Read excerpts from new YA books! (July 7)

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

Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 27th 2011
A young art student is about to be caught up in a brutal otherwordly war. Meet Karou. She fills her sketchbooks with monsters that may or may not be real, she’s prone to disappearing on mysterious “errands”, she speaks many languages – not all of them human – and her bright blue hair actually grows out of her head that color. Who is she? That is the question that haunts her, and she’s about to find out.
To read an excerpt from the first draft, click here.

pretending to be erica michelle painchaudPretending To Be Erica by Michelle Painchaud
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Release date: July 21st 2015
Seventeen-year-old Violet’s entire life has revolved around one thing: becoming Erica Silverman, an heiress kidnapped at age five and never seen again. Violet’s father, the best con man in Las Vegas, has a plan, chilling in its very specific precision. Violet shares a blood type with Erica; soon, thanks to surgery and blackmail, she has the same face, body, and DNA.
To read an excerpt, click here.

no cover yetThe Raven King (The Raven Cycle #4) by Maggie Stiefvater
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Release date: March 1st 2016
The fourth and final installment in the spellbinding series from the irrepressible, #1 New York Times bestselling author Maggie Stiefvater. All her life, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love’s death. She doesn’t believe in true love and never thought this would be a problem, but as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.
To read an excerpt, click here.

the rose society marie luThe Rose Society (The Young Elites #2) by Marie Lu
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 13th 2015
Adelina Amouteru’s heart has suffered at the hands of both family and friends, turning her down the bitter path of revenge. Now known and feared as the White Wolf, she and her sister flee Kenettra to find other Young Elites in the hopes of building her own army of allies. But Adelina is no heroine. Her powers, fed only by fear and hate, have started to grow beyond her control.
To read an excerpt, click here.

a school for brides patrice kindlA School for Brides (Keeping the Castle #2) by Patrice Kindl
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Release date: July 14th 2015
The Winthrop Hopkins Female Academy of Lesser Hoo, Yorkshire, has one goal: to train its students in the feminine arts with an eye toward getting them married off. This year, there are five girls of marriageable age. There’s only one problem: the school is in the middle of nowhere, and there are no men.

To read an excerpt, click here.

the shadow queen c j redwineThe Shadow Queen (Ravenspire #1) by C.J. Redwine
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: February 23rd 2016
Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 7th 2015
Sixteen-year-old and 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. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.
To read a bonus scene, click here.

winter marissa meyerWinter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: November 10th 2015
Winter despises her stepmother, and knows Levana won’t approve of her feelings for her childhood friend–the handsome palace guard, Jacin. But Winter isn’t as weak as Levana believes her to be and she’s been undermining her stepmother’s wishes for years. Together with the cyborg mechanic, Cinder, and her allies, Winter might even have the power to launch a revolution and win a war that’s been raging for far too long.
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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