Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (41)

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:

** Written in the Stars - Aisha Saeed (debut in which a Pakistani-American girl falls in love with a boy in her community against her parents' wishes. When they find out, the consequences are greater than she could have imagined. Nancy Paulsen Books, 2015).

** The Body Institute - Carol Riggs (In the debut a 17-year-old is recruited as a trainer by a weight-loss clinic: her brain waves are downloaded into clients' bodies so she can exercise for them. Strange Chemistry).

** The Ascent of Tosh - Carrie Gordon Watson (Pitched as The Matrix meets Donnie Darko with cockroaches – a surreal story depicting the way trauma and grief force a teen into the bizarre recesses of his mind. Simon Pulse, spring 2016).

** A Riddle in Ruby (the Key to the Catalyst) - Kent Davis (the series is set in an era called the Chemistral Age, when magically augmented alchemy and chemistry have thrust an alternate version of 18th-century colonial America forward into industrialization. The heroine, 13-year-old Aruba “Ruby” Teach, is a smuggler's daughter and “picklock prodigy,” and in book one, she and her servant, Cram, must “navigate a world filled with cobalt gearbeasts, alchemical automatons, and devilish secret societies.” Greenwillow, fall 2015).

** Two books in a YA fantasy series - Rosamund Hodge (Pitched as "Romeo and Juliet meets Sabriel," re-imagines Shakespeare's story of feuding families and doomed lovers in a city threatened by necromancers and protected by "the Juliet," a girl born in every generation with powerful magic. Balzer + Bray, spring 2016).

** Last Year's Mistake - Gina Ciocca (In the debut, Kelsey is given the chance to start over: move to a new city, shed her old reputation, begin afresh. But a year later, the boy she desperately wanted to forget – the one who'd confessed his love for her – shows up and changes everything. Simon Pulse, summer 2015).

** Look Both Ways - Alison Cherry (A girl apprentices at a summer theater festival hoping she's finally found a place to belong, only to learn that neither talent nor love is as straightforward as she thinks. Delacorte Press, 2016).

** J.A. Redmerski's THE MOMENT OF LETTING GO, which follows a young photographer to Hawaii where she meets a seemingly carefree surfer with a secret she's determined to uncover, to Forever.

From last week:

** 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).

Not on GR yet (check back next week):

** The Entirely True Story of the Unbelievable Fib - Adam Shaughnessy (Pitched as "the classic style of Roald Dahl meets Rick Riordan," MG debut in which a tale of gods and mythic creatures loose in a small New England town, and the unlikely pair of kids caught in their midst. Algonquin, fall 2015).

** Maggie - Susan Hill Long (about an orphan who is given a magic mirror and sets out to find the visions she alone sees in the glass.... described as "full of mistaken identities, lost loves, missing princesses, and a tantalizing tinge of magic." Knopf, spring 2016).

** First two books in science fiction series Lifer - Beck Nicholas (A teenage slave aboard a spaceship finds herself in the middle of an uprising, while another teen back on Earth searches for his forgotten past in the midst of a brewing rebellion. 2014, 2015, Month9Books).

** A new series - Gena Showalter (About a “dangerous rivalry for souls and star-crossed love” that is “set in a world where real life begins after death.” Harlequin Teen.).

** The Creeps and the Night of the Frankenfrogs - Chris Schweizer (A new full-color graphic novel series that follows four unpopular middle-schoolers from Pumpkins County who seem to revel in the creepiness of their town, earning them their nickname, "The Creeps. " In book one, The Creeps investigate the disappearance of dissection-lab frogs – which subsequently turn up as resurrected, pieced-together, murderous monsters. Abrams/Amulet).

** Eleanor Herman's debut LEGACY series, an epic historical fantasy saga based on the young life of Alexander the Great, full of dark magic, political maneuvering, and high drama, to Harlequin Teen.

** Kali Wallace's SHALLOW GRAVES, about a murdered girl who finds herself resurrected and must reconcile her old, happy memories with the magical underworld of creatures to which she now belongs, a story which pulls from international folklore of monsters terrorizing children, avenging murderers, and consuming the dead, to Katherine Tegen Books.

** 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)

Also a new deal for Melissa Landers. I'll post it next week.

Excerpts: 12 Chapters of Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige, 1 and 2 narrations of the new Lemony Snicket book, The Iron Trial - Cassandra Clare & Holly Black, All Lined Up - Cora Carmack

Book trailers: Dorothy Must Die - Danielle PaigeThe Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender - Leslye Walton

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. Kids Choice Awards 2014 (Catching Fire as best movie and Diary of a Wimpy Kid as Best Book). Crystal Kite awards from SCBWI (you can vote in round one until April 14). Booktrust Best Book Awards.

Interviews: Laurie Halse Anderson (on Speak's 15th anniversary), Ava Dellaira

Are you curious about the sales portions of YA/kid lit? Well, the Divergent trilogy was far ahead of the pack last year, selling over four million copies across formats. Read about the details and other titles here.

In separate announcements, Nickelodeon Publishing and Blue Apple Books reached agreements to make their children’s titles available for sale through e-book retailer Kobo.

Reading between the lines: Closing the Chapter between Girls and Boys Books. I have yet to watch the TODAY show video, but I heard that The Elite was mentioned.

Why are booksellers afraid of children's poetry? Since it's National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), I thought I'd include this article. Any of you participating in NaPoWriMo?

How I translate children's books.

Bologna 2014: Realism Reigns. If I'm not mistaken, last week was the children's publishing book fair at Bologna (or whatever they call it), and this is a good summary of the trends noticed in upcoming books and what it is still selling or selling well internationally in addition to domestically in the US.

Happy International Children's Book Day! (Aka today, April 2!)

Audiobook Revenues Reach $1.6 Billion. This doesn't surprise me at all. The other day, I saw commercials for Audible. Ebooks, audiobooks. I wonder which format will rise next?

Cover reveals:

Love and Other Unknown Variables - Shannon Lee Alexander
Cipher - Aileen Erin

I appear to have forgotten these three titles despite pinning them. 
The links will still show you the (new) covers or at least the book.

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

19 YA Authors to follow on Instagram. I think my favorite are the cat ladies. Always cats.

45 Things About "Harry Potter" You Wouldn’t Know Without Reading The Books. So, if you're one of the few people who hasn't read Harry Potter yet, you can catch up with this article!

Just A Normal Teen: My Best-Selling YA Novel. Lol, the Toast. Reminds of that YA dystopia parody a while back...

19 True Struggles Of Being Addicted To YA Books As An Adult. Hmm. I don't know. I don't like some of the inherent criticism of YA in some of these points.

The Gruffalo and Winnie-the-Pooh could be damaging your child's development. If that's the case, er, make sure your kid knows that the talking animals are not real?

10 More Novels That Could Fuel the Teen-Movie Comeback. Well... Eleanor and Park was just optioned for adaptation (see link below).

15 YA Novels To Watch Out For This Spring. Everyone seems to be talking about the Ava Lavender book... I want to pick it up now, despite the huge TBR.

This Spring's Hottest Teen Books. A compilation from Kirkus to rival the one above :).

11 Books To Cure Your Divergent Withdrawal. It always amazes me, which books get compared to Divergent. Like with the Hunger Games comparisons, I don't think a lot of them work just because they have different focuses. And here's another chart: 25 Books to Try If You Loved Divergent.

Just because this is cool... look at the multifandom tattoo. I don't even like tattoos, but that's beautiful.

Conclusions to Popular Teen Lit Sagas | Fiction Series Update: YA Trilogies. One of my friends mentioned how so many series seem to be concluding this year, and I didn't know what she meant until this article.

A Beginner’s Guide to BookTube. I'm thinking of getting into Booktube. Or at least starting to vlog a little. Last time I tried, I sounded like I was dead... but I'm thinking of taking it on as a project to make me feel less self-conscious in general.

Beyond the Bestsellers: So You’ve Read SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson -- With Speak's 15 year anniversary, here's one way to celebrate.

5 Brilliant Bookstore-Bars. How cool. If you live near one of these places, well, get on it!

YA Outer Space Adventures to Read While Waiting for the Next Tin Star. Awesome things you learn on the internet? That a book you liked (aka Tin Star) has an RPG game out???

** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: BEA Tips (Part Two) -- NYC and Sightseeing
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: DIY: Contact Form
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Migrating Your Wordpress Theme From a Foundation Design to Bootstrap
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Walkthrough: Moving from to Self-Hosted
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Where I Got My “Ask Me a Question” Feature
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Do You Need to Follow Bloggers Who Follow You?

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Lili (guest poster: Sunny at Blue Shelf Sky) at Lili’s Reflections: College Blogging 101: A High School Student’s Perspective
** Steph at Cuddlebuggery: Cuddlebuggery Survey Results Pt. 2
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: The Blog Notes Project
** Brenna at I Have Lived a Thousand Lives: Blogging
** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: My Blogilates Experience
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: Mentioning Your Book Blog to Authors in Person
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: On Getting Your Personality Across
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: The Appeal of Literally

Recommendations, Ratings/Reviews, Authors, ARCs:
** Alison at Alison Can Read: Help! Happy/Funny Books Wanted!
** Kat at Cuddlebuggery: Kat Recommends: Five Young Adult Yaoi Manga
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Renae Recommends Readalikes: To Kill a Mockingbird
** Lisa at Lisa Loves Literature: A to Z April - Letter A: Authors
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Thoughts about Star Ratings?
** Lauren at Books, Tea, & Me: Healing a Broken Heart

** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: Struggles with Identity and Far from the Tree
** Lillian at Books and Cake:The Summer Experience Project 2014
** Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads: YA Me (Probably the First in a Series)

The Experience:
** Katy at A Blighted One: Rereading and De-stressing
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: Do Not Read in Public
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Book Juggler or Single Booker?
** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: The Opposite of a Reading Slump?
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: Being a Midnight Reader
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: A TBR Plan {Getting Serious about the TBR}
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: How Unbalanced Is Your Reading “Diet?”
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: What do you do while you read?
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: DNFing Books
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: I’m a Very Emotional Reader – But It’s Totally Fine If You Aren’t
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Unabashedly Yours, A Polygamous Reader
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: When You Put Down a Book for a While
** Sophie at PaperBreathers: Scrap the Reading Schedule
** Ana at Read Me Away: The Accidental Spoiler
** Christy at Christy’s Book Addiction: How I Know That It's Time To DNF A Book

Specific Books:
** Kelley/Asti/Leanne at Oh, The Books!: Bookish Guides: Strong Female Friendships
** Tirzah at the Compulsive Reader: My First Graphic Novels
** Jenni & Giselle at Xpresso Reads: Book Girls Don’t Cry… Or Read ALL of the Novellas
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: Part #3: Wodehouse, King, Highsmith, Dodie Smith, Dickens, Montgomery and Verne
** Sarah at Workaday Reads: Are Duologies the New Trilogy?

** Heather at the Flyleaf Review: Cover Trends: Here Comes the Sun… Sunbursts and Backlighting
** Lyn at Great Imaginations: Book Cover Confession

Book to Movie Adaptations. Also John Green:
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Get Genrefied: Realistic Teens on the Big Screen
** Jen at YA Romantics: It’s Not Easy Being John Green
** Adele at Persnickety Snark: Unplugging from John Green and Rob Thomas

Hey YA:
** Adele at Persnickety Snark: The Future of YA
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: Top 5 Book Pranks in YA Literature
** Rachel at Paper Cuts: Fiesty, Fierce, Flawed: My Favorite YA Female Heroines

Movies/TV shows:

The first look at the If I Stay movie (despite the controversy over Chloe Moretz's comments... She's making a YA adaptation and manages to insult YA fans. Yay.). Also, apparently the first trailer was shown at CinemaCon and here's a report on that and another (there was new footage from Jersey Boys, Godzilla, If I Stay and a very brief glimpse at Peter Jackson's final Hobbit film,There and Back Again.... While much of the footage shown during the presentation had already been released online, Warner Bros. did show some other new footage, include a long look at If I Stay. / If I Stay director R.J. Cutler spoke about the Chloe Grace Moretz-starring YA adaptation. "She will capture your heart and break it in the same instant," said Cutler of his star.). Perhaps it's coming soon?

Insurgent is being filmed in Atlanta this time around instead of Chicago.

The sequel to Flowers in the Attic is coming soon. Here are the first promotional photos from Lifetime.

The Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, script as written by J.K. Rowling will be a trilogy. And apparently Emma Watson, JKR, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint are thinking of pulling off cameos?

And Emma Watson is also working on the adaptation for The Queen of Tearling, which I personally hadn't heard of until recently but am now looking forward to... I expect we'll be hearing more soon.

So tri-screen is apparently a new thing in movies and The Maze Runner may be using it? Already here's a trippy 3D promotional gif of TMR.

Logan Lerman is probably not signing onto the third Percy Jackson movie.

You knew this was going to happen as soon as Paper Towns got picked up. Dreamworks has optioned Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell for an adaptation!

An interview with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort about The Fault in Our Stars by Time. New still here and here.


Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my review of Sekret by Lindsay Smith (Full of atmosphere, a well-researched setting, a beautiful, tender romance, and a main character who's as real as she is fierce, Sekret is sure to engage its own mix of paranormal and historical fiction readers.) and my review of Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira (Wow, so I understand why so many authors have blurbed this novel.). I also read Gilded Ashes by Rosamund Hodge -- pre-ordered the Cinderella-esque novella as soon as I finished Cruel Beauty months ago, and when I got the email about release day, well, what do you know? Read & loved the 73(?)-page GA. So looking forward to what Hodge comes up with next (AKA LOOK AT THE PUBLISHING SECTION). Now I'm about 300 pages into The Magicians as a part of my read-along with Ameriie, and I'm liking the book so, so much more than I had originally. Was my partial dislike because of my mood while reading or the beginning or what? Don't know, but looking forward to finishing soon.

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. Ok, the 19 True Struggles of Being Addicted to YA as an Adult…that was pretty funny.

    Gena Showalter with a new series…I'll definitely be reading that.

    Great post as usual! ~Pam

    1. Yay, thanks, Pam! I'm glad you enjoyed that article. I was disgruntled with the first point o.o but the rest of them did seem funny. And I hope you'll enjoy Showalter's new series :).

  2. Oh, excited about Redmerski's new novel. I DNF-d her latest companion novel, but The Edge of Never has forever imprinted on my mind and I would love to read something I enjoy by Jessica. Also, yay for Hodge's new deal even if they are so far away ;) What? Yesterday was an INTL Children's Book Day? Happy (belated) April 2nd indeed that case :D WUT? Insurget is already being filmed? :O WHEN DID I MISS THE ANNOUNCEMENT? That's awesome! And wutwutwutwut? There'll be a third PJO movie? :O Apparently I live under a rock O.o

    1. That's wonderful - to have the option to find something by the same author. I'm about the same way with an author whose ARC I just req'd from MacMillan, and here's to hoping we both like these new books more than the others we've read! And yeah, I'm so excited for Hodge's other books :D. Happy belated INTL Children's Book Day to you too! And the Insurgent announcement was a couple weeks back - that it'd been greenlit (prolly because they anticipated the movie doing well). I think. And I haven't seen much news about the 3rd PJ, if they decide to make it, so don't get your hopes up yet!

  3. MORE ROSAMUNDE HODGE. *dies* I have a feeling she's going to be a longtime favorite for me. I'm glad you liked Gilded Ashes. That's solidly on my TBR. I agree on Ava Lavender too; my TBR is massive but I must read it!

    Also, dammit, Christina, you now account for over half of my open tabs. :P To be fair, I did go through Bookish Rounds 39, 40, and 41 all today. You just find so much good stuff.

    Sarcasm & Lemons

    1. Me too! You should read Gilded Ashes. Just as awesome as Cruel Beauty. If I could lend my nook app copy to you I would (they don't have that enabled, do they?).

      Muahahaha. Taking over the world one browser at a time.


  4. This is old but I found it so spot-on:

    1. Hahahahahah I really liked her first point on the almond-shaped eyes and Starbucks menu comment. But yeah, it is very spot-on. If it weren't for my general policy to avoid including old links (unless it's like three in the morning and I don't notice or I don't care), I would definitely add this in. I may still add it in next week. Who knows? Either way, thank you for sharing with me!

  5. I'm very excited for Rosamund Hodge's series! I loved Cruel Beauty and I can't wait to read more of her work :) Reading the 45 things about Harry Potter made me return to that wonderful world for a moment. It makes me happy every time I see HP mentioned. Just the fact that it's still so alive and popular, it's great!

    The 19 struggles: Number 7, disappointed by the ending. His reaction is exactly how I feel, even when I can't make myself literally throw a book out of the window.

    The multidom fandom tattoo looks great! I wouldn't put it on my body, but nice artwork.

    1. Metoometoo! You should read Gilded Ashes, Mel! It has even more of a fairy tale element than Cruel Beauty, IMO. And yessss, I know what you mean. Harry Potter will forever be that series for me too.

      lol. I don't think I've ever actually thrown a book out the window either. And yeah! I definitely wouldn't get the tattoo but I thought it was one of the coolest fandom things (plus multifandom! That's I think what's most awesome about it).

  6. Logan would be smart to avoid anything else with the Percy Jackson movies. I am still furious how the books were ripped to shreds by the hacks in Hollywood.

    Thank you for featuring my cover post!! I did get my book, I have it listed on this week's STS. Once again, thank you.

    Oh, I need Written in the Stars to release soon!

    1. Yeah... still can't help but think they could've done so much better of a job with those adaptations. And no problem :). Glad to feature the post. Enjoy your book!


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