YA WATCH (2/18 - 2/25)


Title: Ten
Author: Gretchen McNeil
Release Date: September 18th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: --
Edition: Hardcover
Note: Reminds me of And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie!
Goodreads: Link

And their doom comes swiftly.
It was supposed to be the weekend of their lives – an exclusive house party on Henry Island. Best friends Meg and Minnie each have their reasons for being there (which involve T.J., the school's most eligible bachelor) and look forward to three glorious days of boys, booze and fun-filled luxury.
But what they expect is definitely not what they get, and what starts out as fun turns dark and twisted after the discovery of a DVD with a sinister message: Vengeance is mine.
Suddenly people are dying, and with a storm raging, the teens are cut off the from the outside world. No electricity, no phones, no internet, and a ferry that isn't scheduled to return for two days. As the deaths become more violent and the teens turn on each other, can Meg find the killer before more people die? Or is the killer closer to her than she could ever imagine?

Title: Shadow and Bone
Author: Leigh Bardugo 
Release Date: June 5th, 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt 
Pages: 365
Edition: Hardcover
Note: Read this one this week and it is my FAVORITE book of this year so far. Vivid, heart-wrenching, and absolutely stunning.
Goodreads: Link

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near-impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one unlikely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life– a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha… and the secrets of her heart.

Title: Defiance
Author: C.J Redwine
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 416
Edition: Hardcover
Note: One of my most anticipated books of the year! GAH.
Goodreads: Link

Within the walls of Baalboden, beneath the shadow of the city’s brutal leader, Rachel Adams has a secret. While other girls sew dresses, host dinner parties, and obey their male Protectors, Rachel knows how to survive in the wilderness and deftly wield a sword. When her father, Jared, fails to return from a courier mission and is declared dead, the Commander assigns Rachel a new Protector, her father’s apprentice, Logan—the same boy Rachel declared her love for two years ago, and the same boy who handed her heart right back to her. Left with nothing but fierce belief in her father’s survival, Rachel decides to escape and find him herself. But treason against the Commander carries a heavy price, and what awaits her in the Wasteland could destroy her.

At nineteen, Logan McEntire is many things. Orphan. Outcast. Inventor. As apprentice to the city’s top courier, Logan is focused on learning his trade so he can escape the tyranny of Baalboden. But his plan never included being responsible for his mentor’s impulsive daughter. Logan is determined to protect her, but when his escape plan goes wrong and Rachel pays the price, he realizes he has more at stake than disappointing Jared.

As Rachel and Logan battle their way through the Wasteland, stalked by a monster that can’t be killed and an army of assassins out for blood, they discover romance, heartbreak, and a truth that will incite a war decades in the making.

Title: The Lost Girl
Author: Sangu Mandanna
Release Date: August 28th, 2012
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 432
Edition: Hardcover
Note: Sounds SO GOOD.
Goodreads: Link

Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. She was made as a copy of someone else, expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other,” if she ever died. Eva spends every day studying that girl from far away.
But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.
Now she must abandon everything and everyone she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

Title: Time Between Us
Author: Tamra Ireland Stone
Release Date: October 9th, 2012
Publisher: Hyperion
Pages: 384
Edition: Hardcover
Goodreads: Link

Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett’s unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna’s life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility.

As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate—and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together.

Title: The Unfailing Light
Author: Robin Bridges 
Release Date: October 9th, 2012
Publisher: Random House
Pages: 400
Edition: Hardcover
Note: The summary might have spoilers for book one!
Goodreads: Link

Having had no choice but to use her power has a necromancer to save Russia from dark forces, Katerina Alexandrovna, Duchess of Oldenburg, now wants to forget that she ever used her special powers. She's about to set off to pursue her lifelong dream of attending medical school when she discovers that Russia's arch nemesis--who she thought she'd destroyed--is still alive. So on imperial orders, Katerina remains at her old finishing school. She'll be safe there, because the empress has cast a potent spell to protect it against the vampires and revenants who are bent on toppling the tsar and using Katerina for their own gains. But to Katerina's horror, the spell unleashes a vengeful ghost within the school, a ghost more dangerous than any creature trying to get in.


J.K. Rowling has a new book... and it's not for kids. The author has signed a world English deal with Little, Brown, selling print, e-book, and audio rights to her first novel for adults. Rumors have been going around it might be a CRIME FICTION NOVEL.

Scott Tracey's new series beginning with Moonset, about the five children of warlock terrorists, who must struggle against the descrutive legecy left behind by their parents, all while resisting their own capacity for darkness, to Brian Farrey-Latz at Flux, in a two-book deal, by Ginger Clark at Curtis Brown (World English)

Andrea Spooner at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has signed SF author and 2011 Printz winner Paolo Bacigalupi to a three-book deal, including his first middle grade novel. That novel, Zombie Baseball Beatdown is slated for spring 2013; it follows three boys on a baseball team who discover that tainted meat from their town’s meatpacking plant is turning people and animals into zombies. After that, tentatively scheduled for fall 2013, will be Bacigalupi’s first contemporary YA novel, The Doubt Factory, about a teenage girl who discovers that her father heads an organization that provides dangerous false messaging to society about global warming and other issues. The final book of the deal, Seascape, a YA novel set in the same futuristic world of Ship Breaker and the forthcoming The Drowned Cities, is scheduled for fall 2014. Martha Millard at the Martha Millard Literary Agency brokered the deal for world English rights.


The Selection,’ by Kiera Cass is set 300 years in the future where a lottery is set up to pick contestants in a competition to become queen of the nation. The novel was picked up by the CW as a television pilot – and Aimee Teegarden of Friday Night Lights, Scream 4, and Prom has been chosen for the lead according to TV Line! The concept and post-apocalyptic time period has brought comparisons to the hugely popular upcoming film and book series ‘The Hunger Games‘. I personally think the television show will be very different, but I am excited to have something exciting and dystopian as a TV show!

Lily Collins (Mirror, Mirror) is in talks to star in ‘Rosaline,’ a twist on Romeo and Juliet that’s based on Rebecca Serle’s debut novel When You Were Mine. Rosaline is the woman Romeo first claims to love from afar before he becomes enamored with Juliet. ‘Rosaline’ tells Romeo’s ex-girlfriend’s side of the story. Michael Sucsy is directing from a script by Scott Neustader and Michael H. Weber [(500) Days of Summer]. There had been talk of Hailee Steinfeld, Dave Franco and Deborah Ann Woll starring, but deals were never able to work out.

Emma Watson is in ‘final negotiations’ to take on the role of Belle in an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast. Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth) is officially on board to direct the new live-action adaptation. He was originally on board only as a producer. Andrew Davis (Bridget Jones’ Dairy) is set to write the screenplay. It was rumored almost seven months ago that del Toro was adapting this story with Emma Watson in mind, but only now does it appear it will actually happen.
According to Variety, Moira Buffini, who is the screenwriter of films such as Jane Eyre (starring Mia Wasikowska, and Michael Fassbender), Byzantium (Starring Saoirse Ronan), and more – has signed on to pen ‘The Night Circus‘ by Erin Morgenstern.


Rachel Hawkins announced her Tour Dates this week!

MARCH 13: WASHINGTON D.C., Bethesda Public Library (with Ally Carter!)

MARCH 14: FAIRLESS HILLS, PA, Barnes and Noble (with Ally Carter SOME MORE!)

MARCH 15-16 : HARLEYSVILLE, PA AND DOYLESTOWN, PA, Harleysville Books and Booktenders.

MARCH 17: RALEIGH, NC, Quail Ridge Books (with Ally Carter again! YAY!)

MARCH 19: CORAL GABLES, FL, Books&Books. (And YES, I will be there!)

MARCH 22: DAYTON, OH, Books&Co.

MARCH 26: JACKSON, MS, Lemuria.

MARCH 27: OXFORD, MS, Square Books Jr.

MARCH 28: NASHVILLE, TN, Parnassus Books.

MARCH 30: BOSTON, MA, Wellesley Books.

Happy Reading!


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