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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Debut YA Book Birthdays ~ Week of May 21

Hello everyone - not such a huge list of debut YA books this week as we've seen in the past two weeks.  Although I must say there are some good looking non-debuts coming out this week and next, so maybe the publishers didn't want to compete??  In any event, these look good for different reasons.  Do any of them appeal to you?

NIGHT SCHOOL by C. J. Daughtery
Night School, the first book in a series of darkly romantic YA thrillers set in a British boarding school, is generating excitement around the world.

When Allie Sheridan gets arrested—again—her parents have had enough. They send Allie to the Cimmeria Academy far away from her London friends. The school is beautiful, and filled with gorgeous, ultra-wealthy teens who travel by private jet, were raised by nannies, and only shop on 5th Avenue or Bond Street.

As the school begins to seem like a very dangerous place, she must decide who she can trust if she’s going to find out what’s really going on.
THE NEPTUNE PROJECT by Polly Holyoke

With her weak eyes and useless lungs that often leave her gasping for air, Nere feels more at home swimming with the dolphins her mother studies than she does hanging out with her classmates. Nere has never understood why she is so much more comfortable and confident in the water than on land until the day she learns the shocking truth—she is one of a group of kids who have been genetically altered to survive in the ocean. These products of the "Neptune Project" are supposed to build a better future under the waves, safe from the terrible famines and wars and that rock the surface world.

But there are some big challenges ahead of her: no one ever asked Nere if she wanted to be part of a science experiment; the other Neptune kids aren't exactly the friendliest bunch, and in order to reach the safe haven of the new Neptune colony, Nere and her fellow mutates must swim across hundreds of miles of dangerous ocean, relying on their wits, their loyal dolphins and one another to evade terrifying undersea creatures and a government that will stop at nothing to capture the Neptune kids ... dead or alive.

Fierce battle and daring escapes abound as Nere and her friend race to safety in this action-packed marine adventure.

TRANSPARENT by Natalie Whipple 


Transparent’s Fiona McClean could be a superhero. She has a mutation that allows her to become invisible. But her father, a Las Vegas crime lord, forces her to use her power for evil. Since she was five, she’s been stealing cars, robbing banks, and spying on people.

Fiona’s had enough, so she escapes to a small town far from her father’s reach. Happiness is hard to find surrounded by a mother she hates, a brother she can’t trust, and a guy at school she can’t stand, but Fiona manages to make some friends. And when her father finally tracks her down, Fiona discovers how far she’ll go to protect everyone she’s come to love.

Fans of strong heroines like Daughter of Smoke and Bone’s Karou or Maximum Ride’s Max will fall in love with Transparent by Natalie Whipple.


And last, but certainly NOT least...
PRAEFATIO by Georgia McBride


“With PRAEFATIO, Georgia McBride proves that you can take any genre to a higher level. This is teen fantasy at its most entertaining, most heartbreaking, most compelling. Highly recommended.” –Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of ROT & RUIN and FIRE & ASH

Seventeen-year-old Grace Ann Miller is no ordinary runaway. After having been missing for weeks, Grace is found on the estate of international rock star Gavin Vault, half-dressed and yelling for help. Over the course of twenty-four hours Grace holds an entire police force captive with incredulous tales of angels, demons, and war; intent on saving Gavin from lockup and her family from worry over her safety. Authorities believe that Grace is ill, suffering from Stockholm Syndrome, the victim of assault and a severely fractured mind. Undeterred, Grace reveals the secret existence of dark angels on earth, an ancient prophecy and a wretched curse steeped in Biblical myth. Grace’s claims set into motion an ages-old war, resulting in blood, death and the loss of everything that matters. But are these the delusions of an immensely sick girl, or could Grace’s story actually be true? Praefatio is Grace’s account of weeks on the run, falling in love and losing everything but her faith. When it’s sister against brother, light versus darkness, corrupt police officers, eager doctors and accusing journalists, against one girl with nothing but her word as proof: who do you believe?


8 comments:

Beth said...

Interesting releases.

Crystal Collier said...

Transparent sound super awesome--and so do the others, but if I was going to pick one of the 4, that's probably the one I'd take. =)

Catherine Stine said...

Yay to Georgia McBride! I will check it out!

elizabethwatgibson said...

Oh, my goodness, I'll have to add these to my hurry up and read list.

Kelly Hashway said...

Yay for Georgia!

Lexa Cain said...

Congrats to Georgia! What a great recommendation from Jonathan Maberry! Natalie's book looks awesome. Thanks for all the info, Jessie! :-)

Dawn Brazil said...

Thanks, Jessie for the great list here. I have already downloaded a sample of Georgia's book on my Kindle. I love it! I'm going to buy it and check out the other books.

KatieC said...

Another round of amazing looking YA's! Exciting :D.

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