Thursday, April 23, 2009

New Harlequin Teen Imprint Launches with Urban Fantasy

Harlequin is launching a new young adult imprint this summer called Harlequin Teen and the exciting news is they are launching it with two urban fantasy novels, each part of a new series. The first is My Soul To Take by Rachel Vincent (The Soul Screamers series), followed a month later by Intertwined by Gena Showalter (A novel of the Damned series) on September 1. There is a website dedicated to the launch of the new line called of course – Harlequin Teen. Here is the official announcement sent to reviewers as well as expanded previews of the books. You can also read the first chapter of My Soul To Take here and the first chapter of Intertwined here.
Welcome to Harlequin Teen, a brand-new imprint launching in August 2009, dedicated to showcasing extraordinary young-adult fiction. Featuring a wide range of genres, the program delivers fresh, authentic stories that will engage teens and leave them hungry for more. With a relatively young author base that includes New York Times bestselling authors and talented new voices, Harlequin Teen has something for everyone. From fun and flirty to dark and mysterious and every mood in between, Harlequin Teen books will resonate with readers and be remembered long after the covers are closed.

We're proud to present you with our first two titles. MY SOUL TO TAKE by New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent is book one of the Soul Screamers series. The story features a courageous and determined teen banshee heroine who must stop her classmates from dying before their time. Told in Vincent's fast-paced, dramatic style, MY SOUL TO TAKE delivers what bestselling author Melissa Marr calls "a story unlike any other out there. I loved it." We hope you do too!

INTERTWINED by New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter tells the story of Aden Stone, a teen with four human souls trapped inside him. For months, one of those souls has shown him visions of a beautiful girl entering his life—a girl who will either save him or destroy him. And even though he's half in love with her before she ever arrives, he's unprepared for the centuries-old secrets she brings with her.... New York Times bestselling author of the House of Night series P.C. Cast says, "I couldn't put it down!"
Kaylee Cavanaugh just wants to be an average high school girl but it's hard to fit in with everyone else when you're going crazy. After all, what would you call the ability to sense the imminent death of people around you? Whenever she sees a shroud-like substance envelope an individual Kaylee knows that person is going to die—and that's when she's compelled to let out a soul-wrenching, ear-piercing wail.

Kaylee is at her wit's end when she Nash Hudson, the most popular student at school, takes an interest in her. Nash tells her that she is not crazy, that she is in fact a bean sidhe—a banshee. Bean sidhes are an ancient race able to see when people are about to die. Their keening, allows the soul of the recently deceased to make their goodbye's before moving on.

Nash knows because he's a bean sidhe, too. Male bean sidhe, he tells Kaylee have different powers from the more well-known females. They have no eerie lament to make souls linger. Instead they are able to influence and guide souls (and people).

When three perfectly healthy young girls collapse and die over three days for no apparent reason, Kaylee and Nash decide to do something, about it. Kaylee wants them to save the girls—to guide their souls back into their bodies—but Nash warns against it. He says the reapers, the unliving beings who collect the souls of the deceased, wouldn't be happy—and you don't want an angry reaper coming after you. Besides, if you save one soul, another must take its place.

But Kaylee is not convinced. She suspects that the girls—all of them high school age—were not meant to die. What if there is a rogue reaper out there killing people before their time? Nash agrees it's a possibility but there's only one way to know for sure—to ask a reaper.

But dealing with reapers is dangerous. Bean sidhes and reapers are fundamentally on opposite sides of the metaphysical fence. Bean sidhes allow souls to linger while reapers are very officious in whisking them away. And, Nash warns, there are other unspeakable creatures out there for bean sidhes worry about than just reapers.
What if you found out that there was an entire world out there that you had no idea existed? A world full of vampires and zombies and werewolves? And what if you had the strangest powers of all? Powers that seem like a magnet for all those monsters, drawing them closer and closer together? Do you still think you'd get up in time for school in the morning?

People think sixteen-year-old orphan Aden Stone is crazy because he talks to himself all the time but they don't know that he has a good reason ... after all, with four people living inside his head, he can hardly ignore them. But Aden knows he isn't crazy, because each of the four voices also possesses an ability that screws with his life. Julian can raise the dead (watch out for those random zombies). Elijah can see the future. Eve can time-travel into the past and change the future (not always for the better). And Caleb can overtake other bodies. Just one of those abilities is enough to make Aden special. But all four? Aden loves his souls like a family, but most kids can take a break from their family and be normal. Not Aden. Not ever. All he wants is some peace.

So when Aden moves to the new town of Crossroads, Oklahoma, and into the halfway house for wayward teens there, he's hoping for a fresh start. Being the new kid in school is never easy, though, especially when you're surrounded by bullies and jealous boyfriends. But when Aden encounters honors student Mary Ann Gray, he feels a connection to her he's never felt with anyone before. For some reason, whenever she's near, the voices in Aden's head disappear and he knows peace for the first time in his life. Aden's puzzlement grows when he learns that Mary Ann also has a werewolf bodyguard that walks her to and from school every day. But what is her lupine defender protecting her from and why does it hate Aden so much? And why does the wolf always seem to disappear when Aden's only friend at the teen shelter, Shannon, is around?

Things don't improve when Elijah starts having disturbing visions concerning Aden. One of Aden kissing a beautiful vampire princess... a vision that Aden desperately wants to come true. But the other is a death vision of Aden dying on a deserted street with a knife in his heart. If his death really is looming, Aden is desperate to find a way to set the friends in his head free before he dies. But how? Exorcism, spells and prayers don't work. Nothing does. Aden can accept his own death, but he wants his souls to have the life they've always craved.

Things just aren't going Aden's way. As the new kid in school, he's confused and miserable. His teachers don't like him much and he gets picked on at school and at home. Of his only two "real" friends, he can't get near the one who eases his suffering, Mary Ann, because of her werewolf bodyguard. A werewolf who he thinks is actually his only other friend, Shannon. Meanwhile, he's no closer to finding, either the sexy vampire princess or a way to get the souls out of his mind and into bodies of their own. Do other kids have problems like this?


  1. Wow! New YA urban fantasy. I loved the House of Night, Blue Bloods, and Twilight Series. Did your info mention if these would be out in pb or trade?

  2. Wow...thanks for the reviews! I just recently became a YA author, so I'm always looking for good reviews!

    God bless,
    Taylor J. Beisler

  3. I think it is great Harlequin is starting a YA line.
    Also, Gena Showalter was given a 7 figure deal for her YA books.

  4. Hi Dottie the Vincent is a trade paperback and the Showalter is a hardcover. I believe both are up and available for preorder on Amazon now.

    You're welcome Taylor.

    KB and they say publishing is in trouble but not if all the new imprints are any indication. SEVEN FIGURES! Wow. Read My Soul To Take last night but haven't read the Intertwined yet. Won't be posting my reviews for awhile but I loved the Rachel Vincent. Read it at a single go.

  5. I bet it's super exciting to be the first couple of books going out with Harlequin's new teen line.

  6. I enjoy both of these will certainly add these to the list....ah, the ever growing list....:)

  7. I'm looking forward to reading these.

  8. Hi, I am a bit embarrassed by the spamming and such, but I am organizing a new event for review bloggers to get to know other review bloggers [mainly because I want to interact with the community]. It’s called “Reviewer Time” and will post each Sunday a review of a review blog and an interview of its owner and contributors, if any are game.

    I really like your blog and such, so I hope you would be game. Here is the link for the original post, where you can sign up for the interview part at least, if you want to:

  9. I'm looking forward to these books and am excited about the new line because I love YA fantasy/paranormal novels.

  10. Mishel I was thrilled to get a chance to review these so far in advance. If this is typical of what Harlequin Teen will be offering it will be a tremendous success.

    Michelle I think I need to separate the books in my TBR pile. I swear they breed when I am not looking. Maybe that is happening to you too. LOL

    Alice I think they will both do well. It seems HQN has picked some solid titles to launch the line.

    Hey Harry I posted a reply over on your blog. Count me in.

    Karen Young Adult YA titles seem to fair particularly well in urban fantasy and paranormal. I've read quite a few in the past couple of years and enjoyed most of them thoroughly. It is good to see established writers like Vincent and Showalter explore this area.

  11. Hey, this was a great post. I had heard a rumor that Rachel Vincent was doing a YA book to be released later this summer, but didn't really know what it was about. It certainly sounds different from the other stuff that was out there and I love that. Man, YA is doing some impressive things lately, especially in this genre. I love it. Just more great books for me to read (and one day write!).

  12. Melissa urban fantasy YA seems to be growing by leaps and bounds with some terrific books. Wish some of these had been around when I was a YA.


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