Friday, October 19, 2012

16 New YA Books in Stores 10/20 - 10/26 Plus 2-Book Giveaway

THIS WEEK'S GIVEAWAY OF UPCOMING BOOKS WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


To enter, please complete the form below by 6:00 PM 10/25/12. The winners/books will be chosen at random and announced on Friday 10/26/12. Good luck!

The Crimson Crown (A Seven Realms Novel)
by Cinda Williams Chima
Hardcover

A thousand years ago, two young lovers were betrayed—Alger Waterlow to his death, and Hanalea, Queen of the Fells, to a life without love.

Now, once again, the Queendom of the Fells seems likely to shatter apart. For young queen Raisa ana’Marianna, maintaining peace even within her own castle walls is nearly impossible; tension between wizards and Clan has reached a fevered pitch. With surrounding kingdoms seeking to prey on the Fells’ inner turmoil, Raisa’s best hope is to unite her people against a common enemy. But that enemy might be the person with whom she's falling in love.

Through a complicated web of lies and unholy alliances, former streetlord Han Alister has become a member of the Wizard Council of the Fells. Navigating the cut-throat world of blue blood politics has never been more dangerous, and Han seems to inspire hostility among Clan and wizards alike. His only ally is the queen, and despite the perils involved, Han finds it impossible to ignore his feelings for Raisa. Before long, Han finds himself in possession of a secret believed to be lost to history, a discovery powerful enough to unite the people of the Fells. But will the secret die with him before he can use it?

A simple, devastating truth concealed by a thousand-year-old lie at last comes to light in this stunning conclusion to the Seven Realms series.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Crimson Crown (A Seven Realms Novel)?

My tagline for The Seven Realms is: A thief-turned-wizard and a headstrong princess join forces to battle wizards behaving badly.. The series was intended to be a trilogy, but morphed into a quartet when I ran out of room in book 3. That's what happens when you don't outline! I did everything in my power to let people know a fourth book was coming, but there are still people out there who think it ended with book 3. Because The Gray Wolf Throne ended on a cliff-hanger, I got these reviews on Goodreads that said, "Why did it end like THAT!?" So for all those readers, I promise that in The Crimson Crown, I will untangle the skeins of lies, deceits, and red herrings, and you will get that finish you were looking for!
Except now, I have readers saying, "It's Seven Realms--why aren't there seven books?"


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Flutter
by Gina Linko
Hardcover

All Emery Land wants is to be like any other 17-year-old—to go to school, hang out with her friends, and just be normal.  But for as long as she can remember, she's suffered from seizures. And in recent years they've consumed her life. To Emery they're much more than seizures, she calls them loops—moments when she travels through wormholes back and forth in time and to a mysterious town. The loops are taking their toll on her physically. So she practically lives in the hospital where her scientist father and an ever-growing team of doctors monitor her every move. They're extremely interested in the data they collect when Emery seizes. It appears that she's tapping into parts of the brain typically left untouched by normal human beings.

Escaping from the hospital, Emery travels to Esperanza, the town from her loops on the upper peninsula of Michigan, where she meets Asher Clarke. Ash's life is governed by his single-minded pursuit of performing good Samaritan acts to atone for the death of a loved one. His journey is very much entwined with Emery's loops.

Drawn together they must unravel their complicated connection before it's too late.

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LAST WEEK'S GIVEAWAY WINNERS


The Paladin Prophecy
by Mark Frost
ARC

WINNER: ROBIN HALL

Readers of I Am Number Four, The Maze Runner, and Legend will love this exciting new adventure series by the co-creator of the groundbreaking television show Twin Peaks, with its unique combination of mystery, heart-pounding action, and the supernatural.

Will West is careful to live life under the radar. At his parents' insistence, he's made sure to get mediocre grades and to stay in the middle of the pack on his cross-country team. Then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.

Now Will is being courted by an exclusive prep school . . . and followed by men driving black sedans. When Will suddenly loses his parents, he must flee to the school. There he begins to explore all that he's capable of--physical and mental feats that should be impossible--and learns that his abilities are connected to a struggle between titanic forces that has lasted for millennia.

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Yesterday
by C. K. Kelly Martin
Hardcover

WINNER: LisaILF

THEN: The formation of the UNA, the high threat of eco-terrorism, the mammoth rates of unemployment and subsequent escape into a world of virtual reality are things any student can read about in their 21st century textbooks and part of the normal background noise to Freya Kallas's life. Until that world starts to crumble.

NOW: It's 1985. Freya Kallas has just moved across the world and into a new life. On the outside, she fits in at her new high school, but Freya feels nothing but removed. Her mother blames it on the grief over her father's death, but how does that explain the headaches and why do her memories feel so foggy? When Freya lays eyes on Garren Lowe, she can't get him out of her head. She's sure that she knows him, despite his insistence that they've never met. As Freya follows her instincts and pushes towards hidden truths, the two of them unveil a strange and dangerous world where their days may be numbered. Unsure who to trust, Freya and Garren go on the run from powerful forces determined to tear them apart and keep them from discovering the truth about their shared pasts (and futures), her visions, and the time and place they really came from. Yesterday will appeal to fans of James Dashner's The Maze Runner, Veronica Roth's Divergent, Amy Ryan's Glow, Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Ally Condie's Matched.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Yesterday?

I was sixteen in 1985, like Yesterday’s main character Freya, so I loved being able to go back and experience that year again. It was an amazing time for music and I have a long, long list of musical acts from the period in my acknowledgments because they were a huge influence on me. Yesterday was a terrific excuse to listen to hours and hours of eighties music to help me get back into the mindset (my fav 80s radio station is the UK’s Absolute 80s). I also trawled through lists of TV shows and movies on back then and read about events from 1985. I wanted to get all the tiny details of the time right so, for example, I was careful not to have the characters listening to a song that came out in late 85 when the book is set in February. There’s a point during the book where Freya and Garren go see The Breakfast Club and it truly was out in North American theatres at that time.

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IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


Blind Spot
by Laura Ellen
Hardcover

There’s none so blind as they that won’t see.
Seventeen-year-old Tricia Farni’s body floated to the surface of Alaska’s Birch River six months after the night she disappeared. The night Roz Hart had a fight with her. The night Roz can’t remember. Roz, who struggles with macular degeneration, is used to assembling fragments to make sense of the world around her. But this time it’s her memory that needs piecing together—to clear her name . . . to find a murderer. This unflinchingly emotional novel is written in the powerful first-person voice of a legally blind teen who just wants to be like everyone else.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Blind Spot?

My favorite thing about Blind Spot is that it is not your typical thriller. It is more of a psychological thriller in which the main character's 'blind spot' about her own visual impairment is the catalyst for the rest of the plot. She is an unreliable narrator and as a result the reader does not know which characters to trust, to believe, or even to like -- but that's reality. In real life 'bad' guys make good choices and 'good' guys make bad ones. That's what makes life so complicated sometimes!

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The Evolution of Mara Dyer
by Michelle Hodkin
Hardcover

The truth about Mara Dyer’s dangerous and mysterious abilities continues to unravel in this gripping sequel to the thrilling The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.She can’t.She used to think her problems were all in her head.They aren’t.She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.She’s wrong.In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Evolution of Mara Dyer?

My favorite thing about Evolution is that we get to see more of Mara's gradual transformation, how she grows more into an identity she's still trying to figure out. It's a complex and somewhat cryptic process, so I'm glad I get to share another piece of the puzzle with Evolution. I also love the fact that readers will learn more about Noah through his own point of view. It's quite different from Mara's, and I had a lot of fun writing it.

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Burning Blue
by Paul Griffin
Hardcover

How far would you go for love, beauty, and jealousy?

When Nicole Castro, the most beautiful girl in her wealthy New Jersey high school, is splashed with acid on the left side of her perfect face, the whole world takes notice. But quiet loner Jay Nazarro does more than that--he decides to find out who did it. Jay understands how it feels to be treated like a freak, and he also has a secret: He's a brilliant hacker. But the deeper he digs, the more danger he's in--and the more he falls for Nicole. Too bad everyone is turning into a suspect, including Nicole herself.

Award-winning author Paul Griffin has written a high-stakes, soulful mystery about the meaning--and dangers--of love and beauty.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Burning Blue?

My favorite thing about Burning Blue: the people I worked on it with, particularly my editor Kate. We had a ball. Kate is a genius editor, and in this story she pushed me to get inside the victim's mind. It was tricky, because the victim, a young woman who suffers an acid attack, is also a suspect in the crime. The story was inspired by a call I had while working with my volunteer ambulance corps here in NYC (I'm an EMT). A young man was minding his own business, checking out the map on the wall down in the subway when someone tapped him on the shoulder and attacked him with what I think was mace. It was a crazy, hot midtown rush hour, and getting the poor guy into the ambulance and to the hospital took some time with all the pedestrian and vehicle traffic. While I'm stuck with him in the back of the ambulance, flushing his eyes with saline, he's blaming himself. He keeps saying, "What is it about me that he picked me to attack?" I just felt really bad for the guy. He was seeing himself as the trigger of the attack, instead of the victim. I wrote the book to try to understand that kind of thinking. I don't know that I got any closer to figuring it out, though, if nothing else, I learned that if self-blame is pervasive, it's also, I believe, fixable, at least in part. If isolation, which can be a comfort in the short term, particularly after a traumatizing event, can also breed despair, then reaching out to people who make you feel great about yourself can bring about self respect. When we respect ourselves, we respect others, and, I hope and believe, the world becomes that much more a peaceful place.

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MORE RELEASES IN STORES NEXT WEEK


Dark Star
by Bethany Frenette
Hardcover

Audrey Whitticomb has nothing to fear. Her mother is the superhero Morning Star, the most deadly crime-fighter in the Twin Cities, so it’s hard for Audrey not to feel safe. That is, until she’s lured into the sweet night air by something human and not human—something with talons and teeth, and a wide, scarlet smile.

Now Audrey knows the truth: her mom doesn’t fight crime at night. She fights Harrowers—livid, merciless beings who were trapped Beneath eons ago. Yet some have managed to escape.  And they want Audrey dead, just because of who she is: one of the Kin.

To survive, Audrey will need to sharpen the powers she has always had. When she gets close to someone, dark corners of the person’s memories become her own, and she sometimes even glimpses the future. If Audrey could only get close to Patrick Tigue, a powerful Harrower masquerading as human, she could use her Knowing to discover the Harrowers’ next move. But Leon, her mother’s bossy, infuriatingly attractive sidekick, has other ideas. Lately, he won’t let Audrey out of his sight.

When an unthinkable betrayal puts Minneapolis in terrible danger, Audrey discovers a wild, untamed power within herself. It may be the key to saving her herself, her family, and her city. Or it may be the force that destroys everything—and everyone—she loves.


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Ask the Passengers
by A.S. King
Hardcover

Astrid Jones desperately wants to confide in someone, but her mother's pushiness and her father's lack of interest tell her they're the last people she can trust. Instead, Astrid spends hours lying on the backyard picnic table watching airplanes fly overhead. She doesn't know the passengers inside, but they're the only people who won't judge her when she asks them her most personal questions . . . like what it means that she's falling in love with a girl.

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Finale (Hush, Hush)
by Becca Fitzpatrick
Hardcover

Fates unfurl in the gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Hush, Hush saga.Nora is more certain than ever that she is in love with Patch. Fallen angel or no, he is the one for her. Her heritage and destiny may mean they are fated to be enemies, but there is no turning her back on him. Now Nora and Patch must gather their strength to face one last, perilous trial. Old enemies return, new enemies are made, and a friend's ultimate betrayal threatens the peace Patch and Nora so desperately want. The battle lines are drawn—but which sides are they on? And in the end, are there some obstacles even love can't conquer?

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Beautiful Redemption (Beautiful Creatures)
by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Hardcover

Is death the end . . . or only the beginning?


Ethan Wate has spent most of his life longing to escape the stiflingly small Southern town of Gatlin. He never thought he would meet the girl of his dreams, Lena Duchannes, who unveiled a secretive, powerful, and cursed side of Gatlin, hidden in plain sight. And he never could have expected that he would be forced to leave behind everyone and everything he cares about. So when Ethan awakes after the chilling events of the Eighteenth Moon, he has only one goal: to find a way to return to Lena and the ones he loves.
Back in Gatlin, Lena is making her own bargains for Ethan's return, vowing to do whatever it takes -- even if that means trusting old enemies or risking the lives of the family and friends Ethan left to protect.

Worlds apart, Ethan and Lena must once again work together to rewrite their fate, in this stunning finale to the Beautiful Creatures series.

16 comments:

  1. I'm editing my MS right now and BLIND SPOT reminds me a little bit of my book. I'll have to read it!

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  2. I am so excited for The Evolution of Mara Dyer and Beautiful Redemption. The others look great too!

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  3. I SO want to win this. I can't wait to read it. I'm giving away a copy when I interview Cinda later this month. I'm re-reading the series as audio books. I'm in the middle of book 2 and it's fantastic. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  4. I cannot wait for Finale! I'm dying for more Patch. =D

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  5. I am SOOOOo excited for the next Mara Dyer book. Oh and I love the Beautiful Creatures series!!!

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  6. So many great new books. And now I can read Silent (which I've had for a while) in time for Finale.

    Blind Spot looks good. :D

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  7. I'm looking forward to reading The Crimson Crown. I love this series!

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway. More books I would love to read.

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  9. Wow, the Flutter premise sounds very engaging and the cover... Very gripping (almost even a little scary, which gives a great sense of how the protagonist probably feels).

    Thanks for sharing :)

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  10. I am so excited to read The Evolution of Mara Dyer! Looking forward to Finale too : )

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  11. I can't wait for the new Mara Dyer, either! Just re-read the first one (while procrastinating on my own writing) and it was even better than the first read.

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  12. Like everyone else... Mara Dyer is no the top of my list this week. Oh, and FINALE by Becca Fitzpatrick (las t in the series)! Thanks for the post and giveaway!

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  13. Same here, DYING to read the new Mara Dyer. In fact, just about every single one of these books is on my wish list. What a fantastic week for books!!

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  14. I want to fall asleep and wake up in the Seven Realms. I ADORE the Beautiful Creatures series. I'm still devastated by the way Beautiful Chaos ended. I'm so glad there's more.

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