Wednesday March 5, 2014
Brand new out this week is a book I've been super-excited to read, and after a slightly slow start, I was not disappointed.
This series is just so much fun, though it does work in some more serious elements here and there. Martha Wells is known, from her adult novels, for rich, detailed worldbuilding, and you'll find that in her YA, too, along with engaging characters and very cool alien lifeforms.
There's also a giveaway going on at Goodreads for a copy of the paperback (which looks like it might be worldwide) -- details are on the book's page there.
Cover image © Strange Chemistry.
Saturday March 1, 2014
This is the second time Candlewick Press -- publisher of books often as beautiful to look at as they are to read -- has sent me a book I loved, but that didn't really feel like YA. First, it was The Kingdom of Little Wounds (read my review), a dark, lush fairytale-like story that was depressing but ended with hope. This time, they sent me The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, also fairytale-like, but much lighter (though not without its dark points).
My ARC included a letter from Candlewick's senior publicist, raving about the book, and after reading it I can see why. It's gorgeous and I loved it. But it didn't feel like YA, even though the narrator was young. I can't quite articulate why, but maybe it doesn't matter in the end. It's a great book, and I hope it gets lots of readers. Also, that is one gorgeous cover.
Cover image © Candlewick Press.
Friday February 28, 2014
The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America gives out the Nebula Awards every year, for the best in science fiction and fantasy of the previous year. At the same time, they also award the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation, and (of interest to we YA book fans) the Andre Norton Award for Young Adult Science Fiction and Fantasy.
The award is named for Andre Norton, best known for her Witch World series. She was a beloved author of a huge number of books for a variety of age groups from middle grade through to adult, but was particularly good at YA. She was one of my personal favourite writers as a teen.
The nominees for the 2013 Andre Norton Award (presented in 2014) are:
- The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
- When We Wake by Karen Healey
- Sister Mine by Nalo Hopkinson
- The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson
- Hero by Alethea Kontis
- September Girls by Bennett Madison
- A Corner of White by Jaclyn Moriarty
I'm a bit embarrassed to admit I haven't read any of the nominees, though I love Holly Black's work and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown has ben on my to-read list since it came out. They all look excellent, though, so I think my list has just grown longer.
Tuesday February 25, 2014
After posting my review of The Eyeball Collector yesterday, I couldn't resist moving on to the next (and so far the last) book in the Tales from the Sinister City series, even though I'm getting behind on current and upcoming releases. I was really disappointed that Feiwel & Friends changed the design of their hardcovers to look more like the UK editions with lurid and (to me) unattractive dust jackets.
The story was just as good though. Well, it didn't have quite as many of the specific creepy things I like, but it was still well-written, with an intriguing plot and great characters. And I still read through it at supersonic speed in one sitting. I really hope F.E. Higgins is planning more in the series, because there are things left unresolved still, and there are times when the exactly perfect book for my mood is something extra-creepy.
Cover image © Feiwel & Friends.