Monday, October 20, 2014

New Release Round-Up: October 20-26, 2014

Young Adult

Beware the Wild
by Natalie C. Parker

Release date: October 21, 2014
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 336
Publisher: HarperTeen
Suggested tags: young adult, paranormal, romance

From Goodreads:
"It's an oppressively hot and sticky morning in June when Sterling and her brother, Phin, have an argument that compels him to run into the town swamp -- the one that strikes fear in all the residents of Sticks, Louisiana. Phin doesn't return. Instead, a girl named Lenora May climbs out, and now Sterling is the only person in Sticks who remembers her brother ever existed.

Sterling needs to figure out what the swamp's done with her beloved brother and how Lenora May is connected to his disappearance -- and loner boy Heath Durham might be the only one who can help her.

This debut novel is full of atmosphere, twists and turns, and a swoon-worthy romance.

Famous in Love
by Rebecca Serle

Release date: October 21, 2014
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 336
Publisher: Poppy
Suggested tags: young adult, romance, contemporary

First in the Famous in Love series. From Goodreads:
"When seventeen-year-old Paige Townsen gets plucked from obscurity to star in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a bustling movie set on the shores of Maui, and she is spending quality time with her costar Rainer Devon, one of People's Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie's famous love triangle, Paige's crazy new life begins to resemble her character's.

In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is -- and who she wants -- while the whole world watches.

Other YA new releases for this week:

Middle Grade

Centaur Rising
by Jane Yolen

Release date: October 21, 2014
Available as: hardcover, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 272
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Suggested tags: middle grade, fantasy

From Goodreads:
"One night during the Perseid meteor shower, Arianne thinks she sees a shooting star land in the fields surrounding her family’s horse farm. About a year later, one of their horses gives birth to a baby centaur. The family has enough attention already as Arianne’s six-year-old brother was born with birth defects caused by an experimental drug—the last thing they need is more scrutiny. But their clients soon start growing suspicious. Just how long is it possible to keep a secret? And what will happen if the world finds out?

At a time when so many novels are set in other worlds, Jane Yolen imagines what it would be like if a creature from another world came to ours in this thoughtfully written, imaginative novel,
Centaur Rising."

Jake and the Giant Hand
by Philippa Dowding

Release date: October 21, 2014
Available as: paperback, Kindle edition, ebook
Pages: 136
Publisher: Dundurn
Suggested tags: middle grade, mystery

From Goodreads:
"Why is Grandpa acting so weird? And why are there so many giant flies?

Jake spends every summer on his grandpa's farm. But this year, things are a little weird. First, there are huge flies everywhere. Second, Grandpa is acting kind of funny. And third, Jake's friend Kate keeps trying to scare him with creepy stories. Last year's tale about the swamp creature was bad enough, but this year's story about a hand that someone found in a farmer's field is even worse. And it wasn't just any hand either. It was a giant's hand!

It might just be the creepiest story of all. It can't be real. Can it?"

Other Middle Grade new releases for this week: