Monday, June 12, 2017

14 New Releases this week 06/12-06/18 plus 4 Giveaways!

Happy Monday! This week, we have another four awesome giveaways to feature (4 seems to be the lucky number lately!), including the first two books in the Witch's Child series! We're also shining a spotlight on a few more awesome books so don't forget to check out all of them below.

Happy Reading,

Shelly, Sam, Jocelyn, Martina, Erin, Susan, Kelly, Laura, Emily, Anisaa, and Lori Ann


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Julia Defiant
by Catherine Egan
U.S. Only

Knopf Books for Young Readers
Released 6/13/2017

Julia and a mismatched band of revolutionaries, scholars, and thieves have crossed the world searching for a witch. But for all the miles traveled, they are no closer to finding Ko Dan. No closer to undoing the terrible spell he cast that bound an ancient magic to the life of a small child. Casimir wants that magic, and will happily kill Theo to extract it. And every moment they hunt for Ko Dan, Casimir's assassins are hunting them.

Julia can deal with danger. The thing that truly scares her lies within. Her strange ability to vanish to a place just out of sight has grown: she can now disappear so completely that it's like stepping into another world. It's a fiery, hellish world, filled with creatures who seem to recognize her and count her as one of their own.

So . . . is Julia a girl with a monster lurking inside her? Or a monster wearing the disguise of a girl?

If she can use her monstrous power to save Theo, does it matter?

In this riveting second book in the Witch's Child trilogy, Catherine Egan goes deep within the heart of a fierce, defiant girl trying to discover not just who but what she truly is.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Julia Defiant?

The really fun thing about writing a sequel is that you have such a strong sense of your world and your characters already. The first book is all about discovery – for the writer and for the reader. Now that I’ve built my playground, though, I really get to play in it. Julia’s world is certainly developed further, especially as they have traveled well beyond Frayne, but I enjoyed developing the long, multi-book arc of character relationships most of all. Julia’s relationships – with her brother, with her ex-lover Wyn and her trusted friend Frederick, with Bianka, whom she has betrayed, with an increasingly menacing Mrs. Och, and with her employer-turned-enemy and would-be mentor Pia – all go to new places in this book. And of course, there is a new love interest for Julia as well.

One of the central mysteries of the series, more pressing in this second book, is why Julia can vanish. Her ability to vanish expands hugely in this sequel, and there are hints as to the dangerous origin of her power. I love laying clues and plotting out reveals over the course of more than one book. This second book doesn’t provide all the answers, but all the pieces of the puzzle are out in the open now. I hope that when readers finally get the answer in the third book, it will be satisfying, and they will remember all the clues without having worked it out ahead of time!

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Obsidian and Stars
by Julie Eshbaugh
Hardcover Giveaway

Released 6/13/2017

In the sequel to Ivory and Bone—the prehistoric fantasy novel that New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman described as a “richly crafted world of life-and-death stakes”—the story shifts to Mya’s viewpoint as vengeful adversaries force her to flee the life she once knew.

After surviving the chaotic battle that erupted after Lo and the Bosha clan attacked, now Mya is looking ahead to her future with Kol. All the things that once felt so uncertain are finally falling into place. But the same night as Kol and Mya’s betrothal announcement, Mya’s brother Chev reveals his plan to marry his youngest sister, Lees, to his friend Morsk. The only way to avoid this terrible turn of events, Morsk informs Mya, is for Mya to take Lees’ place and marry him herself.

Refusing to marry anyone other than her beloved, and in an effort to protect her sister, Mya runs away to a secret island with Lees. And though it seems like the safest place to hide until things back home blow over, Mya soon realizes she’s been followed. Lurking deep in the recesses of this dangerous place are rivals from Mya’s past whose thirst for revenge exceeds all reason.

With the lives of her loved ones on the line, Mya must make a move before the enemies of her past become the undoing of her future.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Obsidian and Stars?

My favorite thing about OBSIDIAN AND STARS is the time period. OBSIDIAN AND STARS, like the first book in the series, IVORY AND BONE, is set in prehistory, at the end of the last Ice Age. I’ve always been fascinated with prehistoric times, and I’ve often wondered about how people who lived so long ago, without any advanced technology or even written language, managed to not only survive, but thrive. All this daydreaming about their lives gave birth to the characters in the books. I tried to imagine not only how they lived, but what they aspired to, who they loved, and what they valued most.

Creating the world of OBSIDIAN AND STARS required a lot of research, but it never felt like a burden because I was fascinated by it all. I read a lot about the first settlers to reach North America from Asia, because I imagined my characters were among the people who crossed the Bering Land Bridge. Archaeologists are discovering new evidence and forming new theories about these first Americans—how they traveled, hunted, and interacted with each other—and many of these new theories had an influence on the stories in both IVORY AND BONE and OBSIDIAN AND STARS. Living in a world where we don’t dare leave the house without our smartphones, it was refreshing to write about such a different time.

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The Suffering Tree
by Elle Cosimano
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Released 6/13/2017

"It's dark magic brings him back."

Tori Burns and her family left D.C. for claustrophobic Chaptico, Maryland, after suddenly inheriting a house under mysterious circumstances. That inheritance puts her at odds with the entire town, especially Jesse Slaughter and his family-it's their generations-old land the Burns have "stolen." As the suspicious looks and muttered accusations of her neighbors build, so does the pressure inside her, and Tori returns to the pattern of self-harm that landed her in a hospital back in D.C. It all comes to a head one night when, to Tori's shock, she witnesses a young man claw his way out of a grave under the gnarled oak in her new backyard.

Nathaniel Bishop may not understand what brought him back, but it's clear to Tori that he hates the Slaughters for what they did to him centuries ago. Wary yet drawn to him by a shared sense of loss, she gives him shelter. But in the wake of his arrival comes a string of troubling events-including the disappearance of Jesse Slaughter's cousin-that seem to point back to Nathaniel.

As Tori digs for the truth-and slowly begins to fall for Nathaniel-she uncovers something much darker in the tangled branches of the Slaughter family tree. In order to break the curse that binds Nathaniel there and discover the true nature of her inheritance, Tori must unravel the Slaughter family's oldest and most guarded secrets. But the Slaughters want to keep them buried at any cost.

From award-winning author Elle Cosimano comes a haunting, atmospheric thriller perfect to hand to readers of the Mara Dyer trilogy and Bone Gap.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Suffering Tree?

I never enjoyed history class when I was in school. I recall having very few passionate, engaging history teachers over the years, and most of my experience learning history involved dry textbooks and the rote memorization of names and dates. Truth be told, most of those names and dates slipped my mind long ago. So when the idea for THE SUFFERING TREE first planted itself in my imagination, I was daunted by the sheer amount of research this book would require of me. Truthfully, I wasn’t sure I was up to it. Imagine my surprise all these years later, to realize that my favorite part of writing this book was the research—that I would actually find joy in it, dancing to djembe drums by firelight in a cornfield alongside plantation life re-enactors, listening to fiddlers in historic taverns, touring tall ships and interviewing historians in the kitchens and sculleries of reconstructed colonial homes. Not the history of names and dates we are obligated to remember in school. But the human experience of it. My favorite thing about this book is the history captured within its pages, and what I learned while bringing it to life.

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by Cindy Pon
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 6/13/2017

From critically acclaimed author Cindy Pon comes an edge-of-your-seat sci-fi thriller, set in a near-future Taipei plagued by pollution, about a group of teens who risk everything to save their city.

Jason Zhou survives in a divided society where the elite use their wealth to buy longer lives. The rich wear special suits, protecting them from the pollution and viruses that plague the city, while those without suffer illness and early deaths. Frustrated by his city’s corruption and still grieving the loss of his mother who died as a result of it, Zhou is determined to change things, no matter the cost.

With the help of his friends, Zhou infiltrates the lives of the wealthy in hopes of destroying the international Jin Corporation from within. Jin Corp not only manufactures the special suits the rich rely on, but they may also be manufacturing the pollution that makes them necessary.

Yet the deeper Zhou delves into this new world of excess and wealth, the more muddled his plans become. And against his better judgment, Zhou finds himself falling for Daiyu, the daughter of Jin Corp’s CEO. Can Zhou save his city without compromising who he is, or destroying his own heart?

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Firebrand by A.J. Hartley: Susan T.


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Soldier Boy
by Keely Hutton
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Released 6/13/2017

Soldier Boy begins with the story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted at age fourteen in 1989 to fight with Joseph Kony's rebel army in Uganda’s decades-long civil war. Ricky is trained, armed, and forced to fight government soldiers alongside his brutal kidnappers, but never stops dreaming of escape.

The story continues twenty years later, with a fictionalized character named Samuel, representative of the thousands of child soldiers Ricky eventually helped rehabilitate as founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans.

Working closely with Ricky himself, debut author Keely Hutton has written an eye-opening book about a boy’s unbreakable spirit and indomitable courage in the face of unimaginable horror.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about Soldier Boy?

You did ask favorite things, right? As in plural? Because I have two: one connected to working on SOLDIER BOY and one connected to the story itself.

My favorite thing about working on SOLDIER BOY is the friendship Ricky and I formed over the last five years. Though the book is finished, Ricky and I still communicate weekly via email, Facebook messenger, and Skype, and he continues to inspire me with his selflessness, courage, perseverance, capacity for forgiveness, and undiminished hope in the face of a world determined to break him. I am privileged to tell his story and honored to call him my friend.

My favorite thing about the story SOLDIER BOY is that despite the heartbreaking horrors it reveals about the decades-long civil war that gripped Uganda and its children, at its core, SOLDIER BOY is a story about the unrelenting strength of the human spirit to find hope in the darkest corners of hell, to escape captivity despite insurmountable odds, and to hold onto humanity when all else is lost. It is a message I hope readers embrace and remember when faced with hardships in their own lives.

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An Uninterrupted View of the Sky
by Melanie Crowder
Philomel Books
Released 6/13/2017

Modern history unearthed as a boy becomes an innocent victim of corruption in the underbelly of Bolivia's crime world, where the power of family is both a prison and the only means of survival.

It's 1999 in Bolivia, and Francisco's life consists of school, soccer, and trying to find space for himself in his family's cramped yet boisterous home. But when his father is arrested on false charges and sent to prison by a corrupt system that targets the uneducated, the poor, and the indigenous majority, Francisco's mother abandons hope and her family. Francisco and his sister are left with no choice: They must move into the prison with their father. There, they find a world unlike anything they've ever known, where everything—a door, a mattress, protection from other inmates—has its price.

Prison life is dirty, dire, and dehumanizing. With their lives upended, Francisco faces an impossible decision: Break up the family and take his sister to their grandparents in the Andean highlands, fleeing the city and the future that was just within his grasp, or remain together in the increasingly dangerous prison. Pulled between two equally undesirable options, Francisco must confront everything he once believed about the world around him and his place within it.

In this heart-wrenching novel inspired by real events, Melanie Crowder sheds light on a little-known era of modern South American history—where injustice still darkens the minds and hearts of people alike—and proves that hope can be found, even in the most desperate places.

Perfect for fans of Ruta Sepetys, Matt de la Pena, and Jacqueline Woodson.

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Bad Romance
by Heather Demetrios
Henry Holt and Co.
Released 6/13/2017

Grace wants out. Out of her house, where her stepfather wields fear like a weapon and her mother makes her scrub imaginary dirt off the floors. Out of her California town, too small to contain her big city dreams. Out of her life, and into the role of Parisian artist, New York director—anything but scared and alone.

Enter Gavin: charming, talented, adored. Controlling. Dangerous. When Grace and Gavin fall in love, Grace is sure it's too good to be true. She has no idea their relationship will become a prison she's unable to escape.

Deeply affecting and unflinchingly honest, this is a story about spiraling into darkness—and emerging into the light again.

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Life Just Got Real
by Sadie Robertson and Cindy Coloma
Howard Books
Released 6/13/2017

From Dancing with the Stars runner-up and Duck Dynasty star Sadie Robertson comes a fun novel about two teenage girls from different backgrounds and opposite lifestyles who discover there is more to friendship than meets the eye.

Sixteen-year-old A.J. Smith grew up in backwoods Louisiana, repairing cars with her dad and hunting with her brothers. But when her dad dies, her mom drags the whole family to Nashville where everything is different—except A.J. And A.J. knows it will take everything she has to live original.

Kate Kelly grew up in Nashville’s best schools, jetting around the world with glamorous people and wearing clothes from her mom’s trendy boutique. But when A.J. Smith―a new girl from the sticks—shows up, suddenly she’s all the rage: her unusual sense of style, her accent, and especially her dumb converse high tops. Even Kate’s brother, Kaden, seems to be under the new girl’s spell. But Kate has bigger things to think about, including the reality show Real Life. Everyone says the show is her chance to make it big. But then the producers decide to bring A.J. into the show.

Because these girls are so different, the producers of Real Life know that their conflict will be television gold. So the cameras start to roll. Then Kaden asks A.J. to prom, Kate flips out, and things with Kate’s (almost) boyfriend Alex start unraveling fast—all on camera. As the producers try to stir up the drama, Kate’s idea of the perfect prom spins out of control. When Kate’s life goes disastrously wrong, it is A.J. who steps up to help—no questions asked. A friendship between the two girls just might grow—but only if they both live original and stay true to who God made them to be.

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Midnight at the Electric
by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Released 6/13/2017

Kansas, 2065. Adri has been handpicked to live on Mars. But weeks before Launch, she discovers the journal of a girl who lived in her house over a hundred years ago, and is immediately drawn into the mystery surrounding her fate. While Adri knows she must focus on the mission ahead, she becomes captivated by a life that’s been lost in time … and how it might be inextricably tied to her own.

Oklahoma, 1934. Amidst the fear and uncertainty of the Dust Bowl, Catherine longs for the immortality promised by a professor at a traveling show called The Electric. But as her family’s situation becomes more dire -- and the suffocating dust threatens her sister’s life -- Catherine must find the courage to sacrifice everything she loves in order to save the one person she loves most.

England, 1919. In the recovery following World War One, Lenore tries to come to terms with her grief for her brother, a fallen British soldier, and plans to sail to America in pursuit of a childhood friend. But even if she makes it that far, will her friend be the person she remembers, and the one who can bring her back to herself?

While their stories spans thousands of miles and multiple generations, Lenore, Catherine, and Adri’s fates are entwined in ways both heartbreaking and hopeful.

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Murder among the Stars
by Adam Shankman & Laura L. Sullivan
Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Released 6/13/2017

After being framed for attempted murder, Lulu Kelly has earned a rest. Unfortunately, there is no rest in Hollywood for a rising starlet. Lulu and her boyfriend Freddie are invited to posh Hearst Castle, where Lulu will be competing against other young actresses for the role of a lifetime. But what’s a house party without a little murder?

After a rival actress is found dead under the dining room table, Lulu makes it her mission to solve the mystery. But illusion is this town’s number one export, and it’s hard to tell the ambitious from the truly evil. As the clues pile up, Lulu and Freddie race to find the killer, even as Lulu becomes the next target.

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Our Dark Duet
by Victoria Schwab
Greenwillow Books
Released 6/13/2017

Kate Harker is a girl who isn’t afraid of the dark. She’s a girl who hunts monsters. And she’s good at it. August Flynn is a monster who can never be human, no matter how much he once yearned for it. He’s a monster with a part to play. And he will play it, no matter the cost.

Nearly six months after Kate and August were first thrown together, the war between the monsters and the humans is terrifying reality. In Verity, August has become the leader he never wished to be, and in Prosperity, Kate has become the ruthless hunter she knew she could be. When a new monster emerges from the shadows—one who feeds on chaos and brings out its victim’s inner demons—it lures Kate home, where she finds more than she bargained for. She’ll face a monster she thought she killed, a boy she thought she knew, and a demon all her own.

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Saints and Misfits
by S.K. Ali
Salaam Reads
Released 6/13/2017

Saints and Misfits is an unforgettable debut novel that feels like a modern day My So-Called Life … starring a Muslim teen.

How much can you tell about a person just by looking at them?

Janna Yusuf knows a lot of people can’t figure out what to make of her … an Arab Indian-American hijabi teenager who is a Flannery O’Connor obsessed book nerd, aspiring photographer, and sometime graphic novelist is not exactly easy to put into a box.

And Janna suddenly finds herself caring what people think. Or at least what a certain boy named Jeremy thinks. Not that she would ever date him—Muslim girls don’t date. Or they shouldn’t date. Or won’t? Janna is still working all this out.

While her heart might be leading her in one direction, her mind is spinning in others. She is trying to decide what kind of person she wants to be, and what it means to be a saint, a misfit, or a monster. Except she knows a monster … one who happens to be parading around as a saint. Will she be the one to call him out? What will people in her tightknit Muslim community think of her then?

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Summer Unscripted
by Jen Klein
Random House Books for Young Readers
Released 6/13/2017

A summer romance about missed connections and how not to miss out on the love of your life. For fans of Deb Caletti, Sarah Dessen, and Jenny Han.

Girl looks for a sign. Enter: boy.

Rainie doesn’t have a “passion” like her friends do. She’s more of a dabbler—quick to give up and move on. But as graduation approaches, she wishes she had more direction. So when gorgeous Tuck gives a monologue that literally puts into words exactly how she’s been feeling lately, it’s a sign! Tuck is her passion. How could she not have seen it before?

Girl follows boy. Enter: second boy.

Rainie convinces her ex-BFF to let her work at the same summer job as Tuck. She’s got a foolproof plan to date him. But when she arrives, Rainie discovers things aren't that simple. And she meets Milo, a super-cute boy who also works with her. A boy with a complicated past.

Girl needs to figure stuff out. Enter: drama.

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The Leaf Reader
by Emily Arsenault
Soho Teen
Released 6/13/2017

Like a contemporary take on Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle, Marnie Wells comes face-to-face with the occult, discovering she can tell the future by reading tea leaves.

Marnie Wells knows that she creeps people out. It s not really her fault; her brother is always in trouble, and her grandmother, who s been their guardian since Mom took off is ... eccentric. So no one even bats an eye when Marnie finds an old tea-leaf-reading book and starts telling fortunes. The ceremony and symbols are weirdly soothing, but she knows and hopes everyone else does too that none of it's real.

Then basketball star Matt Cotrell asks for a reading. He's been getting emails from someone claiming to be his best friend, Andrea Quinley, who disappeared and is presumed dead. Rumor has it Matt and Andrea were romantically involved, though they d always denied it. A faint cloud of suspicion still hangs over Matt. But Marnie sees a kindred spirit: someone who, like her, is damaged by association.

Suddenly the readings seem real. And they're telling Marnie things about Matt that make him seem increasingly dangerous. But she can t shake her initial attraction to him. In fact, it s getting stronger. And that could turn out to be deadly.

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Thief's Cunning
by Sarah Ahiers
Released 6/13/2017

The companion novel to Assassin’s Heart—a riveting fantasy that Printz Award-winning author Laura Ruby said “will keep you turning the pages all night long”—Thief’s Cunning picks up eighteen years later and follows Allegra Saldana as she uncovers the secrets about the line of killers she descends from.

Allegra Saldana has always had to look over her shoulder. As the niece of the infamous assassin Lea Saldana, Allegra is used to hiding from people who want her dead. Once the strongest clipper family in the Kingdom of Lovero, the Saldanas—or what’s left of them—are now the most hunted. Their number one enemy is the Da Vias, whose thirst for retaliation is almost two decades in the making.

At least that’s what Lea has told Allegra her whole life, but lately Allegra’s been feeling like things are being kept from her—including her parents’ identity. So when Allegra finally learns the truth—that she's a Da Via—her world crumbles. Feeling betrayed by the people she trusted the most, Allegra turns to Nev, a Traveler boy whose presence makes her feel alive in ways she’s only dreamed of. But getting caught up in Nev’s world has consequences Allegra never saw coming.

In this dark and enthralling fantasy that fans of Sarah Maas and Leigh Bardugo will devour, one girl must decide whether she’s destined to pay for the wrongs of her family’s past…or if the future is hers for the taking.

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We Come Apart
by Sarah Crossan
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Released 6/13/2017

From two acclaimed authors comes an emotional story told in verse about friendship, love, and overcoming unbeatable odds.

Authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan have joined forces to tell the story of Nicu and Jess, two troubled teens whose paths cross in the unlikeliest of places.

Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to find his place in his new home. Meanwhile, Jess's home life is overshadowed by violence. When Nicu and Jess meet, what starts out as friendship grows into romance as the two bond over their painful pasts and hopeful futures. But will they be able to save each other, let alone themselves?

For fans of Una LaMarche’s Like No Other, this illuminating story told in dual points of view through vibrant verse will stay with readers long after they've turned the last page.

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  1. Thanks for the new books to add to my TBR.

  2. I think maybe the Cindy Pon book has an intriguing plot!

  3. Julia Defiant sounds good! I hadn't heard of it either.

  4. There are so many books with beautiful covers this week! Excited to read Want!

  5. I didn't know Emily Arsenault was writing YA! I love her adult books so that's pretty awesome!

  6. Ooooh so many amazing books this week! I am so excited for so many of these! Thanks so much for the chance :)

  7. So many great books this week!!!! They all are on my tbr list!!!
    Thanks for this giveaway!

  8. Thanks for this awesome giveaway! There are so many great books this week! I'm excited for This Dark Duet; I love Victoria Schwab! :D

  9. I really like Cindy Pon's books, so I'm excited for Want! I'm also looking forward to reading Bad Romance by Heather Dimetrios.

  10. I love to read young adult books during the summer time when I am off, that way I have books to recommend to my students when the new school year begins.

  11. I have been anticipating Want by Cindy Pon since I first heard about it! I really want to read this one.


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