It is the END, my friends! THE END of YAAM! It was the best of months; we had loads of fun, we nearly collapsed under the stress but we.Did.It. And of course, we loved it! It is with a bit of sadness that we say goodbye to YAAM (until next year) and resume with the usual programme.
But before we move on, a little recap:
Books Reviewed: 32.
Some we loved, some we didn’t. One of them – Sisters Red – became a heated discussion about Rape Culture.
Fabulous Guest Posts:
– Michael Grant on writing the Gone Series
– Zetta Elliott on Diversity in YA
– Sarah Rees Brennan on Why Ya
– Interview with Malinda Lo on LGTB
– Zombies vs Unicorns: Diana Peterfreund and Carrie Ryan fight to the death (ours)
– Adam Jay Epstein and Andrew Jacobson on Inspirations and Influences
– Karen Healey on awesome female characters
Thus, we hereby declare YAAM officially over! See you next year.
We have quite a few today:
The two winners of the anthology Zombies vs Unicorns are:
MarieC (comment# 27)
Sarah Olson (comment#78 )
The five winners of Dark Life by Kat Falls are:
Darren (comment#4 )
Caroline (comment#37 )
Melanie L (comment#28 )
John J (comment#62 )
Gerd D (comment#47 )
The two winners of The Familiars are:
Heloise (comment#20 )
Marco Miranda (comment#67 )
Congratulations! You know the drill. Send us an email (contact AT the book smugglers DOT com) with your snail mail address, and we’ll get your winnings out to you as soon as possible.
There is a new website around called The Contemps: A new website created by a group of YA authors with contemporary novels that releasing over the course of a year.
Some of their books are definitely on my radar!
This Week on The Book Smugglers
On Monday, I, Ana, talk about my new-found love for Jaclyn Moriarty and her books:
(You are probably thinking right now: WAIT A MINUTE, isn’t that YA? Didn’t you just say that YAAM was over? Well, I LIED. I can’t go cold turkey like that!! Please, take pity on me!)
On Tuesday, we post an exclusive video with author Brent Weeks, answering 3 interview questions from us. The video is part of Orbit’s awesome promo for the author’s new book, The Black Prism, which we will be reading very soon.
On Wednesday, I review my first Beth Kephart novel, Dangerous Neighbors:
Then, on Thursday we post our joint review of one of our most anticipated reads of 2010, The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson…
and finally on Friday, it is our turn to host the Official Mockingjay 13 District Blog Tour, as tributes from…
and Thea promised to rock it with her post about Katniss! Plus, we have a super cool giveaway! It is going to be awesome and I don’t even read the books (*ducks*) but I feel the tingly anticipation that reminds me of the good days of Harry Potter books! Good times.
And that’s it from us today! As usual, we remain….
~Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Smugglers