Read excerpts from new YA books! (April 12)

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

100 Hours (100 Hours #1) by Rachel Vincent
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: March 28th 2017
While Maddie craves family time for spring break, her cousin Genesis seeks novelty—like a last-minute getaway to an untouched beach in Colombia. But paradise has its price. Dragged from their tents under the cover of dark, Genesis, Maddie, and their friends are kidnapped and held for ransom deep inside the jungle—with no diva left behind. It all feels so random to everyone except Genesis. She knows they were targeted for a reason. And that reason is her.
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Defy the Stars (Defy the Stars #1) by Claudia Gray
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: April 4th 2017
Noemi Vidal is a seventeen years old and sworn to protect her planet, Genesis. She’s willing to risk anything—including her own life. To their enemies on Earth, she’s a rebel. Abandoned in space for years, utterly alone, Abel has advanced programming that’s begun to evolve. He wants only to protect his creator, and to be free. To the people of Genesis, he’s an abomination. Noemi and Abel are enemies in an interstellar war, forced by chance to work together.
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Fireworks by Katie Cotugno
Publisher: HarperCollins/Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 11th 2017
It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one. But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. It should be a dream come true, but things between Olivia and Dana start to shift.
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The Freemason’s Daughter by Shelley Sackier
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: April 11th 2017
Jenna’s small clan has risked their lives secretly drumming up support and arms for the exiled King James Stuart to retake the British throne. But when the Duke of Keswick hires the clan to build a garrison on his estate, it seems she cannot hide her capable mind from the duke’s son, Lord Alex Pembroke. Soon Jenna must struggle not only to keep her newfound friendship with Alex from her father, but also to keep her father’s treason from Alex.
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Gem & Dixie by Sara Zarr
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: April 4th 2017
Gem has never known what it is to have security. The one constant in her life has been Dixie. Gem grew up taking care of her sister when no one else could: not their mother, whose issues make it hard for her to keep food on the table; and definitely not their father. When their dad returns for the first time in years and tries to insert himself back into their lives, Gem finds herself with an unexpected opportunity: three days with Dixie, on their own in Seattle and beyond.
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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Release date: April 4th 2017
Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope. Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers.
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Literally by Lucy Keating
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 11th 2017
Annabelle’s life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she’s writing a new novel—and Annabelle is the heroine.  It turns out, Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her.  But Annabelle doesn’t want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story—or will Lucy Keating have the last word?
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Lois Lane: Triple Threat (Lois Lane #3) by Gwenda Bond
Publisher: Switch Press
Release date: May 1st 2017
For the first time, Lois Lane has almost everything she wants. And now, her online crush, SmallvilleGuy, is coming to Metropolis. If all goes well, they’ll turn their long-distance friendship into a some-kind-of-fairy-tale romance. But when does all ever go well? Before she can check boyfriend off her list, Lois must take down a mad scientist plus a trio of mutant teens, protect the elusive flying man from the feds (including her dad), and navigate her very first date with SmallvilleGuy.
To read an excerpt, click here.

The Pearl Thief: A Code Name Verity Prequel by Elizabeth Wein
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release date: May 4th 2017
When Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break won’t be exactly like she anticipated. And once she returns to her grandfather’s estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident. Her memory of that day returns to her in pieces. One of her family’s employees is missing, and he disappeared on the very same day she landed in the hospital.
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Sleeper by MacKenzie Cadenhead
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Release date: August 1st 2017
As a sufferer of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder, Sarah acts out her dreams. Usually she’s only a danger to herself, but when she almost breaks her best friend’s neck at a sleepover, Sarah becomes a social pariah. Luckily (and stangely), Wes, a guy she’s only seen in her dreams, turns up at school and the two become inseparable. An experimental drug offers a cure, but she and Wes soon realize that not only are they sharing the same dreams, they can now alter other people’s dreams.
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Shadowcaster (Shadow Realms #2) by Cinda Williams Chima
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: April 4th 2017
Alyssa ana’Raisa is the reluctant princess heir to the Gray Wolf throne of Fells, a queendom embroiled in a seemingly endless war. Hardened by too many losses, Lyss is more comfortable striking with a sword than maneuvering at court. After a brush with death, she goes on the offensive, meaning to end the war that has raged her whole life. If her gamble doesn’t pay off, she could lose her queendom before she even ascends to the throne.
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Strange the Dreamer (Strange the Dreamer #1) by Laini Taylor
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Release date: March 28th 2017
The dream chooses the dreamer, not the other way around— and Lazlo Strange, war orphan and junior librarian, has always feared that his dream chose poorly. Since he was five years old he’s been obsessed with the mythic lost city of Weep, but it would take someone bolder than he to cross half the world in search of it. Then a stunning opportunity presents itself and he has to seize his chance to lose his dream forever.
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That Inevitable Victorian Thing by E.K. Johnston
Publisher: Dutton Books for Young Readers
Release date: October 3rd 2017
Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. Margaret will soon enter into a politically advantageous marriage, but first she’ll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process.
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Lucy is a part-time swimming teacher and full-time 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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