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April 15, 2011

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April Showers Bring Rain...and Books!

We all know what they say about April, and it sure seems to be the case. It's been raining on and off here the last few days --- let's just hope that May follows the adage, and flowers follow showers! In the meantime, be sure to check out some of the great reads we want to tell you about while we're waiting for spring to get its act together.

For all you Twi-hards out there,
THE TWILIGHT SAGA: THE OFFICIAL ILLUSTRATED GUIDE is out this week, waiting to be devoured. This full-color guide has nearly 100 gorgeous illustrations and photographs, with exclusive new material, character profiles, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more.

We have a new contest we want to share with you --- we're
giving away 100 copies of STRINGS ATTACHED by Judy Blundell, about down-and-out teenage chorus girl Kit Corrigan. Kit is soon offered keys to a perfect, rent-free apartment, but in exchange for what? I had the pleasure of meeting Judy in January. She shared stories of how she worked to keep the voice and language in keeping with the times in the '50s as she was writing, and it made STRINGS ATTACHED a very enjoyable book. I really felt swept up in the story. Read a review here and an excerpt here.

We continue our giveaway of 100 copies of
MAY by Kathryn Lasky. In this second installment of her Daughters of the Sea series, May, on her 15th birthday, discovers she's a mermaid. She must learn who she can trust among her friends, not all of whom are thrilled with her transformation. Read our review, an excerpt, and enter the contest here by Wednesday, May 4th at noon ET.

You can also be one of the lucky 100 who will win
THE CHAOS by Rachel Ward, the second book in her Numbers series. Adam can see the date you will die just by looking you in the eye. But what happens when too many people share the same number? What kind of a catastrophe is coming? We have our review, an excerpt, and our interview with the author. Click here to enter the contest by Wednesday, May 4th at noon ET.

Congratulations to the
25 winners of
THE ABUSED WEREWOLF RESCUE GROUP by Catherine Jinks! You will be receiving your copy of the book soon, along with two t-shirts that say "Reformed Vampire" and "Abused Werewolf".

We're currently shining our Special Feature spotlight on
GEEK FANTASY NOVEL by E. Archer. Ralph knows that wishes can be dangerous. They can land you in fantasy worlds full of killer bunny rabbits, evil aunts and bothersome bacteria. Too bad this gamer isn't prepared for the game he's about to find. Be sure to check out our review and an excerpt.

With all the rain we've been getting, it's the perfect time to hit the theaters and
see a movie. Be sure to check out Soul Surfer, based on teen surfer Bethany Hamilton's stunning memoir of the same name. Or, if you're looking for something a little different, there's Water for Elephants, an adaptation of Sara Gruen's bestselling novel about the circus, extraordinary friendships, and equally amazing animals. P.S. If any Twilight fans are in need of a Robert Pattinson fix, this is the flick for you. Added bonus: RPattz is fang-free! All the better for imagining him...err...smiling at you. ;)

As for April's
Cool New Books, we have a whole slew of goodies like Meg Cabot's ABANDON, a dark and fantastical story about a girl who might find herself back in the Underworld; WHERE SHE WENT, a sequel to Gayle Forman's much talked-about debut, IF I STAY; and WE ALL FALL DOWN, a follow-up to TWEAK that sees Nic Sheff through rehab, relapse and ultimate stability.

Our
New in Paperback roundup includes ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen, a girl-meets-boy love story involving a couple of insomniac bicyclists who bond over their emotional traumas; THIRTEEN DAYS TO MIDNIGHT by Patrick Carman, a nail-biting novel of mystery and dark intrigue; and THE PRINCE OF MIST, a ghost story from Carlos Ruiz Zafón that takes place in a mysterious house whose previous owner's son died by drowning.

Our current
Grab Bag is straight up AMAZING. This contest period's winners will each receive a copy of DARKEST MERCY: The Final Wicked Lovely Book by Melissa Marr; DEATH CLOUD: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins by Andrew Lane; DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver; I AM NUMBER FOUR: Movie Tie-In Edition by Pittacus Lore; and UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand. The deadline for entries is Monday, April 18th at noon ET, so the time to enter is NOW.

Let's not forget about our
"On Sale This Week" newsletter, which we sent out for the first time on April 5th. This new newsletter tells you which hardcover and paperback titles are releasing that week and the next, along with a brief description. Click here to sign up! You’ll then know when your fave authors have books out and maybe also find some new ones.

A few months ago, you voted for the finalists of the
Teen Choice Book of the Year. Now it's time to choose your favorite YA book of 2010 from these five awesome titles: BURNED: House of Night, Book 7 by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast; FANG: Maximum Ride, Book 6 by James Patterson; MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins; SPIRIT BOUND: Vampire Academy, Book 5 by Richelle Mead; and WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green and David Levithan. Through April 29th, you can vote for your favorite book, author and illustrator of 2010 in the 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards by clicking here.

Lastly, don't forget to weigh in on the
poll. Which of the movies based on books have you seen or do you plan to see in theaters or on DVD? Also, be sure to answer the question: What was your favorite movie based on a book, and what was your biggest disappointment? When you're done, head on over to Word of Mouth, where we're giving away CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS: The Mortal Instruments, Book Four by Cassandra Clare and VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Adriana Trigiani.

Happy reading!


Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)


 

Don't Miss: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: THE OFFICIAL ILLUSTRATED GUIDE by Stephenie Meyer

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: THE OFFICIAL ILLUSTRATED GUIDE by Stephenie Meyer (Horror/Romance)
This must-have hardcover edition --- the only official guide --- is the definitive encyclopedic reference to the Twilight Saga and provides readers with everything they need to further explore the unforgettable world Stephenie Meyer created in all of her books. This comprehensive handbook --- essential for every fan --- is full-color throughout with nearly 100 gorgeous illustrations and photographs and with exclusive new material, character profiles, genealogical charts, maps, extensive cross-references, and much more.

 

Click here to read more about THE TWILIGHT SAGA: THE OFFICIAL ILLUSTRATED GUIDE.

 
New Special Feature and Contest: STRINGS ATTACHED by Judy Blundell
Broadway isn't easy on teenage chorus girl Kit Corrigan. After leaving her Rhode Island home, she needs a helping hand. Preferably one with cash in it. When help comes, it's from Nate, the father of her hothead ex-boyfriend, who offers her the keys to a perfect, rent-free apartment. But in exchange for what?

To celebrate the release of STRINGS ATTACHED, Teenreads.com is giving 100 readers the chance to win a copy of Judy Blundell's latest historical novel. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, June 8th at noon ET.

STRINGS ATTACHED by Judy Blundell (Historical Fiction)
When Kit Corrigan arrives in New York City, she doesn't have much. She's fled from her family in Providence, Rhode Island, and she's broken off her tempestuous relationship with a boy named Billy, who's enlisted in the army. The city doesn't exactly welcome her with open arms. She gets a bit part as a chorus girl in a Broadway show, but she knows that's not going to last very long. She needs help --- and then it comes, from an unexpected source.


-Click here to read more about STRINGS ATTACHED.
-Click here to read a review of STRINGS ATTACHED.

-Click here to read an excerpt from STRINGS ATTACHED.
-Click here to read Judy Blundell's bio.

 
Click here to read all the contest details.

 
New Special Feature: GEEK FANTASY NOVEL by E. Archer
GEEK FANTASY NOVEL by E. Archer (Fantasy)
Be careful what you wish for. Really. Because wishes are bad. Very bad. They can get you trapped in fantasy worlds full of killer bunny rabbits, evil aunts, and bothersome bacteria, for example. Or at least that's Ralph's experience. He's been asked to spend the summer with his strange British relatives at their old manor house in order to set up their Wi-Fi network. But there's much more to it than that, of course. It's just that nobody told Ralph. He's a gamer, sure. But this game is much stranger --- and funnier --- than anything to be found on his xbox.

-Click here to read an excerpt from GEEK FANTASY NOVEL.
-Click here to read E. Archer's bio.

 
Click here to read a review of GEEK FANTASY NOVEL.

 

Books into Movies: Now Featuring Soul Surfer and Water for Elephants

The semester is more than halfway over, and this month Teenreads.com is spotlighting two must-see movies that are guaranteed to help you gear up for the final stretch.

First up is Soul Surfer, an awe-inspiring flick about the story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Based on her stunning memoir of the same name, the film follows Bethany's incredible journey from the moment a 14-foot tiger shark threatened to shatter her future, to her astonishing and entirely unexpected comeback.

And if that isn't enough to push you towards the finish line, there's Water for Elephants. This adaptation of Sara Gruen's bestselling novel is a touching circus tale about extraordinary friendships (and equally amazing animals), the trials of growing up, and making the most of life in spite of everything. With a star-studded cast that includes everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Twilight's Robert Pattinson, it's going to be one of the most highly anticipated movies of the season.
 
Click here for more details about April's films.

 
Cool New Books for April
April's roundup of Cool New Books includes Meg Cabot's ABANDON, a dark and fantastical story about a girl who might find herself back in the place she fears most --- the Underworld; STAY by Deb Caletti, a love story in which romantic devotion quickly turns into unhealthy obsession; WHERE SHE WENT, a sequel to Gayle Forman's much talked-about debut, IF I STAY, in which chance brings Mia and Adam together for one last night, three years after Mia walked out of Adam's life; VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT, a continuation of Adriana Trigiani's first YA series, which finds Viola in the midst of a conundrum about where she truly belongs; and the eye-opening memoir WE ALL FALL DOWN, a follow-up to TWEAK that sees Nic Sheff through rehab, relapse and ultimate stability.
 
Click here to read our Cool New Books feature for April.

 
April's New in Paperback Roundup
April's roundup of New in Paperback titles includes WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON, John Green and David Levithan's collaborative novel about two teens who share the same name, setting the stage for an otherwise unlikely friendship; ALONG FOR THE RIDE by Sarah Dessen, a girl-meets-boy love story involving a couple of insomniac bicyclists who bond over their emotional traumas; RUNAWAY, the final installment of Meg Cabot's Airhead trilogy, in which Em Watts is being held captive by the son of an evil billionaire entrepreneur, whose top-secret venture she must reveal to the public; THIRTEEN DAYS TO MIDNIGHT by Patrick Carman, a nail-biting novel of mystery and dark intrigue about an indestructible boy who is gifted with the power to keep death at bay; and THE PRINCE OF MIST, a ghost story from Carlos Ruiz Zafón that takes place in a mysterious house whose previous owner's son died by drowning.
 
Click here to see what's New in Paperback for April.

 

Special Feature and Contest: DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA #2: MAY by Kathryn Lasky

May is different from what her mother and father would have her be. She wants to go swimming in the summer, to whoop and holler running off the wharf and into the seawater. She wants to read books (other than the Bible) late into the night. She wants a freedom that they just don't understand her need for; even she can’t quite grasp it. That is, until she realizes her true nature as a mermaid.

To celebrate the release of MAY, Teenreads.com isgiving 100 readers the chance to win a copy of this second book in Kathryn Lasky’s Daughters of the Sea series. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 4th at noon ET.

DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA #2: MAY by Kathryn Lasky (Fantasy)
May feels her life drying up. The sea calls to her, but her parents forbid her from swimming. She longs for books, but her mother finds her passion for learning strange. She yearns for independence, but a persistent suitor, Rudd, wants to tame her spirited ways. Yet after her 15th birthday, the urge to break free becomes overpowering and May makes a life-changing discovery. She does not belong on land where girls are meant to be obedient. She is a mermaid --- a creature of the sea.


-Click here to read more about DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA #2: MAY.

-Click here to read a review of DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA #2: MAY.

-Click here to read an excerpt from DAUGHTERS OF THE SEA #2: MAY.

-Click here to read Kathryn Lasky’s bio.
 

Click here to read all the contest details.

 

Special Feature and Contest: NUMBERS #2: THE CHAOS by Rachel Ward

Adam is cursed. Who would want to look into the eyes of a friend and not only see the date of their death, but feel the pain of it as well? At first, it was Jem's death day. Now, Adam has moved to London with his great-grandmother, Val, and there's a new number that's showing up: 01012027 --- New Year's Day. And it's not just one person. How many people can he save from the catastrophe that awaits?

To celebrate the release of THE CHAOS, Teenreads.com is giving 100 readers the chance to win a copy of this second book in Rachel Ward's Numbers series. The deadline for entries is Wednesday, May 4th at noon ET.

NUMBERS #2: THE CHAOS by Rachel Ward (Urban Fantasy)
When he was a little boy, Adam learned about the numbers. The first ones he saw were Jem's. That was how he knew she was going to die. Adam has more than inherited his mother's curse: When he looks in someone's eyes, he not only sees the date of their death, he feels the searing, shocking pain of it. Since Jem died, Adam has lived by the sea with his great-grandmother, Val. But when rising tides flood the coast, they return to London. The city is an alien, exciting, frightening place. Most disturbing of all, Adam can't help but clock how many people's numbers are in January 2027; how many are on New Year's Day. What chaos awaits the world? Can he and Sarah stop a catastrophe? Or are they, too, counted among the "twenty-sevens"?


-Click here to read a review of NUMBERS #2: THE CHAOS.
-Click here to read an excerpt from NUMBERS #2: THE CHAOS.

-Click here to read our interview with Rachel Ward.
-Click here to read Rachel Ward's bio.

 
Click here to read all the contest details.

 
Teenreads.com's Grab Bag of Books Contest
Every month in our Grab Bag of Books contest, five readers are awarded a Teenreads.com signature tote bag filled with some of the hottest books --- and may even include a sneak peek at titles that haven't been released yet!

This contest period's winners will each receive a copy of DARKEST MERCY: The Final Wicked Lovely Book by Melissa Marr; DEATH CLOUD: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins by Andrew Lane; DELIRIUM by Lauren Oliver; I AM NUMBER FOUR: Movie Tie-In Edition by Pittacus Lore; and UNEARTHLY by Cynthia Hand. The deadline for entries is Monday, April 18th at noon ET.

-Click here for the winners of our past giveaways.

 
Click here to read all the contest details.

 
Sign Up for Teenreads.com's "On Sale This Week" Newsletter

While Teenreads.com's Coming Soon feature has been on the site for many years, we have received requests from readers asking for weekly email notifications when books are released. Now we're happy to announce our latest project, Teenreads.com's "On Sale This Week" newsletter.

We sent our first "On Sale This Week" newsletter on April 5th. For now, it will be emailed every other Tuesday, but eventually we plan to send it weekly. Inside this newsletter you will get a listing of hardcover and paperback titles releasing that week and the next, along with a brief description. You’ll then know when your favorite authors have books out, and maybe you'll also find some new ones.
 

Click here to sign up for Teenreads.com's "On Sale This Week" newsletter.

 

What's New on the Teenreads.com Blog

Ever want a reading recommendation from your favorite author? Or maybe you want to know what inspired him or her to write that book you love? Check out the Teenreads.com Blog for posts from both debut authors and long-time favorites. In the past weeks, we've featured posts from Steve Watkins, Lory Kaufman and M.J. Putney.

But wait! Authors aren't the only ones we interview. YOU can be featured on the Teenreads.com Blog too. Just click here and answer a few questions about some of your favorite books. We will email you when your post is scheduled to go up, and ta-da, you have your 15 minutes of fame and glory! Wasn't that easy?

 
Click here to visit the Teenreads.com blog.

 
Cast YOUR Votes for the 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards
We at Teenreads.com are thrilled to announce the finalists for the Children's Book Council's 2011 Teen Choice Book of the Year. The five books that were chosen most frequently by our readers as their favorites of 2010 are:

-BURNED: House of Night, Book 7 by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
-FANG: Maximum Ride, Book 6 by James Patterson
-MOCKINGJAY by Suzanne Collins
-SPIRIT BOUND: Vampire Academy, Book 5 by Richelle Mead
-WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green and David Levithan


Many thanks to the more than 4,200 people who participated!

Now it's time to make your voices be heard again. Through April 29th, you can vote for your favorite book, author and illustrator of 2010 by visiting www.BookWeekOnline.com. The winners will be announced on Monday, May 2nd during Children's Book Week.

 
Click here to cast your votes for the 2011 Children's Choice Book Awards.

 
Poll and Question of the Month: Let's Head to the Movies!

Poll:


Which of the following movies based on books have you seen or do you plan to see in theaters or on DVD? Please check as many as apply.

Angus, Thongs and Perfect Snogging
Beastly
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules
Flipped
Gulliver's Travels
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1
I Am Number Four
It's Kind of a Funny Story
Jane Eyre
The Last Song
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse
Water for Elephants

None of the above


-Click here to answer the poll.


Question:

What was your favorite movie that was based on a book, and what was your biggest disappointment?

-Click here to answer the question.


 

Word of Mouth: Tell Us What You're Reading --- and You Could Win TWO Books!
Tell us what books you are reading and loving --- and even those you don't.

This contest period, one teen reader will be randomly chosen to win a copy of CITY OF FALLEN ANGELS: The Mortal Instruments, Book Four by Cassandra Clare and VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Adriana Trigiani
. Tell us what you are reading here and rate the titles 1-5 by noon ET on Friday, April 22nd to ensure that you are in the running to win these books
.

 
Click here for more details about Word of Mouth.