Saturday, July 27, 2013

24 Young Adult Fiction Pick and Mix 7/27/13 Edition Plus PARADOX by A.J. Paquette Giveaway


 Thought for the Week






Young Adult Novel of the Week




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I love Gothics. Love em. Pair a creepy gothic with the sass, vivid characters, and all out humor Sarah Rees Brennan brings to all her books? Count me IN. And this one doesn't disappoint!



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OMG. Holly Black! This beginning! As always her characters are layered, real, alive. Okay, maybe not strictly this time, but you know what I mean. If you had told me someone could come up with a totally new spin on vampires, one I WANTED to read, one I couldn't put down, I would have been skeptical had it been almost any other author. As it was? Read this. You won't be disappointed.



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Young Adult Giveaway  


Complete the form below to win a copy of PARADOX by A.J. Paquette




 Fans of James Dashner's Maze Runner series will love this postapocalyptic adventure about a girl who must survive an alien planet in order to save the Earth.

   Ana only knows her name because of the tag she finds pinned to her jumpsuit. Waking in the featureless compartment of a rocket ship, she opens the hatch to discover that she has landed on a barren alien world. Instructions in her pocket tell her to observe and to survive, no doubt with help from the wicked-looking knives she carries on her belt. But to what purpose?

   Meeting up with three other teens--one boy seems strangely familiar--Ana treks across the inhospitable landscape, occasionally encountering odd twists of light that carry glimpses of people back on Earth. They're working on some sort of problem, and the situation is critical. What is the connection between Ana's mission on this planet and the crisis back on Earth, and how is she supposed to figure out the answer when she can't remember anything?

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And Here Is the Winner

for last week's A MATTER OF DAYS by Amber Kizer:  Rana Dabagh





On Day 56 of the pandemic called BluStar, sixteen-year-old Nadia's mother dies, leaving her responsible for her younger brother Rabbit. They secretly received antivirus vaccines from their uncle, but most people weren't as lucky. Their deceased father taught them to adapt and survive whatever comes their way. That's their plan as they trek from Seattle to their grandfather's survivalist compound in West Virginia. Using practical survival techniques, they make their way through a world of death and destruction until they encounter an injured dog; Zack, a street kid from Los Angeles; and other survivors who are seldom what they seem. Illness, infections, fatigue, and meager supplies have become a way of life. Still, it will be worth it once they arrive at the designated place on the map they have memorized. But what if no one is there to meet them?

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Young Adult Reader of the Week:   


Marie Hemphill


Avid reader. Cookbook collector. Creative cook. Daring baker. Local/organic advocate. Farmer's Market goer. Cat owner (servant?). Loving (most of the time) wife :) 
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Young Adult Writer/Blogger of the Week: 


Avalon Jaedra of Writeabilit

Avalon writes YA paranormal, Sci-Fi and Fantasy novels because she loves writing about self-discovery and the complicated worlds of young people. Then she likes to take their emotionally-ridden lives and make them even more difficult.

She also has an addiction to movies, but that's another matter entirely.

Most importantly! She's having a half-million page views celebration this week! HUGE congrats to her! Her blog is a great resource for writers.

Here are a few of her posts:

Writing a Novel in 15 Steps from Idea to Querying
How to Edit in Passes
5 Ways to Support Your Favorite Authors
Character Development: Write Gray Characters

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What are you reading? Writing? Have any quotes or thoughts you'd like to share? Did you find or write any book reviews or blog posts you want to let people know about?

24 comments:

  1. Great quotes.

    I've been wondering if Holly Black's latest book was any good. So happy to hear it is-- Putting it on my to read list.

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    1. Let me know how you like it, Christine! I am constantly amazed at Holly's sheer storytelling power!

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  2. Now I must read Holly Black's book. Have you seen my TBR pile? :) Looks really good.

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    1. I'm assuming your TBR pile is toppling like mine? I always feel guilty reading books out of order, but sometimes I'm just in the mood for something. When I got the ARC for Holly's book, I couldn't resist. :)

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  3. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  4. Thanks for the inspirational quotes! And for having another giveaway :)

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  5. Nice inspirational quotes

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  6. Thanks for the great giveaway! Love apocalyptic books like this!

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  7. I recently met AJ Paquette at a writer's conference and bought Paradox. Looking forward to reading it! Good luck to everyone in the drawing~ :)

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  8. Thanks for the giveaway. Awesome books.

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  9. LOVE Ava Jae's website! Frequent it quite a bit. Great quotes this week. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. My pleasure! And I'm glad you love, Avalon's website too. Such consistently great content!

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  10. Wow, tons of great information here! I hadn't heard of Unspoken and it looks great, so thanks for the recommendation :) Thanks for the giveaway and excellent quotes!

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  11. Any Stephen King quotes are a win. Reading his book, On Writing, was immensely helpful to me taking myself seriously as a writer. :)

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    1. He's so inspirational. Someone mentioned the other day that she rereads On Writing as part of writing every new book. I am seriously thinking of emulating that. :)

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  12. Holly Black and vampires! I'm so excited about this book :) And great quotes this week, thanks for sharing them!

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    1. I didn't think anyone could make me excited about another vampire book. Seriously. But Holly could write the fine print on a suppository medication and I would find myself excited about it. She's amazing!

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  13. Love the inspirational quotes. I had to laugh when I saw "Need help finding something to read this summer?" No, I just need help finding time to read this summer!

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    1. Oooh, I KNOW what you mean. Reading is part of our job description, so how is it that I still feel guilty curling up with a book during the day? Sigh.

      Hope you are having a lovely summer, Rosi!

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