May 31, 2011

Review - Cut by Patricia McCormick (+ Giveaway)


Cut by Patricia McCormick
February 2002 from Push

Synopsis:
A tingle arced across my scalp. The floor tipped up at me and my body spiraled away. Then I was on the ceiling looking down, waiting to see what would happen next.
Callie cuts herself. Never too deep, never enough to die. But enough to feel the pain. Enough to feel the scream inside. Now she’s at Sea Pines, a “residential treatment facility” filled with girls struggling with problems of their own. Callie doesn’t want to have anything to do with them. She doesn’t want to have anything to do with anyone. She won’t even speak. But Callie can only stay silent for so long…
The 10th Anniversary edition of Cut includes a brand-new afterword from author Patricia McCormick, an author Q&A, and added resources.

Review:
This small book packs a big punch! Callie is in treatment for her cutting at Sick Minds Sea Pines. Half of the girls have an eating "issue" of some sort and the others are "druggies." Callie doesn't exactly fit those profiles so her treatment consists of individual and group therapy and is slow going. I can imagine that years ago, people didn't exactly know how to treat people who deliberately hurt themselves. They didn't exactly fit the mold for anything else, but their behavior was socially unacceptable and so they were labeled mentally ill. I think Callie is an example of this and her silent treatment is a result. I don't think she is giving up on herself, but maybe simply not knowing how to help herself or allow anyone else to help. Callie has her own treatment, the silent treatment. To her, it's her only choice. 

Your heart hurts for Callie as she slowly reveals what is at the core of her illness, and you can't help but root for her the whole way. Her painful journey can be inspirational for any young person in need. 

You can find Patricia on her website
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Push has been kind enough to offer two books to readers! I urge you to read this book and pass it on or donate it to your local library if they don't already have a copy if you are one of the lucky winners. I know we all love books, and free books are even better, so share the love! ;)

*giveaway closed*

May 30, 2011

Chills & Thrills Tour - Winners

Congratulations goes to...

Ambur @ Burning.x.Impossibly.x.Bright

and

Rachelle @Shell's Stories

You both have won set of signed book plates from each author and signed swag!
Sarah @simplyreading

l0raah_

Mikki @ Shiver-Net.com

Rachel M.

Leanne @leanne_luce

Clarissa P

Alanna @ The Flashlight Reader

Lee723

You eight have won an assortment of signed swag! Emails have been sent to the winners. Thank you everyone who entered.... Thank you to the wonderful authors at the Austin stop that made the giveaway possible.

(ARC) Tour - Forever by Maggie Stiefvater


Forever (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #3) by Maggie Stiefvater
July 12th, 2011 from Scholastic

In Maggie Stiefvater's SHIVER, Grace and Sam found each other. In LINGER, they fought to be together. Now, in FOREVER, the stakes are even higher than before. Wolves are being hunted. Lives are being threatened. And love is harder and harder to hold on to as death comes closing in.

Please be sure to start here if you want to participate.
Comment below with your name and state to be 
considered for this tour.

*must have read Shiver and Linger - this book was generously donated by Heidi from YA Bibliophile*

1. Logan (IL)
2. Annette (IL)
3. Heather (IL)
4. Christina T (OH)
5. L.N. (OH)
6. Brittany (TX)
7. Susan (TX)
7. Alice (CA)
9. Kathy (UT)
10. Jessica (WA)

*Tour complete 9/15/2011*

May 29, 2011

In My Mailbox


IMM is a meme brought to us from The Story Siren. Basically, it's a good way to add books on to your TBR pile, get a head's up on what is coming soon, and to totally brag. Let's get real... ;)

For Review:
Can I See Your I.D.? by Chris Barton (Thx, Penguin!)
Blood Wounds by Susan Beth Pfeffer (Thx, Houghton Mifflin!)
Wherever You Go by Heather Davis (Thx, Houghton Mifflin!)
A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan (Thx, Candlewick!)
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Thx, Candlewick!)







Currently Reading:
Cut by Patricia McCormick


Reminders:
Birthday Giveaway ends TONIGHT
Review of Imaginary Girls is up!
Review of CRUSH + Giveaway coming this week! 
10th Anniversary of CUT + Giveaway coming this week!
Always looking for reviewers.
New books on tour this week....stay tuned.

May 28, 2011

Review - Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma


Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
June 14th, 2011 from Dutton Juvenille

Synopsis:
Chloe's older sister, Ruby, is the girl everyone looks to and longs for, who can't be captured or caged. When a night with Ruby's friends goes horribly wrong and Chloe discovers the dead body of her classmate London Hayes left floating in the reservoir, Chloe is sent away from town and away from Ruby.

But Ruby will do anything to get her sister back, and when Chloe returns to town two years later, deadly surprises await. As Chloe flirts with the truth that Ruby has hidden deeply away, the fragile line between life and death is redrawn by the complex bonds of sisterhood.

With palpable drama and delicious craft, Nova Ren Suma bursts onto the YA scene with the story that everyone will be talking about.


Review:
The first word that comes to mind when I think about this book is...odd. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. I  had really hard time figuring out where this story was going from the get go. Again, not necessarily a bad thing. We find out fast that Chloe's sister Ruby is no ordinary girl. I could say Ruby is controlling, mesmerizing, and demanding. All of those terms apply to her, but there is still something more to her than her persuasive ways. The two sisters are separated for a few years after the death of a young girl. When they come back together, the girls live a life all of their own. They use and abuse just about everyone to get what they want - sunglasses, food, a place to sleep. Sixteen-year-old Chloe goes along for the ride, but she soon understands that the events of their one-horse town and the manipulative ways of her older sister go beyond the norm. Ruby is beautiful, but dang, her powers go way beyond her beauty. 

I had zero clue this was a paranormal book until about page 75 or so. (I breeze through a books synopsis because of spoilers) I knew something wasn't quite right with Ruby, but again, I had no clue what was going on with her.. At times, I was frustrated because it was unpredictable, but in the end....it is what kept me turning the pages. I had to keep reading to find out what the H was going on with Ruby even though Chloe was technically the protagonist. When the side character of ----- comes into play, I was hooked. Nope, not telling you the name! So much time was taken for character development that, at times, I thought the story was a tab bit slow....especially in the very beginning.   

The underlying story of an old town at the bottom of the reservoir was the best part of the story. I really wanted to hear more about the old town and all of the things that go along with the setting - I won't go into because of spoilers. I wanted the girls to go to the library or computer to find out more information about this lost town. Maybe that is just the librarian in me....something I would do, and maybe not young girls. 

This book is really captivating, but when I think about the overall picture, I wanted more to happen. I could easily visualize the characters, and I was convinced that Ruby was different and Chloe was the innocent bystander (well, almost). What I needed was more conflict, suspense, tension.... At times I was waiting for something to jump out behind a rock or creep up to the shore. For awhile I didn't know what I should be afraid of. Ruby? The reservoir? The characters and the need to find out how in the world these two girls will fare are what kept me up at night. 

Side note: Whew, gorgeous cover! If that is stock photo...someone give that guy a job!  

4 Stars

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Find Nova Ren Suma at her website and on Twitter

May 26, 2011

2 Cover Reveals - The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan & Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare

Happy to share two new covers today!


The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
October 4th, 2011 by Hyperion Books For Children

I must say, this is my daughter's favorite author. I am SO proud the Rick lives in Texas. He is very generous with his time and comes up to Austin a lot for release parties. He has been known to sign over 1,000 books in 5 hours with very little breaks. He is always smiling.... I hope he comes back to Book People in the fall for his release party.

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Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
December 6th, 2011 by Margaret K. McElderry Books

The long awaited cover for Clockwork Prince was unveiled at BEA the other day. Nope, I wasn't there, but TX blogger MundieMoms had it for us the same morning. This cover is very nice and fits well with Clockwork Angel. I hear this is Jem.....hmmmm.

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May 24, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - Wherever You Go by Heather Davis


Wherever You Go by Heather Davis
November 14th, 2011 from Harcourt Children's Books

Seventeen-year-old Holly Mullen has felt lost and lonely ever since her boyfriend, Rob, died in a tragic accident. The fact that she has to spend most of her free time caring for her little sister and Alzheimer’s-stricken grandfather doesn’t help. But Holly has no idea that as she goes about her days, Rob’s ghost is watching over her. He isn’t happy when he sees his best friend, Jason, reach out to help Holly with her grandfather—but as a ghost, he can do nothing to stop it. Is his best friend really falling for his girlfriend? 

As Holly wonders whether to open her heart to Jason, the past comes back to haunt her. Her grandfather claims to be communicating with the ghost of Rob. Could the messages he has for Holly be real? And if so, how can the loved ones Rob left behind help his tortured soul make it to the other side?

Told from the perspectives of Holly, Jason, and Rob,Wherever You Gois is a poignant story about making peace with the past, opening your heart to love, and finding the courage to move forward into the light.


I was lucky to get this in the mail the other day and I had never heard of it. I really like a good ghost story and love the premise of this one! An ex coming back to haunt...yes please! There have been a couple of exceptional reviews on Goodreads about this too. Heather has also written a few others...Never Cry Werewolf and The Clearing

Ever hear of it?

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Featured Sweetheart!



My partner in book crime (yes, that is a real term) Stephanie and I are featured at the Texas Sweethearts & Scoundrels site today! *craps hands* What a great birthday prezzie! Learn about how we met and all about Literary Lonestars! There are also some pretty cute pictures.... Viva Texas!

Check it! 

Diversity in YA Swag Winner

Congratulations goes to...

Alba & Vivien

They both won some signed swag from the Diversity in YA Tour! Emails have been sent to the winners, and they have 72 hours to respond.

Birthday Giveaway!


It's my birthday today! I am a year older, but not so sure if I'm wiser. o_O I look at my teenage girls (yes, I'm that old) and wonder where the time went. Before I go run in a corner to cry, I have a gift for YOU!

Up for grabs is an ARC of Die For Me by Amy Plum!


Rules:
US  only
Must be over the age of 13
Must be a follower
Fill out form to be officially entered
Enter only once
Giveaway ends at midnight, Sunday, May 29th CST

*giveaway closed*

May 23, 2011

Review - Tighter by Adele Griffin


Tighter by Adele Griffin
May 10th, 2011 from Knopf Books for Young Readers

Synopsis:
When 17-year-old Jamie arrives on the idyllic New England island of Little Bly to work as a summer au pair, she is stunned to learn of the horror that precedes her. Seeking the truth surrounding a young couple's tragic deaths, Jamie discovers that she herself looks shockingly like the dead girl—and that she has a disturbing ability to sense the two ghosts. Why is Jamie's connection to the couple so intense? What really happened last summer at Little Bly? As the secrets of the house wrap tighter and tighter around her, Jamie must navigate the increasingly blurred divide between the worlds of the living and the dead.

Review:
Jamie is a pill-poppin teenager with a bad attitude and blind parents (not literally, but in the I Have No Idea What My Daughter Is Doing blind). When Jamie lands an au pair job for Isa, a 13-year-old girl, on a quaint little island, she thinks it will be a lazy summer and an easy way to earn money. When she learns that the previous au pair and her boyfriend died and she happens to look like her doppleganger, her laid back summer starts to go a little off course....fast. Jamie immediately starts to see shadows in windows and ghosts jumping off cliffs. She is no stranger to ghosts. She sees two all of the time - an uncle and a cousin who both committed suicide several years before. Like the ghosts on the island, she isn't sure why she sees them. They can't hear her when she cries out, and they don't speak to her. Jamie must figure out the connection between the ghosts before the summer, and her life, unravels. 

This story had a great beginning and good premise. I love a creepy ghost story and the setting was the perfect place for one. A tiny island full of snooty people all wiling to hide any and every secret is a perfect setting. Little Bly reminded me of Block Island. For me, I was expecting a bigger climax. The lead in was good and there were a few creepy moments, but I was hoping for a little more. I wanted to feel my bones shake and be afraid to turn off the light. Also, I didn't exactly call the ending, but looking back....yes, I see it now. 

I was irritated with each and every character at one point or another. Jamie is so hard to like. She is constantly high or spaced out because of the pills she takes every thirty minutes. Her attitude and defiance is hard to watch. Connie, the house manager, has a lisp or speech impediment and the passages where she speaks for an extended period of time, was hard to understand. I literally had to speak her parts aloud so I could understand what she was saying. I wasn't in love with Isa either. She was so hung up on the past - I guess she needed to be - but it was just too much. I honestly don't think I learned very much about her. The brief love interest is probably the most real and down to earth person. Sebastian is patient and understanding and he comes away from the story looking like a prince. 

I always write my review before I read others. I was informed that this is a retelling of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James. I am not familiar with this work, but some of you may be. Tighter was a good, quick ghost story that will appeal to young readers who like a good mystery. Because of the drug content, I would recommend this for ages 12 and up. 

3.5 Stars

May 22, 2011

In My Mailbox



IMM is a meme brought to us from The Story Siren. Basically, it's a good way to add books on to your TBR pile, get a head's up on what is coming soon, and to totally brag. Let's get real... ;)

Won:
Across the Universe swag (Thanks, Penguin!)
Prophecy of the Sisters swag (Thanks, Michelle!)
Loser/Queen by Jodi Lynn Anderson (Thanks, The Book Scout!)





For Giveaway:
Chills and Thrill Tour swag (Thanks, ladies!)


Bought:
Tempest Rising by Tracy Deebs (for signing)


Reminders:
Diversity in YA Tour sSwag GIVEAWAY ends 5/22 - Tonight!
Chills and Thrills Tour Swag GIVEAWAY ends 5/26
Coming soon...reviews - Tighter and Imaginary Girls
Neal Shusterman giveaway

May 19, 2011

2012 Lone Star Reading List


The Texas Lone Star list is a recommended reading list developed by public and school librarians from the Young Adult Round Table. The purpose of the list is to encourage students in grades 6, 7, or 8 to explore a variety of current books. The Lone Star list is intended for recreational reading, not to support a specific curriculum. Due to the diversity of this age range, Texas librarians should purchase titles on this list according to their individual collection policies. Each book on the list has been favorably reviewed for grades 6, 7, or 8 in a professional review source.

Below is the list of current titles which have been nominated by the Lone Star Reading List Committee.

Belly Up - Gibbs, Stuart
Between Shades of Gray -  Sepetys, Ruta
Birth of a Killer - Shan, Darren


The Dark Game : True Spy Stories - Janeczko, Paul B.  
Dead Beautiful - Woon, Yvonne  


Delirium - Oliver, Lauren  
Dirty Little Secrets - Omololu, C.J.  
The Dreamer- Ryan, Pam Munoz
Dry Souls  - Denise Getson


The Enemy - Higson, Charlie
Epitaph Road - Patneaude, David
F Factor - Bertrand, Diane Gonzales  
Firelight - Jordan, Sophie  


The Fortune of Carmen Navarro - Bryant, Jen  
The Fourth Stall - Rylander, Chris  
Griff Carver, Hallway Patrol - Krieg, Jim  
Hidden - Frost, Helen  


It's Raining Cupcakes  - Schroeder, Lisa  
Kneebone Boy - Potter, Ellen  
Mockingbird - Erskine, Kathryn
The Nightmarys - Poblocki, Dan
Okay for Now - Schmidt, Gary  


Once - Gleitzman, Morris
Plain Kate - Bow, Erin   
Planet Middle School - Grimes, Nikki  
Prisoners in the Palace - MacColl, Michaela   
Rot & Ruin - Maberry, Jonathan


Ruby Red - Gier, Kerstin  
The Running Dream-  Van Draanen, Wendelin  
Shooting Kabul - Senzai, N.H.  
Sisters Red - Pearce, Jackson  
A Tale Dark & Grimm - Gidwitz, Adam  
They Called Themselves the KKK - Bartoletti, Susan  


Tortilla Sun - Cervantes, Jennifer  
Unearthly - Hand, Cynthia  
Warriors in the Crossfire Flood, Nancy Bo  
Where The Streets Had a Name - Abdel-Fattah, Randa 


White Cat: The Curse Workers - Black, Holly
Wish - Monninger, Joseph 


Wolven - Toft, Di  
Woods Runner - Paulsen, Gary  
A World Without Heroes  - Mull, Brandon


Recognize any? If you are looking to expand your reading list or recommend something for summer, this is a good place to start.

For a list of winners from 2011, please visit the TLA website.

Happy Reading!

Divergent by Veronica Roth - Winner

I was supposed to post this during the great blogger black out of 2011, so this is really late. 

Congratulations goes to....

Maddie

The winner has been notified and the book is on its way. I can't express how much I love Divergent, and if you haven't read it...beg your library to stock it or go pick it up. Thank you to all of you who entered. There a lot of you! 

Chills & Thrills Tour - Austin!


Last Monday was the Chills and Thrills Austin stop! The lineup was Lara Chapman, Jennifer Archer, Jordan Dane, Tracy Deebs, Sophie Jordan, Tera Lynn Childs, and Mari Mancusi ! This was Lara's debut signing for her debut book! We all cheered for her and were so grateful that Austin was first!


The ladies asked the audience, "How do you find out about new books?" There were a lot of bloggers in the house, myself included, and collectively we said we learned about new books from other bloggers. Posts like Waiting on Wednesday and In My Mailbox help shine some light on those new books. For me, it is going through the publishing catalogs. I don't know why, but I love to! It allows me to see some new picture books and upcoming MGs. Although I don't review a lot of them here, I love to see what is out by some of my favorite authors. Now, Lisa McMann and Lauren Oliver are dipping into the MG pool.... Goodreads was another answer. This is a really helpful tool for me as well.

We all chatted for awhile and then it was signing time! Be jealous! ;) I met Jennifer and Jordan at TLA so I already had their books, but this is what they look like with all the other beauties.







I hope you can catch this tour when it comes near you. If not, you either need to pack up and move to Texas (you know you've been thinking about it anyway), or hop in the car for a days drive. Below are the next stops and the links will let you know who will be there. I promise you will have a lot of fun and share some laughs!

May 20, 2011
6:00pm
Waco, TX

May 21, 2011
A Real Book Store
2:00pm
Fairview, TX

May 22, 2011
B&N Northeast Mall
2:00pm
Hurst, TX

May 28, 2011
4:30pm
Houston, TX 

May 29, 2011
2:00pm
Houston, TX

These gals are SO wonderful to their fans and they want to give a little piece of the tour to you. Up for grabs is some major swag. Most of it is signed and all of it is sprinkled with author love. I encourage you to follow them all on Twitter and add their books to your "gotta read this" pile if you haven't already. 



There will be a total of 10 winners. TWO winners will win a set of signed book plates from each author and signed swag. EIGHT winners will win signed swag. Ready...go! 

*giveaway closed*

May 17, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday - A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan


A Long Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan
August 9th, 2011 by Candlewick

Rosalinda Fitzroy has been asleep for 62 years when she is woken by a kiss. Locked away in the chemically-induced slumber of a stasis tube in a forgotten sub-basement, sixteen-year-old Rose slept straight through the Dark Times that killed millions and utterly changed the world she knew. Now, her parents and her first love are long dead, and Rose - hailed upon her awakening as the long-lost heir to an interplanetary empire - is thrust alone into a future in which she is viewed as either a freak or a threat. Desperate to put the past behind her and adapt to her new world, Rose finds herself drawn to the boy who kissed her awake, hoping that he can help her to start fresh. But when a deadly danger jeopardizes her fragile new existence, Rose must face the ghosts of her past with open eyes - or be left without any future at all.

I browsed through the Candlewick catalog last week and found this. I didn't see an ARC of it at TLA so it was new to me. I think this book will appeal to those that love fair tales. I read on her literary agents site that they are dubbing this, "a young adult Time Traveler's Wife." Hmmm, interesting! Anyone ever hear of this one?

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This is my reading pile for May...I'm SO behind!


Reviews - Die For Me by Amy Plum


Die For Me by Amy Plum
May 10th, 2011 by HarperTeen

Synopsis:
My life had always been blissfully, wonderfully normal. But it only took one moment to change everything.

Suddenly, my sister, Georgia, and I were orphans. We put our lives into storage and moved to Paris to live with my grandparents. And I knew my shattered heart, my shattered life, would never feel normal again. Then I met Vincent.

Mysterious, sexy, and unnervingly charming, Vincent Delacroix appeared out of nowhere and swept me off my feet. Just like that, I was in danger of losing my heart all over again. But I was ready to let it happen.

Of course, nothing is ever that easy. Because Vincent is no normal human. He has a terrifying destiny, one that puts his life at risk every day. He also has enemies . . . immortal, murderous enemies who are determined to destroy him and all of his kind.

While I'm fighting to piece together the remnants of my life, can I risk putting my heart—as well as my life and my family's—in jeopardy for a chance at love?


Review:
Kate and her sister Georgia are parentless. While Georgia is moving on with her life filling the void with boys and booze, Kate is stuck in her grief. She roams Paris (Paris!) and looses herself in the cities architecture and locals. When Kate and Georgia see a girl jump/fall off a bridge and a boy jump in after her, they find themselves in a situation that is unimaginable. Over time, Kate will learn that the boy who saved the girl from the bridge is everything she is looking for, but he is a profesh rescuer with twisted after effects, and there are people in the world who would love to see him, and his kind, gone for good.

I had a bit of a hard time understanding exactly what Vincent was, a Revenant. A Revenant is someone who can take the place of another when they die - in fact, the very second they die. I really liked the idea and I thought it was original when you compare it to vampires and angels. I have no idea if this concept is taken from something or not.... What I had trouble with was the explanation of the process. I had to reread passages several times in order to grasp what was happening. Although Kate accepts all of this craziness a little too swiftly, I was happy to see that she stepped back from the relationship a bit. Could she really date a guy that continuously gave his life for another? Did she want to date a guy that is 100+ years old? These were all things on her mind and for a while, she said no thank you. 

There were a lot of characters in this book. The good guys, the bad guys, and Kate's family. I really really liked some of Vincent's sidekicks. In fact, I liked them more than Vincent. I didn't connect with Georgia very much because I was too busy being irritated that she was trying to drag Kate out to the bar all the time. Things got a little predictable and, for me, Georgie was a character put in so she could be a part of the hook at the end. Ehhhh. It happens.... I love that the book is set in Paris and the scenery was used quite a bit. Every young girl will want to visit Europe after reading. 

Sidenote: I love the original cover with the girl in the red boat....

3.5 Stars


I can't wait for the Dark Days of Supernatural Tour to make their way to Texas! They have set up an event page.....come! I will be getting my copy of Die For Me signed and will give it away. Stay tuned!

Diversity in YA Tour - Austin!

Last week was the Austin stop for the Diversity in YA Tour! The Texas leg consisted of: Bethany Hegedus, Malinda Lo, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, Cindy Pon, Dia Reeves, and Jo Whittemore. Moderated by Austin's own, Varian Johnson. I had been looking forward to this for months and got to Book People early to sit in on an interview with Katie from Mundie Moms. I took some pretty darn good notes, and thought I would share a little about what they said.

Were there any diverse books that you read while growing up?

Pon: "I wrote the book I wanted to read. Looking back, I didn't realize that. I never remember reading about anyone that looked like me growing up.

Lo: "Same for me with Ash."

Garcia McCall: "The Pearl by John Steinbeck and The Old Man and The Sea even though it had Cuban characters, I devoured it. As a teacher, Gary Soto's Neighborhood Odes. I wondered, where is the Mexican American poetry for girls?"

How did your heritage play a role in your writing?

Hegedus: "My books directly deal with race. It's not swept under the rug. Being curious about other cultures doesn't negate your own"

Whittemore: "I was one of two Asians in school. I write about the underdogs and outsiders. My heritage gave me the insight."

Reeves: "I went to an all black school. There were four white people in high school. I got to college and it was totally different, shocking. That's why I write - on the fringe of everything. I have experienced racism within my culture. I never felt the struggle to fit in. Always try to be yourself."

Garcia McCall: "I always knew there was more out there (from watching Star Trek). I wanted to explore everything. I loved mythology."

Pon: "As a teen, you see things as black and white, and as you are older, you realize they're not." (speaking about the the issue of racial differences)



Varian Johnson was a fantastic moderator and asked some great questions as well. Here are a few great quotes:

"Diversity is all the little differences that make us the same." - Whittemore

"People of color don't write science fiction. In the future, we don't exist." - Johnson

"I like to imagine characters." - Lo on why she prefers covers without people

"I'm working on a book based in the future and will have to explain why there are so many hispanics." - Garcia McCall

"Sell them on the story." - Lo on how to pitch a diverse book to a young reader

Lonestar Bethany Hegedus


Jo Whittemore, Malinda Lo, Guadalupe Garcia McCall, and me


Stephanie and I with Cindy Pon


It was such a fun night with a lot of laughs and a lot of "don't Tweet this...!" After the crowd cleared...we went out to chat and laugh even more.. When everyone piled in my Suburban, Malinda said, "This is the most TX thing we have done so far." That made my night.....

Z-Tejas crowd

Because I love you all, I have some signed swag up for grabs. TWO people will win the loot below - notice there are signed book plates from each author.


*giveaway closed*