Come back for my stop on the tour April 30th!

Come back for my stop on the tour April 30th!

3.22.2014

Ashfall Trilogy Part 3: SUNRISE by Mike Mullin- Interview & Review



SUNRISE 
Ashfall Trilogy, Book Three
by Mike Mullin
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The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors’ constant companions.

When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever—and unthinkable sacrifice. If they fail . . . they, their loved ones, and the few remaining survivors will perish.

This epic finale has the heart of Ashfall, the action of Ashen Winter, and a depth all its own, examining questions of responsibility and bravery, civilization and society, illuminated by the story of an unshakable love that transcends a post-apocalyptic world and even life itself.

"...Throughout the novel, every decision has consequences, and characters must constantly decide what they are willing to pay..." --Kirkus 



Bio-

Mike Mullin enjoys torturing his readers at book signings with cryptic and ominous clues, holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo, and excels in writing hard won scenes full of false senses of security- only to make terrible terrible things happen to characters you love. 

He also ives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Sunrise is his third novel. Ashfall, the first novel of the trilogy, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association. 

IBT interrogates Mike Mullin-

IBT: Do you truly believe that Good would ultimately triumph over Evil in the post-apocalypse? 

MM: In the long run, yes. Look at the fates of evil leaders in recent history. Hitler committed suicide, Mussolini was shot, Stalin was poisoned, Pol Pot driven from Cambodia to die in exile. Fear is not a stable basis for running a political group—whether it’s a gang of flensers or an empire.

IBT: How much did luck have to do with Alex's survival? Example: If he'd never met Darla, if his uncle hadn't been an engineer, if his family hadn't been able to grow the kale, his life would have been vastly different. Or maybe even vastly shorter. Then again they had THE WORST luck ever. I was a ball of frayed nerves because if things were going well- something was just around the corner to make everything into a life-or-death-nail-biting-full-body-sweating situation. How much did luck shape the trajectory of Alex's life?

MM: Luck is a massive influence on everyone’s life. But it’s hard to perceive how much luck has to do with our position in life because we don’t get to experience the alternative. It took all kinds of luck, both good and bad, to get wherever you are in life. But the good luck outweighs the bad in all our lives—those who had really bad luck are dead. So all our stories are, by definition, told by survivors like Alex and Darla.

Luck also influences our position in life in subtler ways. Malcom Gladwell has a great discussion of this in his book Outliers. To take one example, Bill Gates happened to go to a high school that had one of the first mainframe computers at a time when they were vanishingly rare and incredibly expensive. So he had the opportunity to spend thousands of hours learning to program. Yes, lots of hard work was involved, but no amount of hard work will make you a computer expert if you don’t have access to a computer.

I’m an author today in large part due to bad luck. I had terrible childhood asthma, and spent part of my early life in an oxygen tent. Later, I was often forced to rest on the couch due to breathing difficulties. So what did I do? I read. That lifelong habit (I still read 120-170 books a year) forms the foundation on which I built my writing career.

IBT: Learning how to be not just a good leader, but a successful leader, a worthy leader, a survivor was very much a trial by fire for Alex. What qualities did you know Alex would need to be the leader everyone would need?

MM: Empathy. Alex is an incredibly empathetic young man. In ASHFALL and ASHEN WINTER this gets him into a lot of trouble. But in SUNRISE it’s essential to his development as a leader. When you lead through fear—like Target, Wolf, or Red—your followers will stab you in the back at the first opportunity. You certainly can’t inspire anyone’s best work through fear. Alex leads through empathy, through love. A leader like that can inspire people to walk through fire—to accomplish miracles, which is exactly what they need to survive the long volcanic winter.

IBT: With a title like SUNRISE, I don't think I'm spoiling anything when I say you end everything on a hopeful note. (A gorgeous ending, so beautiful I was crying as I finished reading it.) Was there ever any other ending in your head, and did it all come to a close as you had originally envisioned it? Or had the journey changed things organically.

MM: Aww, thank you! That’s such a huge compliment—I love books that make me cry. I read the last few pages of Gayle Foreman’s If I Stay on an airplane—I think the lady sitting next to me thought I was insane, sobbing into the pages of a book.

Anyway, when I was partway through the first draft of ASHFALL, I realized I had way more story than would fit in one book. So I sat down and wrote a very rough outline for the whole trilogy. I changed a lot of it as I was writing, but the scene that ends the whole trilogy is almost exactly as I wrote it in my outline five years ago.


IBT: Being a good person was a pretty perilous thing to be in the post-volcano apocalypse world. Every decision was a life & death decision- and every one of those decisions had longer lasting ramifications. You can save someone today, and have them steal from you/try to kill you/harm your people anytime thereafter. Darla always wanted to stay on the safer side of minding their own business and not overextending themselves. Now that it's all said and done, I have to wonder, back when Alex fist came into Darla's life, would she have helped him if he'd not been injured and her mother convinced her to help him? What would have been Darla's chances to survive if she'd never met Alex?

MM: Neither Alex nor Darla could have survived on their own. Alex needed Darla’s toughness and practicality. He would have starved to death many times over without her. She also balanced his impulsivity, generous nature, and naiveté. But Darla needed Alex just as much as he needed her. She lost everything that mattered to her in the world—her farm and her mother. People who survive disasters survive in part because they have a reason to live—the motivation to live is every bit as important as the means. Alex became Darla’s motivation. His love and faithfulness carried her through her losses in ASHFALL and her ordeal in ASHEN WINTER. They’re a good team. I’m going to miss writing about them. 

IBT: Thanks Mike, it's been an EPIC ride. You've enriched my imagination, and challenged me to think about the grey areas of survival vs. empathy/keeping your humanity. You can check out what's going on in Mike Mullin's universe at any of the links below.

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My Review/Reactions-






This book is perfect. It's exactly the book I wanted to finish Alex and Darla's story. At times hard to read, I found myself sweating with fear in others, and in tears of joy. It took an extra year to get it into my hands, but the wait was absolutely worth it.

I feel like there is nothing left to say, I've gushed about every book, but this time I am left beyond words. My life is better for having read it. 


Trilogy + Darla's story of events just after the volcano's eruption (pre-Alex).
On a side note, readers should look to the book covers of this series for easter eggs within the story. I thought the cover for SUNRISE was hopeful- and it was- but IT IS SOO MUCH MORE!!!!! 




3.03.2014

Cover Revealed: WINTERSPELL by Clair Legrand


WINTERSPELL
Coming 09/30/14
ISBN-13: 978-1442465985
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR
Pages: 464
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The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.

New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor's ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother's murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted--by beings distinctly nothuman. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they're to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets--and a need she can't define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won't leave Cane unscathed--if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.


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2.26.2014

Cove Revealed: BLACK ICE by Becca Fitzpatrick


BLACK ICE
Coming 10/07/14
ISBN-13: 978-1442474260
Publisher: Simon & Schuster BYR
Pages: 400
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Sometimes danger is hard to see... until it’s too late.

Britt Pfeiffer has trained to backpack the Teton Range, but she isn't prepared when her ex-boyfriend, who still haunts her every thought, wants to join her. Before Britt can explore her feelings for Calvin, an unexpected blizzard forces her to seek shelter in a remote cabin, accepting the hospitality of its two very handsome occupants—but these men are fugitives, and they take her hostage.

In exchange for her life, Britt agrees to guide the men off the mountain. As they set off, Britt knows she must stay alive long enough for Calvin to find her. The task is made even more complicated when Britt finds chilling evidence of a series of murders that have taken place there... and in uncovering this, she may become the killer’s next target.

But nothing is as it seems in the mountains, and everyone is keeping secrets, including Mason, one of her kidnappers. His kindness is confusing Britt. Is he an enemy? Or an ally?

BLACK ICE is New York Times bestselling author Becca Fitzpatrick’s riveting romantic thriller set against the treacherous backdrop of the mountains of Wyoming. Falling in love should never be this dangerous…


GREAT cover right?

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2.20.2014

Have You Heard About: THE MESSENGER OF FEAR by Michael Grant


MESSENGER OF FEAR
Coming 09/23/14
ISBN-13: 978-0062207401
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 272
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Michael Grant, author of the New York Times bestselling Gone series, has created a powerful and brilliant narrative that examines the nature of good and evil in every human.

Mara wakes in a field of dead grass, a heavy mist pressing down on her. She is terrified, afraid that she is dead. Then a beautiful young man dressed in black appears. He calls himself Messenger of Fear.

This boy is able to move effortlessly through space and time. He also sees the darkness in human hearts. He sees the evils done: the destructive lies, the cruelty, the bullying, the violence. And if the world does not bring justice to those who do evil, he will. He offers the wicked a game. If they win, they go free. If they lose, they will live their greatest fear. Either way, their sanity will be challenged.


It is a world of fair but harsh justice. Of retribution and redemption. And mystery. Why was Mara chosen to be the Messenger’s apprentice? What has she done to deserve this terrible fate? She won’t find out until three of the wicked receive justice. And when she does, she will be shattered.

What!?! YES! I want this like yesterday!

Cover & Synopsis Revealed: THE PERILOUS SEA by Sherry Thomas


THE PERILOUS SEA
The Elemental Trilogy, Book Two
Coming 09/16/14
ISBN-13: 978-062207326
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 432
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From acclaimed author Sherry Thomas comes the striking sequel to The Burning Sky, book two in the Elemental Trilogy, for fans of Cinda Williams Chima, Rae Carson, and Kristin Cashore.

After spending the summer away from each other, Titus and Iolanthe (still disguised as Archer Fairfax) are eager to return to Eton College to resume their training to fight the Bane. Although no longer bound to Titus by a blood oath, Iolanthe is more committed than ever to fulfilling her destiny—especially with the agents of Atlantis quickly closing in.

Soon after arriving at school, though, Titus makes a shocking discovery, one that makes him question everything he previously believed about their mission. Faced with this devastating realization, Iolanthe is forced to come to terms with her new role, while Titus must choose between following his mother's prophecies—and forging a divergent path to an unknowable future.

Sherry Thomas brings her trademark blend of dazzling magic, heartbreaking romance, and exciting action in this striking sequel to The Burning Sky.


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2.19.2014

What I'm Excited About: THE WINTER PEOPLE by Rebekah L. Purdy


THE WINTER PEOPLE
Coming 09/02/14
ISBN-13: 978-1622663682
Publisher: Entangled 
Pages: 320
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An engrossing, complex, romantic fantasy perfect for fans of Kristin Cashore or Maggie Stiefvater, set in a wholly unique world.

Salome Montgomery fears winter—the cold, the snow, the ice, but most of all, the frozen pond she fell through as a child. Haunted by the voices and images of the strange beings that pulled her to safety, she hasn't forgotten their warning to "stay away." For eleven years, she has avoided the winter woods, the pond, and the darkness that lurks nearby. But when failing health takes her grandparents to Arizona, she is left in charge of maintaining their estate. This includes the "special gifts" that must be left at the back of the property.
 


Salome discovers she’s a key player in a world she’s tried for years to avoid. At the center of this world is the strange and beautiful Nevin, who she finds trespassing on her family’s property. Cursed with dark secrets and knowledge of the creatures in the woods, his interactions with Salome take her life in a new direction. A direction where she'll have to decide between her longtime crush Colton, who could cure her fear of winter. Or Nevin who, along with an appointed bodyguard, Gareth, protects her from the darkness that swirls in the snowy backdrop. An evil that, given the chance, will kill her.


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2.18.2014

Cover Revealed: MORTAL HEART by Robin LaFevers


MORTAL HEART
His Fair Assassin Trilogy, Book Three
Coming 11/04/14
ISBN-13: 978-0647628400
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Pages: 480
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In the powerful conclusion to Robin LaFever's New York Times bestselling His Fair Assassins trilogy, Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.

She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn’t mean she has.

2.17.2014

Cover Revealed: GATHERING DARKNESS by Morgan Rhodes


GATHERING DARKNESS
Gathering Kingdoms, Book Three
Coming 12/09/14
ISBN-13: 978-1595147059
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 416
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Love, vengeance, and greed spark a deadly quest for magic in the third book of the Falling Kingdoms series

Prince Magnus has just witnessed torture, death, and miracles during the bloody confrontation that decimated the rebel forces. Now he must choose between family and justice as his father, the cruel King Gaius, sets out to conquer all of Mytica. All Gaius needs now are the Kindred—the four elemental crystals that give godlike powers to their owner. But the King of Blood is not the only one hunting for this ancient, storied magic. . . .
  • THE KRAESHIANS join the hunt. Ashur and Amara, the royal siblings from the wealthy kingdom across the Silver Sea, charm and manipulate their way to the Kindred, proving to be more ruthless than perhaps even the King of Blood himself.
  • THE REBELS forge ahead. Princess Cleo and vengeful Jonas lead them, slaying with sweetness, skill, and a secret that can control Lucia’s overpowering magic—all so they can use the Kindred to win back their fallen kingdoms.
  • THE WATCHERS follow Melenia out of the Sanctuary. They ally in the flesh with King Gaius, who vows to use Lucia’s powers to unveil the Kindred.
The only certainty in these dark times is that whoever finds the magic first will control the fate of Mytica. . . . but the four element gods of the Kindred have other plans.

2.14.2014

Cover Revealed: RUIN & RISING by Leigh Bardugo


RUIN & RISING
The Grisha, Book Three
Coming 06/17/14
ISBN-13: 978-0805094619
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Pages: 448
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The capital has fallen. The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.

Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.

Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots who worship her as a Saint. Yet her plans lie elsewhere, with the hunt for the elusive firebird and the hope that an outlaw prince still survives.

Alina will have to forge new alliances and put aside old rivalries as she and Mal race to find the last of Morozova's amplifiers. But as she begins to unravel the Darkling's secrets, she reveals a past that will forever alter her understanding of the bond they share and the power she wields. The firebird is the one thing stands between Ravka and destruction—and claiming it could cost Alina the very future she’s fighting for.


In your face- every other cover ever.

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GIRL WITH THE WINDUP HEART
Steampunk Chronicles, Book Four (Final book in series)
Coming 05/20/14
ISBN-13: 978-0373211197
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 304
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In 1897 London, a final showdown is about to begin.

London's underworld is no place for a young woman, even one who is strong, smart and part-automaton like Mila. But when master criminal Jack Dandy inadvertently breaks her heart, she takes off, determined to find an independent life, one entirely her own. Her search takes her to the spangled shadows of the West End's most dazzling circus.

Meanwhile, taken captive in the Aether, Griffin King is trapped in an inescapable prison, and at the mercy of his archenemy, The Machinist. If he breaks under the hellish torment, The Machinist will claim his powers and control of the Aether itself, and no one in either world will be safe-especially not Finley Jayne and her misfit band of friends.

Finley plunges headlong into the Aether the only way she knows how, by temporarily dying. But she cannot parry The Machinist's maneuvers for long. To defeat him for good, Griffin will have to confront his greatest fear and finally come face-to-face with the destructive power he wields.





EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU
Coming 05/15/14
ISBN-13: 978-0525425885
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 304
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A love letter to the craft and romance of film and fate in front of—and behind—the camera from the award-winning author of Hold Still.

A wunderkind young set designer, Emi has already started to find her way in the competitive Hollywood film world.

Emi is a film buff and a true romantic, but her real-life relationships are a mess. She has desperately gone back to the same girl too many times to mention. But then a mysterious letter from a silver screen legend leads Emi to Ava. Ava is unlike anyone Emi has ever met. She has a tumultuous, not-so-glamorous past, and lives an unconventional life. She’s enigmatic…. She’s beautiful. And she is about to expand Emi’s understanding of family, acceptance, and true romance.





INLAND
Coming 06/12/14
ISBN-13: 978-0525426486
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Pages: 304
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The psychological labyrinth of a young woman’s insidious connection to the sea, from the Edgar Award nominated author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone.

Callie Morgan has long lived choked by the failure of her own lungs, the result of an elusive pulmonary illness that has plagued her since childhood. A childhood marked early by the drowning death of her mother—a death to which Callie was the sole witness. Her father has moved them inland, away from the memories of the California coast her mother loved so much and toward promises of recovery—and the escape of denial—in arid, landlocked air.

But after years of running away, the promise of a life-changing job for her father brings Callie and him back to the coast, to Florida, where Callie’s symptoms miraculously disappear. For once, life seems delightfully normal. But the ocean’s edge offers more than healing air … it holds a magnetic pull, drawing Callie closer and closer to the chilly, watery embrace that claimed her mother. Returned to the ocean, Callie comes of age and comes into a family destiny that holds generations of secrets and very few happy endings.




THE CRYSTAL HEART
Coming 08/01/14
ISBN-13: 978-0857982070
Publisher: Random House Australia
Pages: 336
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A girl in a tower. An underground kingdom. This retelling of Rapunzel offers a gripping blend of magic, romance, adventure, fairytale, and mystery.

When 17-year-old army conscript Kasper Bator is chosen to join the elite guard that keeps watch over a dangerous prisoner in a tower, he believes what he's been told: the prisoner is a powerful witch. But when he meets the prisoner, Kasper's life will change forever—for the prisoner is no witch, but a beautiful young girl. The daughter of the country's enemy, the Prince of Night, Izolda has been held hostage since she was three. And she is in imminent danger, for a prophecy says she must die on her 16th birthday if Krainos is to be saved from the Prince of Night. Kasper decides to help her escape. As the days pass, their friendship turns into real love, but their hiding place won't stay safe forever.






SANCTUM
Asylum, Book Two
Coming 08/26/14
ISBN-13: 978-0062220998
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 336
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The sequel to New York Times bestseller ASYLUM, SANCTUM follows Dan and his friends back to Brookline, where they are determined to find closure from their haunted past. With more mind-bending revelations, thrilling action, and creepy found photographs!





DON'T TOUCH
Coming 09/02/14
ISBN-13: 978-0062220936
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 432
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Step on a crack, break your mother’s back.
Touch another person’s skin, and Dad’s gone for good…


Caddie has a history of magical thinking—of playing games in her head to cope with her surroundings—but it’s never been this bad before.

When her parents split up, don’t touch becomes Caddie’s mantra. Maybe if she keeps from touching another person’s skin, Dad will come home. She knows it doesn’t make sense, but her games have never been logical. Soon, despite Alabama’s humidity, she’s covering every inch of skin and wearing evening gloves to school.

And that’s where things get tricky. Even though Caddie’s the new girl, it’s hard to play off her compulsions as artistic quirks. Friends notice things. Her drama class is all about interacting with her scene partners, especially Peter, who’s auditioning for the role of Hamlet. Caddie desperately wants to play Ophelia, but if she does, she’ll have to touch Peter…and kiss him. Part of Caddie would love nothing more than to kiss Peter—but the other part isn’t sure she’s brave enough to let herself fall.

From rising star Rachel M. Wilson comes a powerful, moving debut novel of the friendship and love that are there for us, if only we’ll let them in.





THE JEWEL
by Amy Ewing
Coming 09/02/14
ISBN-13: 978-0062235794
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 368
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The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty––because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence . . . and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.







BLACKBIRD
Blackbird Duology, Book One
Coming 09/16/14 
ISBN-13: 978-0062299734
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 256
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"If you’ve been following me on twitter or facebook, then you’ve probably heard murmurings about A THING. This THING is a new series, and the new series is called BLACKBIRD. It’s a bit of a mystery, this Blackbird, but I can tell you a few choice tidbits:

1.) Blackbird will be two books, releasing Fall 2014 and Spring 2015. HarperCollins will be publishing (likely under the Harper or HarperTeen imprint).

2.) It follows a girl who wakes up on the subway tracks in Los Angeles and can’t remember anything about her life before. It takes place in modern day California and there’s nothing supernatural about it.

3.) There are murders and chases and other SCARY THINGS. It is fast-paced and intense.

EEK! I’ve already said too much. Stay tuned for updates as we get closer to Fall 2014. There will be more fun info to share…
" --from Anna Carey's website.






ECHOES OF US
The Hybrid Chronicles, Book Three
Coming 09/16/14
ISBN-13: 978-0062114938
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 368
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All Eva ever wanted was the chance to be herself. But in the Americas, to be hybrid—to share your body with a second soul—is not tolerated past childhood. Now Eva and Addie, her sister soul, are constantly on the move, hiding from the officials who seek to capture them. But the tide is changing. A revolution is brewing and people are starting to question the hybrids’ mistreatment. Then Marion, an ambitious reporter, offers Eva and Addie a daring proposal: If they go undercover and film the wretched conditions of a hybrid institution, she will not only rescue them, she’ll find a way to free Jackson, the boy Addie loves. It’s risky, and Eva will have to leave Ryan and her friends behind, but if she succeeds, it could also tip the scales forever and lead to hybrid freedom. As Eva and Addie walk into danger, they cling to each other and the hope of a better future. But the price they might pay is higher than they ever could have imagined.




IN A HANDFUL OF DUST
Not a Drop to Drink, Book Two
Coming 09/23/14
ISBN-13: 978-0062198532
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Pages: 352
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The only thing bigger than the world is fear.

Lucy’s life by the pond has always been full. She has water and friends, laughter and the love of her adoptive mother, Lynn, who has made sure that Lucy’s childhood was very different from her own. Yet it seems Lucy’s future is settled already—a house, a man, children, and a water source—and anything beyond their life by the pond is beyond reach.

When disease burns through their community, the once life-saving water of the pond might be the source of what’s killing them now. Rumors of desalinization plants in California have lingered in Lynn’s mind, and the prospect of a “normal” life for Lucy sets the two of them on an epic journey west to face new dangers: hunger, mountains, deserts, betrayal, and the perils of a world so vast that Lucy fears she could be lost forever, only to disappear in a handful of dust.

In this companion to Not a Drop to Drink, Mindy McGinnis thrillingly combines the heart-swelling hope of a journey, the challenges of establishing your own place in the world, and the gripping physical danger of nature in a futuristic frontier.






SALT & STORM
Coming 09/23/14
ISBN-13: 978-16404518
Publisher: Little, Brown & Co. BYR
Pages: 416
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A sweeping historical romance about a witch who foresees her own murder--and the one boy who can help change her future.

Sixteen-year-old Avery Roe wants only to take her rightful place as the witch of Prince Island, making the charms that keep the island's whalers safe at sea, but her mother has forced her into a magic-free world of proper manners and respectability. When Avery dreams she's to be murdered, she knows time is running out to unlock her magic and save herself.

Avery finds an unexpected ally in a tattooed harpoon boy named Tane--a sailor with magic of his own, who moves Avery in ways she never expected. Becoming a witch might stop her murder and save her island from ruin, but Avery discovers her magic requires a sacrifice she never prepared for.







THE QUEEN OF ZOMBIE HEARTS
The White Rabbit Chronicles, Book Three
Coming 09/30/14
ISBN-13: 978-0373211319
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 304
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I have a plan.

We'll either destroy them for good, or they'll destroy us.

Either way, only one of us is walking away.

In the stunning conclusion to the wildly popular White Rabbit Chronicles, Alice "Ali" Bell thinks the worst is behind her. She's ready to take the next step with boyfriend Cole Holland, the leader of the zombie slayers…until Anima Industries, the agency controlling the zombies, launches a sneak attack, killing four of her friends. It's then she realizes that humans can be more dangerous than monsters…and the worst has only begun.

As the surviving slayers prepare for war, Ali discovers she, too, can control the zombies…and she isn't the girl she thought she was. She's connected to the woman responsible for killing—and turning—Cole's mother. How can their relationship endure? As secrets come to light, and more slayers are taken or killed, Ali will fight harder than ever to bring down Anima—even sacrificing her own life for those she loves.



THE FALL
Coming 10/07/14
ISBN-13: 978-0062107855
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Pages: 400
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Madeline Usher is doomed.

She has spent her life fighting fate, and she thought she was succeeding. Until she woke up in a coffin.

Ushers die young. Ushers are cursed. Ushers can never leave their house, a house that haunts and is haunted, a house that almost seems to have a mind of its own. Madeline’s life—revealed through short bursts of memory—has hinged around her desperate plan to escape, to save herself and her brother. Her only chance lies in destroying the house.

In the end, can Madeline keep her own sanity and bring the house down? The Fall is a literary psychological thriller, reimagining Edgar Allan Poe’s classic The Fall of the House of Usher.



STITCHING SNOW
Coming 10/14/14
ISBN-13: 978-1423185079
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 336
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Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back-but that's assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane's arrival was far from accidental, and she's pulled into the heart of a war she's risked everything to avoid.

In her enthralling debut, R.C. Lewis weaves the tale of a princess on the run from painful secrets . . . and a poisonous queen. With the galaxy's future-and her own-in jeopardy, Essie must choose who to trust in a fiery fight for survival.



PRINCESS OF THORNS
Coming 12/09/14
ISBN-13: 978-0385743228
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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Game of Thrones meets the Grimm's fairy tales in this twisted, fast-paced romantic fantasy-adventure about Sleeping Beauty's daughter, a warrior princess who must fight to reclaim her throne.

Though she looks like a mere mortal, Princess Aurora is a fairy blessed with enhanced strength, bravery, and mercy yet cursed to destroy the free will of any male who kisses her. Disguised as a boy, she enlists the help of the handsome but also cursed Prince Niklaas to fight legions of evil and free her brother from the ogre queen who stole Aurora's throne ten years ago.

Will Aurora triumph over evil and reach her brother before it's too late? Can Aurora and Niklaas break the curses that will otherwise forever keep them from finding their one true love?