I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but there’s been an exceptional amount of quality YA literature coming out of Australia recently. I loved Rebecca Lim’s Mercy and I’ve been hearing about so many great authors that I’d love to delve into, including Melina Marchetta, Lucy Christopher, John Marsden, and countless others. (We, um, won’t hold a certain 18-year-old author against the whole country.) As such, I’m going to be participating in the Aussie YA Book Challenge 2011, hosted by my new GoodReads buddy Nic. There are great links on her post with lists of Australian YA authors of note. The goal: to read and review at least 6 books by Australian authors by the end of the year. Considering the Aussie names already in my existing TBR pile, this shouldn’t be a problem a’tall! I’m also hoping to participate in Go Aussie Book Tours, hosted by my other GoodReads buddy… Read more »
Eeee! You have to forgive me while I fangirl over the cover for Cassandra Clare’s Clockwork Prince, the second book in The Infernal Devices series. It was released this morning at BEA and it features the wonderful Jem in the artwork. The doesn’t come out until December 6 of this year, but in the meantime you can read the prologue online. Between that and all the other teasers that have been sneaked, I’m dying to read it… Here is a link, by the way, to a Clockwork Angel bookmark I made recently which you can download to print at home. Plus a Mortal Instruments and Madeleine L’Engle ones, too!
Bloodspell by Amalie Howard On her seventeenth birthday, Victoria Warrick receives an old journal that reveals that reveals she’s actually a very powerful witch. But because of a terrible curse, the “black blood” within her threatens to control and destroy her. Complicating matters is the mysterious Christian Devereux, who is hiding secrets of his own. With a set up that is so familiar to fans of paranormal romances, the execution in a story like this had better be pretty fantastic. I liked the premise of this book, and the first 25 pages or so are very good. There is a good fight scene; the introduction of Leto, a cat that is more than he seems; and the early signs of the great power that Victoria possesses. Unfortunately, the book then shifts to Christian’s point of view (where it occasional wanders throughout the book), and the story quickly starts to lose… Read more »
Falling Under by Gwen Hayes I have wildly mixed feelings about this book, which is loosely based on the myth of Persephone. I’m not sure I can write a coherent review because I’m so conflicted, so here goes the pros and cons list. Warning: mild spoilers contained below. For the first two thirds of the book: * I was pretty annoyed with the main character Theia. Stop falling in love with boys just because they’re kinda cute, girls! * I really, really disliked Haden. Manipulative, bad-tempered, controlling, stalker-ish guys who try to make girls jealous, especially while grinding their hips against other girls during a dance while eye-locked with the main character, make me want to resort to violence. I can’t get a handle on the guy. Sometimes he seems so into you, and other times he’s…sort of the Antichrist. Exactly! * There was no reason for Theia’s dialogue to be… Read more »
Maggie Stiefvater has been keeping the subject of her fall release tightly under wraps, but Scholastic leaked a bit of information today through their librarian preview and on their website. From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Shiver and Linger comes a brand-new, heart-stopping novel. With her trademark lyricism, Maggie Stiefvater turns to a new world, where a pair are swept up in a daring, dangerous race across a cliff–with more than just their lives at stake should they lose. The librarian preview is a little dry (Scholastic, we love you, but there’s a reason why editors usually work behind the scenes…), but the book info starts at the 11:15 mark if you click on the Young Adult preview. You’ll see the author herself talking about the book as well as some of the horse portraits she’s painted over the years. Still not much to go on, but this… Read more »
What do you think of this early photo of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss? I’m reserving judgment on the film overall, but I have to admit she looks pretty good in character here. Love the braid and the coloring–and what a beautiful neck she has! There will be more photos from the set in the May 20th issue of Entertainment Weekly.
Sixteenth Summerby Michelle Dalton There’s something about rhythm of summer that slows down time and makes every moment especially delicious. Summer’s fleeting season means that its moments are also bittersweet, however, and no one knows this better than beach-town girl Anna Patrick. She’s falling head over heels in love with Will…but knows that he’ll soon have to go back to New York where he belongs. I’m not much of a contemporary YA romance person, but found myself thoroughly charmed by this book, which is the perfect lighthearted beach read but is also filled with unexpected layers. After reading so many paranormal or dystopian novels with complicated set-ups or books that put you through the emotional wringer, it’s so nice to relax with a book that doesn’t have a typical love triangle, bad boy posturing, or some sort of looming imminent danger. It’s also a pleasure to read about teens who are… Read more »