Posts By: Wendy Darling

5 Reasons You Should Read Finding Audrey (+ giveaway!)

5 Reasons You Should Read Finding Audrey (+ giveaway!)

Pick up any Sophie Kinsella novel and you’re practically guaranteed to dissolve into a fit of giggles as you read it. I’ve enjoyed the author’s standalone adult novels (and I’m looking forward to reading the Shopaholic books sometime), so I was excited to hear she venturing into YA for the first time with Finding Audrey. As part of the official blog tour for the book, I’m offering up 5 reasons why you should read the book–plus we have a fun giveaway, too! Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Shopaholic series comes a terrific blend of comedy, romance, and psychological recovery in a contemporary YA novel sure to inspire and entertain. An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen-year-old Audrey’s daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr. Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother’s gaming teammate, she is energized…. Read more »

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Poison is Not Polite: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway

Poison is Not Polite: exclusive cover reveal + giveaway

Girls solving mysteries is one of my very favorite things! It was great fun for us to host the cover reveal for Robin Stevens’ Murder is Bad Manners last year, so we’re delighted to be hosting her again, this time with the North American cover for the second book in the Wells & Wong series. Daisy and Hazel find themselves in more puzzling predicaments, with the central mystery taking place at a grand old English manor…that just so happens to be Daisy’s home. Poison is Not Polite won’t be released here until next April 2016, but we have your exclusive first look right here and now–along with the opportunity to win one of the very first ARCs hot off the presses. Without further ado–here is the fantastic cover!! It’s wonderful how the designer has changed the color scheme, but you can immediately tell that it’s part of the same series…. Read more »

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Classic Readalong Discussion: Hatchet

Classic Readalong Discussion: Hatchet

In the first chapter of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, 13-year-old Brian is the only passenger in a single engine plane when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. 7000 feet above the wilderness and wildly off course, he eventually crashes into a lake..and must find a way to survive. On his own. Without food or shelter. Believe it or not, the stakes only get higher from there. Let’s begin! (Beware spoilers, as usual.) Wendy: I’m a big fan of survival and naturalistic stories, having loved Sign of the Beaver and The Yearling and Where the Red Fern Grows as a kid. But somehow this one passed me by, so I’m glad Kim suggested it for our classics series. Kim: This was one of the few offerings in my 5th grade classroom’s “library” that actually interested me, and holy hell did little Kim devour it. I like survival fiction because of… Read more »

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Daughter of Deep Silence: downloadable quotes + giveaway

Daughter of Deep Silence: downloadable quotes + giveaway

Today, we’re kicking off the official blog tour for Carrie Ryan’s new book The Daughter of Deep Silence! I enjoyed the author’s zombie series The Forest of Hands and Teeth, so I was glad to see her returning to YA after launching her middle grade series. We have downloadable quotes from the book (just link back to us, please!), a giveaway, and a mini review to share with you today. This is the story of girl who lost everything she had–her family, her love, and her very identity. Frances is a survivor of a devastating attack on a ship at sea in which her best friend and family were killed. When she’s finally rescued, she discovers that the only two other survivors of the attack are her boyfriend Grey and his father, Senator Wells. But to her horror, they claim that the ship capsized because of a rogue wave–a mere… Read more »

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Saint Anything: book launch + Sarah Dessen interview + giveaway!

Saint Anything: book launch + Sarah Dessen interview + giveaway!

Earlier this week, I went to the launch party for Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen here in Los Angeles. While a new Dessen book is always something to celebrate, I had an especially good time because I had the chance to interview Sarah before the event. Yes! The grand dame of contemporary YA herself! There was already a line an hour before the event at Children’s Book World, with readers of all ages waiting excitedly to see her. The lovely employees ushered me into the green room , where Sarah was waiting, looking fresh and pretty in a cheery pink dress that her daughter had chosen for her. I’m going to be very girly for a minute and tell you that the polish on her hands and her toes matched her dress. ADORABLE. Q&A with Sarah Dessen (paraphrased a bit, since my notes are messssy) Wendy: In Saint Anything, Sydney’s… Read more »

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An Ember in the Ashes: 5 Great Book-to-Movie Adaptations with Sabaa Tahir

An Ember in the Ashes: 5 Great Book-to-Movie Adaptations with Sabaa Tahir

I really enjoyed An Ember in the Ashes, and I enjoyed meeting author Sabaa Tahir when I went to visit the set of the book trailer shoot. When the opportunity came up to host a guest post, I naturally had questions about the film that’s in development! It’s a little too early to share any details on that front, but the author is here with some of her favorite book-to-film adaptations for the official blog tour, with thoughts on why she thinks they were so successful. We’ve got pretty strong opinions on this topic, so we hope that An Ember in the Ashes will be as fun to watch as it was to read. 5 Great Book-to-Movie Adaptations by Sabaa Tahir Some of you know that An Ember in the Ashes has been optioned for a film by Paramount Pictures, with Mark Johnson (Breaking Bad) and Haroon Saleem (Chronicles of… Read more »

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Classic Readalong Discussion: A Ring of Endless Light

Classic Readalong Discussion: A Ring of Endless Light

A Ring of Endless Light is a book not as many readers seem to be familiar with, even though the author is so well known for A Wrinkle in Time. We’re trying to help change that! This book is realistic fiction with an element of science fiction, and even if you weren’t able to read along with us this month, we hope that the discussion below encourages you to check it out in the future. As always, there will be some spoilers, however. Wendy: I’ve loved this book since I was a teenager, but it’s been years since I read it. To this day, I still think of “resilient pewter” whenever I see a dolphin! And it’s also why I was veering between marine biology and paleontology for a long time. (Spoiler alert: I went into neither. Alas.) Kim: I had never read it before! A Wrinkle In Time is the only other… Read more »

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