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26. Giveaway: The Originals - The Rise by Julie Plec (US & CAN)

Book’s Title:  The Originals: The Rise

Author’s Name: Julie Plec

Release Date: Tuesday, January 27

 

 

 

About The Originals: The Rise

Family is power. The Original vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep.

Arriving in New Orleans in 1722, Original vampire siblings Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson believe they've escaped their dangerous past. But the city is lawless, a haven for witches and werewolves unwilling to share territory. The siblings are at their mercy…especially after Klaus meets the beautiful and mysterious Vivianne. Her impending marriage is key to ending the war between the supernatural factions—and Klaus's attraction to her could destroy the uneasy alliance. As Elijah works toward securing a piece of the city for his family, and Rebekah fights her unexpected feelings for a French captain, will Klaus's volatile desires bring their world crashing down—and tear them apart for good?

 

 

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JULIE PLEC skillfully juggles work in film and television as both a producer and a writer.  She is the co-creator and executive producer of “The Vampire Diaries” and the creator of “The Vampire Diaries” spin-off, “The Originals,” which tells the story of history’s first vampire family.

Plec got her start as a television writer on the ABC Family series “Kyle XY,” which she also produced for its three-year run.  She also collaborated with Greg Berlanti and Phil Klemmer on the CW drama, “The Tomorrow People,” the story of a small group of people gifted with extraordinary paranormal abilities.

Her screenplay adaptation “The Tiger’s Curse” is in development at Paramount, and she will produce the feature “@emma” with Darko Entertainment.  Past feature production credits include “Scream 2” and “Scream 3,” Greg Berlanti’s “Broken Hearts Club,” Wes Craven’s “Cursed” and “The Breed.”
 

Learn More

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Giveaway Details

5 trade paperback finished copies available for 5 WINNERS including 5 limited edition posters.

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 they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

Do you watch “The Originals” the TV show?

 

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27. Giveaway: Invaded by Melissa Landers (Intl)

Book’s Title: INVADED    


Author’s Name: Melissa Landers


Book’s Release Date: February 3, 2015
 

 

About Invaded

Cara always knew life on planet L'eihr would be an adjustment. With Aelyx, her L'eihr boyfriend, back on Earth, working to mend the broken alliance between their two planets, Cara is left to fend for herself at a new school, surrounded by hostile alien clones. Even the weird dorm pet hates her.

Things look up when Cara is appointed as human representative to a panel preparing for a human colony on L'eihr. A society melding their two cultures is a place where Cara and Aelyx could one day make a life together. But with L'eihr leaders balking at granting even the most basic freedoms, Cara begins to wonder if she could ever be happy on this planet, even with Aelyx by her side.

Meanwhile, on Earth, Aelyx, finds himself thrown into a full-scale PR campaign to improve human-L'eihr relations. Humans don't know that their very survival depends on this alliance: only Aelyx's people have the technology to fix the deadly contamination in the global water supply that human governments are hiding. Yet despite their upper hand, the leaders of his world suddenly seem desperate to get humans on their side, and hardly bat an eye at extremists' multiple attempts on Aelyx's life. The Way clearly needs humans' help but with what? And what will they ask for in return?
 

 

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Melissa Landers (melissa-landers.com) is a former teacher who left the classroom to pursue other worlds. A proud sci-fi geek, she isn't afraid to wear her Princess Leia costume in public—just ask her husband and three kids. She lives outside Cincinnati and in the small town of Loveland, "Sweetheart of Ohio."

Learn More

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a SIGNED ARC of Invaded.

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 they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries:

In the free short story UNTIL MIDNIGHT, what does Aelyx do to make his last day with Cara extra special? (You can download UNTIL MIDNIGHT from your favorite ebook retailer. Did I mention that it’s free?)

 

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28. Nerd Riders Drive Through Movie Review - Into the Woods - #YAMovieDay

 

Lucky us! Two Drive Through Movie Reviews in a week!

Today the Nerd Riders, Clint and Kristin, let you know what they thought about INTO THE WOODS. I love love love this play and I can't wait to see this film! 

Check out their review below, this let us know what you thought about the film! 

 

 

 

 

 


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29. The 2014 YABC Choice Awards ~ Voting now open!


 

Hello again YABCers! Welcome to our annual YABC Choice Awards! 

As always, here are the 2014 titles nominated by our in-house editors. These are our favorites of the year, the ones we couldn't put down, the ones with sequels we're dying to read, the ones that left us aching for more. 

Now we need you to narrow down our choices! 

Remember, only one vote per category per person, so make your choices count! But if you make a mistake or change your mind, you can always go back and edit your vote.

Voting closes on January 15th, 2015! So get those votes in now!

We can't wait to see the winners!  

 

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30. Nerd Riders Drive Through Movie Review - #TheHobbit : Battle of the Five Armies #YAMovieDay

 

Hey YABCers! Today the Nerd Riders, Kristin and Clint, review The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies just for YOU!

What did they think? Watch to find out!

Then tell us what you thought in the comments below. (No spoilers, please, for those who haven't seen it yet.)

 

Go forth and get your nerd on! 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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31. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Silver Eve by Sandra Waugh + Giveaway (International)

 

Hi and welcome to this week's cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SILVER EVE by Sandra Waugh, releasing September 22, 2015 from Random House BFYR. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Sandra:

 

Hello everyone! Thank you so much for checking out the cover reveal for SILVER EVE. I can’t believe I’m here, hardly a year later, introducing Book 2 in the Guardians of Tarnec series. Kisses to Marcela Bolivar for dipping her digital brush into this magical world once again to bring Evie’s tale to life.  My  vague suggestions were ‘blue’ and ‘moon’ and somehow this lovely artist understood and created a most sumptuous cover (yes, sumptuous). And many hugs to the crew at Random House, Nicole de las Heras in particular, for bringing Marcela’s cover to all of you!
 
~ Sandra Waugh (SILVER EVE, Random House BFYR)
 

 

 

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SILVER EVE

by Sandra Waugh
Release date: September 22, 2015
Publisher: Random House BFYR
ISBN-13: 0449817520
 
 
About the Book
After the death of her beloved, seventeen-year-old Evie Carew wants nothing more than to lose herself forever in the wilds of Rood Marsh. But when the old seer Harker tells her she’s meant for a greater task, Evie’s curiosity keeps her going. What is this shell that Harker insists she must find? And why can’t she stop thinking about the handsome Rider Laurent, the man who saved her on the worst day of her life?
 
Soon Evie discovers that she is the Guardian of Death, the second of four Guardians who must awaken to their powers to recover four stolen amulets. Together, the amulets—Life, Death, Dark and Light—keep the world in balance. To take back the shell that is Death’s amulet, Evie has to learn to trust her Healer instincts and understand that love never dies.
 
 

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Sandra Waugh grew up in an old house full of crowded bookshelves in walking distance of an old library that allowed her to drag home a sack of six books at a time.  It goes without saying, then, that she fell in love with the old house in Litchfield County, CT, because of its many bookshelves, and she lives there now with her husband, two sons, and a dog who snores. Loudly.
 

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Giveaway Details

Two winners will each receive their choice of a signed hardcover of SILVER EVE (Guardians of the Tarnec #2) when it publishes in September 2015 or a signed hardcover of LARK RISING (Guardians of the Tarnec #1) immediately. 

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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32. Giveaway: Falling Kingdoms 3: Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes (US only)

 

GATHERING DARKNESS
Book 3: Falling Kingdoms Series
by Morgan Rhodes
In stores December 9th   

 
 
ABOUT GATHERING DARKNESS


The seeds of revolution have been sown…but in Mytica the lust for power reigns supreme.

THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo slays with sweetness—and a secret that might control Lucia’s magic—as she and vengeful Jonas lead the hunt for the all-powerful Kindred.

THE KRAESHIANS join the fray. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the vast kingdom across the Silver Sea, prove to be just as ruthless as they are charming as they manipulate their way to victory.

THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally, in the flesh, with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia’s powers to unveil the Kindred.

And which side will Prince Magnus choose, now that he’s been betrayed by everyone he’s ever loved?

 

SERIES OVERVIEW

In the three kingdoms of Mytica, magic has long been forgotten. And while hard-won peace has reigned for centuries, a deadly unrest is simmering.

As the rulers of each kingdom grapple for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed…and four key players, royals and rebels alike, find their fates forever intertwined. Cleo, Jonas, Lucia, and Magnus are caught in a dizzying world of treacherous betrayals, shocking murders, secret alliances, and even love.

In AURANOS, privileged Princess Cleo is forced to confront violence for the first time in her life when a shocking murder sets her kingdom on a path to collapse.

In LIMEROS, the king’s son, Magnus, must plan each footstep with shrewd, sharp guile if he is to earn his powerful father’s trust, while his sister, Lucia, discovers a terrifying family secret about her birth that will change everything.

In PAELSIA, rebellious Jonas lashes out against the forces of oppression that have kept his country cruelly impoverished—and finds himself the leader of a people’s revolution centuries in the making.

Witches, if four, are put to death, and Watchers, immortal beings who take the shape of hawks to visit the human world, have been almost entirely forgotten. A vicious power struggle quickly escalates to war, and these four young people collide against each other and the rise of elementia, the magic that can topple kingdoms and crown a ruler in the same day.

 
 
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Morgan Rhodes is the New York Times bestselling author of the FALLING KINGDOMS series. As a child, she always wanted to be a princess—the king that knows how to wield a sharp sword to help save both kingdoms and princes from fire-breathing dragons and dark wizards. Instead, she became a writer, which is just as good and much less dangerous. Along with writing, Morgan enjoys photography, travel, and reality TV, and is an extremely picky yet voracious reader of all kinds of books.
 
 
 
 
LEARN MORE
Follow Morgan Rhodes on TumblrTwitterand Instagram
Find the Falling Kingdoms series on Facebook
#FallingKingdomsSeries
 
 
GIVEAWAY DETAILS
BACK TO MYTICA, WISH YOU WERE HERE.
Three (3) US winners receive:
·         Falling Kingdoms postcard set
·         Falling Kingdoms tshirt,
·         plus copies of Falling KingdomsRebel Spring and Gathering Darkness.
 
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 they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: Who is your favorite character in the Falling Kingdoms series and why?
 

 

 
 

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33. Nerd Riders Drive Through Movie Review - Mockingjay Part 1 - #YAMovieDay

 

Hey everyone! Welcome to our first Drive Through Movie Review, brought to you by the Nerd Riders and hosted exclusively on YABooksCentral.com!

Do you know how excited we are about this new feature on YABC? Here's a clue:

 


Today's film review is all about The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. 

What did Clint and Kristin think about it? Watch their video review to find out!

 

 

Have you seen the film? What did you think? Do you agree with the Nerd Riders? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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34. Giveaway: THE RAVEN CYCLE by Maggie Stiefvater + Tarot Cards (US only)

 

ABOUT THE RAVEN CYCLE
Mystery, Romance and the supernatural combine in this series from #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
 
Book 1: The Raven Boys
Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue never sees them--until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks to her. His name is Gansey, a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.
 
But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can't entirely explain. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul whose emotions range from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher who notices many things but says very little.
 
For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She doesn't believe in true love, and never thought this would be a problem. But as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.
 
Book 2: The Dream Thieves
Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same. Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life. Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after....
 
Book 3: Blue Lily, Lily Blue
There is danger in dreaming. But there is even more danger in waking up.
 
Blue Sargent has found things. For the first time in her life, she has friends she can trust, a group to which she can belong. The Raven Boys have taken her in as one of their own. Their problems have become hers, and her problems have become theirs.
 
The trick with found things though, is how easily they can be lost.
 
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READ THE PROLOGUE
 
AUDIO EXCERPT (PROLOGUE)
Read by Will Patton, published by Scholastic Audio in 2014. Music by Kate Hummel.
 
 
PRAISE FOR THE RAVEN CYCLE SERIES:
 
 “Equal parts thriller and mystery, with a measured dash of romance sprinkled on topMaggie has woven such a unique, intriguing narrative that I struggled for comparisons..”— MTV.com
 
“[A] well-paced neo-Gothic thriller about a teenage fivesome’s search for the supernatural . . .”— New York Times Book Review
 
“Simultaneously complex and simple, compulsively readable, marvelously wrought.”— Kirkus Reviews, starred review 
 
“Stiefvater’s can’t-put-it-down paranormal adventure will leave you clamoring for book 2.” Entertainment Weekly 
“[A]  tour de force of characterization, and while there is no lack of event or mystery, it is the way Stiefvater’s people live in the reader’s imagination that makes this such a memorable read.”— Publishers Weekly, starred review
 
 
 
 
LEARN MORE
Visit The Raven Cycle Official Site
Visit Maggie Stiefvater’s Official Site
Visit the This is Teen Pinterest page to follow The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour
Follow Maggie on TwitterFacebookTumblr and Instagram

CONNECT WITH THE TAROT TOUR #TarotTour
Author Maggie Stiefvater designed The Raven Cycle Tarot, a Major Arcana 22-card deck inspired by The Raven Cycle series. The cards will be revealed in a 22-stop blog tour running November 1 – November 22. 
Follow The Raven Cycle Tarot Tour on the This is Teen Pinterest page to collect all 22 cards!
 
Download the tour schedule:
 
 
 
b2ap3_thumbnail_MaggieStiefvater.jpgABOUT THE AUTHOR
 
Entertainment Weekly has called Maggie Stiefvater, “one of the finest YA novelists writing today.” Maggie Stiefvater is a writer, artist, and musician and the New York Times bestselling author of Shiver, hailed by Publishers Weekly in a starred review as, “a lyrical tale,” and by BookPage as, “beautifully written, even poetic at times, and a perfect indulgence for readers of all ages.” There are more than 1.8 million copies of the Shiver trilogy in print. Since publication, rights to thirty-six foreign editions of Shiver have been licensed. Linger, the second book in the Shiver trilogy, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller list. The Scorpio Races (2011) was named to the following best of the year lists for 2011: Publishers WeeklySchool Library JournalThe Horn Book and Kirkus Reviews. In addition, The Scorpio Races was named a 2012 Michael L. Printz Honor Book by the American Library Association and a New York Times Notable Children’s BookTime Magazine called, The Raven Boys, Book #1 in Stiefvater’s latest New York Timesbestselling series The Raven Cycle, “A flirtier kind of horror-fantasy, aimed at teens clutching tattered Twilight and Sandman paperbacks....Stiefvater’s quirky prose has ample nerdy pleasures.” Stiefvater lives in Virginia with her family.
 
 
 
GIVEAWAY DETAILS
 
One winner will receive:
·         The Raven BoysThe Dream Thieves, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue
·         PLUS a Limited Edition The Raven Cycle Major Arcana Tarot Deck (featuring Maggie Stiefvater original artwork!)
Prizing & samples courtesy of Scholastic
Giveaway open to US addresses only
 
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 they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: Who is your favorite character in The Raven Cycle and why?
 
 
 
 

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35. YABC Mailbox - October 2014 Book Haul

 

Hey guys! Check out the awesome loot we found in our mailbox this month:

 

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We are especially excited about these YA titles!!

 

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Can't forget the middle grade haul! 

 

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And how about these picture books?
 

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See anything you're dying to read? Let us know in the comments!

And don't forget to mark them down on your To-Read lists!

 

 

 

 


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36. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Avalon Rising by Kathryn Rose + Giveaway (US Only)

Hello, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for AVALON RISING by Kathryn Rose, releasing May 8, 2015 from Flux. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Kathryn:

 

Hi guys!
 
I'm excited to be back to share the cover of the second book in the METAL & LACE series with you! AVALON RISING continues several months after CAMELOT BURNING, and it's a much darker, more wintery story with wraiths and old forgotten kings and prophesies and snow-covered land. The amazing team at Flux brought it to life with such beautiful detailing and the feel of danger under a moonlit sky. I hope you love it as much as I do!
 
~ Kathryn Rose (AVALON RISING, Flux)
 

 

 

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AVALON RISING

by Kathryn Rose
Release date: May 8, 2015
Publisher: Flux
ISBN-13: 0738744891
 
 
About the Book
In the aftermath of Morgan le Fay’s war on Camelot, the once great kingdom struggles to rebuild. Vivienne, Merlin's former apprentice, toils in secret day and night on orders from the Lady of the Lake to build an aeroship. The Lady ha s seen the future and promises that the ship will ensure Camelot’s knights triumph over the Black Knight in the quest for Avalon and the Holy Grail.
 
But when a company of knights goes missing—including Owen, Vivienne’s brother, and Marcus, her beloved—Vivienne changes the plan and commandeers the aeroship for a rescue mission, altering the fates of all involved. Now, the Lady sees danger in Vivienne’s future. And for Marcus: either betrayal or death.
 
 

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Kathryn Rose (Los Angeles, CA) graduated from York University with a degree in literature and philosophy. When she isn’t breaking up fights between her cat and dog, Rose can be found writing and reading mostly speculative fiction, cooking with her husband, or listening to rock music. 
 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed copy of AVALON RISING.

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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37. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Nooks & Crannies by Jessica Lawson + Giveaway (International)

 

Ready for another cover reveal, YABCers?

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for NOOKS & CRANNIES by Jessica Lawson, releasing June 7, 2015 from Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Jessica:

 

Hello all YA(and Kids!)BC readers! Welcome to the exclusive cover reveal of NOOKS & CRANNIES!
 
I'm over the moon to be sharing the wonderful work of artist/illustrator Natalie Andrewson (http://natalie-andrewson.com/) and Simon & Schuster book designer Lucy Ruth Cummins.
 
This mystery-in-a-manor-house novel was pitched as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory meets Clue, and I think Natalie's artwork perfectly captures the spirit and tone of my story. Her depiction of the novel's characters, particularly protagonist Tabitha Crum (whose personality has shades of Roald Dahl's Matilda), is spot-on. I was extra thrilled to learn that Natalie will be providing interior illustrations for the book, so readers can look forward to finding those gems among the pages!
 
Full of little details from the novel, this cover is so very special to me and I hope you love it as much as I do.
 
Happy viewing!
 
~ Jessica Lawson (NOOKS & CRANNIES, Simon & Schuster)
 

 

 

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NOOKS & CRANNIES

by Jessica Lawson
Release date: June 7, 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 978-1-4814-1922-2
 
 
About the Book

Tabitha Crum is a girl with a big imagination and a love for mystery novels, though her parents think her only talent is being a nuisance. She doesn't have a friend in the world, except her pet mouse, Pemberley, with whom she shares her dingy attic bedroom.

Then, on the heels of a rather devastating announcement made by her mother and father, Tabitha receives a mysterious invitation to the country estate of the wealthy but reclusive Countess of Windermere, whose mansion is rumored to be haunted. There, she finds herself among five other children, none of them sure why they've been summoned. But soon, a very big secret will be revealed— a secret that will change their lives forever and put Tabitha’s investigative skills to the test.
 
 

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Jessica Lawson does not live in a fancy manor house, but she does deal with mysteries on a daily basis. Most of those mysteries involve missing socks and shadowy dessert disappearances. She lives in Colorado with her husband and children. Her first novel,The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher, is part retelling, part origin story of Mark Twain's classic The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
 

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One winner will receive a signed ARC of NOOKS & CRANNIES.

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38. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Foreign Exchange by Denise Jaden + Giveaway (US/International)

 

Hi, everyone! Welcome to today's cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for FOREIGN EXCHANGE by Denise Jaden, releasing October 10, 2014 from Evernight Teen. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Denise:

 

Hi YABC! I’m excited to share with you my new cover for my latest YA novel, FOREIGN EXCHANGE. I’m thrilled to announce that this is an editor’s pick for Evernight Teen, and I know we’re not supposed to pick favorites, but if I had to pick one of my books that I love the most, I think this would be it. I wrote this book during a very difficult year in my life, and it was the bright spot that kept me going. Jamie and Sawyer came alive on the page for me, and each time I sat down to write, I was excited to see what they would do and where life would take them. I hope you enjoy finding out more about my new book and watching the video trailer. You can always find out more about me and my upcoming writing on Twitter @denisejaden or on my website at www.denisejaden.com.
 
 
~ Denise Jaden (FOREIGN EXCHANGE, Evernight Teen)
 

 

 

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FOREIGN EXCHANGE

by Denise Jaden
Release date: October 10, 2014
Publisher: Evernight Teen
ISBN-13: 978-1-77130-894-6
 
 
About the Book
 
Jamie Monroe has always played it safe. That is, until her live-for-the-moment best friend, Tristan, jets off to Italy on a student exchange program. Left alone with her part-time mother and her disabled brother, Jamie discovers that she is quite capable of taking her own risks, starting with her best friend’s hotter-than-hot older brother, Sawyer. 
 
Sawyer and Tristan have been neighbors for years, but as Jamie grows closer to the family she thought she knew, she discovers some pretty big secrets—not only from her, but from each other. As she sinks deeper into their web of pretense, she suspects that her best friend may not be on a safe exchange program at all. Jamie sets off to Europe on a class trip with plans to meet up with Tristan, but when Tristan stops all communication, suddenly no one seems trustworthy, least of all the one person she was starting to trust—Sawyer.
 
 

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Denise Jaden's novels LOSING FAITH and NEVER ENOUGH have been shortlisted or received awards through the Romance Writers of America, Inspy, and SCBWI. Her newest release, FOREIGN EXCHANGE, will be an Editor’s Pick with Evernight Teen (Oct. 2014). Her non-fiction book, FAST FICTION, includes tips on constructing a story plan that works, as well as daily inspiration to keep writers writing. 
 
When not writing, she dances with her Polynesian dance troupe and homeschools her ten-year-old son (who is also a fast-drafter of fiction). Find out more at on Twitter @denisejaden or at DeniseJaden.com.
 

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Giveaway Details

Two winners, one each for the following:

- 1 signed print copy of FOREIGN EXCHANGE (US ONLY)

- 1 digital copy of FOREIGN EXCHANGE (INTERNATIONAL)

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39. Are You Ready for the YA Scavenger Hunt?! Plus Get Tiger's Promise for $0.99! #YASH

 

Guys! Today is the start of the YA Scavenger Hunt, hosted and led by the amazing Colleen Houck! Are you prepared to scavenge like you've never scavenged before? We know we are! 

 

So... What is the YA Scavenger Hunt? 

In essence, the YA Scavenger Hunt is an online event dedicated to promoting collaboration between young adult authors from a variety of publishing houses. Past scavenger hunts have been a fun and effective way of offering fans the opportunity to see some of the best in YA literature and discover new books. Throughout the hunt, participating authors will release exclusive bonus material, provide readers access to top-secret information and host a number of giveaways.

More details on this year’s scavenger hunt are available here.

For step-by-step instructions on how to participate, please direct newbies here. We are especially excited to disclose that this year’s hunt will feature 125 different YA authors organized into six color-coded teams.

The fun only lasts a few days, October 2nd through the 5th, so readers, prepare to scavenge!!

 

Special Tiger's Promise Price Promotion!

Starting today, October 2, readers can purchase Colleen Houck's TIGER’S PROMISE for just $0.99 for a limited time on the following e-tailers! We are beyond thrilled about this!
 
·         Amazon
·         B&N
·         Kobo
·         iBooks 

 

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About Tiger's Promise

Before the curse, there was a promise. A prequel to the bestselling Tiger’s Curse series, this much anticipated novella recalls the beginning of Ren and Kishan’s story. Before Kelsey there was a girl, raised by a villain, whose love for a hero changed the course of history.
 
Trapped under the thumb of her abusive and powerful father Lokesh, Yesubai struggles to keep her own magical abilities secret while evading his dark powers. When Lokesh promises Yesubai to the prince of a neighboring kingdom, she becomes the central pawn in his plot to destroy the ruling family and take power for himself. Yesubai is trapped by her father's threats and desperate to protect the man she comes to love, but she knows that any decision she makes will have dire consequences. As dark forces gather around her, Yesubai must decide if she's willing to reveal that somewhere deep within her she has the power to change everything.
 
4.5/5 Stars from IndieReader
 
"Houck’s flowing, storytelling style offers a fast-paced and intriguing adventure, that as a stand alone might be somewhat perplexing... but as a quick prequel will no doubt offer some insight to the next book. TIGER’S PROMISE is a spellbinding story about a young girl’s struggle against evil personified—in her father."
 
—Maya Fleischmann for IndieReader
 
Released on June 1, 2014


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New York Times Bestselling Author Colleen Houck is a lifelong reader whose literary interests include action, adventure, science fiction, and romance. Her first four novels, Tiger’s Curse, Tiger’s Quest, Tiger’s Voyage, and Tiger’s Destiny were New York Times, USA Today, and Publishers Weekly bestsellers. Formerly a student at the University of Arizona, she worked as a nationally certified American Sign Language interpreter for seventeen years before switching careers to become an author. Colleen lives in Salem, Oregon, with her husband and a huge assortment of plush tigers.

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40. Giveaway: Thunderstone by Barbara Pietron (US Only)

 

Thunderstone

by Barbara Pietron

Release Date: November 12, 2013

 

About the Book

Sneaking out at night, driving without a license, and falling for a guy weren’t things fifteen-year-old Jeni expected to do while visiting Lake Itasca, Minnesota with her family. The guy, Ice, turns out to be the local medicine man’s apprentice, and when he tells Jeni she’s connected to the spirit world, her first instinct is to run. But after Ice’s stories of a mythical underwater monster—that Jeni allegedly released—prove true, she realizes it’s up to her to contain the beast. Jeni must first convince herself that she’s able, and then save the locals, Ice, and ultimately herself.

 

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After years in the corporate world, Barbara found herself with a second chance to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up. Her lifetime love of books and the written word returned one answer: writer. Drawing from her experience with technical writing, she began by writing non-fiction magazine pieces and achieved both regional and national publication. Her success encouraged her to complete a novel. She learned much from her first manuscript, critiques, books, contests, and blogs. Barbara has a few other novels in the works, including a Thunderstone sequel. If she’s not reading or writing, she likes to walk, garden, and sew. She works in a library and lives in Royal Oak, Michigan with her husband, daughter, and their cat—who often acts like a dog.

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed copy of the book. US only.

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41. Giveaway: Dream Girl by SJ Lomas (US Only)

 

Dream Girl

by S.J. Lomas

Release Date: November 2013

 

About the Book

For Christine, dreams have never been more than a pleasant dalliance in her subconscious or the occasional nightmare. Once she meets Gabriel, her dreams become vivid and shocking.
 
She spends time with Gabriel and learns there is far more to dreams than she ever imagined. As she becomes entangled in the truth, and her feelings for Gabriel, she finds herself on the path to making the biggest, and strangest, decision of her life.

 

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S.J. has been making up stories for as long as she can remember. She’s never been pulled into a dreamworld, but she did have a remarkably vivid dream about the Beatles once. She lives in Southeastern Michigan with her husband, two children and a cat. This is her debut novel. Keep up with her current writing projects at sjlomas.com.

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed copy of the book. US Only.

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42. Giveaway: In the End by Demitria Lunetta (US/CAN Only)

IN THE END    
by Demitria Lunetta
Release date: June 24 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen

 

About the Book

It's been three months since Amy escaped New Hope, and she's been surviving on her own. Then one day Amy gets a call from Kay and hears the four words she had hoped she would never hear: Dr. Reynolds has Baby. Now it's a race against time, for Baby is in imminent danger, her life threatened by the malevolent doctor who had helped start the end of the world. Amy must make her way to Fort Black, a prison turned survivor colony, where she will need to find Ken, Kay's brother, who holds the key to Baby's survival.

One small slipup on this quest might not only cost Baby and Amy their lives but could also threaten the survival of the people in the After.

 

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About the Author

Demitria Lunetta is the author of the YA Sci-fi duology, IN THE AFTER and IN THE END. She holds a BA in Human Ecology and has spent countless hours studying the many ways in which people are capable of bringing about their own destruction. In case the end is near, she always carries a good book and a chocolate bar--the two items essential for post-apocalyptic survival. IN THE AFTER is an American Booksellers Association 2013 ABC Best Books for Children and an Amazon 2013 Top Twenty Teen Book.

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a SIGNED ARC copy of In the End. US/CAN only.

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43. Giveaway: In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken (US Only)

 

IN THE AFTERLIGHT

by Alexandra Bracken

In stores October 28th

 

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About the Book

Ruby can't look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government's attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there's no guarantee you're fully in control, and everything comes with a price.

When the Children's League disbands, Ruby rises up a s a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam's brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government "rehabilitation camps" all over the country. Freeing them--revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process--is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.

But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America's children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.

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ABOUT SPARKS RISE (The Darkest Minds: 2.5 e-Book release)

Available online September 2, 2014

This New eBook Novella connects the last two novels in The Darkest Minds trilogy.

Sam didn't think things could get worse at Thurmand rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam's dark childhood.

Lucas has a deadly secret--he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her.

 

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About the Author

Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  She recently rel ocated to New York City, where she worked in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books.
 

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One winner will receive the BLUE PSI PRIZE PACK (TELEKINESIS). US only.

Levitate your library! Enter for your chance to win a floating bookshelf and The Darkest Minds series & tote bag.

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44. Giveaway: Silvern by Christina Farley (International)

 

Silvern

by Christina Farley
Release date: Sept. 23, 2014

 

About the Book

Jae Hwa Lee is ready to forget about immortals and move on with her life. Until Kud, god of darkness, sends an assassin to kill her.
 
Jae escapes with the knowledge that Kud is seeking the lost White Tiger Orb, and joins forces with a legendary organization, the Guardians of Shinshi, to find the orb before Kud can steal it and discover what it’s capable of. Jae knows she’ll need her friends for this fight, but they have problems of their own: her best friend Michelle doesn’t yet fully understand the dangers of the Spirit World; boyfriend Marc is spending more and more time away from her, training to become a Guardian of Shinshi; and Marc hates the fellow trainee assigned to help them: the oddly riveting— and absurdly handsome—Kang-dae. They set out together on a harrowing journey that will take Jae into the darkest corners of the Spirit World and the real world.

But Kud is a stronger and more devious god than Jae ever imagined. Jae is soon painfully reminded that by making an enemy of Kud, she has placed her closest friends in danger, and must decide how much she can bear to sacrifice to defeat one of the most powerful immortals in all of Korea.

 


 

A Message from the Author

"In just a few short weeks, SILVERN, the sequel to GILDED will be released! I am so excited about this new adventure that Jae Hwa takes as she embarks into the deepest, darkest corners of Korea. In this book, you’ll see many of the same characters from Gilded, as well as meet new ones. You’ll also be introduced to new Korean myths as mythological creatures. I can’t wait to share this next book with YABC readers, which is why I’m thrilled to share that my publisher will be giving away 20 advanced Kindle copies of Silvern!"

 

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About the Author

It all began when I was nine, curled under my covers, listening to my father read Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. That’s where the beauty and power of storytelling came to life for me. I was so inspired that I started a writing group in 4th grade. All my friends came over and we’d write stories and share them. When I was ten, I submitted my first short story to a magazine. It was rejected. I thought I was a terrible writer. I put writing aside and decided to become a teacher.

It was after teaching and traveling internationally for ten years that I decided to tackle my bucket list. ‘Write a book’ happened to be on it. I wrote that book. It was awful, just as I suspected it’d be. But a very strange thing happened. I realized I liked writing. Finally I’d found that outlet to share all the crazy, wild stories floating in my head.

I was hooked. I wrote and wrote. Finally, I snagged a fabulous agent, Jeff Ourvan. He submited GILDED to publishers and found a home for it with my wonderful editor, Miriam Juskowicz at Skyscape/Amazon Children’s.

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Giveaway Details

TWENTY winners will receive a kindle copy of Silvern. International.

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45. Giveaway: Fragile Destiny by Suzanne Lazear (US/CAN/Intl)

Book’s Title: FRAGILE DESTINY (Aether Chronicles #3)

Author’s Name: Suzanne Lazear

Book’s Release Date: 8/8/14

 

About the Book

 

Broken into pieces and hidden in the mortal realm long ago, the Staff of Eris bestows vast powers on whoever possesses it. King Brogan, V’s treacherous uncle, is trying to rebuild the staff. If he succeeds, the consequences for the Otherworld will be dire.


In a desperate effort to keep the Otherworld safe, Noli and V plot the daring theft of a jewel that is needed to complete the staff. But Brogan is not so easily defeated. When he and Noli finally come face to face, the balance of power shifts, and Noli must consider joining forces with an u nlikely ally in order to save the Otherworld.

 

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Suzanne Lazear is the author of the YA fairytale steampunk series The Aether Chronicles. INNOCENT DARKNESS and CHARMED VENGEANCE are out now. The next installment, FRAGILE DESTINY, releases 8-8-14. Suzanne lives in Southern California with her daughter and the hubby where she’s currently attempting to make a raygun to match her ballgown. She’s also part of the Steampunk group blog Steamed http://wwww.ageofsteam.wordpress.com Learn more about the Aether Chronicles at http://www.aetherchronicles.com.

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Giveaway Details

 

THREE winners.

- One US/CAN WINNER  will receive the Grand Prize - a Fragile Destiny Prize Pack (signed copy of fragile destiny, plus top hats, treats, and swag for 6).

- One US/CAN WINNER will receive a signed copy of all three books in the series.

- One INTERNATIONAL WINNER will receive a swag pack.

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What new character's POV is included in FRAGILE DESTINY?  (If you don't know you can use the peek inside feature at Amazon to read the prologue and find out.)

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46. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Last Year's Mistake by Gina Ciocca + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

Hi, YABCers, and welcome to another cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE by Gina Ciocca, releasing Summer 2015 from Simon Pulse. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Gina:

 

Hi, YABC-ers! I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am to share the cover for LAST YEAR’S MISTAKE today. I’m pretty sure my neighbors could hear the shrieks of glee coming from my kitchen when I saw it for the first time. It’s completely surreal to see a scene plucked from your novel and brought to life in all its sexy glory, almost exactly the way you see it in your head – and that’s what the designers at Simon Pulse did with this cover. I hope you love it as much as I do!
 
~ Gina Ciocca (LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE, Simon Pulse)
 

 

 

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LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE

by Gina Ciocca
Release date: Summer 2015
Publisher: Simon Pulse
 
 
About the Book
Before:
Kelsey and David became best friends the summer before freshman year and were inseparable ever after. 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 decided to move away, she couldn't wait to start over and leave the past behind. Except, David wasn't ready to let her go...
 
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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 and he shakes up everything. Soon 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 truly let him go. And maybe she never wants to.
 
Told in alternating sections, LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE is a charming and romantic debut about loving, leaving, and letting go.
 

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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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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed ARC of LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE (when available) and a box of saltwater taffy (in honor of one of the author's favorite scenes in the book)

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47. YA Authors as YAs: The Bethany Neal Edition + Giveaway (US only)

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Welcome to the latest YA Authors as YAs interview!

Our goal? To prove that your favorite authors — no matter how AWESOME and COOL you think they are — were once awkward, weird, and they geeked out about fandoms and guilty-pleasure music JUST LIKE YOU when they were teens. (Most of them still do, you know, and that’s totally COOL, because being yourself is the ultimate in EPIC COOLNESS.)

Don’t believe me? 

Maybe Bethany Neal, author of MY LAST KISS, out now from FSG Books for Young Readers, can convince you with tales from her teen years. 
 

>> Click here to read the hilarious interview and enter to win a copy of the book! <<

 

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MY LAST KISS

ISBN: 0374351287 (ISBN13: 9780374351281)

Publisher: FSG Books for Young Readers

Release Date: June 10, 2014



About MY LAST KISS

What if your last kiss was with the wrong boy? 

Cassidy Haines remembers her first kiss vividly. It was on the old covered bridge the summer before her freshman year with her boyfriend of three years, Ethan Keys. But her last kiss—the one she shared with someone at her seventeenth birthday party the night she died—is a blur. Cassidy is trapped in the living world, not only mourning the loss of her human body, but left with the grim suspicion that her untimely death wasn’t a suicide as everyone assumes. She can’t remember anything from the weeks leading up to her birthday and she’s worried that she may have betrayed her boyfriend. 

If Cassidy is to uncover the truth about that fateful night and make amends with the only boy she’ll ever love, she must face her past and all the decisions she made—good and bad—that led to her last kiss.

"A thrilling story of love and betrayal where a teenage girl must not only face her actions in her former life but discover which of her friends was her killer. A bittersweet contemporary romance that had me in tears in the final pages." – Amy Plum, author of Die For Me trilogy

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About BETHANY:

Bethany Neal write YA novels with a little dark side and a lot of kissing! She is obsessed with (but not limited to): nail polish, ginormous rings, pigs, dream analysis, memorizing song lyrics, pickles, dessert, predestined love, not growing up, sour gummy candies, music videos, Halloween, and fictional boys who play guitar.

You can find her locked in her writertorium for insane amounts of time. But, hey, insanity is fun! Connect with her on Twitter @BethDazzled and Facebook.

 

 

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48. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Silence of Six by E.C. Myers + Giveaway (US/Canada)

 

Welcome to the second cover reveal of the week! We even have an excerpt from the novel!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for SILENCE OF SIX by E.C. Myers, releasing November 5, 2014 from Adaptive Books. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from E.C.:

 

Hi, YABCers!
 
O's yu vrkgykj zu mobk eua znk bkxe loxyz ruuq gz se tkc tubkr, ZNK YORKTIK UL YOD! Uuvy, yuxxe — luxik ul nghoz.
 
Hold on a second... Okay, that’s better. Did you understand that? The text above says “I'm so pleased to give you the very first look at my new novel, THE SILENCE OF SIX! Oops, sorry — force of habit.”
 
Ever since I read Alvin’s Secret Code by Clifford Hicks when I was a kid, I have been fascinated with ciphers. This one is pretty easy to crack, but I got to play with some more challenging puzzles in THE SILENCE OF SIX. Designing a book cover is a little like cryptography: You try several different approaches and when you hit on the right one, it just fits. That’s how it was with this cover! As soon as I saw what the brilliant creative team at Adaptive Books had come up with, I knew it was the perfect image to convey the intrigue, technology, and darkness at the core of the story — without giving away too much.
 
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Share the cover and excerpt by linking back here! Enter the giveaway! Tell your friends!
 
This message will self destruct.
 
(Just kidding.)
 
~ E.C. Myers (THE SILENCE OF SIX, Adaptive Books)
 

 

 

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THE SILENCE OF SIX

by E.C. Myers
Release date: November 5, 2014
Publisher: Adaptive Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-9960666-2-4
 
 
About the Book
 
"What is the Silence of Six, and what are you going to do about it?"
 
These are the last words uttered by 17-year old Max Stein’s genius best friend Evan just moments before he kills himself after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential Debate at their high school.
 
Haunted by the unforgettable image of his best friend’s death, Max’s entire world is upended as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt. Fearing for his life and fighting for his own innocence, Max is on the run with no one to trust and too many unanswered questions.
 
Max must dust off his own hacking skills and maneuver through the dangerous labyrinth of underground hacktivist networks, ever-shifting alliances and virtual identities – all the while hoping to find the truth behind the “Silence of Six” before it’s too late.
 

Excerpt from the Book

The ninety minutes flew by. In no time, Avery said, “Our last video question comes from Samir Gupta in Bakersfield, California.”

Pixels danced in the video box onscreen.

“I’m sorry. We’re having some technical—” Avery had one finger pressed to the earpiece in his left ear. Then the distorted pattern of blocks resolved into a face. “Oh, here we are.”

But the face wasn’t human: It was a sinister mask.

A bright light gave its bone-white surface a ghostly glow and plunged the background into shadows. It had a grotesque expression, with demonic eyes, a furrowed brow, and a horrible grimace.

Kids around Max gasped and murmured. Several students said the words that were also running through Max’s head: Dramatis Personai. The mask was reminiscent of the ones worn by members of the well-known hacker group when they addressed the public.

Avery turned to the technicians working in the wings. “That’s the wrong video,” he hissed off-mike.

“Hello?” the figure said. The voice was as unsettling as the mask, digitally altered to be flat and low-pitched.

The figure turned to the right and stared into the darkness for a moment. It wore a red-hooded sweatshirt, the hood drawn over the head.

Max’s heart beat faster and his palms prickled with anxiety.

The figure turned back to face the camera and took a deep breath. “My name is STOP.”

What? No.

STOP was Evan’s online handle.

STOP leaned closer to the camera and Max instinctively leaned closer too, trying to get a better look at him. There were twin glints behind the large, dark eyeholes of the mask, like light reflecting off lenses. Evan was practically blind without glasses.

It couldn’t be.

“What’s going on?” Avery asked in an exasperated voice.

“Do you really want to know?” STOP asked.

Evan, what are you doing?

“He answered me! Is this video live?” Avery looked at the screen with his hand cupped over his mike. “What do you mean, you don’t know where it’s coming from?”

“Just listen,” STOP said. Even through the audio filter, there was no mistaking the urgency and desperation in his voice. “Please listen.”

Three loud tones punctuated the audio. Max and his classmates flinched.

“I have a question.” STOP took a deep breath and looked straight into the camera. Max shivered. From where he was sitting, it was as if STOP was looking straight at him.

“What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?” STOP pushed his hood back. Evan’s usually wispy brown hair was greasy and dull, matted against his head.

He reached off screen with his right hand and used his left to slowly lift his mask enough to reveal his nose and mouth.

He had a few days’ growth of stubble and his pale skin glistened with sweat.

Max gripped the armrests of his seat. What the hell was he doing?

In his own undisguised voice, Evan mumbled. “I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry. . . ”

Something dark flashed in the light from the desk lamp. It took Max a moment longer to figure out what Evan was holding in his right hand.

It didn’t register immediately because it didn’t belong there. It didn’t belong in Evan’s mouth.

S**t, that’s a gun, Max thought.

The sharp pop of a gunshot tore through the quiet. The video jumped as Evan’s body jerked and fell backward into the shadows with a sickening, wet thud. Blood speckled the camera lens and the light turned red.

The audience gasped then fell quiet.

 

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E.C. Myers was assembled in the U.S. from Korean and German parts and raised by a single mother and the public library in Yonkers, New York. He is the author of the Andre Norton Award–winning young adult novel Fair Coin and Quantum Coin, as well as numerous short stories. He currently lives with his wife, two doofy cats, and a mild-mannered dog in Pennsylvania. You can find traces of him all over the internet, but especially at http://ecmyers.net and on Twitter: @ecmyers.
 

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Giveaway Details

Two winners will each receive an ARC of SILENCE OF SIX.

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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49. It's live!! Cover Reveal: What Remains by Helene Dunbar + Giveaway (International)

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Hello, YABCers! Ready for another cover reveal?

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for WHAT REMAINS by Helene Dunbar, releasing May 15, 2015 from Flux. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Helene:

 

Hi YABC! And welcome to the exclusive cover reveal for WHAT REMAINS!
 
Had you asked me what I wanted on my cover for this book, I would have given you a list of things I didn't want. Not so helpful, right? I knew I didn't want certain aspects of the plot spoiled, and I didn't want the main character's love interest on it, because really, at its core, this book is a love story between three friends and that's what I wanted to come through. While my editor, Brian Farrey-Latz and I agreed on those points, we couldn't really reach a consensus about what SHOULD ultimately represent this book. So I have to say that I was a little nervous when I was sent a draft. But I shouldn't have been because the Flux art team just nailed this cover. I couldn't love it more than I do and I'm so very thrilled to share it with you and grateful to YABookCentral for hosting this reveal.
 
~ Helene Dunbar (WHAT REMAINS, Flux)
 

 

 

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WHAT REMAINS

by Helene Dunbar
Release date: May 15, 2015
Publisher: Flux
 
 
About the Book
 
Everything can change in a heartbeat.
 
In less than a second...
... two of the things Cal Ryan cares most about—a promising baseball career and Lizzie, one of his best friends—are gone forever.
 
In the hours that follow...
...Cal's damaged heart is replaced.
Everyone expects him to pick up the pieces and move on.
 
But Lizzie is gone and all that remains is an overwhelming sense that her death was his fault.
And a voice in his head that just...won’t...stop.
 
Cal thought he and his friends could overcome any obstacle. But grief might be the one exception.
 
And that might take a lifetime to accept...
 
 

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Helene Dunbar is the author of THESE GENTLE WOUNDS (Flux, 2014) and WHAT REMAINS (Flux, 2015). Over the years, she's worked as a theatre critic, journalist, and marketing manager, and has written on topics as diverse as Irish music, court cases, theater, and Native American Indian tribes. She lives in Nashville with her husband and daughter and exists on a steady diet of reader's tears.
 

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Giveaway Details

Two winners will each receive a signed copy of WHAT REMAINS (when available).

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

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What do you think about the cover and synopsis?

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50. Blog Tour: The Young Elites by Marie Lu #TheYoungElites

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Hello, YABCers! Today we welcome THE YOUNG ELITES teaser tour to the blog! We're thrilled to be a part of the blog tour and to introduce a character from the novel!  

 

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MEET LUCENT (AKA WINDWALKER)

Tall, pale and lean, Lucent is known as the Windwalker. Gifted by the blood fever with the ability to mimic the wind, she is a force to be reckoned with. Her arms are covered in dark, swirling lines that perhaps speak to her abilities—she can conjure the wind, from its howls and painful shrieks to its powerful gusts.

 

About the Book

Some hate us, think us outlaws to hang at the gallows.

Some fear us, think us demons to burn at the stake.

Some worship us, think us children of the gods.

But all know us.

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I am tired of being used, hurt, and cast aside. 

Adelina Amouteru is a survivor of the blood fever. A decade ago, the deadly illness swept through her nation. Most of the infected perished, while many of the children who survived were left with strange markings. Adelina’s black hair turned silver, her lashes went pale, and now she has only a jagged scar where her left eye once was. Her cruel father believes she is a malfetto, an abomination, ruining their family’s good name and standing in the way of their fortune. But some of the fever’s survivors are rumored to possess more than just scars—they are believed to have mysterious and powerful gifts, and though their identities remain secret, they have come to be called the Young Elites. 

Teren Santoro works for the king. As Leader of the Inquisition Axis, it is his job to seek out the Young Elites, to destroy them before they destroy the nation. He believes the Young Elites to be dangerous and vengeful, but it’s Teren who may possess the darkest secret of all. 

Enzo Valenciano is a member of the Dagger Society. This secret sect of Young Elites seeks out others like them before the Inquisition Axis can. But when the Daggers find Adelina, they discover someone with powers like they’ve never seen. 

Adelina wants to believe Enzo is on her side, and that Teren is the true enemy. But the lives of these three will collide in unexpected ways, as each fights a very different and personal battle. But of one thing they are all certain: Adelina has abilities that shouldn’t belong in this world. A vengeful blackness in her heart. And a desire to destroy all who dare to cross her. 

It is my turn to use. My turn to hurt.

 
 

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Marie Lu is the author of the New York Times bestselling Legend series. She spends her spare time reading, drawing, playing Assassin’s Creed, and getting stuck in traffic. She lives in Los Angeles, California, with one boyfriend, one Chihuahua mix, and two Pembroke Welsh corgis.

 Learn More at her Official Website

 

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Tour Schedule

Follow the teaser tour for character profiles and a brand new excerpt from THE YOUNG ELITES!

September 28: ForeverYoungAdult.com

September 29: DefectiveGeeks.com

September 30: YABooksCentral.com

October 1: CandacesBookBlog.com

October 2: Parajunkee.com

October 3ALifeBoundbyBooks.Blogspot.com

October 4: Hypable.com

 

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