Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #142 - Stitching Snow & The Bane Chronicles

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Be sure to post a link to your Waiting on Wednesday below!

This week's pre-publication "We can't wait to read it!" selections are...

Author: R.C. Lewis 
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Published by: Disney-Hyperion

Princess Snow is missing.

Her home planet is filled with violence and corruption at the hands of King Matthias and his wife as they attempt to punish her captors. The king will stop at nothing to get his beloved daughter back-but that's assuming she wants to return at all.

Essie has grown used to being cold. Temperatures on the planet Thanda are always sub-zero, and she fills her days with coding and repairs for the seven loyal drones that run the local mines.

When a mysterious young man named Dane crash-lands near her home, Essie agrees to help the pilot repair his ship. But soon she realizes that Dane's arrival was far from accidental, and she's pulled into the heart of a war she's risked everything to avoid. (Summary from Goodreads)

I know this came out yesterday, but this sci-fi adventure sounds amazing. I love the idea that the author is taking inspiration from Snow White and creating a futuristic twist.

Release Date: November 11, 2014
Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Ever wondered about the enigmatic, mysterious warlock Magnus Bane? The only character to appear in every Shadowhunter book, Magnus has a past even more shrouded in mystery than his present. I've teamed up with acclaimed YA writers Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan to create Bane Chronicles, the back (and front) story of Magnus told in ten linked stories.

Look for stories like Vampires, Scones and Edmund Herondale; The Rise and Fall of the Hotel Dumort; Saving Raphael Santiago and What To Buy The Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You're Not Officially Dating Anyway). Each story will be available as an ebook on a monthly basis starting April 16 with the tale of What Happened In Peru.

Each story will be released monthly online for the next ten monnths - and then for those who don't read ebooks, the full print collection will be in bookstores and wherever books are sold after the Chronicles have been finished. (Summary from Goodreads)

I usually like ebooks, but this time I am going to wait for the paper copy I think! Maybe...I don't know. I guess I didn't realize this was really happening and I adore Magnus Bane! He's one of the best characters all steaminess!! Well anyway, Woot! Woot! The kiddos are going to want a copy for the library for sure, so I will be sure to grab one for there! What about you? eBooks? Or paper copies on this one? 

What are you waiting on this week?

Monday, October 13, 2014

Top 10 Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit...

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the team over at Broke and the Bookish! Leave a link to your Top 10 below!

Top 10 Places Books Have Made Me Want to Visit...

1. Hogwarts from Harry Potter - there are so many places in that castle and on the grounds of that school that I would love to see with my own eyes. The movie gives a nice little taste, but it doesn't even begin to show ALL that Rowling tells us about. I especially want to see the kitchen for some reason, OH and the swamp that's leftover from the Weasley twins when they split! :P

2. Diagon Alley from Harry Potter - I know we get to see this too in the movies, but I'd like to really get to go there and be with the people. Wouldn't that be amazing!? I doubt I'll ever be able to afford the amusement park version, so I guess I'll just keep rereading the books.

3. London, England - Every time I read a book that takes place in London I desperately want to be there...Harry Potter, Steampunk Chronicles, Finishing School Series, The Dark Unwinding Series, The Friday Society, and more.

4. Ty's Underwater World - Kat Falls creates an amazing underwater world with farming, housing, and more. I would love to see that with my own eyes.

5. The Titanic - I've read so many of Clive Cussler's books and it would be amazing to actually see, or tour the Titanic after it was brought out of the water. Creepy though too like touring the fields of Gettysburg. 

6. Oz - I read so many of the original books, and they are amazing. I would love to go for a tour around the land of Oz. 

7. The Flying School/Dirigible - I would LOVE to see one of the flying dirigibles from Carriger's Finishing School books! Wouldn't that be amazing!? Especially the school itself! 

8. Paris, France - I have studied French for many years, and even majored in it for a bit. It would be amazing to visit there someday. Going to Paris is most certainly on my bucket list! I would LOVE to visit the places in some of my favorite books like Revolution, The Dispossessed, and The Revenants. 

9. St. Petersburg/Russia - I adore Robin Bridges' trilogy with Katerina Alexandrovna, and oh how I would love to see what that city looks like someday.

10. Leslie's world - Melissa Marr's world where the darkest faeries of nature and winter wander. Ink Exchange is my absolute favorite of ALL of the faerie books and Leslie's story as well. Oh how I'd love to spend just one day with her.

What's on your Top 10 this week?

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Anderson's YA Literature Conference Wrap-Up...

I was thinking today that it has been FOREVER since I've done a post about the books I have gotten, but then I thought WAIT I should do something about what we did a couple weekends ago...

On Sat., Sept. 27th was the 11th Annual Anderson's Bookshop YA Literature Conference in Naperville, IL. Rachel (with her English Teacher hat on) and I (with my School Librarian hat on) headed out at about 5 a.m. down the road to get there by 7:30 a.m. Dang that's early! There was a lot of coffee involved honestly, but very little construction which was great. 

After we arrived and checked in, it was time to pick out our table for the day which always includes one amazing author you spend the morning and lunch with along with a table full of other educators. Out of over 45+ authors, we were lucky enough to get the table where HOLLY BLACK sat! Woot! Woot! 

Next, it was time for our first two featured speakers of the day and WOW were they amazing...
Joan Bauer 
Holy moly was Joan inspirational! I had no idea how amazing she was going to be. I am going to read one of her books ASAP now! It will be one of the last two I think after hearing her talk about those two the most, ALMOST HOME or TELL ME

Carl Hiaasen 
I loved hearing him talk about his books, and especially his newest book Skink! That character is just TOO FUN! He's off the charts BIZARRE! I mean, who would think to have a character who literally eats roadkill!? Skink was excellent by the way in case you were wondering! Read it ASAP!!

Next it was off to pick our first sessions to attend. I ran off to try to squish myself into the session, FANTASTICAL WORLD BUILDING which was on the 12 floor for some reason while everything else was on floor 1 and 2. Rachel went off to FALLING IN & OUT OF LOVE. 
Here's the list of authors from FANTASTICAL WORLD BUILDING: Holly Black, Kendare Blake, Cassandra Clare, Delilah Dawson, Katherine Howe & Sara B. Larson. The moderator, who was a local librarian, was excellent at keeping things rolling with her questions that the panelists easily answered filling the 45 minute time slot. It was fascinating to hear how these authors build their worlds and their advice to writers.
And here's the only sad picture from that session I was able to get because it was SO packed in there with people! 
Sara B. Larson 

Rachel's session, FALLING IN & OUT OF LOVE: Adi Alsaid, Simone Elkeles, Jenny Han, Morgan Matson, Stephanie Perkins, Philip Siegel, & Siobhan Vivian.

Then it was on to another session! Next we both happened to choose the same one: GREAT READS ARE MUSIC TO THE EAR. 
Authors included: Joan Bauer, Joelle Charbonneau, Kevin Emerson, Mark Parsons, Frank Portman, Wendelin Van Draanen & Len Vlahos.

In this one they all went through on their own and talked about how music drove their lives and how it had shaped their lives. They also talked about how music had shaped their writing and their books as well, which was fascinating as well. I knew a bit about Joelle since I had met her before, but not about the others at all. 

Next it was time to hear "What's New in YA Lit" - this is always interesting, but either because I'm a huge reader, a JLG subscriber, or a blogger usually doesn't leave very many surprises for me. Only the non-fiction titles tend to be ones I write down as ones to check out when I get back as possibles to add to my purchase lists for the libraries. The rest are usually already on my lists. 

Now it was time for more Featured Speakers, and they were just as awesome as the 1st two: 
Meg Wolitzer 

Jon Scieszka 

Next we FINALLY got to eat lunch...of course Rachel told me that Holly and Cassie were signing outside and so I ran off and got my books signed instead of eating, which worked out fine because later when they were prepping for their talk they BOTH sat right next to me and I swear I could have died happy right then and there!!! 
See my dorky I might faint face! :P I am SO AKWARD! 

Plus, I got my WHOLE pile of books signed by them...

These were the only two books I bought to get signed! :)

After lunch, it was time for another session and I chose THE DARKER SIDE OF BEAUTIFUL. Christa was the moderator for this one, which was fun since I met her at the conference last year. She's a fascinating person. I mean, just wow! One thing that has really stuck with me, other than their books from this session, has been their discussion about how in their industry it always seems to be that it's the sexual situations NOT the violence that get's sensored or challenged all around. There were very interesting discussions all around by the panel. 
with authors Madeleine Kuderick, Meg Wolitzer, Rachel DeWoskin, Sharon Biggs Waller & Christa Desir...
Julie Halpern, Stephanie Hemphill, Madeleine Kuderick, Meg Wolitzer & Rachel DeWoskin.

Next up, were two more Featured Speaker spots that were DYNAMITE! 
Trent Reedy 
He broke my heart over and over with the realities of war and he aftermath of a veteran trying to deal with the life he comes home to after war. Holy crap was his speech powerful! 
Cassandra Clare and Holly Black

Last was book signing and autograph time...and I only had a few books to get signed so I just visited and took some pictures! :) Yep, that's how I roll...

Alaya Dawn Johnson 
This book is AMAZING!!! If you haven't read it, you really should. It's = WOW! 

Joelle Charbonneau 

Joan Bauer 

Meg Wolitzer 

Jon Scieszka 

Stephanie Perkins 

Wendelin Van Draanen 

Rachel DeWoskin 

All in all it was a great day as usual! This is such a wonderful educator's conference that I hope continues for years to come. My only complaint is that this year there were teens in attendance somehow which was rather awkward at times. There should be a way for Anderson's to verify that you are an educator when you order your tickets. Perhaps this would help maintain the integrity of the event for future events and keep the teens to the YA Frenzy Event the next day only. 

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday #141 :Snow Like Ashes and A Thousand Pieces of You

"Waiting On Wednesday" is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. Be sure to post a link to your Waiting on Wednesday below!

This week's pre-publication "We can't wait to read it!" selections are...

Author: Sara Raasch
Release Date: October 14, 2014
Published by: Balzer+ Bray

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians' only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter's magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter's defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians' general, Sir. Training to be a warrior - and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather - she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter's magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she's scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, and serving her kingdom just as she's always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn't go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics - and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own. (Summary from Goodreads)

I'm intrigued by the Kingdom of Winter and the independent Meira. Should be interesting.

Author: Claudia Gray
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Published by: Harper Teen

Marguerite Caine's physicist parents are known for their radical scientific achievements. Their most astonishing invention: the Firebird, which allows users to jump into parallel universes, some vastly altered from our own. But when Marguerite's father is murdered, the killer - her parent's handsome and enigmatic assistant Paul - escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite can't let the man who destroyed her family go free, and she races after Paul through different universes, where their lives entangle in increasingly familiar ways. With each encounter she begins to question Paul's guilt - and her own heart. Soon she discovers the truth behind her father's death is more sinister than she ever could have imagined. (Summary from Goodreads)

Are you kidding me!? This sounds so good! I'm in!

What are you waiting on this week?

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Twixt Guided Tour: Monica's Tour of The Carousel...

Welcome to the 1st stop on The Guided Twixt Tour! Today Monica is up giving us our very own tour of one of Glendale's up-and-coming indoor/outdoor scenes, the Carousel; brace yourselves and let's step up so she sees we're here. That’s her over there with the razor-cut bob and very dark skin, wearing the brightly colored top...

Hey! Are you part of the tour? What? Speak up--the DJ's wild tonight! Isn't it great? The place is seriously slamming. Last fling of summer and all that. You'd think Joy wouldn't miss this, but she's been busy doing whatever--and when I say "whatever" I mean "Ink"--so you've got me for this part of the ride. I'm Monica. What's your name? What? WHAT? You know what, nevermind. Just follow me. We're heading out on the floor. Your feet'll know what to do.

Hold up! Wait for it!--the floor rotates. Jump when you see a space. Grab my hand and...now! Just follow the bouncing mob this-a-way. You know, this is where it started. Right here at the Carousel.

Look up: see that thing between the mirrors? Right there. That's the Golden Ring. The Carousel Club used to be a real carousel, six rows across and hand-painted everything. There are pictures in the town's history museum and one or two of the original merry-go-round critters. There weren't many horses like a normal carousel, but some artist back then sure had a sense of humor! Like Alice in Wonderland met Oz in a blender. Whup--this is my favorite song! 

Whew! Where was I? Right. So, anyway, this is where Joy and I were, dancing on a Thursday--I know it was Thursday 'cuz those are the Under 18 nights, which aren't half bad. There was this new guy spinning the tables and I'm busy making eyes at this massive blond hottie in tight pans and Joy is evidently making trouble because the next thing I know, she's on this very floor screaming that someone cut her in the eye. Honestly, I never saw a thing but when your friend freaks out, things get freaky fast. So I go all Momma Bear and get us out of there and into the E.R. stat. Her dad was ripped-pissed, but everything was okay, just a scratch. Next thing I know she's acting crazy, breaking windows, skipping out after school and then head over heels for Mr. Mystery Boy. We're back in sync as bffs, but I swear on everything holy, Joy hasn't been the same since that Thursday night. 

Don't get me wrong, she can still dance, she can still trick--those gymnastic moves are some serious riot--but there's something...off...going on, even worse than when her mom took off and her brother left for college. I know she's still me bestie, but some days I wonder whether to hug her or shake her, you know? She's been flirting with being stupid and our sisterly motto is: No Stupid. It is my sisterly duty to smack some sense into her if she needs it, but, seeing as how things have worked out for the best, I can forgive her a little flip-out now and then. That's what friends are for! 

Well, I hope this has been fun, but I spy with my little eye my number one interest over by the DJ booth in those tight-tight jeans! That's my cue. Stick around for the next set--the Carousel's just getting interesting. You never know who you might meet, am I right?

Catch you on the floor! 

Thanks girl! It was great meeting you! 

As she was showing us around, did you catch the code word? Make sure to enter it to win the grand prize giveaway. And be sure to note all the code words, because there will be a special digital prize at the end of the tour for those who collect them all! Well I don't know about you guys, but I think I'll stick around to enjoy this new DJ! Have a good one and enjoy! 

Author: Dawn Metcalf
Series: The Twixt
Release date: July 30, 2013
Published by: Harlequin Teen

Some things are permanent.


And they cannot be changed back.

Joy Malone learns this the night she sees a stranger with all-black eyes across a crowded room - right before the mystery boy tries to cut out her eye. Instead, the wound accidentally marks her as property of Indelible Ink, and this dangerous mistake thrusts Joy into an incomprehensible world - a world of monsters at the window, glowing girls on the doorstep, and a life that will never be the same.

Now, Joy must pretend to be Ink's chosen one - his helper, his love, his something for the foreseeable future...and failure to be convincing means a painful death for them both. Swept into a world of monsters, illusion, immortal honor and revenge, Joy discovers that sometimes, there are no mistakes.

Somewhere between reality and myth lies...


Series: The Twixt, Book 2
Author: Dawn Metcalf
Release date: September 30, 2014
Published by: Harlequin Teen

Some things lie beneath the surface.


With the power to change everything.

Joy Malone wants it all - power, freedom, and the boyfriend who loves her. Yet when an unstoppable assassin is hired to kill her. Joy learns that being the girl with the Sight comes with a price that might be too high to pay. Love will be tested, lives will be threatened, and everyone Joy knows and cares about will be affected by her decision to stand by Ink or to leave the Twixt forever.

Her choice is balanced on a scalpel's edge and the consequences will be more life-altering than anyone can guess.

Dawn Metcalf has always lived on the edge between reality and magic, which explains her current profession and love of fantasy books and games. Her passions include karate, fairy tales, Victoriana and dark chocolate, often combining one or more of them in unexpected ways. Currently, she lives with her husband and family in northern Connecticut. If they had a sign, it would be: Confounding the Neighbor Children Since 1999. Dawn's current Young Adult series with Harlequin Teen, The Twixt, has four titles: Indelible (July 2013), Invisible (September 2014), Inviolate (June 2015), and Invincible (May 2016). She also has a Young Adult standalone, Luminous (June 2011 from Dutton Juvenile).
Enter this Tour's code word (underlined in the text) into the form below and collect all 6 code words to win the Grand Prize Pack! 
Must be 13+ to enter
US/CAN only
Contest runs 10/7-10/30

For full giveaway details and rules, see the Tour Kick-Off post (http://scribblerskye.blogspot.com/2014/10/the-twixt-guided-tour-kick-off.html)

Check out my reviews here if you're curious:
Book 2 

Be sure to follow the rest of the Tour!
Tues, 10/07: Libby Blog
Thurs, 10/09: Feed Your Fiction Addiction
Tues, 10/14: The Starry-Eyed Revue
Thurs, 10/16: The Word Mineur
Tues, 10/21: Skye's Scribblings
Thurs, 10/23: Lili's Reflections