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Loved The Maze Runner? Check Out These Dystopian Reads!

The film adaptation of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner hits theaters today. To celebrate, we’re sharing books like The Maze Runner that you might enjoy. Check out a few below, and see them all here.

NilNil by Lynne Matson

On the mysterious island of Nil, the rules are set. You have exactly 365 days to escape—or you die.

Seventeen-year-old Charley doesn’t know the rules. She doesn’t even know where she is. The last thing she remembers is blacking out, and when she wakes up, she’s naked in an empty rock field.

Lost and alone, Charley finds no sign of other people until she meets Thad, the gorgeous leader of a clan of teenage refugees. Soon Charley learns that leaving the island is harder than she thought . . . and so is falling in love. With Thad’s time running out, Charley realizes that she has to find a way to beat the clock, and quickly, in this thrilling debut novel by Lynne Matson.

HungryHungry by H.A. Swain

In Thalia’s world, there is no more food and no need for food, as everyone takes medication to ward off hunger. Her parents both work for the company that developed the drugs society consumes to quell any food cravings, and they live a life of privilege as a result. When Thalia meets a boy who is part of an underground movement to bring food back, she realizes that there is an entire world outside her own. She also starts to feel hunger, and so does the boy. Are the meds no longer working?

Together, they set out to find the only thing that will quell their hunger: real food. It’s a journey that will change everything Thalia thought she knew. But can a “privy” like her ever truly be part of a revolution?

After the SnowAfter the Snow by S.D. Crockett

The oceans stopped working before Willo was born, so the world of ice and snow is all he’s ever known. He lives with his family deep in the wilderness, far from the government’s controlling grasp. Willo’s survival skills are put to the test when he arrives home one day to find his family gone. It could be the government; it could be scavengers—all Willo knows is he has to find refuge and his family. It is a journey that will take him into the city he’s always avoided, with a girl who needs his help more than he knows.

The CompoundThe Compound by S.A. Bodeen

Eli and his family have lived in the underground Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone, and they’ve become accustomed to their new life. Accustomed, but not happy. No amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, only his father and mother, doing the same thing day after day after day. As problems with their carefully planned existence threaten to destroy their sanctuary—and their sanity—Eli can’t help but wonder if he’d rather take his chances outside. Eli’s father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe—really?

The Compound is a 2009 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.

Monument 14Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.

Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel Monument 14, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

The Rule of ThreeThe Rule of Three by Eric Walters

One shocking afternoon, computers around the globe shut down in a viral catastrophe. At sixteen-year-old Adam Daley’s high school, the problem first seems to be a typical electrical outage, until students discover that cell phones are down, municipal utilities are failing, and a few computer-free cars like Adam’s are the only vehicles that function. Driving home, Adam encounters a storm tide of anger and fear as the region becomes paralyzed. Soon—as resources dwindle, crises mount, and chaos descends—he will see his suburban neighborhood band together for protection. And Adam will understand that having a police captain for a mother and a retired government spy living next door are not just the facts of his life but the keys to his survival, in The Rule of Three by Eric Walters.

EnclaveEnclave by Ann Aguirre

New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20′s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight—guided by Fade’s long-ago memories–in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs.

Ann Aguirre’s thrilling young adult novel is the story of two young people in an apocalyptic world—facing dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.

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Do You Want to Read an Exclusive Excerpt from The Winner’s Crime?

The sequel to The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkowski comes out on March 3, 2015. We know that you loved The Winner’s Curse and can’t wait to read The Winner’s Crime, so we’re giving you the chance to read the first three chapters right now! Want to read them? All you have to do is click here and sign up to receive email updates about Marie Rutkowski. You’ll automatically receive an email with the first chapter of The Winner’s Crime.

Sounds awesome, right? So what are you waiting for? Go sign up and start reading!


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Download Altered by Gennifer Albin for Only $2.99 for a Limited Time!

Altered-3DThe entirety of Crewel by Gennifer Albin is now available for free on Wattpad, so we’re giving you the chance to get Altered, the second book in Gennifer Albin’s Crewel World Trilogy, for only $2.99! That means that you can read two books for less than your morning latte! So what are you waiting for? Read Crewel on Wattpad, and download Altered  now!

Deadly Secrets
Tangled Lies
Woven truths

Life. Possibility. Choice. All taken from Adelice by the Guild—until she took them back.

But amid the splendid ruins of Earth, Adelice discovers how dangerous freedom can be. Hunted by soulless Remnants sent by Cormac Patton and the Guild, Adelice finds a world that’s far from deserted. Although allies are easy to find on Earth, knowing who to trust isn’t. Because everyone has secrets, especially those Adelice loves most. Secrets they would kill to protect. Secrets that will redefine each of them. Torn between two brothers and two worlds, Adelice must choose what to fight for.

Altered is Gennifer Albin’s thrilling sequel to Crewel. Adelice is about to learn how tangled up her past and future really are. Her parents ran to protect her, but nothing can save her from her destiny, and once she uncovers the truth, it will change everything.

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The First Leg of the Fall 2014 Fierce Reads Tour Starts Tonight!

We cannot believe that the Fall 2014 Fierce Reads Tour starts tonight (where did summer go!?), but it does! Ann Aguirre, Caragh M. O’Brien, and Marie Rutkowski are heading on the road! Find out where you can see them below. Can’t make any of the tour stops? Our Fierce Reads dedicated bloggers will be covering the events, so be sure to follow them on Twitter and check out their blogs!

Tuesday, 9/16 7PM
Downer’s Grove, IL
Anderson’s Bookshop
YA Bibliophile | @HMZ1505

Wednesday, 9/17 7PM
Exeter, NH
Water Street Bookstore
Love is Not a Triangle | @LaurayJames

Thursday, 9/18 7PM
Cambridge, MA
Cambridge Public Library
Ticket to Anywhere | @Irisheyz77

Friday, 9/19 6PM
New York, NY
Books of Wonder
Queen Ella Bee Reads | @GabySalpeter

Saturday, 9/20 6PM
Madison, CT
R.J. Julia Booksellers

Sunday, 9/21
Collegeville, PA
Towne Book Center & Cafe
Perpetual Page Turner | @BrokeandBookish

Monday, 9/22
Bethesda, MD
Politics & Prose at the Bethesda Library

Tuesday, 9/23
Charleston, SC
Blue Bicycle Books
Reading Underground | @andriaamaral

Excited for the tour? Share that excitement by posting this graphic on social media with #FierceReads!


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Tweet with the Fall 2014 Fierce Reads Authors!

The first leg of the Fall 2014 Fierce Reads Tour kicks off on September 16, and the second leg of the tour kicks off on October 8. You’ll have the chance to meet tons of your favorite authors, and we’re also giving you the chance to get your questions for them answered on Twitter!

Join us and authors Ann Aguirre, Gennifer Albin, Josephine Angelini*, Nikki Kelly, Lish McBride, and Caragh M. O’Brien on Monday, 9/29 at 9PM EST / 6PM PST to learn more about Mortal DangerUnraveledTrial by Fire, Lailah, Firebug, and The Vault of Dreamers.

As always, there will be swag for participants! Up for grabs are SIGNED COPIES of Mortal DangerUnraveledTrial by Fire, Lailah, Firebug, and The Vault of Dreamers. So mark your calendars and get your questions for these fierce authors ready!

*Please note that Josephine Angelini is a tentative participate because her child’s due date is September 30. If Josephine is unable to join the chat, we’ll send your questions for her to her for her to answer at a later time. And no matter what, you’ll still have a chance to win a signed copy of Trial by Fire!


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Book Trailer Feature: Starry Night by Isabel Gillies

Isabel Gillies, the author of Starry Night, created an absolutely adorable book trailer for her YA debut all about first loves. Watch it below:

Sometimes one night can change everything. On this particular night, Wren and her three best friends are attending a black-tie party at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of a major exhibit curated by her father. An enormous wind blasts through the city, making everyone feel that something unexpected and perhaps wonderful will happen. And for Wren, that something wonderful is Nolan. With his root-beer-brown Michelangelo eyes, Nolan changes the way Wren’s heart beats. In Isabel Gillies’s Starry Night, suddenly everything is different. Nothing makes sense except for this boy. What happens to your life when everything changes, even your heart? How much do you give up? How much do you keep?

Starry Night by Isabel Gillies is available on 9/2/14!


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Get Ready for Banned Books Week!

This year, Banned Books Week is September 21 to September 27. We’re getting ready to read or reread some of our favorite banned books. Discover what you’ve been missing below:

SpeakSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson

The first ten lies they tell you in high school.

“Speak up for yourself—we want to know what you have to say.” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.

Get Well SoonGet Well Soon by Julie Halpern

I got a better look at some of my fellow patients in this freak hole, and they all look pretty close to my age. They come up to the check-in desk to get pills. After they take them, the desk people look in their mouths to make sure they’ve swallowed. It’s like something out of The Twilight Zone. Are they going to do that to me?

Anna Bloom is depressed—so depressed that her parents have committed her to a mental hospital with a bunch of other messed-up teens. Here, she meets a roommate with a secret (and a plastic baby), a doctor who focuses way too much on her weight, and a cute, shy boy who just might like her. But wait! Being trapped in a loony bin isn’t supposed to be about making friends, losing weight, and having a crush, is it?

Doing ItDoing It by Melvin Burgess

The award-winning author Melvin Burgess’s ribald and insightful account of contemporary teenage life chronicles the ups and downs of doing it. The controversial book on which the cult favorite ABC television series Life As We Know It (now available on DVD) was based, Doing It introduces us to Dino, Jon, and Ben, three teenage best friends who can’t stop thinking about, and talking about (and hoping to experience) sex.

Annie on My MindAnnie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

This groundbreaking book, first published in 1982, is the story of two teenage girls whose friendship blossoms into love and who, despite pressures from family and school that threaten their relationship, promise to be true to each other and their feelings.

Of the author and the book, the Margaret A. Edwards Award committee said, “Nancy Garden has the distinction of being the first author for young adults to create a lesbian love story with a positive ending. Using a fluid, readable style, Garden opens a window through which readers can find courage to be true to themselves.”

The 25th Anniversary Edition features a full-length interview with the author by Kathleen T. Horning, Director of the Cooperative Children’s Book Center. Ms. Garden answers such revealing questions as how she knew she was gay, why she wrote the book, censorship, and the book’s impact on readers – then and now.

The Book of ThreeThe Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

Henry Holt Books for Young Readers is proud to publish this 50th Anniversary Edition of Lloyd Alexander’s classic The Book of Three, the first book in the Chronicles of Prydain, with a new introduction by Newbery Honor–winner Shannon Hale. This anniversary edition is filled with bonus materials, including an interview with Lloyd Alexander, a Prydain short story, the first chapter of the next Prydain book (The Black Cauldron, a Newbery Honor book)an author’s note, and a pronunciation guide.

Since The Book of Three was first published in 1964, young readers have been enthralled by the adventures of Taran the Assistant Pig-Keeper and his quest to become a hero.  Taran is joined by an engaging cast of characters that includes Eilonwy, the strong-willed and sharp-tongued princess; Fflewddur Fflam, the hyperbole-prone bard; the ever-faithful Gurgi; and the curmudgeonly Doli—all of whom have become involved in an epic struggle between good and evil that shapes the fate of the legendary land of Prydain.

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Blog Tour: Firebug by Lish McBride

Firebug BlogTour

Ava, the main character in Firebug by Lish McBride, author of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer and Necromancing the Stone, can start fires with her mind . . . but is it a blessing or a curse? To learn more about Firebug, check out the blog tour, where there will be reviews, giveaways, guest posts, and more!

Monday, September 15
Adventures of a Book Junkie

Tuesday, September 16

Thursday, September 18
Teen Librarian Toolbox

Friday, September 19
Maria’s Mélange

Monday, September 22
Tales of a Ravenous Reader

Tuesday, September 23
Novel Novice

Wednesday, September 24
MacTeenBooks Blog

Thursday, September 25
Good Books and Good Wine

Friday, September 26
Carina’s Books

Firebug by Lish McBride is available on 9/23/14. Pre-order now.firebug3d

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Join the Crewel Readathon!

The third book in Gennifer Albin’s Crewel World trilogy, Unraveled, comes out October 7, 2014. That means it’s the perfect time to start reading or rereading the first book with us. So we’re hosting a Crewel readathon in Setpember! Join in if you’re a series newbie or re-read it with us if you’ve already read it.


Step 1: Locate a copy of Crewel. You can read the entire novel for free on Wattpad!

Step 2: Read the book with us from Wednesday, September 17 to Tuesday, September 30. That gives you two weeks to read!

Step 3: Track your progress by posting text and pictures of the page you’re reading, chapter you’re on, and quotes from the book on Twitter, Instagram, and Tumblr. Use the hashtag #CrewelWorld.

Step 4: Win! Anyone who joins the readathon from September 17 to September 30 by tracking his or her progress as outlined in Step 3 will be entered to win a complete set of the Crewel World Trilogy signed by Gennifer Albin!

We can’t wait for all of of you Gennifer Albin fans to re-read with us or for all of you newbies to discover this series!

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Blog Tour: The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien

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The Vault of Dreamers is the first book in a new science fiction series from Caragh M. O’Brien, the author of the Birthmarked trilogy. To learn more aboutThe Vault of Dreamers, check out the blog tour, where there will be reviews, giveaways, guest posts, and more!

Tuesday, September 9
Ex Libris Kate
The Book Monsters

Wednesday, September 10
Book Hounds
Candace’s Book Blog

Thursday, September 11
Mundie Moms
Word Spelunking

Friday, September 12
My Bookish Ways
Working for the Mandroid

Saturday, September 13
Fiction Fare

Sunday, September 14
Icy Books
My 5 Monkeys

Monday, September 15
SciFi Chick
Supernatural Snark

Tuesday, September 16
YA Interrobang
I’d So Rather Be Reading

Wednesday, September 17
Book Briefs

Thursday, September 18
Michelle & Leslie’s Book Picks
The Irish Banana Review

Friday, September 19
Alice Marvels
Forever Young Adult

Saturday, September 20
Good Choice Reading
Step Into Fiction

The Vault of Dreamers by Caragh M. O’Brien is available on 9/16/14!



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