Friday, April 13, 2012

25 YA Books In Stores Next Week and Giveaway 4/13/12

This Week's Giveaway!


Seventeen-year-old Hope Long's life revolves around her brother Jeremy. So when Jeremy is accused of killing the town's beloved baseball coach, Hope's world begins to unravel. Everyone is convinced Jeremy did it, and since he hasn't spoken a word in 9 years, he's unable to defend himself. Their lawyer instructs Hope to convince the jury that Jeremy is insane, but all her life Hope has known that Jeremy's just different than other people—better, even. As she works to prove his innocence—joined by her best friend T.J. and the sheriff's son, Chase—Hope uncovers secrets about the murder, the townspeople, her family, and herself. She knows her brother isn't the murderer. But as she comes closer to the truth, she's terrified to find out who is.

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Last Week's Winner!


The winner of last week's giveaway, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin is:

Lori Lee.

Congrats, Lori! We know you'll love this.

Mara Dyer doesn't think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.It can.She believes there must be more to the accident she can't remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.There is.She doesn't believe that after everything she's been through, she can fall in love.She's wrong.


Young Adult Books In Stores Next Week


The Wicked and the Just by J. Anderson Coats

Cecily’s father has ruined her life. He’s moving them to occupied Wales, where the king needs good strong Englishmen to keep down the vicious Welshmen. At least Cecily will finally be the lady of the house.

Gwenhwyfar knows all about that house. Once she dreamed of being the lady there herself, until the English destroyed the lives of everyone she knows. Now she must wait hand and foot on this bratty English girl.

While Cecily struggles to find her place amongst the snobby English landowners, Gwenhwyfar struggles just to survive. And outside the city walls, tensions are rising ever higher—until finally they must reach the breaking point.





The Last Echo (Body Finder) by Kimberly Derting

Violet kept her morbid ability to sense dead bodies a secret from everyone except her family and her childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Jay Heaton. That is until forensic psychologist Sara Priest discovered Violet's talent and invited her to use her gift to track down murderers. Now, as she works with an eclectic group of individuals—including mysterious and dangerously attractive Rafe—it's Violet's job to help those who have been murdered by bringing their killers to justice. When Violet discovers the body of a college girl killed by "the girlfriend collector" she is determined to solve the case. But now the serial killer is on the lookout for a new "relationship" and Violet may have caught his eye....








The Chaos by Nalo  Hopkinson

An acclaimed fantasy author navigates the world between myth and chaos in this compelling exploration of identity, told with a Caribbean lilt.Sixteen-year-old Scotch struggles to fit in—at home she’s the perfect daughter, at school she’s provocatively sassy, and thanks to her mixed heritage, she doesn’t feel she belongs with the Caribbeans, whites, or blacks. And even more troubling, lately her skin is becoming covered in a sticky black substance that can’t be removed. While trying to cope with this creepiness, she goes out with her brother—and he disappears. A mysterious bubble of light just swallows him up, and Scotch has no idea how to find him. Soon, the Chaos that has claimed her brother affects the city at large, until it seems like everyone is turning into crazy creatures. Scotch needs to get to the bottom of this supernatural situation ASAP before the Chaos consumes everything she’s ever known—and she knows that the black shadowy entity that’s begun trailing her every move is probably not going to help.

A blend of fantasy and Caribbean folklore, at its heart this tale is about identity and self acceptance—because only by acknowledging her imperfections can Scotch hope to save her brother.


Glimmer by Phoebe Kitanidis

What if you forgot your identity and had to rely on other people to tell you who you were?

And what if to discover your true self, you first had to unravel a mystery so big and terrifying you were not sure you’d survive solving it?

When Marshall and Elyse wake up in each other’s arms with zero memory of how they got there or who they are, it’s the start of a long journey through their separate pasts and shared future.

Terrified by their amnesia, the two make a pact to work together to find the answers that could jog their missing memories. As they piece together clues, they discover they’re in the idyllic mountain resort town of Summer Falls, where everyone seems mysteriously happy, but as Marshall and Elyse quickly learn, darkness lurks beneath the town’s perfect facade. Not only is the town haunted by sinister ghosts, but none of its living inhabitants retain bad memories of anything—not the death of Marshall’s mom, not the hidden shame in Elyse’s family, not even the day-to-day anguish of high school.

Lonely in this world of happy zombies, Marsh and Elyse fall into an intense relationship...but the secrets they uncover could be the death of this growing love—and the death of everyone, and everything, they love in Summer Falls.



172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad and Tara F. Chace

Three teenagers are going on the trip of a lifetime. Only one is coming back.

It’s been more than forty years since NASA sent the first men to the moon, and to grab some much-needed funding and attention, they decide to launch an historic international lottery in which three lucky teenagers can win a week-long trip to moon base DARLAH 2—a place that no one but top government officials even knew existed until now. The three winners, Antoine, Midori, and Mia, come from all over the world.

But just before the scheduled launch, the teenagers each experience strange, inexplicable events. Little do they know that there was a reason NASA never sent anyone back there until now—a sinister reason. But the countdown has already begun. . .(




Kill Switch by Chris Lynch


Some things are best left forgotten. A gripping account of espionage and loyalty from National Book Award Finalist Chris Lynch.All Daniel wants to do is spend one last summer with his grandfather before he moves away for college and his grandfather’s dementia pulls them apart. But when his dear old Da starts to let things slip about the job he used to hold—people he’s killed, countries he’s overthrown—old work “friends” show up to make sure he stays quiet. Was his grandfather really involved in a world of assassinations and coups, or are the stories just delusions of a crumbling mind? On the run from the police (and possibly something worse) before he has time to find out, Daniel may have to sacrifice everything to protect his grandfather from those who would do him harm.





25 comments:

  1. Ooh, there's a couple here I haven't heard of before, like that 172 Hours on the Moon! Sounds AWESOME. That's definitely going on the TBR list. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. It sounds awesome doesn't it? I'm deliberately not reading any reviews on it because I'm trying not to go in with preconceived genre expectations. It just sounds like a wild ride.

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  2. Some of those books sound interesting. 172 Hours on the Moon sounds too familiar (the moon landing didn't really happen), but I wonder what's involved.

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    1. I'm excited to read this one specifically because the premise sounds very fresh--but see? This is why we all have different books we love. We bring our own baggage to them. :D Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I've preordered The Last Echo. Can't wait for it. I LOVE Jay!!!!

    There's some really cool sounding books I now want to read. I knew it was dangerous checking out the post. :D

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    1. I love the whole series. Can't wait to read number 3.

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  4. Congrats to Lori! I'm looking forward to reading The Last Echo, The Chaos, and Glimmer. Thanks for letting me know of more books I want to read.

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    1. Was that a note of sarcasm, I detected? Grin. I know, I know. The TBR piles are toppling over here too! :D

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. I was already interested in The Chaos, but 172 Hours on the Moon looks very intriguing too!

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    1. I'm going to have to read The Chaos. It sounds a lot like something I have written, which means it's probably something I will adore.

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  6. I cannot wait for The Wicked and the Just. Sounds absolutely fabulous!!

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    1. I love, love, love Welsh stories. I remember the first time I read Sharon K. Penman's series, I tore through them like they were a box of chocolates.

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  7. The Silence of Murder sounds positively delicious! The rest of the books you have listed look great too.

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    1. I'll give you a sneak preview :D

      Here's the opening:

      The first time Jeremy heard God sing, we were in the old Ford, rocking back and forth with the wind. Snow pounded at the window to get inside, where it wasn't much better than out there. I guess he was nine. I was seven, but I've always felt like the older sister, even though Jeremy was bigger.

      Voice, atmosphere, gorgeous writing.

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  8. The Silence of Murder is beautifully written. Just a treat!

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  9. Wow! 172 Hours On The Moon looks amazing.

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  10. Looks like some fascinating books.

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  11. They all sound great and varied! Exciting summer reading ahead!

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  12. i read four books this week and still feel like I'm behind with the ones you've listed today!

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  13. Gorgeous Covers, Reel-me-in Book Summaries!

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  14. Wow, so many mysteries lately. They look fantastic.

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  15. I hadn't heard about The Silence of Murder before but you can bet I'm adding that to my wish list :) I'm also really excited about 172 Hours on the Moon and Glimmer. So many great books!!!

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  16. Silence of Murder sounds great! They all do actually - although I'm most excited for Kimberly Derting's latest!! :)

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