Friday, August 23, 2013

32 SEVEN YA Book Giveaways plus New Releases 8/23-8/30

YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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Once We Were
by Kat Zhang
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway 
PLUS giftcard for What's Left of Me
HarperCollins
Released 9/17/2013

"I'm lucky just to be alive"

Eva was never supposed to have survived this long. As the recessive soul, she should have faded away years ago. Instead, she lingers in the body she shares with her sister soul, Addie. When the government discovered the truth, they tried to "cure" the girls, but Eva and Addie escaped before the doctors could strip Eva's soul away.

Now fugitives, Eva and Addie find shelter with a group of hybrids who run an underground resistance. Surrounded by others like them, the girls learn how to temporarily disappear to give each soul some much-needed privacy. Eva is thrilled at the chance to be alone with Ryan, the boy she's falling for, but troubled by the growing chasm between her and Addie. Despite clashes over their shared body, both girls are eager to join the rebellion.

Yet as they are drawn deeper into the escalating violence, they start to wonder: How far are they willing to go to fight for hybrid freedom? Faced with uncertainty and incredible danger, their answers may tear them apart forever.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Once We Were?

ONCE WE WERE was definitely a tough book for me. I'd heard about "second book syndrome" before, and how book 2s can wear an author into the ground. So I thought I was prepared--and I was, in a way, but being prepared for tons of self-doubt, wanting to tear your story to shreds, and days of being quite hopeless the thing will EVER come together isn't nearly the same thing as actually experiencing it.

This book put me through the wringer, guys. For a long time, I was afraid I'd bitten off more than I could chew. That I'd stretched too far, and that this story needed a better writer to pull it off. But somehow, somehow, I wrangled with it and got it into a shape I'm really darn proud of. And now, as I struggle with Book 3, I'm that much more confident in myself. ONCE WE WERE helped me (forced me, kicking and screaming, more like!) to grow as a writer, and that's my favorite thing about it. :)


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Deception
by C.J. Redwine
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Balzer + Bray
Released 8/27/2013

A rich, postapocalyptic YA fantasy perfect for fans of Graceling and Tamora Pierce, this sequel to C. J. Redwine's Defiance continues the story of warrior Rachel Adams and her love, Logan McEntire. With their city-state ravaged, their lives under constant threat from rival armies, and a band of survivors looking to them for leadership, Rachel and Logan must work to forge a new future for them all.
Abandoning the ruins of their home to take their chances in the Wasteland, the group soon realizes their problems have only begun: an unknown killer--possibly inside their ranks--has begun picking off the survivors one by one. And Rachel and Logan must question whether the price of freedom may be too great--and whether they can make it out of the Wasteland alive.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Deception?

My favorite thing about Deception is that we see Rachel start to heal. She has to finish breaking first, but then she learns some important lessons about how to face loss and grief and guilt, and we see her slowly start to put the pieces back together again. It was really important to me to get that right. At its heart, the Defiance trilogy is about finding redemption after being broken, and Rachel's journey in Deception was key to that. (On a lighter note, I also really loved that I got to write more kissing scenes in Deception than I did for Defiance!)

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The Dark Between
by Sonia Gensler
Hardcover Giveaway
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 8/27/2013

A supernatural romance about the powers that lie in the shadows of the mind, perfect for fans of Sarah Rees Brennan, Alyxandra Harvey, and Libba Bray.

At the turn of the twentieth century, Spiritualism and seances are all the rage, even in the scholarly town of Cambridge, England. While mediums dupe the grief-stricken, a group of local fringe scientists seeks to bridge the gap to the spirit world by investigating the dark corners of the human mind.

Each running from a shadowed past, Kate, Asher, and Elsie take refuge within the walls of Summerfield College. But their peace is soon shattered by the discovery of a dead body nearby. Is this the work of a flesh-and-blood villain, or is something otherworldly at play? This unlikely trio must illuminate what the scientists have not, and open a window to secrets taken to the grave--or risk joining the spirit world themselves.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Dark Between?

I've always gained inspiration from setting. When I began developing the idea for The Dark Between, I was interested in a story about the people who founded the Society for Psychical Research, or more specifically, the children of those people. I was particularly fascinated by the fact that many of the Society's early members were graduates of Cambridge University, and that one of them, philosopher Henry Sidgwick, even founded a women's college in Cambridge. I remember thinking "what could be cooler than a story set in one of the most famous university towns in the world?" It is an ancient and beautiful place, all spires and stone and meadows and gardens, with a gorgeous river winding throughout. It's a place of learning and grand ideas, but also of social and intellectual snobbery, and even crime. The more I worked on the book, the more the city became a character of its own. Cambridge is known for hatching famous writers, politicians, and scientists. It's not known, however as a center for paranormal research . . . and yet the Society for Psychical Research was founded by men who were once members of a Ghost Society at Trinity College. I fell in love with Cambridge through reading about it, but I did eventually manage to visit in person. Over the past few years, I've made four trips. The more time I spent there, the clearer my characters and conflicts came into focus. It may sound a little strange, but I'm so grateful to my book for introducing me to Cambridge! It has become one of my favorite places, and it definitely is one of my favorite things about The Dark Between.

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To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story
by Sonya Sones
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Simon & Schuster
Released 8/27/2013

Her friends
have a joke about her:
How can you tell if Colette is lying?

Her mouth is open.


Fifteen-year-old Colette is addicted to lying. Her shrink says this is because she's got a very bad case of Daughter-of-a-famous-movie-star Disorder--so she lies to escape out from under her mother's massive shadow. But Colette doesn't see it that way. She says she lies because it's the most fun she can have with her clothes on. Not that she's had that much fun with her clothes off. At least not yet, anyway.

When her mother drags her away from Hollywood to spend the entire summer on location in a boring little town in the middle of nowhere, Colette is less than thrilled. But then she meets a sexy biker named Connor. He's older, gorgeous, funny, and totally into her. So what if she lies to him about her age, and about who her mother is? I mean, she has to keep her mother's identity a secret from him. If he finds out who she really is, he'll forget all about Colette, and start panting and drooling and asking her for her mother's autograph. Just like everyone always does.

But what Colette doesn't know is that Connor is keeping a secret of his own...

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about To Be Perfectly Honest: A Novel Based on an Untrue Story?

The thing I like best about TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST is the shocking twist in the story. It is also the thing I like least about the book. But only because I get so frustrated when people ask me what the book is about and I can't tell them about my favorite part. But that would spoil the surprise! And what's the point of having a shocking twist if the reader isn't shocked, right?
I can tell you that the book is about a big fat liar named Colette. Colette made her first appearance in one of my other books, ONE OF THOSE HIDEOUS BOOKS WHERE THE MOTHER DIES. Though I didn't even know she was a liar when I wrote that book. Colette didn't show me her true colors (or should I say "her untrue colors"?) until I wrote TO BE PERFECTLY HONEST. But even though she's a liar, I can't help loving her. I mean, you'd be tempted to do a little lying of your own if your mother was such a famous movie star that no one ever paid the slightest bit of attention to you. Wouldn't you? Just to make yourself seem more interesting than you actually are?


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Fire & Ash
by Jonathan Maberry
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Simon & Schuster
Released 8/27/2013

In the gripping conclusion to the action-packed "standard bearer" (Booklist) of zombie series, the threat of death is given new life.

Benny Imura and his friends have found the jet and Sanctuary--but neither is what they expected. Instead of a refuge, Sanctuary is a hospice, and the soldiers who flew the plane seem to be little more than bureaucrats who have given up hope for humanity's future. With Chong hovering between life and death, clinging to his humanity by a thread, Benny makes a startling discovery: A scientist may have discovered a cure for the zombie plague. Desperate to save Chong, Benny and his friends mount a search and rescue mission. But they're not the only ones on the hunt. The reapers are after the cure too, and they want to use it turn all the zombies into superfast shock troops--and wipe humanity off the face of the earth.

In this riveting conclusion to the Rot & Ruin series, the battle to end all battles is just beginning.

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Don''t Look Now
by Michelle Gagnon
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
HarperCollins
Released 8/27/2013

The jaw-dropping sequel to breakout YA thriller Don't Turn Around, which Kirkus Reviews named a Best Book of the Year, calling it "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo for teens, a surefire hit"

Noa Torsen is on the run. Having outsmarted the sinister corporation Pike & Dolan, Noa and her friend Zeke now move stealthily across the country, protecting runaways before they become test subjects for P&D's horrific experiments. Noa knows all too well what that feels like: Whatever they did to her has left her exhausted and scared.

Back in Boston, Peter anxiously follows Noa's movements from his computer, using his hacker skills to feed her the information she needs to stay alive. But he's desperate to do something more, especially when he learns what P&D has done to his ex-girlfriend Amanda.

Then, in an explosive confrontation, Noa and her team are trapped in the one place they thought was safe. It will take everything Noa and Peter have to bring down the corporation before it gets them first. And with no one to trust and enemies hiding at every turn, they may be the only people alive who can.

This stunning second book in the critically acclaimed Don't Turn Around trilogy raises the stakes to their absolute limit and will leave readers begging for the exciting conclusion, Don't Let Go.

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The Morning Star
by Robin Bridges
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Released 8/27/2013

St. Petersburg, Russia, 1890

Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, wants to be known as a doctor, not a necromancer. But Tsar Alexander III forbids women to attend medical school; his interest in Katerina extends only to her ability to raise the dead. Twice now, Katerina has helped him by using her power to thwart the forces of darkness--vampires bent on resurrecting the lich tsar Konstantin Pavlovich so that he can take what he sees as his rightful place on the throne. Katerina thought she had bound Konstantin to the Greylands, the realm of the dead, but he has found a way out. Now he is searching for the Morning Star, a sword that will allow him to command a legion of supernatural warriors.

Katerina must find the sword before Konstantin does, and she must travel to Egypt to do so. Along the way, she puts up with unwanted attention from her former fiance, the nefarious Prince Danilo, and struggles with her feelings for her true love, George Alexandrovich. But with the looming threat from Konstantin, Katerina's focus remains on the sword. Russia's fate will be determined by whoever wields the Morning Star--and delivers the final blow.

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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS


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Smoke
by Ellen Hopkins
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Released 9/10/2013

Winner: The Magic Violinist

Pattyn Von Stratten's father is dead, and Pattyn is on the run. After far too many years of abuse at the hands of her father, and after the tragic loss of her beloved Ethan and their unborn child, Pattyn is desperate for peace. Only her sister Jackie knows what happened that night, but she is stuck at home with their mother, who clings to normalcy by allowing the truth to be covered up by their domineering community leaders. Her father might be finally gone, but without Pattyn, Jackie is desperately isolated. Alone and in disguise, Pattyn starts a new life, but is it even possible to rebuild a life when everything you've known has burned to ash and lies seem far safer than the truth?

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VIII
by H.M. Castor
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 8/20/2013

Winner: Cee L.

Destined for greatness... tormented by demons.

VIII is the story of Hal: a young, handsome, gifted warrior, who believes he has been chosen to lead his people. But he is plagued by the ghosts of his family's violent past and once he rises to power, he turns to murder and rapacious cruelty. He is Henry VIII.

H.M. Castor does for Henry what Hilary Mantel did for Thomas Cromwell - VIII is Wolf Hall for the teen and cross-over market.

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More Than This
by Patrick Ness
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Candlewick
Released 9/10/2013

Winner: bn100

From two-time Carnegie Medal winner Patrick Ness comes an enthralling and provocative new novel chronicling the life--or perhaps afterlife--of a teen trapped in a crumbling, abandoned world.

A boy named Seth drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments, losing his life as the pounding sea claims him. But then he wakes. He is naked, thirsty, starving. But alive. How is that possible? He remembers dying, his bones breaking, his skull dashed upon the rocks. So how is he here? And where is this place? It looks like the suburban English town where he lived as a child, before an unthinkable tragedy happened and his family moved to America. But the neighborhood around his old house is overgrown, covered in dust, and completely abandoned. What's going on? And why is it that whenever he closes his eyes, he falls prey to vivid, agonizing memories that seem more real than the world around him? Seth begins a search for answers, hoping that he might not be alone, that this might not be the hell he fears it to be, that there might be more than just this. . . .

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Sea Change
by S.M. Wheeler
Hardcover Giveaway
Tor Books; 1 edition
Released 6/18/2013

Winner: meryvamp

The unhappy child of two powerful parents who despise each other, young Lilly turns to the ocean to find solace, which she finds in the form of the eloquent and intelligent sea monster Octavius, a kraken. In Octavius's many arms, Lilly learns of friendship, loyalty, and family. When Octavius, forbidden by Lilly to harm humans, is captured by seafaring traders and sold to a circus, Lilly becomes his only hope for salvation. Desperate to find him, she strikes a bargain with a witch that carries a shocking price.

Her journey to win Octavius's freedom is difficult. The circus master wants a Coat of Illusions; the Coat tailor wants her undead husband back from a witch; the witch wants her skin back from two bandits; the bandits just want some company, but they might kill her first. Lilly's quest tests her resolve, tries her patience, and leaves her transformed in every way.

A powerfully written debut from a young fantasy author, Sea Change is an exhilarating tale of adventure, resilience, and selflessness in the name of friendship.


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Mist
by Susan Krinard
Hardcover Giveaway
Tor
Released 7/16/2013

Winner: Olivia H.

New York Times bestselling author Susan Krinard launches her first urban fantasy series

Centuries ago, all was lost in the Last Battle when the Norse gods and goddesses went to war. The elves, the giants, and the gods and goddesses themselves were all destroyed, leaving the Valkyrie Mist one of the only survivors.

Or so she thought.

When a snowy winter descends upon modern-day San Francisco in June, Mist's quiet existence starts to feel all too familiar. In quick succession, Mist is attacked by a frost giant in a public park and runs into an elf disguised as a homeless person on the streets, and then the man Mist believed was her mortal boyfriend reveals himself to be the trickster god, Loki, alive and well after all these years.

Loki has big plans for the modern world, and he's been hanging around Mist for access to a staff that once belonged to the great god Odin. Mist is certain of one thing: Loki must be stopped if there is to be any hope for Earth. But the fight is even bigger than she knows.

Because Loki wasn't the only god to survive.

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Last Week's Pick and Mix Young Adult Giveaway Winners



WHAT'S LEFT OF ME 

by Kat Zhang

Winner: Marie Hemphill 

AMAZON | INDIEBOUND | GOODREADS

I should not exist. But I do.

Eva and Addie started out the same way as everyone else—two souls woven together in one body, taking turns controlling their movements as they learned how to walk, how to sing, how to dance. But as they grew, so did the worried whispers. Why aren’t they settling? Why isn’t one of them fading? The doctors ran tests, the neighbors shied away, and their parents begged for more time. Finally Addie was pronounced healthy and Eva was declared gone. Except, she wasn’t . . .

For the past three years, Eva has clung to the remnants of her life. Only Addie knows she’s still there, trapped inside their body. Then one day, they discover there may be a way for Eva to move again. The risks are unimaginable-hybrids are considered a threat to society, so if they are caught, Addie and Eva will be locked away with the others. And yet . . . for a chance to smile, to twirl, to speak, Eva will do anything

 

     

      
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GATED 

by AMY CHRISTINE PARKER  

Winner: Melinda Grey

   
Do the gates keep the unchosen out or the chosen in?

In Mandrodage Meadows, life seems perfect. The members of this isolated suburban community have thrived under Pioneer, the charismatic leader who saved them from their sad, damaged lives. Lyla Hamilton and her parents are original members of the flock. They moved here following the 9/11 terrorist attacks, looking to escape the evil in the world. Now seventeen, Lyla knows certain facts are not to be questioned:

Pioneer is her leader.

Will is her Intended.

The end of the world is near.

Like Noah before him, Pioneer has been told of the imminent destruction of humanity. He says his chosen must arm themselves to fight off the unchosen people, who will surely seek refuge in the compound's underground fortress--the Silo.

Lyla loves her family and friends, but given the choice, she prefers painting to target practice. And lately she'd rather think about a certain boy outside the compound than plan for married life in the Silo with Will. But with the end of days drawing near, she will have to pick up a gun, take a side, and let everyone know where she stands.
       


MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


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Just Like Fate
by Suzanne Young & Cat Winters
Hardcover
Simon Pulse
Released 8/27/2013

Caroline is at a crossroads. Her grandmother is sick, maybe dying. Like the rest of her family, Caroline's been at Gram's bedside since her stroke. With the pressure building, all Caroline wants to do is escape--both her family and the reality of Gram's failing health. So when Caroline's best friend offers to take her to a party one fateful Friday night, she must choose: stay by Gram's side, or go to the party and live her life.

The consequence of this one decision will split Caroline's fate into two separate paths--and she's about to live them both.

Friendships are tested and family drama hits an all-new high as Caroline attempts to rebuild old relationships, and even make a few new ones. If she stays, her longtime crush, Joel, might finally notice her, but if she goes, Chris, the charming college boy, might prove to be everything she's ever wanted.

Though there are two distinct ways for her fate to unfold, there is only one happy ending...

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Just Like Fate?

Cat Patrick: My favorite thing about Just Like Fate is the exploration of the "what if" moments in life. We've all thought things like: What if I missed that bus? What if I was two minutes earlier to class? Or, what if I went out tonight instead of staying in? I love the idea of a book that maps out two different choices, and shows how life is different based on which path the main character took.

On a personal level, I loved the entire experience of writing the book with Suzanne Young. We wrote chapters back-to-back, so it was like writing and reading a book at the same time. I love her writing, so I was always anxious to see what she had to say next!

Suzanne Young: Just Like Fate was a blast to write because I got to work closely with an author I respect (that's you, Cat Patrick), and have a constant sounding board for ideas. Many writers have critique partners, but this was like having a friend with you from start to finish, word to word. We got to explore not only our own story lines for Caroline, but even alternate pieces that didn't make it into the book. We really got to know (and love) the character on a deeper level.

And I love the romances explored in the book.


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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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Confessions of a Hater
by Caprice Crane
Hardcover
Feiwel & Friends
Released 8/27/2013

Mean girls are always the haters - Right?

Hailey Harper has always felt invisible. Now her dad has a new job and the family is moving to Hollywood. Just what Hailey needs: starting a new high school.

As she's packing, Hailey finds a journal that belonged to her older sister, Noel, who is away at college. Called "How to Be a Hater," it's full of info Hailey can really use. Has Hailey found the Bible of Coolness? Will it help her reinvent herself at her new school? Will her crush notice her? Will she and the other Invisibles dethrone the popular mean girls? After all, they deserve it. Don't they?

Caprice Crane's funny--and deeply felt--observations about high school, bullies, popularity, friendship, and romance will leave teens thinking...and talking.

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Rein It In
by Catherine Hapka & Georgina Bloomberg
Paperback
Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition
Released 8/27/2013

Only the best of the best qualify for "Indoors," a series of fall horse shows. And of course, Tommi, Kate, and Zara are the best. Still, it's not exactly convenient that this show series starts up just as school is back in session. Tommi's still riding the high of selling the horse she's been training all summer, but ego threatens to get in the way of her riding. Kate and Fitz are still the golden couple at Pelham Lane Stables, but will a new guy at school tarnish her relationship? And Zara has a lot to learn about East Coast schools...and boys.

This addictive series just gets juicier with each book. If our favorite equestrians have a prayer of staying at the top of their game, they're going to have to rein in the drama!

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Two Boys Kissing
by David Levithan
Hardcover
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 8/27/2013

New York Times bestselling author David Levithan tells the based-on-true-events story of Harry and Craig, two 17-year-olds who are about to take part in a 32-hour marathon of kissing to set a new Guinness World Record--all of which is narrated by a Greek Chorus of the generation of gay men lost to AIDS.

While the two increasingly dehydrated and sleep-deprived boys are locking lips, they become a focal point in the lives of other teen boys dealing with languishing long-term relationships, coming out, navigating gender identity, and falling deeper into the digital rabbit hole of gay hookup sites--all while the kissing former couple tries to figure out their own feelings for each other.

This follow-up to the bestselling Every Day showcases David's trademark sharp-witted, warm-hearted tales of teenage love, and serves as a perfect thematic bookend to David's YA debut and breakthrough, Boy Meets Boy, which celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2013.

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Love in the Time of Global Warming
by Francesca Lia Block
Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
Released 8/27/2013

Seventeen-year-old Penelope (Pen) has lost everything--her home, her parents, and her ten-year-old brother. Like a female Odysseus in search of home, she navigates a dark world full of strange creatures, gathers companions and loses them, finds love and loses it, and faces her mortal enemy.

In her signature style, Francesca Lia Block has created a world that is beautiful in its destruction and as frightening as it is lovely. At the helm is Pen, a strong heroine who holds hope and love in her hands and refuses to be defeated.

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Taste Test
by Kelly Fiore
Hardcover
Walker Childrens; 1 edition
Released 8/27/2013

Nora Henderson has been basting baby back ribs for as long as she could reach the counter of her dad's famous barbecue joint. When she's accepted to Taste Test, a teen reality cooking competition, Nora can't wait to leave her humble hometown behind. On set, run-ins with the maddeningly handsome and talented son of a famous chef, Christian Van Lorten, make Nora wonder if it's him or the win she really wants, but as she and Christian emerge as front-runners for the final prize, Nora can't ignore the mysterious accidents plaguing the kitchen arena. Someone is conducting eliminations of their own, and if Nora doesn't stop them, she could be next to get "chopped" for good.

With romance and intrigue as delectable as the winning recipes included in the story, this debut novel will be devoured by all.

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Descendant
by Lesley Livingston
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 8/27/2013

The last thing Mason Starling remembers is the train crossing a bridge. An explosion . . . a blinding light . . . then darkness. Now she is alone, stranded in Asgard--the realm of Norse legend--and the only way for her to get home is to find the Spear of Odin, a powerful relic left behind by vanished gods.

The Fennrys Wolf knows all about Asgard. He was once trapped there. And he'll do whatever it takes to find the girl who's stolen his heart and bring her back--even if it means a treacherous descent into the Underworld. But time is running out, and Fenn knows something Mason doesn't: If she takes up the Spear, she'll set in motion a terrible prophecy. And she won't just return to her world . . . she'll destroy it.

In this pulse-pounding sequel to Starling, Lesley Livingston delivers another electrifying blend of nonstop action and undeniable romance that will leave readers breathless.

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Overpowered
by Mark H. Kruger
Hardcover
Simon & Schuster
Released 8/27/2013

The world's safest town might actually be a deadly kind of dangerous. And Nica Ashley is about to learn the hard way.

Nica Ashley is accustomed to traveling the globe with her journalist mother, so when she gets sent to live in a small town with the father she barely knows, she's in for a bit of a culture shock. Barrington prides itself on being a sleepy, family community with the lowest crime rates in the state of Colorado. There's even a private security force run by Barrington Technology (BarTech) and a nightly curfew for all residents.

On Nica's first day at school, she meets Jackson Winters and finds out he went from school superstar to living ghost after his girlfriend disappeared a few months ago. When Nica follows him out after curfew one night, they both witness a mysterious green flash-and the next morning the power has gone out and all the birds are dead.

But secrets are well and alive, and as Nica and some of her friends discover they now have abilities best described as "super," they also realize that Barrington might not be so safe. And that BarTech is looking for them.

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Jumped In
by Patrick Flores-Scott
Hardcover
Henry Holt and Co.
Released 8/27/2013

Sam has the rules of slackerhood down: Don't be late to class. Don't ever look the teacher in the eye. Develop your blank stare. Since his mom left, he has become an expert in the art of slacking, especially since no one at his new school gets his intense passion for the music of the Pacific Northwest--Nirvana, Hole, Sleater-Kinney. Then his English teacher begins a slam poetry unit and Sam gets paired up with the daunting, scarred, clearly-a-gang-member Luis, who happens to sit next to him in every one of his classes. Slacking is no longer an option--Luis will destroy him. Told in Sam's raw voice and interspersed with vivid poems, this is a stunning debut novel about differences, friendship, loss, and the power of words.

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The Fall of Five
by Pittacus Lore
Hardcover
HarperCollins
Released 8/27/2013

The Garde are finally reunited, but do they have what it takes to win the war against the Mogadorians?

John Smith--Number Four--thought that things would change once the Garde found each other. They would stop running. They would fight the Mogadorians. And they would win.

But he was wrong. After facing off with the Mogadorian ruler and almost being annihilated, the Garde know they are drastically unprepared and hopelessly outgunned. Now they're hiding out in Nine's Chicago penthouse, trying to figure out their next move.

The six of them are powerful, but they're not strong enough yet to take on an entire army--even with the return of an old ally. To defeat their enemy, the Garde must master their Legacies and learn to work together as a team. More importantly, they'll have to discover the truth about the Elders and their plan for the Loric survivors.

And when the Garde receive a sign from Number Five--a crop circle in the shape of a Loric symbol--they know they are so close to being reunited. But could it be a trap? Time is running out, and the only thing they know for certain is that they have to get to Five before it's too late.

The Garde may have lost battles, but they will not lose this war.

Lorien will rise again.

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The Bitter Kingdom
by Rae Carson
Hardcover
Greenwillow Books
Released 8/27/2013

Elisa is a fugitive in her own country. Her enemies have stolen the man she loves in order to lure her to the gate of darkness. As she and her daring companions take one last quest into unknown enemy territory to save Hector, Elisa will face hardships she's never imagined. And she will discover secrets about herself and her world that could change the course of history. She must rise up as champion-a champion to those who have hated her most. Riveting, surprising, and achingly romantic, Rae Carson has spun a bold and powerful conclusion to her extraordinary trilogy.

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Crown of Midnight
by Sarah J Maas
Hardcover
Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition
Released 8/27/2013

An assassin's loyalties are always in doubt. But her heart never wavers.

After a year of hard labor in the Salt Mines of Endovier, eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien has won the king's contest to become the new royal assassin. Yet Celaena is far from loyal to the crown -- a secret she hides from even her most intimate confidantes. Keeping up the deadly charade--while pretending to do the king's bidding--will test her in frightening new ways, especially when she's given a task that could jeopardize everything she's come to care for. And there are far more dangerous forces gathering on the horizon -- forces that threaten to destroy her entire world, and will surely force Celaena to make a choice. Where do the assassin's loyalties lie, and who is she most willing to fight for?

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Battle Lines
by Will Hill
Hardcover
Razorbill
Released 8/29/2013

It's always darkest before dawn.
Secret government unit Department 19 is recovering from evil vampire Valeri Rusmanov's deadly attack on their base. The Department's newest member, teenage operator Jamie Carpenter, is tasked with training up a new squad, as his friends and colleagues desperately search for ways to try to stop what is coming.

The timing couldn't be worse for a coordinated, global attack on a number of maximum security prisons and hospitals--with the already-dangerous inmates now on the loose and turned into vampires. One of the escapees has a deep connection to one of the darkest moments in the history of Department 19 and embarks on a quest that threatens to expose the existence of vampires to the public. And with each day that passes, the regenerated Dracula gets stronger, bringing Zero Hour closer.

In this third installment of the epic Department 19 series, Will Hill delivers higher--and sharper--stakes than ever before.

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32 comments:

  1. The Dark Between look so so creepy:) Love how universities tie into it historically too:)

    To Be Perfectly Honest looks, very very honestly, PERFECT!! Because Sonya Sones guest post was so illuminating and I loved the little excerpt she put in for us:)

    Thank you:)

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  2. These look great - especially the book by Patrick Ness!

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  3. OOH! OOH! Deception is coming out?!?! :D FINALLY!!!!! I read Defiance AGES ago and I can't wait for the sequel to come out!

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  4. Would love any or all these books!

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  5. I've been so excited to read To Be Perfectly Honest!

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  6. These all sound awesome, I MUST read Once We Were. What a great premise. A little like Stephanie Meyers The Host, but I'm guessing even better!

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  7. These sound suspenseful

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  8. Deception and The Bitter Kingdom are fantastic. So hope I win Once We Were. Can't wait to read it. Please don't enter me for the others. I have Deception to give away and my TBR list is too big. Thanks for the amazing giveaway.

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  9. I love that this is a one-stop-shop for what YA books are being released soon!

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  10. All these books sound great and I would love to read any one of them. Thanks.

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  11. Drooling over these books!!! Would be excited to win any of them, and had fun reading the summaries. Writers are sure using their imaginations these days. :)

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  12. I am SO eager for Fire & Ash. I just love that series by Maberry. I am also really eager for Deception and Just Like Fate!

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  13. NEED ... MORE ... TIME! TBR list crushingly long. New books irresistible.

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  14. There are so many great-sounding books on this list! To Be Perfectly Honest sounds really fun, and I definitely have to read Once We Were, as the first book was awesome. Thanks for the list!

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  15. The Fall of Five and the Dark between sound really good. I love the other books also. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  16. There's just so much coming out that it's almost too much to take! Wow!

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  17. GAH! There are so many TBR books coming out! *happy dance of victory* ^.^ Thanks for the giveaway!

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  18. Thank you for the giveaway! I would love to win any of these books but Once We Were sounds AMAZING! Thanks again. :-)

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  19. OMGGG!! Defiance was amazing & the sequel DECEPTION looks fan-fucking-tastice!! can't wait to read it!!! - OOHH & i saw Crown of Midnight up there - dying to get my hands on that

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  20. All these books look great! Thanks for the giveaway. I'm so excited for Deception.

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  21. Ooh excellent selections this week! Thanks!

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  22. I loved both Defiance and What's Left of Me. Can't wait to read these sequels. Plus the covers for Defiance+Deception are STUNNING. Guh. I can only hope to get covers that gorgeous.

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  23. Love To Be Perfectly Honest's subtitle, makes me think it'll be a charmer.

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  24. Nice selection of books. I can't wait to read them all. Thank you for the giveaway!

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  25. You you soo much for the giveaway!!

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  26. Thanks for posting this giveaway! These books seem fantastic!

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  27. some books ive been dying to read!

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