Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Just released (U.S.): Shade

Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready was just released in the U.S.

Description: Publisher Description: Aura can see ghosts. Born after the Shift, a little-understood event that enabled younger generations to communicate with the dead, Aura is relentlessly pursued by these violet-hued spirits. They need help to pass out of this world and into the next. And some are so angry they are on the verge of becoming Shades, dark vortexes of energy. But Aura just wants the ghosts to leave her alone so she can spend time with her boyfriend, Logan. When Aura is paired with a new foreign-exchange student to research the Shift for a class project, she is determined to ignore her partner's sexy Scottish accent and discover the cause of the Shift so she can reverse it. Then Logan dies a most untimely death. Forced to reconsider her relationship with the living and the dead, Aura is caught in a love triangle with her violet-hued boyfriend and her hot research partner...one of whom may hold the key to reversing the Shift.
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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Just released (U.S.): Thief Eyes

Thief Eyes by Janni Lee Simner was just released in the U.S.

Description: After her mother mysteriously disappears, sixteen-year-old Haley convinces her father to take her to Iceland, where her mother was last seen. There, amidst the ancient fissures and crevices of that volcanic island, Haley meets gorgeous Ari, a boy with a dangerous side who appoints himself her protector. When Haley picks up a silver coin that entangles her in a spell cast by her ancestor Hallgerd, she discovers that Hallgerd's spell and her mother's disappearance are connected to a chain of events that could unleash terrifying powers and consume the world. Haley must find a way to contain the growing fires of the spell—and her growing attraction to Ari.
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Just released (U.S.): Unfamiliar Magic

Unfamiliar Magic by R.C. Alexander was just released in the U.S.

Description: Publisher Description: DESI IS a witch. And she knows she could be a great witch—if only her mom would teach her any spells. Unfortunately, Desi's mom is more concerned with keeping them safe and their abilities hidden. When her mom leaves town under mysterious circumstances, it should be Desi's perfect opportunity to explore magic on her own. But Desi has been left in the care of the most unusual babysitter of all time: her pet cat—also her mom's familiar—now transformed into a teenage girl named Cat. And Cat has only three goals: Learn how to eat sushi with her new hairless monkey paws, get the awkward boy next door to pay for her sushi, and keep Desi out of trouble. And that means no magic. Yeah, right! This hilarious and high-spirited fantasy is perfect for cat lovers, embattled siblings, and anyone who yearns to find the magic in everyday life.
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Monday, April 26, 2010

Just released (U.S.): White Cat (The Curse Workers book 1)

White Cat (The Curse Workers book 1) by Holly Black was just released in the U.S.

Description: Publisher description: Cassel comes from a family of curse workers -- people who have the power to change your emotions, your memories, your luck, by the slightest touch of their hands. And since curse work is illegal, they're all mobsters, or con artists. Except for Cassel. He hasn't got the magic touch, so he's an outsider, the straight kid in a crooked family. You just have to ignore one small detail -- he killed his best friend, Lila, three years ago. Ever since, Cassel has carefully built up a facade of normalcy, blending into the crowd. But his facade starts crumbling when he starts sleepwalking, propelled into the night by terrifying dreams about a white cat that wants to tell him something. He's noticing other disturbing things, too, including the strange behavior of his two brothers. They are keeping secrets from him, caught up in a mysterious plot. As Cassel begins to suspect he's part of a huge con game, he also wonders what really happened to Lila. Could she still be alive? To find that out, Cassel will have to out-con the conmen.
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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Just released (U.S.): The Light (Morpheus Road book 1)

The Light (Morpheus Road book 1) by D. J. MacHale was just released in the U.S.

Description: Marshall Seaver is being haunted. In the first installment of this chillingly compelling trilogy, Marshall discovers that something beyond our world is after him. He's soon convinced that it has something to do with his best friend, Cooper, who's been missing for more than a week. Together with Coop's beautiful (but aloof) sister, Marsh searches for the truth about what happened to his friend—and what he uncovers reveals a disastrous collision between the worlds of the living and the dead. But for Marsh, the journey is just beginning....
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Friday, April 16, 2010

Forthcoming book (U.S.): Thief Eyes

Thief Eyes by Janni Lee Simner will be released on April 27, 2010 in the U.S.

Description: After her mother mysteriously disappears, sixteen-year-old Haley convinces her father to take her to Iceland, where her mother was last seen. There, amidst the ancient fissures and crevices of that volcanic island, Haley meets gorgeous Ari, a boy with a dangerous side who appoints himself her protector. When Haley picks up a silver coin that entangles her in a spell cast by her ancestor Hallgerd, she discovers that Hallgerd's spell and her mother's disappearance are connected to a chain of events that could unleash terrifying powers and consume the world. Haley must find a way to contain the growing fires of the spell—and her growing attraction to Ari.
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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Just released (U.S.): Out of the Woods

Out of the Woods by Lyn Gardner was just released in the U.S.

Description: Publisher Description: THE FUN FAIR is in town! With its clouds of pink candy floss and whirling big wheel, what child could resist such temptation? Little do the Eden sisters know that they are being lured into a wicked witch's lair. Belladonna wants Aurora's heart and Storm's all-powerful musical pipe, and she will stop at nothing to get them. Driven by vanity and greed, she makes a truly formidable adversary. After escaping from a deadly game of hide-and-seek in the enchanted fair, our three heroines flee through the woods, with several ravenous wolves and a sweet-toothed lion hot on their heels. Now they face their biggest challenge yet: a treacherous journey into the Underworld. For only when the pipe has been safely returned to the land of the dead will the Eden sisters truly be out of the woods.
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Just released (U.S.): The Owl Keeper

The Owl Keeper by Christine Brodien-Jones was just released in the U.S.

Description: Publisher Description: MAXWELL UNGER HAS always loved the night. He used to do brave things like go tramping through the forest with his gran after dark. He loved the stories she told him about the world before the Destruction—about nature, and books, and the silver owls. His favorite story, though, was about the Owl Keeper. According to Max's gran, in times of darkness the Owl Keeper would appear to unite owls and sages against the powers of the dark. Gran is gone now, and so are her stories of how the world used to be. Max is no longer brave. The forest is dangerous, the books Gran had saved have been destroyed, and the silver owls are extinct. At least that's what the High Echelon says. But Max knows better. Maxwell Unger has a secret. And when a mysterious girl comes to town, he might just have to start being brave again. The time of the Owl Keeper, Gran would say, is coming soon.
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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Just released (U.S.): The King Commands (Tales of the Borderlands book 2)

The King Commands (Tales of the Borderlands book 2) by Meg Burden was just released in the U.S.

Description: Ellin Fisher has made the Northlands her home. When she first came to the Northlands she hated the cold, bleak land, but she has come to see the beauty in it, too. And since the death of her father and the events of the previous year, King Alaric and his four brothers are the closest thing to family that she has. But although King Alaric has repealed most of the laws restricting the Southlanders, changing the laws doesn't change the way people feel, and Ellin continues to encounter prejudice and growing unrest against the Southlanders. Then a death - and a betrayal - force her to leave her adopted home and return to the Southlands. The situation there is even worse than when she left, as the Guardians crack down even more against people with powers like Ellin's. The situation seems hopeless as Ellin, not welcome in either of the lands she loves, seeks to find a way to heal and reconcile both of them.
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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Just released (U.S.): Fading Echoes (Warriors: Omen of the Stars book 2)

Fading Echoes (Warriors: Omen of the Stars book 2) by Erin Hunter was just released in the U.S.

Description: After the sharp-eyed Jay and the roaring Lion, peace will come on Dove's gentle wing. Three ThunderClan cats, Jayfeather, Lionblaze, and Dovepaw, are prophesied to hold the power of the stars in their paws. Now they must work together to unravel the meaning behind the ancient words of the prophecy. As Jayfeather tackles his new responsibilities as the Clan's sole medicine cat and Lionblaze trains his apprentice in the ways of the warrior cats, Dovepaw hones her own unique ability and tries to use it for the good of ThunderClan. But the dark shadows that have preyed on the Clan for many moons still lurk just beyond the forest. Soon a mysterious visitor will walk in one cat's dreams, whispering promises of greatness, with results that will change the future of ThunderClan in ways that no cat could have foreseen.
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