Wednesday, January 30, 2013

In The Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters

In 1918, the world seems on the verge of apocalypse. Americans roam the streets in gauze masks to ward off the deadly Spanish influenza, and the government ships young men to the front lines of a brutal war, creating an atmosphere of fear and confusion. Sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches as desperate mourners flock to séances and spirit photographers for comfort, but she herself has never believed in ghosts. During her bleakest moment, however, she’s forced to rethink her entire way of looking at life and death, for her first love—a boy who died in battle—returns in spirit form. But what does he want from her?
Featuring haunting archival early-twentieth-century photographs, this is a tense, romantic story set in a past that is eerily like our own time.

Publisher: Amulet Books
Number of Pages: 400
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Ellie, age 16

Sunday, January 27, 2013

The Peculiar by Stefan Bachman

Don't get yourself noticed and you won't get yourself hanged.
In the faery slums of Bath, Bartholomew Kettle and his sister Hettie live by these words. Bartholomew and Hettie are changelings--Peculiars--and neither faeries nor humans want anything to do with them.
One day a mysterious lady in a plum-colored dress comes gliding down Old Crow Alley. Bartholomew watches her through his window. Who is she? What does she want? And when Bartholomew witnesses the lady whisking away, in a whirling ring of feathers, the boy who lives across the alley--Bartholomew forgets the rules and gets himself noticed.
First he's noticed by the lady in plum herself, then by something darkly magical and mysterious, by Jack Box and the Raggedy Man, by the powerful Mr. Lickerish . . . and by Arthur Jelliby, a young man trying to slip through the world unnoticed, too, and who, against all odds, offers Bartholomew friendship and a way to belong.
Part murder mystery, part gothic fantasy, part steampunk adventure, The Peculiar is Stefan Bachmann's riveting, inventive, and unforgettable debut novel.

Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Number of Pages: 384
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 12

Friday, January 25, 2013

The Dark Heroine by Abigail Gibbs & giveaway!

The sexiest romance you’ll read this year.
One moment can change your life forever...
For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no matter how hard Violet tries.
Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.
Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price.


Publisher: Harper Voyager
Number of Pages: 549
Type: Paperback/eBook

Reviewed by Amanda, age 17

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Secret Prophecy by Herbie Brennan

 Imagine your father has been found dead. Strange men armed with guns show up at his funeral. And those same men have begun to follow you. Now you're on the run.
When Edward Michael "Em" Goverton uncovers the key to a five-hundred-year-old deadly prediction by the prophet Nostradamus, personal tragedy morphs into international crisis. Soon Em finds himself enmeshed in a sinister web of shocking events where nothing is quite as it seems. Aided by Victor, a mysterious stranger, and Charlotte, a family friend, Em follows a trail of cryptic clues that leads the trio into a conspiracy of world-shattering proportions.
But the ominous forces behind the plot are not about to sit back and let their plans be ruined. Soon their net begins to close in on Em, and it's a race against the clock for the trio to finish what Em's father started--and prevent a catastrophe that threatens the lives of an entire generation. Bestselling author Herbie Brennan has crafted an edge-of-your-seat thriller that grabs readers by the throat and won't let them go until they've reached the very last page.

Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Number of Pages: 368
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 12

The Seven Swords by Nils Johnson Shelton

Across both worlds are seven legendary blades. Some have been uncovered, Some forgotten, Others secreted away.
Very soon all must be united.
Spending the summer fighting dragons, rescuing wizards, and leaping through portals into the Otherworld was only the beginning for Artie and Kay Kingfisher. The two worlds remain divided, Merlin is missing, and worst of all, Qwon Onakea, their kidnapped friend, may be lost to the Otherworld forever. It seems the only way to save both worlds—and to save his friends—is for Artie to claim his throne as King Arthur reborn.
To do this, Artie must gather his knights so they can venture forth and recover each of the Seven Swords. Finding them all is Artie's only hope for victory.
But all the video games in the world haven't prepared Artie for the battles to come against giants, dragons, ogres, and sorcerers. Nor is he ready for the unexpected threat of the Peace Sword, a mysterious weapon used by the treacherous Mordred to kill the original King Arthur more than a thousand years ago. . . .

Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 12

Book on the Hot Spot (7) & Giveaway & Special Guest Post

Welcome to our seventh Book on the Hot Spot. Today's is actually kind of special in that we aren't putting a book on the Hot Spot, but rather, a blog. Sarah, the fantastically awesome blogger over at The Book Life, asked us to do a guest post on her blog explaining a little bit more about how The (YA) Bookcase came to be and why it also has a bookstore! We created a post with pictures of the town, store and a video where we talk about each reviewer. If you've ever wondered, click on the link below to visit our guest post and check out Sarah's blog. Then, stop back to win books! We're hosting a double giveaway at both The (YA) Bookcase and The Book Life! 

plus chances to win MORE books over at The Book Life.  

plus chances to win MORE books.

Thank you to all who entered our giveaway! Thank you especially to anyone who comes back and visits us. We are hoping to install some more fun features on the blog and can't wait to share more bookish fun with other book lovers! Below are the winners for all three prizes: 
-Winner of Just One Day, Shards & Ashes, and The Goddess Inheritance: Samantha D.
-Winner of Scarlet and Boundless: Cynthia B.
-Because no winner ordered from our online store, Mandy R. won our UK Wings Series!
Winners, I hope you enjoy your prizes! We're so excited to share them with you.

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Happy reading!
The (YA) Bookcase

The Genius Files #3 You Only Die Twice by Dan Gutman

The most dangerous road trip in history continues for thirteen-year-old twins Coke and Pepsi McDonald.
Just when they thought they were safe, the twins will be
by an evil Elvis impersonator,
in a pool of flesh-eating soda pop, nearly
in a giant shredder, and
in a turbo-charged carnival ride.
worst of all,
no one believes them!
Will they make it out alive? Will they ever find out who’s really after them? All bets are off in this explosive third book in the Genius Files series!

Publisher: HarperCollins
Number of Pages: 256
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 12

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Cavemice #1 The Stone of Fire by Geronimo Stilton

Who is Geronimo Stiltonoot?
He is a cavemouse -- Geronimo Stilton's ancient ancestor. He runs the stone newspaper in the prehistoric village of Old Mouse City. From dealing with dinosaurs to dodging meteorites, his life in the Stone Age is full of adventure!
Old Mouse City is in an uproar. The most precious artifact in the mouseum—the Stone of Fire—has been stolen! Geronimo Stiltonoot and his cavemouse friend Hercule Poirat are on the case. It's up to them to retrieve the stone from the ferocious Tiger Khan and his band of fearsome felines!

Publisher: Scholastic
Number of Pages: 128
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Lily, age 12

Shadowbinders by Kambrea Pratt, illustrations by Thom Pratt

Mia White was an ordinary high school girl with ordinary high school problems. That all changed the day she was given her grandfather’s mysterious journal and an even more mysterious antique ring... one that transports her to another world! Now this ordinary girl finds herself in an extraordinary realm filled with airships, flying serpents and clockwork cities! But her biggest challenge may come in the form of handsome, aloof (and downright infuriating) mage Crimson Rhen... Shadowbinders Vol. 1 collects the first four chapters of the popular webcomic into a graphic novel format. Set sail for steampunk, fantasy, magic, mecha and romance!

Publisher: Clownfish Media
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Amanda, age 17

Prisoner B-3087 by Alan Gratz

 Survive. At any cost.
10 concentration camps.
10 different places where you are starved, tortured, and worked mercilessly.
It's something no one could imagine surviving.
But it is what Yanek Gruener has to face.
As a Jewish boy in 1930s Poland, Yanek is at the mercy of the Nazis who have taken over. Everything he has, and everyone he loves, have been snatched brutally from him. And then Yanek himself is taken prisoner -- his arm tattooed with the words PRISONER B-3087.
He is forced from one nightmarish concentration camp to another, as World War II rages all around him. He encounters evil he could have never imagined, but also sees surprising glimpses of hope amid the horror. He just barely escapes death, only to confront it again seconds later.
Can Yanek make it through the terror without losing his hope, his will -- and, most of all, his sense of who he really is inside?
Based on an astonishing true story.

Publisher: Scholastic 
Number of Pages: 272
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Jack, age 13

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Reached by Ally Condie

Cassia’s journey began with an error, a momentary glitch in the otherwise perfect façade of the Society. After crossing canyons to break free, she waits, silk and paper smuggled against her skin, ready for the final chapter.
The wait is over.
One young woman has raged against those who threaten to keep away what matters most—family, love, choice. Her quiet revolution is about to explode into full-scale rebellion.
With exquisite prose, the emotionally gripping conclusion to the international–bestselling Matched trilogy returns Cassia, Ky, and Xander to the Society to save the one thing they have been denied for so long, the power to choose.

Publisher: Dutton 
Number of Pages: 512
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Rachel, age 17

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Through the Ever Night by Veronica Rossi

It's been months since Aria last saw Perry. Months since Perry was named Blood Lord of the Tides, and Aria was charged with an impossible mission. Now, finally, they are about to be reunited. But their reunion is far from perfect. The Tides don't take kindly to Aria, a former Dweller. And with the worsening Aether storms threatening the tribe's precarious existence, Aria begins to fear that leaving Perry behind might be the only way to save them both.
Threatened by false friends, hidden enemies, and powerful temptations, Aria and Perry wonder, Can their love survive through the ever night?
In this second book in her spellbinding Under the Never Sky trilogy, Veronica Rossi combines fantasy and dystopian elements to create a captivating love story as perilous as it is unforgettable.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 352
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Amanda, age 17

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Witch World by Christopher Pike

Heading off for a weekend in Las Vegas with her friends, Jessie Ralle has only one worry—how to make it through the road trip in the same car with her Ex, Jimmy Kelter. The guy who broke her heart five months ago when he dumped her for no reason. The guy who’s finally ready to tell her why he did it, because he wants her back.
But what Jessie doesn’t realize is that Jimmy is the least of her problems.
In Las Vegas she meets Russ, a mesmerizing stranger who shows her how to gamble, and who never seems to lose. Curious, Jessie wants to know his secret, and in response, alone in his hotel room, he teaches her a game that opens a door to another reality.
To Witch World.

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Number of Pages: 528
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Hannah, age 17

Friday, January 11, 2013

Book on the Hot Spot (6)

Welcome to our sixth Book on the Hot Spot! This week we're putting Reached by Ally Condie and Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi on the Hot Spot! Stay tuned because afterwards we explain our massive giveaways! Two winners will be chosen. Let us know what you thought of the books if you've read them or if you're planning to read them!

Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi
Buy Paperback | $9.99
376 pages
Read Review!

Reached by Ally Condie
Buy Hardcover | $17.99 (we have a few signed copies!)
512 pages

*this giveaway is for U.S. residents only. We're sorry international peeps!

Thank you to all who entered! We picked two winners. The first drawn got their first choice of the prize packs. Unfortunately all of you picked YA as your first choice, but don't fear! Those MG books are great and if you have a kid, neighbor, cousin, friend that is little I'm sure they'd love you forever if you shared! 

1st Winner: Jill M. - YA Prize Pack
2nd Winner: Sarah M. - MG Prize Pack + Rise by Andrea Cremer

Again, thanks so much! We hope you stop back for more bookish fun!
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It was a little unclear in the video but if you order ANY book from our online store you will get a mystery book added to your prize pack if you win. We listed off a few you could choose from, but if it doesn't matter to you we will add a random ARC from our stock! It could be one of these, but not necessarily!

Here's the list: 

-Janie Face to Face by Caroline B. Cooney 
-The Fire-Horse Girl by Kay Honeyman 
-Rise by Andrea Cremer 

Happy reading!
Rachel & Amanda 

P.S. We'd love to hear feedback on the vlog! We're trying to improve!