Friday, March 30, 2012

49 In Stores Next Week and Giveaway

What Are We Reading and Giving Away?

What if the person you're meant to be with lives in another time?

Isn't that a great tag line? It's on the back cover of TIMELESS by Alexandra Monir, which showed up in my mailbox yesterday and looked so delicious I couldn't resist starting it right away. Here's the blurb.

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.

Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

To win this lovely book, fill out the form at the bottom of the page by midnight on Thursday, 4/5/12. I'll announce the winner next Friday.


What's New to Read?

There are a lot of great new young adult books coming out, and ever since Marissa stopped doing her AMAZING In Stores This Week posts, I've started to lose track of what's out there a little bit. So. Even if we don't have time to do the full monty, we're going to try to do at least a little round-up of the week's books and hopefully get some additional giveaways going.

If you happen to have a book coming out, and want to send in an interview, please contact us. Time isn't going to allow us to request them from all the authors, but if you send them, we will post and promo for you.

In Stores This Week

Dying to Know You by Aidan Chambers

In Dying to Know You, award-winning author Aidan Chambers has created an indelible portrait of a young man discovering his own voice in the world, and has constructed a love story that is as much about the mind as it is the heart.

In this contemporary love story, a teenage boy named Karl enlists a famous writer to help him impress his girlfriend, Fiorella. She has asked him to write her a letter in which he reveals his true self. But Karl isn’t convinced he’s good enough with words, so he tracks down Fiorella’s favorite author and begs him to take up the task. The writer reluctantly assents, on the condition that Karl agree to a series of interviews, so that the letter will be based on an authentic portrait of Karl. The letter, though effective, has unexpected consequences for Karl, Fiorella, and the writer.




Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg

From the fantastic author of The Lonely Hearts Club and Prom & Prejudice comes a story of all the drama and comedy of four friends who grow into themselves at a performing arts high school.

Emme, Sophie, Ethan, and Carter are seniors at a performing arts school, getting ready for their Senior Showcase recital, where the pressure is on to appeal to colleges, dance academies, and professionals in show business. For Sophie, a singer, it's been great to be friends with Emme, who composes songs for her, and to date Carter, soap opera heartthrob who gets plenty of press coverage. Emme and Ethan have been in a band together through all four years of school, but wonder if they could be more than just friends and bandmates. Carter has been acting since he was a baby, and isn't sure how to admit that he'd rather paint than perform. The Senior Showcase is going to make or break each of the four, in a funny, touching, spectacular finale that only Elizabeth Eulberg could perform.


Above by Leah Bobet

Matthew has always lived in Safe, a community hidden far beneath the pipes and tunnels of the city Above. The residents fled to Safe years before to escape the Whitecoats and their cruel experiments, and now Matthew is responsible for both the keeping of Safe’s stories and for Ariel—a golden-haired shapeshifter, and the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen.

But one horrifying night, an old enemy murders Safe’s founder, Atticus, and the community is taken over by an army of shadows. Only Matthew, Ariel, and a handful of friends escape Above. Now they not only have to survive in a sunlit world they barely know, but they must unravel the mystery of the shadows’ fury and Atticus’s death. It’s up to Matthew to find a way to remake Safe—not just for himself and his family, but for Ariel, who’s again faced with the life she fled, and who needs him more than ever before.

An urban fantasy and a love story, Above is the breathtaking debut of an extraordinary new voice.

The List by Siobhan Vivian

An intense look at the rules of high school attraction—and the price that’s paid for them.

It happens every year. A list is posted, and one girl from each grade is chosen as the prettiest, and another is chosen as the ugliest. Nobody knows who makes the list. It almost doesn’t matter. The damage is done the minute it goes up.

This is the story of eight girls, freshman to senior, “pretty” and “ugly.” And it’s also the story of how we see ourselves, and how other people see us, and the tangled connection of the two.




I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

The dark thriller, described as Dexter meets The Silence of the Lambs for teens, tells of a boy who uses his killer instinct, inherited from his serial killer father, to help solve a series of murders.



Black Heart by Holly Black (Curse Workers #3)

Cassel Sharpe knows he’s been used as an assassin, but he’s trying to put all that behind him. He’s trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He’s trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he’s trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he’s been raised to believe the government is the enemy.

But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what’s right and what’s wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what’s a con and what’s truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet—this time on love.





Fear: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant


Despite the hunger, despite the lies, even despite the plague, the kids of Perdido Beach are determined to survive. Creeping into the tenuous new existence they've built, though, is perhaps the worst incarnation yet of the enemy known as the Darkness: fear.



Immortal City by Scott Speer

Jackson Godspeed is the hottest young Angel in a city filled with them. He's days away from becoming a full Guardian, and people around the world are already competing for the chance to be watched over by him. Everyone's obsessed with the Angels and the lucky people they protect--everyone except for Madison Montgomery.

Maddy's the one girl in Angel City who doesn't breathlessly follow the Angels on TV and gossip blogs. When she meets Jackson, she doesn't recognize him. But Jackson is instantly captivated by her, and against all odds the two fall in love.

Maddy is swiftly caught up in Jackson's scene, a world of glamour, paparazzi - and murder. A serial killer is on the loose, leaving dead Angels' wings for the police to find on the Walk of Fame. Even the Guardians are powerless to protect themselves in the face of this threat … and this time it's up to Maddy to save Jackson.



The Fame Game by Lauren Conrad

In Hollywood, fame can be found on every corner and behind any door. You just have to know where to look for it. Nineteen-year-old Madison Parker made a name for herself as best frenemy of nice-girl-next-door Jane Roberts on the hot reality show L.A. Candy. Now Madison's ready for her turn in the spotlight and she'll stop at nothing to get it. Sure, she's the star of a new show, but with backstabbing friends and suspicious family members trying to bring her down, Madison has her work cut out for her. Plus, there's a new nice girl in "reality" town—aspiring actress Carmen Price, the daughter of Hollywood royalty—and she's a lot more experienced at playing the fame game... When the camera's start rolling, whose star will shine brighter?

Filled with characters both familiar and new, Lauren Conrad's series about the highs and lows of being famous delivers Hollywood gossip and drama at every turn.



The Marked by Inara Scott (Delecroix Academy #2)

In her second semester at a boarding school for teenagers with special powers, Dancia Lewis faces danger from both inside and outside of Delcroix Academy.

All of her life, Dancia Lewis has wanted to use her powers for good. And now that she’s learned the truth about Delcroix Academy—and herself—she may just get the chance. But being part of Delcroix’s top secret Program isn’t anything like Dancia expected. She has to ask herself: what happens to the Talented kids who refuse to pledge their loyalty to the Program? And why did her friend Jack run away rather than join? Dancia’s adorable boyfriend Cam insists they need the help of every Talented student to defend Delcroix from dangerous enemies outside their gates. But Dancia has to wonder: what if Delcroix’s most frightening enemies come from within.



Winners Announced

The winner of last week's SWEETLY by Jackson Pearce was RivRe. Riv, please send my your address so I can get the book to you!

49 comments:

  1. Ooh, I've been looking forward to TIMELESS. Also can't wait to read BLACKHEART and THE MARKED! Thanks for the round up!

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    1. I didn't get very far last night, but loving it so far, and you have SO nailed my personal reading list :)

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  2. Thanks for sharing about all these books. I miss Marissa's weekly posts. I read ABOVE because I'm interviewing Leah and giving away an ARC on Monday. I really liked it. It's a totally different type of world that is sort of urban fantasy and part dystopian.

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    1. I miss Marissa's posts too! Oooh, I can't wait to read the interview on Monday. It sounds fascinating!

      Thanks so much for stopping by.

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  3. These books are fabulous. So many good stories to read, so little time.

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    1. I know, right? There's no way to keep up with all the great YA reads. Er. Not if we actually want to write something, make a living, cook dinner, or have a shower every now and then :D

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  4. Is this the same RivRe from YA Confidential? In any case, congrats and enjoy the book you had won.

    In other words, the blurb for THE LIST sounds intriguing, although I'm not sure if it's my kind of book or not. However, with the release of FEAR, I wonder how those kids can survive for so long.

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    1. I love the premise for the list. I love that she didn't go to one side or the other, so there is intrinsically going to a different viewpoint than you might get if it was only about the "pretty" people or the "ugly" people. Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Above is the one I'm most looking forward to. I mean, check out that cover. Wow.

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    1. Isn't that cover amazingly beautiful? I swear YA covers are so good you could eat them like chocolate.

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  6. Some of this books I just can't wait to get my hands on!

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    1. It's a great bunch, isn't it? Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Oh, man. I've had several of these on my radar for a while! I'd better get to reading RED GLOVE and first Delecroix novels first, though...

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    1. You will love them both! Red Glove is one of my favorites, but I am such a Holly Black fangirl!

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  8. I'm glad you posted books again this week. I love to find new reads. TIMELESS sounds amazing! And the other books you posted I wouldn't mind reading either.

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    1. There are so many good ones, aren't there? I've really missed getting the "overview" of what's coming out. :)

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  9. All three of the books sound amazing. I have had my eye on Timeless for awhile. Thank you for the giveaway.

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    1. I'll admit, that's one I need to read, and I'm usually slow to get excited about that kind of a plotline. It just promises such a fresh approach!

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  12. I would love to win this book!

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  13. There are so many great books on this list! The Michael Grant one is one I've already got on my wishlist - now going to add some more :)

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    1. I literally added them all, and I can't remember the last time I had a week when I needed to gobble them all up.

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  14. I cannot wait for Fear. I'm also really excited for Above. It looks like a really great read!!

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    1. Fear sounds like one you'll need to read with the light on.

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  15. Timeless sounds wonderful! But there are also several on here that were outside my radar, so thanks for the round up!

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  16. I have been waiting a long time to get to read The Marked. I'm so glad it's going to be available soon.

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    1. I'll give you a hint, it's GOOD. The titles are all a little confusing, but I've got an ARC of The Marked under a different name that I think I'll add to the giveaway as a bonus. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you. :)

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  17. I have waiting to read Timeless for a while now and the other books sounds really good too. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

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    1. Second night in, although admittedly not too deep yet, and it's still really good!

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  18. Timeless sounds absolutely delicious. Can't wait to read it.

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  19. Yes on the tag line! And...love the cover of Aiden Chambers new book.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  20. New to the publishing world. Glad to discover your blog. Also your give-away. Hooray for books!

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    1. Welcome, Greg. Hope you enjoy the blog and good luck for the giveaway. Absolutely --> Hooray for books. LOVE it! :D

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  21. Anything with Lauren Conrad is probably my least favorite.

    The List and I Hunt Killers sound quite interesting. Apparently, Psychological Thrillers is the next big thing in YA.

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    1. I've heard at several conferences that agents/publishers want thrillers. Not sure if that's exclusively psychological, but I still hope/believe that if you write a great book it will eventually find a market.

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  22. Definitely missing the roundups, but also love to know what's good to read, as if I didn't have a too-long to-read list already!

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    1. I can't keep up with the blogs the way that I was before, but I think that I will do a round-up once in a great while of some good posts. Maybe more like once a month though instead of once a week.

      And I know right, my TBR stack is impossible to navigate. :D

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. I love the In Stores posts and miss it....so I'm so happy to see this. My mommy/writer brain can never remember when things are happening, so I always appreciate a little help :) Great books spotlighted here, too! Thank you :)

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  24. I'm really missing the roundups, too. Thanks for helping us keep up with what's coming out.

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  25. Timeless sounds lovely. I can vaguely recall a movie with a similar idea behind it and how much I loved the sweet romance of it all. I'll keep my eyes peeled for this one if I don't get it here!

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  26. I've been eyeing Timeless for a while, so glad I'll finally have a chance to read it. I saw a few of these books in Barnes & Noble over the weekend and couldn't help but wish my bank account had unlimited funds. It's so hard to choose when so many great looking books come out at once!

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  27. Talk about striking covers! Especially TIMELESS and DYING TO KNOW YOU. Thanks for bringing these books to my attention!

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