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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK
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by Elly Blake
U.S. & Canada
Little, Brown Books for Young
Ruby's world has changed more than she ever could have imagined. She's in love with a powerful Frost King. She's the heir to the Fire Throne. And she may be a Nightblood--the spawn of a vengeful deity hellbent on releasing his wraithlike Minax from their prison. Once freed, these beasts will roam the earth, devouring every last person until he or she is nothing but an empty husk. But Ruby is able to control the Minax to a degree, and now she, her beloved Arcus, and her friend Kai must find a way to bring Frostbloods and Firebloods--sworn enemies--together to make a stand against a foe more deadly than any they've faced.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Nightblood?
Aside from the romantic scenes (which are always the most fun for me to write) I so enjoyed getting the opportunity to explore more about the Minax and its effect on Ruby. She’s a character whose emotions are so strong they often spin out of her control, so I wanted to see how would it influence her to have an element that makes control even more difficult, and how that would ripple outward to the people around her. That was the part I was dying to dig into when I started writing NIGHTBLOOD. As it turned out, my first draft was a bit too heavy emotionally, so I ended up having to rewrite a lot of the book to bring Ruby’s fiery personality into play, even as she struggled to contain the shadow creature living in her heart. Then the editors said they actually missed a few key scenes from the first draft, so I brought those back in. When I wove the threads together (heavy elements and fun moments) it finally seemed to create a cohesive whole. I really hope readers find it to be fun and satisfying conclusion to the trilogy. I’m going to miss these characters so much, but I’m ever grateful to those dear readers who have embraced them and loved them too!
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The Truth Lies Here
by Lindsey Klingele
WHAT’S GOING ON IN BONE LAKE? THE TRUTH WILL SURPRISE YOU.
In small town Michigan, Penny Hardjoy, an aspiring journalist, teams up with the nerdy boy next door and the town’s star quarterback to find her conspiracy theorist father after he goes missing and several other people turn up dead in the woods.
The deeper she digs, the weirder things start to get. Townspeople repeat the same phrases—verbatim. Men in black suits stroll around Main Street. Chunks of Penny's memory go missing.
Pretty soon, her research leads her to the long-ago meteorite crash in Bone Lake’s woods, and she’s going to have to reconsider her definition of “real” if she wants answers. . . .
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Truth Lies Here?
THE TRUTH LIES HERE is a mystery novel, and I absolutely love mysteries. The main character, Penny, has to figure out what’s going on in her small hometown in order to find her missing father, and she keeps stumbling onto strange and baffling clues. Writing those weird elements—the townspeople who repeat the same phrase over and over, the selective amnesia, the alien conspiracy theories—was a lot of fun. But my favorite part of the book is the father-daughter relationship.
I think there’s a monumental shift in all of our lives—one that usually happens when we’re teens—when we realize our parents have interior lives of which we are completely unaware. It’s a scary thing, to realize these people we’ve been around from birth are, in some ways, complete strangers to us. It’s not dead-bodies-in-the-woods scary, but it’s still scary. But I think it’s exciting, too, when we have the opportunity to learn who our parents truly are, flaws and all. We only have to be brave enough accept what we find.
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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS
Julia Unbound by Catherine Egan
Prize Pack won by Nickole H and the hardcovers of the first book won by John S, Tiffany E and Thomas M.
MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK
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Losing the Field
by Abbi Glines
Tallulah Liddell had been defined by her appearance for as long as she could remember. Overweight and insecure, she preferred to fly under the radar, draw as little attention to herself so no one can hurt her. The only boy who did seem to ever notice her was her longtime crush, Nash Lee. But when he laughs at a joke aimed at Tallulah the summer before their senior year, Tallulah’s love dissipates, and she becomes determined to lose weight, to no longer be an object of her classmates’—and especially Nash’s—ridicule.
Nash Lee has it all—he’s the star running back of Lawton’s football team, being scouted by division one colleges, and on track to have a carefree senior year. But when an accident leaves him with a permanent limp, all of Nash’s present and future plans are destroyed, leaving him bitter, angry, and unrecognizable from the person he used to be.
Facing a new school year with her new body, Tallulah is out to seek revenge on Nash’s cruelty. All does not go according to plan, though, and Tallulah and Nash unexpectedly find themselves falling for each other. But with all the pain resting in each of their hearts, can their love survive?
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The State of Grace
by Rachael Lucas
Feiwel & Friends
“Sometimes I feel like everyone else was handed a copy of the rules for life and mine got lost.”
Grace is autistic and has her own way of looking at the world. She's got a horse and a best friend who understand her, and that's pretty much all she needs. But when Grace kisses Gabe and things start to change at home, the world doesn't make much sense to her any more.
Suddenly everything threatens to fall apart, and it's up to Grace to fix it on her own.
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To Be Honest
by Maggie Ann Martin
Savannah is dreading being home alone with her overbearing mother after her big sister―and best friend―goes off to college. But if she can just get through senior year, she'll be able to escape to college, too. What she doesn't count on is that her mother's obsession with weight has only grown deeper since her appearance on an extreme weight-loss show, and now Savvy's mom is pressuring her even harder to be constantly mindful of what she eats.
Between her mom's diet-helicoptering, missing her sister, and worrying about her collegiate future, Savvy has enough to worry about. And then she meets George, the cute new kid at school who has insecurities of his own. As Savvy and George grow closer, they help each other discover how to live in the moment and enjoy the here and now before it disappears.
To Be Honest is another sharp, witty novel from Maggie Ann Martin, about a spunky heroine who is dealing with very real issues―body image, parental pressure, loneliness, first love, and finding your way―with heart and humor.
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We Regret to Inform You
by Ariel Kaplan
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Mischa Abramavicius is a walking, talking, top-scoring, perfectly well-rounded college application in human form. So when she's rejected not only by the Ivies, but her loathsome safety school, she is shocked and devastated. All the sacrifices her mother made to send her to prep school, the late nights cramming for tests, the blatantly résumé-padding extracurriculars (read: Students for Sober Driving) ... all that for nothing.
As Mischa grapples with the prospect of an increasingly uncertain future, she questions how this could have happened in the first place. Is it possible that her transcript was hacked? With the help of her best friend and sometimes crush, Nate, and a group of eccentric techies known as "The Ophelia Syndicate," Mischa launches an investigation that will shake the quiet community of Blanchard Prep to its stately brick foundations.
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