Young Adult books, releasing in April 2015, that are on the Parajunkee.com Radar:

 

 

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While the name Echo and the search for a mythical creature – and one called Firebird or something Fire-esque seems to be current trends…this one does look appetizing.

Girl at Midnight

Girl at Midnight
by Melissa Grey

Releases: April 28th 2015 by Delacorte Press
Genres: Paranormal / Urban Fantasy
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Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she’s ever known.
[br] Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she’s fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it’s time to act.
[br] Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it’s how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it.
[br] But some jobs aren’t as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.

 

 

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This one just straight up looks yummy…a roman type setting, a mystery, a sexy soldier.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

Releases: April 28th 2015 by Razorbill
Genres: Fantasy / Dystopian
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Set in a terrifyingly brutal Rome-like world, An Ember in the Ashes is an epic fantasy debut about an orphan fighting for her family and a soldier fighting for his freedom. It’s a story that’s literally burning to be told.
[br] LAIA is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy in exchange for assistance from rebel Scholars who claim that they will help to save her brother from execution.
[br] ELIAS is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias is considering deserting the military, but before he can, he’s ordered to participate in a ruthless contest to choose the next Martial emperor.
[br] When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.

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Zeroboxing!!!!!!! What is that? I am intrigued. 

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes
by Sabaa Tahir

Releases: April 8th 2015 by Flux
Genres: Scifi
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A Sci-Fi Thrill Ride Set in the Action-Packed Sports Arena of the Future
[br] A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.
[br] As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices place everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.

 

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