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October is the new Christmas for paranormal YA fans everywhere: three FANTASTIC books are out this month that I, for one, will be purchasing ASAP. Scroll down for a short what’s what and other general info about these sure-to-be fantastic books.

 

Cover of Beautiful Darkness out TOMORROW!

 

Beautiful Darkness is the second book in Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl’s The Caster Chronicles, out Oct. 12. Last we heard from Ethan and his caster love Lena,  they were dealing with the fallout of Uncle Macon’s Death and the mystery surrounding her missing 16th Moon – is she Light? Is she Dark? Or both? Guess we’ll see. In the meantime, check out my post on Beautiful Creatures.

Beautiful Darkness Synopsis:

Ethan Wate used to think of Gatlin, the small Southern town he had always called home, as a place where nothing ever changed. Then he met mysterious newcomer Lena Duchannes, who revealed a secret world that had been hidden in plain sight all along. A Gatlin that harbored ancient secrets beneath its moss-covered oaks and cracked sidewalks. A Gatlin where a curse has marked Lena’s family of powerful supernaturals for generations. A Gatlin where impossible, magical, life-altering events happen.

Sometimes life-ending.

Together they can face anything Gatlin throws at them, but after suffering a tragic loss, Lena starts to pull away, keeping secrets that test their relationship. And now that Ethan’s eyes have been opened to the darker side of Gatlin, there’s no going back. Haunted by strange visions only he can see, Ethan is pulled deeper into his town’s tangled history and finds himself caught up in the dangerous network of underground passageways endlessly crisscrossing the South, where nothing is as it seems.

 

Rick Riordan's The Lost Hero out TOMORROW!

 

The Lost Hero is the first book in Rick Riordan’s new Halfblood Camp Series, The Heroes of Olympus, on shelves Oct. 12.  A follow-up to his original Greek gods series, Percy Jackson & The Olympians, The Lost Hero takes place in the same universe as the Percy books and promises to include cameos from some of our favorite Percy characters, including Annabeth Chase, daughter of Athena, who shows up in Chapter 2 looking for Percy. Uh oh. You can find out why this (now 26-year-old) loves Percy Jackson here.

Click here to read the first two chapters of The Lost Hero.

Read The Lost Hero synopsis:

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently she’s his girlfriend Piper, his best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids.” What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea—except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.

 

Crescendo, the followup to Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush Hush, will be out Oct. 19.

 

Crescendo, Becca Fitzpatrick’s followup to Hush Hush, is out Oct. 19 and having just finished Hush Hush today, I am DYING to read this. Nora can’t figure out Patch. He’s secretive, abrasive, and of course, gorgeous. After a rollercoaster ride, a few games of pool and a few escapes from death, Nora finds out her mystery man is in fact a fallen angel. He’s dangerous, but why can’t she seem to stay away? When Patch exchanges his dearest wish, becoming human, for Nora’s life, he becomes her guardian angel. And her boyfriend.

Read the prologue and first chapter of Crescendo here. And as an added bonus, listen to Within Temptation’s Angels. It’s uncanny how closely it follows Hush Hush, and is one of the songs Fitzpatrick included on her Hush Hush playlist.

Crescendo synopsis:

Nora should have known her life was far from perfect. Despite starting a relationship with her guardian angel, Patch (who, title aside, can be described as anything but angelic), and surviving an attempt on her life, things are not looking up. Patch is starting to pull away and Nora can’t figure out if it’s for her best interest or if his interest has shifted to her arch-enemy, Marcie Millar. Not to mention that Nora is haunted by images of her father and she becomes obsessed with finding out what really happened to him that night he left for Portland and never came home.

The further Nora delves into the mystery of her father’s death, the more she comes to question if her Nephilim bloodline has something to do with it as well as why she seems to be in danger more than the average girl. Since Patch isn’t answering her questions and seems to be standing in her way, she has to start finding the answers on her own. Relying too heavily on the fact that she has a guardian angel puts Nora at risk again and again. But can she really count on Patch or is he hiding secrets darker than she can even imagine?

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The Smart Chicks Kick It Tour stopped by the Cincinnati Joseph-Beth Booksellers Friday Aug. 24. Illustrious authors present (left to right) were Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Melissa Marr, Kelley Armstrong, Alyson Noel, Jeri Smith-Ready and Jennifer Lynn Barnes! (Smith-Ready and Barnes not pictured)

All of my geeky, writerly, YA-loving dreams came true Sept. 24 when the Smart Chicks Kick It Tour came to Cincinnati. I started this blogging gig in May when I began to notice my recreational reading gravitating almost 100 percent toward YA Supernatural novels. And which authors did I gravitate toward first?? None other than the Smart Chicks headliners, Kelley Armstrong (author of the Darkest Power series), Melissa Marr (author of the Wicked Lovely series) and Alyson Noel (author of The Immortals series). Four months later, I got  to meet them all!

Alyson Noel, author of The Immortals series, and me! Alyson was sooo nice, and thought she recognized me from twitter. : )

I am one lucky girl.

Adding to the dream-like, ethereal quality of the evening were four more YA Supernatural authors, Kami Garcia, Margaret Stohl, Jeri Smith-Ready and Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

The Smart Chicks tossed out some swag, answered questions about which of their characters would get along, which character they are most like and their method to solve writers’ block.

The most notable answer to that last question? Marr’s, who said 1. She doesn’t believe in writer’s block, but 2. Sometimes the words just don’t come. Her solution? A snorkle. That’s right. She soaks in her tub, with her little snorkle on, and blocks out all sight and sound. “Then the words start coming,” she said.

Jeri Smith-Ready (author of Shade) and Jennifer Lynn Barnes (author of Raised by Wolves) answer questions at the reading.

Then the fans got a chance to ask off-the-wall questions during a Q&A lightening round, with Stohl emceeing. Questions asked were worst first date, tattoos, book they’d wish they’d written themselves, their first impression of one another plus many more very personal questions. The authors answered “carrot” when they didn’t want to answer.  Let’s just say a lot of carrots were thrown around that day.

Now to pass on my charmed luck. One lucky reader of this blog can win a SIGNED copy of Beautiful Creatures, Book One of the Caster Chronicles, signed by not one, but BOTH authors. Yes. Really.

Two other readers of this blog will win a Beautiful Darkness necklace (The second book in the Caster Chronicles, coming out in just a few weeks  Oct. 12) and a Beautiful Darkness keychain!! Now that’s some swag!

Being entered for a chance to win is easy! FOLLOW @ReganCoomer on twitter, COMMENT on this blog post and RT this contest on your twitter and/or facebook. Please include your email when you comment for notification purposes. One first-place and two second-place winners will be chosen at random. Contest ends Oct. 3.

One lucky person will win a signed copy of Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. A second lucky person will win a Beautiful Darkness necklace; a third will win a BD keychain. Good luck!

Beautiful Creatures authors Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl with my BFF Deirdre and me!

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