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March 4 New Releases

7 Mar

 18079804Title: Half Bad
Author: Sally Green
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 416
Blurb: In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan’s father is the world’s most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch—or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust—not even family, not even the girl he loves?
Excitement Factor: OMG. This one is getting a lot of buzz. LOTS.

blogger-image-1128710104Title: The Winner’s Curse
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 368
Blurb: As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
Excitement Factor: Yes, please!

DeathSworn-HC-CTitle: Death Sworn
Author: Leah Cypess
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Genre: Fantasy
Page Count: 352
Blurb: Ileni is losing her magic. And that means she’s losing everything: her position as the rising star of her people, her purpose in life, and even the young man she loves. Sent to the assassins’ cave, hidden deep within the mountains, she expects no one will ever hear from her again. The last two sorcerers sent died within weeks of each other. Accidents? Or something more sinister? As Ileni navigates the dangers—both natural and human—of the caves, she’ll discover secrets that have been kept for decades. And she’ll find an ally in Sorin, the deadly young man who could be the assassins’ next leader. With Sorin determined to protect her, sparks—magical and romantic—will fly. But will even he understand the choice she must make in the end?
Excitement Factor: Yes, please!

18222767Title: A Death-Struck Year
Author: Makiia Lucier
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genre: Historic Fiction
Page Count: 288 pages
Blurb: The Spanish influenza is devastating the East Coast–but Cleo Berry knows it is a world away from the safety of her home in Portland, Oregon. Then the flu moves into the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters are shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode–and into a panic. Seventeen-year-old Cleo is told to stay put in her quarantined boarding school, but when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she cannot ignore the call for help. In the grueling days that follow her headstrong decision, she risks everything for near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies pile up, Cleo can’t help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?
Excitement Factor: Sure, if I’ve got nothing else to read

Panic_HC_JKT_des4.inddTitle: Panic
Author: Lauren Oliver
Publisher: HarperCollins
Genre: Thriller? I honestly can’t tell.
Page Count: 416
Blurb: Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of twelve thousand people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game; he’s sure of it. But what he doesn’t know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for. For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.
Excitement Factor: Sure, if I’ve got nothing else to read. I am honestly not too interested in this, but considering the Lauren Oliver fever that many of my girls suffer from I figured I’d be remiss in ignoring it.

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