The Daily Quirk met up with author Morgan Matson after her Zola Books signing at the inaugural BookCon in New York City for an exclusive interview about her latest Young Adult novel, Since You’ve Been Gone. Watch the interview below to find out more about Matson, what inspires her as a writer and Since You’ve Been Gone. Continue reading
One of the best parts about first reading a book is being able to create the world inside of your head. The author guides you, but it’s up to your mind to fill in the blanks. You get to imagine everything for the first time, from what the characters look like to the ambiguous items and places they encounter. These days, however, our imagination isn’t the only one bringing a story to life. Young adult book-to-movie adaptations are growing in popularity, causing production companies to turn our favorite fictional characters and their stories into something we can actually see. There are so many mixed emotions that come from these adaptations; from the moment the book is optioned, to when the credits roll at the end of the film. Some adaptations leave us walking away beyond satisfied, happy to have seen something we hold so dear being brought to life exactly as we’d hoped. But that’s not always the case. Here are some of the best, and some of the worst book-to-movie adaptations: Continue reading
Mermaids, magic and adventure are just a few of the things you’ll find in Jennifer Donnelly’s latest book, Deep Blue – the first book of the Waterfire Saga. Serafina is like most 16-year-olds – her biggest worries are whether the boy she likes returns her feelings and when she’s going to see her best friend next. Unlike most 16-year-olds, however, Serafina is a mermaid. When her betrothal ceremony is interrupted by invaders, her life suddenly gets a lot more complicated – and a lot more dangerous. In celebration of its release on May 6, we’re giving away a copy of Deep Blue and a custom Deep Blue nail polish to not one, but two lucky giveaway winners! Be sure to enter the contest below, because you won’t want to miss the first book in this exciting new series!
Jennifer Donnelly has been one of my favorite authors for a very long time. I was beyond excited when I was presented with the opportunity to review her upcoming YA novel, Deep Blue. Not only is it a magical and action-packed story brimming with Donnelly’s characteristic wit and voice, it is also about mermaids. Really, you can’t lose.
Deep Blue is the story of Serafina, the principessa of Miromara. On the day of her Dokimi (the ceremony where she proves her lineage, demonstrates her ability to rule and exchanges betrothal vows with her future husband), she dreams of a prophecy is made predicting a nightmarish future unless Sera can find five others who can help save the merfolk.
I personally haven’t encountered many mermaid books, so this was a really interesting concept to me. Donnelly does a great job of incorporating the history of the mer people and introducing their culture, politics and lifestyle. While it did take a bit for me to adjust to the necessary changes between mermaid and human stories (i.e., everyone is swimming everywhere, everyone’s bottom half is some type of sea-creature, etc.), once I got used to it, the story was engrossing.
One of my favorite things is the way the merfolk speak. Their use of language incorporates so many ocean-related puns that I was basically beside myself with joy. Money is called “currensea.” Young mer-ladies are called “merls” instead of “girls.” When someone is being a smart aleck, their friends call them a “wise wrasse.” The way the characters speak is incredibly colorful and entertaining, and it adds a lot to the story.
Themes of magic are constantly present in the book. The mer all have at least a little magical ability. Some have intense power that can bend water and create illusions. They cast spells through singing and music, and they can share “bloodsongs” – memories that they physically draw from their bodies.
Not only is Deep Blue full of magic and adventure, it also confronts problems that real-life teenagers face daily. At the beginning of the novel, Sera is harassed by one of her courtiers and has to learn how to deal with others’ opinions of her. She also deals with boy issues, friendship issues and hard family relationships.
Even if you’re not a fan of fantasy, Deep Blue is definitely worth the read. Donnelly’s signature style of writing and fast-paced plot development will appeal to readers of all ages and interests.
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Hi! I’m Abbie. I’m a Wisconsin girl who just completed a degree in journalism, which I hope will help me achieve my goal of reading books and writing about them for a living. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching Doctor Who and hanging out with my boyfriend and his two cats.
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Lucy Christopher, author of the highly successful novel Stolen, is at it again.
This time, she’s delving into a world of murder, dark secrets and personal demons in her newest novel The Killing Woods, set to hit U.S. shelves on Jan.7.
No one really knows what happened the night Ashlee Parker died, but one thing is certain. Emily Sheppard’s father, a former solider suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, is the one to carry her body out of the woods, stuck in the throws of a war flashback. Now, he’s the person accused of causing her death and it’s up to Emily to find out what really happened in the woods that night. And does Damon Hilary, Ashlee’s popular and charismatic boyfriend, know more about his girlfriend’s death than anyone suspects? Continue reading
2013 has been a great year for book-to-movie adaptations. There has been the continuation of the Hunger Games Trilogy when Catching Fire came out in November. Ender’s Game was great and The Book Thief made me cry just like it was supposed to. Next year, Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars movie adaptations are sure to please crowds across the world.
No matter if people love the transformation from pages to the big screen or not, I think every reader can agree the anticipation is exciting. Who will they cast? How will they make my favorite scene work? Are they going to mess it up? It gives you a chance to bug your friends to read the book you’ve been telling them about forever again. 2014 will no doubt bring its very own interpretations of favorite books. Here are a few Young Adult books I think could handle the transition. Continue reading
Most 19-year-olds are too busy working their way through college or their first full-time jobs to sit down and write a novel. Samantha Shannon, the author of publishing blockbuster The Bone Season, somehow managed to balance her school commitments with writing, and the result is the first installment of a series many in the book industry are comparing to Harry Potter.
That’s high praise, but what is it that makes Shannon so special? Continue reading
When it comes to novels, imagery is everything. What an author uses to make the reader hear, smell, taste, feel and believe the story he or she is telling is crucial to a books success. And John Dixon, author of the upcoming Young Adult action-thriller Phoenix Island, couldn’t have brought a more vivid story to life had he actually lived the island life of his characters.
Carl Freeman, a 16-year-old orphan will a boxing championship and a nasty (albeit heroic) penchant for intervening in the name of the bullied, finds himself on the wrong side of the law once again. And this time, he’s been sentenced to Phoenix Island, a remote military-style boot camp until his 18th birthday. But the island holds deadly secrets that not even Carl can protect his fellow campers from. Continue reading
Libba Bray may be a New York Times best-selling author, but if you click around Bray’s website you’ll quickly see that she hasn’t let her success go to her head. Bray’s warmth and eccentricity shine through in blogs, interviews, and social media presence, making her the perfect person to spotlight on The Daily Quirk! Continue reading
Author Leila Sales wears many hats. She is an associate editor for Penguin Young Readers Group, she writes Young Adult novels, and she also contributes to an extremely witty blog entirely dedicated to reviewing chocolate. Her latest YA novel, This Song Will Save Your Life, is a heartfelt story about not fitting in and the power of music. Ms. Sales was kind enough to talk with us about latest book, her life and her upcoming book tour. Read on for the full interview! Continue reading
Being a teenager in this day and age is tough. Modern teens face pressure from parents to think or behave a certain way. They’re under pressure from teachers to achieve particular grades or complete particular goals. They also face pressure from their peers to conform to certain ideals and are often teased for being different. Understanding and being proud of his or her unique talents can be hard for a teenager, and that’s exactly the issue that author Leila Sales takes on in her latest novel, This Song Will Save Your Life. Continue reading
Time travel is one of those topics that seems to really intrigue YA readers, but also presents an incredible challenge for the author. If it’s not handled carefully, a book quickly becomes incredibly confusing, hard to swallow, or just plain misses the mark. Cristin Terrill takes on that challenge in All Our Yesterdays, a book that is, technically, about time travel, but is also so much more. Continue reading
To say that Precious Blood by Tonya Hurley is a unique or interesting book would be a gross understatement. This novel is full of spiritual moments, social issues, surprises, and action sequences that would make Quentin Tarantino proud.
Unlike most novels with a supernatural theme, this one doesn’t focus on vampires or werewolves. Instead, it’s a story about modern incarnations of famous saints and martyrs. Cecelia, Agnes, and Lucy each end up in the same hospital on Halloween night, and when they wake up in the morning, they each find a gift from Sebastian, a dark, brooding, gorgeous guy none of them really know. Only Sebastian knows who they truly are, and only he can prepare them for the truth and for the very real danger they each face, simply because of who they are. Continue reading
With so many appealing YA “Book Boyfriends” out there to choose from it can be hard for a girl to remain monogamous, but even the most book boy crazy among us have one character that sticks out in our minds as the epitome of what the perfect book boyfriend should be… for me it’s Noah Shaw from the Mara Dyer Trilogy, but only after he stole me away from Tobias “Four Eaton” of the Divergent Series. Let us know who your favorite YA Book Boyfriend is by voting in the poll below! Continue reading