December 4th, 2013
November 23rd, 2013
We’re thrilled to have Girls in the Stacks participate in our launch celebration for YASeriesInsiders.com, and we are excited to be able to share this fabulous new blog with readers. Thank you for letting us visit!
While each of the eleven authors involved have young adult series starting in 2014 from major publishers, this blog is about all teen series fiction—past, present, and future. As series authors ourselves, we have a unique experience in that we can look at the books we love both as authors and readers. We also have the opportunity to reach out to the authors of these great books (or to run into them at book events), so we want to be able take advantage of that to make YA Series Insiders a place where readers and authors come together.
The Tumblr blog launches November 23rd, with interviews and lots of secrets from great series authors including:
Melissa de la Cruz, Tahereh Mafi, Marie Lu, Lauren Oliver, Leigh Bardugo, Tamora Pierce, Ann Aguirre, Beth Revis, Nancy Holder, Cynthia Leitich Smith, Gennifer Albin, Jessica Brody, Susan Dennard and many, many more!!
Plus we’ll keep adding new secrets about authors, characters, and books, not to mention great series news and, of course, more giveaways of the hottest series books.
To celebrate the YASI launch, we are having a HUGE giveaway (over $1,000) at http://YASeriesInsiders.com, plus slightly smaller giveaways on the following four blogs:
Adventures in YA Publishing – Signed Hardcovers of LEGEND, PRODIGY, and CHAMPION by Marie Lu
Mundie Moms – Signed Hardcovers of INSURGENT, DIVERGENT, and ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth
YA Books Central – Signed Hardcovers of THE GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS, THE CROWN OF EMBERS, and THE BITTER KINGDOM by Rae Carson
Page Turners Blog – Signed Hardcovers of SHATTER ME and UNRAVEL ME by Tahereh Mafi, plus a Signed Hardcover of ICONS by Margaret Stohl
Also stop by the following places to win great, signed books from the YASI team:
The Story Siren – Signed Hardcover of ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth
Jean the Booknerd – Signed Hardcover of DIVINERS by Libba Bray
Candace’s Book Blog – Signed Hardcover of NEVER FADE by Alexandra Bracken
Literary Rambles – Signed Hardcover of THE ARCHIVED by Victoria Schwab
I Am a Reader, Not a Writer - Signed Hardcover of FROZEN by Melissa de la Cruz and Michael Johnson
Girls in the Stacks – Signed Hardcover of UNBREAKABLE by Kami Garcia
Please enter by completing the form in this post to win here, and then stop by the above sites and YASeriesInsiders.com for more great books, complete box sets and YA series, plus jewelry, DVDs, and more.
We hope you’ll be as excited about this project as we are!
The YASI Team:
Jennifer L. Armentrout, Nina Berry, Anne Blankman, Martina Boone, Lanie Bross, Tracy Clark, Bree Despain, Claudia Gray, S. E. Green, Kimberley Griffiths Little, and Sara Raasch.
November 20th, 2013
Why did I wait so long to read this book? It has been in my possession since last June, I have failed myself.
I loved everything about this book, the world building, the characters and the plot. It was almost perfect.
The world building was just the right amount for me to understand the world, but not over the top that I lost interest. I loved Redwine’s descriptions, one of my favorites is how Rachel sees her home and the feelings it conjures.
Characters are always, always, always my favorite part in any book. And I fell in love with Rachel and Logan. Rachel is defiant, whip-smart and has a fiery mane of red hair that, if you know me at all, is an automatic win. I like how she bucks the system, she thinks, she reacts – however, she is not perfect. Some of her plans aren’t perfect and she and others have to pay the price. It’s a lesson she does not have to learn twice.
The first half of this book was spot on, full of tension (lots of this), swoony romance, and a plot that wouldn’t let you go, but by the second half of the book I was a little bored. It happened the moment Logan and Rachel were separated. It all makes sense why they were separated, but it lost that tension, their tension. I kept flipping the pages only because I needed to see them back together on the same page.
November 17th, 2013
Y’all. We recently sat down with (and by sat down with we mean Skyped with) Heather Terrell. She is the fab author of many books, but her most recent is RELIC. RELIC is a mix between dystopia and fantasy, and follows Eva on a journey of self-discovery and discoveries. Read the book and you’ll totally know what we mean!
Listen is as we talk all about RELIC and so much more!
*find us on itunes, for listening on the go*
November 13th, 2013
November 12th, 2013
So I requested two audiobooks recently from Brilliance Audio and both have been quite interesting. They are definitely more on the “boy” side of the YA spectrum we like to cover for all of those teens and adults who want neither romance nor paranormal adventures.
First, I’m with Stupid, by Geoff Herbach, is a great realistic book about a football star whose dad committed suicide long ago, and he is finally dealing with his emotions while he makes a decision regarding where he will go to college. Dysfunctional families, drinking, stupid behaviors redeemed-this book has it all. I essentially want to recommend it to guys who are struggling with their own family or sports drama and need to live vicariously through someone making dumb mistakes so that they don’t have to in the future. I love that the narrator is Nick Podehl, who made me laugh all the way through Swim the Fly and the even funnier sequel, Beat the Band, by Don Calame. He again does the whole range of guy emotions throughout the book. I didn’t realize that I was reading the last in the “Stupid Fast” trilogy, but I didn’t feel like I had to read the other books in order to get this one.
The second audiobook, The Power of One, by Bryce Courtenay, I had listened to long, long ago as many of our school’s seniors read it as part of our World Literature curriculum. I had loved the book, but found it’s 500+ pages (on audio, that’s 21 hours), a bit cumbersome for many high school students. The “Young Readers” adaptation is only 9 hours, and while I usually frown upon abridgments, this audio version is awesome. We still get the main story: young Peekay sees the racism of Apartheid-era South Africa and overcomes many hurtles to become a boxing champion. The finale in the novel never ceases to make me smile with its just ending! Plus, the narrator, Humphrey Bower, is superb -bringing Peekay’s emotions to life with an awesome South African accent. If you want a great underdog story-this one is for you!
Both audiobooks I received from Billiance Audio.
November 8th, 2013
We’re cleaning up and clearing out, and that means a MASSIVE GIVEAWAY FOR YOU!!!
Enter today, because one lucky winner will receive everything pictured below!!
• OPEN in US only
• Must fill out the form correctly
• Must be 13 years old or older to enter
• Winner will be determined by Random Number Generator
• Winner notified via email & has 24 hours to respond before new winner chosen
• Giveaway ends November 25, 2013 at 12:00am CEN
November 4th, 2013
So Ohio authors (along with TX authors) ROCK! I wanted to share two of my recent favorite books from ladies living in our heart shaped state!
I recently met Mindy McGinnis at my local bookstore (Fundamentals)-author of the brand new Not a Drop to Drink. The novel is AWESOME, and I’m so excited that she is a librarian in Central Ohio -just like Amanda and myself!
Not a Drop to Drink is definitely an edge-of-your-seat action thrill ride. Essentially, the problem is that in the not-to-distant future, potable water has become scarce, so Lynn and her mother ferociously guard their family farm while purifying water and completing the rest of the back-breaking farm chores. When disaster strikes and Lynn is left on her own with a hostile bunch of men encroaching on her territory, she has to make up new rules to ensure her survival.
Finally a great dystopian novel that can stand on its own (no trilogy needed!).
Author Lisa Klein and I have become friends in the last few years (squeal!). I am a huge Shakespeare fan, but often feel as if Shakespeare’s women do not get to speak up for themselves enough. Klein, both a former OSU Shakespeare professor and a like-minded woman, has previously written YA retellings of Shakespeare novels from female points of view as well as other great historical fiction. Her first, and still my favorite of the Shakespeare retellings, is Ophelia,the story of Hamlet from Ophelia’s “I’m not crazy” perspective. She has also written MacBeth’s Daugher (fascinating!), and her new novel, Love Disguised, is told from the point of view of Shakespeare himself during his early years escaping to London from Stratford.
Klein has done an amazing job of researching the era and weaves in the plot of Twelfth Night as well as answers some of the questions surrounding the ‘dark lady sonnets.’ However, you can be a Shakespeare novice and still fully appreciate the story ; the novel is hilarious and fascinating with great plot twists and a satisfying ending. Thanks Lisa for writing yet another great YA, Shakespeare-related, historical fiction novel!
Note: I received an ARC of Not a Drop to Drink from my local bookseller who was sent the ARC from the publisher. I received an ARC of Love Disguised from the publisher.
November 1st, 2013
Master storyteller Rachel Caine has her hands full with her bestselling Morganville Vampires novels coming to an end, and a brand new book (a retelling of Romeo and Juliet titled Prince of Shadows) on the way. But with speculation about Daylighters (Nov. 5, 2013), the series finale, at an all time high, she just couldn’t resist dropping some hints. She’ll be stopping by to answer your questions in the comments below, but she can neither confirm nor deny what’s true and what’s not!
Rumor #8: Claire becomes a vampire.
“…there was something in the way he was watching her – the utter stillness of his body and face – that made her feel deeply uneasy.
“Michael?” She almost blurted out, you scared me, but that was blindingly obvious from the way she’d jumped and from the no doubt deafening sound of her racing heartbeat. Her pulse should have been slowing down after the first pulse of alarm/recognition, but instead it continued drumming right on, as if her body knew something her mind didn’t.
She didn’t move. That took a lot of effort, actually, because those same instincts insisting to her that she was scared were also wanting her to take at least a couple of steps back. Large steps, at that…
He was closer to her now, and she didn’t see him move. He was just … closer. Watching her. She didn’t like that. Inside the calm cocoon, something inside her twisted and pushed and tried to break free of the sticky, syrupy layers of calm she’d become wrapped in.
“Don’t,” she said. “Michael, don’t do this. Please.”
He was too close now, she could have reached out and put her hand on his chest, and what was her hand doing rising like that, as if she had no real control over it, and why were his eyes turning so red …
PRINCE OF SHADOWS is out February 4th!
Be sure to watch the official book trailer and read an excerpt!
Daylighters Blog Tour Schedule:
Oct. 23: Awesomesauce Bookclub
Oct. 24: Supernatural Snark
Oct. 25: Chapter by Chapter
Oct. 28: Gone with the Words
Oct. 29: The Bookish Babe
Oct. 30: Two Chicks on Books
Oct. 31: Page Turners
Nov. 1: Girls in the Stacks
Nov. 4: My Bookish Ways
Nov. 5: The Story Siren
Rachel Caine is the New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including the Weather Warden series, the Outcast Season series, the Revivalist series, and the Morganville Vampires series. She was born at White Sands Missile Range, which people who know her say explains a lot. She has been an accountant, a professional musician, and an insurance investigator, and, until recently, carried on a secret identity in the corporate world. She and her husband, fantasy artist R. Cat Conrad, live in Texas, which so far as she knows does not actually contain any vampires.
October 31st, 2013
Instead of our regular Currently Reading post, we thought we would share the books that scared us the most. You know, the ones that we read and thought we might not make it all the way through because we were so terrified – but we just had to finish them because they were so good! The family King definitely has us creeped out, if you can’t tell…it must be in the genes….
And if that’s not creepy enough for you, Amanda had her first annual Teen Zombie Walk last Saturday at her library – check out her zombie horde! Happy Halloween!