01/23/10



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The YA Connection January 16-22

The YA Connection is a accumulation of links from around the YA blogosphere. Here you can find author blog links, review link, a place to share your contests, and miscellaneous new pertaining to young adult literature.

Author Musings

The Debs have teamed up with the people over at The Leaky Cauldron to raise money for Haiti. If you haven’t donated to help the people of Haiti this is a great opportunity to do so. Or you can via The Red Cross. Or Text Haiti to 90999 to donate $10.

Lesley Livingston (Darklight) announced the sale of her new book! Congrats Lesley! (Lesley also shared the Darklight trailer too!)

Julie Kagawa shared the trailer for her novel The Iron King (which is rummored to be hitting shelves early). It’s an awesome trailer!

An awesome cover story at Melissa Walker‘s (Lovestruck Summer) blog: Shine Coconut Moon be Neesha Meminger!

Blogger Blurbs

Chelsea of The Page Flipper reviewed When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. “Every detail added up to this charming little town and lifestyle, and I totally fell in love with it within the first few chapters.”

Khy of Frenetic Reader reviewed Blue Plate Special by Michelle D. Kwasney. “Blue Plate Special is a wonderful book, with three distinct, if a bit obnoxious, narrators and a surprising, fulfilling ending.”

Sarah of GreenBeanTeenQueen reviewed Dream Girl by Lauren Mechling. “The writing was fast paced and the dialouge was snappy. The cast of characters is well rounded and each character added something to the story.”

Elie of Ellz Reads reviewed Freaksville by Kitty Keswick. “The plot of Freaksville was nicely developed. Interestingly, the story is told not in chapters, but in entries on the main characters blog.”

Lauren of Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf reviewed The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks. “In all, The Last Song was a fabulous read that I not only adored but will be suggesting to all. Though, word of warning, this book will make you cry so much at the end.”

Out This Week

New Reads:

The Mark by Jen Nadol
Undead Much by Stacey Jay
Freefall by Ariela Anhalt

New in Paperback:

Undone by Brooke Taylor
Standing Against the Wind by Traci L. Jones
Vibes Amy Kathleen Ryan
The Dead and the Gone by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey

Contests

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

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01/09/10



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YA Connection: January 2-8

The YA Connection is a accumulation of links from around the YA blogosphere. Here you can find author blog links, review link, a place to share your contests, and miscellaneous new pertaining to young adult literature.

I had a few suggestions made in reference to YAC as a part of the recent survey I held.  Most of you enjoyed the YAC, but found the plethora of information to be daunting. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing!

So, I’ll be choosing only five thing to highlight in each category, including new reads. Discontinuing author and book spotlight.

Author Musings:

Chelsea Campbell (The Rise of Renegade X) shared some very exciting news…!! Congrats Chelsea!

Melissa Walker (Lovestruck Summer) has a Cover Story with Eileen Cook author of Getting Revenge on Lauren Wood.

Bree Despain (The Dark Divine) shows off some pictures from her launch party, it looks like she had a fantatic time!

Kiersten White (Paranormalcy) did a three part q&a on her blog this week. So very entertaining! Part One, Two & Three.

This was actually from last week, but Jackson Pearce (Sisters Red) did this awesome vlog, that you can view at her blog… Everybody’s Free.

Or you can watch it right here…. this might have made me cry.

Blogger Blurbs:

Khy of the Frenetic Reader reviewed Leaving Gee’s Bend by Irene Latham. “Leaving Gee’s Bend reminds me of a book you would read for school, but not one of the school books that makes you want to kill your teacher for assigning it.”

Yan of Books By Their Cover reviewed Almost Perfect by Brian Katcher. “It’s bit of a tedious read with some splashes of scandals, but the majority is just character development and build-up.”

Liz of A Chair, A Fireplace and a Tea Cozy reviewed The Heist by Ally Carter. “The Good: What is good? Every. single. page. Likable characters that you want to spend time with, plenty of humor, great action, a wee bit of art history, a variety of exciting locations, strong female characters, and cute guys. What more does a reader want?”

Chelsea of The Page Flipper reviewed The Declaration by Gemma Malley. “The ending was inspiring and beautiful and left me craving the sequel, The Resistance. It totally set me in the mood for more dystopian lit.”

Tirzah of The Compulsive Reader reviewed Numbers by Rachel Ward. “Rachel Ward’s Numbers is a surprising novel with a very interesting and unconventional concept.”

Out This Week:

New Reads:

In Paperback:

Contests:

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12/19/09



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YA Connection: Dec 12-18

December 12-18, 2009

The YA Connection is a accumulation of links from around the YA blogosphere. Here you can find author blog links, review link, a place to share your contests, and miscellaneous new pertaining to young adult literature.


Author Musings:

Looking for the perfect gift for a book lover that has every book! Check out author Jessica Verday’s perfume line based on the characters from her novel The Hollow.

Speaking of great gifts, check out Maureen Johnson’s (Suite Scarlett) low priced gift guide. Awesome!

One of my favorite authors Lisa McMann (Gone) announced some very exciting news on her blog this week! Congrats Lisa! 

Check out this weeks Cover Story at Melissa Walker’s (Lovestruck Summer) blog. She’s featuring the fantabulous Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margie Stohl!



Jackson Pearce (Sisters Red) shares her bookcases, I love them. Plus, I always enjoy seeing other people’s bookcases.

Alexandra Bracken (Brightly Woven) shares “why hardcover books cost so 
much.”

Cherry Cheva (DupliKate) will be doing an author event on December 29, at the Ann Arbor downtown library! I might have to go to this one! She’ll be talking about her books and Family Guy (the television show). Plus you’ll have some chances to win some cool prizes too!

Author of the Week:



Julie Kagawa

Julie is the author of the forthcoming novel The Iron King to be released Febuary 2010. The Iron King is part of a three part trilogy. Julie used to be a professional dog trainer, which is super cool! (imo) You can check out Julie’s website to learn more about her and her debut novel The Iron King.

Julie’s Blog:
Blogger
LiveJournal
Julie’s Twitter: @Jkagawa




Blogger Blurbs:

James of Book Chic reviewed The Dark Divine by Bree Despain. “This was a really compelling debut full of twists and turns. Despain knows how to craft a story set in a small town and pack it full of mystery, intrigue, romance, humor, and suspense.”

Kari at A Good Addiction reviewed Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder. “Reverberating- that’s the main word that comes to mind after reading this book because many parts of it continue to stay in my head. This story and the characters have nestled their way into a niche all their own within my heart, right alongside some of the other angsty/tragic greats (Greats in my mind).”


Megan at Simply Books reviewed Witch and Wizard by James Patterson. “Also, the writing was really bad. It seemed like someone knew they were writing for teenagers and young adults and had to dumb everything down for us.”

Kelsey at The Book Scout reviewed The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard. “From the first page I was pulled in and Colt’s raw and personal narration kept me hooked.”

Hope at Hope’s Bookshelf reviewed Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. “Fitzpatrick really created wonderful characters and a wonderful setting. Patch and Nora were really good main characters (besides their predictability at moments).”

The Compulsive Reader reviewed Diary of a Witness by Catherine Ryan Hyde. “This book has been compared to Jennifer Brown’s Hate List, but it is different in the fact that Hyde focuses more on what exactly would drive a teen to the breaking point and how what others might consider teasing and simple joking could have such an intense and damaging effect on someone.”

Lauren of Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf reviewed The Naughty List by Suzanne Young. “The Naughty List is just as cute and adorable as the cover it has proving it to be a series that you should definitely be keeping an eye on.”

Books Make Great Lovers reviewed My Fair Godmother by Janette Rallison. I admit that this didn’t sound very good to me but I was surprised to find out that I was wrong! It was so much better then I expected.

Kate at Read This Book reviewed Gateway by Sharon Shinn.  “It was well-detailed and readers had a better understanding of the people and the Chinese culture. But still, not all of it was necessary. In fact, the spy training only happened for the first half of the book… which was rather disappointing. The other half was spent preparing for meeting the bad guy and sightseeing.”


Book of the Week:

Hearts at Stake by Alyxandra Harvey

The Blakes are rather different to your usual neighbours. They are vampires and some of the members of the family date back to the twelfth century. One of the children, Solange, is the only born female vampire known and, as such, she poses a direct threat to the vampire queen. Her best friend Lucy is human, and when Solange is kidnapped Lucy and Solange’s brother, Nicholas, set out to save her. Lucy soon discovers that she would like to be more than just friends with Nicholas. But how does one go about dating a vampire? Meanwhile, Solange finds an unlikely ally in Kieran, a vampire slayer on the hunt for his father’s killer.

Contests:

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12/12/09



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YA Connection (December 6-12)

December 6-12 2009



The YA Connection is a accumulation of links from around the YA blogosphere. Here you can find author blog links, review link, a place to share your contests, and miscellaneous new pertaining to young adult literature.

Author Musings

Megan Crewe (Give Up the Ghost) has an awesome post about a group signing she did at Books of Wonder. I wish I lived in NYC, because I have a feeling I would live at Book of Wonder. They have some fantastic signings there and this one looked to be no exception!
Kimberly Derting (The Body Finder) is counting down the release of The Body Finder and you can win some cool prizes too!

Kristina Springer (The Espressologist) also did a fantastic post about a group signing. This one was in the Chicago area, and that I really wanted to go to, but already had other obligations that day. I am so bummed it looked like a fun time! Yay Debs!

Rachel Vincent (My Soul to Save) is having a contest for young adults only! So cool! If you are between the ages of 13-20 head over to her blog to win a copy of My Soul to Save! US and Canadians only. And hurry the deadline is Dec. 16!

Melissa Walker (Lovestruck Summer) has another Cover Story! This one is awesome, because I LOVE the covers for this series, so it was great to read about how they came to be. It features Maryrose Wood’s Morgan series!

Holly Black (Ironside) released the US cover of White Cat and its synopsis.I don’t know about you… but wow is this cover hot?

Author of the Week

Dia Reeves

Dia is the author of Bleeding Violet which will be released in January 2010. You can check out the awesomeness that is Dia at her blog.

Follow her on Twitter: @diareeves

Author Interviews

Reggie of The Undercover Book Lover, interviewed Angela Morrison author of Sing Me to Sleep.

Nicole of Word for Teens, interviewed Alyson Noel author of Shadowland.

Sarah of Sarah’s Random Musings, interviewed Lauren Bjorkman author of My Invented Life.

Drea of Book Blather has a guest post with Kay Cassidy author of The Cinderella Society.

Juiciliciousss Reviews, interviewed Melissa Kantor author of Girlfriend Material

Patty of Yay! Reads, interviewed Holly Schindler author of A Blue So Dark.

Elie of Ellz Reads, interviewed Michelle Rowen author of Reign or Shine.

The Bookologist, interviewed Amy Reed author of Beautiful.

Blogger Blurbs

Austenfan of Reality Bites, Fiction Does It Better reviewed Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. “It’s unconventional. Some might say it’s even a bit weird. But, ZOMG. I. Love. It.”

Yan of Books by Their Cover reviewed Dragonfly by Julia Golding. “By the time I had reached midway through the book my reaction can be summed up as disappointment.”

Sarah of Sarah’s Random Musings reviewed How It Ends by Laura Wiess. “I have enjoyed all of the books that she has wrote to date and can’t wait for her next book.”

Samantha of Harlequin Twilight’s Book Blog reviewed The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate. “It was a shocking and fun ride to take with Natalie, and let’s just say the ending shocked me even more.”

Karin of Karin’s Book Nook reviewed This is the World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer. “Even though there were times Miranda seemed at bit too whiny and I wanted to strangle Alex, I’m happy with the ending of the book.”

Sara of The Hiding Spot reviewed Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony. “I found Restoring Harmony to be a quick and interesting read.”

Harmony of Harmony Book Reviews reviewed Girl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel. “Girl on the Other Side started out slow but ended up being much better than I ever expected.”

Khy of Frenetic Reader reviewed Identical by Ellen Hopkins. “I wasn’t really planning on reviewing this one, but dude. Oh my gosh. It was so GOOD.”

Tales of the Ravenous Reader reviewed The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard. “The Secret Year is an amazing book dealing with love, loss, pain and the truth that can set you free.”

Adele of Persnickety Snark reviewed Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey. “While the love story was an element of the story, it’s the family element that is the strongest.”

Book of the Week

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore (December 22, 2009)

“Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for mere pennies. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new and better life. In Parry’s world, however, buried secrets are beginning to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry’s involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped inside the clockwork automaton, waiting for someone to break his curse. The two fall into a love that seems hopeless, and breaking the curse becomes a race against time, as not just their love, but the fate of the entire magical world may be in peril.”

Out This Week:

New Releases:

Fallen by Lauren Kate
I So Don’t Do Spooky by Barrie Summy
What if… All Your Dreams Came True by Lisa Ruckdeschel & Sara James

Now in Paperback:

Burn by Suzanne Phillips
Need by Carrie Jones



In Other News:

The closing Kirkus Reviews was announced this week. I for one, know I am not alone in my feeling of utter shock. You can read more about it in this article at The New York Times.

Check out this awesome trailer for Dream Life by Lauren Mechling.


Dream Life by Lauren Mechling — Trailer from Richie Williams on Vimeo.

Contests:

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!
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12/05/09



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YA Connection (November 29 – December 5)

November 29 – December 5, 2009

The YA Connection is a accumulation of links from around the YA blogosphere. Here you can find author blog links, review link, a place to share your contests, and miscellaneous new pertaining to young adult literature.

Author Musings:


The cover for Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins was released this week! Can I just say… that it’s AWESOME!

If there has ever been a time to be jealous of Mari Mancusi (Bad Blood)… it is now. Check out these awesome photos from her recent GLEE encounter….  antlers have never been hotter.

YAY, for Melissa Walker‘s (Lovestruck Summer) COVER STORIES! This week she has author Debbie Rigaud’s novel Perfect Shot!


Julia Kagawa (The Iron King) has finished book three in her series, as in she has finished her series! That calls for some celebration I do believe. CONGRATS!

Over on MTV Books blog, Stephanie Kuehnert (Ballads of Suburbia) discussed how she stays motivated to write. Jennifer Echols (Going Too Far) shares her views on the topic as well!

John Green (Paper Towns) shares a video response to Twilight & New Moon.

Courtney Summers (Some Girls Are) is making up for her lack of blogging by holding a contest… I can think of no better way to apologize!


Blogger Blurbs:

Kate at Read This Book reviewed Never Bite a Boy on the First Date by Tamara Summers. “Overall, Summers has written a pleasant lighthearted read which will be of interest to girls looking for a quick read with a touch of paranormal.”

James of Book Chic has an awesome interview with Courtney Sheinmel (Positively)!

Alexa of Not Enough Bookshevles is counting down her favorite fictional couples of the year, with special guest authors Elizabeth Scott, Diana Peterfreund, Eillen Cook, Robin Benway, Daisy Whitney, Joelle Anthony and Anna Jarzab.


Steph of Steph Su Reads reviewed Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves. “BLEEDING VIOLET defies adequate description and categorization, blending snark, relationship issues, and the supernatural into a sexy paranormal read that will be hard to forget.”

Khy of Frenetic Reader reviewed I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President by Josh Lieb. “The plot itself was a bit predictable in the end but wraps up nicely.”


Laura of Tattooed Books reviewed Candor by Pam Bachorz. “Candor was quick-paced and intriguing.”

Jill of Reading is Bliss is hosting the 25 guests of Christmas.

Kelsey of The Book Scout reviewed Hold Still by Nina LaCour. “From the first page I was drawn into the book.”


In Other News:


In case you’re living under a rock….. the third novel of The Hunger Games series has a release date. The title hasn’t been officially announced, but you can look for it on shelves: August 24th, 2010.

PAYA is back in action again! They have two more libraries that are needing donations. See the wish lists.

Help support an independent publishing group: TU Publishing! It’s the mission, of TU Publishing, to publish fantasy and science fiction novels for children and teens, focusing on multicultural settings and characters.

2009 is coming to an end…. The Class of 2k10 is hosting an awesome contest for the graduation of their predecessors, The Class of 2k9!  Lots of great books… contest ends tonight! SO GO!

Leave a Mark has a new book up! You can bid on a marked up copy of Love Struck Summer by Melissa Walker!

Beautiful Creatures has a FAN SITE!


Released This Week:

Dawn by Kevin Brooks
Perfect Shot by Debbie Rigaud
Posh and Prejudice by Grace Dent

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
What I Wore to Save the World by Maryrose Wood

New to Paperback:

To Be Mona by Kelly Easton

Contests:

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.



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