Win a Chance to Meet Author Sarah J. Maas!

Tickets to see Sarah J. Maas on Wednesday, September 13, at the Lone Tree Arts Center have sold out, but you still have a chance to get in and meet (and have a book personalized by) the No. 1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series. Here’s how!

Enter Our Instagram Contest for a Chance to Win!

#SJMatDCL Contest

Entering the contest is easy! Simply follow @dclcolorado on Instagram; share a photo on your own feed of a #bookstagram featuring one of Sarah’s  books; and then tag @dclcolorado in the post and use the hashtag #SJMatDCL.

Winner receives a free event ticket, including a signed hardcover copy of Tower of Dawn (her new book!), and a guaranteed meeting/photo op with the author herself.

Deadline for entries is Monday, August 28, at 6PM. If you win, you’ll also receive a print of your winning Instagram photo, signed by Sarah J. Maas and mounted for hanging. The winner will be announced Friday, September 1. You could be famous!

 

 

Love at First Line

You already know about not judging a book by its cover, but what about its first line? You really should judge these books based on their epic first lines.

“The gunman is useless.”

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.”

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

“If you are interested in stories with happy endings, you would be better off reading some other book.”

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

“We went to the moon to have fun, but the moon turned out to completely suck.”

Feed by M.T. Anderson

“The way I figure it, everyone gets a miracle.”

Paper Towns by John Green

“They say that just before you die your whole life flashes before your eyes, but that’s not how it happened for me.”

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

“Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.”

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

“Blue Sargent had forgotten how many times she’d been told that she would kill her true love.”

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

 

What to Read Based on Your Favorite TV Show

If you’re a fan of these binge-worthy TV shows, you’ll love these books!

 

If you like Empire, then you’ll enjoy White Cat by Holly Black

 

 

If you like Leverage, then you’ll enjoy Heist Society by Ally Carter

 

 

If you like Downton Abbey, then you’ll enjoy A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller

 

 

If you like Elementary, then you’ll enjoy A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

 

 

If you like The Big Bang Theory, then you’ll enjoy An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

 

 

If you like Criminal Minds, then you’ll enjoy The Naturals by Jennifer Barnes

 

 

If you like The Walking Dead, then you’ll enjoy The End Games by T. Michael Martin

 

 

If you like Glee, then you’ll enjoy Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

 

 

If you like Once Upon a Time, then you’ll enjoy Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes

 

 

If you like Supergirl, then you’ll enjoy Princeless by Jeremy Whitley

 

 

New Releases in June

These are some of the most anticipated YA releases in June. Make sure you have these hot, new books on hold.

Our Dark Duet

by Victoria Schwab

Release Date: June 13

The sequel to This Savage Song examines what makes a monster and what makes a human. It takes place six months after the first book, and Kate and August don’t know what could possibly throw their world more out of sync.

Now I Rise

by Kiersten White

Release Date: June 27

In this second book in the And I Darken series, Lada and her brother must decide what is worth sacrificing in order to achieve their destinies as the world crumbles around them.

Dividing Eden

by Joelle Charbonneau

Release Date: June 6

When the monarch is assassinated, a Trial of Succession is the only way to determine a new ruler. Twins Carys and Andreus have always protected each other, until the throne comes between them.

Midnight Jewel

by Richelle Mead

Release Date: June 27

Set in the same world as The Glittering Court, Richelle Mead delves into the underbelly. Mira has a questionable past but seizes the opportunity to join the Glittering Court, though her secrets may impede her success more than she could have ever imagined.

The Possible

by Tara Altebrando

Release Date: June 6

Kaylee’s mother is serving a life sentence for murdering Kaylee’s little brother. All she has tried to do is escape her mother’s infamous past. But when Kaylee gets the offer to investigate the supernatural rumors surrounding her mom, she might have to confront not only her mother’s secrets, but also her own.

Once and for All

by Sarah Dessen

Release Date: June 6

Louna is the daughter of a wedding planner and she has seen it all: the good, the bad, and the ugly. It’s made her skeptical about love and the point of it all. But when serial dater Ambrose enters her life, it’s all Louna can do to keep him at arm’s length.

Obsidian & Stars

by Julie Eshbaugh

Release Date: June 13

It’s Mya’s turn in this anticipated sequel to Ivory and Bone. While she may be planning her life with Kol, Mya learns of a surprise proposal between her younger sister and abusive Morsk. The only way to avoid this tragedy is for Mya to marry Morsk herself. Set in prehistoric times, it is a classic tale of love versus duty as Mya must decide between her future and the future of her loved ones.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice & Virtue

by Mackenzi Lee

Release Date: June 27

Set in 18th century Europe, best friends Monty and Percy stumble upon a magical artifact that leads them from Paris to Venice. Along the way they face pirates, become the center of a dangerous manhunt, and must confront their more-than-friends feelings for each other.

 

What are you looking forward to reading in June? Let us know in the comments below!

 

 

Book Series Worth Binge-Reading

It’s summer, or close enough! Now is the perfect time to start binge-reading a series. These binge-worthy book series will keep you hooked — and reading! — all summer long.

 

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The Sweet Series by Wendy Higgins

Order: Sweet Evil, Sweet Peril, Sweet Reckoning, Sweet Temptation

The Angels of the Seven Deadly Sins have children, and this steamy paranormal romance series examines what can happen when the daughter of an angel falls in love with the son of Lust.

 

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The Naturals Series by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Order: The Naturals, Killer Instinct, All In, Bad Blood

This series has been dubbed “Criminal Minds” with teenagers. A group of teens with natural instincts help the FBI solve crimes, but what do they do when one of their own is the target?

 

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The Selection Series by Kiera Cass

Order: The Selection, The Elite, The One, The Heir, The Crown

A “Bachelor”-style competition is used to find the next future queen amidst a dystopian world war. Then the series continues with the future princess and her search for her prince.

 

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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

Order: The Raven Boys; The Dream Thieves; Blue Lily, Lily Blue; The Raven King

Blue is told that the first boy she kisses will be her true love and he will die within the coming year. Yet she still befriends the Raven Boys and explores the myths surrounding them.

 

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The Gallagher Girls by Ally Carter

Order: I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You; Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy; Don’t Judge a Girl by Her Cover; Only the Good Spy Young; Out of Sight, Out of Time; United We Spy

Join Cammie and her friends as they attend Gallagher Academy, a spy school for girls. Their adventures and lessons lead them through a series of mysteries and dangerous terrorist missions.

 

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The Parasol Protectorate by Gail Carriger

Order: Soulless, Changeless, Blameless, Heartless, Timeless

It’s 17th century London, and the city is filled with ingenuity, steampunk inventions, vampires, werewolves, ghosts and murder. Alexia Tarabotti finds herself in the middle of it all.

 

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

Order: Cinder, Scarlet, Cress, Fairest, Winter, Stars Above

In these sci-fi fairy tale retellings, Cinder is part cyborg, Scarlet is a spaceship pilot, Cress is locked in a high-flying satellite, and Winter is an alien princess on the brink of insanity.

 

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The Uglies Series by Scott Westerfeld

Order: Uglies, Pretties, Specials, Extras

In this world, when you turn 16 you undergo surgery to make you “pretty.” But Tally and a group of rebels aren’t sure they want to be altered by the government anymore.

 

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The Song of the Lioness Quartet by Tamora Pierce

Order: Alanna the First Adventure, In the Hand of the Goddess, The Woman Who Rides Like a Man, Lioness Rampant

In order to achieve her dream of being a knight, Alanna dresses as a boy for eight years and undergoes rigorous training while trying to conceal her identity.

 

Got any other suggestions for binge-worthy series? Leave them in the comments below!