Disney Publishing Worldwide Announces First Book Acquisitions Under Rick Riordan Presents Imprint

 

New Disney-Hyperion Imprint to Publish Mythology-based Fiction for Middle Grade Readers

 

New York, NY (Tuesday, April 25, 2017) – Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) announced today the first three titles acquired under the newly created Disney-Hyperion imprint, Rick Riordan Presents, designed to elevate the diversity of mythologies from around the world through the voice of the best storytellers for middle grade readers. Bestselling author Rick Riordan, “the storyteller of the gods” (as dubbed by Publishers Weekly), along with Editorial Director, Stephanie Lurie, are carefully curating a list to feature entertaining, mythology-based, and diverse fiction by debut, emerging, and under-represented authors.

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Most Anticipated YA Books in 2017

So here we are again at the end of year (or nearing it anyway), and already, there are books we absolutely couldn’t wait to be published so we can grab it with our greedy hands. There are too many that I’ve decided to feature books that are in the first quarter of 2017.

Published: February 21

The Girl of Fire and Thorns meets The Queen of the Tearling in this thrilling fantasy standalone about one girl’s unexpected rise to power.

Freya was never meant to be queen. Twenty-third in line to the throne, she never dreamed of a life in the palace, and would much rather research in her laboratory than participate in the intrigues of the court. However, when an extravagant banquet turns deadly and the king and those closest to him are poisoned, Freya suddenly finds herself on the throne.

Freya is determined to survive, and that means uncovering the murderers herself. Until then, she can’t trust anyone.  As Freya’s enemies close in and her loyalties are tested, she must decide if she is ready to rule and, if so, how far she is willing to go to keep the crown.

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YA Books into Movies 2017

There seems to a lot of these… what’s the first that comes to mind? The Hunger Games, as I’m sure you’ve all watched it. Then there’s Divergent, The Spectacular Now, The Fault in Our Stars, etc etc.

So what’s coming in 2017?

I hadn’t read this yet… because well, I’ve heard it doesn’t have a happy ending. And yes, what’s up with that? Does it make it more realistic? And why do filmmakers think making these books into movies would be a good idea? Is it because audiences are more evolved and we hunger for realism, instead of a happy-ending fix?

What it’s about: In this young adult romance, a girl named Violet falls for Finch, a boy who is intent on ending his life.

Who’s starring: Elle Fanning is starring, and Miguel Arteta is directing.

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Exclusive Excerpt: Deadly Sweet Lies by Erica Cameron

Deadly Sweet Lies

 

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Dream Wars Saga #2

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis:

Nadette Lawson can sense falsehoods better than a polygraph. Every night for the past two years, the Balasura have been visiting her dreams and trying to deceive her into entering their world, but Nadette has seen through their lies. Now they’re tired of waiting and will do whatever it takes to obtain her. Searching for refuge, Nadette runs into Julian Teagan, a master of deception who, unbeknownst to Nadette, has been sent on a mission to save her. But how can he earn her trust when their whole relationship is rooted in lies?

Insidious meets Charmed in the second installment of Erica Cameron’s Dream War Saga. Through its two new narrators, Deadly Sweet Lies reveals that winning the battle is a far cry from winning the war. The danger is not over. It has hardly even begun.

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Pheodora said she wasn’t sure how our abilities would interact with each other, but I never really believed I’d be able to fool a girl who can hear lies. Trying to hide my nervousness, I do as she asks. “Gravity doesn’t exist and the moon is made of whipped cream.”

Her lips twitch into a smile for a second, but that smile barely lasts a breath before she’s standing up and grabbing my hands, pulling me off the chair.

“Do it again,” she demands, staring into my eyes. Continue reading

Exclusive Excerpt: Lessons in Falling by Diana Gallagher

Lessons in Falling cover

 

Release Date: February 7, 2017

Publisher: Spencer Hill Press

Synopsis: When Savannah Gregory blows out her knee – and her shot at a gymnastics scholarship – she decides she’s done with the sport forever. Without gymnastics, she has more time for her best friend, Cassie. She’s content to let her fun, impulsive best friend plan a memorable senior year.

That is, until Cassie tries to kill herself.

Savannah wants to understand what happened, but Cassie refuses to talk about it and for the first time, Savannah has to find her own way. The only person she can turn to is Marcos, the boy who saved Cassie’s life. Being with him makes her see who she could be and what she really wants: gymnastics.

But Cassie doesn’t approve of Marcos or of Savannah going back to gymnastics, and the tighter she tries to hold on to Savannah, the farther it pulls them apart. Without Cassie to call the shots, Savannah discovers how capable she is on her own – and that maybe her best friend’s been holding her back all along.

 

Goodreads link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19545342-lessons-in-falling

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/Lessons-Falling-Diana-Gallagher/dp/1633920372/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1467392983&sr=8-1&keywords=Lessons+in+Falling

 

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The October sunshine glints off of the Department of Motor Vehicles’ door as my father holds it open, like he’s ushering me into a debutante ball. I breeze past him to join the line of would-be drivers. The girl in front of me whimpers.

Amateur. I’ve taken this test six times. There’s no point in showing fear. Continue reading