New Releases For The Week Of September 18th, 2012

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New Releases For The Week Of September 18th, 2012

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Glass Heart by Amy Garvey

Wren can do things
that other people can only dream of. Make it snow on a clear, crisp day. Fly
through an abandoned tunnel. Bring a paper bird to life.

Wren knows her
abilities are tinged with danger—knows how easy it is to lose control—but she
can’t resist the intoxicating rush. And now that she has Gabriel by her side,
someone who knows what she can do—what she has done—she finally feels
free to be herself.

But as Wren explores
the possibilities of her simmering powers, Gabriel starts pushing her away.
Telling her to be careful. Telling her to stop. The more he cautions
her, the more determined Wren becomes to prove that she can handle things on
her own. And by the time she realizes that Gabriel may be right, it could be
too late to bring him back to her side.

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The Raven Boys by Maggie
Stiefvater

“There are only two reasons a
non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his
true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the
soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year,
when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at
Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from
Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it
all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more
than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam,
the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the
fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of
the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her
true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her
life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys,
she’s not so sure anymore.

From Maggie Stiefvater, the bestselling and acclaimed author of the Shiver
trilogy and The Scorpio Races, comes a spellbinding new series where the
inevitability of death and the nature of love lead us to a place we’ve never
been before.

 The Diviners by Libba Bray

Evie O’Neill has been
exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of
New York City–and she is pos-i-toot-ly thrilled. New York is the city of
speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with
glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to
live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore,
Superstition, and the Occult–also known as “The Museum of the Creepy
Crawlies.”

 

When a rash of
occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick
of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power
that could help catch the killer–if he doesn’t catch her first.

 Ten by Gretchen
McNeil

Shhhh!
Don’t spread the word! Three-day weekend. House party.
White Rock House on Henry Island.
You do not want to miss it.

It was
supposed to be the weekend of their lives—three days on Henry Island at an
exclusive house party. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their own reasons
for wanting to be there, which involve their school’s most eligible bachelor,
T. J. Fletcher, and look forward to three glorious days of boys, bonding, and
fun-filled luxury.

But what
they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns
dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance
is mine.

Suddenly,
people are dying, and with a storm raging outside, the teens are cut off from
the rest of the world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that
isn’t scheduled to return for three days. As the deaths become more violent and
the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die?
Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Burn for Burn by Jenny Han
and Siobhan Vivian

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Postcard-perfect Jar
Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront
homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.

KAT is sick and tired
of being bullied by her former best friend.

LILLIA has always
looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy
friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.

MARY is perpetually
haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has
yet to get what’s coming to him.

None of the girls can
act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But
together…anything is possible.

With an unlikely
alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go
back and do things differently…” These girls will show Jar Island that
revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.

The Crown of Embers (Girl of Fire and Thorns Trilogy)
by
Rae Carson

 
She does not know
what awaits her at the enemy’s gate.

Elisa is a hero. She led her people to victory over a terrifying, sorcerous
army. Her place as the country’s ruler should be secure. But it isn’t.

Her enemies come at her like ghosts in a dream, from both foreign realms and
within her own court. And her destiny as the chosen one has not yet been fulfilled.

To conquer the power she bears once and for all, Elisa must follow the trail of
long-forgotten–and forbidden–clues from the deep, undiscovered catacombs of
her own city to the treacherous seas. With her goes a one-eyed spy, a traitor,
and the man who–despite everything–she is falling in love with.

If she’s lucky, she will return from this journey. But there will be a cost.

The Peculiar by Stefan
Bachmann

Don’t get yourself
noticed and you won’t get yourself hanged.

In the faery slums of
Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew
and Hettie are changelings—Peculiars—and neither faeries nor humans want
anything to do with them.

One day a mysterious
lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew
watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when
Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers,
the boy who lives across the alley—Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets
himself noticed.

First he’s noticed by
the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by
Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur
Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who,
against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.

Part murder mystery,
part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan
Bachmann’s riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.

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Incarnation by Emma Cornwall

 
In the steampunk
world of Victorian London, a beautiful vampire seeks out the author of Dracula–to
set the record straight . . .

If one is to believe
Bram Stoker’s legendary vampire tale, Lucy Weston is Dracula’s most wanton
creation, a sexual creature of the night who preys on innocent boys. But the
real-life Lucy is nothing like her fictional counterpart—and she demands to
know why the Victorian author deliberately lied. With Stoker’s reluctant help,
she’s determined to track down the very fiend who transformed her—from the
sensual underworld where humans vie to become vampires, to a hidden cell
beneath a temple to madness, and finally into the glittering Crystal Palace where
death reigns supreme.

Haunted by
fragmentary memories of her lost life and love, Lucy must battle her thirst for
blood as she struggles to stop a catastrophic war that will doom vampires and
humans alike. Ultimately, she must make a choice that illuminates for her—and
for us—what it means to be human.

Safekeeping by Karen Hesse

Radley’s parents had
warned her that all hell would break loose if the American People’s Party took
power. And now, with the president assassinated and the government cracking
down on citizens, the news is filled with images of vigilante groups, frenzied
looting, and police raids. It seems as if all hell has broken loose.

Coming back from volunteering abroad, Radley just wants to get home to Vermont,
and the comfort and safety of her parents. Travel restrictions and delays are
worse than ever, and by the time Radley’s plane lands in New Hampshire, she’s
been traveling for over twenty-four hours. Exhausted, she heads outside to find
her parents—who always come, day or night, no matter when or where she
lands—aren’t there.

Her cell phone is dead, her credit cards are worthless, and she doesn’t have
the proper travel papers to cross state lines. Out of money and options, Radley
starts walking. . . .

Illustrated with 50 of her own haunting and beautiful photographs, this is a
vision of a future America that only Karen Hesse could write: real, gripping,
and deeply personal.

 
Dying
sucks–and high school senior Ember McWilliams knows firsthand. After a fatal
car accident, her gifted little sister brought her back. Now anything Ember
touches dies. And that, well, really blow
Ember operates on a no-touch policy with all living things–including boys.
When Hayden Cromwell shows up, quoting Oscar Wilde and claiming her curse is a
gift, she thinks he’s a crazed cutie. But when he tells her he can help control
it, she’s more than interested. There’s just one catch: Ember has to trust
Hayden’s adopted father, a man she’s sure has sinister reasons for collecting
children whose abilities even weird her out. However, she’s willing to do anything
to hold her sister’s hand again. And hell, she’d also like to be able to kiss
Hayden. Who wouldn’t?
But when Ember learns the accident that turned her into a freak may not’ve been
an accident at all, she’s not sure who to trust. Someone wanted her dead, and
the closer she gets to the truth, the closer she is to losing not only her
heart, but her life. For real this time.

 

Winter of the World: Book Two of the Century Trilogy by
Ken Follett


Ken Follett follows up his #1 New York Times bestseller Fall of
Giants
with a brilliant, page-turning epic about the heroism and honor of
World War II, and the dawn of the atomic age.

Ken Follett’s Fall of Giants, the first novel in his extraordinary new
historical epic, The Century Trilogy, was an international sensation, acclaimed
as “sweeping and fascinating, a book that will consume you for days or weeks” (USA
Today
) and “grippingly told and readable to the end” (The New York Times
Book Review
). “If the next two volumes are as lively and entertaining as Fall
of Giants
,” said The Washington Post, “they should be well worth
waiting for.”

Winter of the World picks up right where the first book left off, as its
five interrelated families—American, German, Russian, English, Welsh—enter a
time of enormous social, political, and economic turmoil, beginning with the
rise of the Third Reich, through the Spanish Civil War and the great dramas of
World War II, up to the explosions of the American and Soviet atomic bombs.

Carla von Ulrich, born of German and English parents, finds her life engulfed
by the Nazi tide until she commits a deed of great courage and heartbreak. . .
. American brothers Woody and Chuck Dewar, each with a secret, take separate
paths to momentous events, one in Washington, the other in the bloody jungles
of the Pacific. . . . English student Lloyd Williams discovers in the crucible
of the Spanish Civil War that he must fight Communism just as hard as Fascism.
. . . Daisy Peshkov, a driven American social climber, cares only for
popularity and the fast set, until the war transforms her life, not just once
but twice, while her cousin Volodya carves out a position in Soviet
intelligence that will affect not only this war—but the war to come.

These characters and many others find their lives inextricably entangled as
their experiences illuminate the cataclysms that marked the century. From the
drawing rooms of the rich to the blood and smoke of battle, their lives
intertwine, propelling the reader into dramas of ever-increasing complexity.

As always with Ken Follett, the historical background is brilliantly researched
and rendered, the action fast-moving, the characters rich in nuance and
emotion. With passion and the hand of a master, he brings us into a world we
thought we knew, but now will never seem the same again.

Seconds Away: A Mickey Bolitar Novel by Harlan Coben

When tragedy strikes
close to home, Mickey Bolitar and his loyal new friends—sharp-witted Ema and
the adorkably charming Spoon—find themselves at the center of a terrifying
mystery involving the shooting of their friend Rachel. Now, not only does
Mickey have to continue his quest to uncover the truth about the Abeona
Shelter, the Butcher of Lodz and the mysterious death of his father, he needs
to figure out who shot Rachel—no matter what it takes.

Mickey has always
been ready to sacrifice everything to help the people he loves. But with danger
just seconds away, how can he protect them when he’s not even sure who—or
what—he’s protecting them from?

 Cast in Peril (Chronicles of Elantra) by Michelle
Sagara

It has been a busy
few weeks for Private Kaylin Neya. In between angling for a promotion, sharing
her room with the last living female Dragon and dealing with more refugees than
anyone knew what to do with, the unusual egg she’d been given began to hatch.
Actually, that turned out to be lucky, because it absorbed the energy from the
bomb that went off in her quarters.…

So now might be the
perfect time to leave Elantra and journey to the West March with the Barrani.
If not for the disappearances of citizens in the fief of
Tiamaris—disappearances traced to the very Barrani Kaylin is about to be
traveling with…

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Because It Is My Blood (Birthright) by Gabrielle
Zevin


“Every time I think
I’m out, they pull me back in.”- Michael Corleone, The Godfather


Since her release from Liberty Children’s Facility, Anya Balanchine is
determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal
record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a
gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have
moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem
closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship.But when old friends
return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the
criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will
take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of
chocolate where her resolve–and her heart–will be tested as never before.

What’s Left of Me: The Hybrid Chronicles, Book One by Kat Zhang

Eva and
Addie started out the same way as everyone else–two souls woven together in
one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk,
how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why
aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the
neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was
pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t…

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie
knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover
there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids
are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will
be locked away with the others. And yet…for a chance to smile, to twirl, to
speak, Eva will do anything.

 The Curse (Beladors) by Sherrilyn
Kenyon

Evalle Kincaid will fight to the death for her supernatural friends.

But when Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love’s tough-as-nails heroine
reveals her darkest secret, who among those she had trusted will be left
standing?

With the freedom of
an entire race hanging in the balance, Evalle has two days to make good on a
promise that she suddenly has no hope of fulfilling when demonic Svart Trolls
invade Atlanta. She takes a leap of faith, seeking help from the one man who
recently put Evalle in his crosshairs—Black Ops specialist Isak Nyght. While
trying to stop the bloody troll-led gang wars, Evalle unwittingly exposes a
secret that endangers all she holds dear and complicates her already tumultuous
love life with the mysterious Skinwalker, Storm. But when Evalle discovers
she’s the number one target in the Medb coven’s ruthless plan to destroy all
Beladors, the deadly Alterant is forced to make a game-changing decision with
no time left on the clock.

Mark of the Witch (Portal) by Maggie Shayne


She was born to save
what he is sworn to destroy

A lapsed Wiccan,
Indira Simon doesn’t believe in magic anymore. But when strange dreams of being
sacrificed to an ancient Babylonian god have her waking up with real rope burns
on her wrists, she’s forced to acknowledge that she may have been too hasty in
her rejection of the unknown. Then she meets mysterious and handsome Father
Thomas. Emerging from the secrecy of an obscure Gnostic sect, he arrives with
stories of a demon, a trio of warrior witches—and Indira’s sacred calling.

Yet there’s something
even Tomas doesn’t know, an inescapable truth that will force him to choose
between saving the life of the woman he’s come to love—and saving the world.

The Wolf Princess: The Wolf PrincessOne Eye Open
(Harlequin Nocturne) by
Karen Whiddon

 Trouble.
Princess Alisa senses it instantly when she first meets Braden Streib, the
mysterious specialist her parents summoned from America to stimulate her
shape-shifting cycles. At first—and unlike her many suitors—this confident,
swarthy outsider in dark sunglasses seems indifferent to her royal status. But
Alisa’s essence soon whispers to Braden, a Halfling, of untamed talents that
could prove devastating—as well as impossible to resist. Her abilities, if
properly aroused, might be her kingdom’s only hope. For amid the pomp and
secrecy of the court, Braden and Alisa are about to confront an extremist enemy—and
an unexpected passion beyond their wildest imaginings….

Forever Werewolf: Forever WerewolfMoon Kissed
(Harlequin Nocturne) by
Michele Hauf

Alexis Conner, princess
of the Alpine pack and pureblood werewolf, hides a painful secret-she has never
shifted. If she can’t shift, she can’t mate, and so Lexi resigned herself to a
lifetime of loneliness. But then a stranger arrives, and Lexi senses that her
world will never be the same….

A massive avalanche
might be to blame for Trystan Hawkes getting stuck at Castle Wulfsiege, but
after one look at Lexi, Trystan is not about to leave. Lexi is strong, smart
and incredibly sexy. Not that it matters. Tryst is an omega-the fabled lone
wolf. Even more damning is his mixed vampire heritage.

Lexi knows that the
vampire blood running through Tryst’s veins makes him off-limits, but what if
he’s the one man who can rouse her inner wolf?

 

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