Jan 3 2013

Absolutely necessary, I'm sure.

Publishers Weekly recently posted an article attempting to define the new publishing sub-genre "New Adult", which apparently is a) ubiquitous, and b) a vital part of the publishing machine. I can sum it up for you, though: "New Adult" books are "Young Adult" books, but with explicit sex scenes in them...

More »

Jan 2 2013

An awesome sign of things to come

2013-01-02-an-awesome-sign-of-things-to-come

Happy New Year, everybody! 2013 is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, so I have sky-high hopes for this year. A major Pride and Prejudice anniversary means this is clearly going to be a great year for... something. No idea what (other than a bumper crop of scholarly P&P analysis, obviously), but I'm sure it will be amazing...

More »

Dec 27 2012

Winter break

2012-12-27-winter-break

Hi, everyone! Wordcandy.net is taking the week between Christmas and New Year's Day off. I'm planning to spend it obsessively stroking my presents, which include four absolutely gorgeous new Jane Austen editions. (Clearly, my friends and family accept that A) I am a huge nerd, and B) they need to shop accordingly.)...

More »

Dec 20 2012

Rough Justice, by Alex Ross

2012-12-20-rough-justice-by-alex-ross

Comic book artist Alex Ross is best known for his work on Kingdom Come, a 1996 DC miniseries about a group of middle-aged superheroes battling a gang of new, amoral vigilantes (including, in some cases, their own children). Pantheon Books recently released a paperback edition of Rough Justice, a collection of images pulled from Ross's private sketchbooks, deleted scenes, and published work...

More »

Dec 20 2012

My Christmas list is complete!

2012-12-20-my-christmas-list-is-complete

Man, this has been a great year for Pride and Prejudice cover art. (You wouldn't think you could measure years that way, but you totally can.) I'm currently staring in awe at this edition...

More »

Dec 19 2012

What You See in the Dark, by Manuel Munoz

2012-12-19-what-you-see-in-the-dark-by-manuel-munoz

It's been several days of teen-oriented books, so today was time for a literary palate cleanser. After poking through some of the older titles on our “To Be Read” shelves, I pulled out Manuel Munoz's 2011 book What You See in the Dark, equally attracted by the novel's absolutely stunning black-and-white cover art and its official description, which sounds about as far from most YA novels as you can get...

More »

Dec 18 2012

Yesterday, by C.K. Kelly Martin

2012-12-18-yesterday-by-ck-kelly-martin

C. K. Kelly Martin's novel Yesterday opens with a prologue set in a dystopian version of 2063, but after six drama-stuffed pages the action shifts to Ontario, 1985, a (possibly even weirder) world full of New Wave music, enormous shoulder pads, and MacGyver. Martin's protagonist is Freya Kallas, a 16-year-old girl whose diplomat father recently died in an explosion. When her mother moves the family back to Canada after years of living abroad, Freya assumes...

More »

Dec 18 2012

Jane Austen and Lifetime

2012-12-18-jane-austen-and-lifetime

I am straight-up appalled by this idea: Jennifer Love Hewitt is teaming up with Lifetime to develop Darcy's Town, a "modern retelling of Jane Austen's literary classic Pride and Prejudice set in a small Virginia town". I was much less horrified by the article's mention of another Austen-inspired TV project...

More »

Dec 17 2012

Shadowfell, by Juliet Marillier

2012-12-17-shadowfell-by-juliet-marillier

New Zealand author Juliet Marillier's Shadowfell, the first book in a projected trilogy, takes several done-to-death fairytale tropes—a girl on a solitary journey, an evil king, helpful magical creatures—and transforms them into an entertaining and thoughtful YA fantasy novel...

More »

Dec 17 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: The Book of Blood and Shadow, by Robin Wasserman

2012-12-17-weekly-book-giveaway-the-book-of-blood-and-shadow-by-robin-wasserman

Today's Weekly Book Giveaway pick is Robin Wasserman's The Book of Blood and Shadow, which we reviewed here. Just a reminder: entries for this drawing are due by the end of the day on Friday, December 21st, and entries for last week's Fairy Tale drawing are due by...

More »

Dec 14 2012

The Book of Blood and Shadow, by Robin Wasserman

2012-12-14-the-book-of-blood-and-shadow-by-robin-wasserman

Robin Wasserman's novel The Book of Blood and Shadow is ambitious in a way that few YA novels attempt. Everything from the somber cover art to the sheer heft of the book (a solid 432 pages) clearly indicates that this is a novel that wants to be taken seriously, despite its melodramatic tag line: "One Girl. One Night. Centuries of Secrets."...

More »

Dec 14 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: Fairy Tale, by Cyn Balog

2012-12-14-weekly-book-giveaway-fairy-tale-by-cyn-balog

Our second Book Giveaway of the week is Cyn Balog's Fairy Tale, which we reviewed here. Again, while entries for Monday's giveaway (C.J. Skuse's Rockoholic) are due by 5 o'clock today, entries for Fairy Tale aren't due until next Wednesday...

More »

Dec 13 2012

Starstruck, Sleepless, and Fairy Tale, by Cyn Balog

2012-12-13-starstruck-sleepless-and-fairy-tale-by-cyn-balog

For a genre that should be all about creativity, most YA paranormal romance is actually pretty standardized. Wearing Converse is proof positive of an artistic nature. It's not at all creepy for a zillion-year-old magical being to continue attending high school. And in any given love triangle, the heroine is always better off choosing the more emotionally constipated option...

More »

Dec 13 2012

Not a total waste, then.

2012-12-13-not-a-total-waste-then

Wow. According to The New York Times, all of the employees of Random House, "from top editors to warehouse workers", will be receiving a $5,000 bonus this year, thanks largely to the success of the Fifty Shades of Grey series...

More »

Dec 12 2012

Don't Expect Magic, by Kathy McCullough

2012-12-12-dont-expect-magic-by-kathy-mccullough

Kathy McCullough's debut novel Don't Expect Magic has a lot going for it: it's suitable for a wide variety of ages, it manages to be inspirational without being cloying, and—best of all—it's a standalone! (You guys know how I love those...

More »

Dec 11 2012

Rockoholic, by C.J. Skuse

2012-12-11-rockoholic-by-cj-skuse

C.J. Skuse's YA novel Rockoholic centers around Jody, a British teenager totally obsessed with rock star Jackson Gatlin. Jody is convinced the meaning of life can be found in Jackson's music, but when she kidnaps him from one of his concerts (accidentally!), she discovers her idol has feet of clay. Actually, he's practically made of clay...

More »

Dec 11 2012

Wordcandy's 2012 Holiday Gift List

2012-12-11-wordcandys-2012-holiday-gift-list

It's time for our annual Holiday gift suggestions, dear readers, and we're totally proud of ourselves for A) choosing reasonably affordable stuff, and B) getting this list out before December 20th. (We aim high.) Anyway, here you go...

More »

Dec 10 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: Rockoholic, by C.J. Skuse

2012-12-10-weekly-book-giveaway-rockoholic-by-cj-skuse

This Monday's pick for our Weekly Book Giveaway is C.J. Skuse's novel Rockoholic, which we're planning to review tomorrow. Just as a reminder: entries for this drawing are due by the end of the day on Friday (December 14th), and entries for whichever book we announce at the end of the week are due the following Wednesday (December 19th)...

More »

Dec 10 2012

Intentions, by Deborah Heiligman

2012-12-10-intentions-by-deborah-heiligman

Deborah Heiligman is the author of nearly 30 books for children, but it wasn't until 2008's Charles and Emma—an award-winning YA biography about Charles Darwin and his wife—that she leapt to wider literary acclaim. Her most recent book, and her first aimed at older teens, is the coming-of-age novel Intentions...

More »

Dec 7 2012

Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero, by Larry Tye

2012-12-07-superman-the-highflying-history-of-americas-most-enduring-hero-by-larry-tye

If you're a classic comics junkie, pop culture aficionado, or fan of Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, you're definitely going to want to check out Larry Tye's nonfiction book Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero...

More »

Dec 7 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: Uglies: Cutters, by Scott Westerfeld

2012-12-07-weekly-book-giveaway-uglies-cutters-by-scott-westerfeld

Here's our second Book Giveaway of the week: Uglies: Cutters, which we reviewed here. While entries for last Monday's book (Adele Griffin's All You Never Wanted; review here) are still due by Monday, December 10th, you can submit your entries for Cutters until Wednesday the 12th...

More »

Dec 6 2012

Uglies: Cutters, by Scott Westerfeld and Devin Grayson

2012-12-06-uglies-cutters-by-scott-westerfeld-and-devin-grayson

When I reviewed Scott Westerfeld's Uglies: Shay's Story last spring, I wondered if Westerfeld's original series (which had already expanded from a trilogy to a quartet) really merited a graphic novel tie-in. I still have my doubts, frankly, but Shay's Story obviously sold well enough to justify a sequel, because Westerfeld has just released Uglies: Cutters...

More »

Dec 6 2012

"Experience the saga"... for upwards of three grand

2012-12-06-experience-the-saga-for-upwards-of-three-grand

I'm not sure whether to snicker at this news or roll my eyes like a slot machine, so I'll probably settle for doing both. If you're looking for a replica of the staggeringly tacky Twilight engagement ring: today's your lucky day. Bed Bath & Beyond is now selling a line of fine jewelry "honoring the Twilight love story"...

More »

Dec 5 2012

The Project, by Brian Falkner

2012-12-05-the-project-by-brian-falkner

If you're in the market for a book for a ten- to twelve-year-old boy who finds even the tiny smidgen of romance featured in the 39 Clues series too embarrassing, Brian Falkner's novels may be the answer to your holiday gift-giving prayers...

More »

Dec 4 2012

The Casual Vacancy to hit the small screen

2012-12-04-the-casual-vacancy-to-hit-the-small-screen

According to The Hollywood Reporter, J. K. Rowling's novel The Casual Vacancy is going to be turned into a television series for the BBC. As with the Harry Potter movies, Rowling will be keeping a careful (read: obsessively controlling) eye on the project...

More »

Dec 4 2012

Unspoken: The Lynburn Legacy, Book One, by Sarah Rees Brennan

2012-12-04-unspoken-the-lynburn-legacy-book-one-by-sarah-rees-brennan

I can already see a problem with my review-a-day plan: my feelings about one book are going to bleed into another. I'm certain I would have enjoyed Sarah Rees Brennan's Unspoken regardless, but a little additional love may have been generated by the sharp contrast it presented to the story I read yesterday...

More »

Dec 3 2012

Weekly Book Giveaway: All You Never Wanted, by Adele Griffin

2012-12-03-weekly-book-giveaway-all-you-never-wanted-by-adele-griffin

In an effort to get our "To Be Read" pile down to less terrifying heights, during the month of December we are planning to post one review per day, Monday through Friday. In addition, we'll be increasing our Weekly Book Giveaway to two books per week. (Gotta get rid of the reviewed books somehow, right?) Our first giveaway title of the week is Adele Griffin's All You Never Wanted...

More »

Dec 3 2012

All You Never Wanted, by Adele Griffin

2012-12-03-all-you-never-wanted-by-adele-griffin

My only previous experience with popular YA author Adele Griffin was Tighter, her modern-day retelling of Henry James's The Turn of the Screw. I was underwhelmed by Tighter, but I've always loved James's novella, so I had some residual goodwill for Griffin's story despite its disappointingly weak ending...

More »

Nov 30 2012

A Christmas gift... that will cost you four dollars.

2012-11-30-a-christmas-gift-that-will-cost-you-four-dollars

If, like us, you're a fan of the children's adventure series The 39 Clues, you're in luck: Scholastic is releasing an e-book called The 39 Clues: Cahill Files: Silent Night on Christmas Day. (So... many... hyphens...) The publisher did something similar last season, releasing The 39 Clues: Rapid Fire...

More »

Nov 29 2012

So pretty!

2012-11-29-so-pretty

Speaking of less-ludicrously-overpriced items from Anthropologie, the store recently trotted out a collection of six novels from the Penguin Classics line featuring absolutely gorgeous cover art designed by stationer Mr. Boddingtion's Studio...

More »