Who doesn’t love free books? We’ve got five copies of Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse up for grabs this issue! The Winner’s Curse just came out last week from Farrar Straus Giroux – and now, it can be yours!As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.
One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.
But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.
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The Song of the Lioness by Tamora Pierce
For more epic young adult fantasy with female leads, try these…
His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman for an iconic series and heroine
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor for a tough as nails lead and a new, dark take on the supernatural romance
Sabriel by Garth Nix for magic blood lines, epic journeys, and a huge cast
The Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde for quirky humour alongside magic and dragons
Book review: Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner
I checked this book out of the library purely on a whim, and I’m so glad now that I did. Maggot Moon is one hundred chapters of excellence - easily one of the most impressive and thoughtful dystopian novels I’ve ever read. Gardner envisions an alternate history in which 1950s Britain is under the oppressive rule of a totalitarian state called ‘the Motherland’. Standish Treadwell lives with his grandfather in Zone Seven, trying to stay under the radar. But when his best friend Hector is taken, Standish and his grandfather uncover a terrible secret about the Motherland’s upcoming mission to the moon, which forces them to take action.
Standish Treadwell sticks out like a sore thumb in the Motherland. He is severely dyslexic and has heterochromia (different coloured eyes). In a society where abnormalities are considered defects, Standish is both hated and underestimated by his superiors. Gardner herself is severely dyslexic, and Standish is brilliantly depicted not as a boy with a disability, but as an intelligent boy who sees things differently. Told in first person, the story comes alive through Standish’s thoughts, his feelings, and his vivid imagination. Gardner’s gorgeous prose is the highlight of this book.
The entire novel is balanced on a precarious tower of ‘what ifs’ - what if a dozen tiny differences in the first half of the twentieth century led to dramatic changes in the First and Second World Wars? What if the Americans weren’t the first to reach the moon? As Standish remarks: “the what ifs are as boundless as the stars”, and they change everything. Gardner’s world is chilling, not just because of the horrors Standish and his makeshift family endure, but because it is all too realistic.
Inspiring and unforgettable, Maggot Moon is a tale of friendship and courage that I’m sure I’ll return to someday.
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Rating: 5 stars | ★★★★★
Review cross-posted to Goodreads
But a part of me lies buried in lace and roses on a riverbank in France-a part of me is broken off forever. A part of me will be unflyable, stuck in the climb.
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YA LIT MEME (1/9 quotes) —-> White Cat by Holly Black
Like a stage magician, the con artist misdirects suspicion. While everyone’s watching for him to pull a rabbit out of a hat, he’s actually sawing a girl in half. You think he’s doing one trick when he’s actually doing another.
You think that I’m dying, but I’m laughing at you.
- Literary agent Bridget Smith talks young adult literature and queries.
- Bloomsbury picked up three more Sarah J. Maas’ Throne of Glass novels.
- Cassandra Clare will be releasing a new series called The Last Hours.
- Aaron Hartzler (Rapture Practice) will be releasing two more novels.
- Justine Larbalestier announced her new novel Razorhust.
- Courtney Sheinmel announced her new novel Edgewater.
- Sourcebooks Fire will release Jessica Verdi’s new novel What You Left Behind.
- Becca Fitzpatrick will be releasing a new thriller called Sapphire Skies.
- Sandy Hall’s A Little Something Different becomes the first Swoon Reads title.
- The Red House Children’s Book Awards announced their winner.
- The 2013 Nebula Awards announced their nominees, including those for the Andre Norton Award for YA Science Fiction & Fantasy.
- The 2013 L.A. Times Book Prize announced their finalists.
- BookExpo America announced their Editors’ Buzz YA Books panel selection.
- Malinda Lo (Adaptation) will participate in a Google hangout tonight.
- Authors Eliot Schrefer (Threatened), Theo Lawrence (Toxic Heart), and Tiffany Schmidt (Bright Before Sunrise) will appear at Red Hook Public Library in Red Hook, NY.
- James Patterson (Maximum Ride) gifted several bookstores grants in his ongoing campaign.
- Capstone Publishing added Switch Press, a new YA imprint.
- In Off the Page, Jeni Kubicek paints her favorite stories.
- In Dragonrage, editor Nicole Brinkley wants to test your ladies.
- In Plays with Words, E.M. Caines discusses finding time to write.
- Keep up with upcoming YA releases.
- Keep up with recent cover releases.
- Keep up with recent excerpt releases.
Don’t forget to enter to win one of five copies of Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Curse! The giveaway is open to those in the United States only and will end on March 22nd at midnight.
Next issue: March 23, 2014.
Weekly YA Spotlight: A selection of the most anticipated new YA novels released this week (09/03 - 15/03)
ACID by Emma Pass ✤ March 11th
Promise of Shadows by Justina Ireland ✤ March 11th
Ruins (Partials Sequence #3) by Dan Wells ✤ March 11th
The Mirk and Midnight Hour by Jane Nickerson ✤ March 11th
Resistance (Replica #2) by Jenna Black ✤ March 11th
Strange Sweet Song by Adi Rule ✤ March 11th
Check out the rest of this month’s new YA releases here!