New Releases: 19 March 2024

Collage of the book covers for The Last Bloodcarver, Rules for Rule Breaking, and Where Sleeping Girls Lie. Each cover is described in more detail in the post.

We have three books on our radar for this week! You should check them out:

Illustrated cover for The Last Bloodcarver. A teenage girl with light brown skin on her face and arms has a body made up of pipe-like bones and what look like red carnations. Her right hand has gone through her left ribs, so she can grip the flowers underneath. She looks like she might pull them out. She is wearing a green cape with a gold lining and stands in a field of more of the red flowers and has shoulder-length black hair with red highlights. A golden full moon hangs behind her, as well as a pair of red, white, and black masks with long, pointed ears. The Last Bloodcarver by Vanessa Le
Roaring Brook Press

Nhika is a bloodcarver. A cold-hearted, ruthless being who can alter human biology with just a touch. In the industrial city of Theumas, she is seen not as a healer, but a monster that kills for pleasure.

When Nhika is caught using her bloodcarving abilities during a sham medical appointment, she’s captured by underground thugs and sold to an aristocratic family to heal the last witness of their father’s murder.

But as Nhika delves deeper into their investigation amidst the glitz of Theumas’ wealthiest district, she begins to notice parallels between this job and her own dark past. And when she meets an alluring yet entitled physician’s aide, Ven Kochin, she’s forced to question the true intent behind this murder. In a society that outcasts her, Kochin seems drawn to her…though he takes every chance he gets to push her out of his opulent world.

When Nhika discovers that Kochin is not who he claims to be, and that there is an evil dwelling in Theumas that runs much deeper than the murder of one man, she must decide where her heart, and her allegiance, truly lie. And – if she’s willing to become the dreaded bloodcarver Theumas fears to save herself and the ones she’s vowed to protect.

Illustrated cover for Rules for Rule Breaking. A teenage Korean American boy and girl stand slightly overlapping each other. They're visible from the stomach up, and they're both glancing at each other from the corners of their eyes. The girl has dark hair a little past her shoulders, and she is wearing a pink and blue sweater. She is holding a white coffee mug in both hands, and the mug says Future Rocket Scientist on it. The boy has short dark hair and is wearing a fall-esque multicolored striped turtleneck. The girl looks displeased, but the boy is half smiling as he looks at her.Rules for Rule Breaking by Talia Tucker

Winter Park and Bobby Bae are Korean American high school juniors whose families have been friends since the kids were making crayon art. They, however, are repulsed by each other.

Winter is MIT-bound, comfortable keeping people at arm’s length, and known by others as responsible, though she has a desire to let loose. This probably comes from her rebel grandmother, who is constantly pushing boundaries and encouraging Winter to do so as well. Winter’s best friend is moving abroad and won’t be attending college at all, and Winter’s wrestling with what it means to be left behind. Bobby is as Type-A, anxious, and risk-averse as you can get. He’s also been recently dumped, which has him feeling disoriented and untethered.

That’s why, when Winter’s and Bobby’s parents insist that they go on a northeast college campus tour together, both teens find reasons to accept even though the thought of being stuck in a car together for 700 miles sounds unbearable. What awaits them is a journey of self-discovery where the only rule on their road trip is to break all the rules. At first, this happens in hilariously calculated ways (using lists and reason and logic!), but they soon abandon that, challenging each other to dares in Virginia, getting high and wandering around Philly for food—and battling the subsequent digestive distress—and crashing a party in Cambridge. And, of course, realizing that they’re perfect together.

Illustrated cover for Where Sleeping Girls Lie. The head of a Black teenage girl is superimposed over a gray, cloudy-sky. She has dark brown skin and hair done in several narrow braids. There is a small brown bird perched to cover her left eye, and her head appears to be dripping down, like ink or paint, so that part of her jaw and the ends of her hair are gone. The drips forms the title and puddle at the base of an old-fashioned two-story boarding school.Where Sleeping Girls Lie by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé
Feiwel & Friends

Sade Hussein is starting her third year of high school, this time at the prestigious Alfred Nobel Academy boarding school, after being home-schooled all her life. Misfortune has clung to her seemingly since birth, but even she doesn’t expect her new roommate, Elizabeth, to disappear after Sade’s first night. Or for people to think Sade had something to do with it.

With rumors swirling around her, Sade catches the attention of the girls collectively known as the ‘Unholy Trinity’ and they bring her into their fold. Between learning more about them—especially Persephone, who Sade is inexplicably drawn to—and playing catchup in class, Sade already has so much on her plate. But when it seems people don’t care enough about what happened to Elizabeth, it’s up to she and Elizabeth’s best friend, Baz, to investigate.

And then a student is found dead.

The more Sade and Baz dig into Elizabeth’s disappearance, the more she realizes there’s more to Alfred Nobel Academy and its students than she thought. Secrets lurk around every corner and beneath every surface…secrets that rival even her own.