Free reads: Kelly Barnhill and Maggie Stiefvater.

Click over to Jessabella Reads for Part Two of Kelly Barnhill's The Mark of the Bandit, which is the prequel to her upcoming book, The Witch's Boy (Part One ran here last week):

When Áine and her mother returned home, the house was dark. The bakeshop had closed hours ago, and her father should have been home with the hearth blazing and with soup in the pot. But even at a distance they could see that the house was dark and quiet and cold, and her father wasn’t home.

And click on over to This is Teen for an excerpt of Maggie Stiefvater's Blue Lily, Lily Blue!