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This Month in Books: June 2013

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4 June

Siege and Storm (The Grisha #2) by Leigh Bardugo 

siegeandstormSummary: “Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long. The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.”

18 June

Star Cursed (The Cahill Witch Chronicles #2) by Jessica Spotswood starcursed

Summary: “With the Brotherhood persecuting witches like never before, a divided Sisterhood desperately needs Cate to come into her Prophesied powers. And after Cate’s friend Sachi is arrested for using magic, a war-thirsty Sister offers to help her find answers—if Cate is willing to endanger everyone she loves.

Cate doesn’t want to be a weapon, and she doesn’t want to involve her friends and Finn in the Sisterhood’s schemes. But when Maura and Tess join the Sisterhood, Maura makes it clear that she’ll do whatever it takes to lead the witches to victory. Even if it means sacrifices. Even if it means overthrowing Cate. Even if it means all-out war.

In the highly anticipated sequel to Born Wicked, the Cahill Witch Chronicles continue Cate, Maura and Tess’s quest to find love, protect family, and explore their magic against all odds in an alternate history of New England.”

25 June

Ink (Paper Gods #1) by Amanda Sun  ink

Summary: “I looked down at the paper, still touching the tip of my shoe. I reached for it, flipping the page over to look.

Scrawls of ink outlined a drawing of a girl lying on a bench.

A sick feeling started to twist in my stomach, like motion sickness.

And then the girl in the drawing turned her head, and her inky eyes glared straight into mine.

On the heels of a family tragedy, the last thing Katie Greene wants to do is move halfway across the world. Stuck with her aunt in Shizuoka, Japan, Katie feels lost. Alone. She doesn’t know the language, she can barely hold a pair of chopsticks, and she can’t seem to get the hang of taking her shoes off whenever she enters a building.

Then there’s gorgeous but aloof Tomohiro, star of the school’s kendo team. How did he really get the scar on his arm? Katie isn’t prepared for the answer. But when she sees the things he draws start moving, there’s no denying the truth: Tomo has a connection to the ancient gods of Japan, and being near Katie is causing his abilities to spiral out of control. If the wrong people notice, they’ll both be targets.

Katie never wanted to move to Japan—now she may not make it out of the country alive.”

intheafterIn the After (In the After #1) by Demitria Lunetta

Summary: “They hear the most silent of footsteps.
They are faster than anything you’ve ever seen.
And They won’t stop chasing you…until you are dead.

Amy is watching TV when it happens, when the world is attacked by Them. These vile creatures are rapidly devouring mankind. Most of the population is overtaken, but Amy manages to escape—and even rescue “Baby,” a toddler left behind in the chaos. Marooned in Amy’s house, the girls do everything they can to survive—and avoid Them at all costs.

After years of hiding, they are miraculously rescued and taken to New Hope, a colony of survivors living in a former government research compound. While at first the colony seems like a dream with plenty of food, safety, and shelter, New Hope slowly reveals that it is far from ideal. And Amy soon realizes that unless things change, she’ll lose Baby—and much more.

Rebellious, courageous, and tender, this unforgettable duo will have you on the edge of your seat as you tear through the pulse-pounding narrow escapes and horrifying twists of fate in this thrilling debut from author Demitria Lunetta.”

Hidden (Avena #1) by Marianne Curley hidden

Summary: “For as long as Ebony can remember, she’s been sheltered. Confined to her home in a secluded valley, home-schooled by her protective parents, and limited to a small circle of close friends. It’s as if she’s being hidden. But something is changing in Ebony. Something that can’t be concealed. She’s growing more beautiful by the day, she’s freakishly strong, and then there’s the fact that she’s glowing.

On one fateful night, Ebony meets Jordan and she’s intensely drawn to him. It’s as if something explodes inside of her–something that can be seen from the heavens. Ebony still doesn’t know that she’s a stolen angel, but now that the heavens have found her, they want her back.”

27 June

ashesonthewavesAshes on the Waves by Mary Lindsey

Summary: “Liam MacGregor is cursed. Haunted by the wails of fantastical Bean Sidhes and labeled a demon by the villagers of Dòchas, Liam has accepted that things will never get better for him—until a wealthy heiress named Annabel Leighton arrives on the island and Liam’s fate is changed forever.

With Anna, Liam finally finds the happiness he has always been denied; but, the violent, mythical Otherworlders, who inhabit the island and the sea around it, have other plans. They make awager on the couple’s love, testing its strength through a series of cruel obstacles. But the tragedies draw Liam and Anna even closer. Frustrated, the creatures put the couple through one last trial—and this time it’s not only their love that’s in danger of being destroyed.

Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s chilling poem, “Annabel Lee,” Mary Lindsey creates a frighteningly beautiful gothic novel that glorifies the power of true love.”

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Big Authors to Attend YALL Fest Charleston 2013

Screen Shot 2013-05-17 at 12.30.40 PMYALLFEST 2013 authors have just been announced by Teen.com and Veronica Roth, author of Divergent will be in attendance along with many other popular YA authors including Lauren Oliver, Veronica Rossi and David Levithan!

Melissa de la Cruz, author of YA vampire series Blue Bloods, says, “We are so excited to bring such a variety of bestselling and inspiring authors to YALLFest. It’s always a treat to come back to Charleston every year, and to see all our enthusiastic readers! YALLFest is one of the most fun, most raucous and a true, noisy, funny, and loud celebration of children’s and young adult literature. Veronica Roth on stage with Rae Carson will make for an amazing keynote. We are also looking forward to boogie-ing down with Tiger Beat, the YA author band with Libba Bray as the frontman! Woohoo!”

Here’s some information about it:

YALLFest 2013

Who’s coming: 50 of the country’s top YA authors, including 25 New York Times bestsellers. 

What: Panels, presentations and signings on three stages on Upper King Street, as well as the infamous YA Smackdown!

When: Sat., Nov. 9, 2013, 10 am to 7 pm

Where: Blue Bicycle Books, the American Theatre, Charleston Music Hall, Upper King Street, Charleston, SC 

Cost: FREE!

Check out this year’s featured authors below!

Leigh Bardugo – The Grisha Trilogy
Pseudonymous Bosch – The Secret Series
Alexandra Bracken – The Darkest Minds
Libba Bray – The Diviners
Heather Brewer – The Slayer Chronicles
Rae Carson – Fire and Thorns Trilogy
Cinda Chima – The Heir Chronicles
Matthew Cody – Super
Rachel Cohn – Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Ally Condie – Matched Trilogy
Jocelyn Davies – A Beautiful Dark
Melissa De La Cruz – Blue Bloods Series
Daniel Ehrenhaft – The Last Dog on Earth
Tim Federle – Better Nate Than Never
Gayle Forman – If I Stay
Kami Garcia – The Beautiful Creatures Series
Adam Gidwitz – A Tale Dark and Grim
David Macinnis Gill – Sun Series
Lev Grossman – The Magicians
Shannon Hale – Princess Academy
Lisi Harrison – The Clique Series
Aaron Hartzler – Rapture Practice
Nancy Holder – Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Ellen Hopkins – Crank Series
Mike Johnston – Frozen
Bill Konigsberg – Out of the Pocket
David Levithan – The Lover’s Dictionary
C.Alexander London – Semper Fido
Tahereh Mafi – Shatter Me
Myra McEntire – Hourglass Series
Lisa McMann -Wake Series
Lauren Oliver – Delirium Series
Alyson Noel – The Immortal Series
Stephanie Perkins – Anna and the French Kiss
Aprilynne Pike – Wings Series
Kathy Reichs – The Virals Series
Brendan Reichs -The Virals Series
Ransom Riggs – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Veronica Rossi – Under the Never Sky
Veronica Roth – Divergent Series
Carrie Ryan – The Forest of Hands and Teeth
Victoria Schwab – The Near Witch
Natalie Standiford – How to Say Goodbye in Robot
Margaret Stohl – The Beautiful Creatures Series
John Thompson – Salem Witch Trilogy

Will you be attending YALL Fest 2013?