Book Friday: OMG Shakespeare

Shakespeare! Shakespeare! That’s something every high school student reads. We all can relate to this.

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Why yes we are! We love Shakespeare but not everyone does, especially when in regard to teens. With technology the cell phone is at everyones’ side and that makes teens text constantly. It’s there favorite form of communication, especially when using emojis.

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Today’s books are perfect for teen readers but also kids and adults. It’s Shakespeare made easy!

Let’s take a look at the OMG Shakespeare series!


 

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  • Series: OMG Shakespeare
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 26, 2015)

Hamlet, one of the greatest stories ever told . . . in texts?!
 
Imagine: What if Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, and the tragic Ophelia had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
 
A kingdom on the brink of war.
A stolen throne.
A boy seeking revenge.
 
<3 and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. ;)
 
 
tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, checking in at certain locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens. 
 
A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read.

 

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  • julietSeries: OMG Shakespeare
  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 26, 2015)

Romeo and Juliet, one of the greatest love stories ever told . . . in texts?! 
 
Imagine: What if those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet had smartphones? A classic is reborn in this fun and funny adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays!
 
Two families at war. 
A boy and a girl in love.
A secret marriage gone oh-so-wrong.
 
<3 and h8. The classics just got a whole lot more interesting. ;)
 
 tl;dr A Shakespeare play told through its characters texting with emojis, checking in at certain locations, and updating their relationship statuses. The perfect gift for hip theater lovers and teens. 
 
A glossary and cast of characters are included for those who need it. For example: tl;dr means too long; didn’t read. 

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My Review: These were hilarious books! Now Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet aren’t really comedies. They’re dramas, which may be the reason a lot of teens find them boring. The language can be foreign and drawn out. Sure it was understandable back then but in our present moment it has kids scratching their heads, wondering what the hell is going on.

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In comes OMG Shakespeare series. A modern take of Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet with text messages. In a world where most people prefer texting as communication, these books come at a perfect time. I think kids of all ages can read these books and enjoy them! The emojis are perfectly placed throughout the play adding some humor to such dreary stories. The story makes sense. I’m sure even Shakespeare would be proud!

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Should you read it? Yes! A fun take on classics that any kid or adult would enjoy. And what’s even greater? It’s a quick read. No more looking up on Google the meaning of each scene. Just sit back and laugh.

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A parting Shakespeare quote from the fabulous Leo! Until next time.

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Release Day Blitz: May 19th

It’s Tuesday, It’s Tuesday! That means all the new books!

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Tuesday’s are special days because new books hit the shelves! So that’s why we dedicated this day for our Release Day Blitz. It’s where we highlight some new book releases that we think you might like! Let’s get started!

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (May 19, 2015)

 Reality, it turns out, is often not what you perceive it to be—sometimes, there really is someone out to get you. For fans of Silver Linings Playbook and Liar, this thought-provoking debut tells the story of Alex, a high school senior—and the ultimate unreliable narrator—unable to tell the difference between real life and delusion.

Alex fights a daily battle to figure out what is real and what is not. Armed with a take-no-prisoners attitude, her camera, a Magic 8 Ball, and her only ally (her little sister), Alex wages a war against her schizophrenia, determined to stay sane long enough to get into college. She’s pretty optimistic about her chances until she runs into Miles. Didn’t she imagine him? Before she knows it, Alex is making friends, going to parties, falling in love, and experiencing all the usual rites of passage for teenagers. But Alex is used to being crazy. She’s not prepared for normal. Can she trust herself? Can we trust her?

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*Hardcover: 368 pages

*Publisher: Greenwillow Books (May 19, 2015)

What if the world holds more dangers—and more wonders—than we have ever known? And what if there is more than one world? From Heather Dixon, author of the acclaimed Entwined, comes a brilliantly conceived adventure that sweeps us from the inner workings of our souls to the far reaches of our imaginations.

Jonathan is perfectly ordinary. But then—as every good adventure begins—the king swoops into port, and Jonathan and his father are enlisted to find the cure to a deadly plague. Jonathan discovers that he’s a prodigy at working with a new chemical called fantillium, which creates shared hallucinations—or illusions. And just like that, Jonathan is knocked off his path. Through richly developed parallel worlds, vivid action, a healthy dose of humor, and gorgeous writing, Heather Dixon spins a story that calls to mind The Night Circus and Pixar movies, but is wholly its own.

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  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (May 19, 2015)
Meet Oliver, a prince literally taken from the pages of a fairy tale and transported into the real world. Meet Delilah, the girl who wished Oliver into being. It’s a miracle that seems perfect at first. Sure, Oliver doesn’t know that you shouldn’t try to open your locker with a dagger or that there’s no such thing as “the ruler” of the local mall. But he also looks at Delilah as if she’s the only girl in the world—the only girl in any world—and Delilah can’t help feeling that being with him is a dream come to life.
 
But not every story can have a happy ending. Because the book wants Oliver back. And it will turn both worlds upside down to get him. 
 
Oliver and Delilah will have to decide what—and who—they’re willing to risk for love and what it really means for a fairy tale to come true.

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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (May 19, 2015)

Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
 
Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
 
The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
 
But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

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These books sound amazing not to mention the beautiful covers. We must have them all.

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What are you looking forward to releasing today?

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Look Out Wednesday: Endure

Wednesday is here!!! Let’s bring on the cuteness.

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Look Out Wednesday is our weekly post that spotlights upcoming books we can’t wait to read. Today’s book is the final novel of a series I just love! The first two books were a whirlwind of adventure and intense action. I can’t wait to see what happens to my Damian, er I mean the characters. Plus, the cover was recently revealed and it’s gorgeous!

Let’s take a look at Sara B Larson’s Endure!


 

endureThe remarkable third novel in Sara B. Larson’s bestselling Defy series!

At last, Alexa and King Damian are engaged to be married. But their lives are far from safe. The kingdom of Antion is under siege, and Rylan is a prisoner of the enemy. Even worse, Alexa remains at the mercy of the evil Dansiian Rafe, who controls her mind and can force Alexa to kill or harm Damian at any moment. Despite this, Alexa is determined to rescue Rylan, which soon leads her far from Damian and deep into enemy territory.

When she arrives, what awaits her is deadlier than anything she could have ever imagined: an army of black sorcerers, and a horrifying plot to destroy the world as Alexa knows it. Will she be able to gather the strength to free herself, protect the love of her life, and save the land? Will there ever be true peace?

Acclaimed author Sara B. Larson has woven a stunning, romantic, and evocative finale to the Defy trilogy, that is sAbout the Author:ure to leave readers breathless until the very last page.


 

About the Author:

Sara’s debut YA fantasy novel, DEFY, released in January of 2014 from Scholastic. The sequel will come out in early 2015–stay tuned for announcements about the title, cover, and synopsis! Sara lives in Utah with her husband and three young children. She writes during naptime and the hours when most people are sleeping. Her  husband claims she should have a degree in “the art of multitasking.” On occasion you will find her hiding in a bubble bath with a book and some Swedish Fish or some mint chocolate truffles. She is represented by Josh Adams of Adams Literary.

Follow Sara on Twitter, Facebook, and/or her blog.


Endure sound amazing and it looks like we’re in for a fantastic epic conclusion. Isn’t the cover gorgeous too?!

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What books are you looking forward too?

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The Wrath and the Dawn Release Day Blitz Giveaway!

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It’s the happiest day of the week! Why? Because it’s release day for THE WRATH AND THE DAWN!

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Today we’re part of the release celebration with a special introduction by Renée herself! This book is not to be missed so if you havent heard about it, be sure to check it out below.

This blitz also includes a giveaway for a signed copies of the book and some beautiful book inspired scarves, courtesy of Renée, Penguin Teen, and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

 

A letter from Renée Ahdieh.

There are not enough words to express how thrilled I am to share THE WRATH AND THE DAWN with you! From the moment I typed the first word, I felt connected to Shahrzad and her world in a way that carried me through the long process of publication to where we are today. 
 
Everything about this process has been a dream come true, and hope you love my book half as much as I enjoyed writing it. In celebration of release day, I’ll be giving away a signed, first edition hardcover of the book, as well as a gorgeous scarf. . . or two!
 
Always remember to make it a story worthy of you!
Renée


 About The Book:
 
Title: THE
WRATH & THE DAWN
Author: Renée Ahdieh
Pub. Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher:Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 388

 

Every dawn brings
horror to a different family in a land ruled by a killer. Khalid, the
eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, takes a new bride each night only to have her executed at sunrise. So it is a suspicious surprise when sixteen-year-old Shahrzad volunteers to marry Khalid. But she does so with a clever plan to stay alive and exact revenge on the Caliph for the murder of her best friend and countless other girls. Shazi’s wit and will, indeed, get her through to the dawn that no others have seen, but with a catch . . . she’s falling in love with the very boy who killed her dearest friend.

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. 

About Renée:
 
Renée lives in North Carolina (Go Heels!) with her husband Victor and their dog Mushu. Her YA fantasy novel, THE WRATH AND THE DAWN, will be published on May 12th, 2015. In her spare time, she likes to cook, dance salsa, and wreak havoc on the lives of her characters.
She’s also a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, as
well as an active member of theScience
Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America
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Giveaway Details:

 
3 winners will receive a hardcover of THE WRATH AND THE DAWN and a beautiful book inspired scarf (IMAGES BELOW)! US Only.
 
Ends on May
22nd at Midnight EST!
 
 

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Book Friday: An Ember in the Ashes Review & Giveaway

Have you ever had a book you couldn’t stop thinking about? You run over the plot and characters in your mind while at work? You stalk the author for any information regarding book 2? Well…this was me for An Ember in the Ashes. This book blew me away.

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An epic story full of courage and wonderful diverse characters. A unique fantasy world that was cruel and wonderful at the same time. I just couldn’t put this book down. Today’s book is An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir. I’m happy to report that An Ember in the Ashes in #2 on the New York Times Bestseller list! Congrats Sabaa!

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Let’s take a look at the book!


 

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  • Hardcover: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill (April 28, 2015)

A “deft, polished debut”  (Publishers Weekly, starred review), Sabaa Tahir‘s AN EMBER IN THE ASHES is a thought-provoking, heart-wrenching and pulse-pounding read. Set in a rich, high-fantasy world with echoes of ancient Rome, it tells the story of a slave fighting for her family and a young soldier fighting for his freedom.

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk 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.

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My Review:

I honestly can say only one other book had me glued to the pages and kept by my side until finished. That was Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen. Now I found another book to hold me captive. An Ember in the Ashes was masterfully written. The pace flowed steadily to the point I just read and read.

The world the book centers around is brutal, ruled by the Martial Empire who enslave scholars, taking from them libraries, books and their freedom. Scholars live in poverty serving the Martials as slaves. They aren’t allowed to read or write for the punishment is death. To maintain such order, the Empire has special warriors with deadly weapons to keep the Scholars in their place. If a Martials’ child is accepted into the Blackcliff academy, they train to become these deadly warriors known as The Masks. They must wear silver masks 24/7, so they can form over their faces like second skin, given the name.

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However, there is a resistance that has been rising for years against the Empire. Striking out when they least expect it.

The book moves from two different point of views. Laia is a young Scholar who knows how to read. One night a Mask comes to take her brother Darin away, for illegally drawing images of weapons, burns their house down and kills her grandparents. She can only do one thing, join the resistance and go undercover in Blackcliff to spy so her brother can be freed. It’s in the resistance she meets the handsome fighter Keenan who helps her during her time at Blackcliff. She endures much cruelty, especially by the Commandment, the leader of Blackcliff. A woman with much power and cruel determination to search out traitors from the resistance.

Elias is a highborn student at Blackcliff, training to be a Mask. But he wants no part of it and plans to desert only to be pulled back in by the Trials. Whoever wins these tests become Emperor. Those that lose die. He must compete against his best friend Helene under the watchful eye of his mother, the Commandment. Elias starts to have conflicting feelings for his friend Helene and the slave girl Laia. His story was my favorite part of the book. I loved his turmoiled emotions and how he sets out to do the right thing.

Love triangle haters beware, this book has a double whammy of a love triangle. I really don’t like love triangles. Elias has feeling for both Helene and Laia. Laia has feeling for Keenan and Elias. But Elias and Laia’s emotions are more connected with the moment rather than true feelings. He likes Laia’s looks and it seems to be based on that throughout the book rather than her wit. So who knows where it will lead. I love the connection between Elias and Helene and look forward to see what happens in the next book. They seemed the most perfect for each other. So the love triangle wasn’t really that bad because the story is what the book is all about.

Sabaa did a wonderful job weaving a realistic story in this fantasy world. It’s violent with bloody scenes that make the story much more intense. I gasped. I cringed. I yelled. I was a ball of nerves.

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The description of the world brought to life every detail of the characters and setting. The action was non-stop and with each turn of the page some sweat gathered on my forehead with concern for Elias…oh and Laia! Sabaa did a wonderful job at this debut novel. I can’t wait to see what she has next because I eagerly wait for the sequel.

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Should you read it? YES! What are you waiting for? This masterpiece of a story is something you can’t miss. You won’t put it down. Trust me. It’s a wonderful add to your library collection.

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Order your book here!


 

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About the author: Sabaa Tahir grew up in California’s Mojave Desert at her family’s 18-room motel. There, she spent her time devouring fantasy novels, raiding her brother’s comic book stash and playing guitar badly. She began writing An Ember in the Ashes while working nights as a newspaper editor. She likes thunderous indie rock, garish socks and all things nerd. Sabaa currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her family.

Follow Sabba on twitterPinterestGoodreadstumblr, and/or her blog!

 

The Giveaway!

We’re celebrating Sabaa’s NYT bestseller! I loved this book so much I want you to have a chance to read it. Here’s your chance to win a hard cover copy of An Ember in the Ashes from Amazon!
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The Nightmare Charade Cover Reveal and Giveaway!

Welcome to the “official” cover reveal of The Nightmare Charade, the final installment of the Arkwell Academy Series by Mindee Arnett from Tor Teen. The book is out August 4th, but below is your chance to win an advanced copy. So scroll down to see the cover and learn a little bit about the book (please note the cover is not quite final but almost).

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Let’s take a look at the cover!

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It’s her junior year at Arkwell Academy and Dusty Everhart just wants to be alone with her boyfriend, Eli Booker. But fate is literally keeping them apart. See, Dusty is a Nightmare, who can enter Eli’s dreams to find clues to the future, but an ancient curse predicts that any romance between them is doomed to end in tragedy. Dusty and Eli are willing to take that risk, but the authorities disagree—and have assigned a chaperone to make sure their relationship is strictly platonic.

As if that’s not bad enough, they’ve been recruited by the Department of Intelligence for Magickind Secrecy (D.I.M.S.) to use their dream-seer bond to help recover the most powerful object of black magic known to magickind. The Animus Mortem can raise the dead by stealing the souls of the living… which makes tracking it down a genuine matter of life and death.

To make matters worse, one of Dusty’s friends is accused of murder, and is counting on her to clear his name.

Dusty has too many dreams, too many commitments, and too many people looking over her shoulder, but a Nightmare seldom plays by the rules. Curse or no curse, chaperone or not, she has to go deep into Eli’s dreams if she’s going to find the truth—and discover a way for them to truly be together at last!

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A special message from Mindee:

Hello! And thanks for coming to my “official” cover reveal. By that I mean, the cover has been leaked for months now, but we’re not going to let that stop us from celebrating! So firstly, can I just say how much I love this one? I’ve been lucky in all my covers for the Arkwell Academy series, but I adore this color so much. We almost made book 2 this color, but it worked out so much better for this one. Thanks so much to the artist Kate Forester and to my brilliant editor, Whitney Ross.

So what exactly are we looking at here with the strange boat and river scene? Well, if you guessed “dream sequence” then you’re right. Charade starts off two months after the end of The Nightmare Dilemma. Dusty has just returned from a summer-long tour of Europe with her mother, and she’s eager to reconnect with Eli. But of course their reunion doesn’t go as planned when they are interrupted by a magickind special agent who has come to recruit them for a special—and dangerous—task.

What else can you expect? Well, there’s kissing, and magic, old enemies and new, and kissing, and scary dreams, and good friends, and action, oh and more kissing. Sadly, there are also a few casualties as well. This really is the end of the story for Dusty and Eli, but I hope you enjoy the ride!

Mindee


 To the Giveaway!

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Giveaway Details:

-Closes midnight EST on May 13, 2015

-Open internationally

-2 signed advanced readers copies of The Nightmare Charade

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Isn’t the cover amazing? We can’t wait until that book hits the shelves. Good luck!

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Release Day Blitz: May 5th

Today is an exciting day! There are a bunch of great books releasing.

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Tuesday’s are dedicated for Release Day Blitz. It’s where we highlight some new books that hit the shelves today that we think you might like! So let’s get started.


 

  • Series: The Summoner Trilogy
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (May 5, 2015)

He can summon demons. But can he win a war?

Fletcher is working as a blacksmith’s apprentice when he discovers he has the rare ability to summon demons from another world. Chased from his village for a crime he did not commit, Fletcher must travel with his demon, Ignatius, to an academy for adepts, where the gifted are taught the art of summoning.
Along with nobles and commoners, Fletcher endures grueling lessons that will prepare him to serve as a Battlemage in the Empire’s war against the savage Orcs. But sinister forces infect new friendships and rivalries grow. With no one but Ignatius by his side, Fletcher must decide where his loyalties lie. The fate of the Empire is in his hands.

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  • Series: A Fractured Lives novel (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (May 5, 2015)

Mackenzie Wilson once had hope for what life had to offer, but everything changed on the night of her graduation. A year later, the only way she can find comfort is by keeping her head down and hoping she remains unnoticed at college.

When Bentley James discovered Mac in that twisted SUV, he was just a newbie EMT on his first call. It was a gut-wrenching moment that made him realize not everyone can be saved—and sometimes they don’t want to be.

A chance encounter on campus brings Bentley back into Mac’s life. Despite her initial resistance, he sets out to discover the girl hiding beneath a shield of seclusion. He evokes painful memories in Mac—but also feelings. As the spark between them grows, Mac must decide if she can let go of the past and believe in something as fragile as love…

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  • Series: The Selection (Book 4)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (May 5, 2015)

Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story…but as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

A new generation of swoonworthy characters and captivating romance awaits in the fourth book of the Selection series!

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  • Series: A Court of Thorns and Roses
  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 5, 2015)

When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.

As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she’s been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

Perfect for fans of Kristen Cashore and George R. R. Martin, this first book in a sexy and action-packed new series is impossible to put down!

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What an epic release day! Which books are you getting? We’re getting them all!

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