Friday, September 03, 2010

Author Round-Up/Giveaway!

As summer is winding to a close, I thought it would be fun to ask some of our YA Fresh author friends (who have joined us here recently) to tell us about a book they’ve recently read and loved.

So here we go, in no particular order:

Kelly Parra: "This summer I revisited one of my favorites...This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. It's no secret I love a tough-girl story with a unique boy who softens her up. Add this one to your reading--or REreading--list for an awesome summer read!"

Kay Cassidy: “Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer is amazing. The heroine is so relatable, and the things she faces made me question everything from survival strategies in our technology-dependent world to what family really means. I went around for weeks afterward worrying that we didn't have enough supplies in our pantry. It's that kind of extraordinary read."

Wendy Toliver: “One book I really enjoyed reading this summer was Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. It's a thrilling and unpredictable story of forbidden love between a teenaged girl and a fallen angel. I enjoyed it so much I wrote her a fan email and found out she lives where I used to live. So when I was driving through there this summer she was kind enough to meet up with me and we had a marvelous time together."

Inara Scott: “I would like to recommend Flash Burnout by LK Madigan. Why I liked it? A completely real male protagonist that I adored; a bit of mystery; and absolutely phenomenal writing.”

Jessica Brody: “The Espressologist by Kristina Springer. Although I love a good vampire or ‘the world is ending’ book as much as the next person, sometimes you're in the mood for something light and uplifting, rather than dark and suspenseful. Especially on a warm summer day by the pool! This book totally did the trick for me! It was one of the most adorable books I've ever read, about a barista who plays matchmaker based on people's coffee drinks! Short and sweet and left me smiling. :)"

Amy Goldman Koss: "I LOVE the character Billy Bloom in Freak Show by James St. James. The plot is only so-so, and the conclusion doesn't ring true, but the main character Billy (a teen drag-queen) is BRILLIANTLY written. He's TOUCHING and BRAVE and STUPID and UNIQUE and FUNNY and REAL and WONDERFUL. To read him is to love him."

Stephanie Hale: "My favorite book this summer was The Body Finder by Kimberly Derting. I could NOT put this book down, yet I never wanted it to end. The main character Violet can sense the echoes of people who were murdered and can also pick up imprints on their killer. It was so suspenseful! It also had a very sweet love story to balance out the morbidness of Violet's hidden ability."

Swati Avasthi: “Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan. In addition to the strong voices and interesting story, I thought the emphasis on friendship and how that sees you through high school was a seldom-discussed theme, especially for lit for guys. And I thought that the way that each Will Grayson saw Tiny Dancer was fabulous; what a great way to round a character.”

Holly Cupala: "It's been such a terrific year for YA, it's impossible to choose just one…but I really enjoyed Holly Schindler's debut novel, A Blue So Dark. Holly’s voice is as sharp as an ice pick, her observations astute and often very, very funny. It’s a moving portrait of a girl letting go of her past and discovering her gifts."

Tera Lynn Childs: “Firelight by Sophie Jordan! It's a breathtaking, ill-fated romance between a girl descended from dragons and the boy whose family hunts her kind. There are all the elements that make it a keeper for me: desperate romance, heart-pounding action, danger, sacrifice, and a beautifully-developed world that will leave you wondering whether there might be a draki living next door."

Tina Ferraro: “I had to force myself to put down A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass--so that it wouldn’t end. I was drawn in from its truly original prologue as the main character uses colored chalk to solve a math problem to its beautiful conclusion that had me tearing up. I passed it along to two teens, one with an interest in psychology, the other math, and both were equally amazed, proving to me the wide range of this novel. Wonderful.”

Okay, so starting NOW, please leave a comment about one of these books and why you'd like to read it, and be entered to win a $10.00 Amazon electronic gift certificate. (All of these recommended books are selling new on, with most well under $10.00.) I’ll randomly pick two winners! Check back on Monday to see the winners!

35 fresh comments:

Kulsuma said...

they all sound fantastic. i'd like firelight because i love dragons and i want to read a good dragon novel with some romance now!


Chanelley said...

So many books to choose from. But...I'm going to have to go with Will Grayson, Will Grayson. I've been hearing a lot of amazing things about this novel, and it sounds so unique to anything I've ever read before. Definitely want to check this out.

Margay said...

I have actually read Hush, Hush and the Espressologist and enjoyed them both. A Mango Shaped space sounds like a really interesting book - I'm all for books that get teens to read, so I'd want to read this one to discover what the allure is.

Elie said...

Lets see...I've read:
Hush, Hush
A Blue So Dark and
(I loved them all)

The Body Finder and Will Grayson are waiting on my reader.

I have not heard of A Mango-Shaped Space by Wendy Mass--I am interested and am adding this to my list. I have heard great things about Sarah DressenThanks for the post.

kjovus said...

I want to read firelight - a book with a dragon in it is always a treat.
I would like to re read(and own) The Body Finder, it was my first murder/suspense book and it was great!

Hafsah said...

I've heard good things about Firelight and The Body Finder, and I would love to read them both!

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks to everyone who has already commented! And I wanted to add that during the collecting of these answers, I read Will Grayson, Will Grayson and LOVED it! And passed it along to my son, who is a big John Green fan, too! Some wonderful recommendations here. Have fun!

TJ Brown said...

I read all of Carrie Jones' books this summer. And Maureen Johnson's. A good summer for reading:)

Kelsey said...

So many great books. I loved This Lullaby, Life As We Knew It, Hush Hush, The Espressologist, and Firelight :)

I really want to read The Body Finder!

Thanks for the contest!

kelseythebookscout at gmail dot com

Shari Green said...

What a great list! Some I've read (and loved), some are on my TBR, and the rest I'm adding to my list!

One that really interests me is A MANGO-SHAPED SPACE. I love contemp YA, and the premise of this one seems unique and fascinating.

sharigreen.ya (AT)

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

I'm very interested in A Mango Shaped Space. I LOVE Wendy Mass. My daughter read this one and said it was very good. I just love the premise of it!

Janie Emaus said...

I loved A Mango Shaped Space and have recommended to everyone I know. Even my 80 something mom loved it.

Misha1989 said...

I would love to read Life as we knew it. Dystopian Novels really interest me. I have heard so many great things about it too.


Kelly (Lynn) Parra said...

Love the Author Round-up!! Good luck to Everyone!!

Cherie J said...

I would love to read Firelight by Sophie Jordan. I just love dragon stories and this one sounds terrific.

SWK said...

I loved WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON, too. It's a must-read for GLEE fans :) Thanks for some great reading recommendations! - Stasia

jpetroroy said...

I'd love to read Flash Burnout. Realistic male point of views are so rare nowadays!

jpetroroy at gmail dot com

Tiffany said...

All of those sound amazing. But I'd have to go with This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. I love her books. Her stories are always so relatable and Perfect for summer reading. ;)

marian said...

i've read hush hush and the body finder and love them!! i really want to read firelight because i love dragons and romance so put them together and i know it will be an awesome read!


mariska said...

Geeezz, i haven't read ALL of them !!
kinda envy with those who had read them :)

And one book that i most want to read is The Body Finder. it's been months, and i still can't get my hands on this book. With those Great reviews and after i read Stephanie's comment about this book, I WANT IT BADLY !

uniquas at ymail dot com

brendajean said...

I'm going to have to read them all!! I can't wait to read Firelight the most though. Come on,..desperate romance? heart-pounding action? I'm so in!!

Kristen said...

This Lullaby sounds fantastic! I had no clue what it was about and it sounds like a book I'd really enjoy.

dragonzgoil at gmail dot com

tikilights said...

I'd love to read A Mango-Shaped Space. Stories about uniquely plausible new human abilities are always intriguing.

Llehn said...

I'd love to read Life As We Know It because it sounds very, very intriguing.

I've read The Body Finder and I enjoyed it very much.


Thao said...

An internet friend told me A Mango Shaped Space was really amazing but I've not had a chance to read that book yet. I hope I can soon : )

donnas said...

I really want to read The Body Finder. It sounds so good.

I also really liked Hush Hush too and am looking forward to Crescendo.

bacchus76 at myself dot com

Breanna said...

They all sound so good. I mean the books I haven't read that is. The others of course I already know are good!

I'm going with the Espressologist and Hush Hush. I keep hearing about these two and really want to read both of them. :)


Michele said...

I think the first one I'd want to read is “Firelight" by Sophie Jordan. I'm a sucker for a romance story with a "desperation" about it, as the other YA Fresh author friend described it. I also really love stories that are written with extreme detail, and the way this "world" seems to be described sounds right up my alley. It also sounds like it is just an exciting novel all the way around!!

Thanks so much!!
Michele R.(CA)
Luvkittysgiveaways at Gmail dot com
Butterfly Whispers

Bee said...

I want to read This Lullaby and A Blue So Dark cos I love contemporary YA that keep it real and tell it as it is.

I read Life As We Knew It two summers back, and while it was terrifying to read about what might happen if what goes on in the book really happens for real, it was bitingly real and awesome.

msdarcy said...

I've wanted to read The Body Finder for so long now. I will have to pick it up for sure!

Anna R said...

I too loved Life as we Knew it. aFTYER READING THAT READ: SUSAN BETH PFEFFER “The Dead and the Gone”
A follow-up book to “Life As We Knew It”, the wonderful book of empowerment.
This companion book is how Alex Morales, who lives in New York City, deals with the calamity faced in the previous book centered in a small town. This book must be read after the first book. This book centers on Alex Morales abiding faith, family responsibilities, and courage. It is a boys empowerment novel.
Of course I LOVED LIFTED, Wendy's book. Awesome.

Audrey said...

All of the books sound amazing, but I especially love the sound of The Espressologist, because it sounds cute and romantic.

Lasha said...

I loved will grayson, will grayson and i really wnat to read Firelight by sophie jordan, onereason is because I love the cover and second because it just sounds awesome! thansk for the giveaway!!

Jessy said...

I really want to read Firelight. I haven't had the chance to read any dragon novels, so this will be a first.

Jolene Allcock and Family said...

I really want to read Hush Hush. I've heard such amazing things about it and I can't wait to get my hands on it. Another book that has me intrigued is Firelight and a Dragon romance sounds good :)