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Third Daughter (The Dharian Affairs #1)
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Debt Collector Season One
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YOUNG ADULT SCIENCE FICTION
Open Minds (Book One of the Mindjack Trilogy)
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Susan Kaye Quinn grew up in California, where she wrote snippets of stories and passed them to her friends during class. Her teachers pretended not to notice and only confiscated her stories a couple times.

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The Struggle of Art
"When does it start to get easier?" the newbie author asks me.
"Never. It will always be hard," I say.

I feel like the Harsh Mistress of Author Truths in that moment. But it's better to slay that expectation in the crib than let it grow into a monster that will cripple that new author.

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“It was after lunch, and no one had died yet, so I took that as a good sign.”
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“You must have been some kind of raging elephant, because it took three darts for them to take you down.”
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“Block D was at the farthest corner of the camp from Block C. Whoever had laid out the Camp of the Flies had no respect for alphabetical order.”
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Please help us vote for the November Young Adult Book of the Month. This one may need to have a second poll with the top four votes. We'll see if there are any runaways in this poll.

Seraphina (Seraphina, #1) by Rachel Hartman
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Synopsis:
Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.

Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.

In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.
 
  12 votes 17.1%

Days of Blood and Starlight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone, #2) by Laini Taylor
Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

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Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love and dared to imagine a new way of living – one without massacres and torn throats and bonfires of the fallen, without revenants or bastard armies or children ripped from their mothers’ arms to take their turn in the killing and dying.

Once, the lovers lay entwined in the moon’s secret temple and dreamed of a world that was a like a jewel-box without a jewel – a paradise waiting for them to find it and fill it with their happiness.

This was not that world.

In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Karou must come to terms with who and what she is, and how far she’ll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, mysteries and secrets, new characters and old favorites, Days of Blood and Starlight brings the richness, color and intensity of the first book to a brand new canvas.
 
  10 votes 14.3%

Starling (Starling, #1) by Lesley Livingston
Starling by Lesley Livingston

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Mason Starling is a champion fencer on the Gosforth Academy team, but she's never had to fight for her life. Not until the night a ferocious, otherworldly storm rips through Manhattan, trapping Mason and her teammates inside the school. Mason is besieged by nightmarish creatures more terrifying than the thunder and lightning as the raging tempest also brings a dangerous stranger into her life: a young man who remembers nothing but his name--the Fennrys Wolf. His arrival tears Mason's world apart, even as she feels an undeniable connection to him. Together, they seek to unravel the secrets of Fenn's identity as strange and supernatural forces gather around them. When they discover Mason's family--with its dark allegiance to ancient Norse gods--is at the heart of the mystery, Fennrys and Mason are suddenly faced with a terrifying future.

Set against the gritty, shadowed back-drop of New York City, this first novel in award-winning author Lesley Livingston's epic Starling Saga is an intoxicating blend of sweeping romance and pulse-pounding action.
 
  9 votes 12.9%

Shine by Lauren Myracle
Shine by
Lauren Myracle

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When her best guy friend falls victim to a vicious hate crime, sixteen-year-old Cat sets out to discover who in her small town did it. Richly atmospheric, this daring mystery mines the secrets of a tightly knit Southern community and examines the strength ofwill it takes to go against everyone you know in the name of justice.

Against a backdrop of poverty, clannishness, drugs, and intolerance, Myracle has crafted a harrowing coming-of-age tale couched in deeply intelligent mystery. Smart, fearless, and compassionate, this is an unforgettable work from a belovef author.
 
  8 votes 11.4%

Delirium (Delirium, #1) by Lauren Oliver
Delirium by Lauren Oliver

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Before scientists found the cure, people thought love was a good thing. They didn’t understand that once love -- the deliria -- blooms in your blood, there is no escaping its hold. Things are different now. Scientists are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Holoway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable: She falls in love.
 
  7 votes 10.0%

The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna
The Lost Girl by Sangu Mandanna

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Eva’s life is not her own. She is a creation, an abomination—an echo. Made by the Weavers as a copy of someone else, she is expected to replace a girl named Amarra, her “other”, if she ever died. Eva studies what Amarra does, what she eats, what it’s like to kiss her boyfriend, Ray. So when Amarra is killed in a car crash, Eva should be ready.

But fifteen years of studying never prepared her for this.

Now she must abandon everything she’s ever known—the guardians who raised her, the boy she’s forbidden to love—to move to India and convince the world that Amarra is still alive.

What Eva finds is a grief-stricken family; parents unsure how to handle this echo they thought they wanted; and Ray, who knew every detail, every contour of Amarra. And when Eva is unexpectedly dealt a fatal blow that will change her existence forever, she is forced to choose: Stay and live out her years as a copy or leave and risk it all for the freedom to be an original. To be Eva.

From debut novelist Sangu Mandanna comes the dazzling story of a girl who was always told what she had to be—until she found the strength to decide for herself
 
  7 votes 10.0%

Every Day by David Levithan
Every Day by David Levithan

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Every morning, A wakes in a different person’s body, a different person’s life. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

With his new novel, David Levithan has pushed himself to new creative heights. He has written a captivating story that will fascinate readers as they begin to comprehend the complexities of life and love in A’s world, as A and Rhiannon seek to discover if you can truly love someone who is destined to change every day.
 
  7 votes 10.0%

Dark Kiss (Nightwatchers, #1) by Michelle Rowen
Dark Kiss by Michelle Rowen

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I don't do dangerious, Smart, ü ber-careful, ordinary Samantha-that's me. But I just couldn't pass up a surprise kiss from my number-one unattainable crush. A kiss that did something to me...something strange. Now I feel hungry all the time, but not for food. It's like part of me is missing-and I don't know if I can get it back.

Then there's Bishop. At first I thought he was just a street kid, but the secrets he's keeping are as intense as his unearthly blue eyes. If he's what I think he is, he may be the only one who can help me. But something terrifying is closing in, and the one chance Bishop and I have to stop it means losing everything I ever wanted and embracing the darkness inside me....

NIGHTWATCHERS

When angels and demons must work together, something beyond evil is rising...
 
  3 votes 4.3%

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1) by Veronica Rossi
Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

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WORLDS KEPT THEM APART.

DESTINY BROUGHT THEM TOGETHER.

Aria has lived her whole life in the protected dome of Reverie. Her entire world confined to its spaces, she's never thought to dream of what lies beyond its doors. So when her mother goes missing, Aria knows her chances of surviving in the outer wasteland long enough to find her are slim.

Then Aria meets an outsider named Perry. He's searching for someone too. He's also wild - a savage - but might be her best hope at staying alive.

If they can survive, they are each other's best hope for finding answers.
 
  3 votes 4.3%

Open Minds (Mindjack Trilogy, #1) by Susan Kaye Quinn
Open Minds by Susan Kaye Quinn

Synopsis:
When everyone reads minds, a secret is a dangerous thing to keep.

Sixteen-year-old Kira Moore is a zero, someone who can’t read thoughts or be read by others. Zeros are outcasts who can’t be trusted, leaving her no chance with Raf, a regular mindreader and the best friend she secretly loves. When she accidentally controls Raf’s mind and nearly kills him, Kira tries to hide her frightening new ability from her family and an increasingly suspicious Raf. But lies tangle around her, and she’s dragged deep into a hidden world of mindjackers, where having to mind control everyone she loves is just the beginning of the deadly choices before her.

See the Mindjack Trilogy website (mindjacktrilogy.com) for more information.
 
  2 votes 2.9%

Black Swan Green by David Mitchell
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell

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From the author of Cloud Atlas, now a major motion picture starring Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Susan Sarandon, and Hugh Grant, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer

From award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new.

Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England, 1982. But the thirteen chapters, each a short story in its own right, create an exquisitely observed world that is anything but sleepy. A world of Kissingeresque realpolitik enacted in boys’ games on a frozen lake; of “nightcreeping” through the summer backyards of strangers; of the tabloid-fueled thrills of the Falklands War and its human toll; of the cruel, luscious Dawn Madden and her power-hungry boyfriend, Ross Wilcox; of a certain Madame Eva van Outryve de Crommelynck, an elderly bohemian emigré who is both more and less than she appears; of Jason’s search to replace his dead grandfather’s irreplaceable smashed watch before the crime is discovered; of first cigarettes, first kisses, first Duran Duran LPs, and first deaths; of Margaret Thatcher’s recession; of Gypsies camping in the woods and the hysteria they inspire; and, even closer to home, of a slow-motion divorce in four seasons.

Pointed, funny, profound, left-field, elegiac, and painted with the stuff of life, Black Swan Green is David Mitchell’s subtlest and most effective achievement to date.
 
  1 vote 1.4%

All We Know of Heaven  A Novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard
All We Know of Heaven: A Novel by Jacquelyn Mitchard

Synopsis:
Bridget Flannery and Maureen O'Malley have been BFFs since forever. Then a brief moment of inattention on an icy road leaves one girl dead and the other in a coma, battered beyond recognition. Family and friends mourn one friend's loss and pray for the other's recovery. Then the doctors discover they have made a terrible mistake. The girl who lived is the one who everyone thought had died.

Based on a true case of mistaken identity, "All We Know of Heaven" is a universal story that no one can read unmoved: a drama of ordinary people caught up in an unimaginable tragedy and of the healing power of hope and love.
 
  1 vote 1.4%

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Susan Quinn Brooke (The Cover Contessa) wrote: "I see out there pimping your book! LOL! YOU GO GIRL!"

LOL! Yeah - I saw one of my trad-pub friends doing it (he tagged me!) and I thought I would try it. See if people mind or like it. So far, no complaints. :)


The Cover Contessa I see out there pimping your book! LOL! YOU GO GIRL!


Savannah Susan, thank you for the friendship.
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Susan Quinn Thanks for the add, Terra! I hope you enjoy Open Minds! :)


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Terra Thank you so much for the friendship! I was browsing the giveaways and saw your book, Open Minds. WOW! It's sounds amazing! I am adding it to my Christmas list! Happy Holidays, Susan!


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Susan Quinn Thanks Mira! I hope you enjoy the story! :)

Mira wrote: "Hello Susan !
I had a joyful time reading some reviews of your novel, and I'm looking forward to reading it ;) I think you chose a very appealing name. Have a nice day !"



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Mira Hello Susan !
I had a joyful time reading some reviews of your novel, and I'm looking forward to reading it ;) I think you chose a very appealing name. Have a nice day !


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Elcio Brito thanks for the add! have a wonderful weekend!!


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Susan Quinn Hey everyone! Please come vote for me!

I've entered a contest to win a critique for my YA novel OPEN MINDS, but I need VOTES to get in the top 10. Please click through and vote for OPEN MINDS!

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Susan Quinn Great! Thanks for letting me know! I hope you enjoy it. :)
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Emily♥ wrote: "Hey, i got your book in today! I will start reading it as soon as possible, so excited!! :) and thanks for the personalized message, that was really cool!
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Emily♥ Hey, i got your book in today! I will start reading it as soon as possible, so excited!! :) and thanks for the personalized message, that was really cool!
Have a great day!


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Susan Quinn Thanks for entering! I'm amazed at how many people enter the giveaways on Goodreads! It's very cool. :)


Montanamarynotmartha Hi Susan! I entered your giveaway. It's been fun seeing your book promoted on blogs and Goodreads!


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Susan Quinn Thanks so much! It's so exciting to see people starting to read it!! I'm thinking I'll start a discussion group as soon as enough people have worked their way through it...what do you think?

Amelia (Imagination in Focus) wrote: "Hey Susan!
Congratulations on your book's release!"



Amelia, the pragmatic idealist Hey Susan!
Congratulations on your book's release!


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Susan Quinn Always a pleasure to meet a fellow writer! Sounds like you write dystopians - what's your current writing project?


Bradley Thank you for adding me as a friend. =)

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