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1. 3 Minutes With... M.G. Buehrlen

The Nerd Riders got to hang out with the awesome author of THE 57 LIVES OF ALEX WAYFARE, M.G. Buehrlen. There were questions asked, questions answered and swords drawn!

 


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2. Bonus Scene: The Vast and Brutal Sea by Zoraida Córdova + Giveaway (US Only)

The Vast and Brutal Sea
by 
Zoraida Córdova

Release Date: June 2, 2015

 

About the Book

This epic clash of sand and sea will pit brother against brother-and there can only be one winner


In two days, the race for the Sea Court throne will be over-but all the rules have changed. The sea witch, Nieve, has kidnapped Layla and is raising an army of mutant sea creatures to overthrow the crown. Kurt, the one person Tristan could depend on in the battle for the Sea King's throne, has betrayed him. Now Kurt wants the throne for himself. Tristan has the Scepter of the Earth, but it's not enough. He'll have to travel to the mysterious, lost Isle of Tears and unleash the magic that first created the king's powerful scepter. It's a brutal race to the finish, and there can only be one winner.

 

 

Are you ready to start reading?!

DYLAN: THE SEA CHAMPIONS OF THE VICIOUS DEEP TRILOGY

By

ZORAIDA CÓRDOVA

 

Before he was a champion for the crown, Dylan, son of Ammon, merman of the Western Seas, was in love. His name was Evan.

 

Evan, a merman of the southern coast had dark hair, dark skin, dark eyes. He was the opposite of every thing Dylan was. Brave, eager to fight for his king, and a ready friend to all.

 

Before the court of the Western Sea set off for Toliss, where their king announced he had a newly discovered grandson, a human grandson at that, Dylan was hopeful he could lead a very happy life. Let the human boy have the crown. This Tristan Hart didn't look like much from faraway, but he'd learn the way Dylan had learned to pick up a sword and say the right things to keep his corner of the seas at peace. But the other champions wouldn't stand back, and Dylan's father wouldn't have their family bow down to a halfbreed human boy.

 

So they set sail after the presentation of the champions when King Karanos broke his trident into three pieces and set them loose in the oceans. Lord Ammon's ship had their best men, a court of chattering princesses, and two ancient augurers. While the augurers dug their scaly fingers into the bellies of spotted sharks, Dylan leaned against the side of the ship and watched the waves toss around them. His legs itched where skin replaced the light blue of his scales. He wiggled his toes, just like they all did when they were in this form.

 

For a people who hated humans, they didn't mind the magic in their veins allowing them to use the convenience of legs. Dylan sighed at the open sea, and thought it was curious how dark the sky was already in this part of the world.

 

"Nasty surface weather," Evan said, coming up beside him.

 

Dylan felt his body do many things at once. His stomach fluttered, his heart expanded, and his tongue went dry. It was always this way when Evan was around. Evan with his lovely dark eyes. His armor gleamed in the soft light of the moon. His hand reached out for Dylan's, and rested there for a good long while.

 

"I don't like this," Dylan told him.

 

"Sorry, my Prince." Evan withdrew his hand instantly.

 

Dylan felt his face burn. "That's not what I meant." He loved when Evan touched him. He loved when Evan looked at him. He couldn't get enough of it, really.

 

"Never that," Dylan said, threading their fingers together. "I mean the championship. How are we supposed to get answers from the tribe? And even if I do find a piece of the trident, am I really supposed to...kill the others?"

 

Evan smiles at him. He loved it when Evan smiled, but there were few things about Evan that Dylan did not love. The only thing he could think of was Evan's duty to the guard, and worrying on whether or not he'd return to him or get cut into surf at the bottom of the ocean.

 

"You'd make a fine king," Evan said. "I know it in my bones. You're just. You're fiercely loyal. And you're brave."

 

"Brave?" Dylan shook his head. "You flatter me. Do you know the only thing stopping me from jumping into the sea and swimming far far away is you?"

 

"I'd follow you," Evan said.

 

"And bring me back?"

 

"No." Evan grabbed onto the leather sheath on Dylan's chest and pulls him close. He presses his lips to his and they kiss softly, but quickly. "And do that."

 

Somewhere on the ship an augurer shouted, "We're approaching the mist, my Lord Ammon!"

 

And a princess wanting to become Dylan's queen stormed away and landed into the arms of a member of the guard.

 

And a decrepit creature clawed its way up the side of the ship and on board. It's teeth ripped into the shoulder of the first guard it found. It's jagged claws ripped through the neck that followed.

 

It was not alone.

 

They moved too fast to draw screams, the shouts still lodged in the throat of their victims.

 

"We're under attack!" yelled Lord Ammon, trying to draw his long sword. But the ship heaved and he lost his footing, damn his legs. He shifted into his tail and slapped the vicious merrow that attacked him. If he were to die, it would be as his true self. He would die fighting. He could see Dylan running to his aid, but the creatures kept coming. Ammon grabbed one of the infernal merrows by the ankle and pulled him to the ground. He stared into its shark-like face, breathed the rot in its mouth, and twisted the creature's neck. It's decomposed in seconds, oozing black blood.

 

"Father!" Dylan shouted. He was covered in blood, black and red, and an angry gash cut his chest. "Evan!"

 

Dylan swung his sword left and right, and tried to reach for his father, who lay beaten and disarmed. He couldn't find Evan. When the shouting started Evan kissed him, fast and hard as a goodbye, and ran into the fray.

 

"The mist," Lord Ammon yelled. "Go, my son."

 

Dylan shook his head, surrounded by bodies torn in half and the deformed creatures he'd only heard about in stories of old. He couldn't get his feet, his stupid human feet, to move.

 

The merrow pushed Dylan to the ground. It's fists were ready to rip into him, but Ammon blocked the blow with his whole body. The spear-like nails dug into Ammon's chest. Even as Dylan screamed, his father, one of the ancients of the seas, petrified into coral, then crumbled into pieces.

 

Dylan didn't have time to scream. The merrows overran the ship. He took his father's sword a sliced through one, two, three wretched bodies at once. He broke the skin of his fists on the merrow's coarse hides. He screamed Evan's name and was answered by growling and the cry of the dying.

 

Then he felt the mist.

 

He grabbed a flaming torch and threw it on the ground. He knew he had to go now, go far, while he had the chance.

 

"Evan!" He screamed again. But no one answered. As the ship went up in flames and the merrows feasted on the bodies, Dylan jumped into the mist.

 

He never saw Evan again.

 

 

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Zoraida Córdova was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where she learned to speak English by watching Disney’s The Little Mermaid and Michael Jackson’s Moonwalker on repeat. She studied English Lit at Hunter College, and The University of Montana. She is the author of The Vicious Deep Trilogy (YA) and the On the Verge Series (NA).

 

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Three winners will each receive a signed paperback copy of THE VAST AND BRUTAL SEA plus swag (series button, bookmarks). 

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3. Author Top 5 with Catherine Linka

 

Today we welcome Catherine Linka to YABC! Zinka's soon to be released sequel to A Girl Called Fearless, A Girl Undone, is sure to appeal to fans of Divergent and An Ember in the Ashes. The next installment in The Girl Called Fearless series will make its debut June 23rd and we can't wait! But for now, Catherine Linka is sharing the top five reasons why she'd like to have her main character, Avie, as her best friend!

 

Meet Catherine.

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Catherine Zinka has been immersed in books her whole life, most recently as a writer and a bookseller. Her debut novel is A Girl Called Fearless, a young adult romantic speculative fiction/political thriller. Catherine lives in Southern California where she watches hummingbirds and hawks when she should be working.

 

 

 

Now meet Catherine's book, A Girl Undone!

 

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From Catherine Linka, the sequel and explosive conclusion to A Girl Called Fearless.

 

Having survived a violent confrontation with the US government, Avie is not out of danger. Both she and the young man she loves, Yates, have been declared terrorists, and Yates is hospitalized in critical condition, leaving Avie with the perilous task of carrying information that can bring down the Paternalist party, if she can get it into the right hands.

 

Forced on the run with handsome, enigmatic woodsman Luke, Avie struggles when every turn becomes a choice between keeping the two of them alive or completing their mission. With her face on every news channel and a quarter million dollar reward from the man who still owns her marriage Contract, Avie's worst fears are about to come true. Equal parts thrilling and romantic, A Girl Undone is sure to keep your heart racing right until the very end.

 

**All writers fall in love with their characters, but after A Girl Called Fearless and A Girl Undone, Avie’s become really special to me. So here they are:

 

 

Five Reasons Why I’d Like My Character, Avie Reveare, As My Best Friend: 

 

 

1. She keeps your secrets safe.

Confide your deepest, darkest, most dangerous secret to Avie, and she will do everything she can to protect it. Whether it involves a forbidden romance, escape plan, or spy ring, her lips are sealed. 

 

 

 

 

2. She will never give up on you even when you’re messing up big time. 

If you’re obsessed with doing something incredibly stupid, like taking out revenge on one of the most powerful men in government, Avie won’t stop trying to steer you straight. Avie is with you all the way. 

 

 

 

 

3. She’s got mad survival skills. 

 

Break your leg on a snowy mountaintop? Need to outfox a private force of ex­military on your tail? Avie might be be small, but she’s smart and inventive, and she’ll get you both out of danger. 

 

 

 

 

4. She won’t cut and run. 

When things get deadly hot, you want a friend who won’t leave you to save herself. Avie’s the friend who only takes off if it will keep you safe. 

 

 

 

5. She gets knocked down and gets back up. 

 

Avie’s not perfect and she’s blown it plenty of times, but she owns her mistakes, and keeps on trying. She’s the friend who inspires you to be fearless, because she refuses to give up.

 

See what I mean? Don’t you want those things in a best friend? 

 

Thank you, Catherine!

We agree, Avie sounds like the perfect best friend! Don't forget to pick up a copy of A Girl Undone on sale June 23rd! And for more information about Catherine and her writing, visit her website HERE!

 


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4. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Mirror King by Jodi Meadows + Giveaway (US Only)

Welcome to another fabulous cover reveal, YABC!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE MIRROR KING by Jodi Meadows, releasing April 5, 2016 from Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Jodi:

 
Hello, YABC-ers!
 
I'm beyond pleased to share the most amazing cover that was ever created -- the cover for THE MIRROR KING, which is, of course, the sequel to THE ORPHAN QUEEN. Since this is a sequel, I knew roughly what to expect in terms of layout, font, and people on the cover. I was not prepared for the UTTER GLORY that appeared on my screen when I clicked the attachment. I think I cried. I know I petted it. My husband reports that I screamed.
 
If you're asking who to thank for this most perfect cover, please aim your praises at the same team responsible for THE ORPHAN QUEEN cover and all four novella covers, Colin Anderson (photography) and Erin Fitzsimmons (design). Aren't they amazing??
 
~ Jodi Meadows (THE MIRROR KING, Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers)
 

 

 

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*** If you choose to share this image elsewhere, please include a courtesy link back to this page so others can enter Jodi's giveaway. Thank you! ***

 

THE MIRROR KING

by Jodi Meadows
Release date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780062317414
 
 
About the Book
 
Wilhelmina has a hundred enemies.
 
HER FRIENDS HAVE TURNED. After her identity is revealed during the Inundation, Princess Wilhelmina is kept prisoner by the Indigo Kingdom, with the Ospreys lost somewhere in the devastated city. When the Ospreys’ leader emerges at the worst possible moment, leaving Wil’s biggest ally on his deathbed, she must become Black Knife to set things right. 
 
HER MAGIC IS UNCONTROLLABLE. Wil’s power is to animate, not to give true life, but in the wraithland she commanded a cloud of wraith mist to save herself, and later ordered it solid. Now there is a living boy made of wraith—destructive and deadly, and willing to do anything for her.
 
HER HEART IS TORN. Though she’s ready for her crown, declaring herself queen means war. Caught between what she wants and what is right, Wilhelmina realizes the throne might not even matter. Everyone thought the wraith was years off, but already it’s destroying Indigo Kingdom villages. If she can’t protect both kingdoms, soon there won’t be a land to rule.
 
In this stunning conclusion to THE ORPHAN QUEEN, Jodi Meadows follows Wilhelmina’s breathtaking and brave journey from orphaned criminal on the streets to magic-wielding queen.
 

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Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy*, and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the forthcoming ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen). Visit her at www.jodimeadows.com
*A Kippy is a cat.
 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive an ARC of THE MIRROR KING (when available). 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

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5. What's New in YA

 

Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!

 

 

 

When you’re in love with the wrong person for the right reasons, anything could happen.

Tretch lives in a very small town where everybody's in everybody else's business. Which makes it hard for him to be in love with his straight best friend.  For his part, Matt is completely oblivious to the way Tretch feels – and Tretch can’t tell whether that makes it better or worse.
 The problem with living a lie is that the lie can slowly become your life. For Tretch, the problem isn’t just with Matt. His family has no idea who he really is and what he’s really thinking. The girl at the local bookstore has no clue how off-base her crush on him is. And the guy at school who’s a thorn in Tretch’s side doesn’t realize how close to the truth he’s hitting.
 Tretch has spent a lot of time dancing alone in his room, but now he’s got to step outside his comfort zone and into the wider world.  Because like love, a true self can rarely be contained. 
Anything Could Happen is a poignant, hard-hitting exploration of love and friendship, a provocative debut that shows that sometimes we have to let things fall apart before we can make them whole again.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this darkly funny novel from the critically acclaimed author of The Beginning of Everything.

Up until his diagnosis, Lane lived a fairly predictable life. But when he finds himself at a tuberculosis sanatorium called Latham House, he discovers an insular world with paradoxical rules, med sensors, and an eccentric yet utterly compelling confidante named Sadie—and life as Lane knows it will never be the same. Robyn Schneider's Extraordinary Means is a heart-wrenching yet ultimately hopeful story about the miracles of first love and second chances.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

Best friends, big fans, a mysterious webcomic, and a long-lost girl collide in this riveting novel, perfect for fans of both Cory Doctorow and Sarah Dessen, and illustrated throughout with comics.

Once upon a time, two best friends created a princess together. Libby drew the pictures, May wrote the tales, and their heroine, Princess X, slayed all the dragons and scaled all the mountains their imaginations could conjure.  
Once upon a few years later, Libby was in the car with her mom, driving across the Ballard Bridge on a rainy night. When the car went over the side, Libby passed away, and Princess X died with her.
Once upon a now: May is sixteen and lonely, wandering the streets of Seattle, when she sees a sticker slapped in a corner window.
Princess X? 
When May looks around, she sees the Princess everywhere: Stickers. Patches. Graffiti. There's an entire underground culture, focused around a webcomic at IAmPrincessX.com. The more May explores the webcomic, the more she sees disturbing similarities between Libby's story and Princess X online. And that means that only one person could have started this phenomenon---her best friend, Libby, who lives.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

Acclaimed writer Margo Rabb's Kissing in America is "a wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence, and the inner lives of girls," raves internationally bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love). 

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that's still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who understands Eva's grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head over heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the West Coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.  In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls "gorgeous, funny, and joyous," readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all its forms.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

Given the way love turned her heart in the New York Times bestselling To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, which SLJ called a “lovely, lighthearted romance,” it’s no surprise that Lara Jean still has letters to write.

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?
In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

There’s school, and then there’s the real world. If you’re lucky enough to survive the first, you owe it to yourself to explore the second…

So let’s roll…
With graduation a month away, I’m hitting the road with my best friends Beau, Leonie, and Leonie’s awesome rescue dog, The Bomb. We’ve all got something on our minds. Beau is schooling our school for ignoring brutal bullying. Beautiful, crazy Leonie is striving to become a model. And I’m drilling to join a local roller derby team—The Rat City Roller Girls—where my bulk is actually a benefit! But first, somewhere between finals and graduation, I need some answers. I need to see my dad. Face to face.
Unless he’s moved without telling me, my dad is out in the wilds of Alaska—somewhere remote, beautiful, and amazing, where there will be wild animals, and hot guys, and adventures and lies and heartbreaks. It’s further from home than any of us have ever been. Sometimes that’s how far you need to go to figure out exactly where you want to be…

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

Black Swan meets Pretty Little Liars in this soapy, drama-packed novel featuring diverse characters who will do anything to be the prima at their elite ballet school.

Gigi, Bette, and June, three top students at an exclusive Manhattan ballet school, have seen their fair share of drama. Free-spirited new girl Gigi just wants to dance—but the very act might kill her. Privileged New Yorker Bette's desire to escape the shadow of her ballet star sister brings out a dangerous edge in her. And perfectionist June needs to land a lead role this year or her controlling mother will put an end to her dancing dreams forever. When every dancer is both friend and foe, the girls will sacrifice, manipulate, and backstab to be the best of the best.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy.

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments—tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures—all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone. 

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer—a handsome young guard called Cassian—appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo—where the exhibits are humans.

 As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer—though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

The author of Openly Straight returns with an epic road trip involving family history, gay history, the girlfriend our hero can't have, the grandfather he never knew, and the Porcupine of Truth.

Carson Smith is resigned to spending his summer in Billings, Montana, helping his mom take care of his father, a dying alcoholic he doesn't really know. Then he meets Aisha Stinson, a beautiful girl who has run away from her difficult family, and Pastor John Logan, who's long held a secret regarding Carson's grandfather, who disappeared without warning or explanation thirty years before. Together, Carson and Aisha embark on an epic road trip to find the answers that might save Carson's dad, restore his fragmented family, and discover the "Porcupine of Truth" in all of their lives.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

**DISCLAIMER: 

If there are any new YA books we missed, let us know in the comments below, and we'll add them to the list! 

 


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6. Books Aren't Dangerous Campaign

 

Do you remember that book that changed your life as a reader, or maybe just your life in general? You do? That’s great! 

 

 

 

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of the BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series, have started a campaign called BOOKS AREN’T DANGEROUS. For every picture of a book that uses #BooksArentDangerous, a book will be donated to an underserved school or library!

 

We put our team of staff reviewers to the test and here are some of the pcitures and stories they shared with us to help keep this campaign going. Pictures were shared on social media first with #BooksArentDangerous and then passed along to us here at YABC! 

 

 

 

 

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"Tamora Pierce's books changed my life. Her stories about female knights and their adventures gave me the courage I needed to become the athlete that I am today."--Hannah, Staff Reviewer

 

 

 

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"I picked Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, because when I read the book, I finally understood how one action can have so much affect. It might seem small, but in reality, it can change things. It can change things for better or worse, but it can change. It taught me to think about my actions and realize that they have an opposite and equal reaction (physics ha!). Even though this book really got me upset (I cried), I think this book truly changed my life and the way I think about what I want to do with my life!"--Nanouk, Staff Reviewer

 

 

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"Storm Siren taught me how to embrace my emotions and not push them away."--Samantha, Staff Reviewer

 

 

 

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"The DUNE series by Frank Herbert was the first series that introduced me to sci-fi as a teen.  I loved the surrealism throughout which spoke to me during a very difficult time of my life.  I have to say this series was a life saver for me."--Kim, Staff Reviewer

 

 

 

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"OUT OF THE SILENT PLANET was the first book to show me that sci-fi can be deeply beautiful, poetic, and profound. I am still in awe of this book, each time I re-read."--Mandy, Staff Reviewer

 

 

 

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"Harry Potter is the reason I'm a reader and a writer. I think it's safe to say I owe the literary life I have now to a boy wizard and his adventures."--Kayla, Blog Manager and Staff Reviewer

 

 

 

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"In the Forests of the Night by Amelia Atwater Rhodes inspired me to write. The author was thirteen when it got published, and so was I. It let me know that you are never too young to start trying to achieve your dreams."--Zoraida, Staff Reviewer 

 

 

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"C.S. Lewis taught me to love stories, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe taught me I could escape into them when "real life" was more than I could bear. It was comforting to imagine a magnificent world could be entered through the most mundane of places."  --Angela, Staff Reviewer

 

 

Here at Young Adult Books Central, we love our books. So we are offering a giveaway to help spread the word about this fantastic campaign! Follow the link today and start sharing your #BooksArentDangerous pictures with the world.

 

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7. TOMORROWLAND - Drive Through Movie Review

**********NO SPOILERS************

The Nerd Riders, Kristin and Clint, give their thoughts on the new Disney film TOMORROWLAND. 

 

QUESTION: If you could go to an alternate universe what would you want to see there?


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8. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Secret Side of Empty by Maria E. Andreu + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hi, YABC!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY by Maria E. Andreu, releasing September 1, 2015 from Running Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Maria:

 

YABC Readers!  I’m so excited to share the paperback cover for THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY.  I thought I couldn’t love a cover more than that of the hardcover edition of TSSoE.  I was wrong!  I think this paperback cover so perfectly encapsulates the mood of the book and the red, white and blue gives a subtle hint at the conflict.  Plus it’s nice to have a bit of history when a cover is revealed so that you can “show off” some of the nice awards and reviews. It’s always a little nerve-wracking to let go and trust when something as personal as YOUR book cover is being designed without YOU (in retrospect, thank goodness for that).  But as soon as I saw this I knew that the team at Running Press completely “got” the story.
 
I am SO excited to share this cover with you.  Please enter to win a signed copy!
 
 
~ Maria E. Andreu (THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY, Running Press)
 

 

 

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THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY

by Maria E. Andreu
Release date: September 1, 2015
Publisher: Running Press
ISBN: 978-0762459162
 
 
About the Book

 

With graduation and an uncertain future looming, M.T. must figure out how to grow up in the only country she's ever called home... a country in which she's "illegal."
 
A Junior Library Guild Selection
A 2014 National Indie Excellence Award winner (young adult fiction)
A School Library Journal Top 10 Latino Books of 2014
An International Latino Book Award Finalist 2015
 

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

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Maria E. Andreu is a writer and speaker whose work has appeared in Newsweek, The Washington Post, NJ.com and the Newark Star Ledger.  Her debut young adult novel, THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY, has been called “captivating” by School Library Journal and was inspired by her own children experiences as an undocumented immigrant.  Maria currently lives in New Jersey with her two children.
 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed paperback copy of THE SECRET SIDE OF EMPTY plus a grab bag of 4 YA bestsellers (unsigned).

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

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9. May 2015 YABC Book Haul

Hey YABCers! Once again, our office has been innundated with books, books, and  more BOOKS! We've run out of shelf space which can only mean one thing .... it's time for the May Book Haul! Enjoy the video and let us know in the comments which books you can't wait to add to your TBR.

 


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10. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Insidious by Dawn Metcalf + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hello, YABC!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for INSIDIOUS by Dawn Metcalf, releasing August 25, 2015 from Harlequin TEEN. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Dawn:

 
You know when you finish a story, you never really finish because there's so much more you find you want to tell? Well, Insidious let me do just that. Originally, the Twixt was a 2-book deal and so I made sure to finish up that part of Joy and Ink's story, even knowing that there was a lot more to their journey, but there just weren't enough pages to do it all. But then? Huzzah! Another 2-book deal! I got to crack open the tale, pull out my notes, and continue to tell more about the world that I'd kept to myself, explore more about the secondary characters, raise the stakes, make some noise! I'm thrilled how Book 3 is really like another Book 1, the newest chapter in the continuing story of the Twixt!
 
 
~ Dawn Metcalf (INSIDIOUS, Harlequin TEEN)
 

 

 

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INSIDIOUS

by Dawn Metcalf
Release date: August 25, 2015
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
ISBN: 978-0373211654
 
 
About the Book

 

True evil is rarely obvious. It is quiet, patient. 

Insidious. 

Awaiting the perfect moment to strike. 

Joy Malone finally knows who she is, where she comes from and how to live in two worlds at once. And now she can introduce her family and friends to her mysterious boyfriend, Indelible Ink. But when Ink's twin sister, Invisible Inq, calls in a favor, Joy must accept a dangerous mission to find a forgotten door between worlds—a door hiding a secret that some will kill to keep. 

Unseen enemies, treasonous magic and an unthinkable betrayal threaten both the Twixt and human worlds as Joy races to expose an ancient conspiracy and unleash the unalterable truth—some secrets cannot remain secret forever.

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

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Dawn Metcalf writes about fairy tales, myths and sharp, pointy objects. She has yet to be whisked away to Fairyland, but also has yet to be stabbed in the eye. You can find her and her family buried somewhere beneath piles of costuming, crayons, karate pads and board games masquerading as a normal Victorian house in northern Connecticut. If they had a sign, it would be: Confounding the Neighbor Children Since 1999.
 

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Giveaway Details

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • 3 signed books from the series (INDELIBLE, INVISIBLE, and INSIDIOUS)
  • swag pack (signed bookmark and temporary tattoos)

10 other winners will each receive a swag pack. 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

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11. What's New in YA

 

Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!

 

 

 

A School for Unusual Girls is the first captivating installment in the Stranje House series for young adults by award-winning author Kathleen Baldwin. #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot calls this romantic Regency adventure "completely original and totally engrossing."

 

It's 1814. Napoleon is exiled on Elba. Europe is in shambles. Britain is at war on four fronts. And Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England's dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don't fit high society's constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies--plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war. After accidentally setting her father's stables on fire while performing a scientific experiment, Miss Georgiana Fitzwilliam is sent to Stranje House. But Georgie has no intention of being turned into a simpering, pudding-headed, marriageable miss. She plans to escape as soon as possible--until she meets Lord Sebastian Wyatt. Thrust together in a desperate mission to invent a new invisible ink for the English war effort, Georgie and Sebastian must find a way to work together without losing their heads--or their hearts…. A School for Unusual Girls is a great next read for fans of Gail Carriger's Finishing School series and Robin LaFevers' His Fair Assassin series.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

By the author of the critically acclaimed Wild Awake, a beautiful coming-of-age story about deep friendship, the weight of secrets, and the healing power of nature.

 

It's senior year of high school, and Annabeth is ready—ready for everything she and her best friend, Noe, have been planning and dreaming. But there are some things Annabeth isn't prepared for, like the constant presence of Noe's new boyfriend. Like how her relationship with her mom is wearing and fraying. And like the way the secret she's been keeping hidden deep inside her for years has started clawing at her insides, making it hard to eat or even breathe. But most especially, she isn't prepared to lose Noe. For years, Noe has anchored Annabeth and set their joint path. Now Noe is drifting in another direction, making new plans and dreams that don't involve Annabeth. Without Noe's constant companionship, Annabeth's world begins to crumble. But as a chain of events pulls Annabeth further and further away from Noe, she finds herself closer and closer to discovering who she's really meant to be—with her best friend or without. Hilary T. Smith's second novel is a gorgeously written meditation on identity, loss, and the bonds of friendship.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

Power and politics, heartbreak and danger, magic and mermaids—Lucy must conquer it all in the compelling conclusion to the enchanting series that began with Chantress and continued with Chantress Alchemy.

 

With a song, Lucy can control the wind and the water; she can bring castles and kingdoms to their feet. Since Lucy mastered her powers, King Henry has kept her close. And now he’s called her to investigate attempted murder—by a mermaid. All Lucy can glean from the creature they’ve captured is a warning: The sea is coming. We are coming. And we will drown you all. And then the floods begin. Swaths of London are submerged as the people scramble to defend themselves against the water, and the monsters, that are flooding their streets. As mistrust of Lucy’s magic grows, the king relies on Nat, Lucy’s great love, to guide them through the storm. But Nat is cold and distant to Lucy. He swore his love only a year before, but now he calls her “stranger.” Lucy is determined to defeat this powerful new magic alone if she must. But then she hears an eerie song within the water…can it mean that she is not the last Chantress after all?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

Ten years ago, God gave Braden a sign, a promise that his family wouldn't fall apart the way he feared. But Braden got it wrong: his older brother, Trey, has been estranged from the family for almost as long, and his father, the only parent Braden has ever known, has been accused of murder. The arrest of Braden's father, a well-known Christian radio host has sparked national media attention. His fate lies in his son's hands; Braden is the key witness in his father's upcoming trial. Braden has always measured himself through baseball. He is the star pitcher in his small town of Ornette, and his ninety-four mile per hour pitch already has minor league scouts buzzing in his junior year. Now the rules of the sport that has always been Braden's saving grace are blurred in ways he never realized, and the prospect of playing against Alex Reyes, the nephew of the police officer his father is accused of killing, is haunting his every pitch. Braden faces an impossible choice, one that will define him for the rest of his life, in this brutally honest debut novel about family, faith, and the ultimate test of conviction.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

From the world of Beautiful Creatures--a dangerous new tale of love and magic continues in the sequel to Dangerous Creatures.

 

After a disastrous car crash outside New York City, Ridley Duchannes-Dark Caster, Siren, and bona fide bad girl-has gone missing. Her wannabe rocker and quarter Incubus boyfriend, Wesley "Link" Lincoln, was driving, and when he comes to, Ridley is nowhere to be found. The only clue is the giant raven emblazoned on the hood of the truck that hit them, which can mean only one thing: Silas Ravenwood is back. And he has Ridley. Determined to find her, Link reunites with old friends John Breed and Liv Durand, his New York bandmates, and the mysterious Lennox Gates-who has his own reasons for tracking down Ridley. Together they travel through the Caster Tunnels and the Deep South to New Orleans, where they uncover the truth about the infamous Ravenwood labs and exactly what Silas has been doing within those walls. By the time Link and his friends reach Ridley, she is no longer the Siren they know and love. She's something new. This time, love might not be enough to save them. In this sequel to Dangerous Creatures, the bestselling spin-off of the #1 New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures novels, coauthors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl deliver an intoxicating blend of magic, suspense, and danger.

 

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

Seventeen-year-old Elena is vanishing. Every day means renewed determination, so every day means fewer calories. This is the story of a girl whose armor against anxiety becomes artillery against herself as she battles on both sides of a lose-lose war in a struggle with anorexia. Told entirely from Elena's perspective over a five-year period and cowritten with her mother, award-winning author Clare B. Dunkle, Elena's memoir is a fascinating and intimate look at a deadly disease, and a must read for anyone who knows someone suffering from an eating disorder.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

Seventeen-year-old Emma was the only one who hadn’t given up on her boyfriend, Lucas. Everyone else—his family, his friends, his doctors—was convinced that any moment could be his last. So when Lucas miraculously returns from the brink of death, Emma thinks her prayers have been answered. As the surprised town rejoices, Emma begins to question whether Lucas is the same boy she’s always known.

When she finds an unidentifiable object on his family’s farm—and government agents come to claim it—she begins to suspect that nothing is what it seems. Emma’s out-of-this-world discovery may be the key to setting things right, but only if she and Lucas can evade the agents who are after what they have. With all her hopes and dreams on the line, Emma sets out to save the boy she loves. And with a little help from a distant star, she might just have a chance at making those dreams come true.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

In Penelope Landlow's world, almost anything can be bought or sold. She's the daughter of one of the three crime families controlling the black market for organ transplants. Because of an autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise easily, Penny is considered too "delicate" to handle the family business, or even to step foot outside their estate.

All Penelope has ever wanted is independence-until she's suddenly thrust into the dangerous world all alone, forced to stay one step ahead of her family's enemies. As she struggles to survive the power plays of rival crime families, she learns dreams come with casualties, betrayal hurts worse than bruises, and there's nothing she won't risk for the people she loves. Perfect for fans of Holly Black and Kimberly Derting, this first book in the stunning new Once Upon a Crime Family series from acclaimed author Tiffany Schmidt will leave readers breathless.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations.

 

Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he's a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path. Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that calls to mind The Night Circus and Pixar movies, but is wholly its own.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

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12. The Librarian's Corner

 

This month's theme for the Librarian's corner is all about picture books you can share with teens! Picture books aren't just for kids and babies anymore. In fact, teens love storytime too! 

 
For May, I am featuring some of my favorite picture books to share with teens, whether it's solo reading, reading aloud to a group, or through an art workshop. 
 
If you have a weekly after-school program for teens, bring in some of these picture books and surprise them with the dark humor you found within the stories. If you have an upcoming drawing class or art workshop use picture books to show different techniques and styles of illustration. At your next book club read some picture books aloud and discuss how teens felt and what they thought of the stories! 
 
 
 
 
This is a favorite to read aloud to teens. The main character is a little boy who has to venture down into the basement, following the voice of "The Dark", who is giving him instructions throughout the story. You can give The Dark a creepy-scary voice, and turn this seemingly innocent picture book into something a little twisted. The teens will be surprised by the ending, and maybe even want you to read it again.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jon Klassen's award-winning solo picture book debut is also full of dark humor and a lot of interesting context. A bear can't find his hat, and travels through the forest asking various animals if they have seen it. Teens will enjoy interpreting the expressions on the animals faces, giving them different voices, and most of all the sort of unhappy ending! There are also a lot of pop culture variations of this story on Youtube, which are fun to watch with teens.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The follow-up to I WANT MY HAT BACK, this picture book is even darker than the first. The story follows a whale whose hat has been stolen. The whale's expressions are deviously funny, and the ending is simply unforgettable. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
One of the most unique picture books I've ever read, THE FLAT RABBIT will shock teens with its slightly gross and very strange treatment of animals. This is a story about a couple of strangers who find a, well, FLAT rabbit and try to figure out what to do with it. The rabbit is, of course, quite dead, but the main characters obviously don't know that, which makes this dark story very humorous and also pretty disturbing. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By far my favorite picture book of the year, THE QUEEN'S SHADOW is actually a non-fiction book in disguise. Through the story of a queen's dinner party, readers will learn about the science of sight and the differences between many kinds of animal vision. The characters include a mantis shrimp detective, a regal shark, a quirky pair of sea urchins, and a haughty pigeon. Each animal is an important member of the queen's retinue, and each has its own reason why they couldn't have been the one to steal the queen's shadow. They must all make their case in order to solve the mystery of the missing shadow, and each character has a very unique voice that makes this an absolute delight to read aloud. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This isn't so much a book as it is a catalog for the future pet-owner. And by that I mean, pet owners of the distant future, a future in which birds are extinct and people must purchase their fabricated counterparts through catalogs. With a wholly unique take on environmentalism, the Spring Catalog and Instruction Manual from Aviary Wonders Inc. will start some very interesting discussions between you and your teens.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Purr-fect for cat and poetry lovers alike, this book is great for a book club, poetry workshop or class, or just for a relaxing afternoon hanging out at the library. The wealth of poems are all in the haiku style, and are very well-written. Each haiku is a reflection of the cat breed it accompanies. They also evoke the seasons nature, feelings of playfulness and enjoyment, and many other emotions. Young readers will enjoy the playful words, while older readers will catch the clever references and jokes contained within. 
 
 
 
 
Eden Grey is the Young Adult Programming Librarian at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library system, the busiest branch library in the state of Kentucky. Eden is a contributor to Teen Services Underground, and reviews books for YABC and School Library Journal. When she is not herding cats -ahem, teens- at the library, Eden can be found reading, knitting, sewing, cosplaying, and playing Pokemon. You can always find her on Twitter (@edyngrey), and Blogging Between the Lines
 

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13. The Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival

 

 

The Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival--TBF 2015

Contributed by Kayla King, Blog Manager and Staff Reviewer

 

Here at Young Adult Books Central, we LOVE YA! Fortunately for us, The Greater Rochester Book Festival held at Nazareth Collge has devoted itself to show their love for YA too. 

 

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I attended "TBF 2015" yesterday and the whole experience reminded me just how amazing the young adult literature community is beyond this website. It was like stepping into real life reviews of our favorite books. That is the first queston everyone asks: "what is your favorite book?" This type of community lends to conversations bursting with all of the nuanced details we loved from one book and the moments that make us remember our favorites long after we've reached the end. And the energy is thick and almost dream-like, a tangible wave of excitement all day long. 

 

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The day began at 8:45am with the arrival of the authors in what can only be described as a celebration of everything YA. Some authors were delivered to the front of Nazareth College's gymnasium in a red pick-up truck, while the rest arrived by school bus. There was music and smiles and once again, pure excitement. This rolled into the opening author panel and throughout the rest of the day!

 

One of the best things that TBF does for its attendees is having author breakout sessions throughout the event. With thirty authors, it made choosing where to go difficult. The festival spread to six building and all through the campus, avid YA readers could be seen talking about books or even sneaking in a few moments of reading time between events. 

 

I attended a breakout session with Jo Knowles, author of Read Between the Lines. She was just as sincere in person as she is on the page. Word has it that she even did some writing exercises with attendees earlier in the day. But getting to here her process for writing and even some stories about how her book covers came to be was like getting a peek behind the publishing curtain, something many of the teen readers were thrilled to hear about!

 

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Afterward, I listened to the questions asked by other readers while I waited to talk to Jo and it was great to hear her continue to inspire readers. She is truly the embodiment of  what the YA community craves when meeting the people who've crafted their favorite books. Jo Knowles is patient and kind and willing to listen to anyone!

 

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With a break for lunch and food trucks to assist, the end of the day autograph session was all anyone could talk about. "Which author do you love most?" "Whose line will you be in?" "Wait, where is Ellen Hopkins this year?" These were some of the many questions swirling around the festival as 3:15 got closer. 

 

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I remember in past years, there were only enough authors to fill the gym. But this year, there were so many authors that even their authograph sessions led to different buildings. With a roster boasting M.T. Anderson, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, Charles Benoit, Heather Brewer, Jessica Brody, Michael Buckley, Cinda Williams Chima, Alie Condie, Matt de la Pena, Sarah Dessen, Kevin Emerson, Gayle Forman, April Henry, Ellen Hopkins, James Howe, Julie Kagawa, A.S. King, Jo Knowles, Emily Labourne, Jonathan Mayberry, Katie McGarry, G. Neri, Jennifer Niven, Chris Pallace, Jason Reynolds, Kevin Serwacki, Neal Shusterman, Heather Terrell, and Terry Trueman, there was sure to be an author (or several) for readers to find and meet with their books to be signed!

 

 

With Jennifer Niven's novel All the Bright Places in my hand, I waited and watched and handed out YABC postcards.

 

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Finally it was my turn in line. Jennifer Niven was just as lovely in person as I imagined her to be. She had readers sign a copy of her book while she signed ours, offering pins and words of encouragement to all who passed through her line. 

 

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Niven embodied everything a reader hopes for in an author of a favorite book. Every author at TBF did as well. There is someting about the YA community that bonds reader and author more closely than anything else. And that is because words and stories have the power to bring people together, which I saw first hand.

 

By the end of our meeting I offered Jennifer a post card from the staff and readers of YABC (yes that is you) and she absolutely loved it.

 

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I walked away with my signed copy of her book and a serious case of fangirling.

 

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And then, somehow, the day was over. I left knowing that loving YA brings people together and that teens and adults can share words. This seemed most special. Sometimes the gap between teen and adult doesn't seem so far away and sometimes it's like an impassable mountain range. But being at this year's Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival reminded me that with the right story, anyting is possible!

 

So what do you think? Did any of you attend TBF 2015? Which authors would you want to meet? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

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Kayla King is the Blog Manager and a Staff Reviewer for Young Adult Books Central, which means she loves to read and review books! She also loves to write. She is a soul covered in a softcover shell, a paperback person with words and stories inside. She is a writer. You can find her website and blog here.

 

 

 


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14. Giveaway: If You Feel Too Much by Jamie Tworkowski (US Only)

If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For

By Jamie Tworkowski
Release Date: May 26, 2015

 

About the Book


In 2006 Jamie Tworkowski wrote a story called “To Write Love on Her Arms” about helping a friend through her struggle with drug addiction, depression, and self-injury. The piece was so hauntingly beautiful that it quickly went viral, giving birth to a non-profit organization of the same name. Nine years later, To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA) is an internationally-recognized leader in suicide prevention and a source of hope, encouragement, and resources for people worldwide.

Jamie’s words have been shared hundreds of thousands of times online. They’ve shown up on T-shirts and posters and even tattoos. Now, for the first time, Jamie’s writing is available in the form of a book. If You Feel Too Much is a celebration of hope, wonder, and what it means to be human. From personal stories of struggling on days most people celebrate to offering words of strength and encouragement in moments of loss, the essays in this book invite readers to believe that it’s okay to admit to pain and it’s okay to ask for help. If You Feel Too Much is an important book from one of this generation’s most important voices.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


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Jamie Tworkowski is the founder of To Write Love on Her Arms, a nonprofit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide. TWLOHA has one of the largest online audiences of any non-profit, and Jamie has been interviewed by NBC Nightly News, CBS's Sunday Morning, and Rolling Stone magazine, among others. He is the only nonmusician to win an MTVU Woodie Award. Jamie speaks frequently, telling the TWLOHA story and encouraging audiences at universities, concerts, and music festivals. A proud uncle, Jamie lives in Melbourne Beach, Florida, and loves surfing, music, and basketball.

Learn more Jamie's Twitter | TWLOHA Twitter | Tarcher Books Twitter | Goodreads
 


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5 winners will each receive a copy of the book and an IYFTM t-shirt from TWLOHA. US Only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced on this site and in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What was the name of the book Jamie wrote in 2006?

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15. Giveaway: Nova by Margaret Fortune (US Only)

Nova

by Margaret Fortune
 
Release Date: June 2nd

 

About the Book


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The clock activates so suddenly in my mind, my head involuntarily jerks a bit to the side. The fog vanishes, dissipated in an instant as though it never was. Memories come slotting into place, their edges sharp enough to leave furrows, and suddenly I know. I know exactly who I am.

My name is Lia Johansen, and I was named for a prisoner of war. She lived in the Tiersten Internment Colony for two years, and when they negotiated the return of the prisoners, I was given her memories and sent back in her place.

And I am a genetically engineered human bomb.

Lia Johansen was created for only one purpose: to slip onto the strategically placed New Sol Space Station and explode. But her mission goes to hell when her clock malfunctions, freezing her countdown with just two minutes to go. With no Plan B, no memories of her past, and no identity besides a name stolen from a dead POW, Lia has no idea what to do next. Her life gets even more complicated when she meets Michael Sorenson, the real Lia’s childhood best friend.

Drawn to Michael and his family against her better judgment, Lia starts learning what it means to live and love, and to be human. It is only when her countdown clock begins sporadically losing time that she realizes even duds can still blow up. If she wants any chance at a future, she must find a way to unlock the secrets of her past and stop her clock. But as Lia digs into her origins, she begins to suspect there’s far more to her mission and to this war, than meets the eye. With the fate of not just a space station but an entire empire hanging in the balance, Lia races to find the truth before her time—literally—runs out.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

About the Author


Margaret Fortune wrote her first story at the age of six, and has been writing ever since. Her short fiction has been published or is forthcoming in Nth Zine, Neo-Opsis Science Fiction Magazine, and Space and Time. She has a BA in psychology from the University of Minnesota - Morris. NOVA is her first novel.

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 2 winners will each receive a hardcover copy of NOVA. US only.

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16. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

Happy Friday, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for BRIAR ROSE by Jane Yolen, releasing April 19, 2016 from Tor Teen. 

 

 

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BRIAR ROSE

by Jane Yolen
Release date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Tor Teen
ISBN: 9780765382948
 
 
About the Book
 
Ever since she was a child, Rebecca has been enchanted by her grandmother Gemma's stories about Briar Rose. But a promise Rebecca makes to her dying grandmother will lead her on a remarkable journey to uncover the truth of Gemma's astonishing claim: I am Briar Rose. A journey that will lead her to unspeakable brutality and horror. But also to redemption and hope.
 
In Yolen's graceful, historically sensitive retelling of the German folktale of Briar Rose, better known to Americans as the Sleeping Beauty story, the fable is set amid forests patrolled by the German army during World War II. Confronting the deeply tragic events of the Holocaust, Yolen employs lyrical prose and rich characterizations to communicate a tale of good and evil, light and darkness, hope and despair.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE
 

About the Author

b2ap3_thumbnail_5989.jpgBorn and raised in New York City, JANE YOLEN attended Smith College and received a master's in education from the University of Massachusetts. The author of more than 200 books, including Sister Light, Sister Dark, Owl Moon, and The Devil's Arithmetic, she has won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, the Jewish Book Award, and two Christopher Medals. Yolen composes songs and is a professional storyteller. She lives in Hatfield, MA, and St. Andrews, Scotland.
 

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17. Giveaway: Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (US Only)

EVERY LAST WORD

By Tamara Ireland Stone
In stores June 26th

 

About the Book


If you could read my mind, you wouldn't be smiling.
 
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand:  Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can't turn off.
 
Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she'd be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam's weekly visits to her psychiatrist.
 
Caroline introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.


To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 


About the Author


Tamara Ireland Stone (www.TamaraIrelandStone.com) is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us, which Melissa Marr praised as a "beautifully written, unique love story," and has been published in over twenty countries. A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara  enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco.
 

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·         plus a $50 Visa gift card to enjoy a day out celebrating your friendship.


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18. PITCH PERFECT 2 - Drive Through Movie Review

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The Nerd Riders saw a sneak peek of PITCH PERFECT 2 and are here to give you their review!

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19. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie + Giveaway (US Only)

We've got another great reveal for you this week!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US by Emily Skrutskie, releasing Winter 2016 from Flux. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Emily:

 
Hey YABC! I’m so excited to be here today, sharing the cover for THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US. When my editor first sent it to me, I nearly screamed out loud in the middle of a lecture. I hope it has a similar effect on you! Fun fact about this design—it was actually my idea! Back when my editor and I were tossing around concepts for the cover, I came up with a sketch that turned out to be “the one.” The team at Flux did an amazing job of taking my scribbled concept and turning it into the absolutely breathtaking cover you’re about to see. So go on. See it. And let me know what you think on Twitter using the hashtag #TASUreveal!
 
~ Emily Skrutskie (THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US, Flux)
 

 

 

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THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US

by Emily Skrutskie
Release date: Winter 2016
Publisher: Flux
 
 
About the Book
 
For Cassandra Leung, bossing around sea monsters is just the family business. She’s been a Reckoner trainer-in-training ever since she could walk, raising the genetically-engineered beasts to defend ships as they cross the pirate-infested NeoPacific. But when the pirate queen Santa Elena swoops in on Cas’s first solo mission and snatches her from the bloodstained decks, Cas’s dream of being a full-time trainer seems dead in the water. 
 
There’s no time to mourn. Waiting for her on the pirate ship is an unhatched Reckoner pup. Santa Elena wants to take back the seas with a monster of her own, and she needs a proper trainer to do it. She orders Cas to raise the pup, make sure he imprints on her ship, and, when the time comes, teach him to fight for the pirates. If Cas fails, her blood will be the next to paint the sea.
 
But Cas has fought pirates her entire life. And she's not about to stop.
 
 

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Emily Skrutskie is six feet tall. She was born in Massachusetts, raised in Virginia, and forged in the mountains above Boulder, Colorado. She attends Cornell University, where she studies an outrageous and demanding combination of film, computer science, and game design. 
 
She also has time to write, for some reason. Her short fiction has been published by HarperTeen, and her debut novel, THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US, will be published by Flux in Winter 2016.
 

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One winner will receive a signed copy of THE ABYSS SURROUNDS US (when available). 

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20. Interview with Sabaa Tahir

 

 

Interview with Sabaa Tahir, author of An Ember in the Ashes

Contributed by Hannah Hudson, YABC Staff Reviewer

 

 

The King’s English hosted a wonderful event, “Sabaa Tahir in Conversation with Ally Condie,” on May 4th. Nestled in the heart of Salt Lake City, the local bookstore was the perfect place for great conversation with an intimate setting ‐ which is exactly what attendees were given.

 

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Ally Condie was a gracious host, and she and Sabaa Tahir played off one another throughout the entire event. When asked about her life, Tahir shared that she was “the only brown kid in a not brown town,” explaining that, “when that happens, you feel lonely and scared. I turned to fantasy. When I grew up, I learned I had a voice through writing.”

Tahir’s family owned an 18‐room motel in the Mohave Desert, which Tahir says was “200 miles from anything worthwhile.” While she talked of not having many friends and being picked on, it is clear that Tahir’s family means the world to her. While perhaps not making direct correlations to her characters, Tahir spoke of her “feisty grandmother,” and “having wonderful, brave women” in her life. Her love for her brothers also helped her in understanding her heroine’s motivations.

When asked about her characters and writing process, Tahir had this to say: “My characters are like my children.” Through a long process of revisions, Tahir “got to know them, then love them.” While Tahir joked with Condie about how they write fantasy to avoid research, I was impressed with just how much unusual research Tahir did for her characters. From interviewing police officers, to a West Point Academy student, it is clear that Tahir has worked hard to ensure that the Martials’ rule feels as real to her readers as it does to her characters.

 

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It’s not just her fictional world that Tahir cares about. Tahir’s fans are important to her, and she realizes the potential impact her book might have in their hands. As she talked about her reasons for writing, she mentioned various real life events that inspired her story. “The book was inspired a lot by the Nazi takeover and the Sudan genocide. It really disturbed me how humans can treat each other – I felt I needed to write something that reflected the brutality of our world. The darkness in the book absolutely comes from the darkness of our world.” While Ember does deal with dark subjects such as oppression, torture, and war, that’s not what makes Tahir’s book stand out from the rest. Her themes of love and courage in dire situations bring vibrancy to her work, staying with the reader long after the story comes to a close.

When asked if she will be writing a sequel to An Ember In The Ashes, Tahir replied, “I can’t not work in the world of Ember. I am hopeful, but I don’t know yet.” With a story so full of truth, I also find myself hoping for a return trip to Tahir’s dark, brave world.

 

Prior to the event, I was able to sit down with Sabaa Tahir and ask her a few questions. We had a great time talking about her life, books, and her debut novel, An Ember in the Ashes.

 

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Hannah: Have you always been an avid reader?

 

Sabaa: Yes, I’m obsessed with books. My husband and I liked to do something when we were dating called “booking,” which is where we would go on dates to the bookstore. We’d go to dinner, then lurk around bookstores and hang out.

 

H: If you could take three books to a desert island, what would they be?

 

Sabaa: I would take The Book Thief, because it’s so much about hope; I count this as one: the collected works of J.K. Rowling, and then I would probably take a SEAL survival guide, because I wouldn’t want to die.

 

H: What is your favorite fantasy world?

 

Sabaa: Hogwarts. I think that it’s endlessly interesting – secret passages, secret rooms, and the fact that the castle itself feels alive to me ‐ that it felt like a character.

 

H: What is your favorite aspect of your own fantasy world?

 

Sabaa: I like that it’s realistic. It is a really dark and troubled place. There are still places of hope, but it’s not an easy place to live and you have to survive. I think that there are so many places in our world that are still like that, and I wanted that to be reflected.

 

H: You have two main characters in your book, Elias and Laia, and two points of view. Was it difficult to create all the nuances between your two main characters?

 

Sabaa: It took a lot of drafts to get it right. My main character Elias started out as slightly more passive and then I had to make him more active, but still have him internal, and considering things, and still be a twenty‐year‐old male. That was really important.

Laia had to develop earlier in terms of how afraid is she really? And having her develop realistically, because you don’t go from a coward to a badass in a month. It’s a really short time, but I think it’s realistic for her.

 

H: Was one point of view easier to write than the other?

 

Sabaa: Laia was easier. Elias was harder, because I’m not a dude and he’s a warrior. I did all these interviews with modern day warriors, and that’s when Elias got easier, because I had all these voices in my head.

 

H: How did you write such excellent fight scenes?

 

Sabaa: I watched a lot of Kung Fu movies when I was little, and I had two brothers, so I had to learn to dodge! I would go through the fight scenes in my head. I closed my eyes and I imagined what Elias would do based on all those Kung Fu movies I watched, and then went from there.

 

H: Would you ever attend Blackcliff?

 

Sabaa: No, no way! I’d be dead within a week. I might survive, because I’m quite stubborn, but I think I’d probably just be dead.

 

H: What was the most difficult aspect of writing this novel?

 

Sabaa: Not pulling my punches. What I mean by that is making what actually happened in the book something that is realistic even when it caused me sadness.

 

H: What would you like to say to your readers who might feel voiceless?

 

Sabaa: It’s okay. They will find their voice ‐ they will have to look for it, but they shouldn’t be impatient with themselves. It took me 26 years to find my voice, which is a really long time to be looking for your voice. It didn’t end up being through journalism, it was through the writing of a fantasy novel. I hope my book helps people realize that. I think that there are so many people who are not super brave, and they have to see heroes and heroines who are like them who can surmount that.

 

 

Thank you Sabaa Tahir and The King’s English for hosting such a wonderful event!

 

 

                                     

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Hannah Hudson is a YABC Staff Reviewer. In addition, she has her MA in Children's and Adolescent literature from Hollins University, which allows her to read lots of YA and MG fantasy and fiction on a daily basis. When she's not busy reading or writing, you can find her swinging swords with the Medieval Armored Combat League.  

 


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21. YABC Superstar of the Month

YABC is a big site with a lot of moving pieces. We wouldn't exist without the tireless efforts of our incredible staff of volunteers. Our volunteers read and review books, post giveaways and cover reveals, format book graphics for our social media sites, and much more. YABC is a fabulous community of book lovers, and that community is constantly enriched by our team of super star volunteers.

Each month, we like to take a moment to publicly recognize one of our awesome staff members. This month's YABC Superstar recognition goes to KAREN YINGLING!

Meet Karen:

 

Who She Is:

Karen is a middle school librarian and cross country coach who has been blogging about middle grade books since 2006. Her blog focuses on books for boys and highlights books with diversity every Wednesday. When she isn't blogging, coaching, and introducing kids to their next favorite book, Karen likes to read and run in her spare time.

 

I'm pretty sure Karen has better form that Captain Jack, but I cannot verify this having never actually seen her run.

What She Does:

Karen has been our middle grade specialist for several years. She regularly requests 9+ titles a month and reads and reviews them all.

 

Why She's a Superstar:

Since joining YABC, Karen has become one of our most dependable reviewers. She can read with lightning speed (I mean seriously, Barry Allen, eat your heart out.), and she has a gift for matching a book with the right audience. We rely on Karen to represent our middle grade titles here on YABC, and she never lets us down!

 

Thank you, Karen, for all you do to keep YABC running smoothly. We couldn't do it without you! As a token of our appreciation, we are giving you an Amazon gift card to spend on running shoes or diverse books or a new book shelf--whatever you'd like. You are a true YABC Superstar!


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22. Chapter Reveal: Nothing Left To Burn by Patty Blount + Giveaway (US Only)

Nothing Left To Burn
by Patty Blount

Release Date: August 4, 2015

 

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Reece’s father hasn’t spoken to him since the car wreck that killed Reece’s brother. Desperate for forgiveness, Reece joins the Junior Cadet program at his dad’s firehouse. But the program is grueling, and Reece isn’t sure he can make it through. Then he meets Amanda.
 
Amanda understands wanting to belong. As a foster kid, the firehouse is the only place that feels like home. She agrees to help Reece, but falling for him wasn’t part of the deal. And when a string of arsons suddenly point to Amanda, their relationship could go up in flames.

 

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Home is where the heart is — unless you’re me. 
 
My steps slowed on my way to the front door, the ball of ice in my gut abruptly melting into this floe of guilt the second I heard their raised voices, every word pounding another stake through my heart. 
 
“...can’t throw out all of his stuff. I won’t let you!” Mom shouted. 
 
“Why? You think he’s gonna what — rise up from the dead and say ‘Thanks for keeping my room the way I left it?’ Stop dreaming, Abby.” 
 
“I’m not dreaming, John. I’m grieving. Just like you and just like Reece.” 
 
Dad snorted. 
 
I couldn’t actually hear him snort, but that’s what he usually did whenever he heard my name. I mean, that’s what he used to do. Lately, he did this thing where he’d hesitate for second, like he was swallowing back a curse.
 
“That...kid. What the hell were you thinking, letting him drive at fifteen?” 
 
And there it was, Dad’s favorite fill in the blank Mad Lib. You had your pick — goddamn, stubborn, thoughtless, careless, skinny, weird, freaky... Extra points if you added a vulgar expletive.
 
I shut my eyes and gulped back the scream that clogged my throat since Matt died, since I...killed him. I tugged on Tucker’s leash and turned away from all the shouting and the grief and the hate and just kept walking.
 
“Hey, Reece.” 
 
I jerked, found myself sitting on Alex’s front steps, with no memory of walking the three blocks to his house. Tucker’s leash was still gripped in my hand. A lifeline. “Hey, man.”
 
“Whoa. What happened?” Alex took one look at my face and sat next to me on the top step, iPad forgotten in his hand.
 
I shook my head. “My parents.”
 
He blew out a breath, fanning the hair that was always in his eyes. “Oh. So I guess that means you didn’t talk to your dad?” He asked with his usual precise diction. 
 
I hunched my shoulders. Tucker whined at the jerk on his leash. 
 
“Reece. You have to talk to him. You promised—” 
 
I shot to my feet. “I know. It’s just... he’s not the easiest guy in the world to talk to.” Or be near. Or be related to. Oh, he didn’t beat us or anything like that. He just...didn’t care. “I’m writing a note.” 
 
Alex didn’t say anything. He just reached down, scratched Tucker’s head. The dog climbed up the steps, put his head in Alex’s lap and stared up at him with big happy eyes, grateful for the attention. I tried not to be insulted. “Can I hang out here for a while?” Alex grinned and handed me his tablet. “Up for some chess?” 
 
What the hell. I shrugged, unlocked the device, started a new game and moved my pawn. Alex made his opening move. We were silent, just passing the tablet back and forth between us. Soon, the screen flashed and Alex sighed.
 
“Draw.”
 
I shot him a questioning look. Since we met in chess club in fourth grade, I’d beaten Alex Boyle only eighty-six times. For us to reach an impasse during a game was statistically more improbable than winning the lottery. “You throwing games now?” 
 
His eyebrows shot up and he shook his head. “No. But I was trying out a new mating pattern.” 
 
I nodded, but didn’t ask which one. It didn’t matter. 
 
He closed the iPad’s cover and gave Tucker a head pat. “So you’re writing him a note?”
 
It wasn’t the worst idea I’d ever had. Notes kind of had the last word, didn’t they? Dad couldn’t interrupt a note or stalk off while it was still talking. “Yeah. It’s cowardly, I know. But at least I’ll get it all out.”
 
Alex suddenly grabbed my shoulders. “Reece, please don’t leave. Just write the note, tell him off for the various things he’s done. You’ll feel better and who knows? Maybe he’ll change.” 
 
I laughed. The idea of my dad changing was even less likely than winning the lottery. “No. No, I have to go, Alex. It’s not just my dad. It’s Mom, too. She looks at me and she sees Matt and —” I broke off, swallowed hard. I was a year younger than Matt but looked just like him. “I hurt her.” And that was unbearable. “I hurt her every time she looks at me.” 
 
Alex watched a car drive down the street, his lips pressed into a tight line. He didn’t say anything, didn’t try to talk me out of it. He knew me better than anybody but even he didn’t know how bad it had gotten with Mom crying all the time, Dad yelling at her for crying. I knew it was my fault, knew they needed time so they could heal. Time without me around to remind them of all the bad s***. 
 
I turned to my best friend. “Could you take care of Tucker for me?” 
 
Alex’s head whipped around. “You’re not taking him with you?” 
 
“Um, no.” I quickly looked away. “I don’t want him there with me.” Definitely not. 
 
“Reece, you’ve had him since he was born. You can’t leave him behind.” 
 
Tucker’s ears twitched but he didn’t move from his spot, curled at Alex’s feet. “He likes you. I know he’ll be in good hands.” 
 
Alex stared at me, mouth open and eventually nodded. “I will see what I can do.” 
 
I shut my eyes, let my shoulders fall. That was one less thing to worry about. I knew my mother wouldn’t want to take care of Tucker after I was gone. I stood, walked down the porch steps and snapped my fingers. Tucker immediately stepped to my side. “I should probably go. Thanks for the game. And the talk.” 
 
Alex smiled, stretching the freckles that dotted his face. “Let’s get something to eat. I’ll buy."
 
I was happy to delay my return to home. After he dropped his iPad on the hall table and grabbed his keys, Alex walked with Tucker and me to Main Street, where we bought a few burgers and ate in the park, Tucker’s leash fastened to a bench. Tucker watched a game of Frisbee, tail wagging, wishing the disk would fly his way just once so he could snag it out of the air. In the distance, the fire alarm sounded and a few minutes after that, the sirens wailed. I watched for the trucks, heart twisting in my chest. 
 
Matt would have been on one of them, if he’d lived. He’d been a Junior Squad volunteer since he was twelve years old. At seventeen, he was finally allowed to work an actual fire scene and become a full-fledged volunteer with the Lakeshore Volunteer Fire Department. He’d turned seventeen in November.
 
And died in December, the day after my sixteenth birthday. It was April now and the hole Matt left just kept getting bigger and bigger and — 
 
“Reece. Reece!” 
 
I stared at Alex, wondering why he kept shaking me. 
 
“It was an accident, Reece. You know it was.” 
 
I laughed. Accident was a funny word, a word people slapped onto events and incidents in one breath and then looked for somebody to blame with the next.  
 
That would be me. 
 
But me? I blamed my dad. If he’d done one thing, just one thing for me the way he used to do for Matt, I never would have asked my brother to show me how to drive in the snow. And Matt would still be alive today. 
 
Suddenly, I couldn’t wait to get home and finish my note. I had sixteen years of Dad-related crap to unload. It wouldn’t be a note, it would be a manifesto by the time I was done. For the first time since Matt died, I felt something pretty close to relief. I’d finally be able to fulfill the promise I made to my brother while the blood drained from his body. I would have promised him anything in the world to stop the blood. 
 
Don’t you give up, Reece! Promise me. Promise you’ll fix things with Dad before you do anything.
 
I did. I had to. My brother was the only friend I had until I was nine years old. Even though I knew fix things with Dad was about as likely as me winning the Heisman Trophy. I’d do this last thing for my brother, and then I would go and let my parents live their lives without me around, constantly reminding them of what they’d lost. 
 
“Well, I guess I stalled long enough,” I said when Alex crumbled up his wrapper and pitched it into the trash can. The shot went wide and Tucker tried to grab it, but his chain jerked him back. 
 
“I’ll walk back with you. We can watch some Doctor Who on Netflix.” 
 
I snorted out a laugh. Doctor Who was the best emotional anesthesia I knew. My chest tightened when I thought about leaving Alex behind. I would miss him as much as I missed Matt. But there was still time. 
 
When we reached my front door, I blew out a loud sigh, relieved I couldn’t hear my parents’ raised voices. We stepped inside and I unfastened Tucker’s leash, hung it on the hook by the door. “Mom?” 
 
A throat cleared. “In here.” 
 
We found her in the kitchen, staring into a cup of coffee. She lifted eyes that were swollen and red and huge inside a face that was pale and lifeless. “I didn’t make dinner, but there’s some leftover pasta from last night if you want to reheat it.” 
 
I shook my head, glanced at Alex. Something was wrong — off — worse. “No, um, we ate. We’ll just watch some TV.” 
 
“Oh. Hi, Alex.” She blinked up at him, just noticing his presence. 
 
“Hi, Mrs. Logan.” 
 
She continued to blink and then jumped up. “Sit, sit. I’ll reheat some pasta.” 
 
“Mom, it’s okay. We already ate.” 
 
But she was busy pulling plates from a cupboard and a plastic container from the refrigerator. 
 
“Mom. Mom?” I took her shoulders, turned her around to face me. “What’s wrong?” 
 
She sighed heavily and shook her head. “Your father,” she said, her face blank. 
 
I braced for it — whatever thing I’d done to piss him off this time. “What?” 
 
The blank expression disappeared and her face turned stony and tight. “He’s...gone. He’s decided to leave. He doesn’t want to see either of us again.” 
 
I forgot how to breathe. I opened my mouth, but the air just wouldn’t move. My ribs crushed my lungs and little black and white dots filled my visual field. System offline, reboot. 
 
When I was little, I used to have these episodes. Everything in the entire world, every fear, every worry, every thing, coalesced into a single point deep in my chest and I couldn’t keep it inside. Matt was the one who’d taught me how to beat these episodes. He’d asked me silly things like “Why did the chicken cross the road?” (It didn’t. The road merely passed beneath the chicken.) and “Why did six hate seven?” (Because seven was hungry and eight nine.) and if I’d been able to breathe, I’d have laughed. It helped. He told me jokes and riddles and had me answer questions because concentrating on him helped me forget about the pressure blocking my systems. 
 
But without him, only one thought kept replaying in my head.
 
I promised. I promised. I promised. 
 
He wasn’t supposed to go, I was. 
 
Dimly, some corner of my brain realized if I could think about the promise, then I could think of questions Matt would have asked. I focused on chess openings in alphabetical order. By the time I got to Evan’s Gambit, I could breathe again. 
 
“Reece. Reece!”
 
“I’m okay.” My voice was nothing but a wisp of air. I blinked, found Mom crying next to me and Alex leaning over me. Somehow, I’d ended up in the chair Mom was in when we arrived. 
 
“Oh, honey, I’m sorry,” she whispered, folding me up in a tight hug. 
 
“Not your fault.” It was his. I pulled in a deep breath, trying not to pant, trying not to obsess about the damn promise. Mom pulled back and just stared at me. 
 
“I won’t lie to you. Things have been really hard since Matt,” she paused, swallowed hard, and then finished the sentence. “Died.” 
 
My stomach rolled but I waited for Mom to make her point. 
 
“Things have been hard for all of us, Reece, but they’ve been really hard for your Dad.”
 
I blinked. Did I hear her right? Did she just make a fucking excuse for him? 
 
“He can’t talk about it. He can’t face it. He can’t even look at Matt’s things. He’s in complete denial.” 
 
Oh, how terrible for him. 
 
“Give him the time and space he wants and maybe he’ll—”
 
My sound of disgust stopped her from finishing this sentence. She raked hair off her face — it was wild and sticking out all over — and put up her hands in a gesture of surrender.
 
“No. Forget it. Reece, the truth is, your father will never change. Let him go. We’ll be fine without him.” Her voice cracked and she pressed her lips together. “You boys go watch your show. I’m going upstairs to soak in a hot tub.” 
 
We listened to her footsteps climb the stairs and creak over our heads. Alex pulled out the chair next to me and sat down with a sigh. “Reece, you okay?” 
 
It was a rhetorical question. Okay was a state of being that I hadn’t felt in a long time and he knew it. I was tired, tired of hearing excuses for my father, tired of being treated like a freak because I wasn’t Matt, tired of myself. 
 
I shook my head and he stood up. “Come on. Let’s watch TV, get out of our heads for a while.” 
 
Alex had the uncanny ability to compartmentalize his world. We’d watch TV and some part of his highly evolved brain would be working on chess gambits, SAT practice exams, and plans for the hovercraft he was bitterly disappointed to not yet have. Halfway into the first episode, Alex suddenly turned to me with the familiar gleam in his eye and twitch in his lip that I knew meant he had a theory. 
 
“Reece,” he began appraising me from head to toe. “What does your dad love beyond all things?” 
 
I considered that for a moment. Half an hour ago, I’d have said my mother, but what the hell did I know? “Fire fighting,” I finally answered. 
 
Alex clapped his hands. “Yes! Exactly. It’s something he’d never quit, right?” 
 
Slowly, I nodded, not quite connecting the dots. “Right.” 
 
“What if you were to join the Junior Squad?”
 
When my jaw dropped, Alex stopped my protest with a raised hand. “Just listen. He’s a career firefighter. Loves it so much, he hired extra crews for his business so he could spend more time volunteering. If you signed up, he couldn’t walk away from you. He couldn’t ignore you. And he couldn’t kick you out — not unless you did something so terrible, he’d have no choice.”
 
I was six-foot-two and a hundred and fifty pounds if I wore clothes on the scale. “I’m not... physical enough for that.” 
 
He waved a hand. “Matt didn’t get ripped until he was like sixteen and you’re taller than he was. You put the effort into training, you’ll be able to do it.”
 
“Maybe, but he’ll never sign the permission form.” 
 
Alex inclined his head. “True.” And then he grinned. “But your mom will. Especially if you ask her now.”
 
My eyes popped wide. He was right. She was so pissed at my dad, she might do anything if she thought it would upset him back. “I like the letter idea better.” 
 
Alex shook his head. “Write it if you need to get it out, but a letter now won’t make an impression. He’s already gone. You need to get inside him, Reece.” He tapped his temple. 
 
“Yeah.” I reconsidered. “Yeah, where he lives.”
 
Alex smiled. “Exactly.”

 

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Patty Blount writes instruction guides by day and novels by night. On a dare by her oldest son, she wrote her first novel in an ice rink. Though never published, Penalty Killer was the subject of so many seventh grade book reports, the English teacher requested a copy and later returned it, covered in red ink. Patty is always looking for great story ideas. Her debut novel, Send, was conceived after her boss suggested she learn about social networks. Patty lives on Long Island with her family, a fish, and lots of books.

 

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23. What's New in YA

 

Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!

 

 

 

In the year 2054, after decades of gender selection, India now has a ratio of five boys for every girl, making women an incredibly valuable commodity. Tired of marrying off their daughters to the highest bidder and determined to finally make marriage fair, the women who form the country of Koyanagar have instituted a series of tests so that every boy has the chance to win a wife. Sudasa, though, doesn't want to be a wife, and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. As the tests advance, Sudasa and Kiran thwart each other at every turn until they slowly realize that they just might want the same thing. This beautiful, unique novel is told from alternating points of view-Sudasa's in verse and Kiran's in prose-allowing readers to experience both characters' pain and their brave struggle for hope.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

Readers will happily sink into this emotionally grounded, contemporary young adult novel about the sudden end of one girl’s Olympic swimming dreams and the struggles she endures before realizing there are many things that define who we are. Sixteen-year-old Abby Lipman is on track to win the state swim championships and qualify for the Olympic trials when a fainting incident at a swim meet leads to the diagnosis of a deadly heart condition. Now Abby is forced to discover who she is without the one thing that’s defined her entire life.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

Perfect for fans of Kody Keplinger's THE DUFF and Morgan Matson's SINCE YOU'VE BEEN GONE, the delightfully funny debut novel A TALE OF TWO BESTIES is full of giggles and surprises.

Best friends. BFFs. Soul twinsies. Whatever you want to call them, Harper and Lily were born to be besties. With high school just around the corner, casual-cool Cali girl Harper and awkward, always-costumed Lily make sure to text each other every day about their bond: Harper: I love you so much that I am going to sneak out of detention to pay that guy from Craigslist $100 to cut off all your hair for my secret collection. Lily: I love you so much I’m going destroy everyone in your life that matters and force you to depend and love only me. Harper: That sounds beautiful. I love you.

Not even the threat of different high schools could throw this BFFship off-course, even if Lily begs her parents not to send her to the “dreaded Pathways," a special school for creative types, while effortlessly-popular Harper attends Beverly High with the rest of their class. But in a city where fitting in means standing out and there’s nothing more uncool than being cool, it’s the naturally charismatic Harper--with her blond hair and perfect bone structure--who finds herself fighting the tide of American Apparel’d teens who rule the school. Meanwhile, it’s the perpetually “gawkward” Lily--who accessories every ensemble with a pair of tattered fairy wings--who finds herself flying alongside the queen bees of Pathways. Can BFF-ship survive the tidal wave of HS drama, or does growing up mean leaving some friends behind?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

 At the cliffhanger ending of SCAN, Tate loses the very thing he was fighting to protect, what his father had called the key to human survival. Tate doesn't have much time to worry about it because he needs to get away, to ensure he and Christina are safe. His father left him one last thing that can do just that—a safe house, which turns out to be a clue to what's really threatening the planet. As Tate follows the clues his father left behind, he starts to uncover the truth, realizing he's up against an enemy he's only beginning to understand. A riveting, fast-paced "we are not alone" adventure, Burn thrills to the very end.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

A book that challenges the word "powerful" and obliterates it.

Written in searing prose, this is the story of two boys: Erik, who performs miracles, and Thorn, who hears voices. The book chronicles their lives as their minds devolve into hallucinations, and shows the way their worlds intersect, culminating in a final stand-off. This debut novel offer a raw, insightful look at the forces that compel us to act against our will. Even more so, it captivates and dares us to look away, knowing full well we can't.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

Love is real in the town of Grimbaud and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Dupree's have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita's famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It's a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love. Fortunately, Fallon isn't the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate--even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian. Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita's tyranny and fall in love?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

Montana and her sister, Arizona, are named after the mountainous states their mother left them for. But Montana is a New York City girl through and through, and as the city heats up, she’s stepping into the most intense summer of her life. With Arizona wrapped up in her college world and their father distracted by yet another divorce, Montana’s been immersing herself in an intoxicating new friendship with a girl from her acting class. Karissa is bold, imperfectly beautiful, and unafraid of being vulnerable. She’s everything Montana would like to become. But the friendship with Karissa is driving a wedge between Montana and her sister, and the more of her own secrets Karissa reveals, the more Montana has to wonder if Karissa’s someone she can really trust.

In the midst of her uncertainty, Montana finds a heady distraction in Bernardo. He’s serious and spontaneous, and he looks at Montana in the way she wants to be seen. For the first time, Montana understands how you can become both lost and found in somebody else. But when that love becomes everything, where does it leave the rest of her imperfect life?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

On the island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape--or you die. Rives is now the undisputed Leader of Nil City, but keeping the City united is tougher than ever. Raiders have grown bolder, supplies are dwindling, and non-human inhabitants have taken a turn toward the deadly. New arrivals cause rifts within the City, putting the Search system at risk, and calling everything Rives knows into question. Desperate for answers, he teams up with the only other person searching for them: Skye, a new arrival with a mysterious past of her own. Soon the duo find themselves locked in a desperate race to save all the residents of Nil--and possibly destroy the island forever. But at what cost? And who will pay the price?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

Where women are created for the pleasure of men, beauty is the first duty of every girl. In Louise O'Neill's world of ONLY EVER YOURS women are no longer born naturally, girls (called "eves") are raised in Schools and trained in the arts of pleasing men until they come of age. Freida and Isabel are best friends. Now, aged sixteen and in their final year, they expect to be selected as companions--wives to powerful men. All they have to do is ensure they stay in the top ten beautiful girls in their year. The alternatives--life as a concubine, or a chastity (teaching endless generations of girls)--are too horrible to contemplate. But as the intensity of final year takes hold, the pressure to be perfect mounts. Isabel starts to self-destruct, putting her beauty--her only asset--in peril. And then into this sealed female environment, the boys arrive, eager to choose a bride. Freida must fight for her future--even if it means betraying the only friend, the only love, she has ever known.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

A girl looking to escape her past in New York City ends up on the run from a dangerous conspiracy in this sizzling, high-stakes novel.

When seventeen-year-old Liva came to New York City, all she wanted was to escape the painful memories of her past and finally find a fresh start. Her hopes for a new future were dashed the moment she became the sole witness to a brutal murder. When she’s taken into police custody—supposedly for her own protection—she realizes something isn’t right, but it’s too late. Soon, bullets start flying, and Liva realizes that she is not just a witness, but the target—and she needs to escape before it’s too late. With the help of a sexy car thief that she met at the station, Liva manages to get away from the massacre unharmed, but now the two of them are alone in New York, trying to outrun and outwit the two killers who will stop at nothing to find them. Liva and Jay are living on the edge, but when you’re on the edge, there’s a long way to fall.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

After the humiliating events on the 4th of July, Gemma's trying to grapple with the fact that Hallie knew her true identity all summer, and that she was the one who stole Teddy from her. Gemma vows revenge, but things immediately get more complicated than she planned.?Her dad forces her to get a job, and the only one she can find involves scooping ice cream all day. Ford, Gemma's longtime crush, has arrived in the Hamptons, and is cuter than ever. Josh is refusing to speak to her after finding out she lied to him. And to top it all off, Teddy is back in the picture, and closer to home than Gemma would like. Gemma and Hallie find themselves locked in an escalating revenge cycle involving everything from strawberry syrup to stolen identities. But just when Gemma thinks she has the upper hand, the biggest bombshell of all is dropped. And it's one that threatens to change her life forever.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

They say death can be beautiful. But after the death of her mother, seventeen-year-old Raven Weathersby gives up her dream of becoming a fashion designer, barely surviving life in the South Carolina lowlands. To make ends meet, Raven works after school as a seamstress creating stunning works of fashion that often rival the great names of the day. Instead of making things easier on the high school senior, her stepdad's drinking leads to a run in with the highly reclusive heir to the Maddox family fortune, Gideon Maddox. But Raven's stepdad's drying out and in no condition to attend the meeting with Maddox. So Raven volunteers to take his place and offers to repay the debt in order to keep the only father she's ever known out of jail, or worse. Gideon Maddox agrees, outlining an outrageous demand: Raven must live in his home for a year while she designs for Maddox Industries' clothing line, signing over her creative rights. Her handsome young captor is arrogant and infuriating to the nth degree, and Raven can't imagine working for him, let alone sharing the same space for more than five minutes. But nothing is ever as it seems. Is Gideon Maddox the monster the world believes him to be? And can he stand to let the young seamstress see him as he really is?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND meets WE WERE LIARS in this thought-provoking and brilliantly written debut that is part love story, part mystery, part high-stakes drama.

What would you pay to cure your heartbreak? Banish your sadness? Transform your looks? The right spell can fix anything…. When Ari's boyfriend Win dies, she gets a spell to erase all memory of him. But spells come at a cost, and this one sets off a chain of events that reveal the hidden—and sometimes dangerous—connections between Ari, her friends, and the boyfriend she can no longer remember. Told from four different points of view, this original and affecting novel weaves past and present in a suspenseful narrative that unveils the truth behind a terrible tragedy.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

The sequel to THE LIVING, Matt de la Peña’s The Hunted is a high-energy, action-packed survival story.

When the Big One hit, Shy was at sea in style. The Paradise Cruise luxury liner he worked on was a hulking specimen of the best money could buy. And now it's at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, along with almost all of its passengers. Shy wasn't the only one to survive, though. Addie, the rich blond daughter of a mysterious businessman, was on the dinghy he pulled himself into. But as soon as they found the rest of the survivors, she disappeared. The only thing that filled the strange void of losing her was finding Carmen, his hot coworker, and discovering a way to get back home. But Shy's luck hasn't turned. Not yet. Back on the dinghy, Addie told him a secret. It's a secret that people would kill for--have killed for--and she has the piece that could turn everything on its ear. The problem? Shy has no idea where Addie is. Back home in California seems logical, but there are more ways to die back home then Shy could ever have guessed. And thanks to what Shy now knows, he's a moving target.

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

If you could see the future, would you have the guts to change it? A new psychological thriller from the author of Daylight Saving. Fifteen-year-old Frances is sent to her aunt’s house for the summer to escape difficulties at home. Soon she meets Peter, a man unlike anyone she has ever known. Peter is a messenger?—?but his messages never bring good news. Peter believes that Frances is a messenger, too. In a compelling page-turner as complex as it is chilling, the author of Daylight Saving poses the provocative question: If you could change the future, where would you start?

 

*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!

 

 

 

 

In the first book of Lauren Barnholdt's captivating The Moment of Truth series, Lyla discovers that trusting her head might be easy but trusting her heart is a whole other matter. Lyla McAfee had all but forgotten the email that she wrote to herself freshman year and scheduled to be delivered right before graduation—the one promising that she'd learn to trust by the end of senior year. But when she receives it the first morning of her senior trip to Florida, her life is sent into a tailspin. Soon she's questioning her seemingly perfect relationship with her boyfriend, Derrick, her attraction to the school player, Beckett, and whether ending her friendship with Aven and Quinn, her former BFFs, was one of the biggest mistakes of her life. Each book in this trilogy is told from the perspective of a different girl—Lyla, Aven, and Quinn—former best friends who, back in freshman year, wrote emails to their future selves about the one thing they hope to accomplish before they graduate. Over the course of the series, each girl will learn about life, love, and the truth about the fight that ended their perfect friendship.

 

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24. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Songs of Seraphina by Jude Houghton + Giveaway (International)

Hello, YABC, and welcome to today's cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SONGS OF SERAPHINA by Jude Houghton, releasing June 30, 2015 from Tenebris Books. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Jude:

 
Hi YABC!
 
I am super excited to share with you the cover of SONGS OF SERAPHINA, made possible by the talented folks at Tenebris Books. I'll let you in on a little secret: I did an impromptu dance when I first saw it. The cover popped up on my phone while I was in the fish and chips shop—one battered haddock and one spontaneous cha-cha. Those waiting for their hot paper bundles seemed a little appalled. Somebody screamed. Even the grizzled custodian, slapping out the chips and mushy peas, raised an eyebrow. How could I explain that what I had just seen was the culmination of months of sweat and tears and shouty exchanges with the dog, all to bring an entire world to life, captured now in a single picture postcard. It may sound a tad self-fulfilling, but I can't wait to read it!
 
~ Jude Houghton (SONGS OF SERAPHINA, Tenebris Books)
 

 

 

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SONGS OF SERAPHINA

by Jude Houghton
Release date: June 30, 2015
Publisher: Tenebris Books
ISBN: 978-1-909845-92-3
 
 
About the Book
 
“Some battles bleed so much, and for so long, that the earth never truly forgets their dead. Some battles are born of oppression, and some of greed, and some just because it was written in the stars.”
 
Three sisters, Charlemagne, Cairo and Pendragon Agonistes, are sent from America to England to live with their eccentric grandparents after their mother disappears and their father goes to pieces. But before the girls have time to find their feet, Charlemagne is married off to a dead man, Penny takes a nap and wakes up as a boy, and Cairo is swept into a dangerous romance with a man who wants her for more than her considerable charm.
 
With the girls wrapped up in a conflict they barely understand, they don’t notice that their grandmother is changing, and not for the best, or that the two demigod assassins who took their mother are now coming for them—if one of them can get over his crisis of conscience.
 
In this richly painted tale, at whose heart is the unbreakable bond of family and blood, the great cultures of Seraphina collide with our own as three unique girls are dragged into twilight lives past, fighting for vengeance, retribution, and the survival of their exiled people.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE
 

About the Author

Jude developed a love of fantasy from a relatively early age after realizing an innate talent for making stuff up could result in something other than detention. A somnambulist, insomniac, lover of letters, Jude writes late into the night, most nights, tumbling down the rabbit hole to dream of other lives. Jude currently lives in Pennsylvania with an over-enthusiastic family and absurdly entitled dog.
 

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25. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Salvation of Gabriel Adam by S. L. Duncan + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hi, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE SALVATION OF GABRIEL ADAM by S. L. Duncan, releasing August 15, 2015 from Medallion Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from S. L.:

 
Hello YABC! I'm thrilled to bring you the brand-new cover to the second book in the Revelation Saga: THE SALVATION OF GABRIEL ADAM. So to celebrate its awesomeness, let’s have a signed ARC giveaway, and while we're at it, I'll throw in a signed copy of the first book!
 
~ S. L. Duncan (THE SALVATION OF GABRIEL ADAM, Medallion Press)
 

 

 

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THE SALVATION OF GABRIEL ADAM

by S. L. Duncan
Release date: August 15, 2015
Publisher: Medallion Press
ISBN: 978-1605426020
 
 
 
About the Book
 
Embattled by an uncertain future, Gabriel Adam is now slowly succumbing to the powerful ring that he credits with stopping the demon sent to Earth to start the second war between the light and dark realms. As his health fails, his feelings grow for his archangel friend Micah. With the inevitability of his future ever nearer, he wonders if time is left to rekindle what they once shared.

But a darkness is growing in Istanbul. Lilith has used her alluring beauty to manipulate Simon Magus, the new Turkish president, into giving her great power. Wanting only to reunite with her one true love, she seeks to find seven ancient vials and pierce the veil that separates the dimensions, unleashing hell upon the Earth.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

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S. L. Duncan writes young adult novels inspired by his travels around the world and the characters met along the way. He's interested in finding those unique connections between stories and places, people and circumstance. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife and son. Represented by John Rudolph, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.
 

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One winner will receive a signed ARC of THE SALVATION OF GABRIEL ADAM and a signed copy of THE REVELATION OF GABRIEL ADAM. 

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