Thursday, November 21, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 22

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 1, 2 + Publisher's Marketplace:

**Warrior Beautiful by Wendy Knight (Fiction: New Adult | Working with the ex you secretly love to save the souls of the innocent is almost as bad as working with a mighty battle unicorn who would be thrilled to watch you more ... )

**Spell Fire by Ariella Moon (Digital: Young Adult | New school. New friends. New reputation. High school sophomore Ainslie Avalon-Bennett works hard to hide her Crazy Girl past. more ... )

**Where All Souls Meet by S. E. Campbell (Fiction: New Adult | The gates of heaven remain closed due to the Blood Stone. It's Eden Schmidt's task to collect the five souls who can help open them again. more ...)

**Home Alone by Lisa Church (Children's: Middle grade | Eleven-year-old Winnie Frazier feels very grown-up and mature. When she convinces her mother she is old enough to babysit her younger brother, she thinks life can get no better. more ...)

**Feudlings in Flames by Wendy Knight (Fiction: New Adult | Ari thought being in love with her prophesied nemesis sucked. But being responsible for her best friend's kidnapping? It sucks worse. more ... )

**Farah's Deadline by Brenda Maxfield (Fiction: New Adult | Sassy, strong-willed, and pregnant, Farah Menins plans to be married at sixteen after her dad dumps her in a "special home" to be rid of her. more ...)

**B.I.G. is Beautiful by Kelly Martin (Children's: Young Adult | The seven worst words ever spoken came out of Brittany Gregory's mom's mouth at breakfast, "I signed you up for math tutoring." Sure, she probably needs it (probably nothing, she'll fail without more ... ))

**Adam Mansbach and Alan Zweibel's BENJAMIN FRANKLIN: Huge Pain in My...… (MG about a boy trying to navigate junior high and woo the popular girl with the help of Ben Franklin, with whom he can communicate via letters from 1776, Disney-Hyperion).

**Heather Petty's LOCK & MORI trilogy, (a modern-day Sherlock Holmes origin story, the debut YA trilogy is told from the perspective of 16-year-old Miss James "Mori" Moriarty, who, in looking for an escape from her recent past and spiraling home life, takes classmate Sherlock up on his challenge to solve a murder mystery in Regent's Park. Simon & Schuster Children's, 2015, 2016, 2017).

**Survival Strategies - Jen White (MG follows sisters Liberty and Billie, ages 12 and 8, on an adventure through the desert after their father abandons them at a gas station. Liberty, an animal behavior enthusiast, uses the survival strategies in her notebook to keep the two of them safe. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2015).

**Good Girl - Donna Freitas (YA novel - The summer after being held hostage in a house robbery, 17-year-old Jane falls in love with town bad boy Handel Davies, and discovers things about the night of the robbery that she wishes she'd never known. Philomel, summer 2015).

**Georg Rauch's memoir, An Unlikely Warrior: A Jewish Soldier in Hitler's Army. (Rauch, who died in 2006, was 18, part Jewish, and living in Austria when he was drafted into the F├╝hrer's army in 1943. The book, Morgen said, is an “indelible portrait of a reluctant soldier's battle for survival.” Farrar, Straus and Giroux, winter 2015).

**Denton Little's Deathdate - Lance Rubin (In the YA story, everyone knows the day on which they will die; for Denton Little ,that will be the day of his senior prom. Knopf, spring 2015).

**Abandon - Kady Cross (The first book follows twin sisters – one living, and one dead – who are able to communicate with one another; the series was pitched as Supernatural meets Sweet Valley High. Harlequin Teen).

**Sublime - Christina Lauren (The book tells the story of Lucy and Colin, who are passionately in love. The only problem: Lucy's a ghost. Simon & Schuster.). The cover reveal is below.

Celebrating the releases of Champion and The Fiery Heart, here is an interview with Marie Lu & an interview with Richelle Mead (another one here).

Ask Rainbow Rowell a question before her interview with Goodreads.

If you're curious about Scholastic Spring 2014 titles, they've posted video previews online.

If you've read past bookish rounds, you know that a title I'm anticipating is Fire and Flood. Well, it sold to another country in another auction, and you can celebrate with Victoria Scott here.

Beth Revis wrote a short story for a science fiction / fantasy magazine, and it is now available for free. If you've always been curious about her writing or want to read something not set in the AtU universe, here's your chance.

Jennifer Lynn Armentrout is releasing a series about Seth from the Covenant series. The cover was revealed below too.

Don't forget to vote in the final rounds for the Goodreads Choice Awards.

The nominations for the Epic Reads Book Shimmy Awards are over, but you can check out which ones have been listed so far, and the voting may begin soon.

Cynthia Kadohata has won the 2013 NBA for Young People’s Literature, for ‘The Thing About Luck’

Check out the winter 2013-2014 Kids' Indie Next List preview.

A five part chat with Suzanne Collins and Francis Lawrence: part 1, part 2, part 3. Part 4 will probably be posted today, and five tomorrow.

Nine things I wish I'd known about publishing. I always like reading articles like that because I think it's really nice to have different perspectives about the field.

Mary Grandpre talks 'Harry Potter' and new children's book. I don't think I've ever read an interview with an illustrator before...

Hardcover Sales Growth Outpacing EBooks in 2013. Could this be? Will that actually continue?

A Literary Award Pageant. So cool! I had no idea what most of those actually looked like.

Inside Stories About Memorable Books: We asked 20 prominent editors to recall a personally meaningful children's book project. (Old article but ICYMI, which I know I did).

First Public Library in the South Dedicated to Culinary Literature Now Open. Okay, so it has nothing to do with kidlit, but a library devoted to culinary lit :O?

Tired Metaphors? Ciao, Contestant! ‘Masterpiece,’ an Italian Reality Show for Writers. (I can't decide whether or not I'd be interested in watching that show...)

Cover Reveals:

The Torn - LaDonna Cole*
*No GR link.
Jex Malone - C.L. Gaber and V.C. Stanley*
*No GR link.
Werewolf Parallel - Roy Gill
*US & UK covers respectively, I think.
The Orphan and the Thief - M.L. Legette*
*No GR link.
Willow, Weep No More*
*No GR link.

Discussion/Other Fun Blogger Posts:

Book Gift Ideas For Adults Who Love Teen Books by Kirkus at HuffPost books.

25 Books To Try If You Loved Divergent.

That Hunger Games Theme Park? Here Are 5 Attractions We Want to See. Interesting ideas for rides. This is one of the first articles that's actually convinced me that the theme park isn't too strange of an idea.

Should parents let their children feed on 'The Hunger Games'? "'Giving them the freedom to read what they want is a real gift,' she says. 'But just because a child can read something doesn’t mean that they should read it...'" Hmm...

How 'Hunger Games' and YA lit are re-shaping the Hollywood blockbuster. Can I just point out how many articles there are about The Hunger Games?

The Best YA Novel of All Time? EW Staff Pick: 'The Earthsea Cycle' by Ursula K. Le Guin. Meanwhile the Final four for "Best YA Novel of All Time" were The Fault in Our Stars, Harry Potter, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and To Kill a Mockingbird. Now it's down to: The Fault in Our Stars and Harry Potter. I'm sorry, John Green, but I'd be really surprised / thinking what-is-this-madness if TFiOS beat out HP.

Percy Jackson: The New World of Kid Lit. I need to catch up in the series. I thought that RR's post on the topic discussed was also really thoughtful and interesting to read.

The Periodic Table of Storytelling. An old article, but so, so cool to see. 

People who go vegetarian after reading a ‘life changing’ book tend to get back on the burgers within a year: study. You can't extrapolate those findings to say the ability of books to 'change your life' is minimal.

A Textual Analysis of The Hunger Games. This article was made for me. Awesomeness.

** Kara at Great Imaginations: Co-Blogging -- Is It for You?
** Jess at Books and Sensibility: Build A Blog On A Budget: Blog Design
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Disable Thumbnail Generation in Wordpress
** Candace at Candace's Book Blog: Social Media and Blogging ** Let's Talk Pinterest!
** Abria at Read. Write. Discuss.: Holiday Fonts
** Jenni at Live to Read, Love to Read: Differences in Shipping Costs

Blogging (Habits, The Community, Commenting, Reviews, etc.):
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Do You Blog More During the Weekdays or on the Weekends?
** Asti at A Bookish Heart: My Bookish Confessions (Part One)
** Alison at Alison Can Read: Is Book Blogging Declining?
** Parajunkee: Has the Book Blogging Community Gone on Hiatus?
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: Do You Remember Other Blogger's Names?
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: Let's Roll This Blog
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: The Worst Part of Starting Over a Blog
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: Seven Oddball Terms I've Come Up With Since Starting Blogging
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives guest posts at Adrift on Vulcan: Comment lengths.
** Cee at The Novel Hermit: Those Annoying Meme Comments
** Nicole and Ashley at The Quiet Concert: To Sign or Not To Sign, That is the Question
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: If We Were Having Coffee...
** Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner: If We Were Having Coffee...
** Trish at Between My Lines: Handling Book Review Requests.
** Brenna at I Have Lived a Thousand Lives: Rating.
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Book Review Request Forms

The Experience:
** Sheri at YA Escape from Reality: Reading on Long Trips?
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: Do You Have the Time to Reread Books?
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: Spoil me ROTTEN!
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Finding Time to Read as a College Student
** Christina at Reader of Fictions: The Beauty in Ugly, or, Thoughts on Rereading Eleanor and Park
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: Endings and Expectations
** Sarah at Clear Eyes, Full Shelves: Reader Expectations & Authorial Intent: What Matters?
** Lillian and Sandra at Books and Cake: Living Fiction with Sandra.
** Clover at Fluttering Butterflies: Top 10 Favourite Reading Memories
** Abria at Read. Write. Discuss.: Reading Challenges.

** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Soapbox Saturday: Pirating Books
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Piracy of Books
** Stormy at Book.Blog.Bake.: I Want to Live in a Culture That Values Creative Content

** Kristilyn at Reading in Winter: Death, Dying, and the end of Characters
** Me: What Makes a Series Awesome
** Lexxie at (Un)Conventional Book Views: When a Beloved Character Dies.
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: Book Boyfriends

Series, Book Buying, Books:
** Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads: So. Many. Series Part II
** Hollie at Music, Books and Tea: I Think I'm Drowning in Unfinished Series
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: Asking for Books as Gifts
** Melissa at I Swim for Oceans: Books That You Value the Most
** Jess at Books and Sensibility: A #NewBookTrend?
** Brenna at I Have Lived a Thousand Lives: Had to Buy, and Then...
** Johannah at The Broken Shelf: Defending A Good Book’s Honor.
** Rachel at Paper Cuts: Books Not Written in Prose.
** Giselle at Xpresso Reads: Does Size Really Matter?

** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Reading Audiobooks.
** Jenna at Rather Be Reading YA: Reviewing Audiobooks.
** Lauren at The Prince of Ink: My Relationship with Audiobooks.

Sci-Fi Month: There are so many posts for this. You should check out the official twitter feed.

Movie/TV news:

At 4:30 PST today, Yahoo Movies will show the premiere of the full trailer for Vampire Academy. Look at the teaser picture they included. (Also, wow, did you know the official novel FB page has over 1 million likes? The only other series I know of with 1m+ is The Hunger Games.) Here's the trailer!!

The Catching Fire red carpet (also more probably here). AHHH, I'm debating whether or not I ought to abandon the internet now or risk being spoiled about the movie. Here's an early review (which I have not read so beware).

So, last week, as you probably know, the Divergent trailer was released. Here's a video of the director, Neil Burger, breaking down key scenes. (Here's Book Riot's rundown too.) And and and here are 15 new character photos of the cast.

First look at & teaser trailer for Flowers in the Attic. Wow: "For at least one generation of readers, Andrews’ 1979 book Flowers in the Attic was the Twilight or Hunger Games of its day, passed around at slumber parties and summer camp (this classic cover is imprinted on some of our brains for all eternity) and selling more than 40 million copies worldwide." I'd never heard of the book, but maybe I need to get on this?

‘The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones’ is available to download digitally right now.

Not much movie news. Probably because of the attention the Catching Fire premiere / near release is getting.


ARC of Uncrashable Dakota. (INT, ends 11/27)

The weekly giveaway at Children's Publishing. Ends November 21st at 6:00 p.m CST (hurry!!). And another, November 22nd 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).

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.

Autographed copy of Sex and Violence. Ends 11/22. Another giveaway of the book here. Ends 11/29.

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

A bunch of books and swag in celebration of A Little Too Hot. Ends 11/25.

The Cover Madness giveaway hop. INT, ends 11/25.

Kindle Paperwhite giveaway. Ends December 31.

If you want a print copy of Finding Cinderella, leave a comment here. Ends 11/28.

A paperback copy of Incarnate by Jodi Meadows, Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, Everneath by Brodi Ashton and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi. US/CA, ends 12/12.


Most Featured: According to that Goodreads newsletter, it's This Wicked Game by Michelle Zink, The F-- It List by Julie Halpern, After Eden by Helen Douglas, The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, and Hostage Three by Nick Lake. Personally I haven't seen those around -- have you? Have you read any of them?

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of These Broken Stars (well developed characters + mishmash of survivalist, science fiction, and romance elements). Besides that, I was fortunate enough to read The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski and !!! New favorite. I can't stop thinking about it, and I wish that I had a physical copy to mark and revisit all the time, and it makes so sad to think of how long I will have to wait to read the next book. If you're at all interested, the publisher has posted a free excerpt of the first five chapters, so you can see whether the book is for you. I've also been reading Crash into You by Katie McGarry with Sam of Realm of Fiction. Sam and CiY made me curious about McGarry's other novels, so I also read them. I now understand why she is a fan favorite across the blogosphere -- what addictive writing! Review to come for Crash into You.

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. Wow, that textual analysis of The Hunger Games is awesome! So glad you shared that. :D As usual, you've provided me with hours of good reading, so thank you!

    Also: I'm not sure exactly when you changed your layout, but I really like it! Looks fantastic. :) (I really like that little rainbow of a menu in the footer!!)

    1. Yay!!! More reading for my readers who are readers. Muahaha. I'm glad you liked the textual analysis - I wish more of those articles were avilable!

      I think I changed it around this time (~20s Nov?), and thank you so much!! I liked the rainbow bits too.

  2. A lot of things I'd have picked in the Book Shimmy awards made it to the list. It will be very difficult to vote! I see many new NA books coming up, not really my thing.. I LOVE the cover from The assassins blade <3 Gorgeous.

    I really liked some of the recommendations they gave for '25 books if you loved Divergent', so I'm interested to try the others. Attractions parks are great, especially when they have a whole theme! THG sounds like a good idea. I liked seeing the most distinctive adjectives in 'Textual analysis from THG'

    I can't wait to read The winner's curse, it's great you loved it so much!

    1. The Book Shimmy awards were a lot of fun to look through. I'm glad they chose to include all those other categories since a lot of other awards don't generally... and yes, the novella compilation cover is just gorgeous. Did you see the title for the third book? Love it! And what Maas said about the series on her blog. If you haven't checked that out yet, do so :D.

      I love lists like 'x and x' books to try if you liked a certain series; you get introduced to so many other things! And I hope you'll like whichever recommendations you choose to read from that list :) :).

  3. The textual analysis article was so interesting, I love how the analysis related to the different authors' styles. What's funny is that I've actually being doing some of this analysis lately in my work (I study the Supreme Court and having been using linguistic software to analyze opinions). So I find that stuff fascinating!

    I had heard about Jennifer Armentrout's new series with Seth. Can't wait for that and it's NA too, which should be fun.

    I can't wait to read The Winner's Curse, I have heard such great things about that book.

    Great post, as usual! ~Pam

    1. Your work sounds really interesting! I love getting into the nitty gritty of various styles and cases. Linguistic analysis, especially so as related to writing and the law. I hope everything worked out on your end!

      And I hope JLA's new NA series + The Winner's Curse will meet your expectations :). Thanks again, Pam!!!

  4. Such a great post once again Christina, I clicked on that linked immediately when I saw Donna Freitas name, all my blogging friends loved The Survival Kit and Good Girl sounds absolutely fabulous. I will also be checking out that list of recommendations for fans of Divergent, I think I need another dystopian to totally wow me. Also I'm insanely jealous that you got to read a copy of The Winner's Curse already! But I'm pleased to see that it left such a great impression with you, I will definitely be checking out those five chapters. Thank you for the heads up! :)

    1. Thanks, Jasprit! Funny that you mention Donna Freitas and The Survival Kit, because I'd never heard of either until I'd written this post. And yay! I hope you find a dystopian that wows you. I hope the first five chapters of The Winner's Curse ended up working out for you!! :)

  5. Thank you so much for linking up to my post, Christina! SO MANY cover reveals this week and none of them were that impressive to me.

    1. Of course, Kara! I will always link to your blog so long as I see the discussion post. There are a lot of cover reveals each week - it always takes a bit to get a "wow" comment from someone :).

  6. You should definitely try to read FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC if you have the time, Christina. If this is the version of the movie they just released on Lifetime, I have the recording. Once I watch it, I'll let you know if it's a possible temporary fill-in for the book. ;)


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