YA Connection (Oct. 24-31)

October 24-31, 2009
Happy Halloween!

The YA Connection is a collaborative column that was originally started by Kristi (The Story Siren) and Steph (Reviewer X). Steph is currently on a extended hiatus, so I’m swinging it solo for the time being. In it can be found links from around the YA blogosphere, including, but not limited to, contests links, author blog links, review links, and miscellaneous news pertaining to the age group.

Author Musings:

2010 Debut Author Jessica Leader (Nice and Mean) has a website!

Diana Peterfreund (Rampant) examines college admissions and ultimately reveals that a publishing is a novel is not a stunt to get into your choice of an Ivy league school. It’s an excellent post for young writers!

Over on the MTV Blog authors, Stephanie Kuehnert (Ballads of Suburbia) & Jan Blazanin (Fairest of them All) share where they write!

Stacey Jay (Undead Much) shares pics from her Books, Blood and Bones signing. It looks like she had a great time, and what fun pictures!

I have two Cover Stories from Melissa Walker‘s (Lovestruck Summer) blog! Never Cry Werewolf by Heather Davis and Goth Girl Rising by Barry Lyga!

Mari Mancusi (Bad Blood) got to meet R.L. Stine and I’m totally jealous. I still have all my Goosebumps books from elementary school.

Check out the Live Twitter Chat with Lisa McMann (Gone)! It’s Tuesday, November 3!

Cyn Balog (Fairy Tale) just released the title of her new novel FEVER! What’s even more strange is that Hot Blooded popped on my iTunes as I am writing this…. “feel a fever burning inside of me!” Weird.

If you haven’t seen this and are a reviewer, you should definetly check it out. Megan Frazer (Secrets of Truth & Beauty) is doing a series (?) on her blog entitled: Reviewers are People, Too and part two: Reviewers are People, Too Part Two: Don’t Stalk Them.

Blogger Blurbs:

Lauren from Shooting Stars Mag has an idea. She’s needing some blogging voices. Head over there and share your two cents.

For all you bloggers out there that are still worried about the whole FTC thing, A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy, shares a link to an excellent post that you will want to check out.

Natalie of Mindful Musings reviewed her favorite Halloween book: The Devouring by Simon Holt. “The book was very well-written and suspenseful, and kept me turning pages the entire time.”

Sara of The Hiding Spot reviewed Possessions by Nancy Holder. “Possessions was a quick, creepy read that I liked overall, but I felt lacked depth in some aspects.”

Reggie of The Undercover Book Lover reviewed Never Bite a Boy on the First Date by Tamara Summers. “Everything is perfect and the plot, the characters, the writing, makes for an vamptastic and romantically amazing novel!”

Donna of Bites reviewed Vampire Beach by Alex Duval. ” What a yawn fest. I’d recommend these for a beach read but, in all honesty, I don’t even think they’re worth that.”

Book Chick City reviewed The Reformed Vampire Support Group by Catherine Jinks. “This is definitely a fun read.”

Lea of YA Book Queen reviewed The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carry Ryan. “I enjoyed the dilemmas between Love and Commitment. I just wanted to smack some sense into a few people, though.”

Jo of Once Upon a Bookcase reviewed Carpe Corpus by Rachel Caine. “Compared to the other novels in the series, there is a lot more build up to the action and fighting at the beginning of the book, but that doesn’t make this book any less amazing.”

In Other News:

The WICKED series by Nancy Holder & Debbie Viguie has been acquired by Dreamworks for FILM RIGHTS. Brothers Aaron and Matthew Benay, who have written the script for Pixar and Warner Bros.’ 1906 (2012 release), have signed on to write the Wicked adaptation based on their own pitch, with The Gotham Group on board to produce.

Are you doing NaNoWriMo? I’ve signed up myself, but I’m not sure if I’ll be a “winner” but I’m going to participate anway. Wish me luck!


Feel free to fill in your contest info in the Mister Linky.

Please use the Mister Linky as instructed.
Your Name: Put your prize here & deadline date!
Your URL: Put a DIRECT link to your contest.

Do you want to be included in YAC? Shoot me an email with your blog url. I have a folder in my Google Reader called YAC. Posts are chosen at random. Please use the subject: YAC.

Are you an author that has an event coming up? Let me know and I can mention it on a future post of YAC!

Have a suggestion of something you’d like to see on YAC? Or something you’ve seen that you’d like me to include every time, let me know.

Thanks! Have a great weekend! and HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!


Book Review

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

Release Date: August 25, 2009
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Age Group: Young Adult
Pages: 627
From: publisher
Interest: author
Buy the Book: Amazon/Indiebound

Five teenagers from different parts of the country. Three girls. Two boys. Four straight. One gay. Some rich. Some poor. Some from great families. Some with no one at all. All living their lives as best they can, but all searching…for freedom, safety, community, family, love. What they don’t expect, though, is that they can have all of these things when those powerful little words “I love you” are said for all the wrong reasons. Five moving stories remain seperate at first, then interweave to tell a larger, powerful story- a story about making choices, taking leaps of faith, falling down, and growing up.

Three words; heartbreaking, depressing & nightmare

I had a really hard time getting through this book. Not because it was poorly written, but because it was heartwrenching. I was disgusted, I was appaled, I was depressed.

I couldn’t definitely feel a emotional change in myself the week I read this book. It took me a long time to want to read something again… and I just wanted something light and fluffy.

Hopkins is a powerful writer and I give her kudos for writing about these issues, I know I could never do it. I can’t imagine the state you would feel after writing something like this. Hopkins amazes me, she never fails to touch a cord with me.

Thanks Ellen.

Gritty, graphic, real. Tricks is a powerful read.



Fresh Face Friday

Fresh Face Friday is a look at some new bloggers around the blogosphere. I have some Fabulous Fresh Faces to share with you this week! Here are my fresh face finds for this friday:

Michelle of Galleysmith. Michelle blogs about general fiction, but she reviews a healthy dose of Young Adult literature as well. It’s sort of addicting like that. Michelle has great informative reviews. Plus, I LOVE her layout

Sara of The Hiding Spot. Sara is a college junior majoring in Business. Her blog is dedicated to spreading the word about new and old books that she loves – Young Adult books in particular, but also some adult science fiction and fantasy mixed in.

Erin of Erin Explores YA. Erin’s blog was originally started for a college course. She decided to keep it up after the class finished. She’s especially enthusiastic about Canadian YA. And tries to highlight Canadian books and authors on her blog whenever possible

Casey of A Passion for Books. Casey is a 21 year old with a passion for YA lit! Her favorites genres are paranormal and fantasy.

Leslie of That Chick That Reads. Leslie is a college student, majoring in English Literature. Just recently decided to turn her love of reading and sharing good books into a blog!

Mandy of Mandy Can Read. Mandy is a teen book blogger that decided to take her love of reading, and her talkative personality and put it to good use.

That’s it for this Friday’s Fresh Faces. There are more great blogs to come. If you’d like to be spotlighted on Fresh Face Fridayjust follow the link.



Contest: Because Angels are HOT

Angels are hot. If you didn’t know, you will. To celebrate the hotness that is angels, I have a little prize pack for you lovelies out there!

Here’s what’s up for grabs:

A finished copy of Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick.

Hush, Hush

For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She’s never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along.
With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment.
But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora’s not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can’t decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel.
For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen – and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life.

A finished copy of Fallen by Lauren Kate


There’s something achingly familiar about Daniel Grigori.

Mysterious and aloof, he captures Luce Price’s attention from the moment she sees him on her first day at the Sword & Cross boarding school in sultry Savannah, Georgia. He’s the one bright spot in a place where cell phones are forbidden, the other students are all screw-ups, and security cameras watch every move.

Even though Daniel wants nothing to do with Luce–and goes out of his way to make that very clear–she can’t let it go. Drawn to him like a moth to a flame, she has to find out what Daniel is so desperate to keep secret . . . even if it kills her.

And a double sided poster of Hush, Hush

So, there will be two winners:

One winner will take home:

  • a copy of Hush, Hush
  • a copy of Fallen
  • a double sided Hush, Hush poster

Another winner will take home:

  • a double sided Hush, Hush poster

Contest info:

  • leave a comment on this post to be entered
  • extra entry for posting about this contest
  • more extra entries for participating in the cover puzzle (see below for more info)
  • contest is open to everyone
  • deadline is December 7, 2009
  • good luck!

Check out Contest Policy/Privacy Policy

Here is the information for the cover puzzle. I saw this on another book blog… I’m pretty sure it was Enna Isilee of Squeaky Books(… okay it’s not Enna…. who was it!) AHA! It was Alyssa of The Shady Glade!!!! But I thought this was one of the coolest things ever and I’ve wanted to have a reason to do it, so I am… now.

I have ten covers below, actually only a fragment of a cover. For every cover that you get correct you can gain one extra entry. DO NOT put your answers in the comments section! You can email me your extra entries at thestorysiren(at)hotmail(dot)com, subject: Angels are Hot contest.

Clue: all the book titles contain the word ANGEL! Good Luck!













Sticker and Postcard Winners!

Thanks to everyone who entered the custom sticker and postcard giveaways!

The winner of the 250 custom stickers is:


And the winner of the 100 custom postcards is:


Congrats to both winners!

I’ve contacted you both by email!

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