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December 6, 2010

This Week's New Releases

Posted by jordana


Happy Monday All! Would you believe it, I actually saw SNOW this morning! It's gone now, of course, but it was there, I swear! And so, I'm going to pretend that it's flurry-full and that I have a fireplace, and I'm going to kick back and relax with one of these great new books. I'm especially looking forward to Richelle Mead's LAST SACRIFICE, the final book in the Vampire Academy series. THE LYING GAME also looks like a winner -- and guess what! It's in our Holiday Basket of Cheer, so you can actually win it. Enjoy!


December 7th


EDGES by Lena Roy (Farrar, Straus and Giroux BYR)

After his mother dies and his father begins drinking again, Luke decides to leave New York City.  Though he’s just sixteen, he finds a job and friends in fantastic, otherworldly Moab, Utah—the last place his family was happy together.

Back in New York, eighteen-year-old Ava finally admits she has a drinking problem. But life doesn’t automatically get easier when she joins Alcoholics Anonymous.

When circumstances—or fate—bring Ava to Moab as well, she and Luke both must figure out how to heal their families and themselves.

NICHOLAS DANE by Melvin Burgess (Henry Holt Books for Young Readers)

When fourteen-year-old Nicholas Dane’s mother dies, social services sends him to a home for boys where intimidation and violence keep order. After a number of fights and brutal punishments, Nick thinks that life can’t possibly get any worse . . . until he realizes that the home’s respected deputy head, who has been grooming him with sweets and solace, has something more frightening in mind.

ROSEBUSH by Michele Jaffe (Razorbill/Penguin Young Readers Group)

Instead of celebrating Memorial Day weekend on the Jersey Shore, Jane is in the hospital surrounded by teddy bears, trying to piece together what happened last night. One minute she was at a party, wearing fairy wings and cuddling with her boyfriend. The next, she was lying near-dead in a rosebush after a hit-and-run.

Everyone believes it was an accident, despite the phone threats Jane swears were real. But the truth is a thorny thing. As Jane’s boyfriend, friends, and admirers come to visit, more memories surface not just from the party, but from deeper in her past . . . including the night her best friend Bonnie died.

With nearly everyone in her life a suspect now, Jane must unravel the mystery before her killer attacks again. Along the way, she’s forced to examine the consequences of her life choices in this compulsively readable thriller.

VampireAcademy, LAST SACRIFICE by Richelle Mead (Razorbill)

The epic finale in Richelle Mead's #1 international bestselling Vampire Academy series.

The Lying Game, THE LYING GAME by Sara Shepard (HarperTeen)

I had a life anyone would kill for. 

Then someone did.

The worst part of being dead is that there’s nothing left to live for. No more kisses. No more secrets. No more gossip. It’s enough to kill a girl all over again. But I’m about to get something no one else does—an encore performance, thanks to Emma, the long-lost twin sister I never even got to meet.

Now Emma’s desperate to know what happened to me. And the only way to figure it out is to be me—to slip into my old life and piece it all together. But can she laugh at inside jokes with my best friends? Convince my boyfriend she’s the girl he fell in love with? Pretend to be a happy, carefree daughter when she hugs my parents good night? And can she keep up the charade, even after she realizes my murderer is watching her every move?

Read an excerpt here!


SPRAY by Harry Edge (Feiwel & Friends)

A group of teens sign up for an assassination game on the streets of a big city. Their weapons: pressurized water guns. It’s meant to be a game, a sport. But for some, it’s more than harmless fun. To win, they’ll use  any  means necessary.

Two hundred players. Three weeks of tense cat-and-mouse action. Every stalker is being stalked and only one player will be left standing. No one will be the same.

Through multiple points of view, Harry Edge puts readers right in the middle of the action—watch your back!