Friday, December 14, 2012

12 New YALit in Stores 12/15-12/21 Plus 2 Book Giveaways


The Unfailing Light (Katerina Trilogy)
by Robin Bridges

Lush and opulent, romantic and sinister, The Unfailing Light, Volume II in The Katerina Trilogy, reimagines the lives of Russia's aristocracy in a fabulously intoxicating and page-turning fantasy.
Having had no choice but to use her power has a necromancer to save Russia from dark forces, Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, now wants to forget that she ever used her special powers. She's about to set off to pursue her lifelong dream of attending medical school when she discovers that Russia's arch nemesis--who she thought she'd destroyed--is still alive. So on imperial orders, Katerina remains at her old finishing school. She'll be safe there, because the empress has cast a potent spell to protect it against the vampires and revenants who are bent on toppling the tsar and using Katerina for their own gains. But to Katerina's horror, the spell unleashes a vengeful ghost within the school, a ghost more dangerous than any creature trying to get in.

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The Opposite of Hallelujah
by Anna Jarzab

A riveting depiction of sisterhood, as one sibling's return home unleashes lies, a secret long buried, and emotional upheaval.

Caro Mitchell considers herself an only child--and she likes it that way. After all, her much older sister, Hannah, left home eight years ago, and Caro barely remembers her. So when Caro's parents drop the bombshell news that Hannah is returning to live with them, Caro feels as if an interloper is crashing her family. To her, Hannah's a total stranger, someone who haunts their home with her meek and withdrawn presence, and who refuses to talk about her life and why she went away. Caro can't understand why her parents cut Hannah so much slack, and why they're not pushing for answers.

Unable to understand Hannah, Caro resorts to telling lies about her mysterious reappearance. But when those lies alienate her new boyfriend, friends, and put her on the outs with her parents, Caro seeks solace from an unexpected source. And as she unearths a clue from Hannah's past--one that could save Hannah from the dark secret that possesses her--Caro begins to see her sister in a whole new light.

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Bad Hair Day
by Carrie Harris

WINNER: Heather Faesy

Kate Grable is geeked out to shadow the county medical examiner as part of her school's premed program. But after he's arrested for murder, she's left with the bodies. And when Kate's brother, Jonah, stumbles upon a dead gamer girl, Kate realizes that the zombie epidemic she cured last fall was only the beginning of the weirdness taking over her town. Someone—or something—is murdering kids. Something really hairy. And strong. Possibly with claws.

Could it be werewolves, like Jonah and his dorktastic friends think? Kate's supposed to be a butt-kicking, zombie-killing genius . . . but if she can't figure out what's behind the freakish attacks, the victims—or what's left of them—are going to keep piling up.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Bad Hair Day?

My favorite thing about BAD HAIR DAY is that sometimes, when I was reading over what I'd written the day before, I made MYSELF snarf stuff out of my nose. Some of my favorite books in the world are the ones that make me laugh uncontrollably. I'm all for DEEP books about DEEP THOUGHTS (especially if they're by Jack Handey), but sometimes laughter really is the best medicine. Especially if you have something stuck in your nose.

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by Mick Cochrane

Winner: Ryan

Sometimes Fitz would look at himself in the mirror, an expression of pathetic eagerness on his face. He was a dog in the pound, wanting to be adopted. He'd smile. What father wouldn't want this boy?

Fifteen-year-old Fitzgerald—Fitz, to his friends—has just learned that his father, whom he's never met, who supports him but is not a part of his life, is living nearby. Fitz begins to follow him, watch him, study him, and on an otherwise ordinary May morning, he executes a plan to force his father, at gunpoint, to be with him.

Over the course of one spring day, Fitz and his father become real to one another. Fitz learns about his father, why he's chosen to remain distant and what really happened between him and Fitz's mother. And his father learns what sort of boy his son has grown up to become.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Fitz?

The favorite part of writing all my novels is probably my engagement with the characters: spending so much time with them, getting to know them. One particular aspect of FITZ I enjoyed was the music. My main character, Fitz, noodles around on the guitar and writes songs; together with a couple of friends, he forms a band. Music and song is how Fitz expresses himself.
It was fun for me writing about the music he loves and the pleasure he takes in playing with his bandmates,

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Winner: Carol Riggs
Winner: Vivien


THEN: The formation of the UNA, the high threat of eco-terrorism, the mammoth rates of unemployment and subsequent escape into a world of virtual reality are things any student can read about in their 21st century textbooks and part of the normal background noise to Freya Kallas's life. Until that world starts to crumble.
NOW: It's 1985. Freya Kallas has just moved across the world and into a new life. On the outside, she fits in at her new high school, but Freya feels nothing but removed. Her mother blames it on the grief over her father's death, but how does that explain the headaches and why do her memories feel so foggy? When Freya lays eyes on Garren Lowe, she can't get him out of her head. She's sure that she knows him, despite his insistence that they've never met. As Freya follows her instincts and pushes towards hidden truths, the two of them unveil a strange and dangerous world where their days may be numbered. Unsure who to trust, Freya and Garren go on the run from powerful forces determined to tear them apart and keep them from discovering the truth about their shared pasts (and futures), her visions, and the time and place they really came from. Yesterday will appeal to fans of James Dashner's The Maze Runner, Veronica Roth's Divergent, Amy Ryan's Glow, Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and Ally Condie's Matched.
by C. K. Kelly Martin
Random House, 2012
0375866507 (ISBN13: 9780375866500)
Reading level: Young Adult


Ashlyn Baptiste is falling. One moment she was nothing—no memories, no self—and then suddenly, she's plummeting through a sea of stars. Is she in a coma? She doesn't remember dying, and she has no memories of the life she left behind. All she knows is that she's trapped in a consciousness without a body and she's spending every moment watching a stranger.
Breckon Cody's on the edge. He's being ripped apart by grief so intense it literally hurts to breathe. On the surface, Breckon is trying to hold it together for his family and his girlfriend, but underneath he's barely hanging on.
Even though she didn't know him in life, Ashlyn sees Breckon's pain, and she's determined to find a way help him. As her own distressing memories emerge from the darkness, she struggles to communicate with the boy who can't see her, but whose life is suddenly intertwined with hers. In alternating voices of the main characters, My Beating Teenage Heart paints a devastatingly vivid picture of both the heartbreak and the promise of teenage life—a life Ashlyn would do anything to recover and Breckon seems desperate to destroy.
My Beating Teenage Heart
by C. K. Kelly Martin
Random House, 2011
0375868550 (ISBN13: 9780375868559)
Reading level: Young Adult


Deadly Little Lessons (A Touch Novel)
by Laurie Faria Stolarz

Camelia Hammond's trying junior year of high school is finally over...but her troubles aren't. After she discovers a painful truth about her family, she escapes to a summer arts program in Rhode Island. Determined to put family - and boyfriend - drama behind her, she throws herself into her artwork. At the arts school, she gets caught up in the case of Sasha Beckerman, a local girl who is missing. Even though all signs suggest that the teen ran away, Camelia senses otherwise. Eager to help the girl, she launches her own investigation. She finds a blog by someone named Neal Moche, a psychometric who might have clues to Sasha's whereabouts. There is something familiar about Neal, and Camelia realizes how much she misses Ben, despite being committed to Adam. But time is running out for Sasha, and Camelia will have to trust her powers if she's to save her. Will the lessons Camelia has learned in the past give her the strength to do so?

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The Darkest Minds
by Alexandra Bracken

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp.  Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

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Scandal (The Ivy)
by Lauren Kunze

Accusations, accusations . . .
You know you're not the author of the "Ivy Insider" articles.
But how are you going to prove it?
Callie Andrews returns from spring break to find herself facing expulsion. Someone has framed her as the author of a series of anonymous articles vilifying an elite social club and now, unless she can prove her innocence, she can kiss her college education good-bye. So who is the Ivy Insider?
the girl who has had it out for Callie since day one
the guy who told her he loved her (at least she thought she heard that) but then he vanished in the middle of the night
his friendship supersedes his hatred for social clubs—right?
or Vanessa
Callie's best frenemy
. . . or is it someone else entirely? Callie's made more than a few enemies during her freshman year, but can she count on her true friends—and the (missing, just-maybe-meant-to-be) love of her life—to pull through?

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  1. My Beating Teenage Heart looks good. But until my TBR pile is under control, I'm going to show some restraint. ROFL

  2. Now I have some good Christmas gift ideas.

  3. I have a good size pile of books by my bed but I'm always ready to add more! This looks like another good list.

  4. Haha, I just read what Taffy said, and I have TWO huge stacks of books right next to my bed... the majority of which I have not read yet, but I ready for more of course! That's what winter and summer breaks are for!

    I got THE DARKEST MINDS as an ARC, and I'm getting it from a pre-order. So excited for that one!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  5. I've heard GREAT things about The Darkest Minds. I'm really eager to get my hands on that one!!

  6. So many good books! The Opposite of Hallelujah and The Darkest Minds both look riveting. Thanks for the reviews and for running the giveaway.

  7. Lots of awesome books to win. I can't wait to read them.

  8. Congrats to the winners! Another great selection, thank you!

  9. The Opposite of Hallelujah sounds intriguing. More for my to-read shelf! :)

  10. Thanks! I got Fitz today and I can't wait to start it.

  11. Yay!!! Thanks so much. I won! I won! What a great Christmas present/s. My hubby snatched YESTERDAY before I got to it though. LOL He's really enjoying it so far!!


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