Monday, February 4, 2013

New Release Round-Up: February 4-10, 2013

Young Adult

Etiquette & Espionage
by Gail Carriger

Release date: February 5, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 320
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Suggested tags: young adult, steampunk, paranormal

First in the Finishing School series. From Goodreads:
"It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.

Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.

But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.

First in a four book YA series set 25 years before the Parasol Protectorate but in the same universe.

by Laura Lam

Release date: February 5, 2013
Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 392
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Suggested tags: young adult, fantasy

From Goodreads:
"R. H. Ragona’s Circus of Magic is the greatest circus of Ellada. Nestled among the glowing blue Penglass—remnants of a mysterious civilisation long gone—are wonders beyond the wildest imagination. It’s a place where anything seems possible, where if you close your eyes you can believe that the magic and knowledge of the vanished Chimaera is still there. It’s a place where anyone can hide.

Iphigenia Laurus, or Gene, the daughter of a noble family, is uncomfortable in corsets and crinoline, and prefers climbing trees to debutante balls. Micah Grey, a runaway living on the streets, joins the circus as an aerialist’s apprentice and soon becomes the circus’s rising star.

But Gene and Micah have balancing acts of their own to perform, and a secret in their blood that could unlock the mysteries of Ellada.

Other YA new releases for this week:

Middle Grade

Better Nate Than Ever
by Tim Federle

Release date: February 5, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 288
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction

From Goodreads:
"Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he'd settle for *seeing* a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There's an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom."

The Colossus Rises
by Peter Lerangis

Release date: February 5, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 304
Publisher: HarperCollins
Suggested tags: middle grade, adventure, mythology

First in the Seven Wonders series. From Goodreads:
"One Boy

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die.

One Mission

Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One Problem

The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years.

Seven Wonders

Because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The thrills begin in
The Colossus Rises, the first installment in the epic seven-book adventure series Seven Wonders, from master storyteller and bestselling 39 Clues series author Peter Lerangis."

Other Middle Grade new releases for this week:


  1. Yay! I love that another Liar Society book has come out. I have to read the fourth one next. The Middle Grade books actually look really good! I must remember to come back here so I can see what I want to add on Goodreads. I never hear about MG releases so this is a treat for me. What is Nancy Drew doing there?

    1. I meant The Lying Game! (different picture, same person)

    2. I haven't started The Lying Game series yet - I really need to! I was excited for the MG releases this week too. Yes, please do come back - I post new YA & MG releases every Monday! :)

      This is a new Nancy Drew series called Nancy Drew Diaries. From the synopsis on Goodreads: "Nancy and her friends must navigate a cruise ship crisis in the first book of the Nancy Drew Diaries, a fresh approach to a classic series."