Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (37)

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.

Rights Report 1 & 2:

** Lies I Told - Michelle Zink (YA novel centers on Grace, a teenage girl adopted into a family of thieves who move from town to town, conning the wealthy and privileged. But when they arrive in the affluent enclave of Playa Hermosa for their biggest heist yet, the foundations in her makeshift family start to crack. HarperTeen, spring 2015).

** Passenger (book #1) - Alexandra Bracken and Wayfarer (book #2) - Alexandra Bracken (YA novels pitched as "Outlander meets Time Bandits" concern a modern teen's accidental discovery of her ability to time-travel, and how her attempts to return home draw her deeper into a dangerous treasure hunt that spans centuries and continents. Fall 2015, Fall 2016, Disney).

** Joshua and the Lightning Road - Donna Galanti (In the book, a boy learns the hard way that lightning never strikes by chance, when a bolt strikes his house and whisks him on an adventure to a world where stolen kids are work slaves ruled by the frustrated heirs of the Greek Olympians. Month9Books, April 2015).

** Sapphire Skies - Becca Fitzpatrick (17-year-old Stella lives with her mother in a country manor near Philadelphia's Main Line. But one fateful night, Stella witnesses a crime, forcing her into the witness protection program, and must start life over as someone else, in Nebraska. Simon & Schuster, fall 2015).

** Zodiac - Romina Russell (Debut in a SF-meets-fantasy series billed as "Star Wars for the Snapchat generation." Set in a galaxy of 12 solar systems inspired by the 12 astrological signs, the book stars Rho, a young Guardian from House Cancer, who must unite the 12 Houses of the Zodiac before an ancient, power-hungry evil returns to destroy their world. Razorbill, December 2014).

** The Book of Bad Things - Dan Poblocki (about a girl who documents all her fears – zombies, ghosts, hauntings and curses – in her journal, but a summer in a pleasant suburb reveals that there are a lot more bad things out there than she ever imagined. Fall 2014, Scholastic).

** The House on Stone's Throw Island - Dan Poblocki (tells of a brother and sister who stumble upon the ghostly, vengeful crew of a Nazi submarine while vacationing on a private island off the coast of Maine. Fall 2015, Scholastic).

** What You Left Behind - Jessica Verdi (about a teen wrestling with guilt that if he hadn't gotten his girlfriend pregnant, she wouldn't have postponed her chemo treatments – and would still be alive. But as Rhy struggles to be a good father and grieve his girlfriend's death, he uncovers secrets that will make him reconsider every relationship in his life. Sourcebooks Fire, 2015).

** The Lost Marble Notebook of Forgotten Girl and Random Boy - Marie Jaskulka (A debut YA novel in verse, it tells the story of two imperfect people in first love: a 15-year-old girl struggling through her parents' breakup, and a beautiful outcast boy who finds solace in his poetry as she does. Sky Pony Press).

** St. Martin's has acquired the third YA novel from Stephanie Kuehn, Delicate Monsters, a psychological thriller about a teenage sociopath returning to her hometown, and the brothers whose lives are forever changed by her reappearance.

** Cassandra Clare's THE LAST HOURS trilogy, set in the author's bestselling Shadowhunters universe, dealing with events in the early 20th Century, complementing her other forthcoming Shadowhunters trilogy, The Dark Artifices, to Margaret K. McElderry Books, for publication in 2017, 2018, 2019.

Not up on GR yet 
(check back next week):

** High School Horror Story - Chandler Baker (New YA series will reimagine classic literary monsters in a high school setting in Paris, Texas. The first book, tentatively titled Teen Frankenstein, will draw inspiration from Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and is told through the lens of a teenage girl who falls in love with the popular classmate she both accidentally kills and then brings back to life. It will publish in fall 2015; future books will follow interconnected characters in the same high school and will modernize Jekyll & Hyde andThe Phantom of the Opera. Feiwel & Friends.)

** Elise Allen and Daryle Conners's GABBY DURAN AND THE UNSITTABLES, about the galaxy's top babysitter, who lands a job working for an agency catering to extraterrestrial children, to Disney-Hyperion, in a three-book deal.


** Amber Keyser's THE V-WORD, a collection of personal essays by women about losing their virginity that captures the complexity of this important life changing decision and reflects diverse, real-world experiences, pubbed by Beyond Words in spring 2016.

** The Pond - Joseph Kuefler (an ode to childhood imagination in which a boy discovers that the pond in his backyard contains a whole world, frightening, thrilling and full of adventure, ready to be explored. Balzer + Bray, fall 2015).

** Your Move, Abe Lincoln! - Leila and Tom Hirschfeld (the first of four middle-grade books in a comedic, interactive biography series, written by a father and high-school daughter writing team, Crown, spring 2016).

** Untitled - Chris Grabenstein (Sequel to Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library, published in June 2013, which has just been optioned by Nickelodeon for TV development. The new book introduces the first-ever Library Olympics, with teams from all over the country competing to be crowned the Champions of Freedom of Expression. Random House, spring 2016).

** Next two novels from Sex & Violence author Carrie Mesrobian. The as-yet untitled books will continue in the same vein of gritty realistic fiction. Harper Teen, fall 2015).

Book TrailersHalf Bad - Sally Green, Ruins - Dan Wells, Compulsion - Martina Boone, Open Road Summer - Emery Lord.

Awards: 2014 Golden Kite winners from SCBWI (Winner: Better Nate than Ever - Tim Federle; Honor: Rose Under Fire - Elizabeth Wein). 2014 Josette Frank Award (awarded to a children’s book in which “children or young people deal in a positive and realistic way with difficulties in their world and grow emotionally and morally.” This prize was awarded to Rose Under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein.).

The Spring 2014 Kids’ Indie Next List. (Top ten: 1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, by Leslye Walton, 2. Firefly July: A Year of Very Short Poems, selected by Paul B. Janeczko, Melissa Sweet (Illus.), 3. Cress: The Lunar Chronicles, by Marissa Meyer, 4. Grasshopper Jungle, by Andrew Smith, 5. The Secret Box, by Whitaker Ringwald, 6. Following Papa’s Song, by Gianna Marino, 7. The Boundless, by Kenneth Oppel, Jim Tierney (Illus.), 8. Sparky! by Jenny Offill, Chris Appelhans (Illus.), 9. The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend, by Dan Santat, 10. A Snicker of Magic, by Natalie Lloyd).

Librarians Launch the ‘In the Margins’ Book Award ("The purpose of creating the ITM committee was to get feedback from teens across the country and to create authority in our book choices to assist in justifying purchases for detention facilities that are notorious for censorship. Another of the group’s goals is to bring attention to those hidden gems that aren’t on the radar, bringing self-published authors and small press offerings to light.”).

Roving Literary Death Match Aims To Breathe Life Into Literature ("Imagine writers on stage, squared off in a fight to the death. That's the idea behind Literary Death Match –- kind of. It's a performance series that pits authors against each other in live readings.")

Children’s Book Week Poster Unveiled (Every year, the Children’s Book Council tasks a talented children’s book illustrator to create an official Children’s Book Week poster...The organization will release 175,000 copies of the poster nationwide. Educators can request posters online. We’ve embedded the entire poster after the jump.)

Jay Asher Headlines '50 States Against Bullying' Campaign.
Fierce Reads announced the May & June tours on its new website. Check and see whether an author from Macmillan is coming to your neighborhood!

Children’s Books: A Shifting Market (The rise of e-books is one factor affecting book buying in the category -- "Readers 18 and older accounted for 79% of young adult unit purchases in the December 2012 through November 2013 period, according to Nielsen. The single largest demographic group buying young adult titles in the period was the 18- to 29-year-old age bracket. And even as book buyers age, they still tend to buy most young adult books for themselves rather than for a child or grandchild." ++ Some cool infographics.).

BEA BUZZ Books Announced (The Jewel by Amy Ewing, Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley, The Walled City by Ryan Graudin, I’m Glad I Did by Cynthia Weil, King Dork Approximately by Frank Portman -- check the link for the MG & adult titles!).

***Does anyone have any suggestions for collage making sites? I usually use picmonkey, but for whatever reason, it wasn't working. Wouldn't let me upload pictures... and then I used whatever site I could find, but it's just weird and I'd love to know if any of you have had that problem with picmonkey or have suggestions.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

SVYALit Project Index (Using Young Adult literature to talk with teens about sexual violence and consent)

Violence in Books: Where Do You Draw the Line? (S.E. Green wonders how much media can affect the actions of teens).

From Cheryl Klein: "A chart of @ccbc stats on diverse kids'/YA books for use in my editors' class tonight. WE CAN DO SO MUCH BETTER. " *sigh* So true.

The 9 Agonizing Stages Of Waiting For The Next Book In A Series To Come Out. (Extra points for using a Beneditch Cumberbatch gif!)

19 Problems Only Book Nerds Understand <-- Total win. Especially since I forgot that Hermione sits down and reads in the middle of the Goblet of Fire celebration (I think? that's where the gif is from).

22 Books You Should Read Now, Based On Your Childhood Favorites (some of these are going the opposite for me, recc'ing the children's lit from the adult books.).

You Had Me at the First Line--10 First Lines to Hook You. Interesting because the Twilight first line didn't make as great of an impression on me as it seems it did on this writer.

You Could Soon Read An Entire Harry Potter Book In Under 90 Minutes With This App. One of my best friends actually sent me the link to this site and said: "Imagine what it'll be like if they use this for textbooks." o.O

NYU Local Recommends Young Adult Lit (While The Fault in Our Stars is a great place to begin, here’s some of NYU Local’s favorite YA fiction that John Green didn’t write.)

Lionsgate’s ‘Divergent’ Challenge: Be Like ‘Hunger Games,’ Only Different. The rest of the article didn't catch my eye so much as this line: "...and “Allegiant” in March 2016, although the company has yet to announce whether it’s splitting the final film into two parts." I really hope that doesn't become a trend.

The Future of Books Is Experimental: At Home with Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs. (Is it creepy if I say their home looks so nice in that picture?)

18 Signs That You Are the Ron Weasley of Your Friend Group. Lol. Well, there seems to be a lot of Ron love in the blogosphere ever since that announcement...

Here's What Dr. Seuss Can Teach Every Adult About Life. Adorable and true. And this is why I bought my godson Dr. Seuss picture books.

A mathematical model of 'pride and prejudice.' I have not yet read this article, but that abstract has gotten me very, very curious.

** Cait at Notebooks Sisters: 5 Ways of Self-Promo to Absolutely Avoid
** Ashley at Nose Graze: My Blogging & Web Developing Tools of the Trade
** Rachel at Parajunkee: The Perfect Color Scheme for Your Blog
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: Blogger Commenting Tips
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: BEA Tips (Part One) – Getting to New York, Accommodations, Airfare, and Roommates

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: The Fairytale Survey.
** Steph at Cuddlebuggery: Cuddlebuggery Survey
** Lillian at Books and Cake: To Each Their Own
** Holly at Novel Bliss: There’s No Right or Wrong Way to Blog
** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: Making the Tough Decisions
** Kelley/Asti/Leanne at Oh, The Books!: Grand Opening
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: You Keep Me (Motivated)
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: Get to Work, B----!
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: Is Your Blog a Secret?
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: 5 Things I Love About Book Blogging
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: Blogs I’m Lovin’
** Bec at Ransom Reads: I’m a Fussy Follower
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: College Blogging 101: So Many Books, So Little Space

Authors, Reviews, Ratings, Recommendations, Challenges:
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Bookish Banter (Authors)
** Ashley at Nose Graze: I Don’t Have Publisher or Author Contacts
** Ashley at Nose Graze: When Authors, Tour Hosts, or Bloggers Add You to a Mailing List without Your Permission (RAGE!)
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: Do You Dream of Being an Author?
** Kristy and Melissa at Book Nerd Reviews: Are Well Known Authors Holding Back New Authors?
** Sophie at PaperBreathers: Why My Book Ratings Should Come with Error Bars
** Ashley at Nose Graze: I Have Trouble Reviewing Popular Books
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: In Which I Hang Up My Hat As A Book Reviewer
** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: Why Do You Review Books?
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: Plagiarizing Donkeys and Why They Graze
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: [LGBT Challenge 2014] Second Discussion Question

The Experience:
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Why Talking about Girl Reading Matters
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Reading Puts My Imagination Into Overdrive
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: I Am a One-Sitting Reader
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: Instalove Lecture #2: How They Fell Instalove
** Jen at The Starry-Eyed Revue: Two Heads Are Better Than One: A Discussion on Buddy Reads
** Christine at Oh, Chrys!: The Reader Files: A Graphical Text Series
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: How to Properly Spoil a Book
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: How to Properly Spoil a Book, v. 2.1
** Arial at In Italics: Do You Read the Copyright Page?
** Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads: Give Me That Book, Give It to Me Now.
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Do You Peek at the Ending?

Books, Books, Books:
** Trish at Between My Lines: 2014 -- Take Control of Your TBR Pile
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: Novellas, Si o No?
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: I’ve Cheated. Or Something.
** Nara at Looking for the Panacea: Lola Read-along: Favorite Quotations
** Adele at Persnickety Snark: Graphic Novel No-nos
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: The Real Popularity of Books
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: One Can Never Have Too Many Books
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: Book Therapy Session
** Ana at Read Me Away: Scared by Starting Series

** Jen at YA Romantics: Heads Up
** Kara at Great Imaginations: What I Like In a Book Cover
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Surprises Under the Cover

** Alison at Alison Can Read: Genre Overload: Too Much of a Good Thing?
** Aman at Enticed by Books: Why I’m Done with New Adult
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: Neglected Non-fiction

** Lesley Marie at Books and Beautiful: A Main Character Is A Side Character
** Sunny at Blue Shelf Sky: The Likability of Characters

** Siiri at Little Pieces of Imagination: On where to go and places to visit in Estonia
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: Now and Then
** Bekka at Great Imaginations: What I’m Watching
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: Creative Spaces / Ginger from G Reads
** Cee at the Novel Hermit: You’re Just My Type!

Vampire Academy is now open in Australia! If you're there, here's your chance to see the movie.

Well, well, well, looks like there's no need to worry about the success of Divergent: Box Office: 'Divergent' Tracking on Par With First 'Twilight.' If you're still undecided about the movie, here are 12 new stills, another, a new TV spot ("Fighting Back"), another new TV Spot (Eric & the initiates), and another clip where some actors talk about Four.... Oh, and apparently Veronica Roth has a cameo in the film. Look at those tattoos. Also she saw the movie and was quite pleased with it.

Behind the scenes photos from Catching Fire since the DVD is set to be released on the 7th. And here's a deleted scene between Finnick and Katniss. And a featurette on how they created Caesar Flickmann. And the movie has earned seven Saturn Award nominations.

Four new stills from The Fault in Our Stars. And quote still graphics (which are really nicely designed).

The first photo on set from the three leads starring in the Fallen adaptation.

And another still from The Maze Runner.

(Would you rather have this section be full of stuff like this, stills and the like than not have anything? I'm a tad nitpicky about sections seeming too short, but I do wonder whether anyone actually cares for the stills...)


ARC of The Winner's Curse - Marie Rutkoski, INT, 03/31.

17 Prize Packs of 4 books -- Diversity in YA's 1 year anniversary giveaway. US, 03/31.

March YA/MG debut giveaway. Ends 03/31.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 03/06, 03/09, 03/17, 03/31, 03/31

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.

The BookNerd International March Giveaway (March YA releases). Ends 03/31.

Make a book trailer for Of Neptune and there are three huge prize packs. INT, ends 03/31.

Selected audiobook from favorites list. Ends 03/18.

3 paperbacks of Pretty Crooked & 3 ARCS of Pretty Sly by Elisa Ludwig. US only, ends 03/06.

Copy of Something Real by Heather Demetrios. US only, ends 03/07.

Tsarina Blog Tour. Does not list when it ends.

Steadfast Blog Tour. INT, 03/07.

Lifers Blog Tour. INT, 03/10.


Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review (and enter the giveaway) of The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski (an absolute gem... sure to enthrall its own legion of fans). Still haven't finished reading The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness despite its beautiful writing... Nor have I finished Panic by Lauren Oliver. Maybe I'll have a mini review round-up on Monday (TCW, Panic, and Fire & Flood)... As a part of my read-along (that post when I called for buddy reads) with Kaede from Wake Up at Seven, I finished reading The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab. Beautifully written novel and the back cover describes it perfectly (particularly the last paragraph on fairy tale & romance). I also read Delicious by Sherry Thomas. I can now say that I have read every single Sherry Thomas novel (She, Courtney Milan, and Meredith Duran are my favorite romance authors). Hope your reads have been wonderful!

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. Ooo didn't know Alexandra Bracken signed on for another series. I didn't love The Darkest Minds but this one sounds pretty good :)

    Meh at Cassie Clare's new series again about the Shadowhunters... She's really not capable of writing anything outside of that.

    Interesting to know what will be the buzz books at BEA! Of course I'm not going haha but always good to know :D I can feel that The Jewel might possibly be HC's new The Elite, even without the similar cover it still sounds similar.

    The Spritz reading was interesting! I couldn't go too fast though haha, I wouldn't want to read a book using that method though. It would take a lot of the reading experience away.

    Just gonna swoop in and watch the deleted scene with Katniss and Finnick because FINNICK hehe :3

    Ooo I really want to read one of Sherry Thomas' romance novels! Soon I hope :D

    1. Recent news! I haven't read Darkest Minds yet, but I agree that this new duology sounds very interesting. And Cassandra Clare is writing a new series with Holly Black -- the MG series. Iron something.... Yes! I remember my first year blogging, all the excitement over the BEA buzz books and I didn't go to BEA, but I do know what you mean: it's a great tool to get to see what the pubs are pushing.... And yeah, I know what you mean. I wouldn't use the Spritz for normal fiction reading, but nonfiction might be interesting. Push our capability to learn more and more things.... Hehehe Finnick. :D AND YES, read a Sherry Thomas novel. My fav of hers are Private Arrangements & The Luckiest Lady in London.

  2. Alexandra Bracken is one of my go-to authors now thanks to The Darkest Minds. Really enjoyed that one and I'm glad for her:) Also, Michelle Zink? Helllllls yeah! Love her. Hmmm, Fitzpatrick's new book sounds good. So many cover reveals! I like the pink on The Winner's Curse UK version. Dude! I still can't get over the fact that you are still doing these and much love on my part for you:) I would be so out of the loop if it wasn't for you, my friend.

    1. Really? How excellent! I'm glad then that you'll have a new duology from her to enjoy :). And I'm curious to see what other things Fitzpatrick will write. I did enjoy her writing in Hush, Hush, so yeah. And yes, the UK version - I love how they enhanced the saturation. It looks better to me than the understated US cover, but that's just me.... Hahah yay, thank you! These take so much time o.o. And sometimes I get way too OCD about HAVING EVERYTHING HERE, EVERYTHING, EVERYTHING. That's not at all possible but ugh. More time... I'm glad pple enjoy them.

  3. I love your weekly roundups! I always find a lot of interesting articles and news. Thanks so much for taking the time to round these articles up!

    1. Thanks, Alice-Jane!! I love your new feature on creative spaces :). And I hope you enjoy the links here!

  4. Woah this is probably the most in depth Weekly round up post that I've ever read. So much to read through, I'm impressed.

    1. Haha, thank you. I hope it being in depth is a good thing & that you enjoy the links! :)

  5. So, internet ate my long comment :( And I'm sorry for my laziness, but I'm going to keep it a little shorter now: What you left me bound sounds like a very emotional story, I can't wait for Lies I told & Passenger. I remember I liked the Prophecy of the sisters series from Michelle Zink.

    The 9 stages of waiting are definitely something I recognize myself in, haha, especially the dancing part when you're finally able to read the book. (Although I'm not such a charming dancer as Leonardo)

    The 19 problems only book nerds understand <3

    1. No worries, Mel. I'm sorry the internet ate the comment :/.

      Lol. I'm not as charming as dancer as Leo either. I wish. And what with all the series in YA, I imagine the 9 stages of waiting is something we're all constantly experiencing.


  6. So exciting that Alexandra Bracken has a new duology...and I love time travel books! Cassandra Clare...a lot of people complain, but I love Mortal Instruments and loved Infernal Devices, so if she wants to keep writing in that world, I don't mind at all! Great post as usual! ~Pam

    1. Yay!! I hope you get to enjoy both Bracken's & Clare's new series! Hopefully I'll get caught up by then to enjoy them along with you :D

  7. I wish the 19 Problems for Book Nerds would have included "When pop culture makes references to books with just one book series." I hope that didn't sound bitchy, but seriously.....

    1. Lol, true. It basically did refer to Harry Potter, no? But I'm such a HP nerd that something like that didn't bother me.

  8. Christina, thanks for including me and Joshua and the Lightning Road in your weekly round up! The cover is coming soon!


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