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2011 Freshly Pressed (2)

April 24-30

Bumped by Megan McCafferty – Goodreads | Amazon
The Last Little Blue Envelope by Marueen Johnson – Goodreads | Amazon
Summer and the City by Candace Bushnell – Goodreads | Amazon
Abandon by Meg Cabbot – Goodreads | Amazon
We’ll Always Have Summer by Jenny Han – Goodreads | Amazon
The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow – Goodreads | Amazon
Family by Micol Ostow – Goodreads | Amazon
Exile by Anne Osterlund – Goodreads | Amazon

Featured Book

Bumped by Megan McCafferty

Published: April 26, 2011
Series: Bumped, Book 1
Goodreads | Amazon

When a virus makes everyone over the age of eighteen infertile, would-be parents are forced to pay teen girls to conceive and give birth to their children, making teens the most prized members of society.

Sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony were separated at birth and had never met until the day Harmony shows up on Melody’s doorstep. Until now, the twins have followed completely opposite paths. Melody has scored an enviable conception contract with a couple called the Jaydens. While they are searching for the perfect partner for Melody to bump with, she is fighting her attraction to her best friend Zen, who is way too short for the job.

Harmony has spent her whole life in religious Goodside, preparing to be a wife and mother. She believes her calling is to bring Melody back to Goodside and convince her that “pregging” for profit is a sin. But Harmony has secrets of her own that she is running from.

When Melody is finally matched with the world-famous, genetically flawless Jondoe, both girls’ lives are changed forever. A case of mistaken identity takes them on a journey neither could have ever imagined, one that makes Melody and Harmony realize they have so much more than just DNA in common.

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2011 Freshly Pressed (1)

April 10th -16th

Featured Book

The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong
Released: April 12, 2011
Series: Darkness Rising, Book 1
Goodreads | Barnes & Noble

The Gathering by Kelley ArmstrongSixteen-year-old Maya is just an ordinary teen in an ordinary town. Sure, she doesn’t know much about her background – the only thing she really has to cling to is an odd paw-print birthmark on her hip – but she never really put much thought into who her parents were or how she ended up with her adopted parents in this tiny medical-research community on Vancouver Island.

Until now.

Strange things have been happening in this claustrophobic town – from the mountain lions that have been approaching Maya to her best friend’s hidden talent for “feeling” out people and situations, to the sexy new bad boy who makes Maya feel . . . . different. Combine that with a few unexplained deaths and a mystery involving Maya’s biological parents and it’s easy to suspect that this town might have more than its share of skeletons in its closet.

In The Gathering, New York Times best-selling author Kelley Armstrong brings all the supernatural thrills from her wildly successful Darkest Powers series to Darkness Rising, her scorching hot new trilogy.

Hope you enjoyed this week in releases!

Be sure to check out my write-up for Enclave if you’re looking for more information on Ann Aguirre’s new release!

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Supporting Teen Literature

I just happened to start this amazingly awesome (read: vain) book blog in the middle of National Library Week! During the week, different events and days are celebrated to put the glory that is the library in the limelight. Yesterday was Bookmobile day, not to thrilling from my personal opinion; nothing beats getting lost in the stacks for hours. Today is different; today is a day to Support Teen Literature (YA!)! I am a big fan of YA fiction and was considerably disappointed by the small “Teen Corner” my home branch of the library had to offer. Knowing just how many fantastic authors are and how many books are releasing on a weekly basis, it is a little underwhelming; so the YA section of the library is something that needs to be bolstered, loved,, and nurtured just a little.

This event is celebrated and promoted every National Library Week by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). They also host the teen choice awards of YA fiction. Last year’s top choices had a couple titles that I knew, read, or recognized at the very least.

2010 Top Ten

  1. Catching Fire (The Hunger Games Series) by Suzanne Collins — Goodreads
  2. City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments Series) by Cassandra Clare — Goodreads
  3. Heist Society (Heist Society Series) by Ally Carter — Goodreads
  4. Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls Series) by Maggie Stiefvater — Goodreads
  5. Hush, Hush (Hush Hush Series) by Becca Fitzpatrick — Goodreads
  6. Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles Series) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl — Goodreads
  7. Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen — Goodreads
  8. If I Stay (If I Stay Series) by Gayle Forman — Goodreads
  9. Fire (Seven Kingdoms Trilogy) by Kristin Cashore — Goodreads
  10. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson — Goodreads

2011 Nominees Are…

  1. Drought by Pam Bachorz
  2. I am J by Cris Beam
  3. You Killed Wesley Payne by Sean Beaudoin
  4. Zombies vs. Unicorns by Holly Black & Justine Larbalestier
  5. The Lost Gate by Orson Scott Card
  6. The Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  7. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
  8. Love, Inc. by Yvonne Collins
  9. Matched by Ally Condie
  10. Nightshade by Andrea Cremer
  11. Crescendo by Becca Fitzpatrick
  12. Lies by Michael Grant
  13. Demonglass by Rachel Hawkins
  14. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  15. The Iron King by Julie Kagawa
  16. I am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
  17. Red Moon Rising by Peter Moore
  18. The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson
  19. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver
  20. The False Princess by Ellis O’Neal
  21. Angel: A Maximum Ride Novel by James Patterson
  22. Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce
  23. Blessed by Cynthia Leitich Smith
  24. Behemoth by Scott Westerfield
  25. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White

Voting for the top ten will begin August 22, 2011! I haven’t read a lot of these so if you have feel free to let me know what you thought!

 

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Enclave Release & Trailer

A new book was released yesterday, April 12, for YA dystopian lovers; a new series, Razorland, starts with Enclave by Ann Aguirre! Check out the trailer and be ready for an experience packed with zombies and action!

New York City has been decimated by war and plague, and most of civilization has migrated to underground enclaves, where life expectancy is no more than the early 20’s. When Deuce turns 15, she takes on her role as a Huntress, and is paired with Fade, a teenage Hunter who lived Topside as a young boy. When she and Fade discover that the neighboring enclave has been decimated by the tunnel monsters—or Freaks—who seem to be growing more organized, the elders refuse to listen to warnings. And when Deuce and Fade are exiled from the enclave, the girl born in darkness must survive in daylight, in the ruins of a city whose population has dwindled to a few dangerous gangs. As the two are guided by Fade’s long-ago memories, they face dangers, and feelings, unlike any they’ve ever known.

Find it on: Goodreads | Amazon

Find out more: Author’s Website

 

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