Read excerpts from new YA books! (January 31)

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

icons_gPlus99 Days by Katie Cotugno
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 1st 2015
A girl returns to her hometown for 99 Days—to face the two brothers she loved and left. Day 1: Julia Donnelly eggs my house my first night back in Star Lake, and that’s how I know everyone still remembers everything—how I destroyed my relationship with Patrick the night everything happened with his brother, Gabe. How I wrecked their whole family. Now I’m serving out my summer like a jail sentence: Just ninety-nine days till I can leave for college, and be done.
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after the red rain barry lygaAfter the Red Rain by Barry Lyga, Peter Facinelli & Robert DeFranco
Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: August 4th 2015
Deedra has been handed a bleak and mundane existence by the Magistrate she works for. But one day, she comes across a beautiful boy struggling to cross the river. A boy with a secretive past and special abilities, who is somehow able to find comfort and life from their dying planet. A boy with an unusual name…Rose. But just as the two form a bond, it is quickly torn apart.
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another day david levithanAnother Day (Every Day #2) by David Levithan
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: August 25th 2015
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ask the dark henry turnerAsk the Dark by Henry Turner
Publisher: Clarion
Release date: April 7th 2015
Billy Zeets has a story to tell. About being a vandal and petty thief. About missing boys and an elusive killer. And about what happens if a boy who breaks all the rules is the only person who can piece together the truth. Gripping and powerful, this masterful debut novel comes to vivid life through the unique voice of a hero as unlikely as he is unforgettable.
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Biggie FCvr OLBiggie by Derek E. Sullivan
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Release date: March 2nd 2015
Henry “Biggie” Abbott is the son of one of Finch, Iowa ‘s most famous athletes. His father was a baseball legend and his step-dad is a close second. At an obese 300+ pounds though, Biggie himself prefers classroom success to sports. As Biggie’s junior year begins, the girl of his dreams, Annabelle Rivers, starts to flirt with him. Hundreds of people have told him to follow in his dad’s footsteps and play ball, but Annabelle might be the one to actually convince him to try.
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Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Release date: June 2nd 2015
In the wake of the deadly devastation of luxury yacht Persephone, only Frances Mace, rescued from the ocean after torturous days adrift with her dying friend Libby, knows that the Persephone wasn’t sunk by a rogue wave as survivors Senator Wells and his son are claiming—it was attacked. After years of careful plotting, she’s ready to set her revenge plans into motion—even if it means taking down the boy she’d once been in love with: the senator’s son.
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an ember in the ashes sabaa tahirAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: April 28th 2015
Laia is a Scholar living under the iron-fisted rule of the Martial Empire. When her brother is arrested for treason, Laia goes undercover as a slave at the empire’s greatest military academy. Elias is the academy’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. When Laia and Elias’s paths cross at the academy, they find that their destinies are more intertwined than either could have imagined and that their choices will change the future of the empire itself.
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Half Wild (Half Bad #2) by Sally Green
Publisher: Penguin
Release date: March 24th 2015
After finally meeting his elusive father, Marcus, and receiving the three gifts that confirm him as a full adult witch, Nathan is still on the run. He needs to find his friend Gabriel and rescue Annalise, now a prisoner of the powerful Black witch Mercury. Most of all he needs to learn how to control his Gift – a strange, wild new power that threatens to overwhelm him. Nathan finds himself fighting alongside both old friends and old enemies.
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the haunting of sunshine girlThe Haunting of Sunshine Girl by Paige McKenzie
Publisher: Weinstein Books
Release date: March 24th 2015
Sunshine Griffith and her mother Kat move to the rain-drenched town of Ridgemont, Washington. But even if Kat doesn’t recognize it, Sunshine knows something about their new house is just… creepy. In the days that follow, things only become stranger. She can hardly believe it, but as it becomes clear that Kat is in danger Sunshine must accept what she is, pass the test before her, and save her mother from a fate worse than death.
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kissing in america margo rabbKissing in America by Margo Rabb
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: May 26th 2015
Eva has never been in love. But when she meets Will, everything changes. With him, her grief over her father’s death fades, and she can escape from her difficult relationship with her mother. Then, without any warning, Will picks up and moves to California. So Eva—with the help of her best friend, Annie—concocts a plan to travel across the country to see him again. Along the way, Eva and Annie learn the truth about love and all its complexities.
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Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys) by Amy Spalding
Publisher: Poppy
Release date: April 14th 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.
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Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: April 28th 2015
Aza suffers from a mysterious disease that makes it hard for her to breathe. When Aza catches a glimpse of a ship in the sky, her family chalks it up to a side effect of her medication. But Aza is soon lost to our world—and found, by another. Magonia. Above the clouds, Aza is not the weak and dying thing she was. In Magonia, she can breathe for the first time. But Magonia and Earth are on the cusp of a reckoning. And in Aza’s hands lies the fate of the whole of humanity.
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Nowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: May 26th 2015
Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But during a summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems.
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painless s a harazinPainless by S. A. Harazin
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Release date: March 2nd 2015
David Hart’s life is anything but normal. Because of the disease that wracks his body, David is unable to feel pain. He has congenital insensitivity to pain with anhydrosis – or CIPA for short. When David’s legal guardian tells him that he needs to move into an assisted living facility as he cannot live alone, David is determined to prove him wrong. He creates a bucket list, meets a girl with her own wish list, and then sets out to find his parents.
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Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
Publisher: Viking Children’s Books
Release date: May 5th 2015
Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. Here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen for the first time.
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a school for unusual girls kathleen baldwinA School for Unusual Girls (Stranje House #1) by Kathleen Baldwin
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: May 19th 2015
It’s 1814. Stranje House, a School for Unusual Girls, has become one of Regency England’s dark little secrets. The daughters of the beau monde who don’t fit high society’s constrictive mold are banished to Stranje House to be reformed into marriageable young ladies. Or so their parents think. In truth, Headmistress Emma Stranje, the original unusual girl, has plans for the young ladies—plans that entangle the girls in the dangerous world of spies, diplomacy, and war.
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seed lisa heathfieldSeed by Lisa Heathfield
Publisher: Running Press Teens
Release date: March 10th 2015
All that Pearl knows is the isolated community that she was born into. Now she is finally old enough to be chosen as Papa S.’s companion. The arrival of a new family into the community—particularly the teenage son, Ellis—complicates the life and lifestyle that Pearl has depended upon as safe and constant. Ellis is compelling, charming, and worldly, and he seems to have a lot of answers to questions Pearl has never thought to ask.
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seriously wicked tina connollySeriously Wicked by Tina Connolly
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: May 5th 2015
The only thing worse than being a witch is living with one. Camellia’s adopted mother wants Cam to grow up to be just like her. Problem is, Mom’s a seriously wicked witch. Cam’s used to stopping the witch’s crazy schemes for world domination. But when the witch summons a demon, he gets loose—and into Devon, the cute new boy at school. Now Cam’s suddenly got bigger problems than passing Algebra.
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undertow michael buckleyUndertow by Michael Buckley
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: May 5th 2015
Lyric Walker’s life is forever changed when she witnesses the arrival of 30,000 Alpha, a five-nation race of ocean-dwelling warriors, on her beach in Coney Island. The world’s initial wonder and awe over the Alpha quickly turns ugly and paranoid and violent, and Lyric’s small town transforms into a military zone with humans on one side and Alpha on the other. When Lyric is recruited to help the crown prince, a boy named Fathom, assimilate, she begins to fall for him.
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When You Leave by Monica Ropal
Publisher: Running Press Teen
Release date: April 7th 2015
Cass is positive that the people she cares about most will eventually leave her. And once Cass lets her guard down against her cute locker neighbour, Cooper, he is mysteriously murdered—thus proving her original theory. When Cass’s close friend is suspected as the killer, she isn’t sure who she can trust anymore. Between investigating Cooper’s murder and trying to understand what she really meant to him, will Cass even find what she is looking for?
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the wrath and the dawn renee ahdiehThe Wrath and the Dawn 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. Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid, with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph. But she discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths of so many girls. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.

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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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