Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Waiting on Wednesday: Dash and Lily's Book of Dares.


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Do you really need reasons to read this book? Its pretty self-explanatory~! ;)
Rachel & David. NYC. Book of Dares. DASH. LILY. Frawsome cover.

What else do you need? Just for October to come NOW!

Until next time,

Monday, February 22, 2010

Wherever Nina Lies Contest & Interview w/author Lynn Weingarten

Wherever Nina Lies by Lynn Weingarten

Nina was beautiful, wild, and adored by her younger sister, Ellie. But, one day, Nina disappeared. Two years later, everyone has given up home that Nina will return, but Ellie knows her sister is out there. If only Ellie had a clue where to look. Then she gets one, in the form of a mysterious drawing. Determined to find Nina, Ellie takes off on a crazy, sexy, cross-country road trip with the only person who believes she’s got a chance—her hot, adventurous new crush. Along the way, Ellie finds a few things she wasn’t planning on. Like love. Lies. And the most shocking thing of all: the truth.

Lynn Weingarten spends a lot of time writing in coffee shops while occasionally reading strangers’ laptops over their shoulders. In the past she has been a book editor, a barista, a counter girl at a bakery in Ireland, a waitress at a bar, and a seller of tiny homemade clay animals. She lives in New York City. Wherever Nina Lies was her first novel. Please visit her online at
Visit the book website here.

  • The concept of Wherever Nina Lies still has me confounded. How did it come to you? Did you plot it that way or was it revealed as you wrote the book?

LW: The whole idea came about in kind of a backwards way. Scholastic and I were talking about me possibly writing a book for them and they mentioned wanting to do a YA novel with pictures/drawings. And so I tried to come up with a plot for which pictures would be a natural fit. I wrote a pretty detailed outline and by the time I started writing I knew all the big story beats, although most of the smaller beats and all of the details I made up as I went along.

  • Did you know where your characters were going to be like going into the book? Or did they come to you?
LW: A lot of the big/basic things I had planned out ahead of time, but many of the details were things I figured out while I was writing. Random people I know or used to know contributed various personality traits to various characters in the book.
  • What is your writing process like? Outline/Free flow?

LW: It definitely varies according to the project, and I think I’m still figuring out what works best for me, but at this point I basically like to have a detailed enough outline so that I know where the story is going and I know that the plot has a definite arc/things are moving forward, etc, but at the same time, I like to leave enough room in the outline so that the writing process doesn’t end up feeling like putting together a set of Ikea shelves.

  • How many drafts did you go through? When did you actually finish the book?
LW: I did one big revision and a couple rounds of line-edits, but I was making little tweaks right up until the very last-minute. And I still don’t feel totally done with the thing! I have a copy of the book that I’ve used for readings and it’s all marked up with little squiggles and arrows pointing to new lines. Basically every time I look at it I find something I’d like to change.
  • How much of the book was fiction and how much was true? Were there parts that you took from your personal life or that of someone you knew?

LW: When my mom was sixteen she really did pretend to be French for a summer. That’s the one part of the book I took directly from real life. There are characters that have traits in common with people I know/have known and I’ve had various experiences that are kind of similar to a few things in the book, but overall it’s definitely mostly fiction.

Thank you Lynn for answering my questions! I'm giving away 3 copies of the book in paperback! Fill out giveaway entry form here.

Please do not enter via comments!

Until next time,

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Ally Carter in NYC!

Hey there New Yorkers!!! (And everyone in the area!)
Come see Ally Carter tomorrow February, 14th 2010 at Books of Wonder from 2-4pm!

Picture courtesy of Books of Wonder website!

I shall be there, will you?!
Come say hi if you do go!

Until next time,

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hunger Games 3 cover and title revealed!

Its on a million blogs already, but this one time I shall be a conformist and post about it as well because you know I'm one of her ardent admirers as well!

Well, Scholastic finally revealed the cover and the title of Hunger Games #3

What do you think? Does it live upto the previous covers? I'm still mulling over my thoughts.

Read this post over at Scholastic's blog On Our Minds where Amber Herbert from PR at Scholastic asks David Levithan (VP Editorial Director, Scholastic) some questions. The answers to which made me laugh out loud for once in the actual sense of the phrase! Read it here

The release date is still set for August, 24th 2010
I'm sure we are all going to be lined up outside the bookstores or waiting for Amazon (with the fail lately I'm a little doubtful) to ship it, Or the mail man/UPS/Fed-Ex to deliver it.
I know for sure that I am!

Let me know what you thought of the post (comment on the original post on the Scholastic blog), the cover, and the title for a chance to win a Catching Fire sticker and pin!

Ends 2/28/10!

(Winner will be picked to Random Number generator)

Until next time,

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Waiting on Wednesday: Forget You by Jennifer Echols

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.


Zoey’s life in her Florida beach resort town is happy and organized. She’s the captain of her high school swim team, and she works for her dad at his popular water park. Then her dad has an affair with one of his employees, and her mother has a breakdown. But Zoey begins a committed relationship with a hot lifeguard, which makes her feel stable, even if things aren’t perfect at home. Everything is still under control.

Until she has a car accident that she can’t remember. She should have been with her boyfriend that night, but he doesn’t seem to know anything about the accident—and he doesn’t seem to care. The person who does care, and knows more than he’s telling, is Doug, Zoey’s darkly handsome arch-enemy who saved her from the wreckage. As Zoey begins to piece together what happened that night, she finds her sense of control over her life was only an illusion. And she inches closer to discovering the darkest secret of all: why Doug has fallen in love with her.

I love this cover. I cannot possibly convey how much. I am going to try to recreate it for my photography class. In black and white. Hopefully, I will find people who will live up to the original cover.
Aside from the cover, I LOVE THE CONCEPT. yes, yes I am a romantic and all that. But the only book I've read with amnesia are, well, adult books. So I'm really excited to read this one!

Release Date: July 20, 2010
Published by MTV Books, a division of Simon & Schuster.

Until next time,

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Waiting on Wednesday: Endless Summer

Waiting on Wednesday: Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols

Waiting on Wednesday was started by Jill over at Breaking the Spine.


Lori should have known better than to date a pirate.
After finally getting together and going out on their first real date, only Lori and Adam could manage to fall asleep—and wake up seven hours past Lori’s curfew. Their parents forbid them to see each other. So Lori takes it upon herself to date boys scarier than Adam until her dad gives in.
But Adam won’t play along. He’s afraid Lori might fall for these scary boys. And when she goes out with the scariest boy of all—Adam’s own brother and her ex-crush—even the threat of being sent away to military school can’t keep Adam from swashbuckling his way back into Lori’s heart.
Can this forbidden love stay afloat, or will it sink in the watery deep?

I must confess that I have no read anything by Ms. Echols just yet, but I have heard NOTHING but raving reviews for her books!
My next move? To remedy that as soon as possible!

WHAT IS UP WITH THE COVER? Why are there sooo many covers that I love lately. (Not that its a bad thing! There's just so many books that I want to read. And so little time).

I am 4597349064796734896748% sure I will read this book when it comes out!
Pirates? Bad guys? Heck yeah! I'm so there! You don't need to ask me twice! ;)

Release date: May 25, 2010
Published by Simon Pulse, a division of Simon & Schuster

Until next time,

Monday, February 1, 2010

Happy Release Day!

Its February 1st!
We're already into the second month of this so far wonderful year!
So many wonderful books coming out today! I'm going to list the two I'm looking forward to reading the most!

#1 Scarlett Fever by Maureen Johnson

I like this (-->) cover better what do you think?

Ever since Mrs. Amberson, the former-aspiring-actress-turned-agent, entered Scarlett Martin's life, nothing has been the same.

She's still in charge of the Empire Suite in her family's hotel, but she's now also Mrs. Amberson's assistant, running around town for her star client, Chelsea - a Broadway star Scarlett's age with a knack for making her feel insignificant.

Scarlett's also trying to juggle sophomore year classes, her lab partner who is being just a little TOO nice, and getting over the boy who broke her heart.

In the midst of all this, her parents drop a bombshell that threatens to change her New York life forever...

#2 THE IRON KING by Julie Kagawa

Meghan Chase has never fit in at her small-town high school, and now, on the eve of her 16th birthday, she discovers why. When her half brother is kidnapped, Meghan is drawn into a fantastical world she never imagined--the world of Faery, where anything you see may try to eat you, and Meghan is the daughter of the summer faery king. Now she will journey into the depths of Faery to face an unknown enemy . . . and beg the help of a winter prince who might as soon kill her as let her touch his icy heart. The Iron King is the first book in the Iron Fey series.

I already own Scarlett Fever so I shall be reading that soon, but I am going to buy The Iron King which has been recommended to be by a bajillion friends and Julie is such a sweetheart herself!


Until next time,