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Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR

25 Nov

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature created at the fabulous The Broke and the Bookish, featuring weekly top ten lists on a variety of bookish topics. This Tuesday the topic is “Ten Books on my Winter TBR”. My list is heavy on the comics this winter, but there are a few novels for teens and adults that I have my eye on as well.

COMICS
RatQueensSaga, Volume 4 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples (December 9)
Pippi Won’t Grow Up by Astrid Lindgren and Ingrid Nyman
Angel and Faith, Season Ten, Volume 1: Where the River Meets the Sea by Victor Gischler and Will Conrad (December 23)
The Sculptor by Scott McCloud (February 3)
Hawkeye, Volume 4: Rio Bravo by Matt Fraction, Francesco Francavilla, David Aja and Annie Wu (February 17)
Rat Queens, Volume 2: The Far Reaching Tentacles of N’rygoth by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Roc Upchurch (February 24)

Most of these are series titles, collecting several comic book issues, all of which I’ve enjoyed reading in previous volumes. Pippi Won’t Grow Up is part of a series of Pippi comics that I haven’t checked out yet, but since I love comics and I love love love Pippi, I figure this one is made for me. And I’m curious about Scott McCloud’s The Sculptor, because I’ve read his books Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art and Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form, but I’ve never read his narrative-based work.

YA LIT
IWasHereThe Ghosts of Heaven by Marcus Sedgwick (January 6)
I Was Here by Gayle Forman (January 27)
The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu (February 24)

I finally picked up some Segwick this year and enjoyed the two titles that I started off with quite a bit – Revolver and She is Not Invisible – so I’m excited to check out his 2015 release, The Ghost of Heaven, which links together four stories of four individuals from four very different times. I loved Gayle Forman’s If I Stay and enjoyed the follow up Where She Went, and her latest, I Was Here, sounds like my kind of book. And then there’s The Third Twin which just sounds like the perfect blend of creepiness and suspense.

ADULT LIT
strangelibraryThe Strange Library by Haruki Murakami (December 2)

Who can resist an illustrated, fantastical fable from an author like Murakami! This short novel is about two children and a “tormented sheep man” trying to escape from a nightmarish library. Yes, you read that right. The Guardian has some sample pages from the book on their site – it looks fantastic. I can’t wait (luckily the book comes out next week)!

BACKLIST PICKS
In addition to these ten new releases, I have several backlist titles on my Winter TBR. I’m planning to FINALLY read The Twelve by Justin Cronin, the sequel to The Passage which is one of my favorite books of all time. I also want to read Wild Seed by Octavia Butler and The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver, because both titles have been on my TBR for far too long. And then I have a few recent releases on my list as well, including Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, Broken Monsters by Lauren Beukes, Mermaids in Paradise by Lydia Millet, and Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King.

What’s on your Winter TBR?

Banned Books Week Giveaway

21 Sep

I believe strongly in the freedom to read and appreciate the brave and empathic work of Ellen Hopkins, an author who often finds her work challenged or banned in schools and libraries. In recognition of Banned Books Week, I am offering a giveaway of two of her verse novels for teens.

Hopkins’s first verse novel for teens, Crank, though published in 2004, found its way onto the ALA’s Top Ten Challenged Books List for 2010. This was the year that Fallout, the final book in the Crank trilogy, was released and the same year that she was disinvited from the Teen Lit Fest held in Humble, Texas.

Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2004
Challenged for: drugs, offensive language, and sexually explicit
Crank

Life was good
before I
met
the monster.

After,
life
was great,
At
least

for a little while.

Kristina Snow is the perfect daughter: gifted high school junior, quiet, never any trouble.

Then, Kristina meets the monster: crank. And what begins as a wild, ecstatic ride turns into a struggle through hell for her mind, her soul—her life.

Hopkins’s latest verse novel for young adults, Rumble, was just released in August and so far (knock on wood) I haven’t heard any news of book challenges or bans for this particular title.

Rumble by Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2014
Rumble

Matthew Turner knows it doesn’t get better.

His younger brother Luke was bullied mercilessly after one of Matt’s friends outed Luke to the whole school, and when Luke called Matt—on the brink of suicide—Matt was too wrapped up in his new girlfriend to answer the phone. Now Luke is gone, and Matt’s family is falling apart.

No matter what his girlfriend Hayden says about forgiveness, there’s no way Matt’s letting those he blames off the hook—including himself. As Matt spirals further into bitterness, he risks losing Hayden, the love of his life. But when her father begins to pressure the school board into banning books because of their homosexual content, he begins to wonder if he and Hayden ever had anything in common.

I picked up a signed copy of Crank when Hopkins paid a visit to the Hudson Children’s Book Festival back in May 2014 and received a copy of Rumble from the publisher to celebrate its August 2014 release. Enter the giveaway below for a chance to win these two books! The giveaway is open to readers 14 years of age and older. US entries only please.

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You can also read reviews of Identical and Tilt by Ellen Hopkins on Love YA Lit.

TBR + Giveaway: Burn for Burn Trilogy

10 Sep

AshesToAshes“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly anticipating. This week I’m highlighting the third book in the Burn for Burn trilogy and offering a giveaway for those who still need to catch up!

It’s hard to discuss later books in a series without spoiling things for new readers. This is particularly the case with books in a series like the Burn for Burn trilogy from Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian where spoilers would ruin so much of the fun. I’m including the publisher’s description of Burn for Burn (#1) below to give potential new readers a sense of what this series is all about. I enjoyed Burn for Burn and I thought Fire with Fire was even better, and so I’m hoping that Ashes to Ashes will offer an exciting conclusion to this interesting, ever-surprising series. Ashes to Ashes will be released on September 16.

Postcard-perfect Jar Island is the kind of place where nobody locks their doors at night, where parents can sleep easy, knowing their daughters are tucked away safe and sound in their beds.

But bad things can happen, even to good girls . . . and sometimes, the only way to make things right is to do something wrong.

Lillia used to trust boys, but not anymore. Not after what happened this summer. And she’ll do whatever it takes to protect her little sister from the same fate.

Kat is over the rumors, the insults, the cruel jokes made at her expense. It all goes back to one person–her ex-best friend. Someone needs to teach her a lesson, and, with Lillia and Mary behind her, Kat feels up to the task.

Four years ago, Mary left Jar Island because of a boy. But she’s not the same girl anymore. Now that she’s got friends who have her back, he’s going to be in big trouble.

Three very different girls who come together to make things right. Will they go too far?

Still need to dive into the world of Jar Island? Enter the giveaway below. If you win, I’ll be sending you a paperback copy of Burn for Burn and an ARC of Fire with Fire

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You may also wish to enter the giveaway that SimonTEEN is offering on goodreads for 1 of 50 sets of the full series!

September 2014 TBR

1 Sep

Did August fly by for anyone else? This blog took a bit of a nap in August and I’m planning to be more active with blogging this month to make up for that. While I didn’t really blog last month, I did read a lot and am looking forward to writing up some reviews to share with you all of my favorite summer reads – a few giveaways too! I’m really excited for all the fabulous books coming out this month and hoping to make time to read all of these titles (fingers crossed). Wish me luck! (note: there will be some spoilers in the descriptions for series titles below)

100sidewaysmiles100 Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
Simon & Schuster BYR, Sept. 2
I’m planning to catch up on my Andrew Smith reading this fall. Too many of his books have been on my TBR for too long (I’ve only read Winger so far. Loved it.). Here’s another one to add to the list!

Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It’s how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he’s a real boy and not just a character in his father’s bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he’s ever loved.

Then Julia moves away, and Finn is heartbroken. Feeling restless and trapped in the book, Finn embarks on a road trip with Cade to visit their college of choice in Oklahoma. When an unexpected accident happens and the boys become unlikely heroes, they take an eye-opening detour away from everything they thought they had planned—and learn how to write their own destiny.

lyga_bloodofmyblood_hcBlood of My Blood by Barry Lyga
Little, Brown BYR, Sept. 9
I loved I Hunt Killers and Game. I can’t wait to see how this series wraps up! I’m starting reading this one tonight!

Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz’s serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s own home in tiny Lobo’s Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. But then Jazz crosses a line he’s never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: “Like father, like son?” Who is the true monster?

The chase is on, and beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet…the Crow King.

AshesToAshesAshes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
Simon & Schuster BYR, Sept. 16
This series is not what I would normally consider an “Em series”, but for some reason I really enjoy reading these books. Perhaps its the solid writing and character development? (High five ladies! Go team!) Whatever the reason, I’m excited to see what comes next in this series especially after the cliffhanger ending of Fire With Fire.

They only meant to right the wrongs. It was about getting even. Burn for burn.

But the fire they lit kept raging…Reeve ended up hurt, then Rennie ended up dead.

Everything will turn to ash if they don’t stop what they started. But now that Mary knows the truth about what happened to her, will she want to?

Secrets drew Lillia, Kat, and Mary together. The truth might tear them apart.

GiveYouTheSunI’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Dial BYR, Sept. 16
This book sounds fantastic – chapters alternating between the twins’ perspectives as well as time frames. I’m told this book will make me FEEL. I’ll do my best to be prepared.

Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.

infiniteseaThe Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey
G.P. Putnam’s Sons BYR, Sept. 16
I enjoyed the audio recording for The 5th Wave and am hoping to score again with the audio for The Infinite Sea.

How do you rid the Earth of seven billion humans? Rid the humans of their humanity.

Surviving the first four waves was nearly impossible. Now Cassie Sullivan finds herself in a new world, a world in which the fundamental trust that binds us together is gone. As the 5th Wave rolls across the landscape, Cassie, Ben, and Ringer are forced to confront the Others’ ultimate goal: the extermination of the human race.

Cassie and her friends haven’t seen the depths to which the Others will sink, nor have the Others seen the heights to which humanity will rise, in the ultimate battle between life and death, hope and despair, love and hate.

afterworldsAfterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
Simon Pulse, Sept. 23
I haven’t read Scott Westerfeld in a while and I’m hoping this one will be a better fit for me than the Leviathan series (steampunk just isn’t my thing). It sure sounds promising!

Darcy Patel has put college on hold to publish her teen novel, Afterworlds. With a contract in hand, she arrives in New York City with no apartment, no friends, and all the wrong clothes. But lucky for Darcy, she’s taken under the wings of other seasoned and fledgling writers who help her navigate the city and the world of writing and publishing. Over the course of a year, Darcy finishes her book, faces critique, and falls in love.

Woven into Darcy’s personal story is her novel, Afterworlds, a suspenseful thriller about a teen who slips into the “Afterworld” to survive a terrorist attack. The Afterworld is a place between the living and the dead, and where many unsolved—and terrifying—stories need to be reconciled. Like Darcy, Lizzie too falls in love…until a new threat resurfaces, and her special gifts may not be enough to protect those she cares about most.

riseofaurorawestThe Rise of Aurora West by Paul Pope
First Second, Sept. 30
I LOVED Battling Boy and am enjoying reading more stories from that world! I have an eGalley of this title, but am looking forward to seeing it in print where I can really take in the full spread. Wish it was in full color. Ah well.

The extraordinary world introduced in Paul Pope’s Battling Boy is rife with monsters and short on heroes… but in this action-driven extension of the Battling Boy universe, we see it through a new pair of eyes: Aurora West, daughter of Arcopolis’s last great hero, Haggard West.

A prequel to Battling Boy, The Rise of Aurora West follows the young hero as she seeks to uncover the mystery of her mother’s death, and to find her place in a world overrun with supernatural monsters and all-too-human corruption.

BelzharBelzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Dutton Children’s Books, Sept. 30
I started Belzhar this weekend and am enjoying it so far. It reminds me that I still need to read The Bell Jar. Am I the only person who hasn’t read that yet? Yet another book for my ever-growing TBR!

If life were fair, Jam Gallahue would still be at home in New Jersey with her sweet British boyfriend, Reeve Maxfield. She’d be watching old comedy sketches with him. She’d be kissing him in the library stacks. She certainly wouldn’t be at The Wooden Barn, a therapeutic boarding school in rural Vermont, living with a weird roommate, and signed up for an exclusive, mysterious class called Special Topics in English.

But life isn’t fair, and Reeve Maxfield is dead.

Until a journal-writing assignment leads Jam to Belzhar, where the untainted past is restored, and Jam can feel Reeve’s arms around her once again. But there are hidden truths on Jam’s path to reclaim her loss.

Happy Reading this month!

Ten Authors I’m Happy To Share My Bookshelves With

29 Jul

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature created at the fabulous The Broke and the Bookish, featuring weekly top ten lists on a variety of bookish topics. This Tuesday the topic is “Ten Authors I Own The Most Books From”. My list includes graphic novelists and authors writing for tweens, teens, and adults.

This list is frequently changing as I try to keep my bookshelves under control by clearing them off every few months and donating to the library. For example, a month or so ago this list would have included Jeff Lemire (Essex County and his run on Animal Man) and Brian K. Vaughan (Saga and Runaways), but now these books find their home on the public library’s shelf or the library user’s nightstand. At the moment, however, here are the most represented authors in my home library:
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Joss Whedon and friends (Andrew Chambliss, Jane Espenson, Georges Jeanty, Drew Goddard, Brian K. Vaughan, Christos Gage, Rebekah Isaacs, etc. – I didn’t have time to go through comic by comic to see which authors were most represented nor to list each contributors name, but I appreciate each and every one of them!) – Buffy the Vampire Slayer Seasons 8, 9, & 10 and Willow Wonderland comics.

Matt KindtRed Handed, Mind MGMT 1 & 2, Revolver, and Superspy.

A.S. KingPlease Ignore Vera Dietz, Everybody Sees the Ants, The Dust of 100 Dogs, Reality Boy, and Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future.

Jacqueline WoodsonBrown Girl Dreaming, Miracle’s Boys, Feathers, Locomotion, and Peace, Locomotion.

E. LockhartThe Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks, We Were Liars, and the Ruby Oliver series.

Laurie Halse AndersonSpeak, The Impossible Knife of Memory, Fever, and Catalyst

Nnedi OkoraforZahrah the Windseeker (hardcover and paperback, because it’s good to have an extra copy to share), Akata Witch, Who Fears Death, and The Shadow Speaker.
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Octavia Butler – KindredParable of the SowerWild Seed (x2 because a girl shouldn’t have to pick between these two fabulous covers), and A Woman’s Liberation: A Choice of Futures By and About Women (this short story anthology includes “Speech Sounds” by Octavia Butler and since I purchased the anthology specifically for this story, I count it towards her shelf count).

These two authors’ books I share with my husband, because sharing books is caring (and he doesn’t read YA):

Barbara KingsolverThe Poisonwood Bible, Prodigal Summer, Animal Dreams, The Lacuna, and Flight Behavior.

Kurt VonnegutSlaughterhouse Five, Player Piano, Breakfast of Champions, and Welcome to the Monkey House. (Cat’s Cradle, one of my favorite Vonnegut titles, was laid to rest during vacation in Guatemala. It had a good good life. I have yet to purchase a replacement.)

TBR: Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga

4 Jun

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly anticipating.

I love Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers series and the final chapter in the series, Blood of My Blood, is coming out this September! The second book in the series, Game, left us with some mighty cliffhangers and I can’t wait to see what happens next. SPOILERS AHEAD!

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Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz’s serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s own home in tiny Lobo’s Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. But then Jazz crosses a line he’s never crossed before, and soon the entire country is wondering: “Like father, like son?” Who is the true monster?

The chase is on, and this time Jazz is the hunted, not the hunter. And beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet…the Crow King.

If you can’t wait until September, you can check out a recently released prequel to the series, Lucky Day, which was released as an ebook in April 2014.

LuckyDay

Four years before Jazz started hunting, his father was still on the loose. This is the story of the small town sheriff who captured one of the world’s most ruthless and cunning murderers.

It all started with Dead Girl #1 and Dead Girl #2, the first killings in the sleepy town of Lobo’s Nod in decades. Two murders: just a coincidence, or something more sinister? One thing’s for sure — it was definitely inconvenient in a year when Sheriff G. William Tanner, a mourning widower, had to run for reelection.

With a trail gone cold, it’s only luck that links the murders to the most notorious serial killer in memory. And in a town like Lobo’s Nod, the killer must be someone Tanner already knows….

Blood of My Blood by Barry Lyga is scheduled for a September 9, 2014 release from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Add it to your TBR list and let me know what titles you think I should add to mine!

June 2014 (Mostly) YA Releases

2 Jun

It’s apparently a good month for me and Macmillan as the four YA titles I’m most anticipating this month are all from Macmillan imprints. I also have two potential adult-YA crossover titles on my list this month, both from Little, Brown and Company.

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The Truth About Alice by Jennifer Mathieu
Roaring Brook Press, June 3

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party. When Healy High star quarterback, Brandon Fitzsimmons, dies in a car crash, it was because he was sexting with Alice. Ask anybody.

Rumor has it Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the “slut stall” in the girls’ bathroom: “Alice had sex in exchange for math test answers” and “Alice got an abortion last semester.” After Brandon dies, the rumors start to spiral out of control. In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students tell all they “know” about Alice–and in doing so reveal their own secrets and motivations, painting a raw look at the realities of teen life. But in this novel from Jennifer Mathieu, exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

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Body in the Woods by April Henry
Henry Holt and Co. BYR, June 17

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series, The Body in the Woods is full of riveting suspense, putting readers right in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.

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Shackleton: Antarctic Odyssey by Nick Bertozzi
First Second, June 17

Ernest Shackleton was one of the last great Antarctic explorers, and he led one of the most ambitious Antarctic expeditions ever undertaken. This is his story, and the story of the dozens of men who threw in their lot with him – many of whom nearly died in the unimaginably harsh conditions of the journey. It’s an astonishing feat – and was unprecedented at the time – that all the men in the expedition survived.

Shackleton’s expedition marked the end of a period of romantic exploration of the Arctic and the Antarctic, and this is as much a book about the encroaching modern world as it is about travel. But Nick Bertozzi has documented this remarkable journey with such wit and fiendish attention to detail that it’s impossible not to get caught up in the drama of the voyage. Shackleton is a phenomenal accompaniment to Bertozzi’s earlier graphic novel about great explorers, Lewis & Clark.

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Complicit by Stephanie Kuehn
St. Martin’s Griffin, June 24

Two years ago, sixteen-year-old Jamie Henry breathed a sigh of relief when a judge sentenced his older sister to juvenile detention for burning down their neighbor’s fancy horse barn. The whole town did. Because Crazy Cate Henry used to be a nice girl. Until she did a lot of bad things. Like drinking. And stealing. And lying. Like playing weird mind games in the woods with other children. Like making sure she always got her way. Or else.

But today Cate got out. And now she’s coming back for Jamie.

Because more than anything, Cate Henry needs her little brother to know the truth about their past. A truth she’s kept hidden for years. A truth she’s not supposed to tell.

Trust nothing and no one as you race toward the explosive conclusion of the gripping psychological thriller Complicit from Stephanie Kuehn, the William C. Morris Award–winning author of Charm & Strange.

The Fever
The Fever by Megan Abbott
Little, Brown and Company, June 17

The Nash family is close-knit. Tom is a popular teacher, father of two teens: Eli, a hocky star and girl magnet, and his sister Deenie, a diligent student. Their seeming stability, however, is thrown into chaos when Deenie’s best friend is struck by a terrifying, unexplained seizure in class. Rumors of a hazardous outbreak spread through the family, school and community.

As hysteria and contagion swell, a series of tightly held secrets emerges, threatening to unravel friendships, families and the town’s fragile idea of security.

A chilling story about guilt, family secrets and the lethal power of desire, THE FEVER affirms Megan Abbott’s reputation as “one of the most exciting and original voices of her generation.”

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Those Who Wish Me Dead by Michael Koryta
Little, Brown and Company, June 3

When fourteen-year-old Jace Wilson witnesses a brutal murder, he’s plunged into a new life, issued a false identity and hidden in a wilderness skills program for troubled teens. The plan is to get Jace off the grid while police find the two killers. The result is the start of a nightmare.

The killers, known as the Blackwell Brothers, are slaughtering anyone who gets in their way in a methodical quest to reach him. Now all that remains between them and the boy are Ethan and Allison Serbin, who run the wilderness survival program; Hannah Faber, who occupies a lonely fire lookout tower; and endless miles of desolate Montana mountains.

The clock is ticking, the mountains are burning, and those who wish Jace Wilson dead are no longer far behind.

I’m currently enjoying listening to The Fever and reading Shackleton. What June releases are you most excited to check out this month?

Top Ten Tuesday: BEA 2014

27 May


Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature created at the fabulous The Broke and the Bookish, featuring weekly top ten lists on a variety of bookish topics.

This Tuesday is a pick your own topic week and I decided to list the Top Ten Books I Hope to Pick Up at BEA also known as Top Ten Authors/Illustrators I’m Excited to Meet at BEA. I’m only attending BEA on Thursday and Friday this year, but I have quite the line-up those two days. Here are the ten books/authors/illustrators that I’m most excited for:

Benny and Penny
FOR THE KIDDOS
Benny and Penny in Lost and Found by Geoffrey Hayes

    Date: Thursday, May 29
    3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
    Location: 2857

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen (illustrator)

    Date: Friday, May 30
    3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
    Location: Table 1
    (Jon Klassen signing)

Rupert Can Dance by Jules Feiffer

    Date: Friday, May 30
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Table 13

Brown Girl Dreaming
FOR THE TWEENS
The Giver by Lois Lowry

    Date: Thursday, May 29
    & Friday, May 30
    11:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Location: 1657

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

    Date: Friday, May 30
    2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
    Location: Table 18

Sisters by Raina Telgemeier

    Date: Friday, May 30
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm
    Location: Table 2

Glory O'Brien
FOR THE TEENS
Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

    Date: Thursday, May 29
    11:30 am – 12:30 pm
    Location: Table 15

Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer

    Date: Friday, May 30
    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
    Location: Table 3

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

    Date: Friday, May 30
    10:00 am – 11:00 am
    Location: 1521

The Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

    Date: Friday, May 30
    3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
    Location: 2638

Edit: Let’s make this a Top Eleven list! We listed Adele Griffin’s The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone as an “honorable mention” – i.e. an ARC that we were interested in that wasn’t tied to a signing, but it turns out Adele Griffin will be there! Thanks to Soho Press for the update!

The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone by Adele Griffin

    Date: Friday, May 30
    3pm-4pm
    Location: 2946

Honorable Mention (no author signing, but an ARC I would love to get my grubby hands on): The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi.

Are you attending BEA? If so, what books/authors/illustrators are you most excited to cross paths with? Hope to see you there!

Giveaway: Touching the Surface and Send Me a Sign

23 May

Each year on the first Saturday in May, my local school district hosts the Hudson Children’s Book Festival, a wonderful event that brings young readers together with outstanding authors and illustrators. This year, I had the pleasure of hanging out with booth buddies Kimberly Sabatini (who I first met a couple years back at a Hudson Valley YA Society event) and Tiffany Schmidt, who are both so friendly that I decided to buy copies of their debut novels to share with one lucky visitor to Love YA Lit.

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Kimberly’s debut novel, Touching the Surface, is about a young woman who finds herself dead for the third time and realizes that before she can move on to the great beyond she’ll have to reconcile issues with her past life. (Oh yeah, and there’s a love triangle and the cover is super pretty.)

Tiffany’s debut novel, Send Me a Sign, is about a popular teenager who is diagnosed with Leukemia during the summer break before senior year and decides to keep her illness a secret from her friends and classmates. She confides in her longtime neighbor and best friend, Gyver, but the sicker she gets, the harder it gets to keep her secret from the rest of the world. (Also a love triangle here and a lovely cover as well.)

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One winner will be chosen at random on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 to win a signed copy of Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini and a signed copy of Send Me a Sign by Tiffany Schmidt. One entry per person, US mailing addresses only, 13 years of age or older. Winner will be contacted by email.

TBR: A Time to Dance by Padma Venkatraman

16 Apr

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that bloggers are eagerly anticipating. This week I wanted to highlight the upcoming Padma Venkatraman release, A Time to Dance. I recently posted about Indian YA lit on my TBR and this one is officially being added to the list!

Padma Venkatraman’s inspiring story of a young girl’s struggle to regain her passion and find a new peace is told lyrically through verse that captures the beauty and mystery of India and the ancient bharatanatyam dance form. This is a stunning novel about spiritual awakening, the power of art, and above all, the courage and resilience of the human spirit.

Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance—so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. For a girl who’s grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.

I love South Asian literature and I love verse novels. I’m also drawn to the focus on disability in India, as this was my area of study during my semester abroad in India (way back when). Venkatraman is getting a lot of advanced praise for A Time to Dance, including starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and VOYA. A Time to Dance is scheduled for a May 1, 2014 release (Nancy Paulsen Books). Be sure to add it to your TBR list! You can read an excerpt here.