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Late April 2011

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April 28, 2011

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Spring Has Sprung (At Last)!

Finally! Spring feels like it’s here (well, actually we zipped right to summer in New York) --- it’s time to get out there and enjoy the outdoors! And then, when you’ve had your fill of the fresh air, you’ll want to plop down on a couch for some relaxation time with any of the great reads we're telling you about here.

First up, SUMMER AND THE CITY by Candace Bushnell, the follow-up to THE CARRIE DIARIES, is the perfect book to get you geared up for the warmer weather. Curious about how Carrie of Sex and the City spent her summers growing up? My guess is that they were pretty crazy!

On a very different note, Carrie Ryan's THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES, the third book in The Forest of Hands and Teeth trilogy, is in stores now, along with VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT, the second installment of Adriana Trigiani's series, and WE ALL FALL DOWN, Nic Sheff’s memoir about drug addiction and recovery.

If you liked last month's Grab Bag of Books, you're going to love this month's! We're giving away SEVEN books: AFTERLIFE: An Evernight Novel by Claudia Gray, ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre, THE GATHERING by Kelley Armstrong, INSIGHT by Diana Greenwood, PLAGUE: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant, ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE by Amy Clipston, and the aforementioned SUMMER AND THE CITY by Candace Bushnell. The deadline for entries is Monday, May 23rd at noon ET.

Speaking of contests, we have three more to tell you about. You can win one of 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, an excerpt and our interview, and enter the contest by Wednesday, June 8th at noon ET.

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 a review, an excerpt and our interview, and enter the contest by Wednesday, May 11th 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 a review, an excerpt and our interview. Click here to enter the contest by Wednesday, May 11th at noon ET.

We're still shining our Special Feature spotlight on GEEK FANTASY NOVEL by E. Archer --- and now we have an interview, too. 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.

Let's not forget about our "On Sale This Week" newsletter, which we began sending out on April 5th and will continue to do so on a bi-weekly basis, with a plan eventually to send it weekly. 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 and tell your friends too! Then you’ll know when your fave authors have books out and maybe also find some new ones.

We’ve reviewed some fantastic new books too, like THE LAST LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPE, Maureen Johnson's follow-up to 13 LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPES; WITHER by Lauren DeStefano, in which a botched effort to create a perfect race has caused girls to die at 20 and men at 25; and Frances O'Roark Dowell’s TEN MILES PAST NORMAL, about a girl who wants to be normal, but is far from it.

For this month’s poll, we would like to know if you're on Facebook and Twitter. We also want you to answer our question: Name up to five authors you're currently following, or would like to follow, on Facebook or Twitter. Then head on over to our Word of Mouth feature. We're giving away THE WARLOCK by Michael Scott, the fifth installment in the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, and WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE by Sarah Dessen. Just tell us what you’re reading!

Did you vote for your favorites yet in the Children's Choice Book Awards? Voting is only open through Friday the 29th, so the time to cast your vote is NOW. The winners will be announced live at the Children’s Choice Book Awards gala this coming Monday in New York City as part of Children’s Book Week, which will be celebrated from May 2-8. Since 1919, Children's Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes --- any place where there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers and families have celebrated children's books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book-related events. Click here to learn more about Children's Book Week and how you can celebrate in your area.

Happy reading!

Carol Fitzgerald (Carol@bookreporter.com)


 

Now in Stores: SUMMER AND THE CITY by Candace Bushnell

SUMMER AND THE CITY: A Carrie Diaries Novel by Candace Bushnell (Fiction)
Seventeen-year-old Carrie Bradshaw is finally in New York. But can she manage to prove herself as a writer so she can remain in her city? As the countdown of her summer ticks away, she grapples with writer's block, men and friendships in another delightful installment of her adventures. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

-Click here to browse inside SUMMER AND THE CITY.

 

Click here to read a review of SUMMER AND THE CITY.

 

Now in Stores: THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES by Carrie Ryan

THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES by Carrie Ryan (Urban Fantasy)
There are many things Annah would like to forget: the look on her twin sister's face when she left her behind in the Forest of Hands and Teeth, her first glimpse of the horde as she found her way to the Dark City, the day Elias left her, and her barbed wire scars. Then she meets Catcher and everything feels alive again. But can she continue to live in a world drenched in the blood of the living? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

-Click here to read an excerpt from THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES.

 

Click here to read a review of THE DARK AND HOLLOW PLACES.

 

Now in Stores: VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Adriana Trigiani

VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT by Adriana Trigiani (Fiction)
Viola is back home in Brooklyn where she's free to be her spunky self. But the excitement of getting to hang with her two best friends comes to a screeching halt when Andrew starts acting strange and Caitlin ditches her for a new boy. Amid Viola's confusion --- should she stay or leave Brooklyn? --- a tragic event proves that friendships are her true foundation. Reviewed by Amy Alessio.

-Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at the cover photo shoot for VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT and an interview with Adriana Trigiani.

 

Click here to read a review of VIOLA IN THE SPOTLIGHT.

 

Now in Stores: WE ALL FALL DOWN by Nic Sheff

WE ALL FALL DOWN: Living with Addiction by Nic Sheff (Memoir)
In his memoir TWEAK, Nic Sheff took readers on an emotionally gripping roller-coaster ride through his days as a drug addict. In this powerful follow-up about his continued efforts to stay clean, Nic writes candidly about eye-opening stays at rehab centers, devastating relapses, and hard-won realizations about what it means to be a young person living with addiction. Reviewed by Barbara Bamberger Scott.

 
Click here to read a review of WE ALL FALL DOWN.

 
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 AFTERLIFE: An Evernight Novel by Claudia Gray, ENCLAVE by Ann Aguirre, THE GATHERING: Darkness Rising, Book 1 by Kelley Armstrong, INSIGHT by Diana Greenwood, PLAGUE: A Gone Novel by Michael Grant, ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE by Amy Clipston and SUMMER AND THE CITY: A Carrie Diaries Novel by Candace Bushnell. The deadline for entries is Monday, May 23rd at noon ET.

-Click here for the winners of our past giveaways.

 
Click here to read all the contest details.

 
Special Feature: GEEK FANTASY NOVEL by E. Archer
E. Archer is a self-confessed geek. So it only seems fitting that he would write a book called GEEK FANTASY NOVEL. In this tale, which plays with the conventions of fantasy, a science geek is granted the power of wishing; what he doesn’t realize yet is that wishes are bad…very bad. Teenreads.com’s Sarah Rachel Egelman talks with E. Archer about his own love of fantasy, gaming and self-referential literature. He also reveals his ideal reader, his inspirations, and what hereally thinks about the morality of wishes.

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 a review of GEEK FANTASY NOVEL.
-Click here to read an excerpt from GEEK FANTASY NOVEL.

-Click here to read E. Archer's bio.

 
Click here to read our interview with E. Archer.

 

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 our interview with Judy Blundell.
-Click here to read Judy Blundell's bio.

 
Click here to read all the contest details.

 

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 is giving 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 11th 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 our interview with Kathryn Lasky.

-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 11th 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.

 
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 began sending out the "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.

 

Celebrate Children's Book Week!

From May 2-8, the Children's Book Council (CBC) is sponsoring its 92nd annual Children's Book Week. Since 1919, Children's Book Week has been celebrated nationally in schools, libraries, bookstores, clubs, private homes --- any place where there are children and books. Educators, librarians, booksellers and families have celebrated children's books and the love of reading with storytelling, parties, author and illustrator appearances, and other book-related events.
 
Click here to learn more about Children's Book Week and how to celebrate in your area.

 
This Month's Reviews
STAY by Deb Caletti (Fiction)
Clara's relationship with Christian is intense from the start, and like nothing she's ever experienced before. But what starts as devotion quickly becomes obsession, and it's almost too late before Clara realizes how far gone Christian is --- and what he's willing to do to make her stay. No matter how far she runs, it may not be far enough. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

-Click here to read an excerpt from STAY.

THE LAST LITTLE BLUE ENVELOPE by Maureen Johnson (Fiction)
Ginny Blackstone spent last summer traveling around Europe, following the tasks her aunt Peg laid out in a series of letters before she died. When someone stole Ginny's backpack --- and the last little blue envelope inside --- she resigned herself to never knowing how it was supposed to end. Months later, a mysterious boy contacts Ginny from London, saying he's found her bag. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez.

TEN MILES PAST NORMAL by Frances O'Roark Dowell (Fiction)
Janie Gorman wants to be normal, but she’s far from it. Her parents have involved her in their “let’s-live-on-a-goat-farm” experiment, and now she has to milk goats every day. It would be nice to return to her safe suburban life, but in this new life, Janie just might find that being “normal” is overrated. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

BLINK & CAUTION by Tim Wynne-Jones (Thriller)
All Blink wanted was to steal some breakfast for his empty belly, but instead he stumbled upon a fake kidnapping and a cell phone dropped by an "abducted" CEO. Now Blink is on the run. Enter a girl named Caution, who is also on the run. The two forge a fated, tender partnership while creating a blackmail scheme that is foolhardy at best and disastrous at worst. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

WITHER: The Chemical Garden Trilogy, Book 1 by Lauren DeStefano (Fantasy)
In Rhine Ellery’s world, a botched effort to create a perfect race has left humans with very short lifespans. At age 16 --- and like many other young girls --- Rhine is sold as a polygamous bride to bear more children. Though she vows to do all she can to escape, her new husband opens her to a magical world of wealth and illusion she never thought existed. Will she escape before her time runs out? Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

THE PIPER'S SON by Melina Marchetta (Fiction)
Five years since SAVING FRANCESCA, it’s now Thomas Mackee who needs saving. After his favorite uncle was blown to bits on his way to work in a foreign city, Tom watched his family implode. He quit school and turned his back on his music and everyone who mattered, including the girl he can’t forget. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

BEST OF THE BEST: A Baseball Great Novel by Tim Green (Fiction)
Josh is still flying high from his baseball team's win when his parents start talking divorce. Now his dad is challenging him to play the best of the best at the Little League World Series. Does he just want Josh out of the way? With the help of two friends, Josh races to get the facts that can help keep his family together. Reviewed by Joy Held.

THE BETRAYAL OF MAGGIE BLAIR by Elizabeth Laird (Historical Fiction)
In the religious world of 17th-century Scotland, saying the wrong thing can lead to banishment --- or worse. Accused of being a witch, 16-year-old Maggie Blair is sentenced to be hanged like her grandmother. Maggie escapes, but now she must try to save her uncle and his family from the king’s men, even if she has to risk her own life in doing so. Reviewed by Christine M. Irvin.

THE QUEEN OF WATER by Laura Resau and Maria Virginia Farinango (Fiction)
Born in an Andean village in Ecuador, seven-year-old Virginia lives in a small, earthen-walled dwelling. In her village, it is not uncommon to work in the fields all day for members of the ruling class of mestizos, or Spanish descendants. When Virginia is taken to become a servant to a mestizo couple, she has no idea what the future holds. Reviewed by Sarah Hannah Gómez.


Graphic Novel Reviews:

THOR: SIEGE AFTERMATH written by Kieron Gillen, illustrated by Richard Elson and Doug Braithwaite
The Marvel Universe has crumbled and is reborn again from the ashes. Thor, once a part-time resident of Earth, has seen his entire kingdom crumble and witnessed the death of many of his people. Now, every Norse god is in danger of being eaten alive during the aftershocks of Siege. That is, of course, if Thor can't venture to Hell and back to save them. Reviewed by Collin David.

THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER written by Roger Langridge, illustrated by Chris Samnee and Matthew Wilson
Forget everything you ever thought you needed to know about The Mighty Thor. No more complicated Norse mythology, no more complex familial relations, and no more flowery pseudo-Victorian speeches. THOR: THE MIGHTY AVENGER is a complete reboot of Thor, existing independently from the rest of the Marvel Universe. Reviewed by Collin David.

MORNING GLORIES, Volume 1 written by Nick Spencer and illustrated by Joe Eisma
The Morning Glories academy is the nation's premiere prep school, but as a group of new students will quickly learn, there is a much darker, sinister force at work deep behind the scenes. Answering to a mysterious headmaster, the teachers run a strict, murderous regimen designed to break their students and reveal the truly gifted among them. Reviewed by Michael Hicks.

BATMAN & ROBIN: BATMAN REBORN written by Grant Morrison, illustrated by Frank Quitely and Philip Tan
The new Dynamic Duo hit the streets with a bang in their new flying Batmobile as they face off against an assemblage of villains called the Circus of Strange. They also tackle their first mission investigating a child who's been abducted by the mysterious Domino Killer. But will everything go smoothly? And who exactly are the new Batman and Robin? Reviewed by Collin David.


Manga Reviews:

RED ANGEL, Volume 1 written and illustrated by Makoto Tateno
Mika, a transfer student, is a girl as beautiful as an angel. She invites her new friend Nana to her house, where Mika's brother Koryu fascinates her. But between these beautiful siblings lies a hidden secret: they are actually vampires! Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

NURA: RISE OF THE YOKAI CLAN, Volume 1 written and illustrated by Hiroshi Shiibashi
While the day belongs to humans, the night belongs to yokai, supernatural creatures that thrive on human fear. Caught between these worlds is Rikuo Nura, who’s three-quarters human. But his grandfather is none other than Nurarihyon, the supreme commander of the Nura clan, a powerful yokai consortium. Reviewed by Casey Brienza.


Adult Books You Won’t Want to Miss:

THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES by Jean M. Auel (Historical Fiction)
With THE LAND OF PAINTED CAVES, Jean M. Auel brings her epic Earth’s Children series about family life in prehistoric times to a rich conclusion. Amid the ripening colors of a serene late-Pleistocene summer, Ayla, her leading character, completes a long journey of self-discovery that promises a new future for her people. Reviewed by Pauline Finch.

SAVE ME by Lisa Scottoline (Fiction)
When Rose McKenna volunteers for lunch duty at her daughter's school, she finds herself with an impossible choice during a sudden emergency. Her actions ultimately endanger every relationship in her treasured family. The suspense ratchets up in a rapid-paced plot centered on love and consequences. Reviewed by Terry Miller Shannon.

A RED HERRING WITHOUT MUSTARD: A Flavia de Luce Novel by Alan Bradley (Mystery)
When Flavia de Luce had her fortune told, she didn’t think she’d find the poor soul bludgeoned in her own caravan. Was this an act of revenge by those convinced that the soothsayer abducted a local child? Flavia understands revenge, but not the connection to the missing baby. And as the red herrings pile up, she untangles dark deeds and dangerous secrets. Reviewed by Roz Shea.

LITTLE PRINCES: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal by Conor Grennan (Memoir)
So as not to seem self-indulgent, Conor Grennan started his trip around the world by volunteering at an orphanage in Nepal. There, he met the mother of two of the wards and learned the terrible truth: that many had been taken from their homes by child traffickers. What happened next changed his life --- and those of countless others --- forever. Reviewed by Alexis Burling.


 
Poll and Question of the Month: Facebook and Twitter
Poll:

Are you on Facebook?

Yes
No, but I plan on joining
No, but I’m thinking of joining
I would like to join, but my parents won’t let me.
I used to be on Facebook.
I have no interest in joining.


Are you on Twitter?

Yes
No, but I plan on joining
No, but I’m thinking of joining
I would like to join, but my parents won’t let me.
I used to be on Twitter.
I have no interest in joining.

-Click here to answer the poll.


Question:

Name up to five authors you’re currently following, or would like to follow, on Facebook or Twitter.

-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 THE WARLOCK: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 5 by Michael Scott and WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE by Sarah Dessen
. Tell us what you are reading here and rate the titles 1-5 by noon ET on Tuesday, May 24th to ensure that you are in the running to win these books
.

 
Click here for more details about Word of Mouth.