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January 2014 young adult book releases: Paranormal - Magic & Powers

A Breath of Frost
Walker Childrens

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

In this list:

  • "A Breath of Frost" (The Lovegrove Legacy #1) by Alyxandra Harvey
  • "Shadow of the Sun" (Legend of the Dreamer #2) by David James
  • "Shadowplay" (Pantomime #2) by Laura Lam
  • "The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant" (The V Trilogy #1) by Joanna Wiebe
  • "The Witch is Back" (Life's a Witch #3) by Brittany Geragotelis

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A Breath of Frost
A Breath of Frost Walker Childrens

A Breath of Frost

Title: A Breath of Frost (The Lovegrove Legacy #1)
Author: Alyxandra Harvey
Release date: January 7, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 496
Publisher: Walker Childrens
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In 1814, three cousins-Gretchen, Emma, and Penelope-discover their unknown family lineage of witchcraft. Beyond the familiar manicured gardens and ballrooms of Regency London, a dangerous, alluring new underworld visible only to those with power is now open to the cousins.

But unbeknownst to them, by claiming their power, the three cousins have inadvertently opened the gates to the Underworld.

Now the dead, ghouls, hellhounds-and the most terrifying of all: the spirits of dark witches known as the Greymalkin Sisters-are hunting and killing young debutante witches for their powers.

And, somehow, Emma is connected to the murders...because she keeps finding the bodies.

Can the cousins unravel the clues and mystery behind their heritage and power before their gifts are stripped away ...or even worse, another witch is killed?

Shadow of the Sun
Shadow of the Sun David James

Shadow of the Sun

Title: Shadow of the Sun (Legend of the Dreamer #2)
Author: David James
Release date: January 28, 2014
Format: Paperback
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing

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Destined for love, Calum and Kate will do anything to be together. With Kate trapped by a curse in Ashfall, Calum must find a way to save her before she is lost to dark magic. Before she is lost to him and the truth of their love is gone forever. Even if it means sacrificing himself, Calum will choose to keep Kate safe.

A Warrior for the Order, Zack prides himself on being stoic and strong. As a Warrior, he never cries and never hurts. He does not love. But underneath Zack’s Warrior heart, love beats true. And when he finds someone who will finally catch him, Zack finds himself choosing to fall even if true love kills him.

Though the heart never lies, everyone has a little darkness in them, and soon shadows begin to rise against the light. As deadly magic consumes their world, love may not be enough to save them all. Because even though sometimes being brave just means falling in love, one choice can destroy everything.

This time, no heart is safe.

Shadowplay Strange Chemistry


Title: Shadowplay (Pantomime #2)
Author: Laura Lam
Release date: January 2, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
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The circus lies behind Micah Grey in dust and ashes.

He and the white clown, Drystan, take refuge with the once-great magician, Jasper Maske. When Maske agrees to teach them his trade, his embittered rival challenges them to a duel which could decide all of their fates. People also hunt both Micah and the person he was before the circus—the runaway daughter of a noble family. And Micah discovers there is magic and power in the world, far beyond the card tricks and illusions he's perfecting...

A tale of phantom wings, a clockwork hand, and the delicate unfurling of new love, Shadowplay continues Micah Grey’s extraordinary journey.

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant
The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant BenBella Books

The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant

Title: The Unseemly Education of Anne Merchant (The V Trilogy #1)
Author: Joanna Wiebe
Release date: January 14, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 272
Publisher: BenBella Books
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So many secrets for such a small island. From the moment Anne Merchant arrives at Cania Christy, a boarding school for the world’s wealthiest teens, the hushed truths of this strange, unfamiliar land begin calling to her—sometimes as lulling drumbeats in the night, sometimes as piercing shrieks.

One by one, unanswered questions rise. No one will tell her why a line is painted across the island or why she is forbidden to cross it. Her every move—even her performance at the school dance—is graded as part of a competition to become valedictorian, a title that brings rewards no one will talk about. And Anne discovers that the parents of her peers surrender million-dollar possessions to enroll their kids in Cania Christy, leaving her to wonder what her lowly funeral director father could have paid to get her in and why.

As a beautiful senior struggles to help Anne make sense of this cloak-and-dagger world without breaking the rules that bind him, she must summon the courage to face the impossible truth—and change it—before she and everyone she loves is destroyed by it.

The Witch is Back
The Witch is Back Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

The Witch is Back

Title: The Witch is Back (Life's a Witch #3)
Author: Brittany Geragotelis
Release date: January 21, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 352
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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When two gorgeous, popular witches clash over a man, it’s magical mayhem in this conclusion to the Life’s a Witch trilogy!

It’s been a trying year for teen witch Hadley Bishop—she led her coven into battle against the Parrishables and lost her mother in a surprise attack. Now that the Parrishables and their leader, Samuel Parris, have been defeated, Hadley is looking forward to a relaxing, love-filled summer with boyfriend Asher Astley.

Hadley’s summer plans take an unexpected turn though when she and her coven head off to a witchy summer intensive. Once there, Hadley immediately finds herself in a power struggle with Brooklyn Sparks. Like Hadley, Brooklyn is gorgeous and popular, but she’s also…Asher’s ex-girlfriend?!

As if this news isn’t enough to rattle Hadley, there are rumors of a rogue witch in the woods, and someone is playing dangerous pranks around camp. Hadley suspects that Brooklyn is behind the pranks, but is she willing to risk losing her friends and Asher to prove it? In this electrifying conclusion to the Life’s a Witch series, Hadley will discover that love is more powerful than any spell—but it comes with a price.