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May 2014 young adult book releases: Historical Fiction and Alternate History

Bad Luck Girl
Bad Luck GirlRandom House Books for Young Readers

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

In this list:

  • "Bad Luck Girl" (The American Fairy #3) by Sarah Zettel
  • "Curses and Smoke" A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter
  • "The Falconer" (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May
  • "The Lovely and the Lost" (The Dispossessed #2) by Page Morgan

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

Bad Luck Girl
Bad Luck Girl Random House Books for Young Readers

Bad Luck Girl

Title: Bad Luck Girl (The American Fairy #3)
Author: Sarah Zettel
Release date: May , 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

After rescuing her parents from the Seelie king at Hearst Castle, Callie is caught up in the war between the fairies of the Midnight Throne and the Sunlit Kingdoms. By accident, she discovers that fairies aren't the only magical creatures in the world. There's also Halfers, misfits that are half fairy and half . . . other—half paper, half steel girder, half electric spark. As the war heats up, Callie's world falls apart. And even though she's the child of prophecy, she doubts she can save the Halfers, her people, her family, and Jack, let alone herself. Bad Luck Girl, they call Callie, and she's starting to believe them.

Curses and Smoke
Curses and Smoke Arthur A. Levine Books

Curses and Smoke

Title: Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii
Author: Vicky Alvear Shecter
Release date: May 27, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

When your world blows apart, what will you hold onto?

TAG is a medical slave, doomed to spend his life healing his master's injured gladiators. But his warrior's heart yearns to fight in the gladiator ring himself and earn enough money to win his freedom.

LUCIA is the daughter of Tag's owner, doomed by her father's greed to marry a much older Roman man. But she loves studying the natural world around her home in Pompeii, and lately she's been noticing some odd occurrences in the landscape: small lakes disappearing; a sulfurous smell in the air. . . .

When the two childhood friends reconnect, each with their own longings, they fall passionately in love. But as they plot their escape from the city, a patrician fighter reveals his own plans for them -- to Lucia's father, who imprisons Tag as punishment. Then an earthquake shakes Pompeii, in the first sign of the chaos to come. Will they be able to find each other again before the volcano destroys their whole world?

The Falconer
The Falconer Chronicle Books

The Falconer

Title: The Falconer (The Falconer #1)
Author: Elizabeth May
Release date: May 6, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 387
Publisher: Chronicle Books
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Edinburgh, Scotland, 1844

Lady Aileana Kameron, the only daughter of the Marquess of Douglas, was destined for a life carefully planned around Edinburgh’s social events – right up until a faery killed her mother.

Now it’s the 1844 winter season and Aileana slaughters faeries in secret, in between the endless round of parties, tea and balls. Armed with modified percussion pistols and explosives, she sheds her aristocratic facade every night to go hunting. She’s determined to track down the faery who murdered her mother, and to destroy any who prey on humans in the city’s many dark alleyways.

But the balance between high society and her private war is a delicate one, and as the fae infiltrate the ballroom and Aileana’s father returns home, she has decisions to make. How much is she willing to lose – and just how far will Aileana go for revenge?

The Lovely and the Lost
The Lovely and the Lost Delacorte Press

The Lovely and the Lost

Title: The Lovely and the Lost (The Dispossessed #2)
Author: Page Morgan
Release date: May 13, 2014
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 368
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Synopsis on goodreads.com:

Ingrid and Gabby survived the Underneath. They saved their brother, Grayson, from a future of dark servitude and exposed a plot to undermine the Alliance. But danger still lurks in the streets of Paris, and the Dispossessed, perched on the city's bridges and rooftops, might not be able to save their human wards this time.