Saturday, January 12, 2013

Notable New Book Releases: Jan. 6 - Jan. 12

Confession: I have never read Brenna Yovanoff. Her books always sound like something I would like, too, so maybe I'll start with Paper Valentine. These are the books that caught my eye this week:

Paper Valentine by Brenna Yovanoff
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Amazon | Goodreads

The city of Ludlow is gripped by the hottest July on record.  The asphalt is melting, the birds are dying, petty crime is on the rise, and someone in Hannah Wagnor’s peaceful suburban community is killing girls.

For Hannah, the summer is a complicated one.  Her best friend Lillian died six months ago, and Hannah just wants her life to go back to normal. But how can things be normal when Lillian’s ghost is haunting her bedroom, pushing her to investigate the mysterious string of murders?  Hannah’s just trying to understand why her friend self-destructed, and where she fits now that Lillian isn’t there to save her a place among the social elite. And she must stop thinking about Finny Boone, the big, enigmatic delinquent whose main hobbies seem to include petty larceny and surprising acts of kindness.

With the entire city in a panic, Hannah soon finds herself drawn into a world of ghost girls and horrifying secrets.  She realizes that only by confronting the Valentine Killer will she be able move on with her life—and it’s up to her to put together the pieces before he strikes again.

Paper Valentine is a hauntingly poetic tale of love and death by the New York Times bestselling author of The Replacement and The Space Between.

Navigating Early by Clare Vanderpool
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Amazon | Goodreads

At the end of World War II, Jack Baker, a landlocked Kansas boy, is suddenly uprooted after his mother's death and placed in a boy's boarding school in Maine. There, Jack encounters Early Auden, the strangest of boys, who reads the number pi as a story and collects clippings about the sightings of a great black bear in the nearby mountains. Newcomer Jack feels lost yet can't help being drawn to Early, who won't believe what everyone accepts to be the truth about the Great Appalachian Bear, Timber Rattlesnakes, and the legendary school hero known as The Fish, who never returned from the war. When the boys find themselves unexpectedly alone at school, they embark on a quest on the Appalachian Trail in search of the great black bear. But what they are searching for is sometimes different from what they find. They will meet truly strange characters, each of whom figures into the pi story Early weaves as they travel, while discovering things they never realized about themselves and others in their lives.

Jinx by Sage Blackwood
Publication Date: January 8, 2013
Amazon | Goodreads

In the Urwald, you don't step off the path. Trolls, werewolves, and butter churn–riding witches lurk amid the clawing branches, eager to swoop up the unwary. Jinx has always feared leaving the path—then he meets the wizard Simon Magus.

Jinx knows that wizards are evil. But Simon's kitchen is cozy, and he seems cranky rather than wicked. Staying with him appears to be Jinx's safest, and perhaps only, option. As Jinx's curiosity about magic grows, he learns to listen to the trees as closely as he does to Simon's unusual visitors. The more Jinx discovers, the more determined he becomes to explore beyond the security of well-trodden paths.

But in the Urwald, a little healthy fear is never out of place, for magic—and magicians—can be as dangerous as the forest. And soon Jinx must decide which is the greater threat.

Sage Blackwood introduces a daring new hero for an innovative new world as Jinx is joined by friends, battles enemies, and discovers that life beyond—and even within—the forest is more complex than he can imagine, and that the Urwald itself needs him more than he could ever guess.

Did any of these books make it on to your shelves this week? Be sure to let me know what books you were excited about this week.


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  1. I enjoyed Yovanoff's debut, The Replacement, a few years ago, but haven't read any of her others. So I am excited to try Paper Valentine!

  2. I loved the cover of The Replacement, but never read it. I did pre-order Paper Valentine- who can say no to that cover? And I hope to read it soon!

  3. The cover for Paper Valentine is super gorgeous. But Navigating Early really caught my eye for some reason. Hopefully my library has a copy!!

  4. Paper Valentine sounds interesting! I'm going to be on the look out for it.

  5. Where do you find all these books? Looks interesting and I like to read all of these. Looking forward to your review as well!

    1. They are books I come across on Goodreads, other blogs, and Amazon.

  6. I loved Paper Valentine. I've read all of her Brenna's books and I loved them all.


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