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July, 2015: Some Girls Are is removed as an optional title from West Ashley High School’s summer reading program after one parent complains that the book is ‘trash’ and ‘smut.’ (The full story + my response.)

August, 2015: catagator and Andria Amaral of the Charleston County Public Library organize an effort to get Some Girls Are into the hands of as many teenagers who want it–for free–as possible. Thanks to your amazing generosity nearly 1,000 copies of the book were donated.

September, 2015: The Some Girls Are book project is underway! The photos above are the result of your fight against censorship and your advocacy for teen readers. As I said before in the wake of this incident: books provide us with an opportunity to empower teens by giving them a say and choice in what is relevant to their lives. I am deeply grateful to you all for giving that say and that choice back to them.

Thank you.

Photo credit: Andria Amaral.

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New Releases » September 1

Here’s a selection of new YA novels hitting shelves this week! For lists of weekly releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

U.S.

Anne & Henry by Dawn Ius
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: September 1st
Henry Tudor’s life is all mapped out: Harvard Law School, and a stunning political career just like his father’s. Then Anne Boleyn crashes into his life. Henry is willing to do anything to be with her.

Are You Still There by Sarah Lynn Scheerger
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Release date: September 1st
After her high school is rocked by an anonymous bomb threat, “perfect student” Gabriella Mallory is recruited to work on a secret crisis helpline that may help uncover the would-be bomber’s identity.

The Body Institute by Carol Riggs
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release date: September 1st
Thanks to cutting-edge technology, Morgan can temporarily take over another girl’s body, get her in shape, and then return to her own body — only there are a few catches…

Burn Girl by Mandy Mikulencak
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Release date: September 1st
A meth lab explosion leaves Arlie permanently scarred — both physically and emotionally. Yet, she develops the street smarts and survival skills to keep her addict mother out of the reach of the law.

Catacomb (Asylum #3) by Madeleine Roux
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: September 1st
As strange occurrences escalate, Dan is forced to accept that everything that has happened to him in the past year may not be a coincidence, but fate—a fate that ties Dan to the Bone Artists.

Chloe By Design: Balancing Act by Margaret Gurevich
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Release date: September 1st
After winning a fashion reality show, Chloe is ready to start her job with a famous designer. But with an old crush to contend with, Chloe discovers that the fashion industry isn’t for the faint of heart.

Cut Both Ways by Carrie Mesrobian
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: September 1st
Will meets Brandy, a cute and easy-to-talk-to sophomore. He’s totally into her too—which proves, for sure, that he’s not gay. So why does he keep hooking up with his best friend Angus on the sly?

The Dogs by Allan Stratton
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: September 1st
Cameron and his mom have been on the run from his father for five years. When Cameron starts to see and hear things that aren’t possible he begins to question everything he thought he knew.

Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: September 1st
Michelle and her family are African-American and living on the poverty line. Leah is white and middle class. Michelle and Leah only have one thing in common: their father, who is dying.

The Drafter (The Peri Reed Chronicles #1) by Kim Harrison
Publisher: Gallery Books
Release date: September 1st
Double-crossed by the person she loved and betrayed by the covert government organization that trained her to use her body as a weapon, Peri Reed is a renegade on the run.

Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release date: September 1st
A modern-day Romeo and Juliet story in which a wealthy Southern boy falls in love with an undocumented Mexican girl and together they face perils in their hostile Georgia town.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: September 1st
I’m allergic to the world. I have not left my house in seventeen years. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s going to be a disaster.

Faceless (Mortal Monsters #1) by Monica Millard
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: September 1st
Have you ever experienced that one moment that made you stop and take notice of a person? That’s what happened the day Eli Markham walked away from the school bully, instead of fighting.

The Fate of Ten (Lorien Legacies #6) by Pittacus Lore
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: September 1st
For years the Garde have fought the Mogs in secret. Now the invasion has begun. If the Garde can’t find a way to stop the Mogs, humanity will suffer the same fate as the Lorien: annihilation.

Firewalker (The Worldwalker Trilogy #2) by Josephine Angelini
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Release date: September 1st
Lily is back in her own universe, and she’s ready to start a new life with Rowan by her side. Life is looking pretty good. Unfortunately, Lillian is not willing to let Lily go that easily.

The Fix by Natasha Sinel
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release date: September 1st
One conversation is all it takes to break a world wide open. Seventeen-year-old Macy Lyons has been through something no one should ever have to experience. And she’s dealt with it alone.

The Foxglove Killings by Tara Kelly
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Release date: September 1st
When Alex goes missing, it’s up to us to prove his innocence and uncover the true killer. But the truth will shatter everything I’ve ever known about myself — and Alex.

The Glowing Knight (The Black Knife Novellas #2) by Jodi Meadows
Publisher: Epic Reads Impulse
Release date: September 1st
Tobiah Pierce is ready to break free of his princely role—he’s sick of the bodyguards that trail him and is uncertain about the new girl at court, Meredith, who his parents keep pushing toward him.

Has to Be Love by Jolene Perry
Publisher: Albert Whitman Teen
Release date: September 1st
Years ago, Clara survived a vicious bear attack. She’s used to getting sympathetic looks around town. Yet her dreams go far beyond Knik, Alaska, and now she’s got a secret that’s thrilling and terrifying.

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Poppy
Release date: September 1st
On the night before they leave for college, Clare and Aidan only have one thing left to do. Over the course of twelve hours, they’ll figure out whether they should stay together or break up.

Hunter (Hunter #1) by Mercedes Lackey
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Release date: September 1st
Hideous fantastical monsters wreak havoc in our world. Only the corps of teen Hunters with lightning reflexes and magical abilities can protect the populace from the daily attacks.

Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: September 1st
Zoe, Jake, Mia, Gregor, and Whitney meet at freshman orientation. At the end of that first day, they make a promise to reunite after graduation. So much can happen in those in-between years…

Jillian Cade: (Fake) Paranormal Investigator by Jen Klein
Publisher: Soho Teen
Release date: September 1st
Jillian Cade doesn’t believe in the paranormal. But her famous professor father does, and now that he’s gone, she decides to milk his reputation—and all the suckers who believe in the stuff.

Midnight Dolls (The Dolls #2) by Kiki Sullivan
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: September 1st
More secrets. More power. More trouble. The secrets swirling around Carrefour are deepening, and the lies are more tangled than ever as Eveny discovers the truth about her past.

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: September 1st
A novel in verse, Paper Hearts is the story of survival, defiance, and friendship. Based on historical events about a group of girls who were slave laborers at the munitions factory in Auschwitz.

Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Release date: September 1st
Everyone Celaena Sardothien loves has been taken from her. But she’s at last returned to the empire—for vengeance, to rescue her kingdom, and to confront the shadows of her past.

Queen Song (Red Queen #0.5) by Victoria Aveyard
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release date: September 1st
A Red Queen novella. Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her?

The Shadow Behind the Stars by Rebecca Hahn
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 1st
A girl’s dark destiny could cause the unravelling of the world. Heed this warning: stay far away from the three sister Fates. For if they come to love you, they might bring about the end of the world…

Smoked (Scorched #3) by Mari Mancusi
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: September 1st
When Team Dragon rescues Emmy from the government lab, they think the future is finally safe. But they soon discover that Emmy has a secret–a secret so dangerous it could trigger the apocalypse.

State of Grace by Hilary Badger
Publisher: Capstone Young Readers
Release date: September 1st
Ever since she was created, Wren has lived in an idyllic garden with her friends. Wren’s deity Dot ensures Wren has everything she needs. If only Wren could stop the disturbing visions she’s having.

The Suffering (The Girl from the Well #2) by Rin Chupeco
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: September 1st
Free from the evil spirit that haunted him all his life, Tark now aids the ghostly Okiku and avenges the souls of innocent children by hunting down their murderers.

Truest by Jackie Lea Sommers
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release date: September 1st
Silas Hart has seriously shaken up Westlin Beck’s small-town life. But Silas has a sister – and she has a secret. And West has a boyfriend. And life in Green Lake is about to change forever.

The Trouble in Me by Jack Gantos
Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
Release date: September 1st
Jack is adrift, losing a sense of who he is and what he’s all about. Which is why he ends up trying to morph himself into someone he’s not, Gary Pagoda, just back from juvie for car theft.

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 1st
When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, she disguises herself as a boy looking for answers and justice.

Violent Ends by Shaun David Hutchinson (ed.)
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: September 1st
It took only twenty-two minutes for Kirby Matheson to exit his car, march onto school grounds, enter the gymnasium, and open fire, killing six and injuring five others.

Vivian Apple Needs a Miracle (Vivian Apple #2) by Katie Coyle
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 1st
Pastor Frick’s Church of America’s predicted Rapture has come and gone and 3000 Believers are now missing or dead. Vivian Apple and her best friend, Harpreet, are determined to expose the Church.

Whippoorwill by Joseph Monninger
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 1st
Clair decides to save her neighbors’ dog, and the immediate connection she has with him catches her off-guard, but even more surprising is her bond with Danny Stewart, the boy next door.

A Whole New World (Twisted Tales #1) by Liz Braswell
Publisher: Disney Press
Release date: September 1st
When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.

Your Voice Is All I Hear by Leah Scheider
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: September 1st
Everything about Jonah is unexpected. April isn’t surprised to find herself falling for Jonah. The unexpected part is when he falls for her too. Until schizophrenia changes everything.

AUSTRALIA

Cloudwish by Fiona Wood
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
Release date: September 1st
Vân Uoc believes in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes. But when she attracts the attention of Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an unwelcome spotlight.

How to Be Happy by David Burton
Publisher: Text Publishing
Release date: September 1st
David finds some solace in drama classes with the creation of ‘Crazy Dave’, and he builds a life where everything is fine. But he’s not fine. At the centre of it all, trying to work it all out, is the real David.

Poison (Wind Dancer #1) by Lan Chan
Publisher: Self-published
Release date: September 1st
Rory Gray knows one truth: There are no good Seeders. In post-apocalyptic Australia, the scientists known as Seeders have poisoned the land and outlawed the saving of seeds to maintain control.

Stray (Spark #2) by Rachael Craw
Publisher: Walker Australia
Release date: September 1st
Evie is a Shield: designed to kill in order to protect, and the Affinity Project have finally come for her. But Evie isn’t ready for the sinister organisation to take control of her life, her body, her mind.

Under the Flame Tree by Karen Wood
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Release date: September 1st
When Kirra leaves school to begin her first job on the station where she grew up, she is unimpressed to find herself partnered with a new employee who will barely speak to her.

U.K.

The Wanderers by Kate Ormand
Publisher: Sky Pony Press
Release date: September 1st
Flo lives an eccentric life—she travels with a circus in which the main acts star orphaned children with secret shape-shifting abilities. Once Flo turns sixteen, she must perform, but she’s not ready.

The Witch Hunter (The Witch Hunter #1) by Virginia Boecker
Publisher: Hodder
Release date: September 1st
Elizabeth Grey is one of the best witch hunters, devoted to rooting out witchcraft and doling out justice. But when she’s accused of being a witch herself, Elizabeth is sentenced to burn at the stake.

All of the Above by James Dawson
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release date: September 3rd
When Toria Bland arrives at her new school she meets funny and foul-mouthed Polly and irresistible Nico. Toria likes Nico, Nico likes Toria, but then there’s Polly… love has a way of going in circles.

Counting Stars by Keris Stainton
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release date: September 3rd
When eighteen-year-old Anna leaves school and moves to Liverpool, she feels like her life is finally beginning. A new life in a new city - what could possibly go wrong … ?

The Next Together (The Next Together #1) by Lauren James
Publisher: Walker Books
Release date: September 3rd
Katherine and Matthew are destined to be born again and again, century after century. Each time, their presence changes history for the better, and each time, they fall hopelessly in love.

The Secret Fire (The Secret Fire #1) by C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rosenfeld
Publisher: Atom
Release date: September 3rd
French teen Sacha Winters can’t die. He can throw himself off a roof, be stabbed, even shot, and he will always survive. Until the day when history and ancient enmities dictate that he must die.

Half a Creature from the Sea by David Almond
Publisher: Walker Books
Release date: September 4th
Set in the northern English Tyneside country of the author’s childhood, these eight short stories evoke gritty realities and ineffable longings, experiences both ordinary and magical.

Win A Whole New World or Any September YA Series New Release

A Whole New World
by Liz Braswell
Hardcover
Disney Press
Released 9/1/2015

What if Aladdin had never found the lamp? This first book in the A Twisted Tale line will explore a dark and daring version of Disney’s Aladdin. When Jafar steals the Genie’s lamp, he uses his first two wishes to become sultan and the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Agrabah lives in fear, waiting for his third and final wish.To stop the power-mad ruler, Aladdin and the deposed princess Jasmine must unite the people of Agrabah in rebellion. But soon their fight for freedom threatens to tear the kingdom apart in a costly civil war. What happens next? A Street Rat becomes a leader. A princess becomes a revolutionary. And readers will never look at the story of Aladdin in the same way again.

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Weekly YA Spotlight: A selection of the most anticipated new YA novels released this week (01/09 - 07/09)

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon ✤ September 1st

All of the Above by James Dawson ✤ September 3rd

Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche ✤ September 1st

Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler ✤ September 1st

Hunter (Hunter #1) by Mercedes Lackey ✤ September 1st

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman ✤ September 1st

Check out the rest of this month’s new YA releases here!

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Maybe you don’t want to cull through our giant lists of weekly releases and just want to know the best things to snag this month. So here’s a list of 8 YA books to watch out for in September 2015!

All of the Above by James Dawson
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Release date: September 3rd 2015
When sixteen-year-old Toria Bland arrives at her new school she needs to work out who her friends are in a crazy whirl of worry. Things start looking up when Toria meets the funny and foul-mouthed Polly, who’s the coolest girl that Toria has ever seen. Polly and the rest of the ‘alternative’ kids take Toria under their wing. And that’s when she meets the irresistible Nico Mancini, lead singer of a local band - and it’s instalove at first sight! Toria likes Nico, Nico likes Toria, but then there’s Polly…love and friendship have a funny way of going round in circles.

Cloudwish by Fiona Wood
Publisher: Macmillan Australia
Release date: September 1st 2015
For Vietnamese-Australian teen Vân Uoc Phan, fantasies fall into two categories: nourishing, or pointless. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, for example? Pointless. It always left her feeling sick, as though she’d eaten too much sugar. Vân Uoc doesn’t believe in fairies, zombies, vampires, Father Christmas - or magic wishes. She believes in keeping a low profile: real life will start when school finishes. But when she attracts the attention of Billy Gardiner, she finds herself in an unwelcome spotlight. Not even Jane Austen can help her now.

Don’t Fail Me Now by Una LaMarche
Publisher: Razorbill
Release date: September 1st 2015
Michelle and her little siblings Cass and Denny are African-American and living on the poverty line in urban Baltimore. Leah and her stepbrother Tim are white and middle class from suburban Maryland. Michelle and Leah only have one thing in common: Buck Devereaux, the biological father who abandoned them when they were little. After news trickles back to them that Buck is dying, they make the uneasy decision to drive across country to his hospice in California. Leah hopes for closure; Michelle just wants to give him a piece of her mind.

Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Release date: September 15th 2015
Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. When Will starts to doubt herself she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release date: September 1st 2015
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

Lizard Radio by Pat Schmatz
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Release date: September 8th 2015
Kivali has had a rough time in a gender-rigid culture, surrounded by uncertainty. Where did she come from? What are you? people ask, and Kivali isn’t sure. Boy/girl? Human/lizard? Both/neither? Now she’s in CropCamp, with all of its schedules and regs, and the first real friends she’s ever had. Strange occurrences and complicated relationships raise questions Kivali has never before had to consider. But she has a gift—the power to enter a trancelike state to harness the “knowings” inside her. She has Lizard Radio. Will it be enough to save her?

Paper Hearts by Meg Wiviott
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release date: September 1st 2015
An act of defiance. A statement of hope. A crime punishable by death. Making a birthday card in Auschwitz was all of those things. But that is what Zlatka did, in 1944 for her best friend Zlatka. She stole and bartered for paper and scissors, secretly creating an origami heart. Then she passed it to every girl at the work table to sign with their hopes and wishes for happiness, for love, and most of all–freedom. A novel in verse, Paper Hearts is based on historical events about a group of girls who were slave laborers at the munitions factory in Auschwitz.

Serpentine by Cindy Pon
Publisher: Month9Books
Release date: September 8th 2015
Skybright worries about her growing otherness. As she turns sixteen, Skybright notices troubling changes. By day, she is a companion and handmaid to the youngest daughter of a very wealthy family. But nighttime brings with it a darkness that not even daybreak can quell. When her plight can no longer be denied, Skybright learns that despite a dark destiny, she must struggle to retain her sense of self – even as she falls in love for the first time.

Today is the day! Violent Ends is out and I hope you’ll give it a read. It’s an intense novel, given the subject matter, but it’s not sensationalized or gratuitous at all. I’ve read all of the stories in it and they are amazing and seeing how they all connect gives me chills every time. I’ve never been part of a project like this and I’m so glad that I was–it was an honor to participate alongside so many incredible authors and I’m so grateful to Shaun for including me, for his editorial insight, and for bringing this unique anthology together into a powerful exploration of violence and its aftermath. I’m proud to be a part of it.

If you’re curious, my story explores the perspective of a boy who is not very nice.

Be sure to visit violentendsanthology.com for more information and pick up a copy at your local bookseller or order online!

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Reader Submitted Bright Place: 

I finished the book Saturday night around midnight. I arrived at the chapel as the sun was rising and the fog was fading from that sleepy town. I had to see if it was real. I had to leave something behind. 

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Say hello… and goodbye.

You know when someone just gets it? When they nail that gut feeling or moment or fear or hope or dream oh-so-perfectly? Jennifer E. Smith is that someone. She’s the master of not only crafting the perfect meet-cute, but also zooming in on that one relationship moment that sticks with you forever. And in her newest, sweetest, feeling-inducing story…she does it again!  

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On the night before college, Clare and Aidan walk down memory lane to decide if they should stay together or break up. Will it be goodbye for now or goodbye forever? Ladies and gentlemen, prepare your heartstrings to be seriously tugged. This is a high school sweetheart story that totally lingers, and basically sums up everything we feel about first love, and the head-spinning decisions that come with it. #SIGH

Originally posted by watch-your-kidz


“She thinks, for a moment, about all the things her parents have been telling her this summer. How college is the first chapter of the rest of your life. The beginning of everything. 

We can’t get enough of Jennifer E. Smith’s pitch perfect EVERYTHING, and honestly the timing couldn’t be better for this charming, bittersweet, and irresistible novel. We’re in that summer-to-fall transition, and for those of you who are leaving home for the first time this fall, this is the perfect read to bring with you to college. 

Saying goodbye is always hard, but every ending is also a new beginning. Grab your copy of Hello, Goodbye, & Everything In Between and say HELLO to a new story and to the adventures to come. Happy Book Birthday jensmithwrites

New Excerpts » September 1

Here’s a selection of excerpts from new YA novels that hit the web recently! For lists of weekly releases and all things YA lit, visit our website, follow us here and on Twitter, and subscribe to our weekly newsletter!

Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Release date: September 22nd 2015
Ash is plagued by memories of her ancestor, Katia, which harken back to the town’s history of unrequited love and murder, alchemy and immortality. Charming traditions soon give way to a string of gruesome deaths, and Ash feels drawn to Dane, a forbidden boy with secrets of his own. As the community prepares for a ceremony five hundred years in the making, Ash must fight not only to save her mother, but herself—and discover the truth about Quivira before it’s too late.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Perdita by Faith Gardner
Publisher: Merit Press
Release date: August 1st 2015
Arielle has a vast, excitable imagination. But she’s not imagining how strange and out of control her life becomes after the death by drowning of her older sister’s best friend, Perdita. Not only does this death echo the death of Arielle’s own older brother, ten years before, it leads to dreams and visions in which Perdita seems to be reaching out to Arielle. The only other explanation—that Arielle’s high-strung emotions have finally caused her to break with reality—is even more terrifying.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Pixelated by L.S. Murphy
Publisher: Bloomsbury Spark
Release date: June 30th 2015
Senior Year. Middle of nowhere. What’s the new girl to do? For Piper Marks, the answer is simple. She’s determined to have her photography rock the cover of National Geographic someday, and moving to Clarkton, Iowa for her last year of high school is not going to stop her. When a photographer at the local paper quits in a huff, she steps into his spot. But this small town is keeping a secret, and it’s one that could destroy any chance she has to be with mysterious country boy Les.
To read a bonus scene, click here.

Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release date: May 5th 2005
Tally has finally become pretty. Now her looks are beyond perfect, her clothes are awesome, her boyfriend is totally hot, and she’s completely popular. It’s everything she’s ever wanted. But beneath all the fun – the nonstop parties, the high-tech luxury, the total freedom – is a nagging sense that something’s wrong. Then a message from Tally’s ugly past arrives. Reading it, Tally remembers what’s wrong with pretty life, and the fun stops cold.
To listen to an excerpt, click here.

The Sleeper and the Spindle by Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell
Publisher: HarperCollins
Release date: September 22nd 2015
On the eve of her wedding, a young queen sets out to rescue a princess from an enchantment. She casts aside her fine wedding clothes, takes her chain mail and her sword and follows her brave dwarf retainers into the tunnels under the mountain towards the sleeping kingdom. This queen will decide her own future – and the princess who needs rescuing is not quite what she seems.
To read an excerpt, click here.

Trail of the Dead (Killer of Enemies #2) by Joseph Bruchac
Publisher: Tu Books
Release date: October 1st 2015
Apache teen Lozen and her family are looking for a place of refuge from the despotic Ones who once held them captive and forced Lozen to hunt genetically engineered monsters. Lozen and her allies travel in search of a valley where she and her family once found refuge. But life is never easy in this post-apocalyptic world. When they finally reach the valley, they discover an unpleasant surprise awaiting them―and a merciless hunter following close behind.
To listen to an excerpt, click here.

The Signs as YA Tropes
  • Aries:Has the exact power for this exact moment to save the plot
  • Taurus:The innocent who deserves to live forever (but fate won’t allow it)
  • Gemini:Grayest of the grays since they themselves don’t quite know what side they’re on
  • Cancer:The grouch who somehow finds love interests to fawn over them
  • Leo:The chosen one who likes to point out the burden on their shoulders
  • Virgo:Thousand-year-old faerie who still looks hot and seventeen
  • Libra:Elusive, grey-bearded wise magic man who disappears at crucial plot points
  • Scorpio:Secondary, but cuter and cooler, love interest who probably ends up with someone better post-series anyway
  • Sagittarius:Accidental leader of the revolution against the dystopian totalitarian world
  • Capricorn:Super genius who thinks pointing out flaws is cute
  • Aquarius:Secret royal who, despite having no normal human contact for years, is a perfect ruler
  • Pisces:Brown haired, brown eyed, journal-writer who hides behind their hair

my problem with YA lit is the fact that females are two dimensional characters who are only there to push the boys to experience adventure, love, and to find themselves. no. I want more female characters finding who they are without a love interest. I want more female characters going on an adventure. I want more female characters with a love interest who has mutual respect with them and doesn’t use them as a prop. I want more female characters who are people.

The Realm of Possibility

Just so people know what’s actually possible regarding a Valhalla movie:

About 1.8% of my followers on Facts have bought Valhalla. As a result, I’ve made enough money to stay in college for another semester.

If 5% of my followers here bought the book, I could finish college.

If 10% of my followers here bought the book, I could make a small indie film.

If 10% of my followers bought all three books, I could make a big indie film.

If 25% of my followers bought all three books, I could pay off my house, finish college, and make a large indie film.

If 50% of my followers bought all three books, I would be a millionaire, and could likely Kickstart a Valhalla film.

If all my followers bought all three books, I could make a Valhalla movie out of my own pocket without Kickstarter.

Facts gains a hundred followers a day on average. This represents an exponential increase in follower gaining speed. Even if no more than 2% of the blog buys only a single book, at the rate Facts has been growing, I will still be able to afford to make a Valhalla movie out of pocket in five years.

This is based on the Fact blog. It says nothing of what would happen if the book got big, which is also happening. The last 5 hours have seen more copies sold than in the entire first week of its publication.

The book is growing faster than the blog, and the reviews are still averaging 4.7/5 stars for Valhalla and 4.9/5 for Ragnarök on Amazon!!! 

A Valhalla movie will happen. This book will be the next big thing.

The only question is, will you get in on the ground floor? Or after everyone else has read it first? Book 3 comes out in October. The time for “before-it-was-popular” cred is running out fast.

And you can still read the first 10th of Valhalla FREE here under “Look Inside.”

Try before you buy. And then buy. And enjoy!