Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds 31

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:

**Molly McAdams's TRUSTING LIAM, where a young woman's attempt to stay far away from relationships and men determined to be in charge, discovers after an unexpected encounter one evening, her new neighbor may be the one guy she can't resist and that together they may be the best thing that's ever happened to each other, William Morrow, Fall 2014.

**A. Meredith Walters's previously self published titles FIND YOU IN THE DARK and LIGHT IN THE SHADOWS, an emotional series about the all-consuming power of first love, Gallery.

**Jo Whittemore's CONFIDENTIALLY YOURS, about a group of sixth-graders who collaborate on an advice column and resolve all the problems of their school one anonymous letter at a time, Harper Children's.

**Sabaa Tahir's debut AN EMBER IN THE ASHES, the story of two teenagers fighting to survive under the Empire's brutal, militaristic regime, which has outlawed reading among the once-powerful "Scholar" class; the "Scholars" live under the oppression of the "Martials," who silently assassinate insurgents; pitched as inspired by the author's experiences as an editor on the foreign desk at The Washington Post and as a child growing up in the Mojave Desert, Razorbill, winter 2015; Film rights to Paramount Pictures, with Academy Award-winning producer Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Notebook) attached.

**James Frey and Nils Johnson-Shelton's ENDGAME: THE CALLING, the first in a trilogy reported to be about a world in which 12 bloodlines each produce a teen warrior champion and there is a fight to eliminate all the bloodlines except for the winners which will feature an interactive puzzle comprised of clues and riddles throughout the text and a major prize for each book in the series; the deal also includes fifteen original e-book novellas, YouTube videos, search and image results, mapping coordinates, social media, and interactive gaming, Harper Children's. Film rights to Fox and producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen at Temple Hill.

**Knockout Games by G.Neri (Children's: Young Adult | Coretta Scott King Honor author G. Neri's new YA novel, Knockout Games, tells the story of Erica, a white 15-year-old, and her experience getting caught up in the TKO Club, a group more ...)

**EKHO: Evil Kid Hunting Organization (The EKHO Series-book 1) by Marie D. Jones, Max Jones (Children's: Middle grade | Ten-year-old Elvis Jones is tired of being picked on, taunted, and teased by the bullies at his elementary school, so he does what any smart, technologically brilliant kid his age would do: more ... )

**Chicken Squad: The First Misadventure -- Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Kevin Cornell (chapter-book mystery series starring the same characters as Cronin's J.J. Tully Mysteries for middle grade readers, but geared toward a younger audience. In the first book, four chicks – Dirt, Sugar, Sweetie, and Poppy – are anything but chicken. They are the bravest detectives in town and they'll stop at nothing to solve mysteries and fight crime in the barnyard and beyond. Atheneum, April 2014).

Check back next week for:

** Black River -- Jeff Hirsch (In the YA novel, 16-year-old Cardinal Odera is the only member of his family to escape a virus that stole the memories of everyone in his town. He chooses to remain in his quarantined town, caring for a band of orphaned kids, but when a mysterious young woman appears, and factions within the town begin to agitate for greater freedom, the safe, closed-off world he worked so hard to build begins to crumble. Clarion Books, fall 2015).

**John David Anderson's THE DUNGEONEERS, about the perfect pickpocket, but when he's chosen to enter a school that trains dungeon raiders, he soon learns that taking treasure from monsters is the easiest part of being a Dungeoneer, Walden Pond Press, Summer 2015.

** What The Dinosaurs Did Last Night -- Susan and Refe Tuma (based on a series of toy dinosaur scenes created by two parents who dedicated an entire month to convincing their children that their toy dinosaurs come to life and wreak havoc while they are all asleep. Little, Brown and Company (fall 2014) & Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (fall 2015)).

(If it's not up on Goodreads the week I see the announcement, I'll post the book deal again the next week).

Are you excited for Endgame by James Frey? Publisher's Weekly has an exclusive interview with him.

Are you looking forward to Into the Still Blue? Here's an excerpt and here's the book trailer. And don't forget the blog tour to say goodbye to the series.

John Green on why he'll never self-publish. meanwhile Sylvia Day signs a $10 Million+ Deal with a new publisher (St. Martin's Press) for her next series, Blacklist. It has nothing to do with young adult, but I felt like sharing nonetheless. Also not up on Goodreads yet.

At Really Big Coloring Books, Profits Trump Political Ideology. Did you know how popular coloring books were? I definitely didn't until I read that article.

Arthur Yorinks Debuts Web-Based Lost Marbles Books ( online digital publishing venture, in collaboration with OR Books, a publisher that focuses on selling direct to consumers via the Internet...)

Apple's refunding $32.5 million dollars to those parents whose kids mistakenly bought books from their parent's phone app.

Amazon: A Cheetah Hunting Gazelles (Publishers) (...Brad Stone reminded the publishers sitting in the audience at Digital Book World 2014 that Amazon views publishers as “sickly” gazelles and itself as a cheetah...For instance, Amazon has been known to take publishers’ and authors’ titles out of its recommendation engine, waiting for sales to drop, which would be followed quickly by the “gazelle” dropping to its knees, too.)

Los Angeles libraries return on Sundays and more good library news.

Don't forget to nominate your favorite 2013 reads for the Teen Choice Book of the Year before the end of January!

Awards alerts! 2013 New Voices Award Winner, 2014 Charlotte Zolotow Award Announced, 2014 Sydney Taylor Book Awards Announced by AJL, The Edgar Nominees, & 2013 National Jewish Book Award Winners.

AND If you're looking at this post, might as well be listening to the Epic Reads ladies and the announcement of the Book Shimmy Award winners, huh?

The View from Her 'Corner': A Children's Publishing Columnist on 20 Years of Industry Change. This was really fascinating. It's so strange to think of how Harry Potter might've brought about the focus on crossover novels, and how, from there the trend went to comics and other things, and how, still 20 years later, people don't consider children's novels of "real" literary value.

And a frightening article: Most Authors Make Less Than $1,000 a Year. It's interesting to note how hybrid, in terms of finances, seems to do better than traditional publishing alone in most of the income categories.

Questioning the Common Core: A Children's Literary Salon Panel & The Common Core Vs. Books: When Teachers Are Unable to Foster a Love of Reading in Students.

Cover Reveals:

*Final Cover; font was changed slightly
After the Curtain Falls - Ainsley Shay

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Teens Don’t Read For Fun Anymore, New Data Says. o.o.

Teens. . . in space! (An official reading list). I'd heard that there was a new crop of space fiction in YA, but I couldn't name a lot of books and didn't really think it a trend... And here's an Epic Reads graphic to introduce me to some of those titles o.o.

Teen fiction's ordinary romantic heroes VS. Is teen romantic fiction bad for boys?

Why We Should Stop Teaching Novels to High School Students VS. Yes, we should still teach novels to high school students.

Fantasy novels dominated children's reading in 2013 (in the UK, and guess which contemporary YA novel was #5 on the list.)

The Sweet Valley High novels, among others, were the training bras of literature.

Young adult books and sex: What we learned under the covers. Some of those aren't actually young adult novels... but the Sweet Valley High series is mentioned again, and I kind of feel like I need to read those some day soon just to understand the hype.

Is It Science Fiction? The problem I have with some of the articles that are cited as justification for sci-fi is that those are the articles that make it into the news. Inevitably that means they've been sensationalized, so using them to create even more fictitious works... argh. #grumpyscientist.

8 YA-Themed Resolutions For 2014.

There are some truly great quotes from Scholastic's Reading Unbound event here.

9 Literary Scarves to Keep You Warm(er). Cute. If I didn't live in southern California where scarves are essentially useless...

Please Don't Bring Me Flowers. I don't remember reading this novel, but I'm intrigued by the variety of responses it's been getting. Have any of you watched the Lifetime series?

So I just found this via Book Riot and it is an old link but: Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature.

The Value of Young Reading Experiences.

** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Make Your Background Image Fill the Whole Page
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Utilize Focus Keywords in WordPress SEO by Yoast
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Change Your Permalink Structure in WordPress Without Losing SEO
** Stormy C. at Book.Blog.Bake: Busting Book Blogging Myths: Pinterest & Book Blogging
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: How to Manage Your Book Inventory & TBR
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog: Decorating with Books
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Using Hashtags in Your Post Titles
** Mime at Notebooks Sisters: How to Put Links in Blogger Comments
** Hannah at the Irish Banana Review: 10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started Blogging
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: Advice I Wish I Received When I Was a New Blogger

Bloggers and Blogging:
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog: What Book Bloggers Say and What Book Bloggers Mean
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: Bookish (and Not So Bookish) Thoughts
** Stormy C. at Book.Blog.Bake: Revisiting My Blogging Promises
** Charlotte at Thoughts and Pens: Book Blogging Bloopers
** Lauren at Books, Tea, & Me: Introducing Book Nooks International
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: Relying on Other Readers
** Leigh at Little Book Star: Who Run the World? BLOGS!
** Kailia at Reading the Best of the Best: Blogs I Love!
** Jennifer at Live to Read, Love to Read: Does Blogging Take Time Away from Reading?
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: Why I Dislike Comment Swapping or 'Comment Luv'
** Hopeless Romantics: Comment Profiles
** Holly at Novel Bliss: The Blogging Life: The Unavoidable Burnout
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: Anticipated Releases
** Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue: The Bookshelves behind the Bloggers

ARCs, Reviews, Ratings, Authors:
** Hannah at the Irish Banana Review: ARC Essentials with Simon & Schuster
** The ladies at Book Nerd Reviews: ARC Envy
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Can/Should You Request Finished Copies of Books?
** Pam at YA Escape from Reality: Do You Review a Book You DNF?
** Ana at Read Me Away: How Long Before You DNF?
** Kristilyn at Reader in Winter: Book Reviewing Through Vlogs

The Experience:
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: The Kind of Reader I Am
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: Different Types of Readers
** Sam at S.I.K. Book Reviews: Readers Turning Writers
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog: The 10 Best Times to Read a Book
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: The Sparks That Made Me Fall in Love with Reading

Pet Peeves & Trends
** Melissa at I Swim for Oceans: What Makes Me Quit a Book Series
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Title & Series
** Kelley at Another Novel Read: How Do You Feel about Pop Culture References in Books?
** Lauren at Love Is Not a Triangle: The Love Triangle of Doom
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Instant Love

** Kimberly at On the Wings of Books: Non Fiction is a Four Letter Word (for me)
** Thea from the Book Smugglers at Kirkus Reviews: The New School of Dystopia

Books, Books, Books:
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: Hey Stranger! I Like Books!
** Amy at Book Loving Mom: To Lend or Not to Lend
** Nova at Out of Time: Piracy and Plagiarism
** Brenna at I Have Lived a Thousand Lives: Shadow and Bone Discussion
** Jessica at Literary Etc: Confessions of a Hogwarts Newbie

** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: Borrowing Characters
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: The Kryptonite to My Superman
** Jen at YA Romantics: YA Character Name Trends
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Common Archetypes: Wallflower MC and Outgoing Best Friend

** Sydney at Utterly Bookish: A Non Bookish Discussion about the Amount of TV Shows I Follow
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: Life of a Blogger: Pets!

Movie/TV Shows:

And for all you, Veronica Mars fans, there's going to be a digital spin-off / web series of the show. It may or may not come before the film's March 14 release.

You have about one day left to vote in the third round for the 2014 MTV Movie Brawl. Some well-known YA adaptations are up there!

Vampire Academy is getting released a week early. The release date is now Feb. 7th! Here are two new clips: Trust and Last Stand. (I wonder if those were the sneak peaks/the exclusive new trailer?) And here are some new stills of Sarah Hyland (Natalie), & other stills... And the soundtrack will be available for purchase on Feb. 11th.

Unfortunately for UK VA fans, the release date has been pushed back to April 23rd.

So, I haven't read Love, Rosie, but it's apparently being made into a movie with Lily Collins and here are a few stills. According to Goodreads, it's not actually YA, but it looks like it could fit with New Adult...?

Apparently they screened The Fault in Our Stars and John Green and Ansel Elgort posted their reactions to seeing the film.

The Pronunciation of 'Smaug.' I haven't read Lord of the Rings or finished reading The Hobbit, but this amuses me. I love that we book lovers can get so hung up on these details :).

Kristen Stewart's Starring in a Romantic Remake of 1984, and here's why it might not suck as much as you think it will. (...main update being, according to its director, that “it’s about love in a world where love really doesn’t exist anymore.”...) -- Does this not sound a tad bit like Delirium except now Equals is going to the big screen while Fox canceled its showing of Delirium?


ARC of Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer. INT, ends 01/29.

Adventures in Children's Publishing, weekly giveaways: 01/24, 01/31.

January 2014 New Release giveaway from Book Nerd Reviews. INT, ends 01/31.

A bunch of books from Books with Bite. US only, ends 01/31.

Congratulate Melissa on her four year blogoversary! INT, ends 01/30.

Scholastic's January books giveaway.

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.

The Edge of Never or The Edge of Always. INT, ends 01/30.

E-book of Salt by Danielle Ellison. INT, ends 01/25.

January 2014 Kidlit Debut giveaway. Ends 01/31.

Gayle Forman fans, leave a comment by February 1st. INT.

Two signed copies of Avalon. INT, ends 01/26.

Paperback of Vampire Academy. Ends 01/25.


Most Featured: Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi and Avalon by Mindee Arnett. I think I've seen these around more often because of their blog tours. I'm also thinking of getting rid of this section or revamping "most featured" to "books releasing this month." Something like that. What do you think?

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Cress (Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer (another thrilling blend of science fantasy, romance, and fairy tale adventure.). Also recently read Howl's Moving Castle, Castle in the Air, and House of Many Ways, and I must say I understand the Diana Wynne Jones hype. HMC's my favorite of the trilogy, and one of the books I'd pick to define me as a reader, and I'm now over two years late in mourning this particularly talented author's death. They're a little more middle grade oriented than what I usually read, but they're so much fun and the characters quirky and fantastic and wonderfully flawed. Reminds me of a younger version of The Raven Boys cast.

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. An eight-figure deal with St. Martin's Press? Wow. I haven't read anything by Sylvia Day before, but I've definitely seen her name around a lot. It's kind of crazy. I've been hearing a lot of angry things about Endgame on Twitter, especially about Frey and the obvious Hunger Games theme. I'm not really looking forward to it myself, but I'm still curious to see how successful it will be. And Vampire Academy... Bleh. I'm not sure if I still want to see it or not, but seeing as though it's out later now in the UK, I guess I'll first see what everyone thinks of it. And ooh, Howl's Moving Castle! I NEED to read this book. It seems to be a favourite for many, and I really liked the film when I first saw it. And, of course, you've made me curious with your Raven Boys comparison. :)

    1. Yeahhhh, and it's being specifically marketed to the Hunger Games crowd, so it feels kind of weird to me. Fans are, of course, going to be upset with how similar they are. I'm with you: I'm curious to see how successful it will be. I'll let you know what I think of VA :P. And YES. I think I read somewhere that Maggie was inspired by Diana Wynne Jones, and the feel of the characters - their quirkiness, the way she uses their character quirks too for humor, like Gansey and his polo shirts - reminds me very much of Wynne Jones's style. So read it! I'm curious what you'll think of it, and I hope you like it :).

  2. I'm really excited for VA!!! I hope it's not a big disappointment! It's been kind of hard to form an opinion on what to expect due to all the different marketing!! I hadn't heard anything about Endgame yet, but it does sound strangely familiar to The Hunger Games. I'm really curious about Kristen Stewart and the 1984 remake!! That should be interesting (and hopefully awesome)!! But the main reason I'm commenting Christina is because I wanted to compliment you! I have followed your blog by email for quite some time (BEFORE I was an actual blogger and too scared to comment on anybody's posts), and I wanted to tell you how much I have always enjoyed these posts!! I look forward to them EVERY SINGLE WEEK! Now that I've started blogging, I realize how much time and effort goes into every post a blogger makes, and wow girl! I have no idea how you keep up and do this every week! You deserve about a million claps on the back for that!!! So anyways, THANK YOU for all your hard work! I want you to know that I personally enjoy it VERY much, and I hope you don't quit any time soon!! Because if you did? I would be extremely sad, because I find a lot of my bookish news out through this post every week! And also I am extremely jealous that you are reading Panic right now!! I'm dying to read it, because hello! It's LAUREN OLIVER!! I hope you are enjoying it, and I cannot wait to hear what you think of it!! Okay, I think I've fangirled over your bloggish posts enough for now, but one more time, YOU ROCK!! :)

    -Becca @Pivot Book Reviews

    1. True. I'm not entirely sure. There's a lot of different marketing going around for VA: sometimes very Mean Girls, teen oriented, and then I heard a trailer the other day with that guy who has the deep trailer voice as a voice over and I had no idea what to think of VA. I hope it pleases us both. AND AWW BECCA THANK YOU SO MUCH. I read this and it made me blush and smile and everything wonderful. Thank you <3. And I kinda sorta am reading Panic, but haven't really started on that end hahaa. I hope we'll both enjoy it though!

    2. I hope so too! Aw yay! I'm glad I made you blush and smile, because you deserve it! :) Keep up the good work, Christina!!

  3. You finally read Howl's Moving Castle!??!?! Oh god, Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite authors of all time! I've read more of her books than any other author and if you want more recommendations, just ask. I'm so glad you liked her!

    1. I READ AND LOVED THE CASTLE SERIES AND OMG CJ SO MUCH LOVE FOR THOSE BOOKS. I am definitely going to be reading her other Christomanci series! Do you have other recommendations?! I would love them!!!

  4. I love that we both read Howl's Moving Castle at the same time. Good book, great movie.

    I hate that KStew is still getting casted in things I want to see. It breaks my heart.

    1. Hahah, great minds think alike, that's what it is. And yes, they are both great! Well, I wouldn't want KStew to be out of a job, but I'm not entirely sure why they've cast her for that role...

  5. I am so meh about that Kristen Stewart version of 1984. That was one of my favorite books that was forced upon me in school -- right up there with TKaM -- and I just see this as a big ole flop. Of course, my curiosity will get the better of me and I'll have to see it, but you're absolutely right in that it sounds a lot like Delirium and very little like 1984. :( However, I am soooo stoked for the VM web series! I also saw where the creator was planning two YA novels based on the series. LOVE! :) Oh, and I also love how nerdy we book lovers can get over pronunciations. That's not the first time I've seen someone mention that one in particular. :P

    1. Really?! The movie as a flop or 1984 as a flop? I haven't read 1984 yet so I'm really looking forward to eventually getting to that... Would be a shame otherwise. Who knows? Maybe your curiosity won't get the better of you if you don't hear very much or very good things about it :P. And woooot, yeah, I hope the VM series and the novels work out for you :).

  6. I really need to check out some of these books! Especially Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi and Avalon by Mindee Arnett. You are not the only one mentioning those:-)


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