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    Interview with MURDER AMONG THE STARS Author Adam Shankman

    I am so thrilled to welcome the very talented and amazing Adam Shankman to the blog today for a Q&A about his latest novel, MURDER AMONG THE STARS which he co-authored with Laura L. Sullivan. MURDER AMONG THE STARS is the second LuLu Kelly Mystery and is even more exciting than the first with its interesting and delightful cast of characters and its incredible setting – Hearst Castle.

    Author Adam Shankman talks favorite characters, favorite and challenging scenes, favorite book in the series, which character type he would be, just what Freddie adores most about Lulu, and more!

    I love why he chose the setting for this novel, I love how he differentiates Lulu and Lucille, and I love that he is entertained by his characters. And I love this series.

    If you’re new to the series skip the description for MURDER AMONG THE STARS but feel free to check out the interview as it is non-spoiler-y. The information about GIRL ABOUT TOWN, the first book in the series, can be found at the end of the post.

    If you’d like to learn more about the authors be sure to follow them on social media – links follow their brief bios. And if you’d like to check out the Blog Tour Interview with Author Laura L. Sullivan, CLICK HERE.


    About MURDER AMONG THE STARS

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    Title & Series: MURDER AMONG THE STARS (A Lulu Kelly Mystery)
    Authors: Adam Shankman, Laura L. Sullivan
    Release date: June 13, 2017
    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

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    Description…

    A murderer is picking off the young Hollywood starlets gathered at the swanky Hearst Castle, and Lulu Kelly might be next—unless she can find the killer first in this glitzy, glamorous, and cinematic sequel to acclaimed film producer/director Adam Shankman and coauthor Laura Sullivan’s Girl About Town.

    After being framed for attempted murder, Lulu Kelly has earned a rest. Unfortunately, there is no rest in Hollywood for a rising starlet. Lulu and her boyfriend Freddie are invited to posh Hearst Castle, where Lulu will be competing against other young actresses for the role of a lifetime. But what’s a house party without a little murder?

    After a rival actress is found dead under the dining room table, Lulu makes it her mission to solve the mystery. But illusion is this town’s number one export, and it’s hard to tell the ambitious from the truly evil. As the clues pile up, Lulu and Freddie race to find the killer, even as Lulu becomes the next target.

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    The Interview

    Q&A with Author Adam Shankman

    Q. Who is your favorite character to write about in the Lulu Kelly Mysteries series – and why is she/he a favorite?

    I would have to say that my favorites are the actually Freddie and Lulu. Certainly Lulu. They are both in a great hurry to be adults, and take on the world, and they feel VERY BIG feelings! They entertain me endlessly.

    Q. What was your favorite scene (non-spoiler-y) to write in MURDER AMONG THE STARS – and why was it a favorite?

    I liked the party scenes. I’ve always had a great fondness for Agatha Christie style gatherings, when people are all in a room together, and you know SOMEONE there is a murderer, but you don’t know who. The darting eyes, the mistrust, the booze and dancing, and the tension of not knowing. I love writing that stuff.

    Q. What was your most challenging scene (non-spoiler-y) to write in MURDER AMONG THE STARS – and why was it a challenge?

    For me, the challenge of these books are to try and keep them from becoming too twee and precious. They are homages to giants that came before us, and a period I have great unbridled respect and enthusiasm for. I guess, given that, the part I personally struggled with the most, was the reveal of the killer! Laura and I wrote one idea originally, than completely rethought it, and made it a completely different idea. More satisfying I think. But I don’t like endings! I like process, so endings are a bit sad to me.

    Q. Which book in the Lulu Kelly Mysteries was your favorite to write – and why?

    I actually thought writing Girl About Town was much more fun for awhile since I enjoyed creating the lives of our characters. Mysteries are a bit of math, what with the plots, subplots, misleads, laying out clues, etc… I tend to favor character related work. Getting to know these people. Hanging out with them. I’m terrible at math by nature, so as to that, I was so grateful to Laura for being such a stalwart guide and soldier. She had a great deal of patience with me.

    Q. What do you enjoy most about writing a mystery/mysteries?

    See above!

    Q. What made you choose the setting for MURDER AMONG THE STARS?

    I’m a native Angeleno, and as a child my mom took me to Hearst Castle, and I’ve never forgotten what an extraordinary impact it had on me. I imagined all of the movie stars, and luminaries of the time cavorting in that gorgeous setting. When I was small, it was HUGE to me. In fact, the bedrooms are rather small by todays standards, but the history is honey running down the walls there. When we were thinking about the next book, this was the actual setting I immediately suggested, and Laura went all in for it! I think it’s a pretty darn perfect location for glamorous mayhem, which is frankly what Freddie and Lulu are all about!

    Q. If you could describe Lulu Kelly in 15 words or less, how would you describe her? AND if you could describe Lucille O’Malley in 15 words or less how different would your description be?

    Lulu Kelly: insatiably curious, head-strong, brave, and ambitious. She’s a glamorous trouble maker and a hopeless romantic. I counted head-strong as one word.

    Lucille O’Malley was infinitely more humble, burdened, fearful and didn’t know she could really ever raise herself up. Her shame about how she got everything that her “new life” has offered her will likely never stop plaguing her conscience. She’s simply too moral.

    Q. What is it about Lulu Kelly that Freddie van der Waals adores the most?

    This question makes me want to use a million old fashioned words that seldom get used these days! Moxie, pluck, wiles, spunk, guts, nerve, and fearlessness. I think he’s terribly drawn to everything about her that he compains about! Her impetuous nature drives him bonkers, but it’s also what endlessly intrigues and endears her to him.

    Q. If you were a character in the Lulu Kelly Mysteries who would you be – hero/heroine, villain, victim, suspect, someone else? And why would you choose to be that type of character?

    I will always and forever see myself as the goofy sidekick. I’m probably Charlie, the dog in these books. I’m not handsome or dashing enough to be the hero, or female and girlish enough to be the heroine! I’m the funny narrator. The wise cracking pal. And I love that character. They add a fresh perspective to things, and usually take the edge off of the leading folks. Also, not for nothing, they so seldom get killed!


    About the Authors

    Photo credit: Frank Meli

    Adam Shankman is the director and producer of the exuberant musical remake of Hairspray, the producer of the top-grossing Step Up films, the director of the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller A Walk to Remember starring Mandy Moore, and the director of Bringing Down the House starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. Adam has also directed episodes of Modern Family and Glee, and he was a popular judge on So You Think You Can Dance.

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    Photo credit: Andy DeLay

    Laura L. Sullivan is a former newspaper editor, biologist, social worker, and deputy sheriff who writes because storytelling is the easiest way to do everything in the world. Her books include Love By the Morning StarDelusion, and Ladies in Waiting. Laura lives on the Florida coast.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: GIRL ABOUT TOWN (A Lulu Kelly Mystery)
    Authors: Adam Shankman, Laura L. Sullivan
    Release date: April 19, 2016
    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

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    Description…

    Not too long ago, Lucille O’Malley was living in a tenement in New York. Now she’s Lulu Kelly, Hollywood’s newest It Girl. She may be a star, but she worries that her past will catch up with her. Back in New York she witnessed a Mafia murder, and this glamorous new life in Tinseltown is payment for her silence.

    Dashing Freddie van der Waals, the only son of a New York tycoon, was a playboy with the world at his feet. But when he discovered how his corrupt father really made the family fortune, Freddie abandoned his billions and became a vagabond. He travels the country in search of redemption and a new identity, but his father will stop at nothing to bring him home.

    When fate brings Lulu and Freddie together, sparks fly—and gunshots follow. Suddenly Lulu finds herself framed for attempted murder. Together, she and Freddie set out to clear her name. But can they escape their pasts and finally find the Hollywood ending they long for?

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    MURDER AMONG THE STARS Blog Tour: Interview + Giveaway

    I am super excited to be a stop on the MURDER AMONG THE STARS Blog Tour and to share an interview with Author Laura L. Sullivan in which she talks favorite and challenging scenes, favorite quotes, which character she would be, and more!

    I also have a copy of MURDER AMONG THE STARS for giveaway. So if you’re in the U.S. and you’d like the chance to win this second book in the Lulu Kelly Mysteries, be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter.

    As a huge fan of mysteries and thrillers, I adore this series about Lulu Kelly. The authors made murder a lot of fun to read about. (And I have to admit that it’s pretty awesome that it’s co-authored by the very talented Adam Shankman.)


    About MURDER AMONG THE STARS

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    Title & Series: MURDER AMONG THE STARS (A Lulu Kelly Mystery)
    Authors: Adam Shankman, Laura L. Sullivan
    Release date: June 13, 2017
    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 320
    Formats: Hardcover, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    A murderer is picking off the young Hollywood starlets gathered at the swanky Hearst Castle, and Lulu Kelly might be next—unless she can find the killer first in this glitzy, glamorous, and cinematic sequel to acclaimed film producer/director Adam Shankman and coauthor Laura Sullivan’s Girl About Town.

    After being framed for attempted murder, Lulu Kelly has earned a rest. Unfortunately, there is no rest in Hollywood for a rising starlet. Lulu and her boyfriend Freddie are invited to posh Hearst Castle, where Lulu will be competing against other young actresses for the role of a lifetime. But what’s a house party without a little murder?

    After a rival actress is found dead under the dining room table, Lulu makes it her mission to solve the mystery. But illusion is this town’s number one export, and it’s hard to tell the ambitious from the truly evil. As the clues pile up, Lulu and Freddie race to find the killer, even as Lulu becomes the next target.

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    The Interview

    Q&A with Author Laura L. Sulliva

    Q. Who is your favorite character to write about in the Lulu Kelly Mysteries series – and why is she/he a favorite?

    Of course I delve most deeply into the main characters, but of the others, the gangster turned Hollywood mover and shaker Sal Benedetto is a favorite of mine. He’s not exactly an honorable character, but he’s far better than he could be in his situation. He’s the ultimate man of the era, expanding into the new opportunities of Hollywood. Plus, of course, he’s incredibly alluring…

    Q. What was your favorite scene (non-spoiler-y) to write in MURDER AMONG THE STARS – and why was it a favorite?

    The conversation around the dinner table just before the first body was discovered is my favorite. Lulu has a fairly shocking misunderstanding that leads to the revelation!

    Q. What was your most challenging scene (non-spoiler-y) to write in MURDER AMONG THE STARS – and why was it a challenge?

    It’s hard to go into any detail without giving anything away, but the scenes that make characters look absolutely guilty are among the most fun and challenging. You have to get so close… but not quite. Getting that absolute plausibility is difficult.

    Q. What are your top three character quotes and/or passages from any of the books in the Lulu Kelly Mysteries?

    Of Sal’s dark-bladed knife (and perhaps personality?):

    Let the show-offs have shiny blades. Serious killers have dark weapons.

    Of Marion Davies (could she have orchestrated the murder for her own entertainment?):

    She’s bored! A gin-soaked bird held prisoner in a gilded cage. The whole thing smacks of one big spectacle for her personal entertainment.

    I like this passage describing Hearst in a nutshell:

    Hearst made a ludicrous figure, bearish and lumbering beside the effervescent Marion. But he put on a game show, laughing at his own clumsiness. Lulu thought it must be easier to accept being a figure of fun when his signature on a check could buy anyone or anything. That would numb the sting.

    No, she realized a moment later. He was ordering them to laugh at him, just as he had ordered them to dance. If they’d done it on their own they might be banished, ruined. But he enjoyed having the power to tell people to laugh at him. Look, he seemed to say with his antics, I can be ridiculous and still be above you.

    Q. Which book in the Lulu Kelly Mysteries was your favorite to write – and why?

    I could never choose! The first was a joy because we were meeting these wonderful characters. In the second, they were old friends.

    Q. What do you enjoy most about writing a mystery/mysteries?

    I love the period when a friend is reading it and narrating their experience to me, when I realize that Adam and I set up exactly the right misdirections and red herrings.

    Page 20: “I know the cat did it!”

    Page 50: “Wait, no, it was the dog!”

    Page 150: “No, it was the budgie, and he’s setting the dog up!”

    Page 200: “But the cat doesn’t have an alibi!”

    Page 250: “Could it be the gerbil? No way. But wait, maybe… How could he…. ohhhhh yeah, it all makes sense now! How did I not see that on Page 20?”

    Q. What made you choose the setting for MURDER AMONG THE STARS?

    I’ve always been fascinated with William Randolph Hearst, Marion Davies, and Hearst Castle. When Adam and I were talking about the era, we discovered we shared that fascination. Adam toured the castle extensively, researching every detail, to get the setting just right.

    Q. What is it about Lulu Kelly that Freddie van der Waals adores the most?

    I think he loves that she can inhabit both worlds. She can fit in with the glitzy kind of people he grew up with, but she has no pretension and none of their less desirable traits. Yet she can also slum it in a diner and can mend her own clothes. She knows both world, rich and poor, and takes the best from both – and holds onto her core character through both.

    Q. If you were a character in the Lulu Kelly Mysteries who would you be – hero/heroine, villain, victim, suspect, someone else? And why would you choose to be that type of character?

    I’d like to be Lulu’s publicist Veronica – smart, cynical, practical, and efficient but with real loyalty and heart. She’s got a killer sense of humor, and pushes Lulu to be successful with a mix of pragmatism and sympathy. (Of course, I’d like to be Anita Loos just so I could have written Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, though I don’t envy her personal life or the compromises she sometimes had to make in her career.)


    About the Authors

    Photo credit: Andy DeLay

    Laura L. Sullivan is a former newspaper editor, biologist, social worker, and deputy sheriff who writes because storytelling is the easiest way to do everything in the world. Her books include Love By the Morning StarDelusion, and Ladies in Waiting. Laura lives on the Florida coast.

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    Photo credit: Frank Meli

    Adam Shankman is the director and producer of the exuberant musical remake of Hairspray, the producer of the top-grossing Step Up films, the director of the adaptation of the Nicholas Sparks bestseller A Walk to Remember starring Mandy Moore, and the director of Bringing Down the House starring Steve Martin and Queen Latifah. Adam has also directed episodes of Modern Family and Glee, and he was a popular judge on So You Think You Can Dance.

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    Other Books in the Series

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    Title & Series: GIRL ABOUT TOWN (A Lulu Kelly Mystery)
    Authors: Adam Shankman, Laura L. Sullivan
    Release date: April 19, 2016
    Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
    Pages: 336
    Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook

    Read an EXCERPT

    Description…

    Not too long ago, Lucille O’Malley was living in a tenement in New York. Now she’s Lulu Kelly, Hollywood’s newest It Girl. She may be a star, but she worries that her past will catch up with her. Back in New York she witnessed a Mafia murder, and this glamorous new life in Tinseltown is payment for her silence.

    Dashing Freddie van der Waals, the only son of a New York tycoon, was a playboy with the world at his feet. But when he discovered how his corrupt father really made the family fortune, Freddie abandoned his billions and became a vagabond. He travels the country in search of redemption and a new identity, but his father will stop at nothing to bring him home.

    When fate brings Lulu and Freddie together, sparks fly—and gunshots follow. Suddenly Lulu finds herself framed for attempted murder. Together, she and Freddie set out to clear her name. But can they escape their pasts and finally find the Hollywood ending they long for?

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    The Giveaway

    Courtesy of the publisher….

    ONE (1) winner will receive a hardcover copy of MURDER AMONG THE STARS – US only

    • Must be 13 or older to enter
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    • Giveaway ends on September 4th
    • Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and contacted by email
    • Winner has 72 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen
    • Prize will be sent by the publisher

    Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #179

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    Below are the (mostly) YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of June 3rd-June 9th that I have pre-ordered.


    MakeItCount

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    MAKE IT COUNT by Megan Erickson releases in the U.S. today, June 3, 2014, in eBook format. (A paperback edition releases on July 8th.) It is currently available to order/pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by William Morrow Impulse, the print edition is 384 pages.

    MAKE IT COUNT is the first book in Author Megan Erickson’s Bowler University series. The second books in the series, MAKE IT RIGHT, is slated for release on September 9, 2014 and the third book in the series, MAKE IT LAST, releases on January 6, 2015.


    I only recently discovered MAKE IT COUNT by Megan Erickson, but after reading the description I just had to pre-order a copy for my Kindle and I can’t wait to read it. It sounds like it’s going to be a lot of twisty-turny fun.

    And after checking out a few of the blurbs, I think the description totally hits the nail on the head. It is fun. It’s also been called “steamy” and “addicting” and “romantic.”

    While I’m currently tackling three or four books, I definitely want to get this on the pile next week. I’m really enjoying mixing in different genres, one of my favorites being New Adult. So if this book is half as good as it sounds I know I’ll totally love it.

    And I may just have to take a quick peek or two at it when it downloads.

    Description…

    Kat Caruso wishes her brain had a return policy, or at least a complaint hot-line. The defective organ is constantly distracted, terrible at statistics, and absolutely flooded with inappropriate thoughts about her boyfriend’s gorgeous best friend, Alec…who just so happens to be her brand new math tutor. Who knew nerd was so hot?

    Kat usually goes through tutors like she does boyfriends—both always seem to bail when they realize how hopeless she is. It’s safer for her heart to keep everyone at arm’s reach. But Alec is always stepping just a little too close.

    Alec Stone should not be fantasizing about Kat. She’s adorable, unbelievably witty, and completely off limits. He’d never stab his best friend in the back…

    But when secrets are revealed, the lines of loyalty are blurred. To make it count, Alec must learn messy human emotions can’t be solved like a trigonometry function. And Kat has to trust Alec may be the first guy to want her for who she is, and not in spite of it.


    The Truth About Alice

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    THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE by Jennifer Mathieu releases in the U.S. today, June 3, 2014 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Roaring Brook Press, the print edition is 208 pages.


    When I first read the description for THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE in the publisher’s catalog I immediately pre-ordered it for my Kindle. This story sounds gritty and true-to-life and so very different from what I usually read. But it sounds like I story I really will enjoy diving into.

    I’m curious if I’ll be surprised by the reveals, or whether I’ll find that getting older doesn’t necessarily mean becoming deluded about the realities of being a teenager. I’m curious if the truth about Alice will be revealed, or whether the character will keep her secret truths.

    While I won’t get the chance to read it in the next couple of weeks, I really want to read this book some time this month. Because it is definitely a story that isn’t from one of my “go to” categories and I’m really looking to step out of my comfort zone and discover new and interesting books.

    Description…

    Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody. Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the “slut stall” in the girls’ bathroom: “Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers” and “Alice got an abortion last semester.” After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

    In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they “know” about Alice–and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.


    Gasp
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    GASP by Lisa McMann releases in the U.S. today, June 3, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in hardcover and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Simon Pulse, the print edition is 288 pages.

    GASP is the third book in Lisa McMann’s Visions series.


    I cannot believe that GASP, the third book in this series, is releasing today. I am so far behind on this series. I don’t even know whether this is the final book in the series – though I think it might be. But I am totally stoked that the finished copy will be landing on my Kindle today.

    I love Lisa McMann’s writing and own every single YA and MG book she’s written. I’ve even listened to one of her books in audio format after having read it. So I can’t believe that I haven’t gotten caught up on Visions before GASP released.

    I don’t know what happened or what’s going to happen. I don’t know what Jules has been up to. I don’t know whether Sawyer is okay. All I know is that now that I have these three books in my collection, I can’t wait to find out. And, hopefully, I’ll be able to dive in at the end of this month or early next month during the holiday weekend.

    Description…

    The visions aren’t stopping, and neither is the danger in this third “dramatic, quick-paced thriller (Kirkus Reviews)” in a series from the New York Times bestselling author of the Wake trilogy.

    After narrowly surviving two harrowing tragedies, Jules now fully understands the importance of the visions that she and people around her are experiencing. She’s convinced that if the visions passed from her to Sawyer after she saved him, then they must now have passed from Sawyer to one of the people he saved.

    That means it’s up to Jules to figure out which of the school shooting survivors is now suffering from visions of another crisis. And once she realizes who it is, she has to convince that survivor that this isn’t all crazy—that the images are of something real. Something imminent.

    As the danger escalates more than ever before in the conclusion to the Visions series, Jules wonders if she’ll finally find out why and how this is happening—before it’s too late to prevent disaster.


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    MR. MERCEDES by Stephen King releases in the U.S. today, June 3, 2014, in hardcover, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Scribner, the print edition is 448 pages.


    I don’t think by now it is any surprise that of course I’ve had MR. MERCEDES pre-ordered for ages. It shouldn’t be shocking to learn that I have been anxiously awaiting this book. And it should probably be expected that I will be taking a peek… or maybe a longer look… at this book the instant it downloads.

    Because I love Stephen King’s writing. And any book of his that talks about going into the mind of an “obsessed, insane killer” is one I must read. Right away. Especially when the description calls it “chilling and unforgettable.”

    This story definitely sounds a little gruesome and macabre. It sounds like it’s classic Stephen King. And while I may not end up talking about it here on the blog beyond today, I am pretty sure I’ll have read it and fallen in love with it some time this week.

    Description…

    In the frigid pre-dawn hours, in a distressed Midwestern city, hundreds of desperate unemployed folks are lined up for a spot at a job fair. Without warning, a lone driver plows through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes, running over the innocent, backing up, and charging again. Eight people are killed; fifteen are wounded. The killer escapes.

    In another part of town, months later, a retired cop named Bill Hodges is still haunted by the unsolved crime. When he gets a crazed letter from someone who self-identifies as the “perk” and threatens an even more diabolical attack, Hodges wakes up from his depressed and vacant retirement, hell-bent on preventing another tragedy.

    Brady Hartfield lives with his alcoholic mother in the house where he was born. He loved the feel of death under the wheels of the Mercedes, and he wants that rush again.

    Only Bill Hodges, with a couple of highly unlikely allies, can apprehend the killer before he strikes again. And they have no time to lose, because Brady’s next mission, if it succeeds, will kill or maim thousands.

    Mr. Mercedes is a war between good and evil, from the master of suspense whose insight into the mind of this obsessed, insane killer is chilling and unforgettable.


    Fall From India Place

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    FALL FROM INDIA PLACE by Samantha Young releases in the U.S. today, June 3, 2014, in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and in paperback and eBook formats at BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by NAL Trade, the print edition is 384 pages.

    FALL FROM INDIA PLACE is the fourth full-length book in Samantha Young’s On Dublin Street series. The fifth book in the series, slated for release in 2015, is currently untitled.


    I am so excited for the release of FALL FROM INDIA PLACE. I just recently purchased all the books in this series and can’t wait to meet each of the character couples.

    I have loved Samantha Young’s writing for a number of years, but I’ve yet to read this bestselling series of hers. There was just something about this particular book that demanded that I pre-order it and discover what everyone else has known for awhile about this series – that it’s awesome. Upon reflection, I think it was the very first line that talks of letting go of the past and trusting in the future that drew me in.

    While I normally like to read books in a series in order, I think I’m going to start with this new book so that I can read it sooner rather than later. I want to meet Hannah and Marco and find out whether the secret tears them apart or whether they get a second chance. And I really hope to be able to do that mid-month.

    Description…

    The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street and Down London Road returns with a story about letting go of the past and learning to trust in the future…

    When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

    Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…

    But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again….


    Missed Last Week

    Tease
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    TEASE by Sophie Jordan released in the U.S. on May 27, 2014 in paperback, audio and eBook formats. It is currently available to order online in all formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by William Morrow Paperbacks, the print edition is 320 pages.

    TEASE is the second full-length novel in Sophie Jordan’s Ivy Chronicles. The third book in the series, WILD, is slated for release on November 18, 2014.


    I am devastated that I didn’t include the release for TEASE in last week’s post. I had it pre-ordered, it downloaded, and I didn’t even think anything of it, as I was so sure I’d rambled about it. But in checking out last week’s post in order to create this week’s, it seems that I did not.

    I had the chance to read TEASE pre-release, and I took full advantage of it. I read it and I loved it and I’ve been hoping that there will be advance copies of WILD so that I won’t have to wait until November to read on. And even though I had already devoured this story, I was thrilled when the finished copy downloaded to my Kindle.

    Emerson and Shaw’s story was exciting and sexy. Even more so than Pepper and Reece’s. And while I could go on and on and talk all about what happened between them, I think I’ll refrain and let you check out the description. But if you already have a copy of this book, then you’ll want to check that out instead.

    As I have already read this story, I won’t be reading it again quite yet. But I might just re-read both books in this series before book three becomes available. Because I’d love to compare and find out whose story I love the best.

    Description…

    What happens when a girl who always calls the shots meets a guy who’s too wild for even her?

    A born flirt and good-time party girl, Emerson has never had a problem finding a willing guy. She’s always chosen her hookups carefully, and she’s never broken her three cardinal rules:

    Never let them see the real you.
    Never fall in love.
    Always leave them begging for more.

    Then Shaw comes along. A hottie from the wrong side of the tracks, he’s immune to her flirtatious banter and come-hither smile. After rescuing her from a disastrous night at a biker bar, he doesn’t even try to take her to bed—he calls her a tease and sends her home instead. Unable to resist a challenge, or forget the sexy, dark-eyed, bad-boy biker, she vows to bring him to his knees.

    But instead of making Shaw beg, Emerson finds herself craving him. For the first time in her life, she’s throwing out her rule book. Suddenly, she’s the one panting for a guy she can’t control—a guy who won’t settle for anything less than the real Emerson and who forces her to do things she’s never imagined, including facing a past she thought she’d buried.

    A guy who just might leave her wanting more. . . .


    Novellas

    The Fear TrialsTHE FEAR TRIALS (The Murder Complex #0.5) by Lindsay Cummings

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books

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    Description:

    Meadow Woodson has been trained to survive. This is a prequel to The Murder Complex, by Lindsay Cummings, and it is set in a blood-soaked world where the murder rate is higher than the birth rate. For fans of Moira Young’s Dust Lands series, La Femme Nikita, and the movie Hanna.

    Meadow Woodson’s father calls it The Fear Trials, and it is a rite of passage in their family. Meadow is up against her brother Koi. The Fear Trials will both harden her and make her brave. If Meadow wins, she will get a weapon of her own and the right to leave the Woodsons’ houseboat without her father or mother at her side. Set in the violent, complex, and mysterious world of The Murder Complex, and introducing Meadow Woodson—a teenage girl trained to survive no matter what the cost—and her family, who are together for the last time on their houseboat in the Florida Everglades.


    Nothing Real Vol 1NOTHING REAL VOLUME 1: A COLLECTION OF STORIES by Claire Needell

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

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    Description:

    The first of three digital-only short story collections from teacher and frequent contributor to the New York Times Claire Needell, about coming of age in contemporary America. These refreshing stories are written with humor, honesty, and without judgment.

    This outstanding first digital-only collection includes the memorable stories “Nothing Real,” “Change Your Life,” “The Bubblemen,” and “My Name is Adam.” Each story is told from a unique perspective and tells of teenagers looking for love—from others, and from themselves.

    HarperTeen Impulse is a digital imprint focused on young adult short stories and novellas, with new releases the first Tuesday of each month.


    Other Books of Note

    Vivian Divine is DeadVIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD by Lauren Sabel

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

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    Description:

    Filled with surprising twists and poignant moments, Lauren Sabel brings a fresh new voice to contemporary fiction with Vivian Divine Is Dead. Creepy, clever, funny, and romantic.

    When a death threat arrives with teen celebrity Vivian Divine’s fan mail, Vivian has no choice but to go on the run to Mexico. She soon discovers, though, that her Oscar-nominated performance killing villains on-screen did nothing to prepare her for escaping a madman in real life. Some people say he’s a hero, others tremble in his presence, but one thing is clear: he won’t stop until Vivian is in his grasp. Why didn’t she pay more attention during those judo lessons for her role in Zombie Killer?

    Vivian finds an ally in the mysterious and charming Nick. He is everything Hollywood boys are not-genuine, kind, and determined to see Vivian for who she really is. But even he seems like he can’t be trusted-what could he be hiding?

    Beat up, hungry, and more confused than ever about who she’s running from, Vivian is living in a real-life blockbuster horror flick. But there’s no option to yell “cut” like there is on set….

    Lauren Sabel’s Vivian Divine Is Dead is a creepy, witty, fast-paced adventure about family, fame, and having the courage to save yourself.


    ToxicTOXIC (Pretty Little Liars #15) by Sara Shepard

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

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    Description:

    One A has been captured…but the most dangerous A of all is still out there in the penultimate installment in Sara Shepard’s #1 New York Times bestselling Pretty Little Liars series.

    High school seniors Aria, Emily, Spencer, and Hanna barely survived their most recent encounter with A. And it’s not over yet…. The police don’t believe there’s another, deadlier, A out there, but the girls know what-and who-they saw. If they don’t track down this final tormentor soon, A will silence them forever.

    Sara Shepard’s fan base continues to grow as ABC Family’s hit Pretty Little Liars TV show draws in new readers to the #1 New York Times bestselling series. Full of unexpected twists and shocking revelations, the second-to-last novel ramps up the stakes for the jaw-dropping series conclusion in Pretty Little Liars #16.


    Say What You WillSAY WHAT YOU WILL by Cammie McGovern

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: HarperTeen

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    Description:

    John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern’s insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

    Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can’t walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

    When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other’s lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.


    Love by the Morning StarLOVE BY THE MORNING STAR by Laura L. Sullivan

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

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    Description:

    Upstairs, downstairs, and in which lady’s chamber?

    On the brink of World War II, two girls are sent to the grand English country estate of Starkers. Hannah, the half-Jewish daughter of a disgraced distant relative, has been living an artistic bohemian life in a cabaret in pre-war Germany and now is supposed to be welcomed into the family. Anna, the social-climbing daughter of working-class British fascists, is supposed to be hired as a maid so that she can spy for the Nazis. But there’s a mix-up, and nice Hannah is sent to the kitchen as a maid while arrogant Anna is welcomed as a relative.

    And then both girls fall for the same man, the handsome heir of the estate . . . or do they?

    In this sparkling, saucy romance, nearly everything goes wrong for two girls who are sent to a grand English estate on the brink of World War II—until it goes so very, very right!


    HungryHUNGRY by H.A. Swain

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Feiwel & Friends

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    Description:

    In the future, food is no longer necessary—until Thalia begins to feel something unfamiliar and uncomfortable. She’s hungry.

    In Thalia’s world, there is no need for food—everyone takes medication (or “inocs”) to ward off hunger. It should mean there is no more famine, no more obesity, no more food-related illnesses, and no more war. At least that’s what her parents, who work for the company that developed the inocs, say. But when Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that most people live a life much different from hers. Worse, Thalia is starting to feel hunger, and so is he—the inocs aren’t working. Together they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food.

    H. A. Swain delivers an adventure that is both epic and fast-paced. Get ready to be Hungry.


    Yoloyolo by Sam Jones

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

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    Description:

    One day. One party. One motto: you only live once. In the tradition of wtf and fml, a crazy story of three friends and a road trip gone wrong right.

    Emily and her best friends, Ana and Brandon, know it should only take half a day to get to the mountains, where the Stein twins are hosting a massive Spring Break party at their parents’ mansion. The road trip should be a breeze; the driving itinerary even includes several stops along the way, the first being a bite to eat at a real, classic roadside diner.

    And that’s where everything falls apart.

    Throw in a couple of criminals, an accidental thief, and a miniature drug lord, and suddenly the half-day trip is gonna take a little longer. Add a Chihuahua, some crazy grandparents, and a hot pool-hall boy named Chris…and maybe the journey to the party will end up being better than the party itself…


    My Best Friend MaybeMY BEST FRIEND, MAYBE by Caela Carter

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

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    Description:

    Colette has been bored and lonely ever since her best friend, Sadie, dumped her the summer before they stared high school. She tries to be perfect for everyone left in her life: her parents, her younger brothers, her church youth group, even her boyfriend, Mark. But Colette is restless. And she misses Sadie.

    When Sadie tells Colette that she needs her old friend to join her on a family vacation to the Greek Islands, one that leaves in only a few days, Colette is shocked to hear their old magic word: need. And she finds herself agreeing.

    Colette tries to relax and enjoy her Grecian surroundings but it’s not easy to go on vacation with the person who hurt you most in the world. When the reason for the trip finally surfaces, Colette finds out this is not only a fun vacation. Sadie has kept an enormous secret from Colette for years…forever. It’s a summer full of surprises, but that might be what Colette needs.


    The Prince of Venice BeachTHE PRINCE OF VENICE BEACH by Blake Nelson

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

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    Description:

    Robert “‘Cali” Callahan is a teen runaway, living on the streets of Venice Beach, California. He’s got a pretty sweet life: a treehouse to sleep in, a gang of surf bros, a regular basketball game…even a girl who’s maybe-sorta interested in him.

    What he doesn’t have is a plan.

    All that changes when a local cop recommends Cali to a private investigator who is looking for a missing teenager. After all, Cali knows everyone in Venice. But the streets are filled with people who don’t want to be found, and when he’s hired to find the beautiful Reese Abernathy, who would do anything to stay hidden, Cali must decide where his loyalties truly lie.


    Take Back the SkiesTAKE BACK THE SKIES (Tellus World #1) by Lucy Saxon

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens

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    Description:

    Catherine Hunter is the daughter of a senior government official on the island of Anglya. She’s one of the privileged – she has luxurious clothes, plenty to eat, and is protected from the Collections which have ravaged families throughout the land. But Catherine longs to escape the confines of her life, before her dad can marry her off to a government brat and trap her forever.

    So Catherine becomes Cat, pretends to be a kid escaping the Collections, and stows away on the skyship Stormdancer. As they leave Anglya behind and brave the storms that fill the skies around the islands of Tellus, Cat’s world becomes more turbulent than she could ever have imagined, and dangerous secrets unravel her old life once and for all . . .


    Chasing StarsCHASING STARS (After Eden #2) by Helen Douglas

    Pub. Date: June 5, 2014

    Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens

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    Description:

    The boy Eden loves just saved her life. Now she must save his. To do so she must make a huge sacrifice. Eden can never see her friends or family again, as she travels a hundred years into the future. But the dangerous risk Ryan took to rescue Eden has been uncovered, and now Ryan faces an exile …which will leave Eden separated from him – the one person she can’t live without – and stuck in the future. She must fight to save both of them.

    The mesmerising sequel to the author’s wonderful debut, After Eden.


    Since Last SummerSINCE LAST SUMMER (Rules of Summer #2) by Joanna Philbin

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Poppy

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    Description:

    Rory McShane should be excited to spend the summer in East Hampton with Connor Rule, her generous, smart, cute boyfriend. After all, Rory’s no longer the hired help at the Rule family mansion on the beach, and she and Connor have made it through a year of long-distance dating. But now, in the months leading up to college, Rory can’t help but wonder if she really belongs in Connor’s world.

    Isabel Rule is still trying to get over Mike, the devastatingly sexy surfer who broke her heart last summer. Enter Evan, an aspiring filmmaker who’s kind, funny, and crushing on Isabel. He’d be the perfect summer fling — so why can’t she seem to forget about Mike?

    Set against a backdrop buzzing with the rich, the famous, and the wannabe rich and famous, Since Last Summer, a companion novel to Rules of Summer, is the perfect beach read.


    HauntHAUNT by Curtis Jobling

    Pub. Date: June 5, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

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    Description:

    When Will finds himself in hospital, but unable to make anyone see or hear him, he realises that he never made it home from his first date with the school hottie. Knocked off his bike in a road traffic accident, Will is now officially dead – and a ghost. But somehow his best mate, Dougie, can still see him, and, once they’ve exhausted all the comic possibilities of being invisible, they decide to delve into the truth behind a school rumour – whether there really is an unhappy spirit haunting the ruins in the school grounds, and if so, why? What they discover is a long-buried mystery, which stretches its fingers right into the present…


    Code Red LipstickCODE RED LIPSTICK (Jessica Cole: Model Spy) by Sarah Sky

    Pub. Date: June 5, 2014

    Publisher: Scholastic

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    Description:

    MI6. Supervillains. Catwalk supermodels. If there was an Alexia Rider, this is how she’d look. She’s got guts, wits and cool gadgets. Plus a rather well-stocked makeup bag. One super-spy with serious style. Jessica Cole is right at home strutting down the world’s most glamorous catwalks. But she’s brave as well as beautiful. When her father – a former spy – suddenly vanishes, Jessica decides to act. She’s not just striking a pose; she’s going to take on MI6 and beat them at their own game. Trouble is, Jessica isn’t the only model who wears stiletto knives with her stiletto heels. Her first super-villain will be a deranged former supermodel, Allegra Knight, who is launching a murderous ‘miracle’ face cream for teens…


    Never a Perfect MomentNEVER A PERFECT MOMENT (Heartside Bay #5) by Cathy Cole

    Pub. Date: June 5, 2014

    Publisher: Scholastic

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    Description:

    Polly can’t wait for her first real date with Ollie. But then she has to cancel it at the last minute. And when he asks her out again, she’s busy. All Polly wants is one perfect moment with Ollie, but everytime she sees him something seems to go wrong. She’s trying to juggle school, her friends and Ollie but it all seems like just too much. Will Polly ever get her perfect moment?


    Hold on TightHOLD ON TIGHT (Sea Breeze #8) by Abbi Glines

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

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    Description:

    Six years ago, Dewayne Falco’s life changed. He lost someone he never expected to lose. Resigned to punish himself for something he felt he could have prevented, he goes through life without getting too close to anyone.

    What he didn’t expect was for the girl across the street to move back home and remind him of what they both lost: Dewayne’s younger brother Dustin. However, when a miniature version of Dustin opens the door to greet him, Dewayne realizes he might not have lost everything after all.

    Sienna Roy loved Dustin Falco most of her life. He was the boy next door, the high school basketball star and her best friend. But when his life was cut short, she realized he left a part of himself behind.

    Now, she’s back in Sea Breeze, thankful to have a home for her and Dustin’s son, but not sure if she can ever forgive the people across the street who abandoned her when she needed them the most — The Falcos.

    Betrayal, lies, and forbidden attraction might end Dewayne and Sienna’s story before it’s even begun.


    Push GirlPUSH GIRL by Chelsie Hill and Jessica Love

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

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    Description:

    An inspiring, real, and fresh young adult novel about how life can change in an instant by Chelsie Hill, one of the stars Sundance Channel’s unscripted series Push Girls, based on her own life

    Kara is a high school junior who’s loving life. She’s popular, has a great group of friends and an amazing boyfriend, and she’s a shoe-in for homecoming queen. Even though her parents can’t stop fighting and her ex-boyfriend can’t seem to leave her alone, Kara won’t let anything get in the way of her perfect year. It’s Friday night, and Kara arrives at a party, upset after hearing her parents having another one of their awful fights, and sees another girl with her hands all over her boyfriend. Furious, Kara leaves to take a drive, and, as she’s crossing an intersection, a car comes out of nowhere and slams into the driver’s side of Kara’s car.

    When Kara wakes up, she has no memory of the night before. Where is she? Why are her parents crying? And, most importantly — why can’t she feel her legs? As Kara is forced to adjust to her new life, where her friends aren’t who they seemed to be and her once-adoring boyfriend is mysteriously absent, she starts to realize that what matters in life isn’t what happens to you — it’s the choices you make and the people you love.

    Co-written by “Push Girls” star Chelsie Hill, whose real life closely mirrors Kara’s experience, this novel will open the eyes of readers everywhere who have never met someone who lives with paralysis.


    My Faire LadyMY FAIRE LADY by Laura Wettersten

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

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    Description:

    Rowena Duncan is a thoroughly modern girl with big plans for her summer—until she catches her boyfriend making out with another girl. Heartbroken, she applies to an out-of-town job posting and finds herself somewhere she never expected: the Renaissance Faire.

    As a face-painter doubling as a serving wench, Ro is thrown headfirst into a vibrant community of artists and performers. She feels like a fish out of water until Will, a quick-witted whip cracker, takes her under his wing. Then there’s Christian, a blue-eyed stunt jouster who makes Ro weak in the knees. Soon, it’s not just her gown that’s tripping her up.

    Trading in the internet and electricity for stars and campfires was supposed to make life simpler, but Ro is finding that love is the ultimate complication. Can she let the past make way for her future?


    Cinderella's DressCINDERELLA’S DRESS by Shonna Slayton

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

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    Description:

    Being seventeen during World War II is tough. Finding out you’re the next keeper of the real Cinderella’s dresses is even tougher.

    Kate simply wants to create window displays at the department store where she’s working, trying to help out with the war effort. But when long-lost relatives from Poland arrive with a steamer trunk they claim holds the Cinderella’s dresses, life gets complicated.

    Now, with a father missing in action, her new sweetheart, Johnny, stuck in the middle of battle, and her great aunt losing her wits, Kate has to unravel the mystery before it’s too late.

    After all, the descendants of the wicked stepsisters will stop at nothing to get what they think they deserve.


    RebelsREBELS: THE STORY OF LEX AND LIVIA (City of Indra #1) by Kendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Gallery Books

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    Description:

    Kendall and Kylie Jenner, stars on the hit reality show Keeping Up with the Kardashians, present their debut novel—a thrilling dystopian story about two super-powered girls who embark on a journey together, not knowing they’re twins.

    Two girls, two worlds apart.

    Lex lives down below, close to rock bottom. She grew up in the orphanage, alone, and now is training to be a Special Op so she can finally destroy the rebels with her own hands. She needs no one.

    Livia lives miles above everything on a floating island in the city of Indra. She is training too, but for a life that she doesn’t want. She wants to be free, to finally leave her floating island, and to run with her beloved horse until she can’t run any longer.

    And then there’s Kane—Lex’s only friend, whom she would walk through fire for. And when she finds that Kane is in danger, she doesn’t hesitate to leave her post and blast her way to the top of Indra to save him. She just needs to get one stubborn, unexpectedly clever airgirl to tell her where he is first.

    In this fast-paced, dystopian thriller, Lex and Livia reluctantly team up to save Kane after discovering that they share a mysterious identical mark—not realizing that their biggest danger is in each other.


    The Fastest Boy in the WorldTHE FASTEST BOY IN THE WORLD by Elizabeth Laird

    Pub. Date: June 5, 2014

    Publisher: Macmillan Children’s Books

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    Description:

    From an award-winning author comes a story perfectly timed for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    Eleven-year-old Solomon loves to run! The great athletes of the Ethiopian national team are his heroes and he dreams that one day he will be a gold-medal-winning athlete like them, in spite of his ragged shorts and bare feet. When his grandfather announces that he’s going to take Solomon to Addis Ababa, Solomon cannot believe his ears. A trip to the capital? It’s unfathomable. Solomon’s joy is increased when he realizes that the Ethiopian running team will be doing a victory parade through the city that day. Maybe he’ll get a glimpse of Haile Gebrselassie or Derartu Tulu?!

    But Solomon’s grandfather has other plans. As Solomon follows him through the big, overwhelming streets, he learns something he cannot believe. The strict old man is a war hero who once risked his life to save a friend and has been in hiding ever since. When grandfather collapses, Solomon knows that getting help from his village is up to him. It’s a twenty-mile run from the city to home, and grandfather’s life hangs in the balance. Can the small bare-footed runner with the big heart do it?


    The Book of DavidTHE BOOK OF DAVID by Anonymous

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Simon Pulse

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    Description:

    His secret is his downfall. A riveting, first-person tale in the tradition of Go Ask Alice and Lucy in the Sky.

    The author of this fictional diary began writing for a class assignment, but soon it became much more to him. As the star player of his high school football team, he faces a lot of pressure and expectation. Not to mention the secret that he’s harboring inside. The secret that could change everything.

    And as David quickly learns, nothing stays secret forever.

    His innermost thoughts and feelings are chronicled in the diary he left behind.(


    The Girl Who Never WasTHE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS (Otherworld #1) by Skylar Dorset

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire

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    Description:

    THE GIRL WHO NEVER WAS is the story of Selkie Stewart, who thinks she’s a totally normal teenager growing up in Boston. Sure, her father is in an insane asylum, her mother left her on his doorstep—literally—when she was a baby, and she’s being raised by two ancient aunts who spend their time hunting gnomes in their Beacon Hill townhouse. But other than that her life is totally normal! She’s got an adventurous best friend who’s always got her back and an unrequited crush on an older boy named Ben. Just like any other teenager, right?

    When Selkie goes in search of the mother she’s never known, she gets more than she bargained for. It turns out that her mother is faerie royalty, which would make Selkie a faerie princess—except for the part where her father is an ogre, which makes her only half of anything. Even more confusing, there’s a prophecy that Selkie is going to destroy the tyrannical Seelie Court, which is why her mother actually wants to kill her. Selkie has been kept hidden all her life by her adoring aunts, with the help of a Salem wizard named Will. And Ben. Because the boy she thinks she’s in love with turns out to be a faerie whose enchantment has kept her alive, but also kept her in the dark about her own life.

    Now, with enchantments dissolved and prophecies swinging into action, Selkie finds herself on a series of mad quests to save the people she’s always loved and a life she’s learning to love. But in a supernatural world of increasingly complex alliances and distressingly complicated deceptions, it’s so hard to know who to trust. Does her mother really wish to kill her? Would Will sacrifice her for the sake of the prophecy? And does Ben really love her or is it all an elaborate ruse? In order to survive, Selkie realizes that the key is learning—and accepting—who she really is.


    The ShadowsTHE SHADOWS (The Fianna Trilogy #1) by Megan Chance

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Skyscape

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    Description:

    Grace Knox has grown up hearing the folktales of her Irish ancestors, especially about the warriors who fought for control of Ireland. In 19th-century New York City, however, these legends are far from Grace’s mind. She’s much more concerned with how to protect her family from debt collectors, and whether her childhood friend Patrick Devlin will propose. Patrick is a member of the Fenian Brotherhood, a group of young Irish American men intent on fighting for the independence of their homeland, whatever the cost. Patrick and the Brotherhood use ancient magic to summon mythical warriors to join their fight to protect Ireland. One of them, Diarmid, finds himself drawn to Grace, and she to him. When Diarmid discovers that, in their desperation, the Brotherhood has also summoned a rival group of ancient warriors, he warns Patrick that there will be bloodshed. Grace is caught in the middle of two men she loves, and discovers she alone holds the power to save Ireland?but at a dangerous price.


    ParanoiaPARANOIA (The Night Walkers #2) by J.R. Johansson

    Pub. Date: June 8, 2014

    Publisher: Flux

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    Description:

    In the aftermath of the events that nearly killed him, Parker Chipp is trying to learn to cope better with life as a Watcher. And it seems to be working…until he wakes up in jail with a hangover and 12 hours of missing time. Darkness has somehow taken control and Parker doesn’t have a clue how to stop him. He finds an unlikely ally in Jack, the mysterious guy in the motorcycle jacket who offers to help Parker master his abilities as a Watcher. But even as they practice, the darkness inside Parker is getting more and more powerful, taking over Parker’s body and doing everything he can to destroy Parker’s life.

    When Jack reveals that there is another kind of Night Walker, known as a Taker, Parker starts to wonder if the strange things happening in Oakville are more than just a coincidence. After all, people are more than just sleepwalking. They’re emptying their savings accounts with no memory of doing so, wandering into strange parts of town and disappearing, they’re even killing other people–all in their sleep. If Parker wants to find out what’s happening or have any hope of seeing his father again, he’ll have to defy Jack and put his own life in danger…because the more he learns about these other Night Walkers, the more certain he becomes that his life isn’t the only one that could be lost.


    Collections

    Sweet Evil CollectionSWEET EVIL 3-BOOK COLLECTION by Wendy Higgins

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: HarperCollins

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    Description:

    Embrace the forbidden with the Sweet Evil trilogy—Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, and Sweet Reckoning—from bestselling author Wendy Higgins.

    What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels. Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She’s aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but it isn’t until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He’s the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna. Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

    “Suspense, steamy romance, an appealing contemporary teen protagonist, and a lively cast”* make this a must-read series. *Booklist


    Last Apprentice CollectionLAST APPRENTICE 3-BOOK COLLECTION by Joseph Delaney

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Greenwillow Books

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    Description:

    The first three volumes of the internationally bestselling Last Apprentice series! Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son. He is destined to battle the creatures of the dark: witches, boggarts, ghosts, and more. And he will, as the apprentice to the local Spook. But can he survive when so many apprentices have failed? This ebook collection of the acclaimed series that inspired the major motion picture Seventh Son includes Book One: Revenge of the Witch; Book Two: Curse of the Bane; and Book Three: Night of the Soul Stealer.


    Lux BeginningsLUX BEGINNINGS: OBSIDIAN & ONYX (Lux #1-2) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

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    Description:

    OBSIDIAN: Starting over sucks.

    When we moved to West Virginia right before my senior year, I’d pretty much resigned myself to thick accents, dodgy internet access, and a whole lot of boring… until I spotted my hot neighbor, with his looming height and eerie green eyes. Things were looking up.

    And then he opened his mouth.

    Daemon is infuriating. Arrogant. Stab-worthy. We do not get along. At all. But when a stranger attacks me and Daemon literally freezes time with a wave of his hand, well, something… unexpected happens.

    The hot alien living next door marks me.

    You heard me. Alien. Turns out Daemon and his sister have a galaxy of enemies wanting to steal their abilities, and Daemon’s touch has me lit up like the Vegas Strip. The only way I’m getting out of this alive is by sticking close to Daemon until my alien mojo fades.

    If I don’t kill him first, that is.

    ONYX: Being connected to Daemon Black sucks…

    Thanks to his alien mojo, Daemon’s determined to prove what he feels for me is more than a product of our bizarro connection. So I’ve sworn him off, even though he’s running more hot than cold these days. But we’ve got bigger problems.

    Something worse than the Arum has come to town…

    The Department of Defense are here. If they ever find out what Daemon can do and that we’re linked, I’m a goner. So is he. And there’s this new boy in school who’s got a secret of his own. He knows what’s happened to me and he can help, but to do so, I have to lie to Daemon and stay away from him. Like that’s possible. Against all common sense, I’m falling for Daemon. Hard.

    But then everything changes…

    I’ve seen someone who shouldn’t be alive. And I have to tell Daemon, even though I know he’s never going to stop searching until he gets the truth. What happened to his brother? Who betrayed him? And what does the DOD want from them—from me?

    No one is who they seem. And not everyone will survive the lies…


    Lux ConsequencesLUX CONSEQUENCES: OPAL & ORIGIN (Lux #3-4) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Entangled Teen

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    Description:

    OPAL: No one is like Daemon Black.

    When he set out to prove his feelings for me, he wasn’t fooling around. Doubting him isn’t something I’ll do again, and now that we’ve made it through the rough patches, well… There’s a lot of spontaneous combustion going on.

    But even he can’t protect his family from the danger of trying to free those they love.

    After everything, I’m no longer the same Katy. I’m different… And I’m not sure what that will mean in the end. When each step we take in discovering the truth puts us in the path of the secret organization responsible for torturing and testing hybrids, the more I realize there is no end to what I’m capable of. The death of someone close still lingers, help comes from the most unlikely source, and friends will become the deadliest of enemies, but we won’t turn back. Even if the outcome will shatter our worlds forever.

    Together we’re stronger… and they know it.

    ORIGIN: Daemon will do anything to get Katy back.

    After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he’s facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Done. Burning down the whole world to save her? Gladly. Exposing his alien race to the world? With pleasure.

    All Katy can do is survive.

    Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don’t seem entirely crazy, but the group’s goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Who are the real bad guys? Daedalus? Mankind? Or the Luxen?

    Together, they can face anything.

    But the most dangerous foe has been there all along, and when the truths are exposed and the lies come crumbling down, which side will Daemon and Katy be standing on?

    And will they even be together?


    Peaches 3-Book CollectionPEACHES COMPLETE COLLECTION by Jodi Lynn Anderson

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: HarperCollins

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    Description:

    This collection contains the complete text of the three bestselling Peaches books, by Jodi Lynn Anderson: Peaches, The Secrets of Peaches, and Love and Peaches.

    Peaches: Three Georgia peaches are in for one juicy summer…but Birdie would rather eat Thin Mints and sulk in the AC. Leeda would prefer to sneak off with her boyfriend, Rex. And Murphy just wants to cause a little mischief. Together these three very different girls will discover the secret to finding the right boy, making the truest friends, and picking the perfect Georgia peach.

    The Secrets of Peaches: After a magical summer living on a peach orchard, Murphy, Leeda, and Birdie confront a series of breakups, makeups, and takeoffs. They may have to leave one another, along with the orchard that brought them together. But despite their heartbreak, this year’s bittersweet endings could lead to the sweetest of new beginnings.

    Love and Peaches: After a not-quite-peachy year apart, three Georgia peaches come home to Darlington Orchard. Together for another juicy summer, carefree Murphy, perfect Leeda, and big-hearted Birdie return to the place that allowed them to bloom. Brimming with all the charm, humor, and heart of Peaches and The Secrets of Peaches, this satisfying conclusion to the series reunites three unlikely best friends for a final sweet farewell.


    Gone CollectionGONE COMPLETE COLLECTION by Michael Grant

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

    Find it: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    This collection contains all six books in New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant’s breathtaking dystopian sci-fi Gone saga. These page-turning thrillers invoke the classic The Lord of the Flies along with the horror of Stephen King. King himself said: “I love these books.”

    In the blink of an eye, everyone disappears. Gone. Except for the young. There are teens, but not one single adult. Just as suddenly, there are no phones, no internet, no television. No way to get help. And no way to figure out what’s happened. Hunger threatens. Bullies rule. A sinister creature lurks. Animals are mutating. And the teens themselves are changing, developing new talents—unimaginable, dangerous, deadly powers—that grow stronger by the day. It’s a terrifying new world. Sides are being chosen, a fight is shaping up. Townies against rich kids. Bullies against the weak. Powerful against powerless. And time is running out: on your birthday, you disappear just like everyone else. . . .

    Michael Grant’s Gone series has been praised for its compelling storytelling, multidimensional characters, and multiple points of view. Included in this collection are: Gone, Hunger, Lies, Plague, Fear, and Light.


    All You Need is LoveALL YOU NEED IS LOVE: 3-BOOK TEEN FICTION COLLECTION  by Katie Cotugno, Melissa Cantor, Robyn Schneider

    Pub. Date: June 3, 2014

    Publisher: HarperCollins

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    Description:

    Perfect for John Green fans, this three-book collection contains three breathtaking, heartbreaking, can’t-miss novels:

    The Beginning of Everything: Varsity tennis captain Ezra Faulkner was supposed to be homecoming king, but that was before—before his girlfriend cheated on him, before a car accident shattered his leg, and before he fell in love with unpredictable new girl Cassidy Thorpe. Robyn Schneider’s witty and heart-wrenching teen novel will appeal to fans of books by John Green and Ned Vizzini, novels such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and classics like The Great Gatsby and The Catcher in the Rye.

    How to Love: Reena Montero has loved Sawyer LeGrande for as long as she can remember. But he’s never noticed that Reena even exists . . . until one day, impossibly, he does. Then three years pass, and there’s a new love in Reena’s life: her daughter. Reena’s gotten used to life without Sawyer, but just as suddenly as he disappeared, he turns up again. After everything that’s happened, can Reena really let herself love Sawyer LeGrande again? For fans of Sarah Dessen and John Green, How to Love is a breathtaking debut about a couple who falls in love . . . twice.

    Maybe One Day: In the tradition of The Fault in Our Stars, critically acclaimed author Melissa Kantor masterfully captures the joy of friendship, the agony of loss, and the unique experience of being a teenager in this poignant new novel about a girl grappling with her best friend’s life-threatening illness.


    Other Releases

    DARK DAYS by Kate Ormand

    LOUDER THAN WORDS by Laura Jarratt


    There are just so many books releasing this week. I couldn’t keep track of them all. So there are a couple that I didn’t pre-order that I know I’ll want to add to the collection once the dust settles – VIVIAN DIVINE IS DEAD and HUNGRY.

    And while I don’t have as many books pre-ordered as I did last week, there are still a ton of books releasing. Which is why I’m pretty sure I’m forgetting one or two books I’ve been curious about. It’s why I forgot to include TEASE last week.

    Next week isn’t much better. At least in terms of my TBR pile. I already found at least five books I have on order. I’m sure there are (or will be by then) quite a few more.

    And as this post took forever and ever, I think I’ll stop rambling and just wish those of you who have a book releasing a happy book birthday! And to those of you who read and review, I hope that you get to add a few of your anticipated reads to your collection.

    As ever… Happy Reading!

    DotsDiv2

    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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