Saturday, August 16, 2008

Young Adult Weekly (Week of August 10th - 16th)

Hey, all! As you know, this is the return of my weekly segment on the YA book world. In the past, while I was actively doing this, remember how I included author and reviewer links, as well as new releases for that week?

Well, that was boring me. (And also, some other reviewers started doing the exact same thing >.< )Check out one of the new YA Weekly features, a weekly contest to accompany it. Other new features will be made prominent when I have enough resources ;)

... hope you enjoy! Also, if you're looking for a more frequent update in the book world, go over to YA Fabulous. Now that site rocks this newsreel bit!

From the authors...

A.S. King
(The Dust of 100 Dogs) has got her own property here on Reviewer X - scroll down to the end of my sidebar! She's also in the middle of copyedits. Visit her over on MySpace and leave comments begging for more frequent, ACTUAL blog updates.

Alexa Young (Frenemies) talks about double entredes and wordplays, a subject inspired by the first ever Alexa-sighting of a preschool book on cutting. Take from that what you will.

Jennifer Ziegler (How NOT To Be Popular) kindly donated one of her books for this week's giveaway. She's got a cyber-hugs credit statement from Reviewer X. Thanks, Jenny!

Melissa Walker (Violet In Private) wrote what I think may be the best blog post this week. You know the Olympic Opening Ceremony singer switchup fiasco? Well, Melissa wrote her own thoughts on that, which I agree with 100%. Thanks for that, Melissa.

Debbie Reed Fischer (Braless in Wonderland) has been getting positive buzz on her forthcoming novel from Flux, Swimming With The Sharks. In that same post, she also talks about the Olympic Opening Ceremony singer switchup.

Cecilia Galante (The Patron Saint of Butterflies)'s debut, Patron Saint of Butterflies, is one of the NAIBA Book of the Year Award winners! It is also on Oprah's first ever list of best books for kids! [Via email from Cecilia - congrats!]

Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth) is very, very close to having her website go live. She'd love any tips about what she can add in for content - scurry over, avid reader people!

Aprilynne Pike (Wings) blogs about all the exciting stuff you can expect from the Feast of Awesome 2009 Debutantes, a group she's part of. May I just say, that group's hot. Cannot wait to see their books hit shelves. Visit them online at (best. URL. ever.)

Elizabeth Scott (Living Dead Girl)'s book, Perfect You, is in its fourth print run in the three months since its release; Stealing Heaven is in its second. This is a bit delayed, as far as news reporting goes, but yay Elizabeth!

This is from last month but funny anyhow: Libba Bray (The Sweet Far Thing) posted about funny t-shirt slogans. Example? EVERY TIME YOU POST WITH CAPS LOCK ON / ee cummings kills a kitten.

Justine Larbalestier (How To Ditch Your Fairy) talks about the difference between popular books and critically acclaimed books in black, white, and all the shades of gray.

Stephanie Kuehnert (I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone) is quitting her day job . . . !

Jennifer Echols (The Boys Next Door) shares her experiences with both styles of writing - in isolation and with critique partners.

From the reviewers...
(The reviewers included here are for the most part randomly added. If you're not one of the ones regularly added [sorry about that, but there are so many on my blogroll], feel free to email me to have your link added next week.)

Smart Bitches Trashy Books are very awesome not only by virtue, but also because they reviewed a YA book this week! Check out their review of Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott.

Reviewer X reviewed The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson (with QnA) and Teach Me by R. A. Nelson.

The Ravenous Reader has got a set of mini reviews going. She also reviewed The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray.

nineseveneight reviewed Truancy by Isamu Fukui, Twice Upon a Marigold by Jean Ferris, and Psyche in a Dress by Francesca Lia Block.

Presenting Lenore reviewed Rules for Saying Goodbye by Katherine Taylor and Death by Latte by Linda Gerber. She also interviewed a publist.
Page Flipper reviewed White Darkness by Geraldine McCaughrean.

All Five Stars reviewed Severed Ties by Kevin Krohn.

Book Chic reviewed What Happens Here by Tara Altebrando, Cruel Summer by Alyson Noël, and The Guy Next Door by Carol Culver.

Pop Culture Junkie reviewed Violet in Private by Melissa Walker.

Becky's Book Reviews reviewed Stop in the Name of Pants by Louise Rennison.

Plenty of Paper
reviewed The Elite by Jennifer Banash.

bookshelves of doom reviewed How To Ditch Your Fairy by Justine Larbalestier.

From the Corner of Megan's Mind (still lusting after your title, Megan) reviewed The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard.

Frenetic Reader reviewed Local Girls by Jenny O'Connell and Rich Boys by Jenny O'Connell.

Kelsey from Just Blinded Book Reviews had her first interview this week! Check out her chat with Such a Pretty Girl and Leftovers author, Laura Wiess.

Becky's Book Reviews reviewed Stop in the Name of Pants by Louise Rennison.

Contest inventory...
[Best source of contest links in the YA book blogger world is Book Muncher's list.]

Elizabeth Scott is always having awesome contests, but I think she may have outdone herself in this one. The prize is FIVE books of your choice for FIVE winners. Go enter. Ah, here's wishing I were a US-lander.

Bookluver Carol is having a contest where first place winner gets two books of their choice from her selection and second place winner gets one. Among the prizes are Evernight by Claudia Gray, Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs (signed), and Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith.

Win The Possibilities of Sainthood by Donna Freitas over at Book Chic's blog. [Ends today]

Chelsea (Page Flipper)'s weekly contests are back! This week you can win Westminster Abby by Micol Ostow.

Released this week...

New Yorker Gillian Chang starts her second term at posh SpencerAcademy boarding school in San Francisco prepared to focus on her studies, her faith, and her friends. She plays a dozen musical instruments and can recite the periodic table of the elements backward. She's totally prepared for everything--except love! She's falling hard for Lucas Hayes, who isn't even a senior yet and is already aiming at a Ph.D. in physics from Stanford. The problem is, she never seems to be able to measure up and be the girlfriend he wants. He's under a lot of pressure from his parents to achieve--maybe that's why he's short-tempered sometimes. But even a thick-skinned girl like Gillian can only take so much.

With her heart on the line, Gillian conceals more and more from her friends. So when she's accused of selling exam answer sheets, even her girlfriends, Lissa Mansfield and Carly Aragon, wonder if it can be true. Gillian will need the power of honesty--with herself and with Lucas--to show what she's really made of.

Dumbfounded by Matt Rothschild (I. Want. This. Book!)
What fresh hell is this?

I stopped, dumbfounded. My grandmother was at my bedroom door. “What the hell are you doing?” she asked, surprised but not angry. I looked down at my dress. “Playing school.” My grandmother began stroking her chin. Clearly, there were several ways she could take this conversation. “Matthew, what are you wearing?” I could see that she didn’t really want to ask this question but felt she had to. “A dress,” I said. . . . “And where did you get this dress?” she asked. . . . “I found it?” My grandmother sighed. “So you’ve been wandering around the women’s department at JC Penney? Do you expect me to believe you couldn’t find a better dress than that?”

The only Jewish family in a luxury Fifth Avenue building of WASPs, the senior Rothschilds took over the responsibility of raising their grandson, Matt, after his mother left him for Italy and a fourth husband. But rearing Matt was no small task—even for his sharp-tongued grandmother, a cross between Lauren Bacall and Bea Arthur, and a lady who Matt grew to love deeply.

Matt secretly wore his grandmother’s dresses, shoplifted Barbies from FAO Schwarz, invented an imaginary midget butler who he addressed at dinner parties, and got kicked out of nearly every elite school in Manhattan—once for his impersonation of Judy Garland at a recital. He was eventually sent to a boarding school (his grandmother had to ransom off a van Gogh to get him in). But as funny as his hijinks are now, at the time they masked a Jewfroed, chubby, lovable kid, sexually confused and abandoned by his mother, trying to fit in among the precious genteel world he was forced to live in.

Matt Rothschild—the man David Sedaris could have been if he’d grown up in an esteemed family on Manhattan’s Upper East Side—tells the story of his childhood with humor, honesty, and unlikely compassion for his eccentric relatives, including his mother, in this bitingly entertaining and unexpectedly tender memoir of family dysfunction.

ERNIE HAS ARRIVED! And so has the future. Except it’s not the future Ned, Suzi, and Roop imagined. Vorg, the evil master of time, has traveled into the past and changed the future. MegaCity is no more. In fact, the planet’s a mess Kids everywhere are afraid of Vorg and his Klenn henchmen. It’s up to the Time Surfers to make things right again. With his best friend by his side, Ned is ready for an all-out battle to save the future. But is it too late?

SUMMER IS ALMOST here and there’s only one thing standing between Ned and freedom—his duty as a Time Surfer. When Roop and Suzi arrive from the future and tell Ned his surfie’s been seen around MegaCity, Ned knows he’s in big trouble. And with trouble comes Vorg. Vorg’s hatching a plan to eliminate the Time Surfers forever. And Ned Banks is first on his list.

Mexican White Boy by Matt de la Pena
DANNY’S TALL AND skinny. Even though he’s not built, his arms are long enough to give his pitch a power so fierce any college scout would sign him on the spot. A 95 mph fastball, but the boy’s not even on a team. Every time he gets up on the mound he loses it.

But at his private school, they don’t expect much else from him. Danny’s brown. Half-Mexican brown. And growing up in San Diego that close to the border means everyone else knows exactly who he is before he even opens his mouth. Before they find out he can’t speak Spanish, and before they realize his mom has blond hair and blue eyes, they’ve got him pegged. Danny’s convinced it’s his whiteness that sent his father back to Mexico. And that’s why he’s spending the summer with his dad’s family. Only, to find himself, he might just have to face the demons he refuses to see right in front of his face.

Moxy Maxwell Does Not Love Writing Thank-You Notes by Peggy Gifford
It isn't as though Moxy isn’t grateful for her Christmas presents. She is. She’s just not thrilled that she has to write a thank-you note for each one by tomorrow . . . or she will not be allowed to fly to Hollywood to attend a starstudded.

Hollywood bash with the father she hasn’t seen in three years. And writing thank-you notes is not something that a world-class Creative Type relishes doing. But it is more than writing thank-you notes that finally prevents Moxy from taking her trip. When her father cancels at the last minute, Moxy is forced to deal with the reality of a situation she doesn’t want to accept, and can’t change. But, not surprisingly, she rises to the occasion brilliantly.

The Order of Odd-Fish by James Kennedy
Jo Larouch has lived her 13 years in the California desert with her Aunt Lily, ever since she was dropped on Lily’s doorstep with this note: This is Jo. Please take care of her. But beware. This is a dangerous baby. At Lily’s annual Christmas costume party, a variety of strange events take place that lead Jo and Lily out of California forever—and into the mysterious, strange, fantastical world of Eldritch City. There, Jo learns the scandalous truth about who she is, and she and Lily join the Order of Odd-Fish, a collection of knights who research useless information. Glamorous cockroach butlers, pointless quests, obsolete weapons, and bizarre festivals fill their days, but two villains are controlling their fate. Jo is inching closer and closer to the day when her destiny is fulfilled, and no one in Eldritch City will ever be the same.

Possession by Chris Humphreys
Rune, magic, time, travel, transformation: Sky’s grandfather opened up a world of limitless possibility . . . then asked the impossible. He asked Sky to kill a man. Sky and Kristin know they have to stop Sigurd. But how, when he can possess any person, any beast, at will? Once more, the answer is to be found back along the bloodlines. The secret of possession lies in Meg, an accused witch, and in Matthew, the Witchfinder determined to capture her. But the price for knowing what Sigurd knows is steep—to defeat their grandfather, will they have to become exactly like him?

In this thrilling conclusion to the Runestone Saga, the final choice between everlasting life and the necessity of death will be made at one of the great turning points in history—a battle, quite literally, for all time. And the outcome rests precariously on one final cast of the runes. . . .

THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD Joe is the ultimate trophy kid. His adoptive parents are Hollywood’s favorite power couple, Academy Award–winning actress Greta Powell and actor/director/political candidate Robert Francis. Life with them has been one big photo-op since Joe became a war orphan at the ripe old age of three. And what better way for Greta and Robert to celebrate how far Joe’s come—and how much they’ve helped him—than for Joe to describe his experiences in a moving autobiography?Of course, Greta and Robert don’t actually intend for Joe to write the book himself. Or for him to include any unflattering details about them. That’s why they’ve hired an experienced professional for the job. But Tom Dolan is no ordinary writer, and he’s determined to help Joe tell the real story of growing up with the two most famous celebrities in America. Even if it means going back to Joe’s homeland, with his image-conscious parents in tow. . . .

Beauty and the Bully by Andy Behrens
What wouldn’t a guy do to get the girl?

How will garage band front man Duncan ever get the attention of his goddess like classmate Carly, who’s so busy trying to save the world that she won’t even look in his direction? An idea hits him, literally: when Duncan accidentally bruises himself, Carly wants to know who punched him, and vows to take care of “poor widdle Dunky.” But as his black eye fades, so does Carly’s devotion. Duncan needs a plan. He needs impending danger. He needs a BULLY. The search is on.

This hilarious novel plays with the certainty that teenage boys will do just about anything to get a girl’s attention.

Next week on Reviewer X...
The usual =)

And now I leave you with...

Comment with "[contest entry]" to win a copy of Jennifer Ziegler's Alpha Dog. (Be SURE to include the "[contest entry]". Lots of people comment here for other reasons and I want to be sure you're entering the contest or not. Entries that do not clarify the such are NOT counted.)

Extra entries may be earned by blogging about it or adding a link to your contest sidebar. Contest goes on until next Young Adult Weekly!

That is all! Have a nice weekend, everyone!


Amee said...

Yay! It's back! Thanks for the great links. Seriously, I let you do all the reading and then I choose from your list what blogs to read (aside from my regulars, I mean).

Anyway, I want to enter the contest and will post a link in my sidebar. :D

Lenore Appelhans said...

So thrilled to see YA Weekly back and what a great collection of links!

Enter me in the contest (also a mega-cool idea ;)

asdfjkl; said...

Cool! I wasn't reading your blog when you had this before so this is all new to me. Very handy.

Could you please enter me in your contest? Thanks.

Anonymous said...

YAY!! I'm so glad YA Weekly is back! :) I've missed it- thanks so much for including me, my reviews, and my contest!

By the way, if you need any help compiling links or whatever from my site or others, let me know. You know where to find me. :P

And I'd absolutely love to enter your contest for Alpha Dog! :) I have yet to read a Jennifer Ziegler book, so this would be a perfect chance to make me read one, lol.

Chelsie said...

Please enter me in the contest!

And yay for YA weekly! I always loved this... it's such fun :D Although probably more fun for the readers than the person making the list...

paperxxflowers said...

It's also my birthday today too :]


Chelsea said...

Yaaaaay! You have no idea how happy I am right now. I missed YA weekly so incredibly much.

And thanks for the mention. :)

Liv said...

Enter me in the contest please! I've been wanting to read Alpha Dog for a while.
Also, could you add my blog link to next week's "reviewer" section? That would be great. Thanks!

Carolina said...

You brought back Young Adult weekly! YAY! Please enter me in the contest. The books I'm giving away are on my right sidebar. I already gave away Oh.My.Gods and Evernight. I still got Tantalize and some other books. Can you please change it?And thanks for including my contest in the YA weekly! :)

Carolina said...

Can you also change the link to my contest? Thanks! :D

Carolina said...

Oh and I'm having an international contest.:) Here's the link:

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Enter me! and yay for bringing this back!!! You know i was quite excited. it's always fun when people are willing to compile links...:)

Gabbi said...

I'd love to enter your contest, Steph. And also...Yay for the return of YA Weekly! People have been copying you? That's no fun...

Meredith said...

[contest entry]

I am so glad that YAW is back. I really enjoyed it when you had it earlier this year. It was one of the main reasons I started visiting your blog.
This weeks' was just as good as all the rest!


Unknown said...

Yay for YA Weekly! Thanks for plugging my blog, too. I really need to get back to that whole, um, blogging thing...esp. now that I've finished the FINAL (and I really do mean/think FINAL) round of revisions for FAKETASTIC. WOO HOO. Off to outline book three now. Just wait till you hear about THAT one. Methinks it's gonna be good. Hope you're doing well, too. XO

A.S. King said...

Okay. You just slayed me. I am slayed. Actual blog posts postponed again. School starts in a week and we haven't gone shopping yet. Or, in haiku:

Picture me twitching
as I drag my tomboy clone
to buy size 1 shoes

YA Book Realm said...

Ohh my first YA Weekly at Reviewer X's,great idea! I look forward to more in the future. :D

Oh, and please enter me to the contest.


Unknown said...

Thanks for the link. :)

I am glad you're back, because I missed the new releases section. I wouldn't even know where to start looking for that information, and you're the only YA blogger that I've found that takes the time to collect it, although some of the SF/F blogs would include YA SF/F. That's just a small sample, though. Yours is awesome!

I also ♥ your author section. Very cool.

Anonymous said...

Glad you're back! This list of links is truly awesome. Yay Steph!

the story siren said...

yes, i pilfered your idea. well, yours and cynsational news from Cyntia Leitich Smith. i wouldn't say i'm doing the exact same thing, but similar. sorry about that....

Leigh Purtill said...

Good stuff, Steph! I already checked out a couple of those author links and reviews...

Khy said...

Yay YA Weekly! Great post.

And enter me in the contest, please. (:

Alea said...

OMG! I was scrolling through, seeing what's new this week. And you totally included me! How sweeeeeeet! I wanted to know have you read American Wife yet? I started it yesterday and am loving it!

PS. I'd love to enter your contest!

Anonymous said...

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Breanna said...

I'm so glad you brought YAW back. I missed it!

Please enter me in the contest for Alpha Dog =)


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