Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 18

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:
  • Sky Raiders by Brandon Mull (Five Kingdoms #1, MG series stars Cole Randolph, whose ordinary night turns extraordinary when he and his friends are whisked to a place called the Outskirts. The balance of power in the five kingdoms that make up the Outskirts has been upset, the magic there is becoming unstable, and it’s up to Cole to find a way to set things right. Simon & Schuster).
  • Apocalypse Bow Wow by illustrator James Proimos and author James Proimos III (First in a series of humorous graphic novels which follows Brownie and Apollo, two dogs whose owners are missing, along with the rest of the human race, and somehow all the pets of the world must learn to survive in a people-less world, Bloomsbury, fall 2014).
  • Krool by Gerry Swallow (MG adventure follows a misbehaving 11-year-old's trip to a strange world populated by nursery rhyme characters, Bloomsbury, fall 2015).
  • End Times by Anna Schumacher (YA debut; see cover reveal below; tells the story of an oil boom town in Wyoming plagued by mysterious phenomena; the God-fearing locals believe it to be signs of the Rapture, while a newcomer with a checkered past uncovers the unsettling truth, Razorbill).
  • Princess Juniper by Ammi-Joan Paquette (MG series - a princess asks for her own kingdom for her 13th birthday, only to find out that there's much more to being a queen than wearing ball gowns and throwing parties, Philomel, fall 2015)

*Not many this week. Got rid of 3 picture books and two of the above don't have GR links up. If any of y'all have Publisher's Marketplace subscriptions or are writers looking to announce your deals or have heard about deals during the week, let me know (christinareadsya AT gmail DOT com).

[Edit]: I found some! May have a place to get them for the coming weeks, but these are from today so there's only one with a link so far.
  • Young Adult Kelly Fiore's THE PEOPLE VS. CECELIA PRICE, featuring a teenaged girl accused of murdering her brother despite the fact that the truth is a lot more complicated, pitched as Sara Zarr meets Breaking Bad, Harper Teen.
  • Suzanne Nelson's SHOES IN THE STREET, in an epic tale that follows a variety of characters from Nazi Germany to present-day New York, as their lives are interwoven through their contact with one very special pair of handmade pink heels, Knopf Children's, Fall 2015.
  • Lisa Amowitz's LIFE AND BETH, about a teenage musician who discovers that it's not her killer licks that get her into a program for talented youth - it's her other budding talent - the ability to kill with her mind, Spencer Hill Press, Spring 2015.

Can a teen Girl with the Dragon Tattoo put Finland on the YA literary map? Here's the author page in question, but I tried searching for As Red As Blood and didn't find an English version yet.

All right Divergent fans, you want your links? Allegiant could shock fans of best-selling Divergent books; author Veronica Roth releases latest installment of Divergent trilogy: Allegiant; Veronica Roth's midnight release day video.

Meg Rosoff gets interviewed about her latest book, Picture Me Gone. This book is also a National Book Award Finalist. Check out the link for the others!

Are you a Kristin or P.C. Cast fan? Here's an interview with the two in celebration of their latest release, Revealed.

Do you have a question for Richelle Mead about The Fiery Heart? Submit it here, and Goodreads will interview Mead with fan questions next month.

If you're in the UK, Sarah Rees Brennan and Holly Black might be coming to your neighborhood.

You a fan of Sarah Fine's Guards of the Shadowlands series? Well Amazon is giving away a Kindle Paperwhite plus five autographed copies of books one and two and featuring an excerpt here on Hypable.

Cover Reveals:

*Can't find the edition with this cover.
Devour by Jill Cooper*
*No GR link as of noon 10/22.
The Cheesecake Queen by Miranda P. Koerner*
*No GR link as of noon 10/22.
*Can't find the paperback edition with this cover.

If you'd like to follow along with cover reveals, see my Pinterest.
Also the new Origami Yoda book cover, which I didn't include here.
And this cover from Lisi Harrison.

Discussions/Other Fun Blogger Posts:

A brief history of young adult literature (from

A.S. King talks kids on reality TV and her new YA book, Reality Boy.

13 Passages from Children's Literature that are More Dreadful and Shocking than They May First Appear.

"It's very easy to kill someone in fiction. It's much harder to bring them back in one piece." --Victoria Schwab in this podcast.

The 8 Habits of Highly Successful Young-Adult Fiction Authors. Interesting. A lot of insight from a lot of different YA authors.

Young adult fiction needs a new formula. I'd say the writer has some interesting insight (i.e. love triangles sometimes skewing the message of dystopias, etc.), but also didn't cite very many examples and generalized a LOT. Plus, I'd say YA is doing pretty well for itself, even if this ("publishers assume they’re catering to a pack of ravenous, tasteless teenage girls.") were true, which I don't think it is.

Potential Husbands from YA Fantasy: An Addendum. <-- Funny. *Mockingjay spoiler* -- A con for Gale is "Overly handy with WMDs."

Did you participate in the twitter chat #RBWL (Reader/blogger wishlist)? If you didn't, here's a recap of some of the ideas that were suggested. You can find the rest by scrolling through here. Shae of Shae Has Left the Room will be compiling them soon (hopefully).


Bloggers and Blogging in general:

Authors, Reviews, Ratings, ARCs:

The Experience:

Series & Book Purchases:

Horror Halloween:

Hey YA:

Covers, Couples, and Favorites

Random Fun

Movies/TV Shows:

New Vampire Academy Paperback Movie Tie-in Cover Released. I like the colors better on this than on the movie poster, though I think the green and pink work better to catch your eye. Also, new Vampire Academy stills.

ABC Adapting YA Book Series Beta with Chris Weitz and Temple Hill. I could see the book making for an interesting television series. Do you ever wonder why they choose to adapt some for television shows instead of movies?

Also from ABC: ABC to Adapt Bright Young Things Books as Drama Series with John Wells and Alloy.

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Victory Tour. Will you see the cast?

Enter to Win Two Tickets to the Twilight Forever Fan Experience in NYC.

Pretty Little Liars’ Shane Coffey joins the cast of ‘The Originals’ as “Tim”. I don't know anything PLL related but that kid is cute. I wonder what they'll do to him... With Klaus or against him?
Watch 8 clips from Ender's Game.

Looks like they finished filming The Fault in Our Stars?

And if you're up for it, dress like your favorite YA heroines for Halloween...


Krista and Becca are giving away some of their favorite underappreciated books. (Ends 11/01).

The weekly giveaway at Children's Publishing. Ends October 25th at 6:00 p.m CST. And another, October 24th at 6:00 p.m. CST.

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.

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

Premeditated by Josin McQuein (INT, October 28).

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

Check out the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop. Lots of giveaways and many different end dates, though most are supposed to end by October 31st.

Signed copy of Losing It, Faking It, and Keeping Her. (Ends 10/30).

Signed copy of The Fault in Our Stars. (INT, Ends 11/14).

Fall Kindle Fire giveaway. (INT, ends 10/31).

Hardback of and audiobook code for The Bone Season. (INT, ends 10/28).

Bobbing for books giveaway hop. Lots of giveaways and many different end dates, though most are supposed to end by October 31st.

ARC of Horde (INT, ends 10/31). Also check out the Razorland book tour, where you can win all three books in the series (ends 11/12).

Congratulate Alice-Jane on her blogoversy. (US, ends 11/09).

ARC of Illusive (US/CA, ends 11/13).


Most Featured: According to the Goodreads YA newsletter, this is Red by Alison Cherry, How to Love by Katie Cotugno, Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano, Reality Boy by A.S. King, and Tandem by Anna Jarzab. Have you read any of these novels?

Recently Recommended Reads: You can read my declaration of love for the Queen's Thief series. I haven't had a chance to read anything besides Lebanese and Arabic folk lore. Had no idea there were so many stories about Clever Hasan out there...

*Note: I also would like to say that if I ever miss your discussion post and I've commented on/follow your blog, I promise that it's not intentional. It's hard to keep track and honestly I miss a lot even when I sort through posts on Feedly.

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. Thank you for linking to my blog post! I love your blog. :)


  2. Some of these covers are so gorgeous.. but.. why, why, why is Crash Into You with Pepe and Sztella? Seriously? That's not even remotely awesome. They're the Lux couple, they're on the cover of Abbi Glines' PNR series and almost everywhere. Who do they have to be here, too? I'm getting sick of seeing these pictures everywhere. Enough is enough -.- As for Allegiant spoiler, Nick saw it and she'll not purchase the book, she'll not finish it. She's pretty upset about it. I would be, too. I'm trying to avoid any spoilers, but so far my GR friend who've read it, have all DNF-d the series thanks to spoilers or rated it 4 or less stars. That's not uplifting at all. I'm pretty sure someone important *ahem* the main characters *ahem* will dies or something. I wouldn't know any other reason for them to be so upset about it. I don't want to know anything though. LOL, I funny you mentioned PLL actor joining The Originals. I just watched PLL's Halloween episode and we finally got some answers and I actually liked the episode even though it was so rushed thanks to the introduction of the spin-off in this episode. I just got home and off to watch The Originals. I hope it's good and won't ruin my good mood until I get to studying for tomorrow's labs :D

  3. Thanks for that link to the interview with Kristin and PC Cast -- they seem so elusive, so it's good to finally read a conversation with them directly! I still can't believe how many book covers are revealed every week. O_O

  4. I enjoyed Divergent but I didn't really like the mc, so I didn't bother with the sequel. After reading the spoiler I'm glad I didn't tbh.

    Ooh, I loved TBS! :D

  5. Oooh, I love the covers of the 'teen Lisbeth Salander' books. Though I'm not sure they'll work in quite the same way, as Larsson's work is so gritty and it's probably something you can't get away with in YA fiction. Whilst that sort of fiction should address adult issues, I think if they included that sort of content there'd be uproar.

    I met Meg Rosoff earlier this month, her story of how she came to write the book was great =)

  6. Dude, this post has to take you forever to get together. Major props to you for doing this EVERY week. What is your secret? Also, thank you for the link up!

  7. I love your weekly recaps. Did I mention I love your weekly recaps? Like seriously, it looks like you put SO much effort into it. And I LOL'd at Overly handy with WMDs :p

  8. I have been meaning to read Sarah Fine's series for a really long time. I never quite understand why I never read the books that I'm 99% sure are totally a me-book. lol

    Very strange.. a new Anna Godbersen book and it's about Marilyn Monroe? Not what I would have expected.

  9. Again many new books to add to my list:
    Sky Raiders, with a place under a haunted house :D
    End times, sounds very interesting and weird.

    SO many cover reveals, wow. I'm not sure how I feel about the The fault in our stars movie. Guess I need to see it.. I like the DIY Halloween costumes, especially the Note that says that all weapons are fake, haha.

  10. I got a copy of Allegiant as soon as it was out, but have been so scared about picking it up, luckily I haven't read any of the spoilers floating about, but I haven't heard the greatest things! I think I'm going to have to lock myself away with this book this weekend! I'm actually reading Sarah Fine's Fractured and I'm absolutely loving it. I hugely recommend reading this series if you haven't already read it. Also it's great to see How to Love as the most featured on Goodreads I really loved that book and I have Tandem coming up pretty soon too! Thanks for sharing another insightful post with us Christina! :)

  11. Hi, and thanks so much for including my cover reveal (The Last Three Words)! I just got the ISBN from my publisher last night, and have added the book on GoodReads. Figured I'd let you know since the blog post specifies not having it :)
    Thanks again, I'm honored!

  12. The History of YA literature was interesting and how it's evolved over time. It's amazing how popular dystopian and paranormal books are right now (I know I love them). I was struck by the comment that the emotions are relatable even though what's happening is not. That seems to be what makes or breaks a book for me. If I love the characters and I actually feel something, that pushes the book over the top. Even if the book is not that well written if it evokes emotion, I tend to love it. I'm actually posting something next week on the NA genre, which this article mentions.

    As usual, such an informative post! ~Pam

  13. Well I missed about 99% of these cover reveals! Wow. I didn't realise there had been so many lately. I really like the look of Between the Spark and Burn, Taker 25, and the new Hysteria cover. The UK cover for Crash into You seems to have that ever present couple on it. Ha. I should be reading that one soon actually. :)

    I can't say I really like the new VA movie tie-in. Honestly, now, the more I hear or see about the movie, the less certain I feel about wanting to see it. I guess I'm not totally convinced that this different vibe that it's giving off will be for the better.

    And I don't know how I miss so many of these discussion posts (and I follow A LOT of blogs), but thanks for linking to them as always! I'm off to read a few. :)

  14. Thanks, Amber! Your discussion post was really interesting - I don't think many people write on that topic :). I was glad to include it!

  15. Hi, Ashley! No problem :). I included the goodreads link to your book as soon as I got the email notification about your comment. I hope all is going well and thanks for visiting my blog :D

  16. It does take me a long time o.O. There is no real secret. I mark discussion posts as soon as I see them in my Feedly and cover reveals via pinterest and go to various twitter accounts. *sigh* And no problem about the link up - I love that you and Lyn are doing discussion posts!

    Also, I am so late to saying this, but I hope you leaving Twitter isn't for long :(. I am sorry about all the drama and I hope you feel better/more enthused soon!

  17. REEM AHHHHHHH. Thank you. They take so long and I am so far behind on replying to comments and the like and blah. I owe you some comments too o.o. And ahahaha yes, me too on loling at overly handy with WMDs. That post was great for laughs. And yay!!! I have added the link to the draft for this week's bookish round - thank you :D.

  18. Hahaha, right??? That's what I've kind of been doing with recommended reads. I've put the recommendations that I know I'd like earlier o.O. If you are going to read Sanctum soon, we could do a read-along? Though not too soon. I'm seriously behind on things, like commenting as I've told you. Why wouldn't you have expected a Marilyn Monroe book from her? Because she's very 20s? I like that she's exploring a new time period and a new character. Sounds really interesting! I still have to read her other work - have you read it?

  19. Lol. Everyone's commented on how that same couple is used for a bunch of covers. I get that some stock photos are used a bunch (i.e. Vespertine for Goddess Test), but at least if they're going to do that... make it less recognizable? Hmmm. Really? I suppose I'm not terribly attached to the series or even characters in a book - I love them, but as long as deaths fit within the series, I'd be fine. Dunno yet how that'll work out in Allegiant though. Sad to see so many people returning the book, even if I can see why that makes them upset. Yay! I hope you continue to like PLL and the Originals :D.

  20. They are kind of, I think. Aren't they super successful though? So they can definitely afford to be. And yeah... book covers. I heard this is seasonal. I seriously hope so because having like 100 each week is not fun o.o.

  21. Well, I'm glad you at least liked Divergent. It was definitely a fun read :). Thanks for stopping by the blog!

  22. Yep. Honestly anything that starts off as adult and then gets converted to YA makes me wary o.o. A lot of the things in such books would probably get censored to the point where it feels juvenile. But I shouldn't overly judge - like you, I shall await the translation. And woah!!! Is it just me or are you always meeting the coolest authors ;)? How wonderful!

  23. Right? I actually like the tagline for End Times. I don't think I've seen a book like that in YA. Well one, and I wasn't a fan, but maybe that'll be different?

    Hehehe, I feel like you're very wary of adaptations in general, Mel. First Book Thief, now TFioS ;). I must admit that I am too. Hahaha, I bet that they had to include that note - can't encourage kids who read Teen magazine to go off and get the weapons lol o.o

  24. I hope you enjoyed Allegiant, Jasprit! It's pretty impossible to stay on the internet now without seeing some spoiler, especially if you click any Epic Reads or Veronica Roth link. People are just commenting everywhere! I just got my book so I can't even attest to what they're saying. And oooh, really? That's wonderful. I've had like five different people recommend the Sarah Fine series to me, and I'm getting excited about that :D. I think I remember reading your review for How to Love - I don't think I've seen a single negative review for that either! I hope you enjoy Tandem and thanks for stopping by, Jasprit! I owe you at least two comments - I haven't forgotten :). Hopefully in a week or two.

  25. I love posts that trace the origins of things like YA and trends and the like. PNR, I hear, is actually on the decline (or maybe foreign pubs just weren't interested anymore, I think) but dystopian is still high up there :D. I agree - the emotional connection is exactly what'll make or break a book. It all comes down to why we read, and I think that is part of what made NA become so popular. All the intense emotions. Looking forward to reading your post when I get more caught up! I was tallying up comments and you've got like... 6. Gosh, Pam, thank you so much for the blog love! :)

  26. Sam, there's like 100 reveals each week now o.o. I wouldn't be surprised if everyone missed a majority of them. It kind of dilutes the power of the cover reveal when there's so many. I wonder if the holiday season is really the best time for reveals... Hahahaha yes, the ever present couple. I wouldn't have noticed if not for fellow bloggers but ahaha, oh pubs. They've got to hide that a bit more o.o. And hey! I have to read Crash into You soon too for Netgalley. I've got the review scheduled for release day (26th, right?), so I'll probably be reading the weekend before. Any chance of a read-along or will you be done by then?

    :( :( Maybe not except for lowered expectations for the movie? I'm not sure. I feel like I'm getting more detached from it so that might actually help with the enjoyment?

    Thanks for visiting, Sam! I owe you a bunch of comments o.O. Hopefully in a week or two! I hope you enjoyed the discussion posts!!

  27. You're welcome, and thanks again!

  28. I'd like to do a read-along but I'm not doing so hot in life these days so I wouldn't be the best buddy reader at the moment. Plus, I'm behind on pretty much everything too.
    Yeah, I think because of her other books I've read but I agree, I think that's awesome that she's branching out and doing something completely different. I read her Luxe series and really liked it for the most part but really didn't care for her Bright Young Things series.

    1. Ooh, gosh, Bonnie. I am so ashamed of myself for not having reached out to you earlier. I've been ignoring most comments as of late and oooh. :( I hope everything is going better for you. I'm going to DM you right after this.

      Interesting. Good to know. I have the first Luxe book - if that series works out, I'll know not to immediately jump to BYT next then.

  29. I always feel like a superstar when I see my name here!

    Also, this post is MIND BLOWING!

    I love the article about the authors telling the US to lay off of kids. There is also new research about AR and that forcing kids to read so many books in a year is actually doing more HARM than good.

    How did I miss Kat's Manga update??!!

    1. So long as you keep up those discussion posts, you can always expect to be included here :D. Unless I just missed it, which is entirely possible too.

      Thanks! And I agree. Forcing anyone to read too many books is probably not a good thing. It's too easy to lose sight of your intentions, and I can see how easily it'd slip into something worse than it had started off as.


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