Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Blog Watch Wednesday!

These are the blogs/posts/websites that I either love already or found this last week: 


I'm a big fan of snark. It's exactly my type of humor. I'm a big fan of fashion (though I live in very fashion-oblivious Northern Arizona). I'm a BIG fan of the Fuggirls. They're unique, a perfect storm of humor and fashion. They blog at their own website: Go Fug Yourself. These two hilarious sartorial wits just released their own YA novel, Spoiled. It just dropped (June 1st) and I have a nice pretty copy, which looks like this:


basically this book is going to be made of win. Look a review probably beginning of July. I love this blog. I check it twice a week at least. 



A voracious reader and  unfairly clever too, Ewa over at Palace of Distractions wrote up a lovely list of must-read fantasy and graphic novels. Check out that post here. Be sure to browse about that site - If I could hire someone to walk around and be my wit, it would be her.


This is an excellent review of a YA dystopian novel I've been waiting to get my grabby hands on. I also enjoyed this review at the same blog of Amy Plum's Die For Me; the review definitely piqued my interest in this recent release.  Also, pretty:



As I am sure most people with an internet connection are aware, there was a rather large recent brouhaha over a piece in the Wall Street Journal bemoaning the nature of today's YA literature. A lot of people had a lot to say (Maureen Johnson wrote a response article she was so upset by the original). But what I did not hear a lot of was response from those young-adults themselves. A lot of stories from older readers, though no less valid, made me curious about the younger. Brielle, over at Awesome Bookworm, wrote a post about the WSJ article.
Worth checking out.




While I am here, a couple free eBooks I've stumbled across, totally innocently. 

The Strange Case of Finley Jane by new author Kady Cross. This is a free ebook, set before the beginning events of the series in The Girl in the Steel Corset.  Kady is just starting out, Girl is the first in her planned series The Steampunk Chronicles. Blurb for Finley:
"In 1897 England, sixteen-year-old Finley Jayne has no one…except the "thing" inside her.
When a young lord tries to take advantage of Finley, she fights back. And wins. But no normal Victorian girl has a darker side that makes her capable of knocking out a full-grown man with one punch….
Only Griffin King sees the magical darkness inside her that says she's special, says she's one of them. The orphaned duke takes her in from the gaslit streets against the wishes of his band of misfits: Emily, who has her own special abilities and an unrequited love for Sam, who is part robot; and Jasper, an American cowboy with a shadowy secret.
Griffin's investigating a criminal called The Machinist, the mastermind behind several recent crimes by automatons. Finley thinks she can help—and finally be a part of something, finally fit in.
But The Machinist wants to tear Griff's little company of strays apart, and it isn't long before trust is tested on all sides. At least Finley knows whose side she's on—even if it seems no one believes her. "

Julie Kagawa, author of the popular Iron Fey series, has a free eBook novella available Summer's Crossing, set in this series. Labelled as Iron Fey #3.5, obviously I'd suggest holding off until you've read up until that point in the series to check it out. Here is the short blurb for those interested: 
"Robin Goodfellow. Puck. Summer Court prankster, King Oberon's right hand, bane of many a faery queen's existence—and secret friend to Prince Ash of the Winter Court. Until one girl's death came between them, and another girl stole both their hearts.
Now Ash has granted one favor too many and someone's come to collect, forcing the prince to a place he cannot go without Puck's help—into the heart of the Summer Court. And Puck faces the ultimate choice—betray Ash and possibly win the girl they both love, or help his former friend turned bitter enemy pull off a deception that no true faery prankster could possibly resist." I also love pretty much every cover Kagawa has had for this series. No exceptions here:




In other news, I am about 30% through The Winter Rose, the sequel to The Tea Rose. The question, clearly, is can the author top the sheer epic scale of the last novel? The answer is yes, yes she can.  How dare I even ask.

5 comments:

  1. Excellent links! I poked around a few of the blogs. The Go Fug Yourself was hilarious. I love fashion but can't dress well to save my life. I want to say Maureen Johnson says she's 14. She writes so much better than I did at that age. So much better...

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  2. I love Go Fug. I have absolute zero fashion sense, but it is fun to laugh at those who also don't :)

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  3. Great post -- I'm glad you found YA voices responding to the WSJ article -- I was pretty horrified by it myself (if I recall correctly, the final paragraph made me see red). So very annoying.

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  4. That article was biased and ignorant. There wasn't a single quote from a kid. I didn't post because I had nothing worth adding to the furor. I think Brielle said it all for me.

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  5. Great roundup! Thanks for all the links.

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