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THE IVIES COVER ART

Design credit: Casey Moses

Photography credit: Christine Blackburne

PRETTY DEAD QUEENS COVER ART

Design credit: Casey Moses

Photography credit: Maggie Holmgren

Stylist credit: Derek Svitko

BRIGHTLY BURNING COVER ART

Design credit: Bill Ellis

THE STARS WE STEAL COVER ART

Design credit: Colin Mercer

SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Alexa Donne is the author of young adult thrillers The Ivies and Pretty Dead Queens, as well as sci-fi romance retellings Brightly Burning and The Stars We Steal. A TV marketer by day, in her spare time she mentors teens in writing and runs her popular writing advice YouTube channel. Find her in most places @alexadonne.

LONG BIOGRAPHY

Alexa Donne is the author of sci-fi romance retellings Brightly Burning and The Stars We Steal, as well as the young adult thrillers The Ivies and the forthcoming Pretty Dead Queens, both published by Crown/Random House. A graduate of Boston University, she works in TV marketing and has done pro bono college admissions mentoring since 2014. A true INFJ, in her “free” time she mentors with WriteGirl, runs the Author Mentor Match program, and manages one of the most popular writing advice channels on YouTube. She lives in Los Angeles and you can find her in most places @alexadonne.

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Seaview High’s homecoming queen is dead . . . and she’s not the first. From the critically acclaimed author of The Ivies comes a nonstop thriller about a decades-old mystery, a copycat killing, and the teen who won’t stop until she discovers the truth.

After the death of her mom (screw cancer), seventeen-year-old Cecelia Ellis goes to live with her estranged grandmother, a celebrated author whose Victorian mansion is as creepy as the murder mysteries she writes. On the surface, life is utterly ordinary in the California coastal town . . . until the homecoming queen is murdered. And she’s not Seaview’s first pretty dead queen.

With a copycat killer on the loose, Cecelia throws herself into the investigation, determined to crack the case like the heroines in her grandmother’s books. But the more Cecelia digs into the town’s secrets, the more she worries that her own mystery might not have a storybook ending.

BOOK INFO

US + English World
Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (October 4, 2022)
Language: English
ISBN-10 ‏: ‎ 0593479823
ISBN-13 ‏: ‎ 978-0593479827

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Enroll in this boarding school thriller about a group of prep school elites who would kill to get into the college of their dreams…literally.

“The Plastics meet the Heathers in this murder mystery about ruthless Ivy League ambition.” -Kirkus Reviews

Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I’m one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions…among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it’s deadly.

Alexa Donne delivers a nail-biting and timely thriller about teens who will stop at nothing to get into the college of their dreams. Too bad no one told them murder isn’t an extracurricular.

BOOK INFO

US + English World
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers (May 25, 2021)
Language: English
ISBN-10 ‏: ‎ 0593303709
ISBN-13 ‏: ‎ 978-0593303702

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The Bachelorette goes to space in this gripping story about a young girl caught in a world of royal intrigue and lost love in her quest to save her family from ruin. Perfect for fans of Katharine McGee, Melissa de la Cruz, and Kiera Cass.

Engagement season is in the air. Eighteen-year-old Princess Leonie “Leo” Kolburg, heir to a faded European spaceship, has only one thing on her mind: which lucky bachelor can save her family from financial ruin?

But when Leo’s childhood friend and first love, Elliot, returns as the captain of a successful whiskey ship, everything changes. Elliot was the one who got away, the boy Leo’s family deemed to be unsuitable for marriage. Now he’s the biggest catch of the season, and he seems determined to make Leo’s life miserable. But old habits die hard, and as Leo navigates the glittering balls of the Valg Season, she finds herself falling for her first love in a game of love, lies, and past regrets.

Fans of Katharine McGee and Kiera Cass will be dazzled by this world of lost love and royal intrigue.

BOOK INFO

US + Canada
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books (February 4, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10 ‏: ‎ 1328948943
ISBN-13 ‏: ‎ 978-1328948946

UK
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Titan Books (4 Feb. 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10 ‏: ‎ 1789090180
ISBN-13 : ‎ 978-1789090185

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Can love flourish when surrounded by deception and intrigue?
A lush and enthralling reimagining of the classic Jane Eyre, set amongst the stars.

Stella Ainsley leaves poverty behind when she quits her engineering job aboard the Stalwart to become a governess on a private ship. On the Rochester, there’s no ration on water, more books than one person could devour in a lifetime, and an AI who seems more friend than robot.

But no one warned Stella that the ship seems to be haunted, nor that it may be involved in a conspiracy that could topple the entire interstellar fleet. Surrounded by mysteries, Stella forges a warm connection with the brooding but kind, 19-year-old Captain Hugo. But as they grow closer, his unpredictable behavior causes suspicions to mount. Without knowing who to trust, Stella must decide whether to follow her head or her heart.

Alexa Donne’s breathtaking debut will seduce and beguile you, a story perfect for fans of Marissa Meyer and Amie Kaufman.

BOOK INFO

US + Canada
Hardcover: 400 pages
Publisher: Clarion Books (May 1, 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1328948935
ISBN-13: 978-1328948939

UK
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Titan Books (12 Jun. 2018)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1785659421
ISBN-13: 978-1785659423