2.16.2017

Author Spotlight: Gryffyn Phoenix

Well folks, if you're up for some otherworldly adventure with a touch of romance, give Gryffyn Phoenix's worlds a whirl. Think Narnia, then add more drama and romance, and less lions and wardrobes. Huffpo (Huffington Post, yo) called it absolutely irresistible. International bestselling author, Chelsea Quinn Yarbro called Haven Awakening "disturbing and revelationary."

Intrigued yet? Good, you should be.

Now the author herself: Gryffyn Jade Phoenix. Um....like her name would have you believe: SHE IS MAGIC. And you can meet her at YA Fest, and just hope that maybe, some of her magic will rub off on you. Behold the majestic nature of the Gryffyn and the Phoenix!



Book summaries nabbed from her website!

Haven Awakening


Some things are better left unseen.

The kids at Haven have been waiting. Legend foretold the veil-seer would lead them to victory over their sworn enemy, Helm. With her arrival comes the shocking realization that she is the one thing they never expected: a mortal.

Verity didn’t want the cornea transplant for her sixteenth birthday. She couldn’t have imagined it would make her the veil-seer, a coveted weapon in an ancient feud. Now she’s stuck trying to master her new powers, make friends, and stay alive. Having been saved by Helm too many times for comfort, Verity wonders which side she should be fighting for. The problem is something evil lurks in Haven, and the only thing it wants is for the new veil-seer to die.

Helm Abomination:

Some things are better left unseen.

Some hearts are better left unmet.

Living in Helm is a new experience for Verity, she’s the only female in a world of boys. Most of them embrace her as a potential friend, others long for her death, and one … well, one she can’t seem to pin down.

Her new possible boyfriend neglected to tell Verity there’s an ancient prophecy that foretells the end of Helm’s leader at the hands of the mortal veil-seer. A few of the boys fighting beside her feel the best way to keep Haydn alive is to make sure the veil-seer dies.

Verity barely survived her sixteenth birthday. Now she may not live to see her seventeenth.

Along with her website, you can find her on facebook and twitter! CHECK HER OUT!

Author Spotlight: Nancy Ohlin

So in passing, I noticed that Nancy Ohlin co-wrote the third book in the Haunting of Sunshine Girl series. I read the first one and LOVED it. So that was the gateway into what became a sorta-girl-crush on Nancy Ohlin's writing.


So I decided to pick up her book Consent and it was a very interested read regarding a student-teacher romance. Which was weird, but SO WELL WRITTEN. And ALL the conflicting emotions!

Not to mention that her personal history is awe-inspiring. She found an identity in intelligence, and her writing definitely belongs to a brilliant mind. Come on by YA Fest and meet her and support her and tell her how awesome she is. Because I'm not biased or anything. Nope, not me... ;)

If you can't make it to YA Fest, but still want to share how awesome you think Nancy is, find her on Twitter, Facebook, and her website.



The Sacrifice of Sunshine Girl
(co-authored with Paige McKenzie - release date April 4, 2017!)
Is Sunshine Griffith who she thinks she is? Now that her luiseach powers are fully awakened, and having barely survived an abyss full of demons at the end of Book Two, Sunshine must figure out who—or what—has been organizing the forces of darkness against her.

Thanks to her brainiac boyfriend, Nolan, they not only unearth that Sunshine's death would trigger a calamitous event, but that all civilization depends on her survival. So when an unexpected event unleashes a fierce war between the luiseach and the demon army, Sunshine will learn a shocking truth about herself. Can she bring herself to make the ultimate sacrifice to save humankind?




Consent
In this sexy and intriguing novel, an intense—and passionate—bond between a high school senior and her music teacher becomes a public scandal that threatens the reputation of both.

Bea has a secret.

Actually, she has more than one. There’s her dream for the future that she can’t tell anyone—not her father and not even her best friend, Plum.

And now there’s Dane Rossi. Dane is hot, he shares Bea’s love of piano, and he believes in her.

He’s also Bea’s teacher.

When their passion for music crosses into passion for each other, Bea finds herself falling completely for Dane. She’s never felt so wanted, so understood, so known to her core. But the risk of discovery carries unexpected surprises that could shake Bea entirely. Bea must piece together what is and isn’t true about Dane, herself, and the most intense relationship she’s ever experienced.



Always, Forever
Nothing is as it seems in this darkly romantic tale of infatuation and possession, inspired by Daphne du Maurier’s Rebecca.

Becca was the perfect girlfriend: smart, gorgeous, and loved by everyone at New England’s premier boarding school, Thorn Abbey. But Becca’s dead. And her boyfriend, Max, can’t get over his loss.

Then Tess transfers to Thorn Abbey. She’s shy, insecure, and ordinary—everything that Becca wasn’t. And despite her roommate’s warnings, she falls for brooding Max.

Now Max finally has a reason to move on. Except it won’t be easy. Because Becca may be gone, but she’s not quite ready to let him go…


 
Beauty
Looks to kill for...

Ana is nothing like her glamorous mother, Queen Veda, whose hair is black as ravens and whose lips are red as roses. Alas, Queen Veda loathes anyone whose beauty dares to rival her own—including her daughter.

And despite Ana’s attempts to be plain to earn her mother’s affection,
she’s sent away to the kingdom’s exclusive boarding school.

At the Academy, Ana is devastated when her only friend abandons her for the popular girls. Isolated and alone, Ana resolves to look like a true princess to earn the acceptance she desires.

But when she uncovers the dangerous secret that makes all of the girls at the Academy so gorgeous, just how far will Ana go to fit in?



2.13.2017

Author Spotlight: Kara Thomas

Possibly not my brightest idea, but I'm writing this blog post the morning after a punk show and I'm all achy and bruised, but hey! This blog isn't gonna write itself! So therefore: Kara Thomas.



What can I say about Kara Thomas? How about her book, The Darkest Corners, is BLOODY BRILLIANT. Naturally, as is the author herself. But HER BOOK. IT'S SO DANG GOOD.

If you want suspense and twisties and believable girl-relationship-friendships, JUST PICK UP HER BOOK THAT I ALREADY READ. And come by YA Fest to meet her. Because she's cool.

ALL THE FANGIRLING-NESS. And I mean, The Darkest Corners is WOODSY-SUSPENSE AND TRUE CRIME-ISH-Y. THAT'S NOT EVEN A WORD.

I AM SO NOT MAKING SENSE. WHY AM I YELLING? I'M SO DANG EXCITED.

*deep breath*

Kara Thomas also has a rescue kitty cat, which only makes her that much cooler. And she was pretty bloody cool already. And I didn't even get around to talking about her other books, the Prep School Confidential series (written as Kara Taylor). Which I admittedly did not read yet, but I love her writing style, so I should probably binge-read those as well. It will happen: MARK MY WORDS!

By the way, book descriptions are nabbed from Kara Thomas's website.


The Darkest Corners:

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the face of her demons–and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie haven’t talked about what they saw that summer night since it happened. After the trial Callie drifted and Tessa moved and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa’s had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette–to Wyatt Stokes sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the only other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer–and this time, it won’t be as easy to run away.

Little Monsters (released July 2017):

Kacey is the new girl in Broken Falls. When she moved in with her father, she stepped into a brand-new life. A life with a stepbrother, a stepmother, and strangest of all, an adoring younger half sister.

Kacey’s new life is eerily charming compared with the wild highs and lows of the old one she lived with her volatile mother. And everyone is so nice in Broken Falls—she’s even been welcomed into a tight new circle of friends. Bailey and Jade invite her to do everything with them.

Which is why it’s so odd when they start acting distant. And when they don’t invite her to the biggest party of the year, it doesn’t exactly feel like an accident.

But Kacey will never be able to ask, because Bailey never makes it home from that party. Suddenly, Broken Falls doesn’t seem so welcoming after all—especially once everyone starts looking to the new girl for answers.

Kacey is about to learn some very important lessons: Sometimes appearances can be deceiving. Sometimes when you’re the new girl, you shouldn’t trust anyone.

Kara Thomas can be found on Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

2.09.2017

Read these now! (Before movies and TV potentially ruin them forever...)

Hurry! Read these before the movies RUIN them and our lives are never the same again!


I'm only teasing. Well, kinda.

Some book-to-movie adaptations were remarkably well done (The Fault in Our Stars, Hunger Games, etc.), some were so-so (The Mortal Instruments, Vampire Academy), and some were so poorly promoted or obscure that we didn't even know were turned into movies (who knew Fallen by Lauren Kate became a movie that was only released in the Phillipines?!! Don't worry... it's coming to the U.S. soon.)

Sometimes we're pleasantly surprised with how the movies turn out, and sometimes movie production companies have this special way of RUINING everything we hold dear.

I'm clearly very passionate about this.

So here's a list of books they're determined to ruin for us my adapting them into movies and/or series.

Titles and release dates courtesy of MTV News, Bookriot, and ComingSoon.net

Titles and release dates can change at any time, so a lot of this info is subject to change. We just feel it's our duty to share with you what we've heard. So you're welcome. I'm just glad we could share this moment together. 


Movies:

Release Date: March 3, 2017


Lauren Oliver's debut is right up there with Jay Asher's Thirteen Reasons Why. Before I Fall follows a teenager who repeatedly relives the last day of her life and discovers how her actions affect others along the way. Before I Fall has had movie buzz around it for YEARS, and now it's officially happening. You can already watch the official trailer...





Release Date: April 7, 2017


Even though this is technically a middle grade book, I still felt like I should include it. Stephen Chbosky is directing, who you might recognize as the author, director, and screenplay writer for Perks of Being a Wallflower. So, obviously this movie is going to be amazing. Here's the official trailer...




Release Date: May 19, 2017
In Everything, Everything, our main character is literally allergic to everything and has been housebound for most of her life... until the new boy moves in next door. Nicola Yoon is kind enough to post updates for everything having to do with the Everything, Everything adaptation on her website


Break My Heart 1,000 Times by Daniel Waters
Release Date: July 7, 2017


A post-apocalyptic thriller in which basically everyone is dead and the world is inhabited by ghosts.
Bella Thorne is set to star.

Release Date: 11/22/17



Oh, look! Just in time for the holiday season! Let It Snow was supposed to have a December 2016 release, but was pushed to November 2017. No word yet who will starring in John Green's (and friends) third movie adaptation.


Release Date: TBA



The movie adaptation book will be renamed Ashes in the Snow instead of Between Shades of Gray. It could be a little awkward if this WWII drama gets confused with a different different "Gray" series...


Release Date: TBA (est. 2018)



All the Bright Places was a Goodreads Choice Award Winner for Young Adult Fiction in 2015, and was nominated for several other awards the same year. It's a pretty high honor when your first book not only wins all sorts of awards and nominations, but is also turned into a major motion picture starring Elle Fanning. You rock, Jennifer Niven!

Release Date: TBA (est. 2017)


We've all heard jokes about Jeffrey Dahmer, but most of us don't know the story behind Dahmer's... eating habits, which were quite unusual (to say the least). This graphic novel is written and illustrated by Derf Backderf, who went to high school with Dahmer. He shares a lot about Dahmer's life that can only be known by someone who actually knew him. Super creepy and super interesting, this (hopefully) will make a great movie. Alex Wolff (star of Nickelodeon's The Naked Brothers Band and brother of Nat Wolff) is set to play teenage Dahmer.



Release Date: TBA (est. 2018)


The movie will be released under the series name, Chaos Walking, so we're not sure if that means the whole series will be condensed into one movie or if there will be a separate movie for each book. Tom Holland (aka Spiderman from Captain America: Civil War) has been cast as Todd, and Violet will be played by Daisy Ridley (more popularly as Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens).


Release Date: TBA


This is one of my all time favorite "scary" books and it's one that I'm genuinely psyched to see on the big screen and I hope they do it justice. It's a lot like "And Then There Were None" by Agatha Christie meets the "Harper's Island" TV series from several years back. So basically there are a bunch of teens stuck on an island that are getting picked off one by one. Now THAT'S entertainment, right?! Here's the book trailer if you don't believe me.




Release Date: January 12, 2018


The Death Cure was supposed to be out in February, but some delays bumped the release to 2018. Which means we'll just have to be a little more patient to see how one of our they wrap up the finale of one of our favorite series.


Television Series

Coming to Netflix on March 31, 2017


A favorite and modern classic in the YA world, the official trailer for 13RW was recently released along with the release date, and we're positively giddy about it. See the trailer for yourself... 



Coming to Freeform on April 18, 2017



Bella Thorne will star in this book-to-TV series adaptation about a plain old college student who gets a big break in Hollywood. If you read the blurb above about Break My Heart 1,000 Times, you know Bella is rolling in YA book glory right now. The trailer for Famous in  Love came out last August, so take a peek and start counting down to the show's premiere on April 18!



The Divergent Series: Ascendent
Network unknown, June 2017


We all know the drama that went down with the end of the Divergent movie series, so I'm not even going to go there. If you're a hardcore fan of the series, just take comfort in knowing that a series is coming to cure all your emotional Divergent-related ills. 


I may be cynical about a lot of these becoming movies/series, but I will still have hope!


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2.08.2017

Author Spotlight: Melinda Michaels!

We're so happy to welcome Melinda Michaels to our YA Fest family!



Melinda's first book, Golden, is based on Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and story I think we can all admit doesn't get enough attention in this day and age of fairy tale retellings. Go Melinda! Power to you for bringing this story back to the front lines! It's a very loose retelling, so it's not the exact story, but it's told in a much more dramatic and suspenseful way. Her upcoming book, Roses, will be out this spring. There's no summary for it yet, but we're hoping it's another fantastic and unique retelling!


Come to YA Fest 2017 to see Melinda for realsies! Chat her up, flail with us as we freakout with excitement over her new book... you know, the usual. In the meantime, find her at her website, on Facebook, and on Twitter!


*Book summaries taken from Goodreads.


Golden
High school senior Hanna Loch just suffered a blackout in front of her entire homeroom class. She hasn't had one in over ten years, and she’s terrified—the last time she blacked out, she woke up with no memory of her life before. To make matters worse, no one can explain why it happens. For Hanna, bad things tend to come in threes.

And that doesn't even begin to cover it . . .

When she learns she could be a descendant of someone who lived once upon a time, Hanna must put her trust in William Vann, a descendant of one of the most hated villains ever known. Their histories are intertwined in more ways than she expected, and he has answers about her past, answers even her family won’t share.

But is it safe to put her trust in someone who appears to be danger reincarnate, while trying to escape the darkness that tried to kill her ten years ago?

A loose fairytale retelling, GOLDEN is a story that’s just right, weaving together lost secrets, vengeful enemies, and what happens when fiction becomes reality.




Roses
Release Date: Spring 2017!

Summary coming soon!