Friday, May 2, 2008

Young Adult Weekly (Week of April 28th-May 2nd)

So, here we go again, with the 3rd weekly installment of ...*drumroll*... YOUNG ADULT WEEKLY! As always, if you'd like to be included in these, an email over to reviewerx (at) will do the trick.

Without further ado:

Young Adult Weekly
Week of April 28th-May 2nd

From the authors...

Jamie Ponti (Prama) blogged about the most amazing boy he's ever met, his fifteen-year-old autistic son.

Alexa Young (Frenemies) also posted a little somethin'-somethin' about her son! She is also having a contest over at her blog that you just have to enter, because, well, it's a contest and why would you not? It's a very unique contest, anyhow, so go on.

Linda Gerber (Death by Bikini) is having her weekly contest for you to win an advance copy of Death by Bikini. Enter, enter, you!

Marley Gibson (Sorority 101 books) talks about her path to publication! Her two books launched this week, so why not go over there to read about how it all started?

A.S. King (The Dust of 100 Dogs) is still awesome, thank you.

Maggie Marr (Secrets of the Hollywood Girls Club) guest blogged about the importance of string bikinis in our lives over at Melissa Walker's (Violet by Design). I think both guys and girls can agree with her!

Sarah Dessen's (Lock and Key) latest release, Lock and Key (am I getting redundant?) will be hitting the New York Times bestseller list at number TWO (you read that correctly--two)!

Jennifer Ziegler (How NOT to Be Popular) has a Meme post up on her livejournal--and it's awesome, as is Jennifer.

Heather Davis (Never Cry Werewolf) talks about the many, many social circles she was in during high school and college.

Tina Ferraro (How to Hook a Hottie) and Kelly Parra (Graffiti Girl) donated their YA novels and a double critique to the Brenda Novak's Annual Diabetes Auction!

Heather Brewer (Ninth Grade Slays) tells you to check out Ludo, a band she thinks really rocks, while also being tagged!

Aprilynne Pike (Autumn Wings) laments the replacement of her laptop, the one where she wrote every book she'd ever attempted. :(

Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth) talks about the beginning of stories, and shares some insightful analogies about why starting out books is so damn difficult!

Meg Cabot (Airhead) posted a hilarious blog entry about current events, review of her books, and the possibility of zombies pooping.

Ally Carter (Cross My Heart and Hope To Spy) celebrates I'd Tell You I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You sixteen week streak on the New York Times betseller list by listing sixteen favorite things.

Diana Rodriguez Wallach (Amor and Summer Secrets) posts a spooky blog about the ghosts hanging out over at her house...

Claudia Gray (Evernight) is giving away an ARC of Evernight.

Keri Mikulski (Screwball) is giving away a copy of Alyson Noël's Kiss & Blog!

Catherine Ryan Hyde (The Day I Killed James) is leaving for Sunday for a huge vacation!

Gaby Triana (The Temptress Four) guest blogged over at The Story Siren's blog!

From the reviewers...

Reviewer X broke the ice with her first-ever negative review. She (I) also had positive reviews: This Lullaby and The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen.

Chicklish posted a very lovely feature on my blog! (Thanks to Luisa Plaja for that, by the way. Luisa also offered me her book for review, which of course I said yes to, cos, well, Brit authors rule the whole world.)

The Ravenous Reader posted a review of Pants on Fire by Meg Cabot! Very nice review--check it out.

Reader Rabbit reviewed The Host by Stephenie Meyer.

Lots of exciting stuff happening over at The Page Flipper's blog! First, there's the famous May Prize Pack! We also have a review of Catherine Ryan Hyde's The Day I Killed James. AND, there's a new feature over at Chelsea's: Game Fridays!

The Book Muncher reviewed City of Bones by Cassandra Clare and Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn!

And Another Book Read posted a review of Read My Lips by Teri Brown!

Read, Read, Read posted an update explaining her absence. Nice to have you back, Chelsie!

Book~Adorer posted a review of Angus, Thongs, and Full-Frontal Snogging by Louise Rennison! (This book should get getting reviewed here as well!)

Em's Bookshelf posted a review of How To Be Bad by E. Lockhart, Sarah Mlynowski, and Lauren Myracle!

Plenty of Paper reviewed Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac by Gabrielle Zevin! (I really should get this book...)

This week, I made a new blogger friend! Check out Ms. Yingling Reads!

WORD for Teens reviewed Fourth Comings by one of my all-time favorite authors, Megan McCafferty! (A book I personally also wanna read but, you know, I'm behind on my TBR pile.)

Liv's Book Reviews reviewed Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott. (Dying to read this book--I know, I know, I really shoud've by now.)

Hope's Bookshelf reviewed The Juliet Club by Suzanne Harper.

Paperxxflowers reviewed The Au Pairs: Skinny Dipping by Melissa de la Cruz!

Book Chic reviewed Breaking Up Is Hard To Do and did mini interviews with all four of the writers: Ellen Hopkins, Lynda Sandoval, Niki Burnham, and Terri Clark!

The Story Siren reviewed Generation Dead by Daniel Waters. She's also giving away a signed copy of Frostbite by Richelle Mead.

Harmony Book Reviews is holding a contest for some of Catherine Clark's books!

Released this week... (So many books!!)

Lucky by Rachel Vail (On Amazon)

It's all good . . . and lucky Phoebe Avery plans to celebrate by throwing an end-of-the-year bash with her four closest friends. Everything will be perfect—from the guest list to the fashion photographer to the engraved invitations. The only thing left to do is find the perfect dress . . . until Phoebe goes from having it all to hiding all she's lost.

Phoebe's older sisters warn her to keep the family's crisis totally secret. Unfortunately, her alpha-girl best friend looks increasingly suspicious, and Phoebe's crush starts sending seriously mixed signals. Phoebe tries hard to keep smiling, but when her mother is humiliated in Neiman Marcus while buying Phoebe that perfect dress and her father decides to cancel her party, she panics. How far will she go to keep up her image as a lucky girl?

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen (On Amazon)
Eli and his family have lived in the Compound for six years.

The world they knew is gone.

Eli’s father built the Compound to keep them safe. Now, they can’t get out.

He won’t let them.

Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr (On Amazon)
Unbeknownst to mortals, a power struggle is unfolding in a world of shadows and danger. After centuries of stability, the balance among the Faery Courts has altered, and Irial, ruler of the Dark Court, is battling to hold his rebellious and newly vulnerable fey together. If he fails, bloodshed and brutality will follow.

Seventeen-year-old Leslie knows nothing of faeries or their intrigues. When she is attracted to an eerily beautiful tattoo of eyes and wings, all she knows is that she has to have it, convinced it is a tangible symbol of changes she desperately craves for her own life.

The tattoo does bring changes—not the kind Leslie has dreamed of, but sinister, compelling changes that are more than symbolic. Those changes will bind Leslie and Irial together, drawing Leslie deeper and deeper into the faery world, unable to resist its allures, and helpless to withstand its perils. . . .

Better Latte Than Never by Catherine Clark (On Amazon)
There's nothing more annoying than working in a coffee shop inside a gas station—and not being able to drive. And having to deliver coffee to your bus driver.

Kamikaze Bus Driver sips his coffee, then charges back into traffic before I can even take a seat. I reach out for a seat back to hold on to, but the bus swerves and I fall onto the end of a seat that's already taken, right into the lap of none other than Mike Kyle.

I'm shocked. Mike's never been on this bus before. This runs against the laws of nature. I'm just so stunned I can't help blurting, "What are you doing here?" completely impolitely. Then I realize I'm still sitting on his lap.

The Interns: Fashionistas by Chloe Walsh (On Amazon)
Fashion—it's an obsession for millions. But for four lucky, talented girls, fashion is a full-time, style-transforming . . . internship in New York City! Some might call it work, but as interns at high-end Couture magazine, Callie, Nadine, Ava, and Aynsley are workin' it in style.

Callie Ryan: Innocent aspiring designer or claws-out fashion phony?

Nadine Van Buren: Brings the party. Loves to party (even if it's a pity party).

Ava Barton: Happy to be here . . . and about to take over!

Aynsley Rothwell: Sexy socialite with a killer wardrobe—and the attitude to match.

Hanging with the Couture interns is what's in this season. But who's the glamorous sage behind the Fashionista blog serving up style wisdom and sartorial send-ups?

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (On Amazon)
Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?

This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson's vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication.

The Temptress Four by Gaby Triana (On Amazon)(Review Forthcoming)
Four best friends, one graduation cruise, a week of partying.
Eight days of strife and storms . . .
It's supposed to be the best eight days of their lives.
Bonds will be broken...
But when a fortune-teller predicts trouble the night before their trip,
One of you will not come home...
Fiona, Killian, Alma, and Yoli are left on edge, wondering what it could all mean.

Secrets of My Hollywood Life: Family Affairs by Jen Calonita (On Amazon)
The filming for sure-to-be-blockbuster movie Pretty Young Assassins has wrapped, and teen movie star Kaitlin Burke returns to life on the set of primetime drama Family Affair. After ten seasons of filming the hit favorite TV show, Kaitlin would have thought that she could see any curveballs coming, but with a plotting new actress on set, all bets are off. The new diva, Alexis, makes even Kaitlin's long-time nemesis Skye seem like a puppy in comparison. Can Kaitlin keep her sane boyfriend, her insane job, and her composure in the face of this new star power?

Combining the vicarious glamour of the New York Times bestselling A-List series with the innocence of The Princess Diaries, this commercial and appealing sequel offers another captivating glimpse behind the velvet ropes of stardom.

Sorority 101: Zeta or Omega by Kate Harmon (On Amazon)(Review Forthcoming)
A fresh new series—the Sorority 101 novels will make every teen girl want to join!

High school is already a distant memory for incoming Lattimer University freshmen Jenna, Roni, and Lora- Leigh. Jenna can’t wait to meet cute college boys, Roni can’t wait to get away from home, and Lora- Leigh . . . well, Lora-Leigh couldn’t care less. She’s going to LU and participating in sorority recruitment only to appease her mom. Sorority girls are pretty, rich, and snotty, and Lora-Leigh doesn’t want to be one of those girls. So she’s shocked to find herself actually connecting with the sisters of Zeta Zeta Tau. And her new friend Jenna can relate. She came to recruitment only because her roommate begged her to, but now she can’t decide which sorority to join; she likes them all! Roni, on the other hand, knows which sorority she should join, but she came to LU to reinvent herself. As recruitment progresses and the girls prepare to make big decisions, they’ll need to heed the best advice there is: follow your heart. Now where will it lead?

Sorority 101: New Sister by Kate Harmon (On Amazon)

As freshman year at LU kicks off, Lora-Leigh, Jenna, and Roni are all equally thrilled to have found a home in the Zeta Zeta Tau sorority. Lora-Leigh still can’t believe she’s wearing a sorority pin and, what’s more, that she and her new sisters have become so close so fast. Roni already loves her sorority, so when it comes time to elect a new member president, she can’t keep herself from adding her name to the ballot. And Jenna can’t keep herself from being in two places at once! The girl has a full load of classes, a demanding antisorority roommate, a marching band scholarship to uphold, and lots of sorority activities to attend. How’s a girl supposed to appease everyone and everything—not to mention strike up a romance with a very hot fraternity boy—all the while keeping her diabetes hidden? Lora-Leigh and Roni are there for her, but initiation is on the horizon and Jenna must decide if she really trusts her new friends enough to share her secret.

Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs (On Amazon)
A modern girl’s comedic odyssey in a school filled with the descendants of Greek gods.

When Phoebe’s mom returns from Greece with a new husband and moves them to an island in the Aegean, Phoebe’s plans for her senior year and track season are ancient history. Now she must attend the uberexclusive academy, where admission depends on pedigree, namely, ancestry from Zeus, Hera, and other Greek gods. That’s right, they’re real, not myth, and their teen descendants are like the classical heroes—supersmart and superbeautiful with a few superpowers. And now they’re on her track team! Armed only with her Nikes and the will to win, Phoebe races to find her place among the gods.

Next week on Reviewer X...

- The first ever Reviewer Profile
- Review of The Elite by Jennifer Banash

- Other stuff
Have a nice weekend everyone!


Chelsea said...

I don't think you understand how much I love your blog. It rocks, and you better keep it up! Thanks for posting about little ol' moi, and for letting me know about others' posts. :)

A.S. King said...

You are too kind!
Great post! Awesome place to find links to more awesome posts!



Anonymous said...

Thanks for the mention!

Your blog's brilliant and I love reading the roundup. Fantastic! :)

Amee said...

I don't know how you do this. I would die, lol.

Aprilynne Pike said...

Whoa! What a great site! This is definitely going in my bookmarks!!

Aprilynne Pike

Steph said...

Chelsea -- are you kidding me? YOUR site rocks more. And I won't even begin writing about all the awesome advice you've been providing...

A.S.! Nice to see you about :D

Luisa -- thanks! Chicklish is also an awesome, awesome place :)

Ambeen -- haha know. I never sleep.

Aprilynne -- hey! Welcome! Thanks!


Nurin said...

Thanks for the mention ;)

I love this feature, it helps keep me up to date

Beth Fehlbaum, Author said...

I LOVE your site!

Beth Fehlbaum, author
Courage in Patience, a story of hope for those who have endured abuse
Chapter One is online!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the mention and I'm excited at the fact that my mention got an image to go along with it! YAY!!! :)

This was an absolute joy to read and it gives me so many places to read reviews and such at!! Keep it coming. :)

Amee said...

Thanks a million for taking the time to update with my new review! *hug*

Unknown said...

Okay, where do you find the time to keep us all in the know? Thanks for yet another shout-out. I just hope you keep mentioning my name and book(s) after you get your review copy of FRENEMIES. I sure don't want to be bludgeoned like that poor, dear Gena Showalter. (Although I do love me some constructive criticism, and your reviews consistently rock in that regard. So, um, bring it?) :-O XO

Carrie Ryan said...

Awesome post! I'm so excited about this and can't wait to share it with everyone! Thanks for the hard work putting this all together (and thanks for the link!)

Amee said...

You have been tagged by ME for the Meme! Go to my blog for the details! :D

Heather said...

Once again, thanks for putting us in here and even HAVING Young Adult Weekly. It makes keeping up with things a lot easier.

Also, you've been tagged!!! For a special BOOK-related meme. Just click here to see the rules and my meme. It's cooler than all the others, I promise.

Khy said...

Another fabulous YA weekly. I'm now caught up on everything. (:

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Great weekly review again, like everyone said. I love when people update me on things..It's hard to keep up with everything!!


Em said...

I just discovered your blog this week and really like this weekly wrap-up. Cool idea! And thanks for linking to my review of How To Be Bad!


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