Friday, January 18, 2013

16 New YALit Releases 1/19-1/25 Plus ASUNDER Giveaway and full set of the KIKI STRIKE Series!


The Darkness Dwellers (Kiki Strike)
by Kirsten Miller
Full Set of Kiki Strike Books

First they ventured deep under New York to save the city itself. Then things got personal as the Irregulars ventured into a haunted mansion in Chinatown to uncover an evil twin. Now, in the third installment of bestselling author Kirsten Miller's Kiki Strike series, this delightful group of delinquent geniuses jump feet first into a fast-paced international pursuit, going underground in Paris to pursue a pair of treacherous royals who have killed Kiki's parents. With a dash of romance, a fresh take on good manners, and loads of butt-kicking bravery, Kiki, Betty, Ananka and the other Irregulars sharpen their amazing skills in this highly anticipated new adventure.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Darkness Dwellers (Kiki Strike)?

I’m very proud of every aspect of The Darkness Dwellers. I personally think it’s the best book in the Kiki trilogy. However, if I had to choose what I like most, I’d pick the inscription. I dedicated my book to my daughter. Although I began writing the series long before she was born, with hindsight I can see that the Kiki books were intended to be how-to manuals for my own little Irregular. I always imagined I’d have a kid who would be a lot like Iris McLeod. And you know what? I got lucky. My daughter is going to grow up to be a butt-kicker extraordinaire.
(P.S. I’m also quite fond of The Darkness Dwellers “Guide to Friends and Enemies” at the end of Chapter 10. Take the quiz. It really works!)

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Asunder (Incarnate)
by Jodi Meadows

Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls—and the newsouls who may be born in their place.
Many are afraid of Ana's presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.
Ana was told that nosouls can't love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.
In the second book of Jodi Meadows's Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. asunder explores the beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

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Cleopatra Ascending (A Shadow's Edge Novel)
by Maureen Lipinski
2 Paperback Originals

Winner: Christina Kit.
Winner: Brooke Banks
Sweet Sixteen = You’re a Queen
Despite living with a shaman, a witch, and a muse for sisters, Rhea Spencer feels like a normal teenager—even if she is the reincarnation of Cleopatra. But all that changes on Rhea’s sixteenth birthday, when her visions of the Egyptian queen start unraveling a very different version of history, and Declan, a hot representative of the secret Order of Antony, shows up on the doorstep to keep her from being kidnapped. Together, Rhea and Declan travel to Egypt to stop the Octavians, a dark cabal trying to tap into Rhea’s growing powers. The cabal seeks to access the magic deep below the desert sands, a potentially devastating force that only Rhea can protect.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Cleopatra Ascending (A Shadow's Edge Novel)?

My favorite thing about CLEOPATRA ASCENDING is the Egyptian history. To research this book, I spent hours reading about Cleopatra and the ancient Egyptian world, something that I found really enjoyable. Ancient Egyptians were surprisingly modern--they used cosmetics such as face cream, had private bathrooms and used mirrors when dressing. Women also benefited from forward-thinking (for the time) attitudes about holding land and education. I think although Cleopatra lived thousands of years ago, we will never stop being fascinated by her story

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Shades of Earth (Across the Universe)
by Beth Revis
Hardcover (US Only)

Winner: Vivien
The final book in the New York Times bestselling trilogy, perfect for fans of Battlestar Gallactica and Prometheus!

Amy and Elder have finally left the oppressive walls of the spaceship Godspeed behind. They're ready to start life afresh--to build a home--on Centauri-Earth, the planet that Amy has traveled 25 trillion miles across the universe to experience.

But this new Earth isn't the paradise Amy had been hoping for. There are giant pterodactyl-like birds, purple flowers with mind-numbing toxins, and mysterious, unexplained ruins that hold more secrets than their stone walls first let on. The biggest secret of all? Godspeed's former passengers aren't alone on this planet. And if they're going to stay, they'll have to fight.

Amy and Elder must race to discover who--or what--else is out there if they are to have any hope of saving their struggling colony and building a future together. They will have to look inward to the very core of what makes them human on this, their most harrowing journey yet. Because if the colony collapses? Then everything they have sacrificed--friends, family, life on Earth--will have been for nothing.


Praise for the ACROSS THE UNIVERSE trilogy:

"Entirely original, deeply compelling, and totally unputdownable--I've found a new favorite!" --Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest of Hands and Teeth

"A murder mystery, a budding romance, and a dystopian world gracefully integrated into a sci-fi novel that blows away all expectation." --Melissa Marr, New York Times bestselling author of Wicked Lovely

"A fast-paced, action-packed follow-up . . . that explores not only the nature of authority and loyalty but fear of the unknown and fulfilling one's personal destiny." --LA Times

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Shades of Earth (Across the Universe)?

In Across the Universe, my favorite chapter was one sentence long. In A Million Suns, my favorite page had only one word on it. And in Shades of Earth, my favorite bit of the whole book is the blank page.

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Return to Me
by Justina Chen
2 ARCs (US Only)

Winner: Tore923
Winner: Michael Di Gesu
Nothing is going as planned for Rebecca Muir. She's weeks away from starting college--at a school chosen specifically to put a few thousand miles of freedom between Reb and her parents. But her dad's last-minute job opportunity has her entire family moving all those miles with her! And then there's the matter of her unexpected, amazing boyfriend, Jackson, who is staying behind on the exact opposite coast.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Return to Me?

Return to Me is a love letter to my children. Inspired by the events in my own life, the novel follows one girl's journey as she becomes better, not bitter after a betrayal. I loved writing with raw, urgent honesty about how a broken heart heals.

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Cinders & Sapphires (At Somerton)
by Leila Rasheed

One house, two worlds... Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies’ maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can’t help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.

For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada’s beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family’s honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name—but it would mean giving up her one true love . . . someone she could never persuade her father to accept.

Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting . . . at Somerton.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Cinders & Sapphires (At Somerton)?

It was great fun to write, and I hope it is fun to read, but it deals with some important issues too. I love that balance of light and serious.

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Black Ice (Sherlock Holmes: the Legend Begins)
by Andrew Lane

A third case for teen Sherlock involves a heinous crime . . . and a brother with blood on his hands When Sherlock and Amyus Crowe, his American tutor, visit Sherlock’s brother, Mycroft, in London, all they are expecting is lunch and some polite conversation. What they find shocks both of them to the core: a locked room, a dead body, and Mycroft holding a knife. The police are convinced Mycroft is a vicious murderer, but Sherlock is just as convinced he is innocent. Threatened with the gallows, Mycroft needs Sherlock to save him. The search for the truth necessitates an incredible journey, from a railway station for dead bodies in London all the way to the frozen city of Moscow—where Sherlock is afoot in a world of secrets and danger.

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Ravage: A Deviants Novel
by Jeff Sampson

The war against BioZenith is on.
In the weeks since she first came into her mysterious new superpowers, Emily has watched one of her packmates disappear through an interdimensional portal; she's been hunted by creepy, body-snatching shadowmen; she's managed to form an alliance with the same telekinetic cheerleaders who once tried to take her down; and she's even discovered that her believed-to-be-dead mother is one of the BioZenith scientists responsible for her strange abilities.
Now it's up to the Deviants to put together the last pieces of the puzzle, which includes tracking down their final missing member and forcing their parents to reveal why they mutated their own children. Emily fears the answer is far more sinister than anyone ever thought: After all, why would a parent risk a child's life unless the stakes were high—scary, world-ending high?
Tired of being at the mercy of adult conspiracies, Emily forms a plan with the other Deviants: Destroy BioZenith before anyone can use the knowledge within the facility to aid the shadowmen. But that's only if BioZenith—or something worse—doesn't capture them first. . . .

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Boundless (Unearthly)
by Cynthia Hand

The past few years held more surprises than part-angel Clara Gardner ever could have anticipated. Yet through the dizzying high of first love to the agonizing low of losing someone close to her, the one thing she could no longer deny was that she was never meant to have a normal life.
Since discovering the special role she plays among the other angel-bloods, Clara has been determined to protect Tucker Avery from the evil that follows her . . . even if it means breaking both their hearts. Leaving town seemed like the best option, so she's headed back to California—and so is Christian Prescott, the irresistible boy from the vision that started her on this journey in the first place.
As Clara makes her way in a world that is frighteningly new, she discovers that the fallen angel who attacked her is watching her every move. And he's not the only one. . . . With the battle against the Black Wings looming, Clara knows she must finally fulfill her destiny. But it won't come without sacrifices and betrayal.
In the riveting finale of the Unearthly series, Clara must choose her fate once and for all.

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by Teri Terry

Kyla has been Slated—her memory and personality erased as punishment for committing a crime she can’t remember. The government has taught her how to walk and talk again, given her a new identity and a new family, and told her to be grateful for this second chance that she doesn’t deserve. It’s also her last chance—because they’ll be watching to make sure she plays by their rules.

As Kyla adjusts to her new life, she’s plagued by fear. Who is she, really? And if only criminals are slated, why are so many innocent people disappearing? Kyla is torn between the need to know more and her instinct for self-preservation. She knows a dangerous game is being played with her life, and she can’t let anyone see her make the wrong move . . . but who can she trust when everyone is a stranger?

Debut author Teri Terry has written a brilliantly compelling, original and thought-provoking novel about an uncomfortably plausible future.

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Everbound: An Everneath Novel
by Brodi Ashton

Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternity—a debt that should've been hers. Now she is living a borrowed life, and she doesn't know what to do with the guilt. And every night, Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away. No matter how she tries to reach for his hand, she can never find it.
Desperate for answers, Nikki turns to Cole, the immortal bad boy who wants to make her his queen—and the one person least likely to help. But his heart has been touched by everything about Nikki, and he agrees to help in the only way he can: by taking her to the Everneath himself.
Nikki and Cole, along with Cole's bandmate Max, descend into the Everneath, only to discover that their journey will be more difficult than they'd anticipated—and more deadly. From a Lake of Blood and Guilt to Sirens' alluring tricks to insurmountable walls of rock and flame, the trio is given every reason to turn back and give up. But Nikki vows to stop at nothing to save Jack—even if it means making an incredible sacrifice of her own.
In this breathtaking sequel to Everneath, Brodi Ashton tests the bonds of destiny and explores the lengths we'll go to for the ones we love.

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by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

There are people in this world who are Nobody. No one sees them. No one notices them. They live their lives under the radar, forgotten as soon as you turn away.

That's why they make the perfect assassins.

The Institute finds these people when they're young and takes them away for training. But an untrained Nobody is a threat to their organization. And threats must be eliminated.

Sixteen-year-old Claire has been invisible her whole life, missed by the Institute's monitoring. But now they've ID'ed her and send seventeen-year-old Nix to remove her. Yet the moment he lays eyes on her, he can't make the hit. It's as if Claire and Nix are the only people in the world for each other. And they are--because no one else can really see them.

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The Archived
by Victoria Schwab

Imagine a place where the dead rest on shelves like books.
Each body has a story to tell, a life seen in pictures that only Librarians can read. The dead are called Histories, and the vast realm in which they rest is the Archive. Da first brought Mackenzie Bishop here four years ago, when she was twelve years old, frightened but determined to prove herself. Now Da is dead, and Mac has grown into what he once was: a ruthless Keeper, tasked with stopping often-violent Histories from waking up and getting out. Because of her job, she lies to the people she loves, and she knows fear for what it is: a useful tool for staying alive.

Being a Keeper isn’t just dangerous—it’s a constant reminder of those Mac has lost. Da’s death was hard enough, but now that her little brother is gone too, Mac starts to wonder about the boundary between living and dying, sleeping and waking. In the Archive, the dead must never be disturbed. And yet, someone is deliberately altering Histories, erasing essential chapters. Unless Mac can piece together what remains, the Archive itself might crumble and fall.

In this haunting, richly imagined novel, Victoria Schwab reveals the thin lines between past and present, love and pain, trust and deceit, unbearable loss and hardwon redemption. Advance praise for THE ARCHIVED:  “This gripping supernatural thriller features nuanced characters navigating a complex moral universe.” –Kirkus Reviews

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  1. So many great books to add to my TBR list! I'm especially excited for ASUNDER - I just adored INCARNATE!

  2. I'm looking forward to Asunder, Nobody, and The Archived. So many great books! *happy sigh*

  3. Congrats to the winners. Thanks for letting us know about all the good books being released.

  4. Congrats to the winners! Always love these giveaways :-)

  5. Wow. Talk about intriguing. : )

    Congratulations to last week's winners.

  6. Three cheers for the members. Some fave authors came out with their sophomore novels! WOOT!

  7. AWESOME, these sound incredible!

  8. Congrats to everyone and thank you!! I cannot wait to read Everbound and Boundless!! And I really liked Nobody :D

  9. Congratulations to the winners. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Lots of good books to read.

  10. Thank you so much! I can't wait to read Cleopatra Ascending.

    Every single one of these books are on my TBR list, including the Kiki Strike series (which somehow I hadn't heard of until now).

    Am I the only one not seeing a form again? If it's just me, I'll try to figure out what's wrong but please enter me just in case.


  11. So sorry, everyone. I forgot the form again. I swear, I'd be leaving the house without shoes at this point. Please, if you don't mind, enter your info in there for me, would you?

    Thanks so much and have a great weekend!

  12. I did enter my information now, thanks Martina. I was just worried I'd forget to come back (I forget everything) but after I submitted my previous comment, I realized I could just subscribed to the comments. That was a duh! moment.

  13. oh geeze there are so many!
    Archived, Asunder, Shades and Nobody are all on my TBR want list.

  14. Thank you for the giveaway! Congrats to the previous winners :)

  15. Thank you for this post and giveaway, there are more books to look forward to then I thought.


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