Monday, March 24, 2014

New Release Round-Up: March 24-30, 2014

Young Adult


Nearly Gone
by Elle Cosimano

Release date: March 25, 2014
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 388
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Suggested tags: young adult, thriller, contemporary



From Goodreads:
"Bones meets Fringe in a big, dark, scary, brilliantly-plotted urban thriller that will leave you guessing until the very end.

Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Living in a DC trailer park, she knows better than to share anything that would make her a target with her classmates. Like her mother's job as an exotic dancer, her obsession with the personal ads, and especially the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone's skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn't trust: the new guy at school—a reformed bad boy working undercover for the police, doing surveillance. . . on her.

Nearly might be the one person who can put all the clues together, and if she doesn't figure it all out soon—she'll be next.
"


The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
by Leslye Walton

Release date: March 25, 2014
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 320
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Suggested tags: young adult, magical realism



From Goodreads:
"Magical realism, lyrical prose, and the pain and passion of human love haunt this hypnotic generational saga.

Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and na├»ve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo. First-time author Leslye Walton has constructed a layered and unforgettable mythology of what it means to be born with hearts that are tragically, exquisitely human."

Other YA new releases for this week:



Middle Grade


The Children of the King
by Sonya Hartnett

Release date: March 25, 2014
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 272
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Suggested tags: middle grade, historical fiction, 20th century



From Goodreads:
"Internationally acclaimed author Sonya Hartnett tells a hauntingly beautiful story set during World War II.

Cecily and Jeremy have been sent to live with their uncle Peregrine in the English countryside, safe from the war, along with a young refugee named May. But when Cecily and May find two mysterious boys hiding in the ruins of a nearby castle, an extraordinary adventure begins."


Stay Where You Are And Then Leave
by John Boyne

Release date: March 25, 2014
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 247
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Suggested tags: middle grade, historical fiction, 20th century



From Goodreads:
"The day the First World War broke out, Alfie Summerfield's father promised he wouldn't go away to fight—but he broke that promise the following day. Four years later, Alfie doesn't know where his father might be, other than that he's away on a special, secret mission. Then, while shining shoes at King's Cross Station, Alfie unexpectedly sees his father's name on a sheaf of papers belonging to a military doctor. Bewildered and confused, Alfie realizes his father is in a hospital close by—a hospital treating soldiers with shell shock. Alfie isn't sure what shell shock is, but he is determined to rescue his father from this strange, unnerving place. . . ."

Other Middle Grade new releases for this week:

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