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1. If You Liked Cruel Beauty...

 

Contributed by Samantha Randolph, Staff Reviewer

 

Cruel Beauty is hands down one of my all time favorites. I’ve spent a whole chapter of my thesis working with it, and I just fall in love with it more every time I read it. My favorite part of the story? The main character, Nyx, a young woman who isn’t that nice. Nyx is a majorly complex character, full of bitterness, kindness, love, and hate. She is more than a touch wicked, but far, far from evil, and I love her for it.

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Here are 5 other books that have that same element of a main character who isn’t all smiles and sunshine (not that there is anything wrong with that either).

 

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Happy Reading!

 

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Samantha Randolph is a Staff Reviewer for YABC. She absolutely loves children's, middle grade, and young adult literature. Samantha is currently attending a small university where she will soon graduate with a degree in English Literature. She can also be found at The Forest of Words and Pages, Fresh Fiction, and most coffee shops that serve cinnamon roll lattes. 

 


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2. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Beyond the Red by Ava Jae + Giveaway (US Only)

Hello, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for BEYOND THE RED by Ava Jae, releasing March 2016 from Sky Pony Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Ava:

 
Hi YABCers! I’m so psyched to be here sharing the cover for my debut YA Sci-Fi BEYOND THE RED with you guys! 
 
Waiting to see what your cover will look like is half terrifying and half exciting, but I’m delighted with the result—it’s pretty amazing how close it is to the way I imagined it when we first came up with the title. I’m so grateful to the team over at Sky Pony for giving me such a beautifully colorful cover (seriously—I can’t get over those colors!). It makes me want to dye my hair to match, and I could stare at it all day. Actually I sort of do—it’s on my phone’s background. :D
 
I hope you guys love it as much as I do!
 
~ Ava Jae (BEYOND THE RED, Sky Pony Press)
 

 

 

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BEYOND THE RED

by Ava Jae
Release date: March 2016
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
ISBN: 9781634506441
 
 
About the Book
 
Alien queen Kora has a problem as vast as the endless crimson deserts. She’s the first female ruler of her territory in generations, but her people are rioting and call for her violent younger twin brother to take the throne. Despite assassination attempts, a mounting uprising of nomadic human rebels, and pressure to find a mate to help her rule, she’s determined to protect her people from her brother’s would-be tyrannical rule.
 
Eros is a rebel soldier hated by aliens and human alike for being a half-blood. Yet that doesn’t stop him from defending his people, at least until Kora’s soldiers raze his camp and take him captive. He’s given an ultimatum: be an enslaved bodyguard to Kora, or be executed for his true identity—a secret kept even from him.
 
When Kora and Eros are framed for the attempted assassination of her betrothed, they flee. Their only chance of survival is to turn themselves in to the high court, where revealing Eros’s secret could mean a swift public execution. But when they uncover a violent plot to end the human insurgency, they must find a way to work together to prevent genocide.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Ava is a YA and NA writer, an Assistant Editor at Entangled Publishing, and is represented by Louise Fury of The Bent Agency. Her YA Sci-Fi debut, BEYOND THE RED, is releasing March 2016 from Sky Pony Press. When she’s not writing about kissing, superpowers, explosions, and aliens, you can find her with her nose buried in a book, nerding out over the latest X-Men news, or hanging out on her social media sites.
 

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One winner will receive a signed ARC of BEYOND THE RED (when available) + a signed bookmark. 

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3. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Yearbook by Carol Masciola + Giveaway (US/Canada/Europe)

Hi, everyone!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE YEARBOOK by Carol Masciola, releasing November 18, 2015 from Merit Press. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Carol:

 
I’m so delighted to show off the cover of my novel, The Yearbook, which I think conveys the mood of magic and uncertainty I’ve tried to create in the story. Lola Lundy, the protagonist, is a teenager who seems to find a portal to the past among stacks of antique library books. The designers, Christina Riddle of Edgewater Graphics, and Frank Rivera, with FW Media, used an authentic 1920s photograph of a young flapper, combined with pastel toned bookshelves, to evoke the hazy backdrop where Lola’s story unfolds—is it real, or hallucinatory? The mirror effect Frank chose for the title lettering suggests, to me, the dual worlds of past and present fading into each other, and perhaps, as well, the not-always-clear line between reality and fantasy, sanity and madness. I could not have dreamed of a better visual expression of the novel!
 
~ Carol Masciola (THE YEARBOOK, Merit Press)
 

 

 

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THE YEARBOOK

by Carol Masciola
Release date: November 18, 2015
Publisher: Merit Press
ISBN: 9781440588976
 
 
About the Book
 
Misfit teen Lola Lundy falls asleep in a storage room in her high school library and wakes up to find herself 80 years in the past. The Fall Frolic dance is going full blast in the gym, and there she makes an instant connection with the brainy and provocative Peter Hemmings, class of ’24. His face is familiar, and she realizes she’s seen his senior portrait in a ragged old yearbook in the storage room.
 
By the end of the dance, Lola begins to see a way out of her disastrous Twenty First Century life: She’ll make a new future for herself in the past. But major mental illness lies in Lola’s family background. Has she slipped through a crack in time, or into an elaborate, romantic hallucination based on the contents of an old yearbook?
 
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Carol Masciola was born and raised in Ohio, one of five sisters, and graduated from Oberlin College, where she studied humanities and piano. She worked for 12 years as a newspaper reporter in Southern California and won the PEN/West award for writing in journalism. She has lived in Guatemala, Colombia, Jordan, Turkey, England, Spain and now lives in Geneva, Switzerland. She is also an enthusiastic writer of screenplays. The Yearbook is her first published novel.
 

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Three winners will each receive an ARC of THE YEARBOOK. 

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4. Oh the Thinks You Can Think About Dr. Seuss!

 

Contributed by Kayla King, Blog Manager 

 

 

Today is the day for a brand new book. So stay awhile and have a look. We promise there's more in this post as well. But those are things we cannot tell.

 

Okay, that is silly, we know you know, too. Today we are sharing a book revew! It's from Oh the Thinks You Can Think and it's just down below. Go on, take a peek! No, not with your toe. Did you see? Did you see? What all those Thinks could be? Well don't stop there, we have more to share!

 

We have pictures and sayings and a special something you'll love (we bet)! It's a giveaway of What Pet Should I Get? Sorry we ruined that almost-surprise. But now it's time to show your eyes. Say eyes, eyes, my two eyes, I want to see YABC's surprise! So today is the day, you're off and away, to celebrate Seuss, the very best way!! 

 

 

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Oh the Thinks You Can Think!

Reviewed by Kayla King

 

Oh the Thinks You Can Think! is one of those lovely little children’s books that is able to cross time and space and years to mean just as much to the adults who read it. In this whimsical world filled with classic Dr. Seuss nonsense, there is a message that YOU CAN THINK! You can imagine, which means all of us, young or old, can think and wonder and imagine, too! 

 

The illustrations within this book are just as fantastic as one would expect from Dr. Seuss. The colors range from the pinkest pinks to the bluest blues and even some pages shrouded in darkness. All at once, the pages are silly until suddenly, they become very serious. They tell us to “think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

 

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Now, in a media-obsessed world, it’s nice to know that along with the tweets we can tweet there are also thinks we can think. Maybe some of those THINKS will exist in 140 characters or less. But maybe they will build the next wonder of the world or write the next great novel or save mankind with a tremendous thought ready to become a real-life Think.  

 

Dr. Seuss’s Oh the Thinks You Can Think! is a tale that reminds us all that we have the power to create whatever we want using only our minds. It’s really that simple. And hey, if we can “think about Kitty O’Sullivan Krauss in her big balloon swimming pool over her house,” then the sky is the limit (for both Kitty and us, too!) and anything is possible!

 

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So thank you Dr. Seuss, for teaching us that we can think and think and think and never run out of Thinks! Maybe they will become real and we can keep them close by. Maybe they will even become house pets! Who knows, right? We need only THINK!

 

 

 

All About Dr. Seuss!

 

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Theodor “Seuss” Geisel is one of the most beloved children’s book authors of all time. His long list of awards includes Caldecott Honors for McElligot’s PoolIf I Ran the Zoo, and Bartholomew and the Oobleck, the Pulitzer Prize, and eight honorary doctorates. Works based on his original stories have won three Oscars, three Emmys, three Grammys and a Peabody. Geisel wrote and illustrated 45 books during his lifetime, and his books have sold more than 650 million copies worldwide. Though Theodor Geisel died on September 24, 1991, Dr. Seuss lives on, inspiring generations of children of all ages to explore the joys of reading. For more information about Dr. Seuss and his works, visit Seussville.com.

 

 

Now it's time for that brand new book! No need to wait, have a looK!

 

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In the Fall of 2013, an original manuscript with accompanying sketches by Dr. Seuss, aka Ted Geisel, was discovered in the La Jolla, California home of the late beloved children’s author. That complete manuscript was for the picture book, WHAT PET SHOULD I GET?, and will be published by Random House Children’s Books on July 28, 2015. It is the first original new Dr. Seuss book since the publication of the last book of Dr. Seuss’s career, Oh, the Places You’ll Go! in 1990. WHAT PET SHOULD I GET? captures the excitement of a classic childhood moment—choosing a pet—and features the brother and sister characters that Dr. Seuss drew in One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish.

 

 

 

 


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5. What's New in YA--July 28, 2015

 

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

 

 

From critically acclaimed writer Paul Griffin comes a fast-paced young adult novel about five very different teens lost at sea with no one to count on but each other.

Matt and John are best friends working out in Montauk for the summer.  When Driana, JoJo and Stef invite the boys to their Hamptons mansion, Matt and John find themselves in a sticky situation where temptation rivals sensibility.  The newfound friends head out into the Atlantic after midnight in a stolen boat.  None of them come back whole, and not all of them come back.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

What do you do with your last day on earth?

 

Just over twenty-four hours are left until an asteroid strikes North America, and for Emerson and everyone else who didn’t leave, the world will end. But Emerson’s world already ended when she ran away from home. Since then, she has lived on the streets, relying on her wits and on her friend Vince to help her find places to sleep and food to eat.

The city’s quieter now that most people are gone, and no one seems to know what to do as the end approaches. But then Emerson and Vince meet Carl, who tells them he has been granting people’s wishes — and gives them his wallet full of money.

Suddenly, this last day seems full of possibility. Emerson and Vince can grant a lot of wishes in one last day — maybe even their own.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Lesson #1: You come for me, I come back even harder for you. Fair exchange. No robberies.

 

Isis Carter got schooled early on in surviving the streets. When some girls put a beatdown on her, she took back what was hers. When her brother was killed and her mom, Queenie, bailed, Isis fought to stay strong. And when her dad abandoned her for his new family, sixteen-year-old Isis buried the hurt by looking out for herself—and hookin’ up with bad boy Fresh…until a run-in with the law shatters Isis’s world and threatens to destroy her future.

Now the only person Isis can rely on is herself…until her secret crush K-Rock steps in. But when Isis lets her guard down, will she be given a second chance to get her life straight or will it cost her everything?

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

This electrifying conclusion to the Nevermore trilogy takes one last trip to the dream world of Edgar Allan Poe to reveal the intertwined fates of Isobel and Varen.

 

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins? —Edgar Allan Poe

The fine line between life and death blurred long ago for Isobel Lanley. After a deadly confrontation with Varen in the dreamworld, she’s terrified to return to that desolate and dangerous place. But when her nightmares resume, bleeding into reality, she is left with no choice. Varen’s darkness is catching up to her. To everything. Threatening to devour it all.

Isobel fears for her world. For her sanity and Varen’s—especially after a fresh and devastating loss. To make matters worse, the ghostly demon Lilith wants Varen for her own, and she will do anything to keep him in her grasp—anything.

Can Isobel ever find her happy ending? Worlds collide and fates are sealed in this breathtaking finale to the Nevermore trilogy.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Two sisters. A war. And the wish to end regret. . . . The magical, evocative follow-up to The Fire Wish.

 

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

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

The wish: Once again, Zayele makes a wish. A wish that she doesn’t think can possibly go wrong. A wish that neither sister could imagine would change the outcome of the war.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

In an abandoned house, the ghosts gather. They argue, they laugh, and they tell their stories. Some tell their own stories, some tell stories they have heard elsewhere. Some of them are true, some are not. But each tale draws you closer.

One by one, the storytellers depart, until suddenly it’s just you and the narrator, alone in the dark…

 

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

 

 

 

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If there are any new YA books we missed, let us know in the comments below, and we'll add them to the list! 

 


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6. YABC Book Haul - July 2015

Hey, YABCers!

This month we celebrate the birth of the chosen one, Harry Potter. And we celebrate the only way we know how...with a book haul!

Enjoy the awesomeness.

Happy birthday, Harry. 


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7. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hello, everyone!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET by Tara Sullivan, releasing February 23, 2016 from GP Putnam's Sons/Penguin Books for Young Readers. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Tara:

 
Hi YABC! 
I’m so excited to share my cover with you for my second book, THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET! The whole art and design team at Penguin did such a fantastic job reflecting the book in the artwork: the texture of the burlap and the rich chocolate tones... and the distressing of the font that hints that all may not be right with the sweetness you see. I’m blown away, as always, with how much thought and effort so many people put into making my covers beautiful. I hope you like it as much as I do!
 
~ Tara Sullivan (THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET, GP Putnam's Sons/Penguin Books for Young Readers)
 

 

 

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THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET

by Tara Sullivan
Release date: February 23, 2016
Publisher: GP Putnam's Sons/Penguin Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978-0399173073
 
 
About the Book
 

Fifteen-year-old Amadou counts the things that matter. For two long years, what’s mattered are cacao pods. The more Amadou can chop down in a single day, the higher his chances are of keeping the bosses’ beatings at bay, keeping himself and his little brother, Seydou, alive and then maybe, just maybe, returning home to Baba and Auntie. At least he hopes so. But the bosses won’t tell him the number that matters most—the number that equals freedom.

When the boys first left their farm in Mali, they only wanted to make some money to help their impoverished family survive the lean times. They never imagined they’d end up as forced labor on a cacao plantation in the Ivory Coast. But that’s exactly what happened, and each day that passes, they lose a little more fight, a little more hope that they’ll ever be free or see their home again.

Then one day, a girl—Khadija—arrives at the camp. There’s never been a girl on the farm before and she is a wild thing, fighting every day to get away and reawakening Amadou’s thoughts of escape. But when the bosses finally break her, and the unthinkable happens to Seydou, Amadou understands the only choice left—the only choice they’ve ever had—is to run . . . or die without their loved ones ever knowing what happened to them. The three band together as family and try just once more for home.

Tara Sullivan, the award-winning author of Golden Boy, delivers another powerful, riveting, and moving tale of children fighting to make a difference and be counted. Inspired by true-to-life events unfolding in Africa today, The Bitter Side of Sweet is an exquisitely written tour de force that demonstrates the indomitable power of family and the will to survive.

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

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Tara Sullivan is the author of the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Golden Boy. She was born in India and spent her childhood living in Bangladesh, Ecuador, Bolivia, and the Dominican Republic with her parents, who were international aid workers. She received a BA in Spanish literature and cognitive science from the University of Virginia, and a MA in Latin American Studies and an MPA in non-profit management from Indiana University. She currently lives with her family in Massachusetts.
 

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One winner will receive a signed hardcover of THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET (when available - US only)

Two winners will each receive a signed ARC of THE BITTER SIDE OF SWEET (when available - US/Canada only)

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8. Giveaway: Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred (US Only)

FOREVER FOR A YEAR

by B.T. Gottfred

In stores July 7th

 

About the Book


When Carolina and Trevor meet on their first day of school, something draws them to each other. They gradually share first kisses, first touches, first sexual experiences. When they're together, nothing else matters. But one of them will make a choice, and the other a mistake, that will break what they thought was unbreakable. Both will wish that they could fall in love again for the first time . . . but first love, by definition, can't happen twice.
 
Told in Carolina and Trevor's alternating voices, this is an up-close-and-personal story of two teenagers falling in love for the first time, and discovering it might not last forever.


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


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B.T. Gottfred is an author, playwright, and director. Some stuff he has done to feign sanity includes writing, directing & producing feature film The Movie Hero; writing the Off-Broadway play Mary, F**ck, or Kill and web series “Sex and Love Conspire to Destroy the World”, and writing & directing the play Women Are Crazy Because Men Are Assholes, which has played over four years in Los Angeles and Chicago and is set to make its Off-Broadway premiere this year. Forever for a Year is his first novel. Sort of.



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SUMMER LOVE prize pack


Enjoy a romantic summer read this summer! One (1) winner receives:
·         A copy of Forever for a Year

·         plus a beach tote and sunglasses

US only.

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9. Everything I Never Told You: Author Interview and Giveaway

 

Today we welcome Celeste Ng to YABC! Celeste's book, Everything I Never Told You, has been released in a gorgeous new paperback edition! Ng's is a novel filled with family, responsibility, culture, and the struggles presented when all three combine. Celeste is sharing a few things with us today in an interview plus a giveaway of her book! 

 

 

 

Meet Celeste. 

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Celeste Ng is the author of the novel Everything I Never Told You. She grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Shaker Heights, Ohio, in a family of scientists. Her fiction and essays have appeared in One Story, TriQuarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, and elsewhere, and she is a recipient of the Pushcart Prize. Currently, she lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with her husband and son. To learn more about her and her work, visit her website at http://celesteng.com or follow her on Twitter: @pronounced_ing.

 

 

 

 

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Lydia is dead. But they don’t know this yet.

 

So begins this exquisite novel about a Chinese American family living in 1970s small-town Ohio. Lydia is the favorite child of Marilyn and James Lee, and her parents are determined that she will fulfill the dreams they were unable to pursue. But when Lydia’s body is found in the local lake, the delicate balancing act that has been keeping the Lee family together is destroyed, tumbling them into chaos. A profoundly moving story of family, secrets, and longing, Everything I Never Told You is both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

 

 

 

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1.  As you know, YABC is a site for YA and children's book readers and authors. While Everything I Never Told You takes place in the '70s and is not technically YA, it includes several teen characters grappling with issues I'm sure are relevant to a lot of our readers today, such as parental expectations, sibling relationships, and the burden of not fitting in among one's peers. How, if at all, did you draw upon your own teen experiences to inform those of your characters, and is there anything in particular that hope teen readers would take away from your novel?

 

Celeste Ng: I had a pretty good experience as a teen—much better than many teens, I suspect—but I was always very aware of the ways in which I was different. As one of very few Asians in my community, I was always conscious of how Asian I was. But I didn’t speak Cantonese or know much about Chinese culture—so when I went to visit family in San Francisco or in Hong Kong, I was then extremely conscious of how unChinese I was. It was a weird middle ground. And I was a quirky kid who grew into a quirky teen with odd obsessions: miniatures, old TV shows, writing poems. So I tried to draw on that feeling of not quite fitting in.  And I hope that in reading the novel, teen readers will start to realize that they’re not alone: that everyone feels like a bit of an outsider, and that that’s okay.

 

2.  Everything I Never Told You is set in the late 1970s, although some parts flash back even earlier. What were your reasons for picking this particular time period?

 

CN: As I started to get to know the characters and the burdens they were struggling under, the 1970s seemed like a time that highlighted everything most powerfully. In the 1970s, for instance, a mixed-race family would have been much less common—and it would have been even less common in the 1950s, when the parents meet and marry. Similarly, just being Asian American in the Midwest would have been a very, very different experience. And that time seemed particularly poignant for Marilyn, the mother, in particular: I think it must have been a very bittersweet moment for women of her age, who were seeing many opportunities open up for their daughters that they themselves had just missed out on.

 

3.  One of the big things that drew me to your book was the fact that it was about a Chinese-American family, with a Chinese father and a white mother, which mirrors my own family. There aren't a lot of books out there with Chinese-American protagonists, especially an entire family, and I loved how each character was shaped, in part, by their heritage. Can you talk about your approach to writing the Lees, and what details were most important for you to get right in order to make them feel truly authentic? 

 

CN: Thank you—I’m so glad to hear that! I guess you can say I cheated a little, because the Lees don’t express their Chinese heritage in the ways most people expect: they don’t eat Chinese food, they don’t speak Chinese, they don’t follow any specific cultural customs. James, the father, is the only one who really has close ties with Chinese culture, and it was important to me to get the details of a particular Chinese-American experience right, from the “paper sons” in his ancestry to the char siu bao that awake some powerful memories in him. Those were things I knew about from my own personal experience, and places where I feel my own ties to Chinese culture most strongly: family, food, language.

Even more than the specific details, though, I wanted to get the psyche of that particular experience right: the feeling James has that no matter how long he lives in the U.S., he’ll always be seen as a foreigner; the reluctance to talk about his background or painful emotions in an attempt to move past it. In my experience, there’s a lot of subtext in Chinese culture—a lot of things are implied rather than explicitly stated—and that carries over into how the members of this family interact with each other.

 

 

4.   Everything I Never Told You is told in a shifting third-person point of view. Some scenes stick with one character for their entirety, while others bounce from one perspective to another. You also jump around in time, weaving in flashbacks with the more current narrative. I think it worked beautifully, but it can't have been easy to write. Why did you choose to tell the story this way, and did you use any particular methods or tricks to keep track of your multiple narrators and time periods as you wrote? 

 

CN: The novel went through four drafts, and the story stayed essentially the same: what I was struggling with was the structure. I wanted to look at how past and future reverberate with one another, so I tried a lot of different ways of telling the story so you could see how they intertwine. I tried many different story structures, and even more ways to try and keep track of everything. I wrote important scenes on index cards, pinned them to my wall, and connected them with string to show the different storylines. I color-coded by narrator. I made reverse-outlines of the novel. Just before I started writing the final draft, I drew a crazy diagram of the book to remind myself of how the pieces logically fit together. There has to be an easier way, but I didn’t find it! Maybe for the next book...

 

5.  Between the historical setting and the difficult subject matter, I'm sure you had to do quite a bit of research for Everything I Never Told You. Did that present a challenge for you, or are you a person who loves to research? What other challenges did you face while writing this story? 

 

CN: I love research, because so often reality is stranger than anything I can make up. For this book, most of the research came from digging into the characters and fleshing them out as people—and enough of the 1970s carried over into my childhood that I could furnish much of the setting from memory. I grew up with rotary phones with long cords, record players with scratchy needles, stick shift cars, all of that! But I did research some of the period details. I watched YouTube videos of the Gemini 9 space mission, for instance, and I combed through old TV schedules to find out what would have been airing on Saturday nights.

 

6.  Which character was the easiest for you to write? And which was the most difficult?

 

CN: Hannah was probably the easiest for me to write, because she’s the most like me. She has a lot of my mannerisms—I, too, hid under furniture to eavesdrop on my family as a kid!—and her role in the story is kind of like mine as the author: she’s trying to figure out everyone’s stories and put them together into a cohesive narrative.  Jack, too, was a joy to write: he’s the most perceptive of all the characters, and he sees everyone a bit more clearly than they can see themselves. I have a real soft spot for both of those characters.

The hardest to write was probably Lydia. She does a lot of things that we, the readers, don’t approve of. And she lashes out at the people she loves in a few places, too. She’s a very secretive person—she buries all of her feelings deep—so while writing her, I really had to dig to figure out what she was thinking and feeling. It sounds funny to talk about a character that way, but I think of getting to know my characters like getting to know someone in person: some people are right upfront with how they’re feeling and hide nothing, and in ten minutes you know their whole history and their opinions on everything. Other people are much more reserved, and you need to really spend time with them before they open up.

 

7.   How did you first come up with the idea for Everything I Never Told You? And can you tell us a little bit about what you're working on now?

 

The very first seed of the plot came from an anecdote my husband happened to tell me: when he was about 8, he was at a friend’s house and his friend pushed his own little sister into a pond at the back of their house. She was fine, but I kept thinking about what their relationship was like before that—and how this incident might have changed it afterwards!—and the story grew and evolved from that image of a girl falling into the water.

I’m slowly getting back into writing mode, so I’m still figuring out the next novel! I won’t say too much as it’s bound to change, but it takes place in my hometown of Shaker Heights, Ohio—a suburb of Cleveland that’s very lovely, very progressive, and fairly diverse. It focuses on a family living in Shaker Heights and a mother and daughter who come from out of town, and the ways these two families get entangled with each other.

 

 

8.  What were your favorite books when you were Lydia's and Nath's ages?

 

When I was a teenager, I was reading a lot of classics in school for the first time—Pride and Prejudice, Lord of the Flies,Things Fall Apart—and I remember being absolutely floored by Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, too. On my own, I read a lot of poetry—Anne Sexton’s Transformations and Complete Poems, as well as Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, were big influences. (And now I feel very trite!)

 

9.  What are you currently reading?

 

On my nightstand right now are Boy, Snow, Bird, by Helen Oyeyemi; and a bunch of ARCs that I’ve been enjoying: Still Life Las Vegas by James Sie, The Hundred Year Flood by Matthew Salesses, and Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff.

 
 
 
We'd like to thank Celeste for sharing so much with us! And here is another BIG thanks for the following giveaway of Everything I Never Told You!
 
 
 
 
 
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Everything I Never Told You

  1. By: Celeste Ng

  2. Paperback Release Date: May 12, 2015 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

Three winners will receive a paperback copy of Everything I Never Told You. US and Canada only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, Celeste has a question for entrants. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: 
How many drafts of the story did Celeste go through before using shifting point of views? 

 

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10. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude + Giveaway (International)

Welcome to the second cover reveal of the day!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS by Sarah Jude, releasing May 3, 2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Sarah:

 
Hello YABC readers! I'm Sarah Jude, and I'm so thrilled to share with you the cover of my YA horror novel, THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS! The artwork is everything I could have hoped for. I'm a very visual person and spend a lot of my time when I'm not writing either drawing or painting, so cover art is one of my favorite things to imagine. For THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS, I had hopes of something eerie and nightmarish, something to capture the quiet isolation of the characters and their backwoods commune in the Missouri Ozarks. The image, which was taken by a Polish artist named Marcin Nagraba, evokes that kind of creepy, moody darkness that surrounds the main character Ivy as she uncovers secrets about everything and everyone she has ever known.
 
~ Sarah Jude (THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
 

 

 

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THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS

by Sarah Jude
Release date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 0544640411
 
 
About the Book
 

Two girls: one with a secret, one with a promise that she’d uncover it.

Welcome to Rowan’s Glen—a place full of old fashioned superstition and secrets. Twenty-five years back, a teenage girl was murdered after being crowned queen at the Glen’s May Day celebration, and outsiders have regarded the isolated farming community with suspicion ever since.

But that was before Ivy Templeton was even born. She’s lived in Rowan’s Glen for all of her sixteen years, and feels safe there with the company of her free-spirited cousin Heather, and their friend, Rook, son of the sheriff.

Until . . . animals start showing up dead, clearly from unnatural means. Dark omens seem to appear everywhere Ivy goes. And Heather, who used to tell Ivy everything, is sneaking off after dark with a mysterious lover.

Ivy worries her cousin could be in danger—especially after Heather is elected queen of the May Day celebration. When Heather goes missing, Ivy must come to terms with the fact that she never knew her beloved cousin—or Rowan’s Glen—as well as she thought she did.

Readers looking for horror, romance, and suspense will find it all in this chilling tale that resonates with dark beauty.

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

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Sarah Jude lives by the woods and has an owl that lands on her chimney every night. She grew up believing you had to hold your breath whenever you passed a graveyard or a bridge spanning water. Now she writes about cemeteries, murder, and ghostly apparitions. She resides in Missouri with her husband, three children, and three dogs.
 

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Giveaway Details

One international winner will receive a prize pack that includes:

  • a signed ARC of THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS (when available in September)
  • swag
  • a handmade ivy leaf pendant

One US winner will receive a prize pack that includes:

  • a signed ARC of THE MAY QUEEN MURDERS (when available in September)
  • swag
  • a handmade ivy leaf pendant 
  • a custom herbal loose tea blend called Sleep-Away-Sorrow designed to promote relaxation
  • a sustainable, reusable muslin tea bag
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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11. It's live!! Cover Reveal: Return Once More by Trisha Leigh + Giveaway (International)

Hello, YABC!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for RETURN ONCE MORE by Trisha Leigh, releasing September 29, 2015 from Bloomsbury Spark. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Trisha:

 
Hi, and thanks for stopping by to check out the cover of Return Once More
 
If it looks familiar to you, that's because we've revealed this same cover here before - but then, the book was titled The Historians. I had plans to self-publish the book back in 2013 but after my agent read it, she asked if she could try to sell it to a publisher. To my great excitement, SHE DID!! I've been working with the team at Bloomsbury since then to bring you the best possible version of the story and am so excited it's almost time to share it with you.
 
In Return Once More, humanity has been forced to abandon a sick and dying earth, and have settled a new solar system called Genesis. In it, not only do sexy space pirates and time travel exist, but geneticists have been able to pinpoint each person's one true love. Kaia Vespasian can't resist using her privileges as a Historian - a group charged with traveling into the past to document humanity's successes and failures - to meet the one boy perfect for her.
 
Things start to unravel quickly around Caesarion and Kaia as they fall in love as they were meant to, and soon Kaia will have to face the fact that the Elders were right about changing the past - it can't be done without consequences. Of course, things get a little complicated when she stumbles on a conspiracy at the Historian Academy that suggests that some of their ranks are out to do just that...no matter who they erase from existence in the process.
 
~ Trisha Leigh (RETURN ONCE MORE, Bloomsbury Spark)
 

 

 

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RETURN ONCE MORE

by Trisha Leigh
Release date: September 29, 2015
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
 
 
About the Book
 
If you could learn the identity of your one true love—even though you will never meet— would you?

Years have passed since refugees from a ruined earth took to space, eventually settling a new system of planets. Science has not only made the leaps necessary to allow time travel, but the process engineered a strange side effect—predicting your one true love.

If you could save your one true love from an untimely death, would you be able to resist?

Sixteen-year-old Kaia Vespasian is an apprentice to the Historians—a group charged with using time travel to document the triumphs and failures of the past—and she can’t resist a peek at her long-dead soul mate in Ancient Egypt. Before she knows it, she’s broken every rule in the book, and the consequences of getting caught could destroy more than just her new romance.

Or would you have the strength to watch him die?

But when Kaia notices a fellow classmate snooping around in a time where he doesn’t belong, she suspects he has a secret of his own—and the conspiracy she uncovers could threaten the entire universe. If her experience has taught her anything, to changing history means facing the consequences. The Historians trained her to observe and record the past, but Kaia never guessed she might have to protect it— in a race across time to save her only chance at a future.
 

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Trisha Leigh is a product of the Midwest, which means it's pop, not soda, garage sales, not tag sales, and you guys as opposed to y'all. Most of the time. She's been writing seriously for five years now, and has published 4 young adult novels and 4 new adult novels (under her pen name Lyla Payne). Her favorite things, in no particular order, include: reading, Game of Thrones, Hershey's kisses, reading, her dogs (Yoda and Jilly), summer, movies, reading, Jude Law, coffee, and rewatching WB series from the 90's-00's. 

Her family is made up of farmers and/or almost rock stars from Iowa, people who are numerous, loud, full of love--the kind of people that make the world a better place. Trisha tries her best to honor them, and the lessons they've taught, through characters and stories--made up, of course, but true enough in their way. 

Trisha is the author of THE LAST YEAR series and the WHITMAN UNIVERSITY books. She's represented by Kathleen Rushall at Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.

To learn more about Trisha Leigh, please visit her at trishaleigh.com.

If you enjoy New Adult books or a good contemporary romance, please check out my pen name, Lyla Payne!
 

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Giveaway Details

Three winners will each receive an eARC of RETURN ONCE MORE, swag, and a $5 bookstore giftcard.

 

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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12. Author Top 5 with Patrice Kindl

 

Today we welcome Patrice Kindl to YABC! Patrice's new book, A School for Brides, is filled with five girls (of a marriageable age) and no men for miles! This modern take on the Regency novel will leave readers dazzled an delighted. Patrice is sharing a few things with us today: more about her book, the top five animals she's written into her books, plus a giveaway! 

 

 

Meet Patrice. 

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In addition to A School for Brides and Keeping the Castle, Patrice Kindl (www.patricekindl.com) is the author of four other novels, the best known of which is the acclaimed Owl in Love. She lives with her husband and a variety of animals in upstate New York. 

 

 

Now meet Patrice's book, A School for Brides.

 

The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy of Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire, has one goal: to train its students in the feminine arts with an eye toward getting them married off. This year, there are five girls of marriageable age. There’s only one problem: the school is in the middle of nowhere, and there are no men. Set in the same English town as Keeping the Castle, and featuring a few of the same characters, here’s the kind of witty tribute to the classic Regency novel that could only come from the pen of Patrice Kindl!

 

 

Before giving us her list of TOP 5, Patrice told us that, "I have loved and lived with animals my entire life. It is therefore not surprising that I like to stick them in my books here and there. These are some I’ve written about." 

 

 

Top Five Animals I've Put in My Books:

 

5.) Owls. I wrote about a were‐owl in my first novel, OWL IN LOVE. Owl was a barn owl, as is this owl. 

 

 

 

4.) Geese. GOOSE CHASE, my third novel, was, as you might expect, about geese. These Embden geese can’t fly, but the geese in GOOSE CHASE were more closely related to wild greylag geese, and flew. 

 

 

 

3.) Monkeys. We were involved for over a decade with Helping Hands (www.helpingmonkeys.org), raising and training monkeys to be aides to quadriplegics. LOST IN THE LABYRINTH had a monkey in it. 

 

 

 

2. Sheep. Both KEEPING THE CASTLE and A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES take place in Yorkshire, England, where sheep farming is common. Surfing sheep are not, but it IS by the sea. 

 

 

 

And the top animal I include in my books (and my life):

1 . Dogs. I have had seven dogs in my life, from a Newfoundland to our current Cavalier King Charles spaniels. The dog in KEEPING THE CASTLE was modeled after my Cavalier, Dante. And Wolfie in A SCHOOL FOR BRIDES is closely related to my huge Newfoundland, Boufe (although Boufe was never scary‐looking, just gigantic). The dogs in both books liked sheep, so here is a dog AND a sheep. 

 

 

Okay, that might be one of the cutest things we've ever seen here at YABC! We'd like to thank Patrice for sharing ALL about the animals she's written into her books! And here is another BIG thanks for the following giveaway of A School for Brides!

 

 

 

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A School for Brides

  1. By: Patrice Kindl

  2. Release Date: July 14, 2015 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

Three winners will receive a hardcover copy of A School for Brides. US addresses only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, Patrice has a question for entrants. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: 
What would you do if you found yourself at a school for brides?! 

 

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13. It's live!! Cover Reveal: A Sky Unbroken by Megan Crewe + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Hello, YABCers!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for A SKY UNBROKEN by Megan Crewe, releasing October 13, 2015 from Amazon Skyscape/Razorbill Canada. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Megan:

 
Hey YABC! I’m so excited to be revealing my newest cover here today!
 
Skyscape has come up with some amazing covers for the Earth & Sky trilogy, and when I saw the cover for A SKY UNBROKEN appear on my screen, I realized they’d managed to top the others. The imagery captures the intensity of the final book in the trilogy perfectly, as all of the conflicts that have been building come to a head and Skylar and Win fight not just for their lives but for everything they care about in the universe. I love that there are a few hints of hope amid the desolation. I can’t wait to hold the finished book with this gorgeous cover in my hands—and to get copies of it out to you!
 
~ Megan Crewe (A SKY UNBROKEN, Amazon Skyscape/Razorbill Canada)
 

 

 

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A SKY UNBROKEN

by Megan Crewe
Release date: October 13, 2015
Publisher: Amazon Skyscape/Razorbill Canada
ISBN: 978-1503946576
 
 
About the Book
 
The rebels have been disbanded, their plans ruined. Betrayed by those she trusted most, Skylar finds herself herded, along with a small group of Earthlings, into a living museum—a human zoo—on the Kemyates’ space station, subject to her captors’ every whim. Any move Skylar makes could result in the extinction of her people—but giving in means losing any hope of freedom.
 
Meanwhile, Win returns home and evades punishment by pretending to be loyal to Kemya. But he can’t bear knowing that Skylar is imprisoned or watch his fellow Kemyates swallow the Council’s lies about Earth. He must bring the truth to the Kemyate public and see the Earthlings freed—even if it means openly challenging his world’s rulers.
 
In this final book of the action-packed Earth & Sky trilogy, neither Skylar nor Win knows they are about to uncover an even deeper conspiracy—one that could push the future they’re fighting for completely out of reach.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.
 

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Like many authors, Megan Crewe finds writing about herself much more difficult than making things up. A few definite facts: she lives with her husband, son, and three cats in Toronto, Canada (and does on occasion say “eh”); she tutors children and teens with special needs; and she can’t look at the night sky without speculating about who else might be out there. Along with the Earth & Sky trilogy, she is the author of the paranormal novel Give Up the Ghost and the post apocalyptic Fallen World trilogy.
 

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Giveaway Details

Ten US winners will receive a paperback copy (Skyscape) of A SKY UNBROKEN (when available). 

Ten Canadian winners will receive a hardcover copy (Razorbill) of A SKY UNBROKEN (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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14. What's New in YA

 

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

 

 

 

22 minutes separate Julia Vann’s before and after.

Before: Julia had a twin brother, a boyfriend, and a best friend.

 

After: She has a new identity, a new hometown, and memories of those twenty-two minutes that refuse to come into focus. At least, that’s what she tells the police.

 

Now that she’s Lucy Black, she’s able to begin again. She’s even getting used to the empty bedroom where her brother should be. And her fresh start has attracted the attention of one of the hottest guys in school, a boy who will do anything to protect her. But when someone much more dangerous also takes notice, Lucy’s forced to confront the dark secrets she thought were safely left behind.

 

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”

 

Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.

 

What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.

With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.

 

Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.

Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good?

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After placing teenage mixed martial arts phenom McCutcheon Daniels and his mother and sister in the Witness Relocation Program,the FBI comes to realize they have a unique asset on their hands. Recruited to help the FBI, McCutcheon finds himself hunting bad guys. But when he discovers that the notorious Priests have targeted Kaitlyn-the girl he loves and was forced to leave behind-as a way to seek revenge on the Daniels family, MD convinces the FBI to send him right into the belly of the beast: Jenkells State Penitentiary where the mob boss of Detroit is serving time. Yet in his universe where up is down, McCutcheon ends up disavowed by the government and left to rot in one of America’s most notorious prisons. It’s there here connects with his father and discovers the truth about his circumstances. McCutcheon, a trained urban warrior, escapes and sets out for revenge on those who betrayed him and his family.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Were Liars meets Heist Society in a riveting debut!

 

Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again. Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA. She knows every detail of the Silvermans’ lives, as well as the PTSD she will have to fake around them. And then, when the time is right, she “reappears”—Erica Silverman, brought home by some kind of miracle. But she is also Violet, and she has a job: Stay long enough to steal the Silverman Painting, an Old Master legendary in the Vegas crime world. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a Walker between worlds, Del is responsible for the love of her life—and the fate of millions—in this thrilling sequel to Dissonance.

Del risked everything to save Simon, and now he’s gone, off in another world with no way for Del to find him.

She’s back at the Consort—training to be a Walker like everyone in her family. But the Free Walkers have other plans for her. This rebel group is trying to convince Del that the Consort is evil, and that her parents are unwittingly helping the Consort kill millions of people. The Free Walkers make Del the ultimate promise: if Del joins their fight, she will be reunited with Simon.

In agreeing, Del might be endangering her family. But if she doesn’t, innocent people will die, and Simon will be lost to her forever. The fate of the multiverse depends on her choice…

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ivy Jensen survived the Dark House once, but can she make it out a second time?

Two months have passed since Ivy narrowly escaped the Nightmare Elf’s grip, but the memories of Parker, Natalie, Shayla, Frankie, and Garth continue to haunt her. Their killer is still out there—somewhere. The police trail has gone cold, though, and it’s up to Ivy to piece together the clues to find him.

 

When a cryptic video arrives in her inbox, Ivy soon finds herself back in the spotlight, this time on a twisted scavenger hunt through the dark, ancient halls of a long-forgotten Gothic school building. Ivy’s not alone, either. Taylor Monroe has returned to the scene. But can Taylor be trusted? Or is she another pawn in the Nightmare Elf’s deadly game?

 

Laurie Faria Stolarz crafts a mesmerizing thriller that will leave readers looking over their shoulders.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

They thought they were the only ones left. They were wrong.

After the unexpected revelation at the end of the first book, Donna and Jefferson are separated. Jefferson returns to NYC and tries to bring a cure to the Sickness back to the Washington Square tribe, while Donna finds herself in England, facing an unimaginable new world. Can the two reunite and prevent an even greater disaster than the Sickness? This second book in The Young World trilogy will keep you at the edge of your seat.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

In an America split into the genetically superior and inferior, a fiercely ambitious ballerina and a boy from the wrong side of the tracks must stop a deadly virus that is spreading quickly.


Determined to escape from TOR-N, a corrupt Narxis research center, Davis meets another recovered patient, Mercer, whose sweet smile and quirky sense of humor give her hope in humanity again—and a way out. As they make a perilous journey seeking clues that could lead to a cure, Davis and Mercer’s friendship begins to evolve into something more… but she’s still struggling to let go of her feelings for Cole, whom she believes is dead.

 

Meanwhile, Cole has plans to change his identity in order to compete in the Olympiads—where Imps have now been invited to compete against Priors. He begins training with Mari, the intense and rebellious daughter of a retired fighter, but through trials and tests that are both exhausting and exhilarating, he finds himself in over his head—literally.

 

Will both Davis and Cole have the strength to resist temptation? Will they have the courage to face the answers they’re seeking? Will their love survive across the divide?

 

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

 

 

 

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15. The Librarian's Corner - July 2015

Non-Fiction Books on Stress & Mental Health
 
Good non-fiction books that are the right length and content level for your teen collection are always hard to find. With this in mind I wanted to share 5 of the best non-fiction books on mental health and stress that are in my YA Collection. For a list of YA fiction books that deal with issues of mental health and psychological disorders, check out this list on TSU. 
 
 
 
 
Heads Up Psychology is a guidebook to the general field of Psychology, Marcus Weeks' user-friendly "heads Up" non-fiction series are great, visually appealing non-fiction books. Perfect for a YA collection due to their unusual format combined with high school and college level content, the Heads Up series, especially the Psychology book, is a must-have for every school and public librarian's collection. 
 
 
 
 
Mental Health Information for Teens, Fourth Edition is the most updated version of the Omnigraphics series of "Health Information for Teens" books on Mental Health, this is another must-have for every YA collection. These books are veritable libraries in themselves, with an encyclopedic scope on mental health topics. If there is one book you can buy about mental health for your teen collection, this should be it. 
 
 
 
 
Beyond the Blues: A Workbook to Help Teens Overcome Depression is one of many workbooks for teens to use to inderstand and cope with a variety of mental health issues, the Beyond the Blues depression workbook is a great practical guide for youth with depression. It features many interactive activities and prompts to help the reader understand themselves and their issues, combined with a wealth of information and also some coping strategies. Due to the "fill-in-the-blank" style of most of the activities is might not be the perfect format of book for every library, but I think it's worth having despite the risk of getting the book returned filled with notes and scribbles. 
 
 
 
 
Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You has a very practical format in which each chapter introduces and explains an issue, such as organization and saying no, then gives techniques for understanding how that issues affects you, and finally strategies for coping with that issue to improve your well-being. This book features a casual tone and easy-to-read style that teens can relate to and find interesting. 
 
 
 
 
Freaking Out: Real Life Stories About Anxiety, is relatable, interesting, and very real. Each story ends with concluding remarks about that person's issue - whether the issue was resolved, they lived happily ever after, or are still coping with their issue, the reader still gets the end of the story, and there is always hope. With its appealing cover and format that lends itself to readers just flipping it open to a random story, this book could help a lot of teens and young adults feel better about their anxiety. 
 
 
 
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Eden Grey is the Young Adult Programming Librarian at the Erlanger branch of the Kenton County Public Library system, the busiest branch library in the state of Kentucky. Eden is a contributor to Teen Services Underground, and reviews books for YABC and School Library Journal. When she is not herding cats -ahem, teens- at the library, Eden can be found reading, knitting, sewing, cosplaying, and playing Pokemon. You can always find her on Twitter (@edyngrey), and Blogging Between the Lines

 


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16. Giveaway: The Heartbreakers by Ali Novak (US & Canada Only)

The Heartbreakers

by Ali Novak
 
Release Date: 8/4/2015

 

About the Book

When Stella’s sister Cara is diagnosed with leukemia, Stella puts her dreams on hold to move home and be with her family. With Cara’s birthday approaching, Stella wants to get her the perfect gift—an autographed poster of her sister’s favorite (and Stella’s least favorite) band, The Heartbreakers. But when she meets Oliver Perry, the band’s lead singer, she can’t get him out of her head.
 
If she gives him a chance, will she resent him for taking her attention away from her sister—or will he help her find the courage to live her own life?


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


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Ali Novak is a Wisconsin native and recent creative writing graduate from UW-Madison. She started writing at fifteen, and since then, her work has received more than 75 million hits online. When she isn’t writing, Ali enjoys watching Food Network shows even though she can’t cook.

Learn more Facebook | Twitter | Goodreads | Heartbreakers Landing Page
 

 

 


Giveaway Details


15 winners will receive a signed copy of The Heartbreakers. US & Canada only.

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

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: Which Heartbreaker is your book boyfriend?  Take the quiz here to find out.

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17. Giveaway: Resonance by Erica O'Rourke (US & Canada Only)

RESONANCE

by Erica O'Rourke

Release Date: 7/21/15

 

About the Book

This highly anticipated sequel to DISSONANCE takes place in a world where alternative universes are created each time a decision is made in “real life.” Teen Del is a Walker, which allows her to pass through these worlds, maintaining harmony between them.

After Del chooses to save the multiverse over the love of her life, Simon is lost in a universe she can’t access. Devastated, she continues her Walker training with the Consort (the government of her world) to follow her family’s legacy. A rebel organization known as the Free Walkers contacts her, promising to get Simon back if she helps overthrow the Consort. But if she does, she puts not only her family at risk, but the other worlds she keeps at peace.


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


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Erica O'Rourke has worked in a variety of jobs -- library cataloger, barista, Girl Friday, English teacher, and stay-at-home mom -- but she's always been a writer, which explains (partially) why her math grades were so abysmal.

Her debut novel, TORN, won the Romance Writers of America's 2010 Golden Heart Award for Best Young Adult Manuscript, and was the launch title for Kensington Books' KTeen imprint. The Torn Trilogy also includes TANGLED and BOUND (available now). Her latest series, DISSONANCE, is about a girl with the ability to walk between alternate realities, who falls for different versions of the same boy in every world she visits. A companion e-novella, HARMONIC, is also available. The sequel, RESONANCE, will be published July 22, 2015 by Simon and Schuster.

When Erica is not writing, she's reading. And when she's not reading, she's probably watching Doctor Who, cooking, or spending time with her husband and three daughters just outside of Chicago.

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1 winner will receive a DISSONANCE paperback and bookmark. US & Canada only.
 

Learn more about Dissonance here.

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: Name one of Erica's pet peeves (Click here to find the answer on her site).

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18. Giveaway: Weightless by Sarah Bannan (US Only)

Weightless

by Sarah Bannan
 
Release Date: 6/30/2015

 

About the Book


When 15-year-old Carolyn moves from New Jersey to Alabama with her mother, she rattles the status quo of the junior class at Adams High School. A good student and natural athlete, she's immediately welcomed by the school's cliques. She's even nominated to the homecoming court and begins dating a senior, Shane, whose on again/off again girlfriend Brooke becomes Carolyn's bitter romantic rival. When a video of Carolyn and Shane making out is sent to everyone, Carolyn goes from golden girl to s***, as Brooke and her best friend Gemma try to restore their popularity. Gossip and bullying hound Carolyn, who becomes increasingly private and isolated. When Shane and Brooke—now back together—confront Carolyn in the student parking lot, injuring her, it's the last attack she can take.

Sarah Bannan's deft use of the first person plural gives Weightless an emotional intensity and remarkable power that will send you flying through the pages and leave you reeling.


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



About the Author

SARAH BANNAN was born in upstate New York and moved frequently growing up, living in Texas, in Florida and in Alabama. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2000 with a degree in literature and literary history. Following college, she moved to Ireland, working in various roles in the arts and, since 2007, she has been Head of Literature with the Irish Arts Council. Sarah lives in Dublin with her husband and daughter.
 


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

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19. Giveaway: Map to the Stars by Jen Malone

 

Here at YABC, we're thrilled to be revealing a giveaway  of Jen Malone's standalone, Map to the Stars!

 

 

Meet Jen Malone.

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Jen Malone writes books for tweens and teens. She is a former Hollywood marketing exec who once spent a year traveling the world solo, met her husband on the highway (literally), and went into labor with her identical twins while on a rock star's tour bus. These days she saves the drama for her books. You can learn more about Jen and her titles HERE

 

 

Now meet Jen's book.

 

 

Jen Malone draws on her real­life experience as a movie studio publicist to bring you an insider peek at love, Hollywood style.

Seventeen­year­old Annie Shelton isn't sure why her mom thinks moving to Hollywood will allow them to escape the drama of their small­time life in Georgia, but she's along for the ride. When Annie's mom snags a gig as makeup artist to a teen movie idol and finagles a spot for Annie to accompany her on his European promotional tour, Annie's pretty sure she'll be fangirling over architectural sights rather than teen heartthrob Graham Cabot.

But then of course she actually meets him. As Graham and Annie fall for each other in the most romantic cities in the world, Annie realizes that this turn of events may not be quite as glamorous as she thought. Instead of red carpets and celebrity couple names, they are navigating a minefield of keeping secrets from Graham's fans, overprotective assistant, stage "momager," and beefy bodyguard. And when the paparazzi make an appearance, Annie has to decide whether their love is worth the harsh glare of the flashbulb. 

 

 

 

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Map to the Stars

  1. by: Katie M. Stout

  2. Release Date: July 14, 2015 

 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

Three winners will receive the ebook for Map to the Stars. Giveaway is international.

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20. Exclusive Sneak Peek at Darkthaw by Kate A. Boorman + Giveaway (International)

 

Darkthaw

by Kate A. Boorman

Release Date: October 13, 2015

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

 
Hi YABC! I'm thrilled to share with you an excerpt from my newest book, out in October. DARKTHAW, the sequel to WINTERKILL, continues the story of Emmeline, her new friends, and their changing world. There will be creepy stuff. There will be trees. There will be kissing. Maybe it's a bit darker than the first book. Maybe it's a bit less hopeful. Maybe I threw in a wise-cracking, sapient squirrel for comic relief. You won't know until you win an ARC (or, okay-- you can probably guess about that last one). I hope you win!
 
~ Kate A. Boorman (DARKTHAW, Abrams/Amulet)

About the Book

Council has fallen. The Thaw has arrived. The world outside Emmeline’s fortification awaits. Urged on by her dreams, Emmeline sets out with new friend Matisa and her beloved Kane, venturing into exhilarating wilderness, into freedom, into the unknown.

Into danger.

The secret that has secured Matisa’s people’s peace for generations has been compromised. Newcomers are arriving, laying claim to the land and bringing unimagined horrors. Emmeline vows to help Matisa warn her people, but with new perils at every turn and the enemy closing in, she finds herself faced with an impossible choice:

Forsake the friend who saved her life, or abandon the boy she loves.
 
To learn more about this book and see our review, go HERE.

 

Are you ready to start reading?!

 
DARKTHAW
 
By Kate A Boorman
 
I head to the river to wash. The willows along the bank are coated with dew and the morning sun glimmers over the far bank, chasing the fog on the river away slow. As I look for a good spot, I notice the wide mouth of water drops and disappears from sight about fifty strides downriver. The banks are high, cutting away sharp. And the water just disappears.
 
A flicker of excitement lights in my belly. On a hunch, I double back to our camp and press south into the woods, cutting parallel to the river. Straight away the pitch gets steep. The ground here is soft; thin trees that haven’t kept their grip are lying in jumbled messes beneath the moss. I trip over them, grabbing at branches to steady my diagonal trek across the hill.
 
When I get to the bottom, I can hear the river again clear. It sounds like les trembles moving in a big wind, but louder. More urgent. I claw through the brush, pushing toward it. The air grows heavy, clinging to my skin and hair like a giant spiderweb.
 
I part the bramble and stumble out onto a rocky shore.
 
The river tumbles down the rock face above me, a great cascade of white water falling from the heavens, rushing to meet the churning water below. The clouds of mist drifting onto the shore settle on my face, coat my eyelashes like dew.
 
Been wanting to see a waterfall my whole life.
 
Saw a drawing in one of Soeur Manon’s storybooks, once. The river used to flow real fast at spring breakup, and I’d picture it careening over the side of a rocky ledge somewhere, picture myself falling with it. But this—this is so much more powerful than I figured. It’s pounding in my ears, in my chest.
 
I want to take my clothes off right now. Wade in, duck under that silky water, and listen to the pounding from beneath the surface. I shouldn’t. The river’s moving too fast. It would be dangerous. But mayhap just my feet . . .
 
I bend and unlace the moccasin on my bad foot. I set it on the rocks and do the second. My heart thumps loud as I shuck out of my leggings, untie my ceinture . I’m about to pull my tunic over my head when movement flashes in the corner of my eye.
 
I freeze.
 
I’m not alone.
 
Kane stands on the rocks downshore. Barefoot. Bare-chested.
 
He has a kerchief in his hands that drips water. There’s a stick of something in the corner of his mouth—wild mint, judging by the way he sucks it. His mouth stops when he sees me.
 
That ice in my chest returns. For months, I wanted to be out here in these woods with him—only him. But now . . .
 
He holds my gaze, his eyes unsure. 
 
Chapter 2
 
A stranger. Ruddy skin, light eyes. At least a week’s worth of beard frames cheeks that have seen too much sun. His brown hair is plastered to his forehead, and one chapped hand worries a dingy, brimmed hat. In the other hand he holds the lead rope of a stocky chestnut horse laden with saddle-packs. His clothes are strange: boots with soles so thick they rise halfway up his feet and, buttoned to his neck, a heavy coat with three bright stripes along the hem. He has a pack on his back. 
 
The bell has long gone quiet—the boy who rang it stands up on the wall above us, looking on with wide eyes. A Watcher stands a stride away from the stranger, rifle in his right hand ready, but not trained on the stranger. 
 
The man stares at us, at the walls of the fortification behind us, and at us again. “You folks been here a while?” he asks, his eyes wide. His accent is strange. 
 
I can’t tear my gaze from this man, can feel everyone around me staring the same. 
 
“As in, a few . . . decades?” 
 
Silence. 
 
His brow furrows. “Do you speak English?” 
 
Someone in the crowd clears their throat. “Yes.” 
 
His face relaxes. “That’s a relief,” he says. “Wasn’t too sure . . .” he looks at the Watcher beside him, at the rifle in the man’s hands. He clears his throat. “Well then, introductions first.” He turns back to us and gestures to himself, speaking in a long-drawn-out kind of way. “Henderson. Robert Henderson. Pleased to make your acquaintance.” He inclines his head formal-like. “If you don’t mind, I won’t ask for everyone’s name.” He glances up, tapping the side of his head with his hat. “I’ll never remember. Never forget a face, but names are a horse of a different color, you know? I’m more a details, man, if you catch my meaning. Comes in handy in my line of work.” 
 
He looks at us like he expects something. 
 
More silence. 
 
“Not a real talkative bunch,” he remarks. He throws a quick look at the Watcher again. “But that’s never stopped me. Especially when it comes to imposing. Speaking of, I don’t suppose you’d let me shelter the night? My mare could use a rest and I’d be grateful for a real bed.” He tries a smile. “Pine boughs are only comfortable three weeks running. The fourth week, it starts to wear a little thin.” 
 
At this, people pull their eyes away to look ’round at one another.
 
The Watcher speaks, gesturing to the man with his rifle. “Je l’ai vu dans les bois.” He saw him in the woods. 
 
A tall south-quarter man with a fish-gut-stained apron steps forward. “Where did you come from?” he demands. 
 
The man’s eyebrows rise, the humor fleeing his face. He points with his hat to the southeast. 
 
A low buzz starts in the crowd. 
 
A north-quarter woman points to the man’s pack. “C’est quoi ça?” she asks.
 
“This?” The man asks, reaching behind and touching the leather, protective-like.
 
“My parchments, a compass, a sextant—my effects.” 
 
Compass . . . sextant . . . 
 
“Robert P. Henderson, cartographer,” he says, like it explains everything. His brow creases at our wide-eyed stares. “I’m a mapmaker,” he says, “contracted by the Dominion to map the way west.”

b2ap3_thumbnail_kate.jpgAbout the Author

Kate A. Boorman is a writer from Edmonton, Alberta. She was born in Nepal and grew up on the Canadian prairies where the winters are long and the spring thaw  a highly anticipated event. She spends her free time sitting under starry skies with her friends and scheming up travel to faraway lands.

 

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One winner will receive a signed ARC of DARKTHAW (WINTERKILL #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. Author Top 5 with Will Mabbitt

 

Today we welcome Will Mabbitt to YABC! Will's new book, The Unlikey Adventures of Mabel Jones, is filled with fun, fantasy, and an otherworldy adventure! In honor of Mabel Jones, Will is sharing more about his book, the top five steps to writing cliff-hanging chapters, AND a giveaway! 

 

 

Meet Will.

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Will Mabbitt writes. He writes in cafes, on trains, on the toilet, and sometimes in his head when his laptop runs out of power. He lives with his family somewhere in the south of England. The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones is his first book. Another one is coming soon. 

 

 

 

Now meet Will's book.

Have you ever picked your nose? Have you ever picked your nose and EATEN IT? Have you ever picked your nose, eaten it, and, by doing so, opened a portal to a world run by PIRATES?

Mabel Jones has.

Kidnapped, Mabel is forced to serve aboard The Feroshus Maggot with the strangest crew you’ll ever meet. And the captain—an odious wolf named Idryss Ebenezer Split—won’t let her go until she helps the pirates uncover the treasure they seek.

Mabel’s voyage takes her across the Greasy Pole of Certain Death, into the belly of a whale, and underground to a decrepit crypt. And she does it all...in pajamas!

Read on if you dare. You are promised a most unlikely adventure. 

 

Do you remember those chapters that left you dangling over precarious precipices with nothing but words to save you? We do too! 

 

Top Five Steps to Writing Cliff-Hanging Chapters:

 

 

1.) Think of some information to tell the reader.

 

 

 

2.) Don't tell it to them yet.

 

 

 

3.) Set up the scene so the reader is expecting this information.

 

 

 

 

4.) Then at the last minute, just as they are expecting you to tell them...

 

 

 

 

5.)...........................

 

 

 

We'd like to thank Will for showing us how to write a cliff-hanging chaper!! And here is another BIG thanks for the following giveaway of The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones!

 

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  1. The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones

  2. By: Kris Dinnison

  3. Release Date: June 2, 2015 

 

 

*GIVEAWAY DETAILS*

 

Three winners will receive a hardcover of The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones. US addresses only.

Entering is simple, just fill out the entry form below. During this giveaway, Will has a question for entrants. Here is the question they'll be answering in the comments below for extra entries: 
What book left you with the craziest cliff-hanger?! 

 

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22. It's live!! Cover Reveal: The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas + Giveaway (US/Canada)

Welcome, everyone, to another great cover reveal!

Today we're super excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE DARKEST CORNERS by Kara Thomas, releasing April 19, 2016 from Delacorte/Penguin Random House. Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Kara and Krista Marino, her editor:

 
Kara Thomas:
 
Hi, YABC readers! I’m beyond excited to share the cover of THE DARKEST CORNERS with you! Since there is so much going on in this book-- childhood secrets, false memory syndrome, missing girls, serial killers (my poor editor!)—I had no idea what to expect from the cover. Delacorte and jacket designer Greg Stadnyk really knocked it out of the park! I think the girl’s haunted expression and the creepy torn newsprint style perfectly capture the tone of the book. 

 
Krista Marino:
 
Hello, from Kara Thomas’s lucky editor!
 
We went down a lot of different avenues, and actually had multiple designers working on concepts at the same time before we finally came to this cover. When we saw Greg’s design we all knew that he’d nailed it. There’s so much more than meets the eye in The Darkest Corners, and Greg understood that. It was important to us that this book got a cover as interesting and compelling as what was inside. In my mind we succeeded. Don’t you just want to know what this girl’s story is and why her image is torn apart?
 

 

 

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THE DARKEST CORNERS

by Kara Thomas
Release date: April 19, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte/Penguin Random House
ISBN: 0553521454
 
 
About the Book
 
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 that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.
 
Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the face of her demons–and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.
 
Tessa and Callie haven’t talked about what they saw that summer night since it happened. After the trial Callie drifted and Tessa moved and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch. But ever since she left, Tessa’s had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette–to Wyatt Stokes sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the only other person who may be hiding the truth.
 
Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer–and this time, it won’t be as easy to run away.
 

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Kara is the author of THE DARKEST CORNERS, coming from Penguin Random House/Delacorte Press in Spring 2016. She also wrote the Prep School Confidential series (St. Martin’s Press) and the pilot The Revengers for the CW under the pen name Kara Taylor. She’s represented by Suzie Townsend of New Leaf Literary & Media. You can find her on Twitter, Instagram, or on the couch with her rescue cat, Felix.
 

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Giveaway Details

One winner will receive an ARC of THE DARKEST CORNERS (when available).

 

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The latest MARVEL film hits theaters this weekend. Kristin and Clint of the Nerd Riders hit the streets to give their review of ANT-MAN. 

QUESTION: If you could be super small for a day what would you do?


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24. Giveaway: While You Were Gone by Amy K. Nichols (US only)

While You Were Gone

By Amy K. Nichols

Release Date: August 4, 2015

 

About the Book

An artist without a cause meets a rebel without a clue, and together they learn to stand up for what's right in the gripping conclusion to the half sci-fi half romance Duplexity duology. Told with alternating perspectives, WHILE YOU WERE GONE explores the chaos theory, time travel, and their philosophical implications, and is a riveting read for both teens and adults.

 
Eevee is a promising young artist and the governor's daughter in a city where censorship is everywhere and security is everything. When a fire devastates her exhibition--years in the making--her dreams of attending an elite art institute are dashed. She's struggling to find inspiration when she meets Danny.
 
Raised in a foster home, Danny's life has always been full of hurt and hardship--until a glitch in the universe changes everything. Suddenly Danny is living in a home he's never seen with the parents he's never known. It's like he's a new Danny--but this alternate self has secrets--ties to an underground anarchist group that have already landed him in hot water. When he starts to develop feelings for Eevee he's even more disturbed to learn that he might have started the fire that ruined her work. As Danny sifts through clues from his past and Eevee attempts to piece together her future, they uncover a secret that's bigger than both of them. Together, they must correct the breach between the worlds before it's too late.


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


About the Author

AMY K. NICHOLS lives on the edge of the Phoenix desert with her husband and children. In the evenings, she enjoys sitting outside, counting bats and naming stars. NOW THAT YOU'RE HERE is her first novel and WHILE YOU WERE GONE is her second. Visit her online at www.amyknichols.com. Follow her on Twitter @AmyKNichols.

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Two winners, each receive one copy of both books. US only.

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25. Giveaway: Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud (US Only)

PRETENDING TO BE ERICA

by Michelle Painchaud

Release Date: July 21, 2015

 

 

About the Book


Erica Silverman was abducted at the age of four. She was snatched outside of her kindergarten and never seen again. Violet was adopted by her con artist father for a single purpose: to become the long-lost heiress of the mythical Silverman painting. Violet has only ever been groomed for this moment. But what Violet doesn’t count on is how much she comes to care about the Silvermans, as well as the friends she’s made under false pretense. Walking a razor’s edge, calculating every decision, not sure sometimes who she is or what she is doing it for, Violet is an unforgettable heroine, and Pretending to be Erica is a killer debut.


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


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Michelle Painchaud was born in Seattle, but grew up gate-crashing parties in sugar cane fields in Hawaii. Cats and anime take up what little part of her brain isn't harassed by stories of teenagers kicking ass. This is her first novel. She lives in San Diego, CA..

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Giveaway Details

3 winners will each win a finished copy of PRETENDING TO BE ERICA. US only.

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