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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Hot Off the Presses: New YA Releasing April 15-21

Hot Off the Presses -- brand new YA releases!

Welcome to Hot Off the Presses!  

I'm on a short Spring Break, but I wouldn't leave without leaving you a note about the great new books coming out this week...

Tuesday is book release day, so every Tuesday I tell you about all the great new YA books you can grab in the week to come. If you're a reviewer, you can also link your blog or Goodreads reviews of any YA book publishing in the current month so we can all check them out!

This month's winner can pick any book up to $15 on either Amazon (for US winner) or The Book Depository (for international winner.) Enter by linking your reviews, commenting on other people's linked reviews, or tweeting :)  

Hot Off the Presses aims to include every traditionally published YA. You are also welcome to link your reviews of YA books that were self-pubbed this month. Some titles may have different release dates outside the US.

Last Enemy by Jim Eldridge What I Thought Was True Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
The Last Enemy: The Malichea Quest by Jim Eldridge (Bloomsbury)
What I Thought Was True by Huntley Fitzpatrick (Dial)
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith (Poppy)


Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold Sunrise by Mike Mullin To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
The Looking Glass by Jessica Arnold (Month9Books)
Sunrise by Mike Mullin (Tanglewood)
To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han (Simon & Schuster)

House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple Raging Star by Moira Young Open Road Summer by Emery Lord
House of Ivy and Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
Dust Lands: Raging Star by Moira Young
Open Road Summer by Emery Lord

Don't Look Back by Jennifer Armentrout You Only Live Once by Bridie Clark Frozen by Erin Bowman Fury of the Seventh Son by Joseph Delaney
Don't Look Back by Jennifer L. Armentrout
You Only Live Once (Snap Decision #2) by Bridie Clark
Frozen (Taken #2) by Erin Bowman
The Last Apprentice: Fury of the Seventh Son by Joseph Delaney


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Saturday, April 12, 2014

I'm Taking a Spring Break!


This is probably obvious to everyone, but searching for images of "spring break" gets you a lot of images of crowds of people on a beach.

I am not going to be on a beach -- though that doesn't sound half bad -- but I am taking a few days off from the blog.  Hot Off the Presses will post on Tuesday as scheduled!

I'll be starting some of my May review books -- things like Chapel Wars by Lindsay Levitt, Life by Committee by Corey Ann Haydu and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart .

I usually post my thoughts about things I'm reading on Goodreads, so feel free to chat me up there.  If we're not friends, just click the button and I'll friend you back :)

Hope you have a good week and see you soon!  

Friday, April 11, 2014

Freebie Friday: April ARCs






Happy Friday!

Hope you're having a better Friday than I am. I woke up to find no hot water and my email all messed up. Things can only get better!

On the brighter side, I have some great ARCs for my winner to choose from:



Prisoner of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman
Noggin by John Corey Whaley
Sekret by Lindsey Smith
Pointe by Brandy Colbert

The winner can pick one and I'll mail it out. US only -- sorry!


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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Trending Thursday: The Faceless, Part II



Welcome to this week's Trending Thursday! In these posts, I pick out a YA trend and we discuss.

A lot of readers don't seem like covers that show the face of a character. I'm guessing this is because we like to imagine the way the characters look, and that face in the photo rarely matches the one in our imagination.

A few weeks back, I talked about one way to get around the problem -- just lop off the heads on the covers.

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But some readers seemed to find that creepy. Fortunately, there are other solutions. Show the character from behind:

So Close to You by Rachel Carter Don't Touch by Rachel Wilson Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour

Obscure their face with hair.


Panic by Lauren Oliver Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols Blackbird by Anna Carey


Use the "Shattered Face" technique (I have a board of these on Pinterest.)

My Last Kiss by Bethany Neal Impostor by Susanne Winnacker Premeditated by Josin McQuein

Here are some more recent covers -- click on them to get to Goodreads -- that use multiple masking techniques:

Obscure the face with text
Obsure the face with text AND hair

Half Life of Molly Pierce by Katrina Leno Dead to Me by Mary McCoy Sleep No More by Aprilynne Pike Wild by Alex Mallory
There's also the whole Silhouette Technique that's used to mask a character's appearance- but I think that might need a post all its own, because there are multiple types -- the Silhouette Thriller cover, the Silhouette Romance cover and more.

What do you think of these? I'm loving the creativity of some of these newer covers. I'm happy that we can have other solutions besides chopping off the characters' heads!


Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mini-Reviews: Tease by Amanda Maciel and Pointe by Brandy Colbert

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Tease
by Amanda Maciel
To be published by Balzer + Bray
on April 29, 2014

Source: e-ARC for review from Edelweiss.

Synopsis from Goodreads: Emma Putnam is dead, and it's all Sara Wharton's fault. At least, that's what everyone seems to think. Sara, along with her best friend and three other classmates, has been criminally charged for the bullying and harassment that led to Emma's shocking suicide. Now Sara is the one who's ostracized, already guilty according to her peers, the community, and the media. During the summer before her senior year, in between meetings with lawyers and a court-recommended therapist, Sara is forced to reflect on the events that brought her to this moment—and ultimately consider her role in an undeniable tragedy. And she'll have to find a way to move forward, even when it feels like her own life is over.

My mini-take:  Tease isn't an easy book to read for a number of reasons. It's a book about girl-on-girl bullying told from a bully's point of view.  Sara, that bully, is in complete denial that she did anything wrong for the majority of the book. This is something that may frustrate and annoy some readers, but also presents a fascinating psychological study. The story is told in a forward-backward way, in which Sara alternates between remembering past events and dealing with her current legal problems. This format gave me hope that Sara would eventually come to accept the part she played in the tragedy, rather than continuing to rationalize and make excuses for what she did. Tease was hard to read at times, but I liked the fact that this story lets the reader watch Sara dig herself deeper and deeper into a dark pit of denial and wonder if she will ever be able to look up and see a glimmer of light.

Overall: a realistic story about taking responsibility for one's actions. Recommended for fans of Speechless by Hannah Harrington or Some Girls Are by Courtney Summers.

ETA: I apologize that for a day this post listed the author's last name as "Madel," which is what the name on that cover above looked like to me until I squinted harder. I think I need glasses. I'm sorry, Amanda Maciel, for misspelling your name!

Pointe
by Brandy Colbert
Published by Penguin
on April 10, 2014

Source: bought

Synopsis from Goodreads: Theo is better now. She's eating again, dating guys who are almost appropriate, and well on her way to becoming an elite ballet dancer. But when her oldest friend, Donovan, returns home after spending four long years with his kidnapper, Theo starts reliving memories about his abduction—and his abductor. Donovan isn't talking about what happened, and even though Theo knows she didn't do anything wrong, telling the truth would put everything she's been living for at risk. But keeping quiet might be worse.
My (mini) take:  Theo is a talented dancer poised to take her ballet career to the next level. All that falls apart as her best friend -- a boy who vanished four years before -- suddenly reappears. Pointe has a lot of seemingly disparate elements -- Theo's ballet, her life as one of the few African-American kids in her suburban Chicago high school, her ongoing struggles with an eating disorder, her friend's disappearance, her social use of drugs for stress relief, her tenuous relationship with a new guy -- but all of them weave together seamlessly.

Theo herself was a bit of a cipher. The story is told in the first person, and Theo does not reveal much about her innermost thoughts. I wasn't even sure that she loved ballet, just that she was good at it and drawn the discipline of it. Theo is a character who uses fierce self-control to push down her emotions (and hunger) and that control rarely wavers. But that kind of narrator can be tough, because the reader has to work much harder to form a connection to her. While I had a tremendous amount of compassion for Theo and everything she was going through, I often wished for more insight into what she was thinking or feeling. At times, I wished Pointe had incorporated some sort of device -- like a therapist Theo could talk to -- to help me figure out what was going on inside her head -- and other times I admired the way the book just left me to wonder. But all in all, Pointe is an impressive debut!

If you enjoy YA contemporary that's on the more serious/issue based side, definitely give these two a try!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Hot Off the Presses: New YA Releasing April 8

Hot Off the Presses -- brand new YA releases!

Welcome to Hot Off the Presses!  

Tuesday is book release day, so every Tuesday I tell you about all the great new YA books you can grab in the week to come. If you're a reviewer, you can also link your blog or Goodreads reviews of any YA book publishing in the current month so we can all check them out!

New month and new giveaway! This month's winner can pick any book up to $15 on either Amazon (for US winner) or The Book Depository (for international winner.) Enter by linking your reviews, commenting on other people's linked reviews, or tweeting :)  

Hot Off the Presses aims to include every traditionally published YA. You are also welcome to link your reviews of YA books that were self-pubbed this month. Some titles may have different release dates outside the US.

April 8 is a CRAZY day for YA releases. Hang onto your wallets!


The Here and Now by Ann Brashares Far From You by Tess Sharpe Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares (Delacorte)
Far From You by Tess Sharpe (Disney-Hyperion)
Breakfast Served Anytime by Sarah Combs (Candlewick)


Noggin by John Corey Whaley Incinerator by Niall Leonard The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors
Noggin by John Corey Whaley (Atheneum)
Incinerator (Crusher #2) by Niall Leonard (Delacorte)
The Lonesome Young by Lucy Connors (Razorbill)


Pointe by Brandy Colbert Toxic Heart by Theo Lawrence Burn Out by Kristi Helvig
Pointe by Brandy Colbert (Penguin)
Toxic Heart (Mystic City #2) by Theo Lawrence (Delacorte)
Burn Out by Kristi Helvig (Egmont)


Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer Mayday by Jonathan Friesen Plus One by Elizabeth Fama
The Vigilante Poets of Selwyn Academy by Kate Hattemer (Knopf)
Mayday by Jonathan Friesen (Speak)
Plus One by Elizabeth Fama (FSG)


Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins Sea of Shadows by Kelley Armstrong
Dreams of Gods and Monsters (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #3) by Laini Taylor
Rebel Belle by Rachel Hawkins (Putnam)
Sea of Shadows (Age of Legends #1) by Kelley Armstrong (Harper Teen)


Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder Great by Sara Benincasa Ask My by Kimberly Pauley
The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder (Razorbill)
Great by Sara Benincasa (Harper)
Ask Me by Kimberly Pauley (SoHo)


Also Releasing: 
Between Two Worlds by Katherine Kirkpatrick (Wendy Lamb)
What We Hide by Marthe Jocelyn (Wendy Lamb)
World Outside by Eva Wiseman (Tundra)
Dirt Bikes, Drones and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft (HMH)
Swim That Rock by John Rocco and Jay Primano (Candlewick)
The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Candlewick)
Klaatu Terminus by Pete Hautman (Candlewick)

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