Friday, June 28, 2013

21 New YALit Releases In Stores 6/29-7/5 and Two Giveaways


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by Cindy Miles
Paperback Giveaway
Released 7/1/2013

On a misty cliffside, mystery and romance await. . . .

Ivy Calhoun's life has been turned upside down. Her new stepdad has uprooted Ivy and her mom, bringing them to live in an actual castle in the misty Scottish countryside. There are stone-faced servants and shadowy corridors, and the ancient walls seem full of secrets. Ivy is at once frightened and intrigued.

Especially when she meets Logan, a gorgeous, elusive ghost who has haunted the castle grounds for decades. Ivy is immediately drawn to him . . . but Logan is not the only spirit around. Something dark and deadly is afoot, and soon Ivy finds herself in mortal danger.

Is Logan exactly what he seems? Could his mysterious past be tied to Ivy's present? And can Ivy stop herself from falling in love with him?

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Forevermore?

It's so difficult to pin-point one single favorite thing about Forevermore! But the setting is definitely up there in the top two. I LOVE Scotland, and the history there, the crumbling old castles, the people, how it smells, the all inspires me, every single time I visit. I never tire from it. That Forevermore is set in the Highlands of Scotland, in a creepy old haunted castle, is one of my most favorite things. And of course, the handsome Scottish ghost! :)

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This is W.A.R
by Lisa and Laura Roecker
Hardcover Giveaway
Soho Teen
Released 7/2/2013

This is W.A.R. begins with a victim who can no longer speak for herself, and whose murder blossoms into a call-to-arms. Enter four very different girls, four very different motives to avenge Willa Ames-Rowan, and only one rule to start: Destroy James Gregory and his family at any cost. Willa's initials spell the secret rallying cry that spurs the foursome to pool their considerable resources and deliver their particular brand of vigilante justice. Innocence is lost, battles are won--and the pursuit of the truth ultimately threatens to destroy them all.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about This is W.A.R?

Our favorite thing about THIS IS W.A.R. is the first and last chapter. It was very important for us to share Willa's voice and those passages gave us the freedom to do that. THIS IS W.A.R. is truly Willa's story despite the fact that her friends are the ones telling it.

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Golden Girl
by Sarah Zettel
Hardcover Giveaway plus trade paperback of Dust Girl
Random House Books for Young Readers
Released 6/25/2013

Winner: Joni

Callie LeRoux has put her grimy, harrowing trip from the depths of the Dust Bowl behind her. Her life is a different kind of exciting now: she works at a major motion picture studio among powerful studio executives and stylish stars. Still nothing can distract her from her true goal. With help from her friend Jack and guidance from the great singer Paul Robeson, she will find her missing mother.

But as a child of prophecy and daughter of the legitimate heir to the Seelie throne, Callie poses a huge threat to the warring fae factions who've attached themselves to the most powerful people in Hollywood . . . and they are all too aware that she's within their reach.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Golden Girl?

First of all, I loved being able to continue the story of Callie LeRoux, watching her grow and stretch and rise to meet the new challenges her identity and her magic create for her.

But I also loved writing in the intersection between the movies and magic. I love movies. I always have and I have a special fondness for the kind of magic and high glamor created by the classics. So, getting to go there in this book, to play with some of the settings and personalities, and the kind of high style that you see in things like The Great Gatsby, say, and wrap it all in the magic of the American Fairies was tremendous fun.

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by Marianne Curley
Advance Reader Copy Giveaway
Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition
Released 6/25/2013

Winner: Wendy Spinale

For as long as Ebony can remember, she's been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It's as if she's being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can't be concealed. She's growing more beautiful by the day, she's freakishly strong, and then there's the fact that she's glowing.

On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she's intensely drawn to him. It's as if something explodes inside of her--something that can be seen from the heavens. Ebony still doesn't know that she's a stolen angel, but now that the heavens have found her, they want her back.

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Weather Witch
by Shannon Delany
Paperback Giveaway
St. Martin''s Griffin
Released 6/25/2013

Winner: Whitley Abell

In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party--but certainly not the one she gets!

Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia's most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster. The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn't miss this night for all the world!

But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.

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Data Runner
by Sam Patel
Ebook giveaway
Diversion Books
released 6/25/2013

Winner: voodoospork

In the not-too-distant future, in what was once the old City of New York, megacorporations have taken over everything. Now even the internet is owned, and the only way to transmit sensitive information is by a network of highly skilled couriers called “data runners” who run it over the sneakernet. It is a dangerous gig in a dirty world, but Jack Nill doesn’t have much choice in the matter. A brilliant young math whiz and champion of parkour, Jack must become one of these data runners in order to get his father out of a major gambling debt. But when a mysterious stranger loads Jack’s chip with a cryptic cargo that everybody wants, he soon becomes the key figure in a conspiracy that could affect the entire North American Alliance. Now it’s all up to Jack. With the help of his best friend, Dexter, and a girl who runs under the name Red Tail, Jack will have to use all his skills to outrun the retrievers and uncover the truth before they catch him and clip him for good.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Data Runner?

The running. For thousands of years, the only way to traffic information was to put it in the hands of able runners and deliver it by foot. Now we take it for granted that we can encrypt anything and send it over the wire, but what if that were no longer the case? In my story, the sneakernet is not a new system for delivering information, it's the revival of a very old system that's been modernized by technology and a contemporary form of running known as parkour. That idea is what inspired me to write Data Runner in the first place.

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Two Page Critique by Liz Coley, author of Pretty Girl-13

Winner: Sheri Levy

Pretty girl
13 when she
went missing

to her family
to her friends
to the world

but still missing
her self

In Liz Coley's alarming and fascinating psychological mystery, sixteen-year-old Angie Chapman must piece together the story of her kidnapping and abuse. Pretty Girl-13 is a disturbing—and ultimately empowering—page-turner about accepting our whole selves, and the healing power of courage, hope, and love.

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by S.J. Kincaid
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 7/2/2013

The impossible was just the beginning. Now in their second year as superhuman government weapons-in-training at the Pentagonal Spire, Tom Raines and his friends are mid-level cadets in the elite combat corps known as the Intrasolar Forces. But as training intensifies and a moment arrives that could make or break his entire career, Tom's loyalties are again put to the test.

Encouraged to betray his ideals and friendships for the sake of his country, Tom is convinced there must be another way. And the more aware he becomes of the corruption surrounding him, the more determined he becomes to fight it, even if he sabotages his own future in the process.

Drawn into a power struggle more dramatic than he has ever faced before, Tom stays a hyperintelligent step ahead of everyone, like the exceptional gamer he is--or so he believes. But when he learns that he and his friends have unwittingly made the most grievous error imaginable, Tom must find a way to outwit an enemy so nefarious that victory seems hopeless. Will his idealism and bravado cost him everything--and everyone that matters to him?

Filled with action and intelligence, camaraderie and humor, the second book in S.J. Kincaid's futuristic World War III Insignia trilogy continues to explore fascinating and timely questions about power, politics, technology, loyalty, and friendship.

Author Question: What do you love most about Vortex?
VORTEX is the second book in the INSIGNIA series, and what I enjoy about it the most is the exploration of the character relationships established in the first book of the series. INSIGNIA leaves off with Tom at odds with Medusa after his actions at the end of the last book; he and Blackburn are at each other's throats, and Tom and his friends, Vik, Wyatt, Yuri, are in a place of perfect friendship. All three of these major dynamics are challenged in various ways by the events of VORTEX, especially after Tom and his friends realize they've made a very serious mistake and devastating consequences ensue. I always find it interesting exploring both the good and the bad of a very strong emotional connection (or repulsion) between two characters, and VORTEX gave me that opportunity to do so while also following Tom's progress in his second year at the Pentagonal Spire. 

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by Heather Anastasiu
St. Martin''s Griffin
Released 7/2/2013

The battle is all but over, and hope seems to be lost. Zoe and her fellow Resistance fighters are on the run, having lost their home, their protection, and their leader. They are outnumbered and outmatched by the powerful corporation that controls the world, and the cruel Chancellor is inches away from completing a scheme that would kill most of humanity. Zoe's only remaining option is to chase the impossible dream of upending the Link system, freeing the world from the hardware that controls their thoughts and emotions, and hope it will trigger a revolution.

The plot requires a nearly impossible mission to infiltrate the dangerous Community, and it is a task that Zoe must unfortunately complete alone. With challenges and surprises at every turn, nothing goes according to plan. Adrien's visions of the future now show two possible outcomes: one in which they succeed, and one in which humanity falls. It all lies in Zoe's hands.

Full of romance, high-adrenaline action and shocking twists, Shutdown is a heart-pounding conclusion to an exciting sci-fi adventure trilogy for young adults.

The thrilling conclusion to an action-packed sci-fi trilogy

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Shutdown?

I wanted this third and final book to have a lot of symmetry with the first book so that yes, while there is plenty of kick-butt action, at the heart of everything is a love story. For me, the fun in approaching it was writing about people falling in love again, after life has gotten in the way with all its terrible complications. Real life tends to do that--throw a wrench in our plans just when we think we've got everything under control. So in this book, I'm hypothetically asking my characters: do you really have a love that can withstand anything?

Things get difficult, people change. In a way this was a very personal question for me about the way love has to either transform or be abandoned as the lovers themselves are forced to change in unexpected ways. And then, you know, there's also all the super-powers and battle scenes and narrow escapes and explosions, and that made it fun to write too. ;)

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Truly, Madly, Deadly
by Hannah Jayne
Sourcebooks Fire
Released 7/2/2013

Sawyer Dodd has it all. She's a star track athlete, choir soloist, and A-student. And her boyfriend is the handsome all-star Kevin Anderson. But behind the medals, prom pictures, and perfect smiles, Sawyer finds herself trapped in a controlling, abusive relationship with Kevin. When he dies in a drunk-driving accident, Sawyer is secretly relieved. She's free. Until she opens her locker and finds a mysterious letter signed by "an admirer" and printed with two simple words: "You're welcome."

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Since You Asked...
by Maurene Goo
Scholastic Press
Released 7/1/2013

No, no one asked, but Holly Kim will tell you what she thinks anyway.

Fifteen-year-old Holly Kim is the copyeditor for her high school's newspaper. When she accidentally submits an article that rips everyone to shreds, she gets her own column and rants her way through the school year. Can she survive homecoming, mean-girl cliques, jocks, secret admirers, Valentine's Day, and other high school embarrassments, all while struggling to balance her family's traditional Korean values?
In this hilarious debut, Maurene Goo takes a fresh look at trying to fit in without conforming to what's considered "normal" in high school and how to manage parental expectations without losing one's individuality...or being driven insane.

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by Meg Cabot
Released 7/2/2013

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot, the dark reimagining of the Persephone myth comes to a thrilling conclusion.

Death has her in his clutches. She doesn't want him to let go.

Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera knew by accepting the love of John Hayden, she'd be forced to live forever in the one place she's always dreaded most: the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves.

But now her happiness -- and safety -- are threatened, all because the Furies have discovered that John has broken one of their strictest rules: He revived a human soul.

If the balance between life and death isn't fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce's home back on earth will be wiped away. But there's only one way to restore order. Someone has to die.

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A Midsummer Night's Scream
by R.L. Stine
Feiwel & Friends
Released 7/2/2013

The master of horror takes on the master of theater!

Get ready for laughter to turn into screams in R.L. Stine's re-imagining of Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Everyone knows that Mayhem Manor is cursed. After production on the horror film was stopped due to a series of mysterious deaths, it became a Hollywood legend--which makes it perfect for Claire and her family. If they can successfully finish the film, it should be enough to save their ailing movie studio.

Sure, the old haunted house is creepy, and strange stuff has been happening, but this is Claire's chance. Her chance to become the movie star she's always dreamed and her chance to finally convince her friend Jake that she is girlfriend material. Of course, the fact that Jake thinks he's in love with her best friend, Delia, who is crushing hard on Jake's friend Shawn, who insists on following Claire around, could be a problem, but Claire is sure she can figure it out. After all, the course of true love never did run smooth.

But once shooting starts, "creepy and strange" morph into "bloody and deadly," as the lines between film and reality begin to blur...

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This Strange and Familiar Place
by Rachel Carter
Released 7/2/2013

Rachel Carter’s breathtaking time-travel romance, This Strange and Familiar Place, is a great pick for fans of Kerstin Gier’s Ruby Red trilogy.

In the second book of the So Close to You YA trilogy, Lydia Bentley has discovered that the conspiracy theories about the Montauk Project, the ones her grandfather had told her about all her life, were true all along.

The little town on Long Island really is the Area 51 of the east. Lydia’s hometown has been the site of government time-travel experiments since World War II. Among the “recruits” the Project has used as subjects in these experiments are two members of Lydia’s own family, and Wes, the boy she loves.

What is Lydia willing to sacrifice to save them?

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  1. I think I'm going to get "Hidden" from the library. It looks awesome! :D

  2. I love ghost stories so I'd love to read Forevermore (I'm also a big Poe fan). Thank you so much for the giveaway. :)

  3. I'm dying to read so many of these, but particularly THIS IS W.A.R and Pretty Girl 13!

  4. Fingers crossed for This is W.A.R.

    (And for those wondering, Forevermore is fantastic.)

  5. Oh my gosh I love that cover for Hidden! And a stolen angel? What a wonderful premise!

  6. Oooo, Truly Madly Deadly looks fantastic!! I am so eager for Vortex!!

  7. I have been so interested in reading This is War! Thanks!

  8. I love the cover for Pretty Girl-13! So man amazing books :D

    p.s I might have entered more than once but I don't know because I kept clicking submit, but it wouldn't go so yeah :)

  9. Yay! I love finding new books for the TBR pile. Thanks for the suggestions.

  10. This is W.A.R. looks so good. I love a good murder mystery :)

  11. This is W.A.R. sounds like an emotional type of thriller!! Thank you:))

  12. Another great list this week. This is W.A.R.; Truly, Madly, Deadly; and Since You Asked look particularly intriguing. Thanks for the heads up and the giveaway.

  13. Thanks for having the giveaway! These books look really good :-)

  14. My son's been waiting for Vortex to come out. I can't believe it's already July!!!!

  15. Forevermore sounds really good. Lots of good books to read. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  16. Ooh Scottish ghosts and ancient castles!

  17. Both of these books look terrific! :)

  18. thanks for the sweet giveaway!! they look like great choices!!


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