7.18.2018

Cover Revealed: The Return of the Thief by Megan Whalen Turner


Return of the Thief
The Queen's Thief, Book #6
by Megan Whalen Turner
Coming March 09, 2019
ISBN-13: 978-0062874474
Publisher: Greenwillow Books // Pages: 352
Find it on : AmazonGoodreads
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The thrilling, twenty-years-in-the-making, conclusion to the New York Times–bestselling Queen’s Thief series, by Megan Whalen Turner. This beloved and award-winning series began with the acclaimed novel The Thief. It and four more stand-alone volumes bring to life a world of epics, myths, and legends, and feature one of the most charismatic and incorrigible characters of fiction, Eugenides the thief. Now more powerful and cunning than ever before, Eugenides must navigate a perilous future in this sweeping conclusion. Perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Patrick Rothfuss, and Sarah J. Maas.


Neither accepted nor beloved, Eugenides is the uneasy linchpin of a truce on the Lesser Peninsula, where he has risen to be high king of Attolia, Eddis, and Sounis. As the treacherous Baron Erondites schemes anew and a prophecy appears to foretell the death of the king, the ruthless Mede empire prepares to strike. The New York Times–bestselling Queen’s Thief novels are rich with political machinations, divine intervention, dangerous journeys, battles lost and won, power, passion, and deception.






I am completely freaking out, I was completely ignorant about this series until the publication of Thick as Thieves last year, seeing the names of authors who were blurbed on the covers absolutely sold me that I had to read these books. And my goodness, I was floored by how much I ADORE this series. Eugenides is in my top 3 all-time favorite characters, you NEVER know what he's actually up to, he always has tricks up his sleeves. I know this last book will break my heart- I have felt that Turner has been signaling the end for Gen in the last two books- but I know that my Thief turned King will crush his enemies on his way. 

Annux indeed!

7.12.2018

Cover Revealed: Kingdom of Ash by Sarah J. Maas


10/30/18
Kingdom of Ash
Throne of Glass, Book #6
ISBN-13: 978-1619636101
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens // Pages: 702 
Find it on: AmazonGoodreads
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The Final installment to the Throne of Glass series.

Captured by the Queen of the Fae, Aelin is trapped inside an iron box in a secret location, with seemingly no hope for escape. As she endures months of torture, her friends scatter to different fates. Without Aelin to protect them, soldier Aedion and shapeshifter Lysandra need to defend their homeland at all costs. Also left to forge their own paths in order to change history are Chaol, the witch Manon, and the golden boy Dorian-while Aelin's mate, the fae male Rowan, searches the world over for his lost love.

As Aelin gathers the strength to save herself and fight the ultimate battle of her life, all of their destinies hang in the balance. Some ties will bond even tighter together, others will be severed forever, and mysteries will be revealed in this action-packed, heart wrenching series finale.





6.25.2018

Read an Excerpt from King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo!



King of Scars

Nikolai Duology, Book #1
by Leigh Bardugo

Find it on:  AmazonGoodreads 

ISBN-13: 978-1250142283 // Publisher: Imprint // Pages: 480
Coming 01.29.2019
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Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war―and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried―and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Read an excerpt!



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6.20.2018

Cover Revealed! Circle of Shadows by Evelyn Skye



Coming 01/22/19
Circle of Shadows
Circle of Shadows, Book #1
ISBN-13: 978-0062643728
Publisher: Balzer + Bray 
Pages: 400
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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Sora can move as silently as a ghost and hurl throwing stars with lethal accuracy. Her gemina, Daemon, can win any physical fight blindfolded and with an arm tied behind his back. They are apprentice warriors of the Society of Taigas—marked by the gods to be trained in magic and the fighting arts to protect the kingdom of Kichona.

As their graduation approaches, Sora and Daemon look forward to proving themselves worthy of belonging to the elite group—but in a kingdom free of violence since the Blood Rift Rebellion many years ago, it’s been difficult to make their mark. So when Sora and Daemon encounter a strange camp of mysterious soldiers while on a standard scouting mission, they decide the only thing to do to help their kingdom is to infiltrate the group.Taking this risk will change Sora’s life forever—and lead her on a mission of deception that may fool everyone she’s ever loved.

Love, spies, and adventure abound as Sora and Daemon unravel a complex web of magic and secrets that might tear them—and the entire kingdom—apart.

5.21.2018

Cover Revealed: The Light Between Worlds by Laura E. Weymouth


The Light Between Worlds
by Laura E. Weymouth
Coming 10/23/18
ISBN-13: 978-0062696878
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 368
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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This YA fantasy debut by Laura E. Weymouth asks the question: What happens after you return to the real world after being in a fantastical one like Narnia?

Five years ago, Evelyn and Philippa Hapwell cowered from air strikes in a London bomb shelter. But that night took a turn when the sisters were transported to another realm called the Woodlands. In a beautiful forest kingdom populated by creatures out of myth and legend, they found temporary refuge. 

When Ev and Phil finally returned to post-WWII London, nothing had changed at all—nothing, except themselves. 

Now, Evelyn spends her days sneaking into the woods outside her boarding school, wishing for the Woodlands. Overcome with longing, she is desperate to return no matter what it takes. 

Philippa, on the other hand, is determined to find a place in this world. She shields herself behind a flawless exterior and countless friends, and moves to America to escape the memory of what was. 

But when Evelyn goes missing, Philippa must confront the depth of her sister’s despair and the painful truths they’ve been running from. As the weeks unfold, Philippa wonders if Ev truly did find a way home, or if the weight of their worlds pulled her under.

Walking the line between where fantasy and reality meet, this lyrical and magical novel is, above all else, an exploration of loss and healing, and what it means to find where you belong


5.07.2018

UPDATE!!!! Dark Age by Pierce Brown




Dark Age 
Red Rising, Book #4
On Sale Date: August 11, 2018 
NEW! On Sale Date: February 12, 2019
ISBN-13: 978-0425285947
Publisher: Del Rey
Pages: 480
Find it on:  AmazonGoodreads


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Morning Star returns to the Red Rising universe with the thrilling sequel to Iron Gold.

For a decade Darrow led a revolution against the corrupt color-coded society. Now, outlawed by the very Republic he founded, he wages rogue war on Mercury in the hopes that he can still salvage the dream of Eo. But as he leaves death and destruction in his wake, is he still the hero who broke the chains. Or will another legend rise to take his place.

Lysander au Lune, the heir in exile, has returned to the Core. Determined to bring peace back to mankind at the edge of his sword, he must overcome or unite the treacherous Gold families of the Core and face down Darrow over the skies of war-torn Mercury.

But theirs are not the only fates hanging in the balance.

On Luna, Mustang, Sovereign of the Republic, campaigns to unite the republic behind her husband. Beset by political and criminal enemies, can she outwit her opponents in time to save him?

Once a Red refugee, young Lyria stands accused of treason, and her only hope is a desperate escape with unlikely new allies.

Abducted by a new threat to the Republic, the Children of Darrow, Mustang, and Sevro must trust in a thief for their salvation- and Ephraim must look to them for a chance at redemption.
As allies shift, break, and reform- and power is seized, lost, and reclaimed- every player is at risk in a game of conquest that could turn the Rising into a new Dark Age.


Story Locale: Space: future
Series Overview: RED RISING: Darrow, a lowly Red, leads a revolution to upend a color-coded Society ruled by the nefarious Gold overlords. He infiltrates their secret schools and warring families, rending Society asunder from within using the very tools of Gold oppression and hegemony. Fighting against an overwhelming enemy with the help of newfound friends and loved-ones Darrow’s efforts are finally rewarded with open revolution, as the Rising emerges from the shadows to break the chains and live for more.



5.02.2018

Courting Darkness by Robin LaFevers




Courting Darkness 
His Fair Assassin, Book #4
On Sale Date: February 5, 2019 
ISBN-13: 978-1250142283
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 480
Find it on:  AmazonGoodreads
Read an exclusive excerpt from USA Today
Death wasn’t the end, it was only the beginning…
Sybella has always been the darkest of Death’s daughters, trained at the convent of Saint Mortain to serve as his justice. But she has a new mission now. In a desperate bid to keep her two youngest sisters safe from the family that nearly destroyed them all, she agrees to accompany the duchess to France, where they quickly find themselves surrounded by enemies. Their one ray of hope is Sybella’s fellow novitiates, disguised and hidden deep in the French court years ago by the convent—provided Sybella can find them.
Genevieve has been undercover for so many years, she struggles to remember who she is or what she’s supposed to be fighting for. Her only solace is a hidden prisoner who appears all but forgotten by his guards. When tragedy strikes, she has no choice but to take matters into her own hands—even if it means ignoring the long awaited orders from the convent.
As Sybella and Gen’s paths draw ever closer, the fate of everything they hold sacred rests on a knife’s edge. Will they find each other in time, or will their worlds collide, destroying everything they care about?

5.01.2018

King of Scars by Leigh Bardugo




King of Scars 
Nikolai Duology, Book #1
On Sale Date: January 29, 2019 
ISBN-13: 978-1250142283
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 480
Find it on:  AmazonGoodreads
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Nikolai Lantsov has always had a gift for the impossible. No one knows what he endured in his country’s bloody civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gather at his weakened borders, the young king must find a way to refill Ravka’s coffers, forge new alliances, and stop a rising threat to the once-great Grisha Army.

Yet with every day a dark magic within him grows stronger, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a legendary Grisha Squaller, Nikolai will journey to the places in Ravka where the deepest magic survives to vanquish the terrible legacy inside him. He will risk everything to save his country and himself. But some secrets aren’t meant to stay buried—and some wounds aren’t meant to heal.

Bardugo didn’t plan on writing a book about Nikolai — in fact, she didn’t think he’d make it out of her Shadow and Bone trilogy alive. “True confession: Nikolai Lantsov was supposed to die at the end of Siege and Storm,” the author tells EW. “I planned to pin his murder — at the hands of his brother — on the heroine, forcing her to flee the capital. Blood! Tears! Political intrigue! And we’re off to the end of the trilogy.”
Of course, it didn’t happen that way. “But once I started writing my privateer prince who has a gift for invention and no talent at all for keeping his mouth shut, I didn’t want to stop,” Bardugo explains. “Maybe not surprisingly (certainly not to him), Nikolai is the character I get asked about most. Did he find happiness? Who will be his queen? How bad was the poetry he wrote in college? I always kept quiet, because I knew I wanted to continue his story when the time was right. In King of Scars, I’ll finally get to answer those questions and more — though you may not thank me for the poetry.” --EW.com Leigh Bardugo previews her next book, King of Scars

2.15.2018

Cover Revealed: Ruin of Stars by Linsey Miller




Ruin of Stars 
Ruin of Stars 
Mask of Shadows, Book #2
On Sale Date: August 18, 2018 
ISBN-13: 978-1492647522
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 416
Find it on:  AmazonGoodreads
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In the exciting conclusion to the Mask of Shadows duology, Sal must learn the truth of their past before they can avenge it 

As Opal, Sal finally has the power, prestige, and most importantly the ability to hunt the lords who killed their family. But Sal has to figure out who the culprits are before putting them down. Which means trying to ignore the fact that Elise is being kept a virtual prisoner, and that the queen may have ulterior motives.

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And the tales coming out of north are baffling. Talk of dark spirits, missing children, and magic abound. As Sal heads north toward their ruined homeland and the lords who destroyed everything, they learn secrets and truths that can't be ignored.


Go to the YA Book Central blog, they revealed the cover for Ruin of Stars and have an amazing giveaway you should go check out here.

San Diego locals should drop by the Imperial Beach Library, on March 15th @ 4 pm we are chatting with Linsey via Skype! We are going to ask what it takes to world build, and make the perfect villain & more!


12.05.2017

The Rebels of Gold by Elise Kova! Out Today!!


8.17.2017

Author Visit: Jen Wang Coming to the IB Library!



Koko Be Good
by Jen Wang
Publisher: First Second Books
Available Now
Amazon, Goodreads
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Koko's always got a new project cooking, even though they usually end in total disaster. This time will be different, Koko promises herself. This time, she's decided to Be Good. But how can a girl whose greatest talent is causing trouble get her act cleaned up? If she's being honest with herself, Koko isn't even sure what "being good" means.

Jon knows what being good means, and that's why he's going to Peru to support his girlfriend's humanitarian mission. That's good, all right, but is it what he wants? Jon has a promising future as a musician. Is he ready to give that up—maybe forever?

Two very different people, both struggling for direction, find their way into each other's lives in Jen Wang's first graphic novel. Honest, wrenching, and incredibly funny, Koko Be Good is a tour-de-force debut about human nature and the inhuman efforts we make to find ourselves. 

In Real Life
by Cory Doctorow, Illustrated by Jen Wang
Publisher: First Second Books
Available Now!
Amazon, Goodreads
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Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. 

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer--a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake. 


From acclaimed teen author (Little Brother, For the Win) and Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow and Koko Be Good creator Jen Wang, In Real Life is a perceptive and high-stakes look at adolescence, gaming, poverty, and culture clash.



The Prince and the Dressmanker
Coming  February 13, 2018
Paperback: 288 pages // Publisher: First Second
ISBN-13: 978-1626723634
Find it on Amazon, Goodreads
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Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!


Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart. 

7.20.2017

Cover Revealed: Children of Blood & Bone by Tomi Adeyemi



Children of Blood and Bone 

Children of OrÏsha, Book #1 
  by Tomi Adeyemi
On Sale Date: March 6, 2018 
On Sale Date: March 6, 2018
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN: 978-1250170972 // Pages: 448
Find it on:  Amazon, Goodreads
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In a world where magic has disappeared and magis, once revered, are targeted by a ruthless king, Zélie has always feared she would share the fate of her mother, killed at the hands of the king’s guards when Zélie was just a child.

Now, at seventeen, Zélie has a chance to bring magic back to the land of Orïsha. With the help of her brother Tzain and the fugitive Crown Princess Amari, she sets off on a journey to restore her people’s magical abilities. In order to succeed, they’ll have to outwit and outrun Prince Inan, who is hell-bent on ridding the world of magic.

In the face of danger, death, and a star-crossed romance, Zélie must grapple with the ramifications of bringing magic back to her people -- and come to terms with her own powers.

About the book cover, "Adeyemi believes that the cover is an exciting preview of the book's themes surrounding racism, oppression and power. "This book wasn’t created in a vacuum and this cover couldn’t be either," she explains. "We live in a time where men, women, and children of color are being dehumanized and oppressed and unjustly murdered. Though my book is an epic fantasy, it’s directly tied to all of that pain. There is so much we need to do to rectify these wrongs, and I strongly believe art and education is a big part of that effort. Getting different people to see the 'other' as human beings is greatly needed, and art and education is an incredible way to do that." --TeenVogue.com Interview with Tomi Adeyemi.


Tomi Adeyemi is a Nigerian-American writer and creative writing coach based in San Diego, California. After graduating Harvard University with an honors degree in English literature, she received a fellowship that allowed her to study West African mythology and culture in Salvador, Brazil. When she’s not working on her novels or watching Scandal, she can be found blogging and teaching creative writing at tomiadeyemi.com.

Children of Blood and Bone is her debut novel.
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3.23.2017

Cover Revealed: All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater


All the Crooked Saints
Coming October 10, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0545930802
Publisher: Scholastic Press 
Pages: 288
Find it on: AmazonGoodreads
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From bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater, a gripping tale of darkness, miracles, and family!

Saints. Miracles. Family. Romance. Death. Redemption.

The book takes place in the 1960s in Bicho Raro, Colorado and follows the lives of three members of the Soria family—each of whom is searching for their own miracle. There’s Beatriz, who appears to lack feelings but wants to study her mind; Daniel, the “Saint” of Bicho Raro, a miracle worker for everyone but himself; and Joaquin (a.k.a. Diablo Diablo), who runs a pirate radio station at night.

"The Soria family are saints as well, and the miracle they perform for pilgrims to Bicho Raro is as strange as most miracles are: They can make the darkness inside you visible. Once the pilgrims see their inner darkness face to face, it’s up to them to perform another miracle on themselves: banishing the darkness for good. It can be a tricky business to vanquish your inner demons, even once you know what they are, but the Sorias are forbidden to help with this part. They’ve all been told that if a Soria interferes with the second miracle, it will bring out their own darkness, and a saint’s darkness, so the story goes, is a most potent and dangerous thing." - Maggie Stiefvater, EW interview.

3.09.2017

Cover Revealed: Warcross by Marie Lu



Warcross
Warcross, Book #1
by Marie Lu
Coming October 3, 2017
Hardcover: 416 pages
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 978-0399547966
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

3.08.2017

What I'm Waiting For: Rabbit Cake & Are You Asleep

Rabbit Cake
Available Now
ISBN-13: 978-1941040560
Publisher: Tin House Books // Pages: 287
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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Twelve-year-old Elvis Babbitt has a head for the facts: she knows science proves yellow is the happiest color, she knows a healthy male giraffe weighs about 3,000 pounds, and she knows that the naked mole rat is the longest living rodent. She knows she should plan to grieve her mother, who has recently drowned while sleepwalking, for exactly eighteen months. But there are things Elvis doesn’t yet know―like how to keep her sister Lizzie from poisoning herself while sleep-eating or why her father has started wearing her mother's silk bathrobe around the house. Elvis investigates the strange circumstances of her mother's death and finds comfort, if not answers, in the people (and animals) of Freedom, Alabama. As hilarious a storyteller as she is heartbreakingly honest, Elvis is a truly original voice in this exploration of grief, family, and the endurance of humor after loss.


 Are You Sleeping
Coming 8/01/17
ISBN-13: 978-1501157660
Publisher: Gallery Books // Pages: 336
Find it on: AmazonGoodreads

Serial meets Ruth Ware’s In A Dark, Dark Wood in this inventive and twisty psychological thriller about a mega-hit podcast that reopens a murder case—and threatens to unravel the carefully constructed life of the victim’s daughter.

The only thing more dangerous than a lie...is the truth.

Josie Buhrman has spent the last ten years trying to escape her family’s reputation and with good reason. After her father's murder thirteen years prior, her mother ran away to join a cult and her twin sister Lanie, once Josie’s closest friend and confidant, betrayed her in an unimaginable way. Now, Josie has finally put down roots in New York, settling into domestic life with her partner Caleb, and that’s where she intends to stay.

The only problem is that she has lied to Caleb about every detail of her past—starting with her last name.

When investigative reporter Poppy Parnell sets off a media firestorm with a mega-hit podcast that reopens the long-closed case of Josie’s father’s murder, Josie’s world begins to unravel. Meanwhile, the unexpected death of Josie’s long-absent mother forces her to return to her Midwestern hometown where she must confront the demons from her past—and the lies on which she has staked her future.