Monday, May 26, 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: What summer-released YA novel are you most looking forward to reading?

Mathew – THESE GENTLE WOUNDS, by Helene Dunbar. It came out a few weeks ago, but still NOGGIN, by John Corey Whaley. I'm reading it now, but I'm loving GUY IN REAL LIFE, by Steve Brezenoff. PUSH GIRL, by our very own Jessica Love and Chelsie Hill. 100 SIDEWAYS MILES, by Andrew Smith.

Sarah – I dunno, all of them? I have so many on my list but here are a few I've preordered anyway: GUY IN REAL LIFE by Steve Brezenhoff, PERFECTLY GOOD WHITE BOY by Carrie Mesrobian (though this is actually a fall release), WISH YOU WERE ITALIAN by Kristin Rae, FAT BOY VS THE CHEERLEADERS by Geoff Herbach
Katy – Jessica Love and Chelsea Hill’s PUSH GIRL, ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER by Stephanie Perkins, and ONE TWO THREE by Elodie Nowodazkij. Also, I’LL GIVE YOU THE SUN by Jandy Nelson, which doesn’t come out until September but sounds absolutely amazing.

Tracey - It’s hard to pick, but I’ve been dying to read Stephanie Perkins’ ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER for a very long time, so that’s high on my list. I’m so excited for Jessica Love’s PUSH GIRL, plus MIDNIGHT THIEF by Livia Balckburne and THE KISS OF DECEPTION by Mary E. Pearson. And, you know, about eleventy billion more.

Leigh - Mine! Bahahahaha!!!! Seriously? Umm... Jessica's, of course. ;)

Alison - ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVER AFTER (Stephanie Perkins), PUSH GIRL (Jessica Love, Chelsie Hill), ONE TWO THREE (Elodie Nowodazkij), BEHIND THE SCENES (Dahlia Adler), COMPLICIT (Stephanie Kuehn), HEXED (Michelle Krys), RUMBLE (Ellen Hopkins), 100 SIDEWAYS MILES (Andrew Smith). . .Too many to choose just one. I apologize for nothing. J
Jaime - There are far, far too many, but I’ll try to limit myself: RUIN AND RISING by Leigh Bardugo, ISLA AND THE HAPPILY EVERY AFTER by Stephanie Perkins (Yes! Finally!), and HEIR OF FIRE by Sarah J. Maas. And, of course, I’m also excited for my CP Elodie’s debut, ONE, TWO, THREE.
Your turn! What's your most anticipated summer release? 

Monday, May 19, 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... Lots of movies based on YA novels debut this summer. What’s your favorite YA book-to-movie adaptation?

Matthew – Of those that have been produced so far? Probably THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER.

Sarah – CATCHING FIRE was pretty damn awesome. PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER also did an awesome job. I feel like I'm missing something obvious.

Katy – I’m with Matt and Sarah on PERKS – so well done! I recently watched the movie adaptations of Meg Rosoff’s HOW I LIVE NOW, and Jenny Downham’s BEFORE I DIE (the movie was retitled NOW IS GOOD) and I thought they were both excellent. Both films made me appreciate their books even more. Also, HARRY POTTER. Because obviously.

Tracey - CATCHING FIRE is still tops, but I recently watched HOW I LIVE NOW, based on Meg Rossoff’s book of the same name, and it was really good. (Not as good as the book, but are movies ever as good as the novels they’re based on? Um, nope.) 

Leigh - Oh, man! I really, REALLY need to see CATCHING FIRE. I liked the first one, but those promo pix for #2 just looked AMAZING... I saw a trailer for IF I STAY, and I'm really, really nervous about that movie. I loved both of those books so much. I hope they don't screw it up. I guess, I'm also looking forward to THE FAULT IN OUR STARS. (I don't think I'm answering this question right...)

Copil – A WALK TO REMEMBER. An oldie but a goodie, I remember really resisting this one because I'm a dude and if any of my bros saw me watching it I'd be mocked mercilessly. Turns out more than a few of them have a scratched up DVD of this one hidden in their sock drawer.

Alison - THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER and CATCHING FIRE

Jaime - I loved THE HUNGER GAMES and CATCHING FIRE, particularly the latter. (So much less shaky cam than the first one.) While I think of the HARRY POTTER series as not really being YA exactly (Harry was 11 at the start), I thought they did a phenomenal job with the movies. And lastly, I will always love the CITY OF EMBER movie. Can’t wait for the ones that come out this year!

Your turn! What's your favorite YA book-to-movie adaptation?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Congrats to Our Own Sarah Ahiers for Selling ALL THAT REMAINS!


A HUGE congratulations to my dear friend and CP (and all of our co-author here at YA Confidential) Sarah Ahiers! She sold her debut novel, ALL THAT REMAINS, to Alexandra Cooper at Harper Teen:


It's probably too early to say much about the book, but there is a brief summary on Goodreads:

In the Kingdom of Lovero, where families of assassins lawfully kill people for the right price, seventeen-year-old Oleander “Lea” Saldana sets out on a path of vengeance against the most powerful assassin family of all.

You can read Sarah's own post, where she describes how excited she is, mostly in GIFs, here.

CONGRADUATION SARAH!!! We are so happy for you.

Please make sure you add this book to your TBR. I have read it, and it is FABULOUS!

Monday, May 12, 2014

From the Vault :: Your WiP in 3

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: We want to hear about your WiP! Can you describe your current writing project in just three words?

Matthew – Sekrit, seekrit, secret!

Sarah – Sherlock's Moving Castle

Katy – Mystery, journey, romance.  

Tracey - Futuristic murder mystery.

Leigh - It Ends Here. (Final book in a series.)
Copil - Young James Kirk
Alison -  Boys, boys, boys. :-)
Your turn! Can you describe your current writing project in just three words?

Monday, May 5, 2014

From the Vault :: Cover Love

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... Sometimes we totally judge books by their covers. What’s the latest YA cover to catch your eye?

Matthew – I'm going to answer this in two parts: My all time favorite YA cover is WINGER, by Andrew Smith. It's an interesting one, because I actually like the illustrated back cover (by Sam Bosma) better than the photographed model on the front, even though both are very cool. That said, what I love most about WINGER'S cover is the spine. It's so bold and stands out so brilliantly, it's made me pay a lot more attention to spines ever since.


For the second part, my favorite recent cover is GUY IN REAL LIFE, by Steve Brezenoff. The 8-bit art (by Andy Rash) is so adorable, and so fitting, and just so nostalgic for me, I couldn't help but fall instantly in love.

Sarah –
DOROTHY MUST DIE is a cover that comes to mind for recent releases. I do have to agree with Matt that WINGER has an amazing cover for the reasons he listed.

Katy –
Maybe because I’m reading it right, now but I’m a big fan of the cover of Jenny Han’s TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE. There’s so much detail in the backdrop of Lara Jean’s room, and I really feel like her personal style shines through. Plus, I love how the title appears to be scrawled in Sharpie. Super cute for a contemporary YA.

Tracey - There are so many! I’m loving all of the books coming out with great typography on the cover, like HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW by Natalie Whipple, THE DARKEST PART OF THE FOREST by Holly Black, BEWARE THE WILD by Natalie C. Parker, PROMISE OF SHADOWS by Justina Ireland, and EVERYTHING LEADS TO YOU by Nina LaCour. I’m kind of obsessed with great book cover design, and I have a whole Pintest board dedicated to my favorites, if you’re interested: http://www.pinterest.com/tneithercott/book-cover-design/.


Leigh - Oh, yeah--I really like the cover for WINGER... after reading Sarah's response, I had to go look up DOROTHY MUST DIE... Nice. I'm going to be a nerd here, and say I love the cover for THE ONE... all of those "SELECTION" covers are just *gorgeous*... I haven't read them, so this probably answers the question just right! Haha!


Your turn! What's the last YA cover to catch your eye? 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

April Comment of the Month Winner!

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

And now for our favorite comment this month...

We asked you:
Thursday, April 17th is Support Teen Literature Day! Many YA Confidential Operatives celebrate by participating in Rock theDrop -- a "guerilla-style book distribution scheme in which YA fans secretly leave copies of favorite books in public places for readers to pick up and enjoy." Will you participate in Rock the Drop? If so, what book(s) will you drop, and where?

And CHRISTINA_KIT said:
"I'm abroad this year, but I'll participate anyway!

I'm going to go to schools that teach English to teens as a foreign language (it's an after-school kind of program) and leave books with the Rock the Drop sticker and info. I'm hoping the teachers will tell students to return them and maybe add them to the language school library. Maybe, just maybe!! fingers crossed, teachers will pick them up too and realize that there are current YA authors who can easily be used in classrooms.

I'm going to leave some hidden gems, the kinds of books that blew me away but never got the hype they deserved, like:

LOVELY, DARK AND DEEP by Amy McNamara: such an awesome contemporary that's beautifully written with amazing characters and it ends on a hopeful note! I think there are so many relevant issues in this one, all wrapped up in real, likable characters.

ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME by Julie Berry: it's a romance and a thriller all in one, and the style of writing, like the narrator is spilling her heart out thinking no one will ever know what she thinks and feels, is something totally special.

TWISTED by Laurie Halse Anderson: it's not one of her hyped books, but I love the boy's voice and all he goes through. I'm thinking it's a good choice for the boys in the class!

THE HOST by Stephanie Meyer - I know they've turned it into a movie but it didn't really capture the beauty of the book, and people still haven't realized how awesome it is despite all the movie publicity. Some people don't even know she wrote anything after Twilight. I cried so much with this book, and I loved Wanda and how her humanity had nothing to do with her species and everything to do with the kindness of her soul. I think the message in this one is very relevant and I'm hoping the scifi alien angle will get more people interested!

GRAVE MERCY by Robin Lafevers: It's a hit with historical fans, but not really so well known abroad! I'm going to leave a little post-it note on it that it's about nuns that worship death so teens will hopefully get hooked on that and forget about the length (which is especially intimidating for kids for whom English is a foreign language).

AUDREY, WAIT! by Robin Benway: This should've been hugely successful and it's terrible it wasn't. I'm hoping the humor will get some of the students to realize there are so many awesome books out there beyond what's given them as required reading."

That's an impressive haul! (I handed out AUDREY, WAIT! this time around, too.) 
Congrats, Christina! 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!

 
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