Google+ YA Romantics: March 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Trending Thursday: Royals


Okay, just ONE more title trends post for today's Trending Thursday.  Recently one of my blog readers pointed out the "queen" trend in YA titles. So I have set up another contest -- one that pits one royal against another.

Of kings, princes, queens and princesses, who do you think rules the YA title contest? I had my suspicions too, but some of the results surprised me. (And of course, this is fairly unscientific as I get writer's cramp making my lists at some point. And I'm only including the first title in a series, because Meg Cabot has written enough royal titles to make my hand fall off...)

Here we go ... ladies first!

PRINCESSES:

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Onto the QUEENS...

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How about the PRINCES?

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And last but not least, the KINGS:

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So here are my overall observations: I thought these titles would only be used in fantasy and retellings, forgetting they are sometimes used ironically in contemporary titles. I knew there were very few kings in YA, but was surprised how good a showing the princes put up. And was not surprised that, at least in my unscientific count, the QUEENS rule!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Hot Off the Presses: New YA Releasing March 29-April 4

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 buy in the week to come.

NEW April giveaway! Each month's winner can pick any book up to $15 on either Amazon (for US winner) or The Book Depository (for international winner.)

Hot Off the Presses aims to include every traditionally published YA book. Please let me know about books that came out this week that I might have missed! Some titles may have different release dates outside the US.

Click on the photos to get to each book's Goodreads page!


Winner's Kiss Walk the Edge Half Lost
The Winner's Kiss (Winner Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski (FSG)
Walk the Edge (Thunder Road #2) by Katie McGarry (Harlequin)
Half Lost (Half Bad #3) by Sally Green (Viking)


Dreaming of Antigone Dark Energy Future Shock
Dreaming of Antigone by Robin Bridges (Kensington)
Dark Energy by Robison Wells (Harper)
Future Shock by Elizabeth Briggs (Whitman)


What You Always Wanted Sisters of Salt and Iron Dig Too Deep
What You Always Wanted by Kristin Rae (Bloomsbury)
Sisters of Salt and Iron (Sisters of Blood and Spirit #2) by Kady Cross (Harlequin)
Too Deep by Amy Alleger (Whitman)


Great American Whatever Tangle of Gold Stone Field
The Great American Whatever by Tim Federle (Simon & Schuster)
A Tangle of Gold (Colours of Madeleine #3) by Jaclyn Moriarty (Arthur Levine)
Stone Field by Christy Lenzi (Roaring Brook)


South of Sunshine Escaping Perfect My Year Zero
South of Sunshine by Dana Elmendorf (Whitmen)
Escaping Perfect by Emma Harrison (Simon Pulse)
My Year Zero by Rachel Gold (Bella Books)


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