This post is overdue, but things have been a little crazy on account of The Move. But the Engineer and I are finally in our new place, mostly unpacked (although it did look like a packaging store exploded in the house for a few days), and we are absolutely loving it. Best of all? I finally have a local indie within comfortable driving distance of me. Hooray, books! Speaking of books, and before I jump into my mini-reviews, I woke up this morning to some truly awesome news. Unexpected, but awesome: I’ve been nominated for Best Debut Goodreads Author in the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards! This is such an honor. In part because it is humbling to see my book surrounded by the works of so many other authors I admire, but also because I consider myself an active member of the goodreads community. I post status updates as I read. Anything I review here gets cross-posted there. I try to answer all comments and stay engaged with readers. So this nomination is extra special from that... Read More
Novellas seem to be all the rage in YA these days, and I am so very happy (and grateful!) that I’ve had the opportunity to write one set in the TAKEN universe. STOLEN is a prequel e-novella releasing February 4th. I’ll tell you all about it in a minute, but let’s look at the shiny cover first… …………… ……. … . . . . And here’s the official synopsis: Before Gray Weathersby uncovered the truth about Claysoot and the Laicos Project, a girl named Bree came of age in the coastal settlement of Saltwater—and made her own surprising journey to the world beyond its borders. In Stolen, discover the story of Bree’s life before she was Snatched from her home, before she joined the rebellion, and before she met a boy named Gray… I am obsessed with this cover. I love how it uses the same title treatment and gradient scheme as the trilogy, but still manages to stand on its own. And Saltwater! The waves, the rocks, the... Read More
Fall is upon us! I am under deadline (two of them, to be honest). As such, this will be the speediest monthly reading recap ever! Here’s what I read in September: THE QUEEN OF ATTOLIA by Megan Whalen Turner I enjoyed the first book in this series, THE THIEF, but I loved QoA. I’m sort of at a loss for words… The political intrigue. The war strategies. The nuanced relationship between Gen and his queen, father, Attolia, the Magus… It’s all incredible. And I appreciate Gen as a protagonist even more after this sequel. He is strong and smart and capable and clever, yet also flawed and weak. He has moments where he wallows in self pity. He makes mistakes and stumbles to recover. He feels so. darn. real. I’ve heard book three, THE KING OF ATTOLIA is even better, and I can’t wait to pick it up. Turner is one heck of a talented writer. TRACKED by Jenny Martin (In full disclosure, Jenny is a writer friend and agency sibling.) I read a very... Read More
I haven’t done a one-off book rec in a long time, but that’s changing today. Because I haven’t stopped thinking about Tim Tharp’s The Spectacular Now since I put it down last week, and then yesterday I saw the movie and was hit with the feels all over again. This is one of the most honest, gut-wrenching coming-of-age stories I’ve experienced in a long while, and an incredibly realistic look at high school, alcoholism, first love, and the overwhelming uncertainty that is the looming future. Spectacular, indeed. Sutter Keely lives in the now. He’s the life of every party, the guy who can get anyone talking, the one everyone else looks to for a good time. He’s effortless charming and sweet at heart, but he’s also a heavy, heavy drinker, to the point of reckless irresponsibility. Tharp puts you deep inside his teen protagonist’s head (amazing voice!) and it’s not always the most pleasant experience. By the end of the book, I felt... Read More
Another month has come and gone. It’s September, and school is back in session, which reminds me… If you’re a teacher or librarian, I am giving away hardcover copies of TAKEN for your school/library/classroom. Enter to win here. Also, if you are a Harry Potter fan you might want to check out this podcast episode, where I discuss (and defend) my top ten side characters. (Warning, the episode is long, but good for a commute or car ride.) Okay, on to the goods. Here’s what I read in August: Bennett Madison’s SEPTEMBER GIRLS seems to be a book that people either love or hate. Having read, I can see why there is such a strong divide–it’s not an easy read, and Madison puts the reader deep into the mind of his teen protagonist–but I’m in camp Love. This book floored me. Truly. It is a strange, powerful, haunting little story, and I’m not sure I’m going to be able to do it justice. After his mother bails, Sam’s father... Read More
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