Anderson’s YA Lit Conference 2018 (part two)

 

Thank you for coming back to check out part two for my YA Lit Conference post.  I didn’t want to make one super long post.  If you missed part one, it was posted on Saturday.

 

After lunch, there was a second breakout session.  This time we chose to go to Fantastical Historical Fiction.  I admit I’m not generally a huge fan of YA fiction, but I wanted to go to Annie’s panel.  And my husband liked The Last Magician and wanted to listen to Lisa again (we saw her last year, too).

 

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This panel was Lisa Maxwell, Joanna Hathaway, Stephanie Hemphill, and Annie Sullivan.  Just like the last one, I went and bought more books.  Joanna’s wasn’t out yet, so I wasn’t able to get anything from her signed.  Dark West is her debut.  I really enjoyed this panel and it actually made me want to read more YA historical fiction.

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Anderson’s YA Lit Conference 2018 (part one)

 

My husband and I attended the YA Lit Conference at Anderson’s in Naperville, IL.  This was our second year attending.  I didn’t take as many notes as last year, but I have enough to make this two posts.  Please check back on Monday for part two.

 

The event started at 7:15 am for a continental breakfast.  This is rough for me because I generally don’t go to bed until 2am and we’re over an hour away.  But we got there right on time and went to the bookstore they had set up.

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Review of Campfire by Shawn Sarles

 

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Campfire by Shawn Sarles

 

While camping in a remote location, Maddie Davenport gathers around the fire with her friends and family to tell scary stories. Caleb, the handsome young guide, shares the local legend of the ferocious Mountain Men who hunt unsuspecting campers and leave their mark by carving grisly antlers into their victims’ foreheads.

The next day, the story comes true.

Now Maddie and her family are lost in the deep woods–with no way out–being stalked by their worst nightmares. Because there were other, more horrifying stories told that night–and Maddie’s about to find out just how they end…

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Review of Summer Blue Bird by Akemi Dawn Bowman (digital arc)

 

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Summer Blue Bird by Akemi Dawn Bowman

 

Rumi Seto spends a lot of time worrying she doesn’t have the answers to everything. What to eat, where to go, whom to love. But there is one thing she is absolutely sure of—she wants to spend the rest of her life writing music with her younger sister, Lea.

Then Lea dies in a car accident, and her mother sends her away to live with her aunt in Hawaii while she deals with her own grief. Now thousands of miles from home, Rumi struggles to navigate the loss of her sister, being abandoned by her mother, and the absence of music in her life. With the help of the “boys next door”—a teenage surfer named Kai, who smiles too much and doesn’t take anything seriously, and an eighty-year-old named George Watanabe, who succumbed to his own grief years ago—Rumi attempts to find her way back to her music, to write the song she and Lea never had the chance to finish.

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Review of Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton (digital arc)

 

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Strange Grace by Tessa Gratton

 

Once, a witch made a pact with a devil. The legend says they loved each other, but can the story be trusted at all? Find out in this lush, atmospheric fantasy novel that entwines love, lies, and sacrifice.

Long ago, a village made a bargain with the devil: to ensure their prosperity, when the Slaughter Moon rises, the village must sacrifice a young man into the depths of the Devil’s Forest.

Only this year, the Slaughter Moon has risen early.

Bound by duty, secrets, and the love they share for one another, Mairwen, a spirited witch; Rhun, the expected saint; and Arthur, a restless outcast, will each have a role to play as the devil demands a body to fill the bargain. But the devil these friends find is not the one they expect, and the lies they uncover will turn their town—and their hearts—inside out.

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Warped Tour 2018 Part One

I went to the final Chicago Warped Tour on Saturday July 21st and thought I would share a little about it with some videos.

 

It was cool for once which was great, but it did rain on and off all day.  I’ll take that over 90+ with humidity any day though.  I got soaked a few times, but I didn’t care.  I didn’t overheat and we were able to see a lot more bands because of it.

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A few new pre-order specials

 

There are a few new pre-order specials that I wanted to share with you.  I’m not going to go back to my last post and use any of the same ones.  At least not on purpose.  Most of these are fairly recent announcements.

*book I have ordered

 

Preorder a copy of Scream All Night* and you’ll receive:
–A signed bookplate
–A Scream All Night bookmark
–A Scream All Night postcard

5 grand prize winners will also get two posters!

Details Here

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Can’t Wait Wednesday 6/27/18

 

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Can’t Wait Wednesday/Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Wishful Endings and was previously hosted by Breaking the Spine.   It was created to show off a future release that you are excited for.

 

 

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Most Anticipated Middle Grade Books

 

I’ve been really impressed by the quality of the middle grade books I’ve read so far this year.  I even put a couple on my favorite reads of the first half of 2018 list (Amal Unbound and Aru Shah and the End of Time).  I recently looked up middle grade books to see what sounds good for the rest of the year.  These are the standouts for me.  One is an early 2019 release, but I had to include it.

 

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