Wednesday, May 22, 2013

ARC Review: The Testing (The Testing #1) by Joelle Charbonneau

Blurb from Goodreads:
Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Isn’t that what they say? But how close is too close when they may be one in the same? 
The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career. 
Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies--trust no one. 
But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.

Title: The Testing (The Testing #1)
Author: Joelle Charbonneau
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Children's Books
Expected Publication Date: June 4, 2013





 The Cover Contessa's Review:
I want to thank Houghton Mifflin Children's Books for sending me a copy of this book to read and give an honest review. I had received a copy on Net Galley but was unable to read it and the publisher was nice enough to send me a hard copy! Receiving this book for free has in no way influenced my opinion or review.

So, who wouldn't want to try a book that is billed as the next Hunger Games? I loved The Hunger Games, so I jumped at the chance to give this one a try. Even read the blurb of this one, which I usually don't do, to see what it was all about. I have to say the concept really intrigued me for sure. I was really excited to finally get into another dystopian, as I haven't read one that has truly pulled me in since The Hunger Games.

The cover of this book is very simple. Once you read it, you understand what is pictured. I understand the want to go with something simple, but I feel like there could have been a bit more to it. It suits the book fairly well but I really would have liked more.

I will tell you now that if you are looking for a book that very much mimics The Hunger Games, this is it. It is eerily similar to a fault, to be honest. The characters names are different, but the concept of children fighting for survival and being pitted against each other rings throughout the book. I was actually a bit disappointed in the fact that there really wasn't much of a difference and truly wonder if the author has gotten her ideas straight from those books.There is even a scene where the main character climbs into a tree to sleep; certainly I pictured Katniss in my mind (from both the book and movie) when this scene occurred!

Malencia Vale (Cia) is an interesting enough character. She's fairly strong and definitely resilient. And she shows the smarts that are needed to be part of the testing. But unlike Katniss she wants to be chosen for the testing believing the testing will help her advance to university where she will learn to heal her broken world. Of course the corrupt government has other ideas, though we are never told their true reasoning behind the testing. We do know they want to find the most fit candidates to attend the University and help heal the destruction that has occurred due to the past wars. But the underlying tone, which Cia quickly picks up on, is that there is more to it then they are telling her. She, however, doesn't try to figure out what it is. I do understand that her will is more to survive so she can cross the finish line, but it just doesn't seem like she even cares to try and figure out what lies beneath the government's plan.
Tomas Endress, well, he seems like he's hiding something from the beginning. I just didn't trust him. And, while he and Cia have some sort of history having grown up together, their attraction seems kind of forced and doesn't evolve as I would like. The relationship also seems almost out of place in the landscape Charbonneau paints. I can't picture what Tomas looks like in my mind, which drives me bonkers. I know he has a dimple, but that is all I can honestly remember after having read the entire book with him in most of the scenes! He isn't someone I would remember in the future, nothing about him stands out and makes me want to remember him, either.
As for the supporting characters, they seem to just be there. Again, I feel no connection with any of them. I don't feel any emotion for them at all. And I have no idea what any of them truly looks like. I would have also liked to see more about the relationship between Cia and her brothers. I thought for sure, after reading the prequel, that we would get a bit more about Zeen (her oldest brother) and why it is that he and Cia are so close. But I don't really get anything at all about their relationship. And he actually disappears during what I would have thought would be the most important time for Charbonneau to have him in the book. I can tell that Cia has a good repore with her father. He trusts her and reveals secrets to her he feels she is sure to keep. This is the only relationship in the book that truly struck my interest.

So, as you can tell, I wan't completely thrilled with the cast of this book. I will tell you why I could not connect with them: this book is almost all narration from the main character's point of view. I understand the need to build a world, but Charbonneau has long paragraphs of narrative that completely take me out of the story. There is barely any dialogue between characters. This caused my inability to understand their relationships with one another. Everything I learn about them is from Cia's POV. I really would have liked to see them through dialogue and interaction. But it just was not there. When dialogue does appear, for the most part it is short and quipped, which would not be so bad except it would maybe consist of three or four lines before once again going back into long narratives from the MC's POV. 

Another point of contention was the speeches that were made by the governmental officials They were LONG. It totally took me out of the story. I actually had a very hard time finishing some of them and would often have to back track to understand what the character was talking about. It was very distracting.

Remember the kids in The Hunger Games traveled by trains to Capital City? Well in The Testing it is a smaller group of kids traveling in some kind of hover craft type vehicle on their way to the capital city. Again, the similarity is still there. As if there is a cookie cutter outline and Charbonneau has taken it and added her ideas.

And I'm not feeling the total dystopian landscape that really needs to exist to understand how the people might be suffering. The children get schooling, everyone seems to be well fed, they are not dirty, they live well enough and people seem to have jobs. I just don't get how the destruction has decimated these people's lives.

So, these kids are thrown into a race to a finish line, meeting up with each other along the way, and often getting into violent confrontations. Yup, certainly reminded me of The Hunger Games. However, in The Hunger Games, the characters had reason to be violent and even kill one another. The Testing officials tell the candidates whoever makes it back will be interviewed for their final admission to university. They really don't give the candidates much of a reason to be killing each other. Sure, by offing their competition there are less of them to finish thus decreasing the risk of not being chosen for university. However, I just didn't feel like there was enough reason for them to be picking each other off. 

Finally, and I cannot say this enough, there are barely any specifics given in this story. It just kind of chugs along as the kids move through the barren dystopian landscape and try to survive. Since there are no real relationships formed, we hardly get an idea of their fear or any other emotion they might have as they experience this harsh landscape and watch the other candidates go down. And since we have no real idea of why the wars happened, other than the people having not been intelligent enough, it's hard to understand what they are even racing towards.

In conclusion this book is full of plot holes, poor character development, and no explanations of why things are the way they are. The story line is weak and so closely resembles THG, I could not help but picture those characters as I read along. And I did not want that. I wanted something new and different. Something that would grab me and drag me, have me wanting more. Something that I would not be able to put down. This was not that book.

Will fans of THG like this series, perhaps. If they can put aside the fact that it is pretty much a carbon copy of what they already know. Otherwise, I say skip it and just wait for Catching Fire to come out in the theaters so you can happily continue to follow those characters as you did with the books. It's a shame, really, because the story line does have some potential.

2/5 stars.

I am a storyteller at heart. I have performed in a variety of operas, musical theatre and children's theatre productions across the Chicagoland area. 

While I'm happy to perform for an audience, I am equally delighted to teach private voice lessons and use my experience from the stage to create compelling characters on the page. I am the author of the Rebecca Robbins mystery series (Minotaur Books), The Paige Marshall Glee Club mysteries (Berkley) and The Testing YA triology (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).

No comments:

Post a Comment

Blog Archive

Labels

1 Star (2) 1.5 Stars (1) 10 random things (3) 2 Stars (14) 2.5 stars (4) 2013 (5) 2014 (4) 2015 Survey (1) 3 Stars (119) 3.5 Stars (14) 4 (3) 4 Stars (173) 4.5 Stars (6) 5 (2) 5 Stars (115) 5 things (1) A.C. Waltower (1) A.G. Henley (1) A.G. Howard (9) A.Gerry (2) A.L. Bawden (1) A.L. Jackson (3) A.L. Waddington (1) A.M. Hargrove (6) A.R. Kahler (3) A.S. Altabtabai (1) Abbi Glines (1) Abby J. Reed (1) Abi Ketner (1) Abrams (3) Adelle Yeung (2) Adrienne Kisner (1) Aileen Erin (3) Aimee Carter (2) Aimee Feldman (1) Airicka Phoenix (1) Al Stone (1) ALAMW14 (1) Albert Whitman Teen (1) Alec John Belle (1) Alessandra Torre (1) Alexadra Bracken (2) Alexander Nadar (1) Alexandra Bracken (2) Alexandra Duncan (1) Alexandra May (1) Alexandra Monir (1) Alexandra Shostak (3) Alexandra Sirowy (1) Alexis Bass (1) Ali Cross (3) Ali Dean (5) Ali Novak (1) Alice Ward (1) Alicia Michaels (1) Alicia Rades (1) Alisha Sevigny (2) Alison Kemper (1) Alyssa B. Sheinmel (1) Alyssa Rose Ivy (1) Alyssa Sheinmel (1) Amaleen Ison (2) Amalie Howard (26) Amanda Gerry (1) Amanda Leigh (1) Amanda Panitch (2) Amanda Strong (1) Amanda Sun (3) Amanda Thome (2) Amber Argyle (1) Amber Garr (2) Amber Garza (4) Amber Hart (2) Amie Borst (1) Amulet (1) Amy Allgeyer (1) Amy Bartol (2) Amy Braun (1) Amy Engel (1) Amy Ewing (1) Amy H. Nichols (1) Amy K. Nichols (4) Amy Ketner (1) Amy Lukavics (1) Amy Lynn Spitzley (1) Amy Rose Capetta (2) Amy S. Foster (1) Amy Saunders (1) Amy Sparling (1) Andrea Cremer (4) Andrea Shicke Hirsch (1) Andrew Klavan (2) Anette Marie (1) Angela Corbett (1) Angela J. Townsend (6) Angie Morgan (2) Angie Smibert (1) Anita Grace Howard (1) Ann Brashares (1) Ann Jacobus (1) Ann Redisch Stampler (3) Ann Stampler (1) Anna Adams (2) Anne Aguirre (8) Anne Elisabeth Stengl (1) Anne Greenwood Brown (5) Anne M. Pillsworth (1) Anne Riley (2) Annette K. Larsen (3) Annie Brewer (3) April Geneieve Tucholke (1) ARC Review (267) ARC Reviews (3) Ariella Moon (2) Arwen Elys Dayton (2) As You Wish Tours (2) Ashley Dawson (1) Ashley Ehlers (1) Ashley Herring Blake (1) Ashley Hill (2) Ashley Stoyanoff (2) Ashlyn Drake (2) AToMR Tours (2) Atria (2) Audrey Greenhouse (1) Audrey Grey (1) Audrey Larsen (1) Aurelio Voltaire (3) Ava Jae (1) Ava Wood (1) Avon (1) Avon Impulse (3) B. Kristin McMichael (8) B. Kristing McMichael (1) B.B. Shepherd (1) B.C. Morin (2) B.F. Simone (1) B.R. Myers (1) Ballantine Books (1) Balzer & Bray (2) Balzer and Bray (1) Barbara Pietron (1) Barclay (11) Barry Lyga (1) Barry Wolverton (1) Bart Baker (1) BEA (13) Becca Ann (1) Becca Johnson (1) Becki Brannen (1) Becky Wicks (2) Bella Forrest (1) Beth Ellen Summer (1) Beth Fehlbaum (1) Beth Revis (1) Beth Trissel (1) Beth Watson (1) Bethany Lopez (1) Bethany Neal (1) Birdie Hall (1) Bisi Leyton (1) Black Lion Book Tours (3) Blitz (1) Blog Hop (14) Blog Tour (654) Blogiversary (5) Bloomsbury (7) Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (1) Book Blast (420) Book Haul (1) Book Nerd Tours (31) Book Promo (90) Book Publicity Services (1) Book Tour (1) Books Biscuits and Tea (1) Bookslapped (1) Braden Bell (3) Brandi Leigh Hall (2) Brandi Lynch (1) Brandi Salazar (1) Brandon Hale (2) Braxton Crosby (1) Breaking The Spine (40) Brenda Drake (1) Brenda Pandos (2) Brenda St. John Brown (4) Brian Rowe (1) Brianna Shrum (3) Bridget Zinn (2) Brigid Kemmerer (3) Brigid Kremmerer (2) Brinda Berry (1) Brodi Aston (2) Bryce Leung (1) C. Hall (2) C. Sharp (1) C.A. Pack (1) C.A. Vestraete (1) C.J. Duggan (2) C.J. Dushinski (1) C.M. Boers (1) C.M. Gray (1) C.P. Ching (1) Cady Vance (1) Caela Carter (1) Caisey Quinn (2) Calista Smith (1) Cambria Hebert (39) Cameron Jace (5) Camille Griep (1) Camille Picott (1) Cammie McGovern (1) Candace Knoebel (1) Candice Knoebel (2) Caragh M. O'Brien (1) Carol Riggs (1) Case Maynard (1) Cassandra Clare (5) Cassie Mae (1) Cat Jordan (1) Cath Crowley (1) Catherine Egan (1) Cathi Shaw (1) Cathrina Constantine (1) cbb book promotions (1) Cecelia Ahern (2) Cecelia Earl (1) Cedar Fort (11) Cesya MaRae Cuono (2) Chanda Hahn (1) Chanda Stafford (1) Chani Lynn Feener (1) Chapter By Chapter (1) Chapter Reveal (2) character bios (4) character interview (7) Charlotte Abel (4) Charlotte Bernnardo (1) Charlotte Huang (1) Cheryl Klam (1) Chess Desalls (1) Chloe Jacobs (1) Chris Cannon (2) Chris Salisbury (1) Christie Rich (1) Christina Bauer (4) Christina Chenelle (1) Christina Garner (1) Christina Lee (1) Christine Fonseca (22) Christine H. Bailey (1) Christine Hughes (2) Christine Manzari (1) Christine Zolendz (3) Christopher Gray (1) Christopher Mannino (1) Christopher Mannion (1) Christopher Moannino (1) Christopher Sorenson (1) Christy Dorrity (2) Christy Hall (2) Christy Sloat (1) Cindi Madsen (2) Cindy Miles (4) Cindy Thomas (2) CJ Duggan (1) Claire Conteras (1) Claire Legrand (1) Clara Kensie (1) Clare James (1) Claribel Ortega (1) Clarion Books (1) Claudia Gabel (1) Clean Teen Publishing (8) Clinton Harding (1) CM Doporto (1) Cole Gibson (1) Colee Firman (1) Colette Ballard (1) Colette Freedman (2) Colleen Hoover (10) Colleen Houk (1) Collette Ballard (2) Compass Press (3) Conna Compositor (1) Constance Roberts (2) Cora Carmack (22) Courtney Cole (1) Courtney Pearson (1) Cover Artist (1) Cover Reveal (281) Crewl (1) Cristin Haber (1) Crossroad Tours (7) Crown Books for Young Readers (2) Crystal (19) Crystal Collier (3) Crystal Kaswell (1) Curiosity Quills (2) Curvey Writers (1) Cyn Balog (9) Cynthia Hand (6) D.C. Farmer (1) D.J. MacHale (1) D.K. Mok (2) D.L. Richardson (1) Daisy Whitney (1) Dan Cohen (1) Dan Krokos (2) Dan Wells (1) Dani-Lyn Alexander (3) Daniel Harmon (1) Danielle Bannister (2) Danielle Ellison (4) Danielle Rollins (1) Danielle Shipley (1) Danielle Young-Ullman (1) Danika Stone (2) Danyelle Leafty (1) Daphne Lamb (1) Darby Karchut (12) Darby Kaye (1) Darcy Woods (3) Dark Days Tour (1) Daryl Gregory (1) David Estes (21) David Hofmeyr (1) David Kudler (2) Dawn Dalton (1) Dawn Jayne (1) Dawn Klehr (1) Dawn Metcalf (5) Dawn Pendleton (2) Dawn Rae Miller (1) DC Farmer (1) Deanna Roy (1) Debbie Behan (1) Debra Driza (4) Delacorte Press (13) Delcorte Press (2) Deleted Scene (1) Denise Grover Swank (1) Denise Marques Leitao (1) Denver Acey (1) Derinda Love (1) Devon Hartford (1) Diana Gardin (1) Diana Nixon (2) Diana Wagman (1) Diane Lore (1) Diantha Jones (1) discussion (1) Disney Hyperion (30) DNF (3) Don Hoesel (1) Donna Cooner (1) Donna Zadunajsky (1) Donnielle Tyner (2) Dorine White (1) Dorothy Dreyer (1) E.B. Hood (3) E.C. Adams (1) E.C. Meyers (1) Edelweiss (9) Ednah Walters (8) Elana Johnson (3) Eldritch Black (1) Eleanor Herman (3) Eleni McKnight (1) Elisa Dane (1) Elise Sax (1) Elissa Dane (1) Eliza Wass (1) Eliza West (1) Elizabeth Langston (5) Elizabeth Lee (1) Elizabeth Marx (3) Elizabeth Parkison-Bellows (1) Elizabeth Reyes (1) Ella James (4) Elle Casey (2) Elle Kennedy (2) elle Middaugh (2) Elle Strauss (3) Ellie Cahill (1) Elsie Chapman (3) Elzabeth Marx (1) Emery Lord (1) Emi Gayle (12) Emiko Jean (1) Emil Ostrovski (1) Emily Fallon (1) Emily Ross (1) Emily White (1) Emma Bloom (1) Emma Chastain (2) Emma Jane Holloway (3) Emma L Adams (2) Emma Raveling (1) Emma Right (1) Emma Silver (1) Entangled Crush (1) Entangled Publishing (38) Entangled Teen (1) Enticing Journey Book Promotions (5) Epic Reads (1) Eria Crouche (1) Eric Devine (1) Eric Nunally (1) Eric Smith (1) Erica Crouch (2) Erica O'Rourke (1) Erin Boman (1) Erin Bow (1) Erin Butler (2) Estelle Laure (1) Eva Chase (1) Eve Bunting (1) Eve Silver (3) exceprt (9) excerpt (137) excerpt reveal (4) Facebook (8) Farrar Straus Grioux (2) Feature Friday (13) Feiwel and Friends (2) FFBC (22) Fiewel and Friends (2) fiktshun (5) First in Line (1) Forbidden Passion Reviews (2) Forgiven Passions Reviews (1) Franke Ash (1) Frankie Rose (1) Freya Black (1) Friday (1) G.P. Ching (1) G.T. Almasi (1) Gayle Forman (1) GCR Book Tours (37) Gena Showalter (1) Genevieve Iseult Eldredge (1) Geoff Herbach (1) Gerardo Delgadillo (1) Gina Ciocca (1) Gina Domico (1) Ginna Moran (1) givea (1) giveaway (11) Giveaway Hop (8) Giveaways (951) Gloria Craw (1) Good Choice Reading (6) Gregg Olsen (1) Gregg Rosenblum (2) Gretchen de la O (1) Gretchen McNeil (2) Guest Post (112) Guest Review (49) Gustavo Florentin (1) H.A. Enri (1) H.A. Swain (1) H.B. Moore (1) H.J. Daly (1) H.L. LeRoy (1) H.R. Moore (1) Hachette (1) Hanna Nowinski (1) Hannah Buchin (1) Hannah R. Goodman (3) Harlequin Teen (50) Harper Teen (48) HarperCollins (14) Harriet Reuter Hapgood (1) Heather Anastasiu (1) Heather Burch (2) Heather Demitrios (1) Heather Eagar (1) Heather Frost (5) Heather Hildenbrand (1) Heather Letto (1) Heather Lyons (5) Heather Manley (1) Heather McCorkle (10) Heather McCullum (1) Heather McKenzie (1) Heather Self (1) Heather Walsh (1) Heidi Acosta (1) Heidi McLaughlin (1) Helen Daly (1) Helen Keeble (1) Helena Hunting (1) Henry Holt and Co. (1) Heven and Hell (2) Hipso Media (1) HMH Books for Young Readers (3) Holiday Post (1) Holli Anderson (1) Holly Jennings (1) Holly Kelly (1) Holly Schindler (1) Holly Smale (1) Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing (3) Hudson Lights (1) Hugo Driscoll (1) I Am a Reader Not a Writer (116) I'm a Reader Not a Writer (2) Iain Reading (1) IFB Tours (3) IGYABC (1) Ilsa Morley (1) Imogen Rose (1) Inger Iverson (1) Ingrid Paulson (1) Ingrid Seymour (1) Ink Slinger PR (151) Inslinger PR (2) Intermix (2) International Girls YA Book Club (4) interview (289) Ira Bloom (1) Irish Banana (24) Isis Erb (60) Itching for Books (8) J. Keller Ford (1) J. Lynn (14) J. Malone (1) J. Taylor (4) J. Taylor Publishing (17) J.A. Armitage (1) J.A. Belfield (6) J.A. Huss (6) J.A. Redmerski (4) J.A. Souders (2) J.B. Vample (1) J.E. Nicassio (1) J.F. Johns (1) J.H. Walker (1) J.K. Rock (9) J.L. Bond (1) J.L. Weil (1) J.L.Berg (2) J.L.Spelbring (4) J.M. Darhower (1) J.M. Gregoire (1) J.M. Stone (1) J.Meyers (2) J.R. Wagner (3) Jackie Lea Sommers (1) Jaclyn Dolamore (3) Jacob Devlin (1) Jacob Tate (1) Jacqueline Garlick (4) Jadie Jones (1) Jaimie Adams (1) Jaimie Arnold (1) Jaleigh Johnson (1) James Morris (1) James Moser (1) Jamie Blair (2) Jamie McGuire (2) Jamie Shaw (1) Jane O'Connor (1) Janeal Falor (1) Janelle Stadler (1) Janine Caldwell (6) Janna Jennings (2) Jared Lopatin (1) Jason Latshaw (1) Jason Mott (1) Jay Crowner (7) Jay Crownover (8) Jaymin Eve (1) Jean Book Nerd (2) Jeff Gunhus (5) Jeff Hirsch (2) Jeffrey L. Kohanek (1) Jen Frederick (1) Jen Larsen (1) Jen Malone (1) Jen Wylie (1) Jen Young (1) Jena Leigh (1) Jenn Marie (2) Jennie Bates Bozic (2) Jennifer A. Nielsen (1) Jennifer Allis Provost (7) Jennifer Anne Davis (6) Jennifer Brown (1) Jennifer Carson (3) Jennifer Comeaux (1) Jennifer Cormeaux (1) Jennifer Derrick (3) Jennifer Donnelly (1) Jennifer E. Smith (2) Jennifer Hubbard (1) Jennifer L. Armentrout (82) Jennifer Lane (1) Jennifer Latham (1) Jennifer Lynn Barnes (1) Jennifer M. Eaton (1) Jennifer Murgia (15) Jennifer Niven (1) Jennifer Provost (1) Jennifer Quintenz (3) Jennings Wright (2) Jenny Adams Perinovic (1) Jerry Spinelli (1) Jessica Arnold (1) Jessica Ruddick (1) Jessica Sorensen (5) Jessica Therrien (1) Jessie Rosen (1) Jessilyn Peaslee (1) JHPR (1) Jillian Cantor (1) JKSCommunications (4) Jo Schneider (1) Joan Holub (4) Jodi Meadows (11) Jodie Adrefski (2) Jody Kihara (1) Joelle Charbonneau (5) John A. Heldt (1) John Green (1) John William (1) Jon Thomason (1) Jonathan Jones (1) Jonathan K. Benton (2) Jonathan Lister (2) Jonathan Stroud (1) Jordan Dane (1) Jordan Deen (1) Jordan Locke (1) Jordana Frankel (2) Josephine Anglini (1) Josh Grayson (3) Judith Graves (2) Judith Sterling (1) Julianna Scott (1) Julie Anne Lindsey (1) Julie Barry (1) Julie Belfield (15) Julie Buxbaum (1) Julie Campbell (1) Julie Cross (12) Julie Dill (1) Julie Kagawa (24) Julie Reece (4) Juliet Chatham (1) Juliet Madison (1) Juliette Cross (3) Juniper Grove (1) Jus Accardo (5) K Makansi (1) K-Bokos (1) K. Ferrin (1) K. Makansi (1) K.A. Last (2) K.A. Tucker (16) K.A.Last (1) K.C. Finn (1) K.C. Tansley (1) K.D. McAdams (1) K.J. Wignall (2) K.L. Going (1) K.L. Kranes (1) K.R. Conway (3) Kai Strand (1) Kaiden Rowe (1) Kailin Gow (4) Kali Wallace (1) Kara Thomas (1) Karen Akins (1) Karen Amanda Hooper (11) Karen Anne Stewart (3) Karen Cushman (1) Karen Finneyfrock (1) Karen Gordon (1) Karen Luellen (1) Karen McManus (1) Karen Rock (1) Karen-Anne Stewart (1) Karey White (2) Karole Cozzo (1) Karri Thompson (1) Kary Rader (1) Kasie West (7) KaSondra Leigh (8) Kat Stiles (1) Kate Avery Ellison (3) Kate Brian (6) Kate Evangelista (1) Kate Jarvick Birch (1) Kate L. Mary (1) Kate McCarthy (1) Kate Ormand (1) Katherine Marsh (1) Katherine Owen (1) Katherine Teegan (7) Kathryn Berla (1) Kathryn Cooper (1) Kathryn Holmes (1) Kathy MacMillan (1) Kathy Petrakis (2) Katie Alender (1) Katie French (1) Katie Hayoz (1) Katie Lynn Johnson (1) Katie McGarry (25) Katie O'Sullivan (1) Katie Pierson (1) Katlyn Duncan (4) Katy Dowd (1) Katy Evans (1) KayCee R (1) KD Ferguson (1) Keary Taylor (1) Kell Andrews (1) Kelley York (2) Kelly Fior (1) Kelly Hashway (16) Kelly Lynn (1) Kelly Murphy (1) Kelly Said (1) Kelly Walker (2) Kelsey Ketch (6) Kelsey Mack (1) Kelsey Macke (1) Kendra C. Highely (4) Kendra Saunders (3) Kenley Conrad (1) Keren Hughes (1) Keri Arthur (2) Kerri Cuevas (1) Keshia Swaim (1) Kia Garriques (1) Kiara London (1) Kieran Scott (2) Kiersten White (4) Kim Baccellia (1) Kim O'Brien (2) Kimber Leigh Wheaton (6) Kimberly Alfe (1) Kimberly Ann Miller (3) Kimberly Derting (6) Kimberly Griffiths Little (4) Kimberly Loth (1) Kimberly Montpetit (2) Kimberly P. Chase (1) Kirsty Dallas (1) Kit Bakke (1) Knopf (4) Kristen Callihan (1) Kristen Kittscher (1) Kristen Orlando (2) Kristen Simmons (1) Kristi Cook (1) Kristi M. Turner (1) Kristin Simmons (1) Kristin Smith (1) Kristy Brown (2) Kristy Cooper (1) Kristy Shen (1) Krys Fenner (1) Krystal Jones (1) Krystal Wade (1) Krysten Lindsay Hager (5) KT Gannon (1) Kurt Dinan (1) Kylen Jones (1) L.A. Casey (1) L.G. Rollins (1) L.J. Clarkson (2) L.L. Hunter (1) L.M. Justus (3) L.P. Dover (1) L.S. Murphy (6) Lacey Weatherford (1) Lady Amber Tours (6) Lakeshia Poole (1) Laney McMann (6) Lara Avery (1) Larry Rodness (1) Launch Day (1) Laura Anderson Kurk (1) Laura Diamond (2) Laura Ellen (1) Laura Howard (3) Laura Hunter (2) Laura Johnston (2) Laura Liddell (1) Laura Pauling (2) Laura Rollins (1) Laura Roppe (1) Laura Stoddard (1) Laura Williams McCaffrey (1) Laure Eve (1) Lauren Appelhans (1) Lauren Bjorkman (5) Lauren DeStefano (2) Lauren K. McKellar (1) Lauren McKellar (1) Lauren Oliver (6) Lauren Sabel (1) Laurie Faria Stolarz (3) Laury Falter (1) Leah Konen (3) Leah Rae Miller (1) Leah Speigel (1) Lee Strauss (1) Leigh Michael (2) Leila Howland (2) Leisa Rayven (1) Lele Iturrioz (2) Lena Goldfinch (2) Leslie Hauser (1) Leza Lowitz (1) Lia Nolan (1) Liesl Shirliff (1) Lily Velez (1) Linda Budzinski (1) Linda Zen (1) Lindsay Currie (1) Linsay Leggett (1) Lisa Aldin (2) Lisa Amowitz (9) Lisa Brown Roberts (4) Lisa Burstein (1) Lisa Desrochers (1) Lisa Gail Green (2) Lisa Maxwell (1) Lisa Selin Davis (1) Lisa Survillas (2) Lisa Voisin (1) Little Brown (2) Liz Czukas (1) Liz Gruder (1) Liza Wiem (1) Liza Wiemer (1) Lizzie Ford (2) Lizzy Charles (1) LM Preston (1) Lola Dodge (3) Lola's Blog Tours (2) Lori Goldstein (1) Lorie Ann Grover (1) Louise Rozett (1) LU Ann (1) Lucy D Briand (2) Lydia Albano (1) Lynda R. Young (1) Lynn Lindquist (2) Lyrical (3) M. Beth Bloom (1) M. Clarke (1) M. Homer (1) M.E. Rhines (1) M.L. Sparrow (1) M.L. Steinbrunn (2) M.P. Kozlowsky (1) M.R. Merrick (1) Mackenzie Lee (1) Macmillan (1) Macmillan Children's (1) Madeleine Beckett (1) Magan Vernon (1) Maggie Stiefvater (1) Maia's Muses (2) Makiia Lucier (1) Mara Gan (1) Marcy Blesy (1) Margo Bond Collins (1) Margo Kelly (1) Maria V. Snyder (1) Marian Cheatham (1) Marie Landry (1) Marie Lu (1) Marie Rutkoski (2) Marilyn Phillips (7) Marisette Burgess (1) Marissa Kennerson (1) Marissa Meyer (8) Marissa Moss (1) Mark My Words (8) Mark Perini (4) Marnie Lamb (1) Marta Brown (3) Martina Boone (5) Mary Clark (1) Mary Elizabeth Summer (1) Mary Gray (4) Mary Karlik (1) Mary Ting (4) Matt Haig (1) Matt Whyman (1) Matthew Cody (1) Matthew Cox (1) Matthew S. Cox (1) Max Dune (1) Mayandree Michel (1) Me My Shelf and I (9) Meg Collett (1) Meg Summers (1) Megan Crewe (1) Megan Curd (1) Megan Erickson (15) Megan Frazier Blakemore (1) Megan Linski (1) Megan Miranda (1) Megan Shepherd (1) Megan Squires (1) Megan Whitmer (1) Melanie Card (1) Melanie Karsak (1) Melanie McFarlane (1) Melanie Schulz (1) Melika Lux (1) Melinda Salisbury (1) Melissa Andrea (2) Melissa Chambers (1) Melissa Collins (3) Melissa Gorzelanczyk (1) Melissa Grey (4) Melissa Landers (9) Melissa Meyer (1) Melissa Pearl (4) Melissa Schorr (1) Melissa West (8) meme (1) Mia Garcia (1) Michael Bast (1) Michael Phillip Cash (1) Michael Pierce (1) Michael W. Garza (2) Michaelbrent Collings (1) Michele Corriel (1) Michele Machado (1) Michelle Bacon (1) Michelle Krys (2) Michelle L. Johson (1) Michelle Madow (7) Michelle Pickett (4) Michelle Smith (3) Michelle Zink (2) middle grade (1) Mike Shelton (1) Mina Chara (1) Mindee Arnett (5) Mindy McGinnis (1) Miranda Kenneally (1) Missy Kalicicki (2) mm publicity (1) MMS&I (14) Molly McAdams (4) Monday (1) Monica Murphy (2) Month9 Books (1) music play list (2) Music Review (1) Nancy (1) Nancy Ohlin (2) Nancy S. Thompson (1) Nashoda Rose (1) Natalie Blitt (1) Natalie Decker (4) Natalie Wright (1) Natalie Zaman (1) Nazarea Andrews (1) Neil Gaiman (1) Nely Cab (3) Net Galley (32) Never Too Old for YA Books (98) Nichola Reilly (2) Nichole Chase (2) Nichole Luiken (1) Nick Green (1) Nick Lake (2) Nicole Castroman (2) Nicole Chase (1) Nicole R. Taylor (1) Nicole Reed (1) Nicole Sobon (1) Nikki Godwin (1) Nikki Urang (1) Noelle August (8) Novella (3) Nya Jade (1) NYCC (3) Oisin McGann (1) Olivia Rivers (1) Om Swami (1) Oops I Read a Book Again (1) Open Road Media (1) Ophelia London (1) Orchard Books (1) P.K. Gallagher (1) P.T. Michelle (2) Page Morgan (1) Paige Pendelton (1) Paranormal Cravings (1) Paranormal Reads (2) Patchwork Press (6) Pati Nagle (1) PatPuppyArt (1) Patricia B. Tighe (1) Patrick Carmen (3) Patrick Carr (1) Patty Blount (1) Paul Redneck (1) Paula Stokes (2) Peggy Martinez (2) Pembroke Sinclair (1) Penelope King (5) Penguin (3) PenguinRandomHouse (15) Pete Clark (1) Petra Bagnardi (1) Pilomel (1) Pintip Dunn (1) Playlist (13) Playlistfiction (3) Poppy (2) Pre-Release Blast (3) promo (97) Promotion (13) Prufrock Press (1) publicist (3) Putnum's Sons Books for Young Readers (1) Q&A (1) R.C. Lewis (1) R.J. Anderson (5) R.J. Crayton (1) R.K. Lilley (1) Rachael Allen (1) Rachael Renee Anderson (1) Rachel A. Marks (2) Rachel E. Fisher (4) Rachel Harris (13) Rachel Hawkins (3) Rachel K. Burke (1) Rachel McClellan (2) Rachel Morgan (1) Rachel Shane (1) Rachel Van Dyken (3) Rachel Vincent (3) Rachel Wade (2) Rae Carson (1) Rainy Day Ramblings (1) Rajdeep Paulus (3) Rajeep Paulus (1) Random House (8) Random House Kids (2) Ransom Rigs (1) RaShelle Workman (2) Ray Ballantyne (1) Raye Wagner (1) Razorbill (1) RBTL (3) Read Between The Lines (1) Reading With Me (1) Rebecca Hamilton (1) Rebecca L. Ethington (1) Rebecca L. Purdy (2) Rebecca Maizel (1) Rebecca Podos (1) Rebecca Rynecki (1) Rebecca Yarros (1) Rebekah Campbell (4) Rebekah Crane (1) Rebekah L. Purdy (4) Rebekkah Ford (1) Regina Wamba (1) release (1) Release Blast (153) Renee Ahdieh (2) Renee Collins (3) Renee Donne (1) Renee Novelle (2) Resa Nelson (1) Review (144) Review Blitz (1) review books (1) Rhiannon Paille (2) Rhiannon Thomas (2) Rhonda Helms (1) Rhonda Sermon (1) Rhys A. Jones (2) Richelle Mead (2) Rick Johnson (1) Rita Stradling (1) RJ Anderson (1) Roane Publishing (2) Roaring Brook Press (1) Robin Talley (1) Robin Tallie (2) Robin York (2) Rochelle Maya Callan (2) Rockstar Book Tours (94) Romona Finn (1) Ron C. Nieto (1) Rosamund Hodge (3) Roshani Chokshi (1) Ruchi Banerjee (1) Ruth Silver (3) Ryan Graudin (1) Rysa Walker (1) S. Mcpherson (1) S. Thompson (1) S.C. Stephens (1) S.E.Green (1) S.J. Kinkaid (2) S.J. Lem (1) S.J. Pierce (2) S.J. Thomas (1) S.K. Anthony (1) S.R. Johannes (1) Sabaa Tahir (1) Sabrina Elkins (2) Sadie Grubor (1) Sadie Turner (2) SAE (9) Sage Steadman (1) sale blast (1) Samantha Durante (2) Santino Hassell (1) Sara B. Larson (4) Sara Hantz (1) Sara Raasch (1) Sara V. Zook (1) Sarah Ahiers (1) Sarah Alderson (1) Sarah Beard (3) Sarah Crossan (1) Sarah Dalton (1) Sarah Daltry (3) Sarah Gagnon (2) Sarah Gilman (1) Sarah J. Maas (5) Sarah J. Pepper (1) Sarah J. Schmitt (1) Sarah Lynn Scheeger (1) Sarah M. Ross (6) Sarah MacLean (1) Sarah Nicholas (1) Sarah Nichols (1) Sarah Noffke (1) Sarah Prineas (1) Sarah Tomp (1) Sarah Tregay (2) Sarah Vance-Tompkins (1) Sarina Bowen (3) Saturday (42) SC Arscott (1) Scavenger Hunt (1) Scholastic (3) Scott Cramer (1) Selina Fenech (1) Shalini Boland (2) Shanae Branham (1) Shandy Lawson (2) Shane Branham (1) Shani Petroff (1) Shannon Delaney (1) Shannon Duffy (1) Shannon Greenland (1) Shannon Lee Alexander (2) Shannon Mayer (2) Shannyn Schroeder (1) Shards (1) Share a Read (1) Sharon Huss Roat (1) Shaun David Hutchinson (1) Shawn Underhill (1) Shawntelle Madison (1) Shay Layman (2) Shea Berkley (6) Shelley Martin (1) Shepherd Hoodwin (1) Shereen Vedam (1) Sherry D. Ficklin (23) Shiloh Walker (1) Shirley Anne Edwards (1) Shonna Slayton (1) Simon and Schuster (15) Simon Pulse (5) Simonteen (3) Sky Pony Press (4) Skye Callahan (1) Skyscape (1) SM Blooding (1) Sonali Dev (1) Sonya Loveday (1) Sonya Mukherjee (1) Sophie Davis (2) Sophie Jordan (9) Sophie Swift (1) Sorcebooks Fire (1) Sourcebooks (8) Spence City (9) Spencer Hill Press (140) Spencer Hill Press Contemp (9) Spotlight (12) St Martin's Griffin (1) St. Martin's Griffin (4) Stacey Jay (1) Stacey Kade (5) Stacey O'Neale (4) Stacey Rourke (2) Stacking The Shelves (48) Stacy Claflin (1) Stacy Nash (1) Stacy Renee Keywell (1) Stacy Wise (1) Stan Schatt (1) Stasia Ward Kehoe (1) Stephanie Diaz (3) Stephanie Erikson (1) Stephanie Greenhalgh (2) Stephanie Judice (13) Stephanie Keyes (3) Stephanie Perkins (1) Stephanie Scott (1) Stephanie Wardrop (1) Steven James (1) Steven Whibley (1) Stilpoint Digital Press (1) STS (54) Stuck In Books (1) Sunday (53) Supa Gurl (7) Susan Dennard (1) Susan Griscom (2) Susan Kaye Quinn (26) Susan Sweenie (1) Susan Traugh (2) Susanne Winnacker (2) Suzannah Daniels (1) Suzanne Kamata (1) Suzanne Rigdon (1) Suzanne Williams (2) Suzanne Wright (1) Suzanne Young (1) Suze Winegardner (1) Sweetwater Books (2) Swoon Reads (1) Swoon Romance (1) Synopsis Saturday (10) T. Marie Alexander (1) T.A. Maclagan (1) T.G. Ayer (1) T.J. Woolridge (1) T.L Clark (1) T.M. Franklin (1) T.M. Goeglein (1) Tabatha Vargo (1) Tahereh Mafi (6) Tammara Webber (1) Tani Hanes (1) Tanuja Desai Hidier (1) Tara Fuller (1) Tara Sivec (1) Tara West (1) Taran Matharu (1) Tarryn Fisher (1) Taryn Fisher (1) Tasty Book Tours (3) Taylor Lavati (1) TE Carter (1) Teaser (3) Teaser Tuesday (8) Ted Galdi (1) Tell Me Something Tuesday (1) Tellulah Darling (5) Tenille Berezay (1) tens list (6) Terah Edun (7) Teresa Toten (1) Teri Brown (3) Terri Rochenski (5) Tess Grant (1) Tessa Marie (1) Teymour Shahabi (1) The Children's Book Review (1) Thea Atkinson (1) Theresa Kay (2) This or That (1) Thomas Christopher (2) Thursday (10) Tia Lewis (1) Tiffany Daune (5) Tiffany King (1) Tiffany Pitcock (1) Tiffany Schmidt (2) Tiffany Truit (2) Tim Shoemaker (1) Tom DeLonge (1) Tom Doyle (1) Tom Isabell (1) Toni Aleo (7) Toni Kerr (1) Tonya Kuper (1) top five (2) Top Ten (16) Tor (2) Tor Teen (3) Tracey Martin (2) Tracy Clark (2) Tracy Deebs (1) Tracy E. Banghart (1) trailer (3) Trailer Reveal (26) Trisha Leaver (3) Trisha Wolfe (5) Trisha Woodridge (2) Trista Day (1) Tuesday (1) Tulip Romance (3) Twitter (1) Tyler H. Jolley (9) Tynga's Reviews (86) Uvi Poznansky (1) V.E. Ulett (1) V.J.O. Gardner (1) Vacation (1) Vacen Taylor (1) Val Richards (1) Valentina Cano (1) Valia Lind (2) Vanessa M. Knight (1) Vera Nazarian (1) Veronica Bartles (1) Veronica Jones (1) Veronica Rossi (13) Veronica Roth (4) Vickie Hall (3) Vicky Savage (4) Victoria Aveyard (3) Victoria Schwab (8) video (2) Violet Duke (1) Vivi Barnes (2) W. Farraro (2) Waiting On Wednesday (3) Wednesday (27) Wendy Dikec (1) Wendy Higgins (13) Wendy Russo (1) What I'm Reading (1) Will McIntosh (2) William Hazelgrove (1) William Morrow (17) William Sutcliffe (1) Winter Haven Books (3) Word Slinger (1) WOW (107) writing tips (1) Wunderkind (1) Xpresso Book Tours (313) YA Bound (237) YA Crush Tourney (1) Yuri Hamaganov (1) Zest Books (2) Zoe Cannon (1) Zoe Markham (1) Zoraida Cordova (2)