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1. Giveaway: Riders by Veronica Rossi (US & Canada Only)

Riders by Veronica Rossi Release Date: 2/16/16   About the Book Riders. A new fantasy adventure from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Veronica Rossi.For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it...

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2. The Secret of Letting Go by Katherine Fleet (US & Canada Only)

The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet Release Date: February 1, 2016   About the Book One summer can change everything... Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new...

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3. Giveaway: Dark Energy by Robison Wells (US Only)

Dark Energyby Robison WellsRelease Date: 3/29/2016   About the Book DARK ENERGY is a thrilling sci-fi adventure and an inventive twist on aliens, from the author of VARIANT and BLACKOUT. Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest, killing thousands of people. Since then, nothing—or no one—has come out...

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4. Giveaway: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins (US Only)

The Great Huntby Wendy HigginsRelease Date: 3/8/2016   About the Book New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins reimagines the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, “The Singing Bone,” with The Great Hunt, a dramatic, romance-filled fantasy in which hunters compete to kill a great beast and win the hand of the princess....

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5. Giveaway: Where Futures End by Parker Peevyhouse (US Only)

WHERE FUTURES END   by Parker PeevyhouseRelease Date: 2/9/2016   About the Book Perfect for fans of innovative storytelling, like Marcus Sedgwick's The Ghosts of Heaven and David Mitchell's The Bone Clocks, Where Futures Endis a collection of five time-spanning, interconnected novellas that weave a subtly science-fictional web stretching out from the...

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6. Giveaway: Kill the Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky (US Only)

Kill The Boy Band by Goldy Moldavsky Release Date: February 23, 2016   About the Book What happens when you love a band so much it hurts? In Goldy Moldavsky’s boldlycomic debut, Kill the Boy Band, four superfans’ devotion for their beloved boy bandtakes a darkly comical and possibly murderous turn. All the...

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7. Author Top 5 with Jake Gerhardt

  Today we welcome Jake Gerhardt to YABC! Jake's book, Me and Miranda Mullaly, is filled with humour and all the amazing awkwardness that comes from a middle school crush! Read on to learn a few things about Jake, his book, the top five books/writers that inspired him to write a humourous book,...

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8. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton + Giveaway (US Only)

Hi, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY by Brodi Ashton, releasing September 6, 2016 from Balzer+Bray. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Brodi:   I'm so excited to share this cover! I love what Harper did with it. This is...

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9. Spotlight on The Awkward Phase by Tyler Gillespie and Claire Linic, Plus Giveaway!

  THE AWKWARD PHASE By Tyler Gillespie and Claire Linic We were coworkers at the time and decided to use our lunch breaks to do something creative. We threw around other ideas ­­ like the best of Mom haircuts ­­ but ultimately decided to land on something we both had in...

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10. Author Guest Post--Andrew Chilton

  I'd like to make a confession. There's something I do all the time. Something terrible, naughty and wicked that all the experts tell you to never, ever do. When it comes to worldbuilding, I pretty much just make it up as I go along. Gasp! Shock! Horror! Okay, truthfully, it...

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11. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: For This Life Only by Stacey Kade + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hi, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for FOR THIS LIFE ONLY by Stacey Kade, releasing August 30, 2016 from Simon & Schuster. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Stacey:   Hello YABC! I'm so excited to be here for the exclusive...

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12. Giveaway & Excerpt: The Truth by Jeffry Johnston (US & Canada Only)

The Truth by Jeffry W. Johnston Release Date: February 2, 2016 Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire   About the Book “I tied you up because I need you to listen,” Derek says. “Focus.” “Please… W-what do you want from me?” “The truth,” he says. “About what happened the night my brother died.” He...

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13. Spotlight on The Glass Ceiling by Julie LaVoie, Plus Giveaway!

Today, we're spotlighting The Glass Ceiling! LaVoie's new book is the perfect mix of heart wrenching discovery and futuristic thriller. Read on for a sneak peek of this book and a chance to enter the giveaway!First meet Julie LaVoie!​Julie lives in historic Saratoga Springs, NY with the man of her dreams and their boys. Being surrounded by males, s...

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14. Author Guest Post--C.C. Hunter

​I always used to hate it when someone asked me, "What's the underlying theme of your books?" I usually stood there for several seconds, feeling like I was back in high school, in front of the class of all my smarter and more­together peers, and some teacher had just asked me a question that I should have known the answer to, but I had nothing...

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15. Giveaway & Excerpt: Rebel Bully Geek Pariah by Erin Jade Lange (US Only)

REBEL BULLY GEEK PARIAH by Erin Jade Lange Release Date: 2/16/16About the Book The Breakfast Club gets a modern, high-stakes reboot in this story of four very different teens and a night that changes them forever. With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on ...

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16. Spotlight on A Weird and Wild Beauty by Erin Peabody, Plus Giveaway!

*A Note from Erin Peabody:The Declaration of Independence. Jazz. Baseball. All are widely celebrated American creations. But what about the National Park Idea? Did you know that the United States was the first country to protect spectacular scenery and wilderness‐‐ for the enjoyment of ordinary people? This inspiring land ethic has now gone vi...

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17. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: No One Dies in the Garden of Syn by Michael Seidelman + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hi, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for NO ONE DIES IN THE GARDEN OF SYN by Michael Seidelman, releasing April 26, 2016 from Chewed Pencil Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Michael:   Dear Readers,   I’m extremely excited to share...

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18. Diversify Your Shelves, February 1, 2016

Empathy MachinesHere's the setup of my young adult sci-fi thriller Willful Machines: in a near-future America, conscious, self-aware machines have just become a reality, and it has people seriously freaked. Members of the newly formed Human Values Movement insist machines can never be considered truly alive, like humans, because humans have someth...

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19. Multicultural Children's Book Day Press Release

 

MULTICULTURAL CHILDREN’S BOOK DAY LOOKING TO BREAK NEW RECORD - SURPASS 26 MILLION SHARES

Multicultural Children’s Book Day (MCCBD) is just two years old, but founders Mia Wenjen and Valerie Budayr have achieved tremendous success and online support for diversity awareness. They’ve put thousands of free books into kids’ hands and they’re changing lives with their message. Last year on January 27th, Multicultural Children’s Book Day, they -- along with support from corporations, teams of bloggers, teachers and librarians -- made multicultural book news trend on Twitter at #ReadYourWorld. 

 

Now, partnered with Junior Library Guild and even more corporate and author sponsors, they are looking to move the needle even further. Plus, with their new $25 MCCDB Friends sponsorship program, everyone can participate by giving a shout out to their favorite diversity books for less than the cost of dinner out. 

Visit www.multiculturalbookday.com for resource lists of thousands of books about diverse cultures and issues. Topics include Teaching Compassion, Mixed Race Celebrations, Combating Racism, Immigration, Islam, Selecting Diversity Board Books, Activities for the Day of the Dead, and Celebrating Chinese New Year. There are also books lists about cultures in every corner of the world and that tie into our daily news headlines.

Join us January 27th to effect change.

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 What is Happening for Multicultural Children's Book Day, January 27th?

· Huge Diversity Book Giveaway during #ReadYourWorld Twitter Party from 9-10pm EST on 1/27/16. Discussion on state of diversity books for kids. What's needed from parents' perspective.

· Last year #ReadYourWorld hashtag trended on Twitter on January 27th.

· LINKY Party of 150+ Bloggers who will be sharing their book reviews.

 

What's FREE from Multicultural Children's Book Day?

· BLOGGERS (Parenting, Lifestyle, Book Reviewers, Teachers, Librarians): Free diversity book to bloggers who will post a book review on January 27th. http://www.pragmaticmom.com/2015/10/multicultural-childrens-book-day-blogger-sign-sign/

· TEACHERS: Free hardcover diversity book for teachers' classroom library: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/our-programs/mccbd-2016-classroom-reading-challenge/

· EVERYONE: Free downloadable Multicultural Children's Book Day poster designed by illustrator Robert Liu-Trujillo: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/free-downloadable-multicultural-childrens-book-day/

· EVERYONE: We have hand selected the best content from educational and children's book bloggers. This is an extensive list of diversity books and extension activities for kids sorted by country, holiday, ethnicity, genre, and age group: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/multicultural-reading-resources/diversity-book-lists-for-kids/

· EVERYONE: Packages of diversity books for kids will be given out every 5 minutes during our Twitter Party on 1/27/16. 

 

Fast Facts & Stats:

· Last year, we had 26 million social shares during the week of Multicultural Children's Book Day.

· We will be giving away more than 600 diversity books for Multicultural Children's Book Day.

· More than 4300 parents and teachers have utilized our resource list of diversity books and extension activities so far: http://multiculturalchildrensbookday.com/multicultural-reading-resources/diversity-book-lists-for-kids/

 

Premiere Sponsors:

Platinum Sponsors: Story Quest BooksWisdom Tales PressLil’ LibrosGold Sponsors: Candlewick PressTori Nighthawk: Don’t Judge A Bird By its FeathersSilver Sponsors:Lee & Low BooksChronicle BooksCapstone Young ReadersChina Institute.orgTuttle PublishingBronze Sponsors: Jacqueline WoodsonPomelo BooksPapa Lemon BooksGoosebottom Books LLC, Author Robello Gleeson, M.D., Shout Mouse PressMahvash Shahegh.

Author Sponsors:

 

Lisa YeeJoseph BruchacJacqueline JulesValerie TrippDebbie DadeyTodd DeBonisMaría de Lourdes VictoriaSherrill CannonPack-n-Go Girls®D.G. DriverJanet BallettaJ. J. ParsonsCharlotte RiggleMiranda PaulLeza LowitzAnn BerlakMarti DumasCarl GundestrupCarole P. RomanCathleen BurnhamHeidi Smith HydeGreg RansomKeila DawsonStephanie WorkmanGloria D. GonsalvesStephen HodgesQuentin HolmesJeaninne Escallier KatoKarl BeckstrandFrancesca FostP.J. LaRueFrancesca ForrestDiana Lee SantamariaTerrie HoopsCerece Rennie MurphyZ. AltugHoliday House PublishingMaria DismondyMichael SmithIcy SmithAphrodyi AntoineElsa TakaokaErik NielMarimba BooksKaren Leggett AbourayaShout Mouse PressKaneMiller EDC PublishingShweta AggarwalDurga Yael BernhardLorRonCoHeather GoetzDania Ramos.

 


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20. Holly Bodger Press Release

 

THIS JUST IN!

 

Holly Bodger, author of 5 TO 1, has released the

FREE eNovella THE OTHER ONE!

 

 

Click here to read now, and 

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THE OTHER ONE gives Surina’s perspective on the first day of her sister’s Tests, showing that Koyanagar’s perfect Poster Girl may not be so perfect after all.

 

USA TODAY’s Happily Ever After blog raves that:

“Holly Bodger wrote 5 to 1 like the perfect flower, where each petal is beautifully crafted and contributes to the whole image […] I loved the seeming simplicity of the prose and verse. Word choices are powerful and dynamic, while their efficacy and efficiency are on point. 5 to 1 is a visual and intriguing masterpiece that opens the imagination and never leaves even after the book is closed.

 

 


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21. Spotlight on Midnight in St. Petersburg by Vanora Bennett, Plus Giveaway

 

Today, we're spotlighting Midnight in St. Petersburg. Vanora Bennett's new release brings readers back in time to the world of historic Russia. Read on for a sneak peek of this book and a chance to enter the giveaway!

 

 

But first, meet Vanora.

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Vanora Bennett studied Russian at Oxford University and in the USSR. She began her career as a journalist at Reuters and went on to serve as the Moscow correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, winning a U.S. Overseas Press Club award for her writing on Russia. She now lives in Britain and has won the Orwell Prize for political writing for her work at The Times (UK). She is the author of four novels, including Portrait of an Unknown Woman, and two books of nonfiction.

 

Now meet Vanora's book, Midnight in St. Petersburg.

St. Petersburg, 1911: Inna Feldman has fled the pogroms of the south to take refuge with distant relatives in Russia's capital city. Welcomed by the flamboyant Leman family, she is apprenticed into their violin-making workshop. She feels instantly at home in their bohemian circle, but revolution is in the air, and as society begins to fracture, she is forced to choose between her heart and her head. She loves her brooding cousin, Yasha, but he is wild, destructive and devoted to revolution; Horace Wallick, an Englishman who makes precious Faberge creations, is older and promises security and respectability. And, like many others, she is drawn to the mysterious, charismatic figure beginning to make a name for himself in the city: Rasputin.

 

As the rebellion descends into anarchy and bloodshed, a commission to repair a priceless Stradivarius violin offers Inna a means of escape. But which man will she choose to take with her? And is it already too late? A magical and passionate story steeped in history and intrigue, Vanora Bennett's Midnight in St. Petersburg is an extraordinary novel of music, politics, and the toll that revolution exacts on the human heart.

 

Sounds great, right?! With introductions in order, we're happy to reveal a sneak peek just for you! 

 

Excerpt from Midnight in St. Petersburg:

 

Chapter One

The train was still hurtling through the darkness, with hours to go before St. Petersburg and dawn, when Inna had her fortune told.

Not that she’d ever meant to show her palm to a gypsy. She’d slunk on to that train in terror of being noticed at all.

Of course, she couldn’t help hearing what was being said by all the raucous men crowded together on the bottom bunks of the communal compartment, drinking, eating sausage and chicken legs and eggs, and singing along to a squeezebox playing sad songs far too loud and fast. She couldn’t help being aware, either, that there was a gypsy woman on the bunk below hers, reading the drunks’ hands.

But she’d spent the first part of the journey pressed up against the wall of her top bunk, keeping very quiet, like all the other shad- ows in all the other corners she didn’t dare look at, shying away from the noisy talk. In an attempt not to be overwhelmed by the racing of her heart, she’d been repeating, hypnotically, in time with the rhythm of the wheels, ‘Nearly safe, nearly safe, nearly safe . . .’

She’d never have imagined, alone with her fear, that anything or anyone could have persuaded her out of the prickly darkness. Until it happened. The talk had been enough to keep her hidden – the talk that kept coming back to the assassination.

The Prime Minister, shot dead in the theatre in Kiev by a terrorist.

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The Tsar, down south on a visit, standing in the brilliantly lit royal box, frozen-faced as a photograph, watching Stolypin hold his chest and stagger to his knees.

What I don’t understand is, how did he get past the security police in the first place?

He had a pass, can you believe? I was told he was a police informer himself.

An anarchist, I heard.
Or some sort of Red. An SD, an SR . . .
But a Jew, of course.

There, of course. Her heart thudded. It was only ever a question

of time before the conversation turned to the Jews.

Reds, Yids, what’s the difference? Always the Yids, isn’t it? A viper in the much-suffering Russian breast.

The door kept banging. Word must have gone around in the restaurant carriage that there was a gypsy telling fortunes down in the third class. New drunks came, wanting to cross the woman’s palm with silver.

Miserably, she heard: Yeah, give them a good kicking. And, after a rustle of newsprint, another voice, less obviously belligerent, but nasal and full of hate: Yes, like it says here . . . ‘The Government must recognize that the Jews are as dangerous to the life of mankind as are wolves, scorpions, reptiles, poisonous spiders and other such-like creatures. These are destroyed because of the risk they present to humanity. Yids must likewise be placed under conditions that will make them gradually die out. This is the task of the Government and the best men in the country.’

There was a roar of approval. Inna cringed back. Here, too, she thought; they’re the same even up here.

And then it died away.

 

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Midnight in St. Petersburg
 
  1. By: Vanora Bennett

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  3. Release Date: January 19, 2016

 

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One winner will receive an early read copy of Midnight in St. Petersburg, US only.

 

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22. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: The Evolution of Gabriel Adam by S. L. Duncan + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hi, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE EVOLUTION OF GABRIEL ADAM by S.L. Duncan, releasing August 9, 2016 from Medallion Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from S.L.:

 
Hello YABC! I'm so honored to reveal to your amazing community of book lovers the cover for the last chapter of The Revelation Saga, The Evolution of Gabriel Adam. Thanks for having me! The cover is the darkest yet of the trilogy, and really captures the starkly different tone set in the final book. The creative minds at Medallion Press did a fantastic job. So to celebrate its awesomeness, let’s have a giveaway!
 
~ S.L. Duncan (THE EVOLUTION OF GABRIEL ADAM, Medallion Press)

 

 

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The Evolution of Gabriel Adam

by S. L. Duncan
Release date: August 9, 2016
Publisher: Medallion Press
ISBN: 978-1605426099
 
 
About the Book
 
Stuck in the Dark Realm, teen-turned-archangel Gabriel Adam must remember who he was in the world. A familiar face guides him through an apocalyptic landscape, the only way home, but a relentless destructive force hunts them.
Meanwhile, on the Earth Realm, the horrific effects of the converging dimensions consume reality, encouraged by the machinations of the demon Mastema. Facing impossible odds without their two fellow archangels, Micah and Afarôt race to stop an inevitable doom.
In this harrowing conclusion to The Revelation Saga, worlds collide as Gabriel seeks inner strength to conquer the darkness threatening to tear the world—and his humanity—apart.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, click HERE.

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S. L. Duncan writes young adult novels inspired by his travels around the world. He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his family. Represented by John Rudolph, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

 

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Giveaway Details

Three winners will each receive signed sets of books one and two with an ARC to follow once 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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23. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: Breakfast with Neruda by Laura Moe + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hi, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for BREAKFAST WITH NERUDA by Laura Moe, releasing May 16, 2016 from Merit Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Laura:

 
Welcome YABC readers. I am delighted to pull back the curtain and unveil the cover of my upcoming novel, BREAKFAST WITH NERUDA. My cover is beautiful because its surface resembles the ocean, infinite and translucent, yet underneath that calm exterior are secrets and treachery. Like the sea, the cover reflects shades of blue and green, ever changing, a trick of the eye, immense and small and boundless. It's a sad song with a beacon of light. It’s a mystery solved in the ebb and flow of life, digging at its roots. 
 
~ Laura Moe (BREAKFAST WITH NERUDA, Merit Press)

 

 

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BREAKFAST WITH NERUDA

by Laura Moe
Release date: May 16, 2016
Publisher: Merit Press
ISBN: 9781440592195 
 
About the Book
 
Everyone knows Michael Flynn was expelled, and community service is the only way he can stay out of jail. What no one knows-except Michael’s family-is that his mother is a hoarder who lives in unspeakable filth, and Michael has escaped. He’s living in a 1982 Ford LTD station wagon he calls the Blue Whale. When Shelly Miller, a girl also working off community service, catches him sleeping in the Whale one morning, Michael’s secret is out, but to someone who really gets it. She also gets his anguish that Michael’s mother refuses to tell him who his real father is. Michael seems doomed to stay on the edges of life, but not if Shelly has anything to say about it. She sets out not only to find the key to his father’s identity, but they key to Michael’s heart. If he can stop himself from shutting her out, Michael might have just one chance to really use his strong mind and his big heart. Trust is a big risk. Will he let Shelly in before it’s too late?
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, click HERE.

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I was raised on the run with a family who changed addresses with the frequency of fugitives. Because we moved so much, books became my most stable friends. When we lived overseas where there was no English TV. What saved me was the book wallah: a man on a bicycle with a basketful of books who visited our house on Saturday mornings to sell us his wares. We bought everything in his basket, and I often read things that were hugely inappropriate for a young teenage girl, such as Harold Robbins novels, but I also devoured MAD magazine. Naturally my love of reading led me to a career as a librarian and English teacher.
 

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Three winners will receive a signed ARC of BREAKFAST WITH NERUDA and a Twitter chat with the author- 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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24. The Librarian's Corner--January 25, 2016

 

5th Wave Readalikes 

 
With the release of The Fifth Wave last week I wanted to share some fantastic YA science fiction to feed your need for aliens, space-ships, robots, and adventure! Below are some great recommendations for readers of all ages who liked The Fifth Wave, the book and the movie. Check out each book's page on YABC for in-depth reviews from our editors!
 
 
 
 
In the near future, one corporation, Blackstone Technologies, has changed the world: no disasters, no poverty, and life-altering technology. Blackstone has the impunity to destroy—or create—as it sees fit. Infinity “Finn” Blackstone is the seventeen-year-old daughter of Blackstone’s reclusive CEO—but she’s never even met him. When disturbing dreams about a past she doesn’t remember begin to torment her, Finn knows there’s only one person who can provide answers: her father. Finn’s dream-memories may be the only chance of survival. But will she remember in time to save her own life and the lives of those around her?
Read an exclusive excerpt on YABC!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Orphaned teens, soon to be hunted for sport, must flee their resettlement camps in their fight for survival and a better life. For in the Republic of the True America, it's always hunting season. Riveting action, intense romance, and gripping emotion make this fast-paced adventure a standout debut. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sixteen-year-old Ren is a daredevil mobile racer who will risk everything to survive in the Ward, what remains of a water-logged Manhattan. To save her sister, who is suffering from a deadly illness thought to be caused by years of pollution, Ren accepts a secret mission from the government: to search for a freshwater source in the Ward, with the hope of it leading to a cure.
 
 
 
 
 
 
In this action-packed, high-octane debut, the closeted son of an ultra-conservative president must keep a budding romance secret from his father while protecting himself from a sentient computer program that's terrorizing the United States–and has zeroed in on him as its next target. In the near future, scientists create what may be a new form of life: an artificial human named Charlotte. All goes well until Charlotte escapes, transfers her consciousness to the Internet, and begins terrorizing the American public.
 
 
 
 
 
 
We are not alone. They are here. And there’s no going back. Perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and the I Am Number Four series, Dark Energy is a thrilling stand-alone science fiction adventure from Robison Wells, critically acclaimed author of Variant and Blackout. Five days ago, a massive UFO crashed in the Midwest. Since then, nothing—or no one—has come out. If it were up to Alice, she’d be watching the fallout on the news. But her dad is director of special projects at NASA, so she’s been forced to enroll in a boarding school not far from the crash site. Alice is right in the middle of the action, but even she isn’t sure what to expect when the aliens finally emerge. Only one thing is clear: everything has changed.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When a deadly virus begins to sweep through sixteen-year-old Kaelyn’s community, the government quarantines her island—no one can leave, and no one can come back.

Those still healthy must fight for dwindling supplies, or lose all chance of survival. As everything familiar comes crashing down, Kaelyn joins forces with a former rival and discovers a new love in the midst of heartbreak. When the virus starts to rob her of friends and family, she clings to the belief that there must be a way to save the people she holds dearest.

Because how will she go on if there isn't?

 

 

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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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25. Spotlight on Traveler by Arwen Dayton, Plus Giveaway!

 

*Note from Arwen about her books:

SEEKER is the story of three teenagers who have spent most of their lives training for what they think is a noble purpose – to be Seekers - only to discover that their families are actually turning them into assassins.  In TRAVELER, as they try to break away from this fate, or maybe embrace it, they discover that the world of Seekers is larger than they’d realized, and they become entangled in a plan begun generations ago that immediately threatens their very survival.

 

Today, we're spotlighting Traveler! Dayton's new book continues the thrilling story from Seeker. Read on for a sneak peek of this book and a chance to enter the giveaway! 

 

But first, meet Arwen Dayton.

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ARWEN ELYS DAYTON is the author of SEEKER and TRAVELER. She spends moths doing research for her stories. Her explorations have taken her around the world to places like the Great Pyramid at Giza, Hong Kong and its many islands, and lots of ruined castles in Scotland.

*You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter @arwenelysdayton, and check out her video series about writing, 1 QUESTION, 2 MINUTES, at arwendayton.com and on YouTube bit.ly/1mLcdIn.

 

 

Now meet Arwen's book, Traveler.

Quin Kincaid is a Seeker. Her legacy is an honor, an ancient role passed down for generations. But what she learned on her Oath night changed her world forever.

 

Quin pledged her life to deception. Her legacy as a Seeker is not noble but savage. She was trained to be an assassin. And the boy she once loved is out for vengeance, with her family in his sights.

 

Yet Quin is not alone. Shinobu, her oldest companion, might now be the only person she can trust. The only one who wants answers as desperately as she does.

 

But the deeper they dig into the past, the darker things become. They are long-vanished Seeker families, shadowy alliances, and something else: a sinister plan begun generations ago with the power to end the legacy forever. And it might destroy them all.

 

Sounds great, right?! With introductions in order, we're happy to reveal a sneak peek just for you! 

 

Excerpt from Seeker (Book One):

She peeked through the doors at the opposite end of the stable and saw darkness. The men and fire had not reached that side of the barn, so she pushed those doors open and herded the horses from their stalls. The smoke was getting thicker and they were beginning to panic, but Quin swung a rope at their flanks, driving them into a run toward the open doorway. Out in the night air, they milled about her, too frightened to move farther from the stable.

Something flashed across Quin’s line of sight, about twenty yards away. As she reached for Yellen’s reins, an oak tree near the dairy barn burst into flame. She glimpsed a torch high up in its branches, and now she could see the person who had thrown it, a figure in dark clothing and a mask, riding away across the commons on horseback.

The weather had been dry for many weeks, and with a roar, the tree began to burn fiercely, sending the horses into a terror. One bolted wildly, crashing through the others. Quin was caught in the crush of bodies as all of the animals, Yellen included, took off for the forest.

She fell, but someone was there, catching her. “Quin!”
“Shinobu!”
There was ash in his hair and smears of it across his face. “Come on,” he said. “We have to get to

the woods!”
Through a cloud of smoke, they ran until they reached the trees. Then they paused beneath the

branches, coughing.
“A cottage is on fire,” he told her. “Yours, I think. I saw it across the commons.”
Like her, Shinobu had his whipsword at his waist. An old crossbow that looked about to fall apart

and a quiver of bolts were slung across his back. He had raided the meager weapons supply in the training barn.

“Who’s attacking?” She asked the question, thinking of hordes of shadowy victims coming to the estate to get revenge upon them. But of course there was no mysterious answer. As soon as the words had come out of her mouth, she knew who was attacking. She felt a sick twinge in her stomach. Even though he’s kicking me out, John had said, I have to find my way back. Quin realized some part of her had been waiting for him. But not like this. Was he really burning down the estate?

“We’ll get a better look from the other side,” Shinobu told her, not meeting her eyes.
“My mother?”
“I haven’t seen her.”
She started to run again, but Shinobu caught her arm. “Wait,” he said. “Wait. What do we want to

do?” “We’ll find my mother, and then our fathers—” “Why?” “What do you mean, why?”

“I agree we should find Fiona, but why do we want to find Briac and Alistair?” he asked.
“We’re under attack! They’re better fighters than we are.”
We’re not under attack. They’re under attack. Which means they’re distracted.” He stared at his

feet, a lifetime of loyalty making it difficult for him to finish the thought out loud. At last, he looked directly into her eyes and said, “We don’t talk about it, Quin, but why should we stay, after what they’ve made us do?”

Quin struggled for a moment with an automatic instinct to follow her father. But Shinobu was right. He was saying the words she should have said. He was suggesting they do what she should have done a month ago. The estate might burn, but this was not a home anymore.
She said slowly, “We could find Fiona and get away.”

“If we’re lucky, Briac and Alistair will think we were killed,” he told her. “This is a chance for us. A perfect chance. It won’t come again.”

She nodded her agreement. “All right. Let’s get my mother.”

They ran until they had circled around the edge of the commons and were nearer the cottages. There they came to a stop, crouching behind a fallen tree. The men on horseback were setting fire to the buildings. Her own cottage was burning. Behind it, farther away, she could see Shinobu’s, also ablaze. And the others, the cottages deeper in the woods, many of which had not been used for decades. All burning.

“Do you see her?” Quin asked. “No—yes. She’s there!”
Halfway across the commons, heading toward the pastures beyond the dairy, was Fiona. Her beautiful face was twisted in a look of terror, and the ends of her hair were on fire, orange flame upon redhair, streaming behind her as she ran. Why was she running across the meadow instead of into the woods? With a sinking heart, Quin noticed her mother’s wobbly gait. She was drunk.

Quin started to go after her, but Shinobu put a hand on her shoulder, holding her still. “They see her too!” he whispered.
He was right. Three of the men on horseback were galloping after
Fiona.

“Look,” Shinobu said.

The lead horseman was now clearly visible. He wore a mask, but they would have recognized him anywhere. 

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Traveler
 
  1. By: Arwen Dayton

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  3. Release Date: January 12, 2016

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

One winner will receive a copy of BOTH Seeker and Traveler, US only.

 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. 

 

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