Posted by | January 29, 2014 | 8 Comments

We’re thrilled to introduce our New Voices picks for Winter 2014! We absolutely loved these four debut novels, and we think you will, too. Be sure to click on the links below to read the first chapter of each title, and if you’re hungry for more, comment and we’ll send you a galley (while supplies last).

And now, without further ado . . .


SALVAGE, by Alexandra Duncan, is a sweeping, epic, literary science fiction story with a feminist twist. Teenaged Ava has lived aboard the male-dominated, conservative deep space merchant ship Parastrata her whole life. When a passionate mistake causes Ava’s people to turn against her, she faces banishment and death. Taking her fate into her own hands, she flees to the Gyre, a floating continent of garbage and scrap in the Pacific Ocean. Her struggle to survive outside the insular world of her childhood is harrowing, full of surprises, and constantly thrilling. You’ll be rooting for Ava all the way! Read the first chapter here!


Faking Normal

FAKING NORMAL, by Courtney C. Stevens, is a powerful, moving story about a teen girl struggling to forget a traumatic experience from her recent past. Alexi Littrell hasn’t told anyone what happened to her over the summer by her backyard pool. Instead, she hides in her closet, counts the slats in the air vent, and compulsively scratches the back of her neck, trying to make the outside hurt more than the inside does. When Bodee Lennox—”the Kool-Aid Kid”—moves in with the Littrells after a family tragedy, Alexi discovers an unlikely friend in this quiet, awkward boy who has secrets of his own. As their friendship grows, Alexi gives him the strength to deal with his past, and Bodee helps her summon the courage to find her voice and speak up. Read the first chapter here!


Cruel Beauty

CRUEL BEAUTY, by Rosamund Hodge, is a dazzling twist on the story of Beauty and the Beast. Betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom, Nyx has always known her fate was to marry him, kill him, and free her people from his tyranny. But on her seventeenth birthday, when she moves into his castle high on the kingdom’s mountaintop, nothing is as she expected—particularly her charming and beguiling new husband. Nyx knows she must save her homeland at all costs, yet she can’t resist the pull of her sworn enemy—who’s gotten in her way by stealing her heart. Read the first chapter here!


School of Charm

SCHOOL OF CHARM, by Lisa Ann Scott, is an enchanting story full of spirit and hope, with a hint of magic. Eleven-year-old Chip has always been her daddy’s girl, so when he dies she pins her hopes on winning a beauty pageant to show her family of southern belles that she still belongs. The problem is, she’d rather be covered in mud than makeup! Can a rough-and-tumble girl ever become a beauty queen? SCHOOL OF CHARM tells the tale of one girl’s struggle with a universal question: How do you stay true to yourself and find a way to belong at the same time? Read the first chapter here!

Stay tuned for “Opening the Book” Q&A’s with the authors and insightful words from the editors of these fantastic New Voices!



8 Responses to “WINTER 2014 NEW VOICES SNEAK PEEK!”

  1. Sherry Lancaster
    January 30th, 2014 @ 5:34 pm

    Really enjoyed the first few pages of “School of Charm”. It’s an unusual premise. Chip is a character I want to know better, and I can hardly wait to meet Grandma! Will add to my consideration list for purchase in our library.

  2. Maggie Fleming
    February 4th, 2014 @ 2:29 pm

    Loved the sneak peeks of Salvage and Cruel Beauty!

  3. Ce Hernandez
    February 4th, 2014 @ 2:31 pm

    An intriquing start. I’m interested in how Cruel Beauty will develop once the wedding takes place. I can’t wait to know more as I think it may be one I recommend repeatedly.

  4. Shannon Snow
    February 4th, 2014 @ 2:44 pm

    I really like the sneak peek of Salvage, however, I think it will be a little too deep for my middle school students.

  5. Chris Wilson
    February 4th, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

    The first chapter of Faking Normal leaves you with many questions, but already a warm spot in your heart for Alexi. There are compelling questions that need to be answered about her relationship with Bodee. Can’t wait to read the rest of it.

  6. Shannon Snow
    February 4th, 2014 @ 3:44 pm

    Love Cruel Beauty and my curiosity is definitely up about what happens after the marriage.

  7. Shannon Snow
    February 4th, 2014 @ 3:45 pm

    School of Charm sounds perfect for middle school students. Age 11-14 is such a hard time for students.

    April 29th, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    […] answer our “opening the book” questions. In case you missed it, here’s a little intro and sneak peek of the book from earlier this year. And now, without further ado . . . Lisa Ann […]

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