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Hey there book nerds,

We three here at Booked All Night have read a great many books over the past 300+ days. With everything that has happened this year and the seasonal change, it’s time for us to read for fun and not for content.

We’ll be hibernating for a little but we do have things planned for you in the meantime.

Make sure to check out 25 Days of BookRecs, our annual posting of 4 and 5-star book reviews which we posted over the year. It’s a great way of getting ideas for the gift-giving season as well as for building up your TBR.

Also, check out our podcast and make sure to subscribe to the mailing list. We’ll be posting the games we’ve played with our author guests and we want you on that mailing list so you know about who’s coming to visit so that you can add your questions to our interviews!

Choose Your Own Scare: A Night in Werewolf Woods Booked All Night

Reader beware–you choose the scare! GIVE YOURSELF GOOSEBUMPS! Get out your bathing suit! You and your family are off on a summer vacation to a place called WoodsWorld. You can't wait to mess around down at the lake. Then at the Kids only Campfire, you hear the rumor about WoodsWorld. Legend has it, werewolves roam the woods at night. But you're not scared. You're ready for adventure. Will you explore the deepest, darkest part of the woods? Brave the Tunnel of Waves, home of the terrifying lake monster? Or battle an army of red fire ants? The choice is yours in this scary GOOSEBUMPS adventure that's packed with over 20 super-spooky endings! Booked All Night: Twitter . Facebook . Instagram . Tumblr ⭐ Sign Up for the Newsletter ⭐ Visit Our TeeSpring ⭐ Visit BookedAllNight.blog ⭐ Follow Jess: Twitter . Facebook  ⭐  Follow Maggie: Twitter  ⭐  Follow Dan: Twitter  — Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/bookedallnight/message Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/bookedallnight/support
  1. Choose Your Own Scare: A Night in Werewolf Woods
  2. An Interview with Cady Hammer
  3. An Interview with Somaiya Daud
  4. The Henna Wars
  5. An Interview with Kit Frick

We want to thank you for supporting us and encourage you to share your favorite posts and podcast episodes because it helps us grow and shows us that you care.

We’ll be back next year, but for now, it’s time for a well deserved nap.

Happy Reading,
Jess, Maggie, & Dan

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S4 E18: Choose Your Own Scare

Choose Your Own Scare: A Night in Werewolf Woods Booked All Night

Reader beware–you choose the scare! GIVE YOURSELF GOOSEBUMPS! Get out your bathing suit! You and your family are off on a summer vacation to a place called WoodsWorld. You can’t wait to mess around down at the lake. Then at the Kids only Campfire, you hear the rumor about WoodsWorld. Legend has it, werewolves roam the woods at night. But you’re not scared. You’re ready for adventure. Will you explore the deepest, darkest part of the woods? Brave the Tunnel of Waves, home of the terrifying lake monster? Or battle an army of red fire ants? The choice is yours in this scary GOOSEBUMPS adventure that’s packed with over 20 super-spooky endings!

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7 $10 Audiobooks for October

Did you know that Libro.fm supports your local indie bookstore AND has a YA book club? And each month those audiobooks are on sale for $10 or less! Join the club, it’s free.

What could be better than affordable audiobooks and supporting your local bookstore?

PURCHASES MUST BE MADE BEFORE MIDNIGHT OCTOBER 31, 2020

Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch (Book 1)

Warning: Not to be listened to after dark

Capturing witches, Binding boggarts, Driving away ghosts

For years, Old Gregory has been the Spook for the county, ridding the local villages of evil. Now his time is coming to an end. But who will take over for him? Twenty-nine apprentices have tried — some floundered, some fled, some failed to stay alive.

Only Thomas Ward is left. He’s the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook’s warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county … ?

Performed by Christopher Evan Welch

Asylum: Book #1

#40 in Bestselling Horror Audiobooks

Madeleine Roux’s New York Times bestselling Asylum is a thrilling and creepy photo-illustrated novel that Publishers Weekly called “a strong YA debut that reveals the enduring impact of buried trauma on a place.”

Featuring found photographs from real asylums and filled with chilling mystery and page-turning suspense, Asylum is a horror story that treads the line between genius and insanity, perfect for fans of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

For sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, the New Hampshire College Prep program is the chance of a lifetime. Except that when Dan arrives, he finds that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline Dorm—formerly a psychiatric hospital. As Dan and his new friends Abby and Jordan start exploring Brookline’s twisty halls and hidden basement, they uncover disturbing secrets about what really went on here . . . secrets that link Dan and his friends to the asylum’s dark past. Because Brookline was no ordinary mental hospital, and there are some secrets that refuse to stay buried.

Don’t miss Madeleine Roux’s all-new shivery fantasy series, House of Furies.

The Bird and the Blade

A sweeping and tragic debut novel perfect for fans of The Wrath and the Dawn and Megan Whalen Turner.

The Bird and the Blade is a lush, powerful story of life and death, battles and riddles, lies and secrets from author Megan Bannen.

Enslaved in Kipchak Khanate, Jinghua has lost everything: her home, her family, her freedom . . . until the kingdom is conquered by enemy forces and she finds herself an unlikely conspirator in the escape of Prince Khalaf and his irascible father across the vast Mongol Empire.

On the run, with adversaries on all sides and an endless journey ahead, Jinghua hatches a scheme to use the Kipchaks’ exile to return home, a plan that becomes increasingly fraught as her feelings for Khalaf evolve into an impossible love.

Jinghua’s already dicey prospects take a downward turn when Khalaf seeks to restore his kingdom by forging a marriage alliance with Turandokht, the daughter of the Great Khan. As beautiful as she is cunning, Turandokht requires all potential suitors to solve three impossible riddles to win her hand—and if they fail, they die.

Jinghua has kept her own counsel well, but with Khalaf’s kingdom—and his very life—on the line, she must reconcile the hard truth of her past with her love for a boy who has no idea what she’s capable of . . . even if it means losing him to the girl who’d sooner take his life than his heart.

When We Caught Fire

From the New York Times bestselling author of the Luxe series comes a lush, romantic novel about the love triangle that started Chicago’s infamous Great Fire.

It’s 1871, and Emmeline Carter is poised to take Chicago’s high society by storm. Between her father’s sudden rise to wealth and her recent engagement to Chicago’s most eligible bachelor, Emmeline has it all. But she can’t stop thinking about the life she left behind, including her childhood sweetheart, Anders Magnuson.

Fiona Byrne, Emmeline’s childhood best friend, is delighted by her friend’s sudden rise to prominence, especially since it means Fiona is free to pursue Anders herself. But when Emmeline risks everything for one final fling with Anders, Fiona feels completely betrayed.

As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze.

Sweeping, soapy, and romantic, this is a story about an epic love triangle—one that will literally set the city ablaze and change the lives of three childhood friends forever.

The Monstrumologist: Book #1

Award-winning author Rick Yancey has captivated young adult readers with his popular Alfred Kropp novels, the first of which was named a Best Book for Children by Publishers Weekly and was a finalist for the Carnegie Medal. Now Yancey begins a gripping new series with The Monstrumologist. Dr. Warthrop is a scientist who tracks and studies real-life monsters. Assisted by his 12-year-old apprentice Will Henry, Dr. Warthrop discovers a pod of Anthropophagi and launches a hunt to destroy the foul beasts.

The Dark Days Club

The Lady Helen Trilogy: Book #1

#25 in Bestselling Children’s Audiobooks

London, April 1812. Eighteen-year-old Lady Helen Wrexhall is on the eve of her debut presentation to the Queen. Her life should be about gowns and dancing, and securing a suitable marriage. Instead, when one of her family’s housemaids goes missing, Lady Helen is drawn to the shadows of Regency London.

There, she finds William, the Earl of Carlston. He has noticed the disappearance, too, and is one of the few who can stop the perpetrators: a cabal of powerful demons that has infiltrated every level of society. But Lady Helen’s curiosity is the last thing Carlston wants—especially when he sees the searching intelligence behind her fluttering fan. Should Helen trust a man whose reputation is almost as black as his lingering eyes? And will her headstrong sense of justice lead them both into a death trap?

In The Dark Days Club, internationally bestselling author Alison Goodman introduces readers to a heroine who is just as remarkable as Eona—and yet again reinvents an established literary genre, making it her own.

Elysium Girls

#8 in Bestselling Apocalyptic and Dystopian Audiobooks

From a lush, dazzlingly original new voice in YA fantasy comes an epic clash of witches, gods, and demons as the fate of humanity hangs in the balance.

Elysium, Oklahoma, is a town like any other. Respectable. God-fearing. Praying for an end to the Dust Bowl—until the day the Dust Soldiers arrive—until the people of Elysium learn it’s all a lie. You see, there isn’t only one god. There are two sisters: Life and Death. And the Sisters like to gamble against each other with things like time and space and human lives.

Elysium is to become the play board in a ruthless game between the goddesses. The Dust Soldiers will return in ten years’ time, and if the people of Elysium have not proved themselves worthy, all will be slain.

Nearly ten years later, seventeen-year-old Sal Wilkerson is called upon to lead Elysium as it prepares for the end of the game. But then an outsider named Asa arrives at Elysium’s gates with nothing more than a sharp smile and a bag of magic tricks, and the frightened townspeople flock to this side. Sal tries to prove herself the best witch to lead Elysium, only to trigger a terrible accident that gets both her and Asa exiled into the brutal Desert of Dust and Steel.

There Sal and Asa stumble upon a gang of girls headed by another exile—a young witch everyone in Elysium believes to be dead. As the apocalypse looms, seven girls and one demon will use their gifts to create a cavalry of magic-powered scrap-metal horses to ride to Elysium’s aid. But they must do more than simply tip the scales in Elysium’s favor. Only by reinventing the rules can they beat Life and Death at their own game.

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8 Low Key Bookish DIY Halloween Costumes

So, like, are we allowed to go out for Halloween? Probably not. Some people online have joked about driving their kids around while people throw candy into their cars, and you know what? Whatever gets me my candy. But let’s not put too much effort in this year, I know you’d hate to put in all the time and money that Halloween truly deserves just to find out that you aren’t going anywhere. So, let’s be lazy and still celebrate the candiest of holidays.

Charlotte’s Web

White shirt, black paint. One very big spider web.

You can use some iron-on paper to simply print out the design or do it all in puffy paint. Whichever fits your budget. Add a spider headband or ring to complete the look!

50. Shades. of. Gray.

Because you can, that’s why.

Head on down to the hardware store and find your favorite shades… of gray. Then glue them onto a black shirt to make sure they really pop.

Thing 1 & Thing 2

Have a friend?

Grab a red shirt each and a few bottles of puffy paint, then trace the logo onto your shirts.

Try it with a hat or a hoodie!

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

The tastiest costume

A pair of mouse ears, some denim overalls, and a bunch of cookies in your pocket.

Shadowhunter

Cover yourself in angelic power

If art isn’t your forte, you may want to make a few stencils of your favorite runes. Instead of a sharpie, use eyeliner (liquid for a nice crisp line). That way you can wash the costume off (I know, you don’t want to. Sorry). Then either have a friend help you or do it all yourself and get those runes all over you. No stele required.

Twilight-esque Vampire

….if you want… I guess…

Super easy! Head on over to your local Hot Topic and pick up some vampire teeth and body glitter. Be as sparkly as you want, you undead teenager you.

The Man in the Yellow Hat

And curious George, of course.

A yellow hat, a yellow shirt, a clean pair of khakis, and a nice pair of boots.

Plus, an adorable monkey plushie.

Ishmael

Call me too lazy to do much else.

Hello, my name is Ishmael, and I wrote it on this name tag.

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EXCERPT #4: Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Cycle, the Shiver trilogy, and other novels for young people and adults. She is also an artist, an auto enthusiast, and a bagpiper. She lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, her two children, and an assortment of fainting goats. Find her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

About Morgan Beem

Morgan Beem is a freelance artist and member of the Jam House collective located in Denver, Colorado. Her work is predominantly in comics and illustration. She has worked on such properties as Adventure Time, Planet of the Apes, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is the co-creator, alongside writers Justin Jordan and Nikki Ryan, of the series The Family Trade from Image Comics.

About DC’s YA Graphic Novels

DC’s young adult graphic novels introduce DC’s most iconic Super Heroes to a new generation of fans with stories told by some of the most successful authors from the young adult publishing space. The YA titles are standalone stories, not part of DC’s ongoing continuity, and completely accessible to new readers who have no previous knowledge of DC characters. 

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S4 E17: An Interview with Cady Hammer

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Cady Hammer stopped by to talk about her debut book Chasing Fae. As well as how she wrote it IN HER FIRST SEMESTER OF COLLEGE!

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You might have noticed we get a hefty amount of book previews here at Booked All Night (most recently one for Maggie Steifvater’s Swamp Thing: Thing Branches). And if you were on our mailing list, you’d already have all of the previews.

As it says at the bottom of our posts, you’ll always get a monthly ICYMI e-mail, with a collection of all our posts from the last 30 days. We ran a few subscriber only giveaways this year and because you weren’t on our list you didn’t even see them! And the giveaways that you did see, well, our subscribers got to build up entries a week before you, which totally increased their chances of free books!

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EXCERPT #3: Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Cycle, the Shiver trilogy, and other novels for young people and adults. She is also an artist, an auto enthusiast, and a bagpiper. She lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, her two children, and an assortment of fainting goats. Find her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

About Morgan Beem

Morgan Beem is a freelance artist and member of the Jam House collective located in Denver, Colorado. Her work is predominantly in comics and illustration. She has worked on such properties as Adventure Time, Planet of the Apes, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is the co-creator, alongside writers Justin Jordan and Nikki Ryan, of the series The Family Trade from Image Comics.

About DC’s YA Graphic Novels

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13 Upcoming October YA Titles

October is usually the spoOoOoOoOoOoOkiest month of the year, but let’s be honest…this whole year has been damn spooky. That being said, here are 13 October titles that will hopefully make the tenth month of this year a great one.

1The Forest of Ghost and Bones
by Lisa Lueddecke
October 1

2Blazewrath GamesBlazewrath Games
by Amparo Ortiz
October 6
3Dreamwalkers
by Leslie Rush
October 6
4I Hope You're ListeningI Hope You’re Listening
by Tom Ryan
October 6
5One Way or AnotherOne Way or Another
by Kara McDowell
October 6
6Over the Woodward WallOver the Woodward Wall
by A. Deborah Baker
October 6
7We Were Restless ThingsWe Were Restless Things
by Cole Nagamatsu
October 6
8Above All ElseAbove All Else
by Dana Allison Levy
October 13
9This Is All Your FaultThis Is All Your Fault
by Aminah Mae Safi
October 13
10You Know I'm No GoodYou Know I’m No Good
by Jessie Ann Foley
October 13
11The Deep Blue BetweenThe Deep Blue Between
by Ayesha Harruna Attah
October 15
12Among the Beasts & BriarsAmong The Beasts & Briars
by Ashley Poston
October 20
13Magic Dark and StrangeMagic Dark and Strange
by Kelly Powell
October 27
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EXCERPT #2: Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Cycle, the Shiver trilogy, and other novels for young people and adults. She is also an artist, an auto enthusiast, and a bagpiper. She lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, her two children, and an assortment of fainting goats. Find her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

About Morgan Beem

Morgan Beem is a freelance artist and member of the Jam House collective located in Denver, Colorado. Her work is predominantly in comics and illustration. She has worked on such properties as Adventure Time, Planet of the Apes, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is the co-creator, alongside writers Justin Jordan and Nikki Ryan, of the series The Family Trade from Image Comics.

About DC’s YA Graphic Novels

DC’s young adult graphic novels introduce DC’s most iconic Super Heroes to a new generation of fans with stories told by some of the most successful authors from the young adult publishing space. The YA titles are standalone stories, not part of DC’s ongoing continuity, and completely accessible to new readers who have no previous knowledge of DC characters. 

DC Comics sent Booked All Night a free copy of Swamp Thing: Twin Branches to review.

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The Best Posts Booklr Has To Offer

Did I make a Tumblr for Booked All Night? Did I do it knowing it would be a total time suck? You bet your final chapter I did. But hey, we still can’t go out to too many places or be around too many people (not that I want to be around too many people) and I needed something to do. Which only means that I got to find and curate this amazing list of awesome booklr posts!

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EXCERPT #1: Swamp Thing: Twin Branches

About Maggie Stiefvater

Maggie Stiefvater is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Raven Cycle, the Shiver trilogy, and other novels for young people and adults. She is also an artist, an auto enthusiast, and a bagpiper. She lives on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley with her husband, her two children, and an assortment of fainting goats. Find her online at www.maggiestiefvater.com.

About Morgan Beem

Morgan Beem is a freelance artist and member of the Jam House collective located in Denver, Colorado. Her work is predominantly in comics and illustration. She has worked on such properties as Adventure Time, Planet of the Apes, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer and is the co-creator, alongside writers Justin Jordan and Nikki Ryan, of the series The Family Trade from Image Comics.

About DC’s YA Graphic Novels

DC’s young adult graphic novels introduce DC’s most iconic Super Heroes to a new generation of fans with stories told by some of the most successful authors from the young adult publishing space. The YA titles are standalone stories, not part of DC’s ongoing continuity, and completely accessible to new readers who have no previous knowledge of DC characters. 

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Ever Cursed

Damsel meets A Heart in a Body in the World in this incisive and lyrical feminist fairy tale about a princess determined to save her sisters from a curse, even if it means allying herself with the very witch who cast it.

The Princesses of Ever are beloved by the kingdom and their father, the King. They are cherished, admired.

Cursed.

Jane, Alice, Nora, Grace, and Eden carry the burden of being punished for a crime they did not commit, or even know about. They are each cursed to be Without one essential thing—the ability to eat, sleep, love, remember, or hope. And their mother, the Queen, is imprisoned, frozen in time in an unbreakable glass box.

But when Eden’s curse sets in on her thirteenth birthday, the princesses are given the opportunity to break the curse, preventing it from becoming a True Spell and dooming the princesses for life. To do this, they must confront the one who cast the spell—Reagan, a young witch who might not be the villain they thought—as well as the wickedness plaguing their own kingdom…and family.

Told through the eyes of Reagan and Jane—the witch and the bewitched—this insightful twist of a fairy tale explores power in a patriarchal kingdom not unlike our own.

Ever Cursed, Corey Ann Haydu
July 28, 2020
Goodreads

There’s a lot of things about Ever Cursed that I should have loved. Princesses and witches, weird magical curses, a feminist fairy tale about the bewitched and the bewitcher. But honestly? It never felt right.

Ever Cursed is about the Princesses of a kingdom called Ever. A young witch casts a spell on the princesses to make them go without something; food, love, sleep, memories, or hope. After five years of this misery, the witch returns and gives them a way to break their curse in just a few short days. I hoped this would be a thrilling adventure of girls banding together in a kingdom they’ve never seen, but it was a slow paced, wrong-voiced read.

The way Ever Cursed is written, you’d think it was a middle grade story. It reminded me a lot of Wizards of Once and Dark Lord Clementine. And usually, that would be a good thing. But Ever Cursed is meant to be a YA; and a dark one at that. There’s sexual abuse, manipulation, gaslighting, sexism, and more hinted at through the early parts of the book. So when a character said “f*ck” for the first time, I was really thrown off because I just thought this whole time, I was reading a middle grade. The voice just never clicked for me.

The writing also circled around itself several times. Chapters, one after another, would repeat information we’d already gotten twice before and it felt slow. Like a whole lot of nothing going on. I appreciate the trigger warning we got right at the beginning, but it still didn’t really prepare me for all the abuse we underwent. It made me feel hopeless as a reader because I didn’t see a way things could improve with all the terrible things going on.

Ever Cursed also dragged on quite a bit, despite being a fast read. I got a quarter of the way through the book in one stretch of before-bed-time-reading. The prose itself read quickly, but the story dragged its feet. It was enough to keep me interested to finish, but I didn’t like doing it. The whole time I was reading, I just wanted to get to the next book on my TBR.

The cover is simply stunning, and I’m sure there are plenty of people who would fall head over heels for Ever Cursed, but unfortunately, I’m not one of them. The narrative style felt wrong for this book; too whimsical to counteract the dark themes. I’m sure it could have worked with a more careful hand, but to me, it didn’t.

My Rating:

Rating: 2 out of 5.

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Shielded

For fans of Sorcery of Thorns and Furyborn comes a thrilling new fantasy about a kingdom ravaged by war, and the princess who might be the key to saving not only those closest to her, but the kingdom itself, if she reveals the very secret that could destroy her.

The kingdom of Hálendi is in trouble. It’s losing the war at its borders, and rumors of a new, deadlier threat on the horizon have surfaced. Princess Jennesara knows her skills on the battlefield would make her an asset and wants to help, but her father has other plans.

As the second-born heir to the throne, Jenna lacks the firstborn’s–her brother’s–magical abilities, so the king promises her hand in marriage to the prince of neighboring Turia in exchange for resources Hálendi needs. Jenna must leave behind everything she has ever known if she is to give her people a chance at peace.

Only, on the journey to reach her betrothed and new home, the royal caravan is ambushed, and Jenna realizes the rumors were wrong–the new threat is worse than anyone imagined. Now Jenna must decide if revealing a dangerous secret is worth the cost before it’s too late–for her and for her entire kingdom.

Shielded, Kaylynn Flanders
July 21st, 2020
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I was immediately drawn to this cover. Look at her. She’s pretty and she’s badass looking. How could my little queer heart not want to have this book in my hands?

Princess Jenna has secret magic, a conundrum, and the will to fix it. Unfortunately, I never got far enough to finish the book. I barely started it.

I wasn’t drawn in. I didn’t feel connected to any character, and I was listless in the setting. I had no reason to care about Jenna’s brother being sent off to fight on the front lines, no reason to care why she had to hide her magic or why the court laughed at her. There was nothing to guide me towards caring about the book.

Despite it having ticked off a lot of my loves about any YA book, it just wasn’t worth forging ahead to finish it. Shielded is a DNF from me.

My Rating:
DNF

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Furia Cover Reveal

An #ownvoices contemporary YA set in Argentina, about a rising soccer star who must put everything on the line—even her blooming love story—to follow her dreams.

In Rosario, Argentina, Camila Hassan lives a double life.

At home, she is a careful daughter, living within her mother’s narrow expectations, in her rising-soccer-star brother’s shadow, and under the abusive rule of her short-tempered father.

On the field, she is La Furia, a powerhouse of skill and talent. When her team qualifies for the South American tournament, Camila gets the chance to see just how far those talents can take her. In her wildest dreams, she’d get an athletic scholarship to a North American university.

But the path ahead isn’t easy. Her parents don’t know about her passion. They wouldn’t allow a girl to play fútbol—and she needs their permission to go any farther. And the boy she once loved is back in town. Since he left, Diego has become an international star, playing in Italy for the renowned team Juventus. Camila doesn’t have time to be distracted by her feelings for him. Things aren’t the same as when he left: she has her own passions and ambitions now, and La Furia cannot be denied. As her life becomes more complicated, Camila is forced to face her secrets and make her way in a world with no place for the dreams and ambition of a girl like her.

Furia, Yamile Saied Mendez

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“In this stirring novel by Argentine American author Méndez, passion for sports and personal growth intersect in Camila’s powerful, feminist first-person narrative about her experiences as an ambitious athlete, a teenager deeply in love, the daughter of an abusive father at the point of taking charge of her own life, and a young woman finding her voice in a deeply sexist, patriarchal society… A riveting coming-of-age story.”

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