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Patrick Carman's Thirteen Days To Midnight (And the Easiest Contest Ever!)

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If you've never read Patrick Carman, you're missing out. A writer of chapter books and middle grade stories and series (39 Clues, The Land of Elyon Series, the multimedia Skeleton Creeks books, plus others), Carman enters the world of Young Adult with his book, Thirteen Days To Midnight. I've been a fan of Carman's for a few years now, ever since I picked up The Dark Hills Divide (the first book in The Land of Elyon series), and I couldn't wait to get my hands on this newest project. Thirteen Days to Midnight sounded so good and I wasn't disappointed.

From the Back Copy: You are indestructible. These words transfer an astonishing power to Jacob Fielding, changing everything. There's something addictive about testing the limits of fear, experiencing the thrill of walking through fire, or saving your friend from a beating in front of the whole school.

Then Ophelia James, the beautiful and daring new girl in town, suggests they use the power to do good, to save other at risk of death. But with every heroic act, the power grows into the specter of a curse. How to decide who lives and who dies? And why does darkness seem to be chasing them? Jacob has only thirteen days to figure out how to harness a power that even the world's greatest escape artist could not outrun . . . and the answer is chilling: What if he has to kill the one he loves to save her?

In this nail-biting novel of mystery and dark intrigue, Jacob must walk the razor-thin line between right and wrong, good and evil, and life and death. And time is running out.

Just that back copy had me excited about this book, and then, as I was reading, I got this fantastic Spiderman vibe - the superhero unable to save everyone and guilty because of it - and I was hooked. I love books that blend action and fun with a deeper, meaningful look at what it means to have power. And in this case, with Jacob beginning his tale asking you what kind of superpower you'd want, hinting that there are all kinds of superpowers better than his,  you know there's something special - and dark - about his ability.

Jacob's ability . . . it's unique. But there's so much potential for good. His best friend Milo (awesome character - one of my favorite sidekicks in a long time) and new-to-town flame Ophelia help Jacob uncover the secrets and the possibilities behind Jacob's power. Their testing is both humorous and gruesome, but they learn a lot. Unfortunately, it's not enough.

Because Jacob's power, while potentially able to save lives, is also destroying one. And it's the last person Jacob wants to see hurt.

The premise is fascinating; Carman's writing is engaging and full of tension. Add to that a cast of hilarious and thoughful priests at a private Catholic school; a basement full of macabre devices at Coffin Books; a mystery involving a key and a secret, coastal location; a handful of obnoxious bullies; and a stream of dangerous events and you have the makings for a brilliantly successful first YA novel.

If you love action, adventure, superhero anything, romance, mystery and entangling systems of power, you'll love Thirteen Days To Midnight. And even if you don't pick up adventurous tales very often, you're going to like this one.

Visit Patrick Carman's awesome and feature-filled website at http://www.patrickcarman.com/ and definitely visit http://www.13dtm.com/ to learn more about Jacob's story. It's a really great site - you won't be disappointed.

And, if you're a follower of this blog, you might get an advance copy of your own to savor before Thirteen Days to Midnight even hits the shelves in April! I'm giving away my own ARC of Thirteen Days To Midnight to one lucky reader in The Easiest Contest Ever! You don't need to tweet or blog or get a friend to join - nothing like that. How to enter? Simply be (or become) a follower of YA Highway and leave a comment on this post. That's it! One entry for each person, everyone with the same chance to win. So what are you waiting for? You  only have until Friday, March 19th to enter. Leave your comment already!
Kristin Halbrook

Kristin Halbrook is the author of the critically-acclaimed young adult novels Nobody But Us (HarperTeen, 2013) and Every Last Promise (HarperTeen, 2015). She likes many things.

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49 comments:

  1. *wants*

    *reaches across couch and grabs Kristin's copy*

    *evil laugh*

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  2. Absolutely love Patrick Carman. Ohboyohboyohboy.

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  3. Wow, sounds like I totally need to read this book! :)

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  4. great contest i havent heard of theis author please enter me :)

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  5. I love cool-thing-turns-out-to-destroy-everything-you-love stories. Sign me up.

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  6. Oh. Must have this! *froths at the mouth*

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  7. So you'd send the book to Germany for me? :D

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  8. OMG, This sounds absolutely fabulous! I got chills just reading the description. Even if I don't win, I'm adding this to my watch list for the release date. :D

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  9. Wow. This book doesn't sound good. It sounds awesome! Once again, there's power. Power that can become a curse. How I like it! My hands are already itching to read this one!

    I'm already a follower!

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  10. Oh, yes please I'll enter if I'm allowed... I live in Britain though... :~)

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  11. I will steal this if I don't get a copy. Love the book title!

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  12. This book sounds amazing. Even if I don't win it - I'll definitely be buying!

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  13. Wow, sounds awesome. I've heard of the 13 clues. Will definitely check out more from this author.

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  14. I like the concept. It sounds like a fun read.

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  15. Very Cool! Thanks for hosting a contest!

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  16. This sounds fantastic! Thanks for hosting the contest!

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  17. I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

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  18. This sounds really interesting :)

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  19. How fraking awesome is that title! Sounds like a great book.

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  20. I featured this book recently on my "Waiting on Wednesday" post! I want it!!! :) Thanks for the contest!

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  21. This sounds great. I'll have to add it to my list.

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  22. Carman's books have been on my list for some time, but I haven't gotten around to them yet. Winning this book would put it in the top.

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  23. Ooh this does sound awesome. And I love the title!

    *crosses fingers*

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  24. Easy contest and the book looks great--I'm in.

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  25. The book sounds good! Consider me in!

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  26. I am a follower and would love to be entered! Thanks!
    email bangersis(at)msn(dot)com)

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  27. This sounds so great! I'm excited to be in the running ... !

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  28. I love easy-to-enter contests :)

    I've been looking forward to this book just because I want to see how he does YA. I loved the Skeleton Creek books, so I'm hoping this one is good too. So far I've seen great reviews!

    foltzsfantasticbooks at gmail.com

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  29. I would LOVE to win this!
    Thanks! :D:D:D

    -Lindsay

    lindsay15photo@gmail.com

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  30. So, am I like in the contest and stuff?

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  31. Want to read !!:)

    I am a follower of this book .

    shwetasbookjournal AT gmail DOT com

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  32. Wow awesome title and amazing storyline!

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  33. I'll have to look into this! Love your blog it's so interesting!!! The book sounds interesting too so I'm going to have to look into it.

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  34. I guess I'm one of those readers who's "missing out," since I've never read any of Patrick Carman's books. This one sounds amazing, though, so I'm sure that fact won't stay true for long. :)

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  35. Definitely has me intrigued. This title is going onto my to-read list. Entering the contest is a great bonus!

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  36. Must... have... this... book!

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  37. This book was such a great read! I read it in one day, I couldn't put it down! Everyone who reads this book will fall in love the the action and thrill of Jacob's story

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Item Reviewed: Patrick Carman's Thirteen Days To Midnight (And the Easiest Contest Ever!) Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Kristin Halbrook