Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Release Day (1)

Welcome to my new feature: Release Day! Every Tuesday a slew of new books come out. As much as I'd love to highlight them all, I just can't. There are too many. So here are a some YA and MG books that you'll see hit shelves today!

First up is MISGUIDED ANGEL by Melissa de la Cruz. This is book five in The Blue Bloods series. If you love this series, be sure to pick up the latest installment.

After inheriting the dark Van Alen Legacy, Schuyler fled to Florence--with her forbidden love, Jack. Now the two of them must embark on the mission Schuyler was destined to complete: to find and protect the seven gates that guard earth from Lucifer, lord of the Silverbloods.
As the Blue Blood enclave weakens yet further, fate leads Schuyler closer to a terrifying crossroads--and a choice that will determine the destiny of all vampires.
GHOST TOWN by Rachel Caine is book 9 in The Morganville Vampires series. It also marks the switch from paperback to hardback for this series. Congrats to Rachel for such a successful series! I'm not caught up with the series, but I have to say that this is my favorite cover yet.

While developing a new system to maintain Morganville's defenses, student Claire Danvers discovers a way to amplify vampire mental powers. Through this, she's able to re-establish the field around this vampire-infested Texas college town that protects it from outsiders.

But the new upgrades have an unexpected consequence: people inside the town begin to slowly forget who they are-even the vampires. Soon, the town's little memory problem has turned into a full-on epidemic. Now Claire needs to figure out a way to pull the plug on her experiment- before she forgets how to save Morganville...

Book three in the Warrior Princess books by Frewin Jones is THE EMERALD FLAME. I have not yet read any of his book, but he sure gets some amazing covers.

The Emerald Flame of her people.

Branwen has finally accepted that the Shining Ones have chosen her to save her country from the Saxon invaders. But the next stage in her journey includes a seemingly impossible mission, and the path before her is filled with darkness and danger. Branwen is pushed to the brink of disaster, and with each step she takes, she is being pulled farther from the life she once knew—the life she still desperately misses.

Guided by the spirits, with both her fearless friend Rhodri and the dashing, sometimes maddening Iwan by her side, Branwen must overcome terrifying odds if she is to succeed in her quest. But a true Warrior Princess won't back down . . . even when an old enemy returns.

THE PROPERTIES OF WATER by Hanna Roberts McKinnon is the only 

When Lace's older sister, Marni, falls victim to a summer swimming accident, it paralyzes Lace in time. For Lace, there is only a before--can there be an after? But as the summer surges on, she learns that she must return to the water, the very thing that tore her family apart. This beautifully crafted novel explores the boundaries of family and friendship, the greatest griefs that knock us down, and the smallest kindnesses that guide us to safe harbors.

A TALE DARK AND GRIMM by Adam Gidwitz is a middle grade debut that looks to be a lot of fun. What would happen if Hansel and Gretel decided to visit other Grimm Tale?

In this mischievous and utterly original debut, Hansel and Gretel walk out of their own story and into eight other classic Grimm-inspired tales. As readers follow the siblings through a forest brimming with menacing foes, they learn the true story behind (and beyond) the bread crumbs, edible houses, and outwitted witches.

Fairy tales have never been more irreverent or subversive as Hansel and Gretel learn to take charge of their destinies and become the clever architects of their own happily ever after.

THE BOY WHO HOWLED by Timothy Power is a middle grade book about a little boy named Callum who is raised by wolves. And this tells the funny story of how he learns to live with humans.

As far back as Callum can really remember, he's been living in the Wild as the furless mascot of a wolf pack. But when his pack sends him back to live with his own kind—humans—fitting in is quite a challenge. He doesn't remember English very well, so he accidentally says his name is "Clam." He's spent most of his life eating fresh-killed elk, so dining with vegetarians is tricky. And when he tries to impress the Alpha student in the school cafeteria by stealing food, people seem offended!

A mix of wildness and humor, Timothy Power's inventive writing makes him a debut author to watch. And Callum's quest to find his place in a strange world will have readers rooting for him—when they're not howling with laughter.

THE COMING OF THE DRAGON by Rebecca Barnhouse is a middle grade version of the infamous BEOWULF. Definitely one I want to read. Also... the cover is amazing.

Rebecca Barnhouse weaves Norse gods, blood feuds, and a terrifying dragon into this spectacular retelling of the end of the Old English poem Beowulf.

When he was a baby, Rune washed up onshore in a boat, along with a sword and a pendant bearing the runes that gave him his nickname. Some people thought he was a sacrifice to the gods and wanted to send him right back to the sea. Luckily for Rune, King Beowulf disagreed. He lifted the boy from the boat and gave him to Amma, a wisewoman living on a farm far removed from the king’s hall, to raise as she saw fit.

Sixteen years later, Rune spends his summers laboring on the farm. And at King Beowulf’s request, he comes to the hall each winter for weapons training. But somehow he never quite fits in. Many people still fear he will bring a curse on the kingdom. Then a terrible thing happens. On a lonely crag on a mountain that belongs to the giants, someone awakens a dragon. It is time for Rune to find the warrior inside himself and prove to the doubters once and for all that he is a true hero.

UNDER THE GREEN HILL by  Laura L Sullivan is a middle grade story with faeries... making it the book on this list I want to read the most.

Meg and her siblings have been sent to the English countryside for the summer to stay with elderly relatives. The children are looking forward to exploring the ancient mansion and perhaps discovering a musty old attic or two filled with treasure, but never in their wildest dreams did they expect to find themselves in the middle of a fairy war.

When Rowan pledges to fight for the beautiful fairy queen, Meg is desperate to save her brother. But the Midsummer War is far more than a battle between mythic creatures: Everything that lives depends on it. How can Meg choose between family and the fate of the very land itself?  

Some other books you may be interested in:
EDISON'S GOLD by Geoff Watson
ORPHAN OF DESTINY by Michael Spradlin
THE FLEDGLING HANDBOOK 101 by PC and Kristin Cast
RED SCARF GIRL by Ji-li Jiang
DASH AND LILY'S BOOK OF DARES by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn
A GOOD HORSE by Jane Smiley

New to kindle:

New to paperback:
DARKLIGHT by Lesley Livingston
I SO DON'T DO SPOOKY by Barrie Summy


Kat said...

Wow, The Emerald Flame looks really good! I'm a new follower, by the way. If you'd like, you can check out my blog at http://amyriadofbooks.blogspot.com. Good luck on your followers contest!

Nandi said...

Ohhh! Under the Green Hill and A Tale of Dark and Grimm look like good reads!

Dusty said...

Under the Green Hills seems interesting, but I think that out of those the one that caught my attention the most is "The properties of water". It sounds like it has a more original and emotional storyline.

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