Excerpt Releases: August 26


Here is a selection of excerpts from young adult novels that have recently hit the web.

The Boy in the Smoke (Shades of London #0.5) by Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release date: February 24th 2014
On a cold night, Stephen Dene went to the Eton boathouse to perform a desperate act. But someone stopped him along the way, sending his life in a new and decidedly strange direction–leading him to London, to two new friends, and to a world of shadows and mystery.
To read an excerpt, click here.



the blood of olympus rick riordanThe Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: October 7th 2014
Gaea’s army of powerful giants must be stopped before the Feast of Spes. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter is within striking distance of Camp Half-Blood. The Athena Parthenos will tackle the Roman legion as the crewmembers of the Argo II go east to tackle the giants. After all, if the earth mother Gaea wakes, the world as they know it could end.
To read an excerpt, click here.


chasing power sarah beth durstChasing Power by Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: October 14th 2014
Kayla was born with the ability to move things with her mind and has become a master shoplifter. She steals enough money for her and her mom to flee if their dad ever finds them again. But when Daniel, a boy with the ability to teleport, catches her, he blackmails her. Kayla and Daniel embark on a quest to find an ancient incantation and to rescue Daniel’s kidnapped mother.
To read an excerpt, click here.


dove arising karen baoDove Arising (Dove Chronicles #1) by Karen Bao
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Release date: February 24th 2015
Phaet Theta has lived her whole life in a colony on the Moon. Then her mother is arrested. The only way to save her younger siblings from the degrading Shelter is by enlisting in the Militia, the faceless army that polices the Lunar bases and protects them from attacks by desperate Earth-dwellers.
To read an excerpt, click here.


exo steven gouldExo (Jumper #4) by Steven Gould
Publisher: Tor Books
Release date: September 9th 2014
Cent can teleport. So can her parents, but they are the only people in the world who can. And when you’re a teenage girl things get even more complicated. High school. Boys. Global climate change, refugees, and genocide. Orbital mechanics. But Cent is going to make some changes in the world.
To read an excerpt, click here.


maid of secrets jennifer mcgowanMaid of Secrets (Maids of Honour #1) by Jennifer McGowan
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: May 7th 2013
Orphan Meg Fellowes makes her living picking pockets—until she’s whisked away to the court of Queen Elizabeth and pressed into royal service, where she joins four other remarkable girls in the Maids of Honor, the Queen’s secret society of protectors.
To read an excerpt, click here.



The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: November 4th 2014
Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told. There is. She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead. She should. She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance. She will now.
To read an excerpt, click here.



Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: February 8th 2005
Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellent ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty. But soon Tally learns about a whole new side of the pretty world and it isn’t very pretty.
To read an excerpt, click here.

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Lucy Nisbet

Lucy is an English teacher-in-training and a self-confessed book nerd. She often buys more books than she can reasonably afford or possibly have time to read. Her Hogwarts letter is now several years too late, but she’s sure it’s just gotten lost in the post.

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