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26. What's New in YA

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

“Monsters don’t exist.”

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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About the Film


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

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Movie Trailer

 

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Story Featurette

 

 

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

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 is your favorite John Green book?

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28. Joanne's Journey Through Comic Con

 

Contriubted by Joanne Mumley

 

 

Preview Night!

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

 

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

 

   

 

 

 

Day One:

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

Other Highlights of the day:

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  •  -Meeting Sabaa Tahir

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  • -Great Giveaways at Harper Collins

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  • -Author signings

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  • -Lego Dimensions Exhibit

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  •  -Cos players

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  • -Costume displays

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  • -Peanuts bouncy house

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TO BE CONTINUED...

 


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

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

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

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

 

 

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And now for the full jacket!

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THE GEEK'S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE

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

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

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

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

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

Becoming Jinn

by Lori Goldstein

Release Date: April 21, 2015

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

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

Summer of Jinn Blog Tour

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

July 6: Fangirlish: Exclusive Chapter Reveal

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

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

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

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

July 10: Fangirlish: 2 for 1 Friday

July 13: Comfort Books: Q&A

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

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

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

July 17Katie’s Book Blog: Guest Writing Post

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

About the Book

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

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

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

 

Are you ready to start reading?!

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

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

 

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

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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31. MINIONS - Drive Through Movie Review

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

The Nerd Riders, Kristin and Clint, along with a couple of special guests give their thoughts...and (very bad) impressions of... MINIONS. 

BANANAS!!!!!!!!!!!

Question: If you were going to become the world's greatest villain, what would be your greatest crime?


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32. Exclusive Sneak Peek at the Jinni Wars Series by Amber Lough + Giveaway (International)

THE JINNI WARS

by Amber Lough

Before we get to the exclusive excerpt from THE FIRE WISH, here's a note from Amber:

 
Have you ever had a dream that that burrowed like the roots of a weed into your veins?
 
My dream was of a book—one that I had written—on a library shelf. I could smell the musty scent of old paper, vinyl book covers. I could feel the warmth of muted readers, squatting down to get a better look at the array of worlds on that shelf. I could see one of them sliding mine out between two others, weighing it, studying it, choosing it. It was for this dream, more than anything, that I set out to write books.
 
It’s dizzying to be where I am now. I have two books out—a beautiful, matching pair. 
 
I’m grateful for those weedy roots that gripped me and wouldn’t let go. I’ll continue to feed them with more stories, more bits of writing, more books to come.
 
Thank you YABC for having me here and for sharing my book.
 
~ Amber Lough (THE JINNI WARS series, Penguin Random House)

About the Books

b2ap3_thumbnail_978-0-385-36976-3.jpgTHE FIRE WISH (THE JINNI WARS #1)

A jinni. A princess. And the wish that changes everything. . . .Beautifully written and accessible fantasy for fans of Tamora Pierce, Rachel Hartman, and Laini Taylor.
 
In this romantic and evocative fantasy, Najwa is a jinni, training to be a spy in the war against the humans. Zayele is a human on her way to marry a prince of Baghdad—which she’ll do anything to avoid. So she captures Najwa and makes a wish. With a rush of smoke and fire, they fall apart and re-form—as each other. A jinni and a human, trading lives. Both girls must play their parts among enemies who would kill them if the deception were ever discovered—enemies including the young men Najwa and Zayele are just discovering they might love.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 
b2ap3_thumbnail_image1.JPGTHE BLIND WISH (THE JINNI WARS #2)
 
Two sisters. A war. And the wish to end regret. . . . The magical, evocative follow-up to The Fire Wish.

The war: The lies that started the conflict are in the open now, but the war between the humans and the jinn is as bitter as ever—and becoming far more treacherous.

The sisters: Najwa and Zayele have just learned they’re half-jinni, half-human twins. Najwa is now the jinni representative at the human palace, working to bring peace. But her new role comes at a price—she’s no longer allowed alone with her cherished Prince Kamal. And as Zayele adjusts to life among the jinn, she discovers that she’s a magus, one of the most powerful jinn in the Cavern. Suddenly, she’s thrown into special training, and the strongest young men in the army are competing to be paired up with her.

The wish: Once again, Zayele makes a wish. A wish that she doesn’t think can possibly go wrong. A wish that neither sister could imagine would change the outcome of the war.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

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Najwa
 
The earth and all her layers sped past while I traveled to the surface. I was smoke and flame, swirling through granite, through shale and sand. It took only a moment, and then I emerged, myself again. I stepped onto the dirt and shielded my eyes from the blinding star in the sky. I was in a human’s garden, just as I’d wished.
 
Shahtabi,” I whispered. It wasn’t a long-lasting wish, but it kept me from being seen by humans. It kept me safe, and it was the first wish I’d learned in school.
 
The sun beat down on a garden filled with flowers and their spiny, pale green stems. It cast shadows—real, sun-made shadows—on the dirt. The garden was soft, without a trace of crystal. Instead, it had flowers. Delicate, fragrant roses opened on the ends of the stems, yellow and pink in their soft centers.
 
A bird landed beside me on a branch and turned its head to look at me. It had shimmering feathers that it fluffed out before turning its head another way and taking off. Just like that, it was flying through the air, straighter than a bat. I had seen a live bird, and I had seen it fly!
 
But I was here for a flower, so I squeezed my hand around a stem and was about to break it free when I heard music.
 
I dropped the stem, leaving it to bounce on its bush for a moment, and looked in the direction of the music. An arched door stood open. Someone, a human, was in there playing one of their stringed instruments. An oud.
 
The notes fluttered upward, and then dove into a melody I recognized. I couldn’t name it, or remember when I had heard it, but it felt familiar. It was like breathing in a scent that made you sad, but not remembering why.
 
I should have gotten the flower and headed straight back, but I didn’t. I tiptoed to the doorway. It was darker inside, and after my eyes adjusted, I saw a young man about my age bending over an oud and plucking at the strings. His sun-darkened fingers danced over them.
 
I knew this song. It swirled around in my memory, elusive and haunting, but I couldn’t remember where or when it had come from. I was sure I’d never even heard an oud played before. Why did it sound familiar?
 
The young man finished playing and put down the oud; then he pulled off his turban, tossed it onto the floor, and ran his fingers through his hair. It stood up, messy and thick.
 
I pressed my back into the doorway and took in the room. Shelves lined the walls, filled with bound books. Charts covered in numbers and maps of the stars hung on the walls above the shelves, while scales brimming with broken rocks stood scattered on the single table in the room’s center. It was a kind of laboratory, but one in which human boys played music.
 
The music hung thickly in the air, like the scent of cinnamon, as he stood up and went to the table, taking two long strides before picking up a stone ball off one of the scales. He stared at the ball, which was so large he had to hold it with both hands. Then he turned it over, where it caught the light in milky-white layers. It was selenite. We used it to house the flames of our streetlights, but it was heavy. I had never seen anyone rolling it in his hands before, pressing it close to his face.
 
“How is this going to work?” he asked the almost-empty room.
 
My face started to tingle. Soon my shahtabi wish would fade, and he’d see me standing in his doorway. I backed out of the boy’s laboratory while he was still staring at the selenite ball. Then I turned and ran to one of the rosebushes.
 
I was in a pool of hot sunlight when the wish died out, with a thorn-riddled stem between two fingers. Quickly, I bent the stem till it snapped, gasping as the thorns pierced my skin, and held the rose tight against me.
 
Mashila,” I whispered.
 
My body fell into a cloud of smoke and flame, and I dragged the rose with me, its bit of pink dusting the air like a blush.
 
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Zayele
 
“I dare you to cross it,” Destawan said. He pointed at the river rushing past us, its water bubbling and white with cold.
 
He was daring me to cross the bridge, which wouldn’t have been so bad if the bridge were still intact. But then it wouldn’t have been a good dare.
 
When the first spring melt happened, the river flooded and took with it bits of the bridge. The thick, woven ropes managed to stay on their posts, but most of the wooden strips were worn away and rotted. No one bothered to fix it, because there was a nice stone bridge just a few hundred feet down the river.
 
Destawan smirked. He was visiting from another village while his father came to trade with mine. He had gotten four of the children to follow him around, and it made him cocky. Or maybe he’d always been cocky.
 
“Don’t dare Zayele,” my brother Yashar said. He stared at Destawan with his unseeing eyes. “She’s a young woman now.”
 
“Then why is she here with us?” Destawan said. I rolled my eyes at Destawan, but he didn’t notice. He pointed at the bridge again. “They said you were the fastest climber, so it’s either that or Truth.”
 
I’d only known Destawan for a day, but I knew he wasn’t going to give me an easy question to answer. He’d want me to admit to something humiliating. I’d rather fall in the river than give him that.
 
“I’ll do it,” I said.
 
“Zayele—”
 
“Don’t worry about me. It’ll be easy.” I moved away from the children. They had come to see what Destawan would dare me to do. Now they ran alongside me, saying stupid things like “Don’t do it, Zayele,” and “It’s just a dare.” I ignored them and fixed my hijab so the wind wouldn’t blow it off my head. Then I took off my shoes and carried them in one of my hands.
 
“Zayele,” Yashar whispered. “Please.” He reached out for me, and I turned to take his hand, guiding him down to the start of the bridge. We stepped over the broken rocks and the clumps of green grass. Everything was clean and bright today, glowing beneath gray clouds.
 
Down by the bridge, the water roared, crashing into the biggest of the boulders that stood in the middle of the river. The boulders dared the water to take them down.
 
Destawan laughed and jumped up on a giant brown rock that flanked the river. We stood there for a moment in the shadow of the gorge, watching water flow by. The bridge was only a few feet above the river, but it wasn’t the fall that would hurt. It was the rapids. Yashar gripped my hand and wouldn’t let go.
 
“It’s really not that bad,” I told him. “The wood’s almost gone, but there’s so much rope. I could walk it blindfolded.” Bad choice of words, I realized.
 
“Are there any rotted bits on the rope? Does it look secure?” Yashar hadn’t always been such a worrier, but since he’d gone blind, things bothered him more than they used to. I patted his shoulder.
 
“It’s not that far, really. Just twenty or thirty feet.” I pulled my hand out of his and set down my shoes. Then I smiled at Destawan. “If I fall in the river, be sure to tell my father it was all your idea.” He paled, which only spurred me on. Be careful what you dare, I guess.
 
The bridge used to have wooden planks on which to walk, but they’d rotted away, leaving only a scattering of weakened planks and the thick ropes that had been the railing. Each of these ropes was tied to a boulder on the river’s bank. The ropes were made from woven grass, as thick as my arm, and they were heavy and wet from last night’s rain.
 
I’d have to trust that whoever had woven the ropes had done a good job.
 
I grabbed onto one of the handrails with both hands. I walked sideways, holding on to one side of the bridge. I didn’t want to get spread out if the middle ties broke apart. Step by step, I moved along the rope. My ankles clicked together each time I finished a step. Within a few feet, I was out over the water.
 
My toes were turning blue in the cold, and beneath them was the white water. It was impossibly fast. I could swim, but not in that.
 
I had to keep moving. The wind was stronger here, coming down the gorge, and my hands were getting stiff. I stepped sideways, then brought my other foot up to the next one. After a while, I looked up to see how much farther I had to go. I was only halfway.
 
“Zayele!” the children screamed. I couldn’t tell if they were cheering for me or warning me, but I didn’t want to look back. I didn’t want to see their faces.
 
One more step. Then another. And another, with the water rushing, rushing past. Where did it all go?
 
I didn’t want to think of how cold it was. I only thought of movement, of the other side. And then, finally, my left hand touched something hard and unmoving. It was the wooden post on the far side.
 
Behind me, everyone cheered. I was shaking a little, but I turned around anyway and lifted a fist into the air. Then I cupped my hands around my mouth and shouted, “Your turn, Destawan!” 
 
He shook his head and everyone laughed. Then he pointed at the village, and we all turned to see six horses trotting into the village center. We rarely had visitors this time of year, because the mountains were still frozen and no one had any crops yet.
 
I ran down to the other bridge, where I could cross over and get a closer look. Our village pushed up against the cliff, a little above the riverbank, and the horses and riders lined the street along the river. One of the horsemen carried the black banner of the Vizier of Baghdad. The vizier hadn’t been to our village since the night my uncle and his wife were murdered by jinn, and knowing this, something in me turned cold.

 

About the Author

AMBER LOUGH is the author of The Fire Wish and The Blind Wish. She is a lover of foreign words and cultures, nearly forgotten folktales, and groups of three. She spent much of her childhood in Japan and Bahrain. Later, she returned to the Middle East as an Air Force intelligence officer to spend eight months in Baghdad, where the ancient sands still echo the voices lost to wind and time. She lives in Germany with her scientist husband and two impish children. For a pronunciation guide, a cast of characters, and more, please visit www.amberlough.com.

 

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Two winners:

  • One winner will receive hardcover copies of THE FIRE WISH and THE BLIND WISH
  • One winner will receive a signed paperback copy of THE FIRE WISH
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33. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Liars and Losers Like Us by Ami Allen-Vath + Giveaway (International)

Hi, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US by Ami Allen-Vath, releasing March 2016 from Sky Pony Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Ami:

 
Today is the day. I’m super excited to finally share my cover for Liars and Losers Like Us with everyone. Extra special thank you to YABC for having me.
 
Waiting to see the cover of your book is a nerve-wracking time. It’s pretty much like being pregnant and hoping your baby doesn’t come out looking like she’s wearing last year’s zombie Halloween costume. Good news, my kids are cute and so is my book cover! I’m in love with the title font and the way the colors and picture looks against the black background. Extra special thanks to the team over at Sky Pony for creating something that I think will really stand out on the shelves. I hope you guys like it. I know I can’t wait to hold it in my hands and carry it around like a baby.
 
~ Ami Allen-Vath (LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US, Sky Pony Press)
 

 

 

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LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US

by Ami Allen-Vath
Release date: March 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
ISBN: 978-1634501842
 
 
About the Book
 
Keep calm and make it to prom night—without a legit panic attack.
 
For seventeen-year-old Bree Hughes, it’s easier said than done when gossip, grief, and the opportunity to fail at love are practically high-fiving her in the hallways of Belmont High.
 
When Bree’s crush, Sean Mills, gives her his phone number, she can’t even leave a voicemail without sounding like a freak. Then she’s asked to be on Prom Court because Maisey Morgan, the school outcast nominated as a joke, declined. She apologizes to Maisey, but it’s too late. After years of torment and an ugly secret shared with their class’s cruel Pageant Queen, Maisey commits suicide. Bree is left with a lot of regret…and a revealing letter with a final request.
 
With Sean by her side, Bree navigates through her guilt, her parents’ divorce, and all the Prom Court drama. But when a cheating-love-triangle secret hits the fan after a night of sex, drinks, and video games, she’s left with new information about Sean and the class Pageant Queen. Bree must now speak up or stay silent. If she lets fear be her guide, she’ll lose her first love, and head to prom to avenge the death of the school outcast—as a party of one.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

b2ap3_thumbnail_Ami-A-V-bio-pic.jpgAbout the Author

Ami Allen-Vath is a YA author living and writing along the shores of New Jersey.She lives with her husband, two kids, and a chihuahua named Yoda. 
 
Ami loves great and terrible TV, ice cream, books, and vacations. She loathes cilantro, live birds, and when guys do cartoon impressions. Her debut novel, Liars and Losers Like Us is forthcoming from Sky Pony Press in March of 2016.
 

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One winner will receive a signed copy of LIARS AND LOSERS LIKE US (upon release).

 

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34. I Spy A Giveaway--T.A. Maclagan's New YA Spy Thriller

 

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Books can show us visions. Have you ever found your mind beginning to imagine the characters you meet within the pages? Have you experienced a film projector of scenes in your head as you read about the girl who travels to the fifth dimension, or the boy who’s trying to graduate from being a wallflower? When you read, your mind naturally creates images, almost like watching a movie. No wonder so many books are made into films!

Full Fathom Five Digital, is hosting a contest to celebrate the release of my first book, They Call Me Alexandra Gastone.

 

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When your life is a lie, how do you know what’s real? Alexandra Gastone has a simple plan: graduate high school, get into Princeton, work for the CIA, and serve her great nation. She was told the plan back when her name was Milena Rokva, back before the real Alexandra and her family were killed in a car crash. Milena was trained to be a sleeper agent by Perun, a clandestine organization from her true homeland of Olissa. There, Milena learned everything she needed to infiltrate the life of CIA analyst Albert Gastone, Alexandra’s grandfather, and the ranks of America’s top intelligence agency. 

For seven years, “Alexandra” has been on standby and life’s been good. Grandpa Albert loves her, and her strategically chosen boyfriend, Grant, is amazing. But things are about to change. Perun no longer needs her at the CIA in five years’ time. They need her active now. Between her cover as a high school girl—juggling a homecoming dance, history reports, and an increasingly suspicious boyfriend—and her mission in this high-stakes spy game, the boundaries of her two lives are beginning to blur. Will she stay true to the country she barely remembers, or has her loyalty shattered along with her identity?

Praise for They Call Me Alexandra Gastone: “A solid debut that has both heart and smarts. Clever, solidly paced, and power-packed with a killer voice. They Call Me Alexandra Gastone is a blast to read. A perfect balance of mystery, romance, and betrayal. Bring on the sequel!” — Lindsay Cummings, author of The Murder Complex

 

So let the summary inspire your very own movie poster! (Hint: I also have a book trailer. )

One winner with the best movie poster design will win a $100 Amazon Giftcard AND a FREE book from Full Fathom Five's list of authors. Hey, if the book does become a movie one day you’ll also have some awesome bragging rights. Oh, and your entry will be featured on FFF’s website and ALL entries will be featured on mine!

Movie posters will be judged on the following criteria: Appeal, Creativity, Relevance to Book, and Style.

Contest Rules: Artist may use any medium. All designs must be original. 

Contest Period: July 7- August 15

How To Submit: Send your image to contest@fullfathomfive.net. Make sure to proudly post your designs on Facebook, Twitter, and Insta using #Gastone and @FFFDigital!

 


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35. It's live!! Cover Reveal: How It Ends by Catherine Lo + Giveaway (International)

We have another great cover reveal for you, YABC!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for HOW IT ENDS by Catherine Lo, releasing June 7, 2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Catherine:

 
Hi YABC! Welcome to the cover reveal for HOW IT ENDS.
 
A little something about me – I’m a huge admirer of visual artists, but have absolutely zero skill in that area. Less than zero. So when people asked me what I hoped for in a cover, I just stared at them blankly. I couldn’t imagine how anyone would translate my book into cover art. 
 
On the day the email arrived with the subject line Cover!, my hands were shaking so badly that it took me three tries to tap the attachment. And then the cover you’ll see below filled the screen. To say that I love it would be the understatement of the century. I’m so grateful to everyone at HMH Kids for all their hard work, including my editor Sarah Landis and the amazing designer who created this stunning cover, Cara Llewellyn. 
 
I cannot wait to share this book with all of you, and revealing the cover is just the first step.
 
So scroll down and check it out! And let me know what you think on Twitter with the hashtag #HIEcover.
 
~ Catherine Lo (HOW IT ENDS, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers)
 

 

 

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HOW IT ENDS

by Catherine Lo
Release date: June 7, 2016
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-0-544-54006-4
 
 
About the Book
 
How it begins…
 
"You're in my English class, right?"
I almost checked behind me to make sure she wasn't talking to someone else.
 
How it unravels…
 
“You can be my best friend without being my only friend."
Her words were knives raked along my skin. I could hear the goodbye in every syllable.
 
How it Ends.
 
Why should I keep her secrets when she didn't keep mine? All it would take was one little click and a carefully worded message.
 
How it Ends is an honest, heart-wrenching tale of a friendship from first meeting to breakup. Told through alternating points of view, it is about two best friends’ tumultuous sophomore year of bullying, boys and backstabbing and what can happen when friends choose assumptions and fear over each other.
 

b2ap3_thumbnail_catherinelo2.jpgAbout the Author

Catherine Lo is a high school teacher who has the good fortune to work with some of the most creative and personable kids around. She keeps her classroom bookshelves stocked with the latest YA fiction, and considers it her personal mission to match even the most reluctant readers with books that will speak to them. Catherine lives in Mississauga, Ontario with her husband and two children, who make her laugh every day and are extremely tolerant of her writerly obsessions. HOW IT ENDS is Catherine’s debut novel.
 

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One winner will receive a signed ARC of HOW IT ENDS (when available). 

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36. What's New in YA

 

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

 

 

When high school senior Kelsey’s identical twin sister, Michelle, dies in a car crash, Kelsey is left without her other half. The only person who doesn’t know about the tragedy is Michelle’s boyfriend, Peter, recently deployed to Afghanistan. But when Kelsey finally connects with Peter online, she can’t bear to tell him the truth. Active duty has taken its toll, and Peter, thinking that Kelsey is Michelle, says that seeing her is the one thing keeping him alive. Caught up in the moment, Kelsey has no choice: She lets Peter believe that she is her sister. As Kelsey keeps up the act, she crosses the line from pretend to real. Soon, Kelsey can’t deny that she’s falling, hard, for the one boy she shouldn’t want.

 

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

 

 

 

Eva has always wanted to write a modern classic—one that actually appeals to her generation. The only problem is that she has realized she can’t “write what she knows” because she hasn’t yet begun to live. So before heading off to college, Eva is determined to get a life worth writing about.

Soon Eva’s life encounters a few unexpected plot twists. She becomes a counselor at a nearby summer camp—a job she is completely unqualified for. She starts growing apart from her best friends before they’ve even left for school. And most surprising of all, she begins to fall for the last guy she would have ever imagined. But no matter the roadblocks, or writer’s blocks, it is all up to Eva to figure out how she wants this chapter in her story to end.

Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart, David Levithan, and Rainbow Rowell, Don’t Ever Change is a witty, snarky, and thought-provoking coming-of-age young adult novel about a teen who sets out to write better fiction and, ultimately, discovers the truth about herself.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

When Carolina and Trevor meet on their first day of school, something draws them to each other.  They gradually share first kisses, first touches, first sexual experiences.  When they’re together, nothing else matters. But one of them will make a choice, and the other a mistake, that will break what they thought was unbreakable. Both will wish that they could fall in love again for the first time . . . but first love, by definition, can’t happen twice.

Told in Carolina and Trevor’s alternating voices, this is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Three lost girls, one mysterious boy. They battle for his heart while he struggles for their souls in this gripping conclusion to The Blessed trilogy, from the New York Times bestselling author of the ghostgirl series.

 

Lucy, Cecelia, and Agnes have sacrificed everything for their belief in a boy who stole their hearts. First in Precious Blood and then in Passionaries, the girls have struggled to reconcile with their destinies. Now, as the world turns against them, will they be able to hold steadfast? Will they survive the final test?

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

The best place to hide is in a lie…

I could never fit in to the life my parents demanded. By the time I was thirteen, it was too much. I ran away to New York City…and found a nightmare that lasted three years. A nightmare that began and ended with a pimp named Luis. Now I am Dirty Anna. Broken, like everything inside me has gone bad.

Except that for the first time, I have a chance to start over. Not just with my parents but at school. Still, the rumors follow me everywhere. Down the hall. In classes. And the only hope I can see is in the wide, brightly lit smile of Jackson, the boy next door. So I lie to him. I lie to protect him from my past. I lie so that I don’t have to be The Girl Who Went Bad.

The only problem is that someone in my school knows about New York.

Someone knows who I really am.

And it’s just a matter of time before the real Anna is exposed…

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

First crush, first love, first kiss—Nell finds summer romance and rediscovers her passion for music in this addition to the sweet and clean Flirt series.

Shipped off to camp for the summer, Nell isn’t looking forward to campfires, (too many) sing-alongs, and a WiFi-free existence. And no matter how much she wants to keep a low profile, Nell knows it’ll be impossible. Her family is folk music royalty, and she’s the best fiddle player at the camp. With no other option, Nell jumps feet first into a world of music lessons, craft classes, and countless renditions of Kumbaya—exactly what she was hoping to escape.

But Jacob—a fellow musician at the camp—decides to remind Nell of her folk music–loving roots. He sees her talent and can’t understand why she’s pushing music and her family away. Jacob convinces Nell to go with him on a series of cliché camp adventures, in the hopes that she’ll begin to see herself through his eyes.

As his plan starts to work, Nell slowly beings to fall back in love with music—and fall for Jacob—but is he falling for her, too?

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert.

Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at mealtime, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she’s worked so hard to avoid.

Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn’t plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh’s death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she too will end her life.

In this emotionally haunting and beautifully written young adult debut, Meg Haston delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss, while posing the question: Why are some consumed by their illness while others embark on a path toward recovery?

 

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People in the small town of Greenton mark their lives from that day in late summer when crowds lined the streets to see off high school athletic stars John Robison and John Mijias. That was the day the Johns, as they were known by adoring fans in Greenton, left for state college, and never made it there—or back. The Johns had spent their high school years putting that nowhere losing town on the map with playoff runs in football and state championship bids in baseball. For Concepcion “Chon” Gonzales, the days that the Johns headed out and didn’t return was the first day of his new life. He had waited all his growing up years for a shot at Araceli when one of the Johns, John Mejia, stole her away. Now, while Greenton mourns, while the Johns’ families become actors in a spectacle of grief, while Johns memorabilia is sold in every gas station and convenience store in town, while Araceli has to endure a senior year in the watchful gaze of the whole town, Chon Gonzales makes his slow methodical move on the only girl he’s ever loved, hoping maybe that she won’t notice what he wants.

 

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Society girls from New York City circa 1890, Dacia and Lou never desired to know more about their lineage, instead preferring to gossip about the mysterious Romanian family that they barely knew. But upon turning seventeen, the girls must return to their homeland to meet their relatives, find proper husbands, and—most terrifyingly—learn the deep family secrets of The Claw, The Wing, and The Smoke. The Florescus, after all, are shape-shifters, and it is time for Dacia and Lou to fulfill the prophecy that demands their acceptance of this fate . . . or fight against this cruel inheritance with all their might.

With a gorgeous Romanian setting, stunning Parisian gowns, and dark brooding young men, readers will be swept up by this epic adventure of two girls in a battle for their lives.

 

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Gone Girl meets 13 Reasons Why in this stylish, sexy, and atmospheric story about friendship packed with twists and turns that will leave you breathless.

They say Delia burned herself to death in her stepfather’s shed. They say it was suicide.

But June doesn’t believe it.

June and Delia used to be closer than anything. Best friends in that way that comes before everyone else-before guys, before family. It was like being in love, but more. They had a billion secrets, tying them together like thin silk cords.

But one night a year ago, everything changed. June, Delia, and June’s boyfriend Ryan were just having a little fun. Their good time got out of hand. And in the cold blue light of morning, June knew only this-things would never be the same again.

And now, a year later, Delia is dead. June is certain she was murdered. And she owes it to her to find out the truth…which is far more complicated than she ever could have imagined.

Sexy, dark, and atmospheric, Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls will keep you guessing until the very last page.

 

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We’re all gonna die down here. . . .

Julie lies dead and disemboweled in a dank, black subway tunnel, red-eyed rats nibbling at her fingers. Her friends think she’s just off with some guy—no one could hear her getting torn apart over the sound of pulsing music.

In a tunnel nearby, Casey regrets coming to Survive the Night, the all-night underground rave in the New York City subway. Her best friend Shana talked her into it, even though Casey just got out of rehab. Alone and lost in the dark, creepy tunnels, Casey doesn’t think Survive the Night could get any worse . . .

. . . until she comes across Julie’s body, and the party turns deadly.

Desperate for help, Casey and her friends find themselves running through the putrid subway system, searching for a way out. But every manhole is sealed shut, and every noise echoes eerily in the dark, reminding them they’re not alone.

They’re being hunted.

Trapped underground with someone—or something—out to get them, Casey can’t help but listen to her friend’s terrified refrain: “We’re all gonna die down here. . . .” in this bone-chilling sophmore novel by the acclaimed author of The Merciless.

 

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When two boys walk into the woods, and one comes out covered in blood, what would you believe?
Fletcher and Adam venture into the woods for an afternoon hike, but when day turns into night and neither boy returns, their town is thrown into turmoil. Avery, the detective’s daughter, is the one to find Fletcher—dishelved, disoriented, and covered in blood. He has no memory of what happened, but Avery can’t shake the feeling that something’s off.

When Adam’s body is finally found, Avery is determined to uncover the truth. But if she stands by her gut, and Fletcher, is she standing by a friend, or a murderer? The answer might cost her her life.

 

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When sixteen-year-old Tess Kendrick is sent to live with her older sister, Ivy, she has no idea that the infamous Ivy Kendrick is Washington D.C.’s #1 “fixer,” known for making politicians’ scandals go away for a price. No sooner does Tess enroll at Hardwicke Academy than she unwittingly follows in her sister’s footsteps and becomes D.C.’s premier high school fixer, solving problems for elite teens.

Secrets pile up as each sister lives a double life. . . . until their worlds come crashing together and Tess finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy with one of her classmates and a client of Ivy’s. Suddenly, there is much more on the line than good grades, money, or politics, and the price for this fix might be more than Tess is willing to pay.

Perfect for fans of Pretty Little Liars and Heist Society, readers will be clamoring for more in this exciting new series.

 

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Intrigue abounds in this hotly anticipated sequel to The Kiss of Deception!

Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape. Desperate to save her life, Lia’s erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komizar that she has the gift, and the Komizar’s interest in Lia is greater than anyone could have foreseen.

Meanwhile, nothing is straightforward: there’s Rafe, who lied to Lia, but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom Lia always believed to be barbarians. Now that she lives amongst them, however, she realizes that may be far from the truth. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her sense of self, Lia must make powerful choices that will affect her country… and her own destiny.

 

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37. Giveaway: Damage Done by Amanda Panitch (US & Canada Only)

DAMAGE DONE

by Amanda Panitch

Release Date: 7/21/2015

 

 

About the Book


Family can be a real killer. DAMAGE DONE is a gripping YA debut about a girl trying to escape the past. In this deliciously disturbing, heart-in-your-throat psychological thriller, the truth hurts.

Before the incident, Julia Vann had a twin brother. After, she has a new identity in a new town and a memory of that terrible day that refuses to come into focus.

Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to start again. And she’s stumbled onto the radar of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. Lucy’s even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. But when someone from her past starts asking questions and threatening to tell all, she’s forced to confront the terrors—and the dark secrets—she thought were safely left behind.

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


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


About the Author

AMANDA PANITCH grew up next to an amusement park in New Jersey and went to college next to the White House in Washington, DC. She now resides in New York City where she works in book publishing by day, writes by night, and lives under constant threat of being crushed beneath giant stacks of books. Visit Amanda online at amandapanitch.com and follow her on Twitter @AmandaPanitch.

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Two winners will each receive a copy of Damage Done. US & Canada only.

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38. Diversify Your Shelves with WNDB

 

Column by Maurene Goo

 

Maybe it’s because Comic Con is around the corner, or just the general languor that settles in when it’s hot—but summer always makes me want to crack into a good graphic novel and just completely escape.

So here are my personal recommendations for some great graphic novels by Asian American authors and illustrators—there’s a lot of ’em out there and I’m excited to share their crazy talent with you all.

Find a hammock, some shade, and give your eyes and brain some summer lovin’... 

 

 

This One Summer 

 

I’ve been a fan of Jillian Tamaki’s artwork for years (she did those great Penguin thread covers and was properly blown away by the lushness of the illustrations in this coming­ of ­age novel. Every page, every spread, is a serious piece of art. It’s a story of friendship between two girls who see each other every summer, and the one summer where things start to change. Not only do the girls find themselves growing apart as they grow older, but they also witness some teenage drama that becomes a fixation to either help them cope or distract them from their own turmoil (a parents’ dissolving marriage for example). It’s about what happens as you transition from the innocent bubble of childhood to the realities of the adult world, beautifully captured through the lens of a fleeting summer. 

 

 

 

Same Difference and Other Stories 

 

 

When I first read this over a decade ago, it was one of the first stories (or collection of them) that I had ever read about the Korean American experience. And with such humor, angst, and heart! I don’t think it was a coincidence that it was in the form of a graphic novel—a medium that I feel is always a step ahead of the curve. I fell in love with this collection of stories (a lot of which feels autobiographical) and graphic novels in general, soon after. Kim’s amazing illustration skills are just icing on the cake. While the Korean American factor is what initially drew me in, it was just good solid storytelling that had me smitten. And I credit Kim as a huge inspiration for my own writing, as I’m always in pursuit of humor and authenticity in writing about the Asian American experience. 

 

 

 

In Real Life

 

In light of all the Gamergate craziness, I was very interested in picking up this book about a gamer girl (it helped that it was illustrated by my good friend Jen Wang!). I don’t know what I expected but it sure wasn’t this thoughtful, heartrending story about human connections, the complexity of online gaming, and rethinking what is “right” and “wrong.” In Real Life tells the story of an American teen girl named Anda who loves playing a multiplayer role­playing game online called Coarsegold. She eventually takes on the role of hunting down gold farmers—players who illegally collect valuable objects and sells them to other players. It’s the right thing to do, you know? But what seems black and white becomes murky when she befriends one them, a Chinese teen who is doing this out of necessity. I was surprised by the intensity of my feelings about this story, which is an important one as the globe both constricts and expands with our online connections. And Wang’s illustrations are just so perfect and gorgeous that you’ll find yourself wishing the world of Coarsegold was just a little bit real. 

 

 

 

 

Maurene Goo is the author of Since You Asked. She has very strong feelings about graphic design and houseplants and lives in Los Angeles. She is also a team member of We Need Diverse Books.

 

 

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39. Giveaway: 5 Seconds of Summer: All Exposed by Mick O'Shea (US & Canada Only)

5 Seconds of Summer: All Exposed

by Mick O’Shea

Release Date: 10/07/2015

 

About the Book


They've toured with One Direction and scored international super-hits in more than 50 countries across the globe but 5 Seconds of Summer are more than just another boy band. Like the guitar gods they worship, Luke, Michael, Calum and Ashton play all their own instruments. Having rocketed into our hearts with the infectious pop-punk anthem,'She Looks So Perfect', this cheeky Aussie foursome seems set for a summer that never ends. Filled with more than 50 full-colour photos, this book traces the boys' incredible journey so far from schooldays back in Sydney, Australia, to the release of their all-conquering debut album (5 Seconds of Summer has sold in excess of 1.5 million copies already) and beyond.

With a fun profile devoted to each bandmate, it tells you all you need to know about 5SOS’s unstoppable rise to the top. With details of the first cover songs they ever posted on YouTube and all the gossip from their epic 2013/14 tour with One Direction (the Brit boys have been their friends and mentors from the beginning; naturally 5SOS opened for them on sold-out dates throughout the US and the UK), this is essential reading for all true 5SOSers


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


About the Author

Based in London, Mick O'Shea is also the author of Amy Winehouse: A Losing Game, Beyond District 12: The Stars of the Hunger Games and One Direction: No Limits.

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3 winners will each receive a copy of the book. US & Canada only.

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40. Giveaway: The Princess & the Pony by Kate Beaton (US Only)

THE PRINCESS AND THE PONY

by Kate Beaton

In stores June 30th

 

About the Book


Princess Pinecone knows exactly what she wants for her birthday this year. A BIG horse. A STRONG horse. A horse fit for a WARRIOR PRINCESS! But when the day arrives, she doesn't quite get the horse of her dreams...
 
From the artist behind the comic phenomenon Hark! A Vagrant, The Princess and the Pony is a laugh-out-loud story of brave warriors, big surprises, and falling in love with one unforgettable little pony.


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

 

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Kate Beaton is the author of Hark! A Vagrant, her #1 New York Times bestselling collection of comics which began as a webcomic in 2007. The Princess and the Pony is her first picture book. She is the recipient of multiple Harvey awards, and her work has been featured in the New Yorker, Harper’s, and The Best American Comics Anthology. Kate lives in Toronto, and you can find her online at www.beatontown.com and on Twitter as @beatonna.

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SMALL, FAT, AND MIGHTY prize pack
One (1) winner receives:
·             A copy of The Princess and the Pony;
·             Plus a Kate Beaton-designed Pony t-shirt and “Small Fat and Mighty” coffee mug.


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41. Giveaway: The Star Side of Bird Hill by Naomi Jackson (US Only)

The Star Side of Bird Hill

by Naomi Jackson
 
Release Date: 6/30/15

 

About the Book

Summer, 1989: Sixteen-year-old Dionne Braithwaite and her younger sister Phaedra have just arrived in Bird Hill in Barbados. Sent from Brooklyn by their mother after she can no longer care from them, the sisters move into the home of their grandmother, Hyacinth, who has “Why worry?” in blue script above the front steps. Together, in Naomi Jackson’s lyrical debut novel THE STAR SIDE OF BIRD HILL (Penguin Press; on sale June 30, 2015), these three characters form an unforgettable matriarchal family buoyed by love and community and tested by heartbreak and betrayal.
 
Dionne, “sixteen going on a bitter, if beautiful, forty-five” and exasperated with her new setting, spends the summer in search of love, defying her grandmother’s rules, and wanting to return to Brooklyn. Ten-year-old Phaedra, who observes far more than anyone realizes, adjusts more readily and explores Bird Hill, where the family has lived for generations. And Hyacinth, a woman more than capable of standing upright in the face of the most difficult things, cares for them with equal parts patience and tough love.
 
Phaedra accompanies Hyacinth on her jobs as a midwife and practitioner of the local spiritual practice of obeah and learns about the life her grandmother has built—and survived—over the decades. Though far away in Brooklyn, the girls’ mother remains a vivid presence on the island, and slowly Dionne and Phaedra uncover stories of her spirited, complicated life there and why she left, vowing to never return. Jackson’s tautly paced coming-of-age story builds to a crisis when the father they barely know comes to Bird Hill to reclaim his daughters, and both Phaedra and Dionne must choose between the Brooklyn they once knew and loved, or the Barbados of their family.
 
Jackson was born and raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents and is the recipient of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop’s Maytag Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction. Growing up, she spent her summers in Barbados and Antigua, and her real-life experiences there imbue Bird Hill with a vibrancy that is completely transporting. Jackson’s love for her characters, too, radiates off the page, as she explores issues of family, adolescence, mental illness, sexual awakening, and straddling cultures. Dionne, Phaedra, and Hyacinth will stay in your heart and mind long after turning the final page.


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


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NAOMI JACKSON was born and raised in Brooklyn by West Indian parents. She studied fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded the Maytag Fellowship for Excellence in Fiction to complete her first novel, The Star Side of Bird Hill. Jackson traveled to South Africa on a Fulbright scholarship, where she received an MA in creative writing from the University of Cape Town. Jackson is a graduate of Williams College, and her work has appeared in literary journals and magazines in the United States and abroad.

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5 winners will receive a copy of the finished book. US only.

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42. Giveaway: Siren's Fury by Mary Weber (US Only)

Siren’s Fury

by Mary Weber

Release Date: June 2, 2015

 

About the Book


“I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it’s no use. The curse I’ve spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists.”


Nym risked her life to save Faelen, her homeland, from a losing war, only to discover that the shapeshifter Draewulf has stolen everything she holds dear. But when the repulsive monster robs Nym of her storm-summoning abilities as well, the beautiful Elemental realizes her war is only just beginning.


Now powerless to control the elements that once emboldened her, Nym stows away on an airship traveling to the metallic kingdom of Bron. She must stop Draewulf. But the horrors he’s brought to life and the secrets of Bron are more than Nym bargained for. Then the disturbing Lord Myles tempts her with new powers that could destroy the monster, and Nym must decide whether she can compromise in the name of good even if it costs her very soul.
As she navigates the stark industrial cityscape of Bron, Nym is faced with an impossible choice: change the future with one slice of a blade . . . or sacrifice the entire kingdom for the one thing her heart just can’t let go.


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About the Author


Mary Weber is a ridiculously uncoordinated girl plotting to take over make-believe worlds through books, handstands, and imaginary throwing knives.   
                                                                               
In her spare time, she feeds unicorns, sings 80’s hairband songs to her three muggle children, and ogles her husband who looks strikingly like Wolverine. They live in California, which is perfect for stalking L.A. bands, Joss Whedon, and the ocean. 


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2 winners will each receive 1 small set of Jamberry Nail wraps good for one mani and 1 copy of Siren’s Fury. US only.

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43. Giveaway: Paperweight by Meg Haston (US Only)

PAPERWEIGHT

by Meg Haston
 
Release Date: July 7, 2015

 

About the Book


In the vein of Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls, this emotionally haunting and beautifully written young adult debut delves into the devastating impact of trauma and loss.

Seventeen-year-old Stevie is trapped. In her life. In her body. And now in an eating-disorder treatment center on the dusty outskirts of the New Mexico desert. Life in the center is regimented and intrusive, a nightmare come true. Nurses and therapists watch Stevie at meal time, accompany her to the bathroom, and challenge her to eat the foods she's worked so hard to avoid. Her dad has signed her up for sixty days of treatment. But what no one knows is that Stevie doesn't plan to stay that long. There are only twenty-seven days until the anniversary of her brother Josh's death—the death she caused. And if Stevie gets her way, there are only twenty-seven days until she, too, will end her life.

Paperweight follows Stevie's journey as she struggles not only with this life-threatening eating disorder, but with the question of whether she can ever find absolution for the mistakes of her past…and whether she truly deserves to.


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

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Meg Haston is the author of How to Rock Braces and Glasses and How to Rock Best Friends and Frenemies. She lives in Jacksonville, Florida, where she writes and works as a counselor in an independent school. Paperweight is her first young adult novel.

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Top Five Ways to Survive a Tough Time

In my novel PAPERWEIGHT, Stevie’s eating disorder requires intensive treatment. While not everyone experiences the struggle of eating disorders or mental illness, we all go through difficult times. Here are my top five ways to survive a tough time.

1.    Take a look in the (metaphorical) mirror.

Moving through a difficult time means having to take a long, hard, look at yourself—and the situation you want to change. Get honest about what you’re struggling with. This is so much harder than it sounds, but it’s a crucial first step. If you can’t get real, things can’t get better.

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2.    Decide what you want to (and can) change.

Once you’ve gotten real with yourself, decide what you want to change. What do you want for yourself? How to do you want things to be different? Set small, realistic goals and you’ll see your situation start to change.

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3.    Get by with a little help from your friends.

Make sure to lean on your friends. Having strong friendships makes it easier to get through the hard stuff, because you don’t have to carry the burden alone. Just make sure you’re leaning on people you can trust.

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4.    Treat yourself.

When you’re having a hard time, make sure to take time for fun. Do something to take your mind off of your problems. In short, Treat Yo Self.

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5.    Know when to ask for help.

Sometimes, all of the above isn’t enough, and you need a little something extra to make it through. That might be counseling, or it might be another kind of support. There’s no shame in asking for what you need, so speak up.
 

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44. 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.
 
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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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45. Giveaway: Made You Up by Francesca Zappia (US & Canada Only)

Made You Up

by Francesca Zappia

Release Date: May 19, 2015

 

 

About the Book


Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. Made You Up tells the story of Alex, a high school senior unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion. This is a compelling and provoking literary debut that will appeal to fans of Wes Anderson, Silver Linings Playbook, and Liar.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out the difference between reality and delusion. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8-Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until classes begin, and she runs into Miles. Didn't she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal.

Funny, provoking, and ultimately moving, this debut novel featuring the quintessential unreliable narrator will have readers turning the pages and trying to figure out what is real and what is made up.


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Francesca Zappia lives in Indiana, graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a degree in Computer Science, and still isn't sure exactly how that happened. She spends most of her time writing, reading, drawing, watching anime, and playing way too much Pokémon.


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46. Giveaway: Minus Me by Ingelin Rossland (US Only)

MINUS ME

by Ingelin Røssland, translated by Deborah Dawkin

Release Date: July 13, 2015

 

 

About the Book


During a diving competition Linda discovers that she has a rare heart condition and is told that her only hope of surviving is a heart transplant. Sensitive, introspective, and intelligent, Linda refuses to be coddled, despite her parent’s wishes. Determined to experience everything a 13-year-old girl should, Linda starts to work her way through a list of all the things she and her best friend wish to do: have a first kiss, go to a pop concert, travel without parents . . . But as Linda starts to tick these off, a mysterious emo boy called Njal appears — and always at the most unexpected moments. And he is happy to accompany her on daring escapades, particularly those that her timid best friend refuses to go on. But is Njal good or bad? And why is he the only one that Linda can share her fears with?

Minus Me is a gripping, addictive novel — written with heart-stopping emotional honesty — from one of Norway’s most acclaimed young adult writers.


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Born in 1976, Ingelin Røssland is an award-winning and critically acclaimed Norwegian author, actor, and journalist. She debuted as a writer in 1998 with the YA novel If You Will, which received a number of awards and has been translated into several languages. Her fourth book, Handgranateple, was awarded the Røssland Sunnmørsprisen Prize and was listed in the 2008 IBBY Honours List; in 2007 she was awarded the Sigmund Skardbotn scholarship and Guro Sand Valley's Literature Prize. She lives in Stockholm.

Deborah Dawkin was born in London in 1961. She worked in the theatre and in marketing before becoming a literary translator. In 2009 she completed an MA in Social and Cultural History.



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47. Giveaway: Delicate Monsters by Stephanie Kuehn (US & Canada Only)

Delicate Monsters

by Stephanie Kuehn

Release Date: June 9, 2015

 

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From the Morris-Award winning author of Charm & Strange, comes a twisted and haunting tale about three teens uncovering dark secrets and even darker truths about themselves.

When nearly killing a classmate gets seventeen-year-old Sadie Su kicked out of her third boarding school in four years, she returns to her family's California vineyard estate. Here, she's meant to stay out of trouble. Here, she's meant to do a lot of things. But it's hard. She's bored. And when Sadie's bored, the only thing she likes is trouble.

Emerson Tate's a poor boy living in a rich town, with his widowed mother and strange, haunted little brother. All he wants his senior year is to play basketball and make something happen with the girl of his dreams. That's why Emerson's not happy Sadie's back. An old childhood friend, she knows his worst secrets. The things he longs to forget. The things she won't ever let him.

Haunted is a good word for fifteen-year-old Miles Tate. Miles can see the future, after all. And he knows his vision of tragic violence at his school will come true, because his visions always do. That's what he tells the new girl in town. The one who listens to him. The one who recognizes the darkness in his past.

But can Miles stop the violence? Or has the future already been written? Maybe tragedy is his destiny. Maybe it's all of theirs.


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Stephanie Kuehn is the William C. Morris Award-winning author of Charm & Strange. She holds degrees in linguistics and sport psychology, and is currently working toward a doctorate in clinical psychology. She lives in Northern California with her husband, their three children, and a joyful abundance of pets. When she's not writing, she's running. Or reading. Or dreaming.

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48. Giveaway: Becoming Darkness by Lindsay Brambles (US & Canada Only)

Becoming Darkness

by Lindsay Brambles

Release Date: October 1, 2015

 

 

About the Book


Becoming Darkness is a dark, action-filled tale set in an alternate twenty-first century in which Hitler won World War II, our modern technologies never evolved, and the Nazis’ terrifying reign still continues.

A genre mash up of alternate history, dystopian, mystery, romance and gothic fiction, this story of a young woman coming into her own in a world of secrets, betrayals and conspiracies will appeal to readers looking for a fresh hybrid to sweep them away.

Like everyone else living in Haven, 17-year-old Sophie Harkness is an Immune in a world ruled by vampires. She is a carrier of the genetic mutation that protects her from the virus Hitler unleashed upon the world more than half a century ago. That virus wiped out most of humanity and turned 200 million people into vampires. After her best friend is brutally murdered and several attempts are made on her own life, Sophie becomes determined to find answers to what seems to be a conspiracy running generations deep. And when she questions the peace treaty that keeps her small community protected, Sophie begins to discover terrible truths about herself and what it means to be human in a world ruled by darkness.


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About the Author


Lindsay Brambles was born in Ottawa, Canada, and spent a large part of his childhood and youth living and traveling overseas in countries such as Pakistan, Iran, Kenya, and Tanzania. Although he occasionally attended traditional schools, most of his education was gained through correspondence courses and the life experience of living amidst other cultures. As a child in Iran, Lindsay produced a weekly newspaper, which kindled what would become a lifelong interest in writing. In 1989, he won first prize in the Pine Cone II Science Fiction Convention writing contest for his novella Zero-Option. He has worked in a variety of fields, from construction to childcare while pursuing a vocation as an artist and writer. Lindsay is currently hard at work on several new projects, including the next book in the Becoming Darkness trilogy. www.lindsaybrambles.com/ or on Twitter at @LBrambles.


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4 winners will each receive an advanced reader copy of BECOMING DARKNESS. US and Canada only.

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49. Giveaway: Alive by Chandler Baker (US Only)

ALIVE  

by Chandler Baker

Release Date: June 9, 2015

 

 

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Stella Cross's heart is poisoned. After years on the transplant waiting list, she's running out of hope that she'll ever see her eighteenth birthday. Then, miraculously, Stella receives the transplant she needs to survive.

Determined to embrace everything she came so close to losing, Stella throws herself into her new life. But her recovery is marred with strange side effects: Nightmares. Hallucinations. A recurring pain that flares every day at the exact same moment. Then Stella meets Levi Zin, the new boy on everyone's radar at her Seattle prep school. Stella has never felt more drawn to anyone in her life, and soon she and Levi can barely stand to be apart.

Stella is convinced that Levi is her soul mate. Why else would she literally ache for him when they are apart?

After all, the heart never lies...does it?


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Chandler Baker got her start ghostwriting novels for teens and tweens before turning to her own stories. She grew up in Florida, went to college in Pennsylvania, and studied law in Texas where she now lives with her husband. Although she loves spinning tales with a touch of horror, she is a much bigger scaredy-cat than her stories would lead you to believe. You can visit her online atwww.chandlerbaker.com.

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50. Giveaway: Wanted Series by Erin Johnson (US Only)

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WANTED: Grace and the Guiltless (Book 1)

by Erin Johnson

Release Date: August 1, 2014



As the first book in the new young-adult series Wanted, Grace and the Guiltless is an edge-of-your-seat, gripping thrill ride. Set in the Wild West, the book piggybacks on the success of the strong female character in “True Grit,” and presents Grace Milton, a character whose once-peaceful life on a horse ranch outside Tombstone, Arizona, is shattered in one devastating night.

Her family is brutally murdered by the notorious Guiltless Gang, leaving Grace the only survivor. Trekking into the wilderness on her stallion, Grace falls ill from the elements. A young man named Joe saves her life by taking her to an Apache camp where she learns about their way of life and begins to fall for Joe. When Grace encounters one of the Guiltless Gang, her strength will be tested. Can she survive as a bounty hunter, or will she fall into darkness again? This Western revenge epic will captivate teen readers with its ruthless spirit of suspense and adventure and a powerful central romance.

 

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WANTED: Her Cold Revenge (Book 2)     

by Erin Johnson

Release Date: August 1, 2015



The second book in the gripping Wanted series, this Western revenge epic is a must-read for teen readers who are fans of relentless action, wild horses and heart-wrenching romance.

Grace Milton has only one goal: bring to justice the Guiltless Gang, the outlaws who slaughtered her parents and siblings. That’s why she had to abandoned Joe and her Apache friends. She couldn’t afford any distractions. Now, she’s on her own making her living in Arizona as one of the only female bounty hunters in the Wild West, despite the doubts and protests of others. But when Joe shows up in town, Grace is torn. Feelings she thought she had left behind are rekindled, and the passion threatens to pull her away from her mission. But soon rumors surface that two members of the Guiltless Gang are nearby, planning a daring train robbery, and now Grace is faced with an impossible choice. Will she stay with Joe and forget her vendetta, or risk everything – her love, her life – to fulfill her all-consuming need for vengeance?


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Erin Johnson grew up watching classic western movies with her father, which fueled her lifelong love of horseback riding. She's always dreamed of being a fierce-talking cowgirl, but writing about one seemed like the next best thing. She loves to travel, paint, ride motorcycles and teach, and lives in North Carolina.


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