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So…Many…YA Blockbusters!

Summer is progressing and by now you’ve all read all the hot books that came out during the school year when you were too busy to do any fun reading. Now is the perfect time to get excited about all the new hot books and book-based movies that are coming out this fall! There’s an incredible number of them, you guys. It’s hard not to be a little overwhelmed…

Cover image of Allegiant. From

This is the blockbuster I am obsessing over. (Cover image of Allegiant by Veronica Roth from

Your super-awesome month-by-month guide to fall’s monumental books and movies:


Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan – If you have not already heard a ton of buzz about this book, you have not been part of the internet world for the last two months. The cover reveal generated news story after news story. Why? Because it shows exactly what the title says: two boys kissing. This is not weird for those of us who have gay friends, but it is pretty monumental for a book cover. It’s part of increasing diversity of characters being shown on YA book covers that more truly reflect the characters in the books and also real life. Levithan is such an amazing writer of beautiful, heartfelt, loving stories. This one is sure not to disappoint.

The Bitter Kingdom by Rae Carson – the FINALE in the fantastic Fire and Thorns trilogy.  We can’t wait to see what happens to Elisa! Expect a wait to get your hands on this title.

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones – the MOVIE! August 21, 2013. ‘Nuff said.


Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – You loved Eleanor and Park (if you’re a realistic fiction fan and you haven’t read it: go, now, drop everything else and just go get it) and Rowell is back with a whole new addiction in Fangirl. Expect the same quirk, the same singular characters, the same powerful writing style. Oh yeah, and another awesome cover design. LOVE!

The Lord of Opium by Nancy Farmer – It has been over ten years since Farmer’s breathtaking The House of the Scorpion (Printz Honor Book, Newbery Honor Book, National Book Award Winner) came out. So it’s time for a sequel, right? Yes!


Allegiant by Veronica Roth – Who else is going to completely jump up and down as soon as they get their hands on this book? It’s the end of the story of Tris, Four, and their world and WHAT WILL HAPPEN?!?!?!? Once we recover from finishing this epic trilogy, we can reread all the books and start looking forward to the Divergent movie.

The Iron Traitor by Julie Kagawa – Kagawa has fast become one of the most celebrated YA authors of fantasty and sci fi. The Iron Fey series takes place in a pretty big world – and the books reflect that, with novellas and a spin-off companion series, that is sort of also part of the main series, with the fifth book The Lost Prince. So worth the wait for this one.


Catching Fire – the MOVIE! November 22, 2013. Again, what is there really to say except that it’s gonna be awesome.

(And I have to stop there because if I get into December it will just be too much excitement for one day (one word: hobbits).)

Like I said, so many blockbusters and exciting books and movies happening all at once! What fun!


Smoke and Bone…Fire and Thorns

Different worlds, different time, different girls, but two amazing fantasy stories (with similar titles).

The Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
Karou is a mystery, she’s a girl with blue hair who likes to draw monsters.  Well to everyone else they’re monsters but to Karou they’re her family.  While Karou is human she has been raised by a race of beings called chimaera.  When a mysterious meeting with a beautiful winged creature almost causes her death, Karou wonders what is really going on in the world of the chimaera and how is she involved?

The Girl of Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson
Elisa, a princess, is also the chosen one, selected as a baby for a sacred duty.  Unsure what that means for her future, Elisa must focus on the present and her arranged marriage to the king of a neighboring land.  With war looming Elisa must discover her magic and her role in forming an alliance and defeating their common enemy.  A stunning and complex fantasy about finding your place in the world and discovering who you are.

Teen Book Awards

The winners of the 2010 Teens’ Top Ten have been announced!
Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Heist Society by Ally Carter
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen
If I Stay by Gayle Forman
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

And the nominees for the National Book Award for Young People’s Lit were announced last week.  The winner will be awarded in November.
The 2010 Nominees are:

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine
Dark Water by Laura McNeal
Lockdown by Walter Dean Myers
One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

So if you’re looking for something to read, here are some great options!

Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor

I took a break from Morris Award nominees (only one left and review coming soon), to read Lips Touch: Three Times by Laini Taylor.

This National Book Award finalist is a stunning collection of three fantasy short stories. Ranging from contemporary Kizzy who is enticed by a goblin, to demons and curses in British-ruled India, to immortal shape-shifting creatures, all three center around a kiss that changes lives. Enhanced with beautiful illustrations, Lips Touch: Three Times is a magical and thrilling read.