Thursday, March 22, 2018

Cover Love Thursday! The Hazelwood by Melissa Albert

Cover Love time! Today's cover is a new YA that reminded me of the cover I picked last week, The Wicked Deep. Let's look at the cover of The Hazelwood by Melissa Albert.

I could not find the artist information from Amazon

What I like- the simplicity, plus the several details that are scattered throughout the image, sort of like a hidden picture. There are so many hints to what could be an amazing story, bloody dagger, dropped cup, castles, forests, and of course, an inviting gate with the image of a fantastical tree. It reminded me of last weeks cover just based on the solid background and simple graphic design. Could there be a new cover trend? Hmm? What do you think of the cover?

Last week's cover-

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Manuscript Wishlist Round- Up 3/21/18

It's Spring! Let's check out what agents and editors are tweeting about for their #MSWL Manuscript Wishlists. Please remember- DO NOT use the #MSWL hashtag to promote your own query. It is for agents and editors only! If you want to query them follow their guidelines.

Terrie Wolf march 20
Today is probably a good day to let you know how I've been hankering for those #ag-focused single title and series offerings that take place in a farming and/or ranching community. #MyLife #MSWL #NationalAgDay

Saritza ☕️Hernandez
‏@epubagent March 20
Remember Jessy & Cesar, the married hunters in SPN? Something like that but where they’re chasing Latin Urban Legends. #MSWL 

Laura Crockett
‏@LECrockett  March 20
I’d love to see a project on mental health in the After. The industry is full of spiraling narratives ending with “rescues” — but what about the stories of recovery, finding stability in therapy/meds, readjusting to life with hope? #mswl

Brit Elisabet Hvide Busse
‏@bhvide March 20
#MSWL More romance in epic, high-stakes, world-ending fantasy! @NiviaEvans and I are on a quest to make this genre a thing again because "love is not dumb, it's dopamine".

Jessica Mileo
‏@JessicaMileo March 20
I would just like to remind people that I'm a HUGE CRAFTING NERD and would love to see some nonfiction crafting submissions, whether it's DIY or essays on crafting. Please. #mswl

Katie McGuire
‏@katiemickgee March 19
Trust that I'm also always open to things about comic books and/or spies. #MSWL
 Patty Hearst. Or just true crime, in general. Or something about how genuinely frightening the 70s were. #MSWL
Nonfiction, please! Especially about horror movies, the 90s, and/or the most gossip-y royal stories to ever be dredged up. #MSWL

Jessica Faust
‏@BookEndsJessica Mar 19
I would love to find a suspense or women's fiction about a woman in a polygamist family/marriage. So many possibilities. #MSWL

P.S. Literary Agency
‏@PSLiterary Mar 19
"YA novel about teens into rock climbing/gyms. The terminology, the gear... someone write that." @ericsmithrocks #MSWL

P.S. Literary Agency
‏@PSLiterary Mar 18
“I’d love a super feminine adventure story. Think mystery, high stakes, and difficult situations mixed with bright colours, glitter, and gemstones.” @msmariavicente #MSWL 

Danielle Bukowski
‏@dani_bukie Mar 18
As a reminder, for fiction & NF I like: #ownvoices; campus novels; narratives featuring chronic illness, disability, nonbinary, queer characters; gentrification from POC perspectives; complications caused by class differences; books that make me think & laugh #MSWL #amquerying

Lynnette Novak
 Mar 17
Can't stop thinking about Westworld. If you have something similar but different in adult or YA, query me! #MSWL

janine o'malley
‏@janine_omalley march 16
On my #mswl, books that foster empathy and compassion, that empower and inspire, that raise awareness, and show kids that there is magic and beauty in our world.

Agent V
‏@VeroniKaboom Mar 16
Update: I will also accept a #YA #LGBT “Singing in the Rain” reboot. #MSWL (IMO, Cosmo never got enough love.)

Stacy Whitman
 Mar 16
#MSWL: MG SFF, contemporary realism, and historical fiction featuring Latinx kids from Central and South America and/or American kids whose heritage is from those areas. It's a big gap in children's lit and my list specifically.

Hali Baumstein
 Mar 15
#MSWL!!! I love stuff that feels like it SHOULD be sci-fi... but it could actually happen.

 Mar 15
I’d love to find a #YA about swimming. #MSWL

Lit Agent M Gottlieb
 Mar 15
On the lookout for #youngadult #sciencefiction & #fantasy...please fulfill my #MSWL and make my day! #YA #SFF #scifi #EpicFantasy #ManuscriptWishList #MSWishList

Tera Cuskaden
 Mar 15
I'm on the hunt for erotic romance stories. Taboos, risqué, blue collar men, royals, billionaires, virgins, all subgenres of romance...must have an HEA and be safe, sane, and consensual. Check out my guidelines and submit to me here: …
#mswl #amediting

P.S. Literary Agency
 Mar 15
"Non-fic that focuses on pop culture, geekery, and/or teaches readers about the odd & unique." @ericsmithrocks #MSWL

Linda Epstein
‏@LindaEpstein Mar14
I'd LOVE a feminist, multicultural witch story... something working to topple the patriarchy, and extra points if it's LGBTQ! #mswl

Natascha Morris
 Mar 13
Witch #MSWL #YA. The world is demanding more witches!

Amanda Isabel Ramirez
 Mar 13
I have an intense need for a #YA about a quinceañera & the drama that entails. Family relationships. Feeling out of place & not knowing who you are & connecting w/ your heritage.

P.S. Literary Agency
 Mar 13
"Heist/con story, YA or adult! Preferably with an interesting ensemble cast & friendship focus." @kurestinarmada #MSWL

Stacey Graham
 Mar 12
#MSWL: MG/Adult. I'd kill for a good spirit closet novel. Spirit Closets, Haunted Dolls, and the Psychic Ghost Theatre

Friday, March 9, 2018

YA Friday! Check out this new release, Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

Just released this week- Restore Me, the fourth book in the Shatter Me world. Take a peek...

Juliette and Warner’s story continues in the electrifying fourth installment of Tahereh Mafi’s New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series.

Juliette Ferrars thought she’d won. She took over Sector 45, was named the new Supreme Commander of North America, and now has Warner by her side. But when tragedy strikes, she must confront the darkness that dwells both around and inside her.

Who will she become in the face of adversity? Will she be able to control the power she wields, and use it for good?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Cover Love- The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw

I love Cover Love Thursdays! It is so fun to browse through new book covers and find the ones that catch my eye. Today I spotted a new release that drew me in, The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw.

Jacket illustration by Lisa Perrin
Jacket designed by Jessica Handelman

This cover screams magic, eeriness, and adventure to me. We have three symbols of magic, the pentagram, the raven and the moon. Then we have the bare branches reaching up into the dark of the night with mini stars sprinkled throughout. If you look closely enough you will also see that there is a luminescence to the whole thing, with rainbow colors reflecting off of the silver embossing. The fantasy nut in me went crazy to pick this up and read the jacket. What do you think?

Monday, March 5, 2018

Frederik Sandwich and the Earthquake that Couldn't Possibly Be by Kevin John Scott

Welcome to Middle Grade Monday! Today I am reviewing a new release from Sourcebooks Jabberwocky, Frederik Sandwich and the Earthquake that Couldn't Possibly Be by Kevin John Scott. Please check out MMGM central at Always in the Middle.

The Story-
Frederik Sandwich, though born in Frederik's Hill, has felt like an outsider his entire eleven years. Because his parents are foreigners, the kids tease him and treat him like an outcast. The only other person treated that way is Pernille, the young girl with olive skin and pure white hair.

Frederik always obeys the rules hoping to fit into the crowd. Pernille does the opposite, breaking all the rules. When an earthquake hits their town, everyone refuses to admit that they even felt the earth move, all but Frederik and Pernille.

Together they decide to find out the truth. They discover a long forgotten railroad line, underground water pipes, secret doorways, and a plot to assassinate the major. Can they save their town, the major, and stop the earthquakes?

My Thoughts-
This book cracked me up. From the get go it is just hilarious. The absurdity of all the rules, all the kids named Frederik, and Pernille's bizarre logic and adventure hero characteristics. At every turn the author throws in a phrase or situation that is absurd. Even all the letter I's in the book are written upside down.

Frederik and Pernille are quite the duo. They play off of each other perfectly. Somehow, in all their misadventures, they actually figure out the truth. The major is really a bad person. Now, here is where I had a problem. Thirty years ago an incident occurred caused by the major. She had the railroad closed, accused someone of attempted murder, and basically took over the town. BUT the author never tells us what exactly happened. UGH! Plus, the book ends with our duo finding out that the major is a bad lady, but there is no resolution on how to stop her and bring her evil deeds and bigotry into the light. I wonder if there is perhaps a second book coming? That would help solve the issue, but I don't have a clue. I'll cross my fingers, because this hilarious book really deserves a chance.

Kids will enjoy the antics of our super duo. The weirdness of the characters and the towns absolute adoration of the major and following the rules will give them pause for thought. I'm giving this book  4 stars!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Cover Love- The Emperor's Riddle by Kat Zhang

It's Cover Love Thursday! Today I picked out a great MG cover that totally grabbed my attention, The Emperor's Riddle.

Jacket illustration by Jim Tierney
Jacket designed by Jessica Handelman

I just love this cover and the peek into Chinese culture. We have the tall mountains in the background with a pagoda, and then the up close buildings with lanterns and curved roofs. The colors reflect sunset and the children running in the middle let you know this book is going to be an adventure. The spotlight is on the title, The Emperor's Riddle, which intrigued me right away. What is this riddle? Is it a contest of some sort? The cover foreshadows a mystery and I would pick this book up just to find out what that mystery involved. What about you?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Top Ranked Children's Book Blog- The Write Path

I am happy to announce that I have won a badge for one of the topped ranked children's book blogs. If you feel so inclined, please go give my blog a thumbs up :) I am number 27 on the list at the moment-
Thank you!