Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Incarnate and Asunder by Jodi Meadows

Publisher: HarperTeen

Incarnate (book 1)
Number of Pages: 374
Type: Paperback

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

Even Ana's own mother thinks she's a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she'll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?

Sam believes Ana's new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana's enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else's life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?

Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

Asunder (book 2)
Number of Pages: 416 
Type: Hardcover 

Ana has always been the only one. Asunder. Apart. But after Templedark, when many residents of Heart were lost forever, some hold Ana responsible for the darksouls–and the newsouls who may be born in their place.

Many are afraid of Ana’s presence, a constant reminder of unstoppable changes and the unknown. When sylph begin behaving differently toward her and people turn violent, Ana must learn to stand up not only for herself but for those who cannot stand up for themselves.

Ana was told that nosouls can’t love. But newsouls? More than anything, she wants to live and love as an equal among the citizens of Heart, but even when Sam professes his deepest feelings, it seems impossible to overcome a lifetime of rejection.

In this second book in the Incarnate trilogy, Ana discovers the truth about reincarnation and will have to find a way to embrace love and make her young life meaningful. Once again, Jodi Meadows explores the extraordinary beauty and shadowed depths of the soul in a story equal parts epic romance and captivating fantasy.

Reviewed by Ellie, age 16

Kiss Me Again by Rachel Vail

He closed the distance I'd opened up between us and kissed me lightly on the lips. "Maybe we can just be," Kevin whispered.
Charlie Collins doesn't know what to do about Kevin Lazarus, her crush and, awkwardly, her new stepbrother. Things were complicated enough when their parents were only dating and when Kevin was going out with Charlie's best friend, Tess. Now, post-wedding, Charlie and Kevin are crossing paths and crossing lines, and then they have to eat breakfast . . . together.
If only Charlie could get some time away from Kevin and her annoyingly happy and strange stepfamily, she might be able to deal. Yet first she has to make things right with George, her sort-of boyfriend, and Tess, whose trust she broke. But while Charlie struggles to be the perfect friend and daughter, at the end of the day Kevin is the one waiting for her at home. Would it really be so bad if they kissed again?
The follow-up to If We Kiss, Rachel Vail's addictive story of first kisses and heartbreak, Kiss Me Again at long last answers the question of what happens when a crush so off-limits it has to be a fantasy suddenly becomes something very real.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 240
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Amanda, age 17

Starcrossed by Josephine Angelini

How do you defy destiny?
Helen Hamilton has spent her entire sixteen years trying to hide how different she is—no easy task on an island as small and sheltered as Nantucket. And it's getting harder. Nightmares of a desperate desert journey have Helen waking parched, only to find her sheets damaged by dirt and dust. At school she's haunted by hallucinations of three women weeping tears of blood . . . and when Helen first crosses paths with Lucas Delos, she has no way of knowing they're destined to play the leading roles in a tragedy the Fates insist on repeating throughout history.
As Helen unlocks the secrets of her ancestry, she realizes that some myths are more than just legend. But even demigod powers might not be enough to defy the forces that are both drawing her and Lucas together—and trying to tear them apart.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 487 
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Alex, age 19

A Fractured Light by Jocelyn Davies

When she wakes up in unfamiliar surroundings, Skye knows something terrible has happened to her. It's not until she hears Asher, the dark, rebellious angel she fell in love with, that the memories come flooding back. She tries to put the past behind her, but she knows she'll be forever haunted by the ruthless betrayal that almost took her life.
Skye returns home, but with the knowledge of who she really is, nothing can ever be the same. As she tests the limits of her newfound powers, Skye discovers that she's capable of far more than anyone could have imagined. Both the Order and the Rebellion want her for their side as war between the factions looms. She can't forget the terrifying truth she now knows about the Order, but something holds her back from embracing the Rebellion.
A Fractured Light picks up right after A Beautiful Dark's shocking cliffhanger ending and is perfect for fans of Lauren Kate's Fallen and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush saga.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Alex, age 19

The Elite by Kiera Cass

The hotly-anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestseller The Selection.
Thirty-five girls came to the palace to compete in the Selection. All but six have been sent home. And only one will get to marry Prince Maxon and be crowned princess of Illea.
America still isn’t sure where her heart lies. When she’s with Maxon, she’s swept up in their new and breathless romance, and can’t dream of being with anyone else. But whenever she sees Aspen standing guard around the palace, and is overcome with memories of the life they planned to share. With the group narrowed down to the Elite, the other girls are even more determined to win Maxon over—and time is running out for America to decide.
Just when America is sure she’s made her choice, a devastating loss makes her question everything again. And while she’s struggling to imagine her future, the violent rebels that are determined to overthrow the monarchy are growing stronger and their plans could destroy her chance at any kind of happy ending.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 336
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Dee Dee, age 13

Saturday, December 15, 2012

The Runaway King by Jennifer A. Nielsen

A kingdom teetering on the brink of destruction. A king gone missing. Who will survive? Find out in the highly anticipated sequel to Jennifer A. Nielsen's blockbuster The False Prince!
Just weeks after Jaron has taken the throne, an assassination attempt forces him into a deadly situation. Rumors of a coming war are winding their way between the castle walls, and Jaron feels the pressure quietly mounting within Carthya. Soon, it becomes clear that deserting the kingdom may be his only hope of saving it. But the further Jaron is forced to run from his identity, the more he wonders if it is possible to go too far. Will he ever be able to return home again? Or will he have to sacrifice his own life in order to save his kingdom?
The stunning second installment of The Ascendance Trilogy takes readers on a roller-coaster ride of treason and murder, thrills and peril, as they journey with The Runaway King!

Publisher: Scholastic
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Dee Dee, age 14

Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Dash of Magic by Kathryn Littlewood

Rosemary Bliss will do anything to get back her family’s magical Cookery Booke.
That’s why she challenges her aunt Lily to an international baking competition in Paris: If Rose wins, Lily agrees to return the Cookery Booke that she stole. If Rose loses—well, the consequences are too ugly to think about.
But Lily isn’t playing fair—she is using a magical ingredient to cheat. The only way for Rose to compete is for her to find magical ingredients of her own.
Together with her long-lost grandpa, his sarcastic talking cat, and a turncoat French mouse, Rose and her brothers must race around Paris to find essential—and elusive—magical ingredients to help her outbake—and outmagic—her conniving aunt.
Rose has to win or the Bliss Cookery Booke will be lost to her family forever

Publisher: Katherine Tegen 
Number of Pages: 384
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 12

Wasteland by Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan

Welcome to the Wasteland. Where all the adults are long gone, and now no one lives past the age of nineteen. Susan Kim and Laurence Klavan’s post-apocalyptic debut is the first of a trilogy in which everyone is forced to live under the looming threat of rampant disease and brutal attacks by the Variants—hermaphroditic outcasts that live on the outskirts of Prin. Esther thinks there’s more to life than toiling at harvesting, gleaning, and excavating, day after day under the relentless sun, just hoping to make it to the next day. But then Caleb, a mysterious stranger, arrives in town, and Esther begins to question who she can trust. As shady pasts unravel into the present and new romances develop, Caleb and Esther realize that they must team together to fight for their lives and for the freedom of Prin.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Jack, age 14

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Trouble With Flirting by Claire LaZebnik

Franny Pearson never dreamed she'd be attending the prestigious Mansfield Summer Theater Program. And she's not, exactly. She's working for her aunt, the resident costume designer. But sewing her fingers to the bone does give her an opportunity to spend time with her crush, Alex Braverman. If only he were as taken with the girl hemming his trousers as he is with his new leading lady.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 288
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Amanda, age 16

Monday, December 10, 2012

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

Exiled from her home, the enclosed city of Reverie, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland - known as The Death Shop - are slim. If the cannibals don't get her, the violent, electrified energy storms will. She's been taught that the very air she breathes can kill her. Then Aria meets an Outsider named Perry. He's wild - a savage - and her only hope of staying alive.
A hunter for his tribe in a merciless landscape, Perry views Aria as sheltered and fragile - everything he would expect from a Dweller. But he needs Aria's help too; she alone holds the key to his redemption. Opposites in nearly every way, Aria and Perry must accept each other to survive. Their unlikely alliance forges a bond that will determine the fate of all who live under the never sky.

Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 374
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 17

Sunday, December 9, 2012

In My Mailbox (5)

In My Mailbox is a meme started and hosted by The Story Siren.

Welcome to our fifth In My Mailbox! I'm super excited about the books we got this week. Some of these will end up going to other reviewers and we'll try to get these reviewed asap! Which ones are you must excited for? 

Septimus Heap: Fyre by Angie Sage
Rise by Andrea Cremer
Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan 
Life After Left by Aprilynne Pike
Severed Heads, Broken Hearts by Robyn Schneider
Fragments by Dan Wells

What's in your mailbox this week? Share in the comments! 

Happy reading!

P.S. Don't forget to enter our giveaway happening right now! Check out the Contest tab to find out what! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Book on the Hot Spot (5)

Welcome to our fifth Book on the Hot Spot! Man, we are on a roll. As promised, two more of our reviewers joined us today. These are the lovely ladies we go see those horror movies with. You'd think we weren't friends by the awkwardness of this video, but it took some urging to get them behind the camera as they prefer to review books behind-the-scenes. I'm glad they could make an appearance though and if you want to see more from our reviewers, including these girls and the others, let us know! Remember that you can check the Meet The Youth Board tab to get to know our reviewers a little better in the mean time. Thanks for watching! 

This whole vlogging is an art we have yet to perfect. Sorry for the terrible lighting!!!

Nobody But Us by Kristen Halbrook
Read Review by Kenzie, age 16
Pre-Order | $9.99

Hysteria by Megan Miranda
Read Review by Hannah, age 17
Pre-Order | $17.99

Impostor by Jill Hathaway
Read Review by Amanda, age 16
Pre-Order | $17.99

Plus surprise swag and a surprise ARC!

*this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. I'm sorry international friends, we got no moolah!

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Happy reading!
Rachel, Amanda, Hannah & Kenzie

P.S. We promise to be less awkward and stiff next time...

New Fun Things!

Most bloggers know this, so this is my post for you Bookcasers that don't know about the awesomeness that is HarperTeen! 

HarperTeen always has fun things going on at their minisites Epic Reads, Story Crush and Pitch Dark where you can find interviews, videos, recommendations, book maps, quizzes, giveaways, playlists, and much more interactive things!

One thing they do every year is Dark Days, which features 'dark' books, usually supernatural, that are coming out in the new year. Every one of them is. always. to. die. for. 

Here is what they've revealed so far, however they are still revealing one more over at Pitch Dark

We will be reviewing the few of these that we have and have already held a giveaway for MIND GAMES and possibly more Dark Days books in the future, so stay tuned! (*wink wink*) I myself just finished UNDER THE NEVER SKY and it was amazing, so I'm thrilled to be starting THROUGH THE EVER NIGHT in the next month or so! All of these sound epic and I'm so excited for them to hit shelves so we can all read them! If Dark Days has a stop in Minnesota, I will be sure to post about it if this is something that interests you. And bloggers, if you go let me know how it went and what you picked up! 


Another fun thing HarperTeen has come up with is Impulse, an online imprint just for young adult books! Can you believe it?! How cool is that?? What's even cooler is that there are a lot of short stories on there from series you might have read. (Hallowed, Firelight, etc!) and more stand alone short stories from great authors such as Scott Westerfeld. 

The two best parts of Impulse are that the ebooks are cheap and they're releasing more and more constantly! You should look out for other authors like Amy Plum and Kiera Cass in the future. Some of these short stories are from another character's point of view, which is always fun to read! 

A few more random, but fun things you can do at these minisites are...
  • Fun quizzes, such as these
  • Playlists to get you pumped for a book, like this one!
  • Want to read a book set in a certain country? Check these maps out
  • Want to know more about the authors behind the books? Always check in for author vlogs or interviews! 
  • Like free books? Create an account on one of the mini sites and sign up for their frequent giveaways!
  • Like, Try, Why's!
  • Online Book clubs at Epic Reads!
  • Other fun things more or less related to books! 
  • And the Epic Reads Tea Time Chats. You can come home from school, pour yourself a cup of hot chocolate, and tune into all the fun news Epic Reads has to share with you. This includes naming Kate and William's Royal baby after young adult characters and tons of other fun things like Epic Feasts and Twitter Waves! Those girls are hilarious and always present things in a new and different way every time. The best parts? You laugh a lot and learn about all the new books you NEED to have. 
I hope you've learned more about how you can interact online with books, publishers, and other readers! And to think I was just skimming the surface!!!

Remember to tune in for our reviews and vlogs as well! Come interact with us and share your thoughts! 

Happy reading!
Rachel & The Youth Board

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Tempestuous by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Recently banished, unfairly, by the school’s popular crowd, former “it girl,” Miranda Prospero, finds herself in a brave new world: holding dominion amongst a rag-tag crew of geeks and misfits where she works at the Hot-Dog Kabob in the food court of her local mall. When the worst winter storm of the season causes mall workers and last-minute shoppers to be snowed-in for the night, Miranda seizes the opportunity to get revenge against the catty clique behind her social exile. With help from her delightfully dweeby coworker, Ariel, and a sullen loner named Caleb who works at the mall’s nearby gaming and magic shop, Miranda uses charm and trickery to set things to right during this spirited take on Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

Publisher: Merit Press
Number of Pages: 224
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Hannah, age 17

Exposure by Kim Askew and Amy Helmes

Double, double, toil and trouble. Sometimes, the quest for high school royalty can be deadly! In this emotionally-charged twist on Shakespeare’s Macbeth, a self-conscious shutterbug named Skye Kingston navigates a treacherous school year in Alaska fraught with unspoken secrets and tragic twists of fate. Along the way she encounters three strangely prophetic BFFs; one social-climbing, sociopathic cheerleader; and a heart-stopping hottie named Craig McKenzie: the man who would be Prom King. Can Skye save the boy she loves — and herself — before they get caught in the crosshairs?

Publisher: Merit Press
Number of Pages: 272
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed Hannah, age 17

Sunday, December 2, 2012

In My Mailbox (4)

In My Mailbox is a meme started and hosted by The Story Siren

This is a combination of last week's and this week's In My Mailbox. I attended a Sales Rep 'Night' for indie bookstores in the Twin Cities where Random House sales reps pitched us their top selling books and let us take them home for free! Unfortunately, it was a bit of a war to get to the book table and I didn't get to snag many but I did take home some pretty interesting ones I wouldn't have picked up otherwise!

In the actual mail
The Evolution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
Witch World by Christopher Pike
Thank you Simon and Schuster!!!
(we also received a box of Scholastic and Harper books that I'm dispersing to other reviewers and sharing with you later!)

At the Sales Rep Night
Child of Vengeance by David Kirk*
The Devil in Silver by Victor La Valle (creep-y!!!)
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Graphic Novel

*this book is adult, along with all the others I took home from the sales reps, but this one they thought should actually be young adult and appeal to older boys

Beauty by Lauren Conrad*

That's all for me this week! What are you reading??

Happy reading!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Liar and Spy by Rebecca Stead

When seventh grader Georges (the S is silent) moves into a Brooklyn apartment building, he meets Safer, a twelve-year-old coffee-drinking loner and self-appointed spy. Georges becomes Safer's first spy recruit. His assignment? Tracking the mysterious Mr. X, who lives in the apartment upstairs. But as Safer becomes more demanding, Georges starts to wonder: how far is too far to go for your only friend?

Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Number of Pages: 180
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

Impostor by Jill Hathaway

What if a killer took control of you?
Vee Bell’s gift (or curse) of “sliding”—slipping into the mind of another person and experiencing life, briefly, through his or her eyes—has been somewhat under control since she unwillingly witnessed the horrific deaths of her classmates six months ago.
But just as things are getting back to normal, Vee has a very bizarre experience: she loses consciousness and finds herself in a deserted area, at the edge of a cliff, with the broken body of the boy who took advantage of her on the rocks below.
As Vee finds herself in stranger and stranger situations with no memory of getting there, she begins to suspect that someone she knows has the ability to slide—and that this “slider” is using Vee to exact revenge on his or her enemies.

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Number of Pages: 278
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Amanda, age 16