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Thursday, May 31, 2012

New Releases -- Keep Holding On, Monument 14, A Girl Named Digit

Keep Holding On
by Susane Colasanti 
Noelle's life is all about survival. Even her best friend doesn't know how much she gets bullied, or the ways her mom neglects her. Noelle's kept so much about her life a secret for so long that when her longtime crush Julian Porter starts paying attention to her, she's terrified. Surely it's safer to stay hidden than to risk the pain of a broken heart. But when the antagonism of her classmates takes a dramatic turn, Noelle realizes it's time to stand up for herself--and for the love that keeps her holding on.

 Monument 14
by Emmy Laybourne
Monument 14 #1
Your mother hollers that you’re going to miss the bus. She can see it coming down the street. You don’t stop and hug her and tell her you love her. You don’t thank her for being a good, kind, patient mother. Of course not—you launch yourself down the stairs and make a run for the corner.

Only, if it’s the last time you’ll ever see your mother, you sort of start to wish you’d stopped and did those things. Maybe even missed the bus.

But the bus was barreling down our street, so I ran.
Fourteen kids. One superstore. A million things that go wrong.

In Emmy Laybourne’s action-packed debut novel, six high school kids (some popular, some not), two eighth graders (one a tech genius), and six little kids trapped together in a chain superstore build a refuge for themselves inside. While outside, a series of escalating disasters, beginning with a monster hailstorm and ending with a chemical weapons spill, seems to be tearing the world—as they know it—apart.

 A Girl Named Digit
by Annabel Monaghan
Farrah "Digit" Higgins may be going to MIT in the fall, but this L.A. high school genius has left her geek self behind in another school district so she can blend in with the popular crowd at Santa Monica High and actually enjoy her senior year. But when Farrah, the daughter of a UCLA math professor, unknowingly cracks a terrorist group's number sequence, her laid-back senior year gets a lot more interesting. Soon she is personally investigating the case, on the run from terrorists, and faking her own kidnapping-- all while trying to convince a young, hot FBI agent to take her seriously. So much for blending in...

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

RTW -- Conferences I'd Love to Attend

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This Week's Topic:


What book and/or writing conference would you love to go to?
 

I'd love to go to just about any of them! BEA is probably the one I want to go to the most. So many amazing people from the industry are there and the ARCs! SCBWI is another big one because it's all about children's books, including YA. Basically I'd love to go anywhere that large numbers of book lovers gather.

The one I would give anything to go to, though, would be ComicCon. Castle has been there, Doctor Who has been there, Torchwood has been there. It sounds like a nerd's paradise.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Naming Characters

Sometimes the hardest part of starting a new WIP is just figuring out what to name the characters. Should the name have meaning? Should the name be common or more exotic? What spelling should it use? All are questions that have to be answered in the course of choosing names for characters. Here are a few ways to find names for your characters.

Think
Sometimes all I have to do to name a character is think for a minute and the right name will pop into my head. I have to be careful with this method, though, because generally the first names I think of belong to people I know. I don't like naming characters after certain people because, in my experience, those characters then tend to change to reflect the real-life person in looks and/or personality.

Ask around
I use this one most commonly when I don't have internet access and I need a name fast. One good way to get names is to just ask friends. This will give you a wider pool to work with than your own memory without as much taint of previous experience.

Internet
The internet is a great resource for names. I have a friend that uses a census for names. Personally, I prefer baby name websites. Many of them will allow you to sort by first letter, meaning, origin, and gender. This one is my personal favorite. In addition to a variety of sorting methods, they also have lists of the most popular baby names for each year going all the way back to 1880. For last names, I use this website. Possibilities are categorized by first letter or origin. I find names by going to my favorite site and just scanning the lists until I find one that jumps out at me. Sometimes I pick based on meaning, but it's more about what sounds good in my head. 

Keep a List
If you hear a name that you want to use, make a note of it. I have a friend that keeps a running list of first and last names that she hears the sound good for future stories. If you know the people whose names are on the list, however, you may run the same risk as when you're thinking of names.

Phone books
If you have a few of these unwieldy things laying around the house, it might be a good idea to flip through them and see if anything jumps out. They're not quite as convenient as the Internet in terms of searching, but if you have one that's just gathering dust you can at least put it to good use. They are convenient in that you have one source for both first and last names.

How do you pick character names?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Week in Short

It was a decent week. I started my summer goal of watching every episode of NCIS. I also made the mistake of watching the pilot of White Collar. I made it halfway through the first season in one day while I watched my productivity drop to zero.

Song of the Week: Guide You Home by Sugarland


Blood-Red Pencil:
Why novelists should write flash 

Nathan Bransford: 
"There is no 'us' vs. 'them'": Traditional and self-publishing  


Querytracker:
Free internet tools for writers

Rachelle Gardner: 
What does the editing process look like? 
All about advances 

Have a great Memorial weekend and I'll see you on Tuesday! 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Character Bucket Lists

The other day StumbleUpon brought me to a list of "225 Things to Do Before You Die." As I was going through them -- and adding a few to my own bucket list -- I started to wonder what my characters would write on their own bucket lists. This is what they said.

Kaye

  • Adopt a mustang 
  • Lobby for harsher punishments for animal abusers
  • Ride in an endurance race
  • Learn to drive a horse-drawn carriage
  • See the World Equestrian Games
Skylar
  • Drive across the United States 
  • See Ireland 
  • Parachute 
  • See an active volcano 
  • Get a college degree 
Helena
  • Sleep through the night 
  • Explore a castle in England 
  • Graduate from high school 
  • Collect every state quarter
  • Visit the Australian outback 
Troy
  • Paint murals on every wall of my house 
  • Ride a motorcycle across the country
  • Visit every continent 
  • Climb a mountain 
  • Learn how to swordfight 
I found it very interesting to make these lists and I really learned a lot about my characters. What are on your characters' bucket lists? 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

RTW: My Faction

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.


This Week's Topic: 
What faction are you?
 

The quiz gave me Dauntless. However, I have trouble picturing myself regularly jumping on and off moving trains so I'm not sure if I would be a good candidate.  
Erudite has always been the faction that I've found most interesting. The people there thirst for knowledge. They read everything and study everything. It's the only faction that I could really see myself living in, though I feel a little weird saying that. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Favorite Classics

I was one of those kids in school that absolutely loved to read...except for books assigned for class. I got through high school on a combination of skimming through parts of assigned reading and Sparknotes. But there were a few classics that I found myself reading avidly despite the fact that I would be tested on them. 


To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is definitely one of my favorites. The writing is beautiful, the story is not at all slow, and it really gave me a lot to think about. Someday I'm going to buy it and add it to my collection so that I can read it again when I'm not under the pressure of a daily sheet of questions.


1984 by George Orwell
Another one of my favorites. It's scary how much of this book rings true in life today.

Animal Farm by George Owell
The only book from my freshman year of high school that I look back on with fondness. Four years later and I'm still pondering it. There's a lot of truth in this one as well.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
I still remember reading ahead in class and fighting down tears over certain parts. Once we finished, I tracked down the second and third book in the series from the library and devoured them as well.

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
This book was another one that I secretly read ahead during class and fought down tears over. It's a brilliant and powerful book that really affected me as a middle school student.

How did you feel about classics in school? What are some of your favorites?

Monday, May 21, 2012

Insurgent Review

Insurgent
by Veronica Roth 
Divergent #2
One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

There are some books that are so engulfing, so absorbing, that they hurt to read. They make me forget how to breathe. They make me feel like there's a lead weight on top of my lungs and that my brain is floating in outerspace. Those are some of my favorite books to read. This is one of them. 

I read this book in nine hours, in one sitting. There was actually a part of me that wished I'd taken the time to slow down, just because once it was over I wanted more. It simultaneously ripped out my heartstrings and made me feel full of butterflies. I was actually in shock when I finished, wandering around the house like my mind was off floating in space and I didn't know what to do with myself. I have a general mistrust of "middle books" because they tend to just feel like bridges between the first and last books, but Insurgent put my mind at ease from the beginning. The only other middle book to affect me this deeply was Catching Fire. 

The dialogue in this book was fantastic. There were so many lines that I just had to read out-loud because I loved them so much. Four may be one of my favorite male characters of all-time. He's a great man, but he's not perfect.

I absolutely loved the world-building details, especially with Amity. I was shocked by their commitment to peace and their way of handling disputes, but I also loved their way of making decisions. It was fascinating how they solved the problem of giving everyone a voice without taking a lifetime to make one decision. I'm also a psychology major so the bits revealed about Divergent brain structure fascinated me. I hope there are more details in the future as to why certain serums affect Tris and others don't. 


Overall: 10/10 It was a great second installment to the series and I'm dying to get my hands on D3!

***SPOILER WARNING***

When Tris decided to give herself up and lied to Four about it, that was the only point where I stopped reading. I don't think I've ever been that hurt by a fictional character's decision. It took me awhile to come to terms with it and keep going. Not that that's a bad thing, it's actually a great thing for me to love a character that much. 


When they "executed" Tris, I seriously couldn't breathe. I'm still amazed by the fact that Peter was the one to save her. I adore that scene and the 'I love you' one. I love Four/Tris. I actually couldn't stop grinning when he came out with the tape. I had a feeling they were going to be a science experiment of some kind, but I wasn't expecting a relation of Tris's to be involved... 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Week in Short

It's been a good week. The season finale of Once Upon a Time was amazing. The perfect blend of drama, answered questions, and loose threads. I can't wait for next season! The last minute of the How I Met Your mother finale is responsible for keeping me watching the show. The NCIS finale literally made me hyperventilate. HOW COULD YOU DO THAT TO US? HOW? NCIS LA's finale was almost as bad. This is going to be the longest summer ever.

Glee's finale isn't until next week but their double-header this week were two of the best episodes in the history of the show. Amazing music and amazing moments.


Tomorrow is the Preakness! It's a toss-up between I'll Have Another and Bodemeister for me. I really think Bodemeister can pull this one off. 

Song of the Week: Flashdance by the Glee cast (Basically every song in those two episodes was amazing but this is the one I'm most addicted to.)


Must Reads:
Querytracker: Revise and resubmit requests 

Blood-Red Pencil:
The importance of care in becoming a better writer 
Writing short: Is it for you? 

Literary Rambles: 
Tip Tuesday: What's on your MC's camera?

Rachelle Gardner:
7 bad habits of successful authors
Guest blogger: get a grip on Twitter handles 

The Strangest Situation:
Cognitive dissonance

YAHighway: 
Animal behavior

Have a great weekend and I'll see you on Monday!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

RTW: Fond Memories

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.


  This week’s topic: 
 What book brings back memories?
 

The entire Harry Potter series brings back a lot of memories for me. Sorcerer's Stone is one of the earliest books I truly remember reading. My cousin -- a year older than me and a somewhat avid reader at the time -- recommended it to me and let me borrow it. My mom declared that she would read it first and then let me read it if she deemed it "appropriate." 

She read it and while I she really enjoyed it, she wasn't a huge fan but she was okay with me reading it. We were living in the apartment at the time. In the living room, there was a couch and next to the couch we had a side table, one of those with the moveable glass tops so that you could hang a sheet down to cover the legs and then put the glass on top. The day she told me I could read it, she left the book there sitting on that side table. I remember coming out of my room, walking over to it, and feeling the pages underneath my fingers. I started reading it immediately and the rest is history. 

Deathly Hallows also brings back fond memories. I remember the surge of excitement as I coerced my mom into driving me to the bookstore to get it the morning of its release. I remember standing in line at the bookstore and feeling like I would never get to read it, my desire to pull it out of the bag and start reading as we walked out of the store, how I did so the moment I got into the car. I remember curling up on my bed while the pages flew beneath my fingers, laughing, sobbing, trembling with excitement, and the supreme feeling of sadness and satisfaction when I turned the final page at midnight, twelve hours after I'd walked out of that bookstore. I also vividly remember the feeling of connection with people I'd never met as I walked around for the next week and caught sight of people reading it.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

New Releases: Vicious Deep, Changeling, Of Poseidon

The Vicious Deep
by Zoraida Cordova
The Vicious Deep #1
For Tristan Hart, everything changes with one crashing wave.

He was gone for three days. Sucked out to sea in a tidal wave and spit back ashore at Coney Island with no memory of what happened. Now his dreams are haunted by a terrifying silver mermaid with razor-sharp teeth.

His best friend Layla is convinced something is wrong. But how can he explain he can sense emotion like never before? How can he explain he’s heir to a kingdom he never knew existed? That he’s suddenly a pawn in a battle as ancient as the gods.

Something happened to him in those three days. He was claimed by the sea…and now it wants him back. 

Changeling
by Philippa Gregory
The Order of Darkness #1
Italy, 1453. Seventeen-year-old Luca Vero is brilliant, gorgeous—and accused of heresy. Cast out of his religious order for using the new science to question old superstitious beliefs, Luca is recruited into a secret sect: The Order of the Dragon, commissioned by Pope Nicholas V to investigate evil and danger in its many forms, and strange occurrences across Europe, in this year—the end of days.

Isolde is a seventeen-year-old girl shut up in a nunnery so she can’t inherit any of her father’s estate. As the nuns walk in their sleep and see strange visions, Isolde is accused of witchcraft—and Luca is sent to investigate her, but finds himself plotting her escape.    

Despite their vows, despite themselves, love grows between Luca and Isolde as they travel across Europe with their faithful companions, Freize and Ishraq. The four young people encounter werewolves, alchemists, witches, and death-dancers as they head toward a real-life historical figure who holds the boundaries of Christendom and the secrets of the Order of the Dragon.  

Of Poseidon
by Anna Banks
Of Poseidon #1
Galen is the prince of the Syrena, sent to land to find a girl he’s heard can communicate with fish. Emma is on vacation at the beach. When she runs into Galen—literally, ouch!—both teens sense a connection. But it will take several encounters, including a deadly one with a shark, for Galen to be convinced of Emma’s gifts. Now, if he can only convince Emma that she holds the key to his kingdom . . .

Monday, May 14, 2012

Favorite First Kisses

***WARNING: this post contains spoilers for Castle including the season four finale. If you haven't seen it and intend to, GO WATCH IT RIGHT NOW. SERIOUSLY. NOW.***

In honor of the one week anniversary of Castle and Beckett's first real kiss (FINALLY!!!!!) after four long seasons of waiting, here are some of my favorite first kisses from TV and movies.

Note: I'm having trouble embedding Youtube videos so I'm just going to link to them. 

I think I've watched it at least twelve times since the finale. If I can ever write a kiss half this amazing, I will be happy. It's four seasons of teasing and sexual tension colliding in one FANTASTIC kiss.

Veronica Mars
LoVe will always be one of my favorite pairings and this kiss was amazing. Their expressions throughout the scene say it all.
This first kiss exemplifies their relationship perfectly even though they were so obviously made for each other. Ephram is the son of a famed neurologist who decided to uproot his family and move out to a little town (Everwood) in the west. Amy is an Everwood native whose boyfriend, Colin, was put into a coma after being thrown from a truck in an accident.

Some Kind of Wonderful
This is an older movie, but it's still one of my favorites. Watts and Keith are best friends. She's in love with him and has been for a long time, but he's in love with this popular girl named Amanda. Watts is trying to help him gain her affections after she just broke up with her long-time boyfriend.  The kiss is perfectly beautiful and awkward.

Penelope 
This is another of my favorite movies. If you haven't seen it yet, you really should. It's a cute, modern twist on old fairytales where the princess is cursed and has to find a prince who will love her for who she is in order to break it. Also, how can you not love James McAvoy?

Friends
Of all the pairings this show ever had, these two were by far my favorite. This scene really demonstrates their entire relationship: the fight, the desperate look on Ross's face, the passion in the kiss, everything. It gives me butterflies every time.

Ella Enchanted
This movie is relatively cheesy but it's still a good movie and this kiss is one of my favorites. If you've never seen it, Ella was given the "gift" of obedience as a baby and now has to follow everyone's orders no matter what. Char is the slightly naiive but still very handsome prince who has fallen in love with her.

What are some of your favorite first kiss scenes?

Friday, May 11, 2012

Week in Short

That's right! Now that classes are officially over, Week in Shorts are making a comeback. I may also start posting five days a week instead of three, but I'm going to give it a couple weeks to see how this goes before I make the switch.

It's been an interesting week back. I honestly feel like I've been dreaming the last nine months. The high point of my week was the season finale of Castle. I won't spoil it for anyone, but I will say BEST SEASON FINALE EVER. 

Song of the Week: For You by Keith Urban (This is one of those songs that deserves to be blasted full-volume and sung as loud as you can.)

OH MY GOSH THEY'RE REAL. Old yearbook photo shows Harry, Hermione, and Ron. (Also, is it just me or does the guy above Ron to the left look kind of like Neville?)

Must Reads:
YAHighway: How to make a series bible 

News:
Rachelle Gardner is looking for guest bloggers

Blood Red Pencil: 
Grammar ABCs: Lie or Lay  
10 lies you might tell yourself while editing and 10 more lies 

Curiosity Quills: 
Guest blogger etiquette

Nathan Bransford:
How to Keep Writing When the S*** Hits the Fan 

Novel Rocket: 
Riding the review rollercoaster

Rachelle Gardner: 
What if your agent doesn't like your second book? 
9 ways to outwit writers' block  

Veronica Roth:
Copyediting errors: Why they happen and how to better avoid them

Write It Sideways: 
How to draw in your reader 

I'm off to stare at my mailbox and wait for the mailman. Insurgent and City of Lost Souls are going to be here ANY MINUTE. Everyone have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

RTW: Alternative Uses for Books

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.


This Week's Topic: 
What's your favorite use for a book besides reading it?

This was a tough one for me because I really don't use books for anything besides reading. I don't use them to hide money or press flowers or anything like that. I almost accepted an old law book that a friend of mine was giving away. The pages were all cut up so that the book formed a box to hide things in. I kind of regret saying no.


When I'm not reading my books, they're all lined up on my shelves (or in some cases stacked around my room because I don't have enough shelf space). The sight of books with their spines sticking out comforts me. Which is why someday I want my office to look like a library. (If you've ever seen Castle, I want my office to look exactly like his. If you haven't seen Castle you really should because it's an awesome show, but in the meantime Castle's office is basically a large wooden desk surrounded by bookshelves.)

I guess that means my favorite use for books besides reading them would be decoration. At my grandpa's house there are shelves and shelves of books that I've never read and probably never will, but I love the way they look sitting on the shelves and I love brushing my fingers along their spines.

Monday, May 7, 2012

New Releases: While He Was Away, City of Lost Souls, and Hemlock

While He Was Away
by Karen Schreck
All she wants is for him to stay. She's been doing pretty well, pretending he doesn't have to go. But one day, after one last night to remember, she wakes up and there's no denying it anymore. He's gone.

When Penna Weaver's boyfriend goes off to Iraq, she's left facing life without him. As summer sets in, Penna tries to distract herself with work and her art, but the not knowing is slowly driving her crazy. Especially when David stops writing.

She knows in her heart he will come home. But will he be the same boy she fell in love with?

City of Lost Souls
by Cassandra Clare
#5 in the Mortal Instruments series 
The New York Times bestselling Mortal Instruments continues—and so do the thrills and danger for Jace, Clary, and Simon. Can the lost be reclaimed? What price is too high to pay for love? Who can be trusted when sin and salvation collide? Love. Blood. Betrayal. Revenge. Darkness threatens to claim the Shadowhunters in the harrowing fifth book of the Mortal Instruments series.

Note: Release date TOMORROW! I CAN'T WAIT! 

Hemlock
by Kathleen Peacock 
#1 in the Hemlock trilogy 
Mackenzie and Amy were best friends. Until Amy was brutally murdered.

Since then, Mac’s life has been turned upside down. She is being haunted by Amy in her dreams, and an extremist group called the Trackers has come to Mac’s hometown of Hemlock to hunt down Amy’s killer: A white werewolf.

Lupine syndrome—also known as the werewolf virus—is on the rise across the country. Many of the infected try to hide their symptoms, but bloodlust is not easy to control.

Wanting desperately to put an end to her nightmares, Mac decides to investigate Amy’s murder herself. She discovers secrets lurking in the shadows of Hemlock, secrets about Amy’s boyfriend, Jason, her good pal Kyle, and especially her late best friend. Mac is thrown into a maelstrom of violence and betrayal that puts her life at risk.

Friday, May 4, 2012

New Releases -- Purity, When You Were Mine, and Bitterblue

Purity
by Jackson Pearce
Before her mother died, Shelby promised three things: to listen to her father, to love as much as possible, and to live without restraint. Those Promises become harder to keep when Shelby's father joins the planning committee for the Princess Ball, an annual dance that ends with a ceremonial vow to live pure lives -- in other words, no "bad behavior," no breaking the rules, and definitely no sex.

Torn between Promises One and Three, Shelby makes a decision -- to exploit a loophole and lose her virginity before taking the vow. But somewhere between failed hookup attempts and helping her dad plan the ball, Shelby starts to understand what her mother really meant, what her father really needs, and who really has the right to her purity.

When You Were Mine
by Rebecca Serle
Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her—and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose’s best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy...and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn’t even stand a chance.     

Rose is devastated over losing Rob to Juliet. This is not how the story was supposed to go. And when rumors start swirling about Juliet’s instability, her neediness, and her threats of suicide, Rose starts to fear not only for Rob’s heart, but also for his life. Because Shakespeare may have gotten the story wrong, but we all still know how it ends….

 Bitterblue
by Kristin Cashore
Eight years after Graceling, Bitterblue is now queen of Monsea. But the influence of her father, a violent psychopath with mind-altering abilities, lives on. Her advisors, who have run things since Leck died, believe in a forward-thinking plan: Pardon all who committed terrible acts under Leck’s reign, and forget anything bad ever happened. But when Bitterblue begins sneaking outside the castle—disguised and alone—to walk the streets of her own city, she starts realizing that the kingdom has been under the thirty-five-year spell of a madman, and the only way to move forward is to revisit the past.

Two thieves, who only steal what has already been stolen, change her life forever. They hold a key to the truth of Leck’s reign. And one of them, with an extreme skill called a Grace that he hasn’t yet identified, holds a key to her heart.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

RTW: IRL YA Fan Friends

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.



This Week's Topic: 
What IRL people can you talk to about YA?
 

I have sadly few people to talk to in real life about YA. Most of my friends only like select series of YA. My roommate loves Cassandra Clare and is completely psyched about Insurgent's release, but she has a affinity for more adult fantasy. I have a friend whose love of Tamora Pierce matches my own and another friend that I can talk to about Rick Riordan's books. 
Other than that, the majority of people I hang out with aren't abreast on the happenings of the young adult book world. Part of that is because we're all college students who barely have time to read at all. We lend books to each other and talk up our favorite new releases when we can, but there's not much time to actually read them. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

INSURGENT DAY!

The day I've been waiting for has finally arrived! Insurgent by Veronica Roth is HERE! Sadly my copy won't arrive for another week, but it's so close I can feel it!

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful. Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.