New Books Highlight: Not Yet Shelved

Every time we order new books here, there is a process that they have to go through before they can go on the shelves for you to check out. Sometimes that process takes longer than other times, but usually we are pretty fast. This week I thought it would be fun to highlight three brand new books that aren’t even on the shelves yet so you can plan in advance for the moment they will be available!

That means that there are not links to the catalog for each title, but I have still included the cover image when possible so you’ll know what you’re looking for, and the sneak peek…

The Wrap-Up List by Steven Arntson

Everyone gets assigned their own personal Death, with a capital D, who helps them depart. Gabriela’s Death sends her a letter one day informing her she has but seven days left before he comes to escort her to the afterlife. That sucks. But what’s worse is that it looks like Gabriela will die before ever having kissed someone. A few of her friends have yet to experience kissing, too, so before she dies, Gabriela makes it her mission to set their romantic lives in order.  As the week winds down, Gabriela learns that if she can determine her Death’s weakness, she might just be able to stay alive to enjoy her new-found confidence.

Sneak Peek! “Some people die from heart attacks, and some from falling off ladders. Some are killed in car accidents. Some drown. Some, like my grandfather Gonzalo, die in war.” (Text copyright © 2013 Steven Arntson)

Splintered by A. G. Howard splintered

Alyssa Gardner knows that madness runs in her family. Her great-great-grandmother, Alice Liddell, told her mad dreams to the author Lewis Carroll who was inspired by them to write Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Alyssa’s ability to hear plants and animals leads her to wonder if there is some truth to Alice’s story. She comes to realize that in order to break the curse of insanity, she must descend into Wonderland and right the wrongs her great-great-grandmother perpetrated there years ago.

Sneak Peek! “I’ve been collecting bugs since I was ten; it’s the only way I can stop their whispers. Sticking a pin through the gut of an insect shuts it up pretty quick.” (Text copyright © 2013 Anita Howard)

Etiquette and Espionage by Gail Carrigeretiquette

This is the first book in a series called Finishing School. Sophronia in uninterested in girlish pursuits, much to the annoyance of her mother who is desperate for Sophronia to become a proper lady. She enrolls her in a prestigious finishing school, Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality. When Sophronia begins there she is skeptical, but she soon learns that the school is somewhat different than your typical finishing school. Girls there are taught, among the normal things like singing and sewing, the tricks of the trades of espionage. Carriger also writes the steampunk Parasol Protectorate series (adult fiction).

Sneak Peek! “Sophronia intended to pull the dumbwaiter up from the kitchen to outside the front parlor on the ground floor where Mrs. Barnaclegoose was taking tea. Mrs. Barnaclegoose had arrived with a stranger in two. Meddling old battle-ax.” (Text copyright © 2013 Gail Carriger)

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