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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK
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The Star-Touched Queen
by Roshani Chokshi
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St. Martin's Griffin
Cursed with a horoscope that promises a marriage of Death and Destruction, sixteen-year-old Maya has only earned the scorn and fear of her father's kingdom. Content to follow more scholarly pursuits, her world is upheaved when her father, the Raja, arranges a wedding of political convenience to quell outside rebellions. But when her wedding takes a fatal turn, Maya becomes the queen of Akaran and wife of Amar. Yet neither roles are what she expected. As Akaran's queen, she finds her voice and power. As Amar's wife, she finds friendship and warmth.
But Akaran has its own secrets - thousands of locked doors, gardens of glass, and a tree that bears memories instead of fruit. Beneath Akaran's magic, Maya begins to suspect her life is in danger. When she ignores Amar's plea for patience, her discoveries put more than new love at risk - it threatens the balance of all realms, human and Otherworldly.
Now, Maya must confront a secret that spans reincarnated lives and fight her way through the dangerous underbelly of the Otherworld if she wants to protect the people she loves.
The Star-Touched Queen is a lush, beautifully written and vividly imagined fantasy inspired by Indian mythology.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Star-Touched Queen?
My favorite thing about TSTQ is the world. I really love to write scenes where the setting informs the character’s state of mind. Crafting places where magic glimmers and sinister things glint in the shadows was hugely rewarding. The world building also gave me a chance to introduce readers to Indian folklore in a way that I hope was as entertaining as it was immersive.
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Down with the Shine
by Kate Karyus Quinn
There's a reason they say "be careful what you wish for." Just ask the girl who wished to be thinner and ended up smaller than Thumbelina, or the boy who asked for "balls of steel" and got them--literally. And never wish for your party to go on forever. Not unless you want your guests to be struck down by debilitating pain if they try to leave.
These are things Lennie only learns when it's too late-after she brings some of her uncles' moonshine to a party and toasts to dozens of wishes, including a big wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was abducted and murdered six months ago.
Lennie didn't mean to cause so much chaos. She always thought her uncles' moonshine toast was just a tradition. And when they talked about carrying on their "important family legacy," she thought they meant good old-fashioned bootlegging.
As it turns out, they meant granting wishes. And Lennie has just granted more in one night than her uncles would grant in a year.
Now she has to find a way to undo the damage. But once granted, a wish can't be unmade...
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Down with the Shine?
I really love the humor in this story that comes from the main character Lennie. And I also love the romance between Lennie and the messed up boy she's had a crush on - who she literally becomes stuck with for most of the story.
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by Steve Watkins
One brother home from war. The other desperate to save him. A gripping journey together to the river's end.
Shane has always worshiped his big brother, Jeremy. But three tours in Iraq and Afghanistan have taken their toll, and the easy-go-lucky brother Shane knew has been replaced by a surly drunk who carries his loaded 9mm with him everywhere and lives in the basement because he can’t face life with his wife and two small children. When Jeremy shows up after Shane’s football game and offers to take him to the family cabin overnight, Shane goes along — both to get away from a humiliation on the field and to keep an eye on Jeremy, who’s AWOL from his job at Quantico and seems to have a shorter fuse than ever. But as the camping trip turns into a days-long canoe trip down the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers, Shane realizes he’s in way over his head — and has no idea how to persuade Jeremy to return home and get the help he needs before it’s too late. In a novel at once gripping and heartbreaking, Steve Watkins offers a stark exploration of the unseen injuries left by war.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Great Falls?
That it’s a rocking journey story that combines all my favorite things: out of control white water canoeing, the slaughter of feral pigs, sick high school football, peeing in sand traps, brothers with a deep blood connection, and the terrible awesomeness of the actual Great Falls. Plus some things that are a lot harder to stomach, but all too real: guns, more guns, wars, and the awful, devastating fallout from the violence of those wars.
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MILA 2.0: Redemption
by Debra Driza
Katherine Tegen Books
Mila has been running for her life for so long. But there might be nowhere left for her to go. Especially now that she’s an incredible danger to herself and anyone who dares get close to her.
That’s why Mila has gone into hiding with her friend, tech expert Lucas. She can’t take the risk of hurting people worse than the way she hurt Hunter: the boy she’ll always love, the boy who might never forgive her for what she’s done.
But then Mila discovers that General Holland has plans that are an even bigger threat to humanity than she is. Mila must make a choice: either push aside her fears and fight him with everything she’s got...or turn her back on the world forever.
This last book in Debra Driza’s exhilarating and thought-provoking MILA 2.0 series will surprise and thrill readers to the very end.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about MILA 2.0: Redemption?
Oh, wow, just one? That’s tough! I guess I would have to say that my favorite thing is the completion of Mila’s character arc. She starts out as this completely lost girl who can’t even recognize who or what she is, much less accept herself. She’s looking for validation in all the wrong places. By the end of Redemption, though, Mila’s discovered that acceptance has to come from within. She makes the crucial choice to be okay with who she is—even when others aren’t--and I really enjoyed taking that journey with her.
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The Incident on the Bridge
by Laura McNeal
Knopf Books for Young Readers
From National Book Award nominee Laura McNeal comes a gripping, tautly-told novel that is at once hopeful and harrowing. Perfect for fans of We Were Liars and Bone Gap.
When Thisbe Locke is last seen standing on the edge of the Coronado Bridge, it looks like there is only one thing to call it. But her sister Ted is not convinced. Despite the witnesses and the police reports and the divers and the fact that she was heartbroken about the way things ended with Clay, Thisbe isn’t the type of person to act so impulsively.
While everyone in town prepares to mourn the loss (some more than others), Ted and Fen, the new kid in town, set out to put the pieces together and find her sister.
But if Thisbe didn’t jump, what happened up on that bridge?
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Incident on the Bridge?
When our 17-year-old son read the book in manuscript form, he asked me to guess which character was his favorite. I named Jerome and Fen, who are the male protagonists, then Thisbe and Ted, the sisters who are female protagonists, and so on until I’d named all the “good” people, and he kept saying, “Nope." Finally he said his favorite was Frank Le Stang, who does the most despicable thing in the novel but also has the saddest life and the least hope. Since what I love best in a novel is being moved to pity everyone, including the villain, this made me very happy.
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Let the Wind Rise
by Shannon Messenger
The breathtaking action and whirlwind adventure build to a climax in this thrilling conclusion to the “remarkably unpredictable” (BCCB) Sky Fall trilogy from the bestselling author of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series.
Vane Weston is ready for battle. Against Raiden’s army. Against the slowly corrupting Gale Force. Even against his own peaceful nature as a Westerly. He’ll do whatever it takes, including storming Raiden’s icy fortress with the three people he trusts the least. Anything to bring Audra home safely.
But Audra won’t wait for someone to rescue her. She has Gus—the guardian she was captured with. And she has a strange “guide” left behind by the one prisoner who managed to escape Raiden. The wind is also rising to her side, rallying against their common enemy. When the forces align, Audra makes her play—but Raiden is ready.
Freedom has never held such an impossible price, and both groups know the sacrifices will be great. But Vane and Audra started this fight together. They’ll end it the same way
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by Robert Muchamore
Teen special agents James and Lauren travel to the US in the tenth book of the CHERUB series, which Rick Riordan says has “plenty of action.”
CHERUB agents are highly trained, extremely talented—and all under the age of seventeen. For official purposes, these agents do not exist. They are sent out on missions to spy on terrorists, hack into crucial documents, and gather intel on global threats—all without gadgets or weapons. It is an extremely dangerous job, but these agents have one crucial advantage: Adults never suspect that teens are spying on them.
In The General, James and Lauren travel to America to help train the army. And while they’re there, they get into a little trouble in Las Vegas. What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas…right?
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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS
Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here by Anna Breslaw: Kelsey M.
The Epidemic by Suzanne Young: Nicole W.
Congratulations to everyone who won! Make sure to keep scrolling to enter the giveaways for this week.
MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
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One Silver Summer
by Rachel Hickman
Fifteen-year-old Sass feels like her life is broken at the start of One Silver Summer, the debut YA novel from Rachel Hickman. Sass was sent far from her home in NYC to live with her estranged uncle in rural England after her mother died after a car accident. Her uncle’s tiny house and studio in Cornwall overlook rugged seaside and secluded fields, the perfect place for Sass to quietly mend herself body and soul.
While her uncle works, Sass wanders through the wild with Harry the dog as her only companion. It’s on one of these meandering walks that Sass glimpses a silver horse and soon she is sneaking off whenever possible to spend time with the mysterious creature. During one of these visits, Sass has an unpleasant run-in with Alex, the horse's snobbish owner, who has nothing but cold indifference for the trespassing American. But soon Sass’s intelligence and empathy for animals touches something inside him and Alex offers to teach her to ride. The two lonely teens find themselves falling for each other as they explore the seaside. But Alex has a bombshell secret, one that could shatter their budding bond. Will Sass and Alex be able to overcome their own pain and trust in true love?
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about One Silver Summer?
That’s hard. One Silver Summer is a melting pot of my favourite things: horses, Cornwall, royalty, grand country houses, New York, chocolate brownies, cups of tea, vintage clothes, first kisses, Nancy Drew, Harry the Dirty Dog . . . If I had to choose, it would be a place: the secret meadow where grief stricken Sass meets her silver horse, Bo, and falls in love with Alex. I guess, now I think of it, it’s a metaphor for everything that Sass longs for and must scale to find. And for Alex, struggling to deal with the trappings of his birth, it’s his refuge where he feels free to be himself instead of who he’s expected to be.
As a girl who grew up abroad, coming to England was a magical experience for me. We lived in Hong Kong, but every summer I would fly back to stay with my Granny Lily who would take me riding at her cousin’s farm in Wales. I used to dream of fields of tangled flowers with streams running through them that might lead to some great adventure. It’s funny to think that as I look out from my window now – a hundred years later – at my very own meadow, that my writing adventure is only just beginning.
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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK
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by Gwenda Bond
Lois Lane has settled in to her new school. She has friends, for maybe the first time in her life. She has a job that challenges her. And her friendship is growing with SmallvilleGuy, her online maybe-more-than-a-friend. But when her friend Maddy's twin collapses in a part of town she never should've been in, Lois finds herself embroiled in adangerous mystery that brings her closer to the dirty underbelly of Metropolis."
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Heir to the Sky
by Amanda Sun
As heir to a kingdom of floating continents, Kali has spent her life bound by limits—by her duties as a member of the royal family; by a forced betrothal to the son of a nobleman; and by the edge of the only world she’s ever known—a small island hovering above a monster-ridden earth, long since uninhabited by humans. She is the Eternal Flame of Hope for what’s left of mankind, the wick and the wax burning in service for her people, and for their revered Phoenix, whose magic keeps them aloft.
When Kali falls off the edge of her kingdom and miraculously survives, she is shocked to discover there are still humans on the earth. Determined to get home, Kali entrusts a rugged monster-hunter named Griffin to guide her across a world overrun by chimera, storm dragons, basilisks, and other terrifying beasts. But the more time she spends on earth, the more dark truths she begins to uncover about her home in the sky, and the more resolute she is to start burning for herself.
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Keep Me in Mind
by Jaime Reed
A girl who doesn't remember. A boy who can't forget her. A wise, witty, and heartbreaking love story for today's YA generation.
Ellia Dawson doesn't recognize the handsome boy who sits in tears by her hospital bed. But he's telling her that he's Liam McPherson, her boyfriend. Boyfriend? Ellia thinks in shock. She has no clue who Liam is, let alone whether or not she once loved him. She remembers her family, her friends, and the fact that she wants to be a fashion designer. But Liam is a big blank in her life.
Meanwhile, Liam is devastated that Ellia, the love of his life, who suffered an accident while they were running together on the beach, has lost her memory. He is desperate to win her back, rebuild what they once had, but Ellia keeps him at an arm's length. She's much more comfortable with a new boy she meets at the hospital, who understands more what she's going through. So Liam begins writing the story of the two of them, piecing together the past in the hopes of having a future with the girl he loves.
Told from alternating perspectives, this is a lyrical, clever, and surprising novel from Jaime Reed.
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by Jenny McLachlan
Feiwel & Friends
Betty Plum has never been in love. She's never even kissed a boy. But when Toby starts school it's like Betty has been hit with a thousand of Cupid's arrows. A bomb has exploded—a love bomb.
More than ever Betty wishes her mom didn't die when Betty was a baby. She really needs her mom here to ask her advice. And just when she misses her most, that's when she finds hidden letters for just these moments. Letters about what your first kiss should feel like and what real love truly is. Although her mom isn't really there, Betty feels closer to her more than ever.
Jenny McLachlan's follow-up to Flirty Dancing will have you in both fits of laughter and tears.
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by Eliot Schrefer
The third entry in the taut, heart-wrenching quartet that made Eliot Schrefer a two-time National Book Award finalist introduces us to an orangutan held captive in suburban America.
John grows up with everything he could possibly want. His father is a businessman who travels far and wide. One day, he comes home with a rare gift for his son, a baby orangutan, and the two become inseparable friends. But as the orangutan gets older, stronger, less cute, the family relegates the animal to a locked trailer in the backyard. Until John's father finally decides to sell the ape to a roadside zoo. Coming to the defense of his childhood friend, John resolves to smuggle the orangutan back to Indonesia, and the two set out on a journey far more dangerous than John bargained for.
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by Julie Kagawa
A fighter dedicated to saving humankind from dragons in strictest secrecy: that was what Garret Xavier Sebastian thought he was part of as a soldier of the Order of St. George. What he learned from a fiery dragon hatchling twisted all he believed in and set him on a collision course with certain death--but not without a chance to put things right.
Betrayed and on the run again, Ember and rogue dragon Riley discover an unthinkable truth about Talon and St. George. They'll need Garret's skills and insider knowledge of the Order to negotiate an impossible deal--and if they fail, there will be no way to stop all-out war.
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The Last Boy and Girl in the World
by Siobhan Vivian and Jenny Han
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
From the critically acclaimed author of The List comes a stunning new novel about a girl who must say goodbye to everything she knows after a storm wreaks havoc on her hometown.
What if your town was sliding underwater and everyone was ordered to pack up and leave? How would you and your friends spend your last days together?
While the adults plan for the future, box up their possessions, and find new places to live, Keeley Hewitt and her friends decide to go out with a bang. There are parties in abandoned houses. Canoe races down Main Street. The goal is to make the most of every minute they still have together.
And for Keeley, that means taking one last shot at the boy she’s loved forever.
There’s a weird sort of bravery that comes from knowing there’s nothing left to lose. You might do things you normally wouldn’t. Or say things you shouldn’t. The reward almost always outweighs the risk.
It’s the end of Aberdeen, but the beginning of Keeley’s first love story. It just might not turn out the way she thought. Because it’s not always clear what’s worth fighting for and what you should let become a memory.
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The Last Full Measure
by Trent Reedy
Arthur A. Levine Books
Trent Reedy brings his action-packed, provocative trilogy about the second American Civil War to a stunning and stirring close in The Last Full Measure.
In a YA trilogy like no other, Trent Reedy has raised the most primal questions of our national existence: Do we owe our greatest loyalty to our friends? Our state? Our country? Our party? How do we reconcile our individual rights and common needs? What keeps us all united -- and what happens if we fall apart?
Now, in this third book, the Second Civil War has come to an end in Idaho. The Feds have taken the fight to other fronts, and Danny and his friends are free of US. dominance. But that freedom comes with considerable costs, from Danny's disturbing flashbacks to the war, to the Brotherhood of the White Eagle, whose "security" for Freedom Lake looks more like outright thuggery. After Danny makes a shocking discovery about the Brotherhood's final aims, he and his friends lead a group of townspeople on a dangerous journey across a ravaged Idaho, hoping to build a better society of their own, and fulfill the dreams they had in what once was the United States.
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The Raven King
by Maggie Stiefvater
The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater.
All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love's death. She doesn't believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she's not so sure anymore.
In a starred review for Blue Lily, Lily Blue, Kirkus Reviews declared: "Expect this truly one-of-a-kind series to come to a thundering close."
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by Aimee Friedman
ONE SUMMER in the French countryside, among sun-kissed fields of lavender . . .
ANOTHER SUMMER in upstate New York, along familiar roads that lead to surprises . . .
When Summer Everett makes a split-second decision, her summer divides into two parallel worlds. In one, she travels to France, where she’s dreamed of going: a land of chocolate croissants, handsome boys, and art museums. In the other, she remains home, in her ordinary suburb, where she expects her ordinary life to continue — but nothing is as it seems.
In both summers, she will fall in love and discover new sides of herself. What may break her, though, is a terrible family secret, one she can't hide from anywhere. In the end, it may just be the truth she needs the most.
From New York Times bestselling author Aimee Friedman comes an irresistible, inventive novel that takes readers around the world and back again, and asks us what matters more: the journey or the destination.
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