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Christie’s Winter 2014 Books To Look For

Looking for something to pick up, or something to get you out of the doldrums of winter? Look no further than these 8 books- all coming out in Winter/Spring 2014 (some already released and getting huge buzz) and ready to be snatched up by teens (and teen specialists) everywhere….




JANUARY/ FEBRUARY
INFINITE by Jodi Meadows
Ana knows her life will be at risk in Heart, so she escapes with her friends to help keep the other Newsouls safe; however, only she knows the true cost of reincarnation and the price she’ll pay if she returns to face their foe.
Conclusion of the Incarnate trilogy, Ana is the first “new” soul in a world where everyone else has been reborn hundreds of times.
GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE by Andrew Smith
In a small town in Iowa, two best friends have unleashed the ultimate unstoppable army. An army of horny, hungry 6 foot tall praying mantises that only want to do two things.
Already released and getting huge buzz, Smith (Winger, Marbury Lens series) is making huge waves- warning, there is *language*.
MARCH
DUST OF EDEN by Mariko Nagai
In early 1942, thirteen-year-old Mina Masako Tagawa and her Japanese-American family are sent from their home in Seattle to an internment camp in Idaho. What do you do when your home country treats you like an enemy?
This was never in any of my history books in school or college- I didn’t discover this awful part of our history until later. It’s an important part that needs to be told.
CURED by Beth Wiggins
Now that Fiona and Noah are no longer beasts, they’ve set out to find their mother and spread the cure along the way. Raiders and a suspicious ally could make all the difference between getting to their mother, getting the cure out, and the destruction of everything.
Sequel to Buzz. 
FIVE KINGDOMS: SKY RAIDERS by Brandon Mull
Welcome to the Outskirts- where the kingdoms lie between dreams and wakefulness, reality and imagination, life and death- and once you arrive, it’s hard to leave. When the magic of the Outskirts start to unravel, it’s up to Cole and Mira to set things right- before he’s forgotten in the real world.
Certain start of a new series. 

LIV, FOREVER by Amy Talkington
When Liv wins an art scholarship to Wickham Hall, it’s her ticket out of her foster care life- who cares if things are way different and a bit weird. Killed a few weeks after coming to the school, she discovers she’s only the latest victim, and her best friend, Gabe, is her only link to the world of the living, to being able to solve the murders, and her link to her love, Malcolm.
Seemingly perfect for fans of the paranormal, the starcrossed, and the mysterious….
BAD HALF by Sally Green
In modern England, witches live side by side with normals- witch witches (good) and black witches (bad) and Nathan (both black and white). With his father the most cruel black witch around and his mother dead, he must escape the cage he’s been put in before his 17th birthday in order to receive the gifts from his father, or die.
 I am extremely interested in the duality aspect of it…

THE FINISHER by David Balducci
No one ever leaves Wormwood- until Quintin does. Vega’s certain he was chased into the Quag, and is determined to find the truth, even though it may cost her more than she thought.
Currently reserving judgement- like the premise, and I personally like David Balducci’s works, but not at all fond of the adult authors getting into YA…