Friday, February 15, 2013

5 New YALit in Stores 2/16-2/22 Plus Giveaway of THE CANTICLE OF WHISPERS


The Canticle of Whispers (The Agora Trilogy)
by David Whitley
signed hardcover

In The Canticle of Whispers, the final volume of the Agora trilogy, Mark and Lily lead the revolution to unseat the powerful elite while confronting the dark and twisted nature of their destinies.

Over the course of their travels, Mark and Lily have seen the dark side of capitalist society and the terrifying side of utopian community. Now they journey deep underground to a world populated by people terrified of physical touch but capable of creating mesmerizing song. Here they discover the seat of Agora's power and try to right the wrongs of their forefathers--but can they succeed without sacrificing themselves? In this gripping conclusion to a trilogy that is at once timely and prophetic, David Whitley pushes his characters and his world to the brink in order to find redemption from the past.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Canticle of Whispers?

My favourite thing about “The Canticle of Whispers”? Definitely the very, very ending. After all the excitement of the grand finale, after all the questions have been answered and every character has seen their life turned upside-down, I have a little coda that has been completely formed in my mind since I first started writing the trilogy, all the way back in late 2006. Reaching that scene felt wonderful, not just because the story was, in a sense, complete, but because it’s a very quiet, gentle moment at the end of the most dramatic, tumultuous novel I’ve ever written! But to actually say what happens would be a spoiler… you’ll have to read the book to find out!

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The Gathering Dark
by Christine Johnson


A mysterious teen boy knows the secrets of Keira’s dangerous hallucinations in this gripping romantic fantasy from the author of Claire de Lune.
Keira’s hallucinating. First it’s a door hovering above the road; then it’s a tree in her living room. But with her parents fighting and her best friend not speaking to her, Keira can’t tell anyone about her breakdown.

Until she meets Walker. They have an electric connection, and somehow he can see the same shadowy images plaguing Keira.

But trusting Walker may be more dangerous than Keira could have ever imagined. The more she confides in him, the more intense—and frightening—her visions become. Because Walker is not what he appears to be. And neither are her visions.

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The Lives We Lost: (Fallen World)
by Megan Crewe
Signed Hardcover


First, the virus took Kaelyn's friends. Then, her family. Now it's taken away her home.

But she can't look back--the life she once had is gone forever.

A deadly virus has destroyed Kaelyn's small island community and spread beyond the quarantine. No one is safe. But when Kaelyn finds samples of a vaccine in her father's abandoned lab, she knows there must be someone, somewhere, who can replicate it. As Kaelyn and her friends head to the mainland, they encounter a world beyond recognition. It's not only the "friendly flu" that's a killer--there are people who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the vaccine.  How much will Kaelyn risk for an unproven cure, when the search could either destroy those she loves or save the human race?

Megan Crewe's second volume in the Fallen World trilogy is an action-packed journey that explores the resilience of friendship, the ache of lost love, and Kaelyn's enduring hope in the face of the sacrifices she must make to stay alive.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Lives We Lost: (Fallen World)?

I'd have to say my favorite thing about THE LIVES WE LOST is how much the characters change and grow--especially my main character, Kaelyn--as they're faced with new problems, new allies and enemies, and shifting dynamics within their relationships. I love that an apocalyptic scenario lets me push my fictional people to their limits, and see just what they're capable of and where their breaking points are.

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Hattie Ever After
by Kirby Larson
Signed Hardcover


After leaving Uncle Chester's homestead claim, orphan Hattie Brooks throws a lasso around a new dream, even bigger than the Montana sky. She wants to be a reporter, knowing full well that a few pieces published in the Arlington News will not suffice. Real reporters must go to Grand Places, and do Grand Things, like Hattie's hero Nellie Bly. Another girl might be stymied by this, but Hattie has faced down a hungry wolf and stood up to a mob of angry men. Nothing can squash her desire to write for a big city newspaper. A letter and love token from Uncle Chester's old flame in San Francisco fuels that desire and Hattie jumps at the opportunity to get there by working as a seamstress for a traveling acting troupe. This could be her chance to solve the mystery of her "scoundrel" uncle and, in the process, help her learn more about herself. But Hattie must first tell Charlie that she will not join him in Seattle. Even though her heart approves of Charlie's plan for their marriage, her mind fears that saying yes to him would be saying no to herself. Hattie holds her own in the big city, literally pitching her way to a byline, and a career that could be even bigger than Nellie Bly's. But can making headlines compensate for the pain of betrayal and lost love? Hattie must dig deep to find her own true place in the world. Kirby Larson once again creates a lovingly written novel about the remarkable and resilient young orphan, Hattie Inez Brooks.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Hattie Ever After?

My favorite thing: that it's done! It was a very hard book for me to write, as I felt tremendous pressure not to disappoint the readers who'd asked for more of Hattie's story. I did get a boost at ALA Midwinter this past weekend when I was walking toward the Random House booth and I heard a librarian shriek with excitement: "Look! There's a new Hattie story!" She didn't even realize I was behind her, which made overhearing her reaction even more fun.

On another note, I would have to say another thing that I loved about the book was getting the chance to spend more time with Hattie (I wish I could be as bold and adventuresome as she is). I realized she had some more growing to do and I was honored to be part of that process.

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lovely, dark, and deep 
by Amy McNamara



I came here because it’s pine-dark and the ocean’s wild. The kind of quiet-noise you need when there’s too much going on in your head. Like the water and the woods are doing all the feeling and I can hang out, quiet as a headstone, in a between place, a place that could swallow me if I need it to.I came here because it’s pine-dark and the ocean’s wild. The kind of quiet-noise you need when there’s too much going on in your head. Like the water and the woods are doing all the feeling and I can hang out, quiet as a headstone, in a between place, a place that could swallow me if I need it to.

lovely, dark, and deep is a resonant debut novel about retreating from the world after losing everything—and the connections that force you to rejoin it.

Since the night of the crash, Wren Wells has been running away. Though she lived through the accident that killed her boyfriend Patrick, the girl she used to be didn’t survive. Instead of heading off to college as planned, Wren retreats to her father’s studio in the far-north woods of Maine. Somewhere she can be alone.

Then she meets Cal Owen. Dealing with his own troubles, Cal’s hiding out too. When the chemistry between them threatens to pull Wren from her hard-won isolation, Wren has to choose: risk opening her broken heart to the world again, or join the ghosts who haunt her.

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Passion Blue  
by Victoria Strauss



Be sure you know your true heart’s desire, or you may find yourself surprised by what you receive.

This is the warning the Astrologer-Sorcerer gives Giulia when she pays him to create a magical talisman for her. The scorned illegitimate daughter of a Milanese nobleman, Giulia is determined to defy the dire fate predicted by her horoscope, and use the talisman to claim what she believes is her heart’s desire: true love and a place where she belongs–not likely prospects for a girl about to be packed off to the cloistered world of a convent.

But the convent of Santa Marta is full of surprises. There are strict rules, long hours of work, and spiteful rivalries…but there’s also friendship, and the biggest surprise of all: a workshop of female artists who produce paintings of astonishing beauty, using a luminous blue mixed from a secret formula: Passion blue. Yet as Giulia begins to learn the mysteries of the painter’s craft, a forbidden romance beckons her down a path of uncertainty and danger. She is haunted by the sorcerer’s warning, and by a question: does she really know the true compass of her heart?

Set in Renaissance Italy, this richly imagined novel about a girl’s daring journey towards self-discovery transports readers into a fascinating, exotic world where love, faith, and art inspire passion–of many different hues.

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The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door
by Karen Finneyfrock

That's the day the trouble started.
The trouble that nearly ruined my life.
The trouble that turned me Dark.
The trouble that begs me for revenge.

Celia Door enters her freshman year of high school with giant boots, dark eyeliner, and a thirst for revenge against Sandy Firestone, the girl who did something unspeakable to Celia last year.

But then Celia meets Drake, the cool new kid from New York City who entrusts her with his deepest, darkest secret. When Celia's quest for justice threatens her relationship with Drake, she's forced to decide which is sweeter: revenge or friendship.

This debut novel from Karen Finneyfrock establishes her as a bright, bold, razor-sharp new voice for teens, perfect for fans of The Perks of Being a Wallflower and Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Sweet Revenge of Celia Door?

My favorite part of the book are the early scenes involving Drake and Celia, when they are getting to know one another. There is such a blossoming that happens when you make a true friend and I love getting to live out that feeling through the characters.

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The Different Girl
by Gordon Dahlquist

Veronika. Caroline. Isobel. Eleanor. One blond, one brunette, one redhead, one with hair black as tar. Four otherwise identical girls who spend their days in sync, tasked to learn. But when May, a very different kind of girl—the lone survivor of a recent shipwreck—suddenly and mysteriously arrives on the island, an unsettling mirror is about to be held up to the life the girls have never before questioned.

Sly and unsettling, Gordon Dahlquist’s timeless and evocative storytelling blurs the lines between contemporary and sci-fi with a story that is sure to linger in readers’ minds long after the final page has been turned.

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The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand
by Gregory Galloway

Adam Strand isn’t depressed. He’s just bored. Disaffected. So he kills himself—39 times. No matter the method, Adam can’t seem to stay dead; he awakes after each suicide alive and physically unharmed, more determined to succeed and undeterred by others’ concerns. But when his self-contained, self-absorbed path is diverted, Adam is struck by the reality that life is an ever-expanding web of impact and forged connections, and that nothing—not even death—can sever those bonds.

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How to Lead a Life of Crime
by Kirsten Miller

A Meth Dealer. A  Prostitute. A Serial Killer.

Anywhere else, they’d be vermin. At the Mandel Academy, they’re called
prodigies. The most exclusive school in New York City has been training young
criminals for over a century. Only the most ruthless students are allowed to
graduate. The rest disappear.

Flick, a teenage pickpocket, has risen to the top of his class. But then Mandel
recruits a fierce new competitor who also happens to be Flick’s old flame.
They’ve been told only one of them will make it out of the Mandel Academy. Will
they find a way to save each other—or will the school destroy them both?

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Mind Games
by Kiersten White

Two sisters, bound by impossible choices, are determined to protect each other—no matter the cost.
James's frozen face melts into a smile. "Do you want to know the trick to getting in trouble under the watchful eye of a psychic?"
I think of the nailed-shut windows. I think of Clarice. I think of the two, the two, the two who are now zero. Tap tap. "Yes, I absolutely do."
"Don't plan it. Don't even think about it. The second you get an inkling of what you could do, do it then. Never plan anything ahead of time. Always go on pure instinct."
I smile. "I think I can do that."

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Crash and Burn
by Michael Hassan

On April 21, 2008, Steven "Crash" Crashinsky saved more than a thousand people when he stopped his classmate David Burnett from taking their high school hostage armed with assault weapons and high-powered explosives. You likely already know what came after for Crash: the nationwide notoriety, the college recruitment, and, of course, the book deal. What you might not know is what came before: a story of two teens whose lives have been inextricably linked since grade school, who were destined, some say, to meet that day in the teachers' lounge of Meadows High. And what you definitely don't know are the words that Burn whispered to Crash right as the siege was ending, a secret that Crash has never revealed.

Until now.

Michael Hassan's shattering novel is a tale of first love and first hate, the story of two high school seniors and the morning that changed their lives forever. It's a portrait of the modern American teenage male, in all his brash, disillusioned, oversexed, schizophrenic, drunk, nihilistic, hopeful, ADHD-diagnosed glory. And it's a powerful meditation on how normal it is to be screwed up, and how screwed up it is to be normal.

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  1. I love love love the new titles especially, The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand. They are all clever and sounds like interesting books. 39 deaths is something I want to read, however.

  2. The person who gets Lovely, Dark and Deep will LOVE it. It's intense and I adored it. I might even reread it this weekend.
    This is another good list! I really like the sound of Mind Games though. :)

  3. These sound intriguing.

  4. All the books sound good. I would love to read Mind Games and Lovely, Dark and Deep. Thanks for the giveaway.

  5. Yay! I won, I won! So looking forward to receiving my books! Thanks so much! :)


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