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Highly Anticipating - Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella & Fell of Dark by Patrick Downes

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
Expected Publication Date: June 9th, 2015
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Page Count: 304 pages

From the #1 "New York Times" bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain.
An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey's daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother's gaming teammate, she is energized.
She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she's never been able to do with anyone before.
As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family.

Why we can't wait: NEW SOPHIE KINSELLA!!!! Yes, we're huge fans, yes, she's awesome, yes, we wants the pretty.

Fell of Dark by Patrick Downes
Expected Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: Philomel Books
Page Count: 208 pages

A book that challenges the word "powerful" and obliterates it
Written in searing prose, this is the story of two boys: Erik, who performs miracles, and Thorn, who hears voices.
The book chronicles their lives as their minds devolve into hallucinations, and shows the way their worlds intersect, culminating in a final stand-off.
This debut novel offer a raw, insightful look at the forces that compel us to act against our will.
Even more so, it captivates and dares us to look away, knowing full well we can't.

Why we can't wait: This book just sounds amazing. And that cover is gorgeous! Love the crow print. And a kid who hears voices is ALWAYS a plus :)

Giveaway - TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS by Leila Sales

Leila Sales is coming to NYMBC to celebrate the release of THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE in paperback and we're getting excited!!
To help Leila with her celebration, we're giving away THREE ARCs of TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS!
Check out the deets below and enter for your chance to win!

The Deets:
* Three lucky winnera will receive an ARC of TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS!
* Entries must be submitted through the Rafflecopter form.
* Must be 13 or older to enter.
* Prize will be shipped via UPS, PO Box addresses not accepted.
* We are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged packages.
* Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond.
* Prize will be shipped in 2 weeks - a month.


Highly Anticipating - Novice by Taran Matharu & Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

The Novice by Taran Matharu
Expected Publication Date: May 5th, 2015
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Page Count: 368 pages

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.

Why we can't wait: A blacksmith who can summon demons?! This just sounds too good to be true. Also, Orcs? Yeah, we're in.


Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Expected Publication Date: May 12th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Page Count: 272 pages

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it "a deadpan epic."

Nemeses Dragons Science Symbolism All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Why we can't wait: We LOVE Lumberjanes over here at Books Inc. and we're so excited for this awesome debut from cowriter, Noelle Stevenson!!! Comics? Check. Girl power? Check. This just sounds AMAZING!

Current Obsession - An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Expected Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Razorbill
Page count: 464 pages

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.

Yes, we're currently completely obsessed with An Ember in the Ashes and you should be too! It's fascinating, beautifully written, and heartbreaking with a well-developed world. Reading this on the train is dangerous. On more than one occasion I almost missed my stop. Also, crying in public gets you a lot of strange looks...

Author Interview with Renee Ahdieh!!

Renee Ahdieh is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In her spare time, she likes to dance salsa and collect shoes. She is passionate about all kinds of curry, rescue dogs, and college basketball. The first few years of her life were spent in a high-rise in South Korea; consequently, Renee enjoys having her head in the clouds. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, with her husband and their tiny overlord of a dog. She is the author ofThe Wrath and the Dawn.







1. You’ve taken the classic tale of Arabian Nights, thrown in some Beauty and the Beast and put your own twist on it. How difficult is it to take something that’s so well known and make it your own?
I definitely found it daunting at first. But something my agent said to me early on really stuck with me and helped me push through—she said I was too close to the source material and that I needed to take a step back and make it my own. In general, I think there is a lot of pressure on people to perform to a certain standard, regardless of their chosen profession. It helps a great deal to realize that the only standard you should be measuring yourself by is your own—how well can you write this particular story? Does your work do you justice?

2. Khalid, the boy-king is such a deep character. How much time did you spend developing his character? Was there ever a time you tried to mold him into something different that just didn’t work for you or your story?
Thank you so much for saying so! I really enjoyed developing Khalid as a character. One of the first things I do even before I begin plotting a story is spend time creating character arcs. I make a web for each main character, and I put specific traits I’d like that character to embody around that character’s name. Since Khalid was such an important part of the narrative, I did spend a large amount of time developing him as a character. There were a few times in the story where I wanted him to do or say things that didn’t quite fit with how I’d developed him, but I was always able to go back to the initial web I’d created and remind myself of his specific traits. So that was extremely helpful.

3. What inspired your decision to write this story?
Many things inspired me to write this book, but two things in particular always stick out to me. The first is my husband’s family. They’re Persian, and the story of Scheherazade is actually Persian in origin. My in-laws have beautiful pieces of art and tapestry all throughout their home, and I always wanted to write a story to reflect the beauty of their culture and the richness of its history. The second source of inspiration was my own upbringing. As a child of mixed race, I was constantly searching for narratives highlighting different backgrounds. So I knew when it was time for me to write a story, I wanted to write one that brought a different world to life for younger readers.

4. While Khorasan doesn’t exist anymore (it was located near Iran and Afghanistan) it was a real place. How much of your Khorasan is based off of the ancient area? What kind of research did you have to do?
Since I knew I wanted to base my fantasy world on ancient Persia, I did a good bit of research into Persian history to develop the world in THE WRATH AND THE DAWN. Both Khorasan and Parthia were names for parts of what is now present-day Iran. Much of the geography in the book is rooted in history, but I’ve definitely taken some liberty with it!

5. If The Wrath and the Dawn were made into a film, who would you like to see cast?
This is such a fun question! Of course I have some favorite actors and actresses in mind, but since the book is actually being shopped for film, I think I’ll keep silent on that for now. The most important thing for me—if the book were made into a film—would be that the actors/actresses cast adequately reflected the diversity written into the book.

6. What’s your go-to method for getting yourself out of writer’s block?
I don’t believe in writer’s block. But I do believe in writing oneself into a corner. For me, that usually means I’m forcing myself to write something that isn’t organic. The best thing to do is to take a step back to either find a new source of inspiration or re-evaluate what it is I’m doing. I can always put something on the page. Sometimes it’s terrible and needs to be discarded in its entirety, but I can always write something. I don’t, however, believe you should force yourself to write something that isn’t working for you. If you can’t write the story you’re working on, write something else. And if you need a break, take a break.

7. Who was your favorite character to write? Your least favorite?
My favorite character to write was probably Khalid. I also really enjoyed writing Shazi. I didn’t have a least favorite character, but writing Jahandar was difficult at times because he was such a sad character, both inside and out.

8. Are you a pantser or a plotter?
An insane plotter. Seriously. My plots are biblically long.

9. Coffee or tea?
Tea. Always tea.

10. Favorite movie? TV show? Band?
Movie: The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Singin’ in the Rain; TV show: Sherlock, Game of Thrones, Empire, Avatar: The Last Airbender; Band: Metallica, Explosions in the Sky, M83, Radiohead, Bassnectar

A sumptuous and epically told love story inspired by "A Thousand and One Nights"
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.

Highly Anticipating - Cage by Megan Shepherd & Rook by Sharon Cameron

The Cage by Megan Shepherd
Expected Publication Date: May 26th, 2015
Publisher: Balzer and Bray
Page Count: 400 pages

The Maze Runner meets Scott Westerfeld in this gripping new series about teens held captive in a human zoo by an otherworldly race. From Megan Shepherd, the acclaimed author of The Madman's Daughter trilogy.

When Cora Mason wakes in a desert, she doesn't know where she is or who put her there. As she explores, she finds an impossible mix of environments--tundra next to desert, farm next to jungle, and a strangely empty town cobbled together from different cultures--all watched over by eerie black windows. And she isn't alone.

Four other teenagers have also been taken: a beautiful model, a tattooed smuggler, a secretive genius, and an army brat who seems to know too much about Cora's past. None of them have a clue as to what happened, and all of them have secrets. As the unlikely group struggles for leadership, they slowly start to trust each other. But when their mysterious jailer--a handsome young guard called Cassian--appears, they realize that their captivity is more terrifying than they could ever imagine: Their captors aren't from Earth. And they have taken the five teenagers for an otherworldly zoo--where the exhibits are humans.

As a forbidden attraction develops between Cora and Cassian, she realizes that her best chance of escape might be in the arms of her own jailer--though that would mean leaving the others behind. Can Cora manage to save herself and her companions? And if so . . . what world lies beyond the walls of their cage?

Why we can't wait: We absolutely LOVED The Madman's Daughter and her new book sounds FANTASTIC!!! We love the concept of being trapped in a zoo and having to escape!


Rook by Sharon Cameron
Expected Publication Date: April 28th, 2015
Publisher: Scholastic
Page Count: 464 pages

A remarkable and utterly inventive novel bursting with intrigue and romance, from Sharon Cameron, acclaimed author of THE DARK UNWINDING, which USA TODAY called "spellbindingly imaginative."
Centuries after a shifting of the Earth's poles, the Sunken City that was once Paris is in the grips of a revolution. All who oppose the new regime are put to the blade, except for those who disappear from their prison cells, a red-tipped rook feather left in their place. Is the mysterious Red Rook a savior of the innocent or a criminal?
Meanwhile, across the sea in the Commonwealth, Sophia Bellamy's arranged marriage to the wealthy Rene Hasard is the last chance to save her family from ruin. But when the search for the Red Rook comes straight to her doorstep, Sophia discovers that her fiance is not all he seems. Which is only fair, because neither is she.
As the Red Rook grows bolder and the stakes grow higher, Sophia and Rene find themselves locked in a tantalizing game of cat and mouse.
Daring intrigue, delicious romance, and spine-tingling suspense fill the pages of this extraordinary tale from award-winning author Sharon Cameron.

Why we can't wait: The concept of this just sounds AMAZING! Also, a little birdie told us David Levithan is a HUGE fan!!! So obvi we have to read it.

Review - The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma
Publication Date: March 24th, 2015
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Genre: Mystery, paranormal

Ori’s dead because of what happened out behind the theater, in the tunnel made out of trees.
She’s dead because she got sent to that place upstate, locked up with those monsters.
And she got sent there because of me.

The Walls Around Us is a ghostly story of suspense told in two voices—one still living and one long dead. On the outside, there’s Violet, an eighteen-year-old dancer days away from the life of her dreams when something threatens to expose the shocking truth of her achievement. On the inside, within the walls of a girls’ juvenile detention center, there’s Amber, locked up for so long she can’t imagine freedom. Tying these two worlds together is Orianna, who holds the key to unlocking all the girls’ darkest mysteries.

We hear Amber’s story and Violet’s, and through them Orianna’s, first from one angle, then from another, until gradually we begin to get the whole picture—which is not necessarily the one that either Amber or Violet wants us to see.

Nova Ren Suma tells a supernatural tale of guilt and innocence, and what happens when one is mistaken for the other.

This gorgeous and suspenseful novel weaves together the lives of three very different girls; Amber is a prisoner at a juvenile detention center, locked away for her involvement in her step-father’s murder; Violet is an accomplished ballerina bound for Julliard. The girl who ties them together is Ori: Violet’s one time best friend, who is convicted of murdering two rival dancers. Told in alternating first-person voices, this evocative story has so many facets; it is part magical realism, part ghost story, part suspenseful thriller, and entirely unforgettable. Despite that this is a compelling story with amazingly developed characters, the prose is what really shines. The mood that Suma evokes through her artful language is so haunting and uneasy that it will stay with you long after you finish reading.
Reviewed by Caitlin, Books Inc. School Planning


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