Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Christina Makes the Bookish Rounds (75)

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.

No book byte video this week as I posted my February recap + video!


The big book deal this week is Veronica Roth’s new series. She talks a bit about it to the AP here. Here’s the official press release. See below for the description...

Rights Report & another:
  • A two-book deal - Veronica Roth (In the untitled first novel of a duology in the vein of Star Wars, Roth explores the story of a boy who forms an alliance with an enemy, in an attempt to escape their oppressive lives. They help each other attain what they most desire: for one, redemption, and the other, revenge. The first book is scheduled for 2017. Katherine Tegen Books).
  • Summer Days & Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories - Stephanie Perkins (YA anthology; a collection of 12 romantic tales of young summer love, which includes contributions from Leigh Bardugo, Francesca Lia Block, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Nina LaCour, Veronica Roth, Jennifer E. Smith, among others. Publication is slated for summer 2016. St. Martin's). 
  • Little & Lion - Brandy Colbert (about a black and Jewish Los Angeles native dealing with the aftermath of her stepbrother's mental health crisis while navigating unexpected love. Publication is set for spring 2017. Little, Brown).
  • January - Caleb Roehrig (YA debut mystery; a thriller featuring LGBT themes pitched as “Thirteen Reasons Why meets Gone Girl.” In the novel, 15-year-old Flynn Doherty loves his girlfriend, January, yet he thinks he might be gay; when January abruptly goes missing, Flynn finds out he wasn't the only one keeping secrets. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016. Feiwel and Friends).
  • Stef Soto, Taco Queen - Jennifer Torres (a debut coming-of-age story about a 13-year-old Mexican-American girl who, embarrassed by her family's taco truck business, hopes to break free from her overprotective parents. Publication is slated for fall 2016. Little, Brown).
  • The Tin Snail - Cameron McAllister (MG novel based on a true story, in which a boy's father has an idea for an automobile that helps win WWII. Publication is slated for spring 2016. Delacorte).
  • Fighter Girl - Kathryn James (the story of a gypsy, who by day is the maid of honor planning her sister's extravagant wedding, and by night is a champion fighter who competes in dangerous matches against older boys. Publication is set for fall 2016. Month9Books).
  • Two untitled YA novels - Andrew Smith (The books are scheduled for publication in 2016 and 2017, respectively. Dutton).
  • Dressing the Part - Courtney Stevens (examines what it means to be feminine while at the same time camouflaged among the people you love. Publication is set for fall 2016; HarperCollins). 
  • Cloud and Wallfish - Anne Nesbet (MG novel about a Cold War-era boy whose ordinary life comes apart when he moves with his parents behind the Iron Curtain in East Berlin, where secrets abound and danger mounts ever higher. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Candlewick).
  • Hair in All the Wrong Places: The Perils of Growing Up Werewolf - Andrew Buckley (In the story, a boy wonders if he can control of the wolf inside himself and find out what's really going on in his strange town. Publication is slated for fall 2016; Month9Books).
  • History Is All You Left Me - Adam Silvera (Told from the perspective of OCD-afflicted 17-year-old Griffin, it chronicles the aftermath of the tragic drowning of his ex-boyfriend and first love, Theo. Publication is scheduled for fall 2016; Soho Teen).
  • Tru and Nelle - G. Neri (MG Novel a work of fiction inspired by the friendship between Truman Capote and Harper Lee, forged while growing up together in rural Alabama. Publication is set for spring 2016; HMH).
Publisher's Lunch:
  • Harriet Reuter Hapgood's debut THE SQUARE ROOT OF SUMMER, in which a seventeen-year-old physics prodigy navigates a summer of grief, world-stopping kisses and rips in the space-time continuum, as she tries to reconcile her first heartbreak with her last, to Roaring Brook Press for publication May 2016. Rights to Pocket Jeunesse in France; to Rizzoli in Italy; to Urano in Spain; to Intrinseca in Brazil.
  • Melissa Landers's untitled companion novel to STARFLIGHT, pitched as a romantic "Firefly" for teens, in which a displaced princess and her best-friend-with-benefits must solve the mystery surrounding the mass disappearance of intergalactic settlers, to Disney-Hyperion.
From last week:
  • 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).
  • 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).
Awards: a new Margaret Wise Brown prize. The Aurealis awards shortlist was announced.

Book Trailers: Little Miss Evil - Kristy Shen, Under a Painted Sky - Stacey Lee, An Ember in the Ashes - Sabaa Tahir

Excerpts: The Wicked Will Rise - Danielle Paige, The Lost Herondale - Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman, Keep YA Weird sampler from Penguin, My Best Everything - Sara Tomp, Shift - Karen Atkins, Bonus chapter of Open Road Summer - Emery Lord

Interviews: Avi, Matthew Cordell, Alice Hoffman, Under a Painted Sky - Stacey Lee, NBC News with Dove Arising author Karen Bao, As White As Snow - Salla Simukka, Stone in the Sky - Cecil Castellucci, Garth Nix / Leigh Bardugo, & David Levithan, The Storyspinner - Becky Wallace

If you want to know more about the making of Red Queen and it becoming a bestseller, here’s a sort-of interview with Publisher’s Weekly.

Oops, so March 2 was Read Across America day apparently, but it sounds like it must have been successful.

They announced the BEA Buzz Books. For YA, they are: Dream Things True by Marie Marquardt, Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, Nightfall by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski, The Death And Life Of Zebulon Finch, Volume 1: At The Edge Of Empire by Daniel Kraus, & This Raging Light by Estelle Laure.

A brief recap of author and industry events last week.

I love Publisher Weekly’s little feature focus on certain bookstores and what’s selling well for them.

What’s it like for an author to open up a bookstore? Something that might help indie bookstores in the future are sponsorships. For now they seem okay, but we’ve still lost a bunch over the years...

You remember the fortuitous news last week that Egmont USA’s titles would be acquired by Lerner? Here are the reactions from some Egmont authors (shame about Ilsa Bick’s Dickens Mirror situation…).

People who claim that YA is so often only for “girls” or marketed towards girls… my god, some people take this really far and choose not to allow boys at an author’s NON GENDERED school presentation because they don’t think boys would be interested in those books. SERIOUSLY?!? Blahhhh. I really have nothing to say on this front because it just makes me turn into a basket case of frustration with the world. But here’s an excellent compilation of what other authors had to say. I mean, geez, look at this other lady’s response.

Publishers are looking at Youtube. I was wondering when an article like this would come out after everything with Zoe Sugg.

What. The Polish publishers of Red Queen had a band sing a song about the book.

Not surprising when children’s publishing is still going strong and expanding.

Check out the trailer for YALLWEST. I wish it were a week earlier, when I’ll actually be in California… am now kinda considering still flying back the next weekend o.O (but that’s crazy and probably won’t happen).

If you’re a TMI fan, Jack Dalahee will be narrating the Lost Herondale by Cassandra Clare & Robin Wasserman.

What are the most popular children’s books in the UK? Some are from Cassandra Clare…

Look at the beautiful poster created by Grace Lee for Children’s Book Week (May 4-10)!

Omg. Remind me to never look at comments again, please? You remember that video last week from Hermione being the main character of Harry Potter? I just wanted to make sure this link was in fact going to the same video… And then, here’s a gem: “Feminism" is no more for equality than "Meninsm". Consider yourself corrected.Feminism is the advocation of women's rights on the basis of equality. Seeing as women LITERALLY HAVE MORE rights socially and ENSCIRBED IN LAW, the only thing feminism could do for equality is removal of women's rights.” Somebody shoot me now. But, anyway, here is the new article I was looking for: 21 Times Tumblr Knew Hermione Was The Best Character in “Harry Potter.” Plus 12 reasons why you should try to be more like Luna.

A new YA imprint from Interlude, a LGBTQ boutique.

Only seeing this now, but Scholastic a month or so back studied the most powerful predictors of what makes a frequent reader. Do the results surprise you?

If you’re curious about literary starred reviews, here’s how books being pubbed in 2015 are faring so far for # of starred reviews.

A new J.K. Rowling bibliography…. with 544 pages of Harry Potter secrets? o.O

Can I say how much I love this trend of using Storify to cover twitter chats you might have missed? Here’s one with WNDB and African-American authors in honor of Black History month.

Cool pre-order campaign going on for All the Rage. Pre-order it and receive one of Courtney Summer’s backlist titles.

A new Stephen King short story for those interested...

B&N Will Separate College from Trade, Nook Units (In a bit of a surprise move, Barnes & Noble announced today that it plans to separate its college business from its retail trade stores and Nook digital business.)

The 2015 Youth Media Awards: A Crossover Year for Diversity

Cover Reveals:
Young Adult Cover Reveals
New Adult Cover Reveals

Little, Brown is asking for help: which of these two covers for Jennifer E. Smith’s new short do you prefer?

Discussion/Other Blogger Posts:

Epic Reads has come up with another cool infographic, this time on “Royal Reads.”

Have you ever felt like this when you’ve had nothing to read?

The power of book clubs: How a book club is helping to keep ex-offenders out from going back to jail.

A map of literary genres! Looks like Epic Reads isn’t the only one coming up with amazing infographics.

The ladies of science fiction.

Bookstores, bookstores, love love love looking at these pictures. Always.

Not a piece on why print books > ebooks but on why print books matter.

22 Contemporary Writers Not to Be Missed - I fully intend on reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s work one day; listened to two TED talks from her and she’s brilliant.

If you’re a gamer or looking to recommend books to gamers, here are some suggestions.

Ah, so some people have commented on there having been a lot of books published about suicide in January/February… but as Cynthia Hand says, we must break the silence on mental health.

Has someone ever told you that “it’s just a book?” WELL THEY’RE WRONG.

THR reports on some of its anticipated, hot YA for the spring.

And Bustle reports on 17 of its favorite YA reads from March. (YAY for YA everywhere!)

15 YA reads that “get it right” -- on a particular topic. The Raven Boys is mentioned for its portrayal of living through abuse. Check out the other examples.

Plus 8 diverse YA fantasies. Ahhh can’t wait for Ember + Wrath. I’m now curious about Shadowshaper too...

The 8 Essential Kinds of Books Kids Should Own - I definitely like the idea of “type” books versus the usual lists trying to dictate which classics are the best, etc.

Meanwhile, lol, here’s a survey from the UK that discusses the 50 books kids should read by the time they’re 16.

On Gender, Books, and Children. Definitely mean to look at this & the YMG article in Publishing later…

Top Ten Bad Boys in YA Literature: do you agree? I don’t know that I’d ever thought of Snape as a bad boy…

Oh, look, two never before seen fairy tales! And do you think that these ten fairy tales should get more love?

If you’re a new fan of the DUFF and want a guide to how Kody’s books are organized, here’s a guide to Hamilton High School.

Oh, the charms of misfit kid lit. (I didn’t know there’d been a film of Diary of a Wimpy Kid…)

IF you’re a Neil Gaiman fan, here are six other recommendations you ought to try.

What would happen if YA books could predict the future? (#we’dallbescrewed)

** Renae at Respiring Thoughts: Using Goodreads Shelves to Stay Organized
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Remove Your Share Buttons from Your Home Page

Blogging & Bloggers:
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: List of Regularly Occurring Bookish Twitter Chats
** Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: Results Part III: Howdy, Neighbor!
** Shannon at It Starts At Midnight: Results Part II: ARCs & Competition
** Anne at Lovely Literature: Blogger guilt: Shame, Guilt, and Downright Anxiety
** Gillian at Writer of Wrongs: Blogging on Vacation (AKA How to Disconnect)
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Why I Don’t Comment Back
** Ashley at Nose Graze: No I Won’t Share That Book I’ve Never Heard of

Reviews, Ratings, Recommendations, Authors, ARCs:
** Chyna at Lite-Rate-Ture: Author Is Outraged
** Kara at Diary of a Teen Writer: Do Negative Reviews Impact Your Decision to Read a Book?
** Glass at Ja čitam, a ti?: Five Overlooked and Brilliant Books You Must Read
** Cassie at The Casserole: February Favorites
** Erika at The Red Bookmark: To GIF or Not to GIF: That Is the Question
** Pam at [YA]Escape From Reality: Help! Advice about ARCs
** Genevieve at The Reading Shelf: What Do You Do about Those Books You Rated High But Didn’t Actually Like?
** Rachel at Parajunkee: Mastering the book review. Book Review Checklist. Infographic
** Cait at Paper Fury: In Which I Interrogate Myself about My Review Tactics

The Experience:
** Nicole at Feed Your Fiction Addiction: Why I LOVE Books That Make Me Cry
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: Do You Multi-Task While Listening to Audiobooks?
** Carmel at Rabid Reads: Have You Ever Played Hooky to Read?
** Rebecca at The Library Canary: Music/TV and Reading
** Cait at Paper Fury: Do You Procrastinate Books You Know You’ll Love?
** Stormy at Book. Blog. Bake.: My March Reading Plan
** Lisa at Read. Breathe. Relax.: How Have You Changed as a Reader?

Books, Books, Books:
** Nova at Out of Time: I Live for Bad Books
** Kristy at Book Nerd Reviews: Harry Potter Tour of Warner Bros Studios: Magical Creatures
** Alice at Of Books: Audiobooks and Adaptations
** Alexa at Alexa Loves Books: On the Acquisition of Books
** Becca at Pivot Book Reviews: Book Blues
** Debby at Snuggly Oranges: Most Wanted: March 2015
** Amber at Books of Amber: Anticipated Releases: March 2015
** Kimba at Caffeinated Book Reviewer: Take Control of Your TBR Pile Begins Today
** Asti at Oh, The Books!: If Asti Were in the Raven Boys...
** Chiara at Books for a Delicate Eternity: I’m Sexy and I Know It

** Aimee at Deadly Darlings: Five Bookish Turn-ons: Romance Edition
** Ashley at Nose Graze: Do Those Romance Companion Series Get Too Ridiculous?
** Bieke at Istyria Book Blog: The Annoying Thing about NA Contemporary Romance
** Kayla at The Thousand Lives: Contemporary Conversations: The Time Has Come
** Kelly at Stacked Books: Get Genrified: Alternate/Alternative Formats

** Julie at Chapter Break: What Do You Look For in a Synopsis?
** Timon at YA Asylum: On Atmosphere: Tone and Voice
** Stacked Books: Guest Post: On Writing Realistic, Flawed Parents in YA
** Sam at S.I.K. Book Reviews: Awkward Breaks in Dialogue

** Terri at Starlight Book Reviews: How Frustrating Are Boring Book Covers?
** Rinn at Rinn Reads: Dear YA Fiction Characters
** Sandra at Tea Between Books: Portrayal of Heroines in Books
** Mitchii at Aeropapers: My Favorite Bookworm Characters
Movies/TV Shows:

Last week the final trailer for Insurgent, “Stand Together,” was released. They also released stills of character silhouettes: Octavia Spencer, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort, someone, Zoe Kravitz, another someone, Four, Tris, and Max. I can’t tell who those other two are. Probably Kate Winslet and Naomi Watts.

Stone Village acquired the rights for Circus Mirandus.

New Line has optioned Gayle Forman’s latest novel, I Was Here.

And Sony has optioned the rights to Breaking Sky.

The writing duo behind The Fault in Our Stars is joining up to do the adaptation of Looking for Alaska.

The Mortal Instruments television show will be called Shadowhunters.


Adventures in Children's Publishing giveaways: 03/08, 03/08, 03/30

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}.

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

Win your height in books from Harlequin Teen! Ends 03/09.

If you have a giveaway, you should let me know. NGL, this is the least important section to me.


New ReleasesThe Winner's Crime (Winner's Trilogy #2) by Marie RutkoskiMosquitoland by David ArnoldNot Otherwise Specified by Hannah MoskowitzBone Gap by Laura RubyThe Storyspinner (Keeper's Chronicle #1) by Becky WallaceDeath Marked (Sworn #2) by Leah CypressBreaking Sky by Cori McCarthyRazorhurst by Justine LarbalestierThe Dead I Know by Scot GardnerMy Best Everything by Sarah TompKin (Tales of Beauty and Madness #3) by Lili St. CrowPositively Beautiful by Wendy Mills, Dead to Me by Mary McCoyCharisma by Jeanne RyanHow to Win at High School by Owen MatthewsThe Memory Key by Liana LiuThe Dark Water (Wells End #2) by Seth FishmanDeviate (Light Key #2) by Tracy ClarkTerminal (Virals #5) by Kathy and Brendan ReichsThe Tragic Age by Stephen MetcalfeAn Uncertain Choice by Jody HedlundSeason of Fire by Lisa T Bergen.

Recent Recommended Reads: You can read my reviews of The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma & Stone in the Sky by Cecil Castellucci. Or, if you’re really interested, you can look at my February recap post because that’ll have all my recommended reads, including the ones I didn’t write reviews for.

Also, I’m behind on replying to comments / visiting blogs, so don’t think I’m ignoring you. I’m not. I’m definitely planning on getting to them tonight or tomorrow.

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. Veronica Roth's new series…honestly, I'm not sure if I'm reading it after Allegiant. I'll just have to wait and see what people say about it. And that means the WHOLE series. I'm not starting one just to have her do something similar.

    yallwest!!!! YA book festival in Santa Monica??? I may just have to go. And seeing the list of authors…amazing.

    The bad boys list was cute. Instead of Snape, I would say Will from Infernal Devices and Adrian from VA/Bloodlines. Otherwise, loved it!

    The list of diverse YA fantasies…loved Ember in the Ashes, but there is no way it can be a stand-alone. No way!!!! Not with that ending. If it ends up being a stand-alone, I'm going to have to go back and rerate and re-review it.

    Great post, as usual! ~Pam

  2. Ah, for me even though I was not a fan of Allegiant, I'm actually kind of excited about VRoth's duology. I don't think that in two books, she'll have the opportunity to pull the plot twist that I think ruined the book for you.


    Ah, yeah, I guess Adrian counts as a bad boy. It's interesting. On that list, all the "Bad Boys" are characters who need some sort of redemption. But I think that a lot of authors cross that "bad boy" line into "dangerous boy" and make those characters romantic interests and blegh.

    I just read Ember. I don't think that it's that book's or the author's fault if it ends up being a standalone. I think Sabaa Tahir has planned for it to have a sequel but Penguin hasn't bought the second book - which to me, is just weird, especially if they're spending so much money marketing Ember. Fans of Ember will NOT be pleased to not have a sequel. And the book *technically* can be a standalone but it's very very clear that there's a lot more to the story left.


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