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I <3 These Never-Before-Seen Chapter Samplers (and They Could Be Yours!)

finalsamplerscollageWe are gearing up for a BIG, FUN weekend at B&N, and you are cordially invited to come play and get lots of free stuff (while supplies last!). July 18-20 is Preview Weekend for #GetPopCultured, B&N’s month-long celebration of books, comics, movies, and more. (Read all about #GetPopCultured here.) We’re kicking off the festivities by giving away never-before-seen chapter samplers from upcoming releases, plus posters and digital downloads. (Quantities are limited, so hurry on in!)

I think this bears repeating: these samplers are free and many are never-before-seen. And they are seriously cool. Below, a brief tease of the coolest samplers. Rush to your local Barnes & Noble on July 18 so you can get your hands on the real stuff.

Nightmares!, by Jason Segel and Kristen Miller
I’m like a kid on Christmas Eve when I think about how excited I am for Jason Segel and Kristen Miller’s children’s book Nightmares! It’s the inventive story of Charlie Laird, whose nightmares start coming true when he is forced to move in with his new stepmom (who is probably part witch). The book has an Addams’ Family-esque feel that’s creepy-fun enough to please adults, too.

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Bad Magic, by Pseudonymous Bosch
Pseudonymous Bosch, bestselling author of The Secret Series, is out with a new collection of books, Bad Magic, and it kicks off with an incredibly voicey story of a boy who gets sent to Earth Ranch, a camp for troubled teens, after words from his diary start appearing in graffiti on the school walls. At the camp, he must solve the riddle of the land, which houses an active volcano, deadly bees, the Wall of Trust, an abandoned library, and lots of ghost stories.

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Attack on Titan, by Hajime Isayama
Far behind 100-meter-high walls, what’s left of mankind hides in fear of the Titans—giant, foolish humanoids bent on destroying humanity. The people believe they are safe until they are faced with a super Titan who turns their world upside-down. Attack on Titan breaks the magna mold in many ways by painting a desperate picture of post-apocalyptic mania that doesn’t apologize for killing off popular characters with the swipe of an imposing, Titan hand. The “sketchy, oddly proportioned art style” helped Attack on Titan win the 2011 Kodansha Manga Award (Shonen) and earn a nomination for the Osamu Tezuka Cultural Prize for 2012.

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Afterworlds, by Scott Westerfeld
Set during National Writing Month and penned by #1 New York Times bestselling author Scott Westerfeld, Afterworlds is the story of 18-year-old Darcy Patel, who moves to New York City with a book advance and little else. A story-within-a-story, the book skips between Darcy and her protagonist, Lizzie, whose adventure begins after she survives a terrorist attack that forces her to slip into a ghost world. But these characters have a lot in common, from falling in love to finding their place in their strange new worlds.

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Uncaged, by John Sanford
We’re psyched for the first novel in New York Times best-selling author John Sanford’s Singular Menace series, and you’ll be in for some serious cool points if you’re one of the first to get your hands on one of these hard-to-find samplers. Shay arrived in Hollywood set on finding her brother Odin, who led a failed raid on a barbarous medical research corporation. Though the raid was a bust, Odin escaped with a set of sensitive flash drives and a post-surgical dog. Uncaged is the twisty tale of the surprisingly ruthless Shay, who attempts to rescue her brother from the corrupt Singular corporation. Action-packed and hard to put down, this is a thriller for both teens and adults.

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The Way of Shadows, by Brent Weeks
A mix of action and emotion, The Way of Shadows is the gritty graphic novel adaptation of Brent Weeks’ acclaimed novel. It tells the story of Azoth, a street urchin and orphan struggling to elude the most sadistic hit man the city has known, Durzo Blint. By taking on a new identity, he develops his own merciless side to defeat the dangerous, magical world of the assassins. A magnetizing story awaits you!

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There will also be samples from AtlantiaThe Young ElitesThe Way of Kings, and Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, plus special Charles Schultz collections, and many more! Supplies vary from store to store, and some are available in extremely limited quantities. So make sure you’re the first person at the store to snatch some seriously cool stuff.