Oh hello there, 4th week of YAAM! You look NICE!
It looks like everyone has the Mockingjay fever – the release is so close you can practically taste it! – and a group of intrepid bloggers and authors are putting together QUITE the showdown. Here’s the skinny:
Something is going down. Something big.
How would you like to see Edward duke it out against Hermione? Or Katniss and Katsa? Well, guess what? You can, in the first ever YA Fantasy Showdown. In celebration of Suzanne Collin’s final book in the Hunger Games trilogy, a group of bloggers are pitting some of the best-known characters in YA in the ultimate showdown. And you get to pick the winner.
That’s right. You read the battles, evaluate the characters, and vote for who has the honor of moving on to the next round. It’s a tournament like you’ve never seen before (because there’s more). The authors have been asked to participate and advocate their character in writing their own version of the battle. It’s going to be truly epic. Or at least a good way to pass the time until Mockingjay comes out. It all goes down August 10th.
Exciting, no??? We cannot wait to see the virtual smackdown.
This week on the Book Smugglers
On Monday, Ana reviews the 40th anniversary edition of the first ever LGBT YA novel, I’ll Get There, It Better Be Worth The Trip by John Donovan
On Tuesday, Ana reviews Freak Show by James St. James
On Wednesday, Thea reviews Inside Out by Maria V. Snyder…
On Thursday, we joint review the first YA novel by fantasy writer Stephen Deas, The Thief Taker’s Apprentice…
On Friday, Thea reviews The Agency books by Y.S. Lee as part of a day dedicated to the author’s Notorious Victorians series, in celebration of the release of The Body at the Tower. Lee stops by later during the day with a guest post about the “Edinburgh Seven” – women who, like Florence Nightingale, challenged social expectations to pursue careers in medicine.
Finally, on Saturday, we post an interview with Malinda Lo, author of Ash.
So kids, enjoy your Sunday and we leave you with a message from ALA and Nathan Fillion:
~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers
MeganAugust 8, 2010 at 2:26 am
I’ve nearly bought “I’ll Get There, It Better Be Worth The Trip” more than once, so I’ll very interested in reading your review. It might be that push that finally makes me add it to my cart.
Jennifer EstepAugust 8, 2010 at 6:50 am
I’m excited for Mockingjay too, although I need to read Catching Fire first.
BTW, I read Beastly by Alex Flinn over the weekend. LOVED it. Thanks so much for all the YA recommendations this month. 😉
GinnyAugust 8, 2010 at 9:06 am
That showdown looks awesome, but something tells me Edward Cullen’s gonna get his asre kicked! Too many great charaters to choose from though, it’ll be hard to pick.
StephanieAugust 8, 2010 at 9:39 am
OoOo the character showdown looks awesome! Can’t wait 😀
I’ve been eyeballing The Thief Taker’s Apprentice in the bookstore for a while now, so I’m looking forward to reading that review! I haven’t heard of The Agency before, but those covers definitely appeal to me!
Bella F.August 8, 2010 at 12:38 pm
lol can’t wait for that smackdown, and to read the author’s own forecast of how they see it going down:)
an heck yeah, MocKingjAy!!
oranniaAugust 9, 2010 at 12:04 am
Ohhh. I like the cover of The Thief Taker’s Apprentice…and I read Ash last month so am looking forward to the interview with Malinda Lo! Thank you Smugglers!