Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (46)

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 Reports 1, 2:

** Dragons at Crumbling Castle - Terry Pratchett, illus. by Mark Beech (MG collection. The 14 stories originally appeared in Buck's Free Press, a newspaper in Buckinghamshire, England; Pratchett, before becoming a novelist, was a reporter and contributed a number of stories to the paper's Children's Circle section. Clarion Books).

** One Thing Stolen - Beth Kephart (Set in Florence, Italy... follows Nadia Cara as she mysteriously begins to change. She's become a thief, she has secrets she can't tell, and when she tries to speak, the words seem far away. Chronicle, spring 2015).

** This Is the Story of You - Beth Kephart (takes place in an island beach town in the aftermath of a super storm; Mira, a year-rounder stranded for weeks without power, hopes to return storm-tossed treasures to their rightful owners, and restore some sense of order to an unrecognizable world. Chronicle, spring 2016).

** My Life in Dioramas - Tara Altebrando (In the MG story, a girl whose parents are forced to put their house up for sale starts making shoebox dioramas of her favorite memories there, while also trying to sabotage the sale. Running Press Kids, spring 2015).

** The Pages Between Us - Lindsey Leavitt and Robin Mellom (Two best friends separated by conflicting middle-school class schedules vow to keep their closeness alive through the pages of a notebook, and its pages become a lifeline, with the power either to bring them together or tear them apart. HarperCollins, 2016).

From Last Week:

** Dead Investigation - Charlie Price (YA companion to Dead Connection, in which a hapless high-schooler's ability to talk with the dead gets him tangled in another murder mystery against his will. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, fall 2015).

Not up yet:

** Fuzzy Mud - Louis Sachar (In the novel, two middle-grade kids take a shortcut home from school and discover what looks like fuzzy mud but is actually a substance with the potential to wreak havoc on the world. Delacorte Press, July 2015).

** Untitled - Kathy MacMillan (Debut; The first book, which is scheduled for winter 2016, is described as "a sweeping fantasy in the tradition of Megan Whalen Turner and Diana Wynne Jones." It follows a girl from the underclass who is chosen to be one of four in the kingdom to learn the language of the gods, and unwittingly uncovers a secret that goes back to ancient times. HarperTeen).

** Vassa in the Night - Sarah Porter (The first book is a magical, modern-day retelling of the Russian folktale "Vassilisa the Beautiful" that, which according to the publisher, "does for Brooklyn what Francesca Lia Block's Weetzie Bat did for Hollywood." Tor Teen, winter/spring 2016).

** The Shadow Behind the Stars - Rebecca Hahn (in which the youngest of the three Fates tells of the events that lead her and her sisters to leave their isolated island in aid of a mortal girl, only to discover that their quest to save the girl could bring about the end of the world. Atheneum, fall 2015).

** Untitled - Sharon Biggs Waller (A follow-up to her debut YA novel, A Mad, Wicked Folly. This story, set in mid-Victorian England after the Opium Wars, follows 17-year-old Elodie as she travels to the mountains of China seeking a rare orchid to save her family from debtors' prison. Viking, winter 2016).

** Dreama's Worst Nightmare - Trudi Trueit (When an 11-year-old genius gets bumped up two grades into her sister's middle school, the bonds of sisterhood are pushed to their limits. Aladdin's tween imprint, M!X, fall 2015 ).

** How to Capture an Invisible Cat - Paul Tobin (5 book MG series; socially awkward fifth-grade genius Nate Bannister recruits his classmate Delphine to help him reverse one of his many experiments (in this case, a dinosaur-sized, invisible cat) while foiling the schemes of the world's most dastardly organization, The Red Death Tea Society. Bloomsbury, winter 2016; further books will follow every nine-months).

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. Winners to be announced May 12-18. The winner for the Edgars in YA was announced (Ketchup Clouds - Annnabel Pitcher). The Brandford Boase shortlist was announced (The award is given annually to the author and editor of the most outstanding debut novel for children and this year seven books were shortlisted from 60 submissions; see the full list of nominees at the link). The 2014 Independent Book Publisher Nominees were announced.

If you haven't already heard the news or seen the cover, Gayle Forman is releasing an e-novella that will conclude the Just One Day/Just One Year duology. Just One Night is being published this month.

Also published recently: The One by Kiera Cass, which got its fans riled up via a social media campaign to unlock the chapters.

If you're going to BEA, here are the galleys to grab according to Publisher's Weekly.

Good news for YA & Children's Books: Sales are doing quite well.

In the UK, McDonalds is offering kids free ebooks with their happy meals. (I want this here too :O!).

Meg Cabot will be releasing Middle Grade and Adult spin-offs of her hit, The Princess Diaries.

And probably the biggest news of the week... Harlequin gets sold to HarperCollins!

Cover Reveals:

Tortured Love - Nicole Camden & more
This Is Sarah - Ally Malinenko
Hopeless in Hotlanta - Dawn Pendleton & Magan Vernon
The Sanctum Book two: The Boy - Maduri Blaylock

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

In continuation from last week, the #weneeddiversebooks campaign is still going strong. School Library Journal has put together its Diversity Issue. The campaign went viral and got covered in major outlets. Book Con added Rachel Renee Russell to the panel of white, male authors. Veronica Roth was also added to the Book Con program as well as some other female authors who she will be interviewing on a panel related to science fiction. One of the authors participating in the #WeNeedDiverseBooks campaign answers some questions and clarifies his thoughts on the campaign.

12 Ways to Sneak in Extra Reading Time. I need to get on with these tips. 

John Green on why he thinks adults read YA (I suppose this topic will never die out, huh? Despite adults making up for more than half of the audience...) and Too Good for Grown Ups: On the Art of Writing for Children.

The Best Epistolary YA Novels: Why They're Awesome and Still Relevant. There are more of them than I knew about. O.o

Top Ten Books in America 2014 versus 2008. Are you surprised by the results? I've only enjoyed one of them and you can guess which one on the list that is.... AKA we've probably almost all read it.

A piece of seriously cool news: The Book Smugglers are publishing their own SFF journal & are now calling for submissions of short stories.

** Katie at Katie’s Book Blog: BEA Tips and Tricks! (2014 Edition)
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: BEA Tips Part Four: BEA Etiquette
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Good Thing Right Around the Corner From #RT14
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Haunted New Orleans French Quarter Walking Tour Part II
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Things LOCALS want you to know about #NOLA - An #RT14 Tips Guide
** Ashley at Nose Graze: What Google Analytics Data Should You Focus On?
** Gaby at Queen Ella Bee Reads: Return of BEA Part of It: Parks and Rec

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Alexa at Alexa Loves Books: 2014 BEA Book Blogger Picnic + BEA Book Blogger Meet and Drink
** Anya at On Starships & Dragonwings: 7 Quirks of My Book Blogging
** Alise at Readers in Wonderland: Help Us Choose a New Feature
** Nikki at The Paper Sea: Do You Set Monthly TBRs?
** Aman at Enticed by Books: Wordpress: My Experience So Far
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: College Blogging 101: Have Fun and Enjoy the Ride
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: Reflection on Book World Night
** Bekka at Great Imaginations: Great Imaginations Burn Book 1
** Christina at A Reader of Fictions: Ch-ch-changes!
** Hannah at So Obsessed With: My Book Blogging To Do List Printable
** Amber at The Mile Long Bookshelf: Balancing Blogging with School and Work
** Charlotte at Gypsy Reviews: Creating the Environment You Want
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: 22 Things to Do to Make the Book Blogging Community a Happier Place
** Ana at Read Me Away: Scheduling Posts

Recommendations, Reviews, Ratings, ARCs, Authors:
** Alison at Alison Can Read: Book Review Ratings: Yea or Nay?
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: Guide to Crossover Books
** Kimberly at On the Wings of Books: I’m Looking for Audiobook Recommendations!!!
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Separating the Creator from Their Work

** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: My Reading Life + Social Media/Internet Influences
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Web Developer Income Report (March & April 2014)

The Experience:
** Felicia at the Geeky Book Bloggers Blog: Blogger Confession: Listening to Audiobooks at a Faster Speed
** Kristilyn at Reader in Winter: Reading Habits -- The Fine Art of DNFing
** Lauren at Love Is Not a Triangle: Series Fatigue, Endings, & First Book Set-ups
** Leigh at Little Book Star: Your Bookmark Preference
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Cliffhangers: You Just Keep Me Hangin’ On
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: In Which I Discuss the Art of Rereading
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: When They Don’t Agree with You
** Josephine at Dudette Reads: Piracy Is Not An Answer

** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Love Triangles
** CJ at Sarcasm and Lemons: Guest Post: Why aren't we making safe sex sexy, by Jen McConnel
** Ashley at Nose Graze: 10 Signs Your Relationship Isn’t Insta-Love
** Jessica at Literary Etc: My Problem with Love Triangles
** Amanda at On a Book Bender: Romances Have Ruined SEries for Me

Specific Books:
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: [Project] Unique Books
** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: TFIOS Overload?
** Angie at Angela’s Anxious Life: Project Disney: Robin Hood
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: Guest Post from Mel @ The Daily Prophecy: The Lunar Chronicles and Fairytales
** Mel at The Daily Prophecy: Upcoming Fairytales

Hey YA:
** YA Highway guest post: Guest Post: From Jewish (Muslim) to Ms. Marvel: A Brief Survey of YA with Muslim Characters
** Jen at YA Romantics: Will YA Contemps Become the Neverending Story?
** Rachel at Paper Cuts: Why I Need to Venture out of YA More Often
** Cait at Notebooks Sisters: Honest YA Book Blurbs
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: What If: YA Were Written for Adults
** Kelley at Oh, The Books!: Expanding Empathy -- Unexpected Benefits of Reading YA as an Adult

** Asti at Oh, The Books!: If I Were You
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: If You Were a Superhero
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Comparing and Judging Books by Synopses
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Do You Like Comparisons to Other Books/Authors?

** Kimberly at Stacked Books: Cover Math Part 2
** Pamela at Reading Is Fun Again: Book Covers
** Kelly at Effortlessly Reading: A Cover Inside a Cover

Movies/TV Shows:

Last week was full of news, but this week seems to be full of The Fault in Our Stars.

The official stops for the Demand Our Stars tour have been announced. A cute promotional music video featuring a soundtrack song + Hazel/Gus on Instagram was released. EW did a feature on The Fault in Our Stars with Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort and look at that cover here. Greatest Love Story ever I guess? John Green was also interviewed in the Hollywood Reporter & the photos there spawned a meme #Johnning.

The first official still from the Fallen movie adaptation has been released as well as these four behind the scenes photos from Lauren Kate.

Michelle Forbes will be playing Lt. Jackson in Mockingjay Part II.

Soon you can buy the Vampire Academy movie on iTunes. May 20, I believe, is the release date.

Samantha Shannon and Andy Serkis were discussing the Bone Season adaptation recently. Soon the screenwriter, who's apparently been nominated twice for an Oscar, will be announced.

The Seeker movie adaptation now has a writer attached.

And a still was released from Love, Rosie with Lily Collins and Sam Claflin.


Paperback of Dare You To by Katie McGarry. Ends 05/11.

ARC of Second Star - Alyssa Sheinmel. INT, ends 05/18.

ARC of She Is Not Invisible - Marcus Sedgwick, INT, 05/12.

ARC of Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend - Katie Finn, INT, 05/29.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 05/1105/15, 05/20, 06/01.

Congratulate Jen & April at The Starry-Eyed Revue for the blog turning 3 years old! Prize pack 1 and prize pack 2 and prize pack 3 and prize pack 4 and prize pack 5, US only, 05/30.

Choice from a selection of books, INT, 05/09.

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.

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

May YA Lit new releases, INT, ends 05/31.

May giveaways from Scholastic.

After the End - Amy Plum, INT, 05/14. And here too, INT, 05/10.

Several prize packs to celebrate Candace's new site. US only, 05/22.

Spring Cleaning giveaway by Jamie of The Perpetual Page Turner. US only, 05/10.

We Were Liars - E. Lockhart, CA only, 05/16.

Compulsion - Martina Boone + YA book, US/CA only, 06/01.

#DiversifyYourShelves from a select list by Gillian of Writer of Wrongs, US only.


New ReleasesThe One (The Selection #3) - Kiera CassWish You Were Italian - Kristin RaeFool Me Twice - Mandy HubbardRoyally Lost - Angie StantonHow to Meet Boys - Catherine ClarkWill the Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up? - Sara HantzSince You've Been Gone - Morgan MatsonThese Gentle Wounds - Helene DunbarThe Warrior (Dante Walker #3) - Victoria ScottA Creature of Moonlight - Rebecca HahnMonument 14: Savage Drift - Emmy LaybourneThe Falconer (Falconer #1) - Elizabeth MayChantress Alchemy (Chantress #2) - Amy Butler GreenfieldTorn Away - Jennifer BrownThe Chapel Wars - Lindsey LeavittPortrait of Us - A. Destiny and Rhonda HelmsAfter the End (After the End #1) - Amy PlumBuzz Kill - Beth FantaskeySecrets and Lies - Jacqueline GreenBoys Like You - Juliana StoneSixteenth Summer: Pulled Under - Michelle DaltonKiller Instinct - S. E. GreenBlonde Ops - Natalie Zaman and Charlotte BennardoCamelot Burning (Metal & Lace #1) - Kathryn RoseOnly Everything (True Love #1) - Kieran ScottPsi Another Day - D. R. RosensteelCall Me By My Name - John Ed Bradley.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my mini review of Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend - Katie Finn (This reminds me of a mix of Massie (and the privileged Hamptons outlook) and a prolonged fight between Blair and Serena from Gossip Girl (from the t.v. show, as I have not yet read the books)....You definitely get to see the good, the bad, and the ugly in these characters. Definitely different from most YA contemporary out now and a fun beach read.). Also finished reading Before I Fall - Lauren Oliver, which was just wonderful. Read it if you haven't already. (Thank you so much, Siiri!).

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. I'm always so impressed by this because you just seem to have ALL THE BASES covered. It's always so in-depth! This is my go-to whenever I need an update on the bookish-sphere (huzzah for making up words!). So anyway, I just wanted to say that because I read these posts every week and appreciate them tons so I figured I should say something! :)

    1. Thanks, Annie! I'm trying. I don't know if I'll actually be able to get all the bases covered this week, ha, as I'm on vacation, but I'll try! And thank you so much for letting me know because so many hours = sometimes I really do just want to give the posts up. o.O Always good to know they're appreciated!

  2. One Thing Stolen sounds good and I love the setting :D *add* See what you are always doing to me? I always add at least one book you mention to my always growing list, haha.

    -The Witch’s Boy, The Fairy-Tale Matchmaker, The Name of the Blade, Hook’s Revenge (!!), The Jewel, Mortal Heart(!!!!), The Map to Everywhere, The Young Elites; some great books are being offered on BEA. MORTAL HEART.

    Harlequin & HarperCollins, I think I like this! In another article they talked about 'being more international' and that sounds great to me.

    1. :D :D :D well the list will grow! Best to have lots of options and then narrow down when you actually start to hear more about these books & the publicity campaigns begin.

      Yep! I'm really looking forward to seeing if I can get a copy of Mortal Heart while there -- are you going to BEA?

      And true, true. Being a big publisher will allow H&H to do a lot more *big* things like the hitting the international market.

  3. I am going to read the article about extra reading time. Thank you so much for the links!

    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lyn! I hope that article on extra reading time worked for you :)

  4. Hello~ Mother's Day is come closer, maybe you interested in joining this giveaway. Thank you so much and have a nice day ^^

    1. Thanks, Rella, for stopping by! Sorry to have missed the giveaway!


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