Sunday, November 20, 2011

New Release Roundup: November 20 - 26, 2011


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


November 21


The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler

Razorbill

It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet.

Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CD-ROM.

Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future.

Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.


November 22


Saving June by Hannah Harrington

HarlequinTeen

My Review

‘If she’d waited less than two weeks, she’d be June who died in June. But I guess my sister didn’t consider that.’

Harper Scott’s older sister has always been the perfect one so when June takes her own life a week before her high school graduation, sixteen-year-old Harper is devastated. Everyone’s sorry, but no one can explain why.

When her divorcing parents decide to split her sister’s ashes into his-and-her urns, Harper takes matters into her own hands. She’ll steal the ashes and drive cross-country with her best friend, Laney, to the one place June always dreamed of going California.

Enter Jake Tolan. He’s a boy with a bad attitude, a classic-rock obsession and nothing in common with Harper’s sister. But Jake had a connection with June, and when he insists on joining them, Harper’s just desperate enough to let him. With his alternately charming and infuriating demeanour and his belief that music can see you through anything, he might be exactly what she needs.

Except June wasn’t the only one hiding something. Jake’s keeping a secret that has the power to turn Harper’s life upside down again.


In the Forests of the Night (Goblin Wars #2) by Kersten Hamilton

Clarion Books

The battle against goblinkind continues . . . but which side will Teagan be on?

Teagan, Finn, and Aiden have made it out of Mag Mell alive, but the Dark Man’s forces are hot on their heels. Back in Chicago, Tea’s goblin cousins show up at her school, sure she will come back to Mag Mell, as goblin blood is never passive once awoken. Soon she will belong to Fear Doirich and join them. In the meantime, they are happy to entertain themselves by trying to seduce, kidnap, or kill Tea’s family and friends. Tea knows she doesn’t have much time left, and she refuses to leave Finn or her family to be tortured and killed. A wild Stormrider, born to rule and reign, is growing stronger inside her. But as long as she can hold on, she’s still Teagan Wylltson, who plans to be a veterinarian and who heals the sick and hurting. The disease that’s destroying her—that’s destroying them all—has a name: Fear Doirich. And Teagan Wylltson is not going to let him win.


Bit of a slow week in books, but it's a good one! I know a lot of people have been looking forward to Jay Asher's newest book, and I highly recommend Saving June! It's a fantastic contemporary debut. I'll be reviewing In the Forests of the Night on Friday for the Teen Book Scene tour -- I love this series by Kersten Hamilton! It's so unique and mystical.

What new release are you most excited for this week? Have you read Thirteen Reasons Why, Jay Asher's bestselling contemporary novel?

(Barnes and Noble wasn't cooperating when I did this post, so please let me know if I've overlooked a YA release!)

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