Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 16

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.

Publishing Industry:

Rights Report 1, 2:
  • Fried Wonton by Frances Lee Hall (an illustrated chapter book in which comfort food takes on a new meaning for Lily Lo as she struggles to deal with Gung Gung's funny, old-fashioned ways; Egmont, 2015)
  • I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World by Malala Yousafzai (The book chronicles the story of this Pakistani girl who risked her life for the right to go to school; in October 2012, at age 15, she was shot in the head for her efforts to campaign for girls’ education. She survived the attack and has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and education; Little, Brown, August 2014)
  • Heartless by Marissa Meyer (the untold story of the Queen of Hearts; Feiwel and Friends, fall 2015)
  • The Question of Miracles by Elana K. Arnold (set in perpetually rainy Oregon, Iris struggles to accept the death of her friend and tries to make sense of conflicting beliefs about souls and miracles; Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, fall 2014)
  • Infandous by Elana K. Arnold (17-year-old Sephora struggles with a secret so horrible she cannot speak of it even to those closest to her; Carolrhoda Lab, spring 2015)
  • The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter (18-year-old Cassie O'Malley struggles to overcome a tumultuous – and at times, crazy – upbringing, and discovers the strength to break out of the role assigned to her by her family and start over; Philomel, summer 2015)
  • The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow by Jessica Haight and Stephanie Robinson. (The middle-grade adventure, pitched as Harriet the Spy meets Coraline, follows 11-year-old Fairday, who moves into the haunted house on the hill with her parents and stumbles upon dark secrets hidden behind the padlocked third floor; Delacorte, fall 2015)
  • The Well of Midnight by Andy Brumbach (a debut middle-grade adventure set in the 1920s, in which two cousins navigate the streets of New York City to recover an ancient mysterious mirror and save their grandfather; Delacorte, fall 2015)
  • Mister Puffball, Stunt Cat to the Stars by Constance Lombardo. (The first in a three-book deal, Mister Puffball tells the story of a cat's theatrical aspirations and adventures behind the scenes in Hollywood; HarperCollins, fall 2015)
  • Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein. (The books will follow Azra, a girl whose genie powers have just awakened on her 16th birthday, and who must balance having to learn the rules of her ancestors with her desire to be a typical teen; Feiwel and Friends, spring 2015)

Sprout Media and Scholastic team up for the animated series, Astroblast.

You curious about The Brokenhearted by Amelia Kaheney (promoted as Cinder meets The Dark Knight, I believe)? Read an excerpt here.

Cassie Clare's next project? The Magisterium with Holly Black in fall 2014.

Jennifer Armentrout fans, did you see the teaser for Trust in Me and its preorder contest?

And here's an exclusive excerpt from Melissa Marr's short story in the anthology she edited with Tim Pratt (Rags and Bones). You can read an excerpt of Tim Pratt's story here.

Did you see the news on Julie Kagawa's latest series?

Xists Publishing Creates Digital-First Children's Books.

New Trends in YA: The Agents' Perspective. Huh. Interesting - I don't know that I'm a *huge* fan of contemporary realistic books, but hey, if it involves more Rainbow Rowell, sign me up ASAP. And looks like editors are also a tad tired of the series craze?

Bloomsbury Children's Sets December Launch for E-book Imprint.

If you are looking to stay updated, you should also check out Cuddlebuggery's Buzzworthy News feature. There are some articles that I have not linked to here.

Cover Reveals:

Unwept by Tracy and Laura Hickman
Whispers and Wishes by Hollie Westring (No GR link?)
And a cover I missed when I was making the collages:

*If you'd like to follow along during the week as I gather these reveals,
I've started to post the covers to this Pinterest board.* Many thanks to
Christina of A Reader of Fictions who is great at tracking cover reveals.
If it weren't for her, at least half of these would not be here.

Also many thanks to my honorary sister aka Melissa.
She helped me gather these links. She says: check this out. o.O

Discussion/Other Fun Blogger Posts:

Tablets Reign as Digital Platform for Children.

Destination Bookstore: Livaria de Villa in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Wow. So beautiful. I love the lighting, the architecture, the shelves, the absolute love for books. And because that's not enough, also look at these fantastic book staircases and these 10 awesome bookends.

#bookbloggerproblem: When you realize you can't read all the things.

14 Books That Traumatized You As A Kid.

20 Loved Literary Characters. <-- No doubt about #1. But which four HP characters do you think made it?

What do readers want from literary adaptations?

8-year-old flags 'sexist' children's books; bookstore takes notice. Those are really sexist. What, a girl wouldn't need to know how to survive in the desert?!

How to read a book with a flashlight.

Young adult books that changed our lives. Ask Alice seems to be on all these lists, but I've never read that book o.O.

The Thirtysomething Teen: An Adult YA Addict Comes Clean.

The 5 most epic couples in YA, chosen by author Maggie Stiefvater.

Interactive feature on the changing world of book reading.

If you're looking for an Insurgent read-a-thon before the movie, here's your chance.


Blogging & bloggers / the experience (in general):

Authors & ARCs:

The Experience:

Those Books:

Expectations & Hype:


Horror & Halloween:

Other Fun:

Movies/TV Shows:

Six new stills from Ender's Game. And the first official clip.

Hey, Twilight fans. Did you know about the new trailer they released to promote the Twilight Forever box set?

The Fault in Our Stars movie will be released June 6, 2014.

Meanwhile, the Maze Runner adaptation has been pushed back to September 19, 2014 (instead of February 14, which is the day Vampire Academy will be released).

Fox 2000 and the Donners Company have optioned Sylo by D.J. MacHalo.

Here's a still of Christian and Lissa embracing in the Vampire Academy adaptation. And if you're excited for the movie, looks like there's going to be some behind the scenes footage on EW tonight.

Hahaha, look at Barbie doll Katniss, Peeta, Effie, and Finnick. I can't even. Also interesting: what do you think Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence would change about The Hunger Games if given the chance? What would you change?


Find Me by Romily Bernard (October 12).

Kobo Aura (US/Can, October 13).

Finders Keepers tour - 2 print copies + $50 Amazon giftcard (October 12).

ARC of Just One Year by Gayle Forman (October 12).

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

Congratulate Nick on having 1,000 GFC followers (November 30).

The Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason (US/Can, October 13).

The End of an Era: The Morganville Vampires Giveaway (US, October 13).

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken (October 20).

Premeditated by Josin McQuein (INT, October 28).

Teardrop by Lauren Kate (October 14).

Phantom Eyes by Scott Tracey (US, October 18).

Waterfell by Amalie Howard (US/Can, October 24).


Most Featured: Hmm, I don't know. I don't know that I've seen just one title. Lots of powerhouse books coming out soon/already released now like The House of Hades by Rick Riordan, Allegiant by Veronica Roth, The Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead, Teardrop by Lauren Kate. What have y'all seen lately?

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of The Secret History by Donna Tartt--not to be missed if you're a fan of ancient Greek culture or unpredictable contemporary thrillers---and my spoiler free review of The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa--will appeal to longtime Iron Fey fans as well as those of the spin-off series. I'm also trying to read The Book Thief for the Midnight Garden read-along but alas I am so behind on things bloggish and personal right now, I'm not likely to catch up until the 3rd week at the earliest o.O. (I'm sorry - this also means that I'm still behind on blog comments. Soon, friends, soon.)

Also... any of you have some knowledge of HTML? Can you tell me why my posts sometimes do that with half the text in black, half the text in the regular color?

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. Quite a week for Elena K. Arnold. She wrote Burned or some novel like that right? The one with the gypsy girl? I hope to read it someday soon. It sounds like a wonderful story and Jenni love it. Marissa Meyer can't seem to get out of fantasy and I'm glad since her fans are really passionate and I hope to give her faery series one more try. When I happen to have the time, of course. I'm so glad for Castle Hill, but I'm not fan of that cover for some reason O.o It goes with the rest of the series.. so that's good? I think? LOL. AND AND AND FINDING CINDERELLA. I don't like that cover either *cries* I can't wait to read about Daniel though. Definitely, Maybe in Love by Ophelia London is gorgeous though and Push goes well with Rush :) And then I scrolled and scrolled and scrolled and SO MANY COVER REVEALS. Fall is the best bookish month in my opinion. Winter is a close second :) I agree with Maggie, btw. Mia and Adam ARE one of the best couples in YA. Love them so hard! TMR ADAPTION WAS PUSHED BACK? Ok, it's good and bad and let me tell you why. Good: I'm able to re-read 50% of it and try to finish the book this time. Bad: DYLAN O'BRIEN IS SUCH A LONG TIME AWAY FROM MAKING IT TO THE MASSES EVERYWHERE AND I CAN'T SEE HIS HILARIOUS SELF ON THE BIG SCREEN QUITE SOME TIME THEN AND TEEN WOLF JUST ISN'T ENOUGH *weeps* Can't wait for VA footage though :) HTML is a tricky thing and I know basically nothing about it, but you could ask from Ashley. She's the wizard of HTML. However, I sometimes have that problem when I copy something to put in my post and then I usually click on that no formating icon when editing a blogger post and that does it. If you're asking for a different page (like that secret project of yours) then I don't think that helps.

  2. Man, BookRiot must be down right now because I can't look at any of the links for stuff on their site. Boo!

    That list of YA books that changed our lives: so glad to see Are You There God? It's Me Margaret on there. Definitely changed MY life!! Surprised to see quite a few on that list that I don't recognize!

    I haven't gotten to read the article from the adult YA addict "coming clean" but I definitely bookmarked that for later.

    Such an awesome collection of discussions too! I've been considering adding a section for giveaways on my weekly recap posts, but I just haven't mustered the energy to do so. So, on that note, I wanted to thank you for doing it! And even better? Thank you for including an end date for these giveaways! You seriously rock. :)

  3. Thanks for the updates! I had forgotten to preorder House of Hades so I'm glad you reminded me about it.

  4. Woah, I just finished Burning by Elana K. Arnold and she's already got two more books in the works? Not bad haha. Still super stoked for Heartless!! Marissa Meyer can just rewrite all the fairy tales.

    Really interesting about how agents feel about YA now. I mean it's great for all of us who want more standalones but then looking from an author's perspective, not so good haha. Especially for me too since my main story is a series.

    Uhmmm whaaaat at the Barbie dolls. I thought Peeta was Finnick haha. I think they got a bit of Jennifer Lawrence's face features down but everything else? Ugh nope. Anyways should they even be making THG Barbie dolls? I don't exactly see kids actually buying them or should we be promoting them to kids. The content of THG isn't exactly kid-friendly.

    SOOOO excited for The House of Hades, I cannot wait until it arrives :3

    Oh my goodness I wanted to follow the readalong too but failed miserably when I had camp for the first few days of October and still haven't touched it yet -_- Aw don't worry <3 No need to rush on the commenting back :) No pressure, whenever you have time!

  5. There are many new book deals that I am looking forward to. I can't wait for Heartless by Marissa Meyer. I first heard her talk about it at a book festival, and the whole audience was hanging on her every word. You could tell she was really excited about this project, so I am too! I will have to go take a look at the excerpt from Rags & Bones. It is my Waiting on Wednesday this week, and I am looking forward to some really amazing re-tellings.

    I like the cover for Tease the best. The synopsis sounds dark and fantastic, which is a little at odds with the bold pink on the cover, but the tagline makes up for it.

    Have you read The Book Thief before? I want to do a read-along for it too, especially before the movie. I know it will probably break my heart, but I have so many friends who just love it. I am looking for the Vampire Academy movie, but I am sort of expecting it to be a train wreck. I hope to be pleasantly surprised.

    I loved the article from the agents perspective. I think that a lot of them are on to something about contemporaries stealing the spotlight. I would love to see where this trend goes.

  6. Oh boy, those books are sexist! Because my biggest worry, as a human being, is a BFF fight or a breakout! Naah, I don't need survival skills, I'm too narrow minded for those things anyway. If worse comes to worse, I'll go find the nearest guy. They know better.

    Ugh, I've recently come across this ridiculously mysoginistic song, and I was so enraged! I cant believe there are thing like that out there!

    Anyway, on a more uplifting note, the Hunger Games barbies aren't so bad :P I like Katniss's. They usually look really weird, but there's some JLaw features here and there. I don't like how skinny they made her though! Not cool.

  7. Oh I'm liking the sound of the Elana K Arnold books especially The Question of Miracles. Thank goodness I will only be adding one book to my tbr list from here, as the last couple of times, I was clicking and adding away like crazy. Also I didn't know there were so many cover releases, I think I picked up on like three during the week! I'm definitely in the mood for some creepy reads this month, so thanks so much for linking up blogs who have recommended some great books. Thanks again for keeping me in the loop Christina! :)

  8. Thank you for linking my discussion post!

    I am very interested how the whole Half Price Books sexist book has played out. This is my number one used book store. I feel that they are in a tough position. They are completely against censorship, but do we not protect children from harmful content due to their developing brains?

    Great update this week!

  9. That's great. I hope you enjoy HoH! Or, have enjoyed, if you already read it :)

  10. Of course! They are definitely in a tough position, but I wouldn't advocate that kind of censorship. It's true, my immediate reaction was wow, those books are really sexist, and it's wonderful that this girl could recognize this and not want those books, but I don't think protecting children from harmful content is something that a bookstore should focus on (especially since you're ultimately the one with a choice while there). In some sense, a bookstore is choosing which books to emphasize and stock, but it seems to me that more of the responsibility should lie with the publisher. In this case, though, I'd imagine that store is getting so much heat, they have no choice but to put that book is another, less frequented section.

  11. Lol, watch, just because you said that, the rights report for next week is going to be huge o.O. And ahah, as for the cover reveals, apparently this is all from the seasonal aspect. And well, I imagine it's also from the increase in self-pub and NA books too. Yay! I hope you found some great creepy reads for the month :).

  12. They are really sexist. It's sad that the books are for the younger crowd too, but at the same time, I bet there are a bunch of books that have very subtle sexism that could almost be worse than those books, you know?

    Hmm, which one? Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke?

    All Barbies are super skinny if I'm remembering from my Barbie days correctly lol. Her features are definitely portrayed well, better than the average Barbie doll, but it's still a little strange to me to see a THG inspired Barbie doll.

  13. Such great links as usual. I enjoyed reading the one about whether Facebook was worth it (I don't do Facebook) and the one about the Adult YA Addict. Made me think about why I read YA. Thanks for posting this! ~Pam

  14. Oohhh, were you at the Fierce Reads event when she announced it? How cool. It's the best when the author's enthusiasm really shows too :D. You've got me excited too! And hmmm, I was going to recommend some retellings if you like them but for some reason I can't think of any right now. More later.

    I agree that the Tease cover is one of the better ones. It reminds me a lot of your discussion on title fonts for covers :). The tagline and those frenetic lines beneath the bold pink font really do help.

    I haven't read it yet :(. I am trying to catch up with their read-along -- especially because of the movie. As for the VA movie... well, it is probably better to go in with low expectations, right? Pleasantly surprised = much better than disappointment.

    I think we're already seeing part of where the trend is going ;). In the past few weeks, a lot of the books that have been sold are contemps. But I suppose we won't get to *read* 'em for a bit.

  15. Funny you should say that about Facebook because I just deactivated my personal account again. I also still have pretty mixed feelings about it for blogs since I don't even use it for personal reasons. And I love articles that explore the YA phenomenon too. Glad you enjoyed them :).

  16. well, if you want to visit the BookRiot links, they're working now :). Looks like they fixed whatever the issue was.

    YESSS that book! Same for me. Judy Blume is the best. Also don't recognize some of them like the Cooney and Napoli novel. Last week it was announced that there's an imprint that will focus on reprinting older loved novels from the 80s and the like; maybe some of these will pop up again for us to read?

    Hahah, I definitely don't get around to marking as many giveaways as I could o.O but glad you enjoy them!

  17. It's a good day as a writer when you have multiple projects like that, I'd imagine. Did you like Burning? I don't think I saw a review from you about it.

    Contemporary may very well handle the standalone frenzy. Also, I think the number one advice they always give is to not write to trends, so if your WIP is a series, I wouldn't worry about it if I were you.

    I KNOW. I looked at the video. Peeta's got some hair thing going on, huh? I did think he was Finnick too. JL is definitely the most accurate. And yes, good question. Not really an issue for me on whether we should promote to kids -- because that's just a thorny subject -- but wondering whether there'd be kids who are interested in it? Are there many kid fans of THG? I always imagined those who read the series to be older, and if they're younger fans, to no longer be interested in barbies... so I don't know.

    Hmmmm, is that why you won't get to Fire for another month :P? Because of House of Hades too? Harrumph.

    I still haven't touched book thief yet either. Right now I'm sick and still trying to catch up but I have a feeling I'm going to fail at this. And hmmm, I think I'm also wondering whether I ought to just choose replying to comments or returning comments on blogs. I got behind partially because of trying to do both... I definitely have to return some for the latest comments like yours but in the future... maybe no more replies. o.O

  18. Burning, according to Charlotte above. I think I saw that you were reading Cinder on GR, right? Did you like it? I hope so. It's definitely good when a cover goes with the series :P though it's probably a sad thing if you don't like the series covers lol. Lol, I'm glad you're really excited for all those books even if you don't like the covers. There are a bunch of cover reveals because it's all seasonal, apparently. And IMO self-pub and NA novels are on the rise so... *shrug* Mia and Adam are pretty epic. Haa, I still haven't read the book either so maybe we could read/finish that together? Is Dylan O'Brien the main character? I don't know o.O. You'll have more of him... soonish... maybe. Lol okay I will try out the no formatting icon. I've pressed some buttons in blogger before and screwed things up (yay HTML-dummy me!) but I will check that one out... thank you :).

  19. It's official. You're made of magic. That's the only way to explain why you are able to put all of this information together. And YES to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark being traumatizing. When I was younger and I first read this book, this was me:

    Lesley: Ooooh, scary stories! I probably won't be scared, though. *opens book* See? Not scary. *see the first illustration* WHAT THE HECK!?

    That is the story of how that book became a part of my nightmares.

    And wow. Those two books are pretty sexist... I mean, both books have things that a kid, no matter what sex, could learn from-- labeling them as "only for boys" and "only for girls" is a stupid move.

    Thank you for all the awesome links! And thank you for linking to me too :D

  20. Yeah, I could definitely read it with you. I'd love to do it sometime during the spring though (if it doesn't come out of my paper slip jar before). I Dylan plays the main character, yes. I can't wait to see him in a more serious role. I've seen him in a movie with Britt Robertson and it was cute, plus in Teen Wolf his character is like.. the best character ever to be created in any show. I don't think this role would be half as good as it is if it wasn't for him. He actually writes some of his dialogue on that show and that's magnificent! Yeah. LOL. You have to like.. mark the part of the text you want to appear as you have it in your usual settings and then click that.. remove formating button. I usually have this thing with when I copy the synopsis from GR, it appears in a different font. I have to remove the formating and then mark it as a quote afterwards. If it wasn't for that button, I don't know what I'd do. I'm not a very Internet/technology-savvy lol.

  21. So many great links...I don't even know where to start! I am so excited about the news of a new Marissa Meyer book. And I loved the 14 traumatizing books...and I completely agree with them. Traumatizing but memorable. :) I don't know if I agree with Maggie's list of the most epic couples, but she's given me a couple new ones to check out. :) I was hoping to participate in The Book Thief read-along, but it came way sooner than I was ready for it. I'll probably end up listening to the audio for it...I've heard it's pretty good. Thanks for sharing all the awesome, as usual!

  22. I am super excited about Heartless by Marissa Meyer. She talked a little about it when I saw her on the Fierce Reads tour this past month. She is just such a fabulous writer and I love her characters!

  23. Oh but I do love the sound of The Secret Files of Fairday Morrow. The Harriet the Spy/Coraline pitch definitely has me intrigued and I love a good story with some ghosties thrown in. :)

    Hearing that editors are tired of books forever being a part of a series gives me hope. I do love a good, solid stand-alone novel. There needs to eb more.

    Holy moly ... so many new cover releases. Looks like I've got some work to do on my book release calendar. lol

    Don't feel bad. I haven't read Go Ask Alice either but have seen it EVERYWHERE. Someday. :)

    Oooh you're reading The Book Thief with Miss Wendy?? Have you not read it before?

  24. Of course - no pressure ha. I don't think I could read TMR now anyway. Hahaha, really? His character is that awesome on Teen Wolf? And he writes some of his dialogue? Hmmm... maybe there's yet another show for me to look into...

    I've been using that button and it's helped a lot, so thanks for the advice, Siiri :).

  25. Lol I wish I were made of magic. I am far behind on my blog right now because of lots of other stuff and I'm not very good with multitasking o.O.

    HAHA yes omg. Now scary stories aren't the same, but when I was younger, I had very similar reactions especially if they were told about things that "lurk" in the dark.

    Yes. But also those covers look very old, and were probably published a while ago, so it doesn't strike me as too surprising... though I mean, I know I'm still guilty of saying things like "You did X and X like a girl." It's something we can all benefit from stopping - all those expectations of girls vs. boys.

    And yes! I will always link to your blog so long as I manage to see it in my Feedly. If I don't and you had a discussion, let me know! :)

  26. I am excited about the new Marissa Meyer book too! I'm eager to see what she'll do with the Alice tale. Perhaps that's a book you can share with your sister? And ha, yeah, Maggie's list is interesting - I've not read Code Name Verity nor some of the others on the list either, so some recommendations at least? yeahhhh. I didn't get a chance to actually participate. I have the book but this month has sucked, and I'm so far behind, which you may be able to tell... as I reply to your comment two weeks later o.O. I hope the audio for TBT worked out for you!

  27. Oh, how cool! You were at the Fierce Reads event when she announced it? I'm excited for it too - I think she's got a lot of great ideas for how to twist fairy tales in novel ways. I hope it meets both of our expectations :).

  28. Hahaha, yeah. I think it depends on the genre. I would love to have more fantasy, PNR standalones, but I also love them in series. Contemporary - no series, all like Sarah Dessen and Stephanie Perkins with cameos. That's one thing I like about them... Maybe we'll get some more soon then?

    Yeah... Cover reveals. It's apparently a seasonal thing, and admittedly that's part of the reason why I'm so far behind on the blog. It's taking like an extra hour or two to keep up with the reveals for these posts.

    Hey! Maybe a read-along for Go Ask Alice sometime then, eh?

    Ha, I haven't read The Book Thief before. And I failed at the Midnight Garden read-along. October = Christina is falling behind month. I'm assuming you're a huge fan of TBT?

  29. A Go Ask Alice read-alone is a definite possibility. :)

    I'm not a HUGE fan but I did enjoy it and sobbed immensely.


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