Monday, June 30, 2014

Illusive by Emily Lloyd-Jones

When the MK virus swept across the planet, a vaccine was created to stop the epidemic, but it came with some unexpected side effects. A small percentage of the population developed superhero-like powers. Seventeen-year-old Ciere Giba has the handy ability to change her appearance at will. She's what's known as an illusionist...She's also a thief.
After a robbery goes awry, Ciere must team up with a group of fellow super-powered criminals on another job that most would consider too reckless. The formula for the vaccine that gave them their abilities was supposedly destroyed years ago. But what if it wasn't?
The lines between good and bad, us and them, and freedom and entrapment are blurred as Ciere and the rest of her crew become embroiled in a deadly race against the government that could cost them their lives.


Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 
Number of Pages: 416
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Lily, age 13

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Empire of Shadows by Miriam Forster

Cast out of her family three years ago, Mara turned to the only place that would take her—a school where students train to protect others. But Mara is stunned when guarding a noble girl in the Empire’s capital turns out to be more dangerous than she could’ve imagined. More shocking still, she finds the boy she thought she had lost forever outside the gates of her new home.
Mara knew her life in the dizzying Imperial city would hold dangers. How could she have known that her heart, as well as her life, would be at stake?

Empire of Shadows will take readers on a spellbinding journey into the world Miriam Forster first introduced in City of a Thousand Dolls—a world with a divided society, deadly courtiers, heroic traitors, and deeply laid conspiracies.

Publisher: HarperTeen
Number of Pages: 496
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Amanda, age 18

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

QUIZ & GIVEAWAY: Which Starlight Character Would YOU Most Likely Be Besties with?

Today author, Sherry Soule has some exciting news to share with us! She will be publishing a brand new upper YA series: the “Starlight Saga” (paranormal romance with a Sci-Fi concept) with scorching-hot character chemistry and exciting suspense on June 26, 2014.
To help promote this interstellar love story, “LOST IN STARLIGHT,” Sherry is doing this guest post to share the news with fellow booklovers.
Author Sherry Soule has a treat for all my followers today. Take this super fun quiz to see which character you’d most likely be besties with and score a $10 Amazon Gift card!

Take this quiz and be sure to check the bottom of the post for the details regarding this random giveaway.

You have $200 to spend. Where do you go?

a.      Forever 21
b.      Hot Topic
c.      Abercrombie & Fitch
d.      Urban Outfitters

It is dinnertime. What are you in the mood for?

a.      Salad and diet soda
b.      Cheeseburger and fries
c.      Pizza and iced tea
d.      Vegie Burrito

What’s your favorite TV show?

a.      Pretty Little Liars
b.      The Tomorrow People
c.      CW’s The 100
d.      The Vampire Dairies

Favorite type of movie?

a.      Romantic Comedy
b.      Horror / Suspense
c.      Action / Adventure
d.      Science Fiction / Fantasy

What is your favorite color?

a.      Pink
b.      Purple
c.      Black
d.      Blue

Where would you hang out on a free afternoon?
a)   Hit the clothing stores with friends
b)   Go to the movies
c)    The library or bookstore
d)   Play video games

If you answered...

Mostly a's: You and Emma need to hang out soon! You’ll have a blast shopping together, catching up on the latest gossip, and painting each other’s nail’s pink.
Mostly b's:  Sloane is your new BFF! You guys will have fun dying your hair crazy colors, going to the movies, and chowing down on burgers.
Mostly c's: Kaitlyn and you would have a great time together. You both enjoy pizza, hanging at the bookstore, and getting your nails done.
Mostly d's: Tanisha and you are both cool girls that like to play video games, watch shows that are fantasy themed, and snack on healthier food.

Random winner will be picked on June 27th 2014 and contacted by email. All prizes will be electronically delivered. Please review all terms & conditions before entering.  

Mandatory giveaway details:
That's it! Good luck!

VOLUME ONE: Starlight Saga
High school reporter Sloane Masterson knows she has one helluva story when she witnesses hottie Hayden Lancaster bending forks with his mind.
Like any good journalist, Sloane sets out to uncover the truth, even if it includes a little stalking. When the superhuman feats start to pile up and the undeniable heat rises between them, Hayden has no choice but to reveal his secret: he’s an alien hybrid.
They’re as different as night and day—she’s a curvy, purple-haired, horror junkie and he’s a smoking hot, antisocial, brainiac—yet the intense fascination between them refuses to go away. Even at Hayden’s insistence that dating each other is “off limits” and crazy dangerous, their fiery attraction threatens to go supernova.
Now Sloane’s dealing with creepy government agents, über snobby extraterrestrials, and a psycho alien ex-girlfriend out for revenge. After a crash course on the rules of interstellar dating, Sloane must decide if their star-crossed romance is worth risking her own life....
The LOST IN STARLIGHT eBooks can be purchased from Amazon, B&N, Kobo, & iBooks on June 26th.
The paperback edition from Amazon on June 16th 2014.
Read First Five Chapters for FREE, here
Add Lost in Starlight to your TBR on Goodreads, here
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Meridian by Josin L. McQuien

The electrifying sequel to Arclight, which Pittacus Lore called "powerful and gripping." Those within the Arc thought that they were the last humans left after the world was destroyed--but they were wrong. There are more survivors. But there is also more to be afraid of. A suspenseful sci-fi thriller to hand to fans of Veronica Roth, Stephen King's Under the Dome, and Justin Cronin's The Passage.
Marina thought she had solved all of the Arclight's mysteries. But there is so much more that Marina is only discovering now. There are more people out there; those in the Arclight compound aren't the only humans who survived the Fade, the monsters that destroyed civilization. Only Marina--and her friends, all of whom have connections to the Fade they never knew about--can lead everyone to the other survivors. But there are also darker dangers that even the Fade fear. The sequel to Arclight, Meridian is an intense, action-packed page-turner about the lines we draw between right and wrong, light and dark . . . and how nothing is ever that black and white.

Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Number of Pages: 464
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Hannah, age 18

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Arclight by Josin L. McQuien

A harrowing sci-fi thriller that #1 New York Times bestselling author Pittacus Lore proclaimed "Powerful and gripping." This bold and astonishing novel about identity, unnerving connections, tortured romance, and facing our worst nightmares is made for fans of Veronica Roth, Stephen King, and Justin Cronin.
The Arclight is the last refuge in a post-apocalyptic world consumed by terrifying creatures called the Fade. No one crosses the wall of light that keeps the last human survivors safe. There's nothing else left and nowhere to go. Or so they thought, until Marina, a lone teenage girl, stumbles out of the Dark.
Marina doesn't remember who she is, where she came from, or how she survived. And the Fade want her back. When one of them infiltrates the compound and recognizes Marina, she begins to unlock secrets she didn't even know she had. Marina knows she's an outsider, but she'll do anything to protect those who saved her. Whether they want her help or not.

Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Number of Pages: 432
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Hannah, age 18

Monday, June 23, 2014

Through the Zombie Glass by Gena Showalter

Zombies stalk the night. Forget blood and brains. These monsters hunger for human souls. Sadly, they've got mine…
Alice Bell has lost so much. Family. Friends. A home. She thought she had nothing else to give. She was wrong. 
After a new zombie attack, strange things begin to happen to her. Mirrors come to life, and the whispers of the dead assault her ears. But the worst? A terrible darkness blooms inside her, urging her to do very wicked things. 
She's never needed her team of zombie slayers more, but ultra bad-boy Cole Holland, the leader and her boyfriend, suddenly withdraws from her…from everyone. Now, with her best friend Kat at her side, Ali must kill the zombies, uncover Cole's secret and learn to fight the darkness.
But the clock is ticking…and if she fails at a single task, they're all doomed.

Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Number of Pages: 480
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Hannah, age 18

Friday, June 20, 2014

Book on the Hot Spot: The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

You can learn more about the world inside The Glass Sentence here

We were lucky enough to steal some of S. E. Grove's time on the road for an interview as she begins traveling for her debut release of The Glass Sentence. If you've read my review, then you know how fabulous I think this middle grade book is--a book that can be enjoyed by middle readers and adults alike! Read my review here if you haven't already and enjoy the interview! 

In one sentence or a few words, what is The Glass Sentence all about? 

Maps, history, and adventure! Or, in sentence form: The Glass Sentence is about two young adventurers in a world where places are all in different time periods.

Fans of what other books would also enjoy The Glass Sentence?

I hope fans of fantasy and historical fiction will enjoy this book. Maybe some Harry Potter readers, maybe some Golden Compass readers. Two big inspirations for me are Ursula LeGuin and Madeleine L’Engle, so I hope readers who like their books will also like this one.

Was there any research involved in The Glass Sentence, or is it purely fictional? 

There was a fair amount of research involved, since I wanted to make each “Age” fictional but plausible. So, for example, New Occident is a version of the United States that exists ninety years after the “Great Disruption” – the event that separates places from their fixed point in time. I needed to figure out what would and wouldn’t exist in this world if history had unfolded differently. Would people be able to trade for coffee and sugar? (Yes.) Where would it come from? (The United Indies!) Would light bulbs and photography exist? (No, it turns out!) How would people think differently, how would politics be different, and what would religion and the arts look like? These were all questions I answered through a combination of invention and research.

How do you think your novel differs or stands out from other middle grade books currently on the market? 

I think that if this book is different it might be because I am mostly inspired by an earlier generation of writers, as I mentioned before. So this book is sort of drifting loose from time itself! That makes it either distinct in a good way or rather out of fashion, depending on your point of view.

Mapmakers in this story are like no other I've read. They kick butt! Why did you decide to make cartology such an important part of the story? What was the inspiration behind your version? 

I’m so glad you think so! The inspiration for me with mapping is really how maps figure in history. Our view of maps these days is fairly limited: we see them as navigational tools, most often for car travel. But maps in different places and times do very different things. They are really arguments about the way the world looks. I wanted to present this idea to readers in a way that would feel exciting and real. My greatest hope for this book would be for it to make history (and mapping, as a part of history) cool!

Your story consists of past, present, future and fantasy. What genre would you put it under? 

Hm. That’s a difficult question. Historical fantasy? I’ve heard some people say it even has dystopian elements, though I’m not sure about that. I see it as historical and fantastical, so somewhere in between those two genres.

What was the most fun part of your novel to write? 

For me the most fun was creating these places – Ages – and imagining how they would work. To a great degree, the book emerges from a wish (don’t we all have it?) to travel to different time periods, and so I really enjoyed creating those worlds and envisioning them in detail.

Will The Glass Sentence become a trilogy or series? 

Yes! There are two more books forthcoming, and the next one will be out next summer. It’s called “The Golden Specific.” Theo and Sophia are part of the story, of course, but there are plenty of new characters, too.

I think your book would appeal to boys and girls of many ages. Do you think your book would make a good YA crossover?

I’m glad you think it would appeal to a broad spectrum of readers. While much of Sophia’s behavior reflects her age (and likewise with Theo), I hope that the things occurring in their world would be of interest to people of any age.

When you aren't writing, what are you doing?

These days, when I’m not writing I’m usually taking care of my ten-month-old baby. We like to spend time in the garden, go for walks, and, of course, read books!

Thanks again for taking the time to answer our questions, S.E. Grove! We highly recommend your book! 

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Happy reading!
The (YA) Bookcase Team 

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

COVER REVEAL: The Anatomy of Vampires by Shayne Leighton

Anatomy of Vampires follows the journey of Alistair Vlain, a mortal man who gets swept up into the hidden world of magic after his wife was transformed into a Vampire. Alistair works to uncover secrets of the occult, knowingly doing the work of one of the oldest Vampire clans in the world. Anatomy of Vampires is the highly-anticipated companion novella to the bestselling Of Light and Darkness series. 

Buy it here! Interested in the whole series? As a bonus, the second book is free all week and can be read here!

At only 23 years old, Shayne has had international success with her feature film, The Incubus and her bestselling novel series, Of Light and Darkness.
The Incubus  has played in major movie theaters across South Florida such as Regal, AMC, and Cinemark.
Shayne Leighton is a recording artist signed to the internationally renowned, Spectra Music Group, one of the largest indie labels in the world. 
Shayne has been invited to speak at book conferences and signings along with authors such as James Patterson, Alex Flinn and more. 
Shayne has published three full-length novels including three in the Of Light and Darkness series and one companion novella to the same series. 

Find her here: Website | Facebook | Twitter

What do you think of the cover? Have you read anything by this author before?

Happy reading!
The (YA) Bookcase Team

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Glass Sentence by S. E. Grove

The Glass Sentence plunges readers into a time and place they will not want to leave, and introduces them to a heroine and hero they will take to their hearts. It is a remarkable debut.

Publisher: Viking Juvenile 
Number of Pages: 489 
Type: Hardcover 

Reviewed by Rachel, age 18

Monday, June 9, 2014

REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: In a Handful of Dust by Mindy McGinnis

Fans of classic frontier survival stories as well as readers of dystopian literature will enjoy this futuristic story about an epic cross-country journey. In a Handful of Dust is set ten years after the first novel, Not a Drop to Drink, as a dangerous disease strikes the community where teenage Lucy lives. When her adoptive mother, Lynn, takes Lucy away from their home and friends in order to protect her, Lucy struggles to figure out what home means. During their journey west to find a new life, the two face nature's challenges, including hunger, mountains, and deserts.

New York Times bestselling author Michael Grant says Not a Drop to Drink is a debut "not to be missed," and this companion title is full of Mindy McGinnis's evocative, spare language matched with incredible drama and danger. In a Handful of Dust is perfect for fans of Partials, Enclave, and Legend.

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Number of Pages: 384
Type: Hardcover

Reviewed by Ellie, age 17

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Book on the Hot Spot: an interview and giveaway with April Genevieve Tucholke

I am so excited for this post! I absolutely loved April Tucholke's Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. It was so richly written--the words just tasted beautiful on your tongue, if you know what I mean. And the plot was so elusive, you had to wonder what was real and what was an illusion. Have you read this book? Share in the comments! Will you read this book? Let us know!

Freddie once told me that the Devil created all the fear in the world. But then, the Devil once told me that it's easier to forgive someone for scaring you than for making you cry. 
The problem with River West Redding was that he'd done both to me.
The crooked-smiling liar River West Redding, who drove into Violet's life one summer day and shook her world to pieces, is gone. Violet and Neely, River's other brother, are left to worry—until they catch a two a.m. radio program about strange events in a distant mountain town. They take off in search of River but are always a step behind, finding instead frenzied towns, witch hunts, and a wind-whipped island with the thrum of something strange and dangerous just under the surface. It isn't long before Violet begins to wonder if Neely, the one Redding brother she thought trustworthy, has been hiding a secret of his own . . .

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.

April Genevieve Tucholke is a full-time writer who digs classic movies, redheaded villains, big kitchens, and discussing murder at the dinner table. She and her husband—a librarian, former rare-book dealer, and journalist—live in Oregon.

Find her here: 


1) What was your favorite part of creating Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea? What was the hardest?

My favorite parts to write? The violence and the steam. I can’t help it. The words fly out my fingers.

The hardest parts are everything else. The subtle things. Weaving in backgrounds and settings and atmosphere and motivations and history and world and voice. They take a lot more time. Especially the voice. I had to write DEVIL once, and then write it all over again in Violet’s voice. She never uses clichés. She’s an original thinker. It’s delicate and cunning.

2) Who do you think Violet’s favorite authors and artists are? 

Authors: The Bronte sisters. Daphne Du Maurier. Susanna Clarke. Stephen King. Dickens. Poe. Hawthorne. Agatha Christie.

Artists: Chagall. Rodin. John William Waterhouse. Caspar David Friedrich. Caravaggio. Artemisia Gentileschi. 

3) Describe River in the three words.

Charming. Byronic. Wounded.

4) Describe Violet in three words.

Lonely. Eccentric. Hopeful.

5) Describe Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea in three words.

Atmospheric. Eerie. Unexpected.

6) Describe Between the Spark and the Burn in three words.

Lovecraftian. Bittersweet. Insidious.

7) If you weren’t a writer, what would you be?

A painter. I want to stare at colors all day. I want the inside of my fingernails to be crusted with dried acrylic. No more words from now on, just images, images.

8) What can we look forward to in book two, Between the Spark and the Burn? Any hints?

River has gone missing. There are Bright Young Things. Someone goes mad. Someone goes sane. There are islands. Forests. Creepy small towns. Cemeteries. A girl named Pine. A boy named Finch. Wild horses. A frozen lake. Red hair. Violet finds her grandmother’s diary, and it’s full of scandal and sex and secrets. River’s apple doesn’t fall far from the Redding tree.

9) What are your plans for after Between the Spark and Burn? Are you working on any new projects?

I’m part of an upcoming YA horror anthology, along with authors Kendare Blake, Leigh Bardugo, Marie Lu, and Carrie Ryan, among others. It will be published by Penguin in 2015. The title is Slasher Girls and Monster Boys and the stories are inspired by horror films, past and present.

I’m also working on a Lord of the Flies-ish post-apocalyptic book called The Scarecrow, and a dark, contemporary, voice-driven mystery called Wink, Poppy, Midnight.

10) What books, movies or TV shows would you recommend for readers who enjoyed Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea?

Books: In the Shadow of Blackbirds by Cat Winters. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier. The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd. Splintered by AG Howard. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor.

TV: Twin Peaks. The BBC adaptation of The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. The blood-tastic Penny Dreadful. The third season of American Horror Story (I recommend this with reservations. It’s almost unforgivably disturbing.)

Movies: Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Brief Encounter. The Illusionist. The Toby Stephens Jane Eyre adaptation. Hitchcock’s Rebecca. The Woman in Black. The Awakening. Interview With a Vampire. The Skeleton Key. The Night of the Hunter. The Lost Boys. The Others.

And because I enjoy these novels so much, we are hosting a giveaway that will hopefully inspire and prepare you for the upcoming August release of Between the Spark and the Burn. Here's a bit of horror for those dark summer nights ahead of us: 
The Prize: DVD's of The Woman in Black and The Others. Paperbacks of Splintered and Anna Dressed in Blood. All of which were recommended for fans of Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea by Ms. Tucholke herself! 
a Rafflecopter giveaway Big thanks to April Tucholke for taking the time to answer our questions! We can't wait to see what she comes up with next! 

Happy reading! 
The (YA) Bookcase Team