Friday, November 30, 2012

14 New YALit in Stores 12/1-12/7 Plus 3-Book Giveaway

Are you getting ready for Christmas? Be sure to stop by for tomorrow's HUGE giveaway of stocking stuffers for book lovers! We'll have lots of great stuff for you.

Also, tomorrow we'll accept five entries for December's First Five Pages Workshop with guest mentor J. Anderson Coats. Stop by our new site: for all the details.


The Assault (Recon Team Angel)
by Brian Falkner

It's 2030, and humanity is losing the war against alien invaders. A Band of Brothers meets Ender's Game in this sci-fi military thriller.

A team of six has been chosen . . .

. . . to infiltrate the enemy's headquarters in the heart of the Australian Outback. The six teens have been modified to look like aliens. They have spent years mastering alien culture so that they can talk, act—even think—like their enemies. But from the start, the recon mission goes terribly wrong. It's only when they are close to discovering the shocking truth of the aliens' plans that the team is forced to ask:

Who among them is a traitor?

Brian Falkner, author of The Project, Brain Jack, and The Tomorrow Code, delivers a page-turning military thriller with his signature heart-pounding action and unique sci-fi twists.

Hand this to teens who love playing Call of Duty and Halo!

"Falkner supplies a tight story that features a strong plot and believable characters. . . . [He] effectively employs the tropes of both survival and war stories to great effect. While an entirely satisfying read on its own, readers can only hope there is a second installment in the works."—Kirkus Reviews

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Assault (Recon Team Angel)?

My favourite thing about The Assault is the beginning, when the team of teenage soldiers drop out of the sky into the Australian desert, landing on self-inflating airbags.
This was an idea I had about ten years ago, that I used in an unpublished story.
I remembered the idea when I started writing "The Assault" and changed it a little, so that one of the airbags fails.
To me this was the perfect way to open an action-packed novel, full of danger and excitement from the get-go.

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Romeo Redeemed
by Stacey Jay

Seductive companion to the popular Juliet Immortal, in which former lovers—Romeo and Juliet—meet, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.

Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Romeo Redeemed?

I love seeing a villain become someone the reader can root for. In "Juliet Immortal" Romeo was a boy I loved to hate, but in "Romeo Redeemed" he became a boy I was so happy to see get his happy ending. I hope my readers feel the same way!

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Because It Is My Blood (Birthright)

by Gabrielle Zevin

“Every time I think I’m out, they pull me back in.”- Michael Corleone, The Godfather

Since her release from Liberty Children's Facility, Anya Balanchine is determined to follow the straight and narrow. Unfortunately, her criminal record is making it hard for her to do that. No high school wants her with a gun possession charge on her rap sheet. Plus, all the people in her life have moved on: Natty has skipped two grades at Holy Trinity, Scarlet and Gable seem closer than ever, and even Win is in a new relationship.But when old friends return demanding that certain debts be paid, Anya is thrown right back into the criminal world that she had been determined to escape. It’s a journey that will take her across the ocean and straight into the heart of the birthplace of chocolate where her resolve--and her heart--will be tested as never before.


Inheritance (Deluxe Edition)

by Christopher Paolini


This deluxe edition of the spellbinding conclusion to the worldwide bestselling Inheritance cycle includes:

A glimpse at life in Alagaƫsia after the final scene of the series
Never-before-seen art by the author
A new scene within the story
A note to readers from the author
An exclusive full-color foldout poster by award-winning artist John Jude Palencar

Not so very long ago, Eragon—Shadeslayer, Dragon Rider—was nothing more than a poor farm boy, and his dragon, Saphira, only a blue stone in the forest. Now the fate of an entire civilization rests on their shoulders.
The Rider and his dragon have come farther than anyone dared to hope. But can they topple the evil king Galbatorix and restore justice to Alagaƫsia? And if so, at what cost?


The Almost Truth

by Eileen Cook

From the author of Unraveling Isobel and The Education of Hailey Kendrick, a smart, romantic novel about a teenage con artist who might be in over her head.
Sadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.
     But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.

     With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn't prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose....

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Almost Truth?

I loved doing the research for this book. It's about a teen con artist named Sadie. This gave me the excuse to do a bunch of research on pulling cons. If this writing thing doesn't work out I feel like I have the information needed to turn to a life of crime. While writing the book I feel in love with the characters. In particular, Sadie and Brendan. They both are from the "wrong side of the tracks" and have some flexible morality, but they are so loyal to friends. I always admire people who are willing to do whatever it takes to reach their goals.

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by Molly Cochran

Arthurian legend mixes with modern-day witchcraft in this haunting sequel to Legacy, which Publishers Weekly said “should please the legions of paranormal fans looking for a sophisticated supernatural thriller.”
After the riveting—and romantic—events of Legacy, Katy has won Peter’s heart and is now claiming her place in the magical world. Though half the students at her boarding school come from witching lines, the use of magic is expressly forbidden at Ainsworth, so as to keep the witching world hidden from the blue-blooded preppies, aka Muffies, who also walk the halls.

     But the Muffies have at least a notion of magic, because Katy catches them staging a made-up ritual—and to her astonishment, the girls collapse at Katy’s feet and fall into comas. When Katy is blamed, she becomes desperate to clear her name and finds herself battling all odds to harness her growing magical powers in order to save the Muffies and dispel the Darkness once more.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Poison?

What I liked best about writing POISON was that I was able to revisit King Arthur's Camelot, which has been my favorite fantasy locale since THE FOREVER KING, an early book of mine about the reincarnation of Arthur as a 10-year-old boy in Chicago. Although POISON is a contemporary book, its supernatural elements allowed me to create a character who had been trapped in amber for 1600 years -- since she fell afoul of some powerful Fifth Century witches. Through flashbacks to that time, I was able to incorporate that story into a current one about loyalty, betrayal, and the dark side of friendship.


The Believing Game

by Eireann Corrigan

A private academy. A cult leader. A girl caught in the middle.

After Greer Cannon discovers that shoplifting can be a sport and sex can be a superpower, her parents pack her up and send her off to McCracken Hill-a cloistered academy for troubled teens. At McCracken, Greer chafes under the elaborate systems and self-help lingo of therapeutic education. Then Greer meets Addison Bradley. A handsome, charismatic local, Addison seems almost as devoted to Greer as he is to the 12 steps. When he introduces Greer to his mentor Joshua, she finds herself captivated by the older man's calm wisdom. Finally, Greer feels understood.

But Greer starts to question: Where has Joshua come from? What does he want in return for his guidance? The more she digs, the more his lies are exposed. When Joshua's influence over Addison edges them all closer to danger, Greer decides to confront them both. Suddenly, she finds herself on the outside of Joshua's circle. And swiftly, she discovers it's not safe there.

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Breaking Point (Bluford High)

by Karyn Langhorne Folan and Paul Langan
Paperback Original

Bluford High: It's not just school--it's real life.

Vicky Fallon can't take it. Her father lost his job, her parents are constantly fighting, and her little brother is out of control. Once an honor student, Vicky is quickly falling behind in her classes at Bluford High. Now her teachers, friends, and boyfriend, Martin Luna, want answers. Pressured from all sides, Vicky knows something is about to snap. But the explosion that hits her home is worse than anything she could have imagined.

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Burned (Pretty Little Liars)

by Sara Shepard

It's spring break, and the pretty little liars are trading in Rosewood for a cruise vacation. They want nothing more than to sail into the tropical sunset and leave their troubles behind for one blissful week. But where Emily, Aria, Spencer, and Hanna go, A goes, too. From scuba diving to tanning on the upper deck, A is there, soaking up all their new secrets.
Emily is smooching a stowaway. Aria's treasure-hunting partner is a little too interested in her booty. Spencer's going overboard trying to land a new boy. And a blast—or rather, a crash—from Hanna's past could mean rough waters ahead for everyone.
The liars better tighten their life jackets. A perfect storm is brewing, and if they aren't careful, A will bury them at sea. . . .

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The Friday Society

by Adrienne Kress

An action-packed tale of gowns, guys, guns–and the heroines who use them all

Set in turn of the century London, The Friday Society follows the stories of three very intelligent and talented young women, all of whom are assistants to powerful men: Cora, lab assistant; Michiko, Japanese fight assistant; and Nellie, magician's assistant. The three young women's lives become inexorably intertwined after a chance meeting at a ball that ends with the discovery of a murdered mystery man.

It's up to these three, in their own charming but bold way, to solve the murder–and the crimes they believe may be connected to it–without calling too much attention to themselves.

Set in the past but with a modern irreverent flare, this Steampunk whodunit introduces three unforgettable and very ladylike–well, relatively ladylike–heroines poised for more dangerous adventures.


  1. Can't believe how soon the holidays are. Thanks for keeping us so updated on new releases.

  2. What a great list of books. They look interesting.

    I like how Eileen Cook enjoyed her research! :)

  3. Oooh, a new Eileen Cook book. Yay! :D

  4. Oh I love Eileen Cook! I can't wait to read her latest.

  5. I'm excited to read The Friday Society. Steampunk can be so much fun!

  6. I'm just going to recommend The Friday Society to everyone. It's terrific!

  7. Lots of great books to read. Thanks for the giveaway.

  8. I can't wait for holiday reading to begin! Thank you!

  9. Oooooh, I'm so looking into The Friday Society and Romeo Redeemed. That take on Romeo & Juliet seems really interesting, with them being enemies. I always thought Romeo & Juliet was just tragically stupid instead of tragically romantic so I'm game for a take on the tale that makes sense to me.

  10. I always enjoy looking at the new books on your list. The Believing Game looks mighty interesting.

  11. I am so excited to read Because It Is My Blood. Thanks for another giveaway!

  12. Another awesome giveaway! So many great books :)

  13. I particularly like the look of The Friday Society. I'm a sucker for that era.

  14. What an awesome giveaway. Hoping to win one of the zombie books (for research, or course). Lol.


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