YA Wednesday: In Like a Lion
Dead Girl Dancing (The Dead Girl Series, Book 2) came out this week. Temp Lifer Amber inhabits the body of her boyfriend's sister. As Linda Joy Singleton says on her Amazon blog, "...being your boyfriend's older sister is seriously awkward (kissing is now illegal and immoral)!" Here's the trailer for the first book, Dead Girl Walking.
Carrie Ryan's debut, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, has been gathering ardent fans and at least one starred review since her book trailer was a 2008 Kirkus Teen Book Video award finalist. This scary video definitely made me want to read about Mary and what lies beyond the fence. (March 10)
For City of Glass (The Mortal Instruments, Book 3, out March 24) Cassandra Clare figured out the best way to get a good book trailer: host an ARC contest. The winner even wrote her a song:
I'm also a fan of this entry that looks like Final Fantasy machinima (Is this for the same book?):
And a few more with (alas) no book trailers to be found...
In Highway to Hell (Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil, Book 3), college freshman (and psychic girl detective!) Maggie has her spring break plans spoiled by a dead cow in Texas. Sounds like a song. It's getting some love at GoodReads and elsewhere. (March 10)
Sophomore Switch by Abby McDonald looks promising. A studious Brit and a California party girl switch lives. Not a full Freaky Friday, just an exchange program. (March 10)
Not surprisingly, Laurie Halse Anderson's Wintergirls has five starred reviews already. Over the last month or so on her blog, Anderson has been answering reader questions about her process and Speak, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. (March 19)
Over at The Millions, contributors Emily Colette Wilkinson and Garth Risk Hallberg give MT Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation its due.
Stephenie Meyer is profiled in the March issue of Vogue.
Speaking of awards, the Children's Book Council announced the finalists for the Teen Choice Book Award: Airhead by Meg Cabot, Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer, Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Lock and Key by Sarah Dessen, and Paper Towns by John Green.
This week I'm reading This is What I Want to Tell You. It's been hard to put it down for daily tasks like writing this blog post and, um, sleeping. Compelling characters. Secrets. Kissing in the orchard. So far, so good. --Heidi