Friday, May 9, 2008

Young Adult Weekly (Week of May 4th-10th)

Hey y'all, welcome to the fourth ever Young Adult Weekly!

As I hope many of you know by now, Young Adult Weekly is a compilation of links from around the YA sphere. To get your link added in future posts please email me at reviewerx (at)

Now let's get started!

Young Adult Weekly
Week of May 4th-10th

From the authors...

Jennifer Ziegler (How NOT To Be Popular) posted about all things moms are. It's a really nice post, check it out!

Before you ask, YES, A.S. King (The Dust of 100 Dogs) is still awesome. Now, A.S., time to post a new blog, don't you think? ;)

Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) posts about all of the readings going on in NYC this week! She said she might read from Going Bovine on Wednesday night, and my question is, DID SHE?

Alexa Young (Frenemies) posted about her author photo, which I think looks awesome. And reminder for people who like marking stuff on their calendars: Frenemies? Yeah, that's out on May 13th. Jot it down.

Meg Cabot (Airhead) posted a long post--and it was funny. That's all you need to know. Oh, and she posted a new video, so that's something to check out too!

Tera Lynn Childs (Oh. My. Gods.) has certainly been in the spotlight this week, with her launch party over at Books, Boys, Buzz, the interview she did at Amanda Ashby's (You Hatd Me At Halo) blog, and her guest blog over at Book Chic!

Robin Friedman (Nothing) did a wonderful blog with Ellen Wittlinger (Parrotfish)!

Diana Rodriguez Wallach (Amor And Summer Secrets) proclaimed that yes you can judge a book by it's cover.

Jennifer Echols (The Boys Next Door) talked about fashion choices and her favorite clothes. :)
Jody Gehrman (Triple Shot Betty) posted about her trip back to a high school to promote her latest book out.

Bev Rosenbaum (Beyond Cool) posted about celebrity crushes she just does not understand. I gotta agree with Justin Timberlake!

Melissa Walker (Violet by Design) posted about a new book she read, Veronica by Mary Gaitskill.

Ally Carter (Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy) posts 17 things you didn't know about the Gallagher Girls books!

Scott Westerfeld (Extras) posts about Maureen Johnson's latest book, Suite Scarlett!

Sara Zarr (Sweethearts) posts a recommendation for a writing-advice book! I know many of the reviewers are aspiring writers too (myself included), so this may be helpful.

Stephenie Meyer (The Host) posts a huge thanks to all the fans who showed up so far in the The Host tour!

Megan McCafferty (Fourth Comings) posts about the fifth Jessica Darling book (!!), which is entitled Perfect Fifths! It comes out in about a year. Meanwhile, I have to devour the third and the fourth book...

Check out all the new additions to the vlogbrother's channel, run by John and Hank Green (John wrote An Abundance of Katherines). I have been living under a rock for the past year and didn't realize they did vlogs, and that they were THIS funny. You gotta see it.

Claudia Gray (Evernight) is holding another contest where you have the chance to win some exciting books...

Linda Gerber (Death by Bikini) is giving away yet ANOTHER copy of Death by Bikini. Enter to win, as this is your last chance! (And it debuts next week!)

Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth) mentioned me in her blog!! Also, she's looking for some website tips, so if you'd like to see something special there, go tell her!

Wendy Toliver (The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren) was interviewed on NBC! Also, she mentioned me in her blog... :D

From the reviewers...

Reviewer X reviewed The Elite by Jennifer Banash, and also did an interview with Jennifer herself! Of course, there's more: The Secret Life of a Teenage Siren by Wendy Toliver was also reviewed.

Reader Rabbit reviewed Chasing Windmills by Catherine Ryan Hyde and Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas.

The Page Flipper
launched her new site! Check it out at!!

Book Chic interviewed Tera Lynn Childs!

The Story Siren had a Catherine Ryan Hyde guest blog! We all know how wonderful Catherine is, so go check it out...

From The Corner of Megan's Mind reviewed Whistling in the Dark. Incidentally, Megan's also having a contest where you can win a copy of Frenemies by Alexa Young. Go enter!

Liv's Book Reviews posted about her experience meeting Stephenie Meyer during the The Host tour!

Ms. Yingling Reads
has a fabulous blog going on! Check out her review of Young's Storm: The Infinity Code!

One Page is Not Enough reviewed Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess! (I actually really want to read this book =])

Read, Read, Read reviewed Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker, another book I'm dying to read!

The Book Muncher reviewed Ten Cents a Dance by Christine Fletcher! (I also have a forthcoming review of this, squee!)

Plenty of Paper reviewed the revered Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott!

Shooting Stars Magazine interviewed Josh Aterovis!

And Another Book Read reviewed Princess Ben by Catherine Gilbert Murdock!

Hope's Bookshelf is having a She's So Money week over at her blog.

Released this week...

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do by Niki Burnham, Terri Clark, Ellen Hopkins and Lynda Sandoval (On Amazon)
Niki Burnham, Terri Clark, Ellen Hopkins, and Lynda Sandoval give us four tales about the end of first love. How does anyone survive? Read on and find out. Each story showcases the writer's signature style: Niki Burnham keeps it smart and sassy; Terri Clark brings a touch of fantasy; Ellen Hopkins tells her story in verse; and no one does funny like Lynda Sandoval. For teens looking for something to get them through the pain, this is just the prescription!

The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan (On Amazon)
As an incoming freshman, Percy isn’t expecting his high school orientation to be any fun. But when a mysterious mortal acquaintance appears, followed by demon cheerleaders, things quickly move from bad to worse. In this fourth installment of the blockbuster series, time is running out as war between the Olympians and the evil Titan lord Kronos draws near. Even the safe haven of Camp Half Blood grows more vulnerable by the minute as Kronos’s army prepares to invade its once impenetrable borders. To stop them, Percy and his demigod friends will set out on a quest through the Labyrinth -- a sprawling underground world with stunning surprises at every turn. Full of humor and heart-pounding action, this fourth book promises to be their most thrilling adventure yet.

The Host by Stephenie Meyer (On Amazon)
Melanie Stryder refuses to fade away. The earth has been invaded by a species that take over the minds of their human hosts while leaving their bodies intact, and most of humanity has succumbed.

Wanderer, the invading "soul" who has been given Melanie's body, knew about the challenges of living inside a human: the overwhelming emotions, the too vivid memories. But there was one difficulty Wanderer didn't expect: the former tenant of her body refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.

Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of the man Melanie loves-Jared, a human who still lives in hiding. Unable to separate herself from her body's desires, Wanderer yearns for a man she's never met. As outside forces make Wanderer and Melanie unwilling allies, they set off to search for the man they both love.

Ever by Gail Carson Levine (On Amazon)
Falling in love is never easy, but falling in love with an immortal god while your days on earth are numbered is almost more than a young girl can bear.

Newbery Honor author Gail Carson Levine has created a stunning new world of flawed gods, unbreakable vows, and ancient omens in this spellbinding story of Kezi, a girl confronted with a terrible destiny. Attempting to thwart her fate, Kezi and her love, Olus -- the god of wind and loneliness -- embark on a series of dangerous and seemingly impossible quests.

What Happens Here by Tara Altebrando (On Amazon)
We were going to see the world together, Lindsay and I. We were going to eat it up, whole. But it didn't happen that way. It didn't happen that way at all....

When Chloe's parents decide to take her to Europe the summer before senior year of high school, she's ecstatic...she only wishes her best friend, Lindsay, could come too. Living in Las Vegas, they have long imagined the world through the casinos inspired by great cities and have vowed to travel the globe together someday. Unfortunately, Lindsay's parents won't agree to send her along.

So Chloe goes to Europe and sends postcards to Lindsay every day. But when she comes home, she must cope with shocking news that rips her family -- and Lindsay's -- apart. And as she tries to uncover the truth about what happened, Chloe soon begins to feel that Lindsay's brother, Noah, is the one person alive for whom she'd go to the ends of the earth....

Fat Hoochie Prom Queen by Nico Medina (On Amazon)
What does it take to be the queen?

Margarita "Madge" Diaz is fat, foxy, and fabulous. She loves herself, and is adored by almost everyone else...except queen bee/student-body president Bridget Benson. These two girls have a history that's uglier than a drag queen after last call. During a heated argument, they decide there's only one way to end their rivalry: be named prom queen and the other backs off -- for good.

Of course, everything looks different in the sober light of morning, but pride is at stake and the race is on. Madge is committed to doing whatever it takes to secure the title, but so is Bridget. And everyone's got something to hide.

Welcome to Winter Park High School, where the dirt's not just gonna's gonna go into freakin' orbit.

Ambition by Kate Brian (On Amazon) (Review forthcoming)
The higher you climb, the farther you have to fall....

Reed Brennan knew being elected president of exclusive Billings Hall would change her life. What she didn't count on was being dumped by her boyfriend, Josh Hollis, or being held responsible for a fire that destroyed Easton Academy's oldest building.

And now the administration wants to shut Billings down. Forever.

As president, it's up to Reed to save Billings Hall. What better way to win over the head­master than to host a glam fund-raising event in New York City? Everyone needs a date, and the newly single Reed is the most eligible girl on campus. All of Easton's hottest boys are angling to take her out, and for once, Reed's biggest problem is which one to choose.

Reed has never felt so popular or powerful -- until the police start asking questions about
Cheyenne Martin's death. Excited party buzz quickly turns to whispered rumors and dark moods, and one thing becomes clear: There is someone who wants to see Billings, and Reed, go down. And they will do anything to make it happen.

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters (On Amazon)
All over the country, a strange phenomenon is happening. Some teenagers who die aren't staying dead. They are coming back to life, but they are no longer the same -– they stutter, and their reactions to everything are slower. Termed "living impaired" or "differently biotic," they are doing their best to fit into a society that doesn't want them.

Fitting in is hard enough when you don't have the look or attitude, but when almost everyone else is alive and you're not, it's close to impossible. The kids at Oakvale High don't want to take classes or eat in the cafeteria next to someone who isn't breathing. And there are no laws that exist to protect the differently biotic from the people who want them to disappear -– for good.

With her pale skin and Goth wardrobe, Phoebe has never run with the popular crowd. But no one can believe it when she falls for Tommy Williams, the leader of the dead kids. Not her best friend, Margi, whose fear of the differently biotic is deeply rooted in guilt over the past. And especially not her neighbor, Adam, the star of the football team. Adam has just realized his feelings for Phoebe run much deeper than just friendship. He would do anything for her, but what if protecting Tommy is the one thing that would make her happy?

Coming next week to Reviewer X...

- Review of Triple Shot Betty
- Interview with Jody Gehrman
- Super-Secret-Stakes contest
- Other stuff I haven't yet decided

Sorry, no Reviewer Profile this week because the Triple Shot Betty review comes tomorrow, and the interview comes Sunday, and the contest comes Monday. So stay tuned for those!

Have a nice weekend everyone!


Anonymous said...

WOOOO! I got mentioned twice. This is such an amazing post- I completely love this idea, as I've said before, but I like saying it over and over, lol.

I was waiting for this all day again. I don't have much of a life.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Very nice! Great job, once again. And thanks for the mention. Super sweet of you...and yes, everyone read the interview b/c Josh is awesome and not a ton of people know who he is. :)


Amee said...

I love reading these! You do all the work to help keep me up to date on all things YA!

Steph said...

Hehe thanks BC! And yeah, thought you might like being mentioned in two sections XD

Lauren, no problem! :)

Ambeen, I am gonna whack you silly. Post a new review already!!


A.S. King said...

Man, do you totally ROCK or what?

Okay. I will post a new blog sometime this weekend. I promise. (You are inspiring me - thanks. I need that after my sucktastic attempts at blogging in the past.)

And I agree, this is really a great idea. I'm spreading the word...


Steph said...

Hehe thanks Amy! :) And glad you got the kick you needed to post something new. XD

Like I said before: It's not *I* who rock, it's thee.


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Contest going on now through here but it will be over before the end of the week. :) But more to come in the month of May!!!
You should check it out Steph and try and win something.


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