Waiting On Wednesday ~ May 10th, 2017

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at   Breaking the Spine   and spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.                   *Beth's Choice* (YABC Assistant Blog Manager)   Ever The Brave (Erin Summerill) Author:  Erin Summerill...
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It's Live!! Cover Reveal: The Pack (The Wanderers #2) by Kate Ormand + Giveaway (Intl)

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Hi, YABCers! Today we're excited to celebrate the cover reveal for THE PACK (THE WANDERERS #2) by Kate Ormand, releasing October 3, 2017, from Sky Pony Press . Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Kate: Hi YABC! Today we’re sharing the cover for THE PACK, sequel...
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John
The cover is very "teen" and atmospheric, and the synopsis does not disagree with that!
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 20:15
Susan T.
I love their shadows on the cover! Teen shifters is such a fun concept and super exciting!
Sunday, 14 May 2017 21:19
Lily M.
I think the synopsis sounds very interesting, I haven't read a book were there's a horse shifter.
Monday, 15 May 2017 07:25
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Featured Review: Alex, Approximately (Jenn Bennett)

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About This Book:

Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately. 

 

 

*Review Contributed By Paige C Staff Reviewer*

 

 

Perfect summer romance for teens

What I Loved:
Seeing as Bailey and her online friend Alex met and bonded over movies, it’s fitting each chapter begins with a movie quote from a wide variety of films that include Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and 10 Things I Hate About You. There’s no film snobbery in the quote choices! Bailey comes to dislike Porter after he makes fun of her mismatched shoes at her job orientation, but she reluctantly grows fond of him and the sexy dillweed becomes less of a dillweed (but no less sexy).

Their slow-burn romance is the main focus of the novel, but Bailey’s efforts to settle in with her dad aren’t neglected. After an unfortunate incident involving one of her lawyer mother’s clients stalking the family on the East Coast, Bailey decided to move out to California to finish out high school and get away from what happened. The exact circumstances, like many other facets of Bailey and Porter’s lives, takes it time to unfold. In the meantime, readers get an incredibly fun read with a sweet, healthy relationship. When Bailey begins to neglect her friendship with co-worker Grace, the latter even calls Bailey out on it in a way you don’t see often enough in YA.

So Alex, Approximately in three words: SO MUCH FUN. Also props for making a subtle reference to the fact that girls masturbate. A girl doing unspeakable things to herself under the covers while thinking about her crush? Yeah, you can try to fight me on the meaning of that, but you’ll lose.

What Left Me Wanting:
Anyway, one thing that baffles me: how the jacket copy reveals Alex’s identity when the novel itself keeps a lid on it until the book’s penultimate chapter. It takes the dramatic irony overboard for Bailey to be kept in “suspense” for so long when the readers has known since the very beginning. The novel would have been better served cut down to about 250 pages with the Alex reveal earlier in the book/Porter still being a bit of a douche. Conflict after that point: Bailey trying to consolidate Alex with Porter.

On the subject of representation, I’m happy to see that Porter is Polynesian through his mother’s family, but exactly which Polynesian ethnic group his family comes from is left unspecified. There are about 1,000 islands in Polynesia and more than a few ethnic groups. Samoan, Tongan, Maori,… Leaving that facet of his identity unspecified contributes to the rampant generalization of all the different cultures and ethnic groups within the region.

Final Verdict:
It’s a good thing Alex, Approximately is an April release because it’s the perfect summer romance for teens to read once school is out. They might even read it a little early just to get in the spirit for the season’s arrival! Bennett’s sophomore YA novel is a marked improvement from her first and makes it certain I’ll be keeping an eye out for further YA novels from her.

 

Good Points
*extremely cute
*adorable slow-burn romance
*friendships and family relationships aren't neglected
 
 
 
 
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It's Live!! Cover Reveal: Seize Today (Pintip Dunn) + Giveaway (US Only)

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Hi, YABCers! Today we're excited to celebrate the cover reveal for Seize Today, releasing October, 2017, from  Entangled Teen .  Before we get to the cover, here's a note from Pintip:   Hi YABCers, I am so thrilled to share the cover of Seize Today, the conclusion of my Forget...
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John
The cover has some bluish shades to it. The synopsis makes it sound intriguing!
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 22:24
Shenwei Chang
I love the cover so much, it complements the others in the series very well. .
Wednesday, 10 May 2017 22:44
Jen
I think the covers are all absolutely gorgeous! But I love how this one has green in it, just like the first one did!
Thursday, 11 May 2017 12:47
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Spotlight on Remember Me Forever (Sara Wolf), Excerpt + Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to spotlight Sara Wolf's book  Remember Me Forever.   Read on for more about Sara, her book, and a giveaway!     Hey YABCers! Sara Wolf here. For those of you who aren't familiar with the Lovely Vicious series, let me put it this way; it's a...
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Lily M.
The synopsis sounds good, can't wait to check it out
Monday, 15 May 2017 07:17
Lily M.
I've heard good things about this book, can't wait to check it out.
Monday, 15 May 2017 07:22
Shelly Hart
Looks and sounds good!
Friday, 19 May 2017 21:12
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Top Ten Tuesday ~ Top Ten Things On Our Reading Wishlist

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Welcome to Young Adult Book Central's Top Ten Tuesday post! Each Tuesday we will be hosting a different theme or topic  involving all  things bookish!!! The Top Ten Tuesday post was originally created at The Broke and The Bookish so visit there site for all the fun details about this awesome meme!!...
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Author Chat with Alys Arden (The Romeo Catchers), Excerpt and Giveaway!

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Today we're excited to chat with  Alys Arden, author of  The Romeo Catchers.   Read on for more about Alys, her novel, an excerpt, plus a giveaway!      YABC:   What gave you the inspiration to write this book?  New Orleans. New Orleans is imagination running amuck, not just because...
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John
The cover has some bluish shades to it. The synopsis makes it sound intriguing!
Tuesday, 09 May 2017 22:23
Ashley Kemp
I'm way too excited for this sequel!!
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Lily M.
I think the cover is very pretty ... Read More
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Rockstar Book Tours Blog Tour, Interview, & Giveaway: Illuminae (Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman)

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Hello! Today YABC is hosting the blog tour stop for Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman's  Illuminae! Read on for more about the authors, an interview, and a tour-wide giveaway!               Meet  Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman !     Amie Kaufman  is the New...
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What's New in YA ~ May 9th, 2017

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Are you wondering what's new in  YA  today? Check out these  wonderful  new  releases!       In a world where everyone is the same, one girl is the unthinkable: unique. A high-stakes fast-paced series launch from  New York Times  bestselling author Rachel Vincent. We have brown hair. Brown eyes....
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Diversify Your Shelves--"The Stories You Have to Tell"

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THE STORIES YOU HAVE TO TELL by Traci Chee   When I was in college, I started work on a novel about about a boy who travels into the afterlife to find his dead sister. It was set in a small mountain town similar to my own--it had the same...
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