What was the biggest misconception you had entering the publishing industry?
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
And the winner of a copy of Dreamland (Riley Bloom #3) by Alyson Noel is...
Congratulations! I have sent your information to Macmillan and they will get it out to you. Thanks to everyone who entered and to Macmillan for allowing me to host this giveaway. Stay tuned for more!
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Monday, September 26, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
All Chelsea wants to do this summer is hang out with her best friend, hone her talents as an ice cream connoisseur, and finally get over Ezra, the boy who broke her heart. But when Chelsea shows up for her summer job at Essex Historical Colonial Village (yes, really), it turns out Ezra’s working there too. Which makes moving on and forgetting Ezra a lot more complicated…even when Chelsea starts falling for someone new.
Maybe Chelsea should have known better than to think that a historical reenactment village could help her escape her past. But with Ezra all too present, and her new crush seeming all too off limits, all Chelsea knows is that she’s got a lot to figure out about love. Because those who don’t learn from the past are doomed to repeat it….
I love Past Perfect. It has everything I love- a unique take on a classic story, fun and quirky characters, a sweet and slightly steamy romance, and fantastic writing- in just the right doses.
The classic story is the Romeo and Juliet-esque forbidden romance of narrator Chelsea Glaser and the off-limits boy Dan Malkin. The unique twist? They are on opposite sides of a prank war between two historical reenactment attractions. Chelsea represents the Colonial Essex Village (a fictional version of Colonial Williamsburg), Dan is a member of the Civil War Reenactmentland, and these attractions are located across the street from one another. Seriously. I just love that. I know it’s the VA girl in me, the one that still loves people in period costumes, that completely adores this. It’s a fabulous way to take an age-old story and make it new again.
From there, it only gets better. The cast of characters caught up in these pranks simply enhances the random. They take their role in this long-fought war very seriously, participating in each prank as they escalate uncontrollably to almost the point of no return. Tawny, Essex Village’s war general, is a particular favorite, resorting to an actual fistfight in her plight to emerge the victor. She’s like a colonial Oliver Wood, successfully rallying her team to battle no matter what the task may be, even when it’s to shovel poo throughout the grounds of Reenactmentland. Quirky, ridiculous, and fun.
Chelsea is the perfect mixture of snarky and sweet. She is deep without sounding fake, hilariously sharp yet also sincere, and I loved spending time with her. Specifically, I think her struggle to deal with her break-up from first love (and “the one who sucks”) Ezra is so interesting and real. Even when she makes the not-so-smart decision, I am still on her side.
And Chelsea with Dan? So stinking cute. You’re cheering for them to find a loophole to this historic gang war from the moment the flirting begins. My only complaint would be the decision Chelsea makes at the end to get a leg-up on the Civil Warriors at Dan’s expense. It is a little hard to forgive something that heinous, but the manner of which Sales presents it makes it more believable that I thought possible. Regardless, I loved Chelsea and Dan’s sincere sweetness, especially in that trampoline scene.
Though, as much as I love Dan the Southern Gentleman, my favorite relationship here is Chelsea and her BFF and fellow ice cream judge Fiona. They are the best kind of best friends- they are always there for one another, they cheer each other on, and they hold each other accountable when they screw up. I’m kind of bummed I can’t hang out with these girls for real. I mean, they eat tons of ice cream, and they love having real conversations—that’s my kind of girls.
Simply put, Leila Sales is awesome. Her writing is delightful, expressive, and straightforward and it’s paced exactly the way it should. I literally couldn’t put this down, and I know this will be one of those books that I read over and over again. No matter what I say, it won’t do this book justice. Past Perfect has a very universal quality while still managing to stand out in an original way. Do yourself a favor and pick this up.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
The winner of Graveminder and an ARC of Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions, both signed by Melissa Marr is...
Congratulations! I will ship the books out next week. Thanks to everyone who entered. Check back soon for more giveaways.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
Release Date: April 19, 2011
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Age Group: Young Adult
"Noah’s happier than I’ve seen him in months. So I’d be an awful brother to get in the way of that. It’s not like I have some relationship with Melinda. It was just a kiss. Am I going to ruin Noah’s happiness because of a kiss?"
Across four sun-kissed, drama-drenched summers at his family’s beach house, Chase is falling in love, falling in lust, and trying to keep his life from falling apart. But some girls are addictive....
I wanted to like Invincible Summer more than I did. While I did enjoy Hannah Moskowitz’s second novel, it left me feeling a little unsatisfied.
To start, I wholeheartedly think this book suffers from a misconstrued campaign. Both the cover and the blurb all point toward a light beach read- a story about a boy, his brother, and their love of the same girl. These topics are even hashed out by the author herself on her blog. This is very clearly a story about a family- their struggles, their triumphs, their sorrows. It’s all about the dysfunctional McGills, more specifically Chase “Everboy” McGill, following them through four consecutive summers at their beach house. Every summer is told through Chase’s eyes, culminating in a life-changing experience on his birthday every year.
The entire novel felt very disjointed, never really gelling until it was almost over. The plots hopscotched around too often, not just from summer to summer but even within each summer. The 2nd Summer in particular felt choppy, concentrating large chunks on Chase’s exploding libido and his lust after his brother’s girl Melinda as well as his concern over Gideon’s communication issues, Claudia’s personality experiments, and Noah’s disappearances. These topics never combined in a way that flowed well, and too much time was spent on each topic in turn. Also, much of the conflict and the twists, especially the events at the end of the 3rd Summer, smacked of misery for misery’s sake. Life isn’t always fair, but it was just too much.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
Macmillan has given me the chance to host another awesome giveaway. This time it's for a copy of Dreamland by Alyson Noël, the third book in the Riley Bloom series.
Riley's finding that the afterlife can be a lonely place when all you do is focus on work. So she goes to the place where dreams happen, hoping to find a way to contact her sister, Ever. She meets the director, who tells her about the two ways to send dreams. As a Dream Jumper, a person can jump into a dreamer's dream, share a message, and participate. As a Dreamweaver, an entire dream can be created in a studio and sent to the dreamer. But Dreamweaving was outlawed decades ago, and the studio was boarded up. Thinking it's her only way to reach out to her sister, Riley goes in search of the old studio. There she finds a ghost boy, who's been creating and sending nightmares to people for years. In order to stop him and reach out to Ever, Riley is going to have to confront and overcome her own fears.*Description from Macmillan.
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There's been a development here at Wastepaper Prose that I never actually thought would happen, and that leads me to my announcement. Well, our announcement...
And how we got to be where we are is kind of a funny story. It makes this whole "I now have another reviewer on the blog" thing even more surreal because of the fact that I did not meet Jes in the blogosphere.
|Our tiny Virginia high school.|
She graduated. Then I graduated and we never really heard from each other again until nearly 10 years later.
It happened last year when I saw a very enthusiastic tweet about the Caster series by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl. You know, Beautiful Creatures, Beautiful Darkness, and the forthcoming Beautiful Chaos? I replied to it because I love the series too. I had no idea until I checked the profile that it was Jes.
We've tweeted over the past year and a half, but still didn't become tight or make plans to hang out. Things changed about a month ago when Jes asked me if I had a copy of an upcoming book because she was desperate to read it and wanted to borrow it. Well, before I could stop myself, I said "Sure, and you can review it for the blog if you want."
She agreed, and we are one month and several books to the wind and we haven't tried to kill each other! Be on the lookout for her reviews and leave her some love.
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Up for grabs today are a hardcover of Graveminder by Melissa Marr and an ARC of Enthralled: Paranormal Diversions edited by Melissa Marr and Kelley Armstrong. Both are signed by Melissa! I'm also throwing in one of the Graveminder toe tags she had made.
Now Maylene is dead and Bek must go back to the place--and the man--she left a decade ago. But what she soon discovers is that Maylene was murdered and that there was good reason for her odd traditions. It turns out that in placid Claysville, the worlds of the living and the dead are dangerously connected. Beneath the town lies a shadowy, lawless land ruled by the enigmatic Charles, aka Mr. D--a place from which the dead will return if their graves are not properly minded. Only the Graveminder, a Barrow woman, and the current Undertaker, Byron, can set things to right once the dead begin to walk.
*Description from Amazon.
A journey may take hundreds of miles, or it may cover the distance between duty and desire.
Sixteen of today’s hottest writers of paranormal tales weave stories on a common theme of journeying. Authors such as Kelley Armstrong, Rachel Caine, and Melissa Marr return to the beloved worlds of their bestselling series, while others, like Claudia Gray, Kami Garcia, and Margaret Stohl, create new land-scapes and characters. But whether they’re writing about vampires, faeries, angels, or other magical beings, each author explores the strength and resilience of the human heart.*Description from Goodreads.
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Friday, September 16, 2011
Yes, they are super-fun in action movies. There's no shame in blowing a zombie to high heaven right? Everybody loves to see the hero take down a zombie hoard with heavy artillery. Admit it. Ving Rhames in Dawn of the Dead. Woody Harrelson in Zombieland. Etcetera, etcetera. You've watched someone blow a hoard of zombies to smithereens. And you enjoyed it.
But why are zombies frightening? Is it the threat of rotting grey flesh and a new taste for raw meat? Or is it the existential consequences of becoming undead? One little nip from a hungry straggler and, once the agonizing illness is over and the death tremors have subsided, the victim is entirely stripped of their humanity. Words, mobility, feelings... They're all gone, and what used to be a person is now a rotting husk desperate to sustain itself for one more day. Worse than that, no one is immune.
Favorite zombie in fiction:
R from Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. Who says zombies can't be gentlemen?
Favorite zombie in pop culture:
It's not real a favorite zombie so much as a particular incarnation of zombie. In the TV show The Walking Dead the zombies aren't the slow-moving, mockable things they've been portrayed as for so many years. They are frighteningly twisted mutation of humanity that can do some serious damage.
- Bad Taste in Boys by Carrie Harris
- Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
- The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
- The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
- The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan
- World War Z by Max Brooks
- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
You'll also need this shirt from Shirt Woot. Trust me. It's proof that brains are an acquired taste.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Scholastic revealed the new site for Wonderstruck...TWEET.
Penguin Teen unveiled the trailer for Heather Brewer's The Slayer Chronicles: First Kill... TWEET.
Mockingjay.net shared a little about the Hunger Games movie teaser... TWEET.
Cory Jackson, author of 2012 debut Touched, announced a foreign rights deal... TWEET.
Harper Teen announced the new Pitch Dark Days authors... TWEET.
Publisher's Weekly Kids Bookshelf passed on news of a film deal for Wildwood by Colin Meloy and Carson Ellis... TWEET.
Penguin Teen told you where you can read the first three chapters of Legend by Marie Lu... TWEET.
Author Elizabeth Miles revealed the trailer for her debut novel Fury... TWEET.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Monday, September 12, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
I'm excited to giveaway a signed ARC of The Scorpio Races (Scholastic, 10/18). Maggie Stiefvater's first standalone novel has been highly anticipated, and my interest was piqued further when she started referring to it as My Little Pony meets the Deadliest Catch. Who wouldn't want to read that?
But the real question is who gets to?
Congratulations! I will send your book out as soon as possible. Thanks to everyone who entered. Be on the lookout for more giveaways soon.