Today, we kick off our July 2014 Book of the Month, featuring Brazen by Katherine Longshore – a delightful new twist on history from the Tudor-era. I ADORED this book, and I can’t wait to share it with you all. Below, learn more about the book, then scroll down to snag the desktop wallpaper calendar!
Mary Howard has always lived in the shadow of her powerful family. But when she’s married off to Henry Fitzroy, King Henry VIII’s illegitimate son, she rockets into the Tudor court’s inner circle. Mary and “Fitz” join a tight clique of rebels who test the boundaries of court’s strict rules with their games, dares, and flirtations. The more Mary gets to know Fitz, the harder she falls for him, but is forbidden from seeing him alone. The rules of court were made to be pushed…but pushing them too far means certain death. Is true love worth dying for?
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Today, we kick off our June 2014 Book of the Month, featuring The Stepsister’s Tale by Tracy Barrett, which will be in stores June 24th from Harlequin Teen, and offers a unique twist on the classic Cinderella story. Below, learn more about the book, and then keep scrolling to download our June 2014 desktop wallpaper!
Jane Montjoy is tired of being a lady. She’s tired of pretending to live up to the standards of her mother’s noble family-especially now that the family’s wealth is gone and their stately mansion has fallen to ruin. It’s hard enough that she must tend to the animals and find a way to feed her mother and her little sister each day. Jane’s burden only gets worse after her mother returns from a trip to town with a new stepfather and stepsister in tow. Despite the family’s struggle to prepare for the long winter ahead, Jane’s stepfather remains determined to give his beautiful but spoiled child her every desire.
When her stepfather suddenly dies, leaving nothing but debts and a bereaved daughter behind, it seems to Jane that her family is destined for eternal unhappiness. But a mysterious boy from the woods and an invitation to a royal ball are certain to change her fate…
From the handsome prince to the evil stepsister, nothing is quite as it seems in Tracy Barrett’s stunning retelling of the classic Cinderella tale.
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Today, we kick off our May 2014 Book of the Month featuring Exile by Kevin Emerson, a rocking new contemporary saga that just hit store shelves earlier this week!
As usual, we’ve got a desktop wallpaper calendar for you, which you can grab by clicking on the image below to view full-size, then right-clicking to save. Keep scrolling for more about Exile!
Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.
Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .
On sale in April 2014, Kevin Emerson’s EXILE is a witty and passionate ode to love, rock and roll, and the freedom that comes in the moment when somebody believes in you, even if you’re not quite ready to believe in yourself.
Today, I am so so utterly delighted to kick-off our April 2014 Book of the Month featuring Noggin by John Corey Whaley. I am a huge fan of Corey’s work, and am honored to also call him my friend. And though we live far away, planning this month’s features with Corey was a blast.
As usual, let’s start things off with our desktop wallpaper calendar! Click to view full-size, then right-click to save — and keep scrolling for more about Noggin,which will be in stores on April 8th.
Listen — Travis Coates was alive once and then he wasn’t.
Now he’s alive again.
Simple as that.
The in between part is still a little fuzzy, but he can tell you that, at some point or another, his head got chopped off and shoved into a freezer in Denver, Colorado. Five years later, it was reattached to some other guy’s body, and well, here he is. Despite all logic, he’s still 16 and everything and everyone around him has changed. That includes his bedroom, his parents, his best friend, and his girlfriend. Or maybe she’s not his girlfriend anymore? That’s a bit fuzzy too.
Looks like if the new Travis and the old Travis are ever going to find a way to exist together, then there are going to be a few more scars.
The time has come for the 2014 YA Desktop Wallpaper Calendar! This tradition is a yearly occurrence here at Novel Novice. We create the desktop wallpaper calendar as our year-end gift to YOU, the readers, who come back week after week, day after day, to support all that we do.
This year, we picked 12 YA books or franchises to feature during each month of the year, based – in part – on your feedback. For a few select series, we’ve offered additional single-year desktop wallpaper calendars, too!
As always, click to view full-size, then right-click to save. But please, DO NOT repost the full-size wallpapers on other websites — rather, link back here. Thanks & enjoy!!
And for some of your favorite series, here are individual wallpapers good for the entirety of 2014:
For the comments: Which of the calendars are your favorites?
Today, we are celebrating our September Book of the Month The Dark Between by Sonia Gensler with a collection of brand-new, original desktop wallpapers. Many of the images used in these wallpapers were taken by Sonia herself in Cambridge, where the book takes place.
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So I’m thinking about getting started very soon on the 2014 Desktop Wallpaper Calendar — and I need your help. See, the thing is, I’m crazy to take on this project. I’m in the midst of planning my January 2014 wedding — and it’s only going to get busier as the months go by.
But I have decided I WILL produce a 2014 desktop wallpaper for you, my lovely and faithful readers. I’m not exactly sure how I’ll get it all done, but I’m going to try. So with that in mind, I am starting to brainstorm ideas for the calendars and I want YOUR input on which YA books/series should be included.
Please pick your top TWELVE books/series in the poll below (and mention any not listed in the poll in the comments section):
Today I am super excited to introduce you to the August 2013 Book of the Month — the superb novel of rock ‘n’ roll and juvenile delinquents (and more, I promise) — Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin.
To kick things off, we have a desktop wallpaper calendar for you (at the bottom of this post – scroll down!) — plus check out the official synopsis for Wise Young FoolAND the fantastic book trailer:
Teen rocker Ritchie Sudden is pretty sure his life has just jumped the shark. Except he hates being called a teen, his band doesn’t play rock, and “jumping the shark” is yet another dumb cliché. Part of Ritchie wants to drop everything and walk away. Especially the part that’s serving ninety days in a juvenile detention center.
Telling the story of the year leading up to his arrest, Ritchie grabs readers by the throat before (politely) inviting them along for the (max-speed) ride. A battle of the bands looms. Dad split about five minutes before Mom’s girlfriend moved in. There’s the matter of trying to score with the dangerously hot Ravenna Woods while avoiding the dangerously huge Spence Proffer–not to mention just trying to forget what his sister, Beth, said the week before she died.
This latest offering from acclaimed author Sean Beaudoin is alternately raw, razor-sharp, and genuinely hilarious.
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Today, we are super excited to launch our May 2013 Book of the Month — The Hero’s Guide to Storming the Castleby Christopher Healy. This is the hilarious sequel to The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom. Just released in stores, we have a ton of awesome goodies in store for you this month.
But to kick things off, here’s our desktop wallpaper calendar for the month of May. Just click to view full-size, then right-click to save. Keep reading for more about the book, too!
Prince Liam. Prince Frederic. Prince Duncan. Prince Gustav. You remember them, don’t you? They’re the Princes Charming who finally got some credit after they stepped out of the shadows of their princesses – Cinderella, Rapunzel, Snow White, and Briar Rose – to defeat an evil witch bent on destroying all their kingdoms.
But alas, such fame and recognition only last so long. And when the princes discover that an object of great power might fall into any number of wrong hands, they are going to have to once again band together to stop it from happening – even if no one will ever know it was they who did it.
Christopher Healy, author of the acclaimed The Hero’s Guide to Saving Your Kingdom, takes us back to the hilariously fractured fairy-tale world he created for another tale of medieval mischief. Magical gemstones, bladejaw eels, a mysterious Gray Phantom, and two maniacal warlords bent on world domination – it’s all in a day’s work for the League of Princes.