SEA OF SHADOWS by Kelley Armstrong
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"Strong female protagonists make this trilogy opener a standout, if not a stand-alone read. (Fantasy. 14 & up)"
Magic-wielding twins and their romantic interests fight monsters and mercenaries in this overlong but exciting series opener. Read full book review >
THE NETHERGRIM by Matthew Jobin
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"One hopes that the inevitable sequels will discard tedious infodumps and dismal travelogues for dynamic adventure and satisfying character growth. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
A dark fantasy strives for epic grandeur but mostly achieves ponderous squalor. Read full book review >

BURN OUT by Kristi Helvig
Released: April 8, 2014

"A scorching series opener not to be missed. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
In an unrecognizable future, the sun has ballooned to epic proportions, leaving the Earth charred, desiccated and nearly vacant, as a teenage girl tries to hold on to her sanity and secrets. Read full book review >
SWIM THAT ROCK by John Rocco
Released: April 8, 2014

"Nevertheless, fills the bill for teens looking for an atypical action adventure. (map) (Fiction. 12-15)"
A teen goes to desperate lengths to save his family's diner in this unevenly executed fishing drama set on Narragansett Bay. Read full book review >
ACID by Emma Pass
Released: April 8, 2014

"A dutiful dystopia that never delves below its shallow surface. (Dystopian romance. 14-18)"
A teenage fugitive unravels the truth about her past while dismantling a dystopian police state. Read full book review >

ALWAYS EMILY by Michaela MacColl
Released: April 8, 2014

"Equal parts gothic melodrama and Nancy Drew derring-do. (Historical fiction. 12-16)"
Reimagined as detectives, the Brontë sisters kick-start their writing careers by solving a mystery in this detailed if dubiously grounded novel. Read full book review >
UPSIDE DOWN IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE by Julie T. Lamana
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"An honest, bleak account of a national tragedy sure to inspire discussion and research. (Historical fiction. 8-14)"
As Armani Curtis' 10th birthday approaches, so does something far more ominous—a threatening storm in the Gulf of Mexico called Katrina. Read full book review >
TOXIC HEART by Theo Lawrence
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 8, 2014

"An electric, futuristic fantasy with loads of action, heartbreak and one delicious gold-lamé cat suit. (Urban fantasy/science fiction. 14 & up)"
Averting the vindictive intent of a greedy family while longing for the affection of an absent paramour can give a revolutionary girl heartburn. Read full book review >
THE INTERROGATION OF ASHALA WOLF by Ambelin Kwaymullina
Released: April 8, 2014

"If an "exhilarating dystopia" strikes you as oxymoronic, this vivid, original debut just might change your mind. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
A dystopian adventure from Australia breaks the mold. Read full book review >
BETWEEN TWO WORLDS by Katherine Kirkpatrick
Released: April 8, 2014

"Stripped of airbrushed romanticism and Eurocentric gloss, a rare look at culture clash arising from polar exploration. (map, photo, Inuktun glossary, historical timeline, notes) (Historical fiction. 14-18)"
This strong historical novel portrays the impact of Robert E. Peary's polar expeditions on the family and world of a young Inuit woman who joined them. Read full book review >
NOGGIN by John Corey Whaley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 8, 2014

"A satisfyingly oddball Frankenstein-like tale of connectivity. (Fiction. 14 & up)"
The madcap story of a boy who loses his head and finds it again. Read full book review >
PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES by Chris Oxlade
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 8, 2014

"Nevertheless, a valuable reference tool, a solid contribution to the literature of technology for teens and blissful eye candy for transportation enthusiasts. (Nonfiction. 6-14)"
This oversized book comprises not pages but a 6 1/2-foot-wide foldout poster, with illustrations of 100 iconic aircraft, spacecraft, trains, cars, bikes and boats. Read full book review >