Friday, May 10, 2013

18 New YALit Releases 5/10-5/17 plus EIGHT Giveaways!


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Truth or Dare
by Jacqueline Green
Hardcover Giveaway (3 Copies)
Released 5/14/2013

When a simple round of truth or dare spins out of control, three girls find it's no longer a party game. It's do or die.

It all started on a whim: the game was a way for Tenley Reed to reclaim her popularity, a chance for perfect Caitlin "Angel" Thomas to prove she's more than her Harvard application. Loner Sydney Morgan wasn't even there; she was hiding behind her camera like usual. But when all three start receiving mysterious dares long after the party has ended, they're forced to play along - or risk exposing their darkest secrets.

How far will Tenley, Caitlin and Sydney go to keep the truth from surfacing? And who's behind this twisted game?

Set against the backdrop of Echo Bay, an isolated beach town haunted by misfortune, Truth or Dare is a highly charged debut that will keep readers in suspense from beginning to end.

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Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Truth or Dare?

My favorite thing about TRUTH OR DARE has to be the setting. I loved creating a whole town, with vistas and restaurants and traditions that I myself would want to be a part of. I drew a lot of inspiration from one of my favorite places in the world-Gloucester, MA-and I had so much fun taking elements from a place I loved and making them my own. When I dropped them into the creepy, haunted world of Caitlin, Tenley and Sydney, they almost seemed to take on a life of their own!

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The Rithmatist
by Brandon Sanderson
Hardcover Giveaway
Tor Teen; 1 edition
Released 5/14/2013

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson: his debut novel for the young adult audience
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity's only defense against the Wild Chalklings--merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.
As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing - kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery, one that will change Rithmatics--and their world--forever.
Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings his unique brand of epic storytelling to the teen audience with an engrossing tale of danger and suspense, the first of a series. With his trademark skills in world-building, Sanderson has created a magic system that is so inventive and detailed that that readers who appreciate games of strategy and tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in our world.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Rithmatist?

This answer was transcribed from audio the author recorded specifically for this interview:

My favorite thing about The Rithmatist was the chance to write a world like our own, but not. Most of my other books take place in a secondary world fantasy, where the world I build from the ground up has no specific relationship to Earth. With The Rithmatist I wanted to do something that was more of a hybrid--a world that has one foot on Earth and one foot in the realm of fantasy.

So I really let my imagination go wild. I turned the United States into the United Isles. I played with U.S. history and did a lot of things that were, honestly, a little bizarre, like coming up with clockwork weapons. I didn't restrain myself to the laws of physics, which I normally do in my fantasy novels. I let myself go in whatever imaginative direction I wanted to go and built the world from there.

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Out of This Place
by Emma Cameron
Hardcover Giveaway
Released 5/14/2013

A powerful novel in verse captures the voices of three teens as they struggle against hardscrabble realities - and move toward their dreams.

Luke spends his days hanging out at the beach, working shifts at the local supermarket, and trying to stay out of trouble at school. His mate Bongo gets wasted, blocking out memories of the little brother that social services took away from his addict mom and avoiding the stepdad who hits him. And Casey, the girl they both love, longs to get away from her strict, controlling father and start anew in a place where she can be free. But even after they each find a way to move on and lead very different lives, can they outrun their family stories - and will they ever be able to come together again? Set in Australia and narrated in alternating points of view, here is an affecting look at the evolving lives of three friends from talented new author Emma Cameron.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Out of This Place?

Prior to publication I was given literary feedback on Out Of This Place which said that besides being a strong written work for readers it also lends itself to being a performance monologue. The fact that Candlewick Press has chosen to release it not only as a hardback novel but also as an audio book validates this, so my current favourite thing about the novel is that people will be able to hear it as well as read it!!! The story is set in Australia and besides being stoked at how much effort the Candlewick editor took to hold its Australian flavour, I was also gobsmacked to learn that the readers of each character's story in the audio edition all have Australian connections of sorts. I love it when something so serendipitous happens and I can't wait to hear the audio version.

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Formerly Shark Girl
by Kelly Bingham
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Released 5/14/2013

Jane Arrowood, otherwise known as Shark Girl, has been living with just one arm for over a year. Now she's searching for a new normal.

It's been a year since the shark attack that took Jane's arm, and with it, everything she used to take for granted. Her dream of becoming an artist is on the line, and everything now seems out of reach, including her gorgeous, kind tutor, Max Shannon. While a perfectly nice guy from her science class is clearly interested in Jane, removing her fear that no one ever would want a one-armed girl, Jane can't stop thinking about Max. But is his interest romantic? Or does he just feel sorry for her? Formerly Shark Girl picks up where Kelly Bingham's artful, honest debut novel left off, following Jane as she deals with a career choice (should she "give back" by trying to become a nurse, or is art an equally valid calling?) along with family changes and her first real romance - all while remembering who she was before she was Shark Girl and figuring out who she is now.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Formerly Shark Girl?

My favorite thing about Formerly Shark Girl is getting to spend time with Jane again. I love Jane and I enjoy watching her work her way through the many ups and downs of life. In this book, it was fun for her to discover more about herself as she approaches high school graduation, and all the hopes and fears that accompany such a milestone. As she prepares to separate from her friends and possibly move from home, Jane really begins to think of herself as more of an individual, with a wide range of possibilities before her. I liked the experience of watching Jane deal with more of the typical struggles any girl her age would, and not have to be so frail and wounded this time around. Jane is very human to me, very real with a wide range of flaws that I can relate to. I kind of like it that she can be crabby at times, and insecure. But she's also a very strong, kind, creative person. I enjoy her thought process, and her fumbling ways of dealing with awkward situations, such as first dates. I like it that she is so determined to get what she wants and is willing to work hard for those things. I think helping Jane find her way to the final choice she needed to make---artist or nurse?--was a joy. I hope everyone else feels the same way.

I have to say I also really enjoyed getting to know Rachel a bit better this time around. Rachel is Jane's best friend and she has a little bit more prescence in this book. I also had a great time expanding the character of Max, who was pretty much only a fleeting character in Shark Girl. Both Rachel and Max were fun to be with.

And last but not least, I enjoyed the opportunity to answer my reader's questions, which is the entire reason I wrote this book in the first place. Over the years, I have had many people ask the same handful of questions, and it was an honor to have a way to answer them. I hope they like what I came up with.

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The Cydonian Pyramid
by Pete Hautman
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Released 5/14/2013

The much-anticipated sequel to The Obsidian Blade transports readers to the terrifying and thrilling world of Lah Lia, the enigmatic girl who changed Tucker Feye's life.

More than half a millennium in the future, in the shadow of the looming Cydonian Pyramid, a pampered girl named Lah Lia has been raised for one purpose: to be sacrificed through one of the mysterious diskos that hover over the pyramid's top. But just as she is about to be killed, a strange boy appears from the diskos, providing a cover of chaos that allows her to escape and launching her on a time-spinning journey in which her fate is irreversibly linked to his. In this second volume of the Klaatu Diskos trilogy, Tucker Feye and Lah Lia each hurtle through time, relating their stories in alternating viewpoints that converge at crucial moments. Fans of the first adventure will be intrigued by the chance to see the world through Lah Lia's eyes - no matter how disturbing the vision might be.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Cydonian Pyramid?

The Cydonian Pyramid, the second book in The Klaatu Diskos trilogy, was a joy to write. In the first book, The Obsidian Blade, I spent a lot of time building the characters, the worlds, and the scaffolding. In The Cydonian Pyramid, I got to kick out the jams. The main character, Lah Lia, comes to life in a way I found extremely satisfying. I have a soft spot for smart, determined, ass-kicking young women in fiction, from Pippi Longstocking to Buffy the Vampire Slayer. In real life, scary girls kind of terrify me, but Lah Lia was a gas to write about, and I think I did her justice.

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The Kissing Booth
by Beth Reekles
Paperback Giveaway
Released 5/14/2013

A cool, sexy romance novel, written by seventeen-year-old British sensation Beth Reekles.

Meet Rochelle "Elle" Evans: pretty, popular, and never been kissed. Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile, and a total player.

When Elle decides to run a kissing booth at her school's Spring Carnival, she locks lips with Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer. This romance seems far from a fairy tale.

Is Elle headed for heartbreak or will she get her happily ever after?

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Zenn Scarlett
by Christian Schoon
Strange Chemistry
Released 5/7/2013

Winner: Sarah Marsh

When you're studying to be exoveterinarian specializing in exotic, alien life forms, school... is a different kind of animal.

Zenn Scarlett is a resourceful, determined 17-year-old girl working hard to make it through her novice year of exovet training. That means she's learning to care for alien creatures that are mostly large, generally dangerous and profoundly fascinating. Zenn's all-important end-of-term tests at the Ciscan Cloister Exovet Clinic on Mars are coming up, and, she's feeling confident of acing the exams. But when a series of inexplicable animal escapes and other disturbing events hit the school, Zenn finds herself being blamed for the problems. As if this isn't enough to deal with, her absent father has abruptly stopped communicating with her; Liam Tucker, a local towner boy, is acting unusually, annoyingly friendly; and, strangest of all: Zenn is worried she's started sharing the thoughts of the creatures around her. Which is impossible, of course. Nonetheless, she can't deny what she's feeling.

Now, with the help of Liam and Hamish, an eight-foot sentient insectoid also training at the clinic, Zenn must learn what's happened to her father, solve the mystery of who, if anyone, is sabotaging the cloister, and determine if she's actually sensing the consciousness of her alien patients... or just losing her mind. All without failing her novice year....

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Zenn Scarlett?

My favorite thing about Zenn Scarlett? Easy: May 7th.* Why get all swoony about my book's release date? (Beyond the obvious "Hey, my book's on a shelf. Cool.") The thing is, I've sold scripts for animated and live-action teen and children's TV shows, and I've had the serious fun of seeing my stuff produced and aired. But there's this: the TV properties I wrote for were just that, properties. As in: someone else's properties. Don't get me wrong. I was glad to have the work and I learned plenty. But I was in somebody else's yard, playing on their swing set, with their characters and story arcs.

The day that Zenn Scarlett is released, I get to invite readers into my very own yard. Well, Zenn's yard. Then, I get to wave them on into Zenn's house (cloister compound, actually), and her world (a dystopian Earther colony on Mars), and her universe (a place teeming with exotic races and cultures, crazy-fascinating animals, disturbing cross-species ESP and some problematic romance). So, instead of collaborating with a whole HR department-full of directors, animators, lighting directors, casting directors, best boys, gaffers and craft-services-elves (all perfectly wonderful people, mind ya), I was able to do all those jobs myself. Which was a blast. So, May 7; that's when the curtain goes up on a sprawling, off-world stage that I was allowed to conjure up from nothing but neuronal sparks and using whatever starry bits I wanted to toss in. I don't know how you'd feel about doing something like that, but I think it just might be my fave thing ever. Anyway, thanks for letting me rattle on here. And please feel free to wander into Zenn's cloister compound any time. She can't wait to introduce you to some of her favorite things.

*May 2nd in the UK. Lucky Brits.

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by Emma Trevayne
Running Press Kids
Released 5/7/2013

Winner: Melinda Gray

Ever since he was a young boy, music has coursed through the veins of eighteen-year-old Anthem - the Corp has certainly seen to that. By encoding music with addictive and mind-altering elements, the Corp holds control over all citizens, particularly conduits like Anthem, whose life energy feeds the main power in the Grid.

Anthem finds hope and comfort in the twin siblings he cares for, even as he watches the life drain slowly and painfully from his father. Escape is found in his underground rock band, where music sounds free, clear, and unencoded deep in an abandoned basement. But when a band member dies suspiciously from a tracking overdose, Anthem knows that his time has suddenly become limited. Revolution all but sings in the air, and Anthem cannot help but answer the call with the chords of choice and free will. But will the girl he loves help or hinder him?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Coda?

This is a really tough (and therefore awesome) question. Obviously there's a lot I love about my book--it would be weird if there wasn't. But, since I have to choose, I'm going to be a little mean (in that unique way authors have) and say my favorite part is the emotions it's elicited from the people who have read it. Legend has it that when my first agent was reading it prior to offering me representation, she threw her kindle at one point. There's another point about which my best friend still yells at me every day and she first read the scene in question exactly two years ago. I've had similar comments from people I don't know, about certain points in the book. As a writer, the number one thing I want to do is tell stories that make people feel things, so my favorite thing about Coda is that it occasionally succeeds there.

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by Terra Elan McVoy
Simon Pulse
Released 5/7/2013

Winner: The Magic Violinist

A searing and gripping read that explores the depths of desperation true love can inspire, from the author of Being Friends with Boys.

Nikki's life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki can't imagine herself without him. He's hot, he's dangerous, he has her initials tattooed over his heart, and she loves him more than anything. There's nothing Nikki wouldn't do for Dee. Absolutely nothing.

So when Dee pulls Nikki into a crime - a crime that ends in murder - Nikki tells herself that it's all for true love. Nothing can break them apart. Not the police. Not the arrest that lands Nikki in jail. Not even the investigators who want her to testify against him.

But what if Dee had motives that Nikki knew nothing about? Nikki's love for Dee is supposed to be unconditional - but even true love has a limit. And Nikki just might have reached hers.

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The Color of Rain
by Cori McCarthy
Running Press Kids
Released 5/14/2013

If there is one thing that seventeen-year-old Rain knows and knows well, it is survival. Caring for her little brother, Walker, who is "Touched," and losing the rest of her family to the same disease, Rain has long had to fend for herself on the bleak, dangerous streets of Earth City. When she looks to the stars, Rain sees escape and the only possible cure for Walker. And when a darkly handsome and mysterious captain named Johnny offers her passage to the Edge, Rain immediately boards his spaceship. Her only price: her "willingness."

The Void cloaks many secrets, and Rain quickly discovers that Johnny's ship serves as host for an underground slave trade for the Touched . . . and a prostitution ring for Johnny's girls. With hair as red as the bracelet that indicates her status on the ship, the feeling of being a marked target is not helpful in Rain's quest to escape. Even worse, Rain is unsure if she will be able to pay the costs of love, family, hope, and self-preservation.

With intergalactic twists and turns, Cori M. McCarthy's debut space thriller exists in an orbit of its own.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Color of Rain?

There were many fun things about writing The Color of Rain'space travel, teen prostitution, and futuristic world building, not to forget a rather untraditional love triangle, but my favorite thing about the story is that it is a grief novel at its core.

Rain is driven by the idea of saving her little brother's life, but he's more than that. He is her last link to the sense of family that she lost in crossing the Rubicon into adulthood. I tried to capture Rain's emotional journey as she grieved for that loss of home after childhood. It's one of those aspects of my own life that has haunted me with questions and led me to write them out.

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by David Iserson
Released 5/16/2013

Being Astrid Krieger is absolutely all it's cracked up to be.

She lives in a rocket ship in the backyard of her parents' estate.

She was kicked out of the elite Bristol Academy and she's intent on her own special kind of revenge to whomever betrayed her.

She only loves her grandfather, an incredibly rich politician who makes his money building nuclear warheads.

It's all good until...

"We think you should go to the public school," Dad said.
This was just a horrible, mean thing to say. Just hearing the words "public school" out loud made my mouth taste like urine (which, not coincidentally, is exactly how the public school smells).

Will Astrid finally meet her match in the form of public school? Will she find out who betrayed her and got her expelled from Bristol? Is Noah, the sweet and awkward boy she just met, hiding something?

Find out in this hilarious tragicomedy from New Girl and SNL writer David Iserson!

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Firecracker?

My favorite thing about FIRECRACKER is Astrid Krieger, the main character. And if Astrid Krieger were to read the book her favorite thing would also be Astrid Krieger. Astrid is not an easy person to like, but it's no fun to write easy people to like.

I've been working on some version of this character for a long time and about five years ago I started dating this girl who read what I'd written and was shocked to find that Astrid was basically her--things she did and said in real life were right there in the story. And now, years later, we're married. So, I invented a character, met her, then I married her (though my wife is less filthy rich and much nicer.) My wife's (headless) picture is even on the front cover.

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The Sweet Dead Life
by Joy Preble
Soho Teen
Released 5/14/2013

"I found out two things today. One, I think I'm dying. And two, my brother is a perv."

So begins the diary of 14-year-old Jenna Samuels, who is having a very bad eighth-grade year. Her single mother spends all day in bed. Dad vanished when she was eight. Her 16-year-old brother, Casey, tries to hold together what's left of the family by working two after-school jobs - difficult, as he's stoned all the time. To make matters worse, Jenna is sick. When she collapses one day, Casey tries to race her to the hospital in their beat-up Prius and crashes instead.

Jenna wakes up in the ER to find Casey beside her. Beatified. Literally. The flab and zits? Gone. Before long, Jenna figures out that Casey didn't survive the accident at all. He's an "A-word." (She can't bring herself to utter the truth.) Soon they discover that Jenna isn't just dying: she's being poisoned. And Casey has been sent back to help solve the mystery that not only holds the key to her survival, but also to their mother's mysterious depression and father's disappearance.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Sweet Dead Life?

I love this new series so I have MANY favorite things, but if pressed, I think my favorite thing is my narrator Jenna. She is funny and sarcastic and she has this sharp eye for observation of the world around her-- all of which makes her a pleasure to write. Jenna hangs around my head a lot, actually. And if I can cheat and pick a second, it would be the book's different take on the angel genre. TSDL was originally pitched as Fallen meets Veronica Mars meets Pineapple Express. So not exactly your typical YA hot, tattooed angel falling in love with clueless girl with a destiny kind of thing. Which I'm thrilled about and so is Kirkus, who recently reviewed the book and said, "Hallelujah" for its breaking the mold.

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by Lauren Miller
Released 5/14/2013

Abby Barnes had a plan. The Plan. She'd go to Northwestern, major in journalism, and land a job at a national newspaper, all before she turned twenty-two. But one tiny choice - taking a drama class her senior year of high school - changed all that. Now, on the eve of her eighteenth birthday, Abby is stuck on a Hollywood movie set, miles from where she wants to be, wishing she could rewind her life. The next morning, she's in a dorm room at Yale, with no memory of how she got there. Overnight, it's as if her past has been rewritten.

With the help of Caitlin, her science-savvy BFF, Abby discovers that this new reality is the result of a cosmic collision of parallel universes that has Abby living an alternate version of her life. And not only that: Abby's life changes every time her parallel self makes a new choice. Meanwhile, her parallel is living out Abby's senior year of high school and falling for someone Abby's never even met.

As she struggles to navigate her ever-shifting existence, forced to live out the consequences of a path she didn't choose, Abby must let go of the Plan and learn to focus on the present, without losing sight of who she is, the boy who might just be her soul mate, and the destiny that's finally within reach.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Parallel?

My favorite thing about PARALLEL is its layers. There are so many details, so many points of connectedness. They're easy to miss, I think, if you're just reading for the plot, or if you're hurrying to get to the end. I wanted my story to be something you could keep chewing on even after you put the book down. Some of the passages dealing with the science of parallel universes are pretty meaty, and maybe a little mind-bending, but the beauty is, there's no race to figure it all out.

I wrote a book like this on purpose. Not because I wanted to befuddle readers, I promise! But because I wanted the experience of reading the book to mimic what happens in real life when we encounter something inexplicable. A strange coincidence. A marvelous serendipity. An eerie feeling of deja vu. In those moments, we have this sense that there is so much going on in our lives that we can't see, but we can't really comprehend how that could be possible, so our brains shut down a little. I wanted PARALLEL to do that -- to make readers' brains shut down a little, if only to remind them that the world is a mysterious, marvelous, mind-boggling place. We just forget that sometimes.

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The Rose Throne
by Mette Ivie Harrison
Released 5/14/2013

Richly-imagined fantasy romance from the author of Princess and the Hound, a tale of two princesses--one with magic, one with none--who dare seek love in a world where real choice can never be theirs. For fans of Megan Whalen Turner, Catherine Fisher, and Cassandra Clare.
Ailsbet loves nothing more than music; tall and red-haired, she's impatient with the artifice and ceremony of her father's court. Marissa adores the world of her island home and feels she has much to offer when she finally inherits the throne from her wise, good-tempered father. The trouble is that neither princess has the power--or the magic--to rule alone, and if the kingdoms can be united, which princess will end up ruling the joint land? For both, the only goal would seem to be a strategic marriage to a man who can bring his own brand of power to the throne. But will either girl be able to marry for love? And can either of these two princesses, rivals though they have never met, afford to let the other live?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Rose Throne?

One of the trickiest things in writing The Rose Throne was the pov shift from Ailsbet to Issa. When I wrote The Princess and the Bear, I had a shifting pov between the two main romantic leads, Richon and Chala, but they were different genders and very different in experience (Chala was originally a hound), so it was much easier to make the switch there. I also had a strict alternating chapter format, so readers would know which character's voice to expect. I never had a problem with that book in distinguishing between the two voices.

Although Issa and Ailsbet are, in fact, very different personalities, they are both princesses and that made it difficult to distinguish between them easily, from chapter to chapter. I had also decided to have a looser structure of switching back and forth between them. I didn't plan the novel this way. It just worked out that I needed to introduce each character and her kingdom in the beginning more fully, without switching to another character and kingdom early on. But when I began switching more often between them, my editor complained that it was hard for her to remember who was who. In the end, the solution was both simple and complex. I made sure that each chapter begins with an early line using the character's name. And then I had to spend some time making Issa's voice in particular more distinct from Ailsbet's, and making her character as interesting and complex. She was always the "good girl," but in earlier drafts, she was more passive and that didn't make for a great contrast to Ailsbet. She needed to have her own specific goals and she needed to really go for them.

I think this turned out to be one of those old lessons of writing, relearned. Basically, all your characters have to be fully realized. You can't rely on the reader to fill in the gaps. You can't assume that a passive female character will be more relatable than a stronger one. I think readers like both Ailsbet and Issa in different ways, but I suspect no readers find them hard to distinguish at this point.

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by Alex Flinn
Released 5/14/2013

At first, I merely saw his face, his hands on the window ledge. Then, his whole body as he swung himself through the window. Only I could not see what he swung on.
Until, one day, I told my dream self to look down. And it was then that I saw. He had climbed on a rope. I knew without asking that the rope had been one of my own tying.

Rachel is trapped in a tower, held hostage by a woman she's always called Mama. Her golden hair is growing rapidly, and to pass the time, she watches the snow fall and sings songs from her childhood, hoping someone, anyone, will hear her.

Wyatt needs time to reflect or, better yet, forget about what happened to his best friend, Tyler. That's why he's been shipped off to the Adirondacks in the dead of winter to live with the oldest lady in town. Either that, or no one he knows ever wants to see him again.

Dani disappeared seventeen years ago without a trace, but she left behind a journal that's never been read, not even by her overbearing mother - until now.

A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Alex Flinn knows her fairy tales, and Towering is her most mind-bending interpretation yet. Dark and mysterious, this reimagining of Rapunzel will have readers on the edge of their seats wondering where Alex will take them next!

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by Andrew Smith
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 5/14/2013

A teen at boarding school grapples with life, love, and rugby in a heartbreakingly funny novel.

Ryan Dean West is a fourteen-year-old junior at a boarding school for rich kids. He’s living in Opportunity Hall, the dorm for troublemakers, and rooming with the biggest bully on the rugby team. And he’s madly in love with his best friend Annie, who thinks of him as a little boy.

With the help of his sense of humor, rugby buddies, and his penchant for doodling comics, Ryan Dean manages to survive life’s complications and even find some happiness along the way. But when the unthinkable happens, he has to figure out how to hold on to what’s important, even when it feels like everything has fallen apart.

Filled with hand-drawn infographics and illustrations and told in a pitch-perfect voice, this realistic depiction of a teen’s experience strikes an exceptional balance of hilarious and heartbreaking.

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The Rules for Disappearing
by Ashley Elton
Hyperion Book CH
Released 5/14/2013

She's been six different people in six different places: Madeline in Ohio, Isabelle in Missouri, Olivia in Kentucky . . . But now that she's been transplanted to rural Louisiana, she has decided that this fake identity will be her last.

Witness Protection has taken nearly everything from her. But for now, they've given her a new name, Megan Rose Jones, and a horrible hair color. For the past eight months, Meg has begged her father to answer one question: What on earth did he do - or see - that landed them in this god-awful mess? Meg has just about had it with all the Suits' rules, and her dad's silence. If he won't help, it's time she got some answers for herself.

But Meg isn't counting on Ethan Landry, an adorable Louisiana farm boy who's too smart for his own good. He knows Meg is hiding something big. And it just might get both of them killed. As they embark on a perilous journey to free her family once and for all, Meg discovers that there's only one rule that really matters - survival.

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The Rithmatist
by Brandon Sanderson
Tor Teen; 1 edition
Released 5/14/2013

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Brandon Sanderson: his debut novel for the young adult audience
More than anything, Joel wants to be a Rithmatist. Chosen by the Master in a mysterious inception ceremony, Rithmatists have the power to infuse life into two-dimensional figures known as Chalklings. Rithmatists are humanity's only defense against the Wild Chalklings - merciless creatures that leave mangled corpses in their wake. Having nearly overrun the territory of Nebrask, the Wild Chalklings now threaten all of the American Isles.
As the son of a lowly chalkmaker at Armedius Academy, Joel can only watch as Rithmatist students study the magical art that he would do anything to practice. Then students start disappearing - kidnapped from their rooms at night, leaving trails of blood. Assigned to help the professor who is investigating the crimes, Joel and his friend Melody find themselves on the trail of an unexpected discovery - one that will change Rithmatics, and their world, forever.
Bestselling author Brandon Sanderson brings his unique brand of epic storytelling to the teen audience with an engrossing tale of danger and suspense - the first of a series. With his trademark skills in world-building, Sanderson has created a magic system that is so inventive and detailed that that readers who appreciate games of strategy and tactics just may want to bring Rithmatics to life in our world.

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by Jessi Kirby
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Released 5/14/2013

Seventeen-year-old Parker Frost may be a distant relative of Robert Frost, but she has never taken the road less traveled. Valedictorian and quintessential good girl, she's about to graduate high school without ever having kissed her crush or broken the rules. So when fate drops a mystery in her lap, one that might be the key to uncovering the truth behind a town tragedy, she decides to take a chance.

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School Spirits
by Rachel Hawkins
Hyperion Book CH
Released 5/14/2013

Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. For centuries, her family has hunted magical creatures. But when Izzy's older sister vanishes without a trace while on a job, Izzy's mom decides they need to take a break.

Izzy and her mom move to a new town, but they soon discover it's not as normal as it appears. A series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, and Izzy is determined to prove her worth and investigate. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. For a tough girl who's always been on her own, it's strange to suddenly make friends and maybe even have a crush.

Can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt?

Rachel Hawkins' delightful spin-off brings the same wit and charm as the New York Times best-selling Hex Hall series. Get ready for more magic, mystery and romance!

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  1. Wow, this is quite a selection.... Some really intriguing premises covered...

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Wow! Lots of new books coming. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  3. So many good books this week, but I'm most excited for Parallel!

    Thank you!

  4. Oh goodness, OUT OF THIS PLACE is totally on my To Read list! Sounds awesome. And KISSING BOOTH sounds cute/fun too! This is a busy time for new books :o) Lovin' it!

  5. Truth or Dare looks like it could be thrilling and creepy:)

    Lovely choices:)

    Thank you:)

  6. Thanks again! :D I'm so excited!

    Ooh, "Truth or Dare" gave me chills! That sounds creepy and super interesting! :D

    1. Quick question: Does subscribing to your blog by Google Reader count as being a follower? :/ I was just wondering whether or not I qualified as a follower in the giveaways.

  7. Lots of good stuff here in your blog. Thanks for hosting these giveaways! I love new books!

  8. OUT OF THIS PLACE looks awesome. Thank you!

  9. Wow. Every week so many good books come out. I need more time. I just read Golden and it is spectacular! I want to read Winger and Firecracker and so many others. Thanks, as always, for running this terrific giveaway.

  10. This week is all over the place. I cannot wait to read Golden by Jessi Kirby!

  11. So much good stuff. Thanks for your generosity in both highlighting these great novels, and in giving so many of them away.

  12. Interesting cover for school spirits

  13. Out of This Place and the Rules For Disappearing are high on my TBR list. Great variety of genres ion this one. Thank you for the giveaway!

  14. Thanks for the awesome giveaway. Lots of great books to read.

  15. I'm spinning, from all the books you've listed here!

  16. Oh my goodness, what a great list! Some of the covers are just breathtaking. I'm going through and adding a bunch of these to my TBR list. Thank you for sharing!


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