes are strangely out of date. They feed her, though there is nothing in their house to eat. They help her go to school, though they won't enter the building themselves. And, strangely, only Bee seems able to see them.

Whoever these women are, they matter. They matter to Bee. And they are helping Bee realize that she, too, matters to the world--if only she will let herself be a part of it.

This tender novel beautifully captures the pain of isolation, the healing power of community, and the strength of the human spirit.

A Song for Bijou
by Josh Farrar

Release date: February 12, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition
Pages: 304
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction

From Goodreads:
"Life for Alex Schrader has never involved girls. He goes to an all-boys prep school and spends most of his time goofing around with his friends. But all that changes the first time he meets Bijou Doucet, a Haitian girl recently relocated to Brooklyn after the earthquake-and he is determined to win her heart. For Bijou, change is the only constant, and she's surprised every day by how different life is in America, especially when a boy asks her out. Alex quickly learns that there are rules when it comes to girls-both in Haitian culture and with his own friends. And Bijou soon learns that she doesn't have to let go of her roots to find joy in her new life.

Told in alternating viewpoints against the vibrant backdrop of Haitian-American culture, Alex and Bijou take their first tender steps toward love in this heartwarming story.

Other Middle Grade new releases for this week:


  1. I'm definitely getting Beholding Bee! I love the concept. Thanks for sharing it with your readers.

    1. I thought Beholding Bee sounded great too! I'm happy to share - thanks so much for reading!

      ...And I just have to add, I'm more than a little flattered that a YA/MG author is following my blog. Thank you! Hope you enjoy it! :)