Sunday, June 24, 2012

Just For Fins giveaway!

The (YA) Bookcase is happy to be throwing another fun giveaway! To help the excitement of the upcoming launch of Just For Fins by Tera Lynn Childs, we are giving away a galley of Fins Are Forever (book two) and Just For Fins bookmarks and tattoos! We hope you sign up. :)

Giveaway Rules
  • sign up using Rafflecoptor gadget below
  • must be 13 years or older to enter
  • must live in North America (sorry international followers, I just don't have the expenses right now to ship overseas!) 
  • contest ends 6/29
  • good luck! 

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Happy reading! 
Youth Board Coordinator and Young Adult Book Specialist 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel

Callie LeRoux lives in Slow Run, Kansas, helping her mother run their small hotel and trying not to think about the father she’s never met. Lately all of her energy is spent battling the constant storms plaguing the Dust Bowl and their effects on her health. Callie is left alone when her mother goes missing in a dust storm. Her only hope comes from a mysterious man offering a few clues about her destiny and the path she must take to find her parents in "the golden hills of the west": California.
Along the way she meets Jack, a young hobo boy who is happy to keep her company — there are dangerous, desperate people at every turn. And there’s also an otherworldly threat to Callie. Warring fae factions, attached to the creative communities of American society, are very much aware of the role this half-mortal, half-fae teenage girl plays in their fate.

Publisher: Random House
Number of Pages: 304
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Peyton, age 15

Darkness Before Dawn by J.A. London

Only sunlight can save us.
We built the wall to keep them out, to keep us safe. But it also makes us prisoners, trapped in what's left of our ravaged city, fearing nightfall.
After the death of my parents, it's up to me--as the newest delegate for humanity--to bargain with our vampire overlord. I thought I was ready. I thought I knew everything there was to know about the monsters. Then again, nothing could have prepared me for Lord Valentine . . . or his son. Maybe not all vampires are killers. Maybe it's safe to let one in.
Only one thing is certain: Even the wall is not enough. A war is coming and we cannot hide forever.

Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 342
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Alex, age 18

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult, Samantha von Leer

Jody Picoult Debuts In Her First Young Adult Novel...
...with her teenage daughter, Samantha! 
What happens when happily ever after…isn’t?
Delilah is a bit of a loner who prefers spending her time in the school library with her head in a book—one book in particular. Between the Lines may be a fairy tale, but it feels real. Prince Oliver is brave, adventurous, and loving. He really speaks to Delilah.
And then one day Oliver actually speaks to her. Turns out, Oliver is more than a one-dimensional storybook prince. He’s a restless teen who feels trapped by his literary existence and hates that his entire life is predetermined. He’s sure there’s more for him out there in the real world, and Delilah might just be his key to freedom.
Delilah and Oliver work together to attempt to get Oliver out of his book, a challenging task that forces them to examine their perceptions of fate, the world, and their places in it. And as their attraction to each other grows along the way, a romance blossoms that is anything but a fairy tale.

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Number of Pages: 358
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Dee Dee, age 12

Monday, June 18, 2012

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Four decades of peace have done little to ease the mistrust between humans and dragons in the kingdom of Goredd. Folding themselves into human shape, dragons attend court as ambassadors, and lend their rational, mathematical minds to universities as scholars and teachers. As the treaty's anniversary draws near, however, tensions are high.
Seraphina Dombegh has reason to fear both sides. An unusually gifted musician, she joins the court just as a member of the royal family is murdered—in suspiciously draconian fashion. Seraphina is drawn into the investigation, partnering with the captain of the Queen's Guard, the dangerously perceptive Prince Lucian Kiggs. While they begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot to destroy the peace, Seraphina struggles to protect her own secret, the secret behind her musical gift, one so terrible that its discovery could mean her very life.
In her exquisitely written fantasy debut, Rachel Hartman creates a rich, complex, and utterly original world. Seraphina's tortuous journey to self-acceptance is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.

Publisher: Random House 
Number of Pages: 464
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Peyton, age 15

Lost Girls by Anne Kelley

No parents. No rules. No way home.
Fourteen-year-old Bonnie MacDonald couldn't be more excited for a camping trip on an island off the coast of Thailand with her fellow Amelia Earhart Cadets-the daughters of the men and women stationed there during the Vietnam War. But when a strong current deposits the girls on what their boatman calls the "forbidden island," things take a turn for the worse: A powerful storm comes to destroy their campsite, the smallest of the junior cadets is found dead, and their boatman never returns. What once seemed like a vacation in paradise has become a battle against the elements.
Peppered with short, frantic entries from Bonnie's journal, Lost Girls is a page-turning, heart-pounding adventure story about a group of teen girls fighting for their lives.

Publisher: Little Brown
Number of Pages: 336
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Peyton, age 15

Friday, June 15, 2012

Vertigo by Kristina Dunker

Eva is sixteen and experiencing all of the excitement of being in love for the first time. And this weekend promises to be special, as she and her boyfriend, Julian, will be spending time at his parents’ country house. Nothing could be more perfect. Except the journey to the country is anything but, and Eva’s dream weekend is turning into a total nightmare.
When Eva’s train is delayed, she is unable to pick up Julian. She soon finds herself alone on a forest road late at night—and the witness to a group of teenagers beating a young boy. As she somehow sneaks by unnoticed, she also loses her diary, an incredibly personal book that holds all of her secrets—including details of her visits to a psychotherapist. So when she meets a kindred spirit who shares her demons and seems to know so much, she has to wonder whether he has read her thoughts.
Exploring the hopes, fears, and dangers of adolescence, Vertigo spins a riveting tale of extraordinary emotional range and intensity.

Publisher: AmazonCrossing
Number of Pages: 234
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Ellie, age 15

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Book on the Hot Spot (1)

Welcome to the first Book on the Hot Spot ever! We are excited to be launching our first meme and can't wait to share our favorite books with you! If you'd like to join in, just grab the button below and link us to your post in our comments. Can't wait to see what book you're loving at the moment!

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa
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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Secrets from the Sleeping Bag by Rose Cooper

Sofia is spending the summer at Camp Krakatow! S'mores, crafts, bug juice, water sports, boys(!) . . . Sofia doesn't want to forget one second of sleepaway camp!

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 208
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

The Scorpions of Zahir by Christin Brodien-Jones

Zagora Pym has always wanted to be a desert explorer. Her father, Charlie Pym, is exactly that, and she's always loved to look over his maps of far away exotic places. One day she'd be trekking through the deserts of Africa and China, discovering hidden treasures from lost tribes. But Zagora would never have guessed that her chance to prove herself would come so soon. Like most adventures, it starts with a mysterious letter. The question is, how will this adventure end?
Zagora's dreams of desert exploration are about to come true, but are she and her father and brother being followed? And will they ever make it back to civilization?

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 256
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver

In the turbulent world of the Mediterranean Bronze Age, long before the Greek myths, a boy and a girl battle for survival. With the help of three animal allies - a dolphin, a falcon and a lion cub - they defeat the forces of tyranny and withstand the elemental powers of the gods of land and sea.
Publisher: Dial
Number of Pages: 283
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

Sword Mountain by Nancy Yi Fan

Can dandelion and her raptor friends save Sword mountain?
Nancy Yi Fan, the New York Times bestselling author of Swordbird, is back with her richly imagined fantasy bird world.
On her sky-born day, Dandelion is injured and separated from her parents. The exiled musician prince, Fleydur, comes to her rescue and brings her to the Castle of Sky. But the court life of the golden eagles is still dominated by rigid traditions and intrigue, and now a new threat is looming. As flying, swordplay, and music enter her life, Dandelion will have the chance to show that a valley eaglet can be a true princess and a heroine, too. Bravery, equality, and the gift of music triumph over all.

Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 288
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 10

Friday, June 1, 2012

Lies Beneath by Anne Greenwood Brown

June 12, 2012

For the last couple years my obsession has been a dysfunctional family of merpeople on Lake Superior.
People ask if I’ve always beeen a huge mermaid fanatic. The most truthful answer is, No, I didn’t think much about mermaids and mermen at all until I heard Calder White talking to me one morning. “Hey, you,” he said. “I got a story you might want to hear.”
If you write, you know what I’m talking about. Sometimes our characters sneak in when we’re least expecting them. And then they don’t shut up. For that, I am truly thankful.

Is it true that you are afraid of swimming in lakes because of the fish?
Yes, that's true. (Where did you hear that?) In general, I am very intimidated by any animal that looks too close to its prehistoric origins, so fish, birds, and reptiles are a "no go" with me. I can't step into the water if there is a swarm of minnows in the shallows, and those Sunnies that lurk around boat docks . . . *shudder.* Maybe that's why my mermaids tend more toward the scary than the sweet.

Would you swim in Lake Superior if Calder swam with you?
Yes. I think I would! For no other reason than I'd love to get a private tour of all those shipwrecks.

What was the inspiration behind mermaids in Lake Superior?
The plot came from a dream. I had been writing a contemporary adult novel set on Lake Superior. It featured a handsome, young ferry boat captain. I kept having this dream where he jumped off the rail of the ferry into the lake. Night after night. Then one night he burst out with this amazing tail. I woke up with the first line of LIES BENEATH in my head: "I hadn't killed anyone all winter, and I have to say I felt pretty good about that." There was nothing left to do but get out of bed, make a big pot of coffee, and get to work on the story that wanted to be told.

Thematically, however, I found inspiration in the Amish (strangely enough) and their ability to forgive their transgressors when the average person would be out for revenge. The other inspiration was the process of Evolution, and how an animal adapts to new situations and evolves over time. LIES BENEATH is categorized as "paranormal romance," but in my head it has always been an evolution story about an animal (which Calder is in many ways), who learns how to forgive, and how to love, and who ultimately evolves into a man.

What is different about your mermaids than any other mermaid our there?
No gills. They also work in coffee shops.

How would you describe Lies Beneath in three words?
"Evolution Isn't Over." Or wait, how about: "Forgiveness Trumps Hate." No . . . let's go with "Watch Your Back."

If you had to choose an actor to play the role of Calder White, who would it be?
Easy. Darren Criss. I had his picture taped to my computer the whole time I was writing. 

Which character in Lies Beneath was the most fun for you to write (if you had to pick one!)?
The answer to this question changes regularly. Today I'd say Maris, who is the oldest mermaid sister and the head of the family since their mother died. She's deliciously bad mannered and completely misunderstood. It was fun to write a character whose motivations were so twisted. She actually thinks she's doing good by her family the whole time she's messing them up.

PLAYLIST (get yourself ready t0 read the book!)
1. Kiss Off – Violent Femmes
2. Ain’t No Rest for the  Wicked – Cage the Elephant
3. Take Me Out – Franz Ferdinand
4. Please Do Not Go – Violent Femmes
5. Feel It Turn – Great Big Sea
6. Behind Enemy Lines – The Apers
7. Heroes or Ghosts – The Coronas
8. Time is Running Out – Muse
9. Cannonball – Damien Rice

Visit Anne Greenwood Brown's website, twitter, and tumblr for more information. 


The Bookcase will be hosting one of Anne Greenwood Brown's first author events on June 16th at 7pm! We'd love to see you there!! 

Happy reading!