Monday, July 21, 2014

From the Vault

Every Monday we post a reading/writing-related question for our followers, and at the end of the month, one lucky commenter is selected to choose a title from our Vault. Whatever we have available: ARCs, signed books, awesome new releases... OR the monthly winner may select any one book to be ordered for him/her from the Book Depository

(To enter, follow YA Confidential and make sure your email address is linked to your comment in some way. We'll need to get in touch with you if you win.)

 Today's Question: I have a lot of pets. A lot. Name some of your favorite fictional pets.


Jaime- This is probably cliché but I’m going with Hedwig, Pigwidgeon, and Buckbeak from HARRY POTTER.



Alexandra - Mogget from Garth Nix's SABRIEL (though I don't think Mogget would appreciate being called a pet.) And Angus from the Georgia Nicolson series by Louise Rennison.


Tracey - I still remember poor Old Yeller from school. That little bit of childhood trauma is why I generally avoid “dead pets” stories. As for live pets who stay alive until the end, I was also a big fan of Black Beauty growing up. My mother used to read that to me before bed, and I still remember how much Black Beauty hated it when her owner put a bit in her mouth and tightened the reigns too much. Thanks to that book, I never look at a horse without wondering if it’s in pain.
 

 
 
Katy - Bendomolena from AUDREY, WAIT! comes immediately to mind. That cat was so rotten and hilarious, a fully developed character, and it’s stuck with me ages after reading.  


Matt - Oppa and Momo, of course! I also really love Ingrid in GRASSHOPPER JUNGLE.

Leigh - I have a policy about reading books with animals in them. It goes like this: I don't. Please send all of your frustrated letters to Disney.


Sarah - Manchee from KNIFE OF NEVER LETTING GO is awesome and hilarious and such a dog. But I would go remiss without mentioning Menolly's 9 firelizards in the Harper Hall trilogy.

Your turn! Who are some of your favorite fictional pets?
 

Monday, July 14, 2014

From the Vault

Every Monday we post a reading/writing-related question for our followers, and at the end of the month, one lucky commenter is selected to choose a title from our Vault. Whatever we have available: ARCs, signed books, awesome new releases... OR the monthly winner may select any one book to be ordered for him/her from the Book Depository

(To enter, follow YA Confidential and make sure your email address is linked to your comment in some way. We'll need to get in touch with you if you win.)

 Today's Question: I'll be enmeshed in my MFA residency this week, which means I get a new mentor! If you could pick any writer, living or dead, to serve as your mentor, who would you pick?


Jaime- Susan Dennard, hands down. She has the most fantastic writing advice on her blog, and I know I could learn a lot from her. (I have learned a lot from her already.)



Alexandra - Neil Gaiman. I don't think I need to explain why! (But if you're curious, this does a good introduction on why he's awesome)


Tracey - I’m going with Maggie Stiefvater. Her writing-centered blog posts are incredibly helpful—I’ve learned so much through her discussion of how she writes and revises. (Her blog is http://maggiestiefvater.com/blog if you want to browse.)
 
 
 
Katy - Gayle Forman. IF I STAY is the book that made me want to write YA, and I’ve adored everything she’s written since. I met her at an event a few years ago and she was absolutely delightful. Plus, she had all kinds of amazing advice and wisdom to share. 


Matt - Oh boy. I already have some of my favorite authors as mentors, but I would have loved to study under someone like Elmore Leonard. He just had such a great understanding of characters.

Leigh - Oh my gosh, I would LOVE to be Anne Rice's little manatee. Just because she's always been so crazy and quirky, and her writing is so lush and gorgeous and absolutely ALL over the place in terms of genre. Last, but most importantly, because we're both south Louisiana natives, so we speak the same lingo, in terms of food and otherwise.


Sarah - Neil Gaiman would obviously be awesome. He crosses that great line of fantasy and horror which I love and wish I could do better. And I think Stephen King would be a lot of fun, too.

Your turn! Who would you pick for a mentor?
 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

June Comment of the Month Winner!

June had some great From the Vault questions and we received some FANTASTIC comments from all of you. Thank you to everyone who participated this month!

And now for our favorite comment...


We asked you the following question: What's your favorite beach/sunny day read?


And STEPHANIE said: Stephanie Perkins' books are great summer reads. They are light, funny, have a hint of drama and failure, but end up with you cheering for the main character and hoping she will take the right path. Oh, and there are the swooniest of boys in her books. With the highly anticipated Isla and the Happily Ever coming in August, it's just in time.”


I just did a reread of ANNA and LOLA and loved them just as much as the first time. To say I'm eagerly anticipating ISLA would be a serious understatement. Thanks for the awesome response and congrats, Stephanie! Just send us a quick email at yaconfidential [at] gmail [dot] com with your book choice from The Book Depository and your mailing info, and we'll get it sent off to you ASAP. Thanks again for taking part in our From the Vault Mondays!


Monday, July 7, 2014

From The Vault

Every Monday we post a reading/writing-related question for our followers, and at the end of the month, one lucky commenter is selected to choose a title from our Vault. Whatever we have available: ARCs, signed books, awesome new releases... OR the monthly winner may select any one book to be ordered for him/her from the Book Depository

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 Today's Question: If you could pair up any two characters from any book, either romantically or as besties, who would you pick?


Jaime- I still think Neville Longbottom and Luna Lovegood should have ended up together in the HARRY POTTER books, and I know I’m not alone on this.



Alexandra - I'm so with Jaime on Neville and Luna. I'm glad it happened in the movies, if nothing else!
 


 
Tracey - Since my fellow operatives already mentioned the HARRY POTTER matching, I’m going to skip that. Instead, I’ll pair Anne Dowling from PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL with new BFF Kate Lowry from THE LIAR SOCIETY. Together, they could take down prep school douches and solve crime, all while passing finals.
 
 
Katy - I think Anna from ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS and Allyson from JUST ONE DAY should be besties. They have a love of travel and tasty pastries in common, plus they both managed to wrangle unattainable boys into (relative) submission. They’d get along famously. (And I love the idea of Neville and Luna together, for the record!) 


Matt - Shipping! Whee! I will third or fourth or whatever we're on for Neville and Luna, because they would have just been adorable together, but I also would have loved to see Aragorn and Eowyn from THE LORD OF THE RINGS. We get a little glimpse of it, but more would have been fun.

Leigh - I've sort of been reading all over the place in terms of genre... But two besties from books I've just finished are Rose (from the Rose Gardner mystery series by Denise Grover Swank) and Beryl (from Tattoo Thief by Heidi Joy Tretheway) would make great book besties I think. *These are both NA titles. 


Sarah - Neville and Luna aside, I think Svetlana from GUY IN REAL LIFE and Cath from FANGIRL would make great besties! Not because they're necessarily into the same thing (fanfiction, playing D&D) but because they have similar attitudes about their favorite hobbies.

Your turn! Who would you pair up?
 

Monday, June 30, 2014

From the Vault

Every Monday we post a reading/writing-related question for our followers, and at the end of the month, one lucky commenter is selected to choose a title from our Vault. Whatever we have available: ARCs, signed books, awesome new releases... OR the monthly winner may select any one book to be ordered for him/her from the Book Depository

(To enter, follow YA Confidential and make sure your email address is linked to your comment in some way. We'll need to get in touch with you if you win.)

 Today's Question: The 4th of July is only a few days away (for those of us in the states). What books have some of your favorite holiday scenes?

Alexandra - I feel like I reference Harry Potter in pretty much every Vault question I answer, but seriously, who DOESN'T want to go to the Yule Ball? (Also, I think Nearly Headless Nick's death day party sounds fun in a Tim Burton morbid kind of way!)
 
Matt - Harry Potter FTW!

Tracey - I am not going to say HARRY POTTER because I think my co-agents have that covered but, you know, HARRY POTTER. The only other book I can think of is A CHRISTMAS CAROL, which is sort of a tradition in my house so I’m both in love with the story and sick of it. I also remember loving the Christmas celebrations in LITTLE WOMEN, though I haven’t read that in some time.
Katy - NANTUCKET BLUE by Leila Howland has a most excellent Independence Day scene. And yeah… I’m right their with my fellow Operatives in their love Harry Potter holidays. 

Leigh - I'm thinking summer holidays, but the holiday scenes usually occur in the winter... hmm... I'll go with Matt & say Harry Potter FTW!!! Yay! 


Jaime - (July is a celebratory month in Canada too! July 1st is our big day.) Again, with HARRY POTTER. Any holiday in the great hall is pretty darn spectacular! For whatever reason, I can’t think of any other holiday scenes in YA books. Help?


Sarah - Well, obviously HARRY POTTER but outside of that I'm a big fan of the Gather (which is a big gathering, natch, and party with games and races and foooods) in Anne McCaffrey's DRAGONSINGER. Also, even though it's a gross display of extravagance, I'm not going to lie about how much I would like to hit up that capital party in CATCHING FIRE. Whether it's actually a holiday, I don't know.

Your turn! What's your favorite fictional holidays?

Monday, June 23, 2014

From the Vault

Every Monday we post a reading/writing-related question for our followers, and at the end of the month, one lucky commenter is selected to choose a title from our Vault. Whatever we have available: ARCs, signed books, awesome new releases... OR the monthly winner may select any one book to be ordered for him/her from the Book Depository

(To enter, follow YA Confidential and make sure your email address is linked to your comment in some way. We'll need to get in touch with you if you win.)
 

 Today's Question: Name a book or two that you luuurved while you were reading it, and then was let down by the ending?


Alexandra - I remember loving Nancy Farmer's 2002 novel THE HOUSE OF THE SCORPION as a teen, but feeling that the end was rushed. However, she's recently come out with a sequel, THE LORD OF OPIUM, so now I have an excuse to reread the first, and whatever my teen self felt was unsatisfactory about the ending will hopefully all be taken care of in the sequel! :) (I also often wish that classics with romantic subplots, like NORTH AND SOUTH by Elizabeth Gaskell and basically every Jane Austen novel, had some making out in the end, but that's of course the result of my modern sensibilities clashing with what was appropriate for the time period. Hehehe.)


 
Tracey - Since I read LEAP OF FAITH by Jamie Blair, I haven’t stopped recommending it. Seriously, I should get commission for the number of times I’ve convinced someone to buy this book. Which is to say I love it. A lot. That said, it ended sort of abruptly for me. I wanted a couple more chapters for the story to wrap up. But don’t let that discourage you from reading it. It’s really great.
 
 
Katy - I loved Jamie Blair’s LEAP OF FAITH so much and even though the ending wasn’t a let down, exactly, I did want one more chapter. I felt so invested in the characters and their story and then it just ended so abruptly. Write a sequel, Jamie Blair! 
 

Leigh - OMG. Srsly, I think I block these out of my mind. Let's say... Mockingjay? I'm not sure why I'm suddenly on a Hunger Games tip tonight. I think it's b/c my oldest is finally old enough to read it, so I'm having to relive... LOL!


Jaime - I’m going to go with a series instead of a book here, if that’s okay. I loved DIVERGENT so, so much. It’s the book that actually got me writing! Tris and Four were just so awesome. Without going into details, I didn’t love the way the series wrapped up in ALLEGIANT. That said, I will always be grateful to Veronica Roth as well as Tris and Four for inspiring me to get writing!


Sarah - For me, I recently realized I'm not a big fan of Rainbow Rowell's endings. ELEANORE & PARK, but more specifically FANGIRL. And I LOVED FANGIRL. I just wanted the ending to be a bit different, or to have more. Specifically in regards to the fanfiction.

Your turn! What's your favorite fictional foods?
 

 

Monday, June 16, 2014

From the Vault

Every Monday we post a reading/writing-related question for our followers, and at the end of the month, one lucky commenter is selected to choose a title from our Vault. Whatever we have available: ARCs, signed books, awesome new releases... OR the monthly winner may select any one book to be ordered for him/her from the Book Depository

(To enter, follow YA Confidential and make sure your email address is linked to your comment in some way. We'll need to get in touch with you if you win.)
 

 Today's Question: Summer time also means grilling and picnics and fresh fruits (for those of us who live in the frozen north). What are some of your favorite fictional foods?


Alexandra - Every single candy described in Harry Potter. They have some pretty good approximations at Universal Studios, but I want to try the real, magical versions!
 
Matt - Pretty much everything in ASoIaF sounds great. Check out http://www.innatthecrossroads.com/

Tracey - I’ve always wanted to try to make the November cakes from THE SCORPIO RACES. (Author Maggie Stiefvater has created a recipe, which you can find here.) 
 
 
Katy - Butterbeer! Yum! And even though gelato isn’t fictional, I recently read Kristin Rae’s WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN and it made me crave gelato like nobody’s business. 
 

Leigh - Anything chocolate works for me! Haha!!! Although I have always wanted to try Turkish Delight~


Jaime - The food in the HARRY POTTER books springs readily to mind, but I know it’s already been mentioned. (Pumpkin pasties and butterbeer both sounded SO yummy!) I remember thinking that the food in the Capitol in THE HUNGER GAMES and CATCHING FIRE sounded really good too.


Sarah - I love me some foods, especially if they're in fantasy books and are magical. I mean, obviously anything and everything from Harry Potter (Butterbeer definitely). I'm also a huge fan of Bubbly Pies from Anne McCaffrey's Pern series, specifically the YA DRAGONSINGER trilogy. McCaffrey shared the recipe (along with other recipes in her books) in THE DRAGONLOVERS GUIDE TO PERN and I've made them more than once because they are nummo.

 
Your turn! What's your favorite fictional foods?

 
 
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