Friday, October 25, 2013

19 Young Adult Fiction Pick and Mix 10/26/13 Plus ALLEGIANT and RED Giveways

I am in Dallas today, giving a workshop on social networking--which I am qualified to do only because I can tell people how NOT to make all the mistakes I've already made over the last three years. But that made me realize it has been THREE YEARS since I cluelessly started blogging. It also reminds me that I need to say thank you to all of you who have hung in here with me. (Especially this last few months when I have been completely erratic about everything including personal hygiene while editing. :)


And for anyone who is just finding the blog, that's great. You missed out on all the mistakes!

My edits are due on Wednesday night, and then I should have about a week of respite before I get them back. I may be able to get to answering some emails and comments, not to mention taking a nice LONG shower or two, in that week.

Meanwhile, I would love for you all to welcome Alyssa Hamilton and Kate Foley, who are making their internships with us permanent! YAY! They are both fantastic, and they have already proven they can be great additions to the team!

Have a great week, everyone!


Thought for the Week

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Young Adult Novel Giveaways This Week

RED by Alison Cherry

Felicity St. John has it all—loyal best friends, a hot guy, and artistic talent. And she’s right on track to win the Miss Scarlet pageant. Her perfect life is possible because of just one thing: her long, wavy, coppery red hair.

Having red hair is all that matters in Scarletville. Redheads hold all the power—and everybody knows it. That’s why Felicity is scared down to her roots when she receives an anonymous note:

I know your secret.

Because Felicity is a big fake. Her hair color comes straight out of a bottle. And if anyone discovered the truth, she’d be a social outcast faster than she could say "strawberry blond." Her mother would disown her, her friends would shun her, and her boyfriend would dump her. And forget about winning that pageant crown and the prize money that comes with it—money that would allow her to fulfill her dream of going to art school.

Felicity isn’t about to let someone blackmail her life away. But just how far is she willing to go to protect her red cred?

Purchase Red on Amazon 
Purchase Red on IndieBound
View Red on Goodreads

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by Veronica Roth
Katherine Tegen Books
Released 10/22/2013

What if your whole world was a lie?
What if a single revelation—like a single choice—changed everything?
What if love and loyalty made you do things you never expected?
The explosive conclusion to Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent trilogy reveals the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.

Purchase Allegiant at Amazon
Purchase Allegiant at IndieBound
View Allegiant on Goodreads

Young Adult Novel Giveaway Last  Week 

by Lauren Kate
Delacorte Press
Released 10/22/2013

Winner: Claire Wezet

Never, ever cry. . . . Eureka Boudreaux's mother drilled that rule into her daughter years ago. But now her mother is gone, and everywhere Eureka goes he is there: Ander, the tall, pale blond boy who seems to know things he shouldn't, who tells Eureka she is in grave danger, who comes closer to making her cry than anyone has before.

But Ander doesn't know Eureka's darkest secret: ever since her mother drowned in a freak accident, Eureka wishes she were dead, too. She has little left that she cares about, just her oldest friend, Brooks, and a strange inheritance--a locket, a letter, a mysterious stone, and an ancient book no one understands. The book contains a haunting tale about a girl who got her heart broken and cried an entire continent into the sea. Eureka is about to discover that the ancient tale is more than a story, that Ander might be telling the truth . . . and that her life has far darker undercurrents than she ever imagined. From Lauren Kate comes an epic saga of heart-stopping romance, devastating secrets, and dark magic . . . a world where everything you love can be washed away.

Purchase Teardrop at Amazon
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by Gina Linko
Random House Books for Young Readers
Released 10/22/2013

WINNER: Manju Howard

A gift?

A curse?

A moment that changes everything. . . .

Caught in an unexpected spring squall, Corrine's first instinct is to protect her little sister Sophie after a nasty fall. But when Corrine reaches out to comfort her sister, the exact opposite occurs. Her touch--charged with an otherworldly force and bursting with blinding indigo color--surges violently from Corrine to her sister. In an instant, Sophie is dead. From that moment on, Corrine convinces herself that everyone would be better off if she simply withdrew from life.

When her family abruptly moves to New Orleans, Corrine's withdrawal is made all the easier. No friends. No connections. No chance of hurting anyone. But strange things continue to happen around her in this haunting, mystical city. And she realizes that her power cannot be ignored, especially when Rennick, a talented local artist with a bad-boy past, suggests another possibility: Corrine might have the touch. An ability to heal those around her. But knowing what happened to her sister, can Corrine trust her gift?

Purchase Indigo at Amazon
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View Indigo on Goodreads

Books, Books, Books

Allegiant is out! 

Here's an article about the release and a great video interview with Veronica. I'm reading the book now, and I have to say, WOW!

Who's your favorite YA couple? Maggie Stiefvater shares her top 5 picks.

Curious about the 2014 top picks from World Book Night? Congrats to Ransom Riggs, Katherine Patterson, Elizabeth Wein and more!

Tired of rejection? Like your reading a little edgy? Check out these beloved books that almost never saw the light of day. (Four of my all time favorites happen to be on this list of nine!)

Young Adult Reader of the Week:

Cali Willette 

* Want to be the reader of the week next week? Leave a comment on our Thursday or Friday posts! 


Blogger of the Week: 

Nicole Singer from Write Me a World

* Want to be the blogger of the week next week? To be honest, this is pretty much the only way I have time to discover new blogs, so it's a great way to get into my twitter feed and into these round-up posts if you have great content to share. 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

"Make them laugh, make them cry, make them wait."

~Charles Dickens

Another Writing Tip


Reading Brain Fuel     

See Full Image Here via Molly at Wrapped Up in Books


  1. Red sounds fun, and all the controversy over Allegient makes me curious.

  2. Would love to win Alligiant. And go to your workshop. I'd love some tips on how to stay on top of Twitter and Facebook. With working full-time and reading many blogs, I'm struggling with how to get on them more.

    Awesome you're almost done with those edits. It's one more step toward releasing your book. Yay!

  3. I'm definitely looking forward to Allegiant and congrats for being almost done with edits :)

  4. Red is something different, so I'm looking forward to reading. And of course, Allegiant. Have to finish the series! Thanks!

  5. Red looks awesome! :D I've never seen anything like it!

  6. the wait is over...I'm so happy Allegiant is finally out. I also want to read the book Red. It's looks awesome.

  7. Thanks for the giveaway, and the always inspiring tips.

  8. I'm so ready to read ALLEGIANT!!

    Also, I wouldn't mind being a blogger of the week here.

  9. Don't stress too much!!

    I absolutely loved Allegiant :D

  10. I love the tips this week and the thought of the day. Thanks for those and the chance to win.

  11. Both books sound really good. Thanks for the giveaway

  12. I'm still pretty stoked for Allegiant even though it's gotten some negative coverage. Thanks for making these books available this week.

  13. As always, you've chosen some amazing reads! Love these posts!

  14. I can't wait to read ALLEGIANT! Veronica has created a high-danger story filled with turns so you don't know what's what- but WHAT is on the other side of that boarder…!? ^^ Thanks for the giveaway and fun links!


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