Spooky Reads for Halloween

Growing up we didn’t celebrate Halloween much. We’d sometimes dress up, but we lived in the country so Trick-or-Treating wasn’t really an option. While I’m not necessarily a huge fan of scary/horror films I do love a good spooky read. I’ve compiled a list of my favorite spooky YA reads! Let me know your favorite spooky YA/MG reads in the comments.   The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan In Mary’s world there…

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Happy Release Day to Uncertain Summer in Paperback!

One year ago we welcomed Uncertain Summer by Jessica Lee Anderson into the world. And now, today, we welcome the paperback version of Uncertain Summer!     For decades, something has lurked in the swampy lakes of East Texas. When a TV show offers a million dollars to the person that can provide conclusive proof of the creature, Everdil, her brother, and two friends form a team to snap a picture of Bigfoot. But tracking…

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What Muggles Can Read While Waiting on the Next Harry Potter Book

We wrote a blog post earlier in the week that talked about our recent visit to LeakyCon and the panel we lead titled, “What to Read While Waiting on the Next Harry Potter Book.” We split the discussion into two parts, one part was what wizards can read while waiting on the next Harry Potter book, the other was what muggles can read while waiting on the next Harry Potter book. Today we’re going to…

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What Wizards Can Read While Waiting for the Next Harry Potter Book!

We recently had the pleasure of leading a panel at LeakyCon where we talked about books we can read to fill that Harry Potter sized hole in our hearts. (For those unfamiliar with LeakyCon, it’s a yearly Harry Potter convention.) Being a huge Harry Potter fan with two Harry Potter tattoos, that hole in my heart is rather large. We split them into three categories: Younger readers, chapter books, and teen. We also talked about…

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Des[s]erted Reads: The Apothecary by Maile Meloy

Des[s]erted Reads is a monthly blog feature here at CBAY Books where we highlight an unread book on our bookshelf and pair it with a dessert recipe! This month we’re highlighting The Apothecary by Maile Meloy. The Apothecary by Malie Meloy October 2011, Penguin (G.P. Putnam’s Sons) Time spent unread on bookshelf: 7.5 years It’s 1952 and the Scott family has just moved from Los Angeles to London. Here, fourteen-year-old Janie meets a mysterious apothecary…

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Perfect Summer Reads

So I’m going to be real here for a second: I hate summer. Like a lot. I can’t swim. Sand makes me itch. I sunburn easily and my mom’s had melanoma twice. The only thing I enjoy about summer is the fact that I can sit indoors, in the air conditioning, and read until my heart’s content. Going off that I’ve decided to share some of my favorite summer reads with you! All these books…

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Requested Manuscripts for June Blind Queries

Thank you to everyone who submitted a query to CBAY Books in June 2018 as part of our blind query process. We had so many great submissions, but we will only be requesting one manuscript at this time. We would appreciate it if the author of the following novel would submit the full manuscript below: Captured in Paint If we requested your manuscript, please use the form at the bottom of this page to submit…

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Des[s]erted Reads: DEFY

Des[s]erted Reads is a monthly blog feature where we talk about a book we’ve deserted on our bookshelf combined with a dessert recipe! This month’s Des[s]erted Reads book is Defy by Sara B. Larson!   Defy by Sara B. Larson January 2014, Scholastic Press Time spent unread on bookshelf: 3 years   Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and…

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Happy Book Birthday to ROYAL TROUBLE, SINISTER REGENT!

Today is the official release day of Royal Trouble, Sinister Regent by Hope Erica Schultz! We’re so excited to see this book out in the world and it’s already getting some great reviews! It can be purchased via IPG, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.   On the islands of Waveborn, four friends must discover who is trying to take over their kingdoms in this charming tale set in a world unlike our own. Princess Jes…

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Des[s]erted Reads: Daughter of Smoke and Bone

Do me a favor: Take a look at your bookshelves. I know you’ve got them and I know they’re close by, so give them a good look. What do you notice? For me, my favorite books pop out. Harry Potter, The Hunger Games, Number the Stars… then some guilt sets in when I begin to notice all the books I own that I haven’t read. There’s various reasons for not having read them, and by…

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