Excerpt Releases: September 22


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

3:59 by Gretchen McNeil
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release date: September 17, 2013
Josie Byrne feels as though her life is spiraling out of control: her parents are divorcing, her boyfriend Nick has gotten colder, and her physics teacher hates her guts. But every night at 3:59, she dreams of Jo. Jo’s life is perfect: her parents are still together, she and Nick are going strong, and everyone adores her at school. All Josie has to do to get it is slip into that parallel universe – but once she does, she finds out that getting the perfect world isn’t what it seems.
To read the first few chapters, click here.

dreams of gods and monsters laini taylorDreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release date: April 1, 2014
In the thrilling finale to the Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy, Karou tries to steer the chimera revolution away from vengeful destruction, in a battle in which all creatures will fight and die, and may be the start of a new life for her and Akiva – or their end.
To read an excerpt, click here.


the falconer elizabeth mayThe Falconer (The Falconer #1) by Elizabeth May
Publisher: Gollancz
Release date: September 26, 2013
In the wake of her mother’s death at the hands of a faery, Aileana Kameron goes from parties and balls to nights of vengeful hunting. Her mission is to find the creature that took her mother away from her – but as the lines between her real life and her secret hunts begins to blur, how far will she go to get revenge, and how much is she willing to pay?
To read the first chapter, click here.


fire and flood victoria scottFire and Flood by Victoria Scott
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: February 25, 2014
When Tella Holloway’s brother becomes mysteriously ill, she receives instructions to become a competitor in the Brimstone Bleed, an epic race in which the prize is the cure for his illness. However, all the other competitors also need that cure, and there is a slim chance that any of them will even survive the challenge to receive it.
To read an excerpt, click here.


The Hundred (The Hundred #1) by Kass Morgan
Publisher: Little, Brown
Release date: September 3, 2013
It is the future. The Earth has grown toxic, and mankind now dwells in spaceships orbiting above the atmosphere. But now, three hundred delinquents have been singled out for a difficult mission: recolonize Earth at all costs. As they confront the harshness of a world they’ve never known, they must try to overcome their differences and band together in order to survive.
To read the first chapter, click here.


the lord of opium nancy farmerThe Lord of Opium (Matteo Alacran #2) by Nancy Farmer
Publisher: Athenaeum Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 3, 2013
Matt, once the scorned clone of an evil drug lord, is now fourteen and ruling his own country – the Land of Opium, the only thriving area in a world overcome by ecological disaster. Matt knows that the secret to saving the world is hidden in his country, but enemies are lurking, waiting to strike him at his most vulnerable.
To read the first five chapters, click here.


perfect ruin lauren destefanoPerfect Ruin (The Internment Chronicles #1) by Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release date: October 1, 2013
Morgan Stockhour knows better than to get too close to the edge of the Internment – the floating city in which she lives. Going out too far can spell madness, as in the case of her older brother Lex, who ended up a Jumper. She takes comfort in her fiancé and her best friend, but she can no longer stay out of the secrets of the Internment when the first murder in a generation rocks the city.
To read the first three chapters, click here.


Red by Alison Cherry
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: October 8, 2013
In the town of Scarletville, redheads hold all the power, and everyone knows it. That is what makes Felicity so terrified when she receives a note with one threatening line: “I know your secret.” The truth is that Felicity is not a true redhead, and she has been dying her hair to fit in – and now, someone else knows and is holding the truth over her head. How far will she go to keep her redhead cred?
To read the excerpt, click here.


rose under fire elizabeth weinRose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release date: September 10, 2013
In this companion to the acclaimed Code Name Verity, American ATA pilot and amateur poet, Rose Justice, is captured by the Nazis and sent to the infamous women’s concentration camp, Ravensbrück. The friendship of the fellow prisoners and their undying loyalty gives her hope – but will Rose be able to ultimately survive this ordeal?
To read the first six pages, click here.


steelheart brandon sandersonSteelheart (Reckoners #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: September 24, 2013
Ten years ago, a burst in the sky – Calamity – gave certain men and women, the Epics, special powers.  However, the Epics do not aid mankind; they are violent super villains, feared and indestructible.  The only ones willing to stand against them are the Reckoners… and their newest member, David, has his sights on the fiercest Epic, Steelheart, who killed his father.
To read the first three chapters, click here and here.


united we spy ally carterUnited We Spy (Gallagher Girls #6)by Ally Carter
Publisher: Disney*Hyperion
Release date: September 17, 2013
In the final installment of the Gallagher Girls series, Cammie Morgan and her friends are tracking down the members of elusive terrorist group, the Circle of Cavan. Time is running out, and they need to stop the organization before they can carry out their master plan.
To read the first chapter, click here.


the waking dark robin wassermanThe Waking Dark by Robin Wasserman
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 10, 2013
There is something dark and deadly waking up in Oleander, Kansas. It starts with a killing day – a day on which twelve people are dead within a matter of hours. Only five survivors of that day are going to be able to stand and fight, against the darkness within the town and within themselves.
To read the first chapter, click here.

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Hebah Uddin

Hebah is a 21-year-old Muslim girl who reads a lot of books, writes a lot more, and wears a lot of (figurative) hats. As a result of being raised on a steady diet of foreign films and BBC period dramas, she now likes to think of herself as Charlotte Bronte + one of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai women. She’ll rap your fingers with her katana if you don’t mind your manners - or your grammar.

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