Monday, March 18, 2019

5 New Releases This Week 03/18 - 03/24 plus Giveaway of WINTER WAR AWAKENING

Happy Monday! We're so excited to be featuring so many new releases this week and have an awesome giveaway of WINTER WAR AWAKENING! Don't forget to check them all out below!

Happy Reading,

Shelly, Riki, Sam, Martina, Erin, Susan, Kelly, Laura, Emily, Anisaa, and Lori Ann

YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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Winter War Awakening
by Rosalyn Eves
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 3/19/2019

The Binding is broken. Mátyás is alive. And Anna Arden is on the run.

It seems, yet again, that breaking the Binding has shattered the world. And the only hope of mending it is Anna and Mátyás, working together. But it’s never that simple, is it? The praetheria, the creatures once held captive by the spell, are now waging war against the Austro-Hungarian empire. And they are holding Noémi hostage–using her life to manipulate Anna and Mátyás, like marionettes on a string.

Gábor has elected to stay behind, to fight in the Hungarian army’s resistance, while Anna and Mátyás search for their beloved Noémi–a mission doomed from the start, cloaked in praetherian magic. Magic that relies on illusion and misdirection. Eventually, there’s only one way to save her: to split up. And to walk right into the lion’s den.

When everyone thinks they’re fighting each other for the same thing–freedom–can anyone truly win?

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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS


Tin Heart: A Novel by Shivaun Plozza: Amanda B.

MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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Eiffel's Tower for Young People
by Jill Jonnes
Hardcover
Triangle Square
Released 3/19/2019

Weaving together the behind-the-scenes history of the Eiffel Tower with an account of the 1889 World's Fair in Paris for which the tower was built, Jonnes creates a vivid, lively pageant of people and cultures meeting--and competing.
The book opens a window into a piece of the past that, in its passions and politics, feels timelessly modern: art, science, business, entertainment, gossip, royalty, and national pride mingle in an unforgettable portrait of a unique moment in history, when Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley became the toasts of Paris and Gustave Eiffel, builder of the tower, rose to the pinnacle of fame, only to suffer a tragic fall from grace.
Above all, the 1889 World's Fair revolved around two nations, whose potent symbols were the twin poles of the fair. France, with its long history of sophistication and cultivation, and with a new republican government eager for the country to take its place at the forefront of the modern world, presented the Eiffel Tower--the world's tallest structure--as a symbol of national pride and engineering superiority. The United States, with its brash, can-do spirit, full of pride in its frontier and its ingenuity, presented the rollicking Wild West show of Buffalo Bill Cody and the marvelous new phonograph of Thomas Edison.
Eiffel, Cody, Oakley, and Edison are just a few of the characters who populate Jonnes's dramatic history. There are also squabbling artists, a notorious newspaperman, and a generous sprinkling of royalty from around the world. Some of them emerged from the World's Fair of 1889 winners, some losers, but neither they nor any among the vast crowds who attended the fair ever forgot it. The drama, color, and personalities that made the adult book so fascinating and critically acclaimed, are all here in spades as adapted for middle grade and above by Rebecca Stefoff.

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Fear of Missing Out
by Kate McGovern
Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Released 3/19/2019

Everyone has a fear of missing out on something―a party, a basketball game, a hangout after school. But what if it’s life that you’ll be missing out on?

When Astrid learns that her cancer has returned, she hears about a radical technology called cryopreservation that may allow her to have her body frozen until a future time when―and if―a cure is available. With her boyfriend, Mohit, and her best friend, Chloe, Astrid goes on a road trip in search of that possibility. To see if it’s real. To see if it’s worth it. For fear of missing out on everything.

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Girls with Sharp Sticks
by Suzanne Young
Hardcover
Simon Pulse
Released 3/19/2019

Some of the prettiest flowers have the sharpest thorns.

The Girls of Innovations Academy are beautiful and well-behaved—it says so on their report cards. Under the watchful gaze of their Guardian, they receive a well-rounded education that promises to make them better. Obedient girls, free from arrogance or defiance. Free from troublesome opinions or individual interests.

But the girls’ carefully controlled existence may not be quite as it appears. As Mena and her friends uncover the dark secrets of what’s actually happening there—and who they really are—the girls of Innovations Academy will learn to fight back.


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Meet Me in Outer Space
by Melinda Grace
Hardcover
Swoon Reads
Released 3/19/2019

Edie Kits has a learning disability. Well, not a learning disability exactly, but a disability that impacts her learning. It isn't visible, it isn't obvious, and it isn't something she likes to advertise.

And for three semesters of college, her hard work and perseverance have carried her through. Edie thinks she has her disability under control until she meets her match with a French 102 course and a professor unwilling to help her out.

Edie finds herself caught between getting the help she needs and convincing her professor that she isn't looking for an easy out. Luckily for Edie, she has an amazing best friend, Serena, who is willing to stitch together a plan to ensure Edie's success. And then there's Hudson, the badly dressed but undoubtedly adorable TA in her French class who finds himself pulled into her orbit...

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Never-Contented Things: A Novel of Faerie
by Sarah Porter
Hardcover
Tor Teen
Released 3/19/2019

Prince and his fairy courtiers are staggeringly beautiful, unrelentingly cruel, and exhausted by the tedium of the centuries―until they meet foster-siblings Josh and Ksenia. Drawn in by their vivid emotions, undying love for each other, and passion for life, Prince will stop at nothing to possess them.

First seduced and then entrapped by the fairies, Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies' otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price―and they must risk everything in order to reclaim their freedom.

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Night Music
by Jenn Marie Thorne
Hardcover
Dial Books
Released 3/19/2019

Ruby has always been Ruby Chertok: future classical pianist and daughter of renowned composer Martin Chertok. But after her horrendous audition for the prestigious music school where her father is on faculty, it's clear that music has publicly dumped her. Now Ruby is suddenly just . . . Ruby. And who is that again? All she knows is that she wants away from the world of classical music for good.

Oscar is a wunderkind, a musical genius. Just ask any of the 1.8 million people who've watched him conduct on YouTube--or hey, just ask Oscar. But while he might be the type who'd name himself when asked about his favorite composer and somehow make you love him more for it, Oscar is not the type to jeopardize his chance to study under the great Martin Chertok--not for a crush. He's all too aware of how the ultra-privileged world of classical music might interpret a black guy like him falling for his benefactor's white daughter.

But as the New York City summer heats up, so does the spark between Ruby and Oscar. Soon their connection crackles with the same alive, uncontainable energy as the city itself. Can two people still figuring themselves out figure out how to be together? Or will the world make the choice for them?

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Present, Not Perfect for Teens: A Journal for Slowing Down, Letting Go, and Being Your Awesome Self
by Aimee Chase
Paperback
Castle Point Books
Released 3/19/2019

Being a teenager today can be hectic. With hours of homework, sports, clubs, college applications, jobs, and squeezing in some hang time with friends, the stress on our teens is greater than it has ever been. Throw in the craziness of the teenage brain and some social networking, and teens have little time and even less energy for introspection. Present, Not Perfect for Teens will gently guide teens to slow down and spend some time exploring their innermost feelings and emotions, gaining self-knowledge in the process.

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Return of the Thief
by Megan Whalen Turner
Hardcover
Greenwillow Books
Released 3/19/2019

This beloved and award-winning series began with the acclaimed novel The Thief. It and four more stand-alone volumes bring to life a world of epics, myths, and legends, and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Now more powerful and cunning than ever before, Eugenides must navigate a perilous future in this sweeping conclusion. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, and Sarah J. Maas.

Neither accepted nor beloved, Eugenides is the uneasy linchpin of a truce on the Lesser Peninsula, where he has risen to be high king of Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis. As the treacherous Baron Erondites schemes anew and a prophecy appears to foretell the death of the king, the ruthless Mede empire prepares to strike.

The New York Times–bestselling Queen’s Thief novels are rich with political machinations, divine intervention, dangerous journeys, battles lost and won, power, passion, and deception. Features a cast list of the characters in the Queen’s Thief novels, as well as two maps—a map of the world of the Queen’s Thief, and a map exclusive to this edition.

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Sherwood
by Meagan Spooner
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 3/19/2019

Robin of Locksley is dead.

Maid Marian doesn’t know how she’ll go on, but the people of Locksley town, persecuted by the Sheriff of Nottingham, need a protector. And the dreadful Guy of Gisborne, the Sheriff’s right hand, wishes to step into Robin’s shoes as Lord of Locksley and Marian’s fiancé.

Who is there to stop them?

Marian never meant to tread in Robin’s footsteps—never intended to stand as a beacon of hope to those awaiting his triumphant return. But with a sweep of his green cloak and the flash of her sword, Marian makes the choice to become her own hero: Robin Hood.

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Small Town Hearts
by Lillie Vale
Hardcover
Swoon Reads
Released 3/19/2019

Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar’s Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she’s totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And when a reckless kiss causes all three of them to break up, she may lose them a lot sooner. On top of that, her ex-girlfriend is back in town, bringing with her a slew of memories, both good and bad.

And then there’s Levi Keller, the cute artist who’s spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi’s from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can’t stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she’s always had - to never fall for a summer boy?

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The Weight of the Stars
by K. Ancrum
Hardcover
Imprint
Released 3/19/2019

Ryann Bird dreams of traveling across the stars. But a career in space isn’t an option for a girl who lives in a trailer park on the “wrong” side of town. So Ryann becomes her circumstances and settles for acting out and skipping school to hang out with her delinquent friends.

One day she meets Alexandria: a furious loner who spurns Ryann’s offer of friendship. After a horrific accident leaves Alexandria with a broken arm, the girls are brought together despite themselves―and Ryann learns her secret: Alexandria’s mother is an astronaut who volunteered for a one-way trip to the edge of the solar system.

Every night without fail, Alexandria waits to catch radio signals from her mother. And now it’s up to Ryann to lift her onto the roof day after day until the silence between them grows into friendship, and eventually something more.

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Thursday, March 14, 2019

0 Roselyn Eves, author of WINTER WAR AWAKENING, on the challenges of writing a trilogy

WINTER WAR AWAKENING is the third book in the Blood Rose Rebellion series, and we're thrilled to have Roselyn Eves with us to chat about it.

Roselyn, what scene was really hard for you to write and why, and is that the one of which you are most proud? Or is there another scene you particularly love? 

Winter War Awakening is essentially a war novel, and battle scenes are always hard for me to write, in part because I don't love reading them. I worked around this by focusing most of the book on the character's personal journeys, and when I did have to write battle scenes, I kept them tightly focused on the character POV. I think I'm most proud of the final battle scene, because it was hard, and because the characters had to fight and grieve at the same time. I don't know that it's my *favorite* scene of the book, but I'm pleased with how it turned out.

What book or books would most resonate with readers who love your book--or visa versa?

Readers who enjoy their fantasy mixed with history, folklore, and monsters would also like Jessica Cluess's A Shadow Bright and Burning Series, Julie Dao's Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, Naomi Novik's Uprooted and Spinning Silver, and Katherine Arden's Bear and the Nightingale series.

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

Writing a trilogy was harder than I'd expected--not to come up with an idea that would span three books, but to craft each book so that it had a clear arc, so that the characters were growing in different ways in each book and not simply repeating the same character arc of the first book. But it also reminded me that in life, we often learn similar lessons over and over again, but new experiences deepen what we learn (and sometimes complicate what we learn). I had pretty severe anxiety writing the second book, and I think that bleeds over into the third book with a character who's reluctant at first to take action because all her prior actions have backfired on her. Learning to work through my own fears was really helpful in terms of helping my character work through hers.

What do you hope readers will take away from WINTER WAR AWAKENING?

There's a Hungarian proverb that my character thinks of often in the book: one swallow does not make a summer. A single soldier can't win a war, a single person advocating for change can't change everything. But people working together have tremendous power.

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 feel like my story is a middle-of-the-road story. I wrote a lot as a teen (probably 3-4 books) and then stopped until after graduate school. By then, I had two small kids, and it took me probably 5 years or so of writing seriously for publication and a queried book that didn't go anywhere to get an agent. I got lucky--my book trilogy went out just when fantasy was hitting a peak, and it sold relatively quickly to Knopf. I think the market for fantasy is harder now.

What advice would you most like to pass along to other writers?

Write because you love to write. If you're writing for any other reason (fame, bragging rights, money), that won't be enough to compensate for how hard publishing can be. There's a lot that's outside of your control--beyond a certain level of craft, so much of selling your book can be a matter of timing in terms of market and editor interest, so many other factors. Some good books don't get picked up for publication, for lots of reasons. Some books that do get published don't sell very well. All you can really control is the words you set on the page and the joy that comes from creation. Enjoy the creation, find yourself a community that will celebrate that creation with you, and keep working.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on a YA historical set in the American West around the 1878 solar eclipse.

ABOUT THE BOOK

Winter War Awakening
by Rosalyn Eves
Hardcover
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 3/19/2019

The Binding is broken. Mátyás is alive. And Anna Arden is on the run.

It seems, yet again, that breaking the Binding has shattered the world. And the only hope of mending it is Anna and Mátyás, working together. But it’s never that simple, is it? The praetheria, the creatures once held captive by the spell, are now waging war against the Austro-Hungarian empire. And they are holding Noémi hostage–using her life to manipulate Anna and Mátyás, like marionettes on a string.

Gábor has elected to stay behind, to fight in the Hungarian army’s resistance, while Anna and Mátyás search for their beloved Noémi–a mission doomed from the start, cloaked in praetherian magic. Magic that relies on illusion and misdirection. Eventually, there’s only one way to save her: to split up. And to walk right into the lion’s den.

When everyone thinks they’re fighting each other for the same thing–freedom–can anyone truly win?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Rosalyn Eves grew up in the Rocky Mountains, dividing her time between reading books and bossing her siblings into performing her dramatic scripts. As an adult, the telling and reading of stories is still one of her favorite things to do. When she’s not reading or writing, she enjoys spending time with her chemistry professor husband and three children, watching British period pieces, or hiking through the splendid landscape of southern Utah, where she lives. She dislikes housework on principle.

She has a PhD in English from Penn State, which means she also endeavors to inspire college students with a love for the English language. Sometimes it even works.

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Have you had a chance to read WINTER WAR AWAKENING yet? Do you work through your own fears with your writing? Do you enjoy the creation? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Erin, Shelly, and Kelly

Monday, March 11, 2019

3 New Releases This Week 03/11 - 03/17 plus Giveaway of TIN HEART

Happy Monday! We're so excited to be featuring so many new releases this week and have an awesome giveaway of TIN HEART! Don't forget to check them all out below!

Happy Reading,

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


YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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Tin Heart: A Novel
by Shivaun Plozza
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Flatiron Books
Released 3/12/2019

When Marlowe gets a heart transplant and a second chance at life, all she wants to do is to thank her donor’s family. Maybe then she can move on. Maybe then she’ll discover who she is if she’s no longer The Dying Girl.

But with a little brother who dresses like every day is Halloween, a vegan warrior for a mother, and an all-out war with the hot butcher’s apprentice next door, Marlowe’s life is already pretty complicated. And her second chance is about to take an unexpected turn...

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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS



Chicken Girl by Heather T. Smith: Audrey S.


MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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Angel Thieves
by Kathi Appelt
Hardcover
Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Released 3/12/2019

Sixteen-year-old Cade Curtis is an angel thief. After his mother’s family rejected him for being born out of wedlock, he and his dad moved to the apartment above a local antique shop. The only payment the owner Mrs. Walker requests: marble angels, stolen from graveyards, for her to sell for thousands of dollars to collectors. But there’s one angel that would be the last they’d ever need to steal; an angel, carved by a slave, with one hand open and one hand closed. If only Cade could find it…

Zorra, a young ocelot, watches the bayou rush past her yearningly. The poacher who captured and caged her has long since lost her, and Zorra is getting hungrier and thirstier by the day. Trapped, she only has the sounds of the bayou for comfort—but it tells her help will come soon.

Before Zorra, Achsah, a slave, watched the very same bayou with her two young daughters. After the death of her master, Achsah is free, but she’ll be damned if her daughters aren’t freed with her. All they need to do is find the church with an angel with one hand open and one hand closed…

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Beware the Night
by Jessika Fleck
Hardcover
Swoon Reads
Released 3/12/2019

On the island of Bellona, life is peaceful--as long as the citizens dutifully worship the Sun, which protects them from all harm. Seventeen-year-old Veda knows that keeping the Sun happy will protect her and her grandfather from the Night, the dangerous people who snatch innocent citizens from their beds under the cover of darkness, never to be seen again. As long as Veda follows the rules, she will be safe.

But when Veda's grandfather is offered up as the next sacrificial offering to keep the Sun's favor, she starts to see that the safety she's been promised comes at a dangerous price. Maybe there is more to fear above than there is below.

With a mysterious young man, Dorian, at her side, Veda has to figure out if the scary bedtime stories she grew up hearing are real--or dangerous lies.

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Heart & Shadow: The Valkyrie Duology
by Amanda Hocking
Paperback
Wednesday Books
Released 3/12/2019

WHEN THE FATE OF THE WORLD IS AT STAKE, LOYALTIES WILL BE TESTED. As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld. But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where their loyalties lie. And if helping the blue-eyed boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk―to the world and her heart.

From the Earth to the Shadows

SHE WILL SAVE THE WORLD OR DIE TRYING. While dealing with dark revelations about her life and her world, Malin Krigarie finds herself with new allies--and new enemies. Her quest for the truth leads her to places she never thought possible, and she's never been one to shy away from a fight. But for all her strength and determination, will it be enough to rescue the people she cares about and save the world before it's too late?

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Heroine
by Mindy McGinnis
Hardcover
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 3/12/2019

When a car crash sidelines Mickey just before softball season, she has to find a way to hold on to her spot as the catcher for a team expected to make a historic tournament run. Behind the plate is the only place she’s ever felt comfortable, and the painkillers she’s been prescribed can help her get there.

The pills do more than take away pain; they make her feel good.

With a new circle of friends—fellow injured athletes, others with just time to kill—Mickey finds peaceful acceptance, and people with whom words come easily, even if it is just the pills loosening her tongue.

But as the pressure to be Mickey Catalan heightens, her need increases, and it becomes less about pain and more about want, something that could send her spiraling out of control.

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Izzy + Tristan
by Shannon Dunlap
Hardcover
Poppy
Released 3/12/2019

Izzy, a practical-minded teen who intends to become a doctor, isn't happy about her recent move from the Lower East Side across the river to Brooklyn. She feels distanced from her family, especially her increasingly incomprehensible twin brother, as well as her new neighborhood.

And then she meets Tristan.

Tristan is a chess prodigy who lives with his aunt and looks up to his cousin, Marcus, who has watched out for him over the years. When he and Izzy meet one fateful night, together they tumble into a story as old and unstoppable as love itself.

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Kiss Number 8
by Colleen AF Venable
Hardcover
First Second
Released 3/12/2019

Mads is pretty happy with her life. She goes to church with her family, and minor league baseball games with her dad. She goofs off with her best friend Cat, and has thus far managed to avoid getting kissed by Adam, the boy next door. It's everything she hoped high school would be… until all of a sudden, it's not.

Her dad is hiding something big―so big it could tear her family apart. And that’s just the beginning of her problems: Mads is starting to figure out that she doesn't want to kiss Adam… because the only person she wants to kiss is Cat.

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Other Words for Smoke
by Sarah Maria Griffin
Hardcover
Greenwillow Books
Released 3/12/2019

When the women from the house at the end of the lane went missing, none of the townspeople knew what happened. A tragedy, they called it. Only twins Mae and Rossa know the truth about that fateful summer.

Only they know about the owl in the wall, the uncanny cat, the insidious creatures that devour love and fear. Only they know the trials of loving someone who longs for power, for freedom, for magic. Only they know what brought everything tumbling down around them. And they’ll never, ever breathe a word.

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Ruse
by Cindy Pon
Hardcover
Simon Pulse
Released 3/12/2019

Jason Zhou, his friends, and Daiyu are still recovering from the aftermath of bombing Jin Corp headquarters. But Jin, the ruthless billionaire and Daiyu’s father, is out for blood. When Lingyi goes to Shanghai to help Jany Tsai, a childhood acquaintance in trouble, she doesn’t expect Jin to be involved. And when Jin has Jany murdered and steals the tech she had refused to sell him, Lingyi is the only one who has access to the encrypted info, putting her own life in jeopardy.

Zhou doesn’t hesitate to fly to China to help Iris find Lingyi, even though he’s been estranged from his friends for months. But when Iris tells him he can’t tell Daiyu or trust her, he balks. The reunited group play a treacherous cat and mouse game in the labyrinthine streets of Shanghai, determined on taking back what Jin had stolen.

When Daiyu appears in Shanghai, Zhou is uncertain if it’s to confront him or in support of her father. Jin has proudly announced Daiyu will be by his side for the opening ceremony of Jin Tower, his first “vertical city.” And as hard as Zhou and his friends fight, Jin always gains the upper hand. Is this a game they can survive, much less win?

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SHOUT
by Laurie Halse Anderson
Hardcover
Viking Books for Young Readers
Released 3/12/2019

Bestselling author Laurie Halse Anderson is known for the unflinching way she writes about, and advocates for, survivors of sexual assault. Now, inspired by her fans and enraged by how little in our culture has changed since her groundbreaking novel Speak was first published twenty years ago, she has written a poetry memoir that is as vulnerable as it is rallying, as timely as it is timeless. In free verse, Anderson shares reflections, rants, and calls to action woven between deeply personal stories from her life that she's never written about before. Searing and soul-searching, this important memoir is a denouncement of our society's failures and a love letter to all the people with the courage to say #MeToo and #TimesUp, whether aloud, online, or only in their own hearts. Shout speaks truth to power in a loud, clear voice-- and once you hear it, it is impossible to ignore.

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Squad
by Mariah MacCarthy
Hardcover
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Released 3/12/2019

Jenna Watson is a cheerleader. And she wants you to know it’s not some Hollywood crap: they are not every guy’s fantasy. They are not the “mean girls” of Marsen High School. They’re literally just human females trying to live their lives and do a perfect toe touch. And their team is at the top of their game. They’re a family.

But all that changes when Jenna’s best friend stops talking to her. Suddenly, she’s not getting invited out with the rest of the squad. She’s always a step behind. And she has no idea why.

While grappling with post-cheer life, Jenna explores things she never allowed herself to like, including LARPing (live action role playing) and a relationship with a trans guy that feels a lot like love.

When Jenna loses the sport and the friends she’s always loved, she has to ask herself: What else is left?

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The Sound of Drowning
by Katherine Fleet
Hardcover
Page Street Kids
Released 3/12/2019

Meredith Hall has a secret. Every night she takes the ferry to meet Ben, her best friend and first love. Though their relationship must remain a secret, they’ve been given a second chance, and Mer's determined to make it work. She lost Ben once before and discovered the awful reality: she doesn't know how to be happy without him…

Until Wyatt washes ashore―a brash new guy with a Texas twang and a personality bigger than his home state. He makes her feel reckless, excited, and alive in ways that cut through her perpetual gloom. The deeper they delve into each other’s pasts, the more Wyatt’s charms become impossible to ignore.

But a storm is brewing in the Outer Banks. When it hits, Mer finds her heart tearing in half and her carefully constructed reality slipping back into the surf. As she discovers that even the most deeply buried secrets have a way of surfacing, she’ll have to learn that nothing is forever―especially second chances.

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The Tesla Legacy
by K.K. Perez
Hardcover
Tor Teen
Released 3/12/2019

An action-packed, young adult coming-of-age adventure, K. K. Perez's The Tesla Legacy follows a precocious young scientist named Lucy Phelps whose fateful encounter in the Tesla Suite of the New Yorker Hotel unlocks her dormant electrical powers. As Lucy struggles to understand her new abilities through scientific experimentation, she is thrust into a centuries old battle between rival alchemical societies.

One side wants her help and the other wants her dead, but both believe she is the next step in human evolution. Unfortunately, carriers of the genetic mutation―including Nikola Tesla―have a greatly reduced life expectancy. Even if Lucy can outrun her enemies, she can’t outrun herself.

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The Waking Forest
by Alyssa Wees
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 3/12/2019

The waking forest has secrets. To Rhea, it appears like a mirage, dark and dense, at the very edge of her backyard. But when she reaches out to touch it, the forest vanishes. She's desperate to know more--until she finds a peculiar boy who offers to reveal its secrets. If she plays a game.

To the Witch, the forest is her home, where she sits on her throne of carved bone, waiting for dreaming children to beg her to grant their wishes. One night, a mysterious visitor arrives and asks her what she wishes for, but the Witch sends him away. And then the uninvited guest returns.

The strangers are just the beginning. Something is stirring in the forest, and when Rhea's and the Witch's paths collide, a truth more treacherous and deadly than either could ever imagine surfaces. But how much are they willing to risk to survive?

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When the Sky Fell on Splendor
by Emily Henry
Hardcover
Razorbill
Released 3/12/2019

Almost everyone in the small town of Splendor, Ohio, was affected when the local steel mill exploded. If you weren't a casualty of the accident yourself, chances are a loved one was. That's the case for seventeen-year-old Franny, who, five years after the explosion, still has to stand by and do nothing as her brother lies in a coma.

In the wake of the tragedy, Franny found solace in a group of friends whose experiences mirrored her own. The group calls themselves The Ordinary, and they spend their free time investigating local ghost stories and legends, filming their exploits for their small following of YouTube fans. It's silly, it's fun, and it keeps them from dwelling on the sadness that surrounds them.

Until one evening, when the strange and dangerous thing they film isn't fiction--it's a bright light, something massive hurtling toward them from the sky. And when it crashes and the teens go to investigate...everything changes.

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Saturday, March 9, 2019

0 Laura Silverman, author of YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT, on putting down the red pen

We're thrilled to have Laura Silverman with us to share more about her latest novel, YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT.

Laura, what did this book teach you about writing or about yourself? 

It was really interesting to write a book about the perils of perfectionism – because don’t you want your book to be perfect? I found my struggles mirroring Ariel’s struggles. I was writing a book with the message that perfect is overrated, and yet, I was still somehow pushing myself to write a perfect book. Eventually, I was able to take a step back. Were weeks or months of additional nitpicky edits going to create a perfect book? No, a perfect book probably isn’t even a real thing. I looked at the book as it stood and was really proud of it, and it was time to put down the red pen.

What do you hope readers will take away from YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT? 

I hope teen readers will take away the message that their grades do not define them. I hope adult reads will examine how they add to the pressure in teens’ lives.

What's your writing ritual like? Do you listen to music? Work at home or at a coffee shop or the library, etc? What gets you into the mood to write? 

I definitely prefer to write in the mornings or afternoons. Depending on the work for the day and my mood, I’ll write at a coffee shop, library, or home, but I almost always require iced tea. I often listen to white noise, like the sounds of a library or a rainstorm.

What are you working on now? 

I’m currently writing my third novel, another YA contemporary. I can’t share much about it yet, but I’m excited!

ABOUT THE BOOK

You Asked for Perfect
by Laura Silverman
Paperback
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 3/5/2019

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violinist, dedicated volunteer, active synagogue congregant, and expected valedictorian. And he works hard―really hard―to make his success look effortless. A failed calculus quiz is not part of his plan. Not when he's number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman's body spray.

Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. But as his grade continues to slide, Ariel realizes he needs help and reluctantly enlists a tutor, his classmate Amir. The two have never gotten along, but Ariel has no other options.

Ariel discovers he may not like calculus, but he does like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

LAURA SILVERMAN earned her MFA in Writing for Children at the New School. She is the author of Girl Out of Water and You Asked for Perfect. You can reach out on Twitter at @LJSilverman1 or through her website LauraSilvermanWrites.com.

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Have you had a chance to read YOU ASKED FOR PERFECT yet? Do you struggle with trying to make your book perfect? Do you have a specific drink for writing? Share your thoughts about the interview in the comments!

Happy Reading,

Jocelyn, Halli, Martina, Erin, Shelly, and Kelly

Friday, March 8, 2019

2 So Long, Farewell

In October of 2014, I got an email from Martina Boone, the founder of Adventures in YA Publishing, asking if I wanted to join AYAP as the Interview Coordinator.
I’d been a long-time reader and was honored, thrilled, and more than a bit anxious about becoming part of the AYAP team.

Now it's four-plus years later, and I’ve gotten to know wonderful members of the AYAP community, amazing authors, and lovely publicists. I’ve also experienced a part of the publishing biz I didn’t know much about before.

And I’ve learned so much from all the author interviews I’ve done. The YA community is extremely generous with their advice and encouragement, and I just hope I manage to retain a fraction of the knowledge I’ve absorbed over the years.
One of my favorite parts of being the Interview Coordinator was covering YALLFest every year. I got to interview authors in person who left me start struck, like R.L. Stine, Jonathan Stroud, Sara Shepard, Patrick Ness, Veronica Roth, and many other YA rock stars. It was always such a treat for this shy gal who has been inhaling YA novels for much of her life.

But as much as I’ve enjoyed it, it’s time to move on … although for happy reasons … several of them!

At the end of December, after years of querying, I finally signed with an agent!!!

Although ... not for a YA novel.
I actually got inspired to write a nonfiction picture book about … animal butts! This complete 180 in my writing is what finally snagged me an agent. If you’re interested in my journey, here’s my “I Have an Agent!!!” post.

In addition to that excitement, I’m also making another movie! This one is a horror anthology in the vein of The Twilight Zone and Tales From the Crypt. It’s called Grave Intentions, and my brother and I won a grant to make it. We’ve already selected the short films and now need to write and film the wraparound. If thrills and chills are your thing, give us a follow on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.


As if that weren’t enough, I’m also working on a project called Transmedia Mutts. Right now it’s a Facebook group with free training videos and feedback about crafting killer pitches, but I’ll soon be expanding it into other trainings to support writing, querying, and marketing. Come join us – it’s a fun and supportive community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/transmediamutts/
You can also follow us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.
Whew! With so much going on and my writing veering from YA, it seemed the right time to move on to new adventures. Even if it does make me sad.

However, I’m excited to announce that Riki Cleveland is taking over as the AYAP Interview Coordinator. In fact, I officially passed the torch a few weeks ago, it’s just taken me a while to write this post.
Riki writes YA novels and works for Entangled Publishing, so she's extremely familiar with the world of YA. Plus she's BFFs with our WoW Guest Post Coordinator Kelly deVos, so that automatically makes her awesome. Martina and I know she's going to do a great job!

I’ll still be hanging around a bit. Martina has invited me to write guest posts if I feel inspired, and I have some fabulous interviews from YALLFest that I still need to transcribe (oops!). And you can always find me on Twitter and Instagram (usually when I should be writing!).

I’ve so enjoyed being part of the AYAP community, and I hope to see you around the interwebs.

Write on!

Jocelyn

Monday, March 4, 2019

5 New Releases this week 03/04 - 03/10 plus Giveaway of CHICKEN GIRL

Happy Monday! We're so excited to be featuring so many new releases this week and have an awesome giveaway! Don't forget to check them all out below!

Happy Reading,

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


YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK


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Chicken Girl
by Heather T. Smith
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Penguin Teen
Released 3/5/2019

Poppy used to be an optimist. But after a photo of her dressed as Rosie the Riveter is mocked online, she's having trouble seeing the good in the world. As a result, Poppy trades her beloved vintage clothes for a feathered chicken costume and accepts a job as an anonymous sign waver outside a restaurant. There, Poppy meets six-year-old girl Miracle, who helps Poppy see beyond her own pain, opening her eyes to the people around her: Cam, her twin brother, who is adjusting to life as an openly gay teen; Buck, a charming photographer with a cute British accent and a not-so-cute mean-streak; and Lewis a teen caring for an ailing parent, while struggling to reach the final stages of his gender transition. As the summer unfolds, Poppy stops glorifying the past and starts focusing on the present. But just as she comes to terms with the fact that there is good and bad in everyone, she is tested by a deep betrayal.

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MORE YOUNG ADULT FICTION IN STORES NEXT WEEK WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEWS


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You Asked for Perfect
by Laura Silverman
Paperback
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 3/5/2019

Senior Ariel Stone is the perfect college applicant: first chair violinist, dedicated volunteer, active synagogue congregant, and expected valedictorian. And he works hard―really hard―to make his success look effortless. A failed calculus quiz is not part of his plan. Not when he's number one. Not when his peers can smell weakness like a freshman's body spray.

Ariel throws himself into studying. His friends will understand if he skips a few plans, and he can sleep when he graduates. But as his grade continues to slide, Ariel realizes he needs help and reluctantly enlists a tutor, his classmate Amir. The two have never gotten along, but Ariel has no other options.

Ariel discovers he may not like calculus, but he does like Amir. Except adding a new relationship to his long list of commitments may just push him past his limit.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about You Asked for Perfect?

I really can’t pick a favorite thing, but I will talk about one of my favorite aspects of the book. I love that Ariel’s family plays an important role in his life. Often parents will be in the background of YA novels, but my parents were an active part of my life growing up, so I wanted to represent that family dynamic on the page. Ariel’s parents are loving and supportive— but no one is perfect. They are sometimes oblivious to what Ariel is struggling with, so everyone has to learn how to communicate better.

Ariel also has a little sister, Rachel, and I love her so much. The two siblings are close. Ariel always attends her soccer games, and Rachel helps her brother volunteer at the animal shelter. Rachel is one of my favorite characters in the book, and I hope readers will love her as much as I do.


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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK


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A Question of Holmes
by Brittany Cavallaro
Hardcover
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 3/5/2019

Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson finally have a chance to start over. With all the freedom their pre-college summer program provides and no one on their tail, the only mystery they need to solve, once and for all, is what they are to each other.

But upon their arrival at Oxford, Charlotte is immediately drawn into a new case: a series of accidents befell the theater program at Oxford last year, culminating in a young woman going missing on the night of a major performance.

The mystery has gone unsolved; the case is cold. And no one—least of all the girl’s peculiar, close-knit group of friends—is talking.

When Watson and Holmes join the theater program, the “accidents” start anew, giving them no choice but to throw themselves into the case. But as the complicated lines of friendship, love, and loyalty blur, time is running out—and tragedy waits in the wings.

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Barely Missing Everything
by Matt Mendez
Hardcover
Atheneum
Released 3/5/2019

Juan has plans. He’s going to get out of El Paso, Texas, on a basketball scholarship and make something of himself—or at least find something better than his mom Fabi’s cruddy apartment, her string of loser boyfriends, and a dead dad. Basketball is going to be his ticket out, his ticket up. He just needs to make it happen.

His best friend JD has plans, too. He’s going to be a filmmaker one day, like Quinten Tarantino or Guillermo del Toro (NOT Steven Spielberg). He’s got a camera and he’s got passion—what else could he need?

Fabi doesn’t have a plan anymore. When you get pregnant at sixteen and have been stuck bartending to make ends meet for the past seventeen years, you realize plans don’t always pan out, and that there some things you just can’t plan for…

Like Juan’s run-in with the police, like a sprained ankle, and a tanking math grade that will likely ruin his chance at a scholarship. Like JD causing the implosion of his family. Like letters from a man named Mando on death row. Like finding out this man could be the father your mother said was dead.

Soon Juan and JD are embarking on a Thelma and Louise­–like road trip to visit Mando. Juan will finally meet his dad, JD has a perfect subject for his documentary, and Fabi is desperate to stop them. But, as we already know, there are some things you just can’t plan for…

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Chrysalis
by Brendan Reichs
Hardcover
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Y
Released 3/5/2019

The 64 members of Fire Lake's sophomore class have managed to survive the first two phases of the Program--and each other. Now, they alone have emerged into the dawn of a new era on Earth, into a Fire Lake valley that's full of otherworldly dangers and challenges. Although staying alive in this broken world should force Min, Noah, Tack, and the others to form new alliances, old feuds die hard, and the brutality of the earlier Program phases cannot be forgotten. But being a team isn't easy for the sophomores, and when they discover that they may not be alone on the planet after all, they'll have to decide if they're going to work together . . . or die together.

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Dealing in Dreams
by Lilliam Rivera
Hardcover
Simon & Schuster Books for You
Released 3/5/2019

At night, Las Mal Criadas own these streets.

Sixteen-year-old Nalah leads the fiercest all-girl crew in Mega City. That role brings with it violent throwdowns and access to the hottest boydega clubs, but Nalah quickly grows weary of her questionable lifestyle. Her dream is to get off the streets and make a home in the exclusive Mega Towers, in which only a chosen few get to live. To make it to the Mega Towers, Nalah must prove her loyalty to the city's benevolent founder and cross the border in a search of the mysterious gang the Ashé Ryders. Led by a reluctant guide, Nalah battles crews and her own doubts but the closer she gets to her goal the more she loses sight of everything--and everyone--she cares about.

Nalah must choose whether or not she's willing to do the unspeakable to get what she wants. Can she discover that home is not where you live but whom you chose to protect before she loses the family she's created for good?

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Deathcaster
by Cinda Williams Chima
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 3/5/2019

Warrior Alyssa ana’Raisa would do anything to protect her home, the Fells, and her legacy, the Gray Wolf line. But as a prisoner of Empress Celestine, Lyss is forced to turn her fearsome talents as an army commander against her beloved homeland. Refusal would swiftly lead to her death, and her death would end the Gray Wolf line.

In Lyss’s absence, Fellsmarch Castle swarms with intrigue, deception, and a primordial threat. Destin Karn, a southern spymaster with a hidden agenda of his own, might be the queendom’s only hope of defeating the forces aligned against the Seven Realms . . . as well as the enemies within the castle.

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Field Notes on Love
by Jennifer Smith
Hardcover
Delacorte Press
Released 3/5/2019

It's the perfect idea for a romantic week together: traveling across America by train.

But then Hugo's girlfriend dumps him. Her parting gift: the tickets for their long-planned last-hurrah-before-uni trip. Only, it's been booked under her name. Nontransferable, no exceptions.

Mae is still reeling from being rejected from USC's film school. When she stumbles across Hugo's ad for a replacement Margaret Campbell (her full name!), she's certain it's exactly the adventure she needs to shake off her disappointment and jump-start her next film.

A cross-country train trip with a complete stranger might not seem like the best idea. But to Mae and Hugo, both eager to escape their regular lives, it makes perfect sense. What starts as a convenient arrangement soon turns into something more. But when life outside the train catches up to them, can they find a way to keep their feelings for each other from getting derailed?

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If You're Out There
by Katy Loutzenhiser
Hardcover
Balzer + Bray
Released 3/5/2019

After Zan’s best friend moves to California, she is baffled and crushed when Priya suddenly ghosts. Worse, Priya’s social media has turned into a stream of ungrammatical posts chronicling a sunny, vapid new life that doesn’t sound like her at all.

Everyone tells Zan not to be an idiot: Let Priya do her reinvention thing and move on. But until Zan hears Priya say it, she won’t be able to admit that their friendship is finished.

It’s only when she meets Logan, the compelling new guy in Spanish class, that Zan begins to open up about her sadness, her insecurity, her sense of total betrayal. And he’s just as willing as she is to throw himself into the investigation when everyone else thinks her suspicions are crazy.

Then a clue hidden in Priya’s latest selfie introduces a new, deeply disturbing possibility:

Maybe Priya isn’t just not answering Zan’s emails.

Maybe she can’t.

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Lovely War
by Julie Berry
Hardcover
Viking Books for Young Readers
Released 3/5/2019

They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of Love.

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Opposite of Always
by Justin A. Reynolds
Hardcover
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 3/5/2019

When Jack and Kate meet at a party, bonding until sunrise over their mutual love of Froot Loops and their favorite flicks, Jack knows he’s falling—hard. Soon she’s meeting his best friends, Jillian and Franny, and Kate wins them over as easily as she did Jack.

But then Kate dies. And their story should end there.

Yet Kate’s death sends Jack back to the beginning, the moment they first meet, and Kate’s there again. Healthy, happy, and charming as ever. Jack isn’t sure if he’s losing his mind.

Still, if he has a chance to prevent Kate’s death, he’ll take it. Even if that means believing in time travel. However, Jack will learn that his actions are not without consequences. And when one choice turns deadly for someone else close to him, he has to figure out what he’s willing to do to save the people he loves.

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Prince Charming
by Rachel Hawkins
Paperback
Penguin Books
Released 3/5/2019

Meet Daisy Winters. She's an offbeat sixteen-year-old Floridian with mermaid-red hair, a part time job at a bootleg Walmart, and a perfect older sister who's nearly engaged to the Crown Prince of Scotland. Daisy has no desire to live in the spotlight, but relentless tabloid attention forces her join Ellie at the relative seclusion of the castle across the pond.

While the dashing young Miles has been appointed to teach Daisy the ropes of being regal, the prince's roguish younger brother kicks up scandal wherever he goes, and tries his best to take Daisy along for the ride. The crown--and the intriguing Miles--might be trying to make Daisy into a lady . . . but Daisy may just rewrite the royal rulebook to suit herself.

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Star Wars Queen's Shadow
by E. K. Johnston
Hardcover
Disney Lucasfilm Press
Released 3/5/2019

Written by the #1 New York Times best-selling author of Ahsoka! When Padmé Naberrie, "Queen Amidala" of Naboo, steps down from her position, she is asked by the newly-elected queen to become Naboo's representative in the Galactic Senate. Padmé is unsure about taking on the new role, but cannot turn down the request to serve her people. Together with her most loyal handmaidens, Padmé must figure out how to navigate the treacherous waters of politics and forge a new identity beyond the queen's shadow.

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Superman: Dawnbreaker
by Matt de la Peña
Hardcover
Random House Books for Young R
Released 3/5/2019

When the dawn breaks, a hero rises.

His power is beyond imagining.
Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger--better--than everyone around him. But he wasn't raised to show off, and drawing attention to himself could be dangerous. Plus, it's not like he's earned his powers . . . yet.
But power comes with a price.
Lately it's difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and discovers a dark secret lurking in Smallville. Turns out, Clark's not the only one hiding something. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, he throws himself into the pursuit of the truth. What evil lies below the surface of his small town? And what will it cost Clark to learn about his past as he steps into the light to become the future Man of Steel? Because before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.

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The Everlasting Rose
by Dhonielle Clayton
Hardcover
Freeform
Released 3/5/2019

With a price on her head, the evil Queen Sophia out for blood, and no idea who to trust, Camellia Beaureguard, the former favorite Belle, must race against time to find the ailing Princess Charlotte, who has disappeared without a trace. Sophia's imperial forces will stop at nothing to keep Camille, her sister Edel, and her loyal guard, Rémy, from returning Charlotte to the palace and her rightful place as queen. With the help of an underground resistance movement called the Iron Ladies--a society that rejects beauty treatments entirely--and the backing of alternative newspaper the Spider's Web, Camille uses her powers, her connections, and her cunning to outwit her greatest nemesis, Sophia, and attempt to restore peace to Orléans. But enemies lurk in the most unexpected places, forcing Camille to decide just how much she's willing to sacrifice to save her people.

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The Last 8
by Laura Pohl
Hardcover
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 3/5/2019

Clover Martinez has always been a survivor, which is the reason she isn't among the dead when aliens invade and destroy Earth as she knows it.

Clover is convinced she's the only one left until she hears a voice on the radio urging her to go to the former Area 51. When she arrives, she's greeted by a band of misfits who call themselves The Last Teenagers on Earth.

Only they aren't the ragtag group of heroes Clover was expecting. The seven strangers seem more interested in pretending the world didn't end than fighting back, and Clover starts to wonder if she was better off alone. But when she finds a hidden spaceship within the walls of the compound, she doesn't know what to believe...or who to trust.

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The Pioneer
by Bridget Tyler
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 3/5/2019

When Jo steps onto planet Tau Ceti e for the first time, she’s ready to put the past behind her and begin again. After all, as a pioneer, she has the job of helping build a new home away from Earth.

But underneath the idyllic surface of their new home, there’s something very wrong. And when Jo accidentally uncovers a devastating secret that could destroy everything they’ve worked for, suddenly the future doesn’t seem so bright.

With the fate of the pioneers in her hands, Jo must decide how far she’s willing to go to expose the truth—before the truth destroys them all.

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The Queen's Resistance
by Rebecca Ross
Hardcover
HarperTeen
Released 3/5/2019

Brienna is a mistress of knowledge and is beginning to settle into her role as the daughter of the once disgraced lord, Davin MacQuinn. Though she’d just survived a revolution that will return a queen to the throne, she faces yet another challenge: acceptance by the MacQuinns.

But as Queen Isolde Kavanagh’s closest confidant, she’ll have to balance serving her father’s House as well as her country.

Then there’s Aodhan Morgan, formerly known as Cartier Évariste, who is adjusting to the stark contrast between his pre-rebellion life in Valenia and his current one as lord of a fallen House. As he attempts to restore the Morgane name, he let his mind wander—what if he doesn’t have to raise his House alone? What if Brienna could stand by his side?

But Brienna and Cartier must put their feelings aside, as there are more vital tasks at hand—the Lannons' trial, forging alliances, and ensuring that no one halts the queen’s coronation. Resistance is rumbling among the old regime’s supporters, who are desperate to find a weakness in the rebels’ forces.

And what makes one more vulnerable than love?

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The Shadowglass
by Rin Chupeco
Hardcover
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 3/5/2019

In the Eight Kingdoms, none have greater strength or influence than the asha, who hold elemental magic. But only a bone witch has the power to raise the dead. Tea has used this dark magic to breathe life into those she has loved and lost...and those who would join her army against the deceitful royals. But Tea's quest to conjure a shadowglass, to achieve immortality for the one person she loves most in the world, threatens to consume her.

Tea's heartsglass only grows darker with each new betrayal. Her work with the monstrous azi, her thirst for retribution, her desire to unmask the Faceless―they all feed the darkrot that is gradually consuming her heartsglass. She is haunted by blackouts and strange visions, and when she wakes with blood on her hands, Tea must answer to a power greater than the elder asha or even her conscience. Tea's life―and the fate of the kingdoms―hangs in the balance.

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Yes She Can: 10 Stories of Hope & Change from Young Female Staffers of the Obama White House
by Molly Dillon
Hardcover
Schwartz & Wade
Released 3/5/2019

They were teens when Barack Obama announced he was running for president.
They came of age in the Obama Era.
And then they joined his White House. Smart, motivated, ambitious--and ready to change the world.

Kalisha Dessources Figures planned one of the biggest summits held by the Obama White House--The United State of Women. Andrea Flores fought for the president's immigration bill on the Hill. Nita Contreras traveled the globe and owned up to a rookie mistake on Air Force One (in front of the leader of the free world!).

Here are ten inspiring, never-before-told stories from diverse young women who got. Stuff. Done. They recall--fondly and with humor and a dose of humility--what it was like to literally help run the world.

YES SHE CAN is an intimate look at Obama's presidency through the eyes of some of the most successful, and completely relatable, young women who were there. Full of wisdom they wish they could impart to their younger selves and a message about the need for more girls in government, these recollections are about stepping out into the spotlight and up to the challenge--something every girl can do.

With contributions from Jenna Brayton, Eleanor Celeste, Nita Contreras, Kalisha Dessources Figures, Molly Dillon, Andrea R. Flores, Vivian P. Graubard, Noemie C. Levy, Taylor Lustig, and Jaimie Woo.

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