New Releases May 1-May 7

Insurgent (Divergent #2)
Author: Veronica Roth
Publisher: Katherine Tegen/Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 1, 2012

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

New York Times bestselling author Veronica Roth's much-anticipated second book of the dystopian Divergent series is another intoxicating thrill ride of a story, rich with hallmark twists, heartbreaks, romance, and powerful insights about human nature.

Shine (Shade #3)
Author: Jeri Smith-Ready
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Publication Date: May 1, 2012

In this dramatic conclusion to the Shade trilogy, Aura and Zachary’s relationship sizzles as the secrets of the Shift are revealed.

Life can change in an instant, and no one understands that better than Aura. It’s been almost a year since her boyfriend tragically died. She’s finally letting go of Logan’s violet-hued ghost, but not her search to uncover the truth about her past.

As the first in a generation that can see ghosts, Aura is convinced she has a connection to the Shift. She’s trusted Zachary, ever patient and ever by her side, with all that she knows. But when the government threatens his life in an attempt to learn Aura’s secrets, she will stop at nothing to protect herself and the one she loves...even if that means betraying her own heart.

Sweet Evil
Author: Wendy Higgins
Publisher: Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 1, 2012

What if there were teens whose lives depended on being bad influences? This is life for sons and daughters of fallen angels in Sweet Evil.

Tenderhearted Southern girl, Anna Whitt, was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage, and her will-power is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.

A cross-country trip to meet her father forces Anna to face the reality that hope and love are not options for her kind. When she confronts her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Bitterblue (Graceling Realm/Seven Kingdoms #3)
Author: Kristin Cashore
Publisher: Dial
Publication Date: May 1, 2012

Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Destined (Wings #4)
Author: Aprilynne Pike
Publisher: Harper Collins/Harper Teen
Publication Date: May 1, 2012

Laurel now knows the truth: Yuki is a rare Winter faerie, the most powerful—and deadly—of all, and she is working with Klea to conquer and destroy Avalon. With Tamani, David, and Chelsea by her side, Laurel prepares for a fight she never thought she would have to face.

Filled with heart-pounding action, sweeping romance, and higher stakes at every turn, Destined is the series conclusion that readers have been clamoring for—with a twist that will leave them breathless.

Tamani looked at her gravely, and reached up to touch her hair behind her ear. He hesitated for an instant, then his hands found the sides of her face, pulling her to him. He didn't kiss her, just held her face to his, their foreheads resting together, their noses almost touching.

She hated how much it felt like good-bye.

Black Dawn (Morganville Vampires #12)
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: NAL
Publication Date: May 1, 2012
The hotly-anticipated twelfth instalment in the Morganville Vampires series

In Last Breath, the rain brought a new and dire threat to Morganville and its vampires... their ancient enemies, the draug. Now, the vampires are fighting a losing war, and it will fall to the residents of the Glass House: Michael, Eve, Shane and Claire, to take the fight to an enemy who threatens to destroy the town, forever.

Lovers of Morganville, rejoice: Black Dawn takes the intrigue, romance and nail-biting suspense of the series to its highest level yet!

Other Releases This Week:
The Last Princess by Galaxy Craze (5/1/12) [Little, Brown]
Welcome Caller, This Is Chloe by Shelley Coriell (5/1/12) [Amulet Books]
While He Was Away by Karen Schreck (5/1/12) [Sourcebooks Fire]
Being Friends With Boys by Terra Elan McVoy (5/1/12) [Simon Pulse]
The Summer of No Regrets by Katherine Bond (5/1/12) [Sourcebooks Fire]
This Is So Not Happening (He's So/She's So #3) by Kieran Scott (5/1/12) [Simon & Schuster]
Waiting by Carol Lynch Williams (5/1/12) [Simon & Schuster]
Wanted by Heidi Ayarbe (5/1/12) [Balzer + Bray]
When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle (5/1/12) [Simon Pulse]
Wrecked by Anna Davies (5/1/12) [Simon & Schuster]
The Vicious Deep (The Vicious Deep #1) by Zoraida Cordova (5/1/12) [Sourcebooks Fire]
What She Left Behind by Tracy Bilen (5/1/12) [Simon Pulse] 

Wentworth Hall by Abby Grahame (5/1/12) [Simon & Schuster]
Deadlocked (Sookie Stackhouse #12) by Charlaine Harris (5/1/12) [Ace]
Silence (The Queen of the Dead #1) by Michelle Sagara (5/1/12) [DAW]
The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles #3) by Rick Riordan (5/1/12) [Disney Hyperion]
Elemental by Emily White (5/1/12) [Spencer Hill Press]
The Drowned Cities (Ship Breaker #2) by Paolo Bacigalupi (5/1/12) [Little, Brown]

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