Friday, December 27, 2013

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

For the past five years, Hayley Kincaid and her father, Andy, have been on the road, never staying long in one place as he struggles to escape the demons that have tortured him since his return from Iraq. Now they are back in the town where he grew up so Hayley can attend school. Perhaps, for the first time, Hayley can have a normal life, put aside her own painful memories, even have a relationship with Finn, the hot guy who obviously likes her but is hiding secrets of his own.

Will being back home help Andy’s PTSD, or will his terrible memories drag him to the edge of hell, and drugs push him over? The Impossible Knife of Memory is Laurie Halse Anderson at her finest: compelling, surprising, and impossible to put down.

Publisher: Viking Juvenile 
Number of Pages: 372
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 18

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Stacking the Shelves (4)

Hosted by Tynga's Reviews
We received a lot of fun books this week and last week, especially from HarperCollins! We happened to get duplicates of most of these, and will be sharing extensively on Twitter and the blog. So stay tuned!

Panic by Lauren Oliver

On the Fence
Wicked Games
Fan Art
The Tings You Kiss Goodbye
Guy in Real Life
Say What You Will
Sleep No More 
The Murder Complex
After the End 
The Art of Lainey
The Half Life of Molly Pierce
The Vanishing Season 
Prisoner of Night and Fog
(Don't You) Forget About Me
The Taking
Life by Committee
Free to Fall
Talker 25
The Secrets of Lily Graves
17 First Kisses
Sweet Reckoning
The Last Best Kiss 
Don't Call Me Baby
Royally Lost
Born of Deception
Vivian Divine Is Dead
The Eighth Day
Strange and Ever After
How to Meet Boys

Thank you HarperCollins! Our team can't wait to get started.

Also, Stacee from Too Fond of Books sent us signed copies of Prodigy and Champion by Marie Lu, which is a favorite trilogy among the reviewers. So thank you, Stacee! If you haven't already, you should check out her blog and Twitter account. She's a sweetie, with some spunk!

What did you get this week? 

Happy reading!
The (YA) Bookcase Team 

P.S. Want to win some of these books? Check out our Blind Date with a Book giveaway and enter to win! 

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

All that Glows by Ryan Graudin

Emrys—a fiery, red-headed Fae—always embraced her life in the Highlands, far from the city’s draining technology, until she’s sent to London to rejoin the Faery Guard. But this isn’t any normal assignment—she’s sent to guard Prince Richard: Britain’s notorious, partying bad boy and soon-to-be King. The prince’s careless ways and royal blood make him the irresistible for the dark spirits that feed on mortals. Sweet, disheveled, and alive with adventure—Richard is one charge who will put Emrys’s magic and heart to the test.
When an ancient force begins preying on the monarchy, Emrys must hunt through the London’s magical underworld, facing down Banshees, Black Dogs and Green Women to find the one who threatens Richard’s life. In this chaos of dark magic, palace murders and paparazzi, Emrys finds herself facing an impossible choice. For despite all her powers, Emrys has discovered a force that burns brighter than magic: love.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 480
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Lily, age 13

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell

Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.
Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.
But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.
Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of Pages: 228
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Lily, age 13

Monday, December 16, 2013

GIVEAWAY: Blind Date with a Book!

Happy Holidays fellow book lovers! We were inspired by these posts to do our own "Blind Date with a Book" to give back to the awesome blogosphere. Read on to learn how you can enter our six-book giveaway! 

How to Enter: 
  • U.S. Only! (We're sorry!)
  • Which book would you rather go on a date with? Pick your top contender listed by number  
  • Enter the Rafflecopter for that number (you can enter as many or as little as you'd like) 
  • Want 10 extra entries in the giveaway? Order ANY book from our online store and email the confirmation receipt to yabookcase AT gmail DOT com
  • Wait. We'll announce winners on the 26th of December! 
Romantic, Tech-y, Futuristic
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Sensual, Dark, Thrilling
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Gothic, Historical, Deadly
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Dystopic, Thrilling, Cold

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Vengeful, Sexy, Wicked
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Stark, Heartbreaking, Uplifting, Quirky
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Good luck! 
The (YA) Bookcase Team

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by April Genevieve Tucholke

You stop fearing the devil when you’re holding his hand… 
Nothing much exciting rolls through Violet White’s sleepy, seaside town… until River West comes along. River rents the guest house behind Violet’s crumbling estate, and as eerie, grim things start to happen, Violet begins to wonder about the boy living in her backyard.
Is River just a crooked-smiling liar with pretty eyes and a mysterious past? Or could he be something more?
Violet’s grandmother always warned her about the Devil, but she never said he could be a dark-haired boy who takes naps in the sun, who likes coffee, who kisses you in a cemetery... who makes you want to kiss back. 
Violet’s already so knee-deep in love, she can’t see straight. And that’s just how River likes it. 

Blending faded decadence and the thrilling dread of gothic horror, April Genevieve Tucholke weaves a dreamy, twisting contemporary romance, as gorgeously told as it is terrifying—a debut to watch.

Publisher: Dial 
Number of Pages: 360
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 18

Friday, December 6, 2013

Her Dark Curiosity by Megan Shepherd

To defeat the darkness, she must first embrace it.
Months have passed since Juliet Moreau returned to civilization after escaping her father's island—and the secrets she left behind. Now, back in London once more, she is rebuilding the life she once knew and trying to forget Dr. Moreau’s horrific legacy—though someone, or something, hasn’t forgotten her.
As people close to Juliet fall victim one by one to a murderer who leaves a macabre calling card of three clawlike slashes, Juliet fears one of her father’s creations may have also escaped the island. She is determined to find the killer before Scotland Yard does, though it means awakening sides of herself she had thought long banished, and facing loves from her past she never expected to see again.
As Juliet strives to stop a killer while searching for a serum to cure her own worsening illness, she finds herself once more in the midst of a world of scandal and danger. Her heart torn in two, past bubbling to the surface, life threatened by an obsessive killer—Juliet will be lucky to escape alive.

With inspiration from Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, this is a tantalizing mystery about the hidden natures of those we love and how far we’ll go to save them from themselves.

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Number of Pages: 432

Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Rachel, age 18

Monday, December 2, 2013

Rock and a Hard Place by Angie Stanton

One day while watching the Interstate exit for her dad’s long awaited return, Libby’s life is rocked when Peter Jamieson steps off his tour bus and into her life. After a couple chance meetings with Peter, Libby breaks away from her rule abiding behavior and her life changes course.
Peter longs for normalcy away from the screaming fans who know nothing about the real him. He is amazed to discover Libby has never heard of him or his band. Soon their friendship turns to love. While Peter battles his family's growing interference so he can spend time with Libby, she struggles with her eccentric aunt who turns more bizarre each day.
Their lives are torn apart when Peter's family intrudes and Libby disappears. Peter’s desperate search for her comes up empty. Can they find their way back to each other while the world plots against them?

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 224
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Amanda, age 17

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Bite-Sized Magic by Kathryn Littlewood

This third book in Kathryn Littlewood's acclaimed Bliss trilogy mixes the down-home heart-punch of Ingrid Law's Newbery Honor Book Savvy, the always-on-the-edge-of-chaos comedy of Cheaper by the Dozen, and a humorous magic all its own to create a thoroughly original confection, a delicious guilty pleasure for readers of all ages.
Rose won back her family's magical Cookery Booke in an international baking competition in A Dash of Magic, the second novel in the series. Rose is now world famous—so famous, in fact, that Mr. Butter, head of the Mostess Corporation, has kidnapped her so that she can develop new-and-improved magical recipes for his company's snack cakes. With the magically enhanced Dinkies and Moony Pies, Mr. Butter plans to take over the world.
Together with her brothers, their talking cat and mouse, and an unlikely team of bakers, Rose must overthrow Mr. Butter before he destroys civilization, one magically evil snack cake at a time.

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of Pages: 432
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 13