Friday, May 23, 2008

Young Adult Weekly (Week of May 18th-24th)

Hey all, welcome to the sixth installment of YAWeekly! This week's is gonna be short because I have Physics to get back to and thus can't compile too many links. Hope that's all right with everyone :)

The Ravenous Reader helped me with the Reviewer links this week, so thank you for that, Ambeen! Go ambush her site now, everyone!

From the authors...

In my attempt to mention Amy in every one of these posts, I'll post this: Have you checked out the Dust of 100 Dogs by A.S. King excerpt up here? (P.S. to Amy: this is becoming kind of like an inside joke, no? :P)

Tina Ferraro (How To Hook a Hottie) and Kelly Parra (Graffiti Girl) are giving away FOUR Airhead (by Meg Cabot) T-SHIRTS over at YA FRESH!

Stephanie Hale (Twisted Sisters) celebrates a new book sale over at the Books, Boys, Buzz blog! And a little birdie tells me she's also giving away three copies of Twisted Sisters, so, you know...

Alexa Young (Frenemies) talks about the post-publication hype surrounding her debut's release. And speaking of reviews for her book, tune in next week for mine.

Tera Lynn Childs (Oh. My. Gods) celebrates her starred review from Publisher's Weekly! This is a huge deal, everyone.

Alyson Noël (Cruel Summer) shares her experience at Fontana Library! It sounded awesome.

Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth) talks about how she came to love zombies. (I love Carrie's blog posts, I really do.)

Melissa Walker (Violet by Design) is giving away a copy of Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos. Melissa's blog is rigged with some fashion show info and photos, by the way, for any fashion fans around!

For those who've read Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde (The Day I Killed James), read this blog post--very inside-joke-ish!

Debbie Reed Fischer (Braless in Wonderland) posts pictures from a book signing event! It looked fun--especially that one shot of Debbie up on the podium. :)
P.C. and Kristin Cast (House of Night series) put up an updated FAQ section of their books!

Diane Rodriguez Wallach (Amor And Summer Secrets) posts about her trip to Italy. Jealous = me!

From the reviewers

Reviewer X had a slow week! Here's her review of Death by Bikini by Linda Gerber.

The Ravenous Reader bless her soul, helped me today compiling reviewer links! She reviewed tons of good stuff his week: The Day I Killed James by Catherine Ryan Hyde; Airhead by Meg Cabot; and Chill by Deborah Reber. Thanks, Ambeen!

Book Chic reviewed How to Be Bad and Madapple!

From The Corner of Megan's Mind reviewed Becoming Chloe by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Love that book, love Megan's blog's name, love that review.

Shooting Stars Mag is having an AWESOME batch of contests!
Win a marked up copy of both of Laura Wiess's books

Released this week...

Blood Roses by Francesca Lia Block
What shall we do, all of us?
All of us passionate girls who fear crushing the boys we love with our mouths like caverns of teeth, our mushrooming brains, our watermelon hearts?
What's real is what's imagined in nine tales of transformation by Francesca Lia Block.

Girlwood by Claire Dean
Polly Greene has always been considered strange, a girl who can see a person's true colors, a thirteen-year-old more comfortable foraging in the woods with her eccentric grandmother than hanging out with friends. But all that is about to change when Polly's older sister, Bree, vanishes into the woods. The only one who believes Bree can survive, Polly begins to leave food in the woods for her sister and finds a hidden grove she names Girlwood, where she believes Bree is burning a fire each night. Along with an odd but endearing group of friends, Polly clings to the hope that she can see her sister through the harsh, snowy winter. And, in the process, she discovers the cruelty, bounty, and magic of the woods. Will Polly save her sister? And even if she does, will Girlwood survive?

The Debutante by Kathryn Williams (Review Forthcoming!) (Guest Blog With Kathryn Forthcoming!)
Annie McRae has her whole senior year planned out. Early acceptance to Brown University, a field hockey scholarship to pay the bills, and days spent with her best friend Jamie and her boyfriend Jake. It is going to be perfect. Then her parents ruin it all by moving -- to Alabama. Now, Annie finds herself in an unfamiliar world where she isn't even sure she speaks the same language. To top it off, she discovers that if she ever wants to escape back to her comfortable Yankee life, she will have to become a debutante. As in white-dress-wearing, perfect-manners-practicing, curtsying girly-girl. Fighting every step of the way, Annie spends the year learning to be a lady. Along the way, she discovers that friends can come from the most unlikely of places and that change is not always a bad thing...

Ironhand by Charlie Fletcher
Now that George Chapman has upset the fragile truce between the warring statues of London, he has been drawn into a war that will test his mettle. He and Edie, a glint who can see the past, may have succeeded in their quest to find the Stoneheart, but their journey is far from over.
Edie and the Gunner, a statue of a World War I soldier, have been captured by the Walker, and it's up to George to save them. But first he must deal with the three strange veins, made of marble, bronze and stone, that have begun to grow out of his hand and curl around his wrist. Legend has it that unless he successfully completes three challenges, the veins will continue up his forearm, and eventually pierce through his heart.
As George struggles to find the strength within to face the choice he has made, to take the Hard Way, he is determined to use his power for good -- even as others wish to harness it for its great potential for evil.
Model: A Memoir by Cheryl Diamond (Wishlisted!)
There are 6.5 billion people on this planet. Sixteen of them are supermodels.
Every year, hundreds of the most beautiful people in the world come to New York to become models. At age fourteen, Cheryl Diamond was one of them.
Living on her own in a run-down apartment, Cheryl spent her days on go-sees, runways, and photo shoots. She watched other girls make mistakes, and swore she wouldn't be a victim...until a career-altering event changed her life and nearly ruined her shot at her dream.
This is the riveting, true account of Cheryl's triumphant rise, disastrous fall, and phoenixlike comeback in one of the hottest and most demanding industries in the world.

For a heme like Cole, life is a tightrope existence in which sunlight is his deadly enemy and one mistake could trap him underground, staring at the inside of a coffin lid, for eternity. After a century of wandering he may still look like a teenager, but he's known in the heme community for being observant, meticulous, and controlled—a master of life on the road.
When Cole is asked to take a newly created heme out for training, however, his usual caution may not be enough. If Gordon, the rookie who really is in his teens, can't cut ties with his old life and accept his new limitations, Cole will have to discreetly dispose of the kid—the same way a mad dog would be put down for the safety of society.
Cole thinks he can handle it. But no matter how carefully he plans, or how much he thinks he's in control, accidents still happen. . . .
Outcast by Michelle Paver
Torak crouched on a beach of black sand, his clothes in tatters, his face wild and hopeless as he lashed out with a flaming brand—lashed out at Wolf.
Ior two moons Torak has hidden a terrible secret—and now it is revealed. He bears the mark of the Soul-Eater and must pay the price. Cast out from the clans, he is alone and on the run: cut off from his best friend, Renn, and his beloved pack-brother, Wolf.

In the haunted reed-beds of Lake Axehead he is hunted by the Otter Clan and taunted by the Hidden People and, as soul-sickness claims him, falls prey to an even greater menace. Tormented by secrets and broken trust, he uncovers a deception that will turn his world upside down.

Outcast is a thrilling story of friendship, survival, and the need to belong. Like all the books in the Chronicles of Ancient Darkness, Outcast explores the complexities of an ancient world filled with good and evil.

Some friends fade away....Others disappear.

Imagine you and your best friend head out West on a cross-country bike trek.
Imagine that the two of you get into a fight -- and stop riding together.
Imagine you reach Seattle, go back home, start college.
Imagine you think your former best friend does too.
Imagine he doesn't.
Imagine your world shifting....
Shift is a tour de force -- a literary debut that'll knock the wind out of you as it explores the depths of loyalty, the depths of friendship, and the unknowable depths of another person.
Next week on Reviewer X...

- Oh God, so many negative reviews
- A Reviewer Profile
- Possibly an interview
- Awesome stuff
Have a nice weekend everyone!


Amee said...

Yay for YA Weekly. I love reading it, especially about the new releases. Even if it does usually mean my wishlist increases.

And no problem with the links. I was happy to be of service. ;)

Heather said...

as always, thanks for the mention and for the YA Weekly in itself. I love this thing!

TinaFerraro said...

Many thanks for mentioning YA FRESH again. :)

But I do want to clarify that we're doing something special this week, giving away four AIRHEAD t-shirts...

Hope readers will check us out!

Steph said...

Hey y'all, no problems! I'm so glad so many people get something out of this :)

Tina, oh, my bad! Just edited it! So I guess I'll be entering to win this one... :)


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Great job (once again) Steph! I really do love reading these.
Oh No! Some bad happens though. Gotta be as truthful as you can!!! :-)


TinaFerraro said...

Thanks for making that change, and for entering, too!

Anonymous said...

Ooo, negative reviews, eh? I wonder what they're of.

Anyway, thanks so much for the mention and for doing this! This brightened my day- I'd actually completely forgotten that it was Friday, i.e. YA Weekly day! Good thing I subscribed to your LJ cross-posting. :)

Anonymous said...

que cool...I love these it when I know it...and get that ...How did I miss that one...when I don't...



Unknown said...

Hmmm...FRENEMIES will be reviewed next week...and there will be lots of negative reviews next week. My math isn't great, but putting two and two together, sounds like it's time for me to PARTY! YEAH! Woo hoo! Seriously know there's nothing I love more than a bad review. And at least there will be some useful feedback. Right? Right?! XO

Steph said...

Lauren -- Edited your contests in :) Sorry about forgetting once again >.< This has been a busy week.

Tina -- no problem!

Book Chic -- I knew that LJ feed would come in handy sometime :)

Zulmara - I really like you, you know that? Thanks for being ever-present on my blog :)

Alexa -- Thanks for stopping by! Love your presence around.


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Steph: hah it's quite alright, but thanks for posting about them!!! :)


A.S. King said...

Oh - you are too much! :P

Thanks for the mention - again! I was in the bookstore tonight and saw a lot of these new releases! So much to read! So little time!


stephhale said...

Hey Steph,

Thanks for the Buzz Girl shout-out!


Melissa Walker said...

You are keeping me so up to date even as I bury my head in new writing. Thanks, Steph!

Anonymous said...

Hi Steph, I know this is a little late but just wanted to say thank you for the mention! Keep on doing what you're doing, love the updates and info. My wishlist is growing, thanks to you! :) debbie

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