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Beach Bag of Books 2013

Summer Beach Bag

Beach Bag of Books 2013

It's time to think about Summer Reading --- and we're not talking about the list of books you'll be receiving for Required Summer Reading from school. What we're talking about are the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back with and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf, and great reading. You supply the beach chair, and we'll provide the fantastic fiction in our Seventh Annual Beach Bag of Books Feature.

To enter, fill out the form below question by Thursday, July 18th at noon ET.

Five winners each will receive a selection of books from our list of featured titles, which includes the following:

- MY WOLF'S BANE by Veronica Blade
- JERSEY ANGEL by Beth Ann Bauman
- ABANDON, Book Three: AWAKEN by Meg Cabot
- ICONS by Margaret Stohl
- TRUTH OR DARE by Jacqueline Green
- BOY NOBODY by Allen Zadoff
- RULES OF SUMMER by Joanna Philbin
- CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
- THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
- QUARANTINE 2: The Saints by Lex Thomas
- INFINITYGLASS: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire
- HOW I LOST YOU by Janet Gurtler
- ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA by Diana Peterfreund
- BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown
- THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas
- UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris
- MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE by Emmy Laybourne


The 5 winners of the Beach Bag of Books giveaway:

Crystal from Maiden, NC
Felicia from Bernardsville, NJ
Rafaella from Trumbull, CT
Sara from Willis, MI
Tirzah from Big Rapids, MI
Abandon #3: Awaken by Meg Cabot - Fiction


Seventeen-year-old Pierce knew by accepting the love of John, she'd be forced to live forever the Underworld. The sacrifice seemed worth it, though, because it meant she could be with the boy she loves. But now her happiness and safety are threatened. If the balance between life and death isn't fixed, both the Underworld and Pierce's home back on earth will be wiped away. But to do so, someone has to die.

Across a Star-Swept Sea by Diana Peterfreund - Science Fiction/Fantasy


No one suspects that the mysterious spy Wild Poppy is actually famously frivolous aristocrat Persis Blake. The teenager uses her shallow, socialite trappings to hide her true purpose: her gossipy flutternotes are encrypted plans, her pampered sea mink is genetically engineered for spying, and her well-publicized new romance with handsome Galatean medic Justen Helo is her most dangerous mission ever.

Born of Illusion by Teri Brown - Historical Fiction


A gifted illusionist, Anna assists her mother, the renowned medium Marguerite Van Housen, in her stage show and séances, easily navigating the underground world of magicians and mentalists in 1920's New York. What Marguerite doesn't know is that Anna possesses a true ability to sense people's feelings and foretell the future. As Anna's powers intensify, she begins to wonder if there's more to life than keeping secrets.

Boy Nobody by Allen Zadoff - Boys


Boy Nobody shows up and doesn't stay long. Just long enough for someone in his new friend's family to die --- of "natural causes." Mission accomplished, Boy Nobody disappears, moving on to the next target. But when he's assigned to the mayor of New York City, things change. Because somewhere deep inside, Boy Nobody is somebody.

Confessions of a Hater by Caprice Crane - Fiction


Hailey Harper has always felt invisible. Now her dad has a new job and the family is moving to Hollywood. Just what Hailey needs: starting a new high school. As she’s packing, Hailey finds a journal that belonged to her older sister, Noel, who is away at college. Called "How to be a Hater," it’s full of info Hailey can really use. Has Hailey found the Bible of Coolness? Will it help her reinvent herself at her new school?

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro - Thriller


On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: 1) She was the last person to see her parents alive. 2) The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. 3) She can't trust anyone--maybe not even herself. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents' affairs is a dangerous-and revealing-game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of?

How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler - Friendship


Nothing will ever come between Grace Anderson and Kya Kessler. They have a pact. Not only is Grace the only one who knows and guards Kya’s secret, she also knows how much Kya needs someone to stick by her. But in the summer before Senior Year, life throws out challenges they never expected. Grace and Kya are forced to question how much a best friend can forgive.

Icons by Margaret Stohl - Action Adventure, Romance


Everything changed on The Day. Since then, Dol has lived a simple life safe from the the Icon and its power. When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. Within the Icon's reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions may actually be their greatest strengths.

Infinityglass: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire - Fiction


From the moment the Hourglass group violated the rules of the space time continuum to rescue a murdered loved one, time has been in flux. Frantically seeking a way to turn back this tide, the Hourglass begins a search for the legendary Infinityglass, tracking it to the city of New Orleans --- Quiet, reliable Dune, the group's favorite geek, is selected to travel to the Crescent City and somehow retrieve the renowned object. But there's a problem. Because the Infinityglass is not an object, it's a person.

Jersey Angel by Beth Ann Bauman - Fiction


It's the summer before senior year and the alluring Angel is ready to have fun. She's not like her best friend, Inggy, who has a steady boyfriend, good grades, and college plans. Still, her summer doesn't start out as planned. When her friend Joey decides he doesn't want to fool around anymore, and Inggy goes off to tour colleges, Angel finds herself spending more time with Inggy's boyfriend, Cork. With its cast of vivid and memorable characters, this tale from the Jersey shore is sure to make some waves.

Monument 14: Sky on Fire by Emmy Laybourne - Science Fiction


Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with 12 other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope.

My Wolf's Bane by Veronica Blade - Paranormal


Autumn Rossi thought she was a normal teenager. Suddenly, she can outrun every critter in the forest, making her wonder if she’s even human. When the new guy at school, Zack de Luca, witnesses a questionable scene, he unfairly pins her as stuck-up. He acts like he hates her, yet he keeps bailing her out of trouble. Not only is Zack both insufferable and irresistible, he seems to sniff her anytime he gets close.

Quarantine #2: The Saints by Lex Thomas - Fiction


McKinley High has been a battle ground for eighteen months since a virus outbreak led to a military quarantine of the school. When the doors finally open, Will and Lucy will think their nightmare is finished. But they are gravely mistaken. As a new group of teens enters the school and gains popularity, Will and Lucy join new gangs. Soon after though, the world inside McKinley takes a startling turn for the worse, and Will and Lucy will have to fight harder than ever to survive.

Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin - Fiction


Seventeen-year-old Rory McShane signed on to be a summer errand girl for the Rules --- a wealthy family with an enormous beachfront mansion in East Hampton. When she is told to avoid socializing with the family, her situation becomes complicated by the youngest member, Isabel. Isabel engages in an illicit love affair and brings Rory along for the ride. Will Rory's own summer romance jeopardize her friendship with Isabel? And, after long-hidden family secrets surface, will the Rules' picture-perfect world ever be the same?

Snap Decision: Maybe Tonight? by Bridie Clark - Fiction


Enter an elite New Hampshire prep school, and define yourself by making your way amidst the various dramas, challenges, and temptations of this competitive, high stakes world, starting with the most exciting party of the year --- Midwinter’s Night Dream. In the frosty woods just off campus --- with your roommates and best friends Annabel Snow, Spider Harris, and Libby Monroe, choices unfold quickly as you’re faced with deciding which risks to take in pursuit of social status, adventure, success, and love.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas - Fantasy


Iolanthe Seabourne is the one prophesied for years to be the savior of the Realm. It is her duty and destiny to face and defeat the Bane, the most powerful tyrant and mage the world has ever known. This would be a suicide task for anyone, let alone a reluctant 16-year-old girl with no training.

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater - Fantasy/Romance

Gansey has always loved the tales of sleeping kings. He thinks he’s found one, or at least the area where one might be. And the best way to be there is to attend the prestigious Aglionby Academy for Boys. Blue is the daughter of the town psychic in Henrietta, Virginia, but doesn't believe in things like spirits or true love. Although her policy is to stay away from Aglionby boys, one in particular may be able to change her mind about magic, and maybe even love.

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith - Romance


When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O'Neill an email about his pet pig, the two 17-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Truth or Dare by Jacqueline Green - Girls Women


It all started on a whim: The game was a way for Tenley Reed to reclaim her popularity, a chance for perfect Caitlin "Angel" Thomas to prove she's more than her Harvard application. Loner Sydney Morgan wasn't even there; she was hiding behind her camera. But when all three start receiving mysterious dares after the party has ended, they're forced to play along --- or risk exposing their darkest secrets.

Unbreakable by Elizabeth Norris - Paranormal Romanctic Thriller


When Kennedy Waters finds her mother dead, her world begins to unravel. She doesn't know that paranormal forces in a much darker world are the ones pulling the strings. Suspense, romance, and the paranormal meet in this chilling urban fantasy, the first book in a new series from Kami Garcia, bestselling coauthor of the Beautiful Creatures novels.