AUTHOR: Sara B. Larson
SERIES: Defy #1
RELEASE DATE: January 7, 2014 by Scholastic Press
EDITION: Hardcover, 336 pages
CATEGORIES: January 2014 Release, Young Adult, Fantasy, High Fantasy, Romance, Magic, Adventure, Action, Scholastic, Defy Series, Sara B. Larson, Most Anticipated of 2014
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A lush and gorgeously written debut, packed with action, intrigue, and heart-racing romance.
Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the King's army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince's guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of the night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can't prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.
The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart; the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she's sworn to protect?
AUTHOR: Mindee Arnett
SERIES: Avalon #1
RELEASE DATE: January 21st, 2014 by Balzer & Bray
EDITION: Hardcover, 432 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, January 2014 Release, Most Anticipated of 2014, Mindee Arnett, Avalon Series, Balzer and Bray, Science Fiction, Dystopia, Fantasy, Space, Romance, Aliens, Adventure, Action
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: A ragtag group of teenage mercenaries who crew the spaceship Avalon stumble upon a conspiracy that could threaten the entire galaxy in this fascinating and fast-paced sci-fi adventure from author Mindee Arnett.
Of the various star systems that make up the Confederation, most lie thousands of years from First Earth - and out here, no one is free. The agencies that govern the Confederation are as corrupt as the crime bosses who patrol it, and power is held by anyone with enough greed and ruthlessness to claim it. That power is derived from one thing: metatech, the device that allows people to travel great distances faster than the speed of light.
Jeth Seagrave and his crew of teenage mercenaries have survived in this world by stealing unsecured metatech, and they are damned good at it. Jeth doesn't care about the politics or the law; all he cares about is earning enough money to buy back his parent's ship, Avalon, from his crime-boss employer and get himself and his sister, Lizzie, the heck out of Dodge. But when Jeth finds himself in possession of information that both the crime bosses and the government are willing to kill for, he is going to have to ask himself how far he'll go to get the freedom he's wanted for so long.
Avalon is the perfect fit for teens new to sci-fi as well as seasoned sci-fi readers looking for more books in the YA space - and a great match for fans of Joss Whedon's cut hit show, Firefly.
AUTHOR: Cate Tiernan
SERIES: Birthright #1
RELEASE DATE: January 7th, 2014 by Simon Pulse
EDITION: Hardcover, 368 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Romance, January 2014 Release, Most Anticipated of 2014, Cate Tiernan, Birthright Series, Simon Pulse
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Vivi's animal instincts are her legacy - and maybe her downfall - in this start to a romantic fantasy series that will appeal to fans of The Nine Lives of Chloe King.
Vivi has known the truth about her family - and herself - since she was thirteen. But that doesn't mean she's accepted it. Being Haguari isn't something she feels she'll ever accept. How can she feel like anything but a freak knowing that it's in her genes to turn into a jaguar?
Now eighteen, Vivi's ready to break away from the traditions of her heritage. But all of that changes with the shocking, devastating deaths of her parents and the mysteries left behind. Vivi discovers family she never knew she had, and a life open with possibility. New friends, new loyalties and even romance lay ahead - but so do dangers unlike anything Vivi ever could've imagined.
AUTHOR: Alyxandra Harvey
SERIES: The Lovegrove Legacy #1
RELEASE DATE: January 7th, 2014 by Walker Childrens
EDITION: Hardcover, 496 pages
CATEGORIES: Young Adult, Most Anticipated of 2014, January 2014 Release, Historical Fiction, Witches, Paranormal, Fantasy, Magic, Romance, Alyxandra Harvey, Walker Childrens, The Lovegrove Legacy Series
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: In 1814, three cousins - Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope - discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft. Beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring new underworld visible only to those with power is now open to the cousins. But unbeknownst to them, by claiming their power, the three cousins have inadvertently opened the gates to the Underworld.
Now the dead, ghouls, hellhounds, and the most terrifying of all: the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters - are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their power.
And somehow, Emma is connected to the murders ... because she keeps finding the bodies.
Can the cousins unravel the clues and mystery behind their heritage and power before their gifts are stripped away ... or even worse, another witch is killed?
AUTHOR: Cayla Kluver
SERIES: Heirs of Chrior #1
RELEASE DATE: January 28th, 2014 by Harlequin Teen
EDITION: Hardcover, 512 pages
CATEGORIES: Young adult, Fantasy, Fairies, High Fantasy, Most Anticipated of 2014, January 2014 Release, Cayla Kluver, Heirs of Chrior Series, Harlequin Teen
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Magic was seeping out of me, black and agonizing. I could see it drifting away. The magic that would let me pass the Road to reach home again.
When sixteen-year-old Anya learns that her aunt, Queen of the Faerie Kingdom of Chrior, will soon die, her grief id equalled only by the despair for the future of the kingdom. Her young cousin, Illumina, is unfit to rule, and Anya is determined not to take up the queen's mantel herself.
Convinced that the only solution is to find Prince Zabriel, who long ago disappeared into the human realm of Warckum Territory to bring him home. But her journey is doomed to be more harrowing than she ever could have imagined.
AUTHOR: Sharon Biggs Waller
EDITION: Hardcover, 448 pages
RELEASE DATE: January 23rd, 2014 by Viking Juvenile
CATEGORIES: Young adult, Most Anticipated of 2014, January 2014 Release, Sharon Biggs Waller, Viking Juvenile, Historical Fictions, Romance, Art, Feminism, Cultural
WHAT IT'S ABOUT: Welcome to the world of the fabulously wealthy in London, 1909,where dresses and houses are overwhelmingly opulent, social class means everything, and women are taught to be nothing more than wives and mothers. Into this world comes seventeen-year-old Victoria Darling, who wants only to be an artist—a nearly impossible dream for a girl.
After Vicky poses nude for her illicit art class, she is expelled from her French finishing school. Shamed and scandalized, her parents try to marry her off to the wealthy Edmund Carrick-Humphrey. But Vicky has other things on her mind: her clandestine application to the Royal College of Art; her participation in the suffragette movement; and her growing attraction to a working-class boy who may be her muse—or may be the love of her life. As the world of debutante balls, corsets, and high society obligations closes in around her, Vicky must figure out: just how much is she willing to sacrifice to pursue her dreams?
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