YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEKHere's the first installment of this week's giveaways. But we just realized that Adventures in YA Publishing went over two million visits last week. Two. Million. Wow. THANK YOU!
To give back, we have something super special on tap for tomorrow with more than thirty (yes thirty!) books up for grabs including complete sets of some of the best series and many of the hottest new titles of 2014.
Enjoy this week's list of new releases, and please come back tomorrow for an epic celebration!
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Open Road Summer
by Emery Lord
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After breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Open Road Summer?
My favorite thing about OPEN ROAD SUMMER is the experience of writing a (hopefully) uplifting story while exploring heavy topics that matter to me.
Okay, that's a wordy sentence :) What I mean is: I really wanted to write a fun, summer book because that's where my mind needed to live for a while. But I also wanted to open up conversations about issues that matter to me: the cyclical nature of body and slut-shaming, what it means to be a "strong" as a girl, the iron-heartedness it takes to live out someone's last days with them, the reality of committed (not necessarily always convenient or easy) friendship, issues of privacy and the invasion of it, the many forms that grief takes, domestic violence and how long it might take to process/react to the experience, what is fair to expect of parental figures, personal evolution while staying true to who you are, and a lot of others. It's a weird dichotomy: read my sunny summer book! It's about grief and redemption and trust and setting who you are against who you want to be! But that's my favorite part: that I got to have fun writing it *while* digging into issues I think deserve to be talked about.
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There Will Come A Time
by Carrie Arcos
Mark knows grief. Ever since the accident that killed his twin sister, Grace, the only time he feels at peace is when he visits the bridge on which she died. Comfort is fleeting, but it’s almost within reach when he’s standing on the wrong side of the suicide bars. Almost.
Grace’s best friend, Hanna, says she understands what he’s going through. But she doesn’t. She can’t. It’s not just the enormity of his loss. As her twin, Mark should have known Grace as well as he knows himself. Yet when he reads her journal, it’s as if he didn’t know her at all.
As a way to remember Grace, Hanna convinces Mark to complete Grace’s bucket list from her journal. Mark’s sadness, anger, and his growing feelings for Hannah threaten to overwhelm him. But Mark can’t back out. He made a promise to honor Grace—and it’s his one chance to set things right.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about There Will Come A Time?
I love how real Mark, the main character, feels. He's raw and honest and in obvious pain. When you experience that kind of pain for the first time, the pain of losing someone you love, it overwhelms everything. You can't possibly see any way through it. But those of us who have lived through a death or a huge loss know the only way is through. It's ugly and beyond hard, but there's beauty to be found again. There's hope, and I think it's important for those struggling with grief to know, with love there always hope.
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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS
Sea of Shadows
by Kelley Armstrong
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Winner - Lisa Mandina
They hear the spirits.They must obey.
In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire's worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.
Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.
Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters' journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they've ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court--one that will alter the balance of their world forever.
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong comes a captivating new series that blends elements of fantasy and horror with the pulse-pounding action and romance that have earned her a devoted readership worldwide.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Sea of Shadows?
There are lots of things I loved about writing SEA OF SHADOWS. The twin girl narrators. The mythological monsters. The fantasy world-building. Basing that world in one of my favorite historical periods (medieval Japan) But what I loved most was simply the opportunity to write it.
When I was a kid, the YA section of the library was so small that I burned through it long before I was an actual teen. When I got my “grownup” card at 12, my two favorite adult genres quickly became horror and epic fantasy. I dreamed of combining the two in my own book, preferably for readers the age I’d been—teens.
When I started writing YA, though, the market for either horror or epic fantasy was small, so I wrote contemporary stories that contained light elements of horror and fantasy, mainly through the supernatural. I continued to hope that someday I could write that dream book. Then along came Game of Thrones on HBO, and suddenly publishers could see a potential market for YA epic fantasy. That’s when I got the go-ahead to write SEA OF SHADOWS.
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The Lonesome Young
by Lucy Connors
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Winner - Alicia Marie Ezell
Get swept away in the first book of the sensational romantic drama that is Romeo & Juliet meets Justified.
WHAT HAPPENS when the teenage heirs of two bitterly FEUDING FAMILIES can’t stay away from each other?
The Rhodales and the Whitfields have been sworn enemies for close on a hundred years, with a whole slew of adulterous affairs, financial backstabbing, and blackmailing that’s escalated the rivalry to its current state of tense ceasefire.
IT’S TIME TO LIGHT THE FUSE . . .
And now a meth lab explosion in rural Whitfield County is set to reignite the feud more viciously than ever before. Especially when the toxic fire that results throws together two unlikely spectators—proper good girl Victoria Whitfield, exiled from boarding school after her father’s real estate business melts down in disgrace, and town motorcycle rebel Mickey Rhodale, too late as always to thwart his older brothers’ dangerous drug deals.
Victoria and Mickey are about to find out the most passionate romances are the forbidden ones.
. . . ON A POWDER KEG FULL OF PENT-UP DESIRE, risk-taking daredevilry, and the desperate actions that erupt when a generation of teens inherits nothing but hate.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Lonesome Young?
My favorite thing is that I got to write a book that I'd lived, in many ways. After my dad abandoned us, we went from poor to dirt poor. My teen years were a series of messy problems and painful experiences that often seemed like the entire world was collapsing around me, and we'd moved to a small town where drugs and drinking and crime were rampant. I went from sheltered Air Force brat to complete culture shock, very much like Victoria does in my book. I've read so many books where the teen protagonist is a beautiful princess/popular girl/whatever, and that was so far removed from my life that it may has well have been a fairy tale. I didn't have designer shoes; I was lucky to get a job so I could buy more than the three pairs of jeans my mom could afford to buy me to start my junior year of high school. I was never the popular one. Instead, I was the nerdy, smart girl, who never believed that anybody would ever see me for me--and I wrote this book for that girl.
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by Darren Shan
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Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Winner - Kristi Kendall Herbrand
B Smith and the other Angels are relieved to finally receive their first mission - to safely escort a group of human survivors from the zombie-infested streets of London to New Kirkham, a barricaded safe haven in the country. But after battling through crowds of undead monsters, B discovers that the survivors of the town don't necessarily represent the best of humanity. And when evil influences make their way to New Kirkham, unearthing demons from B's past, the humans will be forced to choose between being honorable and being safe.
Darren Shan continues his adventures of a teenage zombie trying to right the wrongs of a flawed human life, exploring the morality and ills of society through the lens of an apocalypse gone wrong--and a terrifying hell on earth reigning.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Zom-B Mission?
My favorite thing about Zom-B Mission is that it marks the start of the second half of the series story. There will be twelve Zom-B books in total, coming out at a rate of one every six months. The first six did the job of setting up the main characters and plot lines. They were fast-paced and action-packed, featuring plenty of twists that caught my readers my surprise, but the second half is even more of a roller-coaster ride, as things kick up a few gears and everything builds to a nerve-wracking climax. With the first six books I was guiding people into the mansion of the story, showing them round the rooms, letting them get the feel of the place. Now it’s time to lock all the doors and party!
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by Niall Leonard
Winner - Joni Patterson
Incinerator is the pulse-pounding sequel to Crusher, Niall Leonard's debut YA novel and an Edgar Award finalist for Best Young Adult Novel.
Following the bloody deaths of his mother and father, Finn Maguire is determined to make a fresh start, running a boxing gym in the bruised and bitter heart of the city. But when loan sharks target his business partner and his lawyer vanishes with all his money, Finn is dragged down into London's underworld once more, with only his fists and his wits to keep him alive.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Incinerator?
My favourite thing about Incinerator is that some readers still spot the shades of Raymond Chandler I was hoping to capture in my hero Finn Maguire. I have always been fascinated by Chandler and his private-eye hero Philip Marlowe, and I’ve often found myself wondering how Marlowe came to be so hardbitten, so cynical and so solitary. Maybe it was being part of a generation disillusioned by the carnage of the First World War, when so many noble ideals were drowned in the bloody mud of the battlefield.
But on a more personal level I’ve often wondered if it was Marlowe’s teenage years that shaped him. The Crusher trilogy is my my way of exploring that, updated for the 21st century. Finn Maguire – ‘Crusher’ – is young, but he already has a dark past and a prison record. He’s simultaneously naïve and cynical, always hoping for the best while expecting the worst, but he has a solid core of decency that drives him to do the right thing, even when it isn’t the smartest thing. And like Marlowe, he’s often funny with it.
I’ve very pleased that with Incinerator I’ve expanded Finn’s world and found a whole new cast of dodgy characters for him to deal with, and I’m pleased that Finn managed finally to find his way to the truth and stay in one piece – although there’s a sting in the tail, as readers will find out…
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What We Hide
by Marthe Jocelyn
Wendy Lamb Books
Winner - Amy Mays
Americans Jenny and her brother, Tom, are off to England: Tom to university, to dodge the Vietnam draft, Jenny to be the new girl at a boarding school, Illington Hall. This is Jenny's chance to finally stand out, so accidentally, on purpose, she tells a lie. But in the small world of Ill Hall, everyone has something to hide. Jenny pretends she has a boyfriend. Robbie and Luke both pretend they don't. Brenda won't tell what happened with the school doctor. Nico wants to hide his mother's memoir. Percy keeps his famous dad a secret. Oona lies to everyone. Penelope lies only to herself.
Deftly told from multiple points of view in various narrative styles, including letters and movie screenplays, What We Hide is provocative, honest, often funny, and always intriguing.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about What We Hide?
My favorite part of What We Hide is not inside the book. It's about what has happened since people started to read it. Despite my worry, while editing and revising, that some of the characters are decidedly less appealing than others, I have since discovered that every reader seems drawn to a different narrator, even the unlikeable ones. I love having people tell me how attached they are to characters who nearly got cut, or hearing that a mortifying or painful moment turns out to be the surprising highlight of the book for someone.
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Between Two Worlds
by Katherine Kirkpatrick
Wendy Lamb Books
Winner - Ali Goff
On the treeless shores of Itta, Greenland, as far north as humans can settle, sixteen-year-old Inuit Billy Bah spots a ship far out among the icebergs on the bay--a sight both welcome and feared. Explorers have already left their indelible mark on her land and its people, and a ship full of white men can mean trouble.
The ship carries provisions for Robert E. Peary, who is making an expidition to the North Pole. As a child, Billy Bah spent a year in America with Peary's family. When her parents went to America years later, they died in a tragic scandal. Now, Peary's wife, daughter, and crew are in Itta to bring him supplies. Winter comes on fast, and when the ship gets caught in the ice, Billy Bah sets out to find Peary. The journey will imperil her life, and that of the man she loves.
By turns lyrical and gripping, Between Two Worlds is an impassioned coming-of-age novel set in a land of breathtaking beauty and danger, where nature and love are powerful and unpredictable forces.
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by Suzanne Young
Winner - Moira Gillespie
Can Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”
How do you stop an epidemic?
Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.
Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.
Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?
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The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy
by Kate Hattemer
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Winner - Vivien Probst
Witty, sarcastic Ethan and his three friends decide to take down the reality TV show, For Art's Sake, that is being filmed at their high school, the esteemed Selwyn Arts Academy, where each student is more talented than the next. While studying Ezra Pound in English class, the friends are inspired to write a vigilante long poem and distribute it to the student body, detailing the evils of For Art's Sake. But then Luke—the creative force behind the poem and leader of the anti-show movement—becomes a contestant on the nefarious show. It's up to Ethan, his two remaining best friends, and a heroic gerbil named Baconnaise to save their school. Along the way, they'll discover a web of secrets and corruption involving the principal, vice principal, and even their favorite teacher.
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MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
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by Erin Bowman
The Heists were only the beginning.
Gray Weathersby escaped from the primitive town of Claysoot expecting to find answers, but what he discovered shook him to the core: A ruthless dictator with absolute power. An army of young soldiers blinded by lies. And a growing rebellion determined to fight back.
Now Gray has joined a team of rebels on a harsh, icy journey in search of allies who can help them set things right. But in a world built on lies, Gray must constantly question whether any ally—or enemy—is truly what they seem…
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Frozen?
I had so much fun writing this sequel, but my all-time favorite aspect was probably the weather. As the title suggests, Gray's journey is quite... cold. I drafted Frozen during the winter of 2012 and tried to channel the snow and winds raging outside my house onto the page. (After a couple winter hikes with my husband, it became clear that I would not survive in my own book.) Winter almost becomes a character in Frozen, constantly throwing up roadblocks and challenges for Gray and his companions to overcome. There's also a scene in middle of the novel featuring a boat and some frigid water that was particularly fun to write. I don't want to go into too much detail and spoil things, but I'll say it again: I would not survive in my own book. :)
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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK
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Also Known As Elvis
by James Howe
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Skeezie Tookis navigates a pivotal summer of first crushes and tough choices in this conclusion to the bestselling and acclaimed quartet that began with The Misfits.
Skeezie Tookis, also known as Elvis, isn’t looking forward to this summer in Paintbrush Falls. While his best friends Bobby, Joe, and Addie are off on exciting adventures, he’s stuck at home, taking care of his sisters and working five days a week to help out his mom. True, he gets to hang out at the Candy Kitchen with the awesome HellomynameisSteffi, but he also has to contend with Kevin Hennessey’s never-ending bullying. And then there’s the confusing world of girls, especially hot-and-cold Becca, his maybe-crush. And the dog that he misses terribly. And the dad who left two years before, whom Skeezie is convinced is the cause of all his troubles. In the words of the King, Skeezie Tookis is All Shook Up.
Skeezie’s got the leather jacket of a tough guy, but a heart of gold—and his story, the fourth and final chapter of the beloved Misfits series, is brimming with life’s tough choices, love in all directions, and enough sweet potato fries to go around.
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Don't Look Back
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Samantha is a stranger in her own life. Until the night she disappeared with her best friend, Cassie, everyone said Sam had it all-popularity, wealth, and a dream boyfriend.
Sam has resurfaced, but she has no recollection of who she was or what happened to her that night. As she tries to piece together her life from before, she realizes it's one she no longer wants any part of. The old Sam took "mean girl" to a whole new level, and it's clear she and Cassie were more like best enemies. Sam is pretty sure that losing her memories is like winning the lottery. She's getting a second chance at being a better daughter, sister, and friend, and she's falling hard for Carson Ortiz, a boy who has always looked out for her-even if the old Sam treated him like trash.
But Cassie is still missing, and the facts about what happened to her that night isn't just buried deep inside of Sam's memory-someone else knows, someone who wants to make sure Sam stays quiet. All Sam wants is the truth, and if she can unlock her clouded memories of that fateful night, she can finally move on. But what if not remembering is the only thing keeping Sam alive?
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Fury of the Seventh Son
by Joseph Delaney
The thirteenth—and final—book in the internationally best-selling fantasy adventure series that inspired the forthcoming major motion picture Seventh Son. Finally, Tom Ward, the spook's last apprentice, will confront the Fiend for the last time.
Tom Ward has battled boggarts, ghasts, witches, dark gods, and the most terrifying creatures to roam the earth. He's allied with the witch assassin Grimalkin, with a powerful boggart, and with Alice . . . the young witch who is also his true love. And he has kept one step ahead of the Fiend, the most evil being in the world. Now, he will vanquish the Fiend once and for all. But it will require a terrible sacrifice: not everyone Tom cares about will survive the final battle. The Last Apprentice series is soon to be a major motion picture, Seventh Son, starring Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes, Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, Djimon Hounsou, and Julianne Moore as Mother Malkin. It's a suspenseful thrill ride that's "spine-tingling" (Publishers Weekly) and "anything but tame" (Horn Book). But don't read it after dark!
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House of Ivy & Sorrow
by Natalie Whipple
Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.
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by Moira Young
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Saba is ready to seize her destiny and defeat DeMalo and the Tonton...until she meets him and he confounds all her expectations with his seductive vision of a healed earth, a New Eden. DeMalo wants Saba to join him, in life and work, to create and build a healthy, stable, sustainable world…for the chosen few. The few who can pay.
Jack’s choice is clear: to fight DeMalo and try to stop New Eden. Still uncertain, her connection with DeMalo a secret, Saba commits herself to the fight. Joined by her brother, Lugh, anxious for the land in New Eden, Saba leads an inexperienced guerilla band against the powerfully charismatic DeMalo, in command of his settlers and the Tonton militia. What chance do they have? Saba must act. And be willing to pay the price.
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The Geography of You and Me
by Jennifer Smith
Lucy and Owen meet somewhere between the tenth and eleventh floors of a New York City apartment building, on an elevator rendered useless by a citywide blackout. After they're rescued, they spend a single night together, wandering the darkened streets and marveling at the rare appearance of stars above Manhattan. But once the power is restored, so is reality. Lucy soon moves to Edinburgh with her parents, while Owen heads out west with his father.
Lucy and Owen's relationship plays out across the globe as they stay in touch through postcards, occasional e-mails, and -- finally -- a reunion in the city where they first met.
A carefully charted map of a long-distance relationship, Jennifer E. Smith's new novel shows that the center of the world isn't necessarily a place. It can be a person, too.
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What I Thought Was True
by Huntley Fitzpatrick
From the author of My Life Next Door comes a swoony summertime romance full of expectation and regret, humor and hard questions.
Gwen Castle's Biggest Mistake Ever, Cassidy Somers, is slumming it as a yard boy on her Nantucket-esque island this summer. He's a rich kid from across the bridge in Stony Bay, and she hails from a family of fishermen and housecleaners who keep the island's summer people happy. Gwen worries a life of cleaning houses will be her fate too, but just when it looks like she'll never escape her past—or the island—Gwen's dad gives her some shocking advice. Sparks fly and secret histories unspool as Gwen spends a gorgeous, restless summer struggling to resolve what she thought was true—about the place she lives, the people she loves, and even herself—with what really is.
A magnetic, push-me-pull-me romance with depth, this is for fans of Sarah Dessen, Jenny Han, and Deb Caletti.
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You Only Live Once
by Bridie Clark
Roaring Brook Press
You survived your freshman year at Kings Academy, the prestigious prep school in the New Hampshire hills, but hold the slow clap—turns out sophomore year’s the real grinder. You’ll have to deal with the stress of keeping up with the soul-crushing homework. Not to mention your glam classmates are throwing glitzy sweet sixteen parties this year and you’ll need a job if you want to join.
Will you take that babysitting job in town (and pretend not to notice Hot Dad’s flirtatious ways)? Will you bribe your way to a New York Times internship and land a college guy? Filled to the brim with twisting paths and turns, this may end up being the best year of your life . . . or it may send you home to Hope Falls in tears. Whatever snap decisions you make, it’s going to be an unforgettable year.
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