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

5 Seconds of Summer: All Exposed

by Mick O’Shea

Release Date: 10/07/2015

 

About the Book


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

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


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


About the Author

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

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

THE PRINCESS AND THE PONY

by Kate Beaton

In stores June 30th

 

About the Book


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


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

 

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

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


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

The Star Side of Bird Hill

by Naomi Jackson
 
Release Date: 6/30/15

 

About the Book

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


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


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

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

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

Siren’s Fury

by Mary Weber

Release Date: June 2, 2015

 

About the Book


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


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


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


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



About the Author


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


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

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

PAPERWEIGHT

by Meg Haston
 
Release Date: July 7, 2015

 

About the Book


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

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

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


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

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

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Top Five Ways to Survive a Tough Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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4.    Treat yourself.

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

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5.    Know when to ask for help.

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

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3 winners will each receive a copy of PAPERWEIGHT. US only.

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

About the Books

 

WANTED: Grace and the Guiltless (Book 1)

by Erin Johnson

Release Date: August 1, 2014



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

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

 

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WANTED: Her Cold Revenge (Book 2)     

by Erin Johnson

Release Date: August 1, 2015



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

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


To learn more about these books and see our reviews, go HERE and HERE.
 


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


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4 winners will each receive a finished copy of GRACE AND THE GUILTLESS & HER COLD REVENGE. US only.

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

Becoming Darkness

by Lindsay Brambles

Release Date: October 1, 2015

 

 

About the Book


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

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

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


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


About the Author


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


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

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

ALIVE  

by Chandler Baker

Release Date: June 9, 2015

 

 

About the Book


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

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

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

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


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


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

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One winner will receive a copy of ALIVE. US only.

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

Made You Up

by Francesca Zappia

Release Date: May 19, 2015

 

 

About the Book


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

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

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


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


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


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One winner will receive one finished hardback copy of the book. US & Canada only.

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

MINUS ME

by Ingelin Røssland, translated by Deborah Dawkin

Release Date: July 13, 2015

 

 

About the Book


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

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


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


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

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



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

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

Delicate Monsters

by Stephanie Kuehn

Release Date: June 9, 2015

 

About the Book


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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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One winner will receive a finished copy of the book. US & Canada only.

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

Hello, YABC!

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

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

 

 

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THE LOST GIRLS

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

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

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

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

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

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13. Author Top 5 with Julia Durango

 

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

 

 

Meet Julia.

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

 

Now meet Julia's book, The Leveller.

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

1.) Interactive storytelling

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

Yeah, I said it.

 

 

 

2.) Escape from reality

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

 

 

 

3.) Mad skills

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

 

 

 

4.) Virtual reality, people!

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

 

 

 

5.) Fun with friends

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

 

 

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

 

 

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The Leveller

  1. by: Julia Durango

  2. Release Date: June 23, 2015 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

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

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

 

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14. Finding Camp Half Blood and More!

 

Contributed by Kayla King, Blog Manager and Staff Reviewer

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

1.) NEW ORIGINAL RICK RIORDAN E-BOOK

Title: The Demigods of Olympus: An Interactive Adventure

Price: $8.99/$7.99

On-Sale: July 14, 2015 

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

 

 

2.) MAGNUS CHASE CHAPTER 2 SNEAK PEEK HERE

 

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

 

 

3.) GREEK HEROES PRE-ORDER

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

Title: Greek Heroes

On-Sale: August 18, 2015

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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15. Author Top 5 with Kris Dinnison

 

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

 

 

Meet Kris.

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

 

Now meet Kris's book.

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

Top Five Things That Fuel My Writing:

 

1.) Coffee

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

 

 

 

2.) The Pile

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

4.) Cute animal videos

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

 

 

 

5.) Impromptu dance parties

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

 

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

 

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You and Me and Him

  1. by: Kris Dinnison

  2. Release Date: July 7, 2015 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

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

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

 

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16. What's New in YA

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

1. Avoid her at school.

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

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17. Lola and Tattletale Zeke: Author Interview and Giveaway

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

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

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  1. by: Marcia Goldman

  2. Release Date: June 9, 2015 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

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

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

 

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

Hello, YABCers!

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

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

 

 

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THE MYSTERY OF HOLLOW PLACES

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

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

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Giveaway Details

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

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

Happy Tuesday, YABCers!

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

 

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

 

 

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DOWN WITH THE SHINE

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

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive a signed ARC of DOWN WITH THE SHINE (when available).

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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TRUST ME

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

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Giveaway Details

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

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

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21. Giveaway: Percy Jackson Box Set

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

And so I did. 

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

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

CJ

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

            “Nakhgor. Kaz`prin.”

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Hello, everyone!

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

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

 

 

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THE GREAT HUNT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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One winner will receive an ARC of THE GREAT HUNT (when available).

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

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

Hello, YABC!

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

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

 

 

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SWORD AND VERSE

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

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

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

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

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

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The Nerd Riders give their review of the latest YA book to movie adaptation. 

 


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