Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (74)

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:
  • Rebel of the Sands - Alwyn Hamilton (YA debut set in a mystical desert nation called Mirahin, Sands follows “a gun-slinging girl desperate to escape her past, and a handsome foreigner who harbors dangerous secrets.” The book has already sold in nine countries and is set for a winter 2016 release. Viking).
  • The Amateurs - Sara Shepard (Pitched as Veronica Mars meets Gillian Flynn – in which a group of amateur teen sleuths come together to figure out who killed one of their sisters. Disney-Hyperion. Rights have also sold in Germany, France, Brazil, and the U.K.).
  • Four-book series Commander in Cheese - Lindsey Leavitt (The stories are about a family of mice who live in the White House and whose adventures sometimes collide with the President, her family, and their cat. Publication of the first two books is scheduled for summer 2016; Random House).
  • The 57 Bus - Dashka Slater (A YA project based on the New York Times Magazine piece, "The Fire on the 57 Bus in Oakland" about two teenagers – one African-American, one agender – on both sides of an alleged hate crime. The book, entitled, is slated for fall 2017. Farrar, Straus and Giroux).
  • Dear Martin - Nic Stone (debut; a contemporary novel about race relations in 21st-century America. It's told from different perspectives before and after Justyce McAlister, a black teen, is shot by an off-duty police officer. The first novel is scheduled for publication in January 2017. Crown Books for Young Readers).
  • Condemned - Amy Brashear (debut YA; a retelling of Truman Capote's In Cold Blood from the point of view of Carly, best friend to Nancy Clutter. Publication is scheduled for winter 2017. SoHo Teen).
  • The Blood Rose Rebellion - Rosalyn Eves (debut; The romantic fantasy adventure set during the political unrest of 19th-century Europe follows a 16-year-old British socialite exiled to Hungary and swept up in a revolution to overturn world order. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016; Knopf).
  • Burn, Baby, Burn - Meg Medina (YA which follows a 17-year-old named Nora López through NYC's infamous Son of Sam summer of 1977. It's set for spring 2016; Candlewick).
  • Tyrannosaurs Ralph - Nate Evans & Vince Evans (MG graphic novel; the story of fourth-grader Ralph, whose brain is uploaded to a T-Rex body by mad scientist and then is expected to battle in an alien arena to save Earth. Publication is planned for September 2016; Andrews McMeel).
  • Varmints - Andy Hirsch (MG graphic novel; a western adventure about two siblings and their dealings with the Criminal King of the West. Publication is scheduled for 2017; First Second).
From Publisher's Lunch:

Kristin Bailey's THE SILVER GATE, the epic journey of a young boy and his developmentally disabled sister as they search for the realm of the Fairy Queen in order to find safe haven in a medieval world that holds nothing but danger, to Katherine Tegen Books for publication in beginning fall 2016.

None from last week have since been posted.

Authors: The Forgotten Sisters (Princess Academy) - Shannon Hale, Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard, Kelly Link / Cassandra Clare / Holly Black, Rainbow Rowell part I and II. Christopher Paolini with Karen Bao. Amanda Hocking.

Book Trailers: No Safety in Numbers - Dayna Lorentz, the Tapper Twins Go to War with Each Other, Wish - Matthew Cordell, Keepers of the Labyrinth - Erin Moulton

Excerpts: Curious about Penguin’s main titles for Summer 2015? Sample them. You can also read an excerpt of Leigh Bardugo’s Six of Crows here.

Awards: The Andre Norton nominees were announced, including Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future and The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows and Ava Lavender. So were the 2015 Pannell Award nominees (focused on bookstores). And the Bologna Children’s book fair winners. The CCBC announced its award finalists too. The Kids Indie Next list for Spring 2015 was also released.

New Alice in Wonderland illustrations o.O. So pretty! Perfect for book plates.

I’m trying to keep up with We Need Diverse Books. I posted about Malinda Lo’s discussion of book reviews on diverse books last week, but now she’s compiled them into one full post for y’all. I’m also reposting the CCBC book stats from last week because that’s kind of depressing. And because editors, illustrators, and authors need to continue the chat on diversity. Especially if we want the CCBC stats to shift toward diversity. Also remember Diversity League, the ALA Midwinter panel? You can now WATCH the panel here. If you are a writer of color looking for resources, here is a good list.

Good news for Egmont USA authors: Lerner has acquired about 100 of the titles.

Cover Reveals:

*technically this book is not young adult,
but since Mistborn was, I thought people might be interested.

Discussion / Other Blogger Posts:

Remember that post from a while back on Hermione Granger and the Goddamn Patriarchy? Well that’s now been made into a video.

Look at beautiful library architecture and decide what you think they’re trying to tell us.

11 Crazy Plot Twists You Never Saw Coming. Okay, now I really want to read all those novels… I mean, some of them have been on my list for years, but to make a list about plot twists and people agree they’re not cheap but thrilling? Interesting.

Whaaat. An interactive site with an iPod-inspired circle wheel for books? How to sell books in the digital age.

How reading helped Kelly Jensen (Blogger at Book Riot & Stacked Books) overcome depression.

If you’re looking for some YA novels that deal with tough topics like death, here are seven recommendations.

If you like YA novels that have an epistolary format, here are some recommendations.

If you’re a fan of YA novels set in Hollywood, moar recommendations!

And if you saw the Duff and are a newly minted fan, your last set of recommendations.

Bookish instagram accounts to follow. Hahaha, did not know there was an account taking pictures of hot boys reading.

Chuck Wendig tackles the question of why adults read YA. So does the Guardian. And Laurie Halse Anderson urges more adults to do so.

Interesting topic from Chuck Wendig: how sometimes labeling a character as “a strong female character” doesn’t always pass the bar.

Heh, would you follow this advice on how to land a date from YA novels?

And aw, 12 YA quotes that perfectly express the teen condition. I did love that quote from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda.

Some fairy tales are different from what you’d expect. No more Prince Charming.

The Epic Reads team = my heroes. Look at this beautiful history of YA lit.

What are the pros and cons of publishing at an early age?

What do you do when you can’t find a bookmark? Me, I use a tissue.

I like the idea of this list: 22 Books Women Recommend Men Should Read. (“Why is it that we don’t think men should read books by and about women? In a canon and culture flooded with the perspectives and stories of men, men have no difficulty finding books that reaffirm their self-images and explore their masculinity. Why aren’t we encouraging men to also read great books that widen their horizons and show them life through the eyes of people unlike them?”) And while you’re at it, maybe you could also give them the books you’d slip to your best friend...

The most romantic quotes in literature… include some from Winnie the Pooh and Hamlet, apparently.

How long would it take to read all the books published in a week? Hahahahahaha okay, seriously we will never be able to read our entire TBR, I guess.

To cheer you up after that depressing fact, look at this pretty all-white bookstore.

Which of these books publishing in March are you most anticipating?

** Rita at Blog Genie: Launch Before You’re Ready
** Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer: Contacting an Author or Publisher
** Lili at Lili’s Reflections: The Ins and Outs of Netgalley
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Blog Post Proofreading Checklist
** Stephanie at These Paper Hearts: Commenting Systems
** Ashley at Nose Graze: How to Make Your Blog Future Proof
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Moving from Blogger to WordPress
** Nova at Out of Time: Requesting ARCs

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: Blogger Survey Results Part I
** Amy at Ten Penny Dreams: What’s the Point in Blogging Anyway?
** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: BEA or the Other Guys
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: Contemporary Conversations: We’re Almost There
** Alexa at Alexa Loves Books: Book Blogger Love-a-thon 2015 {over now, but for future reference}
** Bec at Readers in Wonderland: How to Start a Blog in Five Easy Steps
** Helen at My Novel Opinion: A Mom’s PoV on Social Media
** Emz at Paging Serenity: What Are Your Favorite Types of Posts to Read & Write?
** Rachel at Parajunkee: The Life and Times of the Book Blogger Cartoon
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: Breaking Some Stereotypes
** Carrie at The Mad Reviewer: Befriending Authors

Recommendations, Reviews, Ratings, ARCs, Authors:
** Tanja at Ja čitam, a ti?: Review Requests
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: The Three Star Rating
** Ana at Read Me Away: Reviewing Series

** Jessi at Novel Heartbeat: Plagiarism and Instagram
** Ceilidhann at Bibliodaze: John Green Plagiarised: Why This Matters
** Charlotte at The Simple Tales: Copying and Plagiarising Is Never the Solution
** Nova at Out of Time: Are Discussion Posts Inspired by Others Considered Copying?

The Experience:
** Ruby at Feed Me Books Now: My Reading Taste
** Ellen at Playing Jokers: How Should Stories End?
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: Falling Back in Love with Rereading
** Cait at Paper Fury: Do You Ever Wish Villains Had Their Own Book?

** Chyna at Lite-Rate-Ture: Cliches in the publishing industry: styling books!
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: What Are Your SFF Dealbreakers?
** Kim at YA Asylum: Favorite Trope
** Nara at Looking for the Panacea: Love Triangles That Actually Work

Books, Books, Books:
** Sophie at A Daydreamer’s World: 10 Stages of Book Shopping
** Rose at Chapter Break: Share Your Reading Lists
** Jamie at the Perpetual Page-Turner: I Recognize the Insanity… I Do
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: Sometimes I Feel Like I’m Out of the Loop with Childhood Classics
** Christy at Novel Ink: I Don’t Mind Series in Different Formats

Specific Books & Movies:
** Bieke at Istyria Book Blog: Why split 1 book into 2 movies?
** Lyn at Great Imaginations: Moon Pride
** Cayce at Fighting Dreamer: Why Agatha Christie Is the Dame
** Beth at On a Book Bender: Why I Think Everyone Should Read Tana French
** Brittany at The Book Addict’s Guide: Young Adult Meets Disney

** Emz at Paging Serenity: Do You Judge Books By Their Covers?
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: How Important Are Covers?

Movies/TV Shows:

Though the Duff came in lower than expectations, it’s still earned more than its reported budget with its first week out. (50 Shades is still dominating the box office). Check out this interview with Kody Keplinger.

Universal has optioned The Princess in Black by Shannon Hale.

Sony bought the rights to The Sculptor, a MG graphic novel.

Oh, Insurgent. Insurgent is dipping into virtual reality. Insurgent tickets go on sale tomorrow and the final trailer will be released. Here’s another clip: would you risk it all? And a clip of Peter. And “Worth It” between Tris and Four. A still of the factionless community. If you’re curious about when Insurgent is premiering around the world, here’s a few dates.

Oh, look, a Paper Towns infographic for y’all to spread about who’s in the movie..


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 02/27.

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}.

Hardcovers of Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff, Geek Girl by Holly Smale, City 1 by Gregg Rosenblum, and The Prey by Tom Isbell, INT, ends 02/27.

Kindle Paperwhite + Some Fine Day by Kat Ross, US only, ends 03/07.

$20 worth book with kickass ladies (INT) or pbs of Throne of Glass and the Archived (US only) from Cee as a celebration of Galentine’s Day, ends 02/28.

Several ARCs from Lili to celebrate her birthday, US only, ends 03/01.

If you have a giveaway, you should let me know. I've looked through my Feedly account. There are so many blogs on there that undoubtedly, I'm missing some posts... soooo let me link to you!


New Releases: A Wicked Thing (Wicked Thing #1) by Rhiannon Thomas, Salt & Stone by Victoria Scott, Dove Arising by Karen Bao, Kalahari (Corpus #3) by Jessica Khoury, Sin Eater's Daughter by Melinda Salisbury, A Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci, Mark of the Thief (Mark of the Thief #1) by Jennifer Nielsen, The Cipher by John C. Ford, The Third Twin by C. J. Omololu, Dreamfire by Kit Alloway, When My Heart Was Wicked by Tricia Stirling, Quake (Pulse #3) by Patrick Carman, Unleashed (Uninvited #2) by Sophie Jordan, Feral Pride by Cynthia Leitich Smith, No Parking at the End Times by Bryan Bliss, Unchanged by Jessica Brody, Zom-B Bride by Darren Shan, Breakout by Kevin Emerson, Remember by Eileen Cook, Haunted (Arnaud Legacy #1) by Lynn Carthage.

Recent Recommendations: You can read my review of The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski. Otherwise I’m kind of behind on life and this blog. I’m starting a read-along with Josephine on The Boyfriend List and I have a tally of blogs to visit and comment on from last weekend and I still haven’t linked my last two weeks (I think!) of posts from here to other social media. I need to turn in reviews to publishers. Yikes. Catch up, Christina!

I also sometimes think that hey, after four years of blogging, I'll have figured things out. Nope.

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. Plot twists…The Girl with All the Gifts…I've had that book on my Kindle for awhile but I haven't read it yet. I need to!

    The Duff…I saw it this past weekend. It was cute, but if I'm remembering correctly, it was pretty different from the book. But my book memory sucks, so I'm not sure. I do remember a certain part of the plot that is completely missing. Weird with all of the sex talk they actually left out the having sex part of the book. I should read the interview with Kody Keplinger and see if she says anything about it.

    Great post! ~Pam

  2. I need to read it too. Lol I recommended it to a friend at work and she didn't like it and she keeps asking me about it and ROOMS which I haven't read yet but let her borrow. TOO MANY BOOKS.

    Yes! I have heard this in many places. Apparently they changed part of the plot - the enemies-with-benefits element, and made Wesley have a mean girl girlfriend and there's less actual sex going on because of that. But the DUFF, the idea that anyone could feel like one, is supposed to stay the same? I was meant to see the movie but unfortunately didn't, so I'm not sure on that end. I hope the interview helped you :)


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