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1. Spotlight on Falcon Flight by Azalea Dabill, Plus Giveaway!

  Today we're putting a spotlight on Azalea Dabill's novel, Falcon Flight. Read on for more about Azalea, her novels, an excerpt, plus a giveaway!     Meet Chronicle Book One: Falcon Heart! Murder, sacrifice, vengeance ... compassion and an adventure beyond fear. Slavers steal first­daughter Kyrin Cieri from medieval Britain and...

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2. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: Curse of the Moon by Beth Trissel + Giveaway (Intl)

Hi, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for CURSE OF THE MOON by Beth Trissel, releasing May 4, 2016 from Wild Rose Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Beth: Hey guys! Beth Trissel waving to the gang at YABC! I'm psyched to...

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3. Featured Review: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

About this book: Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell...

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4. Featured Review: The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell

About this book: In this smart and enthralling debut in the spirit of The Weird Sisters and Special Topics in Calamity Physics, the only remaining descendant of the Brontë family embarks on a modern-day literary scavenger hunt to find the family's long-rumored secret estate, using clues her eccentric father left behind....

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5. Author Chat with Wendy Spinale, Plus Giveaway!

YABC: What surprised you most while writing your latest book? Wendy Spinale: I think the thing that surprises me most whenever I write any story is that I may start a story thinking the characters are one way, but as I go along they develop into something entirely different. For example,...

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6. Featured Review: Into the Dim by Janet Taylor

About this book: When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. And she's alive,...

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7. Takeover Post with Megan Miranda and Megan Shepherd, Plus Giveaway!

What are we going to do tonight, Megan? Same thing we do every night, Megan. TRY TO TAKE OVER THE WORLD. Yeah, yeah...I have to get up early tho. Then let’s TRY TO TAKE OVER YOUNG ADULT BOOKS CENTRAL. Victory will be ours! That’s right. Do not try to adjust...

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8. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: Incognita by Kristen Lippert-Martin + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hi, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for INCOGNITA by Kristen Lippert-Martin, releasing October 1, 2016 from Lerner. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Kristen: Hey, guys,  At long last I can show you the cover for INCOGNITA, the sequel to TABULA RASA....

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9. Featured Review: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

About this book: The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened...

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10. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: Beneath Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles + Giveaway (Intl)

Hi, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for BENEATH WANDERING STARS by Ashlee Cowles, releasing August 18, 2016 from Merit Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Ashlee: Thanks so much for checking out Beneath Wandering Stars! If you appreciate authentic love stories...

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11. Featured Review: Girl Last Seen by Anne Greenwood Brown & Heather Anastasiu

About this book: Kadence Mulligan's star was rising. She and her best friend, Lauren DeSanto, watched their songs go viral on YouTube, then she launched a solo career when a nasty throat infection paralyzed Lauren's vocal chords. Everyone knows Lauren and Kadence had a major falling-out over Kady's boyfriend. But Lauren...

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12. Author Chat with Mike Jung, Plus Giveaway!

YABC: Do you have a mantra that gets you through the drafting phase??   Mike Jung: I don’t have anything like a frequently stated mantra, but I do occasionally think of something a writer friend said to me when I was struggling to complete my first-ever attempt at a full manuscript: books...

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13. Blog Tour: The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi

  Today we're excited to part of Roshani Choksi's blog tour for her novel, The Star-Touched Queen. Read on for more about Roshani, her novel, an excerpt, author Q&A, plus a giveaway!       What/Who were your biggest inspirations for the characters in The Star‐Touched Queen? Which character in The Star‐Touched...

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14. What's New in YA--April 26, 2016

Are you wondering what's new in YA today? Check out these wonderful new releases!         Timothy Brennan is seventeen and miserable; life unravels by the day. Driven to the brink of suicide, a fae creature intervenes and together, they discover there is more to Timothy than anyone knew. Learning that his...

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15. Featured Review: Alight by Scott Sigler

  About this book: “If it’s war they want, they messed with the wrong girl.” M. Savage—or Em, as she is called—has made a bewildering and ominous discovery. She and the other young people she was chosen to lead awoke in strange coffins with no memory of their names or their...

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16. Giveaway: Rules of the House by Mac Barnett & Matt Myers (US Only)

RULES OF THE HOUSEby Mac Barnett and Matt MyersIn stores May 3, 2016Ages 3-5   ABOUT THE BOOK Ian always follows the rules. His sister, Jenny, breaks them all the time—especially "Don't pinch."  So Ian is thrilled when the house where his family is vacationing posts a tidy list of rules....

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17. Spotlight on Invision, Plus Giveaway!


  Today we're putting a spotlight on Sherrilyn Kenyon's novel, Invision. Read on for more about Sherrilyn, her novel, a book trailer, a chance to continue the scavenge hunt, an excerpt of Invision, plus a giveaway!   Meet Invision!   Think you have a lot of pressure on your shoulders? Nick Gautier...

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18. The Librarian's Corner--April 25, 2016

Tough Fiction for Tough Teens This month I wanted to highlight some books dealing with tough issues. These are books that will make you cry, that will make your heart ache, and that will leave you with a different perspective on not just your life, these tough books for the teens in...

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19. Trailer Reveal: The Huntsman--Winter's War


Have you been (im)patiently waiting for the newest story from the world of Snow Whiye and the Hunstman? With just one moe day until The Hunstman: Winter's War makes its cinematic debut, we thought we'd share the trailer one more time to tide ourselves over!      If you make it...

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20. Featured Review: Forest of Ruin

About this book: Perfect for fans of Graceling and Game of Thrones, this is the breathtaking conclusion to the Age of Legends trilogy—from #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong. The empire rests on the edge of a knife, and sisters Ashyn and Moria are the handle and the blade....

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21. Author Chat with Elizabetta Holcomb, Plus Giveaway!

YABC: What is your favorite hobby when you're not writing? Elizabetta Holcom: I love the theatre and concerts. The Saenger Theatre in New Orleans is my favorite venue. It’s so classy. I’ve tickets to see Wicked there in June. I can’t wait!!! And in August I’m going see Coldplay in Texas...

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22. Featured Review: Flamecaster

About this book: The first in a thrilling new four-book fantasy series from New York Times bestselling author Cinda Williams Chima, set in the same world as her beloved Seven Realms series, a generation later Adrian sul’Han, known as Ash, is a trained healer with a powerful gift of magic—and a...

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23. It's Live!! Cover Reveal: Starfall by Melissa Landers

Hi, YABCers! Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for STARFALL by Melissa Landers, releasing February 7, 2017 from Disney Hyperion. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Melissa: Hey there, YABC'ers! I'm Melissa Landers, author of the Alienated trilogy and the Starflight duology, and I'm...

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24. Featured Review: The New Guy (and Other Senior Year Distractions)

About this book: A ridiculously cute, formerly-famous new guy dropping into your life? It's practically every girl's dream. But not Jules McCallister-Morgan's. I realize that on paper I look like your standard type-A, neurotic, overachiever. And maybe I am. But I didn't get to be the editor of my school's long-revered...

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25. Featured Review: How Many Letters Are in Goodbye?

  About this book: Seventeen-year-old Rhea Farrell carries the scars of a childhood accident in which she lost her arm. But she also carries scars that aren’t so visible—the loss of a mother she hardly remembers, the impact of her father’s drinking, and her confusion and pain around accepting her sexuality....

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