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



10/23/18
The Light Between Worlds
by Laura E. Weymouth
ISBN-13: 978-0062696878
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 368
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.

Book #1
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.

3.02.2017

Cover Revealed: Daughter of the Burning City by Amanda Foody

Daughter of the Burning City

Coming 7/25/17
ISBN-13: 978-0373212439 // Publisher: Harlequin Teen // Pages: 384
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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A darkly irresistible new fantasy set in the infamous Gomorrah Festival, a traveling carnival of debauchery that caters to the strangest of dreams and desires.

Sixteen-year-old Sorina has spent most of her life within the smoldering borders of the Gomorrah Festival. Yet even among the many unusual members of the traveling circus-city, Sorina stands apart as the only illusion-worker born in hundreds of years. This rare talent allows her to create illusions that others can see, feel and touch, with personalities all their own. Her creations are her family, and together they make up the cast of the Festival's Freak Show.

But no matter how lifelike they may seem, her illusions are still just that-illusions, and not truly real. Or so she always believed…until one of them is murdered.

Desperate to protect her family, Sorina must track down the culprit and determine how they killed a person who doesn't actually exist. Her search for answers leads her to the self-proclaimed gossip-worker Luca, and their investigation sends them through a haze of political turmoil and forbidden romance, and into the most sinister corners of the Festival. But as the killer continues murdering Sorina's illusions one by one, she must unravel the horrifying truth before all of her loved ones disappear.

"Wow! A dark and dangerous tale, a world like no other and heroism of the weirdest kind!" -New York Times bestselling author Tamora Pierce
"Utterly original. Amanda Foody has a wicked imagination. If you enjoy your fantasy on the darker side, then you will love Gomorrah!" -Stephanie Garber, author of Caraval

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2.14.2017

Amazing Covers Revealed: Before She Ignites, One Dark Throne, Into the Bright Unknown & Ringer

Before She Ignites
Fallen Isles Trilogy, Book #1
Coming 09/26/17
ISBN-13: 978-0062469403 // Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books // Pages: 400 pages
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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Before

Mira Minkoba is the Hopebearer. Since the day she was born, she’s been told she’s special. Important. Perfect. She’s known across the Fallen Isles not just for her beauty, but for the Mira Treaty named after her, a peace agreement which united the seven islands against their enemies on the mainland.

But Mira has never felt as perfect as everyone says. She counts compulsively. She struggles with crippling anxiety. And she’s far too interested in dragons for a girl of her station.

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Then Mira discovers an explosive secret that challenges everything she and the Treaty stand for. Betrayed by the very people she spent her life serving, Mira is sentenced to the Pit–the deadliest prison in the Fallen Isles. There, a cruel guard would do anything to discover the secret she would die to protect.

No longer beholden to those who betrayed her, Mira must learn to survive on her own and unearth the dark truths about the Fallen Isles–and herself–before her very world begins to collapse.

Jodi Meadows’s new Fallen Isles series blazes with endangered magic, slow-burn romance, and inner fire.

New fantasy trilogy about a girl stripped from her political family and imprisoned, her fellow inmates who know more than they say, and a dangerous secret about illegal dragon trafficking that might be her only hope of escape.



One Dark Throne
Three Dark Crowns Duology, Book #2
Coming 09/19/17
ISBN-13: 978-0062385468 // Publisher: HarperTeen  // Pages: 320
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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THE BATTLE FOR THE CROWN HAS BEGUN, BUT WHICH OF THE THREE SISTERS WILL PREVAIL?

With the unforgettable events of the Quickening behind them and the Ascension Year underway, all bets are off. Katharine, once the weak and feeble sister, is stronger than ever before. Arsinoe, after discovering the truth about her powers, must figure out how to make her secret talent work in her favor without anyone finding out. And Mirabella, once thought to be the strongest sister of all and the certain Queen Crowned, faces attacks like never before—ones that put those around her in danger she can’t seem to prevent.

In this enthralling sequel to Kendare Blake’s New York Times bestselling Three Dark Crowns, Fennbirn’s deadliest queens must face the one thing standing in their way of the crown: each other.



Into the Bright Unknown
The Gold Seer Trilogy, Book #3
Coming 10/10/17
ISBN-13: 978-0062242976
Publisher: Greenwillow
Hardcover: 432 pages
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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The stunning conclusion to Rae Carson’s New York Times–bestselling Gold Seer trilogy, which Publishers Weekly in a starred review called “Simply terrific.” A historical fantasy brimming with magic, romance, and adventure—perfect for fans of Leigh Bardugo, Sarah Maas, and Westworld.

Leah Westfall, her fiancé Jefferson, and her friends have become rich in the California Territory, thanks to Lee’s magical ability to sense precious gold. But their fortune has made them a target, and when a dangerous billionaire sets out to destroy them, Lee and her friends decide they’ve had enough—they will fight back with all their power and talents. Lee’s magic is continuing to strengthen and grow, but someone is on to her—someone who might have a bit of magic herself. The stakes are higher than ever as Lee and her friends hatch a daring scheme that could alter the California landscape forever. With a distinctive young heroine and a unique interpretation of American history, Into the Bright Unknown strikes a rich vein of romance, magic, and adventure, bringing the Gold Seer Trilogy to its epic conclusion. Includes a map and an author’s note.


Ringer
Replica Series, Book #2
Coming 10/03/17
ISBN-13: 978-0062394194
Publisher: HarperCollins
Pages: 672
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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Like its ambitious companion novel, Replica, this far-reaching novel by powerhouse bestselling author Lauren Oliver digs deep into questions of how to be a human being in a world where humanity cannot be taken for granted.

In the world outside the Haven Institute, Lyra and Caelum are finding it hard to be human—and neither of them knows where they belong or who they can trust. When Caelum leaves without warning to pursue the dream of a place he belongs, Lyra follows him, convinced that together they will hunt down a cure for the illness that’s slowly consuming her mind. But what they uncover is a shocking connection to their past—even as their future seems in danger of collapsing.

After discovering the uncomfortable truth about her connection to the Haven Institute, Gemma struggles to return to her normal life. But when she learns that her controlling and powerful father has new plans for Lyra and Caelum, Gemma and her boyfriend, Pete, leave in the middle of the night to warn them of the danger they face.When an untimely accident derails them, they are mistaken for the escaped replicas and seized by strangers hired to capture them. The Haven Institute wasn’t destroyed after all, and now Gemma is the one behind the walls.

Lyra’s and Gemma’s stories can be read separately—with either story first—or in alternating chapters, but no matter which way you turn the book, the two distinct stories combine into one breathtaking experience for both heroines and readers alike.

2.13.2017

Happy Galentine's Day from The Night Owl



2.08.2017

Cover Revealed: The Glass Spare by Lauren DeStefano


The Glass Spare
The Glass Spare, Book #1
by Lauren DeStefano
Coming October 24, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0062491282
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 336
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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A banished princess.
A deadly curse.
A kingdom at war.

Wil Heidle, the only daughter of the king of the world’s wealthiest nation, has grown up in the shadows. Kept hidden from the world in order to serve as a spy for her father—whose obsession with building his empire is causing a war—Wil wants nothing more than to explore the world beyond her kingdom, if only her father would give her the chance.

Until one night Wil is attacked, and she discovers a dangerous secret. Her touch turns people into gemstone. At first Wil is horrified—but as she tests its limits, she’s drawn more and more to the strange and volatile ability. When it leads to tragedy, Wil is forced to face the destructive power within her and finally leave her home to seek the truth and a cure.

But finding the key to her redemption puts her in the path of a cursed prince who has his own ideas for what to do with her power.

With a world on the brink of war and a power of ultimate destruction, can Wil find a way to help the kingdom that’s turned its back on her, or will she betray her past and her family forever?

If there was a company that offered dangerous vacations inside of books, I would want to go into this one, and travel the skies and seas with its vexing, honorable liars. Wil’s journey dazzles, and DeStefano’s writing entrances. This book is luminous and spiky, like a pocketful of jewels. (Laini Taylor, New York Times bestselling author of Daughter of Smoke and Bone)


2.03.2017

The Lonely Hearts Hotel by Heather O'Neill

The Lonely Hearts Hotel

by Heather O'Neill
Coming February 7, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0735213739
Publisher: Riverhead Books 
Pages: 400
Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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With echoes of The Night Circus, a spellbinding story about two gifted orphans—in love with each other since they can remember—whose childhood talents allow them to rewrite their future.

The Lonely Hearts Hotel is a love story with the power of legend. An unparalleled tale of charismatic pianos, invisible dance partners, radicalized chorus girls, drug-addicted musicians, brooding clowns, and an underworld whose economy hinges on the price of a kiss. In a landscape like this, it takes great creative gifts to thwart one’s origins. It might also take true love.

Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1910. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen.

Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the city’s underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes—after years of searching and desperate poverty—the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they’ll go to extreme lengths to make them come true. Soon, Rose, Pierrot and their troupe of clowns and chorus girls have hit New York, commanding the stage as well as the alleys, and neither the theater nor the underworld will ever look the same.

"[Walks] the hypnotic line between tragedy and fairy tale...O'Neill's prose is crisp and strange, arresting in its frankness; much like the novel itself, her writing is both gleefully playful and devastatingly sad. Big and lush and extremely satisfying; a rare treat."  –Kirkus (starred review) 
In a love story of epic proportions, O’Neill’s excellent historical novel plumbs the depths of happiness and despair...At the very end of the tunnel are floodlights to the stage, sad clowns, gigantic moon props, chorus girls, and the one thing that time and distance cannot diminish--true love grander than any circus act. This novel will cast a spell on readers from page one.” –Publishers Weekly (starred, boxed review)


With her musical language and extravagantly realized world, Heather O’Neill enchants us with a novel so magical there is no escaping its spell.

Heather O’Neill is a novelist, poet, short-story writer, screenwriter, and essayist. Lullabies for Little Criminals, her debut novel, was published in 2006 to international critical acclaim and shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction. Born and raised in Montreal, O’Neill lives there today with her daughter.

1.30.2017

Cover Revealed: Retribution Rails by Erin Bowman

Retribution Rails





Vengeance Road Companion

Coming November 7, 2017



Coming November 2, 2017
ISBN-13: 978-0544918887

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Pages:

Find it on: Amazon, Goodreads
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In this thrilling companion set in the Wild West ten years after the events of Vengeance Road, a young outlaw and an aspiring journalist learn the hard way that you can’t outrun the past or your demons, especially when gold and revenge are nipping at your heels.

"The book follows the adventures of Charlotte Vaughn, a young journalist (and Nellie Bly fan), who forms an alliance with Reece Murphy, a reluctant member of the train-robbing Rose Rider gang — who also happens to be in possession of a mysterious gold coin — in her quest to find the truth… and prevent a murder.

Set in 1887 Arizona, Retribution Rails takes place 10 years after Bowman’s earlier novel Vengance Road and serves as a companion piece
." --EW.com