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June 11, 2013


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Getting Acquainted and Reuniting with Friends (and Books!), Old and New

I don’t know about you, but the past two weeks have been an absolute blur --- but in the best possible way! As you may know, the last week of May was BookExpo America (BEA) and everyone in the office was excited to go to presentations, schmooze with others in the world of publishing AND explore books that we think will interest you! This year, I took part in ReadingGroupGuides.com's Book Group Speed Dating program that connects readers to books coming out in the fall. The event had a great crowd, as you can see from the picture above in the middle.

I also was on “the party circuit" and was able to attend wonderful events where I met a few of my favorite authors. At one party Megan McCafferty AND Daniel Handler, aka Lemony Snicket, were bartenders. You can see a photo of me with Daniel above. I also had dinner with Kate DiCamillo where she talked about her new book FLORA AND ULYSSES: The Illuminated Adventures and went to the exclusive event for Cassandra Clare’s film The Mortal Instruments: The City of Bones, which will be out on August 21st. The talk was all about what we love the most...BOOKS!

This past weekend, I attended another event that brought people together --- my college Alumni Weekend! It’s always difficult going from living close to your best friends to having them live all over the country. So this weekend, I was reunited with many former classmates and best friends; we were able to reminisce and even make new memories together. For those of you who had graduations this year and are headed off to a new school, don’t worry! It’s easy to stay connected with friends through social media AND getting back together is simply AMAZING.

Speaking of which, have you liked us on Facebook or followed us on Twitter? It’s an easy way to keep in touch with Teenreads.com, too! AND if you are headed to college this fall, check out 20SomethingReads.com, which will give you a selection of YA and adult books you'll be sure to enjoy. If you sign up for the 20SomethingReads newsletter, you'll get the chance to meet Nikki and Emily, who are pulling together the content for those sites. You'll love them!

In May, you all told us which character in a YA novel you would want to be. Of the 738 of you who answered, 20% of you said you’d be the hero/heroine or the quirky sidekick, 18% said the loveable know-it-all and 16% would be the intriguing loner. With a new month comes a new poll! If you were a character in a sci-fi adventure, which superpower would you want? Click here to answer June's poll!

Let’s get to books! What if escalating disasters threaten your world, and you, your brother and 12 other kids are trapped in a superstore? Well, that's what happened in Emmy Laybourne's MONUMENT 14. In its follow-up, SKY ON FIRE, stakes are raised as brothers Dean and Alex split up: Dean decides to stay in the superstore, keeping guard over the younger kids, while Alex ventures out into the world, trying to find a way to find an evacuation. Benjamin Boche describes, "The great aspect about SKY ON FIRE is the fact that even when the odds seem insurmountable, as long as there is some faith in humanity, then perhaps the end of the world won’t be as frightening as we imagine it will be." It's interesting to imagine what you would do if the end of the world seemed near...

If you’re a fan of Beautiful Creatures, than you are going to be excited for the first book in Margaret Stohl’s new series, ICONS. Everything changed on The Day, when the Icons were dropped and entire cities’ populations were instantly eliminated. Since then, Dol has lived a simple life safe from the Icon and its power. When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, Dol discovers that their uncontrollable emotions may actually be their greatest strengths. As reviewer Benjamin Boche says, “ICONS is an excellent start to something much bigger. The Lords and the Icons are so shrouded in mystery at this point that just when you feel like you are getting a grasp of what it all means, who they are and earth’s role in their arrival, the book ends with you wanting much more.”

Have you ever felt torn between what you know is right and the person you love? In Terra Elan McVoy’s CRIMINAL, Nikki’s life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki can’t imagine herself without him. There’s nothing Nikki wouldn’t do for Dee. So when Dee pulls Nikki into a murder, Nikki tells herself that it’s all for true love. But what if Dee had motives that Nikki knew nothing about? Rebecca Kilberg reviews, “CRIMINAL is a tough read, not because the story is complex, but because it’s filled with characters facing harsh realities...Terra Elan McVoy does an excellent job of making her characters capable of coping, but still vulnerable.”

In April, we did an interview with teenage British sensation Beth Reekles about her book, THE KISSING BOOTH, and her incredible Random House book deal. Now, we have a review of the book! When never-been-kissed Rochelle decides to run a kissing booth at her school's Spring Carnival, she locks lips with bad boy Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer. Erin Allen explains, “The trajectory of Rochelle and Noah's relationship is definitely the main draw of THE KISSING BOOTH, as we watch their incessant bickering give way to mutual attraction, but there is plenty more to get you hooked on this novel.” Sounds like the perfect beach read to me!

This month, we’re celebrating the release of the second book in Leigh Bardugo's The Grisha Trilogy, SIEGE AND STORM, in which Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces against Ravka. We are giving five readers the chance to win both SIEGE AND STORM and the first book in the series, SHADOW AND BONE! Fill out this form before Monday, July 8th at noon EST to enter to win both books!

What would you do if you won TWENTY great summer reads? Would you read them back-to-back-to-back-to-back? Would you share them with your family and friends? No matter what you’d do, here’s your chance to enter our annual Beach Bag of Books Giveaway where the prize is 20 books! You have until July 18th to enter to win the book in a beach bag with a towel, sunscreen and an “I Love YA” tote and button. And don't forget to tell your friends --- the more friends who enter, the most likely you'll get to grab a great beach read!

We at Teenreads.com do not believe that guys and girls are simple or predictable readers. Girls don’t only want to read romance books with pink covers and boys don’t only want to read books about gore that have dark covers. There are books that boys AND girls love, and our "He Said/She Said" feature aims to highlight a book each month to discuss its guy and girl appeal, first with the cover and then with its content. YOU voted on whether the cover for Anna Jarzab's TANDEM made you think it's a boy book, girl book or both. Now, read the responses from a Teen Board boy and girl about their thoughts on the book. The twist? They never saw the cover, title or author name! So they will be weighing in without the visuals or context which may sway their opinions. Click here to see how you all voted and how Patrick and Kate enjoyed TANDEM!

We recently updated our Teen Ultimate Reading List and we are adding two more genre lists! In addition to our YA fiction list, Books that Keep it Real and our adult fiction and classics list, Books to Bring to a Coffee Shop, we have our science fiction and dystopian list, Books to Keep Your Eyes On While Big Brother Keeps An Eye On You, and our paranormal and fantasy list, Books That Give You Flight…Or Another Power. And don’t hesitate to share these lists with your friends, teachers, librarians, media specialists and family! Everyone deserves some help finding the exact book to fit their mood!

Heading to the theater to see a movie and reap the benefits of air conditioning? We have one you don't want to miss. Judy Blume teamed up with her son, Lawrence, to adapt her book TIGER EYES into a movie! Carol Fitzgerald, the president of The Book Report Network, the parent company of Teenreads.com, attended a film screening, which was followed by a Q&A with both Blumes. She loved it, and came back raving about it. Carla, one of our summer interns, watched it on iTunes this weekend and said it was better than the other two films she saw this weekend, The Internship and The Purge. Find it at theaters for a limited time or on iTunes, Amazon and other online venues where you can download movies for instant viewing! Our June Books on Screen feature has more information about this and other book adaptations out this month!

This month's Cool & New roundup includes THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau, where Malencia Vale hopes that she'll be selected for The Testing, a program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of their post-war civilization; Elizabeth Ross's BELLE EPOQUE, which follows Maude Pichon as she runs away to Paris and is hired by the Durandeau Agency to be the beauty foil to a rich girl; and in paperback is Lisa Stasse's THE FORSAKEN, in which 16-year-old Alenna Shawcross has failed a government-sponsored test and is banished to a mysterious island full of other potentially violent teenagers.

Our first-ever Teen Board's term ends at the end of this month. It’s been wonderful working with this inaugural group! Make sure to check up on their profiles and which blogs and reviews they've written! We are still working through all of the impressive applications for the next Teen Board. Thank you to the nearly 300(!) of you who applied --- we are so appreciative of your interest in our Teen Board, and you’ll hear from us soon enough!

As you find the weeks flying by this summer, I hope you get a chance to slow down and escape with a book every once in a while! And let me know what your favorite summer reads are. I love hearing from you!

Happy reading!

--- Liz Kossnar (liz@bookreporter.com)
Now in Stores: MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE by Emmy Laybourne

MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE by Emmy Laybourne (Dystopian)
Trapped in a superstore by a series of escalating disasters, including a monster hailstorm and terrifying chemical weapons spill, brothers Dean and Alex learned how to survive and worked together with 12 other kids to build a refuge from the chaos. But then strangers appeared, destroying their fragile peace, and bringing both fresh disaster and a glimmer of hope. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

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Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: ICONS by Margaret Stohl

ICONS by Margaret Stohl (Science Fiction)
Everything changed on The Day. Since then, Dol has lived a simple life safe from the the Icon and its power. When Dol and her best friend, Ro, are captured and taken to the Embassy, Dol finds herself drawn to Lucas, the Ambassador's privileged son. Within the Icon's reach, Dol, Ro, Tima, and Lucas discover that their uncontrollable emotions may actually be their greatest strengths. Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

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Click here to read a review.

 
Now in Stores: CRIMINAL by Terra Elan McVoy

CRIMINAL by Terra Elan McVoy (Social Issues)
Nikki’s life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki can’t imagine herself without him. There’s nothing Nikki wouldn’t do for Dee. Absolutely nothing. So when Dee pulls Nikki into a murder, Nikki tells herself that it’s all for true love. But what if Dee had motives that Nikki knew nothing about? Nikki’s love for Dee is supposed to be unconditional…but even true love has a limit. And Nikki just might have reached hers. Reviewed by Rebecca Kilberg.

- Click here to read more about the book.
 

Click here to read a review.

 
Special Contest: The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo
In anticipation of the release of SIEGE AND STORM --- the second in Leigh Bardugo's The Grisha Trilogy, which follows Alina back into the country she abandoned in order to fight the forces against Ravka --- we have a special contest. Five readers will have the opportunity to win a copy of SHADOW AND BONE and SIEGE AND STORM. To enter, please fill out this form by Monday, July 8th at noon ET.

More about SHADOW AND BONE:
Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

More about SIEGE AND STORM:
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a new power and a dangerous plan. Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she'll have to choose between her country, her power and the love she always thought would guide her.
 
Click here to enter the contest.

 
Teenreads.com's Seventh Annual Beach Bag Giveaway

It's time to think about Summer Reading --- and we're not talking about the list of books you'll be receiving for Required Summer Reading from school. What we're talking about are the kinds of books that you're glad you now have time to kick back and enjoy. The way we see it, it wouldn't be summer without sun, surf, and great reading. You supply the beach chair, and we'll provide the fantastic fiction in our Seventh Annual Teenreads.com Beach Bag of Books Feature.

You have until July 18th to enter to win the following 20 books in a beach bag with sunscreen and a beach towel!

- MY WOLF'S BANE by Veronica Blade
- JERSEY ANGEL by Beth Ann Bauman
- ABANDON, Book Three: AWAKEN by Meg Cabot
- THIS IS WHAT HAPPY LOOKS LIKE by Jennifer E. Smith
- ICONS by Margaret Stohl
- TRUTH OR DARE by Jacqueline Green
- BOY NOBODY by Allen Zadoff
- RULES OF SUMMER by Joanna Philbin
- CONFESSIONS OF A MURDER SUSPECT by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
- SNAP DECISION: MAYBE TONIGHT? by Bridie Clark
- CONFESSIONS OF A HATER by Caprice Crane
- THE RAVEN BOYS by Maggie Stiefvater
- QUARANTINE 2: The Saints by Lex Thomas
- INFINITYGLASS: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire
- HOW I LOST YOU by Janet Gurtler
- ACROSS A STAR-SWEPT SEA by Diana Peterfreund
- BORN OF ILLUSION by Teri Brown
- THE BURNING SKY by Sherry Thomas
- UNBREAKABLE by Elizabeth Norris
- MONUMENT 14: SKY ON FIRE by Emmy Laybourne

 

Click here to enter the contest.

 
He Said/She Said Feature: TANDEM by Anna Jarzab
Stereotypically, girl books are pink, have a girl on the cover and FILLED with sickeningly sweet romance. Boy books, on the other hand, are darker, have blood dripping or something more creepy on the cover and there are NO girls to be found. But we all know this isn't true, right? There are books that boys AND girls love!!! Teenreads.com's “He Said/She Said” feature aims to highlight a book each month to discuss its guy and girl appeal. Last week, we put up a cover survey to ask YOU if you thought TANDEM by Anna Jarzab looked like a boy book, a girl book or both based on it's cover. Out of all of you who answered, 70% said the book looks like a girl book, 30% of you said it looked like it could be for girls AND boys...and none of you said it was just for boys.

In this blog, Patrick C. and Kate F. from our Teen Board talk about their thoughts on the book. The twist? They never saw the cover, title or author name! So they are weighing in without the visuals or context which may sway their opinions.
Click here to read what they have to say.

 
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The movie adaptation of Judy Blume's TIGER EYES, directed by her son, is out June 7th for a limited time in select theaters but is also on iTunes and other online outlets. And following up The Great Gatsby, a modern adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing hits theaters this month, keeping English teachers happy and perhaps helping you clarify exactly what Shakespeare is saying.

Tiger Eyes
Cast: Willa Holland, Amy Jo Johnson and Tatanka Means
Director: Lawrence Blume
Distributor: Freestyle
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Release Date: June 7th
Based On: TIGER EYES by Judy Blume

Davey has never felt so alone in her life. Her father is dead --- shot in a holdup at his store --- and now her mother is taking 17-year-old Davey and her little brother to New Mexico to stay with relatives while she tries to recover. Climbing in the Los Alamos canyon, Davey meets the mysterious Wolf, the only person who seems to understand the rage and fear Davey feels. Slowly, with Wolf's help, Davey realizes that she must get on with her life. A complicated story of deep human drama.

Click here to read June's Books on Screen feature.

 
Ultimate Reading List --- And Two More NEW Genre Lists

One of our goals each month is to inspire you to read...and to keep reading. We have found that required reading lists for school --- especially summer reading lists --- are not exactly inspiring. Thus, we have created what we think is the Ultimate Teen Reading List: over 400 titles that we believe are perfect choices for reading and discussing. We've updated the feature with books that have released in the past year. They include a mixture of fiction and nonfiction, plus graphic novels and manga titles.

And now, we're introducing two new genre lists to add to the last two! You asked for them, and we listened! Since our Ultimate Reading List is so long, we wanted to help you all find reads by genre to help you find the right book on our list for you!

- Click here to visit our science fiction and dystopian list, Books to Keep Your Eyes on While Big Brother Keeps an Eye on You.

- Click here to visit our fantasy and paranormal list, Books That Give You Flight...Or Another Power.

- Click here to visit our YA fiction list, Books that Keep it Real

- Click here to visit our adult fiction and classics list, Books to Bring to a Coffee Shop.
 

Click here to see our updated Ultimate Reading List for teens.

 
The Last Month of our First Teen Board!
Our first-ever Teenreads.com Teen Board began their term in January and have been doing some impressive things for us since then: writing blog posts, writing reviews and providing us general feedback on our features. As their term comes to an end in June, we are excited to find the new members within the applications you sent to us! The July-December Teen Board will be announced shortly. Keep and eye out for it!

- Click here to read blog posts written by Teen Board members.
Click here to meet our current Teen Board.

 
Interview: Jacqueline Green, Author of TRUTH OR DARE

Jacqueline Green’s latest thriller, TRUTH OR DARE, is sure to have readers on the edge of their seats! A simple party game of truth or dare turns into something much more deadly for high school seniors Tenley, Caitlin and Sydney. Set against the eerie backdrop of Echo Bay --- an isolated beach town haunted by misfortune --- the girls will have to go to dangerous lengths to protect their darkest secrets.

In this interview, Jacqueline talks about the challenges of writing from the points-of-view of three very different characters, the scariest dare she ever accepted and exclusively reveals the title of her next book --- the highly anticipated sequel to TRUTH OR DARE!

Click here to read the interview.

 
From the Teenreads.com Blog

Here is a selection of blog posts we've recently run on Teenreads.com!

Emily Hoenig from The Book Report Network team began a new blog feature, "Telling It How It Is: Classics Edition," last week. In each post, she'll take a book she read in high school and break in down in "Real Talk." In her first post, she tackles THE GREAT GATSBY. Would Jay Gatsby really have been pining for so long if he had had a Facebook?

Did you see our author blog posts? Dianne K. Salerni wrote about her inspiration to write THE CAGED GRAVES --- which follows a teenage girl as she tries to uncover the secrets behind why her mother was buried in "unhallowed ground" --- in "Caged Graves, Mortsafes and a Mystery in Catawissa, Pennsylvania." And in "Best Friends Not Forever," Janet Gurtler, author of HOW I LOST YOU, lets us know about her hardest best friend break up and how it affected her...and eventually, her writing.

Our Teen Board continues to contribute to our blog! Kate F. gives us some tips (and pictures!) from an author signing she went to in "Meeting Authors," Harman K. gave us the run-down on what happened during a festival she attended in "Teen Book Festival in Rochester, NY," Samantha W., Cara S., and Amanda P. teamed up to write about prom in "Prom: The Night of Your Life or the Night to Stay In and Read? ," Alonzo D. let us in on a book you may not realize is based on a classic myth in "Myths in Modern YA," and Kate F. gives us some insight on what exactly "girly" books are in "What Makes a Novel 'Girly.'"
Click here to read our blog.

 
June's Cool & New Books

June's roundup of Cool & New Books includes Leigh Bardugo's follow-up to SHADOW AND BONE, SIEGE AND STORM, in which Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces against Ravka; THE TESTING by Joelle Charbonneau, where Malencia Vale hopes that she'll be selected for The Testing, which is a program that selects the best and brightest new graduates to become possible leaders of their post-war civilization; and Elizabeth Ross' BELLE EPOQUE, which follows Maude Pichon as she runs away to Paris and is hired by the Durandeau Agency to be the beauty foil to a rich girl.

Among the paperbacks releasing this month are Matthew Quick's BOY 21, in which an unlikely friendship between Finley and Russ may be the answer they both need to surviving life in Bellmont, a town ruled by the Irish mob and racially charged rivalries; Lisa Stasse's THE FORSAKEN, in which 16-year-old Alenna Shawcross has failed a government-sponsored test and is banished to a mysterious island full of other potentially violent teenagers; and THE WHITE GLOVE WAR by Katie Crouch, which follows Hayes Anderson realizes her life as part of the Magnolia League in Savannah might night be as charmed as she once thought it was.

Click here to read June's Cool & New feature.

 
Other Reviews

THE KISSING BOOTH by Beth Reekles (Romance)
Meet Rochelle “Elle” Evans: pretty, popular --- and never been kissed. Meet Noah Flynn: badass, volatile --- and a total player. When Elle decides to run a kissing booth at her school's Spring Carnival, she locks lips with Noah and her life is turned upside down. Her head says to keep away, but her heart wants to draw closer. This romance seems far from a fairy tale. Reviewed by Erin Allen.

THE LAST ACADEMY by Anne Applegate (Paranormal)
Camden Fisher arrives at boarding school haunted by a falling-out with her best friend back home. One of Cam's new friends mysteriously disappears, but the teachers don't seem too concerned. Cam wakes up to strangers in her room, who then melt into the night. She is suddenly plagued by odd memories, and senses there might be something dark and terrible brewing. Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board member.

GOLDEN by Jessi Kirby (Social Issues)
Julianna Farnetti and Shane Cruz are remembered as the golden couple of Summit Lakes High, but Julianna’s journal tells a different story --- one with secrets that were swept away with her the night that Shane’s jeep plunged into an icy river. Reading Julianna’s journal gives Parker Frost the courage to start to really live --- and reasons to question what really happened the night of the accident. Reviewed by Sarah Flamm.

FIFTEENTH SUMMER by Michelle Dalton (Friendship)
Chelsea isn’t looking forward to her summer at the lake. It’s the first time her family has been there since her grandmother died, and she can’t break out of her funk. But then she meets cute, sweet and funny Josh. As the days pass by in a blur of boat rides, picnics, and stolen kisses, she can’t believe how lucky she is. But Chelsea knows her days with Josh are numbered. Reviewed by Erin Allen.

ALL I NEED by Susane Colasanti (Love & Romance)
When Seth starts talking to Skye at the last beach party of the summer, it's obvious to both of them that this is something real. But when Seth leaves for college before they exchange contact info, Skye wonders if he felt the same way she did --- and if she will ever see him again. Reviewed by Erin Allen.

SCHOOL SPIRITS by Rachel Hawkins (Paranormal)
Fifteen-year-old Izzy Brannick was trained to fight monsters. But when Izzy's older sister vanishes while on a job, Izzy and her mom move to a new town to take a break. But assuming the guise of an average teenager is easier said than done. When she discovers a series of hauntings has been plaguing the local high school, can Izzy trust her new friends to help find the secret behind the hauntings before more people get hurt? Reviewed by Rachael W., Teen Board member.

OF TRITON by Anna Banks (Science Fiction)
Emma has just learned that her mother is a long-lost Poseidon princess, and now struggles with an identity crisis: As a Half-Breed, she's a freak in the human world and an abomination in the Syrena realm. Her mother's sudden reappearance turns Poseidon and Triton against one another. Emma is left with a decision to make. Reviewed by Kate F., Teen Board member.

DARE YOU TO by Katie McGarry (Love & Romance)
If anyone knew the truth about Beth Risk's home life, they'd send her mother to jail and her to who knows where. Until the day her uncle swoops in and forces Beth to choose between her mom's freedom and her own happiness. That's how Beth finds herself living with an aunt who doesn't want her and going to a school that doesn't understand her. Except for the one guy who shouldn't get her... Reviewed by Amanda P., Teen Board member.

This Month's Poll

Poll

If you were a character in a fantasy or sci-fi adventure, which superpowers would you want? (Check as many as apply.)

Ability to fly
Cloning (Ability to be at two places at once)
Intangibility (Ability to walk through walls, etc.)
Invincibility
Invisibility
Photographic memory
Psychokinesis (Control things with your mind)
Shapeshifting (Change into animals or objects)
Super speed
Super strength
Telepathy/Read minds
I have no idea.
I'm not down with having a superpower.

-Click here to answer the poll.

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