Posts Categorized: 2012

Of Poseidon: giveaway!

Of Poseidon: giveaway!

Have you noticed all the YA mermaid books out this year? One of the books with the prettiest covers and most intriguing story lines is Of Poseidon by Anna Banks.  The book doesn’t come out until later this month on May 22, but we’re giving you a chance to win an ARC of this coveted title now!  Poseidon Synopsis: Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . . Told from both Emma and Galen’s points of view, here is a fish-out-of-water story that… Read more »

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Above: review

Above: review

Above by Leah Bobet Above is a deeply human tale. Bobet takes human problems, human hates, human sadnesses and disappointments, and human hopes, and wraps them up in a jarringly sparse, backwards prose about an underground community of Freaks, who wish for nothing more than to be left alone.   Above is a challenge, evidenced by the numerous reviewers who’ve abandoned ship before they ever set sail. Which is a shame. Because while this may be categorized under paranormal and science fiction, it’s really no more than a disguise. Bobet’s story hits much closer to home than might be expected. The prose. It is the gift and curse. The dialect is disordered and requires deciphering. Basic rules of grammar does not apply here. Our protagonist, Matthew, is a young man born underground, in Safe. A Freak-built safe-house for those who have gills, lion’s feet, and crab claws; for those who… Read more »

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event recap: LA Times Festival of Books 2012 and giveaway!

event recap: LA Times Festival of Books 2012 and giveaway!

Every time the lovely ♥ Rachel ♥ stops by the blog, she always has fantastic bits of author news that I haven’t heard elsewhere, so I was thrilled to hear she wanted to cover the Los Angeles Times Festival Books for us.  As if that weren’t exciting enough, Rachel is such a sweetie that she also has an autographed copy of Deb Caletti’s new book to give away! Read on to see how you can win. ~ Wendy I just like to say thanks again to Wendy inviting me to share my experience! Aaron Karo, Abby McDonald, Tristan Bancks Attending the Event: This was my first year attending the Festival, so I was pretty excited to go. So armed with sun block, a camera, and my husband’s muscles (books are heavy!) I was ready to tackle this large event. I had read schedules, knew which panels I wanted to attend and… Read more »

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The Calling: review

The Calling: review

The Callingby Kelley Armstrong I have a feeling that some people are going to hate Kelley Armstrong’s The Calling. It’s almost impossible that she didn’t think this was going to piss a few people off. This is a book you can’t take at face value. Because at face value, this is a slow progressing plot, the romance is largely missing (though not entirely, it’s just not with the same guy – shock horror), and as we get more answers about Maya, her friends and the bad guys, we also get more questions. This is an adventure book. It’s a prolonged action scene. It’s like a cross between the Blair Witch Project, Mantracker and Survivorman. There’s a lot of hiding, running, fighting, all that jazz. It started to become frustrating because if you’re someone who looks for plot development, then this might be a bit of a challenge. If you’re someone… Read more »

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Life Is But a Dream: review

Life Is But a Dream: review

Life Is But a Dream by Brian James Life Is But a Dream is an unusual, intense book that tackles the subject of truth as perception from the angle of mental illness.  Sabrina is a schizophrenic teen, checked into the Wellness Centre after events that are slowly revealed through a series of flashbacks. Using these snapshots of the recent past and Sabrina’s childhood, James sharpens the image of Sabrina-in-the-present, where she meets and becomes close to fellow patient Alec. Sabrina is convinced that there is a connection between she and Alec – that he originates from the dreams that texture her world.  …mine [dreams] aren’t like that. Mine stay around even when I’m awake. They are everywhere around me, shadows that I see out of the corner of my eyes. Sometimes they are more than shadows. […] Those dreams aren’t dreams at all but windows into other places. Those special… Read more »

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Unraveling: review

Unraveling: review

Unraveling by Elizabeth Norris The end of the world is coming! When a book begins with the heroine getting hit by a truck and killed in the first chapter, you know you’re in for a good time. 17-year-old Janelle Tenner somehow wakes up miraculously unhurt, however, and staring into the eyes of a boy she barely knows. In the 24 days that follow, she has to figure out what Ben has to do with her strange revival, as well as how her FBI agent father’s investigation into a series of unidentified burn victims might tie into her own story…and the fate of her entire world. This sci-fi mystery took me by surprise, in a very good way. While I go into all YA novels with an open mind, particularly when the premise is as intriguing as this one, I admit to a certain degree of ennui after slogging through so… Read more »

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event recap: This is Teen Live! with Maggie Stiefvater, Libba Bray, & more

event recap: This is Teen Live! with Maggie Stiefvater, Libba Bray, & more

Hello everyone! We’re very pleased to welcome ♥ Rachel ♥ back to the blog to share her bookish adventures in the field. The last time she was here, she gave us fascinating movie news from our favorite Harper Teen authors. Today she’s dishing on exciting book news and even writing tips from Scholastic authors! And don’t forget to check back in with us next week, when she reports back from the LA Times Festival of Books. Thanks so much for keeping us informed, Rachel! ~ Wendy Rachel’s Night at the This is Teen LIVE! Event:   David Levithan What happens when you bring together authors Maggie Stiefvater, Libba Bray, Siobhan Vivian, Pete Hautman, and David Levithan? A night of crazy, zany, hilarity! The event I attended was held at the charming independent bookstore, Mrs. Nelson’s Toy and Book Shop in LaVerne, California and was a packed full of excited fans! This… Read more »

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