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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Exciting Stephanie Perkins News from @PenguinTeen

Fans of Stephanie Perkins are going to love this news! You may have already heard about it yesterday on Twitter. Fans have spoken and Penguin Teen has listened! Penguin will be releasing NEW hardcovers of Anna & Lola!!!!!! That's right! Our Stephanie Perkins collection will finally match. Just in case you're wondering why this is exciting, well because of the first two books have totally different cover designs. Yes, Penguin did that annoying thing where they release the first two books in a series with these fabulous covers, and then RE-DESIGN the cover for the 3rd book, making it so the covers of the completed hard copy series do not match. USA Today broke the EXCITING news here and explained why Penguin in making the change.

KUDOS to Penguin for making this change! I for one wished they would have waited for Isla to be in paperback form before to redesign the covers. I would have boughten the newly redesigned paperbacks in a set. I do like the new design, but I LOVED the old design and was a little ticked that Isla's hardcover didn't match the first two books in the series. I totally love this news! 

In addition to this exciting news, check out what else Penguin is doing! I'm quoting this from an email I received from Penguin, "Additionally, Penguin is running a contest for people who already own ANNA and LOLA to win signed jackets to re-cover their existing hardcovers!"  Please share the news using #MatchMyIsla, and retweet from @PenguinTeen here.

How cool is that!?! Check it out and spread the word! THANK YOU PENGUIN for listening to fans!! 

#TabulaRasa Chat Tonight at 7 pm EST

Join me TONIGHT, as I chat LIVE with Tabula Rasa author Kristen Lippert-Martin on Twitter! Join the discussion about Kristen's new release, TABULA RASA and be entered to win a SIGNED copy of her book (courtesy of Egmont USA). To join the chat, which will kick off at 7 pm EST / 6 pm CST, follow the #TabulaRasa hashtag. If you've read the book, the second part of our chat will be spoilery talk.

About the Book

By: Kristen Lippert-Martin
Published by: Egmont USA
Released on: 9.23.14
Add it to Goodreads

The Bourne Identity meets Divergent in this heart-pounding debut.

Sixteen-year-old Sarah has a rare chance at a new life. Or so the doctors tell her. She’s been undergoing a cutting-edge procedure that will render her a tabula rasa—a blank slate. Memory by memory her troubled past is being taken away.

But when her final surgery is interrupted and a team of elite soldiers invades the isolated hospital under cover of a massive blizzard, her fresh start could be her end. 

Navigating familiar halls that have become a dangerous maze with the help of a teen computer hacker who's trying to bring the hospital down for his own reasons, Sarah starts to piece together who she is and why someone would want her erased. And she won’t be silenced again.

A high-stakes thriller featuring a non-stop race for survival and a smart heroine who will risk everything, Tabula Rasa is, in short, unforgettable.

Tonight's Giveaway
The winner will be randomly chosen from those who participate in the Twitter chat. *US residents only. Egmont USA will sending out the signed copy of the book. If you'd like to ask Kristen a question, and won't be able to join the chat, please leave your question below, along with your name or Twitter handler, so that I can include you on the Tweet. You'll also be eligible to enter the giveaway that way as well.

Finding Paris by Joy Preble, Cover Reveal

Hello & welcome to today's FINDING PARIS cover reveal. I'm so thrilled to help author and friend, Joy Preble share the cover to her upcoming YA release. Check out the cover:

I am totally digging this cover. I love the design and the coloring of it. If I knew nothing about this book, I would totally pick it up based on the cover alone. 

About the Book

FINDING PARIS, by Joy Preble—coming April 21, 2015 from Balzer and Bray/Harper Collins

A page-turning, evocative novel for fans of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY and SPEAK, about a girl who must follow a trail of mysterious clues to discover what happened to her sister.

Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can’t trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who’s moved them all to Las Vegas. It’s just the two of them: Paris, who’s always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind—going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love.

But Leo isn’t going anywhere yet… until Paris ditches her at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris—a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared?

When Leo reluctantly accepts Max’s offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is a not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold tightly.

Praise for Finding Paris

“An inspiring story of lost souls, and the hope and compassion that must piece together a family long exiled and devastated by secrets.” – Adele Griffin, author of THE UNFINISHED LIFE OF ADDISON STONE

“FINDING PARIS is a compelling page- turner. It's a road trip story, a mystery, and a romance all in one.  Add to that Preble's pitch perfect descriptions of place and you've got a real winner.  I couldn't put it down.” –Jennifer Mathieu, author of THE TRUTH ABOUT ALICE

Pre-order: Amazon | B&N

Check out last week’s exclusive Barnes and Noble Book Blog cover reveal feature of FINDING PARIS

Want to know more about Joy Preble? Go to:

Fall With Me by Jennifer L. Armentrout, Cover Reveal

Earlier this morning on our Grown Up Book Reviews blog, I featured the cover reveal for Jennifer L Armentrout's upcoming na/a book, FALL WITH ME. Check out the cover below:

I totally love this cover. Find out more about FALL WITH ME here on Grown Up Book Reviews.
I love Jennifer's YA books, as well as her NA/A books. Though the later books are definitely for mature readers, and not ones I'd recommend to younger YA readers. This is a book I'm looking forward to featuring on Grown Up Book Reviews in the coming months.

#scandal by Sarah Ockler, Book Review

By: Sarah Ockler
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: June 17, 2014
Source: Edelweiss
Purchase: IndieBound | amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars - It was just okay

Synopsis: Lucy’s learned some important lessons from tabloid darling Jayla Heart’s all-too-public blunders: Avoid the spotlight, don’t feed the Internet trolls, and keep your secrets secret. The policy has served Lucy well all through high school, so when her best friend Ellie gets sick before prom and begs her to step in as Cole’s date, she accepts with a smile, silencing about ten different reservations. Like the one where she’d rather stay home shredding online zombies. And the one where she hates playing dress-up. And especially the one where she’s been secretly in love with Cole since the dawn of time.

When Cole surprises her at the after party with a kiss under the stars, it’s everything Lucy has ever dreamed of… and the biggest BFF deal-breaker ever. Despite Cole’s lingering sweetness, Lucy knows they’ll have to ’fess up to Ellie. But before they get the chance, Lucy’s own Facebook profile mysteriously explodes with compromising pics of her and Cole, along with tons of other students’ party indiscretions. Tagged. Liked. And furiously viral.

By Monday morning, Lucy’s been branded a slut, a backstabber, and a narc, mired in a tabloid-worthy scandal just weeks before graduation.

Lucy’s been battling undead masses online long enough to know there’s only one way to survive a disaster of this magnitude: Stand up and fight. Game plan? Uncover and expose the Facebook hacker, win back her best friend’s trust, and graduate with a clean slate.

There’s just one snag—Cole. Turns out Lucy’s not the only one who’s been harboring unrequited love…

Ah, the dangerous of social media. It makes me thankful that I navigated the social codes of high school without the aid of Facebook and twitter. #scandal is a story of how quickly inappropriate moments can go viral and the resulting relationship fallout of those moments.

Lucy is a refreshing character -- a gamer girl who has a secret crush on her best friend's boyfriend, Cole. When her sick best friend insists that Lucy go to prom with Cole, the set-up had me hooked. Who doesn't love an unrequited love story that finally gets its chance? But, there was something lacking in her characterization. I should have liked her, but I really never cared what happened to her. Or Cole for that matter. I wanted both of them to be somehow deeper with more of a back-story or just, well, more of something I just can't quite put into focus. The bottom line is that I wanted to care for them, and yet I just couldn't.

I also found the mystery of who uploaded the photos and the identity of the gossip, Miss Demeanor, rather predictable. But most of all, I found the romance just didn't work for me. I wanted to feel all the hearts-a-flutter moments and sadly, I didn't.

Sarah's a wonderful writer. She's written books that we loved (Twenty Boy Summer, The Book of Broken Hearts and Bittersweet), yet this one fell short in both characters and the mystery. If you enjoy the mystery of Pretty Little Liars and the on-going drama of Gossip Girl, you may just love #scandal.