Sunday, September 7, 2008

YA Connection, August 31st - September 6th

Guess what? Kristi and I agreed on a name (that Kristi brought to the table): YA Connection. That is the dubbing of our merging. Like it? I certainly did!

Okay, last week's winner was someone who entered by email -- Kelly, I'll get your Amazon gift certificate out to you soon! For this week's contest, uh... I really had no idea what to do. So, I'll be giving away a paperback book of your choice! To enter, please email Extra entries can be earned by spreading the word (linking to THIS post) and also by going over to The Story Siren for the secret word and emailing it to me on your entry. (Tell me so in your email, please,) Contest ends next Saturday.

Without further ado:

YA Connection
(Week of August 31st - September 6th)

The 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.

At Mrs. Magoo Reads sign up to win a copy of She's So Money by Cherry Cheva and a Family Guy T-shirt!!

Em of Em's Bookshelf is giving away two copies of Savvy by Ingrid Law!

Enna Isilee of Squeaky Books is have a Birthday Extravaganza! Head over to her blog for all the specifics!

Words Speal Volumes is having a contest for The Elite by Jennifer Banash!

Kristi is having a contest for the complete Queen Geeks series. She's also holding a Monthly Contest, you can find more information on that, here!

Author Musings

*short this week due to Steph's obsessive studying schedule. Sorry! She knows she sucks!

A.S. King (The Dust of 100 Dogs) got An Abundance of Katherines from the library and blames Steph for "creating a [John Green] monster". [Source: Steph's MySpace comments.]

Alexa Young (Frenemies) seems to be back to blogging regularly again! Check out her latest news, including the fact that Frenemies has a new foreign rights sale!

Carrie Ryan (The Forest of Hands and Teeth) had an interesting phone conversation with her mom this week. And by interesting, we of course mean a little necrophilia. Funny how life can be stranger than fiction, no?

Jackson Pearce (As You Wish) talks about those hideous words we who have less-living experience-than-thou hear from time to time - "You're Young". Nice post for the writers out there, particularly those who are in fact young.

Meg Cabot (Airhead) talks about the inspiration (no, it's actually motivation) for getting a novel completely done. Among the reasons? Chocolate.

Justine Larbalestier (How To Ditch Your Fairy) then, respectfully, disagrees with Meg about some of her reasoning.

Taylor Morris (Total Knockout: Tales of an Ex-Class President) received her author copies this week!

Maureen Johnson (Suite Scarlett) had a post titled "Free Brisol Palin", in which she talks about teenage pregnancy. Most excellent post - do check it out.

Stacey Jay (You Are So Undead To Me) received her first review!

Author Spotlight

Susan McBride -- again! Last week we didn't do the mini interview with Susan, so this week, we're doing a rerun to give her the full experience. Behold:

Fill in the blank, the best thing about being a writer is

Where and when do you write?

I write full-time at home in my writing room. When I'm working on a book, my head is creating 24/7 so I'm at my desk as much as possible (though I'm up and down a lot and my husband prefers I don't work through weekends!)

What are you working on now?

The third DEBS novel, still untitled.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?

I've always loved to read and write, but I didn't consciously think, "I want to write as a career," until I was 19. It wasn't an easy road, but it was totally worth it. I feel like I'm living my dream now.

If you could tell your teen readers one thing, what would it be?

Take chances on new authors and new books (no matter what the cover looks like since authors don't get to choose theirs!). Be open to discovering worlds that aren't like your own. Email authors whose books you've enjoyed and tell them what you liked about their work. We love hearing from our readers!

Thanks, Susan!

Blogger Blurbs

*Extra long because Kristi, unlike Steph, did her share this week. =)

Tasha of And Another Book Read reviewed The Mysterious Benedict Society "While the book is directed at a more middle grade audience I still found myself enjoying the adventure and solving the riddles along with the children."

From The Corner of Megan's Mind has a mini interview with author Regina Scott.

Liv of Liv's Book Reviews read The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong and Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford.

Hope's Bookshelf has a review for Courage in Patience by Beth Fehlbaum and an interview with Teri Clark author of Sleepless.

The Book Muncher reviewed Unwind by Neal Shusterman. "I can’t really explain how amazing this novel was; you’ll just have to read it for yourself to understand."

The Magic of Ink reviewed Sovay by Celia Rees. "Having loved Pirates!, devoured Witch Child, and liked Sorceress, I expected to really enjoy Sovay, but regrettably it did not live up to my hopes."

Gabi of All Five Stars reviewed Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson. "It has everything that reluctant readers could want: non-stop action, (some) character development, government conspiracy plots, several settings."

Cat of Beyond Books reviewed Wake by Lisa McMann and Moonstone by Marilee Brothers.

Chelsea the Page Flipper reviewed The Host by Stephenie Meyer. "This was deep, disturbing, passionate writing that took humanity and twisted it into a completely bizarre situation that somehow still made sense."

Lenore of Presenting Lenore reviewed Far World Water Keep by J. Scott Savage. "Marcus’s character is the best thing about the book, and what elevates it from your run of the mill quest story to something more special."

Kyle of Book Review Maniac reviewed Severed Ties Volume 1 by Kevin Krohn. "At first i was really scared because it seemed like a book that I was not going to like but Kevin Krohn led the story in the right direction."

Tempesst of Temppatt Review reviewed Ghostgirl by Tonya Hurley. "With an unpredictable plot and characters so full of character, Ghostgirl is a great read and I am just dying to read more."

The Book Reader reviewed Prom by Laurie Halse Anderson. The characters were real, the story was entertaining, and the writing was just as amazing as we'd expect from such an awesome author."

Dominique of The Book Vault reviewed Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky. "But it’s an honest book that shows both the most agonizing and happiest parts of first love."

Just Blinded Book Reviews reviewed All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard. "This is the first book in a very long time that ever had the power to make me cry, it was so heartbreakingly sad."

Book Chic reviewed The Screwed-Up Life of Charlie the Second y Drew Ferguson, Cycler by Lauren McLaughlin and Amor and Summer Secrets by Diana Rodriguez Wallach.

Taylore of ReadRaveReview reviewed Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty by Jody Gehrman. "This books is wonderful from the first page to the last."

Reader Rabbit reviewed Madapple by Christina Meldrum. "Anyways, there's really only one thing to say. Madapple is brilliant."

Book~Adorer Forever Reading has an interview with Donna Freitas author of The Possibilities of Sainthood.

Carol of Bookluver Carol's Reviews has a interview with Robin Wasserman author of Hacking Harvard, the Seven Deadly Sins series and the upcoming novel Skinned.

The Ravenous Reader reviewed The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong. "The second half of The Summoning makes me think the rest of the series will be even better because all the introductory stuff is over now and we can get to the meat of the story without having to wait for the characters to catch up."

Amanda of The Reader's Sanctuary reviewed Just Breathe by Susan Wiggs. "Everyone and everything was so real to me when I was reading it, I had really vivid images in my head of everyone and the world she created in a small town in California."

Jocelyn of Teen Book Review reviewed Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott. "It’s dark and intense, chilling to think that while Alice’s story is fiction, terrible things like this do happen in the real world."

Our Reviews

Kristi reviewed Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls by Meg Cabot. Yes I know I'm pathetic, says Kristi!
Steph reviewed Leaving Paradise by Simone Elkeles, her first review in two weeks!

Book Spotlight

The Debs -- again!

The heat is on down South! Debutante season in Houston is under way and four ultraprivileged girls await their invitations from the illustrious Glass Slipper Club. Laura Delacroix Bell: This trust-fund baby's size-fourteen figure doesn't stop her from attracting hot boys or the admiring eye of the GSC selection committee. But a salacious secret could take her out of the running quicker than you can say "Rosebud." Michelle "Mac" Mackenzie: She'd rather bury her nose in a book than embrace her deb destiny.

But Mac's debut is her late mother's dream and her stepmother's obsession. If Mac doesn't bow out now, she may become the crankiest deb in Texas. Ginger Fore: She hopes to wear her grandmother's vintage ball gown on her big presentation day. But when a mysterious college guy puts Ginger's deb eligibility in jeopardy, she may end up wearing an unflattering orange jumpsuit instead. Jo Lynn Bidwell: A former beauty queen, she makes it her mission in life to take out the debu-trash. For now, Jo Lynn's sights are set on Laura Bell, and what she has in store for her bitter rival is anything but ladylike.

The Debs...high society doesn't get any lower than this.

In Other News...

Book Blogger Appreciation Week is still ongoing! Go to My Friend Amy's for details!

Don't forget to email to enter in the contest!

Have a nice week, everybody!


the story siren said...

yay! looks awesome! YA Connection rules!

Amee said...

I like the new name! Nifty. :)

Thanks for mentioning me. I don't know if you noticed but I am switching blogs. If you could include the new blog in your links next week I'd really appreciate it! Thanks!

Heather Zundel said...

This is the most amazing thing I've ever seen. There are so many links I couldn't even read them all before I had to comment. Steph and Kristi, this is awesome. This has reached a level of awesome I didn't know could exist in the book blogging-sphere. How often are your guys going to be updating the YA connection?

Steph said...

Heh, thanks guys!

Heather Z - we do it every week, alternating being posted on my blog and Kristi. So glad you like it!!


Alea said...

Yay for the best feature of the week! I'm reading Anatomy of a Boyfriend right now and it's GOOD! Not sure that I agree with the +14 plus business on the bookmark. 15-16+ sounds a little better to me.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I really do want to read anatomy of a boyfriend. it looks great.

nice name though. it's a good choice. and yay for another awesome week of funtastic stuff! :)


Anonymous said...

Kristi- you aren't pathetic! Allie Finkle rocks!! :)

Anyway, thanks so much for the mention!! I love going through these. :)

Ink Mage said...

Very cool new feature! I will definitely read it every week from now on.

Thanks for mentioning my review of Sovay!

Gabbi said...

Love the new title.

Shooting Stars Mag-

I got a copy of Anatomy of a Boyfriend from Daria Snadowski to review. She's giving copies out for the upcoming release of the paperback. I bet if you e-mailed her, she'd send you a copy.

Btw, thanks for the mention of my review, guys!

Anonymous said...

Have I said how much I like this?

Thanks for the contest too!


dd said...

This is such an awesome idea! You both did such a great job on it! =) I especially love, love, love the Blogger Blurbs and Author Musings! ;)

~Lucy D =)

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