Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 25

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:

**YA horror anthology, Slasher Girls & Monster Boys - including April Tucholke,Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, Kami Garcia, Carrie Ryan, Nova Ren Suma, A.G. Howard, Cat Winters, Stefan Bachman, Jay Kristoff, Kendare Blake, McCormick Templeman, and Megan Shepherd, and tells tales of gritty girls fighting back, seeking revenge, and claiming their victims. Dial, fall 2015.

**The Smell of Other People’s Houses - Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock. (a debut YA novel of interlocking stories set in 1970s Alaska - Cassie misses her father, lost in a plane crash. Her sister Ruth has a secret. Hank and his brothers have stowed away on a ferry that will put them all in danger. And Dumpling Moses is missing, but no one will find Dumpling until these teens – and others – put their stories together. Random House, fall 2015).

**Charlie, Presumed Dead - Anne Heltzel (YA - the story of two teenage girls who meet at the funeral of Charlie Pryce, presumed dead after an explosion on a college campus. When the girls realize they both thought they were Charlie's one true love, the secrets of his double life are unraveled – and it's possible they’ve walked into a trap he's laid for them. HMH, spring 2015).

**Simon Thorn - Aimee Carter. (An action-adventure middle-grade fantasy series - Simon Thorn is a bullied 12-year-old boy who discovers he is part of a secret race of humans born with the ability to turn into animals, and who may be the key to peace among five warring animal kingdoms. The first title, Simon Thorn and the Wolf's Den, is scheduled for a simultaneous U.S./U.K. publication in fall 2015 with Bloomsbury.)

**Truest - Jackie Lea Sommers (Debut - the story of Westlin, a pastor's daughter, and her complicated relationships with Silas, a young writer new to town, and Laurel, his mysterious twin sister. It's billed as a novel of "summer love, small-town secrets, and the darker side of philosophy." Katherin Tegen, 2016).

**dotwav - Mike A. Lancaster. (in the YA sci-fi thriller, a female hacker joins forces with a member of a secret teen government agency to uncover a sound embedded in music that's being used to control fans. Egmont, fall 2015).

**Jennifer Probst's SEARCHING FOR BEAUTIFUL, the next book in her new series, again to Gallery;

**Indie Next Pick Kaya McLaren's next novel to follow FIRELIGHT GIRLS, about a cellist who comes home to a funky New Mexican vineyard to help her estranged mother.

**Ellen Potter's PIPER AND THE FAIRY TREE, a new MG chapter book series set on an island off the coast of Maine, where getting to school by lobster boat and having a fairy tree in your front yard are part of everyday life, to Knopf Children's, for publication beginning Fall 2015.

**S.A. Bodeen's THE DETOUR, pitched as a cautionary tale about the new world of YA literary instant celebrity, involving an obsessive fan of YA books and their authors who seems to have gone very, very wrong, to Feiwel and Friends.

**Owen Matthews's HOW TO WIN AT HIGH SCHOOL, the YA story of a loser who, upon transferring schools his junior year, decides to do whatever it takes to reinvent himself, win over the popular crowd, and take over the school, pitched as Ferris Bueller meets Scarface, to Harper Children's.

**YOZORA by Diann Saku (Children's: Young Adult | Sixteen-year-old Alisa Hailey hates sushi, thinks anime is boring, and doesn't know any Japanese besides "sayonara." When her family moves from Minnesota to Tokyo and she learns there isn't a drama program more ...)

^-- Question: would you like to feature books even if they don't have GR links now? Is there a purpose, or do I get rid of them? Or maybe I ought to come back and edit these posts with the links as they're added?

The January ’14 Indie Next List Preview - are you excited for any of these books?

Publisher's Weekly posted its Best Children's Books of 2013 lists. Here's fiction specifically - did any of your favorites make the cut?

Another end of the year list: The best children's literature of 2013.

Check out the 2014 Morris Award Finalists. I'm excited to see Charm and Strange there.

The University of Central Missouri’s 46th Annual Children’s Literature Festival. March 16-18 if any of you live in Missouri!

Did you hear that the short stories by Veronica Roth on Tobias "Four" Eaton got postponed until July 2014? Read more about the announcement here.

Excited for Cress? Watch the interview with Marissa Meyer.

You can also read what Rainbow Rowell had to say in her Goodreads YA interview.

And submit your question for the Laurie Halse Anderson interview.

Little Brown is having a Holiday Lounge party (via Spreecast, I think?) with some authors on Tuesday, the 17th at 3:30 PST.

Here are the Winter Dark Days authors from Harper Teen.

Simon Teen is doing a #31daysofreading event all month long with its pulseit teasers, if you're interested in reading excerpts from some of their books.

Simon & Schuster launches the Hot Bed for New Adult readers.

Scholastic released the first chapter of Fire and Flood by Victoria Scott for those interested.

Book News: Amazon Launches An Imprint For Short Fiction.

Tomorrow, December 12th, a bunch of authors are going to be reading directly to some K-12 classrooms.

It's the final voting round for the Book Shimmy Awards. Did your favorites make the cut? Don't forget to vote before the end!

Cover Reveals:

The Blue-haired Boy - Courtney C. Stevens
Mine to Claim - A.C. Arthur
Part of Me - A.C. Arthur
Hunger for You - A.C. Arthur
Robot Uprising - Daniel H. Wilson and John Joseph Adams
Beautiful Mess - Jennifer Preston
The Headhunters Race - Kimberly Afe
Finding My Forever - Heidi McLaughlin
Whisper - Chelsea M. Cameron
Moonflower - Angela J. Townsend
Mean Boys - Barbie Hall
More with You - Kaylee Ryan
The Memory Witch - Heather Topham Wood
Love, Lies, and Deception - L.P. Dover
Let Go - Casey Blue
Painted Boots - Mechelle Morrison
Sweet Rome - Tillie Cole
Beauty from Love - Georgia Cates
Cherished - Kelly Elliott

If you would like to follow along with cover reveals during the week, see my Pinterest.
There are fewer this week because I posted on Friday last week, so there's been less time.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Best books of 2013 from the BookRiot staff. Guess which YA books made the cut.

17 Reasons Why Vampire Academy: Blood Sister Is Going to Be Amazing. I showed the trailer to my friend who doesn't read YA and even she agreed that it was pretty good and Dan Waters knows what he's doing by marketing it that way. I wasn't a fan of the teaser trailer, but this trailer is much better.

Susan Cooper: libraries are the frontline in the war for the imagination.

Not just for kids: Young adult books are big sellers. It kind of irritates me to see posts like this, as if it's surprising that YA is successful, but they are bringing extra attention to YA so...

Where’s the Diversity? The NY Times Top 10 Bestsellers List. I wrote a similar post a while back about that too.

You’ve Seen the Movies, Now Read These 80+ Children’s Classics. It always shocks me to see what books have actually had movies made...

The Privilege and Pressure of Being a Book Claus. So many posts about book giving and so many end of the year lists -- I love it!

I Don’t Care If You Dogear My Pages (And Other Confessions of a Failed Book Fanatic).

**First Novels Club: How to Travel Like a Bookworm
** Jessi at Novel Heartbeat: What Makes Me Follow a Blog.
** Emily at Fluttereal Flight: Originality and Heart.
** Christy at Christy’s Book Addiction: How to add "Read More" Option in Blogger
** Stephanie at Hopeless Romantics: Blockquotes and Share Buttons.

** Bec at Ransom Reads: Hiatus Influx
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: Those Deceiving Avatars
**Ashley at Nose Graze: Life of a Blogger: Career
**Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer: Top Ten Signs You Are a Book Blogger
**Kat at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog: 10 Easy Ways to Piss Off Book Bloggers
**Cayce at FIghting Dreamer: Say Hello to Your Friendly Neighbour Lurker
**Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: This Always Seems to Happen!!
** Jennifer at Live to Read, Love to Read: Fandoms: Are You a Lurker?
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: My Blogging Mngt
** Trish at Between My Lines: The 3 Star Kiss of Death.
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Opinions/Rating of Books

The Experience:
**Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: How to Go on a Book Binge
** Cee at The Novel Hermit: A Really Bad Reading System.
** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: The Problem with Hype.
** Leanne at Literary Excursion: The Book, the Whole Book, and Nothing But the Book {Or So Help Me...}
** Annie at The Runaway Reader: When You Find Other People Loving the Same Book As You Do
** Nicole at The Quiet Concert: Re-reading, I don't do it (until now)
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Insta-love.
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Why Audiobooks Rarely Work For Me

The Holidays:
**Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: Bookish Christmas Presents I'd Love to See Under the Tree
**Lyn at Great Imaginations: Odin - The Reason for the Season
**Cait at the Cait Files: Christmas Reading
**Giselle at Xpresso Reads: Book Gifting is Good for You
**Christine at Oh, Chrys!: 10 Quirky Non-Book Gifts for Book Lovers
**Amy at Book Loving Mom: Holiday Themed Books

**Melissa at I Swim for Oceans: Genre Trends: Where We're Heading Next
**Tiffany at About to Read: Rich Guys, Poor Girls, and bad Parents: My Frustration with YA/NA Characters
** Lillian at Books and Cake: What Politicians Can Learn from YA.

Characters & Favorites:
** Ellie at Book Revels: Girl Monsters.
** Sandy at Tea Between Books: Damn You Heroines, For Making Me Feel Stupid
** Rachel at Paper Cuts: Favorite Books of All Time.

Movies/TV shows:

The Veronica Mars movie will be released on March 14, 2014.

Robert Knepper was cast as Antonius in Mockingjay. That guy is amazing actor. I remember him from Prison Break.

Coldplay was nominated for a Grammy for their Catching Fire song, Atlas. I hope something Catching Fire related wins an award because that was a really good adaptation.

If you're looking forward to the If I Stay adaptation, you can follow the twitter account here.


$25 gift card to bookstore of choosing. (INT, Ends 12/24).

The weekly giveaway at Children's Publishing. Ends December 13th at 6:00 p.m CST. And this one (ends December 12th.)

New blog - YA Series Insiders. I'm just going to link you to the various giveaways that I've seen (a lot!) and you can decide which to enter: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. They all end 12/31.

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.

Kindle Paperwhite giveaway. Ends December 31.

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.

Signed ARC of Fire and Flood. INT, ends 12/12.

$15 Amazon gift card + Ritchie books. INT, ends 12/13.

$10 Amazon gift card + Sia by Josh Grayson. Ends 12/22.

Celebrate Candace's blogoversy! A bunch of prize packs. Ends 01/09.

Badass Bookie has a bunch of giveaways for her debutante 2014 event. Check them out!

5 copies of World After. US, ends 6:00 CST on 12/19.


Most Featured: Pawn by Aimee Carter. It was released a while ago, but man I feel weird. I read an excerpt and didn't think that one was for me, but so many of my friends have read and loved it so what's going on? I'm fixating on the novel and how it keeps appearing for that reason.

Recent Recommended Reads: Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You about Being Creative by Austin Kleon. It was a birthday present from my best friend, and it's got some cool advice. It's kind of funny that it quotes from a writing professor who taught at my college too. But here's something for anyone who blogs: "Maybe your hero will see your work, maybe he or she won't. Maybe they'll respond to you, maybe not. The important thing is that you show your appreciation without expecting anything in return, and that you get new work out of the appreciation." (109). Another book I read recently was The Promise of Amazing, and here is my mini review of it.

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. For the first time ever I'm not adding any books to my tbr! The above releases do sound really good too, but I always tend to find myself adding books by authors that I've already read before, maybe because I know I've had a lot of luck with them in the past. I also saw Pawn pop up on my feed so much lately that I just had to download a copy, I actually thought that this book wouldn't be for me either. But the praising reviews have convinced me otherwise. Also I look forward to reading your review of The Promise of Amazing, unfortunately it didn't leave the greatest impression with me either :(

    1. OH NOOOO I have failed at my job then :P. Hmmm, so you don't add any books if they're debut authors? That'd be sad for them, though I definitely understand your reasoning. I'm curious to know what you thought of Pawn! I never ended up downloading a copy because things got hectic but hmmm, I will have to check back in with you about that / your review!

  2. Funny you should ask about the books that don't have GR links yet; I was just getting frustrated because two of those books aren't on GR but now I'm all excited about them! Not sure how to answer your question, though. I like hearing about new stuff coming up, but it IS frustrating when I can't add them on GR to remember them later. =/

    1. True. I just am not sure whether I'll honestly remember enough to come back and add them in the next time. Maybe I ought to just copy and paste them in the next week, if they've got the links up by then. If they haven't, oh well. And that way I'm not doing a lot of extra work to go through all the old posts....

  3. I swear you give me more traffic than I deserve. Thank you! <3

    I am about to run out to see the Hobbit, so I will have to comb through this later.

    1. Thank YOU, Lyn, for coming here too! And never more traffic than you deserve! I hope you get a lot and a lot of visitors :D. I hope you liked the Hobbit!!

  4. I love this post! This is a really good idea. Wanted to leave a comment, before I started clicking on some of the links you gave us!


    1. Thanks, Lisa! I always appreciate getting to hear back from readers about these posts since they take so long to compile :).

  5. GR links would be helpful. I'm about to go through the old posts, because there's a greater chance the links will have been added by now. :-p

    1. :P Well, I decided on a new way of doing things. Kelley up above made a similar comment, and I think that if the book wasn't up by then, I'll just add it to my draft for the rounds in the next week and hope GR will have the book by then.


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