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Literary Swoon: Jessica Spotswood + Box of Romance giveaway

Literary Swoon: Jessica Spotswood + Box of Romance giveaway

Greetings, friends! As we head into Valentine’s Day, we’re tickled to be bringing you the 2013 edition of our popular Literary Swoon series, in which we invite some of our favorite young adult authors to share books that have made them positively faint with pleasure. We asked two questions: What is your favorite romantic quote or scene? Why has it stayed with you? We’re kicking off the feature today with Jessica Spotswood, author of the popular Cahill Witch Chronicles. She told us she got so into this idea that she even skimmed through the book she chose all over again..although we all know that was probably just an excuse for a re-read. ;) Fair warning that some spoilers may follow! ———————————————– Jessica Spotswood’s Favorite Romantic Book I love Briony and Eldric from Franny Billingsley’s Chime, which is one of my all-time favorite books ever. Actually, it would be assumed that… Read more »

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Literary Swoon, Day Nine: The Midnight Garden!

Literary Swoon, Day Nine: The Midnight Garden!

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!  Thanks so much for joining us on our week-long celebration of literary swoon with some of your favorite YA authors. It’s been a pleasure to revisit some beautiful book moments, as well as to add to our ever-teetering TBR lists. We’re concluding our series today with a few more romantic book scenes, this time chosen by The Midnight Garden Bloggers. As always, enjoy! And beware spoilers if you haven’t read the book yet. K.’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene   One of my favorite romantic scenes is from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. It comes near the end of the book, and it’s a beautiful moment between young Cathy and Hareton. It is so sweet and delicate it makes you want to aww until your heart breaks. For me, it stands out so fiercely mainly because everything else around it so dark – a little flicker of light… Read more »

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Literary Swoon, Day Eight: Kendare Blake

Literary Swoon, Day Eight: Kendare Blake

Kendare Blake’s debut YA horror novel Anna Dressed in Blood is the deliciously creepy story of a 17-year-old boy, the ghosts he lays to rest, and the girl he loves…who just happens to be dead. What does the author of such an unorthodox love story find romantic? Kendare elaborates below for our Literary Swoon series! If you’ve ever felt unnoticed or nervous or lonely in the middle of a crowd, this book may hit all your buttons. (Don’t forget, there will be a spoiler below.) Kendare Blake’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene I went staring through my bookshelves for this one. I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but it’s certainly memorable. This is the scene from Maeve Binchy’s Circle of Friends. The big, ballroom dance scene, where everyone is gussied up in their finest, and big-hearted, funny Benny is being noticed as a surprise beauty, rather than a barrel of laughs… Read more »

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Literary Swoon, Day Seven: Lauren Oliver

Literary Swoon, Day Seven: Lauren Oliver

Photos courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and Lauren Oliver It’s only natural that we turn to Lauren Oliver when we’re talking love stories as part of our Literary Swoon series, especially since Lauren describes herself as an “avid reader.” Delirium explored a world in which love is a disease and the young couple at its center have to overcome great odds to be together, so it comes as no surprise that the author herself seems drawn to stories where love doesn’t necessarily come easily. Beware the spoiler below if you haven’t read the book.   Lauren Oliver’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene  Cindy Ferguson papercut I was super into Jane Austen as a young adult! I think I’ve read Pride and Prejudice about 87 times, no lie. My favorite romantic scene in a book is DEFINITELY when Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth FINALLY get on the same page about their feelings for… Read more »

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Literary Swoon, Day Six: Shirley Marr

Literary Swoon, Day Six: Shirley Marr

Photos courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and Shirley Marr It may seem counter-intuitive to ask someone who had just the faintest hint of romance in her YA debut to participate in our Literary Swoon series, but Aussie author Shirley Marr is such a voracious reader that we had to ask this all-around cool chick what tickles her romantic fancy. Her answer may surprise you!  Shirley Marr’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene I’m a self-confessed “non-romantic” person, but if I had to choose, it would have to be THIS kissing scene from Chasing Boys by Karen Tayleur.  Billed as a “coming of age story for girls with no interest in being Pretty in Pink”, it’s totally me! I’m guilty of hiding under the covers like a little girl and flipping through the pages of this novel to read all the Ariel and Gaston bits!  “I know,” I say to him. “You know… Read more »

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Literary Swoon, Day Five: Cynthia Hand

Literary Swoon, Day Five: Cynthia Hand

Photos courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and Cynthia Hand If you’re a fan of Unearthly, it should come as no surprise that Cynthia Hand loves the Anne of Green Gables series. Tucker calls Clara “Carrots,” after all, which is what Gilbert Blythe called Miss Anne Shirley! Anne took this to be a torment, and only later discovered that Gilbert meant it affectionately–and that he only teased her because he liked her. Not unlike that other literary couple that we love. When we asked Cynthia to tell us her favorite romantic book scene for our Literary Swoon feature, she made us tear up a little bit with her choice. If you’ve ever felt the agony and despair of recognizing a missed opportunity when it’s too late, you just may tear up, too. (As always, please be aware that there will be a spoiler below.) Cynthia Hand’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene My… Read more »

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Literary Swoon, Day Four: Deborah Cooke

Literary Swoon, Day Four: Deborah Cooke

Photos courtesy of D. Sharon Pruitt and Deborah Cooke A YA paranormal romance book that took me by surprise last year was Deborah Cooke’s Flying Blind. With exciting aerial dragon battles, a girl with mystical powers, and cute boys, it’s the perfect book when you’re in the mood for a funny, lighthearted read! We’re happy to welcome Deborah to the blog today as part of our Literary Swoon series, in which our favorite YA authors tell us about a romantic scene that they’ve never forgotten. Don’t forget that this scene may contain a spoiler. Deborah Cooke’s Favorite Romantic Book Scene One of the first romance novels I ever read was Angel in Scarlet by Jennifer Wilde. I was hooked! And that story stayed with me, all these years, because it’s about a woman learning who she is and what she wants. It was probably uncommon as an historical romance then,… Read more »

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