Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Book Birthdays! -- September 16th, 2014

Today I'm starting a new feature--at least, new to this blog. I'll be celebrating the book birthdays of the YA new releases each week! Today, several great YA releases came out, so let's get started!

*Note: when celebrating birthdays for books in a series other than Book 1, I will not list the summary, in the interest of avoiding spoilers. If you've read the first books in the series, or are just insanely curious, follow the book title link to the Goodreads page to read the summary there!


Author: Stefanie Gaither

Summary: When Cate Benson was a kid, her sister, Violet, died. Two hours after the funeral, Cate's family picked up Violet's replacement. like nothing had happened. Because Cate's parents are among those who decided to give their children a sort of immortality--by cloning them at birth--which means this new Violet has the same smile. The same perfect face. Thanks to advancements in mind-uploading technology, she even has all of the same memories as the girl she replaced. 

She also might have murdered the most popular girl in school. 

At least, that's what the paparazzi and the anti-cloning protestors want everyone to think: that clones are violent, unpredictable monsters. Cate is used to hearing all that. She's used to defending her sister, too. But Violet has vanished, and when Cate sets out to find her, she ends up in the line of fire instead. Because Cate is getting dangerously close to secrets that will rock the foundation of everything she thought was true. 

In a thrilling debut, Stefanie Gaither takes readers on a nail-biting ride through a future that looks frighteningly similar to our own time and asks: how far are you willing to go to keep your family together? 

Author: Jandy Nelson

Summary: Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways...until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else--an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah's story to tell. The later years are Jude's. What the twins don't realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they'd have a chance to remake their world. 

Series Starter

Author: Caragh M. O'Brien
Series: Untitled #1

Summary: The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding--and what it truly means to dream there. 

Series Enders

Title: Echoes of Us
Author: Kat Zhang
Series: Hybrid Chronicles #3

Author: Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Series: Burn for Burn #3

So that's it for this week! I've read the first two Hybrid Chronicles books, so I'm super excited for the conclusion to the trilogy. And I own the first two Burn for Burn books but haven't read them yet, so now I'll be able to marathon the entire series! (Is anyone else annoyed by the slight cover change for the Han & Vivian books? I LOVE the original covers...)


The Fault in Our Stars, the film adaptation of the book by John Green, is releasing on DVD this week! If you haven't seen it yet, what are you waiting for? Go buy it, rent it, borrow it...just go check it out!

Starring: Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort

Tell me: are YOU excited for any of these new releases? Let me know in the comments below! 

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