Happy Monday!

We’re kicking off this week with swashbuckling action and smoldering passion in Nicole Castoman’s Blackhearts AND its sequel, Blacksouls! Castroman’s reimagining of Blackbeard the pirate entranced readers everywhere when it published last year and with the sequel on sale tomorrow (4/11), we’re so excited to dive back into the crystal blue water of the Caribbean sea to follow along with Edward “Teach” Drummond and Anne Barrett on a dangerous mission sure to test their love and loyalty! Join the voyage with us with a full read of Blackhearts and then be sure to go and start the extended excerpt of Blacksouls!

Also this week, we’re bringing back Scott Westerfeld’s Afterworlds with a full read just in time for “National Encourage a Young Writer day!” Afterworlds tells the story of Darcy Patel, a young aspiring author who moves to New York City to pursue her dream of publishing a teen novel. At the same time, woven into Darcy’s personal story is the story of Afterworlds, the suspenseful thriller Darcy’s written. If you’re an aspiring author yourself, you’ll appreciate the trials and tribulations of Darcy’s pursuit of publication, but if you just want to lose yourself in a good book, the novel-within-a-novel that is Afterworlds will definitely suck you in.

Finally for this week, we’re featuring a full read of Delilah S. Dawson’s Hit, a dystopian thriller set in a frightening future world where one bank has essentially taken control of the USA…thanks in large part to a tricky clause hidden deep in the fine print of credit card applications! When the time is finally up for Patsy to pay her debt, she’s forced to agree to become an indentured assassin, completing a hit list of ten names. How does Patsy find her way out of such a predicament? Read Hit now to find out, and then look out for the sequel Strike which goes on sale in paperback this week (4/11)!

But wait, that’s not all! We still have several reads from last week available for your reading pleasure! Enjoy extended excerpts of Jenn Bennett’s new YA novel Alex, Approximately, as well as Morgan Matson’s The Unexpected Everything, and Deb Caletti’s Essential Maps for the Lost.  Plus, check out our full reads of the anthology Zombies Vs. Unicorns, Deb Caletti’s The Last Forever, and Richard Paul Evans Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25 (and if you’re so inspired, there’s still time to enter the Michael Vey Commercial Contest!)

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