Thursday, November 7, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 20

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 Industry:

Rights Report:
(PW added more in; I'll add these to next week's rounds)
  • In the Shadows by Kiersten White and Jim Di Bartolo (Pitched as "Hugo Cabret meets Miss Peregrine," the story is told "in an alternating narrative of words and pictures." Scholastic, summer 2014). See cover reveal below!
  • Click Clack Peep (Click Clack Moo #8) by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin (The usual characters find themselves sharing the stage with an ingĂ©nue, for the first time. Atheneum, spring 2015)
  • The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks (MG trilogy - In the books, an unlikely friendship forms between a native of Nameless City and a girl whose father's army has newly conquered the city. The two of them must find common ground between their cultures and foil a sinister conspiracy. First Second.)
  • The Detour by S.A. Bodeen (follows the kidnapping of a bestselling teenage author, Feiwel and Friends, fall 2015). 
  • Untitled YA Novel by S.A. Bodeen (Feiwel and Friends).
  • Louisa Trapeze by Micol Ostow (A chapter book series about a girl raised in a circus family who wants to soar on the flying trapeze, until she realizes she's afraid of heights. Random House, 2015)

From Publisher's Marketplace (or what I could access of it anyway):
  • New Adult: Jay Crownover's NASH, when a dark and brooding rocker discovers a secret that shakes him to his core, the one person who can help him, might just be the same girl he gave up his right to love years ago, as well as ROWDY and ASA, also in the Marked Men series, William Morrow, Spring 2014.
  • Middle Grade & YA: Margaret Peterson Haddix's RETURN OF THE SNOWFLAKES and CHILDREN OF FROST, in which siblings discover a secret that forces them to choose between the parents who raised them and the human race, and THE SUMMER OF BROKEN THINGS, about a teen who discovers that she and her longtime friend share a connection they never knew they had. Simon & Schuster Children's, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Spring 2018.
  • Middle Grade: Jennifer Bell's debut IVY SPARROW, in which a girl and her brother find themselves in the a magical city beneath London where uncommon people trade in uncommon goods - and having to save their family from the evil Dirge before time runs out. Crown Children's, fall 2015 and summer 2015 for Random House Children's UK.
  • Young Adult: Michael Grant's SOLDIER GIRL, a trilogy that re-imagines the second World War in an alternate world where young women are drafted along with men; a woman has no superpowers, is not secretly a wizard or enhanced in any way; she's just a GI carrying a too-heavy pack and a carbine, engaged in the greatest contest between good and evil that the world has ever endured, we will follow her from small town roots to total victory. Katherine Tegen Books, 2015.
  • P.K. Simonds's YA novel TRACE, pitched as Ghost meets Bones. (And from Goodreads, the rest of the PM announcement: it tells the story of a New York teenage girl-turns-ghost and her living classmates in a criminal justice program, working to solve the mystery of her murder and others.)
  • Andria Rosenbaum's TRAINS DON'T SLEEP, in which a child's imagination works over time while he conducts a busy fleet of trains.

Margaret K. McElderry Books... is thrilled to announce the publication of MOUSEHEART by Lisa Fiedler, the start of an epic animal fantasy series reminiscent of Erin Hunter’s Warriors and Brian Jacques’ Redwall, in May 2014. The book will be supported by a $500,000 marketing plan, including major consumer advertising and author events... MOUSEHEART, which includes fifteen interior illustrations and a robust map of the world by acclaimed artist Vivienne To, brings us below the streets of Brooklyn and into the dangerous tangle of subway tunnels, where warring rat tribes battle for power…and one small mouse is destined to save them all. Hopper, an ordinary pet shop mouse who finds himself whisked away into this underground society, reminds us of the passion of youth, the strength to be brave, and the power of friendship. MOUSEHEART pulses with action and heart, and has the classic feel of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh....This is the start of a series, with two more books coming on an accelerated publication schedule in Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 respectively.

Excited for Dorothy Must Die? They released the first chapter to its 125 page prequel, No Place Like Oz.

Did you see the trailer for Brodi Ashton's Evertrue? I still need to read the sequel o.o.

And take a look at the trailer for Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge.

And did you see the awesomely supportive post from Jennifer Armentrout re: bloggers? Plus some other stuff on Sentinel etc. etc.

Did you already vote in the opening rounds of the Goodreads Choice Awards?

And more awards! Epic Reads is hosting the Book Shimmy Awards. Help them decide what categories to include.

HarperCollins goes direct-to-consumer for global e-book sales. It's an old article I missed, but interesting nonetheless. And the same for this: Amazon Launches ‘Day One’ Digital Literary Journal.

Are you attending YALLFest? If not, ask the authors a question via this form now! If yes, here's a tentative list of the panels.

Booksellers Say “No” to Amazon Source.

UK: Ebooks and discounts drive 98 publishers out of business.

And hey... if you purchase from Amazon, maybe make a slight diversion to Amazon to make charitable donations when customers buy.

Cover Reveals:

Gemma Halliday Presents: Nearly Departed - JB Lynn
Eleanor - Johnny Worthen                                 
*Honestly not sure if this is a MG/YA/NA title.
Becoming the Chateran - S.J. Aisling*
*No GR link yet.
Waken - Angela Fristoe*
*No GR link yet.
Tattered Dreams - Ali Cross*
*No GR link yet.
**Actually an adult title - my mistake.
Storm Siren - Mary Weber*
*No GR link yet.
*Saw this one too late to add into the rest, but hey enjoy the creepy cat o.O!

As always, if you'd like to follow along with cover reveals, see my Pinterest.

As you might have noticed, some of these say draft. I don't know what that means -- is that because the cover was leaked or is that an indication of the fact that the cover is not final and that's what ARCs might have? If it was leaked... how? Why would 'draft' be written all over something that was leaked? So, I'm confused and y'all can help me decide what to do in those circumstances.

Discussion/Other Fun Blogger Posts:

EW is asking the question: What is the best YA book of all time? What do you think? Will a current novel like TFioS win or something older like Holes win? Here's round one for voting if you're interested.

Are Young Writers Interesting?

Male Novelists Jokes.

Couple of old goodies from Epic Reads: 17 Australian YA Authors You Need to Read and Prologues Poll (interesting results!).

Lack of 'quiet time' hits children's reading.

"Focusing only on the romantic subplot does a disservice to the tale Collins has lovingly crafted..." Yes, but in including a love triangle in the series, it was inevitable that that romance divert some of the attention away from the message on war and violence. I personally dislike the tendency to choose teams, especially with regards to THG, but *shrug* such is the nature of a love triangle.

If you were interested in the CBC Diversity discussions posts I'd linked to before, make sure to check out the November newsletter.

You know how you hear about YA being full of women? Well here's part 1 and part 2 of one reader's analysis of the NYT Bestsellers List.

World Book Night U.S. 2014: More Titles, More Diversity. 8 children's books are being given away.

Potent Toteables: 7 Awesome Tote Bags for the Bookish. Probably my favorite feature at Book Riot -- aka when they post all these bookish inspired things.

Ender’s Game vs. The Hunger Games: A Military Analysis. I love Wired, and this is a pretty thoughtful list. I haven't read Ender's Game, but I wouldn't have thought to compare the two either.

Teen Romances with Real-Life Issues: A Reading List.


Blogging & Bloggers:

The Experience:

Types of Books,Authors, Anything Book Related:


Marketing & Buying Books:


Hey YA:

Sci-Fi Month:


Movies/TV shows:

WATCH: First ‘Vampire Academy’ TV spot – NEW footage of Christian (Dom Sherwood) and Rose (Zoey Deutch). An older clip, but I missed it before -- check it out!

New TV Spot for ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’ Featuring Christina Aguilera’s “We Remain.” Anyone find it slightly funny that Subway was the one to feature the tv spot?

First 'Catching Fire' clip shows Katniss and Gale's tense confrontation. (As highlighted by Liam Hemsworth on the Tonight Show.)

(PS - apparently yesterday was global fan day for Catching Fire. Any of you participate?)

Divergent character poster reveals: Tori, Eric, Max. Probably more to come on that page, if you're interested. And there's a Divergent swag store.

New Video From ‘Twilight Forever: The Complete Saga’ – Meet Chuckesmee. Holy shit. I didn't even watch the video and I'm creeped out by that doll.

Giver movie twitter account. Lois Lowry had posted a couple of pictures of her with some of the cast members on set.

More old news: The CW Sets Drama Adaptation Of Sara Shepard’s Book Series ‘The Perfectionists.’

If you'd like to follow along with movie/tv show news during the week, one account I'd recommend is YA Hollywood. I often visit their stream to see what they've included for the week. I don't include some of their stuff like footage from CW's Arrow and other teen shows, so if you're interested in them, you'll find more clips shown on that account. The only things I include here are related to movie/tv shows that somewhere along the way were based on a book (The Originals only counts in the sense that TVD was a book and Klaus was in it, though much less developed than he is on the show).


The Anatomy series. (INT, ends 11/19)

The weekly giveaway at Children's Publishing. Ends November 7th at 6:00 p.m CST (hurry!). And another, November 8th 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. (It still says October, but the ones running are for November, like the giveaway for Between the Spark and the Burn.)

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

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

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).

Write more than author Marissa Meyer during NaNoWriMo to win a signed ARC of Cress.

Win a $250 Gift Card in the THIS WICKED GAME Launch Giveaway! Author Michelle Zink - ends 12/05 and includes 20 prize packs, though for US mailing only.

International November giveaway of 12 different titles. Ends 11/30.

The Ruby Red trilogy. US only, ends 11/20.


Most Featured: Champion by Marie Lu. Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Honestly I've seen other titles, but these are still the ones everyone is talking about, no? Plus this article basically says that Allegiant was the number one most talked about book on social media in October so it's not going away anytime soon.

Recent Recommended Read: The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay. I finally got around to reading the book. Probably not going to review it -- my thoughts align most closely with this review and I think that some of the questions in this review are worth addressing, but I did love how well developed the characters were and how genuine the emotions were. A lot of NA is very tragic and formulaic -- at least it seems that way to me -- but the writing in The Sea of Tranquility actually convinced me of the emotional authenticity. Also I loved how much there was to discuss in this novel - that the back had a substantial discussion guide. Makes me wish I had a book club. (Where do y'all find 'em? You just go into your local indie and ask or? I was supposed to create a YA book club in college but that didn't work out o.o.). Anyway re: the guide -- I already thought the novel had depth and layering, but seeing the guide at the end furthered that impression, and it's something I love to see/consider in any novel. Have you read the book?

Oh, and hey, Christina, why wasn't this post up yesterday? Good question. I was taking the GRE and quite honestly did not think I had the nerves or time to devote to gathering these links. Another thing you may have noticed is that I've changed up my blog tagline, my twitter handle, etc. etc. to remove identifying things like my last name. This is because I'm applying to graduate school. I don't know how this blog might be taken by potential graduate advisers. My (college) adviser did tell me that it shouldn't harm my chances, but I don't want to risk something like that, so please keep that information to yourselves.

In other news... I'm hoping to finally catch up this weekend with y'all! Yay! And expect a book review / giveaway of Uncrashable Dakota by Andy Marino tomorrow.

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.

(PS - any of you planning on reading Tease, Life by Committee, Exile, or Talker 25?)


  1. I really liked Jay Crownower's Rule when it came out as a self-pubed book (even if it had tons of grammar mistakes that even I (!!!) picked up O.o It was a hot mess in that department) and I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the books in that series. READ EVERBOUND CHRISTINA! IT'S MAGICAL =) I love the cover for Fracture Me even if I don't like the series that much.. I don't know if I'm going to finish it. I'll wait and see who dies/survives/ends up with whom etc. Then I'll see if I'm going to purchase the books. Only if my friends tell me how it ends and I'm satisfied with the outcome. Only then. As for movie news, I'm going to watch that VA clip asap which is right about when I'm done with this comment. Oh and Divergent? I love that Maggie Q is Tori. She's so kick-a and suits fine for the role :)

    1. Interesting. I don't generally see a lot of typos in the books I read, even in the self-pubs that I've read. But it must be a good sign that you want to read more, huh? :) And hahaha I see now why you got me Everbound :P. Yeah, I remember your feelings on the Shatter Me series. A lot is riding on this last book. I hope you'll be satisfied with the ending :D. And I hope that you liked the VA clip and like Maggie Q's performance in Divergent.

  2. I read Sea of Tranquility recently and I did enjoy it, but it definitely follows the formula for NA fiction. I did love the last line of the book. Great post as usual! ~Pam

    1. Oh, it definitely follows the formula for NA fiction, but I thought the writing helped differentiate the characters and their situation more than in other books I've read. Thanks, Pam!

  3. Soldier Girl & In the shadows sound like great books! I've added them both to my GR list. I've seen the trailer from Evertrue and I was already excited, but now I really can't wait :D Thanks for sharing the Dorothy must die link, I'm very interested in this book (not very surprising I think, haha.) Jennifer Armentrout sounds awesome! And yes I've voted for books on GR, sometimes it was hard to pick just one.

    1. I'm also really excited for In the Shadows because I want to see how the graphics will integrate with the text. I think I remember seeing you reading Evertrue -- I hope you enjoyed it! And ha, I hope Dorothy Must Die works out for you :).

  4. Angelas Anxious LifeNovember 8, 2013 at 8:13 PM

    Thanks for posting a link to my discussion!!! Also what an amazing collection of links for me to check out. This must be a lot of work... but I have spent tonight going through them!!! Love it!

    1. No problem! And it is a lot of work, but it's worth it for me. Thanks for stopping by! :)

  5. Thank you for listing Becoming the Chateran on your cover reveal list! The book is now listed on GR, and you can find it right here:


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