Wednesday, January 31, 2018

New February 2018 Must-Have Titles!

February 2018

The Queen's Rising
Queen's Rising Trilogy, Book #1
by Rebecca Ross 
ISBN-13: 978-0062471345
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 464
When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna Colbert desires only two things: to master her passion and be chosen by a patron.

Growing up at the renowned Magnalia House in the kingdom of Valenia should have prepared her well. While some are born with intrinsic talent for one of the five passions of life, Brienna knows she is lacking. After spending four years failing to master art, music, dramatics, and wit, she settles for knowledge, the last of the passions, instructed by the rigid (yet handsome) Master Cartier. But summer’s first night awakens Brienna’s greatest fear: the solstice does not go according to plan. 

When a disgraced Maevan lord offers her patronage, Brienna accepts, knowing he needs her ancestral memories to aid his secret plans for retribution. Yet Brienna soon learns that she is assisting three exiled lords in a dangerous attempt to not only dethrone the king of Maevana, but to restore the rightful queen upon the northern throne.

But the plans become tangled when Brienna discovers an unexpected connection to the House she is sent to destroy, and she must ultimately decide whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood—and if the cost is worth becoming impassioned.

Previously listed as; Impassioned, also as; 
Daughter of Passion and Stone

Active Memory 
Mirador, Book #3
by Dan Wells
ISBN-13: 978-0062347930
Publisher: Balzer + Bray 
Pages: 352
From Dan Wells, author of the New York Times bestselling Partials Sequence and the John Cleaver series, comes the third and final book in the dark, pulse-pounding, sci-fi neo-noir series that began with the acclaimed novel Bluescreen.

For all the mysteries teen hacker Marisa Carneseca has solved, there has been one that has always eluded her: the truth behind the car accident in which she lost her arm and a mob boss’ wife, Zenaida de Maldonado, lost her life. Even in a world where technology exists to connect everyone’s mind to one another, it would seem that some secrets can still remain hidden.

Those secrets rise violently to the surface, however, when Zenaida de Maldonado’s freshly severed hand shows up at the scene of a gangland shooting. If Zenaida is—or was—still alive, it means there’s even more about Marisa’s past that she doesn’t know. And when she and her friends start digging, they uncover a conspiracy that runs from the slums of Los Angeles to the very top of the world’s most powerful genetic engineering firm. If Mari wants the truth, she’s going to have to go through genetically enhanced agents, irritatingly attractive mob scions, and some bad relationships to get it.

Dan Wells’s widely acclaimed series continues with his most shocking, pulse-pounding, and visionary story yet.


The Book of Whispers
by Kimberley Starr
ISBN-13: 978-1925355512
Publisher: Text Publishing Company
Pages: 400
A stunning mix of high action, enthralling history and mesmerizing magic.”―Alison Goodman, author of New York Times bestsellers Eon and Eona

Combines history, fantasy, romance and the brutality of the Middle Ages in a satisfyingly epic novel.”―Books + Publishing

Tuscany, 1096 AD. Luca, young heir to the title of Conte de Falconi, sees demons. Since no one else can see them, Luca must keep quiet about what he sees or risk another exorcism by the nefarious priest Ramberti. Luca also has strange dreams that sometimes predict the future. Night after night, Luca sees his father murdered, and vows to stop it coming true―even if he has to defy his father’s wishes and follow him on the great pilgrimage to capture the Holy Lands.

Far away in Cappadocia, Suzan has dreams too. Consigned with her mute mother to a life in an underground convent, she has a vision of a brown-haired boy riding through the desert. A boy with an ancient book that holds some inscrutable power. A boy who will take her on an adventure that will lead to places beyond both their understanding. Together, Luca and Suzan will realize their true quest: to defeat the forces of man and demon that wish to destroy the world.

The Dark Calling 
The Arcana Chronicles, Book #5
by Kresley Cole
ISBN-13: 978-0998141411
Publisher: Valkyrie Press
Pages: TBD
New intrigues, adventure, and stunning revelations fill the penultimate installment of #1 New York Times best-selling author Kresley Cole’s electrifying Arcana Chronicles.

In a world teetering on the edge . . .
When Evie receives life-changing—and possibly game-changing—news, she has trouble believing it. Why doesn’t she feel any different? Is it possible someone she trusts might be lying?

With enemies at every turn . . .
Tensions seethe inside the castle of lost time as Evie begins to doubt her own sanity. Answers might be found outside their stronghold, but will Death help her find them—or prevent her from learning the truth about her future and Jack’s possible survival?

Darkness beckons. 
A mysterious, sinister power begins to affect all the Arcana in its path. Forced out into the wasteland alone, Evie must depend on unexpected allies for survival. But as a battle with Richter looms, can her new alliance defeat the dark calling before hell reigns on earth? 

The Defiant 
The Valiant, Book #2
by Lesley Livingston
ISBN-13: 978-0448494722
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 336

Gladiator Fallon and her warrior sisters must face off against a rival gladiator academy in this lush sequel to the highly anticipated historical fantasy The Valiant.

They call her "Victrix" now. Victory.

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But winning the highest honor ever bestowed upon a gladiatrix in Rome has earned Fallon more deadly enemies outside the arena than she ever faced within it. And it is those dearest to Fallon who will pay the price for her success. 

Now, Fallon and her warrior sisters are thrust into a vicious conflict with a rival gladiator academy, one that will threaten not only Fallon's heart - and her love for Roman soldier Cai - but the very heart of the Roman Empire.

The Prince and the Dressmaker
by Jen Wang
ISBN-13: 978-1250159854
Publisher: First Second 
Pages: 288
Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart. 

The Witchlands, Book 0.5
by Susan Dennard
ISBN-13: 978-1250183521
Publisher: Tor Teen
Pages: 240
From the New York Times bestselling author of Windwitch, an illustrated prequel novella set in the Witchlands setting up the forthcoming hotly anticipated Bloodwitch

Set a year before TruthwitchSightwitch follows Ryber Fortiza, the last Sightwitch Sister as she treks deep underground to rescue her missing best friend. While there, she encounters a young Nubrevnan named Kullen Ikray, who has no memory of who he is or how he wound up inside the mountain. As the two journey every deeper in search of answers, and as they brave one close call after another, a tentative friendship forms between them—one that might one day grow into something more.

Sightwitch is told through Ryber’s journal entries and her sketches, as well as through supplementary materials (such as other journals, pieces of songs, clippings from history books, flashbacks, etc.). Though meant as a companion novella, this story serves as a set up to Bloodwitch as well as an expansion of the world.


The Traitor Prince 
Ravenspire, Book #3
by C.J. Redwine 
ISBN-13: 978-0062652980
Publisher: Balzer + Bray 
Pages: 416
Javan Najafai, crown prince of Akram, has spent the last ten years at an elite boarding school, far away from his kingdom. But his eagerly awaited return home is cut short when a mysterious imposter takes his place—and no one believes Javan is the true prince.

After barely escaping the imposter’s assassins, Javan is thrown into Maqbara, the kingdom’s most dangerous prison. The only way to gain an audience with the king — and reveal Javan’s identity — is to fight in Maqbara’s yearly tournament. But winning is much harder than acing competitions at school, and soon Javan finds himself beset not just by the terrifying creatures in the arena, but also a band of prisoners allied against him, and even the warden herself.

The only person who can help him is Sajda, who has been enslaved by Maqbara’s warden since she was a child, and whose guarded demeanor and powerful right hook keep the prisoners in check. Working with Sajda might be the only way Javan can escape alive — but she has dangerous secrets.

Together, Javan and Sajda have to outwit the vicious warden, outfight the deadly creatures, and outlast the murderous prisoners intent on killing Javan. If they fail, they’ll be trapped in Maqbara for good—and the secret Sajda’s been hiding will bury them both. 


Ink, Iron, and Glass 
Ink, Iron, and Glass, Book #1
by Gwendolyn Clare
ISBN-13: 978-1250112767
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 336
A young scriptologist with the ability to write worlds into creation joins forces with a group of other geniuses to save her kidnapped mother.

The rich world of The Clockwork Prince meets the political turmoil of The Eyre Affair.

As a prodigy in the science of scriptology, Elsa can write new worlds into creation. She lives in one such world called Veldana. When her mother is abducted, Elsa follows her trail into the real world, where she must recruit the help of a secret society of fellow "mad" geniuses who are similarly gifted in powers of mechanics and alchemy. Here, she meets Leo, a mechanist with a smart mouth and a tragic past. 

With Leo's help, she unveils a political conspiracy with her own family at the center. Her mother's most valuable and secret creation, a scriptology book with the power to edit the real world, is also missing, and Elsa must find it and her mother before her enemies do.

Daughter of the Siren Queen 
Daughter of the Pirate King, Book #2
by Tricia Levenseller 
ISBN-13: 978-1250096012
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends 
Pages: 352
The capable, confident, and occasionally ruthless heroine of Daughter of the Pirate King is back in this action-packed sequel that promises rousing high seas adventures and the perfect dash of magic.

Alosa's mission is finally complete. Not only has she recovered all three pieces of the map to a legendary hidden treasure, but the pirates who originally took her captive are now prisoners on her ship. Still unfairly attractive and unexpectedly loyal, first mate Riden is a constant distraction, but now he's under her orders. And she takes great comfort in knowing that the villainous Vordan will soon be facing her father's justice.

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When Vordan exposes a secret her father has kept for years, Alosa and her crew find themselves in a deadly race with the feared Pirate King. Despite the danger, Alosa knows they will recover the treasure first . . . after all, she is the daughter of the Siren Queen.

In Daughter of the Siren Queen, Tricia Levenseller brings together the perfect mix of thrilling action, tense battle scenes, and a heart-pounding romance. 

Heart of Iron
by Ashley Poston
ISBN-13: 978-0062652850
Publisher: Balzer + Bray 
Pages: 480
A smart and funny sci-fi adventure inspired by the story of Anastasia—full of romance, royalty, and action—perfect for fans of Six of Crows.
Seventeen-year-old Ana is a scoundrel by nature and a criminal by nurture. Found as a child in the wreckage of a spaceship with only a sentient android called D09 surviving with her, Ana has spent all the life she remembers with the fearsome space pirate captain and grizzled crew she now calls family. But D09—one of the last remaining illegal Metals—has been glitching, and without a specialized piece of tech, he’ll be gone for good.

When Ana finds information about the tech that will save D09, she’s beat out at the last moment by a spoiled noble boy, Robb Valerio, who wants the tech’s coordinates and doesn’t care what it will cost him. The only way for Ana to get the coordinates is to find the boy—by infiltrating a dangerous party of their world’s elite. But when everything goes wrong, Robb ends up escaping with her crew and saving their lives. Now the whole galaxy is after them—and not all of them will make it out alive.

What they find at the lost corners of the universe will change all their lives—and unearth plenty of secrets from the past. And when a dark conspiracy is revealed, Ana, D09, Robb, and their friends will have to do whatever it takes to protect themselves, and save their kingdom, before it’s too late.

Inspired by the story of Anastasia, Heart of Iron is a rip-roaring adventure story full of thrilling action, dangerous politics, and deadly choices.

Tess of the Road
by Rachel Hartman
ISBN-13: 978-1101931288
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Pages: 544
Meet Tess, a brave new heroine from beloved epic fantasy author Rachel Hartman.

In the medieval kingdom of Goredd, women are expected to be ladies, men are their protectors, and dragons can be whomever they choose. Tess is none of these things. Tess is…different. She speaks out of turn, has wild ideas, and can’t seem to keep out of trouble. Then Tess goes too far. What she’s done is so disgraceful, she can’t even allow herself to think of it. Unfortunately, the past cannot be ignored. So Tess’s family decide the only path for her is a nunnery.

But on the day she is to join the nuns, Tess chooses a different path for herself. She cuts her hair, pulls on her boots, and sets out on a journey. She’s not running away, she’s running towards something. What that something is, she doesn’t know. Tess just knows that the open road is a map to somewhere else—a life where she might belong.

Returning to the spellbinding world of the Southlands she created in the award-winning, New York Times bestselling novel Seraphina, Rachel Hartman explores self-reliance and redemption in this wholly original fantasy.

Surprising, rewarding, and enlightening, both a fantasy adventure and a meta discourse on consent, shame, and female empowerment.”—Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Not to be ignored. Absolutely essential.”—Booklist, starred review

The Traitor's Game 
The Traitor's Game, Book #1
by Jennifer A. Nielsen
ISBN-13: 978-1338045376
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Pages: 400
Hearts and loyalties collide in this electrifying new YA series from New York Times bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen. 

Nothing is as it seems in the kingdom of Antora. Kestra Dallisor has spent three years in exile in the Lava Fields, but that won't stop her from being drawn back into her father's palace politics. He's the right hand man of the cruel king, Lord Endrick, which makes Kestra a valuable bargaining chip. A group of rebels knows this all too well -- and they snatch Kestra from her carriage as she reluctantly travels home.

The kidnappers want her to retrieve the lost Olden Blade, the only object that can destroy the immortal king, but Kestra is not the obedient captive they expected. Simon, one of her kidnappers, will have his hands full as Kestra tries to foil their plot, by force, cunning, or any means necessary. As motives shift and secrets emerge, both will have to decide what -- and who -- it is they're fighting for.

Jennifer A. Nielsen introduces us to an unforgettable new heroine in this epic tale of treachery and intrigue, love and deceit.

All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages
Edited by Saundra Mitchell
ISBN-13: 978-1335470454
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 384
A short story collection featuring 17 historical stories from some of the best queer authors in YA.
Take a journey through time and genres and discover a past where queer people live, love and shape the world around them. Seventeen of the best young adult authors across the queer spectrum have come together to create a collection of beautifully written diverse historical fiction for teens.

From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to two girls falling in love while mourning the death of Kurt Cobain, forbidden love in a sixteenth-century Spanish convent, or an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, All Out tells a diverse range of stories across cultures, time periods and identities, shedding a light on an area of history often ignored or forgotten.

The authors whose work will be included in the anthology are as follows: Alex Sanchez, Anna-Marie McLemore, Dahlia Adler, Emily M. Danforth, Elliot Wake, Kate Scelsa, Kody Keplinger, Mackenzi Lee, Malinda Lo, Natalie C. Parker, Nilah Magruder, Robin Talley, Sara Farizan, Scott Tracey, Shaun David Hutchinson, Tehlor Kay Mejia, Tess Sharpe, Tessa Gratton

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