Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (56)

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, another + another
  • The Nest - Kenneth Oppel and Jon Klassen (MG; Steve's summer is plagued by worries about his sick baby brother and his parents who are struggling to cope with the challenges ahead. When mysterious figures appear in Steve's dreams offering to fix the baby, it seems like all Steve has to do is say yes, but a nagging suspicion tells him it might not be that simple. It's set for fall 2015; Simon & Schuster).
  • All the Hidden Places - Monica Hesse (Set in 1943 Amsterdam, the YA novel follows a young woman who finds and sells black market goods as she is drawn into a web of mysteries and stunning revelations following a customer's desperate plea to find the Jewish teenager she had been hiding. It will publish in spring 2016; Little, Brown).
  • Lulu - Adam Shankman and Laura L. Sullivan (Inspired by the crime-solving duo of Nick and Nora Charles, protagonists of the Thin Man films and the Dashiell Hammett novel, the book is set in Hollywood's Golden Age. Lulu is a once-poor teen from New York City who finds herself working as a starlet in Los Angeles as a starlet; her partner and love interest, Freddie van der Waals, winds up out West after leaving his wealthy family. Lulu and Freddie meet and, after Lulu is hit with a bogus murder charge, team up to clear her name, and reluctantly fall in love. It's scheduled for summer 2016; Atheneum).
  • Three Dark Crowns - Kendare Blake (tells the story of triplet sisters on a remote island ruled by powerful magic and ancient family lineages. Separated at birth, one of the sisters will grow up to be queen, but in order to ascend to the throne she must hone her magic for a dark purpose: assassinating her other two sisters before they kill her first. Book one is scheduled for release in fall 2016; HarperTeen).
  • Dime - E.R. Frank (Set in Newark, N.J., it tells the story of Dime, a 14-year-old girl stuck in the foster care system, who finds herself drawn into the world of prostitution. As her pimp turns more dangerous, Dime must find the strength to break free of the life she's become entangled in. It’s scheduled for summer 2015; Atheneum).
  • I Crawl Through It - A.S. King (a surrealist novel about four teens who find unconventional ways to escape standardized tests and their perilous world – and discover that the only escape from reality is to face it. Fall 2015 is the pub date; Little, Brown).
  • Blackthorn - Kevin Sands (Set in 1663 London, it tells of 14-year-old Christopher, apprenticed to a master apothecary and learning the secrets of transforming simple ingredients into powerful medicines and weapons. Along with his best friend, Christopher must uncover the truth behind a mysterious cult, following a trail of puzzles, codes, pranks, and danger toward an unearthly secret with the power to tear the world apart. Publication is planned for fall 2015; S&S/Aladdin).
  • Dreamland - Robert Luis Anderson (YA debut centers on the thin line between our world and the world of dreams and nightmares, and on 17-year-old Dea Donahue, who discovers what happens when the two worlds collide. Publication is scheduled for fall 2015; HarperTeen).
  • Jules, the New Guy, and Other Senior Year Distractions - Amy Spalding (a neurotic overachiever's plans for her perfect senior year are derailed by a relationship – and then a rivalry – with a cute boy at school. It's set for spring 2016 publication; Little, Brown’s Poppy imprint).
  • A Shadow Bright and Burning - Jessica Cluess (In the debut, pitched as Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell meets Shadow and Bone, a teen girl is selected as the first-ever female sorcerer (the Chosen One who must save the empire) but the glamour of her new life hides enemies who would love to know her dark secret – that she might not be the Chosen One after all. It will pub in fall 2016; Random House).
  • Waiting for Augusta - Jessica Lawson (follows an 11-year-old runaway as he travels from Alabama to Georgia in an attempt to make peace with his dead father. It is slated for summer 2016; Simon & Schuster)
  • Thirteen Dogs - Joshua C. Cohen (It's the story of two boys whose chance discovery of 13 dead dogs while hiking thrusts them into a dangerous world; they're going to need the help of a kindly hermit and his pack of dogs to survive. Publication is scheduled for summer 2015; Egmont USA).
  • Hollywood Witch Hunter - Valerie Tejeda (in which a coven of witches bent on retaining their youth must sacrifice the beautiful, rich women of southern California, while a society of witch hunters tries to protect humans from an evil uprising. It's scheduled for summer 2015; Bloomsbury Spark).
  • Up a Tree Without a Paddle - Donna Gephart (Narrated in alternating points of view, the coming-of-age story tells of Lily Jo, born Timothy James, and Norbert, who meet when Norbert transfers to Lily's school. It's scheduled for summer 2016; Delacorte).
  • Claire Fayers's THE VOYAGE TO MAGICAL NORTH, when seeking her lost parents, a twelve-year-old joins a pirate ship on a perilous adventure through ghost-infested storms and oceans teeming with man-eating penguins, all to find the magical top of world, to Noa Wheeler at Holt Children's and Rachel Kellehar at Macmillan UK Children's for publication in Spring 2016.
Nothing from last week.

*So few of the books seem to be on GR, but another one I’ve seen people add lately that wasn’t in the PW Right’s Report: Wink Poppy Midnight - April Genevieve Tucholke.

Book Trailers: Made for You - Melissa Marr, Don’t Touch - Rachel Wilson, Starry Night - Isabel Gillies

Interviews: The Jewel - Amy Ewing, The Infinite Sea - Rick Yancey, The Accidental Highwayman - Ben Tripp, Heir of Fire - Sarah J. Maas, Falls the Shadow - Stefanie Gaither, The Iron Trial - Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, Hook’s Revenge - Heidi Schulz

Awards: The Longlist for the National Book Award have been announced. I now want to read Brown Girl Dreaming even more. The National Book Foundation has named Ursula K. LeGuin the winner of the 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

Excerpts: The Winner’s Crime - Marie Rutkoski, The Dregs - Leigh Bardugo, Bombay Blues - Tanuja Hidier

A brief summary of events in the industry, including Stephanie Perkins & more.

Texas book festival line-up if you’re interested.

Books before the Buzz. What books are you most anticipating from the rights reports?

I was curious about the Amazon-Hachette battle because it’s gotten real quiet lately, right? No resolution yet. And NPR analyzes Amazon’s strategy while an author points out the miscalculation (probably better words to describe this) in a letter from Authors United. Someone predicts audiobook wars to come and another discusses the idea of a more thoughtful Amazon.

Whaaat. You might to be able to buy books on twitter soon?

What does the Author Conference of the future look like to you?

Did you sign up for Kindle Unlimited? Did you notice some of the plagiarism going on?

If you pirate a HarperCollins book, well, you’re now on a list.

Independent Bookstores are alive and well in America.

Cover Reveals:

Cosmoe’s Wiener Getaway - Max Brallier and Rachel Maguire
PB Redesigns for:

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Fall’s Most Anticipated YA titles by Kirkus. Definitely looking forward to reading some of these.

This is just adorable. Cats are nosy when it comes to book reading, but I love those kind of pictures. Also really makes me miss my cat and the days he was an inside cat.

You want to read more books by Latino American authors in America? Here’s your list.

Dining Halls that could pass for Hogwarts. They forgot Frary Dining hall at Pomona College. Quite surprising how many there are though.

The importance of Hermione. Yes.

17 Books that match NY Fashion Week. Some are actually pretty interesting, and I lol’d a bit at the TFiOS comparison.

Have you exhausted Jane Austen? Here are 8 other books to read.

24 Books to read now based off your HS curriculum. The Secret History was amazing, so yes, I’d recommend that if you’re interested…

Do you think these quotes accurately describe falling in love?

There are a lot of books with circular covers. Bubbles that can’t pop, symbols of dystopias…

Why are fairy tales universally appealing? (“...Stories are the common ground that allow people to connect, despite all our defences and all our differences…” & more)

How jealousy poisoned my friendship with John Green. Sad but not surprising article in the publishing industry.

The Death of Adulthood in American Culture. (“...Y.A. fiction is the least of it. It is now possible to conceive of adulthood as the state of being forever young…”) Hm.

Ursula K. LeGuin: Rising above genre and so much else. A lot of articles on LeGuin sprouting up since she’s winning an award at the NBA.

5 Terrible Fathers in Pop Culture. You knew Darth Vader was going to be somewhere on that list.

23 YA books to make a note of in the back-to-school season.

You remember all those Facebook statuses on the 10 books that changed you (and which I posted about last week)? One writer comments on how a lot of them were children’s books… and Facebook has released more data - the top 100 books people responded with plus some other fancy stats graphs.

Stephen King’s most hated words. Lol. I mean whoops…..

** Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer: Giveaway Tips
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Customize Heading Tags with CSS
** Ashley at Nose Graze: What To Use as Tags for Your Blog Posts
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Creating the Perfect Blog Post -- Ten Post Ideas That Will Draw Traffic to Your Book Blog

Blogging and Bloggers:
** Trish at Between My Lines: My Blog Schedule
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: Blogger Interaction aka Blogger Friends
** Nuzaifa at Say It With Books: Fighting Blogger’s Guilt
** Sam at S.I.K. Book Reviews: I Wish I Could Change My Blog Name, But I’m Too Scared

Reviews, Ratings, ARCs, Authors, Recommendations:
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: Where’d They Go? Part 2: More YA Authors Who Haven’t Written in a While
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Is It Okay to Change Your Ratings over Time?
** Sydney at Utterly Bookish: The Rating Dilemma
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Your Experience with ARCs
** Shannelle at The Art of Escapism: The Geography of the Publisher and Me
** Nova at Out of Time: One Star Bash Reviews
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: So What about the Reviews?
** Charlotte at Thoughts and Pens: Reviewer’s Gender: Is It a Criteria To Pick up a Book?

** Sydney at Utterly Bookish: Things I Did When I Wasn’t Blogging, or “That Time I Fangirled a Lot”
** Jen & April at The Starry-Eyed Revue: Our Fall TV Line-up

The Experience:
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: I Don’t Have Time to Read
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: I’m A Distracted Reader… Like the Worst
** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Obligation, pressure, and guilt: reading because I “should”
** Alice-Jane at Crazy Red Pen: Reading Nooks
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: 8 Ways to Read in Class (Without Getting Caught)
** Emz at Icy Cold Reads: How far from reality can books get without going too far?
** Cait at Notebooks Sisters: 28 Reasons Why Being a Bookworm Actually Sucks
** Kelley at Oh, The Books!: Book Pages Through the Eyes of a Synesthete

Books, Books, Books:
** Hazel at Stay Bookish: Bibliophilia: A Great Love of Books
** Bec at Readers in Wonderland: 5 Signs Bec Has Discovered A Good Book
** Lyn at Great Imaginations: Defender of e-books
** Shae at Shae Has Left the Room: Samplers -- Yea or Nay?
** Rachel at Parajunkee: The Really Bad Narrator -- When Good Books Turn into Bad Audiobooks
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: Can Research Make or Break a Deal?
** Ana at Read Me Away: Voice Acting in Audiobooks
** Josephine at Word Revel: Breaking Down Book Photography
** Daisy Chain Book Reviews: Youtube Stars and YA Book Deals.

Characters & Elements:
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Parallel Universes
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: 6 New YA Fantasy Book Maps to Love
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: The YA Sorting Hat: Book Boyfriends Edition
** Kelley/Asti/Leanne at Oh, The Books!: Guest Post: What I Look for in Book Boyfriends

Movies/TV Shows:

Zackary Arthur has been cast as Sammy Sullivan in the 5th Wave movie.

A deleted scene from the Fault in Our Stars Movie.

Cara Delevingne has been cast as Margo in the upcoming adaptation of Paper Towns.

And what everyone is talking about: The first Mockingjay trailer! (+ the poster here)


Copy of The Girl from the Well, US/CA, ends 09/28.

ARCs of Trial by Fire, Adrenaline Crush, and Mortal Danger, INT, ends 10/04.

Back to School Giveaway from Diversity in YA, US only, 9/19.

Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 09/2009/30.

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}.

ARC of In a Handful of Dust, 09/21, US only.

Jessica Darling's It List, 09/30, US only.

Set of Marie Lu's books, 09/22, US only.

The Vault of Dreamers, 09/22, US only.

In the Afterlight Red Pack, 09/29, US only.

In the Afterlight Green Pack, 09/23, US only.

Half a Chance, 10/04, US/CA only.

BEA ARC giveaway, 09/22, US only.

Gift cards and tote bags, INT + US/CA, ends 10/10.

$100 Amazon giftcard, ends 09/30.

Spa kit + giftcard, ends 09/17.

The Perilous Sea & more, 09/20, US only.

5 copies of the Sky Is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson, US only, ends 10/04.

Book blogger summer reading programs, ends 09/30.

ARC prize pack + books, US/CA + int, ends 09/22.

ARC of the Playlist for the Dead, ends 09/18.

Throne of Glass goodies, ends 09/17, 09/24.


New Releases: Made For You by Melissa MarrThe Infinite Sea (5th Wave #2) by Rick Yancey, The Vault of Dreamers - Caragh O'BrienEchoes of Us (Hybrid Chronicles #3) by Kat ZhangThe Perilous Sea (Burning Sky #2) by Sherry ThomasBlackbird by Anna CareySway by Kat SpearsAshes to Ashes (Burn for Burn #3) by Jenny Han and Siobhan VivianI'll Give You the Sun by Jandy NelsonWildlife by Fiona WoodDay 21 (The 100 #2) by Kass MorganFalls the Shadow by Stefanie GaitherEvidence of Things Not Seen by Lindsey LaneJackaby by William RitterGet Even (Don't Get Mad #1) by Gretchen McNeilHunt for Jade Dragon (Michael Vey #4) by Richard Paul EvansBeing Audrey Hepburn by Mitchell Kriegman, and Color Song by Victoria Strauss.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my reviews of Take Me On, Trial by Fire, Mortal Danger, and Adrenaline Crush as well as my review of The Girl from the Well. Another great read? Don't Touch by Rachel Wilson. Just read & loved it and look for the review 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. Thanks so much for this! I loved the cat pictures. I'm actually hosting a MG giveaway of Half A Chance right now, at if you want to add it.

  2. OOoh that new Kendare book sounds DARK. And wow, I love the sounds of Dreamland.

    Huh, I hadn't heard that about Kindle Unlimited. I've gone through the available catalog and picked out some that I do plan on reading when I start my free 30 day membership but I don't usually take the chance on Kindle books I've never heard of before. Good indie stuff is too hard to come by and I don't have the time to weed through the disappointing ones.

  3. Thanks Samantha! I added in the giveaway. And the cat pictures are the best. Cats are just so adorable in general.

  4. to be fair, aren't all her books a tad dark? :D

    Good indie stuff is hard to come by. I honestly feel like I don't give it enough chance but that's also because I've been burned by indie and self pub before and I don't know where to start in terms of branding/figuring out recs and the like. I hope your time with Kindle Unlimited works out & the Kindle books you've picked out end up working out for you too :)

    also thanks for the nomination on Instagram! hopefully will get the time to get a pretty picture of my books soon :D :D yours were an excellent purple

  5. such a great post Christina! i don't have the time to catch everything that happens and this summarizes everything so nicely! Just added a couple of books on goodreads.

    I'm also curious about the Hachette/Amazon dispute

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  7. Ooh! I wonder.. If Kendare Blake is writing for HarperTeen then is it going to be more romance-oriented? HT usually has them like that, don't they? :) (And you won't hear me complaining! I love my romance.) oooh! I bet a ton of people were happy about Leigh Bardugo's and Marie Rutkoski's new excerpts ;) So many cover reveals :O Oh! I didn't know All Our Yesterdays got a new cover for pb. That's quite different rom the original. OMG THAT HERMIONE ESSAY!!! I love that 14-y/o girl! <33 I also think the jealousy article on JG is pretty accurate of what happens in the publishing industry.. or.. well.. what I imagine is happening since I wouldn't know. I adore you so much for putting this together, Christina! *heart eyes and all*

  8. Three Dark Crowns sounds awesome! And I love your cover reveals - so many pretties!! :)

  9. -Three dark crowns sounds so good. It has some of the words that instantly makes me want to read a book, I mean: remote island, powerful magic, ancient family lineages, Queen, assassination :D. YES PLEASE.
    -I need to read something from A.S King. This author is mentioned a lot lately.
    -A shadow bright and burning (love the title) sounds very good *adds*
    -The cover from Lion Heart is SO BEAUTIFUL.
    -Blue Lily, Lily Blue ; The young elites ; Mortal Heart are my most anticipated titles. This reminds me, I will mail your copy from MH back very soon!
    -I loved the article on fairy tales :)

  10. I love that you always have us featured here. Thank you so much. I just love seeing these pop up into my e-mail box. It is like a treasure trove.

  11. Thanks for stopping by, Lyn! I'm glad you enjoy the posts and it's, of course, my pleasure to include your discussions here :).

  12. It does. I've only read one Kendare Blake book, but I want to read more and Three Dark Crowns might be the next... thanks! Cover reveals are some of my favorites too :D. Certainly add color around here.

  13. Hahah, like Throne of Glass, but with a remote island and Kendare Blake's writing instead. I need to read something from A.S. King. A friend has mentioned how much she loved Glory O'Brien's History of the Future -- perhaps we can read it together? And agreed. The Lion Heart cover is one of my favorites this week, the way it fits with the other covers and is so soft yet almost blurred. Just love the colors of it too. No problem on the Mortal Heart copy!

  14. A little, it seems. Her first book was pretty romance oriented too, so it wouldn't be too much of a leap to think that I'd assume. I haven't read the Winner's Crime excerpt yet cause I dun wanna sign up for a newsletter :/. But yes, I bet a lot were! The All Our Yesterdays pb had a LOT of cover designs! You should check it out on YA Highway. Fascinating look at how covers are made.

    :) I'm sorry. I do still need to get back to your DMs, I believe. I need to stop reading them and then thinking I'll get to them right off the bat, because then I seem to forget that I still need to respond in the first place o.o.

  15. Thanks, Juhina! You should check in again tomorrow for another link to the Hachette/Amazon dispute; just saw something new without having to actively look for it. Not the good news yet that I was hoping for though.


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