Book Review: Don’t Stop Now

I love all of Julie Halpern’s books. This is no exception. Into The Wild Nerd Yonder is definitely still my favorite, so if you haven’t read this author, I’d start there. But this book is wonderful, too. The cover is blah. If I didn’t love the author I would have passed this by on theContinue reading “Book Review: Don’t Stop Now”

Book Review: Fixing Delilah

So, last year I was doing this thing where I kept trying to like Sarah Dessen. (I realize I’m reviewing Sarah Ockler’s book. Bear with me here.) I’m a fan of romantic books, and Sarah Dessen is the go-to romantic writer of YA fiction. I see review after review about how much everyone loves herContinue reading “Book Review: Fixing Delilah”

Tammara Webber Publishes BETWEEN THE LINES

My critique partner and friend, Tammara Webber is boldly opting to E-publish her YA book Between The Lines. It is now available at Amazon.com. A huge  congratulations to Tammara for taking the leap! I’m declaring the week over here at Sparks and Butterflies Tammara Webber  Week! In this book, actress and teenager, Emma has landedContinue reading “Tammara Webber Publishes BETWEEN THE LINES”

Where Donna Galanti Interviews Me

Yesterday I did an interview over at Donna Galanti’s blog. We connected during the time I was writing my first YA manuscript, in which a high school girl joins the Navy. One of key pieces in my research was a slim book called, Letters From Boot Camp. It is filled with letters she wrote asContinue reading “Where Donna Galanti Interviews Me”

Book Review: Girlfriend Material

I liked this book. I picked it up mostly because it was published by Disney-Hyperion and I’ll be attending an upcoming conference with one of their editors. I always feel better if I’ve come with at least one of their books read. Possibly I’ve read more, but nothing comes to mind. Anyway, I started anotherContinue reading “Book Review: Girlfriend Material”

Book Review: Girl

I think Blake Nelson may have just become my favorite author. Every time I read something of his, it’s such a different kind of book from the time before. I think I’ve only read three of his books, but whatever. You know how when you read a book and you feel like you know theContinue reading “Book Review: Girl”

Off My Printz Game

I’m off my game, people! I normally try to predict the Printz winners and honors for the year, but the awards have been given and I haven’t posted! The Micahel L. Printz Award (< click for the complete list) is given annually to the best young adult book — like the Newbery Award, but forContinue reading “Off My Printz Game”

Book Review: Gender Blender

I was really slow getting on the Blake Nelson train. I just read Paranoid Park last year. Didn’t even know it had been a movie. Still haven’t seen that, but I was in love his writing from the start. When I think of edgy YA fiction, I think of Paranoid Park. That book was dark,Continue reading “Book Review: Gender Blender”

The Hunger Games series: Why It Worked (For Me)

I’ve been trying to write a blog post about this series for over a week now. The problem is a) my YA author friends have all read this and are probably exhausted from so many posts concerning this series and really what could I possibly have to say that hasn’t been said, while b) myContinue reading “The Hunger Games series: Why It Worked (For Me)”

Book Review: Virgin Territory

This is the first book I’ve read by James Lecesne. Now that I know his first one, Absolute Brightness, was a Morris Award nominee, I’ll be hoping to read that, as well. Virgin Territory is rich with metaphors and layered with imagery I enjoyed. That probably makes it seems purply-prosey, but make no mistake, theContinue reading “Book Review: Virgin Territory”