Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - PNW Edition @catwinters



Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.





Here on Novels, News and Notes we are a Pacific Northwest Blog so we will be sticking with our most anticipated NW releases. Makes sense right? 

Plus there are a TON of wonderful upcoming releases that we are excited for.

After reading this author's 2013 Debut 'In The Shadow of Blackbirds', Mel's anticipation is high for her 2nd Young Adult book:







The Cure For Dreaming by Cat Winters


Sadly there is no cover photo available quite yet....

The Cure for Dreaming
by Cat Winters

Amulet Books


In 1900 Portland, Oregon, seventeen-year-old Olivia Mead’s father hires a talented young stage hypnotist to cure the girl of rebellious, unfeminine thoughts…but the cure doesn’t go quite as planned.


(Official synopsis not yet available.)


I quite enjoyed Cat's debut 'In The Shadow of Blackbirds' and honestly I can't imagine waiting months for this book.  Of course maybe I will get lucky and find an ARC on Edelweiss but I will definitely be pre-ordering this book!  If you haven't read Cat's debut I highly recommend you check it out immediately.  You will be blown away by the smell of onions and you may be interested to know how the photos you will read about actually happen.  The ending is a surprise and I loved it!  I will totally be re-reading it before 'The Cure For Dreaming' releases so that I can enjoy all of Cat's writing at once.  And no, The Cure for Dreaming is NOT a sequel.  They are stand alone novels.



Check out Cat Winters at her Website and Goodreads.


Expected Publication by Simon Pulse 

Fall 2014!
 

Click the Goodreads button on the left to add it to your Goodreads To-Read List. 

What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - PNW Edition with @debcaletti





Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.





Here on Novels, News and Notes we are a Pacific Northwest Blog so we will be sticking with our most anticipated NW releases. Makes sense right? 

Plus there are a TON of wonderful upcoming releases that we are excited for.

After reading this author's first two 'The Atlanteans' series books, Mel's anticipation is high for this upcoming Contemporary:







The Last Forever by Deb Caletti


Endings and beginnings sit so close to each other that it’s sometimes impossible to tell which is which.
Nothing lasts forever, and no one gets that more than Tessa. After her mother died, it’s all she can do to keep her friends, her boyfriend, her happiness from slipping away. And then there’s her dad. He’s stuck in his own daze, and it’s so hard to feel like a family when their house no longer seems like a home.
Her father’s solution? An impromptu road trip that lands them in a small coastal town at Tessa’s grandmother’s. Despite all the warmth and beauty there, Tessa can’t help but feel even more lost.
Enter Henry Lark. He understands the relationships that matter. And more importantly, he understands her. A secret stands between them, but Tessa’s willing to do anything to bring them together—because Henry may just be her one chance at forever.

I have been reading a ton of science fiction and fantasy lately so I'm really looking forward to this wonderful contemporary!  I admit I have had Deb's books on my to-read list for a while and I need to have a read-a-thon for them.  Based on the warm scenery on her covers I should read them this winter to remind me of how nice and warm summer is :)


Check out Deb Caletti at her Website and Goodreads.


Expected Publication by Simon Pulse 

April 1, 2014!
 

Click the Goodreads button on the left to add it to your Goodreads To-Read List. 

What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - PNW Edition with @shelby_bach





Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.



Here on Novels, News and Notes we are a Pacific Northwest Blog so we will be sticking with our most anticipated NW releases. Makes sense right?  Plus there are a TON of wonderful upcoming releases that we are excited for.

After reading several Middle Grade books lately I have been on the lookout for more!  I enjoy changing it up and I look forward not only to 'Of Sorcery and Stone' but reading 'Of Giants and Ice' and 'Of Witches and Wind'.  I am clearly a late reader of this series but that may add to the joy of reading them.  I am excited to read the first two immediately to prepare for book 3.  


Of Giants and Ice (The Ever Afters #1) and Of Witches and Wind (The Ever Afters #2) are OUT NOW!  Of Sorcery and Snow (The Ever Afters #3) by Shelby Bach comes out June 24, 2014!


 





While the first installment of The Ever Afters series reimagines classic fairy tale characters in a modern context, merging familiar fantasy with the everyday realities of middle-grade existence. 
Can you imagine how great this series is with the build up of Rory's knowledge?

When Rory realizes fairy tales are the real deal at Ever After School, she embarks on a classic quest to fulfill her destiny in this “fast-paced combination of middle school realism and fairy-tale fantasy” (Kirkus Reviews).

Life at Ever After School has become familiar for Rory. She’s been on two quests, she’s a great sword fighter, and she has terrific friends. But familiar is no fairy tale, and she’s still anxiously awaiting the chance to star in her own.
But as her connection to the Snow Queen continues to grow, Rory realizes her starring role might well be underway. When the Snow Queen sends the Pied Piper to kidnap several children, including the sibling of a fellow EAS-er, the teachers think this mission is too dangerous and won’t send any kids. But Rory, Chase, and Lena are determined to help,and it’s not long before they find themselves in more trouble than they can handle. Because it wouldn’t be Ever After School if things worked out according to plan...


While the summary for 'Of Sorcery and Snow' may not be final I am still excited for this entire series.  


  Click the icon to add Of Sorcery and Snow to your reading list.

Don't forget to add Of Giants and Ice (The Ever Afters #1) and Of Witches and Wind (The Ever Afters #2) to your Goodreads as well!


If you aren't familiar with Shelby Bach you should definitely check out the first two books in The Ever After series before June! I will be recommending this to everyone I know who has kids in grade school. The first two books are great for Christmas gifts!



Check out Shelby Bach at her webpage and on twitter!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Candace Reviews Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter by Nikki Jefford

Aurora Sky: Vampire Hunter Vol. 1 by Nikki Jefford
ebook, 543 pages
Published March 5th, 2013 by Nikki Jefford
Source: Purchased (ages ago!)
If there is one thing eighteen-year-old Aurora Sky wants, it’s to get off the iceberg she calls home. Being kissed before she graduates wouldn't hurt either.

Then a near-fatal car wreck changes everything. Government agents step in and save Aurora’s life in exchange for her services as a vampire hunter. In Alaska. Basically she’s a glorified chew toy. All thanks to her rare blood type, which sends a vampire into temporary paralysis right before she has to finish the job… by hand.

Now Aurora’s only friends are groupies of the undead and the only boy she can think about may very well be a vampire. And if he’s a vampire, will she be forced to kill him?

***Upper Teen/New Adult series with mild language, violence, sexual situations, and blood sucking.***

I have grown to really like Nikki Jeffords writing style.  I'll admit that it took me awhile to warm up to it (not with this book but the first book of hers I had read).  Now that I'm familiar with it I have found I really like it a lot.  I'm not sure how to describe it, but it's easier reading than many and more matter of fact, not all crazy drama and angst.  Not that the characters don't act appropriately, but they don't spend all this time dwelling in this major life change.  In Aurora Sky's case it's becoming a vampire hunter after nearly dying in a car accident.  She has to come to terms with vampires existing, but she also is suppose to hunt them.  Yeah, a bit of a shock!  And she goes a bit nuts, but it doesn't go on for  so long we grow exasperated with her. 

I really love the twist to the whole vampire thing.  It's easy to understand but it's the vampire hunter aspect that's really unique and cool and I'm really looking forward to seeing where this goes.  I like that there's gray areas when it comes to vampires, some are horrible but some aren't so bad.

Aurora actually took me awhile to warm up to and I think it's because we barely meet her when she has this major life changing event and totally changes.  She becomes a different person, rebelling and sort of working toward finding herself.  She doesn't act the best during this transition, but I see that's it's bringing her to the person she needs to be.  It's a journey, all of us go through it in one way or another in our life, and major life changing events can certainly trigger it.  By the middle of the book or so I definitely was liking her and really warmed up to her personality.

The romance was actually pretty sweet.  I have a tendency to really like the bad boys that are really soft hearted underneath all that leather and whatnot.  Fane was a character that I really loved, especially once I got to know him better.  I am really hoping that we get to see a lot more of him in the future as I think he's my favorite part of the book.

This was a very fast read, I think my kindle said it took me two hours to read the entire thing.  It would have been easy to sit and devour in one sitting, unfortunately I have too many interruptions to pull that off, but it still didn't take long.  I like having a nice easy read that still delivers a great story and this certainly did that.

I label this YA, but it's definitely mature YA only.  She's 18 but still in high school so we have the high school setting still.  However, there's mature content in the book.  Not too bad, but it's there.

Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.com, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - PNW Edition




Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.



Here on Novels, News and Notes we are a Pacific Northwest Blog so we will be sticking with our most anticipated NW releases. Makes sense right?  Plus there are a TON of wonderful upcoming releases that we are excited for.

After reading this author's 'The Pledge' series I have been on a mission to read all her books.  Not only does she have the final book for 'The Pledge' series releasing at the end of December 2013 but this first book in a completely NEW series comes out only 4 months later!  



The Taking (Taking #1) by Kimberly Derting comes out April 29, 2014.



The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer meets The Fifth Wave in this blockbuster new series from Kimberly Derting.

A flash of white…and then…nothing. When softball phenom Kyra Agnew wakes up behind the local gas station she has no memory of the night before. She makes her way home only to find that five years have passed...yet she hasn't aged a day.
With the help of her old boyfriend's annoying little brother, Tyler-who is now a handsome teenager-she begins to uncover what happened to her that fateful night five years ago. They discover strange facts and phenomenon no one can explain, and other people who have been "taken," just like Kyra. With a determined, secret government unit after her, Kyra desperately races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had…but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

If the summary above doesn't grab your attention then I bet this sneak peak from chapter 1 of 'The Taking' will have you adding it right away to your To Reads list on Goodreads!

Ready?

'I had this strange sense of déjà vu that clung to me. It was like a wet second skin, all itchy and maddening, making me glance, and glance again, at everything I passed. It all seemed familiar yet not at once. Like I'd been here before but was seeing it all for the very first time.


Considering I'd been born and raised in Burlington, Washington, a town that barely rated a dot on most maps and definitely not worthy of a mention by name, I was chalking it up to the fact that I'd spent the night outside and still had no memory of anything after the fight with my dad.


Why I'd decided to camp out behind a Dumpster was beyond me--I was claiming temporary insanity, because there was no other feasible explanation.


Going home was sure to play out one of two ways, the way I figured it. My dad was either gonna be super sorry about our argument, and the fact that I'd gotten out of the car in the middle of the road and just...disappeared.'



 Click the icon to add The Taking to your reading list.


If you aren't familiar with Kimberly Derting you should definitely check out her other two book series before April!  



'The Body Finder' (Body Finder series) Violet Ambrose is grappling with two major issues: Jay Heaton and her morbid secret ability. While the sixteen-year-old is confused by her new feelings for her best friend since childhood, she is more disturbed by her "power" to sense dead bodies—or at least those that have been murdered. Since she was a little girl, she has felt the echoes that the dead leave behind in the world... and the imprints that attach to their killers. Add this to your To Reads List.


'The Pledge' (The Pledge trilogy) In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she's spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. Add this to your To Reads List.


Check out Kimberly Derting at her webpage and on twitter!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Candace Reviews Clan by Realm Lovejoy

Clan by Realm Lovejoy
ebook, 350 pages
Published: November 12, 2013
Source: Author

Clans are Unity.

No variation. No deviation.

On Clades, to be a Clan is to be an exact copy.
A perfect society cloning themselves to survive,
even as the zombielike Frags threaten to overrun them
on an unforgiving planet.

Clan 1672 (privately known as Twain)
was never supposed to survive the Incubation Tank.
But he did. Illegally.
He is different from the other Clans.

A secret that could destroy him.

Clan is a very different sort of book.  I went in feeling pretty clueless about it since there were no reviews up yet and all I really knew was that it was sci-fi.  And it is, and initially feels very sci-fi as you start the book.  It feels maybe a bit frigid and sterile.  There's not really much emotion.  We see that Twain is stifled in a home with his sponsor and that he's never seen the outside.  One day he finds a way to look out and someone sees him and then his sponsor points out why he couldn't go out before, he has blue eyes and everyone else has brown.  He is a mutant, different.  This is because every single 'person' who they call 'clan' is a clone of their 'father'.  So everyone looks exactly the same.  They live in this society where they aren't suppose to be individuals. No laughter, no fun.  Just learn and do what you need to do to keep things together.  Twain only barely is allowed to live and they put him out in society to be with the others and contribute.  He gets some bullying, which is the first sign that some of the clans do have individual thoughts and opinions.  As the book continues we see this is true for most of them, even if they fight it.  Twain is introduced to a sort of underground and is told he may need to escape there one day to avoid execution because of being a mutant.
Twain starts out being a rule follower, it was what he was taught his whole life by his sponsor.  But he also wasn't out in society and now that he's out and he realizes all his own thoughts and opinions may not be clan and aline with what they are suppose to think.  He slowly grows into a much more free thinking character with opinions and cares.  He cares about others and when it comes down to really needing to step up he does so, fighting against the societal norm to protect others and himself.

Twain makes two friends, one of which is a total surprise and it shows that everything isn't black and white.  While initially I had thought he could be the death of Twain, I was impressed when he became a protector.  The other is a friend he made immediately who is much different from the others.  In fact, he almost stands out as different to everyone because he has such individual thoughts and opinions and has trouble keeping them to himself.  I felt the author did an amazing job in creating characters that were really multidimensional.   
Initially I felt the book was a tad slow, but it was just being introduced to the world and seeing how it is.  Getting a feel for the city filled with clones of one man.  All looking the same and only differentiated by the numbers on their clothing and the chip in their body identifying their number.  Once Twain starts to have more individual thought and is introduced to the other side of this society, one with more dirty secrets then he could imagine, the story really takes off.  At this point it was hard to put down.

This book has a lot of twists. Because of the nature of it, it wasn't really possible to predict anything.  With my brain constantly trying to figure out what might happen next, I just found myself surprised over and over again.  I would think one thing only to be shocked by the events that occurred.   Because of twists and turns it's not possible to really talk about the plot too much.  It was one that was filled with crazyness and tension.  There were lots of moments where I couldn't believe anyone could actually survive what was happening.  Twain was close to be killed more then once and it was a wild ride!

The ending of the book caught me off guard.  I was at 96% and there was still so much we needed to know!  Well, the author fills us in about what happened, and it worked out well.  It was an ending that really made me smile because I wasn't sure that things could possibly work out.  Just the fact that ANYONE lived, would make me smile though, cause that was CRAZY-TOWN!

I definitely do recommend this book to mature YA readers who enjoy sci-fi and twisty plots.  Excellent read!

Realm Lovejoy is an American writer and an artist. She grew up in both Washington State and the Japanese Alps of Nagano, Japan. Currently, she lives in Seattle and works as an artist in the video game industry. CLAN is her first book. You can find out more about her and her book at www.realmlovejoy.com

Check out Realm Lovejoy on Facebook and Twitter too!  Clan has it's own Trailer!

Disclosure: I received this book for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.com, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Candace Reviews A Sleep So Dark by Inara Scott

A Sleep So Dark by Inara Scott
Paperback, 221 pages
Published: Oct. 25th, 2013
Source: Author (I had also bought an ebook of it, but the author sent a paperback)

Haunted…

After watching her mother die in a car accident, sixteen year-old Tandy McIntyre is plagued by violent dreams. Terrified to sleep and losing her grip on reality, she agrees to attend an experimental group retreat with Dr. Robert Gillman, an expert in lucid dreaming.

Trapped…

In the bitter cold of a Colorado winter, Tandy follows Dr. Gillman and his enigmatic son Cade as they lead a group of troubled teens into the wilderness. There, Dr. Gillman claims he will teach them to control their unconscious minds and master their dreams. But when the dreaming and the waking collide, will Tandy ever be safe again?

Don’t Fall Asleep…
This was a fantastic read!  It pulled me in immediately and was plenty mysterious. I knew some serious stuff was going to go down, but that's about it.  I had no idea what could happen and the twists and turns caught me unawares.  Once I started reading I really didn't want to stop and it could have easily been read in one sitting.

The paranormal aspect was pretty unique, and while dreaming themes have been done before, this was different from anything else I've read.   It was pretty creepy and if you're an active dreamer you might not want to read it before bed...

The secondary characters were fleshed out just enough to be able to imagine them, but without them taking over the story.  The main characters were great and I could relate and connect with them. Tandy started out good, but as the story went on and we saw her character growth and strength I loved her even more.  Initially I didn't know what to think of Cade, but as him and Tandy grow close I saw more of his good side and I really liked him.  Even though the romance was fast, I found it believable due to the situation and was on board with it. 

The only thing that I didn't love was that the ending wrapped up a bit too quickly for me.  I liked how it played out, the overall conclusion, but I would have liked to see some stuff that it skipped over.  Still, it's a minor complaint. 

It was a fast and unpredictable ride that I highly recommend!

Disclosure: I received this copy for review purposes, all opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

Candace is a wife and mother to two. She’s blogged at Candace’s Book Blog since November 2008. She enjoys a variety of genres including anything and everything young adult, some adult urban fantasy, a little bit of adult paranormal romance, some historical fiction and reads lots of childrens books. You can find her on her blog at http://www.candacesbookblog.com, twitter @candacemom2two and on goodreads.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - Pacific NW edition





Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.


Here on Novels, News and Notes we are a Pacific Northwest Blog so we will be sticking with our most anticipated NW releases. Makes sense right? 

Plus there are a TON of wonderful upcoming releases that we are excited for.

After reading this author's Young Adult Mystery books, Mel's anticipation is high for this upcoming new Young Adult Mystery series:




'The Body in the Woods' (Point Last Seen series) by April Henry will release in June 17th, 2014. 'The Body in the Woods' will release in Hardcover at 272 pages and will be published by Henry Holt & Co.

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own.

This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series is full of riveting suspense, putting readers right in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.  I for one LOVE all of April's books and have even sent her messages via twitter to comment on content as I was reading her books.  My favorite part is that April not only does research but attends a Writer's Police Academy where she learns how to take down a criminal and drive an ambulance simulator.  Here is one of April's photo from her blogpost about going to the Academy this year.  Want to see more photos? This blog post is a fun read!

Photo from April Henry's Blog
April Henry is the New York Times-bestselling author of over a dozen mysteries and thrillers for teens and adults.


Stop by April's Website or her Goodreads profile for information on ALL her amazing books!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday - Pacific NW edition





Waiting on Wednesday
is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine
that showcases upcoming releases 
that people are very much anticipating.




Here on Novels, News and Notes we are a Pacific Northwest Blog so we will be sticking with our most anticipated NW releases. Makes sense right? 
Plus there are a TON of wonderful upcoming releases that we are excited for.

After reading this author's first two 'The Atlanteans' series books, Mel's anticipation is high for this upcoming Contemporary:




Exile by Kevin Emerson


Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.


Summer also finds herself at the center of a mystery she never saw coming. When Caleb reveals a secret about his long-lost father, one band’s past becomes another’s present, and Summer finds it harder and harder to be both band manager and girlfriend. She knows what the well-mannered Catherine side of her would do, but she also knows what her heart is telling her. Maybe it’s time to accept who she really is, even if it means becoming an exile herself. . . .



Check out Kevin Emerson at his Website and Goodreads.

Expected Publication by Katherine Tegan Books (HarperCollins) April 29, 2014! 


Click the link on the left to add it to your Goodreads To-Read List. 



What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Looking for signed YA books from events you missed out on?

Bookstore websites are not perfect.  Sometimes they have a lack of information and sometimes they do not seem easy to navigate.  So here is a list of some really awesome books that are SIGNED due to author touring through...or in some cases living nearby and attending other events.

These books are all at Powell's Cedar Hills location. I am not sure what books are signed downtown.

Obviously these books vary in quantity from 1 to 30 and were up to date as of 10/30 at 3 p.m. when I wandered the store making a list of all the books with the 'Signed' label. Feel free to CALL the Beaverton store and order over the phone or put books on hold. The ISBN is linked directly to it's listing on the Powell's page.


Mindee Arnett -The Nightmare Affair 9780765333339

Anna Banks - Of Triton 9781250003331

Leigh Bardugo - Siege and Storm (Grisha Trilogy #2) 9780805094602

Sean Beaudoin - The Infects 9780763659479

Jessica Brody - Unremembered (#1) 97800374379919

James Dashner - The Eye of the Mind 9780385741392

Kimberly Derting - The Last Echo: A Body Finder Novel 9780062082190

Kimberly Derting - The Essence: A Pledge Novel 9781442445598

Lisa Desrochers - Personal Demons (Personal Demons Novels #1) 9780765328083

Lisa Desrochers - Original Sin (Personal Demons Novels #2) 9780765328090

Lisa Desrochers - Last Right (Personal Demons Novels #3) 9780765328106
Simone Elkeles - Wild Cards 9780802734372

Jasper Fforde - The Song of the Quarkbeast (Chronicles of Kazam #2) 9780547738482

Sarah Fine -Sanctum (Guards of the Shadowlands #1) 9781612184425

Susan Fletcher - Falcon in the Glass 9781442429901

April Henry - The Girl Who Was Supposed to Die 9780805095418

April Tucholke - Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 9780803738898

Cat Winters - In the Shadows of Blackbirds 9781419705304


Looking for a book I don't have listed here? Call the stores or stop by. They are happy to go look on the shelves since books are NOT always listed as signed.















Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Wordstock...the recaps

It's taken me a week or so to get back into the swing of things but I was on a mission the other day to locate as many Wordstock Recaps, photos and videos as I could.  I wanted to see the Festival through everyone else's eyes as I knew I had missed several great moments.  Plus it was a joy to read what everyone thought of the event through their posts and comments!  So behold here is a list to check out!

*The person/blog's name is linked to their Twitter handle and the photo/video/link is the link to read or watch.



Disquietus's Blog Recap

Jenni Merritt Blog Recap Day 1 & Day 2

Photos by Kari Bradley
Captivated by Contempory Panel photo 1, 2 Panels in 1 Photo 2, Kari with Maggie Stiefvater Photo 3



Tumblr Tagged Photos as Wordstock

Vy's Blog Recap

Wordstock Festival Video 1, Video 2 and Video 3

Did I miss a post or video?  Let me know!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Upcoming Releases, Covers Revealed and MORE


W thought it was time for a general update on some amazing books you can expect to see releasing soon as well as events you should check out!

By Date:


Sara Ryan has a NEW Graphic Novel coming out - 'Bad Houses' on October 30th. However if you want to pick it up early you should come out to the Release Party on October 25th at 6 p.m. held at Bridge City Comics 3725 N. Mississippi Avenue, Portland. Refreshments will be served free of charge!








Did you miss the cover reveal for Teri Brown's next book in her Born of series? Well we have it here! Her next book is 'Born of Deception'.  Set in Jazz-Age London, this alluring sequel to 'Born of Illusion' comes alive with sparkling romance, deadly intrigue, and daring magic.
Did you see Chelsea Campbell's NEW book 'The Trials of Renegade X' (Renegade X #2)?  The book released in September and I totally missed it!  Here is the really awesome cover photo!  Go and BUY THIS NOW!

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Coming January 2014 is Book Two in the Lakeview Series 'Whisper' by Stacey Campbell.  Here's some info from the book- It’s Halle’s first year at Lakeview Academy.  When she stumbles upon a haunted journal she talks Leigh and her other grade 12 friends into helping her solve a 100 year old mystery.



Kimberly Derting's 'The Offering' (The Pledge Trilogy Bk #3) is coming out on January 7, 2014.            When the negotiation of a peace agreement with the Queen of Astonia goes awry, Charlie receives a brutal message that threatens all of Ludania and all that Charlie loves. Backed into a corner, it seems the only way to avoid war is for Charlie to offer herself to her enemy.





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'Cress' (The Lunar Chronicles #3) by Marissa Meyer has a release date of 4 February 2014

In this third book in the bestselling Lunar Chronicles series, Cinder and Captain Thorne are fugitives on the run, with Scarlet and Wolf in tow. Together, they’re plotting to overthrow Queen Levana and prevent her army from invading Earth.

Their best hope lies with Cress, who has been trapped on a satellite since childhood with only her netscreens as company. All that screen time has made Cress an excellent hacker – unfortunately, she’s being forced to work for Queen Levana, and she’s just received orders to track down Cinder and her handsome accomplice.
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'Year of Mistaken Discoveries' by Eileen Cook is expected to release on February 25, 2014.

As first graders, Avery and Nora bonded over a special trait they shared—they were both adopted.  Years later, Avery is smart, popular, and on the cheerleading squad, while Nora spends her time on the fringes of school society, wearing black, reading esoteric poetry, and listening to obscure music.





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Kevin Emerson’s newest book, 'Exile', coming from Katherine Tegan Books in April 2014!

Catherine Summer Carlson knows how to manage bands like a professional—she’s a student at the PopArts Academy at Mount Hope High, where rock legends Allegiance to North got their start. Summer knows that falling for the lead singer of her latest band is the least professional thing a manager can do. But Caleb Daniels isn’t an ordinary band boy—he’s a hot, dreamy, sweet-singing, exiled-from-his-old-band, possibly-with-a-deep-dark-side band boy. And he can do that thing. That thing when someone sings a song and it inhabits you, possesses you, and moves you like a marionette to its will.

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Also from Kimberly Derting - 'The Taking' (The Taking Trilogy Bk #1) is coming Summer 2014!

'The Taking' will follow the story of a teen who wakes up after one lost night, to find that five years have passed and everything about the life she remembers has changed, even though she's still the same 16-year-old that she was when she vanished.

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'The Body in the Woods' (Point Last Seen series) by April Henry will release in June 2014.  While this is a working title we are really looking forward to this new series!  

Alexis, Nick, and Ruby have very different backgrounds: Alexis has spent her life covering for her mom’s mental illness, Nick’s bravado hides his fear of not being good enough, and Ruby just wants to pursue her eccentric interests in a world that doesn’t understand her. When the three teens join Portland County Sheriff’s Search and Rescue, they are teamed up to search for a autistic man lost in the woods. What they find instead is a dead body. In a friendship that will be forged in danger, fear and courage, the three team up to find the girl’s killer—before he can strike one of their own. 

This first book in April Henry’s Point Last Seen YA mystery series is full of riveting suspense, putting readers right in the middle of harrowing rescues and crime scene investigations.

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Lisa Schroeder has been writing non-stop this year on a NEW series named Charmed Life, which will include 4 books. The first book 'Caitlin's Lucky Charm' and second book 'Mia's Golden Bird' are tentatively schedule for May 27th, 2014.



















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'The Bridge from Me to You' has been announced as the next YA book by Lisa Schroeder for a tentative publication date of July 29, 2014.

The Bridge from Me to You is a YA novel that is part verse, part prose. It is told alternately by a 17-year-old girl who is new to a small town with a family secret, and the star football player she meets who is having a tough year and has big dreams beyond the field.
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In other excellent news, Marissa Meyer has a NEW book deal for a book named 'Heartless' which will release Fall 2015. 

A prequel to “Alice in Wonderland,” HEARTLESS will tell the tale of how a marquis’s teenage daughter became the infamous Queen of Hearts. It will be a story of whimsy and madness, passion and tragedy, ravens and writing desks.

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Sean Beaudoin recently announced TWO book deals: 'Cornelius Wrathbone' releasing in 2015 through Candlewick Press and 'Winter Kills' is releasing through Algonquin.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Candace's Wordstock Recap- Photo Heavy!



Hello everyone, Candace here!
So as many of you know I attended Wordstock over the weekend.  It's the Northwests largest book festival and there were over 30 YA authors (and many more that weren't YA). {Find the list of YA author here.}  I attended Saturday and then Sunday my daughter was sick and then I got sick later in the day anyway.  So my recap is just of Saturday (sadly).  I have been attending events in the Portland area for a few years now (almost 5) and have a large circle of book friends in the community.  Many are bloggers, some are teachers, some are librarians, some are booksellers and some are just people who love to read and attend a lot of events.  I was telling Shelley (Tsk, Tsk, What to Read) that it's like a family reunion each year at Wordstock because I see people through out the year at events but almost everyone attends Wordstock.

Be warned, all photos are taken with my iphone (certainly not the newest version!) and are rather crappy.  Lighting had much to do with that as well.

On Saturday I arrived a tad late but after checking in went
straight to the panel for "Is This Thing On?" which is about music in books and featured Emma Trevayne (CODA), Kari Luna (The Theory of Everything), Kevin Emerson (The Dark Shore), Tara Kelly (Amplified) and Sean Beaudoin (Wise Young Fool).  It was moderated by Martha Brockenbrough  (The Dinosaur Tooth Fairy is her newest)
Things asked were:
  • What was your first love, music or books?  Most of them said books, and it seems for the most part that was because they were from musical families and books were more of an escape.
  • How does being a musician affect your writing?  Kari says music and writing go together, she always listens to music while writing.  Emma says she listened to Hospice by the Antlers and that it's super super depressing but she listened to it constantly while writing CODA (I did not look to see if I have that music correct, so correct me if I'm wrong).  Sean said he stopped being a musician when his daughter was born 8 years ago and now he writes instead.
  • Can you listen to music while writing?  They all yes, though Kevin said recently not so much.
  • Playlists in books (I don't recall how this was phrased.)  They all have music themes in their books.  And all their books have playlists.  Kari's is 80's music.
After this panel I was going to go to 'Crossing the Genre Line' but the panel was full and a bunch of us couldn't get in.  So I visited a bit and then when they came out I had  Francesca Lia Block'Love in the Time of Global Warming'  and Jennifer Bosworth - 'Struck' sign my books.  Jessica Brody was also there, but she'd signed my books in June when I saw her. 


Next up I ducked into 'So Much for Normal' (a bit late) for S.A. Bodeen 'The Compound' and 'The Fallout', Anne Osterlund  - 'Salvation'  and Keary Taylor - 'What I Didn’t Say'.   This was moderated by Sara Ryan.

I didn't take notes in this one as I was standing in the back of the room but this is what I'm remembering.

  • Coincidentally these authors are all female but write male POV.  One audience member asked if that was challenge and it didn't really seem to be.  Anne says it doesn't matter if it's male or female for her, it's just being that character.
  • The books mostly take place in small towns and Anne said she felt like you couldn't really write about a small town that you grew up in.  Though Keary wrote her book in the town she currently lives in, though she didn't grow up there.
  • There was talk about how the financial situations impacted their books and in Salvation Anne said that everyone is poor (though she worded it differently) so there's not that issue since everyone is having tough economic times.

The next panel was the one I was most excited for and I squeezed in there as quickly as possible!  This one was 'Captivated by Contemporary' and had Corey Haydu - 'OCD Love Story', Gayle Forman - 'Just One Year' Just One Day #2,  Miranda Kenneally - 'Things I Can’t Forget' and was moderated by Stephanie Perkins 'Lola & The Boy Next Door'.
I love all of these ladies so this was VERY exciting!
  • Stephanie brought up parental relationships in books and how their books, for the most part, have parents present.  Miranda says she had parents that were present so it seemed only natural.  Corie says parents are important and she's a Gilmore Girls fan (I take it she drew inspiration from that- and can I only say, she's a girl after my own heart! I <3 Gilmore Girls!).  Corie also said she likes unique and off the beaten path parental relations.  Gayle says she was a parent when writing If I Stay and it had a lot of influence in it.  Parental back-story is integral and you can't tell a story without family.  She also commented a bit about Alyson and Willem and their parental relationships and how they are important but they aren't easy, they are a little more rocky, I guess.
  • Next up was friendships.  Corie said mistakes are natural and it doesn't make a person a bad person when they make them.  If you read OCD Love Story, you'll get that.  I'm not sure how to really explain it, but in the book her friend could be seen as a bad guy and a good guy.    Gayle says that Melanie and Alyson have a complicated friendship as they are going through transition.  And Willem has a great group of friends (you'll see that once you read Just One Year. ;)  Miranda commented that some didn't like that she had so many characters and she said that's real life.  When you go to school you run into more people then just a few friends.  (Personal comment- I think that it's great that her books are all
    companions and we kind of get to know a lot of the town, so as you read each book it's like returning to a familiar place with familiar faces.)
  • Sex in YA- Gayle said she likes when there's healthy sexual relationships in books instead of always books about consequences.  Not everyone who has sex is going to end up pregnant, broken hearted or with a disease.  There can be healthy sexual relationships as well.  She likes the duet books because she can show us both sides of the story.  Miranda said that no one talked about sex as a teen so she likes to include it but show the right way- not because someone is pressuring you, but part of the teen experience. 
  • Next up we talked about lovable jerks.  Gayle was very firm in that Etienne is NOT a jerk.  But males make mistakes too.  They are wounded but lovable.  They are a fuller character with different sides and more depth.  More well rounded.  They need the goodness inside though, they can't just be a jerk.
  • Someone (my lovely friend Angel, actually) asked if they ever see their characters in people.  After
    they've written the books and they go somewhere, do they randomly see them.  Stephanie was the only one to say yes, she sees them all the time.  And proceeded to point out a Lola, which was my friend Sara (Novel Novice) who absolutely is adorable like Lola!
 
There was a bit more discussion, but it's getting long so I'll leave it at that. I then went and got my books signed.  I had actually had Stephanie Perkins sign mine a bit earlier when I had run into her so by this point we were practically old friends ;)  We'd seen each other around a bit.  BTW, she has the CUTEST shoes!  Her dress was really cute as well, but I LOVED her shoes!  I felt too stupid to ask if I could take a picture, but I SO wanted to!   I totally went all SQUEE inside to get Just One Year and have Gayle sign it.  Seriously, LOVE her books!  While getting those signed I met Stefan Bachman who is the teen (yes, teen) who wrote The Peculiar and The Whatnot.  So I grabbed a signed copy for my daughter.  He was really nice and very
enthusiastic!  I really liked him and I can't wait to read the book, I've wanted it since before it came out.  Emma Trevayne had a dust jacket of her book Flight and Chimes and Mysterious Times on one of Stefan's books and TOTALLY tricked me cause I was like I WANT THAT BOOK!  It doesn't actually come out until May though... so yeah, it wasn't real.  But when the real book exists, it WILL be in my hands!


After that there was a bit of a break so Sara and I went to have some lunch.  I ran into Kriston Johnson (Words Escape Me) and so I was glad when she introduced herself.  She lives in the same town as me but we'd never met.  Sara and I filled up some yummy lunch and caught up on the news in our life (if you don't know her, she's the brilliant mind behind Novel Novice).  After that I saw April Tucholke - 'Between the Devil & the Deep Blue Sea'  and had her sign my book because at that point I was realizing I might not make it on Sunday.  I then saw Vy (Vy's Blog) and her friends again and chatted a tad. 



We had a bit of time left so we walked through the book fair and I got this pretty.  It's from Storiarts on etsy. It's Romeo and Juliet on the scarf and the gloves.


Next up we got a panel with Maggie Stiefvater - 'The Dream Thieves' The Raven Cycle #2, Josin McQuein - 'Arclight',  Robin Wasserman - 'The Waking Dark',  Cinda Williams Chima - 'The Enchanter Heir' and Dan Krokos - 'False Sight'.  Jessica Brody moderated, but Maggie actually did most of it as she managed to have plenty of questions for everyone.  As is usually the case when only one male is present, they had a lot of fun picking on poor Dan.
  • First question- tell a story with hand signals only.  This one stumped Dan and it was hilarious.  You had to be there, but lots of laughter ensued!
  • Next up was the thing that they are most afraid of.  Of course they picked on Dan again, but his was bees and being incontinent in public.  I kind of get that actually, but mine is mostly just being where I can't get to a toilet (like sitting in traffic).  Josin's was speaking in public (another of mine) and I don't remember what the others said.
  • They talked about Maggie's fainting goats and whether it's okay to laugh at them when they faint.  In this case, yes, it is.  Maggie described how one jumped off a table but then froze up and all that it could move was it's head  and it was eagerly trying to eat grass and was apparently unperturbed by being unable to move it's body at the moment.
I didn't take notes on this one as I was too busy cracking up.  This was by far the most entertaining panel of the day and a great ending!  After that we got in line to get our books signed.  I already had Cinda's books signed from a previous visit but I had Dan's to be signed and he just came over to sign them since most of the people were there for Maggie.  I then had to wait in line for Maggie and as always, she remembered me!  She's great with
from left; Maggie, Robin and Josin
faces.  We stuck around to visit while they closed up the center and then Shelley and I walked out to the scary parking garage together.  We parked at different levels though, so mostly we rode the elevator together and then I had to dig and dig and dig for my keys while looking in twenty directions making sure no one was sneaking up on me.  Seriously, parking garages freak me out!  There was actually people still there, so it wasn't really that bad, but I have gone out in the past and I'm the last car in the lot, that's really freaky.  And then it took me over an hour to get home because I was stuck in traffic (and suddenly I realized what a valid fear Dan had, cause I had to go SO bad and was stuck with no where to go). 


Anyway, I had a great time and was sad that I was unable to attend the next day.  :(  I'll be looking forward to next year though!




Maggie signing books
Maggie with my friend Mel (YA coordinator of the event & co-blogger at this blog)

My friend Shelley from Tsk, Tsk, What to Read and Maggie signing her books

All the books I got signed!

This same post has also been posted on Candace's Book Blog.