So this site is currently down for maintenance due to some spam, but keep an eye out for it when it comes back up!
On Emotional Baggage Check you can “check in” your baggage by writing a post about whatever you need to vent about. If you don’t have baggage to check in, you can opt to “carry” someone’s baggage. You will receive their post and then you send them a song of your choice along with a personal message.
As usual, this is a super easy site to use, you just need an email to sign up. What a great way to get all your pent up feelings out and/or reach out to people who need an ear or shoulder to lean on. All multiplied by the power of music. Rock on!
Figment is a community where you can share your writing, connect with other readers, and discover new stories and authors. Whatever you’re into, from sonnets to mysteries, from sci-fi stories to cell phone novels, you can find it all here.
If you’re a writer or a fan of writing and reading, this is the perfect place for you! Signing up is totally free and easy. You can post your original stories, or if you are not sure about it, you can browse their library and give writers comments on their stories. It’s a whole community centered on reading and writing! And the people who are on it have a huge range of interests - from classic literature to Harry Potter and Hunger Games, you’ll find it all on here.
So what are you waiting for? Join up! (You can like them on Facebook, too.)
So, yet another post from author Kate Hart’s blog - this time with TONS of infographics about YA book covers.
You can check out infographics about color again, or about the ethnicities of the models on YA books (90% of models were white, while another 10% were “ambiguous” - less than 1.5% each were latin/a, asian, or black) and how the models are posed. Almost 7% of models appeared to be dead or dying, a little disturbing, no?
So here’s something a bit more fun, all kinds of objects on book covers!
At the top: filigree, flowers, trees, water, hearts and moon. Yay, nature!
Author Kate Hart has a neat blog with lots of info about YA books. Check out this slightly older post about YA Book Cover Colors, which came about after some comments in the NY Times that claimed YA books are “so dark”.
Young love has always had its challenges, but even so, the world falling apart at its seams is a pretty big obstacle. This stellar collection of YA dystopian tales explores survival of the fittest in terms of love, passion, and humanity. When the survival of the human race is at stake, what will it take for the bond between two people to hold strong together? Featuring some of the most well known and best-selling names of the dystopian genre, as well as the hottest up-and-coming authors, this anthology includes works from Jeanne DuPrau (City of Ember), Kiera Cass (The Selection), William Sleator (Interstellar Pig), Jesse Karp (Those That Wake), Diana Peterfreund (Secret Society Girl), Carrie Vaughn (The Kitty Norville Series), and Carrie Ryan (New York Times bestseller The Forest of Hands and Teeth).
Escape from the realm of the dead is impossible when someone there wants you back.
Seventeen-year-old Pierce Oliviera isn’t dead.
Not this time.
But she is being held against her will in the dim, twilit world between heaven and hell, where the spirits of the deceased wait before embarking upon their final journey.
Her captor, John Hayden, claims it’s for her own safety. Because not all the departed are dear. Some are so unhappy with where they ended up after leaving the Underworld, they’ve come back as Furies, intent on vengeance…on the one who sent them there and on the one whom he loves.
But while Pierce might be safe from the Furies in the Underworld, far worse dangers could be lurking for her there…and they might have more to do with its ruler than with his enemies.
And unless Pierce is careful, this time there’ll be no escape.
Don’t forget to read the first book in the series, Abandoned, which you can find in our online catalog right here.
“I have nothing now but praise for my life. I’m not unhappy. I cry a lot because I miss people. They die and I can’t stop them. They leave me and I love them more. … What I dread is the isolation. … There are so many beautiful things in the world which I will have to leave when I die, but I’m ready, I’m ready, I’m ready.”—Maurice Sendak on Fresh Air in 2011. [all interviews with Sendak here] (via nprfreshair)
The Selection, the first in a planned trilogy, hit shelves last week. In the book, the Selection is a lottery in which girls from all castes are picked to compete for a chance to marry Prince Maxon. Enter 17-year-old America Singer who has no interest in entering the Selection, particularly because she’s already in love with her secret boyfriend, Aspen.
Aspen insists she enter for the chance at a better life, and in a whirlwind of events, she gets chosen and winds up at the castle competing for the prince’s heart. It’s The Bachelor meets Cinderella, and I couldn’t put it down. Nor could pick sides in the quintessential YA love triangle. Team Maxon or Team Aspen? I don’t know!
The second book is slated for next spring, and while author Kiera Cass was tight-lipped about what’s coming in book two, she did confirm that Maxon, America, and Aspen will make clear choices. Unfortunately, those love-triangle decisions won’t be revealed until the third, and final, book.
The Horn Book: What Makes a Good YA Dystopian Novel?
Check out this interesting article about what makes a good YA dystopian novel - there is sure to be something interesting for you to read next!
Dystopias are characterized as a society that is a counter-utopia, a repressed, controlled, restricted system with multiple social controls put into place via government, military, or a powerful authority figure. Issues of surveillance and invasive technologies are often key, as is a consistent emphasis that this is not a place where you’d want to live.
We have no words for this newly released trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. Though anticipation for this latest installment to the Batman series has been building since The Dark Knight, things have finally come to a head. Watch above to see what you’re in for come July 20th.