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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK
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Die for You
by Amy Fellner Dominy
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Not everything is as perfect as it seems in this dark romance by A Matter of Heart author, Amy Dominy.
Theirs was the perfect love story.
After Emma Lorde’s parents’ divorce forces her to move halfway across the state of Arizona to live with her father, Emma must face her senior year in a new school knowing absolutely no one.
Then she meets Dillon Hobbs and something just clicks.
Dillon introduces Emma to friends she can call her own. He provides a refuge from the chaos of her past and the security of a commitment that he promises will last forever. And because circumstances of her messy life forced Emma to put aside her dream of pursuing archaeology, Dillon creates a blueprint for a future together.
He saves her, over and over, by loving her more than she thought anyone ever would.
But just when everything seems picture-perfect, Emma is offered an opportunity that will upend the future they’ve planned. Uncertainty grows, and fear spirals into something darker.
Now Dillon is the one who needs saving.
But how much do you sacrifice for the one you love? What if saving Dillon means losing herself?
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Die for You?
Crazy as it sounds, my favorite part of a book is usually the part I struggled with the most. With Die For You, it was the last scene. I just couldn’t get it right. A lot of really dark stuff had happened and I was inside Emma’s head (the main character) and everything I wrote was plain old bleak. It didn’t feel right, but I couldn’t figure out how to fix it. I sent it to my editor, and she asked me to take another go at it. By then I’d had time away from the story and when I jumped back into Emma’s head, I was able to come at the scene from a different place. That probably sounds like author mumbo-jumbo, but basically it means that giving yourself time away from your manuscript is really important. And in fact, I rewrote the scene a third time after another round of revisions. Finally, it was where it was meant to be. (At least I hope so because I’m too nervous to read it again.)
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Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity
by Kristin Elizabeth Clark
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
The last time Jess saw her father, she was a boy. Now she's a high school graduate, soon to be on her way to art school. But first she has some unfinished business with her dad. So she's driving halfway across the country to his wedding. He happens to be marrying her mom's ex-best friend. It's not like Jess wasn't invited; she was. She just never told anyone she was coming. Surprise!
Luckily, Jess isn't making this trip alone. Her best friend, Christophe--nicknamed Chunk--is joining her.
Along the way, Jess and Chunk learn a few things about themselves--and each other--which call their feelings about their relationship into question.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Jess, Chunk, and the Road Trip to Infinity?
I think my favorite thing is that it’s not an issues book. Sure, the protagonist is trans, and that does inform the story but it isn’t THE story. The story is really about Jess’s relationship with her parents and with her best friend. It’s about her discovery that everyone struggles with something, and hurtful speech is hurtful speech. It’s about her slow recognition of her self-centeredness, and the effect that has had on the people she loves. It’s about a road trip, and the fun of bizarre roadside attractions. Gender identity is just one part of the story. I look forward to seeing more books where this is the case as well. I think we’re headed in that direction. ☺
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The Infinity of You & Me
by J.Q. Coyle
St. Martin's Griffin
What if every life-altering choice you made could split your world into infinite worlds?
Almost fifteen, Alicia is smart and funny with a deep connection to the poet Sylvia Plath, but she’s ultimately failing at life. With a laundry list of diagnoses, she hallucinates different worlds—strange, decaying, otherworldly yet undeniably real worlds that are completely unlike her own with her single mom and one true friend. In one particularly vivid hallucination, Alicia is drawn to a boy her own age named Jax who’s trapped in a dying universe. Days later, her long-lost father shows up at her birthday party, telling her that the hallucinations aren’t hallucinations, but real worlds; she and Jax are bound by a strange past and intertwining present. This leads her on a journey to find out who she is while trying to save the people and worlds she loves. J.Q. Coyle’s The Infinity of You & Me is a wild ride through unruly hearts and vivid worlds guaranteed to captivate.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Infinity of You & Me?
The idea that every time you make a major life decision, you fully imagine both choices – as if they were real. In this book I got to ask the question: What if in that moment of extreme decision-making pressure, both choices actually become real? This took me on a winding path through alternate parallel universes and ultimately to a girl named Alicia who creates these other universes and then falls for someone in another universe and has to save that world.
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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS
We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen: Stephanie T.
You in Five Acts by Una LaMarche: Leah H, Megan C, Taffy L
MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS
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Dead Girls Society
by Michelle Krys
A slick thriller from the author of HEXED, perfect for fans of THE CELLAR by Natasha Preston and PANIC by Lauren Oliver.
You are cordially invited to participate in a game of thrills and dares. Tell no one, and come alone. If you dare.
Hope is sick of everyone treating her like she’s breakable. Sure, she has cystic fibrosis (basically really bad lungs), but she’s tired of being babied by her mom and her overprotective best friend, Ethan, not to mention worrying about paying for her expensive medication and how she’s going to afford college. And she’s bored with life in her run-down New Orleans suburb.
When an invitation arrives from a mysterious group that calls itself the Society, Hope jumps at the chance for some excitement. This could be her ticket out. All she has to do is complete a few dares and she just might win some real money.
But the Society isn’t all that it seems . . . and soon Hope finds that playing the game isn’t a choice—it’s a requirement.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Dead Girls Society?
I had a few different inspirations: the anonymous letters from Pretty Little Liars, the secret society in the movie The Skulls, and competition. I’d been trying to work these elements into various different projects for ages, but they never quite fit. It wasn’t until I was in New Orleans for the RT Booklovers Convention, sitting in a bar in the French Quarter, talking about the book I was struggling to write, when I suddenly realized a way I could combine all of them into one great book. What I came up with is a group of girls who receive anonymous invitations from a group who call themselves the Society, inviting them to join a high stakes game of dares. Only the game isn’t all that it seems, and soon the promise of a prize is replaced by a fight to stay alive.
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by Dean Hughes
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
From the author of Soldier Boys and Search & Destroy comes a thought-provoking, action-packed page-turner based on the little-known history of the Japanese Americans who fought with the 442nd Regimental Combat Team during World War II.
Yuki Nakahara is an American.
But it’s the start of World War II, and America doesn’t see it that way. Like many other Japanese Americans, Yuki and his family have been forced into an internment camp in the Utah desert. But Yuki isn’t willing to sit back and accept this injustice—it’s his country too, and he’s going to prove it by enlisting in the army to fight for the Allies.
When Yuki and his friend Shig ship out, they aren’t prepared for the experiences they’ll encounter as members of the “Four-Four-Two,” a segregated regiment made up entirely of Japanese-American soldiers. Before Yuki returns home—if he returns home—he’ll come face to face with persistent prejudices, grueling combat he never imagined, and friendships deeper than he knew possible.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Four-Four-Two?
I’ve written many books for young adults, but I believe this is my most important work. It’s the story of the Japanese Americans who volunteered to fight for their country during World War II in spite of being hauled away to guarded internment camps. And what was their crime? They were of Japanese descent. They were never accused of anything else. As members of the segregated 442nd Regimental Combat Team, these soldiers became the most decorated in American military history. Young people need to know this history as they sort out their feelings toward stereotyped minorities in our own time. Besides, it’s an exciting story, with lots of intense action and powerful emotions.
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by Tara Sim
Sky Pony Press
Two o’clock was missing.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
The stunning first novel in a new trilogy by debut author Tara Sim, Timekeeper is perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare and Victoria Schwab.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Timekeeper?
There are several elements I love about TIMEKEEPER, particularly the time magic. But if I were to pick one thing, it would be the growth between Danny and Colton, both as a couple and individually. TIMEKEEPER is not a romance book, but the way their relationship evolves over the course of the story is one of the most fundamental things about it. It’s the thing that inspires them to grow as characters as well as move the plot forward. Danny and Colton are both lonely boys looking for bigger meaning in the world, and I felt like that was the very core of the book—trusting yourself, trusting others, making yourself vulnerable to change. Their relationship is the catalyst for the whole series, and I’m excited to delve into it more in the next installment.
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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK
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by Emma Newman
Acclaimed author Emma Newman returns to the captivating universe she created in Planetfall with a stunning science fiction mystery where one man’s murder is much more than it seems...
Govcorp detective Carlos Moreno was only a baby when Atlas left Earth to seek truth among the stars. But in that moment, the course of Carlos’s entire life changed. Atlas is what took his mother away; what made his father lose hope; what led Alejandro Casales, leader of the religious cult known as the Circle, to his door. And now, on the eve of the fortieth anniversary of Atlas’s departure, it’s got something to do why Casales was found dead in his hotel room—and why Carlos is the man in charge of the investigation.
To figure out who killed one of the most powerful men on Earth, Carlos is supposed to put aside his personal history. But the deeper he delves into the case, the more he realizes that escaping the past is not so easy. There’s more to Casales’s death than meets the eye, and something much more sinister to the legacy of Atlas than anyone realizes...
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All in Pieces
by Suzanne Young
From New York Times bestselling author Suzanne Young comes a heartrending new novel about a girl struggling to deal with anger issues while taking care of her younger brother with special needs.
That’s how they classified Savannah Sutton after she stuck a pencil in her ex-boyfriend’s hand because he mocked her little brother, Evan, for being disabled. That’s why they sent her to Brooks Academy—an alternative high school that’s used as a temporary detention center.
The days at Brooks are miserable, but at home, life is far more bleak. Savvy’s struggling to take care of her brother since her mom left years ago, and her alcoholic dad can’t be bothered. Life with Evan is a constant challenge, but he’s also the most important person in the world to Savvy.
Then there’s Cameron, a new student at Brooks with issues of his own; a guy from a perfect family that Savvy thought only existed on TV. Cameron seems determined to break through every one of the walls Savvy’s built around herself, except if she lets herself trust him, it could make everything she’s worked so hard for fall apart in an instant.
And with her aunt seeking custody of her brother and her ex-boyfriend seeking revenge, Savvy’s fighting to hold all the pieces together. But she’s not sure how much tighter she can be pulled before she breaks completely.
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by E.E. Cooper
Katherine Tegen Books
Avenged is the conclusion to the Vanished duology, an absorbing, psychological suspense story about friendship, deception, jealousy, and love.
Everyone believes Beth’s death was an accident, except for Kalah. The girl she loved was stolen from her, and now Kalah’s broken heart wants revenge. In order to crack Brit’s perfect alibi, Kalah pretends to be Brit’s best friend—with the sole mission to destroy her.
Kalah knows that playing Brit’s game is deadly. One wrong move could cost someone their life, including her own…but the more lies Kalah tells, the closer she is to the twisted truth.
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by Melissa de la Cruz
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
The sultry sequel to Triple Moon from #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz.
Twin witches Mardi and Molly Overbrook are back for another summer in North Hampton, and this year they’re serious about two things: avoiding trouble and dedicating themselves to rest and relaxation. Molly’s headed to Aunt Ingrid’s, while Mardi has convinced their father, Troy—a.k.a. Thor, the god of thunder—to let her crash with her boyfriend, Trent, who also happens to be Tyr, the god of war. It’s a tangled web they weave, but that’s to be expected where gods and goddesses are concerned.
Their vacation’s just begun when an old secret is revealed, leaving Molly and Mardi to question everything they’ve ever known about their family. Then a hot new guy comes to town and starts brewing even more trouble . . . and soon enough, the twins are back to their old tricks.
After an ancient prophecy comes to light, Molly and Mardi notice some mysterious changes, changes that will put their sisterhood to the ultimate test. East End’s shaping up to be much more exciting than the girls were bargaining for, but what’s a summer in the Hamptons without a little magic and mischief?
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by Marissa Meyer
Feiwel & Friends
Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.
Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.
At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.
Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.
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The Boomerang Effect
by Gordon Jack
It all started with a harmless prank. But now high school junior (and resident stoner) Lawrence Barry is one step away from reform school unless he participates in a mentorship program. His mentee? Spencer Knudsen, a Norwegian exchange student with Spock-like intelligence but the social skills of the periodic table.
Then disaster strikes—Homecoming week. When someone dressed as the school Viking mascot starts destroying the fairy tale–inspired floats, all suspicion falls on Lawrence. Add to the mix a demon Goth girl named Zoe, a Renaissance LARPing group, an overzealous yearbook editor, and three vindictive chickens, and Lawrence soon realizes that his situation may be a little out of control. But Spencer seems to have some answers. In fact, Spencer may be the one friend Lawrence never knew he needed.
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The Door That Led to Where
by Sally Gardner
In this fast-paced young adult mystery, Printz Honor winner Sally Gardner brings London to life as she explores crime, poverty, and ignorance over the span of almost two centuries, as a young man is given the opportunity to go back in time in order to make sense of the present.
A fresh start is what he needs. Will he find it in the past or the present?
AJ Flynn has just failed all but one of his major exams, and at almost seventeen years old, he sees a future that’s far from rosy. So when he’s offered a junior clerk position at a London law firm, he hopes his life is about to change—and it does, but he could never have imagined how much.
While on the job, AJ finds an old key labeled with his birth date, and he’s determined to find the door it will open. When he does just that, AJ and his group of scrappy friends begin a series of amazing journeys to the past—1830, to be exact. And they quickly realize that hardship, treachery, and love haven’t changed too much in almost two hundred years.
When they discover a crime that only they can solve, the boys go from wayward youths to intrepid young men with a purpose in life. But with enemies all around, can they unravel the mysteries of the past before the past unravels them?
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