Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (45)

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.

Rights Report 1, 2:

** Mayday - Karen Harrington (MG in which seventh-grade plane crash survivor Wayne Kovok embarks on a quest to recover two things lost in the crash: his voice, and the American flag honoring the death of his soldier uncle, while trying to find his place between his absentee father and his super-patriotic military grandfather. Little Brown for Young Readers, spring 2016).

** A Night Divided - Jennifer A. Nielsen (Stand-alone MG - a story of danger and intrigue in Cold War-era East Berlin, about a girl whose family is split in half when the Berlin Wall goes up. Scholastic, fall 2015).

** My 7th Grade Life in Tights - Brooks Benjamin (Debut in which a 12-year-old boy has the chance to compete for a summer dance scholarship, and must decide what's more important: sticking with his crew or freestyling his way into solo greatness. Delacorte, spring 2016).

** Never Wear Red Lipstick on Picture Day (And Other Lessons I've Learned) - Allison Gutknecht (the precocious, irrepressible Mandy deals with Picture Day copycats and a contest; Aladdin, fall 2014).

** Tumbling - Caela Carter (Set at the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics trials, about the girls vying for spots on the Olympic team. In shifting points of view, Carter examines what each girl wants, needs, and sacrifices for her Olympic dreams. Viking, 2016, coinciding with Summer Olympics).

** I Woke Up Dead at the Mall - Judy Sheehan (It tells of a girl who wakes up dead at the Mall of America only to find she was murdered, and she must work with a group of dead teenagers to finish up the unresolved business of their former lives while preventing her murderer from killing again. Delacorte Press, spring 2016).

** We'll Never Be Apart - Emiko Jean (A psychological YA thriller about a 17-year-old girl who is committed to a mental institution after her boyfriend dies in a fire set by her twin. To cope, she begins writing the story of her past in foster care, and discovers that everything she thought she knew was a lie. HMH Books for Young Readers, fall 2015).

** When My Heart Was Wicked - Tricia Stirling (Debut features 16-year-old Lacy, whose unstable mother will stop at nothing, not even dark magic, to keep control of her daughter's heart and soul. Scholastic, 2015).
** Lisa Renee Jones's self-published series THE SECRET LIFE OF AMY BENSEN, starting with ESCAPING REALITY and INFINITE POSSIBILITIES, along with the third unpublished book in the series FORSAKEN, to Gallery.

** Jay McLean's MORE THAN THIS, the first book in the MORE THAN series following a group of high school seniors as their most transformative relationships are formed and tested, 

** and Jay McLean's THE ROAD, a standalone novel following the improbable love story that develops between the high school basketball star and the girl who likes to stay invisible as they face the biggest challenge of their lives, to Skyscape.

** Jessica Spotswood’s PETTICOATS & PISTOLS, an anthology of new short fiction bringing history to life from the viewpoints of strong, clever, resourceful American girls, edited by Spotswood and including stories by Elizabeth Wein, Beth Revis, Marie Lu, and Andrea Cremer among many others (according to Jessica Spotswood: Jillian Anderson Coats, Robin LaFevers, Katherine Longshore, Marissa Meyer, Saundra Mitchell, Caroline Richmond, Lindsay Smith, Robin Talley) to Candlewick.

** Pay It Forward - Catherine Hyde (In Pay It Forward, twelve-year-old Trevor is tasked by his social studies teacher to come up with a plan to change the world. [...] But though Trevor is determined to see the good in everyone, the world may not be as kind. Read the full announcement here.)

Not up yet from this week:

** Dead City #3 - James Ponti (MG series, which continues the adventures of zombie hunter Molly Bigelow, Aladdin).

** Two books - James Ponti (MG series called Florian Bates, pitched as "part Watson and Holmes, and part Watson and Crick." Aladdin).

** Just Outside Paradise - James Ponti (YA mystery in which the discovery of a classmate's body prompts the son of the local sheriff to investigate classmates he suspects played a role in her death, despite the town's conclusion that her death was a suicide. Simon Pulse).

** In Pizza Is the Best Breakfast (And Other Lessons I've Learned) - Allison Gutknecht (Mandy tries her hand at some innovative cooking while battling it out with her formerly favorite cousin, Aladdin, spring 2015).

** The Kidnap Plot - Dave Butler (A middle-grade action-adventure trilogy. In it, the young hero, Charlie, sets out to rescue his inventor father from kidnappers, and along the way uncovers a dastardly plan he must help to foil – and discovers that he is one of his father’s inventions. Knopf, spring 2016).

** Dead Investigation - Charlie Price (YA companion to Dead Connection, in which a hapless high-schooler's ability to talk with the dead gets him tangled in another murder mystery against his will. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, fall 2015).

Excerpts: The Songbird's Overture - Danielle Jensen, Open Road Summer - Emery Lord, The Immortal Crown - Richelle Mead

Interviews: Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz

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. (And YALSA has a tumblr for the Top Ten teen nominee titles I announced last week.)

Book Trailers: Chantress Academy - Amy Butler Greenfield, Latitude Zero - Diana Renn

A preview of Penguin's Summer 2014 titles from School Library Journal.

Maggie Stiefvater's tour for Sinner was announced. I don't usually include links to those here, unless they're group efforts, but I'm still in awe of her drawing skills.

Some classic novels are finally getting ebooks - To Kill a Mockingbird and Ernest Hemingway's works.

The top five ebook publishers of 2014 so far. Can you guess who's made that list?

Cover Reveals:

Promposal - Rhonda Helms
*And… I forgot to include this one.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

If you haven't noticed, there's been a lot of controversy related to BookCon and the lack of diversity in the panelists chosen. CBC Diversity has written a response piece to the statement released by the organizers. And here's a (slightly old) analysis of the diversity in NYT Bestsellers by Malinda Lo and Amanda at Book Riot does a close reading of BookCon's statement as well (whole series up at Book Riot, if you're interested, on the diversity talks). There's a campaign out called "We Need Diverse Books."

‘Divergent’ Producer Shares The Scoop On More Screen-Ready YA Reads. Not sure I see the sci-fi trend in YA really, since that seemed to be a year or two ago?

How Author G. Neri and Librarian Kimberly DeFusco Changed a Life - cool story if you have the time.

Shakespeare's personal dictionary on ebay? Whaat? Didn't think that was going to happen...

On “Slut Shelves” and Eating Our Own In Fiction. Kelly from Stacked uses Alexandra Duncan's post about the slut shelving of her book, Salvage, as a starter for discussion.

A 24 Hour bookstore in Beijing?? Open one here please tooooo.

And Google is creepy but still awesome. Look at the map of all the bookstores and public libraries in the US.

And while we're on libraries... Visiting libraries makes us as happy as a £1,359 pay rise.

UNESCO study points to a “revolution in reading” in developing countries, thanks to mobile devices -- now this is really cool. I tend to think the worst of cell phones and their growing use among the younger generations but clearly there are some positive things to be said too.

The 15 Most Anticipated YA Books publishing in May, according to Epic Reads & the collection of Goodreads data.

8 Surprising Jane Austen Adaptations. I haven't watched Bridget Jones Diary and I am a pop culture fail so therefore I was surprised about that one o.o. Still surprised about Clueless.

And Epic Reads with another infographic! 17 YA Books with Dragons. How many have you read?

Gorgeous Vintage Children’s Book Covers From All Over the World.

Eight classic young adult novels that deserve the Hollywood treatment. And what a surprise: I haven't read any of the class YA novels o.o. 

Where are all the heroines in YA fiction? (They haven't gone anywhere – they're just hidden behind a curtain of Hollywood and publishing stereotypes, argues site member Firebird).

** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: DIY: Currently Reading Gadget
** Ashley at Nose Graze: What Is “whois” and How Can You Tell If a Comment Is Spam?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Some of the Restrictions on Blogs
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Keeping It Cheap at a Con…
** Rachel at Parajunkee: I Need A New Twitter Cover -- Stat! PJ has that covered

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: It’s That Time
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: Reaching Out to Publishers
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: When Is It Time to Let Go of a Feature?
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Too Many Tweets?
** Katie at Katie’s Book Blog: 2014 Book Blogger Summer Reading Program!
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: The Art of Blog Photography
** Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer: Comments, Replies, and Socializing
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: College Blogging 101: Time Management and Scheduling
** Sana at Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile: Discovering Edelweiss 101: Browse and Tag
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Goodreads Shelves

Recommendations, Reviews, Ratings, ARCs, Authors:
** Kristilyn at Reader in Winter: Authors Using Pseudonyms
** Leigh at Little Book Star: How I Write My Reviews

The Experience:
** Giselle at Xpresso Reads: Book Girls Don’t Cry… A Day of Reading and Things
** Andye at Reading Teen: Reading in Public
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: Are You a Mood Reader?
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: Reading a Series from Start to Finish
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Best Kiss Scenes and What Makes Them Great

** Ana at Read Me Away: The New Guy
** Trish from Between My Lines guest posting at Oh, The Books!: Oh, Those Hateful Characters
** Cassie at Books with Cass: Unreliable Narrators
** Lyn at Great Imaginations: Character Love
** Lesley Marie at Books and Beautiful: Just a Few LGBT Characters That I Love

** Kimberly at Stacked Books: TLA Trends
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Emily Dickinson is the New Black in YA Fiction
** Sarah at GreenBeanTeenQueen: This Meets That
** Jen at YA Romantics: Island Tales, from Idyll to Sinister
** Cait at Notebooks Sisters: Please Stop Comparing Books to the Hunger Games
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: I Wish You’d Stop Using That Word

Books, Books, Books:
** Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue: SYNC 2014 Audiobook Titles Have Been Announced
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: Why Can’t Books Be Free?
** Sunny at Blue Shelf Sky: Books and Me: a Look-back
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Book Extras
** Ashley at Nose Graze: I Don’t Know What My Favorite Books Are
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Are Second Books In a Trilogy Doomed to Fail?
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: Thick Books Make Me Happy
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Book Stickers Are for the Birds

Specific Books:
** Jenni at Xpresso Reads: Book Girls Don’t Cry… They Go See Divergent.
** Nara at Looking for the Panacea: Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

** Kelly at Stacked Books: Reader’s Advisory and Contemporary YA Fiction from the CLA Conference
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: What It’ll Take for Me to Read (And Really Enjoy) a Dystopian
** Melissa at I Swim for Oceans: Learning to Love a Genre I Thought I Couldn’t
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Read Widely, Read non-fiction

Movies/TV Shows:

The BFG by Roald Dahl is getting adapted for the big screen by director Steven Spielberg in 2016.

If you were not at WonderCon and wanted to attend the Maze Runner conference with some of the cast and James Dashner, you can watch the panel videos here and here. Here are 7 new stills and another still here and 40 Things I Learned From The Cast, Producer, And Director On The Set Of ‘The Maze Runner.’

Disney lines up Scarlett Johansson and Lupita Nyong'o for The Jungle Book. That's a super-power cast already...

And for the live action Pan film: Cara Delevingne & Amanda Seyfried.

Did you know that Divergent's now passed the $200 million mark? And if you are an enthusiastic Divergent fan, an open casting call was broadcasted for Amity extras in Insurgent.

And with J.K. Rowling's the Casual Vacancy, it's been reported that it will have three one-hour episodes.

Ah, who am I kidding? You're probably most interested in The Fault in Our Stars this week since a new, extended trailer was released. Also John Green's cameo in the film was cut and the film is set to be 2 hours and 5 minutes according to Josh Boone.

3 stills from the Fallen adaptation, which has also apparently already finished filming. More news coming soon from that end? Maybe.

Where the Rainbows End, otherwise known as Love, Rosie in the US, has released two posters and two teaser trailers. The romantic comedy stars Sam Claflin and Lily Collins.

Also find out about the cast for Jem and the Holograms here.

Alloy Entertainment is developing another Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants movie, Sisters Everlasting.

Stephenie Meyer's production company optioned the rights to Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis.

Universal Acquires 'Wicked' Author's Next Book 'Egg and Spoon' (Exclusive).

Felicity Jones To Star In Juan Antonio Bayona’s ‘A Monster Calls.’


Paperback of Dare You To by Katie McGarry. Ends 05/11.

ARC of Second Star - Alyssa Sheinmel. INT, ends 05/18.

Paperback of Sweet Reckoning - Wendy Higgins. Ends 05/05.

ARC of She Is Not Invisible - Marcus Sedgwick, INT, 05/12.

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

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 05/01, 05/0405/05, 05/0505/15.

Congratulate Jen & April at The Starry-Eyed Revue for the blog turning 3 years old! Prize pack 1 and prize pack 2, US only, 05/30.

Choice from a selection of books, INT, 05/09.

Fairy tale Fortnight hop, INT, 05/03.

The Blood of Eden books - Julie Kagawa, US/CA only, 05/02.

One of Jessica Verdi's books, INT, 05/04.

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}.

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

LGBTQ month giveaways.

Signed copy of Behind the Scenes - Dahlia Adler. US only, ends 05/02.


New Releases: Scan - Walter Jury and Sarah Fine, Sleep No More - Aprilynne Pike, In the Shadows - Kiersten White and Jim DiBartolo, The Treatment (The Program #2) - Suzanne Young, The Taking (Taking #1) - Kimberly Derting, Sweet Reckoning (Sweet #3) - Wendy Higgins, Summer Love - Jill Santopolo, Exile (Exile #1) - Kevin Emerson, Love and Other Foreign Words - Erin McCahan, The Drowning - Rachel Ward, Shattered (Slated #3) - Teri Terry, A Time to Dance - Padma Venkatraman, Tease - Amanda Maciel, The End or Something Like That - Ann Dee Ellis, Hunter - Michael Carroll, Catch a Falling Star - Kim Culbertson.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my mini review of Second Star - Alyssa Sheinmel (The next time you're at the beach, bring this book along and let yourself fall into its atmosphere.). Finished my read-alongs of A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess and Just One Year - Gayle Forman with Bonnie of For the Love of Words and Nara of Looking for the Panacea.Currently reading a bunch of books in an attempt at something new and more manageable? Reading a little bit every day. Except I'm feeling impatient about it. Also not convinced it's more productive, but it'll help reduce the pile of books I have here because... in two months I will be moving! So I've got to read at least some of these before then! And... unrelated to that... If any of you are headed to the RT Book Convention in NOLA, I will be volunteering for a few days & I will also be at BEA next month. Squeezing in as much stuff as possible before I'm gone :D. All ye who are going to BEA, check out this helpful list of YA authors and when they're signing.

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.


  1. We'll Never Be Apart and When My Heart Was Wicked are now also added to my list, because he isn't already long enough, haha.

    After the end (got a copy), The falconer (on it's way :D), Rebel (currently reading), Free to fall & The art of Lainey are my anticipated books from that list from EpicReads.
    I love the 17 YA dragons list! I want to read The burning sky and Talon. I recently read Eon and it was amazing. Talker 25 was disappointing, Siege and storm is one of my favorite books and I have Asunder on the shelves.

    1. Hehehe YAY!! I love making the TBR list longer. OOOOH You've got the Falconer? AND MEL READ THE ART OF LAINEY. Cute contemporary fun! Will brighten your day, probably, unless you don't relate to Lainey, but I hope you do. I want to read Eon - I gave up on it before for some reason - but now that you've also read and liked it... well another reason to check it out :O!

  2. Thank you for linking me!

    Also, I think it is interesting that someone pointed out the doomed middle child syndrome of trilogies. I find that Catching Fire and Days of Blood and Starlight are two books that make their entire trilogy worthwhile.

    There is so much win on this post this week.


    1. Of course!

      Yes, and i would agree with Ashley. I'm totally a first-book sort of person for some of the reasons she listed, like how the world seems much more magical with the first book. & The books you listed -- I so agree. They were good follow-ups to their first books :). CF was definitely my favorite of the THG trilogy.

      Thank you!

      OOOOH ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY THE BOOK!!! I still have to read the first one. Seems like so many people talk about that trilogy!


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