Tuesday, April 1, 2014

48 April OneFour KidLit YA Round-Up with 4 Giveaways and a HUGE DANGEROUS CREATURES Prep Prize Pack from Little Brown

No real YA PICK & MIX this week, because I needed to do the special OneFour KidLit April roundup today. But we have a super set of giveaways for you anyway.

First though, YOU GUYS, I have to thank you ALL for letting me share my cover reveal of  COMPULSION and making it beyond amazing. We had over 58,000 entries in the eight Rafflecopter giveaways for my favorite books and COMPULSION ARCS, with so many lovely comments and good wishes. And I was shocked last night to discover that the Simon Pulse Goodreads giveaway was in the top 20 most requested.

As promised, I am still giving away signed copies of my favorite books all year, so there's a new giveaway going up this month on YA Books Central for a personalized ARC along with the DELIRIUM trilogy signed by Lauren Oliver. That will run through April.

Mainly though, once again, I just want to say thank you. THANK YOU! I could hug you all, especially if you are one of the lovely, lovely early readers and reviewers I've been hearing from.   And if you are a reviewer or blogger, please see here!

Now ready for the main events? More GORGEOUS, AMAZING booooooks!


In addition to our OneFour KidLit preview and giveaway, we have a special giveaway from Little Brown to get everyone pumped up for the hot new DANGEROUS CREATURES!

Prize Pack contains complete paperback box set of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES series,
plus UNBREAKABLE by Kami Garcia and ICONS by Margaret Stohl

Want to know more about DANGEROUS CREATURES? 

by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl
Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Released May 20, 2014

A new series returns to the world of Beautiful Creatures. Some loves are cursed...others are dangerous.

Ridley Duchannes will be the first to tell you that she's a bad girl. She's Dark. She's a Siren. You can never trust her, or even yourself when she's around. Lucky for her, Wesley "Link" Lincoln can never seem to remember that; quarter Incubus or not, his heart is Mortal when it comes to Ridley. When Link heads to New York City to start a music career, Ridley goes along for the ride-and she has her own reasons. As if leaving small-town Gatlin for the big city, trying to form a band, and surviving life with a partially reformed Siren isn't hard enough already, Link soon learns he has a price on his head that no Caster or Mortal can ever pay.

Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the #1 New York Times bestselling coauthors of Beautiful Creatures, are back and casting another magical spell. Their signature mixture of mystery, suspense, and romance, along with a dash of fun and danger, will pull fans in and leave them begging for more.



Stolen Songbird
by Danielle L. Jensen
Swag Plus Signed Trade Paperback Giveaway
U.S. Only

Strange Chemistry
Released 4/1/2014

For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy...

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Stolen Songbird?

It's hard to say what my favourite thing about my novel is, because the joy of being the author is that you get to include all the stuff you like. I love the fantastical world of Trollus, the slow-burn romance between Cécile and Tristan, the magic, the intrigue, the adventure, and the heartbreak.

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Breakfast Served Anytime
by Sarah Combs
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Released 4/8/2014

A coming-of-age debut evokes the bittersweet joys and pangs of finding independence in one unforgettable summer away at "geek camp."

When Gloria sets out to spend the summer before her senior year at a camp for gifted and talented students, she doesn’t know quite what to expect. Fresh from the heartache of losing her grandmother and missing her best friend, Gloria resolves to make the best of her new circumstances. But some things are proving to be more challenging than she expected. Like the series of mysterious clues left by a certain Professor X before he even shows up to teach his class, Secrets of the Written Word. Or the very sweet, but very conservative, roommate whose coal-industry family champions mountaintop removal. Not to mention the obnoxious Mason, who dresses like the Mad Hatter and immediately gets on Gloria’s nerves — but somehow won’t escape her thoughts. Beautifully told by debut author Sarah Combs, this honest and touching story of growing up is imbued with the serene atmosphere of Kentucky’s natural landscape.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Breakfast Served Anytime?

I love the Boxer puppy, Holyfield. I've often found myself wishing he were real.

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Summer on the Short Bus
by Bethany Crandell
Signed Paperback Giveaway
U.S. Only

Running Press Kids
Released 4/1/2014

Cricket Montgomery has been thrown under the short bus. Shipped off to a summer camp by her father, Cricket is forced to play babysitter to a bunch of whiny kids—or so she thinks. When she realizes this camp is actually for teens with special needs, Cricket doubts she has what it takes to endure twenty-four hours, let alone two weeks.
Thanks to her dangerously cute co-counselor, Quinn, there may be a slim chance for survival. However, between the campers’ unpredictability and disregard for personal space, Cricket’s limits get pushed. She will have to decide if suffering through her own handicapped hell is worth a summer romance—and losing her sanity.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Summer on the Short Bus?

It’s honest and comes without apologies.

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Burn Out
by Kristi Helvig
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Released 4/8/2014

A futuristic blend of Beth Revis's Across the Universe and Lenore Appelhans's Level 2, Burn Out will satisfy the growing desire for science fiction with a thrilling story of survival, intrigue, and adventure.

Most people want to save the world; seventeen-year-old Tora Reynolds just wants to get the hell off of it. One of the last survivors in Earth's final years, Tora yearns to escape the wasteland her planet has become after the sun turns "red giant," but discovers her fellow survivors are even more deadly than the hostile environment.

Holed up in an underground shelter, Tora is alone--her brilliant scientist father murdered, her mother and sister burned to death. She dreams of living on a planet with oceans, plants, and animals. Unfortunately, the oceans dried out ages ago, the only plants are giant cacti with deadly spines, and her pet, Trigger, is a gun--one of the bio-energetic weapons her father created for the government before his conscience kicked in.

When family friend, Markus, arrives with mercenaries to take the weapons by force, Tora's fury turns to fear when government ships descend in an attempt to kill them all. She forges an unlikely alliance with Markus and his rag-tag group of raiders, including a smart but quiet soldier named James.

She is shocked when James accidentally fires one of her father's bio-weapons--weapons designed to work only for her. She'd felt a strange pull to James from the start, but the odds of someone sharing her energy vibration are statistically miniscule. Tora must quickly figure out who she can trust, as she must choose between saving herself by giving up the guns or honoring her father's request to save humanity from the most lethal weapons in existence.

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The Break-Up Artist
by Philip Siegel
Harlequin Teen
Released 4/29/2014

Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the Gap. Becca Williamson breaks up couples. ??

After watching her sister get left at the altar, Becca knows the true damage that comes when people utter the dreaded L-word. For just $100 via paypal, she can trick and manipulate any couple into smithereens. With relationship zombies overrunning her school, and treating single girls like second class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even her best friend Val has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.

One night, she receives a mysterious offer to break up the homecoming king and queen, the one zombie couple to rule them all: Steve and Huxley. They are a JFK and Jackie O in training, masters of sweeping faux-mantic gestures, but if Becca can split them up, then school will be safe again for singletons. To succeed, she'll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date and wiggle her way back into her former BFF Huxley’s life – not to mention start a few rumors, sabotage some cell phones, break into a car, and fend off the inappropriate feelings she’s having about Val’s new boyfriend. All while avoiding a past victim out to expose her true identity.

No one said being the Break-Up Artist was easy.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Break-Up Artist?

Getting to create crafty, elaborate break-up schemes!

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Far From You
by Tess Sharpe
Released 4/8/2014

Sophie Winters nearly died. Twice.

The first time, she's fourteen, and escapes a near-fatal car accident with scars, a bum leg, and an addiction to Oxy that'll take years to kick.

The second time, she's seventeen, and it's no accident. Sophie and her best friend Mina are confronted by a masked man in the woods. Sophie survives, but Mina is not so lucky. When the cops deem Mina's murder a drug deal gone wrong, casting partial blame on Sophie, no one will believe the truth: Sophie has been clean for months, and it was Mina who led her into the woods that night for a meeting shrouded in mystery.

After a forced stint in rehab, Sophie returns home to a chilly new reality. Mina's brother won't speak to her, her parents fear she'll relapse, old friends have become enemies, and Sophie has to learn how to live without her other half. To make matters worse, no one is looking in the right places and Sophie must search for Mina's murderer on her own. But with every step, Sophie comes closer to revealing all: about herself, about Mina and about the secret they shared.

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Of Breakable Things
by A. Lynden Rolland
Month9Books, LLC
Released 4/29/2014

When Chase dies tragically, Alex embraces her own mortality. What she didn’t expect was that she’d have to make a choice: forget the years of pain and suffering once and for all, or linger as a spirit and get another chance at life and love.

Alex doesn’t hesitate to choose; she’d follow Chase anywhere. But the spirit world is nothing like she expected, and Alex finds she's forced to fight for her life once more. For even in a world where secrets are buried much deeper than six feet under, a legacy can continue to haunt you—and in a place this dangerous, no one is resting in peace.

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Open Road Summer
by Emery Lord
Walker Childrens
Released 4/15/2014

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.

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by Lindsay Smith
Roaring Brook Press
Released 4/1/2014

An empty mind is a safe mind.

Yulia's father always taught her to hide her thoughts and control her emotions to survive the harsh realities of Soviet Russia. But when she's captured by the KGB and forced to work as a psychic spy with a mission to undermine the U.S. space program, she's thrust into a world of suspicion, deceit, and horrifying power. Yulia quickly realizes she can trust no one--not her KGB superiors or the other operatives vying for her attention--and must rely on her own wits and skills to survive in this world where no SEKRET can stay hidden for long.

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The Chance You Won't Return
by Annie Cardi
Released 4/22/2014

When your mom thinks she's Amelia Earhart, navigating high school, first love, and family secrets is like flying solo without a map.

Driver's ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out about in high school - and she is. But what's really on her mind is her mother. Why is she dressing in Dad's baggy khaki pants with a silk scarf around her neck? What is she planning when she pores over maps in the middle of the night? When did she stop being Mom and start being Amelia Earhart? Alex tries to keep her budding love life apart from the growing disaster at home as her mother sinks further into her delusions. But there are those nights, when everyone else is asleep, when it's easier to confide in Amelia than it ever was to Mom. Now, as Amelia's flight plans become more intense, Alex is increasingly worried that Amelia is planning her final flight - the flight from which she never returns. What could possibly be driving Mom's delusions, and how far will they take her?

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by Chris Struyk-Bonn
Orca Book Publishers
Released 4/1/2014

Sixteen-year-old Whisper, who has a cleft palate, lives in an encampment with three other young rejects and their caregiver, Nathanael. They are outcasts from a society (in the not-too-distant future) that kills or abandons anyone with a physical or mental disability. Whisper’s mother visits once a year. When she dies, she leaves Whisper a violin, which Nathanael teaches her to play. Whisper’s father comes to claim her, and she becomes his house slave, her disfigurement hidden by a black veil. But when she proves rebellious, she is taken to the city to live with other rejects at a house called Purgatory Palace, where she has to make difficult decisions for herself and for her vulnerable friends.

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  1. You should be so happy and proud of all the awesome reviews! Thank you for writing such an amazing book :)

  2. you are so nice to do this giveaway and i love the book cover! :D

  3. All of these books look great!!

  4. Great choices! Some I have already added to my to-read list and others I haven't heard of yet.

  5. ICONS by Margaret Stohl has just recently come up on my TBR radar.

  6. I see a lot of books that are on my TBR-list. Can't wait to finally read them all!

  7. So many great sounding books! *happy dance*

  8. Man, April is looking like an excellent month for books :D

  9. A lot of great books are coming out in April ! Thanks for the great giveaway!

  10. Thanks for the chance to win - so many awesome books!

  11. Great giveaway! All of them look phenomenal!

  12. I'm so thrilled for you that your cover reveal was such a success!

    And as usual your giveaways are amazing!

    1. <3 Jocelyn! You truly are fabulous! Thank you so much!

  13. Congrats on your cover reveal! That's great. So many good books out this week. I need much more reading time.

    1. Thanks, Rosi! Aren't there though? I need a month off just to catch up!

  14. I love the Beautiful Creatures series. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  15. I cannot wait for Dangerous Creatures! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  16. Fabulous giveaway! Thank you!

  17. That special prize is a knockout but the other books here are not to be ignored, winners all. Thanks for the great chance to win again this week.

  18. Stolen Songbird and Far From You sound good! Awesome giveaway!

  19. Oooh ... DANGEROUS CREATURES and STOLEN SONGBIRD are definitely on my TBR!

  20. I loved Beautiful Creatures and I soooo need this series <3

  21. Books on my wishlist!!! would love to get these!!!! <3

  22. Stolen Songbird and the Caster Chronicles!!! so excited I read the Beautiful Creatures when it first came out and didn't have time to continue the series I recently reread it and I cannot wait to continue the series.

  23. What an amazing haul! Thank you for the chance to win(:

  24. It would be amazing to win. I want to read these books sooooo bad.

  25. That's great news! Congrats! And thanks for yet another amazing giveaway!

  26. Such an amazing giveaway, thank you!!! I would LOVE to win Breakfast Served Anytime or Burn Out! What a great week of YA releases!

  27. thanks for the lovely giveaway,crossing fingers :D

  28. Thank you so much for this amazing giveaway! :)

  29. This is by far my favorite YA series, and I've been meaning to pick up these two other books, but I've never had the time. This would be simply amazing!

  30. What a fabulous prize pack, thanks for the chance to win.

  31. What an awesome giveaway! I love the Beautiful Creatures series. Thank you for the opportunity!

  32. I am excited about this spinoff.

  33. I loved Beautiful Creatures. This new series sounds great too.

  34. Thanks so much for the giveaway opportunity!

  35. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

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  37. Congrats on your cover reveal! Compulsion looks like it will be a very good read. :)

  38. april has such good releases, i'm so excvited to read them


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