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February 2014 young adult book releases: Paranormal - Ghosts, Souls, Psychics

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These books are being released in February 2014. For other February releases, please see the links at the bottom of the article. Stay tuned for more February releases.

In this list:

  • "Insanity" by Susan Vaught
  • "Lych Way" (The Undertaken #3) by Ari Berk
  • "Mistwalker" by Saundra Mitchell
  • "Teen Spirit" by Francesca Lia Block
  • "Vengeance" (Fracture #2) by Megan Miranda

The list only contains summaries of the stories. For more information and reviews, please check out the individual titles on goodreads.com.

Insanity
Insanity Bloomsbury USA Childrens

Insanity

Title: Insanity
Author: Susan Vaught
Release date: February 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Never, Kentucky is not your average scenic small town. It is a crossways, a place where the dead and the living can find no peace. Not that Forest, an 18-year-old foster kid who works the graveyard shift at Lincoln Hospital, knew this when she applied for the job. Lincoln is a huge state mental institution, a good place for Forest to make some money to pay for college. But along with hundreds of very unstable patients, it also has underground tunnels, bell towers that ring unexpectedly, and a closet that holds more than just donated clothing....When the dead husband of one of Forest's patients makes an appearance late one night, seemingly accompanied by an agent of the Devil, Forest loses all sense of reality and all sense of time. Terrified, she knows she has a part to play, and when she does so, she finds a heritage that she never expected.

With her deep knowledge of mental illness and mental institutions, Susan Vaught brings readers a fascinating and completely creepy new book intertwining the stories of three young people who find themselves haunted beyond imagining in the depths of Lincoln Hospital.

Lych Way
Lych Way Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Lych Way

Title: Lych Way (The Undertaken #3)
Author:  Ari Berk
Release date: February 25, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

If Love and Death die, what is left?

Silas Umber has returned from Arvale, his family’s ancestral home, having disturbed the tormented spirits of his ancient line. Frantic to retrieve the shade of his beloved Beatrice, he turns his back on the spectral chaos he has left behind, unaware that the malevolence he unleashed has followed him back to Lichport.

As his family and friends suffer and fall at the hands of the vengeful Huntsman from Arvale's sunken mansions, Silas must reach deep into his complicated bloodline to summon powers and wisdom beyond those required of a simple Lichport Undertaker. But the dark and painful secrets of his birth threaten to overwhelm him, and if he can’t lay the ghosts of his own past to rest, if he refuses to make the required sacrifice, Silas may lose everything and everyone he has grown to love and worked to protect.

With the stunning conclusion to the Undertaken trilogy, Ari Berk returns to the series that Publishers Weekly calls "thought-provoking gothic fantasy," School Library Journal praises as "reminiscent of the classic gothic works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Shirley Jackson," and VOYA applauds as "a captivating world that seduces with each page turn."

Mistwalker
Mistwalker Harcourt Children's Books

Mistwalker

Title: Mistwalker
Author:  Saundra Mitchell
Release date: February 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 322
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

When Willa Dixon’s brother dies on the family lobster boat, her father forbids Willa from stepping foot on the deck again. With her family suffering, she’ll do anything to help out—even visiting the Grey Man.

Everyone in her small Maine town knows of this legendary spirit who haunts the lighthouse, controlling the fog and the fate of any vessel within his reach. But what Willa finds in the lighthouse isn’t a spirit at all, but a young man trapped inside until he collects one thousand souls.

Desperate to escape his cursed existence, Grey tries to seduce Willa to take his place. With her life on land in shambles, will she sacrifice herself?

Teen Spirit
Teen Spirit HarperTeen

Teen Spirit

Title: Teen Spirit
Author: Francesca Lia Block
Release date: February 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Publisher: HarperTeen
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

After Julie's grandmother passes away, she is forced to move across town to the not-so-fancy end of Beverly Hills and start over at a new school. The only silver lining to the perpetual dark cloud that seems to be following her? Clark—a die-hard fan of Buffy and all things Joss Whedon, who is just as awkward and damaged as she is. Her kindred spirit.

When the two try to contact Julie's grandmother with a Ouija board, they make contact with a different spirit altogether. The real kind. And this ghost will do whatever it takes to come back to the world of the living.

Vengeance
Vengeance Bloomsbury Childrens

Vengeance

Title: Vengeance (Fracture #2)
Author: Megan Miranda
Release date: February 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Falcon Lake wants vengeance. And so, it seems, does someone else... An intense, heart-rending psychological thriller to accompany the chilling and seductive Fracture

When Decker drags his best friend Delaney’s lifeless body out of the frozen lake, he makes a deal: Anyone but her. Everyone but her. The lake releases her. It takes another...

All their friends blame Delaney for Carson’s death. But Decker knows the truth: Delaney is drawn to those who are dying, and she would have tried to help Carson.

Or so Decker believes until a body lies in front of him in a pool of water on his kitchen floor. Until he sees in Delaney’s eyes that she knew this would happen too – and she said nothing. Until he realizes it isn’t the lake that is looking for revenge – Delaney is part of someone else’s plan.

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