Bloomsbury Children’s Books Winter and Spring 2016 Roundup and Giveaway
It’s hard to stay on top of all the new books that are coming out soon. As an effort to highlight more of the review books I receive, I’ve taken to doing posts either about my recent book mail or highlighting a certain publisher’s list. Today I’m sharing with you what is new and forthcoming from Bloomsbury Children’s Books. As part of this showcase, Bloomsbury is offering to give away four ARCs. We will pick four winners to win one book each. The ARCs are: Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange, When We Collided by Emery Lord, Whisper to Me by Nick Lake, and The Leaving by Tara Altebrando.
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Concentr8 by William Sutcliffe (1/19/2016)
In a not so distant future London, riots have become the norm. But things take a turn for the worse one day, when the government suddenly stops their distribution of Concentr8–a behavioral modification “miracle” drug akin to Ritalin.
Amidst the chaos, five teens pick a man seemingly at random and chain him up as a hostage in a warehouse. Blaze is their leader, and Troy has always been his quiet sidekick–the only person he has ever trusted. But even Troy didn’t see this coming, and as their story unfolds over six tense days, one thing is clear–none of them will ever be the same again.
Told from the perspective of multiple characters in a world familiar to our own, this searing look into the power of psychological medication is perfect for fans of thoughtful fiction like Panic and The Program series.
Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah by Erin Jade Lange (2/16/2016)
With cinematic storytelling and compelling emotional depth, critically acclaimed author Erin Jade Lange takes readers on literary thrill ride.
The Rebel: Once popular, Andi is now a dreadlocked, tattooed wild child. The Bully: Bigger is better, so York bullies everyone who crosses his path. The Geek: Tired of being bullied, Boston is waiting it out until he goes Ivy League. The Pariah: Choosing to be invisible has always worked for Sam . . . until tonight.
When Andi, York, Boston, and Sam find themselves hiding in the woods after a party gets busted by the cops, they decide to hop into the nearest car they see and take off. Normally these four would never be caught dead together, but when their getaway takes a dangerous turn, sticking together will be the only way to avoid ending up dead.
What You Always Wanted (An If Only Novel) by Kristin Rae (3/29/2016)
If Only . . . he was the boy she’s been dreaming of. The If Only line continues in this fun high school theater-themed romance!
Drama girl Maddie Brooks has always had high standards for guys. But she has yet to find one who can live up to the romantic, classic Hollywood heartthrobs, especially the dreamy song-and-dance man Gene Kelly. When Maddie begins to carpool with Jesse Morales, her new neighbor and star pitcher of the baseball team, she’s struck by his wit, good looks, and love for his family–but a guy so into sports is definitely not her style. Then Maddie discovers that Jesse was raised as a dancer and still practices in the community theater dance studio to keep in shape. Perhaps her perfect dream guy exists after all! But when it becomes clear that baseball–not dance–is Jessie’s passion, can Maddie find a way to let her dream guy go and appreciate the charms of the amazing guy in front of her?
When We Collided by Emory Lord (4/5/2016)
Meet Vivi and Jonah: A girl and a boy whose love has the power to save or destroy them.
Vivi and Jonah couldn’t be more different. Vivi craves anything joyful or beautiful that life can offer. Jonah has been burdened by responsibility for his family ever since his father died. As summer begins, Jonah resigns himself to another season of getting by. Then Vivi arrives, and suddenly life seems brighter and better. Jonah is the perfect project for Vivi, and things finally feel right for Jonah. Their love is the answer to everything. But soon Vivi’s zest for life falters, as her adventurousness becomes true danger-seeking. Jonah tries to keep her safe, but there’s something important Vivi hasn’t told him.
Perfect for fans of E. Lockhart and Jandy Nelson, When We Collided is a powerful story of two teens whose love is put to the test by forces beyond their control.
Burning by Danielle Rollins (4/5/2016)
After three years in juvie, Angela Davis is just a few months shy of release, and she’ll finally be free from the hole that is Brunesfield Correctional Facility. Then Jessica arrives. Only ten years old and under the highest security possible, this girl has to be dangerous, even if no one knows what she did to land in juvie. As strange things begin happening to Angela and her friends that can only be traced to the new girl’s arrival, it becomes clear that Brunesfield is no longer safe. They must find a way to get out, but how can they save themselves when the world has forgotten them?
Readers will be rooting for Angela and her friends to find the truth and save themselves in this spine-tingling story rich with secrets and conspiracies.
Whisper to Me by Nick Lake (5/3/2016)
Cassie is writing a letter to the boy whose heart she broke. She’s trying to explain why. Why she pushed him away. Why her father got so angry when he saw them together. Why she disappears some nights. Why she won’t let herself remember what happened that long-ago night on the boardwalk. Why she fell apart so completely.
Desperate for his forgiveness, she’s telling the whole story of the summer she nearly lost herself. She’s hoping he’ll understand as well as she now does how love—love for your family, love for that person who makes your heart beat faster, and love for yourself—can save you after all.
A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (5/3/2016)
Return to the faerie realm of Prythian in the stunning sequel to Sarah J. Maas’ New York Timesbestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses.
Feyre survived Amarantha’s clutches to return to the Spring Court–but at a steep cost. Though she now has the powers of the High Fae, her heart remains human, and it can’t forget the terrible deeds she performed to save Tamlin’s people.
Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.
With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.
The Long Game: A Fixer Novel by Jennifer Lynn Barnes (6/7/2016)
Tess Kendrick, teen fixer extraordinaire, returns in a pulse-pounding thriller about a deadly conspiracy at the heart of Washington.
For Tess Kendrick, a junior at the elite Hardwicke School in Washington D.C., fixing runs in the family. But Tess has another legacy, too, one that involves power and the making of political dynasties. When Tess is asked to run a classmate’s campaign for student council, she agrees. But when the candidates are children of politicians, even a high school election can involve life-shattering secrets.
Meanwhile, Tess’s guardian has also taken on an impossible case, as a terrorist attack calls into doubt who can–and cannot–be trusted on Capitol Hill. Tess knows better than most that power is currency in D.C., but she’s about to discover first-hand that power always comes with a price.
Perfect for fans of Harlan Coben and Ally Carter, the second book in this thrilling series will leave readers breathless.
The Leaving by Tara Altebrando (6/7/2016)
Six were taken. Eleven years later, five come back–with no idea of where they’ve been. A riveting mystery for fans of We Were Liars.
Eleven years ago, six kindergarteners went missing without a trace. After all that time, the people left behind moved on, or tried to.
Until today. Today five of those kids return. They’re sixteen, and they are . . . fine. Scarlett comes home and finds a mom she barely recognizes, and doesn’t really recognize the person she’s supposed to be, either. But she thinks she remembers Lucas. Lucas remembers Scarlett, too, except they’re entirely unable to recall where they’ve been or what happened to them. Neither of them remember the sixth victim, Max. He doesn’t come back. Everyone wants answers. Most of all Max’s sister Avery, who needs to find her brother–dead or alive–and isn’t buying this whole memory-loss story.
This unforgettable novel brims with rich characters, tense storytelling, and high stakes.
Break Me Like a Promise by Tiffany Schmidt (6/7/2016)
With its sizzling romance and thrilling tension, this second book in the Once Upon a Crime Family series will hold readers spellbound.
All Magnolia Vickers has ever wanted was to follow in her father’s path and head up the Family business. But new legislation is about to destroy the Family’s operations in the black-market organ trade.
Then Maggie messes up: she downloads a virus onto her father’s computer, and must sneak it off-estate for Alex, a tech whiz, to fix. But he copies confidential Family information he’ll only return in exchange for a kidney transplant he urgently needs. Fulfilling their bargain takes longer than expected, and Maggie finds herself falling for the ailing Alex. Like it or not, she must accept that if she wants to save Alex’s life and carve out a place in the new legalized organ business, she’s going to have to fight for it.
Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy (7/5/2016)
Brimming with humor and one-of-a-kind characters, this end-of-the world novel will grab hold of Andrew Smith and Rainbow Rowell fans.
An asteroid is hurtling toward Earth. A big, bad one. Yuri, a physicist prodigy from Russia, has been called to NASA as they calculate a plan to avoid disaster. He knows how to stop the asteroid: his research in antimatter will probably win him a Nobel prize–if there’s ever another Nobel prize awarded. But Yuri’s 17, and having a hard time making older, stodgy physicists listen to him. Then he meets Dovie, who lives like a normal teenager, oblivious to the impending doom. Being with her, on the adventures she plans when he’s not at NASA, Yuri catches a glimpse of what it means to save the world and save a life worth living.
Prepare to laugh, cry, cringe, and have your mind burst open with questions of the universe.
Chasing Stars by Helen Douglas (7/19/2016)
A love story that spans generations and time continues in this captivating tale that’s perfect for fans of A Thousand Pieces of You.
Hunted down by a ruthless “cleaner” from the future, star-crossed lovers Eden and Ryan have been forced to travel a hundred years forward to 2123. Ryan has broken fundamental laws of time for them to be together, and now they face his trial and permanent imprisonment . . . and a life without each other.
Eden knows that she must save Ryan, but he’s under tight security–and getting caught would mean life imprisonment for the both of them. All Eden wants is Ryan, but is it possible to be together when it seems the whole universe is against them?
Fans of Claudia Gray, Amie Kaufman, and Meagan Spooner will be captivated by this epic cross-century romance where love bends the laws of time and reason.
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills (8/9/2016)
A haunting and heart-wrenching story of two girls, two time periods, and the one event that changed their lives–and the world–forever.
Interweaving stories from past and present, All We Have Left follows two girls, Alia and Jesse, who discover that hatred and love have the power to reverberate into the future.
Then: Alia is a proud Muslim, even if it makes high school more difficult. Grounded for a stupid mistake, Alia decides to confront her father at his Manhattan office, putting her in danger she never expected. When the planes collide into the Twin Towers, Alia is trapped inside. There she meets a boy who risks everything for her.
Now: Jesse is haunted by the past. Ever since her brother died in the September 11th attacks, her dad’s rage and grief has overshadowed their lives. When one hate-fueled decision turns Jesse’s life upside down, the only way to make amends is to face the past and find out the truth of her brother’s last day.
The Almost King by Lucy Saxon (8/16/2016)
A thrilling tale of adventure, deadly secrets, and romance on a ship traversing the skies of a distant world.
Aleks Vasin doesn’t want any part of the boring village life mapped out for him–he wants excitement and the chance to travel. So Aleks heads south to the great city of Rensav and enlists in the army, but after a brutal few days, he realizes that he’s signed himself away to a life far worse than the one he just left.
Aleks escapes, hoping to find safety somewhere in the north. On the way, he finds love, adventure, and a skyship full of technological discoveries beyond his wildest dreams. He just might just prove himself a hero too–but only if he can evade the vengeful soldiers on his trail who want him back.
The second book in an exciting YA sci-fi series, The Almost King returns to the epic, sweeping world of Tellus with a story that’s perfect for fans of Seeker and the Starbound series.
Poppy by Mary Hooper (8/30/2016)
Set against the backdrop of World War I, this romantic novel is equal parts sweeping and heartbreaking.
England, 1914. Poppy is 15, beautiful, and clever, but society has already carved out her destiny. She will become a servant to the aristocratic de Vere family . . . and bury her feelings for their youngest son, Freddie. He could never marry a girl like her.
But the path for Poppy’s life changes when it becomes clear that the war isn’t going to end soon. England needs every able bodied person to serve in battle, which, for Poppy, means volunteering on the front lines as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse. As she experiences what people are capable of–the best of humanity and the worst–Poppy will discover how to be her own person.
This sweeping drama vividly blends swoon-worthy romance with the story of a girl looking for her place in a war-torn world is perfect fans of Elizabeth Wein and Ruta Sepetys.
The Bombs That Brought Us Together by Brian Conaghan (9/13/2016)
This new thriller from a breakout author is a compelling story of war, friendship, and heartbreaking choices—perfect for fans of Andrew Smith.
Fourteen-year-old Charlie Law has lived in Little Town, on the border with Old Country, all his life. He knows the rules: no going out after dark; no drinking; no litter; no fighting. But after Charlie meets Pavel Duda, a refugee from Old Country, the rules start to get broken.
Then the bombs and soldiers come from Old Country, and Little Town changes forever. As Little Town’s rules crumble, Charlie is sucked into a dangerous game. There’s a gun, and a bad man, and his closest friend, and his worst enemy. Charlie wants to keep everyone happy, even if it kills him. And maybe it will . . . But to protect Pavel, he’ll have to kill someone else first.
From the acclaimed author of When Mr. Dog Bites comes a powerful story that asks the question–how far would you go to save the people you love?
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