Young Adult Giveaway

Red Letter Reads was lucky enough to spend some time at the biggest book event of the year: Book Expo America. While there we picked up quite a haul, more than we could possibly read ourselves. So we’re sharing the love. This week we’re giving away a book bundle of new and upcoming Young Adult books we think you’ll love. Here’s the awesome loot for one lucky winner:

If there’s one book I’m hearing a lot of buzz about, it’s The Bone Season, the first in a new series by brand new author Samantha Shannon. The movie rights have already been snatched up and everyone is buzzing. Set in 2059, Paige is part of a criminal underworld where she uses her powers as a dreamwalker to get information. With her special abilities, she could be arrested simply for existing. Sent to a prison for clairvoyants, she now has her worst enemy as her mentor and must figure out how to escape.

The Thorn Ogres of Hagwood by Robin Jarvis is Book One of the Hagwood Trilogy. It’s recently been released as an e-book by our friends at Open Road Media and the 2nd book, Dark Waters of Hagwood, was recently released. Get started with this fantasy series (the 3rd book is on its way…) that’s a great choice for lovers of Tolkien and Rowling.

My Life After Now by Jessica Verdi has some real raves on Goodreads. A lot of YA out there addresses teens with real, serious problems and how they address them realistically. My Life After Now‘s protagonist, Lucy, finds her life turned upside down when one stupid mistake leaves her with an HIV diagnosis and the realization that her life will never be the same. A debut novel, we’re guessing Jessica Verdi is someone to watch.

One of our favorite indie imprints is going big this fall with Relic by Heather Terrell. Soho Teen is publishing this book, the first in a new series, that’s billed as Game of Thrones meets Hunger Games. Do I have your attention now?? Heroine Eva leaves the life she always expected to replace her dead brother as a Tester to hunt in the wild North for relics. A good dose of societal commentary, a different kind of dystopia, we’re really excited about it.

This book bundle is anything but homogeneous. We’ve also got a graphic novel for you. Check out Battling Boy by Paul Pope, winner of multiple Eisner awards. A mashup of mythology, comic book super heroes and coming of age classics, Battling Boy has a 12-year-old demigod who takes on the horrifying monsters of Acropolis.

For good measure we’re throwing in an excerpt from the graphic novel version of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, coming in October, and the 2013 spotlight excerpt collection from Open Road Media. And we’ll be sending it all to you in a snazzy Relic reusable bag.

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The Great June Book Giveaway

Giveaway cross-posted with Don’t Mind the Mess

When you review books you get a lot of them sent your way, more than one person can possibly read. So it’s giveaway time, with a huge batch of advance copies of books just for you. A few of these are recent releases and some won’t be out until 2014!

Take a look at all the titles on the Pinterest board I set up that links directly to all the titles on Goodreads.

There are too many to send to just one person so I’ve divided them up into 4 separate giveaways.

I’ll choose 4 winners and they’ll get to choose their prize in order they’re chosen.

The Greatest Hits Bundle New books by Curtis Sittenfeld, Colum McCann, Karen Russell, Jonathan Lethem, Chris Bohjalian, Jhumpa Lahiri, Aimee Bender and Alexander McCall Smith. This list is ridiculous.

The Crime Fiction Bundle with thrillers and mysteries galore.

The Historical Fiction Bundle WWII, 1960s South, depression-era adventure, and romance straight from the Romantic.

The Kitchen Sink Bundle has all the rest, a little bit of everything for the reader who wants it all.

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Parenting Without Borders

Title: Parenting Without Borders: Surprising Lessons Parents Around the World Can Teach Us

Author: Christine Gross-Loh. She is a freelance writer and the author of 2 previous books for parents.

Genre: Nonfiction

Readers: Writer Nan, stay-at-home parents Megan V. and Sarah L., attorney (and dad) Maratai and accountant (and mom) Gina aka Slappy.

Summary: Research reveals American kids today lag well behind the rest of the world in terms of academic achievement, happiness, and wellness. Meanwhile the battle over whether parents are to blame for fostering a generation of helpless kids rages on. Christine Gross-Loh (who raised her young children in Japan for five years) exposes the hidden, culturally-determined norms we have about “good parenting,” and asks, are there parenting strategies that other countries are getting right that we are not? This book takes us from Finland, and Sweden to Germany, France, Japan, China, Italy, and more, and examines how parents successfully foster resilience, creativity, independence and academic excellence in their children. Revealing the surprising ways in which culture shapes our parenting, Gross-Loh also offers objective, research-based insight into what strategies are best for children and why.

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The Uninvited

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Title: The Uninvited

Author: Liz Jensen. She is the author of several novels, including War Crimes for the Home, which was longlisted for the Orange Prize.

Genre: Thriller, Mystery

Readers: Lawyer Cait, stay at home mom Colleen B., event planner Kathy,  copy editor Lori and victim advocate MJ.

Summary: A seven-year-old girl puts a nail gun to her grandmother’s neck and fires. An isolated incident, say the experts. The experts are wrong. Across the world, children are killing their families. Is violence contagious? As chilling murders by children grip the country, anthropologist Hesketh Lock has his own mystery to solve: a bizarre scandal in the Taiwan timber industry.

Hesketh has never been good at relationships: Asperger’s Syndrome has seen to that. But he does have a talent for spotting behavioral patterns and an outsider’s fascination with group dynamics. Nothing obvious connects Hesketh’s Asian case with the atrocities back home. Or with the increasingly odd behavior of his beloved stepson, Freddy. But when Hesketh’s Taiwan contact dies shockingly and more acts of sabotage and child violence sweep the globe, he is forced to acknowledge possibilities that defy the rational principles on which he has staked his life, his career, and, most devastatingly of all, his role as a father. Continue reading

Once Upon a Flock

Title: Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens

Author: Lauren Scheuer. She has illustrated several childrens books. She is also the author of the popular blog, Scratch and Peck.

Genre: Memoir

Readers: Reading teacher Emry, event planner Kathy, accountant Gina aka Slappy, policy wonk BakingSuit and publishing professional Gigi.

Summary: When longtime illustrator and lover of power tools Lauren Scheuer was looking for a project, she got the idea to raise backyard chickens. Her husband and teenage daughter looked on incredulously as coop sketches and chicken-raising books filled their New England home. But when the chicks arrived, the whole family fell in love with the bundles of fluff and the wild adventures began. Once Upon a Flock: Life with My Soulful Chickens stars Scheuer’s backyard chickens—with their big personalities, friendships, rivalries, and secrets—and the flock’s guardian, Marky the terrier. The flock includes Hatsy, the little dynamo; Lil’White, the deranged and twisted Buff Orpington; Pigeon, the fixer-upper chicken; and Lucy, the special-needs hen who bonds with Lauren and becomes a fast friend.

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