New Releases: March 23


Here’s a selection of some of the new YA novels hitting the shelves in the next two weeks (23rd March – 5th April).

cracks in the kingdom jaclyn moriartyThe Cracks in the Kingdom (The Colors of Madeleine #2) by Jaclyn Moriarty
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release date: March 25th
Princess Ko’s been bluffing about the mysterious absence of her father, but if she can’t get him back in a matter of weeks, the consequence may be a devastating war. Under the guise of a publicity stunt she gathers a group of teens from across the kingdom to crack the unsolvable case of the missing royals of Cello.

Daughter of Chaos (Red Magic #1) by Jen McConnel
Publisher: Month9Books
Release date: March 25th
There comes a time in every witch’s life when she must choose her path. Darlena’s friends have already chosen, so why is it so hard for her to make up her mind? Now, Darlena is out of time. Under pressure from Hecate, the Queen of all witches, Darlena makes a rash decision to choose Red magic, a path no witch in her right mind would dare take.

Drama Queens in the House by Julie Williams
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release date: March 25th
Sixteen-year-old Jessie Jasper Lewis doesn’t remember a time in her life when she wasn’t surrounded by method actors, bright spotlights, and feather boas. Her parents started the Jumble Players Theater together, and theater is the glue that holds her crazy family together. But where does she belong in all of this chaos?

Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Release date: March 25th
Nearly Boswell knows how to keep secrets. Like the emotions she can taste when she brushes against someone’s skin. But when a serial killer goes on a killing spree and starts attacking students, leaving cryptic ads in the newspaper that only Nearly can decipher, she confides in the one person she shouldn’t trust.

a phantom enchantment eve marie montA Phantom Enchantment (Unbound #3) by Eve Marie Mont
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Release date: March 25th
Senior year in Paris means a hefty workload, but no matter how busy her days, Emma Townsend hears unsettling whispers in the school’s empty corridors, and the flickering images in her room’s antique mirror. Her foreboding only increases as she reads Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera and becomes lost in the gothic masterpiece.

Silver by Chris Wooding
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: March 25th
When a boy is bitten by a strange silver beetle, he becomes the first victim of a mysterious infection. But this is no ordinary virus. It turns flesh into metal, and people into machines. There is no escape. As the virus spreads, and more terrifying, bloodthirsty machines appear, the remaining survivors are losing hope.

Storm (The SYLO Chronicles #2) by D.J. MacHale
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: March 25th
Tucker believes there’s more to SYLO’s story. He was on the sidelines when the high school running back dropped dead with no warning. He saw the bizarre midnight explosion over the ocean, and the mysterious singing aircraft that travel like shadows through the night sky. He tasted the Ruby—and experienced the powers it gave him—for himself.

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: March 25th
Ava Lavender was born with the wings of a bird. In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others.

wanderers susan kim laurence klavanWanderers (Wasteland #2) by Susan Kim
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: March 25th
The former citizens of Prin are running out of time. The Source has been destroyed, so food is scarcer than ever. And then an earthquake hits. Esther and Caleb hit the road to a mythical city where they hope to find food and shelter – not to mention a way to make it past age nineteen.

where the rock splits the sky philip webbWhere the Rock Splits the Sky by Philip Webb
Publisher: Chicken House
Release date: March 25th
Long before Megan was born the Visitors split the moon and stilled the Earth. But now, riding her trusty steed Cisco, joined by her posse, Kelly and Luis, Megan is on the run from her Texas hometown, journeying across the American West to hunt down her father.

cold calls charles benoitCold Calls by Charles Benoit
Publisher: Clarion Books
Release date: April 1st
Three high school students-Eric, Shelly, and Fatima-have one thing in common: “I know your secret.” Each one is blackmailed into bullying specifically targeted schoolmates by a mysterious caller who whispers from their cell phones and holds carefully guarded secrets over their heads. Thrown together, the three teens join forces to find the stranger who threatens them.

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: April 1st
Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. But when a letter with the power to topple Kit’s convictions arrives, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Dorothy Must Die (Dorothy Must Die #1) by Danielle Paige
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 1st
I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still the yellow brick road, though—but even that’s crumbling. I have a mission. Dorothy must die!

Foretold (Sisters of Fate #1) by Rinda Elliott
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: April 1st
The Lockwood triplets have had the prophecy drummed into their heads since birth. Still, Raven, the eldest of the sisters, can’t believe it’s really happening. She’s the reincarnation of a Norse goddess? One of the sisters is destined to die? The sisters must stop Ragnarok — even if it might kill one of them.

Gilded Ashes: A Cruel Beauty Novella by Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 1st
A romantic and fantastical reimagining of the classic Cinderella tale, Gilded Ashes is a novella by Rosamund Hodge set in the same world as the author’s debut novel, Cruel Beauty.


going over beth kephartGoing Over by Beth Kephart
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release date: April 1st
In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall – Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West.

the last forever deb calettiThe Last Forever by Deb Caletti
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: April 1st
Nothing lasts forever, and no one gets that more than Tessa. After her mother died, it’s all she can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. And then there’s her dad. He’s stuck in his own daze, and it’s so hard to feel like a family when their house no longer seems like a home.

learning not to drown anna shinodaLearning Not to Drown by Anna Shinoda
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 1st
There is a pecking order to every family. Seventeen-year old Clare is the overprotected baby; Peter is the typical, rebellious middle child; and Luke is the oldest, the can’t-do-wrong favorite. To their mother, they are a normal, happy family. To Clare, they are a family on the verge of disaster.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Release date: April 1st
It begins as an assignment for English class: Write a letter to a dead person. Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May did. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to people like Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Amelia Earhart, Heath Ledger, and more; though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher.

Reflection Pond by Kacey Vanderkarr
Publisher: Urban Fey Press
Release date: April 1st 2014
Callie knows a lot more about pain than she does about family. She’s never belonged, at least, not until she falls through a portal into her true home. The beautiful faerie city of Eirensae doesn’t come free. Callie must find her amulet and bind herself to the city, and most importantly, avoid the Fallen fae who seek her life.

The Ring and the Crown (The Ring and the Crown #1) by Melissa de la Cruz
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: April 1st
Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne of the Franco-British Empire, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve? Together, Marie and Aelwyn, a powerful magician, come up with a plan.

Salvage by Alexandra Duncan
Publisher: Greenwillow
Release date: April 1st
Ava, a teenage girl living aboard the male-dominated deep space merchant ship Parastrata, faces betrayal, banishment, and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean.

sekret lindsey smithSekret (Sekret #1) by Lindsay Smith
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release date: April 1st
Yulia’s father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she’s captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she’s thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power.

Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy #1) by Danielle L. Jensen
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release date: April 1st
For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. But when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

the summer i wasn't me jessica verdiThe Summer I Wasn’t Me by Jessica Verdi
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: April 1st
New Horizons summer camp promises a new life for Lexi—she swears she can change. She can learn to like boys. But denying her feelings is harder than she thinks. And when she falls heads over heels for one of her fellow campers, Lexi will have to risk her mother’s approval for the one person who might love her no matter what.

summer on the short bus bethany crandellSummer on the Short Bus by Bethany Crandell
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Release date: April 1st
Shipped off to a summer camp by her father, Cricket Montgomery is forced to play babysitter to a bunch of whiny kids—or so she thinks. When she realizes this camp is actually for teens with special needs, Cricket doubts she has what it takes to endure twenty-four hours, let alone two weeks.

This Side of Salvation by Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: April 1st
Everyone mourns differently. When his older brother was killed, David got angry. As in, fist-meets-someone-else’s-face furious. But his parents? They got religious. There’s one thing David knows for sure: The closer he gets to new-girl Bailey, the better, brighter, happier, more he feels.

under nameless stars christian shoonUnder Nameless Stars (Zenn Scarlett #2) by Christian Schoon
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Release date: April 1st 2014
Desperate to learn what’s become of her father, Zenn stows away aboard the Helen of Troy. But Zenn’s quest suddenly catapults her and Liam thousands of light years beyond known space, and into the dark heart of a monstrous conspiracy.

Burning Blue by Paul Griffin
Publisher: Speak
Release date: April 3rd
When Nicole Castro, the most beautiful girl in her wealthy New Jersey high school, is splashed with acid on the left side of her perfect face, the whole world takes notice. But quiet loner Jay Nazarro does more than that – he decides to find out who did it.

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.

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