At a recent event in New York City, we joined the Harlequin Teen team along with dozens of bloggers and the media to celebrate the publisher's upcoming young adult books releasing in 2013. We saw lots of friendly faces and got some great insider info on what's next for the publisher. Read on if you are ready to fill up your TBR pile and make sure to check out the end of the post where there is a chance to win the entire Iron Fey series by Harlequin Teen superstar Julie Kagawa!
Loriana Sacilotto, Harlequin Executive VP, addresses the crowd
The focus of the event was on the different books that will be releasing in the next few months from Harlequin Teen. If you love mythology, there are two series that came highly recommended. First up is the Goddess Test series by Aimee Carter, which was inspired by the Greek Persephone myth about a young woman abducted by Hades, god of the underworld. Carter's series, which includes the books The Goddess Test, Goddess Interrupted, The Goddess Inheritance and The Goddess Legacy, features Kate and her journey from average girl to a possible goddess as she fights for her independence and also her mother's life. A boxed set of the entire series will be available in September.
The party was abuzz with the news of the Paper Gods, a series influenced by Asian mythology. Debut author Amanda Sun's Ink doesn't release until the end of June, but this book immediately jumped to the top of everyone's 'wish list.' Inspired by Sun's years spent living in Japan, the series starter features the blond haired American girl, Katie, who is unprepared to join a world where the ancient gods of Japan are very much alive and influencing the world. Katie is equally taken by surprise by her attraction to fellow student Tomohiro, a handsome artist whose drawings (literally) come to life.
Fantasy and paranormal fans will already know that Harlequin Teen is the home of bestselling author Julie Kagawa. The author's Iron Fey series has been published in over 25 countries and has won several awards. And her newest series, Blood of Eden, is on its way to the big screen as the film rights for book 1, The Immortal Rules, has been purchased by Palomar Pictures. We are very ready to watch heroine Allison, a human turned vampire, as she seeks safety from the terrifying Rabids and a cure for her own illness. But before the movie comes out, we will be hunkering down to read book 2 in the series, The Eternity Cure, which releases in just a few days. So make sure to return to the RT site next week for our review and an exclusive feature from the author!
But Harlequin Teen books aren't all about the fantastical, the publisher is also releasing several YA novels that take a realistic look at the teen experience. The first is author Katie McGarry's next novel Dare To You. The story promises to be a gritty look at a misunderstood girl and the town's golden boy as they share a romance that leaves them both shaken. An RT Top Pick! rated novel, we couldn't recommend this book more!
Another powerful read for teens is September release Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott. The story is about a grief stricken teen whose mother is brain dead, yet she remains hooked up to machines. Emma is devastated and angry and can't connect to anyone except bad-boy Caleb. Will this relationship help her heal, or will Emma's prove to be overwhelming? Readers will find out this fall when Heartbeat releases.
GIVEAWAY ALERT: One lucky reader will win Julie Kagawa's entire Iron Fey series (5 books, plus a collection of short stories). To enter, leave a comment below telling us which Harlequin Teen novel you are most excited for. Or you can email your comment along with mailing address here with the subject line "Julie Kagawa's Iron Fey Giveaway". The winner will be announced April 24. U.S. addresses only please.
BLOG UPDATE: The winner is Jaime. Thanks to everyone who entered!