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Blog Tour: Monument 14 Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne

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Monument 14 Savage Drift is the breathtaking conclusion to Emmy Laybourne’s Monument 14 series. To learn more about Monument 14 Savage Drift, check out the blog tour, where there will be reviews, giveaways, guest posts, and more!

Saturday, April 26
Sci Fi Chick

Sunday, April 27
That Artsy Reader Girl

Monday, April 28
Ticket to Anywhere

Tuesday, April 29
Forever Young Adult

Wednesday, April 30
Firefly Read It

Thursday, May 1
Scott Reads It

Friday, May 2
Chick Loves Lit

Saturday, May 3
All the Write Notes

Sunday, May 4
Book Addict’s Guide

Monday, May 5
Melissa’s Eclectic Bookshelf

Tuesday, May 6

Monument 14 Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne is available on 5/6/14!


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Cover Feature and Giveaway: The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

We revealed the cover of The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien on Goodreads on Friday, but we’re just so obsessed with this cover that we wanted to feature it on our blog, too. Here it is:

The Vault of Dreamers

From the author of the Birthmarked trilogy comes a fast-paced, psychologically thrilling novel about what happens when your dreams are not your own.

The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success:  every moment of the students’ lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students’ schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What’s worse is, she starts to notice that the edges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

Can’t wait to read? Add it to your to be read list Enter for a chance to win an advance copy on Goodreads!

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien is available on September 16, 2014!

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Quote Roundup: Sekret by Lindsay Smith

Sekret by Lindsay Smith came out on 4/1/14! Are you planning on picking up a copy? We’re certain the words from the book will convince you to read it.


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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson Sweepstakes

Do you want to win an advance copy of The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson? We’re sure that you can’t wait to get your hands on this start to a new series from the author of The Jenna Fox Chronicles. Go here to enter!thekissofdeception3d

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.

The Kiss of Deception is the first book in Mary E. Pearson’s Remnant Chronicles.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson is available on 7/15/14!

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Tweet with Laurie Halse Anderson about #Speak4RAINN15!

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson, and we’ve partnered with RAINN to honor the anniversary of Speak and encourage donations to help survivors of sexual assault.

To raise awareness, we’re hosting a #Speak4RAINN15 twitter chat with Laurie Halse Anderson. Join in to encourage donations to RAINN and talk about what Speak means to you. Many other young adult authors will be joining in, too.

Join the Twitter Chat with us and Laurie Halse Anderson on Thursday, April 24 at 3 PM EST / 12 PM PST with #Speak4RAINN15.

As always, there will be swag for participants! So mark your calendars and help us support this important cause.


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  • Learn more about Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson.
  • Every tweet, tumble, instagram, pin, and more helps! Write about how Speak spoke to you and why you think it’s important to donate to @RAINN01 in honor of #Speak4RAINN15.
  • Donate. Just $15 will help three survivors of sexual violence find their voices.
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In-House Love: Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci

Tin Star by Cecil Castellucci came out on February 25, 2014. Today, we have Digital Marketing Associate Ellen C. on why she enjoyed reading Tin Star. tinstar3d

Why I Decided to Read the Book: “It’s Casablanca in space.” That’s how Cecil Castellucci’s editor described Tin Star when she first presented it to the marketing and sales teams over a year ago. She went on to describe other aspects of the book that intrigued me–the tough, resourceful heroine; the corrupt government workers and political intruding; and of course, the romance–but, to deliberately misquote Jerry McGuire: she had me at “Casablanca in Space.” I knew I had to read Tin Star.

What I Liked About the Book: There’s a lot to love about Tin Star, but I especially appreciate its accessibility. Despite the fact that I love Doctor Who and will probably die of happiness the day someone Kickstarts a sequel to Serenity, I’m not a big sci-fi reader. And you don’t have to be to be one to become wrapped up in Tin Star.  The characters, including–and perhaps especially–the aliens are so interesting, richly drawn, and, for lack of a better word, human, that I at times forgot that I was reading a sci-fi book. Tula’s survival story, her thirst for revenge, and the tensions between Tula and the aliens / Tula and the newly arrived humans, are as much a part of Tin Star as it’s sci-fi landscape.

My Favorite Character Is: Tournour, the head of law enforcement on the space station, was by far my favorite character. He’s one of the most mysterious characters in the book, but I loved that I never quite had him figured out. Was he loyal to the Imperium or merely following their rules? Did he have a soft spot for Tula or was his aid merely coincidental? I look forward to learning more about him in the sequel!

My Favorite Scene Was: My favorite scene takes place just after the new humans arrive on the space ship. Tula encounters one of them in the space stations green house and the two share a moment of pseudo nostalgia while gazing at a distant planet.  This is one of the first moments in which we see just how much of her humanity Tula has lost during her time as the lone human on a space station.

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Book Trailer Feature: Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn

The book trailer for Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn was revealed by the YA Book Blog Bookish on Monday. We released the Monument 14 Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne book trailer in our eNewsletter last week. But in case you missed it, we wanted to share it with you right here on our blog. So, without further ado, watch away:

Gemma just got dumped and is devastated. She finds herself back in the Hamptons for the summer—which puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friend that she wronged five years earlier. Do people hold grudges that long?

When a small case of mistaken identity causes everyone, including Hallie and her dreamy brother Josh, to think she’s someone else, Gemma decides to go along with it.

Gemma’s plan is working (she’s finding it hard to resist Josh), but she’s finding herself in embarrassing situations (how could a bathing suit fall apart like that!?). Is it coincidence or is someone trying to expose her true identity? And how will Josh react if he finds out who she is?

Katie Finn hits all the right notes in this perfect beginning to a new summer series: A Broken Hearts & Revenge novel.

Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn is available on 5/13/14!


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See Our Authors at the LA Times Festival of Books!

MacTeenBooks and some of our authors are heading to the LA Times Festival of Books this weekend! We’d absolutely love if you came and visited us! Here’s where we’ll be:

What: Haunted
Who: See Francesca Lia Block and John Boyne in discussion with Ransom Riggs and Jonathon Auxier with moderator Aaron Hartzler
Where: YA Stage
When: Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 AM

What: Picture This: Young Adult Graphic Novels
Who: See Gene Luen Yang and Jen Wang with Gris Grimly with moderator Hope Larson
Where: Salvatori Computer Science Center
When: Saturday, April 12 at 10:30 AM

What: Putting the Story in HiSTORY
Who: See Cecil Castellucci moderate a panel with Katie Alender, Andrea Cremer, and Rachel Shukert
Where: YA Stage
When: Saturday, April 12 at 12:00 PM

What: Gene Yang Signing
Who: Gene Yang
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Saturday, April 12 at 1:15 PM

What: Gene Yang Signing
Who: Gene Yang
Where: Skylight Books Booth #138
When: Saturday, April 12 at 2:00 PM

What: Writing Culture & Identity
Who: See Gene Yang in conversation with Maurene Goo and Cynthia Kadohata with moderator Lynn Rutan
Where: Norris Theater
When: Saturday, April 12 3:00 PM

What: It’s the End of the World As We Know It
Who: See Cecil Castellucci moderate a panel with T. Cooper, Allison Glock-Cooper, Tahereh Mafi, and Lydia Millet
Where: Skylight Books Booth #138
When: Saturday, April 12 at 4:30 PM

What: Marissa Meyer Signing
Who: Marissa Meyer
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Sunday, April 13 at 10:15 AM

What: Veronica Roth in Conversation with Leigh Bardugo
Who: See Leigh Bardugo and Veronica Roth
Where: Boyard Auditorium
When: Sunday, April 13 at 11:00 AM

What: Cecil Castellucci Signing
Who: Cecil Castellucci
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Sunday, April 13 at 11:45 AM

What: Ava Dellaira in Conversation with Stephen Chbosky
Who: See Ava Dellaira with Stepen Chbosky
Where: Norris Theater
When: Sunday, April 13 at 12:00 PM

What: Sci-Fi: Fantastical Tales
Who: See Marissa Meyer, Leigh Bardugo, and Cecil Castellucci with Sarah J. Maas and moderator Andrew Smith
Where: YA Stage
When: Sunday, April 13 at 1:30 PM

What: Leigh Bardugo Signing
Who: Leigh Bardugo
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Sunday, April 13 at 4:00 PM

What: Ava Dellaira Signing
Who: Ava Dellaira
Where: Mrs. Nelson’s Booth #720
When: Sunday, April 13 at 4:00 PM

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Do You want to Win Books?: April Sweeps News

The Body in the Woods     The Truth About Alice
If you want to win our YA titles as beautiful (often signed!) hardcovers and advance copies months before the books come out, make sure you’re our fan on Facebook, following us on Twitter, subscribed to our Teen E-Newsletter (you can signup on the MacTeenBooks homepage here, checking in with this blog, and looking out for our Goodreads giveaways.

This month, you could win:

So make sure you’re keeping up with Fierce Reads and MacTeenBooks. You don’t want to miss out on these chances to win!

The Kiss of Deception     Shadow and Bone

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Join the Grisha Trilogy Goodreads Re-Read!

Shadow-and-Bone-3DWe’re teaming up with Orion Books in the UK to host the most epic re-read of all time — all three books in Leigh Bardugo’s Grisha Trilogy!

Together, we’ll cross the Shadow Fold, swoon over the Darkling, discover untapped power, join forces with a swashbuckling pirate named Sturmhond, and come to the realization that Darkness. Never. Dies.

There will be chapter re-caps, Q&As with Leigh Bardugo herself, oh, and did we mention we’ll be giving away copies of each book? You can enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of Shadow and Bone today!

The first re-read starts on April 21st, but you can join the Second Army recruits, the Soldat Sol, and a whole slew of fangirls and guys on the official re-read page today!Siege-and-Storm-3D

April 21 – May 2: Shadow and Bone
May 1:  Q&A with Leigh Bardugo
May 19 – May 30:  Siege and Storm
May 29: Q&A with Leigh Bardugo
June 17 – June 27: Ruin and Rising
June 26: Q&A with Leigh Bardugo

Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo is available on 6/17/14!


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