Alex London made waves earlier this year with Proxy, a futuristic thriller about kids who pay off their debt by serving the criminal sentences for wealthy children. Think a modern-day Whipping Boy. The sequel, Guardian, picks up where Proxy left off. “Syd has taken down the corrupt system of and left the world in various states of ruin. In the new world, Syd is the figurehead of the revolution and his bodyguard, Liam, will stop at nothing to save him. When people begin falling ill with a mysterious virus, Syd must travel back to his abandoned home to reverse the revolution he began.” Guardian doesn’t hit shelves until May 29, but we’ve got an exclusive look at the first three chapters today. Check it out after the jump. READ FULL STORY
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Things are looking a bit Grimm for Nick Burkhardt — though not on your TV screen. Instead, author John Shirley has written an original novel based on NBC’s hit fairy tale series series. In Grimm: The Icy Touch, Nick and Hank are left to investigate The Icy Touch, a criminal organization that’s threatening Wesen into joining their operation. The investigation quickly sparks a deadly rivalry.
We’ve got an exclusive excerpt from The Icy Touch, including two chapters in which Nick, Hank, Monroe, and Wesen find themselves in a fight or two. Check them out below:
Breaking and entering with Johnny Carson -- Exclusive excerpt from Henry Bushkin's biography on the late-night king
In Johnny Carson, the late-night legend’s lawyer Henry Bushkin writes of his decades with the comedian: Tonight Show secrets, partying in Vegas, and helping Carson break into his second wife’s apartment. Below, a complete excerpt from Bushkin’s upcoming book, out Oct 15, 2013.
Johnny Carson, his famously puckish face obscured
by sunglasses and disguised by distress, led a squad of men with downturned mouths and upturned collars through a rain-swept Manhattan evening. Carson strode purposefully, and his four followers hurried behind, dodging taxis and jumping puddles to keep pace. Their destination: a modest high-rise in the East Forties near First Avenue. Their mission: a dubious if not downright illegal cloak-and-dagger caper to enter an apartment to which they had no title, let alone keys. Their identities: Joe Mullen, a licensed New York private eye, straight out of Mickey Spillane,
serious and capable; Mario Irizarry, his tall, gaunt aide-de-camp, adept at lock-picking and conversational as a clam; and Arthur Kassel, a security expert/crime photographer/police groupie.
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“Bionic ballerina breaks baddies’ faces, takes names.” That’s how author Amelia Kahaney describes her YA novel, The Brokenhearted, and it’s a pretty accurate description. Here, we’ve got an exclusive chapter excerpt from The Brokenhearted (out Oct. 8), and then read on for our chat with Kahaney about creating a bad-ass female vigilante and her inspiration for the novel. READ FULL STORY
Just as the Divergent movie series is gearing up, the book series that started it all is coming to a close. No other YA series has whipped up such a fan frenzy since The Hunger Games, and Allegiant by Veronica Roth brings Tris and Four’s adventure to an end on Oct. 22. EW has the very first worldwide exclusive sneak peek inside the third and final book in the series. Warning: The excerpt is maddeningly short — just enough to drive you Initiates crazy with anticipation. READ FULL STORY
The Impossible Knife of Memory, Laurie Halse Anderson’s latest YA novel, debuts Jan. 7, 2014. The book “centers around high school senior Hayley whose single father, Andy, struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. The two never live in one town long enough for those memories to catch up with him, until now. When Hayley and Andy finally stop running, Andy learns that a soldier’s battle is never really over.” Does The Impossible Knife of Memory pique your interest? You don’t have to wait until 2014 to get started. Check out the first six chapters after the jump. READ FULL STORY
Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi didn’t become a wise old wizard overnight. Yet, his transformation from Jedi leader (who looks like Ewan McGregor) to Luke Skywalker’s mentor (who looks like Sir Alec Guinness) is one that still remains a mystery in the vast Star Wars Expanded Universe — until now. Star Wars: Kenobi by John Jackson Miller is a new Star Wars book starring the ultimate non-parental father figure, Kenobi. Told from Obi-Wan/Ben’s perspective, the tale showcases Kenobi as he settles into life as a distant protector of Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader’s son Luke on the desert planet Tatooine.
But life on the remote planet is not a restful one — nearby Tusken Raiders led by a ruthless chief and the ever-present threat of the newly created Galactic Empire complicate Kenobi’s mission to keep an eye out for young Skywalker and his family. (In true Star Wars fashion — I have a bad feeling about this.)
James Arnold Taylor dons the same voice he uses to portray Kenobi on the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars in this exclusive audio excerpt as Kenobi attempts to reach out to the spirit of his former master and mentor, Qui-Gon Jinn. Star Wars: Kenobi will be available Tuesday, Aug. 27.
In his first solo graphic novel since the National Book Award finalist American Born Chinese, writer and artist Gene Luen Yang takes on the often overlooked Boxer Rebellion and transforms history and legend to the page in the dual volume graphic novel, Boxers & Saints.
The two-book parallel narratives depict the late 19th century-early 20th century uprising in China through the eyes of two young characters, Little Bao and Four Girl/Vibiana. The first, Boxers, follows the journey of Little Bao, who leads a violent rebellion against the “foreign devils.” The second, Saints, tells the tale of Four Girl as she embraces the foreign religion Christianity as it offers her a sense of identity and self-acceptance.
Read on for an exclusive excerpt of the first book, Boxers, as Little Bao learns the “ritual” from Master Big Belly in order to invoke the power of the gods — in a style reminiscent of the power of Grayskull.
Attention, musical theater lovers! Doon, a YA novel loosely based on the premise of the musical Brigadoon, hits shelves Aug. 20. The first in a four-book series by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, Doon follows best friends Veronica and Mackenna as they spend their summer vacation in Scotland. But things take a turn for the fairy tale when the girls find themselves in the mysterious land of Doon. Read on for an exclusive excerpt from Doon and a chat with co-authors Corp and Langdon. READ FULL STORY
The 100, the first book in a new YA series by author Kass Morgan, hits shelves on Sept. 3. If the name sounds familiar, you’ve likely heard of The CW’s adaptation starring Eliza Taylor, Paige Turco, and Thomas McDonell. But before The 100 hits the small screen in 2014, check out the story that inspired it all.
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