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Fans of Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's bewitching "Caster Chronicles" will have to wait until October 18 for the third installment, "Beautiful Chaos," to hit bookstore shelves. But, thankfully, publisher Little, Brown Young Readers has conjured up a surprise to make the interim a bit more magical.

A short story prequel to "Beautiful Chaos," called "Dream Dark: A Beautiful Creatures Story," will be available as an e-book exclusive download on August 2! And it will cost you only $1.99.

The tale focuses on Ethan's best friend, wannabe rock star Link, who at the end of "Beautiful Darkness" began his own supernatural transformation.


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Show of hands: Who agrees that 2010 was a pretty darn good year for YA novels? Our bookcase certainly tells the tale: Suzanne Collins set the world ablaze with the gripping finale to her "Hunger Games" saga. Stephenie Meyer surprised us with a "Twilight" novella we didn't see coming. And Hilary Duff took on a new role as author, debuting her very first novel. We were protected by the ever-vigilant eyes of the Shadowhunters and watched our backs for evil Strigoi. We went back to the beginning with our favorite fashionista and got an extra sweet dash of L.A. candy.

All in all, we hardly had time to devour all of this year's stellar reads. We certainly have our favorites, but we want to hear from you: What was your favorite YA novel released this year? Cast your vote after the jump. The poll will be open until December 14 at 12 p.m. (ET) when we'll announce the results!


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