Recommended Reading List For YA Books Dealing With Slut-Shaming & Sexuality

The Truth About Alice

 

I’m really excited to have Jennifer Mathieu (author of The Truth About Alice — just released this week and I cannot WAIT to pick up!) on the blog to talk a bit about her novel and give you some book recommendations! I’ve been interested in this one every since I heard about it!

 

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When I first started writing my debut novel, The Truth About Alice, four years ago, I’d never heard of the term slut-shaming.  I just knew I wanted to write a book about a girl growing up in a small town who’s ostracized by her community.  And, sadly, I knew judging sexual behavior is one of the most common ways our society isolates and humiliates girls and women.  That’s why I knew the rumors that overwhelm the character of Alice would be related to what she may – or may not have done – with two boys at a party.

I’m thrilled that my book could become part of any conversation that our culture has about how we treat girls and women differently from boys and men when it comes to sexual behavior, but The Truth About Alice is certainly not the first book that’s tackled this complex issue.  I’ve collected a list of some of my favorite young adult novels that have taken on the topic of teen girl sexuality with authenticity and care.

 

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Forever by Judy Blume – The one that started it all.  Even though this book was written back in the 70s, there still something revolutionary about it.  A nice teenage girl named Katherine chooses to have responsible, mutually-fulfilling sex with her nice teenage boyfriend, and nothing catastrophic happens to either of them.  One of the first books to address teenage sexuality, and in classic Blume style, it’s as real and honest as it gets – although it might be the reason the name Ralph fell out of favor.  Read the book and get the joke!

 

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Gingerbread by Rachel Cohn Gingerbread’s main character Cyd Charisse is a snarky girl who’s been kicked out of boarding school and speaks frankly about being sexually active (her boyfriend is a “safety boy” who takes care of buying their condoms).  While Cyd is “a girl with a past” (semi-spoiler here – she had an abortion while with a previous boyfriend), Cohn never paints her as fallen angel.  She’s just a real girl trying to figure out who she is and what she wants.

 

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E. Lockhart’s Ruby Oliver books (The Boyfriend List, The Boy Book, The Treasure Map of Boys, Real Live Boyfriends) – When we first meet Ruby, she’s bluntly informs us that she’s “became a famous slut” and is now a social outcast who’s been dumped by all her friends and her boyfriend because of vicious rumors about what she may or may not have done with certain boys.  But Ruby – who lives with her eccentric parents on a houseboat and attends a prep school on scholarship – won’t be defeated, and it’s so rewarding to follow her through her high school years as she triumphs in life and love.

 

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Story of a Girl by Sara Zarr – When 13-year-old Deanna Lambert is caught having sex with her older brother’s friend in the backseat of a car, she is branded the school slut.  When the story picks up a few years later, Deanna is still fighting her reputation and dealing with a complicated family situation.  This finalist for the National Book Award is a heartbreaking read that will stay with you long after you finish the last page.

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Fault Line by Christa Desir – This book also tackles the important topic of sexual assault and is told from the point of view of a male protagonist named Ben.  When Ben’s girlfriend Ani attends a party without him, something terrible happens, and she is quickly labeled The Slut Who Asked For it.  What’s happened to Ani?  What can Ben do next?  A powerful book that will generate a lot of conversations.

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Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian – Natalie Sterling wants to be student council president and she wants to be sexually active on her terms.  Why must every choice a girl makes put in her in one of two extreme camps – like slut versus good girl?  A frank and feminist novel that’s also a confident exploration of what it means to be a “good girl.”

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Stealing Parker by Miranda Kenneally – After her mother comes out and leaves her father, star softball player and future valedictorian Parker Shelton’s picture perfect life is turned upside down.  Her church and her friends turn on her, and she’s not sure who she can count on.  Then Parker begins to earn a not-so-good reputation, and she’s intrigued by the flirty new baseball coach in town. How can she figure out what – and who – is right for her?

 

Thanks for sharing, Jennifer!! I’ve read Fault Line, Forever and Not That Kind of Girl and I agree with you that they explore this very well.

Be sure to check out Jennifer’s novel The Truth About Alice:

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Everyone has a lot to say about Alice Franklin, and it’s stopped mattering whether it’s true. The rumors started at a party when Alice supposedly had sex with two guys in one night. When school starts everyone almost forgets about Alice until one of those guys, super-popular Brandon, dies in a car wreck that was allegedly all Alice’s fault. Now the only friend she has is a boy who may be the only other person who knows the truth, but is too afraid to admit it. Told from the perspectives of popular girl Elaine, football star Josh, former outcast Kelsie, and shy genius Kurt, we see how everyone has a motive to bring – and keep – Alice down.

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Check out the rest of the blog tour schedule!

o    6/3 – Me, My Shelf and I @myshelfandi

o    6/4 – ExLibris Kate @ExLibris_Kate

o    6/5 – Forever Young Adult @4EverYA

o    6/6 – here!

o    6/7 – A Good Addiction @flamingo1325

o    6/8 – Girls in the Stacks @girlsinthestack

o    6/9 – Rebekah Faubion, Writer @rffaubion

 

Readers, I’d love to know if you have any recommendations to add to her list or let me know if you’ve read any of these and what you think!!

Blog Tour: The Edge of Falling By Rebecca Serle

18048731I finished The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle a couple weeks ago (a full post about it to come!) and it was such a heartbreaking, hard hitting read. The main character lost her younger sister and she really blames herself for it and then an incident happens AFTER that which leads people believe that she is a hero…which is far from the truth! She’s been keeping in all these FEELINGS and SECRETS  and she’s trying to keep it all together. You can just feel the weight of it all. And she starts making some interesting choices. It’s worth a read but you can see my full thoughts later on!

One of the characters in the book is Claire, Caggie’s bff, who really tries to be there for her but kind of doesn’t put up with some of her shit. She’s a really good friend and I LOVE seeing a solid bffship in YA lit so I was really excited when I found out that Rebecca was going to be sharing a playlist for Claire! Claire seems like a super fun bff who you would get into all sorts of fun shenanigans but really has your back. I think this playlist fits her perfectly!

 

 

So, now, I’ll hand it over to Rebecca…

 

Many thanks to Jamie for hosting me today! I’m so excited to share some exclusive content from my process of writing The Edge of Falling: Claire’s character playlist. Claire is Caggie’s BFF: she’s a model with a heart of gold…one that loves fast, and loves fully. She knows that Caggie is going through a difficult time and doesn’t exactly support her newfound attraction to Astor, but Claire is a quality friend in the otherwise shallow world of the Upper East Side. Mostly pop tunes with a hint of indie flare, here’s a peek into her mind (and her iPod.)

1. Lorde- Royals
2. Say Something- A Great Big World
3. Do What U Want- Lady Gaga
4. Robyn- Call Your Girlfriend
5. Bloom- The Paper Kites
6. Primadonna- Marina and the Diamonds
7. Winter Song- Sara Bareilles
8. Killer Queen- Queen
9. Turning Tables- Adele
10. Stars- Your Ex Lover Is Dead
11. The Hook Up- Britney Spears
12. Raining Men- Rihanna

 

Thanks for sharing that, Rebecca! Can’t wait to give it a listen. Some indie/alternative songs I love and some pop songs I probably wouldn’t put in a playlist but now that I’m jamming to them I don’t know WHY NOT. Such a fun mix!

 

Summary for The Edge of Falling:

Growing up in privileged, Manhattan social circles, Caggie’s life should be perfect, and it almost was until the day that her younger sister drowned when Caggie was supposed to be watching her. Stricken by grief, Caggie pulls away from her friends and family, only to have everyone misinterpret a crucial moment when she supposedly saves a fellow classmate from suicide. Now she’s famous for something she didn’t do and everyone lauds her as a hero. But inside she still blames herself for the death of her sister and continues to pull away from everything in her life, best friend and perfect boyfriend included. Then Caggie meets Astor, the new boy at school, about whom rumours are swirling and known facts are few. In Astor she finds someone who just might understand her pain, because he has an inner pain of his own. But the more Caggie pulls away from her former life to be with Astor, the more she realises that his pain might be darker, and deeper, than anything she’s ever felt. His pain might be enough to end his life…and Caggie’s as well.

 

If you’ve read this book…how you do you think this one fits Claire??

Using Technology to Write with a Partner + A Giveaway

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You know that I RARELY participate in blog tours if you are a regular reader of this blog but I am OBSESSED with These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (link is to my Save the Date — my review is to come next month!). It was such a wildly fun science fiction read SET IN SPACE and I really enjoyed it. I’ve read books that were co-authored before (mostly David Levithan’s stuff) and I’ve found the process fascinating — ie. David said he and Rachel Cohn would send each other emails with their chapter and then that person would write their chapter based on that).

So obviously when I read this I was curious about their process and I’m so excited to have Amie and Meagan on the blog today to talk about how they use technology to write with a partner! I think it’s an interesting topic both for readers AND for writers who might be interested in going that route. Really, it’s interesting even for any other sort of collaborative project you may be doing!

 

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Living on two different continents has its advantages, but is also means we have to be creative when it comes to writing together. These Broken Stars was plotted together in our living room in Australia, but once Meg moved back to America, we had to come up with some smart ways to make technology work for us.

With our timezones pretty much the opposite of each other, we always email the manuscript to the other before we go to bed. That way when we wake up the next morning to take it back, it’s like magical elves wrote a new chapter overnight! It’s always so exciting to see what that new chapter looks like!

Here’s the nitty-gritty on how we use technology to get our work done:

Google Hangouts

Oh, we’d be in so much trouble without the ability to video chat! We both type over 100 words per minute, but our brains still race faster than our fingers can type! Especially when it comes to brainstorming, it’s great to be able to jump on video chat and just talk it out. It means we can both see when the other is pausing to think and give them room, and allows us to jump around. We’ve learned to write down what we decide, though, after managing to forget the final decision a few times!

Viber

Where would we be without our ability to talk and text? Viber’s a free app (and there are many others like it) that allows us to talk and text whenever we like, using just our data or our wifi. The texting is particularly handy—as Amie wakes up in the morning and gets to work, Meg might be heading off to make dinner. Texting means Amie can get stuck into the manuscript, and summon Meg back with a text message if we need to talk. Simple, but super effective.

In-Text Comments

Everybody uses comments and tracked changes, but after so long working together, we practically have our own language. From a blank comment highlighting one word (this indicates the word is a repeat of a word used earlier in the sentence – for example, the second use of “terrible” too close to the first) to long comment conversations, we make the comments work for us. Often whole conversations will happen inside one comment. Someone leaves a question, and the other person comes along and poses some suggestions for how the problem might be fixed, and then when the manuscript is handed over again, the conversation continues. We make sure one of us uses bolded text and the other doesn’t, so it’s easy to see where a conversation is happening. We’ll be honest: there are a lot of jokes in those comments as well. It’s hard to be professional ALL the time!

Google Docs

So. Valuable. These are a must for any collaborator. A google doc means everybody always has the most up-to-date version of the book, and it means you can both collaborate on the same document in real time. Very handy!

We hope this behind-the-scenes glimpse was interesting—just a small sample of the many technological tricks we have up our sleeves!

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Thanks ladies! I’m also a huge fan of the Google docs in keeping The Broke and the Bookish organized as well as a similar text app to Viber– Whatsapp. You ladies sound like you have so much fun writing together!!

I highly recommend if you haven’t heard of this book! I am not a huge science fiction reader but I would HIGHLY recommend this to people who aren’t into it either.

About

These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

It’s a night like any other on board the Icarus. Then, catastrophe strikes: the massive luxury spaceliner is yanked out of hyperspace and plummets into the nearest planet. Lilac LaRoux and Tarver Merendsen survive. And they seem to be alone.

Lilac is the daughter of the richest man in the universe. Tarver comes from nothing, a young war hero who learned long ago that girls like Lilac are more trouble than they’re worth. But with only each other to rely on, Lilac and Tarver must work together, making a tortuous journey across the eerie, deserted terrain to seek help.

Then, against all odds, Lilac and Tarver find a strange blessing in the tragedy that has thrown them into each other’s arms. Without the hope of a future together in their own world, they begin to wonder—would they be better off staying here forever?

Everything changes when they uncover the truth behind the chilling whispers that haunt their every step. Lilac and Tarver may find a way off this planet. But they won’t be the same people who landed on it.

Bio:

Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner are longtime friends and sometime flatmates who have traveled the world (but not yet the galaxy), covering every continent between them. They are sure outer space is only a matter of time. Meagan, who is also the author of the Skylark trilogy, currently lives in Asheville, NC, while Amie lives in Melbourne, Australia. Although they currently live apart, they are united by their love of space opera, road trips, and second breakfasts.

Visit the These Broken Stars website for the latest news on the series and follow the authors on Twitter at @AmieKaufman and @MeaganSpooner. You may also sign up for their newsletter as well! These Broken Stars will be available in North America on December 10, 2013.

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Follow the tour:

Monday, 11/11            The Midnight Garden
World-Building for the Future

Tuesday, 11/12            Love is Not a Triangle
Author Interview

Wednesday, 11/13     The Perpetual Page-Turner
Using Technology to Write with a Partner

Thursday, 11/14           Good Books and Good Wine
Audiobook Sample + Narrator Interview

Friday, 11/15                The Starry-Eyed Revue
Character Interview with Tarver

Monday, 11/18             Cuddlebuggery

Author Interview

Tuesday, 11/19            Books With Bite
Amie & Meg’s Favorite Things

Wednesday, 11/20       Xpresso Reads
Establishing Characters with Role-Playing
Thursday, 11/21           Great Imaginations
Co-Authoring Books

Friday, 11/22                Nawanda Files
Lilac’s Gorgeous Dress: A Look at These Broken Stars’ Cover Art

The Theory of Everything Blog Tour + Giveaway

I’m so excited to have Kari Luna, author of The Theory of Everything, on the blog today! I’ve been excited to read this one every since I saw it in the catalog at the beginning of the year and I’ve just started it last night!

 

We’ve all done it. Ran with our hearts and made the ultimate mixtape for someone. Hoping what they felt while listening was even a fraction of what we felt while making it, right? Sophie Sophia in The Theory of Everything does that, too. Her father taught her about tapes, but she’s developed her own system for making a mix. Especially ones about love. And now? She’s passing it onto you, exclusively on the Perpetual Page Turner. May it help you make the most swoony-worthy tape, ever.

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How To Make A Mixtape That Will Make Him or Her Melt Into A Massive Puddle 
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1. Think about the object of your affection. Short? Tall? Wears the best Buddy Holly glasses? In love with Love and Rockets?

2. Do a reign-dance. This consists of running around in circles and flailing your arms. It’s a lot like a traditional rain dance, only this one brings in love.

3. Did you fall for number two? HA HA HA. That was a joke. Stop dancing and start putting those songs together.

4. Include tunes that make you swoon. It doesn’t matter whether it’s The Ramones or Thee Headcoatees, The Shins or Vampire Weekend. What matters is what the songs mean to you.

5. I would say think about the order, but on a tape like this? When you’re practically hypnotized by your feelings? You’ll know.

6. Deliver the tape, but act like it was something you threw together. You know, whatever. I like this mix and thought you might, too. Talk to ya later.

6. Wait for a sign. Birds singing, rainbow sparkles up and down your spine, that thing that lets you know they came. They listened. They melted.

8. Even if they weren’t meant to be yours, they know a great mix when they hear one. So feel good about putting love out into the world. And no matter what happens? Do it again. Crush, haze, heart swell, daze, it’s always worth it.

 

GIVEAWAY!

I’ve teamed up with Kari Luna to bring you guys an awesome giveaway! She had the CUTEST buttons and posters designed (seriously I’m in love with them!!) and I’ll be passing along my ARC of The Theory of Everything to go along with it!

1 Winner gets:

- poster
- buttons
- ARC of The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna

Contest Info:

- US Only
- Must be 13 years or older.
- No purchase necessary.
- Contest ends July 26.

To Enter:

Answer one of the following questions in the comments to be entered to win this super cute TTOE poster, button pack and ARC!

1.What song would you put on your swoon-worthy mixtape? Come on, tell us what song you think would get your guy/girl hook, line and sinker! I’d go with I Was Made For You by She & Him or Two Hearts Are Better Than One by Katie Herzig.

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2. What is one of your favorite mixes you’ve ever made? You know I’ve been making lots of playlists lately but my favorite mix I ever made was YEARS ago when a friend of mine went through a break-up. I made THE MOST epic breakup playlist — it started out with pissed off songs, sad songs to cry to and then happy, upbeat “I will get over this” songs. It was pretty awesome.

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Join us for the last stop of the tour Monday, July 22nd at The Book Cellar!

The Theory of Everything by Kari Luna

 

 

One part Libba Bray’s GOING BOVINE, two parts String Theory, and three parts love story equals a whimsical novel that will change the way you think about the world.

Sophie Sophia is obsessed with music from the late eighties. She also has an eccentric physicist father who sometimes vanishes for days and sees things other people don’t see. But when he disappears for good and Sophie’s mom moves them from Brooklyn, New York, to Havencrest, Illinois, for a fresh start, things take a turn for the weird. Sophie starts seeing things, like marching band pandas, just like her dad.

Guided by Walt, her shaman panda, and her new (human) friend named Finny, Sophie is determined to find her father and figure out her visions, once and for all. So she travels back to where it began—New York City and NYU’s physics department. As she discovers more about her dad’s research on M-theory and her father himself, Sophie opens her eyes to the world’s infinite possibilities—and her heart to love.

Perfect for fans of Going Bovine, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and The Probability of Miracles.

 

About The Author:

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Kari Luna is a teen novelist and whimsicologist. Her YA debut, The Theory of Everything, combines string theory, 80′s mixtapes and shaman pandas in one book without making you dizzy! Almost.  Watch the awesome video here: http://bit.ly/14wQdlp. And find Kari, here: www.kariluna.com tweet: @wordette blog: blog.kariluna.com

The Colors of Madeleine Tour + An Awesome Giveaway Prize Pack!

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In our world, Madeleine is known for using bold colors in her clothing & accessories, but in the Kingdom of Cello, colors have a different role entirely. Read about Cello’s color attacks in The Colors of Madeleine, but in the meantime, here are some fun things from our world to enjoy!

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Pining for Purples

1.    Toaster
2.    Rainboots
3.    Umbrella
4.    Pillow
5.    Earrings

Can I just say how much I want allll of this stuff??

I’m happy to be able to offer you guys a giveaway wherein one of you lucky ducks will win The Colors of Madeleine Prize Pack in Purple! I’ve read A Corner of White, and while it took me a little bit to get into it, once I did I enjoyed it quite a lot! It’s imaginative and unlike anything I’ve really read. You’ll see my review up tomorrow!

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A Corner of White Jaclyn Moriarty

A tale of two worlds, told in brilliant color.

Readers have loved bestselling author Jaclyn Moriarty since The Year of Secret Assignments. Now she gives them A Corner of White, the first in a suspenseful, funny, genre-busting trilogy that brings her fantastic characters, laugh-out-loud descriptions, and brilliant plotting to a fantasy setting.

Madeleine and her mother have run away from their former life and settled in a rainy corner of Cambridge, England (in our world).

In another world, in the Kingdom of Cello, Elliot is in search of his father, who disappeared on the night his uncle Jon was found dead. The talk in the town is that Elliot’s dad may have killed Jon and run away with the physics teacher. But Elliot refuses to believe it. And he is determined to find both his dad and the truth.

As Madeleine and Elliot move closer to unraveling their mysteries, they begin to exchange messages across worlds — through an accidental gap that hasn’t appeared in centuries. On both sides of the gap, even greater mysteries are unfolding — with more than one life at stake.

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Today The Colors of Madeleine tour also stops by the lovely ladies at  The Book Smugglers with a guest post from Jaclyn Moriarty!

Check out the rest of the tour:

Monday, March 18th: Jaclyn is stopping by Ex Libris Kate and Hobbitsies is featuring “Require-These Reds” on The Colors of Madeleine tour

Wednesday, March 20th: Jaclyn is stopping by My Friend Amy’s Blog and Presenting Lenore is “Yearning For Yellows” on The Colors of Madeleine tour!

Friday, March 22nd: Novel Novice is interviewing Jaclyn Moriarty and Forever Young Adult is “Begging for Blues” on The Colors of Madeleine tour!

Tuesday, March 26th: Jaclyn is stopping by The Book Cellar and Mundie Moms is featuring “Gotta-Have Greens” on The Colors of Madeleine tour!

Thursday, March 28th: Jaclyn is stopping by The Readventurer and Alexa Loves Books is featuring “Oblige Me With Oranges” on The Colors of Madeleine tour!

Monday, April 1st: Jaclyn is stopping by Angie-ville and Gone With The Words is featuring “Wish-List Whites” on The Colors of Madeleine Tour!

Wednesday, April 3rd: Jaclyn is stopping by The Book Smugglers and Perpetual Page Turner is “Pining for Purples” on The Colors of Madeleine tour!

Friday, April 5th: Pure Imagination Blog is interviewing Jaclyn Moriarty and I Read Banned Books is “Greedy for Grays” on The Colors of Madeleine tour!

An Excerpt From A Book I’m SUPER Excited About + A Giveaway!

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I’m super excited to be on this tour because Mila 2.0 has been one I’ve been excited about — giving it a spot on my March’s Most Wanted list! It’s actually on my nightstand and going to be my next read — I’ve heard some great things so I’m stoked! I’ve got an excerpt to share with you to get excited! If you’ve already read it, let me know what you think in the comments! Check out the rest of the tour here!

Excerpt:

I ignored the typical Kaylee drama and pulled a pen from my backpack. “Who are you talking about?”
 
I heard rather than saw Kaylee stiffen. “Oh my god, Mila, look!” she hissed, knocking my arm as she whirled in her chair. The pen flew out of my hand…. and headed straight for the instigator of the “oh my god, Mila, look” comments’ gray-swathed chest.
 
In a reflexive motion, my hand whipped out, snagging the pen-missile midair. Great save, until the hand connected to the gray shirt knocked into mine as it sought to do the same. The pen sprang loose and clattered to the floor. 
 
Shaggy dark hair. Lean. face. Faded blue eyes-the color of Haylee’s favorite old jeans- that widened briefly. I had just enough time to register the images before the boy from Dairy Queen dropped into a crouch behind my chair. 
 
He didn’t say anything as he extended the pen to me. Kaylee cleared her throat in a totally obvious um-hum, but I ignored her. I was too busy shaking my hair forward to hide what had to be a brilliant display of red spreading across my cheeks.
 
So I was correct-the Dairy Queen boy didn’t go to Annandale. And, in spectacular display of idiocy equaled only by my booth dive yesterday, I’d just assaulted him with a writing utensils. Well played. 
 
“Here you go,” he said, in a surprisingly deep voice.

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Never heard of this one? Here’s some more info!

 

Mila 2.0 Debra Driza

ABOUT THE BOOK:

By: Debra Driza
Published by: Harper Teen
To Be Released on: March 12th, 2013
Pre-Order from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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Mila 2.0 is the first book in an electrifying sci-fi thriller series about a teenage girl who discovers that she is an experiment in artificial intelligence.

Mila was never meant to learn the truth about her identity. She was a girl living with her mother in a small Minnesota town. She was supposed to forget her past —that she was built in a secret computer science lab and programmed to do things real people would never do.

Now she has no choice but to run—from the dangerous operatives who want her terminated because she knows too much and from a mysterious group that wants to capture her alive and unlock her advanced technology. However, what Mila’s becoming is beyond anyone’s imagination, including her own, and it just might save her life.

Mila 2.0 is Debra Driza’s bold debut and the first book in a Bourne Identity–style trilogy that combines heart-pounding action with a riveting exploration of what it really means to be human. Fans of I Am Number Four will love Mila for who she is and what she longs to be—and a cliffhanger ending will leave them breathlessly awaiting the sequel


 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Debra_twitter_pic_croppedI’m Debra Driza, and I’m a physical-therapist-turned-Young-Adult-author and a stay-at-home mom. Not to be confused with a stay-at-home mistress—those are the ones who eat bon-bons and watch soap operas all day long. The soap operas sort of fall by the wayside when you have a seven-year old, a three-year-old, three dogs (one of them seriously defective), one extremely messy husband, and deadlines to meet.
Seriously, though–my family is great. I wouldn’t change one second of our crazy, messy, unorganized lives. What this house lacks in a paper or dog-free spot on the couch, it makes up for in laughter and hugs.
I’m represented by Taylor Martindale of the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency.  The first book in my YA sci-fi thriller series debuts in Fall 2012 from Katherine Tegen Books/Harper Collins.

Feel free to email me at houndrat at yahoo dot com. (quoted from Debra’s blog)

Visit Debra via: her Blog | Twitter

I Cannot Believe Who I Have On The Blog Today!

CAN I GET A SHOW OF HANDS FOR WHO IS EXCITED ABOUT THE MOON AND MORE by Sarah Dessen!! ?? OMG ME!

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ALSO, I’m curious to know which Sarah Dessen book is your favorite? I’ve read a few and have some catching up to do! Tell me in the comments!

But honestly, there’s no author who says “love” more than Sarah Dessen. And we don’t mean just romantic love (though she’s plenty good at that!). Sarah writes amazing, deep friendships, complex and true familial relationships, and, of course, swoony and wonderful first loves, so who better than Sarah to have a Valentine’s Day blog tour for her upcoming book, THE MOON AND MORE? Check with each blog every day for one of the 10 things you might like to know about THE MOON AND MORE that Sarah wrote herself. I’m so excited to let her take over the blog today and give us some little tidbit about The Moon And More!

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Here’s the seventh of Sarah’s “10 Things You Might Like To Know About THE MOON AND MORE”:

There are shrimp burgers mentioned in this story. Because, like one of the characters, I LOVE a good shrimp burger. What is this delicacy, you ask? Simply put, it’s lightly breaded, fried shrimp on a hamburger bun with cole slaw and cocktail sauce. Preferably served with a side of onion rings. Great, now I’m starving. Such is the downside of writing about food you love.

Sidenote from me: UM, I personally have never had a shrimp burger strangely and now I’m adding it to my list of Foods To Try (yeah, I have one..because I like food a lot). BUT WHERE WILL I FIND ONE IN PHILLY?? I’ve had so many different kinds of burgers made from many different things but…shrimp? NEVER. This majestical sounding food needs to find my mouth. Thanks Sarah for giving me a new food to undoubtedly love. I’ll send you the bill for my gym membership.

Thanks for coming on the blog today,  Sarah! I’m so delighted to have you! :)

sarah dessenYou can find out more about Sarah’s books on Sarah-Land

Keep up to date with Sarah on Twitter (love following her tweets…seriously! And she’s gotten me into watching GMA!) and her website.

Want to know more about THE MOON AND MORE? Check with these blogs on Sarah’s tour!

Monday, 2/11: Forever Young Adult
Tuesday, 2/12: The Story Siren
Wednesday, 2/13: Mundie Moms
Thursday, 2/14: Chick Loves Lit
Friday, 2/15: Good Choice Reading
Monday, 2/18: The Compulsive Reader
Tuesday, 2/19: HERE!
Wednesday, 2/20: The Young Folks
Thursday, 2/21: Good Books & Good Wine
Friday, 2/22: I am a Reader, Not a Writer

Falling Kingdom Quest Blog Tour

 

Welcome to the Falling Kingdoms Quest blog tour! Hidden in each tour stop is the answer to a Falling Kingdoms trivia question. Email the answer to yrmarketing@us.penguingroup.com with Falling Kingdoms Blog Tour in the subject line for the chance to win one of FIVE hardcover copies of Falling Kingdoms! The more questions you answer, the better chance you have to win!

QUESTion: What is King Gaius Damora’s nickname? [Email the answer, found somewhere below, to yrmarketing@us.penguingroup.com for the chance to win one of five hardcover copies of Falling Kingdoms!]

Excerpt: “The king had taken him farther north several years ago to witness the execution of one who was accused of witchcraft. The woman had slaughtered several animals and used their blood to try to summon dark magic. The king spoke with her briefly in private and then made the final judgment on her fate. Magnus was required to watch the execution so he would learn from it.” – Chapter 14, FALLING KINGDOMS

From Morgan: King Gaius Damora rules Limeros with an iron fist and—many would say—a merciless heart as cold as the icy landscape that stretches out beyond his black granite castle. His reign has earned him the nickname of the “King of Blood.” If you ask him, though, Gaius is a family man at heart, always looking out for his wife, Queen Althea, and two beloved children, Prince Magnus and Princess Lucia. Oh, and also his live-in mistress (and de facto royal advisor), of course.

The king created the law of “no witches allowed.” While witches are basically powerless, they’re still seen as a threat—a symbol of darkness and evil. The accused are treated to a visit to the dungeon, and, inevitably, a swift, but vastly unpleasant execution.

King Gaius desires omnipotent power and has been biding his time for years looking for new opportunities to expand his kingdom…and expand it…and expand it some more. And that opportunity might just be arriving very soon.

Tomorrow, head over to Bookalicious to find the answer to your next QUESTion, then email the answer to yrmarketing@us.penguingroup.com for a chance to win a copy of Falling Kingdoms!

12.11 QUESTion, found somewhere in the Bookalicious tour stop: What is the name of the magic in Falling Kingdoms?

Falling Kingdoms QUEST blog tour schedule:

Mon, 11/26 Good Choice Reading
Tues, 11/27 Romance Junkie Reviews
Wed, 11/28 Cuddlebuggery Book Blog
Thurs, 11/29 The Story Siren
Fri, 11/30 The Book Smugglers
Mon, 12/3 Night Owl Reviews
Tues, 12/4 Chapter by Chapter
Wed, 12/5 The Compulsive Reader
Thurs, 12/6 Mundie Moms
Fri, 12/7 Ticket to Anywhere
Mon, 12/10 The Perpetual Page Turner
Tues, 12/11 Bookalicious
Wed, 12/12 The Children’s Book Review
Thurs, 12/13 Literary Rambles
Fri, 12/14 Alice Marvels

You, TEASE, you!

 

I’m tickled pink to be able to be part of the Venom book trailer teaser tour  leading up to the reveal of the ENTIRE book trailer on USA Today’s Happily Ever After Blog on July 31st! Venom by Fiona Paul is on of those books I’m SUPER excited for this Fall AND it’s a Breathless Read — which I’ve had good luck with those books and especially with those tours!

 

Venom by Fiona Paul Book CoverVenom’s Official Summary:  Cassandra Caravello is one of Renaissance Venice’s lucky elite: with elegant gowns, sparkling jewels, her own lady’s maid, and a wealthy fiancé, she has everything a girl could desire. Yet ever since her parents’ death, Cassandra has felt trapped, alone in a city of water, where the dark and labyrinthine canals whisper of escape.

When Cass stumbles upon a murdered woman—practically in her own backyard—she’s drawn into a dangerous world of courtesans, killers, and secret societies. Soon, she finds herself falling for Falco, a mysterious artist with a mischievous grin… and a spectacular skill for trouble. Can Cassandra find the murderer, before he finds her? And will she stay true to her fiancé, or succumb to her uncontrollable feelings for Falco?

Beauty, love, romance, and mystery weave together in a stunning novel that’s as seductive and surprising as the city of Venice itself.

 

 

 

Without further adieu, here’s a still from the book trailer for Venom by Fiona Paul!

 

 Intriguing! I’m a sucker for historical fiction and haven’t come across much set during this time period! WOOT!

 

Learn More:

Breathless Reads Tumblr
Become a fan of VENOM on Facebook!
Follow Fiona Paul on Twitter!

To See More Of The Trailer Stills Visit The Following:


July 23: Amber in Blunderland
URL: http://amberinblunderland.blogspot.com

July 24: Lauren’s Crammed Bookshelf
URL: http://laurenscrammedbookshelf.blogspot.com

July 25: HERE!!
URL: http://www.perpetualpageturner.com

July 26: The Compulsive Reader
URL: http://www.thecompulsivereader.com

July 27: The Elliot Review
URL: http://elliottreview.blogspot.com/

July 30: The Book Smugglers
URL: http://thebooksmugglers.com

July 31: USA Today’s Happily Ever After Blog [FULL TRAILER REVEAL]
URL: http://books.usatoday.com/happyeverafter/index

 

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