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August 9, 2010

This Week's New Releases

Posted by Marisa Emralino
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NewReleases_ButtonV1.jpgThe supernatural, intrigue and dangerous liaisons --- this week’s new releases are anything but bland and boring. Five missing students mysteriously reappear at an exclusive New York party equipped with the ability to read minds, stop time and steal power in ANOTHER FAUST, but as they make further deals with the devil, inevitable truths are revealed that could have dire consequences for these five. In Kristen Miller’s THE ETERNAL ONES, Haven Moore is on a quest to discover who she is and the secrets hidden in her past but things get complicated as she gets swept into an epic love affair with the intriguing Iain Morrow. This week also features the next installment to The Agency series, THE BODY AT THE TOWER, and the New York Times bestseller LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld is now available in paperback.

New Releases for August 10th

Hardcover

THE ETERNAL ONES by Kirsten Miller (Razorbill/Penguin Young Readers Group)

Haven Moore can't control her visions of a past with a boy called Ethan and a life in New York that ended in fiery tragedy. In our present, she designs beautiful dresses for her classmates with her best friend Beau. Dressmaking keeps her sane, since she lives with her widowed and heartbroken mother in her tyrannical grandmother's house in Snope City, a tiny town in Tennessee. Then an impossible group of coincidences conspire to force her to flee to New York, to discover who she is, and who she was.

In New York, Haven meets Iain Morrow and is swept into an epic love affair that feels both deeply fated and terribly dangerous. Iain is suspected of murdering a rock star and Haven wonders, could he have murdered her in a past life? She visits the Ouroboros Society and discovers a murky world of reincarnation that stretches across millennia. Haven must discover the secrets hidden in her past lives, and loves, before all is lost and the cycle begins again.

GIRL PARTS by John M. Cusick (Candlewick)

What happens when a robot designed to be a boy’s ideal “companion” develops a will of its own?

David and Charlie are opposites. David has a million friends, online and off. Charlie is a soulful outsider, off the grid completely. But neither feels close to anybody. When David’s parents present him with a hot Companion bot designed to encourage healthy bonds and treat his “dissociative disorder,” he can’t get enough of luscious redheaded Rose --- and he can’t get it soon. Companions come with strict intimacy protocols, and whenever he tries anything, David gets an electric shock. Parted from the boy she was built to love, Rose turns to Charlie, who finds he can open up, knowing Rose isn’t real. With Charlie’s help, the ideal “companion” is about to become her own best friend.


THE MADMAN OF VENICE by Sophie Masson
(Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

Romance and mystery merge in this suspenseful tale inspired by Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.

Venice in 1602 is a vibrant and charming city. Yet beneath this splendor lies a sinister underworld in which murderous pirates and conniving noblemen have woven a tangled network.

Along with his daughter, Celia; his clerk, Ned; and his sister, Mistress Bess Quickly, Master Ashby, a prosperous merchant, sets forth from London to Venice to investigate the pirate attacks that have been plaguing English ships. But the group's mission turns out to be far more than they bargained for when Ashby is beseeched to find Sarah Tedeschi, a Jewish girl who has vanished from the Venetian Ghetto after being accused of witchcraft by the powerful Countess of Montemoro.

Is Sarah's disappearance somehow connected to the pirate attacks? Nothing is what it seems as Ned and Celia uncover secrets that have been hidden for far too long.

NOBEL GENES by Rune Michaels (Atheneum)

It's tough to measure up to your parents' expectations. Imagine how much harder it would be if your mother told you that your biological father --- whom you'd never met --- was a Nobel prize-winning genius? What if, after years of testing and tutoring, you never showed that particular spark of brilliance? What if you found out that you'd been living a lie, and that the truth was darker than you could have imagined?

Does it matter who you come from? Or are we all just made from dust?

THE AGENCY 2: THE BODY AT THE TOWER by Y.S. Lee (Candlewick)

Mary’s second adventure as an undercover agent forces her to relive some harrowing childhood experiences as she seeks the identity of a murderer.

Mary Quinn is back, now a trusted member of the Agency, the all female detective unit operating out of Miss Scrimshaw’s Academy for Girls. Her new assignment sends her into the grimy underbelly of Victorian London dressed as a poor boy, evoking her own childhood memories of fear, hunger and constant want. As she insinuates herself into the confidence of several persons of interest, she encounters others in desperate situations and struggles to make a difference without exposing --- or losing --- her identity. Mary’s adventure, which takes place on the building site of the clock tower of the Houses of Parliament, offers a fictional window into a fascinating historical time and place.

Paperback

ACES UP by Lauren Barnholdt (Delacorte Books for Young Readers)

Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money --- and lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped.

When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks, “No way”. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy 18-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore.

Soon Shannon's caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seems like kid stuff. Still, when the money's this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold?

ANOTHER FAUST by Daniel and Dina Nayeri (Candlewick Press)

A devilish debut by a brother-sister team invites us into the world of the elite Marlowe School, where some gifted students are having a hell of a year.

One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish --- only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary "gifts." But as the students claw their way up --- reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty --- they start to suffer the side effects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins. At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences and ultimate redemption.

- Click here to read an excerpt of ANOTHER FAUST.

LEVIATHAN by Scott Westerfeld (Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing)

Now in paperback, the New York Times bestselling launch of Westerfeld's masterful series that SLJ reviewed as "sure to become a classic."

- Click here to read our review of LEVIATHAN.

New Releases for August 12th

Paperback

Winter Longing by Tricia Mills (Razorbill)

When Winter’s boyfriend is killed in a plane crash in the Alaskan wilderness, she’s robbed of the future she’d only just allowed herself to believe might be hers. Winter and Spencer had been destined for one another. And after his death, Spencer’s presence continues to haunt her.
But when her next-door neighbor becomes an unlikely friend, Winter begins to accept all that she can’t change. Can she open herself to a new future…and a possible new love?