Saturday, August 3, 2013

23 Young Adult Fiction Pick and Mix 8/3/13 Edition and MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN Giveaway


Hi Everyone! Hope you all had an amazing week. Was it just me, or did it seem even shorter than most weeks?

Don't forget the August First Five Pages Workshop with guest mentor Sherry Ficklin will open for entries at noon today! Get the rules and information here.

I'm working on nailing the shape of my second book and preparing to get edits back from my wonderful editor. Plus I'm moving my daughter, possibly/probably having gallbladder surgery, trying to close out a slew of clients, and prepping for the Breakout Novel Workshop with Donald Maass. Basically, I'm going to be up to my eyeballs for the next few weeks, so apologies in advance if I get behind on leaving comments on your blogs or responding to comments here. As you may or may not know, I do my blog reading through Feedly now, and that's a lot faster than visiting blogs individually, but it doesn't make it easy for me to comment as frequently as I'd like. Please bear with me. I'll be doing my best to still keep up!!!!!

Thought for the Week

Young Adult Novel of the Week

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Sarah Dessen is a genius at creating characters so genuine and warm, you can't help but fall in love with them. Emaline is another great example. She's relatable, layered, and vivid. I loved the romantic elements in this one, too. The only thing that would have made this better is being out on a beach somewhere reading it with a fruity tropical drink.

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I also LOVED:

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I was a little wary, when I realized this was based on the Perspehone myth, that it was going to be too familiar to be truly gripping. But Bree Despain pulls it off! Her world is complex and new, and full of vivid characters we haven't met before. Characters I love! The set up is fresh, and I was sucked in from the very first page. Even though I was lucky enough to get the ARC, I will definitely be buying the book when it comes out next spring! 

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Young Adult Giveaway  

Complete the form below to win a copy of MY CHEMICAL MOUNTAIN by Corinna Vacco

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Rocked by his father's recent death and his mother's sudden compulsion to overeat, Jason lashes out by breaking into the abandoned mills and factories that plague his run-down town. Always by his side are his two best friends, Charlie, a fearless thrill junkie, and Cornpup, a geek inventor whose back is covered with cysts. The boys rage against the noxious pollution that suffocates their town and despise those responsible for it; at the same time, they embrace the danger of their industrial wasteland and boast about living on the edge. 

   Then on a night the boys vandalize one of the mills,  Jason makes a costly mistake--and unwittingly becomes a catalyst for change. In a town like his, change should be a good thing. There's only one problem: change is what Jason fears most of all.

And Here Is the Winner

The winner of last week's PARADOX by A.J. Paquette: ERIKA 

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 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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Young Adult Reader of the Week:   


She loves reading books and watching movies. Her favorite books are still the Twilight series, but she enjoys reading paranormal, ya, romance, and some horror. She loves mixing books from a variety of different genres into her reading, and loves spending hours just reading a book.
* Want to be the reader of the week next week? Leave a comment on our Thursday or Friday posts! 


Young Adult Writer/Blogger of the Week: 

Rosi of The Write Stuff 

Rosi writes stories, poems, and articles for children, as well as children's novels. She spent many years teaching high school English and is in love with words, books, theatre, and related subjects.

She regularly reviews children's and young adult books for the San Francisco and Sacramento Book Reviews.
She regularly runs reviews and giveaways on her blog. Here are just a couple to get you started:

Whistling Past the Graveyard and Princess Academy - two reviews and one giveaway
The Boxcar Children Beginning -- Review and a Giveaway

Head over to The Write Stuff

* Want to be the blogger of the week next week? Leave a comment. I'll pick from among the bloggers who leave comments here on the blog today through Wednesday.

Writing Tip of the Week

Write to explore what you're afraid of:


More Writing Tips

Writing Brain Fuel     

Great infographic that sums up a lot of the great information in Lisa Cron's brilliant WIRED FOR STORY

More Writing Inspiration

Getting Published

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Just for Smiles

What About You?                     

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?


  1. Great post! I love the plot dot method!!! I WILL be using that one. And I am now a follower of Rosies'.

    1. So glad to hear that you are following Rosie, Jill. She's fabulous! :) And Isn't that plot dot method great? I am absolutely going to do that as I work on my sequel!

  2. Definitely another short week!! Thanks for a fabulous post. So many good releases in August as well.

  3. Wow! Thanks for the shout out! I appreciate being seen here -- a blog I try hard to never miss. This week was short! I think there is a day in cyberspace we all missed. That's my theory anyway. Thanks for all the great links.

    1. My absolute pleasure, Rosi! Maybe the day is hiding somewhere with half my socks. Or hmmh, that might be hyperspace instead of cyberspace. :)

      Have a fantastic weekend!

  4. You've got lots going on. So it's all good that you do what you can. I'm betting most, if not all, authors understand your situation just a tiny bit :-)

    Great link round up today. Awesome stuff to check out!

    1. You're absolutely right, Angela. We're all in the same boat, and somehow our lives seem to revolve around craziness. It's amazing we manage to get anything done! :)

      Hope you find some good stuff when you try out the links. I didn't see it until after I posted this, but there was some amazing things in Nathan Bransford's roundup this week, too. REALLY good stuff.

  5. Wow, some great books listed here--and such fascinating info about the human brain. I like!!! Um, PS, you said My Chemical Romance instead of My Chemical Mountain...while it'd be fun to win the alternate-rock goth group, I don't think that's what you meant. ;o) Hehe.

    1. Carol, you ROCK for catching that. I had it on the brain and I kept telling myself not to mess up. SO of course I did. :)

      If you haven't read WIRED FOR STORY, I highly recommend it. I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to story telling and folklore and psychology, so to get it all in one book was phenomenal. Plus she threw in neuroscience.

    2. You're welcome, though I hated to nitpick! And yeah, that WIRED FOR STORY sounds good. :)

  6. It's strange Bree wrote a book based on the Persephone myth. So did Meg Cabot i.e. The Abandon Trilogy. I believe the third book comes out this year, or it did and I'm behind.

    Sorry to hear about the gallbladder surgery. I pray it goes well. Take care and don't work yourself to hard.

    1. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone, so I won't go to much further with my review of Bree's book, but while it's inevitable that there are some commonalities, Bree has a lot of amazing worldbuilding that makes it unique. In addition to a great love story, there are implications and stakes that go beyond the lovers.

      Thanks so much for the prayers. I'm still hoping that I can avoid it, and I've actually been feeling better, so I'm going in to see if I can talk the surgeon out of it. LOL. Yes, I see how that sounds. :) I might be just a little pig headed.

      Oh, and we're giving away an ARC of the third book in Meg Cabot's trilogy as part of the Friday giveaway:

    2. Happy to hear you are feeling better. Bree is a talented writer, so I do want to read this book.

      Oh, I hope I win Meg's book. I've read the first two. I even posted reviews on my blog.

  7. Joss Whedon is brilliant!

    I love that info graphic - I think it just may appear in my classroom this fall... :)

    1. I adore Joss Whedon. His dialogue is always amazing, isn't it?

      And that infographic would look great on your wall! There has been such a weird proliferation of fabulous infographics lately.

  8. I love YA books. I can't wait to read all of the new books. Thanks for the giveaway.

  9. It sounds like you're going to be incredibly busy these next few weeks. I don't know how you do it all and keep blogging so much. Good luck if you need surgery. Take care of yourself and get some rest.

    1. The same way you do it, Natalie! I basically shake my head every time i see how much you manage to do for Literary Rambles while having a teen and all the other things you having going on, not to mention writing. :) Thanks!!!

  10. I've tried some of Sarah Dessen's books, but couldn't get into them. Maybe I'll try The Moon and More.

  11. I read the Abandon trilogy and I really enjoyed it. I'll have to check out Into The Dark and see if I like it as much...


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