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26. Giveaway: Overtaken by Mark Kruger (US Only)

Overtaken

by Mark H. Kruger

Release Date: May 5th

 

 

About the Book


Nica struggles to decipher the nefarious forces ruling her small town in this electrifying sequel to Overpowered, which VOYA says “offers all the conspiracy and intrigue of the best dystopian fiction.”

After the mysterious pulses changed Nica Ashley’s life forever, she was sure things could only get worse when Dana Fox returned. Her reappearance after having gone missing for months surely means not only that Nica will lose her friendship with Jackson, but also that something more ominous is simmering under the surface of quiet Barrington.

When another pulse occurs, Nica discovers that she can be invisible at any time. She tries to talk to her friends about how bizarre things have become, but they all seem to have no idea what she is talking about. Nica soon realizes that Dana has a strange control over the whole town, including her undercover, government-agent father.

Now on her own, Nica must stop BarTech from using her and her friends as weapons. But can she figure out their ultimate plan before it is too late?


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


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Mark H. Kruger is a screen and TV writer specializing in edge-of-your-seat thrillers and supernatural suspense. He has contributed to many television series and movies but is best known for having written and produced for The 4400, Necessary Roughness and the upcoming horror series Damien, and for working with filmmakers Clive Barker, Wes Craven and Bill Condon. Mark lives in Los Angeles and is the author of Overpowered and Overtaken.

Learn more Website | Twitter | Goodreads
 

 


Giveaway Details


1 winner will receive the paperback copy of Overpowered (book 1) and the hardcover edition of book 2, Overtaken. US only.

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

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:  If you had a super power, what would it be?

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27. Giveaway: The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey (US & Canada Only)

The Girl At Midnight

by Melissa Grey

Release Date: 4/28/2015

 

 

About the Book



Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All humans but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known. When a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, Echo must help the people who have aided and cared for her.


Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, but if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it. But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.



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


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MELISSA GREY was born and raised in New York City. She wrote her first short story at the age of twelve and hasn't stopped writing since. After earning a degree in fine arts at Yale University, she traveled the world, then returned to New York City where she currently works as a freelance journalist. To learn more about Melissa visit melissa-grey.com and follow @meligrey on Twitter.

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Giveaway Details


2 winners will each receive a copy of Girl at Midnight. US & Canada only.

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

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28. Giveaway: Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners (US Only)

GABBY DURAN AND THE UNSITTABLES

by Elise Allen and Daryle Conners
In stores May 12th

 

About the Book


Case File: The First Unsittable
 
Summary: The Association Linking Intergalatics and Earthlings (hereby known as A.L.I.E.N.) has a new member. After months of investigation, Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, has proven herself to be a babysitter extraordinaire. Her celebrity clients fly her around the country to care for their rambunctious little humans. Our spy, Associate 4118-23432B, otherwise known as Edwina, believes Gabby can be trusted with the truth: aliens are living among humans on Earth. And here at A.L.I.E.N we believe that even extraterrestrials need a babysitter now and then. No one was up to the task...until now.
 
After accepting the top-secret position, Edwina has paired our new associate up with her first charge, a little girl from the planet Flarknartia. The timing for associate 4118-25125A is less than ideal. It's a school day on Planet Earth, Gabby's audition for the solo part in the band is tonight, and this tiny alien is a bit more than meets the eye.
 
Can Gabby Duran, Associate 4118-25125A, First Sitter to the Unsittables, keep her otherworldly charge safe in the unpredictable halls of middle-school and keep A.L.I.E.N hidden?


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

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Emmy-nominated writer and New York Times best-selling author Elise Allen made a name for herself with her acclaimed young adult novel Populazzi (Harcourt), and the Jim Henson's Enchanted Sisters chapter books (Bloomsbury).  In television, she has written for talent ranging from Bill Cosby to Kermit the Frog, and is currently writing for the new Disney Junior show The Lion Guard. Her dog may or may not secretly be from another planet.
 
Daryle Conners is an award-winning writer, filmmaker and video game designer. She writes joke and riddle books and has designed many game titles for the PC and iPhone/iPad including Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, Scene It? Harry Potter, Hot Wheels Slot Car Racers, and Scene It? Twilight Saga. Her non-fiction books include Lunchtime LOLZ, Nintendo DS Hot Tips, ROFLs,Video Game Secrets and Monster High Jokes, all for Scholastic. Daryle lives in Seattle, where she still babysits from time to time.

Learn more Website | Disney Twitter | Elise Twitter | Daryle Twitter
 


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1 winner receives a copy of Gabby Duran and the Unsittables plus a branded tumbler and UFO light-up flyer. Prizes provided by Disney Publishing. US only.

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

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29. Giveaway: Tracked by Jenny Martin (US Only)

TRACKED

by Jenny Martin

Release Date: May 5, 2015

 

About the Book

 

On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn't stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It's up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?


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



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Jenny Martin is a Texas school librarian. She lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband and son, where she is an active member of the YA publishing community. This is her debut book.

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Giveaway Details


3 winners each will win a finished copy of TRACKED, a tote and keychain. US only.

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

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30. Giveaway: Zeroboxer by Fonda Lee (US & Canada Only)

Zeroboxer  

by Fonda Lee

Release Date: April 8, 2015

 

About the Book


A rising star in the weightless combat sport of zeroboxing, Carr “the Raptor” Luka dreams of winning the championship title. Recognizing his talent, the Zero Gravity Fighting Association assigns Risha, an ambitious and beautiful Martian colonist, to be his brandhelm––a personal marketing strategist. It isn’t long before she’s made Carr into a popular celebrity and stolen his heart along the way.
As his fame grows, Carr becomes an inspirational hero on Earth, a once-great planet that’s fallen into the shadow of its more prosperous colonies. But when Carr discovers a far-reaching criminal scheme, he becomes the keeper of a devastating secret. Not only will his choices put everything he cares about in jeopardy, but they may also spill the violence from the sports arena into the solar system.

Praise:
“A superior sci-fi outing.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Lee’s debut novel is an intense, smart, and action-packed read.”—VOYA
"This gripping sci-fi novel will have teens screaming for a sequel."
—School Library Journal
"This is a strong debut from Lee, combining brutal, visceral athrletic scenes with science fiction action, all woven around a complex moral dilemma."
—Publishers Weekly
"A thought-provoking read."Booklist


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


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Fonda Lee writes science fiction and fantasy for teens and adults. She is an avid martial artist with black belts in karate and kung fu, and goes mad for smart action movies (think The Matrix, Inception and Minority Report). Born and raised in Canada, Fonda now lives in Portland, Oregon with her family. Zeroboxer is her debut. You can find her at www.fondalee.com.

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Giveaway Details


5 winners will receive a copy of Zeroboxer and another Flux title along with some swag!

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 Carr’s zeroboxing coach’s name? Find it here!

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31. Giveaway: Tunnel Vision by Susan Adrian (International)

TUNNEL VISION
by Susan Adrian
Release Date: January 20, 2015

 

 

About the Book

Jake Lukin just turned 18. He's decent at tennis and Halo, and waiting to hear on his app to Stanford. But he's also being followed by a creep with a gun, and there's a DARPA agent waiting in his bedroom. His secret is blown.

When Jake holds a personal object, like a pet rock or a ring, he has the ability to "tunnel" into the owner. He can sense where they are, like a human GPS, and can see, hear, and feel what they do. It's an ability the government would do anything to possess: a perfect surveillance unit who could locate fugitives, spies, or terrorists with a single touch.

Jake promised his dad he’d never tell anyone about his ability. But his dad died two years ago, and Jake slipped. If he doesn't agree to help the government, his mother and sister may be in danger. Suddenly he's juggling high school, tennis tryouts, flirting with Rachel Watkins, and work as a government asset, complete with 24-hour bodyguards.

Forced to lie to his friends and family, and then to choose whether to give up everything for their safety, Jake hopes the good he's doing—finding kidnap victims and hostages, and tracking down terrorists—is worth it. But he starts to suspect the good guys may not be so good after all. With Rachel's help, Jake has to try to escape both good guys and bad guys and find a way to live his own life instead of tunneling through others.
 

 

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About the Author

Susan Adrian is a 4th-generation Californian who somehow stumbled into living in Montana. In the past she danced in a ballet company and worked in the fields of exotic pet-sitting, clothes-schlepping, and bookstore management. She’s settled in, mostly, as a scientific editor. When she’s not with her family, she keeps busy researching spy stuff, traveling, and writing more books.

Follow Susan on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Goodreads | Tumblr

 

 

 

Giveaway Details

2 winners will each receive a signed book, postcard, bookmark, and tattoo. International.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30-60 days after the giveaway ends.

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question tyou'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: What is one of Jake's favorite video games? Find the answer here by reading the first chapter excerpt!

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32. Giveaway: Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (US Only)

CHALLENGER DEEP

by NEAL SHUSTERMAN

Release Date: 4/21/15

 

About the Book


New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman has a devoted and passionate following of young fans worldwide because his novels and stories get to the heart of young people’s experiences.  He regularly tackles such universal issues as isolation and loneliness, fear of failure, bullying, as well as the complications inherent in friendship and family. Now, he takes on his most deeply personal and heartrending topic to date, with an imaginative exploration of mental illness in CHALLENGER DEEP (HarperTeen: Hardcover: $17.99; Pub date: April 21, 2015, Ages 14 and up).  

Although a work of fiction, the novel is deeply rooted in Neal’s own experience with his son Brendan, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was 16 years old.  For several years after diagnosis, Neal and his family worked to pull Brendan from the depths of the disease.
Happily, Brendan is now 26 years old and is doing well; while he will never be fully cured, he has his condition under control and is living a normal life.  Paralleling Brendan’s journey, CHALLENGER DEEP is a book Neal felt compelled to write to honor his son and to show readers that there is hope and healing on the other side of mental illness.

“With CHALLENGER DEEP, I wanted to offer a fresh, unflinching perspective, to help people understand, and to submerge readers in the strange surreal depths of mental illness, seeing it from the inside out,” explains Shusterman.  “The character of Caden Bosch is not my son – but many of the situations are taken from real life – including the events leading up to and during his hospitalization.”


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


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Neal Shusterman is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Bruiser, which was a Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC) choice, a YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults pick, and was on twelve state lists; The Schwa Was Here; and the UnWind series, among many other books. He lives in California with his four children. You can visit him online at www.storyman.com.

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Giveaway Details


5 winners will each receive one hardcover of CHALLENGER DEEP. US only.

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

During each giveaway, we ask entrants a question pertaining to the book. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: Have you read anything from Neal before?

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33. Giveaway: Three Day Summer by Sarvenaz Tash (International)

Three Day Summer

by Sarvenaz Tash

Release Date: 5/19/2015

 

 

About the Book


Michael is unsure about most things. Go to college? Enlist in the military? Break up with his girlfriend? All big question marks. He is living for the moment and all he wants is a few days at the biggest concert of the summer.

Cora lives in the town hosting the music festival. She's volunteering in the medical tent. She's like that, always the good girl. But there is something in the air at this concert and suddenly Cora finds herself wanting to push her own boundaries.

When Michael and Cora meet, sparks fly, hearts race, and all the things songs are written about come true. And all the while, three days of the most epic summer await them...


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 her BFA 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. She currently lives in her favorite borough of her favorite city.

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One winner will receive a signed hardcover copy of Three Day Summer + swag (temporary tattoos, bookmarks). International.

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: If you could create a line-up for an epic music festival, which three artists (dead or alive) would you choose?

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34. AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON - Drive Through Movie Review

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

 

The Nerd Riders are at it again! This time they give you their review of one of the biggest comic book films in Hollywood history. 

Which Avenger would you want to be?


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35. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Last Faerie Queen by Chelsea Pitcher + Giveaway (US Only)

Welcome to the last cover reveal of April! 

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN by Chelsea Pitcher, releasing November 8, 2015 from Flux/Llewellyn. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Chelsea:

 

Gather round, young and old, for a story of magic! When my editor and I first discussed the cover for THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN, we each knew one thing: I wanted the cover to feature the faerie princess Elora, and he wanted to use one of Marwane Pallas’ photos (you can see Pallas’ amazing work on the first book in this duology, THE LAST CHANGELING). However, while all of Pallas’ photographs were gorgeous, they only featured blondes and brunettes (and Elora’s hair is noticeably red). I told myself it wasn’t a big deal. The cover would still be beautiful, even if it didn’t feature Elora. But under all of this convincing… my heart hurt. I’d written the first draft of this duology eight years ago. I’d known these characters for a long time. And with Taylor on the cover of the first book, I wanted Elora to have her moment in the sun so badly, I actually started to fantasize that the photographer would go back to the forest and do a new photoshoot just for us.

And then . . . it happened. It turns out, when my publisher reached out to the photographer, asking about a specific photo, that photo wasn’t available anymore. I don’t know if the rights had sold to someone else or if faeries had carried it off into the night. All I know is, when the photographer heard what the character looked like, he took a new photograph just for us. And when I saw it, I cried. It WAS Elora. I hope you love the cover as much as I do!

 
~ Cheslea Pitcher (THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN, Flux/Llewellyn)
 

 

 

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THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN

by Chelsea Pitcher
Release date: November 8, 2015
Publisher: Flux/Llewellyn
ISBN: 978-0738743493
 
 
About the Book

 

THE LAST FAERIE QUEEN (Book 2 in THE LAST CHANGELING duology)

After risking her life in the mortal world, the faerie princess Elora returns home to incite a revolution. Allied with the Bright Queen, Elora rallies her people for a battle aimed at overthrowing her mother, the Dark Queen, and uniting the divided Faerie realm. While some question their ability to win, Elora senses victory, knowing she has a secret weapon: Taylor, the human boy she loves, and a motley crew of his school friends, each armed with a skill that can turn the tide of the coming battle. 

But then Elora's supporters in the Dark Court turn on her, believing she has forsaken them in favor of humans. When the Dark Queen kidnaps two of her human friends, Elora must mount a daring rescue mission to free them before her mother offers them up as a sacrifice.


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

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Chelsea Pitcher is a karaoke-singing, ocean-worshipping Oregonian with a penchant for wicked faerie tales. She began gobbling up stories as soon as she could read, and especially enjoys delving into the darker places to see if she can draw out some light. She is also the author of THE S-WORD (Simon and Schuster) and THE LAST CHANGELING (Flux).
 

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One winner will receive a signed copy of THE FAERIE QUEEN and a signed copy of THE LAST CHANGELING (book 1 in the duology). 

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

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

What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

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36. Author Top 5 with Sabaa Tahir

 

Today we welcome Sabaa Tahir to YABC! Tahir's newly released debut novel, An Ember in the Ashes, is a fantasy adventure that blends some of the most beloved stories such as The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Game of Thrones into one thrilling read! Here at YABC, we've been obsessing over Sabaa Tahir's novel and we can't wait for everyone else to read it! Sabaa has given us a list of the top five things she could never live without, which you can find below.

 

But first, meet Sabaa!

 

Sabaa Tahir spent her childhood in the Mojave Desert, where she didn’t have cable and thus chose to entertain herself with books and radio. Her parents assured her that she wanted to become a doctor, but a brief stint working in a hospital changed her mind. Sabaa left the desert for university at 17, graduated from UCLA a few years later, and went to work for The Washington Post directly after. Five years later, she left the Post and started working on a book. If she could be anything, she’d be a space explorer, but a cool one, like Jean-Luc Picard. Sabaa is represented by Alexandra Machinist at ICM.

Now, meet Sabaa's new book!

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Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
 
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
 
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
 
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
 

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Here are the top five things Sabaa could never live without (assuming that in this scenario, her family is nearby, otherwise this entire list would be taken up by them):

1.) Something to Write With and On

I don't care what it is. Pen and paper/computer/charred stick and papyrus. Anything.

 

2.) Music

If you take my music away, I will rage and shout and then wither away sadly.

 

3.) Carmex

I have an addiciton. Seriously, it's a problem.

4.) Phone

My phone, which my husband refers to as my "boyfriend."

 

5.) A 40-year old African blanket named Mrorg.

It is sort of ugly, but is also an heirloom beloved by all members of my family, including the littlest ones.

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Thank you, Sabaa!

So what do YOU think? What are five things you could never live without? Let us know in the comments below. If asked we know we'd say, umm, Sabaa Tahir's amazing book for at least one of our answers. So if you're not already excited about An Ember in the Ashes, there are a few pictures below to really get you amped for this stellar new read!

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Pick up your copy of An Ember in the Ashes today! And for more information about Sabaa and her writing, visit her website HERE!


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37. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Perdita by Faith Gardner + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Welcome, everyone!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for PERDITA by Faith Gardner, releasing August 18, 2015 from Merit Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Faith:

 
Hello YABC readers! My name is Faith Gardner and I’m thrilled to be here for the cover reveal of my debut novel PERDITA. Truthfully, I had no idea what the cover was going to be like. The design process was left up to the smart people at Merit Press, who know a lot more about book covers than I do. But I have to say I was delighted with what they chose. The cover captures the book’s darkness and mystery perfectly, and I’m a fan of the emerald green in contrast to the black and the lovely lotus flower. Personally, I prefer book covers without stock photos of people in them so that was the big thing that I was relieved to see (or rather not see) here. The process of someone else interpreting my story into a visual format was so exciting, and I’m incredibly grateful to the designer and my editor at Merit Press for the work they put into this.
 
~ Faith Gardner (PERDITA, Merit Press)
 

 

 

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PERDITA

by Faith Gardner
Release date: August 18, 2015
Publisher: Merit Press
ISBN: 9781440588112
 
 
About the Book
 
Sure, Arielle won't deny that she has a vivid, even wild, imagination. Sure, it sometimes runs away with her. And yes, it's true that she never recovered from the drowning death of her older brother, Justin, ten years ago, when Arielle was a little child. She almost hopes that ghosts are real, so that she might see Justin again. But ever since the misty morning when Arielle stumbles on the macabre sight of the body of her sister Casey's best friend, Perdita, being lifted from a nearby pond, ghostly images begin to appear to Arielle. Can they be Perdita, reaching out as speculation about her death ramps up from suicide to foul play? Perdita's younger brother, Tex, is back from private school, and Arielle can't get him off her mind, although he's a beautiful boy with scary secrets. Worse yet, there's no one to tell: big sister Casey's off to college, and Arielle discovers her own sister's cache of secret writings, along with a bizarre note from Perdita. What's real? What's fantasy? In a compelling tale that hurtles toward a stunning conclusion, the imprint of grief and the boundaries of human imagination are.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE
 

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Faith's short fiction has been featured in literary journals, online magazines and anthologies. Her YA novel Perdita will be published by Merit Press in 2015. She lives in Berkeley, California and plays guitar and sings in the bad Dark Beach.
 

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38. What's New in YA

 

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

 

 

 

Readers of I Am Number Four, The Maze Runner, and Legend will love this sophisticated adventure series by the cocreator of the groundbreaking television show Twin Peaks, with its unique combination of mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.

After exposing the sinister underground society of students known as the Knights of Charlemagne, Will West stays at the Center over the summer to explore his newly developing physical and mental abilities. Meanwhile, his roommates investigate the Knights' shadowy purpose and discover unsettling information about their own backgrounds. Will and his friends must quickly figure out what's going on and separate friend from foe as they prepare for the coming fight.

 

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

 

 

 

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free. Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear. It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do. But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

 

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

 

 

 

In critically acclaimed author Sarah Darer Littman's gripping new novel what happens online doesn't always stay online . . .
 
Lara just got told off on Facebook. She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school's homecoming dance. It's been a long time since Lara's felt this bad, this depressed. She's worked really hard since starting high school to be happy and make new friends. Bree used to be BBFs with overweight, depressed Lara in middle school, but constantly listening to Lara's problems got to be too much. Bree's secretly glad that Christian's pointed out Lara's flaws to the world. Lara's not nearly as great as everyone thinks. After weeks of talking online, Lara thought she knew Christian, so what's with this sudden change? And where does he get off saying horrible things on her wall? Even worse - are they true? But no one realized just how far Christian's harsh comments would push Lara. Not even Bree. As online life collides with real life, the truth starts to come together and the backlash is even more devastating than than anyone could have imagined.
 
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Kevin Emerson's Exile trilogy combines the swoon-worthy romance of a Susane Colasanti novel with the rock 'n' roll of Eleanor & Park. Filled with infectious music, mystery, and romance, the electrifying Encore to an Empty Room doesn't miss a beat.
 
Summer always wanted Dangerheart—the band of talented exiles she manages—to find success. Now that they've become an overnight sensation, they are on the verge of a record deal, and all of Summer's hard work is about to pay off. All they need to do is find the next missing song. But are Caleb, the band's future, and the lost song more important than college? Summer will have to decide. It's time to choose who she wants to be, even if that might mean kissing Caleb good-bye.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
 
Imagination takes on new meaning for a uniquely talented teen in this debut novel that is a breathtaking blend of contemporary, fantasy, and romance.
 
Sometimes Jonathan Aubrey wishes he could just disappear. And as luck—or fate—would have it, he can. Ever since coming out of a coma as a kid, he has been able to create alternate worlds. Worlds where he is a superhero, or a ladies’ man, or simply a better version of himself. That’s the world he’s been escaping to most since sophomore year, a world where he has everything he doesn’t have in real life: friends, a place of honor on the track team, passing grades, and most importantly, Kylie Simms as his girlfriend. But when Jonathan confuses his worlds senior year and tries to kiss the real Kylie Simms, everything unravels. The real Kylie actually notices Jonathan…and begins obsessing over him. The fantasy version of Kylie struggles to love Jonathan as she was created to do, and the consequences are disastrous. As his worlds collide, Jonathan must confront the truth of his power and figure out where he actually belongs—before he loses both Kylie forever.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, HERE!
 
 
 
 
Evie is living on borrowed time. She was diagnosed with terminal cancer several months ago and told that by now she’d be dead. Evie is grateful for every extra day she gets, but she knows that soon this disease will kill her. Until, miraculously, she may have a second chance to live. All Evie had wanted was her life back, but now that she has it, she feels like there’s no place for her in it—at least, not for the girl she is now. Her friends and her parents still see her as Cancer Girl, and her boyfriend’s constant, doting attention is suddenly nothing short of suffocating. Then Evie meets Marcus. She knows that he’s trouble, but she can’t help falling for him. Being near him makes her feel truly, fully alive. It’s better than a drug. His kiss makes her feel invincible—but she may be at the beginning of the biggest free fall of her life.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
Kody Keplinger returns to the world of The DUFF in this brand-new companion novel!
 
Sonny Ardmore is an excellent liar. She lies about her dad being in prison. She lies about her mom kicking her out. And she lies about sneaking into her best friend's house every night because she has nowhere else to go. Amy Rush might be the only person Sonny shares everything with -- secrets, clothes, even a nemesis named Ryder Cross. Ryder's the new kid at Hamilton High and everything Sonny and Amy can't stand -- a prep-school snob. But Ryder has a weakness: Amy. So when Ryder emails Amy asking her out, the friends see it as a prank opportunity not to be missed. But without meaning to, Sonny ends up talking to Ryder all night online. And to her horror, she realizes that she might actually like him. Only there's one small catch: he thinks he's been talking to Amy. So Sonny comes up with an elaborate scheme to help Ryder realize that she's the girl he's really wanted all along. Can Sonny lie her way to the truth, or will all her lies end up costing her both Ryder and Amy?
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
 
Maria Dahvana Headley's soaring YA debut is a fiercely intelligent, multilayered fantasy where Neil Gaiman's Stardust meets John Green's The Fault in Our Stars in a story about a girl caught between two worlds . . . two races . . . and two destinies.
 
Aza Ray Boyle is drowning in thin air. Since she was a baby, Aza has suffered from a mysterious lung disease that makes it ever harder for her to breathe, to speak—to live. So when Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a cruel side effect of her medication. But Aza doesn't think this is a hallucination. She can hear someone on the ship calling her name. Only her best friend, Jason, listens. Jason, who's always been there. Jason, for whom she might have more-than-friendly feelings. But before Aza can consider that thrilling idea, something goes terribly wrong. Aza is lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. Above the clouds, in a land of trading ships, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. Better, she has immense power—but as she navigates her new life, she discovers that war between Magonia and Earth is coming. In Aza's hands lies fate of the whole of humanity—including the boy who loves her. Where do her loyalties lie?
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
 
Ember Hill left the dragon organization Talon to take her chances with rebel dragon Cobalt and his crew of rogues. But Ember can't forget the sacrifice made for her by the human boy who could have killed her—Garret Xavier Sebastian, a soldier of the dragonslaying Order of St. George, the boy who saved her from a Talon assassin, knowing that by doing so, he'd signed his own death warrant. Determined to save Garret from execution, Ember must convince Cobalt to help her break into the Order's headquarters. With assassins after them and Ember's own brother helping Talon with the hunt, the rogues find an unexpected ally in Garret and a new perspective on the underground battle between Talon and St. George. A reckoning is brewing and the secrets hidden by both sides are shocking and deadly. Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day…or start an all-out war?
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
 
A remarkable and utterly inventive novel bursting with intrigue and romance, from Sharon Cameron, acclaimed author of The Dark Unwinding, which USA TODAY called "spellbindingly imaginative."
 
Centuries after a shifting of the Earth's poles, the Sunken City that was once Paris is in the grips of a revolution. All who oppose the new regime are put to the blade, except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal? Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy's arranged marriage to the wealthy René Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiancé is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she. As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and René find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse. Daring intrigue, delicious romance, and spine-tingling suspense fill the pages of this extraordinary tale from award-winning author Sharon Cameron.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
 
Fan-favorite author Bree Despain continues her modern-day romance trilogy inspired by the Greek myth of Persephone and Hades with this second book in her Into the Dark series.
 
Haden Lord, the disgraced Prince of the Underrealm, has chosen love over honor and will do everything in his power to protect Daphne Raines, the human girl he was supposed to bring to the Underrealm. Haden’s choice is put to the test as the Skylords and a figure from his past arrive in Olympus Hills with a plan that could destroy all of the realms. Embracing her destiny as the Cypher, Daphne begins to understand the immense power of her musical ability to control the elements, but she must come to terms with her feelings for Haden and what she must sacrifice in order to protect him and her friends. Believing the Key of Hades is the only thing that can stop the Underrealm Court from releasing the monstrous Keres on the mortal world, Haden, Daphne, and their friends set out to find the Key before Persephone’s Gate opens again on the spring equinox.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
 
Not since The Book Thief has the character of Death played such an original and affecting part in a book for young people.
 
Flora and Henry were born a few blocks from each other, innocent of the forces that might keep a white boy and an African American girl apart; years later they meet again and their mutual love of music sparks an even more powerful connection. But what Flora and Henry don't know is that they are pawns in a game played by the eternal adversaries Love and Death, here brilliantly reimagined as two extremely sympathetic and fascinating characters. Can their hearts and their wills overcome not only their earthly circumstances, but forces that have battled throughout history? In the rainy Seattle of the 1920's, romance blooms among the jazz clubs, the mansions of the wealthy, and the shanty towns of the poor. But what is more powerful: love? Or death?
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
 
For fans of Cassandra Clare's City of Bones and Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke & Bone, The Girl at Midnight is the story of a modern girl caught in an ancient war.
 
Beneath the streets of New York City live the Avicen, an ancient race of people with feathers for hair and magic running through their veins. Age-old enchantments keep them hidden from humans. All but one. Echo is a runaway pickpocket who survives by selling stolen treasures on the black market, and the Avicen are the only family she's ever known. Echo is clever and daring, and at times she can be brash, but above all else she's fiercely loyal. So when a centuries-old war crests on the borders of her home, she decides it's time to act. Legend has it that there is a way to end the conflict once and for all: find the Firebird, a mythical entity believed to possess power the likes of which the world has never seen. It will be no easy task, though if life as a thief has taught Echo anything, it's how to hunt down what she wants . . . and how to take it. But some jobs aren't as straightforward as they seem. And this one might just set the world on fire.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
Romantic and action-packed, The Replaced is the gripping second installment in the Taking trilogy.
 
Kyra hasn't been the same since she returned from her mysterious five-year disappearance. Now, on the run from the NSA, Kyra is forced to hide out with others who, like her, have been Returned. Yet she is determined to find Tyler, the boy she loves who was also abducted—all because of her. When her group intercepts a message that Tyler might still be alive but is in the hands of a shadowy government organization that experiments on the Returned, Kyra knows it's a risk to go after him. What if it's a trap? And worse, what if the returned Tyler isn't the same boy she lost? Perfect for fans of The Fifth Wave and the Body Finder series, The Replaced is both chilling and explosive, with creepy, otherworldly elements and twisty, psychological thrills that will have you questioning what exactly it means to be human.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
Louisa May Alcott can't believe it—her mother is leaving for the summer to earn money for the family and Louisa is to be in charge of the household. How will she find the time to write her stories, much less have any adventures of her own? But before long, Louisa finds herself juggling her temperamental father, a mysterious murder, a fugitive seeking refuge along the Underground Railroad, and blossoming love. Intertwining fact, fiction, and quotes from Little Women, Michaela MacColl has crafted another spunky heroine whose story will keep readers turning pages until the very end.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
Set in the same world as The Promise of Amazing, this smart, surprising, and romantic follow-up to Robin Constantine's debut novel follows two New Jersey teens as they become friends and fall in love. Perfect for fans of Stephanie Perkins, Sarah Mlynowski, and Jennifer E. Smith.
 
Madison Pryce thinks she's got everything figured out—she's working on a portfolio for a summer art program and hanging with her friends. Plus she has her hot boyfriend, Zach. But then a visit from a family friend turns Maddie's life upside down. Jesse McMann is still reeling from a breakup that shattered his heart and his band. Then pride (and some goading from his bass player and fellow barista) forces him to find a new drummer—and the inspiration to write music again. Kismet arrives in the unlikely form of Grayson Barrett, who tries out for Jesse's band, and whose girlfriend is BFFs with the cute girl who orders a chai latte after yoga every Thursday: Maddie. What Jesse and Maddie thought they knew about the secrets of attraction and the rules of romance changes once they start falling for each other.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
 
 
"A girl takes over her twin sister's identity in this emotionally charged page-turner about the complicated bond between sisters."
 
Ella and Maddy Lawton are identical twins. Ella has spent her high school years living in popular Maddy's shadows, but she has never been envious of Maddy. In fact, she's chosen the quiet, safe confines of her sketchbook over the constant battle for attention that has defined Maddy's world. When--after a heated argument--Maddy and Ella get into a tragic accident that leaves her sister dead, Ella wakes up in the hospital surrounded by loved ones who believe she is Maddy. Feeling responsible for Maddy's death and everyone's grief, Ella makes a split-second decision to pretend to be Maddy. Soon, Ella realizes that Maddy's life was full of secrets. Caught in a web of lies, Ella is faced with two options--confess her deception or live her sister's life.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 

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39. Author Top 5 with Jenny Martin

 

Today we welcome Jenny Martin to YABC! Martin's soon to be released debut novel, Tracked, is sure to appeal to fans of The Fast and the Furious and Firely along with Marie Lu's Legend and Veronica Roth's Divergent. This book will be racing across the finish line May 5th and we can't wait to go along for the ride! But for now, Jenny Martin  is sharing her five favorite things about her new novel.

 

Meet Jenny.

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Jenny Martin is a Texas school librarian, a book-devouring monster, and an electric-guitar-rocking Beatle-maniac. She lives in the Dallas/Fort Worth area with her husband and son, where she is an active member of the YA publishing community, and regularly blisses out over all kinds of live and recorded music. This is her debut.

 

Here are five of Jenny's hobbies/interests:

1. Superheroes -- I have a weakness for all things superheroes. My all-time fave, though is, Superman

 

2. Science Fiction/Fantasy Franchises: Lord of the Rings? Yep. Love it. Harry Potter? Been there, drank the butter beer and snagged the t-shirt. Narnia? Sign me up for that wardrobe tour. And let's not forget my favorite series of all time...Star Wars. Han Solo, you complete me. 

 

3. Rock and Roll (Fun Fact: I'm going on a book tour this summer, and our final destination will be Foo Fighters' Twentieth Anniversary Concert in DC, on the Fourth of July!)

 

4. Interval Training -- For most of my life, I've been a giant triple-shot of out-of-shape weaksauce. But over the course of the last year, I've begun working with a trainer, and I'm tougher and stronger than I've ever been.

5. Breakfast food -- More specifically, PANCAKES. Seriously, if I don't get my hands on a short stack (slathered with extra butter) at least twice a week, I'm bereft.

 

 

 

Now that you know a little bit more about Jenny Martin, it's time to meet her new book, Tracked!

 

 

On corporately controlled Castra, rally racing is a high-stakes game that seventeen-year-old Phoebe Van Zant knows all too well. Phee’s legendary racer father disappeared mysteriously, but that hasn't stopped her from speeding headlong into trouble. When she and her best friend, Bear, attract the attention of Charles Benroyal, they are blackmailed into racing for Benroyal Corp, a company that represents everything Phee detests. Worse, Phee risks losing Bear as she falls for Cash, her charming new teammate. But when she discovers that Benroyal is controlling more than a corporation, Phee realizes she has a much bigger role in Castra’s future than she could ever have imagined. It's up to Phee to take Benroyal down. But even with the help of her team, can a street-rat destroy an empire?

 

And now...Fast Five: Jenny Martin's Favorite Things about Tracked

 

1. Futuristic Street Racing! 

Was it fun to write not one, not two, but five major foot‐to‐floor, out‐of‐control action sequences? With fast cars, vicious stunts and high stakes? HECK YEAH. 

 

 

 

 

2. Banter!
Ain’t no banter like science fiction banter. You know it. I know it. So how could I 
possibly resist writing some for Tracked? Am I sorry? Nope. Not sorry at all. 

 

 

 

 

3. Rogue Princes!

Every heroine needs someone to rescue—how about a handsome, smart‐mouthed, rebellious prince? Meet His Highness, Cashoman Dradha...but you can call him Cash, especially when he’s on the track, at the tables, or maybe just allllllll up in your personal space. 

 

 

 

 

4. Ruthless Villains!

If ruling the galaxy through sharply dressed deception, political manipulation, and brute force is wrong, then honestly...Charles “King Charlie” Benroyal doesn’t wanna be right. 

 

 

 

 

5. Bear Larsson

For a street racing, spitfire girl like Phee, only one guy in the universe fits the bill—as the perfect best friend, and her partner in crime. Meet Bear Larssen...six foot five, two hundred forty pounds of stoic, steadfast, never‐let‐you‐down loyalty. 

 

 

 

 

Thank you, Jenny!

So what do YOU think? Let us know what you're most excited for in Jenny's debut novel in the comments below. Don't forget to pick up a copy of Tracked on sale May 5th! And for more information about Jenny and her writing, visit her website HERE!

 


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40. Chapter Reveal: The Ark by Laura Liddell Nolen + Giveaway (International)

The Ark
by Laura Liddell Nolen

Release Date: March 26, 2015

Before we get to the chapter, here's a note from Laura:

 
Hi, YABC! I’m fired up about sharing my first chapter with you today. The Ark is about a young convict trapped in prison on the last day of earth. If she wants to survive the meteor strike and reconcile with her upstanding family, she’ll have to break out of prison and stow away on the last spaceship leaving earth. If you like daring escapades and gritty space adventures, this is the book for you!
 
~ Laura Liddell Nolen (THE ARK, HarperCollins/HarperVoyager)

About the Book

It’s the final days of earth, and sixteen-year-old Char is right where she belongs: in prison. With her criminal record, she doesn’t qualify for a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect earth’s survivors during the meteor strike that looks set to destroy the planet. Only a select few will be saved – like her mom, dad, and brother – all of whom have long since turned their backs on Char.
 
If she ever wants to redeem herself, Char must use all the tricks of the trade to swindle her way into outer space, where she hopes to reunite with her family, regardless of whether they actually ever want to see her again, or not . . .
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE

 

Are you ready to start reading?!

Chapter One

On the last day of Earth, I couldn’t find my hairbrush. That probably seems like a silly thing to worry about, what with the imminent destruction of, well, everything, but my mom was always after me about my usual ratty ponytail. Normally, I’d ignore her. Or, if I were having a really bad day, I’d tell her what she could do with her hairbrush. But like I said, it was the last day of Earth. And I figured, since it was the last time she’d ever see me, I wanted it to go smoothly. I wanted her to remember me, if not fondly, then at least without anger.

A girl can dream.
 
I slipped out of my cell as soon as the door swung open. I’d done the same every day for the past month, and my family had yet to show up. Their OPT—Off-Planet Transport—took off in eighteen hours, so they still had time. Barely. I couldn’t blame them if they didn’t come. It wasn’t hard to imagine that they’d rather escape to the stars without so much as a backward glance at me, their big disappointment. Even my father’s influence couldn’t persuade the government to give me a spot on an OPT. 
 
Turns out, when humankind is deciding which of its children to save, the last place it looks is in prison.
 
But I was pretty sure they’d come. West had said as much in his last transmission. The thought of my younger brother actually halted me mid-step, like one of those punches in the gut where you can’t breathe for a few seconds. 
 
“Looking for something?” The lazy drawl floated out of the nearest cell.
 
Against my better instincts, I turned to see Cassa lying on her bunk, her arm draped across Kip. My Kip. Or at least, my ex-Kip. Whatever. In twenty-two hours, I wouldn’t have to think about him anymore. 
 
See? Silver lining. And they called me a perpetual pessimist at my last psych workup.
 
They barely fit next to each other on the flimsy mattress, but that wasn’t the weird part. The guys’ ward was separated by a substantial metal wall. We were kept apart during evening hours, for obvious reasons. Not that anyone cared anymore. The med staff had been the first to go, followed by the cleaning crew, followed by the kitchen crew. To show you where girls like me fell on the government’s list of priorities, there was still a skeleton crew of guards lurking around, despite the fact that I hadn’t had a real meal for going on a week. The guards would be gone soon, too, and then there’d be no one in here but us chickens.
 
I figured either Kip had a key, or the guards had left already. A key could be useful. My curiosity got the best of me. “How’d he get in here before the first bell?”
 
He cocked an eyebrow. “I got some tricks you ain’t seen, babe. Why don’t you join us? End of the world and all.”
 
The guards were gone, then. I felt a small trill of anxiety deep in my chest. If the guards were gone, my family was even less likely to show. But it was never smart to show fear. “The Pinball could be headed straight for this building, and I still wouldn’t be desperate enough to touch you. Oh, wait. Guess you don’t have to take my word for it.” 
 
I turned to leave, but he continued. “Now is that any way to treat your dear ole partners? Be nice or I won’t give you back your stuff.”
 
“Ugh, you were in my room?” I flexed my shoulder blades, making sure my gun was still tightly secured between them.
 
“Don’t worry, Char. I didn’t handle the merchandise. Didn’t want to wake you up. Just lifted me a few keepsakes.” He pronounced my name the way I like: Char, as in charred. Something that got burned.
 
I wasn’t sure what Kip and Cassa were planning, but I knew I wouldn’t like it. They were thieves and liars. I would know. I used to be one of them. That was before the last job, when Cassa had attacked an elderly man in the home we were robbing. She’d kicked him until he stopped fighting back. Kip had called her off after a few licks, but I just stood there, staring. The old man looked at me, like right at me, while we made our getaway, and my stomach twisted into a knot so tight that I tasted bile. That was the moment I knew I wanted out.
 
But by then, no one believed me. Or, if they did, no one cared. Except for Kip and Cassa, of course. They’d taken the news pretty hard, to put it lightly.
 
If I lunged for the box, I could probably grab my hairbrush and get out of there. I wouldn’t have time for more than that. Then again, I’d be doing exactly what they expected, and I didn’t have time for delays. My family could be in the commissary any second now.
 
“Ahem. Seeing as it’s your last day of life, I might let you have one thing back,” said Kip.
 
“In exchange for what?”
 
“I’m hurt. All our time together, and you still don’t believe in my inherent generosity. But now that you mention it, I’ve got a hankering for some peanut butter crackers.”
 
“Sorry, Kip. I’m fresh out of food. Kinda like everyone else.”
 
“Nice try, Charrr.” He drew my name out, as though tasting it. “I saw them yesterday. Figured you were hiding them under your pillow when I couldn’t find them last night.”
 
“You figured wrong.”
 
All I could think about was my brother’s face. And how I had this one last chance to apologize to my parents, for everything. I shrugged and turned to leave.
 
That was probably a mistake.
 
About five steps past Cassa’s cell, an enormous weight tackled me from behind. My chest and face hit the dirty concrete. My anxiety over my parents leveled up into near-panic territory. I could not afford to deal with this right now. I flipped onto my back and jerked my knee upward, and Kip let out a groan.
 
But Cassa was already there, standing over us. She kicked my head, and my arms and legs quit obeying me. I was vaguely aware of the dispassionate stares coming from other cells as Kip and Cassa dragged me back to their room.
 
“Now, now, love,” Kip murmured. “That was no way to treat your old friends.” 
 
“She’s gone soft. Must have been distracted.” Cassa wasn’t British, but she had the intensely annoying habit of using a fake accent. Not all the time, either. Just with certain words or phrases. In my opinion, that made it even worse. It was probably an attempt to impress Kip. Or to prove to everyone she spent a lot of time with him.
 
They propped me up against the wall, and Kip began tying my wrists with a twisted black cord he pulled out of nowhere.
 
“Screw you.”
 
“Is that any way for a lady to talk?” he said cheerfully, slipping his hand up my shirt. His fingers were like ice, and I winced. “Aha—found them.” He removed a packet of crackers and waggled them in front of my face. Those were going to be my last meal. I bit back a curse. Wouldn’t have made much difference in the end, anyway.
 
I didn’t fully panic until they tied the ends of the cord to the exposed pipe of the sink.
 
“Wait, no. My family’s going to be here. I have to get downstairs.”
 
“No one’s coming for you. And even if they were, do you really think they want to see you?”
 
Cassa grinned down at me. “But me and Kip, that’s a different story. We’re busting out of here.”
 
“Figured we’d do a bit of traveling in our twilight years. I mean, hours. See the world, that sort of thing. So we need all the supplies we can get. And no one has supplies like you,” said Kip.
 
Cassa spat. “And if you hadn’t rolled on us, we might be bringing you along. Think about that while you wait for the Pinball. Alone.”
 
I kicked at them, once, and Cassa responded by plopping down on top of my legs. Normally I’d have been able to deal with that, but nothing about today was normal, and I had to settle for growling at her. Somehow, that made me feel even more helpless. My face was abruptly hot, and I gave myself temporary permission to hold my breath. If I cried, I’d never get over it.
 
I didn’t breathe until I had to. Gradually, my head cleared. “Don’t tell me you’re going hunting for the Remnant. They don’t exist.”
 
Cassa paused, just for an instant, and Kip gave me a hard look. “She couldn’t possibly know that.”
 
“She’s friends with the Mole.”
 
Kip rolled his eyes. “He couldn’t possibly know that. He doesn’t know everything, Cass.”
 
“You sure about that?” I said. “He knows the way out. He wouldn’t still be here if they exist. If there were even a chance.”
 
Cassa bit her lip, but Kip ignored me and continued his search. He was a bit rougher than before. “Ah, what have we here? Little blade-stick-doohickey?” He pulled a makeshift knife from the leg of my pants and twisted it in his fingers. “Fair enough. Not your best work though, if I’m honest.”
 
“Hello, what’s this?” Cassa yanked me forward and pulled my shirt up in the back. There was a tearing pain as she ripped the duct tape off my shoulder blades. “Bingo. Char, you never disappoint.”
 
Kip held the gun up to my face and grinned while peeling the remainder of the tape from the barrel. It had been my finest moment. The guard I stole it from never saw it coming. I consoled myself with the thought that, in a few short hours, I would never need a gun again. The thought was a lot more comforting than it should have been. It was probably the only silver lining I would cling to, in the end. No more guns, no more eternally disappointed family members. No more pitying glances from judges or lawyers or parole boards. Or West.
 
“I believe our work here is done,” Cassa said. She couldn’t get away from me soon enough. “Time to make our way in the world.” 
 
“Good luck with that,” I muttered.
 
They stood to leave, but Kip stopped at the door. “Here,” he said, pulling my shoebox off the bed and tossing it to the ground in front of me. “For old times’ sake.”
 
And then they were gone.

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_LauraLNolen.JPGAbout the Author

Laura Liddell Nolen grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent lots of time making up adventure stories with her two younger brothers. The Ark is the direct result of those stories and a steady diet of space- and superhero-themed books and television sagas. She lives in Texas with her husband and children and on Twitter @Laurallnolen. The Ark is her first novel.

 

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One winner will receive a Kindle copy of THE ARK. 

 

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. Winners will be announced in our monthly newsletter (sign up now!) within 30-60 days after the giveaway ends.

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41. Author Top 5 with Django Wexler

 

Today we welcome Django Wexler to YABC! Wexler's newly released sequel to The Forbidden Library, The Mad Apprentice: The Forbidden Library: Volume 2is a fantasy adventure sure to appeal to fans of Harry Potter, Coroline, and Inkheart! Django has given us a list of the top five magical powers he'd most like to have. And since we love magic here at YABC, we'd love to hear which magical powers you'd most like to possess in the commets below!

 

But first, meet Django.

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He is a self-proclaimed computer/fantasy/sci fi geek. He graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked in artificial intelligence research. He left his job at Microsoft and now writes full-time. 

 

 

Now, meet Django's new book. It contains magic, mysteries, and the power of books!

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And now for Django Wexler's list of the top five magical powers he'd most like to have:

In The Forbidden Library, magicians called Readers can enter special books to fight the creatures that live within them. If they win, they can call the powers of those creatures, summon them, or even transform into them.

When I was thinking about powers I wanted to give Alice, the protagonist, I started pondering what I would most like to have. Compared to Alice, my life is pretty boring. I almost never have to head into magical labyrinths to fight monsters. (Almost). So my ideal set of powers is a little bit different...

 

1.) Teleportation

This one always jumps to the top of my list, especially when I've spent a lot of time sitting in traffic. 

Aside from fighting evil robots, teleportation would be an enormous time-saver. As a writer, I don't have to commute, but I'd love to be able to zap over to my favorite restaurants for lunch. Plus, I could finally go to ALL THE CONVENTIONS! Just cons across the country. Every weekend!

**Extra bonus: I'd save on shipping to winners of the book giveaways. I could always just pop over and deliver the books in person!

 

2.) Speak With Animals (Or Just Cats, Really)

I love cats. I have two, Sakaki and The Tomoes, and I've always wanted to be able to know what they're thinking when they just sort of stare into space for hours, or play fight elaborate battles against invisible enemies. 

On the other hand, they can already be kind of annoying in the morning when they think it's time for breakfast. So maybe this is a bad idea. I can't imagine their complaints would be any better in words than in mewing.

 

3.) Super-Fast Reading

This one is pretty obvious. There are way more books that I want to read than time to read them. Short of some kind of time travel gimmick (which seems like cheating) this is the only way I'm ever going to catch up. I already went from one pile into several piles, and then from several piles to a shelf. I'm in constant danger of book-related collapses. 

Speaking of which...

 

4.) Handy Pocket Dimensions

Even my library downstairs, where I keep the books I have read, is starting to fill up. I also have too many board games, too many miniatures and painting supplies, too many swords hanging on my walls, and so on. I suppose I could get rid of some of that stuff, but where's the fun in that? Much more practical, in my opinion, to find a way to build a room that's bigger on the inside than the outside. 

That's actually the way the tibular library works in The Forbidden Library. Maybe the Readers started out as guys like me, filling up their garages.

 

5.) Invulnerability

Unlike, say, Superman, I don't have to fight aliens on a daily basis. Also, unlike Superman, I am extremely clumsy and probably a bigger threat to myself than aliens would ever be. So I may not need invulnerability so I can wade through hails of gunfire, but I also don't want to accidentally stab myself with a pen, or cut my hand open on one of my own bookmarks!

This would also protect me against angry cats! Sakaki can inflict serious damage when she doesn't want to go to the vet.

 

Thank you, Django!

So what do YOU think? Let us know what magical abilities you'd like to possess in the comments below! Don't forget to pick up your copy of The Mad Apprentice today! And for more information about Django and his writing, visit him at his website HERE!

 

 


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42. April 2015 Book Haul!

Hey YABCers! 

Our office was innundated with fabulous kidlit, middle grade, and YA books this month! (Including an audio book and a graphic novel.) Check out our book haul below and tell us which books look the most interesting to you! 

 


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43. Giveaway: Twintuition - Double Vision by Tia & Tamera Mowry (US Only)

TWINTUITION: DOUBLE VISION
by Tia & Tamera Mowry
Release Date: April 21, 2015

 

About the Book


Cassie and Caitlyn Waters may be identical twins, but everything else about them is completely different. The only thing they can agree on is that neither of them is happy that they have to move to middle-of-nowhere Aura, Texas. Caitlyn tries to put a positive spin on getting a fresh start, but Cassie's busy plotting how to convince their mom they should move back to the big city as quickly as possible.
 
But being the new kids isn't their only challenge. As the girls' birthday nears, they start experiencing strange visions—and what they see starts coming true! Caitlyn and Cassie first use this new sight for their own fun, but when they each see something serious, the twins must work together to change the future before it can happen.


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


b2ap3_thumbnail_tia.jpgb2ap3_thumbnail_tamera.jpgAbout the Authors

Tia Mowry-Hardrict & Tamera Mowry-Housley have been in the public eye for over eighteen years, beginning with their ABC/WB hit show Sister, Sister. They’ve starred in Disney Channel’s original movies Twitches and Twitches Two as well as the Style Network’s #1 reality series, Tia & Tamera. Tia was the lead of the CW/BET’s hit show The Game and can most recently be seen starring in and producing the Nickelodeon series Instant Mom. Tamera is currently a host and producer of The Real talk show, which airs on FOX and BET, and starred in the Lifetime hit series Strong Medicine. Tia and Tamera reside in Los Angeles with their sons and husbands. 


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5 winners – signed copy of TWINTUITION: DOUBLE VISION. US only.

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

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44. Giveaway: The Ark by Laura Liddell (International)

The Ark
By Laura Liddell Nolen   
Release Date: March 26, 2015

 

About the Book


It’s the final days of earth, and sixteen-year-old Char is right where she belongs: in prison. With her criminal record, she doesn’t qualify for a place on an Ark, one of the five massive bioships designed to protect earth’s survivors during the meteor strike that looks set to destroy the planet. Only a select few will be saved – like her mom, dad, and brother – all of whom have long since turned their backs on Char.
If she ever wants to redeem herself, Char must use all the tricks of the trade to swindle her way into outer space, where she hopes to reunite with her family, regardless of whether they actually ever want to see her again, or not . . .

To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE. Buy it on Amazon.



b2ap3_thumbnail_LauraLNolen.JPGAbout the Author

Laura Liddell Nolen grew up in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where she spent lots of time making up adventure stories with her two younger brothers. The Ark is the direct result of those stories and a steady diet of space- and superhero-themed books and television sagas. She lives in Texas with her husband and children and on Twitter @Laurallnolen. The Ark is her first novel.

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One winner will receive an e-copy of THE ARK. International.

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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45. Giveaway: 5 To 1 by Holly Bodger (US & Canada Only)

5 to1
By Holly Bodger
Release Date: 5/12/15

 

About the Book


Sudasa doesn't want to be a wife and Kiran, a boy forced to compete in the test to become her husband, has other plans as well. Sudasa's family wants nothing more than for their daughter to do the right thing and pick a husband who will keep her comfortable--and caged. Kiran's family wants him to escape by failing the tests. As the tests advance, each thwarts the other until they slowly realize that they might want the same thing.

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


b2ap3_thumbnail_hb.jpgAbout the Author

HOLLY BODGER has a BA in English Literature and has spent her entire career in publishing. She is an active member of RWA and is a 2013 Golden Heart finalist in the Young Adult category. She lives in Ottawa, Canada.

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5 winners will each receive a finished copy of 5 To 1. US & Canada Only.

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

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46. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Tor Maddox: Unleashed by Liz Coley + Giveaway (International)

Hi, YABCers, and welcome to today's cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for TOR MADDOX: UNLEASHED by Liz Coley, releasing May 1, 2015 from LCTeen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Liz:

 
Hi YABC! I’m thrilled to introduce you to Tor Maddox, a heroine for our times. No magical powers, no dystopian big brother, just a girl who leaps before she looks. She knows the world can be better, she believes people can be saved, and she feels compelled to run straight into the thick of the action, no matter how dangerous. She’s bigger and braver than I am. I wish she were my best friend. So many things are “Unleashed” in this series first novel—a new virus, her beloved pet Cocoa, a forbidden romance, and Tor herself. Cover by little old me, with advice from a posse of teenagers, and thanks to the enormous photo library at Bigstock. To start your summer reading early, book 1 launches May 1.
 
~ Liz Coley (TOR MADDOX: UNLEASHED, LCTeen)
 

 

 

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TOR MADDOX: UNLEASHED

by Liz Coley
Release date: May 1, 2015
Publisher: LCTeen
ISBN: 9781508860808
 
 
About the Book
 
When sixteen-year old Torrance Olivia Maddox, self-confessed news junkie, figures out that the mysterious and deadly New Flu is being spread by dogs, she has one question—if the danger is that obvious to her, why hasn’t the government revealed the truth and taken action?
 
Her search for the answer will take her farther than she ever imagined. But then again, she never imagined that man’s best friend could become public enemy number one, that men in black might show up in her cozy suburban neighborhood, that she’d spend her sixteenth birthday as a teenaged runaway, and that her effort to save one dog would become a mission to save them all.
 

b2ap3_thumbnail_LizColeyHeadshot.jpgAbout the Author

Liz Coley has been writing long and short fiction for teens and adults for more than ten years. Her short fiction has appeared in Cosmos Magazine and several speculative fiction anthologies: The Last Man, More Scary Kisses, Strange Worlds, Flights of Fiction and Winter's Regret.

In 2013, psychological thriller Pretty Girl-13 was released by HarperCollins in the US and UK. Foreign translations have been published in French, Spanish, German, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Russian, Czech, Slovakian, and Chinese (simplified and traditional).

Her independent publications include alternate history/time travel/romance Out of Xibalba and teen thrillers in the new Tor Maddox series.

Liz lives in Ohio, where she is surrounded by a fantastic community of writers, beaten regularly by better tennis players, uplifted by her choir, supported by her husband, teased by her teenaged daughter, cheered from afar by her two older sons, and adorned with hair by her cats Tiger, Pippin, and Merry.

Liz invites you to follow her as LizColeyBooks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and visit her website at LizColeyBooks.blogspot.com.

 

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2 winners will each receive a signed ARC of TOR MADDOX: UNLEASHED. 

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47. Chapter Reveal: Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca

Last Year's Mistake
by Gina Ciocca

Release Date: June 9, 2015

Before we get to the chapter, here's a note from Gina:

 
I’m so excited to share the first chapter of LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE with all of you! I’ve written this opening many different ways, and I love the version that made the final cut – it really sets the stage for the rest of David and Kelsey’s story. Enjoy your sneak peek!
 
~ Gina Ciocca (LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE, Simon Pulse)

 

About the Book

Is there anything that electric chemistry can’t overcome? The past may be gone, but love has a way of holding on in this romantic debut novel told in alternating Before and After chapters.
 
The summer before freshman year, Kelsey and David became inseparable best friends—until the night a misunderstanding turned Kelsey into the school joke and everything around her crumbled, including her friendship with David. So when Kelsey’s parents decide to move away, she can’t wait to start over and leave the past behind. But David’s not quite ready to be left.
 
Now it’s senior year and Kelsey has a new group of friends, genuine popularity, and a hot boyfriend. Her life is perfect. That is, until David’s family moves to town. Old feelings bubble to the surface and threaten to destroy Kelsey’s second chance at happiness. The more time she spends with David, the more she realizes she never let him go. And maybe she never wants to…
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE

 

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Rhode Island
Senior Year
 
The first day of senior year, he came back. I should have known it wasn’t over. Nothing ever is.
 
I smoothed my white sundress beneath me as I took my seat beside Ryan, my boyfriend of almost a year, in his Camaro. The air was tinged with last night’s September chill, a reminder that I’d soon be watching summer melt into fall for the second time as a resident of Rhode Island. Sometimes I still wondered if the whole thing was a dream.
 
The Camaro’s engine idled loudly as I pulled down the visor to check my makeup. Satisfied that lip gloss and mascara hadn’t budged on the way from the house to the car, I snapped the mirror back into place.
 
Then my insides went cold.
 
Something was clipped to the visor that I’d never seen in this car before but would have recognized anywhere.
 
“Where did you get that?”
 
“This?” Ryan unclipped the half-dollar-size medal, laughing as he held it out to me. “Keep it. You need it more than I do.”
 
I made no effort to take it from him. “Where did you get it?”
 
The dimple in Ryan’s left cheek disappeared as his smile faltered. “I found it. What’s your deal?”
 
My eyes darted from him to the medallion and back again. When I still didn’t touch it, he added, “Oh, come on, babe. It’s a Saint Christopher medal. It’s to protect you while you’re driving. Or, in your case, running squirrels off the road. Lighten up.”
 
My sister and I were bumming a ride with Ryan on the first day of school because my car was in the shop—the result of an unfortunate incident involving one too many tequila shots and a squirrel. At least, that was the story I’d told him.
 
I tentatively touched the medal, engraved with an image of Saint Christopher and his staff.
 
Ryan thought he was teasing by giving me this, laughing it up over an inside joke. But nothing about it was funny. The car suddenly felt too warm, too small, and memories I’d locked away for more than a year poured into my head like water through a broken dam. Images of smiles and touches and kisses that weren’t his.
 
I stared at the medal in my palm, running my thumb over the uneven surface. “I—I knew someone who had a medal like this.” Not like it. This one was identical to the one in that long-buried past of mine. And now I held it in my hand like sunken treasure churned up from the ocean floor. I rolled the window down a little more, wondering why air couldn’t seem to find its way to my lungs, and stared absently at the wicker rockers on our front porch before adding, “Someone I haven’t seen in a long time.”
 
“I miss him.” Miranda sighed from the backseat. “He was the best.”
 
I whipped around. “Be quiet. You don’t know what you’re talking about.”
 
“Him?” Ryan adjusted the red Clayton High baseball cap sitting sideways over his blond curls.
 
Wistfulness clouded Miranda’s blue eyes. “Our friend from back home in Connecticut. He’s—”
 
“Not important.” I twisted around in my seat again. “Do you want to die on your first day of freshman year?”
 
“Him who?” Ryan pressed.
 
I didn’t look at him when I answered. “Not that kind of him. A friend. One I don’t speak to anymore.”
 
Ryan shifted in his seat. “It’s not like it’s the same medal. Those things are mass produced. You look like you saw a ghost.”
 
If only I’d known how prophetic those words would be.
 
 
I’d tossed the medal into my purse, and had almost forgotten about it by the time Ryan and I were kissing at my locker half an hour later.
 
“I swear, you two should get tracheotomies so you’ll never have to come up for air.” My best friend, Candy, wrinkled her nose as she slammed her locker shut.
 
“Jealous, Candle Wax?” Ryan retorted. I hated when he called her that. Candy’s last name was Waxman, hence the rather dim-witted nickname.
 
“In your dreams, Smurf.” Equally dim-witted: Ryan Murphy. Smurf. Ugh.
 
Candy fiddled with her cell phone, simultaneously running a brush through her pin-straight dark hair. “You guys wanna grab some breakfast? I’ve been dying for one of Ruthie’s egg ’n’ cheeses all summer.”
 
“‘Egg ’n’ cheeses’?” I laughed. “Is that even a word?”
 
Candy threw her phone in her bag and tugged on my hair. “Who gives a flying fig? They’re fried, greasy goodness, and that’s all I care about.”
 
Ryan snorted. “Easy, Wax. Too many of those and that bodacious booty won’t fit into your rah-rah uniform.”
 
He gave mine a squeeze and I smacked his arm. Kissing and hand-holding and other tame forms of PDA were fine, but I had no interest in being groped in front of our entire high school. Nor did I appreciate him teasing Candy about her butt. As someone who’d spent the better part of puberty hiding its traitorous effects behind shapeless T-shirts, I didn’t take kindly to body comments.
 
Nothing fazed Candy, though. She and Ryan sparred all the time, and as usual, Candy didn’t miss a beat. Not that I knew what she came back with, because I didn’t hear a word of it.
 
I happened to glance over her shoulder at that moment, right as one of the glass double doors at the end of the hall opened. Bright sunlight shone through, and for a second I could only make out the outline of the person who stepped inside.
 
But it was all I needed to see.
 
My heart froze as I took in his broad shoulders, his dark hair sticking out in all directions. He was taller than I remembered, more built, the angles of his face sharper. Evidence of the time that had passed since I last saw him.
 
It can’t be.
 
I might have said it out loud as I pulled myself from Ryan’s arms, my legs turning to mush beneath me.
 
“Who is that?” Candy said, just as Ryan asked, “Are you all right?” But they sounded a million miles away.
 
My pulse quickened as the person at the end of the hall took a step forward, and even as the words It can’t be repeated over and over in my head, there was no room fordoubt. This morning in the car, I’d felt my past shift in its grave. Now the piece I’d wanted to bury deepest stood right there in front of me, breathing the same air.
 
I took a step forward, and he stopped. He’d seen me, too.
 
The beginning of a smile curved his lips. Lips I knew all too well. Lips I hated.
 
But that didn’t stop me from taking another step forward. And another, until I stood right in front of him, still not convinced he wasn’t some sort of hallucination. It wasn’t until he reached out and slid hesitant arms around my rigid body that I knew he was real.
 
I had no intention of hugging him back, but my body had other ideas. The second my face pressed against his shoulder, every lie I’d told myself for the past year dissolved into the scent I’d know anywhere. I closed my eyes and wound myself around him, burying my nose in his shirt. The stiffness in his embrace melted away, and he crushed me against him.
 
“Hey,” he whispered against my hair. “It’s been a long time."

 

b2ap3_thumbnail_FB-Profile-Gina-Ciocca-02-1_20150414-000905_1.jpgAbout the Author

Gina Ciocca graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in English. She relocated from Connecticut to Georgia, where she lives with her husband and son. Gina is a member of the writing and blogging group YA Misfits, and you can find her at writersblog-gina.blogspot.com. LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE is her debut novel.
 

 


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48. The Librarian's Corner

 
 
I am happy to share with the YABC community the brand new Librarian's Corner column! This column features three themed book recommendations from a Teen Librarian each month. My name is Eden Grey, and I'll be doing the column each month. I am a Teen Librarian, and I absolutely love my job! Besides working with teens, my favorite part of my job is doing Reader's Advisory - I love finding out what young readers enjoy and recommending books to them. I'm excited to use my knowledge of YA books to share books with the YABC community. 
 
The first Librarian's Corner theme is books for new Teen Services staff. If you have suggestions or interest in particular themes, shoot me a message or tweet and I'll make note of it! 
 
For the first ever Librarian's Corner column I wanted to feature books that someone who is new to library-land or new to serving teens and readers of Young Adult Fiction should know about and read. These are books that have been very strongly pushed by their publishers, and that have had a huge fan response. Readers are talking about these books, and you're going to need to join in the conversation! 
 
 

 

Taking the book-loving world by storm last winter, Marie Rutkowski's series opener, THE WINNER'S CURSE, is a story of love, politics, betrayal, and passion set in a breathtaking world of beauty and intrigue. A YABC Reviewer calls it a brilliant start to a new high fantasy series, and warns readers to not let the swoony cover sway you - THE WINNER'S CURSE is a brilliantly crafted high fantasy story. I know that all of the young women working at my public library are in love with the series - they fight to be first on the list for the library's copies of the series! Rutkowski's new series is a real winner, and one that YA readers of every age will be talking about. 

 

2. A Court of Thorns and Roses

 

Sarah J. Maas is a force to be reckoned with in the YA world, and well-loved by her legion of readers. The first book in a new series, A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSES, is fondly known by its fans as ACOTAR. A fiery romance set in a fairy tale style Beauty and the Beast setting, ACOTAR tells the story of a young woman imprisoned by an immortal faerie. Feyre's burning hatred molds itself into passion during her time with Tamlin, the faerie "beast." Teen readers will be drawn in by the beautiful cover and the promise of swoony romance, while adult readers will love the intricate fantasy world-building, as well as the New Adult-style relationship. ACOTAR is slated for publication on May 15, 2015, but it has already taken the YA world by storm.  

 

3. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

 

Becky Albertalli's first novel is an incredibly authentic and heartfelt debut novel that follows Simon Spiers through his junior year of high school. Romance, parties, angst, drama club, and many conversations in a Waffle House are in store for readers. Simon Spier's junior year of high school is a fantastic and funny adventure reminiscent of Andrew Smith's WINGER. Simon's voice is authentic and relatable - readers will love how honestly he talks about his sexuality and the way he deals with having to come out as gay to his school and family. SIMON was released in early April of this year, and it has been very popular with the YA community. Teens will absolutely love the humor and the authentic voice, and really be able to relate to the ways Simon and Blue discuss the world and sexuality. 

 

   

Eden Grey is the Young Adult Programming Librarian at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library system, the busiest branch library in the state of Kentucky. Eden is a contributor to Teen Services Underground, and reviews books for YABC and School Library Journal. When she is not herding cats -ahem, teens- at the library, Eden can be found reading, knitting, sewing, cosplaying, and playing Pokemon. You can always find her on Twitter (@edyngrey), and Blogging Between the Lines. 

 


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49. What's New in YA

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

 
 
From the acclaimed author of How to Love comes another stunning contemporary novel, perfect for fans of Sarah Dessen.
 
Molly Barlow is facing one long, hot summer—99 days—with the boy whose heart she broke and the boy she broke it for . . . his brother. Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that's how I know everyone still remembers everything. She has every right to hate me, of course: I broke Patrick Donnelly's heart the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. Now I'm serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college and be done. Day 4: A nasty note on my windshield makes it clear Julia isn't finished. I'm expecting a fight when someone taps me on the shoulder, but it's just Gabe, home from college and actually happy to see me. "For what it's worth, Molly Barlow," he says, "I'm really glad you're back." Day 12: Gabe wouldn't quit till he got me to come to this party, and I'm surprised to find I'm actually having fun. I think he's about to kiss me—and that's when I see Patrick. My Patrick, who's supposed to be clear across the country. My Patrick, who's never going to forgive me.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
Wishing doesn't make it so, Azra does. 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 see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
Caden Bosch is on a ship that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch is designated the ship's artist in residence, to document the journey with images. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. Caden Bosch is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. Caden Bosch is torn. A captivating and powerful novel that lingers long beyond the last page, Challenger Deep is a heartfelt tour de force by one of today's most admired writers for teens.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
Three different teenage girls learn how to navigate their hearts and NYC. City Love is the start of a romantic new series for fans of Sarah Dessen, Stephanie Perkins, and the Carrie Diaries, from bestselling author Susane Colasanti.
 
Roommates Sadie, Darcy, and Rosanna have big plans for their summer before college. Sadie is looking for love, Darcy is living for the next adventure, and Rosanna is reinventing herself. There will be plenty of distractions—irresistible guys, wrong guys, awkward encounters, 2 a.m. breakfasts, fangirl moments, Nasty Girl, and more—but if they look up they will discover the true meaning of city love.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
Acclaimed author Anne Blankman returns to the shadowy and dangerous world of 1930s Germany in this thrilling sequel to Prisoner of Night and Fog, perfect for fans of Code Name Verity.
 
The girl known as Gretchen Whitestone has a secret: She used to be part of Adolf Hitler's inner circle. More than a year after she made an enemy of her old family friend and fled Munich, she lives in England, posing as an ordinary German immigrant, and is preparing to graduate from high school. Her love, Daniel, is a reporter in town. For the first time in her life, Gretchen is content. But then Daniel gets a telegram that sends him back to Germany, and Gretchen's world turns upside down. When she receives word that Daniel is wanted for murder, she has to face the danger she thought she'd escaped—and return to her homeland. Gretchen must do everything she can to avoid capture, even though saving Daniel will mean consorting with her former friends, the Nazi elite. And as they work to clear Daniel's name, Gretchen and Daniel discover a deadly conspiracy stretching from the slums of Berlin to the Reichstag itself. Can they dig up the explosive truth and get out in time—or will Hitler discover them first?
 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Perfect for fans of Laurie Halse Anderson and Gayle Forman, Every Last Promise is a provocative and emotional novel about a girl who must decide between keeping quiet and speaking up after witnessing a classmate's sexual assault.
 
Kayla saw something at the party that she wasn't supposed to. But she hasn't told anyone. No one knows the real story about what happened that night—about why Kayla was driving the car that ran into a ditch after the party, about what she saw in the hours leading up to the accident, and about the promise she made to her friend Bean before she left for the summer. Now Kayla's coming home for her senior year. If Kayla keeps quiet, she might be able to get her old life back. If she tells the truth, she risks losing everything—and everyone—she ever cared about.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
Endangered is a thrilling page-turner perfect for fans of Barry Lyga's I Hunt Killers.
 
The one secret she cares about keeping—her identity—is about to be exposed. Unless Lauren "Panda" Daniels—an anonymous photoblogger who specializes in busting classmates and teachers in compromising positions—plays along with her blackmailer's little game of Dare or . . . Dare. But when the game turns deadly, Panda doesn't know what to do. And she may need to step out of the shadows to save herself . . . and everyone else on the Admirer's hit list.
 
 
*To see reviews and find links to buy this book, go HERE!
 
 
 
 
An evocative and compelling story of two sisters who would do anything for each other—perfect for fans of Thirteen Reasons Why and SpeakJoy Preble's stirring new novel explores the lengths to which sisters go to protect each other, and the winding road that brings two strangers into each other's lives.
 
Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can't trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who's moved them all to Las Vegas. It's just the two of them: Paris, who's always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind—going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love. But Leo isn't going anywhere right now, except driving around Vegas all night with her sister. Until Paris ditches Leo at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris—a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared? When Leo reluctantly accepts Max's offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold inside.
 

 

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

 

 

 

 

After being on the run, Ariane Tucker finds herself back where she started-under Dr. Jacobs's cruel control. Now she must participate in the upcoming trials: a deadly competition pitting her against other alien hybrids, each representing a rival corporation. But Ariane is no one's weapon, and she is prepared to die if it means taking down those involved in Project Paper Doll. They destroyed all that she holds dear, including Zane Bradshaw, the one person she trusted and cared for the most. The person she was forced to leave behind, bleeding and alone. As her plan takes shape, Ariane will need now more than ever to depend on the other side of her heritage-the cold, calculating instincts born from her alien DNA. With Zane gone, she has nothing left to lose. Heart-pounding action and thrilling twists will lead Ariane down a dangerous path, where shocking truths and the chance for revenge await.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Can one girl take on so many identities without losing her own? Find out in this riveting companion to The Program and the New York Times bestselling The Treatment. In a world before The Program…

 

Quinlan McKee is a closer. Since the age of seven, Quinn has held the responsibility of providing closure to grieving families with a special skill—she can “become” anyone. Recommended by grief counselors, Quinn is hired by families to take on the short-term role of a deceased loved one between the ages of fifteen and twenty. She’s not an exact copy, of course, but she wears their clothes and changes her hair, studies them through pictures and videos, and soon, Quinn can act like them, smell like them, and be them for all intents and purposes. But to do her job successfully, she can’t get attached. Now seventeen, Quinn is deft at recreating herself, sometimes confusing her own past with those of the people she’s portrayed. When she’s given her longest assignment, playing the role of Catalina Barnes, Quinn begins to bond with the deceased girl’s boyfriend. But that’s only the beginning of the complications, especially when Quinn finds out the truth about Catalina’s death. And the epidemic it could start.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

In this unforgettable teen romance that fans of Sarah Dessen and Susane Colasanti will devour, Quinn Sullivan falls for the recipient of her boyfriend's donated heart, forming an unexpected connection that will leave readers utterly breathless.

 

After Quinn's boyfriend, Trent, dies in an accident their junior year, she reaches out to the recipients of his donated organs in hopes of picking up the fragments of her now-unrecognizable life. But whoever received Trent's heart has mysteriously remained silent. The essence of a person, Quinn has always believed, is in the heart. If she finds Trent's, then in a way she still has a piece of him. Risking everything to find peace once and for all, Quinn goes outside the system to track down nineteen-year-old Colton Thomas—a guy whose life has been forever changed by this priceless gift. But what starts as an accidental run-in quickly develops into more, sparking an undeniable attraction. She doesn't want to give in to it—especially since he has no idea how they're connected—but their time together has made Quinn feel alive again. No matter how hard she's falling for Colton, each beat of his heart reminds her of all she's lost . . . and all that remains at stake.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Claire LaZebnik's latest twist on a beloved classic asks the age old question: Could the girl who knows everything be wrong about the guy?

 

As the stepdaughter of a TV star, Ellie Withers has it all: an amazing house in LA, a devoted friend who loved her before she even knew who Ellie’s stepfather was, and a burgeoning romance with handsome Aaron Marquand. But Ellie isn't the kind of person who’s content with simply having it all—the people in her life have to be equally happy. And, of course, she knows exactly what they need. When Ellie’s plans for her family, her friends, and even her love life don’t turn out the way she imagined, she begins to wonder if maybe she could stand to learn a thing or two after all. Most surprising, though, is that the perfect person to teach her is the last person she'd expect. With her signature witty narration and swoon-worthy romance, Claire LaZebnik (the author of fan favorites Epic Fail, The Trouble with Flirting, and The Last Best Kiss) once again breathes new life into a perennially popular love story: Jane Austen’s Emma.

 

 

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

 

 

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50. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Complete Blooming Goddess Trilogy by Tellulah Darling + Giveaway (International)

Hi, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE COMPLETE BLOOMING GODDESS TRILOGY by Tellulah Darling, releasing April 30, 2015 from Te Da Media. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Tellulah:

 

Hey YABC! I’ve basically been in squee mode since I saw the cover for the box set of my Blooming Goddess Trilogy. But I’m possibly more thrilled that my lovely and talented cover designer Siobhan Devlin hasn’t (yet) committed grievous bodily harm on my person. 
 
Sample design conversation:
Siobhan: So ideally what you’re going for is…?
Tellulah: Sassy girls and swoony bad boy gods. Swoony not sexy, but also funny because it’s a romantic comedy so equal parts romance and comedy, you know? Romantic comedy, the cover vibe! *does jazz hands for emphasis*
Siobhan: Uh-huh.
 
This series is really a story of my heart. Written because I’m a giant Greek myth nerd and because I wanted to give my own reader girl daughter a Persephone story for her to fall in love with. (Luckily it worked or rest of our lives might have been really really awkward.) I’m delighted to share this reveal of the box set with you and thank you for being fabulous reader people yourselves!
 
xo
~ Tellulah Darling (THE COMPLETE BLOOMING GODDESS TRILOGY, Te Da Media)
 

 

 

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THE COMPLETE BLOOMING GODDESS TRILOGY

by Tellulah Darling
Release date: April 30, 2015
Publisher: Te Da Media
ISBN: 978-0-9920709-4-6
 
 
About the Book

 

Perfect for fans of Meg Cabot, Rachel Hawkins, and everyone who loves their kickass girls sassy and their infuriating gods swoony.

The Persephone myth gets a YA romantic comedy makeover when Sophie Bloom, slacker girl extraordinaire, receives a midnight kiss from a bad boy and discovers that she’s actually Persephone, Goddess of Spring. Somehow she’s got to save humanity in the war between Hades and Zeus, survive God-ordered assassination attempts, deal with mean girls and teen drama, and stop being kissed by the aforementioned bad boy, a.k.a. Kai, Prince of the Underworld.

Compared to Kai and Sophie, Romeo & Juliet had it easy.

The Complete Blooming Goddess Trilogy contains: My Ex From Hell (#1), My Date From Hell (#2), A Date of Godlike Proporitions (short story #2.5), and My Life From Hell (#3) and is available exclusively for Kindle.

 

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Tellulah Darling
noun

1. YA romantic comedy author because her first kiss sucked and she's compensating.
2. Alter ego of former screenwriter.
3. Sassy minx.

Writes about: where love meets comedy. Awkwardness ensues.
 
Sassy girls. Swoony boys. What could go wrong?
 

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Five winners will each receive a Kindle version of THE COMPLETE BLOOMING GODDESS TRILOGY (only available in Kindle format).

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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