Author: Bridget Zinn
Genre: fantasy (YA)
Release date: March 12, 2013 by Disney Hyperion
Sixteen-year-old Kyra, a highly-skilled potions master, is the only one who knows her kingdom is on the verge of destruction—which means she’s the only one who can save it. Faced with no other choice, Kyra decides to do what she does best: poison the kingdom’s future ruler, who also happens to be her former best friend.
But, for the first time ever, her poisoned dart . . . misses.
Now a fugitive instead of a hero, Kyra is caught in a game of hide-and-seek with the king’s army and her potioner ex-boyfriend, Hal. At least she’s not alone. She’s armed with her vital potions, a too-cute pig, and Fred, the charming adventurer she can’t stop thinking about. Kyra is determined to get herself a second chance (at murder), but will she be able to find and defeat the princess before Hal and the army find her?
Kyra is not your typical murderer, and she’s certainly no damsel-in-distress—she’s the lovable and quick-witted hero of this romantic novel that has all the right ingredients to make teen girls swoon.
Strands of Bronze and Gold (Strands of Bronze and Gold, #1) by Jane Nickerson (YA)
Tactical Strike (Bagram Special Ops, #2) by Kaylea Cross
Take What You Want by Jeanette Grey
The Bloodfire Quest (The Dark Legacy of Shannara, #2) by Terry Brooks
The Shape Stealer (Black Swan Rising, #3) by Lee Carroll
The Temptation (The Secret Circle, #6) by Aubrey Clark [as L.J. Smith] (YA)
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Not too much of a surprise, this mid-month release week for YA titles. A number of them look quite promising, not the least of which is this week’s featured title, Poison. At first glance it sounds like it might be similar to Maria V. Snyder’s Poison Study (given the heroine’s predicament, the fantasy, setting, and the poison-the-leader trope). But the book description reveals a bit more romantic elements, not to mention a more deliberate YA tagging. New series MILA 2.0 also looks like a fun science fiction romp that might just have broad crossover appeal (and let’s face it, who doesn’t enjoy a good BladeRunner-esque, “oh my goodness, I’m an android!” theme?)
This week also brings a number of romance titles, including a few single titles and a couple titles with a serial-type release schedule. With This Kiss is an example of the latter, and as Stella noted in this week’s Sunday Craving’s post, you might want to wait for all three parts to release, as it’s an addictive read. Beth Kery’s When You Defy Me continues her popular Because You Are Mine universe of romantica. As for single titles, Take What You Want seems to be a hot pick this week, with a sweet contemporary vibe and setting. And Diane Alberts has a new contemporary out (wo0t!), Faking It, which looks to have some category flavorings. Seems like a good a time as any to use this lighter release week to pick up and try something a bit different from the usual!
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Anything unexpectedly intriguing for you this week? Any genres you’ve tried but can’t yet seem to really get into?