Sunday, May 31, 2009
I just wanted to remind you that I've created a Yahoo discussion group to go along with this blog. You can join at any time by signing up in the side-bar, or you can follow this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wantmyya
Right now the group consists of me and 4 other people, come on, join, bring a friend, and let's get some chatter going. :)
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Bertie Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She’s not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.
That is, until now.
Enter Stage Right
NATE. Dashing pirate. Will do anything to protect Bertie.
COBWEB, MOTH, MUSTARD SEED, and PEASEBLOSSOM. Four tiny and incredibly annoying fairies. BERTIE’S sidekicks.
ARIEL. Seductive air spirit and Bertie’s weakness. The symbol of impending doom.
BERTIE. Our heroine.
Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the actors of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book—an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family—and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Saturday, May 23, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod: Tenth Grade Bleeds
by Heather Brewer
Dutton Children's (Penguin)
Well, it's another year at Bathory High School, and a whole new set of challenges for Vladimir Tod. To make matters worse his Uncle Otis is going to leave him, insisting that it's not safe to remain in one place for very long. Vlad feels there is so much more to be learned from the older vampire, but at the same time, training with Otis just keeps reminding Vlad of what a freak he is in the vampire world. Vlad is the only half-vampire, half-human in existence, something that has many believing he is the legendary Pravus. If the legends are true he will one day rule over vampires and enslave humans. As if worrying about passing his classes and the return of his middle school principal weren't bad enough.
Despite all of the craziness and the danger that Vlad has experienced in the past few years, he always knew he could depend on one person: Henry. Henry's been his best friend since childhood and through an accidental bite is also Vlad's drudge (human slave). But right when Vlad needs him the most, Henry seems to be pulling away and Vlad's not sure what to do.
Vlad's also having nightmares and he hasn't been able to reach his Uncle Otis since Otis' departure. Could the nightmares be foretelling the future? Or is something more sinister afoot?
Like I said in the beginning, Heather Brewer just keeps on getting better. I was so absorbed by Vlad's story, I just had to keep going to see what was going to happen next. I absolutely love Vladimir Tod and I'm practically drooling for the next book.
Tenth Grade Bleeds is amazing! Rush out and reserve or pre-order your copy today. If you haven't read any Vlad yet, well you've been under a rock, but we can fix that. :) While you're pre-ordering TGB, pick up Eighth Grade Bites and Ninth Grade Slays. Once you've got those two, start reading. lol Those should tide you over til Tenth Grade Bleeds releases somewhere towards the end of June, beginning of July.
Thanks again Heather for the wonderful book! And thank you readers for stopping by! Keep on reading!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
I've also got a great recommend for you, however you have to wait til tomorrow to see it. :) I promise it's worth it.
Monday, May 18, 2009
Keep checking back this week for more fun. I've got a great review of a FANTASTIC book coming up soon. (or maybe that should be FANGTASTIC?)
And don't forget about the poll in the sidebar. You can have a say in what I review, but you've got to VOTE.
Have a great week all!
Sunday, May 17, 2009
by Melina Marchetta
In this absorbing story by Melina Marchetta, nothing is as it seems and every clue leads to more questions as Taylor tries to work out the connection between her mother dumping her, Hannah finding her then and her sudden departure now, a mysterious stranger who once whispered something in her ear, a boy in her dreams, five kids who lived on Jellicoe Road eighteen years ago, and the maddening and magnetic Jonah Griggs, who knows her better than she thinks he does. If Taylor can put together the pieces of her past, she might just be able to change her future.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
So go on tell me about it. And if you haven't done it yet, today's the last day to vote in my poll for the next book for me to review.
Monday, May 11, 2009
What hobbies do you have when you're not writing?
Your turn. What question do you have for readers of Want My YA?
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Here's the link if you want to check it out: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/wantmyya
Anyone can join. So come on and let's start chatting. :)
PS: Only a few days left in the poll and I've got a tie for first place. Help me out - VOTE. :)
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Pretty Little Devils by Nancy Holder
from the publisher's site:
Hazel Stone wants nothing more than to be a part of the hottest clique in school, the Pretty Little Devils, but she’s stuck at a lunch table full of high school C-listers. Hazel has resigned herself to life as a nobody—when suddenly everything changes. The PLDs invite Hazel to one of the group’s famous parties, held at the site of one of their babysitting jobs. Before Hazel knows it, she’s in with the in crowd—and she couldn’t be more thrilled!
But nothing turns out the way she expects. Especially when one her classmates becomes jealous of her newfound status—deadly jealous.
Author Nancy Holder weaves a wicked tale about the price of popularity, and having the kind of friends some girls would just die for.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Hello again everyone! I hope everyone's day is going better than mine so far. My car is in the shop and I'm waiting to hear how it's going. *sigh*
Now on to happier, more book-related topics. I figure I'll start out by sharing what I'm reading. I'm actually in the process of reading two YA books right now because I can't ever read just one book. That would just make too much sense.
First of all I'm still reading Ratha's Courage by Clare Bell. I told you I'd be reviewing it, and I'm working on it. Really enjoying it so far, but it's kind of a thick book, so it will probably be a few days/week yet.
Also reading Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchette for the YAedge Book Club. For more details on that click on my lovely little member badge on the left sidebar.
Now on to you....What are you reading? What do you recommend?
Monday, May 4, 2009
And here's Lisa!
I am a temporally-displaced Capricorn who spends a lot of time wondering what other time periods I'd rather have lived in, all the while very much enjoying my wireless internetz and push-of-a-button espresso machine.
2. What got you started writing? What brought you to YA?
I've been writing short fantasy stories for publication since 2002, but it took lots of friendly nudging to get me to attempt a novel-length piece of fiction. Eyes Like Stars wasn't written with YA fiction in mind, but the protagonist is seventeen, and we went with Feiwel & Friends, which is a YA imprint.
Only later did I realize that the majority of my favorite books are shelved in the YA section, classics as well as new releases, and I was thrilled to have found my niche!
Have some jacket copy!
All her world's a stage.
Beatrice Shakespeare Smith is not an actress, yet she lives in a theater.
She's not an orphan, but she has no parents.
She knows every part, but she has no lines of her own.
Welcome to the Théâtre Illuminata, where the characters of every play ever written can be found behind the curtain. They were born to play their parts, and are bound to the Théâtre by The Book--an ancient and magical tome of scripts. Bertie is not one of them, but they are her family--and she is about to lose them all and the only home she has ever known.
4. Do you plot out in advance, or just start writing and see where things go from there?
I really leapt into the deep end the first time around, which would explain the many revisions I did with my lovely editor, Rebecca Davis. With the second book in the series (and a as-yet-uncontracted novel) I tried to outline a lot more. But the trick is to be flexible. Some things change on the fly, and others need to be cut during revisions.
That said, I always have a list of must-keep characters and plot points.
5. Many authors have told me their characters talk to them, and sometimes even have different ideas of where the story should go than the author. Do you hear your characters?
The voices of the four fairies (Peaseblossom, Cobweb, Moth, and Mustardseed) come very naturally to me, because they say all the rude/horrifying/silly things that I usually think, or only say out loud to friends. I've had a number of phone calls with friends that end with one or both of us yelling, "The fairies would totally say that!"
6. Who is your favorite character (of your own)?
Right now I am mightily fond of my boys in ELS: Nate the pirate and Ariel the air elemental from The Tempest. Nate's all muscles and accent, and Ariel has this hypnotic voice plus long silver hair plus the ability to fly.
Full Cast Audio is recording ELS right now, and I would trade a bag of pirate gold to listen to the voice actors do the confrontational scenes between Nate and Ariel!
7. What hobbies do you have when you're not writing?
I love baking bread and making jam (old school Anne of Green Gables hobbies!) plus antique shopping, swing dancing, collecting 78 rpm records, going to
8. If you had not become a writer what would you have done instead?
I have a four-year-old daughter and my husband owns his own business, so I am a full-time mommy and part-time accountant, in addition to the writing. Had I not started writing novels, my house would be cleaner, my garden less weedy, and my office more organized.
9. Where can readers find you online?
Oh, my. Here's The List:
Writerly Homepage: www.lisamantchev.com
Theater Series Homepage: www.theatre-illuminata.com
10. Your turn. What question do you have for readers of Want My YA?
What theatrical character would you like to be for a day? (My answer: Christine, from Phantom of the Opera, just so I could run off with Erik!)
For those of you who are interested, Lisa has just posted an awesome Cake-Wrecking contest on her blog. Go to her blog, follow the directions and you could win an ARC! Check it out:
Thanks again, Lisa, for joining me here at Want My YA. It was great having you here. For everyone reading this, go out and pre-order or reserve your copy of Eyes Like Stars today. :) As for what character I'd want to be..hmm...apparently I need to watch more theatrical productions. Give me some time, I'll comment on it later.
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Must Love Black
by Kelly McClymer
Eyes Like Stars
by Lisa Mantchev
Feiwel and Friends
I'm really excited about this one. Lisa is another author I found through Twitter. Eyes Like Stars sounded amazing so I immediately added it to my wishlist. I was ecstatic when Lisa asked for my address so I could review the book. Big Yay!!! You want to know what's an even bigger Yay? Come back on Monday and read my interview with Lisa so you can hear more about this promising story even before my review. (Want to say great, but I haven't actually read it yet, but I'm sure it will be great).
Pssst...on an unrelated note - Only 12 days left to vote in my poll. Tell me what you want me to review after I finish all my publisher/author requested reviews.
Friday, May 1, 2009
I don't know how to do any fancy computer stuff, so I'm just going to give you the link if you'd like to listen to it.
Yeah, it's a bit of a mess I know. Sorry. If I knew how to make a cute little "click here" button for ya, I would.
I recommend checking it out. It's just a few minutes long and worth a listen.