If your elementary or middle-aged child who is a reader hasn’t mentioned the Spirit Animals series to you, you might want to mention it to them. Brandon Mull’s Wild Born, the first in this collaborative series for the middling aged crowd, outsold both Brandon Sanderson and James Dashner’s newest books when they went head to head. Also, the series has a hefty line-up of authors, names us adult and young adult readers are quite familiar with.
Check them out:
Also, here are the covers of the first three books in the series, if you think they might entice your reader:
Maggie Stiefvater has written a new book. Spirit Animals will release January 2014. From her official Facebook Page…
Coming in January 2014 — my first novel that is completely devoid of swearing and maiming and other things not appropriate for children! I signed on to the project (this is book 2 in a collaborative series) because of my kids, who are 8 and 9 years old right now.
I just read Hate List today! Such a fantastic book. I cried, and am amazed how realistic Jennifer Brown made Valerie’s struggle to deal with so much hate, bullying, suicide and the aftermath of a horrific event directly linked back to her and her boyfriend. She grows and develops from victim to self-aware and while still wounded, learns to rely on herself.
Authentic and truthful, the Hate List looks at all the angles, all the perspectives of the situation and does not take sides, but actively condemns the actions that lead to people being hurt. Brown tackles issues with such a raw examination that everyone comes under scrutiny in a way that shows them exactly as they are, imperfect and real.
OFFICIAL SUMMARY: Five months ago, Valerie Leftman’s boyfriend, Nick, opened fire on their school cafeteria. Shot trying to stop him, Valerie inadvertently saves the life of a classmate, but is implicated in the shootings because of the list she helped create. A list of people and things they hated. The list her boyfriend used to pick his targets.
Now, after a summer of seclusion, Val is forced to confront her guilt as she returns to school to complete her senior year. Haunted by the memory of the boyfriend she still loves and navigating rocky relationships with her family, former friends and the girl whose life she saved, Val must come to grips with the tragedy that took place and her role in it, in order to make amends and move on with her life.
So this is why I went looking for Jennifer Brown today. After Hate List I need to read everything else this lady has written and on her site she has the information for her new novel, which covers loss of loved ones in a natural disaster. Wow, she’s a brave author!
Here is a look at her new novel, Torn Away.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Jersey Cameron knows all about tornadoes. Or so she thinks. When her town is devastated by a twister, Jersey survives — but loses her mother, her young sister, and her home. As she struggles to overcome her grief, she’s sent to live with her only surviving relatives: first her biological father, then her estranged grandparents.
In an unfamiliar place, Jersey faces a reality she’s never considered before — one in which her mother wasn’t perfect, and neither were her grandparents, but they all loved her just the same. Together, they create a new definition of family. And that’s something no tornado can touch.
The trailer for Ransom Riggs ‘Miss Peregrines’ sequel was released on EW. We can’t embed the trailer, but watch it here.
The holiday season is coming up and that means gifts! These charms are gorgeous and any Old Kingdom book lover would be impressed with them.
More about the bells from Garth Nix directly:
Hello. I’m Garth Nix, author of Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen, which are known as The Old Kingdom Trilogy in Australia and the United Kingdom and The Abhorsen Trilogy in the USA. In these books there are necromancers who raise and control the Dead using seven named bells. These evil necromancers and the Dead themselves are opposed by a family called the Abhorsens who use their own versions of the bells to make sure that the Dead stay in Death and do not trespass into Life. I thought it would be great to have silver charm versions of these seven bells.
After some searching, I found a very talented silversmith, the aptly-named Oliver Smith, and he has created the bell charms that can be purchased from this website. All the photographs of the bell charms were taken by Steven Dunbar.
If you’d like to see more views of the bells or purchase them, Click HERE.
Kali Ciesemier has adored Sabriel since she was a teen and drew fanart of Sabriel for Picture Book Report, which is how Garth Nix discovered her. So yeah… how awesome is that?! Sometimes it does pay to fangirl!
I recently had the great pleasure of working on an e-book cover for one of my favorite authors, Garth Nix! Newt’s Emerald ~ a Regency Romance (with Magic!) about 18 year old Lady Truthful Newington and the double life she must lead to pursue her house’s stolen heirloom.
Danger! Disguises! Sorcery! And a spirited heroine of course! I have read the book and happily recommend it. You can now order it for your Kindle on Amazon.com. It became available Nov. 29, 2013. If you like the cover, you can also buy the poster from my INPRNT store.
One of our favorite authors, Rebecca Serle, has announced what her next book is going to be about. And it sounds super exciting! Can’t wait to read this one!
She announced on her tumblr today that the book she sold back in February is called FAMOUS IN LOVE.
Here’s the synopsis…
Meet Paige Townsen, Rainer Devon, and Jordan Wilder…
When Paige Townsen, a young unknown, gets cast in the movie adaptation of a blockbuster book series, her life changes practically overnight. Within a month, Paige has traded the quiet streets of her hometown for a crowded movie set on the shores of Maui, and is spending quality time with her co-star Rainer Devon, one of People’s Sexiest Men Alive. But when troubled star Jordan Wilder lands the role of the other point in the movie’s famous love triangle, Paige’s crazy new life gets even crazier.
In this coming-of-age romance inspired by the kind of celeb hookups that get clever nicknames and a million page views, Paige must figure out who she is – and who she wants – while the whole world watches.