Sunday, February 22, 2015

This Week's Releases: February 22 - 28

  • Welcome to This Week's Releases! The new weekly post on Beneath the Jacket Reviews that I will post every Sunday. I am going to discuss the releases of the week that I am super excited about, and why. Some weeks there may be a dozen books, sometimes there may be two or three, and sometimes there may be none at all. That's alright though, since it's just about books I am actually interested in!

Week #8: February 22 - 28

I really did not mean to wait so long between doing these posts, but then things always seemed to come up on the weekends and they just didn't happen. I am going to try to be much better about posting these weekly, though. Currently it's raining and cold here (hoping for a snow day tomorrow since we're supposed to have a night of freezing rain), so I plan to get quite a few blog posts written and scheduled today! Anyway, here are the releases I'm looking forward to this week!

1. No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss
Series: N/A
Release Date: February 24
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Page Count: 272
Why I Want to Read It: The synopsis of this book sounds amazing. I really enjoy when contemporaries focus on family aspects since a lot of them tend to leave families out of them completely. It reminds me of the whole 2012 thing, when everyone was sure the world was going to end, so I am interested to see how the author handles it. It's also a debut novel, and I enjoy reading new authors.

Abigail’s parents have made mistake after mistake, and now they've lost everything. She’s left to decide: Does she still believe in them? Or is it time to believe in herself? Fans of Sara Zarr, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell will connect with this moving debut.

Abigail doesn't know how her dad found Brother John. Maybe it was the billboards. Or the radio. What she does know is that he never should have made that first donation. Or the next, or the next. Her parents shouldn't have sold their house. Or packed Abigail and her twin brother, Aaron, into their old van to drive across the country to San Francisco, to be there with Brother John for the "end of the world." Because of course the end didn't come. And now they're living in their van. And Aaron’s disappearing to who-knows-where every night. Their family is falling apart. All Abigail wants is to hold them together, to get them back to the place where things were right. But maybe it’s too big a task for one teenage girl. Bryan Bliss’s thoughtful, literary debut novel is about losing everything—and about what you will do for the people you love.

 2. The Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury
Series: The Sin Eater's Daughter #1
Release Date: February 24
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Page Count: 336
Why I Want to Read It: I think that this book has a very fascinating premise, one that I certainly have not read before. The main character can kill people just by touching them, and somehow she is promised to the prince because his royalty is supposed to keep him safe from her gift. Seems like there could be a pretty interesting love triangle involved as well.

Seventeen-year-old Twylla lives in the castle. But although she’s engaged to the prince, Twylla isn’t exactly a member of the court.

She’s the executioner.

As the Goddess embodied, Twylla instantly kills anyone she touches. Each month she’s taken to the prison and forced to lay her hands on those accused of treason. No one will ever love a girl with murder in her veins. Even the prince, whose royal blood supposedly makes him immune to Twylla’s fatal touch, avoids her company.

But then a new guard arrives, a boy whose easy smile belies his deadly swordsmanship. And unlike the others, he’s able to look past Twylla’s executioner robes and see the girl, not the Goddess. Yet Twylla’s been promised to the prince, and knows what happens to people who cross the queen.

However, a treasonous secret is the least of Twylla’s problems. The queen has a plan to destroy her enemies, a plan that requires a stomach-churning, unthinkable sacrifice. Will Twylla do what it takes to protect her kingdom? Or will she abandon her duty in favor of a doomed love?

 3. A Wicked Thing by Rhiannon Thomas
Series: A Wicked Thing #1
Release Date: February 24
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 352
Why I Want to Read It: Another debut novel, yay! I had no idea that this was going to be a series as well, so that's pretty awesome. I think that fairy tale retellings are really great when there is a brand new, interesting twist on it, and this book definitely seems to have that going for it. We will get to see what happens with Sleeping Beauty after the kiss that awakens her, and I think that's pretty awesome.

Rhiannon Thomas's dazzling debut novel is a spellbinding reimagining of Sleeping Beauty and what happens after happily ever after.

One hundred years after falling asleep, Princess Aurora wakes up to the kiss of a handsome prince and a broken kingdom that has been dreaming of her return. All the books say that she should be living happily ever after. But as Aurora understands all too well, the truth is nothing like the fairy tale.

Her family is long dead. Her "true love" is a kind stranger. And her whole life has been planned out by political foes while she slept.

As Aurora struggles to make sense of her new world, she begins to fear that the curse has left its mark on her, a fiery and dangerous thing that might be as wicked as the witch who once ensnared her. With her wedding day drawing near, Aurora must make the ultimate decision on how to save her kingdom: marry the prince or run.

Rhiannon Thomas weaves together vivid scenes of action, romance, and gorgeous gowns to reveal a richly imagined world … and Sleeping Beauty as she’s never been seen before.

 4. Quake by Patrick Carman
Series: Pulse #3
Release Date: February 24
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count: 288
Why I Want to Read It: I actually have not started this series, and I didn't know too much about it until a few days ago when I overheard some people talking about it. Since then, I haven't been able to stop thinking about how much I really do want to read this series. I do hope to get my hands on all of them in the near future so I can just marathon the series.

In the year 2051, Faith can move mountains…

Faith Daniels and Dylan Gilmore are in love, and they have a special ability called a pulse: they can move things with their minds. They're caught in the middle of a deadly war with two other pulses: Clara and Wade Quinn, who have joined forces with Hotspur Chance, the most wanted man in the world.

At the start of Quake, Faith and Dylan are holed up in a spectacular abandoned mountain lodge (once used in the film The Shining 71 years before), and their Intel friend Hawk leaves them in the middle of the night, in spite of a newly blossoming love with a girl named Jade. Hawk’s plan is to penetrate the Western State and make contact with a sleeper cell working on the inside that will give them valuable information about Hotspur’s violent plan.

But while Hawk is searching for answers on the inside, Faith and Dylan are still fighting on the outside. In a series of hair-raising battles, the second pulses duel it out, only to raise the body count on both sides. During the battles, Faith and Dylan discover an even great strength: the power of their combined love. Together, Faith and Dylan might just be able to save the world with a quake that is big enough to change the course of history.

 Which releases are you excited for this week?


  1. I want to read The Sin Eater's Daughter so bad!! It sounds very promising!! (:

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog

  2. No Parking at the End Times and The Sin Eater's Daughter sound quite amazing!

  3. I am so excited for both The Sin Eater's Daughter and A Wicked Thing. (So excited that I pre-ordered them, which I never do.) And now, I am very curious about the Pulse series and am off to look at the first one in that series.


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