Read excerpts from new YA books! (May 12)


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

an ember in the ashes sabaa tahirAn Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: April 28th 2015
In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, Laia risks her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy. There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Chantress (Chantress Trilogy #1) by Amy Butler Greenfield
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: May 7th 2013
“Sing, and the darkness will find you.” This warning has haunted fifteen-year-old Lucy ever since she was eight and shipwrecked on a lonely island. Lucy’s guardian, Norrie, has lots of rules, but the most important is that Lucy must never sing. Not ever. Now it is 1667, Lucy is fifteen, and on All Hallows’ Eve, Lucy hears a tantalizing melody on the wind. She can’t help but sing—and she is swept into darkness.
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devoted by jennifer mathieuDevoted by Jennifer Mathieu
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Release date: June 2nd 2015
Rachel Walker attends Calvary Christian Church with her family, helps care for her five younger siblings, dresses modestly, and prepares herself to be a wife and mother who serves the Lord with joy. But Rachel is curious about the world her family has turned away from, and increasingly finds that neither the church nor her homeschool education has the answers she craves. Rachel can’t shake the feeling that her devotion might destroy her soul.
To read an excerpt, click here.

the heir kiera cassThe Heir (The Selection #4) by Kiera Cass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: May 5th 2015
Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible. But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection.
To read an excerpt, click here.

kissing in america margo rabbKissing in America by Margo Rabb
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: May 26th 2015
Eva’s romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness, Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.
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Nearly Found (Nearly Gone #2) by Elle Cosimano
Publisher: Kathy Dawson Books
Release date: June 2nd 2015
When Nearly Boswell starts working as an intern at a crime lab, on her first day a girl from her trailer park turns up dead. Then the corpse of a missing person is discovered, buried on a golf course, with a message for Nearly etched into the bones. When Nearly finds out the corpse is the father of Eric, a classmate of hers, she starts to worry that the body is connected to her father’s disappearance five years ago.
To read an excerpt, click here.

nowhere but here katie mcgarryNowhere But Here (Thunder Road #1) by Katie McGarry
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: May 26th 2015
Emily likes her life the way it is. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when when she visits relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.
To read an excerpt, click here.

passenger alexandra brackenPassenger by Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: January 5th 2016
Violin prodigy Etta Spencer had big plans for her future, but a tragedy has put her once-bright career at risk. Closely tied to her musical skill, however, is a mysterious power she doesn’t even know she has. When her two talents collide during a stressful performance, Etta is drawn back hundreds of years through time.
To read an excerpt, click here.


six of crows leigh bardugoSix of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release date: September 29th 2015
Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone. Six dangerous outcasts. One impossible heist. Kaz’s crew is the only thing that might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first.
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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