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Top 10 Books I Found at BEA

Over a week (or 2?) later and I am STILL recovering from BEA. As always, it was amazing couple of days and I am still sorting through everything. That being said, I do have a few titles that have stood out for me that I am pretty excited about, so without further ado, here is my list of BEA books I can’t wait to read.

  1. Jepp, Who Defied the Stars by Katherine Marsh (Hyperion, October 2012) – The first book on my list, I actually had the chance to read last week and I was so glad I did. This was the first book I picked up, and it was completely on a whim. This is a historical fiction YA that takes place in the late 1500’s and follows the life of a dwarf named Jepp who ends up as a court dwarf at Coudenberg Palace and it throws his world into turmoil. From meeting other dwarfs for the first time, being forced to jump out of pies and crossing paths with nobles, princesses and even Tycho Brahe himself (not this Tycho, this one!), Jepp learns to defy the stars and take his destiny into his own hands. Honestly, this was just a well told story that made me hit the books to learn more. Read it!
  2. The Cupcake Diaries by Katherine Kallinis and Sophie Kallinis LaMontagne (HarperOne, 2011) – I have to admit, before I picked up this book, I had never heard of DC Cupcakes. I picked it up because not only do I love cupcakes and thought a cupcake book would be fun, but they were giving away FREE cupcakes with the book. Ladies and Gentlemen, I have to tell you that it was the most amazing cupcake I have ever put in my mouth and it has made me go on a cupcake crusade. Part memoir, part cookbook, this book is awesome, and not just because the one recipe I have tried so far was not only easy to follow and gave great baking tips, but the cupcakes turned out delicious. If you love cupcakes, baking, or have taken the plunge and started your own business, then you will enjoy this book.
  3. The High-Skies Adventures of Blue Jay the Pirate by Scott Nash (Candlewick, September 2012) – I LOVE pirates and this book just seems really fun. The back copy states that “…between outwitting villainous crows and outrunning murderous weasels, it’s all Blue Jay and the rest of the crew can do to stay together and stay alive.” The ink illustrations bring to life Blue Jay and his crew in all of their pirate glory. The final book will be in color, so I am looking forward to seeing everything finished! This looks like a great pick for the young swashbucklers in your life!
  4. Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz (Candlewick, August, 2012) – Another Candlewick book. It is safe to say that I LOVE this publishing house and the beautiful books they make. Splendors and Glooms is about Master puppeteer Grisini, two children, Lizzie and Parsefall, and Clara, a local rich girl (who hired Grisini to entertain at her birthday party and goes missing). As you might suspect, the blame is cast upon Grisini and by extension, Lissie and Parsefall. Enter an old rivalry and a witch with a deadly inheritance and a great mystery is born. This was a book that the employees at the Candlewick booth said they were really excited about and not to miss it!
  5. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin (Orbit, 2012) – This is the first book of the Dreamblood series. Since I am not sure how to explain it, here is a look at the back copy. I haven’t read it yet, but it sounded pretty interesting. In the ancient city-state of Gujaareh, peace is the only law. Upon its rooftops and among the shadows of it’s cobbled streets wait the Gatherers–the keepers of this peace. Their duty is to harvest the magic of the sleeping mind and use it to heal, soothe… and kill those judged corrupt.”
    It sounds just crazy enough to be awesome and I can’t wait to get to it!
  6. Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton (Random House, 2011) – This book has been out for a while, but when I picked it up and read what it was about, it seemed right up my alley (not to mention the great cover!). I am a big fan of food and memoirs. Throw them together and I am a happy camper. This book is a look at Gabrielle’s life and how she ended up opening her acclaimed New York restaurant, Prune. If food is your thing, then this is your book.
  7. Beta by Rachel Cohn (Hyperion, October 2012), “Elysia is created in a laboratory, born as a sixteen-year-old girl, an empty vessel with no life experience to draw from. She is a Beta, an experimental model of a teenage clone. She was replicated from another teenage girl, who had to die in order for Elysia to exist. Elysia’s purpose is to serve the inhabitants of Demesne, an island paradise for the wealthiest people on earth.” Need I say more? This is the first in a series, so I have high hopes that this is as exciting as it sounds. I know that cloning isn’t a new thing in science fictions, but maybe Beta will give it a new twist that lets it stand on its own. Hyperion doesn’t usually let me down!
  8. Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller & Zack Stentz (Razorbill, November 2012) – Razorbill is an imprint of Penguin and this is one of their upcoming middle reader books. I am really looking forward to reading this one with my little brother. “Colin is Wayne Connelley’s best-and only-hope of proving his innocence after being accused of blowing up a birthday cake in the school cafeteria.” I love a good mystery, especially one that involves cake and quirky Sherlock Holmes types (“Colin cannot stand to be touched. He does not like the color blue. He needs index cards to recognize facial expressions.“)
  9. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken (Hyperion, December 2012) – This book just sounds dark and creepy, which can be incredibly exciting. Here is what I learned from the back of the book: When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government ‘rehabilitation camp.’ She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they can’t control.” The book seems to follow into her teen years when she eventually escapes Thurmond and ends up on the run. I really need to know what this “something” is and what is so dangerous. I am saving this one to read when I am in the mood for a good scare!
  10. Princess Academy: Palace of Stone by Shannon Hale (Bloomsbury, August 2012) – So I picked this up having not read the first Princess Academy book. Of course I went out and bought the first one and I am in the middle of reading it with with my little sister. It is SO fun. I haven’t read the back of this one yet, because I don’t want any spoilers, but I have a feeling that Hale will not disappoint me.

There are a lot more books, but these are my top 10. Keep checking back for reviews and giveaways! We have some great books to share from BEA!


Blogging on a Phone is Way Harder than you would think.

So I have been trying to blog on my phone, but it just wasn’t happening. The Javits Center is a cell phone death trap that eats your battery and denies you service. However, I am now in the comfort of my sisters apartment in Brooklyn and everyone is thankfully still asleep, even my little niece Ruby.

The past two days have been insane. BEA always is. You walk into Javits and are assaulted by noise, booths and throngs of people. You never know who you are going to meet. I bumped into Flavor Flav and Jane Lynch and Rhymenoverous happen upon Tyra herself. Talk about three names I never expected to use in the same sentence. That is the beauty of this show. You’re just walking around, seeing the sights and then there is William Joyce or Katherine Paterson signing their new books and you geek out a little and possibly gush because you have all of their books and the binding is broken and pages are falling out because you have read them too many times and OH MY GOD WHY DID YOU KILL LESLIE INBRIDGE TO TERABITHIA?! DO YOU KNOW HOW THAT KILLED ME AS A CHILD?! Love the new book though! Big fan right here… Then you run away hoping that they will meet someone more insane than you. That is about the time you run into your sort of cousin, who has the same obscure last name as you, so you know you’re related, especially since she’s a librarian and you both blog, but you’ve only met on Twitter. (Yes, this happened. Hi, Maura!) Not only do you meet her, but you get to put all sorts of faces to Twitter names because there are book bloggers everywhere and it lets you know that there are people in the world outside of the books and blogs, which is nice to remember from time to time. That is why everyone should go to BEA at least once.

Moving on… I tend to get really excited about the books that I find that maybe I hadn’t heard of before. We’ll being doing a whole post on what I brought back from BEA and what we are most hyped about reading, but I do want to tell you about one that I am really excited about called Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes (Amulet, August 2011). Amulet is an imprint of Abrams, which is a publisher that I keep falling more and more in love with and hope to review many more of their upcoming books. Peter Nimble is a ten-year-old blind orphan who has taken to a life of thievery. One day he steals a mysterious box that contains three pairs of magical eyes. I am not sure what each pair does, but the copy on the back of the book says that the first pair he tries transports him to a hidden island where he is presented with a quest. Unforgettable swashbuckling adventures ensue. How is that not the most fabulous book EVER?! I can’t wait to dive into it.

We have many more books to tell you about and a few to give away… which brings me to Maggie Stiefvater‘s upcoming book Forever (Scholastic, July 12, 2011). I grabbed an ARC of this at the Scholastic booth and since I’m not really a Maggie Stiefvater fan, I thought that I would share it with you fine people. Leave a comment about why you want or should get the book. The most convincing argument wins… GO!

On that note, have a lovely day and thanks for stopping by!

This Was Going To Be About Something Else, But Then Tyra Banks Ruined It

So Mistress may just be getting to BEA (which, by the way Mistress, I thought I was going to see you there today, and I told novelwhore you would be there and she told other people, and basically, you disappointed everyone and now we hate you) but I just now got home from the magic that is the Book Expo.

I always feel like when I’m in New York I need to be doing “special” things, like going to the Empire State Building or seeing the Rockettes or taking photos sticking my head through the “O” of the Love sculpture on 6th Ave while wearing a fanny pack and comfortable shoes.  So what did I really do while I was in NY?  I ate a lot.  And drank some.  And I got a 1/2 hour massage at this kind of shady place in the West Village for 20 bucks at 1 a.m.  I am just oozing class and sophistication.  Seriously, I think the most touristy thing I did was ride the subway.  But I had a fantastic time, and got to see my old NYU buddies, and stay with my longtime vampire-loving pal Melissa.  And did I mention the food was really good?

But I know you care about none of this–so BEA recap.  First off, putting together the Laarhoven* is much more complicated than I had anticipated, and is truly a feat of engineering. Someone Swedish had to be behind that.  Secondly, people be crazy at BEA, and I almost got trampled by rabid librarians snatching up copies of Tyra Banks new book, Modelland.  My internal dialogue went something like this:

“Is that Tyra sitting over there?  Nah.  It kinda looks like her.  But naaahhh.  Why would she be here?  But all these people are taking pictures with their phones, and there are beefy security guards literally holding back swarms of overly-enthusiastic  fifty-year-olds….”

But my mind could not compute “Tyra Banks” and “books” in the same sentence, and she wasn’t wearing a jumpsuit so she was practically undercover, so it wasn’t until I saw the oversize cardboard cutout with her photograph, emblazoned with Now Signing–Tyra Banks! (which was positioned right next to her… and this internal dialogue lasted about 15 minutes…Encyclopedia Brown I am not) that I realized, “Oh.  I guess it is her.”

I assumed her new ‘book’ was just a ghostwritten, 90% photographs of her wearing jumpsuits, ‘memoir’ of some type, but now that I looked it up on Amazon I am kicking myself for not waiting in the hour long line–I waited for Lev Grossman’s The Magician King instead–and missed out on this:

“inspired by Tyra’s real-life experiences and her creative imagination, the story centers on an awkward teen girl who gets selected to attend the exclusive Modelland academy, where magical Intoxibellas, the world’s best models, are trained. A spot at the academy is woefully out of reach for most girls, so why has quirky Tookie De La Crème, of all people, been selected?”

Oh dear.  I desperately must have that.

So now Tyra Banks has her own YA series.  Please take a moment.  God knows I had to.

I love everything about this picture btw.

So Tyra’s new fantasy series is somehow simultaneously based on her real modeling experiences while also revolving around a secret magical world where “‘Intoxibellas’ –drop-dead beautiful, kick-butt fierce, magical-power-wielding models–are trained.”  I really can’t emphasize enough words in that sentence.  I can pretty much ensure that book will be making an appearance here in the not too distant future.

Other BEA news: 1) The Cheshire Cheese Cat was named one of BEA’s Top 26 Titles which was super awesome. 2) I met a new YA author in line for a book signing–she was super cute, from NC (or SC?) her book was fantasy-ish, I think it was Simon&Schuster, she was on the YA panel maybe, I think ‘Unraveling’ or ‘Untangling’ was somehow in the title, and I’ve spent almost an hour trying to find it online and I can’t!  I know it has a September pub date.  If anyone can figure out what it is for me I will be eternally grateful.  It looked really good.  3) I got a some free schwag:

*You had to google Laarhoven didn’t you?  haha.  Most fun word ever. 

The Sword Mistress of Melee Island Takes on BEA 2011

And so it starts…

I woke up this morning to pack for my trip & finish putting together my bee hive, since my new swarm is coming today. (Yes, I did say bee hive. That is another story to come later.)

No one ever tells you how early 6:30 a.m. really is. I hitched a ride to the airport feeling rushed as always, but with plenty of time. The Starbucks next to the security line taunted me, seeming to say, “Bet you would like to enjoy a tasty latte on your way to your gate. Too bad, sucker! TSA will only rip my delicious coffee goodness from your hands the first chance they get! No coffee terrorists in this airport!” Le sigh…

Getting through security wasn’t so bad & I was able to ignore the surly TSA workers even without the caffeine jolt. I made it down the escalators only to discover the trains out of order. Guess I was walking. I headed toward the moving sidewalks so that I could speed myself along only to be faced with the fact that not only are people so lazy that they will just stand on the moving sidewalk, but they are so rude, they won’t even stand to the side for those of us who would like to use it properly & huff when you ask to pass. However, I did get stuck behind a woman dressed in a corset, booty shorts, patterned leggings & heels, which made it all worth it, especially watching her try to keep up with her boyfriend who was not taking into account her poor choice in airport attire & made her carry their suitcase. Even the Fug Girls would have been speechless.

Now I find myself waiting for my plane, surrounded by a bunch of teenagers on an end of school trip eating burritos at 9:30 in the morning. Oh, how I long for the days when I could eat a burrito at 9:30 a.m. just because I wanted to & not because I’m still tipsy from the night before & burritos sounds like a great idea, but inevitably aren’t.

An excellent start to the week. Stay tuned for more tales of awesome (& of course books!).


So I had this fabulous idea to live blog the day, only to be thwarted by poor cell reception & a dead phone battery. BUT the day was amazing anyways.

Everything is at BEA. I saw jean rompers, Flavor Flav & a slew of books that kept finding their way into my bag. By the end of they day I had more than I could possibly carry, but was determined to leave no book behind, even with blocks to walk & not a cab in site. On the up side, I have books to give away!

Since I worked Carmen Deedy & Barry Moser’s book signing, we will start with their new book, “The Cheshire Cheese Cat,” signed by both of them! Leave us a comment & include your e-mail to enter to win! We will pick a winner next week.