Novel Novice Junior: Santa Clops Giveaway

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We have a festive contest for this month’s Novel Novice Junior — featuring the one-eyed cousin of Santa Claus … Santa Clops!

cave of santa clopsThe Cave of Santa Clops is a rollicking holiday adventure in which a young boy explores the secret underground hideout of Santa Clops. It is the second Santa Clops book and it answers some questions that little ones might have about the cyclops Kringle. This rhyming picture book also has plenty of flying dino-penguins and holly-bats. Kids will love the action and adults will love the rhymes and message.

santa clopsConnecticut Artist Kevin “Gig” Wailgum created Santa Clops over 20 years ago during the time he was in the Masters of Illustration program at the School at the Visual Arts in New York City. Santa Clops has been spotted on the cover of Seattle’s Stranger Newspaper and in other comics. When Gig is not making art or writing, he is a father, husband, coach, cub scout den leader and art director.

You can find out more about Gig, The Cave of Santa Clops and A Visit from Santa Clops here. Readers can also “Like” Santa Clops on Facebook.

Now we’re giving you a chance to win a copy of one or BOTH Santa Clops books!

One winner will receive a copy of A Visit from Santa Clops and The Cave of Santa Clops, and another winner will receive a copy of The Cave of Santa Clops. Contest is open to the U.S. and Canada only. Contest runs through midnight (PT) on Monday, December 15th.

Fill out the Rafflecopter form HERE to get started!

 

Our Top 5 Pet Peeves About Books & Publishing

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It’s no secret how much we love books here at Novel Novice – and if you’re visiting this site, chances are, you love them too. But let’s face it, there are a few things that go on in the publishing world that really annoy us, even when it comes to the books we love. Here are our top 5 pet peeves about books:

1. “Previously on …”

recap refreshTV shows almost always start with the words “Previously on …” followed by a short recap of significant events that have happened leading up to this most recent episode. So doesn’t it make sense the books in a series should follow a similar format? Especially when it’s often a year or more between books?

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve picked up the second or third book in a series, and find myself so lost because I can’t remember what happened in book one. A short synopsis of key events would be SO helpful! I’m not suggesting these synopses would replace reading the previous books – just save us from having to re-read the previous books before being able to dive into the new one.

2. Numbered Books

numbered seriesYou know how great it was when the Harry Potter books were numbered Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, etc.? Wouldn’t it be great if ALL serialized books were numbered sequentially?

It kind of sucks when you find a book in a store, pick it up, and think it sounds great – only to start reading and find out it’s the second or third book in a series? Or to discover a series, and not be able to figure out which order the books go in?

Sure, you can usually find this information online – but shouldn’t it be simpler than that? Especially when you consider this would significantly help shoppers who browse in physical book stores?

3. Cover Randomizer

random coversSometimes it feels like the cover for YA books make absolutely NO sense for the content. In fact, do you ever wonder if the publisher’s art department just spins a wheel or pulls an idea out of a hat? “For this cover, we’ll do … extreme close-up of model’s face.” Or, “This time, let’s go with supermodel in a fancy dress.”

I understand that covers help sell books – but these generic, oh-so-blah, no-relationship whatsoever to the book itself covers have got to stop. There are plenty of gorgeous covers, that are eye-catching to readers, that also tie-in with the book’s content. There’s no reason for these generic covers to keep popping up.

4. Cover Switch-Up

cover consistencyHere’s the other big cover gripe: changing designs mid-series. For those of us who are super anal-retentive about our book collections — and who collect books, as well as read them — we want our series to match. But then someone in the marketing or design department decides to do an overhaul, and suddenly I’ve got a series like Holly Black’s Curse Workers, where all three hardcovers have a different design.

I understand the purpose of repackaging covers from a marketing perspective. If a book series isn’t selling well, redesigning the covers could play a major role in boosting sales. So I get it; I do. But I still want my books to match.

(There was recently that amazing case of Penguin listening to reader outcry, regarding the repackaging of Stephanie Perkins’ series — which has lead to the publisher re-releasing the first two books in the series in hardcover to match the new designs. Amazing!)

5. Disappearing Series

disappearing seriesHere’s another case of business practicality trumping my readerly desires. From a business perspective, I get it. If a book or series isn’t selling well, you need to cut your losses and move on.

But as a reader … how could you do this to me??? I need to know what happens next!!!

Too often, series I love have vanished from store shelves because the publisher gave up on them part-way through publication. Or, in some cases, a merger or acquisition on the business side of things leads to a series disappearing from the publisher’s catalog. (That was the regrettable fate of Sarah Beth Durst’s The Lost, which was intended to be book one of three … until Harper Collins acquired Harlequin and the sequels were cut from their catalog. I’m still mourning the loss of those sequels!)

For the comments: What are your biggest pet peeves about books and the publishing world?

 

YA Snowmen 2014: Part 1 of 3

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It’s become one of our favorite traditions every year here at Novel Novice — and one of yours, too, I think, judging by the wonderful reactions we always receive. It’s time for YA books re-told by snowmen!

We have 12 original illustrations — all done by my very talented mom, Laurie — each one inspired by a YA novel or movie adaptation. We have the first four illustrations for you today, but look for more on December 11th and December 18th. (You can also check out past illustrations here!)

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AUTHORS: Is one of your books featured? Would you like the original artwork? Email me & I’ll make it happen! sara.novelnovice@outlook.com

Book Review: King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman

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Several years since the publication of King Dork have passed, but the new sequel King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman picks up right where we left Tom Henderson and his friends. That is to say, hating high school, trying to pick up girls, and concocting an ever-revolving list of band names and logos. (If you missed it, check out our interview with Frank HERE!)

king dork approximatelyFrom Frank Portman comes the long-awaited sequel to the beloved cult classic King Dork, of which John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, said, “Basically, if you are a human being with even a vague grasp of the English language, King Dork will rock your world.”
Aside from the stitches and the head wound, Tom Henderson is the same old King Dork. He’s still trying to work out who to blame for the new scar on his forehead, the memory loss, and his father’s mysterious death. But illicit female hospital visitations, The Catcher in the Rye, and the Hillmont High sex-pocalypse have made him a new man.
What doesn’t make you stronger can kill you, though, and tenth grade, act two, promises to be a killer. Tom’s down one bloodstained army coat, one Little Big Tom, and two secret semi-imaginary girlfriends. Now his most deeply held beliefs about alphabetical-order friendship, recycling, school spirit, girls, rock and roll, the stitching on jeans, the Catcher Code, and the structure of the universe are about to explode in his face. If only a female robot’s notes could solve the world’s problems, he’d have a chance. But how likely is that?
King Dork Approximately–it feels like the first time. Like the very first time.

As much as I loved King Dork, I feel like King Dork Approximately was a much more satisfying read. The most obvious difference is, perhaps, that this is Portman’s third novel — whereas King Dork was his first. But whatever the reason may be, Tom’s latest adventures are perhaps his funniest and most rewarding to read about.

Portman writes about Tom’s heinous high school experiences with his usual signature sarcastic wit. It’s amusing to think that Tom (and Portman, too) are not big fans of The Catcher in the Rye, when he has so much in common with Holden Caulfield. Tom may not run around calling everyone a “phony” in so many words, but he shares much of Holden’s disenchantment with the world and a similar style of criticism of everyone he meets.

Fans of the original King Dork will not want to miss what happens next for Tom Henderson – but new readers will delight in discovering Tom’s world for the first time. (Though I highly recommend you start with King Dork and read the two books back-to-back!)

King Dork Approximately is in stores December 9th.

Exclusive interview with King Dork Approximately author Frank Portman

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Recently, King Dork Approximately author Frank Portman came through Portland as part of a pre-publication tour. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Frank after his event to chat about the upcoming sequel to King Dork, the “Catcher Cult,” writing music, and more. Check out my exclusive interview here, and keep scrolling for more information about King Dork Approximately, in stores December 9th.

king dork approximatelyFrom Frank Portman comes the long-awaited sequel to the beloved cult classic King Dork, of which John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, said, “Basically, if you are a human being with even a vague grasp of the English language, King Dork will rock your world.”
Aside from the stitches and the head wound, Tom Henderson is the same old King Dork. He’s still trying to work out who to blame for the new scar on his forehead, the memory loss, and his father’s mysterious death. But illicit female hospital visitations, The Catcher in the Rye, and the Hillmont High sex-pocalypse have made him a new man.
What doesn’t make you stronger can kill you, though, and tenth grade, act two, promises to be a killer. Tom’s down one bloodstained army coat, one Little Big Tom, and two secret semi-imaginary girlfriends. Now his most deeply held beliefs about alphabetical-order friendship, recycling, school spirit, girls, rock and roll, the stitching on jeans, the Catcher Code, and the structure of the universe are about to explode in his face. If only a female robot’s notes could solve the world’s problems, he’d have a chance. But how likely is that?
King Dork Approximately–it feels like the first time. Like the very first time.

Look for our review of King Dork Approximately tomorrow!

New YA Releases: December 2, 2014

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Here’s a look at today’s new YA releases:

viciousVicious by Sara Shepard

In Rosewood, Pennsylvania, reporters are lined up outside the historic courthouse, typing furiously at their iPhones with freshly manicured nails. Because the trial of the century is happening right here in Rosewood: the four pretty little liars have been accused of killing Alison DiLaurentis. Only Aria, Spencer, Hanna, and Emily know that they’ve been framed. Ali is still out there, laughing as she watches the girls go down for her murder. But when your nickname includes the word “liar,” no one believes you’re telling the truth. . . .

Aria tries to run away from it all but finds that life on the lam is even harder than life as a liar. Spencer gets in touch with someone who can help her disappear–but when a guy from her past reemerges, Spencer no longer knows what she wants. Hanna decides that she’ll hear wedding bells chime before she serves time. And in the face of prison, Emily does something truly drastic–something that will change her friends’ lives forever.

As the trial goes on and the outcome looks grim, the girls are in their darkest hour yet. But maybe they can finally figure out how to beat Ali at her own game. Because once upon a time, she was just a pretty little liar too.

black knightBlack Knight by Christopher Pike

The thrilling Witch World saga continues in this suspenseful paranormal sequel to Red Queen, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Christopher Pike.Jessica Ralle thought the worst was over. The mindblowing revelations. The terrifying danger.

The heartbreaking loss.

Turns out, discovering Witch World was just the beginning.

The riveting Witch World saga continues in a sequel packed with even more shocking twists and sexy suspense than Book One…

seductionSeduction by Molly Cochran

The Darkness follows Katy to Paris in the final book in New York Times bestselling author Molly Cochran’s Legacy trilogy, rife with paranormal witchcraft and romance.
Katy can’t stand the fact that her boyfriend, Peter, has changed so much since his wealthy uncle Jeremiah took him under his wing. In a fit of rebellion, she flies to Paris to attend cooking school. Lonely, she visits a schoolmate, Fabienne, who lives in a beautiful mansion in Paris. But it’s Peter who answers the door.

Katy is devastated that Peter is in Paris—on business for his uncle, he claims—and didn’t tell her. Soon Katy is wrapped up in the mysteries of the strange house, which is occupied by only beautiful, shallow people. And they don’t seem to age. Then an accidental trip through the underground passages of Paris leads Katy to the discovery of an ancient book that just might hold the secrets to the mansion…

diamond boyDiamond Boy by Michael Williams

A high-stakes, harrowing adventure set in the diamond fields of Southern Africa, from the critically acclaimed author of Now Is the Time for Running.

“Diamonds for everyone.”

That’s what fifteen-year-old Patson Moyo hears when his family arrives in the Marange diamond fields. Soon Patson is working in the mines himself, hoping find his girazi–the priceless that stone that could change his life forever. But when the government’s soldiers comes to Marange, Patson’s world is shattered.

Set against the backdrop of President Robert Mugabe’s brutal regime in Zimbabwe, Diamond Boy is the story of young man who succumbs to greed but finds his way out through a transformative journey to South Africa in search of his missing sister, in search of freedom, and in search of himself.

boundaryBoundary by Heather Terrell

After surviving the Hunger Games-like Testing, Eva becomes the Aerie’s first female Archon. The second installment of the Books of Eva continue the harrowing struggle between past and present, Aerie and Boundary.

Eva is the first Maiden in Aerie history to train as an Archon: a sacred leader of the New North. All eyes are watching as she prepares to uncover the Relics of the evil past. Wounds remain: both from the harrowing Testing and the murder of her brother, Eamon. But she has learned to feign grace. And although she is betrothed to Jasper, she carries a secret. Lukas, a Boundary dweller and former servant, still visits her in the dead of night. And he alone may know who killed her twin brother.

Her feelings for Lukas are forbidden. Even more troubling is his conviction that she is the Angakkuq, a mystical figure destined to destroy the Aerie. Eva tries to focus on finding Eamon’s killer, but on her very first Archon expedition, she uncovers the Genesis: the legendary ship that brought the Founders to the New North. What they find in the Genesis upsets the fragile balance between the Aerie and the Boundary, and threatens to destroy their entire civilization. Eva’s world is shattered, but she may be the only one who can—as both Archon and Angakkuq—prevent a war that would take everything from her.

valley of firesValley of Fires by J. Barton Mitchell

Earth has been conquered by an alien race known as the Assembly. The human adult population is gone, having succumbed to the Tone—a powerful, telepathic super-signal broadcast across the planet that reduces them to a state of complete subservience. But the Tone only affects the population once they reach their early twenties. Which means that there is one group left to resist: Children. In Valley of Fires the trio of kid heroes -Holt, Mira, and Zoey- are forced apart to accomplish individual quests if they are to have any hope of uniting what reamins of Earth’s disparate survivors against its alien invaders.

Mira ventures west to bargain with Van Cleef, the enigmatic leader of North America’s most infamous resistance group. But Van Cleef has his own plans to end the conflict, a destructive solution that might actually work…but at a horrible cost. Meanwhile, Holt travels with Ravan and Avril back to the one place he swore he would never return: Faust, the sprawling and dangerous desert city of the Menagerie pirate guild. He goes not only to resolve his issues with Tiberius, its tyrannical leader, but to enlist the Menagerie in the fight to save Zoey. Except Tiberius has his own problems. Factions within the Menagerie are splintering, and word of rebellion is beginning to spread. If Holt wants the Menagerie’s help, he might have to help his greatest enemy in exchange.

Traveling separate paths with little hope of safety or reunion, Holt and Mira bring this thrilling, genre-bending series to an utterly unforgettable close.

boy with the hidden nameThe Boy with the Hidden Name by Skylar Dorset

This is not your average trip to Fairyland…

Selkie Stewart has just saved her quasi-boyfriend, Ben, from a fairy prison run by the Seelie Court. If they weren’t the two most-wanted individuals in the Otherworld before, they definitely are now. Along with Ben and the rest of their ragtag group of allies-Selkie’s ogre aunts; a wizard named Will; Ben’s cousin Safford; and Kelsey, Selkie’s best friend-Selkie is ready to embrace her destiny and bring the Court down. Until she hears the rest of her prophecy: Benedict le Fay will betray you, and then he will die.

ravencliffeRavencliffe by Carol Goodman

Avaline Hall is no ordinary girl.

She’s a student at Blythewood Academy, an elite boarding school that trains young women to defend human society from the shadowy forces that live among us.  After the devastating events of her first year at Blythewood, Ava is eager to reunite with her friends—and with Raven, the compelling but elusive winged boy who makes her pulse race. She soon discovers, though, that the sinister Judicus van Drood hasn’t finished wreaking havoc on Blythewood—and wants to use Ava and her classmates to attack a much bigger target.

Ava’s the only one with any hope of stopping van Drood. But to scuttle his plans, she must reveal her deepest secret to everyone at Blythewood. What’s she willing to sacrifice to do what’s right—her school?  Her love?  Or her life?

For the comments: Which of today’s new releases are you most excited about?

The Wolf Chronicles Blog Tour: Guest Post & Contest

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Today, we’re excited to be kicking off the blog tour for The Wolf Chronicles by Dorothy Hearst. The first book was published by Simon & Schuster’s adult division in 2008, but over the years the series’ younger audience has grown considerably!

Book 3, Spirit of the Wolves, hits store shelves this month, but we’ve got a chance for you to win all three books in the series! Keep reading for details, but first check out this exclusive guest post from Dorothy:

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Writing the Wolf’s Eye (Nose) View
by Dorothy Hearst

Promise of the Wolves coverWhen I got the idea for The Wolf Chronicles, I knew that I wanted to tell the story of how the wolf became the dog from a wolf’s point of view, but had no idea how to do so. The challenge ended up being a blessing in disguise. Writing from a wolf’s perspective made me look at the world afresh, and pushed me to develop my writing voice. =I couldn’t take anything for granted, and ended up avoiding some clichés and other first-time author mistakes I might have made. For example, I started to write “leaves blanketing the ground,” and realized that wolves don’t have blankets. So I ended up finding the phrase “a pelt of newly fallen leaves,” which was so much better.

Secrets of the Wolves coverKaala’s voice was very strong as soon as I started writing; I knew exactly who she was and how she sounded. Yet I understood that I had to make her a believable wolf to make the story work. I also knew that I didn’t want a book that was cutesy and condescending to animals. I wanted the wolves of the Wide Valley to have complex and believable lives, thoughts, and emotions.

I started by thinking about books that portrayed animals really well. The first that came to mind was Watership Down, which I read when I was about eleven. Though I hated that the female rabbits were so passive, I loved how Adams portrayed rabbits not as cute little bunnies, but as complex characters with needs consistent with a rabbit’s life. I was also inspired by the dragons in Anne McCaffrey’s Pern books. I was enchanted with how the horses, dogs, and mythical creatures in Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books were absolutely convincing, and very real forces in the stories.

Spirit of the Wolves coverI realized that one of the things these books had in common was that the animals had very specific drives, wants, and needs that were shaped by what that sort of animal would value, and by the animal’s biology and behavior.

I did my first rounds of research into wolves’ lives, and then developed Kaala’s world view around what would be most important to a young wolf: getting enough to eat, earning a place her pack, success in the hunt, love and acceptance.

Then I turned to the specifics of how wolves perceive the world. One of the biggest challenges was anthropomorphizing the wolves enough but not too much. If I had been completely accurate in showing how wolves perceive the world, the books would have been incomprehensible to my human readers, because wolves rely so much on scent and sound. But I didn’t want the wolves to come across as people in wolf suits. To get the right balance, I just wrote and rewrote until I was happy with Kaala’s wolfness.

Once I got the wolf’s point of view, it ended up being very easy to think like a wolf, and I often felt like I was a wolf when I was writing. The only thing is that that I now often think like a wolf when I’m not in the Wide Valley and sometime growl at inappropriate moments. The wolf perspective will probably be with me for a long time.

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We’re giving away a set of all three books in the Wolf Chronicles series, thanks to Simon & Schuster. Contest is open to the U.S. only, and runs through midnight (PT) on Monday, December 8th.

Fill out the Rafflecopter form here to get started on entries!

about the bookInspired by the theory that it was wolves, and later dogs, that made humans the dominant species on earth by teaching mankind to hunt cooperatively and form complex societies, The Wolf Chronicles begins 14,000 years ago with Promise of the Wolves. It is told from the point of view of lovable Kaala—an outcast young wolf who has been charged with watching over humans in order to prevent them from losing touch with nature and thus destroying the world.

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Photo credit: The Pet Photographer

Photo credit: The Pet Photographer

Before the wolves barged in the door, demanding that their story be told, Dorothy Hearst was a senior editor at Jossey-Bass, where she published books for nonprofit, public, and social change leaders. She currently lives, writes, and plays with dogs in Berkeley, California. Spirit of the Wolves, the third and final title in the Wolf Chronicles, will be released December 2. For more information, and to download free CCSS-aligned discussion questions for all three novels, visit her website.

For the comments: Tell us why you want to read The Wolf Chronicles!

The Best of A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

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Today, we bid a fond farewell to our November 2014 Book of the Month – A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. Before we completely wrap things up, here’s a look back at highlights from this month’s features:

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Imagine an alternate universe. What’s it like? What choice or choices set this world on a different course from our own? How is it similar? How is it different? Check out the complete rules & details for this writing contest HERE.

The winner will get a copy of A Thousand Pieces of You, and the contest is open through midnight (PT) on Sunday, November 30th.

Beyond the Book

More from Claudia Gray

Be sure to check out our review, too!

This is our final book of the month for 2014. We’re taking off a couple months to relax and enjoy the holidays. We’ll be back in February 2015 with a new book of the month, but we’ll have PLENTY of features and reviews between now & then!

Book Review: Penguin Christmas Classics

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Just in time for the holidays, Penguin has released a newly packaged set of Christmas classics in beautiful hardcover.

Christmas Classics - A Merry ChristmasPenguin Christmas Classics honor the power of literature to keep on giving through the ages. The five volumes in the series are not only our most beloved Christmas tales; they also have given us much of what we love about the holiday itself. A CHRISTMAS CAROL revived in Victorian England such Christmas hallmarks as the Christmas tree, holiday cards, and caroling. The Yuletide yarns of Anthony Trollope popularized throughout the British Empire and around the world the trappings of Christmas in London. The holiday tales of Louisa May Alcott shaped the ideal of an American Christmas. THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS brought forth some of our earliest Christmas traditions as passed down through folk tales. And THE NUTCRACKER inspired the most famous ballet in history, one seen by millions in the twilight of every year.

Beautifully designed—with foil-stamped jackets, decorative endpapers, and nameplates for personalization—and printed in a small trim size that makes them perfect stocking stuffers, Penguin Christmas Classics embody the spirit of giving that is at the heart of our most time-honored stories about the holiday.

Christmas Classics - NutcrackerThe full set of books includes:

  • A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens
  • CHRISTMAS AT THOMPSON HALL: And Other Christmas Stories by Anthony Trollope
  • A MERRY CHRISTMAS: And Other Christmas Stories by Louisa May Alcott
  • THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS by Nikolai Gogol
  • THE NUTCRACKER by E. T. A. Hoffmann

These five books represent the literary Christmas essentials: timeless stories that can be told and retold every year with renewed enjoyment, and passed down from generation to generation.

The new Penguin Classics editions are, simply put, beautiful. The delicate red hardcover books are sweetly sized and seasonally festive, and the coordinating foil and embossed jacket covers are just lovely. The inside pages are equally wonderful, with illustrations and decorative touches throughout.

Together or individually,the Penguin Christmas Classics would make a beautiful gift or collector’s keepsake. They are in stores now. Here’s a look at all five beautiful covers:

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More from A Thousand Pieces of You author Claudia Gray

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If you’re a regular visitor to Novel Novice, than you probably already know that I am a HUGE, huge fan of Claudia Gray and pretty much anything she writes. But if you’re new to her work, here’s a look at her other books besides A Thousand Pieces of You:

Evernight Series

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When the story begins in Evernight, Bianca has just left the small town where she’s spent her whole life. She’s a new student at Evernight Academy, a creepily Gothic boarding school where her classmates are somehow too perfect: smart, sleek and almost predatory. Bianca knows she doesn’t fit in.

Then she meets Lucas, another loner, who seems fiercely determined not to be the “Evernight type.” There’s a connection between Bianca and Lucas that can’t be denied. She would risk anything to be with him—but dark secrets are fated to tear them apart… and to make Bianca question everything she’s ever believed to be true.

Balthazar

balthazarThis is technically part of the Evernight series, as it takes place after the events of Afterlife. But it’s really more of a companion novel.

For hundreds of years, the vampire Balthazar has been alone—without allies, without love.

When Balthazar agrees to help Skye Tierney, a human girl who once attended Evernight Academy, he has no idea how dangerous it will be. Skye’s newfound psychic powers have caught the attention of Redgrave, the cruel, seductive master vampire responsible for murdering Balthazar and his family four centuries ago. Now Redgrave plans to use Skye’s powers for his own evil purposes.

Balthazar will do whatever it takes to stop Redgrave and exact his long-awaited revenge against his killer. As Skye and Balthazar stand together to fight him, they grow closer—first unwillingly, then undeniably. Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by her. . . .

In a story filled with forbidden love and dark suspense, one of the most beloved characters in Claudia Gray’s New York Times bestselling Evernight series will captivate readers with his battle to overcome his past and follow his heart.

Fateful

Fateful hrI adore this paranormal twist on history’s most infamous doomed voyage!

Eighteen-year-old maid Tess Davies is determined to escape the wealthy, troubled family she serves. It’s 1912, and Tess has been trapped in the employ of the Lisles for years, amid painful memories and twisted secrets. But now the Lisle family is headed to America, with Tess in tow. Once the ship they’re sailing on—the RMS Titanic—reaches its destination, Tess plans to strike out and create a new life for herself.

Her single-minded focus shatters when she meets Alec, a handsome first-class passenger who captivates her instantly. But Alec has secrets of his own. He’s in a hurry to leave Europe, and whispers aboard the ship say it’s because of the tragic end of his last affair with the French actress who died so gruesomely and so mysteriously….

Soon Tess will learn just how dark Alec’s past truly is. The danger they face is no ordinary enemy: werewolves exist and are stalking him—and now her, too. Her growing love for Alec will put Tess in mortal peril, and fate will do the same before their journey on the Titanic is over.

In Fateful, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray delivers paranormal adventure, dark suspense, and alluring romance set against the opulent backdrop of the Titanic’s first—and last—voyage.

Spellcaster Series

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Book 3 in this series comes out in March!

When Nadia’s family moves to Captive’s Sound, she instantly realizes there’s more to the place than meets the eye. Descended from witches, Nadia can sense that a spell has been cast over the tiny Rhode Island town–a sickness infecting everyone and everything in it. The magic at work is darker and more powerful than anything she’s come across and has sunk its claws most deeply into Mateo . . . her rescuer, her friend, and the guy she yearns to get closer to even as he pushes her away.

Mateo has lived in Captive’s Sound his entire life, shadowed by small-town gossip and his family’s tormented past. Every generation, the local legends say, one member of the family goes mad, claiming to know the future before descending into insanity. When the strange dreams Mateo has been having of rescuing a beautiful girl from a car accident actually come true, he knows he’s doomed.

Despite the forces pulling them apart, Nadia and Mateo must work together to break the chains of his terrible family curse, and to prevent a coming disaster that even now threatens the entire town, including Nadia’s family, her newfound friends, and her own life. Shimmering with magic and mystery, New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray’s new novel depicts a dark and unforgettable world of witches, curses, buried secrets, and star-crossed romance.

For the comments: Have you read any of Claudia’s other books? Which ones are your favorite?