Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Lit News To Note 05.31.2011

From the School Library Journal: "BEA 2011: Scieszka, Willems, Hopkins Try to Stomp Out Bullying in New Book"

Publishers Weekly has a ton of coverage on what happened the Children's side of things at BEA - check it out here; but what really caught my eye was this article: "BEA 2011: YA Buzz Panel Rocks Javits"

From The Atlantic: "From 'Harry Potter' to 'Twilight,' the Enduring Draw of Young Adult Fiction".

I REALLY enjoyed reading this great blog piece from independent Aussie author Benjamin Grant Mitchell (The Last Great Day).  He recently attended the  Emerging Writers’ Festival in Melbourne, and the never-ending question of "What is YA" was discussed - read his post: "On the couch with young adults".  Also, very informative post from My Girl Friday about the festival itself: "EWF 2011 - Getting into Genre: YA".

Check out the Shelf Awareness article form the Book Bloggers Convention on blogging today, and how some of the most prominent bloggers approach the practice.

Muhahahaha!  Got this one from MTV: "The Next 5 Annoyingly Huge Young-Adult Novels Coming To A Theater Near You".

From Celebritology: "Jennifer Lawrence talks ‘X-Men,’ fame and ‘Hunger Games’"
  • Oh, and I was at the movies on Saturday and saw the newest trailer for the upcoming X-Men: First Class flick.  All I have to say is: mutants + historical context = extreme sexiness.  Check. It. Out

Sunday, May 29, 2011

In My Mailbox (20)

In My Mailbox is a weekly meme started by The Story Siren with inspiration from Pop Culture Junkie.

This is a great event where we share all the great books we've picked up to read for the week! Please join us in getting to know one another and sharing great reads!  Here's what I got this week . . .

by Moira Young
Thanks to S&S GalleyGrab

Saba has spent her whole life in Silverlake, a dried-up wasteland ravaged by constant sandstorms. The Wrecker civilization has long been destroyed, leaving only landfills for Saba and her family to scavenge from. That's fine by her, as long as her beloved twin brother Lugh is around. But when a monster sandstorm arrives, along with four cloaked horsemen, Saba's world is shattered. Lugh is captured, and Saba embarks on an epic quest to get him back.

Suddenly thrown into the lawless, ugly reality of the world outside of desolate Silverlake, Saba is lost without Lugh to guide her. So perhaps the most surprising thing of all is what Saba learns about herself: she's a fierce fighter, an unbeatable survivor, and a cunning opponent. And she has the power to take down a corrupt society from the inside. Teamed up with a handsome daredevil named Jack and a gang of girl revolutionaries called the Free Hawks, Saba stages a showdown that will change the course of her own civilization.

Blood Red Road has a searing pace, a poetically minimal writing style, violent action, and an epic love story. Moira Young is one of the most promising and startling new voices in teen fiction.

by Tabitha Suzuma
Thanks S&S GalleyGrab

Seventeen-year-old Lochan and sixteen-year-old Maya have always felt more like friends than siblings. Together they have stepped in for their alcoholic, wayward mother to take care of their three younger siblings. As defacto parents to the little ones, Lochan and Maya have had to grow up fast. And the stress of their lives—and the way they understand each other so completely—has also also brought them closer than two siblings would ordinarily be. So close, in fact, that they have fallen in love. Their clandestine romance quickly blooms into deep, desperate love. They know their relationship is wrong and cannot possibly continue. And yet, they cannot stop what feels so incredibly right. As the novel careens toward an explosive and shocking finale, only one thing is certain: a love this devastating has no happy ending.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lit News To Note 05.28.2011

The shortlist for Australia's 2011 Prime Minister's Literary Awards have been announced.  Here's the final five in the young adult category:
  • Good Oil, Laura Buzo (my review is coming soon)
  • Graffiti Moon, Cath Crowley
  • The Three Loves of Persimmon, Cassandra Golds
  • About a Girl, Joanne Horniman
  • The Piper's Son, Melina Marchetta
From The Hollywood Reporter: "CBS Films Taps Writers to Adapt 'Legend' Novel".

Nice little update from the LA Times about BEA - not focused on young adult, but a good overview on some industry things that were going on: "Upbeat mood at Book Expo America: Revitalization and optimism are rampant at publishing's biggest conference".

And in case you missed them, here's some videos posted in the past week:

Author Andrea Cremer gives sneak peek at WOLFSBANE, the sequel to NIGHTSHADE

Friday, May 27, 2011

Well, Hello Stranger. . .

Hello Everyone,

I know I've been gone for a while - some of you have emailed me and have asked me where I have been.  The answer is, I've been nowhere in particular, but I took a little mental vacation.  I lot has happened this year, I simply wanted to take a step back and reevaluate some items on my plate.  I'll be back, and soon!  The blog will be a bit more streamlined, with the Thursday Literary News Roundup likely being tossed out in preference for pertinent news being posted as-it-happens.  Sorry about that, but unfortunately, that one post was taking up a significant amount of free time, making reading and writing reviews a little tough to squeeze into my schedule.  That being said, I'll be giving more time over to actually writing reviews, which I am greatly looking forward to.

As you can see, I am also playing around with a style change.  My 'real' goal for what I would like my blog to look like is a bit unattainable at the moment, but I hope to have something permanent soon (I'm liking this current one).  So, if you see some formatting craziness, you'll know why.  I plan on being back up and running on a regular basis sometime during the week of June 12th.  I might get back into the habit here and there until then.

Again, I am sorry for my absence, but distance has given me clarity.  I'm getting a better feel for what I want out of this endeavor - tension and living to 'just keep up' aren't it!  Great reading, well-written reviews, and honest discussion are.

Thanks for your patience and staying tuned.

-Linds @ BB