Read excerpts from new YA books! (April 14)


Here is a selection of excerpts from new YA books that have recently hit the web.

Challenger Deep by Neal Schusterman
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: April 21st 2015
Caden Bosch is on a ship that’s headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Caden Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. Caden Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head.
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cold burn of magic jennifer estepCold Burn of Magic (Black Blade #1) by Jennifer Estep
Publisher: Kensington Teen
Release date: April 28th 2015
It’s not as great as you’d think, living in a tourist town that’s known as “the most magical place in America.” Same boring high school, just twice as many monsters under the bridges and rival Families killing each other for power. I try to keep out of it. But then some nasty characters bring their Family feud into my friend’s pawn shop, and I have to get involved, or watch a cute guy die because I didn’t. Now I’m stuck putting everything on the line for Devon Sinclair.
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gods of chaos jen mcconnelGods of Chaos (Red Magic #2) by Jen McConnel
Publisher: Month9Books
Release date: March 31st 2015
Since battling her best friend, Darlena’s grip on Red Magic has been shaky. She heads to Scotland after the Winter Solstice in search of another Red Witch. On a sightseeing excursion with girls from her hostel, Darlena arrives at The Vaults, a mysterious underground city beneath Edinburgh. But there is something there that make Darlena’s instincts go haywire, as she lets loose a defensive burst of Red Magic, putting everyone around her in danger.
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the grace of kings ken liuThe Grace of Kings (The Dandelion Dynasty #1) by Ken Liu
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release date: April 7th 2015
Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast armies. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, they find themselves leading separate factions—two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice.
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Hold Me Like a Breath (Once Upon a Crime Family #1) by Tiffany Schmidt
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release date: May 19th 2015
Penelope Landlow has grown up with the knowledge that almost anything can be bought or sold—including body parts. She’s the daughter of one of the three crime families that control the black market for organ transplants. But Penelope’s family can’t protect her from the autoimmune disorder that causes her to bruise so easily. And in her family’s line of work no one can be safe forever.
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inked eric smithInked by Eric Smith
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Release date: January 20th 2015
Tattoos once were an act of rebellion. Now they decide your destiny the moment the magical Ink settles under your skin. Caenum can’t escape soon enough. He is ready to run from his family, and his best friend Dreya, and the home he has known, just to have a chance at a choice. But on his eighteenth birthday, he unwittingly sets in motion a series of events that sends the corrupt, magic-fearing government, The Citadel, after him and those he loves.
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Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding
Publisher: Poppy
Release date: April 7th 2015
After catching their bandmates in a compromising position, sixteen-year-old Los Angelenos Riley and Reid become painfully aware of the romance missing from their own lives. And so a pact is formed: they’ll both try to make something happen with their respective crushes and document the experiences in a shared notebook. But suddenly cute guys are popping up everywhere. Riley and Reid realize the results of their pact may be more than they bargained for.
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narvla's celtic new year therese gilardiNarvla’s Celtic New Year by Therese Gilardi
Release date: April 6th 2015
Narvla’s life is as precisely choreographed as the routines that have made her a national step-dancing champion. She has a loyal best friend, a devoted boyfriend, and a lock on admission to her dream college, the University of Notre Dame – until her mother is named U.S. Ambassador to Ireland, and her life unravels. She struggles to qualify for the Irish elite step-dancing squad, and her grades plummet. As the Celtic New Year unfolds, Narvla is pushed to abandon her lifelong need for control and embrace the charm of the unexpected.
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The Novice (Summoner #1) by Taran Matharu
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Release date: May 5th 2015
When blacksmith apprentice Fletcher discovers that he has the ability to summon demons from another world, he travels to Adept Military Academy. There the gifted are trained in the art of summoning. Fletcher is put through grueling training as a battlemage to fight in the Hominum Empire’s war against orcs. He must tread carefully while training. Fletcher finds himself caught in the middle of powerful forces, with only his demon Ignatius for help.
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play on michelle smithPlay On by Michelle Smith
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Release date: April 14th 2015
When Austin starts flunking Chemistry, his picture-perfect future is in jeopardy. A failing grade means zero playing time, and zero playing time means no scholarship. Enter Marisa Marlowe, who is more than willing to help Austin study. As the two grow closer, there’s something about Marisa that makes Austin want more than just baseball and out of Lewis Creek — he wants a future with her. But Marisa has a past that still haunts her.
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the queen of bright and shiny thingsThe Queen of Bright and Shiny Things by Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: April 7th 2015
Sage Czinski is trying really hard to be perfect. She’s learned to substitute causes for relationships, and it’s working just fine… until Shane Cavendish strolls into her math class. He’s a little antisocial, a lot beautiful, and everything she never knew she always wanted. Shane Cavendish just wants to be left alone to play guitar and work on his music. He never counted on a girl like Sage. But sometimes life has to fall apart before it can be put back together again…
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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 7th 2015
Not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with a confusing, adorable guy.
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the tightrope walkers david almondThe Tightrope Walkers by David Almond
Publisher: Penguin
Release date: July 3rd 2014
Dominic Hall grows up in the sixties on a brand-new estate, along with the other families who escaped the river. But the Tyne is still an overwhelming presence, and most of the fathers work in the shipyards. Dom is torn between his new mates: Holly Stroud, his enchanting neighbour, and Vincent McAlinden – a wild boy with murderous instincts. After his mother’s death, Dom has to decide who he is, what he wants to be – and then face up to the consequences.
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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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