blo Teens Read and Write: March 2011

Thursday, March 24, 2011


Andrea Cremer's NIGHTSHADE is getting a new cover for the June paperback. 

But Penguin also announced that the sequel WOLFSBANE (hardcover release July) will have a new cover, scrapping the original version (on the right) altogether.

I appreciate the concept of the new covers. Especially the NIGHTSHADE one with the wolf/girl idea and the fact that they share the same eye. And since I frothed over NIGHTSHADE and recently read and loved WOLFSBANE, I'd buy them both regardless. But if you just ask me what covers I prefer, it's the originals, hands down. Stunning! Gorgeous!  Eye-catching! I ADORE them!

In my perfect world they'd put the new WOLFSBANE cover on the paperback and keep the two original covers for the hardbacks.

Seems fans have very strong opinions one way or another. There's even a Twitition to get the original WOLFSBANE cover back. And according to Andrea's blog Penguin is having lots of discussion about the decision. So we'll see what happens and how much influence fans and the blogosphere will have!

What do you think?

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday – 03/23/11

WoW is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

by Lena Coakley
Aug 2011
High in their mountain covens, red witches pray to the Goddess, protecting the Witchlands by throwing the bones and foretelling the future.
It’s all a fake.
At least, that’s what Ryder thinks. He doubts the witches really deserve their tithes—one quarter of all the crops his village can produce. And even if they can predict the future, what danger is there to foretell, now that his people’s old enemy, the Baen, has been defeated?
But when a terrifying new magic threatens both his village and the coven, Ryder must confront the beautiful and silent witch who holds all the secrets. Everything he’s ever believed about witches, the Baen, magic and about himself will change, when he discovers that the prophecies he’s always scorned—
Are about him.
by Stasia Ward Kehoe
Oct 2011
Once you've been chosen,
what step can you take...?

Seventeen-year-old Sara's dream of becoming a star ballerina is challenged when she falls for Remington, an older choreographer. Instead of success onstage, she becomes Rem's muse, which is a future she never considered--and one that threatens to break her heart.

by Gretchen McNeil
Aug 2011
Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her overprotective mom, by the hunky son of the police officer who got her father killed, and by the eerie voices which she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Turns out the voices are demons - the Biblical kind, not the Buffy kind - and Bridget possesses the rare ability to banish them.
San Francisco's senior exorcist and his newly assigned partner from the Vatican enlist Bridget's help with increasingly bizarre and dangerous cases of demonic possession. But when one of Bridget's oldest friends turns up dead in a ritualistic sacrifice that mirrors her father's murder, Bridget realizes she can't trust anyone. An interview with her father's murderer reveals a link between Bridget and the Emim: a race of part-demons intent on raising their forefathers to the earth in human form. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the Emim's plan before someone else close to her winds up dead, or worse - the human vessel for a Demon King.

by Trinity Faegen
Sept 2011
Sasha is desperate to find out who murdered her father. When getting
the answer means pledging her soul to Eryx, she unlocks a secret that
puts her in grave danger—Sasha is Anabo, a daughter of Eve, and
Eryx’s biggest threat.

A son of Hell, immortal, and bound to Earth forever, Jax looks
for redemption in the Mephisto Covenant—God’s promise he will find
peace in the love of an Anabo. After a thousand years, he’s finally
found the girl he’s been searching for: Sasha.

With the threat of Eryx looming, Jax has to keep Sasha safe and
win her over. But can he? Will Sasha love him and give up her mortal

What are you waiting for? 

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Author(Vlog) Interview: Lisa and Laura Roecker

Here's Lisa and Laura Roecker's hilarious video interview. These ladies are so funny! And be sure to check out yesterday's review and giveaway of their fabulous debut novel, THE LIAR SOCIETY where you can also enter to win an ARC. 


Thanks for putting up with us, everyone! If you want to enter The Liar Society Blog Tour of Awesome contest, and really, who wouldn't want to enter!?! There's a $100 Amazon gift card up for grabs! Just click here and enter the super secret password, HEADMASTER, for an entry. Remember you can enter one time for each stop on our blog tour, so be sure to click here and see where else we're visiting this month to maximize your chances of winning.


A big Thank You to Lisa and Laura for for being such good sports! And for a chance to win an ARC of their terrific debut THE LIAR SOCIETY, be sure to enter our contest!

Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.
Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
Subject: (no subject)
I'm here…
sort of.
Find Cameron.
He knows.
I shouldn't be writing.
Don't tell.
They'll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder..

Monday, March 21, 2011

Book Review & Giveaway: THE LIAR SOCIETY by Lisa and Laura Roecker, THE LIAR SOCIETY

Lisa and Laura Roecker
pub: Mar 2011
genre: Teen Fiction/Contemporary Murder Mystery
Kate Lowry didn't think dead best friends could send e-mails. But when she gets an e-mail from Grace, she’s not so sure.

Sent: Sun 9/14 11:59 PM
Subject: (no subject)
Kate, I'm here… sort of. Find Cameron. He knows. I shouldn't be writing. Don't tell. They'll hurt you.

Now Kate has no choice but to prove once and for all that Grace’s death was more than just a tragic accident. But secrets haunt the halls of her elite private school. Secrets people will do anything to protect. Even if it means getting rid of the girl trying to solve a murder..

Ready for a fun sassy heroine that alternatively touches your heart and cracks you up? Grab THE LIAR SOCIETY! Kate Lowry will win you over in the first pages and carry you along with grace, determination and wit as she solves this thrilling tale.

Kate's endearing personality drives the ultimate fun of this story. I loved her. She's still feeling the pain of her BFF's death but shows a strength bolstered by a laugh-out-loud sense of humor and fighting spirit. She teams up with the nerdy Seth with his not-so-smooth attempts to woo her. Gotta love his resilience in the face of Kate's rejection. Then there's bad boy Liam who adds a nice bit of spicy romance.

But while sparks may fly, heavy duty romance will have to wait. This murder mystery requires some serious sleuthing and sassy Kate is up the for job. She doggedly follows clue after clue on a cleverly weaved path of intrigue and page-turning suspense. The exciting climax manages to give you all the answers but the final ending adds an unexpected twist that still leaves you hanging.

THE LIAR SOCIETY hooks you from the start with a delicious who-dun-it and one of the most delightful heroines in YA. Fresh, fun, witty, a great contemporary mystery young adults of all ages won't want to miss!

We're lucky enough to be part of Lisa and Laura's THE LIAR SOCIETY Blog Tour of Awesome, which means tomorrow (Mar 22) when they're here with their Vlog Interview, they'll reveal a super secret password that you can use to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card! That's why they call it awesome! So be sure to check back tomorrow.

And if you'd like a chance to win an ARC of THE LIAR SOCIETY fill out the form below.

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday – 03/16/11

WoW is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine

Heather Davis
Nov 2011
Seventeen-year-old Holly Mullen has felt lost and lonely ever since her boyfriend, Rob, died in a tragic accident. The fact that she has to spend most of her free time caring for her little sister and Alzheimer’s-stricken grandfather doesn’t help. But Holly has no idea that as she goes about her days, Rob’s ghost is watching over her. He isn’t happy when he sees his best friend, Jason, reach out to help Holly with her grandfather—but as a ghost, he can do nothing to stop it. Is his best friend really falling for his girlfriend? 
As Holly wonders whether to open her heart to Jason, the past comes back to haunt her. Her grandfather claims to be communicating with the ghost of Rob. Could the messages he has for Holly be real? And if so, how can the loved ones Rob left behind help his tortured soul make it to the other side? 
Told from the perspectives of Holly, Jason, and Rob, Wherever You Go is is a poignant story about making peace with the past, opening your heart to love, and finding the courage to move forward into the light.

Oct 2011
The year is 2032, sixteen years after a deadly virus—and the vaccine intended to protect against it—wiped out most of the earth’s population. Wildlife has grown over once recognizable landmarks, and the New America is ruled by a controlling King who will stop at nothing to rebuild the nation—including enslaving its boys and turning its girls into broodmares.

The Eve Trilogy is a breathlessly told story with an unforgettable heroine. Anna Carey has imagined a remarkable and unique world, and brings a compelling new voice to the dystopian genre. Eve offers a haunting glimpse of the global pandemic some scientists say is inevitable, and a world forever altered by its aftermath. Fans of Twilight and The Hunger Games will revel in this epic story of forbidden love, and an unforgettable heroine’s extraordinary adventure
Stephanie Perkins
Sept 2011
In this companion novel to Anna and the French Kiss, two teens discover that true love may be closer than they think.

For budding costume designer Lola Nolan, the more outrageous, the outfit—more sparkly, more fun, more wild—the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins move back into the house next door.

When the family returns and Cricket—a gifted inventor and engineer—steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door.

Amy Plumb
May 2011
DIE FOR ME is the first of three books about Kate, a sixteen-year-old American who moves to Paris after the death of her parents. She finds herself falling for Vincent, who she discovers is not the typical French teenager he appears: he is something else entirely.

DIE FOR ME presents a new supernatural mythology presented in a city where dreams are sometimes the same as reality.

by Brenna Yovanoff
Nov  2011
The story of Daphne, a half demon/half angel girl who travels from Pandemonium to Earth to find her missing brother, only to fall in love with the troubled boy who can lead her to him. Kept apart by the violent jealousies and competitiveness of the archangels, they must journey across worlds to be together.
Why is there never enough time for so many great books?! And love the beautiful covers!

What are you waiting for? 

Author Interview: Lory S Kaufman

Today we have Lory S. Kaufman, author of THE LENS AND THE LOOKER which releases tomorrow,
first book in the Verona trilogy, a YA science fiction trilogy in which three teens from the 24th century are sent back to 14th century Verona. We asked:
“We're always interested in how dystopian authors go about creating the 'new' world. And since the story goes back in time, what type of research was involved and what about melding the future technology with 1347 Italy?”

I’ve taken the liberty of breaking this into three separate, though related, questions. 

Q-1: We're always interested in how dystopian authors go about creating the 'new' world. 

I have been heard to say that the question is often more important than the answer. My theory is, once you can pose a question clearly, the answer is usually not far behind (and often staring you in the face.) In the case of the History Camp stories, my aim was not to write a dystopian story. Quite the opposite, I wanted to write a series of linked stories about the human experience after society is “perfected”. That’s why I ended up calling my genre “post-dystopian”.

Of course, the problem with writing a story about a world in balance is there is no conflict in such a place, and a compelling story, by definition, is all about conflict. So, at least I had my question, which I articulated as, “What type of exciting stories and adventures could come from a world that was at peace?” Unfortunately, the answer to this conundrum definitely wasn’t staring me in the face, so I filed it deliberately in my subconscious and ordered my brain to work on it while I got on with life. It took about a month.

I was visiting a fantastic local tourist attraction in my home town of Kingston, Ontario. Old Fort Henry is a large limestone fort built in the 1840’s on the north side of Lake Ontario. I was watching the summer students dressed in their mid-19th century British army uniforms, marching around the parade grounds, lighting off cannons and talking to the tourists about life way back when. It came to me with a BANG . . . and it wasn’t a cannon. It was the answer to what I should write about.

My story would take place three or four hundred years into our future. The world would be at peace. Populations would be much smaller, so as not to encroach on the rest of the world’s ecosystems. In order to make sure humans didn’t repeat the mistakes of the past, they were made them experience it. How? At the beginning of my story, time travel wouldn’t have been invented yet, so the planetary elders had to devise a way for kids to experience the past without travelling back in time. They did this by recreating whole cities from the past, exact replica and from many eras. Unlike Fort Henry, or the hundreds of historical theme parks in our time, where the re-enactors dress in period costume and just talk to visitors about the past, these “History Camp” cities would be just that. Whole cities where children and teenagers would go, not just to watch the goings on, but be put into situations where they had to spend weeks or months living like a person from the past, with absolutely no modern comforts. They would have to work, at being an apprentice, for example, eat very different food, participate in producing the food, sleep in conditions much rougher than they were used to, etc. But what about the conflict? Fortunately, my subconscious had done its work on this issue too.

Most teens that go to History Camps would learn their lessons well. But there were those “hard cases” who continued to rage against the machine. I would have some kids seriously disrupt their History Camp experience and then – poof – another History Camp elder, this one from the future, would kidnap them back in time to the same era of the History Camp, but this would be in the REAL city of the past. Now their spoiled butts would be in real trouble if they acted out. And that’s how History Camp came to be.

Q-2: Since you take your characters back in time, what type of research you do for that?
The most familiar type of history is about individuals who were the movers and the shakers of their times. But I am always suspect about these stories. Much of these histories are propaganda, written at the time these people were alive or in later years, by politicos who want to mold heroes from the past. These modern mythologies then allow the people in power to manipulate the public to support certain things . . . a certain war is just, their country is the best, that another political system is bad, etc.

I prefer reading about regional, and not so archetypal characters, who made real impressions on their surroundings, whether they were good guys, bad guys, or just creatures of their time. A good example of that, in The Lens and the Looker, who is reprised in The Bronze and the Brimstone, would be Mastino II della Scalla, a real person whom I fictionalized.

Then there is technical research. For me, it was important that the characters who got sent back in time had to experience ancient technologies. In The Lens and the Looker, I chose the early days of the optical industry, when crafts people were just starting to make eye glasses. It was a craft that turned into a science, it was very labor intensive, and it took a high degree of self-discipline. Thus it would be a big challenge for the spoiled trouble makers from the future. As for research on this, very little was available. Back in those days craftsmen didn’t share information. Everything was a family secret. However, I found an excellent researcher in Holland who helped enormously, and I also found several sources in the states, (university researchers in libraries) who generously sent me what they had. Plus there’s a great site called It’s an online museum. The moving force is Dr. David Fleishman, but there are over 1300 contributors to the site.

After a good year of researching and writing the first drafts of the story . . . I WENT TO VERONA, ITALY! I spent four glorious days there. It’s a relatively small city, so I could see almost everything.

I learned something very important on that trip, something I would recommend to everyone, writers or not. Before you travel to an ancient city, spend some months reading a few histories on the place. It really makes a difference to your enjoyment of the time you spend there. The other thing I did was cancel my group tour and hire a private guide. I really lucked out when I met Katia Galvetto ( The people and places I had researched for a year really came to life for me then. Now when I wrote a passage, I could feel myself walking through the streets with my characters. The churches, the palaces, the squares, the markets, all took on a new glow of reality.

I put many of my pictures from this 2005 trip on my History Camp Facebook page. You can go there and see them by just searching History Camp.

Q-3: What about melding the future technology with 1347 Italy?

Well, this is where the fun comes in for me . . . and hopefully the reader. Part of the premise of the story is the three spoiled protagonists from the future are abandoned in the past. To make things interesting, I had them sneak in a genie in with them. Not a mythological creature, oh no. Genies in the 24th century are artificial life forms, made to be mischievous trouble makers for their young makers. In their time they are considered toys. Like a laptop computer in our times can hold libraries of information, these artificial life forms have in them the whole canon of human writing and research. So, you can imagine how, in the 14th century, these toys are anything but. In an effort to survive, the teens use their genie’s knowledge of the future to introduce modern inventions ahead of their time. It could save them, it could get them into more trouble or . . . it could change history.      ~Lory

The Lens and the Looker, the first book in the History Camp trilogy, is being released March 16th, 2011. You can find out more about it by going to . You can also “like” the History Camp Facebook page at:

It’s the 24th century and humans, with the help of artificial intelligences (A.I.s) have finally created the perfect post-dystopian society. To make equally perfect citizens for this world, the elders have created History Camps, full sized recreations of cities from Earth’s distant pasts. Here teens live the way their ancestors did, doing the same dirty jobs and experiencing the same degradations. History Camps teach youths not to repeat the mistakes that almost caused the planet to die. But not everything goes to plan.
Three teen “hard cases” refuse the valuable lessons History Camps teach. But when they are kidnapped and taken back in time to 1347 Verona, Italy, they only have two choices; adapt to the harsh medieval ways or die. The dangers are many, their enemies are powerful, and safety is a long way away. It’s hardly the ideal environment to fall in love – but that’s exactly what happens. In an attempt to survive, the trio risks introducing technology from the future. It could save them – or it could change history

Thanks for stopping by! 

Monday, March 14, 2011

Cover Reveal: CROSSED by Ally Condie

The cover for Ally Condie's CROSSED has been released! 

In search of a future that may not exist and faced with the decision of who to share it with, Cassia journeys to the Outer Provinces in pursuit of Ky — taken by the Society to his certain death — only to find that he has escaped, leaving a series of clues in his wake.

Cassia’s quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander — who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia’s heart — change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

I think it's a great follow-up. Another pretty color but hardly the quiet controlled beauty of the first since Cassia is ready to break out of her 'shell' and shake things up! Look for it Nov 1st.

What do you think of it? If you read MATCHED how did you like it?

Sunday, March 13, 2011

In Our Mailbox: 3/13/11

IMM is hosted by Kristi from The Story Siren for 'In My Mailbox' / Inspired by Alea from Pop Culture Junkie
Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes)TrappedHaven
DEATH CLOUD by Andrew Lane
TRAPPED by Michael Northrop
HAVEN by Kristi Cook

Memento NoraThe Lens and the Looker: Book #1 of the Verona SeriesZitface
MOMENTO NORA by Angie Simbert
ZITFACE by Emily Howse

The Girl Who Was on Fire: Your Favorite Authors on Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games TrilogyMystify
MYSTIFY by Artist Arthur
GRIFFIN RISING by Darby Karchtut 

Darkness Becomes HerSummer and the City: A Carrie Diaries NovelCrescendo (Hush, Hush)
SUMMER AND THE CITY by Candace Bushnell
CRESCENDO by Becca Fitzpatrick (Review)

Can't wait to see what you got!

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