YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK
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Everybody Knows Your Name
by Andrea Seigel and Brent Bradshaw
Personalized Hardcover Giveaway
Viking Books for Young Readers
Her father's dead, her boyfriend's ditched her to commit himself more fully to surfing, and her mother's depressed because she can't get cast on The Real Housewives of Orange County. All Magnolia wants is to reinvent herself.
Half his family is in jail, the other half probably should be, he shoplifted his way into a job at a record store, and his brother pawned his 1953 Telecaster for a quick buck. All Ford wants is to reinvent himself.
Ford, meet Magnolia.
When the two teens are cast in Spotlight, a reality TV singing competition, both see it as their chance to start anew. With each episode, as they live together in a Hollywood Hills mansion and sing their hearts out, Ford and Magnolia fall in love. But how genuine can that love be when a television audience is watching their every move—and when their pasts are catching up to them so much faster than they can run?
Perfect for fans of Pitch Perfect, and Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, Mindy Kaling, and Meg Cabot, Everybody Knows Your Name is a romantic comedy that delivers an unforgettable cast of characters (and way more laughs than any episode of American Idol).
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Everybody Knows Your Name?
I'm tempted to say that my favorite thing is that I got to write about introversion. That I got to use my character, Magnolia, to explain why I need to be alone after I've spent time in a group, why social situations tire me out. That was really satisfying in some deep-rooted way. But as much as I hate to admit it, I think my favorite part of the book is one that I didn't write. It's in Brent's part. I don't want to give any spoilers, but there's a passage toward the very end of the book that has Brent's character, Ford, discussing dying towns intertwined with his interpretation of the song "In The New Year" by The Walkmen. And I find those couple of pages exceptionally beautiful.
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The Dickens Mirror
by Ilsa J Bick
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Critically acclaimed author of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick takes her new Dark Passages series to an alternative Victorian London where Emma Lindsay continues to wade through blurred realities now that she has lost everything: her way, her reality, her friends. In this London, Emma will find alternative versions of her friends from the White Space and even Arthur Conan Doyle.
Emma Lindsay finds herself with nowhere to go, no place to call home. Her friends are dead. Eric, the perfect boy she wrote into being, and his brother, Casey, are lost to the Dark Passages. With no way of knowing where she belongs, she commands the cynosure, a beacon and lens that allows for safe passage between the Many Worlds, to put her where she might find her friends—find Eric—again. What she never anticipated was waking up in the body of Little Lizzie, all grown up—or that, in this alternative London, Elizabeth McDermott is mad.
In this London, Tony and Rima are “rats,” teens who gather the dead to be used for fuel. Their friend, Bode, is an attendant at Bedlam, where Elizabeth has been committed after being rescued by Arthur Conan Doyle, a drug-addicted constable.
Tormented by the voices of all the many characters based on her, all Elizabeth wants is to get rid of the pieces under her skin once and for all. While professing to treat Elizabeth, her physician, Dr. Kramer, has actually drugged her to allow Emma—who’s blinked to this London before—to emerge as the dominant personality…because Kramer has plans. Elizabeth is the key to finding and accessing the Dickens Mirror.
But Elizabeth is dying, and if Emma can’t find a way out, everyone as they exist in this London, as well as the twelve-year-old version of herself and the shadows—what remains of Eric, Casey, and Rima that she pulled with her from the Dark Passages—will die with her.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Dickens Mirror?
A very smart pro-writer once told me that I should always try something new with every book. This is good advice. I mean, sure, we all know writers who do the same thing over and over again. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that. In a way, that’s as comforting as seeing a McDonald’s or a Starbucks and knowing your burger or coffee will taste the same, say, in Japan as it does in Iowa. (Actually, I’ve a friend who said that the Big Mac he had in Tokyo tasted suspiciously of fish.)
But you get what I’m driving at. People like routines; they like sameness. As a therapist, I can tell you that the hardest thing to effect is change. Change makes people anxious. Even if they say they’re miserable, people will fight you, tooth and nail, before they change their behavior. Believe it or not, a lot of people would rather avoid having to change, even if change is in their best interests. So, avoiding change . . . I understand that. There is comfort in sameness even if sameness isn’t good for you.
The thing is: sameness is also boring. There’s no challenge to it. If nothing ever changes—if the book you pick up is formulaic, has no surprises, no twists, and nothing out of the ordinary. . . okay, that’s like comfort food. That’s like macaroni and cheese for the brain. It’s fun . . . but it’s not particularly memorable.
Well, heck, if I’m going to spend all this time laboring over a book . . . you better remember it.
For me, doing what I’ve already done is death. My personal feeling is that, as a writer, you always have to try something you’ve never attempted. To do otherwise is an insult to your audience. Sure, okay, we all like macaroni and cheese. But if I had to make that for the husband ever day of my life . . . I’d probably kill him. In the end, he’d probably kill me just for variety’s sake.
So, in terms of THE DICKENS MIRROR, my favorite thing about the book is that I tried something I’d never done before. I know that the concept behind WHITE SPACE has never been done, period. The biggest challenge in DICKENS MIRROR was doing something completely different that you, the reader, hadn’t seen in the first book. That took enormous effort, too, because I had to delve into the world of historical fiction—a genre I’ve never tried and for which I have immense respect—and see if I could pull it off.
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by Cori McCarthy
In this high-flying, adrenaline-fueled debut thriller, America's best hope is the elite teen fighter pilots of the United Star Academy
Chase Harcourt, call sign "Nyx," is one of only two pilots chosen to fly the experimental "Streaker" jets at the junior Air Force Academy in the year 2048. She's tough and impulsive with lightning-fast reactions, but few know the pain and loneliness of her past or the dark secret about her father. All anyone cares about is that Chase aces the upcoming Streaker trials, proving the prototype jet can knock the enemy out of the sky.
But as the world tilts toward war, Chase cracks open a military secret. There's a third Streaker jet, whose young hotshot pilot, Tristan, can match her on the ground and in the clouds. Chase doesn't play well with others, but to save her country she may just have to put her life in the hands of the competition.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Breaking Sky?
My favorite thing about BREAKING SKY is the relationships. The fictional Air Force academy that Chase lives in is much like a boarding school/dorm-like situation. Her roommate is her best friend--and also a boy! Which means that all of the tension, fights, and love are up close and personal. In many ways, Chase's environment is a teenage dream--to be in the company of hundreds of cadets while also being far from the strictures of parents--and yet the cadets are so far from their families that they have to rely on each other and form stronger bonds than friendship. They have to trust each other with their lives, which poses a whole new layer of problems when they start falling in love...
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by Rachel Hartman
Random House Books for Young Readers
Seraphina took the literary world by storm with 8 starred reviews and numerous “Best of” lists. At last, her eagerly awaited sequel has arrived—and with it comes an epic battle between humans and dragons.
The kingdom of Goredd: a world where humans and dragons share life with an uneasy balance, and those few who are both human and dragon must hide the truth. Seraphina is one of these, part girl, part dragon, who is reluctantly drawn into the politics of her world. When war breaks out between the dragons and humans, she must travel the lands to find those like herself—for she has an inexplicable connection to all of them, and together they will be able to fight the dragons in powerful, magical ways.
As Seraphina gathers this motley crew, she is pursued by humans who want to stop her. But the most terrifying is another half dragon, who can creep into people’s minds and take them over. Until now, Seraphina has kept her mind safe from intruders, but that also means she’s held back her own gift. It is time to make a choice: Cling to the safety of her old life, or embrace a powerful new destiny?
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Shadow Scale?
Subject to change, of course, but right now my favourite thing is the villain, Jannoula. It was a challenge to create someone who deeply frightened me, on the one hand, and yet was almost sympathetic on the other. Villains who are evil for the sake of being evil don’t move me, particularly; I’d much rather see someone who’s doing evil but convinced she’s doing good, or who wants all the things I want but for horrifying reasons. Those kinds of villains are a lot of work, it turns out!
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by Jennifer Banash
ARC Giveaway (3 Copies)
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Alys’s whole world was comprised of the history project that was due, her upcoming violin audition, being held tightly in the arms of her boyfriend, Ben, and laughing with her best friend, Delilah. At least it was—until she found herself on the wrong end of a shotgun in the school library. Her suburban high school had become one of those places you hear about on the news—a place where some disaffected youth decided to end it all and take as many of his teachers and classmates with him as he could. Except, in this story, that youth was Alys’s own brother, Luke. He killed fifteen others and himself, but spared her—though she’ll never know why.
Alys’s downward spiral begins instantly, and there seems to be no bottom. A heartbreaking and beautifully told story.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Silent Alarm?
It seems strange to pick a favorite thing about a book that's largely about the aftermath of a school shooting, but if I had to pick, I'd say that my favorite thing about Silent Alarm is that it takes an unflinching look at the mess that is often left behind in the wake of tragic events. And hopefully, it leaves the reader with a little light creeping in out of the darkness, and some kind of a sense of hope.
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The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise
by Matthew Crow
Life threatening cancer brings two teens together in this funny, honest, and heartwrenching novel in the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars.
Francis is determined to forge his own way in school and life despite his loony, awkward, broken family...and noticeable lack of friends. Then he is diagnosed with leukemia. It wasn’t part of his strategy, but there are moments when he can see the upside. After all, people are nice to you when you’re sick.
While in the hospital, Francis meets Amber. She’s outspoken and sarcastic, and Francis falls for her almost immediately. Hard. Together, they take on the other cancer ward patients, overbearing mothers, and treatments with lively wit.
But Francis’s recovery is taking a different path from Amber’s. He’s actually getting better. And although he knew who he was before cancer, before Amber, now he has no idea how to live—or how to let go…
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Brilliant Light of Amber Sunrise?
As its author, my favourite thing is that I wrote almost exactly the book I had in mind, which virtually never happens. Writing is a long process. So by the time you’ve finished the first draft it is often an obscure, warped version of the story you’d imagined. The whole thing can feel a bit like playing Chinese Whispers with yourself. With The Brilliant Light’ I felt so certain of Francis’s voice that everything just seemed so easy. It was a joy to write and I’m proud of it.
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The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B
by Teresa Toten
Hardcover Giveaway (2 Copies)
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Deep, understated, and wise, this engaging YA novel, winner of the Governor General’s Award in Canada, is about more than the tough issue of teens dealing with obsessive-compulsive order. It also has romance, and a whodunit element that will keep readers guessing. Perfect for readers who love Eleanor & Park!
Adam Spencer Ross is almost fifteen, and he’s got his hands full confronting the problems that come with having divorced parents and new stepsiblings. Add to that his obsessive-compulsive disorder and it’s just about impossible for him to imagine ever falling in love. Adam’s life changes, however, the instant he meets Robyn Plummer: he is hopelessly, desperately drawn to her. But is it possible to have a normal relationship when your life is anything but?
Filled with moments of deep emotion and unexpected humor, The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B explores the complexities of living with OCD and offers the prospect of hope, happiness, and healing.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B?
I loved, loved, loved writing about a boy! Adam is my first male protagonist. Of course, it was helpful that I fell in love with him on the first page. Don’t get me wrong—it was also absolutely nerve-wracking. I so wanted to get my boy stuff right. I drove all the guys around me crazy with a million questions including some pretty personal and detailed ones. I will be forever grateful to the young men and (some older ones) who really set me straight on what a guy notices, how he reacts to um, stimuli, how he moves through the world and how overwhelming a first love is. Girls, I swear, we don’t know the half of it!
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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS
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by Tracy Clark
Winner - MaCaila Sharp
Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers. She must also accept one bitter betrayal: Finn Doyle—the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora's heart and soul—is Arrazi...
On the verge of extinction and sought by those who would either consume or destroy them, Cora and the remaining Scintilla survivors must solve the mystery of The Light Key. If they fail, the truth will stay buried forever and mankind will pay the ultimate price.
No longer will she hide.
No longer will her loved ones be hunted.
And she will have her vengeance...even if she shatters her heart in the process.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Deviate?
I’m excited that DEVIATE introduces the pov of Finn Doyle, the Arrazi that Cora loves but cannot be with. It was fascinating to explore the tortured psyche of being someone who is a really good person but who must kill in order to survive.
I think that the juxtaposition of Cora’s chapters revealing her deepening relationship with Giovanni and her quest for answers about how to stop the Arrazi, offset against Finn’s chapters, which may give readers a new way of looking at Finn, is wonderful, heart-wrenching stuff that good romances are made of. I sure hope so!
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by Wendy Mills
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Winner - Erin Fender
Erin Bailey's life changes forever the day her mom is diagnosed with breast cancer. It's always just been Erin and Mom, so living without her is not an option. Life takes another turn when the cancer is linked to a rare genetic mutation, and Erin must grapple with the decision of whether or not to have her own DNA tested. Her only outlets are flying lessons, where looking to the horizon calms her deepest fears, and her new friend Ashley, a girl she met in an online support group. But when a flash decision has Erin flying away to find her new friend, she embarks on a journey from the depths of despair to new love and a better understanding of the true meaning of beauty.
This thought-provoking story brings readers to the emotional brink and back again, as they experience Erin's fear, her frustration, and ultimately . . . her freedom.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Positively Beautiful?
My mom and I talk every day. My mom and I fight every day. (“The sky sure is blue today-“ “Really? Are you insane??”)
But when all is said and done, my mom is my ultimate sounding board for my books, and I don’t think I could do it without her. Oh, I know there are times when we are in a five-hour marathon session about the oh-so-very-important (to me) motivations of some insignificant character that she has me on mute while she vacuums the house, but it doesn’t matter. Having someone on the other end of the line who cares enough to listen, who is invested enough to stay on the phone with me as I go through my daily panic-attacks (“but, Mom, what in the heck would she WEAR to the FAA hearing?!”) gives me the confidence to make the hard decisions and make the big leaps.
My mom was with my grandmother when she died. Years later when I was writing Positively Beautiful, I knew I had to use her story, though it was a scene I dreaded writing. With a vengeance. I mean, like no, no, no, I DO NOT WANT TO WRITE THAT. Because my mom lost her mother, and someday I will lose mine, and I really, really don’t want to think about it.
Erin’s relationship with her mother is my favorite aspect of Positively Beautiful. Erin’s mother is nothing like my mother. I am nothing like Erin. But the relationship between a mother and daughter is something precious and sacred and universal, and my mother’s fingerprints are all over this book.
As they should be.
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by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs
Winners - Clarisa Ramirez & Sophie Cordero
The gripping finale to Kathy and Brendan Reichs’ New York Times bestselling VIRALS series
The Virals are back—but they’re not the only pack in town anymore. Terminal finds Tory Brennan and the rest of the Morris Island gang tracking a pack of rogue Virals who call themselves the Trinity. The new pack was infected by a strain of supervirus created by Tory’s nemesis and sometimes-crush, Chance Clayborne, who accidentally infected himself, too.
These red-eyed Virals have openly challenged Tory’s pack for domination of Charleston, and they’ll stop at nothing to bring their rivals down—even if that means giving them up to a shadowy government agency intent on learning the secret to the Virals’ powers. Surviving it all is going to test the limits of the gang’s abilities.
In the riveting conclusion to the Virals series, Tory and the others are nearing an impossible choice—and the ultimate showdown.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Terminal?
My favorite thing about TERMINAL is that I finally get to answer the burning questions readers have been focused on since the Virals series began. This will be the last full book in this chapter of the Virals' lives, so I made sure we didn't leave anything out that would drive our loyal fans crazy. In TERMINAL, Tory finally makes some hard decisions where her heart is concerned. The gang has to come to grips with what they want from the rest of their lives. Plus, they're in more trouble--and danger--than they’ve ever been before. I think our fans are going to like it!
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The Dark Water
by Seth Fishman
Winner - Vanessa Deneen
To escape Blake Sutton’s army at the end of the enthralling The Well’s End, Mia and her friends jump into the newly gurgling fountain of youth and swim to its very bottom. When they resurface, an astounding world awaits them—an entire underground civilization of humans, the Keepers of the Well.
But instead of finding a safe haven, Mia and her gang are quickly embroiled in a dangerous, high-stakes battle royale. If Mia wants to save everyone she loves and make it back home alive, she’s got to get to the water’s Source before Sutton and his troops, who are still hot on her trail.
With new characters and new threats, Seth Fishman has upped the ante fantastically and delivers another tense, fast-paced adventure in a richly imagined world just below our feet.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Dark Water?
The true answer to this question is a major spoiler so, sadly, I'll have to give you my runner-up. What I'm most happy with is the difference between this book and The Well's End. I set out, on purpose, to write two very different books with the same overarching theme and characters, and while I'm sure some people won't be too pleased about that, I wanted to do something really different, and it took so much work to do; I'm very pleased in how it turns out. I hope readers have fun too.
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The Dead I Know
by Scot Gardner
HMH Books for Young Readers
Winner - Lysette Lam
Aaron Rowe walks in his sleep and haunted by dreams he can’t explain and memories he can’t recover. Death doesn’t scare him—his new job with a funeral director may even be his salvation. But if he doesn’t discover the truth about his hidden past soon, he may fall asleep one night and never wake up. In this dark and witty psychological drama about survival, Aaron finds that making peace with the dead may be easier than coming to terms with the living.
"I have never read a book more gripping, nor a book more triumphantly alive. I love how it haunts me still. I swear, I will never forget The Dead I Know." -- John Marsden, author of Tomorrow When the War Began.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Dead I Know?
It's a deeply layered story. There were times when the layers came together in ways I hadn't anticipated while I was planning it out and that is pleasing in hindsight, but my favourite thing about the book is the volume of raw material that made it into the manuscript that I gleaned from my daily life. My godparents are funeral directors and spending time with them gave me intimacy with the setting and provided the inspiration for John Barton, the owner of the establishment where the protagonist (Aaron) works. Aaron's nightmares and sleep-walking look a lot like those my younger daughter battled with as she approached her teens. My wife's mother lived with us while she was in decline with dementia and gave me way too much information about how insidious that disease is. All these things represent experiences that power narrative.
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MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
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Read Between the Lines
by Jo Knowles
Does anyone ever see us for who we really are? Jo Knowles’s revelatory novel of interlocking stories peers behind the scrim as it follows nine teens and one teacher through a seemingly ordinary day.
Thanks to a bully in gym class, unpopular Nate suffers a broken finger—the middle one, splinted to flip off the world. It won’t be the last time a middle finger is raised on this day. Dreamer Claire envisions herself sitting in an artsy café, filling a journal, but fate has other plans. One cheerleader dates a closeted basketball star; another questions just how, as a "big girl," she fits in. A group of boys scam drivers for beer money without remorse—or so it seems. Over the course of a single day, these voices and others speak loud and clear about the complex dance that is life in a small town. They resonate in a gritty and unflinching portrayal of a day like any other, with ordinary traumas, heartbreak, and revenge. But on any given day, the line where presentation and perception meet is a tenuous one, so hard to discern. Unless, of course, one looks a little closer—and reads between the lines.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Read Between the Lines?
That everyone has a story. That no one is who they seem on the surface. That we all have hearts and souls and we all need love. I hope they pause before making assumptions about a person based on how they're dressed, or what sport they play, or whatever. I want people to see that stereotypes aren't real. That we're all just people, complicated and messy and sometimes ugly and sometimes beautiful. We all hurt, sometimes openly and sometimes secretly. We all need kindness and we all need love. And we need to give these things as much as we need to get them.
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Rivals in the City
by Y.S. Lee
In a tale steeped in action, romance, and the gaslit intrigue of Victorian London, Mary Quinn’s detective skills are pitted against a cunning and desperate opponent.
Mary Quinn has a lot on her mind. James Easton, her longtime love interest, wants to marry her; but despite her feelings, independent-minded Mary hesitates. Meanwhile, the Agency has asked Mary to take on a dangerous case: convicted fraudster Henry Thorold is dying in prison, and Mary must watch for the return of his estranged wife, an accomplished criminal herself who has a potentially deadly grudge against James. Finally, a Chinese prizefighter has arrived in town, and Mary can’t shake a feeling that he is somehow familiar. With the stakes higher than ever, can Mary balance family secrets, conflicting loyalties, and professional expertise to bring a criminal to justice and find her own happiness?
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Rivals in the City?
This is a tough question for me, and not in the ooh-do-I-have-to-choose-just-one? kind of way. I seldom feel like a proud mother to my books; I’m more like their weird aunt. I think it’s terrific – and even miraculous - that the novels exist; that Candlewick Press, of all houses, is happy to publish them. But at the same time, I’m intensely aware of the hollows and shadows in each novel. Often, pub week is a time for me to ponder the eternal gap between the novel I wanted to write and the one I ended up writing.
This is not false modesty or a clumsy effort to seek flattery. I think RIVALS IN THE CITY is strong novel. My heroine, Mary Quinn, is complex and thoughtful, the plot keeps twisting, and the Victorian London I built is rich and textured. In fact, I think RIVALS is my best work yet. But I’m always haunted by a sense of future possibility: that while I did my best work at the time, I am still growing as a writer. That I learned a great deal from writing it. That next time, I will make different mistakes and, through those mistakes, become a better writer.
So my favourite thing about RIVALS is not inside the novel itself; my favourite thing is that the novel exists, that I had the challenge and pleasure of writing it, and that it’s part of a body of work that’s still growing. Huh. Maybe I am a proud mother, after all.
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The Orphan Queen
by Jodi Meadows
Katherine Tegen Books
Wilhelmina has a hundred identities.
She is a princess. When the Indigo Kingdom conquered her homeland, Wilhelmina and other orphaned children of nobility were taken to Skyvale, the Indigo Kingdom’s capital. Ten years later, they are the Ospreys, experts at stealth and theft. With them, Wilhelmina means to take back her throne.
She is a spy. Wil and her best friend, Melanie, infiltrate Skyvale Palace to study their foes. They assume the identities of nobles from a wraith-fallen kingdom, but enemies fill the palace, and Melanie’s behavior grows suspicious. With Osprey missions becoming increasingly dangerous and their leader more unstable, Wil can’t trust anyone.
She is a threat. Wraith is the toxic by-product of magic, and for a century using magic has been forbidden. Still the wraith pours across the continent, reshaping the land and animals into fresh horrors. Soon it will reach the Indigo Kingdom. Wilhelmina’s magic might be the key to stopping the wraith, but if the vigilante Black Knife discovers Wil’s magic, she will vanish like all the others
Jodi Meadows introduces a vivid new fantasy full of intrigue, romance, dangerous magic, and one girl’s battle to reclaim her place in the world.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Orphan Queen?
The characters' identities. It'd be a spoiler to say too much, but I love the tangle of identities in this book. He knows her from this thing going on, and she knows him from this other thing that happened. I love the idea that these characters know just pieces of one another, and part of the journey is finding -- and accepting -- the truth.
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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK
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by Lauren DeStefano
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Danger descends in the second book of The Internment Chronicles, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Chemical Garden trilogy.
After escaping Internment, Morgan and her fellow fugitives land on the ground to finally learn about the world beneath their floating island home.
The ground is a strange place where water falls from the sky as snow, and people watch moving pictures and visit speakeasies. A place where families can have as many children as they want, their dead are buried in vast gardens of bodies, and Internment is the feature of an amusement park.
It is also a land at war.
Everyone who fled Internment had their own reasons to escape their corrupt haven, but now they’re caught under the watchful eye of another king who wants to dominate his world. They may have made it to the ground, but have they dragged Internment with them?
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In a Split Second
by Sophie McKenzie
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Two lives. One explosive moment. And a secret that could end it all... A riveting, romantic thriller from the author of Girl, Missing.
Charlie’s life is torn apart by a terrorist bomb in a London market. Months later, she meets Nat, whose family was devastated by the same explosion. But as Charlie gets closer to Nat she uncovers secrets and a whole cast of shady characters that lead her to believe Nat knows more about the attack than he is letting on. In a Split Second is a breathtaking thriller that shifts between the perspectives of its two main characters as their courage and their loyalties are tested to the limit.
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by Peggy Kern
Balzer + Bray
What do you do if you're in trouble?
When Michelle runs away from her drug-addicted mother, she has just enough money to make it to New York City, where she hopes to move in with a friend. But once she arrives at the bustling Port Authority, she is confronted with the terrifying truth: she is alone and out of options.
Then she meets Devon, a good-looking, well-dressed guy who emerges from the crowd armed with a kind smile, a place for her to stay, and eyes that seem to understand exactly how she feels.
But Devon is not what he seems to be, and soon Michelle finds herself engulfed in the world of child prostitution where he becomes her “Daddy” and she his “Little Peach.” It is a world of impossible choices, where the line between love and abuse, captor and savior, is blurred beyond recognition.
This hauntingly vivid story illustrates the human spirit’s indomitable search for home, and one girl’s struggle to survive.
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by Anna Jarzab
Tether, the sequel to Tandem, continues the captivating tale of rebellion and romance that spans parallel worlds.
Sasha expected things to go back to normal once she got back on Earth. But now that she knows parallel worlds are real, and that an alternate version of herself exists in a world called Aurora, her old life no longer seems to make sense . . . and her heart breaks daily for Thomas, the boy she left behind. Troubled by mysterious, often terrifying visions and the echoes of a self she was just beginning to discover, Sasha makes the difficult decision to journey once more through the tandem.
Thomas is waiting for her on the other side, and so is strange, otherworldly Selene, Sasha’s analog from a third universe. Sasha, Selene, and their other analog, Juliana, have a joint destiny, and a new remarkable power, one that could mean salvation for Selene’s dying planet. With Thomas’s help, Sasha and Selene search for the missing Juliana. But even if they can locate her, is Sasha willing to turn her back on love to pursue a fate she’s not sure she believes in?
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The Alex Crow
by Andrew Smith
"Smith is a spiritual heir to Kurt Vonnegut” — Booklist , starred review
Skillfully blending multiple story strands that transcend time and place, award-winning Grasshopper Jungle author Andrew Smith chronicles the story of Ariel, a refugee who is the sole survivor of an attack on his small village. Now living with an adoptive family in Sunday, West Virginia, Ariel's story is juxtaposed against those of a schizophrenic bomber and the diaries of a failed arctic expedition from the late nineteenth century . . . and a depressed, bionic reincarnated crow.
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by Lauren Oliver
New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.
Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.
In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.
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