Friday, February 22, 2013

12 New YALit Releases 2/23 - 3/1 Plus WICKED KISS Giveaway


Wicked Kiss (Nightwatchers)
by Michelle Rowen
signed paperback

My kiss can kill.

I used to be ordinary Samantha Day, but that's changed. Now, after one dark kiss from a dangerous boy, I can steal someone's soul…or their life. If I give in to the constant hunger inside me, I hurt anyone I kiss. If I don't…I hurt myself.

Bishop is the one whose kiss I crave most, but if I kiss him, I'll kill him. Then there's another boy, one I can't hurt. One whose kiss seems to miraculously quell my hunger. They're both part of a team of angels and demons that's joined forces in my city to fight a mysterious rising darkness, an evil that threatens everyone I know and love. I just wonder if I'll be able to help Bishop—or if I'm just another part of the darkness he's sworn to destroy….

NIGHTWATCHERS: When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising…

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Wicked Kiss?
WICKED KISS is the sequel to DARK KISS, so my favorite thing about this book is getting the chance to explore the story and the histories and the interactions between my characters much further than I did in book one. Things get pretty twisty and dark for Samantha in WK as she navigates a scary city filled with enemies and friends -- but sometimes it's hard to be able to tell which is which!

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The Canticle of Whispers (The Agora Trilogy)
by David Whitley
signed hardcover


In The Canticle of Whispers, the final volume of the Agora trilogy, Mark and Lily lead the revolution to unseat the powerful elite while confronting the dark and twisted nature of their destinies.

Over the course of their travels, Mark and Lily have seen the dark side of capitalist society and the terrifying side of utopian community. Now they journey deep underground to a world populated by people terrified of physical touch but capable of creating mesmerizing song. Here they discover the seat of Agora's power and try to right the wrongs of their forefathers--but can they succeed without sacrificing themselves? In this gripping conclusion to a trilogy that is at once timely and prophetic, David Whitley pushes his characters and his world to the brink in order to find redemption from the past.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Canticle of Whispers?

My favourite thing about “The Canticle of Whispers”? Definitely the very, very ending. After all the excitement of the grand finale, after all the questions have been answered and every character has seen their life turned upside-down, I have a little coda that has been completely formed in my mind since I first started writing the trilogy, all the way back in late 2006. Reaching that scene felt wonderful, not just because the story was, in a sense, complete, but because it’s a very quiet, gentle moment at the end of the most dramatic, tumultuous novel I’ve ever written! But to actually say what happens would be a spoiler… you’ll have to read the book to find out!

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The Cadet of Tildor
by Alex Lidell 
Swag Giveaway


There is a new king on the throne of Tildor. Currents of political unrest sweep the country as two warring crime families seek power, angling to exploit the young Crown's inexperience. At the Academy of Tildor, Cadet Renee de Winter fights to maintain her spot as an elite soldier in training—with no help from her instructor, a notorious commander recalled from active duty. But when an underground crime lord goes too far, Renee and her best friend Alec are thrust into a world rife with crime and conspiracy, struggling between what they want, what is lawful, and what is right.

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Killing Rachel (The Murder Notebooks)
by Anne Cassidy

It's been five years since Rose's mother and Josh's father disappeared while on a dinner date. Police inquiries have gone nowhere and the case, it seems, is closed: Rose and Josh have been told that the police officially believe their parents are dead. But they still hold out hope that they are alive-particularly since their discovery of several cryptic notebooks that detail police cases their parents may have been investigating. Then Rose starts to receive odd, desperate messages from Rachel, her former best friend, about seeing Rose and Josh's parents . . . alive . . . a few towns away. But before Josh and Rose can investigate, Rachel is murdered. The closer Rose and Josh get to uncovering the secret of their parents' disappearance . . . the more people seem to die. Can they uncover the secret of the Butterfly project before it's too late?
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Killing Rachel (The Murder Notebooks)?

My favourite thing about KILLING RACHEL is the relationship between Rose and Rachel. The brilliant thing about crime plots is that they act as engine to propel the reader through your book. This enables you to bring all sorts of themes/concerns in. I have always been fascinated by the intensity of teenage friendships probably based on my own experience of being a needy teen. Because her mother has vanished Rose feels completely alone in the world. When she meets Rachel she is overwhelmed by the feelings she experiences for her. It comes as a terrible blow when she realises that Rachel is not what she seems. This is Rose’s first experience of a broken heart. I don’t think this is too strong an expression to use. I had my heart broken by friendship when I was a teenager. Of all the four books in THE MURDER NOTEBOOKS series KILLING RACHEL is probably the most autobiographical.

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by Elsie Chapman

Two of you exist.
Only one will survive.

The city of Kersh is a safe haven, but the price of safety is high. Everyone has a genetic Alternate—a twin raised by another family—and citizens must prove their worth by eliminating their Alts before their twentieth birthday. Survival means advanced schooling, a good job, marriage—life.

Fifteen-year-old West Grayer has trained as a fighter, preparing for the day when her assignment arrives and she will have one month to hunt down and kill her Alt. But then a tragic misstep shakes West’s confidence. Stricken with grief and guilt, she’s no longer certain that she’s the best version of herself, the version worthy of a future. If she is to have any chance of winning, she must stop running not only from her Alt, but also from love . . . though both have the power to destroy her.

Elsie Chapman's suspenseful YA debut weaves unexpected romance into a novel full of fast-paced action and thought-provoking philosophy. When the story ends, discussions will begin about this future society where every adult is a murderer and every child knows there is another out there who just might be better.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Dualed?

My flawed characters. I think they're honest.

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The Trouble with Flirting
by Claire LaZebnik
Paperback Original

Franny's supposed to be working this summer, not flirting. But you can't blame her when guys like Alex and Harry are around. . . .
Franny Pearson never dreamed she'd be attending the prestigious Mansfield Summer Theater Program. And she's not, exactly. She's working for her aunt, the resident costume designer. But sewing her fingers to the bone does give her an opportunity to spend time with her crush, Alex Braverman. If only he were as taken with the girl hemming his trousers as he is with his new leading lady.
When Harry Cartwright, a notorious flirt, shows more than a friendly interest in Franny, she figures it can't hurt to have a little fun. But as their breezy romance grows more complicated, can Franny keep pretending that Harry is just a carefree fling? And why is Alex suddenly giving her those deep, meaningful looks? In this charming tale of mixed messages and romantic near-misses, one thing is clear: Flirting might be more trouble than Franny ever expected.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Trouble with Flirting?

The way we see Harry Cartwright evolve, first as Franny's friend, and then as something more. She's so dismissive of him at the beginning, so quick to categorize him as "just a flirt," and it still gives me a thrill to watch him break down her defenses. I don't want to spoil anything, but I will say this: it IS true that writers can fall in love with their characters!

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Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality
by Elizabeth Eulberg

A hilarious new novel from Elizabeth Eulberg about taking the wall out of the wallflower so she can bloom.

Don't mess with a girl with a Great Personality.

Everybody loves Lexi. She's popular, smart, funny...but she's never been one of those girls, the pretty ones who get all the attention from guys. And on top of that, her seven-year-old sister, Mackenzie, is a terror in a tiara, and part of a pageant scene where she gets praised for her beauty (with the help of fake hair and tons of makeup).

Lexi's sick of it. She's sick of being the girl who hears about kisses instead of getting them. She's sick of being ignored by her longtime crush, Logan. She's sick of being taken for granted by her pageant-obsessed mom. And she's sick of having all her family's money wasted on a phony pursuit of perfection.

The time has come for Lexi to step out from the sidelines. Girls without great personalities aren't going to know what hit them. Because Lexi's going to play the beauty game - and she's in it to win it.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Revenge of the Girl With the Great Personality?

I think my favorite part of Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality is the chapter titles. I've never done chapter titles before, but decided
to do funny twists on familiar sayings or titles. They were definitely my favorite part of writing the book as I got to be super silly. My favorite is "Primpin' Ain't Easy" although "The Best Laid Plans of the Bitter and Fed Up" also makes me giggle.

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The Summer Prince
by Alaya Dawn Johnson

A heart-stopping story of love, death, technology, and art set amid the tropics of a futuristic Brazil.

The lush city of Palmares Tres shimmers with tech and tradition, with screaming gossip casters and practiced politicians. In the midst of this vibrant metropolis, June Costa creates art that's sure to make her legendary. But her dreams of fame become something more when she meets Enki, the bold new Summer King. The whole city falls in love with him (including June's best friend, Gil). But June sees more to Enki than amber eyes and a lethal samba. She sees a fellow artist.

Together, June and Enki will stage explosive, dramatic projects that Palmares Tres will never forget. They will add fuel to a growing rebellion against the government's strict limits on new tech. And June will fall deeply, unfortunately in love with Enki. Because like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

Pulsing with the beat of futuristic Brazil, burning with the passions of its characters, and overflowing with ideas, this fiery novel will leave you eager for more from Alaya Dawn Johnson.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Summer Prince?

My favorite thing about The Summer Prince is probably that I wrote it in the first place. Just personally, this book was one of the best terrible decisions I've ever made. I should have been writing this completely different book which I already had under contract (and I needed the money!) but instead I decided to chuck all common sense and leave home for three weeks and go on a journey that ended in me feverishly writing this book for the next year. I could also say that I love what this book does as science fiction, one of my favorite genres: it envisions a future that's not just about the US or about white people, that is cautiously optimistic, that is neither utopian nor dystopian, and that embraces a wider range of human love and expression. Also, I love that it's about art--somehow June's journey
as an artist ended up mirroring my own journey to become a better writer.

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The Madness Underneath (The Shades of London)
by Maureen Johnson

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.

In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated THE NAME OF THE STAR, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.

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Also Known As
by Robin Benway

Being a 16-year-old safecracker and active-duty daughter of international spies has its moments, good and bad. Pros: Seeing the world one crime-solving adventure at a time. Having parents with super cool jobs. Cons: Never staying in one place long enough to have friends or a boyfriend. But for Maggie Silver, the biggest perk of all has been avoiding high school and the accompanying cliques, bad lunches, and frustratingly simple locker combinations. Then Maggie and her parents are sent to New York for her first solo assignment, and all of that changes. She'll need to attend a private school, avoid the temptation to hack the school's security system, and befriend one aggravatingly cute Jesse Oliver to gain the essential information she needs to crack the case . . . all while trying not to blow her cover.
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by Patrick Carman

From New York Times bestselling author Patrick Carman, a teen fantasy-adventure of epic proportions. In 2051, some teens have a “pulse,” the power to move objects with their minds. Compulsively readable, with thrilling action scenes and a tender love story.

The year is 2051, and the world is still recognizable. With the help of her mysterious classmate Dylan Gilmore, Faith Daniels discovers that she can move objects with her mind. This telekinetic ability is called a “pulse,” and Dylan has the talent, too.

In riveting action scenes, Faith demonstrates her ability to use her pulse against a group of telekinesis masters so powerful they will flatten their enemies by uprooting street lights, moving boulders, and changing the course of a hurtling hammer so that it becomes a deadly weapon. But even with great talent, the mind—and the heart—can be difficult to control. If Faith wants to join forces with Dylan and save the world, she’ll have to harness the power of both.

Patrick Carman’s Pulse trilogy is a stunning, action-filled triumph about the power of the mind—and the power of love.

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  1. Lots of awesome books. I really enjoyed Dualed and The Cadet of Tildor. Pulse sounds really good. I love Patrick Carman.

  2. These various books offer something wonderful for lovers of various genres.

  3. SO many great titles. And I mean, titles. How do people come up with them??

  4. Ooooo. Robin Benway has a new book out. If it's half as good as Audrey, Wait, I can't wait. Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Another awesome giveaway. Thanks!

  6. The Trouble With Flirting sounds like my kind of book. I wonder if it has hints on flirting. I was never very good at that. Not that I need to do that anymore. :)

  7. The book list sounds fun. All exciting reads:)

  8. as usual, a great bunch of books here - can't wait to read, esp. Pulse.

  9. I like the answer about the flawed characters.

  10. So many good books and not enough time to read them. Please enter me in contest.

  11. Just finished reading the Summer Prince via Net Galley, and after reading such a wild ride I was glad to hear the author's own take on it. A very thought-and-passion-provoking book.

  12. I will never get enough of YA Dystopia. Bring me Dualed and Pulse now please.


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