Monday, October 26, 2015

Why YA Author Martina Boone's Compulsion For Reading Campaign is Totally Awesome

Martina Boone
YA author Martina Boone is very busy; she serves on the board of the Literacy Council of Northern Virginia , debuted the second novel in her Heirs of Watson Island series and organizes a book drive campaign to help educators get book into the hands of teens.

Boone's debut novel
Earlier this month Martina took the time to share with us how she got involved in YA and the beginnings of the Compulsion for Reading campaign.

Martina's debut novel Compulsion was published by Simon & Schuster last year , and since then Martina has been working to solve a problem that can exist between teens and their next favorite book. Access.  She started The Compulsion for Reading Campaign to bring book to teens across the country. Each month a nominated teacher or librarian is chosen to receive a set of books donated by bloggers, authors or readers.

Martina says books can be transformative for teenagers and she witnessed it first hand in her own family. Her daughter struggled with reading fiction because of a learning disability until a certain popular vampire novel.

"Everyone was reading Twilight, so [my daughter] struggled through it. That started her on a different vampire series, and she ran into my room at two in the morning telling me I had to read Tantalize by Cynthia Leitich Smith. When I finished it, we went down to the bookstore and bought an armload of books—and by the time we had both finished those, she was a reader and I was plotting my first YA book.

Twilight is.... the reason that she is a reader and doing well in school, and it’s the reason I’m a published YA author. "

At Books and Sensibility we also believe in the importance of getting great books in the hands of teens and look forward to participating in the campaign. We want to spread the word to the book blogging community. So take a look at the 2015 books you never got around to, or those finished BEA copies on the bottom of your TBR pile. Check out this page to learn more about donating.

To learn more about Martina Boone’s Heirs of Watson Island series check out what she has to say about it in her own words !

The Heirs of Watson Island series is about building bridges. I basically started off to write something like the guilty pleasure that is Twilight but with some vitamins (in the form of history and some issues) thrown in. It’s about a girl finding herself, finding a family, and finding love, but it’s also about rediscovering some of the history of Native Americans, African Americans, and women that too often gets left out of the history books. The Lowcountry of South Carolina is a unique and magical place, and it’s made of the blend of cultures from the Native American, African and European traditions, belief systems, and magic. It’s rich in both history and tragedy, and that’s delicious fodder for a writer. But what I hope that people will take away from it is that we are all stronger together than we are apart, and that it doesn’t matter what a bridge looks like as long as we go across it to stretch our hand toward each other. That’s also what the Compulsion for Reading campaign is all about. We can lift each other up. The YA community is all about that, and I’m honored and proud to be a small part of it. : ) - Martina Boone


Monday, October 19, 2015

Spotlight + Giveaway ! Not After Everthing by Michelle Levy

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence  1 in 15 children are exposed to intimate partner violence each year, and in  90% of these cases children are eyewitnesses to this violence.

This month we were given the opportunity to feature Michelle Levy's Not After Everything which touches on the on the issue of  a teen living with domestic violence.

In Not After Everything high school football player Tyler Blackwell seems to have it all; friends, a scholarship. . . a future. He lets it all go after his Mom commits suicide leaving him alone with his abusive father. When Tyler recconects with his former childhood friend and goth girl Jordyn, he begins to find hope in the future.

This 2015 debut novel is being called raw and unforgettable. You can read an excerpt of Not After Everything on USA Today's Happily Ever After page, if you can't wait to read more scroll down and enter our giveaway for your very own copy of Not After Everything

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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Top 10 Reason The Lunar Chronicles is Awesome

“You can help me pick out a tiara when we’re done saving the world.”
Marissa Meyer, Cress

Lostie815's Fan Art ! 

So, I just finished the Cress and Fairest audiobook in about a week which means I’ve basically been over here waiting for November 10th to roll around. Since Jess already did a review on this book I thought I’d do a Top 10 Reasons The Lunar Chronicles is Awesome. Because seriously, can we talk about how great this series is ?

*slight spoilers for Cinder*

1. Great representation of smart women ! I mean the series is about how a mechanic, pilot, computer programmer and princess are going to save the galaxy.
Lostie815's Fan Art ! 

2. Diversity. Sometimes people of color get left out of science fiction worlds, but the Lunar Chronicles gives us plenty of POC as heroes, villains and romantic leads.

3. World Building. Literally. This story is so global! The characters are from different countries and we get to jump around continents and hemispheres.

4. The author. Marissa Meyer is always sharing information with her fans (I've lost years of my life on her Pinterest). Meyer was also an active member of the Sailor Moon / Firefly/ HP fandom. One of us, one of us, one of us.

5.The audiobook team. Rebecca Soler is the perfect narrator and the team behind the production bring it together perfectly.

6. The slang. I think we’ve all kind off wanted to just say spades or for all the stars

7. It doesn’t have to end. Apparently, Meyer is shopping spin-offs to her publisher.

8. Iko. I love that the character with the biggest personality is an android.

9.The publisher. From fandom contests to trip giveaways to a freaking Cress branded laptop It's like MacMillan is running the Lunar lottery.

10. Lunartics. Because you see the fanart at the top of this post, right ?

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Dewey's 24 Hour Readathon: Introductory Meme

So, I'm about 45 minutes into the readathon and I'm playing a little catch up by doing this meme today. This is my first time participating and I'm excited to do all the mini-challenges along the way.

1) What fine part of the world are you reading from today?
I'm reading from the US in the state of Virginia, which means the readathon started at 8AM for me. And even though I am not a morning person I got up for this.

2) Which book in your stack are you most looking forward to?

I don't really have a plan, but I'm on a romance kick recently and excited to get to Slow Ride by Erin McCarthy.

3) Which snack are you most looking forward to?

Pumpkin Spice Lattes ! 

4) Tell us a little something about yourself!

I really enjoy baking (sometimes) and my favorite thing to make is apple pie from scratch.

5) If you participated in the last read-a-thon, what’s one thing you’ll do different today? If this is your first read-a-thon, what are you most looking forward to?

I am looking forward to the mini challenges and to finally shaving some half read books off my TBR pile. I have so many books I'm 50-60% into.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

In The Hot Seat with the Hot Chocolates !

Nori from Read Write Love 28 seems to always be coming up with awesome ideas and this fall she created the Book Blogger Creativity Project as a way for new and more experienced bloggers to connect and also inspire some creativity. I was lucky enough to be on Team Chocolate and we decided to play 20 questions ! 

1. Are you a fan of book-to-movie adaptations? If so, which is your favourite?
I don't mind them, but I am so behind in seeing them ! A lot of books I liked came out as movies last year and I still haven't seen them. My current favorite book to movie adaptation is The Fault in Our Stars.

2. Do you ever have crushes on characters in books? Who is your current crush?
I read a lot of YA and I'm more on the A side of that so...not really. Although I've recently gotten into romance and I love the guys in Erin McCarthy's Fast Track series.

3. How long does it take you to pull together a review after you’ve read the book?
It varies. I think the shortest turnaround I've ever done is 24 hours to get it into NetGalley. Other than that 2-4 weeks. I put the pro in procrastination.

4. Do you read ahead or skip certain elements in a book? Why?
Never ! Actually,  I've only done this once. In my favorite YA book, White Cat, the main character talks about how the Yakuza put pearls in their penis and I always skip this part.

My fancast for Dexter in This Lullaby

5. Which book would you like to see turned into a film or a TV series? Who would you cast for the roles of the main characters?
I have always wanted to see Sarah Dessen's This Lullaby turned into a movie and I really want Darren Criss to play Dexter. He can already sing and play guitar!

6. Which fictional character would you like to go on a date with? What would you do?
I think it’s be fun to go out with Gabe from Victoria Dahl’s Taking the Heat. The book made rock climbing seem fun, even though I don’t think I could ever do it.

Kat (Me)
7. What is the last book you pre-ordered or purchased the day it came out ?
Yikes, this is my own question and I don't have an answer for it. I went out and bought the Twilight 10th anniversary edition with the gender bent story on a whim today. It’s so funny I didn’t even know  this book existed when I originally answered this question.

8. Which author do you think is amazing that you feel like doesn’t get enough love ?
I think A.S. King is amazing, her writing is so crazy. I don’t understand how she isn’t selling millions of copies.

Alice from Alice’s Book Vault

9. What book, if there is one, has given you the worst book hangover?
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein and also Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor. I still haven’t gotten to the last book in that series.

10. What series do you wish would never end? That you could always get more of?
I am still waiting for more Curseworkers from Holly Black. It’s been 3 years but I’m keeping up hope.

11. If you had to face your biggest fear or fears with a character to be your guide along the way, which would you choose ?
I think someone else said this but Four or Tris from Divergent. They seem to only have like 6 fears between them and I'm terrified of basically everything so it would even out.

12. What's a book that would inspire you to do a cosplay/nail art/clothing/other? Why?
I want all the pretty dresses described in Fairest by Marissa Meyers

13.  What is the last book you DNF’d? At what point did you stop and why?
The last book I DNF’d was Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken. I know this is a fave for a lot of bloggers, but it was sooo depressing and I wasn’t in the right place to read it.

14. What do you think the next trend of books will be? For a long while it was dystopian, what is your prediction for the next big genre?
I think it is going to be all about the female driven fantasy. I also think we will see more experiential narratives---stories told in texts, e-mails or images.

15. If you could visit any world in any book, which world would you visit?
I’d like to visit the world in The Lunar Chronicles just to see all the technology and androids

16. Who is your book boyfriend/girlfriend OR what character do you think could be your best friend?

I would love to hang out with either Dash and Lily or Nick and Norah from David Levithan and Rachel Cohn’s books.

17.Which book character do you think you’re most like? Why?
I don’t think I’m most like any character I’ve read in a book.

18. Have you ever read a book that had a moment that happened to you in real life? If, what book and what moment?
Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl is about a girl who goes to college with her twin and writes fanfiction. I went to college with my twin and read a TON of  fanfiction.

19. Choose one shelf from your bookshelf.  What does it look like? (take a picture)
Here is my #WeNeedDiverseBooks shelf and Rainbow Rowell shelf !

20. If you could have any animal/ non-human character from any book, who/what would you choose and why?
I think someone had this answer to, but I’d be down for an owl from  Harry Potter.

This was fun, check out my teammates answers below !


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