Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda

Weaves together contemporary and mythological India, about British-born Ash, whose father is offered a dream job in India, and discovers something is very wrong with mysterious millionaire Lord Savage, finding himself in a desperate battle to stop Savage’s master plan--the opening of the Iron Gates that have kept Ravana, the demon king, at bay for four millennia.

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books
Number of Pages: 304
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

The Cup and the Crown by Diane Stanley

In the second book of the trilogy, Molly explores the source and nature of her ever-changing magical gift. Sent by king Alaric on a crucial mission, she is drawn to Harrowsgode, the mysterious walled city where her grandfather was born and from which he later escaped. What she discovers there will alter the direction of her life and challenge her considerable ingenuity and courage. With the help of Tobias, a rat-catcher named Richard, and a clever and devoted raven, Molly gains her own freedom in a most unexpected way, and changes the city of Harrowsgode forever.

Publisher: HarperCollins 
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Book on the Hot Spot (2)

Welcome to our second Book on the Hot Spot! This is a special edition, featuring multiple books perfect for the Halloween season! Click play and get spooked, then enter our giveaway to win The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd! 

*We apologize for the rambling, we couldn't get our trim to work! 

Now, enter to win a spooky book! The (YA) Bookcase is giving away The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd!

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Happy reading! 

Rachel & Amanda

In My Mailbox (3)

In My Mailbox is a meme started and hosted by The Story Siren

This week was an awesome week in books! We filtered out our old galleys at the store for new winter galleys and look what we found! The reviewers are all very excited to dive in and get started. Keep in touch because we have lots of doubles and will be holding contests to win some of these! 

Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys 
Reached by Ally Condie 
Scarlet by Marissa Meyer 
Shadows in the Silence by Courtney Allison Moulton
Carnival of Souls by Melissa Marr
Taken by Erin Bowman
Kiss Me Again by Rachel Vail
Nobody But Us by Kristin Halbrook 
Mind Games by Kiersten White
Pivot Point by Kasie West
Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi
The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepard

The Girls of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson (bought) 
The Rising by Kelly Armstrong 
Pulse by Patrick Carman
Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum 
Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza
Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown
Shards & Ashes edited by Melissa Marr and Kelly Armstrong
Crash and Burn by Michel Hassan
Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

I'm glad to see a mix of contemporary novels in there! This will be a fun winter in reading. What are you reading this new year?? 

Happy reading!
The Youth Board 

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Cinders and Sapphires by Leila Rasheed

One house, two worlds...
Rose Cliffe has never met a young lady like her new mistress. Clever, rich, and beautiful, Ada Averley treats Rose as an equal. And Rose could use a friend. Especially now that she, at barely sixteen, has risen to the position of ladies’ maid. Rose knows she should be grateful to have a place at a house like Somerton. Still, she can’t help but wonder what her life might have been had she been born a lady, like Ada.
For the first time in a decade, the Averleys have returned to Somerton, their majestic ancestral estate. But terrible scandal has followed Ada’s beloved father all the way from India. Now Ada finds herself torn between her own happiness and her family’s honor. Only she has the power to restore the Averley name—but it would mean giving up her one true love . . . someone she could never persuade her father to accept.
Sumptuous and enticing, the first novel in the At Somerton series introduces two worlds, utterly different yet entangled, where ruthless ambition, forbidden attraction, and unspoken dreams are hidden behind dutiful smiles and glittering jewels. All those secrets are waiting . . . at Somerton.
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Number of Pages: 400
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Ellie, age 16

Hysteria by Megan Miranda

After stabbing and killing her boyfriend, sixteen-year-old Mallory, who has no memory of the event, is sent away to a boarding school to escape the gossip and threats, but someone or something is following her.
Publisher: Walker Childrens
Number of Pages: 336
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Hannah, age 17

Prodigy by Marie Lu & a Giveaway!

June and Day make their way to Las Vegas where they join the rebel Patriot group and become involved in an assassination plot against the Elector in hopes of saving the Republic.

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile 
Number of Pages: 384
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by George, age 14

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (3)

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! 

Now an active member of the resistance, Lena has been transformed. The nascent rebellion that was under way in Pandemonium has ignited into an all-out revolution in Requiem, and Lena is at the center of the fight.

After rescuing Julian from a death sentence, Lena and her friends fled to the Wilds. But the Wilds are no longer a safe haven—pockets of rebellion have opened throughout the country, and the government cannot deny the existence of Invalids. Regulators now infiltrate the borderlands to stamp out the rebels, and as Lena navigates the increasingly dangerous terrain, her best friend, Hana, lives a safe, loveless life in Portland as the fiancĂ©e of the young mayor. Requiem is told from both Lena’s and Hana’s points of view. The two girls live side by side in a world that divides them until, at last, their stories converge.



Why we want it? 
I LOVED Delirium and Pandemonium. Both gave a totally different feel and Lauren Oliver is an amazing writer. I found myself totally engrossed in Pandemonium and Lena's transformation and still, I can't stop thinking about the ending! *pulls out hair* I must read Requiem ASAP! 

What are you looking forward to? Tell us in the comments! 

Happy reading! 
Rachel, age 17

Monday, October 22, 2012

Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs

Teen triplets Gretchen, Grace, and Greer, descendants of Medusa, continue to battle the monsters who walk the streets of San Francisco, unseen by humans, but realize they must enter the abyss if they are to protect their loved ones--and their world.

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of Pages: 328
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Amanda, age 16

Friday, October 19, 2012

Silhouette of a Sparrow by Molly Beth Griffin

In the summer of 1926, sixteen-year-old Garnet Richardson is sent to a lake resort to escape the polio epidemic in the city. She dreams of indulging her passion for ornithology and visiting the famous new amusement park--a summer of fun before she returns for her final year of high school, after which she’s expected to marry a nice boy and settle into middle-class homemaking. But in the country, Garnet finds herself under the supervision of equally oppressive guardians--her father’s wealthy cousin and the matron’s stuck-up daughter. Only a liberating job in a hat shop, an intense, secret relationship with a daring and beautiful flapper, and a deep faith in her own fierce heart can save her from the suffocating boredom of traditional femininity.
Silhouette of a Sparrow is a coming-of-age story about a search for wildness in a confining time, and a simultaneous quest for security in an era full of unrest. It is the tale of a young woman’s discovery of the science of risk and the art of rebellion, and of course, the power of unexpected love.

Publisher: Milkweed 
Number of Pages: 224
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 17

Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-tute-ly thrilled. New York is the city of speakeasies, shopping, and movie palaces! Soon enough, Evie is running with glamorous Ziegfield girls and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is Evie has to live with her Uncle Will, curator of The Museum of American Folklore, Superstition, and the Occult--also known as "The Museum of the Creepy Crawlies."
When a rash of occult-based murders comes to light, Evie and her uncle are right in the thick of the investigation. And through it all, Evie has a secret: a mysterious power that could help catch the killer--if he doesn't catch her first.

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Number of Pages: 608
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Ellie, age 16

Monday, October 15, 2012

Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Distasters News!

A couple months back The (YA) Bookcase reviewed Freshman Year and Other Unnatural Disasters (check it out, here!) and we are thrilled to hear that the book was nominated for the ALA 2013 Best YA Fiction List as well as NPR's Top 5 Critic's Picks for Teen Summer Reading! Wowza! Congrats, Meredith Zeitlin! 

If you haven't had a chance to read it yet, and perhaps you are a freshman this year or will be one next year, this might be the perfect laugh for you! And good news, because it's coming out in paperback this spring!! 

To get pumped up to read it, you might want to watch this video: 

And then this one: 

Convinced you want to read it? Pre-order your paperback copy now!  
Can't wait? Buy the hardcover or e-book

Happy reading! 
The Youth Board 

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Such a Rush by Jennifer Echols

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she's in the air, it's easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she's afraid her flying career is gone forever.
But Mr. Hall's teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she's leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business--until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers--and the consequences could be deadly. 
Engrossing and intense, Such a Rush is a captivating story from an author with a rising star. 
~back of the book

Publisher: MTV Books
Number of Pages: 336
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 16