Monday, November 12, 2018

0 New Releases This Week 11/12 - 11/18

Happy Monday! While we don't have a lot of giveaways this week, we have so many author interviews throughout the week! Don't forget to check back in often to read all of them and check out all the books coming out this week below.

Happy Reading,

Shelly, Halli, Jocelyn, Martina, Erin, Susan, Kelly, Laura, Emily, Anisaa, and Lori Ann


YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS

Toxic by Lydia Kang: Amy D.

MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


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How She Died, How I Lived
by Mary Crockett and Madelyn Rosenberg
Hardcover
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Released 11/13/2018

I was one of five. The five girls Kyle texted that day. The girls it could have been. Only Jamie--beautiful, saintly Jamie--was kind enough to respond. And it got her killed.

On the eve of Kyle's sentencing a year after Jamie's death, all the other "chosen ones" are coping in various ways. But our tenacious narrator is full of anger, stuck somewhere between the horrifying past and the unknown future as she tries to piece together why she gets to live, while Jamie is dead.

Now she finds herself drawn to Charlie, Jamie's boyfriend--knowing all the while that their relationship will always be haunted by what-ifs and why-nots. Is hope possible in the face of such violence? Is forgiveness? How do you go on living when you know it could have been you instead?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about How She Died, How I Lived?

It's hard to choose a single thing. I love so much of this book!

I love that it's a story about healing, self-reliance, and the freedom that comes through forgiveness.

I love that it shows friendship between girls as a positive force in the world.

But I suppose first and foremost I love that HOW SHE DIED, HOW I LIVED speaks plainly about something that is too often ignored in our society. The epidemic of violence against women is a reality it seems we'd rather not examine. Yet, does a week go past that we don't hear about another missing or murdered girl? And for every girl's story we hear, there are thousands we don't.

Girls and women are consistently the targets of violent acts for no reason other than their female bodies. These acts are senseless and profoundly wrong--and I hope that my book starts conversations about the safety of young women in our culture and what we can do to value young women's lives.


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Pulp
by Robin Talley
Hardcover
Harlequin Teen; Original edition
Released 11/13/2018

In 1955, eighteen-year-old Janet Jones keeps the love she shares with her best friend Marie a secret. It’s not easy being gay in Washington, DC, in the age of McCarthyism, but when she discovers a series of books about women falling in love with other women, it awakens something in Janet. As she juggles a romance she must keep hidden and a newfound ambition to write and publish her own story, she risks exposing herself—and Marie—to a danger all too real.

Sixty-two years later, Abby Zimet can’t stop thinking about her senior project and its subject—classic 1950s lesbian pulp fiction. Between the pages of her favorite book, the stresses of Abby’s own life are lost to the fictional hopes, desires and tragedies of the characters she’s reading about. She feels especially connected to one author, a woman who wrote under the pseudonym “Marian Love,” and becomes determined to track her down and discover her true identity.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Pulp?

My favorite thing about writing PULP was the deep dive I got to do in my research. I read so many lesbian pulp stories from the 1950s and 1960s — all these classic novels about romances between women during an era when their relationships were beyond taboo. The books were marketed to men as “scandalous” reads, even though they were quite tame by today’s standards, and they're fascinating reads. They gave me exactly the material I needed to write my story, about a closeted teenage girl secretly writing a lesbian pulp novel in 1955 and the out-and-proud teenager in the present day who stumbles across her book six decades later and decides to do whatever it takes to track down the mysterious author, who was never heard from again after writing a single now-beloved novel.

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The Resolutions
by Mia Garcia
Hardcover
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 11/13/2018

From hiking trips to four-person birthday parties to never-ending group texts, Jess, Lee, Ryan, and Nora have always been inseparable. But now with senior year on the horizon, they’ve been growing apart. And so, as always, Jess makes a plan.

Reinstating their usual tradition of making resolutions together on New Year’s Eve, Jess adds a new twist: instead of making their own resolutions, the four friends assign them to one another—dares like kiss someone you know is wrong for you, find your calling outside your mom’s Puerto Rican restaurant, finally learn Spanish, and say yes to everything.

But as the year unfolds, Jess, Lee, Ryan, and Nora each test the bonds that hold them together. And amid first loves, heartbreaks, and life-changing decisions, beginning again is never as simple as it seems.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Resolutions?

I love exploring the power of friendships and how they can get you through the toughest moments in your life. And I am particularly grateful to have been able to write about the friendship between four Latinx teens, how they approach their culture, first loves, and life, while always having each other’s backs.

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The Storyteller
by Traci Chee
Hardcover
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Released 11/13/2018

Sefia is determined to keep Archer out of the Guard's clutches and their plans for war between the Five Kingdoms. The Book, the ancient, infinite codex of the past, present and future, tells of a prophecy that will plunge Kelanna in that bloody war, but it requires a boy--Archer--and Sefia will stop at nothing to ensure his safety. The Guard has already stolen her mother, her father, and her Aunt Nin. Sefia would sooner die than let them take anymore from her--especially the boy she loves.
But escaping the Guard and the Book's prophecy is no easy task. After all, what is written always comes to pass. As Sefia and Archer watch Kelanna start to crumble to the Guard's will, they will have to choose between their love and joining a war that just might tear them apart. Full of magic, suspense, and mystery, Traci Chee brings her Sea of Ink and Gold trilogy to a close in this spellbinding final installment.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Storyteller?

I’ve always known how THE READER TRILOGY would end. I’ve always known who would die and who would live and what the final choice would be. Some of the details have changed over the course of the writing process, naturally: the magic works a little differently, someone dies who wasn’t supposed to die, someone lives who wasn’t supposed to live, and there’s a really exciting part at the end where the pages slowly fade to black that Parker Peevyhouse, author of THE ECHO ROOM (http://www.torteen.com/books/echo-room-parker-peevyhouse/), helped me to come up with and that Marikka Tamura, the incredible designer at Putnam/Penguin, helped me to execute. But the important things remain the same: the themes of grief and power and choice, the way the characters’ stories all finally come together in one last fiery conflagration, how all these little seeds I planted in THE READER and THE SPEAKER, from the journey to the edge of the world to the esoteric work of Sefia’s parents to the hunt for the greatest treasure the world has ever seen, do at last come to fruition. I suppose my favorite thing about THE STORYTELLER is that, after all these years and all these revisions and all this work, it still had to end this way. It still feels right to end this way.

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Wilder
by Andrew Simonet
Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Released 11/13/2018

I met Melissa in the rubber room, a.k.a. in-school suspension. And that’s not her real name.
She had secrets, I had enemies.
“People are either useful or dangerous,” she said. “One or the other.”
“Which one am I?” I said.
“You’re both.”
Meili was right. (That’s her real name.)
You can solve a lot of problems if you don’t mind getting hurt.

Jason Wilder is in permanent in-school suspension for fighting. Meili Wen gets there by breaking a girl’s finger. Jason and Meili don’t just connect; they collide. Two people who would never cross paths―outsiders from radically different backgrounds―they form an exhiliarating, unpredictable bond. When circumstances push, they push back. There’s no plan. And there’s no stopping.

"I am so crap. How can you stand being with me? Don’t answer that or I will crash this thing with both of us on it, swear to god, are you ready?”
Yes. No. Didn’t matter.
I reached both arms around Meili’s waist as we zoomed down the hill.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Wilder?

Jason and Meili’s conversations. I love the swerves, the bluff calling, the ruthless smarts. Their bond is rhythmic, two musicians who never played to their full ability till they met. They riff, feint, turn the other’s words around. I wasn’t inventing their dialogue; I was eavesdropping.

They are two kids who see through everyone else’s bull, but not their own. They need each other for that. It’s what brings them together and what allows them—maybe—to change.


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A Rising Moon
by Stephen Leigh
Paperback
DAW
Released 11/13/2018

"Orla! Hurry, girl! You must come with me!"

Orla Paorach's life was overturned for the first time when her mother Voada was beaten senseless, and Orla was taken by Bakir, a minor Mundoan army officer, as his second wife. Now her world is shattered a second time: Bakir has died in battle, and so has her mother, now known as the Mad Draoi of the Cateni.

Orla flees northward to Onglse, the island home of the draoi that is the center of the Cateni rebellion against the Mundoa. She becomes quickly embroiled in battle as well as deceptions from both sides of the conflict, as everyone expects that she's come to take up her mother's mantle. Those who knew her mother offer their help, but can she trust any of them? Can she avoid becoming the Mad Draoi herself, lost in the magic her mother once tried to wield?

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Dark Mind Rising
by Julia Keller
Hardcover
Tor Teen
Released 11/13/2018

New Earth, 2296. Two years after the destruction of a universal surveillance system called the Intercept, New Earth struggles to keep crime under control. The citizens are free, but not protected.

Violet Crowley, the eighteen-year-old daughter of New Earth's founder, has opened Crowley & Associates, a private detective agency, to handle the overflow from the overburdened police force.

Violet's first case―a death written off as a suicide―becomes an obsession. Soon a series of similar deaths leads Violet to believe the Intercept is not only still running―it's in the hands of a killer.

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Four Three Two One
by Courtney C. Stevens
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 11/13/2018

Golden “Go” Jennings wasn’t supposed to be on Bus 21 the day it blew up in New York City. Neither was her boyfriend, Chandler. But they were. And so was Rudy, a cute stranger Go shared a connection with the night before. And Caroline, a girl whose silence ended up costing nineteen people their lives.

Though it’s been a year since the bombing, Go isn’t any closer to getting over what happened. With Chan completely closed off to even talking about it, Go makes an impulsive decision: round up the rest of the survivors and head to New York City. There they will board an art installation made of the charred remnants of Bus 21 and hopefully reach some sort of resolution.

But things are never easy when it comes to rehashing the past. Uniting the four stirs up conflicting feelings of anger and forgiveness, and shows them that, although they all survived, they may still need saving.

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Splendor and Spark
by Mary Taranta
Hardcover
Margaret K. McElderry Books
Released 11/13/2018

The fight is just beginning.

Faris has been forced to give up the man she loves for a dangerous but necessary alliance. Her loyalty is bound by a powerful spell to his future bride, the villainous Bryn. And her mother’s powerful spell that could be the key to saving Avinea fights with poisoned magic for control of her heart.

None of that matters though because everything Faris has done has been for Cadence, the little sister she’s been trying to rescue from the king’s slavery. Now they’re finally reunited, but Cadence has a gut-wrenching confession: she remembers everything from while she was under the king’s enchantment. She wants nothing to do with Faris.

Heartbroken, Faris focuses on tracking Merlock, the king who must be killed to stop The Burn, by manipulating her mother’s spell through her dreams. Before long though, Faris realizes these aren’t normal dreams, they might just be real, and they may show her a way to kill Merlock herself.

But there are things darker than poison that lie in The Burn, and not even the spell deep in Faris’s chest can stop them. Faris will again be faced with impossible choices. Does she risk everything to save Avinea, even if she might lose North and further betray her sister’s trust? Or does she succumb to the poison inside that begs her to think this time, finally, of herself?

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The Dragon Ridge Tombs
by Tianxia Bachang
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 11/13/2018

The second book in China's multimillion-copy bestselling series takes readers on a treacherous journey to the depths beneath a mountain range, where ancient tombs are certain to contain riches but also rumored to be guarded by merciless supernatural forces.

Self-proclaimed gold hunter Tianyi, who has excellent feng shui skills, along with his best friend, Kai, and a shady antiques dealer called Gold Tooth, have traveled all the way from Beijing to Gulan in search of treasure in ancient tombs. But what they think will be a simple grab-and-go of loot turns into trouble when they are faced with a perplexing labyrinth of tunnels full of unexpected obstacles, traps, and deadly creatures that thwart their advancement, as well as their escape. As if that weren't enough, the return of their American friend Julie Yang, with whom they faced perils on a previous expedition, leads to a startling discovery--one tied to both China's ancient past and the Yang family's history, and one that could very well be the death of them all.

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The Reckoning of Noah Shaw
by Michelle Hodkin
Hardcover
Simon & Schuster Books for You
Released 11/13/2018

In this sequel to The Becoming of Noah Shaw, the companion series to the New York Times bestselling Mara Dyer novels, legacies are revealed, lies are unraveled, and old alliances are forged. Noah’s reckoning is here.

Noah Shaw wants nothing more than to escape the consequences of his choices.

He can’t.

He’s sure the memories that haunt him are merely proof of a broken heart.

They aren’t.

He thinks he can move forward without first confronting his past.

He’s wrong.

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This Splintered Silence
by Kayla Olson
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 11/13/2018

Lindley Hamilton has been the leader of the space station Lusca since every first generation crew member on board, including her mother, the commander, was killed by a deadly virus.

Lindley always assumed she’d captain the Lusca one day, but she never thought that day would come so soon. And she never thought it would be like this—struggling to survive every day, learning how to keep the Lusca running, figuring out how to communicate with Earth, making sure they don’t run out of food.

When a member of the surviving second generation dies from symptoms that look just like the deadly virus, though, Lindley feels her world shrinking even smaller. And as more people die, Lindley must face the terrifying reality—that either the virus has mutated, or one of their own is a killer.

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Your Own Worst Enemy
by Gordon Jack
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 11/13/2018

Stacey Wynn was the clear front-runner for Lincoln High student council president. But then French-Canadian transfer student Julia Romero entered the race…and put the moves on Stacey’s best friend/campaign adviser, Brian.

Stacey also didn’t count on Tony Guo, resident stoner, whose sole focus is on removing the school’s ban of his favorite chocolate milk, becoming the voice of the little guy, thanks to a freshman political “mastermind” with a blue Mohawk.

Three candidates, three platforms, and a whirlwind of social media, gaffes, high school drama, and protests make for a ridiculously hilarious political circus that just may hold some poignant truth somewhere in the mix.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

0 Lydia Kang, author of TOXIC, on feeling like a book wrote itself

We're thrilled to have Lydia Kang join us to share more about her latest novel, TOXIC.

Lydia, how long did you work on TOXIC?

I wrote TOXIC over the course of six months, but it took several revisions to get it just right. I had a blast. It felt like it wrote itself!

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

It did. I really got a chance to explore more fully the diasporic experience of my own life in this book. Hana, the main character, is ethnically Korean, but her culture is a mash of what she's learned, and what her mother has taught her in isolation. I really spent a lot of time thinking about identity for those who are not native born within their ethnic countries of origin.

How long or hard was your road to publication? How many books did you write before this one, and how many never got published?

I wrote two books before my first one, CONTROL, was published. After my first publication, I've written two other books that never got published. That's hard, but not every book makes it, even after you get your foot in the door.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Toxic
by Lydia Kang
Paperback
Entangled: Teen
Released 11/6/2018

Hana isn't supposed to exist. She's grown up hidden by her mother in a secret room of the bioship Cyclo until the day her mother is simply gone―along with the entire crew. Cyclo tells her she was abandoned, but she's certain her mother wouldn't leave her there to die. And Hana isn't ready to die yet. She's never really had a chance to live.

Fenn is supposed to die. He and a crew of hired mercenaries are there to monitor Cyclo as she expires, and the payment for the suicide mission will mean Fenn's sister is able to live. But when he meets Hana, he's not sure how to save them both.

As Cyclo grows sicker by the day, they unearth more secrets about the ship and the crew. But the more time they spend together, the more Hana and Fenn realize that falling for each other is what could ultimately kill them both.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR 

Lydia Kang is an author of young adult fiction, adult fiction and non-fiction, and poetry. She graduated from Columbia University and New York University School of Medicine, completing her residency and chief residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York City. She is a practicing physician who has gained a reputation for helping fellow writers achieve medical accuracy in fiction. Her poetry and non-fiction have been published in JAMA, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Canadian Medical Association Journal, Journal of General Internal Medicine, and Great Weather for Media. She believes in science and knocking on wood, and currently lives in Omaha with her husband and three children.

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Have you had a chance to read TOXIC yet? Have you had a book feel like it was just writing itself? Do you explore the experiences in your own life while writing? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

Monday, November 5, 2018

3 New Releases This Week 11/05 - 11/11 plus Giveaway for TOXIC

Happy Monday! We're so excited to feature TOXIC by Lydia Kang and be able to offer up a giveaway copy! Don't forget to check out all the books coming out this week below.

Happy Reading,

Shelly, Halli, Jocelyn, Martina, Erin, Susan, Kelly, Laura, Emily, Anisaa, and Lori Ann



YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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Toxic
by Lydia Kang
Paperback + Swag Bundle
U.S. Only

Entangled: Teen
Released 11/6/2018

Hana isn't supposed to exist. She's grown up hidden by her mother in a secret room of the bioship Cyclo until the day her mother is simply gone―along with the entire crew. Cyclo tells her she was abandoned, but she's certain her mother wouldn't leave her there to die. And Hana isn't ready to die yet. She's never really had a chance to live.

Fenn is supposed to die. He and a crew of hired mercenaries are there to monitor Cyclo as she expires, and the payment for the suicide mission will mean Fenn's sister is able to live. But when he meets Hana, he's not sure how to save them both.

As Cyclo grows sicker by the day, they unearth more secrets about the ship and the crew. But the more time they spend together, the more Hana and Fenn realize that falling for each other is what could ultimately kill them both.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Toxic?

One of my favorite things about TOXIC was creating the ship, Cyclo. Cyclo (she/her) is sentient, communicative both verbally and via color flashing on her walls. She also resembles a diatom or jellyfish, and doesn't have a nervous system like mammals. So it was fascinating to try to create how a creature like this functions, lives, emotes, communicated, and feels illness. I loved Cyclo as much as all the other characters in the book.

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Umbertouched
by Livia Blackburne
Hardcover
Disney-Hyperion
Released 11/6/2018

The mission was a failure. Even though Zivah and Dineas discovered a secret that could bring down the empire, their information is useless without proof. Now, with their cover blown and their quest abandoned, their only remaining hope is to get home before Ampara brings the full might of its armies against their peoples.

As Shidadi and Dara alike prepare for war, Zivah and Dineas grapple with the toll of their time in the capital. After fighting alongside the Amparans against his own kin, can Dineas convince the Shidadi—and himself—where his loyalties lie? After betraying her healer’s vows in Sehmar City, can Zivah find a way to redeem herself—especially when the Dara ask her to do the unthinkable? And after reluctantly falling in love, what will the two do with their lingering feelings, now that the Dineas from Sehmar City is gone forever? Time is running out for all of them, but especially Zivah whose plague symptoms surface once again. Now, she must decide how she’ll define the life she has left.

Together, healer and warrior must find the courage to save their people, expose the truth, and face the devastating consequences headed their way.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about UMBERTOUCHED?

My favorite thing about Umbertouched touched was being able to challenge the characters beyond the events of book 1, and to see them triumph over their ghosts.  Throughout book one, Ziva struggles with mortality and her duties to her goddess.  And in book 2, this struggle intensifies. In a transformative series of scenes, Ziva quite literally wanders through the wilderness, forced to reach inside for strength, making many mistakes, and healing and hurting both herself and others.  In the end, although she gets no easy answers, she emerges transformed.

Likewise, in Umbertouched, Dineas’s struggle with torn loyalties manifests itself quit plainly.  In order to find peace, he has to navigate those difficult relationships while keeping himself in his loved ones alive.

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Archenemies
by Marissa Meyer
Hardcover
Feiwel & Friends
Released 11/6/2018

Time is running out.
Together, they can save the world.
But they're each other’s worst nightmare.

In Renegades, Nova and Adrian (aka Insomnia and Sketch) fought the battle of their lives against the Anarchist known as the Detonator. It was a short-lived victory.

The Anarchists still have a secret weapon, one that Nova believes will protect her. The Renegades also have a strategy for overpowering the Anarchists, but both Nova and Adrian understand that it could mean the end of Gatlon City – and the world – as they know it.

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Frozen Reign
by Kathryn Purdie
Hardcover
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 11/6/2018

Civil war is on the horizon, and Sonya is helpless to stop it. With her empathic powers gone, she can no longer protect her beloved Anton from his vindictive brother Valko, who will stop at nothing to get his revenge and reclaim his throne. Even if that means using an Auraseer to hunt—and kill—both Sonya and Anton.

Then Sonya hears about an empath in a far-off kingdom who may be able to heal her—but without her powers, finding the legendary Auraseer will be dangerous. And if she doesn’t succeed, the peace Sonya sacrificed so much to achieve will be shattered forever.

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Girls of Paper and Fire
by Natasha Ngan
Hardcover
jimmy patterson
Released 11/6/2018

Each year, eight beautiful girls are chosen as Paper Girls to serve the king. It's the highest honor they could hope for...and the most demeaning. This year, there's a ninth. And instead of paper, she's made of fire.

In this richly developed fantasy, Lei is a member of the Paper caste, the lowest and most persecuted class of people in Ikhara. She lives in a remote village with her father, where the decade-old trauma of watching her mother snatched by royal guards for an unknown fate still haunts her. Now, the guards are back and this time it's Lei they're after -- the girl with the golden eyes whose rumored beauty has piqued the king's interest.

Over weeks of training in the opulent but oppressive palace, Lei and eight other girls learns the skills and charm that befit a king's consort. There, she does the unthinkable -- she falls in love. Her forbidden romance becomes enmeshed with an explosive plot that threatens her world's entire way of life. Lei, still the wide-eyed country girl at heart, must decide how far she's willing to go for justice and revenge.


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Hide with Me
by Sorboni Banerjee
Hardcover
Razorbill
Released 11/6/2018

In the dying cornfields of his family's farm, seventeen-year-old Cade finds a girl broken and bleeding. She has one request: hide me.

Tucked away in an abandoned barn on the edge of the farm, the mysterious Jane Doe starts to heal and details of her past begin to surface. A foster kid looking for a way out, Jane got caught up in the wrong crowd and barely escaped with her life.

Cade has a difficult past of his own. He's been trapped in the border town of Tanner, Texas, his whole life. His dad is a drunk. His mom is gone. Money is running out. Cade is focused on one thing, a football scholarship--his only chance.

Cade and Jane spend their nights in the barn planning their escapes, and their days with Cade's friends: sweet, artistic Mateo and his determined sister Jojo who vows to be president one day.

But it's not that easy to disappear.

Just across the border in a city in Mexico lies the life Jane desperately wants to leave behind--a past filled with drugs and danger, information she never wanted, and a cartel boss who is watching her every move.

Jane Doe's past is far from over, and the secret she holds could kill them all.

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Illusions
by Madeline J. Reynolds
Paperback
Entangled: Teen
Released 11/6/2018

Thomas Pendelton was born into wealth and prestige. He has a sensitive heart and wants nothing more than to write poetry. Instead, he is apprenticing for Neville Wighton the Great, an aging magician who has become somewhat crazed over the years in his pursuit of fame. With Thomas’ help, Wighton is about to premiere the greatest illusion seen by man, for Thomas possesses something no other illusionist has: real magic.

Many in the theatrical world are desperate to learn Wighton’s big secret. One such magician is Paolo il Magnifico. His apprentice, Saverio Moretti, is also seeking the answer. He has a scheme to get close to Wighton by seducing Thomas but seduction turns to real feelings. Now the young men must struggle to keep the secret of their romance, as well as the secret of Thomas’ magic, as both of these things could cost Thomas his life.

Through journal entries, posters, letters, and other documents, ILLUSIONS is a story of love, betrayal, and of course, magic.

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Kingdom of The Blazing Phoenix
by Julie C. Dao
Hardcover
Philomel Books
Released 11/6/2018

This fairy tale retelling lives in a mystical world inspired by the Far East, where the Dragon Lord and the Serpent God battle for control of the earthly realm; it is here that the flawed heroine of Forest of a Thousand Lanterns finally meets her match. An epic fantasy finale to that breathtaking and dazzling story.

Princess Jade has grown up in exile, hidden away in a monastery while her stepmother, the ruthless Xifeng, rules as Empress of Feng Lu. But the empire is in distress and its people are sinking into poverty and despair. Even though Jade doesn't want the crown, she knows she is the only one who can dethrone the Empress and set the world right. Ready to reclaim her place as rightful heir, Jade embarks on a quest to raise the Dragon Lords and defeat Xifeng and the Serpent God once and for all. But will the same darkness that took Xifeng take Jade, too? Or will she find the strength within to save herself, her friends, and her empire?

Set in an East Asian-inspired fantasy world filled with breathtaking pain and beauty, Kingdom of the Blazing Phoenix is filled with dazzling magic, powerful prose, and characters readers won't soon forget.

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Last Seen
by Sara Shepard
Hardcover
Freeform
Released 11/6/2018

The stakes are higher than ever in this third installment of The Amatuers, as Aerin finds herself kidnapped by the killer she knows all too well, and her friends must work to solve a puzzle laid out by the villain in order to save her.
At first, the mystery they're tasked with seems to have nothing to do with Aerin or her kidnapper. But as Seneca, Maddox, and Madison hit the Jersey Shore to gather clues, they begin to uncover the true background of the killer and the horrors that shaped him into who he is. The scavenger hunt leads them to the family of a recently kidnapped boy, a serial child-snatcher, and dark secrets they could never have seen coming. As Aerin struggles to play nice with the person who killed her sister in order to buy herself time, her friends work feverishly against the ticking clock that could mean her life, and every clue they uncover leads Seneca to suspect she's more connected to the killer's history than she ever realized.
With nail-biting suspense, twisted secrets, and non-stop action, this final installment in #1 New York Times best-selling author Sara Shepard's The Amateurs series will shock even the savviest of readers with its big reveal.


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Skyward
by Brandon Sanderson
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 11/6/2018

Spensa's world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what's left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa's dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father's--a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa's chances of attending flight school at slim to none.

No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.

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Slow Burn
by Tommy Wallach
Hardcover
Simon & Schuster Books for You
Released 11/6/2018

After their devastating journey from the Anchor to Sophia, Clive and Clover Hamill, Gemma Poplin, and Paz Dedios have all been separated—not only in space, but in their convictions.

In the Anchor, Clive would like nothing better than to never speak with Paz again, but when he is tapped to help with her interrogation, the two of them begin to reconcile their differences, which don’t run nearly as deep as they expected.

In Sophia, as Clover learns more and more about the city and its enigmatic director, Zeno, his faith in his mission begins to waver.

And Gemma embarks on a journey of self-discovery and spiritual expansion that will open her eyes…if it doesn't kill her first.

In Slow Burn, the second book in the Anchor & Sophia trilogy, these four young people will be compelled to question everything they thought they believed—and the conclusions they reach could determine the fate of an entire civilization.

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The Wren Hunt
by Mary Watson
Hardcover
Bloomsbury YA
Released 11/6/2018

Every Christmas, Wren is chased through the woods near her isolated Irish village by her family's enemies--the Judges--and there's nothing that she or her grandfather can do to stop it. Once Wren's people, the Augurs, controlled an ancient, powerful magic. But now that power lies with the Judges, who are set on destroying the Augurs for good.

In a desperate bid to save her family, Wren takes a dangerous undercover assignment as an intern amidst those who want her dead. But as the web of lies, deceit, and betrayal thickens around her, she finds herself hurtling towards a truth that threatens to consume her and reveal who she really is. Not only has she come to the attention of powerful Judge Cassa Harkness, but she is also falling dangerously in love with the one person she shouldn't. . .

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The XY
by Virginia Bergin
Hardcover
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 11/6/2018

She's been taught to fear him.
He's been taught to fear her.
What if they're both wrong?

In River's world, XYs are a relic of the past, along with things like war and violence. Thanks to the Global Agreements, River's life is simple, safe, and peaceful...until she comes across a body in the road one day. A body that is definitely male, definitely still alive. River isn't prepared for this. There's nothing in the Agreements about how to deal with an XY. Yet one lies before her, sick, suffering, and at her mercy.

River can kill him, or she can save him. Either way, nothing will ever be the same.

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This Is What It Feels Like
by Rebecca Barrow
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 11/6/2018

Who cares that the prize for the Sun City Originals contest is fifteen grand? Not Dia, that’s for sure. Because Dia knows that without a band, she hasn’t got a shot at winning. Because ever since Hanna’s drinking took over her life, Dia and Jules haven’t been in it. And because ever since Hanna left—well, there hasn’t been a band.

It used to be the three of them, Dia, Jules, and Hanna, messing around and making music and planning for the future. But that was then, and this is now—and now means a baby, a failed relationship, a stint in rehab, all kinds of off beats that have interrupted the rhythm of their friendship.

But like the lyrics of a song you used to play on repeat, there’s no forgetting a best friend. And for Dia, Jules, and Hanna, this impossible challenge—to ignore the past, in order to jump start the future—will only become possible if they finally make peace with the girls they once were, and the girls they are finally letting themselves be.

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Saturday, November 3, 2018

0 The Free #1st5pages Writing Workshop is Now Open!

Our November workshop will open for submissions on Saturday, November 3rd at noon, EST. In addition to our wonderful permanent mentors, we have Suzie Townsend as our agent mentor and Brian Katcher as our author mentor!

The workshop is designed to help writers struggling to find the right opening for their novel or for those looking to perfect the all important first five pages before submitting for publication. Why the first five pages? Because if these aren't perfect, no agent, editor, or reader will continue reading to find out how great the rest of your story really is!


Why is the First Five Pages Workshop a GREAT Opportunity?

  • You are mentored by at the guest author as well as least one and usually two traditionally-published published or agented authors from among our permanent mentors for the duration of the workshop. These authors have been through the trenches and know what it takes to get a book deal, solid reviews, and sales.
  • In addition, you receive feedback from the four other workshop participants.
  • Feedback is given not just on your initial submission, but on two subsequent opportunities to revise your manuscript based on the previous feedback so that you know you've got it right!
  • The final revision will also be reviewed by a literary agent, who will also give you feedback on the pitch for your story--the one that may eventually become your query letter or cover copy.
  • The best entry from among the workshop participants will receive a critique of the full first chapter or first ten pages from the mentoring agent, which may, in some cases, lead to requests for additional material.

How It Works:

Please see the complete rules before entering the workshop, but in a nutshell, we'll take the first five Middle Grade or Young Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. (Double check the formatting - each month we have to disqualify entries because of formatting.) Click here to get the rules. We will post when the workshop opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman@MelissWritesNow@charlotteclg ), with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to the rotating team of our wonderful permanent author mentors, the final entry for each workshop participant will be critiqued by our agent mentor.

November Guest Literary Agent Mentor: Suzie Townsend

Prior to joining New Leaf, Suzie graduated film school, earned her Masters of Education, taught high school English, and coached a swim team. In her spare time, she read everything she could, which prompted her move to publishing. She’s been part of the team at New Leaf Literary & Media since its inception in 2012.

Suzie represents all brands of children’s and adult fiction. She loves women’s fiction, all subgenres of romance, fantasy, and crime fiction. On the children’s side, she particularly loves YA and MG. Suzie loves strong characters and voice-driven stories that break out of the typical tropes of their genres, and she’s always looking for unique new voices in stories.

For submission guidelines, please visit: Submissions

November Guest Literary Author Mentor: Brian Katcher 

Brian Katcher has worked as a fry cook, a market researcher, a welding machine operator, a telemarketer (only lasted one day), and a furniture mover. He is a Stonewall Award winning author for his book ALMOST PERFECT. Other works include: THE IMPROBABLE THEORY OF ANA AND ZAKPLAYING WITH MATCHESEVERYONE DIES IN THE END, and DEACON LOCKE WENT TO PROM. He has been featured on Adventures in Young Adult Publishing in a Q & A for his work, which can be found by following this link.  When Brian's not writing, he works as a school librarian.



Promposals are taking over Deacon Locke’s high school and there is no place left to hide. But even with graduation looming, shy and unusually tall Deacon doesn’t think he can get up the nerve to ask anyone to the dance. Especially given all the theatrics.

It isn’t until Deacon confides in his witty and outgoing best friend Jean that he realizes she could be a great person to take. Only problem is Jean isn’t your typical prom date. She’s older. A lot older. And she’s Deacon’s grandmother.

But when Deacon meets Soraya—a girl unlike any other he’s ever met—he fears he has totally squandered his chances of having a prom he’ll never forget. Deacon couldn’t be more wrong. About everything.

Where to Buy:

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0 Kheryn Callender, author of THIS IS KIND OF AN EPIC LOVE STORY, on writing a novel that's fun

We're thrilled to have Kheryn Callender join us to chat about their latest novel, THIS IS KIND OF AN EPIC LOVE STORY.

Kheryn, what was your inspiration for writing THIS IS KIND OF AN EPIC LOVE STORY?

My inspiration was a series of books I read over the years. BOY MEETS BOY by David Levithan was the first time I read a book with a queer main character where homophobia wasn’t the main or only conflict in the book. ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVERS THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE is an incredible, beautiful novel where, for the first time, I saw queer people of color fall in love with each other, and had their own happy ending. Finally, SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA was the first queer rom-com I’d read, that also had a love interest who looked like me.

I wanted to write a book that encompassed all of the above: a novel with queer characters of color where homophobia and racism weren’t conflicts; where queer people of color could fall in love and have a happy ending; and a novel that was also fun—romantic and cute and funny and would just give me all the feels.

What did this book teach you about writing or about yourself?

It’s ironic, but when I first started writing THIS IS KIND OF AN EPIC LOVE STORY, I was actually similar to my main character, Nathan Bird: I didn’t believe in happy endings. I think it’s hard to believe something like that when I haven’t seen many examples of QPOC falling in love and having their own happily ever after’s. Writing EPIC LOVE STORY was cathartic as I explored my own fears and insecurities of letting go and allowing myself to fall in love, and by the time I finished writing, I’d realized that epic love stories are not only possible for other queer people of color, but they’re possible for myself as well.

What are you working on now?

I’m BEYOND excited to be writing another rom-com YA featuring a trans character named Felix. I can’t say much about the novel itself yet, but while writing EPIC LOVE STORY, I’d begun my own journey of discovering my trans identity and beginning my transition, and I’m really excited to introduce Felix, and a piece of my own identity, to the world.

ABOUT THE BOOK

This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story
by Kheryn Callender
Hardcover
Balzer + Bray
Released 10/30/2018

Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings. Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life.

Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hern├índez, his childhood best friend.

After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?

Purchase This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story at Amazon
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Born and raised in St. Thomas of the US Virgin Islands, Kheryn Callender is the author of Hurricane Child and This is Kind of an Epic Love Story.

Kheryn loves playing RPG video games and watching soul-sucking reality TV shows in their free time. They really wish they had a dog.

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Have you had a chance to read THIS IS KIND OF AN EPIC LOVE STORY yet? Do you explore your own fears and insecurities when you write? Do you share a piece of your identity through your characters? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Erin, Susan, Shelly, Kelly, Laura, Emily, and Lori Ann

0 The Free #1st5pages Writing Workshop Opens Today!

Our November workshop will open for submissions on Saturday, November 3rd at noon, EST. In addition to our wonderful permanent mentors, we have Suzie Townsend as our agent mentor and Brian Katcher as our author mentor!

The workshop is designed to help writers struggling to find the right opening for their novel or for those looking to perfect the all important first five pages before submitting for publication. Why the first five pages? Because if these aren't perfect, no agent, editor, or reader will continue reading to find out how great the rest of your story really is!


Why is the First Five Pages Workshop a GREAT Opportunity?

  • You are mentored by at the guest author as well as least one and usually two traditionally-published published or agented authors from among our permanent mentors for the duration of the workshop. These authors have been through the trenches and know what it takes to get a book deal, solid reviews, and sales.
  • In addition, you receive feedback from the four other workshop participants.
  • Feedback is given not just on your initial submission, but on two subsequent opportunities to revise your manuscript based on the previous feedback so that you know you've got it right!
  • The final revision will also be reviewed by a literary agent, who will also give you feedback on the pitch for your story--the one that may eventually become your query letter or cover copy.
  • The best entry from among the workshop participants will receive a critique of the full first chapter or first ten pages from the mentoring agent, which may, in some cases, lead to requests for additional material.

How It Works:

Please see the complete rules before entering the workshop, but in a nutshell, we'll take the first five Middle Grade or Young Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. (Double check the formatting - each month we have to disqualify entries because of formatting.) Click here to get the rules. We will post when the workshop opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman@MelissWritesNow@charlotteclg ), with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to the rotating team of our wonderful permanent author mentors, the final entry for each workshop participant will be critiqued by our agent mentor.

November Guest Literary Agent Mentor: Suzie Townsend

Prior to joining New Leaf, Suzie graduated film school, earned her Masters of Education, taught high school English, and coached a swim team. In her spare time, she read everything she could, which prompted her move to publishing. She’s been part of the team at New Leaf Literary & Media since its inception in 2012.

Suzie represents all brands of children’s and adult fiction. She loves women’s fiction, all subgenres of romance, fantasy, and crime fiction. On the children’s side, she particularly loves YA and MG. Suzie loves strong characters and voice-driven stories that break out of the typical tropes of their genres, and she’s always looking for unique new voices in stories.

For submission guidelines, please visit: Submissions

November Guest Literary Author Mentor: Brian Katcher 

Brian Katcher has worked as a fry cook, a market researcher, a welding machine operator, a telemarketer (only lasted one day), and a furniture mover. He is a Stonewall Award winning author for his book ALMOST PERFECT. Other works include: THE IMPROBABLE THEORY OF ANA AND ZAKPLAYING WITH MATCHESEVERYONE DIES IN THE END, and DEACON LOCKE WENT TO PROM. He has been featured on Adventures in Young Adult Publishing in a Q & A for his work, which can be found by following this link.  When Brian's not writing, he works as a school librarian.



Promposals are taking over Deacon Locke’s high school and there is no place left to hide. But even with graduation looming, shy and unusually tall Deacon doesn’t think he can get up the nerve to ask anyone to the dance. Especially given all the theatrics.

It isn’t until Deacon confides in his witty and outgoing best friend Jean that he realizes she could be a great person to take. Only problem is Jean isn’t your typical prom date. She’s older. A lot older. And she’s Deacon’s grandmother.

But when Deacon meets Soraya—a girl unlike any other he’s ever met—he fears he has totally squandered his chances of having a prom he’ll never forget. Deacon couldn’t be more wrong. About everything.

Where to Buy:

Add it on GOODREADS! 

Friday, November 2, 2018

0 The Free #1st5pages Writing Workshop Opens Tomorrow!

Our November workshop will open for submissions on Saturday, November 3rd at noon, EST. In addition to our wonderful permanent mentors, we have Suzie Townsend as our agent mentor and Brian Katcher as our author mentor!

The workshop is designed to help writers struggling to find the right opening for their novel or for those looking to perfect the all important first five pages before submitting for publication. Why the first five pages? Because if these aren't perfect, no agent, editor, or reader will continue reading to find out how great the rest of your story really is!


Why is the First Five Pages Workshop a GREAT Opportunity?

  • You are mentored by at the guest author as well as least one and usually two traditionally-published published or agented authors from among our permanent mentors for the duration of the workshop. These authors have been through the trenches and know what it takes to get a book deal, solid reviews, and sales.
  • In addition, you receive feedback from the four other workshop participants.
  • Feedback is given not just on your initial submission, but on two subsequent opportunities to revise your manuscript based on the previous feedback so that you know you've got it right!
  • The final revision will also be reviewed by a literary agent, who will also give you feedback on the pitch for your story--the one that may eventually become your query letter or cover copy.
  • The best entry from among the workshop participants will receive a critique of the full first chapter or first ten pages from the mentoring agent, which may, in some cases, lead to requests for additional material.

How It Works:

Please see the complete rules before entering the workshop, but in a nutshell, we'll take the first five Middle Grade or Young Adult entries that meet all guidelines and formatting requirements. (Double check the formatting - each month we have to disqualify entries because of formatting.) Click here to get the rules. We will post when the workshop opens and closes on Adventures in YA Publishing and on twitter (@etcashman@MelissWritesNow@charlotteclg ), with the hashtag #1st5pages. In addition to the rotating team of our wonderful permanent author mentors, the final entry for each workshop participant will be critiqued by our agent mentor.

November Guest Literary Agent Mentor: Suzie Townsend

Prior to joining New Leaf, Suzie graduated film school, earned her Masters of Education, taught high school English, and coached a swim team. In her spare time, she read everything she could, which prompted her move to publishing. She’s been part of the team at New Leaf Literary & Media since its inception in 2012.

Suzie represents all brands of children’s and adult fiction. She loves women’s fiction, all subgenres of romance, fantasy, and crime fiction. On the children’s side, she particularly loves YA and MG. Suzie loves strong characters and voice-driven stories that break out of the typical tropes of their genres, and she’s always looking for unique new voices in stories.

For submission guidelines, please visit: Submissions

November Guest Literary Author Mentor: Brian Katcher 

Brian Katcher has worked as a fry cook, a market researcher, a welding machine operator, a telemarketer (only lasted one day), and a furniture mover. He is a Stonewall Award winning author for his book ALMOST PERFECT. Other works include: THE IMPROBABLE THEORY OF ANA AND ZAKPLAYING WITH MATCHESEVERYONE DIES IN THE END, and DEACON LOCKE WENT TO PROM. He has been featured on Adventures in Young Adult Publishing in a Q & A for his work, which can be found by following this link.  When Brian's not writing, he works as a school librarian.



Promposals are taking over Deacon Locke’s high school and there is no place left to hide. But even with graduation looming, shy and unusually tall Deacon doesn’t think he can get up the nerve to ask anyone to the dance. Especially given all the theatrics.

It isn’t until Deacon confides in his witty and outgoing best friend Jean that he realizes she could be a great person to take. Only problem is Jean isn’t your typical prom date. She’s older. A lot older. And she’s Deacon’s grandmother.

But when Deacon meets Soraya—a girl unlike any other he’s ever met—he fears he has totally squandered his chances of having a prom he’ll never forget. Deacon couldn’t be more wrong. About everything.

Where to Buy:

Add it on GOODREADS! 

Monday, October 29, 2018

0 New Releases This Week 10/29 - 11/04

Happy Monday! While we don't have any giveaways this week, we're so excited to feature some awesome books! Don't forget to check out all the books coming out this week below.

Happy Reading,

Shelly, Halli, Jocelyn, Martina, Erin, Susan, Kelly, Laura, Emily, Anisaa, and Lori Ann


YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS

One Giant Leap by Heather Kaczynski (signed bookplate + art print): Jillian E.

MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


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This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story
by Kheryn Callender
Hardcover
Balzer + Bray
Released 10/30/2018

Nathan Bird doesn’t believe in happy endings. Although he’s the ultimate film buff and an aspiring screenwriter, Nate’s seen the demise of too many relationships to believe that happy endings exist in real life.

Playing it safe to avoid a broken heart has been his MO ever since his father died and left his mom to unravel—but this strategy is not without fault. His best-friend-turned-girlfriend-turned-best-friend-again, Florence, is set on making sure Nate finds someone else. And in a twist that is rom-com-worthy, someone does come along: Oliver James Hern├índez, his childhood best friend.

After a painful mix-up when they were little, Nate finally has the chance to tell Ollie the truth about his feelings. But can Nate find the courage to pursue his own happily ever after?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story?

My favorite thing about THIS IS KIND OF AN EPIC LOVE STORY is that the main character and his love interest are queer people of color who find unapologetic joy. The characters are all realistic—they make mistakes, and they all need to learn and grow—but this isn’t a story about QPOC fighting homophobia or racism. While prejudice is something QPOC have to face every day, and books that explore ignorance and pain will always be important, I think a reminder of our love and joy and happiness is just as needed. Think of EPIC LOVE STORY as a sort of self-care for QPOC! I believe in resistance through joy, and I hope that THIS IS KIND OF AN EPIC LOVE STORY will serve as a reminder to queer people of color everywhere that we are magical, beautiful, and deserving of love stories, too.

Purchase This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story at Amazon
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View This Is Kind of an Epic Love Story on Goodreads


MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse
by Jane Yolen
Paperback
Tor.com
Released 10/30/2018

A young woman discovers the power to speak up and take control of her fate―a theme that has never been more timely than it is now…

You think you know this story.
You do not.

A harsh, controlling father. A quiescent mother. A house that feels like anything but a home. Natasha gathers the strength to leave, and comes upon a little house in the wood: A house that walks about on chicken feet and is inhabited by a fairy tale witch. In finding Baba Yaga, Natasha finds her voice, her power, herself....

Purchase Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse at Amazon
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View Finding Baba Yaga: A Short Novel in Verse on Goodreads

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Jack of Hearts (and other parts)
by L. C. Rosen
Hardcover
Little, Brown Books for Young
Released 10/30/2018

Jack has a lot of sex--and he's not ashamed of it. While he's sometimes ostracized, and gossip constantly rages about his sex life, Jack always believes that "it could be worse."

But then, the worse unexpectedly strikes: When Jack starts writing a teen sex advice column for an online site, he begins to receive creepy and threatening love letters that attempt to force Jack to curb his sexuality and personality. Now it's up to Jack and his best friends to uncover the stalker--before their love becomes dangerous.

Ground-breaking and page-turning, Jack of Hearts (and other parts) celebrates the freedom to be oneself, especially in the face of adversity.

Purchase Jack of Hearts (and other parts) at Amazon
Purchase Jack of Hearts (and other parts) at IndieBound
View Jack of Hearts (and other parts) on Goodreads

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Never Quit: How I Became a Special Ops Pararescue Jumper
by Jimmy Settle and Don Rearden
Hardcover
St. Martin's Griffin
Released 10/30/2018

The young adult adaptation of the epic memoir of an Alaskan pararescue jumper, Special Forces Operator, and decorated war hero.

“That Others May Live” is a mantra that defines the fearless men of Alaska’s 212th Pararescue Unit, the PJs, one of the most elite military forces on the planet. Whether they are rescuing citizens injured and freezing in the Alaskan wilderness or saving wounded Rangers and SEALS in blazing firefights at war, the PJs are some of the least known and most highly trained of America’s warriors.

Never Quit is the true story of how Jimmy Settle, an Alaskan shoe store clerk, became a Special Forces Operator and war hero. After being shot in the head during a dangerous high mountain operation in Afghanistan, Jimmy returns to battle with his teammates for a heroic rescue, the bullet fragments stitched over and still in his skull. In a cross between a suicide rescue mission and an against-all-odds mountain battle, his team of PJs risk their lives again in an epic firefight. When his helicopter is hit and begins leaking fuel, Jimmy finds himself in the worst possible position as a rescue specialist―forced to leave members from his own team behind. Jimmy will have to risk everything to get back into the battle and save his brothers.

From death-defying Alaskan wilderness training, wild rescues, and battles against the Taliban and Al Qaeda, this is the true story of how a boy from humble beginnings became an American hero.

Purchase Never Quit: How I Became a Special Ops Pararescue Jumper at Amazon
Purchase Never Quit: How I Became a Special Ops Pararescue Jumper at IndieBound
View Never Quit: How I Became a Special Ops Pararescue Jumper on Goodreads

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OtherEarth
by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 10/30/2018

Simon would have done anything to save his best friend after a mysterious accident almost killed her--including follow her into a virtual world. And what he and Kat discovered there was more terrifying than they could have ever imagined. Unwitting hospital patients are being forced to test a device that lets VR be experienced with all five senses. The technology is so advanced that it's deadly.

Now the world's biggest tech corporation is hunting Simon and Kat while war rages in Otherworld, the virtual world it created. Determined to destroy the Company, Simon and Kat must join forces with a hacker, a gangster, and a digital entity. But as they battle to save two worlds, they uncover an all-new threat to our world: the Company's latest creation, an augmented-reality game called OtherEarth. Not only does OtherEarth kill, it has the power to erase the line between what's real and what's fantasy.

Purchase OtherEarth at Amazon
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View OtherEarth on Goodreads

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The Brilliant Death
by Amy Rose Capetta
Hardcover
Viking Books for Young Readers
Released 10/30/2018

Teodora di Sangro is used to hiding her magical ability to transform enemies into music boxes and mirrors. Nobody knows she’s a strega—and she aims to keep it that way.

The she meets Cielo—and everything changes.

A strega who can switch outward form as effortlessly as turning a page in a book, Cielo shows Teodora what her life could be like if she masters the power she’s been keeping secret. And not a moment too soon: the ruler of Vinalia has poisoned the patriarchs of the country’s five controlling families, including Teodora’s father, and demands that each family send a son to the palace.

If she wants to save her family, Teodora must travel to the capital—not disguised as a boy, but transformed into one. But the road to the capital, and to bridling her powers, is full of enemies and complications, including the one she least expects: falling in love.

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The Darkest Star
by Jennifer L Armentrout
Hardcover
Tor Teen
Released 10/30/2018

In the world of the Lux, secrets thrive, lies shatter, and love is undeniable.

Seventeen-year-old Evie Dasher knows firsthand the devastating consequences of humanity's war with the stunning, otherworldly Luxen. Evie was just a kid when the aliens were defeated, but her life was forever changed when her father, Sergeant Jason Dasher, was killed during one of the deadly battles.

When Evie is caught up in a raid at a notorious club known as one of the few places where humans and the surviving Luxen can mingle freely, she meets Luc, an unnaturally beautiful guy she initially assumes is a Luxen...but he is in fact something much more secret―and much more dangerous.

Her growing desire to know about Luc will lead her deeper and deeper into a world she'd only heard about, revealing secrets long buried, a betrayal that could tear her life apart, and an attraction that could be the very end of her.

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This Cruel Design
by Emily Suvada
Hardcover
Simon Pulse
Released 10/30/2018

The nightmare of the outbreak is finally over, but Cat’s fight has only just begun.

Exhausted, wounded, and reeling from revelations that have shaken her to her core, Cat is at a breaking point. Camped in the woods with Cole and Leoben, she’s working day and night, desperate to find a way to stop Lachlan’s plan to reprogram humanity. But she’s failing—Cat can’t even control her newly regrown panel, and try as she might to ignore them, she keeps seeing glitching visions from her past everywhere she turns.

When news arrives that the Hydra virus might not be as dead as they’d thought, the group is pushed into an uneasy alliance with Cartaxus to hunt down Lachlan and fix the vaccine. Their search takes them to Entropia, a city of genehackers hidden deep in the desert that could also hold the answers about Cat’s past that she’s been searching for.

But when confronted with lies and betrayals, Cat is forced to question everything she knows and everyone she trusts. And while Lachlan is always two steps ahead, the biggest threat to Cat may be the secrets buried in her own mind.

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