Friday, February 7, 2014

33 HUGE Giveaway plus New YALit Releases 2/7-2/13

YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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Fools' Gold
by Philippa Gregory
Complete Series Giveaway (2 Sets)
Simon Pulse
Released 2/11/2014

All that glitters may well be gold in the third book in the Order of Darkness quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.
Tasked to expose a coin counterfeiting scheme, Luca and Isolde travel to Venice just in time for Carnival. Amid the masks, parties, and excitement, the romantic attraction between the two reaches a new intensity that neither can deny.

Their romance is interrupted by the arrival of the alchemist, who may be the con artist they’ve been looking for. But as Luca starts to investigate the original charge, the alchemist reveals his true goal—he plans to create the Philosopher’s Stone, a mystical substance said to be capable of turning base metals into gold and producing the elixir of life.

With pounds of undocumented gold coins and an assistant who claims to be decades older than she appears, all evidence points to the possibility that the alchemist has succeeded in his task. But as Luca and Isolde get closer to the truth, they discover that reality may be more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Fools' Gold?

What I love best about Fools' Gold is the chance it gave to weave so many themes together in a story which moves along at a good pace. My four characters, who have been established in earlier books, come to an entirely new city and story and find themselves in the rich, extraordinary city of Venice. I adore Venice - I think it is my favourite city in the world and I stayed there twice while researching and writing the story. They see the Jewish ghetto and a moneychanger who is a Jew like Shylock from The Merchant of Venice, but our merchant explains the anti-semitism that the Jews of Venice suffer. They see the wealth of the city and the scholarship - they meet with street magicians and alchemists. Luca gets very close to buying his father out of slavery, and he has his first love affair. The medieval Venice was teeming with adventure, danger and opportunity and they experience all this with all the glamour and colour of this most wonderful of medieval trading cities.

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Want more chances to win THE ORDER OF DARKNESS complete series? We're giving away three more sets here.


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Road Rash
by Mark Parsons
Hardcover Giveaway
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 2/11/2014

A teenage drummer finds out what life is really like on tour with a rock band in this funny, funky, bittersweet debut YA novel. For anyone who loved Almost Famous or This Is Spinal Tap.

After being dropped from one band, 17-year-old drummer Zach gets a chance to go on tour with a much better band. It feels like sweet redemption, but this is one rocky road trip. . . .

Zach's in control on the drums, driving the band, keeping things moving at the right pace. But when the show is over, his timing is all off. The jealousies and rivalries within his new group keep him off-balance. The awesome original song he recorded backfires. And the girl he left back home is suddenly talking about this other guy . . .

Mark Parsons has written a fast-paced, feel-good novel about a boy finding his place in the world, in a band, and in the music. Zach is a character teens will stand up and cheer for as he lands the perfect gig, and the perfect girl.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Road Rash?

Wow… good question. There were several things about the writing of ROAD RASH that I found wonderful, or enlightening, or humbling. (Or frequently all three.) But my favorite thing about the book itself is that now there is (or very soon will be) a book out there that “Gives the drummer some!” I mean, he/she is the dude in the back, sweating it out, laying it down, holding it together, all while driving that damn bus down the road every night. And what do they get for it? Uh… drummer jokes? The chance to haul more gear than the rest of the band combined? Blisters and a bad back? A stunning lack of respect/attention from the media, the crowd, and the world at large? (All of whom seem to fixate on the lead singer or occasionally the lead guitarist. But never the drummer.) Even the second-best rock ‘n roll film of all time—“This is Spinal Tap”—had the drummer as nothing but the butt of a running (umm… exploding) joke.
So yeah, among many other things that I’m thankful for, I’m pretty stoked to have a book out there that gives a little love to the people who’re the true heartbeat of the music.


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The Glass Casket
by McCormick Templeman
Hardcover Giveaway
Delacorte Press
Released 2/11/2014

Death hasn't visited Rowan Rose since it took her mother when Rowan was only a little girl. But that changes one bleak morning, when five horses and their riders thunder into her village and through the forest, disappearing into the hills. Days later, the riders' bodies are found, and though no one can say for certain what happened in their final hours, their remains prove that whatever it was must have been brutal.
   Rowan's village was once a tranquil place, but now things have changed. Something has followed the path those riders made and has come down from the hills, through the forest, and into the village. Beast or man, it has brought death to Rowan's door once again.
   Only this time, its appetite is insatiable.

[STAR] "With stylish prose, richly developed characters and well-realized worldbuilding, Templeman plumbs archetypes of folklore to create a compelling blend of mythic elements and realistic teen experience."-Kirkus Reviews, Starred

“The legion of Maggie Stiefvater fans out there ought to look this way.”-
Booklist


Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Glass Casket?

I think my favorite thing about The Glass Casket is the setting. I live in Southern California, and I dislike both heat and the sun, so it was kind of a dream book to write because it takes place in this gorgeous mountain village where it’s always snowing and it smells really good – pine trees everywhere. Plus there’s magic in the air and lots of mysterious creatures lurking in the forest. I drafted it really quickly in part because it was so immensely pleasurable to disappear into that world.

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The Tinker King
by Tiffany Trent
Hardcover Giveaway
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 2/11/2014

Science and magic mean danger in this sequel to The Unnaturalists, which School Library Journal called “an entertaining mix of steampunk and fantasy.”

After Vespa, Syrus, and Bayne defeated the Grue and restored order to their world in The Unnaturalists, they thought their future was secure. Empress Olivia, committed to peace and equality for humans and Elementals alike, was a fair and just ruler. And the Creeping Waste had vanished, giving them hope for the first time.

But rebellion is brewing in the far-off city of Scientia, and dark Elementals are plotting war in the ruins of New London. Before they know what’s happening, Vespa, Syrus, and their friends are plunged into a new swamp of intrigue, deception and magic—and the cost of survival may be more than any of them are willing to pay.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Tinker King?

My favorite thing about THE TINKER KING is the discovery I made about one of the characters in the process of writing it. It was a discovery that linked the origins of THE UNNATURALISTS and the dark empire of the novels. It was a true lightbulb moment, but I suppose I can’t say much more about it because that would be spoilery.

The other thing (though I suppose this may be somewhat spoilery, too) I loved was getting my characters out of New London and into a new city. Somehow, Scientia was much easier to write than New London. Its history and geography popped into my head almost fully formed. And what wasn’t readily apparent during my brainstorming sessions came easily as I was writing. It was a very fun city to write with its sprawling palace, haunted ruins, and air car transportation system. And I was very curious to see what the Grimgorns had done with the place after they’d taken it over early in the history of the Empire.

The palace ruins were inspired by a trip I took to the Forbidden City in Beijing, as well as my interest in Xian and the terracotta warriors there. As per usual with settings I love, I got a little carried away and ending up writing the plot of an entirely different bit of backstory that would be wonderful to play with someday. Of course for the sake of the novel at hand, I had to rein myself in, but writing all that backstory and knowing that it was beneath the surface of the novel made it that much more fun.


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The Tyrant''s Daughter
by J.C. Carleson
ARC Giveaway
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 2/11/2014

From a former CIA officer comes the riveting account of a royal Middle Eastern family exiled to the American suburbs.

When her father is killed in a coup, 15-year-old Laila flees from the war-torn middle east to a life of exile and anonymity in the U.S. Gradually she adjusts to a new school, new friends, and a new culture, but while Laila sees opportunity in her new life, her mother is focused on the past. She’s conspiring with CIA operatives and rebel factions to regain the throne their family lost. Laila can’t bear to stand still as an international crisis takes shape around her, but how can one girl stop a conflict that spans generations?

J.C. Carleson delivers a fascinating account of a girl—and a country—on the brink, and a rare glimpse at the personal side of international politics.

"Every American should read this book. It's an eye-opener." —Suzanne Fisher Staples, Newbery Honor-winning author of Shabanu

*Bonus Backmatter includes a note about the author's CIA past, and a commentary by RAND researcher and president of ARCH International, Dr. Cheryl Benard. Recommendations for further reading are also included.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Tyrant's Daughter?

I'd have to say that my favorite thing about this book is that it is so much more personal than my previous books. Although I technically have very little in common with Laila, the main character (I'm neither from the Middle East nor am I the daughter of a dictator), her reactions and emotions are very much my own.

As a former CIA officer, I've had the privilege of traveling all over the world, and I've lived in a number of other countries. Because of this, I know all too well how disorienting it can be to be thrust into a different culture. Living far away from everything that is familiar to you be exhilarating and wonderful one moment, and then threatening and confusing in the next. I feel like I really managed to capture those vacillating emotions and both the funny and the not-so-funny parts of extreme culture shock that I know all too well.


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White Space
by Ilsa J Bick
Hardcover Giveaway
EgmontUSA
Released 2/11/2014

In the tradition of Memento and Inception comes a thrilling and scary young adult novel about blurred reality where characters in a story find that a deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines.

Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it's as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she's real.

Then she writes "White Space," a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard.

Unfortunately, "White Space" turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she's never seen, is a loopy Matrix meets Inkheart story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she's dropped into the very story she thought she'd written. Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they--and Emma--may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose.

Now what they must uncover is why they've been brought to this place--a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written--before someone pens their end.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about White Space?

Oh, that’s easy: I got to be Captain Kirk. WHITE SPACE was my Kobayashi Maru, a potential no-win scenario where I really had to have the faith in myself to try something that I don’t think has ever been done. The book’s not structured in a traditional way; chapters break off in the middle of a sentence; plots and storylines echo and merge; there are lots of characters—and I loved playing with all these guys’ collective heads, trying to figure out how to give each a distinctive voice and then tying them together in creative ways while totally messing with their sense of who they were and all they’d taken for granted. Because, basically, the book is all about the nature of reality. Seriously, how do you know—really know—you’re real? What makes you think that you’re not some character in a book, following a plot that’s been scripted just for you, or that you haven’t built your reality around you? And if you are an idea or a character . . . what happens if you fall between the lines? If you wake up to the fact that you’re nothing more than a character? What happens when too much of a writer’s “real” life bleeds into a narrative? So, in WHITE SPACE, if I’ve managed to talk about all that and entertain while also making you think and sort of blowing your mind in a Matrix/Inception kind of way at the same time . . . then, Ilsa, you go, girl.


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Willow
by Tonya Cherie Hegamin
Hardcover Giveaway
Candlewick
Released 2/11/2014

In 1848, an educated slave girl faces an inconceivable choice — between bondage and freedom, family and love.

On one side of the Mason-Dixon Line lives fifteen-year-old Willow, her master’s favorite servant. She’s been taught to read and has learned to write. She believes her master is good to her and fears the rebel slave runaways. On the other side of the line is seventeen-year-old Cato, a black man, free born. It’s his personal mission to sneak as many fugitive slaves to freedom as he can. Willow’s and Cato’s lives are about to intersect, with life-changing consequences for both of them. Tonya Cherie Hegamin’s moving coming-of-age story is a poignant meditation on the many ways a person can be enslaved, and the force of will needed to be truly emancipated.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Willow?

What I value the most about this book was the ability to put almost ten years of research to work in this context. At its deepest core, I wrote Willow because I’m fascinated by the dynamics of race and familial relationships, and when I read accounts of slave life, it became clear that the most painful and fascinating stories of slavery were the complicated politics of mixed race families. I also am grateful to have the opportunity to re-vision history in order to give a young black woman agency and empowered choice.
However, I also love a good tangled romance, and I love simple historical details, like how dedicated men of a certain class were to their neckties and secret societies. Finding stuff like that is what keeps you learning and immersing yourself in the time period. For instance, I hadn’t originally intended to take Willow to the city, but the amount of research I had done made it irresistible, especially when exploring with characters like Silvey and Little Luck. I’ve often said that I don’t want to write history, I want to re-write it!


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Love Me
by Rachel Shukert
Hardcover Giveaway
Delacorte Press
Released 2/11/2014

A new series set in the golden age of glam . . . 
Amanda is heartbroken. She's tried, but she can't get over her breakup with hotshot writer Harry Gordon. If only she could talk to him, she could convince him that their love story is bigger than any screenplay. But Amanda isn't the only one in Hollywood keeping a secret—Harry's got one too.

Margo has to pinch herself: there's talk of her getting an Oscar nom for her first film role, and she's living with the Dane Forrest, the gorgeous movie star millions—including herself—swoon over. But if the public finds out about their domestic arrangement, her career will be over. The studio has a plan to fix it all . . . but is Margo prepared to pay the price?

Gabby's drinking is out of control, but who cares? She's bored and depressed. She needs someone who will treat her like the woman she is beneath the silly stage costumes and pigtails. And she's sure unpredictable musician Eddie Sharp is The One. But playing with bad boys like Eddie isn't for little girls. . . .


From the Hardcover edition.

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Run to You: Second Glance
by Clara Kensie
eBook Giveaway
Harlequin Teen
Released 2/8/2014

Part Two in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Tessa Carson has unlocked her heart and her secrets to Tristan Walker—but Tristan has secrets of his own, and his might just mean the end of Tessa’s family. Unaware, Tessa embraces falling in love and being herself for the first time since she was attacked when she was only eight years old. But secrets can’t be run from forever, and sometimes love is too good to be true…

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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS


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Rise of the Arcane Fire
by Kristin Bailey
Hardcover Giveaway
Simon Pulse
Released 2/4/2014

Winner - Vivien

After her parents died in a fire and her grandfather disappeared, Meg Whitlock thought her life had come to a standstill. But when she learned that the pocket watch her grandfather left her was really an intricate key, Meg, with the help of a stable hand named Will, uncovered the Amusementists: members of an elite secret society dedicated to discovery and shrouded in mystery.

Now the Amusementists are convening in London, and Meg is determined to join their ranks. But being the first girl in the Order has its difficulties, and with Will away in Scotland Meg fears she can’t trust anyone but herself. Her worries are only supported by the sabotage happening at the academy, with each altered invention being more harmful than the last.

With threats lurking around every corner, and while trying to prove her worth as the first female Amusementist, Meg must uncover the identity of the academy’s saboteur before the botched devices become deadly. And after she finds evidence of a sinister and forbidden invention, Meg must stop it - or risk the entire future of the Amusementists.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Rise of the Arcane Fire?

My favorite thing about RISE OF THE ARCANE FIRE is how much Meg grows and matures in this story. She still has a little way to go to truly come into her own skin, but there's a third book for that. In this book she goes from an impulsive young teen into a more thoughtful girl who considers her options more carefully. She also learns a thing or two about love and comes to realize that love is something more than an overpowering crush on someone. I also love that she begins to bloom as an inventor and an engineer. I'm so proud of RISE OF THE ARCANE FIRE because it takes all the mystery and adventure of LEGACY OF THE CLOCKWORK KEY and brings it up to the next level. I enjoyed writing it, and I hope readers will enjoy it as well.

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Tin Star
by Cecil Castellucci
ARC Giveaway
Roaring Brook Press
Released 2/25/2014

Winner - Heather

On their way to start a new life, Tula and her family travel on the Prairie Rose, a colony ship headed to a planet in the outer reaches of the galaxy. All is going well until the ship makes a stop at a remote space station, the Yertina Feray, and the colonist's leader, Brother Blue, beats Tula within an inch of her life. An alien, Heckleck, saves her and teaches her the ways of life on the space station.

When three humans crash land onto the station, Tula's desire for escape becomes irresistible, and her desire for companionship becomes unavoidable. But just as Tula begins to concoct a plan to get off the space station and kill Brother Blue, everything goes awry, and suddenly romance is the farthest thing from her mind.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Tin Star?

I love Tula Bane. She is a human girl who is abandoned on an alien space station. She's the only human and when she first arrives she's only fourteen. It's a hard road for her to survive and I love her scrappiness. In a way, she has to become an alien in order to live on the Yertina Feray space station. I was interested in trying to figure out how to strip her down to her most basic survival skills and then to have her regain her humanity when she's faced with meeting humans again. That was a favorite thing. Through that, of course, it was so much fun to come up with the various aliens that make up her day to day world. Filling up a space station with different aliens was complicated but rewarding. I think that Tournour and Heckleck are alien and yet relatable and I love them.

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The Real Prom Queens of Westfield High
by Laurie Boyle Crompton
Hardcover Giveaway
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 2/4/2014

Winner - Rachel S.

Shannon’s ‘clique’ is just her and her best friend and she has a super-embarrassing nickname that won’t go away. It is no huge shock when her classmates vote her least likely to be crowned Prom Queen. What is shocking is the new hidden camera reality show she finds herself starring in, titled The Prom Queen Wannabes! Shannon and two other Wannabes must battle to be elected Prom Queen and snag the One! Million! Dollar! prize. After a summer of makeovers and training at Prom Queen Camp, the hidden cameras watch the three of them enter their senior year equipped with secret skills to help wage war on the popular set. Things at Westfield High are about to get ugly, and Shannon must decide how much she's willing to give up for a shot at winning that tiara.

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Run to You: First Sight
by Clara Kensie
Digital Giveaway
Harlequin Teen
Released 2/1/2014

Winner - Elizabeth C.

Part One in the riveting romantic thriller about a family on the run from a deadly past and a first love that will transcend secrets, lies and danger…

Sarah Spencer has a secret: her real name is Tessa Carson, and to stay alive, she can tell no one the truth about her psychically gifted family and the danger they are running from. As the new girl in the latest of countless schools, she also runs from her attraction to Tristan Walker—after all, she can’t even tell him her real name. But Tristan won’t be put off by a few secrets. Not even dangerous ones that might rip Tessa from his arms before they even kiss…

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Run to You: First Sight?

Besides the romance, my favorite thing about RUN TO YOU is seeing people's reactions to the huge plot twists.

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MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


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Fates
by Lanie Bross
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 2/11/2014

Lanie Bross's debut FATES is perfect for fans of Jennifer Armentrout, Julie Kagawa, Rachel Vincent, and Sarah J. Maas, and for girls who love all things pretty, romantic and inspirational.
One moment. One foolish desire. One mistake. And Corinthe lost everything.

She fell from her tranquil life in Pyralis Terra and found herself exiled to the human world. Her punishment? To make sure people's fates unfold according to plan. Now, years later, Corinthe has one last assignment: kill Lucas Kaller. His death will be her ticket home.

But for the first time, Corinthe feels a tingle of doubt. It begins as a lump in her throat, then grows toward her heart, and suddenly she feels like she is falling all over again--this time for a boy she knows she can never have. Because it is written: one of them must live, and one of them must die. In a universe where every moment, every second, every fate has already been decided, where does love fit in?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Fates?

I think what I love most about Fates most is that at it core, its about a girl who starts to question everything she knows, everything she's been raised to believe. She's told to do things without explanation, and she has done them her whole life, but a boy makes her finally wonder if things have to be a certain way. She wants to trust that her beliefs are real, but could there be more? Could she really have a choice in all of it? As a questioner of everything, thats what I like the most in this book.

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Split Second
by Kasie West
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 2/11/2014

Life can change in a split second.

Addie hardly recognizes her life since her parents divorced. Her boyfriend used her. Her best friend betrayed her. She can’t believe this is the future she chose. On top of that, her ability is acting up. She’s always been able to Search the future when presented with a choice. Now she can manipulate and slow down time, too . . . but not without a price.

When Addie’s dad invites her to spend her winter break with him, she jumps at the chance to escape into the Norm world of Dallas, Texas. There she meets the handsome and achingly familiar Trevor. He’s a virtual stranger to her, so why does her heart do a funny flip every time she sees him? But after witnessing secrets that were supposed to stay hidden, Trevor quickly seems more suspicious of Addie than interested in her. And she has an inexplicable desire to change that.

Meanwhile, her best friend, Laila, has a secret of her own: she can restore Addie’s memories . . . once she learns how. But there are powerful people who don’t want to see this happen. Desperate, Laila tries to manipulate Connor, a brooding bad boy from school—but he seems to be the only boy in the Compound immune to her charms. And the only one who can help her.

As Addie and Laila frantically attempt to retrieve the lost memories, Addie must piece together a world she thought she knew before she loses the love she nearly forgot . . . and a future that could change everything.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Split Second?


Just one?? This is my baby. I love so much about it. But if I can only pick one then I have to go with Laila/Connor. That's one thing, right? Should I combine their names so it looks like one thing? Lonnor? Caila? I know, I know, but what about Trevor? You might ask. And don't worry, he's in this book and plays a big role and I love him too. But he and Addie would be my favorite thing about Pivot Point, so I had to pick something different.

I'm going to cheat a little and pick something else as well. I really enjoyed delving into the world more in this book. I was able to share so much more about the Compound and how it works and the way it functions. It was fun to be able to write more about that. I really hope you all enjoy Split Second. I'm sad that this is the end of this story for me. It's bitter sweet.


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The Worlds We Make
by Megan Crewe
Hardcover
Disney-Hyperion
Released 2/11/2014

The virus has taken away Kaelyn’s friends, her family, her home.

And now a deadly enemy threatens to take the one hope she has left:
THE CURE.

When Kaelyn and her friends reached Toronto with a vaccine for the virus that has ravaged the population, they thought their journey was over. But now they're being tracked by the Wardens, a band of survivors as lethal as the virus who are intent on stealing the vaccine no matter what the cost.

Forced onto the road again, Kaelyn and her companions discover the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta is their best hope for finding scientists who can reproduce the vaccine. But with the virus already spreading among them, the Wardens hot on their trail, and hundreds of miles to cross, Kaelyn finds herself compromising her morals to keep her group alive. Her conscience seems a small price to pay if protects them and their precious cargo. Unless even that is not enough...

In the final installment in Megan Crewe’s captivating the Fallen World trilogy, Kaelyn is on the run from her biggest adversaries yet. While she continues to face horrific loss, her resolve is still strong. But to survive this shattered world, will she have to sacrifice all that's left of the girl she was?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Worlds We Make?

My favorite thing about THE WORLDS WE MAKE is that, as the end of the trilogy, I got to wrap up threads I'd been spinning out across three books and finally give the characters a real resolution. (Though, like life, not everything is wrapped up in a perfect little bow.) This was my first time writing a trilogy, and it feels like quite an accomplishment to be finishing it! I've spent so much time with these characters, it was wonderful (and sometimes heartbreaking) to see them reach the potential they'd been growing toward throughout the trilogy and to get to share that. This is the best ending I can imagine for them--I can only hope readers feel the same way!

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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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Arcadia Falls
by Kai Meyer
Hardcover
Balzer + Bray
Released 2/11/2014

Mafia clan leader Rosa Alcantara's life is falling apart: everyone she loves is dead and everything she's ever known about her family is a lie. Even so, Rosa and her boyfriend, rival leader Alessandro Carnevare, refuse to give up on their love for each other. On the run from their adversaries and searching for answers, Rosa and Alessandro begin to unravel the secret behind the conspiracy to keep them apart: an ancient prophecy that predicted the destruction of all Arcadia.

As the clock ticks down to their own destruction, it's a race against time for the young lovers as they evade murderers, track down clues, and avoid a showdown with the man who wants them dead.

The pair must find out the truth behind Arcadia once and for all—but will it be the key to unlocking their freedom and future together, or the final step in bringing them to their knees?

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Grasshopper Jungle
by Andrew Smith
Hardcover
Dutton Juvenile
Released 2/11/2014

Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend, Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin's hormones are totally oblivious; they don't care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He's stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it's up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.

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Perfect Lies
by Kiersten White
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 2/11/2014

Annie and Fia are ready to fight back.

The sisters have been manipulated and controlled by the Keane Foundation for years, trapped in a never ending battle for survival. Now they have found allies who can help them truly escape. After faking her own death, Annie has joined a group that is plotting to destroy the Foundation. And Fia is working with James Keane to bring his father down from the inside.

But Annie's visions of the future can't show her who to trust in the present. And though James is Fia's first love, Fia knows he's hiding something. The sisters can rely only on each other - but that may not be enough to save them.

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Storm
by Donna Jo Napoli
Hardcover
Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books
Released 2/11/2014

A sixteen-year-old stowaway discovers her destiny on Noah’s ark in this riveting reimagining from award-winning author Donna Jo Napoli, available in time for the March 2014 major motion picture Noah.

The rain starts suddenly, hard and fast. After days of downpour, her family lost, Sebah takes shelter in a tree, eating pine cones and the raw meat of animals that float by. With each passing day, her companion, a boy named Aban, grows weaker. When their tree is struck by lightning, Sebah is tempted just to die in the flames rather than succumb to a slow, watery death. Instead, she and Aban build a raft. What they find on the stormy seas is beyond imagining: a gigantic ark. But Sebah does not know what she’ll find on board, and Aban is too weak to leave their raft.

Themes of family, loss, and ultimately, survival and love make for a timeless story. Donna Jo Napoli has imagined a new protagonist to tell the story of Noah and his ark. As rain batters the earth, Noah, his family, and hordes of animals wait out the storm, ready to carry out their duty of repopulating the earth. Hidden below deck…is Sebah.

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The Lure
by Lynne Ewing
Hardcover
Balzer + Bray
Released 2/11/2014

From the bestselling author of the Daughters of the Moon series comes a gritty, sexy novel about a teen who is forced to become a "lure"-a beautiful girl who is used to lure victims of gang violence.

Fifteen-year-old Blaise Montgomery lives in the gritty outskirts of Washington, DC, where a stray bullet can steal a life on the way to school. Drugs and violence are the only ways to survive, so Blaise and her friends turn to gangs for safety, money, and love. When Blaise is invited to join Core 9, one of the most infamous crews, she jumps at the chance. Though her best guy friends, Rico and Satch, warn her about the danger, she agrees to be beaten for a minute straight as part of the gang's initiation ritual.

Now Blaise is finally part of a crew. A family.

But things get only more dangerous when she becomes a member of Core 9 and tensions with a rival gang heat up. Trek, the head of Core 9, asks Blaise to be his "lure," the sexy bait he'll use to track down enemy gang members and exact revenge. Rico and Satch tell her it's a death sentence, but Blaise can't resist the money and unparalleled power. As Trek puts Blaise in increasingly dangerous situations, she begins to see that there's more to lose than she ever realized-including Satch, the one person who has the power to get under her skin. With death lurking around every corner, should Blaise continue to follow the only path she's ever known, or cut and run?

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33 comments:

  1. Thanks for the giveaway! There are so many that are on my list in this giveaway to read this year. Fingers crossed.

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  2. So excited for the release of Split Second!

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  3. thank you so much for the giveaway....hope i win.. :D

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  4. The Glass casket looks so creepy!!

    Thank you:)

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  5. I love these posts - always gives me more books to add to my EVER-growing TBR shelf!

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  6. Wow-zer. There are so many books in this one!
    Glass Casket look has caught my attention… Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. Perfect Lies, Grasshopper Jungle, Arcadia Falls, and White Space all look really good!

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  8. Holy Cow - great list of books. Definitely gotta read White Space.

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  9. Wow, huge giveway! The only one I have is Run To You on my ereader :)

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  10. Wow! So many good books! White Space sounds particularly good!

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  11. A couple look interesting

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  12. Thanks, as always, for the giveaway. Road Rash sounds just the ticket for my rock drummer son!

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  13. I would love to read White Space by Ilsa J Bick. I love her Ashes series so much.

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  14. Thanks for the huge list this week. I've got my fingers crossed for a few of them but The Glass Casket for sure. Have a great weekend.

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  15. Road Rash looks really great. So do a lot of others on this list. My TBR list grows. Congrats to all the winners. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  16. White Space sounds amazing. I always love a book that pushes the norm, using experimental story techniques. And yah for drummers!

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  17. Thank you so much for the giveaway!!

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  18. This is another fabulous week!!! So bloody eager to read Split Second!

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  19. Ooooh, I haven't read Fools' Gold!

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  20. Yay! I really want to read the Order of Darkness series!

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  21. Thank you for this amazing giveaway! All the books above are great! :)

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  22. All the books look so great! I really hope I'd win. Thank you so much for the great opportunity

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  23. Thanks for the giveaway! I want to read pretty much everything here!

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  24. I really want to read the Glass Casket. It sounds very good. Lots of great reads. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

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  25. (This is Darith L)

    So many intriguing books! :D

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  26. All of these books look amazing! I'm super excited for Fates and the Tyrant's Daughter was really good!

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  27. Wonderful Giveaway! These books all look great!

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  28. Thank you for the giveaway! My wife and I love books!

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  29. What an awesome and HUGE give-a-way!!! Great books, GREAT BLOG!!
    love y'all! xoxo

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