The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin, Kindle edition, is on sale at Amazon for $2.99, less than the price of a Starbucks drink “tall” size, meaning “small,” which still confuses me. Anyway. . .if, like me, you’re curious to read this dark paranormal YA fantasy, here’s your chance to do it on a budget.
Speaking of author Michelle Hodkin, on Sunday 7/24 at Comic-Con in San Diego, she’s slated to be part of an INCREDIBLE panel of YA authors. Check this out! Seriously!
Renee Ahdieh (The Wrath and the Dawn series)
Victoria Aveyard (The Red Queen series)
Michelle Hodkin (The Mara Dyer Trilogy)
Lauren Oliver (Vanishing Girls)
Brendan Reichs (Virals series)
Victoria Schwab (A Darker Shade of Magic)
Laini Taylor (Strange the Dreamer)
Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not)
The topic is “What’s Hot in Young Adult Fiction.” If you’re at Comic-Con and you get a chance to sit in on this panel, please post details on your blog or message me. I would so loooove to be there.
I’m pretty sure I don’t have a favorite winter read, but reading in the wintertime makes me think of the classics, so I’ll say Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.
2. Find a book with blue on the cover!
I just finished reading the first two books in Lauren Oliver’s YA dystopian trilogy, Delirium, and look forward to reading the last one, Requiem, whose UK paperback edition has a lovely blue cover. (Incidentally, the second book in this trilogy contains a character named “Blue”–which happens to be my favorite color!)
3. Find a book you’d use as the star on a Christmas tree!
There are so many pretty books to choose from. I’ve always liked the cover of Leslye Walton’s The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender,but perhaps it’s not quite right for a Christmas tree. Tahereh Mafi’s Ignite Mecover is also gorgeous, but it would be disconcerting to have an eye staring back at me from the Christmas tree, so I choose. . . The One by Keira Cass. An angelic-looking girl in a gown of white roses would be perfect.
4. Pick one fictional place that would be perfect for a winter vacation!
Fjerda, Matthias’ homeland, from Leigh Bardugo’sSix of Crows. I imagine it looks something like this.
Since we’re on the subject of Six of Crows, I want to share this fabulous poster by artist Kevin Wada. Leigh Bardugo gave it out as a promotional item at her early book signings, and I wish I had one!
Out of all the novels I read this year, Six of Crows grew on me the most AFTER reading it. Does that ever happen to you?
5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation!
I’d pick Sam Roth from Maggie Stievfater’s Shiver. Sam is handsome, musical, loves to read, AND he’s a werewolf.
(I highly recommend the film this fan art is based on–
Mamoru Hosada’s spectacular and tear-jerking Wolf Children.)_______________________________________
6. Name one book on your wish list this year!
I’m going to cheat a bit here–well, more than a bit. I already own many of the books at the top of my wish list, and there are lots of others available at my (awesome) local library, so the “one book” on my wish list this year is. . . a Kindle! Oh, how preferable that would be to reading books on my little iPhone 5.
Which color do you like best? I’d probably go for basic black. _______________________________________
7. Favorite holiday drink, treat, & movie?
This one is so easy. My favorite holiday movie is Elf! It’s one of those rare movies I can watch over and over again and love just as much each time. In fact, I enjoy Elf so much that–rather than writing about my favorite holiday drink and treat– I will write the name of this movie twice more.
This ‘Tis the Season book tag was so much fun to do that I want to spread the cheer to everyone on the following “nice list.”