Monday, February 29, 2016

13 FIVE Giveaways plus New YALit Releases 2/29 - 3/6 with Author Interviews

Happy Leap Day! And what should you do with this extra day in your year? What a silly question - read, of course! To help you with your reading mission, we have fourteen fabulous books releasing this week, plus giveaways for five of them. Peruse these wonderful titles, and then make sure you enter the giveaway.

Happy reading,

Jocelyn, Martina, Sam, Lindsey, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Sarah, Sandra, Kristin, and Anisaa


Atlantis Quest
by Gloria Craw
Signed Full Series Giveaway
U.S. Only
Entangled: Teen
Released 3/1/2016

After all they'd cost me, I thought I was done with the Truss clan. I was wrong. Nikki Dawning, my mortal enemy, has been kidnapped, and I've been asked to spy on the Truss to find her. The pull between Ian and I has never been stronger, but he can't help me this time. I have to rely on Theron, a bad-tempered cousin I didn't know I had. To make matters worse, the people I trust have been keeping secrets.

I'm starting to feel like a weapon in a war I don't understand. How far am I willing to go to protect the descendants of Atlantis and the common good when I'm not sure what the common good is anymore?

Only one thing is certain. If I'm the next Laurel clan chief, I can't let myself be manipulated…by anyone.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Atlantis Quest?

My favorite thing about Atlantis Quest is how Alison matures over the course of the book. In Atlantis Rising, she is just learning about the descendants of Atlantis and has to depend on the advise of other dewing. In the second book, she's asked to do things she doesn't feel comfortable with. After some struggles, she's stands up for herself and insists she is going to make her own decisions. She also takes some risks with her heart, opening up to the joy and pain of loving someone.

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Burning Glass
by Kathryn Purdie
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Katherine Tegen Books
Released 3/1/2016

Sonya was born with the rare gift to feel what those around her feel—both physically and emotionally—a gift she’s kept hidden from the empire for seventeen long years. After a reckless mistake wipes out all the other girls with similar abilities, Sonya is hauled off to the palace and forced to serve the emperor as his sovereign Auraseer.

Tasked with sensing the intentions of would-be assassins, Sonya is under constant pressure to protect the emperor. One mistake, one small failure, will cost her own life and the lives of the few people left in the world who still trust her.

But Sonya’s power is untamed and reckless, her feelings easily usurped, and she sometimes can’t decipher when other people’s impulses end and her own begin. In a palace full of warring emotions and looming darkness, Sonya fears that the biggest danger to the empire may be herself.

As she struggles to wrangle her abilities, Sonya seeks refuge in her tenuous alliances with the volatile Emperor Valko and his idealistic younger brother, Anton, the crown prince. But when threats of revolution pit the two brothers against each other, Sonya must choose which brother to trust—and which to betray.

BURNING GLASS is debut author Kathryn Purdie’s stunning tale of dangerous magic, heart-rending romance, and the hard-won courage it takes to let go.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Burning Glass?

My favorite part was constantly being surprised by how impulsive and flawed Sonya is as a character. She’s an empath, and I wanted to explore how truly feeling what another person feels could cause you to do terrible things or wonderful things, because your own emotions would get so confused in the process. It’s a hard struggle for Sonya to stay anchored to her own identity.

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by Constance Cooper
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Clarion Books
Released 3/1/2016

Yonie Watereye lives in the bayou. The water there is full of guile, a power that changes people and objects. Yonie, 16, makes a living investigating objects affected by guile, but in fact it’s her talking cat, LaRue, who has the power to see guile.

Yonie becomes aware that someone is sending harmful guile-changed objects to certain people, including herself. Her investigation becomes entwined with her hunt for the secrets of her mother’s past and leads her to discover dangers hidden within her own family.

In the suspenseful adventure that follows, Yonie and her furry sidekick face challenges that could end their adventuring forever.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Guile?

I love the conversations between Yonie and her talking cat LaRue. Yonie is sixteen years old, and though she's very capable she's also idealistic and impulsive. LaRue is ten, but obviously much older in cat years—she's more cynical about human nature and is always ready with a sarcastic comment or knowing remark. I really enjoyed writing their dialog, with Yonie enthusing about something and LaRue chipping in with her tart observations. It was also satisfying to me to test their loyalty to each other over the course of the story and have them survive dangers and challenges together.

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Holding Court
by K.C. Held
Paperback Giveaway
U.S. Only

Entangled: Teen
Released 3/1/2016

Sixteen-year-old Jules Verity knows exactly what's in store at her new job at castle-turned-dinner-theater Tudor Times. Some extra cash, wearing a fancy-pants dress, and plenty of time to secretly drool over the ever-so-tasty--and completely unavailable--Grayson Chandler. Except that it's not quite what she imagined.

For one, the costume Jules has to wear is awful. Then there's the dead body she finds that just kind of...well, disappears. Oh, and there's the small issue of Jules and her episodes of what her best friend calls "Psychic Tourette's Syndrome"--spontaneous and uncontrollable outbursts of seemingly absurd prophecies.

The only bright side? This whole dead body thing seems to have gotten Grayson's attention. Except that the more Jules investigates, the more she discovers that Grayson's interest might not be as courtly as she thought. In fact, it's starting to look suspicious...

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Holding Court?

My favorite thing about Holding Court is that it’s a collage of things I love in book form: a quirky small town filled with colorful characters, a castle complete with secret passageways and a creepy dungeon, gorgeous costumes and a knight in shining armor, a love interest that makes my heart go pitty-pat, an impossible romance that I can’t help rooting for, an eccentric but endearing relative who lives in a grand old Victorian house, inconceivable references to Inigo Montoya and R.O.U.S., a mystery with a psychic twist, moments that make me laugh out loud, and people I’m not sure I can trust but want to spend time with anyway.

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In Real Life
by Jessica Love
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
U.S. Only

St. Martin's Griffin
Released 3/1/2016

Hannah Cho and Nick Cooper have been best friends since 8th grade. They talk for hours on the phone, regularly shower each other with presents, and know everything there is to know about one another.

There's just one problem: Hannah and Nick have never actually met.

Hannah has spent her entire life doing what she's supposed to, but when her senior year spring break plans get ruined by a rule-breaker, she decides to break a rule or two herself. She impulsively decides to road trip to Vegas, her older sister and BFF in tow, to surprise Nick and finally declare her more-than-friend feelings for him.

Hannah's romantic gesture backfires when she gets to Vegas and meets Nick's girlfriend, whom he failed to mention. And it turns out his relationship status isn't the only thing he's been lying to her about. Hannah knows the real Nick can't be that different from the online Nick she knows and loves, but now she only has one night in Sin City to figure out what her feelings for Nick really are, all while discovering how life can change when you break the rules every now and then.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about In Real Life?

It's about a subject near and dear to my heart - the real relationships and connections that we can form with people we have never met in person. Most of the important people in my life I have met online, including my husband and my very best friends. I know how genuine the relationships we form with people we've never met before can be, and I wanted to explore that in a book.

My second favorite thing is that it takes place in Las Vegas, because that's my favorite place to visit. I love dressing up, good food, and blackjack, so Vegas is pretty much my ideal setting.

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After the Woods by Kim Savage - Jessica C.
Dreamfever by Kit Alloway - Cheryl M.
The Bitter Side of Sweet by Tara Sullivan - Tammy V.
The Last Place on Earth by Carol Snow - Joycedale C.


You Were Here
by Cori McCarthy
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 3/1/2016

Grief turned Jaycee into a daredevil, but can she dare to deal with her past?

On the anniversary of her daredevil brother's death, Jaycee attempts to break into Jake's favorite hideout—the petrifying ruins of an insane asylum. Joined by four classmates, each with their own brand of dysfunction, Jaycee discovers a map detailing her brother's exploration and the unfinished dares he left behind.

As a tribute to Jake, Jaycee vows to complete the dares, no matter how terrifying or dangerous. What she doesn't bargain on is her eccentric band of friends who challenge her to do the unthinkable: reveal the parts of herself that she buried with her brother.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about You Were Here?

I'm going to break the law and say two things. The first is the art. Artist Sonia Liao did an epically amazing job at not only illustrating my misfit characters but capturing settings that are straight out of my childhood. Which leads me to my other favorite thing! After writing two sci-fi books that took place in futures far away, YOU WERE HERE's urban exploring settings are real places that I love (and a few that I've climbed through illegally!). You can find more information about those locations here:

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A Study in Charlotte
by Brittany Cavallaro
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 3/1/2016

The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.

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Blood Passage
by Heather Demetrios
Balzer + Bray
Released 3/1/2016

A jinni who's lost everything.

A master with nothing to lose.

A revolutionary with everything to gain.

When Nalia arrives in Morocco to fulfil Malek's third and final wish she's not expecting it to be easy. Though Nalia is free from the shackles that once bound her to Malek as his slave, she's in more danger than ever before.

Meanwhile, Malek's past returns with a vengeance as he confronts the darkness within himself, and Raif must decide what's more important: his love for Nalia, or his devotion to the cause of Arjinnan freedom.

Set upon by powerful forces that threaten to break her, Nalia encounters unexpected allies and discovers that her survival depends on the very things she thought made her weak. From the souks of Marrakech to the dunes of the Sahara, The Arabian Nights come to life in this dazzling second installment of the Dark Passage Cycle.

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Every Second Counts
by Sophie McKenzie
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 3/1/2016

Charlie and Nat must expose a public official for who he truly is before he is elected prime minister in the riveting and romantic sequel to the explosive thriller, In a Split Second.

Nat and Charlie are on the run and in more danger than ever before. Nowhere is safe and they can’t trust anyone but each other. Roman Riley’s networks could discover them at any time, so Charlie believes their only option is to go undercover in Riley’s team, but Nat doesn’t agree. So Charlie sneaks away to pursue her plan alone. Nat is desperate to find Charlie, but his family is relying on him, and he can’t leave them behind. Even if Nat and Charlie can find each other again, could being together be even more dangerous than being apart?

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Into the Dim
by Janet B. Taylor
HMH Books for Young Readers
Released 3/1/2016

When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.

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Midnight Bites
by Rachel Caine
Released 3/1/2016

New York Times bestselling author Rachel Caine presents a collection of stories—including six new tales—featuring the little Texas town that’s overrun by the undead.



By day, Morganville, Texas, is just a typical college town. By night, the vampires emerge and take control....

In a town where it’s not safe to be out after dark, student Claire Danvers and her friends have had their fair share of thrills. But Morganville still has a few secrets left to tell.

Now, in this collection, you can venture down the town’s strange streets, revisit all the tales you’ve come to love, and experience six new stories featuring your favorite Morganville residents—both human and vampire...

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Seven Black Diamonds
by Melissa Marr
Released 3/1/2016

This riveting fantasy marks Melissa Marr’s return to the world of faery courts that made her Wicked Lovely series an international phenomenon.

Lilywhite Abernathy is a criminal—she’s half human, half fae, and since the time before she was born, a war has been raging between humans and faeries. The Queen of Blood and Rage, ruler of the fae courts, wants to avenge the tragic death of her heir due to the actions of reckless humans.

Lily’s father has always shielded her, but when she’s sent to the prestigious St. Columba’s school, she’s delivered straight into the arms of a fae sleeper cell—the Black Diamonds. The Diamonds are planted in the human world as the sons and daughters of the most influential families and tasked with destroying it from within. Against her will, Lilywhite’s been chosen to join them...and even the romantic attention of the fae rock singer Creed Morrison isn’t enough to keep Lily from wanting to run back to the familiar world she knows.

Melissa Marr returns to faery in a dramatic story of the precarious space between two worlds and the people who must thrive there. The combination of ethereal fae powers, tumultuous romance, and a bloodthirsty faery queen will have longtime fans and new readers at the edge of their seats.

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The Girl Who Fell
by S.M. Parker
Simon Pulse
Released 3/1/2016

His obsession.
Her fall.

In this dark kissing book, high school senior Zephyr Doyle is swept off her feet—and into an intense relationship—by the new boy in school.

Zephyr is focused. Focused on leading her team to the field hockey state championship and leaving her small town for her dream school, Boston College.

But love has a way of changing things.

Enter the new boy in school: the hockey team’s starting goaltender, Alec. He’s cute, charming, and most important, Alec doesn’t judge Zephyr. He understands her fears and insecurities—he even shares them. Soon, their relationship becomes something bigger than Zephyr, something she can’t control, something she doesn’t want to control.

Zephyr swears it must be love. Because love is powerful, and overwhelming, and…terrifying?

But love shouldn’t make you abandon your dreams, or push your friends away. And love shouldn’t make you feel guilty—or worse, ashamed.

So when Zephyr finally begins to see Alec for who he really is, she knows it’s time to take back control of her life.

If she waits any longer, it may be too late.

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The Lifeboat Clique
by Kathy Parks
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 3/1/2016

Some people might say that Denver had a death wish. Why else would she have dared to sneak into a Malibu beach party where she’d be surrounded by enemies, namely including her ex-BFF Abigail?

Oh yeah. Croix. Denver never thought in a million years he’d ask her out, but who was she to question this miracle of fate? Well, that wasn’t the only surprise fate had in store.

During the party a tsunami hit the coast of California, wiping out everything in its path. Denver and a handful of others escaped death by holding onto the roof of the house and were swept out to sea. Of course, one of her fellow castaways was none other than Abigail, who could barely stand the sight of her.

Now that she’s floating in the ocean, stuck on a small boat with the most popular kids in school and waiting to be rescued, Denver wonders what might kill her first: dehydration, sunstroke, or the girl she used to think of as a sister?

A hilariously dark and twisted story that sparkles with a remarkably fresh voice, The Lifeboat Clique is Kathy Park’s irreverent yet insightful novel about how to survive in the most unthinkable circumstances.

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  1. Awesome books! love the interviews as well :)

    thank you so very much :)

  2. Most of these are already on my to-read list for the year! Can't wait to read them. Thanks for the post and giveaways!

  3. GUILE sound amazing! Bayous, magic, and talking cats are right up my alley! Thanks for the opportunity!

  4. In Real Life sounds like a book I would love. Lots of good titles this week. Thanks for the post.

  5. I am most looking forward to Guile -- thanks for another great contest for readers! Cheers, Kara S

  6. Omg, I can't wait to read all of these books!

  7. Lifeboat Clique - I read the chapters from the First Reads and now I can't wait to read it. Unique setting is a plus for me.

  8. All of the books seem to be interesting reads. Thank you.

  9. All of the books seem to be interesting reads. Thank you.

  10. Really excited about Burning Glass! Thanks for the opportunity!

  11. Burning Glass and In Real Life both sound so good! Thank you as always for awesome giveaways!


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