Friday, July 30, 2010

July 2010

The following reviews, interviews and features are running on for the month of July.

Reviews and Excerpts
LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater (Supernatural Romance)
In Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. Now, in LINGER, they must fight to be together. At turns harrowing and euphoric, this second installment in the Wolves of Mercy Falls trilogy is a spellbinding love story that explores both sides of love --- the light and the dark, the warm and the cold --- in a way you will never forget. Reviewed by Norah Piehl and excerpted

THE NECROMANCER: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 4 by Michael Scott (Fantasy)
The Twins of Legend --- Josh and Sophie Newman --- have begun their training in the elemental magics, but they’ve started to doubt their mentors. The immortal Gilgamesh warned that they aren’t the first twins the Flamels have “experimented” on. In fact, there have been hundreds of pairs, all of them now dead. With so many powerful people trying to manipulate them, the words of a friend keep coming back to them: “Trust no one.” Even if they’re all you have. Reviewed by Jonathan Stephens and excerpted.
- Click here to read Michael Scott’s blog post, “The Writer’s Tools.”

HELL’S HEROES: The Demonata, Book 10 by Darren Shan (Horror/Supernatural Fiction)
Beranabus and Dervish are gone. Bec has formed an unholy alliance with Lord Loss. Kernel is blind, held on Earth against his will. Grubbs is mad with grief and spinning out of control. The demons are crossing. The Disciples are falling. The Shadow is waiting. Welcome to the end. Reviewed by Sally M. Tibbetts.

KEYS TO THE REPOSITORY by Melissa de la Cruz (Urban Fantasy)
This companion book to the bestselling Blue Bloods series comes at a great time --- with the impending release of the fifth installment, MISGUIDED ANGEL, just around the corner. Melissa de la Cruz has created a condensed volume of little-known facts and side stories to give enthusiasts the opportunity to delve more deeply into their favorite characters. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

THE DAUGHTERS by Joanna Philbin (Fiction)
By the time freshman year begins, unconventional-looking Lizzie Summers has come to expect fawning photographers and adoring fans to surround her gorgeous supermodel mother. But when Lizzie is approached by a fashion photographer who believes she's "the new face of beauty," Lizzie surprises herself and her family by becoming the newest Summers woman to capture the media's spotlight. Reviewed by Joy Held.
- Click here to read Joanna Philbin’s blog post, “Joanna Philbin on Wanting to Be Pretty.”

HEART TO HEART by Lurlene McDaniel (Fiction)
Elowyn and Kassey first say hello in the hospital. A few years later, it’s also where they say goodbye --- when Elowyn is taken off life support machines. But Elowyn doesn’t die in vain, as her organs go to save the lives of many others. Arabeth receives Elowyn’s heart, giving her a new chance at life, while Kassey struggles to find a way to live with her best friend’s death. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.
-Click here to read Lurlene McDaniel’s blog post, “Lurlene McDaniel on HEART TO HEART.”

FIRE WILL FALL by Carol Plum-Ucci (Thriller)
In this sequel to the 2008 thriller STREAMS OF BABEL, a network of underground bioterrorists targets the Trinity Four for the second time in a year. The four New Jersey teenagers who have become famous for surviving the Q3 virus attack now recuperate as ShadowStrike plans their second assault. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

Seth Baumgartner’s summer starts off by losing his job, being dumped by his girlfriend, and catching his father out with a woman who is not Seth’s mother. With the help of his friends Dimitri and Audrey, Seth finds a new job and explores his feelings through a podcast called “The Love Manifesto.” Reviewed by Benjamin Boche.

THE POISON DIARIES by Maryrose Wood, with The Duchess of Northumberland (Historical Fantasy)
The lovely daughter of an apothecary falls in love with a 16-year-old orphan who lives with them, but her father's interest in the boy is only for his unusual botanical knowledge. Once the girl discovers that her sweetheart is concealing a bizarre secret, she will be forced to decide if her loyalties lie with her father or her love. Reviewed by Melanie Smith.

DECEPTION: A Haunting Emma Novel, by Lee Nichols (Paranormal Mystery)
When Emma Vaile's parents leave on a mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. But then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England. After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can't shake the strange visions that are haunting her. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.
- Click here to read Lee Nichols’s blog post, “Ten Random Things About Me.”

THE EDUCATION OF BET by Lauren Baratz-Logsted (Historical Romance)
Bet has grown up in a time when society frowns upon women getting an education. But Bet dreams of attending school and learning everything that young men do. On the other hand, her good friend Will despises school and instead longs for the adventures of a soldier’s life. Then an opportunity arises, and Bet gets an idea. She will attend school in Will’s place --- disguised as a young man. Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman.

Graphic Novels and Manga
KOBATO., Volume 1 written and illustrated by CLAMP
The latest from the powerhouse studio CLAMP, Kobato. tells the magical tale of a girl on an unlikely quest to fill a bottle with wounded hearts. Reviewed by Casey Brienza.

ITAZURA NA KISS, Volume 2 written and illustrated by Kaoru Tada
Kotoko has made it into college, but instead of the carefree collegiate life she wanted, she's stuck in practices for a crazed tennis club --- and it's all Naoki's fault! Reviewed by Snow Wildsmith.

IN THE WALNUT, Volume 1 written and illustrated by Toko Kawai
Tanizaki runs an art gallery where he gets some help from his partner, Nakai. Working at an art gallery might sound like ho-hum work, but interesting things are always happening here. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

CLICK, Volumes 5-8 written and illustrated by Youngran Lee
Having switched from being a boy to being a girl, Joonha meets new people and tries to figure out what to do with relationships. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

KINGDOM OF THE WINDS, Volume 1 written and illustrated by Kimjin
A mixture of fact and fantasy, Kingdom of the Winds adds mystery to the historical characters King Yuri and Prince Muhuyl. Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

DO WHATEVER YOU WANT, Volumes 1-3 written and illustrated by Yeri Na
High-schoolers Jinwon and Hosoo are supposed to be world-famous singers. But life keeps getting in their way! Reviewed by Danica Davidson.

Beach Bag of Books Contest
Looking for some cool reads this summer? Here are 14 titles you'll want to consider. They are books that teens will love --- BEFORE I FALL by Lauren Oliver; THE CARRIE DIARIES by Candace Bushnell; CARTER'S BIG BREAK by Brent Crawford; THE GARDENER by S. A. Bodeen; GIRLS IN LOVE: A Summer Girls Novel, by Hailey Abbott; THE KARMA CLUB by Jessica Brody; LIES: A Gone Novel, by Michael Grant; THE LIFE OF GLASS by Jillian Cantor; NUM8ERS by Rachel Ward; PASSING STRANGE: A Generation Dead Novel, by Daniel Waters; RADIANT SHADOWS: A Wicked Lovely Book, by Melissa Marr; RUNAWAY: An Airhead Novel, by Meg Cabot; STOLEN by Lucy Christopher; and SWIM THE FLY by Don Calame.

Special Features
THE SUBURB BEYOND THE STARS by M. T. Anderson (Fantasy/Action & Adventure)
Something very strange is happening in Vermont. It's not The Game of Sunken Places --- Brian and Gregory have been through that before, and there's not supposed to be another Game until they say there's a Game. But still…when they go to visit a relative in the Vermont woods, they find many things are…off. Like, people aren't where they're supposed to be. And houses are everywhere. In fact, the houses seem to be taking over.
- Click here to read an excerpt from THE SUBURB BEYOND THE STARS.
- Click here to read our interview with M. T. Anderson.
- Click here to read M. T. Anderson’s bio.

Feature & Contest
Win a Signed Copy of GHOSTGIRL: LOVESICK by Tonya Hurley
Charlotte Usher died choking on a gummy bear in physics class. As if she didn’t already hate high school enough. Before she’s allowed to cross over, though, Charlotte must go back to the dreaded institution where she will be given an assignment and a deadline. Her task? Help one designated, lucky teen solve a personal problem. The deadline? Prom. But there’s no handbook that explains what happens if you fall in love with your class project. Charlotte would die (again) for love, but facing the all-too-familiar feeling of invisibility may be too much for her to swallow.

To celebrate the release of LOVESICK, the final installment in Tonya Hurley’s ghostgirl trilogy, is giving 25 readers the chance to win a signed copy of the book. The deadline for entries is Monday, August 16th at noon ET.

The final installment in the New York Times bestselling ghostgirl trilogy follows Charlotte Usher on her quest to get an after-life!

Before she can rest in peace, Charlotte must return to the tragic site of her death: high school. Once there, her assignment is to help a designated teen solve a personal problem in time for the all-important prom. But no one explained what happens if you fall in love with your class project. Charlotte would die (again) for love, but facing the all-too-familiar feeling of invisibility may be too much for her to swallow.Click here to read all the contest details.
- Click here to read an excerpt from GHOSTGIRL: LOVESICK.
- Click here to view the book trailer for GHOSTGIRL: LOVESICK.
- Click here to read Tonya Hurley’s blog post, "Tonya Hurley on Lovesickness."
- Click here to read Tonya Hurley’s bio.
- Visit the official website of the series,

Series Books
PERFECTLY DATELESS: A Universally Misunderstood Novel, by Kristin Billerbeck (Fiction)
Daisy Crispin has 196 days to find the right date for the prom. There’s only one problem --- her parents won’t let her date or even talk to a guy on the phone. Oh, and she’s totally invisible at school, wears lame homemade clothes, and possesses no social skills. Okay, so maybe there’s more than one problem.

Can she talk her parents into letting her go to the prom? Or will they succeed at their obvious attempts to completely ruin her life?
- Click here to read our series feature for Universally Misunderstood.
- Click here to read a review of PERFECTLY DATELESS.
- Click here to read an excerpt from PERFECTLY DATELESS.
- Click here to read the discussion guide for PERFECTLY DATELESS.

THE REINVENTION OF SKYLAR HOYT Series by Stephanie Morrill (Fiction)
Welcome to the world of Skylar Hoyt, a high school senior whose exotic Hawaiian looks have propelled her to the height of the “in” crowd, but who’s no longer sure that’s where she really fits. New friends, old friends, a reluctant romance, and a family crisis swirl around Skylar as she tries to keep it together and figure out who she really wants to be.
- Click here to read our series feature for The Reinvention of Skylar Hoyt.

SUPERNATURAL SUMMER: Expect the Unexpected…
Expect the unexpected this summer, and don't miss the Supernatural Summer Tour 2010 featuring five amazing HarperTeen authors: Aprilynne Pike (SPELLS), Ellen Schreiber (VAMPIRE KISSES #7: LOVE BITES), Kim Harrison (EARLY TO DEATH, EARLY TO RISE), Kimberly Derting (THE BODY FINDER) and Kelley Armstrong (THE RECKONING)! Visit and check out the latest Supernatural Summer polls, quizzes, forums and on-the-road updates from the enchanting Supernatural Summer authors.
- Click here to read our Supernatural Summer series feature.

GONE Series by Michael Grant
Would you survive in the FAYZ? Click here to take the Gone series quiz to find out, watch the new LIES video trailer, and get a sneak peek at the third installment in Michael Grant’s breathtaking saga about teens battling each other and their darkest selves. You won’t look at the world in the same way again.
- Click here to read our Gone series feature.

Grab Bag of Books Giveaway
Every month in our Grab Bag of Books contest, five readers are awarded a signature tote bag filled with some of the hottest books --- and may even include a sneak peek at titles that haven’t been released yet!

This contest period’s winners will each receive a copy of BAD GIRLS DON'T DIE by Katie Alender, CALEB + KATE by Cindy Martinusen-Coloma, LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater, SEA CHANGE by Aimee Friedman, and SO OVER MY HEAD: A Charmed Life Novel by Jenny B. Jones. The deadline for entries is Monday, August 16th at noon ET.

Cool New Books
July’s roundup of Cool New Books includes DEMONS AND DRUIDS, a continuation of James Patterson’s series featuring Daniel X, who in this installment is transported back to the most traumatic event of his life --- the death of his parents; LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater, the breathtaking sequel to SHIVER, in which the two main characters, who found each other in the previous book, now must fight to be together; Maryrose Wood’s THE POISON DIARIES, the first in a gothic romance trilogy set in the 18th century and inspired by the real Poison Garden near Alnwick Castle in England; THE FOOL’S GIRL, a wholly original story from Celia Rees full of political intrigue, danger and romance, and spun from Shakespeare's Twelfth Night; and THE GRIMM LEGACY by Polly Shulman, a contemporary fantasy starring an ordinary girl whose after-school job is far from ordinary. Click here.

New in Paperback Roundup
Fans of The Hunger Games have a lot to look forward to this summer. MOCKINGJAY, the conclusion to Suzanne Collins’s sci-fi/fantasy series, releases on August 24th, and book #1 of the trilogy is now available in paperback for the first time. July’s roundup of New in Paperback titles also includes THE VAN ALEN LEGACY, the fourth installment in Melissa de la Cruz’s Blue Bloods vampire series; HEROES OF THE VALLEY by Jonathan Stroud, an epic fantasy thriller featuring murder, revenge and a slightly diminutive protagonist; THE TREASURE MAP OF BOYS, a companion novel to E. Lockhart’s THE BOYFRIEND LIST and THE BOY BOOK; and THE MONSTRUMOLOGIST, a gothic tour de force from Rick Yancey that explores the darkest heart of man and monster and asks the question: When does a man become the very thing he hunts? Click here.

Books into Movies
February is a long ways away, but love is in the air this month, as’s Books into Movies feature is spotlighting two films sure to satisfy your cravings for sweet --- albeit quirky --- summer romance. Flipped, based on Wendelin Van Draanen’s acclaimed YA novel, centers on the unrequited love affair between Juli and fellow second grader and typically girl-phobic Bryce, who needs a bit more time --- try six years --- to discover how he really feels about his wannabe girlfriend. In the comic-book adaptation Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, a 22-year-old slacker antihero takes on a feat of epic proportions in the hopes of winning the heart of a girl way out of his league.

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