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Featured Review: Seven Deadly Shadows (Courtney Alameda)

About This Book: Kira Fujikawa has always been a girl on the fringe. Bullied by her peers and ignored by her parents, the only place Kira’s ever felt at home is at her grandfather’s Shinto shrine, where she trains to be a priestess. But Kira’s life is shattered on the night...
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Author Of The Week: Author Chat with Kim Smejkal (Ink In The Blood), Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)


Welcome to our weekly special feature post,  Author Of The Week !! Each week we will be interviewing a different YA author and highlighting their upcoming release! We will also be hosting a giveaway of the book we are highlighting!!         Introducing Kim Smejkal , YABC's Author of the...
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I love this cover!! This sounds like such a good read
Sunday, 23 February 2020 15:11
Alex Colpitts
Tons of people have been posting this on insta recently and I can't wait until my library gets a copy! ... Read More
Thursday, 27 February 2020 18:53
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Featured Review: His Hideous Heart (Dahlia Adler)

About This Book: Thirteen of YA’s most celebrated names reimagine Edgar Allan Poe’s most surprising, unsettling, and popular tales for a new generation. Edgar Allan Poe may be a hundred and fifty years beyond this world, but the themes of his beloved works have much in common with modern young adult...
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Spotlight on Freaky In Fresno (Laurie Boyle Crompton), Excerpt, Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)


Today we're excited to spotlight Freaky In Fresno  by Laurie Boyle Crompton.  Read on for more about Laurie and her book, an excerpt, plus an giveaway!        Meet Laurie Boyle Crompton!         Laurie Boyle Crompton is the author of FREAKY IN FRESNO (February 11, 2020; HarperCollins/Blink),...
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Brittany Colpitts
I have to admit I'm not a fan of the cover, but the synopsis saved it for me!
Sunday, 16 February 2020 11:03
Debra Branigan
The cover is cute, and the storyline sounds like a lot of fun. I would likely connect as my little hometown had an outdoor drive-i... Read More
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 19:41
The cover shows the light-hearted nature of the story. I'm excited for this Freaky Friday retelling!
Thursday, 27 February 2020 09:34
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It’s Live!! Cover Reveal: The Secrets of Star Whales by Rebecca Thorne + Giveaway (US Only)


Today we're excited to celebrate the cover reveal for  The Secrets of Star Whales by Rebecca Thorne, releasing 10/27/2020 from Jolly Fish / North Star Editions! Before we get to the cover and excerpt, here's a note from the author: Happy Valentine’s Day, YABC! I’m Rebecca Thorne, and I’m thrilled to...
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Brittany Colpitts
Love the cover art. Added to my list
Sunday, 16 February 2020 11:03
Victoria Scott
The cover is beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing!
Sunday, 16 February 2020 20:12
Debra Branigan
Pretty cover. The storyline is very interesting and quite unique and sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing.
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 18:44
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YABC's Swoony Reads Giveaway 2020! (YA)


Welcome to YABC's Swoony Reads Giveaway!   We're featuring titles that reflect love, happiness, and plenty of heart! Check out all of these amazing books that are perfect for reading during the Valentine's Day holiday and then enter the HUGE giveaway being offered that will include    Young  Adult  titles from...
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Tiffany Engler
This is exciting!!
Sunday, 16 February 2020 09:19
Brittany Colpitts
I can't wait to read Strangers Assume My Girlfriend is My Nurse!! Shane and Hannah are adorable and hilarious. I love theirs video... Read More
Sunday, 16 February 2020 11:06
Madeline Tebo
A lot of these are on my to-read list! Can't wait to read them!
Sunday, 16 February 2020 14:32
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Spotlight on Among The Fallen (Virginia Frances Schwartz), Guest Post, Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)


Today we're excited to spotlight Among The Fallen  by Virginia Frances Schwartz.  Read on for more about Virginia and her book, an guest post, plus an giveaway!        Meet Virginia Frances Schwartz!         Virginia Frances Schwartz grew up in rural Ontario, Canada, but now lives in...
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Brittany Colpitts
I've been seeing this shared all over goodreads and super excited to read it
Sunday, 16 February 2020 11:02
Shannon Mizikoski
I am sooooo excited for this one! It has been on my TBR for ages, I am always such a sucker for mysteries in historical books too-... Read More
Wednesday, 19 February 2020 20:30
Debra Branigan
The cover is nice, but the synopsis is what I find unique and interesting. I love the Victorian Era and Dickens so this is a perfe... Read More
Wednesday, 26 February 2020 18:38
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Spotlight on Foul Is Fair (Hannah Capin), Excerpt, Plus Giveaway! ~ (US Only)


Today we're excited to spotlight Foul Is Fair by Hannah Capin.

 Read on for more about Hannah and her book, an excerpt, plus an giveaway! 




Meet Hannah Capin!


Hannah Capin is the author of Foul is Fair and The Dead Queens Club, a feminist retelling of the wives of Henry VIII. When she isn’t writing, she can be found singing, sailing, or pulling marathon gossip sessions with her girl squad. She lives in Tidewater, Virginia.



 Website * Twitter * Instagram




Meet Foul Is Fair!

Elle and her friends Mads, Jenny, and Summer rule their glittering LA circle. Untouchable, they have the kind of power other girls only dream of. Every party is theirs and the world is at their feet. Until the night of Elle’s sweet sixteen, when they crash a St. Andrew’s Prep party. The night the golden boys choose Elle as their next target.

They picked the wrong girl.

Sworn to vengeance, Elle transfers to St. Andrew’s. She plots to destroy each boy, one by one. She’ll take their power, their lives, and their control of the prep school’s hierarchy. And she and her coven have the perfect way in: a boy named Mack, whose ambition could turn deadly.

Foul is Fair is a bloody, thrilling revenge fantasy for the girls who have had enough. Golden boys beware: something wicked this way comes.



AmazonB & N * Indiebound





~ Excerpt ~


For every girl who wants revenge


The primary thematic material of Foul is Fair centers on sex- ual assault (not depicted), rape culture, and violence. Addi- tionally, the book includes an abusive relationship, a suicide attempt, and a brief scene with transphobic bullying. For a more detailed description of sensitive content, please visit




Sweet sixteen is when the claws come out.

We’re all flash tonight. Jenny and Summer and Mads and me. Vodka and heels we could never quite walk in before, but tonight we can. Short skirts—the shortest. Glitter and high- light. Matte and shine. Long hair and whitest-white teeth.

I’ve never been blond before but tonight my hair is plati- num. Mads bleached it too fast but I don’t care because tonight’s the only night that matters. And my eyes are jade-green to- night instead of brown, and Summer swears the contacts Jenny bought are going to melt into my eyes and I’ll never see again, but I don’t care about that, either.

Tonight I’m sixteen.

Tonight Jenny and Summer and Mads and me, we’re four sirens, like the ones in those stories. The ones who sing and make men die.

Tonight we’re walking up the driveway to our best party ever. Not the parties like we always go to, with the dull-duller- dullest Hancock Park girls we’ve always known and the dull-



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duller-dullest wine coolers we always drink and the same bad choice in boys.

Tonight we’re going to a St Andrew’s Prep party. Crashing it, technically.

But nobody turns away girls like us.

We smile at the door. They let us in. Our teeth flash. Our claws glimmer. Mads laughs so shrill-bright it’s almost a scream. Everyone looks. We all grab hands and laugh together and then everyone, every charmed St Andrew’s Prepper is cheering for us and I know they see it—

for just a second—

—our fangs and our claws.

The first thing I do is cut my hair.

But it isn’t like in the movies, those crying girls with mas- cara streaks and kindergarten safety scissors, pink and dull, looking into toothpaste specks on medicine cabinet mirrors.

I’m not crying. I don’t BLANKING cry.

I wash my makeup off first. I use the remover I stole from Summer, oily Clinique in a clear bottle with a green cap. Three minutes later I’m fresh-faced, wholesome, girl-next-door,  and you’d  almost never know my lips are still poison when I look  the way a good girl is supposed to look instead of like that little whore with the jade-green eyes.



The contact lenses go straight into the trash.

Then I take the knife, the good long knife from the wed- ding silver my sister hid in the attic so she wouldn’t have to think about the stupid man who never deserved her anyway. The marriage was a joke but the knife is perfectly, wickedly beautiful: silver from handle to blade and so sharp you bleed a little just looking at it. No one had ever touched it until I did, and when I opened the box and lifted the knife off the dark red velvet, I could see one slice of my reflection looking back from the blade, and I smiled.

I pull my hair tight, the long hair that’s been mine since those endless backyard days with Jenny and Summer and Mads. Always black, until Mads bleached it too fast, but splin- tering platinum blond for the St Andrew’s party on my sweet sixteen. Ghost-bright hair from Mads and jade-green eyes from Jenny and contour from Summer, almost magic, sculpt- ing me into a brand-new girl for a brand-new year.

My hair is thick, but I’ve never been one to flinch. I stare myself straight in the eyes and slash once— Hard.

And that’s it. Short hair.

I dye it back to black, darker than before, with the cheap box dye I made Jenny steal from the drugstore. Mads revved her Mustang, crooked across two parking spots at three in the morning, and I said:






Foul Is Fair

By: Hannah Capin

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: February 18th, 2020






One winner will receive a copy of Foul Is Fair (Hannah Capin) ~ (US Only)


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Brittany Colpitts
I love the colors on this cover.
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Lily M.
Love that there is revenge ... Read More
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Debra Branigan
The cover is so bold and colorful, a true statement of the underlying emotion. I'm not sure how I feel about the synopsis. I get ... Read More
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Featured Review: Of Water and Moonlight (Valia Lind)

About This Book: My power could save my friends—or destroy them. As I start a new semester at Thunderbird Academy, I have a lot to live up to. News of my sisters' courageous fight against the Ancient evil has spread, and now, everyone expects the same greatness from me. But all...
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It’s Live!! Cover Reveal and Excerpt: Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore + Giveaway (US Only)


Today we're excited to celebrate the cover reveal for  Winter, White and Wicked by Shannon Dittemore, releasing 10/13/2020 from Abrams / Amulet! Before we get to the cover and excerpt, here's a note from the author: Hello readers! I’m so excited to be partnering with YABC to reveal the cover of...
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So excited! The cover is so atmospheric, and the synopsis has me intrigued!!!
Thursday, 13 February 2020 16:12
Jane Maree
This cover is BREATHTAKING!!! I can't wait to have this book in my hands!! ?
Thursday, 13 February 2020 16:21
This cover is everything! It's edgy and elegant, and sets the tone for the whole book!
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