Read excerpts from new YA books! (May 19)

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

21 stolen kisses lauren blakely21 Stolen Kisses by Lauren Blakely
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Release date: May 26th 2015
When I first met him I resisted. There were so many reasons that should have kept us apart, least of all, the decade that separated us. Now I’m heading to college, and it’s time to give love a clean slate again. But, can I really start over when he’s still in my life Because the one man I’ve always wanted, is also the only guy I absolutely can’t have…And he wants me just as fiercely. Can I settle for anything less than the love of my life?
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the accident season moira fowley doyleThe Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
Publisher: Corgi Children’s
Release date: August 18th 2015
The accident season has been part of seventeen-year-old Cara’s life for as long as she can remember. Towards the end of October, foreshadowed by the deaths of many relatives before them, Cara’s family becomes inexplicably accident-prone. They banish knives to locked drawers, cover sharp table edges with padding, switch off electrical items – but injuries follow wherever they go, and the accident season becomes an ever-growing obsession and fear.
To read an excerpt, click here.

dumplin julie murphyDumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: September 15th 2015
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson has always been at home in her own skin. Until Will meets Bo. She sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.
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extraordinary means robyn schneiderExtraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: May 26th 2015
At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it’s easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French. There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling.
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the fangirl's guide to the galaxy sam maggsThe Fangirl’s Guide to the Galaxy: A Handbook for Girl Geeks by Sam Maggs
Publisher: Quirk Books
Release date: May 12th 2015
A fun and feminist take on the often male-dominated world of geekdom. With delightful illustrations and an unabashed love for all the in(ternet)s and outs of geek culture, this book is packed with tips, playthroughs, and cheat codes for everything from starting an online fan community to planning a convention visit to supporting fellow female geeks.
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the game of lives james dashnerThe Game of Lives (The Mortality Doctrine #3) by James Dashner
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: November 17th 2015
The games are over. The VirtNet has become a world of deadly consequences, and Kaine grows stronger by the day. The Mortality Doctrine—Kaine’s master plan—has nearly been realized, and little by little the line separating the virtual from the real is blurring. If Kaine succeeds, it will mean worldwide cyber domination. And it looks like Michael and his friends are the only ones who can put the monster back in the box.
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the game of love and death martha brockenbroughThe Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Release date: April 28th 2015
For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance? The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.
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a history of glitter and blood hannah moskowitzA History of Glitter and Blood by Hannah Moskowitz
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Release date: August 4th 2015
Sixteen-year-old Beckan and her friends are the only fairies brave enough to stay in Ferrum when war breaks out. Now there is tension between the immortal fairies, the subterranean gnomes, and the mysterious tightropers who arrived to liberate the fairies. But when Beckan’s clan is forced to venture into the gnome underworld to survive, they find themselves tentatively forming unlikely friendships and making sacrifices they couldn’t have imagined.
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illuminae amie kaufman jay kristoffIlluminae (The Illuminae Files #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 20th 2015
This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded. The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
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inherit the stars tessa elwoodInherit the Stars by Tessa Elwood
Publisher: Running Press Kids
Release date: December 8th 2015
Three royal houses ruling three interplanetary systems are on the brink of collapse. Asa is the youngest daughter of the house of Fane, which has been fighting a devastating food and energy crisis. She thinks she can save her family’s livelihood in an arranged marriage with Eagle, the heir to the throne of the house of Westlet. But as Asa and Eagle forge a genuine bond, will secrets from the past and the urgent needs of their people in the present keep them divided?
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legacy of kings eleanor hermanLegacy of Kings (Blood of Gods and Royals #1) by Eleanor Herman
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Release date: August 25th 2015
Alexander, Macedonia’s sixteen-year-old heir finds himself drawn to newcomer Katerina, who must navigate the dark secrets of court life while hiding her own mission: kill the Queen. But Kat’s first love, Jacob, will go to unthinkable lengths to win her, even if it means competing for her heart with Hephaestion, a murderer sheltered by the prince. Zofia, a Persian princess and Alexander’s unmet fiancée, wants to alter her destiny by seeking the famed and deadly Spirit Eaters.
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9780803739260_NearlyGone_JKT.inddNightfall by Jake Halpern & Peter Kujawinski
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 22nd 2015
On Marin’s island, sunrise doesn’t come every twenty-four hours–it comes every twenty-eight years. Each sunset, the townspeople sail to the south, where they wait out the long Night. None of the adults will tell Marin, Kana, or their friend Line exactly what happens when they leave the island, but when the three are accidentally left behind in the gathering dusk, they learn the truth: at Night, their town belongs to others, and those others want them gone.
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Nil (Nil #1) by Lynne Matson
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release date: March 4th 2014
On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have one year. Exactly 365 days–to escape, or you die. Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that to save their future, Charley must first save him.
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nothing left to burn patty blountNothing Left to Burn by Patty Blount
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: August 4th 2015
Reece joins the Junior Cadet program at his dad’s firehouse, but the program is gruelling, and Reece isn’t sure he can make it through. Then he meets Amanda. Amanda understands wanting to belong. As a foster kid, the firehouse is the only place that feels like home. She agrees to help Reece, but falling for him wasn’t part of the deal. And when a string of arsons suddenly point to Amanda, their relationship could go up in flames.
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not if i see you first eric lindstromNot If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom
Publisher: Poppy
Release date: December 1st 2015
Parker loves to run, has great friends, and isn’t afraid to speak her mind – especially when it comes to how stupid some people can be around a blind person like her. The only topic to avoid is how Parker feels about the boy who broke her heart in the eight grade…who has just transferred to her school. And as long as she can keep giving herself gold stars for every day she hasn’t cried since her dad’s death three months go, she’ll be just fine. Right?
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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: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her father but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among 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.
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the rest of us just live here patrick nessThe Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
Publisher: Walker Books
Release date: August 27th 2015
What if you weren’t the Chosen One? What if you’re not the one who’s so often the hero in YA fiction; who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again.
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six of crows leigh bardugoSix of Crows (The Dregs #1) by Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt
Release date: September 29th 2015
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. 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.
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a step towards falling cammie mcgovernA Step Toward Falling by Cammie McGovern
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: October 13th 2015
Emily has always been the kind of girl who tries to do the right thing—until one night she sees Belinda, a classmate with developmental disabilities, being attacked. Inexplicably, she does nothing at all. Belinda, however, manages to save herself. Emily is required to perform community service at a center for disabled people. Soon, Emily begins to feel like maybe she would be able to do the right thing if they could do that night all over again.
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these shallow graves jennifer donnellyThese Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly
Publisher: Random House Delacorte
Release date: October 27th 2015
Josephine Montfort, an American aristocrat, lives a life of old-money ease. Not much is expected of her other than to look good and marry well. But when her father dies due to an accidental gunshot, the gilding on Jo’s world starts to tarnish. With the help of a handsome and brash reporter, and a young medical student who moonlights in the city morgue, Jo uncovers the truth behind her father’s death and learns that if you’re going to bury the past, you’d better bury it deep.
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the thing about jellyfish ali benjaminThe Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 22nd 2015
After her best friend dies in a drowning accident, Suzy is convinced that the true cause of the tragedy was a rare jellyfish sting. Retreating into a silent world of imagination, she crafts a plan to prove her theory–even if it means traveling the globe, alone. Suzy’s achingly heartfelt journey explores life, death, the astonishing wonder of the universe…and the potential for love and hope right next door.
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this is where it ends marieke nijkampThis Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: January 5th 2016
10:00 a.m. The principal of Opportunity, Alabama’s high school finishes her speech, welcoming the entire student body to a new semester and encouraging them to excel and achieve. 10:02 a.m. The students get up to leave the auditorium for their next class. 10:03 a.m. The auditorium doors won’t open. 10:05 a.m. Someone starts shooting. Terror reigns as one student’s calculated revenge turns into the ultimate game of survival.
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this one summer jillian tamaki mariko tamakiThis One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki
Publisher: First Second
Release date: May 6th 2014
Every summer, Rose goes with her mom and dad to a lake house in Awago Beach. It’s their getaway, their refuge. Rosie’s friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had. But this summer is different. Rose’s mom and dad won’t stop fighting, and when Rose and Windy seek a distraction from the drama, they find themselves with a whole new set of problems.
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this raging light estelle laureThis Raging Light by Estelle Laure
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: December 22nd 2015
Can the best thing happen at the worst time?  Her dad went crazy. Her mom left town. She has bills to pay and a little sister to look after. Now is not the time for level-headed seventeen-year-old Lucille to fall in love. But love—messy, inconvenient love—is what she’s about to experience when she falls for Digby Jones, her best friend’s brother. With blazing longing that builds to a fever pitch, Estelle Laure’s soulful debut will keep readers hooked and hoping until the very last page.
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those girls lauren saftThose Girls by Lauren Saft
Publisher: Poppy
Release date: June 9th 2015
Alex, Mollie and Veronica are the best of friends and the party girls of the school. But how well does everybody know them? Alex is secretly in love with the boy next door and has joined a band–without telling anyone. Mollie suffers from a popular (and possibly sociopathic) boyfriend, as well as a serious mean streak. And Veronica just wants to be loved–literally, figuratively, physically….she’s not particular. Will this be the year that bonds them forever….or tears them apart?
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what we saw aaron hartzlerWhat We Saw by Aaron Hartzler
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: September 22nd 2015
Kate Weston can piece together most of the bash at John Doone’s house: shots with Stacey Stallard, Ben Cody taking her keys and getting her home early—the feeling that maybe he’s becoming more than just the guy she’s known since they were kids. But when a picture of Stacey passed out over Deacon Mills’s shoulder appears online the next morning, every answer Kate finds leads back to the same question: Where was Ben when a terrible crime was committed?
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the winner's kiss marie rutkoskiThe Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux
Release date: March 1st 2016
War has begun. Arin is in the thick of it, but far north lies a work camp where Kestrel is a prisoner. Can she manage to escape before she loses herself? As the war intensifies, both Kestrel and Arin discover unexpected roles in battle, terrible secrets, and a fragile hope. The world is changing. The East is pitted against the West, and Kestrel and Arin are caught between. In a game like this, can anybody really win?
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the wrath and the dawn renee ahdiehThe Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) by Renee Ahdieh
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
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. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid she does so with a clever plan to exact revenge. She discovers that the murderous boy-king is not all that he seems and neither are the deaths. Shazi is determined to uncover the reason for the murders and to break the cycle once and for all.
To read an excerpt, click here.

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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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