NOWHERE BUT HERE Trailer Reveal!

 I am super excited to be part of the trailer reveal for the first book in the amazing Katie McGarry’s newest series! The book is called NOWHERE BUT HERE and it’s the start of the Thunder Road series. 

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An unforgettable new series from acclaimed author Katie McGarry about taking risks, opening your heart and ending up in a place you never imagined possible 

Seventeen-year-old Emily likes her life the way it is: doting parents, good friends, good school in a safe neighborhood. Sure, she’s curious about her biological father—the one who chose life in a motorcycle club, the Reign of Terror, over being a parent—but that doesn’t mean she wants to be a part of his world. But when a reluctant visit turns to an extended summer vacation among relatives she never knew she had, one thing becomes clear: nothing is what it seems. Not the club, not her secret-keeping father and not Oz, a guy with suck-me-in blue eyes who can help her understand them both.

Oz wants one thing: to join the Reign of Terror. They’re the good guys. They protect people. They’re…family. And while Emily—the gorgeous and sheltered daughter of the club’s most respected member—is in town, he’s gonna prove it to her. So when her father asks him to keep her safe from a rival club with a score to settle, Oz knows it’s his shot at his dream. What he doesn’t count on is that Emily just might turn that dream upside down.

No one wants them to be together. But sometimes the right person is the one you least expect, and the road you fear the most is the one that leads you home.

VIEW THE TRAILER HERE!


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Pre-Order NOWHERE BUT HERE, Register your Pre-Order and you’ll get the eBook you’ve been asking for, Abby’s Story, CHASING IMPOSSIBLE absolutely free! PLUS, you’ll also be entered to win a $500 VISA Gift Card! Register at http://bit.ly/1Mt8cjr.  

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About Katie McGarry:

Displaying Katie McGarry 1.jpgKatie McGarry was a teenager during the age of grunge and boy bands and remembers those years as the best and worst of her life. She is a lover of music, happy endings, reality television, and is a secret University of Kentucky basketball fan.

Katie is the author of full length YA novels, PUSHING THE LIMITS, DARE YOU TO, CRASH INTO YOU, TAKE ME ON,  BREAKING THE RULES, and NOWHERE BUT HERE and the e-novellas, CROSSING THE LINE and RED AT NIGHT. Her debut YA novel, PUSHING THE LIMITS was a 2012 Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction, a RT Magazine’s 2012 Reviewer’s Choice Awards Nominee for Young Adult Contemporary Novel, a double Rita Finalist, and a 2013 YALSA Top Ten Teen Pick. DARE YOU TO was also a Goodreads Choice Finalist for YA Fiction and won RT Magazine’s Reviewer’s Choice Best Book Award for Young Adult Contemporary fiction in 2013.

Links:

Website: www.katielmcgarry.com

Twitter: @katiemcgarry

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katielmcgarry

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4575371.Katie_McGarry?from_search=true

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/katielmcgarry/

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Cover Reveal! TOR MADDOX: UNLEASHED by Liz Coley

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Tor Maddox, a heroine for our times

I know that one day, I’m going to have to live in the real world. I’d like it to be a decent one.” – Tor

Book I Tor Maddox: Unleashed

When sixteen-year old Torrance Olivia Maddox, self-confessed news junkie, figures out that the mysterious and deadly New Flu is being spread by dogs, she has one question—if the danger is that obvious to her, why hasn’t the government revealed the truth and taken action?

Her search for the answer will take her farther than she ever imagined. But then again, she never imagined that man’s best friend could become public enemy number one, that men in black might show up in her cozy suburban neighborhood, that she’d spend her sixteenth birthday as a teenaged runaway, and that her effort to save one dog would become a mission to save them all.

How does that sounds, dear readers?! Definitely sounds like a fun and quirky political mystery, and it is! If you’re ready for the cover, then scroll!

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Don’t you just absolutely love that cover? I know I do! There aren’t enough fun political thrillers out there, and definitely not enough YA books with dogs! TOR MADDOX has both of those covered. Stay tuned later this week for my review of TOR MADDOX: UNLEASHED! 


 

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You can enter to win a signed ARC of TOR MADDOX #1 on Goodreads! ENTER HERE. 


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Liz Coley’s internationally best-selling psychological thriller Pretty Girl-13 has been published in 12 languages on 5 continents and been recognized by the American Library Association on two select lists for 2014 including Best Fiction for Young Adults.

Liz’s other publications include alternate history/time travel/romance Out of Xibalba and teen thrillers in the new Tor Maddox series. Her short fiction has appeared in Cosmos Magazine and numerous anthologies.

Liz invites you to follow her as @LizColeyBooks on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook, and visit her website at LizColeyBooks.blogspot.com.

Find Liz Coley’s books on AMAZON and GOODREADS.


Stay tuned for the rest of the TOR MADDOX series, from YA author Liz Coley! Book 2 releases on June 1 and Book 3 will be released July 1. 

Book 2 Tor Maddox: Embedded

Life has been way too quiet for Tor Maddox since her fifteen minutes of CNN fame. Then agent-in-training Rick Turner reappears with what sounds like a simple assignment—to embed herself as his eyes and ears in her own high school. When she agrees to keep tabs on high school state swim champ Hamilton Parker for the Feds, she is plunged into the deep end of a sinister plot. Knowing that freedom, justice, and lives are at stake again, Tor jumps in feet first, but has she gotten in over her head this time?

When observe and report becomes kiss and tell, Tor’s first mission may blow up in her face.

Book 3 Tor Maddox: Mistaken

Eight leotards and a ball gown—that’s what Tor Maddox packed for her summer ballet intensive in New York. Pity she never arrived. Kidnapped once by the good guys and once by the bad ones, Tor finds herself involved in a high seas adventure featuring princesses and pirates, a wedding ring, and the guy she thought she’d never be allowed to see again, junior man-in-black Rick Turner.

Release Day Review: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda 

by Becky Albertalli

Published by Balzer & Bray – Harper Collins Children’s Books – April 7, 2015


Simon Spiers is a little bit of a mess. What is a boy to do when a complete stranger discovers the emails you wrote to your secret, anonymous, online boyfriend? Try to deal with the blackmail, and generally mess up your life – sounds like a great plan. SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA is an incredibly authentic and heartfelt debut novel that follows Simon through his junior year of high school. Romance, parties, angst, drama club, and many conversations in a Waffle House are in store for readers.
I loved Simon’s friends. He actually has far more than the four friends he claims, and they all absolutely adore Simon. Garret and Bram, the soccer dudes, while infrequently mentioned, are well-defined and interesting characters. Leah and Nick, the bffs since childhood, have surprising nuances and develop quite a lot over the course of the story. Abby is a powerhouse of a best friend, but even she isn’t infallible and makes some mistakes.

Simon’s family is fascinating. They’re nothing like the typical YA contemporary romance novel family. And this is a romance, make no mistake. Simon’s parents are just the right mix of strict and quirky. His sisters have their own lives, completely separate from Simon’s world, and we discover their secrets and watch them change at the same time Simon does. Even Simon’s golden retriever is an interesting character that adds to the overall aesthetic of his family’s world.

The romance between Simon and his email boyfriend, Blue, is heartache wrapped up with a shiny red bow. I just couldn’t get enough of their pining, angst-driven, honest feelings. Simon and all of his friends are incredibly authentic and real. The author simply nails Simon’s voice, like she were a teenage boy herself. Simon’s interactions with his friends brought back the best memories from my own high school experiences, and that was completely unexpected. While Simon and his friends, especially Leah, so fight sometimes, it’s totally natural and they work through it in the end. Albertalli is one badass debut author, who kicks ass at writing completely natural and authentic teenage characters.

However, I wanted more emails, in a more authentic style. I was disappointed with the emails between Simon (code-name: Jaques) and Blue. They were too short, without enough feeling, and there weren’t enough of them included in the story. Sure, there was a sense that the reader wasn’t privy to all of the emails Simon sent, but it sure felt like there wasn’t much more going on. I remember from being a teenager how emails I sent to friends (especially friends I had crushes on) would be long, rambling accounts of my internal struggles and feelings about pretty much everything and everyone. There just wasn’t enough obvious feeling in the writing of the emails, there wasn’t enough angst, and so they felt inauthentic. Regardless, the emails created an interesting format and added a lot of depth to the novel.

The verdict: Simon Spier’s junior year of high school is a fantastic and funny adventure reminiscent of Andrew Smith’s WINGER. Highly recommended for readers looking for a heartfelt slice-of-life romance.

2015 Reading Challenge Update – Part 2

I’ve read 82 books so far this year! I am well on my way to meeting my goal of 200 books. Here’s a breakdown of what I’ve read, and in what format:

Picture books: 16

Manga: 15

Graphic Novels: 4

Novels: 39

Novellas/Short Stories: 2

Non-fiction: 4

Other: 1 (poetry collection)

E-books: 12

Audiobooks: 2 

ARCs: 14

Library books: 53

Books I purchased: 2

If you want to stay up to date with what I’m reading, add me on Goodreads! You can also see my 2015 Reading Challenge Books here

Favorites:

              Seraphina by Rachel Hartman Mosquitoland by David  Arnold My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach   When My Heart Was Wicked by Tricia Stirling

Advocating for School Libraries and Librarians

Recently I’ve heard a lot from my local school librarians about how under-appreciated they are. As public services employees, particularly as librarians, we all feel a little under-the-radar sometimes, a little overlooked and unaccounted for. However, school librarians seem to be the most unappreciated group of librarians. 

From being made to take on responsibilities and tasks that they aren’t legally qualified for, to being asked to fetch coffee and make copies for the administration, school librarians that I’ve encountered this year have been dealing with a lot of misunderstanding and inappropriate work situations. What can we do to support them?

As public librarians, simply being there for your school librarian is important. I know, I know, sometimes it’s practically impossible for us to get into schools. But you know when a school librarian needs you the most? When he or she is new in their position. Sometimes you have to wait for it, and jump up and down and yell and wave your arms when the opportunity arises. Get in there and talk to and be supportive of your school librarian, and discover ways you can work together. That’s the first step.

The second step is something encouraged to me by YA author Carrie Mesrobian find out about your school library. The one you went to as a kid. The library in your elementary and high schools – do they still have librarians? How much are they supported? Make it clear to your past schools that you care about the situation in the school libraries, and you want to know what’s going on. That’s a great second step. 

The next thing you can do is support your school libraries nationally. Stay up to date on what ALA and YALSA are doing to advocate. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel or the petition – sometimes jumping on the bandwagon makes the difference. Staying informed about what’s going on is also super important.

Also inform others about the bandwagon, particularly your library’s administration or public relations staff. I know my PR staff are part-time employees who do a whole lot of work for my library system, and they can’t possibly stay up to date with everything that’s going on in advocacy-land, so I forward news stories and press releases to them. If you form a good relationship with your PR staff, they won’t be offended by you sharing this information, okay? We’re all fighting for libraries together!

So what do YOU do to support your school libraries and librarians? Please share in the comments! 


 

Further reading and resources:

ESEA Federal Funding Act

 

School Library Impact Infographic

School Libraries Impact Studies

 

School Libraries Infographic

I Love Libraries – School Libraries FAQ, Definitions, & Infographics

 

10,200 Views Celebration

Is it time for a celebration? I think so. I missed the 10,000 view milestone, and although we’ve passed it a bit, it’s still very exciting! 

I’ve been blogging since September of 2012, just before I was hired as the Young Adult Programmer at the busiest branch library in Kentucky. My blog following has steadily increased, especially over the past 6 months, as I’ve become a more active blogger and YA reviewer. I would like to share some of my favorite and most popular posts of the past 2 and a half years, and then. . .a giveaway! I have a bunch of YA books that need to go, and they are just waiting for you to win them. So head down to the end of the post and enter the giveaway!

Most viewed blog post

Most viewed blog page: How to Start an Anime Club at a Public Library

Coming out on the spectrum

Another popular post on bisexual character in YA lit

Most viewed manga review: Blood Lad

Most viewed post of 2015: Speaking Up


And now for the giveaway! GO HERE to enter. I’m giving away the following books to 3 lucky winners. The giveaway is U.S. only, please – unless you are willing to reimburse me the cost of international shipping.

WINNER 1: Promise Bound by Anne Greenwood Brown & The Boy With the Hidden Name by Skylar Dorset

WINNER 2: A Radiant Sky by Jacquelyn Davies & The Cage by Megan Shepherd

WINNER 3: On the Move by K.V. Flynn & Hellhole by Gina Damico

Speaking Up

I am not speaking up today. 

I have a lot I want to say, and even more feelings I would like to vent; that is not my intention now. I am holding back, and thinking through every word at least once (which is unusual for me, seriously); but why?

I am afraid.

I am scared of the consequences of my honesty. I am terrified of being made a villain; terrified of being attacked online. I am worried about the aftermath of such an attack and the effect it could have on my job and my career. 

I would like to respectfully disagree; I want to voice my complaints; I would seriously love to honestly explain my feelings; I wish I could do these things without fear.

But I am very afraid. My opinions and feelings do not reflect those of the majority, in this case. The questions I would like to ask could be seen as offensive, inflammatory, and frankly, sexist. I want to ask for reasons, and evidence. I want to provide counterarguments and also supporting evidence. I want to have a conversation without any participants getting defensive and therefore blocking us from learning from each other. I want to voice my concerns, but I won’t.

My concerns are not those typically held by a woman in my position (a book blogger, YA reader, librarian). I am afraid of losing the respect and friendship of others in this community, simply because my opinions and thoughts do not align with theirs. 

And so I am afraid of the reactions I will get from the rest of the community. I am afraid those reactions will lead to unkind things said about my comments and my person. I am afraid that what will be said about me will be seen by my employer, and that the ensuing reaction will have an adverse effect on my job and my career.

When I think about this situation, I am shaking with anger and fear. Literally, shaking. I step back, try to forget about it, but when I come back to the Internet, my fear is still there.

I am silenced by fear. And I don’t know what to do about it. 

If you have dealt with this kind of fear in your experiences, please share. I would love to learn from your experiences. This is new for me – I am a very outspoken, loud, and honest person. It is so hard to not speak up. But I recognize that many, many people throughout the world, not just the YA and library community, struggle with this every day. I hope to learn from everyone. I don’t know how to learn if I can’t get past my fear to speak up.


A little background on the situation, if you peruse the links below. They are in attempted chronological order. The views reflected by the linked posts do not necessarily reflect my own; I am simply providing context.

http://www.vice.com/read/failure-of-male-societies-869

http://roofbeamreader.com/2015/03/12/sexism-privilege-bullying-the-andrew-smith-fiasco/

http://www.bustle.com/articles/69323-the-alex-crow-author-andrew-smiths-controversial-comments-spark-debate-in-the-ya-community

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