Friday, October 5, 2012

29 YA Books New in Stores 10/6-10/11 Plus 8 New Releases to Giveaway

Before I get to the fantastic giveaway we have this week, along with all the author interviews and the whole full list of great new YA books in stores net week, I want to announce a great new series of posts we'll be starting on October 18th. The fabulous Natalie Aguirre kicked it off for us yesterday with a bit about what she looks for when she reads and what writers can learn from reading. We have another special guest next week, and then the series will kick off officially with Character Bucket Lists from some great new releases. For readers, it's going to be a different way to look at some of your favorite characters provided by the authors themselves. For writers, it's going to be a way to stand on an author's shoulder and observe a bit of the character development process. I hope you'll stop by and join the fun!

Also, don't forget that we're starting another 1st 5 Pages Workshop at noon on Saturday with the talented and generous P.J. Hoover. Get your manuscripts ready!

Happy reading,



We are so fortunate this week to have so many wonderful books provided by the authors and publishers to share with you! To enter to win, just complete the form below. Enter by 6:00 PM 10/11/12, and we'll announce the winners on 10/12/12. Good luck and enjoy!

Hanging by a Thread
by Sophie Littlefield

“Dark secrets, a dangerous romance, and a chilling murder mystery I won’t soon forget.” —Stacey Jay, author of Juliet Immortal

In a town where appearance means everything, how deep beneath the surface will Clare dig to uncover a murderer?

Summer is the best part of the year in Winston, California, and the Fourth of July is the highlight of the season. People consider themselves lucky to live in the quaint, serene beachside town, and native Clare Knight, now a city girl, feels doubly lucky to be moving back there a week before the July festivities kick off.

But the perfect town Clare remembers has changed, and everyone is praying that this summer will be different from the last two—that this year’s Fourth of July festival won’t see one of their own vanish without a trace, leaving no leads and no suspects. The media are in a frenzy predicting a third disappearance, but the town depends on tourist dollars, so the residents of Winston are trying desperately to pretend nothing’s wrong.

And they’re not the only ones hiding something.

Clare has been blessed—or perhaps cursed—with a gift: she can see people’s pasts when she touches their clothes. And since she’s a seamstress who redesigns vintage clothing, her visions are frequent—and usually unwanted. When she stumbles across a denim jacket that once belonged to Amanda Stavros, last year’s Fourth of July victim, Clare sees her perfect town begin to come apart at the seams.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Hanging by a Thread?

I loved taking a passion of mine and turning it into something mysterious and even threatening. Sewing is usually considered a fairly uninteresting pastime, and people might imagine a teenage seamstress to be boring and introverted. What if, instead, it was the gateway to an unknown world, a threat of danger, even the risk of death? By giving my main character, Clare, a family legacy (several generations of women in her family have been dressmakers) I was able to add another haunting dimension to the story. I also got to research vintage fashion, which was an unexpected and fun bonus!

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Beautiful Music for Ugly Children
by Kirstin Cronn-Mills

The lives and loves of a teenage transboy  music geek
Gabe has always identified as a boy, but he  was born with a girl’s body. With his new  public access radio show gaining in popularity,  Gabe struggles with romance, friendships,  and parents—all while trying to come  out as transgendered. An audition for a station  in Minneapolis looks like his ticket to a  better life in the big city. But his entire future  is threatened when several violent guys find  out Gabe the popular DJ is also Elizabeth  from school.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Beautiful Music for Ugly Children?

1) I love that someone loves and accepts Gabe for who he is, without hesitation--everybody needs a friend like John!

2) I love that Gabe worships music. Writing all the music stuff was my favorite part of creating the book. I love that music sees him through all the challenges he faces.

3) I love that Gabe stays dedicated to himself, despite all the crap that's thrown at him. He believes in himself enough to fight through all the negativity (including actual physical fights). We should all be so strong!

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All You Never Wanted
by Adele Griffin

With my eyes closed and Alex's core friends all around me, it was like I'd become my big sister, or something just as good. And so who cared if they were calling it Alex's party? One thing I knew: it would be remembered as mine.

Alex has it all—brains, beauty, popularity, and a dangerously hot boyfriend. Her little sister Thea wants it all, and she's stepped up her game to get it. Even if it means spinning the truth to win the attention she deserves. Even if it means uncovering a shocking secret her older sister never wanted to share. Even if it means crying wolf.

Told in the alternating voices of Alex and Thea, Adele Griffin's mesmerizing new novel is the story of a sibling rivalry on speed.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about All You Never Wanted?

5. the thematic spin is about how money can't buy happiness-- or anything meaningful
4. it's got a pretty hot romance, which is new for me, and was so thrilling and fun to write.
3. one of my favorite jackets ever. (it's amazing, right?)
2. it was blurbed-- beautifully-- by Sara Zarr
1. I dedicated the book to my mother.

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Romeo Redeemed
by Stacey Jay

Seductive companion to the popular Juliet Immortal, in which former lovers—Romeo and Juliet—meet, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.

Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Romeo Redeemed?

I love seeing a villain become someone the reader can root for. In "Juliet Immortal" Romeo was a boy I loved to hate, but in "Romeo Redeemed" he became a boy I was so happy to see get his happy ending. I hope my readers feel the same way!

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The Unfailing Light (Katerina Trilogy)
by Robin Bridges

Lush and opulent, romantic and sinister, The Unfailing Light, Volume II in The Katerina Trilogy, reimagines the lives of Russia's aristocracy in a fabulously intoxicating and page-turning fantasy.
Having had no choice but to use her power has a necromancer to save Russia from dark forces, Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, now wants to forget that she ever used her special powers. She's about to set off to pursue her lifelong dream of attending medical school when she discovers that Russia's arch nemesis--who she thought she'd destroyed--is still alive. So on imperial orders, Katerina remains at her old finishing school. She'll be safe there, because the empress has cast a potent spell to protect it against the vampires and revenants who are bent on toppling the tsar and using Katerina for their own gains. But to Katerina's horror, the spell unleashes a vengeful ghost within the school, a ghost more dangerous than any creature trying to get in.

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Mystic City
by Theo Lawrence

For fans of Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.

Aria Rose, youngest scion of one of Mystic City's two ruling rival families, finds herself betrothed to Thomas Foster, the son of her parents' sworn enemies. The union of the two will end the generations-long political feud—and unite all those living in the Aeries, the privileged upper reaches of the city, against the banished mystics who dwell below in the Depths. But Aria doesn't remember falling in love with Thomas; in fact, she wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. And she can't conceive why her parents would have agreed to unite with the Fosters in the first place. Only when Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic from the Depths, does she start to have glimmers of recollection—and to understand that he holds the key to unlocking her past. The choices she makes can save or doom the city—including herself.

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by Daniel Marks

Readers of Carrie Ryan and Richelle Mead will love this dark revenge fantasy.

At sixteen, Velveteen Monroe was kidnapped and murdered by a madman named Bonesaw. But that's not the problem.
The problem is she landed in the City of the Dead. And while it's not a fiery inferno, it's certainly no heaven either. Grey, ashen and crumbling more and more by the day, and everyone has a job to do there. Which doesn't leave Velveteen much time to do anything about what’s really on her mind.
Velveteen aches to deliver the bloody punishment he deserves. And she's figured out just how to do it. She'll haunt him for the rest of his days.
It'll be brutal...and awesome.
But crossing the divide between the living and the dead has devastating consequences. Velveteen’s obsessive haunting could actually crack the foundation of her new world, not to mention jeopardize her very soul. A risk she’s willing to take—except fate has just given her reason to stick around: an unreasonably hot and completely off-limits coworker.
Velveteen can’t help herself when it comes to breaking rules . . . or getting revenge. And she just might be angry enough to take everyone down with her.

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The FitzOsbornes at War (The Montmaray Journals)
by Michelle Cooper

Michelle Cooper completes her heart-stealing epic drama of history and romance with The FitzOsbornes at War.

Sophie FitzOsborne and the royal family of Montmaray escaped their remote island home when the Nazis attacked. But as war breaks out in England and around the world, nowhere is safe. Sophie fills her journal with tales of a life during wartime. Blackouts and the Blitz. Dancing in nightclubs with soliders on leave. And endlessly waiting for news of her brother Toby, whose plane was shot down over enemy territory.

But even as bombs rain down on London, hope springs up, and love blooms for this most endearing princess. And when the Allies begin to drive their way across Europe, the FitzOsbornes take heart—maybe, just maybe, there will be a way to liberate Montmaray as well.

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The Opposite of Hallelujah
by Anna Jarzab

A riveting depiction of sisterhood, as one sibling's return home unleashes lies, a secret long buried, and emotional upheaval.
Caro Mitchell considers herself an only child--and she likes it that way. After all, her much older sister, Hannah, left home eight years ago, and Caro barely remembers her. So when Caro's parents drop the bombshell news that Hannah is returning to live with them, Caro feels as if an interloper is crashing her family. To her, Hannah's a total stranger, someone who haunts their home with her meek and withdrawn presence, and who refuses to talk about her life and why she went away. Caro can't understand why her parents cut Hannah so much slack, and why they're not pushing for answers.

Unable to understand Hannah, Caro resorts to telling lies about her mysterious reappearance. But when those lies alienate her new boyfriend, friends, and put her on the outs with her parents, Caro seeks solace from an unexpected source. And as she unearths a clue from Hannah's past--one that could save Hannah from the dark secret that possesses her--Caro begins to see her sister in a whole new light.

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The Hallowed Ones
by Laura Bickle


Katie is on the verge of her Rumspringa, the time in Amish life when teenagers can get a taste of the real world. But the real world comes to her in this dystopian tale with a philosophical bent. Rumors of massive unrest on the “Outside” abound. Something murderous is out there. Amish elders make a rule: No one goes outside, and no outsiders come in. But when Katie finds a gravely injured young man, she can’t leave him to die. She smuggles him into her family’s barn—at what cost to her community? The suspense of this vividly told, truly horrific thriller will keep the pages turning.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Hallowed Ones?

I loved writing from the perspective of Katie – this is my first time writing a book in first person. Katie was an interesting character to write because she's very strong in a quiet, enduring kind of way. She struggles to develop her own moral compass, independent of her parents and community. That requires a great deal of fortitude, just as much fortitude as dealing with the evil creatures in her world.

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by Sharon Flake


Award-winning author, Sharon G. Flake, presents a powerful novel about a teen boy and girl, each tackling disabilities.

Autumn and Adonis have nothing in common and everything in common. Autumn is outgoing and has lots of friends. Adonis is shy and not so eager to connect with people. But even with their differences, the two have one thing in common ? they’re each dealing with a handicap. For Autumn, who has a learning disability, reading is a painful struggle that makes it hard to focus in class. But as her school’s most aggressive team wrestler, Autumn can take down any problem. Adonis is confined to a wheelchair. He has no legs. He can’t walk or dance. But he’s a strong reader who loves books. Even so, Adonis has a secret he knows someone like Autumn can heal.

In time, Autumn and Adonis are forced to see that our greatest weaknesses can turn into the assets that forever change us and those we love.

Told in alternating voices, Takedown explores issues of self-discovery, friendship, and what it means to be different.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Pinned?

My favorite thing about my novel Pinned, is the main characters. I love how multidimensional they are. Take my protagonist, Autumn for instance. She is quirky and outgoing, and comfortable with making up her own rules for living. Imagine someone who is confident enough to discuss their failings as easily as their successes. Someone who knows what she likes--wrestling, the smartest guy at school, cooking--and is willing to go after those things no matter what others say. That's Autumn Knight. One of the best wrestlers in the state, one of the worse readers at her school. Struggling and excelling at the same time. Folks are going to love her. And then there's Adonis. Boy is he complex. Extremely bright, Adonis is confident yet emotionally distant. His teachers adore him; other students...well not so much. Disabled and in a wheelchair, he has grand plans for his life and having Autumn Knight as a part of it, isn't one of them. While Autumn is eager to share her soul with the world, Adonis has his secrets. Put these two characters in the same book, and watch out, secrets get revealed, differences explored, and the possibility of romance abounds. Readers will have a good time getting to know these two.

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by Jeff Hirsch


On one side of the Rift is a technological paradise without famine or want. On the other side is a mystery.

Sixteen-year-old Glenn Morgan has lived next to the Rift her entire life and has no idea of what might be on the other side of it. Glenn's only friend, Kevin, insists the fence holds back a world of monsters and witchcraft, but magic isn't for Glenn. She has enough problems with reality: Glenn's mother disappeared when she was six, and soon after, she lost her scientist father to his all-consuming work on the mysterious Project. Glenn buries herself in her studies and dreams about the day she can escape. But when her father's work leads to his arrest, he gives Glenn a simple metal bracelet that will send Glenn and Kevin on the run---with only one place to go.
With MAGISTERIUM, Jeff Hirsch brings us the story of a complex, captivating world that will leave readers breathless until the very last page.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Magisterium?

I'd say my favorite thing about Magisterium is how it allowed me to flex completely different writing muscles than I used when writing The Eleventh Plague. That book was all about a kind of gritty realism--no magic, monsters or high tech gadgets--and Magisterium gave me a chance to let loose a bit and go in a completely different direction. While I still try to treat the world of Magisterium in as realistic a way as possible (given the circumstance that is) it's a place where nearly anything I could dream up was possible, a much larger playground I guess you could say.

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by Sarah Crossan


Inhale. Exhale.
Breathe . . .
The world is dead.
The survivors live under the protection of Breathe, the corporation that found a way to manufacture oxygen–rich air.
has been stealing for a long time. She's a little jittery, but not terrified. All she knows is that she's never been caught before. If she's careful, it'll be easy. If she's careful.
should be worried about Alina and a bit afraid for himself, too, but even though this is dangerous, it's also the most interesting thing to happen to him in ages. It isn't every day that the girl of your dreams asks you to rescue her.
wants to tell him that none of this is fair; they'd planned a trip together, the two of them, and she'd hoped he'd discover her out here, not another girl.
And as they walk into the Outlands with two days' worth of oxygen in their tanks, everything they believe will be shattered. Will they be able to make it back? Will they want to?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Breathe?

My favourite things about BREATHE are the protagonists. They are not perfect by any means, but each one grows through their experiences, and I feel a lot of love for them for this reason. Quinn is a little clueless, Bea a bit passive, and Alina too hard-hearted, but they learn about themselves and change, and surely that's what life is all about—growing into the the best selves we can be.

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Chasing the Skip
by Janci Patterson


Ricki’s dad has never been there for her. He’s a bounty hunter who spends his time chasing parole evaders—also known as “skips”—all over the country. But now since Ricki’s mom ran off, Ricki finds herself an unwilling passenger in a front-row seat to her father’s dangerous lifestyle.
            Ricki’s feelings get even more confused when her dad starts chasing seventeen-year-old Ian Burnham. She finds herself unavoidably attracted to the dark-eyed felon who seems eager to get acquainted. But Ricki thinks she’s ever in control—the perfect manipulator. Little does she know that Ian isn’t playing their game by her rules.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Chasing the Skip?

Hands down, my favorite thing about CHASING THE SKIP is its main character, Ricki. I put Ricki in a terrible situation in this book--her mom's abandoned her, and she's living with a father she's barely met before on the road chasing after fugitives. She's in a dangerous and uncomfortable position, and it wasn't her choices that put her there. But that situation is in place before the novel begins. What makes the book interesting for me was following Ricki's reactions to her situation--both those that make it worse, and those that make it better. It's a story about bounty hunting, yes, but underneath that it's a story about a girl who is trying to figure out what she wants and how to get i, and who makes a lot of mistakes along the wayt. It took me many drafts to get Ricki to where she is now--her character is by far the most revised part of the book, or the part that took the most work to get right. And I hope that I did get her right, in the end, so that readers can love her as much as I do.

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The Eleventh Plague
by Jeff Hirsch


In an America devastated by war and plague, the only way to survive is to keep moving.

In the aftermath of a war, America’s landscape has been ravaged and two-thirds of the population left dead from a vicious strain of influenza. Fifteen-year-old Stephen Quinn and his family were among the few that survived and became salvagers, roaming the country in search of material to trade. But when Stephen’s grandfather dies and his father falls into a coma after an accident, Stephen finds his way to Settler’s Landing, a community that seems too good to be true. Then Stephen meets strong, defiant, mischievous Jenny, who refuses to accept things as they are. And when they play a prank that goes horribly wrong, chaos erupts, and they find themselves in the midst of a battle that will change Settler’s Landing--and their lives--forever

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My Own Revolution
by Carolyn Marsden

In 1960s Czechoslovakia, Patrik participates in and rebels against the communist regime, knowing that anyone could become an enemy in the blink of an eye.

Fourteen-year-old Patrik rebels against the communist regime in small ways whenever he gets the chance: spray-painting slogans, listening to contraband Beatles records, even urinating on a statue of Lenin under cover of night. But anti-Party sentiment is risky, and when party interference cuts a little too close to home, Patrik and his family find themselves faced with a decision — and a grave secret — that will change everything. As the moments tick toward too late, Patrik takes his family’s fate in hand, risking everything for a chance at freedom. Examining the psychological toll of living under an authoritarian regime, Carolyn Marsden allows readers to experience both Patrik’s persistent worry and his hope for better things.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about My Own Revolution?

I’d barely met the Czech surgeon when he told me of how he and his family had escaped Communist Czechoslovakia at age fourteen. The writer in me immediately perked up, intrigued by the combination of exotic politics, subterfuge, adventure, and betrayal. The book that became MY OWN REVOLUTION is my fourteenth novel. I’ve always joked that I only write about countries where bougainvillea grows. To my knowledge, none grows in Czechoslovakia. Yet it was exciting to get to know more about the country and to use it as the setting for my novel. MY OWN REVOLUTION is the first published book I’ve written in first person.

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After (Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia) by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling

If the melt-down, flood, plague, the third World War, new Ice Age, Rapture, alien invasion, clamp-down, meteor, or something else entirely hit today, what would tomorrow look like? Some of the biggest names in YA and adult literature answer that very question in this short story anthology, each story exploring the lives of teen protagonists raised in catastrophe's wake—whether set in the days after the change, or decades far in the future.

New York Times bestselling authors Gregory Maguire, Garth Nix, Susan Beth Pfeffer, Carrie Ryan, Beth Revis, and Jane Yolen are among the many popular and award-winning storytellers lending their talents to this original and spellbinding anthology.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about After (Nineteen Stories of Apocalypse and Dystopia)?

Ellen Datlow: I’m just delighted at the wide variety of characters and themes and worlds that the contributors created. Also surprised and pleased that athough the theme of dystopia is often bleak, many of the stories in our book give the characters and thus the reader, some hope.

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Foxfire (An Other Novel)
by Karen Kincy

"The kitsune legend has never looked so good. Tavian is one sexy fox."—Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling author of the Iron Fae series and the Blood of Eden series
Tavian and Gwen race to find a magical cure in the third thrilling Other novel

Tavian has never forgotten his real mother, a shapeshifting Japanese fox spirit like him¬self, who abandoned him. On a trip to Japan, his homeland, he discovers that she’s alive. But a faceless ghost warns Tavian to stay away from her. Even worse, Tavian’s magi¬cal fox powers have vanished. Finding his mother in Tokyo’s seamy underworld may be his only chance to beat back the vicious dog spirits stalking him and his girlfriend Gwen—and to recover from a fatal magical illness eroding his human side.

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Demon Eyes (Witch Eyes)
by Scott Tracey

Book 2 in the dazzling Witch Eyes series
Braden thought he had destroyed Lucien, a  calculating demon trapped for centuries in  a human body. But he’s haunted by disturbing  visions of the undead demon promising  to return and a terrible warning: The feud  between Belle Dam’s two witch dynasties—ruled by Catherine Lansing and Braden’s  father—is about to get unimaginably worse.  As young girls start disappearing from town,  Braden knows Lucien’s diabolical scheme  has been set in motion. Forced to explore the  unknown powers of his witch eyes, Braden  becomes the ultimate weapon in a deadly  magical war.

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by Joanna Nadin

A move to a small seaside town gives Billie a chance at a new life and new love — until the undertow of the past pulls her toward a shocking secret.

When sixteen-year-old Billie Paradise unexpectedly inherits her grandmother’s house, it couldn’t come at a better time. With her stepdad abroad and her mom starting to lose it, moving from their cramped London apartment to an old house by the sea seems serendipitous. Maybe Billie, as she navigates the small-town social scene and falls for a certain intriguing older boy, can even find the father she never met. But her mom’s remote childhood home, which she left in haste before Billie was born, harbors hints of suspicious long-ago deaths and family secrets. As Billie’s story unfolds, flowing back and forth in time and through alternate points of view, it becomes clear that while people may die, the past lives forever.

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Valkyrie Rising

by Ingrid Paulson

Nothing ever happens in Norway. But at least Ellie knows what to expect when she visits her grandmother: a tranquil fishing village and long, slow summer days. And maybe she’ll finally get out from under the shadow of her way-too-perfect big brother, Graham, while she’s there.

What Ellie doesn’t anticipate is Graham’s infuriating best friend, Tuck, tagging along for the trip. Nor did she imagine boys going missing amid rumors of impossible kidnappings. Least of all does she expect something powerful and ancient to awaken in her and that strange whispers would urge Ellie to claim her place among mythological warriors. Instead of peace and quiet, there’s suddenly a lot for a girl from L.A. to handle on a summer sojourn in Norway! And when Graham vanishes, it’s up to Ellie—and the ever-sarcastic, if undeniably alluring Tuck—to uncover the truth about all the disappearances and thwart the nefarious plan behind them.

Deadly legends, hidden identities, and tentative romance swirl together in one girl’s unexpectedly-epic coming of age.

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What Happens Next
by Colleen Clayton

How can you talk about something that you can't remember?

Before the ski trip, sixteen-year-old Cassidy “Sid” Murphy was a cheerleader (at the bottom of the pyramid, but still...), a straight-A student, and a member of a solid trio of best friends. When she ends up on a ski lift next to handsome local college boy, Dax Windsor, she’s thrilled; but Dax takes everything from Sid—including a lock of her perfect red curls—and she can’t remember any of it.

Back home and unable to relate to her old friends, Sid drops her college prep classes and takes up residence in the A/V room with only Corey “The Living Stoner” Livingston for company. But as she gets to know Corey (slacker, baker, total dreamboat), Sid finds someone who truly makes her happy. Now, if she can just shake the nightmares and those few extra pounds, everything will be perfect... or so she thinks.

witty and poignant, Colleen Clayton’s stunning debut is a story about moving on after the unthinkable happens.

Advance Praise for WHAT HAPPENS NEXT:

"Colleen Clayton's gutsy characters stuck with me long after I finished reading What Happens Next." --Lucy Christopher, author of the Printz Honor book STOLEN

"I absolutely devoured this book, and found myself reading the final pages more and more slowly, trying to put off seeing it end. I haven't been this in love with a set of characters in maybe forever." --Jennifer Brown, author of HATE LIST

"Real teenagers. Real issues. Real writing. I read "What Happens Next" in one big swoop. Heartbreaking, but still filled with hope and promise, author Colleen Clayton knows that the past can't be rewritten, but you can ruin the future by not learning from it." -- Holly Goldberg Sloan, author of I'LL BE THERE

"Sad, funny, and true. This book hits all the right notes." --Miranda Kenneally, author of CATCHING JORDAN

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Time Between Us

by Tamara Ireland Stone

Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett’s unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna’s life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility. As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate—and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together.

Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning and spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new talent in YA fiction.

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Winter White (Belles)
by Jen Calonita

Isabelle Scott and Mirabelle Monroe are still reeling from the revelation that they share more than just the roof over their heads. The media has pounced on their story and the girls are caught up in a flurry of talk-show appearances and newspaper interviews. They've put on a happy public face, but someone is leaking their true feelings to the press, and while it seems like the world is watching their every move, at least they have each other.

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Jepp, Who Defied the Stars
by Katherine Marsh


Is it written in the stars from the moment we are born?

Or is it a bendable thing that we can shape with our own hands?

Jepp of Astraveld needs to know.

He left his countryside home on the empty promise of a stranger, only to become a captive in a luxurious prison: Coudenberg Palace, the royal court of the Spanish Infanta. Nobody warned Jepp that as a court dwarf, daily injustices would become his seemingly unshakable fate. If the humiliations were his alone, perhaps he could endure them; but it breaks Jepp’s heart to see his friend Lia suffer.

After Jepp and Lia attempt a daring escape from the palace, Jepp is imprisoned again, alone in a cage. Now, spirited across Europe in a kidnapper’s carriage, Jepp fears where his unfortunate stars may lead him. But he can't even begin to imagine the brilliant and eccentric new master—a man devoted to uncovering the secrets of the stars—who awaits him. Or the girl who will help him mend his heart and unearth the long-buried secrets of his past.

Masterfully written, grippingly paced, and inspired by real histori­cal characters, Jepp, Who Defied the Stars is the tale of an extraordinary hero and his inspiring quest to become the master of his own destiny.

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  1. So many awesome books! I'm particularly looking forward to ROMEO REDEEMED. I loved JULIET IMMORTAL, so I've been dying to read the sequel!

    1. Me too! I'm working through this list as fast as I can, but it is so full of juicy goodness!

      Have a great weekend!


  2. So many great new books, and most I haven't heard of before.

    1. Isn't it amazing? We can think we're on top of all of these, and next thing you know . . . :D I took a bunch of these on vacation with me, and OMG. WOW. Some great ones this week. Can't wait to share them!


  3. Love being tortured by you with all these good books I hadn't heard of. Now if I didn't have to sleep so I could read them all. Thanks for the shout out on my guest post too.

    1. That's my plan, Natalie, to torture you! Mwah ha ha!

      Have a great weekend!


  4. There are so many great new books coming out! Some of them I didn't even know about!

  5. Looks like a good giveaway. Congratulations to the other winners.


  6. Thanks for the post--I love this weekly post, and look forward to it every Friday, and almost always refer to it when thinking about which books to order :)

    1. I'm so glad to hear that! Thanks so much for letting me know, and thanks for stopping by!



  7. Yay!!! Thanks so much! I'm looking forward to Jeff's new book - you made my day! :)

    It's incredible how many great sounding books are coming out!

  8. Looking forward to reading Velveteen!!

    Congrats to all!

  9. How awesome! A book coming out about the Japanese fox mythology. Have to check it out.

    Thanks so much for sharing these titles :-)

  10. All You Never Wandted and The Fitzosbornes at War are particularly attractive to me. But, wow, what a great list.

  11. Angela, Rosie, Jemi, don't these lists just keep getting better and better!

    Have a great weekend!


  12. I love that these books cover so many different genres. There's fantasy, contemporary, dystopian... awesome.

  13. So excited to read this new batch. . . everything looks awesome. Great cover art, esp. Thanks for the contest!

  14. They all look interesting. WOuld be great additions to my classroom library.

    1. Deb, What level are your kids? Random House also sent a SLEW of great MG releases, so I am doing a HUGE giveaway of those on Monday!

  15. Looks great! I'm especially excited about After, seems like a short story compilation might be just the refresher that the dystopian genre needs.

    1. Isn't that an amazing lineup of authors? I can't wait to read that one myself!

  16. Velveteen! That's the one I can't wait to read. This week is pretty good!!! Last week's was awesome... I'm waiting on pre-ordered books from last week's releases. Thanks for the giveaway!!!

    1. It's really good! And I have both an ARC and a hardcover, so I'll do two separate giveaways on it. ;)

  17. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. So many books you are giving away that I really want to to read.

  18. I love the giveaways here. So many great books, do little time.

  19. Thanks so much for stopping by, everyone! This is a great list, isn't it? And we are so grateful to Random House, and the authors and other publishers who made the giveaway possible!

    Have a great week,


  20. These books look great. I can't wait to get them.


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