Category Archives: Cecily von Ziegesar

6 New Covers (Arthur, Baggott, Heathfield, Kang, von Ziegesar, Weber)

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Now Available for US Pre-Order

Lauren DeStefano: THE GLASS SPARE: 24th October 2017: Buy (US)
Amy Ewing: THE BLACK KEY (paperback): 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)
Heather Kaczynski: DARE MIGHTY THINGS: 10th October 2017: Buy (US)
Lydia Kang: THE NOVEMBER GIRL: 7th November 2017: Buy (US)
Justine Larbalestier: MY SISTER ROSA (paperback): 12th September 2017: Buy (US)
Marie Lu: WARCROSS: 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)
Mindy McGinnis: THIS DARKNESS MINE: 10th October 2017: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: WINTER (paperback): 7th November 2017: Buy (US)
Marissa Meyer: Untitled Superhero #1: 7th November 2017: Buy (US)
Lauren Oliver: RINGER: 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)
Leah Rhyne: SHAPELESS: 10th October 2017: Buy (US)
Maggie Stiefvater: THE RAVEN KING (paperback): 12th September 2017: Buy (US)
Mary G. Thompson: AMY CHELSEA STACIE DEE (paperback): 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)
Cecily von Ziegesar: DARK HORSES (paperback): 3rd October 2017: Buy (US)

13th September 2016 Releases

Happy Release Day to:

Cat Clarke
The Lost and the Found
Random House Crown (US & CA: 13th September 2016)
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When six-year-old Laurel Logan was abducted, the only witness was her younger sister, Faith. Since then, Faith’s childhood has revolved around her sister’s disappearance – from her parents’ broken marriage and the constant media attention, to dealing with so-called friends who only ever want to talk about her missing sister. Now, thirteen years later, a young woman is found in the front yard of the Logans’ old house, disoriented and clutching the teddy bear Laurel was last seen with. Can her sister finally be back? Faith always dreamed of her sister coming home; she just never believed it would happen. But soon a disturbing series of events leaves Faith increasingly isolated from her family and paranoid about her sister’s motives. Before long, Faith begins to wonder if it’s the abduction that’s changed her sister, or if it’s something else…

Megan Crewe
A Mortal Song
Another World Press (US: 13th September 2016)
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Heir to Mt. Fuji’s spirit kingdom, Sora yearns to finally take on the sacred kami duties. But just as she confronts her parents to make a plea, a ghostly army invades the mountain. Barely escaping with her life, Sora follows her mother’s last instructions to a heart-wrenching discovery: she is a human changeling, raised as a decoy while her parents’ true daughter remained safe but unaware in modern-day Tokyo. Her powers were only borrowed, never her own. Now, with the world’s natural cycles falling into chaos and the ghosts plotting an even more deadly assault, it falls on her to train the unprepared kami princess. As Sora struggles with her emerging human weaknesses and the draw of an unanticipated ally with secrets of his own, she vows to keep fighting for her loved ones and the world they once protected. But for one mortal girl to make a difference in this desperate war between the spirits, she may have to give up the only home she’s ever known.

Amy Ewing
Garnet’s Story (Lone City, Novella)
HarperCollins Epic Reads Impulse (US & CA: 13th September 2016); Walker (UK & AU: 13th September 2016)
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Garnet, son of the Duchess of the Lake, has always been a spoiled playboy. But following a scandal that threatens to destroy his reputation, he has no choice but to accept the help of Lucien, the Electress’s lady-in-waiting – and Lucien wants something from him in return. Garnet must keep watch over the new surrogate in the palace of the Lake. As he watches and learns, Garnet finds himself beginning to realize the horrors that the royalty – including his own family – have inflicted upon others. And he might finally be ready to take a stand against it.

Cecily von Ziegesar
Dark Horses
Random House Soho (US & CA: 13th September 2016)
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Merritt Wenner has been self-destructing ever since the tragic deaths of her grandmother and her horse. After an epic all-night bender, she walks out of the SAT and disappears. Her parents, looking for a quick fix, ship her off to a residential equine-assisted therapy program. At Good Fences, Merritt meets Red: a failed racehorse and a terror in the barn. Red has never bonded with anyone, but Merritt is not afraid of him, which makes all the difference. Soon they’re sneaking rides after curfew. Red’s owner, recognizing their potential, funds their launch into the hunter/jumper circuit. Against the cutthroat backdrop of competitive riding, Merritt finds herself unexpectedly attracted to Red’s groom, Beatrice, and at the same time drawn to Carvin, a rival rider. But in Red’s mind, Merritt belongs to him alone. Anyone else poses a threat. And Merritt can’t imagine the lengths Red will go to keep her to himself.

September 2016 Releases

Done with August 2016 Releases? Here are September 2016 Releases. For future releases, check Reading Wishlist.

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4 New Covers (Armstrong, Harrison, Oliver, von Ziegesar)

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Josephine Angelini: FIREWALKER (paperback): 20th September 2016: Buy (US)
Josephine Angelini: WITCH’S PYRE: 20th September 2016: Buy (US)
S. A. Bodeen: THE DETOUR (paperback): 4th October 2016: Buy (US)
Robin Bridges: THE FORM OF THINGS UNKNOWN: 30th August 2016: Buy (US)
Mira Grant: CHIMERA (paperback): 2nd August 2016: Buy (US)
Megan Hart: LITTLE SECRETS (paperback): 2nd February 2016: Buy (US)
J. M. Kelly: SPEED OF LIFE: 11th October 2016: Buy (US)
Herman Koch: DEAR MR. M: 6th September 2016: Buy (US)
Kim Liggett: THE LAST HARVEST: 11th October 2016: Buy (US)
Katharine McGee: THE THOUSANDTH FLOOR: 30th August 2016: Buy (US)
Mindy McGinnis: A MADNESS SO DISCREET (paperback): 6th September 2016: Buy (US)
Kristen Simmons: METALTOWN: 20th September 2016: Buy (US)
Rachel Vincent: THE FLAME NEVER DIES: 16th August 2016: Buy (US)
Cecily von Ziegesar: DARK HORSES: 13th September 2016: Buy (US)

#CaitlinMoranShouldRead – What It’s About

If you follow anyone in the UK & Irish YA community, you may have come across this today: #CaitlinMoranShouldRead

I don’t really know who Caitlin Moran is: comedian, journalist, “social commentator”, who knows? (I’m Australian; I don’t know UK celebrities.) Anyway, her YA novel (or an adult novel with a 16-year-old protagonist), How to Build a Girl, will be published soon, so The Bookseller interviewed her. The full interview is behind a paywall or something, so we’re stuck with this short piece. Possibly the quotes aren’t in context, so we misunderstand. Thus out of context, her words come across as…well, naive and ignorant towards the YA book community. One of the most commonly given writing advice is to READ a lot in your chosen genre, but the article’s quotes seem to suggest that Ms. Moran hasn’t done her research.

…she was moved to write about teenage sexuality…in response to the Fifty Shades of Grey…phenomenon, which she said had made her “angry and despairing”.

She’s not alone with that last point: that E. L. James’s series seems to portray psychological abuse as “romantic” is a major concern. But that trilogy is aimed at an adult audience, or maybe New Adult – NOT young adult. So linking Fifty Shades with teenage sexuality doesn’t really make sense.

…argued that writing about sexual adventures was important for that age group. “…I wanted to get in there before anyone else and talk about sex.”

That quote: derp. Judy Blume, Jacqueline Wilson, Cecily von Ziegesar. And that’s just the stuff I read – there’re probably many more authors that spring to mind for other readers. Ms. Moran is hardly the first author to think, “Hey, teen girls have sex – I should write about that.”

“It’s always about teenage boys going off and having amazing adventures. You don’t see teenage girls anywhere unless they’re being bitten by vampires so I wanted to write about a funny, weird teenage girl having adventures, particularly sex adventures.”

Apparently, Twilight is the only young adult novel ever published. Who knew. *headdesk* (Besides, Breaking Dawn is all about bed-breaking sexcapades that result in the scariest pregnancy since Alien, and the freakiest child who’s “imprinted” upon as a youngster by the mother’s best friend, and supposedly that’s not paedophiliac, though it kind of is… This book’s totally bonkers, which could be why I find it the most entertaining of the saga.)

And thus #CaitlinMoranShouldRead appeared on Twitter, to…well, recommend books that Caitlin Moran should read. Not sure who started it, and I don’t think Ms. Moran has responded to it yet.

(Kind of off-topic: There’s a car ad with a 1980s synth-pop song about “Space Invaders”. The tune is in my head, but the lyrics are now “sex adventures”, due to that article. Thank you, Ms. Moran.)

So, Caitlin Moran should read…which books about teen girls’ sex adventures?

Gabrielle Carey & Kathy Lette’s Puberty Blues: The voice is spot-on, the scenarios believable.

Judy Blume’s Forever: Don’t put aftershave on testicles!

Jacqueline Wilson’s Girls in Love (series): Don’t think I’d heard the term “slag” before reading this.

Mel Sparke’s Sugar Secrets (series): There’s a funny scene (don’t know in which book) about condom-shopping…

Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl (series) Avoid the spinoffs, and stick with the original series. It’s actually quite satirical and hilarious: Vanessa’s pretentious films, Dan’s pretentious writing, and Chuck Bass is all monogrammed scarves and a monkey on his shoulder. (Don’t know if the monkey was in the TV adaptation.)

But all these are no longer being published, and I read adult erotica (Tiffany Reisz, for the win!) so I don’t know about current teen-girl-sexcapades novels…

Huh. In that case, maybe Ms. Moran has a point.