YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS THIS WEEK
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by Alyson Noel
St. Martin''''s Griffin
Fate has bound them together--and torn them apart. Now Daire and Dace face one final fight that will seal their destiny forever.
Daire Santos is the last of the Soul Seekers, and the only thing standing between the Richters and the destruction of everyone she loves. With her grandmother gone and Cade back in Enchantment, Daire must finally step into her destiny and lead the fight against the Richters. But what if that means sacrificing the person she loves most?
Bound to the Richters by blood, Dace struggles against the darkness growing inside him that threatens to claim Daire too. Though Daire refuses to give up on him, the choice may not be hers. An epic battle is on the horizon and the end of the world looms near. With such insurmountable odds stacked against them, is their love really enough to conquer all?
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by Cheryl Rainfield
HMH Books for Young Readers
In this heart-wrenching and suspenseful teen thriller, sixteen-year-old Sarah Meadows longs for "normal." Born with a port-wine stain covering half her face, all her life she's been plagued by stares, giggles, bullying, and disgust. But when she's abducted on the way home from school, Sarah is forced to uncover the courage she never knew she had, become a hero rather than a victim, and learn to look beyond her face to find the beauty and strength she has inside. It's that--or succumb to a killer.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Stained?
One of my favorite things about STAINED is that it is reaching people. It is such a good feeling to have a voice about some of the trauma I've been through, and to hear from readers that it's helping them. STAINED only just came out (Oct 1), but I've already heard from some survivors that STAINED helped them feel stronger, gave them hope, helped them heal, or helped them know that victims can get through trauma and become even stronger. I've also heard from some readers who aren't survivors who say that it was a gripping, painful, yet ultimately healing and moving read. I love hearing that; I want readers to feel when they read my books. I think that it's by feeling and identifying with the characters we're reading about that greater change and compassion happens. It means a lot to me that people are moved by STAINED; I drew on some of my own trauma and healing experiences to write it. Like Sarah, I was held captive, repeatedly raped, withheld food and water. And like Sarah, I had to save myself to get safe.
Another of my favorite things about STAINED was writing a character who, although she was raped and abused, was courageous and strong--so much stronger than she thought she was. I think we are all stronger than we think we are; sometimes it takes a traumatic experience to help us see that. And I also loved writing about superheroes in STAINED. Like Sarah, superheroes and comics were a source of strength and comfort for me, and a way to imagine myself stronger than I thought I was--while coming to realize, like Sarah, that I already had the strength I needed.
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YA BOOK GIVEAWAYS LAST WEEK: WINNERS
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by Brandon Sanderson
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Winner - Heather Raglin
Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.
But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.
Nobody fights the Epics... nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.
And David wants in. He wants Steelheart--the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David's father. For years, like the Reckoners, David's been studying, and planning--and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.
He's seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Steelheart?
The pacing. There are certain things that I was able to do with a single first-person viewpoint in a fast-paced action-oriented story that I haven't been able to do in any other story that I've written. I feel like the awesome pacing just tears you through the book and reads like a really fun action movie. I'm quite proud of how that worked.
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Save the Enemy
by Arin Greenwood
Winner - Jackie Lea Sommers
Everything has been downhill since Zoey Trask's mother was murdered in a random mugging. Her younger brother, Ben, is on the autistic spectrum and needs constant supervision. It's senior year, and she's the new girl at a weird private school in Old Town Alexandria, VA, full of kids who seem too nice to be true--including a very cute boy named Pete. Aside from half-forgotten martial arts and survivalist skills that her widowed father insisted on teaching her (because that is excellent for her social life), Zoey has nothing to offer Pete or anyone else.
Then Dad is kidnapped. Zoey suddenly finds herself sole caretaker of a younger brother she barely understands. Worse, Ben seems to hold the key to their father's disappearance in his Dream Diary, a bizarre journal of names and places Ben claims that their mother shares from beyond the grave. And as if Zoey doesn't have enough on her plate, there's Pete, who stubbornly refuses to leave her side.
Relying on the skills she never wanted to learn--Dad might have had his reasons after all. Zoey is plunged into a lethal battle to rescue her father, protect her brother, and determine the identity of her family's true enemy.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Save the Enemy?
I'm going to cheat and tell you about my two favorite things in Save The Enemy.
It was really a lot of fun trying to figure out what would make some pretty typical suburban parents become assassins, beyond money. What would happen in a person's life that this, of all things, would seem like the right path? And what would it be like for that person's kids once they started catching on to their parent being an assassin? I realize it sounds sort of dark (okay, really really dark), but I enjoyed trying to figure out how all of this would actually work.
My second favorite thing is that at some point in the book--I don't want to spoil things and tell you when, but you won't see it coming!--a meteor unexpectedly falls from the sky.
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by Matt de la Pena
Winner - Jen Petro-Roy
Shy took the summer job to make some money. In a few months on a luxury cruise liner, he'll rake in the tips and be able to help his mom and sister out with the bills. And how bad can it be? Bikinis, free food, maybe even a girl or two--every cruise has different passengers, after all.
But everything changes when the Big One hits. Shy's only weeks out at sea when an earthquake more massive than ever before recorded hits California, and his life is forever changed.
The earthquake is only the first disaster. Suddenly it's a fight to survive for those left living.
Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Living?
My favorite thing about THE LIVING is the main character, Shy. I actually rescued Shy out of a failed novel I wrote several years ago. I had been reading a bunch of Russian novels and I thought, Hey, I know what I'll do. I'll write a novel with sixteen main characters. Needless to say, the book didn't work. I got up to page 500 and the story still hadn't quite started. But one of the characters, Shy, really intrigued me. He was a working class kid from a poor neighborhood who was sort of girl crazy. So I stole him out of that novel and put him on a cruise ship, which is the setting for THE LIVING. And the girl he likes is a little older, and she's engaged. So even before a massive earthquake hits California, things are already tough on Shy. I also loved writing a book with more action. It was a challenge for me. And I'm excited about how it turned out.
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Son of Fortune
by Victoria McKernan
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Winner - Marlyn Beebe
Aiden Lynch is a survivor--only 16 years old, he's seen himself through near-starvation on the Kansas prairie, a brutal journey on the Oregon trail, and backbreaking work in a lumber camp. Now he's reached the glittering city of San Francisco, and though his future is uncertain, promise lies ahead. Luck seems to favor him as he manages to stay one step ahead of trouble, even in the city's notoriously dangerous Barbary Coast. And it is pure fortune that leads him to a wealthy family, and then the high-stakes poker game in which he wins a ship--fully outfitted and ready for trade. The trade he has inherited: importing guano, a highly potent fertilizer, from island mines in Peru.
But what he finds in Peru is a savage business--conditions at the mines are unthinkable, the workers forced into servitude. When Aiden becomes involved with a miner who claims to be a kidnapped Chinese nobleman, all his loyalties are called into question, and he's plunged into a dangerous game.
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by Elana K. Arnold
Winner - Melinda Gray
The passionate romance that began in Sacred concludes in Splendor.
Scarlett loves the touch of her boyfriend, Will. But when he leaves Catalina Island to start college on the East Coast, she wonders whether their passion can survive a long-distance relationship--and whether she can face the home front on her own. Scarlett's senior year should be a breeze, but her parents have recently separated, and her already-wild best friend, Lily, is becoming involved with a dangerous boy named Gunner . . . a boy Scarlett is also attracted to. A boy she doesn't want to be--and shouldn't be--attracted to.
To take her mind off her troubles, Scarlett focuses on caring for her newly pregnant mare and delving deeper into the Kabbalah. Her religious exploration offers a way to stay connected to Will, who is a Kabbalah mystic, and a key to understanding her disturbing dreams about him. But as she gets wrapped up in her mare, her Kabbalah studies, and her conflicting feelings for Will and Gunner, Scarlett misses the warning signs that lead to a heartbreaking loss.
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MORE YOUNG ADULT NOVELS NEW IN STORES NEXT WEEK
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He Said, She Said
by Kwame Alexander
Sparks will fly in this hip-hop-hot teen novel that mixes social protest and star-crossed romance! He Said, She Said is perfect for fans of Walter Dean Myers and Rachel Vail alike.
He says: Omar "T-Diddy" Smalls has got it made--a full football ride to UMiami, hero-worship status at school, and pick of any girl at West Charleston High.
She says: Football, shmootball. Here's what Claudia Clarke cares about: Harvard, the poor, the disenfranchised, the hungry, the staggering teen pregnancy rate, investigative journalism . . . the list goes on. She does not have a minute to waste on Mr. T-Diddy Smalls and his harem of bimbos.
He Said, She Said is a fun and fresh novel from Kwame Alexander that throws these two high school seniors together when they unexpectedly end up leading the biggest social protest this side of the Mississippi--with a lot of help from Facebook and Twitter.
The stakes are high, the romance is hot, and when these worlds collide, watch out!
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The Fiery Heart
by Richelle Mead
In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .
But the struggle isn't over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there's still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure--and re-education--looms larger than ever.
Pulses will race throughout this thrilling fourth installment in the New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series, where no secret is safe.
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