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March 2014 Most Anticipated Young Adult Books

The Winner's Curse
Farrar Straus Giroux

These books were the top ten most anticipated young adult releases according to the Goodreads' New YA March 2014 list. For more YA March 2014 releases, please refer to that list!

  1. "The Winner's Curse" (The Winner's Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
  2. "Half Bad" (Half Life #1) by Sally Green
  3. "Panic" by Lauren Oliver
  4. "The Assassin's Blade" (Throne of Glass #.1-.5) by Sarah J. Maas
  5. "Let the Storm Break" (Let the Sky Fall #2) by Shannon Messenger
  6. "Discovering Daniel" by Nadine Christian
  7. "Elusion" by Claudia Gabel
  8. "Ruins" (Partials Sequence #3) by Dan Wells
  9. "The Mirk and Midnight Hour" by Jane Nickerson
  10. "Promise of Shadows" by Justina Ireland

Stay tuned for April 2014 releases! They will be listed by genre as usual.

The Winner's Curse
The Winner's Curse Farrar Straus Giroux

The Winner's Curse

Title: The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1)
Author: Marie Rutkoski
Release date: March 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 355
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Winning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions. One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction.

Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin. But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Half Bad
Half Bad Viking Juvenile

Half Bad

Title: Half Bad (Half Life Trilogy #1)
Author: Sally Green
Release date: March 3, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
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Synopsis on amazon.com:

In modern-day England, witches live alongside humans: White witches, who are good; Black witches, who are evil; and sixteen-year-old Nathan, who is both. Nathan's father is the world's most powerful and cruel Black witch, and his mother is dead. He is hunted from all sides. Trapped in a cage, beaten and handcuffed, Nathan must escape before his seventeenth birthday, at which point he will receive three gifts from his father and come into his own as a witch-or else he will die. But how can Nathan find his father when his every action is tracked, when there is no one safe to trust-not even family, not even the girl he loves?

Panic
Panic HarperCollins

Panic

Title: Panic
Author: Lauren Oliver
Release date: March 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 408
Publisher: HarperCollins
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Panic began as so many things do in Carp, a dead-end town of 12,000 people in the middle of nowhere: because it was summer, and there was nothing else to do.

Heather never thought she would compete in Panic, a legendary game played by graduating seniors, where the stakes are high and the payoff is even higher. She’d never thought of herself as fearless, the kind of person who would fight to stand out. But when she finds something, and someone, to fight for, she will discover that she is braver than she ever thought.

Dodge has never been afraid of Panic. His secret will fuel him, and get him all the way through the game, he’s sure of it. But what he doesn't know is that he’s not the only one with a secret. Everyone has something to play for.

For Heather and Dodge, the game will bring new alliances, unexpected revelations, and the possibility of first love for each of them—and the knowledge that sometimes the very things we fear are those we need the most.

The Assassin's Blade
The Assassin's Blade Bloomsbury Childrens

The Assassin's Blade

Title: The Assassin's Blade (Throne of Glass 0.1-0.5)
Author: Sarah J. Mass
Release date: March 4, 2014
Format: Paperback
Pages: 438
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Including a novella never before available for sale: "The Assassin and the Healer".

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

Let the Storm Break
Let the Storm Break Simon Pulse

Let the Storm Break

Title: Let the Storm Break (Sky Fall #2)
Author: Shannon Messenger
Release date: March 4, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Publisher: Simon Pulse
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Vane Weston is haunted. By the searing pull of his bond to Audra. By the lies he’s told to cover for her disappearance. By the treacherous winds that slip into his mind, trying to trap him in his worst nightmares. And as his enemies grow stronger, Vane doesn’t know how much longer he can last on his own.

But Audra’s still running. From her past. From the Gales. Even from Vane, who she doesn’t believe she deserves. And the farther she flees, the more danger she finds. She possesses the secret power her enemy craves, and protecting it might be more than she can handle—especially when she discovers Raiden’s newest weapon.

With the Gale Force weakened by recent attacks, and the power of four collapsing, Vane and Audra are forced to make a choice: keep trusting the failing winds, or turn to the people who’ve betrayed them before. But even if they survive the storms sent to destroy them, will they have anything left to hold on to?

Discovering Daniel
Discovering Daniel Sweet Cravings Publishing

Discovering Daniel

Title: Discovering Daniel
Author: Nadine Christian
Release date: March 10, 2014
Format: ebook
Publisher: Sweet Cravings Publishing
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

When a shocking memory surfaces that Ava McCoy can’t understand, she looks for answers. With her parents and her Uncle Sam trying to convince her that she is only chasing dreams, she is determined to prove that they are wrong, the vision too vivid in her mind to be anything but truth.

When her investigation reveals another world so shocking and yet so familiar, it feels as if the pieces of the puzzle are starting to come together – with only one question left unanswered. Who is Daniel? The very memory of him draws her to the sea. Then, the ocean brings her the answer she’s seeking. Daniel himself.

United, Daniel and Ava must find out why everyone wanted to keep them apart – and who is now trying their best to do it again. They must find the answers – before they succeed in separating them. Before Ava loses Daniel all over again – this time, forever.

Elusion
Elusion Katherine Tegen Books

Elusion

Title: Elusion
Author: Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam
Release date: March 18, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 400
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Soon, Elusion® will change the world and life as we know it.

A new technology called Elusion is sweeping the country. An app, visor and wristband will virtually transport you to an exotic destination where adventure can be pursued without the complications—or consequences—of real life.

Regan is an Elusion insider. Or at least she used to be. Her father invented the program, and her best friend, Patrick, heir to the tech giant Orexis, is about to release it nationwide. But ever since her father’s unexpected death, Regan can’t bear to Escape, especially since waking up from the dream means crashing back to her grim reality.

Still, when there are rumors of trouble in Elusion—accusations that it’s addictive and dangerous— Regan is determined to defend it. But the critics of Elusion come from surprising sources, including Josh, the handsome skeptic with his own personal stakes. As Regan investigates the claims, she discovers a disturbing web of secrets. She will soon have to choose between love and loyalty…a decision that will affect the lives of millions.

Suspense, thrills, and romance fuel this near-future story about the seductive nature of a perfect virtual world, and how far one girl will go to uncover the truth behind the illusions.

Ruins (Partials Sequence #3)
Ruins (Partials Sequence #3) Balzer + Bray

Ruins (Partials Sequence #3)

Title: Ruins (Partials Sequence #3)
Author: Dan Wells
Release date: March 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 464
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Kira, Samm, and Marcus fight to prevent a final war between Partials and humans in the gripping final installment in the Partials Sequence, a series that combines the thrilling action of The Hunger Games with the provocative themes of Blade Runner and The Stand.

There is no avoiding it—the war to decide the fate of both humans and Partials is at hand. Both sides hold in their possession a weapon that could destroy the other, and Kira Walker has precious little time to prevent that from happening. She has one chance to save both species and the world with them, but it will only come at great personal cost.

The Mirk and Midnight Hour
The Mirk and Midnight Hour Knopf Books for Young Readers

The Mirk and Midnight Hour

Title: The Mirk and Midnight Hour
Author: Jane Nickerson
Release date: March , 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 384
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest.

All collide at night’s darkest hour.

Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war—a war that has already claimed her twin brother.

When she comes across a severely injured Union soldier lying in an abandoned lodge deep in the woods, things begin to change. Thomas is the enemy—one of the men who might have killed her own brother—and yet she's drawn to him. But Violet isn't Thomas's only visitor; someone has been tending to his wounds—keeping him alive—and it becomes chillingly clear that this care hasn't been out of compassion.

Against the dangers of war and ominous powers of voodoo, Violet must fight to protect her home and the people she loves.

Promise of Shadows
Promise of Shadows Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Promise of Shadows

Title: Promise of Shadows
Author: Justina Ireland
Release date: March 11, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 371
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Zephyr Mourning has never been very good at being a Harpy. She’d rather watch reality TV than learn forty-seven ways to kill a man, and she pretty much sucks at wielding magic. Zephyr was ready for a future pretending to be a normal human instead of a half-god assassin. But all that changes when her sister is murdered—and she uses a forbidden dark power to save herself from the same fate.

Zephyr is on the run from a punishment worse than death when an unexpected reunion with a childhood friend (a surprisingly HOT friend) changes everything. Because it seems like Zephyr might just be the Nyx, a dark goddess made flesh that is prophesied to change the power balance. For hundreds of years the half-gods have lived in fear, and Zephyr is supposed to change that.

But how is she supposed to save everyone when she can’t even save herself?