Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Alice In Zombieland by Gena Showalter [Review]

Plot Sketch:  No one in Alice's family is allowed to leave the house after dark.  No, there are monsters out there and there's no way Alice's dad will let her, her younger sister Emma, or her mom go out there and lead them back to their house.  It hasn't been allowed the girls' entire lives.  Until.  Alice begs to let Emma perform in her ballet recital as a birthday present and for the whole family to attend.  Her parents succumb to her guilt trap and they leave.  And all goes well until the family is on their way home and have to drive by the cemetery, and the family is involved in an accident that will change them forever and open Alice's eyes to a whole new way of living... she thought she had it bad before.

Verdict:  Couldn't. Stop. Reading.  It was fantastic!  Engaging, solid, and fun.  Just enough allusions to literature's original Alice, I was enamored with the plot.  Did it have holes?  Sure.  Of course.  But they weren't big gaping holes (comment if you care to discuss these).  I'm hoping the next book (Through The Zombie Glass) will address what I perceive as gaps in the worldbuilding.  The characters were interesting but archetypal, but, I couldn't get enough of them.  This is definitely a good read for October (or Halloween itself) as it is just spooky enough to get your blood pumping but not too spooky to keep you up all night.  Obviously you know from the title that there are zombies, but Showalter's zombies are not the typical undead so frequently seen in pop culture these days.  Not everyone can even see them.  I'm a big fan of Cole (a boy Alice meets).  If you're Team Damon, you'll LOVE Cole.

Here's the book trailer for you:

Parents:  There is a little language, a fair share of violence (but only directed at zombies), and a little bit of a steam factor, but for the most part, it's pretty clean.  As always, you decide for your teen... or preteen... or self... whoever :o)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tomorrow: Fantastical Worlds with Hartman, Bachmann & Paolini [Online Events]

It's poised to be something like a book signing, but online and open to you!  Rachel Hartman, author of the critically acclaimed, instant New York Times bestseller SERAPHINA; Stefan Bachmann, author of THE PECULIAR (Harper Collins), and Christopher Paolini, author of the international bestselling series the Inheritance cycle and, most recently, the INHERITANCE  Deluxe Edition will be discussing what inspires them & their characters and take viewer questions.  Sounds like a great opportunity if you're a fan of even one of these authors!  Visit the link below to connect!


In Conversation with Rachel Hartman,

Stefan Bachmann, and Christopher Paolini

10/28/12 2PM - 3PM 2012

Friday, October 26, 2012

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama [Review]

Plot: There are two story lines in this book which alternate chapters in the beginning and then converge. The first: Hester in the modern day who works in Plymouth at one of those historical reenactment places.  She's grown up sighting whales with tourists and experiencing weird happenings that pretty much tell us her town is totally haunted... well at least the church.  The second: Syrenka and Ezra who are a mermaid and a naturalist, respectively, and their (love) story set back in the 1800s.  The two stories converge to display one holy horror of a book.

Verdict:  Impeccably written. Seriously.  Attention to details, specifics, setting, characters.  All very wonderfully developed and awesome.  The words are vivid and jump off the page at you.  I usually find alternating stories a little hard to follow because I usually favor one plot line over the other.  This was not the case with Monstrous Beauty.  I was enamored by Syrenka and Ezra just as much as I was by Hester and Peter.

There was one drawback for me, though.  And that was the pacing.  I know, I know, you can't have vivid imagery made of perfection and move swiftly through the plot.  You can't.  I get it.  But I'm one who prefers a swifter plot over masses of details.  I don't care what color someone's eyes are because I don't care what color your eyes are.  It's not something I pay attention to in life, and so it's not something I care to know about my characters... or the wallpaper.

But, if you're a person who loves to read fantasy, you're going to love Monstrous Beauty.  It's not a mermaid book.  It's a horror book.  And I would heartily recommend it to anyone who can appreciate a good piece of literature.  You know, the award-winning kind?  'Cause this should totally win literary awards, yo.

(also, I love that the book is bound with a white cover.  it's a stark contrast to the dark inside the pages.  i love it when publishers go metaphorical like that, on purpose or not.)

(oh, and also, if you didn't catch the Fierce Reads recap post?  check out some of the awesome i say.  awesome.)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

The Walking Dead Official Magazine [Review]

Okay, you know I have a Season Pass on Amazon to watch The Walking Dead as it airs on AMC (you do too, right?).  And oh, oh so badly how I want to grab a subscription to the 6-issue/year Official Walking Dead Magazine?  Oh.  Love it.  It's pretty amazing.  Not only does it have exclusive content that you can't retrieve anywhere else, it totally prolongs The Walking Dead experience and allows you to encircle yourself in that world for a little longer each week.

Since receiving a copy of the first issue, I've delved into it several times.  I really enjoyed the exclusive short that was included written by Jay Bonansinga, "Just Another Day At The Office."  You can't read it anywhere else, just the magazine!  Plus exclusive, insightful interviews with the show's creator, showrunner, and the actress that plays Michonne, Danai Gurira.  Great stuff, I tell you!

And think, it's also like the perfect holiday pressie for your loved one who loves The Walking Dead. I don't know about you, but my entire family is obsessed.  Subscriptions are available from Titan Magazines for $46.99 and for a limited time include a free t-shirt that you can't get anywhere else!  Digital subscriptions are also available, though platforms are limited right now.

For a tv-based mag, you're getting a great deal, so head over and get your subscription.  The Walking Dead Official Magazine hit news stands yesterday!  So go and pick up a copy and see for yourself if you're not convinced by my praises!  Also, for updates, make sure you follow the mag's twitter stream, @WalkingDeadMag.

Paranormalcy by Kiersten White [Book Inspection]

Plot Sketch: Evie (short for Evelyn) is a teenaged, kick-butt, pink-Taser-toting, agent for IPCA.  What's IPCA?  International Paranormal Containment Agency.  She "bags and tags" paranormals with ankle trackers that neuter, I mean neutralize, them and make them safe for humankind.  She's an orphan who was raised by the foster system then basically adopted by IPCA because of her special powers, she can see through glamours.  She can see the dead, the beauty, the reality underneath making her an almost-deadly weapon.  She desperately wants to go to a real high school and experience everything she sees on her favorite TV series, Easton Heights.  When paranormals start dying en masse and a stranger enters the IPCA compound, and Evie can't tell what he is, Evie's world gets flipped upside down and doesn't know where she belongs.

Verdict: Paranormalcy is a fun read, especially for October with all of its paranormal activitiy between the pages.  It's got werewolves and vampires and faeries, elementals and some hybrids you've never even heard of.  It's completely original.  But the weird thing is that even though it's a unique story, it seems really juvenile, like it might have made a better MG book.  It's solid writing, but nothing I'd go on about for days.  I love the characters, love the premise, and recommend you read it.  I'll definitely be reading the next two in the series, shortly after I finish the October IHM 5.  It's an entertaining mix of pink and humor and darkness, and you're sure to enjoy it if you give it a chance.

Check out the book trailer:

Parents:  This one's squeaky clean.  Like just-brushed teeth squeaky.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Egar Allan Poe Lunchbox [Giveaway]

The Valley Of Unrest
by Edgar Allan Poe
Once it smiled a silent dell
Where the people did not dwell;
They had gone unto the wars,
Trusting to the mild-eyed stars,
Nightly, from their azure towers,
To keep watch above the flowers,
In the midst of which all day
The red sun-light lazily lay.
Now each visitor shall confess
The sad valley's restlessness.
Nothing there is motionless --
Nothing save the airs that brood
Over the magic solitude.
Ah, by no wind are stirred those trees
That palpitate like the chill seas
Around the misty Hebrides!
Ah, by no wind those clouds are driven
That rustle through the unquiet Heaven
Uneasily, from morn till even,
Over the violets there that lie
In myriad types of the human eye --
Over the lilies there that wave
And weep above a nameless grave!
They wave: -- from out their fragrant tops
Eternal dews come down in drops.
They weep: -- from off their delicate stems
Perennial tears descend in gems.

I am no doubt a huge Poe fan.  Are you?  Leave a comment telling us what your favorite Poe character is to be able to win your very own Poe lunchbox.  (C'mon.  It's stellar.)  Open to US only.  Ends 10.26.12 at 11:59pm MST (arizona).  

Friday, October 19, 2012

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin [Review]

Description: Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

Verdict:  Hype turns me off.  Way off.  I don't want to read something that everyone says is the most awesomest thing since Twilight or The Hunger Games.  Which is why I put off reading it.  Until I was finishing up a book, looking for another and stumbled upon this twitter conversation.  And while I'll agree that it isn't that scary, I did sleep with the light on last night, but not consciously on purpose, I think... but definitely a great Halloween-month read. (and the second book comes out on Tuesday)

Anyway, the thing that most impressed me about this story was not it's plot, though that was weird and twisty and slightly off, but its characters.  Mara, her brothers Daniel & (especially) Joseph, Noah, Anna... they were nothing new.  But they were.  They had personalities.  They also had typical teenaged reactions to situations.  It's an odd thing to notice I suppose, but I didn't just notice, I appreciated.  Noah wasn't your typical bad boy gone good.  Mara wasn't your typical troubled new girl.  Joseph?  Definitely not your typical little bro.  But they were.  They were typical people reacting in real ways to situations, not fighting against who they were on the page to reach a point in the plot.  And that is a hard thing to achieve: to make the characters jump off of the page and make them, for risk of sounding hype-ish, come alive, with uniqueness and individuality (to the point where a lot of the time no dialogue tags were needed), but still go where you need to in the plot.  Rare.  Beautiful.

I usually write my own plot sketch for a review.  I didn't for this one because it's what made the experience powerful for me.  Not knowing any more than that ^ right up there.  So I won't ruin it for you.  But I will recommend it to you.  Don't listen to me or the hype you've heard about this book.  Pick it up and make up your own mind!

Parents:  There are strong themes in this one: murder, accountability, responsibility, rape, kidnapping.  Strong language.  Mention and patronage of Santeria, though brief and not repeated.  Intense sensual moments but no sex.  As always, you discern what's appropriate for your loved one. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

5 Teen Zombie Books For Your Consumption [Reading List]

With The Walking Dead's premiere this last weekend, I've got zombies on my brain. No.  I did not just say I have a zombie brain.  But I can't stop thinking about them.  I even perused the CDC's zombie preparedness site.  Again.  So I thought hey, what better than to make a list of older (as in not pubbed this year) young adult zombie titles we've read and share them with you guys:

1.  My So-Called Death by Stacey Jay.  I seriously love this hilarious zombie high school book.  Any time someone asks me for a rec for a zombie book that's not just blood and gore, undead used-to-be cheerleader Karen Vera is my go-to girl.  She's funny, has high school problems you probably wouldn't even consider and can solve a mystery like no one's business.  Plus, I like the punny title.  What can I say?  I'm a sucker for punny horror mashed up into one story.

2. The Walking Dead: Book 1.  Every time I'm in public and I hear someone talking about the walking dead comic book, I cringe.  I know they didn't read it.  I know they are just showing off that they know TWD isn't an original made-for-tv series.  But it irks me.  That's why this makes the list.  Warning:  blood, gore and utter grossness inside.  But it's soooo worth it!  Especially if you're a fan of the series.  You always like to read the book before you see the movie, so pick up the graphic novels before you see the rest of the tv series.  It's fun and it's dangerously addicting.

3. Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay.  Wait, another Stacey Jay book?  Yeah.  Juliet Immortal is totally zombies.  Totally.  Just not your typical undead rising up and eating your brains kind.  It's sort of a beautiful dichotomy and totally not a Valentine's Day book like I originally thought it might be.  Romeo Redeemed, the sequel, just came out last week, and I can't wait to read it.  It was a unique concept, and a unique way to apply the zombie-principal to some of literature's most beloved teenaged characters of. all. TIME!

4. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan.  I pretty much trashed the audiobook version of this book.  And yes, there are good big gaping holes in the actions of the characters.  But I don't think I can recall a better book for getting your blood to curdle in the zombie atmosphere.  Even with its problems (many of which disappear when reading it vs. listening, I might add) it's a great zombie title that you will probably enjoy.  One of my friends even mentioned that she didn't get that they were zombies until the end and thinking about it.  Sorry if I ruined that part for you.

5. Zombies vs. Unicorns edited by Holly Black and Justine Larbalestier.  Such a great compendium of shorts.  Team Zombie gets angsty toward Team Unicorn and I had a superbly great time devouring the stories and reading them aloud to teens and adults alike. There are many interpretations of zombie and unicorn for that matter, but I think you'll appreciate them all.  My favorite?  Scott Westerfeld's zombie short, "Inoculata."  Super fun, super unexpected and it took me a good while to figure out what was really going on.  Loved it.  (my fav unicorn story was "The Care and Feeding of Your Baby Killer Unicorn" by Diana Peterfreund.  I read it aloud to Monster during a painting project and we both love love loved it.

Side note:  The links in bold link to our reviews, none of which are stellar.  We're totally snobby about our lit sometimes and I think it comes through as even stronger bias and snobbery when zombies are involved.  Probably because of the hours and hours and hours Shesten has spent with her family discussing and preparing for the zombie apocalypse.  No joke.  <---hence the CDC zombie site familiarity!

That's it for the "classics" (though I don't think I'd actually call them that) list, but I do want to share that I just ordered Alice in Zombieland and am kind of excited about it.

What zombie books that weren't published in 2012 would you put on the list?

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter [Review]

Plot Sketch: You know Kat, always trying to get herself into trouble.  In this follow-up to Heist Society, she's back at it again, this time, in a pickle finding herself stuck between family members, those who would do her harm, and the Cleopatra Emerald.  You remember, right? The twin to the Mark Antony Emerald that hasn't been seen in thirty years?  See if she can pull off the con without getting caught.

Verdict:  While I thought Heist Society was pretty pedestrian, I did say that I wanted to read Uncommon Criminals solely for the fact that I couldn't stop thinking about Hale. *swoon*  I finally got around to this one on a rainy afternoon in Africa.  You know, I flew through this and while it is no masterpiece, I'd say it should rate at least a full star higher than Heist Society.  Why?  The plot was more coherent, flowed better, and the characters stayed true to themselves throughout the book.  They weren't predictable, I didn't figure it out before the end of the book, and quite frankly, it was super enjoyable.

Also, I really appreciate that Ally's books are clean.  They still have the romantic tension that all of us adult YA readers want, but they don't go into excruciating details that make us feel dirty.  The language is fairly neutral and I wouldn't hesitate reccing this to someone at church.  As I sit here at home in my family room (listening to the neighbors sing karaoke in Spanish) just the thought of Kat and her adventures helps me to escape my current situation and makes me happy.

For an escapist contemporary piece, Uncommon Criminals was surprisingly quotable, including the graphic I made, there were two others that stood out to me:

"Civilization is not made out of sand - it's out of blood."

"Asking a good thief to stop thinking would be like asking a shark to stop swimming."

Have you read this one yet?  Do you love it?  Did you hate it?  Who is YOUR favorite?  Dish.  I'd like to hear.

Also, a side note, I went to see Ally in Wichita last March.  The bookstore was packed.  PACKED!  I don't think I've ever seen a single YA author bring a bigger crowd.  Standing room only.  And the signing line seemed to go on forever.  Even though I was at the rear of the line, when I got to the front (after listening to hilarious stories about Ally's last tour with Rachel Hawkins), she was delightful and funny and kind.  Don't get me wrong.  Most YA authors are usually kind.  But Ally superseded all the other experiences I've had at signings (which are numerous) with her patience and just plain awesome.  If you get the chance to see her in person, do it.  It was a delightfully fun treat.

And with that disgustingly gooshy paragraph (I guess you could call me an Ally Carter fangirl after that, right?  gross.), here's the trailer for Uncommon Criminals:

Monday, October 15, 2012

October by Robert Frost [This Month's Poem]

Robert Frost

O hushed October morning mild,
Thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
Tomorrow’s wind, if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
Tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.
Make the day seem to us less brief.
Hearts not averse to being beguiled,
Beguile us in the way you know.
Release one leaf at break of day;
At noon release another leaf;
One from our trees, one far away.
Retard the sun with gentle mist;
Enchant the land with amethyst.
Slow, slow!
For the grapes’ sake, if they were all,
Whose leaves already are burnt with frost,
Whose clustered fruit must else be lost—
For the grapes’ sake along the wall.

I know I surprised you by not posting a Poe poem this month.  But honestly?  Frost captures October in rhyme a lot better than Poe.  My favorite line?  "O hushed October morning mild, Begin the hours of this day slow."  Reason it's my fav?  Because 'round here in Mesa, October is when it starts cooling down.  It starts getting nicer and bearable to wake up in the morning and take a walk.  Light isn't bursting through my window and waking me up so stinking early! And it's one of my favorite months of the year.  Halloween, nicer temperatures, no sweaters needed... and I think Frost's depiction is perfect (even if leaves don't fall until December here).

What do you think about Frost's OCTOBER? 

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Day Break Mini-Challenge [Readathon]

Yeah, I've posted about this Readathon thing a few times (<---yes that was sarcastic), and I have the privilege of hosting a mini-challenge for its participants today!  (If you don't know what I'm talking about, skip to the bottom where there are answers to the questions you're asking)

Readathon participants:  *drumroll please* (yes, you! make a drumroll sound on your lap, desk, or arm of your chair!)  I present to you, the Day Break Mini-Challenge.

Here is your challenge, should you choose to accept it and the hazards that accompany it...  Put down that laptop.  Put down that book.  Get up off of your booty, and take a break.  See some sunlight (or moonlight depending on where you are in the world), and take a book/technology/being-indoors break.

Get out for a five minute walk!  Water the grass.  Smell the roses.  Do some cartwheels in the park across the street.  Chase a car.  Dance in the rain.  Get out your skateboard and do a trick.  Ride your bike to the corner and back.  I don't really care what you choose to do with this break as long as you get outside, and get your blood moving again!

Then, and this is the hard part, the REALLY REALLY hard part, you come back here and you post a comment telling us what you did.  We wanna hear about your booty shaking while the neighbors watched, your failed attempt at that cartwheel, or narrowly missed being taken out by a tornado or hurricane.  (hopefully not, but hey, I said there'd be hazards).  And if you want to post a picture on the Dewey's or IHM Facebook page?  All the better! Let us laugh with you!  Tweet the photo (mention @iheartmonster and #readathon) for even more visibility.  Have fun with it!

And if you do leave a comment telling us you went for a walk, did jumping jacks, or whatever it was that you did?  You're entered into a drawing for a $15 gift card to the online bookseller of your choice.  Provided I can purchase the credit online and email it to you, it's yours, worldwide.  You want Amazon UK?  You got it (the equivalent of fifteen USD).  Sound fair?  I think I'd do it just for the chance at fifteen bucks, but hey, that's just me.

Oh, and this message?  It is so not self-destructing until the beginning of Hour 11 when it will officially be closed and a winner will be chosen.  Oh, and maybe a little inspirational music?  Yeah?  If this doesn't make you want to move I don't know what will!

Don't have Spotify? Why not?  It's free for your computerIf you don't mind the 14 second ad here's the YouTube vid...

Non-Readathon Participants:

What the heck is a Mini-Challenge?  It's a break for people who are reading for 24-hours straight where they get to use a different part of their brain other than the language-processing ones.  You know, keep them fresh, interested, and most of all, HAPPY!

Why would people do that?  Because it's a challenge and because it's fun and because there are prizes to be won.  Oh, and because their TBR (to-be-read) piles are huge.  OH, and because they love reading!

Why do you think I care?  Because I think you're a decent human being that doesn't mind a straggly blog post that doesn't exactly apply to you.  Oh, and because maybe you'll want to do the next Readathon in April.

That's not fair!  I want to win a $15 giftcard!  Well, sign-up for the next 'thon.  Get updates by subscribing to us here (we always announce it) and Dewey's official 'thon blog.  We're usually sponsoring a mini-challenge or some sort of prize for this thing, even if this is our last time before handing off the Hosting duties to the awesome ladies at The Estella Society.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Every Day by David Levithan [Audiobook]

Plot Sketch: A wakes up in a different body every day.  Bodies of teenaged people his own age, sometimes female, sometimes male.  Sometimes gay, sometimes straight.  Sometimes fat, sometimes depressed, sometimes a jock, sometimes a nerd.  Because A has no body, A has no family.  This is the story of a couple of month's of A's journey and how love can drive humanity to things and people, even without the most basic of human possession's: one's own body.

Verdict: In listening to this novel, I pictured A in my head as a boy.  After all, I'm straight, and A had a crush on a girl, Rhiannon.  So naturally, when it dawned on me that A had no gender identity, it threw me for a minute.  Also throwing me, was how to describe A with a pronoun.  "Him" doesn't seem to fit, nor does "Her." "It," seems too inhuman a pronoun to assign when this character has done nothing but experience humanity through every single facet available while bouncing through life, one body to the next.  But, in describing this story to Monster, that's exactly what I ended up using.

While this book had no shortage of effect on me, making me angry, making me relate, making me cry (yes, me. cry.), I couldn't help but notice the slow plot.  I kept having to remind myself that plot was not used in the traditional way.  This is more of an experience with social commentary than it was a traditional coming-of-age, high-drama, high-conflict plot.  Coming-of-age?  Sort of.  A is wise beyond (its) years.  High-drama?  Certainly.  High-conflict?  Meh. Lots of internal conflict and time spent in A's consciousness.  But honestly, Levithan couldn't have told it any other way.

Ultimately, when you combine the excellent writing, the wakening themes and the unique characters, you get one heck of a book.  Absolutely worth the time to listen or read.  You get something that make you think, which to me has value, especially under the Young Adult umbrella which is too often too fluffy.  But this book isn't for all teens.  I wish I could say it was.  This book isn't for all adults.  I really really wish it was.  I wish that we all had open enough minds that we could all experience this story together and have a conversation about it and reflect on how we could learn from it and improve ourselves.  But in reality, humanity has a LONG way to go to catch up with A.  If you're not ready to open your mind and appreciate courage in many forms without judgement, then you're not ready for this book.

Narration:  Alex McKenna was the perfect narrator for this story.  My inability to assign a gender without looking at the box says it all, right?  Only note I'd have is that it moved rather slowly on audio, which always moves slower than print I realize, but this felt especially slow.  Not an audiobook for the gym or chores, but definitely one for the road.

Note:  David Levithan will be appearing at Changing Hands in Tempe, AZ (near me!) on October 19th, that's a Friday,  at 7pm.  So, if you're in AZ, see you there?

Sunday, October 7, 2012

The IHM 5: October 2012 [Reading List]

The October is the fav of all of the months.  Why?  Halloween, naturally.  I've put together a reading list for myself for this month full of spooky, creepy, horrific titles and lucky you, I'm sharing.  Check out these five titles and why they're on our list:

1. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White.  Thankfully, one of my book groups is reading this for its November book, so I finally get to read this during October!  I've started it probably thirty times and been pulled away by a pressing review or deadline.  I must say, after finishing two chapters of Evie (the MC), I've ordered up the rest of the series, Supernaturally and Endlessly.

2. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama.  Like I indicated in my Fierce Reads recap post, I was enamored with the concept of this book, and therefore purchased it and put it on my to-read shelf (which we all know is a pile of books by my bed).  I'm excited for the horror between that lies between the beautiful front and back covers!

3. Ripley's Believe It Or Not: Download The Weird.  I'm always intrigued by these titles from Ripley's and always get sucked in.  I've been working through this one for a while and am excited to share some of it with you this month.  It's full of the weird (duh! it's the namesake), obscure, and just plain macabre.

4. Enshadowed by Kelly Creagh.  This follow-up to Nevermore (our top book of 2010), is full of Poe, Nocs, and dark, twisted stuffs.  I'm excited to find out what happens to Varen and Isobel.

5. Beautiful Redemption by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl.  Of course the conclusion to the Casters quartet is going to be on our to-read list as soon as it launches on October 23rd!  Monster has been asking me when this comes out for months, and I preordered it before it had a cover.  If you've not read the first in the series, Beautiful Creatures, get yourself a copy, stat.  The dark, gothic beauty that is this series is totally appropriate for October's creepfest.

Additionally, I want to make you aware of the following books that you may or may not know about so that you can get your preorder on if you are so-inclined:

  • Vlad Tod the Graphic Novel.  Eighth Grade Bites is now a graphic novel launching in January 2013. 
  • How To Tell If You're Cat Is Plotting To Kill You from The Oatmeal comes out Tuesday and is bound to be creepy-hilarious.
  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky premieres this month in movie format.  So if you haven't read it yet, or if you have read it but want a refresher, this might be a good time to do that.  Plus, Chbosky wrote the screenplay so it should rock, right?  (Lucky me got a copy AND movie tickets in my PopSugar Must Have box this month!)
  • Beta by Rachel Cohn is one I'll be picking up at her visit to Changing Hands with David Levithan on October 19th. It launches October 16th.

That concludes the IHM 5 for October.  Check back in early November for the next edition of the IHM 5.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

October Bookish Events [Local]

Sunday, October 7th, 3pm, Changing Hands, Tempe.  Cat Valente and The Girl Who Fell Beneath Fairyland.

Wednesday, October 10th, 7pm, Changing Hands, Tempe.  Benjamin Martin and Samurai Awakening, his debut YA novel.

Thursday, October 11th, 6pm, Dobson High School Auditorium, Mesa (brought by Changing Hands), Lois Lowry with Son, 4th book in Giver Quartet.

Saturday, October 13th, all day long, 24hourreadathon.com, Dewey's 24-hour Read-A-Thon.

Monday, October 15th, 7pm, Queen Creek Library, Queek Creek, Skype Author Visit from Kimberly Derting & Book Discussion of The Body Finder for any teens interested!

Thursday, October 18th, 7pm, Bookmans Mesa Cafe, Young at Heart: Nevermore by Kelly Creagh.  All 17+ are welcome!

Friday, October 19th, 7pm, Changing Hands, David Levithan and Rachel Cohn, with their books, Every Day and Beta, respectively.

Wednesday, October 24th, 7pm, Changing Hands, Love Has No Finale Tour featuring authors Becca Fitzpatrick, Elizabeth Miles, Kresley Cole, Tonya Hurley, And Heather Brewer!

Friday, October 26th, 7pm, Changing Hands, 7pm, Matthew Inman (The Oatmeal) with How To Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting To Kill You.