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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Q&A with Cat Patrick, author of COURT!

On Monday I shared a an excerpt of Cat Patrick's Court with you (and gave you the opportunity to win signed copies of Cat's other books — woot woot!), and I promised I'd be back again, with another little spotlight.
So today, we're having a bit of a Q&A sesh with Cat, and since this month is NaNoWriMo (and since yours truly is crazy enough to try to take part, even in the middle of a huge move), I thought we'd focus on some writing & process bits!

So if, like me, you always find other people's "process" fascinating, or you're in the middle of the NaNo doldrums and need a kick in the pants, then please to enjoy: this. =D

-Advice for aspiring authors
From one of my six-year-old daughters: “Think of something that happened to you. Touch and tell across pages. Write a quick sketch so you don’t forget. Then write the words.”

I’m not kidding. She just said that.

For me, I think the most important thing is to just do it. I hear from people all the time: “I want to publish a book.” And they haven’t written the book yet. Also, unlike my kiddo, I purposely don’t write down book ideas—or sketch them. If I forget them before it’s time to write then you’ll forget them before it’s time to read.

-Do you have a special time to write? How is your day structured writing-wise?

As a mom, I have to be really flexible. Ideally, though, I write first thing in the morning before anyone else is awake, in my jammies. I’m definitely most productive in the morning.

-When you start a book, do you already have the whole story in your head or is it built progressively?

Most times, it’s built progressively. I outlined Revived, and it was the most difficult book I’ve written.

-Writing mentors?
I find inspiration from every good book I read. I’d recently finished Justin Cronin’s The Passage as I was getting going on Court, and it inspired me to be more thoughtful about description of landscapes, for example.

-Does music play any type of role in your writing?

I find inspiration from alternative bands like The National, Arcade Fire and Band of Horses, but I can’t write with music or noise of any kind. My daughter wants to tell you that she is inspired by, “we will we will rock you.”

-What’s your favorite snack when you’re working on a deadline?

Something crunchy, like gluten free pretzels or popcorn, and something warm, like green tea or coffee.

So, any fellow WriMos out there who want to weigh in? I'm a bit process-obsessed at the moment, so I'd love to hear your thoughts in the comments.
And of course, don't forget to go enter to win in the big ole' Cat Patrick giveaway!

ABOUT THE BOOK:

Court by Cat Patrick
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277 pages
Published October 23rd 2014
For more than 300 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that's survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn't. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon -- and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon's lifelong best friend, already grapples with internal struggles when he's assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve -- or destroy -- everything, depending on your bloodline.

Money. Love. Power. Community. What's your motivation?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Raised in a house that was struck by lightning–twice–Cat Patrick is the author of young adult books Forgotten, Revived, and The Originals, and the co-author of Just Like Fate.

As a child, Cat could be found making up stories like her first book, Dolly the Purple Spotted Dolphin; growing corn in the backyard; or performing with a traveling sign-language troupe. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from Boston University, and worked in public relations for fifteen years. She lives outside of Seattle with her husband and twin daughters, and is on Twitter @seecatwrite, or Facebook at authorcatpatrick.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

GIVEAWAY: Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios!


You guys may recall me hinting during my audio preview / giveaway of Heather Demetrios' Exquisite Captive that there'd be another copy coming your way (hopefullyfingerscrossedamIright?). Well, by *another* copy, what I really meant was: 24 of them.
For serious.
Heather's Blogger Caravan is giving away TWENTY FOUR signed copies of Exquisite Captive this month, as part of a giveaway relay, which is pretty damn awesome, if you ask me. Basically, every week day throughout November (and a bit into December), a different blogger is hosting a flash giveaway, and then passing the torch off to the next blogger to giveaway the next copy, and so on, etc., etc., amen.
If this is confusing at all to you, don't worry — some awesome person made a video explaining how the whole thing works (hint: it's me). Check it out below, and then skip down to find out who won yesterday's giveaway, or enter to win in mine!



Pretty nifty, right? I KNOW.
And so, the winner of yesterday's giveaway over at The Nerd Herd Reads is *drum roll please*...
Ashley Ferguson!
Congratulations, Ashley! Keep an eye out for an email from RachelMarie about your winnings. =)
Bummed you didn't win yesterday's giveaway? HAVE NO FEAR, it's my turn to give away a copy now!

****GIVEAWAY****
If you've been following the caravan, you're used to the drill by now, but if you're new to it: for day 12 of the giveaway relay, I am offering up one hardcover copy of Exquisite Captive plus a bookplate, signed by Heather! This giveaway is US only, and ends at midnight tonight! Enter on the Rafflecopter below. The winner will be announced in tomorrow's giveaway, so make sure to stop by Book Chic tomorrow to see if you won (or to enter again if you didn't!)
You can see the whole list of stops here.
Also, if you missed that audio preview, you should totally go check it out, 'cause the narration is FAB, and it'll give you a taste of the book!
Good luck!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
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480 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Balzer+Bray
Forced to obey her master.
Compelled to help her enemy.
Determined to free herself.

Nalia is a jinni of tremendous ancient power, the only survivor of a coup that killed nearly everyone she loved. Stuffed into a bottle and sold by a slave trader, she’s now in hiding on the dark caravan, the lucrative jinni slave trade between Arjinna and Earth, where jinn are forced to grant wishes and obey their human masters’ every command. She’d give almost anything to be free of the golden shackles that bind her to Malek, her handsome, cruel master, and his lavish Hollywood lifestyle.

Enter Raif, the enigmatic leader of Arjinna’s revolution and Nalia’s sworn enemy. He promises to free Nalia from her master so that she can return to her ravaged homeland and free her imprisoned brother—all for an unbearably high price. Nalia’s not sure she can trust him, but Raif’s her only hope of escape. With her enemies on the hunt, Earth has become more perilous than ever for Nalia. There’s just one catch: for Raif’s unbinding magic to work, Nalia must gain possession of her bottle…and convince the dangerously persuasive Malek that she truly loves him. Battling a dark past and harboring a terrible secret, Nalia soon realizes her freedom may come at a price too terrible to pay: but how far is she willing to go for it?

Inspired by Arabian Nights, EXQUISITE CAPTIVE brings to life a deliciously seductive world where a wish can be a curse and shadows are sometimes safer than the light.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
When she's not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real, which Publisher's Weekly calls “[An] addictive yet thoughtful debut” about reality TV stardom. She is the author of EXQUISITE CAPTIVE, a smoldering fantasy about jinn in Los Angeles and what Kirkus called in its starred review "an intoxicating, richly realized realm of magic, politics, spirituality and history" (#1 in the DARK CARAVAN CYCLE). She is also the author of the upcoming I’ll Meet You There (Winter 2015). I’ll Meet You There is a love story about a young combat veteran and a girl trapped in their small town, both struggling to escape the war at home. Heather is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. She is proud to have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts. You can always find her on Twitter (@HDemetrios), ogling the military dogs she wants to adopt (but can’t because her NYC apartment is way too small). Find out more about Heather and her other books at wwww.heatherdemetrios.com and www.darkcaravancycle.com.

Monday, November 17, 2014

COURT by Cat Patrick Excerpt & Giveaway!!


I was a big fan of Revived by Cat Patrick, and have had her other books on my wishlist for some time, so when the opportunity came along to share a bit of her latest book, Court with you — and give you the opportunity to get your hands on her books as well — of course I jumped at the chance.
Add in the fact that I love a good bit of fantasy coupled with court intrigue (perfect. combo. -- and a US monarchy, say whaaaa?!), and this one has definitely been added to my wishlist — and I'm thinking after this excerpt, it might land on some of yours as well.
(Plus: maps!)

So check out a bit from Court below, and then enter to win some signed Cat Patrick books for your own shelves!

And make sure to stop back on Wednesday for a quick spotlight on Cat!



HAAKON
Before he was the enemy, James Haakon McHale III was just a seventeen-year-old in what most people knew as the state of Wyoming, wishing he was somewhere other than the predawn forest with a rifle in his grip.
“It’s colder than moonlight on a tombstone,” Haakon muttered, blowing on his fist. His thick-soled boots swish-thumped on the hard earth as he skillfully avoided twigs, rocks, and low branches.
Alexander Oxendine—youngest son of the Duke of Wind, wide receiver, video game button masher, and Haakon’s best friend—laughed into his collar. It could’ve been mistaken for a cough.
“It’s colder than a whore’s heart,” Alexander said, his tone cautiously low. They were the youngest members of the hunting party, and were only allowed to take part because of their rank. Haakon could think of a thousand superior privileges.
He glanced around to make sure none of the other men were paying attention—especially his father. Smirking, he said, “Colder than a polar bear’s balls.”
The pair stifled laughter.
“Than a witch’s—”
“Too easy.”
“Colder than a dead woman’s touch,” Alexander said.
Haakon checked again, dialed down his voice even more, and said, “It’s colder than Gwendolyn Rose’s kiss.”
“Quiet!”
It was Haakon’s father: dictator, fun-spoiler, and—regrettably for his son—the tenth ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, also known as the Realm, the monarchy hiding in plain sight in the depths of the Democracy known as the United States of America.
Every schoolchild knew the story. In 1670, after Joseph Dyer’s wife died in the Great Plague in London, he brought his five daughters to what would become the United States one hundred years later, seeking a better life. But it soon became apparent that his family would never thrive under strict Puritan rule in New England–which banned higher education for girls and taught submissiveness above all else, and which centered around extreme religious beliefs that were counter to Dyer’s own.
A friend, John Seymour, who was—controversially—married to a Native woman, suggested that they set out together in search of a new home deep within America’s treacherous unknown. Seymour’s wife had been attacked; her family persecuted. Seymour believed that rather than fighting the Natives, they should live in harmony with them.
Dyer, Seymour, and several other men and their families snuck away. After a long and dangerous journey, together they created their version of paradise: a kingdom that blended the best of England with Native cultures. Dyer was thought of as the Father of the Realm, and Seymour’s Native wife, who ensured their survival through tribal relations, the Mother.
Rather than cause a revolution, the founders decided to keep the kingdom secret. Inside the borders of what they’d eventually stake claim as Wyoming, they’d follow their own rules. Outsiders wouldn’t know they were different because they wouldn’t understand.
Outsiders weren’t to be trusted.
Dyer’s youngest daughter, captivated by the ancient Greek she wouldn’t have been allowed to learn in Puritan society, named the new kingdom Eurus, meaning east wind. She pronounced it “air-us.”
“But the winds here blow from the west,” Haakon had asked his father once—before Dad was King James. That was when it was okay to ask questions. When curiosity wasn’t an imposition.
“That’s right, Haakon,” his father had replied, straw between his teeth. They’d gone on a walk together. The sun was setting on an easy day. His dad had pointed toward the eastern horizon. “The wind here does primarily blow from the west, but our founders blew in from the east. That day, the wind changed directions.”
Haakon frowned away the memory of days never to return, and refocused on the trees. He walked as soundlessly as he could in his camo fleece jacket and vintage Levi’s, his rifle nestled in the crook of his left arm, a round in the chamber. He was on the left edge of the group, three rows behind his father. Evenly spaced gaps between them, the men were like migrating geese, locked in formation.
Geese hunting deer.
“Were you drinking last night?” Haakon’s father had demanded on the way to the meeting point that morning. “Is that why you’re so tired?”
“I’m tired because it’s so early that the birds aren’t even awake yet.”
“Good. Because you know what the consequences will be if you start drinking again.” They’d shared the backseat of the armored SUV; Haakon had done his best to preoccupy himself with his cell phone.
“Yes, sir, I know.”
“You need to turn that thing off before we arrive. And when’s your next haircut? You look slovenly.”
Will you just get off my back? Haakon had thought at the top of his lungs. What he’d said, though, was simply, “Yes, sir.”
There, in the forest, Haakon toyed with the idea of raising his gun and shooting King James square in the back of the head. Right there under his hat, just above the rise of his custom down hunting vest. He could do it. Even with the others present, he knew there’d be no trial, no trip to Corby. But offing his father wouldn’t solve anything. In fact, it would make life a lot worse. Because with his father gone, Haakon would be in charge.
Haakon would become the King of Eurus.
The thought made him want to puke.


****GIVEAWAY****
To celebrate the release of Court, you can enter to win 1 of 2 signed prize packs of Cat's previous books, Revived, Forgotten, The Originals and Just Like Fate!
Open to US entries only. [International entries will receive a gift card instead.]
Ends Monday, November 24th at midnight EST. Fill out the Rafflecopter below to enter. Good luck!!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

Court by Cat Patrick
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277 pages
Published October 23rd 2014
For more than 300 years, a secret monarchy has survived and thrived within the borders of the US, hiding in plain sight as the state known as Wyoming. But when the king is shot and his seventeen-year-old son, Haakon McHale, is told he will take the throne, becoming the eleventh ruler of the Kingdom of Eurus, the community that's survived for centuries is pushed to the limit. Told through four perspectives, Court transplants us to a world that looks like ours, but isn't. Gwendolyn Rose, daughter of the Duke of Coal, is grudgingly betrothed to Haakon -- and just wants a way out. Alexander Oxendine, son of the Duke of Wind and Haakon's lifelong best friend, already grapples with internal struggles when he's assigned to guard Haakon after the king dies. And commoner Mary Doyle finds whispers in the woods that may solve -- or destroy -- everything, depending on your bloodline.

Money. Love. Power. Community. What's your motivation?


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Raised in a house that was struck by lightning–twice–Cat Patrick is the author of young adult books Forgotten, Revived, and The Originals, and the co-author of Just Like Fate.

As a child, Cat could be found making up stories like her first book, Dolly the Purple Spotted Dolphin; growing corn in the backyard; or performing with a traveling sign-language troupe. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Wyoming and a master’s degree from Boston University, and worked in public relations for fifteen years. She lives outside of Seattle with her husband and twin daughters, and is on Twitter @seecatwrite, or Facebook at authorcatpatrick.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The True Stories blog tour & giveaway!



As some of you may know (and as evidenced by the fact that this is the first thing on the blog in all of November...), this month is going to be a chaotic one for me. But for those of you not in the know:
From Alice + Freda Forever by Alexis Coe
1) I'm moving, which is difficult at the best of times, but makes you want to cry a lot when you have hundreds and hundreds of books to slog up and down stairs,
2) I was out of town for days on an unexpected work trip (the last of the work for that job, though; whoop whoop!), and
3) I decided to take on NaNoWriMo, because clearly I'm insane.


All of this has meant that I am behind in, well, everything, and so though I had wanted to do a video discussion of these books, Tomboy and Alice + Freda Forever, I can't do that: my camera is packed away, and I've had no time to record anything, anyway. (And I still need to finish Alice & Freda!)
From Tomboy by Liz Prince
But I don't want to just do a regular ole review, either, because I do want to actually talk about these. Tomboy especially. Maybe it's because they're true stories, and so that feels more discussion-worthy, or maybe it's just a mood I'm in, but either way, I have things to say, and I want to say them.
(Also: non-fiction! Yay!!)

So for now, I'm saving my review/discussions of Alice + Freda and Tomboy until I'm settled in my house and can unpack and talk to ya, but trust that whenever something provokes enough of a reaction out of me that I have to actually, physically talk it out, that's a good thing. I like things that make you feel something, that make you have an opinion. So I'm hoping you'll join me in that little discussion when it comes about, but until then, take a look at the two fascinating books below, and then enter to win them!



ABOUT THE BOOKS


Alice + Freda: A Murder in Memphis by Alexis Coe
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223 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Pulp/Zest Books
In 1892, America was obsessed with a teenage murderess, but it wasn't her crime that shocked the nation—it was her motivation. Nineteen-year-old Alice Mitchell had planned to pass as a man in order to marry her seventeen-year-old fiancée Freda Ward, but when their love letters were discovered, they were forbidden from ever speaking again.

Freda adjusted to this fate with an ease that stunned a heartbroken Alice. Her desperation grew with each unanswered letter—and her father’s razor soon went missing. On January 25, Alice publicly slashed her ex-fiancée’s throat. Her same-sex love was deemed insane by her father that very night, and medical experts agreed: This was a dangerous and incurable perversion. As the courtroom was expanded to accommodate national interest, Alice spent months in jail—including the night that three of her fellow prisoners were lynched (an event which captured the attention of journalist and civil rights activist Ida B. Wells). After a jury of "the finest men in Memphis" declared Alice insane, she was remanded to an asylum, where she died under mysterious circumstances just a few years later.

Alice + Freda Forever recounts this tragic, real-life love story with over 100 illustrated love letters, maps, artifacts, historical documents, newspaper articles, courtroom proceedings, and intimate, domestic scenes—painting a vivid picture of a sadly familiar world.


Tomboy by Liz Prince
256 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Zest Books
Growing up, Liz Prince wasn't a girly girl, dressing in pink tutus or playing pretty princess like the other girls in her neighborhood. But she wasn't exactly one of the guys, either. She was somewhere in between. But with the forces of middle school, high school, parents, friendship, and romance pulling her this way and that, "the middle" wasn't exactly an easy place to be.

Tomboy follows award-winning author and artist Liz Prince through her early years and explores--with humor, honesty, and poignancy--what it means to "be a girl."



****GIVEAWAY****
As part of the True Stories blog tour, Zest Books has offered up winner's choice of Tomboy: a graphic memoir by Liz Prince, or Alice + Freda Forever: a Murder in Memphis by Alexis Coe!
US only, ends November 22 at midnight, EST. Fill out the Rafflecopter to enter.
Good luck!!

And make sure to check out the rest of the stops on the True Stories tour for more chances to win!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

OCTOBER BOOK HAUL

In which I break my not-ban on buying books, and go a little overboard with one in particular...

I know October's not over yet, but I'm not expecting more bookage, so thought I'd go ahead and share these lovelies. I did some fun things in October, and got some fun things from awesome people, so yay for these new additions! (And yes, I really did mean it when I said I wouldn't be really buying too many books for a bit... promise.)



THE BOOKS:
Exquisite Captive | Heather Demetrios
(also had Something Real signed)
The Jewel | Amy Ewing
Anatomy of a Misfit | Andrea Portes
Asylum | Madeleine Roux
Blackbird | Anna Carey
(also showed Eve)
Prickle Moon | Juliet Marillier
The Madness of Mr Darcy | Alexa Adams
Shadow Scale (!!!) | Rachel Hartman

Mentioned:
Renee
Rachel
Alexa

Monday, October 20, 2014

Excerpt & Giveaway: Redeemed by P.C. & Kristin Cast!

A few years ago, the House of Night series swept it's way right through my circle of friends. We read the first book, Marked, in our book club, and it seemed that many of the meetings that followed somehow ended with conversations about where everyone was in the storyline, or some thing that had happened that those who were still reading the series just needed to talk about!

With the series ending, I don't imagine those conversations will last too much longer (except for when noobs join the club, and have the series pressed into their hands...); I know there are a number of you out there who are big fans of the series, too, so I'm happy to share an excerpt of the final book with you today, as well as a chance to win a little something from the HON world!

Click through to read a little bit from Redeemed, and then enter to win!

LEVEL UP by Gene Luen Yang & Thien Pham | #GraphicNovelWeek

And we're down to our last vlog of Graphic Novel Week!
Thanks to all of you for sticking around and chiming in this week; I love hearing about your favorite graphic novels, and I LOVE getting recommendations from you!
If you missed anything or want more graphic novel love...

Thanks for watching!




LEVEL UP by Gene Luen Yang, art by Thien Pham
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Dennis Ouyang has always struggled in the shadow of his parents' expectations. His path is laid out for him: stay focused in high school, become a gastroenterologist. It may be hard work, but it isn't complicated … until suddenly it is.

Between his father's death, his academic burnout, and his deep (and distracting) love of video games, Dennis is nowhere near where his family wanted him to be. In fact, he's just been kicked out of college.

And that's when things get … weird.

Four adorable—and bossy--angels, straight out of a sappy greeting card, appear and take charge of Dennis's life. And so Dennis finds himself herded back onto the straight and narrow: the path to gastroenterology. But nothing is ever what it seems when life, magic and video games collide.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

FIVE IN FIVE: Super Quick Reviews of Recent Graphic Novels | #GraphicNovelWeek

5 in 5 time! It's pretty self-explanatory, but just in case it's not, here's the deal: I'm going to show you five graphic novels I've read recently and attempt to review them all in under five minutes. And accounting for a bit of extra time (say, 5 seconds intro, 5 seconds outra, and 43 bajillion seconds of rat-wrangling, I'd say I an in under budget! ;P )
Thanks for watching, and talk to ya in the comments! =D




IN REAL LIFE by Cory Doctorow & Jen Wang
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Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role playing game that she spends most of her free time on. It's a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It's a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends. Gaming is, for Anda, entirely a good thing.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer - a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person's real livelihood is at stake.


THROUGH THE WOODS by Emily Carroll
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'It came from the woods. Most strange things do.'

Five mysterious, spine-tingling stories follow journeys into (and out of?) the eerie abyss.

These chilling tales spring from the macabre imagination of acclaimed and award-winning comic creator Emily Carroll.

Come take a walk in the woods and see what awaits you there...


AMY UNBOUNDED by Rachel Hartman
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Belondweg Blossoming follows the lives of Amy and her neighbor Bran Ducanahan the summer they turn ten. Amy has begun reading the national epic, Belondweg, about a semi-mythical queen of the same name who united Goredd and saved her people from invaders. Amy only wishes her own life were half as exciting. But how is life supposed to live up to literature when your mother is a semi-domesticated barbarian, all the knights you know are banished, and the only dragon you have ever met is a geeky grad student?

Join Amy as she dances the Two-foot, wears a really ugly bridesmaid's dress, becomes friends (in spite of everything!) with Bran, imitates the patron saint of ducks, flees from rampaging sheep, learns that love doesn't always conquer all, chugs buttermilk, and begins to understand that even Belondweg didn't have to save the world all by herself.

Winner of the 2001 Xeric Grant.


THE WRENCHIES by Farel Dalrymple
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Meet the Wrenchies.

They're strong, powerful, and if you cross them, things will quickly go very badly for you. Only one thing scares them—growing up. Because in the world of the Wrenchies, it's only kids who are safe... anyone who survives to be an adult lives in constant fear of the Shadowsmen. All the teenagers who come into contact with them turn into twisted, nightmarish monsters whose minds are lost forever.

When Hollis, an unhappy and alienated boy, stumbles across a totem that gives him access to the parallel world of the Wrenchies, he finally finds a place where he belongs. But he soon discovers that the feverish, post-apocalyptic world of the Wrenchies isn't staying put... it's bleeding into Hollis's normal, real life. Things are getting very scary, very fast.

Farel Dalrymple brings all his significant literary and artistic powers to bear in his magnum opus—a sprawling, intense science fiction tale that has at its heart the uncertainty and loneliness of growing up.


THE STRATFORD ZOO MIDNIGHT REVUE PRESENTS MACBETH by Ian Lendler & Zack Giallongo
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The Stratford Zoo looks like a normal zoo... until the gates shut at night. That's when the animals come out of their cages to stage elaborate performances of Shakespeare's greatest works. They might not be the most accomplished thespians, but they've got what counts: heart. Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails, in The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth.

Ian Lendler's hilarious tale of after-hours animal stagecraft is perfectly paired with the adorable, accessible artwork of Zack Giallongo (Broxo, Ewoks). And with Romeo and Juliet coming in book two, this is a promising new series of graphic novels for young readers.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

FLASH GIVEAWAY! | #GraphicNovelWeek

Welp, I've had less time this weekend than I was anticipating, which means that today's intended Graphic Novel Week vlog just isn't going to happen (yet). But as I was scrolling through Amazon while putting together my graphic novel collection video, I noticed that one of the books on my shelves, by one of my favorite graphic novel authors, is on, like, super sale, so I thought, PERFECT! I'll make up for the lack of Saturday-vlog with a flash giveaway!
So:

****GIVEAWAY****
Someone's gonna get a copy of Prime Baby by Gene Luen Yang, who is amazeballs. US only (sorry, international peeps, I loves ya, but shipping), and I'm drawing the winner on Monday, so it's a SUPER QUICK GIVEAWAY DON'Y MISS OUT YO.
And since it's such a super quickie giveaway, I'm not even worrying about tweeting and all that jazz. Click and you're entered, done.
Good luck!

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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Prime Baby by Gene Luen Yang
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From the pages of the New York Times and the pen of Printz Award winner Gene Luen Yang comes a tale of math, aliens, and new siblings.

Thaddeus doesn’t like his new sister (she’s not that smart— and she gets all the attention). He likes her even less when he discovers that she’s an inter-dimensional conduit for peace-loving aliens (who are totally lame—all they want to do is knit socks for the homeless and have sing-a-longs!). But what’s even worse is that no one will believe him about any of this! How is he ever going manage to grow up to become the President of Earth?

First serialized in the New York Times Magazine, Prime Baby is a laugh-out-loud look at sibling rivalry.

Friday, October 17, 2014

The Need-to-Reads | #GraphicNovelWeek

It's been awhile since we had an honest-to-goodness Book Chat, but now seemed like the perfect opportunity! So today, as part of Graphic Novel Week, I thought we'd do a bit of a Chat /slash/ a "reverse" genre push, in which we talk about gaps in my own graphic novel collection (see the full thing here), as well as what graphic novel/manga/comic you'd push into people's hands to convince them to give graphic novels a try.
Can't wait to hear your thoughts in the comments!

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