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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEKFor the Record
by Charlotte Huang
Chelsea thought she knew what being a rock star was like . . . until she became one. After losing a TV talent show, she slid back into small-town anonymity. But one phone call changed everything.
Now she’s the lead singer of the band Melbourne, performing in sold-out clubs every night and living on a bus with three gorgeous and talented guys. The bummer is that the band barely tolerates her. And when teen hearthrob Lucas Rivers take an interest in her, Chelsea is suddenly famous, bringing Melbourne to the next level—not that they’re happy about that. Her feelings for Beckett, Melbourne’s bassist, are making life even more complicated.
Chelsea only has the summer tour to make the band—and their fans—love her. If she doesn’t, she’ll be back in Michigan for senior year, dying a slow death. The paparazzi, the haters, the grueling schedule . . . Chelsea believed she could handle it. But what if she can’t?
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about For the Record?
Without a doubt, my favorite thing about FOR THE RECORD is that because Chelsea is a newcomer to this world of bands and touring, we get to see every detail as she goes through these experiences for the first time. I think it helps us get an authentic glimpse into the life of a successful touring band without glossing over any of the quirky or unpleasant truths.
Along that same line, I’m also proud of the fact that the book doesn’t necessarily glamorize fame. As far as I can tell, no one gets famous by accident and I think the amount of work, thought, and strategizing that goes into that level of success is something that pop culture doesn’t always encourage us to think about.
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by Suzanne Nelson
Signed Hardcover Giveaway
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Dalya is the daughter of a cobbler in 1930s Berlin, and though she is only fifteen, she knows she will follow in her father’s footsteps. When she is forced into a concentration camp one violent November night, she must leave behind everything she knew and loved.
Ray is a modern-day orphan, jagged around the edges in every possible way. She sees an impulsive escape to New York as her only chance at happiness; there, she knows she’ll be able to convert her sorrows into songs.
Pinny is an unwavering optimist and Ray’s unintended travel companion on her passage to a new life. She inherited from her eccentric mother a fascination with shoes as a means of transformation and expression.
A single pair of shoes entwines these lives. How these women connect across different times and places is an unforgettable story of strength, love, bravery, memory, and the serendipity that binds us all together.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Serendipity's Footsteps?
This is like asking a mother what her favorite thing about her newborn baby is! How can there be just one thing when everything about your baby makes you smile? The three main characters--Dalya, Ray, and Pinny--hold special places in my heart. I love their strengths and imperfections; I love the unlikely family they create together. Even now, I imagine them together in New York City (one of my favorite places in the world), going to concerts at Juilliard and creating beautiful shoes in Dalya's shop. The bond women share in friendship and sisterhood is unique, and I wanted my characters to discover and lean on that bond, the way I lean on it with my own sister, mother, and girl friends.
Then, of course, there is the serendipity that the pale pink shoes bring into the three girls' lives. I am a firm believer in serendipity. It may not be an easy thing to spot while it's happening, but I can look back on the way certain events unfolded in my life and see how seemingly random acts created a map that lead me through difficulties and towards blessings. I love that Dalya's shoes create that map for Ray and Pinny. Whenever I visited my grandparents' old farmhouse in Pennsylvania as a child, I would sneak into their attic. The attic was a treasure trove of memorabilia from centuries past, and on one particular shelf sat a pair of my grandmother's white, satiny heels. I loved to look at them and wonder when she'd worn them. I'd always imagined they were her wedding shoes, although I never found out for certain. Still, those shoes carried a story in their soles. I felt it every time I touched them. A pair of shoes, a necklace, a photograph--objects that seem so commonplace harbor a certain amount of magic, too. They can transport people back to a moment or place in time that was special to them. Maybe they can be passageways for serendipity, too.
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by Lauren Kate
Signed Hardcover Giveaway (2 Copies)
It’s the book FALLEN fans have been waiting for: Cam’s story, the brooding, bad-boy dark angel readers love.
High school can be hell.
Cam knows what it’s like to be haunted. He’s spent more time in Hell than any angel ever should. And his freshest Hell is high school, where Lilith, the girl he can’t stop loving, is serving out a punishment for his crimes.
Cam made a bet with Lucifer: he has fifteen days to convince the only girl who really matters to him to love him again. If he succeeds, Lilith will be allowed back into the world, and they can live their lives together. But if he fails…there’s a special place in Hell just for him.
Spread your wings and cry as bad boy dark angel Cam finally reveals his anguished heart in the epic new FALLEN novel, UNFORGIVEN.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Unforgiven?
The greatest thing about writing UNFORGIVEN was discovering the music of Cam and Lilith's romance. Lilith is a rocker chic, a gifted songwriter, and she can sing like a bird. Cam is a killer guitar player, and his charisma onstage casts a powerful spell. Together they make music that is haunting, profound--and real. You can listen to it here. You can see their band's flipagram video here. But is it enough to make them fall back in love?
Like Luce and Daniel, Lilith and Cam's romance spans millennia. It is epic, rich with history. It is cursed. It offers a glimpse into the dark side of the world of the FALLEN series, and I hope you'll enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Thank you for all your support.
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by Nancy Ohlin
In this sexy and intriguing novel, an intense—and passionate—bond between a high school senior and her music teacher becomes a public scandal that threatens the reputation of both.
Bea has a secret.
Actually, she has more than one. There’s her dream for the future that she can’t tell anyone—not her father and not even her best friend, Plum.
And now there’s Dane Rossi. Dane is hot, he shares Bea’s love of piano, and he believes in her.
He’s also Bea’s teacher.
When their passion for music crosses into passion for each other, Bea finds herself falling completely for Dane. She’s never felt so wanted, so understood, so known to her core. But the risk of discovery carries unexpected surprises that could shake Bea entirely. Bea must piece together what is and isn’t true about Dane, herself, and the most intense relationship she’s ever experienced in this absorbing novel from Nancy Ohlin, the author of Beauty.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Consent?
I have a bunch of favorite things, but a top contender is definitely Bea, my heroine. It took me a long time to figure her out because she's such an enigma. She’s also a bag of contradictions; she’s vulnerable and cynical, generous and mean, ambitious and passive, brilliant and self-effacing. Also, she lies a lot.
Writing about her was like solving a mystery. I also love her and feel protective of her; I took a lot of care crafting the perfect ending for her.
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by Zoe Marriott
Hardcover Giveaway (3 Copies)
Zoë Marriott’s inventive, Japanese-inflected urban fantasy raises the stakes in a sweeping second installment.
Against all odds, Mio has defeated the evil Nekomata and seen her love, Shinobu, restored to life. But in the wake of the battle, Mio’s unsettling connection to the katana—an ancient sword her family has been compelled to guard for generations—has grown more frightening. And now the Underworld has sent the Shikome—foul women whose feathers carry death—to spread a supernatural plague through London. With her best friend in the hospital, Shinobu’s very existence at risk, and the city in chaos, Mio realizes there is no way she can keep everyone she loves alive. What terrible sacrifice must she make to save the world?
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Darkness Hidden?
Ooh, hard question. I would say it was probably the chance to unravel my characters in a way I've never done before? All my other books were standalones, so I'm very used to giving characters a self-contained arc that ends when the book does. In DARKNESS HIDDEN I had a cast of characters who had been through that sort of evolution in the first book of the trilogy - characters who'd displayed their various traits, undergone development, and who had eventually overcome their individual challenges and had been granted at least some resolution in the plot. They were complete, fully rounded people whom my readers hopefully felt they knew. And I knew them too - their hopes, their fears, their weaknesses and strengths. So I was basically able to go in and just...well, ruin them. Push them into the exact situations that would make them struggle and crack, see how much pressure they could handle and what would happen when it was too much.
For instance, one character seems incredibly noble and protective in the first book - and he is. But in the second book we begin to realise that he's also absolutely terrified, that he's hiding things, that he sometimes might use his protectiveness towards other characters to excuse quite selfish motives that hurt other people in the long run. One character seems like a rock of strength - and has to deal with being forced to be helpless and weak. Another character seems almost recklessly brave until certain things that they can't contemplate losing are threatened. It was a whole new challenge and a whole new kind of characterisation for me, and I loved it (even if admitting that makes me sound totally sadistic!).
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The August 5
by Jenna Helland
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
In this debut novel, two worlds collide amid clashes of power, honor, and what it truly means to be brave.
Tommy Shore is the son of the most important man on Aeren—a high-ranking politician who wants nothing more than to take away all of the rights of the lower-class cottagers. Tamsin Henry is the daughter of a revolutionary man who has hopes of overthrowing the corrupt politicians, also called the Zunft, the group that holds all the power in this world.
The two sides clash when Tommy rescues Tamsin during the August Rising, a cottager attack organized by a group of rebels known as the August Five. He starts to question the motives of the Zunft and realizes that it will take all of his resolve to stand up to his father and fight for the rights of those who have none.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The August 5?
Tamsin is my favorite character in the book. In the face of injustice, she struggles to find the right way to improve her world. She makes mistakes and is forced to deal with that guilt. And she has to come to terms with the truth about her father and how he used her for his own ambitions. Tamsin could have easily turned to hatred and violence. Instead, she becomes a powerful force for change.
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by Becca Fitzpatrick
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
A teen is forced to make a fresh start after witnessing a violent crime—but love and danger find her anyway in this novel from Becca Fitzpatrick, the New York Times bestselling author of the Hush, Hush saga.
Stella Gordon is not her real name. Thunder Basin, Nebraska, is not her real home. This is not her real life.
After witnessing a lethal crime, Stella Gordon is sent to the middle of nowhere for her own safety before she testifies against the man she saw kill her mother’s drug dealer.
But Stella was about to start her senior year with the boyfriend she loves. How can she be pulled away from the only life she knows and expected to start a new one in Nebraska? Stella chafes at her protection and is rude to everyone she meets. She’s not planning on staying long, so why be friendly? Then she meets Chet Falconer and it becomes harder to keep her guard up, even as her guilt about having to lie to him grows.
As Stella starts to feel safer, the real threat to her life increases—because her enemies are actually closer than she thinks…
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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERSHollowgirl by Sean Williams - Claire W.
The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel - Alice W.
MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEKAll the Major Constellations
by Pratima Cranse
Viking Books for Young Readers
Laura Lettel is the most beautiful girl in the world. . . and Andrew’s not-so-secret infatuation.
Now he’s leaving high school behind and looking ahead to a fresh start at college and distance from his obsessive crush. But when a terrible accident leaves him without the companionship of his two best friends, Andrew is cast adrift and alone—until Laura unexpectedly offers him comfort, friendship, and the support of a youth group of true believers, fundamentalist Christians with problems and secrets of their own. Andrew is curiously drawn to their consuming beliefs, but why? Is it only to get closer to Laura? And is Laura genuinely interested in Andrew, or is she just trying to convert him?
This provocative and compelling debut novel will resonate deeply with readers as it explores questions of identity, sexuality, and spirituality.
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by Bella Thorne
Everyone knows how crazy junior year is, but Autumn Falls never imagined it would be so flirty. The wish-granting diary her father left her stopped working, leaving Autumn to decode what’s going on with her and Sean on her own. He seems into her . . . and he also seems into Reenzie. And when JJ steps up and tells Autumn he’s the one she should be with if she wants someone who really cares about her and a pop star makes a major play for her, Autumn is totally confused. Her friends have Big Drama issues going on too, and Autumn wants to be there for them. Then something mind-blowing happens. She’s suddenly given an incredible crazy-fun opportunity: a map that takes her anyplace she wants to go. At first it seems like an amazing gift. But showing up IRL where you’re least expected has life-changing consequences. Is Autumn ready to handle the fallout?
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Da Vinci's Tiger
by L. M. Elliott
Katherine Tegen Books
Young, beautiful, and witty, Ginevra de’ Benci longs to take part in the artistic ferment of Renaissance Florence. But as the daughter of a wealthy family in a society dictated by men, she is trapped in an arranged marriage, expected to limit her creativity to domestic duties. Her poetry reveals her deepest feelings, and she aches to share her work, to meet painters and sculptors mentored by the famed Lorenzo de Medici, and to find love.
When the charismatic Venetian ambassador, Bernardo Bembo, arrives in Florence, he introduces Ginevra to a dazzling circle of patrons, artists, and philosophers—a world of thought and conversation she has yearned for. She is instantly attracted to the handsome newcomer, who admires her mind as well as her beauty. Yet Ginevra remains conflicted about his attentions. Choosing her as his Platonic muse, Bembo commissions a portrait by a young Leonardo da Vinci. Posing for the brilliant painter inspires an intimate connection between them—one Ginevra can only begin to understand. In a rich and enthralling world of exquisite art, elaborate feasts, and exhilarating jousts, she faces many temptations to discover her voice, artistic companionship, and a love that defies categorization. In the end, she and Leonardo are caught up in a dangerous and deadly battle between powerful families.
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by Richard Paul Evans
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Christmas Box and The Mistletoe Promise comes a novel filled with hope and redemption about two teens who turn to each other to find trust and love.
If only I could stay with you forever. I would.
Eric is having a hard time adjusting to his family's move from California to Utah. Then he meets Grace - his classmate and a runaway - dumpster diving behind the burger joint where he works. Eric decides the only thing to do is to hide Grace in the clubhouse in his backyard.
With the adults concerned about the looming Cuban Missile Crisis and his father recovering from an immune disorder, Eric grows closer to Grace but can their new relationship survive the harsh realities of life?
In this poignant, sensitive, and realistic narrative, Richard Paul Evans shares Grace's heartbreaking predicament and Eric's realization that everything is not as simple as it might appear.
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by Richelle Mead
From Richelle Mead, the #1 internationally bestselling author of Vampire Academy and Bloodlines, comes a breathtaking new fantasy steeped in Chinese folklore.
For as long as Fei can remember, there has been no sound in her village, where rocky terrain and frequent avalanches prevent residents from self-sustaining. Fei and her people are at the mercy of a zipline that carries food up the treacherous cliffs from Beiguo, a mysterious faraway kingdom.
When villagers begin to lose their sight, deliveries from the zipline shrink and many go hungry. Fei’s home, the people she loves, and her entire existence is plunged into crisis, under threat of darkness and starvation.
But soon Fei is awoken in the night by a searing noise, and sound becomes her weapon.
Richelle Mead takes readers on a triumphant journey from the peak of Fei’s jagged mountain village to the valley of Beiugo, where a startling truth and an unlikely romance will change her life forever...
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This Way Home
by Wes Moore and Shawn Goodman
Elijah Thomas knows one thing better than anyone around him: basketball. At seventeen, he’s earned the reputation of a top-level player, one who steps onto the court ready for battle, whether it’s a neighborhood pickup game or a tournament championship.
What Elijah loves most about the game is its predictability: if he and his two best friends play hard and follow the rules, their team will win. And this formula has held true all way up to the summer before their senior year of high school, when a sinister street gang, Blood Street Nation, wants them to wear the Nation’s colors in the next big tournament.
The boys gather their courage and take a stand against the gang, but at a terrible cost. Now Elijah must struggle to balance hope and fear, revenge and forgiveness, to save his neighborhood. For help, he turns to the most unlikely of friends: Banks, a gruff ex-military man, and his beautiful and ambitious daughter. Together, the three work on a plan to destroy Blood Street and rebuild the community they all call home.
This Way Home is a story about reclamation. It’s about taking a stand for what matters most, and the discovery that, in the end, hope, love, and courage are our most powerful weapons.
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Triple Moon: Summer on East End
by Melissa de la Cruz
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
After they cause a terrible accident at their old high school, twin witches Mardi and Molly Overbrook are sent to live with their “Aunt” Ingrid Beauchamp in North Hampton, on Long Island’s mist-shrouded East End. Because the twins cannot control their powers, their father begs Ingrid to tame them over the summer, before the White Council exiles the girls to Limbo.
Trouble continues to bubble and boil when the girls meet the younger Gardiner boys, who are just as handsome and sexy as their older kin. But all is not as it seems. As Ingrid helps the girls learn to control their magical impulses, Mardi and Molly have just this summer to figure out how to grow up, how to love, and how to be a family.
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by Marissa Meyer
Feiwel & Friends
Princess Winter is admired by the Lunar people for her grace and kindness, and despite the scars that mar her face, her beauty is said to be even more breathtaking than that of her stepmother, Queen Levana.
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
Can Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, and Winter defeat Levana and find their happily ever afters?
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Young Widows Club
by Alexandra Coutts
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
For seventeen-year-old Tam, running off to marry her musician boyfriend is the ideal escape from her claustrophobic high-school life on the island, and the ultimate rebellion against her father and stepmother. But when Tam becomes a widow just weeks later, the shell-shocked teen is forced to find her way forward by going back to the life she thought she’d moved beyond—even as her struggle to deal with her grief is forcing her to reinvent herself and reach out to others in ways she never imagined.
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