26 April, 2013

Uncovered (5): If I Stay

Hello! Welcome to Uncovered, a weekly cover love post that I usually do on our adult book blog, Nite Lite Book Reviews. I cross post it here if I feature a YA book so that you guys can chime in as well. Let's see what we have this week.

Today on Uncovered, I have an older cover. I had the pleasure of seeing Gayle Forman speak at my local library this week and it reminded me of this awesome cover to If I Stay. Now this is the original hardcover. The paperback edition is very different matches the cover to the sequel, Where She Went. While I like the new paperback cover, I like this one more. There's just something about it. It's so simply and pretty. It doesn't look like your typical YA novel and it stands out on the shelves. There's something lonely looking about it with the single flower, but it's also very beautiful and serene.

That's my pick for this week. Has everyone but me read this book already? I plan to get to it soon, I swear!

Kiki Strike Quickie Giveaway

Hey everyone!

I know it's been super-quiet here lately. I've been really busy with my kittens and working working working! Now that I've worked a ton of overtime, you can count on lots of giveaways coming soon (though not necessarily a lot of reviews).

This one's not mine, but my good friend Kristen Kittscher's -- author Kirsten Miller blurbed her upcoming book, The Wig in the Window, and to say thank-you Kristen has offered to send someone the Kiki Strike series!

Good luck!


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20 April, 2013

Upcoming Event: Gayle Forman at Burbank Library

Just a quick post to let everyone know that Gayle Forman (Just One Day, If I Stay) will be reading and signing at Burbank Library Buena Vista this coming Monday April 22. Sorry for the short notice but I had no idea this was even happening until late last week when I popped into the library to return a few things. Luckily I saw the flier at the checkout desk. Details below.

Gayle Forman
Monday April 22, 2013
Buena Vista Branch Library 
300 N Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 

I actually haven't read any of Gayle's books yet (for shame, I know) but I may stop by. I literally drive by this library to and from work. There will be books available for purchase as well. If you live nearby, definitely come check it out. I love this library and I hear great things about Gayle. Carry on with your weekend!

18 April, 2013

Trailer Time!

Hi, everyone. It's time for a new batch of book trailers. Most of these are pretty recent though some may be a little older since I don't keep super up to date with book trailers. I have some mixed feelings about them (most are kind of cheesy) though I do like the idea of having a promo for a book. Anyway, here are a few book trailers and a couple of film trailers thrown in for good measure at the end. Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Ugh, I am so excited for Siege & Storm! Can someone please lend me their ARC?

Still have not read this series yet though it looks good and I kind of love that each book has a color theme. And emerald is one of my favorite colors. 

I really like this whole campaign. The trailers look high quality and they're intriguing. Has anyone read The 5th Wave yet?

I don't have much to say about this one since I haven't read any of the books yet. I don't really love the voice over, but that's just me.


I had no idea they were going through with making another Percy Jackson movie. The first one was so bad. At least Annabeth is blonde in this one. I will probably wait to see this one on video. 

Well Katniss doesn't seem too whiny in this trailer. Catching Fire was my least favorite book of the series (sorry - don't hate me!). I totally thought it was a filler book. This trailer makes it seem like it's going to have a lot more going on though so I am optimistic. And Effie promises to have some fantastic outfits.

What did you guys think? Are you looking forward to any of these releases?

14 April, 2013

Out and About (1)

Long time no see! Now that the yarn crawl project I was working on is officially over, I'm looking forward to having more time to read, write, and knit :)

Today I was out and about with my friends David and Katie, trying to finish the end of my book club read, Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor. I didn't finish (30 pages to go!), but we got some Fanta to go with dinner, which was a yummy Nigerian-style beef stew I made. 

Find out more about Out and About at The Windy Pages.

09 April, 2013

The Fourth Stall - Review

The Fourth Stall by Chris Rylander
Publication date: 08 Feb 2011 by Walden Pond Press
ISBN 10/13: 0061994960 | 9780061994968
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Category: Middle Grade Mystery
Keywords: Middle grade, mystery, friendship, bullying, Mafia
Format: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
Source: Borrowed

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Chris Rylander delivers a funny Ferris Bueler-style middle grade novel with The Fourth Stall.

Do you need something? Mac can get it for you. It's what he does—he and his best friend and business manager, Vince. Their methods might sometimes run afoul of the law, or at least the school code of conduct, but if you have a problem, if no one else can help, and if you can pay him, Mac is on your side. His office is located in the East Wing boys' bathroom, fourth stall from the high window. And business is booming.

Or at least it was, until one particular Monday. It starts with a third grader in need of protection. And before this ordeal is over, it's going to involve a legendary high school crime boss named Staples, an intramural gambling ring, a graffiti ninja, the nine most dangerous bullies in school, and the first Chicago Cubs World Series game in almost seventy years. And that's just the beginning. Mac and Vince soon realize that the trouble with solving everyone else's problems is that there's no one left to solve yours.


The Fourth Stall is a hilarious play on The Godfather set in an elementary school. The Godfather in question is Mac, short for MacGuyver because he’s the guy that can get you anything. And the fourth stall is and empty bathroom stall where he conducts his business. The empire is run by a small sixth grader and his best friend who loan out their services helping solve the problems of their fellow classmates for a small fee. Their business is threatened when the mysterious kingpin, Staples, starts a gambling ring at their school. Using tough high school kids and bully tactics, Staples plans on taking Mac and his friends down. Loyalties are tested when Mac finds out that there’s a mole in his organization. Can Mac hold the business together and flush out the rat at the same time or is this the end of his career? And will the Cubs make it to the World series this year?

Each person in Mac’s crew had a distinct personality and I loved reading the bios of the various school bullies. I am partial to Kitten, the small and polite sociopath, who is ruthless and more than a little scary. I definitely don’t want to get on his bad side. And it was cool to see Mac band the bullies together in order to deal with Staples. I had some mixed feelings the violence in this book. On one hand, it was pretty graphic (especially for the middle grade reader that I think this book is aimed at) but on the other hand, I think there had to be real consequences to their actions in order to make the story work. And though Mac ends up using strong arm tactics to aid his own cause, he doesn't feel good about it. While the book doesn't glorify violence in the schoolyard, it doesn't shy away from it either.
What drew me in though was the friendship between Mac and his best friend Vince. Their easy rapport and camaraderie seemed genuine. They were a bit like an old married couple and I was really worried when their friendship was threatened. Ultimately this is a story about friendship and family. And though I am not a sports fan, I found their dedication and obsession with The Cubs to be funny and endearing. It almost made to me want to watch a baseball game. ;)

Visit the author online at www.chrisrylander.com and follow him on Twitter @chris_rylander

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02 April, 2013

The Mortal Instruments at WonderCon

Hello, dear friends. Good to see you again. Today I am doing a brief post about The Mortal Instruments panel that I went to at WonderCon over the weekend. Let me warn you that these pics are alright at best and I took no notes, so I am going to try and remember as best I can some of the fun tidbits that I heard at the panel.

The panel was in the Arena (which is the biggest space I think at the Anaheim Convention Center). We thought we were going to have to get there super early to get seats but it was surprisingly not too full and we were able to grab good seats. The hall started filling in at that point though and, by the time the panel started, it was pretty full.

Panel started off with some questions by the moderator (writer from EW magazine). Cassie talked about how she didn't expect to be consulted about the movie after she sold the rights. But she asked for the casting director's number and they gave it to her. She in the casting director were in close contact over a period of months where she got to weigh in on the casting process which included watching audition tapes. She was also consulted in the look of the film was really involved in helping make the world a reality.

the cast of the mortal instruments

lily collins

Lily Collins was really great. I don't know much about her, having only seen Mirror, Mirror, but she was really well spoken and passionate about the movie and playing Clary. She said that she experienced a lot of emotional growth during the movie and that it will always remain special in her heart because of it. She also said that, while she wanted to be true to the character, she didn't focus too much on thinking about what people's expectations were of how Clary should be because that would only prevent her from being in the moment and really doing Clary justice.

jamie campbell bower

Jamie Campbell Bower was seriously hilarious. He was really fun and just seemed like he was having a good time. He said that his favorite character from the books was probably Isabelle. He thinks she is pretty badass.

kevin zegers

I don't know what rock I have been living under but I had no idea that Kevin Zegers was in this movie. I kind of loved him in The Jane Austen Book Club (yeah I own it). Anyway, Kevin was really cool and he talked about how all of the cast really bonded making this movie. He and Jamie got along really well and the cast was like family. He also talked about how the tattoos were kind of a pain and took several hours to put on each day.

cassie clare

The floor was then opened up to Q&A from the audience. A lot of people asked really specific questions about the book and series. I think some of the questions may have been a bit spoiler-y but Cassie kept it cool and didn't divulge anything. The best part was at the end of the panel when a woman came up and didn't have a question but wanted to introduce the panel to her son, Jace. So cute.

I was kind of on the fence about seeing this movie but, after watching the panel, I really want to see it. It just looks like a lot of fun and the cast and Cassie were so cool. It also makes me want to catch up on the series since I am a few books behind by now. Anyone else excited about The Mortal Instruments? The film hits theaters Aug 23, 2013. And if you're interested, we have a few more pics up on our FB page

01 April, 2013

April 2013 Events

So sorry this is late, everyone. I didn't even realize it was April until yesterday. I mean, I knew, but I was so out of it. Things are crazy lately and this post just slipped my mind. So sorry about that. Hopefully we haven't missed too many events. We will definitely be at the LA Festival of Books this year. The schedule should be fun and I am looking forward to it. I would love to go to the Lemony Snicket/Jon Klassen signing but it's on a weekday so I am sure that's out. Hoping I can catch them at the Festival of Books. Happy April, everyone. Hope to see you out and about!

Jessica Brody
Barnes & Noble
Saturday April 13, 2013 4:00 PM
3rd Street Promenade
1201 3rd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-260-9110
event info

Lisa Loeb
Songs for Movin' and Shakin': The Air Band Song and Other Toe-Tapping Tunes
Sunday April 14, 2013 2:00 PM
The Grove at Farmers Market
189 The Grove Drive Suite K 30
Los Angeles, CA 90036, 323-525-0270
event info

Hilary Duff
Tuesday April 16, 2013 7pm
Mrs. Nelson's Toy & Book Shop
1030 Bonita Avenue
La Verne, CA 91750
(909) 599-4558

Suzanne Selfors &Dan Santat
The Sasquatch Escape
Wed April 17, 2013 5pm
Mrs. Nelson's Toy & Book Shop
1030 Bonita Avenue
La Verne, CA 91750
event info

Support Teen Literature Day!
with Gretchen McNeil, Debra Driza, Shannon Messenger
Thursday April 18, 2013 4:30pm
Poway Library
13137 Poway Rd.
Poway, CA
Books will be available for purchase from Mysterious Galaxy.

LA Festival of Books
Sat and Sun April 20 - 21, 2013 
USC Campus
Lots of fun stuff happening at the festival this year. I am looking forward to Jon Klassen and Lemony Snicket!  Full schedule here.

Gayle Forman
Just One Day
Monday April 22, 2013 7:00PM
Buena Vista Branch Library 
300 N Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 

Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen
The Dark
Monday April 22, 2013 7pm
Barnes & Noble
3rd Street Promenade
1201 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401, 310-260-9110
event info

Special Instructions:
This will be a wristband event. Wristbands available with purchase of The Dark only. The authors will sign limited backlist as well. Call the store for details: 310.260.9110.

Spring Into The Future YA Tour
with Tahereh Mafi, Veronica Rossi, Cynthia Hand, Anna Carey & Ransom Riggs
Thursday April 25, 2013 7pm
Mysterious Galaxy San Diego
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite #302
San Diego, CA 92111
event info