07/31/11



In My Mailbox

In My Mailbox (135)

Welcome to In My Mailbox! You can find official information like how to participate, why it was started and other goodies about IMM on the IMM Page.

Dreams of Significant Girls by Cristina Garcia (Goodreads | Amazon)
Catching Jordan by Miranda Kenneally (Goodreads | Amazon)
Isle of Night: The Watchers by Veronica Wolff (Goodreads | Amazon)
Beautiful Days by Anna Godbersen (Goodreads | Amazon)
Fetching by Kiera Stewart (Goodreads | Amazon)



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07/30/11



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Girls Taking Over The World Signing

Next weekend kicks off the Girls Taking Over The World Tour! Featuring authors: Lara Zielin (Donut Days & The Implosion of Aggie Winchester),  Rhonda Stapleton (Stupid Cupid, Flirting With Disaster & Pucker Up) Christine Johnson (Claire de Lune & Nocturne) & Saundra Mitchell (Shadowed Summer & The Vespertine)! And they’ll have some special guests along the way too!

If you’re in the Indiana/Michigan/Kentucky/Ohio area this is a signing that you won’t want to miss! I’ll be going to the second stop next week August 6, at Summer’s Stories! Here’s the full schedule:

Reading, Q&A, Signing
Friday, August 5, 2011
7:00-9:00PM
Nicola’s Books

Special Guest: Aimée Carter
Westgate Shopping Center
2513 Jackson Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Booktalk & Signing
Saturday, August 6, 2011
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Summer’s Stories

131 S Main
Kendallville, IN 46755

Booktalk & Signing
Sunday, August 7, 2011
2:00pm – 4:00pm

Special Guest: Aimée Carter
Barnes & Noble Livonia
17111 Haggerty Rd.
Northville, MI 48167

Meet, Greet & Sign
Thursday, August 25th, 2011
5:00-7:00PM
Mudsock Books

11850 Allisonville Rd
Fishers, IN 46038

Book Talk, Q&A & Signing
Friday, August 26th, 2011
7:00-9:00PM

Special Guest: Julie Kagawa
Campbell County Public Library
Carrico/Ft. Thomas Branch
1000 Highland Ave.
Fort Thomas, KY 41075
(Sponsored by Blue Marble)

Book Talk & Signing
Saturday, August 27th, 2011
4:00-6:00PM

Special Guest: Sara Bennett Wealer
blue manatee
3054 Madison Road
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209

I hope to see you there! Do let me know if you’ll be going to the Summer’s Stories signing, I would love to meet some fellow book lovers! And for those of you that can’t make it to the signing, please fill out the following form and I’ll pick up a few personalized signed books for one lucky winner!

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07/30/11



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New Reads: July 24-30, 2011

Out This Week:

Alex Van Helsing: Voice of the Undead by Jason Henderson
Wildefire by Karsten Knight
Wolfsbane by Andrea Cremer
Supernaturally by Kiersten White

Addie on the Inside by James Howe
Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bil Wright
And then Things Fall Apart by Arlaina Tibensky
The Babysitter Murders by Janet Ruth Young

Now in Paperback:

Fat Vampire by Adam Rex
Claire De Lune by Christine Johnson
Little Black Lies by Tish Cohen

Alex Van Helsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson
Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly
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Books to Pine For (56)

Basically “Books to Pine For” are books not yet released, that I can’t wait to get my hands on (or books I’ve recently gotten my hands on… but are still pine-worthy)!

If this is your first visit to the blog, I do “Books to Pine For” sporadically, it’s a regular feature but it doesn’t have a set date I post every month or what not.

You can check out all the books to pine for posts, they start chronologically from the most recent. In case you want to check out some earlier ones I’ve done. Okay I’ve rambled enough, on to the goods!

Just a note.. all the links in the titles go to their Goodreads page… easier to add to your wish list!


This one also has a lot of 2012 debuts! It’s never to early to start making up your challenge lists!

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
♦February 7, 2012 ♦HarperCollins
Why it’s pine worthy: It’s a 2012 debut…. a dystopian… and it has a rocking cover! That’s all I need! 
Slide by Jill Hathaway
♦March 27, 2012 ♦Balzer + Bray
Why it’s pine worthy: This one sounds downright intense! I absolutely love how the storyline is portrayed and I can’t wait to read it! 

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
♦November 15, 2011 ♦HarperCollins
Why it’s pine worthy: This one is a 2011 debut! I was lucky enough to get my hands on a copy at BEA, and I can’t wait to read it. It sounds epic!
The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
♦January 10, 2012 ♦Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Why it’s pine worthy: A 2012 debut… historical fiction with a supernatural element. HELLS YES! When people ask me what I want to see more of in YA, this is what I’m talking about! 

Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
♦February 14, 2012 ♦Tor Teen
Why it’s pine worthy: 2012 debut! Dystopian. Yes! 
Ghost Flower by Michele Jaffe
♦April 12, 2012 ♦Razorbill
Why it’s pine worthy: This one sounds wickedly creepy, and at the same time absolutely awesome!

Cross My Heart by Sasha Gould
♦March 13, 2012 ♦Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Why it’s pine worthy: This one will be Gould’s US debut! I’ve heard good things about from a few UK readers and can’t wait for it myself! Historical fiction with a mystery! 
Magic Under Stone by Jaclyn Dolamore
♦April 10, 2012 ♦Bloomsbury
Why it’s pine worthy: This is book two, (Magic Under Glass) and I can’t wait to see the adventure that these characters go on!

Fracture by Megan Miranda
♦January 3, 2012 ♦Walker Books
Why it’s pine worthy: This one sounds utterly stunning.. and then it’s also recommend for fans of If I Stay and Before I Fall… YES PLEASE! (and it’s a 2012 debut)
Shadows Cast By Stars by Catherine Knutsson
♦2012 ♦Antheneum
Why it’s pine worthy: A 2012 debut… this one is a dystopian, but is sounds like it may have a supernatural element to it too… how awesome! 

The Golden Lily by Richelle Mead
♦May 1, 2012 ♦Razorbill
Why it’s pine worthy: Book two again. I haven’t read the first one… I think I’m afraid that I won’t love it as much as VA… but at the same time I’m really excited for this series!
Truth by Julia Karr
♦January 19, 2012 ♦Puffin
Why it’s pine worthy: Another book two! I actually haven’t read XVI, but hearing Julia talk about her series at a signing I went to… totally need to read these. 

The Story of Us by Deb Caletti
♦April 24, 2012 ♦Simon Pulse
Why it’s pine worthy: This one sounds really good, and I’m hoping it will be a Caletti story that I will love!
Born Wicked by Jessica Spotswood
♦February 7, 2012 ♦Putnam Juvenile 
Why it’s pine worthy: WITCHES! And how gorgeous is that cover! And it sounds absolutely fantastic! (and it’s a 2012 debut!)

Breaking Beautiful by Jennifer Shaw Wolf
♦April 25, 2012 ♦Walker Books 
Why it’s pine worthy: A 2012 debut! It sounds like a fantastic story… a little mystery, romance… and intrigue… I am in. 
Incarnate by Jodi Meadows
♦January 31, 2012 ♦HarperCollins
Why it’s pine worthy: I don’t even care what it’s about (although it does sound freaggin’ awesome!) LOOK at that cover! Gorgeous! Also a 2012 debut!

Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard
♦March 13, 2012 ♦Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Why it’s pine worthy: Sounds amazing… and it has PICTURES! Well illustrations… you know what I mean. (That Kirsten did herself!) I miss books with pictures. 
Cracked by K.M. Walton
♦March 6, 2012 ♦Simon Pulse
Why it’s pine worthy: A 2012 debut! Realistic fiction. Sounds heartbreaking, yet hopeful! And it has a character named Bull, which or some reasons ups it’s awesome factor. 

Fever by Lauren DeStefano
♦February 21, 2012 ♦Simon & Schusters Children’s Publishing 
Why it’s pine worthy: Book two of one of my most favorite books from 2011! Will say that I’m not as enchanted by this cover as the first…. but I am very interested to see how the cover elements play into the story! MUST HAVE! 
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Author Interview: Sara Grant & Giveaway

Sara Grant

Books:

  • Dark Parties

Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Buy the Book | Read Chapter One


In a world shrouded in fear and lies, how can you shed light on the truth?

Sixteen-year-old Neva lives in Homeland, an isolated country separated from the rest of the world by the Protectosphere. The government insists there’s nothing beyond its borders, but as Homeland’s resources dwindle, people, girls mainly, have started to go missing. If there’s no way out of the Protectosphere, where are they going? Suspecting the government is lying about everything, Neva and her friends stage a Dark Party in the hope of uncovering the truth and finding the freedom they dream about.



I was thrilled to be able to participate in another webinar! This one featuring debut author, Sara Grant! (You might remember last month I participated in a webinar with Cat Patrick.) There were also some fantastic bloggers that participated too; Michelle at Galleysmith, Stacey at Pageturners, Sarah at Green Bean Teen Queen & Sara at Novel Novice. How lucky are we!?! We had the oportunity to talk to Sara on the phone and ask her some questions. Below I have the transcription of my questions with Sara, be sure to stop by the other blogs to check their questions!

Sara Grant: I’m Sara Grant, and I’m calling you from London, England. I was telling Chelsy that I’m glad this isn’t video because I’m in my pajamas.
This is my first webinar, and I am very excited to be joining you all. It’s also my debut novel, Dark Parties, which is a dystopian YA novel. And it comes out on August 3rd. And it’s a very exciting process, and I’m really looking forward to your questions.

Kristi: Hi, Sara. I’m Kristi from The Story Siren. My question is all of the characters–well, most of them–in Dark Parties have an identity mark. What would your identity mark be?

Sara Grant: Oh, gosh. I would say, if I had to choose one, it would probably be the snowflake, because I quite like what that means. It’s about diversity, it’s about being unique.
But, also, I think the interesting thing is that they all believe it’s something external. But, I’m more interested in what identity mark you’d have for yourself and what my friends would say about me.

Kristi: Brilliant. Thank you.

Sara Grant: Kristi, can I ask you a question?

Kristi: Sure.

Sara Grant: Are you from Indiana?

Kristi: Yes, I am. I saw that you are, too.

Sara Grant: A small town? Yes. So, I wanted to know what small town you’re from.

Kristi: I grew up in Hagerstown, which is right outside of Muncie. And now, I live in Avilla, which is right outside of Fort Wayne. I saw you were from…

Sara Grant: Washington, Indiana, a small town–.

Kristi: That’s very cool.

Kristi: Did you write Dark Parties–did you have an intended message that you wanted the readers to take away after reading the novel?

Sara Grant: I think probably if you look at anything that I’ve written, my fundamental belief is that one person can make a difference.

I think that idea underlies what I write, and if you read the next thing and the next, it probably will be there at least on a very subtle level.

What I hope the book does is ask a lot of questions about identity, be it national or personal. And the other interesting question that I wanted to explore personally was how far would you go for freedom.

I would like to believe that in a similar situation I would be the one that stands up and gives the rallying cry. But I also know that’s naïve because it’s really easy to be settled.
I wanted to look at Neva and kind of push her and see what it would take for a character to do extraordinary things to make a difference in the world.

So, I think it’s more about the questions I hope people ask a result of reading Dark Parties.

Kristi: Excellent. Thank you.

Sara Grant: I just want to thank you very much for hosting me. It’s a great experience for me to get to talk to people who’ve read the book and get feedback from them.



Win a SIGNED copy of Dark Parties by Sara Grant!

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  • contest deadline is August 10, 2011
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