Friday, December 25, 2009

Holiday Newsletter Part Four

Holiday Fun:

Here are some fun blogger holiday memories!

My grandmother thought she was genius one year and conned my dad into transposing music geared towards the different instruments my family members used to play (or at least play less frequently) so that we could play Christmas carols. It started off as a present to my grandfather (I'm sure he's happy to be going deaf now when the holidays come around) and turned into tradition. Let's just say that we maybe meet once - usually not all of us - to practice and then it's the big performance. I play the glockenspiel - which is basically a bells set. Always makes the holidays a hoot around my house.

Play It Out:

This is where we make a playlist for a book we read. If you want to make one email Ashley or Laina.

Title: Breaking up is Really Really Hard to Do
Author: Natalie Stanford

The tunes:
1. Without You- Hinder
2. Fearless- Taylor Swift
3. Here comes Goodbye- Rascal Flatts
4. If I Were a Boy- Beyonce
5. Seventeen Forever- Metro Station
6. Love Like This- Natasha Bedingfield
7. Missing You- Black Eyed Peas
8. Give me the Meltdown- Rob Tomas
9. Meet me Halfway- Black Eyed Peas
10. Feelings show- Colbie Caillat


Please welcome new crew member, Chase.

This month, I’ll be spotlighting 2 books that will be adapted into movies in 2010. Enjoy!

Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Author: Rick Riordan

Summary: Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school… again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.

The Lightning Thief
is the first book in the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. Ever since this book was released, it’s been getting rave reviews. So it doesn’t really come as a surprise that it would be made into a movie someday. Filled with action, humor, and tons of pop culture references, this book is sure to appeal to readers. I absolutely love the film poster because I thought it was homage to the book cover. Well, sort of...

The Last Song

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Summary: Seventeen year old Veronica "Ronnie" Miller's life was turned upside-down when her parents divorced and her father moved from New York City to Wilmington, North Carolina. Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her parents, especially her father... until her mother decides it would be in everyone's best interest if she spent the summer in Wilmington with him. Ronnie's father, a former concert pianist and teacher, is living a quiet life in the beach town, immersed in creating a work of art that will become the centerpiece of a local church. The tale that unfolds is an unforgettable story of love on many levels - first love, love between parents and children - that demonstrates, as only a Nicholas Sparks novel can, the many ways that love can break our hearts...and heal them.

Now who doesn’t like a good ol’ love story? (Well, some guys don’t, but personally I think they’re just pretending to hate it when in fact they read romances under their covers with a flashlight like me) Nicholas Sparks brings us another coming-of-age tale that is sure to rival, and possibly surpass his previous works. The special thing about this novel is that it was written after Sparks wrote the screenplay for the film, which is imagined as a star vehicle to introduce Miley Cyrus to older audiences.

Author's Say:

10 Reasons I Love Christmas by Laura Wiess

  1. Tis the season to wear velvet, fa la la la la, la la la la. (Soft, plush and luxurious: I indulged in a funky, black velvet maxi coat this year and I swear I'm going to wear it until falls off of me in rags.)
  2. My sister's Christmas cookie extravaganza. (She bakes - I'm not kidding - something like 35 different kinds of cookies, with like four dozen each. And then she gives them all away! I love my sister.)
  3. Snow on Christmas Eve. (Okay, that's never a sure thing but there was snow last year and it was magical, so I'm hoping it happens again.)
  4. Donating to my favorite charities, including the Humane Society, assorted animal rescues, the local soup kitchen, and the Salvation Army bell-ringers standing outside of the stores. (I never miss an S.A. basket. I figure if they can stand out in the freezing cold for hours on end, trying to help people, then the very least I can do is oblige them.)
  5. Scoring what I hope is the perfect gift for someone, then watching them open it, and seeing that yes, it really was.
  6. Christmas carols and church bells. Both make me cry. So do holiday movies. I'm a total sap this time of year, and I love it all. Especially this one: here
  7. Walking into my parents' house calling, "Merry Christmas!" and hearing my family call back. (I love the happy welcome and the smiles in their voices.)
  8. Family, friends, kindness, laughter and Santa. And the jingle horse.
  9. Decorating the tree, and the memories that come with each of the ornaments
  10. A crisp, clear, night sky full of stars, a fireplace with a crackling fire, cats curled up sleeping, a tree with twinkling lights, laughter, fresh coffee, good music, a heart full of joy, peace and gratitude, and a wish that everyone and everything everywhere is warm, well-fed and loved. Happy holidays!


Laura Wiess is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Such a Pretty Girl, Leftovers and most recently How It Ends. Visit Laura at or for more info.

Win one of 3 of her signed books for the 25 Guests of Christmas. The link for the contest is

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Holiday Newsletter Part Three


~ Jordyn couldn’t finish Breaking Dawn! See why here.

~ Defenders of the Scroll reviewed here.
~ Vamped reviewed here.

~ Nothing Like You reviewed here.
~ Secrets of Truth and Beauty reviewed here.

~ Invisible I: The Amanda Project reviewed here.
~ Handcuffs reviewed here.

~ Fat Cat reviewed here.
~ Struts and Frets reviewed here.

~ Shrinking Violet reviewed here.
~ Beautiful Creatures reviewed here.

~ The Espressologist reviewed here.

Christmas Book Buying Guide

I polled readers on what they would buy for certain age groups this year for Christmas. Here are some results.

3-6 years old:

A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
Slinky Malinki by Lynley Dodd

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Book by Lauren Child

Today I Will Fly! by Mo Willems
Newton by Rory Tyger

The Tangerine Bear by Betty Paraskevas
Mona the Monster Girl by Moritz Petz

The Frog Princess by Rosalind Alchin
Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

When Will It Snow? by Bruce Hiscock
Curious George by H. A. Rey

The Snow Bear by Miriam Moss
Mo's Stinky Sweater by David Bedford

7-9 years old:

Letters from Camp by Kate & Sarah Klise
Rainbow Magic by Daisy Meadows
Mary Margaret Mary Christmas by Christine Kole macLean

Any of the Bailey School Kids books

10-12 years old:

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls by Meg Cabot
I So Don't Do Spooky by Barrie Summy
Anything by Lloyd Alexander

Princess Diaries by Meg Cabot
Witch Twins by Adele Griffin

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech
Punished by David Lubar

The Anybodies by N. E. Bode

13-15 years old:

Harry Potter series by JK Rowling

Zombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby
Demon Princess by Michelle Rowen


Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Peace, Love, and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle

Long Live the Queen by Ellen Emerson White
City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
Shadowland by Alyson Noel

Bad Blood by Mari Mancusi
Spirit Bound by Richelle Mead

Cliquetionary by Lisi Harrison
Bewitching Season by Marissa Doyle
Betraying Season by Marissa Doyle

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
Oh.My.Gods by Tera Lynn Childs

Be Strong and Curvaceous by Shelley Adina

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Holiday Newsletter Part Two


We are starting to have a new thing. Bloggers and authors can advertise here. Don’t advertise random blogs. You may advertise contests, new features, challenges, read-a-longs, releases, etc.
  • The challenge is called 30 Books to Movies, and it will run from 1 Jan 2010 to 31 Dec 2010. The goal is to read 30 books that have been adapted to movies, and watch said movies. Participants who own a blog have to post the review of BOTH the book and movie on their blog. At the end of the challenge, I'll randomly pick 2 participants to receive some goodies. Those who are interested can check out the details here:

  • Jill is hosting 25 Days of Christmas. What is this exactly? Each day in December until the 25th there will be one or more authors or bloggers sharing their favorite things about the holidays or sharing favorite memories, recipes, songs, etc. It started December 1st so be sure to go get caught up! She has many contests and chances to win awesome things. So be sure to check it all out here.
Little Known:

These are the books that don’t have much buzz so we’re creating some!

Laura L. Smith

It's a risky thing to look at depression in a positive light. This illness, which is the leading cause of disability worldwide, threatens lives, steals hope, and destroys the spirit of the afflicted one.
But it can also be an opportunity for growth. Light and life can be brighter and stronger if the spiritual roots of depression are addressed and resolved. Through her personal journey, Sharon Fawcett reveals how.

In the Forrest of the Night
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
Three-hundred-year-old Risika looks darn good for her age. Thanks to her "blood mother," a vampire named Ather who turned Risika (nee Rachel) into one of the undead back in 1684, she will always look as fresh as a 17-year-old. Now Risika is a world weary night stalker who sleeps in Concord, Massachusetts, by day and prowls New York City by night, in search of fresh blood to slake her inhuman thirst. One of the benefits of living such a long life has been discovering that most of the popular myths about vampires are not true: "Holy water and crosses do not bother me... and silver does not burn me. If someone hammered a stake through my heart, I suppose I would die, but I do not play with humans, stakes or mallets." In fact, there is little in the mortal world that surprises Risika anymore, until she returns from a hunt one night to find a black rose on her pillow - the same flower she was given on the eve of her mortal death. Knowing that the rose is a taunt from Aubrey, a vampire she believes murdered her human brother, Risika decides to confront her nemesis. In a bloody battle with Aubrey, Risika finally unearths her brother's true fate.

Tangled Hearts
By Patti Bongiorno
One of the hallmarks of the teenage years is the lament, "Why me?" Be it hair, height, weight, or some other issue of the day, the questions is always the same. For a child of adoption, the issue AND the question are always the same -- "Why me?" No matter how bright, popular, or attractive a child of adoption may be, he or she is always haunted by that question. Read this story and you just may find a clue to your own entangled heart.

Eat It Up

We all like recipes! This is the place where authors share a recipe that reminds them of their book. For this issue Heidi R. Kling is sharing a Sea related one

Okay, this is sort of silly but totally related to the book, okay?
Trust me. See below:

Orange Popsicles

These are related to Sea. Trust me in a big way, okay?
1. So first you find orange juice. Organic, fresh-squeezed is the best. Bright color. Firm packaging. Not from concentrate.
2. Pour juice into six of those Tupperware things.
3. Then stick in a stick. Or a plastic pop-stick thing. Also Tupperware.
4. Freeze.
5. . Wait. Wait. Wait. (Hours go bye. Maybe days.)
6. Done!
7. Rinse under cold water. Yank. Yes, I know it's stuck. Pull harder. There you go.

Don't get your tongue stuck on the ice, cuz I've done it and it hurts.
It's stuck isn't it? Okay, stick your mouth under the water. Better? Okay.
Now lick.
Is it sweet and sour at the same time? Do you taste sun rays and longing
and everything good about summer?
Then you've tasted one of Spider and Sienna's orange popsicles!
Enjoy the Haze.*

*Yes, I know that makes NO sense. You'll have to read the book to find out
what it means.
Happy Holidaze!

Stay tuned for Part Three!!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Holiday Newsletter Part One

The Happenings at Young Adult blogs...


*Many books are being given away here.
*Win one of six books here.
*Thirteen Wicked Days of Christmas here.
*Many books here.
*Lara Adrian contest here.

We're Reading:

*Ashley is reading Just One Wish by Janette Rallison
*Laina is reading another random, tacky romance :)

*Liyana is reading Violet Wings by Victoria Hanley
*By the Book just finished Play Me by Laura Ruby

*Shannon is reading Betrayed by P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast
*First Daughter is reading Hummingbirds by Joshua Gaylord

*Lauren is reading Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
*Jessica is reading Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines

*Jenn is reading Ballad by Maggie Stiefvater
*Katie is reading Betrayals by Lili St. Crow

*Smart Girls is reading Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford
*Kim is reading Fallen by Lauren Kate

*Jez is reading LIAR by Justine Larbalestier
*Ryan is reading Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

*Melanie is reading Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

New Releases

Blood Ninja - Nick Lake (1)

Beautiful Creatures - Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl (1)

Fallen - Lauren Kate (8)
The Pillow Book of Lotus Lowenstein - Libby Schmais (8)
Darklight - Lesley Livingston (22)

VIP Lounge - Ed Decker (22)
Of All the Stupid Things - Alexandra Diaz (22)

The Dark Divine - Bree Despain (22)

Scones and Sensibility - Lindsay Eland (22)
Magic Under Glass - Laclyn Dolamore (22)
Stupid Cupid - Rhonda Stapleton (22)
Wanderlust - Lucy Silag (24)
My Soul To Save - Rachel Vincent (29)

Tangled - Carolyn Mackler (29)

Stay tuned for part two!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Quick question!!

When you get the newsletter, can you guys all see the backgrounds?

Also, we are looking for more people to help out with the newsletter, especially since the holiday edition is going to be huge!

That's all!
Peace and cookies,

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Update and some special stuff!!

Many of you have already gotten an email about this, but in case you haven't, here's what's going on in the newsletter.

As Ashley has recently started going to a physical high school instead of online high school, she has less time now, but I'm helping her out with the newsletter now! (I'm Laina for any of you who don't know me.) I'm helping her organize things and making sure things get to her, so if you can't reach Ash, you can always email me at We're looking for more people to help out, so if you want to, you can email me or Ash at

Now, the special stuff is that we are doing a massive, special holiday edition of the newsletter! I've added a holiday playlist to the sidebar over there --> for atmosphere. ;) So we want to know what you guys would like to see in a holiday newsletter and if any of you want to help out for just that issue, you can do that, too!

Last, even if you don't want to do anything else, you can help out by doing this quick little questionnaire.

1. What book would you buy someone who is 3-6 years old?
2. 7-9?
3. 10-12?
4. 13-15?
5. 16+?
6. What 3 books are on your holiday wishlist this year?

Okay, I think that's everything for now! Hope to hear from you guys soon! Comment, comment, comment with your answers!

Peace and cookies,

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Newsletter 10 Part 2

By Reyna

Schools out, the weather’s warming up and we are digging out our swimsuits, however, the lazy days of summer aren’t complete without a good book, right? Take a look at these books and then head on over to the library or Barnes and Noble so that you will have a great beach read!

“Summer Boys” by Hailey Abbot

“Starlet” by Randi Resifeld

“Mermaid Park” by Beth Mayall

“Sea Change” by Aimee Friedman

“20 Boy Summer” by Sarah Ockler

“Seven Tears Into the Sea” by Terri Farley

And for the rainy days...

“Love You, Hate You, Miss You” by Elizabeth Scott

Put together by Reyna

Vania from “Reverie Book Reviews” took a few moments to let me interview her! She has been blogging for 5 months now and is a great at it! Vania is a terrific photographer and every week posts amazing book covers that she has created! She has also started making bookmarks, postcards, and other swag for authors that are looking to distribute swag to readers. You should be sure to check out Vania’s blog and if you aren’t already, follow!

Vania’s blog:

Q: Why did you decide to start a young adult book blog? What have you gained from blogging? Why did you decide to start a young adult book blog? What have you gained from blogging?

A: I started blogging because it gave me a way to express my thoughts about the books I've read. I was always giving recommendations to friends but many weren't into discussing books. It seemed a one way street. So as a result of blogging I have gained that which I was missing friends who loved books and loved talking about them.

Q: What types of books to you enjoy reading the most and why?

A: I mostly enjoy reading paranormal and fantasy. I love that fantasy can transport you into into a completely different world. That takes some major writing chops. But that's not to say i don't like to read realistic fiction. I do. It's just harder because most of the material tends to be too fluffy or too depressing. I don't want to be crying or sad and low after a long and depressing day at work. You know?

Q: What is your favorite book? Why do you like it so much?

A: That is a REALLY tough question. I don't know if I can honestly answer it. What I will say is that there are three books that are coming up (among others) that I am excited about and people should look into them; those are "Eyes Like Stars", "Prophecy of the Sisters" and "Beautiful Creatures" ok wait here's a few more "Fairy Tale" and "Shiver" OMG... I can keep going. I'll stop now.

Q: What is one thing that you really like to see in a book?

A: I am a huge sucker for romance. I love to see it even glimpses of it in a story. I just can't get enough. Really!

Q: Since you like romance so much, are there any YA romance books that you would suggest?

A: Graceling and Beautiful Creatures are my two fave paranormal romance faves. There are SO many and each book’s has a glimpse of it in there that really I cannot mention them all!

Q: Do you have any special quirks about you?

A: Hmmmm I giggle a lot. And can easily get hyper and ridiculous. Like drunk type but minus the alcohol. I also make silly sound effects. I don't think they are very accurate but fun nonetheless.

Q: What is your favorite color?

A: Depends on the day and time. Most of the time I like aqua or purple. Black too!

Q: Do you hope to become an author someday?

A: I haven't really given it much thought. I write very little only because I don't have time but I enjoy reading more, I think. I am also really involved with my art to try and venture out. But who knows...?

By Reyna
If you're reading this newsletter, you probably like to read, right? I know that I do! And a lot of times we will have special spots where we like to curl up and read a book whether it's lying on the beach, sitting under (or in) a tree, or any other neat place that you tend to find yourself migrating to with a good book! We want to know what YOUR favorite spot to read in is!

Send your response to: and a few of the responses will be featured in the next newsletter!