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I didn’t know I needed a book about dragons masquerading as humans until I found one. Talon is about a world where the remaining dragons hide in plain sight in human form in order to stay alive and a girl who wants more for her life than what has been laid out for her. Although I had some issues with it, I liked the interesting characters, their relationships with each others, and the dragon culture. The book follows multiple perspectives, but the main character is Ember. She and her twin brother, Dante, have been moved to a small beach town for the summer by Talon so they can learn to blend in with normal human teenagers. For Ember, this is her one, brief period of time where she can have fun and do whatever she wants before the next stage of her mysterious training begins and she is officially locked into... Read more »
Three seasoned agents, Laurie McLean, Gordon Warnock and Pam van Hylckama Vlieg, have partnered together to launch a new agency called “Foreword Literary.”
On submissions, the agents represent writers who specialize in a plethora of different genres from children’s picture books to upmarket commercial fiction. This agency’s current client list includes young-adult authorJulie Kagawa, thriller novelist Ransom Stephens and romance writer Lisa Kessler.
Here’s more about the agency’s blog: “We are a brand new type of author representative. Sure, we’ll sell books to publishers and sell subsidiary rights to movie studios, foreign publishers, magazines, audiobook companies, etc. But we’ll also work with a network of affiliates such as self-publishers, cover designers, app creators, web series developers, comic book producers, social media marketers, publicity experts, teachers, game designers, speaker bureaus, and many, many others to offer our clients a fully-fleshed world of possibilities for their creativity.”
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a philanthropic program of State Farm, is accepting applications for youth service-learning projects designed to create sustainable local change in communities across the United States and Canada. Projects must be designed to address the root cause of the following issues: access to higher education/closing the achievement gap, financial literacy, community safety and natural disaster preparedness, social health and wellness, and environmental responsibility.
Applicant organizations must be a K-12 public or charter school, or institution of higher education. Nonprofit organizations also are eligible if they are able to demonstrate how they plan to impact student achievement within the public K-12 curriculum. Grants will range from $25,000 to $100,000. Deadline: 4 May
The White House recently responded to the School Librarian petition. Using the “We the People” portion of the White House website, the response concluded by saying
The Obama Administration remains committed to supporting school libraries and the critical role they play in providing resources and support for all students in their learning, to ensure that all students — regardless of their circumstances — are able to graduate from school ready for success in college and career. Check out this response on We the People
Category: Young Adult Dystopian Fantasy Format: Hardcover, ebook Keywords: Series, Dystopian, Vampires, Zombies Source: Netgalley
From the jacket copy:
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of "them." The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked--and given the ultimate choice. Die...or become one of the monsters.
I can't tell if it's partially that I'm burned out on vampires, but I did not enjoy reading The Immortal Rules as much as I did the Iron Fey series. Part of me really wanted to like it. I'm a sucker for dystopians after all--few of my friends shed as many tears as I did over Cormac McCarthy's The Road. I love the sting of tears as I read about puny humans forced to be brave, driven by a desire to protect whatever humanity they have left to them. Sadly, Allison Sekemoto, while at times admirable for her determination and strength in the face of disappointments and setbacks that ring all too real, doesn't quite grab me as other heroines have. It was almost as if she was the plot device in her own story--she's just there, and I am just turning the pages.
Is it inventive? Sure. Kagawa cooks up some mythology about vampires and zombies that isn't too transparent; she answers just enough questions as the story progresses to keep you just short of the point where you get so frustrated that you put this book down, and go re-read one of her other, better-paced books. I kept trying to discern thematic meaning from the various rules that Allison has to then choose to obey or disobey according to her fast-fading conscience, the least of which is her lust for human
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Young adult novelist Julie Kagawa (pictured, via) has signed a seven-figure multibook deal with Harlequin Teen.
Executive editor Natashya Wilson negotiated the deal with senior literary agent Laurie McLean of the Larsen Pomada Literary Agency. Wilson, who will edit the book, secured world rights.
Kagawa has also written the Iron Fey series and the the Blood of Eden series. According to the release, the series “will feature mythical creatures in a contemporary setting.” The first book is expected to come out in 2015. (via Agent Savant)
So let’s get a grasp on what exactly it is I’m talking about here. Day of Dialog. A day when School Library Journal and roughly 1.5 billion children’s book publishers (read: 16, give or take) get together and attendees (who are mostly children’s librarians and children’s booksellers) get to witness a variety of interesting panels and previews of upcoming children’s books for the Fall season. It tends to be held on the Monday before BookExpo so that it doesn’t conflict with anything going on at that time. And since my library was closed that day for it’s big time Centennial celebration, I thought to myself, “Why not go? I could report on what went on and have some fun along the way.”
Of course I had forgotten that I would be typing all that occurred on Dead-Eye the Wonder Laptop: Capable of carrying at least two hours of charge in its battery . . . and then dying altogether. So it was that I spent much of the day seeking out outlets and either parking myself next to them or watching my charging laptop warily across a crowded room. Hi-ho the glamorous life.
Day of Dialog is useful in other ways as well. It means getting galleys you might otherwise not have access to. It means sitting in a nice auditorium with a belly full of muffin. Interestingly the only problem with sitting in the audience when you are pretty much nine months pregnant (aside from the whole theoretical “lap” part of “laptop computer”) is that you start eyeing the panelists’ water bottles with great envy. I brought my own, quickly went through it, and then found myself wondering at strategic points of the day and with great seriousness “If I snuck onto the stage between speakers, do you think anyone would notice if I downed the remains of Meghan McCarthy’s bottled water?” I wish I could say I was joking about this.
Brian Kenney, me boss o’ me blog and editor of SLJ, started us off with a greeting. He noted that he had placed himself in charge of keeping everything on track and on schedule. This seemed like a hazardous job because much of the day was dedicated to previews of upcoming books, and there is no good way to gently usher a sponsor off of a stage. Nonetheless, Brian came equipped with a small bell. Throughout the day that little bell managed to have a near Pavlovian influence on the panelists. Only, rather than make them drool, it caused them to get this look of abject fear that only comes when you face the terror of the unknown. For some of them, anyway. Others didn’t give a flying hoot.
Luann Toth came after Brian to introduce our keynote speaker though, as she pointed out, “Does anyone really need to introduce Katherine Paterson?” Point taken. Now upon entering the auditorium this day, each attendee had been handed a signed copy of a new novel by Ms. Paterson and her h
From Goodreads. A Midsummer's Nightmare? Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.
Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist.
Review by Kate
SUMMER'S CROSSING, by Julie Kagawa, is the second novella in The Iron Fey series, but this time we get Robin Goodfellow's/Puck's POV instead. Ash enlists Puck's help to find Grimalkin but someone requests the fulfillment of a favor from Ash. Puck and Ash have to take something from the Summer Queen, Titania, and make it out alive...somehow.
I really loved getting Puck's POV in this novella. His sarcasm and wit always made me smile, but getting into his head showed that his personality is much deeper than being a jokster. The internal struggle for him after a visit from the Summer King, Oberon, amped up the tension and suspense in what Puck would ultimately decided to do with the prince who stole the heart of his beloved Meghan. Definitely a heart-pounder!
Josh Hurley did an awesome job narrating Puck. His voice was smooth and perfect for the pranking Puck. Also, he did a really great job voicing the other characters too.
Overall, this is definitely a must-read for fans of The Iron Fey series. It is full of adventure, suspense, and opens up the story for the highly anticipated next full book of the series, The Iron Knight.
I recently did a post about the front cover reveal for the fourth Iron Fey novel, The Iron Knight. On Wednesday, Julie Kagawa also revealed the back cover art -- and I think it's worth another post because it features my favorite faery prankster! Check it out:
Gah, he's perfect, isn't he?! I love the expression on his face -- it's so Puckish. Plus, he's got a kind of exotic look that I imagine the fey to have. I do wish his hair was more fiery though. Apparently this book is going to be all about BOTH of the Iron Fey boys -- I can't wait!!!
What do you think? Is this your idea of Puck?
Here's the front cover, if you need a reminder:
Still no synopsis -- Julie says she and HarlequinTeen are planning something special =) I'll keep you guys posted!
In case you missed it, today bestselling author Julie Kagawa did a Livestream about her Iron Fey series in which she made three UBER-exciting announcements!
First, Julie will have a brand-new series coming out in Spring 2012 called Blood of Eden. She described it as a "post-apocalyptic vampire series" -- how awesome does that sound? The first book will be called The Immortal Rules.
Secondly, THERE WILL BE MORE IRON FEY BOOKS! In 2012 (probably Fall), Julie will begin a new Iron Fey trilogy starring an older Ethan Chase, Meghan's brother! We rabid fans can continue to get our fix!
Finally, Julie revealed the Iron Knight synopsis -- and it is intense, y'all.
***CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE IRON QUEEN***
Ash, former prince of the Winter Court, gave up everything. His title, his home, even his vow of loyalty. All for a girl… and all for nothing.
Unless he can earn a soul.
To cold, emotionless faery prince Ash, love was a weakness for mortals and fools. His own love had died a horrible death, killing any gentler feelings the Winter prince might have had. Or so he thought.
Then Meghan Chase—a half human, half fey slip of a girl— smashed through his barricades, binding him to her irrevocably with his oath to be her knight. And when all of Faery nearly fell to the Iron fey, she severed their bond to save his life. Meghan is now the Iron Queen, ruler of a realm where no Winter or Summer fey can survive.
With the (unwelcome) company of his archrival, Summer Court prankster Puck, and the infuriating cait sith Grimalkin, Ash begins a journey he is bound to see through to its end— a quest to find a way to honor his solemn vow to stand by Meghan’s side.
To survive in the Iron realm, Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. At least, no one has ever passed to tell the tale.
And then Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that turns reality upside down, challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Julie also answered questions and read an excerpt of The Iron Knight. You can watch the full Livestream video on the Iron Fey Facebook page.
First The Iron Knight was on NetGalley, and now all this. My heart can't take the excitement!
Our first Trailer Tuesday post features the highly anticipated fourth book in Julie Kagawa's epic Iron Fey series, The Iron Knight.
To survive in the Iron Realm, Prince Ash must have a soul and a mortal body. But the tests he must face to earn these things are impossible. And along the way Ash learns something that changes everything. A truth that challenges his darkest beliefs and shows him that, sometimes, it takes more than courage to make the ultimate sacrifice.
And we couldn't help but add in the amazing stop motion animated trailer by Maggie Stiefvater for her latest novel, THE SCORPIO RACES, hitting stores October 18th, 2011.
It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die. At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.
Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.
To celebrate the release of the fourth book in The Iron Fey series, we've got a giveaway and an exclusive excerpt for you!
A bit about The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa:
My name—my True Name—is Ashallayn'darkmyr Tallyn. I am the last remaining son of Mab, Queen of the Unseelie Court. And I am dead to her. My fall began, as many stories do, with a girl…
Here's what our staff reviewer had to say:
"The Iron Knight has been a book I have been highly anticipating for ages. I had a bit of a hard time getting into it, I think because I knew this was Ash and Megan’s final tale and I didn’t want the story to end. Once a few chapters had passed, I was completely engrossed and barely put down the book until I finished." Click here to read the full review and submit one of your own!
And now for an exclusive The Iron Knight excerpt:
There were three of us at one time, all princes of Winter, myself and my brothers, Sage and Rowan. I never knew my sire, never cared to know him, nor did my siblings ever speak of him. I wasn’t even positive we shared the same sire, but it didn’t matter. In the Unseelie Court, Mab was the sole ruler, the one and only queen. Handsome fey and even wayward mortals she might take to her bed, but Mab shared her throne with no one.
Don't forget to head over to Novel Novice tomorrow to read the next excerpt!
So Julie Kagawa is a kick-ass writer. Her Iron Fey series was simply breathtaking and unputdownable. I have no idea if that is even a word! But I am so excited for her next series. Not in the Fey world, but in a world where Vampires reign and humans are human food donors! How. can. this. not. be. interesting! Goodbye TWILIGHT, hello BLOOD OF EDEN!
In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.
Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.
Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die or become one of the monsters.
Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.
Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.
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Meghan Chase didn't know where the path would lead when she entered the Nevernever to rescue her brother from the ruthless fey. She never expected to be anything other than a human, teenage girl -- much less a Summer Faery Princess. But the Nevernever is part of her now, and there's no turning back. When Faery calls, Meghan must answer. She can't abandon the creatures and kingdom she's grown to
If you have not readThe Iron KingandThe Iron Daughter, there may be spoilers ahead
Publisher: Harlequin Teen (February 1, 2011) eGalley: 384 Pages Genre: YA Fantasy Series: The Iron King #3 Book from NetGalley*
From Goodreads. My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over.That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stay by my side. Drag me into the core of a conflict so powerful, I'm not sure anyone can survive it.
This time, there will be no turning back.
THE IRON QUEEN, by Julie Kagawa, is a fast-paced adventure that will keep your eyes glued to the pages. This third book steps up the action and definitely kept my heart thumping until the shocking ending.
Just when I thought this series couldn't get any better, I was wrong. This book continues the battle between the oldbloods and the Iron Fey. The wlywood is almost completely taken over by the Iron Fey and Meghan is the only one who is able to stop it. Both Meghan and Ash have been exiled, but their relationship has finally been solidified. Their relationship is tested over and over as they come across more dangerous situations than ever before.
There is so much I want to say about this book but I am afraid to ruin it. Kagawa's story went beyond where I could have ever imagined. Her characters followed her masterfully placed plot into a battle of epic proportions. She really showed off her visuals in the art of fighting. The battle that ensued was bloody and tragic, and I was anxious to see who would make it out alive.
I enjoyed the new relationship between Meghan and Ash. They were both quite stuck in their respective human and fey ways but needed to find a way to survive together through compromise. Any good relationship is filled with ups and downs and I was pleased by the way this one was explored. Along with the old characters we came across some new ones. This series always stretches my imagination with its creation of the Iron Fey, and this book was no exception.
So here's my overall statement: Read it. If you are a fan of the series, Read it. If you haven't read any of the series, get books one and two and Read them. Fantastic.
For more info check out Julie Kagawa's website and blog
The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
My name is Meghan Chase.
I thought it was over. That my time with the fey, the impossible choices I had to make, the sacrifices of those I loved, was behind me. But a storm is approaching, an army of Iron fey that will drag me back, kicking and screaming. Drag me away from the banished prince who's sworn to stand by my side. Drag me into the core of conflict so
Many, many thanks to the people at Big Honco Media, HarlequinTeen, and of course the wonderful Julie Kagawa for inviting me to be a part of this amazing tour!
Because of these awesome people, I am able to give away this Summer Court artwork, hand-drawn by Julie herself!
I'm torn between Team Puck and Team Grim...
There were a ton of entries, so a huge thank you to all the Iron Fey fans out
When we last left Meghan Chase, she was brought to the Winter Court by Prince Ash and was being held my Queen Mab. But all is not what it seems in the Winter Court. Prince Ash has been avoiding Meghan, Queen Mab has bound her powers and Grimalkin is nowhere to be seen. Meghan hasn't a clue if Puck is alive or dead.
I completely forgot to review my copy of The Iron King and I donated my copy of the book to my local library because they couldn't get a copy and I wanted in the hands of as many people. But I digress. By the time I realized that I hadn't written a review, I couldn't remember the major points of the book. Thankfully, reading The Iron Daughter, I remembered enough that I could pick up where it ended.