Saturday, March 16, 2013

Notable New Book Releases | March 10 - March 16

Today's post is huge. There were a lot of great releases this past week. As much as my new releases posts excite me, they also depress me. I want to read all the books. The new releases that caught my eye this week are:

Rage Against the Dying by Becky Masterman
March 12th 2013

You have never met an (ex) FBI agent like Brigid Quinn

“Keeping secrets, telling lies, they require the same skill. Both become a habit, almost an addiction, that’s hard to break even with the people closest to you, out of the business. For example, they say never trust a woman who tells you her age; if she can’t keep that secret, she can’t keep yours. I’m fifty-nine.”

Brigid Quinn's experiences in hunting sexual predators for the FBI have left her with memories she wishes she didn’t have and lethal skills she hopes never to need again. Having been pushed into early retirement by events she thinks she's put firmly behind her, Brigid keeps telling herself she is settling down nicely in Tucson with a wonderful new husband, Carlo, and their dogs.

But the past intervenes when a man named Floyd Lynch confesses to the worst unsolved case of Brigid’s career—the disappearance and presumed murder of her young protégée, Jessica. Floyd knows things about that terrible night that were never made public, and offers to lead the cops to Jessica's body in return for a plea bargain.

It should finally be the end of a dark chapter in Brigid’s life. Except…the new FBI agent on the case, Laura Coleman, thinks the confession is fake, and Brigid finds she cannot walk away from violence and retribution after all, no matter what the cost.

With a fiercely original and compelling voice, Becky Masterman's Rage Against the Dying marks the heart-stopping debut of a brilliant new thriller writer.

Poison by Bridget Zinn
March 12th 2013

Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.

But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart…misses.

Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?

Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she's the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.

Chasing the Prophecy (Beyonders #3)
by Brandon Mull

March 12th 2013

The #1 New York Times bestselling Beyonders fantasy trilogy comes to a stunning and epic conclusion.

Jason and Rachel were not born in Lyrian. They did not grow up in Lyrian. But after all of the battles and losses, the triumphs and adventures, and most of all, the friendships forged in this fantastical world, Lyrian has become home to them in a way they never could have imagined.

And so, armed now with the prophecy of a dying oracle, they have gone on their separate quests—each surrounded by brave and powerful allies—knowing that the chance for success is slim. But Jason and Rachel are ready at last to become the heroes Lyrian needs, no matter the cost.

The Menagerie
by Tui T. Sutherland, Kari Sutherland
Expected publication: March 12th 2013

Logan Wilde is accidentally drawn into the mysterious, dangerous world of the Menagerie when he discovers a griffin hiding under his bed . . . and it leads him straight to the weirdest girl in seventh grade, Zoe Kahn.

Zoe is panicking. Her family has been guarding the Menagerie for centuries. If they don't get the cubs back fast, the whole place will be shut down. To save the griffins' lives, she's willing to break all the rules, even if it means letting an outsider like Logan help. But the real mystery remains: Is someone trying to sabotage the Menagerie?

Who let the griffins out . . .and why?

Seven Kinds of Hell (Fangborn #1)
by Dana Cameron
March 12th 2013

Archaeologist Zoe Miller has been running from a haunting secret her whole life. But when her cousin is abducted by a vicious Russian kidnapper, Zoe is left with only one option: to reveal herself.

Unknown to even her closest friends, Zoe is not entirely human. She’s a werewolf and a daughter of the “Fangborn,” a secretive race of werewolves, vampires, and oracles embroiled in an ancient war against evil.

To rescue her cousin, Zoe will be forced to renew family ties and pit her own supernatural abilities against the dark and nefarious foe. The hunt brings Zoe to the edge of her limits, and with the fate of humanity and the Fangborn in the balance, life will be decided by an artifact of world-ending power.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
by Sheryl Sandberg
March 11, 2013

Thirty years after women became 50 percent of the college graduates in the United States, men still hold the vast majority of leadership positions in government and industry. This means that women’s voices are still not heard equally in the decisions that most affect our lives. In Lean In, Sheryl Sandberg examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential.

Sandberg is the chief operating officer of Facebook and is ranked on Fortune’s list of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Business and as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World. In 2010, she gave an electrifying TEDTalk in which she described how women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers. Her talk, which became a phenomenon and has been viewed more than two million times, encouraged women to “sit at the table,” seek challenges, take risks, and pursue their goals with gusto.

In Lean In, Sandberg digs deeper into these issues, combining personal anecdotes, hard data, and compelling research to cut through the layers of ambiguity and bias surrounding the lives and choices of working women. She recounts her own decisions, mistakes, and daily struggles to make the right choices for herself, her career, and her family. She provides practical advice on negotiation techniques, mentorship, and building a satisfying career, urging women to set boundaries and to abandon the myth of “having it all.” She describes specific steps women can take to combine professional achievement with personal fulfillment and demonstrates how men can benefit by supporting women in the workplace and at home.

Written with both humor and wisdom, Sandberg’s book is an inspiring call to action and a blueprint for individual growth. Lean In is destined to change the conversation from what women can’t do to what they can.

The Lords of Salem
by Rob Zombie and B. K. Evenson
March 12, 2013

From the singular mind of horror maestro Rob Zombie comes a chilling plunge into a nightmare world where evil runs in the blood...

Heidi Hawthorne is a thirty-seven-year-old FM radio DJ and a recovering drug addict. Struggling with her newfound sobriety and creeping depression, Heidi suddenly receives an anonymous gift at the station-a mysteriously shaped wooden box branded with a strange symbol. Inside the box is a promotional record for a band that identifies themselves only as The Lords. There is no other information.

She decides to play it on the radio show as a joke, and the moment she does, horrible things begin to happen. The strange music awakens something evil in the town. Soon enough, terrifying murders begin to happen all around Heidi. Who are The Lords? What do they want?

As old bloodlines are awakened and the bodies start to pile up, only one thing seems certain: all hell is about to break loose.

Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
March 12, 2013

Mila was living with her mother in a small Minnesota town when she discovered she was also living a lie.

She was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was never supposed to remember the past.

Now she has no choice but to run--from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much, and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology.

Evading her enemies won't help Mila escape the cruel reality of what she is and cope with everything she has had to leave behind. However, what she's becoming is beyond anyone's imagination, including her own, and that just might save her life.

A compulsively readable sci-fi thriller, Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza's bold debut and the first book in an action-filled, Bourne Identity-style trilogy.

Where you excited about any new releases this week? Which ones? Where you excited about any that didn't make my list? Did you get a chance to start any of your favorite new releases?


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  1. I'm really looking forward to reading Poison and The Lords of Salem although Seven Kinds Of Hell does look interesting as well.

    1. I read a great review for Seven Kinds of Hell. It really piqued my interest.

  2. Super excited for Poison and I like Brandon Mull. I'd be interested in Mila and the Menagerie. I didn't know Rob Zombie wrote! Sounds scary.

    1. Well, he does have a few movies like "House of a 1,000 Corpses" :)

    2. I like Brandon Mull, too. I still need to read the second book in this series!! Rob Zombie wrote The Lords of Salem with Brian Evenson.

      JEM, The Lords of Salem is actually another one of Rob Zombie's movies due out next month. This is the novelization of that movie. It's supposed to be pretty different, but we'll see!

  3. Out of these, I think only "The Menagerie" really piques me. I've always loved the idea of griffins, especially after my high school romp with the "Crown of Stars" saga by Kate Elliot. 7 books of AWESOME :D

    1. Really? I will have to read those! I'm excited about The Menagerie, too. Obviously... Haha. :)

  4. Seven Kinds of Hell looks right up my alley! I hadn't heard of it so thanks for the heads up. I have Mila 2.0 too and can't wait to get started on it!

    1. You are welcome. The reviews of Mila is what sucked me in on that one. I keep reading that it is a really fun read.

  5. I forgot Seven Kinds of Hell released on the 12th. Thanks for the reminder =)

    1. You are welcome! I still need to get my copy, too. :)

  6. I thought Mila 2.0 was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to hearing others' thoughts. I need to grab a copy of Poison and The Menagerie though. I want both!

  7. I actually really liked Mila 2.0 which was a big surprise to be because I was pretty unsure about it. I just got The Lords of Salem last week and I am really excited to read it because I freaking love Rob Zombies twisted sense of horror. I also want to grab Poison, the cover had always caught my eye but I didn't know too much about and reading all the stuff about the author last week made me need it. Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!

  8. Hi there, I am a new follower on Twitter and I am looking forward to reading Rage Against The Dying.


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