Monday, September 1, 2014

New Release Round-Up: September 1-7, 2014

Young Adult

The Jewel
by Amy Ewing

Release date: September 2, 2014
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook, audiobook
Pages: 358
Publisher: HarperTeen
Suggested tags: young adult, fantasy, romance

First in The Lone City series. From Goodreads:
"The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty—because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence... and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

Zac and Mia
by A.J. Betts

Release date: September 2, 2014
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 304
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Suggested tags: young adult, realistic fiction, romance

From Goodreads:
"The Fault in Our Stars meets Eleanor and Park in this tough and tender young adult novel that's a lot about love (and a little about cancer).

"When I was little I believed in Jesus and Santa, spontaneous combustion, and the Loch Ness monster. Now I believe in science, statistics, and antibiotics." So says seventeen-year-old Zac Meier during a long, grueling leukemia treatment in Perth, Australia. A loud blast of Lady Gaga alerts him to the presence of Mia, the angry, not-at-all-stoic cancer patient in the room next door. Once released, the two near-strangers can't forget each other, even as they desperately try to resume normal lives. The story of their mysterious connection drives this unflinchingly tough, tender novel told in two voices."

Other YA new releases for this week:

Middle Grade

Half a World Away
by Cynthia Kadohata

Release date: September 2, 2014
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 240
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Suggested tags: middle grade, realistic fiction

From Goodreads:
"A kid who considers himself an epic fail discovers the transformative power of love when he deals with adoption in this novel from Cynthia Kadohata, winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award.

Eleven-year-old Jaden is adopted, and he knows he’s an “epic fail.’ That’s why his family is traveling to Kazakhstan to adopt a new baby—to replace him, he’s sure. And he gets it. He is incapable of stopping his stealing, hoarding, lighting fires, aggressive running, and obsession with electricity. He knows his parents love him, but he feels...nothing.

But when they get to Kazakhstan, it turns out the infant they’ve travelled for has already been adopted, and literally within minutes are faced with having to choose from six other babies. While his parents agonize, Jaden is more interested in the toddlers. One, a little guy named Dimash, spies Jaden and barrels over to him every time he sees him. Jaden finds himself increasingly intrigued by and worried about Dimash. Already three years old and barely able to speak, Dimash will soon age out of the orphanage, and then his life will be as hopeless as Jaden feels now. For the first time in his life, Jaden actually feels something that isn’t pure blinding fury, and there’s no way to control it, or its power.

From camels rooting through garbage like raccoons, to eagles being trained like hunting dogs, to streets that are more pothole than pavement,
Half a World Away is Cynthia Kadohata’s latest spark of a novel."

Maddy West and the Tongue Taker
by Brian Falkner

Release date: September 1, 2014
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 264
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Suggested tags: middle grade, fantasy, adventure

First in The League of Seven series. From Goodreads:
"Maddy West can speak every language in the world. When she is asked to translate some ancient scrolls, Maddy is excited. But the scrolls hide many secrets. Secrets that send Maddy on a wild adventure with a stowaway ninja, a mysterious monkey, a Bulgarian wrestler and a fiendish witch. And soon Maddy finds herself in deadly peril. Does Maddy have what it takes to save herself and her new friends?"

Other Middle Grade new releases for this week:

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