Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini, Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald, Fat Cat by Robin Brande, How Beautiful the Ordinary edited by Michael Cart, Paper Daughter by Jeanette Ingold, Skinned by Robin Wasserman, Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford, Fat Vampire by Adam Rex, Hereville by Barry Deutsch, Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia, Genocide by Jane Sptinger, Nightshade by Andrea Cremer, Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver, Dead is Just A Rumor by Marlene Perez, Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon, Fallout by Ellen Hopkins, Athena: Grey-Eyed Godess by George O'Connor, Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick, A Conspiracy of Kings by Megan Whalen Turner, Virgin Territory by James Lecesne, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, Double Eagle by Sneed B. Collard III, Just One Wish by Janette Rallison, Out of the Blue by S.L. Rottman, Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian, The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor, Dark Goddess by Sarwat Chadda, More Than Friends: Poems for Him and Her by Sara E. Holbrook and Allan Wolf, Cate of the Lost Colony by Lisa Klein, How to Build a House by Dana Reinhardt, Ash by Malinda Lo
So, basically I've got a number of books for giveaways! Don't forget to enter my November giveaway here if you haven't already!
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Sunday, November 21, 2010
Tonight was the ALAN Reception. It was sponsored by many publishing groups and it was amazing. Here are my highlights...
As I walk in to the lobby, before I even get near the room the event is in, I do a double take. Gary Paulsen is standing there. I repeat... GARY PAULSEN! The man who tricks my middle school boys in to reading and actually liking it! I am so flabbergasted that I just keep walking until I get to the event room. The doors open and we all pour in. After a little liquid courage (two glasses of Diet Coke to be exact) I calm my nerves enough to go and talk to Mr. Paulsen. He was charming and hilarious and I will never in a million years be able to repeat half of what he said to my middle schoolers. The teachers will get a kick out of it though! I have photographic evidence of the meeting but I didn't bring my camera cord so you'll have to trust me.
As I wondered dazedly away from Mr. Paulsen I saw the fabulous Andrea Cremer and went to reintroduce myself and say hello. Second moment of awesome: she recognized me! I've met her twice before and won this prize pack from her (which is the In My Mailbox portion of today's blog too!):
So, either I am a stalker or she is just a really nice person. Let's go with option two.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
In celebration of the cover release I'll be giving away a copy of Nightshade with a book plate signed by Andrea Cremer inside. Once I receive the bookplate I'll post the contest. I got to meet Andrea at a YA lit conference in Naperville and again at her book release party in St. Paul. Will Browning (the actor who played Shay) was there too! Both are delightful people and I wish them both much success.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
The characters we love to hate! As I was writing this I realized that there are not a lot of strictly villainous characters in YA. Most that I could think of have another side to them. I liked this realization :) Thank goodness for the criminals and degenerates add on :) A few of the ones listed below aren't exactly characters you might expect to find on the list. I used the terms "criminal" and "degenerate" loosely so I could slip in a few favs ;)
1. Cassel Sharp from White Cat by Holly Black
2. President Snow from The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins
The man's breath smells like blood. This is enough to place him on the list. However, he is also willingly sacrifices children to The Hunger Games and plays cruel mind games with Katniss. Bad, bad man!
3. Voldemort & Severus Snape from Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
4. Mr. Wickham from Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
5. Nick from The Demon's Lexicon & The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan
6. Mommy Fortuna & King Haggard from The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
7. Miss Minchin from A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
8. The White Witch from The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
9. King Leck from Graceling & Fire by Kristen Cashore
He's Sherlock Holmes' arch-nemesis. A criminal Mastermind. A mafia boss of sorts. He basically rocks all three categories: villain, criminal, and degenerate.
Monday, November 15, 2010
The Demon's Lexicon and The Demon's Covenant by Sarah Rees Brennan. I LOVE these books. Sarah Rees Breenan is so talented and all around delightful. I ordered these books from Murder by the Book in Houston.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Read Chapter One HERE!!
I LOVE these books! Sarah Rees Brennan's writing style flows so beautifully. I adore her! The U.S. cover was just released last week so I knew that I had to feature it here! Doesn't it look amazing? It goes so well with the first two covers. Also, I love the blurb at the top :)
Nick is on the first cover (***swoon***)
Sin is on book two and now Alan rounds the trilogy out. If you haven't read these yet you really should check them out.
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Friday, November 5, 2010
The Audiobook of Dark Flame by Alyson Noel and some yummy hot cocoa!
Thursday, November 4, 2010
And a curse.
When a teenage girl is found murdered, Clare's ex-boyfriend wants her to help solve the case — but Clare is still furious at the cheating jerk. Then Clare's brother — who has supernatural gifts of his own — becomes the prime suspect, and Clare can no longer look away. Teaming up with Gabriel, the smoldering son of the new detective, Clare must venture into the depths of fear, revenge, and lust in order to track the killer. But will her sight fail her just when she needs it most?
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Weird as it is working for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, Evie’s always thought of herself as normal. Sure, her best friend is a mermaid, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours, but still. Normal.
Only now paranormals are dying, and Evie's dreams are filled with haunting voices and mysterious prophecies. She soon realizes that there may be a link between her abilities and the sudden rash of deaths. Not only that, but she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.
So much for normal.