Monday, April 29, 2013

New Release Round-Up: April 29-May 5, 2013

Young Adult

The Program
by Suzanne Young

Release date: April 30, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 416
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Suggested tags: young adult, dystopia, romance

First in the Program series. From Goodreads:
"In Sloane’s world, true feelings are forbidden, teen suicide is an epidemic, and the only solution is The Program.

Sloane knows better than to cry in front of anyone. With suicide now an international epidemic, one outburst could land her in The Program, the only proven course of treatment. Sloane’s parents have already lost one child; Sloane knows they’ll do anything to keep her alive. She also knows that everyone who’s been through The Program returns as a blank slate. Because their depression is gone—but so are their memories.

Under constant surveillance at home and at school, Sloane puts on a brave face and keeps her feelings buried as deep as she can. The only person Sloane can be herself with is James. He’s promised to keep them both safe and out of treatment, and Sloane knows their love is strong enough to withstand anything. But despite the promises they made to each other, it’s getting harder to hide the truth. They are both growing weaker. Depression is setting in. And The Program is coming for them.

The Ward
by Jordana Frankel

Release date: April 30, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 480
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Suggested tags: young adult, dystopia

First in The Ward series. From Goodreads:
"Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.

However, she never expects that her search will lead to dangerous encounters with a passionate young scientist; a web of deceit and lies; and an earth-shattering mystery that’s lurking deep beneath the water’s rippling surface.

Other YA new releases for this week:

Middle Grade

The Forbidden Castle
by Edward Packard

Release date: April 30, 2013
Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 192
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Suggested tags: middle grade, adventure

Part of the U-Ventures series (updated version of the Choose Your Own Adventure series). From Goodreads:
"Choose your fate—and multiple endings—as you quest for medieval gold in this custom-made adventure.

One of the most popular book formats of the 1980s and 1990s is back and better than ever in the form of U-Ventures, updated versions of the classic Choose Your Own Adventure™ tales that put readers in the driver’s seat. Also available from the iTunes Store in app form, these exciting explorations provide a firsthand sense of involvement where action is always just a page-turn away.

The Forbidden Castle, The Cave of Time has brought you back to medieval England. Can you solve the riddle of the Forbidden Castle? Riches await, but the king wants the fortune for himself—and his army is right behind you. Will you be able to get away? Or should you stay for the gold? In the U-Ventures series, you decide how the story ends. And the more choices you make, the more endings there can be!"

The Girl from Felony Bay
by J.E. Thompson

Release date: April 30, 2013
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 384
Publisher: Walden Pond Press
Suggested tags: middle grade, mystery

From Goodreads:
"The last year has been rougher than sandpaper for Abbey Force and her dad. He's in a coma after his accident a year back, wherein he was framed for a terrible crime he didn't commit. And their home, Reward Plantation, an idyllic spot on the eastern coast of South Carolina, had to be sold to pay off his debt to society. Abbey is stuck living with her uncle Charlie, who, even in the few hours a day when he's sober, ain't exactly your ideal parental role model.

But it turns out the new family that moved into Abbey's old house has a daughter named Bee. And she's just as curious about all the No Trespassing signs and holes being dug out by Felony Bay, in the corner of what used to be Abbey's home. It appears someone's been poking around a mystery that dates all the way back to the Civil War--and it just might be the same someone who framed Abbey's dad.

Other Middle Grade new releases for this week:

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