Friday, December 28, 2012
Thanks for being such amazing readers! And thank you authors for being so supportive!
Friday, June 8, 2012
Then the Wickeds–led by Jess’s arch-enemy–begin targeting innocent girls in their war against the Cindys, and Jess discovers there’s more to being a Cindy than reinventing yourself on the outside. She has unknowingly become part of a centuries-old battle of good vs. evil, and now the Cindys in charge need Jess for a mission that could change everything.
Overwhelmed, Jess wonders if The Cinderella Society made a mistake in choosing her. Is it a coincidence her new boyfriend doesn’t want to be seen with her in public? And is this glamorous, secret life even what she wants, or will she risk her own happy ending to live up to the expectations of her new sisters?
The Cinderella Society is pure empowerment and a must-read.
how I acquired this book:
I won the ARC in a contest held by the author.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Friday, June 1, 2012
how I acquired this book:
I bought it.
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The time has come for Katerina to embrace her power, but which side will she choose—and to whom will she give her heart?
why it caught my eye:
It's a paranormal and it's set in Russia, need I say more? Ok, so maybe that's only a big deal to me. One of my two minors at school is Russian so it's interesting for me to read about Russia, even a fictionalized Russia. These books look really interesting and I can't wait to get a hold of them.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Monday, May 14, 2012
Monday, May 7, 2012
Today Want My YA is visited by the lovely Meredith Zeitlin, author of the book My Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters. So without any further chatter from me, I give you Meredith.
Of course, this is me as an adult looking back; at the time I know I was incredibly frustrated much of the time. It's so hard to be new. It's so hard to be fourteen! It took a long time for things to be mostly fun instead of mostly terrifying.
I've been asked a lot during this book tour what I'd say to myself if I could go back in time, and the answer is: PLENTY. Of course, I can't. So here are some tips for those starting on the often horrifying, sometimes awesome journey that is freshman year. Who, if they're anything like I was at fourteen... will probably ignore me. Ah, well. Points for trying?
1) Don't try so hard. Trust that people will like you even if you aren't always "on," or cracking a joke, or proving you're right about everything, or agreeing with the popular opinion, or whatever your go-to self-defense method is. Here's the thing - all the other kids are just as insecure about themselves as you are. Be yourself. Relax. All that energy you're expending working to fit in (or be deliberately different)? No one is noticing. Just do your thing.
2) The guys (or girls) you're agonizing over don't deserve your agony. People used to have to wait for their high school reunions to realize the crushes they lost their minds – and many, many tears, and occasionally even friends – over end up being, well, not nearly as great as they seemed at the time. In the era of Facebook, you don't even have to wait! So have fun, date, hook up, flirt, and do all that stuff. Even get your heart broken – we all have to go through it sooner or later. But try not to take it too seriously if you can. You will look back and think “I liked THAT guy (or girl)?! Whyyyyyyyyyy?” in ten years. I promise.
3) Don't suck up to that junior after the cast list for the fall play goes up - or whatever your corresponding situation is. It's annoying to everyone else and usually backfires. You will be better off earning upperclassmen's respect and admiration for your writing or art or whatever makes you special. Let them come to you, or see if friendships just unfold naturally. . (Trust me on this one – that cafeteria scene with Julie Nelson in the beginning of the book? Ripped from the headlines of my life. Nightmare.)
4) Do not to go into Manhattan to stay over at the apartment of a random girl you barely know from camp. She turns out to be really weird and live in what is essentially a room filled with garbage! This will not end up being the cool adventure you think it's going to be – not even close. (Hrm. Maybe this one really only works for me? Sorry 'bout that.)
5) Don't let your parents – or teachers, or anyone - make you think that every single thing you do in high school is going to make or break the rest of your life. My parents had me panicked about my SAT scores the second I set foot in high school. Not to mention grades, extra-curriculars, clubs, leadership positions... the pressure to succeed was incredible. And I'm certainly not saying those things aren't important – of course they are. BUT. One C (or even an F!) on a paper or test is not going to kill your chances at a good school. Your SATs will not determine the kind of person you end up being or the quality of the life you end up having. So yes - study hard. Join clubs and activities that interest and motivate you. But also have fun. Make choices. Make dumb mistakes. Learn from them. Don't let this looming senior-year mission to get accepted to Yale or wherever predicate every move you make in high school. There are just as many important experiences to have that are never going to come up on a college application, and you don't want to miss them.
By the way - the advice I could offer for the next three years after ninth grade? Or college? Well... that's another post (and book!) all together. Stay tuned!
Thanks for stopping by Meredith! :) And fabulous advice. I seem to recall not being overly thrilled with my Freshman year either, or really with any of high school. lol Now I'm just spending the rest of my life in college. I swear I'll be done one day.
Thanks again Meredith for the guest post. Readers be sure to check out her book, My Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
strange and deadly loose in Philadelphia…
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Thursday, April 19, 2012
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Friday, April 13, 2012
Hands down the highlight of my day was meeting Leanna Renee Heiber, author of such fabulous stories as The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker and her most recent release, Darker Still. If you haven't read her books, you need to. She's a wonderful writer and just an all around awesome person.
I highly recommend checking out her books. And just to help you out, you can check out my review of The Strangely Beautiful Tale of Miss Percy Parker here.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Monday, April 2, 2012
Published by HarperCollins January 3, 2012
If you've read it, be sure to share what you think about it! :)
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
So tell me, what's new and hot in the world of YA?
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Saturday, March 17, 2012
Skeleton Creek Book 4
by Patrick Carman
Release Date: May 1, 2011
from the publisher's site:
Or so they thought. Because there are still some secrets that Ryan and Sarah haven't uncovered yet. And there's still a shadowy figure standing in their path...someone who doesn't want Ryan and Sarah digging up any more of the past.
I have been hooked on the Skeleton Creek series from the very start. These books are technically marketed as middle grade novels, but they have a lot of crossover potential. It helps that the main characters are all around sixteen. I love the interactive nature of the series also. The format of Ryan's journals makes you feel like you're reading the real thing. Every few journal entries you get a new password for one of Sarah's videos, and it's always fun to check those out and see what she's come up with now.
The Raven wraps up some story lines left over from The Crossbones. I honestly don't know if this is the end of the series or not; the end of The Raven allows for either scenario. I have to say, I really hope Patrick Carman comes out with another one, but even if he doesn't I know he has more interactive titles available.
I highly recommend the Skeleton Creek books for anyone who enjoys a fun, quick, and spooky read.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Here's the US version of Glass Houses:
And here's the cover published in Brazil:
What do you think? I like both, but the Brazilian cover is definitely hotter. Which one do you think depicts the series better?
Thursday, March 15, 2012
by Aimee Agresti
Harcourt Children's Books
Release Date: March 6, 2012
from the author's site:
why it caught my eye:
I came across this one on Goodreads. The gorgeous dress on the cover caught my attention and I decided to check it out. Looks interesting and I look forward to checking it out. Anyone read it yet? If so, what did you think?
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin
Published by Putnam March 1, 2012
Hardcover, ISBN: 9780399254239
Friday, March 9, 2012
by Jennifer R. Hubbard
Release Date: January 19, 2012
Learning to live is more than just choosing not to die, as sixteen-year-old Ryan discovers in the year following his suicide attempt. Despite his mother’s anxious hovering and the rumors at school, he’s trying to forget the darkness from which he has escaped. But it doesn’t help that he’s still hiding guilty secrets, or that he longs for a girl who may not return his feelings. Then he befriends Nicki, who is using psychics to seek contact with her dead father. This unlikely friendship thaws Ryan to the point where he can face the worst in himself. He and Nicki confide in one another the things they never thought they’d tell anyone—but their confessions are trickier than they seem, and the fallout tests the bound of friendship and forgiveness.
Wow. Where do I start? I sat down with this book and flew right through it. It's rare for me to find a book with such an emotional journey. Through Nicki's search for answers, we slowly learn where Ryan is coming from and what he needs to do to keep on living. It's not hard to care about Ryan and Nicki. You want them to find the answers they seek, but in the real world you don't always have answers and when you do, they aren't always the answers you want.
Try Not to Breathe is just what I've come to expect from Jennifer R. Hubbard. It's emotional, and deals with hard-hitting life issues. I strongly recommend checking this one out as well as her previous title The Secret Year.
For comparison purposes, here are the US covers:
And now for the German covers:
There are certainly similarities between the two. What do you think? Do you like one more than the other? Leave a comment and let me know.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
by Maureen Johnson
Release Date: September 29, 2011
Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
why it caught my eye:
I believe this one originally popped up as a recommendation for me on Amazon. The cover immediately caught my attention. I love the ghostly look of it. I've yet to read any of Maureen Johnson's books, though I've slowly been collecting them. It's a sad fact that English majors have little time to read for fun. Despite not having read her, I have followed Maureen Johnson online for some time now and she never ceases to amuse, so I'm really looking forward to checking out The Name of the Star.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Cinder: Lunar Chronicles Book 1 by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends January 3, 2012
Hardcover, ISBN: 9780312641894
Saturday, March 3, 2012
by Myra McEntire
ISBN (hardcover): 9781606841440
Release Date (hardcover): June 14, 2011
Paperback edition available May 8, 2012
Love it! There was a lot of buzz about Hourglass right before it came out, and I have to say it was well deserved. Stories with time manipulation tend to hurt my brain; I have trouble suspending my disbelief. However, Myra McEntire handles the issue in a way that allows for a willful suspension of disbelief.
Emerson is a sympathetic character; I really felt for her while I was reading. When she was in pain, I wanted to cry right along with her. I can't wait for the next book, Timepiece. I want to see more of Emerson and Michael, I want to see more of the Hourglass crew, and I really hope we see more of Lily and her abilities. All I can say is that June is going to take a long time to get here.
I recommend checking out Hourglass by Myra McEntire today. It's currently only available in hardcover, but will be out in paperback in only a couple of months. If you can't wait for the paperback then swing by your local library for a copy. If they don't have it, I'm sure they can get it.