Thank you so much to everyone who came out for the first NoVa TEEN Book Festival yesterday! We hope everyone had a great time! And a huge thank you to all the wonderful authors who were there!
(NEW) BOOKS WE LOVE:
Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
I love when a book is so engrossing that you find yourself thinking about it while you’re at work or making breakfast or in line at the grocery store. This is one of those books. Rutkoski crafts a vivid world that’s not quite fantasy and not quite historical, but still has the feel of an ancient kingdom where one race rules over another after having conquered their land. The clever, engaging protagonist, Kestrel, is the daughter of a wealthy general, though her battle skills are more strategic than physical. When she impulsively buys a slave at auction, she unknowingly changes the course of her life and the delicate balance of her civilization. ‘Winner’s Curse’ is the rare story that will entangle you with its rich characters as well as its remarkable prose. It keeps you in its grasp until you’ve turned the final page, and it lingers in your mind long after.
I love bookshelves, and stacks of books, spines, typography, and the feel of pages between my fingertips. I love bookmarks, and old bindings, and stars in margins next to beautiful passages. I love exuberant underlinings that recall to me a swoon of language-love from a long-ago reading, something I hoped to remember. I love book plates, and inscriptions in gifts from loved ones, I love author signatures, and I love books sitting around reminding me of them, being present in my life, being. I love books.
GUESS WHAT? A few really cool things:
1) This book is awesome. Like, seriously. You need to read it. Trust me.
2) We have copies signed by BOTH fabulous authors—one of whom is from Australia, so yeah, it’s kind of a big deal.
3) Meagan Spooner will be at the NoVa Teen Book Festival on Saturday, March 8th in Arlington, VA. So if you come, you can meet her and have her sign a copy of ‘These Broken Stars.’ (We already got Amie to sign all of them before she went back down undah!)
Register for NoVa Teen here (it’s free!) and you could win some great prizes—including signed books. Or if you can’t attend, you can call us and order a signed copy of ‘These Broken Stars’! (703) 300-9746
FAVORITE BOOK OF THE WEEK:
Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
I think my brain just exploded…in the best way possible. This book pretty much defies every preconception in the history of literature. One part coming-of-age story, one part apocalypse narrative, and a whole lot of teenage confusion. An incredible read—not just for teens, but for adults as well. Please read this book so I can talk about it with you.
WHAT WE’RE READING…
Lelia just started ERASED, the newest book in Jennifer Rush’s thrilling Altered series, following a group of teenagers who have been genetically altered in a government experiment and are now on the run. It might even be better than the first book! If you like a fast-paced thriller with a hint of sci-fi and memorable characters, this series is definitely for you.
It’s time to reveal our authors! Are you ready!?!
Check out the updates from our AWESOME upcoming TEEN EVENT.
Feast your eyes on the book trailer for Wiley Cash’s new novel THIS DARK ROAD TO MERCY, out January 28th. (His first book, A Land More Kind Than Home is a staff favorite!)