Excerpt releases: November 11


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

Deep Blue (Waterfire Saga #1) by Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher: Disney Press
Release date: May 6th 2014
When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin’s arrow poisons Sera’s mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin’s master and prevent a war between the Mer nations.
To read an excerpt, click here.

The Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release date: January 6th 2014
Four linked stories boldly chronicle madness, obsession, and creation through the ages. Beginning with the cave-drawings of a young girl on the brink of creating the earliest form of writing, Sedgwick traverses history, plunging into the seventeenth century witch hunts and a 1920s insane asylum where a mad poet’s obsession with spirals seems to be about to unhinge the world of the doctor trying to save him, and into the future in the book’s final section.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Redeemed (House of Night #12) by P.C. & Kristin Cast
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: October 14th 2014
Neferet has finally made herself known to mortals. A Dark Goddess is loose on Tulsa and the world. No single vampyre is strong enough to vanquish her – unless that creature has the power to summon the elements as well as the ability to wield Old Magick. Only Zoey Redbird is heir to such power…but because of the consequences of using Old Magick, she is unable to help. Find out who will win and who will lose in this epic battle of Light versus Darkness.
To read an excerpt, click here.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer (Mara Dyer #3) by Michelle Hodkin
Publisher: Simon & 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. Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story. Retribution has arrived.
To read an excerpt, click here.


rogue wave jennifer donnellyRogue Wave (Waterfire Saga #2) by Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher: Disney Press
Release date: January 6th 2015
Serafina, Neela, Ling, Ava, Becca, and Astrid, six mermaids from realms scattered throughout the seas and freshwaters, were summoned by the leader of the river witches to learn an incredible truth: the mermaids are direct descendants of the Six Who Ruled-powerful mages who once governed the lost empire of Atlantis. The ancient evil that destroyed Atlantis is stirring again, and only the mermaids can defeat it. To do so, they need to find magical talismans.
To read an excerpt, click here.

a song for ella grey david almondA Song for Ella Grey by David Almond
Publisher: Atom
Release date: October 2nd 2014
Claire is Ella Grey’s best friend. She’s there when the whirlwind arrives on the scene: catapulted into a North East landscape of gutted shipyards; of high arched bridges and ancient collapsed mines. She witnesses a love so dramatic it is as if her best friend has been captured and taken from her. But the loss of her friend to the arms of Orpheus is nothing compared to the loss she feels when Ella is taken from the world.
To read an excerpt, click here.

the silence of six e.c. myersSOS: A Prequel to The Silence of Six by E.C. Myers
Publisher: Adaptive Books
Release date: November 5th 2014
“What is the silence of six, and what are you going to do about it?” These are the last words uttered by 17-year-old Max Stein’s best friend, Evan: Just moments after hacking into the live-streaming Presidential debate at their high school, he kills himself. Haunted by the image of Evan’s death, Max’s entire world turns upside down as he suddenly finds himself the target of a corporate-government witch-hunt.
To read the prequel, click here.

A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: November 4th 2014
Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes. But when Marguerite’s father is murdered, the killer—her parent’s handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul—escapes into another dimension. Marguerite races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in familiar ways.
To read an excerpt, click here.
To listen to an excerpt, click here.

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: September 11th 2012
Three teens, three stories—all interconnected through their parents’ family relationships. As the adults pull away, caught up in their own dilemmas, the lives of the teens begin to tilt. Mikayla, almost eighteen, is over-the-top in love with Dylan, who loves her back jealously. But what happens to that love when Mikayla gets pregnant the summer before their senior year—and decides to keep the baby?
To listen to an excerpt, click here.

The Unhappening of Genesis Lee by Shallee McArthur
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release date: November 18th 2014
As one of the Mementi—a small group of genetically-enhanced humans—Gena remembers everything with the help of her Link bracelets, which preserve memories perfectly. But Links can be stolen, and six people have already lost their lives to a memory thief. Which is why Gena is less than pleased to meet a strange but charming boy named Kalan who claims that they’ve not only met, but that Gena knows who the thief is.
To read an excerpt, click here.

the wrath and the dawn renee ahdiehThe Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renée Ahdieh
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release date: May 12th 2015
Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid she does so with a plan to exact revenge for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn , but with a catch… she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend, who might not be all that he seems.
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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