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Teenreads.com Gives Thanks! And We Have Our Annual Holiday Bundle of Cheer Contest for YOU!

With Thanksgiving right around the bend, ‘tis the season to be thankful, and lately it hasn’t been too difficult to be that way. For one, I’m thankful that even though Hurricane Sandy did a number on New York City, my friends and family are safe and were able to help me out when I was without power. I’m also thankful to those willing to volunteer their time to help those who have not been so fortunate during the past few weeks. There is something so heartening on how a disaster pulls people together. We all hope that you, your family and friends also were not adversely affected.

Similarly, I am thankful for being able to do what I love, which is read and write about books and share them with you! There are some fantastic books I’m really excited about this month and I hope you’ll enjoy them too. Of course, this month also has brought us both the last Twilight movie and the release of REACHED, the last book in Ally Condie's Matched trilogy --- but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.

We are once again bringing you one of your favorite contests of the year --- our Holiday Bundle of Cheer Contest, which gives you a chance to win both books and fun holiday-themed treats. We are giving five readers a chance to win seven amazing books, along with some incredibly festive goodies like a snowman stocking, Ghirardelli peppermint bark, festive knee socks (too cute), peppermint marshmallows and a lollipop! Make sure to enter the contest before Friday, December 14th at noon ET for your chance to win MAGISTERIUM by Jeff Hirsch, THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer A. Nielsen, THE DARK UNWINDING by Sharon Cameron, AMBER HOUSE by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed and Larkin Reed, UNDEAD by Kirsty McKay, PARTIALS by Dan Wells and CARNIVAL OF SOULS by Melissa Marr. Happy Holidays!

Thanksgiving usually signals the start of the holiday shopping season and what better time to add some books to your Wish List. To help you out, we’ve created a special "What to Give, What to Get" Guide --- a list of books just for teens that will give you tons of gift-giving ideas (and maybe a few to put on YOUR list or your "to me/from me" list).

Please note that we’ve been working hard at Teenreads to update more regularly and to communicate with you more effectively through Facebook and Twitter --- are you following us yet? Don’t hesitate to send me a message! I LOVE hearing from you about what you think and like about books in general, YA in particular --- and of course what we are doing on Teenreads.com!

Our 2012 YA Readers Survey is still going strong and is extended to December 14th! (We know there were a LOT of people without power for a couple of weeks, so we wanted to extend it to be sure we were able to hear from as many voices as possible. Those of you who are in school should have a lot of downtime to take the survey this weekend with the loooong holiday weekend. Remember, by completing the survey, you are eligible to enter a contest to win one of 450 books our publisher friends have provided us. There are PLENTY of prizes, which means spread the word! The more friends you get to take the survey, the more likely one of you wins! You'll at least be able to borrow the book from a friend if you aren’t actually the one who wins it…

Thank you to everyone who has already taken our 2012 YA Readers Survey and to those who applied to be a part of our first Teen Board! Applications were rolling in all the way up to Halloween, and we are looking forward to hearing from those who moved on to the second step in the application process. Keep an eye out for an announcement about the first members of Teen Board sometime in December or January. And remember, we will be offering applications again in March!

Have you had the chance to check out our Historical Fiction Reading Lists? We at Teenreads think it’s a good idea to check out a different side of the historical events you may be learning about in school or enter a story of a historical era you already love. Right now, I’m reading THE LUCKY ONES by Anna Godbersen, the latest from the Bright Young Things series, and I am completely immersed in the 1920s life of speakeasies and prohibition. It. Is. Excellent. Our reading lists include Before the 17th Century, 17th Century – 19th Century, Turn of the Century to the Present and American History. These are great lists to share with the teachers, media specialists and librarians you know!

In last month’s newsletter, I mentioned that we would be featuring reviews of the National Book Award Finalists’ books. Eliot Schrefer’s ENDANGERED, William Alexander’s GOBLIN SECRETS, Carrie Arcos’s OUT OF REACH, Patricia McCormick’s NEVER FALL DOWN and Steve Sheinkin’s BOMB: The Race to Build --- and Steal --- the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon each had their own moments on Teenreads.com’s homepage. Then, on November 14th, the winner was announced! You may have already heard the news…but if you haven’t, check out our National Book Award featured page to find out who the winner is and to check out each finalist’s book.

Ready for some November books? One of the most highly anticipated releases for November was REACHED: Matched Trilogy, Book Three by Ally Condie. Cassia and Ky may have found what they were looking for, but at the cost of losing each other yet again. In this gripping conclusion to the Matched trilogy, Cassia will reconcile the difficulties of challenging a life too confining, seeking a freedom she never dreamed possible and honoring a love she cannot live without.

Chris Colfer, star of "Glee" and New York Times bestselling author in his own right, is out with another book! STRUCK BY LIGHTNING: The Carson Phillips Journal follows outcast Carson Phillips as he blackmails the popular kids in his high school to contribute to his literary journal with the hope of bolstering his college application to Northwestern toward his dream of working at The New Yorker. This book will become a movie in 2013 with Colfer starring and writing the screenplay, of course.

Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz, known for their work on the movies, Thor and X-Men: First Class, also make the transition from screen to YA with their debut novel, COLIN FISCHER. Colin Fischer may need index cards to recognize facial expressions, but when it comes to proving the school bully’s innocence against a charge that he brought a gun to school, Fischer is the only one for the job.

We should all be thankful that since the last newsletter, there are three new blog posts from authors! First, at the end of October, Sarah Fine shared her playlist for SANCTUM, her fantasy novel that touches on life, death and the in-between. Next up, we have Lauren Bjorkman discussing multiculturalism in her latest novel, MISS FORTUNE COOKIE, which follows the story of a girl with an advice blog under the alias "Miss Fortune Cookie" and what happens when someone takes her advice. Finally, Gennifer Albin joins us to write “I Was in a Teenage Love Triangle,” a defense of the YA love triangle trope that is also found in her dystopian, CREWEL. We’re trying hard to get you more blog posts each month, so keep checking for updates!

November has also been a great month for movies (can you say TWILIGHT?!) Did you see Twilight? If so, drop me a note and let me know what you thought of it. Our November Books On Screen feature has details on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part Two (out November 16th). Don't miss your last chance to see this infamous love triangle on the big screen! At the end of everything...are you Team Jacob or Team Edward?

This month’s Cool & New Books roundup includes DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT, the sequel to Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE, where Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people; Mary Hooper's VELVET, which follows a young laundress who is grateful to be hired by a famed medium, but perhaps the Madame isn't who she appears to be; and the paperback edition of Cris Beam's I AM J, detailing the struggle of J finding his identity and trying to be who he really is: a boy who mistakenly was born as a girl.

We’ve also updated our Adult Books You Want to Read feature. This month, we are recommending you read THE ELEMENTALS by Francesca Lia Block and COLD LIGHT by Jenn Ashworth.

We still have our poll question up, which asks you which dystopian world you would be able to survive. Personally, I probably wouldn’t be able to survive any of them: I get remarkably paranoid during any sort of strategy game! Similarly, our November Word of Mouth is still running. Win a copy of PERRY’S KILLER PLAYLIST by Joe Schreiber and REACHED, Matched Trilogy, Book Three by Ally Condie by telling us what you've recently read. Both will run until November 30th at noon. A new poll about your holiday wish list and a new Word of Mouth will be up on November 30th, too.

Just another reminder that we are starting to update reviews and features during the month AND we are increasing our newsletters to come out twice a month starting in January! Want a more regular update? Make sure to follow our Twitter and be a fan of our Facebook page!

Next month we'll have news on how YOU can vote on Teenreads.com for the nominees for the Teen Book of the Year Award that is voted on in the Children’s Choice Book Awards (which includes YA)! We're really proud that our readers are a part of this award event by sharing their selections for the teen titles to be voted on. So start noting the books that pubbed this year that you LOVED and we will be back to you with details on nomination voting next month!

Hopefully, this week you’ll all have some time off to spend reading some of these November books...in between courses of delicious Thanksgiving food, of course!

---Liz Kossnar (liz@bookreporter.com)

Books On Screen: Now Playing: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part Two
The epic love story between Bella Swan and Edward Cullen concludes in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part Two, the final installment of Stephenie Meyer's bestselling series. Bill Condon directs this second segment of the two-film adaptation. Don't miss your last chance to see this infamous love triangle on the big screen! At the end of everything...are you Team Jacob or Team Edward?
Click here to read more about the film.

 
Special Contest: Holiday Bundle of Cheer

Here at Teenreads.com we're bringing back our Holiday Bundle of Cheer Contest and Feature. As our gift to you, we are giving five readers a chance to win seven amazing books, along with some incredibly festive goodies. Make sure to enter the contest before Friday, December 14th at noon ET for your chance to win!

Five winners each will receive a selection of books from our list of featured titles, which includes the following:

MAGISTERIUM by Jeff Hirsch
THE FALSE PRINCE by Jennifer A. Nielsen
THE DARK UNWINDING by Sharon Cameron
AMBER HOUSE by Kelly Moore, Tucker Reed and Larkin Reed
UNDEAD by Kirsty McKay
PARTIALS by Dan Wells
CARNIVAL OF SOULS by Melissa Marr

Click here to enter the contest.

 
Special Feature: What To Give, What To Get
Sometimes deciding what to get is as hard as deciding what to give. So we've created a special "What to Give, What to Get" Guide --- a list of books just for teens that will give you tons of gift-giving ideas (and maybe a few to put on YOUR list). Happy Holidays!
Click here for holiday suggestions.

 
Take the 2012 YA Readers Survey!
A reminder that our 2012 YA Readers Survey is live! We ask about YA books and authors, but also delve into your thoughts on a whole lot more that is happening with pop culture media.

By completing the survey, you are eligible to enter a contest to win one of 450 books our publisher friends have provided to us. There are PLENTY of prizes, which means spread the word! The 2012 Readers Survey is for everyone who loves reading YA books who is over 10 years old and living in the U.S. (We still love all of you in Canada and overseas, but we know enough of the questions are U.S.-centric and those residing elsewhere wouldn’t be able to reply.)

We assume it will take between 20-30 minutes to complete. Please allow the appropriate amount of time to complete it in one sitting. We had a test group take it and they remarked that the time to take it flew by!
Click here for more details and to take the survey.

 
Now in Stores: REACHED by Ally Condie
REACHED: Matched, Book Three by Ally Condie (Dystopian/Fantasy)
After leaving Society and desperately searching for the Rising --- and each other --- Cassia and Ky have found what they were looking for but at the cost of losing each other yet again: Cassia has been assigned to work for the Rising from within Society, while Ky has been stationed outside its borders. But nothing is as predicted, and all too soon the veil lifts and things shift once again. Reviewed by Bianca Beck.

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Now in Stores: STRUCK BY LIGHTNING: The Carson Phillips Story by Chris Colfer

STRUCK BY LIGHTNING: The Carson Phillips Journal by Chris Colfer (Fiction/Comedy)
STRUCK BY LIGHTNING: The Carson Phillips Journal follows the story of outcast high school senior Carson Phillips who blackmails the most popular students in his school into contributing to his literary journal to bolster his college application; his goal in life is to get into Northwestern and eventually become the editor of The New Yorker. Reviewed by Borana Greku.

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Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: COLIN FISCHER by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz

COLIN FISCHER by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (Mystery)
Colin Fischer cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions. But when a gun is found in the school cafeteria, interrupting a female classmate's birthday celebration, Colin is the only for the investigation. It's up to him to prove that Wayne Connelly, the school bully and Colin's frequent tormenter, didn't bring the gun to school. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

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Now in Stores: MEANT TO BE by Lauren Morrill

MEANT TO BE by Lauren Morrill (Romance)
Straight-A junior Julia may be accident prone, but she's queen of following rules and being prepared. Julia's rules are about to change when she's partnered up with class-clown Jason on a school trip to London. When she starts receiving romantic texts from an unknown number, Jason promises to help discover the mystery-texter's identity. They embark on a wild goose chase through London, leading Julia closer to the biggest surprise of all: true love. Reviewed by Erin Allen.

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Blog Posts: Lauren Bjorkman & Gennifer Albin

It's a Thanksgiving treat that we get not one, but TWO new blog posts in November. Enjoy these new posts, but don't forget to also see who else has guest blogged for us in the past!

MISS FORTUNE COOKIE follows the story of a girl with an advice blog under the alias "Miss Fortune Cookie." Erin's life goes crazy when her ex-best friend acts on advice from the blog. Lauren Bjorkman explains her subconscious reasons for including a multi-cultural aspect to her story, shares all the incredible places she has lived and why she enjoys being an outsider.

Gennifer Albin has been busy promoting her new book, CREWEL, the first in a dystopian series about Adelice, a teenager who has the special talent to manipulate space and time by using the threads of her world, Arras, that only she can see. Coincidentally, Adelice is involved in a love triangle between two boys she meets at the Coventry she's sent to live in, but they are both off limits. In this blog post, Albin defends the often-used YA love triangle and confides her own experience in a teenage love triangle.

Click here to read our blog.

 
New Feature: Historical Fiction Reading Lists

 

Because history is not typically a favorite subject, whether you are still in school or not, we have decided to create Historical Fiction Reading Lists to inject some fun into exploring the past. Forget fantasy! Historical eras are worlds in themselves. Escape an arranged marriage in the Middle Ages! Be a spy in Regency England. Defend your country in a brutal war! Anything is possible when you are free from the limits of time. Check it out for yourself!

-Click here for Historical Fiction: Before the 17th Century
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-Click here for Historical Fiction: 17th Century - 19th Century.

-Click here for Historical Fiction: Turn of the Century to the Present.
-Click here for Historical Fiction: American History.

Click here for all Teenreads.com Reading Lists.

 
Cool & New Books for November

November’s roundup of Cool & New Books includes DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT, the sequel to Laini Taylor's DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE, where Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people; Mary Hooper's VELVET, which follows a young laundress who is grateful to be hired by a famed medium, but perhaps the Madame isn't who she appears to be; and in MEANT TO BE by Lauren Morrill, high school senior Julia is the queen of following rules, but on a school trip to London, she might just realize that she can't predict everything.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are QUICKSAND: HIV/AIDS In Our Lives by Anonymous, a first-person narrative that explains the real ways HIV is infected and explores the common emotions of friends and family members of those affected by HIV/AIDS; TRUE GRIT: A Novel by Charles Portis, the classic story of revenge set when the west was wild; and Cris Beam's I AM J, which details the struggle of J finding his identity and trying to be who he really is: a boy who mistakenly was born as a girl.

Click here to read our latest Cool & New Books roundup.

 
This Month’s Reviews

DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT: Daughter of Smoke and Bone, Book Two by Laini Taylor (Fantasy)
In this stunning sequel to the highly acclaimed DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE, Karou must decide how far she'll go to avenge her people. Filled with heartbreak and beauty, secrets and impossible choices, DAYS OF BLOOD & STARLIGHT finds Karou and Akiva on opposing sides as an age-old war stirs back to life. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

PERRY’S KILLER PLAYLIST by Joe Schreiber (Adventure)
When Perry ends up in Venice on a European tour with his band, Inchworm, he can’t resist a visit to Harry’s Bar, where Gobi told him she’d meet him someday. The last time he saw Gobi, five people were assassinated one crazy night in New York City. Well...Gobi shows up, and once again Perry is roped into a wild, nonstop thrill ride with a body count. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

ROOTLESS by Chris Howard (Dystopian)
Seventeen-year-old Banyan uses salvaged scrap metal to create forests for rich patrons who seek a reprieve from the desolate landscape. Everything changes when he meets a mysterious woman with a strange tattoo --- a map to the last living trees on earth, and he sets off across a wasteland from which few return. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

MISS FORTUNE COOKIE by Lauren Bjorkman (Fiction)
When Erin's ex-best friend follows the advice on Erin's blog, Erin is thrown into the adventure of a lifetime. Review by Kathleen M. Purcell.

VELVET by Mary Hooper (Historical Fiction)
Velvet is an orphan who works in a Victorian steam laundry. The laundry is scalding, back-breaking work and Velvet is desperate to create a better life. Then she is noticed by Madame Savoya, a famed medium, who asks Velvet to come work for her. Soon Velvet realizes that Madame Savoya is not all that she says she is, and Velvet's very life may be in danger... Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

FITZ by Mick Cochrane (Drama)
Fifteen-year-old Fitzgerald --- Fitz, to his friends --- has just learned that the father he's never met, who supports him but is not a part of his life, is living nearby. Fitz begins to follow him, watch him, study him, and on an otherwise ordinary May morning, he executes a plan to force his father, at gunpoint, to be with him. Reviewed by Matt Brickell.

MY BEAUTIFUL FAILURE by Janet Ruth Young (Drama)
Billy is a sophomore in high school, and twice a week, he volunteers at Listeners, a suicide hotline. Jenney is an “incoming,” a caller, a girl on the brink. As her life spirals out of control, Jenney’s calls become more desperate, more frequent. Billy, struggling with the deteriorating relationship with his depressed father, is the only one who understands. Reviewed by Molly Horan.

WITCH WORLD by Christopher Pike (Paranormal)
Heading off for a weekend in Las Vegas with her friends, Jessie Ralle has only one worry --- how to make it through the road trip in the same car with her Ex, Jimmy Kelter. But what Jessie doesn’t realize is that Jimmy is the least of her problems. In Las Vegas, she meets Russ, a stranger who shows her how to gamble and who never seems to lose. Curious, Jessie wants to know his secret, and in response, he teaches her a game that opens a door to another reality. Reviewed by Rebecca Kilberg.

BLACK CITY: Black City Chronicles, Book One by Elizabeth Richards (Fantasy)
After a terrible war between the humans and Darklings, Natalie, a human, and Ash, a half-blood darkling, fall in love. How much are they willing to risk to preserve their relationship? Reviewed by Rebecca Kilberg.

ECHO: Soul Seekers, Book Two by Alyson Noël (Fantasy)
Daire Santos just saved her grandmother's soul, but in the process, a dark family of sorcerers has been set loose. It is up to Daire and her boyfriend, Dace, to restore the balance between good and evil and save the world. However, in order to do so, Daire might have to make an unthinkable sacrifice for the good of all. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

UNDER THE BRIDGE by Michael Harmon (Fiction)
Tate's younger brother, Indy, is probably the best skateboarder in Spokane. He's also really smart, though he couldn't care less about school. But when Indy clashes with his father one too many times and drops out of school, it's up to Tate to win his brother back from the seedier elements of Spokane. Reviewed by Matt Brickell.

RENEGADE: The Elysium Chronicles, Book One by J. A. Souders (Fantasy)
Evelyn Winters has been training to be a Daughter of the People in an underwater utopia for 13 years. However, when she meets Gavin Hunter, a Surface Dweller, she realizes she has been living a lie, and everything she thinks she knows is untrue. Can she and Gavin plan an escape? Reviewed by Erin Allen.

SACRED by Elana K. Arnold (Paranormal)
Scarlett Wenderoth has led a fairly isolated life. After her brother dies, her isolation deepens as she withdraws into herself, shutting out her friends and boyfriend. Her parents fail to notice Scarlett's pain and sudden alarming thinness. Scarlett finds pleasure only while on her horse. One day, as she races around a bend, Scarlett is startled by a boy who raises his hand in warning and says one word: "Stop." Reviewed by Erin Allen.

RUINS by Orson Scott Card (Dystopian)
When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable Vadesh --- a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive --- but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

A CERTAIN OCTOBER by Angela Johnson (Fiction)
Scotty compares herself to tofu: no flavor unless you add something. And it’s true that Scotty’s friends, Misha and Falcone, and her brother, Keone, make life delicious. But when a terrible accident occurs, Scotty feels responsible for the loss of someone she hardly knew, and the world goes wrong. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

THE OTHER NORMALS by Ned Vizzini (Fantasy/Comedy)
When Perry Eckert gets to camp, he stumbles into the World of the Other Normals. Perry's otherworldly friends need his help to save their princess and prevent mass violence. As they embark on their quest, Perry realizes that his nerdy childhood has uniquely prepared him to be a great warrior in this world. But to save the day, Perry must learn how to make real connections in the human world as well. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

GAME CHANGER by Margaret Patterson (Fantasy)
Athletics are everything for eighth-grader KT Sutton. She’s a softball star, and she’s on track to get a college scholarship and achieve international fame. Then one day during a championship game --- in the middle of an important play --- she suddenly blacks out. When she wakes up, she’s in a different world. KT is desperate to get back to reality as she knew it, but bits and pieces of disturbing memories and dreams make her wonder if something truly awful happened there. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

Adult Books You Want to Read

Throughout the year, we feature books from Bookreporter.com, our site for adult readers, that we think will have appeal to teen audiences.

Here are our latest featured titles:

THE ELEMENTALS by Francesca Lia Block (Drama)
Ariel Silverman is haunted by the disappearance of her best friend, Jeni, who vanished without a trace a few years before, closing Ariel's heart and changing her forever. Ariel wonders if she will ever be fully alive, until she meets three mysterious, beautiful and seductive young people living in a strange old house in the Berkeley hills. Through them, Ariel will unravel the mystery of her best friend's disappearance and face a chilling choice.

COLD LIGHT by Jenn Ashworth (Thriller)
COLD LIGHT is the story of one terrible summer when lies, secrets, jealousy and perversion result in tragedy more twisted and evil than one unsuspecting community can handle. A dark tale with a surreal edge, it follows two 14-year-old best friends as they confront the dangers of a predatory adult world, where truth is cruelly sacrificed in the name of innocence.

Click here to see all the adult books we recommend you read.

 
Poll and Word of Mouth

Poll:

Which series or novel's dystopian world would you be able to survive? (Please select ALL that apply.)

1984 by George Orwell
BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley
Delirium series by Lauren Oliver
Divergent series by Veronica Roth
FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Giver quartet by Lois Lowry
The Hunger Games series by Suzanne Collins
Lunar series by Melissa Meyer
Matched series by Ally Condie
Maze Runner series by James Dashner
Razorland series by Ann Aguirre
Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld

-Click here to answer the poll.


Word of Mouth:

Send us your current reading recommendations with your comments and a rating of 1 to 5 stars. This contest period, one teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of PERRY'S KILLER PLAYLIST by Joe Schreiber and REACHED, Matched Trilogy, Book Three by Ally Condie. The deadline for entries is Friday, November 30th at noon ET.

To make sure other readers will be able to find the books you're writing about, please include full titles and correct author names (your entry must include these to be eligible to win).
For complete rules and guidelines, click here.

-Click here to read all the contest details and enter to win.

 

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