Monday, August 22, 2016

Emerge by Tobie Easton

 GENRE: Young Adult; Fantasy; Mermaids
Lia Nautilus may be a Mermaid but she's never lived in the ocean. War has ravaged the seven seas ever since the infamous Little Mermaid unleashed a curse that stripped Mer of their immortality. Lia has grown up in a secret community of land-dwelling Mer hidden among Malibu's seaside mansions. Her biggest problems are surviving P.E. and keeping her feelings for Clay Ericson in check. Sure, he's gorgeous in that cocky, leather jacket sort of way and makes her feel like there's a school of fish swimming in her stomach, but getting involved with a human could put Lia's entire community at risk. So it's for the best that he's dating that new girl, right? 
That is, until Lia finds out she isn't the only one at school keeping a potentially deadly secret. And this new girl? Her eyes are dead set on Clay, who doesn't realize the danger he's in. If Lia hopes to save him, she'll have to get closer to Clay. Lia's parents would totally flip if they found out she was falling for a human boy, but the more time she spends with him, the harder it is for her to deny her feelings. After making a horrible mistake, Lia will risk everything to stop Clay from falling in love with the wrong girl.

"Romance, fantastical lore, and adventure--the most fun I've had reading in a long time!" --Wendy Higgins, USA Today and NYT bestselling author of the Sweet Evil series

"This is a fresh and exciting new story that addresses realistic themes set in a fantastical world. Teens will be able to connect with Lia and be immersed in Easton's world-building." --School Library Journal

"We love this book about the descendants of The Little Mermaid! EMERGE has romance, humor, adventure and an amazing setting among the mansions of Malibu!" --Justine Magazine

"Clever, well-written and insanely unique, EMERGE brings us deep into the lives of mermaids, where coming of age has never been so magical." --Award-winning author Jennifer Gooch Hummer

"An unforgettable siren song of characters who will hook your heart" --Skylar Dorset, author of the Otherworld series

"This clever twist on an old tale will hook readers with its humor and lure them in with its heart. A charming story filled with rich world building, authentic characters, and an irresistible and surprising romance" --Lori Goldstein, author of Becoming Jinn

Tobie Easton was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, where she’s grown from a little girl who dreamed about magic to a twenty-something who writes about it.  A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California, Tobie hosts book clubs for tweens and teens (so she’s lucky enough to spend her days gabbing about books). She and her very kissable husband enjoy traveling the globe and fostering packs of rescue puppies. Tobie loves chocolate chip cookies and Oxford commas. Tobie is a member of SCBWI and YARWA, the Young Adult chapter of RWA.
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This Adventure Ends by Emma Mills

 GENRE: Young Adult; Contemporary
Sloane isn't expecting to fall in with a group of friends when shemoves from New York to Florida— especially not a group of friends sointense, so in love, so all-consuming. Yet that's exactly what happens.
Sloane becomes closest to Vera, a social-media star who lights up anyroom, and Gabe, Vera's twin brother and the most serious personSloane's ever met. When a beloved painting by the twins' late mothergoes missing, Sloane takes on the responsibility of tracking it down, ajourney that takes her across state lines— and ever deeper into the twins' lives.
Filled with intense and important friendships, a wonderful warts-andallfamily, shiveringly good romantic developments, and sharp, witty dialogue, this story is about finding the people you never knew you needed.

4.27 out of 5 stars
 ★ ★ ★ ☆

Praise for 'First & Then': 
 "A fresh, smart, inventive, and altogether impressive debut.” Kirkus Reviews 

First & Then leaves other Austen retellings in its dust by daring to do what few others are willing: tell its own story.”— RT Magazine 

Mills, better known to her subscribers as vlogger Elmify, is the author of First & Then. She is also co-creator andco-host of the YouTube channel “How to Adult”. Emma lives in Indianapolis.
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The Last of the Firedrakes by Farah Oomerbhoy

 GENRE: Young Adult; Fantasy; Magic
16-year-old Aurora Darlington is an orphan. Mistreated by her adopted family and bullied at school, she dreams of running away and being free. But when she is kidnapped and dragged through a portal into a magical world, suddenly her old life doesn’t seem so bad.
Avalonia is a dangerous land ruled by powerful mages and a cruel, selfish queen who will do anything to control all seven kingdoms—including killing anyone who stands in her way.
Thrust headlong into this new, magical world, Aurora’s arrival sets plans in motion that threaten to destroy all she holds dear.
With the help of a young fae, a magical pegasus, and a handsome mage, Aurora journeys across Avalonia to learn the truth about her past and unleash the power within herself. Kingdoms collide as a complicated web of political intrigue and ancient magic lead Aurora to unravel a shocking secret that will change her life forever. 

Farah Oomerbhoy is a young adult writer with a master's degree in English literature from the University of Mumbai. Farah loves the fantastical and magical and often dreams of living in Narnia, Neverland, or the Enchanted Forest. Her debut novel, The Last of the Firedrakes, Book 1 of The Avalonia Chronicles started on Wattpad where it received a Watty Award in 2015 and over 1.5 million reads. Since publication, The Last of the Firedrakes has gone on to win a silver medal in IBPA's Benjamin Franklin Awards, become a finalist in the USA Best Book Awards and become an international bestseller. Farah lives with her family in Mumbai, India where she can be found checking for magical portals in every closet.
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Forget Tomorrow by Pintip Dunn

 GENRE: Young Adult; Dystopian; Sci-Fi

Imagine a world where your destiny has already been your future self.

It's Callie's seventeenth birthday and, like everyone else, she's eagerly awaiting her vision-a memory sent back in time to sculpt each citizen into the person they're meant to be. A world-class swimmer. A renowned scientist.
Or in Callie's case, a criminal.
In her vision, she sees herself murdering her gifted younger sister. Before she can process what it means, Callie is arrested and placed in Limbo-a hellish prison for those destined to break the law. With the help of her childhood crush, Logan, a boy she hasn't spoken to in five years, she escapes.
But on the run from her future, as well as the government, Callie sets in motion a chain of events that she hopes will change her fate. If not, she must figure out how to protect her sister from the biggest threat of all-Callie, herself.
The Forget Tomorrow trilogy has sold foreign translation rights in France, Turkey, and Brazil.

"There's a whirlwind of plot in this novel [...] There's also an abundance of mystery [.] A YA adventure with ethereal prose and appealing characters." - Kirkus Reviews
"This gripping read is sure to have you on the edge of your seat." -

"Debut YA author Pintip Dunn's Forget Tomorrow delivers a page-turner full of adventure and danger. The story's creative premise - receiving your future memory at 17 years old - provides enough what ifs to amp up the action in each chapter with the suspenseful race-against-time theme." - USA Today 
"[T]hose who enjoyed Lauren Oliver's "Delirium" trilogy (HarperCollins) will be fans of this tale. . . . There is a twist ending that will catch most readers off-guard." - School Library Journal

Pintip Dunn graduated from Harvard University, magna cum laude, with an A.B. in English Literature and Language. She received her J.D. at Yale Law School, where she was an editor of the YALE LAW JOURNAL. She also published an article in the YALE LAW JOURNAL, entitled, “How Judges Overrule: Speech Act Theory and the Doctrine of Stare Decisis,”
Pintip is represented by literary agent Beth Miller of Writers House. Her debut novel, FORGET TOMORROW, is a finalist in the Best First Book category of RWA's RITA® contest. She is a member of Romance Writers of AmericaWashington Romance WritersYARWA, and The Golden Network.
She lives with her husband and children in Maryland. 
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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Dark Horses by Cecily von Ziegesar

 GENRE: Young Adult; Contemporary
From the internationally bestselling author of Gossip Girlcomes a dark, psychologically complex update of Black Beautyreplete with jealousy, romance, mystery, and redemption.
Merritt Wenner has been self-destructing ever since the tragic deaths of her grandmother and her horse, and after an epic all-night bender she walks out of the SAT and disappears. Her parents, looking for a quick fix, ship her off to a residential equine therapy program.
At Good Fences, Merritt meets Red—a failed racehorse and a terror in the barn. Red has never bonded with anyone, but Merritt is not afraid of him, which makes all the difference. Soon they’re sneaking rides after curfew, which catches the attention of Red’s owner. Recognizing their potential, he funds their launch into the competitive hunter/jumper circuit.
Against the cutthroat backdrop of competitive riding, Merritt and their groom, Beatrice, develop an attraction. Merritt also finds herself drawn to Carvin, a rival rider. But in Red’s mind, Merritt belongs to him alone. Anyone else poses a threat. And Merritt can’t foresee what he’ll do to keep her to himself.

Author’s Note
Internationally bestselling author of Gossip Girl, Cecily von Ziegesar, on her inspiration for Dark Horses
I’ve always wanted to write a horse book. I grew up around horses. As a baby, I sat in the saddle in front of my mother or father on one of our cranky gray mares on the farm where we spent the summers. As a young girl, I read and reread every horse story I could get my hands on. My favorites were Walter Farley’s Black Stallion series and Mary O’Hara’s My Friend Flicka, both about wild horses tamed by the boy they love. I also adored A Very Young Rider by Jill Krementz because it was full of photographs of a girl and her pony.
When I was older, I became more serious about riding. My junior year of highschool, my family moved to Connecticut from Manhattan. I didn’t want to leave the small all-girls school I’d attended since 1st grade, so I commuted. In those days I wasalways on a Metro North train or driving my horses to horse shows in a two-horsetrailer I pulled with a pickup truck. At sixteen, I was a latecomer to the horse show circuit and I felt like an outsider. I had to be observant and work hard to fit in. Merritt Wenner—the girl in Dark Horses—feels like an outsider in the horse world too. And what a colorful world it is, full of wealthy scoundrels and promiscuous partiers.
As a writer, I’m fascinated by Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty. It’s so markedly different from other horse stories because it’s written from the horse’s point of view. I became determined to try that too, but being the writer I am, my horse wouldn’t be as earnest and well-meaning as Black Beauty. He would be more like Judd Nelson’s character in The Breakfast Club—smart and funny, with the potential to be a good guy, but damaged and full of resentment. My horse would attract an equally damaged girl. And maybe they could save each other. That became the story I wanted to tell: A messed up girl and a messed up horse meet and fall in love and try to fix each other; a classic bad boy tale with an unconventional twist.
Writing Dark Horses was a great pleasure and a great challenge. It’s not like any book I’ve ever read or any book I’ve ever written. I’m excited to release it into the world, but also terrified. As the very last line in my first Gossip Girl book reads, “She couldn’t wait to see what would happen next.” Enjoy.
Cecily von Ziegesar

Cecily grew up in Manhattan and went to an all-girl's school on the Upper East Side. She resides in Brooklyn with her husband Richard, the Deputy Director of the Public Art Fund, their children, Agnes and Oscar, and their two Cornish Rex cats. Von Ziegesar also owns an Appaloosa horse, Golden Rain. She is dreams of having a 'ranch full of cattle' when retired.
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Friday, August 5, 2016

My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She's Sorry by Fredrik Backman

 GENRE: Fiction; Contemporary

Goodreads Synopsis:
From the author of the internationally bestselling 'A Man Called Ove', a novel about a young girl whose grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters, sending her on a journey that brings to life the world of her grandmother's fairy tales.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy, standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-men-who-want-to-talk-about-Jesus-crazy. She is also Elsa's best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother's stories, in the Land of Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa's grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa's greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother's letters lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and totally ordinary old crones, but also to the truth about fairytales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

Simon and Schuster Synopsis:
A charming, warmhearted novel from the author of the New York Times bestseller A Man Called Ove.

Elsa is seven years old and different. Her grandmother is seventy-seven years old and crazy—as in standing-on-the-balcony-firing-paintball-guns-at-strangers crazy. She is also Elsa’s best, and only, friend. At night Elsa takes refuge in her grandmother’s stories, in the Land-of-Almost-Awake and the Kingdom of Miamas, where everybody is different and nobody needs to be normal.

When Elsa’s grandmother dies and leaves behind a series of letters apologizing to people she has wronged, Elsa’s greatest adventure begins. Her grandmother’s instructions lead her to an apartment building full of drunks, monsters, attack dogs, and old crones but also to the truth about fairy tales and kingdoms and a grandmother like no other.

My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry is told with the same comic accuracy and beating heart as Fredrik Backman’s bestselling debut novel, A Man Called Ove. It is a story about life and death and one of the most important human rights: the right to be different.

4.01 out of 5 stars (22,009 ratings)
 ★ ★ ★ ☆

Fredrik Backman, a blogger and columnist, is the New York Times bestselling author of A MAN CALLED OVE and MY GRANDMOTHER ASKED ME TO TELL YOU SHE'S SORRY. Both were number one bestsellers in his native Sweden and around the world, and are being published in more than thirty five territories. His latest novel, BRITT-MARIE WAS HERE, was published in May. He lives in Stockholm with his wife and two children. Visit him online on twitter @backmanland, Instagram @backmansk or at
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Monday, August 1, 2016

True Reign (series) by Jennifer Anne Davis

Book #1​
 GENRE: Young Adult; Fantasy
Within these pages lie kingdoms with castles and princes who fall in love with fair maidens, but make no mistake-this is no fairytale.
His father’s kingdom is on the brink of upheaval and at the center of it all is an ordinary girl who could be the key to its undoing. When faced with the ultimate choice, will he choose the girl he’s falling in love with or the kingdom he has sworn to protect? 
An ordinary girl with an extraordinary past. All she wants is to be free. What she doesn’t realize is that freedom comes with a price she can’t afford to pay. She’s forced to accept the proposal of a prince she despises, even though her heart belongs to someone else . . . his brother.
Seventeen-year-old Rema lives in a brutal kingdom where travel between regions is forbidden, people are starving, and looking at someone the wrong way can mean death. Nineteen-year-old Darmik is the king’s son and Commander of the King’s Army. He spends his days roving the island, doing his father’s bidding and trying to maintain control over the people.
When a chance encounter throws Rema and Darmik together, they share an instantaneous connection, but any sort of relationship between them is strictly forbidden. Darmik’s brother, the Crown Prince, notices Darmik’s interest in Rema and, in a calculated, political move, blackmails her. Faced with an impossible choice, Rema is forced to sacrifice her heart in order to save her family.
As Rema is taken to the palace with the Crown Prince, Darmik confronts the growing rumor that a legitimate blood heir to the throne exists and is trying to overthrow Darmik’s family. In Darmik’s quest to hunt down and kill the threat, he discovers that nothing is as it seems. Locked in the king’s castle, Rema finds herself a key player in a massive power struggle. When Darmik shows up, she’s not sure if she can trust him. The line between friends, enemies, and loyalty becomes blurred. As truths are unlocked, Rema understands that she just might be the key to finding the rightful heir and restoring peace to the kingdom… if she can manage to stay alive long enough.

Book #2
 GENRE: Young Adult; Fantasy
Sentenced to be executed.
Betrayed. Alone. 
Hung on the gallows. 
Rema thought her life was over, but she was wrong.
Saved by a rebel force she’d only ever heard rumors about, Rema finds herself in a forbidden place. She is finally safe—free from the king and Prince Lennek. But not everything is as it seems at the rebel fortress. Secrets are whispered, and loyalties are tested. Once Rema uncovers the truth of her heritage, will she flee? Or will she ascend to the throne, taking on the responsibility of an entire kingdom?
Now that Darmik knows Rema’s true identity, he’s on a quest to save her. But when an Emperion assassin arrives on Greenwood Island, Darmik knows he doesn’t have very long to find her. In a deadly game with high stakes, will Darmik remain loyal to his family? Or will he break away and join the rebels?
Kingdoms rise and fall. 
Heroes are born and made. 
But one thing remains the same—love conquers all.

4.18 out of 5 stars
 ★ ★ ★ ☆

Book #3
 GENRE: Young Adult; Fantasy
When Rema chose to be crowned queen and join the rebel forces, she knew she'd face the fight of her life. What she didn't expect was to be kidnapped by an Emperion assassin and taken to the mainland to be executed in front of the emperor. How can she save Greenwood Island if she can't even save herself?
Darmik knows he doesn't have much time to rescue Rema. He’s denounced his position as Commander and Prince in order to join the rebels. But now he must rely on his family name in order to go before the Emperor—his uncle—and beg for Rema’s life.
If Rema and Darmik have any hope of being together and saving their kingdom, they must survive the greatest threat of all—Emperion.

4.16 out of 5 stars
 ★ ★ ★ ☆

Jennifer graduated from the University of San Diego with a degree in English and a teaching credential. Afterwards, she married her best friend and high school sweetheart. Jennifer is currently a full-time writer and mother of three young children. Her days are spent living in imaginary worlds and fueling her own kids' creativity.
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