[Free eBook] Day of Deliverance by Johnny O’Brien [YA Time Travel Science Fiction]

Day of Deliverance by Scottish author Johnny O’Brien is the 2nd novel in the Jack Christie trilogy of tween/young adult time travel adventure science fiction, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 2010 by Templar Publishing. The series stars two teens who discover that their high school provides a front for a team of scientists a time travel device, and become embroiled between two rival groups—one seeking to make changes to the past to ensure a better present, and the other believing the past too dangerous to be tampered with—and each group determined to sabotage and stop the other’s efforts at any cost.

This installment is set in Elizabethan England, and continues the fallout from the first novel, as sides are chosen and divided loyalties are resolved, with a mission to thwart the other side going wrong as the kids end up stranded on their own in 1587, joining a traveling performance troupe already embroiled in espionage intrigues in the hopes of being able to carry out their task to save their preferred history.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobooks] Spill by Leigh Fondakowski & Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle [Oil Spill Disaster Documentary Play & New Adult Romance]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of coping with the effects of disasters both natural and otherwise, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 23rd, are as follows:

  • Spill by Leigh Fondakowski, a live perfomance recording of a documentary-styled theatre play based on the events of British Petroleum’s 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion and subsequent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, told via dramatized interviews, court proceedings, and emotional experiences of the rig workers and their families in the aftermath; read by a full cast, from L. A. Theatre Works, available worldwide
  • Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle, a New Adult f/m contemporary romance novel starring an emotionally-withdrawn young woman traumatized by recent accidents and misfortunes, who gets separated from her family during a hurricane evacuation off the coast of North Carolina, and finds herself trapped on her home island and struggling to survive and learn to live fully again with the help of a former high school crush who broke her heart and has suffered heartbreaks of his own; read by actress Morgan Fairbanks, from Blink, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 23rd, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] Ganesh by Malcolm Bosse [Award-Winning YA India Expat Multicultural Coming of Age Novel]

Ganesh by the late Malcolm Bosse, an American novelist praised for his depictions of Asian culture and history and a recipient of Germany’s Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis recognizing outstanding works of children’s literature, is a vintage standalone young adult literary coming of age novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1982 by Chatto & Windhus and was later reprinted under the title Ordinary Magic, and was the novel which won the author the 1983 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in the “youth book” category.

The story takes place in India and the US, starring the India-born teenaged son of expat American missionaries who is thoroughly acclimatized to local ways, experiencing culture clash when he must adapt to “foreign” life as circumstances force him to start over with his aunt in the Midwest, drawing upon the Hindu traditions of his old friends from the village for strength and inspiration in the attempt to make new friends in town and when the future of his new home comes under threat.

Offered worldwide, available at Amazon.

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[Free eBook] Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee [YA Contemporary Romance]

Love in the Friend Zone by Molly E. Lee is the 1st novel in the Grad Night series of YA f/m contemporary high school romance, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Macmillan’s Entangled: Crush imprint.

The series is New Adult-leaning, starring a recurring cast of high school students on the cusp of adulthood as they are about to graduate before college, converging at an epic grad night party which all attend.

This story is a friends to lovers romance, starring a girl who agrees to help her best friend since childhood attract his crush at the grad night celebration, during the course of which he realizes that the girl he truly wanted was beside him all along.

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[Free Audiobooks] Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa & The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee [Young Adult Asian Myth-Based Historical & Urban Fantasy]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of mythology-based adventure fantasy, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 16th, are as follows:

  • Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa, the 1st novel in the eponymous series of YA fantasy with strong f/m romantic elements drawing upon Japanese folklore, set in a loosely historical world where a half-human, half-kitsune raised by monks flees the destruction of her home temple with a piece of a powerful ancient scroll, sought by many hunters including a samurai with whom she forms an uneasy alliance under the impression that she will lead him to it, in order to survive; read by Joy Osmanski, Brian Nishii, Emily Woo Zeller, from HarperAudio, available worldwide
  • The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F. C. Yee, a YA urban fantasy drawing upon the Chinese tales of the Monkey King Sun Wukong, starring a girl in San Francisco who discovers her hidden supernatural powers and tries to balance her suburban high school life with a mythological invasion, with the help of an annoying exchange student from China who claims to know far too much about what’s going on; read by Nancy Wu, from Recorded Books, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 16th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] The Aztec Skull by Anthea Goddard [Vintage 1970s Kids/YA Suspense Thriller]

The Aztec Skull by Australian author Anthea Goddard is a vintage standalone kids/YA suspense thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1977 by Walker.

The story, which seems to be at the tween level, stars a young runaway who finds an unoccupied house to live in, which contains the titular mysterious and priceless Aztec skull, a hidden artifact stolen from Mexico and now sought by its angry owners who will stop at nothing to get it back.

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[Free eBook] Embrace by Jessica Shirvington [YA Urban Fantasy with Romance]

Embrace by Australian author Jessica Shirvington is the 1st novel in the Embrace aka Violet Eden quintet of young adult paranormal urban fantasy adventures with strong f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Sourcebooks’ Fire imprint.

The quintet stars a teenager who finds out that her destiny is to be a protector of humanity against the vengeance of fallen angels in exile, eventually becoming its champion in a series of ongoing battles between good and evil.

This installment sets her up with the discovery of the rival groups of angels and their allies and her place among them, for which her kickboxing instructor has secretly been training her, and also establishes the obligatory love triangle with the enticing stranger of dubious allegiance.

Offered in Canada & US only (overseas rights are owned by a different publisher), available at multiple retailers.

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[Free Audiobooks] Othello by William Shakespeare & You by Charles Benoit [Young Adult, Classics, Plays, Crime Thriller]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2019 promotion for young adults offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of outsiders with treacherous friends, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 9th, are as follows:

  • Othello by William Shakespeare, the classic play of the Moorish commander Othello undermined by his treacherous subordinate Iago via his jealousy about his beloved Desdemona, from the Donmar Warehouse performance in London during the 2007-2008 season; read by a full cast including actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ewan McGregor, and Kelly Reilly, from Naxos Audiobooks, available worldwide
  • You by Charles Benoit, a young adult noir thriller, told in the second person, by an underacheiving teen in a dreary high school who finds his life becoming less boring and more bloody as he gets caught up in the schemes of the new kid at school; read by David Baker, from Full Cast Audio, available Canada & US only

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 9th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free Audiobooks] Swing by Kwame Alexander & Blink and Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones [Young Adult, Coming of Age Poetry, Crime Thriller]

AudioFile’s annual SYNC Summer of Listening promotion for young adults has returned for 2019, and offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of close friendships surviving stressful circumstances, available until 7am Eastern Time on May 2nd, are as follows:

  • Swing by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess, a jazz-inspired standalone poetic literary fiction novel-in-verse about the friendship between two boys with different personalities and interests as they come of age together through difficult high school experiences; read by the author himself, from Blink, available worldwide
  • Blink & Caution by Tim Wynne-Jones, YA contemporary crime thriller novel starring two street kids on the run, who separately ran afoul of the wrong ruthless people, teaming up into an uneasy partnership which might hold a chance of redemption for both; read by MacLeod Andrews, from Candlewick on Brilliance Audio, available worldwide

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on May 2nd, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] King Geordi the Great by Gent Gant [YA LGBT Friendship Drama]

King Geordi the Great by Gent Gant is a standalone young adult contemporary teen drama novel with m/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of LGBT specialty publisher Dreamspinner Press’ Harmony Ink imprint.

This is apparently being made free to help promote the author’s latest novel, Borrowed Boy, a standalone YA drama.

The story is a coming of age friendship/personal drama starring a gay teen learning to set boundaries for himself against others’ expectations, as he feels pressured to go along with a romance with his beleaguered best friend whose crush he doesn’t reciprocate—finding himself living a lie as the new relationship begins to escalate, when a disaster forces him to re-evaluate what kind of friend he can and wants to be.

Offered worldwide through November 27th until midnight Eastern Time, available DRM-free directly from the publisher, and also major ebook retailers.

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