THIS WEEK'S GIVEAWAY
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by Sarah Zettel
Hardcover Giveaway plus trade paperback of Dust Girl
Random House Books for Young Readers
Callie LeRoux has put her grimy, harrowing trip from the depths of the Dust Bowl behind her. Her life is a different kind of exciting now: she works at a major motion picture studio among powerful studio executives and stylish stars. Still nothing can distract her from her true goal. With help from her friend Jack and guidance from the great singer Paul Robeson, she will find her missing mother.
But as a child of prophecy and daughter of the legitimate heir to the Seelie throne, Callie poses a huge threat to the warring fae factions who've attached themselves to the most powerful people in Hollywood . . . and they are all too aware that she's within their reach.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Golden Girl?
First of all, I loved being able to continue the story of Callie LeRoux, watching her grow and stretch and rise to meet the new challenges her identity and her magic create for her.
But I also loved writing in the intersection between the movies and magic. I love movies. I always have and I have a special fondness for the kind of magic and high glamor created by the classics. So, getting to go there in this book, to play with some of the settings and personalities, and the kind of high style that you see in things like The Great Gatsby, say, and wrap it all in the magic of the American Fairies was tremendous fun.
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by Marianne Curley
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition
For as long as Ebony can remember, she's been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It's as if she's being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can't be concealed. She's growing more beautiful by the day, she's freakishly strong, and then there's the fact that she's glowing.
On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she's intensely drawn to him. It's as if something explodes inside of her--something that can be seen from the heavens. Ebony still doesn't know that she's a stolen angel, but now that the heavens have found her, they want her back.
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by Shannon Delany
St. Martin''s Griffin
In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party--but certainly not the one she gets!
Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia's most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster. The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn't miss this night for all the world!
But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.
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by Sam Patel
In the not-too-distant future, in what was once the old City of New York, megacorporations have taken over everything. Now even the internet is owned, and the only way to transmit sensitive information is by a network of highly skilled couriers called “data runners” who run it over the sneakernet. It is a dangerous gig in a dirty world, but Jack Nill doesn’t have much choice in the matter. A brilliant young math whiz and champion of parkour, Jack must become one of these data runners in order to get his father out of a major gambling debt. But when a mysterious stranger loads Jack’s chip with a cryptic cargo that everybody wants, he soon becomes the key figure in a conspiracy that could affect the entire North American Alliance. Now it’s all up to Jack. With the help of his best friend, Dexter, and a girl who runs under the name Red Tail, Jack will have to use all his skills to outrun the retrievers and uncover the truth before they catch him and clip him for good.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Data Runner?
The running. For thousands of years, the only way to traffic information was to put it in the hands of able runners and deliver it by foot. Now we take it for granted that we can encrypt anything and send it over the wire, but what if that were no longer the case? In my story, the sneakernet is not a new system for delivering information, it's the revival of a very old system that's been modernized by technology and a contemporary form of running known as parkour. That idea is what inspired me to write Data Runner in the first place.
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LAST WEEK'S GIVEAWAY WINNERS
by P.J. Hoover
Tor Teen; First Edition
Winner: Jeanne A.
Piper's world is dying.
Each day brings hotter temperatures and heat bubbles that threaten to destroy the earth. Amid this global heating crisis, Piper lives under the oppressive rule of her mother, who suffocates her even more than the weather does. Everything changes on her eighteenth birthday, when her mother is called away on a mysterious errand and Piper seizes her first opportunity for freedom.
Piper discovers a universe she never knew existed--a sphere of gods and monsters--and realizes that her world is not the only one in crisis. While gods battle for control of the Underworld, Piper's life spirals out of control as she struggles to find the answer to the secret that has been kept from her since birth.
An imaginative melding of mythology and dystopia, Solstice is the first YA novel by talented newcomer P. J. Hoover.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Solstice?
Ah, this is such a hard question! There are so many things I love about SOLSTICE. So I'm going to cheat a little bit and clump a couple of them together. The thing I love the most about SOLSTICE is the world building. There are two distinct worlds in SOLSTICE: The world above ground, specifically in Austin, Texas, where global warming is destroying the earth, and the world below ground, the underworld. While writing and revising SOLSTICE, the heat of the world was such a real thing. I could feel it and live it and let it soak into me, just like the main character, Piper, does. As for the underworld, it is filled with so many distinct places and people, and I adored bringing these to life. I also love how the two worlds, though so different, parallel each other as the story progresses. Just talking about it makes me want to read it all over again :)
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by Katherine Longshore
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
Winner: Lisa B.
Winner: Lisa B.
Anne Boleyn is the odd girl out. Newly arrived to the court of King Henry VIII, everything about her seems wrong, from her clothes to her manners to her witty but sharp tongue. So when the dashing poet Thomas Wyatt offers to coach her on how to shine at court--and to convince the whole court they're lovers--she accepts. Before long, Anne's popularity has soared, and even the charismatic and irresistible king takes notice. More than popularity, Anne wants a voice, but she also wants love. What began as a game becomes high stakes as Anne finds herself forced to make an impossible choice between her heart's desire and the chance to make history.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Tarnish?
The characters. Anne's voice came to me while I was on a six-hour drive, and I had to pull off the side of the road and start writing immediately. I originally intended Thomas Wyatt to be a foil and an antagonist, but then she fell in love with him, so I did, too. And the king? I had a fabulous time writing a sexy rockstar Henry VIII. I hardly feel like they are my creation at all. They're rooted in history, but what grew through the writing was beyond my imagining.
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by C.J. Omololu
Walker Childrens; 1 edition
Winner: Tia D.
As Cole begins to accept her new life as Akhet, someone who can remember flashes of her past lives, every new vision from her past lives helps explain who she is in this life. As her passion for Griffon grows, she learns to identify other Akhet around her, including Drew, the young self-made millionaire who reveals his startling connection to Cole-he was her husband in Elizabethan England and gave her the ankh necklace that has been returned to her after centuries in hiding. Drew's attentions are overwhelming as he insists that their connection in the past signals their future destiny together, but before she can decide who she truly loves, Cole must learn to harness her unique Akhet abilities if she is to ever understand her role in this strange new world.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Intuition?
My favorite thing about INTUITION was getting to see how the characters have changed and matured over the course of the story. I'm used to characters driving the story and frankly, often making terrible decisions, but I was really happy with how my main character Cole resolves one of the issues that is facing her in this book. This part of the story takes a small, intimate problem and raises it to epic, world-saving proportions and writing the action and figuring out who the bad guys were was a lot of fun. I love the premise that everyone has past lives but only a small group of people remember them, and watching Cole transition and gain knowledge was really great. Hope you enjoy the story!
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by Imogen Howson
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Elissa used to have it all: looks, popularity, and a bright future. But for the last three years, she's been struggling with terrifying visions, phantom pains, and mysterious bruises that appear out of nowhere.
Finally, she's promised a cure: minor surgery to burn out the overactive area of her brain. But on the eve of the procedure, she discovers the shocking truth behind her hallucinations: she's been seeing the world through another girl's eyes.
Elissa follows her visions, and finds a battered, broken girl on the run. A girl--Lin--who looks exactly like Elissa, down to the matching bruises. The twin sister she never knew existed.
Now, Elissa and Lin are on the run from a government who will stop at nothing to reclaim Lin and protect the dangerous secrets she could expose--secrets that would shake the very foundation of their world.
Riveting, thought-provoking and utterly compelling, Linked will make you question what it really means to be human.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Linked?
LINKED is set in a futuristic world, so my favorite thing is all the fun little bits of made-up technology I've used in the story. My favorite one of all is the self-clearing dinner table.
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This Side of Jealousy
by Lili Peloquin
Winner: Vivien P.
Nothing ever came between sisters Alice and Charlie.
If by nothing, you mean everything. The sisters haven't been able to stop fighting since they arrived in Serenity Point two weeks ago. Those two weeks changed their lives. And Serenity Point has changed them.
Charlie has a new group of friends and a new life. Jude and Cybill are beautiful, exciting, and dangerously seductive. And though Sasha is proving to be a friend and confidante to Alice, Alice can't get away from the people, places, and events that mire her in the past.
Alice loves Tommy, but the memory of Camilla, dead and gone, is driving a wedge between them. And Alice's ex-boyfriend Patrick won't give up on her, no matter what she says to keep him away. Jude is slowly giving up his bad boy ways for Charlie, but it's not smooth sailing if Cybill has anything to say about it. And then Nick arrives: Dr. Van Stratten's former intern seems to know things about last summer--things that Jude and Tommy would rather not be revealed. Alice is determined to find out what.
Their family falling apart never would.
While the sisters grapple with the terrible truth about their family, the one-year memorial of Camilla's death looms. The tension mounts and sparks fly as bright as July Fourth fireworks--and Alice and Charlie team up to find out the truth that everyone seems to be hiding.
Until they got to Serenity Point.
Is Camilla their enemy and rival, even six feet under? Or is she their sister, whose memory they have to protect? And what really happened to her that night on the bridge? In a town built on secrets and lies, can the truth stay buried for long?
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about This Side of Jealousy?
This Side of Jealousy is the second book in a three-book series called The Innocents, a combination teen soap opera and whodunnit. Book one is about all about setting up the mystery. And book three is all about resolving the mystery. So book two is the most fun because it's all about deepening the mystery, complicating the mystery. Plus, you really get to spend time with the characters--get to know them, their histories, their eccentricities and, best of all, their secrets!
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A Trick of the Light
by Lois Metzger
Balzer + Bray
Winner: Kayeleen H.
Mike Welles had everything under control. He was a good student, an outfielder on the baseball team, a good son, a loyal friend. But that was before. Now things are rough at home, and they're getting confusing at school. He's losing his sense of direction, and he feels like a mess.Then there's a voice in his head. A friend, trying to help him regain control. More than that: The voice can guide him to be better and stronger than he was before, to rid his life of everything holding him back. To figure out who he is again. If only Mike will listen.
Writing with devastating power and precision, acclaimed author Lois Metzger gives us the story of one young man's battle with his own shadows--a spare, stark, and vital tale of the way in which the things we build to protect ourselves can threaten to destroy us.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Trick of the Light?
When I started this book nearly ten years ago, I always imagined the book would be written from the point of view of Mike Welles, age 15. And so I began to tell the story of how Mike starts to hear a strange voice in his head, a voice that frightens him at first but then seems to be trying to help him. Mike is having a hard time; his parents are separating, and there’s a new girl at school he likes, but when he works up his courage to talk to her, he really messes it up. The voice in his head calms him down, and wants to show him the way to become fit and strong, to handle all the chaos in his life.
In an early version of the book, Mike himself was the narrator, although his story was interrupted more and more frequently by the voice. The voice’s suggestions lead to more and more destructive behavior that ultimately threaten Mike’s survival, making it hard, as I found out, for Mike to keep telling his own story. So I played around with several narrators. I tried third-person narration (“he said, she said”). And then I tried telling the book from the viewpoint of Mike’s friend, Amber. At one point in my rewrites, I had Mike’s mother narrating a few chapters.
Then a strange thing happened. The voice in Mike’s head starting telling the entire story all by itself! I was surprised at how the voice felt so comfortable as narrator, as if it had always been destined to be the voice of the book, speaking straight to the reader. “A Trick of the Light” was then rewritten to accommodate this new, disembodied narrator, and that is how I came to write a book told from the point of view of a voice in someone’s head.
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IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
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by Shaun David Hutchinson
There's more than one way to get the girl in this fun and fast-paced novel about one epic party and a kiss that could change everything. Tonight's the night: Simon's big chance to finally get with Cassie. Cassie, who he's loved for ages. Cassie, who is newly boyfriend-free. Cassie, who just happens to be throwing the biggest party of the year. Simon's plan is simple: He'll go to the party, she'll fall in love with him, they'll make out like crazy, and the night will be a complete success.
But things don't ever go as planned--especially when it comes to Cassie.
In two alternating plotlines, Simon goes after the girl of his dreams and stumbles toward his destiny. It's one night, one party, and a thousand ways for things to go wrong--but a million ways for them to go right.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about fml?
There are so many things to love about FML that it's nearly impossible to choose just one. For a book about a party, where the stakes are simply one guy's quest to secure a kiss, there's a lot of my heart in these pages. I think that's what I love most about it. The heart.
FML is made up of characters who all have a lot of heart. There are no stereotypes here. Readers may think they know who the characters are at first glance, but every character in FML will surprise them.
The biggest and most important lesson I learned in high school is that no one is what they seem to be. That jerk who pushed you around might have his reasons. That girl you like might not be the best person for you. That geek you make fun of might be the coolest kid you'll ever know. Everyone has issues no one else knows about, everyone has the potential to be the hero in the story of their own life.
Heart. These characters have it. Simon and Cassie and Ben & Coop and Stella and Aja and Eli. They're all so different and amazing. They can all be jerks at times, but they can also be awesome.
Writing FML was like being at a party I never wanted to end.
In a way, I guess it never will.
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by Tara Sullivan
A shocking human rights tragedy brought to light in a story of heartbreak and triumph.
Thirteen-year-old Habo has always been different-- light eyes, yellow hair and white skin. Not the good brown skin his family has and not the white skin of tourists. Habo is strange and alone. His father, unable to accept Habo, abandons the family; his mother can scarcely look at him. His brothers are cruel and the other children never invite him to play. Only his sister Asu loves him well. But even Asu can't take the sting away when the family is forced from their small Tanzanian village, and Habo knows he is to blame.
Seeking refuge in Mwanza, Habo and his family journey across the Serengeti. His aunt is glad to open her home until she sees Habo for the first time, and then she is only afraid. Suddenly, Habo has a new word for himself: Albino. But they hunt Albinos in Mwanza because Albino body parts are thought to bring good luck. And soon Habo is being hunted by a fearsome man with a machete.
To survive, Habo must not only run but find a way to love and accept himself.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Golden Boy?
My favorite thing about GOLDEN BOY is that I hope it can be a window for kids to make a difference in the world. As a child I was always frustrated when I learned to care about issues and was told I was too young to make a difference. Both on my website (www.tarasullivanbooks.com) and in my author's note I include ways that kids can make a difference. My hope is that people will come to care about Habo over the course of the book and then take that caring and use it to fuel real change.
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MORE RELEASES IN STORES NEXT WEEK
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by Amanda Sun
Ink is in their blood.
On the heels of a family tragedy, Katie Greene must move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn't know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks and she can't seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.
When Katie meets aloof but gorgeous Tomohiro, the star of the school's kendo team, she is intrigued by him--and a little scared. His tough attitude seems meant to keep her at a distance, and when they're near each other, strange things happen. Pens explode. Ink drips from nowhere. And unless Katie is seeing things, drawings come to life.
Somehow Tomo is connected to the kami, powerful ancient beings who once ruled Japan--and as feelings develop between Katie and Tomo, things begin to spiral out of control. The wrong people are starting to ask questions, and if they discover the truth, no one will be safe.
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In the After
by Demitria Lunetta
They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you've ever seen.
And They won't stop chasing you...until you are dead.
Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape--and even rescue "Baby," a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy's house, the girls do everything they can to survive--and avoid Them at all costs.
After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she'll lose Baby--and much more.
Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.
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by Jenna Burtenshaw
Jenna Burtenshaw’s dark fantasy trilogy The Secrets of Wintercraft comes to a pulse-pounding conclusion with YA dystopian novel Winterveil.
Teen Kate Winters and her powers are unique. She alone can understand Wintercraft, a book of ancient secrets.
In Winterveil, the veil between the living and the dead is crumbling, and only Kate can stop it. The pull of the veil is powerful, and part of Kate wants to let it fall, allowing the dead overrun the living. Her best friend Edgar Rill urges Kate to save the world of the living. But Silas Dane can influence Kate too. Silas, a merciless villain, has the potential to behave honorably—if he chooses.
A great pick for fans of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and Legend.
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A Moment Comes
by Jennifer Bradbury
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Before India was divided, three teens, each from wildly different backgrounds, cross paths. And then, in one moment, their futures become irrevocably intertwined.
Tariq. Anupreet. Margaret. As different as their Muslim, Sikh, and British names. But in one moment, their futures become entirely dependent on one another's.
While the rest of India anxiously awaits the upcoming partition that will divide the country into two separate religious states, eighteen-year-old Tariq focuses on his own goal: to study at Oxford. But for a Muslim born and raised in India, there is no obvious path to England—until Tariq is offered a job translating for one of the British cartographers stationed in India, tasked with establishing the new borders.
Margaret, the cartographer’s daughter, has only just arrived in India. But already she has discovered it to be hot, loud, and dull. She can’t go anywhere alone for fear of the riots and violence. Eager for a distraction, she finds one in Tariq.
But it’s Anupreet, another member of the staff, who has truly captured Tariq’s eye. She’s strikingly beautiful—but she’s a Sikh, so not someone Tariq should even be caught looking at. And yet he’s compelled to…
Against the backdrop of the nearly forgotten history of the partition of India, Jennifer Bradbury, as if with strands of silk, weaves together the heart-pounding tale of three teenagers on wildly different paths, on the verge of changing each other’s lives forever.
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The Taming of the Tights
by Louise Rennison
Gadzooks! It's another term at Dother Hall for Tallulah and her mates. But can they keep their minds on the arts with all those boys about...After the thing-that-will-never-be-mentioned last term, Tallulah is keen to put all thoughts of Cain behind her. But that seems like that the last thing he wants. Their performing arts college may have been saved by Honey's mystery benefactor, but for how long is anyone's guess. So will Tallulah finally get to wear those golden slippers of applause or will Dr Lightowler swoop down on her glory days? And with Seth and Flossie forever snogging, Vaisey and Jack loved-up and Phil and Jo fondly biffing each other can Tallulah resist the call of her wild boy? Don your craziest tights and Irish dance your way to some surprising and hilariously unexpected answers...
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by Marni Bates
Jane Smith has survived three years of high school without making a single enemy, all by keeping a low profile. Not even her three best friends, Kenzie, Corey and Isobel, can say the same. But with Corey dating the lead singer from ReadySet and Kenzie in a relationship too, being invisible tends to be lonely. But now she's written an article for her school newspaper that has accidentally snagged the attention of some celebrities. Turns out, people get really upset when their innermost secrets are splashed all over the front page. And new her well-ordered life is being blasted to hell, with results that are wildly unexpected.
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Ashes on the Waves
by Mary Lindsey
Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of D'chas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him--until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam's fate is changed forever.
With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make a wager on the couple's love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial--and this time it's not only their love that's in danger of being destroyed.
Based on Edgar Allan Poe's chilling poem Annabel Lee, Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.
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The Corner of Bitter and Sweet
by Robin Palmer
Gilmore Girls meets Postcards from the Edge crossed with L.A. Candy!
Sixteen-year-old Annabelle Jacobs never asked to be famous, but as the daughter of Janie Jacobs, one of the biggest TV stars in the world, she is. Growing up is hard enough. Having to do it in public because your mother is a famous actress? Even harder. When your mom crashes and burns after her DUI mug shot is splashed across the internet? Definitely not fun. Then your mom falls for a guy so much younger than she that it would be more appropriate for you to be dating him? That's just a train wreck waiting to happen.
From Robin Palmer, author of Geek Charming and Wicked Jealous, this is a novel about the most complicated relationship a girl ever has: that with her mother.
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by Susan Waggoner
Henry Holt and Co.
London, 2218 A.D. Seventeen-year-old Zee is an intern empath. She's focused on her job, poised for a great career--until one day an attractive patient undoes her hard-earned calm. As an empath, she cannot afford such distractions, but neither can she stay away from David, even when she discovers he's one of a mysterious alien race. As London comes under attack by anarchist bombings, and as Zee struggles to get a handle on her unusually strong psychic abilities, David starts pulling away. Although Zee's sure he's attracted to her, David has secrets he cannot share. But it's too late for Zee. She's losing her heart to the gray-eyed alien boy, and she's determined to follow him--no matter how far it may take her.
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The Lost Son
by Tessa Gratton
Random House Books for Young Readers
Fans of Neil Gaiman's American Gods and Holly Black's The Curse Workers will embrace this richly drawn, Norse-mythology-infused alternate world: the United States of Asgard.
Seventeen-year-old Soren Bearskin is trying to escape the past. His father, a famed warrior, lost himself to the battle-frenzy and killed thirteen innocent people. Soren cannot deny that berserking is in his blood--the fevers, insomnia, and occasional feelings of uncontrollable rage haunt him. So he tries to remain calm and detached from everyone at Sanctus Sigurd's Academy. But that's hard to do when a popular, beautiful girl like Astrid Glyn tells Soren she dreams of him. That's not all Astrid dreams of--the daughter of a renowned prophetess, Astrid is coming into her own inherited abilities.
When Baldur, son of Odin and one of the most popular gods in the country, goes missing, Astrid sees where he is and convinces Soren to join her on a road trip that will take them to find not only a lost god, but also who they are beyond the legacy of their parents and everything they've been told they have to be.
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