Posts Categorized: Wendy

What’s On Your Nightstand? with Ameriie!

What’s On Your Nightstand? with Ameriie!

Ever wondered if celebrities read YA? I’ve always suspected there are fans lurking everywhere, but I was still tickled when I suddenly realized that the Ameriie I’d been chatting with on GoodReads for months was the Ameriie–you know, superstar recording artist and actress. No big deal. I enjoy peeking in to see what she’s reading from time to time–she’s got eclectic taste, ladies and gents–and I love that she actively uses it as a reader and as a fan. I also discovered that she’s got some very exciting bookish projects in the works, so I thought it’d be fun to invite her to tell us a little more about what she’s planning, as well as to give us a peek at her bookshelves and favorite reading spots in her house. Ready to peer over her shoulder? I know I am! Where the Magic Happens by Ameriie The Reading Chair I… Read more »

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Classic MG Discussion: Harriet the Spy

Classic MG Discussion: Harriet the Spy

Hello, dear readers! It’s time for our discussion of Harriet the Spy, which is perfect since it’s the book’s 50th anniversary this year. We’re so pleased that so many of you have been participating in our classics challenge, though we have to apologize again for being so behind on answering comments and visiting your review posts. Once summer was over we’d hoped things would slow down, but it’s still pretty busy around here, though we’re doing our best to get back on track. In any case, we’re very excited about this month’s book–we hope you enjoyed this read/re-read as much as we did! Wendy: Harriet M. Welsch is a perfectly dreadful child and I love her to pieces! This is one of my favorite books of all time, and she is a child so dear to my heart. She is so terribly suspicious and thinks awful things about the people… Read more »

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I’ll Give You the Sun: guest post + giveaway

I’ll Give You the Sun: guest post + giveaway

When you read a Jandy Nelson novel, it’s an experience unlike any other. There’s unbridled joy and passion and despair in her characters, and their lives are messy and imperfect and full of yearning.  Her writing feels almost impressionistic to me in its vibrancy, ability to invoke emotion, and painterly observations of human nature, with the kind of unfettered freedom of expression you might find in great contemporary Aussie YA novels, or the seriousness of purpose of a Gayle Forman one. With I’ll Give You the Sun releasing in stores this month, and with the book recently optioned for a film by Warner Bros., the author’s with us today as part of the official blog tour to tell us about how how a teacher inspired her to look at her writing in a whole new way. The very best stories are the ones that feel emotionally true, and this anecdote… Read more »

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Echoes of Us: guest post + giveaway

Echoes of Us: guest post + giveaway

Last year, Kat Zhang shared her journey to publication story with us, speaking to her experiences as a young author juggling school, writing, and the publishing industry. It seems fitting that with Echoes of Us, the last book in her dystopian Hybrid Chronicles releasing this month, Kat is back with us to talk about the series coming to an end, and how her life has changed because of it. After all, we as fans get emotional when favorite series come to an end, so it’s only natural that authors get sentimental, too! If you haven’t tried this series yet and you enjoy science fiction with a more introspective bent, you must pick this one up sometime. I’d recommend it to fans of thoughtful, character-driven books like The Lost Girl. Saying Goodbye to a Series by Kat Zhang It’s a cool thing to have books that release almost exactly one year… Read more »

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A Tour of Haze’s Setting: guest post by Paula Weston

A Tour of Haze’s Setting: guest post by Paula Weston

Last year, we invited author Paula Weston to give us a tour of the Australian setting for her paranormal romance book Shadows, the first book in her Rephaim series. With the North American publication of its sequel Haze, we thought it’d be fun to have her back to show us some of the places that inspired the new book! A Tour of the Settings in Haze by Paula Weston Like many writers, I have a collection of images that help inspire me or put me in the right frame of mind to write a particular scene. For the Rephaim series, I’ve created an eclectic (private) Pinterest board crammed with all sorts of weird and wonderful bits and pieces. More than a few of those images relate to locations. Some are mine, some are images I found online. I love Google images when it comes to research. In fact, the images… Read more »

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Vampires of Manhattan: book party + giveaway

Vampires of Manhattan: book party + giveaway

It was sweltering in Los Angeles today, but that didn’t stop Melissa de la Cruz’s book party for Vampires of Manhattan from being fun! I think the swanky vampires themselves would have approved of the gathering, which was attended by local LA authors, librarians, entertainment veterans, and a whole bunch kids who were very excited to be there. The garden party was hosted by Beautiful Creatures author Margaret Stohl, whose lovely home provided the perfect setting for this relaxed event. At The Ring and the Crown Tea I attended a few months ago, I was struck by how supportive all these LA authors are of each other, and it was really nice to see Allen Zadoff, Pseudonymous Bosch, Alyson Noel, Robyn Schneider, Leigh Bardugo, Jennifer Bosworth, Gretchen McNeil, Morgan Matson, and many others turn out in celebration of Melissa’s book. Sharp-eyed fans will notice that Vampires of Manhattan is actually… Read more »

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Unteachable: review + giveaway

Unteachable: review + giveaway

Sometimes when you take a chance on an indie book, you discover something incredibly special. I felt that way with Angelfall and And All the Stars, and I feel that way again with Unteachable by Leah Raeder. It’s a book I had no intention of reviewing, but when I finished it, the words just came pouring out! I’ve included my updated 2 am review below. But before that, you should know: This is not a YA book. It’s a new adult novel with a seriously messed up romance, in which high school senior Maisie enters into a relationship with  one of her teachers. This isn’t the kind of relationship that is ever okay in real life, which is why I initially hesitated about covering it here at the blog. While all of us read across a wide variety of genres, I am mindful of the responsibility we have to our… Read more »

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