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1. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Lost Girls by Mari Bianca + Giveaway (International)

Hello, YABC!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE LOST GIRLS by Mari Bianca, releasing August 8, 2015. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Mari:

 
I am so excited to be revealing the cover for THE LOST GIRLS – a project very close to my heart. It’s not easy being a teenager. In fact, the teenage years are absolutely, positively some of the most grueling a person has to get through. I wrote this book to help empower readers, to remind them that there is light at the end of the tunnel, that when people pick on you, it’s because of something they lack, not you! So when you’re looking at the ‘beautiful people’ in school and you’re feeling a bit lost, remember what JRR Tolkien once said: All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost. 
 
A very special shout-out to the wonderful, talented, beautiful cover designer Ana Cruz, who was a pleasure to work with on this project. Thank you for your hard work Ana. I love my cover!!
 
~ Mari Bianca (THE LOST GIRLS)
 

 

 

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THE LOST GIRLS

by Mari Bianca
Release date: August 8, 2015
ISBN: 1514286297
 
 
About the Book
 
Abigail Harper has had it rough. She’s lost everything she’s ever loved. Her parents. Her home. And, eventually, her best friend. Afraid of almost everything and tormented at school by the only one she ever called ‘friend’, Abigail doesn’t think life could get any worse. 
 
She soon realizes that life could get much worse. In fact, it could become an absolute catastrophe. During a cruel prank and in a moment of terrible weakness, Abigail makes a wish. And to her astonishment and utter horror, the wish comes true. And it brings with it monstrous consequences. 
 
Now, she’s been shuffled halfway across the country, to a small New England town that not even the Internet seems to have a record of. And from the moment she arrives, Abigail knows something's off - maybe even seriously wrong - about the mysterious Shadow Springs. Full of secrets, dark surprises and a sinister presence that seems hellbent on her destruction, Abigail must turn to a strange group of girls to find answers: The Lost Girls.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Mari Bianca is a middle grade and young adult writer, who studied English and Journalism after leaving school. She also studies Psychology and is always looking to learn new things that can fuel her writing - and her imagination.

Serenade is Mari's début novel, and she's hard at work on her second, which is for young adults. You can catch up with her at www.fairy-tale.co.za or @MariBiancaBooks.
 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive an e-book copy of THE LOST GIRLS. 

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

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

What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

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2. Author Top 5 with Julia Durango

 

Today we welcome Julia Durango to YABC! Julia's new book, The Leveller, is a fast-paced story that launches readers and characters into a vitural-reality gaming world! We can't wait to read it! But until then, Julia is sharing a little bit about her, the book, and the top five reasons why she loves video games. 

 

 

Meet Julia.

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When Julia Durango is not daydreaming or thinking up new stories, she’s probably eating french fries and dancing like no one’s watching (and really hoping no one is).

 

Now meet Julia's book, The Leveller.

Gamers and action fans of all types will dive straight into the MEEP, a virtual-reality gaming world, thanks to Julia Durango's cinematic storytelling. A touch of romance, constant twists, and a vivid, multidimensional journey through a tricked-out virtual city will keep readers flying through to the breathtaking end.

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she's a bounty hunter in a virtual-reality gaming world—and she's frequently hired by irritated parents to pull kids out of the mazelike MEEP universe.

But when the game's billionaire developer loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn't some lazy kid looking to escape his homework: Wyn does not want to be found. And he's left behind a suicide note. Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn's not hiding—he's being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they've encountered, and the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know if her feelings are real?

 

Knowing all of that, it's clear that Julia loves video games. So here are her top five reasons as to why she loves them so much!

 

 

1.) Interactive storytelling

Remember those Choose Your Own Adventure books? Maybe not, but they were the bomb back when I was a young reader. I loved being able to participate in a story and actually determine the outcome by my choices…I loved being aplayer. Video games are visual versions of those books, only (dare I say it?) so much COOLER.

Yeah, I said it.

 

 

 

2.) Escape from reality

Real world got you down? Need to work off a little steam? Do your horrid aunt and uncle keep you locked up and lonely? Fire up a video game, find your happy place, and forget your worries for a while.

 

 

 

3.) Mad skills

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Current research suggests that playing video games can increase cognitive functions like spatial navigation, memory, reasoning, and problem-solving skills among others. All that while you’re having fun? Um, more please.

 

 

 

4.) Virtual reality, people!

It’s coming, and faster than you might think. While the interface isn’t quite as sleek as Nixy’s titanium ear stud/transmission device in The Leveller, this Oculus Rift headset looks like a good time and then some. Sign me up.

 

 

 

5.) Fun with friends

Who says video games are anti-social? These days you can trade laser blasts and barbed quips with friends across the galaxy! Nothing says love like having your BFF’s back when battling baddies. (Just ask Nixy.)

 

 

We'd like to thank Julia for showing us her love for video games! And here is another BIG thanks for the following giveaway of The Leveller!

 

 

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The Leveller

  1. by: Julia Durango

  2. Release Date: June 23, 2015 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

Three winners will receive a copy of The Leveller! US addresses only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, Julia has a question for entrants. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: If you could live inside any video game, which one would it be?

 

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3. Finding Camp Half Blood and More!

 

Contributed by Kayla King, Blog Manager and Staff Reviewer

 

I still can't believe it has been ten years since Percy Jackson found his way into the hearts of readers. With the help of Disney-Hyperion, I get to discover the magic of Camp Half Blood all over again and now I'm sharing the magic and more with all of you!

 

For the next few months, I will continue to celebrate Rick Riordian and the amazing world he's shared with us over the past decade. Do you love Percy Jackson as much as I do?! Let me know in the comments on our last Percy post HERE and you could win the giveaway! Share your favorite Percy Jackson memory or other Camp Half Blood stories with #ReadRiordan and #YABC on social media! 

 

Monday, I came home to a monster package outside my door, one fit for an Olympian! 

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And when I saw this lovely #ReadRiordan sticker, I knew it had to be my "Presents from Percy!"

 

 

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I now feel completey prepared to go out out and find Camp Half Blood for myself! It all started with the pins to remind me of my journey ahead, one that has already been ten years in the making since the first book made its debut.

 

Next I found my disposable Percy-themed camera to document my travels to Camp Half Blood. Then came the headphones in order to play the sound of ocean waves. And of course I couldn't be without my Percy Jackson water bottle or dehydration would settle in all too quick.

 

When I found my complete set of the Percy Jackson series, I couldn't wait to use them as maps to find my way back to Camp Half Blood again. The set included in my "Presents from Percy," is the same set Disney-Hyperion has provided to YABC for our giveaway. You can find more information by heading back to our first Percy Jackson post HERE!

 

Now with my Percy Jackson backpack, I can load up all of my gear! But there is one last thing I know I need to really find Camp Half Blood...

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My Camp Half Blood sweatshirt of course! So with that, I think I am ready to embark on my journey and rediscover all of the magic that the Percy Jackson series has to offer me all over again. So what about you? Are you going to find your way back to Camp Half Blood this summer? Or will you be traveling there for your first time? Let me know in the comments below!

 

But for now, I have a little more Percy news to share with all of you fantastic readers!

 

 

1.) NEW ORIGINAL RICK RIORDAN E-BOOK

Title: The Demigods of Olympus: An Interactive Adventure

Price: $8.99/$7.99

On-Sale: July 14, 2015 

Description: Your quest begins! Use your demigod skills in this interactive and customizable adventure story written by New York Times #1 best-selling author Rick Riordan. Combining four short stories, The Two-Headed Guidance Counselor, The Library of Deadly Weapons, My Demon Satyr Tea Party, and My Personal Zombie Apocalypse, your choices will have consequences in this first interactive demigod adventure. 

 

 

2.) MAGNUS CHASE CHAPTER 2 SNEAK PEEK HERE

 

Catch a sneak peek of Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, Book One: The Sword of Summer available online at ReadRiordan.com!

 

 

3.) GREEK HEROES PRE-ORDER

Don’t forget to pre-order Percy Jackson’s GREEK HEROES, the companion to the national best seller Percy Jackson’s GREEK GODS available on Percy Jackson’s birthday, August 18, 2015.

Title: Greek Heroes

On-Sale: August 18, 2015

Description: Who cut off Medusa's head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes.

Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I've had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I'm going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan's legions of devoted fans--and for anyone who needs a hero.

So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you've got arrows in your quiver. We're going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we'll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let's do this.

 

Don't forget to head back to our first Percy post HERE for a chance to win your very own boxed set of the Percy Jackson series!

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And stay tuned for more Percy Jackson posts as we celebrate the last decade and embark on the years to come with Percy and all our friends from Camp Half Blood!

 

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4. Author Top 5 with Kris Dinnison

 

Today we welcome Kris Dinnison to YABC! Kris's new book, You and Me and Him will make it's debut July 7th! This contemporary read follows the style of both Rainbow Rowell and David Levithan, and we can't wait to read it! But until then, Kris is sharing a little bit about her, the book, and the top five things that fuel her writing. 

 

 

Meet Kris.

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Kris Dinnison learned to read when she was five years old. She grew up reading books nobody else had read and listening to music nobody else had heard of and thinking she was weird, which she kind of was. She spent nearly two decades as a teacher and librarian working with students from kindergarten to graduate school. The bulk of that time she spent teaching High School English while dreaming of becoming a writer. Nowadays, when she’s not writing, she helps run her family’s retail and café businesses.  She lives and writes in Spokane, Washington.

 

Now meet Kris's book.

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“Do not ignore a call from me when you know I am feeling neurotic about a boy. That is Best Friend 101.” —Nash
        Maggie and Nash are outsiders. She’s overweight. He’s out of the closet. The best of friends, they have seen each other through thick and thin, but when Tom moves to town at the start of the school year, they have something unexpected in common: feelings for the same guy. This warm, witty novel—with a clear, true voice and a clever soundtrack of musical references—sings a song of love and forgiveness.

 

All writers need something to keep them going on those tough writing days, and Kris is sharing hers with us!

 

 

Writing can be a lonely, crazy‐making business. Many writers have quirky things they need to keep them going when the writing gets tough. One friend of mine has a rock from Robert Frost’s farm that he sets on the table next to his computer. Another friend needs a fresh package of Red Vines to make it through her writing day. And one full‐time writer I know listens to heavy metal as loud as she can while she writes. My writing needs are pretty predictable, but they are essential to keep my writing motor running. 

 

Top Five Things That Fuel My Writing:

 

1.) Coffee

I really love coffee. I’m an Americano or drip with a little cream sort of gal, so I keep it pretty simple. But volume is important. Fortunately, I own a coffee shop so I get my coffee cheap, fresh, and often. 

 

 

 

2.) The Pile

This is the pile of books that I want to read. Pile is not really the right word. It’s more of a wall. Full. Of books. I make deals with myself that after I finish a certain amount of writing, which I love, I get to read a certain amount, which I love even more. It’s a sort of reward system for myself. 

 

 

 

3.) Other crazy people who are better writers than I am

No, I’m not actually friends with J.K Rowling. But I am friends with a whole bunch of other writers I admire and like. We share work with each other, give honest, sometimes tough, feedback, encourage each other when we feel like quitting, and generally make each other better writers. It’s no Hogwarts, but it’s pretty magical. 

 

 

 

4.) Cute animal videos

There are so many! I’m partial to sloths and baby pandas, but any baby animal will do in a pinch. I also like videos where animals who don’t normally frolic are frolicking. Like there’s this one video of a turtle and a dog playing with a ball. A turtle was playing with a ball! Warning: cute animal videos are a slippery slope, so be very careful with these. They are addictive and can cause a lack of productivity. Use sparingly. 

 

 

 

5.) Impromptu dance parties

These are an essential part of my working day. I can’t listen to music while I write, so a loud song and a burst of wildly inappropriate and extremely dorky dancing is a welcome break to the long stretches of silence in between. If I can sing loudly and know all the lyrics: even better. 

 

We'd like to thank Kris for showing us a little bit of the writer's life! And here is another BIG thanks for the following giveaway of You and Me and Him!

 

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You and Me and Him

  1. by: Kris Dinnison

  2. Release Date: July 7, 2015 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

One winner will receive a signed hardcover of You and Me and Him, a bookmark, and another piece of literary swag. US addresses only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, Kris has a question for entrants. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: 
What is one of the songs on the playlist for You and Me and Him? You can find the answer HERE

 

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5. What's New in YA

 

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

 

 

 

A luminous YA love story that evokes Judy Blume's Forever for a new generation.

Sarah—Bean to her friends and family—is an aspiring astronomer and champion mathlete. She lives behind her beloved telescope, with her head in the stars and her feet planted firmly on the ground. For as long as she can remember, she's also lived in the shadow of her beautiful older sister, Scarlett. But after a traumatic end to the school year, Sarah goes to Cape Cod for the summer with her family, determined to grow up. It's there that she meets gorgeous, older college boy Andrew. He sees her as the girl she wants to be. A girl like Scarlett. He thinks she's older, too—and she doesn't correct him. For Sarah, it's a summer of firsts. Before she knows what's happened, one little lie has transformed into something real. And by the end of August, she might have to choose between falling in love, and finding herself. Fans of Jenny Han and Stephanie Perkins are destined to fall for this romantic and heartfelt coming-of-age novel about how life and love are impossible to predict.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

When Lexi Shaw seduced Oakfield High's resident bad boy Tyler Flynn at the beginning of senior year, he seemed perfectly okay with her rules:

1. Avoid her at school.

2. Keep his mouth shut about what they do together.

3. Never tease her about her friend (and unrequited crush) Ben.

 

Because with his integrity and values and golden boy looks, Ben can never find out about what she’s been doing behind closed doors with Tyler. Or that her mom’s too busy drinking and chasing losers to pay the bills. Or that Lexi’s dad hasn’t been a part of her life for the last thirteen years. But with Tyler suddenly breaking the rules, Ben asking her out, and her dad back in the picture, how long will she be able to go on faking perfect?

 

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

 

 

 

 

Paint a mural. Start a battle. Change the world.

Sierra Santiago planned an easy summer of  making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears... Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

With the help of a fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping, a thrilling magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one -- and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret. Now she must unravel her family's past, take down the killer in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for generations to come.

Full of a joyful, defiant spirit and writing as luscious as a Brooklyn summer night, Shadowshaperintroduces a heroine and magic unlike anything else in fantasy fiction, and marks the YA debut of a bold new voice.

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

 

 

 

 

 

After almost a year in Japan, Katie Greene has finally unearthed the terrible secret behind her boyfriend Tomohiro's deadly ability to bring drawings to life—not only is he descended from Kami, the ancient Japanese gods, but he is the heir to a tragedy that occurred long ago, a tragedy that is about to repeat. 
 

Even as the blood of a vengeful god rages inside Tomo, Katie is determined to put his dark powers to sleep. In order to do so, she and Tomo must journey to find the three Imperial Treasures of Japan. Gifts from the goddess Amaterasu herself, these treasures could unlock all of the secrets about Tomo's volatile ancestry and quell the ink's lust for destruction. But in order to complete their quest, Tomo and Katie must confront out-of-control Kami and former friend Jun, who has begun his own quest of revenge against those he believes have wronged him. To save the world, and themselves, Katie and Tomo will be up against one of the darkest Kami creations they've ever encountered—and they may not make it out alive.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Josh Chester loves being a Hollywood bad boy, coasting on his good looks, his parties, his parents' wealth, and the occasional modeling gig. But his laid-back lifestyle is about to change. To help out his best friend, Liam, he joins his hit teen TV show, Daylight Falls...opposite Vanessa Park, the one actor immune to his charms. (Not that he's trying to charm her, of course.) Meanwhile, his drama-queen mother blackmails him into a new family reality TV show, with Josh in the starring role. Now that he's in the spotlight--on everyone's terms but his own--Josh has to decide whether a life as a superstar is the one he really wants.

Vanessa Park has always been certain about her path as an actor, despite her parents' disapproval. But with all her relationships currently in upheaval, she's painfully uncertain about everything else. When she meets her new career handler, Brianna, Van is relieved to have found someone she can rely on, now that her BFF, Ally, is at college across the country. But as feelings unexpectedly evolve beyond friendship, Van's life reaches a whole new level of confusing. And she'll have to choose between the one thing she's always loved...and the person she never imagined she could.

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

 

 

 

**DISCLAIMER: 

 

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


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6. Lola and Tattletale Zeke: Author Interview and Giveaway

 

Today we are excited to welcome both Marcia Goldman and her furry friend, Lola, to YABC! Lola and Tattletale Zeke is Marcia's third book documenting adventures with Lola, a certified therapy dog!

 

We wanted to know a bit more about Marcia and Lola so one of our lovely staff reviewers, Claire, conducted a comprehensive interview, which you can find below!

 

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Claire: Tell us how you met Lola and how Lola became a certified therapy dog.

 

Marcia: I brought Lola home as a 10 week old puppy, weighing in at a whopping 1 1/2 lbs. All I knew was that she was adorable and we loved her sweet personality immediately! It wasn't until she was 2 1/2 that I even considered having her become a therapy dog. I knew about therapy dogs, but I didn’t know if only certain breeds were used or how one became trained and qualified. My thought was, I love my dog, I spent 30 years as a special education teacher, and if I combined the two, what better way to legitimize spending my every day with my dog?

 

Two questions remained: first, would Lola, a 5 pound Yorkie, qualify to become a therapy dog? And second, what was the process? Apparently, size does matter. There was initial concern that she was too small, and that a typical small dog temperament, possibly being nervous around strangers, might not be a good match. I assured those questioning that, although she was small, she didn’t know it. And she loved people - big, small, young, old, she was always happy to meet someone new. She also seemed to intuitively know when someone needed an extra lick or cuddle.

 

The process to achieve therapy dog status was not quick or easy. Lola had to go through two levels of obedience school, handle the Canine Good Citizenship test, and then pass the behavior screening at the final meeting. Throughout the process, Lola and I were warned that she might not be a match and to not get our hopes up. But we were both determined, and as we approached the final test, I was confident that I had a star pupil and that we would make it with flying colors. And pass we did.

 

Claire: When you visit classrooms with Lola, what kind of activities or lessons do you do with the children? 

 

Marcia: Lola loves being a therapy dog. As soon as I let her know that we are going to work, she is at the back bench eager to get her scarf on and head to the car. We belong to a national organization called Share A Pet and every week we visit an elderly care facility where she cuddles in the lap of someone in a wheelchair or jumps on the bed for a little pat. On other days we visit three classrooms at an elementary school where she sits quietly while 18 different children read to her in a program called Pawsitive Reading. We also visit a classroom of preschool children on the autism spectrum and she is amazing to watch as she helps an anxious child calm down or allows a child fearful of dogs pet her for the first time.

 

Claire: What is your most memorable moment you've had with Lola through this training experience? 

 

Marcia: My most memorable moment was hearing a child with autism, who doesn’t talk, speak aloud for the first time. We thought she was talking to Lola, but then realized she was talking FOR Lola, saying thank you and asking for more cookies! Just to see her bring a smile to a lonely person’s face is a wonder to behold. Just yesterday we visited an elderly woman in the Memory Care unit and when she saw Lola she broke into a beaming smile and started to talk to her. They told me she hadn't said a word for months. I know that Lola loves what she does, but the real secret here is, so do I. She may be the one doing the work, but I am the one that gets to go with her.

 

Caire: The pictures in the book are precious.  Do Lola and Zeke enjoy getting their pictures taken or do they need a little dog bribery? 

 

Marcia: I think they both roll their eyes when they see me reach for the camera, but they are very good sports. String cheese helps too and is my secret weapon!!

 

Claire: Do you have more plans for books with Lola? 

 

Marcia: Yes, we are working on a 4th book and it is about Lola's first day of school. She is nervous about whether she will like the teacher or make new friends, but mostly about being left by her Mommy. Will she remember to come back and get me, Lola wonders??

 

 

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Now that you know more about Marcia AND Lola, meet their newest book, Lola and Tattletale Zeke!

 

Lola, an adorable Yorkie, introduces little brother Zeke in this gentle story about sibling dynamics and the problem of tattletales.
 
Lola loves her little brother Zeke, but Zeke has a big problem: He keeps tattling on her. From messes to mishaps, Lola and Zeke must learn that working together is always more fun than tattling.
 
Charmingly rendered with real-life photos and sweet, simple narration, Goldman makes the delightful world of Lola and Zeke come alive with scenarios that even young children will be able to relate to and enjoy.
 
The book features a curriculum guide with insightful questions and focus words, and a fun activities guide. Parents, teachers, and pet-lovers will also have an opportunity to purchase a soft plush Lola, allowing everyone to get a cuddle from the little therapy dog with a big heart.
 
 
 

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  1. by: Marcia Goldman

  2. Release Date: June 9, 2015 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

One winner will receive a copy of Lola and Tattletale Zeke. Open to US mailing addresses only.

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

 

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7. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Mystery of Hollow Places by Rebecca Podos + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hello, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES by Rebecca Podos, releasing January 26, 2016 from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Rebecca:

 
Hello, YABC! I’m extremely thrilled to share the cover of my debut YA novel, THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES, with all of you. I owe so much to the team at Balzer+Bray, and to the brilliant design department at HarperCollins for giving me this magnificent frosty cover. I can’t even believe how much I love it, and I hope you will too!
 
~ Rebecca Podos (THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES, Balzer+Bray)
 

 

 

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THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES

by Rebecca Podos
Release date: January 26, 2016
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
ISBN: 9780062373366
 
 
About the Book
 
All Imogene Scott knows of her mother is the bedtime story her father told her as a child. It’s the story of how her parents met: he, a forensic pathologist; she, a mysterious woman who came to identify a body. A woman who left Imogene and her father when she was a baby, a woman who was always possessed of a powerful loneliness, a woman who many referred to a troubled waters.
 
Now Imogene is seventeen, and her father, a famous author of medical mysteries, has struck out in the middle of the night and hasn’t come back. Neither Imogene’s stepmother nor the police know where he could’ve gone, but Imogene is convinced he’s looking for her mother. And she decides it’s up to her to put to use the skills she’s gleaned from a lifetime of reading her father’s books to track down a woman she’s only known in stories, in order to find him and, perhaps, the answer to the question she’s carried with her for her entire life.
 
Rebecca Podos’s debut is a powerful, affecting story of the pieces of ourselves that remain mysteries even to us, and the desperate search through empty spaces for something to hold on to.
 

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Rebecca Podos is a graduate of the Writing, Literature and Publishing program at Emerson College. Her fiction has been published in Glimmer Train, Glyph, Paper Darts, Bellows American Review and Smokelong Quarterly. She's loved many a mystery novel in her life—from the amazing, to the absurd, to the age-inappropriate.
 

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Giveaway Details

Three winners will each receive a signed ARC of THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES with a doodle of the winner's choosing + a button designed by Mandala Scott (pictured below). 

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8. Me And Earl And The Dying Girl - Drive Through Movie Review

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9. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Sword And Verse by Kathy MacMillan + Giveaway (US Only)

Hello, YABC!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SWORD AND VERSE by Kathy MacMillan, releasing January 19, 2016 from HarperTeen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Kathy:

 
Hello, YA Books Central readers!  I am so excited to share with you the beautiful cover for my upcoming novel, SWORD AND VERSE.  Here are a few words from the artist behind it, Colin Anderson, about how the cover came together:
 
"This is one of my favorite covers I’ve done. Heather Daugherty, the senior designer at HarperCollins, provided me with a very comprehensive brief on her vision for the book. I wanted to create an epic feel for the cover. I initially presented 10 concepts. Some had swords, others had medallions or symbols. The challenge with creating this cover was getting all the important elements to work together. Heather had mentioned that she saw the background as an important element to bring the cover design together, she mentioned words like ancient, desert, warm, palace with secret corridors, etc. This gave me the color palette and mood for the cover. I think the sword shattering the earth creates such a powerful image, and with the symbol that Heather designed (based off the author's description), it all hints at mystery and secrets."
 
Colin Anderson is an extremely talented photographer and digital artist working out of Australia. You can find him here: www.andersonproductions.com.au 
 
~ Kathy MacMillan (SWORD AND VERSE, HarperTeen)
 

 

 

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SWORD AND VERSE

by Kathy MacMillan
Release date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 0062324616
 
 
About the Book
 
Raisa was only a child when she was kidnapped and enslaved in Qilara. Forced to serve in the palace of the king, she’s endured hunger, abuse, and the harrowing fear of discovery: everyone knows she is Arnath, but not that Raisa is a Learned One, a part of an Arnath group educated in higher order symbols. In Qilara, this language is so fiercely protected that only the King, the Prince, and Tutors are allowed to know it. So when the current Tutor-in-training is executed for sharing the guarded language with slaves, and Raisa is chosen to replace her, Raisa knows that—although she may have a privileged position among slaves—any slip-up could mean death.
 
That would be challenging enough, but training alongside Prince Mati could be her real undoing. And when a romance blossoms between them, she’s suddenly filled with a dangerous hope for something she never before thought possible: more. Then she’s propositioned by the Resistance—an underground army of slaves—to help liberate the Arnath people.  Joining the rebellion could mean freeing her people…but she’d also be aiding in the war against her beloved—an honorable man that she knows wants to help the slaves.
 
Working against the one she loves—and a palace full of deadly political renegades—has some heady consequences. As Raisa struggles with what’s right, she unwittingly uncovers a secret that the Qilarites have long since buried…one that, unlocked, could bring the current world order to its knees.
 
And Raisa is the one holding the key.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Kathy MacMillan has been a librarian, American Sign Language interpreter, children’s performer, teacher, storyteller, and writer.  She lives in Owings Mills, MD, with her husband and son.
 

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One winner will receive a signed ARC of SWORD AND VERSE (when available). 

One winner will receive a custom-made SWORD AND VERSE necklace from Lady Twilight's Artistic Creations (pictured below).

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10. Exclusive Sneak Peek at THE SHADOW QUEEN by C.J. Redwine

YABC is super excited to host the exclusive sneak peek of C.J. Redwine's upcoming THE SHADOW QUEEN (Balzer + Bray 2/23/16), and epic fantasy retelling of the Snow White fairy tale. First, let's hear from C.J. about the inspiration behind writing this book. 

 

Hi YABCers! I'm so excited about this book (about the series, really). I was raised on fairy tales. Every week I checked out another volume of Grimm's fairy tales from the library. (Anyone remember the white book, yellow book, red book etc?) I get excited every time another live action or animated fairy tale hits the big screen because there's nothing I love more than a good retelling. However ... not all retellings are created equal. :) The inspiration for THE SHADOW QUEEN actually came from the incredible disappointment I felt after seeing Snow White and the Huntsman. I ranted for the 45 minute drive home, and finally my husband looked at me and said, "Why don't you write the story how you want it to be told?"

And so I did. 

I wanted Snow White to be an epic battle between two equally powerful females. I wanted the huntsman to have compelling reasons for obeying the queen and to be deeply conflicted. I wanted the prince to fall in love with the princess because of her courage, her intelligence, and her heart, not because he stumbled upon a random corpse in the woods and decided to kiss it. (I mean really.) 

So that's what I wrote. And I'm so very grateful to Sarah Kaufman, my cover designer at Balzer + Bray, for giving me such a captivating cover! I hope you love the cover and the story as much as I do.

CJ

 

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Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.

In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.

But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.

 

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“You cannot outrun me.” Irina’s voice echoed down the street. “You cannot hide from me. You can either surrender or die.”

“Your Highness, the dragon needs a scent to follow,” a man said.

“I don’t need a hunter to follow a scent when my prey is so close. I can find them myself.”

“Ready?” Leo whispered as he nodded toward a narrow iron catwalk that bridged the distance between the alley-side corner of the smithy and the brewery next door.

 “Ready.” Taking a deep breath, she found her balance and ran lightly down the sloping roof, onto the iron catwalk, and across to the brewery’s roof in seconds.

Irina’s voice rose. “You have chosen death.”

The catwalk creaked behind her, and then Leo was behind her. Moving quickly across the brewery’s roof, staying low and hugging the chimneys for cover. Lorelai followed, her stomach churning as Irina’s voice echoed across the alley below them.

            “Nakhgor. Kaz`prin.”

            A light as brilliant as fire shot into the air, arced, and then plunged deep beneath the alley’s cobblestones.

            Lorelai’s palms blazed with heat in response. She grabbed Leo’s hand and yanked him forward, their boots sliding dangerously against the brewery’s shingles as they fought to get to the next catwalk.

            “Nakhgor,” Irina shouted as the cobblestones shook violently. “Find the ones I seek.”

            Lorelai and her brother reached the catwalk that led to the harness maker’s workshop as long jagged cracks split the cobblestones beneath them.

Sprinting across the catwalk, Lorelai scrambled up the harness maker’s roof and half-slid down to the other side, Leo right at her heels.

            “Kaz`prin.” Irina’s voice filled the air. The cobblestones cracked and crumbled as her spell gained strength. “Bring them to me to face their punishment.”

Lorelai was halfway across the catwalk that led from the harness maker’s to the weaponsmith’s when a score of thick black vines exploded out of the ground.

 

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One winner will receive an ARC of THE SHADOW QUEEN (when available).

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11. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Great Hunt by Wendy Higgins + Giveaway (US Only)

Hello, everyone!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE GREAT HUNT by Wendy Higgins, releasing March 8, 2016 from HarperTeen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Wendy:

 
Thank you so much for stopping by the YABC site to check out THE GREAT HUNT's cover!!!  I hope you'll check out this spooky, romantic high-fantasy adventure in March! 
 
~ Wendy Higgins (THE GREAT HUNT, HarperTeen)
 

 

 

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THE GREAT HUNT

by Wendy Higgins
Release date: March 8, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 978-0062381330
 
 
About the Book
 
Kill the beast. Win the girl.

A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.

Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.

Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.

Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people.
 
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Wendy Higgins is the USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series from HarperTeen and her independently published Irish fantasy, See Me. Wendy earned a bachelor's in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a master's in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford. She is a former high school English teacher who now writes full time and lives on the Eastern Shore of Virginia with her veterinarian husband, daughter, son, and doggie Rue. 
 

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One winner will receive an ARC of THE GREAT HUNT (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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12. Giveaway: Percy Jackson Box Set

 

It has been ten years since Percy Jackson found his way into the hearts of readers. To celebrate, YABC is helping to continue to spread the love!

 

For the next few months, we will continue to celebrate Rick Riordian and the amazing world he's shared with us over the past decade. Do you love Percy Jackson as much as we do?! Let us know in the comments below with your favorite Percy Jackson memory or share your stories with #ReadRiordan and #YABC on social media! 

 

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So now you're probably wondering about that giveaway, right? Well, one lucky winner will receive the entire boxed set of Percy Jackson!

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One winner will receive a Percy Jackson box set. Open to US addresses only. Prizing provided by Disney-Hyperion.

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13. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Trust Me by Romily Bernard + Giveaway (US Only)

We're chock-full of cover reveals this week, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for TRUST ME by Romily Bernard, releasing March 22, 2016 from HarperTeen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Romily:

 
Hey YABC readers!! So excited to be here! Huge thank you to YABC for letting me share Trust Me’s cover! I think it’s the perfect finish to the trilogy. Wick looks amazing thanks to Joel Tippie over at HarperTeen. I feel incredibly lucky. And side note? One day I want my hair to look half as good as Wick’s does. We have two signed hardbacks of Remember Me (Find Me #2) to give away today. Hope you enjoy!
 
~ Romily Bernard (TRUST ME, HarperTeen)
 

 

 

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TRUST ME

by Romily Bernard
Release date: March 22, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
 
 
About the Book
 
“Trust me.”
 
Wick Tate’s never heard these words so much in her life. And with all her secrets, who can she really trust?
 
There’s Milo, her new hacker boyfriend, who’s keeping a dark secret of his own. Griff, the ex who’s always had her best interests at heart but who mostly wants to stay out of Wick’s mess. There’s Looking Glass, an organization that can supposedly offer Wick protection…and a future.
 
And then there’s her family. They should be easy to trust, right? Not if you’re Wick. Not when “family” means so many different things, including a criminal father who may not stay locked up for long.
 
Wick is used to relying on herself…and only herself. But she’s going to have to learn to trust someone if she’s going to finally escape her demons...
 

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Two winners will each receive a signed hardcover of REMEMBER ME (FIND ME #2). 

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. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Down With The Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn + Giveaway (US Only)

Happy Tuesday, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for DOWN WITH THE SHINE by Kate Karyus Quinn, releasing April 26, 2016 from HarperTeen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Kate:

 

Hi YABC! I am so excited to share the cover for DOWN WITH THE SHINE with all of you!
 
There is nothing like seeing your book cover for the first time. 
 
To see the font chosen for the title that you stole from a song (Yes, I have a habit of doing this. Notice I did not call it a bad habit. And for those wondering this title came from an Avett Brothers song). 
 
To see the characters or objects from your book brought to life (in this case a mason jar of moonshine). 
 
And finally to see my very own name at the top! (Egotistical, I know, but still... SQUEEE!!)
 
It's a terrible idea to pet your computer screen (fingerprints ALL OVER that never completely
wipe clean), but when that new cover arrives, I can never resist doing so. I'm not even gonna get into the drool on the keyboard problems. So please when you scroll down, resist the urge to stroke your own computer screen... it'll be difficult so sit on your hands if you have to, because really the smudges are just not worth it.
 
 
~ Kate Karyus Quinn (DOWN WITH THE SHINE, HarperTeen)
 

 

 

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DOWN WITH THE SHINE

by Kate Karyus Quinn
Release date: April 26, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 978-0-06-235604-8 
 
 
About the Book

 

There's a reason they say "be careful what you wish for." Just ask the girl who wished to be thinner and ended up smaller than Thumbelina, or the boy who asked for "balls of steel" and got them-literally. And never wish for your party to go on forever. Not unless you want your guests to be struck down by debilitating pain if they try to leave.


These are things Lennie only learns when it's too late-after she brings some of her uncles' moonshine to a party and toasts to dozens of wishes, including a big wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was abducted and murdered six months ago.

Lennie didn't mean to cause so much chaos. She always thought her uncles' moonshine toast was just a tradition. And when they talked about carrying on their "important family legacy," she thought they meant good old-fashioned bootlegging.

As it turns out, they meant granting wishes. And Lennie has just granted more in one night than her uncles would grant in a year.

Now she has to find a way to undo the damage. But once granted, a wish can't be unmade...
 

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Kate Karyus Quinn is an avid reader and a menthol ChapStick addict. She has lived in California and Tennessee, but recently made the move back to her hometown of Buffalo, New York, with her husband and two children in tow. She promised them wonderful people, amazing food, and weather that would . . . build character. She is the young adult author of ANOTHER LITTLE PIECE and (DON'T YOU) FORGET ABOUT ME.
 

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One winner will receive a signed ARC of DOWN WITH THE SHINE (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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15. What's New in YA

 

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

 

 

 

Modern-day Toronto: A heavy leather-bound book written in an unrecognizable language is delivered to the Speckled Muse, the antique bookshop owned by Crystal and Becca Hatcher’s mother. When Becca opens it, she’s sent into a coma, leaving Crys behind to uncover a series of terrifying secrets.
 Ancient Mytica: A merciless goddess hunts for the elusive treasure that will make her ruler not only of Mytica, but of all the unseen worlds that lay beyond it.
 Modern-day Toronto: Rich and aimless Farrell Grayson finally has the chance to prove himself when the mysterious leader of a powerful secret society invites him into his fold.
 Ancient Mytica: Maddox Corso has always been different, but never remarkable. Everything changes the day he meets a pretty, unfamiliar girl from a faraway land, only to realize that he’s the only one who can see her.
 Fate has brought these young people together, but ancient magic threatens to rip them apart.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Forced on the run with handsome, enigmatic woodsman Luke, Avie struggles when every turn becomes a choice between keeping the two of them alive or completing their mission. With her face on every news channel and a quarter million dollar reward from the man who still owns her marriage Contract, Avie's worst fears are about to come true.

Equal parts thrilling and romantic, A Girl Undone is sure to keep your heart racing right until the very end.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

A dark and edgy first-person cautionary tale about how one girl’s seemingly minor choices quickly spiraled into a life as a sex worker in the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky.

She had a normal life, until one small decision changed everything. Suddenly, there were new possibilities and new experiences. But not all of those experiences were good.
Read her shocking story in the diary she left behind.

 

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

 

 

 

 

Emmy and Oliver were going to be best friends forever, or maybe even more, before their futures were ripped apart. In Emmy's soul, despite the space and time between them, their connection has never been severed. But is their story still written in the stars? Or are their hearts like the pieces of two different puzzles—impossible to fit together?

Emmy just wants to be in charge of her own life. . . . She wants to stay out late, surf her favorite beach—go anywhere without her parents' relentless worrying. But Emmy's parents can't seem to let her grow up—not since the day Oliver disappeared.

Oliver needs a moment to figure out his heart. . . . He'd thought, all these years, that his dad was the good guy. He never knew that it was his father who had kidnapped him and kept him on the run. Discovering it, and finding himself returned to his old hometown, all at once, has his heart racing, and his thoughts swirling.

Readers who love Sarah Dessen will devour these pages with hearts in throats as Emmy and Oliver struggle to face the messy, confusing consequences of Oliver's father's crime. Full of romance, coming-of-age emotion, and heartache, these two equally compelling characters create an unforgettable story.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London-secrets.

But leading a double life isn't easy. By day Lady A is just a seventeen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master,Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London's slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, an infamous thief who moves seamlessly between the city's criminal underworld and its most elite circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in order to save enough money to buy passage out of London.

Everything changes when she meets Grae Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is-not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you ever truly escape the past?

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Nixy Bauer, Home in an Hour”

Nixy Bauer is used to her classmates being very, very unhappy to see her. After all, she’s working with the enemy—she’s on their parents’ payrolls.

Nixy is a bounty hunter in a virtual-reality gaming world. Kids in the MEEP, as they call it, play entirely with their minds, while their bodies languish in a sleeplike state on the couch. Irritated parents, looking to wrench their kids back to reality, hire Nixy to jump into the game and retrieve them. Luckily for Nixy and her wallet, she’s the best leveller out there.

But when the game’s billionaire developer—and Nixy’s parents’ boss—loses track of his own son in the MEEP, Nixy is in for the biggest challenge of her bounty-hunting career. Wyn Salvador isn’t some lazy kid looking to escape his homework, and this is no ordinary levelling job: Wyn does not want to be found. And he’s left behind a suicide note.

Nixy takes the job but quickly discovers that Wyn’s not hiding—he’s being held inside the game against his will. But who is holding him captive, and why?

Nixy and Wyn attempt to fight their way out of a mind game unlike any they’ve encountered. And the battle brings them closer than either could have imagined. But when the whole world is virtual, how can Nixy possibly know what’s real?

 

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

 

 

 

 

 


Narrated by an alternating unreliable group of teens, this dark thriller will have readers on the edge of their seats. No one is safe and everyone is a suspect. It’s Saw meets I Know What You Did Last Summer.
 

Junior Robin Brisset has no idea what she’s in for when she accepts an invitation to one of Callabrese High’s most exclusive parties. And when the trademark scavenger hunt begins, Robin must go against every rule she’s lived by to survive. 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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16. YABC Book Haul For June 2015!

It's time! It's time! The June YABC Book Haul is here! Get a load of all the great stuff that was sent in to the YABC offices this month! Thanks, Publishers! Now let's get to reading!

What's your favorite book out of the bunch?


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17. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Welcome to the second cover reveal of the day, YABC!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN by Jeff Garvin, releasing February 2, 2016 from Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Jeff:

 

Greetings, YABC readers! I am excited to share with you the exclusive cover reveal for my forthcoming debut novel, Symptoms of Being Human. Because the book's narrator, 16-year-old Riley Cavanaugh, is gender fluid, I was very curious to see how the cover would emerge; how could we represent Riley in a meaningful way without including the bias of gender? Designer Sarah Kaufman came up with an image that I find both striking and intriguing. I think it represents Riley perfectly, and somehow matches the tone and feel of the book in a way I couldn't have imagined. I'm thrilled by this cover; I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
 
 
~ Jeff Garvin (SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN, Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins)
 

 

 

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SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN

by Jeff Garvin
Release date: February 2, 2016
Publisher: Balzer+Bray/HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780062382863
 
 
About the Book

 

The first thing you’re going to want to know about me is: Am I a boy, or am I a girl?

Riley Cavanaugh is many things: Punk rock. Snarky. Rebellious. And gender fluid. Some days Riley identifies as a boy, and others as a girl. The thing is . . . Riley isn’t exactly out yet. And between starting a new school and having a congressman father running for reelection in uber-conservative Orange County, the pressure—media and otherwise—is building up in Riley’s so-called “normal” life.

 

On the advice of a therapist, Riley starts an anonymous blog to vent those pent-up feelings and tell the truth of what it’s REALLY like to be a gender-fluid teenager. But just as Riley’s starting to settle in at school—even developing feelings for a mysterious outcast—the blog goes viral, and an unnamed commenter discovers Riley’s real identity, threatening exposure. Riley must make a choice: walk away from what the blog has created—a lifeline, new friends, a cause to believe in—or stand up, come out, and risk everything.

 

“With a main character who truly deserves to be called unique, combined with heartbreak and triumphs that are universal, this unforgettable book made me laugh and also cry. Garvin’s powerful new voice rocks!” – Lissa Price, International bestselling author of Starters

 

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

 

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Before becoming a writer, Jeff Garvin acted in films and TV and toured as the front man of a nationally touring rock band. He has a BFA in Film from Chapman University and lives in Southern California, surrounded by adorable, shedding beasts. Symptoms of Being Human is his first novel.
 

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One winner will receive an ARC of SYMPTOMS OF BEING HUMAN (when available).

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18. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Behold The Bones by Natalie C. Parker + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hi, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for BEHOLD THE BONES by Natalie C. Parker, releasing February 23, 2016 from HarperTeen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Natalie:

 
Hey YABC! I’m so glad to be back here to reveal the cover of BEHOLD THE BONES, a stand-alone companion to BEWARE THE WILD.
 
I know you’re anxious to scroll and feast your eyes, so I won’t say too much. Only that this cover is part art, part sociological experimentation. It, like so much of Sticks, Louisiana, contains something hidden and based on a sample survey of my family and friends, there’s a 50/50 shot you’ll see it. If you don’t see the secret on your first viewing…look again.
 
~ Natalie C. Parker (BEHOLD THE BONES, HarperTeen)
 

 

 

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BEHOLD THE BONES

by Natalie C. Parker
Release date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
ISBN: 978-0062241559
 
 
About the Book
 
Candace “Candy” Pickens has been obsessed with the swamp lore of her tiny Louisiana town for . . . forever. Name any ghostly swamp figure and Candy will recite the entire tale in a way that will curl your toes and send chills up your spine.
 
That doesn’t mean Candy’s a believer, however. Even though she and her friends entered the swamp at the start of summer and left it changed, Candy’s the only one who can’t see or feel the magical swamp Shine. She’s also the only one who can’t see the ghosts that have been showing up and spooking everyone in town ever since. So Candy concentrates on other things—real things. Like fighting with her mother and plotting her escape from her crazy town.
 
But ghosts aren’t the only newcomers in Sticks, Louisiana. The King family arrives like a hurricane: in a blur and unwanted—at least by Candy. Mr. King is intent on filming the rumored ghostly activity for his hit TV show, Local Haunts. And while Candy can’t ignore how attracted she is to eighteen-year-old Gage King and how much his sister, Nova, wants to be friends, she’s still suspicious of the King family.
 
As Candy tries to figure out why the Kings are really in town and why the swamp that had previously cast her aside now seems to be invading every crack in her logical, cynical mind, she stumbles across the one piece of swamp lore she didn’t know. It’s a tale that’s more truth than myth, and may have all the answers . . . and its roots are in Candy’s own family tree.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Natalie C. Parker grew up in a Navy family where having adventures was as common as reading fairy tales.
 
She holds a BA in English and an MA in Women’s Studies and in spite of these things ended up in the employ of social scientists studying climate change. Though still baffled by having ended up in a landlocked state, she lives in Kansas with her partner in a house of monsters.
 
Natalie also runs Madcap Retreats, which offers a yearly calendar of writing retreats and workshops, as well as retreat building services. If you want a writing retreat without the hassle, Madcap is for you!
 

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Giveaway Details

One grand prize winner will receive:

  • 1 signed ARC of BEHOLD THE BONES (when available)
  • 1 ARC of THE SCORPION RULES by Erin Bow
  • 1 signed paperback of THE CURIOSITIES by Maggie Stiefvater, Tessa Gratton, and Brenna Yovanoff

10 additional winners will each receive the Swamp Lore Swag Pack, which includes:

  • Choice of signed gator head or cherry blossom bookplate
  • BEWARE THE WILD and BEHOLD THE BONES bookmarks
  • An "I <3 YA Books" bumper sticker
  • and more!
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19. Giveaway: Tangled Webs by Lee Bross (US Only)

TANGLED WEBS

by LEE BROSS

Release Date:  JUNE 23, 2015

 
 
 

About the Book

 
London, 1725. Everybody has a secret. Lady A will keep yours—for a price. This sumptuous, scandalous YA novel is wickedly addictive.
 
Lady A is the most notorious blackmailer in the city. With just a mask and a gown to disguise her, she sweeps into lavish balls and exclusive events collecting the most valuable currency in 1725 London—secrets.
 
But leading a double life isn't easy. By day Lady A is just a sixteen-year-old girl named Arista who lives in fear of her abusive master, Bones, and passes herself off as a boy to move safely through the squalor of London's slums. When Bones attempts to dispose of his pawn forever, Arista is rescued by the last person she expects: Jonathan Wild, the infamous Thief Taker General who moves seamlessly between the city's criminal underworld and its most elite upper circles. Arista partners with Wild on her own terms in the hopes of saving enough money to buy passage out of London.
 
Everything changes when she meets Graeden Sinclair, the son of a wealthy merchant. Grae has traveled the world, has seen the exotic lands Arista has longed to escape to her whole life, and he loves Arista for who she is—not for what she can do for him. Being with Grae gives something Arista something precious that she swore off long ago: hope. He has promised to help Arista escape the life of crime that has claimed her since she was a child. But can you ever truly escape the past?
 
 
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 
 

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Lee Bross was born in a small town in Maine, where she spent the next eighteen years dreaming of bigger places. After exploring city life, she and her husband and two young sons ended up going right back to the wilds of Maine. They now live just one house down from where she grew up. You can find her at www.LeeBross.com or on Twitter @Lee_Bross.
 
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One winner will receive a signed book and a key necklace. 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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20. Giveaway: The Messengers by Edward Hogan (US Only)

The Messengers 

by Edward Hogan
 
Release Date: 5/12/2015

 

About the Book


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


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


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Edward Hogan is the author of Daylight Saving and two adult novels: Blackmoor, which won the Desmond Elliott prize in the U.K. and was short-listed for both the London Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award and the Dylan Thomas Prize, and The Hunger Trace. He lives in Brighton, England.

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3 winners will each receive one copy of The Messengers by Edward Hogan. US only.

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21. Giveaway: The Death Code by Lindsey Cummings (US & Canada Only)

THE DEATH CODE (Murder Complex #2)

by Lindsay Cummings

Release Date: May 26 2015

 

About the Book

Action-packed, blood-soaked, and chilling, this is the dark and compelling sequel to the bestselling The Murder Complex, which Booklist praised as "carefully crafted . . . chilling" and Justine magazine called "a must for fans of action-packed dystopians like The Hunger Games and Divergent."


With short, fast-paced, alternating point-of-view chapters, The Death Code starts several weeks after The Murder Complex ends. Zephyr keeps the secret about Meadow close—that if she dies, The Murder Complex will be destroyed, too. Meadow, desperate to find her brother, father, and little sister, is determined to fight fearlessly to the end, even if it means sacrificing herself and her friends, new and old. The Death Code introduces a memorable cast of secondary characters and delivers a vivid and scary thrill ride read. For fans of La Femme Nikita, Legend, and Hanna.


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


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Lindsay Cummings lives in Texas with her husband, two German shepherds, a hedgehog, a wolf, lots of chickens, and a draft horse named Dan the Man. She is the author of The Murder Complex and the digital novella The Fear Trials, a prequel, as well as the steampunk fantasy trilogy, BALANCE KEEPERS.

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One winner will receive a signed copy of THE DEATH CODE. US & Canada only.

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22. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Some of the Parts by Hannah Barnaby + Giveaway (US Only)

Get ready for another awesome cover reveal, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SOME OF THE PARTS by Hannah Barnaby, releasing February 16, 2016 from Knopf. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Hannah:

 

Greetings, YABCers! Welcome to this extra-special Thursday! You may not have been aware when you woke up this morning that it was an extra-special Thursday, but trust me. It is. Because today I get to show you all the cover of my new novel, SOME OF THE PARTS! (And it’s my mother’s birthday. Does a cover reveal count as a birthday present?)
 
 
~ Hannah Barnaby (SOME OF THE PARTS, Knopf)
 

 

 

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SOME OF THE PARTS

by Hannah Barnaby
Release date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 978-0-553-53963-9
 
 
About the Book

 

Sometimes bad things happen, and we are not the same when they are over.
 
For months, Tallie McGovern has been coping with the death of her older brother the only way she knows how: by smiling bravely and pretending that she's okay. She’s managed to fool her friends, her parents, and her teachers so far, yet she can’t even say his name out loud: “N—” is as far as she can go. But when Tallie comes across a letter in the mail, it only takes two words to crack the careful façade she’s built around herself:
 
ORGAN DONOR.  
 
Two words that had apparently been checked off on her brother’s driver’s license; two words that her parents knew about—and never confided to her. All at once, everything Tallie thought she understood about her brother’s death feels like a lie. And although a part of her knows he’s gone forever, another part of her wonders if finding the letter might be a sign. That if she can just track down the people on the other end of those two words, it might somehow bring him back.
 
Hannah Barnaby’s deeply moving novel asks questions there are no easy answers to as it follows a family struggling to pick up the pieces, and a girl determined to find the brother she wasn’t ready to let go of.
 

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Hannah Barnaby has worked as a children's book editor, a bookseller, and a teacher of writing for children and young adults. She holds an MA in Children's Literature from Simmons College and an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College. Her first novel, Wonder Show, was a William C. Morris finalist. Hannah lives in Charlottesville, VA, with her family.
 

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Three winners will each receive a signed ARC of SOME OF THE PARTS (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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23. INSIDE OUT - Drive Through Movie Review

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

The Nerd Riders, Kristin and Clint, hit the road again to discuss their views on the new Disney/Pixar animated feature INSIDE OUT. 

 

 

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24. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig + Giveaway (US Only)

Happy Friday, everyone!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE by Heidi Heilig, releasing February 16, 2016 from Greenwillow/HarperCollins. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Heidi:

 
Ahoy YABC! Welcome to the cover reveal for THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE!
 
They say pictures are worth a thousand words, but words deserted me when I saw this cover. I made sounds though--sounds like OH and EEEEEE and HHHNNNGGGGHHHHH. I realized too late that  should have set up a polished shield, like Perseus, so I could safely view its reflected beauty. Thankfully, I’ve since regained most of my abilities to speak coherently, as long as I don’t gaze directly at it for too long. Ray Shappell, Sylvie Lefloche, and the whole team at Greenwillow/HarperCollins worked very hard to create the perfect cover for this book, capturing the drama, the tension, and the precarious sense of a life in the balance. They started with 8 different versions, refining and narrowing down their choices until they hit on this one. Personally, I think they did an incredible job. I hope you agree!
 
~ Heidi Heilig (THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE, Greenwillow/HarperCollins)
 

 

 

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THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE

by Heidi Heilig
Release date: February 16, 2016
Publisher: Greenwillow/HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062380753
 
 
About the Book
 
Heidi Heilig’s debut teen fantasy sweeps from modern-day New York City to nineteenth-century Hawaii to places of myth and legend. Sixteen-year-old Nix has sailed across the globe and through centuries aboard her time-traveling father’s ship. But when he gambles with her very existence, it all may be about to end. The Girl from Everywhere, the first of two books, will dazzle readers of Sabaa Tahir, Rae Carson, and Rachel Hartman.
 
Nix’s life began in Honolulu in 1868. Since then she has traveled to mythic Scandinavia, a land from the tales of One Thousand and One Nights, modern-day New York City, and many more places both real and imagined. As long as he has a map, Nix’s father can sail his ship, The Temptation, to any place, any time. But now he’s uncovered the one map he’s always sought—1868 Honolulu, before Nix’s mother died in childbirth. Nix’s life—her entire existence—is at stake. No one knows what will happen if her father changes the past. It could erase Nix’s future, her dreams, her adventures . . . her connection with the charming Persian thief, Kash, who’s been part of their crew for two years. If Nix helps her father reunite with the love of his life, it will cost her her own.
 
In The Girl from Everywhere, Heidi Heilig blends fantasy, history, and a modern sensibility with witty, fast-paced dialogue, breathless adventure, and enchanting romance.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Heidi grew up in Hawaii where she rode horses and raised peacocks, and then she moved to New York City and grew up even more, as one tends to do. Her favorite thing outside of writing, is travel, and she has haggled for rugs in Morocco, hiked the trails of the Ko'olau Valley, and huddled in a tent in Africa while lions roared in the dark.
 
She holds an MFA from New York University in Musical Theatre Writing, of all things, and she's written books and lyrics for shows including The Time Travelers Convention, Under Construction, and The Hole. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, her son and their pet snake.
 

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One winner will receive a signed ARC of THE GIRL FROM EVERYWHERE (when available). 

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25. Pre-Order and Giveaway: Serpentine by Cindy Pon

Today we are happy to be part of the pre-order and giveaway opportunity for Cindy Pon's novel SerpentineYou can find a message and more information below!

 

Meet Cindy.

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Cindy Pon is the author of Silver Phoenix, named one of the top ten fantasy novels for youth by Booklist. She lives with her husband and two children in San Diego, California.

 

Cindy says, "Serpentine is a book of my heart. I knew from the start that I wanted to write a story that focused on a strong female friendship. As an author, I wanted to concentrate on the dynamics of relationships--their complexities and joys--and how they shape my heroine's own journey to self-discovery. What if you woke up one night and your lower half had changed into a serpentine body? What if you were told that you were half-demonic and a temptress of lore? What if who you thought you always were was nothing like you turned out to be? Serpentine is a coming of age story like none you have read before."

 

 

Now meet Cindy's book!

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Inspired by the rich history of Chinese mythology, this sweeping fantasy is set in the ancient Kingdom of Xia and tells the coming of age story of Skybright, a young girl who worries about her growing otherness. As she turns 16, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

 

 

Sounds great, right?! You can now pre-order your very own copy of Serpentine from Mysterious Galaxy Books HERE!

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With every pre-order, you will have the chance to select one of Cindy's gorgeous pieces of brush art to accompany your new book!

 

Here's a sneak peek below of the four different designs!

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"It always gives me such joy to share my art, so I have decided to give away a brush painting card with every pre-order copy of Serpentine through Mysterious Galaxy. (One card for each copy ordered.) Please indicate in the order your preferred card choice(s), and we will endeavor to include the card you want. If you would like the book personalized, please let us know to whom."--Cindy Pon 

 

 

Cindy is also giving away ONE copy of Serpentine!

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Serpentine

  1. by: Cindy Pon

  2. Release Date: September 8, 2015 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

One winner will receive a copy of Serpentine when it hits shelves in September. Open to US, Canada, and UK mailing addresses.

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

 

*Click the Rafflecopter link to enter the giveaway*

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