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Read an exclusive sneak peek from The Taking by Kimberly Derting

Today, we are super excited to share an exclusive sneak peek at The Taking by Kimberly Derting. We’re one of several blogs revealing an excerpt from Kim’s new book, which hits store shelves on April 29th.

taking, theCheck out the excerpt below, then keep reading to learn more about The Taking, where you can pre-order it, and where you’ll find the next excerpt tomorrow!

I popped the candies into my mouth, letting the sour jolt of them awaken my saliva glands and wash away the tang of dirt that seemed to cling to my tongue.

As always, I got impatient and bit down on one of the candies. Despite their gooey outer shell, inside they were rock hard, something I discovered the moment I felt a chunk of my right-side molar chip away.

Cursing, I spit the rest of the candies in a messy wad onto the ground and ran my tongue over the new, rough edge of my tooth. I’d just been to the dentist last week, something I hated doing, and now this would mean I’d be forced to see him again.

Fishing my cell phone from the front pocket of my uniform pants, I decided it was time to call for backup. I still couldn’t believe I’d ended up behind the Dumpster of a gas station last night. My parents were probably freaking the hell out. I was freaking the hell out.

Not to mention Austin . . .

I dialed him first, not caring that my decision was sure to set off another round of arguments when I got home.

I held the phone to my ear and waited. After a moment I pulled the phone away and inspected it.

no service, the screen read.

No service—how was that even possible? I knew exactly where I was. I’d been at this gas station hundreds of times; it was maybe a mile from my house—well within our coverage map.

Whatever, I thought, getting tentatively to my feet and waiting till my legs felt steady. I did my best to ignore the headache that continued to pulse behind my eyes. The walk would probably do me good.

Read more from The Takingtomorrow at Paranormal Book Club!

Here is the full synopsis for The Taking:

A flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

Pre-Order The Taking:

Or call one of the following stores to request a signed copy:

  • Books of Wonder
  • Mysterious Galaxy
  • The King’s English
  • Blue Willow

Blog Tour: Read an exclusive excerpt from White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout

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Today, we are thrilled to be hosting an official stop on the blog tour for White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout, the sexy and exciting first book in a brand-new series.

white hot kissAnd to whet your whistle, we have an EXCLUSIVE excerpt from the book (which is now in stores).

Read the excerpt from White Hot Kiss HERE!

Meanwhile, here’s more about the book:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world.

Exclusive Chapter Preview: Steadfast by Claudia Gray

I am a huge, huge, HUGE fan of Claudia Gray’s books — and next week, we kick off a whole month featuring Steadfast, the second book in the Spellcaster series. But before that happens, we are thrilled to be exclusively revealing the fourth chapter in the book!

SteadfastAll this week, other bloggers have been revealing the first three chapters from Steadfast and we’ve got your FINAL sneak peek right here!

Steadfast by Claudia Gray – Chapter 4

Be sure to check out Steadfast in stores March 4th. Here is the official synopsis:

Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive’s Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth…or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia’s magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn’t know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerable to a darker magic…which has begun to call Nadia’s name.

Coming This Week: Read the first 4 chapters of Steadfast by Claudia Gray

This week, we are one of four blogs to be exclusively revealing the first four chapters of Steadfast by Claudia Gray, the second book in the Spellcasters series.

SteadfastWe’ll have chapter 4 on Friday, but starting tomorrow, you can find chapters 1-3 at:

Steadfast is in stores March 4th. Here is the official synopsis:

Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive’s Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth…or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia’s magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn’t know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerable to a darker magic…which has begun to call Nadia’s name.

2014 YA Desktop Wallpaper Calendar

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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!!

January2014_Dangerous CreaturesFebruary2014_Vampire Academy March2014_DivergentApril2014_Daughter of Smoke and Bone May2014_MortalInstrumentsJune2014_TFiOS_finalJuly2014_Grisha TrilogyAugust2014_Percy Jackson Sept2014_Maze RunnerOct2014_Vampire DiariesNovember2014_MockingjayDecember2014_Harry Potter

And for some of your favorite series, here are individual wallpapers good for the entirety of 2014:

2014_Divergent 2014_HarryPotter 2014_HungerGames_1 2014_MortalInstruments 2014_TFiOS 2014_TwilightSaga_1 2014_TwilightSaga_2
For the comments: Which of the calendars are your favorites?

YA Snowmen 2013: Part 2

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Today, we bring you part 2 of our 2013 collection of original YA-inspired snowmen drawings. My mom is the talented artist behind these illustrations. Each year, she creates a set of snowmen illustrations that recreate some of our favorite YA books of the year. See all of the previous drawings HERE, and check out the final batch for 2013 below:

catching fire snowmen Clockwork Princess snowmen Heros Guide snowmen invisibility snowmen shadow and bone snowmen unspoken snowmen

Please be sure to link back here if you decide to share these!

For the comments: Which of this year’s snowmen drawings is your favorite?

YA Snowmen 2013: Part 1

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For the third year in a row, I am so delighted to share some original drawings by my mom — featuring her adorable snowman doodles reenacting some of our favorite YA books. Tune in on Monday for a second batch of these adorable illustrations, and check out past year’s snowmen drawings here.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black:

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: Eleanor and Park Snowmen

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell:

Fangirl Snowmen

The Program by Suzanne Young: 

The Program snowmen
Feel free to share these by posting a link back here — and tune in Monday for more drawings!

Cover Reveal: The Body in the Woods by April Henry

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Today, I am truly thrilled to be sharing the gorgeous and haunting cover for April Henry’s latest YA novel, The Body in the Woods. April is known for writing edge-of-your-seat thrillers — and this book looks to be no different.  Just check out this beautiful but creepy cover to see why:

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Stunning, no? Here’s what April herself had to say about the cover:

The book begins with three teens from Portland County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue searching for an autistic man lost  in Forest Park, one of the largest urban forests in the United States.
But instead of the missing man, what the teens find is the body of a high school girl.  She’s wearing green eye shadow, and the graphic designer at Henry Holt, April Ward, riffed on that and the prevalence of ferns in Forest Park (as you can see here.)
I think the green eye shadow really pops. And I think it’s not clear whether the girl is dead or alive, so that adds an element of mystery. I also like how they’ve created a fingerprint logo for this book, which is the first in a series.

The Body in the Woods will be released in June 2014. Here is the official synopsis:

In this new series told from multiple perspectives, teen members of a search and rescue team discover a dead body in the woods.

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear, and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series is full of riveting suspense, putting readers in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.

Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst: Exclusive Release Day Interview

Today we are thrilled to be celebrating the release of Conjured by Sarah Beth Durst with an exclusive interview! I am a huge fan of Sarah’s books (just see my rave reviews for some of her past novels like Drink Slay Love and Vessel). Today, we’re talking about her latest, Conjured, which is in stores now!

ConjuredCover_HiResCongratulations on the release day for CONJURED! For those who haven’t heard about the book, tell us a little bit about how you got the idea and what inspired it.

Thanks so much!  I’m so excited!  Release day always feels a bit like a birthday, except it’s your book that’s wearing the Birthday Girl crown and eating all the frosting flowers off the cake.

CONJURED began its life as a different kind of book: a sort of police procedural about a federal marshal who worked for the paranormal witness protection program.  But as I started developing the marshal’s case, the witness — a girl named Eve with zero memories and tons of bizarre powers — captured my imagination.  As soon as she made the birds in her wallpaper fly around her room, I knew the story had to be hers.

And as the idea grew, the story changed completely and became a creepy psychological thriller.

sarah beth durstOkay, this will probably be a challenge, BUT … what is your 140-character (“Twitter-style”) description of CONJURED?

Girl with zero memories and bizarre powers must face a magic-wielding serial killer.

Each of your books is so unique and different, and CONJURED is no exception. What do you think fans of your other books will love about CONJURED?

All of my books have the same four ingredients: a dose of adventure, a dose of romance, a dose of humor, and a lot of magic.

And they also have one other thing in common: me!  :)

I try to write books that I would want to read.  In fact, that’s the litmus test I use when I decide what to write next.  I ask myself, “If I walked into a bookstore or library right now, what book would I want to find?”  I happen to love lots of flavors of fantasy, which is why my books range from fractured fairy tales to snarky vampire-and-were-unicorn comedy to epic fantasy to paranormal thriller.

If you’re an aspiring writer looking for writerly advice, here’s my two cents:  Forget about the old adage “write what you know.”  Instead, write what you love.  Write what you want to read.

What can readers expect to see from you next? What are you working on now?

My next project is called THE LOST, and it will be coming out from Harlequin/Mira in June 2014.  It’s the first in a trilogy for adults.  My next YA book is called MIND OVER MAGIC, and it will be out from Bloomsbury/Walker in fall 2014.  I’m really excited about both of them!!

Thanks so much for interviewing me!

And here are some important links for you guys to check out, starting with where you can find Sarah online:

And here’s where you can pick up your copy of Conjured:

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson

Today, we are so SO excited to be hosting the exclusive reveal of the cover for Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson. And to celebrate, we’re also giving away TEN sets of Morgan’s previous releases.

But first … the GORGEOUS cover for Since You’ve Been Gone:

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Gorgeous, right?! And look at the beautiful full jacket, too:

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Here’s the synopsis for Since You’ve Been Gone:

The Pre-Sloane Emily didn’t go to parties, she barely talked to guys, she didn’t do anything crazy. Enter Sloane, social tornado and the best kind of best friend—the one who yanks you out of your shell.But right before what should have been an epic summer, Sloane just… disappears. No note. No calls. No texts. No Sloane. There’s just a random to-do list. On it, thirteen Sloane-selected-definitely-bizarre-tasks that Emily would never try… unless they could lead back to her best friend.Apple Picking at Night? Ok, easy enough.Dance until Dawn? Sure. Why not?Kiss a Stranger? Wait… what?

Getting through Sloane’s list would mean a lot of firsts. But Emily has this whole unexpected summer ahead of her, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected) to check things off. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go Skinny Dipping? Um…

second chance summer amy and roger's epic detourTo celebrate the cover reveal, Simon & Schuster has offered us TEN sets of Morgan’s previous novels Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour and  Second Chance Summer to giveaway. That’s ten shiny hardcovers of EACH book … so all ten winners will get BOTH books! How awesome, right?

Here’s how to enter:

Fill out the Novel Novice + Morgan Matson Giveaway Entry Form, and tell us what’s one thing you’d write on a “to do” list for your friend like in the description for Since You’ve Been Gone (above). Ten lucky winners will each receive a set of Morgan’s two books!

The rules:

All entries are due by midnight (PT) on Tuesday, September 2nd.