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1. YABC Book Haul - July 2015

Hey, YABCers!

This month we celebrate the birth of the chosen one, Harry Potter. And we celebrate the only way we know how...with a book haul!

Enjoy the awesomeness.

Happy birthday, Harry. 


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2. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hello, everyone!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET by Tara Sullivan, releasing February 23, 2016 from GP Putnam's Sons/Penguin Books for Young Readers. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Tara:

 
Hi YABC! 
I’m so excited to share my cover with you for my second book, THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET! The whole art and design team at Penguin did such a fantastic job reflecting the book in the artwork: the texture of the burlap and the rich chocolate tones... and the distressing of the font that hints that all may not be right with the sweetness you see. I’m blown away, as always, with how much thought and effort so many people put into making my covers beautiful. I hope you like it as much as I do!
 
~ Tara Sullivan (THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET, GP Putnam's Sons/Penguin Books for Young Readers)
 

 

 

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THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET

by Tara Sullivan
Release date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: GP Putnam's Sons/Penguin Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-0399173073
 
 
About the Book
 

Fifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two long years, what’s mattered are cacao pods. The more Amadou can chop down in a single day, the higher his chances are of keeping the bosses’ beatings at bay, keeping himself and his little brother, Seydou, alive and then maybe, just maybe, returning home to Baba and Auntie. At least he hopes so. But the bosses won’t tell him the number that matters most—the number that equals freedom.

When the boys first left their farm in Mali, they only wanted to make some money to help their impoverished family survive the lean times. They never imagined they’d end up as forced labor on a cacao plantation in the Ivory Coast. But that’s exactly what happened, and each day that passes, they lose a little more fight, a little more hope that they’ll ever be free or see their home again.

Then one day, a girl—Khadija—arrives at the camp. There’s never been a girl on the farm before and she is a wild thing, fighting every day to get away and reawakening Amadou’s thoughts of escape. But when the bosses finally break her, and the unthinkable happens to Seydou, Amadou understands the only choice left—the only choice they’ve ever had—is to run . . . or die without their loved ones ever knowing what happened to them. The three band together as family and try just once more for home.

Tara Sullivan, the award-winning author of Golden Boy, delivers another powerful, riveting, and moving tale of children fighting to make a difference and be counted. Inspired by true-to-life events unfolding in Africa today, The Bitter Side of Sweet is an exquisitely written tour de force that demonstrates the indomitable power of family and the will to survive.

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

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Tara Sullivan is the author of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Golden Boy. She was born in India and spent her childhood living in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic with her parents, who were international aid workers. She received a BA in Spanish literature and cognitive science from the University of Virginia, and a MA in Latin American Studies and an MPA in non-profit management from Indiana University. She currently lives with her family in Massachusetts.
 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed hardcover of THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET (when available - US only)

Two winners will each receive a signed ARC of THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET (when available - US/Canada only)

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3. Giveaway: Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred (US Only)

FOREVER FOR A YEAR

by B.T. Gottfred

In stores July 7th

 

About the Book


When Carolina and Trevor meet on their first day of school, something draws them to each other. They gradually share first kisses, first touches, first sexual experiences. When they're together, nothing else matters. But one of them will make a choice, and the other a mistake, that will break what they thought was unbreakable. Both will wish that they could fall in love again for the first time . . . but first love, by definition, can't happen twice.
 
Told in Carolina and Trevor's alternating voices, this is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.


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


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B.T. Gottfred is an author, playwright, and director. Some stuff he has done to feign sanity includes writing, directing & producing feature film The Movie Hero; writing the Off-Broadway play Mary, F**ck, or Kill and web series “Sex and Love Conspire to Destroy the World”, and writing & directing the play Women Are Crazy Because Men Are Assholes, which has played over four years in Los Angeles and Chicago and is set to make its Off-Broadway premiere this year. Forever for a Year is his first novel. Sort of.



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SUMMER LOVE prize pack


Enjoy a romantic summer read this summer! One (1) winner receives:
·         A copy of Forever for a Year

·         plus a beach tote and sunglasses

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.

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4. Everything I Never Told You: Author Interview and Giveaway

 

Today we welcome Celeste Ng to YABC! Celeste's book, Everything I Never Told You, has been released in a gorgeous new paperback edition! Ng's is a novel filled with family, responsibility, culture, and the struggles presented when all three combine. Celeste is sharing a few things with us today in an interview plus a giveaway of her book! 

 

 

 

Meet Celeste. 

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Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize. Currently, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and son. To learn more about her and her work, visit her website at http://celesteng.com or follow her on Twitter: @pronounced_ing.

 

 

 

 

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Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

 

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

 

 

 

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1.  As you know, YABC is a site for YA and children's book readers and authors. While Everything I Never Told You takes place in the '70s and is not technically YA, it includes several teen characters grappling with issues I'm sure are relevant to a lot of our readers today, such as parental expectations, sibling relationships, and the burden of not fitting in among one's peers. How, if at all, did you draw upon your own teen experiences to inform those of your characters, and is there anything in particular that hope teen readers would take away from your novel?

 

Celeste Ng: I had a pretty good experience as a teen—much better than many teens, I suspect—but I was always very aware of the ways in which I was different. As one of very few Asians in my community, I was always conscious of how Asian I was. But I didn’t speak Cantonese or know much about Chinese culture—so when I went to visit family in San Francisco or in Hong Kong, I was then extremely conscious of how unChinese I was. It was a weird middle ground. And I was a quirky kid who grew into a quirky teen with odd obsessions: miniatures, old TV shows, writing poems. So I tried to draw on that feeling of not quite fitting in.  And I hope that in reading the novel, teen readers will start to realize that they’re not alone: that everyone feels like a bit of an outsider, and that that’s okay.

 

2.  Everything I Never Told You is set in the late 1970s, although some parts flash back even earlier. What were your reasons for picking this particular time period?

 

CN: As I started to get to know the characters and the burdens they were struggling under, the 1970s seemed like a time that highlighted everything most powerfully. In the 1970s, for instance, a mixed-race family would have been much less common—and it would have been even less common in the 1950s, when the parents meet and marry. Similarly, just being Asian American in the Midwest would have been a very, very different experience. And that time seemed particularly poignant for Marilyn, the mother, in particular: I think it must have been a very bittersweet moment for women of her age, who were seeing many opportunities open up for their daughters that they themselves had just missed out on.

 

3.  One of the big things that drew me to your book was the fact that it was about a Chinese-American family, with a Chinese father and a white mother, which mirrors my own family. There aren't a lot of books out there with Chinese-American protagonists, especially an entire family, and I loved how each character was shaped, in part, by their heritage. Can you talk about your approach to writing the Lees, and what details were most important for you to get right in order to make them feel truly authentic? 

 

CN: Thank you—I’m so glad to hear that! I guess you can say I cheated a little, because the Lees don’t express their Chinese heritage in the ways most people expect: they don’t eat Chinese food, they don’t speak Chinese, they don’t follow any specific cultural customs. James, the father, is the only one who really has close ties with Chinese culture, and it was important to me to get the details of a particular Chinese-American experience right, from the “paper sons” in his ancestry to the char siu bao that awake some powerful memories in him. Those were things I knew about from my own personal experience, and places where I feel my own ties to Chinese culture most strongly: family, food, language.

Even more than the specific details, though, I wanted to get the psyche of that particular experience right: the feeling James has that no matter how long he lives in the U.S., he’ll always be seen as a foreigner; the reluctance to talk about his background or painful emotions in an attempt to move past it. In my experience, there’s a lot of subtext in Chinese culture—a lot of things are implied rather than explicitly stated—and that carries over into how the members of this family interact with each other.

 

 

4.   Everything I Never Told You is told in a shifting third-person point of view. Some scenes stick with one character for their entirety, while others bounce from one perspective to another. You also jump around in time, weaving in flashbacks with the more current narrative. I think it worked beautifully, but it can't have been easy to write. Why did you choose to tell the story this way, and did you use any particular methods or tricks to keep track of your multiple narrators and time periods as you wrote? 

 

CN: The novel went through four drafts, and the story stayed essentially the same: what I was struggling with was the structure. I wanted to look at how past and future reverberate with one another, so I tried a lot of different ways of telling the story so you could see how they intertwine. I tried many different story structures, and even more ways to try and keep track of everything. I wrote important scenes on index cards, pinned them to my wall, and connected them with string to show the different storylines. I color-coded by narrator. I made reverse-outlines of the novel. Just before I started writing the final draft, I drew a crazy diagram of the book to remind myself of how the pieces logically fit together. There has to be an easier way, but I didn’t find it! Maybe for the next book...

 

5.  Between the historical setting and the difficult subject matter, I'm sure you had to do quite a bit of research for Everything I Never Told You. Did that present a challenge for you, or are you a person who loves to research? What other challenges did you face while writing this story? 

 

CN: I love research, because so often reality is stranger than anything I can make up. For this book, most of the research came from digging into the characters and fleshing them out as people—and enough of the 1970s carried over into my childhood that I could furnish much of the setting from memory. I grew up with rotary phones with long cords, record players with scratchy needles, stick shift cars, all of that! But I did research some of the period details. I watched YouTube videos of the Gemini 9 space mission, for instance, and I combed through old TV schedules to find out what would have been airing on Saturday nights.

 

6.  Which character was the easiest for you to write? And which was the most difficult?

 

CN: Hannah was probably the easiest for me to write, because she’s the most like me. She has a lot of my mannerisms—I, too, hid under furniture to eavesdrop on my family as a kid!—and her role in the story is kind of like mine as the author: she’s trying to figure out everyone’s stories and put them together into a cohesive narrative.  Jack, too, was a joy to write: he’s the most perceptive of all the characters, and he sees everyone a bit more clearly than they can see themselves. I have a real soft spot for both of those characters.

The hardest to write was probably Lydia. She does a lot of things that we, the readers, don’t approve of. And she lashes out at the people she loves in a few places, too. She’s a very secretive person—she buries all of her feelings deep—so while writing her, I really had to dig to figure out what she was thinking and feeling. It sounds funny to talk about a character that way, but I think of getting to know my characters like getting to know someone in person: some people are right upfront with how they’re feeling and hide nothing, and in ten minutes you know their whole history and their opinions on everything. Other people are much more reserved, and you need to really spend time with them before they open up.

 

7.   How did you first come up with the idea for Everything I Never Told You? And can you tell us a little bit about what you're working on now?

 

The very first seed of the plot came from an anecdote my husband happened to tell me: when he was about 8, he was at a friend’s house and his friend pushed his own little sister into a pond at the back of their house. She was fine, but I kept thinking about what their relationship was like before that—and how this incident might have changed it afterwards!—and the story grew and evolved from that image of a girl falling into the water.

I’m slowly getting back into writing mode, so I’m still figuring out the next novel! I won’t say too much as it’s bound to change, but it takes place in my hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio—a suburb of Cleveland that’s very lovely, very progressive, and fairly diverse. It focuses on a family living in Shaker Heights and a mother and daughter who come from out of town, and the ways these two families get entangled with each other.

 

 

8.  What were your favorite books when you were Lydia's and Nath's ages?

 

When I was a teenager, I was reading a lot of classics in school for the first time—Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Flies,Things Fall Apart—and I remember being absolutely floored by Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, too. On my own, I read a lot of poetry—Anne Sexton’s Transformations and Complete Poems, as well as Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, were big influences. (And now I feel very trite!)

 

9.  What are you currently reading?

 

On my nightstand right now are Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi; and a bunch of ARCs that I’ve been enjoying: Still Life Las Vegas by James Sie, The Hundred Year Flood by Matthew Salesses, and Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.

 
 
 
We'd like to thank Celeste for sharing so much with us! And here is another BIG thanks for the following giveaway of Everything I Never Told You!
 
 
 
 
 
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Everything I Never Told You

  1. By: Celeste Ng

  2. Paperback Release Date: May 12, 2015 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

Three winners will receive a paperback copy of Everything I Never Told You. US and Canada only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, Celeste has a question for entrants. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: 
How many drafts of the story did Celeste go through before using shifting point of views? 

 

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5. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude + Giveaway (International)

Welcome to the second cover reveal of the day!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS by Sarah Jude, releasing May 3, 2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Sarah:

 
Hello YABC readers! I'm Sarah Jude, and I'm so thrilled to share with you the cover of my YA horror novel, THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS! The artwork is everything I could have hoped for. I'm a very visual person and spend a lot of my time when I'm not writing either drawing or painting, so cover art is one of my favorite things to imagine. For THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS, I had hopes of something eerie and nightmarish, something to capture the quiet isolation of the characters and their backwoods commune in the Missouri Ozarks. The image, which was taken by a Polish artist named Marcin Nagraba, evokes that kind of creepy, moody darkness that surrounds the main character Ivy as she uncovers secrets about everything and everyone she has ever known.
 
~ Sarah Jude (THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
 

 

 

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THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS

by Sarah Jude
Release date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544640411
 
 
About the Book
 

Two girls: one with a secret, one with a promise that she’d uncover it.

Welcome to Rowan’s Glen—a place full of old fashioned superstition and secrets. Twenty-five years back, a teenage girl was murdered after being crowned queen at the Glen’s May Day celebration, and outsiders have regarded the isolated farming community with suspicion ever since.

But that was before Ivy Templeton was even born. She’s lived in Rowan’s Glen for all of her sixteen years, and feels safe there with the company of her free-spirited cousin Heather, and their friend, Rook, son of the sheriff.

Until . . . animals start showing up dead, clearly from unnatural means. Dark omens seem to appear everywhere Ivy goes. And Heather, who used to tell Ivy everything, is sneaking off after dark with a mysterious lover.

Ivy worries her cousin could be in danger—especially after Heather is elected queen of the May Day celebration. When Heather goes missing, Ivy must come to terms with the fact that she never knew her beloved cousin—or Rowan’s Glen—as well as she thought she did.

Readers looking for horror, romance, and suspense will find it all in this chilling tale that resonates with dark beauty.

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

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Sarah Jude lives by the woods and has an owl that lands on her chimney every night. She grew up believing you had to hold your breath whenever you passed a graveyard or a bridge spanning water. Now she writes about cemeteries, murder, and ghostly apparitions. She resides in Missouri with her husband, three children, and three dogs.
 

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Giveaway Details

One international winner will receive a prize pack that includes:

  • a signed ARC of THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS (when available in September)
  • swag
  • a handmade ivy leaf pendant

One US winner will receive a prize pack that includes:

  • a signed ARC of THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS (when available in September)
  • swag
  • a handmade ivy leaf pendant 
  • a custom herbal loose tea blend called Sleep-Away-Sorrow designed to promote relaxation
  • a sustainable, reusable muslin tea bag
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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6. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Return Once More by Trisha Leigh + Giveaway (International)

Hello, YABC!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for RETURN ONCE MORE by Trisha Leigh, releasing September 29, 2015 from Bloomsbury Spark. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Trisha:

 
Hi, and thanks for stopping by to check out the cover of Return Once More
 
If it looks familiar to you, that's because we've revealed this same cover here before - but then, the book was titled The Historians. I had plans to self-publish the book back in 2013 but after my agent read it, she asked if she could try to sell it to a publisher. To my great excitement, SHE DID!! I've been working with the team at Bloomsbury since then to bring you the best possible version of the story and am so excited it's almost time to share it with you.
 
In Return Once More, humanity has been forced to abandon a sick and dying earth, and have settled a new solar system called Genesis. In it, not only do sexy space pirates and time travel exist, but geneticists have been able to pinpoint each person's one true love. Kaia Vespasian can't resist using her privileges as a Historian - a group charged with traveling into the past to document humanity's successes and failures - to meet the one boy perfect for her.
 
Things start to unravel quickly around Caesarion and Kaia as they fall in love as they were meant to, and soon Kaia will have to face the fact that the Elders were right about changing the past - it can't be done without consequences. Of course, things get a little complicated when she stumbles on a conspiracy at the Historian Academy that suggests that some of their ranks are out to do just that...no matter who they erase from existence in the process.
 
~ Trisha Leigh (RETURN ONCE MORE, Bloomsbury Spark)
 

 

 

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RETURN ONCE MORE

by Trisha Leigh
Release date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
 
 
About the Book
 
If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.
 

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Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it's pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y'all. Most of the time. She's been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey's kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90's-00's. 

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who are numerous, loud, full of love--the kind of people that make the world a better place. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they've taught, through characters and stories--made up, of course, but true enough in their way. 

Trisha is the author of THE LAST YEAR series and the WHITMAN UNIVERSITY books. She's represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

To learn more about Trisha Leigh, please visit her at trishaleigh.com.

If you enjoy New Adult books or a good contemporary romance, please check out my pen name, Lyla Payne!
 

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Giveaway Details

Three winners will each receive an eARC of RETURN ONCE MORE, swag, and a $5 bookstore giftcard.

 

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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7. Author Top 5 with Patrice Kindl

 

Today we welcome Patrice Kindl to YABC! Patrice's new book, A School for Brides, is filled with five girls (of a marriageable age) and no men for miles! This modern take on the Regency novel will leave readers dazzled an delighted. Patrice is sharing a few things with us today: more about her book, the top five animals she's written into her books, plus a giveaway! 

 

 

Meet Patrice. 

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In addition to A School for Brides and Keeping the Castle, Patrice Kindl (www.patricekindl.com) is the author of four other novels, the best known of which is the acclaimed Owl in Love. She lives with her husband and a variety of animals in upstate New York. 

 

 

Now meet Patrice's book, A School for Brides.

 

The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy of Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire, has one goal: to train its students in the feminine arts with an eye toward getting them married off. This year, there are five girls of marriageable age. There’s only one problem: the school is in the middle of nowhere, and there are no men. Set in the same English town as Keeping the Castle, and featuring a few of the same characters, here’s the kind of witty tribute to the classic Regency novel that could only come from the pen of Patrice Kindl!

 

 

Before giving us her list of TOP 5, Patrice told us that, "I have loved and lived with animals my entire life. It is therefore not surprising that I like to stick them in my books here and there. These are some I’ve written about." 

 

 

Top Five Animals I've Put in My Books:

 

5.) Owls. I wrote about a were‐owl in my first novel, OWL IN LOVE. Owl was a barn owl, as is this owl. 

 

 

 

4.) Geese. GOOSE CHASE, my third novel, was, as you might expect, about geese. These Embden geese can’t fly, but the geese in GOOSE CHASE were more closely related to wild greylag geese, and flew. 

 

 

 

3.) Monkeys. We were involved for over a decade with Helping Hands (www.helpingmonkeys.org), raising and training monkeys to be aides to quadriplegics. LOST IN THE LABYRINTH had a monkey in it. 

 

 

 

2. Sheep. Both KEEPING THE CASTLE and A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES take place in Yorkshire, England, where sheep farming is common. Surfing sheep are not, but it IS by the sea. 

 

 

 

And the top animal I include in my books (and my life):

1 . Dogs. I have had seven dogs in my life, from a Newfoundland to our current Cavalier King Charles spaniels. The dog in KEEPING THE CASTLE was modeled after my Cavalier, Dante. And Wolfie in A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES is closely related to my huge Newfoundland, Boufe (although Boufe was never scary‐looking, just gigantic). The dogs in both books liked sheep, so here is a dog AND a sheep. 

 

 

Okay, that might be one of the cutest things we've ever seen here at YABC! We'd like to thank Patrice for sharing ALL about the animals she's written into her books! And here is another BIG thanks for the following giveaway of A School for Brides!

 

 

 

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A School for Brides

  1. By: Patrice Kindl

  2. Release Date: July 14, 2015 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

Three winners will receive a hardcover copy of A School for Brides. US addresses only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, Patrice has a question for entrants. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: 
What would you do if you found yourself at a school for brides?! 

 

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8. It's live!! Cover Reveal: A Sky Unbroken by Megan Crewe + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hello, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for A SKY UNBROKEN by Megan Crewe, releasing October 13, 2015 from Amazon Skyscape/Razorbill Canada. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Megan:

 
Hey YABC! I’m so excited to be revealing my newest cover here today!
 
Skyscape has come up with some amazing covers for the Earth & Sky trilogy, and when I saw the cover for A SKY UNBROKEN appear on my screen, I realized they’d managed to top the others. The imagery captures the intensity of the final book in the trilogy perfectly, as all of the conflicts that have been building come to a head and Skylar and Win fight not just for their lives but for everything they care about in the universe. I love that there are a few hints of hope amid the desolation. I can’t wait to hold the finished book with this gorgeous cover in my hands—and to get copies of it out to you!
 
~ Megan Crewe (A SKY UNBROKEN, Amazon Skyscape/Razorbill Canada)
 

 

 

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A SKY UNBROKEN

by Megan Crewe
Release date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Amazon Skyscape/Razorbill Canada
ISBN: 978-1503946576
 
 
About the Book
 
The rebels have been disbanded, their plans ruined. Betrayed by those she trusted most, Skylar finds herself herded, along with a small group of Earthlings, into a living museum—a human zoo—on the Kemyates’ space station, subject to her captors’ every whim. Any move Skylar makes could result in the extinction of her people—but giving in means losing any hope of freedom.
 
Meanwhile, Win returns home and evades punishment by pretending to be loyal to Kemya. But he can’t bear knowing that Skylar is imprisoned or watch his fellow Kemyates swallow the Council’s lies about Earth. He must bring the truth to the Kemyate public and see the Earthlings freed—even if it means openly challenging his world’s rulers.
 
In this final book of the action-packed Earth & Sky trilogy, neither Skylar nor Win knows they are about to uncover an even deeper conspiracy—one that could push the future they’re fighting for completely out of reach.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives with her husband, son, and three cats in Toronto, Canada (and does on occasion say “eh”); she tutors children and teens with special needs; and she can’t look at the night sky without speculating about who else might be out there. Along with the Earth & Sky trilogy, she is the author of the paranormal novel Give Up the Ghost and the post apocalyptic Fallen World trilogy.
 

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Giveaway Details

Ten US winners will receive a paperback copy (Skyscape) of A SKY UNBROKEN (when available). 

Ten Canadian winners will receive a hardcover copy (Razorbill) of A SKY UNBROKEN (when available).

 

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9. What's New in YA

 

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

 

 

 

22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.

Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.

 

After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.

 

Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to begin again. She’s even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy’s forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.

 

One thing is clear: The damage done can never be erased. It’s only just beginning. . . .

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”

 

Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.

 

What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.

With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.

 

Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.

Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good?

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After placing teenage mixed martial arts phenom McCutcheon Daniels and his mother and sister in the Witness Relocation Program,the FBI comes to realize they have a unique asset on their hands. Recruited to help the FBI, McCutcheon finds himself hunting bad guys. But when he discovers that the notorious Priests have targeted Kaitlyn-the girl he loves and was forced to leave behind-as a way to seek revenge on the Daniels family, MD convinces the FBI to send him right into the belly of the beast: Jenkells State Penitentiary where the mob boss of Detroit is serving time. Yet in his universe where up is down, McCutcheon ends up disavowed by the government and left to rot in one of America’s most notorious prisons. It’s there here connects with his father and discovers the truth about his circumstances. McCutcheon, a trained urban warrior, escapes and sets out for revenge on those who betrayed him and his family.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Were Liars meets Heist Society in a riveting debut!

 

Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again. Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans’ lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she “reappears”—Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle. But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a Walker between worlds, Del is responsible for the love of her life—and the fate of millions—in this thrilling sequel to Dissonance.

Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him.

She’s back at the Consort—training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon.

In agreeing, Del might be endangering her family. But if she doesn’t, innocent people will die, and Simon will be lost to her forever. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice…

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ivy Jensen survived the Dark House once, but can she make it out a second time?

Two months have passed since Ivy narrowly escaped the Nightmare Elf’s grip, but the memories of Parker, Natalie, Shayla, Frankie, and Garth continue to haunt her. Their killer is still out there—somewhere. The police trail has gone cold, though, and it’s up to Ivy to piece together the clues to find him.

 

When a cryptic video arrives in her inbox, Ivy soon finds herself back in the spotlight, this time on a twisted scavenger hunt through the dark, ancient halls of a long-forgotten Gothic school building. Ivy’s not alone, either. Taylor Monroe has returned to the scene. But can Taylor be trusted? Or is she another pawn in the Nightmare Elf’s deadly game?

 

Laurie Faria Stolarz crafts a mesmerizing thriller that will leave readers looking over their shoulders.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

They thought they were the only ones left. They were wrong.

After the unexpected revelation at the end of the first book, Donna and Jefferson are separated. Jefferson returns to NYC and tries to bring a cure to the Sickness back to the Washington Square tribe, while Donna finds herself in England, facing an unimaginable new world. Can the two reunite and prevent an even greater disaster than the Sickness? This second book in The Young World trilogy will keep you at the edge of your seat.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

In an America split into the genetically superior and inferior, a fiercely ambitious ballerina and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks must stop a deadly virus that is spreading quickly.


Determined to escape from TOR-N, a corrupt Narxis research center, Davis meets another recovered patient, Mercer, whose sweet smile and quirky sense of humor give her hope in humanity again—and a way out. As they make a perilous journey seeking clues that could lead to a cure, Davis and Mercer’s friendship begins to evolve into something more… but she’s still struggling to let go of her feelings for Cole, whom she believes is dead.

 

Meanwhile, Cole has plans to change his identity in order to compete in the Olympiads—where Imps have now been invited to compete against Priors. He begins training with Mari, the intense and rebellious daughter of a retired fighter, but through trials and tests that are both exhausting and exhilarating, he finds himself in over his head—literally.

 

Will both Davis and Cole have the strength to resist temptation? Will they have the courage to face the answers they’re seeking? Will their love survive across the divide?

 

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

 

 

 

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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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10. The Librarian's Corner - July 2015

Non-Fiction Books on Stress & Mental Health
 
Good non-fiction books that are the right length and content level for your teen collection are always hard to find. With this in mind I wanted to share 5 of the best non-fiction books on mental health and stress that are in my YA Collection. For a list of YA fiction books that deal with issues of mental health and psychological disorders, check out this list on TSU. 
 
 
 
 
Heads Up Psychology is a guidebook to the general field of Psychology, Marcus Weeks' user-friendly "heads Up" non-fiction series are great, visually appealing non-fiction books. Perfect for a YA collection due to their unusual format combined with high school and college level content, the Heads Up series, especially the Psychology book, is a must-have for every school and public librarian's collection. 
 
 
 
 
Mental Health Information for Teens, Fourth Edition is the most updated version of the Omnigraphics series of "Health Information for Teens" books on Mental Health, this is another must-have for every YA collection. These books are veritable libraries in themselves, with an encyclopedic scope on mental health topics. If there is one book you can buy about mental health for your teen collection, this should be it. 
 
 
 
 
Beyond the Blues: A Workbook to Help Teens Overcome Depression is one of many workbooks for teens to use to inderstand and cope with a variety of mental health issues, the Beyond the Blues depression workbook is a great practical guide for youth with depression. It features many interactive activities and prompts to help the reader understand themselves and their issues, combined with a wealth of information and also some coping strategies. Due to the "fill-in-the-blank" style of most of the activities is might not be the perfect format of book for every library, but I think it's worth having despite the risk of getting the book returned filled with notes and scribbles. 
 
 
 
 
Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You has a very practical format in which each chapter introduces and explains an issue, such as organization and saying no, then gives techniques for understanding how that issues affects you, and finally strategies for coping with that issue to improve your well-being. This book features a casual tone and easy-to-read style that teens can relate to and find interesting. 
 
 
 
 
Freaking Out: Real Life Stories About Anxiety, is relatable, interesting, and very real. Each story ends with concluding remarks about that person's issue - whether the issue was resolved, they lived happily ever after, or are still coping with their issue, the reader still gets the end of the story, and there is always hope. With its appealing cover and format that lends itself to readers just flipping it open to a random story, this book could help a lot of teens and young adults feel better about their anxiety. 
 
 
 
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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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11. Giveaway: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak (US & Canada Only)

The Heartbreakers

by Ali Novak
 
Release Date: 8/4/2015

 

About the Book

When Stella’s sister Cara is diagnosed with leukemia, Stella puts her dreams on hold to move home and be with her family. With Cara’s birthday approaching, Stella wants to get her the perfect gift—an autographed poster of her sister’s favorite (and Stella’s least favorite) band, The Heartbreakers. But when she meets Oliver Perry, the band’s lead singer, she can’t get him out of her head.
 
If she gives him a chance, will she resent him for taking her attention away from her sister—or will he help her find the courage to live her own life?


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


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Ali Novak is a Wisconsin native and recent creative writing graduate from UW-Madison. She started writing at fifteen, and since then, her work has received more than 75 million hits online. When she isn’t writing, Ali enjoys watching Food Network shows even though she can’t cook.

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Giveaway Details


15 winners will receive a signed copy of The Heartbreakers. US & Canada 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: Which Heartbreaker is your book boyfriend?  Take the quiz here to find out.

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12. Giveaway: Resonance by Erica O'Rourke (US & Canada Only)

RESONANCE

by Erica O'Rourke

Release Date: 7/21/15

 

About the Book

This highly anticipated sequel to DISSONANCE takes place in a world where alternative universes are created each time a decision is made in “real life.” Teen Del is a Walker, which allows her to pass through these worlds, maintaining harmony between them.

After Del chooses to save the multiverse over the love of her life, Simon is lost in a universe she can’t access. Devastated, she continues her Walker training with the Consort (the government of her world) to follow her family’s legacy. A rebel organization known as the Free Walkers contacts her, promising to get Simon back if she helps overthrow the Consort. But if she does, she puts not only her family at risk, but the other worlds she keeps at peace.


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


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Erica O'Rourke has worked in a variety of jobs -- library cataloger, barista, Girl Friday, English teacher, and stay-at-home mom -- but she's always been a writer, which explains (partially) why her math grades were so abysmal.

Her debut novel, TORN, won the Romance Writers of America's 2010 Golden Heart Award for Best Young Adult Manuscript, and was the launch title for Kensington Books' KTeen imprint. The Torn Trilogy also includes TANGLED and BOUND (available now). Her latest series, DISSONANCE, is about a girl with the ability to walk between alternate realities, who falls for different versions of the same boy in every world she visits. A companion e-novella, HARMONIC, is also available. The sequel, RESONANCE, will be published July 22, 2015 by Simon and Schuster.

When Erica is not writing, she's reading. And when she's not reading, she's probably watching Doctor Who, cooking, or spending time with her husband and three daughters just outside of Chicago.

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Giveaway Details

 

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1 winner will receive a DISSONANCE paperback and bookmark. US & Canada only.
 

Learn more about Dissonance here.

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: Name one of Erica's pet peeves (Click here to find the answer on her site).

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13. Giveaway: Weightless by Sarah Bannan (US Only)

Weightless

by Sarah Bannan
 
Release Date: 6/30/2015

 

About the Book


When 15-year-old Carolyn moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the junior class at Adams High School. A good student and natural athlete, she's immediately welcomed by the school's cliques. She's even nominated to the homecoming court and begins dating a senior, Shane, whose on again/off again girlfriend Brooke becomes Carolyn's bitter romantic rival. When a video of Carolyn and Shane making out is sent to everyone, Carolyn goes from golden girl to s***, as Brooke and her best friend Gemma try to restore their popularity. Gossip and bullying hound Carolyn, who becomes increasingly private and isolated. When Shane and Brooke—now back together—confront Carolyn in the student parking lot, injuring her, it's the last attack she can take.

Sarah Bannan's deft use of the first person plural gives Weightless an emotional intensity and remarkable power that will send you flying through the pages and leave you reeling.


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



About the Author

SARAH BANNAN was born in upstate New York and moved frequently growing up, living in Texas, in Florida and in Alabama. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 with a degree in literature and literary history. Following college, she moved to Ireland, working in various roles in the arts and, since 2007, she has been Head of Literature with the Irish Arts Council. Sarah lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter.
 


Giveaway Details


One winner will receive a copy of the finished book. 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.

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14. Giveaway: While You Were Gone by Amy K. Nichols (US only)

While You Were Gone

By Amy K. Nichols

Release Date: August 4, 2015

 

About the Book

An artist without a cause meets a rebel without a clue, and together they learn to stand up for what's right in the gripping conclusion to the half sci-fi half romance Duplexity duology. Told with alternating perspectives, WHILE YOU WERE GONE explores the chaos theory, time travel, and their philosophical implications, and is a riveting read for both teens and adults.

 
Eevee is a promising young artist and the governor's daughter in a city where censorship is everywhere and security is everything. When a fire devastates her exhibition--years in the making--her dreams of attending an elite art institute are dashed. She's struggling to find inspiration when she meets Danny.
 
Raised in a foster home, Danny's life has always been full of hurt and hardship--until a glitch in the universe changes everything. Suddenly Danny is living in a home he's never seen with the parents he's never known. It's like he's a new Danny--but this alternate self has secrets--ties to an underground anarchist group that have already landed him in hot water. When he starts to develop feelings for Eevee he's even more disturbed to learn that he might have started the fire that ruined her work. As Danny sifts through clues from his past and Eevee attempts to piece together her future, they uncover a secret that's bigger than both of them. Together, they must correct the breach between the worlds before it's too late.


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


About the Author

AMY K. NICHOLS lives on the edge of the Phoenix desert with her husband and children. In the evenings, she enjoys sitting outside, counting bats and naming stars. NOW THAT YOU'RE HERE is her first novel and WHILE YOU WERE GONE is her second. Visit her online at www.amyknichols.com. Follow her on Twitter @AmyKNichols.

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Two winners, each receive one copy of both books. 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.

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15. Giveaway: Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud (US Only)

PRETENDING TO BE ERICA

by Michelle Painchaud

Release Date: July 21, 2015

 

 

About the Book


Erica Silverman was abducted at the age of four. She was snatched outside of her kindergarten and never seen again. Violet was adopted by her con artist father for a single purpose: to become the long-lost heiress of the mythical Silverman painting. Violet has only ever been groomed for this moment. But what Violet doesn’t count on is how much she comes to care about the Silvermans, as well as the friends she’s made under false pretense. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.


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


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Michelle Painchaud was born in Seattle, but grew up gate-crashing parties in sugar cane fields in Hawaii. Cats and anime take up what little part of her brain isn't harassed by stories of teenagers kicking ass. This is her first novel. She lives in San Diego, CA..

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Giveaway Details

3 winners will each win a finished copy of PRETENDING TO BE ERICA. 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.

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16. ANT-MAN - Drive Through Movie Review

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

The latest MARVEL film hits theaters this weekend. Kristin and Clint of the Nerd Riders hit the streets to give their review of ANT-MAN. 

QUESTION: If you could be super small for a day what would you do?


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17. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Welcome, everyone, to another great cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE DARKEST CORNERS by Kara Thomas, releasing April 19, 2016 from Delacorte/Penguin Random House. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Kara and Krista Marino, her editor:

 
Kara Thomas:
 
Hi, YABC readers! I’m beyond excited to share the cover of THE DARKEST CORNERS with you! Since there is so much going on in this book-- childhood secrets, false memory syndrome, missing girls, serial killers (my poor editor!)—I had no idea what to expect from the cover. Delacorte and jacket designer Greg Stadnyk really knocked it out of the park! I think the girl’s haunted expression and the creepy torn newsprint style perfectly capture the tone of the book. 

 
Krista Marino:
 
Hello, from Kara Thomas’s lucky editor!
 
We went down a lot of different avenues, and actually had multiple designers working on concepts at the same time before we finally came to this cover. When we saw Greg’s design we all knew that he’d nailed it. There’s so much more than meets the eye in The Darkest Corners, and Greg understood that. It was important to us that this book got a cover as interesting and compelling as what was inside. In my mind we succeeded. Don’t you just want to know what this girl’s story is and why her image is torn apart?
 

 

 

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THE DARKEST CORNERS

by Kara Thomas
Release date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte/Penguin Random House
ISBN: 0553521454
 
 
About the Book
 
There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.
 
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the face of her demons–and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
 
Tessa and Callie haven’t talked about what they saw that summer night since it happened. After the trial Callie drifted and Tessa moved and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch. But ever since she left, Tessa’s had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette–to Wyatt Stokes sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the only other person who may be hiding the truth.
 
Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer–and this time, it won’t be as easy to run away.
 

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Kara is the author of THE DARKEST CORNERS, coming from Penguin Random House/Delacorte Press in Spring 2016. She also wrote the Prep School Confidential series (St. Martin’s Press) and the pilot The Revengers for the CW under the pen name Kara Taylor. She’s represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or on the couch with her rescue cat, Felix.
 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive an ARC of THE DARKEST CORNERS (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.

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18. Author Top 5 with Will Mabbitt

 

Today we welcome Will Mabbitt to YABC! Will's new book, The Unlikey Adventures of Mabel Jones, is filled with fun, fantasy, and an otherworldy adventure! In honor of Mabel Jones, Will is sharing more about his book, the top five steps to writing cliff-hanging chapters, AND a giveaway! 

 

 

Meet Will.

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Will Mabbitt writes. He writes in cafes, on trains, on the toilet, and sometimes in his head when his laptop runs out of power. He lives with his family somewhere in the south of England. The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones is his first book. Another one is coming soon. 

 

 

 

Now meet Will's book.

Have you ever picked your nose? Have you ever picked your nose and EATEN IT? Have you ever picked your nose, eaten it, and, by doing so, opened a portal to a world run by PIRATES?

Mabel Jones has.

Kidnapped, Mabel is forced to serve aboard The Feroshus Maggot with the strangest crew you’ll ever meet. And the captain—an odious wolf named Idryss Ebenezer Split—won’t let her go until she helps the pirates uncover the treasure they seek.

Mabel’s voyage takes her across the Greasy Pole of Certain Death, into the belly of a whale, and underground to a decrepit crypt. And she does it all...in pajamas!

Read on if you dare. You are promised a most unlikely adventure. 

 

Do you remember those chapters that left you dangling over precarious precipices with nothing but words to save you? We do too! 

 

Top Five Steps to Writing Cliff-Hanging Chapters:

 

 

1.) Think of some information to tell the reader.

 

 

 

2.) Don't tell it to them yet.

 

 

 

3.) Set up the scene so the reader is expecting this information.

 

 

 

 

4.) Then at the last minute, just as they are expecting you to tell them...

 

 

 

 

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We'd like to thank Will for showing us how to write a cliff-hanging chaper!! And here is another BIG thanks for the following giveaway of The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones!

 

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  1. The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

  2. By: Kris Dinnison

  3. Release Date: June 2, 2015 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

Three winners will receive a hardcover of The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones. US addresses only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, Will has a question for entrants. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: 
What book left you with the craziest cliff-hanger?! 

 

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19. Exclusive Sneak Peek at Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein + Giveaway (US Only)

Becoming Jinn

by Lori Goldstein

Release Date: April 21, 2015

Before we get to the exclusive excerpt, here's a note from Lori:

 
Hello YABC readers! I’m thrilled to be here as part of the Summer of Jinn Blog Tour. The beach is my happy place, and reading at the beach is my definition of the perfect day. My love of the sand and the ocean makes this my favorite time of year, and that’s the main reason why I set Becoming Jinn in a New England seaside town during the summer.  To celebrate my love of all things beachy, I’m taking Azra and the rest of the crew on a Summer of Jinn Blog Tour, sharing my (and her) favorite beach reads, answering fun Q&As, and sharing exclusive excerpts, like the one here. As a special bonus for YABC readers, I’m giving away one signed copy of Becoming Jinn right here! (US only). I’m also running a special promotion for readers who buy Becoming Jinn by July 30. For more on the promotion and for links to the full blog tour, visit: http://www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com/2015/06/30/beach-read/
 
~ Lori Goldstein (BECOMING JINN, Feiwel and Friends/MacMillan)
 

Summer of Jinn Blog Tour

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July 2: B&N Teen Blog: My Favorite 2015 Debut Beach Reads

July 6: Fangirlish: Exclusive Chapter Reveal

July 7: Dark Faerie Tales: Q&A, Special Announcement, and Exclusive Giveaway

July 8Adventures in YA Publishing: A BECOMING JINN Debut Lesson: The Trouble with Measuring Success

July 9: Patchwork Press: Write All Year Pep Talk: Breaking the Rules

July 10: YA Books Central: Exclusive BECOMING JINN excerpt with a signed book giveaway!

July 10: Fangirlish: 2 for 1 Friday

July 13: Comfort Books: Q&A

July 14: Bewitched Bookworms: Azra and Henry's Favorite Beach Reads

July 15: Freshman Fifteens: The 15ers share their favorite beach reads

July 16: Children's Book Review: All-Time Favorite Beach Reads

July 17Katie’s Book Blog: Guest Writing Post

Be sure to check out each post and enter to win the grand prize blog tour giveaway for bookstore gift cards so you can pick out your very own beach read! (Open internationally.)

About the Book

Azra has just turned sixteen, and overnight her body lengthens, her olive skin deepens, and her eyes glisten gold thanks to the brand-new silver bangle that locks around her wrist. As she always knew it would, her Jinn ancestry brings not just magical powers but the reality of a life of servitude, as her wish granting is controlled by a remote ruling class of Jinn known as the Afrit. 

To the humans she lives among, she's just the girl working at the snack bar at the beach, navigating the fryer and her first crush. But behind closed doors, she's learning how to harness her powers and fulfill the obligations of her destiny. 

Mentored by her mother and her Zar "sisters," Azra discovers she may not be quite like the rest of her circle of female Jinn . . . and that her powers could endanger them all. 
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

Are you ready to start reading?!

 
Excerpt from Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein
 
Since this is the Summer of Jinn Blog Tour, this excerpt takes place at the beach. After being cooped up inside learning how to use her new magical powers, Azra is finally allowed to go to her favorite place. This is from the start of Chapter 11.
 
A damp, gray mist clung to the shoreline for my entire first week behind the snack bar. Yesterday’s flip of the calendar ushered in July and, with it, the sun. Just in time. As my white shorts make painfully clear, my legs need a tan. 
 
I leave myself ample time to bike to the beach and arrive early. The weathered wood shack that serves as the concession stand creaks as I prop my new bicycle against it. The overly complicated twenty-four-speed contraption is a birthday present from my mother’s Zar sisters. The irony of giving me an external method of transport now that I have my own internal one isn’t lost on me.
 
With time before my shift begins, I follow the arched wooden path over the dunes. I sweep my fingertips along the tall grass that rustles on either side, feeling the air crisp with each step. When I arrive at the last plank, I kick off my sneakers. It’s low tide. The beach spreads out before me, empty, quiet, calm. This is my favorite time of day in my favorite place.
 
If it were up to me, we’d open our front door to this. But the location of our home, like so much else, is not up to me. My mother says a flashy house at the beach would raise more questions than it’s worth. Draw too much attention—the worst thing for a Jinn. Funny, I gather the attention my mother garners by being drop-dead gorgeous has yet to cause a problem. 
 
I walk the wide expanse of open beach down to the water. The frigid Massachusetts waves reach for my toes.
 
I can’t resist. I inch forward and let the icy ripples surround my feet. 
 
Standing at the edge of the ocean, everything seems possible. The endlessness of the sea makes me believe in beginnings.
 
Mere seconds pass before I cry out, unable to withstand the torture any longer. My toes sting as I race toward a patch of sun and bury my feet. The cool sand lurking underneath does little to alleviate my chill, but still . . . it was worth it.
 
Returning down the same wooden path, I run into the clique of beautiful bods—the lifeguards. A morning beach run is a requirement of their job. Of the three female lifeguards, only Chelsea does the run in a two-piece bathing suit. Emblazoned with “guard” across the chest in capital letters, the red, sporty bikini is even more intimidating than her orange-and-black cheerleading uniform. And that has a tiger paw plastered across the front.
 
A couple of the guys nod slightly as they pass me. Though we all recognize one another, the rules in play in the halls of the high school extend to the dunes of the beach. If you wave to me during homeroom, you wave to me here. If you nod to me during the change of classes, you nod to me here. If you ignore me during gym, like Chelsea does, you ignore me here.
 
If you make me unable to speak in the cafeteria, you make me unable to speak here. Like Nate. Nathan Reese, the cute lifeguard, star lacrosse player, soon-to-be senior. He’s heading straight for the path I’m hurrying down. I reach the end and duck through the side door of the concession shack.
 
I shouldn’t really worry about running into him and being rendered mute. So far, “hi,” “here you go,” and “thanks” form the core of our conversations. Nate does his part to save the world by bringing his own reusable water bottle to work, and I’ve spent the past week being his water girl, refilling the stainless steel bottle from the sink in my little shack two, sometimes three, times a day. Yesterday, when he tilted the bottle toward me and winked before returning to his perch on the lifeguard stand, I was especially grateful the transactions don’t require much verbalization.

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Lori Goldstein, author of BECOMING JINN, was raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore and now makes her home outside of Boston. She has a BA in journalism and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes outside of Boston. Lori is the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan, April 21, 2015, Spring 2016). You can visit her online at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com.

 

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One winner will receive a signed hardcover of BECOMING JINN + swag (bookmark, magnet, wristband). 

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20. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash + Giveaway (US Only)

Happy Friday, YABCers! We have an extra treat for you today: not only are we revealing a cover, but we're also revealing the full jacket! 

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE by Sarvenaz Tash, releasing June 14, 2016 from Simon & Schuster BFYR. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Sarvenaz:

 
It’s San Diego Comic-Con time and, if you’re anything like me…you might be insanely jealous that you can’t be there. That being said, I am so delighted I get to reveal the jacket and cover for The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love, my upcoming Comic Con rom-com!
 
This book was inspired by my extreme nerdiness and my love of John Hughes movies. It was pitched as Pretty in Pink goes to Comic Con (in this case, New York Comic Con) and it was obscenely fun to write. I really can’t wait to share the story with you. But, in the meantime, I am so, so thrilled to share the amazing cover art which was conceived and designed by the amazing Lucy Ruth Cummins (who is responsible for some of my very favorite covers of all time like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, and Since You’ve Been Gone).
 
~ Sarvenaz Tash (THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE, Simon & Schuster BFYR)
 

 

 

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THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE

by Sarvenaz Tash
Release date: June 14, 2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR
ISBN: 978-1-4814-5653-1
 
 
About the Book
 
Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy...
 
Archie and Veronica...
 
Althena and Noth...
 
...Graham and Roxy?
 
Graham met his best friend, Roxy, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.
 
But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.
 
When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Althena Chronicles, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be...even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Sarvenaz Tash was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up on Long Island, NY. She received herBFA in Film and Television from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. This means she got to spend most of college running around and making movies (it was a lot of fun). She has dabbled in all sorts of writing including screenwriting, copywriting, and professional tweeting and is also the author of Three Day Summer. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.
 

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One winner will receive a signed ARC of THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE (when available - likely at the end of the year). 

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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21. Giveaway: Map to the Stars by Jen Malone

 

Here at YABC, we're thrilled to be revealing a giveaway  of Jen Malone's standalone, Map to the Stars!

 

 

Meet Jen Malone.

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Jen Malone writes books for tweens and teens. She is a former Hollywood marketing exec who once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star's tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. You can learn more about Jen and her titles HERE

 

 

Now meet Jen's book.

 

 

Jen Malone draws on her real­life experience as a movie studio publicist to bring you an insider peek at love, Hollywood style.

Seventeen­year­old Annie Shelton isn't sure why her mom thinks moving to Hollywood will allow them to escape the drama of their small­time life in Georgia, but she's along for the ride. When Annie's mom snags a gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for Annie to accompany her on his European promotional tour, Annie's pretty sure she'll be fangirling over architectural sights rather than teen heartthrob Graham Cabot.

But then of course she actually meets him. As Graham and Annie fall for each other in the most romantic cities in the world, Annie realizes that this turn of events may not be quite as glamorous as she thought. Instead of red carpets and celebrity couple names, they are navigating a minefield of keeping secrets from Graham's fans, overprotective assistant, stage "momager," and beefy bodyguard. And when the paparazzi make an appearance, Annie has to decide whether their love is worth the harsh glare of the flashbulb. 

 

 

 

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Map to the Stars

  1. by: Katie M. Stout

  2. Release Date: July 14, 2015 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

Three winners will receive the ebook for Map to the Stars. Giveaway is international.

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22. Exclusive Sneak Peek at Darkthaw by Kate A. Boorman + Giveaway (International)

 

Darkthaw

by Kate A. Boorman

Release Date: October 13, 2015

Before we get to the exclusive excerpt, here's a note from Kate:

 
Hi YABC! I'm thrilled to share with you an excerpt from my newest book, out in October. DARKTHAW, the sequel to WINTERKILL, continues the story of Emmeline, her new friends, and their changing world. There will be creepy stuff. There will be trees. There will be kissing. Maybe it's a bit darker than the first book. Maybe it's a bit less hopeful. Maybe I threw in a wise-cracking, sapient squirrel for comic relief. You won't know until you win an ARC (or, okay-- you can probably guess about that last one). I hope you win!
 
~ Kate A. Boorman (DARKTHAW, Abrams/Amulet)

About the Book

Council has fallen. The Thaw has arrived. The world outside Emmeline’s fortification awaits. Urged on by her dreams, Emmeline sets out with new friend Matisa and her beloved Kane, venturing into exhilarating wilderness, into freedom, into the unknown.

Into danger.

The secret that has secured Matisa’s people’s peace for generations has been compromised. Newcomers are arriving, laying claim to the land and bringing unimagined horrors. Emmeline vows to help Matisa warn her people, but with new perils at every turn and the enemy closing in, she finds herself faced with an impossible choice:

Forsake the friend who saved her life, or abandon the boy she loves.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

Are you ready to start reading?!

 
DARKTHAW
 
By Kate A Boorman
 
I head to the river to wash. The willows along the bank are coated with dew and the morning sun glimmers over the far bank, chasing the fog on the river away slow. As I look for a good spot, I notice the wide mouth of water drops and disappears from sight about fifty strides downriver. The banks are high, cutting away sharp. And the water just disappears.
 
A flicker of excitement lights in my belly. On a hunch, I double back to our camp and press south into the woods, cutting parallel to the river. Straight away the pitch gets steep. The ground here is soft; thin trees that haven’t kept their grip are lying in jumbled messes beneath the moss. I trip over them, grabbing at branches to steady my diagonal trek across the hill.
 
When I get to the bottom, I can hear the river again clear. It sounds like les trembles moving in a big wind, but louder. More urgent. I claw through the brush, pushing toward it. The air grows heavy, clinging to my skin and hair like a giant spiderweb.
 
I part the bramble and stumble out onto a rocky shore.
 
The river tumbles down the rock face above me, a great cascade of white water falling from the heavens, rushing to meet the churning water below. The clouds of mist drifting onto the shore settle on my face, coat my eyelashes like dew.
 
Been wanting to see a waterfall my whole life.
 
Saw a drawing in one of Soeur Manon’s storybooks, once. The river used to flow real fast at spring breakup, and I’d picture it careening over the side of a rocky ledge somewhere, picture myself falling with it. But this—this is so much more powerful than I figured. It’s pounding in my ears, in my chest.
 
I want to take my clothes off right now. Wade in, duck under that silky water, and listen to the pounding from beneath the surface. I shouldn’t. The river’s moving too fast. It would be dangerous. But mayhap just my feet . . .
 
I bend and unlace the moccasin on my bad foot. I set it on the rocks and do the second. My heart thumps loud as I shuck out of my leggings, untie my ceinture . I’m about to pull my tunic over my head when movement flashes in the corner of my eye.
 
I freeze.
 
I’m not alone.
 
Kane stands on the rocks downshore. Barefoot. Bare-chested.
 
He has a kerchief in his hands that drips water. There’s a stick of something in the corner of his mouth—wild mint, judging by the way he sucks it. His mouth stops when he sees me.
 
That ice in my chest returns. For months, I wanted to be out here in these woods with him—only him. But now . . .
 
He holds my gaze, his eyes unsure. 
 
Chapter 2
 
A stranger. Ruddy skin, light eyes. At least a week’s worth of beard frames cheeks that have seen too much sun. His brown hair is plastered to his forehead, and one chapped hand worries a dingy, brimmed hat. In the other hand he holds the lead rope of a stocky chestnut horse laden with saddle-packs. His clothes are strange: boots with soles so thick they rise halfway up his feet and, buttoned to his neck, a heavy coat with three bright stripes along the hem. He has a pack on his back. 
 
The bell has long gone quiet—the boy who rang it stands up on the wall above us, looking on with wide eyes. A Watcher stands a stride away from the stranger, rifle in his right hand ready, but not trained on the stranger. 
 
The man stares at us, at the walls of the fortification behind us, and at us again. “You folks been here a while?” he asks, his eyes wide. His accent is strange. 
 
I can’t tear my gaze from this man, can feel everyone around me staring the same. 
 
“As in, a few . . . decades?” 
 
Silence. 
 
His brow furrows. “Do you speak English?” 
 
Someone in the crowd clears their throat. “Yes.” 
 
His face relaxes. “That’s a relief,” he says. “Wasn’t too sure . . .” he looks at the Watcher beside him, at the rifle in the man’s hands. He clears his throat. “Well then, introductions first.” He turns back to us and gestures to himself, speaking in a long-drawn-out kind of way. “Henderson. Robert Henderson. Pleased to make your acquaintance.” He inclines his head formal-like. “If you don’t mind, I won’t ask for everyone’s name.” He glances up, tapping the side of his head with his hat. “I’ll never remember. Never forget a face, but names are a horse of a different color, you know? I’m more a details, man, if you catch my meaning. Comes in handy in my line of work.” 
 
He looks at us like he expects something. 
 
More silence. 
 
“Not a real talkative bunch,” he remarks. He throws a quick look at the Watcher again. “But that’s never stopped me. Especially when it comes to imposing. Speaking of, I don’t suppose you’d let me shelter the night? My mare could use a rest and I’d be grateful for a real bed.” He tries a smile. “Pine boughs are only comfortable three weeks running. The fourth week, it starts to wear a little thin.” 
 
At this, people pull their eyes away to look ’round at one another.
 
The Watcher speaks, gesturing to the man with his rifle. “Je l’ai vu dans les bois.” He saw him in the woods. 
 
A tall south-quarter man with a fish-gut-stained apron steps forward. “Where did you come from?” he demands. 
 
The man’s eyebrows rise, the humor fleeing his face. He points with his hat to the southeast. 
 
A low buzz starts in the crowd. 
 
A north-quarter woman points to the man’s pack. “C’est quoi ça?” she asks.
 
“This?” The man asks, reaching behind and touching the leather, protective-like.
 
“My parchments, a compass, a sextant—my effects.” 
 
Compass . . . sextant . . . 
 
“Robert P. Henderson, cartographer,” he says, like it explains everything. His brow creases at our wide-eyed stares. “I’m a mapmaker,” he says, “contracted by the Dominion to map the way west.”

b2ap3_thumbnail_kate.jpgAbout the Author

Kate A. Boorman is a writer from Edmonton, Alberta. She was born in Nepal and grew up on the Canadian prairies where the winters are long and the spring thaw  a highly anticipated event. She spends her free time sitting under starry skies with her friends and scheming up travel to faraway lands.

 

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One winner will receive a signed ARC of DARKTHAW (WINTERKILL #2). 

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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!

 

 

Eighteen-year-old Tally is absolutely sure of everything: her genius, the love of her adoptive family, the loyalty of her best friend, Shane, and her future career as a Nobel prize-winning astronomer. There’s no room in her tidy world for heartbreak or uncertainty—or the charismatic, troubled mother who abandoned her soon after she was born. But when a sudden discovery upends her fiercely ordered world, Tally sets out on an unexpected quest to seek out the reclusive musician who may hold the key to her past—and instead finds Maddy, an enigmatic and beautiful girl who will unlock the door to her future. The deeper she falls in love with Maddy, the more Tally begins to realize that the universe is bigger—and more complicated—than she ever imagined. Can Tally face the truth about her family—and find her way home in time to save herself from its consequences?

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss this thrilling, high-stakes sequel to Illusive.

 

You don’t belong with us. These are the words that echo through the minds of all immune Americans—those suffering the so-called adverse effects of an experimental vaccine, including perfect recall, body manipulation, telepathy, precognition, levitation, mind-control, and the ability to change one’s appearance at will.

 

 

When immune individuals begin to disappear—in great numbers, but seemingly at random—fear and tension mount, and unrest begins to brew across the country. Through separate channels, super-powered teenagers Ciere, Daniel, and Devon find themselves on the case; super criminals and government agents working side-by-side. It’s an effort that will ultimately define them all—for better or for worse.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miranda and Lander Allerdon are sisters. Miranda is younger, a dreamer, and floating her way through life. Lander is older, focused, and determined to succeed. As the girls and their parents begin another summer at their cottage on the Connecticut River, Miranda and Lander’s sibling rivalry is in high gear. Lander plans to start medical school in the fall, and Miranda feels cast in her shadow.

 

When the Allerdons become entangled in an unimaginable tragedy, the playing field is suddenly leveled. As facts are revealed, the significance of what has happened weighs heavily on all. How can the family prepare for what the future may hold?

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Shay Remby and her gang of renegades have struck a blow to the Singular Corporation. When they rescued Shay’s brother, Odin, from a secret Singular lab, they also liberated a girl. Singular has been experimenting on her, trying to implant a U.S. senator’s memories into her brain—with partial success. Fenfang is now a girl who literally knows too much.

 

Can the knowledge brought by ex-captives Odin and Fenfang help Shay and her friends expose the crimes of this corrupt corporation? Singular has already killed one of Shay’s band to protect their secrets. How many more will die before the truth is exposed?

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

A sixteen-year-old governess becomes a spy in this alternative U.S. history where the British control with magic and the colonists rebel by inventing.

 

It’s 1888, and sixteen-year-old Verity Newton lands a job in New York as a governess to a wealthy leading family—but she quickly learns that the family has big secrets. Magisters have always ruled the colonies, but now an underground society of mechanics and engineers are developing non-magical sources of power via steam engines that they hope will help them gain freedom from British rule. The family Verity works for is magister—but it seems like the children’s young guardian uncle is sympathetic to the rebel cause. As Verity falls for a charming rebel inventor and agrees to become a spy, she also becomes more and more enmeshed in the magister family’s life. She soon realizes she’s uniquely positioned to advance the cause—but to do so, she’ll have to reveal her own dangerous secret.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

A spine-tingling debut about the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse in reverse as a teen struggles to retain hope—and her sanity—while on the run from a cunning and determined killer.

Ruth Carver has always competed like her life depends on it. Ambitious. Tough. Maybe even mean. It’s no wonder people call her Ruthless.

When she wakes up with a concussion in the bed of a moving pickup trick, she realizes she has been entered into a contest she can’t afford to lose.

At a remote, rotting cabin deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Ruth’s blindfold comes off and she comes face-to-face with her captor. A man who believes his mission is to punish bad girls like Ruth. A man who has done this six times before.

The other girls were never heard from again, but Ruth won’t go down easy. She escapes into the wilderness, but her hunter is close at her heels. That’s when the real battle begins. That’s when Ruth must decides just how far she’ll go in order to survive.

 

Back home, they called her Ruthless. They had no idea just how right they were.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

A poignant coming-of-age story about two boys finding their way in the South Bronx in the mid-1980s.

 

The summer of 1983 was the summer hip-hop proved its staying power. The South Bronx is steeped in Reaganomics, war in the Middle East, and the twin epidemics of crack and AIDS, but Raymond “Smiles” King and Guillermo “Nike” Vega have more immediate concerns.

Smiles was supposed to be the assistant crew chief at his summer camp, but the director chose Cookie Camacho instead, kicking off a summer-long rivalry. Meanwhile, the aspiring b-boy Nike has set his wandering eye on Sara, the sweet yet sassy new camp counselor, as well as top prize at a breakdancing competition downtown. The two friends have been drifting apart ever since Smiles got a scholarship to a fancy private school, and this summer the air is heavy with postponed decisions that will finally be made.

 

Raw and poignant, this is a story of music, urban plight, and racial tension that’s as relevant today as it was in 1983.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the vein of The Outsiders and the early Western novels of Elmore Leonard, this inventive debut novel, a cross between the cult classic Mad Max movie series and Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, blends adrenaline-fueled action with an improbable yet tender romance to offer a rich and vivid portrayal of misfits and loners forced together in their struggle for a better life.

 

Adam Stone wants freedom and peace. He wants a chance to escape Blackwater, the dust-bowl desert town he grew up in. Most of all, he wants the beautiful Sadie Blood. Alongside Sadie and the dangerous outsider Kane, Adam will ride the Blackwater Trail in a brutal race that will test them all, body and soul. Only the strongest will survive.

The prize? A one-way ticket to Sky-Base and unimaginable luxury.

 

And for a chance at this new life, Adam will risk everything.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Bright lights… Screaming fans… Cute roadies… Country music sensation Bird Barrett is officially on tour. The months flash by in an exciting whirlwind, due–in no small part–to a certain dreamy lighting tech named Kai.

After the tour wraps up, Bird makes the move to LA, finding herself at the center of a trumped-up rivalry with another country music starlet she barely knows. Meanwhile, Kai’s out on tour again with an indie rock band and growing distant, and Bird has the label breathing down her neck for a new hit song. Finding true love is supposed to be inspiring, so why does penning the next great country pop ballad suddenly feel so hard?

 

ABC’s hit show Nashville meets The Summer I Turned Pretty.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

When a local myth starts to seem like a dangerous reality, two girls are set on a path that could change their lives forever

“When I was little, I imagined a monster: Scaly hands. Pits for eyes…”

When Tracy and her best friend, Lisa, were kids, stories about a man—a creep who exposes himself to little girls—kept them out of the woods and in their own backyards. But Tracy and Lisa aren’t so little anymore, and the man in the woods is nothing but a stupid legend. Right?

But someone is in the woods. Someone is watching. And he knows all their secrets, secrets they can’t tell anyone—not even each other.

“Monsters don’t exist.”

Lisa’s just being paranoid. At least that’s what Tracy thinks. But when a disturbing “gift” confirms her worst fears, it sets the girls on a dangerous journey that takes them beyond the edge of the woods. But reality is more terrifying than the most chilling myth, and what they find will test the bonds of friendship, loyalty, and love.

“Once upon a time, two girls were lost in the woods.”

 

In Barbara’s Stewart’s What We Knew, Tracy and Lisa can’t destroy the evil they’ll face, but can they stop it from destroying each other?

 

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

 

 

 

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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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24. Giveaway: Paper Towns by John Green (US Only)

PAPER TOWNS
20th Century Fox
In theaters July 24, 2015

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About the Film


Adapted from the bestselling novel by author John Green ("The Fault in Our Stars"), PAPER TOWNS is a coming-of-age story centering on Quentin and his enigmatic neighbor Margo, who loved mysteries so much she became one. After taking him on an all-night adventure through their hometown, Margo suddenly disappears--leaving behind cryptic clues for Quentin to decipher. The search leads Quentin and his quick-witted friends on an exhilarating adventure that is equal parts hilarious and moving. Ultimately, to track down Margo, Quentin must find a deeper understanding of true friendship--and true love.
 
Starring: Nat Wolff, Cara Delevingne, Austin Abrams, Halston Sage, Justice Smith
Directed by: Jake Schreier
Screenplay By: Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber, based upon the book by John Green

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Movie Trailer

 

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Story Featurette

 

 

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One (1) winner receives:
      $25 Visa to see the film in theaters
      Paper Towns Buttons
      Copy of the book (Movie Tie-In Cover)

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25. Joanne's Journey Through Comic Con

 

Contriubted by Joanne Mumley

 

 

Preview Night!

Preview Night at Comic Con is a sight to see. What started off as a casual evening preview of the showroom floor has turned into a jammed pack night of exclusives and giveaways. It is an all around fun night to look around without feeling the pressure of getting to a panel or signing.

 

What’s great about Preview Night is that is gives you a chance to see the layout of the floor, get a feel for the rooms, and see what each vendor or booth has to offer. After spending a few hours on the floor, it looks like it is going to be an exciting week at Comic Con. 

 

   

 

 

 

Day One:

The first full day at SDCC was jammed packed. People line up for hours in sleeping bags just to get a coveted spot in Hall H to see their favorite actors and actresses. Lines wrap around booths in the exhibit hall to get exclusive figures and merchandise. What I noticed out of everything? How friendly everyone is. There is always someone to talk to while you are waiting in line or walking around. People talk about their favorite toys, movies, books‐ it is fantastic.

The best panel of Thursday was the Modern Fairy Tale panel with Renee Andieh, Laura Bickle, Tonya Hurley, Julie Kagawa, and Naomi Novik. They talked about retellings of fairy tales and how the genre has changed over time. Fairy Tales reflect society and there is evidence of even western fairy tales having origins in earlier cultures. These tales can transcend time and cultures while reflecting what is going on in society at the present.

 

 

Naomi Novik talked about how in the past these tales were cautionary for children; be careful of strangers, don’t go into the woods. In today’s modern tales the audience has changed. It isn’t jus children anymore. Modern day fairy tales say – Yes , take a risk and go into the unknown.

 

 

The one thing they would change about their favorite fairy tale characters if they could? Renee Andieh put it best when she said “don’t touch the needle on the spinning wheel. #wiseup.”

 

What do they see for the future? There will be lots of YA where heroes and heroines break away, follow their own path and their own rules. Stories where there isn’t just black and white, good and bad. These stories will explore both the heroes and the villains and the gray areas of morality too.

Other Highlights of the day:

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  •  -Meeting Sabaa Tahir

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  • -Great Giveaways at Harper Collins

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  • -Author signings

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  • -Lego Dimensions Exhibit

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  •  -Cos players

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  • -Costume displays

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  • -Peanuts bouncy house

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TO BE CONTINUED...

 


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