Smugglers Stash YA Appreciation Month

Young Adult Appreciation Month: Stash, News and Bonus Week Schedule

Greetings earthlings! Before you get the wrong idea and start throwing us into “prawn” slums, we have some breaking news before we give you the skinny on our final week of Young Adult Appreciation Month:

District 9 totally, completely rocked. Go watch it. Immediately.

Now for the stash.

Giveaway winners:

We had a number of giveaways this week and the winners are:

The Devouring by Simon Holt: stezton (comment #36)
My Soul to Take by Rachel Vincent: Jacqueline L (comment #71)
Rampant by Diana Peterfreund: Andrea (comment #56)

You know the drill: send you snail mail address to: contact AT thebooksmugglers DOT com and we shall send the books ASAP.

Speaking of contests: There is a new YA blog around called Book Nerds, ran by two sisters, Anna and Jenny. Stop by to say hello and to enter their fabulous contest – they have FIVE COPIES OF BLOOD PROMISE by Richelle Mead to giveaway. What are you waiting for?

Young Adult Celebration Post:

Yesterday, we had an open post where anyone with a blog could link to their YA posts. We had over 30 entries with reviews and articles, all of them very interesting. You should check it out and if you want to take part, the post is still open! Go here.

This Week on The Book Smugglers:

(oh, the last week of our YA Month: we haz the sad. We do)

Monday: Historical day! We both review A Countess Below Stairs/ The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson…

…followed by Thea’s review of Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper

Tuesday – Post-Apocalypse/Dystopia Day (part deux)! Thea reviews Libyrinth by Pearl North, Feed by M.T. Anderson and rereads Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody

…and later on we review Lois Lowry’s companion novels The Giver (Ana) and Gathering Blue (Thea)

We also will have a list of some young adult dystopian/post-apocalyptic novels for further reading.

Wednesday – It is our Ghost Day when Thea reviews Ruined by Paula Morris and A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Wilcomb

Followed by Ana’s review of Everlost by Neal Shusterman

Thursday – We do a joint review of Wake by Lisa McMann

And Alexander Gordon Smith guest blogs with us on Inspiration and Influences for writing his kick-ass  Furnace series.

Friday – What would be a YA month celebration without a Graphic Novel title? We decided to read and review Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale, and Nathan Hale. It is Rapunzel. In the Old West. Really, how could we NOT read this?

And then on Saturday, we will have a Flash Giveaway with some pretty cool YA titles!

On our YA Radar:

First, check out the cover for the next Darkest Power book by Kelley Armstrong:

And also:

Jonah is on a mission to break every bone in his body. Everyone knows that broken bones grow back stronger than they were before. And Jonah wants to be stronger—needs to be stronger—because everything around him is falling apart. Breaking, and then healing, is Jonah’s only way to cope with the stresses of home, girls, and the world on his shoulders.

When Jonah’s self-destructive spiral accelerates and he hits rock bottom, will he find true strength or surrender to his breaking point?

Cass McKenna much prefers ghosts over “breathers.” Ghosts are uncomplicated and dependable, and they know the dirt on everybody…and Cass loves dirt. She’s on a mission to expose the dirty secrets of the poseurs in her school.

But when the vice president of the student council discovers her secret, Cass’s whole scheme hangs in the balance. Tim wants her to help him contact his recently deceased mother, and Cass reluctantly agrees.

As Cass becomes increasingly entwined in Tim’s life, she’s surprised to realize he’s not so bad—and he needs help more desperately than anyone else suspects. Maybe it’s time to give the living another chance….

SOMEONE ELSE WILL DIE SOON, she tells herself.


A few days after the first time you walk in your sleep, you kill someone.

That’s how the end begins Emma Montgomery has been having gruesome nightmares. Even worse, when she wakes up, she isn’t where she was when she fell asleep. And she’s not only the only one. One by one the students of Saint Opportuna High start having the nightmares, and sleepwalking. And the next morning one of their classmates turns up dead.

Something is making them kill in their sleep. Emma and her friends need to band together, to keep themselves awake until they can figure our what’s behind the murders—before anyone else dies.

And that’s it from us today – enjoy your Sunday and see you around!

~ Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers

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  • Rhiannon Hart
    August 16, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Another fantastic week! I can’t believe it’ll all be over soon *sniff* I meant to join in the festivities on Saturday but I went out on Friday instead of writing my Graceling review. Bad blogger.

    I’m looking forward to Tuesday of course, and your opinion of Obernewtyn. Wow, I haven’t read Libyrinth or Feed either. There are just so many YA dystopian/apocalyptic books out there.

    You guys are such prolific readers, by the way!

  • Christine
    August 16, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    What an amazing month!!! … and it’s not over! I’m looking forward to the upcoming and final YA Appreciation week.

    I see you’ll be posting reviews on Lois Lowry’s The Giver and Gatherer Blue. I LOVE that trilogy. Truly on my list of lifetime favorites. But… What? No review of the third book–The Messenger? Not that I’m volunteering… 😛

  • Carolyn Crane (CJ)
    August 16, 2009 at 5:03 pm

    OMG, I saw District 9 last night and I COULDN’T BELIEVE how great it was! I mean, I found it emotionally harrowing – I still sort of feel like I’m not quite recovered, but wow. And I never knew where it would go next.

    And actually, I thought of you two. I thought, this is your kind of movie.

  • orannia
    August 16, 2009 at 5:44 pm

    Congrats to all the winners!

    I don’t know how you two do it! Each week is better than the last. A friend of mine is currently reading Obernewtyn by Isobelle Carmody so I’m looking foward to reading the review! Oh, and Graceling is next on my TBR list! How apt 🙂

    And I just *heart* Peter Jackson!

  • katiebabs
    August 16, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    A Certain Slant of Slight hits you in the gut, hard. Wonderful, wonderful book.

  • KMont
    August 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Congrats to the winners!

    Wanting to see District 9 so bad. Glad yall enjoyed it. 🙂 Also – cannot believe this is the final week of YAAM!

  • Tiah
    August 17, 2009 at 12:14 am

    I am in book cover heaven!

  • Jacqueline L.
    August 18, 2009 at 8:27 am

    Excellent! Email’s been sent. Congrats to the other winners!

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