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Featured Reads: Week of 4/10

April 10, 2017
The Riveted Team
YA Fiction Is Our Addiction
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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!)

Find out more about this week’s reads:

Blackheartsby Nicole Castroman

In this stunningly creative debut, Nicole Castroman reimagines the origins of history’s most infamous pirate—Blackbeard—and tells the story of the girl who captured his heart and then broke it, setting him on a path to destruction.

FULL BOOK — READ IT NOW >

Blacksoulsby Nicole Castroman

Nicole Castroman brings the dangerous pirate ports of the Caribbean to life in this vibrant sequel to Blackhearts—the reimagined origin story of history’s most infamous pirate, Blackbeard.

EXTENDED EXCERPT — READ IT NOW >

Afterworldsby Scott Westerfeld

From the #1New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld comes a “masterful” (Cory Doctorow) novel-within-a-novel that you won’t be able to put down.

FULL BOOK — READ IT NOW >

Hitby Delilah S. Dawson

In order to save her mother, a teen is forced to become an indentured assassin in this sizzling “movie ready” (Kirkus Reviews) dystopian thriller.

FULL BOOK — READ IT NOW >

Alex, Approximatelyby Jenn Bennett

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

EXTENDED EXCERPT — READ IT NOW >

The Unexpected Everythingby Morgan Matson

From Morgan Matson, the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone comes a feel-good story of friendship, finding yourself, and all the joys in life that happen while you’re busy making other plans.

EXTENDED EXCERPT — READ IT NOW >

Essential Maps for the Lostby Deb Caletti

From beloved author and National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti comes a fresh and luminous novel about the grief that can tear us apart and the people who can make us whole again.

EXTENDED EXCERPT — READ IT NOW >

The Last Foreverby Deb Caletti

Beginnings and endings overlap in this “surprising story about love, loss, and putting down roots” (Booklist, starred review) from National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti.

FULL BOOK — READ IT NOW >

Zombies vs. Unicornsby Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier

It’s the epic battle of brains against manes. Which side are you on? This all-original anthology edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie) makes strong arguments for both sides in the form of spectacular short stories.

FULL BOOK — READ IT NOW >

Michael Veyby Richard Paul Evans

#1 New York Times bestselling author Richard Paul Evans introduces a character whose risk-filled exploration marks the beginning of a riveting new series. With only his powers, his wits, and his friends to protect him, Michael will need all his strength to survive….

FULL BOOK — READ IT NOW >

3 Responses to Featured Reads: Week of 4/10


  1. alyssayuri says:

    Oh wow! Finished this book and I loved it very much! Thank you very much riveted team for this featured read!

  2. terra says:

    This book was AMAZING!! I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. I must’ve looked ridiculous, smiling on the bus while I read it. Now I just wish there was more. I’m holding out for a sequel! If you like action with a hint of sappiness, you have to read this.

    • terra says:

      I was referring to Hit by Delilah S. Dawson. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman was also amazing, and way more sappy but the characters are so attractive in how they’re depicted they stick to you like glue. Read both!

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