Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (40)

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:

** Four books in a new middle-grade series called The Tapper Twins -- Geoff Rodkey. (The series begins with The Tapper Twins Go to War (with Each Other) and offers an oral history of a prank war between a brother and sister – accompanied by interjections from parents and friends and documented by text message, screen shots, photographs, and illustrations – that escalates into an all-out battle in the virtual world. Little, Brown spring 2015).

** The Dragonrider Chronicles - Nicole Conway (Originally self-published in October 2013, Fledgling, the first title in the series, sold 30,000 e-book units from October to January 2014... An upper-middle-grade/YA fantasy series in which a half-human half-elf boy rises to fame after a dragon chooses him to be his rider, in the United States and Canada; first up will be Fledgling in April 2014, with its sequel, Avian, to follow in August 2014. Month9books).

** Willful Machines - Tim Floreen (A light SF story centered on Lee Fisher, the closeted son of an ultra-conservative president, who loves science, robots and possibly, the Shakespeare-obsessed new boy at school. But when a sentient computer program turns into a terrorist threat, Lee’s life and secrets are in danger. Simon Pulse, fall 2015)

** Burning -- Danielle Rollins (Debut YA horror novel pitched as Orange Is the New Black meets Carrie. Set within a juvenile detention facility, the book stars Angela, a girl just weeks from being released when she gets a new cellmate – a tiny yet dangerous 10-year-old who may be starting fires with her mind. Bloomsbury Children's, January 2016).

** Dr. Critchlore’s School for Minions - Sheila Grau (The middle-grade novels (this + sequel) feature a werewolf named Runt, who uncovers a plot to sabotage his boarding school, the world's finest training program for aspiring minions to Evil Overlords. Abrams/Amulet, spring 2015).

** Romancing the Dark in the City of Light - Ann Jacobus (In which a troubled teen living in Paris is torn between one boy who encourages her to embrace life and another – dark, dangerous, and deadly attractive – who tempts her to succumb to her fatal flaws. Thomas Dunne books, 2015).

** Slammed, Hopeless, and the just-released Maybe Someday author Colleen Hoover's next new adult novel, to Atria.

From last week:

** The Museum of Heartbreak - Meg Leder (Pitched as Eleanor & Park meets Why We Broke Up, the YA novel tells the story of 17-year-old Penelope Marx, whose first love ends their relationship unceremoniously. She decides to curate the artifacts of their time together to help tell her story and heal her broken heart. Simon Pulse, summer 2016).

** Heartless Things - Lisa Maxwell (In the story, Gwen and her best friend are abducted to a dark world akin to Pan's Labyrinth called Neverland, but it's nothing like the fairy tale. To rescue her friend, Gwen must decide whether to trust a roguish young pirate or the boy who calls himself Pan. Simon Pulse, spring 2016).

** In Real Life - Jessica Love (Set over one wild weekend in Las Vegas in which 17-year-old Hannah surprises her online BFF and soul mate Nick with their first real-life meeting – and discovers just how many secrets he has left unshared. Thomas Dunne Books, 2015).

** Wilder Boys - Brandon Wallace (2 book series - In this middle-grade wilderness adventure, brothers Jake and Taylor Wilder search for the father they've never known, and are forced to use their wilderness skills to survive against both natural and human dangers. Aladdin, both books summer 2015).

Not posted yet on Goodreads:

** A Thousand Nights - Emily Kate Johnston (a YA fantasy set in the deserts of the Middle East, it tells the story of the unbreakable bond between sisters, and the dangerous magic that love and the will for survival can create. Disney-Hyperion, fall 2015).

** Sara Bennett Wealer’s RUSH, pitched in the tradition of Pitch Perfect, about the one week before college starts when everyone gets a clean slate, and the girls whose battle to become a “Sigma” might change Greek life forever, to Harlequin Teen, to be published as an e-book original in early 2015 (from here).

** Cyclone - Doreen Cronin (MG novel begins one summer vacation when two cousins take a ride on the rollercoaster in Coney Island, which transforms both of the girls' lives in different and dramatic ways. Atheneum, 2015).

** Untitled - Claire Needell (Debut novel explores the moral complexities of being an intelligent, self-aware young adult in contemporary American society, and trying to navigate love and self discovery without telling your parents why you're home so late. HarperTeen, fall 2015).

** Dead Boy - Laurel Gale (In the first of two middle-grade novels, it is Crow's misfortune to be undead, but maggots and stench are nothing compared to wanting a chance at having a real friendship with the girl next door. Debut, Crown, fall 2015).

** Liza Wiemer's debut HELLO?, about five Wisconsin small town teens whose lives intertwine when a grieving girl calls her dead grandmother's old phone number; the story is woven together by five narrators, using free verse poetry, screenplay, narration, and drawings, to Spencer Hill Press (from here)

** Cole Gibsen's SERENADE IN BLACK, in which a banshee carrying the souls of the dead to their afterlife makes a deal with the devil after her best friend's name appears on the list, to Danielle Ellison at Spencer Hill Press, in a three-book deal, for publication in Fall 2014 (from here)

Book TrailersThe Ring and the Crown - Melissa de la Cruz, THE TRIBE II: CAMP CANNIBAL - Clay Mcleod Champion, Monument 14 - Emmy Laybourne, Fury - Amelie Fisher

Awards: If you are a teen/kid (or know one who'd be interested), you can now cast your vote for the Children's Council Book Awards. For book & author of the year in the teen categories -- Eleanor & Park, Allegiant, Clockwork Princess, Smoke, and the 5th Wave... and V. Roth, Rick Riordan among others. 2014 Indies Choice, E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards Finalists (BOOK OF THE YEAR – YOUNG ADULT, Dark Triumph, by Robin LaFevers, The Dream Thieves, by Maggie Stiefvater, Eleanor & Park: A Novel, by Rainbow Rowell, More Than This, by Patrick Ness, Rose Under Fire, by Elizabeth Wein, The Summer Prince, by Alaya Dawn Johnson), Barbro Lindgren Wins 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award.

Global Publishing Sensation ‘Half Bad’ Sets New Guinness World Records Title. Now this is truly astonishing. Is Divergent even translated into 43 languages?

More Quidditch news for Harry Potter fans! Just in time since Bloomsbury, like Scholastic did in the US, is now redesigning the covers for the series.

Paper Lantern Lit Gets Into E-Publishing. Check below for some of The Studio's cover reveals!

Is Apple Now the No. 2 Ebook Retailer in the U.S.?

Cover Reveals:

Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol - Zdenko Basic 

Discussions/Other Blogger Posts:

The 14 Stages of Book Addiction. So very true... #1 is the direct cause of my huge TBR pile.

Quiz: Can you tell these YA stories apart? I'm actually really grateful for this because so many of the reviews for Divergent have said something like "it's similar to THG because it's a dystopia with an empowering female lead." Seriously? What would you have Tris be? Someone who doesn't do anything or hold any power in her shitty world? Sort of feels like the typical judgment putting off all of YA. Are there similarities? Sure. But that sentence in particular... makes me wonder whether we'll hear the same when Maze Runner comes out or whether it's a thing particular to the main character being female.

More time to waste on Buzzfeed! What type of book are you?

Neil Gaiman on Why Scary Stories Appeal to Us, the Art of Fear in Children’s Books, and the Most Terrifying Ghosts Haunting Society.

5 Amazing YA Novels Starring Characters of Color. If you're still astonished by some of the articles from last week on the lack of diversity in YA, this seems like a good place to start.

Must Every YA Action Heroine Be Petite? YES. I would love for there to be a bit more diversity in terms of size as well. Sort of feels like we're still following the Bella mold (or as the article mentions, maybe a Katniss Everdeen mold).

The First Tweets From 23 YA Authors. Have I expressed my admiration before for the variety of topics from Epic Reads? Yes? Oh well...

The 15 Most Anticipated YA Books Publishing In April 2014. Can't wait for Dreams of Gods & Monsters! Lots of good books coming out next month.

How Can I Best Absorb Information While Reading? For all you readers who say you have poor short term memory and can't remember what you've read long after...

14 Bookish Posters for Kids. Love the retro fictional travel posters!

** Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer: Tips & Tricks: Plug-ins
** Gabrielle at the Irish Banana Review: Gabrielle’s 5 BEA Tips for 2014
** Katie at Doing Dewey: Using Social Media
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: DIY: Stop Blogger Auto Pagination
** Ashley at Nose Graze: When Someone Steals Your Whole Design & You Can’t Do Anything About It
** Rachel at Parajunkee: 10 Tips to Keep Your Blog Fresh

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: Schedule Envy
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: Self-hosting and My Thoughts on It
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: To co-blog or go on a hiatus… is there a third option?
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Why I No Longer Add Purchase Links to My Reviews
** Alison at Alison Can Read: Distractions: When I Should Be Blogging...
** Trish at Between My Lines: Too Much Social Media-ing
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Social Media and Book Blogging
** Rachel at Paper Cuts: Social Media
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: How Crucial Is Social Media to Our Blogs?
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: The Art of Blog Commenting
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: When It Comes to Comments
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: College Blogging 101: How an English Major Balances Reading
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: Let That Post Breathe
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: What I Like About Your Blog

Recommendations, Reviews, Ratings, ARCs, Authors:
** Andye at Reading Teen: There Is Literally Nothing I Won’t Read… (Except Maybe That)
** Andye at Reading Teen: If There Was One Book...
** Hannah at the Irish Banana Review: It’s Not You, It’s Me
** Anya at On Starships & Dragonwings: The Seven Stages of ARCs
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: Shine Bright Like a Five Star
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: Female Writers & Feminism Today

New Features:
** Bekka at Great Imaginations: Introducing Bookish Bingo!
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Introducing Fuzzling Flicks: Rubinrot / Ruby Red

** Juju at Tales of Whimsy: Pride and Prejudice Madness
** Danny at Bewitched Bookworms: I’m Obsessed with … StarCrossed (CW Series)
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: A Walk Down Memory Lane
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: Have We Met Before?
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: When Bullying Isn’t Bullying

The Experience:
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: To Finish or Not to Finish… That Is the Question
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: DNFing a Book
** Sunny at Blue Shelf Sky: Readerly Shame
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: I’m Not Guilty about My Pleasures
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Ebook or Bound/Favorite Reading Spot
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: When You Start to Feel Like You’ve Seen It All
** Cassie at Books with Cass: A New Love: Historical Fiction

Hey YA:
** YA Highway: Guest Post by Heather Demetrios: Subversive Sisters: YA Girls Who Stick it to the Man
** Tirzah at The Compulsive Reader: Siblings and YA
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Crossing the Line: Adult-Teen Relationships in YA Fiction and Beyond
** Stacked Books: Challenging the Expectation of YA Characters as "Role Models" for Girls: Guest Post by Sarah Ockler
** Stacked Books: Some Girls Are Not Okay, and That's Not Fine: Guest Post by Elizabeth Scott

Specific Books & Covers:
** Kristilyn at Reader in Winter: The Great Appeal of Signed Books
** Kimberly at Stacked Books: The Hazards of Book to Film Adaptations: Further Reflections on Attempted Rape in Divergent
** Kelley/Asti/Leanne at Oh, The Books!: Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
** Cait at Notebooks Sisters: Why Do Different Countries Have Different Book Covers?
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: Cover Conversations: Interactions with the Title
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: Judging a Book by Its Cover
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Dust Jackets, Begone!

** Ana at Read Me Away: The Playboy Male Lead
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: On ‘Likable’ Characters
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Disney Princesses + Books

** Andye at Reading Teen: Why Is Finishing a Series So Hard?
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: When Spin-offs Disappoint You
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: How Do You Read a Series?

** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: Three Books I’m Sick of Reading
** Jen at YA Romantics: Trendspotting in Some Recent Buzz Books
** Sana at Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile: Trend Alert: YA Adventures in Parts I
** Bec at Ransom Reads: Rare Mythological Creatures

Movies & TV Shows:

'Divergent' worked. Now what? A quick summary of what's to come...

The Giver first trailer and it's in color. Is now the right time for me to admit that I didn't particularly like the Giver and may not actually see that adaptation anyway?

YA Sci-Fi Book 'Unremembered' Acquired by 'Vampire Academy' Producers. Go congratulate Jessica Brody on the option!

Fox 2000 Grabs John Green Novel ‘Paper Towns’, Reunites ‘Fault In Our Stars’ Team With Nat Wolff To Star. And I read somewhere that John Green is going to be an editor of the movie...

The new CW show, The 100, premiered Tuesday night to a healthy 2.66 million viewers, the best premiere night viewership of any CW show this season, including the already renewed Reign and The Originals. Looking good for the show's success and the series as a whole, huh? Did you watch the premiere? I did and am going to watch more episodes.

18 stills of this new featurette from The Fault in Our Stars where Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort talk about their roles in the movie to Yahoo. And based on this teaser clip, sounds like MTV has another new scene to feature on April 13, at their movie awards... Here are also some international release dates for the movie.

New Maze Runner stills.

There will be casting announcements in the next couple of weeks for the 5th Wave adaptation.

Given Divergent’s success (earning $56 million on box office weekend + being #1 in the US), the sequel is moving forward. Have you seen Divergent yet? Here are 7 Major Ways the movie changed the book. And an interview with Veronica Roth about the ending in Allegiant and how Allegiant affected the adaptation of Divergent.

‘Dork Diaries’ Becomes a Movie with ‘Twilight’ Producer.


Blogoversary: $25 gift card to store of choosing, INT, 04/16.

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.

Sekret blog tour: copy. US/CA, ends 04/04.

Kindle paperwhite. Ends 03/31.

Recklessly Royal blog tour: copy + gift card. Ends 04/06.

The Ring and the Crown. Ends 03/31.

$50 Amazon gift card. Ends 04/14.

Mental Health giveaway hop. INT, 03/27.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 03/30, 03/3003/3103/31, 04/07

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.

Winner's choice of selected novels. INT, ends 03/30.

Sci-fi and Fantasy Friday {SF/F Reviews and Giveaways}.

Celebrate the 4 year blogoversary of Once Upon a Twilight! 03/31.

Celebrate the 2 year blogoversary of The Reader's Den! 03/31.

Win a Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash ($229 value). 03/31.

Prize Pack for Katie's Book Blog Contemporary March Madness Challenge. 04/07.

One DVD copy of the Veronica Mars movie, which will be released May 2014, and a limited edition trucker hat. US/CA only, 03/27.

The 57 Lives of Alex Wayfare. INT, 03/31.

Oh, the Books! Opening giveaways: Asti, Leanne, Kelley. INT/INT/US only, 03/31.

Stolen Songbird, INT, 03/31.

$15 Amazon ecard. 03/26.

Best Series Blog Hop. 04/06.


Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Salvage by Alexandra Duncan (Wonderful literary science fiction that I'd recommend to fans of Matched, Tin Star, and Across the Universe among others -- I wrote an entire paragraph on its audience, IMO). Also read Fool Me Twice by Meredith Duran, who is my favorite romance author by far. Seriously, if you are a character-oriented reader and want to try historical romance, try her works. It's crazy how all her romantic interests are villains and yet still so awesomely paired with her flawed heroines. Also still in the process of reading The Magicians as a part of my read-along with Ameriie.

(Side note: I've been blogging for three years (recently announced) and yet I STILL misspell blogoversary. All the time. It's reminding me of how, as a little kid, I had such a hard time saying cinnamon. Apparently my brain does not want to accept "blogoversary!").

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. Burning sounds very interesting. And with a blurb that says 'Neverland' and 'fairy tale' I can't ignore Heartless Things, haha.

    Smart has a pretty cover. I've seen the completely cover and I like how the back and front blend into each other.

    14 stages of book addiction, hahaha. I'm a hard-back book, sounds good. I don't have problems with absorbing information, but it was an interesting article.

    1. Hahaha, oh Mel. Maybe I should just bookmark certain links and send them to you ahead of time :P. FAIRY TALE STUFF THIS WAY!!

      It does! I accidentally missed the cover last week o.o. I'd love more illustrated covers like that for YA in general.

      You reminded me! I need to take that Buzzfeed quiz. Am I a hard-back book too!??!

  2. MAN, this post is full of awesomeness, Christina! I hope you know that I added a handful of these to my Weekly Recap post coming up on Sunday -- thank you! Some really thought-provoking articles here. The one about every YA action hero being petite? That's something I've definitely thought about, but I guess I have mixed feelings on the topic (perhaps because I'm petite?).

    1. Thanks, Kelley!! And yay!!! I love it when my readers can find awesome links they like enough to spread :D. Heheh, I may be biased about the YA action heroine being petite one since I don't think I've ever been called petite ;). Sounds like you both agree and disagree with it? Curious about your mixed feelings!

  3. Impressive! And thank you so much for listing me. :D

    1. Thanks for stopping by Juju! It was my pleasure to link to your blog :).

  4. DREAMS OF GODS AND MONSTERS!! TBR pile, beware. This gets read ASAP!

    Love the links! I am checking out the telling apart link now!

    1. I know, right? Mine too! Next Tuesday is devoted to that wonderful book :D. I hope you enjoyed the telling apart link!


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