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YA Connection (December 6-12)

December 6-12 2009

The YA Connection is a accumulation of links from around the YA blogosphere. Here you can find author blog links, review link, a place to share your contests, and miscellaneous new pertaining to young adult literature.

Author Musings

Megan Crewe (Give Up the Ghost) has an awesome post about a group signing she did at Books of Wonder. I wish I lived in NYC, because I have a feeling I would live at Book of Wonder. They have some fantastic signings there and this one looked to be no exception!
Kimberly Derting (The Body Finder) is counting down the release of The Body Finder and you can win some cool prizes too!

Kristina Springer (The Espressologist) also did a fantastic post about a group signing. This one was in the Chicago area, and that I really wanted to go to, but already had other obligations that day. I am so bummed it looked like a fun time! Yay Debs!

Rachel Vincent (My Soul to Save) is having a contest for young adults only! So cool! If you are between the ages of 13-20 head over to her blog to win a copy of My Soul to Save! US and Canadians only. And hurry the deadline is Dec. 16!

Melissa Walker (Lovestruck Summer) has another Cover Story! This one is awesome, because I LOVE the covers for this series, so it was great to read about how they came to be. It features Maryrose Wood's Morgan series!

Holly Black (Ironside) released the US cover of White Cat and its synopsis.I don't know about you... but wow is this cover hot?

Author of the Week

Dia Reeves

Dia is the author of Bleeding Violet which will be released in January 2010. You can check out the awesomeness that is Dia at her blog.

Follow her on Twitter: @diareeves

Author Interviews

Reggie of The Undercover Book Lover, interviewed Angela Morrison author of Sing Me to Sleep.

Nicole of Word for Teens, interviewed Alyson Noel author of Shadowland.

Sarah of Sarah's Random Musings, interviewed Lauren Bjorkman author of My Invented Life.

Drea of Book Blather has a guest post with Kay Cassidy author of The Cinderella Society.

Juiciliciousss Reviews, interviewed Melissa Kantor author of Girlfriend Material.

Patty of Yay! Reads, interviewed Holly Schindler author of A Blue So Dark.

Elie of Ellz Reads, interviewed Michelle Rowen author of Reign or Shine.

The Bookologist, interviewed Amy Reed author of Beautiful.

Blogger Blurbs

Austenfan of Reality Bites, Fiction Does It Better reviewed Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side by Beth Fantaskey. "It's unconventional. Some might say it's even a bit weird. But, ZOMG. I. Love. It."

Yan of Books by Their Cover reviewed Dragonfly by Julia Golding. "By the time I had reached midway through the book my reaction can be summed up as disappointment."

Sarah of Sarah's Random Musings reviewed How It Ends by Laura Wiess. "I have enjoyed all of the books that she has wrote to date and can't wait for her next book."

Samantha of Harlequin Twilight's Book Blog reviewed The Betrayal of Natalie Hargrove by Lauren Kate. "It was a shocking and fun ride to take with Natalie, and let’s just say the ending shocked me even more."

Karin of Karin's Book Nook reviewed This is the World We Live In by Susan Beth Pfeffer. "Even though there were times Miranda seemed at bit too whiny and I wanted to strangle Alex, I’m happy with the ending of the book."

Sara of The Hiding Spot reviewed Restoring Harmony by Joelle Anthony. "I found Restoring Harmony to be a quick and interesting read."

Harmony of Harmony Book Reviews reviewed Girl on the Other Side by Deborah Kerbel. "Girl on the Other Side started out slow but ended up being much better than I ever expected."

Khy of Frenetic Reader reviewed Identical by Ellen Hopkins. "I wasn't really planning on reviewing this one, but dude. Oh my gosh. It was so GOOD."

Tales of the Ravenous Reader reviewed The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard. "The Secret Year is an amazing book dealing with love, loss, pain and the truth that can set you free."

Adele of Persnickety Snark reviewed Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey. "While the love story was an element of the story, it's the family element that is the strongest."

Book of the Week

Magic Under Glass by Jaclyn Dolamore (December 22, 2009)

"Nimira is a foreign music-hall girl forced to dance for mere pennies. When wealthy sorcerer Hollin Parry hires her to sing with a piano-playing automaton, Nimira believes it is the start of a new and better life. In Parry's world, however, buried secrets are beginning to stir. Unsettling below-stairs rumors swirl about ghosts, a madwoman roaming the halls, and Parry's involvement with a league of sorcerers who torture fairies for sport. Then Nimira discovers the spirit of a fairy gentleman named Erris is trapped inside the clockwork automaton, waiting for someone to break his curse. The two fall into a love that seems hopeless, and breaking the curse becomes a race against time, as not just their love, but the fate of the entire magical world may be in peril."

Out This Week:

New Releases:

Fallen by Lauren Kate

I So Don't Do Spooky by Barrie Summy

What if... All Your Dreams Came True by Lisa Ruckdeschel & Sara James

Now in Paperback:

Burn by Suzanne Phillips

Need by Carrie Jones

In Other News:

The closing Kirkus Reviews was announced this week. I for one, know I am not alone in my feeling of utter shock. You can read more about it in this article at The New York Times.

Check out this awesome trailer for Dream Life by Lauren Mechling.

Dream Life by Lauren Mechling -- Trailer from Richie Williams on Vimeo.


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