Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (43)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest.

Publishing:
Rights Report 1, 2:

** Just a Second - Tricia Springstubb (Told from multiple perspectives and with a shifting time frame, the MG story is about a girl who faces choices about love, forgiveness, and the future when her former best friend's brother commits a shocking shooting, a split-second decision with huge consequences in a year when an extra second is due to be added to the official clock. Balzer + Bray, summer 2016).

** Vengeance Road - Erin Bowman (Set in 1877 Arizona, the story – pitched as True Grit meets Blood Red Road – follows Kate Thompson as she tracks the gang who hung her father, only to find herself entangled in a bloody search for lost gold in the Superstition Mountains. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, fall 2015).

** Dead Girls Society - Michelle Krys (about a girl who escapes her helicopter parents by joining a high-stakes dare club; she discovers more than thrills: girls are going missing, and she might be next. Delacorte Press, 2016).

** The Fall - James Preller (in which a boy struggles to come to terms with his role in the life and death of a classmate after her suicide, partly as a result of cyber-bullying. Feiwel and Friends, fall 2015).

** Wadjda - Haifaa al Mansour (Her feature film debut -> adaptation -> into a middle-grade novel of the same name. Wadjda tells the story of an 11-year-old girl growing up in the suburbs of Riyadh, who dreams of owning a green bicycle. Dial Books for Young Readers, fall 2015).

** Renee Reinvented - Ronni Arno Blaisdell (Debut aimed at middle-graders - The story is about a girl who, desperate to live a normal life after growing up the daughter of famous parents, transfers to a Maine boarding school, only to find her lies about her background drawing her into ever-deeper trouble. S&S/Aladdin, fall 2015).

** Blackhearts -Nicole Castroman (Inspired by the tale of Blackbeard, it's the debut story of a forbidden romance between a servant girl desperate for freedom and the master's son who dreams of a life at sea. But they are caught up in something bigger than their circumstances: a love that changes the course of history. Simon Pulse, spring 2016).

** Inn Between - Marina Cohen (The story follows 12-year-old Quinn, who is driving across country with her best friend's family when a stopover at a creepy Victorian hotel in middle of the Nevada desert turns terrifying. Roaring Brook, winter 2016).

Not Up Yet:
Check next week.

** Somewhere Among - Annie Donwerth-Chikamatsu (MG debut - Eleven-year-old Ema, the daughter of a Japanese father and a white mother, finds herself between two worlds during the summer leading up to and through 9/11 and the 60th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. Atheneum, 2016).

** Marble Boys - Tamara Ellis Smith (MG Debut - The novel tells the story of two boys who have experienced great trauma and loss – one with the death of his best friend near their home in the mountains of Vermont, and one in losing his home in Hurricane Katrina – and the ways the world pushes them together to find healing. Publication is scheduled to coincide with the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, in August 2015, Schwartz & Wade).

** A Tiny of Piece of Sky - Shawn Stout (Set in 1939, the story tells of a girl who decides to prove she is more than just a #3 sister to her older siblings by trying to clear her father of accusations that he's a German spy – with surprising results. Philomel, early 2016).

** Radioactive: How Two Brilliant Women Unwittingly Helped to Create the Atomic Bomb - Winifred Conkling (Aimed at younger teens, the book will tell the story of physicists Irene Curie and Lise Meitner, who learned to hate war after volunteering as X-ray technicians during WW1, only to have their life's work used to create the world's most destructive weapon during WW2. Algonquin, spring 2016).

** A Story of War, A Story of Peace - Tanya Lee Stone (Delving deeper into a little-known Japanese attack on U.S. soil introduced in Courage Has No Color, Stone focuses on a hot-air balloon bomb explosion that killed five Oregon students. Candlewick, 2017).

Nothing from last week was up still. So I'm giving up on those titles.

Awards: If you are a teen/kid (or know one who'd be interested), you can now cast your vote for the Children's Council Book Awards. For book & author of the year in the teen categories -- Eleanor & Park, Allegiant, Clockwork Princess, Smoke, and the 5th Wave... and V. Roth, Rick Riordan among others. Winners to be announced May 12-18. 2014 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Award (James Patterson).

Excerpts: Camelot Burning - Kathryn Rose, Don't Look Back - Jennifer Lynn Armentrout, Chapters 1-7 of Frozen - Erin Bowman

Interviews: Laini Taylor, Ann Brashares, Julie Kagawa, Cassandra Clare (next week). There are a lot more interviews out there than I post here. I generally just include the ones I see at major publications/sites.

Swallows and Amazons author was suspected Russian spy: Details of Arthur Ransome's political activities among 150 MI5 files available online for first time. So... uh. A children's book author was a spy???? And they say authors have no interesting hobbies...

Redleaf Press Launches Trade Imprint ("Redleaf Press, which has specialized in publishing curriculum, management, and business resources for early childhood professionals since 1973, is moving into the trade market this season with the launch of Redleaf Lane, a picture book imprint that will be, along with Redleaf’s other publications, distributed by Consortium.")

How to Be Popular Without Being Mean: The Method That Got a Girl a Book Deal ("Maya Van Wagenen made news last fall when DreamWorks optioned her memoir — a big achievement for anyone, but more so for Van Wagenen, who turns 16 in June. Her book,Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek(out April 15 from Dutton Children’s Books), tells the tale of her eighth grade year, during which she decided to follow advice from a 1950s popularity guide by teen model Betty Cornell and see where it got her.")

The top 10 most frequently challenged books of the 21st century include ... (1) Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey (Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence.); 2) The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison (Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence.); 3) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.); 4) Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James (Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.); 5) The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group.); 6) A Bad Boy Can Be Good for a Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit.); 7) Looking for Alaska, by John Green (Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.); 8) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky (Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group.); 9) Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya (Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit.); 10) Bone (series), by Jeff Smith (Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence.)). I think the thing I find most sad about that list is that so many of them seem to be because they're for a young crowd.


Bloomsbury Debuts 'If Only' YA Romance Series ("One teen falls for two boys while traveling in Italy, and another plots revenge after her boyfriend dumps her. These are the plots of Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae and Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard, the launch titles of Bloomsbury’s If Only YA contemporary romance series. Due May 6, the novels exemplify the line’s focus on teenage girls who want what they can’t have and fall for someone they shouldn’t.")

Vulnerability and 'Really Good Trouble': Children's Books at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. A good round-up of the event & some YA panels.
If you're looking for a bunch of YA authors / publishers to follow on Instagram, YA Highway has compiled a list (and if you're looking to get on the list, they tell you how!).

The all-new monthly literary prize – for self-published authors (As DIY publishing gains respectability and established authors join the throng, the Guardian is joining forces with Legend Times to find the best self-published novels, in any genre, every month).

Amazon.com to Acquire Comixology (Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.). Here's a discussion about this development from a person much more informed than me.

Cover Reveals:


Runaways - Beth Szymkowski

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Why Splitting Allegiant into Two Movies Was the Right Choice vs. Hey Young Adult Franchises: Stop Splitting Books into Two Movies. I actually disagree with the latter article's clumping of Twilight, THG, and Divergent; I think THG will be okay because they'll just make the foray into the Capitol long and cinematically dramatic. But I'm not convinced yet about Allegiant - where is the right split? Any theories?

Sister, Sister: 17 YA Sisters We Love.

5 Good Reasons to Take Your Kids to the Library Today.

And.. Reality That Is Stranger Than Fiction (introducing you to other titles that might not be on your library's radar).

11 Classic Young Reader Books Updated For Today. Lol, I don't even know half of the titles they've edited, but also... pretty spot on. Wikipedia Brown.

17 Children's Books We Still Love As Grownups. Why can't we love all children's books as grown-ups? :(

Students Reading E-Books Are Losing Out, Study Suggests. I can see that happening. How having so many features could distract children. You may have already noticed how short an attention span I have just from reading these bookish rounds posts :P.

We Need Bigger Megaphones for Diversity in Kid Lit. Lots of really good links to other discussions on diversity + coverage on what's happened recently + insightful discussion. (A conversation particularly brought up because of the VIDA Children's Literature pie graphs).

Appetite for Risk: At the Intersection of Video Games and Literature. Interesting - I mean, if the point is to get more kids/people reading the books, that'd be an amazing motivator, I imagine... At the same time, you have to wonder how much would actually get adapted.

Before Game of Thrones, no one named babies "Khaleesi." In 2012, it beat the name "Betsy." Lol. Not just Khaleesi, but also Arya and Draco, too, apparently.


Blogging:
Support/Advice/Questions:
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Should You Review Books From Different Age Groups On One Blog?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Squarespace vs. Wordpress - Why Wordpress Wins
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Why I Don’t Post More Tips for Blogger
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: 21 Questions to Ask When You’re in a Book Blogging Slump
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: BEA Tips - Battling BEA Overload
** Kara/Lyn/Bekka at Great Imaginations: BEA with Great Imaginations: Preparing for the Conference

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Sunny at Blue Shelf Sky: The Comparison Game
** Nova at Out of Time: Commenting and Receiving Comments
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: On Commenting
** Savannah at Books with Bite: Bookish Sites
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: How has blogging changed your reading experience?
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Peek in My Pocket -- My Biggest Purchases as a Blogger
** Jessica at Literary Etc: Overcoming Blogger Guilt
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: How Not to Criticize a Book Reviewer
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: College Blogging 101: Don’t Let The Memes Eat You Alive!!!
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: Blogging Creatively

Recommendations, Ratings, Reviews, ARCs, Authors:
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Renae Recommends: Lesser Known Contemporary YA
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: Elena Recommends: Classic Japanese Literature
** Cassie at Books with Cass: Crossing Over: A Book Rec Feature for Those Scared of Adult

Reading:
The Experience:
** Andye at Reading Teen: Why I’m STILL Reading This Book (or how I’m the slowest reader ever)
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Bi-literate Reading
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: What do you do with books that you’ve read?
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: Self, Do Not Succumb to It!
** Anya at On Starships & Dragonwings: Finding Diamonds in the Rough
** Keertana at Ivy Book Bindings: On Reading Slumps & College Visits
** Katy at A Blighted One: Bookish Facts
** Lisa at Lisa Is Busying Nerding: Musings on DNF books and guilty feelings
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: Fiction Vs. Reality
** Jen & April at The Starry-Eyed Revue: Reading at the Kids’ Table
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: I Just Don’t Get As Excited

Series:
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Tackling Series (update 2)
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: Do the Endings of Books/Series Affect Your Overall Opinion?
** Ana at Read Me Away: Scared by the Next Book
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: Does the Internet Ruin Finishing a Series?

Characters:
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Bookish Heroines
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Common Archetypes: People Who Only Like Old Music/Books

Specific Books:
** Kristy at Book Nerd Reviews: That Awkward Moment When I Dump You for Laini Taylor
** Charlene at The Duchess: Why I Love Shakespeare
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Feeling En-Titled: Blood Daughter of the Shadow City of Stars and Fire
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Baking the Books: Percy Jackson Cupcakes
** Mime at Notebooks Sisters: Disney Destroyed My Soul and Made Me Narrow Minded

Books, Books, Books:
** Sydney at Utterly Bookish: Quality over Quantity and Your Bookshelf
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: I Found Love in Audiobooks
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: I Miss Printed Bpoks
** Sophie at PaperBreathers: Dust Jackets or Naked Books?
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Let’s Talk about Movie Adaptations, Baby!
** Rachel at Paper Cuts: The Next “Blah Blah,” For Fans of “Author McAuthorPants”

Hey YA:
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Contemporary YA Reading Slump: Which Book Should I Read Next?
** Alyssa at the Reader’s Refuge: Announcement - SYNC YA starts in 1 month!
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: My Experience with LGBT YA
** Kelly at Stacked Books: On Expectations for Girls in YA Fiction, Misleading Reviews, and Sexuality
** Adele at Persnickety Snark: 2013 YA Romance Highlights
** Emily at Constellation Chronicles: What Morals Are We Promoting? [II]

Covers:
** Jen at YA Romantics: The Faceless, Part II
** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: The Abundance of Gender Neutral Covers

Movies/TV Shows:

Have you seen the If I Stay official trailer??? So excited for this movie now! I'm really surprised there hasn't been more promotional stuff for it, like releasing stills... but maybe they're trying to distance themselves from the marketing tactics of other YA adaptations? Or I haven't seen them yet/they're not as publicized? Here's one high-res still.

And the report from last week was made official: Chloe Moretz from the If I Stay adaptation has also been cast as Cassie in The 5th Wave adaptation.

The official soundtrack for The Fault in Our Stars has been released and is now available for pre-order on iTunes. You can also watch the first officially released clip from the film, "It's a Metaphor," re: Augustus and his cigarettes and look at this adorable still and these other two stills.

If you haven't already heard the news, Divergent is joining the ranks of YA adaptations with the last book being split into two parts. Yay or nay for Allegiant part I and part II? (I wonder where the split will occur and if they will bleed some of the Insurgent plot into the first part of the third movie...). In other news, were you curious about the CGI in Divergent? Here's a pretty cool behind the scenes clip at how it was done.

Were you confused about The Giver being in color? Well, it looks like the movie isn't actually! Here's a newly released featurette between Jonas and the Giver, with some insight from the author Lois Lowry.

Not only did Lauren Kate announce the full cast of the Fallen adaptation, but the people in charge have also released some stills re: the Hungarian castle they're filming in.

The students from the New England School of Communications will create a short film adaptationof J.K. Rowling’s short story, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.”
More Maze Runner promotional graphics: Everyone does their part & what if we were sent here for a reason?

Catching Fire won a bunch of awards at the MTV Movie awards.

Moonbot Studios announced today that it will acquire film rights to the Olivia Kidney trilogy of young adult books by award-winning author Ellen Potter.

This has nothing to do with YA adaptations, but did you see the first Gone Girl trailer? Also so excited for that film!

Giveaways:

ARC of Plus One - Elizabeth Fama, INT, 05/02.

ARC of Sekret - Lindsay Smith, INT, 04/26.

ARC of Love Letters to the Dead - Ava Dellaira, INT, 04/27.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 04/21, 04/2105/01.

Giveaways listed at Saturday Situation by Lori of Pure Imagination and Candace of Candace's Book Blog.

Don't forget to enter YABC's giveaways for the month.

Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {SF/F Reviews and Giveaways}.

The entire Legend trilogy. US only, 04/17.

Paperback of the 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen. US/CA only, 04/18.

April YA Lit new releases. INT, ends 04/30.

The Shadow Prince - Bree Despain. US/CA only, 04/21.

Hardcover copy of Plus One by Elizabeth Fama. US/CA only, 04/18.




Copy of She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick. US/CA only, 04/20.

Other:

New ReleasesFrozen (Taken #2) by Erin BowmanThe Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. SmithWhat I Thought Was True by Huntley FitzpatrickHouse of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie WhippleTo All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny HanDust Lands: Raging Star by Moira YoungOpen Road Summer by Emery LordSunrise by Mike MullinDon't Look Back by Jennifer L. ArmentroutThe Looking Glass by Jessica ArnoldThe Last Enemy: The Malichea Quest by Jim EldridgeThe Last Apprentice: Fury of the Seventh Son by Joseph DelaneyYou Only Live Once (Snap Decision #2) by Bridie Clark.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my spoiler-free mini review of the Blood of Eden trilogy by Julie Kagawa (aka five reasons to read it, if you haven't already). Besides that, I finally finished reading The Prophet by Khalil Gibran and then read his The Broken Wings (do me a favor; never, ever spell his name as Kahlil in my presence). And in another departure from my traditional YA pile, I finally finished reading The Deathly Hallows Lectures by John Granger, which provided some fascinating, far-reaching analysis on the seventh Harry Potter novel and made me appreciate the complexity of the series and that novel yet again. What're you reading now? Any of the April Goodreads YA Movers & Shakers?

Which articles did you like best? Did I miss any news? Did you host a cover reveal or discussion that I should have posted about? A giveaway? Leave the links, and I'll either edit this post or post about 'em next week.
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Mini Review: the Blood of Eden trilogy by Julie Kagawa

Release Date: April 15, 2014
Source: Netgalley
Published by: Harlequin Teen

If you have not already read the first two novels, do not read the summary below! The actual mini review of the series is spoiler-free but the summary is NOT.

The Forever Song - Julie Kagawa | Goodreads

VENGEANCE WILL BE HERS

Allison Sekemoto once struggled with the question: human or monster?

With the death of her love, Zeke, she has her answer.

MONSTER

Allie will embrace her cold vampire side to hunt down and end Sarren, the psychopathic vampire who murdered Zeke. But the trail is bloody and long, and Sarren has left many surprises for Allie and her companions—her creator, Kanin, and her blood brother, Jackal. The trail is leading straight to the one place they must protect at any cost—the last vampire-free zone on Earth, Eden. And Sarren has one final, brutal shock in store for Allie.

In a ruined world where no life is sacred and former allies can turn on you in one heartbeat, Allie will face her darkest days. And if she succeeds, triumph is short-lived in the face of surviving forever alone.

5 Reasons to Read the Blood of Eden trilogy:

1. If you like The Vampire Diaries, you may well like the character dynamics and focus on redemption/facing the monster within in this trilogy (RE: character dynamics - Stefan:Kanin, Damon:Jackal, Vampire/B.A. Elena:Allison, Stefan when he was with Elena: Zeke; these are not exact resemblances, particularly since I am talking of them *without* the love triangle elements in TVD, but regarding character attitudes and redemption, I was reminded of those in TVD). Allie's character growth over the trilogy, particularly as it relates to her struggles accepting and struggling and finally embracing her vampiric nature, was a treat to read.

2. Since the entire trilogy has been published, you can read all the books back to back. There's plenty of recap, too, if you want to space them out in your reading schedule. The first two end with major cliffhangers, but now you can read all the way through until you reach the beautifully open ending in The Forever Song that has just the right amount of hope and character resolution while allowing you to picture the final details for Allie and others. This ending stays true to both its characters and the bloody post-apocalyptic setting Kagawa has established.

3. If you're an action-oriented reader or love vampire novels, you may well like Kagawa's take on both. They've got the blood tears of Charlaine Harris's vampires and the constant Hunger in the Vampire Diaries and the badassery of old school vampires who know their power and strength and rule humans instead of submitting to them. That mixed with a post-apocalyptic setting = blood-soaked, action-packed adventure.

4. Allison. Remember what I said about her character growth? I also love that Allie is an unapologetic survivor, even when she learns that there are other things to live for in her destroyed world. She's brutal with her katana, quite capable of defending herself with both words and weapons. Fierce. Determined. Sarcastic. And her struggles to keep her humanity - to understand what's most important to her; what sort of monster she becomes - are easy to empathize with and ground the story. Her relationships with the other key characters add to the mix a sweet romance, a torturous take on redemption and hope, and humorous banter to lighten the harsh edges of her world.

5. If you're a fan of Kagawa's Iron Fey series, you may well like this series of hers for the similar writing style. Again, very cinematic with a lot of details that make it easy to imagine the world despite it being so very different from our own. Although this sometimes means that every one of the novels starts out slowly and has quite a bit of recap, it also means that the action is well choreographed and easy to picture.
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Mini Review: Sea of Shadows - Kelley Armstrong

Release Date: April 8, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Published by: HarperCollins

Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1) - Kelley Armstrong | Goodreads

In the Forest of the Dead, where the empire’s worst criminals are exiled, twin sisters Moria and Ashyn are charged with a dangerous task. For they are the Keeper and the Seeker, and each year they must quiet the enraged souls of the damned.

Only this year, the souls will not be quieted.

Ambushed and separated by an ancient evil, the sisters’ journey to find each other sends them far from the only home they’ve ever known. Accompanied by a stubborn imperial guard and a dashing condemned thief, the girls cross a once-empty wasteland, now filled with reawakened monsters of legend, as they travel to warn the emperor. But a terrible secret awaits them at court—one that will alter the balance of their world forever.


This read to me a bit like a video game or a horror movie. Lots of action, in particular the gruesome scenes in the creepy, creepy Forest of the Dead, with cool legendary monsters (thunder hawks and shadow stalkers and death worms and snow dragons and many, many more mentioned that I suspect we'd get introduced to later) and a fantasy world full of its politics between races and honorary duties and complications (e.g. lots of tribes/clans, discussions of what it means to be a warrior/in different castes). It's also got an easy to identify with premise behind a lot of that action: what if the monsters that you'd once told tales of were actually real? Plus each girl has got her own romance and character arc fitted to their separate responsibilities as Keeper and Seeker of Edgewood. It's easy to at least be empathetic to Moria and Ashyn given the horrors they witness and the way they handle their responsibilities, Ashyn doubting herself with so much at stake (putting to rest all those spirits and having to see what they endured) and Moria promoting herself as this brash, self-confident warrior-girl who loudly demands the respect from all.

Ultimately, however, this novel was not for me. It's got a pretty distant narration style, hence why I said it read like a video game or horror movie. The action is well choreographed and creepy and the novel full of adventure, but because there's this palpable distance, I didn't feel invested in the characters or world. It would be cool to experience this world in another form nonetheless. Sea of Shadows is more of a world-building and action-oriented fantasy novel, and I'd recommend it to those readers first. I can't tell you whether it measures up to other Armstrong novels, as I've only read some of her short stories.
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Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (42)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent MG/YA/NA book related news. I'll post about articles from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest.

Publishing:
Rights Report:

** Cloudforest - Kirsten Hubbard (a speculative thriller in which a teen overcoming a traumatic incident joins her mother at a healing center in a Latin American rain forest, only to discover a dangerous ability that will transform her life whether she wants it to or not. Egmont USA, spring 2016; the sequel, Red Rocks, tentatively scheduled for spring 2017)

** Machine and the Wild - Michelle Modesto (Debut YA genre mash-up follows Westie, the adopted daughter of a local inventor, as she pursues her family's killers through a gold-rush era California riddled with fantastical creatures, dark magic, and cannibals. Balzer+Bray, winter 2016).

** Red Moon Rising - K.A. Holt (Pitched as Firefly meets Little House on the Prairie, the novel features a feisty 13-year-old who becomes an unwitting pawn in the standoff between her struggling colony and the enclave of aliens who may be something quite different than they seem. Margaret K. McElderry books, early 2016).

** Nameless - Jennifer Jenkins (The two-book fantasy series focuses on 17-year-old Zo, who after the murder of her parents by a warring clan, volunteers to infiltrate the clan, but soon discovers they are not at all what she expected. She finds herself falling in love with an enemy soldier and accepting the friendship of a boy who saves her life. Month9Books, fall 2015).

From last week:

** First two books in science fiction series Lifer - Beck Nichols (A teenage slave aboard a spaceship finds herself in the middle of an uprising, while another teen back on Earth searches for his forgotten past in the midst of a brewing rebellion. 2014, 2015, Month9Books).

** Starflight - Melissa Landers (Read more about the deal at this link; "Pitched as "Overboard" meets "Firefly," in which an orphan indentures herself to a wealthy, arrogant young man in exchange for passage to a new world; but when an accident erases his memory, she convinces him that their roles are reversed and leads him on a series of intergalactic misadventures.").

Not up yet:

** The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable Fib - Adam Shaughnessy (Pitched as "the classic style of Roald Dahl meets Rick Riordan," MG debut in which a tale of gods and mythic creatures loose in a small New England town, and the unlikely pair of kids caught in their midst. Algonquin, fall 2015).

** Maggie - Susan Hill Long (about an orphan who is given a magic mirror and sets out to find the visions she alone sees in the glass.... described as "full of mistaken identities, lost loves, missing princesses, and a tantalizing tinge of magic." Knopf, spring 2016).

** A new series - Gena Showalter (About a “dangerous rivalry for souls and star-crossed love” that is “set in a world where real life begins after death.” Harlequin Teen.).

** The Creeps and the Night of the Frankenfrogs - Chris Schweizer (A new full-color graphic novel series that follows four unpopular middle-schoolers from Pumpkins County who seem to revel in the creepiness of their town, earning them their nickname, "The Creeps. " In book one, The Creeps investigate the disappearance of dissection-lab frogs – which subsequently turn up as resurrected, pieced-together, murderous monsters. Abrams/Amulet).

** Eleanor Herman's debut LEGACY series, an epic historical fantasy saga based on the young life of Alexander the Great, full of dark magic, political maneuvering, and high drama, to Harlequin Teen.

** Kali Wallace's SHALLOW GRAVES, about a murdered girl who finds herself resurrected and must reconcile her old, happy memories with the magical underworld of creatures to which she now belongs, a story which pulls from international folklore of monsters terrorizing children, avenging murderers, and consuming the dead, to Katherine Tegen Books.

** Sara Bennett Wealer’s RUSH, pitched in the tradition of Pitch Perfect, about the one week before college starts when everyone gets a clean slate, and the girls whose battle to become a “Sigma” might change Greek life forever, to Harlequin Teen, to be published as an e-book original in early 2015 (from here).

** Cyclone - Doreen Cronin (MG novel begins one summer vacation when two cousins take a ride on the rollercoaster in Coney Island, which transforms both of the girls' lives in different and dramatic ways. Atheneum, 2015).

** Untitled - Claire Needell (Debut novel explores the moral complexities of being an intelligent, self-aware young adult in contemporary American society, and trying to navigate love and self discovery without telling your parents why you're home so late. HarperTeen, fall 2015).

** Dead Boy - Laurel Gale (In the first of two middle-grade novels, it is Crow's misfortune to be undead, but maggots and stench are nothing compared to wanting a chance at having a real friendship with the girl next door. Debut, Crown, fall 2015).

** Liza Wiemer's debut HELLO?, about five Wisconsin small town teens whose lives intertwine when a grieving girl calls her dead grandmother's old phone number; the story is woven together by five narrators, using free verse poetry, screenplay, narration, and drawings, to Spencer Hill Press (from here)

** Cole Gibsen's SERENADE IN BLACK, in which a banshee carrying the souls of the dead to their afterlife makes a deal with the devil after her best friend's name appears on the list, to Danielle Ellison at Spencer Hill Press, in a three-book deal, for publication in Fall 2014 (from here)

Book Trailers: In the Shadows - Kiersten White & Jim Di Bartolo (teaser), Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend - Katie Finn

Interviews: Ann Brashares, Laini Taylor

Awards: If you are a teen/kid (or know one who'd be interested), you can now cast your vote for the Children's Council Book Awards. For book & author of the year in the teen categories -- Eleanor & Park, Allegiant, Clockwork Princess, Smoke, and the 5th Wave... and V. Roth, Rick Riordan among others. Winners to be announced May 12-18. The California Book Awards (YA: Stephanie Kuehn: Charm & Strange; Robin LaFevers: Dark Triumph; Tom McNeal: Far Far Away; Elizabeth Ross: Belle Epoque; Gene Luen Yang: Boxers & Saints (2 Volumes)). Waterstone's Best Book Prize (YA: Geek Girl - Holly Smale). Aurealis Awards (YA: These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner & Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near). Street Literature Book Awards (YA fiction: Way too Much Drama by Earl Sewell, Butterfly: A Novel by Sylvester Stephens).

Summer/Fall Indies Introduce New Voices Titles Revealed at Children’s Institute (MG: The Secret Hum of a Daisy, by Tracy Holczer, The Glass Sentence, by S.E. Grove, The Misadventures of the Family Fletcher, by Dana Alison Levy... YA: The Truth About Alice, by Jennifer Mathieu, Midnight Thief, by Livia Blackburne, Illusive, by Emily Lloyd-Jones, Six Feet Over It, by Jennifer Longo, Falling Into Place, by Amy Zhang, Salt & Storm, by Kendall Kulper, Lies We Tell Ourselves, by Robin Talley). Yay! Some new titles I'll be looking out for this year!

ALSC & YALSA’s Best Audio Picks of 2014. Did any of your favorites make the list?

Meridian School Board votes to remove controversial book from curriculum. (The Diary of a Part-Time Indian is being banned at an Idaho school).

For all of you interested in book sales articles, here's another: book sales rose 1% in 2013.

Cover Reveals:

Ava’s Wishes - Karen Pokras
*forgot to include this in the collage

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Buzzfeed quiz time! How many Newbery Medal-Winning Children's Books Have You Read? I fail at that. I skimmed through it, but my score was somewhere around 4. Whoops.

Learning to Adapt: The Cinematic Explosion of Young Adult Books. Very thorough article; goes beyond the recent movies of the past year (e.g. City of Bones, Beautiful Creatures, etc.).

Should celebrities stop writing children's books? And paired with that article, 6 Celebrities We Want to See Follow Russell Brand's Lead and Write Children's Books. Since I'm not much of a pop culture nerd (beyond ya book related issues), I don't have any particular requests, but hey, I would probably read a book from Lorde.

Divergent Director Neil Burger is Fed Up of the Stigma Behind the Young Adult Tag. It's interesting because the quote they gave him makes it sound like he's also stereotyping YA novels (Certainly it’s based on a young adult novel but for me I wasn’t interested in making a young adult story. It appeals to young people but to me the story is an adult story and the themes are adult. Grown up, mature, nuanced and universal ideas. So that’s what I was going for and I think that’s what we’ve got.” - So YA can't have nuanced, mature ideas?).

9 Children Book Morals for Adults. Adorable. Sort of feels like it needs its own interconnected poster.

We Need More Female Friendships Like These 8 YA BFFs. Love this. When I first saw the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants in theater with my friends, we decided to name each other after those characters to cement our friend group. (Didn't stick, but still).

10 Profound Children's Book Quotes That Probably Changed Your Life. I love that they chose that line from Harry Potter. Probably my favorite of the series too.

Berkeley Eighth Graders Raise Over $78K on Kickstarter, Build a School Library -- because this is an inspiring story.

Why Eleanor & Park the movie is so important. Agreed, especially with Chloe Moretz having been offered the role of Cassie in 5th Wave... another Shailene Woodley in the making? So bring back diversity.

Blogging:
Support/Advice/Questions:
** Hannah at the Irish Banana Review: BEA 2014: 10 Rookie Mistakes
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Host an ebook Giveaway
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Use Font Icons on Your WordPress Blog
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Add Graphical Quotation Marks Inside Blockquotes
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Install Twitter Cards on Your WordPress Blog
** Chantelle at Looking for the Panacea: How to Get in the Mood for the Divergent Movie
** Mime at Notebooks Sisters: 5 Ways to Make Your Librarian Happy

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Anya at On Starships & Dragonwings: Blog Reader Survey: Tell Me What You Think
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: I’ve Been Hit by the Blogger Insecurities Fairy
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: College Blogging 101: Balancing Blogging and Friends
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: The Careers of Book Bloggers
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: What do you think of the book blogging community?
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: Keeping Up With the Label
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: #RBWL III: Return of the Wishlist
** Jen & April at The Starry-Eyed Revue: We Co-Sign on Co-blogging
** Kelley at Oh, The Books!: Maintaining Individual Personality on a Group Blog
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: What’s the Future of Commenting?
** Kelley at Oh, The Books!: Questionable Ethics?
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: A Twitter Pet Peeve of Mine
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: Big Bucks or Bust -- Affiliate Programs

Recommendations, Reviews, Ratings, Authors, ARCs:
** Anna at Anna Reads: What I’d Read: If I Had Time to Reread
** Hannah at the Irish Banana Review: ARC Essentials: Disney-Hyperion
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Review Writing Slump
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Early Reviews
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Ghost Writers and Co-Authors
** Kara at Great Imaginations: Why I’m Envious of Writers
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: What do you want to see in an author event recap?
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Build Up Vs. Tearing Down - Promoting a Beautiful Blogging Community

Personal:
** Jasprit at the Reader’s Den: Divergent European Premier
** Alexa at Alexa Loves Books: Literary BFFs + Life Unplugged
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: Roadtrip Madness, Free Fonts, A Mixtape and Other Wonderful Things
** Meg at Cuddlebuggery: I Do Not Think That Word Means What You Think It Means
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Transitioning from a Student Visa to a UK Spouse Visa

Reading:
The Experience/Habits:
** Andye at Reading Teen: Do You Organize Your Books?
** Aman at Enticed by Books: What to do when in a reading slump
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Rereading Books
** Chantelle at Looking for the Panacea: Paradigm Shifts
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: Book Nerdspiration: What Don Draper Reads
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: I See You Baby Touching That Paper
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: Do You Need to Like the Protagonist?
** Christy at Christy’s Book Addiction: No Spoilers, Please!
** Sheri at [YA]Escape From Reality: Reading While Abroad

Books, Books, Books:
** Siiri at Little Pieces of Imagination: On Finishing Series
** Ana at Read Me Away: Books That Hurt So Good
** Sophie at PaperBreathers: The Three Books That Define Me
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Unavailable Books on my TBR List

Hey YA:
** Emily at Constellation Chronicles: What Morals Are We Promoting?
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Revisiting YA Verse Novels: A 2014 Guide to the Format
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: Ink for the Young Adult Book Lover in You

Book Trailers:
** Kim at Time 2 Read: Book Trailers
** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: Do You Watch Book Trailers?

Romance:
** Jenni at Xpresso Reads: Book Girls Don’t Cry… or Fall for All the Romance
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: I Will Go Down with This Ship!

Movies/TV Shows:

The Maze Runner has been releasing promotional gifs. Here's the first and the second, and I like them. A lot more than stills. I'm going to have to read the books before the movie comes out...

An unconfirmed report suggests that Chloe Moretz has been offered the role of Cassie Sullivan in the upcoming The 5th Wave adaptation. April Fool's has passed, but hey maybe they will cast another crossover YA actress like they did with Shailene Woodley?

So I did not know that The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight had been optioned, but there you have it. Now Jennifer Smith has admitted to an actress having been cast for the role of Hadley Sullivan. I expect we'll find out who it is soon enough? (And I want to know who's playing cutie Oliver...)

Casting calls have begun for the BBC/HBO adaptation of J.K. Rowling's The Casual Vacancy.

Again, not YA, but oh well: seasons 5 & 6 have been confirmed for Game of Thrones! (Hmm. I wonder whether the writers are going to have to diverge from the story line a lot or if Martin truly will finish the sixth book in the next two years...).

Giveaways:

ARC of Plus One - Elizabeth Fama, INT, 05/02.

ARC of Sekret - Lindsay Smith, INT, 04/26.

ARC of Love Letters to the Dead - Ava Dellaira, INT, 04/27.

Blogoversary: $25 gift card to store of choosing, INT, 04/16.

$50 Amazon gift card. Ends 04/14.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 04/13, 04/21, 05/01.

Giveaways listed at Saturday Situation by Lori of Pure Imagination and Candace of Candace's Book Blog.

Don't forget to enter YABC's giveaways for the month.

Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {SF/F Reviews and Giveaways}.


The entire Legend trilogy. US only, 04/17.

Paperback of the 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare by M.G. Buehrlen. US/CA only, 04/18.

Copy of Sekret by Lindsay Smith. US/CA only, 04/10.

April YA Lit new releases. INT, ends 04/30.

Book of your choice up to $15. INT, 04/13.


Two finished copies of The Forever Song by Julia Kagawa. North America only, 04/11.


Wish Gillian a happy birthday & get to know her better. Sp. books listed. 04/14.

Girls Gone Sci Fi tour. US only, 04/14.

Dreams of Gods and Monsters. US only, 04/15.

Other:

New YA ReleasesFar From You - Tess SharpePlus One - Elizabeth FamaThe Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy - Kate HattemerToxic Heart (Mystic City #2) - Theo LawrenceRebel Belle - Rachel HawkinsDreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) - Laini TaylorSea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1) - Kelley ArmstrongThe Here and Now - Ann BrasharesNoggin - John Corey WhaleySwim That Rock - John Rocco and Jay PrimanoBetween Two Worlds - Katherine KirkpatrickWhat We Hide - Marthe JocelynThe Interrogation of Ashala Wolf - Ambelin KwaymullinaPointe - Brandy ColbertIncinerator (Crusher #2) - Niall LeonardMayday - Jonathan FriesenBreakfast Served Anytime - Sarah CombsThe Museum of Intangible Things - Wendy WunderDirt Bikes, Drones and Other Ways to Fly - Conrad WesselhoeftWorld Outside - Eva WisemanKlaatu Terminus - Pete HautmanGreat - Sara BenincasaBurn Out - Kristi HelvigThe Lonesome Young - Lucy ConnorsAsk Me - Kimberly Pauley.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Plus One by Elizabeth Fama (a beautifully written, romantic and thought provoking novel) and my mini review of Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong. Finally finished reading The Magicians as a part of my read-along with Ameriie -- and in the end, I quite enjoyed the novel. Once I got past my struggle with the first hundred pages, most things smoothed over and I'm curious to see what will happen next in The Magician King. I am also about 100 pages in Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor (couldn't resist! I have work to do but GAH.). Have you read any of these books lately?

Which articles did you like best? Did I miss any news? Did you host a cover reveal or discussion that I should have posted about? A giveaway? Leave the links, and I'll either edit this post or post about 'em next week.
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