Thursday, August 1, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (6)

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds is a feature that will let you know about recent YA book-related news. I'll post about articles I've read from the publishing industry, cover reveals, discussions from fellow bloggers, the latest tv/movie news, and giveaways that you're hosting. For more information, visit the first CMtBR post.

((Sorry about the flub! This was meant to go up yesterday, but I fell asleep before I had finished, and you saw quite the unfinished version (blaaah). Anyway, CMtBR is going up today instead of Lush on Thursday.))

Publishing Industry:

New rights report this week:

  • Oliver and the Seawigs by Phillip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre (four illustrated MG novels)
  • Guts & Glory by Ben Thompson (three MG nonfiction books)
  • Suicide Notes from Beautiful Girls by Lynn Weingarten (YA suspense novel pitched as Gone Girl meets Thirteen Reasons Why.)
  • Red Butterfly by A.L. Sonnichsen (MG verse novel)
  • Unusual Chickens for the Exception Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones (MG debut)
  • Untitled by Michaela DePrince (memoir from a 18 y.o. ballet star)
  • Untitled by Howard Bryant (three MG nonfiction books - sports oriented)
  • The Nightsiders by Jonathan Maberry (MG debut)
  • Wherever You Go by Pat Zietlow Miller and Eliza Wheeler (picture book)
  • Outer Space, Bedtime Race by Rob Sanders and Brian Won (picture book)

(It seems to me that a lot of agents and pub industry peeps have commented on the absence of MG but just look at the rights for this week. *jaw drops*)

Feiwel and Friends has picked up the Wattpad sensation, Lailah by Nikki Kelly.

Are you interested in Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? The book trailer was released on MTV Hollywood crush. Read my review of the title here! It will be posted on the blog soon.

Have you added Ask Again Later to your Goodreads TBR? Well, if you're a German reader, you too will have the chance to read this 2014 YA contemporary debut by Chessie Zappia. (Y'all, Chessie Zappia is an awesome writer and human being, and I highly suggest you add her book to your TBR.)

Are you excited about AllegiantThe official synopsis has just been released.

Curious about Marie Lu's new series? Here's some info plus updates on the Legend movie.

Andrea Cremer on the set of Veronica Mars? Whut? Does this mean other YA authors get to be there, or is in some sort of cameo or? o.O

J.K. Rowling accepted damages from the firm which spilled the beans about her pen name, Robert Galbraith.

I'm starting to think that New Adult literature has gained mainstream acceptance.

Have you seen this infographic about the lack of diversity in children's lit? Yikes! At least there was some diversity in the Man Booker Prize nominees.

The blogging sphere has collided with the publishing industry in some dramatic ways lately. For a recap of some plagiarism issues, see this post from Diana Peterfreund. For the actual incidents, see here and here. And for the shitfest that's been happening between reviewers and a certain author, see this post (which has now, btw, made its way onto STGRB) and another GR review (this time with the cover artist and someone associated with the author).

Cover Reveals:

Discussion/other fun blogger posts:

Lottie Eve of La Lovely Stories wants to see some more genuine friendships in YA fiction.

Have you seen the one-of-a-kind heroine? Reem of I Read and Tell is looking for her! (Me too.)

Bekka of Pretty Deadly Reviews talks about her romance turn-offs, and for Kristin from Matched Manuscripts, it sounds like one may be the "prop" boyfriend in YA. Bekka also features a guest post which discusses when good books include damaging trends.

In light of ever-increasing blogger-author drama, Shelver of Bookshelvers Anonymous has some advice for bloggers and how we should handle these interactions.

Laura at Owl Tell You About It wants to know why you would prefer audiobooks over print books or vice versa. Melissa and Kristy of Book Nerd Reviews ask whether you prefer stand-alones or series.

Christina of Reader of Fictions and Kara of Great Imaginations want to know about your first bookish memories and how you became readers.

Now that you have those warm fuzzy childhood bookish memories in mind, y'all should go encourage Cee from The Novel Hermit. She's in a reading and writing funk and doesn't know how to get out of it.

Sarah at GreenBeanTeenQueen discusses cover changes between hardcovers and paperbacks. On a related note, Kelley at Another Novel Read discusses the silhouettes cover trend in YA. Kezia at Pansycake Reader also discusses the kissing couple cover trend in YA.

Jenny of Supernatural Snark shares her top six kick-ass heroines and invites you to do the same.

Debby of Snuggly Oranges discusses the awesomeness of maps in (fantasy) books.

Cayce of Fighting Dreamer wants to know your opinion on pet names in books.

Still not sold on NA lit? Trisha at Between the Lines talks about why she loves emotional NA books.

Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads discusses how to be lazy and block out the weekend for yourself. (I actually think I need to do this ASAP :O).

Helen at My Novel Opinion discusses genre snobbery and reader stereotyping. Brittany at The Book Addict's Guide has some advice for those reluctant non-YA readers. Buzzfeed has some suggestions too!

Molli at Once Upon a Prologue discusses the problem of book/movie comparisons and when they go awry in the marketing aspect of the publishing industry. On a somewhat related note (marketing!), Nikki at The Paper Sea discusses the marketing technique of cross-posting your reviews to Goodreads.

If you didn't already know, the Bloggy awards are currently being held. After having been nominated, Asti at A Bookish Heart shares some tips on having a break-out blog. (If you're looking to follow some of her tips and want social media icons, look at this post from Shanelle from Books for Thought.)

Also look at Asti's site for the awesome "Bookish Games." Bloggers everywhere are voting each off... the island? Sending their peers to their oh-so-gruesome deaths... Dun dun dun.

To all you reviewers who were in the top 1% at Goodreads, Kat from Cuddlebuggery has some advice for you. Follow at your own risk.

Book Girls Don't Cry: They Vent - Last week, the topic from Amy, Giselle, and Jenni was themselves. Find out more about these lovely ladies!

Jenni of Alluring Reads also discusses how she reads reviews, especially those of books she's anticipating--and Brittany of The Book Addict's Guide similarly wants to know how you deal with spoilers in your reviews. On a related note, Tory-San of the Sleeping Latte discusses emotional versus technical reviews, and Charlotte of Thoughts and Pens discusses which books you should choose to review. And and and Lizzy gives 5 tips for correcting a reviewer when he/she is wrong.

Katie of One Page at a Time wants to know which YA book-to-movie adaptations you're most excited for.

Movies/T.V. Shows:

Excited for the CW television show, the 100, based off the book of the same name? Publisher's Weekly did a feature on both.

They're making a movie of Flowers in the Attic.

MTV Hollywood Crush makes a case for why YA lovers should watch The Spectacular Now.

The latest YA book headed to Hollywood? Elusion by Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam.


Celebrate with the lovely Chessie Zappia on Ask Again Later German rights being sold: she's giving away some truly awesome ARCs. Ends in a week.

Celebrate the move to Wordpress with Jenni of Alluring Reads with up to $15 worth in books. Ends August 4, 2013.

The weekly giveaway at Children's Publishing. Ends August 2nd at 6:00 p.m.

Xpresso Reads: $25 Amazon giftcard or ARC of These Broken Stars. International and ends on August 2, 2013.

Most Featured Book: Nothing I haven't already featured - not seeing a *huge* book pop up everywhere. I have, however, seen All Our Pretty Songs by Sarah McCarry appear a bit more frequently. Sarah runs the blog The Rejectionist, so I think her online presence is partially contributing to this. Have you read the book? Did you enjoy it?

Recent Recommended Read: Truthfully, don't have much here. I skimmed-read Unbreakable by Kami Garcia and I'm currently listening to The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen via Why skim (after ~60 pages)? Well, Unbreakable seems, to me, like City of Bones meets Supernatural. Plot twists and a lot of the techniques (minus the snappy one-liner humor and imagery/simile loaded writing) are similar to those used in The Mortal Instruments (i.e. sees something strange, attack on mother, not safe, has a larger role, goes to secret society HQ with hot boys, etc.), and they're fighting demons but with a different secret society and history (probably why publisher referred to The Da Vinci Code). From Supernatural come the identical twin brothers who rescue (and fall in love with) Kennedy and creepy scenes like a poltergeist attack and a house breathing out shards of glass. It sounds cool, but I felt kind of "meh" about the book--could just be my personal preferences, given the good reviews it's gotten so far. So, my recommendation would probably be The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner.

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. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea isn't on my tbr list (I think it's not on my GR account either) because I'm not into horror that much and there're only very few selected horror books I want to read and this isn't one of them although most of the readers seem to love it. I AM SO FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT ALLEGIENT!!! I have ben putting reading Insurgent off for so long so I'll re-read Divergent and get to read Insurgent right before and I'm good to go and read the final book. I love that it's dual POV. We'll see if I love it when I read it lol.

    I really like Cress's cover. I DNF-d Cinder for at the time being, but I'll pick it up someday:) Harry Potter FTW!! :)

    I loved Jenny's choice of heroines and that she didn't go the original route and pick Katniss or Tris or Rose--the obvoious choices. I had only read two of the books she chose them from and I really need to get to the rest of them:) Planning on reading some of them soon. Shadow and Bone for instance;)

  2. Oh that trailer for Between The Devil.. is so awesome. I finished reading that one this week and really enjoyed it. Thanks for the shout outs to my posts, Christina!

  3. That Hogwarts pic is stunning!! I also <3 Cress. (have yet to start the series though....)
    Oh, Allegiant is going to be told in dual perspective. Interesting...

    Thanks for mention! :)

  4. I looooooove the cover from Cress! So freaking excited for this book <3 And those Harry Potter editions *drool*

  5. Seriously, the Cress cover outshines them all. Of all the fairy tale representations, I think it's clearest - and my god, I love the blue and red and white and gold all together. And I am also considering buy more HP books ha, just for those covers o.O.

  6. Yes, I am excited for Four's perspective. Cress IS beautiful and yesss, Cayce, get on that series!!! :) Also, no problem.

  7. I love the writing. I'm not a hugehugehuge horror person either because I'm not a hugely visual reader and horror freaks the bleepin' bleep out of me (I'm usually the one with the purse in front of her eyes during those movies) BUTTT April Genevieve Tucholke has some serious talent. If you don't read the book or have on your TBR, just check out the quotes section later. I'm sure you'll see some great excerpts :).

    You haven't read Insurgent yet?!? This is like you putting off The Indigo Spell and reading Dimitri's POV. Bad, Siiri, bad :P. Still, I hope that back to back reading will work out for you - some people have said that it's made their expectations worse o.O.

    You DNFed Cinder? Whuh. Why? HP FTW EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK.

    Which two books did you read? YES READ SHADOW AND BONE. The only ones I'd read from her list were Dani O'Malley & Alina. Soon: Elisa and Deuce. But otherwise, don't know the others. It was refreshing not to have those top 3 choices.

  8. Agreed! Loved the music in the trailer and red waves. Glad that you enjoyed it--wasn't the writing just fabulous? And no problem :).

  9. Thanks for the shout out <3
    Great roundup, lots of links that I'm about to explore now. And those HP covers, *swoon*, my life won't be complete until I own these!

  10. Wow -- amazing post, as always :)

  11. It's so awesome you gather all those stuff! I'm trying to go back to making weekly recaps, but I'm a terrible procrastinator. Thanks for linking to my post, though! Much appreciated.

  12. Oh wow The 100 will be a TV show? I got that book at BEA I hope it's a good adaptation - haven't read it yet though but it was my WoW pick a while back and I could see it being a really great TV series based on the blurb. I also missed the plagiarism thing wowzers. I was there for the whole "trick bloggers to read your book" deal though. I was one of the (9) tour organizers for that book - quickly cancelled that O_O

    This post is epic and I really wish I could comment on everything but it would take forever haha. I just want you to know it's one of my favorite posts to read! Seriously! It's like a recap of the blogging and book world everyone should read! :)

  13. You are responsible for about 17 of the tabs I have open. I am not exaggerating. :P

  14. No problem :). AND YES OMG, I am on a book buying ban. HP COVERS, why you so cruel with your beauty?

  15. Lol, I am definitely a procrastinator. I fell asleep for the first time while trying, in vain, the night before to get this up. (But I mean, to some extent, how much *can* be done ahead of time a weekly round-up?). And no problem! Looking forward to reading your short story :).

  16. Muahaha, this is a part of my evil plan for world domination. I start with internet tabs. You do not want to see what I have planned next o.O.

    Enjoy! :)

  17. Yeah! The 100 on CW. I'm expecting lots of shirtless, hot boys and drama and cool graphics. It's definitely one of my anticipated reads/shows & I hope that you enjoy it :). Ahhh!!! Sorry that that trouble came to Xpresso Book Tours. (Also, honestly, lately it seems like there's at least one huge plagiarism issue a month.)

    Thank you so much, Giselle! That means a lot to me :).

  18. I'll be up all night visiting all of these links. I did make it a point to view the VA-related items already, though. :) I had already read the Adrian chapter from Fiery Heart, but *how* did I miss that Dimitri POV?!? And the moving poster for VA...I always love those. I'm getting really pumped for that movie!

  19. What a lovely idea of a meme! The synopsis of Allegiant has me crazy as well as the cover for Cress! I am so relieved that it matches the other two covers- it'll look nice on my bookshelf. :D
    Thanks for sharing, chick! <33

  20. I still haven't finished my rounds through the links or my emails o.O. Lol, I would've missed the Dimitri POV if it weren't for Siiri of Little Pieces of Imagination and Goodreads--hope you enjoy it though! And me too! I hope VA will live up to both of our expectations :)

  21. Yesss, and I've seen some reviewers speculate that the fourth cover will be an apple (but better than the Twilight one of course) or snow with blood. All will match in that lovely red and blue and white theme :).

  22. Whoa! I had no idea Allegiant had a synopsis! I will check that out very soon. Thanks for featuring all the covers too. My head's been so buried in the sand recently that I completely missed all of them. Not to mention all the recent plagiarism issues... Crazy! It seems like there is always something negative happening in this community, which is pretty disappointing. Thanks for all the helpful links, Christina!

  23. Very recently released, and as usual, it's not *much* of a synopsis. Very vague, but I suppose they need to keep it vague if they're doing a 2 million first copy printing and don't want to spoil the book. And I agree -- there does seem to be a lot of negative occurrences, but with a community so large, it's not too surprising. Thanks for stopping by, Sam. I'm off to comment on your Burning Sky review soon :).


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