Saturday, November 22, 2008

YA Connection, November 16th - 22nd

YA Connection
(Week of November 16th - 22nd)

YA Connection is a collaborative column collected by Kristi (The Story Siren) and Steph (Reviewer X). In it can be found links from around the YA blogosphere, including, but not limited to, contests links, author blog links, review links, and miscellaneous news pertaining to the age group. Also, Kristi and Steph hold weekly contests accompanying the column, as well as a book and author spotlight.

If you're a blogger, author or publicist looking to have your links added, please email Kristi at thestorysiren (at) or Steph at reviewerx (at) Any book donations for giveaways are also greatly appreciated. Please note that the spotlights are not up to suggestion, but rather decided by both Kristi and Steph.

Last week's contest winner was Alyce. Emailed ya :) This week I'm giving away any book of your choice from Email (with your address). Extra entries may be earned by +1 getting the secret word at or be linking to this contest from somewhere (and telling us about it in the email).

(Compiled by Kristi)

Brooke Taylor (Undone) is giving away a collectors edition of Twilight! Sorry no Edward haters allowed. (Steph intervention: Why do I sense this won't sit well with Khyrinthia?)

Liv of Liv's Book Reviews is hosting a contest for a copy of Death by Latte by Linda Gerber.

Lenore of Presenting Lenore is giving away Chalice by Robin McKinley, Schooled by Anisha Lakhani and Beautiful Americans by Lucy Silag.

There aren't really many contests I found this week.. If you have one please feel free to bring it to my attention. If you want to make sure your contest is mentioned, please feel free to email me or Steph.

Author Musings
(Compiled by Kristi)

*random Steph intervention* Before handing it over to Kristi, I just want to post a special author announcement: One of my blog's followers, Kimberly Derting, is getting published!

Kimberly Derting’s THE BODY FINDER, weaving coming-of-age romance into the story of a sixteen-year old girl with trying to find purpose in her ability to find dead bodies of murder victims through the imprints they leave behind on the world and on their killers, who herself becomes the prey of a serial killer, to Gretchen Hirsch at Harper, in a good deal, for publication in August 2009, by Laura Rennert at Andrea Brown Literary Agency (World).

Apparently Ms Derting has known this since AUGUST but she's been sneaky and not said a word until the deal was properly announced. Y'all, this is huge. Congrats, Kimberly!

Back to Kristi...

A.S. King (The Dust of 100 Dogs) was busy doing interviews and guest blogs this week. Did you know she loves Utz cheeseballs and hot baths!

Alexa Young (Frenemies) was all about shameless self promotion this week, but we still love her!

Ally Carter (The Gallagher Girls Series) is looking for her lost mojo... Why do I think of cheesy lines from Austin Powers when I see the word mojo.

If you thought you had a crazy week, you should check out Amanda Ashby's (Zombie Queen of Newbury High) post on her's. Welcome to Crazy Town!

Aprilynne Pike (Wings) celebrated an anniversary!! And she has a timeline to explain all that stuff that happens behind the scenes while we are waiting for Wings to hit the shelves. I'm just wondering if we are ever going to see the cover of this masterpiece!!

Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth) has a post on honey, baby, sweetheart, snookums.... I mean terms of endearment.

Cyn Balog (Fairy Lust) now has her own personal cyber footprint. Visit her new website:

Diana Peterfreund (Rampant) continues the Unicorns vs. Zombies campaign. She's also been sick this week, so go leave her some love.

Elizabeth Scott (Living Dead Girl) shared the cover of her new novel Love You, Hate You, Miss You. Gorgeous, just simply Gorgeous.. darling!!

Holly Black (Ironside) shares her views on the Unicorn vs. Zombies debate.

I'm not even going to mention Justine Larbalestier (How to Ditch Your Fairy) because of her blatant support of Team Zombie

Lisa Schroeder (I Heart You, You Haunt Me) has great news about her MG novel It's Raining Cupcakes! CONGRATS Lisa!!

Maggie Stiefvater (Lament) shared her adventures in New York!!

Mandy Hubbard (Prada & Prejudice) has a Teaser Tuesday post from her next possible novel Shattered... me likey!

Mari Mancusi (Boys that Bite) celebrated the release of her new novel Gamer Girl!

Melissa Marr (Ink Exchange) got a special delivery this week from the UPS guy this week. Not that kind of delivery.. sicko, she got a box full of Fragile Eternity ARCs!!

Melissa Walker (The Violet Series) did a cover stories post with Dead Girl Walking by Linda Joy Singleton. I love when she does these! And she also gave a shout out to The Story Siren this week! Thanks Melissa!

Cassandra Clare's (City of Ashes) identity was stolen this week!! Actually someone started a Twitter account posing as her! You know you've hit the big time when someone pretends to be you on Twitter. (For some reason you have to be logged into LiveJournal to view her post... sorry about that)

P.C. Cast (Untamed) announced that The House of Night Series is hitting the Big Screen!

R.J. Anderson (Faery Rebel) revealed the U.S cover for Faery Rebel: Spell Hunter! (Steph: the one on the right is the UK cover. I'm not that stupid :P)

Group Author blogs you should check out:


Books, Boys, Buzz

Nineteen Teen

Ya Fresh

YA Edge (Just recently discovered this one!)

Author of the Week

Libba Bray
Libba Bray is the author of five and a half plays, a few short stories and essays and lots of things that, in her words, "should never see the light of day." She has worked as a waitress, a nanny, a burrito roller, a publishing plebe, and an advertising copywriter. Raised in Texas on a steady diet of British humor, underground bands, suburban dysfuntion, and bad TV, she somehow managed to escape with only a few serious deranged haircuts. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and son.

Find out more at

Blogger Blurbs
(Compiled by Steph)

Gabrielle of Innovative reviewed This Book Isn't Fat, It's Fabulous by Nina Beck: "The book was fun and there were some awesome one-liners. I appreciated how Beck pointed out the obvious problems in any Riley-D romance and Eric can pretty much take me to prom right now."
And hey, Lenore did too! "Not only did I have fun reading this book, I had a big old goofy smile on my face at the end. Go Riley!"

Jia of Dear Author reviewed Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi: "The best comparison for this book is that it’s like cotton candy. It’s pleasant and sweet while you’re consuming it, but the next day it’s a vague memory."

Reader Rabbit reviewed Savvy by Ingrid Law: "Final Verdict: Despite not being much about savvies, Ingrid Law makes this novel worth reading because of her motley array of characters and Mibs' storytelling."

Kelsey of Just Blinded Book Reviews reviewed Sleepless by Terri Clark: "I loved Trinity’s sarcasm it me laugh out loud countless time while reading this; it was just her whole attitude that throughout the book that really made her so likeable as a character."

Chelsea of The Page Flipper reviewed I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin: "The author approached the topic of teen pregnancy with delicacy. She didn't scold or point fingers (Annie's Baby, anyone?); teen pregnancy is a reality, and she made the story revolve around a healthy teen relationship that simply took a hard turn, rather than a simple fling."

Sophie of Mrs. Magoo Reads reviewed Violet in Private by Melissa Walker: "I have to say, though, I am increasingly confused by the marketing of this series. They seem to be promoted as very beach-y, pro-model books, and yet the books come across as anti-model/fashion world and reveal the bad messages that that world can give out. Does anybody else feel this way, or am I missing something?"

Brina of YA New York reviewed The DeVouring by Simon Holt: "I swear, the night I read this book for the first time, I couldn’t go to sleep. And the night I read it again, I couldn’t get to sleep either. I myself have read very little horror, but this tale was chock full of terrors. Clowns, for example. Very, very scary clowns. I really hate clowns."

Rachael of The Book Muncher reviewed In Too Deep by Jennifer Banash: "I think I must emphasize how great it is that The Elite series is the Gossip Girl series once it’s grown a conscience. Readers will be drawn into the extravagant and high-end lifestyles of New York’s upper class as well as sympathize with these spoiled teens’ issues."

Becky of Becky's Book Reviews reviewed You Know Where To Find Me by Rachel Cohn: "I think that You Know Where To Find Me will either appeal to you...or not. It wasn't quite my thing. I know it sounds awful to not like Miles. After all, she doesn't love herself or respect herself...and someone needs to love her. But other than the fact that at one point Miles loved to read, really loved to read, we have very little in common. I guess I've just never felt so deeply-troubled and angry and despondent."

Alea of Pop Culture Junkie posted a new Lookalikes!

Taren of The Chick Manifesto reviewed Masquerade by Melissa de la Cruz: "Hot damn! These books have more twists and turns than my back did before scoliosis surgery!"

(Um... that's nice, Tar. :))

Okay, I'm gonna have to cut this one short because today = mom traveling abroad and I have to help her out with stuff.

Book of the Week

A Great and Terrible Beauty
It’s 1895, and after the suicide of her mother, 16-year-old Gemma Doyle is shipped off from the life she knows in India to Spence, a proper boarding school in England. Lonely, guilt-ridden, and prone to visions of the future that have an uncomfortable habit of coming true, Gemma’s reception there is a chilly one. To make things worse, she’s been followed by a mysterious young Indian man, a man sent to watch her. But why? What is her destiny? And what will her entanglement with Spence’s most powerful girls—and their foray into the spiritual world—lead to?

Our Reviews

Kristi reviewed: Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead, Poseur: The Good, The Fab and The Ugly by Rachel Maude and Moonstone by Marilee Brothers.

Steph: Nada... Oops!


Nice weekend, everyone!


Alea said...

No reviews from you? Now that you pointed it out I'm all sad :( But it's nice of you to help your mom out, I hope her travels include picking up some books for you! As always, thanks for mentioning me, someday I'll have an actual YA review LOL!

Amee said...

Terri Clark is having a contest on her MySpace blog. And Lisa McMann's contest is still going till Tuesday. So there are a couple contests if you wanted to add them. ;)

Anonymous said...

I just put up a contest last night, in which I'm giving away a signed copy of Vampire Kisses #1 by Ellen Schreiber to a winner and also as a second prize, the second volume of the Vampire Kisses manga (plus some swag!).

Great roundup! :)

A.S. King said...

Great round up as always! Since it fell through the cracks, I want to mention The Book Muncher's AWESOME review of D100D from last weekend. I know. I'm shameless. But it was just so nice, and I seem to have issues about holding back this week. >,<

Christy Raedeke said...
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Christy Raedeke said...

What a fabulous discovery your blog was this morning! Can't believe I haven't seen this yet. I blather about your amazing site on my blog today:


Khy said...

"(Steph intervention: Why do I sense this won't sit well with Khyrinthia?)"
I have no idea why you would sense that. No idea at all.

holed up in a book said...

heyy, thought i should let you know that i'm hosting a contest on my site:

thankss :)

R.J. Anderson said...

Excellent roundup as usual! And thanks so much for the mention of Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter! I am gleeful.

Kimberly Derting said...

Loved the post…especially the part where *YOU ANNOUNCED MY BOOK DEAL!* Thanks so much for the mention!!!

Oh, and “Steph intervention”…sounds like a new reality show for MTV.

Anonymous said...

Your blog is so great, Steph. I can't believe how much stuff I would have missed this week in the writing-world otherwise! Thanks for including my new site :) Cyn

Meredith said...

This was a great week, once again. I really do love this feature!

Melissa Walker said...

Hey, you guys! Thanks so much for the love. I also am so interested by the "marketing" comment from Mrs. Magoo--I'll post my thoughts on her blog.

So glad you do this--it helps me keep up!

the story siren said...

excellent job Steph!

Em said...

I read Ally Carter's Mojo post. Hilarious!

Great round-up, as usual! :)

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