Sunday, February 13, 2011

New Release Roundup: February 13 - 19, 2011

A weekly feature I started to showcase the exciting new releases hitting shelves this week.

February 15

Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton

This debut, the first novel in a trilogy, is achingly romantic, terrifying, and filled with blistering action.

When seventeen-year-old Ellie starts seeing reapers - monstrous creatures who devour humans and send their souls to Hell - she finds herself on the front lines of a supernatural war between archangels and the Fallen and faced with the possible destruction of her soul.

A mysterious boy named Will reveals she is the reincarnation of an ancient warrior, the only one capable of wielding swords of angelfire to fight the reapers, and he is an immortal sworn to protect her in battle. Now that Ellie's powers have been awakened, a powerful reaper called Bastian has come forward to challenge her. He has employed a fierce assassin to eliminate her - an assassin who has already killed her once.

While balancing her dwindling social life and reaper-hunting duties, she and Will discover Bastian is searching for a dormant creature believed to be a true soul reaper. Bastian plans to use this weapon to ignite the End of Days and to destroy Ellie's soul, ending her rebirth cycle forever. Now, she must face an army of Bastian's most frightening reapers, prevent the soul reaper from consuming her soul, and uncover the secrets of her past lives - including truths that may be too frightening to remember.

Rival by Sara Bennett Wealer

What if your worst enemy turned out to be the best friend you ever had?
Meet Brooke: Popular, powerful and hating every minute of it, she’s the “It” girl at Douglas High in Lake Champion, Minnesota. Her real ambition? Using her operatic mezzo as a ticket back to NYC, where her family lived before her dad ran off with an up and coming male movie star.

Now meet Kathryn: An overachieving soprano with an underachieving savings account, she’s been a leper ever since Brooke punched her at a party junior year. For Kath, music is the key to a much-needed college scholarship.

The stage is set for a high-stakes duet between the two seniors as they prepare for the prestigious Blackmore competition. Brooke and Kathryn work toward the Blackmore with eyes not just on first prize but on one another, each still stinging from a past that started with friendship and ended in betrayal. With competition day nearing, Brooke dreams of escaping the in-crowd for life as a professional singer, but her scheming BFF Chloe has other plans. And when Kathryn gets an unlikely invitation to Homecoming, she suspects Brooke of trying to sabotage her with one last public humiliation.

As pressures mount, Brooke starts to sense that the person she hates most might just be the best friend she ever had. But Kathryn has a decision to make. Can she forgive? Or are some rivalries for life?

The Girl Who Became a Beatle by Greg Taylor

She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah!

When Regina Bloomsbury’s band, the Caverns, breaks up, she thinks it’s all over. And then she makes a wish—

“I wish I could be as famous as the Beatles.”

The Beatles are her music idols. The next day, she gets up to find that the Caverns are not just as famous as the Beatles, they have replaced them in history! Regina is living like a rock star, and loving it. There are talk shows, music videos, and live concerts with thousands of screaming fans. And Regina is the star of it all.

But fame is getting the better of Regina, and she has a decision to make. Does she want to replace the Beatles forever?

Here is a rocking novel about the good and the bad of Hollywood, fame, and rock ’n roll.

Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2) by Kimberly Derting

The missing dead call to Violet. They want to be found.

Violet can sense the echoes of those who've been murdered—and the matching imprint that clings to their killers. Only those closest to her know what she is capable of, but when she discovers the body of a young boy she also draws the attention of the FBI, threatening her entire way of life.

As Violet works to keep her morbid ability a secret, she unwittingly becomes the object of a dangerous obsession. Normally she'd turn to her best friend, Jay, except now that they are officially a couple, the rules of their relationship seem to have changed. And with Jay spending more and more time with his new friend Mike, Violet is left with too much time on her hands as she wonders where things went wrong. But when she fills the void by digging into Mike's tragic family history, she stumbles upon a dark truth that could put everyone in danger.

February 17

Leverage by Joshua C. Cohen

The football field is a battlefield

There’s an extraordinary price for victory at Oregrove High. It is paid on—and off—the football field. And it claims its victims without mercy—including the most innocent bystanders.

When a violent, steroid-infused, ever-escalating prank war has devastating consequences, an unlikely friendship between a talented but emotionally damaged fullback and a promising gymnast might hold the key to a school’s salvation.

Told in alternating voices and with unapologetic truth, Leverage illuminates the fierce loyalty, flawed justice, and hard-won optimism of two young athletes.

I read Angelfire not long ago and really enjoyed it! The premise was fresh, the heroine was fierce, and the love interest was smokin' hot. Look out for my review on release day! I'm also really excited about The Girl Who Became a Beatle. I am a die-hard Beatles fan and there's something intoxicating about the idea of that level of fame. It sounds like a really fun and unusual read.

What new release are you most excited for this week?

Descriptions from Goodreads. Click the hyperlinked titles to purchase or preorder.


Anonymous said...

Rival sounds really interesting! It's a little different from what I have been reading :)

Ava said...

Yay for Rival and Desires of the Dead! I'm super excited to read both of those ones!

Jennifer said...

Angelfire is fantastic. Desires of the Dead and Rival are now being added to my TBR list.

Natalie (Mindful Musings) said...

I have a copy of Angelfire on my Nook, thanks to NetGalley, so I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it! I haven't heard a lot about The Girl Who Became a Beatle or Leverage, so I'm curious to see what you think of them!

Have a great week!

Small Review said...

Yay for Angelfire! I will definitely be looking at your review on release day :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

The Body Finder Series has been one I've been looking at around the web here. It sounds good, but I haven't started it yet, or got it. I might have to think on it. But Angelfire has really caught my eye. I would really like to read that one. And the cover is just cool. :) Thanks for the round-up this week. :)

GMR said...

Ooh...I can vouch for THE GIRL WHO BECAME A BEATLE book....JUST finished reading it last night. It's good, especially if you're a Beatles fan (which ironically, I'm not a huge one....I know, gasp shock and awe) but even if you're not because the situation/message imparted is good for one and all. Review coming shortly, so I shall cut my rambling short...but was good. ^_^

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