Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (2)

Welcome to The (YA) Bookcase's Waiting on Wednesday! A meme brought to us by the wonderful Breaking the Spine book blog! Scroll down to view the book we're pining for this week! 
What are you waiting on?? Share in the comments! 

Mara Dyer once believed she could run from her past.

She can’t.

She used to think her problems were all in her head.

They aren’t.

She couldn’t imagine that after everything she’s been through, the boy she loves would still be keeping secrets.

She’s wrong.

In this gripping sequel to The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer, the truth evolves and choices prove deadly. What will become of Mara Dyer next?

Why we want it? We loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and we constantly sell it at our store! Plus, Michelle Hodkin is absolutely awesome! 

For those of you who don't know about the first book, here's the trailer! 

Happy reading!! 
blogger, reviewer, employee 

Sweet Evil by Wendy Higgins

Embrace the Forbidden.
What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences?
This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels.
Tenderhearted Southern girl Anna Whitt was born with the sixth sense to see and feel emotions of other people. She's aware of a struggle within herself, an inexplicable pull toward danger, but Anna, the ultimate good girl, has always had the advantage of her angel side to balance the darkness within. It isn't until she turns sixteen and meets the alluring Kaidan Rowe that she discovers her terrifying heritage and her willpower is put to the test. He's the boy your daddy warned you about. If only someone had warned Anna.
Forced to face her destiny, will Anna embrace her halo or her horns?

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 453
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Alexandra, age 18

Beta by Rachel Cohn

On a futuristic island paradise where humans are served by enslaved clones, a16-year-old clone named Elysia seeks her own freedom.

Publisher: Disney Hyperion 
Number of Pages: 304
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Alexandra, age 18

Adaptation by Malinda Lo

Reese can’t remember anything from the time between the accident and the day she woke up almost a month later. She only knows one thing: She’s different now.
Across North America, flocks of birds hurl themselves into airplanes, causing at least a dozen to crash. Thousands of people die. Fearing terrorism, the United States government grounds all flights, and millions of travelers are stranded.
Reese and her debate team partner and longtime crush David are in Arizona when it happens. Everyone knows the world will never be the same. On their drive home to San Francisco, along a stretch of empty highway at night in the middle of Nevada, a bird flies into their headlights. The car flips over. When they wake up in a military hospital, the doctor won’t tell them what happened, where they are—or how they’ve been miraculously healed.
Things become even stranger when Reese returns home. San Francisco feels like a different place with police enforcing curfew, hazmat teams collecting dead birds, and a strange presence that seems to be following her. When Reese unexpectedly collides with the beautiful Amber Gray, her search for the truth is forced in an entirely new direction—and threatens to expose a vast global conspiracy that the government has worked for decades to keep secret.

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers 
Number of Pages: 400
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Alexandra, age 18

Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson and Maxine Paetro

James Patterson returns to the genre that made him famous with a thrilling teen detective series about the mysterious and magnificently wealthy Angel family . . . and the dark secrets they're keeping from one another.
On the night Malcolm and Maud Angel are murdered, Tandy Angel knows just three things: 1) She was the last person to see her parents alive. 2) The police have no suspects besides Tandy and her three siblings. 3) She can't trust anyone--maybe not even herself. Having grown up under Malcolm and Maud's intense perfectionist demands, no child comes away undamaged. Tandy decides that she will have to clear the family name, but digging deeper into her powerful parents' affairs is a dangerous-and revealing-game. Who knows what the Angels are truly capable of?

Publisher: Little Brown & Company 
Number of Pages: 400
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Alexandra, age 18

Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

It's one thing to learn to curtsy properly. It's quite another to learn to curtsy and throw a knife at the same time. Welcome to finishing school.
Fourteen-year-old Sophronia is the bane of her mother's existence. Sophronia is more interested in dismantling clocks and climbing trees than proper etiquette at tea--and god forbid anyone see her atrocious curtsy. Mrs. Temminnick is desperate for her daughter to become a proper lady. She enrolls Sophronia in Mademoiselle Geraldine's Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality.
But little do Sophronia or her mother know that this is a school where ingenious young girls learn to finish, all right--but it's a different kind of finishing. Mademoiselle Geraldine's certainly trains young ladies in the finer arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also in the other kinds of finishing: the fine arts of death, diversion, deceit, espionage, and the modern weaponries. Sophronia and her friends are going to have a rousing first year at school.

Publisher: Little Brown & Company 
Number of Pages: 320
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Alexandra, age 18

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Hocus Pocus Hotel by Michael Dahl- Event Recap!

Ever since it was built by the great magician Abracadabra, the hotel Tyler Yu lives in has had its share of mysterious events. Ghosts wandering the halls, a magician who vanishes into thin air – Ty can’t figure these things out on his own. But Charlie Hitchcock, with his photographic memory, might just be the partner the school bully needs. Together, they’ll solve magical mysteries beyond your wildest imagination.

Last week The Bookcase had the honor of hosting one Michael Dahl's first Hocus Pocus Hotel events on his fall tour! It was a nice event and I learned some fun facts about the book!!

Michael Dahl and his book! 

He was very enthusiastic to meet his fans and had nice
conversations with each of them! I love when authors can do that! 
The Hocus Pocus Hotel is actually only the nickname for the hotel, which is called Abracadabra and it's a place for retired magicians! I can only imagine the craziness that must go down there. 

When questioned about what type of magic is in the book, Dahl simply said, "magic that could actually happen". He was also asked why there was magic in the book, and he said because authors write about what they like. True that! 

And lastly, this awesome hotel was inspired by one that used to be in Minnesota called The Hampshire Arms, found in Minneapolis. Spooky!! 

I anticipate this to be a great autumn read as we prepare ourselves for Halloween and the colder, darker, spookier months of the year! 

For more information on Hocus Pocus Hotel visit the website, here
Buy Hardcover // $10.95

Happy reading!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Rift by Andrea Cremer - Event Recap!

Chronicling the rise of the Keepers, this is the stunning prequel to Andrea Cremer's internationally bestselling Nightshade trilogy!
Sixteen-year-old Ember Morrow is promised to a group called Conatus after one of their healers saves her mother's life. Once she arrives, Ember finds joy in wielding swords, learning magic, and fighting the encroaching darkness loose in the world. She also finds herself falling in love with her mentor, the dashing, brooding, and powerful Barrow Hess. When the knights realize Eira, one of their leaders, is dabbling in dark magic, Ember and Barrow must choose whether to follow Eira into the nether realm or to pledge their lives to destroying her and her kind.
With action, adventure, magic, and tantalizing sensuality, this book is as fast-paced and breathtaking as the Nightshade novels.

Monday night I had the pleasure of caravanning down to St. Paul with a few my close friends. We visited the indie children's bookstore Red Balloon Bookshop (The Bookcase's friend!) where they hosted Andrea Cremer's Rift event. Unfortunately, Minnesota is not her first tour stop anymore as she is off to bigger and better things in New York, but I was thrilled to hear that she was back in the cities for a Rift book signing. There, I learned of her new exciting projects! Let me share a little bit with you...

Andrea Cremer said she had the honor of co-writing a book with the famous David Levithan, an author of many well-received novels, his newest Every Day, and also an editor for The Hunger Games. Together they constructed the book Invisibility, a young adult novel about a boy who was born invisible, no one has ever been able to see him until one day he meets a special girl... Needless to say this book is already on my radar and I can't wait to read it! Its release date is estimated to be summer of 2013. Cremer also said that right now only Rift and Rise are scheduled, but she highly anticipates there being a third novel in the Rift (Nightshade prequel) series. And last but certainly not least, Cremer is coming out with a steam punk novel titled The Inventor's Secret, which is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013. *deep breath* She's a busy girl! Like many of you, I love Andrea Cremer's novels and am excited to see what she spins out next! 

Pre-Order Rise (hardcover) 
Buy Rift (hardcover) $18.99/$10.99
Buy Nightshade (paperback) $9.99
Buy Wolfsbane (paperback) $9.99
Buy Bloodrose (paperback) $9.99

*To order a signed copy of Rift, buy from Red Balloon! 

Happy reading!
blogger, employee, reviewer 

Don't Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been a victim of the system ever since her parents died. Now living off the grid and trusting no one, she uses her computer-hacking skills to stay safely anonymous and alone. But when she wakes up on a table in an empty warehouse with an IV in her arm and no memory of how she got there, Noa starts to wish she had someone on her side
Enter Peter Gregory. A rich kid and the leader of a hacker alliance, Peter needs people with Noa's talents on his team. Especially after a shady corporation called AMRF threatens his life in no uncertain terms.
But what Noa and Peter don't realize is that Noa holds the key to a terrible secret, and there are those who'd stop at nothing to silence her for good.

Publisher: HarperCollins

Number of Pages: 310
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Rachel, age 16

Friday, September 14, 2012

Malcolm at Midnight by W. H. Beck

When Malcolm the rat arrives as the pet at McKenna School, he revels in the attention. He also meets the Midnight Academy, a secret society of classroom pets that keeps the nutters (kids) safe. There’s just one problem…rats have a terrible reputation! So when the Academy’s iguana leader is kidnapped, Malcolm must prove his innocence—and that even rats can be good guys. Illustrated by Brian Lies of Bats at the Beach, this engaging middle-grade novel will have readers rooting for Malcolm as they try to solve the mystery alongside him.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 
Number of Pages: 272
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Paige, age 9

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (1)

Welcome to The (YA) Bookcase's first Waiting on Wednesday! A meme brought to us by the wonderful Breaking the Spine book blog! Scroll down to view the book we're pining for this week! 
What are you waiting on?? Share in the comments! 

For Natalie Stewart, a normal life has never seemed so far away. Her only solace, Lord Jonathan Denbury, is wanted for murder. To clear his name, Denbury must return to England and assume the role of his demon doppelganger. But Natalie begins to doubt his true motives, especially as a new gentleman begins whispering in her ear. Natalie and Denbury may be able to visit each other in their dreams, but they can't escape the darkening shadows. Amid spontaneous explosions, friends turned enemies and dangerous secrets revealed, there's still a demon who has Natalie's scent, and someone is trying to resurrect the ultimate evil.

Why we want it? We loved Darker Still (book 1) and plus, who doesn't like magic, history and attractive Englishmen in books?? 

Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Number of Pages: 336
Paperback, $8.99

Happy reading!
Rachel, age 16
employee, reviewer, blogger 

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Happy Birthday Hidden!!!

In honor Hidden's release date, The (YA) Bookcase is giving away a copy! 

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Firelight was the third YA book I ever read. Right up there with Wings by Aprilynne Pike and Paranormalcy by Kiersten White. (Not so long ago, I know!) These books are what made me want to be a book blogger and they are so near and dear to my heart. Three years later, the Firelight trilogy remains one of my favorites, along with all the friends I ever lent it to. I hope, if you haven't read Firelight yet, that you will as soon as possible! And if you're like me and already have Hidden on your radar, then you sign up to win a free copy! We're throwing in some fun book swag and a mystery book! 

Thank you to all who entered!!! CJane Novero, we've sent you an email and you have 48 hours to claim your prize before we pick another winner! The mystery book won is a hardcover copy of Legend by Marie Lu and we have lots of fun sneak peeks of books to add to the loot! Congratulations! 

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Happy reading everybody!


Saturday, September 8, 2012

Horten's Incredible Illusions by Lissa Evans

This magical follow-up to Horten's Miraculous Mechanisms continues Stuart's amazing adventures--with more enchantment, more surprises, and more thrills. When we last left 10-year-old Stuart, he had just recovered his great-uncle Tony's long-lost magic workshop. Now all the priceless tricks are on display in the Beeton Museum--and Stuart is junior curator of the exhibit! But another mystery awaits Stuart: Where did the great magician hide his will? Only by entering the magic world of the workshop can he find the answer. But as the mechanisms whisk him off on increasingly incredible adventures, the puzzles become harder and harder to solve…and the stakes higher. With even more page-turning action, this second book in the exciting middle-grade series does a magic trick of its own: it's even better than the first!

Publisher: Sterling Children's Books 
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

Double Vision by F.T. Bradley

ALEX RIDER meets THE DA VINCI CODE when a regular kid goes undercover in Paris...
Undercover spies, codes and ciphers, a secret painting with unimaginable powers... It's all in a day's work when you're one of the world's top kid agents.
But Linc Baker isn't a kid agent at all. He just happens to look exactly like one of them. And when this lookalike goes missing, Linc will have to impersonate him on a mission that plunges him into a world of intrigue, danger, and great pastries.
No pressure, right?

Publisher: HarperCollins 
Number of Pages: 256
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

Iron Hearted Violet by Kelly Barnhill

The end of their world begins with a story.
This one.
In most fairy tales, princesses are beautiful, dragons are terrifying, and stories are harmless. This isn't most fairy tales.
Princess Violet is plain, reckless, and quite possibly too clever for her own good. Particularly when it comes to telling stories. One day she and her best friend, Demetrius, stumble upon a hidden room and find a peculiar book. A forbidden book. It tells a story of an evil being -- called the Nybbas -- imprisoned in their world. The story cannot be true -- not really. But then the whispers start. Violet and Demetrius, along with an ancient, scarred dragon, may hold the key to the Nybbas's triumph . . . or its demise. It all depends on how they tell the story. After all, stories make their own rules.
Iron Hearted Violet is a story of a princess unlike any other. It is a story of the last dragon in existence, deathly afraid of its own reflection. Above all, it is a story about the power of stories, our belief in them, and how one enchanted tale changed the course of an entire kingdom.

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers 
Number of Pages: 432
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate

In the beginning, there was an apple—
And then there was a car crash, a horrible injury, and a hospital. But before Evening Spiker’s head clears a strange boy named Solo is rushing her to her mother’s research facility. There, under the best care available, Eve is left alone to heal.
Just when Eve thinks she will die—not from her injuries, but from boredom—her mother gives her a special project: Create the perfect boy.
Using an amazingly detailed simulation, Eve starts building a boy from the ground up. Eve is creating Adam. And he will be just perfect... won’t he?

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Number of Pages: 291
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Ellie, age 16