I Read YA 2015 – Day 5

22 May

Thanks for hanging out with me during this week of #IReadYA, Squinks.  This last title for you is a heavy one – you might need the entire weekend to digest it all.

 

Backlash 

From the publisher (Scholastic):

She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school’s homecoming dance. They’ve been talking online for weeks, so what’s with the sudden change? And where does he get off saying horrible things on her wall? Even worse—are they true?

It’s been a long time since Lara’s felt this bad, this depressed, this ugly. She’s worked really hard to become pretty and happy – and make new friends after what happened in middle school.

Bree used to be best friends with overweight, depressed Lara, but constantly listening to Lara’s issues got to be too much. Secretly, Bree’s glad Christian called Lara out. Lara’s not nearly as amazing as people think. But no one realized just how far Christian’s harsh comments would push Lara. Not even Bree.

As online life collides with real life, things spiral out of control, and not just for Lara. Because when the truth starts to come together, the backlash is even more devastating than anyone could have ever imagined.

 

Sarah Darer Littman’s novels are packed with the feels to punch you in the gut.  There’s so much life in her characters, and her stories are often so topical, you’d think she was just describing something that happened last week.  I’ve only read a sample of this, her latest work, but you’ll soon find a copy in our library.  I hope you find time to read this, and if you do, let me know how much it touches you, too.

 

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Thanks for chatting with me this week about some of the YA titles that you’ve loved or that have changed your lives.  You still have time to win some prizes!  Click on the icon above to find out more to enter!  And don’t forget, just because #IReadYA week is officially over, it doesn’t mean you’ve got to stop reading YA!!  As if.  Keep reading … You’re always welcome to let me know what you’ve loved and loathed in YA.

I Read YA 2015 – Day 4

21 May

I love historical fiction, so Day 4 of #IReadYA week is all about the world of the Brontë sisters.  I don’t know as much about Emily, Charlotte, and Anne as much as I’d like to – I did not fall in love with Wuthering Heights as I thought I would – but I like reading about them!

 

World Within 

From the publisher (Scholastic):

Emily Brontë loves her sisters, responsible Charlotte and quiet Anne, and her brother, tempestuous Branwell. She loves the moors that stretch all around the little village of Haworth, and wandering over them in the worst of weather. And she loves most of all the writing that brings all these things together, as she and her siblings create vast kingdoms and vivid adventures that take them deep into their imaginations.

But change is coming to Haworth, as their father falls ill and the girls must learn how to support themselves. How can Emily preserve both what she loves, and herself, and find her way into the future?

From the award-winning author of Wildthorn, the story of a young writer finding her voice, and a window into the mind of the beloved but mysterious Emily Brontë.

 

Ever wonder where the word “gothic” comes from?  The Brontë sisters’ stories fit snugly within the period of gothic literature, so I’m very interested to know if anything gothic will pop up in this novel.

Do you read/like gothic lit?  What are your favourite titles and/or authors?

 

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Remember that this week (May 18-22) is a celebration of all things YA.  You can even win some prizes!  Click on the icon above to find out more, and if you’re planning to talk about YA books this week, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IReadYA.

I Read YA 2015 – Day 3

20 May

For those in the mood to read a love story, here’s one for you for Day 3 of #IReadYA week.  It was pubbed in 2014, but the paperback version is only a few weeks old, so let me know if you’re keen on seeing this in the library, too!

 

Catch A Falling Star

From the publisher (Scholastic):

Nothing ever happens in Little, California. Which is just the way 17-year-old Carter Moon likes it. But when Hollywood arrives to film a movie starring former child-star-turned-public-relations mess Adam Jakes, everything changes.

Utterly annoyed, Carter feels like the only girl not buying what Hollywood’s selling. Then Carter gets an offer she can’t refuse: play the part of Adam’s girlfriend while he’s in Little, to improve his public image, and take home a hefty paycheck, which her family desperately needs.

So instead of a summer hanging out with friends and working, Carter begrudgingly poses for the tabloids but soon finds that Adam isn’t who she thought. Worse yet, she might actually be falling for him. As they grow closer, their relationship walks a blurry line between what’s real and what’s fake; and Carter must open her eyes to the scariest of unexplored worlds — her future.

Can Carter figure out what she wants out of life AND get the boy? Or are there no Hollywood endings in real life?

 

The sky in this cover looks like cotton candy, which is what drew my attention to begin with.  Yes, odd, I know.  But I’m actually looking forward to reading this book.  Hollywood intrigues me, and I want to know how Carter, who seems like a strong female protagonist, will handle Adam’s appearance in her life.  Some people really are wrenches thrown into the cogs of our lives, and others, well, they’re a little more valuable than wrenches :)

 

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Remember that this week (May 18-22) is a celebration of all things YA.  You can even win some prizes!  Click on the icon above to find out more, and if you’re planning to talk about YA books this week, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IReadYA.

I Read YA 2015 – Day 2

19 May

This is Day 2 of #IReadYA week, and today’s book is for those of you who love dystopia.  It’s only a few weeks old, so some of you may not have seen it out and about yet, but if we get enough interest in it, I’ll definitely add it to our library shelves!

 

Rook 

From the publisher (Scholastic):

Centuries after the Earth’s poles shifted, devastating the planet, humanity has rebuilt, and civilization has begun anew. Now, the Sunken City of Paris is gripped by a terrible revolution, and no one is safe.

Seventeen-year-old Sophia Bellamy is the daughter of an impoverished old family of the Commonwealth whose hand in marriage is the bargaining chip in an impending alliance between the Bellamys and the wealthy Parisian Rene Hasard. But Sophia is also the Rook, trained in swordplay and practiced in disguise and deception, using her gifts of strategy, wit, and a band of loyal followers to secretly save the lives of the Sunken City’s doomed innocent. All is not what it seems, however — in particular, Sophia’s fiance, Rene.

When she finds herself caught up in an unexpected game of cat and mouse, Sophia is astonished by her betrothed’s secrets. Will she be able to trust him enough to call on his help? Will she be able to trust him not to break her heart?

 

If Sharon Cameron’s name rings a bell, it’s because she’s also the author of the Dark Unwinding books, which many of you have enjoyed.  I love the cover of Rook because I can’t tell if the top of the Eiffel Tower is simply hidden by fog or consumed by other more sinister sources.  De plus, comme francophile, il est naturel d’être curieuse d’en savoir plus!

 

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Remember that this week (May 18-22) is a celebration of all things YA.  You can even win some prizes!  Click on the icon above to find out more, and if you’re planning to talk about YA books this week, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IReadYA.

I Read YA 2015 – Day 1

19 May

Hello Squinks, and welcome to the 2015 installment of #IReadYA Week from our friends at Scholastic.  This week (May 18-22) will be a celebration of all things YA.  You can even win some prizes!  Click on the icon below to find out more, and if you’re planning to talk about YA books this week, don’t forget to use the hashtag #IReadYA.

 

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I’m a few hours late for the first day’s post (blame it on the long weekend), but here’s a title that just recently pubbed, which I’m excited to dig into.

 

Kidney Hypothetical

 

From the publisher (Scholastic):

Higgs Boson Bing has seven days left before his perfect high school career is completed.  Then it’s on to Harvard to fulfill the fantasy portrait of success that he and his parents have cultivated for the past four years.  Four years of academic achievement.  Four years of debate championships.  Two years of dating the most popular girl in school.

But of course this shining picture is painted over cracks, some of them deep and painful.  And for Higgs it’s about to come apart.

 

Want to know the truth?  I really love the protagonist’s name – Higgs Boson Bing.  It’s just so cool!  And being named after (I’m assuming) the Higgs particle, which is a physics thing that I can’t even begin to understand let alone explain to you, makes him a very intriguing character for me.  Of course, I’m also quite curious to find out how Higgs deals with everything coming undone in his life.

Are there any other character names you love?

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