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WEEKLY BOOK RELEASES FOR JANUARY 17TH

The Dead and the Gone (Paperback)

By: Susan Beth Pfeffer

Release Date:  1/18/2010

(From Borders.com) With haunting themes of family, faith, personal change, and courage, this powerful novel–a companion to “Life As We Knew It”–explores how a young man takes on unimaginable responsibilities.

Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Paperback)

By: Beth Fantaskey

Release Date:  1/18/2010

(From BarnesandNoble.com) The undead can really screw up your senior year . . .

Marrying a vampire definitely doesn’t fit into Jessica Packwood’s senior year “get-a-life” plan. But then a bizarre (and incredibly hot) new exchange student named Lucius Vladescu shows up, claiming that Jessica is a Romanian vampire princess by birth—and he’s her long-lost fiancé. Armed with newfound confidence and a copy of Growing Up Undead: A Teen Vampire’s Guide to Dating, Health, and Emotions, Jessica makes a dramatic transition from average American teenager to glam European vampire princess. But when a devious cheerleader sets her sights on Lucius, Jess finds herself fighting to win back her wayward prince, stop a global vampire war—and save Lucius’s soul from eternal destruction.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide (Hardcover)

By: Rick Riordan

Release Date:  1/18/2010

(From Borders.com) A fully illustrated, in-depth guide to gods, monsters, and all things Percy Jackson, this novelty companion to the bestselling series comes complete with trading cards, full-color diagrams, and maps.

A**holeology (Paperback)

By: Steven B. Green

Release Date:  1/18/2010

(From Borders.com) Getting one’s way requires the perpetrator to be cocky yet quietly confident, snide as well as sincere, sneaky while abrupt. Better men than most have failed miserably. This guide is the first to walk readers through the tricks of the trade and the numerous benefits the attitude reaps.

The Vampire Maker

By: Michael Schiefelbein

Release Date:  1/19/2010

(From BarnesandNoble.com) Victor Decimus has been a vampire for over 2,000 years. Once a Roman Legionnaire, for millennia Victor has remained a step or two ahead of rivals, would-be executioners, and the mysterious Dark Kingdom, which sets the rules for vampires’ existence. Having left New York and his lover Paul Lewis – the vampire he made then abandoned to escape the vengeance of the Dark Kingdom, Victor sets himself up again – with his thrall – in New Orleans. But in New Orleans, his thrall becomes the point of a new, larger conflict. On the one hand, a local priest seeks to break Victor’s hold over the thrall; on the other, the Dark Kingdom fears that Victor is going to become a Vampire Maker – one who continually creates new vampires, while refusing to take his place on the next plain of existence and thus creating an imbalance in the powers of the universe. And between both walks Victor, determined to have his own way, exerts control and remains defiant to the end.

The Mark (Hardcover)

By: Jen Nadol

Release Date:  1/19/2010

(From Borders.com) Cassandra Renfield has always seen the mark–a glow around certain people reminiscent of candlelight. But the one time she mentioned it, it was dismissed as a trick of the light. Until the day she watches a man awash in the mark die. After searching her memories, Cassie realizes she can see a person’s imminent death. Not how or where, only when: today.  Armed with a vague understanding of the light, Cassie begins to explore her “gift,” seeking those marked for death and probing the line between decision and destiny. Though she’s careful to hide her secret–even from her new philosophy-obsessed boyfriend–with each impending death comes the temptation to test fate. But so many questions remain. How does the mark work? Why is she the only one who sees it? And finally, the most important of all: If you know today is someone’s last, should you tell them?

The Empty Mirror (Paperback)

By: J. Sydney Jones

Release Date:  1/19/2010

(From Borders.com) The summer of 1898 finds Austria terrorized by a killer whom the press calls “Vienna’s Jack the Ripper.” When the painter Gustav Klimt’s female model becomes the fifth victim, the police finger him as the culprit. Dr. Hanns Gross, the renowned father of criminology, agrees to assist Klimt’s lawyer, Karl Werthen, in investigating the murders. Together, Gross and Werthen must not only clear Klimt’s name but also follow the trail of a killer that will lead them in the most surprising of directions.Written by an acclaimed expert on Vienna and its history,The Empty Mirrorintroduces a new series of stunning historical mysteries that reveals the culture and curiosities of this fascinating fin de siecle metropolis.

Lullaby

By: Claire Seeber

Release Date:  1/19/2010

(From Borders.com) “A chilling debut from a bright new talent– a masterful psychological thriller to delight fans of Nicci French and Minette Walters

“It’s every mother’s nightmare…One minute Jess Finnegan is strolling through the Tate Museum with her new husband Mickey and their 8-month old son. The next she is frantically searching for them–both have completely disappeared. As the police launch a massive manhunt, Jess discovers that the people closest to you are not always what they seem.

Night Road (Paperback)

By: A.M. Jenkins

Release Date:  1/19/2010

(From Borders.com) From the acclaimed author of “Damages” comes the compelling tale of a young vampire on an unexpected journey who gains the strength to face his darkest fears. An ALA Best Book for Young Adults.

X-Men vs. Avengers (Hardcover)

By: Roger Stern (Author), Stan Lee (Author), Marc Silvestri (Illustrator), Keith Pollard (Illustrator), Jack Kirby (Illustrator)

Release Date:  1/20/2010

(From Amazon.com): When Magneto’s on trial, he needs all the help he can get – he finds it in the remnants of his former fortress, Asteroid M! The X-Men aren’t sure what his scheme is, but they’re positive they don’t want the Avengers and the Soviet Super-Soldiers to find out first! Multi-team warfare with the eyes of the world on all three! Also featuring the X-Men’s fabulous first fight with the Avengers, to keep them from unleashing the legendary Lucifer!

Undead Much (Paperback)

By: Stacey Jay

Release Date:  1/21/2010

(From Borders.com) Megan Berry–Zombie Settler extraordinaire–just wants Pom Squad to trounce Cheer Team in this freakishly funny follow-up to “You Are So Undead to Me.” But someone’s turning coma victims into settler-resistant ber-zombies–and everyone thinks it’s Megan’s fault.

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