Tuesday, May 6, 2014

7 Win THE SCAR BOYS and THE SUMMER I SAVED THE WORLD . . . IN 65 DAYS Plus YA Pick & Mix 5/6/14 Edition

I'm excited to announce that we've finally got all the underpinnings set for the Compulsion Street Team. If you've read the book and you're interested in spreading the word, please check it out.

If you're interested in reading Compulsion, you want a signed copy of The Archived or The Unbound signed by Victoria Schwab, or you have a YA novel you've got your eye on, there are a number of Pick Any YA Novels giveaways you can enter here. Enter any of them, and you'll automatically be registered to win the May grand prize.



The Scar Boys
by Len Vlahos

If RJ Palacio’s Wonder was a young adult novel, it’d be something like The Scar Boys.

A severely burned teenager. A guitar. Punk rock. The chords of a rock ’n’ roll road trip in a coming-of-age novel that is a must-read story about finding your place in the world…even if you carry scars inside and out.
If RJ Palacio's Wonder was a young adult novel, it'd be something like The Scar Boys.

In attempting to describe himself in his college application essay-help us to become acquainted with you beyond your courses, grades, and test scores-Harbinger (Harry) Jones goes way beyond the 250-word limit and gives a full account of his life.

The first defining moment: the day the neighborhood goons tied him to a tree during a lightning storm when he was 8 years old, and the tree was struck and caught fire. Harry was badly burned and has had to live with the physical and emotional scars, reactions from strangers, bullying, and loneliness that instantly became his everyday reality.

The second defining moment: the day in 8th grade when the handsome, charismatic Johnny rescued him from the bullies and then made the startling suggestion that they start a band together. Harry discovered that playing music transported him out of his nightmare of a world, and he finally had something that compelled people to look beyond his physical appearance. Harry's description of his life in his essay is both humorous and heart-wrenching. He had a steeper road to climb than the average kid, but he ends up learning something about personal power, friendship, first love, and how to fit in the world. While he's looking back at the moments that have shaped his life, most of this story takes place while Harry is in high school and the summer after he graduates.

What is your favorite thing about THE SCAR BOYS?

That’s a big question. It’s a complicated question. It’s an almost-impossible-to-answer question. I’m proud of a lot—Harry’s voice, Johnny’s complexity, the role music plays—but my favorite thing about The Scar Boys is that I finished it. I’ve written my whole life—short stories, essays, even screenplays—but a novel had eluded me. Finishing The Scar Boys, and not only finishing it but being proud of the result, is one of the greatest accomplishments of my life. That it’s being published is gravy. Corny? Maybe. True? Yes.

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The Summer I Saved the World . . . in 65 Days
by Michele Weber Hurwitz
Wendy Lamb Books
Released 4/8/2014

It's summertime, and thirteen-year-old Nina Ross is feeling kind of lost. Her beloved grandma died last year; her parents work all the time; her brother's busy; and her best friend is into clothes, makeup, and boys. While Nina doesn't know what "her thing" is yet, it's definitely not shopping and makeup. And it's not boys, either. Though . . . has Eli, the boy next door, always been so cute?
   This summer, Nina decides to change things. She hatches a plan. There are sixty-five days of summer. Every day, she'll anonymously do one small but remarkable good thing for someone in her neighborhood, and find out: does doing good actually make a difference? Along the way, she discovers that her neighborhood, and her family, are full of surprises and secrets.
   In this bighearted, sweetly romantic novel, things may not turn out exactly as Nina expects. They might be better.

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Sweet Evil
by Wendy Higgins

Signed Paperback
Harper Teen
Released 4/15/2014

Trilogy Winner - Tammy George

Embrace the Forbidden

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?

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Sweet Peril
by Wendy Higgins

Signed Paperback
Released 4/15/2014

Anna finds herself traveling the globe with Kopano, son of Wrath, in an attempt to gain support of fellow Nephilim and give them hope for the first time. It soon becomes clear that whatever freedoms Anna and the rest of the Neph are hoping to win will not be gained without a fight. Until then, Anna and Kaidan must put aside the issues between them, overcome the steamiest of temptations yet, and face the ultimate question: is loving someone worth risking their life?

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Sweet Reckoning
by Wendy Higgins

Signed Paperback
Released 4/15/2014

It’s time.

In the most sensual and fast-paced installment yet, Sweet Reckoning brings all the beloved Neph together one last time to fight for their freedom.

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The Mirk and Midnight Hour
by Jane Nickerson
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 3/11/2014

Winner - Holly Letson

A Southern girl. A wounded soldier. A chilling force deep in the forest.
All collide at night’s darkest hour.

Seventeen-year-old Violet Dancey has been left at home in Mississippi with a laudanum-addicted stepmother and love-crazed stepsister while her father fights in the war—a war that has already claimed her twin brother.

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Happy book birthday to S.E. Green's KILLER INSTINCT. I'm so excited for this book!

Killer Instinct
by S. E. Green
Hardcover Giveaway
Simon Pulse
Released 5/6/2014

She’s not evil, but she has certain... urges.

Lane is a typical teenager. Loving family. Good grades. Afterschool job at the local animal hospital. Martial arts enthusiast. But her secret obsession is studying serial killers. She understands them, knows what makes them tick.


Because she might be one herself.

Lane channels her dark impulses by hunting criminals—delivering justice when the law fails. The vigilantism stops shy of murder. But with each visceral rush the line of self-control blurs.
And then a young preschool teacher goes missing. Only to return... in parts.
When Lane excitedly gets involved in the hunt for “the Decapitator,” the vicious serial murderer that has come to her hometown, she gets dangerously caught up in a web of lies about her birth dad and her own dark past. And once the Decapitator contacts Lane directly, Lane knows she is no longer invisible or safe. Now she needs to use her unique talents to find the true killer’s identity before she—or someone she loves—becomes the next victim...

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Killer Instinct?

When I wrote Killer Instinct, I wrote with a freedom I’ve never experienced. I wrote with a total lack of restriction. I went into the project knowing I wanted to create, I wanted to step out of my comfort zone, and I wanted to take a chance. It was a liberating process.

Before Killer Instinct I never imagined I would write a torture scene or a castration scene (albeit both justified, I never imagined!).

So what is my favorite thing about Killer Instinct? The writing progression itself. Definitely. It opened this valve in me and now I don’t want to close it. I’m ready to take more chances!

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  1. I love that quote!!

    Lots of awesomeness in this giveaway!

    Thank you :)

  2. Thank you so much for the Sweet trilogy. Wendy Higgins is a wonderful author and she deserves all the applause.

  3. Ah shucks, t'weren't nothin' Ma'am. Congrats!!!

  4. Congrats! Interesting quote

  5. these books look good


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