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Blogger Spotlight

The June Summer Blog Giveaway is officially over!  Stay tuned for the winner, and for July’s giveaway to begin soon.

And in the meantime, we are doing a Blogger Spotlight!

Blogs are a fantastic way to keep track of news and trends in the world of books.  There are some awesome blogs out there dedicated to YA materials, and today we’re going to spotlight an awesome blog that’s everything YA.

Fiction Freak is a blog all about YA books.  Here are some of things covered in this blog:

Reviews – Reviews of YA books are posted all the time, and these reviews cover many different aspects of the books, including information about the book’s genre, page count, and whether it is (or will be) part of a series.

Cover Reveals – A cover reveal is when the cover for an upcoming book is shown for the first time ever.  It’s pretty awesome to catch the very first glimpse of books that haven’t even been released yet, especially when they are part of a series!  Fiction Freak participates in many cover reveals – some of the latest new covers include The Nightmare Affair by Mindee Arnett, and Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans.

Author Interviews – Fiction Freak hosts a number of author interviews, where YA authors come to talk about books, writing, and more!  Author interviews are great for getting to know YA authors, and for learning about new books.

Giveaways – Fiction Freak is a US based blog, so many of the giveaways on this website are for those living in the US only.  However, sometimes Fiction Freak will giveaway books internationally, so there’s always the possibility that you could win a prize pack or a book of your own!

And the coolest thing about Fiction Freak?  Its host, Nikki Wang, is a teenager!  What better way to hear awesome YA news than from a teen herself?

You can visit Nikki at Fiction Freak, by clicking the image above, or by clicking here: http://fiction-freak.blogspot.ca/

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June Book Giveaway! Held by Edeet Ravel

Update: This giveaway is now closed, and no more comments are being accepted. We will announce the winner next week! Meanwhile, why not vote for the book you’d like to see as July’s giveaway prize?

Ready for another giveaway? Because here we go! By popular demand, we’ve chosen to give away a copy of Edeet Ravel’s book Held! In addition to a review from one of our own readers, here’s part of what Quill & Quire had to say about this book:

Seventeen-year-old Chloe Mills is in Greece on a summer volunteer work program when she is abducted by a couple who blindfold her, drug her, and take her by plane to another country. Worst case scenarios run through her mind: Will she be sold as a sex slave? Do they want to experiment on her? Kill her for her organs?

When she regains consciousness, Chloe finds herself in a makeshift apartment in an abandoned warehouse, where she is visited daily by a male captor who brings her food, books, even wine. She is surprised by his kindness, and disarmed by his good looks. As time goes by, Chloe increasingly comes to identify with her abductor. … 

Guelph, Ontario’s Edeet Ravel once again proves herself an adept manipulator of difficult material. … Better still is the emotional and intellectual paradox the novel sets up: is Chloe’s abductor a master manipulator or the sympathetic victim of a tyrannical regime?

As before, the following must be true for you to be eligible for this draw:

  1. You must be between the ages of 12 and 19.
  2. You must have a valid Wellington County Library card, or if you are under 16, you or your parent or guardian must have a valid WCL card.
  3. You must leave a comment on this entry and answer the following question: What’s one thing you’re really looking forward to this summer?
Good luck! This contest will close June 30, so get your answers in before then!

Weekly poll: Where do you read?

People read everywhere, but some of us have places we prefer to read. Some of us have special reading nooks, or find we do our best reading outside on a gorgeous summer day with a beverage and a hammock. Some prefer busy public spaces (the Seen Reading project celebrates this), while some can’t read if there’s a single distraction. Where do you read?

Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon

Ever wish you could sit down for a full 24 hours and do nothing but read? So did Dewey, a giant of the book blogging world in 2007. So she created the 24 Hour Read-a-Thon, in which people are encouraged to read whatever they want for as long as they can up to 24 hours, and use social media (blogs, Twitter, Facebook, whatever you have handy) to report their progress to the world. This idea was a roaring success in the global book blogosphere, and it’s now a twice-a-year event. People post about the lists of books they’re planning to read, about the food they’re planning to eat, and if they’re really ambitious, the money they collect from sponsors (this is totally optional) to give to a charity of their choice based on how many books they end up reading.

The next Read-A-Thon is on April 9, a Saturday. Intrigued? Want to know more? Check out the Read-A-Thon website, and join in or just follow along for a while as people around the world read as much as they can in 24 hours!

Getting the blog rolling

*pokes at blog*

Yes indeed, things have been kind of quiet here lately, aside from TAG news. But that is about to change. We’ll start posting polls, hopefully a few reviews of great YA books, maybe some recommended reading lists here and there.

If you have something you’d like us to post — you’ve just read an awesome book, you have a list of authors you think others should try, you’ve just seen the best movie and think everyone should go to it, and so on — please send us your thoughts. If you write them in a comment with your first name, we’ll make sure they get posted right here on the front page.

So! To start us off, a poll! This one is related to movies, so I’ll point you in the direction of the excellent GreenBeanTeenQueen blog, where every Friday she keeps the internet up to date on YA movie news.

ps. Yes, WCL does have copies of each of the books the above movies are based on.