Saturday, January 24, 2009

YA Connection, January 18th - 24th

YA Connection
(Week of January 18th - 24th)

YA Connection is a collaborative column compiled by Kristi (The Story Siren) and Steph (Reviewer X). In it are links from around the YA blogosphere, including, but not limited to, contests, author blogs, reviews, and miscellaneous news pertaining to the general awesome of YA. They also do weekly contests accompanying these thingies because that's always fun.

Both K and S are starving blogger types, so if you're a publicist or author, we KNOW you can relate: wanna donate a book? :) Nah, but really, anything regarding communicating something you'd like added (like a link of your own) or whatever should be emailed to BOTH of us: thestorysiren at and reviewerx at

This week's contest is located here and it's for If I Stay by Gayle Forman (an April release - yay ARCs!)

Okay, y'all, supply us with links to your contests in the comments section. I'm turning up nothing in my feed reader search and my nephew is yelling and I basically have no time to look further. Sorry!

Author Blurbs
(Compiled by Steph)
A.S. King (The Dust of 100 Dogs) is only a few days away from her debut's release! She's still awesome, of course.

CK Kelly Martin (I Know It's Over) has a wonderful blog filled with political issues regarding YA, Canada, and occasionally the US. She almost never posts about herself, which is rather regrettable (hint!), but it does make for a great venue in which to discuss current events. Check out her post on a book that was recently challenged in Toronto.

Maggie Stiefvater (Lament) gives her thoughts on ... nookie. ;) Really, it's a great (and illustrated) post on romance and pretty much parallels my opinion the subject, too. Cynicism ftw.
Justine Larbalestier (How To Ditch Your Fairy) is dedicating this entire month to discussing writing and answering blog reader questions. Here's my favorite for this past week: Similes.

Tracy Madison (A Taste of Magic) talks about how she creates characters. Writing a letter to herself from the POV of whoever she's creating? Interesting.

John Green (Paper Towns)'s latest release (the aforementioned one) was nomintated for an the Edgar Award! This makes me happy not only because it's John Green but also because he mentioned the award banquet involves a tuxedo. You fill in the blanks.

Melissa Walker (Violet in Private) did a cover story for Alexa Young's Frenemies series! Does anyone love this feature as much as I do? I keep seeing it pop up in other blogs, which is...I dunno, but no one does it better than Melissa.

Annette Curtis Klause (Blood and Chocolate) is participating in an anthology out next July from Candlewick Press! It is entitled Sideshow: Ten Original Tales of Freaks, Illusionists, and Other Matters Odd and Magical. Her contribution is called "The Mummy's Daughter". I am SO getting this.

Mandy Hubbard (Prada & Prejudice) announced that the second book she has under contract with Razorbill won't be the mermaid one (slightly upset about this) but rather one about a dairy princess.

Sarah Dessen (Along for the Ride) got quite a bit of snow this week (for NC). Personally, I hate snow, but to each their own :)

Stephanie Kuehnert (I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone) for the mandatory Inauguration Day mention - I really loved her post. Also, what do you think of her wedding dress?

Elizabeth Scott (Something, Maybe) has an excerpt up for aforementioned title, her next release, in March!

Wendy Toliver (Miss Match) says you can tell a lot about a person from what they collect. Well, she does have a pretty crafty collection going on there :)

Jennifer Hubbard (The Secret Year) is the queen of authorly blog things, and this week she posted one that every writer, everywhere, should read a million times over: Exposition is like salt... (Okay, and Jennifer? Not happy about the release rescheduling :P)

Jessica Verday (The Hollow) got her ARCs! I still maintain that the cover is eye-catching.

Aprilynne Pike (Wings) interviewed fellow 09 Debutante Saundra Mitchell (Shadowed Summer)! (Consider this my nudge for Aprilynne to ~update~ more.)

Saundra Mitchell (Shadowed Summer) is sharing excerpts for her upcoming novel every Tuesday until its release on Feb 10th. Check out the first one!

Diana Peterfreund (Rampant) has a killer post on vocabulary and YA novels. (Pun intended.) I love it when YA authors act as advocates for their audience's intelligence, especially when we're currently put to a test.

Author of the Week
V.C. Andrews: One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of her spellbinding classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began her renowned Dollanganger family saga, which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than fifty novels in V.C. Andrews' bestselling series. The new Delia series begins with Delia's Crossing and will continue in Delia's Heart. V.C. Andrews' novels have sold more than one hundred million copies and have been translated into sixteen foreign languages.
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Blogger Blurbs
(Compiled by Kristi)
Angie of Angieville reviewed Impossible by Nancy Werlin and Need by Carrie Jones.

TheBookworm of Au Courant reviewed Willow by Julia Hoban. "The intensity of her guilt and hope were remarkable and extremely well wrought by the author."

Becky of Becky's Book Reviews reviewed Because I am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas, The ABC's of Kissing Boys by Tina Ferraro and Far From You by Lisa Schroder.

James of Book Chic posted a VC Andrews Vlog and a Fresh New Voice of YA interview with Jessica Burkhart.

Carol of Bookluver-Carol's Reviews reviewed Far From You by Lisa Schoeder and Lament: A Faerie Queen's Deception by Maggie Stiefvater.

Yan of Books By Their Cover reviewed Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston, Purge by Sarah Darer Littman, The Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Dunlap and The Amaranth Enchantment by Julie Berry.

Harmony Book Reviews reviewed Peace, Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson and Fancy White Trash by Marjetta Geerling.

Gabrielle of Innovative: A Word for the WriTeen interviewed Tina Ferarro.

Just Blinded Book Reviews reviewed Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson. "Almost the entire book was so slow paced until I got towards the end when Scarlett receives the ‘mysterious’ note. As if the entire book was just a background story or just a set up for the sequel."

Natasha of Maw Books Blog interviewed Lisa McMann, reviewed Savvy by Ingrid Law and Skelton Creek by Patrick Carman.

Mrs. Magoo Reads interviewed Charlotte Agell.

My Favorite Author has a "virtual" interview with Suzanne Collins, and reviewed Gone by Michael Grant.

Alea of Pop Culture Junkie has a lookalike, a hardcover vs. paperback and a review of Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson.

Lenore of Presenting Lenore reviewed Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George. "Despite knowing the fairy tale, I found this retelling adequately suspenseful and read eagerly, rooting for Galen to break the curse and usher in a happily ever after."

Reader Rabbit reviewed Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith. "I'm not saying that the characterization was fantastic or that the storytelling was the best thing ever...but I will say that Sherri L. Smith pulled off the story well. History buffs, make sure you pick this one up when it's released tomorrow!"

Kelsey of Reading Keep You Sane interview Stacey Jay and reviewed You Are So Undead To Me by Stacey Jay.

Lauren of Shooting Stars Mag interviewed Tina Ferraro.

Megan of Simply Books reviewed The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson. "I liked how Mary E. Pearson wrote the novel. She started out writing in sparse language, and as Jenna begins to adapt to her new life and become her own person, the writing becomes more detailed and flows better. It was a good way to show Jenna's transition."

Jocelyn of Teen Book Review reviewed Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols and had a guest post by Jennifer E. Smith.

Taren of The Chick Manifesto reviewed Forever Princess by Meg Cabot and has a VC Andrews update!

Book of the Week
My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews
Audrina Adare wanted so to be as good as her sister. She knew her father could not love her as he loved her sister. Her sister was so special, so perfect -- and dead.

Upstairs in the locked room were her sister's clothes and dolls, her animals and games -- and her sacred rocking chair, which held the secret of all her sister's gifts. Now Audrina will rock and rock and claim those gifts.

Now she will come face to face with the dangerous, terrifying secret that everyone knows.

Everyone except... My Sweet Audrina.
(Note: this is just so I am motivated to finish. It's interesting so far, albeit slow, but I keep putting it off I-don't-know why. >.<)

Our Reviews

Kristi reviewed: Kisses and Lies by Lauren Henderson, You Are So Undead to Me by Stacey Jay and Triple Shot Betty's In Love by Jody Gehrman.

Steph reviewed: Perfect Fifths by Megan McCafferty (more of a fangirl reaction than a review - that's coming later), Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith, 3 Willows: The Sisterhood Grows by Ann Brashares, and Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers.


Have a fantastic weekend!


Lenore Appelhans said...

Well, there is always my awesome prize package of 8+ YA books from Penguin.

Enter here .

Thao said...

Another review of Willow, thanks for all the links Kristy and Steph.

Alea said...

Great week! And Melissa's Cover Stories are the best!

Anonymous said...

Hey guys--

Great roundup, as always! I am hosting a Spot the Book contest for MODELS. Firt one to email/message me a pic of it in your local bookstore wins a $15 gift card to your online book retailer of choice. Here's the entry:

-Erin Dionne

the story siren said...

Primo job, Steph! I must admit, it rocks.

Was it my week to do contests and i totally flaked!?!

Angela said...

MyFavoriteAuthor is giving away a Post-Apocalyptic Prize Pack that includes UGLIES, THE HUNGER GAMES and a pedicure set. Contest ends at the end of January. Check out details on the CONTESTS page of MFA:

Anna said...

I'm having a contest for two copies of the sixth book in the Ranger's Apprentice series.



Michelle Olsen Sasak said...

I'm giving away a signed ARC of Skeleton creek by Patrick Carman. The contest is open until 2/9.

Nurin said...

:) Yay. Thanks for compiling all the links, guys.

BookChic said...

Thanks for the mentions!! I opened up way too many tabs- not good when you're on dialup, lol.

I also have a contest going on until next Friday, January 30. Here's the link to it:

Also, you gotta keep reading My Sweet Audrina- it's one of my two fave VCA books!!

Shalonda said...

I am hosting my first contest! The prizes are a copy of Perfect Chemistry & SIGNED copies of Major Crush and The Boys Next Door by Jennifer Echols.

Anonymous said...

Glad you liked Exposition/Salt. And it's nice to hear that people outside my immediate family are looking forward to my release.


Unknown said...

YES, you need to get royally motivated to finish Audrina! You haven't guessed the big twist yet and I can't wait to talk about it with you.

Shooting Stars Mag said...

I'm too lazy to go and find the link...but I'm giving away What Would Emma Do? That ends on the 30th I believe.
You just have to go to my blog and the link will be in the top left corner. Easy peasy!

Great week though guys. I have some stuff I need to go and check out now. Thanks for posting about my interview with Tina as well. :)


Aprilynne Pike said...

Okay, okay! I guarantee you three updates this week!;)

As always, I appreciate the mention!

Em said...

ohh, great wrap-up!

Anonymous said...

As always a great round up! Thank you!

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