THIS WEEK'S GIVEAWAY
The Lives We Lost: (Fallen World)
by Megan Crewe
First, the virus took Kaelyn's friends. Then, her family. Now it's taken away her home.
But she can't look back--the life she once had is gone forever.
A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn's small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. No one is safe. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father's abandoned lab, she knows there must be someone, somewhere, who can replicate it. As Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland, they encounter a world beyond recognition. It's not only the "friendly flu" that's a killer--there are people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the vaccine. How much will Kaelyn risk for an unproven cure, when the search could either destroy those she loves or save the human race?
Megan Crewe's second volume in the Fallen World trilogy is an action-packed journey that explores the resilience of friendship, the ache of lost love, and Kaelyn's enduring hope in the face of the sacrifices she must make to stay alive.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Lives We Lost: (Fallen World)?
I'd have to say my favorite thing about THE LIVES WE LOST is how much the characters change and grow--especially my main character, Kaelyn--as they're faced with new problems, new allies and enemies, and shifting dynamics within their relationships. I love that an apocalyptic scenario lets me push my fictional people to their limits, and see just what they're capable of and where their breaking points are.
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The Gathering Dark
by Christine Johnson
(U.S. Entries Only)
A mysterious teen boy knows the secrets of Keira’s dangerous hallucinations in this gripping romantic fantasy from the author of Claire de Lune.
Keira’s hallucinating. First it’s a door hovering above the road; then it’s a tree in her living room. But with her parents fighting and her best friend not speaking to her, Keira can’t tell anyone about her breakdown.
Until she meets Walker. They have an electric connection, and somehow he can see the same shadowy images plaguing Keira.
But trusting Walker may be more dangerous than Keira could have ever imagined. The more she confides in him, the more intense—and frightening—her visions become. Because Walker is not what he appears to be. And neither are her visions.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Gathering Dark?
My favorite thing about THE GATHERING DARK is nerdy. It's the venn diagram of the book - you know - those circles that overlap? THE GATHERING DARK sits right at the spot where science fiction, romance, music and fantasy come together. They way the elements interact is, for me, the most special thing about the book.
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Hattie Ever After
by Kirby Larson
After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice. Real reporters must go to Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Hattie's hero Nellie Bly. Another girl might be stymied by this, but Hattie has faced down a hungry wolf and stood up to a mob of angry men. Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper. A letter and love token from Uncle Chester's old flame in San Francisco fuels that desire and Hattie jumps at the opportunity to get there by working as a seamstress for a traveling acting troupe. This could be her chance to solve the mystery of her "scoundrel" uncle and, in the process, help her learn more about herself. But Hattie must first tell Charlie that she will not join him in Seattle. Even though her heart approves of Charlie's plan for their marriage, her mind fears that saying yes to him would be saying no to herself. Hattie holds her own in the big city, literally pitching her way to a byline, and a career that could be even bigger than Nellie Bly's. But can making headlines compensate for the pain of betrayal and lost love? Hattie must dig deep to find her own true place in the world. Kirby Larson once again creates a lovingly written novel about the remarkable and resilient young orphan, Hattie Inez Brooks.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Hattie Ever After?
My favorite thing: that it's done! It was a very hard book for me to write, as I felt tremendous pressure not to disappoint the readers who'd asked for more of Hattie's story. I did get a boost at ALA Midwinter this past weekend when I was walking toward the Random House booth and I heard a librarian shriek with excitement: "Look! There's a new Hattie story!" She didn't even realize I was behind her, which made overhearing her reaction even more fun.
On another note, I would have to say another thing that I loved about the book was getting the chance to spend more time with Hattie (I wish I could be as bold and adventuresome as she is). I realized she had some more growing to do and I was honored to be part of that process.
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LAST WEEK'S GIVEAWAY WINNERS
by Cory Doctorow
WINNER: Melissa W.
WINNER: Katie L.
WINNER: Renee H.
WINNER: Vivien P.
WINNER: Lysette L.
In Cory Doctorow’s wildly successful Little Brother, young Marcus Yallow was arbitrarily detained and brutalized by the government in the wake of a terrorist attack on San Francisco—an experience that led him to become a leader of the whole movement of technologically clued-in teenagers, fighting back against the tyrannical security state.
A few years later, California's economy collapses, but Marcus’s hacktivist past lands him a job as webmaster for a crusading politician who promises reform. Soon his former nemesis Masha emerges from the political underground to gift him with a thumbdrive containing a Wikileaks-style cable-dump of hard evidence of corporate and governmental perfidy. It’s incendiary stuff—and if Masha goes missing, Marcus is supposed to release it to the world. Then Marcus sees Masha being kidnapped by the same government agents who detained and tortured Marcus years earlier.
Marcus can leak the archive Masha gave him—but he can’t admit to being the leaker, because that will cost his employer the election. He’s surrounded by friends who remember what he did a few years ago and regard him as a hacker hero. He can’t even attend a demonstration without being dragged onstage and handed a mike. He’s not at all sure that just dumping the archive onto the Internet, before he’s gone through its millions of words, is the right thing to do.
Meanwhile, people are beginning to shadow him, people who look like they’re used to inflicting pain until they get the answers they want.
Fast-moving, passionate, and as current as next week, Homeland is every bit the equal of Little Brother—a paean to activism, to courage, to the drive to make the world a better place.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Homeland?
Before HOMELAND, I'd never written a sequel, nor had I planned to. As with LITTLE BROTHER, HOMELAND sort of materialized in nearly finished form in my brain and then battered its way out of my fingertips with very little regard for my comfort or timetable.
I had never had the experience of living inside my characters for a second time. For me, characters always seemed like war buddies who'd disappeared after an epic battle -- people I'd grown impossibly close to, but who I never expected to see again.
Revisiting these characters in HOMELAND was like having one of those war buddies appear on my doorstep years later, weary and bearded, with the most amazing stories of what had happened in the intervening time. Like seeing someone I had given up for dead -- and not just anyone, a dear friend who I missed all the time.
So that was my favorite thing. It was marvelous.
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by Anna Collomore
WINNER: Jill Foltz
Annie Phillips is thrilled to leave her past behind and begin a shiny new life on Belvedere Island, as a nanny for the picture-perfect Cohen family. In no time at all, she falls in love with the Cohens, especially with Libby, the beautiful young matriarch of the family. Life is better than she ever imagined. She even finds romance with the boy next door.
All too soon cracks appear in Annie's seemingly perfect world. She's blamed for mistakes she doesn't remember making. Her bedroom door comes unhinged, and she feels like she's always being watched. Libby, who once felt like a big sister, is suddenly cold and unforgiving. As she struggles to keep up with the demands of her new life, Annie's fear gives way to frightening hallucinations. Is she tumbling into madness, or is something sinister at play?
The Ruining is a complex ride through first love, chilling manipulation, and the terrifying depths of insanity.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Ruining?
This is maybe a little strange, but I take a lot of pleasure in the spray-painted tarantula (Chad) that shows up in Chapter Six. I mentioned this to my editor recently with the disclaimer, "I don't know why;" and she responded with, "I don't know why either." The thing is, I had a lot of fun writing that chapter--I think it offered a fun, light break from the darkness that's pervades the rest of the novel. But it also reminds me of a good memory: the name Chad first came up in a conversation I had a few years back with one of my close friends. She knew a dog named Chad, and we both thought the unironic use of the name for one's pet was hilarious. She's since told me she's happy it found its way into The Ruining.
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Dancing in the Dark
by Robyn Bavati
North American debut of the Australian award-winning drama
Ditty Cohen is passionate about ballet—she loves how it feels to stand en pointe, to rise and spin across the room. But her Orthodox Jewish parents want Ditty to focus on the teachings of the Torah and to marry at a young age according to their religious tradition. Although her parents forbid her to take dance lessons, Ditty secretly signs up for ballet and becomes entangled in a web of deceit. As one lie leads to another and another, Ditty knows she must stop dancing, but she can’t abandon the one thing that gives her freedom. She begins to question her faith and everything her parents have taught her, realizing just how much is at stake as her two worlds collide.
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The Whole Stupid Way We Are
by N. Griffin
WINNER: Teresa Coltrin
What happens when everything you’ve got to give isn’t enough to save someone you love?It’s Maine. It’s winter. And it’s FREEZING STINKIN’ COLD! Dinah is wildly worried about her best friend, Skint. He won’t wear a coat. Refuses to wear a coat. It’s twelve degrees out, and he won’t wear a coat. So Dinah’s going to figure out how to help. That’s what Dinah does—she helps. But she’s too busy trying to help to notice that sometimes, she’s doing more harm than good. Seeing the trees instead of the forest? That’s Dinah.
And Skint isn’t going to be the one to tell her. He’s got his own problems. He’s worried about a little boy whose dad won’t let him visit his mom. He’s worried about an elderly couple in a too-cold house down the street.
But the wedge between what drives Dinah and what concerns Skint is wide enough for a big old slab of ice. Because Skint’s own father is in trouble. Because Skint’s mother refuses to ask for help even though she’s at her breaking point. And because Dinah might just decide to…help. She thinks she’s cracking through a sheet of ice, but what’s actually there is an entire iceberg.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Whole Stupid Way We Are?
My favorite thing about the book?! EEP! This is a very kindly but very stressful sort of question. It’s kindly in that it implies a body might have *multiple* favorite things about her book to sift through so she has to struggle to pick JUST ONE. But hooboy, who thinks about her own work in a such complimentary way? Like so many of us, I am a tooth-gnashing sort of writer who is always convinced that my work could have been stronger, expressed more exactly what I meant, created more clearly the feel and texture that I envisioned for my story. Gnash, gnash, gnash!
But you know what? In the midst of the tooth-gnashing this question engendered in me, I realized that there is something I love in the book, after all. Two somethings, even! I have multiple favorite things after all! And those multiple things are the protagonists of The Whole Stupid Way We Are, Dinah and Skint. I love those kids. I cherish their lovingness and their nuttiness and the deep connection between them. I cherish how wrong they get things and how right they get things and how earnestly committed they are to their beliefs. I cherish their righteous anger about the world. I loved hosting them in my head and I loved writing about them. And I so hope that my readers feel equally loved by the book.
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IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
by Kasie West
Knowing the outcome doesn't always make a choice easier. . . .
Addison Coleman's life is one big "What if?" As a Searcher, whenever Addie is faced with a choice, she can look into the future and see both outcomes. It's the ultimate insurance plan against disaster. Or so she thought. When Addie's parents ambush her with the news of their divorce, she has to pick who she wants to live with—her father, who is leaving the paranormal compound to live among the "Norms," or her mother, who is staying in the life Addie has always known. Addie loves her life just as it is, so her answer should be easy. One Search six weeks into the future proves it's not.
In one potential future, Addie is adjusting to life outside the Compound as the new girl in a Norm high school where she meets Trevor, a cute, sensitive artist who understands her. In the other path, Addie is being pursued by the hottest guy in school—but she never wanted to be a quarterback's girlfriend. When Addie's father is asked to consult on a murder in the Compound, she's unwittingly drawn into a dangerous game that threatens everything she holds dear. With love and loss in both lives, it all comes down to which reality she's willing to live through . . . and who she can't live without.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Pivot Point?
You want me to pick ONE favorite thing about the book? That is a hard question. It's kind of like when one of your kids asks you who your favorite child is and even though you clearly have a favorite you have to smile and say, I love you all equally. Just kidding. I don't have a favorite child. I really do love them all equally. :) Just like I really do have a lot of favorite parts of the book. But, since you're forcing me to pick (you are forcing me, right?) I'll have to say that I love Addie and Laila's friendship. I think a best friend is so important. (I have some of the best ever) And I love how they stand together no matter what and how important they are to each other.
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Mistle Child (Undertaken Trilogy)
by Ari Berk
In life, in death: family remains.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Mistle Child (Undertaken Trilogy)?
In book two of The Undertaken Trilogy, MISTLE CHILD, I wanted to go deeper into the lore of ghosts and ancestors. Ever since I was a child, I have been fascinated by these, and by big, old houses. So the story is mostly set in an otherworldly mansion that is built of parts of every house members of the Umber family have ever lived in. I wondered, what would it be like to be able to meet your ancestors from several generations ago? How about from a hundred generations ago? What if some of the those family members were a little more or less than human? In writing this book, I also got to research some very old, very strange buildings. Photos from this research can be seen on my website: http://www.ariberk.com/mistlechild.html as part of the image library for Arvale Manor, the setting of the book. In MISTLE CHILD, I got to explore the kinds of fascinating and frightening problems that haunt families not just in the here and now, but down through the centuries.
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by Heather Anastasiu
Zoe is free. She has escaped the enslavement of the Community, disconnected from the hardware that had controlled her every thought and emotion, and evaded capture by the Chancellor intent on killing her. She is finally free, but she is far from safe.
Zoe and Adrien hide themselves from detection at the Foundation, an academy that trains teen glitchers to fight in the Resistance movement. Together, Zoe and her new team of superhuman fighters must risk their lives to rescue other glitchers and humans from the Chancellor's control. Challenges abound at every turn, and Adrien, who has become silent, distant, and tormented by his visions of the future, only adds to the growing certainty of defeat. But worst of all, as Zoe's team fights against impossible odds, distrust and betrayal leads to the terrible discovery that their greatest threat could already be lurking behind the safe walls of the Foundation.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Override?
Hmm, well if I tell you my favorite favorite thing, it would be a huge spoiler, so I'll just say I had fun writing some wicked twists I hope readers won't see coming. My second favorite thing is the romance. Second books in trilogies kind of notoriously cool off on the romance aspect (often by separating the two love interests, or introducing a third to make a triangle), and I wanted to do something different. But at the same time, I totally recognize how letting your characters just be together can lose a lot of romantic tension (for example, it's why TV shows go seasons and seasons without letting the protagonists actually get together!). Still, I'm a total sap, and I always want the romantic aspect to be at the forefront of books I read and write. So Adrien and Zoe get to be together in Override, but I created tension in other ways so that I hope it feels like every moment together could be their last. And creating some of those sizzling moments between the two was definitely my favorite part of writing the book
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MORE RELEASES IN STORES NEXT WEEK
Dance of Shadows
by Yelena Black
Vanessa Adler isn't so sure she really belongs at the School of American Ballet. But dance runs in her family. It's been a part of her life for as long as she can remember. Her grandmother and mother were prima ballerinas, and her older sister Margaret was, too. That is, until Margaret mysteriously disappeared from school three years ago. Vanessa is heir to the family's gift and the only person who can fulfill her sister's destiny. She has no choice. But she never could have guessed how dangerous the school is. The infamous choreographer, Josef, isn't just ruthless with his pupils, he guards a sinister secret, one in which the school's dancers-prized for their beauty, grace, and discipline-become pawns in a world of dark, deadly demons.
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Out of The Easy
by Ruta Sepetys
It’s 1950, and as the French Quarter of New Orleans simmers with secrets, seventeen-year-old Josie Moraine is silently stirring a pot of her own. Known among locals as the daughter of a brothel prostitute, Josie wants more out of life than the Big Easy has to offer. She devises a plan get out, but a mysterious death in the Quarter leaves Josie tangled in an investigation that will challenge her allegiance to her mother, her conscience, and Willie Woodley, the brusque madam on Conti Street.
Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.
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The Indigo Spell (Bloodlines)
by Richelle Mead
Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch--a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood--or else she might be next.
Praise for the Bloodlines series
"We're suckers for it." --Entertainment Weekly
"Stands out from the crowded vampire genre." --Associated Press
"An obvious pick for the literary lover of all things bloodsucking." --MTV's Hollywood Crush
Praise for the Vampire Academy series
"Unique and mesmerizing. . . . this little gem is sure to be a hit. . . . Readers will bite on this series for some time to come." --VOYA
"Absorbing. . . ." --Booklist
"Truly engaging. . . ." --SLJ
"A thrilling adventure. . . ." --TeensReadToo.com
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The Mirrored Shard (Iron Codex)
by Caitlin Kittredge
Aoife Grayson must face death to win back Dean—the love who was ripped from the Iron Lands of the living when he was shot in the arctic north. But getting to the Deadlands is something that Aoife can't do on her own. And if she can find a way there, Tremaine would surely never allow it. He has sworn to keep her in the Thorn Lands, the fairie home of her mother, Nerissa. But Aoife is determined to find her way out. And she has no trouble if that means she has to kill Tremain and his queen to do it.
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Out of Nowhere
by Maria Padian
At Maquoit High School, Tom Bouchard has it made: captain and star of the soccer team, boyfriend to one of the prettiest, most popular girls, and third in his class, likely to have his pick of any college, if he ever bothers filling out his applications. But life in his idyllic small Maine town quickly gets turned upside down after the events of 9/11.
Enniston has become a "secondary migration" location for Somali refugees, who are seeking a better life after their country was destroyed by war—they can no longer go home. Tom hasn't thought much about his Somali classmates until four of them join the soccer team, including Saeed. He comes out of nowhere on the field to make impossible shots, and suddenly the team is winning, dominating even; but when Saeed's eligibility is questioned and Tom screws up in a big way, he's left to grapple with a culture he doesn't understand and take responsibility for his actions. Saeed and his family came out of nowhere and vanish just as quickly. And Tom may find himself going nowhere, too, if he doesn't start trying to get somewhere.
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by Maurissa Guibord
There's an island off the coast of Maine that's not on any modern map. Shrouded in mist and protected by a deadly reef, Trespass Island is home to a community of people who guard the island and its secrets from outsiders. Seventeen-year-old Delia grew up in Kansas, but has come here in search of her family and answers to her questions: Why didn't her mother ever talk about Trespass Island? Why did she fear the open water? But Delia's not welcome and soon finds herself enmeshed in a frightening and supernatural world where ancient Greek symbols adorn the buildings and secret ceremonies take place on the beach at night. Sean Gunn, a handsome young lobsterman, befriends Delia and seems willing to risk his life to protect her. But it's Jax, the coldly elusive young man she meets at the water's edge, who finally makes Delia understand the real dangers of life on the island. Delia is going to have to fight to survive. Because there are monsters here. And no one ever leaves Trespass alive.
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Notes from Ghost Town
by Kate Ellison
Olivia Jane was excited for the summer and spending it with her best friend, Stern. But that was ruined when he was murdered...by Olivia's mother. Flashing forward, Olivia's life has been transformed since that awful night.
After her mother's incarceration, Olivia must move on, but she hates her father's new fiancée, Heather, and with her dad's new real estate development (she calls it Ghost Town) in the works, she barely sees him. But a new boy, Austin, has kindled feelings inside her that she hasn't felt since Stern's death.
Arriving at the same time as this new guy is a mysterious note that brings Stern's murder back to the forefront; Olivia knows that she must discover the truth behind her friend's death once and for all.
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Sever (Chemical Garden)
by Lauren DeStefano
Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.
Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.
In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.
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Arcadia Burns (Arcadia Awakens)
by Kai Meyer
Following the brutal deaths of her sister and aunt, Rosa Alcantara has become what she never thought possible: the very rich and very powerful head of the Alcantara clan. Saddled with this immense responsibility, Rosa must now conduct all business matters—legitimate and not—while negotiating among the greedy, bloodthirsty members of her own family. Not to mention convincing everyone that her blossoming relationship with enemy Alessandro Carnevare won't put the family business in danger.
But loving Alessandro comes at a price. As Rosa continues to fall for him, she discovers the dark secrets of his family's dealings and how they intersect with her own painful past. She wants to believe she can trust Alessandro, but they're so different: Alcantara and Carnevare, snake and panther. How can she love someone whose family wants her dead?
When Rosa and Alessandro uncover an ancient conspiracy intent on destroying both clans, they will do anything to stop it. Racing to put the pieces together, evading their relatives' murderous feud, and learning what it means to control the most influential families in all of Sicily—the two teens must risk everything to love each other and survive.
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