Saturday, September 27, 2008

YA Connection (Week of September 21st-27th)

Last week's winners were: Melissa N, Paradox, and *drumroll* Skyler! I know I said there were two copies to give away, but hell, I lied, there were three. So :P Please check your inboxes for a message from me, and get your addresses out to me ASAP.

This week's contest is for.......

PAPER TOWNS by John Green

OF THE GOLDEN BOOK. I heart it, and I'm sure those who win it will heart it too.

Same as usual - Extra entries by spreading the word (+ 1 for each place you get it out to) and also by going over to (+1) for this week's secret word. Since I'm anticipating many entries for this one, I'll send out confirmation emails. If you don't get one within a day, re-email (and mention that it's a re-entry because you never got the confirmation).

Just a note on how awesome the ARC is - you know how there's two covers? Well, the front is the yellow one and the back is the blue one. So you effectively get two covers. Heh. :)

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.

(compiled by Kristi)

Linda Joy Singleton (Witch Ball) is giving away a signed copy of Dead Girl Walking! Hurry the deadline is Sept. 30!

Liv of Liv's Book Reviews is giving away a signed copy of Song of the Sparrow.

At Harmony Book Reviews win a signed copy of Sleepless by Terri Clark.

Bookluver Carol has a your choice prize of a signed copy of Wish You Were Here or Picture Perfect by Catherine Clark.

Author Musings(Compiled by Kristi)

Heather Brewer (Ninth Grade Slays) will be at the Saint Louis Public Library's Schlafly's Branch (225 N. Euclid Ave. Saint Louis, MO 63108 - phone: (314) 367-4120) this coming Tuesday, September 30th at 6pm.

Justina Chen Headley (Girl Overboard) new neighbors and Chinese traditions!

Kieran Scott (Geek Magnet) posted about her favorite shows this fall! 90210, Privileged and Opportunity Knocks!

The debut author site The Class of 2k8 featured it's authors that have a second book on the way already!

It was a very busy week over at Books, Boys, Buzz hosted by: Donna Sarkar-Mishra (How To Salsa in a Sari), Heather Davis (Never Cry Werewolf), Marley Gibson (Sorority 101), Simone Elkeles (Leaving Paradise), Stephanie Hale (Twisted Sisters), Tina Ferraro (How To Hook a Hottie) and Tera Lynn Childs (Oh. My. Gods.).

P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (Marked) celebrated the release of Untamed this week andlaunched a new website!

Aussie author Amanda Ashby (You Had Me at Halo) is welcoming spring, while most of us in the US are just beginning to see the signs of fall.

Broke Taylor (Undone) shares her own rendition of the Fashion Police! Baggy Pants, nose piercings and boobie tassels??

Carrie Ryan (Forest of Hands and Teeth) has some fun books news.... she shares some author blurbs on her new novel and is busy working on the final draft for book two.

E. Lockhart (How to be Bad) commented on the new political page made by fellow author Maureen Johnson supporting Obama and the importance of young people being active in politics. After all you are the future!

Jessica Burkhart (Taking the Reins) featured the new cover art for her second novel in the Canterwood Crest series, Chasing Blue.

On Teen Fiction Cafe, Stephanie Kuehnert (I Wanna be Your Joey Ramone) posted about the start of her favorite season, fall!!

Teen Fiction Cafe is hosted by Amanda Ashby (You Had Me at Halo), Lauren Baratz-Logsted (Secrets of My Suburban Life), Teri Brown (Read My Lips), Jessica Burkhart (Take the Reins), Liza Conrad (High School Bites), Linda Gerber (Death by Latte), Sara Hantz (The Second Virginity of Suzy Green), Stephanie Kuehnert (I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone), Alyson Noel (Cruel Summer), Kelly Para (Graffiti Girl), Wendy Toliver (Secret Life of a Teenage Siren), Melissa Walker (Violet in Private), and Sara Zarr (Sweethearts).

Regina Scott (La Petite Four) and Marissa Doyle (Bewitching Season) continue with their list of nineteen reasons they love the nineteenth century.

C Leigh Purtill (All About Vee) blogs about the similarities between knitting and writing.

Aprilynne Pike (Wings) shares some of her reading suggestions and she has a heads up on some upcoming contests!

Cyn Balog (Fairy Lust) had some exciting news this week. She has yet to release her debut novel, but she just sold two more novels to be published!

The Novel Girls is new blog I've discovered. (Steph echoes: Pretty much my favorite collaborative blog - these ladies know how to captivate an audience!) It is hosted by a group of authors, Tracy Madison (A Taste of Magic), Mareen Lipinski (Was It Planned), Lisa Patton (Whistlin Dixie in a Nor'easter), Jillian Cantor (The September Sisters), Lesley Livingston (Wonderous Strange), and Carolyn McTighe (How to Ruin Your Live and Other Lessons from the Fourth Grade). This week they blogged about various topics.

Melissa Walker (Violet in Private) posted the first vlog for her blog! You might have seen some of her guest vlogs, but she hasn't done one for her own blog until now. I love her vlogs!

Meg Cabot (Do I even need to put a title here, or I could just put has written an insanely huge amount of books!) blogged about her book tour, YA for Obama and why Lauren Conrad's book deal is actually a good thing for writers wanting to get published. Meg has a great blog, if you haven't checked it out before, I suggest you get on it.

Author of the Week
Maureen Johnson

Short Bio:
My name is Maureen Johnson. I am a writer of books and things.

Long Bio:
Too long to post! Check it out here.

Blogger Blurbs
(Compiled by Steph)

Jessica at Chick Lit Teens wrote to us: "While reading over the Weekly Odyssey last week I saw that Maureen Johnson had started a YA for Obama website. I find it wonderful that Maureen has created a place where teens can go to discuss the important issues and support their candidate. However I was sad to see that there is no where for teens who support McCain to go. With this in mind I created a similar website for McCain supporters. I'd greatly appreciate it if you could mention it in the next Weekly Odyssey so that teens can see that there is another website for McCain.

The URL is:"

Amee and Taren of The Chick Manifesto posted a tandem review of the movie Pretty In Pink: "Taren and I both love this movie. Here is our discussion on its finer (or not) points:"

Reader Rabbit reviewed Take Me There by Susane Colasanti: "Having read (and loved) When It Happen, I had high expectations. Sadly, I was utterly disappointed. "

Lenore of Presenting Lenore reviewed The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent: "It’s well researched historical fiction with a compelling narrative and a sympathetic narrator. Plus the author has a special reason to tell the tale and do it justice – she’s a tenth generation descendant of Martha Carrier."

Alea of Pop Culture Junkie posted a new Lookalikes! If you don't know what the Lookalike feature is, it's a manifestation of Alea's keen eye and her deign background: She finds two covers that look similar or use the same stock art and posts about them.

Rachael/Scarlet of The Book Muncher reviewed Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott: "While it’s not right to like a story such as this, I think Living Dead Girl should be read by everyone, if not for enjoyment then to inform readers. It is a short but fast read, beautifully written and impossible to ever forget."

Kate at Book Nymph reviewed Wicked Game by Jeri-Smith Ready: "I loved it. Every second of every minute that I was reading it. The story line was so original, so thought out yet, at the same time, used something we all know and seem to fear...the blood thirsty walking dead."

Kelsey at Reading Keeps You Sane reviewed Perfect You by Elizabeth Scott: "I had some expectations and Perfect You definitely accomplished them."

Em at Em's Bookshelf reviewed Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen: "This book is, at times, heartbreaking, but what makes it wonderful is watching Ruby as she learns what it's like to live with a loving family."

The Compulsive Reader reviewed Witch High by various authors: "Witch High is an absorbing anthology full of fourteen short stories that range from humorous to foreboding, and snarky to heart wrenching."

Trisha at The YA YA YAs reviewed Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles: "A teen romance full of clichés, melodrama, an unrealistic denouement, and a completely over the top epilogue. And I freaking loved it."

Gabbi at All Five Stars reviewed Lush by Natasha Friend: "Lush is everything you could ask for a middle grade and something more."

Becky at Becky's Book Reviews reviewed The 39 Clues: Maze of Bones by Rick Riordan: "One of the things that first struck me about Riordan's writing way back when--before Percy Jackson became the ever-so-popular series that it's become--was how great he was at crafting sentences and hooking readers. The Lightning Thief impressed me because almost every single chapter began with a great first sentence. Something so clever, so witty, so catchy, so intriguing that you wanted to keep reading."

Brina at YA New York is looking for a second writer for her site: "If you’re interested, shoot me an e-mail with some info about your reading habits, writing creds (blogs count!) and maybe a sample review or a link to your own site. I’d especially love to have someone on board who is interested in graphic novels, manga, and any other YA stuff you think the site needs more of. Last thing: You don’t need to live in New York if you want to join up in this volunteer effort. You can live anywhere. Alaska. Oklahoma. Finland. Etc."

Khyrinthia at Frenetic Reader reviewed Skinned by Robin Wasserman: "All in all, fantastic book. I want the sequel as soon as humanly possible."

Kelsey at Just Blinded Book Reviews reviewed I Know It's Over by C.K. Kelly Martin: "Reading this book has made me look forward to reading more of Martin's work."

(Is it just me or are most bloggers not as active anymore? Many places I checked out had no updates this week, thus the shorter list!)

Kristi & Steph's Book Spotlight:

Suite Scarlett
by Maureen Johnson
The Hopewell Hotel is small Art Deco “jewelbox” in New York City. The hotel has a grand past, but a somewhat dusty and broken present, with pigeons breaking into the rooms, chandeliers with more cobweb than glass, and constantly exploding toilets. Guests are rare, but it does have one constant set of inhabitants... the Martin family.

Scarlett Marin is the third of the four Martins. Scarlett is fifteen, blonde, and broke. Her friends are gone for the summer. And she’s got this one curl that exists just to stab her in the eye and blind her. Welcome to her life...

Interviews/Guest Blogs
(Compiled by Steph)

Beth Fehlbaum (Courage in Patience) was featured for The Book Muncher's RAD post this week.

Deborah Reber (Chill) was interviewed by Harmony Book Reviews.

Terri Clark
(Sleepless) interviews in two places: From The Corner Of Megan's Mind and Book-Luver Carol.

Dia Calhoun (Avielle of Ria) interview at From The Corner of Megan's Mind.

Interview with Elizabeth Scott (Living Dead Girl) at Hope's Book Reviews!

Our Reviews
Kristi: Queen Geeks in Love by Laura Preble, The Queen Geek Social Club by Laura Preble, Nailed by Jennifer Lauresn, and Shift by Charlotte Agell.

Steph: Oh. My. Gods. by Tera Lynn Childs and Samantha Hansen Has Rocks In Her Head by Nancy Viau.

Have a nice weekend, everyone!


the story siren said...

As always a beautifully compiled list and well done, Steph!

YA Connection ROCKS!

cat said...

Like I mentioned on the Story Siren, you two tire me out. ;)

Great list and links - I appreciate every one!

Anonymous said...

I had some stuff up this week- you could've added me to the Blogger list and make a bit longer, lol.

Great list!! :) I love reading these and checking out various links. YAY!

Amee said...

Another great week of YA stuff. And a super awesome contest!

Thanks for the mention!

Alea said...

Yay favorite post of the week! Thanks for mentioning me :D

Lenore Appelhans said...

Yes, the pressures of fall - back to school, back to hard work, all means less posting.

WannabeWriter said...

Awesome! Yeah, I do notice that bloggers don't post as much as they used to. :[ Maybe it's the school / work season coming upon us? Anyway, thanks for these links & all the hard work you guys do! xD

Khy said...

No one posts much because of The Evil That Is School. Gah.

Another great YA Connection. (I keep wanting to call it YA Weekly. Gah again.) Thanks for the mention. =D

Kate said...

Thanks for the mention! Awesome post by the way..and excellent contest!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

Awesome job you two. School does slow things well as having to read for other things BESIDES the blog, but two new reviews will be up soon...three hopefully, if i can finish another really soon. LOL


Justina Chen said...

This is an amazing list! It has just shortcut my browing time so that I have more time to WRITE. Thank you!!!

Anonymous said...

Awesome! Thanks for including me in this. Like you mentioned before, this will be the extra entry for both you and Kristi in the Sleepless contest.

Can't wait to see next week's!

Em said...

Wow, you guys put so much work into this. It's awesome! :-)

Nurin said...

Thanks for the mention you guys ;)

It's amazing how you guys can put something so detailed together every week =D

Lesley Livingston said...

Hey guys!!

Thanks for the Novel Girls shout out! Glad to know we're entertaining you!


Anonymous said...

I'm a bit late to the party and will for sure start checking out these posts! Awesome and thank you!

I had interviews this past month with Kirby Larson, Susan McBride, and a guest post with Christine Meldrum. I have a Shannon Hale interview going up this week.

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