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Monday, November 26, 2012

A New YA Imprint from HarperCollins (books from $0.99)

Exciting news from HarperCollins Publishers! Today, HarperCollins announced that they're launching a new digital imprint which will focus on YA novellas and short stories!  Prices will range from $0.99-$2.99.  A few of the short stories that will be releasing are:

BREATHLESS by Sophie Jordan
a companion novella to the Firelight series.
For Az, it's supposed to be a fun summer vacation with her family. Nothing complicated. Just a quick trip to test the waters as she prepares for a year on her own. That all changes when she rescues a drowning girl and meets Tate—the most gorgeous human boy she's ever seen. Tate throws her heart, her plans, and her life into upheaval, but the closer she gets to him, the harder it is to hide the secret of what she is.
With no hope for a future together, the last thing that can ever happen . . . is love.


In this future-set novella by bestselling author Scott Westerfeld, Kieran Black lives in a "perfect" world. Disease and starvation have been eradicated, sleep is unnecessary, and it takes no time at all to go from the Bahamas to the moon. But now Kieran has to take Scarcity, a class about how people lived in the bad old days. And as if sitting through an hour of Scarcity every day wasn't depressing enough, it's final projects time. Each student must choose some form of ancient hardship to experience for two whole weeks. Kieran chooses having to sleep eight hours a night, which doesn't seem too annoying.

Maria Borsotti has never thought much of Kieran, but she decides to take pity on him and help him out with his project. Soon, Kieran is sleeping and having vivid dreams, while Maria, whose Scarcity project is to give up all teenage hormone regulation, is experiencing emotions she never knew she had. As their assignments draw them closer together, they begin to wonder if the olden days weren't so bad. Maybe something has been missing from their perfect lives after all?

RADIANT by Cynthia Hand
a novella set in the world of her bestselling UNEARTHLY series
Clara is desperate to get away—from the memories that haunt her in Wyoming and the visions of a future she isn't ready to face—and spending the summer in Italy with her best friend, Angela, should be the perfect escape. . . .

For as long as she can remember, Angela has been told that love is dangerous, that she must always guard her heart. But when she met Phen two years ago she was determined to be with him, no matter the costs. Now she must decide whether she can trust Clara with her secret, or if telling her the truth will risk everything she cares about.

Alternating between Angela and Clara's perspectives, Radiant chronicles the unforgettable summer that will test the bounds of their friendship and change their lives forever.

by Kiera Cass
a companion to the New York Times bestseller THE SELECTION

by Walter Dean Myers
a one-act play by the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature

by Aprilynne Pike
a prequel novella to bestselling author Aprilynne Pike’s forthcoming novel, LIFE AFTER THEFT.

CRUISIN’ by Sarah Mlynowski, a short story in which teens take a plunge on the high seas and discover that everything is not as it seems

I'm seriously excited about some of these books!  I love the Firelight and Unearthly series so I can't wait to start those novellas.  And Scott Westerfeld is a freaking genius, so I'm definitely pouncing on that one!!  One More Day looks like it might be good too.  What do you think about these books and about Harper's new imprint?



New York, NY (November 26, 2012)—HarperCollins Publishers announced today the launch of HarperTeen Impulse, a digital imprint focusing on Young Adult short stories and novellas. The new imprint will publish short-form works from new and established authors, providing original and exciting new teen ebooks across a wide variety of genres.

HarperTeen Impulse will publish between one and four titles a month, all of which will go on sale the first Tuesday of that month, branded “Impulse Tuesday.” Impulse titles will benefit from dedicated program marketing, including extensive social media outreach, monthly newsletters, cross-promotion in HarperTeen print books, and strategic sales promotions.

The first titles go on sale December 4, 2012, and they include BREATHLESS by Sophie Jordan, a companion novella to her FIRELIGHT series; STUPID PERFECT WORLD, a future-set novella by bestselling author Scott Westerfeld, in which two teens discover that something may have been missing from their perfect lives after all; CRUISIN’ by Sarah Mlynowski, a short story in which teens take a plunge on the high seas and discover that everything is not as it seems; and RADIANT by Cynthia Hand, a novella set in the world of her bestselling UNEARTHLY series. HarperTeen Impulse titles will be available at all ebook retailers in a price range from $0.99 to $2.99. Forthcoming titles include THE PRINCE: A SELECTION NOVELLA by Kiera Cass, a companion to the New York Times bestseller THE SELECTION; TAGS, a one-act play by National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature Walter Dean Myers; and ONE DAY MORE, a prequel novella to bestselling author Aprilynne Pike’s forthcoming novel, LIFE AFTER THEFT.

“Readers of YA have embraced digital reading in a big way,” said Susan Katz, President and Publisher of HarperCollins Children’s Books. “We’re seeing short-form content becoming more popular in the digital marketplace, and HarperTeen Impulse allows us to experiment with new concepts and deliver content quickly. YA as a category has grown exponentially, and its readers span a wide age group enthusiastic about books in many different genres and formats. HarperTeen Impulse is a great platform to further reach a crossover audience.”

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  1. I kinda hate novella set in a series that I already read unless it's going to be free or included in the next book. I always forget to read them and then feel like I'm missing something.

    Prequels I like because it lets you get a feel for an author/series.

    I love novellas that stand-alone though.

    1. I haven't actually read any except for Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely novellas, and I really enjoyed those because I got a deeper look into a couple of the characters that I love. I think I'm going to check these out and see how I like them. I'm less likely to read novellas that stand alone because they're so short. I always want more.

  2. Oh god I just like pre-ordered almost all of them for my Nook! Glad they're cheap!

  3. breathless and radiant looks like a nice read

  4. I'm very excited about this too. I already have Radiant pre-ordered. I also have Neverfall pre-ordered. I don't know if that will be with this imprint or not, but I am super excited for that!

  5. I will read anything Westerfeld writes...just pre-ordered!

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