Monday, July 17, 2017

8 New Releases this week 7/17-7/23 plus 4 Giveaways

Happy Monday! This week we're featuring a few giveaways, like WHAT GOES UP and THE LAST MAGICIAN. Make sure to enter to win a copy below and check out all the other awesome books being released this week!

Happy Reading,

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


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What Goes Up
by Katie Kennedy
Hardcover plus Swag Giveaway
U.S. Only

Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Released 7/18/2017

Action-packed and wildly funny, this near-future sci-fi features three teens on an inter-dimensional mission to save the world.

Rosa and Eddie are among hundreds of teens applying to NASA’s mysterious Multi-World Agency. After rounds of crazy-competitive testing they are appointed to Team 3, along with an alternate, just in case Eddie screws up (as everyone expects he will). What they don’t expect is that aliens will arrive from another dimension, and look just like us. And no one could even imagine that Team 3 would be the only hope of saving our world from their Earth-destroying plans. The teens steal the spacecraft (it would be great if they knew how to fly it) and head to Earth2, where the aliens’ world and people are just like ours. With a few notable exceptions.

There, the teens will find more than their alternate selves: they'll face existential questions and high-stakes adventure, with comedy that's out of this world.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about What Goes Up?

I especially enjoyed a couple of things—one is the trials at the beginning, because they were so much fun to write.

The other is that this book surprised me. There’s a plot twist near the end that I didn’t know would happen even as I was typing it—it wasn’t on my outline. I read the line as I wrote it, wondering what it was going to say. Then I gasped and put my hand over my mouth and stared at the screen for a long minute.

And I wasn’t supposed to write the book at all. I talked to my agent about my next project and we agreed on a different one. The next morning I ran out of the shower to jot down dialogue I was hearing for this book. When it happened again the next day, I decided to start the book that was talking to me, just to see how far it would go. I wound up writing the whole thing and didn’t have time to do the book my agent thought I was working on. So I sent her WHAT GOES UP with an email that said, “Heh heh, guess what I did?” Fortunately, she’s an exceptionally good sport.

One more surprise: most of WHAT GOES UP is set in Iowa. I wrote the book when I lived in another state and had no plans to relocate. But then we moved to Iowa—very close to where I put the imaginary NASA facility. When we realized we were moving to where I’d set the book, my husband said, “You couldn’t have put it in Paris?

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Song of the Dark Crystal
by J.M. Lee
1 signed copy of book & 5 promotional posters Giveaway
U.S. Only

Grosset & Dunlap
Released 7/18/2017

The second original companion novel to Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal follows Naia and Kylan as they seek help from the Gelfling clans to prevent the Skeksis from implementing the next stage of their sinister plan.

Kylan of Sami Thicket is a skilled song teller, but singing the tales of long-gone heroes won't help his friends as they journey into dangerous, unknown lands. After uncovering the betrayal of the Skeksis Lords, he and his friend Naia are on the run, pursued by the Skeksis's underlings and outcast even among their fellow Gelfling. But Kylan knows the truth must be told, no matter how difficult the telling. Maybe there's use for a song teller after all . . .

Jim Henson's The Dark Crystal is one of the most beloved and enduring fantasy stories of the past thirty years. This series of young adult novels will both please the diehard fans and bring new fans in to the world of The Dark Crystal.

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The Last Magician
by Lisa Maxwell
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 7/18/2017

Stop the Magician.
Steal the book.
Save the future.

In modern day New York, magic is all but extinct. The remaining few who have an affinity for magic—the Mageus—live in the shadows, hiding who they are. Any Mageus who enters Manhattan becomes trapped by the Brink, a dark energy barrier that confines them to the island. Crossing it means losing their power—and often their lives.

Esta is a talented thief, and she's been raised to steal magical artifacts from the sinister Order that created the Brink. With her innate ability to manipulate time, Esta can pilfer from the past, collecting these artifacts before the Order even realizes she’s there. And all of Esta's training has been for one final job: traveling back to 1902 to steal an ancient book containing the secrets of the Order—and the Brink—before the Magician can destroy it and doom the Mageus to a hopeless future.

But Old New York is a dangerous world ruled by ruthless gangs and secret societies, a world where the very air crackles with magic. Nothing is as it seems, including the Magician himself. And for Esta to save her future, she may have to betray everyone in the past.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Last Magician?

My favorite part about THE LAST MAGICIAN? Probably that it has ALL of my favorite things in it. It’s a great big, sweeping epic of a book with tons of twists and turns. There’s a larger, diverse ensemble cast, and many of those secondary characters stole my heart—I can’t wait to bring some of them more to the forefront in the sequel. I mean time travel, old New York, magical gangs, dangerous secret societies, boys with suspenders and historically accurate guy liner, real historical figures brushing up against my fictional characters, and enough twists and turns to keep everyone guessing—it’s kind of hard to pick just one thing.

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Fragile Like Us
by Sara Barnard
Hardcover Giveaway
U.S. Only

Simon Pulse
Released 7/18/2017

Caddy and Rosie have always been inseparable. But that was before Suzanne. Now the twosome has become a triangle with constantly shifting alliances.

Caddy’s ready to be more than just the quiet one. She wants something to happen. Suzanne is trying to escape her past and be someone different, someone free. But sometimes downward spirals have a momentum of their own. And no one can break your heart like a best friend.

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Ash and Quill by Rachel Caine: Tammy V.


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The Ends of the World
by Maggie Hall
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Released 7/18/2017

The Circle is hers.

But Avery West has lost everything else: her mother, the family she’d just found, and the one boy she trusted. In their place are unfathomable power, a staged relationship that makes her question every real feeling she’s ever had, and a mission to find the cure to the virus that’s made her own blood a weapon.

Then disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world. To clear their names and the growing rift between the families of the Circle before the world dissolves into World War Three, they’ll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great’s tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world’s salvation—or destruction.

Avery will have to decide how much she’s willing to sacrifice—for the world, for family, and for love—in this thrilling conclusion to the Conspiracy of Us series.

Author Question: What is your favorite thing about The Ends of the World?

My favorite thing about this book is that I got to finish the story for these characters, and got to give them the ending I hoped to. I've put Avery and the gang through a lot in the CONSPIRACY series, and it was really nice for me (and I hope it'll be nice for readers!) to see how everything ended up for them--who lives and who dies, who ends up together, how they all relate to each other and to the Circle at the end... The characters and their relationships have always been my favorite part of the books, and I'm so excited for readers to finish their story!

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Amid Stars and Darkness
by Chani Lynn Feener
Swoon Reads
Released 7/18/2017

Delaney’s entire world is thrown into chaos after she is mistaken for Lissa Olena, an alien princess hiding out on Earth in order to escape an arranged marriage.

Kidnapped by the princess’s head bodyguard, Ruckus, and imprisoned in an alien palace, Delaney is forced to impersonate the princess until Olena can be found. If she fails, it will lead to an alien war and the eventual enslavement of the entire human race.

No pressure or anything.

Factor in Trystan, the princess’s terrifying betrothed who is intent on unraveling all her secrets, and her own growing feelings for Ruckus, and Delaney is in way over her head.

Get lost Amid Stars and Darkness, in this YA sci-fi romance from debut author Chani Lynn Feener.

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Flight Risk
by Jennifer Fenn
Roaring Brook Press
Released 7/18/2017

A debut novel inspired by true events, about a teenage boy who has stolen―and crashed―not one, but three airplanes. And each time he’s walked away unscathed.

Who is Robert Jackson Kelly? Is he a juvenile delinquent? A criminal mastermind? A folk hero? One thing is clear: Robert always defies what people think of him. And now, the kid who failed at school, relationships, and almost everything in life, is determined to successfully steal and land a plane.

Told as an investigation into Robert’s psyche, the narrative includes multiple points of view as well as documentary elements like emails, official records, and interviews with people who knew Robert. Ultimately, Flight Risk is a thrilling story about one teenager who is determined to find a moment of transcendence after everyone else has written him off as lost.

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No Good Deed
by Kara Connolly
Delacorte Press
Released 7/18/2017

Fans of Dorothy Must Die will love this reimagining of the legend of Robin Hood. Girl power rules supreme when a modern girl finds herself in the middle of a medieval mess with only her smart mouth and her Olympic-archer aim to get her home.

Ellie Hudson is the front-runner on the road to gold for the U.S. Olympic archery team. All she has to do is qualify at the trials in jolly old England. When Ellie makes some kind of crazy wrong turn in the caverns under Nottingham Castle—yes, that Nottingham—she ends up in medieval England.

Ellie doesn’t care how she got to the Middle Ages; she just wants to go home before she gets the plague. But people are suffering in Nottingham, and Ellie has the skills to make it better. What’s an ace archer to do while she’s stuck in Sherwood Forest but make like Robin Hood?

Pulled into a past life as an outlaw, Ellie feels her present fading away next to daring do-gooding and a devilishly handsome knight. Only, Ellie is on the brink of rewriting history, and when she picks up her bow and arrow, her next shot could save her past—or doom civilization’s future.

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The Library of Fates
by Aditi Khorana
Released 7/18/2017

A romantic coming-of-age fantasy tale steeped in Indian folklore, perfect for fans of The Star-Touched Queen and The Wrath and the Dawn.

No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything—family, her childhood love, and her freedom—to save her people. But her offer isn't enough.

The unthinkable happens, and Amrita finds herself a fugitive, utterly alone but for an oracle named Thala, who was kept by Sikander as a slave and managed to escape amid the chaos of a palace under siege. With nothing and no one else to turn to, Amrita and Thala are forced to rely on each other. But while Amrita feels responsible for her kingdom and sets out to warn her people, the newly free Thala has no such ties. She encourages Amrita to go on a quest to find the fabled Library of All Things, where it is possible for each of them to reverse their fates. To go back to before Sikander took everything from them.

Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life—and another love—await?

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by Cory Putman Oakes
HMH Books for Young Readers
Released 7/18/2017

When sixteen-year-old Macie O’Sullivan and her masterfully manipulative mother Aubra arrive at the gates of Witchtown—the most famous and mysterious witch-only haven in the world—they have one goal in mind: to rob it for all it’s worth.

But that plan derails when Macie and Aubra start to dig deeper into Witchtown’s history and uncover that there is more to the quirky haven than meets the eye.

Exploring the haven by herself, Macie finds that secrets are worth more than money in Witchtown.

Secrets have their own power.

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  1. I'm a huge fan of Katie Kennedy and can't wait to read her second book.

  2. My TBR pile is huge and growing! I LOVE it!

  3. Witchtown and The Library Of Fates look particularly interesting!

  4. couple look interesting

  5. The Library of Fates and The Last Magician - added to my TBR list!

  6. Fragile Like Us sounds so good!

  7. The Last Magician sounds really good!


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