Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Release Tuesday...The Ones I'm Psyched For [14]

 Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman

In 1930s Munich, danger lurks behind dark corners, and secrets are buried deep within the city. But Gretchen Müller, who grew up in the National Socialist Party under the wing of her "uncle" Dolf, has been shielded from that side of society ever since her father traded his life for Dolf's, and Gretchen is his favorite, his pet.

Uncle Dolf is none other than Adolf Hitler.

And Gretchen follows his every command.

Until she meets a fearless and handsome young Jewish reporter named Daniel Cohen. Gretchen should despise Daniel, yet she can't stop herself from listening to his story: that her father, the adored Nazi martyr, was actually murdered by an unknown comrade. She also can't help the fierce attraction brewing between them, despite everything she's been taught to believe about Jews.

As Gretchen investigates the very people she's always considered friends, she must decide where her loyalties lie. Will she choose the safety of her former life as a Nazi darling, or will she dare to dig up the truth—even if it could get her and Daniel killed?

From debut author Anne Blankman comes this harrowing and evocative story about an ordinary girl faced with the extraordinary decision to give up everything she's ever believed . . . and to trust her own heart instead.
I am really happy to see the recent increase in historical fiction books in YA literature. Historical fiction is one of my favorite genres and the WWII era is one of my favorite time periods to read about and this book looks so unique. I'm excited to read the latest book in the genre.

Check it out on Goodreads.
Check out author Anne Blankman's website.

The Inventor's Secret by Andrea Cremer

Sixteen-year-old Charlotte and her fellow refugees have scraped out an existence on the edge of Britain’s industrial empire. Though they live by the skin of their teeth they have their health (at least when they can find enough food and avoid the Imperial Labor Gatherers) and each other. When a new exile with no memory of his escape from the coastal cities or even his own name seeks shelter in their camp he brings new dangers with him and secrets about the terrible future that awaits all those who have struggled has to live free of the bonds of the empire’s Machineworks.

The Inventor’s Secret is the first book of a YA steampunk series set in an alternate nineteenth-century North America where the Revolutionary War never took place and the British Empire has expanded into a global juggernaut propelled by marvelous and horrible machinery.
Steampunk is one of those genres that doesn't have that many well-known books and I'm excited to see what author Andrea Cremer brings to the table with her new book The Inventor's Secret. The only other steampunk book I've read is Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld, so I don't have too much to compare this new book with but I think that may be a good thing.

Check it out on Goodreads.
Check out author Andrea Cremer's website.

Other notable new releases

  • Don't Call Me Baby by Gwendolyn Heasley - This looks likes it's going to be a great coming of age story about a mother and a daughter, a topic which I think is really lacking in YA lit. I'm excited to see how author Heasley deals with this topic
  • TALKER 25 by Joshua McCune - I've heard mixed things about TALKER 25 but I'm always up for reading a new fantasy book, especially one with dragons in it
  • The Chance You Won't Return by Annie Cardie - Here's another book about the relationship between a mother and a daughter but it deals with a some more tough topics like mental illness

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